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Timeless California Wedding in Shades of Pink

Shades of pink… that is our love language. And these bright, blushing centerpieces by Fujii Florist are speaking right to our classic loving souls. They are wrapped up in a day so timeless and perfect with a Bride in a Reem Acra gown worthy of a good old-fashioned swoonfest and photographs that only Tanja Lippert could capture so perfectly. Catch all the pink, all the sparkly, all the love right here.

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From The Groom…Lauren and I met in high school in California when we were both sixteen – me at an all-boys Catholic prep and she at the all-girl sister school. We shared a love of the outdoors, politics, and dinners at Pasta Pomodoro. Four proms, a long-distance college relationship, and one cross-country move later, our taste in restaurants has improved but the interests, good times, and respect for one another that initially brought us together remains the same.

Although we now call Atlanta home, we’re both Californians at heart so we knew the wedding would be back in the Bay Area, near many of our friends and family. Neither Lauren nor I consider ourselves sentimental people, but we couldn’t help but appreciate the beauty of choosing Stanford’s church as our ceremony venue – in addition to being Lauren’s alma mater (and home to my favorite college football team), her parents had gotten married there on the same date in August 37 years earlier.

The rest of our wedding planning followed naturally. We wanted the day to be beautiful and timeless, but also to really focus on the things that Lauren and I cared about most: friends and family, drinks and dancing, and amazing food! We were planning from afar so we made most of our decisions during a weeklong, whirlwind wedding trip during the winter holidays (and had lots of help from some amazing people). Our reception venue was a beautiful private home and garden, just minutes from the church, that had exactly the comfortable elegance we were looking for. Since we both seriously lack any artistic talent, we found other ways to add our own personal touches to the reception: a shuck-to order oyster bar (hands down my favorite food), personalized appetizers (fish n’ chips and crabcakes, reminiscent of our many trips to Barbara’s Fishtrap in nearby Half Moon Bay), a string quartet to play during the cocktail hours (one of our first dates was at the San Francisco Symphony), and his and her signature cocktails (Lauren’s classic French 75 and my dirty martini). Our flowers were done by a florist Lauren’s family has known since she was a child. We met with them six weeks before the wedding, described our color scheme and gave them free-reign with the design and were amazed at how perfectly everything turned out.

The wedding day itself was warm, sunny and like the past ten years we’d spent together (and hopefully the next 50 to come) was filled with more love and laughter than we ever could have dreamed. Lauren was stunningly beautiful and her smile and grace made me fall in love all over again. It was perfect.

Photography: Tanja Lippert | Floral Design: Fujii Florist | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Studio Cake | Cupcakes: Sprinkles Cupcakes | Stationary: Aerialist Press | Stationary: Swiss Cottage Designs | Ceremony Venue: Standford Memorial Church | Reception Venue: Twelve Oaks Estate | Catering: Cardel Catering | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale | Bridesmaids’ Dressing Gowns: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bride’s Hair: Karen Quisol | Bride’s Shoes: Valentino | Groomsmens’ Bowties: Southern Proper | Hotel : Four Seasons Silicon Valley | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Make-up + Bridal Party Hair: Tia Reagan | Oyster Bar: The Oyster Girls | Photography Assistant: Karen Rustin | Rentals: Hartmann Studios

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Colorful Spring Palo Alto Wedding

I’d be willing to bet my bottom dollar that this wedding goes down as a SMP favorite. For starters, it’s the work of Marcy Blum and Nancy Liu Chin (aka, some of the best in the biz) with Stephanie Pool behind the lens. From the bright pink petals down the aisle to the statement bridesmaids’ dresses, it’s a risk-taking spin on traditional elegance that paid off BIG time. Get started in the gallery and don’t miss the film from AwesomeShot Studios.

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From Marcy Blum AssociatesPlanning this wedding for one of my dearest friends’ children (we have been friends for over 45 years) of course held a very special meaning for me. I’ve known the bride and her siblings before they were born, and not having kids of my own, they are my surrogates.

Dana was raised in Palo Alto and now lives with her husband (Rob is from New York) in New York City where her mother, father, and I were raised. The bride and I have very similar taste and style and we lean towards the ‘fabulous’ much to her mother’s chagrin.

One of the challenges for me was to imbue the very elegant but rather masculine and definitely ‘clubby’ Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club with some NYC glitz and glam without eradicating the wonderful California aura that Dana and her family are very attached to. The Club is also a venue that many of the guests are quite familiar with and I wanted to turn it into something that felt very different and very festive to them as well. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the banquet manager Helen Engelherdt (from ny of course :) was 100% with me on this project and made it far easier than it would have been otherwise. We served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before the ceremony so that we didnâ??t impinge on any members golfing time when we finally set up.

The ceremony on the golf course (an outdoor ceremony was the one non-negotiable from the bride) began with Beach Boy songs performed by an acapella group and continued with a classical ensemble. After the ceremony performed by a friend of the couple, guests entered the ballroom from a different direction than usual. Guests were literally stopped in their tracks by the transformation of the club’s dining room. Using long tables, custom gossamer and gold linens, clever lighting and hanging crystals and blooms from the existing chandeliers,our team had rendered the club ballroom even to those who are there often, unrecognizable.

A fabulous band after dinner was followed by a DJ in the sexy club we had built in the bar.

The entire weekend, starting with a Mexican tasting dinner in Palo Alto hosted by the grooms’ parents and ending with an around the pool farewell brunch at the bride’s parent’s home, was really the perfect melding of wonderful ideas and guests from east and west coasts, exactly as I had wished for.

Photography: Stephanie Pool | Videography: AwesomeShot Studios | Wedding Planner: Marcy Blum Associates | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Lighting: Enhanced Lighting | Afterparty DJ: Casey Connor | Beignets: Harvey's Gourmet Mini Donuts | Bride's Dress: Naeem Khan Via Mark Ingram Atelier | Ceremony, Reception, & Afterparty Venue: Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club | Cocktail Band: Samurai Gypsies | Groomsmen Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Hair : The Make Up Dolls | Invitations & Menus: Ceci New York | Linens: Nuage Designs | Photobooth: Tomfoolery | Reception Band: West Coast Music / The James Gang | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Sound & AV: Design Sound

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Palo Alto Wedding from Therese Jacinto Design + Rizza San Agustin

I have this dream of spending every single breakfast, lunch and dinner outside, surrounded by candlelight and warm weather. Basically, I want my every meal to resemble this wedding – an affair full of easy elegance and a fusion of cultural details crafted by Therese Jacinto Design. It’s the true definition of alfresco beauty and you can see even more photographed by Rizza San Agustin in the full gallery.

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From the Bride…When Shardul and I decided to get married, we had in mind a very personal ceremony. Since I am Filipino and he is Indian, we wanted elements of both of our cultures in it. We also wanted a wedding that wouldn’t break the bank—something simple, but filled with small personal touches, great food, and great company. More importantly, it had to be one that we could plan remotely, since we wished to get married in the San Francisco bay area and we wouldn’t be physically present in the months leading up to the wedding. So we were certain we would only be able to plan the wedding with the help of my sister, Therese Jacinto, who lives in the bay area and just happens to be an awesome event and floral designer. Therese did a lot of the legwork for us while we were thousands of miles away, sending us pictures of things that she wanted us to approve, like the table napkins, flatware, furniture rentals, etc. The color scheme I wanted was a combination of gold and deep reds (maroon, burgundy, etc). Gold and red are actually traditional Indian wedding colors, so that worked out quite nicely—the colors were still wedding colors but because we used deep reds and just small touches of gold, it felt very modern and not at all stuffy or overdone.

I specifically requested for the table setting to have a seamless integration of Filipino and Indian design. For that, Therese found plates that we could rent from a local supplier which had a lovely gold design on the edges. I liked that they reminded me of the plates used for formal dinners in Manila. Therese also found a lace-inspired border to use for the menu cards which felt very Filipino, since some provinces in the Philippines have a long tradition of lace-making and embroidery which began way back in the Spanish colonial period. For a distinctively Indian touch, she found beautiful little bronze lamps in World Market that we placed in the middle of the table. We also hung up a few around the buffet table area. We were only having about 25 guests at our wedding, so we wanted to give small, personalized wedding favors to each of them. We decided that since we both love chocolate, we could give away small bags of chocolate truffles. My sister found linen drawstring bags for that, and ironed on the names of each guest. We put these bags next to each place setting on the dinner table, so they doubled as place cards.

Therese also came up with the idea of incorporating a travel theme to the wedding, as a nod to the nomadic lifestyles that Shardul and I had before finally marrying and settling in the bay area. We all loved the idea. I had always particularly been fond of vintage luggage trunks, so I was ecstatic when my sister found one at a local thrift store. I asked her to cover it with old luggage labels representing cities that were personally significant to Shardul and me (cities where we were born, cities where we’d lived, and cities we’d traveled to together). She found images of real luggage labels online, printed them out on heavy stock paper, cut them out, and stuck them all over the trunk. This became a key piece in the guest reception area during the wedding.

Our wedding cake also featured the travel theme, as it had a tiny plane on top of it. The plane was a small plastic plane that we found in World Market while we were shopping for the lamps. It was originally a bright yellow color, so Therese spray-painted it gold. Besides being a lovely little touch, the little plane was a hit with the kids at the wedding—they waited eagerly for the cake to be cut so they could play with the plane. In addition, Shardul and I especially liked that we didn’t pay a “wedding price” for it. Most wedding cake designers don’t take small orders, and we didn’t want the special fondant icing on it anyway since we think buttercream tastes better. So we actually just ordered our favorite cake from a local bakery (the “B-52” from La Patisserie in Cupertino), and asked them to only use plain white frosting on the cake. Therese then placed the gold plane on top of it after we had picked up the cake. The wedding was incredibly intimate and special, as we felt it really represented who we were. The fact that we were able to merge the traditions and elements of our two different cultures for the wedding, as well as tell a little bit of the story of our relationship before the marriage, was a lovely way to begin our new life together.

Photographer: Rizza San Agustin | Event Planning, Design, Florals, DIY Crafts + Paper Details: Therese Jacinto Design | Venue: The Gamble Gardens | Furniture, Linen + Flatware Rentals: Hartmann Studios + Classic Party Rentals | Decorative Lanterns: Cost Plus World Market | Catering: Amber + Patio Filipino | Hair + Makeup: Victoria Toda | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang via David’s Bridal (Style VW351044) | Earrings: Borrowed from mother of the bride | Mangalsutra Necklace: TBZ | Groom’s Suit: Zara | Tie: Michael Kors

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