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DIY Napa Wedding at Chardonnay Golf Club

This wedding is loveliness defined. The beautiful, fresh color palette, the sweet DIY details and the oh-so-fun florals from Daisy Rose Floral Design all make it the perfect wedding for the pages of SMP. But it’s the love between these two cuties that really makes us giddy, and you can see all the perfect moments snapped up by Carmen Holt Photography right here. And be sure to stick around to watch their special video from IQ Videography below…


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From the Bride…From the very beginning, my relationship with Jamaal moved quickly. We were dating for less than a year when we knew we wanted to get married. And when Jamaal proposed after 14 months of dating, we gave ourselves 4 short months to plan our wedding. We knew that we wanted the wedding to be sweet and simple, and we had only a few requirements: (1) that the ceremony be outdoors and (2) that the reception incorporate elements that represented us as individuals and as a couple.

For me, that meant a lot of DIY. I love anything that lets me exercise my creativity, so I took the lead in creating our wedding decor. Jamaal and I bought ream upon ream of cardstock and, with the help of some friends, created dozens of paper wheels and paper roses that we hung as backdrops for the reception. We stamped and filled favor bags, designed and created our table signs, cut and strung name-tags onto mason jars, wrote our own chalkboard signage, and much, much more.

Beyond the crafts, we found other ways to make sure that our wedding had a personal touch. Jamaal loves milk and cookies — it’s his nightly ritual. So we set up a delicious milk and cookies bar. To make sure that I was represented too, we included almond milk and vegan cookie options in addition to the whole milk and buttery cookies that Jamaal loves.

While Jamaal’s nightly ritual is milk and cookies, mine is a glass of piping hot tea (like every true Persian) and a vegan cupcake from Whole Foods. So as part of our wedding favors, we filled cotton bags with some of our favorite loose leaf tea blends, including Monk’s Blend, White Jasmine, and Persian Amber tea. We made sure to include brewing instructions so our guests could get the most out of our gift. We also had a tea bar onsite to keep our guests caffeinated and satisfied throughout the evening.

As for the cupcake-lover in me, we decided to serve our guests cupcakes in lieu of wedding cake. Our cupcakes were catered from Whole Foods in Davis, CA, which is essentially my second home. Even before we hired Whole Foods Davis as our dessert caterer, the bakers there knew me by name because every day, without fail, I would purchase one (or two) of their delicious vegan cupcakes. At the wedding, we served some mine and Jamaal’s favorites: vanilla, red velvet, and carrot cupcakes with both vegan and non-vegan options.

Jamaal and I not only wanted to represent ourselves at the wedding, but also where we came from. So we decided to name our tables after cities with some significance to us either individually or as a couple. We included our places of birth, our hometowns, our college towns, the city where we met, where he proposed, where we would honeymoon, and more.

Also, Jamaal and I are both Persian, so to represent our heritage, we decided to cater Persian food for dinner. We served three types of Persian rice, traditional herb and eggplant stews, and kabob as our main dishes. For appetizers, we served dolma, herb yogurt, an assortment of nuts, and feta cheese with lavash bread. We also served an array of traditional Persian pastries, including baklava, rice and pistachio cookies, and more.

Another way that we personalized our wedding was through our guest book, or rather, our guest quilt. I’m a quilt-lover and, as it happens, Jamaal’s mom is the Quilt Queen. She makes quilts for him and all her loved ones for various special occasions. At the wedding, we had all our guests sign fabric blocks that Jamaal’s mom later sewed together into a beautiful wedding quilt that reflects all the love and support we felt throughout our special day.

The four months of wedding planning were a whirlwind, but everything came together beautifully the day of. We are so happy to share it with you now.

Photography: Carmen Holt Photography | Videography: IQ Videography | Flowers: Daisy Rose Floral Design | Ceremony Venue: Chardonnay Golf Club | Reception Venue: Chardonnay Golf Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | DJ: Sound in Motion | (some) Bridesmaids' Hair & Makeup: The Traveling Stylist | Accomodations: Holiday Inn Express & Suites | Bride's & (some) Bridesmaids' Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Lia | Bride's Dress: Mori Lee | Cake & Cupcakes: Whole Foods Market | Day-Of Coordinator: Events by Satra | Groom & Groomsmen's Suits: Men's Wearhouse

Donna Morgan is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. IQvideography and Daisy Rose Floral Design are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Peach Inspired Farm Wedding at Carneros Inn

The theme for this affair (modern, rustic, sparkle and glam, peach orchard inspired wedding) is a mouthful but the result is a seamless blend of fruit and elegance. The maid of honor and head design aficionado, Charmed Events, crafted a peach-filled soiree that we can so get behind. And with imagery by Jen Huang Photography and a film by Burkart Studios, there’s plenty to pore through. Have a look here for more.

From Charmed Events Planning… Planning Anna and Matt’s wedding is so dear to my heart because Anna is one of my oldest friends; we’ve known each other since Jr. High! I was also her Maid of Honor so this wedding was extra special to me. Since getting married and having a fairytale wedding was so important to Anna, I made sure that no detail was lost in planning and designing the wedding of their dreams!

When Anna and Matt decided to get married at the Carneros Inn, we quickly got to designing their modern, rustic, sparkle and glam, peach orchard inspired wedding. We begun with building a color palette of peach, mint green and sparkle gold and accented it with lace details and peaches of course…lots of them!

For the ceremony, we wanted to re-create a modern peach orchard paradise. We had boxed crates lining the aisle filled with peaches and eucalyptus leaves with a huge floral A+M piece placed at the end of the aisle to greet guests and the couple alike. Some highlights to the ceremony included Mia, the couple’s labrador retriever, who walked down the aisle with the Groom and the vows that were exchanged between the couple. The entire ceremony was serenaded by talent extraordinaire, Bobby Jo Valentine. After the ceremony, guests were given satchels of lavender to congratulate the newly wed couple.

For cocktail hour, guests enjoyed drinks and merriment on the Carneros garden lawn and found their seats through personalized peaches with their names on flags. Guests were encouraged to leave a postcard for the couple, sharing their well wishes for the couples’ nuptials. Custom pillows were created in the couple’s color palette to further enhance the guest experience during cocktail hour while guests enjoyed guitar and singing by Bobby Jo Valentine.

The reception was as decadently gold and blush pink as can be! Glitter sequin chevron runners glistened each table, adorned with gold rimmed glassware and chargers that were accented by olive sprigs at each place setting. For the Sweetheart table, our concept was to build an indoor garden just for the Bride and Groom and Poppy’s Petalworks did an amazing job of building a romantic, rustic arbor for the couple’s “throne”, complete with a love seat for the couple. The couple went the distance to splurge on treats for their guests, to include three wedding cakes by Perfect Endings, a cotton candy stand and Honolulu Cookie Company treats packed for each guest, all wrapped up with twine and lace. For the couple’s first dance, they twirled to Adam Sandler’s rendition of “I want to grow old with you”. My favorite detail of the reception were the custom glass patterns that were splashed onto the walls in blush pink and peach.

Photographer: Jen Huang Photography | Videography: Burkart Studios | Floral Design: Poppy's Petalworks | Cake: Perfect Endings | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair And Make Up: Vanity Pham | DJ: Boutique DJs - Josh Dukes | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Jewelry: Tiffanys | Ceremony And Reception Venue: The Carneros Inn | Ceremony Musician: Bobby Jo Valentine | Full Event Planning, Design, Stationery: Charmed Events Group | Letterpress: Felix Rhys Paperie | Linens: La Tavola | Linens And Event Rentals: Hartmann Studios

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Napa Valley Engagement Session

Sylvie Gil is synonymous with stunningly gorgeous images around these parts, and it only takes one peek at this stunning Napa Valley shoot to see why we love her so at SMP. She has an eye for the moments that make us swwon, and you can get lost in some every last one snapped up of this darling duo right here.

From Sylvie GilAmy an Mark are from New York and fell in love with Napa Valley to celebrate their wedding. They love to travel off the beaten path, take photos, drink wine and enjoy gastronomy. When I met Amy, she immediately reminded me of Brigitte Bardot… so I brought my french “panier” and my old cameras. She came along with some really cute outfits… plus of course a bottle of wine! Engagement sessions are supposed to be fun and this one certainly was…

Photographer: Sylvie Gil | Hair And Makeup: Julie Morgan

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