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Modern Winery Wedding by Connie M. Chung Photography

As much as I LOVE the East Coast, there is just something about California that I never tire of and I think it may have a certain something to do with the perfect, sunny weather. In lieu of getting to bask in the glory of a warm, So Cal day, I’m going to kick up my heels and live vicariously through this yellow-hued winery wedding shot by Connie M. Chung. It has the perfect weather I so long for, the loveliest happy color palette and enough details to send me into blogger overdrive. See it all here!

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From the Bride… We both planned our wedding together to make sure it was a wedding that we both wanted.  Since a lot of our guests would be flying in from out-of-town, it was important for us to give them a mini getaway while they joined us for our celebration.  Both of us immediately fell in love with wine country for it’s greenery, wine tasting, and close proximity to the city.

This was a budget friendly wedding so it was a major DIY wedding with help from talented friends to add personal touches to wedding details.  A good friend lent us her vintage typewriter so our guests could type messages to us, and our family and friends were the musicians for our ceremony. Additional DIY projects included mason jars with grey striped straws for guests to enjoy their drinks and take home as favors, paper cones for tossing petals, printed paper treat bags for the dessert table, and even scoops of ice cream with handstamped wooden spoons for dessert.  Internet sites were a must to buy specialty items and to find the best price for the product.  There are also a ton of site offering “free printables” that can easily be downloaded and customized for our wedding.  I was able to design our paper goods, including invitations (our uncle printed them for us), and added handstiched details by turning my bridesmaid’s home into a pseudo sewing sweatshop!  My cousin makes the most perfect cake and cupcake pops that were perfect for our dessert table.  My SIL handsewn number pillows to use on the day of our eshoot which became our table signs.  Our SIL #2 handmade our cake topper of clay and designed it adding the traditional korean handbok in our wedding colors- yellow and grey.  Our dessert table also included traditional Korean rice cakes as part of a wedding tradition.  The highlight of our whole day was seeing our 6 month old nephew cruise down the aisle in a remote controlled car.  He stole the show and is still named the “best ring-bearer” ever by our guests!  We are blessed to have major talent all around us so friends and family helped out with the details.  The best part about our wedding is seeing how our family and friends were involved in the overall completion of the wedding.

During our planning, we received the best advice any bride and groom can hear during wedding planning: “Instead of stressing about how to make your wedding different or unique, focus of making the wedding special and meaningful to you as a couple.”  It was the BEST thing we heard because it took away the uncecessary stress that most couples face today to produce a fabulous wedding.  It’s easy to get lost in the “new” and “different” ideas but keeping to the thought of making it meaningful to us, helped us stay grounded in making decisions to make our wedding, our own.

Photography: Connie M. Chung / Hair and Makeup: Marie of Kelly Zhang Makeup Team / Flowers: Friend / Ceremony and Reception Location: South Coast Winery in Temecula, CA / Shoes: Caparros / Dress: Watters / Dessert Table: Amy Park of White Blossom Wedding & Event / Cake Pops: Susanne Ramirez (Cousin of Bride) / MC/DJ: Shine Entertainment / Groomsman socks: Express Men / Bridesmaid dresses: girls bought own dresses / Cake: Beverly’s Best in Fullerton, CA / Cake topper: Esther Oh (Sister-in-law)

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SoCal Ranch Wedding by Couture Events + Sean Walker Photography

You may have seen this beautiful Southern California wedding by Couture Events on The Bride’s Guide or Green Wedding Shoes but we just adore it so, so much that we couldn’t help but share it with you here too.  It’s just a picture perfect example of a ranch wedding with the sweetest details and cutest bride and groom.  Speaking of picture perfect, the images by Sean Walker Photography make each darling DIY detail shine in the California sun.  Click here to see it all!

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From the Bride…I was determined to get married outside and not to have a guest count restraint. When we first started talking about the ranch as a possibility it was more of a dream that I thought couldn’t be a reality. I love the ranch because of all the family memories it holds and the West Valley with its big oak trees and boulders has always been my favorite spot. The more Joel and I talked about the possibility of getting married out there, the more inspired I felt and convinced I was that this was the perfect spot for us!

From Couture EventsWith a natural color pallet, a few touches of lace, and an abundance of sunshine, stripes, and smiles, Dana & Joel’s wedding was a true breath of fresh California air. With just a field of dirt, a handful of great oak trees, and an array of boulders, we had the exciting opportunity to be creative with a true blank canvas. As tables and chairs were placed, linens draped from trees and laid on the ground, glass jars and dried flowers scattered along the aisle, the ranch was transformed into a whimsical woodland.

Dana’s affinity for the whimsical and dreamy shined through the simplest details– big bulb lights strung across the dance floor, ceremony happenings handwritten on chalkboard, and an array of mason jars, cursive cards, and candles. Dana decided on DIY dried flowers in order to have them ready a month ahead of time, avoiding the stress of making or buying florals the week before. Each bouquet was handmade with love and special care by her maid of honor, sisters, and wedding coordinator, Krystel. For an extra special touch, a few live gardenias were nestled into her bouquet on the day of the wedding.

Photographer Sean Walker captured even the hidden moments amidst the splendor and magic. An endearing embrace of daughter and father. A look of pure infatuation from wife to husband. The crooked grins of little boys in bow ties.

Everything about the day was charming. From the mix-matched bridesmaids dresses to the skinny ties and suspenders of the groomsmen. The couple opted out of black in favor of subtle greys, creams, blues, and purples. Rays of light radiated throughout the fields, trees, and across the sweet expressions on guests’ faces. The stunning bride glided down the aisle on a trail of burlap, to a homemade alter of draped canvas and gardenias, and into the arms of her handsome husband-to-be. The gentle, sweet aroma of lavender wafted through the ceremony site.

Only steps away was the reception. Even as the sun went down, the open field continued to glow, illuminated by love and delight. Dinner on tables of muslin and burlap, flushed with the soft romantic light of votives. Dancing amidst large trees. And to end an already flawless night, an intimate bonfire of friends and family sharing s’mores. As sparklers were lit and loved ones aligned, the radiant new bride and groom exited their perfect ranch oasis.

Wedding Coordination: Couture Events / Wedding Photography: Sean Walker Photography / Catering: Smokey Joe BBQ / Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals / Make-up: Crista Nichole Miller / Hair: Heather Molchanoff of Hot Seat Salon / Invitation Design (Hand-Stamped): MaeMae Paperie / Wood Painted Signs: Artist Kelli Murray / Hair Flower: Twigs & Honey / Groom’s Suit: Armani

Wrap It Up Pretty + A Winner

Can you believe we’re wrapping up another wonderful month of inspiration here on SMP?  With so much pretty to peruse on a daily basis, September just flew on by!  And we don’t know about you, but we can’t wait for Fall to really set in… Pumpkin spice lattes, changing leaves and even more gorgeous wedding inspiration is just around the corner.  Exciting, isn’t it?  So in honor of our very last September post, we thought we’d send you off into your weekend festivities with a cute as can be engagement session captured by Lizzi Photography.  With two adorable lovebirds, a bundle of colorful balloons and a picnic in the park, we guarantee you’ll be smiling (and happily reminiscing about those summer days gone by) until we meet again.  Click here for even more!

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From Lizzi PhotographyInspired by vintage styling since high school, all the items used in this engagement session were the couples’ treasures. Lily and Pablo curated these items throughout the years to decorate their future home. They also added their own touch – Pablo’s own sketch pads and animation books. Pablo’s passion for art and animation started at a young age. His passion translated into a career in animation. This artsy couple ensured their engagement session truly reflected who they are.

Photography: Lizzi Photography

If you missed any, here are all of our pretty posts from the week:

a gorgeous Arizona garden wedding
a modern NYC fete
a simply gorgeous Australian destination wedding
a breathtaking Santa Barbara wedding
a romantic Lake Tahoe stunner
a mod brunch inspiration shoot from our friends down under
a pretty yellow infused wedding in Oregon
a full day of seven gorgeous weddings
an effortlessly elegant North Carolina affair
a colorful and pretty Grand Rapids wedding
a gorgeous Saddle Rock Ranch fete
a fabulous garden inspired city fete

Some fabulous links from around the web:

An amazing and edible glittery raspberry glam trifle via Mrs. Lilien
A super fun encrypted save the date template via Martha Stewart Weddings
A delicious donut themed wedding shower…(need I say more?) via The Sweetest Occasion

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Little Black Book members…

Brett Butterstein Photography
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Fantasy Frostings
ELENA DAMY Floral & Event Design
Dana Goodson Photography
Derek Wong Photography
Tree Beginnings Eco Favors
Inspired Occasions
Naturally Delicious

To apply to become a member of our LBB click here. We’d love to hear from you!

And lastly, we have a lucky winner to announce! The winner of the gift certificate is Olivia! Congrats lovely lady!


Have a pretty, pretty weekend! See you back here Monday morning. xoxo

San Clemente Photo Shoot by Beauty and the Beach + Diandra Ann Photography

We are celebrating Labor Day the only way we know how – with a big dose of lovely inspiration. And talk about a knock out. This photo shoot is taking rustic to a new level of California cool as seen through the lens of Diandra Ann Photography. From beach picnic to gorgeous succulent-infused tablescape, the ladies at Beauty and the Beach crafted their hearts out with this one and we are eating it up one fabulous detail at a time. From the pretty, pretty florals by Natural Charms Flowers, right down to the delicious dessert spread by Sweet Cream Bake Shop, you can see it all here in the full gallery! Happy Labor Day!

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From Beauty and the BeachI was inspired by the idea of a wedding being a maiden voyage. The concept paired perfectly with our coastal and historical venue The Casino San Clemente. The ocean air has a way of adding patina to everything it touches, that patina provided the broad range of colors we used. There were nods to travel sprinkled throughout the shoot, but we didn’t want the focus to be there. Whether it was an old book, antique silverware, lanterns or a funny little fish it was important that every detail feel like it could be a travel memento.  The style became a wonderful combination of old and new, rustic and elegant.

We collected vintage silver serving pieces and beautifully aged urns to use for the breathtaking florals by Natural Charms. Neallie of Vatne Designs created one of a kind jewelry and accessories sprinkled throughout the shoot. We even dreamt up a boutonniere pin for our groom reminiscent of an antique tie clip or pocket watch.  We collaborated with Sweet Cream Bake Shop to design the beautiful and delicious dessert table. The coconut cake-pops are to die for! Bitsy events crafted a lovely invitation suite that evokes a sense of vintage charm. Hair and makeup was impeccably styled by Beauty and the Beach.

This shoot is full of details highlighted beautifully by Diandra Ann Photography. It was truly a pleasure to work with such a talented team of vendors, thank you so much for helping set this maiden voyage in motion!

Styling: Heather Puhek of Beauty and the Beach / Make-up: Katie Vollmer of Beauty and the Beach / Hair: Katie Vollmer + Heather Puhek of Beauty and the Beach / Photography: Diandra Ann Photography / Venue: Casino San Clemente / Accessories: VATNE Designs / Floral Design: Rebecca Salimpour of Natural Charms Flowers / Sweets: Lisa Lowe of Sweet Cream Bake Shop / Invitation Suite: Bitsy Events / Newlywed Models: Anna & Travis


Hidden Hills Wedding by Gabriel Ryan Photographers

This backyard soiree is simply beyond gorgeous with its hints of purple and lavender (check out the chiavari chairs), vintage chic details, and amazing fabric seating chart with chicken wire and mini clothespins. Really, have you ever seen such a pretty seating chart before? Each and every photograph from Gabriel Ryan Photographers has me falling completely head over heels in love with this Calabasas wedding. And lucky for us there is so much more in the gallery!

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From Gabriel Ryan Photographers…I can’t tell you how many times we hear from engaged couples “we would LOVE to have a backyard wedding, but we just don’t know anyone with a cool backyard.”  Fortunately, for Ashley and Cory, Ashley’s aunt & uncle were thrilled at the idea of hosting the wedding at their home tucked away in the hills of Calabasas.  And the fact that their property was the perfect venue… well that was just a bonus.

From the purple chivaris, to the comfy cocktail lounge, to the chalkboard menu and made-to-order ice cream sandwiches, there were just enough details to make the event personal without being overwhelming.  It was obvious that Ashley and Cory wanted an intimate gathering and a rocking’ party where everyone could “make themselves at home.”  And thanks to the guiding hand of Lindye Galloway, a thoughtful offer from a family member and the intentional excitement from Ashley and Cory, their wedding was just that.

Wedding Photography: Gabriel Ryan Photographers / Flowers: Blossom Floral / Event Design + Planning: Lindye Galloway + The Bride / Ceremony + Reception Location: Private Residence in Hidden Hills / Invitations + Stationery: Magpie Paperworks / Wedding Dress: Watters / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Rentals: Town and Country / DJ: Eric Trine / Makeup: Bliss Makeup Artistry

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Half Moon Bay Hindu Wedding from Sonal J Shah Events

I know I’ve said it before, but I will continue to say it over and over, only because it is so true. Hindu weddings have got to be the most fun fêtes to attend. The dancing, the colors, the passion, nothing compares to it. Which is why I totally love this California wedding from Sonal J Shah Events. From the beautiful bride with henna on her hands to the fantastic Pacific Ocean view, every photo from Studio Nine portrays a party I so wish I had gotten an invite to. But since I was not there, I will be spending all afternoon in the full image gallery, pretending.

That gorgeous cake is from the delish Cake Coquette.

Rachna is originally from the San Fransico Bay area and attended medical school at Drexel University in Philadelphia.  I am from Philadelphia, and was completing my medical internship at Drexel University at the same time Rachna was a senior.  We crossed paths at Hahnemann Hospital where we both rotated to treat patients.  This is when I began to “notice” Rachna and developed a crush on her.

I proposed to Rachna in October of 2009 in New Orleans, on Diwali, in a well known french quarter restaurant.  When I crouched on one knee to propose and give Rachna her ring, it slipped out of my hand and rolled through the restaurant—requiring me to crawl on all fours to catch it!  Later in the evening, some sincere neighboring diners approached me to ask, “I really enjoyed that magic trick you did under the table with the ring—how did you do that?”  My reply was “There was no magic, only gravity!”  To this Rachna said, “This is so us. I wouldn’t have had it any other way!”

Our wedding was namely that of a traditional Hindu wedding.  However, I am Jewish by background.  Thus, our marriage is multicultural, although both religions have many core similarities.  Therefore, to add some multicultural aspects to the wedding, we decided to step on a glass at the conclusion of the Hindu ceremony.  Stepping on a glass at the end of a wedding ceremony is a Jewish tradition – it is meant to bring good luck to the newly weds.

My most vivid wedding day memory was our first dance after our entrance into the reception.  Although we were surrounded by family and friends, I felt Rachna and I could have danced freely for hours without any worries or cares.  I was so incredibly awestruck by how beautiful Rachna looked!

Rachna and I are both physicians (Rachna is an OBGYN, and I am an Anesthesiologist) who believe that high quality medical care should be provided to all people, in all nations, regardless of socio-economic status.  Therefore, we made gift donations in our guests’ honor to Doctor’s Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).  MSF is a medical humanitarian organization which provides free medical care around the world to patients in countries in desperate need of medical attention.

Photography and Cinematography: Studio Nine / Event Design: Asiel Designs / Event Planning: Sonal J Shah Events / Ceremony Location: Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay / Reception Location: Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / DJ: DJ Raj, Sound Nation / Cake: Cake Coquette / Hair and Makeup: Armando, Get Your Do Up!