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Wedding Open House at The Nixon Library

Any day when I’m introduced to a fabulous + unique wedding venue is a seriously good day in my book. And today? I can’t stop swooning over The Nixon Library. Located in Orange County, the incredible space sits on nine lush acres, and boasts the area’s largest public Rose Garden. And coming up on October 12, 2014, brides-to-be will have the chance to check it all out during the Wedding Open House!

Whether you’re hosting an intimate affair or a celebration for hundreds, The Nixon Library is a one-of-a kind venue, that oozes timeless elegance, tranquility and rich history. The venue features a replica of the White House East Room, decorated with three large dazzling crystal chandeliers, four marble fireplaces and gorgeous wooden terrazzo floors with 20-foot ceilings as well as a Rose Garden with 1,400 rose bushes — talk about a stunning spot to say “I do!” The Nixon Library offers couples a private Bridal Room + Groom’s Room, sound system, choices from a high-end preferred catering list as well as complimentary parking.  Without a doubt, your guests will be swooning over this magical wedding day setting.

To make sure your big day goes off without a hitch, The Nixon Library has event specialists to assist you every step of the way! To check it all out for yourself, be sure to mark your calendars for October 12, 2014 for the Wedding Open House! To register, head over here. Happy planning, my dears!

Photo Credits: The Youngrens

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California Al fresco Affair with a Secret Garden Vibe

When the Bride came across Rancho Las Lomas, with its lush, romantic gardens that reminded her of her favorite childhood book, The Secret Garden, this al fresco affair followed suit. Captured by Anna Costa, along with florals by Jenny B. Floral Design and coordination by The Charming Little Event Company, it’s an open-air charmer loaded with pretty flower details and the perfect vintage vignettes curated by Found Vintage RentalsSee it all here.

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Seasons
Fall
Settings
Ranch
Styles
Rustic
From The Bride…My husband and I met at a restaurant in Long Beach five years ago. Three years later, he whisked me away on a romantic train ride up the coast of Southern California to Seattle, where he proposed to me over a candlelight dinner. Jay and I have opposite personalities but his funny, optimistic, and laid back views on life complement my serious, perfectionist and disciplined traits. Despite our differences, we both come from humble backgrounds with similar values. When we met it was a melting of two worlds and life for both of us has been so much more colorful.

Our October wedding was an intimate affair shared with family and close friends. Rancho Las Lomas, nestled in the foothills in Silverado, reminded me of my favorite childhood book, The Secret Garden. The location was romantic, whimsical and a little mysterious with its lush gardens, rustic buildings, fountains, and hidden corners. It was the perfect environment in which to hold our wedding and I wanted our decorations to echo these surroundings. Our floral decorations had a mixture of eucalyptus, garden roses, dahlias and hydrangeas. Our ceremony, cocktail, and reception areas were accented with beautiful, rustic wooden tables and doors from Found Vintage Rentals. We wanted soft and warm hues to bring out the fall season without the usual yellows and oranges, so we chose a neutral palette consisting of cream, taupe, pink and burgundy. Our reception area was decorated with strings of lights hanging above and we lined a nearby bridge with numerous candles. This venue, combined with the décor and lighting, created a truly magical ambiance for us.

For a whole year and half previous, I had put so much thought and care into creating our beautiful day. With the help of our wonderful vendors, it was so satisfying to see everything finally come together and we couldn’t be more thankful.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Coordination: The Charming Little Event Company | Floral Design: Jenny B. Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Sweet And Saucy | Rings: Tiffany's & Co | Catering: 24 Carrots | Make-Up: E2 Beauty | Hair & Makeup: Katie B Cosmetics | DJ: ProKreation/Paul Kim | Brides Hair: Katie B | Bridesmaids Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids Hair: E2 Beauty | Ranch: Rancho Las Lomas | Rentals: Found

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Love and Lace Bridal + A Discount!

We’ve long loved Love and Lace Bridal for their incredible selection of romantic and unique wedding dresses. And SMPers, get this, because they love you all so very much, they’re offering $200 off any regular-priced wedding gown purchased during the month of September! OH, there’s more — Love and Lace Bridal has teamed up with Two’s Company in Tustin, California to offer $50 off any veil purchase (when purchasing a dress).

Carrying designers such as Leanne Marshall, Elizabeth Dye, Rose & Delilah, Mikaella by Paloma Blanca and so many more, Love and Lace Bridal has you covered in the wedding dress department. The stunning selection is perfect for the fun, quirky and slightly non-traditional bride!

Head over here or call 949.861.8455 to book your September appointment, and be sure to mention discount code SMP200 when booking! For tons more inspiration and pretty pretty dress pics, be sure to follow Love and Lace Bridal on Instagram

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DIY Wooden Pallet Backdrop + WIUP

We made it to the end of the week lovelies, so we decided to leave you with some DIY design inspiration from our friends at Your Cloud Parade. Who would have thought wood pallets could look this cute?  There’s even more inspiration in the gallery thanks to Mark Brooke Photographers, and don’t miss the how-to plus this week’s lucky winners waiting down below!

Photography: Mark Brooke Photographers | Photography: Mathieu Photo | Flowers: Art With Nature | Wedding Dress: Katie Jean | Green Necklace: A Quiet Curiosity | Hair Accessory: Vanilla Hue | Online Wedding Marketplace: Your Cloud Parade

Materials
Wood pallets
Painter’s tape
Bright colored paint
A few paint brushes
Wood screws
Drill
Plumbers plastic hanger strap

instructions

step-1 Lay pallets down to start mapping out design. Take painters tape and tape out desired design. We choose to to stick with geometric patters since the tope is easier to maneuver.

step-2 Use different color paints to make design pop. Let dry for 2+ hours.

step-3 Move pallets separately to location of wedding or shoot then stack them. Once they are stacked use plumbers plastic hanger straps to connect all the palettes safely. Make sure that palettes are secure once on display.

ONGOING GIVEAWAYS
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This week’s DISCOUNTS…
Vino Backyard Designs
Squarespace
Zola
Diamond Mansion
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For our California brides… Discounts from Paperwhites Photography.

For our Mid Atlantic brides… Discounts from Femina Photo + Design and Uber.

For our Midwest brides… Discounts from Bliss Weddings & Events.

And WINNERS…

BIG Congrats to Vanessa Selman who won a $350 gift certificate and Maddie Dickinson and Melinda Steiner, winners of $100 gift certificate towards wedding stationery or day-of accessories from Minted!

Summer Beach Wedding in Orange County

Here, folks, we have the quintessential fun, colorful summer wedding. Bright florals from Theresa Hoefnagels help set the tone — I imagine just as much as all the kids running around and laughing. (we couldn’t include every adorable kid picture, so take a peek at the full gallery for more flower girl and ring bearer inspiration). So sit back and enjoy some beautiful moments captured by Eliza J. Photography.


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Summer
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Beach

From Eliza J. PhotographyWarm wind on sandy skin, flowers blooming in the hot sun, orange soda on a bicycle..what’s not to love? It was the perfect beach wedding for Krystelle and Stephen. Every detail was so well planned out. All the table settings were marked with significant dates in their relationship for people to read and chat about around the dinner table. Children climbing in the the tree house, swinging on swings, eating strawberries and lemonade and dressing up to take a picture at the photo booth! It was truly a day unlike any other and one that we all will remember for forever.

Photography: Eliza J. Photography | Event Planning: Partyologie | Wedding Dress: Jann Nielsen | Foral Design: Theresa Hoefnagels

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Paperwhites Photography + A Discount!

One of my favorite parts about my job here at SMP is getting to swoon over stunning photography day in and day out. And today? I’m totally smitten, because my screen has been graced with images from the amazing Paperwhites Photography.  Combining both portraiture work and a candid documentary style, they’ve created a style that is organic, elegant and seemingly effortless.

Paperwhites Photography is made up of two amazingly talented ladies, Darcy Hemley + Trina Roberts, and the duo have been shooting weddings around the world since 2002. Utilizing a unique array of vintage and professional cameras, they are able to achieve an unparalleled warmth as well as range of tone + texture. Understanding their huge role in a couple’s big day, Darcy + Trina take the time to get to know their clients and gain their trust before capturing one of the most important days in their lives! And the result? Incredible, breathtaking photos that will last the test of time.

Ready to book Paperwhites Photography for your big day? Well, now’s the time, because they’re offering SMP readers $200 off any one of their packages! To redeem, simply mention this post when contacting Paperwhites Photography. 

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