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Vintage + Whimsical Los Angeles Wedding

I honestly can’t decide what I like most about this glamorous wedding. From the sweet, white Papel Picado signs and whimsical moon photo backdrop to the Bride’s dreamy Karen Willis Holmes feather capelet and the wild, romantic flowers in vases sent over from India, this wedding, photographed by Gather West Photography, is what dreams are made of. Admire all the gorgeous details right this way!

From The Bride…We let the season dictate a lot of the colors we chose. We opted for deep wintery reds and shades of blue running the spectrum from icy blue to dark navy. Our beautiful reception venue was built in 1871 and we felt it really didn’t need much alteration. With most of the walls taken up by those gorgeous windows, and with the building itself located in the city’s oldest district, we wanted to have that feel coming in all around us. We opted for fairly minimal décor and what we did add in had a vintage feel running throughout. The copper and brass vases for our centerpieces were brought in by our florist, who had her aunt ship them over from India. We only provided her with a rough concept of what we wanted—wild, untamed, winter flowers. What she gave us exceeded our expectations! We also wanted to honor the strong tradition of long-lasting marriages in our families, particularly our parents and grandparents. The large picture frame over our gift table had photos of family weddings going back three generations.

Photography: Gather West Photography | Floral Design: Blue Box Flowers | Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes | Cake: Alcove Cafe & Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Old Plaza Church | Reception Venue: El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument | Catering: Gaby's Mediterranean | Makeup: Zoa Lopez

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IQ Videography

I’ll admit it — I’ve been married almost four years, and I still watch my wedding film all the time. So you can imagine my excitement that I get to introduce you all to the incredibly talented and award winning IQ Videography.

Based in San Francisco, IQ Videography specializes in an artistic, modern style that beautifully captures all the details of your wedding day. Their unobtrusive approach allows for a more intimate filming of your big day and their top-notch HD technology and editing techniques create a finished product that is something you’ll watch on repeat for years to come. IQ Videography also uses combinations of 8mm film and video — swoon! The combination of nostalgic + crisp footage is so unique and seriously special.

Capturing all of the most special and emotional moments from your big day, from gift exchanges to hand-written emotional vows, IQ Videography crafts wedding films that are as visually stunning. For more information and to book them for your big day, head over here.

Ceremony Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Reception Venue: Annadel Estate Winery

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Whimsical Picnic Engagement Party Inspiration

What better way to ask your favorite people to play a part in your upcoming Big Day than with a playful picnic, complete with snacks and sips, romantic wildflowers and gilded paper goods galore!? Laina Miller, co-founder of Happenings Co created this celebratory scene, shot by Betsi Ewing and all our future gatherings will need to step it up a bit to match this magic!

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From Creative Director and Happenings Co co-founder Laina MillerA romantic and whimsical scene was set for this outdoor engagement shoot. Inspiration was drawn from vintage photos of couples lounging on layered blankets in the Springtime. The overall feel was soft and dreamy, with overflowing florals in pastels set against Elysian Park. The centerpiece of the shoot was the hillside picnic where our young couple greeted their best friends with gilded invitations to honor them as their Maid of Honor and Best Man. Every element was specifically designed to fit the playful picnic vibe from the announcement pieces and custom textiles, to the hand-painted vintage wagon and scrabble board.

HappeningsCo. is a styling and design studio focusing on weddings and pop-up shops. We have a soft spot for unique events and work closely with florists, caterers, photographers, producers and other creatives to throw charming affairs that are imaginative, and always memorable.

Photography: Betsi Ewing Photography | Event Styling: Happenings Co | Event Stylist: Anna Galle | Floral Design: Indigo & Plum | Catering: Deco Tartlette | Hair And Makeup: Elissa Ruminer | Venue: Elysian Park | Creative Direction: Laina Miller

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SMP Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Giveaway!

Summer weekends — is there anything better?! To start this one off right, we’re introducing you all to a fabulous new advertiser to join to SMP family: La Jolla Cove Suites. Named a Top 5 Wedding Venue in San Diego for three years in a row, this stunning hotel offers incredible ocean views that will have your guests swooning.

Overlooking famous La Jolla Cove, this beachfront hotel’s rooftop terrace is perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 225 guests! Offering couples incredible catering by The Abbey Catering & Event Design Company, guest rooms, suites and vacation rentals for guests, top-notch customer service and breathtaking views, La Jolla Cove Suites is a must-see locale. For more information and tons of inspiration, check them out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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The Prize: One lucky couple will win a 1-night stay in a deluxe ocean view suite at the La Jolla Cove Suites featuring a private balcony with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the southern California coastline. ($399 value!) Stay includes a complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi and a one hour bike rental for two. Advance reservations required, based on availability only, black-out dates apply.

To Enter: Comment on this post with why you want to explore the La Jolla Cove Suites. One winner, selected completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on June 26th!  For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck!

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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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Romantic Spring Wedding at Smog Shoppe

First it was these rose gold shoes that made me gasp. Then I soaked up the gorgeous colors from the florals and decor and started taking notes. But the icing on the incredible (vegan!) cake? This showstopper of a dress. I didn’t even need to look any further, but I’m glad I did because Koman Photography’s pics just kept getting better and better and this Cali celebration is one I won’t soon forget.

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From the Bride… Since our third date, Sean and I knew we would marry each other, but I had no idea he was going to pop the question the night we were celebrating a year together at our favorite restaurant in LA, Crossroads Kitchen. We left a wonderful date and as we were headed home he started babbling all this stuff about loving me so much that I started to freak out – I thought he was about to deliver some bad news. But when I asked him he just kept smiling and so I started to suspect. Turns out he had commissioned my sister (and future MOH) to set the scene and make sure the dog didn’t catch fire from all the candles. I walked in the apartment and when I turned around he was on one knee. I’m a pretty private person so I love the fact that he made it just about us, at home. And, our wedding was no different – totally about us.

I wasted no time trying on dresses and about 10 white, traditional gowns in, found the one. A gorgeous multi-colored, drop waist, fit and flare with an asymmetrical horsehair ruffle (GASP). We’re vegan, so we started researching caterers who could accommodate and through that search came across the Smog Shoppe. It was so perfectly us – a little urban, a little earthy. Then we did a food tasting with Jennie Cooks Catering and were sold on bite one of pierogi casserole and tempeh schnitzel – in honor of the groom’s Polish roots. I only met with one florist who totally got my theme – mixing in soft romantic colors and structures to the harder urban venue. The overall color scheme was inspired by my dress – blush, ivory and champagne, accented by the bridesmaids in navy, groomsmen in grey and rose gold metallic accents. Then, by the grace of the universe, Wedding Paper Divas released rose gold metallic foil printing! With my mom and sister’s help, we DIY’d table number holders from wine bottles, seating charts and bar menus. My dad and Sean built custom bag-o boards with our monogram and wedding date for the reception. And our amazing family friend created our “naked” wedding cake (also vegan) and the ivory flower girl dresses. Koman Photography did an amazing job capturing (and coaching, if I’m honest) every amazing moment, without making me feel like hiding from the paparazzi. It turned out exactly how I’d hoped.

Photography: Koman Photography | Floral Design: Blossom Floral | Wedding Dress: White By Vera Wang | Wedding Cake: Janice Clark | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White By Vera Wang | Catering: Jennie Cooks Catering | DJ: DJ Lady Sinclair | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Smog Shoppe | Flower Girl Dresses: Janice Clark Wedding | Hair And Make-up: Danelle Goodwin And Sheryl Conner

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