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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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Whimsical Italian-Inspired Editorial

Have you ever experienced that magic that is Venice? Well today we’re whisking you away. Because this pretty is proof that a team of talented vendors (I’m looking at you Natalie SchuttKrista JonKacee Geoffroy and Archive Rentals) can bring the sinking city alive even in the Golden State. Sharing sweet kisses Koman Photography played models for a day while Natalie Schutt snapped it all here!

From Koman PhotographyJohn and I had the chance of being in front of the camera for a fellow wedding photographer.

From Danae Grace EventsThere is something so romantic about being in the water in a gondola. Since we couldn’t make it to Italy, we decided we would find the closest thing possible to designing something gorgeous, unique and Italian-inspired. Gondola Getaway imports their gondolas directly from Italy, and has created an experience for their clients that is one of a kind. We designed a shoot to encompass and showcase the natural beauty and authenticity of the European Gondolas. Our vision was to fill up the gondola with whimsical foliage and flowers. And with the larger gondola, what is more perfect than a romantic dinner for two! Using rich jewel tones with accents of brass, we created a bold design that enhanced the entire look. Krista Jon with Archive Rentals did an incredible job pulling together the design with her team and making our vision come to life. Every single vendor really helped create a cohesive look for the shoot-from the florals, to the cake, to the hair and makeup, to the dresses, to the invites. Thank you Natalie Schutt for capturing it all so beautifully ! And thank you also to Marlene and John of Koman Photography for a being part of our shoot!

Photography: Natalie Schutt | Event Planning: Be Inspired PR | Event Planning: Danae Grace Events | Floral Design: Krista Jon | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks | Hair And Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy | Wedding Venue: Gondola Getaway | Accessories: Amanda Judge| Untamed Petals | Couple: Koman Photography | Dessert: Great Dane Baking | Paper Goods/Invitation Suite: Copper Willow Studios | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Suit: Banana Republic | White Romper: Loverly Collections

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Patina Wedding + A Giveaway!

Dreamy weddings?  They’re sort of our business here at SMP.  So when it comes to drop-dead gorgeous affairs that make our hearts sing, our obsession starts and ends with Patina Wedding.  From their expert culinarians to their fab mixologists to their amazing planning team, this, loves, is a group of wedding gurus that knows a thing or two about making your day totally stunning + totally unique.

A literal dream team of all things wedding, Patina Wedding can take those visions that have been dancing in your head and turn them into a serious reality.  Think custom dessert stations meets fabulous drinks meets the prettiest celebration you have ever seen and you are sooo on the right track.  And with Patina Wedding, each and every affair they touch is yours and yours only, so that every magical moment of your day speaks 100% to you and your honey.  We love that.

Contact one of Patina Wedding’s amazing Wedding Specialists at 213.972.3673 or patinawedding@patinagroup.com to start talking about your perfect day.  You can celebrate your “I do’s” in a location of your choosing, or select one of Patina Wedding’s breathtaking locales, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  No matter the venue, you can rest assured that Patina Wedding and their extensive network of vendors will craft a day that you never dreamed possible… and then some.

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What: Patina Wedding is giving away $2500 towards your dream day, plus free upgrades, toasts, dinners and discounts on party favors!

Who: To enter, simply build your Pinterest wedding board and take a short quiz!  Click here for all of the details! #PatinaRingOnIt

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Patina Wedding + A Giveaway!

In the world of seriously stunning weddings that go off without a single hitch, Patina Wedding reigns supreme.  Think a talented team of expert culinarians, esteemed sommeliers + mixologists, fab wedding planners and artistic pastry chefs all coming together to make your dream day a total reality.  From their full service packages to their landmark locales, this, my friends, is a true fairytale experience.

With Patina Wedding, cookie cutter weddings are absolutely non-existent.  That’s because the team at Patina Wedding is completely devoted to creating a magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience that is truly yours, and yours only.  Celebrate your day in sophisticated style in one of Patina Wedding’s landmark locales (hello, Descanso Gardens, Café Pinot and Walt Disney Concert Hall) or select a spot of your very own choosing, from a private estate to a beautiful seaside setting.  No matter the location, Patina Wedding will utilize their extensive network of seriously talented wedding vendors to create a day that exceeds even your wildest expectations.

Contact a Patina Wedding’s Wedding Specialist today at 213.972.3673 or patinawedding@patinagroup.com to get your dream day started.  And don’t forget to ask about their fab collection of signature and classic wedding cakes, party favors and specialty dessert stations that are guaranteed to wow each and every one of your guests!

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What: Patina Wedding is giving away $2500 towards your dream day, plus free upgrades, toasts, dinners and discounts on party favors!

How: To enter, simply build your Pinterest wedding board and take a short quiz! Click here for all of the details! #PatinaRingOnIt

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Elegant Loft on Pine Wedding

This is the sort of wedding where every last detail is almost too pretty to believe.  From the stunning florals from Designs By Marina to the breathtaking candlelit ceremony.  But peel back the layers of gorgeous and this is a story of two high school sweeties; a duo soooooo seriously adorable, you can’t help but love every last second of their day captured by AndySeo Studio.  See it here.

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From the Groom… Some would call it chance, others fate. Either way, I was one of the lucky few who would find the person I would spend the rest of my life with at a very early age. I first met Nancy at a cross town rival high school’s club event. We had mutual friends who introduced us briefly; I don’t think I said more than two words to her that first night. It wouldn’t be until months later that I mustered up the courage to say “hi” to her again. I fell in love with her personality way before I fell in love with her gorgeous features, and that’s how I knew that the connection we had was something real. She was witty, charming, goofy, and above all else, surprising; constantly keeping me on my toes. I had never met anyone like her before in my life (or since then for that matter).

Throughout the course of those first couple of months, I must have asked her to be my girlfriend at least three or four times, and she mercilessly shot me down each time. I knew she wasn’t quite ready for a relationship just yet, but that wouldn’t stop me from trying nonetheless. Ironically, it was she who finally asked me out one cold night in December. Like a mastermind, she had orchestrated an elaborate scenario at the beach filled with heart shaped candles in the sand, and balloons that symbolized our soon to be relationship. Suffice it to say, we’ve been together ever since.

I’ve been with my then girlfriend, and now wife, for 12 amazing years. In that time, we’ve made countless memories together, from our high school prom to our college graduations. She’s even cracked my shell enough to show me how amazing it can be to travel around the world, experiencing new adventures together every step of the way. Because of her, I’ve had dinner on the beach in Fiji, jumped out of an airplane at 14,500 feet in Hawaii, watched the cherry blossoms fall in Japan, and ate the best pizza of my life in New York. She is my better half, constantly challenging me to live my life purposefully; making me look forward to each new day.

Last November, I made the decision to ask my high school sweetheart to be the woman I spend the rest of my life with. I wanted to surprise her in all the ways that she had done for me over the years. What she thought was a celebratory reunion for my birthday was in fact just an excuse to gather all of our friends together so that I could pop the big question. As everyone gathered around for what she assumed was the surprise birthday cake, I instead dropped down to one knee and asked the most important question of my life. What followed was a tumultuous chorus of tears, laughter, cheers, and congratulations; it is a night I will never forget.

The rest, as they say, is history. We were married about a year after our engagement on our 12th anniversary. The celebration was as much for us as it was for all the family and friends who have supported us along the way. These past 12 years have been a blessing. And yet, I know that the best is yet to come.

Photography: AndySeo Studio | Videography: Scenemotion | Floral Design: Designs By Marina | Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang | Wedding Venue: The Loft On Pine

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