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Dreamy Blush + Ivory Sonoma Wedding

I swear anything KT Merry points her camera at turns to instant wedding gold. My latest snippet of proof? This wine country dreamfest made gorgeous by A Savvy EventNancy Liu ChinJulie MorganArtistry By Danika and so many more. Think the softest pink-on-pink color palette with a hint of ivory and mint mixed in for good measure. And from tasty libations to a dinner al fresco, Marmalade Sky Films proved that this is one celebration that spoiled guests from beginning to end.

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Golf Club
From A Savvy Event … Stacy and Bill wanted a formal wedding with soft hues, a romantic vibe and–most importantly–an unforgettable setting. With a jewelry designer bride and a groom who works for Twitter, we knew we could also get away with incorporating some playful elements (think: succulents and sequined linens) into the design for their big day, while keeping their overall aesthetic pure and timeless. The couple chose Sonoma Golf Club as their venue, which proved the perfect setting for the soft and romantic feel they were seeking. Its cobblestone accents and merlot-hued shingles warmed their aesthetic even more by adding an element of unmistakable wine country charm. We mixed dreamy blush tones with pops of greenery to create a cohesive and classic aesthetic. Blushes and ivories (hello, romance) were weaved throughout the ceremony in elements ranging from the flowers to the glassware to Stacy’s bridesmaids’ gowns, which were the perfect soft pink and Grecian-goddess gorgeous. Nancy Liu Chin created daydream-worthy floral arrangements that incorporated both whimsical flowers (peonies, roses and hydrangeas) and playful greenery (succulents and eucalyptus leaves). The ceremony took place on the lawn outside of the clubhouse at the base of a beautiful set of brick stairs, which we chose to frame with draped ivory curtains, plush greenery and–our favorite part–an absolute rock-star chandelier. Guests then dined Al Fresco on the lawn under string lights–an element that added an intimate and relaxed vibe to the day. Table elements included candlesticks in soft metallic pink (think: rosé), blush-hued glassware and log centerpieces chock-full of rich greenery and romantic flowers. We brought in beautiful furnishings for the reception, ultimately creating a plush lounge area in the clubhouse. Guests finished out the night indoors with dancing (to the always-fun sounds of DJ Wayne), cocktails and late-night snacks. From statement chandeliers, to divine greenery and lavish floral arrangements, to a classic Sonoma setting, Stacy and Bill’s wedding was an event abundantly romantic, occasionally playful and ever charming.

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Videography: Marmalade Sky Films | Event Design: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Ceremony Venue: Sonoma Golf Club | Reception Venue: Sonoma Golf Club | Makeup: Artistry By Danika | Hair : Julie Morgan | DJ: DJ Wayne | Drapery & Lighting: Illusions Lighting Design | Music For Ceremony And Cocktail Hour: Laurent Fourgo | Photobooth: Two Dudes & A Booth | Rentals: Hartmann Studios

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(once like a spark) photography + A Discount!

Here at SMP, we get a little bit giddy when we run across a vendor that takes our breath away. Case in point? (once like a spark) photography. Based in San Diego, Los Angeles + Northern California, this boutique-style photography company creates photos that are truly different — timelessly beautiful with a touch of whimsy and a whole lot of charm.

When you work with (once like a spark) photography, you’re not only signing on with an amazing photographer, but also with a team of wedding experts (in-house planner, editor, etc.) that will seamlessly guide you through the process. Knowing that your wedding photos will be some of your most treasured memories, (once like a spark) photography not only captures you and your honey to perfection, but makes sure you’re totally comfortable on your big day, knows how to schedule everything to get the perfect light and edits beautifully to make sure the final product is picture perfect.

For a ton more information and to book your big day with (once like a spark) photography, head over to their website. OH, there’s more! Just for our SMP readers, (once like a spark) photography is offering either $200 off your package or a free engagement session for the month of November! Be sure to mention SMP California when filling out the contact form to redeem discount. 

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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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Weddings Unveiled

As the days begin to shorten and the temps start to drop, it can only mean one thing: fall weddings are upon us! California brides, get ready to gather tons of inspiration at the Weddings Unveiled event from 11am until 2pm on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center. This free bridal + wedding fair will get you on your way to planning your dream wedding!

This incredible free event (yes, free!) will help couples get a head start on their planning to-do list! All held in a beautiful setting filled with amazing inspiration, Weddings Unveiled will feature live music, a couture bridal fashion show by Bridal Galleria as well as 40+ top wedding professionals! This show is basically a one-stop-shop, where couples can check out incredible cakes, caterers, florists, invitations, music and even honeymoon destinations! Be sure to mark your calendars for September 14, my dears.

Not only will there be tons of amazing vendors, but there will also be giveaways, raffle prizes (such as 2 VIVO fascinators and a Motives gift bag) and special discounts, including 10% off invitations at Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy! For more information on the event, check out the Weddings Unveiled Facebook Page, and to RSVP, head over here!

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California Vineyard Wedding from Docuvitae

Everything Docuvitae touches (or rather, captures) is pure gold, but this Sonoma wedding is special. It takes place at the groom’s family vineyard. Yep. His family owns and runs this vineyard, and the couple vacations here all the time. So along with the gorgeous wedding, there was a layer of intimacy woven through the entire day. Through every warm detail, every welcoming smile, every sweet embrace. That is perfection. See it all right here.

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From the lovely bride … Nicholai and I met almost eight years ago as undergrads at Stanford. Since then, we’ve chased each other around East Africa for election riots & safaris, across West Africa by motorbike, away from feisty monkeys in Bali, into cigar shops in Mexico City, & into the fog of San Francisco’s wild Ocean Beach neighborhood where we’ve lived together for three years. Last May, we decided we’d chase each other down the aisle.

We had no trouble deciding that the wedding should be held at his mother’s vineyard in Sonoma, just outside of the town of Healdsburg. Nicholai’s family has had the place since he was one year old, and he’s spent every winter and summer holiday there growing up. It’s now where we spend all of our holidays and is a special place for both of us. Our motto for planning our wedding was “don’t take yourself too seriously.” It’s a saying my dad has always had, and it rubbed off.

To us, the most important things were having the people that we loved around us, making it a fun, playful day, and enjoying the incredible food, wine and music of Northern California. We also wanted to tie in aspects of both of our personalities to the ceremony – Nicholai is a big wave surfer, and can be found out at Maverick’s every time it’s breaking, or right out front of our house at Ocean Beach. Normally the bride is the one that makes the big entrance at a wedding, but at ours, Nicholai and his groomsmen floated across the pond on a raft with a giant 10ft wave attached to it, with the overture from Jurassic Park blasting out across the pond. (No music is more majestic.) I came down the aisle, escorted by my mom and dad, to Quinn Deveaux’s band playing Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”. To honor my Mexican heritage, we included a lasso ceremony during the wedding, using the lasso that was used at my aunt and uncle’s wedding many years ago. Then, when our officiant (my uncle – a federal judge in Texas) announced us husband and wife, he fired off a gun three times in to the air and everyone in the audience pulled out toy cap guns and fired them off too! It was incredible – a bit deafening, but so fun.

Instead of using table numbers, we named each table for a place that has meant something to one or both of us. My aunt made special Mexican candy spoons for each place setting, and my mother-in-law beautifully wrapped little bottles of Wine-Away as favors (they were put to good use!). Etsy.com was a great resource for us in finding little details for making our decorations, signboards, table settings, etc.

We danced to Etta James’ “At Last” for our first song, had many toasts, finished all the cake and – toward the end of the night – were floated across the dance floor on the hands of our friends! First wedding crowd-surfing I’ve ever seen, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. We couldn’t have asked for anything more…

Photographer: Laura Kleinhenz of Docuvitae | Flowers: Dragonfly Farms, Healdsburg | Caterer: Preferred Sonoma Caterers | Tent: Zephyr Tents | Wedding Band: Quinn Deveaux and the Blue Beat Review | Lighting: Twilight Design | Wedding Cake: Costeaux French Bakery

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