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Golden Hills Engagement Session

How do you savor summer? I’m taking note from this pair, who basically walked on sunshine. It’s a love sesh from the lens of Honey Honey Photography that’ll have you dreaming of fields of gold. Sharing sweet kisses and elegant outfits (an ode to their Viva Las Vegas beginning) the gallery is your jackpot, and it’s waiting for you in the The Vault!

From Honey Honey PhotographyTony and Diana met in Viva Las Vegas! Diana was traveling the world at the time and took a small break to go home to California for 3 weeks. Within that time, she went to Las Vegas with girlfriends while he was there for a bachelor party. Tony lived in Orange County while Diana resides in The Bay Area. 7 months later was when they reunited for the first time when Tony drove all the way to San Jose just so he can take Diana out on a date :)

First date went well and continued with weekly back and fourth traveling. 6 months later, he realized he couldn’t stay away so he packed his bags, rented a uHaul and moved to the beautiful Silicon Valley. 2 years later, he asked for her hand in marriage and she said yes!

Photography: Honey Honey Photography | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Bride | Hair: Gwen Huyen Tran From BombSHELL Salon | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Venue: Orange County | Blue Dress: Virgos Lounge On Asos | Groom's Black Suit: Top Man | Groom's Second Suit: Zara Men | White Dress: Club Monaco

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The Kitchen for Exploring Foods

Let’s talk about wedding planning for a moment, shall we?  Or, more specifically, let’s talk about wedding planning with The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, the fabulous catering and event planning company that is about to take your wedding to the next level.  Think yummy food meets top-notch service meets that Southern California vibe you know and love.  THE perfect wedding?  You know it.

With The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, putting together your dream day has never been easier… or more amazing.  That’s because The Kitchen for Exploring Foods is 100% committed to delivering you the day you’ve always envisioned, from start to finish.  I’m talking everything from customized menus to impeccable service a one-of-a-kind look that will leave all of your guests talking.  Not to mention that you’ll be working with a team of experts that is as dedicated as they are talented, which means a no-stress planning process for you – from that initial meeting to the handwritten thank you note.

Whether you envision a wedding that is classically simple or a day that is seriously complex (it’s your big day, after all), The Kitchen for Exploring Foods’ team of top chefs, designers and food stylists will happily make each and every one of your dreams come true… and all with that extra dash of quality they are known for.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Start your journey towards a magical wedding day by contacting The Kitchen for Exploring Foods today.  You’ll be working with some of the friendliest and most amazing people in the biz… AND an Event Manager who will work with you step by step throughout the entire process.  We love that.

Photographer: Braedon Flynn | Event Planner: Mindy Weiss Party Consultants | Florals: Mark's Garden | Catering: The Kitchen For Exploring Foods | Decor: Revelry Event Designers

Tara Keely and Blush by Hayley Paige Trunk Show

With all the wedding dress options out there, I’m always drawn to that timeless combination of classic + modern, which may explain why I’m head over heels with the Fall 2015 Tara Keely + Blush by Hayley Paige collections. And lucky for you Southern California brides, they’ll be featured at the JLM Couture trunk show July 10-12, 2015! Mark your calendars m’dears!!

Held at the JLM Couture West Hollywood Flagship location, this is a trunk show you won’t want to miss. Known for their gorgeous silhouettes, amazing detailing and luxe fabrics, the dresses in the Blush by Hayley Paige + Tara Keely collections are as lovely as can be. All dresses featured are not only stunning but affordable (We’re talking under $3000!) plus all brides who purchase a gown that weekend will be given 10% off!

Head over here to find out more about the show and to book your appointment! Happy dress hunting, dears.


Romantic Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

Here at SMP, Boho is the new it girl. She is effortless, elegant, laid back and yet entirely timeless. Wispy gowns and floral headpieces complete her style and there is an innate ode to all things organic. And this inspirational shoot – crafted and photographed by This Girl Nicole Photography with a film from Anna Lord Studio – captures the boho bride to utter perfection. More here in the gallery!


From This Girl Nicole PhotographyThis styled shoot was inspired by this real life bride and her custom-made gown by Miss Tashina. Pulling elements from the dress, the shoot encompasses the ethereal, bohemian, and delicate styles. I wanted to photograph the bride in an area that would compliment these elements, and not overpower the softness of the overall shoot; thus, leading me to a neutral color palette of a golden field, which also brought in a nice texture from the grass and oak tree.

The pops of color bring in some playfulness without it screaming a typical bohemian color palette and enhances the simplicity of the dress and environment. I would imagine this styled shoot would appeal to many brides and not just a boho-chic bride because of the diverse color palette. The one piece that really brought this shoot together were the florals; the “wildness” of the bouquet works beautifully with the setting and because the dress is so simple, the bouquet could be a little “louder.” Brides with bouquets like this do not need an extravagant dress or lots of jewelry, it becomes its own accessory and makes for stunning images.

The headpiece plays the same roll, it becomes another accessory and compliments the bouquet nicely and also brings some pretty color around the brides face.

Photography: This Girl Nicole Photography | Videography: Anna Lord Studio | Floral Design: Milieu Florals By Hannah Koo | Wedding Dress : Miss Tashina | Stationery: Blake Design | Hair & Makeup: Designed Elegance By Emily Barton | Desserts: Le Mignon Macaron | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

IQ Videography

I’ll admit it — I’ve been married almost four years, and I still watch my wedding film all the time. So you can imagine my excitement that I get to introduce you all to the incredibly talented and award winning IQ Videography.

Based in San Francisco, IQ Videography specializes in an artistic, modern style that beautifully captures all the details of your wedding day. Their unobtrusive approach allows for a more intimate filming of your big day and their top-notch HD technology and editing techniques create a finished product that is something you’ll watch on repeat for years to come. IQ Videography also uses combinations of 8mm film and video — swoon! The combination of nostalgic + crisp footage is so unique and seriously special.

Capturing all of the most special and emotional moments from your big day, from gift exchanges to hand-written emotional vows, IQ Videography crafts wedding films that are as visually stunning. For more information and to book them for your big day, head over here.

Ceremony Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Reception Venue: Annadel Estate Winery