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Cultural Wedding at Ambassador Mansion & Gardens

Ok, seriously, this wedding might just eat up the rest of your day. In the best possible way of course. Because it totally had me in a trance for more time than I care to admit. It’s two absolutely breathtaking celebrations of this gorgeous couples’ union captured by Adrienne Gunde, and when I say this wedding has moved to the tippy top of my favorites list, I am dead serious. See why here.

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From the Bride…After Nevin proposed to me atop Hampstead Heath overlooking the city of London, we began thinking about what type of wedding we wanted to have. We knew we wanted to include aspects of both of our cultures (Indian and British/American), while making sure that it was a fun and memorable event for the guests. We had both a Hindu ceremony and a secular wedding ceremony. After making the decision to have two ceremonies, our theme developed into a merging of the two cultures into one fun-filled day of celebrating. We chose elephants as a motif, as Nevin rode into the Hindu ceremony on an elephant. To that end, we included elephant salt and pepper shakers and elephant escort card holders. We also wanted to incorporate the bright colors of Indian weddings throughout the entire day, so we had bright florals and bright menus and programs.

We had two meals: an English tea, complete with scones and tea sandwiches, and an Indian buffet dinner. Overall, we had an amazing day that we felt reflected our cultures and our personalities perfectly!

Photographer: Adrienne Gunde | Photography: Adrienne Gunde | Videographer: FlyFeNniX Productions | Floral Design: The Little Branch | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Hair And Makeup: Chiali Meng | DJ: Sound Nation | Cake And Desserts: Bittersweet Treats | Catering, Party Rentals, And Day-of Coordinators: Event Professionals | Catering, Party Rentals, And Day-of Coordinators: Event Professionals | Ceremony And Reception: Ambassador Mansion & Gardens | Elephant: Have Trunk Will Travel | Mandap Rental: Krushna Mandap

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Dreamy Bridal Boudoir Shoot

We don’t often get the chance to feature boudoir shoots on SMP, but when we come across one that is beautifully captured and styled like this one from Carmen Santorelli Photography and Poppy And Plum Events we simply can’t wait to get up on your screen. It’s dreamy, elegant and intimate, and wonderful inspiration for those of you planning to capture something similar. See even more here.

From Carmen Santorelli PhotographyWe created this lovely bridal boudoir shoot to hopefully provide some visual inspiration to the brides who are considering doing a boudoir photoshoot either on the day of their wedding, or even in the days leading to their big day. Although it may not be for every bride, a boudoir shoot can be a beautiful part of the collection of their wedding images! It can also make an artistic and intimate gift for their partner. We can’t think of a better way of honoring a woman’s body, and we hope you find our ideas inspiring.

From Ashley of Poppy & Plum: Carmen and I decided to collaborate on creating a dreamy, intimate, beautiful bridal boudoir shoot. We wanted to have this feeling of vintage beauty and so we used a Fine and Fleurie lace robe as inspiration to create a dream world around our bride. We started with location…somewhere woodsy and natural that would complement our brides’ beauty. We added stunning vintage pieces from Toast Party Rentals to create a feeling of intimacy and seclusion. For the florals we really wanted a pop of vibrant color to stand out from the neutral tones. We created her floral headpiece and a small nosegay bouquet for her to hold onto which really brought out her beautiful eyes and the gorgeous makeup. Bridal Boudoir Shoots are great to have before the wedding. They are soft, intimate moments of beauty that can be shared with your groom to be.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography | Bridal Sash: Tulip Bridal | Furniture : Toast Party Rentals | Lace Robe: Fine + Fleurie | Makeup + Hair: She's So Makeup | Styling + Floral Design: Poppy And Plum Events

Carmen Santorelli Photography and Toast Party Rentals are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Old Town Pasadena Engagement + WIUP

At the end of the day, it’s all about the love. The forever and ever, let’s grow old together love that remains well after the wedding day comes and goes. So rounding out the week with one ridiculously adorable engagement? Well, it only seems right. Have a peek at all the captures from Carolly Photography, and scroll below for reminders, discounts and lucky duck winners! Happy weekend!


From Carolly Photography… I had the pleasure of meeting my husband’s childhood friend, James, who recently got engaged to my friend, Tina. My first thought upon meeting Tina was, wow, she has great style. I had the same reaction when I met James. Just look at the outfits and shoes they picked out for their engagement session!

As we transition from winter to spring, this photoshoot has elements of both the nippy air and the slightest bloom of spring’s first flowers. The couple wanted a DIY shoot outdoors with a forest-like backdrop for a romantic setting. Both James and Tina learned how to play the ukulele together, so it was meaningful for them to have their ukuleles as part of the shoot.

We found a park in Los Angeles that was perfect for us. For their wardrobe, James and Tina picked colors to suit the setting, with a bit of understated vintage that reflected their own personal styles. I fell in love with Tina’s pink lace dress and her Anthropologie collar necklace. James complemented her perfectly with his tweed jacket and worn leather boots. Tina wanted to incorporate a flower crown she made herself that represented one of her wedding colors. She wore it well!

We bought stems of wild flowers and placed them into old mason jars on top of an Acacia wood plate purchased from Crate and Barrel (great registry item btw!). The chalkboards were from JoAnn’s fabrics, and since I was learning calligraphy at the time I created an invitation suite using my new skills as a calligrapher. Then, they serenaded each other with their talented ukulele playing and I enjoyed a mini concert during the shoot.

Toward the evening we headed over to Old Town Pasadena where James and Tina transitioned into a more urban clothing to fit the scene. The pop of red from Tina’s coat just made this whole shoot as vibrant as the city itself.

Photography: Carolly Photography | Makeup And Hair: Jen Tsui Makeup


$250 credit to Wedding Paper Divas
Free Fabric Swatch from Weddington Way
$400 gift certificate towards stationery from Appy Couple
Honeymoon Funds from Traveler’s Joy
$500 credit towards bridesmaids dresses on Brideside.
$250 credit towards Fatty Sunday’s pretzels
$500 merchandise credit from Noritake
A free print sample from Whimsical Prints!
A set of flashcards from Learn to Speak Weddings

This week’s DISCOUNTS…

Abbey Malcolm Letterpress + Design

For our California brides… Discounts from Evangeline PhotographyJonathan Young Weddings and Dr. Diaz.

For our Midwest brides… A discount from reStyled Vintage Rentals.

For our New England Brides… A discount from Aster B. Flowers

For our Tri-State brides…Don’t forget to enter to win Photography + Videography Collection from NST Pictures and discounts from Femina Photo + DesignNY Smile Specialists and HowAboutWe for Couples PLUS don’t miss Gabriella New York’s Winter Sample Sale!


Congratulations Jaqueline Taylor Griffin for winning the Joanna August bridesmaid dress giveaway! And congrats to Sofia Briley who won $500 credit towards bridesmaids dresses on Brideside.

A big congratulations to Shirley Huang, Christine Antoine, Marnay Harris, Kelsey Wilburn and Natalie Briggs who are the  FIVE winners of the  Vera Wang Papers giveaway!

Gabriella New York Bridal Salon is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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