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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

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!

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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

ONGOING GIVEAWAYS

$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…

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Abbey Malcolm Letterpress + Design
Zola

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!

And WINNERS…

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!

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Blush Pink Wedding at The Athenaeum

Pretty doesn’t even begin to describe the beauty that is this wedding. I’m not sure there is a word which can accurately portray the beautiful bride’s smile, or the pure art from The Little Branch, or the rosy glow of love everpresent in every image from Onelove Photography. It’s the kind of wedding that alludes to all of the best adjectives, but don’t take my word for it, take a look for yourself!

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From the stunning bride… From the beginning, we knew we wanted our wedding to be one fun party for our friends and family, though figuring out everything else was not quite as simple!

We both live in New York City, but wanted to have the wedding in Pasadena, where I grew up. We looked at a number of venues around Los Angeles, but decided on The Athenaeum for its sophisticated yet laid-back and distinctly California feel. We loved the ornate columns, the olive tree-lined walkways, the wood-paneled walls and hand-painted ceilings, all of which added character and charm to our wedding.

Once we found bridesmaids dresses in dusty rose silk chiffon, we decided to make that our color theme, along with gold accents. Our wedding was on the last day of summer and we took full advantage of that! Dusty rose and gold made the venue feel light and airy, and our florist helped tie everything together with peonies, ranunculus, garden roses and other big bloomed florals in shades of muted pink and peach.

Planning from across the country was not easy, though we were able to find some amazing vendors. Our month-of planner, Samantha Sisk, was the best — wedding guests are still gushing about how great she was! Our photographer Jessica from Onelove Photography had an eye for capturing all the little moments we may have missed and our florist, The Little Branch, put so much thought into every detail.

Our wedding was classic, traditional and romantic, but we incorporated a lot of our own personal touches. From our signature cocktail (raspberry mojito– Mike loves raspberries and I love mojitos, so an easy decision) to our gold “Treat Yo Self” garland, we wanted our wedding to feel joyful, fun and like us. And, of course, Etsy came in handy for last minute touches like welcome bag additions, striped straws and customized stickers for our favors.

We owe our thanks to our families, friends and amazing vendors, who all played an important role in creating the best day of our lives.

Photographer: Onelove Photography | Videographer: Anything & Everything Productions | Wedding Planner: Samantha Sisk, La Bella Dia | Flowers: The Little Branch | Cake: Fantasy Frostings | Invitations: William Arthur | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair And Makeup: Grace Lin Professional Makeup Team | DJ: Scott Norris / Coastline Music | Groom's Suit: Paul Stuart | Bride's Dress: Tara Keely Via Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridesmaids' Robes: Just Cottons | Ceremony And Reception: The Athenaeum | Photo Booth: Pink Shutter

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Figs & Gold Wedding Inspiration

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pastel wedding. Like really love. But I also have a big ol’ place in my heart for those dark, romantic hues that seem to be quietly on the rise. I’m talking hues like the deep raspberry red that takes center stage in this inspiration shoot from OneloveWINK! Weddings, and Seed Floral Couture. It’s bursting with rich colored goodness and there’s much more right here!

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From Sara of onelove… WINK! Weddings teamed up with the floral creative wondermakers at Seed Floral to create a luxurious yet rustic romantic shoot inspired by figs and all the deep purple-blacks accented by the sexy pink fig interior and gold tones.

The rich purple figs are exotic and represent royalty, nobility, mystery and wisdom. Purple is eye catching. The deep blackberry blues are associated with thought, spirituality and peace. The delicate pink is cool, feminine and affectionate. The greens are associated with health, renewal, nature and abundance.

The perfect setting at Pasadena’s Historic Castle, The Castle Green. One of Pasadena’s most unique buildings, the Castle Green opened in 1899 and was a lavish resort for easterners and others escaping winter rigors.

Photography: Onelove Photography | Cake: Crumb Fairy Bakery | Invitations: Smitten on Paper | Hair and Makeup: Susie Chhuor | Cake Stand: Casa de Perrin | Coordination & Design: WINK! Weddings | Dress Boutique: The Ivory Suite | Dress Designer: Amy Kuschel | Floral: Seed Floral | Location: Castle Green | Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals | Vintage Car: Classy Chassis

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Bohemian Garden Wedding Inspiration

When we got wind of garden chic wedding inspiration dreamt up by Twah Dougherty of Style-Art-Life and Two B Events, we knew this wouldn’t be your run-of-the-mill styled shoot. No siree! With breathtaking blooms from Fleuri de Di, gorg invitations from Gourmet Invitations and so much more pretty, it’s a full-on swoon fest of all things sweet, sparkly and east-meets-west coast fabulous!

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From Two B Events… When Twah approached me with the idea of a styled shoot, I took one look at her inspiration board and knew that our kindred spirits would have so much fun bringing it to life. The fact that we were bi-coastal actually helped influence the direction of the project: blending a glamorous, gilded era feel with a laid-back, vintage bohemian twist. East coast vision met with West coast interpretation.

We imagined a couple who would want a unique, antique and intimate wedding without having to sacrifice the elegance or sophistication of a more formal affair. The Maxwell House provided the perfect venue, seeped in its own history (built in 1929) but also with a stunning greenery laden courtyard to keep the vibe relaxed instead of stuffy. The gold-rimmed dishes and fluted glassware helped balance the custom vintage Singer dining table, and though the attire was dressy, the bright pops of color in the floral and the bride’s shoes, along with the sparkly medley of the bridesmaids’ dresses proved you could have an outdoor garden wedding that was chic.

We concentrated on a few main dishes that were fresh, locally sourced and purposefully plated, and chose to keep the desserts simple, incorporating bright peony toppers to build in a natural beauty. Overall, it felt like a close group of friends rejoicing over a new marriage, celebrating intentionally, yet still taking place in a refined, polished and genuinely fun way.

Photography: Twah Dougherty Of Style-Art-Life | Event Design: Two B Events | Flowers: Fleuri de Di | Wedding Cake: Matchbox Kitchen | Invitations: Gourmet Invitations | Catering: Valley Brink Road | Gowns & Bridesmaid Dresses: Ruche | Historic Estate: Maxwell House | Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals | Veils, Head Pieaces & Mint Belt: Tessa Kim | White Bow Back Belt: Erin Braun Designs

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