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Inspired By Tuscany, This Couple Recreated That Magic For Their Big Day

As their photographer Coco Tran said so well, “there are beautiful representations of love around the world, though nothing quite so magical as the rolling green hills, vibrant vineyards and mouthwatering foods of Tuscany,” and so this couple took that Italian inspiration and ran with it. With the help of Whitney Nelson Events and Poppystone Designs they created a magical vineyard celebration and with the Bride beaming (thanks to Bella Bridal), we have a gallery that we’re not leaving anytime soon – see it all in our Vault right here!


From Coco TranThere are beautiful representations of love around the world, though nothing quite so magical as the rolling green hills, vibrant vineyards and mouthwatering foods of Tuscany. As the most romantic destination the couple was fortunate enough to travel to, they were inspired to recreate that inclusive magic for their friends and families closer to home in beautiful Sonoma. Inspired by simple, yet flavorful cuisine, fresh and colorful florals with a hint of antique gold and soft lighting, their intimate wedding was designed to bring everyone closer in the celebration of love and family.

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Photography: Coco Tran | Event Planning + Design: Whitney Nelson Events | Floral Design: PoppyStone Floral Couture | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Catering: Alex's Catering | Hair + Makeup: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Lighting: Twilight Design | DJ: Wine Country Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Jacuzzi Vineyards | Lighting (Barrel Room): Lux Production | Officant: A Bud & Beyond | Reception Paper Products: Reply by Design | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals

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A Spring Inspired Table You’ll Want to Copy

Spring is here and it’s time to celebrate the season by cozying on up to this tablescape dreamed up by Oh So Inspired workshop. But to simply call this the ultimate spring fete would be a major understated – I mean, just look at that floral canopy! Kevin Chin Photography + Cinema captured it all to share and we’ve got every floral filled detail waiting in The Vault!

From Nancy Liu Chin Designs….“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. ” – Harriet Ann Jacobs

There is nothing as refreshing as a beautiful “Spring”. After a cool winter, one longs for the dreaminess, the sweetness of a new season. This feminine, garden styled table is perfection. So apt for a bright, crisp Spring afternoon. Whether it’s a bridal shower, an engagement party or a small brunch wedding reception, this combination of wisteria and cornflower blue would bring out the romantic and sentimental side in anyone.

This wonderful group of wedding professionals from all over the world came together to work on this stunning canopy at Oh So Inspired. Co-founders, Kelly McLeskey-Dolata and Nancy Liu Chin wanted to inspired their attendees to create something that was more complicated than your average centerpiece plus creating something first to finish was important for wedding professionals. Taught by esteemed floral and event designer, Nancy Liu Chin attendees were given instructions and advice on 1) how to work on large scale florals projects similar to this hanging floral canopy, 2) how to take a large scale project and break it down to smaller components that would make a job more manageable, 3) the importance of scale 4) creating a finished look from linens to flowers. Together, the group of attendees worked first on the canopy and later all were on deck to put together a table with Nancy’s styling help and Kelly’s pre planning of the rentals. It’s important when planning an event that your rentals include layers. From start to finish, the entire group of professionals worked together to fill the wooden canopy provided by Encore Events.

For those curious about this canopy, Nancy used over 200 strands of wisteria, 50 garlands of smilax and 10 bunches of luxurious green amaranthus. Various centerpieces in hand blown glassed provided by Save On Crafts lined the center of this table. Nancy likes using different sizes of glass for long tables so that your eyes are never drawn to one florals but will look around at the different colors and textures. The up and down motion that the various sizes of arrangements makes it more interesting. Open roses, sweet peas, lisianthus, dusty miller and other delicate flowers filled the table so that they work for this Spring concept. Blue colored water glasses added a bit of charm and accent of color. Kelly picked a wonderful overlay linen. Once again this delicate lace pattern create a multi layered affect. It’s having a neutral linen that is nothing but interesting. Elegant and stylish Frances Lane China adorn each place setting. Lilac place cards with white writing clipped to silver mercury holders were placed at each setting – it’s both efficient as it tells each guest were to sit but charming!

Hands on classes like this floral and styling class were just one of many wonderful creative classes that also included cake decorating, watercolor hand writing, and sketching taught by Oh So Inspired third co-founder, Mary Phan. Sessions of business advise from Sean Low, Leila Lewis of Be Inspired PR, and Marcy Blum amongst half a dozen lecturers helped professionals on subjects that included pricing, marketing, branding, social media. Most importantly, evening mixers and dinners set the tone to inspire where attendees were whisked away to secret locations. Oh So Inspired have announced their 2016 dates so be sure to check out their website at The 3rd annual OH SO INSPIRED begins November 6 – 9, 2016 in Sonoma, California.

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Photography: Kevin Chin | Event Planning: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin | Venue: Ramekins Sonoma | Chairs: Blueprint Studios | China: Frances Lane | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Workshop: Oh So Inspired

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Design Your Dream Day with WED School + A Giveaway!

We’re big fans of Shannon Leahy (read: she’s awesome), so when she told us she was launching a fab WED School to teach each and every one of you how to plan + design your Big Day like a pro, well… happy dancing ensued.  Think a self-study training platform that will walk you through the creative process + develop your unique sense of style to design a day that is totally chic and totally you. YES.

We all love Shannon Leahy and her stunning, stop-you-in-your-tracks weddings, so signing up for her WED School (aka, Wedding & Event Design School) to learn everything there is to know about creating a breathtaking event is sort of a no-brainer.  I’m talking tips and tricks the pros use, plus step by step tools that will give you that cohesive + professional + beyond breathtaking day you’ve always dreamed of… one that will leave all of your guests talking with each and every gorgeous detail.  It’s awesome.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Head to WED School today to sign up for your very first course, Event Design 101.  You’ll learn the skills you need to throw the greatest wedding ever, plus master all sorts of celebrations, from gorgeous dinner parties to intimate anniversary parties to baby showers and more. In other words?  You’ll be planning like a pro in no time at all.  Contact them NOW to get your party on.


What: WED School is giving a free event design course to one lucky winner! (Value $399)

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us which aspect of your wedding planning experience your most excited about!

Who: One lucky reader, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 22, 2016.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography (Top to Bottom): Josh Gruetzmacher (Image 1, 2, 5) + Silvana Di Franco (Image 3) + Sasha Gulish (Image 4)