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Mendocino Wedding from Melanie Duerkopp

This wedding is crazy beautiful.  Like in a blow your mind, leave you speechless kind of way.  Which is something we happen to be quite fond of here at SMP, so to say we’re excited to share every last moment with you would be a serious understatement.  From the breathtaking ceremony (hello, Bluff Overlook) to the downright darling details to the bride and groom who were so obviously meant-to-be, it’s just one beautiful moment after another filling our hearts with happy.  And the gallery captured by Melanie Duerkopp?  Simply amazing.  Join me there for all of the pretty. 


From the Bride… My vision for our wedding started with a mood board. I wanted our guests to enjoy themselves and describe it as “simply beautiful.”  I pulled pantone swatches, images of flowers, settings, colors, desserts, foods and people enjoying themselves. We married on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Mendocino. The MacCullum House, a bed & breakfast in the village of Mendocino was where we held the reception and where we all stayed. Since there was already so much natural beauty in our setting, I just wanted to keep things simple, but detailed. I wanted people to understand why we chose the place we did and I wanted to enhance the natural beauty of our surroundings. I chose coral for the main color and I used charcoal gray with bits of sage green as the neutrals.

The men and ushers dressed in charcoal suits accented with coral paisley ties. My Maid of Honor and Flower Girl dressed in coral dresses from J.Crew. My mother, sister and I made about 20 tissue paper poufs in all shades of coral and white to hang from a tree at the entrance of the ceremony site. This along with a wedding sign marked the entrance. Hundreds of flower petals in the same colors led people down the path to our site. We had our florist build a simple wooden arch for us to get married beneath. Mason jars with beautiful combinations of flowers (all soft, flowery and romantic) marked the chairs bordering the aisles. I bought an Anne Barge dress from a sample sale and completely altered the entire dress (save the skirt) with a seamstress. I wanted everything to be soft and romantic.

I bought about 50 white pillar candles and hundreds of votives that we filled the dining room at the Mac House with. The warmth of the light against the dark mahogany wood created an intimate setting for dinner. We chose long dining room tables for our guests to gather around. I chose centerpieces that were low and scattered in small mason jars across the tables. I bought simple white runners for our tables along with different shades of grosgrain ribbon in our colors to lay beneath them. We created signature drinks based on our favorite spirits also in our colors. Hers: the lady sipper made with vodka, peach and citrus; His: gin, dill, soda water and lime accented with grey swirl straws. Our favors were small boxes in charcoal grey accented with coral grosgrain ribbon personalized with our last name initial, J. These were filled with a traditional Lebanese gift of Jordan almonds. Additionally, we created gift bags filled with local treats made by local caterers. I put the hang tags together by stamping our initials along with the date on coral tags from the Paper Source. I even bought coral gingham wrapping paper for our jars of honey that we gifted!

Wedding Photography: Melanie Duerkopp | Ceremony Venue: The Bluff Overlook in Mendocino, California | Reception Venue: The MacCallum House in Mendocino, California | Officiant: Dr. Rev. Habib Badr, Pastor of the National Evangelical Church of Beirut, Lebanon (family friend) | Wedding Coordination: Lori Squillace from The MacCallum House | Floral Design: Rosa Wyglendowski from L&R Farms | Event Design: the Bride | Catering: Executive Chef Allen Kantor from The MacCallum House | Desserts: Sharon Robinson | Honey: Mendocino Jams & Preserves | Sweet + Salty Treats: Jacquelyn Hewitt ( | Guitarist: Sergei Bassehas | DJ: Johanna Schultz | Favor Boxes: Simple Tastes | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Custom Tailoring: Szuszanna Rudolf  | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | After-Party Dress: Diane von Furstenburg | Makeup: Amy Wall from Mendocino Beauty

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Hillsborough Wedding from Weddings by Sasha + Outlined Productions

I love weddings and I love to talk about weddings, so to say it’s rare that I am at a loss for words would be a serious understatement.  Until today.  Because this gorgeous Hillsborough affair from the geniuses at Outlined Productions?  It’s leaving me all kinds of speechless… and then some.  On my list of oh-so-fabulous reasons?  The chic black and red color palette, the Old Hollywood vibe and the beyond breathtaking al fresco setting.  And don’t forget the gorgeous bride and groom, who are literally beaming in every beautiful image snapped up by Weddings by Sasha.  See it all in the full gallery.

From the Bride… The Crocker Farm House was offered to us through my father’s best friend. It’s an old farm house from the mid-1800’s that used to be horse stables before being converted into a home. I spent some time at the house in my early childhood, splashing around in the pond and jumping into the pool during the summertime with my siblings. We always wanted to get married outside with the scenery as our backdrop and the Crocker Farm House really brought together our vision.

Florist and bridesmaid, Becky Reinhart-Polanski arranged all the floral arrangements, bringing the whole romantic vision to life. Flowers were a mix of Black Baccara Roses, Red Freedom Roses, Black Dahlia, Purple Stock, and Purple Trachelium. My dress was made of cotton & silk and the gown was from the Vineyard Collection for Priscilla of Boston. I made my veil and the gloves were vintage and purchased online. My gold statement necklace was by Bella Noel. The Bridesmaid dresses were Silk taffeta by Jim Hjelm. The groomsmen wore black suits from a mix of designers of their choice and the groom was dressed in head to toe Tom Ford.

Wedding bands were designed by Jeweler Nick Engal, and my engagement ring is a non-traditional 1950’s diamond cocktail ring. Jamal and I both share a love for vintage/Old Hollywood Glam aesthetics, which inspired the deep red color palette for florals and the black, white linens and wedding attire. 

We had 100 ambre (White to black) paper windmills that lined the side of the ceremony area. Two sets of corn hole games set up at the reception for guests to play. Instead of having a cake, we had a pie stand set up for guests to help themselves throughout the night as well as a vintage popcorn machine, since the groom’s favorite food is popcorn. The night ended with over two hundred sparklers lighting the event as everyone danced and sang while the night drew to a happy end.

Wedding Photography: Weddings by Sasha Gulish / Wedding Location: Private Estate in Hillsborough, California / Event Planning: Outlined Productions / Floral Design: Becky Reinhart from Mums Floral Design / Officiant: Jared Rivera / Catering: Sam Josi from Mamacita / Dessert: Pietisserie / DJ: Chris Harnett / Ceremony Music: Andrew Blair / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Jewelry: Bella Noel / Rings: Nick Engal / Bridesmaid Attire: Jim Hjelm / Groom’s Attire: Tom Ford / Hair: Lindsay from Mercer Street Salon

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Backyard Danville Wedding from Angie Silvy Photography

We’re total suckers for how-we-met stories and we just love it when our brides and grooms, just like this couple, are best friends. Because not only do friendships make for the best marriages, they make for the best DIY weddings ever. Long nights spent crafting and creating beautiful details for your wedding truly make for the best times. And when you’re as talented as this couple, well, you’ve got casual, DIY wedding style on lockdown. Angie Silvy Photography captured each and every moment to perfection and trust me when I say, there’s a whole lot more to see right here.

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From the Groom… Our wedding was located in beautiful downtown Danville, California, on September 8, 2012 at a colonial-style residence owned by Katie’s grandfather. All the work and time put into our wedding was done with the help of Spring Loaf Catering, Katie, her family, and the groom himself.  

Katie and I met in sunny San Diego at Jacks in La Jolla, formerly owned and operated by her uncle, Bill Berkley. We met on a Thursday night, out on the town. We hit it off right away, but as the night faded, we went our separate ways, but not before exchanging numbers. A year had passed with minimal contact between one other, until one night I saw her out again and was able to lock eyes with her. That began our journey together. From then on we became best friends, and that friendship turned into love, and we have never left each others’ side, going on six years strong. 

Wedding Photography: Angie Silvy Photography / Second Shooter: Robin Jolin / Wedding Venue: The Bride’s Grandfather’s Home in Danville, California / Event Design, Catering + Rentals: Caroline of SpringLoaf Catering / Floral Design: Katherine Bergman Floral Designs / Flowers for Garden: Colleen Gorecki + Kathy Francis / Wedding Invitations, Place Cards + Programs: Designs in Paper / DJ: Infinity Pro Sound / Lighting, Wish Lanterns + Floating Candles: David White (The Groom) / Photo Booth: DJ Event / Wedding Dress: Rivini “Turquoise” / Dress Alterations: Janene’s Bridal Boutique / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka “Goodie Platform Pumps” / Bride’s Jewelry: Custom / Bride’s Engagement Ring: Antique / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor / Groom’s Suit + Shirt: Hugo Boss Black / Groom’s Cufflinks: Montblanc / Groom’s Belt: Burberry / Groom’s Bow Tie: Salvatore Ferragamo / Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo “Bambino Wood Loafers” / Groom’s Watch: Technoluxury / Groom’s Wedding Band: David Yurman / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Johnston & Murphy / Groomsmen’s Pants: John Varvatos / Groomsmen’s Bow Ties: Custom by Gucci

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