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Los Angeles Estate Garden Wedding

From a ukelele serenaded proposal to a vintage secret garden-inspired soiree that took place at the Groom’s childhood home, this L.A. affair is enchanting to say the least. Designed by the ultimate DIY Bride and now owner of House Of Hartt, every inch of detailing was hand selected and chosen with love. For even more, head to the pretty gallery from The Youngrens!

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From the beautiful Bride… Josh and I met on eHarmony, myself, I had only been on there for two weeks, so luckily I didn’t have to go through a slew of bad dates before finding Josh. Just 6 months in we went on our first vacation in Kauai, and by then I already knew he was the one. 3 years from our very first date we found ourselves back in Kauai again for our annual summer vacation, but this time it was different. Josh had purchased a new camera that he had been filming me do almost everything on, including eating and walking, so when he decided to leave the camera rolling overnight to “catch the sunrise” I didn’t question his motives. The next morning on our 3 year anniversary he woke me at 6:30 by opening the wall of curtains revealing the brightest ocean view. I immediately rolled over trying to go back to sleep. He finally was able to coax me to come to the edge of the bed, just barely awake he begins to serenade me with his ukulele (not unusual by the way). I start noticing though this time his voice is shaking, he actually seemed nervous which is not the norm. After finishing up 1,2,3,4 by Plain White Tees and a couple restarts of the song, he gets down on one knee and asks the question I had been waiting to hear almost 2 1/2 years ago! To make it even more perfect he surprised me with a serenade at our wedding! Which I was completely blown away by! He sings in front of me all the time, but never in front of an audience – an audience turns him a bit shy and bashful. But not on the day of our wedding! He was so confident and charming. He chose the song Stuck on You by Lionel Richie, which was a perfect song given I did feel like I had waited so long to become his Mrs.. It was perfect, right out of a movie.

As far as choosing our venue, we had quite the adventure! We first forfeited our deposit on the original venue we had booked. A few weeks in we had realized we had gotten ourselves into a very expensive situation and decided to cut our losses and move on. And although we did have a tight budget I didn’t want to compromise the elegance and warmth of the wedding I had envisioned in my head. I knew that if we could just find the right place we could make it our own and DIY it! After looking at almost every venue in Los Angeles and Ventura county, we revisited a thought we had in the very beginning, having it at Josh’s moms house – the very house he grew up in. Aesthetically it was everything I wanted anyways: lush gardens, mature trees hanging over you, organic and intimate, like you had just entered into a secret garden. The only reason we had veered away in the beginning was because it would have forced us to cut our guest list in half. But, it ended up being worth it, and I think ultimately it was meant to be. We had an intimate wedding of about 75 of all of our closest friends and family and a FREE venue! Plus the fact that Josh grew up in the house and that we of course go to his moms house all the time is a huge bonus! We get to stand in the very spot we got married in as often as we like.

The inspiration for the wedding from the very beginning was ‘vintage secret garden’. I didn’t want anything too forced, too formal, too matchy-matchy and definitely as far away from the typical ballroom or wedding hall. I wanted it to look like we just had all these things inside of our house, old family heirlooms, tapestries and mismatched crystal vases, things we had had for years, that we just sort of threw together at the very last minute to create an inviting, beautiful and mystical space. Of course, that wasn’t the case at all. The reality is I went on a hunt for about 8 months through every salvation army, good will store, antique store and craigslist ad to collect almost every single piece by hand. And just to make it even more esthetically fun, we had all of our guests dress to the nines in black tie attire. It was formal and informal all at the same time. I absolutely loved creating this space so much so it inspired me to continue sharing this experience through House of Hartt Rentals & Design, a boutique vintage rental and design company.

Photography: The Youngrens | Videography: Grover House | Floral Design: Kitchen 12000 | Wedding Dress: Pronovias Barcelona | Cake: A Sweet Design | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Kitchen 12000 | Makeup Artist: Liciouss Maquillage | Hair: Dreamcatcher Artistry | Lighting: Pacific Coast Lighting | DJ: DJ Tru | Grooms Attire: The Groom's Valet | Coordination: Orange Dove Events | Gown Boutique: Pebbles Bridal | Groomsmen Attire: The Groom's Valet | Rental & Design Company: House Of Hartt Rentals & Design | Rentals: Party Works | Venue: Private Estate

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Late Summer Romance in Santa Barbara

Romance is a given when it comes to weddings, but lace draped tables, wine and garden roses definitely ups the ante. This recipe crafted by SR Hogue and Soigne Productions makes for the most romantic of outdoor affairs. Just add Anna Costa behind the lens and that al fresco affair turns into one crazy gorgeous collection of photographs. Click here for more.

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From Michael & Anna Costa Photography….Libras can be described as indecisive, but when this Libra couple (born on the same day in October) saw their wedding venue on a rainy February day, they knew immediately this was the perfect spot for their late summer Santa Barbara wedding. Mike, having grown up in Santa Barbara, introduced Krista to this beautiful coastal city during weekend road trips to visit his family and friends – a short distance from Los Angeles, where the couple resides.

It was important to Krista and Mike that their love of music, artistic sense and love of family and friends be woven into their wedding day. Starting with photos for their Save the Date, Krista’s younger brother snapped images of the couple around the Silver Lake neighborhood where they fell in love several years earlier. Krista worked with her parents to create the wedding invites, menu cards, and programs which all incorporated hand drawn images from her dad and copy drafted by her mom. Mike’s sister baked their delicious four-tier wedding cake and Mike music directed the entire event. He selected each song for keyboard (played by a special family friend), the lower courtyard reception play list, and worked with their close friend Charlie Cole who is the lead singer of the band Famous For Nothing, for live reception music. The biggest surprise of the night for Krista was when Mike jumped on stage and played guitar with the band, which had the entire wedding rocking for the remainder of the night.

The couple had a grand exit, hugging and kissing their guests good-bye as everyone waved streamers and rang bells. Krista and Mike were peddled away on a bicycle Pedi cab into the streets of downtown Santa Barbara.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Floral Design: SR Hogue | Catering: Pure Joy | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Coordination: Soigne Productions | Hair & Make-Up: La Rouge | Rentals: Ventura Party Rentals | Transportation: Santa Barbara Pedicab | Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

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Glitzy Backyard Bash in the Santa Ynez Valley

A little glitz, a healthy dose of glamour, a bit of boho and a whole lot of love – this backyard beauty from Jillian Rose Photography is overflowing with everything we love about SMP weddings and more. Carefully curated by Tenley Erin Young, this gallery will have your pin boards exploding with pretty. 

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From The Bride..Being a floral and event designer, I have the luxury of finding out what a my clients’ dream wedding looks like and taking it from there. But when I got engaged, the first thing I thought was, how on earth am I going to pick just one style?? There are so many incredible options, I knew I couldn’t pick just one – so I thought of everything that encompassed Parker and me and mashed up each of our styles into one big explosion of color and style.

Parker asked me to marry him on a sailboat in Maine, so his anchor socks were very apropos. I love that his groomswoman decided to match the boys’ oxfords. I let my bridesmaids pick something I knew they could wear again and wanted an eclectic yet complementary collection of glamorous colors, textures, and patterns. Between Adrianna Papell, Jenny Yoo, and Xscape,they definitely made it happen. Because I’m a bit of a bohemian, I had to include moccasins somewhere, so we had all the kids in Minnetonkas (I actually changed into a pair later that night!).

We chose the courthouse because we met in Santa Barbara and the Mural Room is just so gorgeous. The majority of our guests were coming from out of town so we figured we’d give them a mini glimpse into our lives, starting out in Santa Barbara then heading out to wine country where we had just moved. It was very important to us for everyone to feel like they were at home, which is why we decided to have the reception at our house.

Having the opportunity to work with so many amazing local vendors over the last few years, there was no question who I wanted to entrust with our wedding needs. The best advice I can give to any bride is to find someone you connect with, hire them immediately, and let them take your inspiration and run with it. I told everyone our colors, the variety of themes we were going for, and how we wanted our guests to feel and let them take it from there.

I wasn’t sure where to start in terms of design. Our styles are super eclectic so I wanted to incorporate vintage, americana, bohemian, and glam and did a combo of antique furniture, leather and sequin pillows and linens, animal prints, metallic paper lanterns, tinsel, and the brightest flower combos I could think of. I wanted the reception to feel like a giant party, so I went as loud as I could go in terms if color and design.

I don’t know where I would be without our photographer, Jillian. I had a feeling the day would fly by and I would miss so much and knew that she would capture it all beautifully and she did. I can’t get over these photos, I feel like I’m looking at a wonderful dream when I look through them. She caught every single moment and documented every single detail and I can’t recommend her enough!

Omni Catering absolutely nailed it with the “elevated comfort food” we wanted. Parker and I love food and entertaining and we wanted our guests to just relax and make themselves at home. I happen to be addicted to Mac n’ Cheese so they came up with a Mac n’ Cheese bar (complete with bacon, gorgonzola, and crispy onions). Parker loves seafood, so we had ceviche shooters, oysters on the half shell, and ahi tartar in wonton chips. Couple all that with a trio of sliders, amazing salads, and tray passed hors d’oeuvres after a gorgeous antipasto welcome station and everyone is still raving about the food. We wanted everyone to graze, so we had an all evening cocktail hour – no rules, no agenda.

I’ve known Heather with Sweet Spils my entire life and was so thrilled she wanted to be a part of our day (I may have nudged her in our direction). She called to ask what we wanted and I told her I to do whatever she thought represented us. Not only were they gorgeous and one of a kind, but they were beyond delicious.

I also happen to be a big fan of champagne so what better way to celebrate than with a bubbly bar?! I’ve been collecting vintage champagne coupes for the last couple years so I paired those with crystal decanters and vintage liquor inspired tags from Bad Leroy Creations to label the juices.

I tend to go overboard on most things in life, so the DIY list is too long. So unless you have a staff of 20 at your beck and call, just hire someone to do it (seriously!). Parker’s last name is Hardt, so I had to incorporate that. I found a super cool geometric heart online and used that as our logo throughout the wedding. I sewed the leather pillows, painted and hung the paper lanterns, made tassels and fringe, cut out the big wooden heart and covered it with glitter, painted the mason jars in a variety of metallic paints, and collaborated with Meg at Sweet Carolina Collective on all the wooden menus and signage.

The passion from every single person involved in our wedding is still beyond my comprehension. Up until the day of I kept thinking we should’ve just eloped. But as soon as I walked into our backyard and saw every single person we love and the whole vision come to life I knew that it was all worth it. I really wish we could do it all again.

Photography: Jillian Rose Photography | Videography: Thomas Flinchbaugh Videographers | Event Design: Tenley Erin Young | Floral Design: Tenley Erin Young | Cakes: Sweet Spils | Invitations: Tenley Erin Young | Ceremony: Santa Barbara Courthouse | Reception Venue: Our House In Solvang, CA | Bride's Shoes: Joe's Jeans | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | DJ: Elite Disc Jockeys | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Groomsmen's Ties: Banana Republic | Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bride's Jewelry: Coast 2 Coast Collection | Candy: Candy Warehouse | Catering : Omni Catering | Chinese Lanterns & Decor: Tenley Erin Young | Coordination: Magnolia Event Design | Custom Napkins And Straws: For Your Party | Custom Stamps: Creatiate | Decanter Labels: Bad Leroy Creations | Flower Girl Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Geometric Heart Template: MW Ekster | Kids' Shoes: Minnetonka Moccasins | Lighting And Chandeliers: Bella Vista Designs | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Make Up : Dreamcatcher Artistry | Paper: Paper Source | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Sweet Beginnings | Rentals: Scout Rental Co. | Ringbearer/dog Bowties: The Splendid Bow | Signage: Sweet Carolina Collective | Trailer : Milk & Honey Farm | Transportation: Beach City Transportation | Wine: Proulx Winery

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