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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.

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

University of Arkansas Wedding from Photo Love + Rose of Sharon

It’s vendors like Rose of Sharon who have shone a beautiful light on a state I had never given much thought to (until I moved there) – Arkansas. The weddings Rose of Sharon send our way out of the Natural State have me falling for the beautiful natural elements of the state, and this wedding from Photo Love is no exception. The stunning backdrop is one thing, but the DIY soiree at hand is the kind of thing dreams are made of.


From the lovely bride… The natural beauty of Northwest Arkansas is something I was excited for my out of town guests to experience. Justin proposed at the peace fountain on campus and we thought it would also be a beautiful place to exchange vows, when the leaves were at their peak.
I wanted to be reminded of my wedding day down the road by different cues like scent and color so I incorporated herbs like lavender and sage. I picked swiss-dot fabric and my mother made my wedding gown. I used the dot theme throughout the décor. I included succulents and wheat for texture and southern charm and added billy balls for shape and a pop of color.

One detail that truly made the wedding mine was having all of my friends and family make it to Arkansas from New York the same week they were hit by hurricane Sandy. Flights were canceled and some of my friends’ lost their houses but they were still there for me! Having them by my side made it even more special, knowing what it took for them to get here and how lucky we are to have them in our lives.

Pretty much everything was DIY. My mother is an amazing woman and made the dress of my dreams for me. Both of my parents inspired me to take the DIY approach. I made the decorations and the clutches and hair bows for my bridesmaids. One of my bridesmaids is a super talented floral designer and she did the mason jar arrangements. I actually worked at her shop for a little while and knew what flowers I wanted to use. For the big arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres, cake and my hair piece I worked with Althea at Rose of Sharon by building Pinterest boards and she brought our ideas to life, everything looked even better than I could have imagined! The day went by so fast. Old Main Lawn was glowing with fall colors and the sun was in the perfect position. My maid of honor surprised us with a video she made with slide shows and mini-interviews from Justin and I that she had asked us to do during my bridal shower (which now makes sense) she showed the video during the reception and it was really emotional, it was such a beautiful gift from her heart.

From Rose of Sharon… Kristen and Justin requested flowers in yellow, green, white and lavender. They decided to create their own centerpieces and asked us to design the personal flowers. Kristen loved the small textured flowers such as Solidago, Limonium, and Seeded Eucalyptus contrasted with the larger Succulents, Ranunculus, Cushion Mums and Billy Balls. She also wanted to incorporate lavender–both the color and the flower. These flowers blended nicely with the natural beauty of their venue.

Photography: Photo Love | Florist: Rose of Sharon | Cake: Rick's Bakery | Shoes: Payless | Caterer: Bordinos | Bridesmaid's Dress: Ruche | Hair : Metropolis | Makeup Artist : Luxe Beauty | Tuxes : Mr. Tux | Wedding Venue: The Garden Room