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Summer Beach Wedding in Orange County

Here, folks, we have the quintessential fun, colorful summer wedding. Bright florals from Theresa Hoefnagels help set the tone — I imagine just as much as all the kids running around and laughing. (we couldn’t include every adorable kid picture, so take a peek at the full gallery for more flower girl and ring bearer inspiration). So sit back and enjoy some beautiful moments captured by Eliza J. Photography.


From Eliza J. PhotographyWarm wind on sandy skin, flowers blooming in the hot sun, orange soda on a bicycle..what’s not to love? It was the perfect beach wedding for Krystelle and Stephen. Every detail was so well planned out. All the table settings were marked with significant dates in their relationship for people to read and chat about around the dinner table. Children climbing in the the tree house, swinging on swings, eating strawberries and lemonade and dressing up to take a picture at the photo booth! It was truly a day unlike any other and one that we all will remember for forever.

Photography: Eliza J. Photography | Event Planning: Partyologie | Wedding Dress: Jann Nielsen | Foral Design: Theresa Hoefnagels

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Paperwhites Photography + A Discount!

One of my favorite parts about my job here at SMP is getting to swoon over stunning photography day in and day out. And today? I’m totally smitten, because my screen has been graced with images from the amazing Paperwhites Photography.  Combining both portraiture work and a candid documentary style, they’ve created a style that is organic, elegant and seemingly effortless.

Paperwhites Photography is made up of two amazingly talented ladies, Darcy Hemley + Trina Roberts, and the duo have been shooting weddings around the world since 2002. Utilizing a unique array of vintage and professional cameras, they are able to achieve an unparalleled warmth as well as range of tone + texture. Understanding their huge role in a couple’s big day, Darcy + Trina take the time to get to know their clients and gain their trust before capturing one of the most important days in their lives! And the result? Incredible, breathtaking photos that will last the test of time.

Ready to book Paperwhites Photography for your big day? Well, now’s the time, because they’re offering SMP readers $200 off any one of their packages! To redeem, simply mention this post when contacting Paperwhites Photography. 


Autumnal Romance in Southern California

Fall = Romance, in my book. Something about warm colors aligned with the release from unrelenting heat beckons love. Take a look at this bride whose October wedding perfectly captures the feeling with rustic DIY touches, deep blue and orange hues (and succulents for a nice Southwestern touch). Keep scrolling for stunning images from the guys at Studio 7 who were there to document the event.

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From the Bride… October 19, 2012 was an unseasonably warm day in Southern California. It was already sunny and mild when I got to the location at 11am to begin hair and makeup with my mother, sister, future sister in law and best friend. The girls and I hung out and watched “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “Father of the Bride” as we got ready. I started getting that nervous excited feeling as I knew I was about to get to see my soon to be husband for the first time.

Seeing him made me immediately feel calm and at peace; this is what all of the planning was for! I did not hire a wedding planner, I wanted to be involved, and instead had a friend (who does weddings at another local venue) suggest some vendors for me and also manage the actual ‘Day Of’ details. I tried throughout the process to keep it simple and let my vendors do what they do best by standing out of their way, but try as I might, there were still many details to sort out leading up to the ‘big day’. However, from our “first look” on, I forgot about all those details. Everything fell into place and I felt stunned by the beauty of how everything came together. Also, because we kept the bridal party to just family, we had time to hang out and enjoy ourselves, keeping stress to a minimum.

The ceremony was the most special for me. Having my mother walk me down the aisle, to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” brought tears to our eyes. A dear friend performed the ceremony that combined the traditions and values of our two cultures thoughtfully and respectfully. We included the Jewish traditions of the Chuppah and Ketubah, as well as stomping on a glass, and of course we danced the Hora at the reception. A friend of mine read a verse from the old testament and the new, representing the Christian faith of my family. Three of my mother’s friends wrote a song for us, and performed it at dinner, which was a tradition in their family that was a hilarious addition to our night.

The evening was stayed warm enough for all to dance and mingle until it was over. And it was over so quickly! I’m grateful to have these pictures that truly capture our joy.

Photography: Studio 7 | Cinematography: Charles Amante | Event Design: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Flowers: Floral Occasions | Wedding Dress: Blue By Enzoani | Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Shoes: Pelle Moda | Catering: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Hair: Sarah Ramirez From Holiday Salon | Groom Suit: Hickey Freeman | Makeup: Stacey Craven From Smoke And Mirrors | Rentals: Signature Rentals | Tie: Ermenegildo Zegna

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