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Brideside + A Giveaway!

I love being a bridesmaid, but I have to admit… bridesmaid dress shopping?  Not so much.  Because as much as I adore hanging with my besties, trekking around to one bridal store after another isn’t really my idea of fun.  Enter Brideside, the chic online boutique that will change the way you operate with amazing gowns, a personal stylist, a seriously simple ordering process AND a chance to win $500 towards those dresses of your dreams.  Stunning gowns + an amazing giveaway?!? Yes, please.

Gorgeous gowns, sans drama – that’s how Brideside operates with a plethora of beautiful designs to choose from, all with the help of your very own personal stylist.  And the best part?  You can do it all from the comfort of your own home, and even try on the gowns before buying.  Bridesmaid dress shopping has never been so fabulous.  Here’s how it works:

Meet Your Stylist - Browsing gorgeous bridesmaid frocks online just got amazing with the help of one of Brideside’s FREE personal stylists.  Think of them as your very own wedding-style expert who will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process, from helping you create a “closet” of unique + oh-so-chic styles to keeping track of all of the specifics.  And Brideside introduced Jenny Yoo gowns this month, which means even more amazing styles to choose from.

Invite Your Besties to Your Brideside Closet - Now that you and your stylist are filling your Closet with some of the prettiest frocks imaginable, invite your bridal party to view your choices for those much-needed second opinions. And when you add or share a favorite, your stylist can see all of the happenings, so she is totally in the loop.

Try It On at Home! - Want to try on the dress before committing?  Once you have narrowed down all of the wedding loveliness to three must-have styles, Brideside will send them to you or your bridesmaids in a Brideside Box!  That means an at-home fitting party with your own shoes, jewelry and a little (or a lot!) of champagne.  Soooo fun.

Order “The One” - Now that you’ve chosen the perfect gown, you can work directly with your stylist to be sure everyone is fitted properly and that the dress of your dreams is ordered for each and every one of your ‘maids.  Oh, and it’s shipped directly to you.  It’s seriously awesome, and seriously stress-free. Seriously.

I know, I know… you can’t wait to get started with Brideside.  Visit their website now or, if you live in Chicago, make an appointment with a stylist here.  You can thank us later.


What: Brideside is giving away a $500 credit to one bridal party! 

How: Simply sign up here by April 15, 2015 to be entered to win!

Who: The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Good luck, lovelies! xo


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After saying “I do” with a backyard affair, Jessica and Zach knew it was time to get the day-after party started. Anchored in sleek, modern, white-on-white design, they hosted a crazy chic bash for all their family and friends, and Ashley Kelemen once again captured to perfection. Grab a full look right this way!


From Ashley KelemenFollowing their intimate backyard wedding, Jessica & Zach wanted to have a major party with all their friends and extended family! Their chic cocktail party overlooking the beach in Malibu was a perfect setting for a serious celebration (and gave them the opportunity to hit the beach for their portraits!). The whimsical florals by Moon Canyon were a gorgeous contrast with the modern decor of the Annenberg Beach House, and the sunset and cafe lights created a perfect romantic setting for the evening.

Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Floral Design: Moon Canyon Design | Wedding Gown: Alice & Olivia | Reception Venue: Annenberg Beach House | Catering: Patina Group | Grooms Attire: Brooks Brothers | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Rentals: Town And Country

Seaside Southern California Engagement

Prepare to be swept away SMP’ers, because this e-sesh takes stunning to a whole new level. Surrounded by impressive rocky shores this couple’s bond was captured by Valentina Glidden, and it’s nothing short of amazing. The combination of their seaside stroll, a few sweet kisses, and Malibu’s gorgeous backdrop make for an e-sesh that’ll be cherished for years. More right here!

From the beautiful Bride-to-be… Jesse and I envisioned our engagement session to be soft, romantic, and fun which wasn’t hard when having Valentina Glidden as our photographer! Choosing a location was a challenge for us since Jesse proposed in Hawaii and we knew we wanted to incorporate the beach but also wanted some green in there. We shared our thoughts with Valentina and she was able to recommend two gorgeous locations to capture it all! On the day of we were a bit nervous since neither of us had been photographed professionally before and weren’t sure how the day would go. We were pleasantly surprised on how relaxed we felt! Valentina was so easy going and such a wonderful photographer. She created a memorable experience for us, but most importantly she was able to capture our love. This made me even more excited for our wedding day!

Photography: Valentina Glidden | Venue: Malibu

Gold Gilded Goddess Wedding Inspiration

I have a major weakness when it comes to two things – one being gold, and two being the beach. So when Honey Honey Photography captured the combined results of my absolute favorite things in the whole wide world, I am one radiating Bride-to-be. Filled with The English Garden blooms and one perfectly gilded Elaya Vaughn gown, this gorgeous gallery is the perfect place to be. More here!

From Honey Honey Photography… For the naturally undone bride with an air of magic and mysticism. A quiet beauty; bare footed, free, yet with an other worldly elegance. Inspired by royalty, jewel tones and an untamed overcast Malibu beach setting. A breath-taking backdrop overlooking the soft waves and rocky shores – with light peeking through stormy hued clouds. A bouquet with overgrown and wild foliage paired with deep hues to match her jewel tone lips. Her dress dipped in gold, and lace caressing her shoulders and down to her fingertips, complementing the neutral hues of sand and water. Married beautifully with Found Rentals antique velvet chair, tray and antique gold saxophone, a symphony of Edwardian charms. Sweet and delightful Bottega Louie mini cakes laced with jewel toned fruits, chocolate mouse tarts with gold foiled hazelnuts. Hair in a sophisticated and romantic up-do. Delicate gold flecked butterfly details sewn to the train following the gilded goddess inspired bride.

Photography: Honey Honey Photography | Flowers: The English Garden | Wedding Dress: Elaya Vaughn | Cakes: Bottega Louie | Hair And Makeup: Jess Wilcox | Beach: Malibu | Bridesmaid Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Model: Laura Of Q Models LA | Styling Props: Found Rentals | Stylist: Sierra Ramke Of The Babushka Ballerina

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Set amongst the enchanted Malibu mountains and sprinkled with glowing chandeliers, this enchanted forest fete from Sara Lucero and Amari Productions is captivating to say the least. Because when the Bride’s mother owns a lighting company, Mi Casa Lighting, drenching your Big Day in gorgeous chandeliers is a must. Coordinated beautifully by A Signature Wedding, every piece fits together like a perfectly pretty puzzle.


From Sara LuceroGeorge is an East Coast boy and Angelica was born and raised on the West Coast, but they fell in love in Chiacgo and now have their lives there together. The wedding day was mixed with ivy league quality details and a laid back southern California charm… and it was absolutely perfectly beautiful.

From the beautiful Bride…Walking towards my husband that day at Calamigos Ranch, I felt a deep sense of peace and ineffable bliss that will stay with me forever. The beauty of the surroundings granted me a sensory experience unlike any other; the sight of the sunshine peaking through the trees with the majestic Malibu mountains in the background, the sweet fragrance of flowers and sweet scented herbs that filled the air, the gentle sound of the Spanish guitar playing in the background, the palpable outpouring of love from our loved ones, all beautifully coalesced to amplify, and make tangible, the feeling of the abundance of life and love in our lives.

From the onset, we knew we wanted our wedding to reflect our relationship; easy, natural, simple, serene, and whimsical. An “enchanted forest” theme seemed fitting. Primary petals helped the enchanted forest come to life with lots of beautiful greens, like olive and eucalyptus, for a minimal feel. We believed that the natural surrounding was beautiful as it was and wished to only minimally enhance nature.

My mothers store Mi Casa Lighting, provided the 12 chandeliers that decorated the ceremony and reception, and that added the “enchanted” to the “enchanted forest” theme. The cloudy blue bridesmaid dresses contrasted perfectly with the abundance of green and were reminiscent of of the beautiful brightness of the sky. Following the ceremony, everyone danced the night away under a large canopy to Dashing Events tunes.

In the end, we could not have envisioned a more perfect day. Thanks to our wedding planner Monique at A Signature Wedding, and everyone else, our day was filled with much harmony, nature, love, happiness and laughter. Thanks to Sara Lucero and Amari productions for capturing our big day.

Photography: Sara Lucero | Videography: Amari Productions | Coordination: A Signature Wedding | Floral Design: Primary Petals | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: A Sweet Design | Ceremony Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Reception Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Lighting: Mi Casa Lighting | DJ: Dashing Events | Hair & Make Up: Fiore Beauty

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Sweet Malibu Engagement Session

I’m pretty sure that Marlene and John of Koman Photography are magnets for the sweetest couples ever. And these two cuties? Well, they are surely no exception. They’ve drenched this gallery with their beautiful love and threw in some fun details for good measure—from a pink beach cruiser to the heart garland, it’s adorable as ever.

From the beautiful Bride-to-be… Sam and I first met in downtown Los Angeles at a mutual friend’s housewarming. Upon first meeting, I didn’t pay much notice to Sam, but after a few more chance encounters I became interested to know more about this fun-loving and easy-going guy. Through multiple chat sessions on Facebook and enough patience by Sam to endure dinner dates at 11pm due to my new job, he won my heart. After a year of dating, he proposed to me in Italy, and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to able to share our life journey together.

For the engagement session, we really wanted a fun, natural, and whimsical feeling that will capture who we are as a couple. Luckily our amazing photographers, Marlene & John Koman, knew the perfect spots in the Malibu hills. We had perfect lighting for a playful picnic underneath a majestic oak tree, reminding us of our hike in Cinque Terre the morning after the proposal. We then headed down to the beach at Paradise Cove, which mimicked the night of the engagement where we walked along the sandy shores of Vernazza. The entire day together was a ton of fun, and we’re both so glad to have these photos as dear memories.

Photography: Koman Photography | Flowers: Flower Village | Hair And Make Up: Make Up By Sung | Her Attire: Abercrombie | Her Attire: Bloomingdales-Aidan Mattox | Her Beach Attire: Free People | His Attire: Hugo Boss | Props: Michaels | Props: Etsy | Props: Bikes-Motion Bicycle | Sweets: Trader Joe's

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