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Romantic Headlands Shoot

Looking to be inspired? Thanks to the team of Kent Avenue Photography and Loop Flowers and Events, you can look no further! Berry toned blooms add a pop of color against the green hills of the Marin Headlands, creating a wildly romantic setting for this next photoshoot. Head to the gallery for more. Inspiration and beauty awaits.

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From Kent Avenue PhotographyIt was such a treat to work with so many local Bay Area vendors on this recent bridal session led by Anna Hoffman’s Loop Event Arts! When Anna says jump, I say ‘how high??’ Her floral designs are pure magic. Garden spun arrangements infused with romance and an earthy sexiness beyond any other! Her ability to layer color and texture is just drool-worthy. There are no heirs about these flowers – just a pure, undone elegance that will make you weak in the knees.

Pair all this loveliness with the majestic, rugged beauty of the Marin Headlands and we were in heaven! Talk about being over stimulated. Magnificent, undulating hills appear to rise from the earth and hug the coastline. The earthy smell of eucalyptus lingers in the air. Crashing waves, windswept hills, hidden coves and isolated beaches make for a truly mind blowing experience. Gravel-lined paths wind their way through high grasses, against hills peppered with spring wildflowers and teeming with wildlife, down to the jagged coastline. Late afternoon fog swims through the peaks and valleys of the hills and settles over panorama ocean views.

This wildly romantic setting could not have been a more perfect location for our bridal session’s moody, rich, berry palette. A sweet bench (perfect for two) was topped with oversized, lilac-linen pillows. Lush, garden-inspired floral arrangements sat atop layered, natural linens and paired with crystal-cut glasses and vintage silver flatware. Gorgeous, hand drawn menus and place cards featured whimsical botanical elements. A chocolate naked cake was layered with rich buttercream and fresh berries. The bride was outfitted in an ivory leavers lace dress and delicate, handmade hair accessories – a vintage, lace bridal cap and a gold, intricate floral, swarovski crystal headpiece. Pure romance.

Photography: Kent Avenue Photography | Floral Design: Loop Flowers & Event Arts | Cake: Miette | Hair: Alicia Mancuso | Bridal Accessories: Haute Bride | Furniture: Milk Glass Vintage Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Makeup: Naomi Berg | Paper/Graphics: Fig & Tulip | Tabletop Rentals: Frances Lane, Event Rental Studio | Venue: Marin Headlands

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Romantic Maravilla Gardens Wedding

When we get our hands on a gorgeous garden wedding like this one from Dave Richards Photography, it’s a good, good day at SMP. Because when you pair up fluffy blooms, vintage bits, delicate laces, a purely spectacular setting like Maravilla Gardens and loads of California sunlight? There’s no denying this sweet wedding concoction will fill you with sweeping love.

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From the beautiful Bride… I wanted the wedding to be a “secret garden” theme. Both Michael and I are earth signs and love nature. We wanted to get married outdoors and were very inspired by the natural beauty of the gardens at Maravilla. We didn’t want anything too flashy or over the top. Which is why our color pallet was very muted with neutrals and whites. I would say my personal style for the wedding was ‘romantic.’ I had a Grecian influence and was drawn to delicate laces, vintage pieces and also anything bohemian. I wanted to have a timeless look that I would still love years down the road.

Additional Notes: Bride and Groom were married by a long time family friend. The cake was made by the Groom’s mother. Wedding signs were hand painted by the Bride’s sister. Also, the bride designed her own dress and Liza made the dress at her shop!

Photography: Dave Richards Photography | Floral Design: The English Garden | Wedding Dress: Brides By Liza | Invitations: Rifle Paper Co. | Ceremony Venue: Maravilla Gardens | Reception Venue: Maravilla Gardens | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Command Performance Catering | DJ: Elegant Event Entertainment | Cake Topper: BLDHN

Badgley Mischka and BHLDN are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Dave Richards Photography is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Glamorous Garden Wedding at the Beverly Hills Hotel

This wedding is best described by the bride as boho with a side of fancy, fancy which translates into equal parts killer style and vendor dream team. From design by Yifat Oren & Stefanie Cove, to richly hued florals by The Velvet Garden and Gia Canali behind the lens. In the full gallery you’ll find a moonlit ceremony so enchanting followed by a ballroom reception with glamour tucked into every nook.

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From Gia Canali….Nicole and Doug are among our favorite couples ever, for so many reasons, not least of which is their abundance of humor and their exuberance. Their moonlit ceremony-in-the-round was incredibly romantic. And they didn’t have a seated dinner reception. It was more like a roving feast with an endless dance party.

The bride wore her grandmother’s antique jewels and the groom wore his grandfather’s cufflinks. They had champagne in coupes and Kir Royals as their signature drinks.

From The Bride…It was Nicole’s birthday and Doug woke her up with their dog Sheldon dressed in a tuxedo. (Sheldon is from the streets, but his essence is fancy. So we always thought he belonged in a tux and joked about it constantly). Nicole thought this was just a very thoughtful way to ring in her 28th year. When Doug suggested a hike in Griffith Park, Nicole threw on some sweat pants, and they both decided Sheldon should keep his tuxedo on. When they reached a beautiful plateau, where they normally stop to stretch and drink water, Doug asked a stranger to take a photo of them. Nicole picked up Sheldon and smiled for the camera, but did not feel Doug next to her. When she turned around to see what was up, he was on his knee with a ring. The stranger who Doug had asked to photograph the moment, was actually “a plant.” They had done a “dry run” two weeks prior, and he got the whole thing on video. When they got back to their house, Doug had arranged for all Nicole’s favorite foods (so, cheese) and champagne to be waiting for them upon arrival. That night, Doug surprised Nicole again, when she walked into a room filled with all of their closest friends, who thought they were there to celebrate her birthday. After a day like this, Nicole wasn’t sure whether Doug was trying to marry her or give her a heart attack and kill her.

Nicole got deep into Pinterest. Stone Fox Bride has some amazing boards to pull from. When we decided our dress code was going to be “Bohemian Black Tie,” Nicole had a blast making this super intense board for inspiration. It is mostly photos of Elton John wearing feathers and sequins. So, not that helpful to guests who were looking for a “rational explanation.”

We wanted it to just be a kick ass party from start to finish. We also had this theme of “circles”—putting the emphasis on inclusiveness and warmth. The dance floor was a giant circle, we drank from coupes, and most importantly, we got married “in the round.” That night, there were no separations, sides, or factions. Just total unity and oneness. At least that’s what we told people—the true reason is that we love being the center of attention.

- We read our own vows, and Doug final vow was, “I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life…looking for your cell phone.”
– Nicole, hopping on stage, and singing “Crazy in Love” with the band, which brought the house down. It was a completely impromptu moment, brought on by the Nicole’s “magic weave” (clip-in hair extensions really are everything).
– After the band played, DJ Sam French got on the ones and twos and everyone danced until 3:30 am.
– Also, Superman crashed the wedding, and bought everyone jack and cokes.

The best advice we received was to live in the moment as much as possible and don’t be a dick. Our advice is the same to other couples live in the moment as much as possible and don’t be a dick. As well as the sense of joy and gratitude that we each felt was palpable. We truly LIVED every moment.

Photography: Gia Canali | Floral Designer: The Velvet Garden | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair: Tommy Buckett | DJ: DJ Sam French | Baker And Cake: The Butter End | Day-of Paper & Programs: Tiny Pine Press | Event Design And Production: Yifat Oren & Stefanie Cove | Invites: Rifle Paper Co. | Makeup: Kristie Streicher | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Revelry Event Designers | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Suit: John Varvatos | Tie: Lanvin | Veil: Stone Fox Bride | Wedding Venue: The Beverly Hills Hotel

Monique Lhuillier is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Gia Canali Photography, Found Vintage Rentals and The Butter End Cakery are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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