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Design Your Dream Day with WED School + A Giveaway!

We’re big fans of Shannon Leahy (read: she’s awesome), so when she told us she was launching a fab WED School to teach each and every one of you how to plan + design your Big Day like a pro, well… happy dancing ensued.  Think a self-study training platform that will walk you through the creative process + develop your unique sense of style to design a day that is totally chic and totally you. YES.

We all love Shannon Leahy and her stunning, stop-you-in-your-tracks weddings, so signing up for her WED School (aka, Wedding & Event Design School) to learn everything there is to know about creating a breathtaking event is sort of a no-brainer.  I’m talking tips and tricks the pros use, plus step by step tools that will give you that cohesive + professional + beyond breathtaking day you’ve always dreamed of… one that will leave all of your guests talking with each and every gorgeous detail.  It’s awesome.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Head to WED School today to sign up for your very first course, Event Design 101.  You’ll learn the skills you need to throw the greatest wedding ever, plus master all sorts of celebrations, from gorgeous dinner parties to intimate anniversary parties to baby showers and more. In other words?  You’ll be planning like a pro in no time at all.  Contact them NOW to get your party on.


What: WED School is giving a free event design course to one lucky winner! (Value $399)

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us which aspect of your wedding planning experience your most excited about!

Who: One lucky reader, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 22, 2016.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography (Top to Bottom): Josh Gruetzmacher (Image 1, 2, 5) + Silvana Di Franco (Image 3) + Sasha Gulish (Image 4)


Rustic Carmel Valley Ranch Wedding

Carmel Valley Ranch is simply made for marrying, we all know that.  So take those breathtaking views + rustic, yet completely elegant vibe and pair them up with a talented team of vendors like Coastside CoutureSeascape Flowers and The Hair + Makeup Company and the results are pure magic with a serious side of romance.  See every moment (+ one cute duo) from Carlie Statsky in THE VAULT.


From the Bride… I wanted our wedding to be a representation of who Matt and I are as people; laid back but very much in love. During the stresses of wedding planning, it’s easy to get stuck on making every detail “perfect” but it’s important to come back down to the main theme and go with something that truly illustrates who you are inside and out! We went with a soft, romantic feel with pops of bright colors against muted tones of green, a color combination that has been my favorite since I was a little girl. Seeing our ceremony site for the first time took my breath away. I was looking at my vision, a sheer idea on paper come to life on the most beautiful California summer day, and the best part… there was a groom waiting at the end of the Aisle to marry me.

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Photography: Carlie Statsky | Event Planning + Design: Coastside Couture | Floral Design: Seascape Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Beverly Hills | Cake: The Buttery | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Carmel Valley Ranch | Hair + Makeup: The Hair + Makeup Company | Band: Keith Johnson All Stars | Bow Ties: Handmade By Emy | Groom's Attire: Egara via Men's Warehouse | Venue: Carmel Valley Ranch | Menus + Programs: Vintage Sweet Design | Place Cards: Lettered Life | Rentals: Chic Event Rentals | Robes: The Paisley Box | Thank You Cards At Table: The Pretty Invitation

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Pink Pastel Beach Wedding in Carmel

Just when we thought this Carmel, California wedding couldn’t possibly get any prettier this pink hued perfection gallery goes and proves us wrong. That’s right, it’s basically the ultimate girly-girl wedding straight from the lens of Wai Reyes that we’re beyond excited to share. So join us as we revel in Meghan + Henry’s pink paradise because it’s all waiting for you in THE VAULT!


From the Bride… My wedding planning process was wonderful, tedious, fun, and beyond any strenuous occurrence I have ever been through in my life! As the over planner and perfectionist that I have always been, planning my wedding completely alone was quite the overwhelming process, but I do believe it personally served me well as I was able to create the wedding vision I always dreamed of! Best of all, I was able to marry my incredible husband!

I grew up in Santa Cruz, CA with the beaches and harbor as my “backyard” and have always dreamed of having a barefoot beach wedding since I was a little girl! Being the born and raised beach lover that I am, I knew the sand and sea would absolutely need to be a part of our ‘Big Day’. Marrying the musician (& Beatles fan!) that I did, I also knew a Beatles music theme would be a wonderful and unique blend to our wedding!

The happiest moment of our ‘Big Day’ was undoubtable the moment I saw my groom at the end of the aisle, sweetly tearing up as I walked towards him. I knew my life would never be the same again, and I could not wait to become my husband’s wife!

All of my vendors were absolutely wonderful! I truly was so fortunate to have found every single one of them considering I had decided to cause myself quite a bit of extra stress by choosing all “outside” venue vendors.

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Photography: Wai Reyes | Floral Design: Gavita Flora | Wedding Dress: Maggie Soterro | Cake: Chefany | Wedding Invitations: Empire Invites | Ceremony Venue: El Matador State Beach | Reception Venue: Wedgewood Carmel | Bride's Shoes : Vera Wang, Beverly Hills | Rings: Appelblom Jewlery Co | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Wedgewood Carmel | Makeup And Hair: Karen Miller | DJ: DC Event & Design- Dominic Camany | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bridal Robe: ETSY | Bridesmaids’ Flats: Designer Shoe Warehouse | Cinemetography: Ocean Blue Video | Custom Totes: ETSY | Flower Girls' Gowns: ETSY | Starfish Bracelets: ETSY | Wedding Day Timeline Printout: ETSY | Wedding Prep Venue: Carmel Mission Ranch | Wooden Arch: Gavita Flora | Wooden Signs/Basket: ETSY | “All You Need Is Love” Sign:: ETSY