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Meet SMP Blogger Bride: Mary of Memorandum!

You’ll probably recognize this pretty face, her lengthy blonde locks and fab ‘work-wear’ style as the editor behind Memorandum. She rocks a panama hat and red lip like no other, and today, we’re welcoming Mary Orton to our gorgeous team of Blogger Brides here at SMP! We’re over-the-moon excited to follow along in her wedding planning journey. Get to know Mary (and her handsome Groom-to-be) a bit better and see more of her style in the gallery from Jenny Morgan and Melanie Riccardi.

From Mary OrtonI’m the founder and editor of Memorandum, a fashion blog that’s all about style from a working gal’s perspective. I’m not talking about a bunch of grey sheath dresses and and pant suits, but seamlessly incorporating the fashion and personal style that you might typically leave for nights and weekends into your everyday! I’m a huge fan of personal style blogs, but after graduating college and starting my career in NYC, I didn’t feel like there was much out there that helped me “up” my style game during the workweek. To fill this void and speak to other professional women like me, I started Memorandum, where I tackle everything from how to make trends work-appropriate, to how to style accessories and workwear pieces casually on the weekends. This August, I’ll be tying the knot with my fiancé Rich, and I’m thrilled to join the SMP family to share all of the tips and tricks I’ve learned during the wedding planning process!

Rich and I were introduced by one of my best friends from college after we graduated and were both working for different investment banks in New York City. It wasn’t an intentional “set-up,” but when life gives you a killer eighties cover band, an aggressive dance floor, and an open bar, love has to be in the air… right? A little trash talk about our respective hometown NFL teams later (for the record, my Packers won the Super Bowl that year), and Rich asked to take me to dinner the following weekend.

We quickly became inseparable and dated in NYC for two years before work brought Rich back to San Francisco, where he’s originally from. After another two years of bi-coastal long-distance (woof), Rich came to NYC to celebrate my birthday last November. After a beautiful dinner and a Broadway show, Rich arranged for us to gain backstage entry to the Broadway Theater where we had attended our first show together four years prior. I’ve always been an enormous musical theater fan, and lucky for me, Rich developed a love for it as well after we started dating. 

Since the two of us had gone to innumerable shows together, it wasn’t tough for Rich to convince me that we were going backstage for a post-show behind-the-scenes “tour” as a little birthday surprise. However, instead of a tour, we walked onto an empty stage and he dropped to one knee as we looked out onto the completely empty, but still beautifully lit-up Broadway Theater. He had timed it perfectly with the stage managers to make sure the theater was completely empty, since he knew I wasn’t a “public proposal” kind of girl. I said yes (on the condition that we raise our children Packer fans of course) and soon after, I finally moved from NYC to join him on the left coast in San Francisco, where I now live and work.

We’re getting married this August in Wisconsin, which is where I grew up and where my family lives. Although planning from afar isn’t the easiest, the wedding process has been so much fun, and I’m excited to share all of it here on Style Me Pretty! While I’ve truly enjoyed the journey, I have to say that I did not come into the engagement with 18 wedding Pinterest boards already sketching out my future nuptials like some of my girlfriends who have been “planning their weddings” for basically their whole lives! Additionally, very few of my best friends are married already, so I haven’t had the advantage of going through the process with someone else before. I started at square one and have had so much to learn! But, with the help of resources like SMP and lots of tips from friends and family, I’ve learned so much, and hope to pass along some ideas to all of you in the coming months!

Photography: Jenny Morgan | Photography: Melanie Riccardi | Styling: Mary Orton

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Finding Your Perfect Wedding Venue with L’Relyea Events + A Promotion!

Loves, meet L’Relyea Events, the talented team of venue scouting specialists that are about to take your wedding to a whole new level of amazing.  Think an entire day of venue tours, lunch and wine tasting, all guided by a planning professional that knows everything there is to know about finding the perfect locale for you and your sweetie.  Day of your dreams in one, two, three?  Yes, please.

If you’re anything like me (and I know you are), you’ve been planning your wedding day since before you were even engaged.  So finding the perfect venue to host all of the happiness?  Sooo important. That’s where L’Relyea Events comes in.  They’ll spend an entire day getting to know you and yours + your wedding vision, so that they can find a locale that best suits everything you’re looking for.  From fabulous wineries to drop-dead gorgeous ballrooms to private estates that are as romantic as they are stunning, they’ll narrow down the field to just a handful that will work well with your style AND price point.  They’ll even follow up with detailed info on each venue you visit, with helpful notes and suggestions.  It’s awesome.

So what are you waiting for, m’dears?  Contact L’Relyea Events today to book your venue scouting experience.  You’ll love their never-ending attention to detail and their ability to paint the picture of how your wedding weekend/day will go.  And don’t forget to ask them about their planning services for a day that is pure perfection… and then some.

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For their 2015 brides, L’Relyea Events is offering 50% off the Venue Scouting Package! And if you are recently engaged and looking to get hitched in 2016, L’Relyea Events has something for you, too! With the purchase of their “Un” Planning Service Package, they would like to offer you 25% off your Venue Scouting Package when booked by December 31, 2015!

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Sweet San Francisco City Hall Elopement

The one regret that I have about not attending my senior prom at San Francisco’s City Hall is that I wasn’t able to spend time in such a stunning architectural gem. As this sweet elopement, captured by Jasmine Lee Photography, proves, City Hall is the perfect backdrop for an equally gorgeous couple. And the details—the Bride’s clutch, the bright bouquet, and the couple’s stylish outfits—make it all that much more special. Take in all the pretty here.

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From the beautiful Bride… When I thought about my dream wedding, it was always just the two of us. The idea of eloping felt so romantic and intimate and in the end it was just perfect for us. Once we had decided to elope, San Francisco City Hall just felt right. I loved the idea of running away to get married at city hall and there isn’t a more beautiful city hall than San Francisco’s. Even though it was just the two of us, my family and friends sent me off with some wonderful mementos that made the day really special, including a lovely vintage blue handkerchief (something blue), a beautiful mirror for touch-ups (something new), my mother’s sapphire earrings, and my grandmother’s sapphire and diamond ring (something old and borrowed… and blue, too). The whole day was pretty emotional. I cried getting my makeup done that morning and during the ceremony, but after the ceremony I felt so effervescently happy!

Since we eloped, having photos to share with our family and friends was really important to us. We found our photographer, makeup/hair, and flowers online and they were all amazing! I even ordered my shoes and dress online. We’re so happy with how everything came out!

The rest of the day was wonderful too. After we left city hall, we hopped in a cab and went to a great bakery recommended to us by some local friends, Tartine, for some cake, of course! We finished off the day walking through beautiful San Francisco, sharing an umbrella on a rare rainy day, and introducing my new husband to my favorite pizza in the whole world (Escape from New York!). It was the perfect day!

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Floral Design: Church Street Flowers | Wedding Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Hair & Makeup: Susie Chhour | Groom's Suit: Brooks Brothers | Venue: San Francisco City Hall | Bride's Jewelry: Borrowed/Heirloom | Clutch: Kate Spade

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8 Tips For Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress

One of my favorite engaged moments was dress shopping without a doubt. But oh, what an adventure it is as you dive into the racks of gorgeous gowns! We’re in luck m’dears, for Lovely Bride SF is here to share their tips for finding that special dress. Josh Gruetzmacher snapped chic styles at their San Fran shop and with One True Love Vintage Rentals, the whole place is a dream. Gather up their advice and soak up all the pretty right this way!

Shop Early Enough

Typically, it can take between 7-9 months from when a bride orders her dress until it’s ready to walk down the aisle! While many of our designers can rush a dress order, it does add extra costs to the dress. With 7-9 months, you have a really comfortable timeline, and can eliminate any stress (and extra fees) in making sure your dress is ready and in perfect condition for the big day.

Set Your Budget

Before hitting the stores, it’s best to set a budget and know what you’re able to spend on your dress. While at your appointment, be upfront and clear with your stylist what your budget is. The stylist can then show you dresses that fall within your budget, that way you don’t fall in love with a dress that you can’t afford. We would hate for a bride to find her dream dress, then become disappointed that it’s out of her budget. Don’t forget the additional costs on top of the dress itself, such as alterations, accessories like veils and jewelry, as well as shoes and undergarments. These additions alone can cost an extra few hundred dollars, which many brides don’t initially think about.

Come Prepared

While shopping, come prepared! Bring the undergarments you’ll be wearing, or at the very least, wear a nude strapless bra and nude underwear (no hot-pink undies, please!). Have a Pinterest board ready to show the stylist; we love to see your inspiration! Come with some makeup on. While you don’t have to have a full face of makeup, having some makeup on can help you envision the entire look.

Shop with a Small Entourage

We always encourage a bride to come in with only her closest and most trustworthy confidants! In fact, our largest salon only accommodates four guests. When there are too many people in the party, the appointment can lose focus, and too many opinions can get in the way of what you, the bride, really feels. We advise brides to bring those who knows her style the best, and will be supportive of her opinions and choice!

Be Open-Minded

We love brides who come in with a vision of their big day, and have an idea of what styles they like. But we also love when brides come in open-minded about styles they might not necessarily see themselves in! You may surprise yourself and find a silhouette or style you did not originally consider to be the most flattering on you. And often times, trying on different styles can also help confirm a style you do NOT like, which is all part of the process!

Trust Your Stylist

On the same note, don’t be close-minded to your stylist’s suggestions. Even if you don’t initially love it on the hanger, you may end up falling in love with it! Our stylists dress multiple brides a day, and have seen our dresses on multiple bodies and body types, and have a good idea of what can be flattering on a bride.

Go During Off-Peak Hours

The weekends are our busiest days, and we’re often running from one bride to another. On the other hand, weekdays are quieter, and we are able to spend more quality time with the brides. If you can come on a weekday, you’ll be able to get more personal attention from the stylist.

Trust Your Instincts

Lastly, always trust your instincts! Ask yourself, can you see yourself walking down the aisle in the dress? If you have to be convinced to love a dress, that dress probably isn’t for you. You know best what feels right for you – no matter what anyone else thinks. After all, it’s your wedding, and it will be YOU wearing the dress!

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Floral Design: Studio Mondine | Hair And Makeup : Katie Nash Beauty | Location: Lovely Bride SF | Styling And Props: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Wedding Gowns: Lovely Bride SF

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Classic San Francisco City Hall Wedding

When you put together a talented team that includes Alicia K Designs and Got Light, and top it off with one stunning Vera Wang gown, good things are bound to happen. Add in the super chic San Fran City Hall as the venue and this m’friends is stuff movies are made of. Vero Suh and The Film Squad didn’t miss a beat and this gallery will have you dreaming of classic romance for the rest of the day guaranteed.

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From the Bride… Ryan and I first met while Ryan was coaching my cousins’ basketball team. Friends and parents had always said Ryan and I should date, but the timing was just never right – until November of 2011. We decided to give each other a chance and realized everyone had been right all along. Our vision for our wedding was for it to be elegant yet relaxed, and able to withstand the test of time. Although we toured several venues from Wine Country to the City, we instantly fell in love with the grandeur of San Francisco City Hall’s Rotunda.

We knew immediately that we wanted help planning our wedding. As much as I enjoy planning things, I could see our wedding being a bit more than we could handle alone. Alicia Falango of Alicia K. Designs helped us incorporate our personalities into the design and theme of our celebration. She and her amazing team coordinated every detail and brought our vision to fruition.

The day started with a fun, lighthearted ceremony in the Rotunda, before moving to a cocktail reception upstairs on the Mayor’s Balcony. During cocktail hour we shared some of our favorite foods with our guests, like cioppino, mac and cheese and strawberries. Ryan’s family farms strawberries in the central coast so integrating these into the day was very important – guests enjoyed strawberry infused cocktails and a special strawberry appetizer.

On the way to dinner, friends and family walked down the marble staircase and entered the Rotunda. Our ceremony space had been transformed into an elegant dining room highlighted by blush linens and gold flatware. For us, the food was an integral part of setting the tone for the evening. Although the event was black-tie, we were still able to maintain a laidback and comfortable feeling by serving salad with cornbread croutons, short ribs, and ravioli.

After the ceremony and dinner, guests captured silly moments in the photo booth, danced to a mix of EDM and early 90’s hip-hop, and munched on tacos and popcorn into the late night. The day went by so fast, but thankfully Vero of Vero Suh Photography was able to capture every special moment. Even now, several months after our wedding, we find ourselves looking at the pictures together and reliving the day.

Photography: Vero Suh Photography | Cinematography: The Film Squad | Event Planning: Alicia K Designs | Floral Design: Alicia K Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Global Gourmet | Stationery: Document Works | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Global Gourmet | Hair and Makeup: Melissa Hoffman | Lighting: Got Light | DJ: Justin Milla | Favors: Jo Mama's Bakery | Groom's Attire: Navin's Custom Shirt | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Cost Luxury Limousine | Hotel: Fairmont Hotel San Francisco | Wedding Venue: San Francisco City Hall | Audio and Video: Everything Audio Visual | Ceremony And Reception Musicians: Synchronicity Strings | Groom's Tux: Brooks Brothers | Photo Booth: Night Owl Photography | Rentals: Hartmann Studios

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Finding Your Perfect Wedding Venue with L’Relyea Events + A Promotion!

Loves, meet L’Relyea Events, the talented team of venue scouting specialists that are about to take your wedding to a whole new level of amazing.  Think an entire day of venue tours, lunch and wine tasting, all guided by a planning professional that knows everything there is to know about finding the perfect locale for you and your sweetie.  Day of your dreams in one, two, three?  Yes, please.

If you’re anything like me (and I know you are), you’ve been planning your wedding day since before you were even engaged.  So finding the perfect venue to host all of the happiness?  Sooo important. That’s where L’Relyea Events comes in.  They’ll spend an entire day getting to know you and yours + your wedding vision, so that they can find a locale that best suits everything you’re looking for.  From fabulous wineries to drop-dead gorgeous ballrooms to private estates that are as romantic as they are stunning, they’ll narrow down the field to just a handful that will work well with your style AND price point.  They’ll even follow up with detailed info on each venue you visit, with helpful notes and suggestions.  It’s awesome.

So what are you waiting for, m’dears?  Contact L’Relyea Events today to book your venue scouting experience.  You’ll love their never-ending attention to detail and their ability to paint the picture of how your wedding weekend/day will go.  And don’t forget to ask them about their planning services for a day that is pure perfection… and then some.

Promotion

For their 2015 brides, L’Relyea Events is offering 50% off the Venue Scouting Package with the purchase of their “Un” Planning Service Package! And if you are recently engaged and looking to get hitched in 2016, L’Relyea Events has something for you, too! With the purchase of their “Un” Planning Service Package, they would like to offer you 25% off your Venue Scouting Package!

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