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Remembering The Wedding Proposal

We’re not sure if you’ve noticed but we’ve been sharing heartwarming proposal stories and pics with you all day across our SMP pages… but, we’ve saved the absolute best for last! Honest to goodness – grab your hankies and crank up the volume and prepare to watch what this year’s National Proposal Day is all about. Re-living the memories of that momentous day: her parent’s permission, the loving effort and the sweetest of sweet words from a guy to his girl. Remembered, one year later on their anniversary – as captured on film by Star Light Films.


From Star Light FilmsBryon proposed to Bri on the breath taking Oregon Coast, capturing every detail. His story starts long before he gets down on one knee and lasts an entire year after she said “yes”. Bri was under the impression that SLF was on scene for that windy day at the beach only to capture the photos for her surprise proposal. Little did she know that while one camera was getting photos, the other was filming everything.

Bryon came to us wanting something different. Wanting something to completely sweep her off of her feet. Something no one has ever done before. We politely obliged.

We accompanied him, with the mic hot and equipment in hand, as he entered her Grandfather’s jewelry store. Bryon browsed a few rings before coming back to the one meant for Bri. Leaving Grandpa with a warm hug, he set off to scout Pacific City for the proposal location. Bri thought he was hiking with friends.

On the drive over, Bryon told us about why he was doing this. Why it was so important for him to create something so meaningful. It wasn’t because he wanted the recognition or attention, it was so that together, as a family, they could have a moment to physically revisit and look back on.

There was one last thing that was necessary before the big proposal day. Bryon needed the blessing from Bri’s father. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as these two men sat down in a moment of total acceptance of Bryon’s love for Bri.

All of these events happened unbeknownst and unseen by Bri, but all of them artistically captured by SLF. The footage was then crafted into a beautiful, emotional piece. Bri had absolutely no knowledge that anything had been captured on film until exactly one year after the day he proposed. Bryon simply said, “I have a surprise for you”, blindfolded her, and drove her to a remote location for the surprise screening of the happiest day of her life (thus far).

Cinematographer: SLF | Music License: The Music Bed

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Cozy Winter Bridal Inspiration + Bouquet Recipe

My go-to for a quick pick-me-up? Treating myself to a big bunch of blooms—particularly during the winter when I’m feeling a bit drab. But today pretties, drab is OUT because we’re cozying up with Ponderosa & Thyme and Alexandra Grace Photography for winter inspo at it’s finest. You can almost smell the bloom goodness jumping off the page. Get the recipe for this luscious ivory bouquet below!

From Alexandra Grace PhotographyThis inspiration shoot was created to capitalize on the neutral colors and cozy feeling of winter. Our bride was styled with a cute short dress, a big sweater, tall socks & boots, and wavy hair for a warm & romantic mood. Ponderosa & Thyme created a lovely neutral bouquet with pale grey ribbon for a classy and lush look, and Deepwood Estate in Salem, Oregon provided gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces. The greens and browns of winter combined with our light and romantic bridal styling created a very clean, classic inspiration images for winter brides who want a little something different. Find the recipe below—super simple ingredients & it smells SO good!

BOUQUET RECIPE:

Ivory Garden roses
White Hellebore
White Ginestra
Pussy Willow Branches
White narcissus
Grey ribbon streamers

Photography: Alexandra Grace Photography | Floral Design: Ponderosa & Thyme | Historic Estate: Historic Deepwood Estate

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Meet SMP Blogger Bride Cambria Grace!

You might recognize Cambria Grace from her ever-popular Instagram feed, but today she’s stepping behind the SMP desk as our newest Blogger Bride-to-be. She’ll be sharing her wedding planning journey – the good, the bad, and the oh-so-pretty – and we’re kicking things off with her stunning engagement. Scroll on to get to know Cambria a wee bit better, and don’t miss the mountaintop gallery from Dylan and Sara.

From The Bride… My fiancé, Ross and I met the first day of our freshman year at Bates College. He won me over with his sense of humor and chutzpah, which lent itself to much witty banter over meals in the dining hall. It didn’t take long for me to realize he is one of a kind, and someone that I wanted to spend endless amounts of time with. Seven years later he asked me to marry him on a family trip to California.

Ross has always known how much I love spending time with my parents. We are a very tight little unit. Last spring, when we were all on vacation, he turned to my parents and asked for their permission to ask me to marry him. They of course said YES! I, still unknowing and utterly oblivious that he was proposing thought it was so sweet of him to involve me in his ‘asking for my hand’. He then turned to me, pulled out my Aunt Grace’s wedding ring, and said ‘want to get old with me’? I am never surprised, but he totally got me. I burst into tears and the rest of the memory is pretty much a black-out –  but I DO know that it was by far the happiest, most wonderful moment of my life.

Ross is the co-founder of Downeast Cider House, and I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer here in Boston. We live and work in Charlestown. Thus, we decided to get married here! We chose a pier in the navy yard, with a view of the city that we love. Keeping the wedding ‘us’ is pretty important and has been a big factor in the planning process. Being in the industry certainly gives me a different perspective on wedding planning, which I’ll be sharing about as a blogger bride here on SMP.

Style Me Pretty has been a part of my career and life for several years now. My first inspiration shoot was with Lauren WellsPollen Floral Design and Kacie Corbelle Makeup Artistry. We worked so hard, had an awesome time together, and were featured on SMP. It was my first time getting published, so I immediately called Ross and shrieked into the phone. Luckily, I still have Lauren, Krissy and Kacie on my side for the wedding day as vendors and friends. Lauren is even taking on matron-of-honor duties, as well as styling the entire event. The impressive creative community in Boston has certainly become a big part of my life, personally and professionally, and I’m excited to see and share my wedding planning adventures with you!

Photography: Dylan And Sara Photography | Floral Design: Hilary Horvath | Venue: Saddle Mountain

Romantic Ranch Wedding

I just moved to Oregon (yay!) and apparently there are little spots of rustic goodness I didn’t even know existed.  Like Brasada Ranch, a central Oregon charmer perfect for a romantic, love-filled affair.  Think pastel hues, DIY details (hello gorgeous florals + cake) and Jenny Yoo bridesmaid frocks that are all sorts of beautiful.  See it all captured stunningly by Marina Koslow right here.      

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Ranch
Styles
Rustic

From Marina Koslow Photography… Lotos and Kevin married on a beautiful sun-filled summer day at Brasada Ranch, a true hideaway spot in Central Oregon. Their event was a mix of classy and romantic details with many DIY elements – flowers were done by the one of the bridesmaids and could not have complemented the girls’ dresses better. The cake that was made by a bride’s friend was a passion fruit ice cream and chocolate chiffon flavor and looked absolutely stunning. The cute place cards and seating map were crafted by the groom. The day ended with a spectacular sunset and dancing into the night.

From Lotos and Kevin… Brasada Ranch became the perfect back drop for our wedding. Majority of our guests were family from out side of the United States, making our wedding more of a destination wedding, and we wanted to show them the beauty of Oregon. The amazing setting and delicious food cooked by Brasada Ranch created an unforgettable and intimate atmosphere.

We also wanted our wedding to reflect who we are, and we tried to put as many personal touches as possible into the wedding. As designers, it was important to us to infuse our design aesthetic as much as possible. We drew and created custom laser cut wood center pieces and painted vases to go with our flowers. The wood center pieces acted as our table numbers, and also had maps engraved on the front of cities that were of significance to us, such as where we first met or our first trip together. The groom designed and hand-cut all of the place cards. Our seating map was a nod to our architectural education. Our flowers were arranged by one of the bridesmaids, and one of our good friends made two ice cream cake for us as our wedding cake (because we love ice cream so much!) In the end, it truly took a village to put everything together! We want to thank all of our family and friends for making the trip!

Photography: Marina Koslow Photography | Bride's Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Make Up: Lori Tompos | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Wedding Venue: Brasada Ranch | Bouquet Ribbon: Frou Frou | Bride's Dress: Pronovia's From Bridal Exclusives | Bridesmaid's Dress: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaid's Dress: BHLDN | Earrings: Nadri | Groom's Bow Tie: Beau Ties LTD | Groomsmen's Bow Ties: April Look Shop On Etsy | Ring Bearer's Bow Tie: The Littlest Gentleman | Robes: Silkandmore On Etsy

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Blushing Marsala Bridal Inspiration + A Bouquet Recipe

You guys, I am in love with the color of the year, marsala. So much so that I’m even sprinkling it into my own wedding. So when Alexandra Grace sent over her recent shoot dedicated to a perfect blush and marsala combo, I wanted to jump through my screen and live in this shoot. This bouquet pretty much says it all, and lucky us, Ponderosa & Thyme is sharing the recipe below!

Colors
Seasons
Spring
Settings
Park
Styles
Rustic

From Alexandra Grace PhotographyPonderosa & Thyme and Alexandra Grace Photography put together this inspiration shoot to include the 2015 Pantone color of the year “marsala” with the theme of earthy, romantic, and dreamy. The bride was in a blush dress and the florals included some gorgeous marsala-colored orchids. The lush green forest was a perfect backdrop for our feminine bride, and helped evoke a wild & free mood. All photos photographed on film.

Materials

Foraged branches
Orchids (in Marsala tones)
Garden roses (Blush)
Tulips (Blush)
Anemones (White and blush)
Foraged bay
Blush ribbon streamers

Photography: Alexandra Grace Photography | Floral Design: Ponderosa & Thyme | Wedding Dress: ASOS | Film processing: Photovision

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Vintage Valentines Bridal Inspiration

Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday and it has been, even long before I was engaged or dating. I adore the idea of spreading love, romantic and platonic, to everyone. This shoot, styled by Ponderosa & Thyme, inspired by the love between sisters, comes at the perfect time, and as we dive into the sweet weekend ahead, these gorgeous photos by Hurtienne Photography are putting me in the loveliest of moods.

Colors
Seasons
Winter
Styles
Elegant

From Hurtienne Photography… With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, my sweet friends and I decided to put together a vintage inspired bridal shoot. We drew our inspiration from an image of Jane and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. We used that inspiration to create a story of two sisters helping their oldest sister prepare for her wedding day.

From Katie Davis, Owner of Ponderosa & Thyme… I love the idea of mixing traditional flowers with my own style so I decided to try to re-think the classic red rose by mixing them with blue hyacinth, navy anemones, pink garden roses and silvery blue greenery. This created a simple, nostalgic, and gorgeously scented bridal bouquet to be adored by a vintage loving bride.

From Rodellee Bas, Owner of Adored Vintage… The wardrobe from Adored Vintage was inspired by the age old English rhyme for brides: “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, a Sixpence in Her Shoe.”

In keeping with the theme and sentiment of this charming wedding poem, we’ve opted for delicate petticoats, lace and crochet detailed antique tops, and wispy soft peignoirs. A touch of French blue ribbon accents an antique camisole from the 1920s and a bridesmaid wears an embroidered tiered 1950s dress of pale lake blue, perhaps borrowed from an aunt.

We hope to inspire the modern bride to consider a vintage or antique piece for her wedding trousseau, perhaps a silken cape from the 1930s or a demure slip with lace panels and accordion pleats. This garment could become her heirloom piece, a treasure to pass down to her daughter, her “something old” and perhaps “something blue.”

From Katie Stewart, Owner of Peregrine Press… The author for the hand-written letter is Pablo Neruda, one of my most cherished poets. I helped style some still life scenes with collected vintage pieces of clothing, florals, and random old things that I collect too much of. I was especially happy with the old photo album we were able to use!

Photography: Hurtienne Photography | Venue: Private Residence | Calligraphy and Styling: Peregrine Press | Floral Design and Styling: Ponderosa & Thyme | Model: Sam Rosen | Vintage Wardrobe: Adored Vintage | Wedding Veil: Love Sparkle Pretty

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