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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).


1920s Parisian Themed Wedding

So this is what happens when two seriously adorable people say “I do” in a 1920′s Parisian-inspired wedding: pure, unadulterated pretty.  And not just any old pretty.  A pretty that takes your breath away with crazy cool details, vibrant blooms from Blue Heron Farms and moment after moment of total awesomeness captured by Anna Wu Photography.  See it all right here in the full gallery.


From Anna Wu Photography… What an incredibly special wedding for a very special couple. All of the details were perfectly personal to them, including vintage birding table cards to reflect their love of birding, and the overall “1920′s Paris” theme to reflect their year in Paris together and their love of all things historical. But the absolute best part of the day was simply watching these two lovebirds with each other. From Kyle’s nervously excited start to the day to the choked back tears to the jubilant celebration, it was an absolutely wonderful day for this lovely couple.

Photography: Anna Wu Photography | Planner: True Emerald Styling and Planning | Flowers: Blue Heron Farms | Dress: La Sposa | Makeup: Lee Stewart | Hair: Peter Thomas Hair | DJ: Denon & Doyle | Location: Berkeley City Club | Macaron Tower: Last Touch Bakery

Berkeley, California Wedding from Alisha + Brook Photographers

Hey Atlanta Falcons fans… you might recognize this groom. As for the rest of us, we’re going to be focused on the lush wedding on hand. It’s everything fabulous should be, and there’s even a rolly puppy as a cherry on top of this ridiculously pretty cake. Alisha + Brook Photographers did a phenomenal job, as they always do, capturing a night that was gorgeous as could be in every last photograph.


From the photographers … The couple, Edwina Marie Inocencio and Thomas DeCoud, were married May 19, 2012. The wedding was very glamorous with red carpet, extraordinary lighting, stylish furniture and feathers. The wedding inspiration came from their black, white and red shoes. Hers were Christian Louboutin, and his were custom Nike Air Jordans, which he had printed on the back on one shoe,”She’s,” and on the other,”Mine.” They had his and her cakes where each of their shoes were recreated on top of each cake. There were his and her signature drinks served at the wedding. Towards the end of the evening, outside of the hotel beside the red carpeted sidewalk, late night snacks awaited guests with a burger truck and hot dog stand. But I think one of the most unusual and unique things was that they had at the wedding was that the bride and groom had purchased a white baby grand piano to have guests sign with sharpies- so they could put it there home to display and treasure!

From the planner … It was love at first sight when they first met and fell in love as high school sweethearts. And in the years that followed, the flame still burns, knowing that the honeymoon will last forever. She is an accomplished Choreographer who danced her way to his heart; and he, a Safety for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons who scored a touchdown! Both have been inseparable from the start, and now they’ve tied the knot last May 19th – 19, or rather, XIX. A very sentimental number to both of them – his birthday on March 19th, hers on April 19th, and their Wedding Day on May 19th. The Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley, California was the site of what was a surefire extravaganza that was nothing less than fabulous. Hollywood Vintage Glam was the theme, replete with vivacious colors of red, black & white embellished with ostrich feathers, luscious florals and bling from Asiel Design. The room was flanked with lounge vignettes in an ambiance of luxury provided by Classic Party Rentals, and enveloped with sexy hot splashes of vibrant lighting decor created by Atmosphere Lighting, Exquisite to details in wedding planning and event design was executed with flawless sophistication and panache by Duncan Reyes of F. Duncan Reyes Events By Design.

Photography: Alisha + Brook Photographers | Wedding Planner: F. Duncan Reyes Events by Design | Venue + Catering: Hotel Shattuck Plaza | Lighting: Atmosphere Lights | Cake: Edith Meyer Wedding Cakes | Floral Design: Asiel Design | Ring Bearer’s Pillow: Laurel Designs | Hair & Makeup: Alana Schober | Officiant: Rev. Philip Lawson | Cinematographer: AVR Films | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Photobooth: Snapfiesta Inc. | Entertainment: DJ Defilade | Bride’s Gown: Custom Design | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS

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Berkeley Wedding Inspiration from Jennifer Skog Photography

For someone who has recently discovered how fabulous moody blacks and browns can be, today’s shoot from Jennifer Bishop Design is perfect. The juxtaposition of the leather, the rustic woods, the deep colors, the moody flowers and the sparkle and vintage details is what I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving. It is no exaggeration when I say, if I could pack up and live in this shoot, I would. In a heartbeat. Because even if it is just half as pretty as Jennifer Skog Photography‘s images are, it’s utter perfection. Click here to see it all.

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From Jennifer Bishop Design … The inspiration for Raw Elegance came from a love of mixing and contrasting design elements. I love something sparkly set against something weathered. I wanted frilly materials to have a raw and tattered edge to them and metallics to have a patina. Leather was another material used throughout the design. The entire scheme was to appear slightly dark and grungy all the while style coming off very elegant.

Setting the mood for our design was the Berkeley Faculty Club. With its wooden walls and beams, taxidermy and antler topped fireplace, this venue was the perfect backdrop. Again, with the need for contrast in the design, there was a great juxtaposition with this masculine venue and the femininity of our bride.

Our bride, although elegant needed to have some edge. Her dress had layers and layers of tattered ruffles and was belted off with a slim leather belt with gold studs. Her necklace added some sparkle and color to an overall matte look. For some flirty fun she wore ruffled socks with platform shoes. Her edgy look was also brought out by Make-up artist Lindsay Skog. Smoky eyes and a messy up do completed the look.

Since we were working with Milk Glass Vintage Rentals, my intent with this design was to show their vintage items in a new way. Vintage weddings have been huge the past few years and when the trend dies down, there are still fantastic ways to use vintage pieces. Mixing old and new elements is really what gives a design layers of interest.

The color palette mainly consisted of creams, ivory, brown, and gold. Green and a touch of purple were the only pops of color. The table was set with layers of different raw edged lace patterns. Atop sat wooden scalloped chargers, green ikat dinnerware and capiz shell wooden bowls. To add a little sparkle, I use gold-rimmed stemware, cut crystal glasses and mother of pearl flatware. A golden antler held the placecards at each setting and marbled chocolate textured by bubble wrap made for a special little treat.

The flowers were the crème de le crème of this tablescape. Placed in leather strapped vases and heightened by chain link candelabras, these flowers added a great variance of height. Arranged by Nicole Ha Designs, she used various white flowers, purple artichokes, leafy greens and feathers. A weedier version was set atop a simple cake to add height.

The desert table was back dropped with an industrial shelf holding cut crystal stemware and vases. More leather was brought into this mix and the whole vignette was styled with vintage rentals.

Fun plays on the faculty club were made by using two vintage desks. The first, an old classroom desk. The other, we used as our dessert table.

Photography: Jennifer Skog Photographers / Design: Jennifer Bishop Design / Vintage Rentals: Milk Glass Vintage Rentals / Floral: Nicole Ha Designs / Hair & Makeup: Lindsay Skog / Venue: Berkeley Faculty Club / Dress: Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier / Cake: Jen’s Cakes / Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals / Stationery: The Card Lady / Chocolate: Forno Vecchino