I love little touches that pack a punch and nothing tickles me more than red lips and red nails on a classic bride. Only way to make it even better? Pops of hot pink throughout thanks to lots and lots of peonies. Sposto Photography captured this modern glam Napa wedding that has it all – see more fun pics in our Vault right this way!
From the Bride… Jesse had surprised me with an unforgettable proposal at The Carneros Inn, so it felt very special to also host our wedding at such a beautiful property to build on more wonderful memories.
Our wedding was in May, and the grounds at The Carneros Inn had started blooming and the gardens were beautifully lush. We kept florals simple and went with a summertime citrus palette of grapefruit pinks, bright oranges, and I chose a bold bouquet of bright pink peonies that added a real pop of color as I walked down the aisle.
It started raining the morning of our wedding, and we were worried we would have to move our outdoor ceremony inside, but half an hour before the ceremony began, as if right on cue, the clouds disappeared, the sun was shining, and we could not have asked for a more beautiful backdrop to exchange the vows we had written for each other.
Jesse and I had so much fun on our wedding day with our friends and family, enjoying great food and wine, and dancing the night away. I love re-living that day through our wedding photos and remembering the overwhelming feeling of love and warmth that filled the room that day. I’m so grateful for my wonderful husband, our wonderful friends and family, and can’t wait to plan our future vow renewal someday!
Photography: Sposto Photography | Floral Design: Julie Stevens Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Paperless Post | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair + Makeup: Susie Chhuor Makeup | DJ: DJ Celeste | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Venue: Carneros Inn | Chalkboards: Joanne Green | Rentals: Julie Stevens Designs
It’s no secret we love a berry colored wedding palette any time of year. So when Jose Villa sent us this insanely gorgeous affair designed by Joanne Lue Events…let’s just say it was hard to keep our cool. Featuring elements of wood and stone, hand-dyed linens, ceramic dinnerware, and sweet personalized notes to each guest, there are so many take-aways to inspire a bespoke celebration of your own.
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From Joanne Lue Events…Meeting a couple like Jess and Matt was a dream – worldly and humble, the two met in business school in Philadelphia and fell in love during their travels around the world and shared a sweet bond over a love of music.
The two live in San Francisco so much of their design inspiration came from Northern California influences – raw and organic elements of wood and stone, hand-dyed linens from Silk and Willow, and ceramic dinnerware from The Ark Rentals, all beautifully shot by Jose Villa.
Their wedding was personal and intimate – Jess and Matt hand wrote individual notes to each of their wedding guests that were tucked into each escort card. As a nod to their love of live music, they named their tables after the many concert venues they had been to together over the years. Guests dined among hanging candlelight, bold jewel toned florals from Cherries Flowers, under an arbor of hundred year old trees. Dinner was a true farm to table feast with tomatoes picked directly from the on-site gardens. And as frequent hosts, Jess and Matt indulged their guests with their favorite foods – cupcakes in lieu of a wedding cake, gourmet bread baskets served with multiple flavors of butter, polenta, and desserts from Jess’s childhood of sesame mochi.
Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Daniel Chae | Event Design: Joanne Lue Events | Event Planning: Joanne Lue Events | Floral Design: Cherries Flowers | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Cupcakes: Sibby's Cupcakery | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: The Glamourist | Lighting: Got Light | DJ: Boutique DJs | Groom's Attire: Canali | Venue: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Bride's Accessories: Perfect Details | Furniture Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Furniture Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Invitations, Stationery + Calligraphy: Oh My Deer Handmades | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Silk Accessories: Silk & Willow | Tabletop Rentals: Frances Lane | Tabletop Rentals: The Ark Event Rentals
Pretty paper goods? Sort of our jam here at SMP. So to say we’re excited to introduce you to one of our fave stationery designers, Carla Fahden of Color Me Carla, is, well… a serious understatement. Because if there is anything that can brighten up your work week, it’s her one-of-a-kind works of stationery pretty. Fall in love with every. last. piece (+ check out her awesome giveaway) below.
Painted by hand in gouache (and fine-tuned in photoshop), each collection from Color Me Carla is absolutely unique and timeless in a way that will make your minimalistic hearts happy. Think a modern meets classic aesthetic with a balanced use of white space and a defining approach to symmetry. Not to mention that each stunning work of art is sooo pretty AND printed locally on a variety of paper stocks (hello, luxe 100% cotton), plus completely customizable with colors and fonts. It’s what we call absolute perfection… and the perfect way to let your guests know just where the party is at. We love.
Visit Color Me Carla’s website, Instagram and Pinterest to start your journey to the perfect stationery suite, including fab Save the Dates and even menus. That wow-inducing invitation you’ve been searching for? Color Me Carla has it. We promise.
What: Color Me Carla is excited to announce her $1,000 giveaway! Yep – one lucky bride and groom will receive 100 invitations, reply cards and pre-addressed envelopes – with the option to customize color palette and fonts!
How: To enter, simply…
1) Follow @colormecarla_ on Instagram, and
2) Click the link in @colormecarla_’s profile to fill out a quick form
Who: One lucky bride or groom, chosen completely at random, will be notified via Instagram. Contest ends 11.17 @ 5p CST. Good luck, lovelies! xo