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Molly Sims’ Bridal Party Spa Day + De-Stressing Tips

From her incredibly beautiful wedding to our very own Abby Larson's AOL Build interview to beauty tips and ...

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Elegant Santa Barbara Restaurant Rehearsal Dinner

The night before the Big Day is something to be celebrated. And when you just so happen to have Renny and Reed and Jenna Lam Events there to help pull it off, an intimate dinner turns into something truly special. Wine Cask Restaurant played...

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Nautical Wedding Welcome Party

We're about to embark on a day-long indulgence of Jose Villa, and it all starts with a welcome dinner that's guaranteed to Rock. Your. World. Dressed in nautical design by Renny and Reed and planned by Jenna Lam Events, it's a mash-up of modern...

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Dominican Republic Post-Wedding Beach Bonfire

How do you top off a destination wedding extravaganza from rehearsal dinner to ceremony to oceanside reception? A festive beach bonfire - that's how.

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3 Tips for Hiring a Wedding Band

As I began researching music options for my wedding, I felt a bit lost. After a while, a lot of the options start to sound the same, that is, until I came upon the band SALUT, whose style and approach is a breath of fresh air. SALUT's high energy and collaborative style guarantees an amazing experience at your wedding, and with their tips for hiring a wedding band, I'm no longer in...

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Casual Maine Lobster Rehearsal Dinner

One word synonymous with Maine? Lobster, and lots of it. Celebrating along the beautiful rugged coast, Maine Seasons Events coordinated this crustacean affair while Rebecca Arthurs snapped up a series of images that are quintessentially...

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5 Year Wedding Anniversary Celebration

As much as I love weddings - and believe me, I do! - it's what happens after the vows that really fills my heart. I'm talking that let's-grow-old-together love captured so perfectly in this anniversary party from Rebecca Yale Photography. Wedding pro Pickles And Pies and her beloved celebrated five years of...

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Sparkly New Year’s Eve Inspiration

Confetti and champagne are two of my favorite things, so it comes as no surprise that this NYE inspiration is my type of party. Stocked with a sparkly send-off and sequins, Carissa Cady set the scene and captured an ideal countdown to the New Year. It's time to put that bubbly on ice and start counting down the minutes until a midnight celebration ...

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Holiday Engagement Party in Ireland

I've always wanted to visit is Ireland, and this delicious dinner shot by Laura Murray Photography is just one of the many reasons why. Celebrating love and laughter, friends gathered over a Signora E Mare menu to share a meal at ...

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Napa Valley Welcome Dinner + Grape Stomping

Near or far, when it comes to welcoming your wedding guests, doing it in style is key. And I'd say these two cuties nailed it with their gorgeously cozy Napa welcome soiree, grape stomping and all! Guests were greeted with sweet welcome bags designed by the planning genius that is Laurie Arons Special Events, while Rebecca Yale Portraits (the Bride's amazing sis!) snapped up...

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Autumn Al Fresco Bridal Shower

Now that our bellies are stuffed with turkey and our hearts full of thanks, we're holding on to the last bits of autumn before winter hits the scene. And what better way to savor the season than a bridal shower centered on just that. It's an outdoor gathering of girlfriends coordinated by Candice Beaty and blooms by ...

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Waterton Lakes National Park Anniversary Session

Anniversary sessions never fail to leave me super sappy and sentimental. No props needed, there is just something so wonderful about people coming together years after the big shebang to say - "after all these years, you're still it." So I couldn't be more grateful that Marcie Meredith Photography shared her beautiful images of this couples' beautiful story with us, and...

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Chic Western-Style Rehearsal Dinner

We love real weddings with all our hearts, but a pre-nuptial shindig is always welcome inspiration. And when it just so happens to be designed in the hands of Mindy Rice and planned by Laurie Arons...well, there's no telling how long we'll spend drooling ...

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City Views and Champagne Bridal Shower

If you ask me, it doesn't get better than city views and champagne. Filled with plenty of both, this destination brunch at the Hudson Hotel was perfectly planned from the pops of gold (the Bride's favorite color) to the paintings given as presents.. Shot by Kayla Poole, this...

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Al Fresco Bridal Shower at San Ysidro Ranch

Any gathering of girlfriends is a perfect celebration in my book, but when it comes in the form of a lush, garden bridal shower styled to a T? Well, let's just say we couldn't share this beauty fast enough. Designed by Twine Events with calligraphy from Curlicue Designs, it's a feminine twist on the al fresco luncheon, and ...

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Chic Bridal Brunch in Brooklyn

Being deep in the throes of matron of honor duties for my sister, I know all too well that bridal shower inspiration is a total necessity. I scoured SMP when planning my sister's big bash looking for just the right color palette, small bites and theme that was pretty without being too themey. And I can safely say that this Bridal Brunch of We Create & Co. nailed it. See all the fun details captured by ...

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Glitzy Backyard Bash in the Santa Ynez Valley

A little glitz, a healthy dose of glamour, a bit of boho and a whole lot of love - this backyard beauty from Jillian Rose Photography is overflowing with everything we love about SMP weddings and more. Carefully curated by Tenley Erin Young, this...

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Romantic Spring Wedding at Heron’s Bridge

This wedding has soul. So much in fact, that even though every detail snapped up by Sharalee Prang Photography is steal-worthy to say the least, you can't help but be drawn to the couple instead. Because they love they have for each other is so beautifully obvious, and there is even more waiting for you here. ...

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Seaside California Wedding at the Gualala Arts Center

After we saw this film from Hoo Films we simply had to get our hands on the images, particularly when we heard that Viera Photographics was behind the lens. Well, we weren't disappointed. Sitting in...

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Pink and Gold Bridesmaid’s Luncheon

What better way to kick off a wedding weekend then with a bridal luncheon? This Bride-to-be, and the owner of Simply Put Vintage, chose to spend some quality time with her besties before the big day and shower them with a little love. Love in the form of sequins, vintage china and sangria as seen through the lens of ...

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