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Secret Garden Mother’s Day Brunch

Though there’s no shortage of lovely here at SMP headquarters, every so often an event sneaks into my life and throws me for a loop. As it turns out, when you pair RomaBea Images with Jill Fawcett, magical things ensue. Things like Mother’s Day brunches that are so lovely it’s almost painful. Ones that are dripping in delicious details every which way you turn. And if you like what you see here, you’re going to love the rest.

From RomaBea Images… Nestled in the seaside hills of the picturesque little town of San Clemente, five women were gathered in the Secret Garden. Two incredibly talented Mothers, along with their daughters gathered to honor the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday with a fabulous array of florals, scrumptious foods, and appreciation for their respective Legacy, the talents passed on from generation to generation.

Jill of Studio Mama’s, has passed on the love of art to her daughter Jenna, talented calligrapher and artist of Monvoir, as well as her love of gardening, always encouraging her gifts along the way.

Laura, a caterer and Culinary graduate in her own right, inspired daughter Caitlin with the love of food and presentation, and encouraged her talents in the culinary field, leading to Caityln’s newest venture, a boutique catering company. Her other daughter Madeline inherited Laura’s love and passion for gardening.

Each Mother watered the seeds of creativity in their daughters, and continue to support them along the way. The love they shared was evident, not only in their mutual respect and admiration for one another as accomplished artists, but for that special Mother/Daughter bond they so fortunately embrace.

I was so honored to have been included in their special celebration at the Secret Garden, so full of love, laughter, and a little touch of magic.


Mother’s Day Secret Garden Menu

Smashed peas, fava beans & burrata on toast
Salad Giverny
Baby lettuce, fresh spring herbs, organic rose petals, yellow pear tomatoes, & crushed hazelnut vinaigrette
Buttermilk biscuits and kumquat marmalade
Heirloom chocolate chip cookies
Strawberry rhubarb crostata and mint crème anglaise
Meringue cake, fresh berries, roasted pistachios, caramel and sea salt
Pink Lemonade with floral garnish
A dash of love

Photography: RomaBea Images | Florals/Table Scape: Jill Fawcett Of Studio Mamas | Screen Printing: Jill Fawcett Of Studio Mamas | Catering: Caitlin Vartanian Of The Abode Kitchen | Wardrobe Stylist: Jessica Ambrose | Cutting Boards: Andrew Penniman Of Eastwood Hertiage | Make Up: Shanna Campbell | Clothing: Sweeet Repeeet | Accessories: Petals And Stones | Calligraphy: Jenna M. Rainey | Hair: Jamie Dana

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Romantic Southern California Wedding

This, my friends, is what I call an amazing start to the weekend.  A blush-hued, light-filled day of Southern California beauty styled to perfection by Chic Celebrations that literally makes you want to run outside and soak in every ounce of spring sunshine.  It’s a good thing we have an entire day to do just that, don’t you think?  See it all captured beautifully by Krista Mason in the full gallery.

Golf Club

From Chic Celebrations… Raina and Matt wanted an intimate wedding comprised of their closest family and friends. They had about 60 guests join them from all over the country and so they wanted to embrace the southern California coast. They fell in love with the courtyard in front of those amazing palm trees at Talega Golf Club. They used soft pinks and neutral ivories accented with light greens from succulents and other soft greenery. For the guest tables we created “runners” of grape wood with clusters of dahlias, garden roses, succulents and surrounded by sea urchins and mushroom coral pieces. Each napkin was treated with a raw linen tie and a sprig of eucalyptus. Large amounts of candles gave the whole room a soft glow later in the evening that felt so romantic!

Photography: Krista Mason | Event Design: Chic Celebrations | Flowers: Heavenly Blooms | Wedding Cake: It’s All About The Cake | Stationery: Copper Willow Press | Ceremony Venue: Talega Golf Club | Make-up: Melissa Caufield-Breunig | Hair + Make-up: E2beauty- Hair And Makeup Team | Musicians: Timothy Espinosa | Rentals: OC Gazebos

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Coral Wedding at San Clemente Historic Beach Cottage

There’s almost nothing that makes me happier than a coral-colored lovefest. It’s the kind of wedding palette that can instantly slap a smile on my face, and when it just so happens to be captured by heidi-o-photo? Even better. Wildflowers of San Clemente whipped up the epically pretty bloomage, and you can find your Wednesday happy place right over here.

Beach Resort

From the Bride… Our wedding day was more perfect than I could have ever imagined (which was a surprise considering how much time I had spent imagining the day). The weather turned out to be perfect- not too hot and not too cold, all of our DIY elements came together to look so perfect that it brought tears to my eyes when I walked into the reception space, and we had a sunset that was so beautiful it looks fake! There were so many special moments on our wedding day that it’s very difficult for to sum it up briefly. Our families and friends did everything possible to make our day perfect. There are three gifts that I received on my wedding day that stand out as extra special moments from the day.

The first gift was my wedding present from Bryston. I knew that I wanted to give him a nice watch and I hinted about diamond earrings big time! In the weeks leading up to the wedding I know that he spent countless hours researching the perfect pair of diamond studs. On the morning of our wedding Bryston’s best man, Taylor, delivered my perfect diamond earrings with a special note from Bryston. The delivery was almost as special as the gift itself since the first time that I met Taylor was when he delivered a secret gift from my sorority Big Sis freshman year of college. Seven years later, here was Taylor delivering another very special gift.

The second gift was a necklace from my mom and sister. This gift comes from a tradition that we started when my mom got married two years ago. My sister and I decided to give her a necklace to represent the three of us on her special day. When it came time for my wedding, my mom and sister decided to continue the tradition and chose a beautiful pearl necklace to give me right before I put on my dress. We spent most of my life as a three person family unit and even though our family has expanded, our trio will always have a special relationship and our necklaces represent that.

The third gift was something different and definitely unexpected. It came at the end of the night and it is still one of my favorite memories. My stepdad and my sister’s boyfriend spent the day of the wedding setting everything up and they both worked extremely hard along with the rest of the set up crew to make everything perfect and beautiful. Of course that was a big gift in itself, but they pulled me aside at the end of the night to give me something else. During our rehearsal on Friday the big AC unit outside of the cottage turned on and was very loud in the ceremony area. I mentioned in passing that I was worried that it could turn on during the ceremony. At the end of the wedding they pulled me aside to show me the fuse box that they pulled out of the AC unit to make sure that it didn’t turn on during the ceremony. Don’t worry, they put it back and everything works just fine!”

Photography: heidi-o-photo | Floral Design: Wildflowers of San Clemente | Wedding Dress: Wtoo Watters | Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Saltwater Catering | DJ: Dillon Morris | Grooms Attire: JCrew | Pre-Wedding Venue: The Teal Seal | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Venue: San Clemente Historic Beach Cottage

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