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Silver Time Studios + A Giveaway!

Loves, it’s time you met Silver Time Studios, the talented team of e-session geniuses that are about to change your entire world.  Think a fab boutique studio offering full-service (+ drop-dead gorgeous) engagement session packages featuring set designs, props, wardrobe, makeup AND hair.  All you have to do is bring the one you love and prepare to pampered in true Hollywood style.  Sounds good to us.

At Silver Time Studios, worrying about the logistics of your e-shoot is a thing of the past.  That’s because the amazing team at Silver Time Studios has everything you need to make your engagement session dreams come true, right in their very own downtown LA studio.  And whether your style is classic, casual, vintage, romantic or glamorous, Silver Time Studios has a package that is perfect for you and yours, complete with a beautiful album.  They’ll even book transportation and scout outdoor locales!

Contact Silver Time Studios today for your free consultation and dress fitting.  Your e-shoot is going to be soooo fabulous.

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What:  Enter to win up to $1,000 credit towards an engagement shoot with Silver Time Studios AND get $100 credit on Rent the Runway for one of your outfits during the shoot!

How: Simply Like the Silver Time Studios Facebook page, Like their giveaway post and comment on the post with your Maid of Honor’s name!  Get additional entries by sharing with your friends and tagging @SilverTimeStudios on Facebook and Instagram!

Who: Silver Time Studios will be announcing up to three lucky winners on their social media channels on May 7, 2015! Good Luck, lovelies! xo

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Southwestern Style Santa Barbara Wedding

Drooling over the darling details sort of comes with my job title, but it’s moments like these that put the heart into that pretty package and keep me coming back for more. The onelove photography team never fail to deliver those sweet captures and I love them for it. This at-home Santa Barbara soiree is filled to the brim with them (including a fun Burying the Bourbon tradition!)—see it all here.

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Fun tidbit from onelove photographyThe couple practiced the tradition “Burying the Bourbon”! Southern folklore says that if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married, then it won’t rain on their wedding day. According to many believers, this must be done exactly one month before the wedding, the bottle must be completely full and it must be buried upside down in order for it to keep the rain away.

From the Bride and Groom… We don’t take ourselves too seriously, so we wanted the vibe of the wedding to be relaxed and fun. We cut out a lot of the traditional elements that didn’t appeal to us in the hopes that it would help everyone just relax and enjoy the day rather than stick to a strict schedule.

We modeled the whole vibe after our family gathering/holidays, which are typically big gatherings centered around good food, drinks, and laughs. We focused a lot on perfecting the menu, both food and drink, to capture our favorite things. Gourmet tacos, a self serve beer bar, and delicious local cupcakes were some of the big hits.

We liked the vibe that the long, family style tables set for dinner. Instead of being separated into different round tables, it allowed people to talk to the people next to them, across from them, behind them, etc and feel like they weren’t stuck at one particular table. It also made for some beautiful photographs!

The beer bar! The thing Brian was most focused on making happen was inclusion of a self-serve beer bar. We found an idea for it on Pinterest and worked with my uncles to get it built. From there, Brian got the various components needed from a home brew store and we suffered through sampling several kinds of beer before settling on our favorites. I handwrote the chalkboard signs for each type of beer and we nailed them to the bar. It was a total hit! The vintage pickup truck in many of the photos is my uncle’s truck. He brought it to the property at the last-minute and it ended up being the centerpiece of many of our photos.

Finally, the big trees in both the front and back yard. The tree in the front yard, where we made our grand entrance to dinner, is actually the same place where we got engaged last year. The big tree in the back yard, which we wrapped with lights and was the centerpiece of the reception, is where we have had countless Thanksgivings, Labor Days, and all sorts of other holidays. Both were really special and it was great to be able to include them in our wedding.

I picked up every copy of The Knot that hit the news stands while I was planning and I spent a lot of time browsing Pinterest for inspiration for ideas that would highlight the gorgeous natural surroundings of the house. Some of my favorite pinners to follow were Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, and The Wedding Chicks. After I made a scattered idea board, my wedding planner, Kelly, just took it and ran with it. She put together the most beautiful design plan that was so “us” but much more polished and cohesive than we could have pulled off. We couldn’t have done it without her!

Don’t take it too seriously! As we were driving back from the weekend trip where we got engaged and just starting to talk about wedding plans, we promised each other than when we started getting bogged down in what shade of coral looked best with what type of napkins or what type of twine worked best to tie invitations together, we would remember that the whole point was to create a day that made us happy and let us celebrate being in love.

Photography: onelove photography | Event Designer: Kelly Clark Leonard Of Event Of The Season | Coordination: Kelly Clark Leonard | Floral Design: Juniper Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Stationery: Minted | Shoes: Nine West | Jewelry: Bauble Bar | Jewelry: Banana Republic | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Bridesmaids' Dresses: French Connection | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rebecca Taylor | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anthropologie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: Omni Catering | Makeup: Jo Bechard | Hair: Andrea Ridgell Of Mishay Salon And Spa | Lighting: Ambient Events | DJ: DJ Chel | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Groomsmen Attire: Express | Location: Private Residence | Rentals: Town And Country | Veil And Accessories: Nina Veil

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Modern Kimono Robes + A Giveaway!

You may or may not have heard, but here at SMP, we are slightly obsessed with all things fashion.  Okay, okay… we live for it.  So when it comes to chic wedding day attire, you know Modern Kimono ranks high atop our must-have lists.  I’m talking luxurious robes in 100% premium, designer cotton that are perfect for you and your maids.  Getting ready in style has never looked better, or more sophisticated.

Made to order in San Francisco, Modern Kimono is putting a sweet spin on getting ready attire with stylish robes that you and your besties are sure to rock long after your big day.  That’s because Modern Kimono robes are created to be equal parts functional and pretty.  Imagine sleek, modern designs complete with patch pockets or inseam side pockets (YES), 3/4 length sleeves (worry-free for putting on makeup or washing your hands), rounded necklines and fits that are made to order.  That means your 6′ tall bridesmaid will be just as comfortable as your 5’4″ bestie.  And they also include a darling craft paper hang tag (with grosgrain ribbon!) with each of your bridesmaids’ names written on it.  We love that.

Visit Modern Kimono today to order your maids the best gift they’ll ever receive.  And don’t forget to check out the mid-calf lengths for mothers and mother-in-laws, plus the sweet robes for your flower girls!

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What: Modern Kimono is giving away a robe of your choice to one lucky reader! (Value $60)

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us why you can’t wait to rock a Modern Kimono robe on your big day!

Who: A winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on April 17, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies!

Photography: Autumn Harrison + Carly Fuller

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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.

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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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Romantic Santa Barbara Bridal Shoot

We’re head over heels for this breathtaking bridal shoot from The Great Romance taking place in mysterious stone ruins at Santa Barbara. It’s a sensuous mix of colors, from wispy golds to deep reds, that captures the essence of falls and winters in California. Get lost in all the gorgeous details right here.

From The Great RomanceThe inspiration for this shoot was not just the beautiful mood & feel of autumn/winter, but specifically the warmth and rich, golden tones that come with the season in California. Each element of the amazing bouquet done by Fleur de Rye captured the season perfectly – from the deep reds to foraged greens, it complimented our bride’s tiny gold details. We wanted to do a bridal session that was feminine, free and really captured the beauty of these unique ruins in Santa Barbara. It was a perfect day in Santa Barbara and we wouldn’t ask for more talented ladies to make this shoot come to life.

Photography: The Great Romance | Makeup: Marijane Marie | Bride's Dress: Nastygal | Bride's Lace Robe: Forever 21 | Florals & Hair: Fleur De Rye

Romantic Blush Santa Barbara Wedding

When you dig through the pretty layers of this Santa Barbara soiree (and TOAST Santa Barbara sure did layer in the gorgeous!), you’ll find a deeply rooted love that will absolutely melt you. There are too many meaningful bits to recount, but when you read the Bride’s story, paired with the precious imagery from I Heart My Groom and the film from Cloudless Weddings, you’ll step into their full-on celebration of family love.

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From I Heart My GroomWhenever we’re around Nicole and Andrew we can’t help but smile and laugh continuously. They both have such beautiful hearts and that quality radiates when you see them in person. These two are sparkly, fun, lovable, and visibly so in LOVE. We feel incredibly honored and blesses that they chose us to document their beautiful wedding in film at the Santa Barbara Wome’s Club.

From the beautiful Bride…When I was four years old, I was a flower girl at my aunt and uncle’s wedding in Cape Cod. Ever since then, I’ve daydreamed about what my wedding day would be like. When Andrew and I got engaged, I didn’t know what colors I wanted or what kind of food I wanted to serve. I did know that I wanted our day to be meaningful not just for us, but for all of our family and loved ones. As the planning evolved, our main goal became to have a deeply personal day chalk-full of sentimental touches and a few extra-special surprises.

I have always felt a strong connection to family history and tradition. That is why the first decision we made was the easiest. We chose to marry on what would have been my late grandparents’ 73rd anniversary. Andrew and I met on the same day that my grandmother left us in 2008, and we have always felt that she had a hand in our meeting. From there, it became clear to us that we wanted our wedding day to be a true celebration of love – not just our love for each other, but the love from our family and friends that has made us who we are.

I also knew that I wanted the design to incorporate family heirlooms and special items. For me, being able to display my mother’s wedding dress and use things like one of my grandmother’s hankies was about more than just having something borrowed and something blue. I wanted to be surrounded by treasured mementos that held special memories, as a way of connecting to those I love – both past and present.

October is such a beautiful month in Santa Barbara that we knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony in the soft, late afternoon light. My desire to capture this softness is what led me to the lovely ladies of I Heart My Groom. Aside from taking beautiful photographs, they came to the rescue with a needle and thread when my dress ripped shortly before I walked down the aisle! My mother’s heirloom moss rose china was the inspiration for our color palette, but we leaned more toward peach and blush in an effort to keep the colors light given the warm weather. As far as flowers go, loose and lush was the name of the game. I envisioned a combination of garden roses, ranunculus, olive branches, fluffy pale blush astilbe, and overflowing vines. I have a particular affection for gold glitter, so we decided on a few gold details to satisfy my cravings while remaining soft and understated. We were lucky enough to find Tamara Kesser of TOAST Santa Barbara, who understood my “fairy princess in a candlelit secret garden” vision immediately, and brought it to life with a flick of her magic wand.

Aside from the moment when Andrew and I became husband and wife, I have to say that having all of our loved ones from all walks of life under the same roof was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. Neither Andrew nor I have ever been surrounded by so much love, joy, laughter, and awesome dance moves. Andrew likes to joke that I live in fairyland because of my rosy outlook… But on October 11th, we both spent the entire day in fairyland and loved every moment of it.

Nicole was born in San Diego, spent her youth in rural Northern California, and grew up in Santa Barbara. Andrew was born and raised in Watsonville, a small town in California near Santa Cruz. Nicole works in local government, and Andrew works for a non-profit organization that serves individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Andrew and Nicole wanted their 90 guests to experience Santa Barbara in all of its splendor, which is why they chose the beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival-styled Rockwood Woman’s Club. Just down the road from the historic Santa Barbara Mission and Rose Garden, Rockwood is set amongst a forest of mature oak trees that made for a truly gorgeous backdrop to their late summer ceremony.

The wow factor was Nicole’s sparkling tulle Lazaro ball gown and cathedral length veil. Andrew wore a light gray suit with a pale peach tie that was perfectly matched to the garden roses in Nicole’s bouquet. A family friend officiated, and read a touching love story that she had written based on her meetings with Andrew and Nicole. As one can imagine, there was nary a dry eye. Before the bride and groom recited traditional vows and exchanged custom wedding bands designed by Bryant & Sons Jewelers, the bride’s cousins sang a touching acoustic rendition of Coldplay’s “Til Kingdom Come” which brought everyone to tears.

As for those personal touches… Programs designed by Nicole were laid out for guests on a marble-topped table that had been in her family for generations. Along with her heirloom engagement ring circa 1890 that was carried down the aisle in its original box, Nicole wore a bracelet and crystal hair pins that two of her bridesmaids had worn on their own wedding days. She carried a vintage embroidered handkerchief that had been part of her grandmother’s collection, and had a piece of fabric from one of her grandfather’s ties stitched underneath her dress. Her garter was handmade with lace left over from her mother’s wedding dress, and an extra bit of unused lace was made into a handkerchief for her father to carry. Pinned to the ivory satin ribbon around her bouquet were her grandfather’s Naval Academy cufflinks from 1935, and a pin painted with blue Forget-Me-Nots that had been hand-painted for her grandmother. During the reception, Nicole’s personal items were carried in the ivory beaded clutch that her mother had taken to her high school prom.

As the golden hour struck, guests mingled on the terrace and sipped on spiked lavender lemonade while listening to crooners like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. As they made their way inside, they were greeted by the rest of the handkerchiefs from Nicole’s grandmother’s collection, which was strung over the indoor fireplace. The vintage lace dress that Nicole’s mother had worn on her wedding day adorned a corner window, and wedding photos from both Andrew and Nicole’s families were displayed on the grand piano.

Following the bride and groom’s first dance, Nicole invited her father out onto the dance floor for a spin. The song, “Wild Horses” by the Rolling Stones, was a special surprise for her father. When she and her family were living in Northern California, her father used to sing it to her – only he replaced “wild horses” with “wild mustard” in a nod to the bright yellow plant that grew with abandon near their home. Dinner was a delicious Italian feast courtesy of Pure Joy Catering, capped off by a festive dessert station offering mini pots of torched-to-order crème brûlée in a variety of mouthwatering flavors. The second surprise came after dinner in the form of a Love Story video, which Andrew and Nicole had filmed for their guests in the month leading up to their wedding day.

After letting loose on the dance floor all night – no easy feat in a ball gown – Andrew and Nicole were driven to El Encanto for their wedding night. Nicole and her bridesmaids had stayed there the night before. Before they went to sleep on Friday night, they tossed coins into the wishing well and made wishes. Nicole’s coin made it into the bucket, and upon further investigation she discovered that the bucket was empty save for her coin. Andrew and Nicole returned to the wishing well the night of their wedding, and tossed two more coins in. There are now three coins in the bucket – Nicole’s from Friday night, and the newlyweds’ from their wedding night. With that kind of luck, they are already off to a wonderful start.

The reason why it was so important to me to carry treasures that had belonged to my grandparents was because even though I knew they were with us, I still wanted those tangible connections – to touch things they had touched.

My something old…
– Grandfather’s Naval Academy cufflinks from 1935 (on bouquet)
– Grandfather’s tie cut into heart and stitched underneath dress
– My wedding band, carried down the aisle in the original ring box that my engagement ring came in (in 1890)
– Ivory beaded clutch that my mom took to her high school prom in 1965
– Grandmother’s ivory embroidered handkerchief (I chose it out of her collection, which now belongs to my mom. I picked my second favorite to give to my Maid of Honor on the morning of the wedding.)

My something new…
– Wedding dress
– Shoes
– Veil

My something borrowed…
– Jeweled hair pins from Jacquelyne’s wedding day (Maid of Honor)
– Bracelet from Victoria’s wedding day (bridesmaid)

My something blue…
– Grandmother’s pin, hand painted with blue forget-me-nots by my mom’s artist friend for my grandmother (on bouquet)

My garter was both old, borrowed, and new! Jacquelyne and my mom conspired to surprise me on this one… Mom found a leftover piece of lace she had used to make a sash for her vintage wedding dress in 1984. Jacquelyne used a piece of lace from her mother’s wedding dress, and took it to a local seamstress (Mercedes Trump, Beautiful Weddings) to have the lace combined into a garter. Mercedes added a bit of peach ribbon to match our color palette. There was a little bit of lace left over, which was made into a handkerchief for my dad to carry.

Andrew and Nicole traveled to Maui for their honeymoon in October.

Photography: I Heart My Groom | Videography: Cloudless Weddings | Event Design: TOAST Santa Barbara | Floral Design: TOAST Santa Barbara | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Pure Joy Catering | Invitations: Designed By Bride, Printed By Smart Press | Shoes: Benjamin Adams | Wedding Bands: Bryant & Sons | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Pure Joy Catering | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Wedding Venue: Santa Barbara Women’s Club | Bride Getting Ready Outfit: Love Ophelia Romper | Bride Getting Ready Outfit: In Bloom By Jonquil Robe | Bridesmaid Getting Ready Outfits: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bride’s Accessories: Heirloom And Borrowed | Crème Brulee Station: Pure Joy Catering | Flower Girl Dress: Fattie Pie | Getting Ready Location: Belmond El Encanto | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Groom’s Suit: Express | Music: DJ Dave

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