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Boise New Year’s Eve Wedding from Tana Photography

If there is one thing we love here at SMP, it’s a good sparkle. And a good sparkle is a given at a New Year’s Eve Wedding. Not only is there a little glimmer in the eyes of everyone looking forward to the new year (and a little on the ground at midnight) but there is a whole lot of glitter, glitz, and of course, sparkle in the way the love birds look into each other’s eyes. This wedding captures it all, and it’s all captured by Tana Photography. And you know what that means… the gallery is pure fireworks.


From the beautiful bride … I first met Shaun right out of college in 2003 when I moved back to my hometown of Boise, Idaho. Both of us worked briefly as retail managers at Abercrombie & Fitch. In fact, Shaun trained me when I first started. We quickly became the best of friends. Shaun was hilarious, witty and full of life. He was the one ‘guy friend’ I always wanted to be around. If Shaun was there, I knew I would have an amazing time. Shaun and I have shared a special friendship from the beginning, one of great respect, trust and humor. We had a spark between us always, but it wasn’t until we shared our first kiss on New Year’s Eve 2008 that our little spark exploded. That night we realized we were meant to share one very special path together and our close friendship would lead the way. And it did.

Four years later Shaun proposed. After years of dating we both were so excited to make our love “official.” Given that our relationship has always been very playful and fun, we knew we wanted to celebrate our wedding in such a way. We decided to get married on New Year’s Eve, the anniversary of our first kiss, and also reflective of our age… 31 years-old. We wanted our wedding to be a blend of traditional and modern, with a bit of sparkle. We had a vision of slate grey and white with a pop of magenta/eggplant for all our flowers. To keep things lively and fun we incorporated polka dots, which could be found on our invitations, wedding programs, groomsmen’s ties, and even our milk & cookie bar played off this theme.

Shaun and I both grew up in Boise, Idaho, so when it came time to select a location we opted for our hometown. This was a day we wanted to share with as many family members and friends as possible, so it made sense to keep things local. In keeping with tradition, we decided to have our ceremony at St. John’s Cathedral, where Shaun’s grandparents were married. We hired a string quartet, Silhouette String Ensemble, to play throughout the ceremony. I had goose bumps when the church doors opened and I could hear Des’ree’s “Kissing You” playing softly on the piano and violin. I can’t decide what was better, having both my parents walk me down the aisle (Grandma’s rosary wrapped tightly around my bouquet) or seeing Shaun’s smile as I approached him near the alter. It’s a moment I’ll never forget and cherish always.

For the after-ceremony cocktail and New Year’s party, The Adelmann had a swanky yet romantic feel we wanted. We loved the rich brick and hardwood floors, not to mention the great view of downtown Boise. The space was covered in candles, metallic vases and gorgeous flowers. The whole place glowed and sparkled. I’ve never seen a dance floor so full of life! Our guests enjoyed New Year’s favors, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, hot cocoa, many yummy sweets, and several took the opportunity to jump in our Crazy Booth, which became its own little event as groups posed for the camera.

New Year’s Eve and wintertime have always held a lot meaning for both Shaun and me. For us, they symbolize our beginning and now and forever our future. This year we kissed as husband and wife surrounded by family and friends, the same people who helped bring us together. It was the perfect way to celebrate our love for each other and a night we’ll never forget.

Photographer: Tana Photography | Assistant photographer: Yellowline Photography | Floral & Event Design: Bliss Events | Ceremony: St. John’s Cathedral | Dessert Display: Eye Candy Event Design | Invitations and Paper Products: Wedding Paper Divas, BenGin, and Beleza Design | Music: Silhouette String Ensemble | DJ: Adam Eberle of Directly Driven Sound Productions | Video: Foreverlasting Productions | Crazy Booth: Matt Green Photo | Make-up: Jamie Rose Verner Makeup Artistry | Hair: Deco Hair and Makeup Design

Idaho Campground Wedding from Sara K Byrne Photography

Love knows no boundaries and the proof is in this Idaho wedding captured by Sara K Byrne Photography. Far from a church or a ballroom, this crazy cute couple exchanged vows in nature’s venue with friends and family and a canopy of trees to bare witness. And it’s gorgeous with hand-crafted details and an air of simple beauty that can only be found in the great outdoors. Who knows, campgrounds just might be the new venue du jour for 2013. Here’s to hoping. Catch even more of this natural beaut right here in the full gallery.

From Sara K Byrne Photography… Monica and Andrew were married in late July at Grayback gulch campground, about 15 minutes outside of Idaho City. The tall trees and wilderness served as a perfect backdrop for their ceremony and reception. Almost every part of this wedding was DIY with the help of their friends and family. Monica’s family cooked all the traditional Mexican food, her bridesmaids put together simple elegant bouquets, and their friends decorated with an eclectic style. When Monica and Andrew were separated for a time early on in their relationship, they each chose a special object to trade so they could have something of one another’s. Even though neither of them knew what the other had selected, they ended up trading small dolls that later became their cake toppers.

Wedding Photography: Sara K Byrne Photography / Wedding Venue: Grayback Gulch Campground in Boise, Idaho / Floral Design: DIY / Decor: DIY (Vintage and Eclectic finds) / Wedding Catering: Traditional Mexican made by Bride’s family / Wedding Cake: Homemade / Wedding Invitations + Programs: DIY by Monica + Andrew Mason / Wedding Dress: J.Crew / Hair: Lunatic Fringe


Boise Wedding Inspiration from Tana Photography + Soiree

Anytime Tana Photography and Soiree team up, it’s wedding gold. The way they work together – creating a soiree so absolutely perfect, and capturing it exactly as intended – is one of my favorite things, EVER. This fall inspired shoot is no exception. They stepped outside of the traditional box and the result was absolute magic. With Yellowline Photography behind another camera, the gallery is the place to be this morning, so click here for that!

From Tana Photography + Soiree … When we were brainstorming ideas for a fall-inspired wedding style shoot, we knew we wanted it to be different than the typical fall colors and themes, while reserving the warmth that fall evokes (even with the cooler weather!). So we turned to fall style and makeup trends, loving this plummy color palette with greys, oyster pink, and mink mixed in. We were also inspired by anything hardware that’s currently dominating the style scene, and the idea of mixing metals, to ground the color scheme. The result was rich metals, edgy yet glam elements like fur and antlers, married in with a striking color palette of pinks, purples, and greys.

We mixed gold and silver at the table, letting the linen pick up tones of both. Pheasant feathers, antlers, and earthy spray-painted artichokes kept the look from getting too frilly, and our pumpkin place card holders added just a small touch of traditional fall. Rustic wood boxes held mixed floral arrangements with black calla lilies, purple kale, grey dusty miller, and white hydrangea. A masculine and a feminine vintage chair, painted gold, made perfect seats for the bride and groom, and pomegranate liqueur mixed with champagne added a little pop of color to the table.

Our spiky orbs were inspired from modern chandeliers gracing many of the current décor glossies, and were hung as part of the table’s backdrop. It was a nice juxtaposition against the soft, ivy-covered wall. We also thought the orbs could make a great back drop for a non-traditional take on an outdoor altar.

Our bride wore a mixed metal, chunky necklace with multiple silver chains and touches of sparkle wrapped around her wrist. We all loved the look of her full hair, simple studs in her ears, and smooth ball gown dress as the backdrop for her mixed accessories.

We photographed on private property with gorgeous, classic garden walls, and ponds created by the former owner, and 70s rock ‘n roller, Paul Revere. The perfect setting for an edgy-glam, fall wedding.

Our intent with this photo shoot was to inspire brides to be themselves and to let go of traditions that may not fit their style. It goes to show a wedding can be beautiful and even soft with edgier, less traditional elements mixed in. So many brides stop with their attire and bridal look. It was our hopes to show that high fashion, personal style, and earthy-meets-glam can work together.

Photography: Tana Photography and Yellowline Photography / Planning and Design: Soiree / Flowers: Boise At Its Best / Cake: Greg Marsh / Makeup Artist: Gabrielle Marcantonio for Bobbi Brown / Hair: Deco Hair & Makeup Design, Camilla Orosco / Stationery: Dear Ampersand / Vintage Furniture: Ira and Lucy / Shoes: Badgley Mischka from Piece Unique / Dress: Allure Bridals, Heartfelt Bridal / Tux: Heartfelt Bridal / Linens: La Tavola / Charger plates: Pottery Barn / Models: Sara Kelley and Ali A Tamimi / Bracelets: Kenneth Cole / Necklace: Jessica Simpson

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Boise Garden Inspiration Shoot from Tana Photography + Soiree

I think I might have just found the SMP motto in this stunning inspiration shoot. Tana Photography says: “You’re surrounded in loveliness – enjoy yourselves here!” and that is how we feel every single day. Especially when our inboxes are filled with shoots designed to be gorgeous by Soiree. It’s loveliness in every single citrine + vintage corner, and we can’t help but enjoy ourselves with the melon mojitos in the gallery!

Just like anyone involved with weddings, we love to be inspired! For this style shoot, we each brought something that has been especially inspiring this summer. For Tana, it was her grandmother’s vintage citrine cocktail ring, and for Brandi it’s her love of succulents. (We think they’re popular for good reason!)One of the most beautiful places to get married in Boise is the Idaho Botanical Gardens; the perfect location for our romantic, natural, citrine and green garden wedding shoot. 

Brandi of Soiree Wedding and Events, styled the table to be elegant, yet inviting, with tones of cream, green, and the subtle, look-at-me color of citrine. Mixed metals and vintage touches kept the glamour grounded with sterling silverware and china from the 50s on the reception table, and pieces of wrought iron and crystal in the seating chart and chandeliers. We placed our love for anything organic on the table with the use of herbs, foliage, kraft elements, and of course succulents.

Our table was set in a covered walkway, in the center of the gardens, with wisteria vines lining the sides. A baroque tablecloth in natural tones dressed the table and creamy-white, fine china held guest favor boxes of succulents. Milk glass vases held assorted varieties of white flowers and the bouquets and boutonnieres were mixtures of white roses, mint leaves and succulents. Light chiavari chairs helped keep the table in sync with the outdoors. Our cake table held a clean, textured cake simply adorned with leaves. For guests, we loved the idea of green, fresh melon mojitos topped with a fun flag.

Place cards and paper goods were all inspired by an elegant, sophisticated event with just a touch of vintage whimsy. Being one of the hardiest varieties of plants, each guest would receive a single potted succulent to take home and enjoy, symbolizing how love keeps growing.

Weddings are magical and a time for deepest wishes to be made. Guests can catch a key from a succulent birdbath and make a wish for the bride and groom in lieu of a guest book. The sweet ring bearer, in his natural linen outfit from Baby Gap, held the wedding ring on a rustic key.

We had fun pulling our favorite inspirations together and on the day of the shoot, we all wanted to sit down and be guests at this table. We love a wedding look that says “your surrounded by loveliness- enjoy yourselves here”!

Photography: Tana Photography / Planning/Design/Styling: Soiree / Venue: The Idaho Botanical Gardens / Makeup: Jamie Verner Makeup Artistry / Hair: Kayla Mitte for Undone / Accessories: LC Lauren Conrad / Linens: La Tavola / Flowers & Vases: Boise At It’s Best / Stationery: Dear Ampersand / Chandeliers: Bliss Events / Cake: Cakes By Candice / Favor Boxes: Michaels / Chairs: Brown Rental / Rentals: Tates / White Vintage Table, Door, Cake Stand: Soiree / Dress: Maggie Sottero “Barcelona” from Sweetheart Manor / Bridesmaid Dress: Sweetheart Manor

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St. Patrick’s Day Boise Courthouse Elopement from Tana Photography

Happy St. Patrick’s Day LBBers! Tana Photography sent over the most amazing elopement with just a touch of green and gold in honor of the Irish Saint – and we’re in love. There is something so romantic and intimate that just can’t be matched in this sweet celebration of love. It’s the perfect treat for this fabulous day, because we’ve got the full image gallery to set your Irish Eyes a’smiling!

From the bride … Our wedding day: special, traditional and unique. Adam and I met at our college’s orientation five and a half years ago. I never imagined I’d fall in love so soon into my college career! We made it through four years of college together, being separated for a semester while I studied abroad in Northern Ireland, and a move down south for Adam to pursue his Master’s degree. When he proposed with one of the prettiest and most unique engagement rings I’ve ever seen, I knew we could never have a typical wedding. We thought about eloping to Northern Ireland; we thought about eloping to Paris; but eventually we realized we wanted our closest family members to be able to attend. So we began planning our Boise “elopement”!

Just because we didn’t want a big wedding, didn’t mean we couldn’t plan something extraordinary. Both mine and Adam’s parents eloped, so we felt like we were continuing with a wonderful tradition; I wore my grandmothers’ jewelry; my mom altered my Anthropologie dress until it was exactly what I wanted; my aunt made my bouquet with baby’s breath, dried hydrangeas and gold painted flowers; and my dad baked his famous chocolate almond biscotti to give to our twenty guests as wedding favors.

It was important to us to incorporate our favorite places into our day. Our wedding colors became gold and green, inspired by Northern Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day (which was 2 days after we got married). We had our brunch at Le Café de Paris, a wonderful café that incorporated our love for French culture and food (and mimosas!). We wanted to let the beautiful food do the talking, so we only added some glittered fruit and shamrock plants to the tables, keeping it simple and classy.

To all you brides out there: even those of us having simple elopements can’t plan on everything going smoothly… Our judge was busy in a hearing and was 30 minutes late. While all our guests were waiting in a little courtroom, my dad improvised with a game of charades. And, yep, it did rain on our wedding day, although it let up for most of the afternoon. We had an extra special and perfect day!

From the Groom … I don’t know if a pair of people could complement each other better. I’m a writer and Emily’s my editor. I love life’s emotions and Emily loves reason. When Emily imagined a traditions-themed elopement, I couldn’t have agreed more—what better way to create a special day which evokes our love for each other? For us, recognizing all of these things meant we could better enjoy a low-stress, intimate, and, above all, memorable ceremony.

Wedding Photography: Tana Photography / Wedding Ceremony: Ada County Courthouse / Wedding Reception: Le Café de Paris / Wedding Invitations: DIY / Bride’s Makeup: Gabrielle Marcantonio for Bobbi Brown / Bride’s Dress: An altered Anthropologie dress / Bride’s Shoes: Alex Marie from Dillards / Bride’s Engagement Ring: EidelPrecious / Bride’s Wedding Band: SeaBabeJewelry / Groom’s Attire: Express / Groom’s Wedding Band: Stuller / Idaho Pillow: Love, California