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Goodstone Inn & Restaurant + A Promotion!

Tucked amongst the gorgeous Virginia countryside with Blue Ridge Mountain views, you’ll find the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant; a beautiful country estate where saying “I do” is beyond amazing.  Picture a cozy + intimate setting, 265 acres of natural beauty and top-notch service from a team that knows a thing or two about luxurious weddings.  Breathtaking views + Southern hospitality?  Yes, please.

Known for their award-winning and locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine, plus their historic guest residences, each and every moment spent at this ivy-covered retreat is simply fairytale-esque.  From the amazing pool to the breathtaking views to the intimate, unhurried vibe that will follow you throughout your festivities.

Contact the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant today to start planning your dream day.  And bonus!  If you book your all-property wedding in July, August or November of 2015, you will receive:

  • A gift certificate for dinner for two in the Goodstone’s award- winning restaurant.
  • A $100 gift certificate to the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant spa.
  • 50% off the Bull Barn for your wedding, plus a special Romance Turn-Down Service (Value $1,025.00).  In addition to the standard turn-down service, the Romance Turn-Down includes: Chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne, an artisanal cheese tray, closed drapes and dimmed lights, soft music and lavender pillow mist.

View full package details here.  Happy planning, lovelies! xo


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FOUND: The Wedding Market Bridal Show

I love bridal shows, there’s no denying that. And when the event allows couples to experience first hand what a wedding would be like at the hosting venue, consider me smitten! FOUND: The Wedding Market is a new take on the traditional bridal show — so mark your calendars for this not-to-be-missed event taking place on April 26, 2015 from 1 until 4pm at Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey!

Complete with a live (fake) wedding ceremony, FOUND: The Wedding Market will connect couples with some amazing local vendors as well as a first-hand look at the gorgeous Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey. And be sure to pre-register online so you can get your hands on a fabulous swag bag that’ll be filled to the brim with amazing goodies.

Be sure to follow FOUND: The Wedding Market on Facebook and Instagram for vendor updates and tons of inspiration! To snag your tickets, head over here. Enjoy, my dears! xo

Florist: Petal + Paper | Wedding Dress: Wedding Belles Boutique | Invitations: Just Be. Studio | Calligraphy: Charlie Whiskey | Wedding Venue: Congress Hall | Hair & Make Up: Taffeta Hair And Make Up Design | Photography & Cinematography: Saltwater Studios | Rentals: Rustic Drift


Nautical Summer Wedding on Rehoboth Beach

Living on the east coast, a love for all things nautical comes with the territory, and I happily oblige. Give me some navy and gold anchors, and I’m a happy gal, so this classic seaside celebration not only made me smile but also yearn for summer days. This Bride and Groom did no wrong, from their chic, preppy attire to the romantic beach portraits captured by Rachel Pearlman. See this all and more right here.


From Rachel Pearlman PhotographyPlease enjoy this laid back, yet stylish, nautical wedding in Rehoboth Beach, DE from September 6th, 2014. Great features of this wedding include a reception tent from Sperry and catering by Sugarfoot Fine Foods (owned by the groom’s sister). After a brief Catholic ceremony at a local church in Rehoboth, Erin and Marshall headed to their summer home for portraits on the pier. Sailing and boating are among their favorite pastimes, and Marshall is an expert waterman. Cocktails and the reception were held at The Shell House, a stunning private home owned by the groom’s mother. A Sperry Tent greeted guests, who sipped on signature drinks (The Sugarfoot Swizzle) and local beer from Twin Lakes Brewery to keep cool in the 100 degree plus temperatures. Erin’s stunning bouquet featured ferns, hydrangea and anemones. Her Nicole Miller gown (purchased at BHDLN), was simple, yet perfect for the beach setting. Portraits of the bride and groom at sunset were taken on a private beach, where Erin and Marshall spend their summers together. Erin’s dear friend and graphics-savvy bridesmaid designed the couples’ monogram, which was featured on signature glasses and napkins and added a personal flair. Their adorable instagram hashtag, #setsailwiththejenneys, paid homage to the couples’ favorite past-time. At the end of the night, extreme thunder and lightning cut Erin and Marshall’s sparkler exit short, but this super-in-love couple didn’t seem to mind one bit.

From The Bride… Marshall and I both spent childhood summers along the shore line between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey, DE, but never crossed paths until the beginning of the summer of 2011. I typically spent weekends sitting on the beach with my family, but when an unexpected heat wave hit, I was invited to lounge poolside at Marshall’s house. As it happened, I had recently become friendly with Marshall’s sister, Caroline, in Wilmington, when we realized we shared a common interest in going to the beach each weekend. When I arrived at Marshall’s house, I didn’t think much of the introduction to Caroline’s brother, who promptly left to windsurf on the bay. But, Marshall was intrigued by my smiling eyes and easygoing demeanor. The next week, he invited me to attend a cocktail event benefitting a non-profit, organized by his mother. Although somewhat nerve-wrecking to meet a first date’s family and friends, I was my regular outgoing self, and made several new friends. I liked seeing Marshall socializing, enjoying the party, and supporting his mother. After the event, Marshall was the perfect gentleman and gave me a ride home, and we shared a first kiss.

Additional dates over the summer followed, and we found that we had wide-ranging interests in common, such as reggae music, biking, the Henlopen City Oyster House, and white wine. Soon, we rarely spent a minute apart, and began discussing the future. Two years later, Marshall proposed while he and I were boating in Nantucket, MA and stopped off at a private beach for a picnic.

To pay tribute to their shared love of the beach, we knew immediately we would be married in Rehoboth Beach, at Marshall’s mother’s home on Silver Lake. I chose navy, white, and gold as the color palette for the event, and used many nautical-inspired items for decor, including seashells, driftwood, ferns, and fisherman’s rope. Small touches like Twin Lakes beer added local personality to the event. When my Nicole Miller wedding gown got in the way of getting down on the dance floor, I changed into a shorter, white party dress by Parker. At the end of the night, a “sparkler send-off” had us leaving in style for the Starboard to continue celebration with family and friends.

Photography: Rachel Pearlman Photography | Event Planning: Elevee Events | Floral Design: Flowers By Yukie | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Cake: Quiet Elegance Bakery | Invitations: William Arthur Fine Stationery | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Sugarfoot Fine Foods | Hair: Bad Hair Day Salon | Band: All About Me | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Venue: Private Estate | Earrings: Rada | Groom's Cufflinks: Jordann Jewelry | Groom's Wedding Band: Tiffany & Co. | Reception Dress: Parker | Tent: Sperry Tent | Wedding Gown Belt: J.Crew | Wedding Rings: Graff

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Julie Vino Trunk Show at Soliloquy Bridal Couture

Here at SMP, we shout fabulous news from the rooftops.  And when one of our fave salons happens to be hosting a Julie Vino Trunk Show, we consider that just such an event.  I’m talking a two-day extravaganza of rich fabrics and stunning details, all hosted by the always amazing Soliloquy Bridal Couture on March 20th – 22nd.  Mark your calendars, lovelies – this is a can’t miss event.

Based in Tel Aviv and known for gowns that WOW with their handmade fabrics and Parisian laces, the Julie Vino Provence Collection 2015 is guaranteed to make a statement on your Big Day.  Imagine floating down the aisle in one of her fashion-forward, yet classically romantic styles… it just feels right.  Even better?  Julie Vino is bringing along some of her most requested styles from the Orchid and Ceasaria Collections, which means that perfect dress you’ve been dreaming of is just an appointment away.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Contact Soliloquy Bridal Couture TODAY (949.723.0121 – 754 Elden St #103, Herndon, VA 20170) to reserve your dressing room for the Julie Vino Trunk Show happening March 20th –  22nd!  Brides from all over the world will be traveling to see these stunning gowns, so don’t miss out.  And don’t forget, you’ll receive 10% off during the event!  Sooo awesome.


Brideside + A Discount + A Giveaway!

Fact: we love Brideside.  And by “love,” I mean we are completely obsessed with the fabulous online boutique that makes choosing bridesmaid gowns the easiest part of planning your wedding.  Imagine a wide selection of amazing designers, a personal stylist and an easy-peasy ordering process that will make you (and your besties) soooo happy.  Beautiful bridesmaid gowns without all the drama?  Yes, please.

With Brideside, it simply easier to find those perfect gowns for your bridal party, and all from the comfort of your very own home.  Think one gorgeous collection after another in every color, fabric, style and shape you want.  Simply sign up online to get the pretty party started.  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 is even introducing Jenny Yoo gowns in March, 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.

Throw A Fabulous Fitting Party – 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 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 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.

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.


Brideside is giving our readers an EXCLUSIVE 15% off when you use code “SMP15″ until March 31, 2015! Even better? When you sign up here by March 6th, Brideside will pick one winner to receive a $450 credit towards her bridesmaid dresses! The winner, chosen at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 3, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here. Brideside offer cannot be combined with any past or future offers. Offer not valid on Joanna August or Donna Morgan collections.  Good luck, lovelies! xo 

Bride & Bridesmaids Image: Aneris Photography