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A Spring Wedding That’s Just Too Cute for Words

Restaurants may just be my new favorite wedding venue – case in point, this modern, minimalist masterpiece. At Aracely Restaurant on San Fran’s Treasure Island, overlooking the bay, we have this too sweet for words wedding captured by onelove photography. From the place settings to the stolen kisses, it’s all picture perfect. Head to our Vault for every beautiful bit!


From the Bride… We wanted a modern wedding set in a natural environment, so that our guests would be able to unwind and enjoy themselves. We stumbled upon Aracely Cafe on Treasure Island by chance, and absolutely loved how eclectic the environment was, especially with the cityscape in the background. Our family and friends are so important to us, so picking the right venue with the right atmosphere for fun and relaxation was crucial. The venue, together with the decor, music and food were things we wanted to be true to us.

It was important for us to bring both sides of the family together (I am born and raised from SoCal, Alex in NorCal) so it was also a great opportunity for the extended family to finally meet and get together. As a nod to both family cultures, we performed a Chinese tea ceremony at the beginning of the wedding, and during the reception, I was able to incorporate a traditional Japanese obi belt into my wedding outfit.

We wanted to incorporate the venue’s natural elements and decor, with the mix of so many plants and succulents. Part of our decor were various geometric air plant holders, which we strung up as a backdrop to where we said our “I do’s”. We made all the holders by hand, and ended up giving out smaller versions to our guests as wedding favors, with mini air plants to go along with them!

My advice: try to follow a month by month checklist of all the things you want accomplished! It’s definitely challenging to plan your own wedding, but it’s so worth it in the end.

We were so happy to have been able to slip away for some photos by the bay during sunset hour. It was nice to share that moment and reflect on what had happened so far in our day.

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Photography: onelove photography | Floral Design: Flowerstory | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Copenhagen Bakery | Stationery: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | Catering: Aracely Cafe | Hair + Makeup: Beauty Innovations | DJ: DJ Jeremy Productions | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Aracely Restaurant | Hair Accessories + Veil: BHLDN | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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Breathtaking views. Clifftop Ceremonies. THIS venue is everything.

Saying “YES!” to the one you love? That’s the easy part. Finding the right place to tie the knot? That’s a little more difficult. Enter the Heritage House Resort & Spa, a little slice of Mendocino Coast heaven with breathtaking views of the Pacific and a never-ending list of luxurious amenities.  Starting your new life together has never been easier… or more stunning.

The Heritage House Resort is the sort of place that makes wedding dreams come true. Seriously. From their fabulous outdoor venues to their beautiful indoor spaces to their perfectly manicured grounds and awe-inspiring clifftop views, this is a locale that is totally worthy of your “I do’s.”  Not to mention their fabulous staff that knows all there is to know about planning that movie-like affair that will wow each and every one of your nearest and dearest. Think everything from curating that menu of fresh, sustainable and local cuisine to organizing the perfect floral arrangements to finding you that amazing bakery.  You honestly couldn’t ask for more.

Ready to start that journey to the world’s most beautiful wedding? Contact the Heritage House Resort & Spa and 5200 Restaurant & Lounge TODAY, and be sure to follow them on Twitter, InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.  We can’t wait to see your Big Day.


What: The Heritage House Resort & Spa is giving away a bride pampering package, including a spa certificate with champagne and a local cheese platter upon arrival!

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us why you can’t wait to get married at the Heritage House Resort & Spa! (Ex: Those views, though.)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, October 21, 2016. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies!

Photography: Cassandra Young

Why We’re Obsessing Over This Floral Designer

You know you have a slight obsession with someone’s work when you find yourself countless photos deep into their Instagram. I’m slightly embarrassed to say that’s me with floral designer Kiana Underwood of Tulipina. But one look at her gorgeous floral works of art, and you’ll be right there with me. Today, we’re giving you a taste of all that pretty with this breathtaking workshop captured by Rebecca Yale — trust me, you don’t want to miss any of it.

From Tulipina… In addition to high-end bespoke weddings and events, Kiana Underwood of Tulipina is well-known for her gorgeous domestic and international workshops – including visits to Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, and soon Italy this year. For nearly all of Kiana Underwood’s group and private workshops, she loves to put together a styled shoot toward the end of the last day of class to highlight the work that has been created and leave the student(s) with a memorable addition to their portfolio. She says that there is “nothing more fulfilling than creating a beautiful scene with flowers, props, gowns, and a model (or models) after a day or two of hard work.”

For this private class with Polina Babina of Vancouver-based Floretta, Kiana put together a magical scene using some wonderful vintage furniture from Pieces by Violet, and for the installation, chose to decorate a beautiful vintage easel with locally grown flowers from a tiny but mighty dahlia farm in Santa Cruz, CA. With dresses styled by Annie Cavallo, bridal boudoir by Girl and a Serious Dream, and photographer Rebecca Yale’s keen eye for beauty, they were able to create a wonderful setting for model Elise to lounge and luxuriate in and amongst a sea of floral beauty.

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Floral Design: Kiana Underwood | Rings: Trumpet & Horn | Hair + Makeup: The Glamourist | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Floral Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Gown Styling: Annie Cavallo | Lingerie: Girl With Serious Dream | Model: Kayla Marie Cromer | Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box | Student Floral Design: Studio Floretta | Vintage Furniture Rentals: Pieces By Violet

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