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Silver Time Studios + A Giveaway!

Loves, it’s time you met Silver Time Studios, the talented team of e-session geniuses that are about to change your entire world.  Think a fab boutique studio offering full-service (+ drop-dead gorgeous) engagement session packages featuring set designs, props, wardrobe, makeup AND hair.  All you have to do is bring the one you love and prepare to pampered in true Hollywood style.  Sounds good to us.

At Silver Time Studios, worrying about the logistics of your e-shoot is a thing of the past.  That’s because the amazing team at Silver Time Studios has everything you need to make your engagement session dreams come true, right in their very own downtown LA studio.  And whether your style is classic, casual, vintage, romantic or glamorous, Silver Time Studios has a package that is perfect for you and yours, complete with a beautiful album.  They’ll even book transportation and scout outdoor locales!

Contact Silver Time Studios today for your free consultation and dress fitting.  Your e-shoot is going to be soooo fabulous.

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What:  Enter to win up to $1,000 credit towards an engagement shoot with Silver Time Studios AND get $100 credit on Rent the Runway for one of your outfits during the shoot!

How: Simply Like the Silver Time Studios Facebook page, Like their giveaway post and comment on the post with your Maid of Honor’s name!  Get additional entries by sharing with your friends and tagging @SilverTimeStudios on Facebook and Instagram!

Who: Silver Time Studios will be announcing up to three lucky winners on their social media channels on May 7, 2015! Good Luck, lovelies! xo

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Elegant Outdoor Vineyard Wedding in Calistoga

When the talents at Paperweight Films send a film our way, we consider that a very good day. Especially when that film happens to feature a stunning vineyard affair filled with sweet DIY details and one of the cutest couples you will ever virtually meet.  It’s a breathtaking ceremony meets a candlelit party and you can see every moment in the sweet film below, and the gallery captured by Eric James Leffler.

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From Paperweight FilmsMichelle and Tim had a beautiful wedding at Hans Fahden. They spent a lot of time on the small details — Michelle is a design and DIY wiz! The bride created all the paper-based details herself, including the Hydrangea Pomander Balls, Rose Paper Swirl Flowers, Origami Japanese Kusudama Flowers, Origami Paper Cranes, and fans. What’s really special about the origami pieces is that her Grandmother taught her the skill! She also designed their wedding invitations.

Another favorite detail from their wedding is their sweet Corgi, Yuki! These two love their pup and incorporated him so well into their day. He was so handsome in his bowtie!

We’re so happy for this beautiful and sweet couple and were thriled to capture their magic!

From the beautiful Bride… Wedding planning was actually a breeze as I am a pretty well organized person. The only tedious part of planning I came across was doing a lot of the DIY invitations, poster, menus, handmade cranes and paper flowers for the wedding. My main mission was to try to find a venue that had everything packaged with vendors (especially a wedding coordinator). Above all I wanted to find a venue where I did not have to think about extra detailed costs and possibly needing to spend more money on decor and other such add-on’s.

Thus, when we found Hans Fahden, I already knew we found the place. As you step in to Hans Fahden you are surrounded by a beautiful natural scenery with each landscape thought out with love from the owners. I felt like I was walking into a Monet garden (my favorite painter). You are surrounded by arches of green, vineyards, a bridge, ponds, tea houses and so much more. Best of all a beautiful lit wine cave for a reception. There was no need to add anything because it was already all there. You could tell the owners of Hans Fahden truly just wanted to make your wedding day special.

The only vendors we chose to use outside of the Hans Fahden package was our videographer and photographer and my hair/makeup stylist. And I truly have no regrets for choosing them. I received so many compliments for my makeup & hair and our photographer was amazing and I truly barely even noticed our videograpers! Our video, photos, everything about our wedding was beautiful.

Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Cake: Calistoga Village Bakery | Cake Topper: Lillopop Workshop | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Hans Fahden Vineyards | Cinematography: Paperweight Films | Coordination: Reana Dean of Hans Fahden Vineyards | DJ: Michaels Music | Dog's Bow Tie: LADogStore | Floral Design: Verde Flowers | Groom's Attire: Groom Topman | Hair & Makeup: Lela Nguyen | Jewelry: Haute Bride | Officiant: Rev. Blane Ellsworth | Photography: Eric James Leffler | Wedding Dress: Pronovias

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Glamorous Blush Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco

Whenever someone asks me the kind of weddings that truly melt my heart. I sort of picture this one. Tradition with a chic, modern twist. A ballroom that screams luxury, a gown that could make even the most discerning hearts melt and sweet, whimsical details that simply bring a smile. Planned by the fabulous Charmed Events Group with images by Jasmine Lee Photography, I’m literally begging you to spend some time in the gorgeous gallery!









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From Charmed Events GroupSusanna and Johnny’s wedding at the St. Regis in San Francisco was designed with the inspiration of the magic and wonder of constellations. We chose a pale palette of whites, silvers and pinks for the wedding design and complimented the color palette with flowers…and more flowers!

Susanna donned a Vera Wang gown for her big day and walked down the aisle in Charlotte Olympia stilettos in a room that was draped in white and accented in pink. Guests were greeted with a mirror etched welcome sign as they entered the room and enjoyed celebratory music from the couple’s church.

For cocktail hour, guests were awed by the constellation inspired escort wall that was custom designed for the couple. Guests were placed in tables named after constellations and their names and the shape of the constellation were mounted to the wall to create a gallery piece.

The reception space was beautiful to boot as it was fully draped in white linens and accented with pink lighting for a romantic and ethereal feel. The luxurious and textured linens served as the perfect foundation to the diamonte chargers at each place setting with the lush floral arrangements in cremes and pinks. The clear ghost chairs were a perfect accent for this modern and galaxy inspired design.

Guests enjoyed a four course dinner followed by a beautiful cake that was created by the St. Regis that was also constellations and galaxy inspired. It was an ethereal and luxurious night in ambience and aesthetics and no expense was spared in ensuring that the guests had a great time in celebrating Susanna and Johnny!

Ceremony And Reception Venue: St. Regis San Francisco | Ceremony Chairs: Chair Divas | DJ: Spintronix | Event Design And Planning: Charmed Events Group | Event Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Floral Design: Poppy's Petalworks | Letterpress: Aerialist Press | Lighting: JL Imagination | Linens: La Tavola | Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Stationery: Charmed Events Group | Videography: Burkart Studios

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Southwestern Style Santa Barbara Wedding

Drooling over the darling details sort of comes with my job title, but it’s moments like these that put the heart into that pretty package and keep me coming back for more. The onelove photography team never fail to deliver those sweet captures and I love them for it. This at-home Santa Barbara soiree is filled to the brim with them (including a fun Burying the Bourbon tradition!)—see it all here.

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Fun tidbit from onelove photographyThe couple practiced the tradition “Burying the Bourbon”! Southern folklore says that if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married, then it won’t rain on their wedding day. According to many believers, this must be done exactly one month before the wedding, the bottle must be completely full and it must be buried upside down in order for it to keep the rain away.

From the Bride and Groom… We don’t take ourselves too seriously, so we wanted the vibe of the wedding to be relaxed and fun. We cut out a lot of the traditional elements that didn’t appeal to us in the hopes that it would help everyone just relax and enjoy the day rather than stick to a strict schedule.

We modeled the whole vibe after our family gathering/holidays, which are typically big gatherings centered around good food, drinks, and laughs. We focused a lot on perfecting the menu, both food and drink, to capture our favorite things. Gourmet tacos, a self serve beer bar, and delicious local cupcakes were some of the big hits.

We liked the vibe that the long, family style tables set for dinner. Instead of being separated into different round tables, it allowed people to talk to the people next to them, across from them, behind them, etc and feel like they weren’t stuck at one particular table. It also made for some beautiful photographs!

The beer bar! The thing Brian was most focused on making happen was inclusion of a self-serve beer bar. We found an idea for it on Pinterest and worked with my uncles to get it built. From there, Brian got the various components needed from a home brew store and we suffered through sampling several kinds of beer before settling on our favorites. I handwrote the chalkboard signs for each type of beer and we nailed them to the bar. It was a total hit! The vintage pickup truck in many of the photos is my uncle’s truck. He brought it to the property at the last-minute and it ended up being the centerpiece of many of our photos.

Finally, the big trees in both the front and back yard. The tree in the front yard, where we made our grand entrance to dinner, is actually the same place where we got engaged last year. The big tree in the back yard, which we wrapped with lights and was the centerpiece of the reception, is where we have had countless Thanksgivings, Labor Days, and all sorts of other holidays. Both were really special and it was great to be able to include them in our wedding.

I picked up every copy of The Knot that hit the news stands while I was planning and I spent a lot of time browsing Pinterest for inspiration for ideas that would highlight the gorgeous natural surroundings of the house. Some of my favorite pinners to follow were Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, and The Wedding Chicks. After I made a scattered idea board, my wedding planner, Kelly, just took it and ran with it. She put together the most beautiful design plan that was so “us” but much more polished and cohesive than we could have pulled off. We couldn’t have done it without her!

Don’t take it too seriously! As we were driving back from the weekend trip where we got engaged and just starting to talk about wedding plans, we promised each other than when we started getting bogged down in what shade of coral looked best with what type of napkins or what type of twine worked best to tie invitations together, we would remember that the whole point was to create a day that made us happy and let us celebrate being in love.

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rebecca Taylor | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Bridesmaids' Dresses: French Connection | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anthropologie | Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Catering: Omni Catering | Coordination: Kelly Clark Leonard | DJ: DJ Chel | Event Designer: Kelly Clark Leonard Of Event Of The Season | Floral Design: Juniper Designs | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Groomsmen Attire: Express | Hair: Andrea Ridgell Of Mishay Salon And Spa | Jewelry: Bauble Bar | Jewelry: Banana Republic | Lighting: Ambient Events | Location: Private Residence | Makeup: Jo Bechard | Photography: onelove photography | Rentals: Town And Country | Shoes: Nine West | Stationery: Minted | Veil And Accessories: Nina Veil | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier

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Rustic Summer Wedding in Marin County

Besides this darling duo’s great taste in music (they played Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” twice at their wedding), they really know how to throw one fabulous party.  Together with a fab team of vendors (think Daisy Rose Floral Design and Paper Daisies Stationery) they created a day that was rich in organic-inspired details and rustic charm at every turn.  OneLove Photography captured every moment and, let me tell you loves, it’s worthy of some serious swoon time.  See it all here.

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From the beautiful Bride… My husband and I decided to get married in Bolinas, CA– a small town in West Marin that’s about an hour north of San Francisco, and near and dear to our hearts. We wanted a wedding that reflected the wonderful memories we have of spending time with friends and family in this special part of California. We also wanted a wedding that reflected the life we try to lead together: fun, unfussy, and filled with love, family, and good food.

I had the most difficult time choosing a palette for the wedding. Eventually, I just chose things I love from nature, all of which happen to be beautifully fragrant: French lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Every part of the day incorporated these elements. My bouquet of creamy tea roses and peonies was dotted with all three; our flower girls wore crowns of eucalyptus and lavender; our specialty cocktail was a French-inspired lavender lemonade; we gave our guests homemade rosemary-infused sea salt to take home with them; each dinner table had small floral arrangements that mirrored my bouquet, and each place setting had a sprig of fresh rosemary.

We decided to have a Catholic ceremony at the local church in town, which is a small mission chapel built in 1853 that has been the site of baptisms, weddings, and funerals in my husband’s family. Since I’m not religious, I decided to incorporate some secular elements into the ceremony: my brothers played a Hawaiian wedding song on ukulele, and a Carl Sagan quotation was inscribed on our program. And, both my husband and I were walked down the aisle by our parents!

Our reception was held at the Peace Barn, a private property in Bolinas that we were given permission to use. We enjoyed cocktails, oysters, and hors d’oeuvres on the meadow behind the barn, which is bordered by cypress and willows, and looks out on the Bolinas lagoon. At sunset, guests made their way back up the narrow, marsh-lined path to enjoy dinner, dancing, donuts and cake in the chandelier and candlelit barn. The groom and I had planned to exit the party early at 11, but we couldn’t tear ourselves away from the dance floor until the DJ stopped at midnight. The last song he played was Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,’” which our string trio had played as our recessional. It was a perfect end to the celebration.

Photography: onelove photography | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Amsale | Cake: Forget-Me-Not Cakes | Catering: Elaine Bell Catering | Chapel: St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church | DJ: DJ St. Patrick, Golden State Productions | Floral Design: Daisy Rose Floral Design | Flower Girl Dresses: J. Crew | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Linens: La Tavola | Oyster Bar: Hog Island Oysters | Reception Venue: The Peace Barn | Stationery : Paper Daisies Stationery | String Trio: Corelli Strings | Wedding Dress: Jin Wang | Wedding Favors: Bride & Groom

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Rainy Day San Francisco Engagement

I’m a lover of rainy days, so when I meet a duo that isn’t afraid to throw on their rain boots and frolic around in the drizzly weather, I’m a big fan.  Such is the case with this adorable twosome, a couple of soon-to-be married sweeties that embraced the downpour with smiles on their faces… and have some drop-dead gorgeous moments captured by Jasmine Lee Photography to prove it.  See them here.

From The Groom…Vicki and I are getting married at Devine Ranch, a beautiful 80 acre horse ranch, nestled off the coast of Monterey Bay. Sticking to the rustic theme, we chose Sunol Regional Park for our engagement shoot as it offered open fields sprawling over hillsides, large oak trees, and fun natural features, but as the day approached, a large storm coming from Hawaii, with heavy rain, was being reported in the forecast. This obviously put a kink in our plans, but after contemplating rescheduling and alternative options, we decided to move forward with the engagement shoot anyways, and in doing so, we were thrilled with the results!

It wasn’t Sunol Regional Park, but the Ice Cream Bar located in the heart of San Francisco’s Cole Valley district offered some comfort from the rain to start. The 1950′s decor was a fun touch as Vicki and I shared a banana split on the old bar stools and took in the details of this neighborhood staple. The retro decor added flair to our photos and it allowed Vicki’s hair and make up to stay in place prior to letting loose and running around in the rain!

Following the Ice Cream Bar, we set off for Golden Gate Park and boy was it raining! But who doesn’t dream of falling in love and kissing in the rain?! Once in Golden Gate Park, Jasmine knew of a great spot offering open space, our desired oak trees, and puddles for us to splash in – rain boots were a must, for her at least! The best memory was picking up Vicki and twirling her around in the rain, it felt like we were invincible. The lighting was perfect as rainy days let you to shoot from any angle, allowing us to be more loose and free flowing.

Even though it poured on the day of our engagement shoot, Vicki and I embraced it and had a blast with it. Some things to note about doing your engagement photos in the rain – colorful rain boots are fun, Vicki would recommend a clear umbrella (helps with lighting), a brush and paper towels depending on how hard it’s raining (Vicki used them to blot every now and then), but most importantly, let loose and have fun! Vicki and I dove in head first and had a blast being playful and creating a memory that will last a lifetime!

Hair + Makeup: Susie Chhuor Hair And Makeup Studio | Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Venue: Golden Gate Park | Venue: Ice Cream Bar

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