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Romantic California Estate Cultural Wedding

Marrying California sunshine and cultural significance, Dream A Little Dream Events planned not one, but two elaborate celebrations overflowing with loveliness. It’s a marriage graced with gorgeous colors and plenty of pink peonies. A formal garden party weaved with gorgeous gold touches, lovely lit lanterns, and even a few elephants. Josh Gruetzmacher captured it all in the gallery!

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From the beautiful Bride… I had always imagined getting married in a Sikh Temple while Erik had imagined his wife walking towards him in a white dress. We decided to have both. We first held a small Lutheran ceremony in at Bethany Lutheran Church in Menlo Park, followed by a large Sikh wedding the following day. The Sikh wedding was held at the Gurdwara Sahib of San Jose, followed a few hours later by a reception at Caballo Estate in Los Altos Hills.

The Lutheran wedding style was garden-themed. The reception was held in the groom’s parents’ beautiful backyard – a location that did not need much additional décor. The Sikh wedding began a week earlier with a Sangeet near the bride’s parents’ home. The theme was traditional Indian with lots of lanterns, pillows, and traditional decorations the bride’s family had picked up while traveling through India.

The wedding and reception was a week later. The San Jose Gurdwara is located in a beautiful setting in the Evergreen Hills of San Jose. The event began with a breakfast, followed by a “milni” in which family members from both sides present each other with garlands. The event is an important tradition that honors certain family members and signifies that the wedding is a union of both families. The wedding ceremony (Anand Karaj) came next and is ended by family members and friends coming forward to individual give well wishes to the couple. Lunch is next!

The reception came a few hours later in the day. Simrin had always wanted an outdoor wedding reception and Caballo Estate was a perfect (and unique!) setting. The style was a formal garden party with certain gold and Indian accents, like an Indian style tent and lots of gold elephants. The florist was amazing and even decorated an elephant in flowers! The reception was exactly what the couple wanted – a fun party where all their loved ones were able to get together and dance into the night.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Wedding Planner: Dream A Little Dream Events | Floral Design: Soulflower Design | Invitations: Twin Ravens Press | Reception Venue: Caballo Estate | Caterer: Sakoon Restaurant | DJ: RanCan | Transportation: Corinthian | Beverage Catering: Best Beverage Catering | Cake Baker: Cake Coquette | Ceremony Musician: The Stan Erchart Band | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: A Party Place | Tent Rental: Raj Tents | Valet: Penninsula Parking

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Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
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Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).

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Romantic and Rustic Garden Wedding

There’s no denying that garden weddings are my guilty pleasure. I spend more than my fair share of time dreaming of the day that I too can say “I do” amongst lush Lani Elizabeth Fine Design In Flowers & Events blooms. And garden weddings in California? Well, they’re pure perfection. As seen through the lens of U Me Us Studios at Los Altos History Museum, every detail is dreamy and it’s all right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Jake and I met on his 22 birthday on August 2005 through a mutual friend. It took him nearly 2 weeks to call me. We started officially dating in February 2006. Right when we started dating and he graduated from SFSU (our alma mater) he moved to China for 1 year for work then he got relocated to Chicago for 4 years until I eventually moved in with him.

For our 7th year anniversary on February 2013, Jake thought about surprising me with a weekend getaway trip to New York. Unfortunately the week prior, NYC was hit with a blizzard and Jake had to spoil his own plans and asked me where I would like to go instead. Given that we have not done anything special for the last few anniversaries, I thought it was odd that Jake wanted to take me for a trip. Regardless, I immediately got excited and blurted out “Miami!!” Little did I know he had every intention of popping the question.

Initially Jake wanted to propose in Central Park hoping that it would be a nice and sunny weekend in New York. Now that it was covered in 6 inches of snow, he had to change his game plan fast. When he got to Miami, he threw the ring in his back pocket and began searching for the “perfect moment”. On their last day in Miami, Jake desperately drove around downtown Miami, looking for nice and scenic place to propose. He finally found a park by the bay where he suggested we go for a walk. He found a place by a beautiful fountain and began his rehearsed speech. Unaware that Jake was actually proposing, I jokingly pushed him away and told him he should find a better spot to propose. A bit confused and unsure if I was being serious, Jake fell silent as we continued to walk around the park for what seemed to be an eternity. Eventually Jake built up the courage again and sat me down by a pier and got down on one knee and told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. Instead of a smile, kiss, and a “yes”, I laughed hysterically realizing that he was serious and I had ruined his proposal! Although the proposal did not go as Jake planned, it still turned out to be such a memorable and funny story.

We really wanted a small outdoor wedding but we didn’t realize our family combined is about 100 people. We’ve visited several venues and met the managers but nothing gave a wow factor. I found Los Altos History Museum online. We decided to visit and see it for ourselves. We immediately fell in love with it especially the garden, the trees, red brick floor and the bistro lights. The venue manager-Mark was very personable, friendly and quite informative. He was also one of the main reason why we booked our venue. Our ceremony and reception was held in the same place. We knew we will be taken care of. Los Altos History Museum describes Jake and I, simple but filled with natural beauty.

We wanted our wedding to look simple, classic and romantic. I wanted to DIY some of the wedding decor like the place cards, dinner and bar menu so I learned modern calligraphy on my own. I practiced daily to make sure I got it right. I designed the food menu and hand calligraphed each one of them until I was satisfied with the look.

However, I had a family emergency the week before our wedding and was overwhelmed with everything. Jake and I decided not to incorporate the food menu I have designed to lessen the stress of wedding planning. Instead I wrote in modern calligraphy our family and friend’s name on a blush cardstock tied to the french macaron favor box. We also decided to get our welcome sign, seating chart and our big program poster from an Etsy seller. She was able to incorporate the style of modern calligraphy that we wanted. My cousin designed the bar menu on a last minute.

Our event was completely fitting to our personalities. The ambiance was causal and free. The venue and setting were perfectly rustic with just a touch of soft romance.

Our wedding day was very memorable but the most memorable part of our wedding was the ceremony. When we were exchanging our vows knowing that we will be in each other’s lives until the end.

Though it has been said a million times and can sound very redundant. Do take everything in on the day of your wedding. Remember every passing moment. Time flew by so fast before I knew it, it was time to say goodbye to our family and friends. Also, you cannot predict what is going to happen on your wedding so try your best to look past it. Lastly, make sure you hire a great photographer and at least the day of coordinator. Your beautiful wedding pictures will be the only thing you can look back to and show your family for years to come. Your day-of coordinator will save you from behind the scene stress during your wedding. Try to relax and enjoy every second of it.

Photography: U Me Us Studios | Floral Design: Lani Elizabeth Fine Design In Flowers & Events | Wedding Dress: Zac Posen | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Wedding Shoes: Mootsies Tootsies | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: Greenfish Catering | Hair & Makeup: Lela Nguyen | DJ: Gilbert Wong | Groom's Attire: Black By Vera Wang | Groom's Shoes: Bruno Magli | Groomsmen's Attire: Black By Vera Wang | Transportation: Charmed Limousine Service | Wedding Venue: Los Altos History Museum | Bride's Earrings: Nadri | Bride's Engagement & Wedding Band: Blue Nile | Day Of Coordinator: Dreams On A Dime Events & Weddings | Desserts: Purple Elephant Cake | Flipbook Photobooth: Event Super Heroes | Groom's Wedding Band: Blue Nile

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Los Altos Hills Engagement Photo Shoot

You don’t need an elaborate photo shoot to capture that super cute, newly engaged charm. Case in point? This Los Altos e-session shot by Jessica Burke. Simple, scenic, darling. And that, my friends, is how it’s done. Check out the gallery for more!

From The Bride…Chris and I attended the same high school and college, yet never met until an eHarmony date 2 years ago. Our wedding is going to be at Mission Santa Clara, where olive trees are plentiful. For our engagement shoot, I wanted a setting known for its olive trees with a comparably rustic feel. The weather and scenery could not have been more perfect for Jessica Burke’s beautiful photography.

Photography: Jessica Burke | Venue: Hidden Villa

Romantic “Pretty in Pink” Inspiration Shoot

This shoot is my everything.  It’s crazy gorgeous stylings coordinated by SmittenKiss meets the yummiest of treats from The Sweet Event meets ones of the most stunning bouquets you will ever lay your eyes upon from Vo Floral Design (seriously).  Throw in the softest of blush and pink hues and it’s basically the epitome of pretty.  See it all captured beautifully by Avec L’amour Photography right here.

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From Avec L’amour Photography… Nestled in the hills of Los Altos, California are fields of lush greenery and a landmark filled with history and education. This place is called Hidden Villa. It’s enough to be an isolated wilderness with farm life but not isolated enough to be far away from civilian life. I had the honor of coordinating this “Pretty in Pink” shoot of which was the collaboration of several talented souls. As wedding connoisseurs, we were inspired by the freshness of spring blossoms and its beauty of new life. As the design process took place, it unraveled into something quite breathtaking.

As the 5pm sunlight peeked through the branches, it set the perfect lighting for our evening shoot. Our bride was dressed in Clare La Faye; we couldn’t have picked a more perfect setting for this beautiful gown. Her designs represent our favorite old Hollywood glamour with the softest edge one can imagine. As she stood in the olive orchard, her hand swiftly moved past the floral arrangements that were strategically placed on the table. Tea time and strawberry macarons were on the menu. The design was magnificent. The florals, the ribbons blowing in the warm breeze, and the sweet smell of salted caramelized treats from Sweet Events softened the rustic hardware.

As Avec L’amour snapped away, we could hear the roosters bellowing their cluck; we all couldn’t help but be captivated at how perfect everything was. As the evening wore on, we were sure that something delightful and charming was just created. This is exactly what happens when you have the right minds working together to build a picturesque moment. Some moments you take right in, and that is what happened with “Pretty in Pink”.

Photography: Avec L'amour Photography | Floral Design: Vo Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Clare La Faye | Calligraphy: Smitten Kiss | Bridal Accessories: Hannabella Designs | Cake And Desserts: The Sweet Event | Event Coordination: SmittenKiss | Hair And Make Up Artist: Cali Nguyen | Location: Private Orchard | Model: Kayla Marie Cromer | Paper Goods: Sir Speedy Sunnyvale | Vintage Rentals: Lost And Found Vintage Rentals