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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.
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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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Retro Chic Wedding at The Beverly Hills Hotel

As someone who’s been fond of retro style since I was a little girl, this wedding made my morning a whole lot more exciting. Under the creative talents of WINK!, this spring celebration at The Beverly Hills Hotel became a mini tropical escape for this chic couple and their guests. Max and Friends captured every vintage pic and palm tree motif and if this isn’t an ad for sunny days, I don’t know what is.

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From WINK!… New York Couple designed their wedding around the aesthetic of the hotel, bringing the banana palms and tropical foliage throughout their paper goods and florals, all the way into the ballroom reception!

This pop, 50′s glam type look was really fun to play with. The bold pink and green palm leaves were really an inspiration to bring that same vibe into the rest of the graphics. The history of the hotel and the old photos were really an amazing inspiration for the graphics.

Photography: Max And Friends | Coordination: WINK! | Florals: Ron Sandoval | Catering: The Beverly Hills Hotel | Hair And Makeup: Susie Chhuor | Cake Designer: Momofuku Milk Bar | Ceremony And Reception: The Beverly Hills Hotel | Live Music: Nova | Rentals: Reverly

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Peony-Filled Beverly Hills Wedding

Some people radiate a positive vibe, and this bride does just that. With her stunning smile and the talents of GRO Designs, we have here an absolutely beautiful wedding, and Shaun Menary captured it all. She and her groom made promises to her two children, and even presented them with rings during the ceremony, making this truly a family affair, and you can thank me later for this hefty dose of happiness.

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From The Bride… Blane and I were perfectly happy being fabulously 40 and single! We met on a blind date, set up by my best friend and his sister-in-law who are next door neighbors. For 15 years, Blane and I had been crossing paths. We were at the same parties, concerts, crawfish boils, even ran in the same marathons – but had never met! When we did finally meet, neither were interested in anything serious. I had been married and have two children, he was 44 and was the forever bachelor. Well, 11 months later, he was on one knee overlooking the bay in gorgeous Sausalito, CA.

Since our first trip as a couple was in CA, we got engaged in CA, why not have the wedding there too? Our friends graciously offered their estate for our 120 guest destination wedding. Once the location we set and the date, we immediately hired Gro Design to create an elegant Beverly Hills event, not a traditional wedding. Planning a wedding in your 40’s is much different than I remembered from my 20’s. We were both very focused on the guest experience and touches all throughout the weekend that showed our guests how grateful we are to have them in our lives.

The wedding party was comprised of a Man of Honor for me, along with my daughter as my two “bride’s maids.” He had 13 groomsmen, one of which was our 13 year old son! We wanted a personal ceremony that was full of poems, excerpts from old love letters, and personal stories, so our friend and author, Anand Giridharadas, performed the ceremony. For the wedding attire, again, traditional was not our focus. The men wore custom made grey suits by J. Hilburn. I wore a dress from Stanely Korshak.

We had all the guests stay at The W Westwood and held several welcoming events there from a cabana day to welcome cocktails and brunch. We really wanted to splurge in a few areas – the music, the flowers and the cake. I did not want one large traditional cake, so we selected five cakes all with amazing, unique flavors. The baker, Vanilla Bake Shop, a Santa Monica favorite, provided the cakes and the groom’s cakes that consisted of chocolate cookies and monogrammed M and M’s. The flowers we abundant and stunning! The head table was donned with an enormous cascade that flowed onto the dance floor. Our monogram was hanging above the band, all in peonies. We had the grand player piano playing while guests arrived, we has acoustical guitar and flute for the prelude and ceremony, a Latin jazz 4-piece play for the cocktail party, and a 10-piece band during the reception. For the after party, a top LA DJ played into the night.

Probably the best part of the entire night for us was the actual ceremony and making the promise to each other and our children. We had not told Ethan and Annabelle, but before we said our promise and our own vows, we made a promise and vows to the kids and presented them with rings. At that moment in time, it was as though there were only the four of us present. We had waited for a love neither could have imagined. We were in love with our individual lives, with our own selves individually, which made our joined love a strong and respectful relationship.

Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Videography: Journey Lost Productions | Event Design: GRO Designs | Wedding Coordinator: GRO Designs | Florist: GRO Designs | Wedding Gown: Ramona Keveza | Bakery: Vanilla Bake Shop | Invitations: GRO Designs | Shoes: Embellish! By Cristina Marisa | Caterer: Epicurean Events | Hair And Makeup: Mariah Nicole | Transportation: GTS Charter | Venue: Private Residence | Dessert Stand Rentals: Minted & Vintage | Late Night DJ: Matt Cornwall | Linens: La Tavola | Party Rentals: JC Party Rentals

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Elegant Beverly Hills Wedding of Allie Rizzo and Scott Sartiano

Combine one stunning model with a dapper groom, add in a classic California hotel and some beautiful florals, and you have one incredibly breathtaking wedding. Allie Rizzo wed restaurateur Scott Sartiano in an elegant celebration that has me staring at photo after photo in this gorgeous gallery by Dorian Caster; join me here and you just may spot a couple other famous faces amid all the loveliness.

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From the Bride… We planned our wedding in eight weeks. Just enough time for our closest friends and family to make the trip but not long enough to overthink and stress the day. We are both extremely laid back and had put off getting married for a few years to avoid all the fuss that surrounds weddings.

We love the timelessness of the Beverly Hills Hotel and often go for breakfast there. One day while we were there, we inquired about the possibility of holding our wedding on the property. After a ten minute walk through of the Rodeo Room and the Polo Garden we decided that this was the place we wanted to have our wedding.

We loved the storied history of this place and knew our family and friends coming in for the wedding would enjoy the experience. My eighty-four year old grandmother loves John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor and wanted to see all the rooms they had stayed in. My bridal suite was next to Howard Hughes bungalow in the years that he lived at the hotel. It’s the ultimate California fixture having even been used as the imagery for the Eagles landmark album Hotel California.

The ceremony held in the Polo Garden was covered in rose petals and buckets of baby’s breath lined the aisles while the string quartet played Fleetwood Macs ‘Songbird ‘and guests sipped champagne. We loved the outdoor ceremony and the perfect October weather. We both have southern backgrounds so being in a garden with a slightly rustic feel felt familiar and fitting.

After the ceremony guests headed to the Rodeo Room for cocktails followed by a four course dinner and dancing. The tables were set with natural white and green floral arrangements accented by floating candles.

The key word when designing our wedding was “simple.” Our first dance was to U2’s “All I Want Is You” and guests spent the rest of the night dancing to both a live band and DJ Jesse Marco. The flow of the day was perfect and our only regret is how quickly it went by.

Photography: Dorian Caster | Floral Design: CJ Matsumoto | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Joanie & Leigh's Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Beverly Hills Hotel | DJ: Jesse Marco | Music: Clover String Quartet | Photobooth: Bosco | Rentals: Designer Specialty Linens | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Elegant, Classic California Wedding in Beverly Hills

Beth Helmstetter is pure genius. Honestly, every single thing she touches I want to marry. Her design sense is off the charts, and this sparkling Beverly Hills wedding is the prettiest proof. With the amazingly talented Holly Flora providing the blooms and one and only Birds Of A Feather on hand to snap up every spectacular moment, let’s just say this gallery is beyond beyond.

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From Birds Of A FeatherBeth Helmstetter designed the most elegant, classic, and sophisticated backyard wedding I’ve ever seen at this private home in Beverly Hills. There were thousands upon thousands of white roses everywhere, the bride looked like a movie star, and the reception was held under a canopy of fairy lights.

From The Bride…We wanted our wedding to encompass all the things that we love because it was the one day that we could share them with all the people we love. We were inspired by the setting of Michael’s parents’ family home — especially the beautiful garden with its lush hydrangeas and roses. We combined what we both loved — for Michael, the outdoors, dark wooden and rustic accents and, for me, white flowers, romantic lighting and chandeliers. Michael is from England so there were hints of his hometown as well in certain areas of our wedding — Beatles music as we walked down the aisle, English gardens and, of course, tea for all the guests.

Photography: Birds Of A Feather | Videographer: Evangeline Lee | Event Design: Beth Helmstetter Events | Floral Design: Holly Flora | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Wedding Cake: Vanilla Bakeshop | Bride's Shoes: Charlotte Olympia | Make-up: Kira Nasrat | Hair: Bradin Palestino | Groom's Suit: J Lindeberg | Venue: Private Estate

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High Tea Baby Shower

We took an office vote and decided a baby shower inspired by Laduree is probably the best idea ever. From the patisserie to the elegant table settings, Modern Dame and Holly Flora left no high tea detail unturned for this soon-to-be mom. Who looks mighty gorgeous in her rose floral crown, might I add. If you love macarons, and pink and all things decadent and pretty, then don’t miss the rest of Krista Mason‘s images in the gallery.

From Modern Dame … When I found out my cousin-in-law, Hanna, was pregnant with a baby girl, I was over-joyed especially since I knew Hanna was secretly hoping for a daughter. I was even more excited when she agreed that I could help plan her baby shower. I recalled Hanna telling me that she was craving sweets during this pregnancy, macarons to be specific. So, immediately the famous Parisian patisserie, Laduree, came to mind.

Inspired by the patisserie, I started designing the dessert table first. I reached out to my favorite pastry-designer, Sweet and Saucy Shop to create a one-of-a-kind dessert table. The macaron towers, petite fours, custom sugar cookies and panna cotta shots all emphasized Laduree’s signature details with pretty sugar flowers, glittered bows and roses.

I also had Brag Designs create a romantic and whimsical backdrop for the dessert table. The backdrop she created using fluffy big white roses and pastel-toned butterflies was definitely something everyone talked about. It went perfectly with the dessert table and added that wow-factor.

Holly Flora, who is amazing, created romantic Parisian pink floral centerpieces using dahlias, sweet peas, garden roses, lisianthus, and hydrangeas. She also incorporated vintage tea sets and glass cloche which added perfectly to the theme and looked so elegant.

In order to enhance this Parisian Laduree themed shower, I wanted to have matching china, teacups and gold flatware. Dish Wish’s garden-themed china was perfect! We even alternated different pattern china to give it more a shabby chic look. The gold flatware definitely added that nice touch to the overall table setting. The La Travola floral applique linens were also an elegant and whimsical detail that made a beautiful effect to the dining and dessert table. Hanna and the guest had an amazing time and I was thrilled to hear that the mom-to-be was really happy with the shower and she will forever cherish this shower.

Photography: Krista Mason Photography | Event Planning: Modern Dame | Floral Design: Holly Flora | Cake: Sweet And Saucy | Invitations: Studio 9 Designs | Favors: Bird Pick Tea And Herb | China And Flatware: Dish Wish | Linen: La Tavola | Paper Floral Backdrop: Brags Design | Rentals: Town And Country

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