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San Diego Wedding Party Bridal Show+ A Special Offer!

Bridal shows are the ultimate when it comes to gathering ideas + inspiration for your big day;  especially when the event is as fabulous as the San Diego Wedding Party Bridal Show coming up on Sunday, May 4, 2014! And get this, tickets for SMP readers are FREE! Be sure not to miss this event, lovelies! 

Held at the chic new Vintana at the Centre, this upscale show has it all. Chock full of the best venders in CA, the event offers couples cake tastings, amazing cuisine from top caterers, cocktails, an expert beauty lounge, a bridal marketplace and even incredible fashion shows featuring dresses by Val Stefani and Moonlight bridal collections! Four lucky brides will win a Bridal Backstage Pass contest to get styled by one of the shows amazing guest stylists and walk the runway in one of the fashion shows! Taking over three floors, the San Diego Wedding Party Bridal Show will make planning your big day easy and stress-free!

Top it all off with presentations from guest stylists Fiori Couture, Casual Loves Elegance, CBS Lifestylist and Brilliant Event Design, who will create stunning bridal looks! Brides can even check out the ‘Meet the Stylists Showcase’ to chat with the professionals and see how they work! Sounds pretty fabulous, right!? Head over here to claim your two FREE tickets ($40 value) to the incredible San Diego Wedding Party Bridal Show. There are also VIP tickets available with front row seating for the runway show and a swag bag worth $150 (to purchase head over here). Happy planning, lovelies!


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Vibrant Orange and Red Wedding at The Parker Palm Springs

Palm Springs is home to some of the prettiest weddings you will ever lay your eyes upon.  But when you combine the fabulous stylings of Jennifer J Designs with a crazy cool Parker Palm Springs setting and a retro meets modern vibe, it’s a little more than pretty… it’s all sorts of awesome.  Think vibrant orange + red hues meets a seriously stylish bride and groom.  See it all captured by Megan Welker right here.


From Jennifer J Designs… This was one of my favorite weddings to date. This weekend wedding provided a setting and ambiance that this party going couple yearned for. They are young, fresh, and beyound cool. Their jet setting lifestyle led them to wanting to provide their family and friends with a fun weekend full of visual surprises and upscale indulgences. What better venue than the Parker with the architectural interests and winding pathways leading to quirky courtyards and hidden hammocks. This property has hosted Hollywood’s finest through the years and provided fun elements such as random lemonade stands serving spiked cocktails and a friendly staff always hiding around the corner waiting for vacation requests.

Maggie and Jon wanted to keep with the venues style and have the wedding decor trendy with a retro flair and keep with the falls color pallete of sunset tones and earthy elements. Maggie is not you average bride, I would have to say she exhales a coolness and calmness that any wedding planner would die to have. So I was thrilled to have her be the first bride to carry our first Bull Horn Bouquet. I teamed up with the fabulous Tessa Robison to create a living bouqet that would set my bride apart from the rest. We used gorgeous sunset tones of fresia and orchids with a fabulous array of airplants that we set into a real bull horn!

The ceremony site was on the croquet lawn where we created an ombre effect in sunset tones with rose petals and used hanging orbs filled with matching blooms to create a centerpiece that reflected the style of the wedding (modern retro). The table decor was set on top of sunset toned chevron and eyecat runners with modern white vases plugged with single blooms in matching tones. To reflect the couples’ traveling lifestyle, I was inspired by vintage Pan Am advertisements and recreated each table to be a country they have traveled around the world. Megan Welker was able to catch these details with a modern eye and whimsical points of view.

“The Tear Jerker”- One of the best parts of this wedding did not lie in the decor, venue, or even dress, but the bride was very persistant to make a live video chat with the groom’s two best friends that were out of the country and overseas not able to make the wedding. She wanted it to be a surprise to the groom which took much planning and permission to make happen. The groom was completely surprised by the live musical performance and very comedic speech his boys gave via Skype. The groom was thrilled to tears and the whole entire room felt the emotions that this video evoked.

After dinner, the room transformed into a night club enviroment with one of the best DJ’s in Southern California and dancing crowd thrilled to be loving and laughing together. The weekend ended with a brunch hosted by the bride and groom the following morning at one of the historical villas on Site.

Photography: Megan Welker Photography | Bride's Shoes: Charlotte Olympia | DJ: Gabe Vega | Groom's Suit: Paul Smith | Bridal Horn Bouquet Design: Jennifer J Designs + Tess-made | Dress : Jorge Manuel | Event Planning And Design + Floral Design: Jennifer J Designs | Groom's Belt: Prada | Print Work & Escort Cards: PaperJems | Print Work and Guestbook: Jen Johnson | Venue: The Parker Palm Springs

Wedding Al Fresco at Rancho del Cielo

We love Al Fresco weddings so much, we dedicated an entire chapter of our first book to them! There is simply an ease to an outdoor celebration – that feels more akin to a dinner party & that welcomes guests to down the champagne and kick off their heels – that we can’t get enough of. And this one, with photographs from Nate & Amanda Driver, is laidback lovely defined. More here!

Al Fresco

From the Bride… I am from a small town in New Jersey. When I moved to the west coast to attend Pepperdine University, I fell in love with a local boy! Eric, from Thousand Oaks, California, and I met while studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany during our sophomore year at Pepperdine. When Eric proposed to me in October of 2012, we had to decide to have the wedding in California or New Jersey. Together with our parents, we decided to marry on the west coast making our wedding a destination wedding for about half of our guests. We decided to hold our wedding ceremony at our beloved alma mater, Pepperdine University. Our reception was held nearby atop a cliff overlooking the Malibu coast which was a dream come true! My dad’s one request with the venue was to see the coast. Wish granted!

The things that are important to us are each other, our families, and our faith. To honor these things, Eric’s lifetime Pastor conducted our ceremony and my grandparents gave a prayer during the wedding. We had all of our siblings in the bridal party (I am the oldest of six- three adopted brothers and two biological sisters; Eric has a sister and a brother in law). We had our siblings stand on our respective sides during the ceremony to symbolize their importance in our lives.

This wedding was particularly unique because my mom planned the wedding with me from afar! Thanks to technology, we planned together from opposite sides of the country. The fact that she was 3,000 miles away didn’t stop us! My mom actually found the reception venue online. When we visited Rancho del Cielo Malibu, we knew it was the place for us. It matched the rustic elegance we have been dreaming of. My mom also (remotely) chose the florists, the dessert vendor, and most of the etsy vendors we used!

Desiring an intimate wedding, we had around 150 guests. After the ceremony at Pepperdine, guests were shuttled up to the remote Rancho del Cielo adding to the suspense and magic of the day. Once the guests arrived they were greeted by cocktails and wine celebrating both of our homes (“Cranford FireFly” and “Malibu Sunshine”). Dinner was served family style in order to create community at the tables. Based on what we heard, the guests enjoyed the style of dining. Morose Catering did an outstanding job!

One of our favorite personal touches from the wedding was the seating card that doubled as a favor. We had a vendor from Etsy design vintage spoons with the words of our choice (faith, hope, love , and adore) to display as both the place card and the favor. My brother and I painted the board and nailed in all of the nails just a week or so before the wedding. Other favorite touches include the dreamy dessert table from Sweet and Saucy and the floral swag draping our sweetheart table.

We had the napkins custom ordered from a napkin vendor on Etsy. We selected the colors to match the vision and add a whimsical pop of color to the tables. We also had the table runners ordered from an Etsy vendor in order to get the creamy burlap in order to create a rustic elegant feel. We wanted to make the fireplace area cozy so we hung the small lanterns and brought candle pillars from Pottery Barn. I also brought many of my own succulents in order to soften the space and add some more personal touches. The “just married” and “eat drink and be married” buntings were a custom order from Etsy’s “Have a Banner Day.” She designed them (and hand delivered!) in order to match our color palette and complete our rustic elegant look.

We had our guests sign a stone rather than a traditional guestbook. We love our “rock box” that is now proudly displayed on our coffee table. The signing of rocks allows the stones to be more present in our home than perhaps a traditional guestbook would be. My mom wrote on her stone “July 26- a day heaven and earth met.” I’ll always treasure that sweet phrase!

Our wedding was a dream! Great new husband, great family, great weather, great venue, great etsy vendors. Tami McKelvy, our wedding coordinator, made our wedding run perfectly. We feel blessed beyond belief and smile every single time we think back on that glorious day.

Photography: Nate & Amanda Driver | Videography: David Chang | Dress: Demetrios | Ceremony Venue: Pepperdine University Stauffer Chapel | Reception Venue: Rancho del Cielo Malibu | Catering: Monrose Catering | Make Up: Melissa Matthews | Hair: Karizma Hair Studio | Dessert: Sweet and Saucy Shop | Floral: The Poppy Studio | Rentals: Smart Party Rentals | Wedding Coodinator: Tami McKelvy