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IQ Videography

I’ll admit it — I’ve been married almost four years, and I still watch my wedding film all the time. So you can imagine my excitement that I get to introduce you all to the incredibly talented and award winning IQ Videography.

Based in San Francisco, IQ Videography specializes in an artistic, modern style that beautifully captures all the details of your wedding day. Their unobtrusive approach allows for a more intimate filming of your big day and their top-notch HD technology and editing techniques create a finished product that is something you’ll watch on repeat for years to come. IQ Videography also uses combinations of 8mm film and video — swoon! The combination of nostalgic + crisp footage is so unique and seriously special.

Capturing all of the most special and emotional moments from your big day, from gift exchanges to hand-written emotional vows, IQ Videography crafts wedding films that are as visually stunning. For more information and to book them for your big day, head over here.

Ceremony Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Reception Venue: Annadel Estate Winery


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Gold Glitter + Blush Calabasas Wedding

A soiree sprinkled with sweet personal touches is a wedding after my own heart. A day like this one, planned and designed by A Savvy Event with dazzling details from start to finish and a darling duo at the center of it all—the Bride donning a glittery gold dress from BHLDN and the Groom in a rather dashing cowboy hat. onelove photography and Lovespun Films captured it all in the gallery and film below!

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From A Savvy EventAudrey and Matt knew from the moment they were engaged that they wanted a wedding with personalized details, some true Southern charm and—what else? Fun and festive confetti. They were married July 26th at the Ahmanson Ranch in Santa Monica Mountains of Calabasas, and, since most of their guests were from out of town, the couple was particularly excited about treating their closest family and friends to an historical venue, completely unique to Los Angeles (scenes from Gone with the Wind were filmed at the ranch).

One of our favorite parts of working with Audrey and Matt was that, while being laid back and tons of fun, they knew exactly what they wanted and didn’t look for confirmation or reassurance from others. The moment Audrey tried on her extra dreamy champagne-hued, gold-sequin-splashed gown she knew it was for her, and she made the decision to only show it to her mom and Matt’s mom prior to the wedding. The dress set the scene for the rest of the day–with gold and brass details peppered throughout a sweep-you-off-your-feet romantic blush and ivory palette.

Audrey’s cousin, Kristen Ley of Thimblepress, was also a ton of fun to work with. Her eco-friendly confetti push pops were an absolute must (in the perfect pink) and complimented Audrey’s sequined gown to a T. We also worked with Thimblepress to create unique triangular menus that felt just as modern as they did timeless, a custom monogram to use throughout the event and koozies as cool as they were cute, among a number of other custom items.

Being from Texas, we love how Audrey incorporated some serious Southern charm throughout the day, including quotes from her and Matt’s favorite country songs, chicken and waffle appetizers (Y.U.M.), a romantic first dance to George Strait’s I Cross My Heart and the groom’s classic white cowboy hat.

The only thing (almost) as divine as Audrey’s dress were the flowers: hydrangeas and garden roses in blush, ivory and white sat alongside (our favorite) Cafe Au Lait Dahlias. Pops of fern in a saturated green were incorporated throughout the arrangements to add some bright life to the subdued romantic palette. We brought in a tufted ivory loveseat and a vintage-inspired white couch to create an intimate seating area that guests were drawn to.

Audrey and Matt were such a fun and lively couple to work with. They had custom “Best Dancer” trophies designed and said one of their favorite parts of the entire day (besides the intimate and surreal first-look moment) was watching their guests compete (hard) for the title. They also had a killer surprise at the end of the night–an 80’s cover band that paid tribute to some of their favorite music of the decade in which both of them were born. Overall, it was such a joy to work with a couple with such lively vision and magnetic charm.

Photography: onelove photography | Videography: Lovespun Films | Event Design: A Savvy Event/Kelly McLeskey | Event Planning: A Savvy Event/Kelly McLeskey | Floral Design: Twigss Floral Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Fantasy Frostings | Wedding Stationery: Thimblepress | Jewelry: Sweet & Spark | Jewelry: Trumpet & Horn | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lula Kate | Catering: Daniel Molnar | Hair: Drybar | Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting | DJ: Dave Dolphin | Band: Wayward Sons | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Ahmanson Ranch House | Bridal & Bridesmaids Robes: Love Ophelia | Cake Topper: Star House | Dance Trophies: Crown Awards | Escort Cards: Klepac & Co | Get Away Car: Classy Chassis Rentals | Ice Cream Sandwiches: A Nouveau | Linens: LaTavola Linens | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Westlake Village Inn | Rentals: Town And Country | Veil: BHLDN

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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).


Rustic Chic Calabasas Wedding at Tapia Park

After poring through all of these seriously pretty photos from Nancy Neil, I want to reach through this computer screen and squeeze this adorable couple. Their personality oozes out of every thoughtful detail of their gorgeous Tapia Park fête, making it as meaningful as it was beautiful (and making me want to become their bestie). See even more of their heartfelt day here.


From the Bride…When Tyler and I started planning our wedding, we knew we wanted something that was simple, beautiful, memorable, affordable, and most importantly fun and enjoyable for our guests. We were engaged in December and wanted a Spring wedding, so with a short four month engagement time was of the essence. Our dream ceremony setting was in an open meadow with church pew seating and naturally beautiful scenery which can be tough to find in Los Angeles. After searching high and low for a venue that fit within our dream and our budget, we found the perfect meadow in Tapia Park. We were the first couple to be married there as it is not a traditional wedding venue, but we were willing to accept the challenge (and risk April showers). With the help and hard work of friends and family we transformed the meadow into a magical and intimate ceremony venue. Our 230 guests sat in beautiful white church pews from Pretty Vintage Table facing the altar with a breathtaking backdrop of rolling hills. We exchanged our vows as the sun set behind the hill and it was everything we had dreamed. A wool Moroccan rug was beneath us at the altar and now resides in our living room as a stylish sentiment of the best day of our lives (so-far!).

After a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres hour in the park, we had dinner and dancing to follow at Tyler’s parents’ home. Our goal was that our reception would feel warm, inviting, comfortable and fun! The style was a juxtaposition of vintage, classic, and contemporary design. Pretty Vintage Table designed our tablescape with elegant fine vintage china, crystal goblets, and vintage silverware transforming our wedding of 230 guests into what felt like an intimate gathering. A grey linen runner ran the length of the long family style tables with classic white flowers and greenery in contemporary glass vases. We served a comforting farm-to-table style meal. Due to our long guest list, a buffet worked best for our space and we placed the salad and rolls on the table to embrace a family style feel. For desert we served our favorite: delicious heart shaped brownies made by our dear friend Barb, fresh local berries, and Haagen-dazs Vanilla Ice Cream. My mom made her famous carrot cake for us to cut and enjoy as well!

We danced the night away under a canopy of market lights. We ended the night with a sparkler “stay in” because we weren’t ready to leave! We truly had the best time with our family and friends and could not ask for a more perfect way to begin our lives together.

Photography: Nancy Neil | Ceremony Venue: Tapia Park | Bride's Shoes: Alice and Olivia | Jewelry: Jill Michael Jewelry | Caterer: Outback Catering | Alter Rug: West Elm | DJ/Music: Jesse Carmichael | Flower Design: Dew Flowers | Signage and Artwork: Davie Art | Vintage Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table

French Vintage Ranch Wedding from RomaBea Images

A worldwide romance turned fairytale wedding – that sums this beauty up quite well. And not only is it beautiful, this stylish affair is sprinkled with meaning and filled to the brim with a style that is all this couple. That combination? Well, it doesn’t get better. Captured to perfection by RomaBea Images, this gallery is one you simply cannot miss. See why here.

From BeatriceJennifer and Joe’s wedding was in one word, magical. We first connected via Skype because their wedding was a destination wedding (they live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and also had friends and family all over the world).

They met at a friend’s wedding in Phuket, Thailand (hence the signs at the Wedding referencing it) and instantly felt a connection. They courted over the next couple of years while she lived in Los Angeles and he in New Jersey. When his job decided to take him overseas, they took the plunge and went together and began planning their destination wedding in Los Angeles since that’s where they spent most of their ‘dating’ time and wanted to pay tribute to that time in their lives.

The wedding took place in an historic 1930’s farm house nestled in the Santa Monica mountains under huge Oak trees, surrounded by their closest friends and family who flew in from Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Russia, Greece, Canada, Lebanon, Tennessee (she’s a Southern girl at heart)..the list goes on and on. The Officiant was one of the Groom’s best friends, who also happened to be the “friend” whose wedding they both attended and met at in Thailand. It was so perfect and fitting and insanely romantic.

The details included old trinkets and photos from both sets of Parents and Grandparents. They wanted to honor the grandparents that were no longer with them but by including things such as lace runners, trinkets and vases from their collections, they felt they were with them in spirit on that beautiful day. Even the sweets were dates from the Middle East, almonds from Jordan, Sprinkles’ famous cupcakes instead of traditional cake- their personalities were infused in every detail of the wedding.

Inspired by the French 1920’s Vintage Style (he speaks French as does his family, and his sister currently lives in Paris), they set out to create a warm and romantic setting for all to enjoy. It was one of the most beautiful, genuinely touching weddings I have ever had the pleasure of capturing and I was so honored to have witnessed it all.

From the Bride… Having organized our wedding from overseas (Abu Dhabi), we really struggled with finding the perfect location to complement our personalities, but most importantly to truly inspire our family and friends to make the journey (since they were scattered all over the world…CA, TN, SC, NJ, NY, DC, VA, CO, MI, MA, Canada, Qatar, Lebanon, Dubai, Russia, Greece, Egypt, and Hong Kong! After weeks and weeks of research and soul searching, we discovered this beautiful location in California! Since I had lived there when we first met and that’s where our romance bloomed, it just seemed to make sense! Plus the mountains were sure to highlight our wedding day full moon! After some back and forth, the stars truly aligned and it really was the start to everything falling into place! With such an amazing and inspiring backdrop we could truly begin to visualize the details, keeping it simple and full of love!

You may not think it, but Southern and Arabic are actually very similar! We wanted so much to incorporate the beauty of our cultures and bring a sense of who we were to the event. Not only what “things” have shaped us…but who. Since Joe and I were very close to our grandparents, all of whom have since passed, and they exude in so much of what we do and love in this life, we wanted to make sure they were felt in every detail of the day. And they surely were!

From their wedding pictures on our welcome table to the crochet doilies and lace runners on the tables to the small trinkets scattered about, they shined on our big day brighter than the sunshine! What’s more, since it was a relatively small crowd (95 of our dearest), some family members took notice and mentioned to each other how a particular something looked like “Meme’s” or “Mama’s,” only they really had no idea that it actually was!

Wedding Photography: RomaBea Images | Wedding Venue: Diablo Dormido Weddings | Event Coordination: Dana Barrett of Orange Dove Events | Catering: Kitchen12k | Floral Design + Vintage Decor: Designs by Katy (part of Kitchen12k) | Bride’s Gift + Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Hair: Blo Dry Bar | Wedding Dress: Vintage *Off the Rack | Groom’s Attire: Custom made in Dubai | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Various, Neutral Tones | Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting | Cupcakes: Sprinkles