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Cozy + Traditional Wedding in Santa Monica

You know what’s adorable? Marrying your sweetheart on the very street where you first met, which is exactly what these cafe cuties did. A sentimentally sweet celebration paired with ceremony rituals, Koman Photography shot every second. It’s California chic meets a twist on tradition (with plenty textured blooms along the way) and you can see it all in The Vault!


From the beautiful Bride… We met in a cute café on Main Street in Santa Monica, so it was pretty magical for us to be able to celebrate our marriage on the very same street we first met.

We are both romantic and traditional. We appreciate simple elegance, and we love the beach, so it makes sense that we fell in love with The Victorian (our venue) from the moment we visited. It felt intimate and classic, and set the tone for our celebration. Not to mention, Holly, the venue contact, was the sweetest and most accommodating person to work with. We chose soft, romantic colors – blush, dusty green, and gold.

What we wanted most was to enjoy our time with friends and family, and to incorporate both Mexican and French tradition – from the ceremony rituals (the lasso, the unity candle, the arras), to the music that our DJ played.

We spent a lot of time with our florist, Una Yeh, chatting about flowers, vases, textures, heights. On our wedding day, she created the most incredible flower arrangements I have ever seen, incorporating mercury vases, gold books, succulents, and other beautiful flowers. Every detail was just gorgeous.

Our photographers Marlene and John understood our style right away – our love for the beach, the outdoors and nature in general. Because the girls got ready at a residence in the Pacific Palisades, the photographers recommended taking bridal party photos on a nearby mountain trail, which made for a spectacular backdrop (and not to worry, no actual hiking was required)! They also encouraged us to sneak away for a few moments during the wedding to capture a few romantic beach photos. We are so grateful to our photographers who captured all the special moments so beautifully. We are lucky to have found such talented, creative, kind and professional people to work with.

We are so thankful to our wedding coordinator, Candace Lam, who gave us peace of mind and directed everything so perfectly, and to everyone who participated in our special day.

Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Royal Films | Coordination: Love Is Sweet Events | Floral Design: The Flower Lab | Wedding Dress: Glamour Closet | Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | Invitations: Minted | Hair And Makeup: S Studios | Calligraphy: Julie Dwyer Design | Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting | DJ: Luxury DJs | Venue: The Victorian | Groom And Groomsmen Attire: Mister Tuxedo | Tailor For Bride's Dress: A Stich In Time

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Romantic Diablo Dormido Malibu Wedding

Set on the cliffs of Malibu, this rustic ranch wedding coordinated by La Boheme is so many things: dreamy in detail, romantic in feeling, and ultra-fun with lawn games and a popping playlist the Groom spent months perfecting. Take a peek into the gorgeous gallery from Jenna Beth Photography, and get lost in all the romantic vintage and citrus-hued details here!

From The Bride…Josh and I met at work in a law firm. We both started as criminal defense attorneys at around the same time, about eight years ago. But we did not meet until about three years in, when we both got transferred to the same courthouse in downtown LA. We got assigned to the same busy courtroom where we had a lot of cases each day, but things moved really slowly. So, we had time to talk and get to know each other. Before long, we started dating. And even as we got assigned to work in different courtrooms, we still worked in the same courthouse. And still do, to this day. Our offices are just a hallway apart. A lot of people ask us if it gets to be a bit much, spending that much time together–working together and then going home together. We just smile, and try to explain as best as we can.

It is great having your favorite person be a constant support, whether it be at work or at home. I so love being as much a part of his day, his cases, his stresses, and his successes, as he is mine. This is how we met, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

I am a very organized person, and pay attention to detail, so I thought planning a wedding would come naturally to me. How wrong I was. I had never been one of those girls who had always dreamed of her wedding, planning every detail out years before Josh even entered the picture. So, I learned very quickly that I had to make decisions about things I had no opinion about. My mom, sister, and I looked at countless venues, because how was I to know where we should get married? But when we got to the end of the long, windy road that led to a pale yellow ranch house atop the rolling hills of the Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, I knew we had found the perfect spot. It was so peaceful, with breathtaking views, wheat fields, and greenery everywhere.

Once I found the location, the rest of the details just fell into place. I really wanted to let the natural beauty of the outdoor setting speak for itself and most design decisions flowed from there. What we wanted most for our wedding was to create a garden party that felt really intimate where we could catch up with friends and family and celebrate together. Rustic vintage furniture with wine barrels and wooden farmhouse doors as tables, vintage chairs, ottomans, luggage, old books, and a beautiful chandelier helped create the vibe we wanted for the night. Rustic lemonade stands with mason jars and a vintage cupcake dessert bar rounded out the look. We had lawn games for people to play and served BBQ (one of our favorites) because we wanted the night to feel laid-back and comfortable, and for guests to just have fun. Flowers were really important to me because I wanted to complement the already beautiful ranch house setting with beautiful and tasteful natural flower arrangements that matched the sage green, yellow, white, peach, and orange color scheme.

One of my favorite elements were the individually potted succulents that doubled as place card holders and favors for guests to take home and plant in their own gardens. Josh is a big music guy and he spent months creating the perfect list of songs to be played at the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. AC/DC, Grateful Dead, Sam Cooke, Velvet Underground, ELO, Prince, and Otis Redding were essentials.

Even though I didn’t know how to articulate exactly what I envisioned for our wedding night, looking back on our beautiful pictures that captured all the priceless moments, I know we got every detail just right. Especially the happily ever after.

Photography: Jenna Beth Photography | Coordination: La Boheme | Floral Design: These Buds A Blooming | Bakery: Vanilla Bake Shop | Catering: Command Performance | Hair & Makeup: Girl Meets Bongga | Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting | DJ: Dart DJ | Venue: Diablo Dormido | Paper Goods: Prim And Pixie | Rentals: A Rental Connection

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Patina Wedding + A Giveaway!

Dreamy weddings?  They’re sort of our business here at SMP.  So when it comes to drop-dead gorgeous affairs that make our hearts sing, our obsession starts and ends with Patina Wedding.  From their expert culinarians to their fab mixologists to their amazing planning team, this, loves, is a group of wedding gurus that knows a thing or two about making your day totally stunning + totally unique.

A literal dream team of all things wedding, Patina Wedding can take those visions that have been dancing in your head and turn them into a serious reality.  Think custom dessert stations meets fabulous drinks meets the prettiest celebration you have ever seen and you are sooo on the right track.  And with Patina Wedding, each and every affair they touch is yours and yours only, so that every magical moment of your day speaks 100% to you and your honey.  We love that.

Contact one of Patina Wedding’s amazing Wedding Specialists at 213.972.3673 or to start talking about your perfect day.  You can celebrate your “I do’s” in a location of your choosing, or select one of Patina Wedding’s breathtaking locales, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  No matter the venue, you can rest assured that Patina Wedding and their extensive network of vendors will craft a day that you never dreamed possible… and then some.


What: Patina Wedding is giving away $2500 towards your dream day, plus free upgrades, toasts, dinners and discounts on party favors!

Who: To enter, simply build your Pinterest wedding board and take a short quiz!  Click here for all of the details! #PatinaRingOnIt


Jim Hjelm Trunk Show

Mark your calendars, SMPers.  The new Fall 2015 Collection from Jim Hjelm has arrived and every beautiful piece is debuting at the JLM Couture Flagship Salon in West Hollywood, CA.  I’m talking a trunk show to end all trunk shows with one stunning gown after another from a designer that knows a thing or two about bridal beauty.  Debuting from May 15th – 17th, this is what we call a total must-see.

From breathtaking ball gowns to romantic A-Lines to sleek, modern beauties, the new Fall 2015 Collection designed by Hayley Paige is what bridal dreams are made of.  Think silky smooth fabrics, intricate details and the loveliest of hues, all coming together to create some of the most elegant + show-stopping gowns you will ever lay your eyes upon.  Now team those amazing gowns up with a staff that knows everything there is to know about fabulous customer service + making you feel GORGEOUS and it’s “perfect bridal gown” in one, two, three.

Contact the JLM Couture Flagship Salon TODAY to reserve your space at the Jim Hjelm Trunk Show happening from May 15th – 17th.  Believe me, loves… you don’t want to miss a minute.



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This, loves, is exactly how we like to spend our weekends: with an entire portfolio of pretty courtesy of the seriously talented Sergey Green.  Think one breathtaking image after another filled with the sweetest moments you will ever lay your eyes upon and you are sooo on the right track.  It’s SoCal beauty meets a photog that knows a thing or two about capturing every amazing moment… and we can’t get enough.

From Sergey GreenThere is nothing that can keep me away from shooting photos. It’s in my nature. I have been a wedding photographer for over eight years now and have worked on over 350 weddings. It’s not easy to keep the passion going for many people, but with every year I love doing what I do more and more.

Every single event or shoot I do carries the unique style and unique people involved in it. That’s why I like photographing in a photojournalistic style and capturing true people and true emotions in the most beautiful way possible. When you hire someone to capture the best day of your life, it really has to be that feeling: “He’s the perfect photographer for our wedding!”

Welcome to the family, Sergey!  We are so happy to have you! xo