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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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Vintage Chic Winery Wedding with Pops of Purple

When an event planner ties the knot, there’s no denying a little added pressure. And for this event pro turned bride, that meant pulling off a day her guests would remember forever. Designed with a French-vintage flair, these Sonoma lovies planned a wedding that set the style bar high, and Chestnut & Vine and Sweet On Cake made the details unforgettable. See it all from Onelove Photography right here.

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From The Bride…My now husband (!) and I have been together for 10+ years. We really wanted to showcase our love for our family and friends. Being an event planner, everyone was expecting something GREAT! So, naturally the pressure was on. Our number one goal was for everyone to have the most amazing time. So many things contributed to this….the location, the music, the food and of course the drinks! We had gone up to BR Cohn many years ago and fell in love with their wine and Oyster Bar on Sundays. We remember thinking so many years ago what a great place it would be to get married. To be fortunate enough to have that dream come true was the best. Next, we LOVE food. It was super important to us for people to love the food and to keep it coming. Lastly, we don’t get the opportunity to let loose and dance too often. Music was key and having a full dance floor from beginning to end is what we hoped for and came true!

I am a lover of all things vintage! The wedding was designed around a French-Vintage feeling. I had so many ideas for what I wanted, almost too many! In the end it was exactly what I wanted with the perfect touch of elegance.

I have been going to the Alameda Antique Fair for years and have been collecting antiques for quite some time. My husband always jokes with me and says how I love anything antique/vintage. Over a year plus span, I collected vintage mirror trays that I used for the centerpiece.

Another significant piece were the skeleton keys on each mirror tray that had a wooden tag with a significant word hand written on each. Each word (cherish, love, family, adventure) represents our past, present and future. They were words that describe us as a couple.

The day honestly could not have been better! Thank you to Amy, who is both my good friend and coordinator, everything went off without a hitch. Everything I had imagined came to life and could not have been more beautiful. During the reception, my husband told me to stop and take a look around. There was nothing more amazing then seeing all your closest family and friends together in one space and enjoying themselves. We never felt so much love from everyone as we did that day and particularly at that moment.

We had a last dance planned for everyone, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” a nod to our favorite team, San Francisco Giants and the DJ had everyone make a circle around us as we danced just the two of us. This wasn’t planned, but it was the absolute best way to end the day, surrounded by all of our loved ones.

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Ceremony And Reception: B.R. Cohn Winery | DJ: Verducci Entertainment | Event Design And Coordination: True Emerald Styling And Planning | Florals: Chestnut And Vine | Hair And Makeup: Tasha Cohn At Heart Amonos | Lighting: Verducci Entertainment | Photo Booth: Verducci Entertainment | Photography: Onelove Photography | Shoe Designer: C' Est La Vie | Stationary: Minted | Vintage Rentals: Pieces By Violet

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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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Oh So Inspired Retreat Giveaway!

Wedding pros, gather ’round. Because our friends behind Oh So Inspired are giving away a free spot to this year’s amazing retreat and you – yes, YOU – have a chance to win big. I’m talking three days of intimate, hands-on learning with fellow creatives all across the country, not to mention the setting in California’s wine country. Ready to enter? Read on for details below!

About the retreat… Set in the heart of beautiful California Wine Country, Oh So Inspired will be held at the Luxurious Ramekins of Sonoma. We have planned a 3 day gathering, after which you’ll walk away with a wealth of knowledge having participated in a variety of interactive lessons that you’ll be able to implement in your business. We’ll take you through a floral class, sketch lesson, calligraphy tutorial, culinary cooking experience, and you’ll also get to partake in a styled photoshoot ( at a secret location ) alongside one of the Nation’s top photographer. 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 chat. Sounds like your cup of tea? Cozy up with us this November and indulge in learning, renewal, and honest to goodness growth; take your business to a whole new level and create life-long connections.

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THE PRIZE:  One ticket to the 2014 Oh So Inspired retreat in Sonoma, California. (Travel and accommodations not included)

TO ENTER: Follow Pinterest board instructions above.

TO WIN: Winner will be chosen 10/10/14 and contacted via email.

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.

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

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