View Posts By:




SMP Blogger Bride: A Dash of Detail’s Costa Rica Honeymoon

When the wedding’s over there is only one thing left to do: Honeymoon. It’s Ali from A Dash of Details back to share all the details on our amazing Honeymoon at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica. We spent a few extra days recovering in Arizona before we jetted off to Costa Rica to enjoy the amazing sunshine and beautiful beaches on the Peninsula Papagayo.

When deciding on a spot to celebrate our Honeymoon, we had two things in mind: Travel time and relaxation. When we found out that Costa Rica was only a four hour flight, we knew it was the perfect destination to unplug and relax! When we arrived at the Four Seasons Costa Rica we were greeted with mango smoothies, cool towels and a beautiful and completely renovated lobby. For a girl who loves interior design, the mosaic wall and contemporary furniture were major eye candy.

We spent most of our seven days enjoying our bungalow, at the beach, in the pool, and the spa completely unplugged and in newlywed bliss. While we planned to fill most of our days with relaxing activities, we did schedule some fun adventures while on the peninsula. The first night of our Honeymoon we tried stand up paddle boarding with LED lights to see into the water. We ventured out in to the water right after sunset and saw so many beautiful fish. I highly recommend taking the kayaks, paddle boards, and surf boards out for a spin. Another must-have adventure activity in Costa Rica is zip lining. We made it through the jungle course through in rain and sunshine. It was such an exhilarating experience! The last activity we signed up for was the adventure cycling. The Four Seasons offers free activities everyday for their guests to enjoy the full Pura Vida experience. The 4 mile bike ride through the jungle was a highlight! We even encountered a few White-Faced monkeys.

The beaches at the Four Seasons Costa Rica are so picturesque. We ended up spending most of our days on hammocks on the private beach at the Four Seasons Beach Club. We even ended up staying to witness the most colorful sunset.

After the entire wedding planning process, a relaxing honeymoon was just what we needed to start off our marriage on the right foot! Whether its a staycation or honeymoon in Costa Rica, be sure to take a few moments with your new hubby or wife and enjoy being married! I loved being able to share my wedding process with all of you lovely Style Me Pretty readers. Be sure to stay up to date on our life after the wedding over on A Dash of Details.

See Ali’s Journey down the aisle

Get to know the Bride | Engagement | Bridal Shower | Rehearsal Dinner Dress | DIY Flower Crown | Bridal fitness

Coverup: Eberjey | Resort: Four Seasons Costa Rica | Robe: Eberjey | Sandals: J.Crew | Swimsuit: L.Space

Ali Bronska

Blogger Bride
From the pages of the
{ The latest from our most exclusive, hand-picked list of vendors }
Floral Inspired Engagement Session at Chatham Manor

I’ll never turn down pretty pics (and believe me, our VAULT has the goods) but I’m always eager for more. I want the details; how did they meet, who approached who, was it love at first sight? And in this case, knowing that back story makes Michael & Carina’s pics that much better. She was his waitress, tossing aside napkins scribbled with his number over and over again until one day, she gave him a chance, and well, the rest is a love-filled history – see all that magic and more right this way!

From Michael And Carina Photography… Virginia is for lovers and this is exactly what this engagement session is all about. The sun was setting over the historic Chatham Manor gardens as we photographed Laken and Michael’s engagement session. There were flowers and greenery blooming there, creating the most dreamy tunnels and pathways. The rose colors paired perfectly with Laken’s delicate jewelry and romantic dresses. Virginia is for lovers – and romance in sun-drenched gardens is our favorite for sure!

From the Bride-to-be… I met Michael at the start of my senior year of college. I was his waitress and he was the cute freshman who kept leaving me his phone number. After several orders of wings and thrown away napkins with numbers scribbled on them I finally gave in and called him. For the rest of that year we were inseparable. And while neither of us referred to the other as our boyfriend or girlfriend, instead I constantly called him my best friend, that’s exactly what we were. After graduation I moved several hours away and while we were no longer together, we never really grew apart. He was usually the first person I talked to every morning and the last one at night. After a couple years of trips to visit, other relationships that never felt right, and a million ‘I miss yous’ we finally made it official again and never looked back.

Michael completely surprised me with his proposal. We spent Michael’s birthday stuck in hours of traffic driving up to spend Thanksgiving with his family. When we finally parked the car and were carrying in our bags I told Michael I was sorry his birthday hadn’t been very fun. He responded that it was fine, but there was actually one thing that would make it perfect and he dropped to one knee on the front porch of his childhood home with his whole family waiting inside to celebrate. We knew we wanted a long engagement so we could enjoy being engaged without all the stress. And when we realized September 24th, 2016 was a Saturday we knew we had found our date. We will be able to celebrate our marriage with our family and friends exactly eight years from our first date back on September 24th, 2008.

Peruse more enchanting engagements right this way!

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Hair And Makeup: DIY | Venue: Chatham Manor | Dress I: Rent The Runway | Dress II: Anthropologie | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

Our Fave Manolo Blahnik Shoes for the Bride

Carrie Bradshaw knew her stuff when it came to designer shoes, but she’s not the only one who can rock a pair of Manolos like nobody’s business. SMP Brides have proven Manolo Blahniks can be the ultimate accessory for the Big Day, and today we’re revisiting our absolute faves. Prepare to squeal, shoe lovers.

Manolos for the Bride
View Slideshow
Manolos for the Bride
View Slideshow


Bridal Shoes Worth Showing Off | 20 Wedding Shoes That Wow | Lovely Lace Shoes

Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club Wedding

Oh, Esther Sun. You just get us. The way you capture a wedding like a work of art, and leave us with image after image of light-filled perfection. And while you’re certainly no stranger to the pages of SMP, this San Diego fête might just be my favorite. Readers, head on over to THE VAULT for all the images, and let’s thank our lucky stars for vendors like Très Chic Affairs and Moments In Bloom who make this kind of pretty happen.


From The Bride… Sam and I met through mutual friends at happy hour one night at TGI Friday’s. I had just started graduate school and wasn’t looking for a serious relationship. The night that we met, the chemistry was instant. There was just something about him that I instantly gravitated to; he was charming, driven, incredibly smart and full of life. It was in those first few weeks that we knew we had both found someone special; that person we both had been praying for. In our first month of dating, we adopted a Lab, met each other’s parents, booked a three-month Southeast Asia trip, and never looked back. Sam proposed on April 26, 2014 along Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara with a custom ring he had designed with my mother. I had just passed my thesis defense the day before and felt like THE happiest girl ever!

When we were engaged, we started looking high and low for the perfect venue – San Francisco and the Bay Area, Santa Barbara, LA, and even briefly considered a destination wedding in Mexico. Ultimately, we chose San Diego because this was the place where Sam and I went to college, where we met and where our relationship first started. We knew San Diego would eventually be home for us and what better place to get married than at the country club where Sam spent many of his weekends playing golf.

I instantly fell in love with the country club upon my first visit. The ornate gold chandeliers, large french windows and outdoor lush garden gazebo went with the romantic and cozy feel we wanted for our wedding and complimented our muted color palate of blush, greys and soft greens. We wanted our décor to be very personal and selected items we knew we’d eventually display in our home. Over the months, we made multiple trips to antique and thrift stores searching for vintage frames, trays and dishes. Our favorite find was the large antique gold frame we used as our escort card display. Backed in natural linen and paired with custom hand calligraphy signs, the frame was one of my favorite items from our wedding and now hangs in our home. We also spent months collecting candle pillars, votives and hurricanes and placed them all over the country club. We must have had hundreds of candles lining the entrance and in the reception!

We wanted our wedding day to be about our friends and family and wanted to honor and thank them for the roles that they have played in our lives. My three best friends and Sam’s sister and sister-in-law served as my bridesmaids, while Sam’s brother served as ‘best man,’ high school best friends served as groomsmen, and adorable six nieces and nephews served as flowers girls and ring bearers.

It was also important to us that the day be about our faith. We are honored to have Sam’s father Job, and brother-in-law, Pat, officiate and be an integral part of our wedding. Some of my fondest memories of wedding planning were those late night Skype calls with Pat where we spent our time together praying over scripture that we ultimately chose for our ceremony. Between the message, our personal vows, prayer of blessing from Sam’s father, and hilarious speeches from our closest friends and family, we truly could not have asked for a more perfect wedding day! All the planning and focusing on the details were absolutely worth it.

Photography: Esther Sun Photography | Cinematography: XOXO Wedding Studio | Event Planning: Très Chic Affairs | Floral Design: Moments In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Edelweiss Bakery | Invitations: Written Word Calligraphy | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club | Hair And Makeup: Kelly Zhang Makeup Team | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | DJ: DJ Sota | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groom's Shoes: John Varvatos | Venue: Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club | Linen Rentals: APR Fine Linens | Paper Goods: Written Word Calligraphy | Photo Booth: Pixster Photo booth | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals - San Diego


These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here