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Cozy Winter Engagement Session

If there’s a way to make winter welcoming, stylist Allison Koehler, who’s also our Bride-to-be, knows the secrets. Wrapped up in a chic, cozy coat, with her man by her side, she’s radiating pre-wedding warmth in all these sweet pics by Ashley Caroline. Turn up the heat with our VAULT right this way!

From the Bride-to-be… When Raven and I got engaged, we knew we wanted to do our engagement photos in the snow. We love the winter, and wanted to memorialize the beautiful snowy CT countryside with our photos.

I’m a stylist, so part of what I do for a living is curate outfits for couples’ engagement shoots. When it came to my own, I have to admit I was a little stumped. I envisioned a gorgeous dress, a beautiful blanket wrapped around us… but nothing felt right. When I came across a beautiful forest green coat from ASOS, however, I knew I was on the right track.

The day of our shoot was a chilling 17 degrees – one of the coldest of the year. I threw on a comfy plaid dress and Raven and I donned our snow boots, planning to change when we arrived at the shoot location. The snow was 2 feet deep in the field where we had planned to shoot, so we left on our boots and, laughing, climbed through the deep snow.

We have a wonderful relationship with our photographer, Ashley Caroline, and she kept us in a warm frame of mind as she captured the sun setting around us. My favorite part of the shoot was just as the sun was falling behind the horizon, we carefully climbed to the tree line where we shared a flask of whiskey.

Every time I look back at these photos, I don’t remember my frozen fingers, but rather am transported to a cozy memory of hugs with my favorite person in our favorite place in the world.

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Photography: Ashley Caroline Photography | Styling: Allison Koehler | Floral Design: Jakkelyn Iris Designs | Coat: ASOS

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Floral Inspired Baby Girl Shower

I’m all for shower games but a farm-to-table feast is sure to trump all. And that’s not the only fab activity on the docket for this pink infused shower. The mama-to-be and party planner extraordinaire behind Lovely Day Styling & Events also fashioned a floral crown making station with the help of Jakkelyn Iris Designs + dip dyed the prettiest pink linens (in her third trimester, no less!). Click through the vault captured by Victoria Gloria for even more!

I’m a wedding planner who loves obsessing over the smallest decor details that make our couples’ weddings unique, so when my Mom approached me to help plan my own baby shower, I was all for it. It was the chance to combine my passion for party planning with complete creative control — which was the best gift she could have given me! The planning process was so fun and the perfect pregnancy distraction in my third trimester.

We invited an intimate group of my closest friends and family and decided to host the party at Terrain in Westport, CT, a local spot that inspires me each time I walk in. My Mom and I worked together on the decor, focusing on special touches like calligraphed place cards and home-baked banana and pumpkin bread favors. We spent the day before the event dip-dying the table runners in my tiny kitchen sink, laughing for hours and trying not to dye our hands pink!

I really wanted my friends to have a lovely evening together, so we replaced traditional “shower games” with a delicious farm-to-table harvest supper and a hands-on group activity. My friend and floral genius Jakkelyn Dickey lead us in a wonderful flower-crown making class, which fit perfectly with the Garden Cafe theme and sent my guests home with a hand-made souvenir.

It was the perfect celebration for my baby girl, and the talented Victoria Shaefer captured it all in beautiful photos that I’ll have as a keepsake for years to come.

Photography: Victoria Gloria | Event Design: Lovely Day Styling & Events | Floral Design: Jakkelyn Iris Designs | Dress: ASOS Maternity | Cake: Sweet Maria's Bakery | Invitations: Yao Cheng For Minted | Calligraphy: Pick Then Print | Cafe: Terrain Westport Garden Cafe

Nautical Connecticut Yacht Club Wedding

Get ready, lovelies, because this seaside wedding is going to brighten this gray winter day. Then again, I may be a little bit biased—this affair was designed by SMP’s very own, Abby Capalbo. And with a dreamy dress from Everthine Bridal Boutique, yummy bites from Gourmet Galley and gorgeous photos from Ashley Caroline, this day is truly perfect. See it all in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…Steve and I met through a group of friends who played trivia each week at a local brew pub, and after a ski weekend in Vermont and a few helpful nudges from our friends, we began dating. We quickly realized that this relationship of ours wasn’t just about romance but that more importantly we were, quite simply, each other’s best friend. When Steve asked me to marry him in the same spot where we first talked about spending our lives together, I happily said yes.

Steve and I both agreed that we wanted a laid back, relaxed reception with an emphasis on great food and lots of fun things to do! We thought of so many different ideas to incorporate (I am a Style Me Pretty devotee and have been long before Steven and I met!) but when it came time to make major decisions our guiding idea was “did it feel like us?”

As an admitted over-Pinner and detail oriented gal, one of the most helpful things we did was invest in a design board with Abby Capalbo. I had a sense of how I wanted the design to go, but needed help editing all of the ideas. We shared as much of “us” with Abby as we could and she created a document that so perfectly captured what we were hoping to see on our big day. It made communicating our story and ideas a breeze when working with our talented vendors!

I have a long standing love affair with summer in New England, so we chose a venue that really reflected that; when Gourmet Galley sent us our menu proposal, we felt like they read our minds! Steve is the most wonderful, goofy guy and has a serious penchant for puns, so Jen of Jennifer’s Paper really allowed us to infuse plenty of fun into the paper goods throughout the day. Paper ended up being such a huge vehicle for highlighting our personalities (hello, 478,482 nautical puns!) and Jen was so patient and talented at working in every little detail for us. We’d also spent most of our relationship living in Middletown, CT, so it was a no-brainer for us to ask the Middletown cupcake queen, NoRa’s Cupcakes, to drive their truck down for the reception.

In keeping with the personalized theme, we elected to take on a few DIY projects for our big day. For our escort cards, we choose to create a mixed CD as a nod to our first date: he brought me flowers, I made him a mix that he still listens to! We built cornhole boards, repainted additional games to keep a cohesive look on the lawn, and made monkey fist knots for the tables. The monkey fists come with a funny story: I was getting overwhelmed with details and was stressed about the knots; Steve, being the amazing guy he is readily offered to make these for me. I was skeptical but he insisted he give it a try. Upon successful completion of his trial knot, he sent a photo of it to me, along with a rewritten, wedding-centric parody of the “Men of the Night’s Watch” vow from Game of Thrones. He was the self-proclaimed “Watcher of the Wedding.”

We will never forget our beautiful wedding day. Ashley Drago’s gorgeous floral garlands popped on the tables and when Marissa of Gourmet Galley led us into the room we couldn’t stop smiling at how perfectly everything came together! The day was such a happy blur and I’ll never forget dancing and catching glimpses of Steve dancing with my cousins, high school pals and family members running to the photo booth or cupcake truck, or our college friends twirling our grandmothers around the dance floor! Easily our favorite memory, aside from our vows, was sneaking off during dinner to spend some time alone at the edge of the lawn overlooking the water. We felt so blessed to be surrounded by our favorite people and all of the love they shared with us.

Even with a team of wonderful vendors and lots of wedding prettiness, everything pales in comparison to the marriage we are beginning. Steve is truly the kindest, funniest, most wonderful guy and while things are not always picture perfect, I feel so incredibly blessed to have found my best friend and teammate for life.

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Photography: Ashley Caroline | Cinematography: Brian J. Productions | Event Design: Abby Capalbo | Floral Design: Ashley Drago | Wedding Dress: Rebecca Schoenveld | Cupcakes: NoRa Cupcake Company | Stationery: Jennifer's Paper | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Gourmet Galley | Makeup: Larissa Lake Makeup | Hair: Naomi's Studio & Salon | Venue: Guilford Yacht Club | Bridal Boutique: Everthine Bridal Boutique | DJ + Entertainment: Geoff Pusko Of LocalMotion | Signage + Cocktail Stirrers: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

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