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San Diego Wedding Party Bridal Show+ A Special Offer!

Bridal shows are the ultimate when it comes to gathering ideas + inspiration for your big day;  especially when the event is as fabulous as the San Diego Wedding Party Bridal Show coming up on Sunday, May 4, 2014! And get this, tickets for SMP readers are FREE! Be sure not to miss this event, lovelies! 

Held at the chic new Vintana at the Centre, this upscale show has it all. Chock full of the best venders in CA, the event offers couples cake tastings, amazing cuisine from top caterers, cocktails, an expert beauty lounge, a bridal marketplace and even incredible fashion shows featuring dresses by Val Stefani and Moonlight bridal collections! Four lucky brides will win a Bridal Backstage Pass contest to get styled by one of the shows amazing guest stylists and walk the runway in one of the fashion shows! Taking over three floors, the San Diego Wedding Party Bridal Show will make planning your big day easy and stress-free!

Top it all off with presentations from guest stylists Fiori Couture, Casual Loves Elegance, CBS Lifestylist and Brilliant Event Design, who will create stunning bridal looks! Brides can even check out the ‘Meet the Stylists Showcase’ to chat with the professionals and see how they work! Sounds pretty fabulous, right!? Head over here to claim your two FREE tickets ($40 value) to the incredible San Diego Wedding Party Bridal Show. There are also VIP tickets available with front row seating for the runway show and a swag bag worth $150 (to purchase head over here). Happy planning, lovelies!


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Huron Substation Wedding Full of Color

Kick those heels back and get ready for a color explosion my friends. A really well crafted, beautifully executed color explosion by Sitting In A Tree Events with citrus colored flowers by Twig And Twine. It has a bit of boho and a dash of modern along with a food spread by Heirloom LA fit for the best of dinner parties. Oh and lots of gorgeous images by Jen Huang too. See them all here.

And because this wedding is way too cool to just have one little ol’ film by SharkPig, it has two. First up a little ditty of the day and second a dance off that had the whole office shimmying in our chairs. Push play on these gems…


From the Bride… Matt and I met while attending business school at UCLA. Our first 2 years of dating were a whirlwind of new travels, new cities, new friends, new jobs and lots of fun. So when Matt asked me to marry him on the beach at the very moment the sun rose over the Pacific Ocean on Christmas Day 2012, it was the easiest “Yes” ever. Of course I will spend the rest of my life with my favorite person ever.

From the first day of our engagement, the advice came pouring in. However there was only 1 nugget of advice that stuck with both Matt and I, and it was the driving force of our wedding planning: “Pick the one thing you care about to focus your attention on; Let everything else be what may.” For Matt, it was the music. For me, it was the food. And, my god, did Michael Antonia of the Flashdance, and Heirloom LA rock our worlds on our wedding day. For everything else, we chose who we felt were the very best vendors in their category, shared our vision from the start, and just empowered them to do their craft. It made for so many amazing surprises on the day of our wedding!

Tori, of Sitting in a Tree events, Nicollette of Heirloom LA and Heather of Twigs & Twine were so amazing to work with because each of them celebrated our vision once they saw and fell in love with our venue (Huron Substation) just as we had done. We loved the intimate, industrial space of Huron and wanted to contrast it with a whimsical color palette and lots and lots of personalized touches.

Matt is Jewish and we were getting married around Rosh Hashanah, where it is tradition to give apples and honey to ring in a sweet New Year. So Tori improvised to have peaches and honey as our takeaway gifts. I’m from Wisconsin, where cheese is a standalone food group, so instead of having a traditional wedding cake, we had a cheese wheel cake that Nicollette expertly pioneered with Matt Poley. Tori even surprised us on the day of our wedding with personalized pencils (with our wedding hashtag #meetthekerbels) on them so guests could fill out their personalized Mad Libs to give us advice as a married couple! Everything that day was so us. It really made it feel so special.

The wedding day was a whirlwind, as they always are, but my 10 (!) bridesmaids were my rocks, as was the amazing Tara of Make Up Therapy, who worked magic on me, my mom and my mother-in-law. Wade Koch of Flashdance was our unbelievable videographer, who documented everything from me practicing (and sobbing through) my vows in my bridal suite, to us Harlem Shaking on the bridal party bus, to our first dance and the most epic dance party of all time (DJ’ed by the brilliant Michael Antonia of the Flashdance). I’m usually so awkward on camera, but he made us all look relaxed and like the fun never stopped. And it really didn’t. Despite the fact the LA had a heat wave that day, everyone partied until 11:30, when Matt and I led the hardiest down the street (holding flags that Tori had made that read “Beers & Tacos This Way”) to have an after party at Footsies and $1 tacos next door.

It was an absolutely perfect night, and I owe everything to Wade and one of my best friends from college, Jen Huang of Jen Huang Photography, for capturing every single moment of it. We now have the pictures all over our home as a constant reminder of what a real life fairytale it was.

Photography: Jen Huang | Catering: Heirloom LA | Event Design: Sitting In A Tree | Dj: The FlashDance | Coordination: Sitting In A Tree | Day-of Paper And Laser Decor: Pitbulls And Posies | Florals: Twig And Twine | Rentals: Yeah Rentals | Second Shooter: Kurt Boomer | Tabletop Rentals: Farra Of Hostess Haven | Venue: Huron Substation

Bohemian Backyard Wedding in Venice Beach

This wedding makes me want to throw a party.  Or, you know, wish as hard as I can that I was friends with this bride and groom, so I could have attended their day of boho chic awesomeness.  I’m talking a backyard affair crafted by a talented team of vendors with too many amazing details to even count.  It’s perfection, lovelies.  See it all captured by onelove photography right here.

And even more sweetness from Fruitful Films… awesome.

From the Bride… Our Bohemian Backyard Bash in sunny Venice, CA was about as eclectic and as artsy and as home spun as our many loved ones. The day was full of award winning photographers, filmmakers, producers, dancers, actors, screen writers, musicians, journalists, designers, and agents — all bringing their talents for partying in style. Even those who don’t identify as “creatives” kicked off their shoes and embraced the art of true beach living. It only made sense then that we rented an Airstream with a turquoise camper, borrowed a dear friend’s side car (thanks “Sweet Sidecar, Dude!”), made cardboard “Choose Love” signs (thanks “Borrowed BLU!”), sourced bongos + cowbells + sparklers (thanks big brother David), and asked our guests to parade from the ceremony at Big Red Sun (a modern, rustic, organic landscape and design studio on Rose Avenue) to our family’s private home off Abbott Kinney, for a Food Truck and dancing reception (thanks Bordergrill + The Flashdance), all under the twinkliest of twinkle lights. Pure magic captured by onelove photography, Fruitful Films, A Light Wedding, with our own Super 8 filmmaking in between (The Legacy Boutique).

Our style was definitely homespun and boho chic, mixing bronze and rattan chargers with gold rimmed china, rose glassware and gold flatware, all set atop burlap on reclaimed wood tables with floral designs by my dear childhood friend Aliza (Hedges Designs). We set up a long row of five hand constructed picnic tables alongside a long row of low floor pillows, benches, industrial stools, and eclectic rugs for a homey, indoor/outdoor, casual luxe feel. Cozy and conversational and just the way we like it!

I’m pretty obsessed with all things Free People, House of Harlow, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, BCBG, and Planet Blu. Looking outside of the wedding world, staying true to what our interior design style was, helped to keep our day feeling original and familiar to who we really are. We chose our family’s backyard after having had so many parties under the stars there, well into the wee hours. We knew everyone would feel at home and the recent remodel made for a fun reveal.

Favorite moments of the day: Eating quinoa fritters and fish tacos all together, shoulder to shoulder with my momma and so many guests, swaying and singing “Lean on Me” is a moment I won’t soon forget. Or the Dreamcatchers that we had strewn about. They’ve always held deep meaning and I knew I wanted to incorporate their sentiment and their style into the day. Rather than have my bridal gals carry bouquets, I invited my dearest chicas and moms to each hand make their own dreamcatcher at the shower. The idea being not only to use them at the ceremony (and later to decorate the cake table) but to turn them into a baby mobile one day. Even now they hang in our bedroom and remind The Dreadman and I of all the love and support we’ve known, and will continue to know as we move through our marriage, in good times and bad. They’re a handmade touchstone and keepsake.

Photography: Onelove Photography | Videography: Fruitful Films | Dress: Pronovias ("Salermo") | Cake: Conde Cakes | Ceremony: Big Red Sun | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Caterer: Border Grille Food Truck | Coordinator: Borrowed Blu | Hair: Blowlux | DJ: The Flashdance | Officiant: Aaron Goldberg {friend Of B&G} | Catering And Bar: Alice At A Light Live Streaming | Catering And Bar: Jason Smith | Designer: The Legacy Boutique | Florals: Aliza Hedges {Hedges Designs} | Makeup: Makeup By Sona | Rentals: Borrowed Blu

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