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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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Autumnal Romance in Southern California

Fall = Romance, in my book. Something about warm colors aligned with the release from unrelenting heat beckons love. Take a look at this bride whose October wedding perfectly captures the feeling with rustic DIY touches, deep blue and orange hues (and succulents for a nice Southwestern touch). Keep scrolling for stunning images from the guys at Studio 7 who were there to document the event.

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From the Bride… October 19, 2012 was an unseasonably warm day in Southern California. It was already sunny and mild when I got to the location at 11am to begin hair and makeup with my mother, sister, future sister in law and best friend. The girls and I hung out and watched “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “Father of the Bride” as we got ready. I started getting that nervous excited feeling as I knew I was about to get to see my soon to be husband for the first time.

Seeing him made me immediately feel calm and at peace; this is what all of the planning was for! I did not hire a wedding planner, I wanted to be involved, and instead had a friend (who does weddings at another local venue) suggest some vendors for me and also manage the actual ‘Day Of’ details. I tried throughout the process to keep it simple and let my vendors do what they do best by standing out of their way, but try as I might, there were still many details to sort out leading up to the ‘big day’. However, from our “first look” on, I forgot about all those details. Everything fell into place and I felt stunned by the beauty of how everything came together. Also, because we kept the bridal party to just family, we had time to hang out and enjoy ourselves, keeping stress to a minimum.

The ceremony was the most special for me. Having my mother walk me down the aisle, to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” brought tears to our eyes. A dear friend performed the ceremony that combined the traditions and values of our two cultures thoughtfully and respectfully. We included the Jewish traditions of the Chuppah and Ketubah, as well as stomping on a glass, and of course we danced the Hora at the reception. A friend of mine read a verse from the old testament and the new, representing the Christian faith of my family. Three of my mother’s friends wrote a song for us, and performed it at dinner, which was a tradition in their family that was a hilarious addition to our night.

The evening was stayed warm enough for all to dance and mingle until it was over. And it was over so quickly! I’m grateful to have these pictures that truly capture our joy.

Photography: Studio 7 | Cinematography: Charles Amante | Event Design: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Flowers: Floral Occasions | Wedding Dress: Blue By Enzoani | Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Shoes: Pelle Moda | Catering: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Hair: Sarah Ramirez From Holiday Salon | Groom Suit: Hickey Freeman | Makeup: Stacey Craven From Smoke And Mirrors | Rentals: Signature Rentals | Tie: Ermenegildo Zegna

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Kentucky Derby Wedding Inspiration

I might be a Midwest-turned-East Coast girl, but this Kentucky Derby weekend I’m embracing my inner Southern Belle all the way. And thanks to The Purple Tree24 CarrotsWildflower Linens and a whole crew of fabulous vendors, it’s easier than ever. Simply pop on your most stylish hat and peruse the gallery right over here!


From Lori Yohe of The Purple Tree… I had this dream of putting together a very elegant wedding shoot styled around the fun and the glamour of the Kentucky Derby. I wanted to show that it could be dreamy and modern while still infusing plenty of the Derby’s signature marks into the day. Finding the perfect venue was the hardest part, so when I saw the chandeliers in the barn at Giracci Vineyards I was sold! This venue has so much potential for tons of variety, and our vendors really brought their A-game with creating such a fresh spin on an old American classic event. Now I’d love to see real brides incorporate some of these ideas into their day! Because really, who wouldn’t love a Bourbon Bar?

Photography: Lori Yohe, The Purple Tree | Wedding Dress: Mary Me Bridal | Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery | Catering: 24 Carrots | Hair And Makeup: Joyce Luck | Bourbon Bar: Hi Time Wine Cellar | Coordination: Queen Tut Events & Design, Joanna Tutwiler | Floral Design + Details: Foxtail Florals & Design, Corie Sielaff | Invitations And Paperie: Papercut Invites | Limousine: Lake Forest Limos | Linens: Wildflower Linens | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Stylist: Hope Stanley | Wedding Venue: Giracci Vineyards And Farms

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