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Grandma’s Favorite Recipe Contest!

So we're hosting, like, the best contest in the entire world right at this very moment. You want to know why it's the best contest in the entire world? Because once it's over, we all end up with a handful of your grandmother's recipes (which, lets face it, are always far superior to any other recipe), and one of you ends up with a KitchenAid mixer! Now that's a win-win if I've ever heard one. The details: 1. Whip up one your favourite family recipes 2. Style it, photograph it and...

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Napa Valley Wedding by Kristin Newman Designs + Gathering Floral + Event Design

It's hard to imagine a day when I didn't know that this wedding existed, because now?  It's all I can think about.  A Napa Valley stunner from Kristin Newman Designs and Gathering Floral + Event Design, it's the kind of day you grow up dreaming about with lush, beautiful blooms, a take-your-breath-away ceremony and a stunning bride and groom filling every last...

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West Hollywood Wedding from onelove photography

When you're a designer for Tory Burch, it's inevitable that your wedding is going to be rocking some serious fashion must-haves and this Bride has more than a few major wow moments bundled inside this affair. But right along side all that beauty is a wedding that is all at once modern and romantic with details by My Bride Story, bushels upon bushels of garden blooms...

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Blackberry Lemon Cake from Love & Lemons

What's a better combo than berries and cream? If you ask me, it's berries, cream… and cake. Better yet, cake that's scented with lemon. This one is pretty simple and easy to make. It's also vegan and uses healthy coconut oil which should be enough justification to eat it for breakfast if you really wanted to (surely, I didn't...) If you have more restraint than I do, it would be a lovely addition to a...

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The Honest Company Discount + Giveaway!

I've always been eager to live a healthier, happier life -- from the food I eat or the products I use. But let's be real, sometimes that's just way easier said than done. And whether you're a bride striving to look and feel your best before the Big Day, or like me, a beauty nut who doesn't have time to mess around with health compromising products, let's make a pact and put an end to the madness. Let's say "no" to products that include a zillion chemicals we can't pronounce, and turn to the...

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Kiawah Island Wedding from Gayle Brooker Photography and Gathering Floral + Event Design

If there is one thing we know does well with you lot, it's a neutral backdrop, letting a really big, gorgeous love take center stage. Whites, creams, beiges... we all go a little crazy over the beautiful whites, especially when they are perfectly textured with things like beautiful blooms from Gathering Floral + Event Design and a beyond gorgeous paper suite from Oscar & Emma.

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Nature Box + A GIVEAWAY + A DISCOUNT

When the kind folks at NatureBox offered to send me a package of goodies in order to truthfully share my thoughts with you, our incredible SMP readers, it was all I could do to not jump up and down. I had heard wonderful things about this company in the past, and couldn't wait to give them a test run for myself. Shortly thereafter, the magical box filled to the brim...

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6 Unique Wedding Fashion Trends

Being a wedding blogger really has its perks. One of the best? Trendspotting the latest bridal fashion fads in the real wedding world. From gowns to shoes, veils to accessories, we've rounded up style savvy moments that'll make your heart sing. Join us as we count down a few of our faves.... One. THIS JUST IN: Bows are back. Take a cue from this Palm Springs bride and rock a statement bow like nobody's business. Two. Our hearts melted from the moment we locked eyes with...

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Lillet & Gin Cocktail from Molly McGlone & Bryce Covey

It's my personal believe that at the center of every good dinner party - like the one that Molly designed and Bryce captured here - is a really, really good cocktail. One that feels rich and special, something a bit out of the ordinary that will have your guests raving. Although not too much raving because we all know what happens to a dinner party when 2 good...

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Bear Flag Farm from Kristy Weldon

The lovely (and very creative) Bride at the center of this amazing Bear Flag Farm wedding said she wanted her guests to feel as though they walked into a very whimsical, private moment - and I do believe she achieved just that. Her wedding to her dashing Groom was not only a reflection of them as a couple, but it also was a simply stunning affair from start to finish. ...

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Announcing the 2013 Jose Villa Workshop in Napa Valley

It's always a good day when we get to announce a Jose Villa Workshop. Because when a learning extravaganza like this comes along, it's an experience that's not to be missed. I'm talking two jam-packed days alongside Jose Villa, Ariella Chezar...

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Beach Wedding in Perth from DeRay & Simcoe Photography

This couple is so in love, it's palpable.  Like it jumps straight from the computer screen and right into your heart the very second you lay your eyes on their smiling faces and non-stop happiness.  It's the kind of love that is downright contagious... and their wedding?  A serious day of pretty with a seaside ceremony, stunning blooms from Twigged and a whole lot of breathtaking moments captured by ...

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Ravinia Festival Wedding from Olivia Leigh Photographie

When it comes to throwing magical weddings, this darling duo really knows how it's done.  I mean, they reallllly know how it's done.  Because not only did they pick one of the coolest venues around to hold their festivities (the Ravinia Festival), they hired an amazing team of vendors to bring their rustic meets awesome dream to a total reality.  I'm talking the planning prowess of...

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Windermere Manor Wedding from Daring Wanderer

Daring Wanderer describes this gorgeous wedding at The Windermere Manor as a "photographer's dream" - but I think it's safe to say it's a blogger's dream too. And a reader's. I mean, what is possibly better than devouring pretty like this? The bouquets alone by Jim Anderson Flowers will make your jaw hit...

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Vista West Ranch Wedding from Haydon Photography

You know those weddings that are sooo chock-full of personality and sooo overflowing with pretty, you can't help but love every last second?  Where the bride and groom tackle some sweet DIY details and choose a stunning locale like the Vista West Ranch to celebrate all of the festivities?  Well, lovelies... this darling affair captured by Haydon Photography is one of...

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Greece Wedding from Shell de Mar Photography

There are the weddings of our dreams, and then there are dream weddings that are actually reality. This gorgeous Greece wedding from Shell de Mar Photography falls nicely into that second category. It's so stunning it's hard to believe that it was anything short of a fantasy, but it was indeed the way this couple said I do. With the magical Kinsterna Hotel & Spa setting...

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Block Island Wedding from A Guy and A Girl Photography

There isn't a moment of this Block Island beauty that I don't adore. And when I say adore, I mean I want to crawl into the beautiful pictures from A Guy and A Girl Photography and never leave. It's really no surprise when Ryan Designs was behind the decor, Ceci New York was the creative mind behind those...

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Tybee Island Bridal Session from L’Art Orange Photography

This bride has a style all her own.  A downright fabulous style that combines her serious beauty with a gorgeous Barbara Allin gown and a crazy amazing Anthropologie headpiece.  It's the kind of style that lights up the room with every last smile and, when set against a breathtaking Tybee Island backdrop, it's almost too pretty to believe.  L'Art Orange Photography captured every...

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8 Steps to Making the Jump from Bride to Wedding Professional with Floret Cadet

OK, ladies, be honest... how many of you secretly love(d) planning your wedding and wish it would never end? And how many of you have contemplated making a career change to the wedding industry during or after the wedding planning process? I wouldn't be surprised to see most of your hands raised right now. A lot of wedding pro's we know, including many of our talented Little Black Book members, got their start this...

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Long Island Wedding from Robert & Kathleen Photographers

At the heart of every wedding is a love story. A weak at the knees, let's grow old together kind of story that sets my heart aflutter time and time again. But what makes this one a wee bit sweeter is that this adorable duo grew up together -- even attending the same pre-school. But as fate would have it, it wasn't until just five years ago that they truly fell in love. The celebration? A classic Long Island affair with pops of pink blooms by ...

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