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Patina Wedding + A Giveaway!

In the world of seriously stunning weddings that go off without a single hitch, Patina Wedding reigns supreme.  Think a talented team of expert culinarians, esteemed sommeliers + mixologists, fab wedding planners and artistic pastry chefs all coming together to make your dream day a total reality.  From their full service packages to their landmark locales, this, my friends, is a true fairytale experience.

With Patina Wedding, cookie cutter weddings are absolutely non-existent.  That’s because the team at Patina Wedding is completely devoted to creating a magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience that is truly yours, and yours only.  Celebrate your day in sophisticated style in one of Patina Wedding’s landmark locales (hello, Descanso Gardens, Café Pinot and Walt Disney Concert Hall) or select a spot of your very own choosing, from a private estate to a beautiful seaside setting.  No matter the location, Patina Wedding will utilize their extensive network of seriously talented wedding vendors to create a day that exceeds even your wildest expectations.

Contact a Patina Wedding’s Wedding Specialist today at 213.972.3673 or patinawedding@patinagroup.com to get your dream day started.  And don’t forget to ask about their fab collection of signature and classic wedding cakes, party favors and specialty dessert stations that are guaranteed to wow each and every one of your guests!

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What: Patina Wedding is giving away $2500 towards your dream day, plus free upgrades, toasts, dinners and discounts on party favors!

How: To enter, simply build your Pinterest wedding board and take a short quiz! Click here for all of the details! #PatinaRingOnIt

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Elegant Loft on Pine Wedding

This is the sort of wedding where every last detail is almost too pretty to believe.  From the stunning florals from Designs By Marina to the breathtaking candlelit ceremony.  But peel back the layers of gorgeous and this is a story of two high school sweeties; a duo soooooo seriously adorable, you can’t help but love every last second of their day captured by AndySeo Studio.  See it here.

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Winter
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Loft

From the Groom… Some would call it chance, others fate. Either way, I was one of the lucky few who would find the person I would spend the rest of my life with at a very early age. I first met Nancy at a cross town rival high school’s club event. We had mutual friends who introduced us briefly; I don’t think I said more than two words to her that first night. It wouldn’t be until months later that I mustered up the courage to say “hi” to her again. I fell in love with her personality way before I fell in love with her gorgeous features, and that’s how I knew that the connection we had was something real. She was witty, charming, goofy, and above all else, surprising; constantly keeping me on my toes. I had never met anyone like her before in my life (or since then for that matter).

Throughout the course of those first couple of months, I must have asked her to be my girlfriend at least three or four times, and she mercilessly shot me down each time. I knew she wasn’t quite ready for a relationship just yet, but that wouldn’t stop me from trying nonetheless. Ironically, it was she who finally asked me out one cold night in December. Like a mastermind, she had orchestrated an elaborate scenario at the beach filled with heart shaped candles in the sand, and balloons that symbolized our soon to be relationship. Suffice it to say, we’ve been together ever since.

I’ve been with my then girlfriend, and now wife, for 12 amazing years. In that time, we’ve made countless memories together, from our high school prom to our college graduations. She’s even cracked my shell enough to show me how amazing it can be to travel around the world, experiencing new adventures together every step of the way. Because of her, I’ve had dinner on the beach in Fiji, jumped out of an airplane at 14,500 feet in Hawaii, watched the cherry blossoms fall in Japan, and ate the best pizza of my life in New York. She is my better half, constantly challenging me to live my life purposefully; making me look forward to each new day.

Last November, I made the decision to ask my high school sweetheart to be the woman I spend the rest of my life with. I wanted to surprise her in all the ways that she had done for me over the years. What she thought was a celebratory reunion for my birthday was in fact just an excuse to gather all of our friends together so that I could pop the big question. As everyone gathered around for what she assumed was the surprise birthday cake, I instead dropped down to one knee and asked the most important question of my life. What followed was a tumultuous chorus of tears, laughter, cheers, and congratulations; it is a night I will never forget.

The rest, as they say, is history. We were married about a year after our engagement on our 12th anniversary. The celebration was as much for us as it was for all the family and friends who have supported us along the way. These past 12 years have been a blessing. And yet, I know that the best is yet to come.

Photography: AndySeo Studio | Videography: Scenemotion | Floral Design: Designs By Marina | Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang | Wedding Venue: The Loft On Pine

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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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Whimsical Fall Wedding at The Loft on Pine

It takes creativity to take a blank canvas venue like this amazing loft and turn it into a wedding space that really speaks of the special couple. Not only did Everly Events succeed with transforming the space from ceremony to reception in whimsical ways, but they did so with a fun flair. Adrienne Gunde and Studio 205 caught it all on camera and this gallery put a smile on our face.

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Fall
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Loft
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Whimsical

From Adrienne Gunde Photography… I wanted to share this pretty loft wedding I photographed at The Loft on Pine in hopes you might enjoy it! I loved the whimsical touches that filled the day (her ethereal dress, the brightly hued florals, the sweet calligraphy) that added a romantic touch to the urban venue.

From the Bride… Wedding planning for us was a dream and so much fun! Our look and feel was to be romantic and elegant. The Loft was the perfect (new) venue to showcase something grand, yet unique with all its built in beauties! Since the wedding was in October, we wanted to go for a fall-themed feel which went beautifully with The Loft’s architecture. We incorporated darker colors such as navy for the bridesmaids dresses and deep purples in the florals. And of course all kinds of gold, ivory, rose gold, and silver to give it that touch of elegance!

My dress as well as the bridesmaids dresses were all custom made by Dawn Kim of Atelier. It was based on inspirations I drew from photos of different gowns. I especially wanted a sweetheart neckline, an empire waist, and lots and lots of airy layers!

We really wanted a special moment to thank both our parents and made sure to include a private tea ceremony right before the actual ceremony. The fact that we wanted to keep it short and not too traditional and proper made it all the more personal and sincere. Additionally, in place of traditional menus and programs, we wanted our guests to have more of a keepsake in the form of thank you cards with a custom picture/caricature of us designed by a dear friend, also seen on our guest sign-in poster. Daniel also made the wooden frames to hold the place cards. Our wonderful planner, Shirley Han, did the calligraphy and chalk art for the place cards, welcome sign, and decorative mirror.

My favorite part about the wedding? There’s too many to list! We especially loved our guests’ response to the beautiful and unique venue space that made everything just that much more gorgeous! We loved the intimate moments we spent with our family, bridesmaids, and groomsmen getting ready for the wedding. I loved walking down the aisle with my Dad who unexpectedly almost made the whole room cry. Our personal favorite, the dance party at the end surrounded by our closest friends and family!

Photography: Adrienne Gunde | Videography: Studio 205 | Event Design: Everly Events | Event Planning: Everly Events | Florist: Milieu Florals | Catering: Jay's Catering | DJ: Audio FX | Wedding Venue: The Loft On Pine | Bar: The Cocktail Concierge | Violinist: Peter Lee Johnson

Orange-Themed Long Beach Wedding

Bursting at the seams with personalized details, this orange-drenched soiree from WINK! and onelove photography is a completely smile-inducing day. These high school sweethearts opted for a big (I’m talking 300 guests) family wedding and they filled it with everything that they love—our favorite theme of all. Hop over to the full gallery for more!

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Fall
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Ballroom
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride…Josh and I are high school sweethearts, started dating our senior year, but had been friends since freshman year. It was quite an odd friendship because we are truly different, complete opposites, yet we were inseparable. We have years and years of moments shared and important events that have changed our lives and I wanted some of those little things to be present at the wedding. A lot of our wedding flowers included oranges and not only because I love them but because his first job as a truck driver was transporting oranges. (Delicious Californian oranges) I wanted our wedding to have a little bit of both personalities, and I think we did a great job of combining the two with our decor and fall inspired colors.

Since high school we’ve loved photo booths, at every mall, every theater and anywhere we came across one we have taken pictures, so for sure we were going to have a one at the wedding, and we didn’t just want any photo booth, we wanted something original and fun, one that would be open for a big group to take photos all together, so we found Perfect Setting Photo Booth. They were the greatest, they allowed me to dream up any kind of backdrop and they made it happen! I had the prettiest fall inspired flower wall.

Also, from the day we got engaged we both knew that we had to have a live Mexican band because all of our family and friends love dancing and so did we, so the band was one of the firsts to be booked and definitely a hit at the wedding. Our over 3 ft. tall LOVE marquee sign! For a while now I’ve been obsessed with marquee signs and knew that I wanted one for our wedding. However, everywhere I searched I couldn’t find a big enough one or they were too expensive to rent so one day I sent a link to my dad where they had a DIY marquee sign and I asked, “Can you make something like this? but 3 times larger?” His exact words were, “I can make anything! It’ll be even better than that one.” And so he did. The hardest part was keeping the project a secret, as he advanced on the letters I wanted to show and tell people about it, but I also wanted it to be a surprise for our guest so we kept the secret and everyone was amazed by it as they entered our reception. The marquee sign is definitely the best gift, not only did it look gorgeous at the wedding, but is now mine forever. My dad did such an amazing job that a lot of people have been requesting he make more.

Things can get intense and stressful, when one of you wants to elope (bride) and the other wants the big wedding (groom), when you have a huge family like ours, it gets harder to stay within budget, it gets harder to come up with a seating chart and really hard to say no to children at the wedding when most people have little ones, but you have to remember what’s most important to you and work around that. Make a list of everything starting from most important down to the least and focus on having your top 3 (at least) At the end of it all we allowed children, and we welcomed over 300 guest, but everyone was happy and the amount of love we received from each and everyone of our guest was beyond magical. We are truly blessed to have such amazing family and friends. Best advice I can give anyone is stay calm, don’t focus on perfection, always remember that your wedding day is about marrying your better half and no matter what goes wrong, at the end of the day you guys will be married and the greatest adventure of your life is just beginning.

I was extremely nervous the whole morning, from waking up, to when they were doing my hair and makeup and the whole car ride to our first look location. Then we saw each other for the first time and I became calm, all of those nerves turned into an immense amount of happiness. There he was my future husband, he was holding white roses, I love flowers and he loves the way they make me smile.

From the handsome Groom…Seeing my Bride for the first time was my favorite part of the day, the moment I saw her I thought, “No one can ever be more gorgeous than her, I am the luckiest man.” Having a first look was the best, not only did it help calm our nerves but we shared that intimate moment just the two of us, we admired one another and we had a chance to say “I love you” over and over before declaring eternal love to one another.

Photography: onelove photography | Videography: Jeremy M. Dayton - On Bended Knee Films | Stationary: Stephanie Griffin Visual Designer | Grooms Attire: Calvin Klein | Ceremony And Reception: The Grand Long Beach | Florals: Seed Floral | Photobooth Flower Backdrop: Perfect Setting Photobooth | Shoe Designer: SJP By Sarah Jessica Parker | Styling And Coordination: WINK! | Wedding Dress Designer: Yumi Katsura

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