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Instead of a Huge Portuguese Wedding, This Couple Had a Small Napa Affair

When this Bride and Groom began to plan their wedding, they knew that with their large families, it had the potential to become “My Big Fat Portuguese Wedding.” So instead, the duo made the decision to escape to Napa’s The Carneros Inn for an intimate wedding with 60 of their closest friends and family. And with vendors like Bella Bridal Napa ValleyErin Hearts Court and Morocco Lee, the end result is simply perfect. Take it all in in The Vault!


From The Bride…Nelson and I met 11 years ago at a Halloween party and as ridiculous as we looked we knew we were destined for each other! Our love grew stronger over the years and led to us moving into our tiny shoebox apartment in NYC. Those were some of our best years and we soon after got engaged in Paris. We both come from large Portuguese families and knew our wedding had the potential to become huge and overwhelming so we made the decision to make it an intimate setting with 60 of our closest friends and family. Nelson and I felt a deep connection to the romantic, rustic, and organic feel of Napa after having visited. That helped set the vibe for our big day and we’re so happy we followed our gut. We started the festivities with treating our guests to a wine tasting tour of three of Napa’s wonderful vineyards. We had a blast! Our wedding day was picture perfect. The ceremony and cocktail was held outside in sunny 80 degree weather. Following we had a wonderful dinner inside the bright and airy Hilltop room at Carneros Inn with sweeping views of Napa vineyards. The food was amazing and the staff at Carneros couldn’t have been more seamless. We were worry free as we danced the night away with our friends and family!

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Photography: Erin Hearts Court | Cinematography: MOROCCO LEE WEDDINGS | Floral Design: Julie Stevens Designs | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Invitations: Signora E Mare | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bracelet: Alexis Bittar | Catering: The Carneros Inn | Hair + Makeup: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Groom's Attire: Paul Smith | Venue: The Carneros Inn | Earrings: David Yurman | Guestbook: Spellbinderie

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Design Your Dream Day with WED School + A Giveaway!

We’re big fans of Shannon Leahy (read: she’s awesome), so when she told us she was launching a fab WED School to teach each and every one of you how to plan + design your Big Day like a pro, well… happy dancing ensued.  Think a self-study training platform that will walk you through the creative process + develop your unique sense of style to design a day that is totally chic and totally you. YES.

We all love Shannon Leahy and her stunning, stop-you-in-your-tracks weddings, so signing up for her WED School (aka, Wedding & Event Design School) to learn everything there is to know about creating a breathtaking event is sort of a no-brainer.  I’m talking tips and tricks the pros use, plus step by step tools that will give you that cohesive + professional + beyond breathtaking day you’ve always dreamed of… one that will leave all of your guests talking with each and every gorgeous detail.  It’s awesome.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Head to WED School today to sign up for your very first course, Event Design 101.  You’ll learn the skills you need to throw the greatest wedding ever, plus master all sorts of celebrations, from gorgeous dinner parties to intimate anniversary parties to baby showers and more. In other words?  You’ll be planning like a pro in no time at all.  Contact them NOW to get your party on.


What: WED School is giving a free event design course to one lucky winner! (Value $399)

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us which aspect of your wedding planning experience your most excited about!

Who: One lucky reader, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 22, 2016.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography (Top to Bottom): Josh Gruetzmacher (Image 1, 2, 5) + Silvana Di Franco (Image 3) + Sasha Gulish (Image 4)


Stunning Bridesmaid Dresses with twobirds Bridesmaid + A Giveaway!

twobirds Bridesmaid is awesome, I don’t need to tell you that.  I mean, gorgeous bridesmaid frocks that can be wrapped in endless ways to flatter ALL body types?  Genius.  From their amazing selection of soft + stunning fabrics to their 40+ color options to their fab new collections, twobirds Bridesmaid is the best thing to happen to weddings since, well… gold, glitter and peonies.  Soak them all in below.

We’ve all been there.  That crazy day of bridesmaid dress shopping that turns into an almost impossible task, because, well… each one of your besties is sooo different.  Enter twobirds Bridesmaid and their insanely gorgeous lineup of convertible dresses.  I’m talking dresses that requires ZERO alterations, are totally maternity friendly and can be worn time and time again… long after the Big Day is over.  Not to mention their lineup of beautiful hues + brilliant fabric options.  It’s a mixing and matching lovers dream with options in jersey, tulle AND rosette.  And don’t even get me started on the many styling options. These dresses are magic.

Ready to begin your journey towards the world’s happiest bridal party?  Head to twobirds Bridesmaid TODAY to peruse the pretty.  And stay tuned for new collection featuring their bridal gown in lace (!), tulle ombre and jumpsuits.  We.can’t.wait.


What: twobirds Bridesmaid is giving away THREE convertible dresses to one lucky bride and her bridal party! (Value $930)

Who: One lucky bride, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 1, 2016.

How: Enter below, lovelies! Good luck! xo

Style Me Pretty + twobirds Bridesmaid Giveaway!