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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 | 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 | Makeup: Jennifer Hicks

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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