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Napa Valley Weddings

Napa Valley has IT.  And by IT, I mean that little something special that takes your wedding day to levels of amazing you never even knew existed.  Think acres upon acres of rolling vineyards, delicious wine, uber-tasty cuisine and some of the most breathtaking views you will ever lay your eyes upon… and that’s just the beginning.  The world’s most perfect wedding locale?  Yes, indeed.

A little slice of Northern California paradise, Napa Valley has everything you’ll ever need to make your Big Day as magical as you ever imagined.  From the luxurious resorts and picturesque gardens to the amazing vineyards and wineries, there isn’t a spot in this beautiful valley that isn’t perfect for saying “I do” and dancing the night away.  So whether you’re a classic couple looking to celebrate in a glamorous ballroom affair or a rustic chic duo hoping to tie the knot under the stars, Napa Valley is THE place where every last one of your dreams will come true… and in true luxury.

Contact the Napa Valley today for free assistance in planning your dream day.  An entire world of amazing venues, top-notch accommodations and California sunshine awaits you.

Location: Silverado Resort And Spa | Location: Meadowood Napa Valley | Location: The Carneros Inn | Location: Calistoga Ranch | Location: Culinary Institute Of America At Greystone | Location: The Meritage Resort And Spa | Location: Auberge Du Soleil


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Custom Gowns with JINZA Couture Bridal

There are bridal salons, and there are personalized bridal salons like JINZA Couture Bridal.  A place where beautiful collections and breathtaking custom creations join forces with the most amazing customer service you’ll ever experience to create an individually crafted design made just for you.  Think private appointments with top-notch consultants or your very own personal designer, aka, a team of wedding geniuses that know a thing or two about making you look awesome for your special occasion.

Serving Bay Area brides since 2002, JINZA Couture Bridal’s new and exclusive Los Angeles boutique is now open in the heart of West Hollywood (933 N La Cienega Blvd), which means that even more brides get to experience the gorgeous gowns and attention to detail that JINZA Couture Bridal is so well-known for. Imagine a timeless piece created from scratch using only the finest of fabrics with custom tailoring to fit your figure perfectly, alterations included.  Brides can try on a range of gowns or mold a custom creation.

Explore high fashion styles, updated classics, unconventional sheaths, opulent ball gowns, the popular soft mermaid style and JINZA’s own signature couture designs at the new Los Angeles boutique. Each gown is light weight and comfortable (no shape wear or bra needed!), so that you can dance the night away with the one you love.  And you can complete your bridal ensemble with a veil, jewelry and shoes all available at JINZA Couture Bridal.  Amazing.

Classic, elegant and totally sophisticated – contact JINZA Couture Bridal TODAY to begin creating that dress of your dreams.  Take it from someone who knows – it will be the best decision you’ll ever make.


Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).


Modern Kimono Robes + A Giveaway!

You may or may not have heard, but here at SMP, we are slightly obsessed with all things fashion.  Okay, okay… we live for it.  So when it comes to chic wedding day attire, you know Modern Kimono ranks high atop our must-have lists.  I’m talking luxurious robes in 100% premium, designer cotton that are perfect for you and your maids.  Getting ready in style has never looked better, or more sophisticated.

Made to order in San Francisco, Modern Kimono is putting a sweet spin on getting ready attire with stylish robes that you and your besties are sure to rock long after your big day.  That’s because Modern Kimono robes are created to be equal parts functional and pretty.  Imagine sleek, modern designs complete with patch pockets or inseam side pockets (YES), 3/4 length sleeves (worry-free for putting on makeup or washing your hands), rounded necklines and fits that are made to order.  That means your 6′ tall bridesmaid will be just as comfortable as your 5’4″ bestie.  And they also include a darling craft paper hang tag (with grosgrain ribbon!) with each of your bridesmaids’ names written on it.  We love that.

Visit Modern Kimono today to order your maids the best gift they’ll ever receive.  And don’t forget to check out the mid-calf lengths for mothers and mother-in-laws, plus the sweet robes for your flower girls!


What: Modern Kimono is giving away a robe of your choice to one lucky reader! (Value $60)

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us why you can’t wait to rock a Modern Kimono robe on your big day!

Who: A winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on April 17, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies!

Photography: Autumn Harrison + Carly Fuller


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


Summer Wedding at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

Napa weddings are uniquely special, always a sight to be seen. But add in a venue guaranteed to have beyond amazing food, and we’ve hit the magical jackpot. This summer celebration at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone had every element to make it the masterpiece it was, including the talents of Josh Gruetzmacher behind the lens. See every delicious detail in the gallery right here.


From The Bride… I love telling the story of how we met. Years from now, we’ll be telling our grandchildren this story to prove how fun we use to be. Marcus and I both attended Purdue University. For all those who aren’t Boilermakers, Purdue has a long standing tradition known as Breakfast Club. During the early mornings of every home football game, Boilermakers show their school spirit by dressing up in the most ridiculous costumes and head to the campus bars.

It was game day on September 23, 2006, roughly 7am. As the football team was gearing up for battle against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, my pharmacy school friends and I put on our costumes and headed to our favorite bar. It was crowded, the music was loud and the drinks were overflowing, a perfect combination for a perfect Saturday morning. We had been enjoying Breakfast Club for several hours when one of my friends suggested we visit another bar just across the street.

There, we saw a group of gentlemen wearing some pretty skimpy costumes – American flag swimming thongs. One of those scantily clad men was none other than Marcus. We shared laughs and drinks, but by then it was getting pretty late – it was almost noon! Knowing a nap was in order before heading out again that same night, Marcus bravely asked for my phone number. I borrowed a pen from the bartender and wrote my number down on Marcus’ chest. My exact words were, “If you can read this, call me.” You can guess what happened next. Of course Marcus called – that same night! And the rest is history….

Oh yeah, and in case you were wondering what happened with the football game, Purdue won 27-21. Toot Toot!

When planning my wedding, I had two thoughts in mind: my guests and my sanity. I wanted my guests to really enjoy themselves and at the same time, I didn’t want to spend the next year stressing over wedding plans. I chose the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone because I knew the food would be amazing. Fortunately, the CIA took care of almost everything. I didn’t have to worry about hiring a caterer, finding a baker, or renting table linens. Because this venue was able to take care of so many details, I knew this would be the perfect place.

Choosing my dress proved to be a little more difficult, I ended up trying my dress on four different times before finally saying yes. I loved my dress because it had a simple silhouette but had gorgeous beadwork and elegant details. The best part of my dress was how comfortable it was! The inside was lined with silk charmeuse, so it felt like I was wearing the softest pajamas under my dress! As for my shoes, I knew I wanted to them to be my something blue. While shopping in Las Vegas during my bachelorette weekend, I saw the perfect pair at Dior. They were tall (I’m a foot shorter than my husband), blue, had glittery straps and a sequins heel. Sold!

I was pretty anxious on the day of our wedding, but my favorite part the day was our “first look” photo session. I’ll never forgot how handsome my husband looked and his reaction at that moment. I’m glad we decided to take photos before the ceremony, which gives us a special memory just between the two of us (and our photographers).

The best advice I received from other brides was rather than having a long dinner table of the wedding party, opt instead for a sweethearts table. With all the craziness of the day, it was so nice to sit down and just relax with my new husband. Plus, I think the bridal party was also glad their duties were over and they could also enjoy dinner with their significant others. Besides the open bar, another big hit at my wedding was the photobooth. I knew our friends would go crazy in the booth, but my husband and I were pleasantly surprised to see parents and grandparents being silly and having an amazing time.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Florist: St. Helena Florist | Invitations: Zucchini & Co | Bride's Shoes: Christian Dior | Rings: Joe Escobar Diamonds | Bridesmaids Dresses: Von Vonni | Catering: Culinary Institute Of America At Greystone | DJ: DJ Stan Loh | Wedding Venue: Culinary Institute Of America At Greystone | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Getting Ready Venue: Vineyard Estate | Bride's Hair: Shine Salon | Ceremony Officiant: Rev. Mark E. Frady | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Tuxedo: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Cufflinks: Etsy | Save The Date: Devin Hunt | Shuttle: Pure Luxury

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