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Organic + Elegant Napa Wedding at Carneros Inn Part I

There are some weddings so special, they simply cannot be contained to one single post. And the very second Coco Tran shared this Napa celebration we knew it most certainly fit that bill. Complete with the dreamiest summer palette and lush floral moments by Studio Mondine, it’s only fitting we wait to unveil the rest in a complete part two. Until then, we invite you to linger a little longer inside The Vault.

Part II Up Next!

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From The Bride… Andrew and I both grew up in a the smallest big city in the U.S. – Burlington, Vermont. I met Andrew through our mutual friend, Mikey when he introduced us in the hallway at school. From then on, I would see Andrew every so often and we would make small talk. Little did I know, Andrew had a crush on me. It wasn’t until after several dates that he finally had the courage to ask me to be his girlfriend. Shortly after, we became two teenagers falling madly in love.

After high school, Andrew headed to the Midwest to attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, while I stayed in New England and attended The University of Vermont. We tried to maintain our relationship but the long distance drained us. After college we decided to officially end our relationship as a couple and remained best friends. When I say best friends, Andrew would always be the first person I called to update on what was happening in my life. We would talk on the phone for hours.

I went on to earn my master’s degree in D.C., then decided to move to Chicago to start my career as a Nurse Anesthetist. Andrew had been in the Midwest this whole time and was now living in Chicago. We started to hang again but I didn’t really expect anything to happen between us. I enjoyed hanging out with him and I considered him my best friend and that was that. It wasn’t until several months later that I realized I never stopped loving him. Our time apart allowed us to come together even stronger. And now twelve years later, Andrew asked me to be his wife.

Our wedding vision was organic, minimalist, romantic and ethereal. The floral arrangements were lush white and textured with green forage.

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Photography: Coco Tran | Coordination: Brooke Baglietto | Floral Design: Studio Mondine | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Cake Fleur De Lisa | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Venue: The Carneros Inn | Draping: La Tavola Linen | Flower Girl Dress: Zara | Paper Goods: The Wells Makery

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Dream Destination Weddings in Napa Valley

This one’s for all of you lovelies looking to say “I do” in paradise, aka, the Napa Valley.  A breathtaking locale that plays host to a plethora of world-renowned venues, delicious wine and seriously yummy cuisine. Think beautiful landscapes meets luxurious accommodations meets beyond fabulous amenities. In other words? Say hello to the wedding of your dreams.

Whether you’re planning to tie the knot in a sweet, rustic chic affair, party the night away in a luxe ballroom or sway under the stars at a gorgeous winery, the Napa Valley is made for marrying.  From their never-ending list of fabulous resorts to their totally relaxing spas to the golden California sunsets they are sooo well-known for.  Which means that spectacular weekend (or week!) you’ve always envisioned with your nearest and dearest is right at your fingertips, amazing welcome dinner, wedding and going away luncheon totally included.

Contact the Napa Valley today for free assistance in planning your wedding.  Trust us, it will be the best decision you’ll make.

Image Credits: Auberge du Soleil (Photo 1) + Briana Marie Photography (Photo 1) + The Carneros Inn (Photos 2-3, 5) + Meadowood (Photo 4, 6) Jesse Leake Photography (Photo 4) + The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone (Photo 7)

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Elegant + Enchanted Garden Wedding at Terranea

This next celebration from Victor Sizemore Photography is one you’re going to want to revisit time and time again. A floral filled day courtesy of the creative masterminds at Details Details Wedding And Event Planning, this is one wedding that proves storybook celebrations are possible with the right team behind the vision. It’s a gallery we’ve deemed dream-worthy and we’ve got it all waiting for you in THE VAULT!

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From Details Details Wedding And Event PlanningTheir ceremony was an enchanted garden full of wisteria trees.They wanted to get married by the water but there is no garden close to the Pacific Ocean, so we transformed the Terreana Resort by bringing in 14 -twelve foot wisteria trees, and a stone water fountain (every garden has to have a fountain!) We carried the wisteria concept into the ballroom and created a magical ceiling treatment over the dance floor. The entire ballroom including the ceilings were draped in chiffon. Her colors were light plum, lavender and soft pinks. Flowers used: Roses, Ranunculus, Astilbe, Bovardia, Dahlia, Hydrangea. Her bouquet had gardenias, queens anne lace, garden roses, perris. We unveiled an after party with a DJ on a second level (built the stage and stairs) and snuck the Bride up there to toss her bouquet when the curtain was undraped and the after party was revealed.

Looking for more wedding inspiration? We’ve got just the place!

Photography: Victor Sizemore Photography | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Event Planning: Details Details Wedding And Event Planning | Floral Design: Nisie's Enchanted Florist | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Beverly Hills | Cake: Vanilla Bakeshop | Invitations: Rachel Jane Couture | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: 901 Salon | Makeup: Mirror Mirror Makeup | Hair: 901 Salon | Hair: Eric Bilardi | Lighting: Shine Lighting | DJ: Mike Soltani | Band: West Coast Music | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Groomsmen Attire: Friar Tux | Officiant: JP Reynolds | Venue: Terranea Resort | Rentals: Nisie's Enchanted Florist

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SMP Blogger Bride: Livvyland Shares How to Get the Perfect Mistletoe Photo

’Tis the season to cozy up to the one you love and create what we like to call a sweet little “#SMPMistletoeMoments.” There’s just something about the holidays that makes you want to fall in love all over again and relish in the precious moments that the season seems to bring about…and over at my blog Livvyland, I couldn’t help but want to take part in sharing some of those special moments, too!

Truth be told, when I thought about snapping a bunch of pictures under mistletoe, my heart jumped for joy. Clearly, I go mush for all things romantic and cheesy (honestly, I live for this stuff…give me a Matthew McConaughey rom-com any day!). However, my fiancé Blake was not as easy to convince! But after a few minutes of wooing him with, “oh darling, you get to KISS me…repeatedly!” (and yes, you should most definitely use that line, too), let’s just say it didn’t take long before he was on board – ha! He’s a major sport for bearing with me as I dive deeper into the blogosphere as it is, let alone agree to being photographed while smooching under mistletoe!

How to create the perfect “kissing under the mistletoe” photo in 5 easy steps

ONE | Get your man or gal on board – I’ll admit, my sentiment above is actually quite convincing

TWO | Pick a pretty setting or backdrop

THREE | Scoop up mistletoe (real or faux)

FOUR | Grab a photographer

FIVE | Most importantly, get excited to kiss someone you completely adore and have fun with it!

Blake and I asked our good friend and amazing professional photographer, Kayla Snell, to snap our mistletoe moments. It was nice to get all sappy around someone we knew because it made for a more comfortable experience. It also doesn’t hurt that half the time you’re staring into your best friends eyes for lengthy moments at a time…which immediately causes your heart to melt and makes you feel like it’s just you and him in the room (hey, speaking from experience over here!).

We chose to snap our pictures at Villa Del Lago, a stunning wedding venue that overlooks beautiful Lake Travis in Austin (which is actually where we’ll be saying “I do” in September!). From the gorgeous trees, to the jaw dropping lakefront view and an incredible home on the property (that doorframe?! SO pretty!), it was the perfect place to spotlight this romantic holiday ritual.

As for the mistletoe, I ventured to Michaels and DIY’d by cutting the faux mistletoe plant down and piecing a few branches together with twine and topped it off with a pretty red bow. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out!

 

Alright gals and guys, that’s a wrap! If you’re looking to create your own mistletoe moment, my biggest piece of advice is to have a blast with it! After all, how often do you get to capture that treasured moment when you look longingly into your darlings eyes and plant a big ‘ol kiss on him or her? Soak in the holiday cheer and don’t forget, as Sinatra said, “It’s that time of year when the world falls in love…”
…And cue Frank Sinatra, “Oh by gosh by golly, it’s time for mistletoe and holly…and folks stealin’ a kiss or two as they whisper Merry Christmas to you…”

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Photography: Kayla Snell | Venue: Villa Del Lago

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