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Surf and Sand Resort

I love California, that’s a given. The sun, the sand, the ocean  — it’s all swoon worthy in my book. So when it comes to booking a West Coast wedding destination? I’d look no further than Laguna Beach’s Surf & Sand Resort. Featuring stunning accommodations, gorgeous views and unique event spaces, Surf & Sand Resort is the perfect spot for a dreamy beachfront wedding.

From the creative and exceptional cuisine at the venue’s on-site restaurant, Splashes to the endless local Laguna Beach activities right out the front door, your guests will be thanking you for saying “I do” in such a fabulous locale. Surf & Sand Resort has gorgeous spaces for every wedding weekend event — from rehearsal dinner to farewell brunch. Oh, I can’t forget to mention the venue’s award-winning pool and luxe 15fiftyfive Lounge that offers up incredible sunset views! My dears, this spot’s got it all.

I don’t know about you all, but my bags are already packed! OH! There’s more — if you book your big day at Surf & Sand Resort by March 31, 2015, you’ll receive an extra night stay for the bride and groom! Offer good for wedding reception of 50 or more guests and/or minimum $6000 spent in catering food and beverage. For new bookings only. Simply mention this post when booking your wedding date. Happy planning! xo



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The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Every time I imagine a picturesque California wedding, the setting is the focal point (behind the bride + groom, of course!); and that is exactly the case at the unforgettable Ranch at Laguna Beach. The idyllic location, with its legendary nature setting, sets the stage for jaw dropping, gorgeous weddings and events.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach offers couples a choice of on-site venues, from the open-air Scout Camp to the lush Putting Green, and the property boasts romantic bridges, incredible views and stunning gardens — hello, photo ops! Perfect as a destination locale, The Ranch puts your guests close to sun, sand, sea and all the rest of the Village’s amazing offerings. With a focus on warm + personalized events, food and beverage menus are custom tailored for each wedding and their Personal Concierge is there to ensure every detail goes off without a hitch!

And get this, the venue even has a Destination Wedding Planning Service which helps couples plan every single element of your wedding weekend — from a barbecue rehearsal dinner to a wedding day golf tournament. For more information about The Ranch at Laguna Beach, and to book your big day, call 949.499.2271 or head over here. Also, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest + Instagram for more wedding day inspiration!


Love and Lace Bridal + A Discount!

We’ve long loved Love and Lace Bridal for their incredible selection of romantic and unique wedding dresses. And SMPers, get this, because they love you all so very much, they’re offering $200 off any regular-priced wedding gown purchased during the month of September! OH, there’s more — Love and Lace Bridal has teamed up with Two’s Company in Tustin, California to offer $50 off any veil purchase (when purchasing a dress).

Carrying designers such as Leanne Marshall, Elizabeth Dye, Rose & Delilah, Mikaella by Paloma Blanca and so many more, Love and Lace Bridal has you covered in the wedding dress department. The stunning selection is perfect for the fun, quirky and slightly non-traditional bride!

Head over here or call 949.861.8455 to book your September appointment, and be sure to mention discount code SMP200 when booking! For tons more inspiration and pretty pretty dress pics, be sure to follow Love and Lace Bridal on Instagram


Stylish Orange County Wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

A gown with the perfect touch of pink, beautifully edited details planned by Natalie Vishny Of Swellegant Events and the gorgeous Laguna Ritz-Carlton setting the scene for it all? That, my lovelies, is the no-fail recipe for one breathtaking wedding. And when Michael of Michael + Anna Costa Photography is behind the lens to capture it all? Well, that’s when we drop everything to soak up every last moment


From Michael of Michael + Anna Costa PhotographyThis client is really important to us. Oren is an Emmy Award Winner for “Outstanding Picture Editing” on American Idol as well as Seven other Emmy Nominations for “Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming” & “Outstanding Multi-camera Picture Editing For A Series.”As well, the planner for this wedding, Natalie Vishny of Swellegant Events was really awesome. It was just an awesome wedding all round.

Photography: Michael Of Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Event Planning: Natalie Vishny Of Swellegant Events | Florist: Designs By Marina | Wedding Dress: Tara LaTour | Makeup: Mariah Nicole Makeup And Hair Artistry | Officiant: Cantor Marcia Tilchin | Officiant: Rabbi Elie Spitz | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Photo Booth: Capital Photo Booth | Rentals: Happy Chuppah | Venue: Ritz-Carlton | Wedding Dress Boutique: The White Dress

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Traditional Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel Wedding

This is one seriously stunning wedding.  The kind of day that mixes tradition, romance and the California sunshine in the most perfect of ways.  I’m talking a cliffside ceremony overlooking the pacific ocean followed by a fabulous ballroom reception that will, quite literally, take your breath away.  All captured beautifully by Lars Lindstrom, this is one film you’ll have on repeat.


From Lars Lindstrom… Imagine a perfectly sunny, breezy day overlooking must-be-heaven sights of the ocean below. Add an intimate group of close friends, family, and a string quartet in a courtyard arrayed with hydrangea and rose, and “Voila!” – you have the perfect setting for Jiao and Richard, who said “I do” at the beautiful Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California. This video was a same day edit and was shown on a projector during their reception. We absolutely loved capturing this special day at this gorgeous venue in Laguna Niguel!

Venue: Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel | Videographer/Editor: Lars Lindstrom