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Intimate + Sweet Lombardi House Summer Wedding

The flutter sleeves on this dreamy dress captured my attention immediately but it isn’t the only detail I’ve been pinning to my Pinterest boards from this bright celebration. And once I learned the Bride herself is a photographer, it all made sense. She designed her wedding with light and color being of utmost importance, and it paid off, because these pics by Steve Steinhardt are brilliant. I could go on forever fawning over it all, but you can see for yourself, with all the beauty in our Vault right here!

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From The Bride…As a wedding photographer myself, I’ve had the opportunity to see and experience many different unique and beautiful approaches to planning your wedding day. When Tyler and I found each other and fell in love, after he popped the question I felt so overwhelmed about the wedding planning process and all the decisions ahead I didn’t even know where to start! But after taking a step back and narrowing our focus to what we really wanted our big day to look and feel like, and what would be most true to us, we decided to take a simple, organic approach to our wedding. We used as many friends for vendors as possible so we were surrounded by people who knew us on a personal level, and we tried to make as many of the details by hand as time permitted so that our guests were surrounded by a world we created for them. Tyler’s warm, loving nature tempered my stress and made the planning fun!

The perfect backdrop for our vision was The Lombardi House in Hollywood, CA. The size of the space was perfect for our guest count of 130, and the color palette was exactly what we were looking for, with bright white walls and lush green grounds. Given my line of work, photography was the most important thing to me and I designed 95% of the wedding day decisions around it. Time of day, lighting, color, timeline, it was all designed around optimal photography! And there was no photographer I could have trusted more than Steve Steinhardt, my dear friend, mentor, and photo-idol. Steve captured our wedding day perfectly, down to every last detail! We are so in love with the images and will treasure them forever.

After all of the planning and preparations, the big day was everything we dreamed of and more. To be surrounded by our closest friends and family from all over the country was so surreal, and to make our lifelong vows of love to each other in their presence was an honor. We are so glad we kept our wedding day simple. We invested our time and resources into the details we valued most, and tried our best to take on a manageable amount of tasks so the process wasn’t ruined by stress.

My favorite project was my dress, which began as a strapless ballgown I found at a small boutique in Utah, then worked with a seamstress here in California to strip out several layers of tulle and add on the flutter sleeves with lace appliqués I had designed for the dress. It came out exactly like I imagined! Other handmade details we loved were the wooden planters in the shape of our initials that my friend Patrick made for us, and the little bags of rose petals we fixed to the backs of the chairs so people could throw them after the ceremony.

Looking back I’m still so overwhelmed with gratitude for our families and friends who helped us pull this together. Most of all, I’m grateful to have found my perfect companion and forever love, Tyler. He makes every day an adventure and I couldn’t feel luckier to get to spend the rest of our lives together.

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Photography: Steve Steinhardt | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake: SugarKup Bakery | Invitations: Wesley Bird | Makeup: Meghan Nguy | Hair: Christine Nelli | Venue: The Lombardi House | Air Plants + Vessels: Airplantman | Rentals: Premiere Party Rents | Veil: BHLDN

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Chic Valentine’s Day Elopement Inspiration

The countdown is officially on to Valentine’s Day, so we’re sprinkling in the  x’s and o’s a wee bit early. And on today’s lovefest agenda? An elopement inspiration shoot photographed by Caroline Tran. Tucked inside The Vault you’ll find each and every detail, including this pretty bloomage by Kelly Oshiro giving us a serious dose of color crush.

From Caroline Tran PhotographyWhat’s more romantic than a Valentine’s Day wedding? Here, we envisioned a chic city elopement, held at the couple’s loft. The fireplace is decorated simply with pillar candles and brass tapers and serves as the backdrop for the ceremony and first dance. Lush red, with hints of gold and gray, serve as the color scheme. The bride wears an elegant ball gown by Carolina Herrera and carries a lush bouquet with red garden roses, strawberry gomphrena and smoke bush.

For the couple’s celebratory dinner, it’s all about fine dining. Seasonal pomegranates are used both in the floral arrangement, in the cornish hens, and in the elegant arugula salad with pomegranate pearls, all by Mr. & Mrs. Creamery. A bar cart serves double duty as champagne and the cake table.

This editorial was part of a upcoming video photography workshop by Caroline Tran and SLR Lounge. You can see a sneak peek of the video right here. Kelly and Caroline along with Joy Proctor will also be speaking at The Art of Styling Workshop, March 23rd, 2016 in Santa Barbara. 

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Photography: Caroline Tran Photography | Cinematography: SLR Lounge | Styling: Kelly Oshiro Design | Floral Design: Kelly Oshiro | Wedding Dress: Diamante By Carolina Herrara | Invitations: Minted | Jewelry: 33 Jewels | Hair + Makeup: Studio MM&B | Calligraphy: Gloria Kim | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Food Styling: Mr. & Mrs. Creamery | Linen Rentals: Hudson Grace | Location: Caroline Tran Studio | Models: Steve Steinhardt & Hannah Bergman | Monogrammed Hatbox: Trousseau & Co | Production: Caroline Tran Workshop | Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Tabletop Props: Porch

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SMP California Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Promotion!

One of our favorite ways to spend a Saturday?  A meet and greet with the newest members of our SMP family, aka, those fab vendors that know everything there is to know about bringing the pretty.  So today we’re talking shop with Susan Dunne, a planner extraordinaire that designs and coordinates some of the prettiest affairs you will ever lay your eyes upon. See for yourself (and fall in love) below.

From Weddings by Susan DunneAfter working in the fashion retail industry for several years, my exceptional work ethic and perfectionist nature led me down a path of visual display coordination for a well-known Fortune 500 company. This further ignited my innate passion for design and I began leveraging my professional experience to assist couples in planning one of the most memorable days of their lives. Being part of a couple’s most important day with their friends and loves ones is an unparalleled privilege to me.

I have always had a keen eye for fashion, style and a discriminating taste for food. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be part of the planning process of such a joyous occasion. As a wedding planner, certified by the Associations of Bridal Consultants, my goal is to surpass all expectations while creating an extraordinary event which overflows with elegance, refinement, and sophistication.

We offer full service wedding planning, as well as Day of Coordination.

We all have friends and family that have been affected one way or another by debilitating conditions, illnesses, diseases or catastrophic events. Whether by contributing spare change, volunteering at an event, or just simply spreading the word, every little bit can help raise awareness for a multitude of causes. As a show of our commitment to giving back, 5% of all proceeds will be distributed evenly amongst Autism SpeaksJoslin Diabetes Center and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Any couple who books with Weddings by Susan Dunne by 10.1.2016 and mentions promo code “Style Me Pretty” will receive 20% off their wedding services!

Photography: Katharine Hauschka | Wedding Planner: Susan Dunne | Flowers: Sweet Pea's Custom Florals | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture | Hair Stylist: Kayley Vandenberg | Mansion: Greystone Mansion

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