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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 Blue Wedding Inspiration

If there’s one color that makes my heart flutter faster, it’s the beautiful blues. Add in rustic florals by Botanica Events by Audrey Chaney and Pigment & Parchment’s romantic stationery, all orchestrated by Jenn Robirds Events, and I’m in an absolute trance. Captured at the stunning Vizcaya in Sacramento, I’m swept away with all these photos by Samantha Kirk and do not plan on leaving anytime soon.

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From Samantha Kirk For this shoot we all wanted to come together to create something that was classic and unique with jeweled blue tones. With the blue table runner as the accent to the gorgeous white flowers, with the hint of the gold glasses, we thought it was a great touch. Audrey of Botanica Events really worked her magic as she put together the flowers, centerpieces and even the little wreaths as the “thank you’s” for the guest on each plate. Her gorgeous arrangement made sure that these centerpieces and flowers would surely not go out of style. The sapphire inspired jewelry made the bride look classy and elegant, really accenting Dina’s dress and veil from Bride to Be Couture, a gorgeous long tulle dress that would make any bride happy. The calligraphy and menus by the talented Rosaura from Pigment and Parchment made eating exciting and fun. Her nicely written stationery was a fabulous touch to the shoot. Kathy’s cake from Kathy’s Cakery was simple yet beautiful next to the three chandeliers, really making the dessert table stand out. Our goal for this was to make this inspiration shoot simple and classy with unique touches inspired by jeweled toned colors.

Photography: Samantha Kirk Photography | Coordination: Jenn Robirds Events | Floral Design: Botanica Events By Audrey Chaney | Cake: Kathy's Little Cakery | Stationery: Pigment And Parchment | Hair And Makeup: Lifted Salon | Men's Attire: Tuxedo Den | Venue: Vizcaya Sacramento | Bridal Boutique (Gown & Accessories): Bride To Be Couture | Film Processing: Photo Impact Imaging | Male Model: Tommy Finn | Model: Kaelee Cornell | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Botanica Events By Audrey Chaney

Modern Kimono Robes + A Giveaway!

You may or may not have heard, but here at SMP, we are slightly obsessed with all things fashion.  Okay, okay… we live for it.  So when it comes to chic wedding day attire, you know Modern Kimono ranks high atop our must-have lists.  I’m talking luxurious robes in 100% premium, designer cotton that are perfect for you and your maids.  Getting ready in style has never looked better, or more sophisticated.

Made to order in San Francisco, Modern Kimono is putting a sweet spin on getting ready attire with stylish robes that you and your besties are sure to rock long after your big day.  That’s because Modern Kimono robes are created to be equal parts functional and pretty.  Imagine sleek, modern designs complete with patch pockets or inseam side pockets (YES), 3/4 length sleeves (worry-free for putting on makeup or washing your hands), rounded necklines and fits that are made to order.  That means your 6′ tall bridesmaid will be just as comfortable as your 5’4″ bestie.  And they also include a darling craft paper hang tag (with grosgrain ribbon!) with each of your bridesmaids’ names written on it.  We love that.

Visit Modern Kimono today to order your maids the best gift they’ll ever receive.  And don’t forget to check out the mid-calf lengths for mothers and mother-in-laws, plus the sweet robes for your flower girls!

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What: Modern Kimono is giving away a robe of your choice to one lucky reader! (Value $60)

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us why you can’t wait to rock a Modern Kimono robe on your big day!

Who: A winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on April 17, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies!

Photography: Autumn Harrison + Carly Fuller

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Brideside + A Giveaway!

I love being a bridesmaid, but I have to admit… bridesmaid dress shopping?  Not so much.  Because as much as I adore hanging with my besties, trekking around to one bridal store after another isn’t really my idea of fun.  Enter Brideside, the chic online boutique that will change the way you operate with amazing gowns, a personal stylist, a seriously simple ordering process AND a chance to win $500 towards those dresses of your dreams.  Stunning gowns + an amazing giveaway?!? Yes, please.

Gorgeous gowns, sans drama – that’s how Brideside operates with a plethora of beautiful designs to choose from, all with the help of your very own personal stylist.  And the best part?  You can do it all from the comfort of your own home, and even try on the gowns before buying.  Bridesmaid dress shopping has never been so fabulous.  Here’s how it works:

Meet Your Stylist – Browsing gorgeous bridesmaid frocks online just got amazing with the help of one of Brideside’s FREE personal stylists.  Think of them as your very own wedding-style expert who will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process, from helping you create a “closet” of unique + oh-so-chic styles to keeping track of all of the specifics.  And Brideside introduced Jenny Yoo gowns this month, which means even more amazing styles to choose from.

Invite Your Besties to Your Brideside Closet – Now that you and your stylist are filling your Closet with some of the prettiest frocks imaginable, invite your bridal party to view your choices for those much-needed second opinions. And when you add or share a favorite, your stylist can see all of the happenings, so she is totally in the loop.

Try It On at Home! – Want to try on the dress before committing?  Once you have narrowed down all of the wedding loveliness to three must-have styles, Brideside will send them to you or your bridesmaids in a Brideside Box!  That means an at-home fitting party with your own shoes, jewelry and a little (or a lot!) of champagne.  Soooo fun.

Order “The One” – Now that you’ve chosen the perfect gown, you can work directly with your stylist to be sure everyone is fitted properly and that the dress of your dreams is ordered for each and every one of your ‘maids.  Oh, and it’s shipped directly to you.  It’s seriously awesome, and seriously stress-free. Seriously.

I know, I know… you can’t wait to get started with Brideside.  Visit their website now or, if you live in Chicago, make an appointment with a stylist here.  You can thank us later.

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What: Brideside is giving away a $500 credit to one bridal party! 

How: Simply sign up here by April 15, 2015 to be entered to win!

Who: The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Good luck, lovelies! xo

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Rustic Sacramento Backyard Wedding

Backyard weddings will never grow old, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Gaze upon the beauty of this backyard ceremony and you’ll know that if anything, they’re just getting better and better. Kate Whelan Events created one beautiful bash, and Flourish’s olive branches were the icing on the (delicious) cake. Myrtel and Marjoram snapped away and you can start daydreaming with me right this way.

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From Kate Whelan Events… As soon as they were engaged, Laurel and William knew they would be hosting their ceremony in Laurel’s Tuscan-esque family home. The backyard held a natural and organic feel that they wanted for their wedding and surrounded Laurel with memories of her childhood. Flanked by olive trees and potted lemon plants, the couple walked down the aisle to an altar draped in beautiful garlands and accented with olive wreaths. Chalk hearts led the guests down the driveway into the charming backyard surrounded by greenery and beautiful fountains. A champagne bar on a large marble table welcomed guests as they arrived and a guitarist serenaded the guests and wedding party as they took their places. Small hints of the groom’s Texan heritage and bride’s California heritage were sprinkled throughout, in monograms and wrought iron details throughout. After the ceremony, guests headed to The Firehouse in Old Sacramento. They were welcomed to the autumn courtyard scene by a table full of handmade escort cards and led to their table by the couple’s favorite Halloween candy classics. Handprinted table signs were created by the bride’s sister. Beautiful organic arrangements accented with more olive leaves sat at each table, while the head table was decorated by the repurposed ceremony garland. Market lights twinkled overhead while the guests danced underneath. A delicious cake was accented with more olive leaves and fresh florals.

Photography: Myrtle And Marjoram Photography | Floral Design: Flourish | Wedding Dress: Atelier Des Modistes | Cake: Susie Cakes | Reception Venue: Firehouse | Shoes: J Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Hair: Jen Gouge | Band: Hip Service | Groom's Attire: Canali | Transportation: Baja Limo | Event Planning And Design: Kate Whelan Events | Guitarist: Jessie Hendricks | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Urban Chic Holiday Party Inspiration

What’s a party without champagne? For this holiday shindig hosted by 2Chic Events & Design, Chandon was front and center along with a gorgeous spread decorating their new studio space. A Christmas tree, macaron favors and a bellini bar – all amazing ways to celebrate the holidays. Have a look at the imagery captured by Milou & Olin right here and from all all of us at SMP, cheers to Christmas Eve!

When Event Planners host a holiday party with an invite list filled to the brim with amazing and creative fellow vendors, they must bring their A-Game! Aimee and Kristin of 2Chic Events & Design recently did just that, inviting all of their vendor friends in to their newly expanded urban chic studio space for a sneak peek of the venue and a delicious catered lunch.

Just because it’s a casual lunch, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be overflowing with beautiful details. Aimee and Kristin treated their guests to an amazing Bellini bar, tables set with impeccable detail and delicious macaron dessert favors from the talented chocolatiers at Ginger Elizabeth.

Photography: Milou & Olin | Event Design: 2Chic Events & Design | Event Planning: 2Chic Events & Design | Floral Design: Bloomers Floral Design | Catering: Beth Sogaard Catering | Favors: Ginger Elizabeth | Print Items: Honey Paperie | Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals

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