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Saturdays are pretty amazing (it’s the weekend, after all), but when it’s a Saturday that involves a meet and greet with the newest member of our SMP Family, it’s a little extra special.  Think one full day dedicated to Grace Portraits and their totally fabulous + totally unique hand-drawn portraits.  It’s a gift that is both stunning AND meaningful.  Do yourself a favor and say hello.

Imagine surprising your nearest and dearest with a breathtaking work of art that will truly stand the test of time and you’ll land squarely on Grace Portraits, a crazy cool boutique that knows all there is to know about capturing those uber-special moments with hand-drawn portraits commissioned from local Bay Area artists.  Not to mention that each gift is wrapped in customized monogrammed packaging with a special note from the artist… AND you can choose from a variety of sizes and price points (11×14: $300, 16×20: $500, 18×24: $700), so no matter the recipient or occasion, there’s a Grace Portraits’ masterpiece that is more than perfect.  Just check out our very own SMP bride, Ashley Hoffman, and her stunning Grace Portrait drawing below.

Visit Grace Portraits on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram and then head over to their website to start your journey to the best gift ever.

Welcome to the family, Grace Portraits! xo

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Rustic Chic Late Summer Napa Valley Wedding

A late summer wedding in Napa Valley, planned and designed to perfection by Jacin Fitzgerald Events with La Tavola’s lovely linens and Julie Song Ink’s delicate designs (these pomegranate place cards!)…. it really doesn’t get much better than this m’dears. Josh Gruetzmacher captured every shining second of this celebration, where the only competition to all this beauty was the Bride’s beaming smile. Tri Luu filmed all the action, and without further ado, see why I can’t stop babbling right this way!

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From the Bride… Marc and I met in 2007 when we were in our last year at The University of Southern California; we sat next to each other in class and immediately became friendly. After a few months of which our friends jokingly called our “courting period,” we finally started dating and have now been together for eight years.

After moving to NY together, Marc popped the question one drizzly summer afternoon in Central Park. I was completely surprised and being so wrapped up in the moment I am not sure I even said yes.

We planned to get married in Napa, CA the following summer. Jacin, our amazing wedding planner, helped us to find the perfect locale, a private estate in the heart of Napa wine country. The gorgeous private estate bordered a winery and featured all of the rustic chic details we were looking for. The fruiting pomegranate trees on the property inspired much of the design of the wedding, and the rich changing colors of early fall became the perfect palette for our dream day.

The wedding itself fell on Labor Day weekend, a shocking twist of events occurred just a few days before when a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Napa Valley. In less than a week our families and wedding planner seemed to pull off the impossible and relocate all of our guests to undamaged hotels and find a new rehearsal dinner venue in a matter of days.

On the day of, you would have never known all the chaos that had occurred in Napa. Our venue featured the most picturesque scenery and overlooked the neighboring winery. The day was full of so much love and silliness which was exactly what we wanted. All of the perfect details from the flowers to the toss bar, and finally the hand lettered pomegranate place cards, made our event so uniquely us and we could not have asked for more.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Videography: Tri Luu | Floral Design: Jacin Fitzgerald Events | Cake: Grand Bakery | Catering: Milk & Honey | Rabbi: Michael Gotlieb | Wedding Venue: Private Estate | Bridal Hair & Makeup: 10.11 Makeup | Ceremony Sound: Avista Audio Visual Rentals | Dessert-Buffet: Eva Sweets | Event Planning & Design: Jacin Fitzgerald Events | Flipbook: A Little Scene | Linens: La Tavola | Mother Of The Bride Hair & Makeup: Betten Chaston | Musicians: Entire Productions | Paper Goods Design: Julie Song Ink | Tables, Chairs + Place Setting Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events | Valet: Signature Parking

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Romantic Napa Valley Estate Wedding

I may be biased since this stunning Bride and I were in the same sorority at UC Berkeley, but these “I Do’s” from Lovely Day Events have quickly become some of my all time faves. A gorgeous palette of peachy blooms and blush ‘maids, combined with personalized details featuring their rescue pup, Frankie, make this Britt Rene-captured family-friendly affair one for the books. See the full gallery here!

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From the beautiful Bride… We originally met at UC Berkeley on a football game day. Jon was a Senior and I was a Freshman, but we didn’t start dating until after Jon had graduated. So countless BART rides to and from San Francisco were the start of our relationship.

Jon proposed at my parents’ house, in the backyard. I was completely shocked because I had planned a big rafting trip with all of our friends the next day — so on Friday afternoon my mom & I were making enchiladas getting ready for the party, when Jon called me outside because he had a question. I was in my bathing suit and covered in chicken (from the enchilada prep) — so needless to say I wasn’t prepared! It was the perfect proposal for us though, we came back inside and my family was waiting with champagne, and the next day all of our best friends were there to celebrate.

We wanted our wedding to feel like you were at our house. Jon and I (and my parents) LOVE entertaining and having people over for dinners and parties, so we wanted this to feel no different. My family is Italian, so the family style dinner played into that, as well as the long connecting tables. Essentially our goal was to make it a family affair. From Jon’s mom officiating the wedding to our little toddler cousins kicking off the dance party, it turned out exactly how we wanted.

I can never pull off surprising Jon, but he made it so easy for me with the first dance. For the last 8 months about every week he would come up with a new song he wanted to dance to. I didn’t really have a strong preference in the song, so I thought it would be fun to create a mix of all his favorites for the first dance. I sent all the songs to his friend who blended them all together and started it off with the song Jon thought was our first dance song. Before the wedding we took dance lessons, and learned a dance to the “fake song”. Jon kept wanting to practice it, but knowing that we weren’t actually dancing to that I kept pushing it off. Worried since we NEVER practiced, the day of we decided to just prom dance. Which turned out to be a good thing (despite looking very awkward) because once the song switched Jon was so surprised I don’t think he could have handled a choreographed dance! Ha!

The last “little” detail is our pup, Frankie. We rescued her almost 4 years ago, and our lives haven’t been the same ever since. She was a strong theme of the wedding — wine labels, thank you cards, signature drink, and also our ring bearer. She’s a wild woman so we weren’t sure how she would handle the ring bearer role, but she got it together (aside from eating part of her flower collar) and gave a perfect bark of approval once Jon’s mom announced we were married.

Photography: Britt Rene Photography | Coordination: Lovely Day Events | Floral Design: Susan Garden | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Make-Up: Rose Rosales | Makeup Artist: Rose Rosales | Hair: Krista Howell | DJ: Brad Kinney | Wedding Venue: Sylvan Lake Estate | Photo Booth: Pro Studio Booths

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Finding Your Perfect Wedding Venue with L’Relyea Events + A Promotion!

Loves, meet L’Relyea Events, the talented team of venue scouting specialists that are about to take your wedding to a whole new level of amazing.  Think an entire day of venue tours, lunch and wine tasting, all guided by a planning professional that knows everything there is to know about finding the perfect locale for you and your sweetie.  Day of your dreams in one, two, three?  Yes, please.

If you’re anything like me (and I know you are), you’ve been planning your wedding day since before you were even engaged.  So finding the perfect venue to host all of the happiness?  Sooo important. That’s where L’Relyea Events comes in.  They’ll spend an entire day getting to know you and yours + your wedding vision, so that they can find a locale that best suits everything you’re looking for.  From fabulous wineries to drop-dead gorgeous ballrooms to private estates that are as romantic as they are stunning, they’ll narrow down the field to just a handful that will work well with your style AND price point.  They’ll even follow up with detailed info on each venue you visit, with helpful notes and suggestions.  It’s awesome.

So what are you waiting for, m’dears?  Contact L’Relyea Events today to book your venue scouting experience.  You’ll love their never-ending attention to detail and their ability to paint the picture of how your wedding weekend/day will go.  And don’t forget to ask them about their planning services for a day that is pure perfection… and then some.

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For their 2015 brides, L’Relyea Events is offering 50% off the Venue Scouting Package! And if you are recently engaged and looking to get hitched in 2016, L’Relyea Events has something for you, too! With the purchase of their “Un” Planning Service Package, they would like to offer you 25% off your Venue Scouting Package when booked by December 31, 2015!

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Finding Your Perfect Wedding Venue with L’Relyea Events + A Promotion!

Loves, meet L’Relyea Events, the talented team of venue scouting specialists that are about to take your wedding to a whole new level of amazing.  Think an entire day of venue tours, lunch and wine tasting, all guided by a planning professional that knows everything there is to know about finding the perfect locale for you and your sweetie.  Day of your dreams in one, two, three?  Yes, please.

If you’re anything like me (and I know you are), you’ve been planning your wedding day since before you were even engaged.  So finding the perfect venue to host all of the happiness?  Sooo important. That’s where L’Relyea Events comes in.  They’ll spend an entire day getting to know you and yours + your wedding vision, so that they can find a locale that best suits everything you’re looking for.  From fabulous wineries to drop-dead gorgeous ballrooms to private estates that are as romantic as they are stunning, they’ll narrow down the field to just a handful that will work well with your style AND price point.  They’ll even follow up with detailed info on each venue you visit, with helpful notes and suggestions.  It’s awesome.

So what are you waiting for, m’dears?  Contact L’Relyea Events today to book your venue scouting experience.  You’ll love their never-ending attention to detail and their ability to paint the picture of how your wedding weekend/day will go.  And don’t forget to ask them about their planning services for a day that is pure perfection… and then some.

Promotion

For their 2015 brides, L’Relyea Events is offering 50% off the Venue Scouting Package with the purchase of their “Un” Planning Service Package! And if you are recently engaged and looking to get hitched in 2016, L’Relyea Events has something for you, too! With the purchase of their “Un” Planning Service Package, they would like to offer you 25% off your Venue Scouting Package!

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