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Intimate Vineyard Wedding

Intimate with that effortless elegance that never seems to fail, every little bit of this day captured by Merari Photography is just about as close to perfection as you can get. With those lovely blooms by Clover and Branch and a dinner under the stars catered by Field To Table Events, this al fresco affair planned by Sandcastle Celebrations is my kind of heaven. See even more here.

From Merari PhotographyWhen I first met Chris and Andrys in Miami they were so excited to have a local small, intimate celebration with close family and friends. A few months before the wedding Andrys got in touch and said that their small event had ballooned up to a huge party. Since they both had huge families and many acquaintances it was difficult to control the guest list and pretty soon it became overwhelming. She and Chris decided that they were going to follow their original plan and chose to have a small wedding in California.

On their wedding day Adrys and Chris exchanged vows in front of 25 friends and family members. They had an al fresco dinner with locally-made wine and danced the night away under the stars. It was magical and exactly how they always envisioned their wedding day.

Photography: Merari Photography | Videography: Dustin Wise | Event Planning: Sandcastle Celebrations | Floral Design: Clover and Branch | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier: Rocha | Ceremony Venue: Biddle Ranch Vineyard | Catering: Field To Table Events | DJ: modern symphony dj | Baked Goods: Splash Cafe | Paper goods: Epoch Design | String Duo: Encore Strings

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Rustic Ranch Wedding in San Luis Obispo

If you’re a country bride at heart, you’ll swoon over this hayride to the hilltop altar followed by a barn reception at this ranch wedding! How sweet is the designer Groom, who brought his Bride’s vision to life in the invitations, escort cards and more?! Let’s fall in love with the full gallery captured by Lauren Scotti and don’t miss the quirky and funny vows in the film from Amari Production!

Rustic Venue

From the beautiful Bride… San Luis Obispo was my college town, and it was also the location of Philip and my first true weekend getaway as a couple. When it came time to wedding venue hunt, it was only natural to check out SLO. The first step we took on to La Cuesta Ranch, we knew it was the one, and it was truly the only venue we felt that way about. 360 degree views of rolling hills, a rustic barn housing the dance floor, and serene outdoor ceremony and reception spots. You literally feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere but in reality are a few turns from Downtown SLO and all our favorite spots. La Cuesta Ranch felt like our own little hidden gem.

The wedding itself couldn’t have been more perfect. My husband is a designer by trade and really took on the role of Creative DIY Master during wedding planning. He took all my visions and brought them to life, from the signage to the seating cards. He designed more invitation prototypes than I can count and wouldn’t settle until it was perfect for us. He also mastered the homemade candles for our guests and tried incorporating as many personal touches as possible. His creative work coupled with our floral and event designer equated to pure magic. Rustic barn and vintage props against bright pops of gold and pinks. The entire day felt like a total dream. Instead of a photo booth, we brought the costume props to the dance floor and had our photographer capture everyone in their element there. The pictures and video came out priceless. At the end of the night, we didn’t want it to end so went through our sparkler exit 3 times! My advice to brides is to enjoy every moment with your husband, friends and family. Soak it up and don’t sweat the small stuff. It goes fast!

Photography: Lauren Scotti | Videography: Amari Productions | Coordination: Kramer Events | Floral Design: Tenley Erin Young | Wedding Dress: Blue By Enzoani | Cake: SLO Sugar Rush | Shoes: Kate Spade | Makeup: The Queens Bees | Hair: The Queens Bees | DJ: Kramer Entertainment | Venue: La Cuesta Ranch

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California Winery Wedding Inspiration

If Grace Kelly and Ralph Lauren were to come together to plan a wedding, this is what it would look like. At least, that was Crosby + Jon‘s inspiration for this Mike Larson Photography Retreat. With help from the amazing talent behind Archive Rentals and Krista Jon, they achieved a design worthy of the Princess of Monaco and the King of American style. See all the beauty here.


From Crosby + Jon… Every so often, you meet someone who inspires your soul, who makes you want to elevate your craft, to become a better, more well rounded creative individual. When Mike Larson & his lovely wife Rachel invited us to their Photography Retreat at Greengate Ranch in San Louis Obispo, California, we knew that we would be pushed to create something new and fresh, a challenge that we took on excitedly, but a little nervously, too.

If we had to choose three words to describe Mike Larson Photography, we would choose: talented, dedicated, inspiring. His challenge to us was to design a multifaceted inspirational wedding photo shoot that his workshop participants would spend the day photographing. This photo shoot was extra meaningful to us because we knew Crosby + Jon’s designs would be photographed by 20 amazing photographers from all over the Untied States, all on a mission to better their craft, and we wanted to inspire these creatives, just as they inspire us.

We gained our inspiration by going back to the classics, wanting to evoke Grace Kelly & Ralph Lauren, a time of sophistication and also simplicity.

For the tablescape, we used a neutral color palate & luxe polished mixed metals & crystal to create an elegant setting. Gardenias, garden roses & peonies created a monochromatic low centerpiece filling the center of our reclaimed wood table. The real showstopper were the hundreds of suspended taper candles, hung from a golden rod that was invisibly held by clear cables, making the candles appear to float above the table.

Where would Ralph Lauren lounge at his daughter’s wedding? For our lounge, we stayed consistent with a neutral color palate, bringing in pops of navy & rich leather to evoke an Americana cigar lounge, fit for a fashion designer & fine cigars.

Photography: Mike Larson | Event Design: Crosby + Jon | Floral Design: Krista Jon | Venue: Greengate Ranch & Vineyard | Rentals: Archive 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.


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!


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