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Whimsical Countryside Wedding

After being escorted down the aisle by their young daughter, this cute couple wed amongst nature. Reminiscent of an English countryside garden, this nostalgically intimate gathering is oh-so-sweet. Crowned with delicate blushing blooms and an adorable striped canvas tent, Aly Carroll captured the allure and nuance of their lovely sunset celebration.


Aly Carroll Photography… The nuptials of Sheila and Jake were held at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa, August 15, 2014. On this day, however, the setting was more reminiscent of an English countryside garden, complete with pea gravel pathways, an idyllic potting shed, and masses of late summer plantings spilling from estate-worthy urns.

It was a small, nostalgically intimate gathering, with only a few close family and friends attending. After being escorted down the aisle by their young daughter Sophie, the couple were wed against the backdrop of nature.

Professional floral designer Shelly Sarver artfully embellished the outdoor space with gorgeous pale pink roses, white hydrangeas, and dusty sage greenery. Flowing grosgrain ribbons highlighted the elegant arrangements.

Sophie even had her own little on-site retreat – - an adorable striped canvas tent, crowned with a delicate cascade of blushing blooms. A sunset reception was held on the terrace under large periwinkle umbrellas. Lanterns dotted the landscape, and star garland and fairy lights twinkled above in the leafy canopy of trees.

Fine art wedding photographer Aly Carroll captured all the allure and nuance of this lovely celebration. No doubt, every image will continue to tell the story of Sheila and Jake’s romantic “English country” wedding for years to come.

Photography: Aly Carroll Photography | Floral Design: Shelly Sarver | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Cake: Dutch Oven Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Reiman Gardens | Reception Venue: Reiman Gardens | Catering: Olde Main Brewery | Mens Attire: Halberstadts | Bridal Shop: Modern Dress

WASIO photography + A Special Offer + A Giveaway!

Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you I am rarely at a loss for words; I like to talk… a lot.  But every once in awhile, I come across something sooo incredibly breathtaking and beautiful, words escape me. And that something is the brilliant work of WASIO photography, a talented team of photographers that know a thing or two about capturing your wedding day in images you’ll treasure for always. Made up of two husband and wife teams (Sasha & Yaneck + Magda & Marcin), WASIO photography is known for building personal relationships with each and every one of their clients; meeting them several times pre-wedding, bonding with them at their amazing engagement shoots and even inviting family members to the viewing sessions post-wedding.  Which means that on your big day, you’ll have friends documenting all of those special moments, making their perspective that much more unique. And WASIO photography isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get the jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind image, whether it’s on the day of your nuptials, at night with their custom lighting or at one of their breathtaking sunrise engagement sessions. 

Visit WASIO photography today to talk to the team of photogs that will take your wedding photography to the next level. And don’t forget, if you book WASIO photography by June, 2015, you’ll receive a 16×24 beautifully matted fine art print printed on hand-made German 100% cotton museum paper ($450 value)!the-giveawayWhat: WASIO photography is giving away a sunset or sunrise 1-hour engagement session!* (Value $499)

How: To enter, go here!


Elegant Blush + Gold Summer Wedding

I’m a bit jealous of these bridesmaids, with their dreamy dresses and beautiful bouquets with peonies galore – all future brides take note: this is how you make your girlfriends really happy. These lucky ladies celebrated the blushing Bride with a classically elegant affair at the Glen Oaks Country Club and Aly Carroll snapped every pink and gold detail. More pretty petals in the gallery right here.

Country Club

From Aly Carroll Photography… Jeff and Julia met at the University of Northern Iowa in 2009. After graduating, they moved to North Carolina to get their masters degrees, Jeff in Geology and Julia in Counseling. For their four year anniversary they went on a Caribbean cruise where Jeff proposed and Julia said yes. After graduating from East Carolina University they moved back home to Iowa to begin their married life together.

Julia always dreamed of her wedding and every detail of it. Jeff just wanted to have a great time with all of their loved ones and let Julia create the details of the event. The wedding was planned from North Carolina, but took place at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. It was challenging to plan from a distance, but they made it happen.

The wedding was a classic elegant affair with blush and gold details. The couple wed outside and held the reception inside the country club. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvre pairings before sitting down to a meal and enjoying the couple’s unique wedding story film. The evening was complete with dancing on the outside veranda, a photobooth, cocktail ice luge, sparklers, and s’mores to entertain guests. The children had their own space to play, snack, and watch a special magician. Jeff and Julia wanted guests to be entertained at their wedding and to have plenty of things to do. It was everything they dreamed of and so much more.

Photography: Aly Carroll Photography | Videography: Nepo Productions | Floral Design: Artisan Floral And Events | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Glorious Desserts | Catering: Glen Oaks Country Club | DJ: Musical Edge | Country Club: Glen Oaks Country Club | Ice Sculpture: Glen Oaks Country Club

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Kristin La Voie Photography + A Discount + A Giveaway!

http://kristinlavoie.comAround these parts, Kristin La Voie Photography is totally legend.  An award winning photographer recently named one of the Best Wedding Photographers of 2015, she is a serious expert at capturing each and every gorgeous moment of your day as it unfolds naturally.  In other words?  Stunning images for you, and a whole lot of swooning for those of us here at SMP.  We call that a win-win, lovelies.

A specialist in film photography, and one of the leading film photogs in the Chicago area, we’ve been obsessed with Kristin’s work since the very moment we laid our eyes on her breathtaking captures.  Think beautiful light-filled images that document your day in the prettiest of ways.  With Kristin La Voie Photography, you’ll have those special moments you didn’t even realize were being captured (she’s that good, people) to remember for always.  And, bonus.  Kristin La Voie Photography recently launched KLP BEAUTY, a brand new site totally devoted to capturing all of you stunning brides pre-wedding in a beautiful + oh-so-romantic light.  It’s boudoir reinvented, and it’s totally awesome.

Contact Kristin La Voie Photography today to get started on your amazing journey.  And don’t forget that Kristin is offering SMP readers $300 off any 2015 wedding package through March 31st!


Kristin La Voie Photography is giving away a Boudoir Mini Session to one lucky SMP reader, which will include session time (30 minutes) and digital images!*  To enter, leave a comment below telling us your most beautiful feature!  The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 27, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

*Boudoir session must be held at a location within 20 miles of 60174.  Value $450. 

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SMP Midwest Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Discount!

How do you spend the perfect Sunday?  Getting to know the fabulous + oh-so-talented team of eco-friendly wedding vendors at the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance.  Because when it comes to hosting an amazing event that is also socially conscious, this is a group of vendors that will most definitely deliver. Learn so much more about their mission… and their crazy cool wedding show, Committed, below.

From Chicago Green Wedding Alliance… The Chicago Green Wedding Alliance is a group of eco-friendly wedding vendors that is committed to making less environmentally impactful events. We connect vendors with the conscious consumer for mindful weddings and social events. Our vendors create gorgeous events that transcend people’s expectations of “green” weddings.

Check out the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  

The GWA is hosting a wedding show on February 22nd at Greenhouse Loft!  Any couple that books with the code “SMP” will get $5 off!  The discount on tickets can be redeemed on the Eventbrite ticketing page.