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Rustic, Glamorous Mission Ranch Wedding

Set in the stunning Carmel valley, this glamorous affair is a total showstopper! With the expert planning from Coastside Couture, Bridesmaids bedecked in the prettiest pink, a stunning chandelier studded tented reception, and Ryon:Lockhart Photography on board to capture it all, there’s no way you won’t be swooning after peeking at the gallery here.


From the beautiful Bride… Ryan and I first met in the dorms while attending our freshmen year at Cal Poly San Obispo. Although only friends throughout college we both knew something more was there. Amazingly, five years after college we reconnected in San Francisco and began dating. Eleven short months later, in early November, we were engaged on Chambers Pier while spending a winter weekend in Tahoe. Great things are worth waiting for!

Planning started immediately. Location was the first thing to nail down. We were living in Northern California, but both had family in Southern California and out of state. It was a must that our entire families could join in on the loving day. After we were able to gather our wild thoughts of getting married in the snow we decided that the Central Coast could be the perfect meeting point.

While spending Thanksgiving weekend in Carmel we decided to check out a few locations in the charming seaside town, and Mission Ranch made a huge impression. Once we stepped on property we were completely smitten with the views of Point Lobos and the Pacific Ocean, this was the perfect place for us to get married. California Central Coast has this thing called Indian summer where the coasts are warmer during September/October than in the summer months. Date nailed down with that in mind, September 13th, now on to vendors.

My creative mind started turning after we chose the location, that’s when you are really able to visualize what you can do with a property. Now we just needed to find vendors who could make that vision come to life. Choosing vendors can seem like a daunting task at first. Where to start when there are so many details to care about and such talented people in the wedding industry. Destination weddings can be an extra challenge; you want your wedding day to be perfect with the perfect people surrounding you, but usually getting a feel for someone is done in person.

Fortunately we were only a few hours away and made the trip quite a few times, but we also had Skype dates with some vendors to see how we fit together. This is how we first met our wedding coordinator Sonia and how we met photographers Sarah and Tim with Ryon:Lockhart Photography. Truth be told I knew Sarah from high school, but it had been over ten years since we had spoken or seen each other. Sarah and her husband Tim made an incredible photography team with one photographer dedicated to both the bridal party and groomsmen on wedding day. For flowers, Melody was such a pleasure to work with; I knew when I met her in her studio that she was the calm creative type I mesh well with. In addition to the wedding experts we had incredible support and help from my mother and mother in law, I would have gotten lost in the details forever without them!

Now that I had picked my dream team to engage with during the process I wanted to get to work creating a romantic and loving environment for us to get married in and our guests to fall in love with. Given that I already had the perfect groom my one big ask for our wedding day was a chandelier. Luckily Mission Ranch was just starting to play around with the idea of tenting their small barn. This would allow a larger guest list on the barn with the breathtaking views. Not only did we get a large chandelier, but the tent allowed for tooling and lighting which gave the whole space the romantic glow I was dreaming about. That’s when the day started to feel real and within reach, a clear tent to see the night’s sky, a meadow with sheep behind us, a glimpse of the Carmel River and Point Lobos through the meadow, a sunset over Carmel Beach and my chandelier! The framework for our beautiful day was set.

The Big Day could not have felt more right. The wedding party stayed on property all weekend. The guys took the lower meadow and the Bridal Party stayed on the top ½ of the property. Both the Groom and I had balconies off our second story rooms that faced each other and the sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. It was so fun to see Ryan and his Groomsmen across the meadow getting ready while my Bridal Party and I were getting ready in the Bridal Suite. The pictures say it all: we had the time of our lives!

Our wedding was more than either of us could have hoped for. Surrounded by the most loving friends and family, we had a night full of love and laughter. All vendors were incredible to work with and I have to say the band was a major highlight, perfect for all ages! All guests were from out of town and were able to enjoy the charming town of Carmel during the weekend. Best of all Ryan and I were married! I still love creating our love story every day.

Photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography | Coordination: Coastside Couture | Floral Design: Fleurish Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Collezione Fortuna | Cake: Layers Cake | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: Mission Ranch Banquets | Makeup Artist: Christina Aguayo | Hair: O Salon | Band: West Grand Boulevard | Location: Mission Ranch

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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.


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 Fall Wedding at Holly Farm

This adorable couple named each reception table after a relationship milestone from first date to first furry friend. I not only love the creativity behind this, but can’t help but fondly reminisce about my own moments and I have a feeling the guests at this rustic wedding did the same, making this shabby chic celebration even sweeter. See all these details and more snapped by onelove photography right this way!


From The Bride… Stephen is Chinese, born in Boston and grew up in an all Jewish neighborhood. I’m Jewish, born in Russia, went to Jewish day school and love Chinese food. Needless to say we love and appreciate each other’s cultures. It was important to us to bring both our cultures together in a very “Chewish” (Chinese/Jewish) celebration. Being surrounded by all of our closest family and friends and sharing these magic details with them was what made the celebration so special to us.

We really went the route of DIY for the most part. Where we could we had our guests help us. On our invites we asked that our guests help us decorate with love by sending us a photo from their own wedding. We then spent months buying vintage frames and used the beautiful photos from family and friends to fill the space with love. We made chalkboard banners, collected vintage plates, vintage tea cups, gold candelabras and even custom table numbers. Rather than using numbers we used significant “firsts” in our lives – First Date, First Kiss, First Vacation. etc. Each table number had a picture and story on the back to accompany it. We used the vintage tea cups and made candles out of them to tell guests which table they were at. On each chair during the ceremony we left small glassine bags filled with paper hearts in memory of Stephen’s brother who passed. We asked guests to throw their hearts up to the sky in loving memory. Each piece of decor was symbolic and meaningful to us.

There were so many amazing moments, saying “I Do”, reading our vows, doing a first touch… but watching Stephen’s mom and my almost 90 year old Grandma dance the night away is definitely pretty high up there as highlights. We also loved doing our first dance. It was such a treat to surprise my parents and our guests.

Photography: onelove photography | Coordination: Erin Moses | Floral Design: Christine Cater | Cake: Layers Cake | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Catering: Tamie Aceves - La Creme Catering | DJ: DJ Image From The Wood | Ceremony And Reception: The Holly Farm | Rentals: Chic Event Rentals | Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo | Wedding Dress Designer: Inbal Dror

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Romantic Carmel Engagement Session

Nothing – and I mean nothing – makes my heart happier than two people who are madly in love. Enter this gorgeous duo, and my heart? Well, it’s basically jumping for joy. Majesta Patterson captured every one of their seaside smooches, stunning looks, and not to mention, their undeniably darling love for one another. Take a stroll through the full gallery for more.

From Majesta PattersonH & S greeted me enthusiastically in a coffee shop a few months ago and I knew we were meant to be ;) The warmth and excitement I felt from them when I first met them transcended into our time together during their engagement session. It was SO FUN! Just like long lost friends! We started shooting at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove and made our way to Carmel by the Sea. In town we visited a few places that were special to H&S, like where they had their first date and where they’ve celebrated birthdays. H chose the perfect dresses from Lulu’s to create romantic and sophisticated engagement pictures.

Photography: Majesta Patterson | Dresses: Lulu's