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Simply Romantic Summer Backyard Wedding

A backyard wedding is one of those things every little girl dreams of. The white tent, the quiet romance, and the intimate gathering of those you love most. It’s exactly what happened when these lovies settled on a celebration at the Groom’s family home, and Lauren Fair captured the stunning gallery you don’t want to miss.

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From Lauren Fair PhotographySiv + Andrew’s backyard wedding was full of simple touches that were elegant, breathtaking and utterly romantic. Their silk + teak tent was so beautiful draped with greens + florals by the talented Oleander Botanicals, and their ceremony lined with wildflowers overlooked rolling hills of Pennsylvania.

The property is Andrew’s father’s home, so it had a lot of meaning to the family and was the perfect place to celebrate. With an intimate gathering of around 100 family + friends, guests mingled on the lawn as they were served delicious cocktails + hors d’ouveres. The style of their wedding was neutral and elegant, with brass candelabras, delicate florals and most of all, lush greenery trailing on the head table, draped on the outside of the test, and surrounding the pretty white menus. A close family friend got his band back together to play at the reception, which was a huge hit!

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Cinematography: Sharkpig | Floral Design: Oleander Botanicals | Jewelry: BHLDN | Catering: Jeffrey Miller Catering | Private Residence: Backyard | Tent Rental: Jeffrey Miller Catering

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Colorful Spring Palo Alto Wedding

I’d be willing to bet my bottom dollar that this wedding goes down as a SMP favorite. For starters, it’s the work of Marcy Blum and Nancy Liu Chin (aka, some of the best in the biz) with Stephanie Pool behind the lens. From the bright pink petals down the aisle to the statement bridesmaids’ dresses, it’s a risk-taking spin on traditional elegance that paid off BIG time. Get started in the gallery and don’t miss the film from AwesomeShot Studios

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From Marcy Blum AssociatesPlanning this wedding for one of my dearest friends’ children (we have been friends for over 45 years) of course held a very special meaning for me. I’ve known the bride and her siblings before they were born, and not having kids of my own, they are my surrogates.

Dana was raised in Palo Alto and now lives with her husband (Rob is from New York) in New York City where her mother, father, and I were raised. The bride and I have very similar taste and style and we lean towards the “fabulous”, much to her mother’s chagrin.

One of the challenges for me was to imbue the very elegant but rather masculine and definitely “clubby” Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club with some NYC glitz and glam without eradicating the wonderful California aura that Dana and her family are very attached to. The Club is also a venue that many of the guests are quite familiar with and I wanted to turn it into something that felt very different and very festive to them as well. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the banquet manager Helen Engelherdt (from ny of course :) was 100% with me on this project and made it far easier than it would have been otherwise. We served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before the ceremony so that we didn’t impinge on any members golfing time when we finally set up.

The ceremony on the golf course (an outdoor ceremony was the one non-negotiable from the bride) began with Beach Boy songs performed by an acapella group and continued with a classical ensemble. After the ceremony performed by a friend of the couple, guests entered the ballroom from a different direction than usual. Guests were literally stopped in their tracks by the transformation of the club’s dining room. Using long tables, custom gossamer and gold linens, clever lighting and hanging crystals and blooms from the existing chandeliers,our team had rendered the club ballroom even to those who are there often, irrecognizeable.

A fabulous band after dinner was followed by a DJ in the sexy club we had built in the bar.

The entire weekend, starting with a Mexican tasting dinner in Palo Alto hosted by the grooms’ parents and ending with an around the pool farewell brunch at the bride’s parent’s home, was really the perfect melding of wonderful ideas and guests from east and west coasts, exactly as I had wished for.

Photography: Stephanie Pool | Videography: AwesomeShot Studios | Wedding Planner: Marcy Blum Associates | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Lighting: Enhanced Lighting | Afterparty DJ: Casey Connor | Beignets: Harvey's Gourmet Mini Donuts | Bride's Dress: Naeem Khan Via Mark Ingram Atelier | Ceremony, Reception, & Afterparty Venue: Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club | Cocktail Band: Samurai Gypsies | Groomsmen Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Hair : The Make Up Dolls | Linens: Nuage Designs | Photobooth: Tomfoolery | Reception Band: West Coast Music / The James Gang | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Sound & AV: Design Sound

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Garden Wedding in the French Countryside

Remember that time we shared this Parisian engagement session covered in cherry blossoms? Well, this is the wedding magic that followed. It’s a garden party-style fête in the French countryside with a sense of easy elegance woven into every single moment. Greg Finck told the story through his lens, and the gallery is what wedding dreams are made of.

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From Greg Finck PhotographyWhen the Bride is a famous hair and mak-up artist in Paris, getting ready is a piece of cake! You already know Candice and Pierre, the adorable Hawaiian-French couple who got engaged under the blossoming cherry trees in Paris, from a previous feature on Style Me Pretty, and this is their wedding in the French countryside near Lyon. An intimate garden wedding with friends from around the world, some lily of the valley, a stunning Rime Arodaky gown, and a 1969 red Mustang!

Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Wedding Dress: Rime Arodaky | Stationery: Mister M Studio | Grooms Attire: Les Dandys | French Château: Château De La Bourdelière

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California Garden Wedding Layered with Pink

Blush on pink on fuchsia is what you’ll find dancing around in this garden affair captured by We Heart Photography. It’s layers of pink coordinated by Bliss Events along with blooms by Blush Botanicals that give the already gorgeous backdrop of Rancho Valencia a beautiful punch of color. Find even more of this blushing fete right here.

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From Jessica, the bride… Darrel and I met in collage where he was studying to become an athletic trainer and I was playing on the softball team. After numerous visits to the schools athletic training facility in my dirt and sweat covered uniform, we both recognized that there was something unique and special about the other. It wasn’t long after that we stared dating, fell in love, and started the adventure of a lifetime together.

My inspiration for our wedding came from Anthropologie, with a little less boho and a little more chic. Our wedding embraced the natural beauty of the venue with an added punch of color and sparkle. I wanted the design to look eclectic yet cohesive. One of my favorite touches to the wedding was having our ring bearer nephews walk doing the aisle with a teddy bear and baseball glove. The teddy bear signifying our love for animals, and the baseball glove signifying my background of playing softball and Darrel’s playing baseball.

Darrel and I chose to wait until the ceremony to see each other, however, it was important to us that we would be able to pray together prior to that moment. Therefore, we set up a prayer where we could hold hands and speak to each other on either sides of a door. It was such a special and calming moment for me to have my soon-to-be husband lead us in prayer as we embarked on this exciting lifelong journey together.

I always envisioned myself walking down the aisle to a soft, acoustic song with meaningful lyrics. Divine Romance by Phil Wickham came on while Darrel and I were driving together and we knew right away that it was the perfect processional song choice for our wedding. Our recessional song was Sweetest Thing by U2, a favorite band of Darrel’s. Our first dance song was the easiest wedding decision that we had to make, Everything by Michael Bublé. This has been ‘our’ song since the day we first started dating and has stuck with us ever since.

Photography: We Heart Photography | Coordinator: Bliss Events | Florist: Blush Botanicals | Cake: Sweet Lydias | Ceremony Venue: Rancho Valencia | Lighting: Classic Party Rentals | DJ: Still Listening Productions | Makeup/Hair: Audre Rene

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