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Whimsical San Francisco Engagement Session

Well my friends, this is one crafty couple. If they created these fab props for their engagement shoot, I can only imagine what their wedding will entail. But until then, I’m quite happy spending some quality time with Jasmine Lee’s pics and getting all sorts of giddy ideas, from the enormous balloons to the light up marquee. Get ready to perk up your Pinterest boards immediately with these pics right here!

From the Bride-to-be…“I think we need to rent a Uhaul” – Nancy
“….Wait what?” – Dustin

That was the conversation that sparked a single creative idea into an entire engagement photo shoot. Balloons, big 36” balloons were the idea. So I had this vision, a vision to stand out amongst a lot of the engagement photo shoots I’ve seen. I’ve worked with Jasmine Lee Photography before, and while all her work is amazing, I wanted something extra that would make our pictures pop (pun intended). So I had this idea of having some balloons. Now, these weren’t just any balloons, they had to be 36” yoga ball sized balloons. My fiancé Dustin thought this was insane. Even more so, was the fact that we needed a Uhaul to carry the pre-blown balloons to our photo shoot sites. So I convinced him to rent this Uhaul; of course he had to drive it. And I must say, trying to find parking with a Uhaul is quite difficult, but fortunately for us, the parking karma gods were in our favor. The Uhaul proved to be a really great idea, because we ended up using it as a changing room for our two locations, Park Tavern, and Golden Gate Park.

Phase 1: Park Tavern. It was a really nice shoot. What made this special was the fact that live patrons surrounded us, so we were in a very natural setting. Additionally, this was the café that Dustin and I had our first date, so it was definitely meaningful and special.

Phase 2: Conservatory of Flowers. What a beautiful setting this was, especially since we were chasing the sun, the natural non-direct light gave it a extra nice golden touch. The balloons were an instant hit and crowd pleaser. Spectators around us were in absolute awe on how nice the balloons looked. Jasmine took multiple shots of us in various locations utilizing the balloons to it’s maximum potential. When we were ready for our last few shots, Dustin tied the balloons down to a backpack so that we could get ourselves ready for the last shoot with the marquee letters. We turned away for about 5 seconds, turned back to check on the balloons, and sure enough, they were gone. Completely missing and out of sight. I guess he didn’t tie the balloons tight enough so they all flew away. Sigh – he felt really bad. Bye-bye big 36” balloons. We were a bit attached to them by now, but they floated into space by this time. Lucky for us, we got all the pictures we needed. Onto Phase 3 of the photo shoot…

Phase 3: Marquee letters. By this time it was about 8ish and the sun was practically gone. The mosquitos started to invade the area so we now had to finish our last shoot before we got eaten alive. So here’s the back story behind these DIY marquee letters… I like to think of myself as a creative cat. I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on buying marquee letters, so I started to read tutorials on how to build these letters at home. I told my fiancé about it and he wasn’t convinced they would look nice, but ended up helping me build them anyways. So we went to JoAnne’s (Fabric and Textiles) and picked up these big 12” block marquee cutouts. From there, we drilled holes in each letter for the round bulb lights to fit in. Next up, we spray painted the base coat and then went with sparkly gold spray paint to finish the letters. Last step, we screwed all the lights in the letters and plugged them into a power generator – voila! They turned out beautiful. As you can see, Jasmine did a fantastic job utilizing her flash and the ground flowers, which popped out and were a great complement to these pictures.

By the time the shoot ended, it was practically pitch dark, and we all were ready for some food and called it a day. The entire process took a lot of creativity, planning and execution. My fiancé did a great job sticking with the plan and executing as well. In the end, Dustin and I were completely thrilled and amazed with the pictures. Jasmine put her expertise and special touches in, which resulted in an amazing shoot. We couldn’t be more thankful for Jasmine, the balloons, and of course, the Uhaul.

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Padis Jewelry | Hair And Makeup: Nancy Hua | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Floral Dress: Rent The Runway | Park Venue: Conservatory Of Flowers | Red Dress: Bebe | Restaurant Venue: Park Tavern SF

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Elegant + Traditional San Francisco Penthouse Wedding

When these co-workers turned couple began planning their Big Day, they wanted to showcase the city where the fell in love. Uniting a global guestbook for their Suite ceremony – complete with moroccan inspired touches and sweeping city views – I’d say they aced it. From the floating florals to the sweetly sincere ceremony, Gladys Jem captured it all and it’s waiting for you in the gallery!

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From Gladys JemI’m so excited to share with you Nick & Erin’s gorgeous San Francisco Penthouse wedding. They are some of the loveliest people I’ve worked with, and their wedding truly reflected them. The Penthouse Suite, with it’s moroccan tile & sweeping views of the city, was the perfect to choice to host their closest friends and family. Not only did it reflect their love for travel, but it also showcased the city where they met and fell in love. They had a ceremony filled with personal touches from friends, and a cocktail reception instead of a sit down dinner. It was an incredible heartfelt day, but also absolutely beautiful. Below is a description from the bride, Erin. I hope you enjoy!

From the beautiful Bride… Nick and I met the old fashioned way – at work! We actually had offices across the hall from one another but it took a full 18 months until we each worked up the nerve to chat. I was invited to a barbeque at his amazing (albeit insanely bachelor-pad-like) apartment and he charmed me with his amazing sense of humor and dancing. Our first date was the next day. Nick picked me up early the next morning on his motorcycle – he had bought me a brand new sparkly silver helmet just for the occasion. We spent the day zooming around San Francisco, stopping for lunch at Outerlands and walking Ocean Beach. It was such a beautiful first day together.

Nick is Australian and I am from Connecticut – so San Francisco is very much in-between our two worlds. We wanted a space that would feel intimate and warm but would give our out-of-town guests a gorgeous introduction to the city where we met, fell in love and have built our life together. We also travel a lot and one of our most memorable trips was to Morocco. The minute we saw that gorgeous tiled billiard room we knew that it was such a special place. We literally only saw one venue and immediately locked it in – that’s how much it spoke to us! Nick and I are notoriously decisive, so it was relatively easy! We also got married 7 months after our engagement, so we kept the planning momentum from the minute we set the date. The other thing we did was bring on vendors that we felt a really close, personal connection with. Everyone we worked with not only did beautiful work, but we trusted them to just do what they did best. So that meant that we stepped back from a few decisions and didn’t overly manage the entire process. I think that also made for a happier, more relaxed wedding day all around!

We wanted our wedding to be simple, elegant and timeless. Truthfully, the most important part of the wedding for us was the ceremony. Our best friend Pete married us and he’s such a gifted writer, not to mention a loyal and loving friend. So for the ceremony, we only had a few chairs for family with our friends standing all around us. I can’t explain how wonderful it is to see everyone there, laughing and crying with you in such a personal and beautiful moment. It was our favorite part of the day! Pete did such a beautiful job and I’m so glad we have it on video! Our family and friends are everything to us and since we’re literally from opposite sides of the world, it was so important that we make the wedding venue feel like home. So that meant casual, station-based dinners (not a sit-down meal) and a lingering cocktail hour. We also loved that we had the suite all night long so we could spend more time with our friends! Beyond that, since we decided on the venue so quickly, we wanted to really let the space speak for itself and accent it with candles and flowers. Anna at Loop Flowers did such a beautiful job and just added a touch of drama to the Penthouse and Susie, our coordinator, pulled it all together flawlessly.

Photography: Gladys Jem | Videographer: Phil Velasco | Event Planning: Susie Papadin | Floral Design: Loop Flowers | Wedding Dress: KWH By Karen Willis Holmes | Cake: Tartine | Invitations: Carla Fahden | Shoes: Miu Miu | Make-up: Priscilla Francine Makeup | Hair: Lee Gonzales | DJ: DJ Umami - Leanna Cruz | Groom's Attire: Paul Smith | Cheese Cake: The Cheese School Of San Francisco | Linens & Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Musician: Gaea Schell | Penthouse: Fairmont San Francisco | Photo Booth: Tomfoolery | Signage & Paper Goods: Moon Daisy Design

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SMP California Welcomes Our Advertisers!

Saturdays are pretty amazing (it’s the weekend, after all), but when it’s a Saturday that involves a meet and greet with the newest member of our SMP Family, it’s a little extra special.  Think one full day dedicated to Grace Portraits and their totally fabulous + totally unique hand-drawn portraits.  It’s a gift that is both stunning AND meaningful.  Do yourself a favor and say hello.

Imagine surprising your nearest and dearest with a breathtaking work of art that will truly stand the test of time and you’ll land squarely on Grace Portraits, a crazy cool boutique that knows all there is to know about capturing those uber-special moments with hand-drawn portraits commissioned from local Bay Area artists.  Not to mention that each gift is wrapped in customized monogrammed packaging with a special note from the artist… AND you can choose from a variety of sizes and price points (11×14: $300, 16×20: $500, 18×24: $700), so no matter the recipient or occasion, there’s a Grace Portraits’ masterpiece that is more than perfect.  Just check out our very own SMP bride, Ashley Hoffman, and her stunning Grace Portrait drawing below.

Visit Grace Portraits on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram and then head over to their website to start your journey to the best gift ever.

Welcome to the family, Grace Portraits! xo

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Classic Black-Tie San Francisco Wedding With a Twist

Black-tie weddings run the risk of being stuffy, but this fun couple ensured their wedding at San Francisco’s James Leary Flood Mansion had a few twists to keep things fun. From the playful heart-shaped sunglasses to the whimsical animal figurine escort cards and the mood lighting from Got Light, this wedding was definitely fun. Enjoy it all thanks to stunning photos from onelove photography here.

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From the Bride… After living on the East Coast our whole lives, we moved to San Francisco in 2013 and quickly made it our home. When we got engaged, we thought it a great idea to share our new home with those closest to us, so we decided to get married on the West Coast. With so many beautiful venue choices in the Bay Area, we searched for a while before finding the perfect, classic San Francisco spot. We had always thought our wedding would be casual, but when we first viewed the James Leary Flood Mansion, we realized that we were going to be having a much more formal affair than originally intended! We fell in love with the vintage glamour and elegance of the space, but we wanted to add our own touches to avoid any possible stuffiness that a black tie wedding might involve. We chose purposely less formal table settings and flowers, and we added some personal touches—our signature cocktails were simply a Corona with lime and a glass of Prosecco—so our guests would feel more like they were joining us for a big family dinner.

We both love animals and talk constantly about when kind of pet(s) we should get in the future, so when I came across the idea to create miniature gold animal place card holders, I knew it had to be done! I loved spending time creating the tiny holders leading up to the wedding and we adore how they turned out! Two especially meaningful animals (our college mascots) adorned the top of our cake.

We adored our flowers. Cathy Cowman from The Bud Stop understood our vision completely. The Dogwood blooms in the center of the tables and around the room held a special meaning: Dogwood is the state flower of Virginia, where Ricky and I first met.

The entire weekend felt like a dream- it was everything we hoped for and more. Some highlights include having friends and family from across the country visit us in our new hometown, a more than hilarious and just plain crazy ceremony experience (our priest got the groom’s name wrong, among other things!), and coming down the stairs at the Flood Mansion after being announced for the first time. We felt such love and gratefulness to see the faces of the most important people in our lives!

In the midst of making (what feels like) a hundred thousand decisions, remember to prioritize. What matters most to YOU as a couple should come first. Everything else can probably wait. Also, work with a coordinator!

Photography: onelove photography | Floral Design: The Bud Stop | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Susie Cakes | Ceremony Venue: St. Vincent De Paul Church | Reception Venue: James Leary Flood Mansion | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Melons Catering | Hair: Blo Blow Dry Bar | Lighting: Got Light | Groom's Attire: Tailor's Keep | Groom's Shoes: Stubbs & Wootton | Officiant: Rev. Linh Nguyen | Bride's Accessories: BHLDN | Event Coordination: Erin Armstrong

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Elegant White Wedding at Asian Art Museum

Today is the type of day where we count our blessings. Because not only did we get to share one stunning fete from onelove photography, but we’ve got another to wrap add to the loveliness. It’s an elegant wedding brimming with originality and romance, one look at the unique ceremony and you’ll be hooked. Trust me, the gallery is not to be missed!

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From the beautiful Bride…We were very focused on being surrounded by the people we love most. We know the wedding is about celebrating our love, but its also about starting our life together with all the people we love most in this world. It was very important for us to thank our loved ones and let them know they were there for a reason and that we wouldn’t have wanted this day without them. We also wanted our night to be formal and for everyone to look their best, but still be wild and free. We had a Black Tie wedding and served fried chicken. Style and comfort.

We had handkerchiefs as our party favor. I (Traci) knew I wanted to give them out before the wedding to give my very weepy family something to cry into. My dad always carried a hankie, and I wanted to honor his style. My engagement ring is gold, so all the decor was gold to go along with that.

When I was planning the menu, I first looked at regular “wedding” food and then opted for what I really wanted, friend chicken and mac and cheese and biscuits. Its not formal black tie food. I got a lot of push back from my planner and other people offering opinions but in the end I did what I wanted and it was a HUGE hit with everyone. It didn’t hurt that the food was so delicious. This is also true for the handwritten thank you notes I left at every guests place setting. A lot of people told me not to or that it would be too hard or that it would take too long. It was important to me and so I did it. It was the thing I received the most compliments on. My advice is do what you want. Its your day. Its your vision. If it will make you happy do it, if not, let it go.

Taking pictures on the pier in SF was a true highlight. Just being with Jake (and my BFF who helped with my dress and make up and was just the best friend ever) alone before the madness was nice. Also our ceremony was so special to me. A huge highlight was looking up at our guests and seeing them smiling (or crying) down at us. It was so special to be surrounded by our loved ones. It was so magical and meaningful. Our first dance was to my parents song by Billy Joel. My parents were married the same week as Jake and I 35 years prior. That was a treat. And to top it off our friend Miko sang our processional and recessional songs as well as our first dance. He added his special touches to the songs and it made it feel so much more personal. We were married by my aunt who was a judge in SF and that also really made the ceremony feel personal AND official. And we had donuts at the end of the night, because donuts are our favorite and who doesn’t want doubts at midnight?

Photography: onelove photography | Coordinator: Lisa Feldman | Floral Design: Sharla Flock Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Taste Of Denmark | Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Mccalls | Makeup: Anita Daniels | Ceremony And Reception: Asian Art Museum Of SF | Rentals: La Tavola | Rentals: Hartmann Studios

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