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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


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Seriously Sweet San Francisco Engagement Session

Take one stunning couple, a breathtaking San Francisco backdrop and a seriously adorable puppy dressed up in bow tie and the results are pure engagement session bliss.  Think one love-filled moment after another with a big ol’ side of cuteness and you are sooo on the right track.  Vero Suh Photography was on hand to capture all of the pretty… and the gallery?  Heartwarming, to say the least.


From Vero Suh PhotographyChristine and Ripan love the city life but are also nature lovers at heart. Since their Fall wedding will be at a quintessential San Francisco venue in the heart of the financial district (Bently Reserve), they wanted a blend of both urban and nature for their engagement session. The Presidio and Fort Point was the perfect location to capture both elements for the couple. We spent a beautiful spring afternoon in a forest, chasing their cute puppy and warm rays of sunshine, peeking through the trees. We then changed the backdrop to incorporate brick walls and textures for a more urban look. I love how we were able to get the best of both worlds in locations, distanced just five minutes apart—one of the many reasons I love photographing in San Francisco.

Photography: Vero Suh Photography | Event Planning: Amy's Wedding & Events | Hair & Makeup: Design Her Image | Location: Fort Point

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Flower-Filled San Francisco Engagement Session

I love this duo.  And not just because their engagement session is beyond sweet (it totally is), but because they’re that type of couple that makes you happy just by being, well… them.  They’re adorable, sooo in love and have the cutest descriptions you’ll probably ever come across (hint: the groom’s ring story is beyond awesome).  See every moment of e-session bliss captured by Jasmine Lee Photography right here.

From the beautiful Bride-to-Be… I get really excited about themes and props, so in planning for the engagement session, I spent a lot of time daydreaming about how to approach it creatively while Randy was working long hours at the hospital.

As the date for the photo session came close, I started to panic about not having any ideas. When I asked Randy if he had suggestions, Randy replied, “I think it’d be nice to not have a theme or intricate props, and focus on what matters to us – our 10 year-long relationship and our dog, Lady!”

And it was the epiphany I really needed – I always overthink things, and Randy was absolutely right in that scaling down to the necessities this time is really better! We feel so fortunate that Jasmine captured a really amazing afternoon in a beautiful park (which is special to us, because it’s a rare event for the both of us to take Lady out for some sunshine, given our schedules).

From the Groom-to-be… A little more than 10 years ago, I had finally mustered enough courage to ask Amy to be my girlfriend. Now we stand at the cusp of beginning the rest of our lives together. It’s very hard to describe our journey thus far, as we have experienced many of the highs and lows and Jasmine had the daunting task of capturing our love within only a few hours of time.

The story of the quest for the perfect engagement ring is one of my favorites to tell. There are only a few things that I truly spend my time doing – practicing medicine and watching sports – so as you can probably imagine, fine-tuning and selecting a ring is not something I would be good at. Thankfully, dating Amy also means getting to know her inner circle of friends who helped me out tremendously in selecting the right ring.

Now one thing about Amy is that she never likes the norm and has one of the most creative minds I’ve ever seen. So when she mentioned she doesn’t value diamonds and loves rose gold, I knew this would probably be one of the most daunting tasks I would have taken (and yes it would be harder than finishing medical school). The mission at hand: to find a ring and peach sapphire stone (which complements rose gold nicely) that she would love. Although narrowing down a stone can be viewed as a victory, there was another obstacle that I came to discover – there are many different types of peach sapphires! With assistance from Marlene, one of Amy’s closest friends, I visited several jewelers located in San Francisco. I was shown many gorgeous stones of different cuts, color, clarity available, but none that I felt would be special enough for Amy. Of course, just to really make sure, I would text pictures of the stones to Marlene to get feedback on what she thought.

During a visit to one jeweler, I finally came across a peach sapphire that potentially could be the one for Amy. Another text was sent to Marlene, who also agreed. At this point I was more than satisfied. I had found a stone that could be “the one.” This could be it! Before moving forward with the purchase, I glanced at my watch — 5 minutes left in the parking meter. And… I didn’t have any more quarters. But… I still had one more jeweler appointment to make.

I stood there weighing my options: should I just leave now since I had possibly found “the one”? Or should I quickly run over to my next appointment and check out the last store? I decided on now or never, and to take my chances on what the next jeweler could offer me.

At the next stone, the moment the associate opened the box, the floor nearly fell out from me for I have never seen a peach sapphire so beautiful in my life. I didn’t even need a confirmation from Marlene because at that moment, it was love at first sight.

The ring that Amy now wears is very unique and special, different in its every simplest way. It’s funny how I almost missed the opportunity to see this gorgeous stone. Things happen for a reason, and this ring is very symbolic of my future wife. When you’re fortunate enough to recognize when life introduces to you something truly special, you just know it’s “the one.”

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Makeup Artist: My-Hang Pham | Hair Stylist: Yasuko Suzuki | Bride-to-be's Attire: Morning Lavender

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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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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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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!


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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