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Pops of Pretty!

We’re into October and if you’re anything like me, it’s officially time to pull out the cable knit sweaters, pour a cup of tea and let weekend hibernation begin. And so, whether you find joy in the full fledged fall of New England or if you’re still holding on to some summer love in Cali, all of our regionals and our ever-inspirational VAULT are bursting with beauty for you to ooh and ahh over all weekend long!


While every elegant detail of this English wedding inspiration shoot give us goosebumps, it’s the jaw-dropping dresses that have us transfixed. From the he buttons to the swoop back, our Pinterest boards are getting a stylish update.


Green and white may be a favorite combination of mine, but one look at this boho woodland wedding and I have a feeling I won’t be the only one singing its praises.


When you hear that the wedding was held in the Groom’s grandparent’s backyard, you know you’re in for a treat. And from the simple yet elegant greenery to the lovely lace sleeves of this gown, this Tuscan-inspired Florida wedding didn’t disappoint.


An uber romantic outdoor engagement shoot, kisses up front, mountains out back. The natural colors were shining and shimmering and we’re the lucky ones to soak it all up.


Effortless elegance ruled this Carolina Inn celebration and just when you thought you’d seen the best, one look at these cuties and our hearts were ready to burst.


I have a feeling it’s the changing seasons that’s making me crave rich, jewel tones, but either way, they have me all heart-eyed and this rustic elegant bash fits the bill beautifully. Add in the adorable pup and I’m set for the rest of the weekend.

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Steps to Registry Success With Zola + A Discount!

Let’s face it, as much fun as registering can be, it can also be a little daunting.  From the who to the what to the where to the how, there are A LOT of questions you need answered.  Enter Zola, the online registry that says goodbye to all of that registry-induced panic and hello to a stylishly simple way of registering with a step by step guide to help keep you on the happy track to an awesome experience.

Believe you me, Zola’s registry checklist is the best thing to happen since, well… Zola.  Which is no surprise, really, since Zola is the only place where you can register for everything from products to services to crazy cool experiences from literally ANY store on the web.  Just sign up for your FREE account and create your sure-to-wow registry with these easy steps:

1. Personalize your registry!  Zola’s crazy beautiful registry pages make adding your special touch seriously easy-peasy.  Upload heartfelt messages, special collections, fun-filled photos and even a custom URL to make things truly yours.

2. Mix and match!  Create the home you’ve always dreamed of by mixing and matching Zola’s 200+ brands with amazing experiences (think cooking classes or hiking), Group Gifting (perfect for the pricier item you’ve had your eye on), honeymoon and cash funds or that special handmade item from your fave local boutique using the Bookmarklet Feature, which allows you to easily add items from anywhere online.

3. Get inspired! Need some help to get those creative registry juices flowing?  Zola has you covered with their fabulous Buying Guide, Starter Collections and Registry Concierge, which means you’ll have specially curated collections and an entire world of expert help right at your fingertips.  It’s that awesome.

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So now that you are completely obsessed with Zola and their simple to use, super stylish registries, you should also know that SMP readers will receive $25 in Zola credits when you create your Zola registry! New registries must be started (but not necessarily published) between September 22, 2015 and January 3, 2016. Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account four weeks after a couple’s registry is published live.

Head on over to Zola to get started and don’t forget to visit them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.


Bouquet Breakdown: Rustic Tuckahoe Plantation Wedding Inspiration

My favorite spare-time hobby? Playing with blooms and learning how to make them sing. It’s exactly why I looove our Bouquet Breakdown series. So when we featured this crazy beautiful slice of inspo from Kate Ignatowski last week, I had to get my hands on the bouquet recipe from Photosynthesis. Dotted with rich, fall hues and organic foliage, they’re letting us in on all the beautiful bits below!


  • 3 stems of Johann Strauss Garden Rose
  • 6 stems of Koko Loco Garden Rose
  • 3 stems of Heirloom Garden Rose
  • 6 stems of The Prince Garden Rose
  • 3 stems of Café au Lait Dahlia
  • 2 stems of Deep Burgundy Dahlia
  • 3 stems of Burgundy Foxglove
  • 5 stems of Burgundy Scabiosa
  • 3 stems of White Gomphrena
  • 5 stems of Coral bells
  • 3 stems Jasmine Vine
  • 2 stems of Acacia greenery
  • 2 stems of Nandina greenery
  • 2 stems of Olive greenery
  • 3 stems of Pepper Berry
  • 1 stem of Queen Annes Lace
  • Finished with hand died silk ribbon

From PhotosynthesisI was delighted when Kate Ignatowski contacted us about creating florals for her wedding inspiration shoot at the historic Tuckahoe Plantation, just outside of Richmond, Virginia. Having worked with Kate in the past, I knew this shoot would be a wonderfully inspiring creative collaboration and that our blooms would be in the best of hands. Kate quite simply understands the poetry of flowers and how to combine light, gesture, background, and perspective to reveal their poetry.

When creating arrangements, I work with the natural movement of each flower to express its unique personality. For this arrangement, I began with a greenery base to form the overall shape and then added in larger blooms such as the garden roses, dahlias and foxglove. The bouquet was completed by filtering in the gestural flowers and greens like scabiosa, gomphrena, coral bells, pepper berry and jasmine to form an expressive display. Overall, I think we succeeded in creating an organic, naturally elegant bouquet.

Floral Design: Photosynthesis | Photography: Kate Ignatowski

Find more Bouquet Breakdowns here!

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#SMPweddings101: What to Wear Under Your Gown

Ladies, the time has come to mention the unmentionables because we’re giving you an inside scoop on what exactly to wear underneath that gorg gown. While the illusion of effortless is only elevated when you keep em’ guessing, luckily we won’t have to (guess that is)! We’ve got the ever-so-lovely Julianne Smith of The Garter Girl sharing a few go-to favs below!

From The Garter GirlYou’ve searched high and low for that perfect wedding dress (or two!), but what else do you need? The wedding day fashion doesn’t stop with the dress. 


Really consider the style and cut of your wedding dress before you purchase any wedding day lingerie. You might be better off saving the lingerie for your wedding night! Look for seamless lingerie so nothing shows through. And, if your wedding dress is sheer, a simple full-length slip will be your best friend.


Depending on the style of your wedding dress, you might need a corset to keep everything up and in. Proper fit by a professional is critical. Wear that corset around before your wedding day, so you know what you are getting yourself into on the big day.


If your wedding dress is altered to fit you right, a comfortable pair of panties might just be all that you need under your dress on your wedding day. Look for a lacey blue pair and you’ll have your tradition covered too!


A fabulous pair of wedding shows is is a no-brainer, unless you are going barefoot on the beach! When selecting wedding shoes, be mindful of any sparkles or buckles that could get caught in the tulle or lining of your dress as you walk. A ripped lining from the crystals on your shoes spells disaster!


Your wedding day is a great time to skip the hosiery and the tights. Save these for the office; it is hot under that wedding dress!


Depending on the style of your dress, you might need shapewear to support you on your wedding day. Be sure to shop for shapewear with your dress so that you can try both on together at the same time. Snap a few pictures of yourself with the shapewear and the dress so you can see what it will look like together.


If you are going to wear a wedding garter, make sure you try it on before your wedding day to ensure the proper fit. Remember, the tossing garter goes below your main garter. Or skip the toss all together and just get the garter to wear and then save.


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