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Something Blue Fall Winery Wedding

When it comes to meaningful details, this wedding reigns king. Case in point? The bride’s “something blue” bouquet made even more beautiful by Lux Events And Design. She had the bride’s family and fiance write one word to describe her, and had each sentiment embroidered on blue silk ribbons. It’s about the coolest accessory a bride could ever ask for, and you can see even more amazing ideas captured by Megan Welker.

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From The Bride… Where do I begin? There were so many special details and moments of the day. Let’s start with details. One of my favorite details was my bouquet. My wedding planner surprised me with my “something blue”. She had secretly asked my family and Ryan for one word that described me. She then took those special words from each of the special people in my life and had them embroidered on to hand cut silk ribbons. When she presented it to me, I was filled with tears and joy. It was such a special touch.

A few other details that I just loved was the guest place card display. The winery where we were married made olive oil and each guest received a bottle as there place card. Each bottle was placed in a small linen bag and adorned with a handwritten tag and displayed on a vintage dresser and arch. Each guest got to take home a part of the wineries bounty of olive trees. One of the moments that felt special was being surrounded by my beautiful bridesmaids. Each and everyone of them are so important to me and I am forever grateful for their love and support they show me.

Another favorite moment of the day is when the photographer took Ryan and I out to the middle of the vineyard at sunset. She wanted to snap some pictures of just the two of us surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the winery. Being in the middle of the vineyard gave us a minute to take in the beautiful day and everything that was surrounding us, friends family, and nature!

Photography: Megan Welker Photography | Videographer: Golden Arrow Films | Event Design: Lux Events And Design | Florist: Paradise Florist | Wedding Dress: The White Dress | Cake: Le Le Patisserie | Caterer: SBB Gourmet | Invites: Noteworthy Letterpress | Jewelery: Mark Patterson | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Town And Country | Signs: Laurenish Designs | Vintage Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals | Winery: Sunstone Winery

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Holiday Cocktail Party Inspiration + A 31 Bits Giveaway!

The holidays are the perfect excuse to get together with friends and partake in some festive cocktailing. Flannel, sequins and sparkling jewelry are essentials to this inspiration crafted by Vanessa Noel EventsStella Bloom Designs and Anna Delores Photography and the awesome giveaway for 31 Bits jewelry is the cherry on top. See even more here plus details about this sparkling giveaway below!

What’s better for the holiday spirit then, well, spirits?! The idea behind our holiday cocktail party shoot was to create something that was comfortable and glamorous at the same time. We achieved this by introducing a mixture of textures: sequins and faux fur in the linens; flannel in the chairs; brass and colored glass in the tabletop accents; and just a touch of leather to ground it all. The venue, Whispering Rose Ranch, with its lodge-like equestrian feel and mountain views over the Santa Ynez Valley, created the perfect backdrop for a cozy, yet feminine, gathering among friends.

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The Prize: One lucky winner will receive the Garland Glam bracelet in Ruby Sparkle and the Beaming Sky necklace in Ruby Sparkle from the 31 Bits holiday line worn by the models in the shoot.

To Enter: Head to Anna Delores’s blog to grab all the details and enter to win these sparkling beauties. Good luck loves!

Photography: Anna Delores Photography | Floral Design: Stella Bloom Designs | Reception Venue: Whispering Rose Ranch | Jewelry: 31 Bits | Calligraphy: Jamie Ellen Paperie | "Most Wonderful Time" Wooden Decor Sign: Pottery Barn | Cake & Desserts: MJB Cakes | Cocktails: Savour This Kitchen | Dinnerware: Borrowed Blu | Furniture: Pretty Vintage Table | Glassware: Borrowed Blu | Lanterns: Pottery Barn | Pillows & Red Cable Knit Blanket: Pottery Barn | Styling & Coordination: Vanessa Noel Events

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Romantic Santa Ynez Wedding at Gainey Vineyard

I know I have a tendency to gush a bit, but trust me when I say that the wedding sitting pretty below has every.single.thing I love about logging into SMP everyday. No exaggeration. Show-stopping florals from Passion Flowers, a stunning cake from Solvang Bakery, steal worthy hair and make up from TEAM Hair And Makeup, a gorgeous couple and two cute pups - it’s all beyond. Perfectly captured by Rebecca Yale Photographythis gallery is honestly my favorite thing that’s happened today.

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From Rebecca Yale PhotographyDiana and Gerry’s wedding was full of elegant and glamorous touches while embracing the rustic vineyard setting. The bride sparkled in her rhinestoned Jimmy Choo’s and Kate Spade earrings while the groom looked sharp in his bespoke blue suit. The couple’s favorite movie is Up so they incorporated the brightly colored balloons into their reveal before the ceremony and the bride surprised the groom with a very special “Ellie Badge” grape soda bottle cap pin from the movie. The Jersey natives made the day extra special by bringing their dogs along to California and they were dressed for the occasion in a bowtie and tutu. The couple said their vows under a beautiful California oak tree as the sun set behind them lighting up the Santa Ynez Mountains. After the intimate ceremony guests danced the warm summer evening away under rows of bulb lights strung up in the courtyard next to the vineyard.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Florist: Passion Flowers | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Wedding Dress: Bridal Garden | Cake: Solvang Bakery | Invitations: AMK Designs | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Groom's Suit: My Suit | Officiant: Jerry Bellamy | Hotel: Wine Valley Inn | Venue: Gainey Vineyard | Ellie Badge: My Hoard | Groom's Tie: Thomas Pink

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Boho Sunstone Winery Wedding

Any bride who can rock a Monique Lhuillier gown paired with a full-length cape is a style rockstar, in my book. And along with her Claire Pettibone crown and Jimmy Choo shoes, this fashionista did just that. Soleil Events helped bring the couple’s vision for a relaxed, Tuscan-inspired party to fruition and our friends at Rad + In Love worked their talents behind the camera. More right here.

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From the Wedding Planner, Leanne ElliottFrom the first conversation with Kit and Alejandro I knew this wedding was going to be memorable. They had their priorities in order: 1) A great party, 2) A great party. It is so refreshing to have an engaged couple think of their wedding experience from the stand point of being attentive hosts. Kit and Alejandro envisioned a weekend of festivities, where nearly 200 guests would be treated to something truly special that reflects the couples love for each and every person. The Villa at Sunstone Winery was the perfect choice. With Kit’s Jersey Girl meets Bohemian LA sensibilities, and Alejandro’s Uruguayan good looks and preppy style, the Villa provided just the old-world WOW factor they had hoped to find.

The family took up residency at the Villa on Friday, and the weekend was kicked off with a traditional Argentine Asado Welcome Dinner on the Villa’s back lawn. On the wedding day, the property was transformed into a simple, elegant setting that was plucked right off the pages of a Tuscany wedding feast. The ceremony took place under the property’s enormous White Oak. Kit stunned in a Monique Lhuillier dress with a full-length lace cape, while the Gents dazzled in J. Crew suits with tailored perfection. The reception, catered by the impeccable Lorraine Lim Catering, was a fuss-free party where the family-style dinner took center stage. Floral by Anna Le Pley Taylor brought in a vibrant, Bohemian vibe that popped against the cotton linens and gorgeous stone façade of the Villa. The property glowed as the sun set over Santa Ynez wine country, and DJ Smiles Davis from Flashdance spun tunes from the 80s Jersey Shore, to LA’s hottest clubs.

From The Bride… My dress and cape were both from Monique Lhuillier. They told me that no one else had ever bought the cape, which I think is a travesty. My shoes were Jimmy Choo and my metal crown was from Claire Pettibone. Alejandro’s suit was custom from Requisite Clothing. And his shoes were Barker Black.

My bridesmaids were my six best friends from high school in South Jersey and all flew out from the East Coast. They were in J.crew. Al had family and friends fly in all the way from Uruguay. My good friend/senior prom date, Chris Lind played Tom Waits’ “Jersey Girl” as we walked down the aisle and Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” when we walked out. Our first dance was to “Fading Like a Flower” by Roxette. They were the first concert Al ever went to at the soccer stadium in Uruguay (at the same time I was wearing the cassette tape out in my moms car in South Jersey). We got to see them in la a couple of years ago and sang along to every song. My dad and I danced to “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music, which he used to sing to me when i was a little girl. Al and his mom danced to La Punalada, a tango from Uruguay. And my dad sang Al and I a version of a song he wrote and sang to my mom at their wedding in 1968.

Photography: Rad + In Love | Event Planning: Soleil Events | Floral Design: Anna Le Pley Taylor | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Stationery: Stationery Collection | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Caterer: Lorraine Lim Catering | Make Up: Mara Levarre | Hair: Allure Salon | Lighting: Ambient Event Design | DJ: DJ Smiles Of Flashdance | Groom's Attire: Requisite Clothing | Groom's Shoes: Barker Black | Transportation: Blue Star Parking | Venue: The Villa At Sunstone Winery | BabySitting: The Little Guest | Bridal Crown: Claire Pettibone | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Cutting Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Rentals: Ventura Rental | Restrooms: Alabise Industries | Security: Central Coast Public Safety | Video: Wade Of Shark Pig

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Intimate Sunstone Villa Wedding

The lovely Stephanie and I were chatting, and we’ve come to the conclusion (especially after seeing this gem prettied up by TOAST Santa Barbara!) that we absolutely must come up with an excuse to visit Sunstone Winery. It’s impeccably gorgeous. And it just so happened to be the change of course destination this beautiful couple chose after their first venue was sadly flooded. Captured by Khanh Hogland and Made U Look, this day is filled to the brim, darlings. Filled with pretty.

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From the Groom (yes, the Groom!)…After a perfect proposal on the beaches of Mexico, we thought we had found our wedding site in Lyons, Colorado. Weeks later, a historic flood washed through the area and completely demolished our wedding venue. We took this as a sign and decided to completely change our idea of our perfect wedding from a large wedding to an intimate, destination wedding at Sunstone Vineyards and Winery in Santa Ynez, California.

Emily’s first walk down the aisle was on the airplane from Denver to LAX, where she walked down the airplane aisle from row 5 to 24 with a pile of brightly colored trash as her bouquet, accompanied by family singing “here comes the bride.” Our 8 total wedding guests shared laughter (the kind that makes your stomach hurt) that would set the tone for the rest of the weekend.

We arrived to Sunstone Villa and were immediately struck by the breathtaking views of the Santa Ynez mountains and the romantic ambiance. The Villa is built from imported limestone from a small village in France, and wood beams and roof tiles reclaimed from a 19th century lavender factory, once owned by Queen Victoria. The Tuscan-inspired Villa boasts 8,500 square feet of luxury living space on the winery’s 55 acre estate. After settling into our new wedding getaway, we had a tasting at the winery and enjoyed the final product of the perfectly manicured vineyards surrounding the Villa.

On our wedding day, we awoke to the beautiful misty landscape of the Santa Ynez valley and hummingbirds peering through the window. For breakfast, Emily’s Mom made her famous Dutch pancakes. Our Event Planner Kim from “Toast Santa Barbara”, began setting up the ceremony and floral designs. We saw them setting up our Chuppah with Birchwood entangled in elegant peony and rose bouquets settled under a massive tree. The vintage lace Chuppah cover was made from Ben’s Grandma’s beautiful wedding veil, the same Chuppah cover Ben’s sister and brother-in-law were married under one month earlier. We knew the beginnings of the most beautiful wedding site we had ever seen was in full swing. The sun started to set as Emily walked down the aisle from the Villa to the Chuppah to the music of Chris Fossek playing acoustic guitar. Emily was very close with her ”nana,” who did not live to see her get married, but she was certainly there in spirit. We were reminded of this by Emily’s gorgeous wedding bouquet, which had a small picture of Emily’s nana pinned to it. We’re sure her nana was smiling with Emily when she walked down the aisle. Suffice it to say this was a much different scene than the airplane aisle walk! Our Ketubah, created by “Ink with Intent,” encompassed a blend between the outdoors of Colorado and Oregon. Chelsea, Ben’s sister, officiated our wedding with an amazing ceremony script and unique ring ceremony where each family member individually held our wedding rings and mentioned one thing they hoped for in our marriage.

We’re very grateful for making the choice to have an intimate ceremony and we wouldn’t have it any other way. It was a perfect day and we’ll remember it forever as we do our best to live by the words of our vows as we share the rest of our days together.

Photography: Khanh Hogland | Cinematography: Made U Look | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks's Briana From Emma & Grace Bridal | Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Caterer: California Wood Fired Catering | Calligraphy: Janice Blair | Groom's Attire: Bar III | Wedding Venue: Sunstone Winery | Design, Coordination And Floral: TOAST Santa Barbara | Guitarist: Chris Fossek | Ketubah: Ink With Intent | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Soft + Romantic Summer Winery Wedding

Every now and then a wedding comes along that nearly leaves me without words. I’m talking those weddings that push the envelope of pretty and make me thank my lucky stars to be a part of this little ol’ blog. But sure enough, when it’s vendors like Joy ProctorCamellia Floral DesignsAria Studios and KT Merry behind the scenes, events like that just naturally unfold. The story starts with this duo’s gorgeous engagement and ends in the full wedding gallery waiting right here.

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From the Bride… James and I are both very close to our families, so when searching for a location we envisioned a venue where we could celebrate the coming together of our two families. When we first set foot on the grounds of Sunstone Villa, we knew it was absolutely perfect for us! Not only were the Villa and surrounding vineyards utterly breathtaking, but our families were also able to stay with us at the Villa through the weekend. Looking back now, we realized that our families being together in the days leading up to our wedding was just as precious as our actual wedding day. We could not have imagined a more perfect location!

James and I wanted our wedding to be simple, timeless and romantic, yet also full of fun and warmth. We wanted our decor elements to be very personal and selected items we knew we’d eventually display in our home. We made several trips to our local antique faire searching for vintage trays, frames and containers. Our favorite find was the large antique gold frame we used as our escort card display. When we first found the frame, it was in desperate need of a little TLC. After a couple visits to the hardware store and through some trial and error, James and I were able to bring the frame back to life! The fact that we pulled an all-nighter restoring the frame made displaying it so much more meaningful. We also spent months collecting candles, votives and hurricanes and placed them all over the Villa to add a beautiful glow. We especially loved working with Carolyn Jane and Angelique Ink to create custom hand calligraphy signs, escort and place cards, menus and programs. They added the perfect personal touch to our wedding day.

Music is very important to us and we wanted the music at our wedding to be a reflection of our relationship. Over the course of our engagement, we continuously added songs to our “wedding playlist.” By the end, we had enough songs to fill the entire day! Hearing our selections played throughout the day was incredibly special, in particular our first dance song, which we had chosen on our very first date!!

The best advice I could give any bride is to choose experienced vendors they can wholeheartedly trust to execute their big day. We were told that our wedding day would fly by quickly but had no idea what that truly meant until it was actually happening! Luckily, we had an amazing team to support us and ensure every detail was attended to so that we could focus on spending time with our family and friends. Our coordinator, Joy, of Joy Proctor Design, was a dream to work with and quite possibly the sweetest person we’ve ever met! From day one, she gave us amazing advice on the planning process and was an invaluable partner. On top of that, she has an amazing eye for design; we knew we could trust her to bring our wedding vision to life! Our photographer, KT Merry, and her assistant, Chad, made the perfect team and captured the precious moments of our big day beautifully. KT and Chad were by our side the entire day and made us feel extremely comfortable in front of the camera. They were super sweet, patient and consummate professionals who executed with expert precision. We also absolutely adored our videographers, Aria Studios. They were so nice and fun to hang out with, like being with old friends. They’re based in Hawaii and braved not one, but two(!) hurricane warnings just to make it to our wedding! Watching their incredible Same Day Edit video at our reception was the perfect way to end the best day of our lives.

The SDE video, together with the quiet excitement of our first look, our adorable nieces and nephews as our flower girls and ring bearers, our first dance, the reactions we had to our SURPRISE horse-drawn carriage ride, making lifelong memories with our families, hearing the amazing speeches from our closest friends, and especially seeing James at the end of our ceremony aisle were some of the best moments of our wedding. All the planning and focusing on the details were definitely worth it! We could not have asked for more!

From Joy of Joy Proctor Design… I had the pleasure of helping Inga and James with planning for their beautiful wedding at Sunstone Villa. Inga chose a muted color palate of blush and peach paired with soft greens and greys to compliment the understated elegance of the venue.

Guests were greeted with lavender lemonade before making their way to the ceremony. Estate urns filled with organic florals by Cameilla Design sat on either side of the aisle, creating the most elegant entrance to the “I dos” which were held under and old oak tree. After the ceremony, Inga and James invited guests to join them for cocktails and bean toss before taking a quick moment to look out over their wedding from a balcony above. As a wedding gift, the grooms sister surprised them with a horse drawn carriage ride at sunset. Before making their way to dinner, guests found their calligraphy seating assignments by Carolyn Jane Design on a large gold frame backed in dupioni silk. Walking through the home to the reception, guests were greeted with more than 200 candles lining the stairwell and foyer tables – creating a truly romantic welcome to dinner.

The dinner reception was held in front of the house, with European market lights hanging over head. The bride and groom sat with their bridal party at a long wooden table from the Tent Merchant with a beautiful ivory dupioni silk runner from La Tavola linen. Guests sat at round tables covered in the same ivory dupioni linen with two beautiful centerpieces mixed throughout the tables. Rustic stoneware chargers and ornate silver flatware sat at each place setting, with a dinner menu tied in jute and a sprig of rosemary.

The gorgeous cake by Decadance was the perfect soft accent to the design. After the cake was cut, guests made their way to the back patio of the house to a late night lounge with natural linen sofas set around the oversized fireplace. SBB gourmet made pizzas for the late night crowd in the outdoor pizza oven.

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Videography: Aria Studios | Event Design: Joy Proctor | Floral Design: Camellia Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Decadence Fine Cakes & Confections | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: SBB Gourmet Catering | Hair And Makeup: Ann Ho Of StylesByAnn | Calligraphy: Carolyn Jane | Calligraphy: Angelique Ink | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | DJ: DJ Mel | Grooms Attire: John Varvatos | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Sunstone Winery | Linens: La Tavola | Photo Booth: Outrageous Photo Booths | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Wedding Coordination: Joy Proctor

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