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Today we’re thanking our lucky stars for WASIO photography, the sole reason your Saturday is about to take a giant step up from normal to extraordinary.  I’m talking an entire portfolio of jaw-droppingly gorgeous images from one of the most talented photography teams you will ever meet.  How’s that for the perfect weekend?  Dive into all of the pretty (+ a discount and giveaway) below!

From WASIO photography… Living in Chicago, we get to appreciate the beautiful architecture and incorporate it in our photographs. The roots of our inspiration are landscapes and being in the moment. True love is one of our greatest motivators that inspires us to capture special moments that literally happen in seconds. By having such a strong passion for love and beauty, we thrive to deliver timeless photographs that will be passed down through generations. Our goal is to always awe our clients with the famous WASIO signature style photographs.

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Discount! Book WASIO photography in August or September and we will add 10 additional images to our handcrafted wedding albums! ($300 value)

Giveaway!  One lucky SMP reader will win a sunset or sunrise 1-hour engagement session* with WASIO photography! (Value $499)  Simply leave a comment below telling us why Chicago is your city of choice for your engagement session!  The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, September 12, 2014.  

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*Session must take place in downtown Chicago on a mutually agreed day. The engagement session includes session time plus one WASIO signature edit 8×10 print. Online gallery will include all color corrected images from the session. Client will have the option to purchase additional prints with WASIO signature edit or all high-resolution electronic images.

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Wine & Dine Welcome Dinner

Let me set the scene –  it’s the beginning of what will prove to be the best weekend your life, your friends and family are arriving, and the table is set for a fab Welcome Dinner. Now enter this inspiration full of greenery styled by Studio Fleurette + Urbane Montage and wine. Lots and lots of wine. It’s a relaxed yet totally elegant approach to welcoming captured by Laura Ivanova  that is sure to inspire.

From Urbane MontageMany couples want to offer their guests a fun, relaxed yet stylish welcome to their wedding weekend. We took to creating a welcome dinner that’s sure to inspire. This romantic, organic, natural styled shoot was created at Minneapolis’ Uptown full service wine bar, Spill The Wine. We built the design around the elements of the beautiful space incorporating a wine tasting, chalkboards, and plenty of greenery.

We set the tone with a theme to have guests wine, dine, and unwind. Each place card included a note in beautiful calligraphy, “We pair well together, before we dine enjoy cheese and wine.” The pallette included a cheese and wine pairing featuring Rosé and red wines with a fun See-Swirl-Smell-Sip tutorial as well as wine tasting score cards. The table was dressed with a cascading garland of bay and olive branch mix with lush cream and ivory blooms. A bay, sliver dollar eucalyptus, olive branch mix was used to make the show-stopping chandelier.

Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography | Floral Design: Studio Fleurette | Cake: The Country Cake Cupboard | Stationery: Gretchen Berry Design Co. | Catering: Spill The Wine | Hair And Makeup: Laura Westrem Artistry | Calligraphy: Rosann Konieczny Calligrapher | Accessory Design: Jenny Packham | Bow Ties: The Bow Tie Shoppe | Bride's Dress And Accessories: L'atelier Couture | Dress Designer: Lula Kate (style Veronica) | Groom Styling: Nardo Wardrobe Consultants | Planning And Design: Urbane Montage Events | Rentals: The Vintage Type Rentals | Rentals: Midway Party Rental | Welcome Dinner Venue: Spill The Wine

LulaKate is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Rosann Konieczny Calligrapher and Laura Ivanova Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
Rosann Konieczny Calligrapher

Laura Ivanova Photography

Bright “Love in Bloom” Wedding Inspiration

Mondays don’t necessarily win in the popularity contest in days of the week, but sit tight loves, because that’s all about to change. Splendid Supply Co.Studio FleuretteCocoa & Fig and Paper Rock Scissor worked their color inspiration magic, and the goodies from Paper Antler are sitting happily right here. 


From Splendid Supply Co… In Minnesota, spring starts really late and doesn’t last long, so we wanted to design an inspiration shoot that celebrates the season we so look forward to each year. We used a variety of floral motifs to create an underlying vision for the shoot, including fresh and paper flowers as well as floral patterns and graphics. We then layered in a palette inspired by the first pale blooms of spring paired with some poppy tones to give it a contemporary, less expected look.

The overall shoot style leans modern, with lots of bright white to keep it fresh and hints of gold for a celebratory feel. It was softened by vintage details throughout the design, including the Victorian silhouettes of the table legs and orange goblets, the milk glass vessels with soft, whimsical floral designs, the midcentury vintage tableware and flatware, and the two stunning blush Claire La Faye dresses our bride wore.

Photography: Paper Antler | Floral Design: Studio Fleurette | Hair And Makeup: Julie Swenson Beauty | Bride Model: Joy Phillips | Bride's Dresses: Claire La Faye | Bridesmaid Model: Talia Hindi | Bridesmaid's Dress: Amsale Provided By Flutter Boutique | Cake And Desserts: Cocoa & Fig | Coasters, Chair Signs, Gold Glitter Cake Topper & Other Party Su: Splendid Supply Co. | Coordination: Simply Elegant Bridal Consulting | Invitations And Paper Goods: Paper Rock Scissor | Styling And Concept: Maddy Hague Of Splendid Supply Co. | Tassel Garland Kit For The Bridesmaid's Alternative Bouquet: The Flair Exchange | Wedding Venue: Seven Oaks Farm | Wholesale Flowers:

Cocoa & Fig and Paper Rock Scissor are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
Cocoa & Fig

Paper Rock Scissor