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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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Romantic Outoor Wedding at Annadel Estate in Sonoma

Sonoma weddings always seem to dance on the side of lovely. But this one. Well, this one is both lovely and innately personal – handcrafted by California’s finest of course. Photographed by Kate Webber with design by A Savvy Event and florals by Nancy Liu Chin – this celebration is exactly what we preach on SMP. Make it beautiful, make it personal. Click here for even more.

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From the bride…We wanted to have a destination wedding so that we could extend the wedding celebrations and enjoy a full weekend of wedding festivities with our family and closest friends. Sonoma, California was a natural choice as Craig and I bonded over our mutual love and passion for great food and wine. We envisioned our wedding weekend filled with delicious meals and great local wines in a beautiful setting where everyone truly felt like a part of the celebration.

Craig and I are both foodies and much of our planning focused on the food and wine. Our inspiration was “French country” – an homage to Paris where we were engaged – and we worked with an amazing team of vendors who helped bring our culinary vision to life!

This was a foodie wedding with a twist –I have celiac disease and cannot eat gluten, and both Craig and I are lactose intolerant; so it was important to us that our menu was inclusive of all dietary restrictions. We designed a menu that was gluten and dairy-free – including our wedding cake buffet! It was our big fat, gluten-free, dairy-free dream wedding. “Magical” was the word so many of our guests used to describe the weekend – and it was just that; we had our perfect ending.

Photography: Kate Webber Photography | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Cake: Gluten Free Sweet | Invitations: Laura Hooper | Jewelry: Mozaffarian Jewelers | Catering: The Girl & The Fig | Lighting: Twilight Design | Makeup & Hair: It’s A Date | Planning & Design: A Savvy Event | Rentals: La Tavola | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Wedding Venue: Annadel Estate Winery

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Pastel Infused Winery Wedding in Sonoma

Give Esla Events a pastel color palette and she’ll rock out one heck of an affair. But this Sonoma shindig goes far beyond the beautiful details and floral finery by Poppystone. It’s got a whole lot of heart and a coming together of culture and family that only Em The Gem could capture so beautifully. See this full affair in all its pastel glory right here.

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From Em The GemNicole and Myron – and their romantic wine country wedding day – are a beautiful example of how fluidly cultures blend in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nicole’s family comes from Mexico. Myron’s family comes from Sri Lanka. They met in San Diego and, fast forward eleven years, tied the knot in Sonoma Valley. His family is Hindu; her family is Catholic; and the reverend who married them is Presbyterian.

Weaving aspects of their cultures, values, and families into the wedding day was important to Nicole and Myron. From subtle touches like Sri Lankan treats as part of the dessert bar, to central moments like performing the Mexican Lasso ritual as part of the ceremony, they personalized every aspect of the day. They also wanted to honor those who could not attend in special ways, such as with the “Pepsi and Peanuts” station that Nicole put together in honor of her grandfather, who always gave the children of the family these items on their birthdays.

It was so wonderful to be a part of this day – all the families came together and had an amazing beautiful day in Sonoma. The weather was perfect, everyone enjoyed multiple trips to the dessert buffet and danced the night away.

Photography: Em The Gem | Floral Design: Poppystone Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Ines DiSanto | Cake: Perfect Endings | Invitations: The Aerialist Press | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Hair And Makeup: The Glamourist | Calligraphy: Kathryn Murray | Lighting: Twilight Design | DJ: Boutique DJs - Josh Dukes | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Ceremony + Reception: Cline Cellars | Dessert Bar: Batter Bakery | Furniture, Tables: Classic Party Rentals | General Rentals: Wine Country Party + Events | Groomsmen Attire: Indochino | Planning And Design: Esla Events | Quartet: Synchronicity | Shrubbery: Hartmann Studios

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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

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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.

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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 | Makeup: Joey Cheung - J Beautique | Hair: Lisa Weaver | Grooms Attire: Banana Republic | Ceremony Music: Wine Country Entertainment | Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic

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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}doielounge.com 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!

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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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