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Outer Banks Wedding Showcase at Sanderling Resort + A Giveaway!

There are bridal shows, and then there is the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase hosted by Sanderling Resort, a non-stop day of drop-dead gorgeous inspiration set against one of the world’s most beautiful backdrops. Think one talented vendor after another, yummy treats and useful tools to help pull off your dream wedding.  All happening on March 19th, you must add this to your calendar NOW, lovelies.

Saying “I do” at the Outer Banks is always a beautiful thing… especially with the help of some of the most talented vendors you will ever meet.  From cakes to floral to photography, the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase offers up over 30 wedding experts that will help you weave together that luxurious affair you’ve always imagined.  Spend your day sampling tasty treats (hello cake, chocolate and Italian Ice), soaking in your complimentary hair and makeup consultation at The Relaxation Lounge, enjoying the live entertainment and even relaxing with a foot massage.  It’s the wedding showcase to end all wedding showcases and we couldn’t be more excited.

Start making plans NOW to attend the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase hosted by Sanderling Resort on March 19th.  Breathtaking tablescapes, fabulous gift bags and your dream day are sooo waiting.


WhatThe Outer Banks Wedding Showcase at Sanderling Resort is giving away a one night stay (either March 18th or 19th, 2016) for the Show, plus two tickets to attend! (Value $299)

How: Simply tell us in the comments below why you CAN NOT WAIT to say “I do” on the Outer Banks!

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 11, 2016.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo


Elegant Blush Southern Military Wedding in Alabama

We love love a go-tell-it-on-the-mountain gorg wedding, and today we’re celebrating that and more. We’re honoring the men and women who’ve fought for our freedom in the best way we know how, with a beautiful military wedding. A day graced with endless love and Glass Jar Photography behind the lens. It’s a gallery we’re saluting, and you can see it all in THE VAULT!


From Glass Jar PhotographyThis is a gorgeous and unique wedding in the south, loaded with beautiful and interesting details of the couples love to travel and live on the edge, all mixed with a ton of cuteness and class.

The brides blush dress and red hair are mesmerizing, mixed the classic look of her now husbands military threads in the south under pear trees, surrounded by bridesmaids in white!…so cool and unique.

From The Bride…Getting engaged to my college best friend has always felt like a dream, starting when he whisked me away to Washington D.C. during military school training and proposed on a balcony overlooking the capital. For the wedding, we chose to have it close to my home in Alabama since we had already been to Italy for our engagement images! We incorporated our love of traveling together and my passion as a photographer into our reception decorations, using globes and vintage cameras as table pieces. I chose a blush pink wedding dress against his Marine uniform to create a softer look, and because I’ve always liked something just a little bit unique.

My bridesmaids surrounding me was such a comforting feeling the day of, and when I looked around I couldn’t have asked for better people to come together and help celebrate the love we have for each other. We all adore getting our photos made and Glass Jar Photography was perfect to capture the light and airy look we wanted. One of my favorite captures is of my dad and I walking down the aisle because it looks the way it felt, like one of the biggest single moments of my life.

See even more military weddings THE VAULT! 

Photography: Glass Jar Photography | Coordination: Kam Fook Restaurant | Event Design: The Bride And Her Mom | Floral Design: Sharon Hicks | Catering: Bubba's Silverspoon Catering | Hair And Makeup: Katie Vellman | DJ: Snyder Entertainment | Venue: Creekside Plantation

Heartwarming Alabama Wedding Film with Tribute Flyover

Before you watch what might be the sweetest three minute film we’ve ever come across, scroll right below and read the backstory behind the love. It’s a beautiful narrative of life after loss, complete with a T-6 Warbird flyover commemorating the bride’s late parents. Eric Staples captured Chris and Ashley’s day with such craft and care, reminding us of what a wedding is really all about.

Chris & Ashley’s Story

From the filmmaker, Eric Staples… I’ve never witnessed a couple more in love than Chris and Ashley. Truly. There had been an overflow of emotions from the past couple years of hurt and healing, but joy is what found them on that warm, tranquil day south of Birmingham, Alabama. They were beaming every minute. We all were witnesses. But they may as well have been there alone, lost in each other, devoting their lives to one another. I’m blessed to now call them friends and am constantly inspired by their real, wonderfully messy and passionate love.

Ashley’s entire family are pilots, they live near a runway in Alabama and grew up flying. They each have a heart for adventure; it’s evident in Ashley’s eyes. In March 2010, her parents were flying a T-6 Warbird together off the coast of Florida when something went wrong and crashed into the waters. They were killed instantly. Ashley’s two brothers steadily walked her down the aisle to Chris. At the reception, Ashley had her Dad’s best friend and wingman, Billy Strickland, perform a flyover in a T6 Warbird to commemorate her parents, which you can see in the film.

I am so grateful for opportunities to capture stories like this. Stories of hope and perspective.

From the Bride, Ashley… I think one of the main reasons I have experienced so much joy in knowing and loving Christopher is because I have experienced the depth of pain in losing the two people I love the most on this earth. As Kahlil Gibran wrote, “The deeper sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” We wanted to acknowledge both joy and sorrow on this day because the two are inseparable.

Cinematography: Eric Staples Video | Venue: Alexander City