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Romantic Hillside Wedding in San Clemente

Gather ’round, SMPers, because we’re about to dive head first into a sea of watercolor goodness like you’ve never seen before. From the stationery and design by The Romance Between, to the flawless coordination by LVL Weddings & Events, to the drool-worthy florals from Fleuretica, it’s layer upon layer of quiet hillside romance, and Kurt Boomer beautifully told the story from start to finish.

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From the Bride…Jason and I wanted our wedding to be romantic, intimate and fun. In a sense, we really wanted to whisk our guests away from their busy lives and simply allow them to enjoy good food amongst great company. We must have researched hundreds of venues but we had an instant connection with Bella Collina and the quaint city of San Clemente. Mixing the natural beauty of the venue and collaborating with Euri from Fleuretica, our vision resulted in an array of gorgeous spring colors nestled in a Tuscany-like hillside.

The Romance Between, an event design, planning and paper goods company founded by one of my bridesmaids and I, is slated to launch in January 2015. The company was birthed while designing, lettering and creating things for the wedding. A test trial so to speak. From the welcome baskets, the invitations, calligraphy on the invitations, dessert bar, menu, place cards and the welcome signage, it was all a beautiful process. We incorporated watercolor and brush calligraphy into the invitation suite and tied it with Froufrou Chic’s organic ribbons to emanate romance. I can confidently say that a paper goods vendor has the capability to create the entire mood of a wedding. It essentially is the first “gift” guests receive prior to attending the wedding and I am so ecstatic that we were able to find utter joy in doing our own.

We were incredibly lucky to work with the most amazing vendors. The wedding day was a lot windier than we had imagined but Kurt captured the wedding flawlessly. He used the wind to deliver some of the most ethereal images we’ve ever seen. Euri and her team from Fleuretica created the arch of my dreams and even waited around until the end of the ceremony to ensure that the arch stayed intact through the wind. Kelly and her team from Kelly Zhang Makeup made me and my girls feel beautiful and comfortable in our own skin. Arielle from LVL Events guided us with all of the logistics of the day and did it flawlessly. Allen and Young from Shine Entertainment made our guests laugh and cry all at the same time. Karen, Executive Chef Paul and the team at Bella Collina offered us food and service that our family and friends still rave about to this day. And last but not least, Greg and his team from Fiske Film rolled their cameras all day long to ensure our perfect day was recorded on film. We are so grateful to have found these vendors and thank them daily for allowing our vision to come alive through their talents.

It was an absolutely perfect night and a perfect start to our life together.

Photography: Kurt Boomer Photography | Cinematography: Fiske Film | Event Design: The Romance Between | Floral Design: Fleuretica | Cake: Heidelberg Pastry Shop | Hair And Makeup: Kelly Zhang Makeup Team | DJ: Shine Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Ocdamia Strings | Bride & Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Desserts: Sweet & Saucy | Korean Paebaek Ceremony: Angel Catering | Location: Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club | Paper Goods: The Romance Between | Wedding Ceremony + Reception Dress: Custom Design By Kara Wedding

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Modern Print Tablescape Inspiration

Real weddings are the heartbeat of our content on SMP, but every now and again we like to focus in on stand-alone design inspiration that pushes the envelope. It’s the result of vendors like SQN Events who dreamt up this modern tablescape with bold prints from BBJ Linen that managed to steal the show. One part pink, one part teal, one part gold, one part coral, and all parts fabulous. More from Kina Wicks‘ lens right here.


From SQN EventsOur inspiration for this shoot was putting a modern, urban spin on what could have turned into a very “beachy” theme based on the color palette we used (teal and coral). Of course we added a touch of gold since everything looks better with a little sparkle and metallics are hot right now. We selected a bold, pattern linen (it’s brand new from BBJ this year), but paired it with classic hemstitch napkins. The oversized white leather chairs added yet another element of the sleek and modern feel we were going for.

We also challenged our cake designer to mimic the pattern of the linen on the cake and were beyond thrilled with the results. While the floral featured some romantic and lush varieties such as peonies, ranunculus, and hydrangea, spray painting some of the flowers and foliage, including succulents, added an unexpected modern twist. Choosing a linear “script” for the paper suite was also intentional; even the “script” had a twist to it since it lacked the traditional curves generally associated with calligraphy. The private dining room at NoMI (one of Chicago’s top restaurants, located in the Park Hyatt) was the perfect venue for this as it features crisp white walls, windows overlooking bustling city life, and a gorgeous bold and bright art piece.

Photography: Kina Wicks Photography | Floral Design: Fleur | Cake: Cake Chicago | Stationery: Magnificent Milestones | Chair Rentals: AFR Event Furnishings | Charger Rentals: Tablescapes | Linens: BBJ Linen | Planning & Design: SQN Events | Venue: NoMi Restaurant

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California Al fresco Affair with a Secret Garden Vibe

When the Bride came across Rancho Las Lomas, with its lush, romantic gardens that reminded her of her favorite childhood book, The Secret Garden, this al fresco affair followed suit. Captured by Anna Costa, along with florals by Jenny B. Floral Design and coordination by The Charming Little Event Company, it’s an open-air charmer loaded with pretty flower details and the perfect vintage vignettes curated by Found Vintage RentalsSee it all here.

From The Bride…My husband and I met at a restaurant in Long Beach five years ago. Three years later, he whisked me away on a romantic train ride up the coast of Southern California to Seattle, where he proposed to me over a candlelight dinner. Jay and I have opposite personalities but his funny, optimistic, and laid back views on life complement my serious, perfectionist and disciplined traits. Despite our differences, we both come from humble backgrounds with similar values. When we met it was a melting of two worlds and life for both of us has been so much more colorful.

Our October wedding was an intimate affair shared with family and close friends. Rancho Las Lomas, nestled in the foothills in Silverado, reminded me of my favorite childhood book, The Secret Garden. The location was romantic, whimsical and a little mysterious with its lush gardens, rustic buildings, fountains, and hidden corners. It was the perfect environment in which to hold our wedding and I wanted our decorations to echo these surroundings. Our floral decorations had a mixture of eucalyptus, garden roses, dahlias and hydrangeas. Our ceremony, cocktail, and reception areas were accented with beautiful, rustic wooden tables and doors from Found Vintage Rentals. We wanted soft and warm hues to bring out the fall season without the usual yellows and oranges, so we chose a neutral palette consisting of cream, taupe, pink and burgundy. Our reception area was decorated with strings of lights hanging above and we lined a nearby bridge with numerous candles. This venue, combined with the décor and lighting, created a truly magical ambiance for us.

For a whole year and half previous, I had put so much thought and care into creating our beautiful day. With the help of our wonderful vendors, it was so satisfying to see everything finally come together and we couldn’t be more thankful.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Floral Design: Jenny B. Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Sweet And Saucy | Rings: Tiffany's & Co | Catering: 24 Carrots | Make-Up: E2 Beauty | Hair Stylist: Katie B | DJ: ProKreation/Paul Kim | Brides Hair: Katie B | Bridesmaids Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids Hair: E2 Beauty | Coordination: The Charming Little Event Company | Ranch: Rancho Las Lomas | Rentals: Found

Monique Lhuillier and Watters are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. 24 Carrots, Rancho Las Lomas, Michael + Anna Costa Photography and Found Vintage Rentals are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Get Organized & Inspired with Target!

While my “first day of school” moments might be long gone, there’s something about the start of fall that always feels like a clean slate. A time to get organized and inspired, develop routines and tackle new projects. It’s the perfect time of year to lay the groundwork for your newlywed life, and with their huge selection of traditional and nontraditional products, Target’s Wedding Registry will help you do just that.

From a spic and span kitchen to well-planned closet space, a Target Wedding Registry has everything you need to stay organized in style. Need a little inspiration to get started? We’ve got some great ideas like 15 Ways to Organize Your Pantry and 17 Kitchen Organization Tips & Tricks to get your new space in tip top shape.

Also, don’t forget those items for your home office. Think folders, bookshelves, cork boards and more. And if you want to take things one step further, consider tackling an office DIY like this Gold Leafed Desk that’ll gussy up your space while saving some serious cash. Yep, you can thank us later.

Ready to get in your new groove? Head to Target and start crafting your dream wedding registry together!

Target Products, Kitchen: 1. Pyrex 10 Piece Storage Set with Lid | 2. Room Essentials® Metal 3 – Bottle Geo Wine Rack | 3. Heritage Hill Glass Jar – 2 gal | 4. Spectrum St. Louis Utensil Holder | 5. Lipper International Bamboo Recipe Box

Cleaning Closet: 1. Whitmor 3-Compartment Chrome Laundry Sorter | 2. 3PK Terry Cotton Towels | 3. Room Essentials™ Heavy Duty Basic Mesh Laundry Bag 24″x36″ | 4. Dyson DC65 Animal Upright Vacuum

Office: 1. The Board Dudes Cork Board Tiles 12in x 12in | 2. Carolina Pad 12ct Flippity Flock File Folder | 3. Room Essentials Metal Mesh Angled Pencil Cup | 4. Nate Berkus Canvas Magazine box | 5. Safavieh Chester Bookcase