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Naturally Elegant Midwestern Wedding

Weddings are filled with once in a lifetime emotions, and this affair captured by Brett Heidebrecht is no exception. Kylie Swanson designed an effortlessly elegant day overflowing with natural textures, from the Bride’s Jim Hjelm gown, to the ribbon tied Birdie Blooms, this Midwestern soiree is tactile perfection. One look at this gallery and already I’m counting down the minutes until my very on “I Do”.

From the beautiful Bride… I think I would have to say that the vision I had for our wedding day was elegant but natural. I am a sucker for textures, so I really tried to tie that in with every aspect of my design. From my wedding dress, to the florals, to the bridesmaids dresses, and the tapestries. It all turned out even better than I could have imagined. With the help of the styling direction from Kylie Swanson and the amazing eye of birdie florals it all tied together and Brett captured it all elegantly with his keen eye for simplicity and lighting.

The day was filled with so much raw and once in a lifetime emotion. From the moment I read a letter from my future husband the emotions sprung out. Moments such as my Mom zipping up my wedding dress and seeing my Dad give his baby away and allowing someone else fill his shoes were some that boldly are displayed in my memory of that day. Seeing my husband Brett for the first time on our wedding day was the best of them all and it was even better when I became his wife. Moments like those are ones you want to keep forever and Brett’s photographs captured them perfectly and also will allow me to have small glimpses into those precious memories for the rest of my life.

Photography: Brett Heidebrecht | Event Design: Kylie Swanson | Floral Design: Birdie Blooms | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Cake: Amy Cakes | Invitations: Katherine McKenzie | Ceremony Venue: Crossings Chapel | Reception Venue: Gaillardia | Shoes: Kate Spade | Makeup Artist: Dalinda Cox | Band: Lower 40 | Grooms Attire: Ralph Lauren | Guitarist: Joe Hopper | Rentals: Marianne's Rentals

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Favorite NFL Weddings on SMP!

With the big game just days away, we’re standing at the sidelines ready to kickoff the Superbowl festivities. And in true SMP fashion, we decided to roundup some of our favorite NFL weddings EVER. No matter who you’re rooting for this weekend, I think it’s fair to say these weddings are all hall-of-fame worthy. See who made the cut below!

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Something Blue Fall Winery Wedding

When it comes to meaningful details, this wedding reigns king. Case in point? The bride’s “something blue” bouquet made even more beautiful by Lux Events And Design. She had the bride’s family and fiance write one word to describe her, and had each sentiment embroidered on blue silk ribbons. It’s about the coolest accessory a bride could ever ask for, and you can see even more amazing ideas captured by Megan Welker.


From The Bride… Where do I begin? There were so many special details and moments of the day. Let’s start with details. One of my favorite details was my bouquet. My wedding planner surprised me with my “something blue”. She had secretly asked my family and Ryan for one word that described me. She then took those special words from each of the special people in my life and had them embroidered on to hand cut silk ribbons. When she presented it to me, I was filled with tears and joy. It was such a special touch.

A few other details that I just loved was the guest place card display. The winery where we were married made olive oil and each guest received a bottle as there place card. Each bottle was placed in a small linen bag and adorned with a handwritten tag and displayed on a vintage dresser and arch. Each guest got to take home a part of the wineries bounty of olive trees. One of the moments that felt special was being surrounded by my beautiful bridesmaids. Each and everyone of them are so important to me and I am forever grateful for their love and support they show me.

Another favorite moment of the day is when the photographer took Ryan and I out to the middle of the vineyard at sunset. She wanted to snap some pictures of just the two of us surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the winery. Being in the middle of the vineyard gave us a minute to take in the beautiful day and everything that was surrounding us, friends family, and nature!

Photography: Megan Welker Photography | Videographer: Golden Arrow Films | Event Design: Lux Events And Design | Florist: Paradise Florist | Wedding Dress: The White Dress | Cake: Le Le Patisserie | Caterer: SBB Gourmet | Invites: Noteworthy Letterpress | Jewelery: Mark Patterson | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Town And Country | Signs: Laurenish Designs | Vintage Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals | Winery: Sunstone Winery

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Live SMP Interview with Molly Sims!

We count every day a special one here at SMP, but when that day involves our very own Abby Larson interviewing Molly Sims for AOL BUILD? That, dear SMPers, is cause for celebration. She’s catching up with Molly on her new book, top beauty secrets, adventures in mommyhood, and everything in between. We’re live-streaming starting at 3pm EST so you don’t miss a beat, and you can join the conversation in the comments or with #BUILDSERIES










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