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San Diego Rehearsal Dinner by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Something I bet you guys didn't know. For my own wedding, I asked our florist to cover anything and everything in glitter. Clear, delicate glitter that would catch the light of the chandeliers perfectly. And she did! She actually rolled our vases in glitter so that the sparkle would light up the whole room. And it was magical. I get that it sounds completely tacky, but you'd have to see it to really believe how pretty it was. Well, this next soiree satisfies all of my girly, glittery, full of...

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Chicago Engagement Party by Melissa Hayes Photography

The pre-gamer to your Wedding Day, a.k.a the Engagement Party, can be such a fun way to get your feet wet when it comes to throwing big huge bashes to celebrate your love. Those are the best kind of parties in our opinion and this Chicago installment photographed by Melissa Hayes Photography is quite the stunner. Feast your eyes on some glamy, glitzy goodness concocted by ...

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Aspen After Party by Aaron Delesie + Lisa Vorce + Mindy Rice

This is the party that can't stop, won't stop!  After the sweet and serene wedding, guests ventured down the rabbit hole into something completely different! A psychedelic, Willa Wonka-meets-Alice in Wonderland after party where they got their sugar rush and their dance party on!  Candy around every corner, vibrant lounge areas and, my favorite little touch, sparkly Toms for the guests to don before dancing, turned this already magical weekend into an out-of-this-world extravaganza! ...

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Aspen Welcome Party by Aaron Delesie + Lisa Vorce + Mindy Rice

Oh do we have a day in store for you! An Aaron Delesie plus Lisa Vorce plus Mindy Rice kind of a day. I am just giddy thinking about it! Here's the deal - today we'll feature one amazing couple (the bride being the voice behind the darling blog...

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Birthday Party Celebration: Stellar Events + Scott Piner Photography

We're taking a brief pause in all-things-wedding this morning to show you an utterly smashing birthday party in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The party and all the details were choreographed exquisitely by Courtney Arnold and her amazing team at Stellar Events. She's shared her thought process and what it took to transform this traditional golf club space into a fresh and elegant dinner party venue. And no...

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Engagement Party for Laura Hooper

I'm a self professed Laura Hooper stalker. I love, love, love her calligraphy work and from the looks of it, everyone else does too. I bet that if we crawled all of the past events we've featured on SMP, Laura's name would come up the most because, well...she's just that good. So when I heard that she is getting hitched in a few months, I just about burst with wedding joy. And if her engagement party, designed by the fabulous...

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Nashville Rehearsal Dinner by Michael Howard

This day has ben chock full of pretty parties and rehearsals but I ask you, what girl doesn't love a great fete? You see, for every amazing wedding out there, there is usually an equally fantastic rehearsal dinner and this little ditty from Denise Sikes of Big Events Wedding is case in point. We love it so very much because it encompasses all the great things about Nashville (food, music, southern charm). Plus it is completely...

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Summer Garden Party by Beautiful Blooms

Sadly, the warm summer weather and backyard soirees are coming to a close this season so I thought we would reminisce a little with this perfect of perfect backyard gatherings designed by crazy talented Donna O'Brien of Beautiful Blooms. It is complete perfection and jam packed with a bezillion sweet details that can be used at your next party or wedding for that matter. Captured by...

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Cowboy Themed Rehearsal Dinner by Jessica Claire

My favorite sorts of gatherings are the ones that truly reflect a couple's personality, that play homage to their roots, and ones that allow a girl to throw on a pair of cowboy boots and kick up her heels. So of course, the country girl in me is dancing and twirling at the sight of this good ol' ranch rehearsal dinner. Jessica Claire and her wondrous photography were at play behind the scenes to bring you every last stinkin cute...

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Croquet Rehearsal Party by Photography by Leah

In keeping with the spirit of three day weekends, last summer hurrahs and a chance to don your best summer whites before you become a big fashion faux pas (unless you are the bride of coarse), we have an uber cute Rehearsal party to share. That's right, I said party because not only did this wedding group eat and drink some fab food and wine but they also partied it up on the croquet field to the tunes of a local jazz band. That sounds like an absolute blast to us! Captured by...

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Rehearsal Dinner by Salt Harbor Designs + Millie Holloman Photography

I swear, some of my all time favorite posts on SMP are the rehearsal dinners. A little bit because I get so much inspiration for my own parties and gatherings, but mostly because I am in awe at how freaking cool some of these dinners are. We're talking wedding cool. Main event cool. With details that are off the charts gorgeous and yet an element of fun that I always want to see infused into EVERY get-together. And this one, designed by the fab Jennifer at...

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Vintage Aussie Themed Bridal Shower

Instead of trying to top this morning's gorgeous Canadian affair, we thought we would change gears and share a completely swoon worthy bridal shower sent to us by Lani Elizabeth, the floral and event designers responsible for all this pretty. The bride-to-be met her future husband while abroad in Australia so naturally, the gals behind Lani Elizabeth wanted to incorporate a vintage Australia theme for the shower, complete with...

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Anniversary Dinner by Lisa Vorce and Aaron Delesie

This anniversary party is 10 times more gorgeous than my wedding. But that pretty much goes for everything Lisa Vorce of Oh How Charming gets her talented little hands on. Add to that some photography by Aaron Delesie and you basically have the recipe for a perfect event. So although I know you are going to love this little affair, I am warning you...jealousy may occur. From the...

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A SMP Baby + An Adorable Baby Shower

So yes, this shower is cute. SO stinking cute, filled with super chic ideas that are perfect for a bridal shower or a bridesmaids gathering. But we have an alterier motive...tt just happened to be THE PERFECT way to spread the news that Tait and I are officially adding to the SMP family with baby number 2! Yep, I'm good and knocked up and couldn't be more thrilled! So to celebrate, we're sharing this absolutely darling baby shower held for one of my favorite people ever, the fabulous Viola of...

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Cheese Shop Fete by Styled Creative + Red Balloon PR

Designed by Philadelphia based Styled Creative for Nicole of Red Balloon PR's cute husband, this is such a cute little fete that I thought it would be perfect inspiration for any al fresco get together. And honestly? I'm already planning a little party inspired by it thanks to the with fresh from the garden gorgeousness and more cheese than a girl could ever dream of. Yep, I'm...

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Spectacular Rehearsal Dinner In Naples At The Ritz

In addition to being super-spectacular, this was also a super-special rehearsal dinner, because, you see, Courtney Caplan of Caplan Miller Events was designing and planning it for her brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law! When your sister is one of the premiere wedding planners in the biz, you know it will be one amazing event!

Here's a bit of the couples' story from...

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Memphis Engagement Party with Miami Chic Style

Last but certainly not least is this uber chic engagement party sent to us by Annabella Brandon of Asian Bees Photography. This may not be a rehearsal dinner, but it still has PLENTY of steal-able ideas for ALL of the numerous shindigs you throw before the big day. So modern and cool, who doesn't love a rooftop cocktail party? We happen to be huge fans.

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Cultural Rehearsal Dinner by Beth Helmstetter

A good rehearsal dinner can be the perfect inspiration for just about any dinner party. Layer on an adorable dress, perfectly perfect details, homemade Asian fare, flowers tucked in tea tins and perfect cans of Sofia champagne. And well, it's beyond. Designed by the fabulous Beth Helmstetter and photographed by the equally fabulous Steve Steinhardt, this celebration is...

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South Carolina Rehearsal Dinner by Kristin Vining

We have another little delight in the form of an outdoor rehearsal dinner and this one is all about casual, easy breezy elegance. The bride and groom hosted a southern cookout on Brays Island in South Carolina and infused their party with great food, cute linens and lots of family and friends...all key factors in the making of an amazing rehearsal dinner.

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Rehearsal Dinner at Hotel Saint Cecilia by Q Weddings

I am sure you are all well aware of how crazy we are for weddings around here. And that excitement is all-inclusive meaning we LOVE every single little bit and piece that goes into making a spectacular day and this includes the important night before the big day. Ah yes, the rehearsal dinner. Often overlooked and under-photographed in the blogoshphere. Well don't worry friends, we've got your back. We have gathered some great little gems to showcase today in hopes that all of you brides-to-be...

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