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Elegant Bel-Air Bay Club Spring Wedding

Show me a gorgeously elegant spring wedding and I’ll show you one happy lady. I could soak up these beauties all day long and this gem from Koman Photography is just what I was craving. Held at the beautiful Bel-Air Bay Club and full of blush, cream and champagne sparkle, I’ll be looking through this gallery on repeat. And come Monday, the pretty continues with a post-wedding shoot not to be missed!

From Koman PhotographyJulie and Sam’s wedding day was filled with all of the best things you would wish to have; a stunning couple SO in love, perfect colors, the most spectacular flowers and decor, loads of their closest family and friends, and tons of happiness and joy. The Bel Air Club was the perfect location for their dreamy wedding. Julie and Sam are a perfectly paired duo of gorgeousness and sweetness. The rain that came down during their wedding day went unnoticed because they are the kind of people who bring sunshine with them wherever they go! We feel so honored that they chose us as their wedding photographers!

From the Bride… The first night I met this silly guy who let me apply my lipstick on him, I had no idea that a year later we would be planning the rest of our lives together. It was on our one year anniversary that Sam proposed to me while traveling through Italy, a place I’d been planning to go for the last 10 years but never did. He wanted to show me the world and I truly felt like the luckiest girl in the world.

Shortly after our engagement, we started on our hunt for the perfect venue. On our first day of appointments and last stop, it was it! When we walked into the Bel-Air Bay Club, it was reminiscent of the rustic romantic charm that we just experienced in Italy. It is classic and elegant, with a touch of rustic and vintage. It was the perfect day, perfect venue, and perfect everything. Despite the fact that it rained on our wedding day, which means good luck anyway, the switch from outside to inside minutes before the ceremony was effortless by the amazing staff, and it was a blessing in disguise when we were able to walk down the aisle to such an intimate setting amongst our loved ones, and where we truly felt the presence of God.

For the day of details, we chose blush pinks, cream, and champagne gold for a soft and classic, romantic feeling to complement the natural tones of the venue. Because Sam and I love photo booths, we were very excited to discover flip books. Our guests made short videos that were turned into miniature books that you flip through to show your clip. And for wedding favors, we had macaron pops because who doesn’t love a macaron!

Although Sam and I were both raised in Southern California, we also wanted to keep tradition and therefore we performed a traditional Korean tea ceremony (Paebaek) on our wedding day. It was a way for us to give thanks and respect to our parents while also receiving some words of wisdom.

To top everything off, our photographers are the sweetest and most generous couple… I thought the rain already brought so much good luck, but they offered a post-session to make up for some loss of photo time! When deciding on a location, the Komans knew another breathtaking place (a place that it likely wouldn’t rain!) in Joshua Tree.

The entire day (and extra day) came together perfectly and created unforgettable memories to start our lives together, and we are blessed to have had all these precious moments captured so naturally and beautifully by the Komans.

Photography: Koman Photography | Videography: Fish Eye Studio | Wedding Coordinator: Ilana Ashley Rosenberg | Florist: Tea Rose Garden | Wedding Cake: Susie Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | DJ: JK Wedding Events | Groom's Attire: Beautiful Day Wedding | Wedding Venue: Bel-Air Bay Club | Bridal Boutique: Bella Wedding Bridal | Flip Book Booth: Hello Flip | Groomsmen Attire: Beautiful Day Wedding | Hair And Make-up: Make-up By Sung | Korean Traditional Dress And Ceremony: LeeHwa Wedding And Traditional Korean Dress | Macaron Pop Favors: Mr & Mrs Creamery | Wedding Programs, Menus And Escort Cards: Minted

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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!

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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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Bohemian Redwood Wedding in Big Sur

Embracing the beauty of California Redwoods, this romantic wedding offers unique wooden detailing, organic blooms from Kate Healey and gorgeous photos from Briana Purser Photography. The romance & love of this intimate affair is undeniable which makes looking at every detail even easier here!

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From The Bride…Ben and I met in 2001 in Austin, Texas. We spent the next 12 years first as a couple and then as best friends before getting back together and getting married in Big Sur. We were on a summer picnic in Marfa, Texas when Ben proposed. We didn’t realize until later that Ben had happened to propose on my parent’s 33rd wedding anniversary. We saw it as a sign and decided to marry on the same day the following year. The month after our engagement I accompanied Ben, a musician, on his California tour. When we hit Big Sur, the first time for both of us, we were struck by its intense natural beauty and spent hours on the savage cliffs where the mountains met the sea. Big Sur is a gorgeous uncontrollable wilderness, a wild place ruled by powerful forces with their own plans. That feeling resonated with us in light of our history and we decided to have our wedding in Big Sur.

We had an intimate summer ceremony in a small redwood grove. We were lucky to have a clear sunny sky, a rare day for foggy Big Sur. Ben wore Hugo Boss and I wore a Spanish gown of silk tulle. Kate Healey of Big Sur flowers, using organic flowers grown in her Big Sur garden, adorned the altar in peaches, pinks, and dusty yellows. The bouquets were made of rosemary, sage, lavender, roses, succulents, peonies, craspedia, and fragrant herbs. Boutonnieres were crafted of craspedia and rosemary. Kate wove succulents into the white roses of my flower crown and covered the aisle in a mix of flower petals and herbs. Harpists played Nick Cave’s “Into my Arms” as I walked down the aisle. I carried a vintage white embroidered handkerchief to which I pinned one blue Lebanese bead, traditionally used to ward off the evil eye, borrowed from my mother (my something old, borrowed, and blue). Our friend Matt Muir, a descendant of California preservationist John Muir, officiated the ceremony. Vows were passages on love and marriage by Lebanese artist and writer Kahlil Gibran. Our flower girls, my lovely cousins Angelina and Alexia, wore flower crowns and dropped petals from moss covered baskets. Bridesmaids wore long golden dresses and groomsmen and bridesmen sported black suits and blue ties.

A seasonal, organic, wood fired dinner was served at the reception at Big Sur Bakery, a small, beautiful restaurant nestled in the Santa Lucia mountains. Dinner was followed by a three tier white cake covered with dahlias and filled with fresh berries. Tables were named after indigenous trees and tabletops were covered in vintage vases and wood boxes filled with succulents and flowers. We had our first dance to George Harrison’s “If not for you.” Groomsman Austin Leonard Jones performed love songs by Roky Erickson under a starry sky on the Bakery’s patio. We all ended the night with a last dance to The Kinks “Strangers,” one of my favorite moments of the night. After a sparkler sendoff, we headed to Ventana for our wedding night followed by several romantic nights in an isolated cabin in the redwoods.

Photography: Briana Purser Photography | Flowers: Kate Healey | Invitations: Donaji Mejia | Ceremony Venue: Big Sur Grange Hall | Reception Venue: Big Sur Bakery | Hair & Makeup: Sophia Coyne of Painted Ladies | Bride & Groom Sparkler Signs : The Lovebird Press | Catering & Cake: Big Sur Bakery | Day Of Coordination: Alyssa Griffith Of Rose Gold Events For Lowe House Events | Harpists: Diana Stork and Shawna Spiteri | Seating Assignment Board: Moulage Collection | Tree Table Number Cards: Kirsten Sparenborg, Turn of the Centuries

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Art Deco Inspired Downtown LA Wedding

Situated in a romantic urban garden, this art deco inspired wedding captured through the lens of Candice Benjamin Photography oozes romance and beautiful detailing from Found Vintage Rentals. With the help of First Pick Planning, this downtown LA wedding is the perfect blend of elegance and sophistication. Be sure to flip through every detail here.


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From the beautiful Bride… Like many people in their 30’s, Eric and I had been to many weddings; so when it came to our own, we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted. After visiting several country clubs and hotels, we decided to stop by Café Pinot on a whim. As soon as we got off the elevator, I was enchanted. We hadn’t even walked around the whole property before I turned to Eric and said, “This is it!” Café Pinot had it all; the quaint garden, the luminous skyscrapers, and the art deco façade of the library. I knew it was going to be the perfect setting.

Growing up in Los Angeles, I had always admired the beauty of downtown. The ornate architecture and the decorative signage were always an inspiration to me. It was these attributes that I tried to emulate when designing our wedding. Keeping classic elegance in mind, I designed our invitations with art deco characteristics and hand letterpressed them for an old-world feel. We kept our color palette simple with classic navy blue, gold, and silver but added touches of fall with deep jewel toned floral arrangements.

Eric and I could not have been happier with our day. The beauty of the venue and the attention to detail wowed our guests. DJ Aaron from A Night to Remember transformed the space with his amazing lighting and kept everyone dancing until the end. Claudia from SubRosa Floral Design overflowed the venue with gorgeous floral arrangements of dahlias, roses, hydrangeas, cabbage, and fruits. Jewel from Found Vintage Rentals helped choose the perfect vintage pieces, which created a comfortable, at-home vibe. Kristy Levario from Kristy Levario Makeup Artistry made us girls look and stay beautiful all day and the same for Hannah Samayoa from Effie and Co. with our gorgeous hairdos. Jen Bergmark and her awesome crew from First Pick Planning put all my meticulous planning impeccably in place. And everything was exquisitely captured and documented by the amazing Candice Benjamin from Candice Benjamin Photography and Kiera and Josh from The Adventures Of. Without these wonderful people behind us, our wedding would not have been as fabulous as it was.

Any day you get to stand up with your best friend and pledge your love to one another surrounded by your closest family and friends is a great day. Thank you to all the helping hands that made our wedding special – it was pure magic!

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Videography: The Adventures Of | Coordination: First Pick Planning | Floral Design: Sub Rosa Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Mon Amie Bridal Salon Dress By Lazaro | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mon Amie Bridal Salon | Makeup: Kristy Levario Makeup Artistry | Hair: Hannah Samayoa | Officiant: Rabbi Michael Mayherson | Wedding Venue: Cafe Pinot | Bridal Jewelry : Maria Elena | Cake And Catering: Patina Group | DJ And Lighting: Night To Remember DJS | Linens: Designer Specialty Linens | Rentals: American Rent All | Vintage Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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Peach Rustic Boho Wedding Inspiration

Here at SMP, we love a good style pairing—the more the merrier! My personal favorite is a touch of boho. This free-spirited style can be woven with almost any other and the result usually leaves me speechless. Case in point? This rustic boho pairing from Maraluce. Sprinkled with rentals from One True Love Vintage Rentals, florals by Ampersand SF and a dress by Lovely Bride, the gallery speaks for itself.

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From MaraluceA romantic union of modern bohemia meets industrial polish for this unique and energetic wedding style shoot. A mix of film and digital photography, our goal was to inspire the eclectic, midcentury, blissfuly rustic and city dweller with luxe design and images. With over the top florals, lush textures, dynamic table settings, charming furniture, avant garde cake design for the stylish couple. A parade of style, sophistication and romance. A collaboration for the luxury bride.

Photography: Maraluce | Floral Design: Ampersand SF | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride Boutique In San Francisco | Cake: Pretty Please Bakeshop | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Hair And Makeup: Julie Dy | Location: Ampersand SF Floral Shop | Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Tablewares: Frances Lane Rentals

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Romantic Coachella Valley Desert Resort Wedding

If I could dream up my perfect wedding, this would be it. Do I say that about all California weddings? I might. So it’s decided. My next wedding will be al fresco style with chandeliers and sparkle lights and chic little details just like this one. With photograhs by Candice Benjamin, the only thing wrong with this celebration is that I wasn’t on the guest list! Oh and there is more right here!

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From the Bride… Sitting at the La Quinta Resort beneath the desert evening sky in October of 2013, listening to the live guitarist singing “Harvest Moon”, Tim and I vowed to return every year to enjoy the onset of fall. A whirlwind of a year later, true to our word, we returned to the La Quinta to say our “I Do’s” beneath the same desert sky. Tim proposed Super Bowl Sunday (the most romantic day of the year – obviously) at Roger’s Gardens in Newport Beach amidst the lush greenery Roger’s is famous for, with family lurking in the bushes attempting the capture the moment (Had the Broncos won the Big Game, it would have been an all around perfect day!). The proposal ultimately set the theme we focused on throughout our wedding planning – a day of celebration, set in nature, surrounded by loved ones. I was not one of those girls that had my wedding day planned since I was little. In my head, all I could think was, “I said YES!! Now what?!?” It was actually Tim who got the ball rolling by suggesting we have the wedding at the La Quinta in October. We were introduced to a part of the property I never even knew existed, housing Greta Garbo’s residence – ultimately the perfect setting for our event. Within the La Casa Courtyard there was an ideal spot for our ceremony, a smaller courtyard for our cocktail hour, and the main area for our reception…all virtually a few steps from each other. Check, check and check! The next major contribution to our theme came from my dress. I went into Panache Bridal with an idea of what I wanted in a dress and came out with a completely different masterpiece – a blush toned Maggie Sottero. With a glass of champagne in my hand, the blush beauty on, it was then that I realized our color palette should be soft shades of blush and champagne, with a pop of teal! From there on, planning became an art of weaving together the natural beauty of the La Quinta and the surrounding desert vegetation with our other favorite location – wine country. Our amazing florists at the David Rohr Studio were able to create one-of-a-kind centerpieces using wine crates we had collected over time, far exceeding what we could have ever hoped for. A brilliant array of succulents were used throughout the event – from potted succulents in gold mercury votives acting as escort cards to bundt cake flair. We decided to leave our tabletops and place settings as natural as possible to help accentuate the beauty of the setting. And then we danced the night away under the light of the moon and a few strings of cafe lights…. More than anything though, we wanted to have a wonderful weekend full of fun events, where our closest family and friends could get together in a laid back, relaxed atmosphere and enjoy each others company and celebrate! Not only did Tim and I gain a greater bond between ourselves, we gained a lifelong bond with the friends and family who surrounded us throughout our journey.

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Videography: The Adventures Of Us | Floral Design: The David Rohr Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero From Panache Bridal | Cake: Exquisite Desserts | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ann Taylor | Hair And Makeup: Jen Plus Color | Band: New Sensations | Officiant: George Hulse - The Shoreline Church, San Clemente CA | Wedding Venue: La Quinta Resort & Club | Event Coordination: The Bride & I | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Stationery, Paper Products, Printed Matter, Etc.: Jessica Richardson/duck! Design

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