You’re about to graduate from fiancée to happily ever after. Rally a little pep, high school yearbook style, for your upcoming celebration.
Photographer Lindsey Stafford can do traditional group shots, but her real talent is candid, personality-driven pics. Couples can book a package that includes engagement photos, rehearsal dinner shots, and more.
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If you’re planning a bridal shower, make it recreational and educational with a personalized Simmer and Sear cooking class from chef Anna Hadley.
The newly renovated Stone Building at the Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa, with its gorgeous fireplace, has classic romance written all over it. The resort’s Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar (helmed by Janine Falvo, the Rising Star Chef in 2007) and Raindance Spa are perfect for a rehearsal dinner and day-of pampering, respectively.
Sophia Coyne of Painted Ladies has a knack for “you, only better” makeup that never looks caked on. The multitalented beauty maven can also do your hair.
Loop Event Arts & Interiors’s Mary Lois Hare pairs full-service event design with lesser-commitment consulting for DIY types. She’ll help with tips on picking flowers, linens, and more.
The masterful triumvirate behind H.M.S. Cocktails (Scott Beattie, H. Joseph Ehrmann, Marcovaldo Dionysos) can whip up eight to nine signature artisanal cocktails that complement your colors and flowers. Kids (and adults) will love the hand-cranked sno-cones.
Baker Alison Okabayashi of Two for Two Cakes can translate your wedding style into a gorgeous confection, whether it’s playful (butterflies), romantic (layers of delicate leaves), or sweet (candy-coated tiers).
The new bi-level Hunt Slonem gallery, 12 Gallagher Lane, is a perfect place for a smaller party (150 guests max). The NYC artist’s colorful paintings set a dramatic backdrop for any reception.
Know someone getting hitched? Tip off your prenuptially preoccupied pals to DailyCandy Weddings, our new e-mail with unconventional ideas for the big day.
Photos: Lindsey Stafford; Courtesy of Painted Ladies; Elie Ferrer / Courtesy of Two for Two Cakes; Courtesy of 12 Gallagher Lane