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Courtyards & Cobblestones 2015

Fact: if you’re tying the knot in Wilmington, NC, I am sooo jealous.  And not just because Wilmington happens to be a place known for magical + oh-so beautiful I do’s.  Nope, it’s also the home to the fab Courtyards & Cobblestones event, a walking tour through several downtown wedding venues.  It’s a glamour-filled night of good food, yummy drinks, amazing vendors and a whole lot of inspiration.

At Courtyards & Cobblestones, you can leisurely stroll through all that downtown has to offer, making it that much easier to select a wedding venue.  And your self-guided tour doesn’t just include fabulous locales, you’ll also be meeting some of the finest wedding professionals Wilmington has to offer, from awesome photogs to cupcake masters to floral pros that will take your breath away.  Soak in each space that has been meticulously crafted by an amazing Wilmington designer, and munch on the yummy samplings from some seriously talented caterers.  Oh, and did I mention the live entertainment?  Sooo awesome.  Call it date night or even a girl’s night out, but seriously don’t forget to mark your calendar for January 17th, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  Tickets are $18 online or $25 at the door.

For day to day updates go to the Courtyards & Cobblestones Facebook page… and don’t forget to check out the amazing film below!

Beverages: Wilmington Wine | Cake: Imaginary Cakes | Cake: Alison's Cakery | Cake: One Belle Bakery | Catering: 128 South Events & Catering | Catering: Culinary Creations | Catering: City Club At De Rosset | Catering: The Beam Room | Catering: The Balcony On Dock | Catering: Pine Valley Market | Ceremony & Reception Venue: 128 South Events & Catering | Ceremony & Reception Venue: City Club At De Rosset | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Atrium By Ligon Flynn | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bakery 105 | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Balcony On Dock | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Brooklyn Arts Center | Cupcakes: Coastal Cupcakes | DJ: Active DJ Entertainment | Event Design: Social Butterfly Events | Event Design: Lily Belles Event Design | Event Design: Salt Harbor Designs | Event Design: Fiore Fine Flowers | Event Design: Design Perfection | Event Design: Kickstand Events | Floral Design: Eco Chic Blossoms | Floral Design: Beautiful Flowers By June | Health & Beauty: GoGirl Fitness | Health & Beauty: Salon Fringe Wilmington | Health & Beauty: Makeup For Your Day | Health & Beauty: ADG Fashion Styling | Ice Sculpture: Ice Sensations | Invitations & Calligraphy: Southern Bee Designs | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | Linens: La Tavola | Live Music: The Midatlantic Band | Live Music: Possum Creek Bluegrass Band | Live Music: Benny Hill Music | Live Music: Violinist Maura Kropke | Live Music: Guitarist Trey Hamlin | Photo & Video Booth: The Soapbox Photo & Video Booth | Photo Booth: The Truth Booth | Photo Booth: The YouBooth | Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Photography: KMI Photography | Photography: Millie Holloman Photography | Photography: Scott Piner Photography | Photography: Susie Linquist Photography | Reception Venue: The Loft On Front | Rentals: Eventful Furnishings & Design | Rentals: CE Rentals | Rentals: Party Suppliers & Rentals | Specialty Gifts: Pressed Cotton | Specialty Gifts: Reeds Jewelers | Specialty Rentals: Harborside Event Rentals | Specialty Rentals: Pomp Event Furnishings | Specialty Rentals: DP Etc. | Sweets: Nye's Cream Sandwiches | Transportation: Wilmington Trolley Co. | Transportation: Event Shuttle Service | Transportation: The British Taxi | Videography: Life Stage Films | Videography: Green Hope Productions | Videography: Blueberry Creative | Videography: Philip James Films | Videography: Light Cannon Films | Videography: Seven Season Films | Wedding Event: Courtyards & Cobblestones | Wedding Publications: The Knot Magazine NC | Wedding Publications: SALT Magazine | Wedding Publications: Weddings Unveiled Magazine | Wedding Publications: Southern Weddings Magazine | Wedding Publications: Southern Bride & Groom


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Weddings + Events at Georgia Aquarium

As a bride who said “I do” in a converted industrial warehouse, I’m all about unique venues. And how much more special could it get than the one-of-a-kind Georgia Aquarium?! The perfect spot for your wedding day (or engagement shoot!), this amazing locale offers couples top-of-the-line catering from Wolfgang Puck, a stunning space and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for your guests.

Georgia Aquarium ensures your big day is seamless + stress free thanks to their incredible special event planners who will leave no detail attended! To get started planning your unforgettable Georgia Aquarium wedding, call 404.581.4126.



Classic Little Rock Wedding

Raise your hand if classic weddings are your jam. If the pomp and circumstance get your heart a’racing, and you believe lace is the one look that never goes out of style. Lovelies, allow me introduce a Little Rock wedding that embodies just that. It’s classic with a Southern twist and the gallery from The Nolan’s is my new favorite happy place.


From the Bride… Inspiration – The floral design and blush color of the Save the Date pretty much set the tone for the rest of the wedding décor. Given the early spring wedding date, I wanted to keep everything soft, pretty and fresh while sticking with good ol’ Southern wedding traditions.

Favorite moment – Gosh so many! Looking out over the crowd of family and friends and seeing everyone having such a great time and of course jumping on the bed with my new groom after the ceremony. We were so excited to finally be husband and wife and we were ready to celebrate!

Bridesmaids Dresses: Lela Rose | Cake: Blue Cake Company | Ceremony Venue: Pulaski Heights Methodist Church | Floral Design: Caroline Jones | Invitations: Lilly And Louise | Photography: The Nolan's | Reception Venue: The Capital Hotel | Wedding Dress: Judd Waddell

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Vino Backyard Designs + A Discount!

I’m pretty sure my move to the mid-Atlantic that brought out my inner monogram lover, so needless to say, I’m head-over-heels for everything by Vino Backyard Designs. Offering beautiful monogram return address stamps, wooden monograms, custom tags and even personalized leather journals, there’s not one thing in this online shop I don’t covet.

Vino Backyard Designs has items perfect as wedding + bridesmaid gifts. We’re loving the custom wooden tags as a creative way to ask your ladies to be part of your big day! Everything in the shop is beautifully made, with a focus on luxe materials and fabulous customer service. New to Vino Backyard Designs are the incredible, custom engraved leather journals — which just so happen to be at the top of my wish list.


Head over here to start shopping! And get this, Vino Backyard Designs is offering our SMP readers 15% off their purchase in the Etsy store! Simply enter code STYLEMEPRETTY2014 at checkout. Discount valid through December 30, 2014.


Style your Ladies with Brideside + A Promotion + A Giveaway!

Here at SMP, we’re all about professing our love for Brideside, the amazing shop at-home online bridesmaid boutique! Offering you and your ladies an easy-to-use site and top-notch personal stylists, it’s easy to see just why we’re head over heels! Take a peek below at some of the stunning dresses we’re loving for summer and a fabulous real Brideside wedding!

Brideside gives brides + her maids the ability to search for stunning dresses by color, fit, theme and designer — making what could be a super stressful process fun and enjoyable! Featuring designers such as LHC Couture and Wtoo by Watters, the hardest part of picking out the perfect dress will narrowing down your favorites! To be sure fit is just right, Brideside calculates size with a high-tech fit calculator and assigns you a personal stylist to ensure everything is just right! To see how the fit process works, take a peek hereAnd I couldn’t forget to mention the Brideside Box, where three different samples are sent to your home for convenient try-on. Talk about amazing, my dears! 

For even more gorgeous real wedding inspiration, be sure to take a peek over hereMy dears, get this, Brideside is giving SMP readers a FREE Brideside Box for the entire month of June when you sign up for a Brideside personal stylist! Head over here to get started. Oh, and there’s more… 


The Prize: Three lucky SMP readers will win a pair of Elizabeth Cole Statement Earrings!

To Enter: Simply enter hereThe more you share, the more entries you get!

To Win: Readers must enter before June 17, 2014. Three lucky winners will be announced right here on Friday, June 20, 2014!

Photo Credits: Diana Lupo Photography

Whitney Mountain Lodge Wedding from Photo Love + Rose of Sharon

It feels like I’m gushing about my permagrin, brought on by a beautiful wedding, every day (it’s an occupational hazard!) but today. Oh today. It’s the permagrin to end all permagrins. From here on out, my smile will just get bigger and bigger and it’s all starting because of this stunning wedding from Photo Love and Rose of Sharon. It’s happy, it’s playful, and it’s prettier than I thought pretty could be.


From the gorgeous bride… My overall inspiration was really based on how we both wanted the wedding to “feel like”. We wanted a minimal, intimate, vintage inspired, with a touch of whimsical that really represented both of our personalities. I always dreamed of a secret garden type of wedding, with a flower crown, woodland critters and ethereal touches that were classic and fairy-like. Our colors were gold, peach, and seafoam green which is a tricky color, so choosing colors within the same color family really helped.

Squirrels are one of my favorite animals so I had to make sure that I snuck them in somewhere. Our cake topper was a squirrel bride & cat groom, which definitely highlighted our quirky personalities. For my bridesmaids, I took inspiration from Glamelia bouquets that were very popular in the 1950’s. So I wanted oversized and single flower bouquets made from paper that really embodied the whimsical spirit I was trying to capture.

I fractured my foot 3 months before the wedding and was not able to wear the heels I had planned on wearing. Luckily I found some seafoam colored Vans that were not only practical, but also a personal reminder of the day that I met my husband. I met him wearing Vans, and married him wearing Vans. It was pretty funny to have skate shoes hidden underneath my giant girly wedding dress—definitely stayed true to who I am.

For our guestbook we wanted to have pictures of everyone who showed up at the wedding, so we had a photo booth that allowed us to create.

The day could not have been more perfect. It was everything I had dreamed of and more. We were surrounded by friends and family who had been there from the very beginning, and we were finally able to “officially” proclaim our love after 8 years of dating. A few minutes before I walked down the aisle, our planner calmly told me that our altar had fell from a gush of wind and the glass vases that hung had shattered. I remember being extremely nervous that our altar had fell, about remembering my vows, but as soon as I saw him the world stopped and I felt a sense of calm. I didn’t hear the music, I didn’t see who was there, and I didn’t care about the altar–all I saw was him. That really was the best moment of my life! It was actually a good thing the altar fell, because it really opened up the view for our ceremony.

After the ceremony, we finally got to celebrate with our friends and family and dance the night away! Every moment went beautifully, and we were both so overwhelmed with the amount of love we were surrounded by. We were so happy to see everyone dancing, even some who usually shy away from dancing. Instead of sparklers or birdseed, we set off a lantern with both of our parents and filled it with blessings and good tidings for our new life together. It was really special and something I will remember forever.

Bride's Dress: She Said Yes | Bride's Shoes: Vans | Bridesmaids' Bouquets: Platypus Papers | Cakes: Rick's Bakery | Catering: The Event Group | Ceremony Venue: Whitney Mountain Lodge | Entertainment: Brock Entertainment | Event Planning: Inspired Grace | Event Rentals: Intents Party Rentals | Floral Design: Rose of Sharon | Groom's Tux: Jos A Bank | Hair: Bo Senesomxay | Invitations: Teal Typewriter | Jewelry: Nadri | Lighting: CWP Productions | Makeup Artist: Face Your Day Studios | Men's Grooming: Face your Day Studios | Photobooth: Dancenhance Entertainment | Photography: Photo Love | Tuxes: Mr. Tux | Wedding Rings: Blakeman's Fine Jewelry