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Romantic Wedding Inspiration at Hickory Hill Orchards

I dare you to discover a situation where metallics just don’t work; I’ve deemed it impossible. I’ve been a fan of silver, gold, copper and more for quite awhile, but this shoot reinvigorated that love once more. Designed by 5th Avenue Weddings & Events, the mixed metallic shades came together to create one romantic, ethereal scene, captured by Simply K Studios; join me in this fashionable fan club right here!


From 5th Avenue Weddings & Events… When I was asked to put together this shoot for Hickory Hill Orchards, I sat with the owners to get a sense of what they were looking to do. We obviously wanted to keep it fresh; vintage would be an ideal look for an orchard, but why not bring a classic, modern side into that. Looking over current trends and trying not to repeat what has already been done, I knew mixed metals was the way to go and there was no doubt that I wanted copper to play a major role. As I spoke with each of my favorite vendors and pulled together the inspiration I knew it would be everything the owners envisioned. The “Elaine” wedding gown from Amsale’s new Spring 2016 line was just the beginning of the inspiration. Its soft skirt had just enough sparkle to not take away from the natural beauty of the gown. I added in the same softness with the bridesmaid dress, but in a deeper neutral grey, so it could mix well with the other metals of the shoot. The bold copper chandelier with the copper flatware, classic stationery, mixed metal makeup, ivory flowers, and soft fabrics helped bring everything together perfectly.

From Candi’s Floral Creations… With this shoot we wanted a fresh and on trend feeling and I’ve been wanting to use my vintage wire chandelier forever so I was determined to make it work in this orchard shoot.I am a big believer of adding that touch of gold or silver to glitz up a rustic wedding or enhance an elegant one. Frankly, I have been longing for a new glitzy element to use and looked to the other metallics. I sprayed my black chandelier copper and voila! The vision was born. I wanted that to be the focal piece and to have the copper and rose gold accents stand out so I chose to design all the florals in white. Since all white tends to feel elegant and given the location being an orchard, I designed everything a bit garden-y to create the overall feeling of garden elegance.

From Louis Purple… Charles Brunold is wearing a paisley ivory tuxedo jacket in wool and silk. Fully canvassed, this made-to-measure jacket brings together elegance, fit and comfort. It features a black satin shawl lapel with slanted pockets. The trousers were made out of the finest cloths in the world “Holland & Sherry” in wool and mohair. The bow tie is handcrafted in France by “Au fil de l’Aune.” Chloé and Charles Brunold, who are models as well, fell in love in New York City where their passion for the art of custom clothing provoked their encounter. You can meet them at their bespoke boutique in NOHO. Their French savoir-faire lead them to be recognized as one of the finest for custom clothing in NYC.

From Erica O’Brien… We wanted this cake to be classic with a touch of whimsy. Coloring the top tier copper allowed us to incorporate metallics while giving the cake a somewhat less formal feel, perfect for a wedding at an orchard. To compliment the florals, we handcrafted edible sugar flowers including leaves, berries, and a large-scale open rose.

From Admire Design… I started this paper suite by designing a custom monogram for the couple featuring an antique engraved frame; so classic. What really makes you say “Ooh!” when you open the invitation though is the gorgeous glitter-infused rose gold paper. It looked amazing in the sunlight at the orchard!

From Simply Gorgeous By Erin… I took inspiration from the gorgeous mixed metals used in the florals and tablescapes. I wanted the eyes to look like patina and antiqued golds and coppers so when the setting sun hit them their eyes would look like a sunset on the rooftops of Rome. Metallics are very sexy and always in style.

From Simply K Studios… Photographing this shoot was a dream. I love different textures, and there was no shortage of them between the florals, glitter-infused paper, metals, and fabrics. The play of soft fabrics and delicate florals against the harder metallics complimented the style and created an upscale twist, keeping the shoot fresh and modern. My ultimate goal was to capture genuine emotion between Chloe and Charles, as I do at every wedding I photograph.

From Kate Kudish, Events Director at Hickory Hill Orchards My family has owned and operated this historic fruit orchard for over 38 years in the Connecticut countryside. About two years ago, I realized Hickory Hill Orchards is an ideal setting for a quintessential New England wedding or event; nothing tops saying your vows in between white apple blossom trees in May or dancing under the stars with the scent of peaches in August. Our venue and family prides itself on the rustic yet well-maintained landscape architecture and the charming farm aesthetic. When we began ideating for the shoot, we wanted to show people that an orchard wedding is just as beautiful during the spring and summer blossom seasons as it is in the fall. 5th Avenue Weddings & Events, along with all of the talented vendors, helped to create our vision of an extremely elegant and upscale black tie affair.

Photography: Simply K Studios | Event Design: 5th Avenue Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Candi's Floral Creations | Stationery: Admire Design | Hair & Makeup: Simply Gorgeous By Erin | Groom's Attire: Louis Purple | Venue: Hickory Hill Orchards | Cake Designer: Erica O'Brien

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Marchesa Trunk Show at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

Fact: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon knows a thing or two about hosting a fabulous trunk show.  I’m talking days of non-stop pretty + discounts that will make your hearts sing.  So to say that we’re excited for the upcoming Marchesa show on July 23 – July 26 is, well… a serious understatement.  Think drop-dead gorgeous designs meets awesome customer service meets you + the dress of your dreams.

Imagine luxe fabrics like lace and chiffon joining forces with intricate beading, fabulous french netting and beyond flattering silhouettes and you’ll land squarely on the beautiful masterpieces known as Marchesa bridal gowns.  From classic beauties to chic modern designs to vintage-inspired pretties that are dripping in romance, each and every intricately crafted gown in the Marchesa line is the pure definition of elegance.  Which means that whether you’re saying “I do” in a stunning cathedral or a breathtaking loft space above the city, Marchesa has a gown that will fit your vision perfectly.

Contact Gabriella New York Bridal Salon today to book your appointment for July 23 – July 26.  You don’t want to miss Marchesa’s showcase of their classic designs, as well as the latest from their Spring 2016 collection.  And did I mention the special 10% Trunk Show discount available throughout the weekend? It’s going to be awesome.


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Sperry Tents

In the world of drop-dead gorgeous weddings, Sperry Tents reigns supreme; from their sweeping panels of sailcloth to their premium flooring options to their breathtaking (+ totally creative) lighting.  Add all of that handcrafted goodness to a fabulous locale under the stars and it’s a day that is as romantic as it is sophisticated… or what we here at SMP like to call the perfect wedding.

Handcrafted by sailmakers in coastal New England, all Sperry Tents feature genuine sailcloth, solid wood support poles and pennant flags that will wave a charming hello to each and every one of your guests.  Think breathtaking tents available in an array of fabulous sizes that are more than perfect for your wedding, welcome party or going away brunch.  Which means that whether you are partying the night away with 400 of your nearest or dearest or preparing for the big day with an intimate rehearsal dinner, there’s a Sperry Tents’ size and shape just right for you and your celebration.

Start planning your dream day by contacting one of Sperry Tents’ Tri-State offices in Mystic and Greenwich, CT; Finger Lakes and Hamptons, NY; and New Jersey.  Trust us, you’ll be so very, very happy you did.

Credits: Image 1: Leila Brewster (Photography) + True Event (Event Design & Coordination) + Hana Floral Design (Floral) + Rentals Unlimited (Rentals) + La Tavola (Linens) + Ryan Designs (Lighting & Draping) | Image 2: Eric Barry Photography | Image 3: Isabelle Selby Photography | Image 4: Charlotte Jenks Lewis | Image 5: SNAP! Weddings | Image 6: Orchard Cove Photography | Image 7: Susan Sancomb Photography  | Sperry Tents


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5 Tricks to Keep Your Flowers Fresh Longer

One of the best things about hiring a great florist is that they know all the must-have tips and tricks to ensure your flowers look their absolute best on your big day. Worried that your flowers will lose their vibrancy before you even hit the aisle? Don’t be. Becca from Petal Floral Design shares some secret pro tips for keeping your flowers fresh longer in the video below!


5 Ways to Make Your Flowers Last Longer

Word-Numbers_12Put them in lots of fresh room temperature water, and change the water daily.

Word-Numbers_18Add a tablet of bayer aspirin to a glass of water.

Word-Numbers_06Keep the flowers in a cool space – ideally between 50 and 60 degrees.

Word-Numbers_04Add a tablespoon of mouthwash for every liter of water.

Word-Numbers_02Drop a copper penny into your vase.

Florals: Petal Floral Design | Film: Elysium Productions

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Alexandra Grecco + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There’s obsession, and then there’s the way we feel about the gorgeous tulle skirts from Alexandra Grecco; a seriously sassy + totally stunning collection that you honestly NEED to see.  Think an array of fabulous colors and lengths meets six layers of fully-lined tulle, all with a gorgeous silk waistband.  From everyday brunching to e-shooting with your sweetie, you’ll never feel so pretty… or so chic.

Based in NYC’s coolest borough (Brooklyn!), each Alexandra Grecco piece is crafted in sizes 00-14 and layered with the perfect amount of tulle for that fabulous flare we know you will absolutely adore. Imagine soft, ethereal shades like ivory, dusty blue, seafoam and champagne mix and mingling with your favorite pair of heels and that cashmere sweater your honey can’t seem to get enough of… OR looking absolutely awesome on each of your bridesmaids as they stand beside you on the big day.  Not to mention that each Alexandra Grecco skirt is more than perfect for every.single.event on your itinerary, so you can channel that inner fashionista for your bridal shower, engagement party and going away party!

Visit Alexandra Grecco today to order that skirt of your dreams.  And don’t forget to pre-order the new Lace Elliot Top (available in ivory, pale grey, nude or black) to pair with your skirt or dress… or even your favorite denim.  You can thank us later.


SMP readers will receive 20% off their order with the code “stylemepretty15″, valid until July 18, 2015.


What: Alexandra Grecco is giving away a fabulous tulle skirt in any size or color offered to one lucky SMP reader! (Value $188)

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us where you would rock your amazing Alexandra Grecco skirt!

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

Photography: Elizabeth Messina | Hair: Brittany Romney | Makeup: Mandy Bisesti