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Jim Hjelm Trunk Show

Mark your calendars, SMPers.  The new Fall 2015 Collection from Jim Hjelm has arrived and every beautiful piece is debuting at the JLM Couture Flagship Salon in West Hollywood, CA.  I’m talking a trunk show to end all trunk shows with one stunning gown after another from a designer that knows a thing or two about bridal beauty.  Debuting from May 15th – 17th, this is what we call a total must-see.

From breathtaking ball gowns to romantic A-Lines to sleek, modern beauties, the new Fall 2015 Collection designed by Hayley Paige is what bridal dreams are made of.  Think silky smooth fabrics, intricate details and the loveliest of hues, all coming together to create some of the most elegant + show-stopping gowns you will ever lay your eyes upon.  Now team those amazing gowns up with a staff that knows everything there is to know about fabulous customer service + making you feel GORGEOUS and it’s “perfect bridal gown” in one, two, three.

Contact the JLM Couture Flagship Salon TODAY to reserve your space at the Jim Hjelm Trunk Show happening from May 15th – 17th.  Believe me, loves… you don’t want to miss a minute.



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Elegant Downtown Los Angeles Wedding

This stunning outdoor wedding in downtown Los Angeles is filled with modern details, clean design, and personal touches we can’t get enough of! And those gorgeous purple florals? Forget about it! Christine Choi Photography captured all the pretty for us here, and we can’t stop staring! Click through the full gallery to see it all, and we bet you won’t be able to stop either!


From the beautiful Bride…We wanted our wedding to be simple, yet classic and elegant, just like us! With both of us being from Los Angeles, our family and our home are important to us, so we wanted to have a local wedding. Choosing our venue was an easy choice, we walked into the Maguire Gardens, looked up at the trees, the skyscrapers, and the gorgeous LA Central Public Library and knew that this was where we wanted to be married. We also love good food and the city life, and the Maguire Gardens had everything we were looking for.

When we planned our wedding, we wanted everything to be simple, but enjoyable for those who attended. We didn’t want a lot of fuss or flashy elements, but we were looking for good food, good service and a warm atmosphere for people to relax and have a good time. Neither of us are very religious, and we are from two different backgrounds, so we chose a lightly spiritual officiant to perform the ceremony. Choosing purple as our wedding color was a no-brainer, as it has always been my favorite, and it gave a good contrast to the rest of the decor. Having the simple, yet classic theme, we made sure that our guests focused on the flowers, food and the company, so our tables were minimalist, with fresh flowers, crisp white linens, gleaming cutlery, and small white boxes with Godiva chocolate wedding favors.

We were thrilled with our wedding! Everything went smoothly, the weather was beautiful and it turned out even better than we hoped. It was truly our dream wedding and we have wonderful memories that we will treasure forever.

Photography: Christine Choi Photography | Event Planning: Live Love Create Events | Floral Design: Paradise Florist | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Cake: Cafe Pinot | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: Nina | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: Cafe Pinot | Hair and Makeup: Neihule Salon | Lighting: Ambience Lighting | DJ: Michael Joseph Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Cafe Pinot And Los Angeles Central Public Library | Groom and groomsmen's Attire : Ryder Tux | Hairpieces: Royal Accessories | Music: Rock Strings

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This, loves, is exactly how we like to spend our weekends: with an entire portfolio of pretty courtesy of the seriously talented Sergey Green.  Think one breathtaking image after another filled with the sweetest moments you will ever lay your eyes upon and you are sooo on the right track.  It’s SoCal beauty meets a photog that knows a thing or two about capturing every amazing moment… and we can’t get enough.

From Sergey GreenThere is nothing that can keep me away from shooting photos. It’s in my nature. I have been a wedding photographer for over eight years now and have worked on over 350 weddings. It’s not easy to keep the passion going for many people, but with every year I love doing what I do more and more.

Every single event or shoot I do carries the unique style and unique people involved in it. That’s why I like photographing in a photojournalistic style and capturing true people and true emotions in the most beautiful way possible. When you hire someone to capture the best day of your life, it really has to be that feeling: “He’s the perfect photographer for our wedding!”

Welcome to the family, Sergey!  We are so happy to have you! xo


Glamorous Wedding at The Four Seasons Beverly Hills

Have you ever dreamed of a glamorous wedding in Beverly Hills? Then this gorgeous video from Charles Lauren Films will give you the chills! With a stunning Bride and super-handsome Groom, iconic venue, Bob Gail entertaining the guests, and Lin and Jirsa Photography behind the lens, this video is an absolute must-see.



From Charles Lauren FilmsThis is a small part of Brittany and Aaron’s story, married on June 7, 2014 at the Four Seasons, Beverly Hills. Sometimes the sacrifices a bride endures for her groom is a magical thing. Take Brittany, for example. The dress she chose to wear for most of her day wasn’t exactly her taste, but she knew that Aaron would simply love it!

Little did Brittany know, however, that she could wear anything for Aaron and he’d be happy! During their wedding day, she claimed that she does everything for him. After being there and seeing them interact and react to each other, this is true. Out of the corner of our eye, however, we came to notice that Aaron does everything for Brittany as well! That’s probably why they fit so well together.

This is why we think it is so cute that Brittany also chose a second dress to wear, just for her, during the cake cutting and reception. This dress was just fun, nothing formal. In fact, using her exact words, “this dress is just more comfy!” Oh, yes Brittany, that’s right! But did we mention super cute and adorable? We love this dress! It shows off her shoes, her jewelry and her bright style.

One word for this wedding could indeed be white. That’s what Brittany and Aaron were looking for on that fateful March day when they met up with Natalie Sofer, their wedding planner.  That simple statement fused into something more. It’s the feeling you get just thinking about a white wedding; graceful, romantic and simply classic. All of the details were spun into a web of emotions, that cascaded down from the orchid centerpieces onto the gold-plated dinnerware that they ate their wasabi mashed potatoes on! Simply delectable.

The feeling of design was everywhere. We love Brittany’s touch of creating an area for their parents’ wedding photos in the foyer. Of course this is a common feature in many weddings these days, but after meeting their families and hearing every one of them give a toast, this wasn’t just a routine style choice. This was a heartfelt design, making every guest think that they were part of the family. The reception felt like it was just a big dinner party at a friend’s house. A house that happened to be the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.

Also, what about their uncle who is a CPA-turned-officiant? Thanks to Google and $23, he became their wedding officiant. A joke he was quick to point out! He was a bit nervous to start with, but he found his stride when Brittany and Aaron gave each other their personal vows. In fact, at that moment we all found our stride. From the very beginning, this wedding was about the one thing you can never live without…living for love.

Adding to the delightfulness of this day was the wedding party. Watch the video and count them….if you said 23, then yes, you’re right! Brittany and Aaron had 11 groomsmen and 12 bridesmaids – we told you this day was about family!! But the main charm of having all of these friends, brothers and sisters by their side came twofold. One, the wedding day landed on Brittany’s sister’s birthday – part by chance, but also partly because it was a Saturday in June. In the morning, lavender roses were promptly delivered to the bridal suite to start off the occasion with style. This was taken very well and we think everyone should do something this fantastic when a sisters’ birthday falls on your wedding day, of course!

The second awesome factor that set their future in the right direction was that just about two weeks later, it would be Brittany’s parent’s wedding anniversary. Her father didn’t want to steal the limelight, but he did go so far as to say that after 11pm, the party was really for their anniversary! Talk about tying the knot and ending the night right, nothing could have been a better blessing than that!

Photography: Lin and Jirsa Photography | Cinematography: Charles Lauren Films | Event Planning: Natalie Sofer Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Flowers in Beverly Hills | Lighting: Dashing Events | Band: Bob Gail | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Four Seasons Los Angeles At Beverly Hills | Rentals: CMC Party Rental

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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 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!


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

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Art Deco Inspired Downtown LA Wedding

Situated in a romantic urban garden, this art deco inspired wedding captured through the lens of Candice Benjamin Photography oozes romance and beautiful detailing from Found Vintage Rentals. With the help of First Pick Planning, this downtown LA wedding is the perfect blend of elegance and sophistication. Be sure to flip through every detail here.


From the beautiful Bride… Like many people in their 30’s, Eric and I had been to many weddings; so when it came to our own, we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted. After visiting several country clubs and hotels, we decided to stop by Café Pinot on a whim. As soon as we got off the elevator, I was enchanted. We hadn’t even walked around the whole property before I turned to Eric and said, “This is it!” Café Pinot had it all; the quaint garden, the luminous skyscrapers, and the art deco façade of the library. I knew it was going to be the perfect setting.

Growing up in Los Angeles, I had always admired the beauty of downtown. The ornate architecture and the decorative signage were always an inspiration to me. It was these attributes that I tried to emulate when designing our wedding. Keeping classic elegance in mind, I designed our invitations with art deco characteristics and hand letterpressed them for an old-world feel. We kept our color palette simple with classic navy blue, gold, and silver but added touches of fall with deep jewel toned floral arrangements.

Eric and I could not have been happier with our day. The beauty of the venue and the attention to detail wowed our guests. DJ Aaron from A Night to Remember transformed the space with his amazing lighting and kept everyone dancing until the end. Claudia from SubRosa Floral Design overflowed the venue with gorgeous floral arrangements of dahlias, roses, hydrangeas, cabbage, and fruits. Jewel from Found Vintage Rentals helped choose the perfect vintage pieces, which created a comfortable, at-home vibe. Kristy Levario from Kristy Levario Makeup Artistry made us girls look and stay beautiful all day and the same for Hannah Samayoa from Effie and Co. with our gorgeous hairdos. Jen Bergmark and her awesome crew from First Pick Planning put all my meticulous planning impeccably in place. And everything was exquisitely captured and documented by the amazing Candice Benjamin from Candice Benjamin Photography and Kiera and Josh from The Adventures Of. Without these wonderful people behind us, our wedding would not have been as fabulous as it was.

Any day you get to stand up with your best friend and pledge your love to one another surrounded by your closest family and friends is a great day. Thank you to all the helping hands that made our wedding special – it was pure magic!

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Videography: The Adventures Of | Coordination: First Pick Planning | Floral Design: Sub Rosa Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Mon Amie Bridal Salon Dress By Lazaro | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mon Amie Bridal Salon | Makeup: Kristy Levario Makeup Artistry | Hair: Hannah Samayoa | Officiant: Rabbi Michael Mayherson | Wedding Venue: Cafe Pinot | Bridal Jewelry : Maria Elena | Cake And Catering: Patina Group | DJ And Lighting: Night To Remember DJS | Linens: Designer Specialty Linens | Rentals: American Rent All | Vintage Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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