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SMP Welcomes Our Advertisers!

It’s the weekend, and I’m beyond excited to soak up some sunshine. But first, let me introduce you all to two brand new advertisers here at SMP that we’re head-over-heels for: Albie Designs + KATYA KATYA SHEHURINA. First up, Albie Designs who is creating gorgeous illustrations of cities from around the world — these pretties make for a gift that is truly unique!

Each illustration is a labor of love for designer Kim Sly who researches, draws and creates these incredible prints that are colorful + fun!  In addition to the city illustrations, Albie Designs also offers original watercolor pieces as well as a few other small collections. These pretties would make an amazing wedding or housewarming gift! To see it all and to start shopping, head over here.

Photo Credits: Jai Girard Photography | Lyndsey Lyons

Next up, incredible bridal, evening wear  + accessory designer KATYA KATYA SHEHURINA. The uniquely stylish and beautifully feminine line uses stunning, delicate fabrics such as French laces and Italian silks. 

Created for a contemporary bride with a vintage flair, KATYA KATYA SHEHURINA crafts simply amazing gowns. Offering made to measure, made to order and bespoke designs, the collection can be ordered through their flagship London location, boutiques throughout the world and online.  To see the full line and where to order, head over here.

Photo Credits: Mark Litvyakoff

There you have it — two fabulous new additions to the SMP team! Welcome Albie Designs + KATYA KATYA SHEHURINA!

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Picnic in the Park Engagement Session + WIUP

Another wonderful week of pretty has come to a close, lovelies. And even though its high summer tide, we wanted to leave you with this fall engagement session from Dawn Alexandra Photography to cozy on up to. So go ahead, curl up and take a peek at all the loving moments here and make sure to keep scrolling for reminders, discounts and our lucky contest winners below!

Colors
Seasons
Fall
Settings
Outdoor
Styles
Elegant

From The Bride…Our engagement session took place in the front yard of an old abandoned house in old Escondido. Somehow during the extreme drought Southern California has felt this year, our engagement session fell on a weekend of rain. An hour before the shoot, the rain stopped and we were able to continue umbrella-free. Though my hair was not a fan of the rain, it brought a touch of the fall season that we were looking for. Fall is my fiance, Cameron, and I’s favorite time of year. Our first date, the proposal and wedding have had / will have a fall backdrop and feel. There is something about enjoying the outdoors in a cozy flannel and boots. Our florist and photographer went the extra mile to say the least for our fall styled shoot. Flowers by Hilary brought our elegant, organic style into the picnic without making it too over-the-top and cheesy. She started with a warm blanket then worked her magic with creating a casual place setting complete with candles – a must for us! I was obsessed with the look of the naked cake and it tasted great too! We just love her style, she is incredible to work with. Dawn from Dawn Alexandra Photography is one of my favorite photographers! She has a fresh look in her photographs. She made Cameron and I feel completely comfortable in front of the camera which isn’t easy to do. Dawn knows we love the colors of fall leaves and you can see she incorporated them nicely. Cameron and I had the best time wrapped in each other and showing our love. We hope you enjoy the photos!

Photography: Dawn Alexandra Photography | Floral Design: Flowers By Hilary | Makeup: Blushing Makeup Artistry | Venue: Escondido | Vintage Place Settings: Verity Jane Vintage

ONGOING GIVEAWAYS
$100 gift certificate to durga-kali
Dream destination wedding from Escapes.CA

This week’s DISCOUNTS…
Vino Backyard Designs
Squarespace
Zola
Diamond Mansion
durga-kali

For our California brides… Discounts from Paperwhites Photography.

For our Mid Atlantic brides… Discounts from Femina Photo + Design and Uber.

For our Midwest brides… Discounts from Bliss Weddings & Events.

For our Southeast brides… Don’t forget to sign up for School of Styling’s upcoming workshop!

And WINNERS…
Congratulations to Nicolle! You’ve won Hannmaid Package of your choice.

And Congratulations to Mary, who won our Kate Aspen Giveaway!

Big congrats to Heather, Kelsey, and Julie! You’ve won a 3-Day Fresh Start program from Suja Juice!

Congratulations to Georgia! You’ve won the School of Styling Giveaway!

Another congratulations to Hilary Sweatt who won the Sole Society Giveaway!

Congratulations to Rachele for winning the Julie Song Ink watercolor wedding stationery giveaway.

Romantic Destination Wedding at Stryker Winery

I think barrel rooms were created solely for wedding receptioning. Well, that and the whole wine storing thing but more importantly how amazing is a dinner amongst the wine? And this beauty is made even more so when floraled and crafted at the hands of one of our absolute favorites, Jacin of Lovely Little Details + snapped to perfection by Edyta Szyszlo Photography. It’s a wine lovers dream and a wedding lover’s inspiration. See even more right here.

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Winery
Styles
Romantic

From The Bride…Our vision was pretty basic, host a great time for our closest family and friends in a place that we loved so that we could share the “official” merging of our worlds. Our wedding was a destination event for almost all of our guests, so it was important that the location for ceremony be a place that had meaning for us (or was something special). And we love food, wine, friends, and family…so those were the critical ingredients.

There were so many great moments during our wedding day (seeing one another for the first time, the sight of friends enjoying themselves, and most of the dances were all particularly great snapshots), but two moments really stuck out. First, despite a heat wave that shocked even die hard Californians, the ceremony was just about perfect. Sarah walking down the aisle with everyone arrayed around a perfect spot in the vineyard after a year of planning was a memory to cherish. Second, when we entered the “barrel room” for dinner, everyone was seated two long tables in a (thankfully) chilled space. Jazz was playing, our friends and family were chatting and enjoying the evening, and we were officially starting our life as a married couple. The shot had been imagined in our minds for almost a year, and it was everything we had hoped.

Three pieces of advice for planning a great wedding: (1) start using a calendar with your goals, deadlines, and details early; (2) pick people (planners, photographers, etc.) whom you trust and connect with so that you can relax about details; and (3) focus on the little pieces up front so that you relax on the big day.

Photography: Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Wedding Planner: Lovely Little Details | Caterer: Culinary Eye Catering | Hair & Makeup: Betten Chaston | DJ: Spintronix | Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony | Dance Floor: Encore Events Rentals | Florals: Lovely Little Details | Furniture Rentals & Lighting: Wine Country Party & Events | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Photobooth: Tomfoolery SF | Winery: Stryker Winery

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Central Park Engagement With a Frenchie

Give me a Central Park, an adorable couple plus a grumpy little Frenchie named Abe and I’ll give you a smile as wide as my screen. Of course, the amazing photos from Vicki Grafton only ups the ante, and some time in this gallery equals a Friday well spent!

From Vicki Grafton… Rebecca and Danny’s Spring engagement in Central Park with their frenchie pup Abe. They currently live in NY while Becca gets her law degree and are planning their fall wedding near Becca’s home town in PA.

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Dress: Free People | Hair And Makeup: Brides By S|B