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Glamorous Garden Party from Magnolia Weddings

You know what we love?  Gorgeous photography.  Those stop you in your tracks images that light up your days and make your heart happy.  It’s the kind of images we see time and time again from Magnolia Weddings, a studio that knows everything about capturing your Big Day with stunning pics you’ll cherish for always.  Scroll below for a look at their glamorous garden party, then click here for even more.

From Magnolia Weddings… Amanda and Clay’s wedding was in the backyard of Amanda’s family home in Los Altos.

Amanda and Clay were torn about whether they wanted to do a first look or not. They really wanted a group photo before the ceremony of their whole wedding party; eight groomsmen, seven bridesmaids, and a flower girl, but they didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony. When I scouted their home I realized the second story porch overlooking the backyard would be a perfect way to arrange the wedding party and keep the bride and groom from seeing each other. All they had to do was not look up or down.

The ceremony took place under a large oak tree that was decorated with a chandelier, flowers, and fabric. The groom choked up a bit when he did see his bride walking across the lawn. That moment made me happy we had worked to save their first look at each other for during the ceremony.

The wedding tent was beautifully decorated, the dessert buffet had so many options and the music was great, but more important than all of that was how much fun the friends and family had that day. The evening had dinner, drinks and dancing, and ended with a great sparkler send-off.

From those very first moments stepping into your gown to dancing the night away with your nearest and dearest to those heartfelt vows you’ll share with your true love, Magnolia Weddings will walk with you step by step throughout your Big Day and never miss documenting a second.  Think a fab photojournalistic approach to capturing all of the awesomeness, so you can sit back and enjoy the most important day of your life… and gaze over the pretty, pretty pics later.

Contact Magnolia Weddings today and say hello to one of the best decisions you’ll make.


The Prize: Magnolia Weddings is giving away the winner’s choice of either a deluxe engagement portrait session (within a 40 mile radius of San Francisco) or $400 off a wedding package!

To Enter: Simply visit Magnolia Weddings and leave a comment below telling us which style wedding (rustic, modern, classic, etc.) most closely matches your own style.

To Win: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 8, 2016.

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Photography: Magnolia Weddings | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Reception Venue: Private Residence


Elegant Nicklaus Club Wedding

This Monterey wedding has me like whoa. From the Bride’s simply sophisticated style to the personalized details (like these gilded eggs inspired by the family duck and goose hatchery), all it takes is the first few seconds in THE VAULT gallery to appreciate the beauty this day is. Jen Rodriguez captured that essence and moments like this that’ll have you daydreaming of your own I do’s.


From The Bride…We wanted as many personal touches to our wedding to make it unique and memorable. My parents own a duck and goose hatchery so we knew we wanted to incorporate the family business into our wedding. After much thought and creativity, my sister created place cards using a golden egg, ribbon, and digital calligraphy. Although they took a while to make, everyone greatly enjoyed their name card and personal favor. It brought a sense of togetherness and everyone was encouraged to take the golden goose eggs home and use them for Easter egg hunts in years to come. We also had the idea to use our family’s old brass mailbox to collect cards and gifts. After hours of scrubbing tarnish off the mailbox with ketchup, my mom was able to add another personal and memorable item to our wedding.

Besides marrying the man of my dreams, I was really looking forward to seeing everything come together. Sadly, it is often common for brides to become stressed during the wedding planning process but for us the organizing and designing of our wedding truly assisted us in finding what was most important in our lives and in our relationship. In doing this, we were able to incorporate those important items into our special day to share with all our friends and family. As we look back and remember our wedding now and for years to come, all the planning and personal touches help to shape our memories of our special day. There are so many different pieces and the planning has been going on for so long I just couldn’t wait to see my visions come to life!

To me, what makes a wedding so different from any other celebration is two people bringing together the most important and supportive people in their lives in one place, for one evening. Our guests traveled from near and far: Long Island, Hawaii, Arizona, Seattle, Denver, Maryland, and Germany. We couldn’t wait to celebrate with everyone!

Photography: Jen Rodriguez Photography | Coordination: Unforgettable Affairs | Floral Design: Sarah Herdell | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Cake: Royal Deli & Bakery | Invitations: The Quill | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Hair And Makeup: Arianna Blean | DJ: DNA Entertainment | Favors: Metzer Farms | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Venue: Pasadera Country Club | Digital Calligraphy: Letter Perfect Designs | Photo Booth: DNA Entertainment | Signage: That Pretty Invitation

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Rustic Summer Monterey Wedding

This Monterey wedding is the definition of cheerful in every sense, from the bright blooms by Kate Healey to the smiles on this Bride and Groom.  They created a vintage chic vibe throughout their celebration and with that charm and Jen Rodriguez working her magic behind the lens, we have one gorgeous gallery right here.


From the Bride… We met in Monterey, so it seemed natural to get married there. Our vision came from knowing what we wanted the day to feel like, and we went from there!

From Jen RodriguezThey incorporated lots of burlap, vintage suitcases, bunting, etc. to bring out the vintage chic feel that they wanted. The couple was married at the charming Old Whaling Station and after the ceremony the guests were escorted to the reception space with music.

Photography: Jen Rodriguez Photography | Coordination: Grapes Of Wrath Catering | Floral Design: Big Sur Flowers | Cake: Layers Cake | Ceremony: El Matador State Beach | Reception : El Matador State Beach | Catering: Grapes Of Wrath Catering | Make-up: Face Forward Bridal | Music: Steve Ezzo

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