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Rustic Sacramento Backyard Wedding

Backyard weddings will never grow old, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Gaze upon the beauty of this backyard ceremony and you’ll know that if anything, they’re just getting better and better. Kate Whelan Events created one beautiful bash, and Flourish’s olive branches were the icing on the (delicious) cake. Myrtel and Marjoram snapped away and you can start daydreaming with me right this way.

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From Kate Whelan Events… As soon as they were engaged, Laurel and William knew they would be hosting their ceremony in Laurel’s Tuscan-esque family home. The backyard held a natural and organic feel that they wanted for their wedding and surrounded Laurel with memories of her childhood. Flanked by olive trees and potted lemon plants, the couple walked down the aisle to an altar draped in beautiful garlands and accented with olive wreaths. Chalk hearts led the guests down the driveway into the charming backyard surrounded by greenery and beautiful fountains. A champagne bar on a large marble table welcomed guests as they arrived and a guitarist serenaded the guests and wedding party as they took their places. Small hints of the groom’s Texan heritage and bride’s California heritage were sprinkled throughout, in monograms and wrought iron details throughout. After the ceremony, guests headed to The Firehouse in Old Sacramento. They were welcomed to the autumn courtyard scene by a table full of handmade escort cards and led to their table by the couple’s favorite Halloween candy classics. Handprinted table signs were created by the bride’s sister. Beautiful organic arrangements accented with more olive leaves sat at each table, while the head table was decorated by the repurposed ceremony garland. Market lights twinkled overhead while the guests danced underneath. A delicious cake was accented with more olive leaves and fresh florals.

Photography: Myrtle And Marjoram Photography | Floral Design: Flourish | Wedding Dress: Atelier Des Modistes | Cake: Susie Cakes | Reception Venue: Firehouse | Shoes: J Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Hair: Jen Gouge | Band: Hip Service | Groom's Attire: Canali | Transportation: Baja Limo | Event Planning And Design: Kate Whelan Events | Guitarist: Jessie Hendricks | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Urban Chic Holiday Party Inspiration

What’s a party without champagne? For this holiday shindig hosted by 2Chic Events & Design, Chandon was front and center along with a gorgeous spread decorating their new studio space. A Christmas tree, macaron favors and a bellini bar – all amazing ways to celebrate the holidays. Have a look at the imagery captured by Milou & Olin right here and from all all of us at SMP, cheers to Christmas Eve!

When Event Planners host a holiday party with an invite list filled to the brim with amazing and creative fellow vendors, they must bring their A-Game! Aimee and Kristin of 2Chic Events & Design recently did just that, inviting all of their vendor friends in to their newly expanded urban chic studio space for a sneak peek of the venue and a delicious catered lunch.

Just because it’s a casual lunch, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be overflowing with beautiful details. Aimee and Kristin treated their guests to an amazing Bellini bar, tables set with impeccable detail and delicious macaron dessert favors from the talented chocolatiers at Ginger Elizabeth.

Photography: Milou & Olin | Event Design: 2Chic Events & Design | Event Planning: 2Chic Events & Design | Floral Design: Bloomers Floral Design | Catering: Beth Sogaard Catering | Favors: Ginger Elizabeth | Print Items: Honey Paperie | Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals

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Fleurs de France

Flowers make people happy, that’s a well known fact. But wedding flowers? Well, those beauties cause elation! And when your big day bouquets + arrangements are done by the uber talented Fleurs de France, the pretty just doesn’t stop.

With over 20 years of experience, Jessica of Fleurs de France has created countless unique floral designs for couples saying “I do” in California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country. Passionate about weddings, parties and events and endlessly creative, she helps her clients’ dreams become reality by pulling inspiration from the area’s breathtaking scenery as well as the couple’s personal style. Fleurs de France works closely with each couple to create a floral look that is truly special. Whether you’re hosting a traditional intimate soiree or a modern over-the-top bash, Fleurs de France makes sure your big day is completely stress free and flawlessly executed!

To see even more of their gorgeous work, be sure to take a peek at the Fleurs de France blog and head over here to contact Fleurs de France to start planning your big day!

Photo Credits: Larissa Cleveland Photography | Julie Kay Kelly Photography | Larissa Cleveland PhotographyLarissa Cleveland Photography | Jenna Marie Photography | Fleurs de France | Arrowood PhotographyBriana Marie Photography Wedding Planners: Stacy McCain Events | Cole Drake Events | Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events | A Dream Wedding Venues Pictured: Calistoga Ranch | St. Francis Winery | Chalk Hill WineryGundlach Bundschu | Booneville Hotel | Harvest Inn | Chateau St. Jean

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Art Deco Inspired Wedding at Sacramento Grand Ballroom

I’m finding it impossible to find words worthy of this stunning, and I mean stunning, art-deco inspired wedding captured by Josh Gruetzmacher Photography. Because as hard as I try, words just won’t do this seriously stylish soiree justice. So do yourself a favor today, and get lost long enough in this gorgeous gallery to really soak up every last moment, because ladies and gents, it doesn’t get better than this.

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From the Bride…Aaron and I met at a Halloween party the day I moved from San Francisco to New York in 2010. We instantly clicked initially as friends, but quickly became inseparable.

From the moment we started planning, we knew we wanted our wedding to reflect our style, but most importantly we wanted our loved ones to have a really fun and memorable night. Since both of us grew up in California, we decided to have our wedding in my hometown, Sacramento. We were going for an Art Deco inspired vibe. We only looked at 3 venues in Sacramento, and we when stepped into the Sacramento Grand Ballroom we knew it was the one. Built as a bank in 1912, it’s one of the most historic buildings in downtown Sacramento, with beautiful architecture and 45-foot gold leaf ceilings.

Aaron and I were planning our wedding from across the country, so we wanted to make sure we had a great team helping us along the way. We were fortunate enough to find incredible vendors that understood our vision and made our day so special and magical. In hindsight, we’re glad we didn’t compromise on our photographer, DJ, and wedding planner.

I spent the morning getting ready with my bridesmaids at The Citizen Hotel. For the bridesmaids dresses, I chose blush and grey as the color palate, with the girls wearing different styles. To pull the look together, I gave each girl a necklace from Baublebar. The groomsmen wore midnight blue tuxedos from The Black Tux and a white flower lapel pin, instead of boutonnieres.

When we walked into the reception, we were blown away by how gorgeous and romantic the venue was. The ballroom was filled with candlelights, gorgeous white flowers and feathers in tall silver candelabras, and accents of gold throughout. Our DJ set the tone perfectly for each part of the reception. Our beautiful and delicious cake was made by my two talented aunts. For our favors, we had cookies from our favorite New York City bakery, Momofuku.

Our perfect day exceeded all our expectations and we could not have imagined a better way to start our lives together.

Photographer: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Wedding Planner: Jessica Andrews Events | Ceremony Venue: St Francis Parish | Reception Venue: Sacramento Grand Ballroom | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Lighting: Mr DJ Event Services | DJ: Scratch DJ/DJ Von Woo | Wedding Favors: Momofuku Milk Bar | Hotel: Citizen Hotel | Bride's Dress: La Sposa | Bride's Hair And Makeup: Something Blue By Kayci Stoots | Bride's Rings: Anna Sheffield | Bridesmaids Jewelry: BaubleBar | Bridesmaids Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Groom Tuxedo: Rag And Bone | Groom's Bow Tie: Hugo Boss | Groom's Hair: Robin Capili | Groom's Ring: Cartier | Groom's Shoe: Del Toro Shoes | Groomsmen Lapel Pins: Etherealflowers | Groomsmen Tuxedo Rentals: The Black Tux | Photobooth: Night Owl Photo Booth | Transportation Service: Universal Limousine

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Traditional Ballroom Wedding

When you’re hosting your wedding in a locale like the Sacramento Grand Ballroom, it’s sort of a given that your day will be amazing.  But throw in a gorgeous bundle of Gatsby-inspired details and an adorable bride and groom with a love of orchids and it’s the kind of amazing that leaves you swooning all weekend.  Soak in every last breathtaking moment captured by U Me Us Studios right here.

From the Bride… We wanted to embrace the 1920′s feel of the ballroom and keep things clean and simple yet elegant and classy. We picked our colors to be navy, cream, black and gold. Very simple yet classic and a little flashy with the gold. We used pretty much as many orchids as possible because we both LOVE orchids and did all the flowers in cream and white to stay with elegant and simplistic. The tables had very tall arrangements as to reach up and highlight the gilded ceiling. We made all of our place cards and kept with the navy, cream, black and a splash of gold. We wanted to make sure the navy was really represented so we had the walls washed in blue light against the cream marble walls and all the tables were draped in cream linens with a shimmery gold overlay. We tried to make sure there was an apparent theme but it wasn’t overdone or being forced in people’s faces. Our wedding was absolutely breathtaking and I wish we could do that every year! Our planner made sure our day went perfectly and went off without a single hitch! She was unbelievable from top to bottom! Everything was seamless! I remember peeking in about an hour before and thinking “oh my gosh, this place is so pretty.” and knowing it was only going to get better! When the ceremony started it was just as breathtaking. Seeing Casey for the first time at the front of the aisle immediately put to rest any doubts I had about NOT doing a first look. Casey really did not want one and I fought him on it. In that moment I was glad he won. From the ceremony to the photos on the patio it was almost like a dream that was moving in slow motion. We can remember so much but all the little details are a blur, in the most amazing way possible. After photos we had our entrance off the main street and just waited to be called in as “Mr. & Mrs. Casey Spaich.” While we waited outside the gigantic vintage revolving doors Casey and I just looked at each other and had a moment to breathe and really just take in the magnitude of it all and it was incredible. When we walked into the reception our minds were BLOWN! It was absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous and beyond ANYTHING we could have imagined! To us it looked like and felt like we had walked straight from 2013 into the 1920′s. To our left were bartenders serving out of glass and gold teller windows, behind us was the classic revolving doors that had just transported us, in front of us was every single person that means the world to us, that has been there for us and were now helping us celebrate, and above us was that gorgeous ceiling that we had initially fallen in love with! It really was like our very own modern day Gatsby party! It was the best wedding, or party we’ve ever been privileged enough to attend, let alone be the celebrated guests!!! Absolutely amazing!

Videographer: AC Cinema | Wedding Planner: Event Architects | Floral Design: Jackie's Flowers | Wedding Dress: La Sposa | Cake: Divine Desserts By Aguirre | Invitations: Moochie Creative | Wedding Shoes: Elie Tahari | Bridesmaids Dresses: Wtoo | Caterer: Event Architects | Hair Stylist: De Facto Salon | Lighting: Mr. DJ Event Services | DJ: Mr. DJ Event Services | Wedding Favors: For Your Party | Groom's Attire: Paul Morrell | Officiant: Fr. Charles Grande | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Sacramento Grand Ballroom | Groom's Rings: Tallie Jewelry | Groomsmen Attire: Tuxedo Den | Linen: La Tavola | Makeup Stylist: Shana Beals | Photographers: U Me Us Studios | Wedding Jewelry: Givenchy

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Whimsical Vineyard Wedding

Take everything you think you know about the black, white + purple color combo, set it aside and feast your eyes on this whimsical masterpiece from 2Chic Events & Design.  Because this isn’t the modern affair you were probably expecting, it’s a romantic love-fest with gorgeous details and a whole lot of yummy goodness from Sweet Cakes by Rebecca.  Perfection? Yes.  See it all captured by The Youngrens right here.

And a beautiful film from Phillip Alan Films

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From 2Chic Events & Design… Ahhh, Amy & Jon… a couple who had me at “The ideal Saturday is one in which the time window between drinking coffee and switching to wine is a small one.”  Amy and Jon live on the east coast and I was absolutely thrilled when they hired me to design their Wilson Vineyards wedding. Getting to know them via phone and email was fun, and meeting them in person was such a breath of fresh air. They are sweet, loving, and in total awe of each other. You can literally feel their love when you’re in the room with them. Amy and Jon share a love of music, travel and wine and Amy loves the color purple. After reading their design questionnaires and learning a bit about their taste and personalities, I was immediately drawn to the idea of incorporating music sheets and mixing soft and rich purple hues with the sharpness of black and white. I’m not going to lie, it took some serious persuasion to sell the incorporation of black and white into the design to Amy and Jon. But once they bought in, they really did an amazing job of working with it. Jon’s shoes were a total surprise to me and I LOVE them. Overall, I love the way we were able achieve such a subtle cohesiveness throughout the design without overpowering it with the black and white. A few of my other favorite design elements for this wedding were the paper music hearts that we sprinkled down the aisle in lieu of the traditional petals, the ah-dorable chair backs and table numbers, the escort card display and the amazing dessert bar. Collaborating with my friends at Honey Paperie and Sweet Cakes by Rebecca always seems to be the perfect way to tie the elements together for a finished look. And, as every planner/designer knows, there is NOTHING better than receiving images of your work that capture the details perfectly and truly blow your mind. My breath was taken away by the stunning photography of The Youngrens.

Photography: The Youngrens | Videography: Phillip Alan Films | Event Design: 2Chic Events & Design | Floral Design: Ambience Floral Design | Cake: Sweet Cakes by Rebecca | Invitations: Honey Paperie | Venue: Wilson Vineyards | Linens: LaTavola | Rentals: The Find Rentals

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