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Napa Valley Estate Wedding at Beaulieu Garden

For me, “Napa Valley” and “incredible al fresco weddings” are pretty much one and the same. And this dreamy summer lovefest planned by Rosemary Events only further proves my point. Photographed by Samuel Lippke Studios, it’s got all the elements for a storybook day – Vera Wang gown and five-tier creation by Sweet On Cake included. Go get lost in The Vault for a weekend that’s officially off to a perfect start.

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From Rosemary EventsJust one day of venue scouting and Brittany & Justin fell head over heels for the beautiful Beaulieu Gardens Estate in Napa Valley. It was the perfect location for their fabulous and glowy evening under the stars.

Joined by 150 friends and family, the couple exchanged vows on a gorgeous summer day under a Chuppah covered with Amaranthus (Brittany’s favorite) in the beautiful sunken garden at Beaulieu Gardens. Guests were greeted with Blackberry Lemonade and Minted Iced Tea then seated in rustic wooden chairs under linen covered cabanas shading them from the July sun.

Justin looked handsome in a classic black tuxedo and began the procession walking in with his Mom. Bridesmaids wore dresses by Love Shack Fancy in complementing fabrics and carried bouquets of peach garden roses with raspberries and thistle. They walked in, accompanied by Justin’s groomsmen, to “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. Brittany looked stunning in her Vera Wang gown and carried a beautiful bouquet of white garden roses and Amaranthus. Both her Mom and Dad accompanied her down the aisle to an instrumental version of the song from her favorite childhood movie (the one she used to play over and over) “If We Hold on Together”.

Most important to Brittany and Justin was that the ceremony incorporated all the special religious and family traditions representing their respective backgrounds. They worked together with Rabbi Brian and Pastor Larry who created one of the most moving and special ceremonies I have had the pleasure of witnessing. It appropriately ended as the couple walked out through a shower of rose petals to the instrumental version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” by performed by Ever Music Group.

Guests mingled after ceremony enjoying cocktails and delicious bites from Paula Le Dec Fine Catering and jazz by Ever Music Group. When it came time for dinner, they collected seating cards from wooden shutters placed along the beautiful vine covered path leading to the dining arbor.

The dining tables were a magical backdrop for the extraordinary feast prepared by Paula Le Duc Fine Catering. A continuous golden ribbon stretched the length of each of the long tables and wove through each place setting. Casa de Perrin chargers of Italian glass and 24K set each place, then were finished with a gold flatware, gold napkin, a mix of crystal and Riedel glassware, menus by Tiny Pine Press, a pair of individual crystal salt & pepper cellars for each guest and a golden ribbon monogrammed with each guest’s name. Footed bowls held stunning arrangements of yellow and creme garden roses accented with berries and thistle, spilled with amaranthus. These gorgeous arrangements lined the tables and were accented with smaller arrangements each displaying single ingredients of the larger arrangement and bowls of floating candles. The arbor was twinkling with beautiful gold chandeliers. The pool was aglow with white globes of varying sizes.

Guests ate an amazing Salad of Peaches and Arugula, Salmon on a Cedar Plank served w/ Farro and main course of Bavette Steak. Laughter and toasting followed, Brittany and Justin cut their cake and took the dance floor for a romantic first dance to “Shining Star”. Ever Music Group appeared for a lively Hora dance and then a friend of Justin’s, DJ Chris Fox from Boutique DJs, spun their favorites and kept the dance floor hopping.

It was a magical departure as guests walked through a sea of bubbles and were offered Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches as a sweet finish to the party but the fun continued at an after party at the nearby Reddwood restaurant.

The evening was absolutely magical and glowing. What was so incredibly wonderful about Brittany and Justin (and Brittany’s wonderful parents) was the effort they took to make sure that each and every guest felt special and taken care of. The mood was infectious. There was so much love in the air.

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Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios | Cinematography: Weddings On Film | Event Planning + Design: Rosemary Events | Floral + Event Design: Nicole Sillapere | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Love Shack Fancy | Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: Jam Leonard | Lighting: Got Light? | DJ: Boutique DJS | Ceremony Music: Ever Music Group | Venue: Beaulieu Gardens | Alterations: Heidi Johnson | Invitations + Stationery: Tiny Pine Press | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linens | Rabbi + Pastor: Rabbi Brian & Pastor Larry Keen | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Napa | Sound: Delicate Productions | Tabletop: Casa De Perrin | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Romantic Fall Wedding Among the Redwoods

With the sunlight shining through the forest ceiling, casting an ethereal glow on this whole celebration, you can’t help but go weak in the knees. Jen Rodriguez captured the magic, and between the beautiful Bride and a reception shining bright with La Tavola linens and the work of Got Light, it’s all we can do to not stay in this gallery all day – see what we’re all crushing on here in our VAULT right this way!


From Jen Rodriguez Photography… This wedding was so much fun to photograph. From the ceremony that took place amongst the redwoods, the stunning florals, the surprise firetruck grand exit, and of course this amazing couple who have been together since high school; I don’t know if it gets much better than this wedding right here.

Sasha Souza was on hand to bring all of the beautiful elements together, and boy did she knock it out of the park with this event. All of the details, down to the beautifully executed name card board, complete with butterfly cut outs was perfection.

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Photography: Jen Rodriguez Photography | Coordination: Sasha Souza Events | Floral Design: Flaxx Floral Design | Catering: Elaine Bell Catering | Lighting: Got Light? | DJ: Gatsby Entertainment | Transportation: Fire Trucks 4 Hire | Venue: Beringer Winery | Desserts: Sift Desserts | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals | Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Classic Wedding at The Berkeley City Club + A Giveaway!

When it comes to booking your vendor dream team, finding that perfect photographer is a pretty big deal. They capture the moments you’ll treasure forever, and that’s where Magnolia Weddings comes in. In the words of Erich of Magnolia, “I love bringing the couple’s story to life in their images,” and that’s exactly what he did for this sweet couple wed at the Berkeley City Club. Get lost in the gallery and don’t miss a major Magnolia Weddings giveaway below.

From Magnolia Weddings... This wedding took place at a California Historic Landmark, the Berkeley City Club. The historical society designation says that architect Julia Morgan’s “Moorish and Gothic elements created a landmark of California design.”

Not only was there distinctive architecture as the backdrop but the library, courtyard and pool all added to the elegance of the wedding. The courtyard provided a great romantic spot for the bride and groom’s first look. The library was perfect for the groom and groomsmen to hang out and drink scotch in while they waited for the ceremony.

The couple met at a crossfit class–in fact the groom was the instructor. I think the story of ‘law school student finds love at the crossfit gym’ is the perfect set up to a romantic comedy. At the wedding they enjoyed themselves throughout, making each other laugh and having a great time dancing with friends and family.


The Prize: Magnolia Weddings is giving away the winner’s choice of either a deluxe engagement portrait session (within a 40 mile radius of San Francisco) or $400 off a wedding package!

To Enter: Simply visit Magnolia Weddings and leave a comment below telling us which style wedding (rustic, modern, classic, etc.) most closely matches your own style.

To Win: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, January 29.

Terms & Conditions: Can be found right here.


Photography: Magnolia Weddings | Ceremony Venue: Berkeley City Club | Reception Venue: Berkeley City Club | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother