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Oh So Inspired Retreat Giveaway

To all those with wedding wishes that extend beyond their own special day, we have an adventure for you! Our friends at Oh So Inspired are giving away a free spot and discounts for this year’s retreat for all those passionate about planning! Whether you dream of joining the industry or if you’re a seasoned pro, this is the opportunity for you! In addition to the free registration, the winner will also bring their vision to life with HoneyBook’s Inspiration to Reality Photo Shoot! Read on for all the details below!

Do you dream about being a wedding professional but don’t know where to start? Are you a wedding pro who want to meet some of the industry’s most successful vendors? Do you want to grow your creative business? Any current or potential wedding professional would be benefit from this opportunity!

The winning board** will receive 1 free registration to attend the Oh So Inspired retreat in Sonoma, California from November 1-4, 2015 (valued at $2850*)!

Oh So Inspired will also take the winning board and bring it to life during the retreat’s “HoneyBook’s Inspiration to Reality Photo Shoot!”

CONTEST RULES

1. Create a Pinterest board by September 4, 2015 – you can create as many as you wish!

2. Name your board and include “Oh So Inspired + HoneyBook” (example, Fresh and Breezy for Oh So Inspired + HoneyBook)

3. Pin away. Create a Sonoma inspired board. It can be formal, rustic, relaxed and elegant – let your creative juices go nuts! It must include HoneyBook’s signature aqua blue in the color palette though! All boards should include at least 15 images (as it’s #OhSoInspired15).

4. On the description of each image, copy the following text: #StyleMe Pretty for #ohsoinspired15 + blog link

5. Once you are done creating your dream board, comment a link to it on this blog post below.

6. Winner will be selected by September 10, 2015 and winners will be announced on September 11, 2015 on Style Me Pretty’s weekly #SMPWedding101 post and contacted via email or phone call.

7.** There will be a 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place winner:
1st place winning board will receive 1 free registration to attend Oh So Inspired 15!
2nd place winning board will receive $1000 off the $2850 registration to attend Oh So Inspired 15!
3rd place winning board will receive $400 off the $2850 registration to attend Oh So Inspired 15!

8. Prizes are only valid for Oh So Inspired 2015 in Sonoma and cannot be used for future retreats. Should a winner forego or relinquish their prize, there will not be an alternate winning board.

9. *No lodging or transportation is provided.

About the retreat… Sometimes it’s not finding inspiration, but rather cultivating it from what already exists.

In 2014, Oh So Inspired started when Nancy Liu Chin of Nancy Liu Chin Designs, Mary Phan of Very Mary Inspired & The Sketchbook Series, and Kelly McLeskey-Dolata of A Savvy Event got together to share how each reignited a passion for their work. For Kelly, it meant remembering that her goal was to provide her clients with a unique event – each one a stand-out because of her care and creativity. Nancy needed to challenge herself again – delving deeper to create original designs that might perhaps serve as motivation for others. Mary’s journey took her back to her roots as a sketch artist, but also down a new path as a teacher – her endeavor fueled by the excitement of the students in her classes.

For these women, the inspiration necessary to take their work and business to the next level sparked a desire to bring a different kind of learning. With the success of the inaugural Oh So Inspired retreat in Sonoma, they hope to continue to share with you, a way to find that something within. Perhaps it will click during the sharing of stories, or an AH-HAH moment will strike after hearing one of our presenters speak, or maybe you’ll awaken the inner artist after participating in one of the many interactive lessons. In the end, the goal is for you to see that Oh So Inspired is really just Oh So You… We can’t wait to meet you!

Photography: KT Merry | Event Design: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Venue: Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn | Calligraphy & Paper Goods: Forever Heyday | Creative Partner: HoneyBook | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Blueprint Studios | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Table Top Accessories: Pottery Barn | Table Tops: Small Masterpiece

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Flower-Filled Garden Party Bridal Shower

It’s not at all surprising that this bridal shower is completely stunning, after all, the bride-to-be is a wedding planner: Lotta Alexandersson of  Mint Design! With a beautiful eye for details—the Champagne drink station, dreamy flower arrangements, and adorable cookies—this bride’s shower, captured by Mariel Hannah, has us dying to see the wedding! See all the pretty here.

From the beautiful Bride-to-be… This bridal shower was a very special one to me, as it was my very own bridal shower. Being a wedding planner and planning your own wedding is an incredible feeling. I was finally a bride and was able to go through all the same feelings and emotions that my brides go through leading up to their big day.

Nestled in a private residence, my mother-in-law hosted the most beautiful garden party bridal shower for my closest family and friends.  A long table seating 40 women lined the back yard patio. A flower filled water fountain and the vast greenery of the back yard served as the perfect backdrop for this fabulous afternoon. Guests were greeted by our “drink pretty” drink station with a gold sugar rimmed champagne flute that had their name written on a beautiful piece of Silk and Willow ribbon. Rose petal infused water was served in large carafes for easy access for guests to self serve. The bridal party received a custom cookie with their title in the wedding, which was placed at on top of their piece of cake! Such a sweet touch by Bord A Petit Catering!

I was drawn to neutral tones with touches of bright pink and coral hues, which were seen throughout the loose floral arrangements. Wooden and glass candleholders danced on the tables with taupe and peach colored candlesticks. Cream colored plates, gold flatware, linen napkins and a shapely champagne flute was presented at each seat. Guests were served a plate with various hors d’oeuvres as a light lunch to accompany the overflow of champagne. At the end of the long table, I created a three fold wooden backdrop with a simple greenery laurel wreath garland that was the perfect touch to finish the backyard and distinguish the table to frame it in the vast backyard. I incorporated cream-colored yarn in various design elements as it is soft and feminine and blows so subtly in the wind. The yarn chandelier hung above the cake off centered, not to take away from the cakes’ simple beauty. The party favor was a little clay pot that I spray painted a cream color, which held soap in the shape of a rose. They were so sweet and simple.

The florals included some of my favorite blooms. Peonies, dahlias, garden roses, ranunculus, tulips and spray roses to name a few. The greenery springs consisted of smilax, jasmine vine and Italian ruscus. They were a perfect pop to the simple elegance of the candles.

Photography: Mariel Hannah | Floral Design: Mint Design | Cake: De Coeur | Catering: Bord A Petit | Venue: Private Residence | Cookies: Imperial Sweets | Event Planning & Design: Mint Design | Paper Goods: Matinae Design Studio | Rentals: All Celebration Rental | Rentals: Walker Lewis Rents | Rentals: Walker Lewis Rents | Ribbon: Silk And Willow

Rustic Glam Mountain Lodge Wedding

Filled with glitter, gold feathers, balloons, and adorable doggies in a stunningly rustic mountain setting, this fun loving couple’s outdoor nuptials are simply bursting at the seams with bright, dazzling details. With photographer Emily Heizer and Light The Moment‘s drone capturing it all on film and video, you won’t want to miss a moment of this gorgeous day in the wedding film below!

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Summer
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Lodge
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Rustic

From The Bride…Together we planned a magical day that we would remember forever! We wanted to be able to be ourselves, show off our unique style and decor while enjoying ourselves in a beautiful yet relaxed mountain setting. We wanted glitter, gold, feathers, balloons and bright flowers to help accentuate our already stunning venue at The Hideout! We had the BEST of the best for our photography and videography including a drone flying over the ceremony and reception to capture all the angles we would of missed! Our adorable dogs were a part of our ceremony and truly were the icing on the cake for our wedding. We looked at one, and only one venue and it was perfect for our families who were traveling and it best explained our adventurous personalities. We are lucky to have this EXCLUSIVE video and I guarantee there is nothing else out there like it!

Photography: Emily Heizer | Videography: Light The Moment | Wedding Coordinator: April Mosher | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Catering: Candace Lockhart | Makeup: Jackie Trombley | Hair: Angela Zajic | Cake & Desserts: Grace Gore & Sarah Woldt | Private Venue/Home: The HideOut At Kirkwood

Elegant Neutral Hillsborough Wedding

First things first—this reception space? In·cred·i·ble. Alison EventsKathleen Deery Design and team brought tented wedding bliss to a whole new level and we’re all in awe over here at the SMP headquarters. Jose Villa‘s imagery radiates a warmth from this day that is undeniably magnetic. Have a look for yourself right here in The Vault gallery!

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Fall
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Ballroom
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Elegant

From Alison EventsJesse and Matt decided to marry at the Country Club where Jesse had grown up going to. The beautiful manicured gardens and interiors were the perfect setting for their wedding. The original plan was to hold the ceremony on the lawn with the majestic oak tree above and views of the bay. However, we made a last minute decision to move the ceremony into the ballroom due to a storm. This turned out to be a beautiful compromise as Kathleen Deery’s subtly gorgeous muted toned floral arrangements looked amazing in the ballroom. Guests then filtered into a clear top tent for cocktails and enjoyed fresh oysters from Hog Island and dim sum from a local Chinese restaurant; two of the Bride and Groom favorites. Yonder Design crafted a creative escort card display that was elegant yet unique. Guests were then invited into the stunning dinner tent which included the stuffing historic fountain. The dinner setting was formal and featured tones of creme, blush with accents of gold. Individual flowers were set in small glass vases welcoming guests to a fragrant surprise. Dancing went late into the night in the ballroom that had been flipped from ceremony. The Hudson Project had the dance floor packed. Jose Villa captured intimate details of the family and setting.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Event Design: Alison Events | Event Planning: Alison Events | Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Perfect Endings | Invitations: Olive Route | Hair And Makeup: Neja Cosmetics | Band: The Hudson Project | Groom's Attire: Mens Warehouse | Ceremony / Cocktail Music/ Live Band: Elan Artists | Hair And Makeup For Bride: Kate Rodriguez | Oyster Bar: Hog Island Oyster Company | Seating Chart/ Signage/ Custom Games: Yonder | Wedding Detailor: Heidi Johnson

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
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Romantic Northern California Wedding

I’ve never been to Northern Cali but after seeing (ok, staring at…for an extended period of time) these pics by Johnstone Studios, I’m certain I’d fall in love with every inch of its gorgeous landscape immediately. This couple is pretty adorable as well and every inch of their romantic, rustic wedding has me smiling. See every beautiful bit right this way!

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Seasons
Summer
Styles
Elegant

From Johnstone Studios… The Sierra Nevada’s evoke a certain romance; dappled light cascades through the tall pine forest creating the perfect backdrop for a picturesque wedding. Stephanie and Rob were taken with Tahoe’s beauty and chose to make Truckee, CA the location for their destination wedding. He loves her cute cheeks, she loves his bright blue eyes. We love this couple! We had a great time photographing Stephanie and Rob’s wedding. They are such a sweet couple whose adoration for one another is clear. Their wedding was full of lovely details and joyful moments, a perfect day for the happy couple. We are so glad they found us through Style Me Pretty!

From the Bride… The Proposal – It was Rob’s birthday weekend, and we decided to go to Buena Vista for Irish Coffees then walk to grab lunch. After a couple Irish Coffees, I felt pretty good as we started on our way. We came to this pier and Rob suggested that we go out to look at the view. It was rather cold, but he assured me we wouldn’t be out there for too long. After a while admiring the view, he started saying all these sweet things to me. I thought, “This is a little bit more sappy than usual…” and next thing I knew he was on one knee. I was in shock! I immediately thought, “I need to remember this moment” as a friend of mine got engaged a few weeks prior and said everything was so exciting and such a blur that wished she remembered everything more clearly. After a few seconds, Rob got nervous and asked if I was going to say anything, and of course I said yes.

We decided to get married in Truckee because my family has had a place in Lahontan for 10+ years, plus Rob and I have shared so many wonderful memories there.

The ceremony was a unique combination of both our family traditions – a Greek Orthodox ceremony (my side of the family) in a Catholic Church (Rob’s side of the family).

We had several special moments! We had many “big fat Greek wedding” moments throughout the ceremony and the reception – the crowns used in the ceremony were my grandmothers, Greek dancing music while the band went on break, trays of baklava, and of course, my dad presented Rob and I Windex and a copy of the ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ moving during his Father of the Bride speech. I also work in social media, so Rob’s brother spoke in hashtags during his speech. Rob’s family is in the beer distributor business, so of course we had to honor the family tradition by serving his favorite beers. Rob also played the piano during his younger days (even at Carnegie Hall!) so he selected all the ceremony music. My 91-year-old grandpa flew cross-country to celebrate the big day with us!

Photography: Johnstone Studios | Coordination: Kevin And Chris At Made In The Shade | Floral Design: Art In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: Assumption Church Truckee CA | Reception Venue: Lahontan Golf Club | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Fusion Hair - Talia Doignon | Hair: De' Arti Salon - Teri Silva | Band: Hip Service | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Glowing Santa Ynez Engagement

Quite often, I find myself speechless when a Jose Villa engagement or wedding is at my fingertips. I’ve learned to set aside a solid hour, just to soak in the goodness, and even then after I come back for more. And these glowing moments of Paola and John as they get ready to begin their journey together, well, they’re enthralling to say the least.

From Jose Villa Photography… Paola is a native Californian and John was born and raised in Brooklyn. Following university on opposite coasts, they soon found each other in New York City, working in the same industry.

From the beautiful Bride and Groom-to-be… Our shared love of traveling has taken us all over the world from one adventure to the next. We aim to keep each other young through laughter and are looking forward to our biggest adventure yet. We will be getting married at the stunning Sunstone Villa in September. Joy Proctor will be our wedding planner and designer, Jose Villa the photographer, Joel Serrato our Filmmaker, Kelly Kaufman our floral designer and Mar of Team Hair and makeup will do all the beauty.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Hair And Makeup: Team Hair And Makeup | Venue: Santa Ynez

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
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