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Glamorous + Romantic Torrey Pines Engagement Session

What do you get when you combine the natural beauty of the San Diego’s Torrey Pines State Park with the glamour of a beaded gown and the joy of a gorgeous oh-so-in-love couple? This stunning e-sesh, made even prettier with photos from Jen Wojcik Photography. Add in the couple’s two adorable pups, and you’re left with a perfect engagement session. See all the pretty here.


From The Bride…We were both 17 when we met. Classic story – our eyes met from across the room and we kept looking back at each other. I did the unthinkable and walked over to him and said hi- the camp we were at had stickers with your picture and contact information so you could keep in touch with the friends you made. When I walked over to him we exchanged stickers and it being the last day, the next time I saw him was when I was loading up to leave. That night I checked my Myspace (yes!) and I had a message from Mark saying “Hey, I’m Mark the tall guy you met. Did you enjoy the camp?”

Fast forward 8 years later and we have gone through so much together– it’s crazy to think how differently everything could have been had I not walked over to him that day.

Mark is my safe place to land. I could have a bad day and all it takes is him holding me to start feeling better. He has a way of making the most mundane tasks seem like fun adventures. He is a great listener, and the only person I trust with my dreams for the future- his belief in me blows me away every day. The man has a heart of gold and loves to see and make those around him happy. I’m incredibly lucky to have everything I could have asked for and more in a 6’9″ish package of gorgeousness!

From The Groom… Stephanie is the most beautiful person I have ever met. She constantly challenges me to grow in ways I never thought I could, she has helped my dreams become reality without even realizing it. I honestly have no clue how different my life would have been had I never met her. All if know is that I am so excited to see where our life together leads.

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Photography: Jen Wojcik Photography | Location: Torrey Pines State Beach

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Romantic Pink Inspired Darlington House Wedding

From the fluffy pink peonies to sequined tablescapes, this right here is a celebration after my own heart. Because when it comes to beachside romance married with a sparkling twist, this fete has left me dreaming over each and every detail. It’s a gallery of goodness straight from Jen Wojcik Photography and it’s all waiting for you here!

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From the beautiful Bride… I love fluffy blush peonies and sparkly tabletops. I wanted everything to be sort of dreamy and romantic with a little something extra! I also wanted a garden wedding and Joe wanted a beach wedding so the Darlington house in La Jolla was like a perfect combination of our two visions.

For The Groom… My favorite moment was sitting at our sweet heart table with my new wife and just enjoying all our guests coming up and talking to us, just soaking it all in.

Photography: Jen Wojcik Photography | Coordination: Michelle Garibay Events | Floral Design: Blush Botanicals | Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal Couture | Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company | Caterer: Crown Point | Hair and Makeup: Lovestruck Makeup Artistry | DJ: The Creative Music DJ | Venue: The Darlington House | Bartender: Snake Oil Cocktail Co. | Guitarist: Miles Classical Guitar | Invitation Suite and Paper Detail: Posh Paperie | Linens and Chargers: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Whimsical La Jolla Wedding by We Heart Photography

We heart We Heart Photography in a big way. Why? Because they send us beauties like this wedding at the crazy gorgeous Estancia La Jolla. Planned to to perfection by the beautiful Bride and Joyful Weddings and Events, it’s literally overflowing with all the things that make my heart beat a little faster. And you can see just what I mean here

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From The Bride…Kevin and I met through my sister and brother-in-law on New Year’s Eve 2010. After talking all night, we had our first kiss at midnight. Kevin is very methodical and rational; I’m a bit more emotional and creative. We just work.

From the start we had two different visions. Kevin wanted classic and I wanted some whimsy. It was important to me that we started our marriage by combining our two aesthetics as they speak so much to who we are as people. Our wedding slowly evolved to be what I like to think of as an indoor garden party. From the farm tables, to the soft color palette, we were able to create the perfect atmosphere. I never felt like I was compromising. By combining our different ideas, our wedding became more than either of us could have imagined on our own.

Initially I wasn’t planning on doing much DIY. I had done a lot for my sister’s wedding, and wanted to simplify. Of course, I ended up adding an extra stamp of us to everything and, in some cases, probably obsessed a little too much over the details. Etsy of course became my best friend. One of my biggest DIY projects was the cake topper. Kevin really wanted a custom topper of us and our dog, Patrick. I looked into getting one made, but found them extremely expensive. So instead, I bought a plain laser woodcut of a bride, groom and dog (off of Etsy), and painted it to look like us.

Other things I did were all about creating the atmosphere we imagined. I bought very classic wedding invitations and ended up die cutting a floral design around the edges to give it a little bit of romance. I did the same thing on the programs I created. For our escort cards, I ordered these beautiful paper flowers off of Etsy in different colors and glued them to Avery business cards. (This let me print them off of my computer after I realized my calligraphy wasn’t the best).

Favorite Moments: This is hard. Kevin and I differ on this. Kevin’s favorite moment was our first look. As he says, “it really blew away any preconceptions I had had. It made everything real.” For me, it was after the ceremony, and after we finished taking all the photos. The photographers left us to go shoot details and we weren’t sure if we were supposed to go towards the cocktail area or wait for someone to come get us. Instead we just decided to take a minute and to sit on a bench and view the cocktail area from afar. It gave us a chance to take it all in. It gave us a chance to joke around. It was really our first moment alone as a married couple.

Advice for other Brides: Also hard. I would say the best advice I got and took, was that as much work as I put into the planning and prepping (over 15 months) I made sure to have a cut-off point and just be a part of the wedding. My sister came to stay with us the Thursday before the wedding and was very insistent that everything be packed and ready to go before we went to bed. Friday was to relax. I felt rushed Thursday, I won’t lie. But Friday came and I was just able to enjoy. Even when little things happened (I forgot the ribbon bouquet for the rehearsal; candles weren’t lit at the reception) I just enjoyed it all.

Musical Choices – Processional and Recessional: My brother, Alex, and his old music teacher played acoustic guitar. | Grand Entrance: Huey Lewis “The Power of Love” – We wanted an 80s rock anthem to set the tone for the night. | First Dance: Jack Johnson “Better Together” – It’s a lovely song. And if you listen to the words it’s the perfect balance of silly and serious. Just like us. | Father/Daughter Dance: Tom Petty “Wildflowers” – This was perfect. I actually remember my dad playing it for me when I was a child. | Mother/Son Dance: Fleetwood Mac “Landslide” – You have to pull at the heartstrings a little.

Kevin’s favorite photo is where I am losing it during the ceremony. He loved the moment it captured.

My favorite photo is the one where we are about to be lifted in the chairs during the horah and Kevin is whispering in my ear. I don’t remember what he said but I love that it’s a special moment just the two of us in the midst of all of our family and friends.

Photography: We Heart Photography | Event Design: Joyful Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Modern Bouquet | Cake: Babycakes | Bridesmaids : Jenny Yoo | Hair and Makeup: Angela Smith | Groom's Attire: Rocky's Custom Clothes | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Victory Mori | Wedding Venue: Estancia La Jolla | Bride's Gown: Pronovias | Live Band: Groove Factory | Rentals: Forever Vintage Rentals

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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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Summer weekends — is there anything better?! To start this one off right, we’re introducing you all to a fabulous new advertiser to join to SMP family: La Jolla Cove Suites. Named a Top 5 Wedding Venue in San Diego for three years in a row, this stunning hotel offers incredible ocean views that will have your guests swooning.

Overlooking famous La Jolla Cove, this beachfront hotel’s rooftop terrace is perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 225 guests! Offering couples incredible catering by The Abbey Catering & Event Design Company, guest rooms, suites and vacation rentals for guests, top-notch customer service and breathtaking views, La Jolla Cove Suites is a must-see locale. For more information and tons of inspiration, check them out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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The Prize: One lucky couple will win a 1-night stay in a deluxe ocean view suite at the La Jolla Cove Suites featuring a private balcony with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the southern California coastline. ($399 value!) Stay includes a complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi and a one hour bike rental for two. Advance reservations required, based on availability only, black-out dates apply.

To Enter: Comment on this post with why you want to explore the La Jolla Cove Suites. One winner, selected completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on June 26th!  For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck!

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