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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.
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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Romantic Al Fresco Sonoma Wedding

Not a hurricane or an earthquake could shake these lovebird’s plans for their Big Day. While they might have needed to conduct some last minute rearranging and creative thinking, their fall wedding came together without a hitch and we have the gorgeous images by onelove photography to prove it. Don’t miss this amazing family-style reception table, complete with personalized menus, and more, right here.

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From The Bride… I had always heard that planning a destination wedding was stressful. To try and limit the amount of stress on my soon to be husband and me, I decided to plan well in advance and finalize all details so that we could just soak in the time we had together as an engaged couple, because that time truly is so special and so short. Boy were my plans thrown for a loop!

Two weeks before our wedding, a 6.0 earthquake struck Napa Valley, the largest in 25 years. We had become good friends with many of the vendors and owners of wineries in Napa during our travels to and from over the years, and were so thankful that no one was seriously injured. After the wreckage settled, we realized that our original rehearsal dinner venue was not going to be able to host our guests, and the main hotel in Downtown Napa was unable to fulfill our 40 room block reserved for our guests. To say we went into panic mode was an understatement.

Thankfully, the Gro team quickly rescheduled our rehearsal dinner at another fantastic winery, and was able to transition all of our guests into homes and bed and breakfasts. We thought we had seen the worst of it, until a week before our wedding, the largest hurricane to hit Baja California, Odile, wreaked havoc on our honeymoon destination, and forced us to cancel our plans. The same day we found out about the hurricane, my makeup artist cancelled. Trying to find a makeup artist a week and a half before a bride’s big day is a nightmare, not to mention not being able to schedule a trial. After researching like crazy, my wedding planner, Krisi from Gro, found Danika. She had heard my story and even though it was her two year wedding anniversary, she cancelled her plans and drove to Sonoma to do our makeup. She was such a blessing; I will never forget her and her husband’s selflessness!

I was so fortunate to have such an incredible team of vendors to ride out this crazy storm with. Everyone came together and worked so hard, and we were and are forever grateful for our perfect day.

We wanted our wedding to focus on the covenant Grayson and I were making to each other, and we wanted to host the wedding in Napa to showcase our love of great food and wine. This area is really meaningful to us as it’s been a vacation spot for years, and it is also where we got engaged. We wanted the evening to be extremely meaningful, but not something that guests had seen hundreds of times before. In a nutshell, I wanted a very personal, reverent ceremony followed by a beautiful al fresco dinner party in the middle of a vineyard, surrounded by our nearest and dearest, and that is exactly what we got.

My vision for this dinner party had one consistent theme, which was a single beautifully set dinner table. I didn’t want a sweetheart table, rounds, or tables broken up by family and friends; I wanted everyone to dine together at a King’s Table set for 72, sans linen. Once the layout was set, the other item I wasn’t budging on was the table setting. I wanted mis-matched cut crystal, vintage china, and gold flatware. There were a number of vendors I researched, but ultimately went with Frances Lane based on Lindsay Jernegan’s selection, service, and quality of pieces.

One of my other favorite items for the evening were the custom menus Taryn at Twinkle and Toast created. Instead of the usual place card menu combo, I wanted to combine the two. I had her calligraphy each guests name in gold at the top of the menu, followed by the dinner and dessert selections. She also created the custom watercolor paper that was used.

Finally, my absolute favorite part of the table had to be the floral runner that was created by Nathan Johnson of GRO Designs. I really disliked set color themes, and items being ‘matchy.’ i.e. my maids matching my linens. That being said, when it came to flowers, I gave Nathan free reign to choose florals that were in season and would create an aesthetically pleasing palette. I made sure the rest of the wedding was neutral, so the only real color came from the blooms. His work blew me away. Not only did he make the most incredible runner I’ve ever seen, but he had the blooms coming out of sanded, re-purposed grapevines he found at the San Fran flower market. It was unreal and so special.

Photography: onelove photography | Wedding Planner: GRO Designs | Florals: Gro Designs | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Jewelry: Maurice Badler NYC | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Feast Catering | Makeup: Danika Lamb Artistry By Danika | Ceremony And Reception: Gundlach Bundschu Winery | Custom Menus: Taryn Of Twinkle And Toast | Live Guitarist: Jesse Macleod | Petit Fours: Patisserie Angelica | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Frances Lane | Shoe Designer: Valentino | Venue Coordinator: Brooke Clemens

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Love Tour Bridal Bash + A Discount + A Giveaway!

I may be a married mom of one, but when the Love Tour Bridal Bash comes to town, I stop and take some serious notice (and attend with bells on).  Because this, my friends, isn’t just any bridal showcase… it’s a fabulous combo of uber-talented vendors, yummy treats and crazy gorgeous inspiration around every corner.  In other words?  It’s one event you can’t afford to miss.

Set against the beautiful backdrop also known as Sonoma, the Love Tour Bridal Bash takes all of the romance that is wine country and pairs it up with amazing food from Ramekins Culinary Institute, fabulous music, crazy cool prizes (think a $500 discount on an LVL Planning or Coordination Package) and talented professionals that know a thing or two about throwing the perfect wedding.  Which means that drop-dead gorgeous vineyard affair you’ve been dreaming of is right at your fingertips.  And, believe you me, it’s going to be awesome.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Grab your besties and the one you love and mark your calendar for Sunday, March 15th to attend the Love Tour Bridal Bash.  Tickets can be purchased hereand don’t forget that SMP readers can Buy 1, Get 1 Free with offer code “stylemeprettylove”.

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The Prize:  The Love Tour Bridal Bash is giving away two free tickets to the event! (Value $20)   To Enter:  Tell us in the comments what vendors you are still looking to hire for your big day! To Win: The winners, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 13th. For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies!

Photography: Megan Clouse Photography | Florist: Mae Flowers | Cake: Patisserie Angelica | Stationery: Three Little Words | DJ: Boutique DJs - Josh Dukes | Beauty: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Chalk Artist: Swoon Custom Chalk | Honeymoon Services: Frosch Travel | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | Photobooth: Giggle + Riot Funbooth | Venue And Caterer: Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn | Wedding Planner/Host: LVL Weddings & Events

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