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Tara Keely and Blush by Hayley Paige Trunk Show

With all the wedding dress options out there, I’m always drawn to that timeless combination of classic + modern, which may explain why I’m head over heels with the Fall 2015 Tara Keely + Blush by Hayley Paige collections. And lucky for you Southern California brides, they’ll be featured at the JLM Couture trunk show July 10-12, 2015! Mark your calendars m’dears!!

Held at the JLM Couture West Hollywood Flagship location, this is a trunk show you won’t want to miss. Known for their gorgeous silhouettes, amazing detailing and luxe fabrics, the dresses in the Blush by Hayley Paige + Tara Keely collections are as lovely as can be. All dresses featured are not only stunning but affordable (We’re talking under $3000!) plus all brides who purchase a gown that weekend will be given 10% off!

Head over here to find out more about the show and to book your appointment! Happy dress hunting, dears.


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Casual San Diego Engagement with Hints of Red, White & Blue

If you’re in need of some red, white and blue inspiration this Fourth of July, look no further than this seriously stylish duo. Taking to San Diego’s Sunset Cliffs and Presidio Park with Whiskers and Willow Photography, this bride-and-groom-to-be looked the epitome of California Cool in easy silhouettes and summery prints. Get inspired by their fashion and romance here.

From Whiskers and Willow Photography Kiah and Derrick are a couple from San Antonio, Texas who are getting married in Temecula, CA spring of 2016. Kiah and Derrick were engaged on the famous Love Locks Bridge in Paris, France, so these two know a thing or two about romance. Kiah has family in San Diego so they are both familiar with the area and wanted to take photos at Sunset Cliffs, a dramatic cliffside backdrop for dreamy engagement photos. Complimentary to that, they chose Presidio Park as a second location, which boasts the beautiful, historic Junipero Serra Mesuem.

Photography: Whiskers And Willow Photography

IQ Videography

I’ll admit it — I’ve been married almost four years, and I still watch my wedding film all the time. So you can imagine my excitement that I get to introduce you all to the incredibly talented and award winning IQ Videography.

Based in San Francisco, IQ Videography specializes in an artistic, modern style that beautifully captures all the details of your wedding day. Their unobtrusive approach allows for a more intimate filming of your big day and their top-notch HD technology and editing techniques create a finished product that is something you’ll watch on repeat for years to come. IQ Videography also uses combinations of 8mm film and video — swoon! The combination of nostalgic + crisp footage is so unique and seriously special.

Capturing all of the most special and emotional moments from your big day, from gift exchanges to hand-written emotional vows, IQ Videography crafts wedding films that are as visually stunning. For more information and to book them for your big day, head over here.

Ceremony Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Reception Venue: Annadel Estate Winery


La Jolla Beach Anniversary Session

Ever wonder what happens when a pair of photographers photographs another photographer? It’s usually really, really good even if it is a mouthful. And if you want proof, then spend a moment devouring this anniversary shoot from Orange Photographie, as she spent a day snapping fellow photog Michelle Cross and her husband Colton. Pure magic. And so much more here.

From Orange PhotographieWe love to connect with photographers and make new friends when we travel. On this particular trip, we drove up the coast of California, starting in the San Diego area, where we met up with the beautiful Michelle Cross and her husband, Colton. Michelle is a very talented wedding photographer, and it was such fun to photograph a photographer, especially for their anniversary session!

We met up with this beautiful pair on a gorgeous evening in La Jolla (is there ever an evening that is NOT gorgeous in La Jolla?!?) and walked along the rocks and cliffs, enjoying getting to know each other and laughing when the waves got a little too close for comfort! We loved Michelle and Colton’s styled – it was a bit of New England preppy combined with California relaxed. It worked perfectly for the setting. And I’m always a sucker for navy and white stripes!

Anniversary sessions are so special. We believe they are a powerful visual reminder of the love that you share and your continual commitment to your other half. The time leading up to marriage is so full of excitement and change, but once you are on the other side of the wedding, it’s easy to get caught up in busy lives and be pulled in different directions. Remaining head-over-heels in love with your other half is a constant choice, and one that should be celebrated. What better way than through photos?

Photography: Orange Photographie

SMP Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Giveaway!

Summer weekends — is there anything better?! To start this one off right, we’re introducing you all to a fabulous new advertiser to join to SMP family: La Jolla Cove Suites. Named a Top 5 Wedding Venue in San Diego for three years in a row, this stunning hotel offers incredible ocean views that will have your guests swooning.

Overlooking famous La Jolla Cove, this beachfront hotel’s rooftop terrace is perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 225 guests! Offering couples incredible catering by The Abbey Catering & Event Design Company, guest rooms, suites and vacation rentals for guests, top-notch customer service and breathtaking views, La Jolla Cove Suites is a must-see locale. For more information and tons of inspiration, check them out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


The Prize: One lucky couple will win a 1-night stay in a deluxe ocean view suite at the La Jolla Cove Suites featuring a private balcony with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the southern California coastline. ($399 value!) Stay includes a complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi and a one hour bike rental for two. Advance reservations required, based on availability only, black-out dates apply.

To Enter: Comment on this post with why you want to explore the La Jolla Cove Suites. One winner, selected completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on June 26th!  For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck!

Photo Credit: Heidi-O-Photo


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