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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.


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).

Cinematography: Marmalade Sky Films


Vintage Pink Wedding at a Private Estate

This wedding is all about the playful. Think a mariachi band at cocktail hour or guests munching on popcorn while sipping champagne. That quirky meets vintage style is what sets this wedding apart from the standard gorgeous fare. And behind all those pretty details lies a team of amazing vendors, like Jessica Burke and her stunning images + pink, pink and more pink details by A Shabby Affair and florals to match by Megan Haney Designs. Click here for the full gallery.


From the Bride… When many people think about weddings, the thoughts are of a day consumed with all things bride and groom but we wanted a different kind of wedding. We wanted our day to showcase, not only our love for each other, but also, our love for those closest to us.

Therefore, when it came to our wedding, there were a few requirements for Gabriel and I. Our perfect day would include a Catholic Ceremony, lots of family and friends, good drinks, great eats and an outdoor space that can be both beautiful and fun. We fell in love with the Tamayo Family Estate for our reception venue almost as quickly as we did with each other. Its simple beauty, large space and gorgeous scenery made it perfect for us. After we chose the estate, we began to build our vision. We wanted a day that reflected who we are. We thought the best way to do this was to create a larger scale reception similar to parties we love to host at home, therefore, a formal, 3-course sit down wedding was out of the question.

We like fun and casual but always allow room for pretty details. To represent our fun and playful side, we had mariachi, games and popcorn to liven up our cocktail hour, menu selections that included our favorite foods, a bar pouring our favorite cocktails and late night taco truck to round out our evening.

To show our love for all things pretty, we chose things that would add to the beautiful estate not take away. We envisioned Vintage chic with pastels, lace and textures. We have known Mary Bonilla with Shabby Events, Megan Haney from Megan Haney Designs, Stephanie and Scott Kendall of Carpe Diem Wine Bar, both personally and professionally for years, so when it came time to select a team to turn our vision into our perfect day, there was no doubt that this would be the group that would make it happen. This amazing group of people did not just take our vision and execute it; they went beyond anything we could have dreamt. When we got engaged, we already know that we wanted Jessica Burke of Jessica Burke Photography to photograph our wedding. Having grown up just a few doors down from her and following her amazing career, I knew that her love for us would capture moments that other photographers would not see. Her warm hearted personality and passion for moments are what helps her produce incredible images that would help us look back at this day time after time. At the end of it all, we could not have asked for anything more. We look back at the photos and the reminder it gives us of our perfect day takes our breath away every time.

Photography: Jessica Burke | Floral Design: Megan Haney Designs | Cake: Gala Bakery | Ceremony Venue: St Anthony Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Tamayo Family Vineyards | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Carpe Diem Wine Bar | Wedding Planning + Vintage Rentals: A Shabby Affair