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DIY Floral Wine Glass Charm

Are you ready for a little DIY that will make your guests squeal with glee? Enter the pretty little floral wine glass charm from Daisy Rose Floral Design snapped up by Megan Clouse Photography. Just when you thought your glass of wine couldn’t get any better, imagine it donning a gorgeous bloom. How fancy would you feel? I’m unapologetically using this for my next little gathering, and looking at the steps below, it seems easy enough for even me.

Daisy Rose Floral Design and Hawthorn Flower Studio are teaming up to bring you a unique Sonoma wine country experience combining wine, flowers, food & fruit this Memorial Day. In preparation, they’ve prepared a quick and easy floral wine glass charm how-to, a perfect addition to your next cocktail of dinner party, bridal shower or girls’ night!


• 26 gauge floral wire, cut into 5” pieces
• Wire cutters
• Floral Tape (we used white)
• Clippers
• Flowers
• Stemmed Glass
• Wine (we chose Hamel Family Wines 2011 Isthmus)



Cut flower stems to approximately ½ inch in length


Wire Stems – For flowers with hollow stems, like ranunculus, anemones and dahlias, push floral wire up the hollow center of the stem, through the flower, and 2 inches past the top of the flower head. Bend the exposed wire into a long, narrow hook, and gently feed back through the flower and out the base, leaving the bend in the hook nestled against the top of the flower, and the end of the hook coming back out the base, along the side of the stem.

Flowers with thick, solid stems like roses, almonds or lisianthus may be wired by piercing perpendicularly through the stem just below the base of the flower and folding the ends of the wire down the length of the stem.

Wrap wired stems with floral tape, starting at the top. Pull gently on the tape (to release the self-adhesive properties) as you twist the stem, covering the length of the wire.

Gently wrap the artificial stem around the base of your wine glass, cutting off any excess with wire cutters. Cover any sharp ends with a touch of floral tape!

Pour a glass of your favorite wine and enjoy!

Interested in celebrating summer’s upcoming harvest of local fruit and flowers? Join Melanie and Daisy for the Rose & Thorn Workshop, May 23rd at Hamel Family Wines in Sonoma. Spend Memorial Day weekend, with a half-day of fruit and floral arranging, wine tasting & lunch. We’ll be joined by Megan Clouse Photography, who will document the day.

Photography: Megan Clouse Photography | Floral Design: Daisy Rose Floral Design | Floral Design: Hawthorn Flower Studio | Wine: Hamel Family Wines 2011 Isthmus | Workshop: Rose & Thorn Workshop

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Elegant Modern Romance at Cornerstone Sonoma

Take a seat SMP’ers, this wedding is one for the books. Every detail of this elegant Sonoma wedding was planned to perfection with the help of A Savvy Event. From the gorgeous blooms from Vanda Floral Design, textured, lush linens from La Tavola and white modern chairs under a rustic tent, we can’t wait for you to see even more of this romantic day captured by Allyson Wiley Photography here!


From Kelly McLeskey-Dolata at A Savvy EventWorking with Jessica and Kevin was such a great experience in that we really got to help the couple discover their style. Jessica wasn’t someone who had envisioned and planned her wedding throughout life, so we really got to open her eyes to a range of aesthetic options. From fabric swatches to Pinterest boards, we worked with Jessica to nail down the look and feel she and Kevin wanted for their big day. Jessica’s eye was drawn to natural landscapes and warm woods, but also crisp whites and saturated gem tones (think modern-rustic).

Jessica and Kevin traveled to Sonoma from their home in Los Angeles several times to shop for a venue, and ended up falling in love with Cornerstone Gardens when they stopped for a tour of the property on a whim, in between other venue appointments. It had everything the couple wanted–including an inviting open-air feel and rolling-hill views that were hard to take your eyes off of.

The ceremony took place on the Vineyard Lawn, a lush grassy area bordered by Pinot Noir vineyards, with the garden’s reflecting pond as a captivating and serene backdrop. Jessica was inspired by the venue’s natural beauty and chose a palette that played perfectly with the big blue sky and never-ending greenery. From dusty lavender to deep amethyst, purples were incorporated throughout and–alongside crisp white and pops of magenta–made for a clean and natural palette that boasted a touch of glamour.

Guests dined on the lawn under a tent, where wooden family-style tables coupled with streamlined (and oh-so chic) white chairs brought Jessica’s modern-rustic vision to life. The guests then moved to the barn for dancing, where we brought in white leather furnishings, airy white curtains and (pretty unforgettable) sequined linens.

Overall, we worked to marry the warmth and natural beauty of the venue with touches of purposeful and distinct glamour to create a balanced and playful aesthetic, and a relaxing (and charming) night.

Photography: Allyson Wiley Photography | Event Design: A Savvy Event- Kelly McLeskey-Dolata | Florist: Vanda Floral Design | Catering: Sage | Lighting: Twilight Design | DJ: Boutique DJs - Josh Dukes | Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma | Cake & Desserts: Crisp Bakeshop | Linen: La Tavola | Photobooth: Night Owl Photography | Rentals: Designer 8 Furniture Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Video: Wine Country Videographers | Wedding Planning: A Savvy Event- Meren Dehaze

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Custom Gowns with JINZA Couture Bridal

There are bridal salons, and there are personalized bridal salons like JINZA Couture Bridal.  A place where beautiful collections and breathtaking custom creations join forces with the most amazing customer service you’ll ever experience to create an individually crafted design made just for you.  Think private appointments with top-notch consultants or your very own personal designer, aka, a team of wedding geniuses that know a thing or two about making you look awesome for your special occasion.

Serving Bay Area brides since 2002, JINZA Couture Bridal’s new and exclusive Los Angeles boutique is now open in the heart of West Hollywood (933 N La Cienega Blvd), which means that even more brides get to experience the gorgeous gowns and attention to detail that JINZA Couture Bridal is so well-known for. Imagine a timeless piece created from scratch using only the finest of fabrics with custom tailoring to fit your figure perfectly, alterations included.  Brides can try on a range of gowns or mold a custom creation.

Explore high fashion styles, updated classics, unconventional sheaths, opulent ball gowns, the popular soft mermaid style and JINZA’s own signature couture designs at the new Los Angeles boutique. Each gown is light weight and comfortable (no shape wear or bra needed!), so that you can dance the night away with the one you love.  And you can complete your bridal ensemble with a veil, jewelry and shoes all available at JINZA Couture Bridal.  Amazing.

Classic, elegant and totally sophisticated – contact JINZA Couture Bridal TODAY to begin creating that dress of your dreams.  Take it from someone who knows – it will be the best decision you’ll ever make.


Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).


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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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.

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Elegant Outdoor Wedding

A chance meeting in Beijing followed by a trans-world romance… this, my friends, is the definition of a fairytale.  And how do you celebrate a love that was meant to be in the movies?  With a drop-dead gorgeous day crafted by the likes of A Savvy Event and Michael Daigian Design, of course. The talented Larissa Cleveland was on hand to capture every moment and you can see all of the pretty details right here, and in the sweet film from Sean Desmond below.


From The Bride… Out of all places in the world, Robert and I met in a classroom at Peking University in Beijing, China. Robert and I were both enrolled in a language program after college. Over our course we became close friends and explored new places in the city together.

Despite Robert’s convincing, I decided to return to San Francisco after the course ended to pursue my career while Robert stayed in Beijing to pursue his. Two years later, I was determined to visit Robert and some friends in Beijing. This time, the timing was right for both of us. After a year of numerous Skype calls, gmail chats, and a few trips to SF, Robert decided to move to San Francisco. We got engaged four years later in Venice, Italy.

Both Robert and I really didn’t look at our special day as a wedding but more of a party to celebrate with family and close friends. We really wanted our guests to be comfortable and have a great time with amazing food, wine, and music.

Walking down the aisle and seeing of all our friends and family that traveled far to be there that day was one of my favorite parts of my wedding. Also, seeing how all the decorations come together is pretty exciting since I could only envision bits and pieces but not the whole picture.

My dad used to always say when we were planning our wedding, “Don’t worry, everything will be all right and nothing will be ok.” I always laughed when I heard that because it really lightened the whole situation and put everything in perspective. There really is no reason to stress over wedding planning and you should really enjoy the whole process because you will never be able to do it again.

My advice to future brides?  Have fun with it, don’t take things too seriously, and in the end you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Photography: Larissa Cleveland | Floral And Event Design: Michael Daigian Design | Planner: A Savvy Event | Wedding Dress: Valentino | Dj: Dave Tutton | Wedding Venue: Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn | Chalkboard: A Savvy Event | Dessert: Emporio Rulli | Linens: Napa Valley Linens | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Video: Sean Desmond

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