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Modern Print Tablescape Inspiration

Real weddings are the heartbeat of our content on SMP, but every now and again we like to focus in on stand-alone design inspiration that pushes the envelope. It’s the result of vendors like SQN Events who dreamt up this modern tablescape with bold prints from BBJ Linen that managed to steal the show. One part pink, one part teal, one part gold, and all parts fabulous. More right here.


From SQN EventsOur inspiration for this shoot was putting a modern, urban spin on what could have turned into a very “beachy” theme based on the color palette we used (teal and coral). Of course we added a touch of gold since everything looks better with a little sparkle and metallics are hot right now. We selected a bold, pattern linen (it’s brand new from BBJ this year), but paired it with classic hemstitch napkins. The oversized white leather chairs added yet another element of the sleek and modern feel we were going for.

We also challenged our cake designer to mimic the pattern of the linen on the cake and were beyond thrilled with the results. While the floral featured some romantic and lush varieties such as peonies, ranunculus, and hydrangea, spray painting some of the flowers and foliage, including succulents, added an unexpected modern twist. Choosing a linear “script” for the paper suite was also intentional; even the “script” had a twist to it since it lacked the traditional curves generally associated with calligraphy. The private dining room at NoMI (one of Chicago’s top restaurants, located in the Park Hyatt) was the perfect venue for this as it features crisp white walls, windows overlooking bustling city life, and a gorgeous bold and bright art piece.

Photography: Kina Wicks Photography | Floral Design: Fleur | Cake: Cake Chicago | Stationery: Magnificent Milestones | Chair Rentals: AFR Event Furnishings | Charger Rentals: Tablescapes | Linens: BBJ Linen | Planning & Design: SQN Events | Venue: Nomi Restaurant

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California Al fresco Affair with a Secret Garden Vibe

When the Bride came across Rancho Las Lomas, with its lush, romantic gardens that reminded her of her favorite childhood book, The Secret Garden, this al fresco affair followed suit. Captured by Anna Costa, along with florals by Jenny B. Floral Design and coordination by The Charming Little Event Company, it’s an open-air charmer loaded with pretty flower details and the perfect vintage vignettes curated by Found Vintage RentalsSee it all here.

From The Bride…My husband and I met at a restaurant in Long Beach five years ago. Three years later, he whisked me away on a romantic train ride up the coast of Southern California to Seattle, where he proposed to me over a candlelight dinner. Jay and I have opposite personalities but his funny, optimistic, and laid back views on life complement my serious, perfectionist and disciplined traits. Despite our differences, we both come from humble backgrounds with similar values. When we met it was a melting of two worlds and life for both of us has been so much more colorful.

Our October wedding was an intimate affair shared with family and close friends. Rancho Las Lomas, nestled in the foothills in Silverado, reminded me of my favorite childhood book, The Secret Garden. The location was romantic, whimsical and a little mysterious with its lush gardens, rustic buildings, fountains, and hidden corners. It was the perfect environment in which to hold our wedding and I wanted our decorations to echo these surroundings. Our floral decorations had a mixture of eucalyptus, garden roses, dahlias and hydrangeas. Our ceremony, cocktail, and reception areas were accented with beautiful, rustic wooden tables and doors from Found Vintage Rentals. We wanted soft and warm hues to bring out the fall season without the usual yellows and oranges, so we chose a neutral palette consisting of cream, taupe, pink and burgundy. Our reception area was decorated with strings of lights hanging above and we lined a nearby bridge with numerous candles. This venue, combined with the décor and lighting, created a truly magical ambiance for us.

For a whole year and half previous, I had put so much thought and care into creating our beautiful day. With the help of our wonderful vendors, it was so satisfying to see everything finally come together and we couldn’t be more thankful.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Floral Design: Jenny B. Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Sweet And Saucy | Rings: Tiffany's & Co | Catering: 24 Carrots | Make-Up: E2 Beauty | Hair Stylist: Katie B | DJ: ProKreation/Paul Kim | Brides Hair: Katie B | Bridesmaids Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids Hair: E2 Beauty | Coordination: The Charming Little Event Company | Ranch: Rancho Las Lomas | Rentals: Found

Monique Lhuillier and Watters are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. 24 Carrots, Rancho Las Lomas, Michael + Anna Costa Photography and Found Vintage Rentals are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Get Organized & Inspired with Target!

While my “first day of school” moments might be long gone, there’s something about the start of fall that always feels like a clean slate. A time to get organized and inspired, develop routines and tackle new projects. It’s the perfect time of year to lay the groundwork for your newlywed life, and with their huge selection of traditional and nontraditional products, Target’s Wedding Registry will help you do just that.

From a spic and span kitchen to well-planned closet space, a Target Wedding Registry has everything you need to stay organized in style. Need a little inspiration to get started? We’ve got some great ideas like 15 Ways to Organize Your Pantry and 17 Kitchen Organization Tips & Tricks to get your new space in tip top shape.

Also, don’t forget those items for your home office. Think folders, bookshelves, cork boards and more. And if you want to take things one step further, consider tackling an office DIY like this Gold Leafed Desk that’ll gussy up your space while saving some serious cash. Yep, you can thank us later.

Ready to get in your new groove? Head to Target and start crafting your dream wedding registry together!

Target Products, Kitchen: 1. Pyrex 10 Piece Storage Set with Lid | 2. Room Essentials® Metal 3 – Bottle Geo Wine Rack | 3. Heritage Hill Glass Jar – 2 gal | 4. Spectrum St. Louis Utensil Holder | 5. Lipper International Bamboo Recipe Box

Cleaning Closet: 1. Whitmor 3-Compartment Chrome Laundry Sorter | 2. 3PK Terry Cotton Towels | 3. Room Essentials™ Heavy Duty Basic Mesh Laundry Bag 24″x36″ | 4. Dyson DC65 Animal Upright Vacuum

Office: 1. The Board Dudes Cork Board Tiles 12in x 12in | 2. Carolina Pad 12ct Flippity Flock File Folder | 3. Room Essentials Metal Mesh Angled Pencil Cup | 4. Nate Berkus Canvas Magazine box | 5. Safavieh Chester Bookcase


Sailboat Engagement Session in Miami

We are holding onto summer as long as possible in New England, but I’m afraid it is officially feeling Fall-ified around these parts. So what better way to revisit those endless summer days then with this sunny sailboat session captured by Melanie Gabrielle. And you’ll love the engagement story as told by the sweet Groom. He’s a keeper, that one. Have a look here for even more. 

From the groom… After spending 5 and a half years with Kayla I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. Being a lawyer, I thought it would be clever to, “subpoena” Kayla to spend the weekend with me. On Friday night I took her to dinner, where we shared a perfect night in each other’s company. We had dinner at a local restaurant and we walked under the giant Christmas tree. Of course, Kayla was aware that something special was soon to happen. While I had the engagement ring, I had planned to pop the question the next morning. I had a special, more intimate, date planned for the love of my life. As Friday night’s date had come and gone I knew that Saturday would be a day neither of us would ever forget.

I arranged for a boat, complete with our own personal captain, to take the two of us out on the Intracoastal waterway. I packed a picnic basket complete with wine and snacks. The captain took us on a tour of the Intracoastal, which led to our ultimate destination, a secluded beach on the north end of the waterway. Now it was slightly rainy and overcast that day, which actually worked to my advantage. Due to the weather, the beach was empty. When we walked over the dunes to the ocean side of the beach, we saw that we had what was essentially our own private island all to ourselves. There could not be a more perfect setting for what would be one of the best moments in both our lives. I laid out the blanket and we had some snacks before I asked Kayla to take a walk on the beach. It was right there, on that private beach, where I got down on one knee and asked Kayla, the absolute love of my life, to spend the rest of her life with me. Luckily, she said yes!

Photography: Melanie Gabrielle | Museum: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens