Meet our favorite Petaluma Farm!

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Question: What do roses, hydrangeas, large calla lilies, tulips, viburnum, lilac, stephanotis, ranunculus, green foliage, and beautiful seeded eucalyptus ALL have in common? They all can be found at the Neve Brothers Greenhouse in Petaluma, California. We wanted to give this beautiful farm some Bridechilla™ LOVE simply because all Off The Beaten Path Weddings depend on the Neve Brothers for event florals. At Off The Beaten Path Weddings, we adorn every table with centerpieces full of understated beauty and embellish the rest of each Off The Beaten Path property with fresh-off-the-farm florals from this Petaluma greenhouse. Take a look below at some of our picks for past events.

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With no surprise, we’re not the only ones showing some love for this incredible greenhouse. For more information on the Neve Brothers Farm, you can also check out this post on flirtyfleurs.com.

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Want to get in touch with this chill farm? Here is how you find them!
Neve Brothers
2645 Bodega Avenue
Petaluma, CA 94952-1602
(707) 778-2326

Space at San Francisco Flower Market
674 Brannon Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 495-6195

And last but not least, here are some of the beauties from our last (man, that went fast!) Off The Beaten Path Wedding of the 2013 season.

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Aren’t Katie and Ilan’s flowers gorgeous? We shared this on our Instagram (@otbpw), but thought it deserved an appearance here too. HUGE thank you to the Neve Brothers for being a great floral resource for us here at Off The Beaten Path Weddings. See you next year!

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Off The Beaten Path Weddings Celebrates One Year of LOVE: Emily & Grant, October 20th, 2012

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Midway through October and we’re reminiscing as we share our very last anniversary post for 2012 Off The Beaten Path Weddings. Emily and Grant made their first mark on our blog in January when we introduced their wedding motto,  W O O P A . But in case you forgot, we can refresh your memory now on what their chill wedding motto meant.

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definition:
I. adj: a term to express excitement, joy, or happiness.
II. noun: the official Wood/Patrino wedding motto.

emilygrant-woopaWe’re so thrilled to spend our today wishing our Bridechilla™ , Emily, and her husband Grant a very happy anniversary. All photos by the talented folks over at onelove photography.

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From the Bridechilla…

The theme of our wedding was “woopa”. this is a nickname our friends call us that joins our two last names- Wood & Patrino. we made a sign of vintage marquee letters that lit up which read “woopa” on the side of the barn. Dinner was served next to the barn under a grove of trees with twinkle lights hung from tree to tree. We sent everyone home with “woopa pies” (whoopie pies) that my mom had made from scratch. We really wanted the wedding to be colorful which would really create the fun party energy that we were looking for. It was a very rustic country setting, however I wanted to incorporate a sophisticated chic element with color, as I didn’t want it to be overly rustic. I would say it was a rustic chic wedding. The tables had navy and white runners with colorful flowers. The boys in the wedding party wore navy & white gingham shirts, khaki pants, navy vans & a navy pink tie. The girls wore navy dresses with fuchsia heels.

We wanted our wedding to be an amazingly fun party in the middle of the vineyards with fabulous food and wine. We really just wanted it to have a light-hearted sentimate, so that the guests could really relax and have FUN. Nothing stuffy about it.

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We loved Emily & Grant’s color palette, such a beautiful and FUN event to end our season on last year.

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Don’t forget to see more of this beautiful OTBPW + WOOPA magic on Style Me Pretty!

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Also, see this chill couple in action in this video of their Off The Beaten Path Wedding by Steven Bailey.

Until next summer, when we celebrate our 2013 anniversaries from this season… CHEERS.

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one yearTo many many many more chill years of love and happiness. -Bridechilla™ & Off The Beaten Path Weddings

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Bridechilla™ Tip #41

Tip #41 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ – Come get inspired with us on our AUTUMN PINTEREST board.

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Not that anyone needs an invitation, but we’re just so full of inspiration over on Pinterest that we have to talk about it a little bit. Last year, we went nuts with Off The Beaten Path Weddings over chevron pumpkins… and to tell you all the truth, we’re still pretty much in love with them. But this year, the pumpkins just keep getting better and better.. just take a look!

pumpkinsMoving on to the autumn tables we’ve been swooning over. Aren’t these just gorgeous?

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And this was pinned based on the pretty factor. (You know you do it too)

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These pins have our stomachs growling for that Thanksgiving meal! But we still have a while to go, so let’s just use this time to get inspired and hopefully achieve a holiday table as lovely as this.

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Desserts…

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And the beautiful escort cards

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Last but not least – don’t we just love these Fall Harvest looks for this season? Swoon.

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Happy pinning everyone! Be sure to find out where all these amazing looks cam from onn our Pinterest board: the Autumn Inspiration

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Note: all photos from the inspiring people we follow on Pinterest unless otherwise specified.

Off The Beaten Path Weddings Celebrates One Year of LOVE: Emilie & Jim, October 6th, 2012

happy anniversary e and j  We’re just about through our first week of Fall and in sync, we are celebrating another fantastic Off The Beaten Path Weddings couple we love. Emilie and Jim had one of our very few OTBP weddings that take place during Fall, and we just love the touches of orange that paralleled with the beauty of this season. We’re so thrilled to spend our today wishing our Bridechilla™ , Emilie, and her husband Jim a very belated, but happy anniversary.This couple has shown us such great love and appreciation, and today we want to celebrate them!

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So, below we remember some of the special moments of their chill day through beautiful photos taken by our friends at Onelove Photography. This wedding is full of seasonal details designed by Mary Ellen Murphy & the team behind Off The Beaten Path Weddings, take it all in!

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From their invitations and stationary to their wedding day color choices, Emilie and Jim had a day embellished in just the right amount of seasonal touches. With pops of orange, pink, and white, their reception and wedding day kept the brightness and light mood of Summer, but introduced the beautiful color schemes of Autumn as well.  seasonal touches

And of course, white pumpkins make for perfect escort pieces.

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This Off The Beaten Path Weddings couple was so chill, and so was their wedding party which included a special (and very furry) guest.

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Don’t you love Emilie’s sweater? 😉

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What a beautiful wedding for us to look back on and celebrate. Can’t believe it’s already been a whole year… Happy anniversary to this chill couple.

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY EMILIE & JIM!

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one yearTo many many many more chill years of love and happiness. -Bridechilla™ & Off The Beaten Path Weddings

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Guest Post: Keeping Cool & Confident During Wedding Day Mishaps

dress barely fitsAs a bride-to-be, you’ll do everything in your power to prevent wedding day mishaps from happening. But no matter how hard you try to prepare for possible eventualities, you cannot control everything. You just have to accept that there are unthinkable events that can happen.

The best thing is for you to know how to keep your cool when unfortunate incidents do occur. And how do you do that? Here are some pointers.

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Don’t focus on the nitty-gritty.

If you fuss about every little thing on your wedding day, you’re going to spoil everything. You’ll ruin your mood, your groom’s, and your guests – definitely not a pretty scene.

Stop fuming if you can’t start on time. Whether it’s you or your guests who are running late doesn’t make much difference. The best man or the maid of honor, if they know their duties, they should step in and apologize to guests if a delay happens.

Also, make sure that you have with you your list of vendors and all their contact details. Having an experienced wedding planner comes in really handy in situations like this. They can make everything look running smoothly even with all the glitches.

Most importantly, focus on the fact that you’ve got something bigger to look forward to – the years ahead with your beloved. Don’t sweat the small stuff, because your guests are your family and friends who are just excited to witness this happiest moment of your life.

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Set up a meeting with all the key persons before the event.

If your vendors fail to communicate, something can and will go wrong. And it can have a domino effect on other things, which you definitely don’t want to happen. It would be best if you can arrange a meeting with all your suppliers so they’ll know each other and will be at ease working together.

It may be a good idea to find people who have already worked with each other in similar events. You can ask your wedding planner (if you have one) for referrals.

Let everyone who’s going to be at your wedding know exactly what you want.

Don’t expect your guests, no matter how close they are to you, to read your mind. There’s no other way for thepin6m to be aware of what you think unless you tell them. If you hate pranks and practical jokes, people playing with their food and drinks, or someone smearing your dream gown with wedding cake just because they think it’s a great tradition, say so. Let your guests know that they’re welcome to consume all the drinks you’re providing, but the whole point is to have fun and not chaos. You need to let them know beforehand; otherwise, they might even blame you and ask, “Why didn’t you say so?!”

Laugh it off!

If all hell breaks loose and things go crazy at your wedding, just let it go. Try to laugh your heart out and still enjoy the moment. Be at peace with the thought that these people, no matter how drunk or noisy they get, took the time to see you in this significant event and to show you their love and support for you.

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Author Bio: Sofia Angeli is a PR & communications consultant for companies in various industries. In particular, she brings her writing skills and passion for travel, culture, arts and lifestyle, including wedding planning and engagement rings, to the online world.tweet tweet