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Parisian Floral Trends, III

I wanted to share a little bit more eye candy and thoughts from the oh-so-talented Laura Dowling of Interieurs et Fleurs. Her works is utterly fabulous and I am so so so thrilled that Laura stopped by today. After her first Paris report, I thought it couldn't get any better...I was completely wrong!

The French approach blends the inherent beauty of flowers, gathered simply from the garden, with the personal vision and passion of the floral artist.  It is this rapport between...

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Parisian Wedding Bouquets

Okay, here are some ideas that Laura took from her recent trip to Paris on wedding bouquets. Brace yourself, people...these bouquets are kind of amazing.

Fleur couture. In addition to deriving inspiration from history and nature, French florists are influenced by haute couture fashion, which creates incredible excitement and innovation in their designs. In my strolls through the Parisian fashion district, I noted how the new trends – structured, architectural shapes, strong...

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Parisian Floral Trends, II

We are chatting with Laura Dowling of Interieurs et Fleurs about her most recent trip to Paris...she's sharing the latest trends in Parisian Floral Designs. Let's face it, this really is like a wedding blogger's dream come true.

Marie Antoinette luxe. As enduring style icon and the archetype of luxe, Marie Antoinette reigns as the ultimate taste-maker, and her legacy continues to influence contemporary trends in...

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Parisian Floral Trends

Our resident Parisian floral expert, Laura Dowling, has been at it again. Some of you might remember her incredible feature that we posted a while back on Style Me Pretty (you can see the full posts here and here) that I am literally...

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SMP Loves…Bella Bridesmaid

And I promise you'll love these dresses too! As I mentioned yesterday, Bridget owns this lovely boutique and also happens to be the wife of Nick Brown, a Style Me Pretty favorite! But back to the dresses! They are oh-so charming with their simple silhouettes and modern touches. Truly, these chic dresses make every bridesmaid beautiful! Bella Bridesmaid features dresses from...

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Real Wedding: Beth & Mike, V

Here is the last bit from Beth and Mike's GORGEOUS real wedding. I am so impressed that this lovely couple pulled off this beautiful affair for less than $10,000. Just goes to show that a little DIY and a great sense of style go a long way in creating an affair that you and your guests will always remember!

From the beautiful bride, Beth...

For another little touch...we designed custom menus. I printed out the menus using luxe white cards and used as matting some...

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Real Wedding: Beth & Mike, IV

Lucky for us, I still have quite a bit more to share with you from Beth and Mike's DIY inspired wedding!

photographs were taken by the oh-so-talented Lindsay Brooke Emeigh

From the bride, Beth...

In terms of decor, we bought the paper lanterns from Target and hung them up ourselves using lightbulbs and wire. Turns out we didn't need as much light as we originally thought (even though the farm gets...

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Real Wedding: Beth & Mike, III

What I really love about today's featured wedding is that the couple seemed to edit their wedding style. What I mean is that even on a budget, they were able to pull together a look that seems really cohesive and expensive. It's charming, it's elegant and most of all, it's filled with this incredibly sweet personality...

More from Beth, the gorgeous bride...

The details were really important to us. We crafted pecan pralines favors using pralines that I bought at...

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Real Wedding: Beth and Mike, II

I have so much more from Beth and Mike's gorgeous DIY inspired, $10,000 wedding that I am dying to share with you. So let's just dive right in!

 

More from the bride!

Our invitations were custom-made by Leslie at Unlesssomeonlikesyou.  The designer let us use the cardinal (which is the state bird of North Carolina) featured on the invitations as our theme for everything:  thank you...

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Real Wedding: Beth and Mike

In honor of today's DIY contest, I am so excited to share this DIY inspired wedding with you (that literally just came into my inbox this morning...it's fate!). Beth and Mike were married on Beth's family tobacco farm, an absolutely gorgeous 100 year old farm that provided the perfect backdrop for their under $10,000 affair...

all photographs by...

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SMP Loves…Nick Brown Photography

Our resident Brit, Nick, of Nick Brown Photography is really one of my favorite people! Who wouldn't love a photographer who, at the end of the night, jumps into the pool with the entire wedding party to capture some amazing (and truly one of a kind) underwater photos? Nick recently won the "Best of the Bay Area" award for the best One Stop Wedding Shop. Nick's studio is right next door to his wife Bridget's shop...

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Do-It-Yourself Contest

We've done it before and it's been WAY too long. Seriously too long. So, it's time for another Wedding Do-It-Yourself Contest! Whether it's a gorgeous invitation, a perfect favor or just about anything else that made (or is going to make) your wedding that much more unique...we want to see it!

This insanely fabulous DIY project was crafted by the OH (emphasizing the OH)-so-fabulous...

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Abby Loves…Fabric Supplies

I've received a handful of emails lately requesting a source for great fabric that can be used as a backdrop for a photo guest book. Something fabulous like the Kelly and Colin's gorgeous backdrop that we featured a few weeks ago. Well, I discovered Fabric Supplies while poking around etsy one day and I fell in...

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Sample Sale at Tulle Bride

When we launched our newly designed site, we included this really cool event calendar with the hope that you guys could find out about great events in your area...but, it's been broken for the last few weeks so we haven't been able to put it to good use!

We are hoping to have it all up and running in the coming days, but until then, I HAD to tell you about this awesome sample sale that Tulle Bride on Martha's Vineyard is having...

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Wedding Dresses by Lara Helene

Lara Helene is another one of my new favorites in wedding dress design. Just look at these beautiful gowns that are a part of her recent collection...

Okay, the dress in the top right corner with the huge bow...umm, it's pretty fabulous. I am also in love with the delicate black ribbon on the dress in the top left corner. So simple and yet so over-the-top chic.  Lara Helene's couture studio is located in New York so if you...

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Wedding Dresses by Olivia Luca

We are wrapping up fashion week on SMP today, but not before I share a few more of my favorite wedding dress designers...the first being the oh-so-talented Olivia Luca! I have talked about Olivia's work on SMP before, but she's recently shot some pretty amazing photographs of her new designs...

photos were shot by Jasmine Photography

Let me tell...

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Wedding Hair Piece by Anna Be

One last piece of hair eye candy...this INSANELY gorgeous picture was sent to me by anna be, a beautiful fashion house and event planner out of Denver.

If this stunning picture doesn't make you want to jump all over the netting trend...I'm not sure what will! We have so many more fun fashion posts coming tomorrow, so until...

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Feather Inspired Hair Pieces

How gorgeous are these hair pieces by etsy seller, Sweets n Lo...

So, so...

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Hair Pieces by Textures

Okay, I LOVE these hair pieces by Textures on Etsy...

So they definitely would not go with just any dress or any style of wedding...but for the right bride, wow. They would be so gorgeous. More to...

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Hairpieces by Amelio Designs

I have to say, my favorite hair accessory is a simple flower, tucked into a low, messy bun. It's how I wore my hair at my own wedding and it's how I always encourage my girlfriends to wear theirs. A low, easy bun is just so effortlessly chic and the addition of a gorgeous flower...perfection.

With that said, many flowers won't make it through the night before they start to brown. Instead, go for a pretty silk flower that adds that same touch of romance without the high maintenance...

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