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Shine Wedding Invitations + A Promotion!

If you are anything like me (and I know you are), then pretty paper goods are totally your thing.  Fill your Saturday with amazing designs + beautiful calligraphy and it’s, hands down, the best part of your weekend.  Enter Shine Wedding Invitations, the fab boutique that knows a thing or two about simple + elegant invites that are as gorgeous as they are unique.  Happy place in one, two, three…

With Shine Wedding Invitations, setting the tone for your big day has never been easier.  Think a never-ending lineup of color and pattern combos, crazy cool envelope liner + belly band options and seriously stunning calligraphy that will leave all of your guests talking. From simple and modern to romantic and sweet, the design options are endless… and seriously unique.  Not to mention that each and every invitation suite is printed on Shine Wedding Invitations’ signature white shimmer or luxe matte cardstock with full service guest addressing, which means an experience that is streamlined AND seriously stress free.  We love that.

Contact Shine Wedding Invitations today to begin your invitation journey with one of their talented designers. And don’t forget to order your FREE sample set (an $8.50 value) to get the whole process started.  You’ll receive that white glove service that Shine Wedding Invitations is so well known for, as well as FREE SHIPPING on orders over $500.  That’s what we call a serious win-win loves.


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#SMPWedding101 – Bridal Emergency Kit Must-Haves

With only two weeks before my very own wedding, I’d be lying if I said I was completely prepared. So when Sweet Chic Events shared their amazing list of bridal essentials for our latest #SMPWedding101, I instantly felt at ease. This list of must-haves is sure to solve any issue that may arise, and with this sigh of relief I can focus on what really matters – all the pretty we have coming up this weekend!

Bridal Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Safety Pins | For dress alterations in a pinch or to hold a wilting bouquet flower in its place.

Baby Wipes | Chances are you may be walking around taking pictures prior to your ceremony, which leads the the chance of your dress/train getting a bit dirty. Baby wipes are gentle enough for the fabric  - but do the trick!

Sewing Kit (with Pre-Threaded Needles!) | Buttons and hooks come loose, and it doesn’t take long to mend them – just make sure to have pre-threaded needles! Trying to stick a thread through the tiny needle while in rush and sweaty hands… not happening. 

Chalk | A restaurant trick – use white chalk to get grease stains off your dress or your groom’s shirt!

Band-Aids | Lots of band-aids. Because we’re wearing heels (that are most likely new!). 

Allergy Medicine | You may have asked your guests about food allergies – but not flower allergies!

Pain Relief | This goes along with the band-aids. Our feet hurt. Someone had too much to drink last night or hasn’t eaten enough today. No time for headaches!

Energy Bars | Of course you’ve ordered in some brunch for your wedding party while they’re getting ready (hint, hint) but if you’re getting ready early morning and your cocktail hour doesn’t start till 6 – it’s good to have snacks on hand. 

Straws | Because no one wants to ruin lip stick – or spill!!

Crochet Hook Depending on what your dress looks like, you may have silk buttons that have to be looped all the way up the back. Speed up the intricate process by using a crochet hook to swoop those hooks over the buttons!

Static Guard | Bridesmaids dresses getting stuck in all the wrong places. A little spritz here and there on the fabric will help with the clingy-ness.

Lint RollerIt always seems that a little fuzz always seems to find it’s way to dark colors…

Extra Pair of Men’s Black Socks | Sometimes those men just don’t think about the details and bring white socks to wear with a black suit.

Double-Sided Tape | The miracle-worker. Can be used for many things through the day – but most importantly as fashion tape! Gaping on the bridesmaids dress? A few strips of double-sided tape should hold her in (at least through pictures and ceremony!) 

Mints | A must before the ceremony begins!

ScissorsCutting off any loose threads or pesky tags.

HairsprayFly-away hairs: you can see them in pictures and we don’t want to!


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This week’s DISCOUNTS…

Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Grace Portraits 

For our California Brides… Discount from Marmalade Sky Films and don’t miss the Lazaro Fall 2015 collection trunk show at JLM Couture’s Flagship Salon in West Hollywood June 5-7!

For our Midwest Brides… Discount from WASIO photography

For our Mid-Atlantic Brides… Discount from Goodstone Inn & Restaurant 

For our Tri-State Brides… Discount from IM Photo Studio

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Romantic California Estate Cultural Wedding

Marrying California sunshine and cultural significance, Dream A Little Dream Events planned not one, but two elaborate celebrations overflowing with loveliness. It’s a marriage graced with gorgeous colors and plenty of pink peonies. A formal garden party weaved with gorgeous gold touches, lovely lit lanterns, and even a few elephants. Josh Gruetzmacher captured it all in the gallery!


From the beautiful Bride… I had always imagined getting married in a Sikh Temple while Erik had imagined his wife walking towards him in a white dress. We decided to have both. We first held a small Lutheran ceremony in at Bethany Lutheran Church in Menlo Park, followed by a large Sikh wedding the following day. The Sikh wedding was held at the Gurdwara Sahib of San Jose, followed a few hours later by a reception at Caballo Estate in Los Altos Hills.

The Lutheran wedding style was garden-themed. The reception was held in the groom’s parents’ beautiful backyard – a location that did not need much additional décor. The Sikh wedding began a week earlier with a Sangeet near the bride’s parents’ home. The theme was traditional Indian with lots of lanterns, pillows, and traditional decorations the bride’s family had picked up while traveling through India.

The wedding and reception was a week later. The San Jose Gurdwara is located in a beautiful setting in the Evergreen Hills of San Jose. The event began with a breakfast, followed by a “milni” in which family members from both sides present each other with garlands. The event is an important tradition that honors certain family members and signifies that the wedding is a union of both families. The wedding ceremony (Anand Karaj) came next and is ended by family members and friends coming forward to individual give well wishes to the couple. Lunch is next!

The reception came a few hours later in the day. Simrin had always wanted an outdoor wedding reception and Caballo Estate was a perfect (and unique!) setting. The style was a formal garden party with certain gold and Indian accents, like an Indian style tent and lots of gold elephants. The florist was amazing and even decorated an elephant in flowers! The reception was exactly what the couple wanted – a fun party where all their loved ones were able to get together and dance into the night.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Wedding Planner: Dream A Little Dream Events | Floral Design: Soulflower Design | Invitations: Twin Ravens Press | Reception Venue: Caballo Estate | Caterer: Sakoon Restaurant | DJ: RanCan | Transportation: Corinthian | Beverage Catering: Best Beverage Catering | Cake Baker: Cake Coquette | Ceremony Musician: The Stan Erchart Band | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: A Party Place | Tent Rental: Raj Tents | Valet: Penninsula Parking

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Romantic Bridal Hair Inspiration + Tutorial

Here at SMP, we’re never one to turn down a good dose of beauty tricks. So, when this pretty tutorial landed in our laps, we were eager take notes and bask in the beauty. It’s a dose of gorgeous locks that are sure to have you testing out a few fabulous styles. Scan the slideshow for terrific tips by Aliza Rae Photography and Gina of Wide Eyed Beauty below!

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From Aliza Rae PhotographyThis bridal hair and makeup inspiration shoot was a collaborative effort with Wide Eyed Beauty, AnnKat Jewelry Designs, and MinkMaids. Gina and Maggie are the masterminds of beauty behind Wide Eyed Beauty, and I was so thrilled to be able to capture the romantic wedding day looks that they created. AnnKat made the most stunning bridal jewelry collection that speaks to the most bohemian and even traditional of brides. Of course, MinkMaids lovely dresses accompanied this bridal inspiration shoot, giving depth and variety for every bride and bridesmaid look.

From Gina of Wide Eyed Beauty… These days bridal hair styles are heading in more of the “anything goes” route. If you have ever looked at Anthropologie or J.Crew’s wedding editorials and thought you would love to try that perfectly imperfect whimsical hair but don’t know how, I can give you a few simple steps to creating that kind of look at home.

I recommend starting with clean damp hair. Lots of the products used for this type of look actually create that “dirty” feel for you, and too much oil or product build up in the hair before you start can ruin this look. Texturizing sprays and dry shampoos have made their way to the top of popular products. I have a couple favorites that I depend on.


  • Bobby pins (the color of your own hair)
  • Back combing brush, and a regular brush
  • Curling Iron (1” to 1.5” depending on hair length)
  • 2-3 large Velcro rollers
  • Hair dryer
  • Strong hold hairspray / (unscented spray)
  • Optional: A pretty vintage inspired hair comb, or even fresh flowers

Photography: Aliza Rae Photography | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Bridal Slip: Jane Woolrich | Custom Wedding And Bridesmaid Dress Designer: MinkMaids | Film Scans: Indie Film Lab | Hair And Make-up Artists: Wide Eyed Beauty | Jewelry Designer: AnnKat Jewelry Designs

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