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Whimsical + Romantic Wente Vineyards Wedding

This, my friends, is a photo of one very happy couple. Amid all the hustle and bustle of their wedding day, their joy and love for one another is far from lost and this is exactly why I’ll never grow sick of looking through wedding photos on a daily basis. Onelove Photography and Motionscope captured that excitement and thanks to them, I’m catching some of those much needed good vibes on this dreary day.

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From The Bride… Our vision for the big day was for it to be fun, heartfelt, whimsy and most importantly for all of our guests to be relaxed and enjoy themselves thoroughly! Wente Vineyards provided the perfect wedding backdrop due to its lush, beautiful yet intimate grounds and of course, the award winning wines and food. It was perfect for vinos and foodies like us! Khoa and I love to travel and explore destinations together, it was always a priority for us as we were a long distance couple for the first several years of dating and the only time we were able to reconnect and spend quality couple time was our trips. We decided to go with vintage travel themed elements for the day in my favorite colors, mint blue, gold and blush. All the planning and late night DIY sessions really paid off during the big day. My crafty dad handmade the marquee J&K sign that was the primary focal point for our sweetheart table. My army of bridesmaids, powered by pizza and wine mostly, helped me snip, cut and trim the travel tag escort cards and hand-letter all the chalkboard signage for the ceremony. I picked up calligraphy and hand wrote the table names which were named after our favorite locations we visited together (all aside from Endor, which is a fictional planet from Star Wars – Khoa’s a bit of a fanboy). We also decided to DIY the floral table centerpieces and diligently scoured the SF Flower Mart days before the wedding for stock up on roses, hydrangeas and greens, which ended up saving us a good chunk of money (much appreciated for a bride on a budget).

It was very important for my family to have a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony on our wedding day. Traditionally, the groom and bride kneel before their elders and pour tea as an offering as a sign of respect, in turn the elders exchange red envelopes called “hung bao” with money or jade jewelry for the Bride stuffed inside. I was hesitant at first to do the ceremony due to limited time constraints but it turned out to be one of the most sentimental parts of the day. I actually cried the most during this time and was so afraid to ruin the painstaking efforts of my MUA before the western ceremony! My mother bought me a beautiful, custom fitted silk “qi pao” in a traditional, auspicious red color to wear. My parents, grandparents and my ancestors before them have all taken part in the tea ceremony on their wedding days and it felt so good and humbling to honor them and keep the tradition alive.

Our first dance was to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat, which had a lot of meaning for us since our first concert together was to see Jason Mraz perform! We had his groomsman play guitar while my bridesmaid sang. It was an amazing moment swaying together and surrounded by our biggest supporters! We both love music and we are big Beatles fans, so it was a no brainer that our string quartet play music from the Beatles (I walked down the aisle with my dad to “Here Comes the Sun”, the bridal processional was to “All You Need is Love”) and our cake topper followed suite with that theme. Khoa even surprised me with a slow and heartfelt performance of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Frankie Valli, complete with his groomsmen dancing and crooning back up! I was in tears and laughing at the same time! It’s really true what other brides say, the day zooms by so fast before even having time to enjoy your dinner, drinks and guests. By the end of it, our hearts were brimming with so much love, laughter and felt the fullest we’ve ever had. It was truly the best day of our lives and an unforgettable kick-off soiree to the spending the rest of our lives together as husband and wife!

Photography: onelove photography | Videographer: Motionscope | Wedding Coordinator: Georgie Saucedo | Floral Design: The Flower House | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Wente Vineyards | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Wente Vineyards | DJ: Elite Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Tiglio | Groomsmen's Attire: Bar III | Beauty: A-List | Bridal Comb: Best Day Bridal | Bride's Earrings: Nadri | Bridesmaid Robes: Just Cottons | Cake Topper: Better Off Wed | Linens: Napa Valley Linens | Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Vintage Rental: Milk Glass Vintage Rentals | Winery: Wente Vineyards

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Whimsical Autumn Wedding at Murrieta’s Well

Since I’m wearing a yellow bridesmaid dress this summer, I’m starting to pay special attention to this hue, and this whimsical wedding stood out from the crowd. Full of personal DIY touches and bright florals by Laura Miller, I’ve only just begun soaking up this sunshine-filled beauty. Jasmine Lee worked her magic behind the lens and you can see every colorful moment right here.

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Fall
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From The Bride… When it came down to planning our wedding, amidst the chaos and excitement, the most important thing was that this wedding represent the personalities of me and my husband. In knowing we were having a small, 70 guest wedding at a vintage winery, I wanted to ensure our guests (close family and friends) felt like they were at OUR wedding. The theme of our wedding was whimsical, vintage love and we made sure to feature little details to express ourselves on the best day of our lives. I found that with a little patience and with the help of Etsy, Yelp and some amazing vendors, you really can have everything personalized to be exactly what you want on your big day!

When it came down to floral arrangements and table decor, we worked with the amazingly talented, Laura Miller, from Oakland. Laura created some of the most beautiful and unique floral arrangements we had ever seen and was excited to collaborate and lead the way on fun DIY projects! To tell the vintage love story, we used arrows as our wedding symbol – they showed up on everything from the invitations, to the bridesmaids’ necklaces, to the place settings on the table. And yes, you guessed it, those place setting arrows were the DIY child of my and Laura’s dreams. We wrapped different colors of embroidery thread around 70 (plus a few for good measure) wooden dowels, added feathers and painted the tips rose gold. They were beautiful and are sitting in my living room to this day! I worked with several Etsy vendors as well, however, one in particular really stole the spotlight. I collaborated with Etsy designer, Arrow and Ink Designs (perfect name for our theme – complete coincidence!) on the design and layout of our invitations, response cards and ceremony programs. Daily email communication took place with this helpful vendor and the end product was unique, custom wedding stationery that illustrated us… literally! Those silhouettes you see on our invitations are actually custom drawings of us!

Our wedding rings and the necklace I wore, were custom designed by an amazing local East Bay jewelry designer. We repurposed a ring that belonged to my Great-Grandma (who I am named after) for the diamonds and gold for my ring and necklace, and my Grandpa’s wedding band for part of my husband’s ring. Having something that belonged to my family and repurposed in such a special way made our wedding rings that much more meaningful. Everyday, I get to look down at my wedding ring and think of not only my amazing husband, but of my Great-Grandma and family history. We also added some personal touches to our ceremony, such as writing and reciting our own vows and walking down the aisle to Arcade Fire and Beach House. Lastly, one of the most memorable parts of our reception was a video that my Dad created for us. In ten minutes, he was able to tell the story of our lives, from birth through college, to the day we met and through present day. I get chills when I picture showing this video to our Grandchildren someday.

All in all, the planning process was made easy with help from supportive vendors who genuinely cared about us and our wedding day was filled with love, happiness and fun. And that’s all you can ask for!

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka (custom Dyed By Local SF Shoe Shop) | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Fleet Collection | DJ: DJ Greg Gioia | Officiant: Bob Hanson (family Friend) | Venue: Murrieta's Well | Belt: Blue Willow | Bridal Gown: Elizabeth Dye | Catering/cake: Wente Vineyards | Clip: BHLDN | Floral & Styling: Laura Miller Design | Grooms Clothing: J. Crew | Hair/Makeup: Triple Twist Makeup & Hair Design | Invitation/RSVP, Programs: Arrow And Ink Designs | Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Rings & My Necklace: Custom Made At Higgins Jewelry Center | Veil: Twigs And Honey

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Blush and Sequin Wedding at Murrietas Well

When Danielle Poff  sent over this stunner  of a soiree at Murrietas Well, I nearly fell out of my chair. It’s pure prettiness from start to finish, and simply screams SMP. The blush tones, the touch of sparkle, the sweet little details scattered about – every single image sitting pretty in this gallery makes my heart flutter, and you can see why here.

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From The Bride…I met Jonmichael when I moved to Boulder, Colorado from California in the fall of 2005. I could tell, and I was told, that Jonmichael was interested in me but the timing just wasn’t right for us yet. However, we became instant friends. We would spend lots of time together in Boulder and would go snowboarding in the mountains as much as we could. Snowboarding was a common passion and allowed us the time to have fun and bond.

In 2009, I moved to Denver for school and we did not see each other as much as we previously had, we lost touch a bit. In September 2010, on a whim, I called Jonmichael and invited him to come have dinner with me in Denver. I honestly cannot tell you what changed but the timing was right and during that dinner we both realized that our bond was stronger than previously thought and we wanted to pursue a relationship. We began seeing each other all the time and realized that it just worked between us. That following summer we moved to California for Jonmichael’s new job and we have been living together in Folsom ever since with our kitty Moxie.

Jonmichael’s mom, sister, and brother-in-law were visiting us in California and his family members were also meeting my parents for the first time. We had planned for a day of wine tasting in Livermore and unbeknownst to me, but known by everyone else, Jonmichael had plans of his own. We arrived at our first destination, Murietta’s Well. We were tasting the fabulous wine and I remember commenting on how quickly Jonmichael was drinking his first few tastings, I know now that it was for liquid courage! Shortly after, Jonmichael pulled me aside on to the winery’s balcony which over looks the vineyard. We were taking in the view and next thing I know, Jonmichael is down on one knee asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. Tears of happiness filled my eyes and I shouted, ‘YES!’ It was an amazing memory that I am so happy our family was there to witness and share with us.

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Videography: Travis Ellston | Flowers: Wild Iris Designs | Wedding Dress: J'aime Bridal | Invitations: Minted | Brides Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy | Catering: Wente | Makeup: Jennifer Hicks | Hair: Paige Jeluso | Lighting: Magical Lighting | DJ: DJ Matteo | Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss | Ceremony & Reception: Murrietas Well | Film Processing & Scans: Photovision | Harpist/Flutist: Elegance Harp | Linen: La Tavola

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Whimsical California Wedding from This Love of Yours… Photography

You know what we love more than anything here at SMP California?  Spending the day with a whole lot of pretty.  So, when This Love of Yours… Photography sent along not one, but TWO gorgeous soirees, we just had to dedicate our day to basking in their gorgeousness.  First up?  A beyond beautiful San Francisco affair, aka, the day we’ve been drooling over since 11 am this morning (to be exact).  And now?  Well, we have the privilege of sharing in a breathtaking gem of an affair literally dripping in sweet DIY details and whimsical moments aplenty.  See every last love-filled second in the full gallery.

From The Bride… I wanted our wedding to really show our personalities and our love story. We have always had so much fun together and I really wanted that to show in the personal wedding touches. I envisioned it being a “beautiful detailed DIY, show our love for each other” type of day!

The most memorable part of the wedding was the ceremony, specifically our vows. We decided to write our own vows and although we were both nervous and hesitant about the idea at first, we are so glad that we did. It made it personal and intimate and something neither of us will ever forget.

We really wanted our love story to show throughout the wedding and we did this by all of the small, but intimate DIY touches. James is British so hints of union jacks & keep calm sayings were placed throughout the wedding. Our table numbers were places we’ve traveled together over the last three years we’ve been together. We fell in love over dessert and so we thought we’d add that aspect into the wedding by including our love for sprinkles cupcakes and s’mores. There’s just something special about both of those treats to us. The flags also showed our personalities and silliness and were a fun touch for the guests. I also loved having personal thank you’s at each seat as we are SO appreciative and blessed by each person who was there & we didn’t want that to go unrecognized.

Our photographers were amazing. Erika and Michael work great as a team and captured the most beautiful photographs. I love that they captured all of the small details, as well as the big moments of the day. If I had to re-do my day and choose a photographer I would choose them again without hesitation!

My best advice to brides is to make your wedding about you and your fiance. Don’t worry about what anyone else will think or say because at the end of the day it’s your day to share your love story! Talk to previous brides for help and hints in the planning process… I got a lot of good advice from sister’s and friends. Lastly, the wedding planning process is fun, but it is also stressful which a lot of brides don’t talk about. It’s okay to take time away from planning and just enjoy the season and the process! At the end of the day, all of the stress and planning will be totally worth it.

Photography: This Love of Yours… Photography | Venue: Crooked Vine | Floral Design: Bettina Belter | Cake: Sprinkles Cupcakes | Invitations: Lyndsie Smith | Wedding Dress: Jaime’s in Pleasanton, California | Shoes: Tom’s Classic Silver Glitter + David’s Bridal (LIZZY,White) | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan | Bridesmaids’ Clutches: Bag Envy | Groom’s Suit: Express | Ties: Penguin | Hair: Corrie Vasichek | Makeup: Nina Barbosa | DIY by Bride + Groom: Programs, Thank You Cards, Pinwheels, Flags (from Oriental Trading Co. + Avery Iron-On Transfer Paper). DIY Instruction for flags from Offbeat Bride {here}

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Wine Country Wedding from Images By Lori

Just the mere mention of the words “California wine country” and your mind automatically drifts to thoughts of drop-dead gorgeous scenery and cozy moments sipping on the world’s most amazing wine. You just can’t help it.  And when you add the word “wedding” to the mix, well, that’s an entirely new level of daydreaming.  Especially when that wedding is an intimate meets rustic soiree held at the breathtaking Murrieta’s Well Winery and is captured in beautiful images by Lori Huneke.  That’s a day that deserves more than its fair share of swooning and you can start right now in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… My fiancé and I decided on a smaller wedding and wanted a more intimate feel, that’s when we came across Murrieta’s Well winery in our home town of Livermore. I was beautiful, rustic, a little country and very romantic! Murrieta’s Well is owned and operated by Wente vineyards which has a great reputation for food and wine. Since my Fiancé and I paid for the wedding ourselves we had to stick to a pretty strict budget. We had all of the quality and reputation that Wente has to offer (their chefs do all the food and pastry), but on a smaller more intimate scale.

The year leading up to the wedding I spent most of my time at antique fairs and estate sells hunting down vintage keys, silver plate candle sticks, mason jars, lace and chalk boards. A girlfriend of mine and I made all the place cards from craft paper tags off Etsy and the vintage keys that I had collected. My florist took all the mason jars and wrapped them with lace and pearl beading which she used as the centerpieces. She then created the most beautiful arch out of burlap and hydrangeas with baby’s breath and roses. I had purchased large lanterns that she placed cascading flowers down and flanked the arch with. My aunt lent me her vintage silver plate forks which we served the cake with. I also ordered table runners of Etsy that where burlap with lace trim, as well as the cake topper, and the cake cutter.

Every one raved about all the little details, and how elegant the night turned out. I can’t thank Images by Lori enough for the beautiful pictures. Lori was exactly what I was looking for in a photographer, her pictures had this great soft vintage feel and she was so nice and down to earth. I couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful evening!

Wedding Photography: Images By Lori | Wedding Venue: Murrieta’s Well Winery in Livermore, California | Floral Design: Kathy’s Custom Floral Design (Kathyehanson@yahoo.com) | Table Runners: Creative Places | Place Card Tags: Kats Paper Trail | Chair Signs; The Back Porch Shoppe | Cake Topper: Betty Anne Productions | Cake Cutter: Just For Keeps