When the party is THIS good, why just make one night of it?  That was Danette and Darren’s anthem as their intimate ceremony in the snow of March 11 at Como Park Conservatory, was the perfect prelude to more fun with friends in May among the Mill City Museum ruins. What a perfect night it was, filled with live music, a surreal seafood sculpture station complete with oysters and lobster tail, and just damn fun friends. The talents of Snowshoe joined in to offer their skills behind the video camera and add to the memory of the fun. Hana from Mani Mela waved her magic wand that makes dreams come true, and in true Hana fashion, dazzled guests all night. Also, one of the best at her craft, Christie at D’amico, was on her A-game with the carving stations as we ate like kings and all jammed late into the night with the Crazy Cam and Jonah & the Whales.

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Contributing Vendors: Mill City Museum (venue), Mani Mela (planner, rental decor, makeup, and florist), D’Amico (catering), Queen of Cakes (dessert), Oscar de la Renta (wedding dress), David Yurman (bridal jewelry), Snowshoe (videographer), Jonah & the Whales (band), Instant Request (dj)

When you are wild about wine, there is no more perfect place to have a party with all your favorite people than Napa Valley, California. Janelle got to come along on this adventure and officiate this epic event for two sweethearts that are meant to pair together like fine wine. Alex’s heart for others is what catches your attention and each element of this day was so well planned out with thoughtful touches for each guest’s experience. Roger is an all-American guy with a sweet soul.

When the two invited me to join them in California, I counted down the days until we got to explore the vineyards! The Carneros Resort & Spa impressed everyone from the blends to the views; guests were floored all weekend long. The resort found a unique way to pair farmhouse and modern together to create quite the retreat from the bustle of the city life in San Francisco. To add to the fun, I got to hang with the talents of John Hoel from our Living Room Studios family, and a dear college friend, Jeffrey Purganan, whom had photographed Janelle and I in San Diego during our engagement season. What a dream team of creative friends! We laughed hard and explored the valley to catch the last rays of light. As the sun set, the party was just getting going and people danced so hard that a late night dip in the pool was inevitable.

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Contributing Vendors: Carneros Resort & Spa (wedding venue), Paraduxx Winery (rehearsal dinner venue), Julie Stevens (florist), Encore Events (rental decor), Cake Bloom (dessert), Sarah Seven (wedding dress), Jimmy Choo (brides shoes), M Martin (wedding rings), Formally Modern (tux), Carrie Aldous (hair and makeup), All She Wrote (invitations), Dart DJ (music), Beau Wine Tours (transportation), Janelle Vick (Officiant)

After a marathon engagement session around Minneapolis, I just knew this was a special bond, for all of us. Barbara and Mike have that ‘it’ factor that fairy tales are made of and I was honored to continue the journey with them in God’s country of Sedona. Everyone I talk to seems to have a love affair with this part of the world, and now I see why! From the red cliffs to the lush trees that encased the river, Sedona has it all. The river was such a statement piece, that Barbara and Mike decided to rent a cabin on a small ranch and welcomed guests to enjoy a rehearsal night of laughter and wine while looking for trout. The wedding day was nothing short of spectacular as the canyon got to show off its’ greatness overhead as they said their vows. We enjoyed the views all the way up until darkness fell and the lights over the dance floor started to sparkle. What a night celebrating with friends who feel like family! Thank you all.

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Contributing Vendors: L’Auberge de Sedona Resort (venue), Willow Tree Ranch Page Springs AZ (rehearsal dinner), Bliss Extraordinary Floral (florist), Verve Rentals (rental decor), Rosalie’s of Sedona (catering), Cake Couture Sedona (dessert), The Bridal Collection Denver (wedding dress), Joseph Abboud (custom suit), Sedona Beauty Team (makeup), Paper Source (invitations), Downtown Brown Productions (music), White Tie(transportation), Brian David (Guitarist), Jonathan Livingstone (violinist)