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Seaside Wedding at Sunset Cliffs

We swooned Carmen Santorelli’s stunning boudoir captures of this crazy beautiful bride, and now the entire wedding celebration is just a scroll away. Set at Sunset Cliffs with ocean waves crashing below, it’s simple, seaside romance styled by Meadowsweet Events with no shortage of pin-worthy blooms by Plenty Of Petals. Get lost in the gallery for your first-hand peek at each and every bit.

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From The Bride… Stevie and I were introduced by his sister Jessica, who so happened to be a friend of mine. It was sort of an ongoing joke between Jess and I that I would be the one to marry her brother. When Jess and I first met she immediately told me this story about her visit to a psychic several years before. The psychic told her that her brother would marry a woman with two children who was a few years older than her brother. Being a single mom purely focused on my kiddos I laughed off her charming story for years.

In mid-September 2013 at a farewell dinner for Andy, Jess’s husband, it was then that I finally met Stevie. He was in town from Kansas City to help Andy drive home. We barely spoke, but there were moments when our eyes would meet, and quickly divert. As if we didn’t want to be caught being interested. The next day Stevie and Andy loaded the truck to head back to Kansas City. To my complete surprise I received a message from him the next day “saying it was nice to finally have meet.” We began to get to know each other through long written conversations. Over the next year we maintained an exciting long distance relationship where we’d only see each other about once a month. We built up a lot of frequent flyer miles between Kansas City, and San Diego. But on June 15th, Father’s Day, we took another step forward when Stevie proposed to me. On bended knee he asked if he could be my husband and the father to my children, it was one of the happiest and most surreal moments of my life.

We didn’t start planning right away, we took a few months after the engagement to just enjoy being engaged, that was really important to us. But when we finally started in August we knew we had to kick it in to high gear if we wanted a January wedding. As a photographer, the photography was my first priority. I had followed Carmen Santorelli for years completely captivated by the way she captures light on film. I knew I HAD to have Carmen shoot our big day, no one else would do. The day I received her email saying she’d be our photographer I was on cloud nine, I think I knew after that everything else would be easy to plan.

When it came time to look for venues for our wedding Stevie, a Midwestern boy from Kansas City, Missouri was adamant that he wanted to marry me by the ocean. I immediately thought back to a photo shoot that Carmen Santorelli had shot at Sunset Cliffs. I was inspired by every single element she had incorporated into her shoot, the pastel florals, the soft breeze, and the beautiful light. Stevie and I visited Osprey point at Sunset Cliffs and knew right away that’s where we would be married. We chose a beautiful patio area at Balboa Park for our reception. The Casa de Prado patio was enclosed with tall archways and lush greenery, it was open and airy but still gave us that intimate feeling we wanted for our guests.

For décor, I wanted a certain look but mostly I wanted a certain feel. Kasia from Plenty of Petals completely understood my vision and bought it to life. The soft romantic feeling that I had envisioned came to life with rows of olive branch garlands lining half of the tables and full loose pastel centerpieces on the rest. I’m a sucker for details, and I wanted to give my guests a beautiful table setting. I spent many of my weekends before the wedding in small antique shops hunting for the perfect brass candle sticks, gold trimmed china, and just the right gold silverware. The results were breathtaking, when I walked through the archways and into my reception I was completely taken aback.

Lastly, Stevie and I wanted a certain look but we also wanted our guests to have a blast, and our musician made sure they did. We found Winship on Gigsalad.com and knew right away he had the perfect sound for our wedding. We didn’t realize he lived in Washington D.C when we first contacted him. Luckily he’s a surfer and was excited to have a weekend in sunny San Diego. Winship, the flames of hundreds of ivory candlesticks, the smell of palm trees and peonies, and the sound of laughter from our guests created the most perfect ambiance, it was the perfect day.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Stationery: Olive Branch & Co. | Ceremony Venue: Sunset Cliffs San Diego | Reception Venue: Casa Del Prado - Balboa Park | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo And Quilaree From BHLDN | Catering: Vigiluccis | Bride's Hair: Doll Me Up Makeup And Hair Artistry | Bride's Head Piece: Twigs And Honey | Ceremony Violonist: Jeanne Gregory | Desserts: Azucar | Makeup & Hair: Fresh Face Era | Name Cards: Hope Scott Calligraphy | Photo Booth: Shutterbooth | Planning And Design: Meadowsweet Events | Reception Musician: Winship | Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon Co. | Tables And Lighting: Farm Tables And More

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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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Gatsby Inspired Wedding at the Museum of Contemporary Art

On its own, the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla is a pretty amazing place.  But take that amazing place and fill it with gorgeous Gatsby-esque details, fabulous love quotes and sparkly blue everything and it transforms into a wedding paradise styled to perfection by Francine Ribeau Events.  Carmen Santorelli captured every gorgeous moment, so you know this is one gallery you can’t live without. 

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Fall
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From the Bride… From the sparkly blue tablecloths to gorgeous white flowers to the picturesque view of La Jolla cove, my wedding was nothing short of breathtaking. My dream wedding would not have come true if it hadn’t been for my wedding planner, Francine. In my initial conversation with Francine, I mentioned to her that I wanted my wedding to be chic, fabulous, and full of sparkle – she definitely did not disappoint.

The attention to detail in all aspects of by big day made my wedding truly spectacular. I know a lot of brides must say that their weddings were perfect, but I definitely believe mine was. All of my vendors brought custom elements that I never even imagined was possible and made my vision come to life. For example, my cake was hand-painted, custom blue and gold boards with famous love quotes decorated the venue and my flowers were adorned with gold sparkly accents. Francine and her team of experts were able to tell our story in the most elegant way possible, and I could not be more thankful. It truly was a memorable day and one of the best moments of my life.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography | Event Design: Francine Ribeau Events | Event Planning: Francine Ribeau Events | Floral Design: L & S Design Co. | Wedding Dress: Heidi Elnora | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Giuseppe Catering | DJ: The Creative Music DJ | Groom's Suit: Bar III | Wedding Venue: Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego | Cake & Desserts: Hey There, Cupcake! | Calligraphy, Paper Goods And Signage: Twinkle & Toast | Getting Ready: Scripps Inn | Groom's Shirt: Hugo Boss | Groom's Tie: Gucci | Guitarist: Matthew Commerce | Linens: La Tavola | Lounge Furniture And Bar: AFR Furniture Rental | Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Tabletop Rentals: The Hostess Haven

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Traditionally Elegant La Jolla Wedding

After seven years together this duo wanted their day under the sun and by the sea. The result? A relaxed coastal getaway at the hands of Esoteric Events complete with bouquets of lush Krista Jon blooms, ethereal Amsale gowns, and gorgeous sequined La Tavola linens. Set against the organic Garden Courtyard, Emily Blake captured a gallery illustrating the joy, right here!

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From Esoteric EventsI can not say enough amazing things about Cayla and Tyler! I was absolutely honored to have been chosen to be by their side during the planning process and on the wedding day. The ceremony took place in the Garden Courtyard of the Estancia Hotel with all their family and friends in attendance and it was pure magic. Cayla looked breathtaking in her Nardos Imam gown accompanied by a bouquet of lush flowers and etherial hair. After the ceremony guests sipped on cocktails while listening to Israel Maldonaldo playing the spanish guitar. Guests then entered the reception at sunset and danced the night away to the PG Band under warm candlelight tones.

From the beautiful Bride… There were only a few prerequisites my husband and I noted as we first deliberated our nuptials a few days after the whirlwind of our engagement. His ideal wedding would be “small(ish), summer, feels like us.” Mine: “warm, and in California.” Growing up in SoCal, I could hardly consider any other place to get married than under the sun and by the sea. But having lived and fallen in love in Dallas, with a fiancé hailing from Kansas City, I hoped he would be as open to the idea of a wedding 1,500 miles away. Thankfully, all parties were keen on the idea of a summer getaway to the coast to say “I do,” and La Jolla ended up being the most beautiful destination to do so.

When it came down to venue for our ceremony and reception, we agreed it would be ideal to have both in the same location as the hotel where our guests could stay in order to create the “vacationing with friends” setting we had hoped for. After dating seven years, we were thrilled at the opportunity to unite all our friends and family from across the country who have supported us throughout our journey as a couple to celebrate altogether. Estancia La Jolla, nestled right up the hill from downtown La Jolla village, proved to be the perfect host to our gathering, providing both an incredible backdrop for the celebration and elegant accommodations for our guests.

Planning is something I’ve always loved to do for my friends – parties, showers, group gatherings—you name it, I love to flush out the details. But when it came to planning our own wedding, I was overjoyed to take a backseat (okay, maybe passenger seat!) and let Esoteric Events take the reins of our big day. Our vision was so easily translated that I felt completely assured the day would be just as casually glamorous as I had hoped: a juxtaposition of a lush, organic backdrop highlighting the natural beauty of California with luxurious hints of my favorite color: sparkles! I envisioned a backdrop of neutrals with touches of glitz and soft pops of color throughout, and Krista Jon for Archive helped to create the perfect culmination of the two within our floral arrangements. Our cocktail and reception areas were accented with gorgeous gold-sequined linens from La Tavola, and the mercury glass and candlelight pieces from Archive Rentals created a beautifully-lit reception. Each detail came together to create a relaxed and refined celebration that felt just “like us” (as per the groom’s requirements!). And it wouldn’t have been a party without the help of PG Band, who held helped keep the dance floor rockin’ well into the wee hours of the morning!

It’s hard to believe after a little over a year of planning our wedding has already come and gone, but we were so lucky to have our incredibly supportive group of loved ones surrounding us through the best weekend of our lives. We couldn’t be more thankful to the vendors and friends who helped create such magical memories. Thank you for sharing in our joy!

Photography: Emily Blake Photography | Floral Design: Krista Jon | Wedding Dress: Nardos Imam For Stanley Korshak | Cake: Hey There, Cupcake! | Ceremony Venue: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa | Reception Venue: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair & Makeup: 1011 Makeup | Lighting: Five Star Visual | Band: PG Band | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Ceremony Music: Israel Maldonaldo | Bridal Party Robes: Personalized Brides | Coordination & Design: Esoteric Events | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Tanning: Plush Tan | Wedding Rings & Bands: Matthew Trent

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Rustic Meets Southern Charm Ranch Wedding

I believe a little dash of Southern charm can, and should, be added to every celebration, whether you’re in Mississippi or Montana. These southern California sweeties brought that flair to their rustic ranch wedding, and combined with Cali’s summer style, it made for one fantastic mix. Katie Shuler snapped it all and Amari Productions brought it to life, so we can start pinning the pretty details right here.

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From The Bride… My husband and I took on a lot of projects for our wedding. We got engaged on February 23, 2013, and because we specifically wanted a July wedding, planned our wedding a year and a half out in order to accommodate all of our DIY projects. It’s important to give yourself an ample amount of time if you plan on having a handmade wedding. Trust me – I was still doing projects up until about a day before our rehearsal dinner because of unforeseen events, i.e. three weeks of pneumonia for me (one month before gracing the aisle!) Thankfully, my handy husband and bridesmaids tackled several items on my to-do list during that time. Our proudest DIY projects include all of our wooden signage, hand painted by my Husband, and our tattered fabric American flag. These were our focal points throughout all three areas: ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.

Both of us being, ironically, Georgia Peaches who met on the west coast, wanted to bring the south to California. One thing my husband and I have in common is the fact that we both moved quite a bit throughout our upbringing. We have each lived in several states and have family in different places throughout the US. This led us to our idea of hosting a celebration with a “family reunion” theme. Our tables were labeled by the different states we’ve lived in, with a personal fact about either of us on the back on the table marker.

The majority of our wedding guests traveled to be with us on our special day. We kept our numbers small in order to accommodate all family members, who were willing to travel, and just a few of our closest friends. This made for the intimate atmosphere we had hoped for. Being in July, we wanted to have an underlying patriotic theme, mostly carried throughout our color scheme of pale blues, lacy whites and blush pinks. We love country music and we love a down home good time! We wanted our ceremony to be traditional and sophisticated, despite our non-Church venue, and for our cocktail hour and reception to be a comfortable, playful backyard BBQ atmosphere. Overall, our day was filled with lots of laughs, sweet tea, lemonade and dancing to the tunes of The Drinking Cowboy Band! We even had true southern appetizers, such as hush puppies, mac-and-cheese and fried green tomatoes.

Photography: Katie Shuler Photography | Videographer: Amari Productions | Wedding Planner: Liz Beck Events | Florist: Annette Gomez | Wedding Dress: Christopher's Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay | Catering: Festivities Catering | Band: The Drinking Cowboy | Groom's Attire: A Better Deal Tuxedo | Venue: Los Peñasquitos Adobe Ranch House | Cake & Desserts: Elizabethan Desserts | Photography - Assistance: Wade Carr | Reception Dress: Tadashi Shoji | Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals | Rentals: Adore Folklore

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