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Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event + A Giveaway!

If there is one thing we love here at SMP, it’s a reason to celebrate.  Think drop-dead gorgeous weddings, glittery gold anything and, of course, the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event happening on April 10, 2016 at The Westin Cleveland Downtown.  It’s the city’s most intimate bridal experience, complete with yummy treats, insanely gorgeous inspiration and a never-ending lineup of seriously talented wedding experts. It’s going to be sooo awesome.

Whether you are a modern couple planning your dreamy rooftop wedding or a romantic duo who can’t wait to say “I do” in a garden surrounded by lush florals, the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event has everything (and I mean everything) you’ll ever need to plan your perfect Big Day.  I’m talking Cleveland’s most sought-after vendors joining forces with an entire 4 hours of dazzling inspiration and supporting sponsors Catering by Heinen’s and L’Nique Linens.  Plus, each and every stunning moment will take place at The Westin Cleveland Downtown, a hotel that knows everything there is to know about throwing an amazing party.  It’s Planning 101 with vendors who will all make it happen seamlessly.  And we couldn’t be more excited.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Mark those calendars for Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 11 am – 3 pm. You’ll mix and mingle with the best in bridal salons, cake design, floral design, photography, catering, event design, entertainment, cinematography, health + beauty, wedding planning… and more.  Plus, you’ll receive an ah-mazing gift bag, have the exclusive on event-day discounts AND be automatically entered into some fabulous giveaways.  Oh, and did I mention the bubbly and dessert? Don’t miss out.

Register for the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event here and be sure to follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. #JstyleWeddings


What: The Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event is giving one lucky SMP reader a (1) complimentary overnight stay at The Westin Cleveland Downtown with breakfast for (2) and complimentary valet parking ($300 value)!

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us what you are looking forward to the MOST at the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event! (Ex: I can’t WAIT to chat with all of the amazing cake designers! Yum!)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 1, 2016!  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, loves!

Photography (Top to Bottom): Jstyle Weddings (Photos 1,7) + Lauren Gabrielle Photography (Photo 2-6) + Catering By Heinen’s (Photo 3) + Genevieve Nisly Photography (Photo 8) | Event Planning: Kirkbrides + A Charming Fête | Florist: Blooms By Plantscaping + Molly Taylor and Co. | Catering: Catering By Heinen’s | Hotel: The Westin Cleveland Downtown | Bridal Magazine: Jstyle Weddings | Country Club: The Country Club | Linens: L’Nique Linens


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Rustic + Whimsical Kansas Wedding

There is something seriously sweet about a hometown wedding, and this next slice of pretty is no exception. With a ranch inspired setting graced with rustic touches, this darling duo exchanged vows in one sentimental ceremony. Adrienne Maples & Ashlee Brewer were behind the lens capturing it all, and you can see the entire day unfold here!

Rustic Venue

From the beautiful Bride… I was never the girl who dreamed of her wedding day and thought about the dress and the flowers and any of that stuff. I actually suggested maybe doing something small, but it turns out that the man I was marrying was the little boy that dreamed of his wedding day. And I am so glad he was because after it was all said and done it was the best weekend of our lives and I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way!

Hayden and I live in Brazil but we decided to have the wedding in my hometown of Lawrence, Kansas. Hayden grew up near Boston and we had friends and family coming from all over the place, many of which had never been to the Midwest before. Because of this I felt it was important to show the charm of my hometown, we didn’t want to show our guests who were traveling all this way, the inside of a hotel ballroom. We wanted them to see the beauty of Kansas.

The Circle S Ranch provided the perfect location. The ranch is located about 15 minutes outside of Lawrence on hundreds of acres with longhorns and buffalo roaming the pastures. They have a 12 suite Inn where our wedding party stayed for the weekend. Our main objective was to have a blast with our friends and family and get to spend quality time with those we love but don’t get to see so often. Another reason we chose the ranch is we were able to rent the entire place for the weekend so we could do whatever we wanted, as late as we wanted. The band played at the reception until 1am and then we moved the party over to the Inn and had a bonfire, music and late night snacks.

Living so far away was a little tough for the planning. I am a very creative person and I wanted to do as much as I could to add little unique touches to the wedding day. My parents helped a ton and made the personalized mason jars, collected old bottles and jars for flower and candle displays. My mom designed all the programs, invitations and made all the burlap table runners. We had a photo booth instead of a guestbook for people to leave a note with fun photos, we hand wrote all the tags for seating and hung them on an old door, handmade a fabric flower for the flower girl dress, made pinwheels for the wedding cake topper from old vintage maps, lots of little Pinterest-esque things like that.

The day of the wedding was hot, like mid 90s Kansas summer hot. The ceremony was outside in a beautiful grove of trees about 100 yards from the Inn and was to start at 7pm. Around 4:30 a huge thunderstorm came rolling in, which sounds like a disaster but turned out to be a huge blessing in disguise. The rain lasted until about 6:15 and it cooled everything down to a very nice mid 70’s. The staff quickly ran down and wiped off the chairs and everything was ready to go. The guys wore matching blue suits with coral ties and the girls wore a short coral dress of their choice. The ceremony was lovely with a friend of ours singing “somewhere over the rainbow/what a wonderful world” as we walked down the aisle and buffalo were mooing throughout the ceremony.

Immediately after the ceremony while the guests enjoyed cocktails, our photographer scooped us up in a golf cart and took us on quite a rocky and muddy ride up to a pasture where the longhorns were roaming. On the ride up as bugs were flying in my face I was a little unsure if trusting Adrienne (our photographer) was the right move. But as soon as we got up there and saw how gorgeous it was with the animals we had no doubts at all. This was one of the most memorable parts of the day and she got some incredible photos!

The reception was held in the barn and set up with 5 long tables and simple flower arrangements and candles lined up down the center. We wanted the feel to be rustic and romantic but also relaxed nothing over the top. The colors we chose were corals and greens with some twigs, green burlap table runners and white linens. Everyone drank from mason jars which doubled as name tags for meeting others. Dinner was pulled pork with whipped sweet potatoes and we had homemade pies and carrot cake for dessert. The band was set up outside, there were twinkle lights and hanging candles, couches and hay bale seats, all while an old covered wagon served as the outdoor bar. It was just the perfect setting.

The entire weekend was way more than we could have hoped for. Our families and friends all meshed together and had a blast. The fun and dancing went on for hours and Hayden’s sister even got up and sang with the band for a few songs. It was the perfect weekend and we are grateful for everyone who made it so memorable and special for us.

Photography: Adrienne Maples | Floral Design: Maple Lane Designs | Wedding Dress: Emily Hart Bridal | Cake: Bella Roca Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anthropologie | Makeup: Jolie Makeup Artistry | Hair: Church Of Evangelical Faith | Entertainment: Kokomo | Groomsmen's Attire: The Tie Bar | Groomsmen's Attire: Zara | Groomsmen's Attire: The Tie Bar | Venue: Circle S Ranch | Photo Booth: Black Ice Booths

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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!