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La Jolla Beach Picnic Engagement Session

Date nights are the best. I still get that same spark of excitement to get all dressed up for a romantic evening out with my fiancé. So when Ashley Kelemen sent this e-sesh our way based on that idea? I could help but fall head over heels in love with this picnic-style beach date, complete with a red dress from Lulu’s and lush bouquet by Plenty Of Petals. Dig your toes into this sweet, sandy gallery for more!

From Ashley KelemenMaria & Chris wanted their engagement session to feel like date night, with a gorgeous picnic on the beach and a perfect excuse to dress up! We met up for a lovely stroll through Torrey Pines, wrapping up on the beach at sunset, and had an absolutely incredible evening.

Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Hair & Makeup: The Girls Beauty Shop | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Bride's Dress: Lulu's | Floral Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon Co | State Park: Torrey Pines Natural Reserve

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Registry Tips & Tricks with Macy’s + Clinton Kelly

Macy’s has a new “Weddings’ Best Man” and his name is Clinton Kelly.  Yes, that Clinton Kelly; the lifestyle whiz who is about to take your big day to the next level with tips and tricks on everything from bridal showers to honeymoon must-haves to curating the perfect registry.  From your walk down the aisle to newlywed life and beyond, it’s a Macy’s + Clinton Kelly party… and you’re all invited.

We all know that when it comes to fashion, food, entertaining and design, no one does it better than Clinton Kelly.  So when Clinton starts doling out the Macy’s registry advice, we take notes big time. Think everything from tips on selecting the perfect china (mix it up!) to choosing barware essentials (stock up on tools) to advice on how to use your Dream Fund (think of it as a group gift card), plus the perks and privileges of a Macy’s Registry (one word: discounts).

It goes without saying, loves… Macy’s + Clinton Kelly equals some serious magic. For even more tips and tricks from the master himself, click here!


#SMPBridalWeek Social Hour

It’s Friday, time to kick back and relax, but I can’t stop thinking about all the jaw-dropping gorgeous gowns we’ve been ogling at all week thanks to our Instagram coverage with #SMPBridalWeek. The festivities may be coming to a close but that doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to all this beauty; let’s pop a bottle and dream of all the lovely lace, elegant embellishments and more all weekend long.

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This blush and lavender hued creation has us thinking outside the box when it comes to our bridal color palettes.

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Inspired by butterflies and gardens, Randi Rahm’s flower appliqué gown had some of the prettiest details we’ve seen!

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Finding the perfect balance of girly and feminine yet still elegant and sophisticated, we can’t stop crushing on Oscar De La Renta’s latest collection.

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The illusion back on this gorgeous gown is a top runner for one of our new favorite trends.

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A fun and unique two piece is perfect for the daring bride-to-be.

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We’re speechless over this beaded and lace appliqué gown; beyond romantic!

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We’ll never grow sick of elegant ballgowns like this masterpiece covered with beautiful beading and lace.

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The lace train on this jaw-dropping gorgeous creation is not for the shy bride!

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Sparkles and layers of gorgeous tulle make us instant fans of this beauty.

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Glamour should be Reem Acra’s middle name; we can’t stop staring at this detailed back!

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We can’t get enough of the beautiful pearls Jenny Packham played with for her latest collection!

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Not only did we get some behind the scenes time with Mrs. Herrera but hearing all her stories made her collection even more amazing.


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This week’s DISCOUNTS…

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

For our California Brides… Giveaways from Silver Time Studios and Rime Arodaky, and discount from Marmalade Sky Films 

For our Midwest Brides… Discount from WASIO photography

For our Southeast Brides… Giveaway from Rime Arodaky

For our New England Brides… Discount from BKB & Co.

For our Mid-Atlantic Brides… Discount from Goodstone Inn & Restaurant 

For our Tri-State Brides… Discount from IM Photo Studio and giveaways from Sweet Whistle and Rime Arodaky

For our Australian Brides… Discount from Linneys and don’t miss the “Carats & Couture” exhibition going until May 2, 2015!

And Our Winners…

Congratulations to our Marmalade Sky Films winner Mae!


Rustic Fall Wedding at Holland Ranch

This couple’s mission? To plan a totally relaxed yet wildly gorgeous celebration at the cozy Holland Ranch, without even an ounce of typical wedding stress in sight. And thanks to a team of awesome vendors plus reception eats that included both a taco AND ice cream cart, I say mission accomplished. More fun moments captured by Jen Rodriguez in the gallery.


From Jen RodriguezThis wedding was a really fun day to document. Megan and Scott truly wanted to have an all around amazing time without any of the stress, mission accomplished. They brought in all kinds of fun vendors to make the day personal to them.

Megan and Scott originally met all the way back in the third grade and grew closer over the years. They were great friends by the end of high school, closer in college before starting to date our last year of college. While in school at Cal Poly SLO they would always head to the Cliffs in Pismo Beach for a drink and tacos. It was a really special place to them and it seemed like the perfect place for Scott to propose. Once they started planning their wedding it only made sense to share their love of tacos, ice cream, and coffee with their guests too!

Photography: Jen Rodriguez | Wedding Coordinator : Jaime Holland Strand | Floral Design: Adornments Flowers And Finery (arch And Bouquets) | Caterer: Soho Taco | DJ: Johnny Varsity | Transportation : SLO Safe Ride | Wedding Venue: Holland Ranch | Coffee Cart: SLO Coast Coffee | Custom Chalk Boards : Swoon Custom Chalk | Ice Cream Cart: Sweet Lucie's | Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co.

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