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Rustic Winter Bridal Inspiration

This, my friends, is how you convince the world that winter is absolutely stunning. From the snowcapped mountain views to the gorgeous florals and cozy fur shawl, this bridal shoot by Candice Benjamin has made a new winter aficionado out of me, and you can be sure I’ll be bookmarking this gallery to have at my disposal whenever I become grumpy with the grey skies outside.

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From Candice Benjamin PhotographyWe were inspired by the clean, snow-covered Rocky Mountains for this lovely bridal session. We wanted to inspire brides to think outside of spring + summer bridal sessions and to see how a little snow can make anything magical! Plus, we know that everyone has that perfect wrap hanging in their closet!

The styling was done by Candice Benjamin Photography and Lace + Lilies. Candace of Dotted with Hearts created the fabulous bridal makeup look. Lace + Lilies created a beautiful flower crown and bouquet that could easily be also used as a table arrangement, as well as a simple floral garland for a repurposed vintage chair.

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Florist: Lace & Lilies | Invitations: Minted | Makeup: Dotted With Hearts | Belt: Anthropologie | Bridal Dress: Dora Grace Bridal | Fur Shrug: Nine West

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Snowy Colorado Engagement Session

I find snow to be super romantic and cozy. Ok, so maybe that’s how I trick myself into surviving the endless winter we’re having in New England, but I think Katie Parra would agree with me. Her pics of this adorable couple’s engagement shoot are sure to inspire some outdoor affection, and while I still may prefer to stay bundled up on my couch, these pics are guaranteed to warm me right up.

From Katie Parra Photography… Two days before Christmas I had the pleasure of photographing Jon and Susan in my hometown of Littleton, CO. Jon is a childhood friend of mine and when he asked if I would photograph his wedding I couldn’t have been more excited! Jon and Susan met while attending the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Susan now works for the State Department and Jon has just started medical school….needless to say they are crazy busy. So I was excited when Jon mentioned he was going to be bringing Susan to our hometown for Christmas. I hopped on a plane and flew to Denver and was given the most beautiful snowy day as our backdrop for their engagement session. I have a friend who lives on the most magical piece of property up Deer Creek Canyon and was so thankful she allowed us to shoot up there. Jerry Lee her German Shepherd decided to join in on our fun, as well as a few looky-loo deer! Jon and Susan are such a great match…let’s just say I didn’t have to coach them on when to kiss and when to smile…they did lots of that all on their own. I can’t wait for their wedding next July at the Naval Academy!

Photography: Katie Parra Photography

Brideside + A Discount!

Let’s talk about bridesmaid dress shopping for a moment, shall we?  That weekend when you and your besties bop around trying to find that perfect gown that totally fits your vision AND looks great on every.single.girl in your bridal party.  It starts out as fun, but after the third salon, well, you know how it goes.  Enter Brideside, the online boutique that makes shopping for bridesmaids seriously easy and fun.

With Brideside, that amazing gown is right at your fingertips.  And by “fingertips,” I mean online and ready to be shipped directly to you at home to try on.  Think designers such as Joanna August, Watters, Alfred Angelo, Donna Morgan, Jenny Yoo (and more) in hundreds of gorgeous colors and styles.  That means one happy bridesmaid after another looking completely chic on the big day.  And don’t even get me started on the fabulous customer service.  Your Brideside stylist will work with you and your bridal party to find that dress that is everything you’ve ever wanted and ship the samples to you for a laid-back + totally stress-free girl’s day at home.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Visit the Brideside website TODAY to get started with your personal stylist.  And don’t forget this exclusive discount for SMP readers: When you buy your bridesmaid dress in February, the first $20 is on Brideside!  Use discount code “SMP20″ at checkout. (Terms & Conditions: Cannot be combined with any past or future promotions. Readers must purchase bridesmaid dress at full price on or before 2/28/15. Offer does not apply to the following designers: Joanna August, Donna Morgan, Jenny Yoo.)

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Glamorous Ranch Wedding

I may be biased (having grown up on a ranch), but I am head-over-heels for this Devil’s Thumb Ranch ceremony. Adding to the Rocky Mountain backdrop was Alexan Events with a stunning door-way aisle and beautifully lit posts, making the already gorgeous location shine. Brinton Studios was on the scene capturing a dapper furry friend and every country chic moment right here.

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From Brinton Studios Chelsea and Shawn came to us by way of the UBER talented Stacy Pisani with Alexan Events. They booked us over the phone and that can mean good things or bad things. Well, just look at these two!! I mean, come on. Seriously? They both were a dream to shoot. Their dog was no different. He jumped around and played and could care less about the horses trying to devour his mom’s bouquet. Stacy really out-did herself on this design…from the door-way aisle to the beautifully lit posts in the Broad Axe Barn, she made the already gorgeous Devil’s Thumb Ranch shine. Thanks for letting us be a part of it!

Photography: Brinton Studios | Event Design: Alexan Events | Event Planning: Alexan Events | Floral Design: Alexan Events | Wedding Dress: La Sposa | Hair And Makeup: Weemala | Lighting: Alexan Events | Wedding Venue: Devil's Thumb Ranch | Music: Chasen The Dream | Music: Rob Drapkin | Video: Lockerpartners

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Elegant Destination Vail Wedding

Tucked away in the mountains of Colorado is a wedding that marries organic design and glamorous details to perfection. Of course, it’s no surprise with Love This Day Events behind the scenes and orchestrating every moment. They carried out this Nebraska couple’s destination wedding dreams and Sara Hasstedt told the story through her lens. Watch it unfold right over here.

From Love This Day EventsAshley & Adam’s ceremony took place at the Beaver Creek Chapel and the reception was held at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado.​ The couple is from from Nebraska so this was a destination wedding for them and their families and friends. Ashley’s family spent many winters vacationing in Beaver Creek so it was an easy decision for her to have their wedding amongst the gorgeous Colorado scenery.

From our first meeting with Ashley, we were thrilled with her timeless style. We loved that she was drawn to a more traditional floral design but was still open to gold foil details and modern details like rustic cross back chairs. The end result was one of our favorite designs of all time. Add her gorgeous dress from Miss Hayley Paige and the gorgeous film photography of Sara Hasstedt and this day was flawless.

Photography: Sara Hasstedt | Wedding Dress: Miss Hayley Paige | Cake: Mountain Flour | Catering: Foods Of Vail | Hair And Makeup: Christina Trostel | DJ: Elite DJ | Venue: Donovan Pavilion | Beaver Creek Chapel: Beaver Creek Chapel | Linens: La Tavola | Planning, Flowers And Design: Love This Day Events | Print: The Paper Guppy | Rentals: Ultra Pom | Rentals: BBJ Linen

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Rustic Farm-to-Table Wedding Inspiration

Last winter I traveled to Boulder and was blown away by their food scene. It was my first time in Colorado and I did not have one bad meal, or local brew for that matter. After going through these photos of one epic farm-to-table wedding shoot in the Colorado Rockies, captured by Cat Mayer Studio and Jami Davis Films, I’m determined to make my next westward trip a summer one.

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From Cat Mayer Studio… A group of 13 Colorado wine country vendors were involved in bringing this inspiration to life. Palisade, located in the Grand Valley of the Colorado Rockies, is rich in farm-to-table fresh produce, wines, meats and cheeses. These fabulous vendors in Palisade pooled together to create a shoot that will inspire brides throughout the western Rocky Mountains to create a warm and inviting farm-to-table foodie wedding complete with local brews, spirits and award-winning wines, in addition to farm fresh foods. Until now, Palisade’s food and wine country has been one of Colorado’s best kept secrets!

Thoughtful details for this inspiration shoot included bouquets and table floral designs made of locally foraged flowers, edibles and hops (used to make beer) that will knock your socks off. Organic, farm-fresh fruits & veggies, meats and cheeses grown and raised locally and prepared on-site via food truck were involved, as well as white cabernet sauvignon, spirits and beer, all locally made.

We had romantic gowns modeled by a diverse trio of lovely models, DIY small cakes made with local fruits from the orchard and DIY hand-lettered stationery.

The shoot was set in the lovely High Country Orchards in Palisade, the heart of Colorado’s wine country (hosting weddings May-September during the growing seasons)

Photography: Cat Mayer Studio | Floral Design: 3 Leaf Floral | Cakes: Jaime Scripps & Heather Motz | Makeup: A Perfect Touch Makeup By Hope Carlton | Hair: Hair We Are, Aimee Bates | Venue: High Country Orchards | Catering/Food Truck: Bin 707 Foodbar | Dirty Hippie Beer: Palisade Brewing Company | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Film: Jami Davis Films | Lettering/Stationery: Kindred Creative | Produce: Field To Fork CSA | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Spirits: Peach Street Distillers | Wedding Gowns: Annelise Bridal Boutique | Wine: Colterris Wines