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Custom Gowns with JINZA Couture Bridal

There are bridal salons, and there are personalized bridal salons like JINZA Couture Bridal.  A place where beautiful collections and breathtaking custom creations join forces with the most amazing customer service you’ll ever experience to create an individually crafted design made just for you.  Think private appointments with top-notch consultants or your very own personal designer, aka, a team of wedding geniuses that know a thing or two about making you look awesome for your special occasion.

Serving Bay Area brides since 2002, JINZA Couture Bridal’s new and exclusive Los Angeles boutique is now open in the heart of West Hollywood (933 N La Cienega Blvd), which means that even more brides get to experience the gorgeous gowns and attention to detail that JINZA Couture Bridal is so well-known for. Imagine a timeless piece created from scratch using only the finest of fabrics with custom tailoring to fit your figure perfectly, alterations included.  Brides can try on a range of gowns or mold a custom creation.

Explore high fashion styles, updated classics, unconventional sheaths, opulent ball gowns, the popular soft mermaid style and JINZA’s own signature couture designs at the new Los Angeles boutique. Each gown is light weight and comfortable (no shape wear or bra needed!), so that you can dance the night away with the one you love.  And you can complete your bridal ensemble with a veil, jewelry and shoes all available at JINZA Couture Bridal.  Amazing.

Classic, elegant and totally sophisticated – contact JINZA Couture Bridal TODAY to begin creating that dress of your dreams.  Take it from someone who knows – it will be the best decision you’ll ever make.


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Bohemian Beachfront Malibu Wedding

I’m not sure what I love the most about this wedding. Maybe it’s the Bride’s effortless elegance. Or the ridiculously lovely Malibu sunset. Maybe it’s the sweet but easy details, the forever gorgeous photographs by Readyluck, the fact that the couple used pink poppies in their beautiful arrangements by This Little Branch, to celebrate their adorable daughter, Poppy. I love it all, every last bit of it. And guess what? There is SO much more right here!

Beach Club

From Lavender Grey EventsWhen you have summer time in a Malibu at a cottage overlooking the ocean, a British groom and a beautiful bride you know you have a recipe for a gorgeous event. Lizzie and Matt put together a fun boho chic wedding that put everyone in a good mood. Lindsay from READYLUCK was there to capture it all. Lizzie and her girls carried amazing florals designed by The Little Branch. My favorite were the large king proteas that the girls carried. All of their dresses mirrored the brides lovely, relaxed lace gown. Floral crowns adorned all of their heads to complete the look. Even their little girl Poppy had a tiny floral crown on her head.

As for the event, the venue itself set a stage for so much natural beauty that we kept it simple. Cypress Sea Cove boasts gorgeous views and lush greenery all around. The color palette was full of coral, mint, peaches, pinks and gold. The Little Branch created a beautiful birch archway adorned with loose pink and blush flowers. Bronze lanterns and petals lined the aisle as the beautiful wedding party entered. For the reception, Lizzie and Matt marked each guest table with a vinyl, including Pink Floyd, Arctic Monkeys, and Yacht. The florals on each table were an eclectic mix of vintage brass vases and bottles with a variety of florals like ranunculus, succulents and poppies. There was a 24 foot garland with mixed florals stretching the large head table. An adorable little box with one french macaron in peach was placed at each setting. Z Patisserie created the biggest tiramisu cake that we placed in the lookout overlooking the cliff for the couple to cut.

With such a fun group of folks, we knew the dancing portion was going to be great, but Matt and his mom brought down the house with a lively dance to Pharrell’s “Happy.” This got everyone dancing, and from there on, no one stopped. The DJ was their friend that flew in from London to help the couple out. He was fantastic and kept everyone on the dance floor all night long. The whole night was magical under the stars overlooking the ocean but it was this sweet loving couple that really made the night special.

From the Bride… Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale. A fairy tale is what our wedding day truly felt like to me. Marrying the man of my dreams in front of all our friends and family was such a magical feeling.

Matt and I both knew that we always wanted to get married on a beach or near the ocean. Cypress Sea Cove was the first venue that we went to go see, and immediately we knew it was the perfect place for us to get married, it just felt right, kind of like our love. Once the venue was decided, we began thinking about what kind of wedding we wanted. We both agreed that we wanted our wedding to represent what we loved, which is why we decided to use album covers for our seating chart instead of table numbers. We choose 12 bands that we absolutely loved, and bands that reminded us of our time together. Flowers were an easy choice. I knew that I wanted to wear a flower crown instead of a veil since our wedding was more on the casual side. I also wanted to incorporate some unique flowers, which is why I choose to use proteas as the bridesmaid’s bouquets, and I couldn’t forget to include pink poppy’s to represent our beautiful daughter Poppy. I also wanted the tablescape to be unique and interesting with an eclectic vibe, which is why I used lots of different flowers, vases, and candles instead of just one center piece. Meg at The Little Branch turned my dreams into a reality, and the whole day was just completely magical.

Photography: Readyluck | Event Planning: Lavender Grey Events | Floral Design: The Little Branch | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Cake: Z Patisserie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Free People | Catering: Truly Yours Catering | DJ: DJ Money Shot | Groom's Attire: Theory | Wedding Venue: Cypress Sea Cove | Groom's Tie: Barney's New York | Groomsmen's Jackets: H&M | Groomsmen's Shirts: Topshop | Lighting Design: Buster Lighting Design | Musician: Jason Sulkin Music

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Red + Pink Malibu Mountaintop Wedding

Any wedding that includes a mountaintop vista, a rose covered floral installation and a pop of bright color is a winner in my book. And thanks to the talents of WINK!Seed Floral plus yummy eats by Eco Catersthis Malibu beauty was all that plus sooo much more. The always fab onelove photography captured each bit, and there’s even more pretty right this way.

Al Fresco

From onelove photographyChristina and Tyrone are world travelers, and so when they selected the place they would marry it had to be somewhere incredibly special. What better place than a mountaintop vista overlooking sprawling vineyards and the Santa Monica Mountains? SEED Floral made magic with hues of red, coral and pink. She created a 15×15 foot floral installation of red roses in the reception space, and an incredible altar on the cliff. A gospel choir serenaded the couple during their ceremony “Going to the Chapel”. WINK! collaborated with Archive Rentals to create a masterpiece lounge space.

Photography: onelove photography | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Caterer: Eco Caters | Makeup: Seana Gorlick | Hair: Joseph Chase | Calligraphy: Poppyjack Shop | Lighting: The Lighter Side | DJ: Dart DJ | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: Hugo Boss | Ceremony And Receptin: Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards | Florals: Seed Floral | Live Band: Night Owl Productions | Planning And Coordination: WINK! | Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals

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Modern Kimono Robes + A Giveaway!

You may or may not have heard, but here at SMP, we are slightly obsessed with all things fashion.  Okay, okay… we live for it.  So when it comes to chic wedding day attire, you know Modern Kimono ranks high atop our must-have lists.  I’m talking luxurious robes in 100% premium, designer cotton that are perfect for you and your maids.  Getting ready in style has never looked better, or more sophisticated.

Made to order in San Francisco, Modern Kimono is putting a sweet spin on getting ready attire with stylish robes that you and your besties are sure to rock long after your big day.  That’s because Modern Kimono robes are created to be equal parts functional and pretty.  Imagine sleek, modern designs complete with patch pockets or inseam side pockets (YES), 3/4 length sleeves (worry-free for putting on makeup or washing your hands), rounded necklines and fits that are made to order.  That means your 6′ tall bridesmaid will be just as comfortable as your 5’4″ bestie.  And they also include a darling craft paper hang tag (with grosgrain ribbon!) with each of your bridesmaids’ names written on it.  We love that.

Visit Modern Kimono today to order your maids the best gift they’ll ever receive.  And don’t forget to check out the mid-calf lengths for mothers and mother-in-laws, plus the sweet robes for your flower girls!


What: Modern Kimono is giving away a robe of your choice to one lucky reader! (Value $60)

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us why you can’t wait to rock a Modern Kimono robe on your big day!

Who: A winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on April 17, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies!

Photography: Autumn Harrison + Carly Fuller


Brideside + A Giveaway!

I love being a bridesmaid, but I have to admit… bridesmaid dress shopping?  Not so much.  Because as much as I adore hanging with my besties, trekking around to one bridal store after another isn’t really my idea of fun.  Enter Brideside, the chic online boutique that will change the way you operate with amazing gowns, a personal stylist, a seriously simple ordering process AND a chance to win $500 towards those dresses of your dreams.  Stunning gowns + an amazing giveaway?!? Yes, please.

Gorgeous gowns, sans drama – that’s how Brideside operates with a plethora of beautiful designs to choose from, all with the help of your very own personal stylist.  And the best part?  You can do it all from the comfort of your own home, and even try on the gowns before buying.  Bridesmaid dress shopping has never been so fabulous.  Here’s how it works:

Meet Your Stylist - Browsing gorgeous bridesmaid frocks online just got amazing with the help of one of Brideside’s FREE personal stylists.  Think of them as your very own wedding-style expert who will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process, from helping you create a “closet” of unique + oh-so-chic styles to keeping track of all of the specifics.  And Brideside introduced Jenny Yoo gowns this month, which means even more amazing styles to choose from.

Invite Your Besties to Your Brideside Closet - Now that you and your stylist are filling your Closet with some of the prettiest frocks imaginable, invite your bridal party to view your choices for those much-needed second opinions. And when you add or share a favorite, your stylist can see all of the happenings, so she is totally in the loop.

Try It On at Home! - Want to try on the dress before committing?  Once you have narrowed down all of the wedding loveliness to three must-have styles, Brideside will send them to you or your bridesmaids in a Brideside Box!  That means an at-home fitting party with your own shoes, jewelry and a little (or a lot!) of champagne.  Soooo fun.

Order “The One” - Now that you’ve chosen the perfect gown, you can work directly with your stylist to be sure everyone is fitted properly and that the dress of your dreams is ordered for each and every one of your ‘maids.  Oh, and it’s shipped directly to you.  It’s seriously awesome, and seriously stress-free. Seriously.

I know, I know… you can’t wait to get started with Brideside.  Visit their website now or, if you live in Chicago, make an appointment with a stylist here.  You can thank us later.


What: Brideside is giving away a $500 credit to one bridal party! 

How: Simply sign up here by April 15, 2015 to be entered to win!

Who: The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Good luck, lovelies! xo