I can hardly think of a better way to start the week than with this incredibly lovely wedding from our talented friend and Select vendor, Meg Smith. From the bride’s sheath dress to the charming garden restaurant venue to the undefined color palette, each aspect of Stephanie and Kellsey’s July celebration was an invitation to guests to feel at home…

Says Stephanie: “I asked a local classic car club if they had any members who might be interested in driving my parents and me from our hotel to the ceremony, and a really sweet gentleman offered to drive us in his gorgeous midnight blue 1930 Lincoln. His kindness and generosity added a special feeling to the start of our wedding.”

The bride’s sister created the chalkboard “program.” Other DIY details included the invitations and save-the-dates, table numbers, cocktail menu, and honey escort card favors (all made by the bride), and the ring pillow and table runner (made by groom).

Why Barndiva? “It made sense to get married in the Bay Area since we met and live in San Francisco and it was convenient for most of our guests. I really wanted an outdoor wedding with lots of greenery, so we looked mostly in Sonoma County, where Kellsey grew up. Although we visited some stunning private estates and wineries, most were way out of our budget and had many restrictions. Barndiva had intimate garden spaces that fit our simple, down-to-earth aesthetic, incredible food and service, and we loved that they support local agriculture. Healdsburg is charming and has great access to beautiful parks, the coast, and wineries, so we knew our out-of-town guests would enjoy it as a destination.”

One of the bride’s favorite parts of the day was the speech her groom gave to her at dinner.

SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR EVERY BEAUTIFUL DETAIL AND PHOTO FROM THIS EASY GOING WEDDING AT BARNDIVA.

 

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Memories of dining outside on warm summer nights from my childhood in Pennsylvania, the beauty and bounty of Bay Area farms, and creating a feeling of warmth and conviviality. We didn’t stick to a strict color palette, but kept the colors fresh and natural, mostly greens, gray and neutral. We got engaged under magnolias in Dolores Park in San Francisco, so I used magnolia flowers in the save-the-dates (which were inspired by vintage seed packets) and invitations. The favors we made – local honey in test tubes – were a nod to our having met while working in biomedical research labs. Our signature cocktail, the Whitman’s Waltz, is our favorite drink from our favorite restaurant in San Francisco, Range.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  We got up early in the morning and rode bikes through vineyards to Dragonfly Farm, the beautiful organic farm that did the decor for the wedding. We didn’t want to do a first look, so I really cherished having some relaxing time alone after the frenzied couple of weeks leading up to the wedding.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We had lots of traditional elements – a ring bearer and flower girls, a first dance, and cake cutting – but strayed from tradition when it felt right. Kellsey and his groomsmen walked down the aisle as part of the procession – it seemed strange to have him enter as an afterthought – and I walked with both my parents. We also introduced something that was new to us, handing flowers to our mothers after our vows, to symbolize the joining of our families. My favorite was a tradition from the Basque side of Kellsey’s family… when a child is born, the grandfather makes a special vintage of wine to be served at that child’s wedding. The wedding wine that Kellsey’s grandfather bottled for him hadn’t aged spectacularly well, so Kellsey and his father distilled it into a wedding “whiskey” instead, which we used for the toast. It was fun, and a way to include Kellsey’s late grandfather in our celebration.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t let wedding planning take over your life or relationships. Have fun with it, get as much as possible done ahead of time and definitely leave yourself a couple days to spend some time relaxing together.

What advice do you have for other brides?  DIY elements can make the wedding feel so much more personal, but be realistic about how much you, or your friends, can and want to take on. I love any excuse to do letterpress printing so designing and making all the paper projects and favors was fun for us. Originally we planned to make the centerpieces and bridesmaid bouquets, but at the last minute decided that we would prefer to spend the days before the wedding hanging out with our out-of-town guests. Our amazing florist, Asako Hana, didn’t have time to do more than my bouquet and Kellsey’s boutonniere, but luckily we found Bonnie [at Dragonfly Floral], who came to the rescue with gorgeous centerpieces.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Focus your efforts on things that really matter to you, and don’t worry about what everyone else does. The biggest cost savers for us were keeping our guest list fairly small, having a Sunday wedding, and using an iPod for reception music. Picking a venue that didn’t require much extra decoration also helped, and what we did buy (like a cute cake stand) were things we would keep and use later. Eliminating the dessert bar, simplifying drink choices, and forgoing entree choices allowed us to serve an incredible multi-course meal that our guests raved about, and kept the focus on our wedding cake. If there’s a wedding at your venue the day before or after yours, ask about sharing decor – we lucked out and the couple the night before had rented chairs we loved that we were able to use at no cost, and we let them use our lounge seating.

Photography: Meg Smith / Venue: Barndiva in Healdsburg, California / Dress: Jenny Packham / Shoes: Something Bleu via BHLDN / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew, Lela Rose / Flower Girl Dresses, Ring Bearer Attire: J.Crew / Letterpress Printer: San Francisco Center for the Book / Floral Designer: Asako Hana, Dragonfly Floral / Rentals: Encore Events / Musicians: Luke Kirley, Aaron Requiro / Cake: Beyond Buttercream / Ice Cream: Humphry Slocomb / Hair: Brush Salon

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  • Charming Barndiva Wedding from Meg Smith

    24 February 2014
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    What is it about this garden wedding from Sarah Gawler?! From the whimsical venue, to the wildflower-inspired bouquets, to the bride’s gorgeous curls… everything about it has me feeling like I’m in a dream!

    Speaking of dreamy… the bridesmaids wore vintage nightgowns!

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    Says the bride: “My something old was the bridesmaid’s dresses which were all vintage; my something blue was the little flowers in the bouquet; my something borrowed was a beautiful little beaded purse my bridesmaids gave me on the day (which I haven’t actually given back – whoops!); my something new was my veil.”

    After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails (the signature drink was an Aperol Spritz) on the lawn before heading into the barn for dinner and dancing.

    In addition to the barn, Preston Court boasts a Georgian manor, numerous historic farm buildings, a wedding temple, ornamental lakes, and a carousel.

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR EVERY PERFECT DETAIL FROM THIS WHIMSICAL GARDEN WEDDING.

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We instantly fell in love with the barn. We knew we wanted the day to be centered around a big feast and the barn was the perfect setting.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite look of long flowing hair and flowers headpieces. It kind of worked with the gardens and lake at the venue.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Walking into the barn with Freddy and seeing the beautiful smiling faces of everyone we loved all there together.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Let others help you! It saves money and takes some of the stress off your plate. Freddy’s mother made the beautiful cake, friends helped with catering and supplies, other friends did the music, and everyone was there on the morning helping to dress the venue.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  I became utterly addicted to blogs, saving pictures and making mood boards for food, dresses, location dressing, hair, make up. It helps to define your vision and be clear with suppliers about what you want.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Choose the things that matter the most to you and spend the money on those things. The guests aren’t obsessing over every tiny detail like you are.

    Photographer: Sarah Gawler / Venue: Preston Court in Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom / Event Planning, Design: Renee Cecile / Dress, Accessories: John Zimmermann / Shoes: Jean-Michel Cazabat / Veil: Angelica Bridal / Groom’s Suit, Shirt: Acne / Shoes: John Simons / Floral Design: The Real Cut Flower Garden / Folk band: Patch & The Giant / Caterer: Stella Grove / Hair, Makeup: Michelle Marsh / Videography: Cinereporatge
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  • Whimsical Garden Wedding at Preston Court

    19 February 2014
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    This incredibly romantic wine country wedding comes to us from two of our brilliant Select vendors: Alison Events and Scott Andrew Studio. Stacey and Austin chose Anderson Ranch for their wedding weekend, and the celebration was nothing less than perfect…

    From Alison Events: “Stacey was really inspired by a soft and romantic palette while including some textural elements for interest. She loves earthy elements such as olive branches, rosemary and eucalyptus to be along side of the classically beautiful masses of garden roses. The colors focused on pale blush pink with accents of silvery-green and ivory. For her bouquet, Stacey wanted something that was very clean and simple. She wanted us to take a few simple elements from the other arrangements and highlight those alone in her bouquet. A family heirloom locket was attached to the stems of the bouquet.”

    From the bride: “We knew we wanted to keep traditional vows but add a twist so we included our own promises to each other in our ceremony. It was important to use to honor our vows to god but also include how we truly felt about each other in our own words. It was also very important for us to include our parents in all aspects of our wedding by having my father walk me down the aisle and giving single stem roses to our mothers during the ceremony.”

    Pale pink and ivory arrangements were placed in rustic wood planters along the long farm tables. A sprig of lavender accented each napkin.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  My husband and I both have small families and we wanted our wedding to be an opportunity for them to come together for a fun week long vacation. Our love for the West Coast and wine brought us to Sonoma and it took one drive up the hilltop overlooking rolling vineyards to know Anderson Ranch would be the place we would start the next chapter of our lives. The barn where we held our reception screamed “us.” It could not have been a better venue for our wedding.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Wine country in itself was a big inspiration for us. Of course Pinterest and wedding blogs were critical and greatly used when planning our perfect day. I knew I wanted something simple yet elegant with both feminine and masculine touches. The venue was so breathtaking in itself that we knew we didn’t want to take away from any of the natural surroundings. Our amazing wedding planner, Alison Events knocked it out of the park when it came to taking my vision from words and pictures to reality.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  My favorite parts of the day had to be our first look and then the time we had together before entering our reception. The emotional reactions we shared during our first look is something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. After our ceremony, my husband and I took some time before the reception to be alone in the house and recap what had just happened. Having that alone time allowed us to appreciate the day and take everything in. Not to forget, our amazing planner who brought us a glass of champagne and food from the cocktail hour so we wouldn’t miss out on anything!

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received as a bride was to stop periodically during the day to take everything in because the day goes by so fast and that could not have been more true. I made it a point to take time during the entire day to reflect and look around at all the great details we planned over the course of the last year.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  My best advice for other brides is to try your very hardest to not stress about the little details. The day of the wedding all that will matter is you, your new husband and the memories you’ll share with your family and friends.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Between working with the very best vendors to not having any issues during the day, my husband and I truly can say it was the best day of our lives. My dearest childhood friend surprised us by performing “At Last” by Etta James, and there may or may not have been lots of singing by the fire pit toward the end of the night.

    Photography: Scott Andrew Studio / Event Planning, Design: Alison Events / Venue: Anderson Ranch in Kenwood, California / Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs / Ceremony Music: Mori Achen / DJ: Vaughn Wooster / Videography: Lola Video / Catering: Ramekins Catering / Cake: Cake Coquette / Rentals: One True Love / Linens: La Tavola / Stationery: The Aerialist Press / Dress: Joanna August / Suit: Isaia / Hair, Makeup: Painted Ladies
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  • Romantic Wedding at Anderson Ranch

    4 February 2014
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    I first saw a little peek at this stunner of a wedding from Bespoke Only on their website, and months later I am finally getting to share it with you! New York’s Metropolitan Building, filled with hundreds of candles, flowers by Saipua, golden details… Not to mention, every single one of Pat Furey‘s photos from this wedding deserves it’s own post – scroll down or check out the gallery and you’ll see what I mean.

    The bride designed her elegant beaded wedding gown.

    The couple wanted their wedding to be both sophisticated and unexpected, beautiful and quirky, with a thoughtful, intimate ceremony where the string quartet played a rendition of Smells Like Teen Spirit – how’s that for unexpected?!

    Throughout the wedding, the old blended with the new, for a classic-meets-modern charm, starting with the invitation suite. Chocolate bars at each place setting acted as both favor and place card. Inspired by Mast Brothers Chocolate, each bar was wrapped in fleur de lys patterned paper (the symbol of Florence, where the bride and groom first met) and finished with a kraft label name tag.

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR TONS MORE DETAILS FROM THIS ROMANTIC FALL WEDDING IN NEW YORK. 

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  From the bride: We loved the quirky yet classic and intimate vibe. // From Bespoke Only: The venue was chosen for its unique charm and nostalgic sense of history behind the walls. Being furnished as if it were a private home and filled with intriguing antique finds, Metropolitan Building provided the perfect backdrop for a grand affair

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  From the bride: Romance and fun. Mark and I wanted something special for our big day. Something classic, beautiful, aesthetically minded, yet raucous, quirky, unexpected. // From Bespoke Only: Megan and Mark’s shared appreciation for the beauty of European art and history naturally became the focus of the event. As they are two very fun-loving people, we wanted to keep their personalities in mind when designing, to create a day that was not only classic and sophisticated but also fun with an edge. We approached the overall design with a modern take on the classic elements.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  From the bride: The ceremony and seeing my grandmother in a gorilla suit at the photo booth. // From Bespoke Only: As the wedding was held the weekend before Halloween, a whole room was dedicated to the most awesome props collected by the bride for the photo booth, including a vintage E.T. mask from the 80′s! With a rack of costumes, funky masks, and trunks full of quirky little props, the room could be easily mistaken for a cool pop-up shop in New York City’s West Village. The end result? Some of the most fun photo booth photos ever

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  From start to finish, Melissa [from Bespoke Only] handled all our demands with ease. Not only did she seamlessly create our wedding day vision but she consistently made thoughtful suggestions and improvements that elevated the design beyond where we could have taken it on our own. Many thanks to her and our very talented dream team everything (food, music, flowers) turned out well above our expectations. It really was the most special and magical day a girl could dream of.

    Photography: Pat Furey Photography / Venue: Metropolitan Building in Queens, New York / Event Planning, Design, Stationery: Bespoke Only / Floral Design: Saipua / Officiant: Jeddah Vailakis / Wedding Catering: Jewels of New York / Cake: Hope, Faith & Gluttony Bakery / Music: Tribute String Quartet of Lucy Music / DJ: Jason Fioto of Generation Events / Photobooth: We Love Photobooths / Bridal Suite: Soho House / Wedding Dress: designed by the bride / Hair: Andreas of Chris Chase Salon / Makeup: Nam Vo

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  • Moody Fall Wedding at Metropolitan Building

    29 January 2014
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    This bride’s romantic style is absolutely breathtaking… the cowl-neck gown, the 20′s style Juliet cap veil, the ballet slippers… and it all fits so perfectly against the backdrop of Laguna Gloria, with delicious flowers by one of our Select vendors, STEMS.

    Kate’s inspiration? Simply, “Bay laurel and Cynthia Warren’s work.”

    We’ve heard of a few couples who choose to have a private meal before joining their guests – I love this idea! For Kate and David, it was the best part of the day: “David and I had a secret meal upstairs in the house after our pictures, before being presented. Meg (the amazing caterer) had a table set, with champagne and (very) full plates. I have never felt so excited or childish… I couldn’t even sit still for two seconds. I was scarfing my food standing up (it was all so insanely delicious) while running over to look out at our guests, and then back to sit with David, then champagne. We both needed good food badly, and more importantly, a little moment of privacy after such a significant ceremony, and that set us up to feel even better going into the rest of the night.”

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR ALL OF THE GORGEOUS PHOTOS FROM THIS AUSTIN GARDEN PARTY WEDDING.

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  It speaks for itself, really.  We knew we wanted to be married outside, and for the whole night to feel casual, comfortable, and classic, too, of course. We loved being near the water, and in so much lush greenery. The architecture of the house itself is so beautiful. David is from Houston and was actually born in Austin, while I am from Louisiana, originally. I had always imagined being married in Louisiana, so we went back and forth in deciding what state. Ultimately, Austin felt right in the end since this is really where we started our life together, and Laguna Gloria was hands down the only venue that made sense for our vibe.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  It was overall pretty traditional. We had a traditional Episcopal service, with traditional classical music played on strings. David and I didn’t see one another all day. I wore the whole ‘something old, something new something borrowed, something blue’. We were presented as a couple. I tossed the bouquet, and at the end of the night, David drove us off.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  So much good advice – none of which actually means anything until the weekend arrives. Like: Delegate! Your loved ones offer to help and truly mean it – so involving people to help you out is a good thing. You can’t do it all yourself (this was a hard one for me)!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  It of course will not be perfect because nothing is. There will be plenty of small things you care about that don’t look right, or even bigger things that aren’t what you had in mind, but it really doesn’t matter in the end. Everyone still has a blast. It’s such an amazing and surreal weekend of events – there will likely be no other time in your life when people come from all over to celebrate you and your partner. It’s an incredibly humbling and sacred time, so be full of gratitude and relish in it. As you will hear often: don’t sweat the small (or big) stuff. If you decide to have a big ceremony/reception and go forth with the whole kit and kaboodle, know there will be drama, no matter how chill of a person you are. The good news, is that there will be some tough but worthwhile growing pains in the process – you learn a lot about your own and your partner’s (and your families’) priorities, expectations and temperaments.

    Photography: The Nichols / Venue: Art Museum of Austin in Austin, Texas / Day-of Coordinator: Casey Dennis, DNA Events Austin / Floral Designer: STEMS Floral Design / Officiant: Reverend David Boyd / Bride’s Dress, Veil: Jenny Kim Couture / Shoes: Chloe / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Tie: Vaida / Letterpress: Carriage House Design Company  / Rentals: Marquee, Whim / Music: Figure Eight / Catering, Cake: Meg Schwarz of Spoon & Co / Calligrapher: Mia Carameros / Makeup: Avery Allen

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  • Garden Party Wedding at Laguna Gloria

    16 January 2014
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