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Mervis Diamond Importers Holiday Preview Event

There’s something about the impending holiday season that has me wishing for a little something sparkly. So the timing couldn’t be more perfect for the Mervis Diamond Importers Holiday Preview Event! Mervis Diamond Importers has been hand-selecting diamonds to help couples celebrate their love for over 80 years, and from November 14-16, they’re letting you enjoy some seriously amazing once-a-year prices!

This third generation family business founded in South Africa is not like any other jewelry store you’ve ever been to. At Mervis Diamond Importers, they’re all about a personalized experience from start to finish, allowing clients to pick out the perfect diamond to fit into the perfect setting! With endless styles and designs from some of the industries best designers (such as Verragio, Martin Flyer, Sasha Primak, Coast Diamonds + Benchmark), you can be sure your dream ring is waiting for you.

And this weekend, from November 14-16 at the Tysons, Rockville and Washington D.C. locations, you’ll get to beat the holiday rush and enjoy amazing once-a-year pricing! For more information on the Holiday Preview Event, head over here!


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Patriotic Backyard Wedding in Maryland

Veterans Day is a special day on SMP. It’s a day where we can take a minute to stop and thank all the men and women – past, present and future – who put their life on the line to make our lives as sweet as they are. We honestly feel honored to celebrate. So this patriotic pretty captured by Krista A. Jones is serving as our big ol’ virtual hug for all of those Veterans out there who make our world a safer place - from all of us at SMP, thank you, thank you, thank you.


From The Bride…We were married on a gorgeous day exactly one year after we got engaged in Annapolis, Maryland. The forecast called for rain all week but when we woke up on Saturday morning there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and a cool breeze fought back the June heat. Like many of brides, I dreamed about my wedding day since I was a little girl – a big white dress, a gorgeous venue, my best friends by my side, the love of my life waiting at the end of the aisle – all culminating in one fantastic party. What I could not have imagined was how much more meaningful my dreams became when they were translated into reality. That big white dress was a custom combination of two different Modern Trousseau dresses that my mom and I picked out together. Our venue was my father’s gorgeous home where so much of our love story had played out – from summers spent by the pool just getting to know each other, to boat rides on the Severn and South River’s where we eventually got engaged, to the two months my husband actually spent living with my father right before we got engaged. Our bridal party was made up of our best friends from college – the ones that watched our relationship grow from the very beginning and encouraged us to treasure what we had found in each other. The boy waiting at the end of the aisle? He exceeds my wildest dreams every day. And that fantastic party? Well the tone was set for that when Bill Murray crashed my husbands bachelor party and the video of his inspiring speech went viral. It was like our own personal PR campaign for the fabulous party to follow.

We were actually engaged and married on Flag Day. If you knew my husband you would know that he is obsessed with anything covered in an American flag and his favorite holiday is the Fourth of July. So while Flag Day is no Fourth of July, the date seemed like a perfect match. We were also married about 5 minutes down the river from the Naval Academy and thought incorporating small touches of the American flag into our day would be a fitting tribute. Instead of flower petals or ribbons we were saluted by miniature flags as we left the church. We had custom designed American Flag cornhole sets made for cocktail hour and my husband even gifted each of his groomsmen American flag socks, cuff links and shorts which they did not hesitate to parade around in.

While my entire family is from the Mid-Atlantic, my husbands family is almost entirely from Ohio. In order to celebrate them we incorporated some fun Ohio traditions into our food choices. One of our cocktail hour appetizers were little cornbread cups filled with the very distinctly Ohio style chili. For a fun treat after the cake, we flew in the most amazing Cincinnati ice cream from Graeter’s. However, I couldn’t ignore my Maryland roots and we were sure to find a spot for the classic Maryland crab cake on our menu as well.

In terms of overall decor we wanted to keep it as simple as possible in order to really celebrate our gorgeous venue. We were so absolutely lucky to have a location right on the water that is beautiful in its own right so we stuck to a palette of mostly textured whites with some soft pinks mixed in. We also added a pop of silver and some sparkle here and there as a fun accents.

I will never forget looking up at the tent from the dock after the sun went down. We could see the twinkling lights reflecting off the water and hear the sounds of the band playing while all of our favorite people in the world danced the night away. While it may be cliche, I now understand why so many brides say their wedding day was the best day of their lives. We floated through the day on a cloud of complete and utter joy and everything we ever dreamed of was executed to perfection. None of this would have been possible without our amazing vendors and we are so thankful for all of the hard work they put in. We will treasure these memories forever.

Photography: Krista A. Jones | Videographer: Clickspark | Florist: Silverstems | Wedding Cake: The Palate Pleasers | Invitations: Cink Art | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Hair & Makeup: Behind The Veil Beauty | Band: “Playlist” Entertainment Exchange | Bride's Dress: Modern Trousseau | Crab Mallots: Bay Imprint | Groomsmen's Shorts: Chubbies | Groomsmen's Socks: K.Bell | Love Is Sweet Print: The First Snow (Etsy) | Mirror Signs: Ikea Mirrors With Lettering | Photo Booth: Annapolis Photo Booth | Private Residence : Bride's Father's Home | Transportation: Annapolis Trolley | Wedding Coordinator : Wedding Savvy

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Lovesick Cinematography + DJ + Photography + A Contest!

I’m beyond excited to let you all in on a little secret that has me bursting at the seams. Ready for it? Lovesick. This boutique group offers beyond-amazing cinematography, live DJing + “stills” (their take on photography). Just take a peek below. 

Starting as a two-man operation in Philadelphia in 2007, Lovesick has since grown into a rad-wedding capturing machine, working over 100 weddings each year around PA, NJ, NY and the TriState area. In addition to their amazing — and I mean amazing — cinematography and live DJing, Lovesick has launched a new service called “stills” which is their take on photography. This mashup style combines traditional photos with still images pulled from constantly running video. And the result? Wedding day magic. Available as separate services or as a package, you can be sure that when Lovesick is involved, the whole team is fully invested in your best day ever.

Lovesick also puts on an amazing Lovesick Expo and have added two new cities to the tour! Get all the details here. To top all this awesomeness off, Lovesick is hosting a pretty fabulous contest where they’ll be hosting a contest for a film + photo package worth $11,000 for $2,500 and will travel to the couple’s event anywhere in the world! Head over here to get all the details and to enter. Good luck!