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Minnesota Fishing-Themed Engagement

I’m a firm believer that engagement sessions are a chance for couple’s personalities to shine. To showcase common interests while basking in the love. It’s exactly what this Minnesota duo set out to capture, and according to the photos by Meg Cooper? Mission accomplished. See the full fishing-themed afternoon right here.

From the Bride-to-be… Corey and I casually met in my hometown of Stevens Point, WI in December of 2011. We had exchanged contacts after learning that Corey had accepted an internship in Rochester, MN where I had resided for the past seven years. We later met up in June of 2012 and decided that our connection was something deeper than just friends. As time went on, I realized I could not spend the rest of my life without this man and instead wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.

It was the evening of the NCAA Basketball Tournament as the Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Arizona Wildcats and moved onto the Final Four. Both of us born and raised in Wisconsin, this game was very exciting for us! After asking my Father’s permission, Corey proposed at halftime in my parents’ house in the presence of my entire family. I was totally blown away and completely surprised! I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. It was very special to me that my family was able to be a part of our very special day. My parents will never forget that night, nor will I!

We love the outdoors and heading to Northern Wisconsin to the cabin fishing, boating and swimming. We decided that a fishing theme would be a perfect fit for our engagement session. My Great-Grandpa made a fish filet cutting board back in the day that my Grandma still had. I painted the words, “Two less fish in the sea” on the sign to use as a prop in our session. My Grandpa used to do a lot of wood work in his younger years. I was able to get him back in the wood shop and create a fish made out of wood to use as a sign in our session.

We stained the piece and painted our wedding date, “10-25-2014” on it. We are very spontaneous people, so the water and beach scene was easy for us. We had fun with it and it showed in the pictures. Our canoeing scene was the more romantic piece. Our engagement pictures tell a story of Corey and myself and the love we have for one another!

Photography: Meg Cooper Photography | Location: Lebanon Hills Park

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A&BE Bridal Shop + A Discount!

There may be nothing better than a sweet bridal shop filled to the brim with incredible designers. Case in point? a&bé bridal shop. With a midwest nice + coastal cool style, this Twin Cities boutique has it all for the unfussy bride looking for something honestly amazing + truly unique.

Bringing 10 new designers to Minnesota such as Sarah Seven, Rue De Seine, Katie May, Anna Campbell and Rebecca Schoneveld, a&bé curates a collection that highlights upcoming + independent designers focusing on boho-chic and romantic designs. Aside from incredible gowns, the shop also carries gorgeous accessories from designers such as Untamed Petals, Sara Gabriel and Hushed Commotion. Owned by two ladies who have worked tirelessly to elevate shopping for bridal attire, a&bé makes sure each and every bride has an amazing experience.

Since the opening of the second a&bé location, the first being in Denver, the Twin Cities’ bridal scene has moved up a notch. To celebrate the new locale, a&bé is offering SMP readers a $100 accessories credit with the purchase of a wedding gown! Gown must be purchased by October 31, 2014. Be sure to mention SMP to redeem the credit. Happy dress shopping, lovelies! xo

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Vintage Pastel Garden Bridal Inspiration

Looking to get lost in a little lovely this morning? Well, look no further than this stunning garden shoot from Jeff Loves Jessica. With lovely florals from Ashley Fox Designs and picture perfect styling, every image sitting pretty in this gallery will surely inspire your day. See them all here

From Jeff Loves JessicaSpringtime in the Midwest is a long-awaited yet fleeting season. While warm evening light and green grass are enough to celebrate, we set out to create a bridal inspiration shoot that would capture the goodness we adore about late springtime, just before fades into summer. The overall design scheme was light, airy and elegant, with feminine lace, and pastel touches. Perhaps the most notable feature of the shoot was a nod to our feathered friends, with a brass bird perched on the table top and tiny glittered nests at each place setting. We even found a freshly hatched chick for our model to snuggle! Ashley Fox, a gifted floral designer, worked to incorporate blooms that were in-season and native to our area, such as lilac, clematis, apple blossoms, and perhaps best of all, an astilbe flower crown. Pale pink depression glass and small milk glass bud vases brought whimsy and texture to the top of the vintage dining table. For a soft, elegant look, Paperista created an invitation suite using fine fabric, with luxurious lace envelope liners. In the same vein, dinner menus were custom designed and printed directly onto linen napkins draped at each place setting. A two-tiered bundt cake with drizzled icing was the focal point of the dessert dresser, but it was also important to us to add the warmth and sustenance of a variety of foods, including a basket of miniature olive loaves, along with small trays of madeleines, buchee, and nougat from Patisserie 46. A vintage bike and wicker basket made a lovely setting for the brides bouquet, while the bride’s simple flowing tulle and lace applique gown perfectly fit the bill for the outdoor garden breeze.

Photography: Jeff Loves Jessica | Floral Design: Ashley Fox Designs | Wedding Dress: Bridal Accents Couture | Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Stationery: Paperista | Hair And Makeup: Joy Phillips | Accessories: Ashleigh Malangone | Bread And Desserts: Patisserie 46 | Vintage Rentals: On Solid Ground