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Classic Springtime Dunaway Gardens Wedding

No one tells the story of a wedding day quite like Amy Arrington. She has this beautiful way of capturing even the simplest moments that take our breath away. And this al fresco beauty set in Georgia? Well, it’s one for the books. Planned by Chancey Charm with floral design by Amy Osaba, it’s a celebration inspired by an organic, Anthropologie-style aesthetic while playing to the cues of the springtime season. Watch moment after perfect moment unfold inside The Vault.


From Amy Arrington Photography… Lisa & Brian were wed on May 2, 2015 in front of 110 guests in the charming amphitheater of Dunaway Gardens in Newnan, Georgia. Their early May wedding was inspired by the feeling of an al fresco dinner party with the whimsical decor of Anthropologie. With the help of event designer Marilisa Schachinger with Chancey Charm, the couple sought to blend traditional elements with an organic aesthetic and recruited Atlanta’s best vendors to bring their vision to life in one of Georgia’s most remarkable venues.

After the couple were wed by both of their fathers under a botanical chuppah, guests moved into the cocktail hour garden for hors d’oeuvres and a very southern game of corn hole. When it was time for dinner, everyone gathered under the reception tent for memorable toasts by the wedding party and delicious cuisine created by Sun In My Belly.

Once the sun had set and cake was cut and passed, the party moved into the party tent where guests danced the night away thanks to Emerald Empire Band. Brian even surprised his bride with a sweet serenade of “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green with the band. It was a sweet, personal and memorable day for all!

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Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Cinematography: Before Your Eyes | Event Planning + Design: Chancey Charm | Floral Design: Amy Osaba | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Sweet Creations | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Catering: Sun In My Belly | Hair + Makeup: Raney O'Keefe | Band: Emerald Empire Band | Transportation: Atlantic Limos | Venue: Dunaway Gardens | Bridal Boutique: Kelly's Closet | Chair Rentals: Goodwin Event Rentals | Draping, Chandeliers + Lounge Furniture: Crush Event Rentals | Groom's + Groomsmen Attire: Guffey's | Stationery + Signage: Confetti Press

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Organic Botanical Inspired Downtown Chicago Wedding

This dream Monique Lhuillier gown is the wedding dress equivalent of business in the front and party in the back. And truth be told? I’m wholeheartedly obsessed. It’s the kind of dress that sets the scenes for only the prettiest of days, and the designers at Foraged Floral didn’t disappoint. Go ahead and bookmark this baby, because Olivia Leigh photographed a gallery you’ll want to revisit time and time again.


From Foraged FloralChristina and Howard had a vision of an intimate and naturally styled wedding in downtown Chicago. They were inspired by the unique decor that The Kitchen (a completely new restaurant and venue – we were one of their first weddings!) offered with its industrial charm, but also wanted the environment to be cozy, and intimate, for their guests to enjoy and relax. They decided on not having a bridal party at all, so their friends and family could all relax and not stress about anything. We worked together for many months planning and perfecting the vision they had, which included many seasonal inspired florals to compliment the botanical prints they loved, as well as some beautiful handcrafted pieces.

Their ceremony took place at Bond Chapel, on the University of Chicago’s campus, where Christina attended. The chapel has beautiful stained glass windows, amazing wooden details and a cozy atmosphere. We brought in a classically trained pianist to serenade guests with music that you wouldn’t find at your normal wedding (more classical piano pieces from operas and theatrical events, no Canon in D here!), which really set the tone for a sophisticated and unique ceremony. After the ceremony, guests were transported to The Kitchen, just along the river in downtown Chicago, for a delicious and unique family style dinner among long, wooden communal tables and lounge areas.

As their florist and event designer, I really loved designing their arrangements and bouquets, but some of my favorite details were the smallest ones – the vintage botanical print book that Velvet Raptor made into a guestbook, the fact that they hand wrote each couple a letter on handmade paper, which designated where they would sit at the family style tables with calligraphy by BUSHYL, and even the signature drinks they crafted together. I have to admit, watching each guest open the envelope with their seating assignment listed on it, only to find a handwritten note from the couple was the sweetest thing, and something I know they will cherish for a long time.

The florals used for Christina and Howard were something special and I spent many weeks planning out exactly what flowers I wanted to used to fit their theme and warm palette. We incorporated a large amount of seasonal flowers like local dahlias, garden roses, fall foliage, scabiosa, and we were lucky enough to get peonies too! :) SO rare in October, but we were so happy!

Olivia Leigh, who is nothing short of amazing, captured the day with film and digital images, which I love! Olivia truly knows how to make everything pop and was so impressed with the images she passed along to us after their wedding.

Nothing was missed, as they wanted their guests to feel at home, comfortable and loved. Christina and Howard are some of the nicest, most gracious and wonderful people out there, and they deserved nothing but the best for their October celebration in Chicago! Congrats to Christina and Howard!!

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Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sweet Mandy B's | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Bond Chapel | Reception Venue: The Kitchen | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Catering: The Kitchen | Hair + Makeup: Nika Vaughn Bridal Artists | DJ: Style Matters DJs | Groom's Attire: Givenchy | Bride + Groom Transportation: Windy City Limousine | Bride's Jewelry: Custom made | Calligraphy + Water Color Painting: BUSHYL | Floral Design, Event Design + Styling: Foraged Floral | Guest Transportation: Masters Transportation | Guestbook: Velvet Raptor | Linen Rentals: Windy City Linens | Lounge Furniture: Shadow Box Dreams Vintage Rentals

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Love is in the Air with Wedding Paper Divas + A Sitewide Sale!

Every day is a love-filled day here at SMP, but when Valentine’s Day rolls around, we go BIG. I’m talking heart-shaped cookies, red-hued everything and a whole lot of stunning inspiration from the geniuses at Wedding Paper Divas, our go-to for Cupid-inspired pretty.  Think fab Save the Dates, beautiful invites and custom envelopes that are all about delivering the romance… literally.

Celebrating YOU is what your wedding day is all about, and with Wedding Paper Divas there’s a never-ending lineup of crazy gorgeous paper goods that will let each of your guests know that this is TRUE LOVE. From stunning letterpress lovelies to fabulous foil-pressed pretties to invites that seriously shimmer, Wedding Paper Divas has an invitation suite perfect for showcasing YOUR unique story.  Not to mention that you can totally customize each look with fonts and colors, which means you don’t have to worry about being at all cookie-cutter.  We love that.

Ready to celebrate all things Cupid with crazy gorgeous invites from Wedding Paper Divas? We most definitely understand.  Head to their website NOW to start perusing the pretty and to take advantage of their sitewide Valentine’s Day sale – 20% off (no minimum) + an extra 10% Premium Invitations!  The sale runs from February 10th – February 16th, so don’t delay… love is totally in the air.


Monochromatic Valentine’s Day Inspiration + Pretty In Pink Cocktail

Blooms, calligraphy and cocktails. Give me these three things combined in one pretty spread and I’m a happy lady. Especially when Type A Society dreams it all up pretty monochromatic in pink, just in time for Valentine’s DayAbby Jiu is delivering it all in The Vault with her happy-hued imagery and Heirloom Catering DC is breaking down the libation for us below!

From Veronica of Type A SocietyI have recently been inspired a lot by monochromatic photos that people put together creating with one single color in different shades. I had been seeing a lot of monochromatic pink and I thought it would be such a fun idea to bring that into a Valentine’s Day “dinner for two” theme. Pink is not my go-to color, but I love some of the more muted blush tones and peachy-pinks and wanted to bring those into a soft romantic tablescape. That paired with a beautiful hand-written love note, soft loose florals, and a blood-orange garnished pink cocktail- what more could you ask for this Valentine’s Day? It was my cheeky take on taking what could be an overdone cheesy holiday theme and twisting it to make it more simplistic and refined.

I asked Heirloom DC to make a bespoke cocktail recipe inspired by my theme- and this is what she came up with. I’m absolutely going to make one for me and my husband as a Valentine’s Day treat! Although I might not tell him what it’s called!

Pretty In Pink Cocktail
prep time
3 Minute/s
cook time
total time
3 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 2 oz Deep Eddy Grapefruit Vodka
  • 2/3 oz fresh lemon sour
  • 1 wedge of blood orange squeeze
  • 3 dashes of Bitters or replace with fresh herb sprig like Rosemary or Tarragon
  • 3/4 oz Brut Sparkling Rosé
  • Slice of blood orange
  1. Shake the first four ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass.
  2. Top with rosé.
  3. Garnish with floating blood orange slice.

Photography: Abby Jiu | Catering & Cocktail: Heirloom Catering DC | Ceramic Plates: Sculpture In Design | Floral: La Fleur Du Jour | Paper Products: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Planning & Styling: Type A Society

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