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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.

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


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

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


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.

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This week’s DISCOUNTS…
Vino Backyard Designs
Diamond Mansion

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.


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.


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. 


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.

Al Fresco

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 | Makeup: Stacey Craven From Smoke And Mirrors | Hair: Sarah Ramirez From Holiday Salon | Groom Suit: Hickey Freeman | Rentals: Signature Rentals | Tie: Ermenegildo Zegna

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