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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).


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Glamorous Country Elopement Shoot

In the world of gorgeous weddings, rustic meets glamour is never a bad thing.  And when it comes to this stunning inspiration shoot, it also happens to be the best way ever to start your weekend.  Think gorgeous blooms from Mint Design, an amazing color palette of pink and berry and one gorgeous detail after another from Kimberly Lawson Stylist.  See it all captured by Brooke Merrill right here.



From Brooke Merrill… Nick, our groom, has deep roots in the agricultural community and for generations, the farm he and his family have dedicated their lives to has had a reputation for growing some of the most bountiful alfalfa crops around. When the alfalfa is finally harvested it gets packed into hay bales and personally delivered by Nick for use among the local farming community. Being a farmer is hard work but Nick is proud to carry on this family tradition.

Our bride Laura is also no stranger to farming and agriculture. Her family is in ranching. As sheep ranchers, they oversee thousands of sheep, moving them all over California and Nevada for use in grazing crops.

The beauty of the American West, lasting family traditions, and the classic style and elegance of days gone by was the inspiration behind this shoot.

For the location of this shoot we turned to the groom whose family has been farming and ranching in the Central California area for generations. Nestled between endless rows of almond orchards and sprawling alfalfa fields was a 100-year-old farm at which our shoot took place. The location could not have been more perfect. “We were surrounded by freshly stacked hay, galloping horses, wooden-wheeled wagons, and white, weather beaten sheds that proudly showcased their aged-antique patina. The hay barn provided us with a blank canvas to create something really special and unique.”

Fashion stylist, Kim Lawson, chose two swoon-worthy lace gowns from the 2015 Watters Bridal collection to outfit our classic bride. The exquisite detailing, plunging back silhouette, and glittering embellishments added the perfect amount of glamour to this rustic outdoor setting. Kim styled the groom with a classic take on the traditional black tux. The groom wore a traditional white 10-pleat tuxedo shirt, black slim-fitting suit, and charcoal gray button down vest. The deep wine colored tone of the groom’s crushed velvet bowtie added a perfect pop of color. To finish his look and in keeping with the tradition and style of days gone by, the groom wore polished black cowboy boots underneath his trousers.

Lotta Alexandersson, owner of Mint Design, was the floral and event stylist for the shoot. Lotta created a tablescape filled with antique brass vessels, tapered candles, luscious florals, and textured materials. Since the shoot took place in a 100-year-old barn Lotta chose a color pallet that would enhance the beauty of the aged structure and natural surroundings. For this shoot, Lotta was drawn to deep merlots, ruby reds, soft peaches, dreamy creams and tasteful pinks.

The foliage rich tablescape was created using various types of eucalyptuses, hanging Amaranthus, pink Hypericum Berries, garden roses in various hues, pomegranates, ranunculus, Lisianthus, fuchsia anenomies, wisteria, purple snapdragons and pepperberry were arranged in various center pieces as well as the bride’s bouquet.

Gold and brass taper candleholders danced on the table each filled with candles varying in color and size. Antique china in decorated in ruby red jewel tones complimented the dainty gold champagne coupe and other glassware. The jewel of the table was the stunning centerpiece, a mix of vintage horns, a draping garland made of eucalyptus branches, and billowing florals contained in a rustic looking urn vessel. Carmel and dark chocolate brown Mongolian sheep fur pillows and throws provided cozy seating. Rather than leaving the salvaged wood table fully exposed, the table took on a look of sophistication when raw wood was paired with rich, textured cowhide.

Other antique elements that made this shoot so special included an antique steamer trunk used as a cake table. A salvaged mantel easily transformed into a glamorous bar by adding gold mirrored trays for displaying cocktails, elegant crystal decanters, an aged silver-plate champagne bucket, and a beautiful 1920’s vanity mirror.

Photography: Brooke Merrill | Floral Design: Mint Design | Cake: Shakar Bakery | Hair: Jacob HAIRnandez | Venue: Private Residence | Bridal Gown: Watters Bridal | Invitation And Paper: Paper And Type | Make Up Artist: Tricia Leigh MUA | Stylist: Kimberly Lawson Stylist

Citrus Inspired Photo Shoot from Anna Delores Photography

This citrus-inspired shoot is a little lesson in color. The takeaway here? Layering bright, like-minded hues is a complete and total “do.” Add in the talents of Vanessa Noel EventsKissing Bees and Alissa Bell Press, and you’ll be left with quite possibly the prettiest, peppiest lovefest EVER. See every colortastic detail from Anna Delores Photography right over here.


From Anna Delores PhotographyVanessa of Vanessa Noel Events in Bakersfield, CA was initially inspired by watercolor art in bright pops of pink and orange.  Ideas for a summery, citrus-inspired wedding design weren’t far behind. Vanessa, along with Emily from Anna Delores Photography, worked to create a number of DIY accents for this shoot, including a hand-painted watercolor table runner, gold-dipped centerpiece vases, watercolor placecards, a ribbon backdrop for the ceremony, and spray-painted orange bentwood chairs.  A wooden farm table, colorful florals by Kissing Bees, and custom letterpress invitations by Alissa Bell complete this effervescent design. The shoot took place at a private estate in Bakersfield in the central California valley, captured by Anna Delores Photography.

Photography: Anna Delores Photography | Event Design: Vanessa Noel Events | Floral Design: Kissing Bees | Invitations: Alissa Bell Press | Watercolor Placecards, Gold-Dipped Vases:  DIY, Anna Delores Photography | Vases + Additional Flowers: Stella Bloom Designs | Calligraphy: A Charming Occasion Calligraphy | Paper Flowers, Table Runner, Ribbon Backdrop: Vanessa Noel Events | Parasol: Bella Umbrella | Flatware: Cost Plus Word Market | Dress: BHLDN

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Bakersfield California Wedding from Mariel Hannah Photography

This wedding is like a dream come true in wedding form. It’s magic from each of the ruffles on the Brides’s gorgeous gown to the bounty of beautiful florals from Uniquely Chic to the lineup of gorgeous maids. But where the magic really begins is with the couple. A couple who couldn’t look more in love if they tried. Lucky for all of us, we get to see their gorgeous day unfold through the lens of Mariel Hannah Photography (who just so happens to be the Groom’s sister), and it’s all sitting pretty right here.

From the Bride… The vision for our wedding was surprising to many people. Growing up, I’ve always been bold, outspoken, bright and a little wild. I always wanted to be fancy, I just didn’t know how. Over the course of dating Chad though, I’ve learned from his family and his mother and sister in particular how to soften it up a bit. Instead of picking hot pink sparkles, black and lime green, I noticed they’d usually pick something like cream and light pastel pink along with other softer tones and shades. They introduced me to the wonderful world of elegance, sophistication and texture – a more mature and natural beauty. This is what I wanted my wedding to look like. After all, I did see my wedding as a cross roads as becoming a woman from a girl.

This whole new world I’d been introduced to is what inspired the soft champagnes, golds, and creams as the wedding colors. We needed a color to ‘pop,’ so my mom and I chose the soft pastel pink roses to incorporate in my girls’ bouquets and the table centerpieces. We wanted to add a touch of sparkle (the old me is not ALL gone) so we chose to wrap some sparkly ribbon around the top of the candle holders. They gave off a nice shimmer, and since the ribbon was translucent and wrapped around the top of the candle holder instead of the middle, it actually softened the candlelight glow.

The last little bit of the old me was brought out in my dress. I wanted something different – not something you’d seen on a million other brides. I definitely did not want a trendy dress. I was in love with it before the lady could even walk it all the way over to the dressing room. It was breathtaking and unlike anything I’d ever seen before. It had feathers which looked like wings of an angel. The entire top was pure white feathers with a sweetheart neckline. It made me feel glowy and princess-like. It was so beautiful and stunning. Ladies and Gents is the only place I’d go for a wedding dress or evening wear now.

Our photographer, Mariel Hanna is one of the most special things about our wedding. She just so happens to be Chad’s sister! We couldn’t decide whether to have ask her to be our photographer (her work is exquisite), or to be one of the first bridesmaids, as it is a place of honor. We wanted to have her do what she wanted to do– so we decided to ask her instead of guessing. She chose to be our photographer! We were SO stoked to hear that she wanted to do this. It was an absolute honor for us to have Mariel as our photographer, not only due to her breathtaking photography style but also the thought of her being Chad’s sister and my sister-in-law. What a blessing it is to be related to one of the most talented photographers in today’s business. We love you, Mariel, and we thank you from the bottom of hearts for your kind and loving gesture of working hours on end on our very special day.

I had been seeing brooches in bouquets all over Pinterest. I loved that it threw a little extra pizzazz into my bouquet. For the wedding shower, we had our special ladies each bring a brooch. It could be old or new – didn’t matter. I was blessed enough to get both kind! From some of the younger ladies, I received some very pretty sparkly diamond ones which were special simply because they were from that particular girl and I’d get to carry a memory of them down the aisle with me. I also received things like grandparent’s wedding rings, great grandmother’s (who had passed away before I met her) jewelry, and also some brooches from other important ladies that had sentimental meaning to them. It was a great way to include all my girls in the whole ceremony. The ‘something blue’ was my Grandma Julie’s blue diamond brooch. She died when I was young, but I still remember playing dress up with her. She’s the closest person to me that has passed away so her particular memory was very important to capture here.

Besides our vows and actual marriage ceremony, the song that Chad composed, “Toni’s Song” was the most romantic part of the whole day. He played it on the piano in front of the whole congregation. He was inspired to write it because he said I’m a symbol of a real princess in his life as my Father is the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, which in turn makes me a real live princess, and Chad a real live prince. Chad says he wanted to capture the princess aspect with a classical sound and also make it sound feminine with higher notes, instead of lower ones. He also said he wanted to capture my graceful beauty. When he was writing it, he was thinking about my hair in the breeze, white smile and pretty eyes. “They all coincide so beautifully well and graceful. Towards the climactic part of it, I was trying to compose your heart as the overarching beauty over all of it because you let God take control of it and shape it,” he told me. *heart flutters*

Wedding Photography: Mariel Hannah Photography | Ceremony Venue: Valley Baptist Church | Reception Venue: Petroleum Club of Bakersfield | Floral Design: Uniquely Chic | Wedding Cake: Anamie’s Sweets | Wedding Dress: Ladies and Gents | Groom’s Attire: J. Ferrar | DJ: Freestyle Entertainment | Hair + Makeup: Alivia Daniels with La-Tee-Da Salon & Spa | Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Rock & Republic