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the vondys. + A Giveaway!

Whenever a newly engaged bride-to-be asks me where to start the planning process, my answer is always the same: first a date, then a photographer. And when you have an option as amazing as the vondys., you’re guaranteed to have wedding photos that are bursting with beauty. The vondys. style is a mix of photo journalism + natural light which creates stunning images; you could say we’re obsessed.

The offspring of the award-winning L.A. based photography company Shannon Lee Images, the vondys. are an uber talented husband + wife team that provide a photography experience unlike any other. Pushing the boundaries or traditional and modern wedding day photo styles, this dynamic duo create pinch-me-perfect images that you and your honey will treasure forever.  Have I mentioned they’re hosting a knock-your-socks-off giveaway? You are in for a treat! 

The vondys. are celebrating their new name + site launch by giving one lucky couple getting married in 2016 a complete wedding day photography package FOR FREE ($5000 value)! The kicker? The wedding can take place anywhere worldwide!

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Win A Wedding Photography Package Worth $5,000

What: One lucky 2016 couple will win the following complete wedding day photography package (a value of $5000!) including: eight consecutive hours of wedding photography coverage with the vondys., online viewing and ordering wedding gallery to share with friends and family, usb of your professionally edited, full-resolution digital images, one-hour engagement session.

How: Head over here for official details and rules to enter to win!  Entries must be received by Sunday, August 23rd.

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A DAY IN MAY 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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IQ Videography

I’ll admit it — I’ve been married almost four years, and I still watch my wedding film all the time. So you can imagine my excitement that I get to introduce you all to the incredibly talented and award winning IQ Videography.

Based in San Francisco, IQ Videography specializes in an artistic, modern style that beautifully captures all the details of your wedding day. Their unobtrusive approach allows for a more intimate filming of your big day and their top-notch HD technology and editing techniques create a finished product that is something you’ll watch on repeat for years to come. IQ Videography also uses combinations of 8mm film and video — swoon! The combination of nostalgic + crisp footage is so unique and seriously special.

Capturing all of the most special and emotional moments from your big day, from gift exchanges to hand-written emotional vows, IQ Videography crafts wedding films that are as visually stunning. For more information and to book them for your big day, head over here.

Ceremony Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Reception Venue: Annadel Estate Winery

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Grace Portraits + A Promotion!

We’ve all been there.  Your nearest and dearest are tying the knot and you want to do something extra special to commemorate the big day.  But finding that perfect wedding gift?  It’s not always easy. Enter Grace Portraits, the fab boutique that creates custom, hand-drawn portraits from your fave pics that are equal parts awesome + unique.  This, loves, is gifting in the most meaningful of ways.

With Grace Portraits, you’ll be presenting your loved ones with one of the most breathtaking gifts they will ever receive.  Think a stunning piece of art commissioned by a local Bay Area artist that can be passed down through generations for a gift they’ll cherish for always.  And with Grace Portraits, you don’t have to wait until there’s a wedding!  Order an amazing drawing for an anniversary gift, engagement present, Father’s Day or even your niece’s first birthday… you can even commission your very own drawing to display on your wedding day.  That, my friends, is beyond amazing.

Contact Grace Portraits TODAY to begin working on your masterpiece.  You’ll be blown away by their awesome customer service as they help you choose the perfect picture, and walk with you step by step throughout the process… you’ll even get a scan of your drawing before final shipment, to make sure it’s everything you ever wanted!  Not to mention that when all is said and done, you’ll receive everything in customized monogrammed packaging, complete with a note from the artist.  We love that.

Visit Grace Portraits on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

Promotion

What: Get a 20% discount on all online portrait orders placed by midnight on Monday, May 25, 2015 by using promotion code MEMDAYSALE.

How: Users need to complete their purchase on the Grace Portraits’ website before midnight on 5/25/15 and use promo code MEMDAYSALE to receive the 20% discount.

No occasion? No problem. Order now to take advantage of this deal and you’ll receive a Grace Portrait credit for when you are ready to get started. Shipping preference and delivery date are given in the order in which purchases are received.  Grace Portrait is already taking pre-orders through December 2015, so make sure you place your order now to ensure you can get it by your desired date!

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Hawaiian Garden Party Wedding Inspiration

Get a bunch of creatives together in one space, let them get their hands dirty and you can pretty much guarantee we’re going to get some showstoppers. At a recent mini Oh So Inspired workshop, Nancy Liu Chin shared some of her event and floral design insight as attendees styled away, with Kevin Chin snapping it all up for us to stare at right here. With the help of Mary Phan, Oahu Wedding and Floral Inspiration, colors came to life – read on for info on how you too can get in on these future festivities.

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From Nancy Liu Chin… We wanted to share with SMP readers some inspiring images from our mini Oh So Inspired Workshop with a graciously designed shoot by Kevin Chin Photography. From inspiration and collaboration, we turned it into a reality, with styling and floral lessons all in a day. We were lucky to have as hosts, for our mini OSI, Ko Olina’s Ihilani JW Marriot hotel and Oahu Wedding’s Diana Caro-Salvador. Other vendors included Les Saisons who provided the fantastic linens and Set Maui who flew into Oahu the most amazing tabletop accessories. Of course, you can’t design an inspired shoot without flowers. The wonderful Floral Inspiration Hawaii designed the bouquets and the centerpiece.

During our mini OSI workshop, Nancy Liu Chin gave a mini floral class, teaching attendees and hosts how to create a backdrop of flowers. Using bright and colorful flowers, they created a floral backdrop for a wedding cake by A Cake Life.

Oh So Inspired founders Mary Phan, Kelly McLeskey-Dolata and Nancy Liu Chin are excited to share their mission to spread the idea of awakening the inner artist within all of us. One of the key beliefs is that creative learning takes place through collaboration on projects as well as hands-on experiences.

We are thrilled to be returning to such a beautiful place like Ramekins Culinary School, Events & Inn for our 2015 retreat. In addition to Ramekins, OSI15 will also be using it’s sister property, General’s Daughter (GD). Both Ramekins and GD are located in Sonoma, California, an idyllic place for disconnecting after a busy wedding season. Ramekins and GD are both within walking distance from the main square. Stunning in late fall, Sonoma is lovely drive from downtown San Francisco. For more details on this upcoming OSI15, we invite you to our website – ohsoinspired.com

Photography: Kevin Chin Photography + Cinema | Event Design: Mary Phan | Event Design: Nancy Liu Chin | Event Planning: Oahu Wedding | Floral Design: Floral Inspiration | Cake: A Cake Life | Calligraphy: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls | Venue: JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa | Linens: Les Saisons | Rentals: Set Maui | Rentals: Pacific Party Rental

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