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Kristin La Voie Photography + A Discount + A Giveaway!

http://kristinlavoie.comAround these parts, Kristin La Voie Photography is totally legend.  An award winning photographer recently named one of the Best Wedding Photographers of 2015, she is a serious expert at capturing each and every gorgeous moment of your day as it unfolds naturally.  In other words?  Stunning images for you, and a whole lot of swooning for those of us here at SMP.  We call that a win-win, lovelies.

A specialist in film photography, and one of the leading film photogs in the Chicago area, we’ve been obsessed with Kristin’s work since the very moment we laid our eyes on her breathtaking captures.  Think beautiful light-filled images that document your day in the prettiest of ways.  With Kristin La Voie Photography, you’ll have those special moments you didn’t even realize were being captured (she’s that good, people) to remember for always.  And, bonus.  Kristin La Voie Photography recently launched KLP BEAUTY, a brand new site totally devoted to capturing all of you stunning brides pre-wedding in a beautiful + oh-so-romantic light.  It’s boudoir reinvented, and it’s totally awesome.

Contact Kristin La Voie Photography today to get started on your amazing journey.  And don’t forget that Kristin is offering SMP readers $300 off any 2015 wedding package through March 31st!

the-giveaway

Kristin La Voie Photography is giving away a Boudoir Mini Session to one lucky SMP reader, which will include session time (30 minutes) and digital images!*  To enter, leave a comment below telling us your most beautiful feature!  The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 27, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

*Boudoir session must be held at a location within 20 miles of 60174.  Value $450. 

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Romantic Fall Wedding at Lyndale Park Peace Garden

I’m all for breaking rules and creating new rituals, but after watching this clip from Skyfocus Films, I have a whole new appreciation – and craving for – the beauty of tradition. Watching this couple partake in their family’s customs made me sentimental for those moments. Add in the gorgeous florals and styling by Munster Rose and photos by Laura Ivanova and this wedding isn’t to be skipped over.

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From The Bride… Browsing through our wedding photos brings me back to the perfect Minnesota fall day filled with joy, laughter, and love. Jon and I had always wanted an outdoor wedding ceremony filled with beautiful flowers and greenery. Our wedding was an intimate celebration with 75 of our closest friends and family from Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and all around the US.

We took it upon ourselves and put together the dream team for what we care most about: photography, videography, and floral. We were blessed to have close friends and amazing vendors helped us with the planning and execution. Every detail really came together the day of. It was truly the dream wedding we have always wanted.

Photography: Laura Ivanova | Videography: Skyfocus Films | Wedding Gown : Vera Wang | Cake: Cocoa & Fig | Stationery : Paper Rock Scissor | Ceremony Venue: Lyndale Park Peace Garden | Reception Venue: Calhoun Beach Club | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Hair & Makeup: Julie Swenson Beauty | Favors: Rustica Bakery | Favors: Dogwood Coffee | Floral & Styling: Munster Rose

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SMP Midwest Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Discount!

How do you spend the perfect Sunday?  Getting to know the fabulous + oh-so-talented team of eco-friendly wedding vendors at the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance.  Because when it comes to hosting an amazing event that is also socially conscious, this is a group of vendors that will most definitely deliver. Learn so much more about their mission… and their crazy cool wedding show, Committed, below.

From Chicago Green Wedding Alliance… The Chicago Green Wedding Alliance is a group of eco-friendly wedding vendors that is committed to making less environmentally impactful events. We connect vendors with the conscious consumer for mindful weddings and social events. Our vendors create gorgeous events that transcend people’s expectations of “green” weddings.

Check out the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  

The GWA is hosting a wedding show on February 22nd at Greenhouse Loft!  Any couple that books with the code “SMP” will get $5 off!  The discount on tickets can be redeemed on the Eventbrite ticketing page.

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Brideside + A Discount!

I’ll admit it.  As much as I love being a bridesmaid (and, oh, do I love it), trekking to bridal shop after bridal shop to try on gowns is, well, seriously tiring.  Which is why I am all sorts of obsessed with Brideside, the online retailer that brings the bridal shop to YOU by letting you browse bridesmaid dresses online and then try them on in the comfort of your very own home. Say it with me, loves: awesome.

With Brideside, you can choose from a plethora of style choices and colors, all with the help of an amazing stylist who works with you every step of the way to guarantee a fabulous (+ chic) bridal party. Just chat with the stylist about your dream wedding and vision, then let them take over and guide your besties through an array of different designers on Brideside’s online store.  They’ll even provide instructional videos on measuring and selecting the best dress types for your body!  And when every last dress is chosen, they’ll ship the samples to your home, so you can have that girl’s day with mimosas and cozy yoga pants.  Soooo comfortable and soooo fun.

Ready to get started?  Visit the Brideside website ASAP or, if you live in Chicago, make an appointment with a stylist here. And don’t forget this exclusive discount for SMP readers: When you buy your bridesmaid dress in February, the first $20 is on Brideside!  Use discount code “SMP20″ at checkout. (Terms & Conditions: Cannot be combined with any past or future promotions. Readers must purchase bridesmaid dress at full price on or before 2/28/15. Offer does not apply to the following designers: Joanna August, Donna Morgan, Jenny Yoo.)

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Chic Lakeside Country Club Wedding

With a team of talented vendors and all roads leading lakeside, this soiree is overflowing with personal details. From the rose garden inspired Sadie’s Couture Floral & Design buds, to handmade signage, every detail Laura Dawson coordinated is significant. Each image from Jeff Loves Jessica is more beautiful than the last and you can see them all here!

From The Bride…Our vision was of an intimate, Minnesota summer wedding full of personal details. Knowing that many of our guests would be visiting Minnesota for the first time, we wanted to showcase the beauty of our home state with an outdoor reception. We also loved the romantic feel of having string lights under a starry sky above our dance floor. I had an image from Pinterest which I carried with me to vendor meetings so they could get a clear understanding of the mood we were striving to provoke.

We explored a number of venue options until we realized the obvious choice right in front of us: Minikahda (Ojibway for “On the edge of the water”), the century-old Minneapolis club I had grown up at. We approached The Minikahda Club with our “out-of-box” vision to host the entire reception on the roof-deck overlooking Lake Calhoun, and from which the view of the Minneapolis skyline after dark is dazzling. Jenni, the coordinator at the club, enthusiastically embraced our vision and her staff executed it flawlessly.

Minneapolis doesn’t mean “City of Lakes” for nothing, and we were blessed with the use of three for our festivities. Our reception overlooked Lake Calhoun, and just south is Lake Harriet where we had our “first look” and bridal party photos. They were taken at the Lake Harriet rose garden where I frequently wandered as a child. From there it was a quick trip back north to the church on Lake of the Isles where Nick and I had gone ice skating on our second date.

Winters in Minnesota are conducive to DIY projects, and I probably had up to five ongoing wedding “projects” at any given time, taking over our living and dining rooms. However, knowing that I had created all the signs, monogramed the napkins and candles, and designed the stationary and decor layout, made our wedding more personal. In addition, the necklaces my bridesmaids wore were custom designed by me and made in Shanghai when I traveled there for work. Other personal details included my veil, which has been in my family since the 1830s, and the flower girl dress, which I had worn 25 years before in my Uncle’s wedding. His daughters were now my attendants. Of course, our very much-loved maltipoo, “Peaches,” had to play a role, so we named one of our signature cocktails after her. The other signature cocktail was named after a very special place: Madeline Island in Lake Superior where my family spends summers.

While the weather did go our way, not everything went according to plan. Despite the limo forgetting to pick up the groomsmen for pictures, despite the antique car breaking down on the way to the reception, despite the groom getting a bloody nose minutes before the ceremony, and despite the father of the bride stepping into a large pile of dog waste right outside the church, our day was flawless. The best advice I was given during the planning process was to control the “controllables” and on the day of the wedding, just let it all go. So, being the type-A bride that I was, I spent months creating color-coded, personalized day-of schedules for each member of the bridal party. Months meeting with vendors to review the floor plans and highly detailed floor and table grids drawn up by me for all pieces of wedding décor. Weeks solving the unexpected like our linens being discontinued before the wedding. And days coordinating a custom designed necklace to be remade in Shanghai and picked up by one of my coworkers after the original was lost in the mail. But, had I not sat back and had faith that all our outstanding wedding vendors would do their jobs, knowing that I had done all I could possibly do to “control” our day to its ultimate perfection, I would not have recognized the magic and memories that encapsulated our wedding. It was truly perfect. A special thank you to all who participated, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Photography: Jeff Loves Jessica | Cinematography: WonderWill Productions | Floral Design: Sadie's Couture Floral & Design | Cake: Cocoa & Fig | Invitations: Paper Lou | Ceremony Venue: Lake Of The Isles Lutheran Church | Reception Venue: Minikahda Club | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Calligraphy: Feather Letter | Band: The Seville's | Groomsmen's Attire: Savvi Formalwear | Bride's Gown: Lazaro | Day Of Coordination: Laura Dawson

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Rustic Elegance at Camrose Hill Flower Farm

Set at the quaint and picturesque Camrose Hill Flower Farm, the soiree that sits below will charm you, enchant you and fill your wedding-loving imagination with the sweetest inspiration. Slightly rustic and oh-so-elegant, Laura Ivanova made sure that no detail went undocumented, including this fluffy bouquet, that delightful bicycle and this first dance. There’s more waiting right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… Our wedding day was so special and memorable. Though it rained—and rained, and rained—we had the greatest time celebrating with our friends and families. I have never felt so loved.

When we saw Camrose Hill Farm, Alex and I instantly knew that was where we were going to get married. Even in the winter, it felt like a dream. The beauty and intimacy of the little flower farm made it the perfect place for us to plan out each detail and celebrate with loved ones.

I am so grateful for all of the people who helped make our wedding so wonderful. I met the greatest people during the planning process and cannot believe the time, talent, and love that went into our day. We have nothing but the best of memories.

Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography | Cinematography: Harrison Film Co. | Event Coordinator: Wonderful Day Weddings | Florist: Camrose Hill Flowers | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cakes: The Deco Catering | Stationery: Chelsea Petaja | Shoes: Alice & Olivia | Catering: The Deco Catering | Hair And Makeup: Justine Sierakowski | Band: Slip Twister | Groom's Suit: J. Crew | Ceremony Music: Michael Handler | Transportation: Stillwater Trolley Company | Bar & Drinks: With A Twist | Ceremony & Reception: Camrose Hill Flower Farm | Dress Shop: L'Atelier Couture Bridal | Linens: The Deco Catering | Rentals: Ultimate Events