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Sparkly New Year’s Eve Wedding

I’ve been following Rhi of Hey Gorgeous Events ever since I landed in the wedding industry, but it’s not without good reason. She’s one of the best and brightest in the biz, and when Rhi sent us her latest wedding work of art – a pink and gold New Year’s Eve celebration - I pored over every image from Jen and Jonah longer than I care to admit. Take a peek back at this sweet couple’s engagement, and don’t miss the gallery + Studio 213 Films’ amazing video for a whole lot more.

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From Hey Gorgeous EventsKatie and Bryan were married on New Year’s Eve at the Contemporary Art’s Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio (their beautiful engagement session was actually featured on Style Me Pretty that same day about an hour before Katie walked down the aisle!) Dear friends and family travelled from near and far not only to ring in a new year but to love on the sweet couple as they started a new chapter in their love story. Aside from the gorgeous bride and the handsome groom, the event had so many details tied in with the bride’s love for blush, peach, mint and gold. The big overhead ceremony aisle canopy made completely out of ribbon, lush blush, peach and white florals in gold vessels, sequin linens that sparkled when the light hit at the right time, a massive dance floor ceiling treatment that set the tone for the reception party; this wedding really had it all and more.

Yet right before I sent up the signal to the bridal party to let them know the processional was about to start, we got some bad news. Katie had lost her engagement ring. As the string quartet played, the guests eagerly anticipated the bride’s big reveal, and poor Bryan stood at the alter confused and wondering what was going on (sorry Bryan!), Katie and her girls were scrambling around trying to find her ring at what probably was the worst time to be doing so. I met her halfway up to the bridal suite to get things back on track and told her all that mattered in that moment was the kind groom waiting for her at the alter. And that we would find the ring no matter what. Her Dad held her hand, she shook her head, wiped away a few tears and together they trekked down the thirty plus stairs to the 250 awaiting guests. The ceremony began at long last and the show went on.

Immediately after I sent Katie off down the aisle, we got the news that the ring had been found; by a very gracious janitorial employee who had discovered the ring sitting in the corner of the venue restroom! From there the ring went from the hands of the employee to my husband, to a guest, to the videographer, to the photographer, to the best man, to the groom and finally back into the hands of our sweet bride. Katie was reunited with her most special piece of jewelry at the exact moment when it came time to exchange the rings. Bryan was a little confused as to we he was handed three rings instead of the two he was expecting but Katie burst into happy tears at the sight of thought to be long lost possession. There would continue to be many more moments of happy tears and sheer joy that day, all of which shined brighter than any diamond ring.

When it came close to midnight everyone stood on the dance floor and counted down to the start of 2014 via the large screen which was live streaming the Times Square coverage. At midnight a confetti canon erupted sprinkling colored bits over all of the happy guests embracing their loved ones as Auld Lang Syne began to softly play. It was beyond a pleasure being a small sliver of the Sapp’s happily ever after, and an honor to work with such a talented team who made it all possible.

Photography: Jen And Jonah | Videography: Studio 213 Films | Cake: Maribelle Cakery | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Funkys Catering | Bride's Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Contemporary Arts Center: Contemporary Arts Center | Planning, Design, Florals & Coordination: Hey Gorgeous Events | Rentals: All Occasions Event Rentals | Stationery : Smitten On Paper | Tassels And Noise Horns: Stephanie Shives Studio

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Intimate Ohio Wedding at The Club At Hillbrook

Intimate weddings have always and will always be my favorite type of wedding. And when a wedding is intimate and styled to perfection by the seriously talented Bride and Groom (they designed all the stationery!), that’s when I turn into a big pile of wedding-loving mush. Genevieve Nisly Photography was on hand to make sure each moment was captured beautifully, and you can see them all here.

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Fall
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Romantic

From The Bride…We both wanted to create a timeless, handmade wedding that made use of our eclectic tastes and detail oriented aesthetic. We decided to keep our wedding very small and intimate. Since we are both artists by nature and profession, we approached our wedding as a graphic design challenge and created a custom logo and “branding” for the event.We created all of the signage and stationery ourselves.

We created custom gift baskets as gifts for the bridal party and parents. With the help of my mom, we created custom handkerchief favors for our guests that were hand stamped with the wedding logo we designed. We found and printed custom sepia tinted vintage family photos to be displayed at our reception in order to honor our family members that could not be with us that day. We created a framed logo sign for the welcome table that made use of a mercury glass technique, that I learned on the internet, and a hand cut stencil.

Our day was more amazing and made us happier than I ever imagined. It was just like everyone said, after months and months of hard work, the day was over in what felt like a few moments. I’m so glad that we did everything exactly the way we wanted. We tried not to worry too much about classic wedding traditions and instead do things our own way. Neither one of us was very comfortable with the idea of dancing, so we hired a jazz pianist for our dinner reception and just hung out at the bar at the club after dinner. We all ended up playing the board game version of The Newlywed Game at the bar, which was so much fun and hilarious. I am so glad we decided to keep our wedding small and intimate. It created such a warm, inviting, and comfortable energy during the ceremony and after. It provided us with a great opportunity to bond more closely with our families and closest friends. I expected to be nervous during the ceremony, but I felt completely comfortable and elated to be surrounded by such a sweet group of our favorite people. We also decided to choose someone we both love and respect dearly to perform our wedding ceremony, which made it so special. Our friend Dennis was kind enough to go through the ordainment process in order to legally marry the two of us. He did such a fabulous job that most of our guests told him he should consider it as a career.

If I were to offer advice to any future brides, I would tell them to do things their way. Michael and I were together 9 years before we decided to get married. We spent many years of our relationship fielding the “so when are you guys getting married” question. I’m so glad we waited until we were ready and knew exactly what we wanted from our wedding. It felt like a true reflection of the both of us because we waited until the time was right.

Photography: Genevieve Nisly Photography | Floral Designer: Lynn Roseman | Wedding Dress: Trumpington Bridal | Cake: Sugar Me Desserterie | Wedding Shoes: J. Renee From Nordstrom | Bridesmaids Dresses: Trumpington Bridal | Hair Stylist: Nesreen At Light Salon | Groom's Attire: Joseph Abboud From Nordstrom | Beauty: Kelly At The Powder Room | Headpiece: Jenny Packham | Letterpress Printing: Czar Press | Musician: Jerry Bruno Productions | Private Club: The Club At Hillbrook

Gold and Blush Wedding Inspiration at The Cleveland Museum of Art

Gold and blush run through out veins over here at SMP, it’s true. So when a shoot as pretty as this one planned around those two beautiful hues lands in our lap, we simply can’t wait to share it with all of you. Planned by Cassie Mullins Event Planning & Design with florals from Blush Custom Weddings, a picture perfect cake from A Cupcake A Day, gorgeous gown from The Dress Bridal Boutique and topped off with stunning photography by Studio Elle Photography  - this type of pretty is just too good not to share.

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Winter
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Museum
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Romantic

From Studio Elle PhotographyI love getting to collaborate with other vendors and fuel our creativity! The Cleveland Museum of Art’s new atrium was the perfect indoor wedding venue to feature for this winter shoot. The mix of classic & modern architecture and abundance of natural light from the glass ceiling above made for a perfect atmosphere. I loved the character of the vintage elements in the building, so film was my go-to choice for the shoot.

We decided on a soft palette to give a cohesive look next to the marble backdrop. The gold was perfect to mix in a hint of warmth to the winter day, while the soft blush accents added a touch of color. We decided that a classic black-tie look for the couple would the perfect compliment to such an elegant venue.

Photography: Studio Elle Photography | Event Planning: Cassie Mullins Event Planning & Design | Floral Design: Blush Custom Weddings | Wedding Dress: The Dress Bridal Boutique | Cake: A Cupcake A Day | Invitations: Paper Strudel | Beauty: Beauty Therapy Inc. | Wedding Venue: Cleveland Museum Of Art

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