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Oh So Inspired Workshop Wedding Inspiration

Lovelies, we’re in for such a fabulous Friday treat today. Overflowing with industry talents like Nancy Liu Chin DesignsA Savvy Event and Very Mary Inspired, this pretty, pretty shoot for their Oh So Inspired workshop has us weak in the knees. Time and again, these ladies have transformed blooms, brides and tablescapes galore into complete wedding gorgeousness. So when they get together and talk shop, the results are bound to be beautiful. Milou & Olin captured every petal, ribbon and stunning linen from La Tavola right here in the gallery.

From Nancy Liu Chin DesignsFor me, the wedding season feels like contractions as one wedding ends, another begins. As a veteran, I had become use to the daily grind and without any long breaks since starting NLC Designs in 2001, I felt at times depleted of resources both mentally and creatively. The cycle of design/creativity sometimes feels lost because there was rarely a moment’s pause to refresh, to learn, to reinvent.

During this particular off season I began to re-elevate what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it. Through taking a short break, I had the chance to reignite, redefine what I wanted my work to look and feel. It was so —–simply inspiring.

It was during this time that I had several wonderful heart to heart chats with fellow professionals —- Kelly McLeskey-Dolata of A Savvy Events, Mary Phan of Very Mary Inspired. We all sort of came to the same conclusion that it would be so refreshing to have a vendor retreat — a place in which people could come at the end of a long wedding season to meet with others with the soul purpose of reigniting our passion, renewing our commitments, relaxing in a place where we can “explore” other creative avenues, relooking at our business with new eyes and simply reassessing where our business is at and where might we want to go.

After much talk Kelly, Mary and I came up with this great idea for a 3 day hands on intimate retreat called Oh So Inspired. We found a beautiful and charming venue in Sonoma, California called Ramekins where the daily activities will take place. It’s ideally located in a quaint town, and within walking distance from the main square. Beautiful in late fall, Sonoma is a short and scenic drive from San Francisco. Our lodging partner, El Dorado Kitchen and Resort, which is one of our favorite places to style in Sonoma, is mere blocks from Ramekins so attendees have a great place to stay during the retreat. Breathing in the crisp air, seeing the gorgeous fall hues in Wine Country, what could be more enticing?

Over a course of 3 days, the Oh So Inspired retreat will offer creative activities including floral class by Nancy Liu Chin, sketch lessons by Mary Phan of Very Merry Events, calligraphy tutorial by Maybelle, a culinary cooking experience from the chefs at Ramekins, and you’ll also get to partake in a styled photo shoot designed by Kelly McLeskey-Dolata of A Savvy Events ( at a secret location ) along side one of the Nation’s top photographer, KT Merry. To top off our styling, we are excited that Small Masterpiece’s founder, Jason Murakawa will demonstrate how to set a proper table.

In addition to all the education, you’ll get a chance to hear stories of inspiration and humble beginnings from successful entrepreneurs, as well as bond over fire-side chats. The original “eventiste” Marcy Blum will grace us with her presence and open our event with her fabulous stories of Inspiration. And many more speakers to follow.

But there is more!

Each day will start out with delicious breakfasts, followed by a mid day lunch by Ramekins. The first night we will have a wonderful cooking class followed by dinner for all attendees. Our final night will include a celebratory event and dinner. There’s a wonderful swag bag for all attendees which will have goodies that we would love to share but you’ll have to come to get it.

Sounds like your cup of tea? Cozy up with us this November 3- 5 in Sonoma. Indulge in learning, renewal, and honest to goodness growth plus take your business to a whole new level and create life-long connections.

Oh So Inspired
November 3-5, 2014
Register here!

Photography: Milou & Olin | Styling: Very Mary Inspired | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Invitation: Forever Heyday | Linens: La Tavola | Planning: A Savvy Event | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Venue: Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn

Nancy Liu Chin, La Tavola Fine Linen Rental, Milou + Olin Photography and A Savvy Event are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Classic Vineyard Wedding with a Pop of Color

Loads of color isn’t for everyone but a little pop of hue is a universal language in the color department. It takes this classic white wedding and infuses it with a pretty citrus punch of blooms by Daisy Rose Floral Design and images of the day that have solidified our love affair with Em The Gem. Have a look here for more including polka dot dresses and a wedding gown that dreams are made of.


From The Bride…Brian and I both knew we wanted to get married in the San Francisco Bay Area, and after looking in the city and wine country, we knew that Viansa was the place. The setting there was just gorgeous and the staff, especially our coordinator Cortney, took care of everything perfectly. Brian grew up in Sonoma, so it meant a lot to us to have our wedding in his hometown, close to his family. Our ceremony was outside in the courtyard, and then we moved up to the terrace for cocktail hour, and finished with dinner and dancing in the tent. We loved bringing the bright colors of orange and yellow into our flowers, table settings, and other touches to add some whimsy to the wedding. We also added some personal touches to the ceremony, with our custom vows and a special yoga blessing at the end. We went with mini cupcakes and ice cream cones for dessert vs a traditional wedding cake, and my mom added a family recipe of lemon cookies to top it off.

Photography: Em The Gem | Floral Design: Daisy Rose Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Ceremony Venue: Viansa | Reception Venue: Viansa | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Sage Catering | Hair: Lisa Weaver | Grooms Attire: Banana Republic | Ceremony Music: Wine Country Entertainment | Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic | Makeup: Joey Cheung - J Beautique

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Doie Lounge Robes + A Giveaway!

When it comes to looking glam from start to finish on your big day, look no further than Doie Lounge. These gorgeous + eco-friendly robes add a special touch to getting ready on wedding morning, but also make beautiful (and practical!) gifts for your ladies!

Made locally in Los Angeles of natural + sustainable fabrics, the Doie Lounge robes not only look amazing in “getting ready” photos, but they’re also a gift your ladies will wear again and again! Available in sizes x-small to x-large (and xxs in the Lilian robe!), these pretties look beautiful on both short and tall frames — and they stay put with both inner and outer silk ties! Available in a wide variety of colors and combinations (there’s now a blush colored robe called Betty!), there are even discounts for buying in bulk (here).

How gorgeous?! And if you’re not seeing the exact color combo you’re looking for, be sure to email sara{at} who can help you come up with the perfect robe! Also, be sure to ask if there are any robes available that aren’t pictured on the site as there are sometimes styles hiding behind the scenes. And be sure to check out these real Doie Lounge bridal parties (here.). OH — there’s more!


The Prize: A lucky reader will win a Willa robe from Doie Lounge in XS/S! If the winner needs another size, she can choose a different style robe. 

To Enter: Visit the Doie site and pick out your favorite style! Then head back over here and comment below with which one you like best.

To Win: One winner will be selected at random and announced in the WIUP on Friday, August 1, 2014

Terms & Conditions: Can all be found right here.  Good luck my dears! xoxo

Photo Credits: Valorie Darling Photography | Hair: Trace Hennigsen | Makeup: Artistry by Danika  |   Lydia Daniller |  Calloway Gable Photography  |  Maggie Thalheimer of Gerber and Scarpelli | Jeff Tisman Photograph


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