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Outer Banks Wedding Showcase at Sanderling Resort + A Giveaway!

There are bridal shows, and then there is the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase hosted by Sanderling Resort, a non-stop day of drop-dead gorgeous inspiration set against one of the world’s most beautiful backdrops. Think one talented vendor after another, yummy treats and useful tools to help pull off your dream wedding.  All happening on March 19th, you must add this to your calendar NOW, lovelies.

Saying “I do” at the Outer Banks is always a beautiful thing… especially with the help of some of the most talented vendors you will ever meet.  From cakes to floral to photography, the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase offers up over 30 wedding experts that will help you weave together that luxurious affair you’ve always imagined.  Spend your day sampling tasty treats (hello cake, chocolate and Italian Ice), soaking in your complimentary hair and makeup consultation at The Relaxation Lounge, enjoying the live entertainment and even relaxing with a foot massage.  It’s the wedding showcase to end all wedding showcases and we couldn’t be more excited.

Start making plans NOW to attend the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase hosted by Sanderling Resort on March 19th.  Breathtaking tablescapes, fabulous gift bags and your dream day are sooo waiting.


WhatThe Outer Banks Wedding Showcase at Sanderling Resort is giving away a one night stay (either March 18th or 19th, 2016) for the Show, plus two tickets to attend! (Value $299)

How: Simply tell us in the comments below why you CAN NOT WAIT to say “I do” on the Outer Banks!

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 11, 2016.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo


Chic + Stylish Kentucky Horse Farm Wedding

Hold your horses darling readers, because this Kentucky equestrian farm wedding is sure to have you running a bit wild. It’s the type of pretty that is bound to carry us all away and it could only be captured by the ever so talented Whitney Neal Photography, and the results? Well, let’s just say perfection would be a massive understatement. See it all in THE VAULT!


From Jaclyn JourneySkye & Trey’s Hermitage Farm nuptials were chic, effortless, stylish, and comfortable. Both the bride and groom are Kentucky natives but live in NYC and wanted their out of town guests to experience the beauty of Kentucky’s rolling hills at the state’s oldest working horse farm.

The bride and groom hosted a weekend at Churchill Downs and Kentucky distilleries for their guests.
Skye walked down the aisle to Pretty Woman played by a bluegrass band on the porch of the historic 1800’s farm house. Her dad welded the flower covered arch they were married under.Skye chose punches of red (the signature color of Hermitage Farm) coral, peach, and pops of ivory for her color palate. She was married at the height of peony season so we were able to create lush arrangements with bold blooms.

We created a custom stamp illustration (High Fancy Paper) of their dog Louie for their wedding invitations
Skye surprised her groom with a boxwood wall for photos during cocktail hour and dinner. I surprised Skye with a wooden cut out of their custom monogram smack dab in the middle of the wall that could be removed and taken home as a little piece of their wedding.The groom created a custom bourbon bar for his out of town guests to partake in Kentucky tradition.Their late night chicken snack was driven in all the way from their hometown of Henderson Kentucky as a surprise to all their guests.

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Photography: Whitney Neal Photography | Coordination: Brady & Co. | Floral + Event Design: Jaclyn Journey | Wedding Dress: Houghton Bride | Invitations: High Fancy Paper | Catering: Wiltshire Pantry | Venue: Hermitage Farm | Furniture Rentals: Canvas Event Furniture | Rentals: Reliable Rentals

Elegant Floral-Filled Yew Dell Gardens Wedding

The personal little details that make a wedding unique are why I continue to fall in love with each new “I do” every single day. This Southern celebration took the idea of tender touches and ran with it, from the Groom wearing his grandfather’s dress shoes to a repeat of the Bride’s parent’s first dance song from their own Kentucky wedding years ago. Natalie Watson and Keepsake Films captured every magical moment, helping our VAULT shine even brighter – more this way!


From the Bride… I grew up visiting family in Kentucky every holiday and summer. The music, food, scenery, and traditions are embedded in my heart. Both our late and living grandparents were champions of hospitality. Mine of the Southern variety and his big Italian family style; we wanted the reception to have that warmth. The groom and I share a love of bourbon, music, and the great outdoors and I wanted to share the magic of Kentucky. Many of our guests had never visited the Bluegrass State (we were sure to arrange a distillery visit). As a prop/wardrobe stylist I dove whole heartedly into designing an ethereal and dreamy event.

Every detail was personal. My uncle officiated the ceremony and we wrote our own vows. The aisle was flanked by two lions to represent our matching Leo birthdays. The groom wore his grandfather’s dress shoes and his cousin sang “Can’t Help Falling In Love” which was my parent’s first dance song at their KY wedding 35+ years ago. My mom sewed and pressed 400 ft of bunting to hang in the sailcloth tent, a lot of which came from old dance costumes, dresses, and my old fabric from fashion school. I took a lot of pride in collecting the vintage crystal and creating DIY details. Comfort food was served family-style on the same china set my grandparents used for their dinner parties. Queen Anne’s Lace, a staple of my grandfather’s farm, was featured in every floral arrangement. A bluegrass quartet graced the ceremony and cocktail hour, a nod to our love of music and my Appalachian roots. A phenomenal funk band lead the dance party at the reception complete with the groom and I standing in for a song before our exit.

If I could summarize the day in a word, it would be one that many guests have used to describe the festivities: magical. The clouds parted and the sun beamed just at the moment of our pronouncement and kiss (and moments later the strings played “Here Comes The Sun”). A pleasant surprise to us, our venue had a sculpture show on display throughout the grounds. The weather was perfect even though the forecast said rain. The rare harvest blood moon lit up the sky, a night before its peak. Most importantly we got to celebrate the magic that is true love, share the beauty of Kentucky with friends and family, and through personal details honor those who have passed that made us who we are.

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Photography: Natalie Watson | Cinematography: Keepsake Films | Wedding Coordination: AshBy Wedding And Event Planning | Floral Design: Jaclyn Journey | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Sweet Surrender | Wedding Invitations: Sweet Letter Press | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Wiltshire Pantry | Hair: Simply Makeup | Band: Clyde Brown Band | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Venue: Yew Dell Gardens | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Banjo Cats | Linen Rentals: BBJ | Photography - Assistance: Katherine Stinnett | Rentals: Party Central | Tent Rentals: Camargo

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