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Golden Hills Engagement Session

How do you savor summer? I’m taking note from this pair, who basically walked on sunshine. It’s a love sesh from the lens of Honey Honey Photography that’ll have you dreaming of fields of gold. Sharing sweet kisses and elegant outfits (an ode to their Viva Las Vegas beginning) the gallery is your jackpot, and it’s waiting for you in the The Vault!

From Honey Honey PhotographyTony and Diana met in Viva Las Vegas! Diana was traveling the world at the time and took a small break to go home to California for 3 weeks. Within that time, she went to Las Vegas with girlfriends while he was there for a bachelor party. Tony lived in Orange County while Diana resides in The Bay Area. 7 months later was when they reunited for the first time when Tony drove all the way to San Jose just so he can take Diana out on a date :)

First date went well and continued with weekly back and fourth traveling. 6 months later, he realized he couldn’t stay away so he packed his bags, rented a uHaul and moved to the beautiful Silicon Valley. 2 years later, he asked for her hand in marriage and she said yes!

Photography: Honey Honey Photography | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Bride | Hair: Gwen Huyen Tran From BombSHELL Salon | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Venue: Orange County | Blue Dress: Virgos Lounge On Asos | Groom's Black Suit: Top Man | Groom's Second Suit: Zara Men | White Dress: Club Monaco

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SMP Submission Advice with Abby Larson

We get asked over and over again, “How can I get published on SMP” and we’re always happy to share our words of wisdom to help make your work shine (here, here and here!) but nothing can beat the magic mentoring from our own Abby Larson. But since we all can’t have a coffee date with this lovely lady on-the-go, this interview courtesy of Braedon Flynn of The Photo Report is the next best thing. Grab a notebook and pretty pen, there are lessons to be learned for photographers, planners and brides alike!

Videography: The Photo Report

3 Places NOT To Wear Your Engagement Ring

After recently hitting the 7-month countdown to my own nuptials, I started my search for the perfect wedding band. My first stop? NYC staple Michael C. Fina, which has been in business since 1935. There, I met Deena, Jewelry Sales Director who helped guide my search and offered some pretty awesome know-how when it came to caring for my ring. After chatting with Deena for a few minutes, I quickly realized I had a lot to learn…like where NOT to wear my engagement ring. Scroll on for tips below!

3 Places Never to Wear Your Engagement Ring

The Gym

“Platinum and gold are malleable metals and over time, whether you are weight lifting or spinning, a consistent grip while you have your ring on WILL bend it. Also, although durable, a diamond can still be chipped.”

The Shower

“It’s best to remove your engagement ring while showering. Soap and other cleansers can cause build up under or on your ring and make diamonds appear dull and cloudy.”


“Take your diamond off while sleeping; A prong can catch on the sheets and bend, causing you to lose your diamond.”

Deena’s advice for keeping that sparkler catching every light? “Use a bowl of warm water with a small amount of soap. I use Dawn and soak the ring for a few minutes. Then, use a soft toothbrush to clean off any buildup, especially under the diamond since that is where most soap and lotion builds up.”

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Intimate Ontario Estate Wedding

I wish I could tell you I didn’t spend hours on end poring through these images by When He Found Her, but that just wouldn’t be true. You see, this Canadian estate wedding is a classic style lover’s dream, with the heart and soul to match. And to top it all off? The most stunning rose + ivy moments by Sweet Woodruff are tucked in all along the way. Find more pretty waiting in The Vault.

Luxury Venue

From Lisa from Sweet Woodruff… Alex and Jim wanted their wedding to be an intimate affair – a family gathering. They wanted an evening that was elegant and sophisticated, but still felt warm, welcoming and comfortable.

The couple chose Langdon Hall, an old Ontario estate converted into a Country House Hotel. The property still exudes the air of its British origins, nestled in amongst lush English gardens. It was the perfect setting for their romantic dinner party, with a home-away-from-home atmosphere.

When designing the wedding we settled on a warm, but soft and muted color palette of warm caramel colored yellow, faint blush pink, peach and white; perfect for the early summer season and the garden setting.

The couple wanted to take advantage of the hotel’s natural beauty, so the ceremony was held outside amongst the gardens. Dinner was held in the Orchard Room, a cozy space with white coffered ceilings, and stunning floor to ceiling windows overlooking the hotel’s orchard.

The room was designed with long family-style tables to bring a sense of closeness and intimacy for their dinner party of 40 guests. The tables were dressed in oatmeal linen, accented with over spilling flower arrangements of garden roses, spirea, sweet pea, beauty bush and dogwood. We added ample candlelight for ambience and warmth. Delicate hand-calligraphy menus tied with hand-dyed blush silk were placed amongst the blooms.

Alex and Jim were the most gracious couple. Warm, thoughtful and sophisticated. Their celebration was definitely befitting of them.

Photography: When He Found Her | Floral Design: Sweet Woodruff | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely (Style 2357 Altered) | Makeup: Fancy Face Inc. | Calligraphy: Post Calligraphy | Venue: Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa | Chargers & Glassware: Plate Occasions | Decor Design: Sweet Woodruff | Linen Overlays: Sweet Woodruff | Linen Runners: Around The Table | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Taper Candles: Yummi Candles

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