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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.


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Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).


Glamorous Versailles Wedding Inspiration

Here’s what happens when Versailles-inspired gorgeousness teams up with some seriously awesome vendors - pure, unadulterated pretty.  From the lush lavender bouquet crafted by Blush Botanicals (I want) to the luxurious details intricately styled by Couture Events to those stunning cakes from Sweet Lydia’s.  See every last awe-inspiring image (they’re amazing) captured by Carmen Santorelli right here


From the Stylist, Krystel… Be swept away into this lovely lilac wedding inspiration by Couture Events and Carmen Santorelli. It all began with a vision of Versailles, the glamour and opulence. We believe in going above and beyond on a wedding day to create something truly magical. The invitations, place cards, and menus were all hand painted to perfection. The lace overlay linen and chair backs made for the perfect base to create a whimsical wonderland of pretty! The centerpieces by Blush Botanicals dripping in crystals and orchids are to die for and made the room glisten and glow. We used golden pairs at each place setting as a unique detail as the french love their fruits. Last but not least we added accents of and romantic candle light!

The location was the Hotel Del Coronado in their ballroom on the beach in San Diego and, while it was far from Paris, we had no problem creating the Parisian look. The bride held a bouquet of lilacs (her favorite flower) and the groom was able to have his dream come true dessert bar, complete with four fabulous flavors of cake and lavender, lilac, and french vanilla bean macarons. Yum!

Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography | Styling: Couture Events | Coordination: Couture Events | Floral Design: Blush Botanicals | Wedding Dress: Watters | Jewelry: Couture Collection | Hair & Makeup: Unveiled Bridal Beauty | Wedding Venue: Hotel Del Coronado | Cake & Desserts: Sweet Lydia's | Clutch: Couture Collection | Invitation Suite & Escort Cards: Twinkle & Toast | Linens: Wildflower Linens | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Seaside Wedding at Sunset Cliffs

We swooned Carmen Santorelli’s stunning boudoir captures of this crazy beautiful bride, and now the entire wedding celebration is just a scroll away. Set at Sunset Cliffs with ocean waves crashing below, it’s simple, seaside romance styled by Meadowsweet Events with no shortage of pin-worthy blooms by Plenty Of Petals. Get lost in the gallery for your first-hand peek at each and every bit.


From The Bride… Stevie and I were introduced by his sister Jessica, who so happened to be a friend of mine. It was sort of an ongoing joke between Jess and I that I would be the one to marry her brother. When Jess and I first met she immediately told me this story about her visit to a psychic several years before. The psychic told her that her brother would marry a woman with two children who was a few years older than her brother. Being a single mom purely focused on my kiddos I laughed off her charming story for years.

In mid-September 2013 at a farewell dinner for Andy, Jess’s husband, it was then that I finally met Stevie. He was in town from Kansas City to help Andy drive home. We barely spoke, but there were moments when our eyes would meet, and quickly divert. As if we didn’t want to be caught being interested. The next day Stevie and Andy loaded the truck to head back to Kansas City. To my complete surprise I received a message from him the next day “saying it was nice to finally have meet.” We began to get to know each other through long written conversations. Over the next year we maintained an exciting long distance relationship where we’d only see each other about once a month. We built up a lot of frequent flyer miles between Kansas City, and San Diego. But on June 15th, Father’s Day, we took another step forward when Stevie proposed to me. On bended knee he asked if he could be my husband and the father to my children, it was one of the happiest and most surreal moments of my life.

We didn’t start planning right away, we took a few months after the engagement to just enjoy being engaged, that was really important to us. But when we finally started in August we knew we had to kick it in to high gear if we wanted a January wedding. As a photographer, the photography was my first priority. I had followed Carmen Santorelli for years completely captivated by the way she captures light on film. I knew I HAD to have Carmen shoot our big day, no one else would do. The day I received her email saying she’d be our photographer I was on cloud nine, I think I knew after that everything else would be easy to plan.

When it came time to look for venues for our wedding Stevie, a Midwestern boy from Kansas City, Missouri was adamant that he wanted to marry me by the ocean. I immediately thought back to a photo shoot that Carmen Santorelli had shot at Sunset Cliffs. I was inspired by every single element she had incorporated into her shoot, the pastel florals, the soft breeze, and the beautiful light. Stevie and I visited Osprey point at Sunset Cliffs and knew right away that’s where we would be married. We chose a beautiful patio area at Balboa Park for our reception. The Casa de Prado patio was enclosed with tall archways and lush greenery, it was open and airy but still gave us that intimate feeling we wanted for our guests.

For décor, I wanted a certain look but mostly I wanted a certain feel. Kasia from Plenty of Petals completely understood my vision and bought it to life. The soft romantic feeling that I had envisioned came to life with rows of olive branch garlands lining half of the tables and full loose pastel centerpieces on the rest. I’m a sucker for details, and I wanted to give my guests a beautiful table setting. I spent many of my weekends before the wedding in small antique shops hunting for the perfect brass candle sticks, gold trimmed china, and just the right gold silverware. The results were breathtaking, when I walked through the archways and into my reception I was completely taken aback.

Lastly, Stevie and I wanted a certain look but we also wanted our guests to have a blast, and our musician made sure they did. We found Winship on and knew right away he had the perfect sound for our wedding. We didn’t realize he lived in Washington D.C when we first contacted him. Luckily he’s a surfer and was excited to have a weekend in sunny San Diego. Winship, the flames of hundreds of ivory candlesticks, the smell of palm trees and peonies, and the sound of laughter from our guests created the most perfect ambiance, it was the perfect day.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Stationery: Olive Branch & Co. | Ceremony Venue: Sunset Cliffs San Diego | Reception Venue: Casa Del Prado - Balboa Park | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo And Quilaree From BHLDN | Catering: Vigiluccis | Bride's Hair: Doll Me Up Makeup And Hair Artistry | Bride's Head Piece: Twigs And Honey | Ceremony Violonist: Jeanne Gregory | Desserts: Azucar | Makeup & Hair: Fresh Face Era | Name Cards: Hope Scott Calligraphy | Photo Booth: Shutterbooth | Planning And Design: Meadowsweet Events | Reception Musician: Winship | Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon Co. | Tables And Lighting: Farm Tables And More

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Modern Kimono Robes + A Giveaway!

You may or may not have heard, but here at SMP, we are slightly obsessed with all things fashion.  Okay, okay… we live for it.  So when it comes to chic wedding day attire, you know Modern Kimono ranks high atop our must-have lists.  I’m talking luxurious robes in 100% premium, designer cotton that are perfect for you and your maids.  Getting ready in style has never looked better, or more sophisticated.

Made to order in San Francisco, Modern Kimono is putting a sweet spin on getting ready attire with stylish robes that you and your besties are sure to rock long after your big day.  That’s because Modern Kimono robes are created to be equal parts functional and pretty.  Imagine sleek, modern designs complete with patch pockets or inseam side pockets (YES), 3/4 length sleeves (worry-free for putting on makeup or washing your hands), rounded necklines and fits that are made to order.  That means your 6′ tall bridesmaid will be just as comfortable as your 5’4″ bestie.  And they also include a darling craft paper hang tag (with grosgrain ribbon!) with each of your bridesmaids’ names written on it.  We love that.

Visit Modern Kimono today to order your maids the best gift they’ll ever receive.  And don’t forget to check out the mid-calf lengths for mothers and mother-in-laws, plus the sweet robes for your flower girls!


What: Modern Kimono is giving away a robe of your choice to one lucky reader! (Value $60)

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us why you can’t wait to rock a Modern Kimono robe on your big day!

Who: A winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on April 17, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies!

Photography: Autumn Harrison + Carly Fuller


Brideside + A Giveaway!

I love being a bridesmaid, but I have to admit… bridesmaid dress shopping?  Not so much.  Because as much as I adore hanging with my besties, trekking around to one bridal store after another isn’t really my idea of fun.  Enter Brideside, the chic online boutique that will change the way you operate with amazing gowns, a personal stylist, a seriously simple ordering process AND a chance to win $500 towards those dresses of your dreams.  Stunning gowns + an amazing giveaway?!? Yes, please.

Gorgeous gowns, sans drama – that’s how Brideside operates with a plethora of beautiful designs to choose from, all with the help of your very own personal stylist.  And the best part?  You can do it all from the comfort of your own home, and even try on the gowns before buying.  Bridesmaid dress shopping has never been so fabulous.  Here’s how it works:

Meet Your Stylist - Browsing gorgeous bridesmaid frocks online just got amazing with the help of one of Brideside’s FREE personal stylists.  Think of them as your very own wedding-style expert who will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process, from helping you create a “closet” of unique + oh-so-chic styles to keeping track of all of the specifics.  And Brideside introduced Jenny Yoo gowns this month, which means even more amazing styles to choose from.

Invite Your Besties to Your Brideside Closet - Now that you and your stylist are filling your Closet with some of the prettiest frocks imaginable, invite your bridal party to view your choices for those much-needed second opinions. And when you add or share a favorite, your stylist can see all of the happenings, so she is totally in the loop.

Try It On at Home! - Want to try on the dress before committing?  Once you have narrowed down all of the wedding loveliness to three must-have styles, Brideside will send them to you or your bridesmaids in a Brideside Box!  That means an at-home fitting party with your own shoes, jewelry and a little (or a lot!) of champagne.  Soooo fun.

Order “The One” - Now that you’ve chosen the perfect gown, you can work directly with your stylist to be sure everyone is fitted properly and that the dress of your dreams is ordered for each and every one of your ‘maids.  Oh, and it’s shipped directly to you.  It’s seriously awesome, and seriously stress-free. Seriously.

I know, I know… you can’t wait to get started with Brideside.  Visit their website now or, if you live in Chicago, make an appointment with a stylist here.  You can thank us later.


What: Brideside is giving away a $500 credit to one bridal party! 

How: Simply sign up here by April 15, 2015 to be entered to win!

Who: The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Good luck, lovelies! xo