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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


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Fremont Diner Engagement Session

I’m all about planning an engagement session that feels totally unique to your story. And for this couple that looked like a pit stop at their favorite little diner for a slice of plum pie. They took along This Love Of Yours Photography to snap up the cuteness, and the gallery is every bit as sweet as it sounds. Keep the engagement inspo rolling in THE VAULT.

From This Love Of Yours PhotographyClara and Patrick love the Fremont Diner. They discovered the iconic restaurant together while wine tasting and would frequently make the trek from South Bay to Sonoma just to enjoy the diner’s downhome cooking- especially their country fried chicken and homemade pies! It was a fun afternoon sampling the best that the diner has to offer (we definitely recommend the plum pie) all while hanging out with and photographing a super lovable couple.

Photography: This Love Of Yours Photography | Venue: Fremont Diner


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Fall Honey Wedding Inspiration

We’re always on the hunt for eye-catching color combos. Ones that break the mold and bring new life to the blooms, decor and details that are the anatomy of a wedding. Ones like this, dreamt up by Posies Florals and Daniel Kim Photography, where the versatile facets of honey shine in yellow, peach, amber and burgundy. Paired with a handsome splashes of navy, every bit of this hue happiness lives right here in THE VAULT.


From Posies Florals… Honey is so versatile and is unique to its location in both flavor and color. It can be deep shades of amber, or rich and golden, it can be creamy in texture, or smooth as silk. Honey was our inspiration for this shoot. We wanted to show case Raw Local Honey. Its color lends itself to the deep fall warmth.

We worked closely with a real local bee keeper, H and H Honey, who provided us with honey from all his different hives that were located in different parts of the city. This allowed each type of honey to be different, we really wanted to play off all the shades of the honey. As we focused on the honey, other aspects of this editorial came alive.

We wanted the overall feel of this shoot to be delicate, and warm. We didn’t want a fully styled table, so we chose a more intimate picnic set up. We chose fruits that were in season, cheese, and delicious artisan breads all styled on a large wooden cutting board.

Bella Lilie Bridal supplied us with such a gorgeous gown designed by Love Marley. The Gown lend itself to the warm sun, and deep texture of the ferns. It was graceful, and perfect for a fall wedding. Charity Maurer and her husband were our models. They are deeply in love and were able to give us true emotion while they were being photographed. Daniel Kim captured everything so perfectly. He is a genius with lighting, and movement. He was able to bring the glow of the sun into each of the photos.

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Photography: Daniel Kim Photography | Floral Design: Posies Florals | Wedding Dress: Love Marley | Hair And Makeup: Harley Chapman | Calligraphy: Foil And Ink | Bridal Boutique: Bella Lily Bridal | Film Developing: Tempe Camera | Film Processing: Daniel Kim Photography | Honey: H And H Honey | Model: Charity Maurer | Stylist: Posies Florals

Colorful Morais Vineyard Wedding in Virginia

Can I just say, we heart our LBB members. Like really, really heart them. Because when six of the most talented industry pros (I’m talking about you, Joey KennedyRoberts & Co. EventsEast West ProductionsModern Bridal StudioButtercream Bakeshop and Printerette Press) team together the resulting wedding is completely next level. From that coral peony bouquet to the couple’s darling fur baby in a bow tie, there’s simply zero chance you won’t want to pin every last image in THE VAULT.


From The Bride… Life has a funny way of bringing people together. 15 year old Alice and Alex would have never seen their wedding journey…together. Years of friendship throughout high school must have strongly rooted their foundation to start something they both thought was crazy at the time but now it all makes perfect sense.

After dating for six years, I told Alex on many an occasion that I didn’t think he would be able to surprise me with a proposal. And so of course, he chose an unassuming day in an unassuming locale to pull off his plan. During an open mic night at a local restaurant, singer “Al” was introduced as someone who has never serenaded anyone with a guitar as he mainly plays the clarinet. As I was busy trying to listen to the emcee introduce “Al”, I had a strange feeling that it might be Alex since he also played the clarinet. The suspense grew stronger the more I denied the possibility especially when “Al” stated that he could not play guitar very well and that the only song he could partially play was Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven. I almost choked on my wine when I heard this as I had been nagging Alex for years to finish learning that very song!

I kept convincing myself that it could not be Alex but my heart kept beating faster by the minute. I looked around the room to see who this lucky lady might be because it just couldn’t be me.

Boy, was I wrong! Alex appeared on stage and proceeded to serenade me to Train’s “Marry Me” as the tears streamed down my face. I don’t quite remember this next detail, but apparently after he asked me to marry him, I never answered. I did, however, give him my left hand to which he placed the ring on my finger.

When it came time to planning our wedding, there were a few things we knew we wanted right off the bat. We wanted our ceremony to be outdoors, for our photographer and videographer to be rockstars, for the food to be raved about long after curtain fall, and for our precious little Westie to take not quite center stage, but at least share some limelight. At the core, though, we wanted our wedding to be a representation of us.

Choosing a rustic yet elegant vineyard for our venue we set about creating the charming event I envisioned in my mind’s eye. For us, the details were what were going to transform our wedding from a standard affair to one that our guests would be able to uniquely identify with Alex and Alice. From the beer wall featuring draft beer from both Chicago and DC (where we lived and where we now live) to the donut truck providing late night favors (I’m a donut-holic) to the mini chicken and waffles hors d’oeuvres (our all time favorite brunch food) to the welcome bags containing among other things custom Westie cookies to the personalized napkins printed with “Alex and Alice 2015” we wanted to invite our guests into a cozy and personable environment.

A year and a half of planning later, we were able to pull off a wedding that was truly memorable in its representation of who we are and the tone we wanted to set. I think that’s the most important part; it is so very easy to get sidetracked and cherry pick from multiple themes. With the help of our wonderful wedding coordinator, Tabitha Roberts, we colored our wedding with shades of blush, yellow, and gold tones and incorporated texture into the décor through the use of plenty of greenery.

As a last thought, remember how we wanted to include our Westie in our wedding? Well he was an instant hit as he walked down the aisle as ring bearer with his little black bow tie collar. Unfortunately, he wasn’t allowed to follow us indoors to the reception and so a family member had to take him back to the hotel as the reception started. We loved, though, that he was able to partake in our special day and add to the joyous memories.    

Photography: Joey Kennedy Photography | Cinematography: East West Productions | Event Planning: Roberts & Co. Events | Floral Design: B. Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Astrid And Mercedes | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Catering: Spilled Milk Catering | Hair And Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio | Calligraphy: Just Write Studios | DJ: Bryan George Music | Ceremony Music: John Kwon | Transportation: Chariots For Hire | Venue: Morais Vineyard & Winery | Beer Garden And Lighting: Roberts & Co. Events | Bridal Boutique: The White Gown | Hotel Block: Hampton Inn Gainsville, Residence Inn Manassas | Invitations And Day Of Paper: Printerette | Photography - Assistance: Anna Laero | Vintage Rentals: Vintage Affairs


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