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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.


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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.
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


Industrial Chic Wedding Inspiration + WIUP

As we bid adieu to another week of lovely, it only seems natural to feast our eyes on one VERY pretty shoot. With industrial style whimsy plus “Love in Bloom” chalk art I want to call my own, the gallery of Ariel Cordero‘s captures is the only way to top off your Friday. And better yet? This week’s winners are just a scroll away! xoxo


Hawthorn Flower Studio was inspired by the bride who is drawn to an industrial style but doesn’t want to sacrifice whimsy or romance. She wants a contemporary setting that is also warm and inviting for her guests. Most of all, she wants her wedding to be fresh, elegant, and fun. This delicate balance between seemingly contrasting styles inspired us to design an industrial romance shoot with two styles that we found to be simply harmonious with one another.

At the heart of the shoot was the venue: the Oakland Museum of California. Within the Museum is Oak Street Plaza, which is highlighted by a soaring, floor-to-sky blackboard wall–an active, public art space. Love poems and declarations emerge alongside affirmations of all kind. The wall was designed with a grid of hooks so that patrons can hang and rearrange white lounge chairs, ottomans and side tables provided by the Museum. People can be seen sitting, drawing and moving all in the same space. We loved how this bold, modern space could feel so warm and inviting.

Hawthorn selected a vibrant color scheme that played with bold colors that would have impact without overpowering each other. The mint tablecloth complemented the Museums concrete setting and provided a neutral background for pops of emerald, poppy red, and chocolate brown. We used rich, soft florals (local tree peonies, stock, garden roses) against textural elements like dates, ferns and pitcher plants. Flowers were arranged into geometric and pyramid vases, which added an edge to elegant, gold-rimmed plating and metallic utensils. Gorgeous gold jewelry was adorned with fresh flowers, instantly upgrading traditional corsages. A loose bridal bouquet of buttery yellow and cream flowers completed the look.

The shoot wouldn’t be complete without collaboration with local artists, whose artistic and visual elements embellished the flowers. San Franciscan Connie Huang took to the blackboard and added an illustration to anchor the tablescape in the plaza. The ornate flourishes brought softness to the mid-century modern design of the building and served as the larger focal point for the shoot. Her choice of words and relaxed typography brought warmth and echoed messages left on the wall daily.

Another San Francisco artist, Bianca Levan, designed a custom paper-cut runner and then by hand carefully cut the images out of the paper using an X-ACTO knife. The runner was a dynamic gold color, which reflected on our votives, repurposed pipes that had been polished and cleaned. Bianca also designed and hand-cut menus for each place setting, with geometric designs inspired by the vases, which gradually evolved into flowers. We loved how the intricate runner and menus created a sense of intrigue, inviting guests to look at them again and again and again.

Photographer Ariel Cordero, an L.A. transplant, expertly captured the fresh and vibrant look. His experience shooting weddings up and down the state brought an expert eye to the shoot and rightly gave each photo a chance to display both an industrial and romantic look.

Our team hopes this shoot inspires brides to play with seemingly contrasting elements. We were deeply inspired and had a ton of fun playing with this gorgeous industrial romance look!

Photography: Ariel Cordero | Chalk Illustration: Connie Huang | Museum: Oakland Museum Of California | Paper Cut Art: Bianca Levan | Styling & Flowers: Hawthorn Flower Studio


Honeymoon Funds from Traveler’s Joy
Williams-Sonoma’s Annual Dream Registry Sweepstakes
TWO sets of loungewear to TWO lucky SMPers from Duffield Lane
A set of flashcards from Learn to Speak Wedding
Two whimsical Treehouse Ceramics Animal Cups from Laura Cooke Ceramics
Bridesmaids dresses for your entire party
$350 credit from Minted

Don’t miss this week’s DISCOUNTS…

Abbey Malcolm Letterpress + Design

For our Australia brides… Don’t forget to enter to win an engagement session at South Curl Curl beach from Poli Weddings

For our California brides… Discounts from Jonathan Young Weddings and Dr. Diaz and don’t forget to check out Houghton Bride’s Trunk Show.

For our Canada Brides…Discounts from Blush & GrayRenata De Thomasis and Christine Arnold Photography

For our Mid-Atlantic Brides… Enter to win a one night stay and two tickets to the Sanderling Resort Wedding Showcase!

For our Midwest brides… Discounts from reStyled Vintage Rentals and La Belle Fleur Events

For our New England Brides… A discount from Aster B. Flowers

For our Tri-State brides…Don’t forget to enter to win Photography + Videography Collection from NST Pictures and discounts from New MuseumFemina Photo + DesignNY Smile Specialists and HowAboutWe for Couples PLUS don’t miss Gabriella New York’s Winter Sample Sale!

And of course, this week’s lucky winners…

Congratulations Hannah V who won A Pave Diamond Disc Necklace from The Clay Pot! And a big congrats to Elizabeth Knauss; you have won your bridal party dressed by Brideside.

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Oakland, California Wedding

There may be snow dusted on the ground, but today m’dears, we’re transporting to warmer places. Oakland, California, to be specific. You see, miss Danielle Capito sent us one of the most darling summer weddings we’ve seen with pastel pretty bloomage by  Twigs Floral Studio. Get ready to swoon and have a looksy loo in the gallery for sooooo much more.

Al Fresco

From the Bride… I met Timmy during my freshman year of college in San Luis Obispo, despite growing up five minutes away from each other. We began dating soon after we met, and the last three years have led us on an unbelievable journey. We’ve shared countless journeys both together and apart, and I always knew that I wanted him to be the one I would journey with for the rest of my life.

Timmy proposed by setting up an inspiration shoot with Danielle that was Valentine’s Day themed. After we finished the first part of the shoot at the Valentine’s table, we went up onto a hill overlooking some of the beautiful farms and hills in Atascadero. It was an hour from sunset, and the light was absolutely stunning. Standing below a giant oak tree, Timmy reached for his pocket and got down on his knee. Through smiles, laughs, and sweet practiced words he asked me to marry him! I jumped into his arms and we enjoyed a brief celebration on the hill before we continued taking pictures. Looking back at the photos, I am so grateful that we were able to capture the true emotion of those few minutes after we became engaged. The joy is so authentic and precious, and you can see it in every shot!

Photographer: Danielle Capito Photography | Florist: Twigs Floral Studio | Wedding dress: Sarah Seven | Invitations: Bryn Hobson | Brides shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ann Taylor | Caterer: Culinary Excellence | Makeup: Kristin Ambrose | Hair: Caris | Cake Topper: Ready Go Wedding Co.

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