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This Inspiration Session is Where Modern Meets Boho

Modern design tends to be sleek lines, cool colors and the philosophy that less is more. Bohemian design, on the other hand, is all about rich colors, bold patterns and romantic whimsy. The two styles seem complete opposites, but this inspiration session from Clane Gessel and Linen + Lilac proves opposites attract. See how lush florals transform this concrete setting in The Vault!

From Linen + Lilac… Imagine the tulle fog rolling in through the Berkeley Hills on a cool summer evening, surrounding an intimate wedding dinner at the iconic Claremont Club and Spa’s outdoor arbor. Inspired by the rich blue of the hotel’s Hillary-Tenzing room balanced by a softer rose quartz, we drew style inspiration from the hotel’s new modern interiors while giving a nod to the traditional feel for which the Claremont has always been known. An elegant bar backed by Maryanne Moodie’s intricate weavings, delectable bites on modern Heath Ceramics place settings, and a little woven throw for each guest to stay warm while enjoying cocktails and good company, all nestled under a sea of loose, romantic hanging greenery, is the ideal setting for a private wedding celebration or elopement with just your nearest and dearest.

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Photography: Clane Gessel Photography | Event Design: Linen & Lilac | Floral Design: Bowerbird Atelier | Wedding Dress: La Soie Bridal | Cake: Ma Petite Maison Cake Design | Stationery: Bowerbird Atelier | Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Makeup: Tylar Leonard | Hair: Taylor Cercone | Venue: Claremont Club & Spa | Furniture Rentals: Blueprint Studios | Glassware + Flatware: Billy Ella | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Place Settings: Billy Ella | Place Settings: Heath Ceramics | Social Catering Manager, Claremont Club & Spa: Claremont Club & Spa | Weavings: Maryanne Moodie

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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)


Bridesmaid Dress Shopping Made Easy with Brideside + A Promotion!

Let’s be honest, guys… wedding planning isn’t always easy.  So the last thing you need to worry about? Finding the perfect attire for your bridal party.  Enter Brideside, the fab online boutique that simplifies the process in every way possible with the help of a personal style consultant, an easy-peasy try-at-home program and hundreds of designer gowns to choose from.  They’re awesome, loves.

Your besties are the most important group of ladies in your life, so choosing that ah-mazing gown that will make ALL of them happy is a top priority. We totally get that… and so does Brideside.  Which is why their group of seriously knowledgeable style consultants will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process; answering all of those questions you are SURE to have and being those extra set of eyes you didn’t even know you needed.  Which means that whether your nearest and dearest live right next door, in different states OR across town on an entirely different work schedule, Brideside is here to help with their fabulous online shop and try-at-home program.  We love.

With Brideside, finding that perfect gown is, well… as simple as it is stunning.  That’s because Brideside has hundreds (yes, hundreds) of designer dresses, colors and fabrics to choose from.  They even recently announced their Kelly Faetanini for Brideside Exclusive Collection, a lineup of gowns that makes changing up your bridal party look easy AND fun with six chic cocktail dresses made for dancing the night away + four long skirts to add to the pretty for a more formal look.  It’s basically the greatest thing to happen to weddings since gold glitter and peonies.  We are sooo on board.

So what are you waiting for, loves? Head to Brideside TODAY to register to meet your personal style consultant, invite your besties to view your “closet” and start saving your favorite gowns from Brideside’s hundreds of choices.  Your style consultant will field all of the questions re: size and ordering, then send out samples (they have over 1,000!) in sizes ranging from 00-30 for you to try on at home, bubbly totally optional.  Once you have narrowed down the choices, Brideside will send your gowns right to your doorstep. It’s truly that simple… and that fun.


Brideside is offering SMP readers $20 off dresses using code 20OFFSMPCA!  Offer expires March 31st, 2016 and excludes Joanna August, Jenny Yoo and Donna Morgan collections.