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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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Romantic Al Fresco Sonoma Wedding

Not a hurricane or an earthquake could shake these lovebird’s plans for their Big Day. While they might have needed to conduct some last minute rearranging and creative thinking, their fall wedding came together without a hitch and we have the gorgeous images by onelove photography to prove it. Don’t miss this amazing family-style reception table, complete with personalized menus, and more, right here.

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From The Bride… I had always heard that planning a destination wedding was stressful. To try and limit the amount of stress on my soon to be husband and me, I decided to plan well in advance and finalize all details so that we could just soak in the time we had together as an engaged couple, because that time truly is so special and so short. Boy were my plans thrown for a loop!

Two weeks before our wedding, a 6.0 earthquake struck Napa Valley, the largest in 25 years. We had become good friends with many of the vendors and owners of wineries in Napa during our travels to and from over the years, and were so thankful that no one was seriously injured. After the wreckage settled, we realized that our original rehearsal dinner venue was not going to be able to host our guests, and the main hotel in Downtown Napa was unable to fulfill our 40 room block reserved for our guests. To say we went into panic mode was an understatement.

Thankfully, the Gro team quickly rescheduled our rehearsal dinner at another fantastic winery, and was able to transition all of our guests into homes and bed and breakfasts. We thought we had seen the worst of it, until a week before our wedding, the largest hurricane to hit Baja California, Odile, wreaked havoc on our honeymoon destination, and forced us to cancel our plans. The same day we found out about the hurricane, my makeup artist cancelled. Trying to find a makeup artist a week and a half before a bride’s big day is a nightmare, not to mention not being able to schedule a trial. After researching like crazy, my wedding planner, Krisi from Gro, found Danika. She had heard my story and even though it was her two year wedding anniversary, she cancelled her plans and drove to Sonoma to do our makeup. She was such a blessing; I will never forget her and her husband’s selflessness!

I was so fortunate to have such an incredible team of vendors to ride out this crazy storm with. Everyone came together and worked so hard, and we were and are forever grateful for our perfect day.

We wanted our wedding to focus on the covenant Grayson and I were making to each other, and we wanted to host the wedding in Napa to showcase our love of great food and wine. This area is really meaningful to us as it’s been a vacation spot for years, and it is also where we got engaged. We wanted the evening to be extremely meaningful, but not something that guests had seen hundreds of times before. In a nutshell, I wanted a very personal, reverent ceremony followed by a beautiful al fresco dinner party in the middle of a vineyard, surrounded by our nearest and dearest, and that is exactly what we got.

My vision for this dinner party had one consistent theme, which was a single beautifully set dinner table. I didn’t want a sweetheart table, rounds, or tables broken up by family and friends; I wanted everyone to dine together at a King’s Table set for 72, sans linen. Once the layout was set, the other item I wasn’t budging on was the table setting. I wanted mis-matched cut crystal, vintage china, and gold flatware. There were a number of vendors I researched, but ultimately went with Frances Lane based on Lindsay Jernegan’s selection, service, and quality of pieces.

One of my other favorite items for the evening were the custom menus Taryn at Twinkle and Toast created. Instead of the usual place card menu combo, I wanted to combine the two. I had her calligraphy each guests name in gold at the top of the menu, followed by the dinner and dessert selections. She also created the custom watercolor paper that was used.

Finally, my absolute favorite part of the table had to be the floral runner that was created by Nathan Johnson of GRO Designs. I really disliked set color themes, and items being ‘matchy.’ i.e. my maids matching my linens. That being said, when it came to flowers, I gave Nathan free reign to choose florals that were in season and would create an aesthetically pleasing palette. I made sure the rest of the wedding was neutral, so the only real color came from the blooms. His work blew me away. Not only did he make the most incredible runner I’ve ever seen, but he had the blooms coming out of sanded, re-purposed grapevines he found at the San Fran flower market. It was unreal and so special.

Photography: onelove photography | Wedding Planner: GRO Designs | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Jewelry: Maurice Badler NYC | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Feast Catering | Makeup: Danika Lamb Artistry By Danika | Ceremony And Reception: Gundlach Bundschu Winery | Custom Menus: Taryn Of Twinkle And Toast | Florals: Gro Designs | Live Guitarist: Jesse Macleod | Petit Fours: Patisserie Angelica | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Frances Lane | Shoe Designer: Valentino | Venue Coordinator: Brooke Clemens

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Love Tour Bridal Bash + A Discount + A Giveaway!

I may be a married mom of one, but when the Love Tour Bridal Bash comes to town, I stop and take some serious notice (and attend with bells on).  Because this, my friends, isn’t just any bridal showcase… it’s a fabulous combo of uber-talented vendors, yummy treats and crazy gorgeous inspiration around every corner.  In other words?  It’s one event you can’t afford to miss.

Set against the beautiful backdrop also known as Sonoma, the Love Tour Bridal Bash takes all of the romance that is wine country and pairs it up with amazing food from Ramekins Culinary Institute, fabulous music, crazy cool prizes (think a $500 discount on an LVL Planning or Coordination Package) and talented professionals that know a thing or two about throwing the perfect wedding.  Which means that drop-dead gorgeous vineyard affair you’ve been dreaming of is right at your fingertips.  And, believe you me, it’s going to be awesome.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Grab your besties and the one you love and mark your calendar for Sunday, March 15th to attend the Love Tour Bridal Bash.  Tickets can be purchased hereand don’t forget that SMP readers can Buy 1, Get 1 Free with offer code “stylemeprettylove”.

the-giveaway

The Prize:  The Love Tour Bridal Bash is giving away two free tickets to the event! (Value $20)   To Enter:  Tell us in the comments what vendors you are still looking to hire for your big day! To Win: The winners, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 13th. For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies!

Photography: Megan Clouse Photography | Florist: Mae Flowers | Cake: Patisserie Angelica | Stationery: Three Little Words | DJ: Boutique DJs - Josh Dukes | Beauty: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Chalk Artist: Swoon Custom Chalk | Honeymoon Services: Frosch Travel | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | Photobooth: Giggle + Riot Funbooth | Venue And Caterer: Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn | Wedding Planner/Host: LVL Weddings & Events

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Elegant Summer Sonoma Wedding

Sonoma is home to some of my favorite weddings to ever grace our pages, so when Brumley and Wells sent along this summertime beauty I wasn’t too surprised. Steeped in gorgeous hues (hello, mint + blush with pops of berry red) and Tesoro Flowers pretties, it’s everything an outdoor wedding should be thanks to the beautiful work of Dandelion Events. Party on in the gallery right here.

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From The Bride… Brandon and I met at our grad school orientation in San Francisco. After a handsome stranger approached me and introduced himself, I nervously bumbled my way through a conversation with him. Luckily, Brandon was swept away by my awkward charm, and I was happy to discover that he was as kind and hilarious as he was good looking. We quickly and easily became friends, and then more than that. We were both pursuing Masters degrees in Sport Management and, as avid sports fans, many of our relationship milestones occurred on the hallowed grounds of Bay Area sports venues: our first time hanging out outside of class; our first date; the night we became official. And then, after celebrating our first dating anniversary at the ballpark, Brandon proposed to me as post-game fireworks exploded in the background.

We knew our wedding day would be important to us because we would have the chance to proclaim our love to each other in front of those who matter most to us – and we wanted to take full advantage of the fact that everyone we love would be together for an evening. We set out to plan a wedding that was classic, romantic, fun, and unique all at once. When we found Cornerstone, we fell in love with the venue – the vineyard lawn, the beautiful dinner tent, and, most of all, the gorgeous garden barn. Not many couples had used the barn as a ceremony site, but we couldn’t resist using it as a chapel and, after dinner, repurposing it into a reception area. When I walked down the aisle, all my eyes could see was my sweet future husband waiting for me at the end, so it has been wonderful to look back on the photographs and see the barn in its ceremonial glory. The rose petals lining the aisle, the beautiful wildflower-style bouquets and arrangements, the antique white tables and chairs against the brown wood of the barn, just how stunning my bridesmaids looked. The images take my breath away. Brandon and I have to brag that dinner was bomb, and our friends and family definitely held down the dance floor! Time flies when you’re enjoying yourself – and when we pulled away from the venue as the reception wrapped up, we looked at each other and said “Did that really just happen?”

We were hoping to make our celebration memorable for everyone involved – and in the end, the day was all that Brandon and I dreamed it would be. No worries, no stress – just truly the best day ever with the best people.

Photography: Brumley And Wells | Wedding Coordinator: Dandelion Events | Floral Design: Tesoro Flowers | Cake: Crisp Bakeshop | Ceremony Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma | Reception Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma | Catering: Alex's Catering | DJ: Julian Pierce | Photo Lab: Mammum Film Lab | Photobooth: Night Owl Photobooth

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7 Tips To Get A Perfect Bridal Glow

Pretties, get ready to take notes or better—pin this one for safe keeping, because we’re talking about the ‘glow’. That perfect bridal glow that we all want on our Big Day and its recipe for success. With seven incredibly helpful tips on how to get your skin in prime shape, Artistry By Danika is letting us in on all her secrets.

From Artistry By Danika… A lot of brides completely forget about their skin when it comes to their wedding. They’ve booked the photographer, the planner, even the hair and makeup, but their skin has been left out. By prepping the skin ahead of time (at least six months before the big day) you will have that radiant bridal “glow” BEFORE the makeup even go’s on. I know makeup and trust me, even the most talented makeup artists out there can’t hide a raised and inflamed acne breakout. When your skin looks great, your makeup will look EVEN better.

Ban Blah Skin. For anyone feeling dull and lackluster, try taking Omega 3’s (such as fish oil or flax oil) to moisturize the skin from within. Omega’s are so beneficial for several reasons, but when it comes to the skin they supply an incredible amount of natural moisture to the body which makes the skin look and feel more radiant and plump.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Get your H2O. Now you think this would be a staple in most peoples daily diet, but it isn’t. I can’t tell you how much I hear “I forget and by the end of the day I haven’t had any water”. I know some of you out there are avid H2o drinkers, but for those of you who are not, TRY to at least get in a few glasses every day. Being hydrated is so crucial for the skin to look fresh. When a person is dehydrated the fine lines began to look like deep wrinkles. So drink up! I keep this water bottle called the Hydro Flask with me when I’m working on weddings. It’s kind of a magic little bottle that keeps your water ice cold for up to 24 hours.

Reveal New Skin. Exfoliate. Gently slough off that dead superficial layer of skin 1-3 times per week (depending on your skin type and product being used). There are many great exfoliants out there, but one of my all time favorites uses fruit enzymes and cinnamon. It’s called Exfolikate by Kate Somerville.

Wash Your Makeup Brushes. Your skin will thank you once you get into the routine of cleaning your makeup brushes! Not doing so will clog your skin and cause breakouts overtime. My favorite thing to wash my brushes with is Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap. It’s strong enough to get them clean without being harsh…plus it has the most amazing minty fresh smell from the natural peppermint.

Pamper Your Peepers. Vow to invest in a good quality eye cream and use it day and night. The area around the eyes has the thinnest and most delicate skin on your face. Because of this it’s much more vulnerable to aging and shows the first signs of dehydration (not exactly what you want on your wedding day). Use your ring finger to gently press the eye cream into the skin. One to try is Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Eye Cream.

Toss Out Old Makeup and Skincare. Make it a routine to go through your makeup bag/drawer every six months. There is a reason your face cream has that little open jar symbol on it. It’s to remind you that you need to get rid of it 6 months to a year (depending on the product) after you have opened it. Throw out mascara after three months and anything that has been sitting around for more than a year. Makeup builds up harmful bacteria and it’s just not worth risking an eye infection (or worse) by holding onto old products.

Treat Yourself to a Professional Facial. There is no substitute for a facial done by a skincare expert. Ask around, read reviews and find yourself a pro. I suggest monthly facials starting six months prior to your wedding day. A facial that is tailored to your skin type is one of the best things you can do for yourself before your big day. Once your friends start complimenting you on how amazing your skin looks, you will be hooked! If you are in the LA area, try a Dermal Quench Facial at the Kate Somerville Clinic. This is an AMAZING facial for anyone that has a special event (hello brides). The combination of hyperbaric oxygen and powerful antioxidants will plump and make your skin look and feel red-carpet ready. Go the extra notch by adding on the red dermalucent light at the end. Your skin will look as if it has been photoshopped…no joke. IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure your last facial is about 10 days before the wedding. This will ensure a camera-ready face come your wedding day.

Photography: Braedon Photography | Makeup Artist / Skincare Expert: Artistry By Danika

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