Romantic Wedding Built for Two in Paso Robles

Small, intimate celebrations are some of the most wildly romantic. There is just something magical about you, your love and a handful of your favorite people that really makes for a heartfelt day. And with Bash Please crafting the details, Catalina Neal creating the Fall infused blooms and Lacie Hansen behind the camera, this Paso Robles affair held at the HammerSky Vineyards and Inn is a gorgeous rendition of a wedding built for two

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From Kim of Flutter Magazine… Everyone in this industry is always creating beautiful styled inspiration. So many top notch resources and talents come together to make these fantastical wedding setups that we see in magazines, on SMP and other blogs every day. If we’re going through all of the trouble to create the imagery, why not give it real meaning? We saw the #happilyeverelopement as an opportunity to help one amazing couple celebrate their love in a way they couldn’t have otherwise. We are always creating dreams. Why not make them someone’s reality? Celebrating Ellen and Jeremy with at Hammersky Vineyards with a incredible lineup of vendors was one of the most rewarding things we’ve ever done.

From the Bride… Hammersky is a hidden gem in Paso Robles. The grounds are just breathtaking and every last detail is perfectly designed. Stepping inside of the vineyard house you truly felt like you were at home and you never wanted to leave. We wanted for absolutely nothing while we were there. I think our favorite part was having the house full of our family and sitting outside on the two beautiful porch swings drinking wine, chatting, and laughing. If it sounds like a movie, believe me, I know it felt like one. Our group had a unanimous consensus about the food and drinks by Field to Table. It was, hands down, the best meal all eight of us have ever eaten! We all particularly loved the lamb lollipops as well as the pear and vanilla margaritas. After cocktail hour we made our way to the magnificent dining table overlooking the entire vineyard where we had the most exquisite six course meal. Every single course was divine and perfectly reflected the time of year and location. I think we will all especially be forever dreaming about the cauliflower bisque with chorizo and toasted croutons served in the cutest little copper pots, and the individual chicken pot pies in mini cast iron skillets, yum! Jeremy and I joke that it was love at second blurred sight for us. We met briefly in 2008 when Jeremy had perfect 20/20 vision. Fast forward one year and one very traumatic life experience later, Jeremy had been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy or (LHON) that caused him to suddenly lose his central vision in both eyes leaving him legally blind. Initially, Jeremy thought he would drop out of college but ultimately decided to give it another shot. Thankfully for me, he did! Just nine months after Jeremy lost his vision, he and I happened to meet again at a school event. We struck up a conversation and I remember thinking ‘wow’ this guy is something special. After that we were pretty much inseparable.

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Photographer: Lacie Hansen | Event Design & Planning: Bash Please | Floral Design : Catalina Neal | Cake: Paper Cake Events | Stationery : Alissa Bell Press | Rings: Single Stone | Catering : Field To Table Events | Hair and Makeup : Kristabelle Marks At Jose Eber | Brides Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Ceremony and Reception Venue: HammerSky Vineyards & Inn | Grooms Tux: The Black Tux | Leather Goods: Sankat Studio | Music: Dan Curcio | Specialty Rentals : Found Vintage Rentals | Tabletop Rentals: The Ark Event Rentals | Veil/Hair Crown/Earrings/Bracelet: Bel Aire Bridal

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Sweet 70s Wildflower Bridal Inspiration

1970s wildflower inspiration

The super bloom that we experienced here in California this year has inspired so many beautiful photo shoots, and even engagements, and we are totally soaking it all up! When fields of wildflowers suddenly burst forth after such a long dry season, well, it’s no wonder photographers like Michelle Roller were reaching for their cameras! In this case, Michelle also brought along Janet Tacy of Sandcastle Celebrations who pulled together an entire team to create some magic amongst the blooms.

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5 Tasty Drinks that will Take Your Summer Parties to the Next Level

Summers are for entertaining, and if you plan on hosting some fun-filled backyard soirees, making sure you serve up the perfect mix of refreshing + tasty drinks is key. So today we’re teaming up with The Registry at Bloomingdale’s for a list of five drinks that most definitely need to find their way on to your menu. From yummy cocktails to smoothies for the kiddos, these cool treats are about to take your summer parties to the next level.

1. kate spade new york Patio Floral Blush Acrylic Glasses 2. Vitamix Professional Series 750 Copper Heritage Collection Blender 3. Caravan Hexagon Coaster, Set of 4 4. W&P Design 5″ Metal Straws, Set of 4 5. Nambé Gourmet Blend Bar Board with Knife 6. Georg Jensen Manhattan Ice Bucket & Tong 7. Mitchell Gold Bob Williams Beverly Bar Cart 8. kate spade new york Dot Cocktail Shaker 9. Ralph Lauren Preston Bar Tools, Black, Set of 3 

5 Tasty Drinks that will Take Your Summer Parties to the Next Level

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Ready to tackle your summer get-togethers with drinks that will seriously WOW your guests? Then head to The Registry at Bloomingdale’s to talk to a talented Registry Consultant about all of the must-haves you’ll need to put together that fab drink menu, from mixers to beautiful glassware to cocktail napkins and everything in between. Not to mention their amazing perks + benefits, like a 10% Off Completion Offer, discounts on jewelry and attire, a Thank You Manager, a Registry Checklist AND their mobile Big Brown App. You’ll be impressing your guests and hostessing like a pro in no time at all.
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A Fall Wedding With The Most Instagrammable Staircase Ever

Finding the right words to describe this wedding is tough because every last moment is what I like to call Instagrammable perfection. Starting with a floral-covered staircase to the candlelit ceremony, and the classic ballroom reception, only Kate Ignatowski’s photos can do it full justice. And in case you’re wondering how they ended such a perfect evening…Shake Shack saved the day.

From the bride… Our wedding was the most memorable, exciting, love-filled day of my life. I know it’s not unusual, but I was truly surprised and utterly disappointed when it was all over so quickly! My husband and I have commented that although we had an amazing honeymoon, we would have given it up in a second to be able to repeat our wedding day. There was something so surreal about having all our loved ones in one room celebrating the joy of our marriage.

My family and I are very, very close and always have been. Due to the recent passing of a few close family members within a short time, it has brought us even closer. When it came time to plan for the wedding, we did it together as a unit every step of the way. The wedding was a perfect reflection of the traits of my family – loving, emotional, stylish and fun. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to have a wedding close to my childhood home so I could have photos getting ready there. The only other requirement was ensuring the wedding didn’t feel stuffy, even if it was in a “traditional” ballroom, I wanted a loose, organic theme.

We chose to have the wedding during the fall, our favorite season. The weather is (usually) perfect, and the fall foliage only adds to the romance of the season. As I learned very quickly, not all things go according to plan and we were forced to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew causing our ceremony to be moved indoors at the eleventh hour. Despite the change, the ceremony was filled with dozens and dozens of candles and flowers, creating the most intimate makeshift chapel I had ever seen. It was breathtaking! Florals were integral to my vision of the reception and when I finally saw the ballroom, I had to have a moment to collect myself because it was better than my dreams could ever have imagined!

Our immediate family and our bridal party sat in tables framing the dance floor, allowing us to enjoy the company of our closest loved ones from every angle. The band, Pete Saunders Band of Hank Lane Music, was absolutely incredible and had our guests raving for weeks after the day. I am not exaggerating when I say they sang covers just as well if not better than the original artists. My husband and I spent a long time finding the perfect first dance song for us that closely describes our relationship. After pouring over the lyrics of too many songs to count, we chose “Stay with You” by John Legend. We met in 2009 during the tumultuous high school/college years. No one, much less the two of us, would believe we would end up together when we first started dating. But after going through so much together in a short period time, we quickly realized there was no one else for the other.

One of the highlights of the night came at the end of the reception when guests were ushered to the front of the clubhouse to find a fully loaded Shake Shack truck. After a night of tearing up the dance floor, there is nothing more satisfying than digging into a Shake Shack burger and fries. It was a very unconventional party favor, but so uniquely us!

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Photography: Kate Ignatowski Photography | Event Planning: Gilded Lily Events | Floral Design: Sebesta Design | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Coco Luxe Pastry | Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup : damali nyc | Band: Hank Lane Music | Groom’s Attire: Tom Ford | Groomsmen’s Attire: Tessuto | Venue: Trump National Golf Club | Flatware Rental: Event Source | Linen Rental: Party Rental LTD | Paper Goods: Written Word Calligraphy

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Dreamy Dresses for the Bride + Bridesmaids from Azazie

From choosing a color that flatters each lady, to a style/cut that everyone loves, and making sure sizing is all good… We know how difficult it is to find the perfect gowns for your ‘maids. We’re sure you’re probably getting different directions from just about everyone… so, to help you out, we’d like to introduce Azazie!

Azazie is an online bridal company that excels when it comes to great quality + affordable pricing — plus, all of the dresses are handmade to order. That means your dress isn’t one out of one million bulk; in addition to that, Azazie offers custom sizing at no additional cost. All of the dresses (including bridal gowns) can be custom made to your measurements, so you won’t need to get it tailored upon arrival. How amazing is that?!

Want to mix things up a bit and coordinate colors, but perhaps change up the style? No problem! Azazie’s online showroom makes it super easy to save, share, and order dresses for your leading ladies. Oh, and did we mention the new dreamy color swatches they have? Here are just a few color ways that we’re currently crushing on: Dusty Sage, Dusty Blue, Sunset, Blue Jay, Jungle Green, Garden Green, + Cabernet.

Ready to swoon over all the styles? Let’s take a look at the gowns photographed by Nicole Balsamo Photography at Ole Hanson Beach Club!

Lacy details + a gorgeous detailed back?! We’re pretty fond of this gown…

Having trouble settling on just one color? Well you don’t have to! The way this color palette melts together is simply stunning + brings a luxe vibe to the bridesmaid dresses.

Sweetheart or halter — which style do you fancy?

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Azazie adds new styles EVERY month! That’s right, they are constantly updating their online catalogue and newsletter based on the latest trends + customer feedback (LOVE!).

Wouldn’t those make an amazing option for your ‘maids… or even yourself? Let us know what your favorite pick from Azazie is in the comments below! 🙂

dresses: Azazie // production: Be Inspired PR // photography: Nicole Balsamo Photography // venue: Ole Hanson Beach Club // hair + makeup: PAGE Beauty // florals: Fifty Flowers // accessories: Erica Koesler

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What Marriage Looks Like 13 Years After “I Do”

If you want to know what an incredible anniversary looks like, take cues from Carlie and Gabriel who planned the getaway of a lifetime in Napa. This bride and groom (now “mom and dad”) left the kiddos at home and enjoyed a trip filled with biking, picnicking, swimming, relaxing, and embracing every blissful second to the max. Lucy Munoz captured the love in a beautiful way and we’re giving these two the trophy for cutest couple EVER.

From Lucy MunozThis beautiful Napa anniversary session is sure to give you all the feels! Carlie and Gabriel celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary at the gorgeous Carneros Resort and Spa. Carneros is situated in Napa amongst some gorgeous vineyards and rolling hills. I followed them for 3 days while they biked, had a picnic, relaxed, swam, rejuvenated and in the end took some amazing pictures to celebrate their 13 years of marriage.

Pineapple Petals Studio created an amazing bouquet and florals. For the outdoor romantic tub they wanted everything to represent the joy and love that Gabriel and Carlie have for one another. Carlie’s laugh is so infectious that none of us could stop laughing!

On the last day the sun came out and it was splendid! I took them around the resort (as you can see there are so many gorgeous spots, you just can’t go wrong) to photograph them in formal attire. The light was so creamy that day and the images turned out to be some of my favorites! For this part of our shoot Pineapple Petals Studio created a bountiful bouquet to signify 13 amazing years.

Of course it wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention that Carlie and Gabriel have two beautiful children named Myles and Kaia, who were ok with mommy and daddy spending some quality alone time together.

Happy anniversary to the both of you! 

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Photography: Lucy Munoz | Florals : Pineapple Petals Studio | Wedding Dress: Winnie Couture | Shoes : Alejandra G | Hair + Makeup: Melissa Hoffmann | Venue: Carneros Resort and Spa | Resort: Carneros Resort and Spa | Top + Overalls: Wild Blue Denium | Top + Shorts: yireh

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A Romantic Wedding Weekend at Calistoga Ranch

Romantic Calistoga Wedding

How would you describe the moment after the “I Do’s”? We think today’s bride totally nailed that “just married” feeling: It changes things in the best way. Who knew saying, “This is my husband,” or “This is my wife,” would be so damn sexy?!

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