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Summer Wedding Inspiration with Pewter Accents

Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes but when it’s packaged up in the prettiest summer shoot you ever did see, we count our lucky stars for vendors like Elle AffairsSouthern Posies, Cakes By Kim and Spindle Photography. They know exactly how to get our hearts a’ racing, but the best news yet? This party is JUST getting started. Click right here for so much more.


From Spindle PhotographyEvent planner and stylist Brittany Lott of Elle Affairs dreamed up this romantic and feminine wedding inspiration shoot that is filled to the brim with gorgeous eye candy for spring and summer brides. While the color palette is pastel, the pink, purple and blue shades we picked for the long mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses are a little more moody than your typical Easter pinks and yellows. With pretty dusty blue details like the ink for the calligraphed paper suite, and pewter accents like the sparkly Kate Spade bride’s shoes, it was altogether dreamy!

The crazy-gorgeous florals were bursting with lush light pink and peach peonies, ranunculus, and Butterfly Blue scabiosa. The bride’s gown is a gorgeous Hayley Paige with flounced skirt and striking keyhole back adorned with a metallic crystal beading. Silver foil gave the light blue cake some subtle glam and were accompanied by Earl Grey macarons dusted with edible metallic powder that we quickly devoured at the end of the day.

The venue, Rucker Place, is a romantic and charming historic home with a wrap-around porch (with a painted dusty blue floor! Kismet!), and is the perfect setting for our fresh affair that a classic/romance-loving bride would adore.

Photography: Spindle Photography | Videography: Brittany Arias | Event Planning: Elle Affairs | Floral Design: Southern Posies | Wedding Dress: White Dresses Boutique | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Birmingham | Cake + Mini Cake Favors: Cakes By Kim | Ceremony + Reception: Historic Rucker Place | Hair + Make-up: Brittany Benton Massey | Macarons: Magic City Macarons | Paper Goods + Calligraphy: Ragan House Lettering | Shoes + Accessories: Kate Spade | Silver Chiavari Chairs: Event Rentals Unlimited | Table Decor: Table Matters | Vintage Rolls Royce: Coats Classic Cars | Wedding Dress Designer: Hayley Paige

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Intimate Backyard Wedding

This is one of those weddings where mere words simply can not do it justice.  Because no matter how much I tell you just how beautiful every.last.detail planned by Mariee Ami is, it still won’t compare to the real thing: an intimate backyard affair that is sooo insanely gorgeous and heartwarming, it’s literally the epitome of a perfect wedding.  See it all captured by Jamie Clayton right here.


From the Bride… John and I were wed in a small ceremony overlooking the creek at my parents’ house on September 21st. Luckily enough, the downpour of rain had finally stopped about two hours before our guests arrived. Upon arrival, our friends and family were greeted with a glass of champagne and the violinist’s music. Soon, the ceremony commenced with my sister leading the way and my father escorting me. Shortly after the ceremony, John and I escaped to a dinner date downtown at Chez FonFon - one of our favorite restaurants in Birmingham. After a quick dinner, we headed back to my parents’ house to celebrate with all of our friends and family.

We had so many amazing people help make our wedding. Not only did my parents host our wedding at their home, but they also significantly aided in the planning. My mom also designed our wedding invitations and save the dates, while my father brewed beer and harvested honey as gifts for our traveling guests. My sister hand-addressed all of our invitations. Her boyfriend and one of our family friends read passages we selected for our ceremony. Together, we all set up last-minute rain tents and hastily covered the outdoor arrangements to protect them from the coming storm. One of my aunts planned and executed the the decorations, while another aunt ordered and created the flower arrangements. The band was full of John’s former bandmates and family friends. Finally, branches from my parents’ anniversary olive tree decorated our wedding cake.

Despite the rain, our day could not have been more perfect for us. We wanted an intimate, outdoor ceremony where we could relax and enjoy ourselves and the time we had together with our family and friends. At the same time, we wanted to ensure we had time for us to savor the moment and celebrate with our guests. Overall, we wanted to have fun – dancing, singing, sabering champagne, and playing with sparklers – and we got just that!

Photographer: Jamie Clayton | Wedding Planner: Mariee Ami | Flowers: Petal Pushers By Diane Barron | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore Via The Bridal Garden (non-profit Atelier That Benefits The Brooklyn Children's School) | Catering: Savoie Catering | Make Up: Tonya Jones Salon | Hair: Salon 2412 | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groom's Shoes: To Boot NY | Bride's Earrings: Alexis Bittar | Going Away Dress: Rag And Bone | Interior Design: Betsy Brown Interiors

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What to Look for When Buying Flowers

We’ve talked a lot of flower shop on SMP.  Because we think flowers have the ability to totally transform not only your space – but your soul. And amidst tips on arranging flowers to those on making grocery store stock feel special, it’s time now to hear from Holly & Mandy‘s on what to look for when buying flowers. So that all of our fresh flowers look gorg and make everyone around them smile.

THE PALETTE:  I like to pick out my favorite flower first and then use that as my palette inspiration. From there I choose others that are in a similar color family and compliment well. Contrasting colors can be nice, but I think it’s simplest to begin by working tone on tone.

FRESHNESS: This is so key in making your flowers last longer. Always try to choose the freshest looking flowers at the market. Stay away from any browning, wilting petals or anything that just looks a little tired. When you get home immediately clip 1-2 inches off of the stems at an angle and place your flowers in clean containers full of fresh water. If possible let them drink for at least an hour before arranging them.

TEXTURE: I think it is ideal to have some nice textural variation in your arrangement or bouquet. I love ruffley flowers like the ranunculus and peonies in the photos. That said, I think ruffles stand out even more when accented by a contrasting texture – for example I wired a little pine cone into this bouquet to mix things up a bit. Using mixed greenery is another way to layer in various textures.

FORAGE: Remember that every ingredient in your arrangement does not have to be bought at a flower shop. Clipping greenery from around your neighborhood is a great way to have your finished piece reflect your natural environment. It brings the outside it. I always incorporate some greenery, vines or branches from my yard.

LOOSEN UP: I feel like this is as important for us as it is for the flowers. Just remember to relax and leave the perfectionism at the door when you start playing with your flowers. There is no perfect technique so let the beauty of the flowers speak for themselves. When you arrange, keep it loose and flowing – it’s more fun for you and each flower will stand out more that way!

Photography: Mandy Busby | Floral Design: Holly Carlisle