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Tara Keely and Blush by Hayley Paige Trunk Show

With all the wedding dress options out there, I’m always drawn to that timeless combination of classic + modern, which may explain why I’m head over heels with the Fall 2015 Tara Keely + Blush by Hayley Paige collections. And lucky for you Southern California brides, they’ll be featured at the JLM Couture trunk show July 10-12, 2015! Mark your calendars m’dears!!

Held at the JLM Couture West Hollywood Flagship location, this is a trunk show you won’t want to miss. Known for their gorgeous silhouettes, amazing detailing and luxe fabrics, the dresses in the Blush by Hayley Paige + Tara Keely collections are as lovely as can be. All dresses featured are not only stunning but affordable (We’re talking under $3000!) plus all brides who purchase a gown that weekend will be given 10% off!

Head over here to find out more about the show and to book your appointment! Happy dress hunting, dears.


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Romantic Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

Here at SMP, Boho is the new it girl. She is effortless, elegant, laid back and yet entirely timeless. Wispy gowns and floral headpieces complete her style and there is an innate ode to all things organic. And this inspirational shoot – crafted and photographed by This Girl Nicole Photography with a film from Anna Lord Studio – captures the boho bride to utter perfection. More here in the gallery!

State Park

From This Girl Nicole PhotographyThis styled shoot was inspired by this real life bride and her custom-made gown by Miss Tashina. Pulling elements from the dress, the shoot encompasses the ethereal, bohemian, and delicate styles. I wanted to photograph the bride in an area that would compliment these elements, and not overpower the softness of the overall shoot; thus, leading me to a neutral color palette of a golden field, which also brought in a nice texture from the grass and oak tree.

The pops of color bring in some playfulness without it screaming a typical bohemian color palette and enhances the simplicity of the dress and environment. I would imagine this styled shoot would appeal to many brides and not just a boho-chic bride because of the diverse color palette. The one piece that really brought this shoot together were the florals; the “wildness” of the bouquet works beautifully with the setting and because the dress is so simple, the bouquet could be a little “louder.” Brides with bouquets like this do not need an extravagant dress or lots of jewelry, it becomes its own accessory and makes for stunning images.

The headpiece plays the same roll, it becomes another accessory and compliments the bouquet nicely and also brings some pretty color around the brides face.

Photography: This Girl Nicole Photography | Videography: Anna Lord Studio | Floral Design: Milieu Florals By Hannah Koo | Wedding Dress : Miss Tashina | Stationery: Blake Design | Hair & Makeup: Designed Elegance By Emily Barton | Desserts: Le Mignon Macaron | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

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.

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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.


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!

Photo Credit: Heidi-O-Photo


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Joyful + Romantic OC Anniversary Session

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes this beautiful Orange County anniversary session captured through the lens of Ashley Kelemen. Five years after saying “I Do,” Caroline, from Lovely Paper Things, and her handsome hubby celebrated their love (and their sweet new addition to the family, Walter) with a joyful and romantic photo shoot. Enjoy all the loveliness here.

From Caroline of Lovely Paper Things… Sometimes I feel like I hit the jackpot. No, really, I’m not sure how it’s even possible to feel this much love, but I know I’m lucky I do. Some people wait their whole lives to find that person who always makes them smile, who propels them to another level of goodness they didn’t even know they had in themselves, and who stands by their side, always. I was lucky I found my love early in life, and it still never ceases to amaze me.

How it’s already been eleven years since we met in high school, and became friends, I don’t even know, but I’m sure happy we did. Some people say your wedding day is the best day of your life. And in so many ways it is, and ours was beyond wonderful; seriously it was a dream come true in every way. We glowed with happiness and so much love for each other; and our friends and enormous family traveled from all over the world, coming together to share in our joy and it concluded with an epic dance party and oodles of giggles. But you know what? I’d say that every day you build you life together, every day you stand up for that person you love, every day you make them smile, and feel loved, those little days, over the years begin to add up. And soon you are celebrating a love that is deeper than what you could have even dreamed of on that amazing day years ago.

And then along came little Walter, who completely exploded our hearts with even more love, kisses and giggles than we knew what to do with. I’m one lucky girl to have this family beside me.

For our fifth wedding anniversary we wanted to do something special. Working in the wedding world, I’m so lucky to have the most amazingly sweet and outstandingly talented friends and so of course it just felt right having them come together to create this beautiful celebration of love. And all I can say was it was magical, and we will never forget it!

Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Dress: Adrianna Papell | Hair & Makeup: 10.11 Makeup Artistry & Hair Styling | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Paper Goods: Lovely Paper Things

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