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(once like a spark) photography + A Discount!

Here at SMP, we get a little bit giddy when we run across a vendor that takes our breath away. Case in point? (once like a spark) photography. Based in San Diego, Los Angeles + Northern California, this boutique-style photography company creates photos that are truly different — timelessly beautiful with a touch of whimsy and a whole lot of charm.

When you work with (once like a spark) photography, you’re not only signing on with an amazing photographer, but also with a team of wedding experts (in-house planner, editor, etc.) that will seamlessly guide you through the process. Knowing that your wedding photos will be some of your most treasured memories, (once like a spark) photography not only captures you and your honey to perfection, but makes sure you’re totally comfortable on your big day, knows how to schedule everything to get the perfect light and edits beautifully to make sure the final product is picture perfect.

For a ton more information and to book your big day with (once like a spark) photography, head over to their website. OH, there’s more! Just for our SMP readers, (once like a spark) photography is offering either $200 off your package or a free engagement session for the month of November! Be sure to mention SMP California when filling out the contact form to redeem discount. 


Modern San Diego Engagement + WIUP

I’m just going to come right about and say it – this San Diego duo is easily one the most stylish couples we’ve ever come across. It’s what happens when two creatives (him a photographer, her a producer) fall in love, and the snaps from Studio Castillero pretty much speak for themselves. Have a peek in the gallery and keep scrolling for this week’s lucky winners!

From the Bride-to-be… One of the first things my fiancé, James, and I did when we got engaged was book our photographers. As both of us work in creative fields, he’s a photographer and I’m a producer, it was essential for us to find people who’s work was unique, fun, and interesting. That is why we knew we had to go with the brilliantly talented photographers at Studio Castillero. In planning with them on where we should do our engagement session, we decided to shoot at two locations: our downtown San Diego loft that was converted from a 100-year-old church, and our wedding venue, The San Diego Museum of Art.

Regarding the locations, we decided to use our loft for a few reasons, the most obvious being that we love our home and it’s where we feel most comfortable. Another reason was that we wanted something unique to us as a couple (who doesn’t?). I mean, how many people live in a converted historical church and have their bedroom in a former confessional booth (complete with heavy 20 ft. tall doors with slats that open and shut in the middle)? It seemed fitting that while we’re not getting married in a church, we could at least include one in something wedding related.

The next reason is that if we shot at home we could include our dog, Whiskey (or as we like to call him, Whiskey Mittens) in the photo shoot. Boy, did he ham it up! When we normally try to take pictures of him he usually finds a way to move right when the shutter goes off, but the moment Megan and Brent start shooting you’d think he was born to be a puppy model. Seemingly, this was his shoot and his humans were just their as supporting cast members. The final reason is that it gave us a (semi) legitimate reason to jump on the bed, because well, why not?

After 30 minutes of shooting in and around our loft we headed over to our soon-to-be wedding venue, The San Diego Museum of Art. Once we arrived we made a bee-line for entrance. If anyone has ever been to Balboa Park they know that there are about 20 wedding related events going on at any given moment, especially during sunset. On our short walk up to the steps, we passed 3 other couples doing their engagement shoots. Once we made it up to the front entrance, chilled as I was in my slightly ripped dress, I grabbed James’ hand and stared at the sign. It was emotional and exciting and I think that came through in the photos.

I have to say, I think that is what is so great about our photos. While this location is very popular, Megan and Brent did an incredible job making our photos feel distinctive and special. Their images perfectly convey the tone for us as a couple and for what our wedding will be. Every time I look at our pictures, me in a white dress and James in a suit, in front of our venue I can’t help but get a flutter of excitement for our big day and I couldn’t help but want to share our praise for Megan and Brent’s phenomenal photos.

Photography: Studio Castillero | Venue: San Diego Museum Of Art | Black Suit: Cotton On | Blue Dress: Urban Outfitters | Blue Suit: H&M | Red Skirt: ASOS | Union Jack Pillow: Timothy Oulton | White Dress: For Love And Lemons


Macy’s Registry to Reality Giveaway
Something Blue Prize pack from La Marca Prosecco
Something Blue Nile Pinterest Contest

This week’s DISCOUNTS…
Vino Backyard Designs

For our California brides… Mark your calendars for the Hayley Paige Trunk Show at JLM Couture Boutique, August 22-24th.


Congratulations to Veronica! You’ve won a bridal robe package valued at $499.00 from Homebodii!

Congrats Jenny C., Lauren Maristela and Heidi Gifford on winning Dasherie’s premier issue!

San Diego Rooftop Wedding from Birds of a Feather Photography

Stripes, polka dots, and gold are a match that one needs to see to truly appreciate. It’s a combo that is all at once modern and glam blended with the design savvy crafting of Sitting in a Tree Events and pops of pink ombre by Green Fresh Florals. And a venue overlooking the skyline of San Diego certainly doesn’t hurt. But perhaps the best part of this story is that the Bride and Groom left the planning to the experts and decided to be pleasantly surprised on their wedding day. From the looks of the gorgeous images captured by Rebecca of Birds of a Feather Photography, I would say that surprise was a huge success. And then some. See every last bit of this rooftop affair right here in the full gallery.

From Tori of Sitting in a Tree Events… Erica and Dustin are a dream couple.  She’s a stunning fashionista (just look at that vintage ring and dress!) and he’s an amazing DJ and combined they have some of the best style around.  They came to me with a vision of modern Hollywood Regency glamour and the desire to have a wedding that felt like a good party.  And the best part?  They wanted the design to be a surprise!  So armed with a color palette and their recently designed home as inspiration we went to work on surprising this couple on their big day.  

We lit a room full of candles, tied napkins into bow ties, adorned the bar with lamps & vases, added classic black and white touches, and then made everything shimmer with gold strewn throughout. Pitbulls and Posies laser cut tiny records, mustaches & lips for each guest, and the florist gave the day an ombre touch of pink to soften things up.  Panton chairs were brought in to create the modern vibe the bride and groom so adore and the ceremony space was transformed into a glam gold lounge with neon lighting and snacks for the late night crew.  

All of this AND on a rooftop with a view of downtown San Diego and an intimate guest list of 50 made it a pretty epic evening for them and their guests.  There is nothing quite like getting to surprise a bride and groom on their wedding day.  Already so full of love, joy and emotion surrounded by their 50 nearest and dearest, this just made their day that much more memorable.  And what a great beginning to their love story.  Thanks Erica & Dustin for letting us play such a big role in your wedding day!

Wedding Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Hard Rock Hotel San Diego in San Diego, California / Wedding Design, Styling + Coordination: Sitting in a Tree Events / Floral Design: Green Fresh Florals / Wedding Cake: Cute Cakes / Stationery: Pitbulls and Posies / DJ: Friend of Groom / Bride’s Dress + Veil: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bride’s Ring: Vintage (3 Carat Blue Topaz with Paved Diamonds on Yellow Gold) / Groom’s Suit, Shirt + Tie: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Ted Baker / Groom’s Socks: Happy Socks / Linens: La Tavola Linen

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