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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)


Whimsical Wedding Complete with an Ombre Petal Aisle

Four words: ombré petal lined aisle. If that doesn’t get you clicking into this gallery then I don’t know what will. Maybe the fact that Bliss Events coordinated this special day? Or how about that Petula Pea Photography was on hand to capture it all. That’s right, it’s a day perfect for sharing and we’ve got it all waiting for you to see in The Vault!


Full of charm and romance, La Jolla, California was the ideal destination for Kyle and Emily’s September 25th 2015 wedding at La Valencia Hotel. The property boasts amazing unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean as well as a boutique warm feel for an intimate occasion. Traveling from New York with 70 guests and booking the property “site unseen”, Kyle and Emily celebrated their marriage overlooking La Jolla Cove surrounded by the ones they love. Guests arrived to the hotel and were greeted with a welcome bag full of San Diego must-haves including beautiful intricately designed mosaic tiles with their names and date on them.

Contrary to the normally cool and crisp ocean air day in La Jolla, their wedding day had a heat wave that graced San Diego that weekend, but Kyle and Emily stayed cool and enjoyed every moment. Their romantic first look on the verandah terrace overlooking their wedding ceremony site was magical and Petula Pea Photography captured the emotion of that moment perfectly.

The inspiration behind their day was organic winery-inspired colorful elegance. The ceremony was adorned with vibrant ombre colors in an aisle rose petal scroll… from burgundy to fuchsia, and orange to mustard, then finally gold encircling the couple. Intricate floral vases of all sizes and shapes intermixed with antique lanterns provided the background to their nuptials. Parasols were used to shade the guests from the intense sun and the vibe from live music filled the salty sea air.

Following the ceremony, guests savored the views of La Jolla Cove on the verandah while enjoying live music and La Valencia cuisine such as watermelon cups with goat cheese and big eye tuna tartare with a won ton chip. Tandoori Lollipop lamb chops were tray passed along with kobe beef sliders with truffle aioli with caramelized onions.

Birchwood logs filled the reception tables intermixed with colored florals and antique votive candles in copper, gold, orange and pink to create a natural, eclectic look. The three-tiered naked cake by Sweet Lydia’s was almond mascarpone cake with passion fruit, adorned with fresh berries and florals.

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Photography: Petula Pea Photography | Coordinator: Bliss Events | Floral Design: Organic Elements | Wedding Dress: Adrienne's | Cake: Sweet Lydia's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Makeup Artist: Couture Makeup | Hair Stylist: Audra Rene Studio | Venue: La Valencia Hotel | Bride's Belt: Helena Noelle | Groom's Tuxedo: Trunk Club | Linens: APR Fine Linens | Musician/DJ: Still Listening Productions

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Colorful Spring Bridal Session

Spring, is that you? It’s me Michelle, and I’ve been patiently waiting for you to arrive. Because honestly, I’m more than ready to bid adieu to snowflakes in favor of sunshine. So, until you’ve decided to show up at my doorstep I’ll be seeking temporary solace in this gorge of a gallery from Natalie Bray Photography. And you? Well you’re more than welcome to join. Get ready to spend the day in The Vault!

From Natalie Bray PhotographyWith Spring approaching, we thought a colorful, feminine, and light filled bridal session sounded incredibly refreshing. Spring is a favorite season for many and this bridal session abounds with light, love, and femininity. Planning a wedding, engagement, or bridal session around your favorite time of year can be a wonderful jumping off point for inspiration. We used nature to inspire this shoot & kept it simple and feminine.

Plenty of Petals masterfully created a stunning bridal bouquet that you just want to live in forever. Impeccably crafted nature inspired luxury. The colors of bright pink peonies, orange dahlias, and yellow garden roses, with soft mauve, and blush harmonize perfectly. A wonderful way to add pops of color to any wedding, bridal, or engagement session is to add florals.

The Sarah Seven gown from The Dress Theory San Diego added a feminine romance with it’s lace sleeves and deep v back. The sweeping train added an element of levity. Absolutely gorgeous!
Hair & Make-up were kept simple with an element of natural and clean. The bride’s features were already swoon worthy, so we wanted to bring those out simply.

We wanted the hair to be easily converted to a second look. Which is great for transitioning from a ceremony, then to reception. The Hair and Make-up box did this marvelously. A sun kissed up-do, that easily transitioned to a cascading look with romantic curls.

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Photography: Natalie Bray Studios | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Hair + Makeup: The Hair & Makeup Box | Model: Jacqueline Dubbins | Ribbon : Bellame Ribbon | Wedding Dress Boutique: The Dress Theory

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