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Behind the Scenes Bridal Fashion with Carolina Herrera

Whisper Carolina Herrera around these parts and you’ll hear our fashion-loving hearts racing double time from a mile away. Her elegant, sophisticated designs are complete bridal bliss—and her recent Spring preview as seen from the lovely lens of Betsi Ewing, is utter perfection. With an equally chic team of vendors at hand to make this runway dream a reality, the result is a wedding fashion show in gallery form, and it’s oh-so-good.

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From Betsy Ewing Studio… Carolina Herrera celebrated the Spring 2015 bridal collection with the premiere wedding resources in LA on June 19. Partners included Betsi Ewing Studios, Bliss & Bone stationery, The Empty Vase florals, Neil Lane jewelry, and Carats & Cake to create the ultimate bridal destination. Brides-to-be sipped on champagne and enjoyed cake bites from Charm City Cakes West while models showcased the new bridal collection with hair by Sally Hershberger Salon and makeup by BE.NYLA.

Photography: Betsi Ewing Photography | Floral Design: The Empty Vase | Wedding Dresses: Carolina Herrera | Cupcakes: Charm City Cakes West | Invitations: BLISS & BONE | Hair: Sally Hershberger | Hair And Makeup: BE.NYLA | Bridal Prep: Carats + Cake | Jewlery: Neil Lane

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Glamorous Affair at the London West Hollywood

This is quite possibly my dream wedding. A healthy dose of glamour, a rooftop wedding at The London West Hollywood Hotel and, the best part, cupcakes before dinner. My inner 5 year old is squealing with delight. And with the help of some well versed vendors like Christine Farah Photography and Flower Allie, this white and gold glam fest was turned into one heck of a gorgeous party

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From The Bride… Having a venue such as The London West Hollywood helped keep the focus chic and classic with a clean edge. Using white floral arrangements, white chiavari chairs, off white bridesmaid dresses, and a touch of gold accents in the table runners/linens, dessert bar, and confetti toss added the most important details: Sparkle, Shine, and Fun!!

Throughout the entire planning process, we knew the color palette would be white with a touch of gold. I envisioned my bouquet to be a huge ball of white peonies and the tables to be filled with white hydrangeas and white orchids to create a fresh and clean feel. Since our reception was on the rooftop, we wanted to find just the right candleholders that would illuminate the tables and create a warm glow so our guests would feel warm and cozy as the sun began to set. We mixed and matched a variety of candle holders, plant pots, and lanterns to fill the table tops and we loved the look of the varying sizes as the light from the candles were shining through the lace pattern on the tables.

“Sparkle, shine, and fun” would be the exact words to describe our wedding. One way to create the “sparkle” was renting gold sequins tablecloths and sparkly gold/white chevron table runners. Having an outdoor wedding and reception, made the tables sparkle and shine brightly! Bringing in a little bit of my Japanese culture, my mother and aunts folded one-thousand silver paper cranes and strung them on wishing trees so our guests would be able to write well wishes for us. The one thousand paper cranes were folded for good luck, health, and prosperity. These definitely added a great shine as soon as our guests arrived. Bring on the fun…the one thing we absolutely loved and was truly a memorable moment was when our guests showered us with love as we walked down the aisle as husband and wife. It was literally a “shower” of love with the confetti softly floating in the sky and landing gently around us. It was one of those moments that we looked at each other, and had to take it all in because it was such an overwhelming feeling of love.

“Eating dessert first” with edible escort cards gave our guest a taste of the amazing food that would be catered by Gordon Ramsey and a luscious dessert bar that overflowed with LOVE. Having “I DO” imprinted gold hearts on the cupcakes and “C” and “P” initial cookies help to personalize our dessert table to display our favorite desserts. At night, the dessert table looked completely different! The table was shining and glowing with candles which created a romantic atmosphere as we cut our cake.

The dress. My vision for my wedding dress was inspired by my mother’s wedding dress over 40 years ago. She had a flowing lace veil that draped down her back and it created the most beautiful silhouette of her. I knew the style of my dress was going to be a ball gown- but with a modern twist to match our venue. Immediately walking into the boutique, this dress caught my eye. The voluminous layers, upon layers, upon layers of organza was breathtaking…this was THE dress!

As the night came to an end, it was simply the most perfect celebration of our love…CHEERS!

Photography: Christine Farah Photography | Coordinator: CCL Weddings | Flowers: Flower Allie | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Invitations: Studio 7 | Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBG Max Azria | Dessert: Sugarfix Desserts | Dessert Stands: Minted And Vintage | Geronimo Balloons: Geronimo Balloons | Hotel: The London West Hollywood Hotel | Linens: La Tavola

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Pink and Gold Wedding at The London West Hollywood

I am in heaven. Pure, oh-my-goodness-is-this-actually real, wedding heaven. It only took one look at this ridiculously stunning West Hollywood wedding captured by onelove photography, and I had to surrender to it. Because lovelies, it doesn’t get prettier than this. It simply doesn’t. From Dolce Designs Studio‘s lush florals to the sweet stationery from Copper Willow, you can see it all right here.

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From Kat KeaneChandeliers are a guaranteed game changer at weddings. I love using them! The soft color palette and the custom fitted lace table caps add to the dreamy romance of the reception. The chiffon draping over the chairs as well as the the charger trim that match the flatware is so visually appealing and allows for continuity. The mini tequila bottles for escort cards were a fun touch since the groom and his friends love Patron.

Jocelyne came to me with images of her wedding already in mind. She was really great in communicating with me. I was given access to the photos she was saving on her Pinterest which allowed me to keep up with images that appealed to her. It’ helps when couples to keep a healthy stock of photos of images they love. My couple Nick & Joce were really good at communicating, it helped me fine tune the design process to represent them perfectly.

Photography: Onelove Photography | Videography: Alumiq | Floral Design, Decor, Custom Linens, Lace, Chair Covers: Dolce Designs Studio | Stationery: Copper Willow Letterpress Design And Printing | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Caterer: The London Hotel | Hair: Joey Carrera At Sally Hershberger | Lighting: Town And Country | DJ: Nahchey | Groom’s Attire: Tom Ford | Officiant: Norman Alexander | String Quartet: Clover Quartet | Brides Dress: Pnina Tornai | Bridesmaids Purses: Judith Leiber | Ceremony And Reception: The London West Hollywood Hotel | Dessert: Vanille Bakeshop | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup: Juliana Landis | Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo | Wedding Planning & Design: Kat Keane

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Hollywood, CA Wedding Film

Do you want to know what I do when I’m having a not so good day? I get lost in wedding videos. Because no matter what a day brings, one look at a video like this one from FortyOne Twenty and your heart will warm right up. It’s yet another example of why we love wedding cinematography at SMP, and so do your day a big ol’ favor and hit play…


From FortyOne TwentyIrma + Andres married at the beautiful London Hotel in West Hollywood,California. Their ceremony took place in a white rose garden, before they headed up to the rooftop where they held their reception, overlooking all of Hollywood. It was such a pleasure being there to capture all of their special moments on film, and celebrate with them into the night!

Cinematography: FortyOne Twenty | Venue: The London West Hollywood Hotel

West Hollywood Wedding from onelove photography

When you’re a designer for Tory Burch, it’s inevitable that your wedding is going to be rocking some serious fashion must-haves and this Bride has more than a few major wow moments bundled inside this affair. But right along side all that beauty is a wedding that is all at once modern and romantic with details by My Bride Story, bushels upon bushels of garden blooms by Fleuretica and all topped off with a gilded cake by The Butter End. It’s a lot of goodness coming your way thanks to imagery by onelove photography and you can watch it all unfold right here and in the beautiful highlight film from Cotton Love Studios.


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From the bride… With my love of design, decor, interiors, fashion, I wanted to incorporate that into my wedding day with a mix of classic & modern with lots of greenery. Instead of how a “wedding” should be with color themes, I wanted it to be “how I would decorate my home” or a “dinner party.” Romantic, classic, a bit quirky with all my favorite things – topiaries, blue & white Chinoiserie vases, black & white checkered floors, chandeliers, candelabras and long rectangular tables. I also had my Olympia Le Tan book clutch for the wedding as something blue, which I loved! I felt The London was such a modern space, so i wanted to balance it with soft, vintage colored flowers in organic shapes, gold accents and a chandelier. I always knew I would have a giant monogram topiary at my wedding… I wanted it more giant but it took much longer and it was much heavier than expected so that was as large as I could go

I wanted it to feel classic but with a little twist – a little “Alice in Wonderland” like- with the gold chairs, black & white checkerboard dance floors, giant topiaries, and a crystal chandelier centering the dance floor. I thought the bistro lights and candelabras would give it more of a soft, romantic feel (instead of harsh spotlights or colored lights) with the view of Hollywood from the rooftop. I also love anything topiary hence the DIY project of the B&W lettered topiary. It took weeks and many trips to downtown LA but I thought it was successful at the end. My friend, Patty helped paint the map and wreath/garlands for my invitation. I knew I wanted it to be watercolor, organic looking, and lots of green. From that I created the watercolor menu. My cousin was generous enough to print them all for me at his print shop in NYC. I also wanted all the guys to wear a colorful striped Happy Sock. It’s the grooms favorite thing so I thought it would be cute to have all the groomsmen and my nephew, the ring boy, to wear them!

It was definitely life saving to have a part time wedding coordinator. Especially since I was planning an LA wedding from NY. Esther definitely helped me be organized with a check list, dealing with vendors, introducing me to vendors and all the nitty gritty stuff! 

Photography: onelove Photography | Venue: The London West Hollywood | Event Design + Coordination: Esther Kim, My Bride Story | Floral Design: Fleuretica | Cake: The Butter End | Catering: Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood | Cinematography: Cotton Love Studios | DJ: Allen Lee | Lighting: The Event Company | Officiant: Grooms Father- Martin Park from Calvary Faith Church | Stationery: DIY design, printed at Bestype Imaging | Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals (chair and dance floor rental), Bella Wedding (wedding dress + veil rentals) | Makeup + Hair: Ashley Sul | Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren- Black Label | Jewelry:(reception earrings) Tory Burch | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Shoe Designer: walter steiger

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