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Elegant Santa Barbara Wine Country Elopement

What could be more perfect than an elopement in wine country? This stunning “purple and lace” affair is even more proof. Dreamed up by the talents at Alegria By Design, with help from pros like Anna Le Pley Taylor and La Tavola, this elopement is rustic, romantic and could be no less described as pure magic. Anna J Photography captured all the lovely details in the full gallery right here!


From Alegria By DesignStephanie and Paul contacted us from Calgary, Canada with plans to elope in Santa Barbara. They immediately decided on Sunstone Villa and we started the planning process.

Their adventure began a week before their wedding day with a road trip from Canada down the West Coast, ending in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Stephanie’s only requests were “purple and lace”. Our florist provided a vintage lace tablecloth and we made custom place cards of french baguettes tied together with doilies, twine and olive branches to match the venue.

They were joined by their parents and enjoyed a beautifully catered five course meal in the villa’s courtyard followed by dessert and wine by the fireplace.

Photography: Anna Jockisch Of Anna J Photography | Videography: Like A Letter | Floral Design: Anna Le Pley Taylor | Hair & Makeup: Brianna Stewart | Event Planning and Design: Alegria By Design | Linen: La Tavola | Location: Sunstone Villa | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Modern Santa Barbara Ranch Engagement Shoot

Being from Santa Barbara myself, I was so thrilled to see this gorgeous couple taking advantage of all the beauty that this city has to offer. From a hillside villa overlooking the Summerland polo fields (where their reception will be held next August!) to the beachfront below, Lane Dittoe captured all the special moments of this couple’s stunning engagement here!

From Lane DittoeThis Santa Barbara ranch estate engagement was in the hills of Summerland overlooking a polo field. The couple will wed here as well in August 2015. This estate is very private and has only had one other wedding. I wanted the session to have more of a lifestyle look, not your typical engagement session, and wanted their attire to say as much too. We walked around the grounds and stable over a two hour period taking our time with the shoot and was very pleased with the look and overall images.

Photography: Lane Dittoe | Film Processing : Goodman Film Lab

Elegant Coastal Wedding Inspiration in Santa Barbara

I don’t even know where to begin with this gorgeous piece of inspiration from the lovely Peony and Plum and photographs from Natalie Franke. The color palette? That is so beautiful I want to live inside of it. The models? Who are so pretty in their gowns and gorgeous makeup from Lindsey Jones? I just don’t know. What I do know is that I have been completely swept away with all of the pretty. And there is more right here!


From Natalie FrankeThere are few things in this world more beautiful than the soft white sands of the Pacific Coast at sunset! Adorned with three stunning Enaura Bridal gowns and a bountiful bouquet from LA’s talented floral studio, Peony and Plum, this Airy Beach Editorial Shoot took my breath away!

Light, soft, floral hues of cream and peach from the beach mixed with the navy blue waters of the Pacific were our color inspiration for this shoot! We wanted to create something ethereal, achievable, and genuine. Our amazingly sweet models are three best friends and dancers from Los Angeles who had us laughing and twirling our way around the spectacular coastline! Add in a stunning invitation suite from Annapolis calligrapher, Poppy and Scooter, and this shoot was a bi-coastal collaboration that left my heart dizzy with excitement.

Photography: Natalie Franke | Floral Design: Peony And Plum | Wedding Dress: Enaura Bridal | Invitations: Poppy And Scooter | Makeup: Lindsey Jones Makeup | Models: Megan Kinney, Jocelyn Cruz, Brooke Burgstahler | Models: Megan Kinney, Jocelyn Cruz, Brooke Burgstahler

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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.


Silver Time Studios + A Giveaway!

Loves, it’s time you met Silver Time Studios, the talented team of e-session geniuses that are about to change your entire world.  Think a fab boutique studio offering full-service (+ drop-dead gorgeous) engagement session packages featuring set designs, props, wardrobe, makeup AND hair.  All you have to do is bring the one you love and prepare to pampered in true Hollywood style.  Sounds good to us.

At Silver Time Studios, worrying about the logistics of your e-shoot is a thing of the past.  That’s because the amazing team at Silver Time Studios has everything you need to make your engagement session dreams come true, right in their very own downtown LA studio.  And whether your style is classic, casual, vintage, romantic or glamorous, Silver Time Studios has a package that is perfect for you and yours, complete with a beautiful album.  They’ll even book transportation and scout outdoor locales!

Contact Silver Time Studios today for your free consultation and dress fitting.  Your e-shoot is going to be soooo fabulous.


What:  Enter to win up to $1,000 credit towards an engagement shoot with Silver Time Studios AND get $100 credit on Rent the Runway for one of your outfits during the shoot!

How: Simply Like the Silver Time Studios Facebook page, Like their giveaway post and comment on the post with your Maid of Honor’s name!  Get additional entries by sharing with your friends and tagging @SilverTimeStudios on Facebook and Instagram!

Who: Silver Time Studios will be announcing up to three lucky winners on their social media channels on May 7, 2015! Good Luck, lovelies! xo


Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).