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Brideside + A Giveaway!

I love being a bridesmaid, but I have to admit… bridesmaid dress shopping?  Not so much.  Because as much as I adore hanging with my besties, trekking around to one bridal store after another isn’t really my idea of fun.  Enter Brideside, the chic online boutique that will change the way you operate with amazing gowns, a personal stylist, a seriously simple ordering process AND a chance to win $500 towards those dresses of your dreams.  Stunning gowns + an amazing giveaway?!? Yes, please.

Gorgeous gowns, sans drama – that’s how Brideside operates with a plethora of beautiful designs to choose from, all with the help of your very own personal stylist.  And the best part?  You can do it all from the comfort of your own home, and even try on the gowns before buying.  Bridesmaid dress shopping has never been so fabulous.  Here’s how it works:

Meet Your Stylist - Browsing gorgeous bridesmaid frocks online just got amazing with the help of one of Brideside’s FREE personal stylists.  Think of them as your very own wedding-style expert who will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process, from helping you create a “closet” of unique + oh-so-chic styles to keeping track of all of the specifics.  And Brideside introduced Jenny Yoo gowns this month, which means even more amazing styles to choose from.

Invite Your Besties to Your Brideside Closet - Now that you and your stylist are filling your Closet with some of the prettiest frocks imaginable, invite your bridal party to view your choices for those much-needed second opinions. And when you add or share a favorite, your stylist can see all of the happenings, so she is totally in the loop.

Try It On at Home! - Want to try on the dress before committing?  Once you have narrowed down all of the wedding loveliness to three must-have styles, Brideside will send them to you or your bridesmaids in a Brideside Box!  That means an at-home fitting party with your own shoes, jewelry and a little (or a lot!) of champagne.  Soooo fun.

Order “The One” - Now that you’ve chosen the perfect gown, you can work directly with your stylist to be sure everyone is fitted properly and that the dress of your dreams is ordered for each and every one of your ‘maids.  Oh, and it’s shipped directly to you.  It’s seriously awesome, and seriously stress-free. Seriously.

I know, I know… you can’t wait to get started with Brideside.  Visit their website now or, if you live in Chicago, make an appointment with a stylist here.  You can thank us later.

the-giveaway

What: Brideside is giving away a $500 credit to one bridal party! 

How: Simply sign up here by April 15, 2015 to be entered to win!

Who: The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Good luck, lovelies! xo

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Backyard Palm Springs Destination Wedding

If you ask me, this couple had the right idea. With guests traveling from all over Canada and England they opted for a destination “I do” in sunny Palm Springs. Playing up their desert setting they stuck to a light, neutral palette with blooms by Arrangements Floral, and made certain there was good tunes and dancing all through the night. See the day through all Candice Benjamin’s captures right this way.

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From The Bride…We knew we wanted our wedding to be a fun celebration focused on our love, with all our friends and family! Our friends and family were excited about the idea of heading to La Quinta for a mini-destination- we had friends coming from all over Canada, and a group of family traveling from England. We decided on La Quinta because its a really special place for us, and the date was too perfect to pass up! We have gone to the Coachella Music Festival for many years, and we got engaged while in California for the festival last year. The day before the Coachella festival this year happened to fall on the day of our 10 year anniversary, April 17, and we loved the idea of getting married on that day surrounded by family and friends, where we got engaged, and then continuing the celebration at the festival for the weekend with many of the guests!

When looking for a venue in La Quinta, there was only one that we had our heart set on – Jeff’s parents house, in the PGA West community. From the beginning, I could picture walking down the aisle that wouldlead through the entrance archway, across the courtyard and down towards the pool edge where the ceremony would take place. We got our wish when we found a caterer, New Leaf Catering, and a florist, Luna of Arrangements Floral and Party Design, who confirmed we could make our wedding happen there, and who were willing to take on the challenge of planning a wedding at private residence with a couple who lived in Canada!

We were not set on any particular color scheme, and instead wanted to make sure that our decor fit the beautiful desert setting. That lead us towards flowers in creams, blush, peach and succulent greens, with additional accents in the decor of gold and turquoise. The bridesmaids picked mismatched blush colored dresses to blend with the desert feel, and groomsmen matched Jeff in light grey suits. It was important for us to incorporate elements of our home on the west coast of Canada into the wedding. We made candle holders from driftwood collected from beaches at home for each table, and gifted each guest with a jar of spicy red pepper jelly from Hornby Island, where my family has a cabin. Luna’s team did a wonderful job on the day bringing all the elements together, to make a day filled with love feel magical.

Music was also a really important aspect of our wedding, as we are such music lovers – with input from friends, we made playlists for cocktail hour, dinner, and 6 hours of dancing. Parents and the bridal party walked down the aisle to ‘Falling’ by the Lumineers, and I was walked down the aisle by my Dad to an acoustic version of ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay – a longtime favorite song of Jeff and mine. One of our best friends from home officiated the wedding ceremony, which took place by the pool with a view of the mountains, and included personal vows and a reading by my Mum, Claire. After the ceremony, cocktail hour in the courtyard lead into dinner, again in the backyard space, which had been transformed during cocktail hour. Guests sipped on our favorite wines and a signature lavender French 75 cocktail, New Leaf Catering provided a fantastic meal with a variety of food stations. For our dessert, my Dad made my all time favorite, his famous cheesecake, as our wedding cake for all our guests, in the form of a cake for the head table and a cheesecake cupcake for each guest.

Two of the best MCs we could ask for entertained us for the evening, and heartfelt and hilarious speeches were followed by our first dance, which was such a special moment for us – we danced to an Eric Clapton song as our friends and family surrounded the dance floor holding sparklers. Dancing, sing alongs, lounging on the outdoor furniture in the courtyard, and photos in the photo booth ran very late into the night, which concluded with a whole group of guys including Jeff jumping in the pool for a late night swim! A day after get together with all the guests at my parents the next day lead right into a weekend of fun and music at the Coachella Valley Music Festival. We could not have asked for a more perfect weekend!

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Florist: Arrangements Floral And Party Design | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Evernew, The Little Pink Dress | Catering: New Leaf Catering | Hair And Makeup: Bijou Beautiful | Ties: Club Monaco | Ceremony And Reception: Private Residence | Cordination: New Leaf Catering | Groom And Groomsmen Suits: Indochino | Head Table Rental: Planks And Patina | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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Mad Men Themed Palm Springs Wedding

When I think of Palm Springs, this wedding is exactly what I imagine… and exactly why I’m so eager to take a getaway there. Retro styles and bright colors transported guests back to the era of “Mad Men,” complete with classy cocktails and one glam pool party. Marissa Maharaj captured every inch of that festive spirit for all of us; it’s still the weekend so let’s pop a bottle and enjoy the party!

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From Marissa Maharaj… Linnea and Evan chose the gorgeous Frederick Loewe Estate for their wedding, a mid-century modern dream in the Little Tuscany neighborhood of Palm Springs. Their day felt like a glamorous pool party, complete with delicious cocktails and a killer view. Linnea wore two amazing dresses, and their guests channeled Mad Men mixed with springtime attire.

VIDEO LINK from Sharkpig: https://sharkpig.wistia.com/projects/jnvwmk209a
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From The Bride… Early on when Evan and I were dating, we realized that Palm Springs was where we wanted to get married one day. It was far enough away from Los Angeles to feel like a vacation to our friends, an easy place for family to fly to, and close enough for us to plan it. We really wanted to create an experience for our guests. When we first laid eyes on the Frederick Loewe Estate, we knew that we were going to get married there. For us, it was the perfect combination of mid-century modern and an incredible outdoor space to enjoy what Palm Springs has to offer.

So many of our friends are super-talented, and for us, we really wanted to incorporate them into our special day. In retrospect they are what made our weekend so unique and special to us. From invitations, hair and makeup to flowers, the bar, the DJ and Jason Mesches, who married us, our friends made up the team that helped make our day and weekend a success!

During the ceremony, Jason Mesches, our friend who married us, shared what each of us had said about the other. In that moment, time slowed down, the excitement and love of our friends and family only became background noise and we’re able to focus on each other and realized that our lives were forever changed. We didn’t know what the other person wrote and it was pretty emotional moment for us.

I would also have to say that Evan singing a cappella with all his friends was another incredible highlight! Evan had sung in a cappella groups growing up in Illinois and in college at USC. Friends from all over the country joined him to serenade the crowd with the songs: At Last and Stand By Me. There are no words to really explain how unforgettable that moment was!

As cliché as it sounds, your wedding is a blur! If you can swing it, we definitely suggest doing a brunch/breakfast the next day. We planned a breakfast taco party at the Ace Swim Club. We were able to spend more time with guests and family in a more relaxed environment and hear about their stories from the wedding night. Looking around the pool, seeing everyone we love relaxing in the sun was incredible and exactly the reason why we continue to love Palm Springs! We are so thrilled we got to share that with friends and family.

Photography: Marissa Maharaj | Videographer: Shark Pig | Event Planner: The Walk Down The Aisle | Floral Design: Doris Drive Design | Invitations: Alexander Barrett | Catering: Katherine King | Hair & Makeup: Carsen LaBella | DJ: Steve Page | Groom's Attire: Jimmy Au's | Cocktails: The Whaling Club | Long Wedding Dress: Watters Bella Dress | Private Estate: Frederick Loewe Estate | Rentals: Yeah Rentals | Short Wedding Dress: BHLDN

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Playful Elegance in Palm Springs

From the adorable ‘Tuesday night’ proposal story to their playful, yet elegant Palm Springs soiree, this gorgeous Bride (who also happens to be a writer for Grey’s Anatomy!) and her handsome Groom have turned me to mush with their utter cuteness. With the dedicated guidance and genius vision of Artisan, there’s not a moment captured by onelove photography that won’t make you smile. And the film from Zomei? It’s a must-watch.

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From the beautiful Bride…Mike planned a truly epic proposal. One morning, I was on the phone with my childhood best friend and when the topic of getting engaged came up, I casually said: “I don’t want him to propose on a holiday or my birthday or our anniversary. I just want to be surprised on a random Tuesday night.” By the end of that day I came down with a small cold, and begged Mike to cancel the “fancy dinner” I’d forgotten he planned. I didn’t want to put on a dress, I wanted to go to bed. Luckily, he convinced me to put on the dress. One blindfolded car-ride and a mysterious, secretive elevator ride later, I found myself in the lobby of the Soho House. Knowing we weren’t members, it became clear to be something was up. Mike led me into a screening room where – surprise! – he revealed dozens of my friends and coworkers — he’d gathered everyone together for a surprise screening of the first episode of Grey’s Anatomy (also the first episode of television) I’d ever written, two days before it was even set to air. I was thrilled and overcome with the warm and fuzzies. We all watched together with popcorn and snacks and people laughed at the jokes and cried at the sad parts and I was overwhelmed with gratitude as the episode ended. Then Mike took the stage. And before I knew it, he was inviting me up on stage with him. And the night I thought could not get any more surprising or sweepingly romantic turned into the night Mike proposed; it was a random Tuesday night. And it was perfect.

Our wedding planning was truly a romantic and fun experience, and Artisan was a giant part of that. From our first meeting with Joey to the last second of the wedding, working with Artisan was easy, comfortable and inspiring. He allowed us to add whatever measure of personalization we wanted while bringing his own specific visions to the overall feel of the event; everything felt fresh and tailored to us. On the day, everything ran seamlessly (or at least it appeared to from our perspective) and looked even more beautiful than I anticipated. But what was most impressive to me was the role Joey filled at the rehearsal and on the day that I hadn’t even anticipated I’d need. He was calm, warm, excited and visibly invested in our wedding. We had a huge bridal party (12 on each side) and he organized the whole ceremony with the expertise and creativity of a seasoned Broadway producer. Our friends are at the age where we’re all in weddings a few times a year, and multiple bridesmaids and groomsmen went out of their way to mention how professional and creatively spectacular Joey was. Mike and I enjoyed what we still consider to be our perfect wedding.

Photography: onelove photography | Videographer: Zomei Video Productions | Coordinator: ARTISAN Event · Floral · Décor, Inc | Wedding Gown: Monique L'huillier | Brides Shoes: Monique L'huillier | Wedding Bands: Simon G Jewelry | Hair And Makeup: Jose Neira | Officiant: Joan Rater | Venue : The Parker Palm Springs - Autry Lawn | Brides Undergarments: Agent Provocateur Love Garter | Bridesmaids Dress: Jenny Yoo Annabelle Dress In Soft Plum | Cake Topper: Jolie En Rose Vintage | Ceremony Fans: Paper Lantern Store | Ceremony Programs: Wedding Paper Divas | Cupcake Heart Toppers: Dotties Weddings | Cupcake Star Toppers: Jolie En Rose Vintage | Dinner Menus: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Design And Decor: ARTISAN Event · Floral · Décor, Inc | Grooms Cufflinks: Cuff Art | Groomsmen Tux: Vera Wang Via Men's Warehouse | Lemon/Lime Place Cards: Etsy Shop: Unify Handmade | Veil: Monique Lhuillier

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Modern Viceroy Palm Springs Wedding

Darlings, I’d say we’re due for a good dose of modern. Modern with a little spunk and whimsy tossed in for good measure, like this Viceroy Palm Springs fete from Heather Kincaid. Kissed by the California sun, it’s a day chock-full of charm, from the happy blooms by Artisan Event Floral Decor to the hip stationery from Mae Mae Paperie. Devour every inch of pretty right here in the gallery.

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From Artisan Event Floral DécorColors of hot pink, yellow and accents of silver! Stylized and artistic! Candlelight and Romance! Flowers and succulents as art.

From the beautiful Bride… Nate and I had visited a number of locations in LA and Palm Springs and didn’t have that feeling that they were “the” location until we went to the Viceroy Palm Springs. Everything felt right from the moment I started emailing with Olivia Prescott (Director of Events) to our site visit and follow ups. They were so welcoming, courteous, nice and treated our bulldog, Chief, like a king when on our initial site visit. We knew we wanted to incorporate him into the wedding and the Viceroy was the only location that treated him like he was part of our family and that it wouldn’t be a burden to have him at the property or in the wedding. There wasn’t any extra pressure to rent out the entire hotel (like several other locations) and we could really customize it to be the wedding we were envisioning. We both loved the coziness and serene feeling we had walking through the property and the Palm Springs backdrop was to-die for! We decided on our drive home that it was the place where we had to get married and worked on convincing our close family to a destination wedding. Couldn’t have imagined getting married anywhere else.

We hadn’t started looking into planners until we officially booked The Viceroy Palm Springs and my best friend has used Joey and Artisan for her wedding at the Parker Palm Springs and the Viceroy said if the Artisan team was available on our wedding date, that they were the team to use for everything. I met Joey when I was a bridesmaid for my best friend’s wedding and had that feeling again after speaking with him about how I envisioned our wedding day and knew he and the team were reliable, professional and the team that could bring all of our ideas to life. They were flexible, welcoming of new ideas and problem solvers for everything that came along leading up to and on the wedding day. All of our guests were so amazed by the beautiful wedding we had created and heard over and over again from them that it was the most beautiful and classy wedding they had ever been to.

Photography: Heather Kincaid | Floral And Event Design: Artisan Event Floral Decor | Coordinator: Artisan Event Floral Decor | Cake: Over The Rainbow | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Keturah Chisholm | Hair: Jose Neira | DJ: Music Media Entertainment | Grooms Suit: Kenneth Cole Reaction | Officiant: Mike Coppersmith | Hotel: Viceroy Palm Springs | Belt Around Dress: Custom Made By Brides Mom | Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Brides Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Brides Ring: Maven | Cake Topper Set: Knottingwood | Cocktail Napkins: Bride Designed | Flower Girl Dresses: I Love Gorgeous | Groom's Ring: Mozafarian | Groomsmen Shoes: Nike | Groomsmen Suits: Kenneth Cole Reaction | Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar | Here Comes The Bride Sign: Bride DIY | Invitations And Paper Goods: Mae Mae Paperie | Mr. & Mrs. Glasses: Furbish Studio

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Moroccan Inspired Wedding Invitation

In my opinion, invitation designers have a tough job, but a fun one at that. They give your guests a first glimpse into your Big Day… the feel, the style, the pretty to come. And I’m constantly in awe of the beautiful paper goods that come through the SMP door. Take this gorgeously green invite from Anticipate Invitations. Pulling from the Moroccan architecture at this couple’s Palm Springs venue, they created a stunning and playful suite. Read on for more inspiration behind the design and see it all here.

From Anticipate InvitationsLisa and Sean were having a Palm Springs wedding, but their venue (Korakia Pensione) wasn’t the mid-century style you might associate with Palm Springs. Instead, they wanted to incorporate the Moroccan architecture and natural desert surroundings their guests would experience instead.

The outer green shape was inspired by one of the large wooden doors found on site, and the intricate blind letterpressed pattern was pulled from the wood carvings surround some of the doorways. Succulents and tiny flowers and stars accent the invitation and info card. The info card was printed with white ink on kraft paper to give an eclectic feel to the suite and also to reflect the natural surrounds of the venue.

The most involved part of the design was getting the detailed blind pattern to be visible and defined at the small size. It was run on a cylindrical letterpress to ensure maximum pressure and detail. After trial and error and some adjusting, the end-result was exquisite.

Their day-of stationery included kraft menu cards with three-dimensional pop-up place cards, monogrammed beverage tumblers for lounging by the poolside, cocktail and photo booth signage printed in white ink on kraft paper, and screenprinted weekend tote bags for guests.

Photography: Micah & Megan Photographers | Event Planning: Christina Lee | Floral Design: Flowers, Tablescapes And Design | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Catering: New Leaf Catering Palm Springs | Make-Up: Sue Ann Jewers | Band: Third Coast Jazz Band | Hotel: Korakia Pensione | Invitation Photography: Anticipate Invitations | Invitations & Stationery: Anticipate Invitations | Linens: Wildflower Linen | Photo Booth: Classic Photo Booths Palm Springs | Rentals: Planks And Patina | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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