Hello Wednesday! How we love to see you around these parts! Because we are so ready to start cranking out the pretty here on SMP, and we’ve been counting down the seconds to share these seven pretty fêtes with you! So get your refresh button ready, and don’t forget – we are just showing snapshots of the soirees but the galleries are FULL of the entire party!

Up first is a seriously gorgeous garden party captured by We Heart Photography with a gown that has me gushing. It’s not often I see a high neck wedding dress, so my eyes just lit up at this vintage-inspired beauty! Not to mention the couple incorporated a Golden Spoon frozen yogurt bar into their reception (it’s were the couple first met) – and anyone that brings fro-yo into my life gets a gold star. Don’t forget, there is more gorgeousness to be had in the gallery!

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From the Bride…When Shawn and I first got engaged, I was unclear as to what the theme of our wedding would be – especially with a limited budget in mind. I loved all of the current wedding trends – like mason jars, chalkboards, and birdcages – but I didn’t think I could throw a vintage wedding when my personality wasn’t “vintage” to begin with. Well, my mindset changed after I found my dream dress. For the past three years or so, I have envisioned myself wearing a high-neck wedding dress. Although they are extremely hard to find, I was determined in every sense of the word. One bridal boutique and five dresses later, my very “vintage” wedding dress was found! Once we finalized our color scheme (heather grey, petal pink, and butter yellow), everything seemed to fall into place. The soft tones, whimsical flowers, and playful fabrics came together for, what I deemed, a “Rustic Romance” wedding.

My sister (maid of honor) and I dedicated many nights to wedding preparation. From stuffing invitations (designed by a dear and talented friend) to gluing beads on wooden birdhouses for table numbers to using wine corks for the place card holders to wrapping yarn around mason jars, we had our work cut out for us. But, in the end, everything was well worth it.

When Shawn and I found the Fleur de Lis Chapel for our ceremony venue, we could not refuse! The chapel fit perfectly with our “Rustic Romance” theme – furnished with a stained glass window, wooden pews, a stunning chandelier, and incredible detail. I loved that the chapel provided an intimate atmosphere for our ceremony. Without a doubt, my favorite moment of the day was when the chapel doors opened and I walked down the aisle to see my groom waiting for me.

We were really fortunate to be able to have our wedding reception in Shawn’s family’s backyard. It looked lovely in every way – almost like out of a movie scene. The backyard ambiance allowed our guests to feel relaxed and free to have fun! One other special touch at our wedding was the Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt bar. Golden Spoon was a part of our story from how we met and we wanted to incorporate this tasty treat into our wedding celebration.

For the newly engaged and almost-brides, my advice to you is to remember the big picture. Be in the moment, every moment, on your wedding day. Someone gave me this sound advice two days before my wedding and I could not have been more thankful for this nugget of wisdom. There are many stressful and joyous times when planning a wedding (and that is normal), but in the end, you get to marry the man you love and that is what matters.

Wedding Photography: We Heart Photography / Ceremony Venue: Fleur de Lis Chapel / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Catering: Doug Fore Catering / Floral Design: Carolyn Rich Flower Design / Wedding Cake: Friend, Lis Luwia / Entertainment: Mix Masta Mario / Hair: Riley Hagel Design / Make-up: Susie Clisson / Wedding Gown: Venus Bridal / Men’s Formalwear: Tommy Hilfiger / Yogurt Bar: Golden Spoon