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Weddings + Events at Shade Hotel

Located just two blocks from fabulous Manhattan Beach and featuring some of the coolest ceremony + reception sites you will ever see (truly), the fabulous Shade Hotel is a place that was just made for marrying.  Think contemporary boutique hotel meets world class service meets unique spaces that will leave all of your guests talking.  Perfect wedding in one, two, three?  Yes, please.

With its intimate beachside ocean feel and contemporary stylings, Shade Hotel is everything (and I mean everything) you’ve ever wanted for your wedding locale.  Imagine unique spaces that transcend the traditional concept of indoors and outdoors (hello Zinc Terrace), an event staff that can customize every moment of your day to your liking and a ceremony site (I am talking to you, stunning Courtyard) that will blow.your.mind and you are sooo on the right track.  From the natural California sunlight filling every moment to a weekend of pampering with your nearest and dearest (did I mention you can book the entire hotel for your very own?) to a fabulous going away brunch that will cap off the whole shebang, Shade Hotel is THE place to say “I do” in true SoCal style.  We love that.

Call Shade Hotel today to begin planning that wedding of your dreams.  And don’t forget to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Happy planning, lovelies. xo


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SMP California Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Giveaway!

How do you make an amazing fall day even better?  Add in a meet and greet with one of the newest members of our Style Me Pretty family… that’s how.  Enter Andrea’s for the Bride, a one stop shop for bridal beauty with one seriously stunning gown after another, unique styles from up and coming designers and in-house alterations included in the price of the gown.  Say it with me, loves: WOW.

Founded in 1974 in Beverly Hills by a mother + daughter duo, Andrea’s for the Bride knows a thing or two about making your dress dreams come true with red carpet-worthy styles that will leave each and every one of your guests talking + you seriously happy. Not to mention that their team of fabulous stylists will really listen to your wants and needs and use their serious know-how to track down the perfect gown for you and your wedding.  We love that. And did I mention that Andrea’s for the Bride does all of their own alterations?  Which means you can rest assured that your dress will fit like a glove… it’s a guarantee.

Contact Andrea’s for the Bride today to begin your gown journey and see why Lead Stylist and Owner, Samantha Elizabeth Popa, has been dressing celebrities and brides all over the world.  You’ll find gowns from designers such as Marchesa, Rita Vinieris, Angel Sanchez, Olia Zavozina, Paloma Blanca, Tony Ward and Naeem Khan, plus you can create your own dress with Samantha Elizabeth Designs!  It’s an easy, seamless process… and you’ll love every minute.


WhatAndrea’s for the Bride is giving away a stunning Kerry Veil to one lucky SMP reader! (Value $475)

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us your ultimate dream gown style (ex: fit and flare, ballgown, etc.)!

Who: A winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, October 16, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

Image Credits (Top to Bottom): 1. Caroline Tran (Photography) + Beauty By Melina (Hair & Makeup) + Jaynee Silvers (Model) + Karl Singer (Model) 2. Jenny Rolapp (Photography) + Ben Schreen from America’s Next Top Model (Model) + Samantha Elizabeth Popa (Designer + Model) 3. The Rose Weddings Photography (Photography) + Leyna Argyros (Model) 4. Jenny Rolapp (Photography) + Sacha Simmons (Model) 5. Fitz Carlile (Photography) + Alena Zdorovcheko (Model) + Olia Zavozina (Dress) + What A Betty (Headpiece)


Lazaro Trunk Show

I don’t know what you lovelies have planned for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of October, but I suggest you clear your calendars, because the Fall 2015 Lazaro Trunk Show is happening that very weekend and, well… this is one event you just can’t miss.  Think everything from breathtaking ball gowns to classic lace beauties, plus a 10% discount.  Say it with me, SMPers: awesome.

If there is one thing we can’t get enough of here at SMP, it’s beautiful wedding gowns.  And when it comes to that special something that will leave all of your guests talking, Lazaro has IT.  Think ultra-luxe fabrics, intricate details and stunning silhouettes that will make you feel (and look!) like a princess and you are sooo on the right track.  So whether you’re a bride wanting a sassy fit and flare or you’re dreaming of a dress that leans more towards the traditional, you can rest assured that the Fall 2015 Lazaro Trunk Show will have that dress you’ve been dreaming of.

Contact the JLM Couture Flagship Salon in West Hollywood TODAY (424.249.3909) to reserve your space at the Fall 2015 Lazaro Trunk Show happening on October 2nd – 4th!


Chic Carondelet House Wedding

When it comes to indoor fetes, the Carondelet House wins me over every time. Charm? Check. Texture? Check. Urban flair? Check. And Sposto Photography captured it’s glow sooo beautifully at this chic affair. From the sparkling Bride to the warm, family-style dinner, you’ll leave this gallery feeling a cozy kind of love.


From Sposto PhotographyConstructed in 1928, this gorgeous Italian Villa offered such an amazing backdrop for Allyson and Jaz’s wedding. The exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and endless natural light painted a lovely scene for their guests to enjoy. Allyson and Jaz chose a vibrant spring color pallet of pinks and purples. Which Lavenders Flowers just knocked out of the park with their floral design.

Green Apple Event Co styled the ceremony site with glowing candles and lovely vineyard chairs to complement the chic charm of this incredible venue.

Dressed to the nines, the guests began to arrive shuffling through the courtyard to take their seats for the main event. Having not seen each other before the ceremony, Allyson and Jaz had a very emotional and joyous reunion down the aisle and into each other’s arms. The heartfelt ceremony concluded with a roar of applause and support for the newlywed couple.

The dinner service was impeccably executed by Tres L.A. served by their dapper waiters appropriately styled for the event. Everything from the champagne trey pass to the delicious dessert table was served with love and style.

As the heartfelt toasts began and the music began to play, Allyson and Jaz concluded their night with a dance under the arches of iconic grand room. It truly couldn’t have been a more lovely evening.

Photography: Sposto Photography | Coordination: Green Apple Event Co. | Floral Design: Lavenders Flowers | Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal Couture | Cake: The Great Dane Baking Company | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Catering: Tres L.A. Catering | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Venue: Carondelet House | Bridal Boutique: Blush Bridal Couture | Post: Edelweiss Post

the vondys. + A Giveaway!

Whenever a newly engaged bride-to-be asks me where to start the planning process, my answer is always the same: first a date, then a photographer. And when you have an option as amazing as the vondys., you’re guaranteed to have wedding photos that are bursting with beauty. The vondys. style is a mix of photo journalism + natural light which creates stunning images; you could say we’re obsessed.

The offspring of the award-winning L.A. based photography company Shannon Lee Images, the vondys. are an uber talented husband + wife team that provide a photography experience unlike any other. Pushing the boundaries or traditional and modern wedding day photo styles, this dynamic duo create pinch-me-perfect images that you and your honey will treasure forever.  Have I mentioned they’re hosting a knock-your-socks-off giveaway? You are in for a treat! 

The vondys. are celebrating their new name + site launch by giving one lucky couple getting married in 2016 a complete wedding day photography package FOR FREE ($5000 value)! The kicker? The wedding can take place anywhere worldwide!

Win A Wedding Photography Package Worth $5,000

What: One lucky 2016 couple will win the following complete wedding day photography package (a value of $5000!) including: eight consecutive hours of wedding photography coverage with the vondys., online viewing and ordering wedding gallery to share with friends and family, usb of your professionally edited, full-resolution digital images, one-hour engagement session.

How: Head over here for official details and rules to enter to win!  Entries must be received by Sunday, August 23rd.