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Elegant, Woodsy Indiana Garden Wedding

In an enchanted forest setting, this sweet couple’s fairytale wedding came to life. Wearing her mother’s reimagined wedding gown and veil handmade by her mother, the bride walked down the long aisle to meet her groom under a dome of baby’s breath. Clark Brewer and Coastline Studios captured all the magical details in this happily ever after.

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Garden
Styles
Elegant

From Avery Grace Events and Coastline StudiosThis secret garden wedding is an absolute fairy tale. From the floral design to the photography, every aspect and detail was planned and pulled off without a hitch.

One of the most special aspects of Whitney and Bradley’s garden wedding, was the beautiful film photography that they chose to have. Published professional photographer Clark Brewer captured all of the perfect moments, reflecting the couple’s romantic, fun, and classic vibes. The vintage film photos stun in black and white and color, making this wedding one to remember.

Whitney’s vision for her magical Wedding Day, was one of family, friends, and fairytale floral. The enchanting forest and stunning sunshine were the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous couple’s nuptuals. The wedding venue, The International Friendship Gardens, was the perfect place to host Whitney and Bradley’s family and friends on the Michigan/Indiana border near her family’s lake home.

The couple wanted to capture the idyllic feeling of a day frolicking in this beautiful part of the country, which has always been so special to the couple and their families. Elegant and Natural without being stuffy is how Whitney described wanting her wedding to be. With one surprise after another to appeal to all senses, the guests began their day with a casual stroll through the woods to the ceremony site, an oasis under an arch of towering pines.

Keeping it a family affair, the bride remade her mother’s wedding gown, and her mother then made Whitney’s veil. Appease Inc gave Whitney a romantic updo and natural makeup were the perfect match to her minamalist dress. Whitney’s bridesmaids were given full reign in picking their dresses, other than the color pallette of light pastels and blush. While they were getting ready, Whitney and Bradley’s dog Emma was there for all of the excitement and nerves.

When Whitney came down the long aisle through the clearing in the woods, she captured all attention with her proud father on her arm. Under the dome, fringed with baby’s breathe and toile the couple with their attendants and family beside them, faced out to their guests in a very touching exchange of vows. The ceremony was short and sweet, but the perfect celebration of the couple.

With vintage lanterns guiding the way , guests were invited to jump on golf carts or stroll through the enchanting path over an antique bridge to the ceremony site which opened to another stunning vista on a willow lined lake with a clearing for migrating geese. Here, guests were greeted with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

The band, with a hip-southern vibe travelled from Athens, GA as a special request from the couple ( this was their favorite band from Nashville, TN, back from the couple’s Vanderbilt days. The tables were graced with vintage brass candlesticks from the bride, her mother and aunt’s collections and the candlelit glow interlaced with the exquisite florals done by renowned florist from Town and Country Magazine, Fleur Chicago. The flowers, set in brass from Refind Joy were mixed with wildflowers which made the setting inside the tent perfectly blend in with the wild forest.

A tearjerking toast from the brides brother and father set the stage for a wonderful evening of celebration, joy and magic, dancing the night away, all the while being filmed by Coastline Studios. The delicious food by Jewell Events and the full moon festivities made this summer evening the perfect start to a lovely marriage.

Photography: Clark Brewer | Videography: Coastline Studios | Event Planning: Tina Anderson From Avery Grace Events | Floral Design: Fleur Inc. | Catering: Jewell Events Catering | Hair & Makeup: Appease Inc. | Band: Trotline | Wedding Venue: International Friendship Gardens | Brass: Refind Joy | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

WASIO photography + A Special Offer + A Giveaway!

Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you I am rarely at a loss for words; I like to talk… a lot.  But every once in awhile, I come across something sooo incredibly breathtaking and beautiful, words escape me. And that something is the brilliant work of WASIO photography, a talented team of photographers that know a thing or two about capturing your wedding day in images you’ll treasure for always. Made up of two husband and wife teams (Sasha & Yaneck + Magda & Marcin), WASIO photography is known for building personal relationships with each and every one of their clients; meeting them several times pre-wedding, bonding with them at their amazing engagement shoots and even inviting family members to the viewing sessions post-wedding.  Which means that on your big day, you’ll have friends documenting all of those special moments, making their perspective that much more unique. And WASIO photography isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get the jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind image, whether it’s on the day of your nuptials, at night with their custom lighting or at one of their breathtaking sunrise engagement sessions. 

Visit WASIO photography today to talk to the team of photogs that will take your wedding photography to the next level. And don’t forget, if you book WASIO photography by June, 2015, you’ll receive a 16×24 beautifully matted fine art print printed on hand-made German 100% cotton museum paper ($450 value)!the-giveawayWhat: WASIO photography is giving away a sunset or sunrise 1-hour engagement session!* (Value $499)

How: To enter, go here!

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WASIO photography + A Special Offer + A Giveaway!

Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you I am rarely at a loss for words; I like to talk… a lot.  But every once in awhile, I come across something sooo incredibly breathtaking and beautiful, words escape me. And that something is the brilliant work of WASIO photography, a talented team of photographers that know a thing or two about capturing your wedding day in images you’ll treasure for always. Made up of two husband and wife teams (Sasha & Yaneck + Magda & Marcin), WASIO photography is known for building personal relationships with each and every one of their clients; meeting them several times pre-wedding, bonding with them at their amazing engagement shoots and even inviting family members to the viewing sessions post-wedding.  Which means that on your big day, you’ll have friends documenting all of those special moments, making their perspective that much more unique. And WASIO photography isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get the jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind image, whether it’s on the day of your nuptials, at night with their custom lighting or at one of their breathtaking sunrise engagement sessions.

Visit WASIO photography today to talk to the team of photogs that will take your wedding photography to the next level. And don’t forget, if you book WASIO photography by June, 2015, you’ll receive a 16×24 beautifully matted fine art print printed on hand-made German 100% cotton museum paper ($450 value)! the-giveaway What: WASIO photography is giving away a sunset or sunrise 1-hour engagement session!* (Value $499)

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us your why you would love a morning or evening session with the fantastic WASIO photography!

Who: One lucky reader, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on April 17, 2015! *Session must take place in Chicago or mutually agreed location on mutually agreed date. The giveaway includes session time plus eight WASIO Signature Edit high resolution photos. Online gallery will include all of the final images from the session and clients will have the option to purchase prints of additional images or add a USB of all high res images.  

For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies! Sponsored-Post

ChiChi Styles Bridesmaid Dresses + A Discount!

Being a bridesmaid is always such an honor — I love getting to stand by my favorite ladies on their big days, but picking out a dress for a whole group of girls can undoubtably be a challenge! Well, things are about to change thanks to ChiChi Styles. This online devision of LeSalon makes picking out, ordering + purchasing bridesmaid dresses easy, fun and stress-free!

ChiChi Styles blends the best of both worlds — the expertise of a real store with years of experience + the convenience and savings of an online shop! And the best part? You and your ladies can save $40-$150 per dress on the same designer dresses you’d find elsewhere all while making sure your dresses are ordered in the correct size and within the same dye lot. Dye lots are important so the dresses are all the same shade of your chosen color. Featuring brands such as Dessy, Alfred Sung, Lela Rose, Social, After Six, Bari Jay, Bill Levkoff, Jordan, & Allure Bridesmaids, ChiChi Styles even offers a “Try-On Program” where for $25, a sample is sent straight to you and all your ladies can try on and order from home!

To make tracking your order easy-as-can-be, ChiChi Styles offers Order Tracking so you (or even your maid of honor!) can review + double check all individual orders in your bridal party before the final order is sent into the designer! You’ll even get email notifications throughout the entire ordering process as well as estimated delivery dates all through your online account. Head over here for more info, ordering guides and measuring videos! I’m loving this new way to shop for bridesmaids — and now’s the time to buy because ChiChi Styles is offering our readers $5 off each dress using code SMP32015 (expires March 31, 2105). Happy shopping, my dears!

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Kristin La Voie Photography + A Discount + A Giveaway!

http://kristinlavoie.comAround these parts, Kristin La Voie Photography is totally legend.  An award winning photographer recently named one of the Best Wedding Photographers of 2015, she is a serious expert at capturing each and every gorgeous moment of your day as it unfolds naturally.  In other words?  Stunning images for you, and a whole lot of swooning for those of us here at SMP.  We call that a win-win, lovelies.

A specialist in film photography, and one of the leading film photogs in the Chicago area, we’ve been obsessed with Kristin’s work since the very moment we laid our eyes on her breathtaking captures.  Think beautiful light-filled images that document your day in the prettiest of ways.  With Kristin La Voie Photography, you’ll have those special moments you didn’t even realize were being captured (she’s that good, people) to remember for always.  And, bonus.  Kristin La Voie Photography recently launched KLP BEAUTY, a brand new site totally devoted to capturing all of you stunning brides pre-wedding in a beautiful + oh-so-romantic light.  It’s boudoir reinvented, and it’s totally awesome.

Contact Kristin La Voie Photography today to get started on your amazing journey.  And don’t forget that Kristin is offering SMP readers $300 off any 2015 wedding package through March 31st!

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Kristin La Voie Photography is giving away a Boudoir Mini Session to one lucky SMP reader, which will include session time (30 minutes) and digital images!*  To enter, leave a comment below telling us your most beautiful feature!  The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 27, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

*Boudoir session must be held at a location within 20 miles of 60174.  Value $450. 

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