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Social Hour with SMP

As if we ever doubted your impeccable taste for pretty, this week’s top pinned and posted pics solidifies your status as style experts – and that calls for some celebrating! Get the party started by checking out your favorites from Pinterest and Instagram in our latest Social Hour slideshow. And, see below for some awesome discounts, exciting giveaways, and lucky winners! Happy Friday? I’d say so.

This Week's Most Loved Pics
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TWO winners $200 giftcard from Target
Something Blue Prize pack from La Marca Prosecco

This week’s DISCOUNTS…

For our California brides… Discounts from Love and Lace Bridal and don’t forget to check out the Grace Loves Lace Los Angeles trunk show October 3-6th!

For Our Midwest brides… Discounts from a&bé bridal shop and WASIO Photography.

For our Tri-State brides… A special engagement session offer from Twah Dougherty.

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Solage Calistoga Wedding Awash with Yellow

Solage Calistoga is stunning in and of itself but when you add sunny yellow florals, lemon details helping guests find their way to their seats and a gaggle of littles, it takes on a whole new level of awesome. Planned by Stacy McCain, infused with the happiest blooms by Loop Events and captured by Weddings By Sasha, have a look at the full gallery for yellow in its shiniest, happiest form.


From The Bride…Paul and I dated for two years after having met ten years earlier through a mutual friend. We’d both been living in San Francisco after spending a few years in New York City and finally the timing was right for both of us, after just one official date it was clear to both of us that this was the real thing!

I grew up in Northern Virginia but we both knew we wanted to get married in the Bay Area. We loved spending weekends in Napa Valley and the wine country was our first choice. We also knew we wanted a summer wedding. As soon as we visited Solage Calistoga we knew it couldn’t get any better. It was important to us that the weekend be as hassle free and luxurious as possible for our friends and family who were coming from all over the world. We wanted a venue with a fantastic restaurant, beautiful outdoor and indoor event space, luxury service for our guests and amazing pool and spa – it was perfect! Our decision to work with Stacy McCain Events was the best decision we made, Stacy and her team created our dream wedding and made the entire process seamless and smooth. We were thrilled to secure the band Wonderbread 5 for the reception and probably would have missed out on them if it weren’t for Stacy.

We started the weekend with a beautiful and laid back outdoor rehearsal dinner at Gott’s in St. Helena which was a perfect kick off to a wine country weekend. Paul’s 11 year old nephew, Luke Kennedy, gave a surprise toast that moved everyone to tears, it was such a special moment for us! Afterwards we invited all of the guests who were in town to a cocktail reception by the pool at Solage. The setting was so lovely and in addition to being the day of summer solstice there was a glowing ‘Supermoon’, the largest full moon of the year, shining down on the festivities.

We loved our officiant, Rev. Peadar Dalton, a friend of Paul’s parents, he was terrific! We both come from Irish families and Rev. Dalton has a charming Irish brogue which was a big hit with everyone. He was warm and gracious and included our parents in a very sweet blessing of the rings. We wrote our own vows and it was so sweet to recite them in front of our loved ones. Our wedding parties included our nieces and nephews and our treasured terrier, Archibald. The ceremony was outside on the lawn and our pianist played “Imagine” by John Lennon while the flower girls and our nephews walked down the aisle, it was one of my favorite moments of the day. Walking down the aisle with my Dad to “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen played on the piano was a moment I’ll never forget. Paul and I were so moved by all of the toasts that day as well, our friends and families words meant so much to us. We chose the song “If I Should Fall Behind” by Bruce Springsteen, one of our favorite musicians, for our first dance and it was so perfect!

We were blown away by the beautiful and fun pictures Sasha Gulish captured, she was fantastic to work with, our guests kept telling us how much they loved her and her team. Anna Hoffman of Loop Flowers & Events did an absolutely gorgeous job, the arrangements and displays throughout the weekend were stunning. The ‘altar’ was a simple circle of white rose petals and it looked so sweet against the naturally beautiful backdrop of the Palisades. Our niece Isla couldn’t resist wandering in and out of the circle throughout the ceremony, it was so cute! Our extraordinary team of vendors, thanks to Stacy, flawlessly executed our unforgettable, romantic, summery and fun weekend that we had been dreaming of. We left for our honeymoon so thankful and in awe of all of the love in our lives. To our delight, we’re now proud parents of Colin James Kennedy, born April 5, 2014!

Photography: Weddings By Sasha | Event Planning: Stacy McCain Event Planning | Floral Design: Loop Events Arts | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Invitations: A Day In May | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Hair & Makeup: She Artists | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Best Man Suit: Banana Republic | Maid Of Honor's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Venue: Solage Calistoga

Monique Lhuillier is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. A DAY IN MAY DESIGN and Stacy McCain Event Planning are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.

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Target $200 Giftcard Giveaway!

Now that you’ve had a chance to get organized and inspired for the season ahead, it’s time to announce one very special giveaway to keep this party rolling. Along with our friends at Target Wedding Registry, we’re giving away TWO $200 giftcards, and you can enter right here, right now. So what are you waiting for? Scroll below for details and toss your name in the hat to win big.


TO ENTER: Leave a comment telling us the one Target’s Wedding Registry product you can’t live without.  (One entry per reader)

PRIZE: Two lucky SMP readers receive $200 gift cards to Target to shop ’til they drop!

DEADLINE: Winners will be selected on September 26th.

For terms and conditions, click here.


Fresh, Farm-to-Table Wedding in Napa

A wedding that feels intimate and cozy, a gathering of loved ones feasting on really amazing food – isn’t that what we all really want at the end of the day? And if you happen to be wearing a gorgeous gown and having all of the festivities captured by K Stone Photography; then it’s even better. Have a look at this day planned by Marisa Nicole Events along with blooms by Valley Flora that really celebrates the true beauty of a wedding – love, family and amazing wine pairings.


From K Stone PhotographySpencer and Shirley did not want an ordinary wedding day. They wanted their wedding day to be authentic to who they are — and more than anything, they wanted to spoil their friends and family.

The couple chose Long Meadow Ranch for their venue, known mostly for it’s amazing array of fresh, farm to table menu and eclectic wines. The day began at the Andaz Napa where the couple prepared and saw one another for the first time that day. From here, the bridal party made their way to Grgich Hills Estate for some wine tasting and gorgeous romantic photos. Every moment of the day, was thoughtfully planned by Spencer and Shirley — they wanted to make sure all of their favorite vineyards were made a part of this amazing day. In the late afternoon, the bridal party arrived to a cocktail hour at Long Meadow, where Spencer and Shirley greeted and mingled with their guests, before the ceremony took place. By six o clock, Shirley had changed into her gown and each guest was seated beneath an oak tree for a beautiful ceremony, followed by an amazing dinner party. The reception had the best of food and

Spencer and Shirley are among the most generous people you will meet. Their wedding day was created around this spirit of generosity. While it was a celebration of their love, they gave back to all of the people around them. Long Meadow Ranch was the perfect venue, providing an amazing menu and beautiful backdrop. Marisa Nicole, designed much of the day, each detail perfectly planned and simply stated. And as their wedding photographers, we are so honored to know this couple. To see their day unfold in front of our lenses and to be inspired by this couple as they gave back to everyone around them.

Photography: K Stone Photography | Videography: Marmalade Sky Films | Coordinator: Marisa Nicole Events | Floral Design: Valley Flora | Reception Venue: Long Meadow Ranch | Hair and Makeup: Christina Chen | Hotel: Andaz Napa | Wedding Venue: Grgich Hills Estate

Marisa Nicole Events is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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