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Whimsical Moroccan Inspired Palm Springs Wedding

This couple didn’t have to travel far to find the allure of a destination wedding. With the beauty of Korakia Pensione, their guests were treated to an exotic escape – minus leaving the good ole U.S.A. – and with the couple’s design talents on full display, the whole celebration made a statement not soon to be forgotten. Isabel Lawrence captured it all and this gorgeous gallery is the perfect Friday afternoon treat.

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From the Bride… We originally wanted to plan a destination wedding, in Italy or Bali, or some exotic location, having attended a number of very memorable destination weddings. But when budget and time constraints came into play, we thought maybe a mini destination wedding, closer to home, somewhere where our friends and family could easily attend a weekend event, without breaking the bank or taking a big chunk of time off. Some designer friends recommended Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, a collection of houses built by a Scottish artist in the 1920’s inspired by his travels to Tangier. Neither of us had been to Morocco, but the romance of it immediately appealed to our design sensibilities, and we booked the place immediately, sight unseen. We rented the entire property, comprised of 26 guestrooms, two swimming pools, and a private casita, for the entire weekend, and invited 65 of our closest family and friends.

We are both designers, and wanted to create an atmosphere that fit the place, with a bit of fun and whimsy. We worked directly with local floral designers, local caterers and the property itself, to create a magical night under the desert sky of Palm Springs. All the ladies received pashminas, and all the gentlemen received fezes, and the children, Dr. Who inspired sock monkeys with fezes. The food was Moroccan inspired, and served family style on tables decorated with custom runners provided by our good friends, designers Liz Galbraith and Efraim Paul, who were in attendance. Since we wanted the food to be the focal point on the table, we suspended all the floral arrangements from scaffolds, which also accommodated string lights and desert succulents. We had an amazing time, and our guests seemed to enjoy themselves as well. We hope you enjoy the photos pulled together by our very talented photographers, Isabel and Lawrence.

Photography: Isabel Lawrence Photographers | Floral Design: Arrangements Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Trish Lee From Something Blue | Cake: Exquisite Desserts | Catering: New Leaf Catering | Groom's Attire: Dolce & Gabbana | Wedding Venue: Korakia Pensione | China & Flatware: Classic Party Rentals | Furniture Rentals: Planks & Patina | Music: Jose Prieto | Tablerunners: Galbraith & Paul

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Modern Palm Springs Ace Hotel Wedding

Palm Spring’s The ACE Hotel was the perfect setting for this fun couple’s desert dreams to come true, and who better than Joel Bedford to capture the modern affair? Edgy and elegant, every detail played into the fun, relaxed vibe—from the Bride’s bold red lip and statement heels to the effortlessly chic Jenny Yoo bridesmaids’ gowns and lush botanical accents. Check out the gallery to witness all the modern magic.

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From the Bride… When we first got engaged, we knew right away what we wanted for our wedding was just a rad party. We wanted a night where guests could really just have fun and not worry about driving home. The ACE was perfect for us because our friends and family could go for the weekend as a mini getaway. We had a lot of friends and family coming from the east coast so getting away in January to warm weather in Palm Springs was only an added bonus.

Weeks leading up to the day, everyone kept telling me to “enjoy every moment because it goes by so fast” and that couldn’t have been more true. That day flew by so fast… if only I could go back and re-live that day one more time. At one point during dinner, Frankie and I looked out at the tables and saw all of our friends and family co-mingling. His family talking to mine, my friends laughing with his, that was by far our favorite moment of the night.

Photography: Joel Bedford | Event Planning: Rachael Ann Lunghi | Floral Design: Siren Floral Co. | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Bride's Shoes: Alexander Wang | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup Artist: Nicole Vaisman | Hair Stylist: Cassie McNulty | DJ: Dart DJs | Groom's Attire: High Society | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Ace Hotel

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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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Intimate Palm Springs Fall Wedding

What weddings do I adore the most? The ones that really, truly represent the couple, and this California celebration is just that. Twine Events mixed modern elements with vintage and antique details – just like the Bride’s special sparkler – staying true to the authentic style of the couple themselves. Michael Moss captured every bit and these pics are the kind that leave you all warm and fuzzy inside.

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From The Bride… Max proposed in the spot that we met. It was just the two us and a moment I will cherish forever. In the midst of tears and laughter, he slipped on my left hand a beautiful ring that had both antique and modern elements – an impeccable unity of our styles. It was the same mixture that we wanted our wedding to embody. But most of all, we wanted our wedding to have a feeling of intimacy as we shared this very special and private moment in our lives with our family and closest friends.

After searching up and down California, we found the perfect venue in Casa de Monte Vista in Palm Springs. Casa de Monte Vista is located at the base of the mountain in a quieter estate area of Palm Springs. From the moment we walked through the grounds, we fell in love with the place. It was built in the 1930s in a Mediterranean/ Spanish style with a beautiful lawn backdropped by the mountains. It had a quintessential antique ambience in the midst of a very modern Palm Springs. Although two hours from our home in Venice, California, Palm Springs was a great option for us because we had many out of town guests flying in for the big day. We wanted a location that our guests may not necessarily go on their own, where they could get around easily, and which had plenty to do. Palm Springs was that and so much more.

In planning the wedding, we were very fortunate to come across Erica Espana’s Twine Events website. I fell in love with the simple elegance of her events. Thankfully, she’s located in our area and was available for our wedding day to act as “month of” wedding planner. Erica took our vision and made it more graceful than I could have ever imagined. Her team made our day worry-free and seamless.

A few months prior to the wedding, a close friend recommended his brother-in-law as a potential wedding photographer. I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first, especially because the photographer was based in North Carolina and we were in California. However, the second Max and I went to Michael Moss’s website, we knew we’d found our photographer. We were able to get his last open day for the year. My friend had let me know that, in his opinion, some of Michael’s best shots were in wide open spaces. With that little tip, we made sure to include a trip to the base of the mountains in desert of Palm Springs as our first look location and for bridal party pictures. The timing of it made the day a bit more packed than it would have been without, but the result was well worth it. Michael took amazing photos and captured our day and our family and friends so very beautifully.

On November 1, 2014, [William] Max and I were married by a good friend of ours who knew us well and had been there the night that Max and I met. Our “Deputy Commissioner” introduced us in a light-hearted and affectionate way as he led us through the ceremony. We wrote and read our own vows. Max had all of our guests in tears as he recited his. We tried to release butterflies – they were uncooperative, which elicited many gaffes as the groomsmen tried to warm them up on the cooler day so that they’d fly away. We had spent the least amount of time planning the ceremony, and yet, it was by far the most unexpectedly amazing part of our day.

Afterward the ceremony, Max and I spent a few precious moments alone while our guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, listening to Max’s Rat-Pack inspired list of songs, snacking on appetizers and charcuterie, and enjoying champagne, cocktails and wine.

Our photographer wanted to catch the last light and quickly ushered us outside the venue for a few more pictures. When we were done, we realized that we had been locked out! Thankfully one of my uncles was by the door, heard our knocks, and let us in. We made it back just in time.

The wedding party was introduced at the very end of the cocktail reception. Doing it earlier than the reception worked out very well because Max and I were able to lead our guests to dinner and form a receiving line to say hello and thank each person for coming as they entered the backyard and found their seats under warm lights. We had decided on long tables and family style meals with wine on the table – all of which helped make it more like a fun and intimate family dinner. We listened to the DJ spin discs based on Max’s list of Doo-Wop and R&B infused beats.

Many of our guests were coming from out of town – from Asia to Europe and many places in between. We decided to do a “California” themed reception. We served California wines and prosecco. We hired E.A.T. Marketplace to cater the wedding, who served organic and farm to table food from the area. Our florals incorporated the amazing citrus from the Palm Springs area. We used a small California tangerine at each table setting as a name card. And our gift bags were California Love themed totes with California food specialities.

After lovely speeches by Max’s father, his best man, and my sister, my maid of honor, we danced as late as Palm Springs let us.

Photography: Michael Moss, Michael Moss Photography | Wedding Planner: Erica Espana, Twine Events | Florist: My Little Flower Shop | Catering: E.A.T. Marketplace | Hair & Makeup: Team Hair And Makeup | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Groom's Attire: J. Lindeberg | Wedding Venue: Casa De Monte Vista | Bartenders: Happy Mobile Bartenders | Bridal Boutique: Brides Against Breast Cancer (2nd Hand) | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Maid of Honor's Dress: Jim Hjelm Occasions | Party Rentals: Signature Rentals

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Whimsical Desert Wedding in Palm Springs

From the start, this duo knew exactly what they wanted their wedding to look like. The vision? A whimsical boho-infused retro dance party at the Ace Hotel. And with Bash, Please at the helm, it was just that. Bursting with Arrangements Floral & Party Design blooms and candy colored accents a la CasaDePerrinTEAM Hair & Makeup ensured all eyes were on the Bride while Mi Belle captured the celebration here!

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From the Bride… From the beginning, Kevin and I wanted a non-traditional, super rad dance party. We wanted an eclectic, whimsical, boho-meets-retro vibe (if that even exists) and Bash, Please gave us exactly that! Every single detail down to the fork and knives oozed our personalities and to me, those are the things I will remember forever. From the florals, to the koozies, to the tablescape, it was more than I could have ever dreamed of.

Photography: Mi Belle Photography | Event Planning: Bash, Please | Floral Design: Arrangements Floral & Party Design | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettingbone | Wedding Venue: Ace Hotel | Donuts: Sidecar Doughnuts | Glassware & Dish Rental: CasaDePerrin | Hair & Make Up Artist: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Ice Cream: Beachy Cream | Rentals: Yeah! Rentals

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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!

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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

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