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How To Throw A Luxe Backyard Wedding

With summer upon us, outdoor weddings are in full force—and we're not complaining about it. From casual backyard fetes to elegant estate affairs, you can't beat fresh grass under your feet and sunshine kissing your face. But pulling off an outdoor wedding in style takes a bit of know-how. Estate Weddings and Events is lending their expertise to us today on how to put the posh in your al fresco soiree! From...

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Day After Wedding Brunch at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

After the engagement, the rehearsal, and the WEDDING of Allyson of Bob Gail Special Events and her beloved Steven, comes this fab send off – a Cinco de Mayo brunch as...

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Modern Garden Wedding in Ojai

A few years ago, I happened to sit next to the sweetest event producer at Engage!, Allyson, of Bob Gail Special Events, who has sent us some of the most stunning weddings on the planet. Now fast forward three years and we've come full circle; with the modern meets garden extravaganza of Allyson + Steven. It's a wedding with elegance and grace built into every fiber and imagery by ...

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Al Fresco Ojai Rehearsal Dinner

Now that you've had a chance to get to know this stunning duo through their Ojai engagement, it's time to snag a peek inside their rehearsal. It's what happens when the Bride-to-be doubles a creative genius behind Bob Gail Special Events and sets out to plan one of...

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Romantic Ojai Engagement

While today might feel like any old Tuesday, let me kindly assure you that it's not. In fact, it's a stop everything, phone-the-holds and swoon kind of day all thanks to the one and only Elizabeth Messina. She captured every magic moment of Allyson from Bob Gail Special Events' wedding journey, and we'll be sharing the goods from morning til' night. First up? The romantic Ojai e-sesh...

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Blushing Black Tie Affair at The Four Seasons

I'm convinced it doesn't get any better than a blush colored Monique Lhuillier. Or a series of the sweetest kisses photographed by Elizabeth Messina. Or anything and everything floral that Mindy Rice crafts. Or church pews by Found Vintage Rentals decorating the ceremony.

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Holiday Entertaining with Lisa Vorce

When celebrity event planner Lisa Vorce invites you to peek at her home, all decked out for the holidays no less, you know it's going to be good. Christmas pretty of the loveliest variety adorned every surface, and we are beyond smitten. While we were at it, we took the chance to pick her brain on all things holiday entertaining and her advice is some you don't want to miss! Captured by the wildly talented...

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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Wedding from Elizabeth Messina Photography

Just when you imagine that this day of gorgeous events from Elizabeth Messina could not possibly be topped, it gets topped in a major, major way. An elegant, crazy beautiful kind of way masterminded by Merryl Brown Events  with flower combos like you wouldn't believe by Mindy Rice set against the prettiness of ...

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Ojai Valley Rehearsal Dinner from Elizabeth Messina Photography

In the scheme of wedding weekends, rehearsal dinners are a pretty big deal. They set the tone for everything to follow, and give couples a chance to shake those jitters before the Big Day. And this Ojai Valley Inn affair? Well, it's the kind of rehearsal I'd die to attend. Mostly because Merryl Brown Events and ...

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Behind the Scenes With Claire Pettibone

I can spot a Claire Pettibone dress from a mile away. There's a sense of effortless whimsy and romance woven into every collection that's completely beyond compare. And since we happen to be some of Claire's biggest fans (seriously, we should make t-shirts), we decided to catch up with everyone's favorite design darling to find out just what makes her tick.

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Santa Barbara Wedding from Elizabeth Messina

Opening a wedding seen through the lens of the lovely Elizabeth Messina is like opening the prettiest of presents. She never fails to capture layer after layer of pure gorgeous, and enviably, makes me fall head over heels in love with each image in the collection. Case and point? This Bacara Resort & Spa beauty planned to perfection by ...

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Malibu Wedding from Elizabeth Messina + Bluebell Events

If ever there was a photographer that had a way of capturing all the beautiful moments of a wedding, both big and small, it would surely be Elizabeth Messina. And she does so with such beauty; the kind that transforms a wedding photograph into pure, unabashed art. This seaside affair is a celebration of all those moments between a gorgeous couple and their precious baby girl that resulted in a day designed by ...

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California Wedding from Mindy Weiss + Elizabeth Messina Part II

If you thought the first part of today's affair was beautiful, you're going to want to crawl through your computer screen over the second part. That dress by Monique Lhuillier that literally induced squeals heard round the office. The ceremony and reception that were crafted into pure magic under a canopy...

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California Wedding from Mindy Weiss + Elizabeth Messina

From the second I caught wind that Mindy Weiss was deep in the throws of planning her son's wedding to his love Tali, I just knew this wedding needed to find a pretty home on SMP. And the good ol' Texas cheerleader spirit fingers came out when Mindy and Elizabeth bestowed the goods. Not only is the beauty in the details lovingly crafted by Mindy Weiss but it's the sheer joy and love found...

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Santa Barbara Photo Shoot from Mindy Weiss + Elizabeth Messina

We have a little afternoon delight for connoisseurs of the wedding variety. It's a mash-up of Mindy Weiss and Elizabeth Messina all afternoon and we honestly can't think of a better pairing. Mindy's pitch perfect styling and Elizabeth's eye for a gorgeous image; they're like peanut butter and jelly, those two. Actually, make that s'mores and these s'mores are being served up on a...

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A Lovely Workshop by Elizabeth Messina + A GIVEAWAY!

We've been basking in all things Elizabeth Messina today on SMP. And this next piece of Kiss the Groom perfection is the epitome of Elizabeth style. Soft, romantic, heartbreakingly beautiful. This is the canvas for her latest workshop which we figured was the perfect way to kiss your day with a bit of bridal inspiration - from the stunning palette to the whimsical details, from...

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Encaustic Photo Workshop by Elizabeth Messina + Leah MacDonald

We recently had the chance to sneak behind the Elizabeth Messina curtain of awesome and sit in on her Lovely workshop (appropriately titled might I add). It was filled to the brim with gorgeous details, crazy talented attendees and Elizabeth, who is a wealth of photography know-how and one of the coolest people on the planet <-- good combo. She also has amazingly talented friends. One of them being Leah MacDonald, founder of...

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Adornments by Twigs & Honey + A Book Giveaway!

The second we caught wind that Myra Callan, the insane talent behind Twigs & Honey, was teaming up with our beloved Elizabeth Messina to produce a book, we knew it was going to be good. The kind of pinch me this can't be real it's so gloriously beautiful kind of good. And we were right. It's a how-to on making twenty pretty accessories for your wedding day or any old day...

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Laguna Beach Wedding by Elizabeth Messina

We've been celebrating the genius of Elizabeth Messina all day in honor of her stunning new book that hit the shelves today (with a giveaway right here on SMP) and we're capping off the day with a gorgeous bang. A stunning Laguna Beach wedding that Elizabeth captured with fine art status. And a couple that literally can't stop...

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Elizabeth Messina Book Giveaway!

By now you can probably tell that we are proud members of the Elizabeth Messina fan club at SMP. Very proud. Sing it from the rooftops proud. So when she offered to giveaway her GORGEOUS book, The Luminous Portrait, to one very lucky SMP reader, we jumped. Because we know you are all proud members of the...

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