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Winter Wonderland Wedding Fit for a Snow King + Queen

Simply put, winter weddings warm our heart. Add in the fact that this daring Bride planned this snow-kissed celebration all on her own and you better bet we’re impressed. A day complete with a handsome man in uniform, dazzling decor, and of course endless love,  Melina Wallisch Photography has captured it all to share and we’ve got every bit of it waiting for you in The Vault!


From Melina Wallisch PhotographyNathan is a Top Gun fighter pilot, as in Tom Cruise but, according to his best man, much better looking, way more skilled, and taller! Courtney is a talented Interior Designer from Fresno, California, who just happens to be smoking hot! Due to Nathan’s fighter pilot duties, the madly in love pair were kept far distances apart from each other. There was a small window of time over the Holidays where he was able to visit, so Courtney planned their wedding on the one weekend in December where they could be together! She would have never envisioned a wedding in the middle of December, but soon became very excited about the idea of a Winter Wonderland destination wedding in Lake Tahoe. She pulled it off seamlessly. Fresh snow had fallen the evening before, creating a blanket of white around the mountainside Chateau in Incline Village, Nevada. Snowflakes, lush white florals and glittery baubles sparkled throughout the design, set against flowy winter white drapery. Tree branches adorned with twinkle lights provided ambient uplighting. Frosty silver bridesmaids dresses looked beautiful next to Courtney’s long sleeve, open back, lace wedding gown and cathedral veil. Courtney’s snow white Ugg boots were perfect for keeping her toes warm throughout traveling to the venue and taking pictures in the snow, saving her rhinestone peep-toe Badgley Mischka heels for the wedding. A classic military sword routine welcomed the newlyweds to their grand entrance. The reception was a spirited dance party indoors (Courtney plays a mean air guitar!) coupled with cigars and smore’s around the fire pit on the veranda. The celebration continued on into the night, and ended with a farewell brunch the following day.

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Photography: Melina Wallisch Photography | Cinematography: Mabble Media | Coordination: R Wedding House | Event Design: Red Carpet Events And Design | Floral Design: Emily Leue-Williams, Manzanita Glow | Floral Design: High Sierra Gardens | Wedding Dress: Kenneth Winston | Cake: Flour Girl Cakes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Hair: Acqua Hair Design | DJ: Cornerstone Entertainment | Venue: The Chateau At Incline Village | Rentals: Camelot Party Rentals

Stunning Bridesmaid Dresses with twobirds Bridesmaid + A Giveaway!

twobirds Bridesmaid is awesome, I don’t need to tell you that.  I mean, gorgeous bridesmaid frocks that can be wrapped in endless ways to flatter ALL body types?  Genius.  From their amazing selection of soft + stunning fabrics to their 40+ color options to their fab new collections, twobirds Bridesmaid is the best thing to happen to weddings since, well… gold, glitter and peonies.  Soak them all in below.

We’ve all been there.  That crazy day of bridesmaid dress shopping that turns into an almost impossible task, because, well… each one of your besties is sooo different.  Enter twobirds Bridesmaid and their insanely gorgeous lineup of convertible dresses.  I’m talking dresses that requires ZERO alterations, are totally maternity friendly and can be worn time and time again… long after the Big Day is over.  Not to mention their lineup of beautiful hues + brilliant fabric options.  It’s a mixing and matching lovers dream with options in jersey, tulle AND rosette.  And don’t even get me started on the many styling options. These dresses are magic.

Ready to begin your journey towards the world’s happiest bridal party?  Head to twobirds Bridesmaid TODAY to peruse the pretty.  And stay tuned for new collection featuring their bridal gown in lace (!), tulle ombre and jumpsuits.  Not able to visit the showroom in New York? No worries.  twobirds Bridesmaid will ship you samples you can try on in the comfort of your own home, because, well… they’re amazing.


What: twobirds Bridesmaid is giving away THREE convertible dresses to one lucky bride and her bridal party! (Value $930)

Who: One lucky bride, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 22, 2016.

How: Enter below, lovelies! Good luck! xo

SMP Southwest Giveaway!


Intimate Desert Elopement in Nevada

Beautiful in every sense of the word, this intimate desert elopement is just so incredibly special. The images from Gaby J Photography are just pure works of art, and the love this gorgeous couple shares just seems to seep through the screen. It leaves us with a gallery that is too good to pass over, and you can see it all in the VAULT.


From The Bride…I proposed to Sian in Rome in front of the Trevvi Fountain. One of the benefits of being a bride, marrying a bride is having two sets of rings. So it was a matter of who is going to be the first to propose. And when in Rome..

Living in the UK, we didn’t want any part in the glamorous over the top wedding. That’s just not us at all. Going against our code however, we planned for something at home but the constant clawing of making everyone happy, made us feel worse. We scrapped that whole idea after being invited to our friend’s wedding in Las Vegas. So on a whim here we are researching everything there is to know about a low key elopement in Las Vegas. We both wanted something really different and the dry lake bed in it’s secludedness was perfect! We had the best of both worlds, intimacy in the desert & the twinkling lights of Vegas. We wanted our day to be fun and stress-free. By doing so, we both had 6 stacks of pancakes and waffles as soon as we woke up. Got pampered by getting our hair and makeup done. Followed by bringing a bottle of champagne and Bouchon’s finest macarons for our “first cake.”

My advice would be that it is one day in your life so make sure it’s the way you want it to be. Not all the other people who may be attending. We loved the fact it was just the two of us there.

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Photography: Gaby J Photography | Wedding Dresses: Ocean Bridal | Hair + Makeup: Ciel Spa At SLS | Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions | Venue: El Dorado Dry Lake Bed | Macarons: Bouchon Bakery