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Design Your Dream Day with WED School + A Giveaway!

We’re big fans of Shannon Leahy (read: she’s awesome), so when she told us she was launching a fab WED School to teach each and every one of you how to plan + design your Big Day like a pro, well… happy dancing ensued.  Think a self-study training platform that will walk you through the creative process + develop your unique sense of style to design a day that is totally chic and totally you. YES.

We all love Shannon Leahy and her stunning, stop-you-in-your-tracks weddings, so signing up for her WED School (aka, Wedding & Event Design School) to learn everything there is to know about creating a breathtaking event is sort of a no-brainer.  I’m talking tips and tricks the pros use, plus step by step tools that will give you that cohesive + professional + beyond breathtaking day you’ve always dreamed of… one that will leave all of your guests talking with each and every gorgeous detail.  It’s awesome.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Head to WED School today to sign up for your very first course, Event Design 101.  You’ll learn the skills you need to throw the greatest wedding ever, plus master all sorts of celebrations, from gorgeous dinner parties to intimate anniversary parties to baby showers and more. In other words?  You’ll be planning like a pro in no time at all.  Contact them NOW to get your party on.


What: WED School is giving a free event design course to one lucky winner! (Value $399)

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us which aspect of your wedding planning experience your most excited about!

Who: One lucky reader, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 22, 2016.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography (Top to Bottom): Josh Gruetzmacher (Image 1, 2, 5) + Silvana Di Franco (Image 3) + Sasha Gulish (Image 4)


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Stunning Bridesmaid Dresses with twobirds Bridesmaid + A Giveaway!

twobirds Bridesmaid is awesome, I don’t need to tell you that.  I mean, gorgeous bridesmaid frocks that can be wrapped in endless ways to flatter ALL body types?  Genius.  From their amazing selection of soft + stunning fabrics to their 40+ color options to their fab new collections, twobirds Bridesmaid is the best thing to happen to weddings since, well… gold, glitter and peonies.  Soak them all in below.

We’ve all been there.  That crazy day of bridesmaid dress shopping that turns into an almost impossible task, because, well… each one of your besties is sooo different.  Enter twobirds Bridesmaid and their insanely gorgeous lineup of convertible dresses.  I’m talking dresses that requires ZERO alterations, are totally maternity friendly and can be worn time and time again… long after the Big Day is over.  Not to mention their lineup of beautiful hues + brilliant fabric options.  It’s a mixing and matching lovers dream with options in jersey, tulle AND rosette.  And don’t even get me started on the many styling options. These dresses are magic.

Ready to begin your journey towards the world’s happiest bridal party?  Head to twobirds Bridesmaid TODAY to peruse the pretty.  And stay tuned for new collection featuring their bridal gown in lace (!), tulle ombre and jumpsuits.  We.can’t.wait.


What: twobirds Bridesmaid is giving away THREE convertible dresses to one lucky bride and her bridal party! (Value $930)

Who: One lucky bride, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 1, 2016.

How: Enter below, lovelies! Good luck! xo

Style Me Pretty + twobirds Bridesmaid Giveaway!


A Black Tie Wedding That’ll Up All Your #WeddingGoals

Once he popped the question and she said yes, the venue hunt was on. And after searching high and low, it turned out the perfect spot to tie the knot was right in her backyard. Set at her family home, this couple got to plan a dream backyard affair, with vendors like Borrowed Blu and Glasswing Floral by their side. The Vault is chock-full of outdoor elegance, all from the lens of Jon Cu Photography.


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From The Bride… Our wedding day was a dream. From getting ready with my closest friends and family, to doing a first look with Greg, walking down the aisle with my parents, and dancing the night away to our favorite DJ, it is a day Greg and I will always dream about and never forget. After Greg proposed, and for dating nearly six years, we were ready to plan. I never had a particular wedding venue in mind, and after considering hotels and destination locations, I wasn’t completely sold. Then it finally clicked. Why not get married at my family home, where I grew up? Elegant and timeless. To when weddings used to be a romantic backyard affair, ceremony and all.

What better way to incorporate tradition, comfort and our personal touch, all in one place. The lush greenery and florals of my parent’s backyard was a perfect backdrop to what I was envisioning. An elegant, outdoor black tie wedding.

For my vision, I was immediately drawn to French romance, the countryside, an elegant chateau, and fine art wedding photography, which then lead us to select dusty blues, creams, and of course gold as our main colors. I was envisioning ornate yet delicate details, extravagance yet simple elegance. I wanted everything to look natural, yet beautifully unique, simple yet worthy of a black tie affair. We got just that.

Greg and I planned every detail of our wedding, and it goes without saying that planning a backyard wedding is very different from planning at an actual wedding venue. There are multiple items to consider, and at times we were overwhelmed, but in the end we were so proud to have created our perfect day.

However, we definitely had a strong team of vendors around us, guiding us each step of the way. Our wedding coordinator at Borrowed Blu, took the reins leading up to the big day and she pulled off our vision flawlessly. Our talented photographer, Jon Cu, could not have captured our wedding more perfectly. When we met him, it was love at first sight. We could finish each other’s sentences, and he knew exactly what we wanted. His calm, confident professionalism and manner, made us feel so relaxed, and it came through in our photos, perpetuating his fine art style that we loved.

Through all the details and working with each and every vendor, from the caterer, to specialty rentals, to the florist, and talking music for hours with our favorite KCRW DJ, Greg and I built some long lasting friendships from this experience, and we are very grateful for that. Using antique serving trays, to draped dusty blue La Tavola linens and hand stitched linen napkins, to serving mini chicken and waffle appetizers and chiseled square cocktail ice cubes, to handpicked brass candle sticks and one of a kind China, and ending with sliders and fries when the late night munchies hit, I think we covered every detail we knew would make our wedding day special. A great amount of excitement, hard decision making, stressful and happy tears went into planning this magnificent day, and it was the love and support of our families who made this such a beautiful experience. My parents played such a special role by opening their home and giving Greg and I a wedding celebration we will never forget.

We were overwhelmed with joy to have all of our loved ones near and far under one beautifully draped and lit tent, and to top it off, after the last dance was danced and we said our goodbyes in the early hours of the morning, we ‘drove off into the sunset’ on a charted bus with our closest friends, to continue the celebration.

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Photography: Jon CU | Cinematography: Miguel Garcia Studios | Coordination: Borrowed Blu | Floral Design: Glasswing Floral | Wedding Dress: Lovella Bridal | Cake: Cake Studio LA | Stationery: Smitten On Paper | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Catering: Huntington Catering Company | Makeup: Tony Ynot | Hair: Irene Legaspi | Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina | DJ: Raul Campos | Groom's Attire: Martin Greenfield | String Quartet: Pacific Coast Quartet | Venue: Zapanta Manor | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Found Rentals | Rentals: Borrowed Blu | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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