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Glamorous Wedding at The Four Seasons Beverly Hills

Have you ever dreamed of a glamorous wedding in Beverly Hills? Then this gorgeous video from Charles Lauren Films will give you the chills! With a stunning Bride and super-handsome Groom, iconic venue, Bob Gail entertaining the guests, and Lin and Jirsa Photography behind the lens, this video is an absolute must-see.

 

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From Charles Lauren FilmsThis is a small part of Brittany and Aaron’s story, married on June 7, 2014 at the Four Seasons, Beverly Hills. Sometimes the sacrifices a bride endures for her groom is a magical thing. Take Brittany, for example. The dress she chose to wear for most of her day wasn’t exactly her taste, but she knew that Aaron would simply love it!

Little did Brittany know, however, that she could wear anything for Aaron and he’d be happy! During their wedding day, she claimed that she does everything for him. After being there and seeing them interact and react to each other, this is true. Out of the corner of our eye, however, we came to notice that Aaron does everything for Brittany as well! That’s probably why they fit so well together.

This is why we think it is so cute that Brittany also chose a second dress to wear, just for her, during the cake cutting and reception. This dress was just fun, nothing formal. In fact, using her exact words, “this dress is just more comfy!” Oh, yes Brittany, that’s right! But did we mention super cute and adorable? We love this dress! It shows off her shoes, her jewelry and her bright style.

One word for this wedding could indeed be white. That’s what Brittany and Aaron were looking for on that fateful March day when they met up with Natalie Sofer, their wedding planner.  That simple statement fused into something more. It’s the feeling you get just thinking about a white wedding; graceful, romantic and simply classic. All of the details were spun into a web of emotions, that cascaded down from the orchid centerpieces onto the gold-plated dinnerware that they ate their wasabi mashed potatoes on! Simply delectable.

The feeling of design was everywhere. We love Brittany’s touch of creating an area for their parents’ wedding photos in the foyer. Of course this is a common feature in many weddings these days, but after meeting their families and hearing every one of them give a toast, this wasn’t just a routine style choice. This was a heartfelt design, making every guest think that they were part of the family. The reception felt like it was just a big dinner party at a friend’s house. A house that happened to be the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.

Also, what about their uncle who is a CPA-turned-officiant? Thanks to Google and $23, he became their wedding officiant. A joke he was quick to point out! He was a bit nervous to start with, but he found his stride when Brittany and Aaron gave each other their personal vows. In fact, at that moment we all found our stride. From the very beginning, this wedding was about the one thing you can never live without…living for love.

Adding to the delightfulness of this day was the wedding party. Watch the video and count them….if you said 23, then yes, you’re right! Brittany and Aaron had 11 groomsmen and 12 bridesmaids – we told you this day was about family!! But the main charm of having all of these friends, brothers and sisters by their side came twofold. One, the wedding day landed on Brittany’s sister’s birthday – part by chance, but also partly because it was a Saturday in June. In the morning, lavender roses were promptly delivered to the bridal suite to start off the occasion with style. This was taken very well and we think everyone should do something this fantastic when a sisters’ birthday falls on your wedding day, of course!

The second awesome factor that set their future in the right direction was that just about two weeks later, it would be Brittany’s parent’s wedding anniversary. Her father didn’t want to steal the limelight, but he did go so far as to say that after 11pm, the party was really for their anniversary! Talk about tying the knot and ending the night right, nothing could have been a better blessing than that!

Photography: Lin and Jirsa Photography | Cinematography: Charles Lauren Films | Event Planning: Natalie Sofer Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Flowers in Beverly Hills | Lighting: Dashing Events | Band: Bob Gail | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Four Seasons Los Angeles At Beverly Hills | Rentals: CMC Party Rental

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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.
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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).

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Retro Chic Wedding at The Beverly Hills Hotel

As someone who’s been fond of retro style since I was a little girl, this wedding made my morning a whole lot more exciting. Under the creative talents of WINK!, this spring celebration at The Beverly Hills Hotel became a mini tropical escape for this chic couple and their guests. Max and Friends captured every vintage pic and palm tree motif and if this isn’t an ad for sunny days, I don’t know what is.

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From WINK!… New York Couple designed their wedding around the aesthetic of the hotel, bringing the banana palms and tropical foliage throughout their paper goods and florals, all the way into the ballroom reception!

This pop, 50′s glam type look was really fun to play with. The bold pink and green palm leaves were really an inspiration to bring that same vibe into the rest of the graphics. The history of the hotel and the old photos were really an amazing inspiration for the graphics.

Photography: Max And Friends | Coordination: WINK! | Catering: The Beverly Hills Hotel | Hair And Makeup: Susie Chhuor | Cake Designer: Momofuku Milk Bar | Ceremony And Reception: The Beverly Hills Hotel | Florals: Ron Sandoval | Live Music: Nova | Rentals: Reverly

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Peony-Filled Beverly Hills Wedding

Some people radiate a positive vibe, and this bride does just that. With her stunning smile and the talents of GRO Designs, we have here an absolutely beautiful wedding, and Shaun Menary captured it all. She and her groom made promises to her two children, and even presented them with rings during the ceremony, making this truly a family affair, and you can thank me later for this hefty dose of happiness.

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From The Bride… Blane and I were perfectly happy being fabulously 40 and single! We met on a blind date, set up by my best friend and his sister-in-law who are next door neighbors. For 15 years, Blane and I had been crossing paths. We were at the same parties, concerts, crawfish boils, even ran in the same marathons – but had never met! When we did finally meet, neither were interested in anything serious. I had been married and have two children, he was 44 and was the forever bachelor. Well, 11 months later, he was on one knee overlooking the bay in gorgeous Sausalito, CA.

Since our first trip as a couple was in CA, we got engaged in CA, why not have the wedding there too? Our friends graciously offered their estate for our 120 guest destination wedding. Once the location we set and the date, we immediately hired Gro Design to create an elegant Beverly Hills event, not a traditional wedding. Planning a wedding in your 40’s is much different than I remembered from my 20’s. We were both very focused on the guest experience and touches all throughout the weekend that showed our guests how grateful we are to have them in our lives.

The wedding party was comprised of a Man of Honor for me, along with my daughter as my two “bride’s maids.” He had 13 groomsmen, one of which was our 13 year old son! We wanted a personal ceremony that was full of poems, excerpts from old love letters, and personal stories, so our friend and author, Anand Giridharadas, performed the ceremony. For the wedding attire, again, traditional was not our focus. The men wore custom made grey suits by J. Hilburn. I wore a dress from Stanely Korshak.

We had all the guests stay at The W Westwood and held several welcoming events there from a cabana day to welcome cocktails and brunch. We really wanted to splurge in a few areas – the music, the flowers and the cake. I did not want one large traditional cake, so we selected five cakes all with amazing, unique flavors. The baker, Vanilla Bake Shop, a Santa Monica favorite, provided the cakes and the groom’s cakes that consisted of chocolate cookies and monogrammed M and M’s. The flowers we abundant and stunning! The head table was donned with an enormous cascade that flowed onto the dance floor. Our monogram was hanging above the band, all in peonies. We had the grand player piano playing while guests arrived, we has acoustical guitar and flute for the prelude and ceremony, a Latin jazz 4-piece play for the cocktail party, and a 10-piece band during the reception. For the after party, a top LA DJ played into the night.

Probably the best part of the entire night for us was the actual ceremony and making the promise to each other and our children. We had not told Ethan and Annabelle, but before we said our promise and our own vows, we made a promise and vows to the kids and presented them with rings. At that moment in time, it was as though there were only the four of us present. We had waited for a love neither could have imagined. We were in love with our individual lives, with our own selves individually, which made our joined love a strong and respectful relationship.

Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Videography: Journey Lost Productions | Event Design: GRO Designs | Wedding Coordinator: GRO Designs | Florist: GRO Designs | Wedding Gown: Ramona Keveza | Bakery: Vanilla Bake Shop | Invitations: GRO Designs | Shoes: Embellish! By Cristina Marisa | Caterer: Epicurean Events | Hair And Makeup: Mariah Nicole | Transportation: GTS Charter | Venue: Private Residence | Dessert Stand Rentals: Minted & Vintage | Late Night DJ: Matt Cornwall | Linens: La Tavola | Party Rentals: JC Party Rentals

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