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A Golden Hour Engagement Session in The Golden State

Where better to take your engagement photos than in the city where it all started? For this gorgeous duo, that meant in Los Angeles with its great food, cool neighborhoods and spectacular sunsets. And with a team like onelove photographyTEAM Hair And MakeupFlower Muse and Joanna August, this Bride- and Groom-to-be glow as beautifully as the sunset. Head to The Vault to see it all!


From The Bride…Aaron and I got set up three years ago by his best friend. I was the optimist considering my parents met on a blind date, but he was leery. This particular friend of 20+ years hadn’t set him up once! Any hesitation or nervousness we had melted away at the cozy neighborhood spot Jones in Hollywood. I was smitten with Aaron so I kissed him at the end of our date, he called me the next morning, and since that night we’ve been inseparable.

Our engagement weekend remains one of the most special weekends of our lives and the start of our celebration of love. Here’s how it happened! As a runner on my bucket list was running the New York City Marathon. I got into the 2014 race and dutifully prepared for it. Because I was so focused on the race I had no idea that Aaron was planning a proposal (and flying in my whole family) a few days prior to the race and a post-run surprise engagement party with fifty of our closest friends and family. Let me tell you, a girl can run a very fast marathon when she knows a diamond ring is waiting at the finish line!

Since we met and fell for each other in Los Angeles, we wanted our engagement shoot to reflect all we love about the city – great food, cool neighborhoods and spectacular sunsets. Looking at our engagement photos makes us enormously happy as they capture not only our love together, but the city that brought us together.

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Photography: onelove photography | Floral Design: Flower Muse | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Her Attire: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Her Attire: BB Dakota | Her Attire: Schutz | Her Attire: Ted Baker | Her Attire: Joanna August | His Attire: Rag & Bone | His Attire: Gucci | Location: Grand Central Market | Location: 440 Seaton | Ribbons: Silk & Willow

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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: Kate Haus | Wedding Planner: Weddings by Susan Dunne | Flowers: Sweet Pea's Custom Florals | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Hair Stylist: Kayley Vandenberg | Mansion: Greystone Mansion

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Lazaro Fall 2015 Collection at JLM Couture

It goes without saying that the name Lazaro holds some serious weight in the world of bridal fashion. So California brides, you’ll want to mark your calendars for June 5-7, 2015 to preview the new Fall 2015 Lazaro collection at the JLM Couture Flagship Salon in West Hollywood. These dresses are beyond stunning, and the icing on the cake? You’ll get the chance to meet Head Designer Lazaro himself!

Known not only for their incredible selection of dresses but also for their top-notch customer service, JLM Couture is the shop to find your dream dress. Featuring incredible silhouettes, luxe fabrics and jaw-droppingly gorgeous details, this Lazaro Fall 2015 Collection is something else. I’m also pretty smitten with the incredible watercolor inspired fabrics which would be perfect for a bride looking for something just a little bit different.

Ladies, you will not want to miss this one! Appointments can be made by calling 424.249.3909 or by visiting the JLM Couture website. Happy dress shopping!

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