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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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ELENA DAMY Floral & Event Design
Dana Goodson Photography
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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