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Sperry Tents

In the world of drop-dead gorgeous weddings, Sperry Tents reigns supreme; from their sweeping panels of sailcloth to their premium flooring options to their breathtaking (+ totally creative) lighting.  Add all of that handcrafted goodness to a fabulous locale under the stars and it’s a day that is as romantic as it is sophisticated… or what we here at SMP like to call the perfect wedding.

Handcrafted by sailmakers in coastal New England, all Sperry Tents feature genuine sailcloth, solid wood support poles and pennant flags that will wave a charming hello to each and every one of your guests.  Think breathtaking tents available in an array of fabulous sizes that are more than perfect for your wedding, welcome party or going away brunch.  Which means that whether you are partying the night away with 400 of your nearest or dearest or preparing for the big day with an intimate rehearsal dinner, there’s a Sperry Tents’ size and shape just right for you and your celebration.

Start planning your dream day by contacting one of Sperry Tents’ Tri-State offices in Mystic and Greenwich, CT; Finger Lakes and Hamptons, NY; and New Jersey.  Trust us, you’ll be so very, very happy you did.

Credits: Image 1: Leila Brewster (Photography) + True Event (Event Design & Coordination) + Hana Floral Design (Floral) + Rentals Unlimited (Rentals) + La Tavola (Linens) + Ryan Designs (Lighting & Draping) | Image 2: Eric Barry Photography | Image 3: Isabelle Selby Photography | Image 4: Charlotte Jenks Lewis | Image 5: SNAP! Weddings | Image 6: Orchard Cove Photography | Image 7: Susan Sancomb Photography  | Sperry Tents

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Romantic + Whimsical Alice In Wonderland Inspired New Jersey Wedding

There are a million reasons I adore this wedding. It could be that the gorgeous bride and her Marine-turned-WWE wrestler are high school sweethearts. But there’s also an heirloom lace bible inscribed with wedding dates of the bride’s family, the lush, romantic florals, and Alice In Wonderland-inspired touches like teacup centerpieces, playing card table numbers and playful quotes. What I really love, though, are the photos from Michelle Lange and the sweet video from Scott Montague. Go down the Rabbit Hole and see it all here.

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From the beautiful Bride… With three years to plan a wedding, one would think…easy, right? While Steve and I have been together for 10 years and engaged for three, I had come to learn that planning a wedding was anything but effortless.

With so many options and so much time, I did not realize how much my personal style would change during the planning process. Eventually, I decided to follow some of my own personal advice: “Be yourself.”

I had been collecting teacups and teapots over the course of the wedding planning process, and I knew that I wanted to incorporate them into the wedding somehow. At some point I came across an Alice in Wonderland quote and I quickly realized that I had found my inspiration. Piece by piece, each detail had fallen perfectly into place.

I purchased vintage mirrors from Etsy and wrote different “Alice” quotes on each. The teacups adorned the cocktail hour tables and dinner tables, each with a whimsical and romantic flower arrangement. In shopping at a flea market a few months back, I stumbled across vintage books with pastel colored spines that I knew would be another special touch. My best find was a 1946 copy of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I had the book displayed open to the title page that had the title of the book written in beautiful old-fashioned calligraphy and a colored image from the novel. I used gold keys to hold each place card and vintage playing cards served as the table numbers.

I knew that I wanted the style of our wedding to be vintage, romantic, and whimsical. I quickly fell in love with the design of modern calligraphy, however I was not in love with how time consuming and costly it could be. This was one element I refused to give up, so the next best thing was to teach myself. I hand wrote many of the signs that adorned the space as well as each place card and wedding envelope. They certainly were nowhere near professional calligraphy, however I knew that it would add a personal touch to the wedding, flaws and all!

One of the most personal touches at the wedding happened to be a family heirloom. A beautiful lace bible had been passed down to all of the women in my family to use on their wedding day. My mother carried it down the aisle with her, and I signed our names and wedding date inside under all of the names of the couples that came before.

While every detail of our wedding fell beautifully into place, the best part of the day was seeing my husband so emotional at the end of the aisle. It reminded me what our wedding day was truly about. Love and joy emanated from every corner of the room, and that is what the guests remember the most from our wedding. That is what makes a wedding great: love.

From Michelle Lange… Sarah & Steve’s wedding this past May had some adorable accents from Alice In Wonderland, including vintage teacups, teapots, books and Alice In Wonderland quotes. I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah and Steve two years ago at their engagement session. These high school sweethearts have seen their fair of long distance love, with Steve a US Marine Corps combat veteran and now a WWE/NXT superstar in Florida and Sarah teaching in New Jersey.

Photography: Michelle Lange | Cinematography: Scott Montague | Floral Design: Anna Rose Floral And Event Design | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Palermo's Bakery | Invitations: Ashley Buzzy McHugh | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay | Makeup: Samantha Linn | Hair : Melissa D'Aloia & Co | DJ: POSH DJ'S | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang for Men's Wearhouse | Venue: The Ryland Inn | Bridal Boutique: Castly Couture | Event Decor: The Paper Walrus

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5 Tricks to Keep Your Flowers Fresh Longer

One of the best things about hiring a great florist is that they know all the must-have tips and tricks to ensure your flowers look their absolute best on your big day. Worried that your flowers will lose their vibrancy before you even hit the aisle? Don’t be. Becca from Petal Floral Design shares some secret pro tips for keeping your flowers fresh longer in the video below!

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5 Ways to Make Your Flowers Last Longer

Word-Numbers_12Put them in lots of fresh room temperature water, and change the water daily.

Word-Numbers_18Add a tablet of bayer aspirin to a glass of water.

Word-Numbers_06Keep the flowers in a cool space – ideally between 50 and 60 degrees.

Word-Numbers_04Add a tablespoon of mouthwash for every liter of water.

Word-Numbers_02Drop a copper penny into your vase.

Florals: Petal Floral Design | Film: Elysium Productions

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Alexandra Grecco + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There’s obsession, and then there’s the way we feel about the gorgeous tulle skirts from Alexandra Grecco; a seriously sassy + totally stunning collection that you honestly NEED to see.  Think an array of fabulous colors and lengths meets six layers of fully-lined tulle, all with a gorgeous silk waistband.  From everyday brunching to e-shooting with your sweetie, you’ll never feel so pretty… or so chic.

Based in NYC’s coolest borough (Brooklyn!), each Alexandra Grecco piece is crafted in sizes 00-14 and layered with the perfect amount of tulle for that fabulous flare we know you will absolutely adore. Imagine soft, ethereal shades like ivory, dusty blue, seafoam and champagne mix and mingling with your favorite pair of heels and that cashmere sweater your honey can’t seem to get enough of… OR looking absolutely awesome on each of your bridesmaids as they stand beside you on the big day.  Not to mention that each Alexandra Grecco skirt is more than perfect for every.single.event on your itinerary, so you can channel that inner fashionista for your bridal shower, engagement party and going away party!

Visit Alexandra Grecco today to order that skirt of your dreams.  And don’t forget to pre-order the new Lace Elliot Top (available in ivory, pale grey, nude or black) to pair with your skirt or dress… or even your favorite denim.  You can thank us later.

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SMP readers will receive 20% off their order with the code “stylemepretty15″, valid until July 18, 2015.

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What: Alexandra Grecco is giving away a fabulous tulle skirt in any size or color offered to one lucky SMP reader! (Value $188)

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us where you would rock your amazing Alexandra Grecco skirt!

Who: One winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, July 17, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography: Elizabeth Messina | Hair: Brittany Romney | Makeup: Mandy Bisesti

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Romantic Stone Harbor Wedding

Happy tears? Well, they’re something I’m all too familiar with -especially after watching the Fiore Films below. Because it’s moving words shared from the Bride’s father that’ll have you reaching for a few tissues. A day filled with love, Alison Conklin Photography shared her photos with us below!

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From Alison Conklin PhotographyI hope that you love this wedding as much as I do! It has a beautiful couple madly in love with such sweet details and florals from Sullivan Owen.

Photography: Alison Conklin Photography | Planner: Confetti & Co | Floral Design: Sullivan Owen | Cake: Cake Studio Of Ocean City | Make Up: Victoria Roggio | Hair: Mirror And Mantle | Band: Ebe Amsterdam | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: The Reeds At Shelter Haven | Paper And Invites: Loveleigh Invitations | Photo Booth: Poseybooth | Video: Fiore Films

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Romantic Trump National Ballroom Wedding

We can’t say enough about how fantastic Fiore Films is over here at SMP. Each one of their films has been a delight to watch, and this romantic wedding at the Trump National Golf Club is no exception! Assigned with the task of capturing their niece’s wedding, Fiore Films works their magic (with a special shout out to CLY  BY MATTHEW for the beautiful photos), and you won’t want to miss any of it below!

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From Fiore FilmsThis is a very special wedding for us — the wedding of our own very own deliciously beautiful niece. What more is there to say? Kylee and Anthony you are amazing… and ridiculously silly together! We love you both so so much and are so excited to see this shared with Style Me Pretty fans!

From the beautiful Bride… Anthony and I met on a blind date 3 years ago. As reluctant as I was, I gathered up the courage to go and I’m grateful every day that I did. Anthony, a Long Island born, Italian, sarcastic, sweet but fresh, outgoing personality clicked with my guarded, sarcastic, fun loving, Jersey girl personality. A few weeks later we went on a double date and the rest is history. When you know, you know. We fell in love instantly. We moved in together after 4 months and were engaged 2 years later. The proposal caught all of my friends and family, including myself, completely off guard.

Anthony is in Law Enforcement, allowing him the ability to pull a few things off that we civilians couldn’t. When he was ready to pop the question He had to think of a creative way to surprise me. We had dinner reservations but had to make a stop to meet one of the guys he works with to “drop something off to him”. Before I knew it we were at the beach in Newport, RI (where we lived) where an officer stood with an unlit traffic sign. Shortly after I learned that traffic sign was about to change my life forever. After much negotiating, Anthony convinced me to get out of the car and “Kylee Will You Marry Me?” shined big and bright on the traffic sign. I never thought the day would come and it was such a surreal moment.

Living in Newport, RI at the time with family and friends in New Jersey and Long Island, we decided to get married in Bedminster, NJ at Trump National Golf Club. We could not have picked a more exclusive, beautiful and romantic venue to celebrate the best day of our lives. With countless hours spent on Pinterest, Style Me Pretty, and other wedding blogs I knew I wanted a romantic, elegant fall wedding. Walking into the ballroom at Trump and seeing nothing but chandeliers and ceiling to floor glass windows surrounding the entire room we knew Trump National was perfect for the romantic theme we wanted.

With a year to plan, November 15, 2014 approached before we knew it. We began our day at the private villas at Trump. I stayed in a villa with my 9 bridesmaids the night before where we all got ready the morning of the wedding. Beige and Blanc came to do our hair and make up, while Fiore Films and Matthew from CLY CREATION met us there to start capturing our special day. In no time at all it was time for Anthony and I to do our first look. The entire day from start to finish was a fairytale and so dreamlike. From the moment I walked down the stairs and tapped on Anthony’s shoulder for him to turn and see me was when it all started to get real!

I highly recommend that other couples do a first look. It not only allowed us to see each other sooner but we took our pictures before the ceremony. It gave our entire wedding party quality time to hang out in the quietness before the craziness began! And of course helped with my nerves! After the first look and the pictures it was time to walk down the aisle to say our I Do’s.

From that point on the evening was filled with nothing but love, laughter, food, fun, drinks, and dancing. Before we knew it the night was over and we were so sad to see it end. The one thing everyone told us was the day goes by so fast and to enjoy every second of it. And boy were they all correct. Take a minute to cherish the moment and take it all in. Otherwise do what works for you and don’t worry about what others such as parents, friends, and family are telling you to do. Once the day comes there is nothing you can do to fix any little hiccup. Enjoy every moment of it because it literally goes by in the blink of an eye.

I couldn’t be more thankful to have Fiore Films capture our special day. I can’t watch our teaser without crying no matter how many times I see it. Fiore Films is extraordinary and nothing like anything I have ever seen. Not only does she capture every moment and detail of the day but the music she attaches, the lighting, the angles, the emotions she captures are unreal. I’ve seen many videos but I have never seen better work than Fiore Films. I am also lucky to say that Sharrone Calafiore from Fiore Films is my aunt. I was blessed enough to have my own family capture the best day of our life!

Photography: CLY By Matthew | Cinematography: Fiore Films | Floral Design: Jardiniere Fine Flowers | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Invitations: Cherish The Moment | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair And Makeup: Beige And Blanc | DJ: Satisfaction Guaranteed | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Wedding Venue: Trump National Golf Club | Music: Marmoset

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