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Simply Beautiful Coral + Aqua SoCal Wedding

It’s easy to get distracted by the details of a wedding. The pretty accents that we work so hard on, that set our wedding aside from all the rest. But at the heart of those details is something far more magical. Love. Plain and simple. And this couple, against a gorgeous beachside backdrop with photographs by Closer to Love – had the love part of things totally nailed. Click her for more.


From the bride…We were very selective when it came to our wedding venue- we wanted more of an outdoor feel with pretty views and after a thorough vetting process we ultimately decided the St. Regis in Monarch Beach, CA which fit all of our needs. A big priority for us was to be surrounded by our family and closest friends in more of an intimate feel.

We decided not to have a bridal party and really focus on US, we wanted just the two of us with our deacon exchanging vows in front of all our loved ones. We wanted everybody to enjoy themselves and celebrate with us. When we are not working we are at the beach, it is one of the things that really brought us together.

When it came time to decide on our theme, it was a given- Beach-y theme with Coral and Aqua accents! We are very easy going and casual and wanted our personalities in every aspect of our wedding. We worked together with the wonderful team at Simplistic Elegance, Michelle and Sri, and they helped put our vision into a elegant beach wedding! They had wonderful ideas of incorporating aqua accents, driftwood, seashells and lanterns into our design. It was fun to see their creativity in action- we were absolutely blown away by how well everything came together and how well it represented us both. Our wedding was perfect and we couldn’t be happier!

Photography: Closer To Love | Wedding Dress: Christos Purchased At The White Dress | Invitations: Beacon Lane | Ceremony: Botanical Gardens At St. Regis, Monarch Beach, CA | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: St. Regis Monarch Beach | Wedding Planner: Sri Divel With Simplistic Elegance | DJ: Divel Entertainment | Grooms Shoes: Santoni | Grooms Suit: Mark Pomerantz | 80s Band: Flock Of 80s | Ceremony Acoustic Guitar: Keith Divel Of Divel Entertainment | Cocktail Hour Music: Divel Entertainment | Cocktail Napkins: The Knot | Floral And Decor: Michelle Divel With Simplistic Elegance | Friends And Family Hair + Makeup: Krystle For Kacee Geoffroy Hair And Makeup | Friends Dresses: J Crew | Grooms Tie: J Crew | Hair + Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy | Hair Clip: The White Dress | Parasols: The Knot | Rentals (chairs: Signature Party Rentals

J.Crew is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Kacee Geoffroy Hair and Makeup and Closer to Love Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Ethereal + Natural Wedding Ideas

Call me ahead of the trends (I call it luck), but I’ve been collecting geodes for as long as I can remember, which makes this inspiration shoot one of my favorites yet. It’s ethereal and beautiful, with a kick of spunk as captured by Samantha Bonpensiero Photography ‘s lens, and the best part is: there is even more here.


From the photographer… Our ethereal inspired shoot stands out from the crowd and provides an intimate and textured sophistication. We chose natural elements like wood, various mosses, textured pottery and slate to set the tone at the table. Succulents, & Protea helped amped up the texture level while keeping the color palette subdued. We didn’t limit sensory experience of the table scape to visual texture though. The contrast of the rough natural elements with smooth colorless glass dishes & a slick Primordial Martini (white chocolate & hazelnut liqueurs with vodka) brings a sense of sophistication to the scene. Thinking that martini sounds yummy? Check out the geodes. These beautiful DIY pieces are solid vanilla sugar crystals coated in white chocolate, and dusted in mixed sugars with a hint of sea salt. Other handmade touches like the mini vase table number, metallic place cards, primitive art rocks, layered glass candle centerpiece, and wild wire accent were added for layers of detail to create a more personal and creative approach to the weddings décor. All of these projects are doable with just a little bit of time and even less money. Our shoot would be the perfect inspiration for the bride and groom wanting a sophisticated and stunning ethereal wedding.

Photography: Samantha Bonpensiero Photography | Wedding Dress: Marry Me Bridal | Floral Design: Marry Me Rosie | Jewelry: Bosky Belle | Design: Marry Me Rosie | Groom\'s Attire: Friar Tux | Make Up Artist: Alexis Steeley | Stylist : Hope Stanley

Downton Abbey Wedding Inspiration at The French Estate

You may or may not have heard, but the SMP ladies are sort of obsessed with Downton Abbey (read: we soooo are).  So a Downton Abbey inspired shoot from True Bliss Photography?  Pretty much a dream come true with gorgeous blooms from Sweet Blossom Designs, yummy treats from Beverly’s Best Bakery and, of course, a whole lot of pretty.  See it all in the full gallery.


From True Bliss Photography… The inspiration for this shoot came from a mixture of my love for nostalgic sentimental things and the highly popular show Downton Abbey. My vision centered around the marriage of the two main characters Lady Mary Crawley and Mathew Crawley.

My goal was to bring to life the excitement felt before a wedding back when men and woman weren’t allowed to ever be alone as well as the slightly uncomfortable anticipation but overall exultation of becoming husband and wife.

The delicate relationship and the shyness around the opposite sex was channeled into the bride and groom models. The details are a mixture of antiques, my own family heirlooms, and a variety of elements on site. We use conservative clothing and emotions displayed through looks and posture. The jewelry represents family heirlooms past down as well as combination of books, vases and pictures displayed. The goal was also to help brides feel they could relate in some way with this bride, or elements of details and put their own modern spin into it.

Photographer: True Bliss Photography | Floral Designer: Sweet Blossom Designs | Reception Venue: The French Estate | Jewelry: Zella Woods Designs | Event Planner: Amore Favolosa Event Planning | Hair Stylist: Serene Bridal Beauty | Calligrapher: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Cake Designer: Beverly's Best Bakery | Dress Store: DooDads And What Nots ( | Equipment Rentals: Etablir | Models: Tatiana Czerwiak + Marc Schmidt + Lindsay Ballestero | Veils And Headpieces: Tessa Kim

Tessa Kim is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Laura Hooper Calligraphy is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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