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SMP California Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Promotion!

One of our favorite ways to spend a Saturday?  A meet and greet with the newest members of our SMP family, aka, those fab vendors that know everything there is to know about bringing the pretty.  So today we’re talking shop with Susan Dunne, a planner extraordinaire that designs and coordinates some of the prettiest affairs you will ever lay your eyes upon. See for yourself (and fall in love) below.

From Weddings by Susan DunneAfter working in the fashion retail industry for several years, my exceptional work ethic and perfectionist nature led me down a path of visual display coordination for a well-known Fortune 500 company. This further ignited my innate passion for design and I began leveraging my professional experience to assist couples in planning one of the most memorable days of their lives. Being part of a couple’s most important day with their friends and loves ones is an unparalleled privilege to me.

I have always had a keen eye for fashion, style and a discriminating taste for food. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be part of the planning process of such a joyous occasion. As a wedding planner, certified by the Associations of Bridal Consultants, my goal is to surpass all expectations while creating an extraordinary event which overflows with elegance, refinement, and sophistication.

We offer full service wedding planning, as well as Day of Coordination.

We all have friends and family that have been affected one way or another by debilitating conditions, illnesses, diseases or catastrophic events. Whether by contributing spare change, volunteering at an event, or just simply spreading the word, every little bit can help raise awareness for a multitude of causes. As a show of our commitment to giving back, 5% of all proceeds will be distributed evenly amongst Autism SpeaksJoslin Diabetes Center and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Any couple who books with Weddings by Susan Dunne by 10.1.2016 and mentions promo code “Style Me Pretty” will receive 20% off their wedding services!

Photography: Katharine Hauschka | Wedding Planner: Susan Dunne | Flowers: Sweet Pea's Custom Florals | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture | Hair Stylist: Kayley Vandenberg | Mansion: Greystone Mansion

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Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, North San Diego + A Giveaway!

If a canopy of palm trees and endless sun are on your Big Day wish list, look no further darlings. Omni La Costa is your one stop shop for not only a beautiful scene, but an incredible planning experience, too. Your dedicated wedding specialist will collaborate with your coordinator to achieve your dream wedding and so much more. We’re counting the ways we love Omni La Costa Resort & Spa and their North San Diego location today!

Whether you’re planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, shower, or celebratory brunch, Omni La Costa will blow you away with their wide variety of accommodations and atmospheres to fit your style and backdrop for any event leading up to your special day.

Pretty impressive right? Those panoramic views get us every time. Also, did you know that when you book your wedding at any Omni Hotels & Resorts property you will receive a complimentary honeymoon stay at one of 14 premier resort destinations? A sweet package that seals the deal for us. Get started here to craft your very own Omni La Costa wedding experience and don’t miss this unbelievable giveaway below!

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Ten couples will win two nights of world-class accommodations at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Package includes:

Two nights at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
Customized amenities
Welcome cocktails and appetizers
Dinner in one of the luxury ballrooms
Your choice of spa/golf/tennis/yoga activity

You will have the opportunity to see a variety of inspirational wedding setups, and meet our wedding specialists and see if Omni La Costa Resort & Spa could be the right venue for your special day!

Leave a comment below by January 31, 2016 and let us know why Omni La Costa is your ideal wedding location for a chance to win!

Please note transportation to and from the resort will not be provided.

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Venue: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

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Elegant Wedding at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

When we first came across Rachel and Tanners wedding on Instagram we just knew that theirs was a story worth sharing. For it’s their sweet collection of love letters that crossed the sea that brought these two pen-pals together, and the rest as they say is history. History complete with one gorgeous ceremony by Amorology that you’re sure to love and thanks to Jonathan Canlas it’s all waiting in THE VAULTP.S. Have an amazing love story with your own. Share with us using #SMPShareYourStory

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From The Bride…Tanner and I met at college and fell in love. Early on in our relationship, I felt strongly that I needed to give back to God and serve as a volunteer missionary for our church. My missionary assignment was for 18 months, giving all time and energy to teaching people about Jesus Christ and doing service. During this time away, Tanner and I wrote emails and letters every week, as phone calls and visits were not possible. We have kept every single note and they are real treasures to us! We both grew up a lot in the time away, and also grew closer togetherness through our letters. When I came home from my mission, we continued dating and we were married within a year. Being wed to my dedicated, honest, caring, goofy, best friend was the happiest day of my life.

Our wedding day was April 25th, 2015, in sunny San Diego. Southern California was in the middle of a drought (and unfortunately still is), but it just so happened to pour rain on our wedding day! We had to adjust all our plans for an outdoor reception. I was really quite sad at first, but then I decided to see the rain as a symbol of the outpouring of love we felt from our family, friends, and God.

And our wedding day reflected that love! We couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of my mother and our amazing, sweetheart wedding planner, Heather Balliet with her team at Amorology. I wanted our guests to eat well, enjoy good company, and dance like crazy. We spent a lot of time with the staff at The Inn at Rancho Fe, perfecting the menu. I also felt the need to capture the moment. We had Amorology make an escort table covered in florals, where guests exchanged their escort card with a Polaroid photo and written note on the bottom. Everything that day was a wonderful mix of elements- elegance, blush florals, dusty blue and gold accents, romance, twinkly lights, comfort, and fresh rain. Even with the storm, it was the most magical day!

Now that it’s all over, what I have left to remember the day is our photos. Thank you, thank you Jonathan Canlas!! Aside from his incredible photography skills, he is genuine, kind, and freaking hilarious. (And somehow crowd control and direction comes very naturally to him.) Jon puts his whole, great big heart into his photography and it is apparent in each photo. I had total trust and confidence in him! His photos of the day captured the feeling of love and joy. They tell the story behind relationships and friendships that I want to remember forever. It was the happiest, most beautiful day and I’m so grateful.

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Photography: Jonathan Canlas | Cinematography: Kavin Lindgren | Event Planning: Amorology | Floral Design: L & S Design Co. | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Cake: VGs Donut & Bakery | Stationery: Bandit Press | Reception Venue: The Inn At Rancho Santa Fe | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Favors: Sweet Lydias | Wedding Venue: San Diego LDS Temple | Bridal Boutique: Alta Moda | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Rentals + Decor: Hostess Haven

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