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An Azur + Coral Destination Wedding on the French Riviera

Settle in dear readers, because this celebration has got style and sophistication for days. From the colorful pink peonies to the regal azure blue gowns, it’s the South of France like you’ve never seen it before and Greg Finck has snapped it all to share. A day effortlessly orchestrated by Wanderlust Wedding for Sparkle Shine Events, we’ve got every charming bit waiting to bewilder you in The Vault!

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From the Bride… Being a wedding planner, I knew exactly how I wanted our wedding to be: intimate, meaningful and beautiful. In order to create the wedding of our dreams, I chose a faraway destination, the French Riviera. For the venue, I found a stunning, Art Deco villa turned five-star, boutique hotel sitting directly on the Mediterranean Sea that F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in while he wrote Tender is The Night. With a location that had a mesmerizing background and historical significance, I chose to add many unique details to make our wedding truly unforgettable.

For the theme, I chose to compliment the surrounding Mediterranean Sea by utilizing shades of blue. From the custom, acrylic drink stirrers that spelled out “oui,” watercolor menus that also functioned as place cards, custom watercolor crest, miniature satchels filled with dried lavender to toss during the ceremony recessional, the Scotch and cigar bar, late night bites of mini burgers and pommes frites, my Monique Lhuillier dress, and the French wording on our invitations, each of these details (plus many more) paid tribute to our personalities, our hometown of Houston, Texas, and the destination.

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Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Wedding Planning: Wanderlust Wedding | Bride's Shoes: Aquazzura | Makeup: Kelly McClain | Hair: Kellee McDonald | DJ: Thomas Dusseune | Groom's Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | String Quartet: Lady's Orchestra | Wedding Venue: Hotel Belles Rives | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Custom Crest: Karli Strohschein and Rachelle Youd Designs | Floral Design + Decor: Morgan at Big Day | Invitations + Programs + Menus: Confetti Grey | Photobooth: VIP Box | Rental: Options | Ribbons: Orchidee De Soie | Stationary + Calligraphy: Emory Lane Designs

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10 Vintage Home Goods You’ll Want on Your Registry

Here at SMP, we spend a crazy amount of time each week perusing Food52, a place where food lovers and artisans come together for some of the greatest recipes + products ever.  So when it came time to put together a list of our fave vintage finds, well… we knew just where to turn.  Meet 10 Vintage Home Goods You’ll Want (ahem, NEED) on Your Registry, Food52 style. This is going to be sooo good.

I’m fairly certain that adding anything to your home from the Food52 lineup of expertly curated products instantly transforms your space into the chic abode you always knew it could be. That’s because Food52 is all about heritage brands and small boutiques that really put the quality into every.single.piece. So whether you’re eyeing that Vintage Copper French Tea Kettle or really, really, really want to get your hands on those adorable Milk Bottles (that’s me), you can trust in Food52 to deliver those show-stopping must-haves that need to make an appearance on your registry.  Not to mention that Food52 makes it sooo easy to register with the option to peruse products by room or collections AND a gift tracking tool where you can see shipping info.  They even offer 10% off the Food52 Shop for 6 months post-wedding. Did I mention they’re my everything?

Registering for your Big Day is one thing, but really taking the time to turn that house into a home with Food52’s beautiful products and fab perks is another.  Do yourselves a big, big favor and head to Food52 to peruse all of the awesome (there’s a lot of it), then start your registry and begin adding each and every one of these amazing vintage finds to the list.  You’ll be spicing up your home with pretty, pretty pieces AND the amazing stories that go along with them. (Hint: that’s beyond awesome.)

1. Vintage Butter Spreader (Photography: Rocky Luten) 2. Vintage French Kitchen Towels, Set of 2 (Photography: Rocky Luten + Bobbi Lin) 3. Handwoven Moroccan Basket (Photography: James Ransom + Rocky Luten) 4. Vintage Copper French Tea Kettle, Late 19th Century (Photography: Rocky Luten) 5. Vintage Zinc Bin (Photography: Bobbi Lin + James Ransom) 6. Vintage Glass Jam Jars (Photography: Rocky Luten) 7. Vintage Seltzer Bottle (Photography: Mark Weinberg) 8. Vintage French Oyster Basket (Photography: Mark Weinberg) 9. Vintage Moroccan Aluminum Platter (Photography: Bobbi Lin and Alpha Smoot) 10. Vintage French Milk Bottles, Set of 2 (Photography: Rocky Luten)

An Engineer Designed One Epic Proposal with 360 Lightbulbs

When Whitney’s engineer boyfriend Zach planned a “Will you marry me?” moment, he knew an ordinary proposal wouldn’t do. Instead, he worked to design a sign of 10-foot steel letters lit up with 360 lightbulbs. The install took 36 hours of work, but for Zach every second was worth the “yes” from Whitney. Jose Villa captured the result that’s officially brought us all to tears.

From the Bride-to-be, Whitney… Zach is an engineer and a creative mastermind. He told me that he knew he wanted to do something with lights to propose. His first idea was the hang 10ft letters off the side of the cliff, inside this cove on the coast. However, after many prototypes, the engineering wasn’t working, so he went on to version two: The Sign.

“Zach walked 60,000 steps in those

36 hours putting the sign together,

and installed all 360 lightbulbs by hand.”

He designed the entire sign (the exact size and font of the steels letters, the structure that held the letters, and all of the electrical engineering) on his own. At first he hoped to weld the letters himself, but as time was running out, he outsourced the welding to a local shop a few miles south. After the letters were complete, he took 36 hours to completely build and install the wires and electrical circuiting to actually get this sign to light up.Zach walked 60,000 steps in those 36 hours putting the sign together, and installed all 360 lightbulbs by hand.

The proposal happened on a Wednesday, so from the beginning, he totally threw me off. He told me he needed to go down to his parents’ house on Tuesday to meet with them about a few things, and that I should come down on Wednesday night for dinner. As I was driving down after work, he asked if I could stop and grab dinner (little did I know he was delaying me!), then as I got closer, he told me that he would meet me at the top of the driveway.

I got in the car and as we were driving down the road, he convinced me to go down to the beach even at 7:30pm. We casually walked about 500 steps, and then just as we turned the bend, BOOM, the sign! I froze. I literally didn’t think it was for me! Then, he got down on one knee and asked the big question.

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography

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A Colorful Country Chic Summer Celebration

Sure we may be in the depths of fall, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have summer on the brain. Thanks to this colorful Camp Lucy celebration from Mint Photography we’ll be dreaming of eternal sunshine, dreamy decor, and crazy colorful blooms for, like, ever. Get lost in the pretty (and don’t miss out on the beautiful film from Nathan Willis Wedding Films below!) via The Vault!

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Ranch
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Elegant

From Mint Photography Kerri and Clay’s elegant but colorful summer wedding was a breath of fresh air! We absolutely adore neutrals trust us! But this pop of color for a beautiful summer wedding day was just what we needed! Camp Lucy is so lush with greenery during the summer months that the setting was just show stopping naturally! Between the stunning decor and florals, the ridiculously gorgeous and easy going couple!, and the fun dance party… This wedding was heaven from start to finish!

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Photography: Mint Photography | Cinematography: Nathan Willis Wedding Films | Coordination: Kim Hunt | Floral Design: Whim Florals | Cake: Sweet Treets | Makeup: maris malone calderón | makeup artist | Hair: Andrea Juarez | Band: Taboo Austin | Wedding Venue: Camp Lucy | Bridal Gown: Matthew Christopher | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Rentals: Whim Florals

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