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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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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.

the-giveaway

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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Rustic Glam Wedding at Greengate Ranch + Vineyard

Considering I immediately fell in love with this couple as I read the Brides story below, seeing all of their personal touches play out in their wedding is even more fantastic. From the cotton bales and Festive Design‘s bright blooms, to the rustic (him) and glam (her) combination, this wedding is 100% them. Jen Rodriguez captured every one of these details in this glowing gallery right here.

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From the Bride… Wes and I met at Cal Poly in 2007 in a calculus class. The week of finals I got a Facebook message from Wes asking if I was in his calculus class (we had never spoken, only glanced at each other a time or two), and I instantly thought he was going to ask me for help or to study. After exchanging a couple messages he asked for my phone number. At that point it was Christmas break and we were both back home for the holiday, so over those couple weeks we talked on the phone for countless hours. A few days before school started back up for Winter Quarter we decided to get together. It was the first time we would meet ‘officially’ in person… and the rest is history. We hit it off and never looked back. Almost seven years later, we are so excited to finally make it forever!

Wes proposed last November on the 24th, it was a Sunday… We were at my house getting ready for our trip to DC we had been planning for months. It was an exciting time for us, and Wes made it even more exciting by popping the question! I had no idea it was coming, and it was so special since it was just us and our beloved dog child Ace, at a place we had so many memories. We no longer live there, but it was such a good home for a few years, and now I will always have a special memory about that little house. 

When wedding planning, most importantly we knew we wanted to get married in San Luis Obispo. Some of our best memories are there, and we met there. It will always be a special place to us. We also wanted a venue that reminded us of the beauty of SLO, and could create a whole wedding weekend to be enjoyed by our closest friends and family. Greengate Ranch does all of that. Wes grew up on a ranch, and now we live on our own ranch so that lifestyle is important to us. Our wedding vision is definitely rustic glam. Joyce my coordinator took care of decor, and she understood me perfectly. I wanted to incorporate both of those details since they are so very much Wes and I. He will always be a cowboy at heart, and as I learn the ropes (hehe) I will never lose touch with my girly self. We are doing a rustic bbq, signature cocktails, mini cupcakes, and mini donuts! Field to Table hit the nail on the head with our menu that fits us and our venue perfectly. Having a live band was also really important to us, since we are such big live music lovers. We are so excited to have Matt Cross and the One Night Band. We also thought it fit our venue and over all theme really well.

My family grows cotton in the Central Valley (Corcoran, CA) so it was important to me to have it in our florals, and anywhere else we can incorporate it. Our favors are mini cotton bales made especially for the big day. People will probably wonder what to do with them, but I like to keep one on my coffee table as a convo piece. Joyce (our coordinator), played up the charm of the old vintage barn using draping, grape vine, and lots of votive candles. We really wanted to set the mood in the barn for dinner.

I so looked forward to marrying my best friend, seeing family and old friends, and dancing! Wes and I wanted to just soak it all in and laugh, cry, and have some fun. The planning process had been fun but definitely had it’s ups and downs, so we couldn’t wait to see our vision come to life and just enjoy it surrounded by the most important people in our lives. We have been a long time in the making (almost seven years) so we were ready to seal the deal!

Photography: Jen Rodriguez | Videographer : Ryan Wood Cinema | Coordination: The Farmer's Daughters Events & Rentals | Floral Design: Festive Designs | Cupcakes : Sea Breeze Cupcakes | Catering : Field To Table Events | Make-up: Twist Studios // Jessica Munoz | Hair: Twist Studios // Becky Wolfe | Bride's Boots: Corral Boots | Bride's Dress: Mori Lee | Bride's Earrings : BHLDN | Ceremony And Reception: Greengate Ranch & Vineyard | Groom's Tie : The Grunion Run | Grooms's Attire: Calvin Klein | Hair Flower (worn During Reception): The Yellow Peony | Live Music : Matt Cross And The One Night Band

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Blush & Sequin San Luis Obispo Wedding

This bride – well, she’s kind of a rockstar. Not only did she plan one insanely gorgeous day alongside Danae Grace Events and Tenley Erin Young, but she hand-wrote personalized letters to all 380 guests shared upon their entrance to the ceremony. It’s that same beautiful sentiment that carries throughout the whole day, and Danielle Poff Photography and CanaVP captured every last bit.  More in the gallery and film below!

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From Danae Grace EventsThe joy and love between Stephanie and Gavin is so deep and unconditional, and I wanted to create and design a wedding that encompassed their relationship, personality and style. Working with Stephanie, was every wedding planner’s dream as she completely trusted my design and left it all up to me. (She didn’t even know what her flowers were going to look like until the day of!) Her personality and style is down to earth but sophisticated and classy so I wanted to incorporate design elements that every guest would look at and think she picked it out and styled it. We started by creating a ceremony that was more organic and simple. We had custom built doors for a dramatic entrance for the family, bridal party and bride. One of my favorite elements was the Love Note heart, where it held individual hand written letters to each guests that attend (380 guests attended!) by Stephanie. These were passed out prior to the ceremony for them to read before she walked down the aisle. The thought behind it surpasses everything.

After the ceremony guests got to enjoy two different cocktail hours; we had a polished and shabby chic one with lounge vignettes and luxury draped cocktail tables and Gavin’s “Man Area” where we served Moscow Mules, Beer and had horseshoes and corn hole. When guests were invited into the main reception tent, we revealed an incredible, romantic and stunning setting. We mixed the linen square tables with descanso wood tables and vineyard chairs. We placed a gorgeous gold mirror with floral arrangements right behind the head table as a statement backdrop. We used a white, seamless, acrylic dance floor and had custom dance blocks placed around for people to dance the night away on. Tenley Erin Young is one of my favorite florists that creates flower perfection. We went from ivories, creams and greens at the ceremony, to pops of fuchsia at the cocktail hour and then ended with lavenders, soft blush and ivory for the reception. Not to mention, hundreds and hundreds of candles!

Every design element was executed and thought out perfectly. It was a perfect celebration of Stephanie and Gavin marriage!

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Coordination: Danae Grace Events | Florist: Tenley Erin Young | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: The Sugar Lab | Invitations: Juniper And Juno | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Trumpet Vine Catering | Hair & Makeup: Bride Made Beautiful (Bri Gros) | Hair & Makeup: The Crown Studio (Melanie) | Hair & Makeup: Synergy Salon (Tiffany Rose) | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Band: Elan Artists- The Source Gretchen Clements | Ceremony Music: Pieper Bill | Venue: Loriana Ranch | Linens: La Tavola | Photobooth: Tinker Tin Trailer Co. | Pizza Oven: Bella Forno | Rentals: Scout Rental Co. | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Signage: Lovelyfest | Video: CanaVP

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Chic Summer Ranch Wedding

My thoughts of cowboy boots and hay barrels are out the door after oohing and aahing over this ranch wedding. This chic California couple made the rustic look modern and fresh with their contemporary shindig, all while looking fashion-spread worthy in one amazing Monique Lhuillier gown. Mirelle Carmichael captured every moment and your Tuesday just got a whole better with this stunning gallery.

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From the Bride… My husband Gianni and I met in Calculus class while attending Cal Poly SLO. After graduating, we migrated up the coast to San Francisco and began working closely together at a small start up. After a decade, we knew that we would always be together, but it was only after a garage accident and ER difficulty that we decided to legalize our union. San Luis Obispo was where we cultivated the foundation of our relationship and we couldn’t wait to return for a celebration!

The one thing we repetitively heard from married friends was that the day would be a blur. Overcoming that challenge was our biggest focus during the planning process. We wanted an intimate wedding that would maximize quality time with family and friends. Our first decision was to ditch the single wedding day and instead host a three-day party. We found Flying Caballos Ranch (FCR) through Central Coast Wedding Standard (CCWS) and it was perfect because it could accommodate a ceremony, a reception and lodging for 25 VIPs! Our second highest priority was capturing everything we would potentially miss by sourcing a keen-eyed photo journalist. We were fortunate enough to find Mirelle Carmichael Photography (also through CCWS) and she graciously referred us to the other amazing small business vendors we hired. Each vendor lent extraordinary expertise, but always took great care in executing our vision first.

We opted to create an atmosphere that was minimalistic, modern and full of texture, highlighting a centralized metal theme — an ode to my husband’s hobby garage work. Our wedding colors were a neutral palette of champagne and varying light to dark grey tones. We kicked off our theme with miniature letter-pressed Save the Dates and engraved stainless steel formal invitations that I created. Next, we set out to find wedding attire that especially mirrored our aesthetic. My handmade Monique Lhuillier gown (the first dress I tried on) featured an extremely modern, but delicately folded, crumb-catcher bust with a stark contrast of disorganized, silk organza strips fluttering from my waist down to the ground. I wore no jewelry except handcrafted solid sterling silver octopus tentacle earrings — custom made for me by a friend — and my shoes were plain grey suede pumps. My husband’s light grey Burberry suit was expertly tailored in SF with a custom made lavender shirt (to match his mother’s dress) and an Italian wool pinstripe tie. He wore USA-made Wolverine high top boots, the Archimedes pilot watch my parents gave him as a wedding present and his favorite gentleman’s folding knife. He radiated the likes of European Mad Men.

For the reception, we had simple centerpieces made from unstained wooden boxes filled with moss and votive candles with steel stencils for table numbers. Since we wanted guests to have their own set of reusable memorabilia, each seat had a petite wooden clipboard menu, a hand stamped aluminum washer with their name to act as a seating card and a single serving of Bulleit bourbon in a glass corked bottle. Italian cafe lights glittered over the dinner tables and our handmade DONATI marquee illuminated the background of the dance floor. I am privileged to be married to a renaissance man who is an incredible builder of… well, anything. All of our wedding decorations were hand made by him, including our Titanium wedding bands the zebra wood and Horween leather ring box that carried them.

My favorite part of our wedding was the feeling of calmness I had when I awoke next to my future husband. We spent time that morning watching the sunrise, quietly holding hands, practicing our first dance and revising our vows. My second favorite part of the day was listening to him recite those vows. While my best friend spoke, the world around me was silenced and his resolve resonated through each word. That single feeling will carry my heart for an eternity.

Photography: Mirelle Carmichael Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Katie Vaughan, Sealed With A Kiss Events | Floral Design: Sprigs | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Trumpet Vine | Hair And Makeup: Danielle Roberts | Groom's Suit: Burberry | Wedding Venue: Flying Caballos Ranch | DJ & Photobooth: Epic Entertainment | Photography - Assistance: Cheryl Tivar | Rentals: Trumpet Vine | Venue Coordinator: Krysta Faulkner

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