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Bridesmaid Dress Shopping Made Easy with Brideside + A Promotion!

Let’s be honest, guys… wedding planning isn’t always easy.  So the last thing you need to worry about? Finding the perfect attire for your bridal party.  Enter Brideside, the fab online boutique that simplifies the process in every way possible with the help of a personal style consultant, an easy-peasy try-at-home program and hundreds of designer gowns to choose from.  They’re awesome, loves.

Your besties are the most important group of ladies in your life, so choosing that ah-mazing gown that will make ALL of them happy is a top priority. We totally get that… and so does Brideside.  Which is why their group of seriously knowledgeable style consultants will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process; answering all of those questions you are SURE to have and being those extra set of eyes you didn’t even know you needed.  Which means that whether your nearest and dearest live right next door, in different states OR across town on an entirely different work schedule, Brideside is here to help with their fabulous online shop and try-at-home program.  We love.

With Brideside, finding that perfect gown is, well… as simple as it is stunning.  That’s because Brideside has hundreds (yes, hundreds) of designer dresses, colors and fabrics to choose from.  They even recently announced their Kelly Faetanini for Brideside Exclusive Collection, a lineup of gowns that makes changing up your bridal party look easy AND fun with six chic cocktail dresses made for dancing the night away + four long skirts to add to the pretty for a more formal look.  It’s basically the greatest thing to happen to weddings since gold glitter and peonies.  We are sooo on board.

So what are you waiting for, loves? Head to Brideside TODAY to register to meet your personal style consultant, invite your besties to view your “closet” and start saving your favorite gowns from Brideside’s hundreds of choices.  Your style consultant will field all of the questions re: size and ordering, then send out samples (they have over 1,000!) in sizes ranging from 00-30 for you to try on at home, bubbly totally optional.  Once you have narrowed down the choices, Brideside will send your gowns right to your doorstep. It’s truly that simple… and that fun.

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Brideside is offering SMP readers $20 off dresses using code 20OFFSMPCA!  Offer expires March 31st, 2016 and excludes Joanna August, Jenny Yoo and Donna Morgan collections.

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‘Tis the season for fabulous gift giving, loves, and today we have a little something special just for you. Think an amazing meet and greet with the crazy talented Quintana Events, a team of planners + designers that know everything about designing a perfect wedding.  From rustic chic affairs to modern soirees to everything in between.  Do yourself a favor and spend your Saturday getting to know them.

From Quintana EventsEvery couple is unique, and your wedding should be a true reflection of the two of you. We take the time to get to know you in order to create a celebration that’s a truly personal and memorable experience. Experts in the art of the timeline and design, our team handles the details with behind-the-scenes precision and genuine care, so you and your guests can simply relax and enjoy. Rustic to modern … traditional to eclectic … romantic to glamorous … whatever your vision, Quintana Events has a distinctive eye for dramatic impact and the visual delight of unique and unexpected touches. We transform beautiful venues into works of art and turn private homes and vineyards into magical settings. We know how to find balance between old traditions and current trends, turning usual customs into meaningful, memorable moments.

Photography: Anna Marks (Photo 1, 3-4, 6) +  Duy Ho Photography (Photo 2, 5)

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Summer Garden Wedding in Sonoma County

We love how the Bride let loose with a hula hoop at this summer garden wedding filled with lawn games, party horns and free-flowing champagne! Made beautiful in the expert hands of Daisy Rose Floral Design and It’s A Date At The Powder Room, it’s an elegant yet relaxed affair, and Jonas Seaman Photography caught all the excitement right here!

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From Jonas Seaman Photography…. Ruth and Jeff’s wedding was spectacular. They personalized it in so many ways from all their DIY details, to the lawn games and picnic atmosphere they created. Here’s what Ruth had to say about the day…

From the Bride… From the beginning we knew we wanted to be married on a hill under an old tree with a magnificent view, lawn games, and a huge dance party. We were naturally drawn to Sonoma County as it is our favorite place to get away from Los Angeles for a long weekend and where we feel the most free. We wanted our wedding to be a big, lighthearted yet sophisticated celebration not only of our love for each other but also of our family and friends. At the end of the weekend we wanted our guests to know and feel that they had each been an important part of our wedding. Our vision was a lively modern twist on an elegant summer garden party in the vineyards with an abundance of flowers and berries, local foods, and lawn games. Our color palette consisted of the vibrant colors and deep greens that you would find in a summer garden.

Immediately after we found our wedding venue we agreed that the first thing to do was get in touch with Jonas Seaman, a photographer whose work we had fallen in love with after stumbling on his blog a few years prior. We cold called Jonas and planned our wedding date!

Together Jeff and I wrote our ceremony and we both wrote our own vows. It was important to us to involve our family and friends in our ceremony. We set the guest chairs up in a horseshoe shape so that we would feel surrounded by our loved ones. We had a friend marry us, close family members in addition to the bridal party walked down the aisle to cover music played by live string musicians, the groom’s nieces carried the rings and a banner announcing the bride and my brother read from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. Using large cue cards our bridal party and family each read a page from a story that I had given Jeff when we had just started dating. As the ceremony drew to an close Champagne was distributed and toasts were offered by the wedding guests and the my mother before we walked down the aisle newly married!

Following the ceremony the live musicians and guests paraded behind the bride and the groom to the nearby cocktail hour. The hour was spent playing lawn games including a giant Connect Four, hula hooping, eating passed hors d’oeuvres, and drinking delicious cocktails such as Lavender Gin Martinis and Strawberry-Rhubarb Caiproskas.

At the conclusion of the cocktail hour our guests blew bubbles to send us off in a vintage Jaguar. While our guests were shuttled down to the most amazing pavilion for dinner and dancing we cruised for a bit and soaked in the excitement of the day. Individualized party horns which doubled as escort cards greeted our guests at the pavilion. The guests blew their horns as we entered the reception which made for the most exuberant entrance and was one of my favorite moments of the day.

Our guests were delighted that the tables were designated by a photo of us at the age corresponding with the table number. Guests were greeted at their place setting by place cards with individualized notes. We also had five birthdays and one anniversary the weekend of our wedding so each of those guests had a small gift awaiting them at their seat. The children received activity bags. Our caterer, Dovetail, was a dream to work with and made dinner an elegant affair with perfect presentation of locally sourced foods. Wine and Champagne flowed freely, toasts were given and guest mad libs were filled out.

The tables were alive with the most beautiful flowing flowers by our florist, Daisy Rose, who took our vision and ran with it. As a last minute request, Daisy even set aside flowers to put on our sweetheart cake. I hunted for months for the perfect table decorations and finally found big gold leaf hexagon hurricanes that were the perfect modern contrast with the lively flowers.

We cut a sweetheart cake with a sparkler candle before inviting our guests to choose from an array of cakes. The flavors reflected the fresh and local style of our wedding. We served five flavors including olive oil orange zest, vanilla bean with strawberries, lemon lavender with raspberries, chocolate with caramel and sea salt, and toasted almond. The cake table was decorated with wedding photos of our family and bridal party.

The rest of the evening was a giant dance party. During the evening I invited all ladies both married and single to catch a bouquet that had a Target gift card tied to it. It was a blast to see an engaged couple catch both the garter and the bouquet!!! We also had a couples dance where we eliminated couples until the longest married couple was left dancing. At the conclusion of the song we presented them with a bouquet.

We designed the invitations, ceremony programs, fans, menus, and mad libs with our bridesmaid and dear friend, Jennifer Hoffman. I had a ball working closely with the delightful Creative Letterpress in Burbank, CA to make the final products a reality.

At the last minute we hired Aaron Lee Films to film our day and it was one of the best decisions we made. They were the most fabulous people to have at our wedding – they not only did their job so professionally but they also saved the day for me more than once! I have watched the film countless times and just can’t get enough.

We had so much fun working together to plan the wedding but there were still many times when I wanted to throw my hands up and elope. Jeff talked me off the ledge and in the end all of the work was absolutely worth it to spend the weekend surrounded by those we love the most. When I think back on our wedding weekend my heart feels like it is overflowing with love. When people ask me for advice I tell them that the best advice is not to listen to anyone’s advice or ideas about what a wedding is or isn’t. Know in your heart who you are as a couple and what will make your heart sing and run with it. Once you know what you want carefully interview vendors and find those who are excited about your vision. Don’t be afraid to let vendors go if you feel in your gut it is not working out, even if you lose a little bit of money, this will make your planning and more importantly your day much more special.

Photography: Jonas Seaman Photography | Cinematography: Aaron Lee Films | Floral Design: Daisy Rose Floral Design | Dress: Vera Wang | Catering: Dovetail Events | Makeup: It's A Date At The Powder Room | Hair: Jessie Hoffman | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chalk Hill Winery | Custom Printing: Creative Letter Press, Inc. | Second Shooter: Mary Ellen Williamson

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