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Elegant Halloween Wedding Inspiration

If I’m being honest, “elegance” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I think of a Halloween shoot. But thanks to the style-driven vision of Heather Benge Events, we’re proving this spooky-scary holiday can lend some pretty gorgeous inspiration for the Big Day and beyond. F. Dellit Designs put together the blooms, For Heavens Cake crafted the sweets, and Awake Photography snapped the goodies here.

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From Heather Benge EventsFor this inspiration shoot, I decided to incorporate the colors of Halloween in an elegant way. With this dramatic holiday falling on a Friday this year and a Saturday next year, I figured combining the colors we all relate to Halloween with some simple elegance could make a big statement. In my opinion, it did! Black, Peach, White and lots of greenery really gave the shoot the elegance I was after. We decided to shoot out in a field to really show off our design and concept without it getting lost in a venue.

It was pouring rain the whole day, but for a brief moment (literally about 15 minutes) it decided to ease up and left us with the most dramatic sky. The stationery suite was designed with a bold stripe to give a modern feel. The tablescape incorporated lots of gold details with high and low floral elements. My favorite design element of the whole shoot are the Mr. and Mrs. chairs. The silhouette decals are unique and tell a story.

You immediately know when looking at the table which chairs are for the bride and groom. Fits the theme perfectly, don’t you think? This concept started out as a tiny idea earlier this year when a bride hired me to design their wedding the day after Halloween. I thought how fun it would be to use the holiday as an inspiration in an unexpected way. I couldn’t be more happy with how this shoot turned out. Hope you enjoy the photos!

Photography: Awake Photography | Floral Design: F. Dellit Designs | Wedding Dress: The Princess Bridal | Cake: For Heavens Cake | Hair And Makeup: Hey Lovely | Concept & Design: Heather Benge Events | Furniture Rentals: Re'Luv'd Designs | Property: Re'Luv'd Designs | Stationary Suite: My Urban Invites

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An Ode to Halloween: Our Favorite Black Gowns

Truth be told, we struggle with Halloween around these parts. Spooky and scary doesn’t always equal stylish. BUT we will never turn away a good reason to celebrate, so today, in honor of this ghoulish holiday, we will raise our goblets filled with witches brew (aka champagne) to some of the most stunning black gowns you ever did see on SMP. We promise they’ll give you the good kind of chills.

Our Favorite Black Gowns
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11 Beaded Dresses to Love

A bride’s wedding day is her chance to look exceedingly glamorous, and there’s no better way to stand out from the crowd than with a gown dripping in beads. A beaded gown makes a bride sparkle for her walk down the aisle and always looks luxurious. With so many lovely choices out there, we pulled together 11 of our favorites from our amazing new Look Book!

11 of the Best Beaded Dresses
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Charming English Countryside Wedding in Yorkshire

Since becoming a devoted Downton Abbey fan, English countryside weddings captivate me more than ever. It’s something about the pomp and circumstance, not to mention the timeless charm, and this summertime affair is no exception. Sandra Rose styled the florals, M And J Photography snapped the photos, and the results? Well, let’s just say it’d give Lady Mary Crawley’s wedding a run for its money.

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From The Bride…When Ross and I first got engaged, the big question was “Where was the wedding going to be?” With us living in the US, but being from two different countries it was anyone’s guess where we would get married. I am originally from the northeast of England and moved over to the US over 5 years ago and Ross is Ohio born and bred, so it made picking the perfect location for our wedding a little tricky.

Without any intention yet to marry in the UK, we stumbled upon Middleton Lodge online before we had really even thought about wedding planning. We were blown away by the images of the venue and thought the place looked amazing. After a quick phone call to my parents back home, they were on their way to check it out. We knew Middleton Lodge was the perfect place to say our “I do’s” so we made the decision to book the venue without even seeing it for ourselves. It was a decision we do not regret. The venue itself is breathtaking, with its quintessential British charm that has been meticulously maintained by its owners and staff. It is beautiful!

From the start, planning the wedding was easy. From finding my dress here in Ohio, to picking out the flowers and giant illuminated letters to all the other little details. We had a clear vision that we wanted the wedding to feel laid back yet elegant and romantic. It is crazy to think that we did it all from the other side of the world…but walking into the marquee for our reception and seeing all the little details come together to create a beautiful setting for our big day was amazing. I wish I could have paused that moment.

The day was fabulous. The great British weather held out and we had glorious sunshine all day, our guests from the US loved experiencing some real English countryside (and other parts of Europe for those who decided to make the most of their trip and turn it into a vacation). We heard nothing but great things from all of our guests, everyone had so much fun and everything was just perfect and created such a memorable day for everyone – but especially us.

Middleton Lodge was the ideal setting to be married in grand style but with an intimate atmosphere.

Photography: M And J Photography | Florist: Sandra Rose | Wedding Cake: Dreamworld Cakes | Stationery: Emma Gay Of Yellow Door Creative | Reception Venue: Middleton Lodge | Shoes: Saint Lauren | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Middleton Lodge | Hair: Claire At Contemporary Yarm | Groom's Suit: Bonobos | Belt, Hair Piece & Veil: Sara Gabriel | Bridal Gown: Jenny Yoo (from La Jeune Mariee, Columbus) | Bridesmaid's Totebags: Not On The High Street | Bridesmaids Bathrobe's: Victoria's Secret | Cuff Links: Tiffany & Co. | Favours - Traditional British Candy In Kraft Bags: Etsy | Flower Girl Banner: BHLDN | Flower Girl Outfit: Autograph By M&S | Gifts To Bridal Party - Bracelets: BHLDN | Guest Book: Oh No Rachio | His & Hers Signs: BHLDN | J&R Lights: Coco Luminaire | Mr & Mrs Cutlery: BHLDN | Table Decor - Sourced By Florist: BHLDN

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