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Amazing Photography from OLLI STUDIO + A Wedding Package Giveaway!

Let’s talk photography for a moment, shall we? Or more specifically, let’s talk about the seriously stunning, drop-dead gorgeous images of OLLI STUDIO, a team of modern photogs and cinematographers that never fail to amaze us with their timeless + contemporary take on your Big Day. From that first kiss of the day to that last smile of the evening, OLLI STUDIO has you totally covered. Take a look.

Whether you’re saying “I do” with just a few of your nearest and dearest in attendance or in front of 400 of your closest friends and family, OLLI STUDIO will be there to capture every moment in the most amazing and unobtrusive way possible.  Think an awesome photojournalistic approach to your Big Day using the latest and greatest in the photography world and you are sooo on the right track.  From images that will capture your pure joy to those moments that are true to your and yours, OLLI STUDIO will create memories you will cherish forever… and all with their distinct style and grace. We absolutely love them.

Ready to team up with a photography studio that knows everything about capturing your Big Day perfectly? Contact OLLI STUDIO today to start your journey… and say hello to a unique and fabulous experience you’ll be so happy to take.


What: OLLI STUDIO is giving away a wedding photography and film collection! (Value $6,000)

How: Simply head to OLLI STUDIO HERE to enter. Good luck, loves! xo

Photography: OLLI STUDIO | Cinematography: OLLI STUDIO | Dress: Carol Hannah | Cake: Cake Alchemy | Stationery: Bella Figura | Engagement Ring: Cosh NYC | Hair & Makeup: Beautini | Calligraphy: Designsgirl | Transportation : Film Cars | Wedding Venue: Punto Space | Bouquet: Julia Testa | Bridal Accessories: Untamed | Bridemaids Dress: twobirds Bridesmaid | Edible Donuts: Keyhole Donuts | Floral Design & Bouquet: DESIGNS BY AHN | Hair Pieces: Carol Hannah | Menswear: Indochino | Women's Footwear: Alterre


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Why Flower Bars Are the New “It” Bridal Shower Detail

Hi SMP Brides! It’s Jess of Dressed by Jess again and today I am so excited to share my garden-inspired bridal shower with you. First, let me start out by saying that I was so completely overwhelmed with love and joy on the day of my shower. The feeling of having all of the special women in your life, in one room, gathered to celebrate your soon-to-be marriage, is indescribable.

I cried many happy tears! My bridal shower was not a surprise, I was aware of the date and location, but my girls kept a lot of secrets from me which made the day extra special. My mom, sister, bridesmaids, and future mother-in-law did such an incredible job planning the day for me. From the flower bar, to the custom flower crown station, to the floral photo booth, my eyes didn’t know where to settle first upon entering the room.

My shower took place at the Madison Hotel in the Conservatory room, which features floor to ceiling windows, opulent chandeliers, and rich greenery. It was truly stunning! The invitations were accentuated with pretty pastels, pops of fuchsia, and a whimsical garden-inspired design by Sugar and Grace Paper. The reverse side of the invitations included the saying “Please join us in the garden for love and laughter before the happily ever after.”

We spent the day sipping on mimosas, enjoying delicious food and all the fun festivities my bridesmaids put together. We laughed over the clever games and cried over the sentimental moments. I really enjoyed the He Said/She Said game. It was fun to listen to all the guests’ responses.

The flower bar represented my love for florals, and it also served as a favor station. Each guest was able to pick their favorite flowers and put them into jars to bring home. Another fun touch? We used the flowers to create flower crowns! This station was a hit. I couldn’t pull my friends away from it if I tried to. It kept them very busy when I opened gifts.

The photo booth was very non-traditional and my sister worked with Angela of Floriography Designs to hang flowers for the backdrop. At the end of the day I really enjoyed looking back at all the photos of my friends and family. It was such a sweet touch.

I opted to keep my ensemble fairly traditional for the shower. I wore a long-sleeved lace white dress from Allen Schwartz and completed the look with a Marchesa clutch from Rent the Runway. I worked with Michelle from Up and Out to create a bohemian-inspired fishtail braid. We styled it with a delicate Violette Garland hair accessory from Hermione Harbutt. I felt the dainty pearl flowers nestled along the gold branches truly fit in with the bridal shower theme.

It was a floral-filled afternoon and I was surrounded by so much love. I’m so thankful for those who helped me celebrate. I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my bridal shower. Huge thank you to Jessa of Love & Light Photographs for capturing every moment. Stay tuned for more pre-wedding details. xx Jess.

Flower bar tips from Floriography Designs

Find a floral expert that can provide the flowers, tools, and expertise. In the case of DIY, do research about flowers and find a good flower market provider.

Create a concept. Choose your color theme and floral style. You could go from French market, urban chic, to rustic and country style. Try to pick flowers according to your bridal shower theme.

Select the right flowers that will be easy to pick for your guests that can be arranged in small bud vases. Preferably no thorns and clean stems.

Don’t forget to prep! Order your flowers ahead of time. On the day before, unwrap and prepare buckets with clean water and flower food to condition and feed them. Clean the stems removing thorns or any unnecessary leaves. Arrange them by bunches.

Set the stage. Get creative by designing and decorating your flower bar with buckets for your guests to pick the flowers. Prepare the bud vases with water and floral food ahead. Set up some small working tables for your guests to work on with tools to cut and arrange the flowers.

Follow Jess’s Journey:

Meet the Bride | Margarita + ‘Maids | Planning Inspo | The Dress | Mistletoe Moments

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Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Bride's Shoes: Kohl's | Hair + Makeup: Up & Out Beauty Bar | Venue: The Madison Hotel | Bride's Clutch: Rent The Runway | Bride's Dress: Allen B. Schwartz | Floral Design, Flower Bar + Floral Photo Booth: Floriography | Hair Accessory: Hermione Harbutt | Invitation Suite + Sinage: Sugar & Grace Creative | Pre-Bridal Shower Glow: EC Beauty Studio

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Jess Galfo

What Happens When You’ve Been Planning Your Wedding Since Childhood

Not all Brides have been planning their dream day since childhood, but when a Bride has had that much time to envision her perfect wedding, you can bet it’s going to be lovely — just like this beautiful Bride’s dreamy lavender day from Katydid Signature Floral & Event Design. And thanks to Love And Light Photographs and Michael Simons Wedding Films, you can pore over all the pretty in The Vault!



From The Bride…Starting at a very young age, I knew exactly what my wedding would be like, simple yet elegant, classic and timeless. The church, venue, hair stylist, the shoes, rings, the month and even the one year engagement were already planned, the only thing truly missing was the groom. Years later, when I finally met my husband, he had a few thoughts of his own…he popped the question a half year earlier than he was “supposed” to according to my plan. I was afraid that with more time meant I would be more indecisive on the decisions that I did not already have planned, creating unnecessary stress! Looking back on our engagement I realize now how right he was to have a longer engagement. My mom and I had the time to deal with one thing at a time. And, with the help of my wedding planner, Ann Hawley, once we made a decision, we moved on to the next. Having more time meant that we did not have to rush around trying to get a few things booked at once. The time allowed us to research our vendors and book the ones we loved because we were far enough out.

Finding the right vendors was extremely important to me. I knew when my Big Day came, they would be the ones I would be interacting with and I wanted passionate, caring, creative and driven people surrounding me. I wanted their fun-loving attitudes to add to such a memorable occasion! With choosing vendors, that meant that this control freak bride had to give up some of that control, but with my vendors it was super easy to let them take the reigns. I simply told myself “they are experts in their respected field, which is why you hired them! Trust them!” Almost every vendor put my trust to the test at least once. Jessa would have Chris and I pose in some silly positions, Kate wanted ribbons to flow from the center pieces, Kevin planned to have the guests dancing, sitting, dancing, sitting, and Mike insisted that we wait to write our cards to one another until the day of, in front of the camera. Ironically, these times became some of my favorite parts about our wedding. Those silly poses lead to beautiful photographs, the lilac ribbons added a touch of elegance, the order of the night kept the guests on the dance floor longer, and writing our cards to one another on film is a priceless memory we will always treasure. Each and every one of my vendors took a little girl’s dream and made it into a real life fairytale.

Towards the middle of the reception, Jessa and Mike pulled Chris and I away to capture some footage on the docks while the sun was setting. At first I was hesitant to leave the party but I wanted those pictures! After a few short moments we were headed back to the reception. As Chris and I re-entered the reception from the back staircase we were completely overwhelmed with the scene in front of us. Our closest family and friends, who traveled from near and far, were all dancing and singing along with the band with an excessive amount of pure joy and happiness. As we stood there briefly, Chris and I realized how blessed we were to have such wonderful people in our lives. It was their contagious love and happiness for the two of us that took our breath away.

At the end of the day, every person involved in our wedding from our families, the bridal party, guests and vendors made our day magical and unforgettable.

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Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Cinematography: Michael Simons Video Productions | Floral Design: Katydid Signature Floral & Event Design | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Chocolate Carousel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Dona Massa Makeup Services | Hair: Mount Tabor Park | Band: Kevin Osborne | Venue: Rumson Country Club

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