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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 Picnic Engagement Party Inspiration

What better way to ask your favorite people to play a part in your upcoming Big Day than with a playful picnic, complete with snacks and sips, romantic wildflowers and gilded paper goods galore!? Laina Miller, co-founder of Happenings Co created this celebratory scene, shot by Betsi Ewing and all our future gatherings will need to step it up a bit to match this magic!

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From Creative Director and Happenings Co co-founder Laina MillerA romantic and whimsical scene was set for this outdoor engagement shoot. Inspiration was drawn from vintage photos of couples lounging on layered blankets in the Springtime. The overall feel was soft and dreamy, with overflowing florals in pastels set against Elysian Park. The centerpiece of the shoot was the hillside picnic where our young couple greeted their best friends with gilded invitations to honor them as their Maid of Honor and Best Man. Every element was specifically designed to fit the playful picnic vibe from the announcement pieces and custom textiles, to the hand-painted vintage wagon and scrabble board.

HappeningsCo. is a styling and design studio focusing on weddings and pop-up shops. We have a soft spot for unique events and work closely with florists, caterers, photographers, producers and other creatives to throw charming affairs that are imaginative, and always memorable.

Photography: Betsi Ewing Photography | Event Styling: Happenings Co | Event Stylist: Anna Galle | Floral Design: Indigo & Plum | Catering: Deco Tartlette | Hair And Makeup: Elissa Ruminer | Venue: Elysian Park | Creative Direction: Laina Miller

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SMP Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Giveaway!

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!

Photo Credit: Heidi-O-Photo

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Lazaro Fall 2015 Collection at JLM Couture

It goes without saying that the name Lazaro holds some serious weight in the world of bridal fashion. So California brides, you’ll want to mark your calendars for June 5-7, 2015 to preview the new Fall 2015 Lazaro collection at the JLM Couture Flagship Salon in West Hollywood. These dresses are beyond stunning, and the icing on the cake? You’ll get the chance to meet Head Designer Lazaro himself!

Known not only for their incredible selection of dresses but also for their top-notch customer service, JLM Couture is the shop to find your dream dress. Featuring incredible silhouettes, luxe fabrics and jaw-droppingly gorgeous details, this Lazaro Fall 2015 Collection is something else. I’m also pretty smitten with the incredible watercolor inspired fabrics which would be perfect for a bride looking for something just a little bit different.

Ladies, you will not want to miss this one! Appointments can be made by calling 424.249.3909 or by visiting the JLM Couture website. Happy dress shopping!

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Romantic Spring Wedding at Smog Shoppe

First it was these rose gold shoes that made me gasp. Then I soaked up the gorgeous colors from the florals and decor and started taking notes. But the icing on the incredible (vegan!) cake? This showstopper of a dress. I didn’t even need to look any further, but I’m glad I did because Koman Photography’s pics just kept getting better and better and this Cali celebration is one I won’t soon forget.

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From the Bride… Since our third date, Sean and I knew we would marry each other, but I had no idea he was going to pop the question the night we were celebrating a year together at our favorite restaurant in LA, Crossroads Kitchen. We left a wonderful date and as we were headed home he started babbling all this stuff about loving me so much that I started to freak out – I thought he was about to deliver some bad news. But when I asked him he just kept smiling and so I started to suspect. Turns out he had commissioned my sister (and future MOH) to set the scene and make sure the dog didn’t catch fire from all the candles. I walked in the apartment and when I turned around he was on one knee. I’m a pretty private person so I love the fact that he made it just about us, at home. And, our wedding was no different – totally about us.

I wasted no time trying on dresses and about 10 white, traditional gowns in, found the one. A gorgeous multi-colored, drop waist, fit and flare with an asymmetrical horsehair ruffle (GASP). We’re vegan, so we started researching caterers who could accommodate and through that search came across the Smog Shoppe. It was so perfectly us – a little urban, a little earthy. Then we did a food tasting with Jennie Cooks Catering and were sold on bite one of pierogi casserole and tempeh schnitzel – in honor of the groom’s Polish roots. I only met with one florist who totally got my theme – mixing in soft romantic colors and structures to the harder urban venue. The overall color scheme was inspired by my dress – blush, ivory and champagne, accented by the bridesmaids in navy, groomsmen in grey and rose gold metallic accents. Then, by the grace of the universe, Wedding Paper Divas released rose gold metallic foil printing! With my mom and sister’s help, we DIY’d table number holders from wine bottles, seating charts and bar menus. My dad and Sean built custom bag-o boards with our monogram and wedding date for the reception. And our amazing family friend created our “naked” wedding cake (also vegan) and the ivory flower girl dresses. Koman Photography did an amazing job capturing (and coaching, if I’m honest) every amazing moment, without making me feel like hiding from the paparazzi. It turned out exactly how I’d hoped.

Photography: Koman Photography | Floral Design: Blossom Floral | Wedding Dress: White By Vera Wang | Wedding Cake: Janice Clark | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White By Vera Wang | Catering: Jennie Cooks Catering | DJ: DJ Lady Sinclair | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Smog Shoppe | Flower Girl Dresses: Janice Clark Wedding | Hair And Make-up: Danelle Goodwin And Sheryl Conner

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Tassels and Tastemakers Wild West Inspired Party

When a team of talents join forces for a party like Tassels and Tastemakers you just know you are about to see some serious pretty. Particularly when the party is hosted by Be Inspired PR with vendors like Mindy WeissBeth HelmstetterFound Vintage RentalsKarson Butler Events and 24 Carrots (just to name a few). With a wild west theme executed to complete perfection, these images from Troy Grover make us want to break out a big ol’ yee haw!

From Be Inspired PRThis Spring, we hosted our 5th semi-annual Tassels and Tastemakers party at the Carondelet House in Los Angeles. The top wedding professionals flew in from all over the country and even came as far as Canada and Hawaii to attend the event! The theme was “Wild West” and everyone was encouraged to wear their cowboy boots and hats to really get into the spirit! All were greeted with a custom sheriff badge name tag and a letterpress guide to the night from  Underwood Letterpress sporting a “sexy cowboy” on the front. Throughout the night, guests took line dancing lessons with the live country band, “The Whiskey Woos” by Van Tuyl Entertainment, enjoyed cold beer on tap and visited the “braid bar” by 10.11 Makeup for a true cowgirl hair style! The Saloon, designed by Karson Butler Events, served up delicious honey whiskey lemonade from 24 Carrots Catering and Tres LA kept the guests full with delicious appetizers and a panini station! The dance floor sparkled with custom market lights and comfy lounges designed by Beth Helmstetter. And guests really felt like they were in the Wild West with  Mindy Weiss’ custom teepee lounge and dinner table. Found Vintage Rentals brought in all of the amazing rustic style furniture to transform the space and Hidden Garden Flowers and Art With Nature created incredible floral displays! The space was dotted with custom rope signs with the event’s custom hashtag, #TasselsandTastemakers, and the hosts’ Instagram handles created by Pitbulls And Posies ! Guests could also make a custom flipbook to take home at the Flipbooth in front of a “Go Buck Wild” backdrop designed by The Venue Report! Sweet treats were served up by both Sweet Lucie’s and Hannah’s Bananas for a perfect dessert combo. Attendees were encouraged to network with each other by posting a photo with a new friend and were entered to win the “Selfie Shootout” – a giveaway hosted by The Venue Report for a one night stay at the beautiful Rancho Valencia! And of course, everyone went home with an amazing swag bag! Troy Grover and Cloudless Weddings were there to capture all the amazing details! It was a night to remember and we are getting excited for our next event in NYC in the Fall!

Photography: Troy Grover Photographers | Videographer: Cloudless Weddings | Catering: Tres L.A. Catering | Band: The Whiskey Woos By Van Tuyl Entertainment | Venue: Carondelet House | Braid Bar: 10.11 Makeup | Chocolate Covered Bananas: Hannah's Bananas | Cocktails And Bar: 24 Carrots | Dance Floor, Indoor Lounge, Dessert Courtyard Design: Beth Helmstetter | Dance Floor, Indoor Lounge, Dessert Courtyard Florals: Art With Nature | Dinner Table, Teepee, Braid Bar, Beer And Wine Bar Design: Mindy Weiss Party Consultants | Entryway, Saloon, Cocktail Bar Design: Karson Butler Events | Event: Tassels and Tastemakers | Host and Production: Be Inspired PR | Ice Cream: Sweet Lucie's | Logo: East Six | Paper Goods: Underwood Letterpress | Photo Booth: Flipbooth | Photobooth Backdrop: The Duo Studio | Photobooth Backdrop Design: The Venue Report | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Rope Signs: Pitbulls And Posies | Saloon, Dinner Table, Photobooth Backdrop Entryway, Braid Bar, : The Hidden Garden | Swag Bags: Loverly | Swag: Art Prints: Minted | Swag: Cookies: Milk Jar Cookies | Swag: Dress Designer: Pas De Deux Bridal | Swag: Invitation: Engaging Papers | Swag: Lip Scrub: Sara Happ | Swag: Make Up App: Priv | Swag: Mason Jars: Let's Tie The Knot | Swag: Ring Wipes: Bling Wipes | Swag: Toffee: B. Toffee | Swag: Venue: The Colony House | Swag: Western Cookies: Beverly's Best Bakery | Table Menus: Lehr And Black | Teepee: Revelry Event Designers | Wine: ONEHOPE Wine

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Abby Capalbo

Design, Styling, Parties