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Industrial Italian Chicago Wedding

We get a lot of amazing stories from brides, but I kind of love when grooms include their little bit too. It’s usually short and sweet, but packed with a whole lotta heart like this one. From his first time meeting his lovely (and absolutely stunning) Bride-to-be, to the sweet at-home coffee mug proposal, they are the cutest. Clary Pfeiffer made sure to snap every moment of their day and you can see it all here.

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From the handsome Groom… At the time we met in March 2012, Erica was working in New York with one of my best friends. They were both in town for work and I tagged along with my friend to a Chicago bar where he and his coworkers were meeting up. I sat next to Erica and became increasingly intrigued by her loveliness (especially after learning that she shared a last name with one of my favorite University of Michigan football players – Tyrone Wheatley).

The following morning I woke up to an email from my friend, who had forwarded me a message from Erica the night before with the subject “Fw: Your Friend”, the body of which simply stated, “Is really cute. Single?”

Erica and I began a long-distance “flirtship” shortly thereafter. We officially began dating about a month later and when she transferred to Chicago for work a few months later, our lives forever became intertwined. The two of us (and my dog and her cat) became inseparable. I proposed to her in November 2013, gently waking her up with a fresh cup of coffee in a new mug with my the initial of my last name on it and a ring loosely tied to the handle by a pink ribbon. That evening Erica and I dined at our favorite Chicago restaurant, Balena, which, even before we knew it, started us down the path of creating a vision for our wedding.

From the beautiful Bride… Jonathan and I wanted our wedding day to be intimate, warm, but above all else, fun. The team from Estera Events helped us come up with an “Industrial Italian” theme, inspired by our recent trip to Italy, our shared love of travel and our favorite Chicago restaurant, Balena.

We chose Gallery 1028 in Chicago as our venue because of its rustic exposed brick and weathered wooden beams. The venue evoked memories of walking through Tuscan villages on our trip the previous year. Estera Events worked with Fleur to infuse fresh herbs into all elements of the floral décor, including hand-tying sprigs of rosemary to each placecard, incorporating fresh sage and bay leaves into each centerpiece and incorporating olive branches and seeded eucalyptus into my bouquet. Each table shared the name of a town we had visited together (Rome, Reykjavik, San Francisco, etc.) and was marked by an Instagram picture from our trips. Our guest book was a collection of vintage postcards, which our guests used to share travel stories, advice, love and best wishes.

Spencer from Style Matters spun fun tracks throughout the night, ensuring we and our guests never left the dance floor. Clary Pfeiffer Photography and Emily Hard Films each captured the warmness, love, laughter and fun that permeated the day. Our memories from that uncharacteristically warm and gorgeous day in September will live forever through Clary’s exceptional photographs and Emily’s touching video.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Videography: Emily Hard Films | Event Design: Estera Events | Coordination: Estera Events | Floral Design: Fleur | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo - Monarch Gown | Invitations: Ruby The Fox | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN - Ainsley In Sapphire | Catering: Calihan Catering | Lighting: Studio AG | DJ: Style Matters | Wedding Venue: Gallery 1028 | Rentals : Re:find Joy

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Romantic Thailand Destination Wedding

This wedding right here, this unbelievably romantic and glamorous bash, is something out of a movie. That’s all I could think of as I went through Sandra Aberg’s beautiful photos, over and over again. The Wedding Bliss and IAMFLOWER worked magic, creating a wedding wonderland for these two lovebirds to say “I do” and we’re the lucky ones who get to obsess over these photos all day long.

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From Sandra Aberg… The story of how Bo and Nat met is like a fairytale. Their first meeting was 13 years ago. Bo was studying architecture at Cornell University and returned to Thailand for a short visit. During her time back she attended a university presentation with her best friend, and the professor giving the talk was Nat. They both remember each other from that first encounter. Nat remembers a skinny young girl that was not his student and Bo remembers the handsome architect. That was their first meeting but they did not see each other again until 10 years later on an airplane to Singapore.

Bo was going to see the World Architecture Festival and Nat was going to be a judge at the competition, and they recognised each other right away. They ended up spending the next four days together with their common friends and quickly realised how many common interests they had like design, arts, and architecture.

Bo had just moved back to Thailand after spending four years working in Shanghai, so Nat offered to show her around Bangkok for upcoming special arts events and exhibitions and they both grew very fond of each other. There was just one problem…

Bo’s father, a Chairman of Central Group, one of Thailand’s biggest conglomerates, had asked his daughter to sign a contract when she was 14 years old and before she was sent to study abroad. The contract stated that she should not have a boyfriend until she graduated!

Bo was confident and knew that Nat was the right one for her so she ran to her mother and asked for advice on how to make her father accept Nat as her boyfriend. Her mother arranged a meeting between Nat and Bo’s father. Bo’s father agreed to meet Nat but not for a general lunch or dinner. Instead, he requested to have an official one-on-one interview with Nat with the purpose of finding out if Nat would be the right one for Bo. He didn’t want the billionaire son-in-law but instead wanted to see the guy who was smart and had a good heart with great ambition, a guy who could take care of his daughter in life’s best and worst situations. After the first meeting, Nat passed the first round but was asked for more interviews with Bo’s family. After many interviews and tests Nat finally got approved by all members. Nat then surprised Bo with a proposal at The Siam Hotel Bangkok, the place where they had their first official date.

After a big celebration in Bangkok, Bo and Nat decided to have a destination wedding to celebrate with only their close friends and family, which was about 250 people from all over the world. They chose Phuket as the destination due to the beauty of the beach and scenery. Also, they fell in love with the brand new hotel, Point Yamu by Como, situated at the tip of a peninsula with a stunning panoramic view. As architects they fell in love with the design and structure of the building and it just felt right from the first time they walked in there. To help them plan this amazing event they had the wedding planners from The Wedding Bliss take care of all the details and decor.

From The Wedding BlissThis wedding was the wedding of the year in Thailand and had to be treated that way. Nothing was left to chance and every detail of the day was carefully planned. Bo and Nat wanted a pure romantic western styled wedding at Point Yamu by Como and wanted to begin with a Christian wedding ceremony followed by a sunset cocktail reception and dinner.

Inspired by the already stunning scenery and amazing design, we created a beautiful outdoor venue on the main lawn of the hotel with a view of the ocean as a backdrop for both the ceremony and the dinner. The location was decorated with chandeliers and hanging flowers to create a complete luxury dream fairytale wedding. The colours were rustic gold mixed with blush pink, white and greens.

To enhance their common interest in architecture, the registration table was decorated with the couples favourite architect books and the wedding favour was an architect ruler with the tag written “The Measure of Love is to Love without Measure.” We also created a gallery with images from their engagement session hanging from the outdoor roof with jars with flowers and ivy to enhance the couples love for art. In the pool area we put up a big Bo & Nat structure to create a nice backdrop for pictures and fun.

The overall feel was inspired by Bo’s unique character and style – a beautiful feminine woman with both elegance and class. We came up with the idea of transforming the whole lawn into a European flower garden. We used all imported flowers such as Pink David Austin Rose, Soft Pink Cymbidium, Ivory Rose, Soft pink Ranunculus and grey leaf. Both the ceremony and the reception was held in this amazing setting and was changed from ceremony to dinner in under two hours to great delight and surprise for all the guests that in the meantime were enjoying the sunset reception at the pool.

Photography: Sandra Aberg Photography | Cinematography: Narakorn Photography | Floral Design: IAMFLOWER | Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Invitations: Rabbit on the Moon | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Anyallerie | Groom's Attire: Button Up | Wedding Venue: Point Yamu By COMO | Graphic Design: Farmgroup | Groom’s Bow Tie: Lanvin | Lighting & Sound: Final Cut AV Phuket | Makeup & Hair Day 1: Kanakorn Kamjatpai | Makeup Day 2: Nontapat Amornchai | Ribbon: Sling Ribbon & bow | Second Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Veil: Oscar de la Renta | Wedding Planning: The Wedding Bliss By Nanya

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Peach Rustic Boho Wedding Inspiration

Here at SMP, we love a good style pairing—the more the merrier! My personal favorite is a touch of boho. This free-spirited style can be woven with almost any other and the result usually leaves me speechless. Case in point? This rustic boho pairing from Maraluce. Sprinkled with rentals from One True Love Vintage Rentals, florals by Ampersand SF and a dress by Lovely Bride, the gallery speaks for itself.

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From MaraluceA romantic union of modern bohemia meets industrial polish for this unique and energetic wedding style shoot. A mix of film and digital photography, our goal was to inspire the eclectic, midcentury, blissfuly rustic and city dweller with luxe design and images. With over the top florals, lush textures, dynamic table settings, charming furniture, avant garde cake design for the stylish couple. A parade of style, sophistication and romance. A collaboration for the luxury bride.

Photography: Maraluce | Floral Design: Ampersand SF | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride Boutique In San Francisco | Cake: Pretty Please Bakeshop | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Hair And Makeup: Julie Dy | Location: Ampersand SF Floral Shop | Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Tablewares: Frances Lane Rentals

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Romantic St. John Destination Wedding

The Annaberg Ruins might be one of the most unique ceremony sites I’ve come upon in a while, and also one of the most beautiful. Enchanting and romantic, they added a whole other amazing element to this island wedding, and Elisha Orin captured every stunning view and special moment between these newlyweds. See it all, from sunup to last kiss, right here.

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From the Bride… We chose a destination wedding because we wished to be surrounded by natural beauty as we celebrated the past, present and future. What better place than St. John! We hired a fantastic wedding planner to help make our vision come alive, which helped us stay focused on soaking up the sunshine and the love from our family and friends. We wanted to plan fun, casual activities leading up to the big day in order for everyone to hang out because having our two families get to know one another really meant a lot to both of us. Our first time to the US Virgin Islands was 72 hours before we said “I do” and that aspect made each wedding event even more special and memorable. We finally got to see an island that we always hoped to visit and now can look forward to anniversary trips – a huge perk! We have bonded over shared travel experiences; the journey has shaped us as a couple. “We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”

Photography: Elisha Orin | Videography: Andrew Orleans | Event Design: Mary Bartolucci And Leah Burris, Island Style Weddings | Coordination: Mary Bartolucci And Leah Burris, Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Jessica Aubain, Roses Too | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Liz LOwe, Queen Of Tarts | Ceremony Venue: Annaberg Ruins | Reception Venue: The Waterfront Bistro | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Hair And Makeup: Grapevine Salon | Grooms Attire: Alton Lane | Groomsmen's Attire: Vineyard Vines | Cake Topper: Danielle Lechuga | Officiate: Pastor Sampson | Sailing Charters: Kekoa | Welcome Party: Dr!nk

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Butterfly Ballet Boudoir Session

Did y’all take ballet lessons when you were younger? I did for a couple years and my favorite part was most definitely twirling in my tutu (instead of doing what I was supposed to). It’s the exact memory that came to mind upon seeing these dreamy images from Archetype. It’s that little girl ballet all grown up and transformed into one of the prettiest boudoir shoots you ever did see.

From ArchetypeMoody, organic bridal boudoir shoot for a bride with whimsical style. The utterly romantic lace and ethereal tulle skirt set the tone for a dreamy collection of images.

“Let us spend our lives chasing the tiny moments of grace that hide in borrowed breaths, stolen glances, and the last instant before smiling lips come to rest.” -Tyler Knot Gregson

DIY insider tip: I made the skirt myself using three layers of silk tulle over two layers of the heavier nylon tulle. Follow online directions to color mix dye for the desired tones of blue. Stitched all layers into a gathered waist bound by a satin bias cut ribbon.

Photography: Koby Brown, Archetype | Hair And Makeup: Jenni Reed, All Things Jenni | Blue Silk Lace Ruffle Panty: Oh Lulu | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Lace Dress: Gossamer | Lace Teddy: 1920's Lace Teddy | Model: Valentina | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Setee: Bourbon & Bloom | Stylist: Terilyn Brown, Archetype | Vintage Robe: Gossamer

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Maroon 5 Crashes A Romantic Carondelet House Wedding

On your wedding day, you’re already on cloud nine, surrounded by such an overwhelming amount of love and joy. So what happens if one of the top music stars of today just happens to stop by and perform? That’s exactly what happened for this lucky couple, when Maroon 5 crashed their Carondelet House celebration to perform and film their hit “Sugar.” Thank goodness Love & You Video was there to catch it all because it’s literally hard to believe; this wedding film is gonna be a hard one to beat.

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From Love & You Video… On December 6th, 2014 we filmed Melanie and Ryan’ s wedding at Carondelet House in Los Angeles. It was such a beautiful wedding, full of little details in the design and a very personal and sweet ceremony. The super team of wedding vendors made their wedding day go flawlessly. Little did we know that at the end of the night we would also have a surprise of the lifetime!

We were told that there would be a surprise after their first dance, but not even the wedding planner knew what it would be. The groom had informed the planner but wanted to keep the surprise hidden.

As the guests were finishing up dinner, we saw a big ‘Hollywood Production’ team arrive and they started to set up a stage for a band in the front room. At this point we figured that the surprise would be a band performing, but we were still trying to figure out why it was taking a 20 person crew to set up for this band.

Turns out that it was not a regular wedding band. To everyone’s surprise, Maroon 5 crashed the wedding! They not only performed their new single “Sugar,” they also filmed the song’s music video.

We found out that Maroon 5 crashed several wedding that night and Melanie and Ryan were one of the lucky couples that got to experience a live performance from the band.

Besides singing their new single “Sugar” twice, Adam Levine also serenaded the couple during their first dance to their classic hit “She Will Be Loved.” It really was a very sweet, beautiful and totally unique moment.

Getting to watch and film the excitement of the newlywed couple and all their wedding guests is something that we will remember forever.

Videography: Love And You Video Event Planning: Burgundy Events | Floral Design: Fannys Flowers| Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Hair And Makeup: BE.NYLA | Ice Cream Truck: Coolhaus | Photography:Katie Pritchard | Rentals And Lighting: Chivari Chair Rentals | Shoes: Lanvin | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Wedding Venue: Carondelet House Catering : Tres LA | DJ: Smiles Davis 

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