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“Something Blue Nile” – A Pinterest Contest

We’re all abuzz here at SMP over the Something Old, Something New, Something Blue Nile Pinterest Contest hosted by Blue Nile! Known for their incredible selection of over 125,000 independently certified diamonds at prices 20-40% below traditional jewelry retail, Blue Nile makes shopping for high quality diamonds and fine jewelry fun and stress-free. And get ready for this, dears, they’re giving away a $1000 gift card! See below for all the details. 

Blue Nile  boasts an easy-to-use site that is overflowing with stunning pieces such as wedding bands, necklaces and earrings! Focusing on product education and custom service, Blue Nile goes above and beyond to make sure you’re fully informed + confident before making any purchase. Ready to start shopping? Be sure to enter the Pinterest contest first, because they’re giving away a $1000 gift card!


The Prize: A lucky winner will receive a $1000 gift card from Blue Nile!

To Enter: 1) Head over here, fill out the form + submit between July 29, 2014  and August 29, 2014 2) Follow Blue Nile on Pinterest. 3) Pin with inspiration from the “Something Old, Something New, Something Blue Nile” board curated with Style Me Pretty.

To Win: One winner will be selected at random and announced on September 5, 2014.

Terms & Conditions: Can all be found right here.  Good luck my dears! xoxo

Something Old: KT Merry | Jose Villa | Desi Baytan | KT  Merry  Something New: KT Merry | The Nichols | Desi Baytan | Blue Nile


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Epic Choreographed First Dance Film + Proposal!

I’m going to preface this post by saying Connie and Tyler’s first dance video from 31 Films is pretty much the COOLEST. THING. EVER. As a grand finale to their chic Dallas wedding, these two and their crew of talented friends planned a choreographed surprise that’ll put a smile on your face, guaranteed. Ready to see for yourself? Things are about to get really good.

As if that weren’t enough, 31 Films shared the AMAZING proposal moment that started it all. Grab a tissue and enjoy!

From 31 Films… So this is a special one for me, since Tyler is a very close cousin of mine. He’s younger than I am, but our families have always been close, and I’ve watched him and his 5 siblings grow up to become some pretty amazing people. Every one of them has a heart of gold, so when Tyler texted me that he was engaged – I was so excited and didn’t hesitate to tell him that I would do it, no question.

So it was set. We were heading up to Dallas, which is where we got to meet Connie. It’s such an amazing experience when someone you care about finds THE ONE, and it’s so apparent to everyone around. When we met Connie, it was clear these two were just made for each other. They both have a passion for dance, performance, ministry and style. So those are the makings of a pretty spectacular wedding. The thing we hope for when filming a wedding, is a couple that’s cray about each other, and an event that’s personal to them. That’s what we got. An amazing weekend that included quality BBQ, Nintendo NES and records, card games, lots of family, plenty of unique style, and a whole lot of romance. 
Also – since all of the bridal party, including bride and groom, dance or perform a various levels – the whole wedding was built around personally choreographed dances that Connie and Tyler designed. (Including their epic 6min first dance to Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors.” It was pretty amazing to experience, and quite a workout to capture! We loved every second though.
Videography: 31 Films
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Modern Downtown Dallas Wedding

When I first started peeling back the layers of this Dallas “I do,” one thing became clear: Connie and Tyler aren’t you’re average bride and groom. Not even close. They’ve got contagious joy and style for days, but they also happen to have the kind of dance moves that would make Justin Timerlake jealous, and we’ve got the video to prove it! Take a peek at their incredible celebration captured by Michelle Boyd and sit tight for their choreographed first dance (and proposal!) coming up next.


From Michelle Boyd PhotographyConnie and Tyler Bates are visionaries. They both live life with a contagious passion that you just can’t help but join in on. I’ve known Connie for a few years, and after seeing their incredible proposal video I knew that their wedding would be EPIC. They didn’t disappoint.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Dallas, TX, the Room on Main was transformed into a space worthy of the production that was to follow. Both Connie and Tyler have invested a large part of their lives into leadership through performance, and their wedding celebration was a perfect reflection of that. Their modern yet bold fashion allowed for their fierceness to shine through, and their hearts for traveling to the nations were manifested in globes and maps all around the room.

In the true Bates way of celebrating, their ceremony and reception was complete with videos and dancing in abundance! Ingredients dance company moved the processional down the aisle and led guests in worship during communion… and fittingly, everything built up to their first dance as husband and wife, complete with amazing choreography and a perfect wardrobe change. With such an incredibly talented group of guests in attendance, it was no wonder that the dance party to follow was a high-energy, amazing experience!

Photography: Michelle Boyd Photography | Videographer: 31 Films | Floral Design: Central Market | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | Catering: CN Catering | Makeup Artist: Zsanae Panquerne | Band: JJ And The Gingers | Groom's Suit: J. Crew | Bride's Earrings: Anthropologie | Dance Company: Ingredients Dance Company | Location: The Room On Main | Proposal Video: Paul Griffith

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Sparkly New Year’s Eve Wedding

I’ve been following Rhi of Hey Gorgeous Events ever since I landed in the wedding industry, but it’s not without good reason. She’s one of the best and brightest in the biz, and when Rhi sent us her latest wedding work of art – a pink and gold New Year’s Eve celebration - I pored over every image from Jen and Jonah longer than I care to admit. Take a peek back at this sweet couple’s engagement, and don’t miss the gallery + Studio 213 Films’ amazing video for a whole lot more.

Art Venue

From Hey Gorgeous EventsKatie and Bryan were married on New Year’s Eve at the Contemporary Art’s Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio (their beautiful engagement session was actually featured on Style Me Pretty that same day about an hour before Katie walked down the aisle!) Dear friends and family travelled from near and far not only to ring in a new year but to love on the sweet couple as they started a new chapter in their love story. Aside from the gorgeous bride and the handsome groom, the event had so many details tied in with the bride’s love for blush, peach, mint and gold. The big overhead ceremony aisle canopy made completely out of ribbon, lush blush, peach and white florals in gold vessels, sequin linens that sparkled when the light hit at the right time, a massive dance floor ceiling treatment that set the tone for the reception party; this wedding really had it all and more.

Yet right before I sent up the signal to the bridal party to let them know the processional was about to start, we got some bad news. Katie had lost her engagement ring. As the string quartet played, the guests eagerly anticipated the bride’s big reveal, and poor Bryan stood at the alter confused and wondering what was going on (sorry Bryan!), Katie and her girls were scrambling around trying to find her ring at what probably was the worst time to be doing so. I met her halfway up to the bridal suite to get things back on track and told her all that mattered in that moment was the kind groom waiting for her at the alter. And that we would find the ring no matter what. Her Dad held her hand, she shook her head, wiped away a few tears and together they trekked down the thirty plus stairs to the 250 awaiting guests. The ceremony began at long last and the show went on.

Immediately after I sent Katie off down the aisle, we got the news that the ring had been found; by a very gracious janitorial employee who had discovered the ring sitting in the corner of the venue restroom! From there the ring went from the hands of the employee to my husband, to a guest, to the videographer, to the photographer, to the best man, to the groom and finally back into the hands of our sweet bride. Katie was reunited with her most special piece of jewelry at the exact moment when it came time to exchange the rings. Bryan was a little confused as to we he was handed three rings instead of the two he was expecting but Katie burst into happy tears at the sight of thought to be long lost possession. There would continue to be many more moments of happy tears and sheer joy that day, all of which shined brighter than any diamond ring.

When it came close to midnight everyone stood on the dance floor and counted down to the start of 2014 via the large screen which was live streaming the Times Square coverage. At midnight a confetti canon erupted sprinkling colored bits over all of the happy guests embracing their loved ones as Auld Lang Syne began to softly play. It was beyond a pleasure being a small sliver of the Sapp’s happily ever after, and an honor to work with such a talented team who made it all possible.

Photography: Jen And Jonah | Videography: Studio 213 Films | Cake: Maribelle Cakery | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Funkys Catering | Bride's Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Contemporary Arts Center: Contemporary Arts Center | Planning, Design, Florals & Coordination: Hey Gorgeous Events | Rentals: All Occasions Event Rentals | Stationery : Smitten On Paper | Tassels And Noise Horns: Stephanie Shives Studio

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