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Romantic Mint + Blush Vineyard Wedding

Mint and blush will forever be a recipe for happiness here on SMP, and today’s version from Michael & Anna Costa Photography might just go down in the books as one of my fave. I’m enamored with the BCBG bridesmaid dresses that pair so perfectly with the Bride’s Lazaro dress from JLM Couture, I adore the hints of pink rose from Bloomers Floral Design scattered throughout and did you see those pink sweetheart table chairs?! Best part? There’s sooo much more in the gallery!


From the beautiful Bride… When Josh and I got engaged in the middle of winter we knew we wanted a summer wedding but didn’t want to wait over a year to get married so we decided to plan a wedding in just 7 months. Thanks to our hands-on families we were able to pull it off. I wanted a small romantic intimate wedding and Josh wanted a big classic party so we chose something in between and it couldn’t have turned out more perfect!

It was love at first site when we visited Lago Giuseppe Cellars. From the vineyard, to the beautiful natural reservoir, to the trees dripping in Spanish Moss, it was the perfect place to make the biggest promise of our lives in front of our family and friends. I knew with the help of my mom we could complement the natural beauty with the romantic touches I was envisioning. Once the venue was booked, myself, Josh, and both of our families hit the ground running to plan our version of an epic wedding!

Josh and I waited until the ceremony to see each other that day. The anticipation and nerves had been building all day, but the moment I saw him standing there with his eyes welled with tears all of it melted away and I wanted to sprint down the aisle into his arms (cheesy, I know!). It was such an overwhelmingly beautiful feeling. We wrote our own vows and Josh’s included a portion in French — mind you he doesn’t speak a word of the language! It was incredibly romantic and utterly shocking, it brought everyone to tears.

After the emotional ceremony, it was time to start celebrating! Josh and I spent hours curating a master list of songs for our guests to enjoy. One of his greatest joys in life is music, so this detail was one of the most important. We were fortunate to find a DJ that understood Josh’s passion in Malik. One of the most memorable events of the evening was Malik mixing Kaskade’s 2012 Coachella live set of Eyes with Ben E. Kings, Stand by Me for our first dance. This took a lot of convincing on my end but it turned out really special and our friends went crazy!

Later in the evening after a delicious dinner and epic speeches given by friends and family, we handed out glow in the dark foam sticks, light up glasses, and cute light up Minnie Mouse ears. The dance floor literally came alive! It was one of the best last minute decisions we made!

Speaking of last minute decisions, we decided two weeks before the wedding to book a videographer and photo booth. Josh went to Lake Tahoe for his bachelor party, and one night I got a phone call at 3 a.m. with him screaming into the phone, “I won money! We can get a videographer and a photo booth!!” I loved how at 3 a.m. he was thinking about how to make my dream come true. Swoon. We lucked out big time in booking Ryan from Satellite Video. We’re obsessed with the video!

Our wedding day was one of the best days of our lives. There is something so special about having everyone you love there to witness you starting your journey together. I am so happy we went with Josh’s desire for a big wedding. The day went off with out a hitch and I couldn’t be more thankful for our kind and generous families.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Videographer: Satellite Weddings | Floral Design: Bloomers Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: BFC Bakery | Bridesmaids Dresses: BCBG | Catering: La Donna Dolce Catering | DJ: Malik Miko Thorne | Grooms Attire: Armani | Photo Booth: Moore Photo Booth | Wedding Venue: Lago Giuseppe Cellars

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San Francisco Hilltop Engagement

In my eyes, Coco Tran can do no wrong. Whether she’s sharing her latest styled shoot or a dreamy boudoir session, there’s no denying the girl’s got skills and this San Fran engagement is certainly no exception. Elizabeth Chang of Skyla Arts beautified the gorgeous Bride-to-be and the gallery is – in a word – perfection.

From Coco TranKyle proposed to Anna on their family vacation in Hawaii and their love story couldn’t be sweeter! They knew each other’s families for years, and one day noticed each other and were inseparable since. It was a perfect day in San Francisco for their engagement photos. We photographed them in San Francisco – a city that they both love and spend a lot of time together in. So excited to photograph them on their wedding day this summer!

Photography: Coco Tran | Makeup & Hair: Elizabeth Chang Of Skyla Arts

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A Whimsical Swan Inspired Wedding Session

As much as I love the ocean and living seaside, there’s no doubt I’m a lake girl at heart. There’s something so peaceful and romantic about the calmness of a lake. So when Closer To Love Photography sent over this lakeside, swan-inspired shoot, I couldn’t wait to sift through the gallery. Graced with Julie Song Ink‘s lovely lettering, Bella Bloom‘s delightful florals and nature encompassing every bit, the whole thing is oh-so-lovely.

From Closer To Love PhotographyThis past weekend I had the extreme delight to work with some of the most talented vendors in Orange County, CA to photograph a stunning Styled Wedding Session inspired by spring, swans, and the beauty of a lakeside romance. This Session took months of planning and the results truly speak for themselves! All pulling together to create a stunning and inspiring display, this creative team of vendors also consisted of a talented designer from Anthropologie whose inspiration was beautifully infused in the design. The spring-inspired color palette was also a perfect blend beside the lake, dock, and nearby fields, adding just the right amount of vibrancy and bliss. We truly hope you consider today’s beautiful Submission for your amazing blog:) If there is any further information needed, I would be more than happy to send details your way!

Photography: Closer To Love Photography | Floral Design: Bella Bloom Floral Design | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Groom's Attire: H&M | Bride's Hair: Nina Hirales | Bride's Make-up: Allie Overholt | Furniture (Tables + Chairs): Finder's Keepers By Rebecca Baker | Hair Accessories: Nicky Teo | Invitation: Julie Song Ink | Park: Yorba Regional Park, California | Wedding Cake/Macarons: Viata Dulce | Wedding Design/Styling: Valeria Kwon

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