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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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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).


Elegant Outdoor Vineyard Wedding in Calistoga

When the talents at Paperweight Films send a film our way, we consider that a very good day. Especially when that film happens to feature a stunning vineyard affair filled with sweet DIY details and one of the cutest couples you will ever virtually meet.  It’s a breathtaking ceremony meets a candlelit party and you can see every moment in the sweet film below, and the gallery captured by Eric James Leffler.


From Paperweight FilmsMichelle and Tim had a beautiful wedding at Hans Fahden. They spent a lot of time on the small details — Michelle is a design and DIY wiz! The bride created all the paper-based details herself, including the Hydrangea Pomander Balls, Rose Paper Swirl Flowers, Origami Japanese Kusudama Flowers, Origami Paper Cranes, and fans. What’s really special about the origami pieces is that her Grandmother taught her the skill! She also designed their wedding invitations.

Another favorite detail from their wedding is their sweet Corgi, Yuki! These two love their pup and incorporated him so well into their day. He was so handsome in his bowtie!

We’re so happy for this beautiful and sweet couple and were thriled to capture their magic!

From the beautiful Bride… Wedding planning was actually a breeze as I am a pretty well organized person. The only tedious part of planning I came across was doing a lot of the DIY invitations, poster, menus, handmade cranes and paper flowers for the wedding. My main mission was to try to find a venue that had everything packaged with vendors (especially a wedding coordinator). Above all I wanted to find a venue where I did not have to think about extra detailed costs and possibly needing to spend more money on decor and other such add-on’s.

Thus, when we found Hans Fahden, I already knew we found the place. As you step in to Hans Fahden you are surrounded by a beautiful natural scenery with each landscape thought out with love from the owners. I felt like I was walking into a Monet garden (my favorite painter). You are surrounded by arches of green, vineyards, a bridge, ponds, tea houses and so much more. Best of all a beautiful lit wine cave for a reception. There was no need to add anything because it was already all there. You could tell the owners of Hans Fahden truly just wanted to make your wedding day special.

The only vendors we chose to use outside of the Hans Fahden package was our videographer and photographer and my hair/makeup stylist. And I truly have no regrets for choosing them. I received so many compliments for my makeup & hair and our photographer was amazing and I truly barely even noticed our videograpers! Our video, photos, everything about our wedding was beautiful.

Photography: Eric James Leffler | Cinematography: Paperweight Films | Coordination: Reana Dean of Hans Fahden Vineyards | Floral Design: Verde Flowers | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Calistoga Village Bakery | Jewelry: Haute Bride | Hair & Makeup: Lela Nguyen | DJ: Michaels Music | Groom's Attire: Groom Topman | Officiant: Rev. Blane Ellsworth | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Cake Topper: Lillopop Workshop | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Hans Fahden Vineyards | Dog's Bow Tie: LADogStore

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