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Elegant + Glamorous Newport Yacht Wedding

We all love a classic yacht club wedding, but when the “I Do’s” are said on the yacht, on the water, while sailing around Newport Harbor? Now we’re talking some serious nautical glamour. Photographer Mariel Hannah took to the open sea to capture these elegant “I Do’s” between a Canadian hockey player and his stunning Californian Bride, and there’s so much more pretty to see right here!

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From Mariel HannahToday I am very glad to share a wedding I recently photographed, which took place in Newport, CA. This lovely couple traveled from Canada in able to enjoy an elegant affair in a yacht, which sailed them around the harbor of Southern California. Liam a hockey player in Canada and Angelica, a native of Southern California said their I do’s in front of beloved family and friends. The details was nothing short of lovely, tones of blues radiated throughout which perfectly mimicked the California sky… Bushels of dogwood flowers overflowed from the floral design, hand crafted paper and plant dyed silk ribbons all complimented their day…

Photography: Mariel Hannah | Florals: Lavonne Florist | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Couture Cakes By Dorene | Stationery: Matinae Design Studio | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ladies And Gents Bridal | Venue: Electra Cruises | Accessories And Ribbons: Silk And Willow | Personalized Design: Custom Creations Of Bakersfield | Wedding Planning: Shannon Hough Events

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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!

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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.
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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).

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Julie Vino Trunk Show at The White Dress

Brides-to-be, mark your calendars for January 30-February 2, 2015, because there’s a trunk show coming you’re not going to want to miss! Tel Aviv based wedding dress designer Julie Vino is showcasing her incredibly stunning 2015 Collection exclusively at The White Dress and let me tell you, these gowns are something truly special. Just take a peek below.

Handmade of the finest European fabrics and Parisian laces, these breathtakingly romantic gowns are unlike anything you’ve ever seen! The trunk show will feature the Julie Vino Provence Collection 2015 as well as some of the most requested styles from the Orchid and Ceasaria Collections.  Not only will brides get the chance to try on these stunning gowns, but there is also a 10% discount for styles purchased during trunk show appointments!

Brides are flying in from across the country to get the chance to try on a Julie Vino wedding dress, so be sure to book your appointment! Head over here to see exactly which gowns will be featured at the trunk show and to choose a time slot. Contact Brielle at The White Dress at 949.723.0121 with any questions. Happy dress hunting, my dears.

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The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Every time I imagine a picturesque California wedding, the setting is the focal point (behind the bride + groom, of course!); and that is exactly the case at the unforgettable Ranch at Laguna Beach. The idyllic location, with its legendary nature setting, sets the stage for jaw dropping, gorgeous weddings and events.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach offers couples a choice of on-site venues, from the open-air Scout Camp to the lush Putting Green, and the property boasts romantic bridges, incredible views and stunning gardens — hello, photo ops! Perfect as a destination locale, The Ranch puts your guests close to sun, sand, sea and all the rest of the Village’s amazing offerings. With a focus on warm + personalized events, food and beverage menus are custom tailored for each wedding and their Personal Concierge is there to ensure every detail goes off without a hitch!

And get this, the venue even has a Destination Wedding Planning Service which helps couples plan every single element of your wedding weekend — from a barbecue rehearsal dinner to a wedding day golf tournament. For more information about The Ranch at Laguna Beach, and to book your big day, call 949.499.2271 or head over here. Also, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest + Instagram for more wedding day inspiration!

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