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Rustic Ranch Wedding

No matter how long I work at SMP, rustic meets romantic weddings will always be some of my favorites. The sweet details and breathtaking settings mixed with the sweetest couples you’ll ever meet?  Gets me every time.  And this darling day is certainly no exception with soft lavender hues playing nice with a fabulous ranch setting.  See it all captured by Robin Jolin in the full gallery.

From Robin Jolin PhotographyJane’s family lives in Canada and Hong Kong, and Pete’s family lives in New Jersey. The close friends they invited were like their local family in San Francisco.  “Our families have never met so we wanted the wedding to feel more like a relaxed big family get ­together with delicious good food and wine to share.” 

There was a typewriter at the entrance for each guest to write the couple a note. Then each guest grabbed a refreshment and walked around the venue checking out all the pictures that Jane and Pete hung of themselves.

All of the guests sat a long table and each section had a chalkboard with a country. This matched the tags with each guest name.

Jane and Pete did not want to dance, so I got up on the balcony to get a lovely shot of him spinning her.

Bottom-line, this was the best wedding of my season. Jane and Pete did everything, it was calm, intimate, and a spectacular venue.

Photography: Robin Jolin | Flowers: Jaime Giorgi At The Monkey Flower Group | Catering: Preferred Sonoma Caterers | Make-Up: Veronica Passalacqua | Hair: Betsey Oliver | Cupcake Artist: Beyond Buttercream | Wedding Venue: Rancho Wikiup

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Maravilla Gardens Wedding from Weddings by Sasha Gulish

Sasha Gulish and stylish weddings go hand in hand. So we knew we should sit down before opening this Maravilla Gardens stunner, but we had no idea just how jaw-droppingly gorgeous it would be. I mean, when you start off with a pair of  Valentino pumps and a Sarah Seven dress, you just know you are in for something good. Featured it in our latest SMP Fashion & Beauty Magazine, this wedding is the gift that keeps on giving. Oh and this gallery is just.that.good.

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Summer
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Garden

The Venue… Damien and I are both east coast kids living in LA, who knew as soon as we got engaged, that we wanted an outdoor California wedding. We wanted a laid back ceremony & reception that was easy and fun! I found Maravilla Gardens through a blogger friend of mine. It was the perfect location and they took care of everything including the delicious catering, leaving me with the time and energy to focus on the aesthetics. Being both in entertainment and being a style blogger myself, meant we were surrounded by super creative and talented friends who wanted to help make our day absolutely perfect. Everyone involved with the design elements of our wedding, was a close personal friend (or myself) making it an intimate affair, we’ll remember forever.

Dress & Shoes…I wore a Sarah Seven gown I found at Lovely Bride. After trying on a slew of large princess dresses I thought I wanted, it became clear, once I put on this beauty, that it was THE ONE. Simple yet intricate with a vintage feel. It was also the most comfortable dress and I happily wore it into the wee hours of the night. The shoes were a score the week before the wedding. I had given up on finding “the perfect shoes” which to me were something edgy that I could wear long after our big day. As soon as I “gave up” and decided to go with anything I found, entered a pair of Valentinos that were comfortable and cool, not to mention on sale for 40% off! It was very exciting. My girls wore dresses from Ceremony. I picked out the two colors and let each girl pick what style they wanted. We went for an “old Hollywood glam” vibe with the hair and makeup and they all accessorized themselves to reflect their personal styles.

The Flowers…The flowers were all done by two of my friends and improv teammates, Angela & Stacy. I wanted small bouquets that looked like my bridesmaids had picked them themselves. The location was so lush on it’s own, I didn’t want to overpower it with excess. We visited the wholesale markets in the LA downtown flower district and made prototypes, then a week before the wedding we put in an order. The morning of the wedding, Angela and Stacy picked up the flowers and brought them to our hotel in Camarillo. Together they created all the bouquets and centerpieces and I made my own bouquet. It was perfect and they were beautiful. Not to mention, we saved a ton of money not hiring a florist. More on our DIY wedding flowers here

The Decorations…Having a DIY master/woodworker as a close friend really helps when coming up with decorating ideas for your wedding. My friend C.C. made all the table numbers, the “reserved” signs and the “mr & mrs” signs for our chairs. I printed the menus myself and ordered vintage pencils with our names engraved on them as favors. I loved the look of the pencils but they also had a special meaning because both Damien’s parents are school teachers. A lovely tie in.

The Cake(s) and Cocktails…A friend of ours, gave us amazing advice, he said “Large wedding cakes are almost never delicious, go with a small “wedding cake” and other cakes for dessert.” We did just that. We had a chocolate and vanilla wedding cake that we cut into for the reception then 3 other cakes in Damien’s favorite flavor (carrot), my favorite flavor (coconut) and a crowd pleaser (red velvet). I had a piece of each one and I’ll tell you, they were all equally delicious! For the cocktails, I thought of coming up with two speciality drinks to reflect each of our backgrounds in a quirky way. With that, The Latina (tequila and pineapple with a spicy salt rim) and The Irishman (whiskey and ginger beer with a lime) were born.

The Photography…Sasha had photographed a friend of mine’s wedding and when I saw those photos, I knew I wanted her for our wedding. She has an amazing eye and I absolutely LOVE our pictures. She captures moments and goes way above and beyond typical, posed shots. The photos really captured the amazingly perfect day we had. Plus, she’s the coolest chick around.

Photography: Weddings By Sasha | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: SusieCakes | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: Valentino | Caterer: Command Performance Catering | Hair: Roberta Gallardo | DJ: Chris Mortillaro (Elegant Event Entertainment) | Decor: C.C. Boyce | Makeup: Olivia Fischa | Wedding Venue: Maravilla Gardens

Orange Themed Wedding in Griffith Woods from onelove photography

onelove photography has done it yet again with this orange themed bash set in the woods of California. It’s as bright and coral-infused as can be (which we love), has a playful air about it (which we also mega-adore) and a group of talented vendors crafting their hearts out behind the scenes. Those talents include details and planning by A Savvy Event and pops of orange and pink blooms by PoppyStone Floral Design which all make for a woodland soiree we can so get behind. Click here for the full gallery.

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Summer
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From the Bride… Our most joyous moments as a couple occur while being silly doing everyday things. At length, we discussed whether we needed or wanted a wedding, or whether we should elope. We wanted to have a wedding celebration, only if we could ensure that it would be casual, comfortable, fun, and “us” (a little bit quirky). When we found Griffith Woods, a clearing in a redwood grove, we knew that we had found a beautiful, yet blank slate to create the celebration that we wanted.

When selecting vendors and design elements, we picked what we both liked (e.g. “we both like 80s music, let’s get an 80s cover band”). When we met with vendors, we conveyed our vision of a whimsical, casual celebration that was full of bright colors, and trusted in our vendors to deliver (which they all did). When we thought through wedding logistics, we added aspects we wanted and cut what we did not want. This meant we did not have a formal wedding party, but had close friends get ready with us. This meant that we had my brother marry us and Colin’s brothers perform a reading, which was incredibly special for us. This meant that it was okay, even beautiful, for none of our stationary to match and for my imperfect handwriting to adorn the place cards and escort cards.

We are happy that we were simultaneously adamant about maintaining a certain casualness about our wedding and yet laissez-faire about imperfect details. This created the whimsical wedding in the woods that we envisioned and the space to still be a little bit silly. And, most importantly, this set the groundwork for an organically joyous celebration with our families, our friends and each other.

While we expected to have a wonderful time at our wedding, we did not expect that the entire weekend would be an embarrassment of riches and memories. At the end of the day, weddings are a celebration of the couple, their families and their friends. It is impossible to not have a fantastic amount of fun. So, my advice? Pick a few must-haves – ours were a casual, yet personal setting, tasty food, and dancing. Try not to sweat the rest of the wedding to-do list, which can be never ending. Remember that this is your wedding and there are no rules or requirements. And, when the big day rolls around, be fully ready to celebrate! After all, a wedding in which the bride and groom are beaming is always a success.

Photography: onelove photography | Event Coordinator: Brittany Westerman with A Savvy Event | Dress: Vera Wang | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Hair and Makeup: Brush Salon | Groom's Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna | Cake and Cupcakes: Sift | Ceremony and Reception: Griffith Woods | Floral: PoppyStone Floral Design | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals

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