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Wedding Cake That Tastes Ah-mazing + It’s Healthy!?! Win-Win

Cake is my love language and clearly Emily Lael knows the quickest way to my heart. Crafting up vegan and gluten-free treats, I certainly wouldn’t mind indulging in a guilt-free slice on the daily. So whether you’re planning a special occasion or just need a daily fix, CLY BY MATTHEW and Larissa Lax captured it all to share in The Vault

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From Emily LaelEmily Lael Aumiller, pastry chef and founder of Lael Cakes, is releasing her first cookbook where she shares her tricks of the trade on baking with alternative ingredients. To celebrate the launch she recreated a few whimsical dessert tables using techniques from the book. Learn how to create a stunning vegan and gluten-free cake for any special occasion that is not only made with wholesome ingredients but that tastes amazing. Whether it’s your allergies, lifestyle or to create something special for friends and family, this will give you the tools that you need to create a custom cake that will really wow everyone!

Pure Artistry: Extraordinary Vegan and Gluten-Free Cakes includes recipes for staple cakes (like Mexican Chocolate, Lemon-Poppy, and Classic Red Velvet) plus icings and fondant, how-tos on cake construction, and information on necessary ingredients and tools. The truly extraordinary feature of the book is the gorgeous cake designs, which are organized by mood—classical, classical whimsy, modern, and modern whimsy. These teach the reader foundational decorating techniques, like making sugar flowers, while inspiring bakers with photography that is gorgeous enough to stand on its own.

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Photography: CLY BY MATTHEW | Cinematography: Larissa Lax | Event Planning: Cana's Miracle, LLC | Cake: Lael Cakes | Event Space: Sunday Suppers

15 Ways to Dress Up Your Wedding Cake

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Witness The Ultimate Cherry Blossoms Covered E-Sesh

New York in the spring is just magic. Take this stunning engagement session from Rebecca Yale Photography as prime example. From the petal covered park to the sweet kisses Lindsay and Steven share, we think it’s safe to say that they basically had the best engagement session ever. See it all in The Vault!

From Rebecca Yale PhotographyLindsay and Steven got engaged in a perfect New York moment when Steven surprised Lindsay at Bowtie Cinemas in Chelsea with a movie that ended in his proposal and their friends surprising them in the theater. The New York based couple decided to take photographs in Central Park catching the perfect magical moment when the city is coated in pink petals and is at its most photogenic! The bride kept the styling classic in a white dress and the groom in a blue blazer to compliment the beautiful blossoms and then changing into a more casual outfit for a stroll by Bethesda Fountain.

From the Bride-to-be…. About four years ago, my roommate Jessie and I were riding up in our elevator when a few guys happened to exit on our floor. We turned to enter our apartment and they continued to the one right next door. We later heard music blaring from their apartment, and naturally intrigued, I said to Jessie, “We should crash their party”… and so we did!

We knocked on our neighbor’s door and I said, “If you guys are going to blast loud music, you should really invite your neighbors.” We were immediately greeted with smiles and I quickly made eye contact with Steven from across the room. After about ten minutes of being there, he came up to me and said “do you crash parties often?” I have been smitten ever since.

Steven and I had plans to see the Hunger Games movie opening weekend with two of our friends (I am a fanatic). When we arrived at the movie theater, the usher encouraged us to wait after the movie was over because they were showing special deleted scenes – we were pumped!

After the movie was over and the credits started to roll, people started the exiting the theater but there was no way I was going to miss the deleted scenes! The lights dimmed, and all of a sudden, Steven was on the screen. For the next three minutes, I watched as Steven, our friends, and families lip synced to our favorite song- “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti & Spearhead. I watched as he danced and played air guitar in front of our most memorable New York spots – from the building where we first met to our first date spot at Alta.

After the video was over, the lights turned back on and everyone in the theater stood up. To my surprise, it was all of our friends and family, who had been there the whole time! I was in a state of shock. Steven got down on one knee and proposed. The best part is, we have the whole proposal on video to share with our loved ones for years to come.

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Shoes: Valentino d'Orsay | Hair + Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Bride's Dress: ALC

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Say “I do” in Style Aboard The Duchess + A Giveaway!

There’s saying “I do” in style, and then there is saying “I do” aboard The Duchess, an insanely gorgeous yacht that is equal parts fun AND sophisticated.  Think fabulous contemporary decor, a floating rooftop (!) and panoramic views of NYC that will wow every.single.one of your guests.  I mean, celebrating your newlywed status floating past the city you love? Sooo glamorous.

Whether it’s enjoying the newly built Duchess Lounge on the yacht’s second deck, sipping cocktails from their full-service bars or partying the night away on their oversized, hardwood dance floor, The Duchess has everything (and I mean everything) you’ve ever wanted when it comes to hosting your dream wedding. I’m talking climate controlled interiors, a state-of-the-art sound system (hello, live music or DJ) and outdoor furniture perfect for lounging.  Not to mention The Duchess’ sister property, Fish Bar, is THE place to host your rehearsal dinner, a fab cocktail party or even your reception.  We love them.

Whether you plan on an intimate “I do” with eight of your nearest and dearest or want to host a sit-down dinner for 400, contact The Duchess TODAY to begin your journey to that dream day. Star gazing is totally included, my friends.

THE GIVEAWAY

What: The Duchess is giving away a romantic dinner for two at their sister property, Fish Bar! (Value $200, Gratuity Not Included)

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us why you love yacht weddings! (Ex: They are sooo unique!)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, June 17, 2016.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, loves! xo

Photography: Allan Zepeda (Image 2,4) + I Do Weddings (Image 1,3)

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