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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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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).


Dreamy Blush + Ivory Sonoma Wedding

I swear anything KT Merry points her camera at turns to instant wedding gold. My latest snippet of proof? This wine country dreamfest made gorgeous by A Savvy EventNancy Liu ChinJulie MorganArtistry By Danika and so many more. Think the softest pink-on-pink color palette with a hint of ivory and mint mixed in for good measure. And from tasty libations to a dinner al fresco, Marmalade Sky Films proved that this is one celebration that spoiled guests from beginning to end.

Golf Club
From A Savvy Event … Stacy and Bill wanted a formal wedding with soft hues, a romantic vibe and–most importantly–an unforgettable setting. With a jewelry designer bride and a groom who works for Twitter, we knew we could also get away with incorporating some playful elements (think: succulents and sequined linens) into the design for their big day, while keeping their overall aesthetic pure and timeless. The couple chose Sonoma Golf Club as their venue, which proved the perfect setting for the soft and romantic feel they were seeking. Its cobblestone accents and merlot-hued shingles warmed their aesthetic even more by adding an element of unmistakable wine country charm. We mixed dreamy blush tones with pops of greenery to create a cohesive and classic aesthetic. Blushes and ivories (hello, romance) were weaved throughout the ceremony in elements ranging from the flowers to the glassware to Stacy’s bridesmaids’ gowns, which were the perfect soft pink and Grecian-goddess gorgeous. Nancy Liu Chin created daydream-worthy floral arrangements that incorporated both whimsical flowers (peonies, roses and hydrangeas) and playful greenery (succulents and eucalyptus leaves). The ceremony took place on the lawn outside of the clubhouse at the base of a beautiful set of brick stairs, which we chose to frame with draped ivory curtains, plush greenery and–our favorite part–an absolute rock-star chandelier. Guests then dined Al Fresco on the lawn under string lights–an element that added an intimate and relaxed vibe to the day. Table elements included candlesticks in soft metallic pink (think: rosé), blush-hued glassware and log centerpieces chock-full of rich greenery and romantic flowers. We brought in beautiful furnishings for the reception, ultimately creating a plush lounge area in the clubhouse. Guests finished out the night indoors with dancing (to the always-fun sounds of DJ Wayne), cocktails and late-night snacks. From statement chandeliers, to divine greenery and lavish floral arrangements, to a classic Sonoma setting, Stacy and Bill’s wedding was an event abundantly romantic, occasionally playful and ever charming.

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Videography: Marmalade Sky Films | Event Design: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Ceremony Venue: Sonoma Golf Club | Reception Venue: Sonoma Golf Club | Makeup: Artistry By Danika | Hair : Julie Morgan | DJ: DJ Wayne | Drapery & Lighting: Illusions Lighting Design | Music For Ceremony And Cocktail Hour: Laurent Fourgo | Photobooth: Two Dudes & A Booth | Rentals: Hartmann Studios

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Elegant Outdoor Wedding

A chance meeting in Beijing followed by a trans-world romance… this, my friends, is the definition of a fairytale.  And how do you celebrate a love that was meant to be in the movies?  With a drop-dead gorgeous day crafted by the likes of A Savvy Event and Michael Daigian Design, of course. The talented Larissa Cleveland was on hand to capture every moment and you can see all of the pretty details right here, and in the sweet film from Sean Desmond below.


From The Bride… Out of all places in the world, Robert and I met in a classroom at Peking University in Beijing, China. Robert and I were both enrolled in a language program after college. Over our course we became close friends and explored new places in the city together.

Despite Robert’s convincing, I decided to return to San Francisco after the course ended to pursue my career while Robert stayed in Beijing to pursue his. Two years later, I was determined to visit Robert and some friends in Beijing. This time, the timing was right for both of us. After a year of numerous Skype calls, gmail chats, and a few trips to SF, Robert decided to move to San Francisco. We got engaged four years later in Venice, Italy.

Both Robert and I really didn’t look at our special day as a wedding but more of a party to celebrate with family and close friends. We really wanted our guests to be comfortable and have a great time with amazing food, wine, and music.

Walking down the aisle and seeing of all our friends and family that traveled far to be there that day was one of my favorite parts of my wedding. Also, seeing how all the decorations come together is pretty exciting since I could only envision bits and pieces but not the whole picture.

My dad used to always say when we were planning our wedding, “Don’t worry, everything will be all right and nothing will be ok.” I always laughed when I heard that because it really lightened the whole situation and put everything in perspective. There really is no reason to stress over wedding planning and you should really enjoy the whole process because you will never be able to do it again.

My advice to future brides?  Have fun with it, don’t take things too seriously, and in the end you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Photography: Larissa Cleveland | Floral And Event Design: Michael Daigian Design | Planner: A Savvy Event | Wedding Dress: Valentino | Dj: Dave Tutton | Wedding Venue: Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn | Chalkboard: A Savvy Event | Dessert: Emporio Rulli | Linens: Napa Valley Linens | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Video: Sean Desmond

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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.


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