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We found your perfect wedding stationery… and a giveaway, too!

Pretty paper goods? Sort of our jam here at SMP. So to say we’re excited to introduce you to one of our fave stationery designers, Carla Fahden of Color Me Carla, is, well… a serious understatement. Because if there is anything that can brighten up your work week, it’s her one-of-a-kind works of stationery pretty. Fall in love with every. last. piece (+ check out her awesome giveaway) below.

Painted by hand in gouache (and fine-tuned in photoshop), each collection from Color Me Carla is absolutely unique and timeless in a way that will make your minimalistic hearts happy. Think a modern meets classic aesthetic with a balanced use of white space and a defining approach to symmetry.  Not to mention that each stunning work of art is sooo pretty AND printed locally on a variety of paper stocks (hello, luxe 100% cotton), plus completely customizable with colors and fonts.  It’s what we call absolute perfection… and the perfect way to let your guests know just where the party is at. We love.

Visit Color Me Carla’s website, Instagram and Pinterest to start your journey to the perfect stationery suite, including fab Save the Dates and even menus.  That wow-inducing invitation you’ve been searching for? Color Me Carla has it. We promise.

GIVEAWAY

What: Color Me Carla is excited to announce her $1,000 giveaway! Yep – one lucky bride and groom will receive 100 invitations, reply cards and pre-addressed envelopes – with the option to customize color palette and fonts!

How: To enter, simply…
1) Follow @colormecarla_ on Instagram, and
2) Click the link in @colormecarla_’s profile to fill out a quick form

Who: One lucky bride or groom, chosen completely at random, will be notified via Instagram.  Contest ends 11.17 @ 5p CST. Good luck, lovelies! xo

Celebrating Baby with a Bohemian Picnic Party

Who doesn’t love a good picnic? That same relaxed vibe we’ve come to associate with a blanket in the grass affair was incorporated into this sunny backyard shower. Except this one is all about the boho. Sprinkled with tee pees and expert textile lounging crafted by FOXY Parties along with photos by Lovebirds + Lace, it is the perfect way to welcome the newest member of the Keith family.

We were blessed with the most dreamy, bohemian baby shower a few weeks ago! It was very important to us to make the day as much about the daddy to be as the mama to be, so we opted for a co-ed shower that felt more like a great backyard party than a baby shower!

 Every detail of the day was perfect and represented us and our little bundle on the way. One of my favorite things that we did was have Foxy Parties organize a craft for all of our guests to participate in. Each guest was asked to paint a chip of wood that my hubby and I will craft into a wall hanging for our little girl’s room so she can always be reminded of how much love has surrounded her since before she was even born! I

It was so fun to give our guests something to participate in since we decided to opt out of the usual shower games. Foxy Parties also did all of the amazing decor and flowers. They seriously transformed our front yard into the perfect bohemian picnic space that we were envisioning.

My husband and I just moved into our new home 3 months ago, so we loved the idea of having our hosts throw the shower at our house so that we could have all of our friends over to the new space! That also gave us an excuse to show off our baby girl’s nursery.

Jenn Strauss from Love birds & Lace shot all of the photos. She also shot our wedding photos, so it was really special to have her at this event 4 years later to capture another big life event for Rich and I. It is crazy how fast time flies! It makes me teary eyed thinking that our shower is over! Like our wedding, it was such an amazing, personal day with our loved ones to mark another exciting new life event that I have been dreaming about for years and I can’t wait to meet our little girl and for all of the memories that lie ahead!

22 Off-the-Registry Baby Shower Gifts the Parents-to-be Will Love
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22 Off-the-Registry Baby Shower Gifts the Parents-to-be Will Love
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Photographer: Lovebirds + Lace Photography | Cake: FOXY Parties | Catering: Special Events by Alan Jackson- Lemonade Group | Crib: Babyletto | Dish Rentals: Fern and Bone | Donuts: Donut Friend | Event Planning & Crafts: FOXY Parties | Floor Pillows and Nursery Rug: Urban Outfitters | Mama to Be's Dress: Shopbop | Nursery Artwork: Blossom and Pear | Rocking Chair: Nursery Works

Edgy ‘Modern Gothic Romance’ Wedding Inspiration

If you’re the kind of bride who prefers a bit of “edge” to your everyday look, or the cool girl who’s not afraid to pair a leather jacket with a girly dress, this post is for you. Featuring our Blogger Bride Lauryn of The Skinny Confidential and her soon-to-be, Michael, it’s wedding inspiration built around the idea of Modern Gothic Romance that breaks the rules in all the best ways. Major kudos to Ro and Co Events + Rebecca Yale for bringing on the drama, big time.

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From Ro and Co EventsOur Modern Gothic Romance design concept was heavily inspired by Lauryn of The Skinny Confidential. Combing The Skinny Confidential blog for design ideas and inspiration, we noticed a strong palette of black and white with soft hints of blush and lavender. We were especially influenced by the style of the condo Lauryn shares with her fiancé Michael, who happens to be our groom model for the shoot. It has a sleek, clean and modern aesthetic with bold artful statements throughout. Lauryn had mentioned that her own wedding would be deep and moody, the complete opposite of a traditional, sweet white wedding. Having seen the Goth trend all over the Fall 2016 runways, we knew it would be the perfect touch of badass needed to capture Lauryn’s style and create the high fashion editorial look we were envisioning. With that, our Modern Gothic Romance concept was born and absolutely came alive through the lens of Rebecca Yale Photography.

The gorgeous white marble interior space of Vibiana, formerly LA’s first Archdiocese Catholic Cathedral, was the perfect backdrop for a dramatic ceremony and dinner scene. The venue’s former confessional booths served the lounge space well.

Fashion stylist extraordinaire, Annie Cavallo, chose the most glamorous dramatic nude Inbal Dror gown with flowing train to grace the ceremony scene. To add a hint of rebel, we paired it with a daring, yet sweet Alice and Olivia leather jacket. We love the embroidered back detail!

A moody black Galia Lahav gown with plunging back and cape added high drama to the dinner scene. The playful white Inbal Dror dress would be the perfect choice for dancing the night away. Michael’s classy Tom Ford tux complemented Lauryn’s three dramatic looks beautifully. Suzie Moldavon nailed the modern goth look, first with a deep oxblood lip and sleek ponytail and then softening to a lighter mauve lip and sleek all down hair and finally creating a relaxed party look with a boho braid.

Emblem Flowers created romantic arrangements in the moodiest of hues. Deep tones of oxblood and plum were contrasted with mauve and dusty rose with hints of gold. The ceremony scene was overgrown with lush greenery and a dramatic statement piece in the altar’s alcove.

Vintage furniture from Found Rentals provided the perfect contrast with modern tabletop selections from Casa de Perrin. The dining scene was heightened with gorgeous marble and floral menus from Yonder Design.

Yonder Design’s dramatic invitation suite featured a pressed flower suspended in plexi and wrapped in leather and velvet. Additional details like The Mrs. Box velvet ring box and Silk and Willow linens added a luxe feel throughout.

On the menu, Superfine Bakery served up a collection of delightfully moody tiered cakes with hand created sugar flowers. Redbird’s pastry chef, Kasra Ajdari, whipped up delicious mini pistachio pavlovas and salted caramel and orange blossom mini donuts. Redbird’s bar director, Tobin Shea, created cocktails that fit the mood of the shoot.

This dramatic and moody interpretation of a wedding fit Lauryn and Michael’s personalities and brand to a T. We can’t wait to see how their real wedding comes alive!

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Event Design: Ro & Co Events | Event Planning: Ro & Co Events | Floral Design: Emblem Floral Design Studio | Cake: Superfine Bakery | Hair + Makeup: Suzie Moldavon | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Venue: Vibiana | Bridal Boutique: Panache Bridal | Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Groom's Bow Tie: Barney's New York | Invitations + Signage: Yonder Design | Leather Jacket: Alice & Olivia | Linen Rentals: Silk & Willow | Mini Desserts: Neal Frasier | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Specialty Cocktails: Neal Frasier | Stylist: Annie Cavallo | Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Wedding Dress (Black): Galia Lahav | Wedding Dresses (Nude and Short White): Inbal Dror

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