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Whimsical Maryland Wedding at Woodend Sanctuary

If the boutonniere bar is any indication of just how fun and whimsical this wedding is then we are in for quite the treat. From the gobs of cool stationery by Little Bit Heart  right through to the endless parade of pretty details by Karson Butler Events or Holly Heider Chapple’s happy florals, this is whimsy done in such an elegant way. But we’ll let Jodi Miller’s images speak for themselves. See them all right here.

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From the Bride… Aaron and I met in Chinatown in Washington, DC. I went with a group of friends to see Mamma Mia and my friends insisted to go dancing afterward. Aaron was out with a friend who was PCSing to another military post. He spotted me not dancing and struck up a conversation. Our first date was dinner and a movie in Chinatown, but we took too long talking over dinner and missed the movie! We eventually saw it on our second date :)

Aaron proposed over the phone! He was stationed in San Antonio and I was in Washington (our third year of being apart). He got down on one knee when he was in town the next month (after we chose a ring together).

We designed a wedding with Karson Butler Events that was casual, creative and a fun party for all of our friends and family to enjoy. I love crafting, stationery, lettering, calligraphy and all of those lovely things!

From Karson Butler Events… Danielle also wanted a touch of DIY which we loved! She had participated in a calligraphy class and hand lettered all the playful save the dates herself. When it came time to select her wedding calligrapher, we knew her instructor Michele at Meant To Be Calligraphy was the perfect choice for her invites and day-of paper goods! (Talk about full circle! Of course, Michele was honored!

Some of our favorite design elements from their wedding included:

*A Boutonniere Bar escort card display for all the guests – Guests loved wearing their special boutonnieres and the tags let guests know what table they were seated at! We loved dreaming this idea up and all our creative partners were such troopers in helping us bring this to life!

*Gorgeous blooms – Holly Heider Chapple’s flowers speak for themselves – drop dead gorgeous!! And when a rain storm brought the ceremony inside at the last minute (despite forecasts showing 0% chance), Holly’s team were all-stars at repurposing the flowers to decorate the mantle before guests arrived! Proof that even a plan B can be gorgeous!

*Creative paper goods – Our bride LOVED paper & calligraphy, so we partnered with Little Bit Heart on a custom invitation suite that mixed Danielle’s favorite design elements. The save-the-dates even had a scratch off to show where the wedding location would be – so fun! The welcome baskets perfectly complimented the colorful paper goods too.

Photography: Jodi Miller Photography | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | DJ: My Deejay | Bride's Dress: Ann Barge | Bridesmaid's Dress: BHLDN | Catering & Cake: Windows Catering | Event Planning & Design: Karson Butler Events | Florals: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers | Hair & Makeup : Bridal Beauty Associates | Paper Goods: Little Bit Heart | Vintage Furniture Rentals: Something Vintage

Anne Barge and BHLDN are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD, MyDeejay, Catering By Windows, Karson Butler Events, Meant To Be Calligraphy and Something Vintage Rentals are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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DIY Living Plant Centerpieces

Hello brides, Caitlin from Glitter Guide here! A few weeks ago I shared a fun floral lesson from my wedding florist, but what I didn’t tell you was I’m doing some of the flowers for our rehearsal dinner and wedding myself ! Not only is this a super affordable option for the bride on a budget – but they’d also make great favors, escort card…the options are endless. Living plant centerpieces are a cinch to put together, and today I’m sharing my top 6 tips.

1. Pick an assortment of plants that cover the three t’s: texture, tall, trailing so you can create an arrangement that will transfer to a pot and look great.

2. Fill your vessel with potting soil.

3. Wiggle the plants out of the container by pinching the bottom and squeezing.

4. Loosen the roots gently — its ok to remove some if you need room in your vessel.

5. Arrange them and add extra soil so they are firm and in place.

6. Water 3-4 times a week and replant in a planter with drainage after 3-5 days.

Photography: Krista A. Jones | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Expert: Carmen Johnston | Plants: Southern Living Collection Available At Home Depot, | Styling + Design: Caitlin Moran

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Romantic Donut & Peony Inspiration Shoot

There are some parties we here at SMP just can’t wait to be a part of.  And the Glitter Guide getting hitched?  Most definitely one of them.  So when one of our fave blogger brides, Caitlin Moran, sent us a little something from their amazing lineup, we seriously couldn’t wait to share.  It’s yummy donuts meets pretty pink peonies from Pops Of Plum meets all kinds of fabulous from Laura Hooper Calligraphy.  Feast your eyes (pun intended) on every gorgeous moment captured by Liz And Ryan right here.

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From Caitlin Moran… The concept for this inspirational shoot stemmed from featuring two of our favorite things — donuts and peonies, which also happen to be two popular trends in weddings right now! Sarah of Pops of Plum kept the floral arrangements super simple — after all peonies really speak for themselves, right?

I developed the tablescape by starting with two components – pale ice blue napkins and natural green leaves. White and gold were the obvious choice for accent colors and the chairs from XOXO Vintage Rentals with their pale blue velvet cushions just set the scene perfectly.

I love incorporating touches of natural, organic beauty into more formal tablesettings — so the small garlands on the bride and groom sign and sprigs in the napkins kept the table from feeling too stuffy.

I actually made the donut cake myself — which is an easy idea for a bridal shower or bachelorette party brunch! A few fresh flowers and greens on the side and a pretty cake stand are all you need!

Photography: Liz And Ryan | Wedding Dress: Mary's Bridal Annapolis | Hair And Makeup: Sara Elizabeth Artistry | Bride + Groom Signs: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Bride's Earrings: Bauble Bar | Calligraphy + Paper Goods: La Happy | Design + Styling: Caitlin Moran | Florals: Pops Of Plum | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Vintage Rentals: XOXO Vintage Rentals Annapolis

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