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Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
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Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).

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Romantic Meets Rustic Backyard Wedding

If you’re wondering just how much I love backyard weddings, you should know that this past weekend, I curled up with a cozy blanket and watched Father of the Bride… twice.  So this sweet romantic meets rustic party held in the bride’s parents’ backyard?  It’s awesome.  Imagine the sweet stylings of Francine Ribeau Events meets gorgeous imagery from Vis Photography.  See them all right here.

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From the Bride… A dream wedding begins long before vows are exchanged, tables are set, and dance floors are crowded with family and friends. The real planning and preparation for our wedding began more than a year prior to the ceremony date, just after our engagement, and coinciding with the news that my husband would be leaving for months on a Marine Corps deployment. The orchestration of a perfect evening truly takes a village, and between countless meetings with family, our extraordinary wedding planner, Francine Ribeau, and late night phone calls between a bride and groom half a world apart, our vision began to take shape.

We agreed that our wedding should reflect our relaxed vibe and feature a classic, rustic aesthetic, and we needed a location that would make our guests feel at home. After a short time searching beach fronts, craftsman resorts, and hillside vineyards, we discovered a perfect location that would allow us full control over the décor and a true sense of “home”; my parents’ beautiful Rancho Santa Fe backyard! We, along with our massive wedding plans, were welcomed with open arms by my mom, whose attention to detail would prove priceless in our efforts to craft our perfect night.

It was very important for us to hold an inviting and warm wedding that would bring family and friends close together after our difficult and trying months apart. Ultimately, we chose to value contentment and ease over formality. To build on our welcoming atmosphere, we chose a soft color palette that featured mint, blush, gold, and champagne tones. Beautiful floral arrangements from Ashley Elizabeth Floral Designs mirrored our color scheme and softened staged vignettes with turn-of-the-century iron pieces and charming wooden signs directing guests between wedding events. The final product was coordinated flawlessly by Francine Ribeau and Danielle Ehrlich, and their vendor recommendations, specifically Vis Photography and Coast Catering, proved beyond any doubt that they were the best acts in town.

As our wedding guests poured into the back yard in the early evening, it was clear our team had hit the nail on the head with every design and detail throughout the space. Our families and our wildly different groups of friends all mingled and laughed over trademark cocktails and took turns making fools of themselves in our private photo booth, all while being entertained by the talented Michael Tiernan, a solo act acoustic guitarist (and DJ too!). Our short, but sweet ceremony featured hand-writtten vows, a few funny blunders, and a live acoustic set… all in keeping with our “comforts of home” theme. As the light began to fade, we shared our first dance to Adam Sandler’s classic (and hilarious) Wedding Singer theme. As the light faded, lanterns hung from branches and bulbs strung between trees above the yard lit the way for the remainder of the party, which bounced from dance floor to pool and back again. The last guests and the bride and groom begrudgingly left in the early morning hours, wanting to hold onto every possible second before admitting the night was over.

Family and friends have continued to share the joy and fun they enjoyed that night with us, and we couldn’t be more delighted with the first of our many days together as a married couple!

Photography: Vis Photography | Floral Design: Ashley Elizabeth Floral Design And Styling | Wedding Dress: Junko Yoshioka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Kennedy Blue | Catering: Coast Catering | Hair And Make Up: Beauty And The Beach | Venue : Private Residence | Desserts: Elizabethan Desserts | Event Designer And Planner: Francine Ribeau Events | Farm Tables: Farm Tables And More | Music: Still Listening Productions | Officient: A Wedding Celebration By Patricia Coleman | Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals - San Diego | Valet: Seaside Parking

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Retro Island Inspired Hawaii Wedding

This island wedding is fun with a capital “f” and it has everything to do with the creative gurus behind Amorology. They took the couple’s vision for killer party and created a retro Hawaiian, tropical fruit-infused day with color and style like you wouldn’t believe. Acqua Photo captured all the goodies, and I suggest you fix yourself a Mai Tai and join me here for so much more.

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From Amorology… Get ready for a taste of the Hawaii life! We love when we get to design for super chic couples who have both a killer personal style and an infectious romance! With Brandi + Tim’s love for the island life, we decided to play with a theme that combined Carmen Miranda and retro Hawaiian inspired touches with a dash of old Hollywood glam . Using large palm leaves and mango wood, we created a custom wood backdrop inspired by Hawaiian quilt prints for the escort card display and filled it with the help of JL Designs with the most delicious abundance of tropical fruits. We also painted pineapples to hold table names, made custom wood square candle holders, and had menus created with white calligraphy on palm leaves to perch at each table among the beautiful blooms and transfer ware blue china. For favors, we shipped in our couple’s favorite cookies from Hawaii and packaged them in pineapple-printed muslin bags.

Our couple danced to Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On” for their first dance and heated up the room. After dinner, guests sipped on Mai Tai’s and treated themselves to the sugar shack dessert display with the most darling quilt inspired cake by Hey There -Cupcake. With straw hats and coconut bras we kept things playful on the dance floor as guests busted a move. We were so happy to see that our design resonated with the couple’s sense of style so well. As the groom said, “We were so impressed with their [Amorology's] ability to transform our vague ideas into vibrantly crafted and vintage Hawaiiana style that represented us perfectly.”

Brandi and Tim and their weding is near and dear to our hearts for so many reasons but we especially loved that our sweet couple in need of a flower girl, asked Heather’s little daughter, Milla to play the part and on her birthday! Growing up in a world full of brides, this was the pinnacle! Lots of dreams coming true on this wedding day!

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Rustic Tuscan Style Estate Wedding

Vespas and umbrian feasts are two very awesome ways to incorporate Italy into a California wedding. It also helps to have a team of wedding elves to take that vision and make it a reality. Talents like Sweet Marie DesignsLVL Weddings & Events and wildly beautiful images by Ashley Kelemen. Together they masterminded an elegant affair filled with white blooms and al fresco details. See it all unfold here.

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From Ashley KelemenKate and Nate’s wedding was an absolute dream. They carefully incorporated so many personal details, and created a Umbrian feast to remember. From their custom Italian meal from Heirloom LA to the rented Vespa the Kate surprised Nate with, the wedding day was special from beginning to end. Sweet Marie Designs’ signature florals were stunning as always, and included a hidden artichoke in the brides bouquet (which held special meaning to the bride and groom) and cumquats in the arrangements for a touch of whimsy. Kate and Nate’s wedding artfully highlighted the things they love most as a couple — family, friends, food and wine.

From Heather of LVL Events...Washington DC love birds imagined a California wedding that was more than going through the motions of tradition, that truly encompassed who they are as a couple and provided an intimate dinner party to share with friends and family. The dinner party theme was born and allowed us to incorporate the textured, details and feel of their travels and celebrations in Orvieto, Italy.

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California Garden Wedding Layered with Pink

Blush on pink on fuchsia is what you’ll find dancing around in this garden affair captured by We Heart Photography. It’s layers of pink coordinated by Bliss Events along with blooms by Blush Botanicals that give the already gorgeous backdrop of Rancho Valencia a beautiful punch of color. Find even more of this blushing fete right here.

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From Jessica, the bride… Darrel and I met in collage where he was studying to become an athletic trainer and I was playing on the softball team. After numerous visits to the schools athletic training facility in my dirt and sweat covered uniform, we both recognized that there was something unique and special about the other. It wasn??t long after that we stared dating, fell in love, and started the adventure of a lifetime together.

My inspiration for our wedding came from Anthropologie, with a little less boho and a little more chic. Our wedding embraced the natural beauty of the venue with an added punch of color and sparkle. I wanted the design to look eclectic yet cohesive. One of my favorite touches to the wedding was having our ring bearer nephews walk doing the aisle with a teddy bear and baseball glove. The teddy bear signifying our love for animals, and the baseball glove signifying my background of playing softball and Darrel??s playing baseball.

Darrel and I chose to wait until the ceremony to see each other, however, it was important to us that we would be able to pray together prior to that moment. Therefore, we set up a prayer where we could hold hands and speak to each other on either sides of a door. It was such a special and calming moment for me to have my soon-to-be husband lead us in prayer as we embarked on this exciting lifelong journey together.

I always envisioned myself walking down the aisle to a soft, acoustic song with meaningful lyrics. Divine Romance by Phil Wickham came on while Darrel and I were driving together and we knew right away that it was the perfect processional song choice for our wedding. Our recessional song was Sweetest Thing by U2, a favorite band of Darrel??s. Our first dance song was the easiest wedding decision that we had to make, Everything by Michael Bublé. This has been ??our?? song since the day we first started dating and has stuck with us ever since.

Photography: We Heart Photography | Coordinator: Bliss Events | Florist: Blush Botanicals | Cake: Sweet Lydias | Ceremony Venue: Rancho Valencia | Lighting: Classic Party Rentals | DJ: Still Listening Productions | Makeup/Hair: Audre Rene

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