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SMP celebrates our ‘Definitely, I Do’ box in style

Last month, Style Me Pretty launched our exclusive ‘I Definitely Do’ box with Birchbox and when it came time to celebrate its success, we simply had to throw a chic get-together! Complete with a beauty try bar, champagne, cupcakes, music and of course, our bridal beauty box, the Birchbox store was packed with bride-to-be’s! There’s still time to get your own ‘‘I Definitely Do’ box full of awesome samples for your special day. Check out a few snaps from the event below!

Photography: Betsi Ewing Photography | Cinematography: Samuel Adams | Floral Design: City Blossoms | Cupcakes: Empire Cake | Calligraphy: Eliza Gwendalyn

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Romantic San Ysidro Ranch Summer Wedding

For these longtime loves, their idea of the ultimate lovefest meant one major outdoor celebration. Planning a stunning affair complete with ocean views and a mountain backdrop, this whimsical hometown fete from Jill and Co. Events will leave dreaming of the Golden state. It’s the ultimate sunny celebration from the lens of from Diana McGregor and it’s blooming with perfectly pink details that have us redefining romance.


From Jill and Co EventsThe Bride and Groom both reside in Santa Barbara, and knew they wanted to share the specialness of their hometown with all of their guests on their big day. After touring multiple venues with her sister, Jenn knew after visiting the San Ysidro Ranch that nothing else could quite compare with the history of the love stories there, as well as the location being nestled between lush gardens with the majestic mountains in the background.

Having a sister as an event photographer, photography was of the utmost importance, and we were thrilled to have Diana McGregor Photography on board with her team to capture all of the moments and details. Anna LePley Taylor created magic with her florals, adding to the ambiance of the San Ysidro Ranch and creating a romantic atmosphere in the Hydrangea Cottage where the intimate group of 60 dined by candlelight. The guests danced the night away under the stars and the beautiful chandeliers provided by Bella Vista Lighting to tunes spun by Gavin Roy of Gavin Roy Productions. It was a perfect day in May with a dream team assembled, and personally so special to be entrusted on executing a beautiful day for a colleague and good friend’s sister.

From the beautiful Bride… Steve and I met in 2003 in the Bay Area when we were 16 years old. We were friends and dated throughout high school, and then moved to Santa Barbara together to attend college and start our careers. The vision for our wedding was soft and romantic, and inspired by the beautiful gardens of San Ysidro Ranch. Since we’ve lived in Santa Barbara for 10 years now, we knew we wanted our wedding to reflect Santa Barbara and what it means to us, and San Ysidro Ranch was it. With a rich history, beautiful backdrop, it’s close relationship to nature, and awesome antiques throughout the location, we knew this was the perfect spot for us and all things we love.

We added soft blues, golds and blushes into our color scheme, and allowed our small wedding party to choose the clothes that were right for them! Our guest list was just right at 60 guests. We initially started out at over 200 guests and decided we wanted to have our wedding for us, and not for everybody else. So, we invited our closest friends and family and had the time of our lives! It was the best decision we could have made!

We wanted to be surrounded by nature, and beautiful gardens are definitely my weakness, so getting married outside among San Ysidro’s beautiful flowers, draping vines, large magnolia and citrus trees, rose bushes, and the Santa Ynez mountains to one side of us, and the Pacific Ocean to the other, was more than enough for us. The minute we stepped onto the property, smelled the floral and citrus scents, heard the birds chirping and the butterflies floating by, we knew it was right for us.

Also, the rich history, beautiful architecture and antiques that surround the property were all reasons why we couldn’t step away from San Ysidro Ranch! The stories that surround the 123 year old property make it all that much more special and closer to Santa Barbara and why we love it here so much. Additionally, the staff, food and wine list at San Ysidro were all added bonuses to what we call our perfect venue.

The flowers were soft and romantic with touches of white, blush and greenery throughout. We used garland on our banquet tables and large arrangements on our round tables during dinner. We also included olive branches on each table setting inside with a matching large olive branch garland along the fireplace inside the Hydrangea Room for dinner, along with large olive branch arrangements during cocktail hour and outside on the patio for dancing. We also included touches of soft draped flowers on our wedding cake with cut green figs and textured frosting.

Photography: Diana McGregor | Coordination: Jill And Co. Events | Floral Design: Anna Le Pley Taylor | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: San Ysidro Ranch | Stationery: Lazaro Press And Designs | Necklace: Zoe Chicco | Catering: San Ysidro Ranch | Makeup Artist: Luna Bella Make Up | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | DJ: GRP | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Officiant: Jon Ireland | Transportation: SB Trolley | Bridal Boutique: M Bride Salon | Bride's Shoes And Clutch: Jimmy Choo | Ceremony & Reception Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Earrings : J. Crew | Guitarist: Ybarra Music | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Photography - Assistance: Michelle Boyd | Rentals: Town And Country

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Best Of Secrets Resorts & Spas + A Special Offer!

With summer in full + fabulous swing, we thought it only right to take a look back at some of our favorite destination weddings from Secrets Resorts & Spas; a place where magical nuptials happen on the daily.  I’m talking glistening beaches, seaside ceremonies + receptions and breathtaking worldwide locales more than perfect for some toes-in-the-sand dancing.  Dream wedding?  Yes, indeed.

Looking for an all-inclusive resort with an endless list of amenities and a team of on-site coordinators that know a thing or two about throwing the perfect wedding?  Then the Secrets Resorts & Spas is IT. Think Adults-only Unlimited-Luxury®, elegant accommodations and breathtaking beach views in spectacular places like Punta Cana and the always amazing Riviera Cancun. From gourmet dining at a plethora of tasty a la carte restaurants to fabulous day + nighttime entertainment to your choice of unlimited premium drinks at the bar and outdoor lounges, Secrets Resorts & Spas has everything (and I mean everything) to keep you AND your guests happy.

Enjoying the sparkling pools and awesome beach concierge at Secrets Resorts & Spas is easy… and so is putting together the perfect wedding with the Secrets Resorts & Spas complimentary wedding package. Say goodbye to cookie cutter resort weddings and hello to the wedding of your dreams with a spectacular lineup of ceremony + reception locations, a fabulous bridal registry, customizable menus and little extras guaranteed to wow each and every one of your guests (think fireworks, cigar rolling and bonfires).  Add in world-class spas by Pevonia and FREE anniversary nights and it’s a perfect wedding in one, two, three.


Contact Secrets Resorts & Spas today to start planning your dream wedding.  And don’t forget – when you book your destination wedding a year or more in advance at one of the breathtaking Secrets Resorts & Spas’ locales, you’ll receive a complimentary cocktail party with a private bartender and hors d’oeuvres for up to 50 guests!  Click here for more info!


Glamorous French Riviera Engagement Session

An engagement on the French Riviera sounds incredible in and of itself. But toss in a chic, glittery champagne gown, a bottle of bubbly and the amazing Greg Finck behind the lens? And it turns into a love sesh that we’re lusting after. Lavender & Rose Weddings planned every pretty bit of this couple’s big day (which we’re sharing tomorrow!) and it’s every bit as stunning. Stay tuned!

From Greg FinckLe Cap d’Antibes is nothing short from being one of the most prestigious area of the French Riviera. This small peninsula between Nice and Monaco is a hidden gem, and the location of the most amazing hotels of the Cote d’Azur. This is where most of the movie stars lodge during the week of the Cannes Film Festival. Everything here call for turquoise sea, easy breeze lifestyle, and amazing landscapes.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of an engagement shoot before your wedding day. Diana and Jason had come all the way from Vancouver for that session, and to get acquainted with their photographer before the big day. They had rent a private driver to take us all the way along the Cap d’Antibes coast, so that we could stop in all of the beautiful spots.

We started the session on the rocks shore, with an incredible view on Cannes. I must say this was quite a hike, especially for Diana in a stunning glitter gown covered with sequins, and high heels. But I am always looking for the best views and background, even though that implies a little bit of acrobatics.

We then headed to a more peaceful beach, where the sweet couple could enjoy a cup of Champagne on a dock, with a breathtaking view on the Mediterranean Sea. I can’t wait to share with you the wedding day of these two love birds now.

Photography: Greg Finck | Venue: Cap D'Antibes | Design And Planning: Lavender & Rose Weddings

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