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5 Tricks to Keep Your Flowers Fresh Longer

One of the best things about hiring a great florist is that they know all the must-have tips and tricks to ensure your flowers look their absolute best on your big day. Worried that your flowers will lose their vibrancy before you even hit the aisle? Don’t be. Becca from Petal Floral Design shares some secret pro tips for keeping your flowers fresh longer in the video below!


Florals: Petal Floral Design | Film: Elysium Productions

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Sweet Monday Photography + A Discount!

In the world of drop-dead gorgeous images, Sweet Monday Photography reigns supreme.  Think soft, light-filled captures that are as romantic as they are stunning and you are most definitely on the right track. So when it comes to soaking in the pretty, we’re all about devoting a day to Sweet Monday’s latest masterpiece… a shoot that is chock-full of outdoor beauty and spring-filled happy.

Known for their love of nature and ability to capture those special moments you didn’t even realize were happening, Sweet Monday Photography is endlessly inspired by the New England landscape… and it shows in every moment of this gorgeous styled shoot set against the stunning Mount in the Berkshires. Picture classic meets modern details and colorful blooms with a touch of traditional lovely and a splash of bohemian charm.  It’s all sorts of seriously stunning, lovelies… and it’s just what we’ve come to expect from Sweet Monday Photography.

Whether you’re looking to capture your love against a golden autumn backdrop, or snuggled up with the snow twinkling in the background, Sweet Monday’s talented team of photogs will most definitely preserve those special moments that you will cherish for always.  Contact them now to start your journey to beautiful photography.  You can thank us later, loves.


What: Sweet Monday Photography is offering 20% off any of their standard wedding photography Collections for weddings with either the ceremony or reception taking place outdoors in 2016 or 2017!

How: Interested couples just need to mention this post when inquiring about Sweet Monday’s availability on their wedding date via the contact form on their website. Discount is not applicable for custom Collections, but may be applied to any of the standard packages.  The discount will be honored a total of 10 times on a first come, first served basis.  Click here for more info!

Photography: Sweet Monday Photography | Event Design: LoLo Event Design | Floral Design: Poppy Floral | Wedding Dress: Flair Boston | Invitations: Lynn Graham Designs | Jewelry: Ore Jewelry by Sophie Hughes | Makeup Artist: Making Faces Weddings | Hair Stylist: Love Notes By June | Calligraphy: Pier Gustafson | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Mount | Desserts: Tatte Bakery | Models: Model Club Inc. | Rentals: Peterson Party Center | Suit: The Black Tux


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NST Pictures + A Giveaway!

We absolutely adore NST Pictures, the fab cinematography team that knows everything there is to know about capturing your wedding.  So when we heard that they were giving away an amazing cinematography package to one lucky-in-love duo, well… we simply had to share.  I’m talking a beautiful trailer film, documentary coverage, HD digital film links (and more!) all wrapped up in that awesome service NST Pictures is known for.  Find out so much more below.

Your wedding day is all about the memories… from that lovely morning spent with your besties to seeing your sweetie for the very first time.  So finding the right team to capture every precious second? One of the most important decisions you’ll make.  Enter NST Pictures, an artistic cinematographer that will expertly preserve those moments in a keepsake you’ll cherish for always. Think a beautifully made movie-like short film with multiple camera angles, enchanting music and HD footage.  Oh, and I mentioned their fabulous giveaway for that one oh-so-lucky couple?  Say it with me, loves: awesome.

Trust me on this one, SMPers: contact NST Pictures today to start your journey.  Their cinematography packages start at just $980 and can be easily customized for all of their Tri-State area, New England, Mi-Atlantic and Southern California couples.  It’s family heirloom in one, two, three… and you can thank us later.


What: NST Pictures is giving away an all-inclusive wedding cinematography package to one lucky couple, including a full day of coverage with two cinematographers, a trailer film, a feature film, a documentary edit, USB copies and HD digital film links!  (Value $4810)

How: To enter, and for all terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo


Bliss Monique Lhuillier at Gabriella New York

It’s no secret that here at SMP we’re obsessed with all things Monique Lhuillier, so you can imagine our excitement when we heard about their newest collection — Bliss by Monique Lhuillier — which is being debuted at Gabriella New York! Dreamy, romantic and feminine, this stunning collection is not to be missed.

Featuring gorgeous hourglass shapes and waist-enhancing corsetry embellished with delicate lace and ethereal tulle, these gowns scream romantic + feminine. Reflective of a bride who is as classic as she is dreamy, the Monique Lhuillier Bliss collection embraces the modern bridal silhouette.

To see the full collection + to find your perfect gown, set up an appointment at Gabriella New York. And now’s the time to begin your happily ever after, because there is a special 10% discount on all Bliss gowns from June 18-21, 2015! Happy shopping, lovelies! xo


Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Dress: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Bridal Salon: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

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Romantic Colonial Inspired Connecticut Wedding

Ashley Caroline knows the way to my nuptial devoted soul. Case in point? This oh-so-sweet snap of the Bride and her darling flower girl. I mean, that alone is enough to melt my heart! But the sweet moments don’t stop there m’dears, we’ve got even more pretty waiting for you in the gallery!


From Ashley Caroline PhotographySarah and Scott married in Sarah’s charming hometown in Connecticut surrounded by old colonial homes full of character. Their wedding had lots of personal touches but my favorites are the wildflower bouquets that the girls held, which Sarah collected the day before with a few added florals purchased. The flower girl was adorable with her dainty flower crown and the bridesmaids wore peach chiffon dresses in different styles. Sarah wore a delicate gold bracelet that Scott gifted her on the morning of with their wedding date inscribed. The groomsmen looked handsome in their black suspenders and grey pants and bow ties, which perfectly complimented the groom in his slim fit grey suit and narrow black tie. Sarah had an adorable braided updo and wore the biggest smile throughout the day.

The reception had unique signs and jars of honey with “W” tags, representing the groom’s last name. The cake was dressed in rosemary and topped with a “W” gold cake topper. More wildflowers decorated the room and it was lovely!

This wedding was a labor of love contributed by Sarah + Scott’s closest family and friends. Her sister designed the wedding invitations, her dad conducted the ceremony and her bridesmaid did Sarah’s beautiful makeup. I felt honored to be chosen as their photographer!

My favorite wedding day moment was when Sarah sat on a floral couch in the bridal suite and began reading her letter from Scott. In the envelope, he gifted her an inscribed necklace with their wedding date, 07262014. She wrapped the necklace around her wrist and wore it next to her initial bracelet, which she had also gifted to her bridesmaids. She read the letter to herself with a mixture of tears and laughter. She summed up her reaction in one sentence, “he’s been writing me this letter for years.” A true example of romance in this long distance relationship. I hid my eyes full of tears behind my camera and continued to click and blink them away.

From The Bride…Growing up in Connecticut, I have always loved the clean lines and simplicity of the colonial houses in my town. A lot of the planning was inspired by the venue – we wanted the aesthetic to feel fresh and simple. I have always loved how gorgeous the First Church of Christ is with stunning white and wooden pews. We did virtually no decorating at the church with the exception of a few flowers in the front, the church was so beautiful that I didn’t want to do anything to distract from it. I really loved the idea of keeping things simple and neutral and letting seasonal flowers and greenery introduce any color into the aesthetic.

We thrifted most of the decor for the wedding, buying many various glass vases from Goodwill and Salvation Army to hold the flowers at each table. We picked many of the flowers for the centerpieces ourselves from friends’ yards and gardens. Our wedding would not have been a success without the support and help of our friends and family. We were really blessed to have talented crew of family and friends willing to help! My sister designed the invitations and paper goods, a good family friend catered amazing fresh food sourced from seasonal ingredients, a friend did the floral arrangement, and my bridesmaids did my makeup! It was really great seeing how many people were willing to pitch in to make our day a success.

My favorite moment:

I can bring myself back to the moment that the gorgeous church doors opened. This is a moment that I will cherish for the rest of my life. All of the planning, and preparation of the wedding and of our hearts led up to this moment. The doors swung open, and I saw my best friend waiting for me at the end of the aisle. It felt so special to walk towards the love of my life as I walked by rows of family and friends there to support us as we committed the rest of our lives to each other. The best way that I can describe it is that it felt like a huge hug from everyone that I love and care about. It was incredible and made me feel so blessed! I would advise any bride to pause before walking down the aisle to take some time to soak in this moment – it is unforgettable.

Photography: Ashley Caroline Photography | Reception: Sarah Porter Memorial | Dress Designer: Mori Lee | Graphic Designer: Abigail Solberg

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