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Modern, Clean + Masculine Same-Sex Wedding for International Duo

For Chris and Chris (this handsome duo), the top priority for their wedding was to find “the perfect place to unite our transatlantic backgrounds, whist doing justice to our love of all things glamorous and fabulous.” The London West Hollywood was the perfect fit — not only are the Grooms currently based in London, but it blended the British class with all the glitz and glamour of LA. See how it all came together, thanks to gorgeous photos from Birds Of A Feather in The Vault!


From The Groom…After dating for eight years, Chris and I decided to tie the knot. We’re an international couple, with one Chris being American and the other Chris British, so we needed the perfect place to unite our transatlantic backgrounds, whist doing justice to our love of all things glamorous and fabulous. Based upon our love of the city and the weather, we knew Los Angeles would be our destination, and, once we walked into The London West Hollywood, we immediately realized that we had found our venue. It was such a perfect fit: not only are we currently based in London, UK – so it allowed us to tie “London” into our destination wedding – the venue blends the best of British class with all the glitz, glamour, and fabulousness that America can offer. We utilized the open rooftop spaces of the hotel, and had the area complemented with white flowers and lots of candles for a modern, clean and masculine look. The cake was a deconstructed three-tier creation, decorated with white orchids and roses, which tied into our masculine and modern theme. The wedding guest list comprised of forty of our closest friends and family, all of who travelled from across the UK and USA to West Hollywood to join us for our special day. During the cocktail and canapé hour, the scenery of the LA skyline at dusk was accompanied by a string quartet playing famous film anthems, and during dinner the DJ began to play, continuing well into the night.

The event was black-tie, intimate, and glamorous. There was such electricity in the air that night, a feeling we will never forget. Being a destination wedding, everyone had travelled so far to celebrate with us – and, as the night went on, the backdrop of the sun setting over Los Angeles made for a truly breathtaking experience. Everyone in attendance knew us very well as a couple and, with the recent passing of marriage equality laws both in the USA and the UK, there was an overwhelming amount of emotion being poured towards us, as we finally had the opportunity to legally declare our love for each other. Having already spent over one-quarter of our lives together, now being able to be legally married means the world to us.

Under the sunny skies of California, we officially became Chris-squared – and against the panoramic views of Los Angeles after sunset, we danced the night away!

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Photography: Birds Of A Feather Photography | Event Planning: Details Details | Floral Design: Tic Tock Couture Florals and Event Styling | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Catering: The London Hotel | Calligraphy: Renee Troy | DJ: DJ Crash | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Officiant: Stephanie Ford | Venue: The London Hotel | Grooms' Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo

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Chic Chanel-Inspired 30th Birthday Bash

I know most women dread turning 30, but if 30 looks this good, trust me, there’s nothing to fear. With a super-chic Chanel theme, style blogger Stephanie Jenkins of Styled by Noir welcomed 30 in the most fabulous fashion. From the laser-cut and letterpress invitation suite from Lavender & Mint to the iconic Chanel details from ENCORE | Leslie Kaplan Event Design and photos from Jodee Debes Photography, this party has us wishing all birthdays were this marvelous!

From Jodee Debes PhotographyThis is a 30th birthday bash for blogger Stephanie Jenkins of Styled by Noir. Leslie Kaplan of Encore created this glam L.A. soirée—a flirty thirty cocktail gathering at Cecconi’s West Hollywood. This glitzy and swanky affair was inspired by the birthday girl’s love for fashion, all things French and Chanel designs. It came together with a feminine design with a modern edge and a color palette of black, white, blushy rose and copper accents. 

Details from the party included: boxed couture letterpress invitation suite adorned with laser-cut acrylic camellias as a nod to Chanel’s iconic flower, tray-passed Champagne with a rose petal garnish and speciality cheeky napkins, a chiffon ribbon polaroid guestbook, paper camellia and rose flower wall behind the dessert display with Chanel-inspired No. 30 signage, a cake covered in white chocolate shavings with oversized black taper candles, girly ribbon bow chair treatments and confetti wands for the happy birthday serenade.

Photography: Jodee Debes Photography | Dress: Zimmermann | Stationery: Lavender & Mint | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry: Chanel | Makeup: Blushington | Baker: Frost It Cakery | Birthday Girl: Stephanie Jenkins Of Styled By Noir | Flowers & Event Design: ENCORE | Leslie Kaplan Event Design | Furniture Rentals: A Rental Connection | Linens: ModMix Studio | Location: Cecconi's

Lazaro Trunk Show

I don’t know what you lovelies have planned for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of October, but I suggest you clear your calendars, because the Fall 2015 Lazaro Trunk Show is happening that very weekend and, well… this is one event you just can’t miss.  Think everything from breathtaking ball gowns to classic lace beauties, plus a 10% discount.  Say it with me, SMPers: awesome.

If there is one thing we can’t get enough of here at SMP, it’s beautiful wedding gowns.  And when it comes to that special something that will leave all of your guests talking, Lazaro has IT.  Think ultra-luxe fabrics, intricate details and stunning silhouettes that will make you feel (and look!) like a princess and you are sooo on the right track.  So whether you’re a bride wanting a sassy fit and flare or you’re dreaming of a dress that leans more towards the traditional, you can rest assured that the Fall 2015 Lazaro Trunk Show will have that dress you’ve been dreaming of.

Contact the JLM Couture Flagship Salon in West Hollywood TODAY (424.249.3909) to reserve your space at the Fall 2015 Lazaro Trunk Show happening on October 2nd – 4th!