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Elegant New York City Fall Wedding

I’ve heard my fair share of wedding wisdom, but this Bride’s advice – to find one moment of peace in the middle of your wedding day, to candidly bask in your joy – is one I’ll take to heart. I trust her, for when you look through these pics of her classic NYC wedding, captured by Ashley Kelemen and Luke Lindgren Cinematography, I’m pretty sure she was living the dream.

From Ashley Kelemen… Erin and Tucker are a dream couple. They’re wildly in love, super laid back and have incredible taste. They pulled together an intimate, family-centric day full of laughter and chic details, with special touches like the vintage trolley to move their bridal party around the city. All in all, their beautiful, classically New York wedding was a day to remember.

From The Bride… Tucker and I have been together for just short of a decade, since our sophomore year at Villanova University, and we both felt it very important that the wedding feel very us. We were very excited to incorporate specific elements that would really resonate with our guests, from the allusions to Villanova to the personalized guest book chronicling our lives and lineage, starting as far back as our grandparents’ weddings. From the beginning I wanted the details to feel unique and interesting but not distracting from the importance of the day itself.

I worked really hard to strike what I felt was the perfect balance of classic and contemporary. The church and ceremony were very traditional and sentimental; the priest who performed our homily married my parents, one of my aunts, and my sister and brother-in-law, and baptized my siblings, my goddaughter, and myself. My father walked me down the aisle to Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary at the suggestion of St Francis’ music director; thinking of the organ pouring out the first few notes still brings tears to my eyes. At the reception, the tables were named after places that meant a lot to us at school and I surprised Tucker with a groom’s cake in the shape of the Villanova V. I loved that the day’s loose theme was also reflective of our current life in New York City, with a black, white and navy color scheme throughout, and a skyline motif running through the programs, menus and placecards. Being on the water was crucial to both of us, which is why we were incredibly excited when the clouds parted and the rain stopped shortly before the ceremony, to make way for a gorgeous NYC sunset overlooking the Statue of Liberty. By the time we finished portraits and joined cocktail hour, we were ready to party. I had Roz stay and take off my cathedral veil and throw my hair into a massive bun so that I could dance. We had a big dancing faction among our friends and family and really appreciated that our band understood our boogying needs and provided one smash hit after another.

We were so fortunate to work with such incredible vendors. I was lucky enough to meet Ashley when she was still a New Yorker working in fashion sales. I always admired her passion for photography and was beyond excited when she made the transition to shooting weddings full time. She introduced us to Luke who’s responsible for our amazing wedding videos – people still call me in tears when they watch for the first time. We enjoyed them so much at the end of the night we convinced the two of them to drop their gear and party with us through the after party and into the early hours. It gave my perfectionist side a lot of relief to know that we were working with such talented vendors who executed every element of the day with beauty and elegance. If I had one piece of advice it would be to find one tiny, intimate moment of peace in the middle of the day and candidly bask in your own joy… and if at all possible, have someone capture it on film.

Overall, it was an absolutely incredible day and if it were possible, I’d live it over and over indefinitely. In the eternal words of Biggie Smalls, “it was all a dream.”

Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Videography: Luke Lindgren Cinematography | Florist: House Of Flowers | Cakes: Cornerstone Bakery | Invitations: Write On Larchmont | Invitations: Designers Fine Press | Ceremony: The Church Of Saint Francis Xavier | Reception Venue: Battery Gardens | Brides Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids Dresses: Tadashi Shoji | Makeup: Imane Fiocchi Of The Beauty Exchange | Band: Twilight | Grooms Shoes: Hugo Boss | Bridal Veil: Valentino | Brides Gown: Yaki Ravid | Dress Shop: Bridal Reflection | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Getting Ready Venue: Andaz Wall Street | Grooms Cufflinks And Bowtie: Hermes | Grooms Tuxedo: J. Crew | Photography Assistance: Alan Barrington Evans | Programs, Menus & Placecards: Minted | Table Cards: The Love Paper Co. | Transportation: Jake's Limo

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Romantic Fall Durham Ranch Wedding

For a girl who always thought she’d one day elope, this bride managed to find the ultimate happy medium. Think an intimate celebration in the Napa countryside with long, family-style tables that made every guest feel right at home. Of course, the day couldn’t have gone off so beautifully without the talents of Bustle Events, Lavender & MintPaula LeDuc and Twigss, and the captures from Sylvie Gil completely speak for themselves. More in the gallery!

From The Bride…Firstly, I will say I never thought I would be a bride. I assumed that if I did find my life partner (I can be picky) that we’d sneak away to a beach in Bali and elope. That being said, as soon as I had that ring on my finger and Ryan and I started day dreaming about a small intimate ceremony in the Napa countryside, we never looked back. We are both from Texas but we recently moved to San Francisco with our company and we love taking drives up to Sonoma and Napa on the weekend to enjoy the beauty and majesty of all the nooks and crannies of the small towns and hiking trails. When we decided on Napa I found Erin at Bustle Events through the SMP blog and she suggested we look at Durham Ranch, as soon as I saw the stately drive lined by Cypress trees I knew that was the place I would marry my best friend. Ken Fulk and his team have created an effortlessly chic Napa hideaway that begs you never to leave, although I am not sure he would prefer not to have us as permanent house guests.

Erin and her amazing team helped me put personal touches throughout the wedding, but I truly think our wedding was the perfect mix of delicate beauty and rock n’roll. Two highlights were the band and the gorgeous floral chandelier Twiggs designed for over the dance floor. Ryan and I are both avid music fans, he actually self-published a book of music poetry (A Circus Mind) and one of our all-time favorite bands is the Talking Heads. We looked all over the place for a Talking Heads cover band and finally Erin found the Naïve Melodies and they were perfect! My favorite part of the reception was dancing to This Must Be The Place under the gorgeous chandelier of lilies and garden roses. Also I loved the leather touches throughout the event, especially the strips of leather that acted like place cards and the fact that I was able to wear my leather jacket over my dress for a couple of the pictures.

The most memorable part was exchanging our vows. Ryan and I decided to write our own vows and one of our very best friends officiated the ceremony and it was truly magical. The sun was setting right as we walked down the aisle together as husband and wife was a moment to be remembered. I am filled with gratitude for the beauty of the day and for the amazing staff with Paula Le Duc and of course Team Bustle.  Ryan and I met at work about 4 years ago and we were instant friends. Ryan has a truly dynamic personality, he’s the funniest person I’ve ever met, and I knew immediately that I wanted to be around anyone that could make me laugh like he did. I had a boyfriend when Ryan and I first met, but I fell in love with him at a music festival in 2011 and it was in Gulf Shores Alabama listening to Paul Simon that I think we both realized that we were supposed to be together and so we were. Ryan proposed in Paris in October of 2013. Ryan is not much of a planner, but October 21st, 2013 was a day for the record books. We woke up and had breakfast at Café de Flore, walked to Musee D’orsay, secured a lock on Pont des Arts and eventually ended up relaxing around the pool in the Luxembourg Garden. I eventually fell asleep on Ryan’s shoulder and he woke me up and walked me to a bench where he had a friend sneakily waiting to take pictures and he proposed. To say I was stunned would be an understatement, but it was one of the most amazing days of my life.

I found my dress at Marina Morrison in San Francisco. My best friend and maid of honor, Lauren, actually picked out my wedding dress. We walked in to the Marina Morrison showroom and the Austin Scarlett ball gown I wore was on the center mannequin and she said “YOU HAVE TO TRY THAT ON”. As soon as I slipped on the dress and came out of the fitting room, Lauren started crying and she is not typically one for tears. Austin Scarlett definitely knows how to flatter a woman’s figure but still make her feel classically chic. As soon as I saw myself in the main showroom mirrors that was my dress. I actually had the opportunity to meet Austin the week before my wedding and he was the one who suggested I wear my hair half up and down, that was my celebrity moment!

All my vendors were beyond amazing- from the invitations featuring a sketch of Durham Ranch, the brain child of Lily Lasuzzo, owner of Lavender and Mint stationary in Houston, TX to the stunning photos produced by Sylvie Gil. Sylvie and her team actually became our wedding guests and I am pretty sure my friends would have preferred she stay until midnight with the rest of us dancing the night away! I also can’t say enough about Twiggs and the beautiful floral arrangements they created, the chandelier was an epic display of beauty and their creativity. Paula De Luc of course produced an amazing experience and even better food, those PB&J macaroons are truly sinful they are so good. Tom Foolery and their photo booth were also a hit, I think I took easily 100 snaps that night! It has to be said nothing would have come to fruition without Erin Taylor and Team Bustle. Erin is beyond amazing and her creativity, organization and responsiveness are all a bride could ever hope for. I am in awe of Erin and she will be a friend for life!

Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Wedding Planner: Bustle Events | Wedding Dress: Austin Scarlett | Cakes : Fox and Fawn | Invitations: Lavender & Mint | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Two Birds | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair & Makeup: Carrie Aldous | Calligraphy : Julie Song | Durham Ranch: Durham Ranch | Florals : Twigss

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Mindy Weiss’ Top 2015 Wedding Trends

When it comes to predicting the wedding trends, Mindy Weiss knows her stuff. From celebrity soirees to some of our favorite SMP affairs (like this one, and this one), she’s always one step ahead and is popping by to share her predictions for the upcoming year. Think elegant details, deep jewel-tones, romantic decor, watercolorombre and more. Treat yourself to ALL of Mindy and 2015 picks in the video below, and get even more on Wedding Paper Divas!









Designer Spotlight from the SMP Look Book + A Giveaway + Discounts!

If there’s one thing I miss most about planning my wedding, it’s getting to sift through gorgeous dresses all day long. Truth be told, since the release of our new + improved Look Book, I’m back to perusing the pretty — from bridesmaid dresses to wedding gowns and everything in between! Today, we’re introducing you to three fabulous Look Book designers — say hello to Wtoo and Love Marley by Watters, Durga-Kali + Julie Vino.

For over 30 years, Watters has been a highly sought after brand in the bridal wear market thanks to their hand-stitched details, luxe fabrics and innovative designs. With brands such as Wtoo and Love Marley, Watters offers brides and bridesmaids some of the most gorgeous dresses out there. Designed for the independent + trend-drive bride, the Love Marley label features dresses that are relaxed yet romantic and reflect a bride’s unique personality. See the full collections in the Look Book! With a huge range of styles and silhouettes there’s a Watters dress for each and every bride. Ready for something really exciting? You could win a gorgeous Little White Dress from Watters!


What: Watters is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Little White Dress from their Encore collection (choice of PoseyPratoCamelliaIrisGuava or Hydrangea. Value of $500.)  How: Comment on this post with your favorite LWD and where you’d want to wear it! A winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, April 3, 2015 in our Social Hour. Good luck!

Let me introduce you all to the brand that’s taking the world of ho-hum bridesmaid dresses and turning it on its head: Durga-Kali. Get this: all 24 of the styles turn into little black dresses (even the long ones!) so when the big day is done, your ladies will be able to wear these pretty little numbers over and over again.  Offered in a ton of colors, two different fabrics and both matte and shiny finishes, this line of dresses from Durga-Kali is a game changer. They even have options for brides. See the full line here!

Made in the USA, these adorable designs fit like contemporary ready to wear dresses so there’s no guesswork when it comes to size and choosing the most flattering silhouette. Wondering how it works? Check out their video here and be sure to visit Durga-Kali on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest for tons of inspiration and eye candy. Ready to start shopping? Well now’s the time because Durga-Kali is offering our readers 15% off all orders submitted before April 15, 2015! To redeem, simply use code SMP15 at checkout. Oh There’s more!
the-giveaway Durga-Kali is giving away a reversible bridesmaid dress for your bridal party! To enter, visit their Facebook page.  All entries must be received by April 15th. Good luck lovelies.

Last but certainly not least, we’re introducing you all to Tel-Aviv based bridal designer Julie Vino and SMP is giving you a super sneak peek into her new styles arriving this summer! This soon-to-be-released collection of gowns are detail-oriented, unique and simply breathtaking. To see past and current Julie Vino collections, head over to the Look Book. Featuring stunning detail work and amazing silhouettes, the gowns from the newest Julie Vino line are truly out-of-this-world. Between the four gorgeous collections (Desert Rose, Mystic Dusk, Urban + Empire) Julie Vino has made it easy for every bride to find her dream wedding dress. To learn how you could be one of the first brides to get the chance to try these beauties on, call 1.844.JVBride. Sponsored-Post