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Rustic Glam Santa Barbara Wedding

Patrick Moyer and gorgeous California weddings go hand-and-hand and this richly colored summer affair is certainly no exception. It’s a day dressed in the deep reds + soft pinks a la florals by Loop Flowers, and metallic colored accents thrown in for good measure. Events By Ashley W made sure things went off seamlessly, and you can see it all right over here.

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From The Bride…Our wedding, as most newlywed couples would likely say about their own, was more fun and more beautiful than we could have ever imagined.

During the planning process, there were certain elements I felt quite strongly about – a romantic, Spanish style venue, floral arrangements with richly colored pink and oxblood flowers coupled with native California grey-green foliage, and alencon lace details on my gown and veil! (My wedding veil was hand dyed and sewn by my talented mother, an heirloom piece for years to come.) Other details, like the atypical combination of dove grey table cloths with gold chiavari chairs, decorative wrought iron orbs and mercury colored bridesmaid dresses, were things I went out on a limb on and hoped would all come together.

Fortunately, I was filled with delight and surprise by how well my seemingly random tastes and preferences all came together on our big day. The event was rustic yet sophisticated at the same time, perfectly emulating the feel of historic Santa Barbara.

The ceremony was set in the lower courtyard of the SB Historical Museum against a romantic backdrop of white draped panels and a floral orb chandelier. We chose to repeat standard vows, but incorporated personalized elements that reflected who we are as a couple and individuals. For example, rather than biblical readings, I chose excerpts from a favorite philosopher (Reflections on the Art of Living by Joseph Campbell). Our priest also read personalized letters we’d written the night before out loud to our guests, which made for both moments of humor and tears.

We moved to a larger upper courtyard for the reception. Our plated dinner options ware elegant yet substantial, incorporating locally grown produce and seasonal dishes such as watermelon, feta and arugula salad. My husband was happily involved in selecting wines from the Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez Valley region.

The most memorable part of our wedding was definitely the dance party. All of our loved ones, young and old, crammed onto one tiny dance floor, dancing their hearts out! Maybe it was the open air courtyard set under romantic string bistro lights, or perhaps the open bar gave guests their dancing feet. Whatever it was, the reception was high energy from start to finish!

Photography: Patrick Moyer Photography | Event Planning: Events By Ashley W | Floral Design: Loop Flowers | Wedding Dress: Peter Langner | Cake: Wayne Kjar Cakes | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Catering Connection | Hair & Makeup: Carlyle Salon And Style Bar | DJ: Gavin Roy | Groom's Tuxedo: Lauren By Ralph Lauren | Lighting And Drapery: Bella Vista Designs | Veil: Handmade By Bride's Mother | Wedding Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

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Doie Lounge and Sweet & Spark + A Giveaway!

If I know one thing after all these years in the world of weddings, it’s that the details are what makes an event truly special; from getting ready the morning of to the brides accessories, it’s all about the little things. And that, my dears, is why we’re seriously smitten with Doie Lounge robes and Sweet & Spark vintage costume jewelry, both of which add sweet touches to your big day!

You and your ladies want to feel gorgeous from the second you wake up on wedding day — and that’s where Doie Lounge comes in! Adding a glam touch to the big morning, these robes are not only beautiful, eco-friendly (made locally in LA) + comfortable (made of soft modal jersey with patterned silk), but they’re a great gift that will be worn over and over again! Flattering on all body types, these pretties come in a stunning selection of color + pattern combinations. Best of all, there’s a discount when you buy robes for all your bridesmaids (more about that here)! Be sure to take a peek at some of the featured real weddings (here) to get an idea of how gorgeous these robes are on real brides + their ladies and follow Doie Lounge on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates + inspiration.

We’ve got the morning of covered, but when it comes to accessorizing a bridal or bridesmaid’s look, we’re head-over-heels for vintage costume jewelry company Sweet & Spark. Offering one-of-a-kind original vintage pieces from the 40s-90s, Jillian, the lady behind Sweet & Spark, and her dad travel the country searching for the best pieces to help you celebrate all of your ladies’ individual personalities! Totally affordable, most of the collection is under $100. You can even curate your very own wedding collection featuring vintage rhinestones and feminine pearls — email jillian{at}sweetandspark.com for more info. For more information and tons of inspiration, be sure to follow Sweet & Spark on FacebookInstagramPinterest and Twitter!

Between Doie Lounge + Sweet & Spark there’s more than enough pretty to go around. And lucky for you all, they’ve teamed up for an amazing giveaway!

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The Prize:  A lucky winner will receive a robe for herself + one for one of her ladies as well as jewelry for herself + one of her ladies! Winner may choose any two robes and any pieces of jewelry she wants, depending on stock.

To Enter: Simply comment on this post with your two favorite Doie Lounge robes and your two favorite pieces of Sweet & Spark jewelry!

To Win: One winner will be selected at random and announced in WIUP on Friday, February 13, 2015.

Terms & Conditions: Can all be found right here.  Good luck my dears! xoxo

Photo Credits: Valorie Darling Photography  Hair: Trace Hennigsen  Makeup: Artistry by Danika | Weddings by Scott and Dana | Jeff Tisman Photography | Natalie ComstockDustin Soriano

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Elegant Summer Aberdeen Manor Wedding

You might have heard this couple’s amazing story, and today it’s all coming full circle. Following the surprise visit from her military fiance – plus 4 months and 6 rounds of chemotherapy later- this unbelievably courageous bride married her beloved with one of the loveliest weddings we’ve ever come across. Dressed in a tulle skirted Tara Keely, she managed to steal the show, and Lady & The Lens was on hand to capture every bit. Pay a visit to the gallery and don’t miss the film from Wholehearted Wedding.

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From The Bride… It was almost 6 years in the making and August 31st, 2014 was the day we had been waiting for. My fiance Drew and I knew it was going to be such a special day with all of our family and friends traveling from all over the country to celebrate our love. My very recent cancer diagnosis made our wedding day even more meaningful. 4 months before our big day, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Adenocarcinoma which is a form of Colorectal Cancer, at the young age of 25. It was certainly something that we were not prepared for. Drew and I had been living apart for just a few short months before I received the devastating news. He was stationed in South Carolina for his work with the Navy and I was back in my hometown planning our dream wedding. Luckily, the Navy granted Drew military leave to move to Indiana to be with me as I underwent aggressive chemotherapy. AOL reached out and did a short story about my husband and I which you can see here.

The following months were a struggle as I continued to plan my wedding and receive a total of 6 rounds of chemotherapy. Thankfully, the chemotherapy I was prescribed did not make me lose my hair. I was so ecstatic knowing that I would be able to have my “dream wedding look”.

The big day came and it really couldn’t have been more perfect. It was the Sunday of Labor Day weekend in my hometown of Valparaiso, IN which is a short drive from Chicago. I was feeling great physically as it was my “off” week for treatment. The weather was a perfect 80 degrees which was ideal for our short outdoor garden ceremony. The day started very early with hair and makeup at my parents house. We had to get an early start due to having 10 bridesmaids! 7 hours and a few mimosas later we were ready! The videographers (who generously donated their services ) arrived and it was time for my “first look” with my dad, Scott. I couldn’t have imagined a better reaction from my dad as the one I received that day and I feel so grateful to have that on camera to watch for years to come. It was raw emotion and lots of happy tears that I will never forget.

I chose a stunning Tara Keely by Lazaro gown. 3 years ago, I noticed a beautiful dress on Pinterest that converted into a short lace dress for the reception. I knew I had to have it as I have been a dancer since the age of 3 and I knew dancing at the reception in a huge ball gown would not go over well. I wanted to have the princess look with lots of tulle but still be able to dance/party at the reception. After an exhausting search, I finally located the designer and had it shipped to a store just outside of Chicago. The minute I stepped into the dress, I fell in love. At the reception, I decided I wanted to reveal my short dress in a fun, unique way. During the father-daughter dance, we stopped mid song, my bridesmaids surrounded me while I took off my tulle skirt and then started a choreographed dance with all 10 girls and my father to the song Brickhouse.

Aberdeen Manor was our venue of choice from the beginning. It has the charm and small town wedding feel that we were looking for. The venue has a small chapel on the property but we chose to have our ceremony in the garden which was right outside the reception hall.

The flowers and centerpieces were my favorite part of the entire wedding day look. I knew I wanted to chose a vendor that wasn’t your typical florist so I decided on hiring a local floral designer. We met several times before the wedding to ensure she knew exactly what I wanted. My vision was light neutral colors with hints of pink throughout. I requested her to use my favorite flowers which consist of hydrangeas, orchids, dahlias and roses. For all of the bouquets she traveled up to a dahlia farm in Michigan and handpicked them herself. Our bouquets complimented the floor length, champagne colored bridesmaid dresses perfectly. On our head table that seated 22, I knew I wanted something very romantic so we chose to have 70 lace wrapped candles at different heights to line the center of the long oval table with small hydrangea bouquets in mercury glass vases spread throughout. Our designer really took our vision to the next level and we couldn’t have been happier with the end result.

We decided to have cupcakes for our guests and a small cutting cake for the bride, groom and bridal party. Even though our cake was small, we had it suspended from the ceiling on a platform. Being that Drew is a lieutenant junior grade in the Navy, we cut our cake with his sword that he received when he commissioned as an officer in 2012.

The ceremony and reception was so magical from the minute it started to the minute it ended. The speeches from our matron of honor, best man and my father were the icing on the cake. The room was filled with so much love and happiness. The one thing that Drew and I cherish most from our wedding day is definitely our gifted video from the amazingly talented team at Wholehearted Wedding Film Co.

Even though Drew and I have been through very difficult times, we both feel it made our wedding day that much more unforgettable. In sickness and in health took on a whole new meaning and we really couldn’t be more blessed to have each other. I hope you enjoy our wedding photos and magical video as much as we do. :)

Photography: Lady & The Lens | Videography: Wholehearted Wedding Film Co | Floral Design: Intertwine By Kelly Lenard | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely By Lazaro | Cake: Designer Desserts | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Hair: Center Of Attention | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ballroom Reception: Aberdeen Manor | Bridal Jewelry: Kate Spade | Makeup: Krissy Vanderwoude | Outdoor Ceremony: Aberdeen Manor

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SMP Blogger Bride Contributor: Meet Ali!

You might recognize her as the voice behind A Dash of Details, but today Ali is joining the family as SMP’s newest Blogger Bride. She’ll be giving us an inside look into her wedding plans, and what better way to get started than a little intro from the Bride-to-be herself! Read her sweet story below, and be sure to visit the gallery of loveliness a la Elyse Hall Photography!

From Ali… Hi Pretty Brides! I’m Ali, the voice and face of A Dash of Details, a life and style blog that is inspired by the details of my daily life in Dallas, Texas. I have been dreaming about my wedding since I was a little girl (I mean what girl hasn’t!) so you can imagine I was over the moon excited when Style Me Pretty asked me to be their next Blogger Bride. I cannot wait to share all of my wedding details with y’all, but really there would be no wedding without my best friend and now fiancé Patrick.

So, I know you are all dying to hear “the how we met story”. Well, Patrick and I met a little over 7 years ago at the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!) on the first day of Calculus 101. He happened to sit next to me. In my head I was squealing with excitement since he was by far the cutest guy in the class. I later found out from a friend that he had spotted me at a party earlier that week and knew I was going to be in the class. Needless to say the rest is history!

Well, there is a little more to the story I suppose. Patrick and I dated throughout college and then did a few years of long distance as both of us were following our dreams. After a few years apart, I finally decided to move to a small town in Ohio so we could be together. He is, without a doubt, my best friend and partner in crime.

Patrick and I spend a lot of time together. Especially when we were living in a small town, so being able to surprise me with an engagement was going to be difficult, or at least that is what I thought. Back in October, Patrick asked me to schedule a photographer to take pictures for our New Year’s card. Really, I should have thought something was up at that point, but without a hesitation or second thought I scheduled a friend to take our pictures for December 23, 2014. A few months later, we flew out to Arizona to spend the holidays with my family. We landed in Scottsdale and headed up to the Boulders to take our photos. After a few shot were taken, she asked us to turn around for a different angle and when I flipped towards Patrick he was on one knee asking me to spend the rest of our lives together. It was a moment in time I will cherish forever. After the engagement, I was surprised at dinner by both of our families and all of my friends! I felt like a princess and the night felt like a fairy tale I never wanted to end.

Like I said before, I am so excited to be sharing my wedding journey with all of you! I plan to take you inside all the details of planning process from how to get your dream wedding while still staying under budget, scouting for the best engagement shoot locations, wedding fashion and beauty, activities to do with your Bridesmaids’, getting in shape for the big day, easy DIY’s for all you crafty brides out there, to my very own wedding shower. With the help of a great wedding planner, friends and family, I cannot wait to create the wedding I always dreamed of in my hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. If there is one thing to always remember it’s at the end of the day, I (and you) get to marry the sweetheart of your dreams, so let’s get started! xoxo

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Ring: Tivol Kansas City | Blogger: Ali Bronska | Coffee Shop: Liberty Market | Heels: Steven by Steve Madden | Jeans: Frame Denim | Shirt: Elizabeth and James | Sunglasses: Celine | Sweater: J.Crew | Watch: Michele