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Cozy Fall Winvian Rehearsal Dinner

Fall is upon us, friends and we’re savoring up all the cozy touches the season has to offer in weddings, engagements and the surrounding events like rehearsal dinners. Layered with plaid throws, copper mugs, secret kisses by little red barns, pulled pork and adorable sheep pairings, this one planned by Bellafare and designed by Matthew Robbins is exactly why we love autumn so. See even more from Heather Waraksa in THE VAULT and stay tuned for the wedding this afternoon!

From Heather WaraksaInspired by a family trip to Jack’s Camp in Botswana. We incorporated layered kilum rugs, white director’s chairs, copper lanterns, and red draping to emulate the unique African feel from the camp they loved so much. Guests dined on family style dishes including braised kale, locally grown vegetables, bbq pulled pork, and flank steak under a red glow throughout the evening. The tablescape was craftfully designed to include copper containers with natural greens, brown apothecary jars with hand painted table numbers, vibrant red chargers, and wooden flatware at each place setting. The Winvian is known for their farm-to-table cuisine, so we thought it was only fitting to incorporate little touches of the farm, like the hand painted gold pigs with kraft paper tags placed on each charger. Immediately following the dinner, guests were invited to join the bonfire, where the party continued over s’mores and mulled wine.

More rehearsal dinners this way!

Photography: Heather Waraksa | Event Design: Matthew Robbins | Event Planning: Bellafare | Stationery: I DO INVITATIONS By Sue Coe Designs | Catering: Winvian | Lighting: Eventlights | Band: Deadly Venoms | Venue: Winvian | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Stationery And Calligraphy: Sue Coe Designs | Tent Rentals: Sperry Tents

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Ethereal Lavender Field Wedding Inspiration

This styled shoot couple? They’re actually a real life duo, and that “groom” had a ring hiding in his pocket the entire time Julie Paisley was snapping behind the camera. He ultimately decided to seal the deal a few days later, but that just made these captures of sweet anticipation all the better. The Vault is your go-to for more images and pinning that vintage Gossamer dress to your heart’s content.

From Julie Paisley… Not every wedding has to be cookie cutter. And, it’s ok to wear color. I’m obsessed with lavender and when I found out that I would be traveling to Oregon and the fields would be in bloom, I KNEW I had to set up a shoot.

I pulled my inspiration from the lavender itself. The vintage dress from Gossamer, the subtile colors in the tie, the florals, it was all just perfect. Of course, having our real life couple, who I found out later that he had an engagement ring in his pocket but was to nervous to propose and waited until a few days later, just added to the shoot. A beautiful location, love and light…sometimes that’s all we need.

Photography: Julie Paisley | Floral Design: Stemm Floral | Wedding Dress: Gossamer | Hair And Makeup: Styled By Chrystal | Venue: Mountainside Lavender Farm


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Montenegro Bay of Kotor Wedding

Friends, I’ve officially been bitten by the travel bug in a serious way. Because not only is this wedding stop-in-your-tracks pretty, but those Bay of Kotor views are straight from a postcard. To top it all off, this wedding photographer turned bride did all the event design herself (you read right!) and that stunning bouquet below? Just a little something she whipped up the morning of. Watch the day unfold with photos by Joseba Sandoval in THE VAULT.


From The Bride… We met each other when studied in the same university, it was such a long time ago so it seems like we were together all our lives! Last August, when we celebrated our 10th anniversary in Paris, Nikita proposed. It was absolutely unexpected and unforgettable! 

We’ve felt like a family for a long time already so our wedding was just a beautiful celebration of our love; an opportunity to gather our closest people together. As I’m a wedding photographer, I knew all about wedding planning and decor and we decided to make everything ourselves. We live in Montenegro currently so there wasn’t a question where to celebrate. We are very happy to live in such a beautiful place, and to be able to enjoy fantastic views of the bay and mountains every day. So, I couldn’t resist to use it as an illustration for our invitations. We also found a cozy little villa on the seaside with the same beautiful view to host our event.

All our guests helped make that day wonderful! On the night before our wedding, girls were helping with flowers, and the boys were helping with the lights. It added a special warm mood to our celebration and we are so grateful for all their help and support! I can’t imagine what we would do without the huge floral help of our friend, Karina.

To be honest, I was a little bit of a crazy bride. I wanted to control everything! And we were really nervous about the weather forecast, but on the wedding morning I was able to relax. I just started that day making my bouquet and although it was raining, but I didn’t care. After a couple of hours it gave way to sunshine and the weather stayed lovely the rest of the day.

It was very interesting to be on the other side of the camera, and I really liked it! Thank you so much to our dream team – Joseba and Mar Sandoval- for helping us to relax and feel so comfortable! They captured these important moments in such beautiful way! 

Photography: Joseba Sandoval | Event Design: Sonya Khegay | Wedding Dress: Rhea Acosta | Stationery: Sonya Khegay | Bride's Shoes: Aerin | Rings: Tiffany | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Kotor Bay | Earrings: Ri Jewel


Bring Your Wedding Photos to Life with Artifact Uprising + A Giveaway!

One of my fave parts of working at SMP is sharing with you lovelies the ah-mazing products we use to fill our homes with happy.  And when it comes to the fabulous Artifact Uprising, that list is, well… never-ending. Imagine everything from crazy cool Wood Calendars to Layflat Photo Albums, all in a variety of price points that make immortalizing your special moments super awesome… and super easy.

There’s saving your pics the old-fashioned way (a folder on your desktop marked “Wedding”) and then there’s Artifact Uprising, a place that takes those Big Day images and helps you display them the way they were meant to be seen, from charming Wood Blocks & Prints to Thank You Cards your nearest and dearest will love receiving.  Not to mention that Artifact Uprising’s fabulous products are available in under $25, under $50 and under $150 categories, so there’s most definitely something for everyone.

Whether you plan on surprising your bridal party with an Instagram Friendly Photo Book post-wedding (they’ll want to remember that epic dance off) or can’t wait to display that Large Format Fine Art Print in your new home, Artifact Uprising will take those special captures and craft a high-quality product that will be sure to wow you and yours… plus everyone you know. (We love.)

So, now that you know that Artifact Uprising is your go-to place for photo goods that are as insanely gorgeous to look at as they are awesome (they so are), head over to their website to start your journey towards prettying up your newlywed home with products that will make your heart happy.  Trust me (and the breathtaking Hardcover Photo Book I just made for my sweet sis), you’re going to love everything.


What: Artifact Uprising is giving away a $500 gift certificate to one lucky reader!  (That’s enough for each of these products, lovelies!) The giveaway starts October 6th and runs through October 20th.

How: Simply enter below!  And don’t forget – all entrants will receive a 10% off code in their inboxes when you enter!  Good luck! xo