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Doie Lounge Robes + A Giveaway!

I’ve long been obsessed with the stunning robes from California-based Doie Lounge, which make sure you and your ladies look amazing from start to finish on wedding day! Not only do I love that they’re eco-friendly, locally produced and seriously gorgeous, but they make the most perfect — and practical — gifts for your bridesmaids.

Made of natural + sustainable fabrics, Doie Lounge robes look adorable in “getting ready” photos  and are super flattering on both tall and short frames! Available in sizes xxs to x-large, these comfortable robes seriously stay put with a permanently attached outer silk tie and an interior tie! Available in a beautiful assortment of colors and combinations — including the newest blush robe called Betty as well as to new pastel robes, the Paige and Shirley, which will ship in 2015 — Doie Lounge also offers discounts for buying in bulk (see more here).

These robes hit the pretty jackpot every time. If you’re not seeing the exact color combo you’re looking for, be sure to email sara{at}doielounge.com and she’ll help you come up with the perfect robe for you and your ladies! Also, ask if there are any robes available that aren’t pictured on the site as sometimes there are a few styles hiding behind the scenes. For more inspiration, check out these real Doie Lounge bridal parties, right here!

the-giveaway

The Prize: A lucky reader will win a Lilian Rob from Doie Lounge in any size!

To Enter: Visit the Doie site and pick out your favorite style! Then head back over here and comment below with which one you like best.

To Win: One winner will be selected at random and announced in the WIUP on Friday, November 7, 2014

Terms & Conditions: Can all be found right here.  Good luck my dears! xoxo

Photo Credits: Valorie Darling Photography  Hair: Trace Hennigsen  Makeup: Artistry by Danika | Calloway Gable Photography | BLF Studios | ES Creations Photography | Katie Hall

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Mix-and-Match Bridesmaid Dress Inspiration

Though winter may be fast approaching, this sunset-inspired bridal shoot has us dreaming of romantic summer nights and a cool glass of rosé. And don’t forget about the incredible florals by Sweet Blossom Designs. Jessica Claire snapped the pretties, and you can get lost in the full gallery here!

From Jessica ClaireThis season, we are inspired by the growing trend of bridesmaid dresses in all different colors! Choosing a palette can be done by taking cues from anything–a painting, a place, or even a sunset! Using all the colors of a soft sunset gave us a beautiful range of colors to work with from a buttery yellow to salmon, to deeper pinks too. We are loving the cap sleeve Kirstie Kelly gown and the bridesmaid dresses by Donna Morgan are just perfect for a romantic wedding.

All of the floral crowns by Tara Wheaton of Sweet Blossom designs to compliment each girl gave this shoot the perfect touch of romance.

Photography: Jessica Claire | Styling: Be Inspired PR | Floral Design: Sweet Blossom Designs | Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly | Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair & Makeup: Ashlynn West

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Wedding Open House at The Nixon Library

Any day when I’m introduced to a fabulous + unique wedding venue is a seriously good day in my book. And today? I can’t stop swooning over The Nixon Library. Located in Orange County, the incredible space sits on nine lush acres, and boasts the area’s largest public Rose Garden. And coming up on October 12, 2014, brides-to-be will have the chance to check it all out during the Wedding Open House!

Whether you’re hosting an intimate affair or a celebration for hundreds, The Nixon Library is a one-of-a kind venue, that oozes timeless elegance, tranquility and rich history. The venue features a replica of the White House East Room, decorated with three large dazzling crystal chandeliers, four marble fireplaces and gorgeous wooden terrazzo floors with 20-foot ceilings as well as a Rose Garden with 1,400 rose bushes — talk about a stunning spot to say “I do!” The Nixon Library offers couples a private Bridal Room + Groom’s Room, sound system, choices from a high-end preferred catering list as well as complimentary parking.  Without a doubt, your guests will be swooning over this magical wedding day setting.

To make sure your big day goes off without a hitch, The Nixon Library has event specialists to assist you every step of the way! To check it all out for yourself, be sure to mark your calendars for October 12, 2014 for the Wedding Open House! To register, head over here. Happy planning, my dears!

Photo Credits: The Youngrens

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California Al fresco Affair with a Secret Garden Vibe

When the Bride came across Rancho Las Lomas, with its lush, romantic gardens that reminded her of her favorite childhood book, The Secret Garden, this al fresco affair followed suit. Captured by Anna Costa, along with florals by Jenny B. Floral Design and coordination by The Charming Little Event Company, it’s an open-air charmer loaded with pretty flower details and the perfect vintage vignettes curated by Found Vintage RentalsSee it all here.

Colors
Seasons
Fall
Settings
Ranch
Styles
Rustic
From The Bride…My husband and I met at a restaurant in Long Beach five years ago. Three years later, he whisked me away on a romantic train ride up the coast of Southern California to Seattle, where he proposed to me over a candlelight dinner. Jay and I have opposite personalities but his funny, optimistic, and laid back views on life complement my serious, perfectionist and disciplined traits. Despite our differences, we both come from humble backgrounds with similar values. When we met it was a melting of two worlds and life for both of us has been so much more colorful.

Our October wedding was an intimate affair shared with family and close friends. Rancho Las Lomas, nestled in the foothills in Silverado, reminded me of my favorite childhood book, The Secret Garden. The location was romantic, whimsical and a little mysterious with its lush gardens, rustic buildings, fountains, and hidden corners. It was the perfect environment in which to hold our wedding and I wanted our decorations to echo these surroundings. Our floral decorations had a mixture of eucalyptus, garden roses, dahlias and hydrangeas. Our ceremony, cocktail, and reception areas were accented with beautiful, rustic wooden tables and doors from Found Vintage Rentals. We wanted soft and warm hues to bring out the fall season without the usual yellows and oranges, so we chose a neutral palette consisting of cream, taupe, pink and burgundy. Our reception area was decorated with strings of lights hanging above and we lined a nearby bridge with numerous candles. This venue, combined with the décor and lighting, created a truly magical ambiance for us.

For a whole year and half previous, I had put so much thought and care into creating our beautiful day. With the help of our wonderful vendors, it was so satisfying to see everything finally come together and we couldn’t be more thankful.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Coordination: The Charming Little Event Company | Floral Design: Jenny B. Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Sweet And Saucy | Rings: Tiffany's & Co | Catering: 24 Carrots | Make-Up: E2 Beauty | Hair & Makeup: Katie B Cosmetics | DJ: ProKreation/Paul Kim | Brides Hair: Katie B | Bridesmaids Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids Hair: E2 Beauty | Ranch: Rancho Las Lomas | Rentals: Found

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These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
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Love and Lace Bridal + A Discount!

We’ve long loved Love and Lace Bridal for their incredible selection of romantic and unique wedding dresses. And SMPers, get this, because they love you all so very much, they’re offering $200 off any regular-priced wedding gown purchased during the month of September! OH, there’s more — Love and Lace Bridal has teamed up with Two’s Company in Tustin, California to offer $50 off any veil purchase (when purchasing a dress).

Carrying designers such as Leanne Marshall, Elizabeth Dye, Rose & Delilah, Mikaella by Paloma Blanca and so many more, Love and Lace Bridal has you covered in the wedding dress department. The stunning selection is perfect for the fun, quirky and slightly non-traditional bride!

Head over here or call 949.861.8455 to book your September appointment, and be sure to mention discount code SMP200 when booking! For tons more inspiration and pretty pretty dress pics, be sure to follow Love and Lace Bridal on Instagram

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DIY Wooden Pallet Backdrop + WIUP

We made it to the end of the week lovelies, so we decided to leave you with some DIY design inspiration from our friends at Your Cloud Parade. Who would have thought wood pallets could look this cute?  There’s even more inspiration in the gallery thanks to Mark Brooke Photographers, and don’t miss the how-to plus this week’s lucky winners waiting down below!

Photography: Mark Brooke Photographers | Photography: Mathieu Photo | Flowers: Art With Nature | Wedding Dress: Katie Jean | Green Necklace: A Quiet Curiosity | Hair Accessory: Vanilla Hue | Online Wedding Marketplace: Your Cloud Parade

Materials
Wood pallets
Painter’s tape
Bright colored paint
A few paint brushes
Wood screws
Drill
Plumbers plastic hanger strap

instructions

step-1 Lay pallets down to start mapping out design. Take painters tape and tape out desired design. We choose to to stick with geometric patters since the tope is easier to maneuver.

step-2 Use different color paints to make design pop. Let dry for 2+ hours.

step-3 Move pallets separately to location of wedding or shoot then stack them. Once they are stacked use plumbers plastic hanger straps to connect all the palettes safely. Make sure that palettes are secure once on display.

ONGOING GIVEAWAYS
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This week’s DISCOUNTS…
Vino Backyard Designs
Squarespace
Zola
Diamond Mansion
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For our California brides… Discounts from Paperwhites Photography.

For our Mid Atlantic brides… Discounts from Femina Photo + Design and Uber.

For our Midwest brides… Discounts from Bliss Weddings & Events.

And WINNERS…

BIG Congrats to Vanessa Selman who won a $350 gift certificate and Maddie Dickinson and Melinda Steiner, winners of $100 gift certificate towards wedding stationery or day-of accessories from Minted!