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La Jolla Beach Anniversary Session

Ever wonder what happens when a pair of photographers photographs another photographer? It’s usually really, really good even if it is a mouthful. And if you want proof, then spend a moment devouring this anniversary shoot from Orange Photographie, as she spent a day snapping fellow photog Michelle Cross and her husband Colton. Pure magic. And so much more here.

From Orange PhotographieWe love to connect with photographers and make new friends when we travel. On this particular trip, we drove up the coast of California, starting in the San Diego area, where we met up with the beautiful Michelle Cross and her husband, Colton. Michelle is a very talented wedding photographer, and it was such fun to photograph a photographer, especially for their anniversary session!

We met up with this beautiful pair on a gorgeous evening in La Jolla (is there ever an evening that is NOT gorgeous in La Jolla?!?) and walked along the rocks and cliffs, enjoying getting to know each other and laughing when the waves got a little too close for comfort! We loved Michelle and Colton’s styled – it was a bit of New England preppy combined with California relaxed. It worked perfectly for the setting. And I’m always a sucker for navy and white stripes!

Anniversary sessions are so special. We believe they are a powerful visual reminder of the love that you share and your continual commitment to your other half. The time leading up to marriage is so full of excitement and change, but once you are on the other side of the wedding, it’s easy to get caught up in busy lives and be pulled in different directions. Remaining head-over-heels in love with your other half is a constant choice, and one that should be celebrated. What better way than through photos?

Photography: Orange Photographie

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SMP Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Giveaway!

Summer weekends — is there anything better?! To start this one off right, we’re introducing you all to a fabulous new advertiser to join to SMP family: La Jolla Cove Suites. Named a Top 5 Wedding Venue in San Diego for three years in a row, this stunning hotel offers incredible ocean views that will have your guests swooning.

Overlooking famous La Jolla Cove, this beachfront hotel’s rooftop terrace is perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 225 guests! Offering couples incredible catering by The Abbey Catering & Event Design Company, guest rooms, suites and vacation rentals for guests, top-notch customer service and breathtaking views, La Jolla Cove Suites is a must-see locale. For more information and tons of inspiration, check them out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


The Prize: One lucky couple will win a 1-night stay in a deluxe ocean view suite at the La Jolla Cove Suites featuring a private balcony with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the southern California coastline. ($399 value!) Stay includes a complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi and a one hour bike rental for two. Advance reservations required, based on availability only, black-out dates apply.

To Enter: Comment on this post with why you want to explore the La Jolla Cove Suites. One winner, selected completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on June 26th!  For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck!

Photo Credit: Heidi-O-Photo


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Romantic Loft Wedding Inspiration

I’m a big fan of loft spaces; I dream of living in one of my own someday and hosting fabulous parties there. And I now know that at least one of those celebrations will take its cues from this romantic, chic shoot by Morgan Lamkin. With stunning rentals from Found Vintage Rentals and beautiful blooms by Modern Bouquet, I’m loving every single shot. See them all gathered in one gorgeous gallery right here.


From Morgan Lamkin… I have always wanted to photograph inside a beautiful loft wedding venue. For awhile now, I had been planning to do a styled shoot inside of Luce Loft in downtown San Diego. I teamed up with Christy from To La Lune and she helped create this amazing look. The textured concrete walls created the perfect backdrop against the natural wood table, cream chairs, gold details and organic florals. The pillar candles really helped accent the space with a romantic feel. The makeup and hair was kept fresh and simple to not distract from the gorgeous Twigs & Honey headpiece and lace Chaviano Couture gown.

Photography: Morgan Lamkin | Event Stylist: To La Lune | Floral Design: Modern Bouquet | Dress: Chaviano Couture | Hair & Makeup: 1011 Makeup | Wedding Venue: Luce Loft | Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Veil & Headpiece: Twigs & Honey

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Pink San Diego Wedding at The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier

When the dream wedding you envisioned as a little girl comes true, no word better describes the moment than “magical.” In the hands of Dandy & Fine Parties, this San Diego bride got everything she wished for, from an open-air venue with scenic views of the city to gorgeous floral arrangements from Modern Bouquet. See all the beautiful details captured by Petula Pea Photography in the full gallery right here.


From the beautiful Bride… I had this vision of my wedding from the time I was a little girl. It may have been the numerous times I watched Father Of The Bride, or the countless hopeless romantic movies I stuck in my VHS player and continually pushed rewind on. But that vision never really altered over the years. 

It was going to be outside, under the starts with lights, a plethora of flowers, and everyone we loved in one space. And the minute I decided to hire on the talented girls from Dandy & Fine Parties, I had no doubt this vision would come to life. 

There is this one distinct beautiful moment I remember on my wedding day, after all in 3 seconds the wedding was done! At that moment I looked up at the sky, with my hands up, this was it, this was the beautiful moment I had been waiting for, and thanks to the most talented, devoted, and passionate team of vendors, that vision that I held so tightly as a little girl, came to life. 

When we chose our venue, we wanted one big open space. Imagine the fear in everyone’s eyes when we brought them to a flat piece of concrete by the water. For us, it was more then just a flat piece of concrete, for us, it truly represented our love story and everything we wanted in one space. 

When you stand outside on that flat piece of concrete, to the left you see the USS Midway, that is where my husband’s grandfather was stationed. Then beyond you see Coronado one of our favorite little beach side communities in San Diego. And behind? You see downtown, that is where we met. Imagine once space where you can see almost of all of San Diego. That was our perfect spot. 

When I told the gals at Dandy & Fine what I envisioned, it was one big party with all our friends and family in once space. No time constraints, no stress, just a HUGE party! And that it was! From the beautiful handmade, hand-beaded altar to the lush and gorgeous flowers from Modern Bouquet, which all transformed the blank concrete space into the most magical evening I have ever had, the girls at Dandy & Fine and the talented vendors behind them saw much more then just a concrete space — they saw a little girl’s vision for her dream wedding. 

We wanted everyone to truly experience our favorite parts of San Diego, so we decided on tacos for the cuisine! We had an acoustic guitar player who turned into a DJ, singing some of our favorite songs and creating the most magical ambiance. Every single detail was handmade with love and passion, and the night truly was one big party celebrating our love.

Photography: Petula Pea Photography | Videography: Double Z Productions | Floral Design: Modern Bouquet | Cupcakes: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company | Wedding Venue: The Port Pavilion On Broadway Pier | DJ / Acoustic Guitar: Collin Elliot, Still Listening Productions | Day of Coordination: WED | Taco Catering: El Tapatío Catering | Vintage Rentals: Adore Folklore | Wedding Design: Dandy & Fine Parties

Rime Arodaky + A Giveaway!

Honeymoons are awesome; there’s no doubt about that.  But a honeymoon spent rockin’ Rime Arodaky’s chic new line, “La malle de la mariée” (“The Bride’s Suitcase”)?  Even better.  Imagine a boho meets California-inspired collection of delicate lace cover-ups, fab swimwear and beautiful dresses in some of the richest fabrics you will ever lay your eyes upon.  This is honeymooning in style, loves.

From beautiful white and blush hues to delicate French lace, each and every piece in the “La malle de la mariée” line is pure fashion magic.  Think fresh and flowy frocks perfect for your rehearsal dinner, going away brunch and honeymoon, all designed by one of the world’s leading bridal designers, Rime Arodaky. It’s Coachella meets wedding with that same edgy, rock ‘n’ roll vibe that appears in every gorgeous piece Rime Arodaky touches, whether it’s a sweet “Marry Me?” sweatshirt or the custom fitted gown of your dreams from Rime’s stunning bridal collection.

For more information on Rime Arodaky’s breathtaking, custom-fit gowns, click here to make an appointment.  And for that perfect honeymoon or summer look, visit the Rime Arodaky eshop.  And don’t forget to follow Rime Arodaky’s Instagram for even more inspiration!


What: Rime Arodaky is giving away one fabulous tote bag! (Value $70)

How: To enter, simply visit the Rime Arodaky shop and leave a comment below telling us which fabulous piece you can’t to rock on your honeymoon!

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, May 15, 2015! For terms and conditions, click here.

Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography: Greg Finck | Videography: Pascal Delé Filmaker | Flowers: Oak And The Owl | Jewelry: Harpo Paris | Hair And Makeup: Team Hair And Makeup | Campaign: Rime Arodaky | Photography Assistant: Brooke Merrill


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Custom Gowns with JINZA Couture Bridal

There are bridal salons, and there are personalized bridal salons like JINZA Couture Bridal.  A place where beautiful collections and breathtaking custom creations join forces with the most amazing customer service you’ll ever experience to create an individually crafted design made just for you.  Think private appointments with top-notch consultants or your very own personal designer, aka, a team of wedding geniuses that know a thing or two about making you look awesome for your special occasion.

Serving Bay Area brides since 2002, JINZA Couture Bridal’s new and exclusive Los Angeles boutique is now open in the heart of West Hollywood (933 N La Cienega Blvd), which means that even more brides get to experience the gorgeous gowns and attention to detail that JINZA Couture Bridal is so well-known for. Imagine a timeless piece created from scratch using only the finest of fabrics with custom tailoring to fit your figure perfectly, alterations included.  Brides can try on a range of gowns or mold a custom creation.

Explore high fashion styles, updated classics, unconventional sheaths, opulent ball gowns, the popular soft mermaid style and JINZA’s own signature couture designs at the new Los Angeles boutique. Each gown is light weight and comfortable (no shape wear or bra needed!), so that you can dance the night away with the one you love.  And you can complete your bridal ensemble with a veil, jewelry and shoes all available at JINZA Couture Bridal.  Amazing.

Classic, elegant and totally sophisticated – contact JINZA Couture Bridal TODAY to begin creating that dress of your dreams.  Take it from someone who knows – it will be the best decision you’ll ever make.