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Custom Gowns with JINZA Couture Bridal

There are bridal salons, and there are personalized bridal salons like JINZA Couture Bridal.  A place where beautiful collections and breathtaking custom creations join forces with the most amazing customer service you’ll ever experience to create an individually crafted design made just for you.  Think private appointments with top-notch consultants or your very own personal designer, aka, a team of wedding geniuses that know a thing or two about making you look awesome for your special occasion.

Serving Bay Area brides since 2002, JINZA Couture Bridal’s new and exclusive Los Angeles boutique is now open in the heart of West Hollywood (933 N La Cienega Blvd), which means that even more brides get to experience the gorgeous gowns and attention to detail that JINZA Couture Bridal is so well-known for. Imagine a timeless piece created from scratch using only the finest of fabrics with custom tailoring to fit your figure perfectly, alterations included.  Brides can try on a range of gowns or mold a custom creation.

Explore high fashion styles, updated classics, unconventional sheaths, opulent ball gowns, the popular soft mermaid style and JINZA’s own signature couture designs at the new Los Angeles boutique. Each gown is light weight and comfortable (no shape wear or bra needed!), so that you can dance the night away with the one you love.  And you can complete your bridal ensemble with a veil, jewelry and shoes all available at JINZA Couture Bridal.  Amazing.

Classic, elegant and totally sophisticated – contact JINZA Couture Bridal TODAY to begin creating that dress of your dreams.  Take it from someone who knows – it will be the best decision you’ll ever make.


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Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).


Vintage Chic Bel Air Estate Wedding

I’ve got a serious crush on this wedding, and admittedly, this stylish couple. Aren’t they snazzy? The Bride in her Inbal Dror dress, fancied up by Artistry By Danika and the red bow-tied Groom looking dapper in a white jacket. Oh, and cruising around in a vintage Porsche, too. See? I told you they were awesome. And their wedding is just as fun as they are. Tyler Branch snapped it all up right here.


From the beautiful Bride…The beautiful home where we chose to have our wedding is named Casa Contenta, and has been in my husband’s family since the 1940’s. Many a great parties took place here, where my grandparents-in-law would host the likes of Clark Gable and The Reagan’s. On the night of our wedding, a distant relative informed us that Cary Grant was actually wed there as well! As we planned our wedding together, it became our mission to bring these old parties to life for our friends and family: a big bash on the very first day of Summer!

I’m originally from South Carolina and my husband grew up in London. As if these three converging settings weren’t enough, let me add that my mother-in-law is from Oaxaca, Mexico! It was very important for us to incorporate our unique, respective backgrounds into one special day. The result was a collection of incredible local vendors, and many DIY elements that were unique to us.

My aunt, who owns a slip cover shop in Charleston, SC created custom green & white striped covers for the wrought iron cabana beds and chairs – while another aunt lent the most beautiful calligraphy to our place cards and table numbers. My father and brother-in-law spent countless hours creating heart pine signs and an elegant card box, reclaimed from an old school house from the 1800’s in South Carolina. My mother lent me my great grandmother’s handkerchief for me to take down the aisle, and perhaps most impressively of all – my dear friend, Emma (who introduced my husband and I!) created every last flower arrangement (including the giant bouquets of peonies) for us as a gift.

We started setting the vibe for our party long before June 21st rolled around – with the help of our stationer, Lilly & Louise. She incorporated old newspaper clippings from some of the fabulous parties that were thrown at the Casa Contenta! On the day of our wedding, I surprised my husband with a vintage Porsche – what ultimately ended up being one of the most popular aspects of our wedding (hello photo opp)! Guests mingled in different areas of the estate among vintage copper tables and in a special room of the house called “The Copper Room” that took everyone back to another place and time.

For as much as we debated throughout the planning process, the one things we completely agreed on was the food! We were so fortunate to have Chef Alejandro Ruiz (one of Latin America’s 50 Best Chefs) fly up from Oaxaca to treat our guests to some of the local specialties he creates at his restaurant, Casa Oaxaca. Guests nibbled on garnachas and ceviche before sitting down to a three course meal followed by red velvet cake from Sweet & Saucy and cooling down from the dance floor with organic ice cream selections from Sweet Lucies.

Seeing all of our hard work and preparation come together was one of the great joys of my life. My advice for any bride is to do your research. Take time in selecting your vendors. If you’re like me, you could spend up to a year with these great folks, developing a relationship with many. Don’t be afraid to get “Pin Happy”, but know WHEN to ultimately put down the Pinterest Button (great advice from my friend / floral stylist), about a week out from the wedding)!

Photography: Tyler Branch | Videography: Satellite Weddings | Floral Design: Emma Crowther | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Chef Alejandro Ruiz Of Casa Oaxaca | Makeup: Artistry By Danika | Hair: Stacey Ho Of Meche Salon | Calligraphy: Calligraphy By Hillary | Lighting: Stage Labs | DJ: Andy Marlow Of Los Angeles DJ | Venue: Private Residence | Bouquet Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Brides Shortie Set: Plum Pretty Sugar | Custom Cocktail Napkins: For Your Party | Custom Slipcovers: Etsy The Slipcover Shop | Furniture Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Golf Cart Rental: Lou's Golf Carts | Grooms Bow Tie: Monsieur Jean Yves | Guest Accommodations: Hotel Bel Air | Ice Cream Truck: Sweet Lucie's | Invitation Suite: Lilly And Louise | Tabletop Rentals: La Pinata Party Rentals | Veil: Panache Bridal | Vintage Porsche Speedster: Black & White Car Rental | Vintage Rugs: Casa De Perrin | Wedding Cake: Sweet And Saucy

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‘Fall in Love’ Wedding Inspiration

Fall-lovers unite and feast your eyes on this slice of autumn pretty from Betsi Ewing Studio and Pretty Lil Details. It’s the marrying of dusty plum, pomegranate red, sweet fall peach and earthy olive green. The table is set with gold sprinkled cake pops, cinnamon sugar-rimmed spiked ciders in mini milk bottles, goblets and vessels galore from Pretty Vintage Table, overflowing blooms from Knot Just Flowers and one seriously gorgeous cake from Frost It Cupcakery. There’s even more in the gallery!


From Pretty Lil DetailsMe and my amazing team of gals wanted to colab on a styled shoot for Fall. For this particular event I chose a “Fall in Love” themed wedding. I wanted to capture the regal side of Fall – a season not just filled with whimsy, but also grace. My vision was to highlight the bounty of fall through both the food and décor. I mixed amber tones with a blush pink and added some rose gold for that romantic flare.

I stopped by Pretty Vintage Rentals showroom in Westlake Village and picked out some timeless charming pieces. I fell in love with the stunning amber and pink pressed glass goblets, amber pedestal bowls for florals, beautiful gold mirror trays and florentine trays, as well as some statement furniture for desserts, drinks and a vintage farmhouse table to complete my vision of creating a romantic ambiance.

Next, I thought of a signature cocktail that ties in with my theme. I decided to make a “spiked apple cider”, which highlighted an apple cider mix, champagne, and vodka. I used milk jugs and a beverage dispenser to create a drink station, I then tied cinnamon sticks using twine to each mini vintage milk jug for a special touch. Dinner was a hearty family style with heavy hors d’oeuvres to start.

For dessert, the amazing Frost It Cupcakery created a delectable naked vanilla cake with crystallized ginger layered with pomegranate buttercream. To incorporate the fall theme, the cake was embellished with pretty lil gold acorns.

For florals, the uber talented Sharon Lopez from Knot Just Flowers created gorgeous arrangements with loose fall greens, amber flowers with a lot of texture in crystal glass vases. She wanted to incorporate dried flowers into the arrangements and bouquets to reflect the harvest aspect of fall.

On the table, I chose a pretty rose table runner with white organic napkins. Ceramic plates sat upon antique books used as chargers. I also brought in a variety of staging props such as decorative pumpkins in orange and gold, tons of candles, apples, pumpkins, pomegranates and sprigs of fall leaves and acorns.

Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio | Event Designer: Pretty Lil Details | Florist: Knot Just Flowers | Bakery: Frost It Cupcakery | Entertainment: One Up Entertainment | Venue: Private Residence | Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table

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Hayley Paige Trunk Show at JLM Couture Boutique

I’m having a serious I-wish-I-was-a-bride moment right now since hearing about the Hayley Paige Designer Trunk Show taking place at West Hollywood, California’s incredible JLM Couture Boutique.  From August 22-24th, brides can feast their eyes — and try on! — gowns from the Spring and Fall 2014 collections. Mark your calendars, my dears!

Known for her fresh, lively and feminine designs featuring incredible detail + texture, each Hayley Paige dress is more stunning than the last. At the upcoming trunk show, brides will get the chance to meet the uber talented designer as she helps brides find the gowns of their dreams!

To make an appointment at JLM Couture Boutique for the Hayley Paige Trunk Show, call 424.249.3909 or head over here. Happy dress shopping, lovelies!