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Grace Portraits + A Promotion!

We’ve all been there.  Your nearest and dearest are tying the knot and you want to do something extra special to commemorate the big day.  But finding that perfect wedding gift?  It’s not always easy. Enter Grace Portraits, the fab boutique that creates custom, hand-drawn portraits from your fave pics that are equal parts awesome + unique.  This, loves, is gifting in the most meaningful of ways.

With Grace Portraits, you’ll be presenting your loved ones with one of the most breathtaking gifts they will ever receive.  Think a stunning piece of art commissioned by a local Bay Area artist that can be passed down through generations for a gift they’ll cherish for always.  And with Grace Portraits, you don’t have to wait until there’s a wedding!  Order an amazing drawing for an anniversary gift, engagement present, Father’s Day or even your niece’s first birthday… you can even commission your very own drawing to display on your wedding day.  That, my friends, is beyond amazing.

Contact Grace Portraits TODAY to begin working on your masterpiece.  You’ll be blown away by their awesome customer service as they help you choose the perfect picture, and walk with you step by step throughout the process… you’ll even get a scan of your drawing before final shipment, to make sure it’s everything you ever wanted!  Not to mention that when all is said and done, you’ll receive everything in customized monogrammed packaging, complete with a note from the artist.  We love that.

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Promotion

What: Get a 20% discount on all online portrait orders placed by midnight on Monday, May 25, 2015 by using promotion code MEMDAYSALE.

How: Users need to complete their purchase on the Grace Portraits’ website before midnight on 5/25/15 and use promo code MEMDAYSALE to receive the 20% discount.

No occasion? No problem. Order now to take advantage of this deal and you’ll receive a Grace Portrait credit for when you are ready to get started. Shipping preference and delivery date are given in the order in which purchases are received.  Grace Portrait is already taking pre-orders through December 2015, so make sure you place your order now to ensure you can get it by your desired date!

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Behind the Scenes with A Day In May

There’s no part of weddings I won’t gush over but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to my stationery sweet spot. So I was beyond excited to get a little behind the scenes peek at A Day In May, a graphic design studio in San Fran where owners Lesley and Eve work on everything from logos and wine labels to custom invitations of every kind. See their story, creative process and inspiration – and samples of their wonderful work snapped by Carol Vaziri – below!

HOW DID A DAY IN MAY COME TO BE?

We met during a time when, in an effort to have more control over the type of design we were producing, we had both quit jobs at large design studios. Our friends were starting to get married and were coming to us to design their invitations. There were very few options for interesting invitations beyond the classic “Crane’s engraved” style and no one really knew what letterpress was all about. The more we designed, the more we realized that there was a real need for what we were doing and A DAY IN MAY blossomed into a design studio.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE VARIOUS INVITATION OPTIONS YOU OFFER?

When we started, we focused on doing all letterpress printing and we based all designs on six different “styles” we had created. Now, based on the demands of our clients, we do only custom invitation design work and we offer a variety of printing styles; everything from letterpress to foil stamping to digital printing.

WHAT SHOULD BRIDES KEEP IN MIND WHEN DECIDING WHAT TYPE OF INVITATION TO GO WITH?

They should first decide what they want their invitation to “feel” like. For example, should it feel; classic, or modern, or luxurious, or rustic chic? This will help them define the design direction. Then, they’ll need to decide what is most important to them – is it the weight of the paper stock, is it conveying a design theme throughout all the pieces, is it a size or shape (square vs rectangle, large vs petite), is printing in letterpress or a large variety of colors which works better in a digital printing format? When they provide us with these answer, it’s easy for us to shepherd the process.

WHAT DOES A CUSTOM INVITATION PROCESS LOOK LIKE FOR THE NEW BRIDE-TO-BE?

Every client is unique. They may know exactly what they want for their invitation or have absolutely no idea where to even begin. Either way, our goal at the first meeting is to clearly define their design direction. We’ll go through samples and discuss colors, styles and themes they have in mind. Once we’ve put together a concept, we create an estimate and when that’s approved, we can begin design. The design process usually takes about three weeks. We show all designs in a PDF format, beginning with many different options in the first round and gradually finessing down to a single layout.

WHAT IF THE BRIDE-TO-BE HAS NO IDEA WHAT THEY WANT?

We are a completely custom studio, so our specialty is working with people who need a lot of guidance. We sit down with each client (or set up multiple phone conversations) and go through samples and concepts, narrowing down likes and dislikes until we’ve defined one or two directions for their custom invitation.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY?

Love what you do, do it thoughtfully, and do it well.

WHAT BRINGS YOU THE MOST JOY WITH YOUR WORK?

Working together with a friend to produce quality work that we’re proud of!

Photography: Carol Vaziri | Invitation Design: A Day In May | Printed Materials: Full Circle Press

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Rime Arodaky + A Giveaway!

Honeymoons are awesome; there’s no doubt about that.  But a honeymoon spent rockin’ Rime Arodaky’s chic new line, “La malle de la mariée” (“The Bride’s Suitcase”)?  Even better.  Imagine a boho meets California-inspired collection of delicate lace cover-ups, fab swimwear and beautiful dresses in some of the richest fabrics you will ever lay your eyes upon.  This is honeymooning in style, loves.

From beautiful white and blush hues to delicate French lace, each and every piece in the “La malle de la mariée” line is pure fashion magic.  Think fresh and flowy frocks perfect for your rehearsal dinner, going away brunch and honeymoon, all designed by one of the world’s leading bridal designers, Rime Arodaky. It’s Coachella meets wedding with that same edgy, rock ‘n’ roll vibe that appears in every gorgeous piece Rime Arodaky touches, whether it’s a sweet “Marry Me?” sweatshirt or the custom fitted gown of your dreams from Rime’s stunning bridal collection.

For more information on Rime Arodaky’s breathtaking, custom-fit gowns, click here to make an appointment.  And for that perfect honeymoon or summer look, visit the Rime Arodaky eshop.  And don’t forget to follow Rime Arodaky’s Instagram for even more inspiration!

the-giveaway

What: Rime Arodaky is giving away one fabulous tote bag! (Value $70)

How: To enter, simply visit the Rime Arodaky shop and leave a comment below telling us which fabulous piece you can’t to rock on your honeymoon!

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, May 15, 2015! For terms and conditions, click here.

Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography: Greg Finck | Videography: Pascal Delé Filmaker | Flowers: Oak And The Owl | Jewelry: Harpo Paris | Hair And Makeup: Team Hair And Makeup | Campaign: Rime Arodaky | Photography Assistant: Brooke Merrill

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Peach Rustic Boho Wedding Inspiration

Here at SMP, we love a good style pairing—the more the merrier! My personal favorite is a touch of boho. This free-spirited style can be woven with almost any other and the result usually leaves me speechless. Case in point? This rustic boho pairing from Maraluce. Sprinkled with rentals from One True Love Vintage Rentals, florals by Ampersand SF and a dress by Lovely Bride, the gallery speaks for itself.

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From MaraluceA romantic union of modern bohemia meets industrial polish for this unique and energetic wedding style shoot. A mix of film and digital photography, our goal was to inspire the eclectic, midcentury, blissfuly rustic and city dweller with luxe design and images. With over the top florals, lush textures, dynamic table settings, charming furniture, avant garde cake design for the stylish couple. A parade of style, sophistication and romance. A collaboration for the luxury bride.

Photography: Maraluce | Floral Design: Ampersand SF | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride Boutique In San Francisco | Cake: Pretty Please Bakeshop | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Hair And Makeup: Julie Dy | Location: Ampersand SF Floral Shop | Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Tablewares: Frances Lane Rentals

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Custom Gowns with JINZA Couture Bridal

There are bridal salons, and there are personalized bridal salons like JINZA Couture Bridal.  A place where beautiful collections and breathtaking custom creations join forces with the most amazing customer service you’ll ever experience to create an individually crafted design made just for you.  Think private appointments with top-notch consultants or your very own personal designer, aka, a team of wedding geniuses that know a thing or two about making you look awesome for your special occasion.

Serving Bay Area brides since 2002, JINZA Couture Bridal’s new and exclusive Los Angeles boutique is now open in the heart of West Hollywood (933 N La Cienega Blvd), which means that even more brides get to experience the gorgeous gowns and attention to detail that JINZA Couture Bridal is so well-known for. Imagine a timeless piece created from scratch using only the finest of fabrics with custom tailoring to fit your figure perfectly, alterations included.  Brides can try on a range of gowns or mold a custom creation.

Explore high fashion styles, updated classics, unconventional sheaths, opulent ball gowns, the popular soft mermaid style and JINZA’s own signature couture designs at the new Los Angeles boutique. Each gown is light weight and comfortable (no shape wear or bra needed!), so that you can dance the night away with the one you love.  And you can complete your bridal ensemble with a veil, jewelry and shoes all available at JINZA Couture Bridal.  Amazing.

Classic, elegant and totally sophisticated – contact JINZA Couture Bridal TODAY to begin creating that dress of your dreams.  Take it from someone who knows – it will be the best decision you’ll ever make.

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Sleek + Sophisticated Black Tie Wedding

This, loves, is how you do a wedding.  Think two dapper grooms, a dream team of San Fran vendors (Morgan EventsSweet On CakePaula LeDuc and Michelle Papineau Calligraphy… to name a few) and an urban warehouse setting hosting the whole (totally glamorous) shebang.  It’s sleek + sophisticated details meets gorgeous candlelight meets a breathtaking Kevin Chin gallery.  Join me there for more.

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From Kevin Chin Photography + Cinema“All love is good love” is how I describe Gabriel and Thom’s same sex wedding. Classic church wedding in an old historic San Francisco church followed by a lively reception complete with disco ball and flaggers! This wedding is so San Francisco and so in the moment!

From the Grooms… Our story started in late 2002, when our paths crossed at Crunch Fitness.  After spending a couple of month’s talking every weekday morning before leaving for work, we decided to start seeing each other outside the gym.  Even though we were raised in different countries, we soon realized we had a very similar upbringing and so much in common.  By March of 2003, we officially started dating and a true love was born.  Over the years, we had casually talked about getting married, but in October of 2011, in front of a beautiful waterfall deep inside a rain forest of Olympic National Park, we exchanged rings and officially were engaged.  At that time, we agreed that we wouldn’t get married until it was legal to do so, and with the Supreme Court rulings in June of 2013, we knew our dream could now become a reality.  Fearing changes in laws again, we legally were married on August 10th with a small group of family and friends.   Now, we are so excited to spiritually renew our vows and have the kind of celebration we have talked about for years, with all of our friends and family surrounding us. 

Our wedding celebration was a dream come true, thanks to our wedding planner aka our “Fairy Godmother”, Morgan. From our initial conversation with Morgan, she knew exactly what we wanted – a modern classic black tie wedding that was filled with whimsical elements that reflected our personality but also our love for food and wine, ultimately a fine dining experience with a splash of fun. She definitely delivered our vision and beyond.

The attention to detail in all aspects of our celebration was magical. From the four-tiered ombre hand painted wedding cake to the two thirty-two feet kings tables to the whimsical large sculptural of hanging green amaranth, Spanish moss, white orchids and teardrop shaped LED candles vases to the six course wine and paring tasting menu – our celebration was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Photography: Kevin Chin Photography + Cinema | Cinematography: Kevin Chin Photography + Cinema | Event Planning: Morgan Events | Floral Design: Hunt Littlefield | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Invitations: Hello!Lucky | Ceremony Venue: Swedenborgian Church | Reception Venue: Bluxome Street Winery | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Calligraphy: Michelle Papineau Calligraphy | Lighting: Got Light? | DJ: DJ Cams | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Blueprint Studios

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