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eat.sleep.wear’s Philadelphia Engagement Session

You know her as the voice behind eat.sleep.wear, but today Kimberly is gracing the pages of SMP as a glowing bride-to-be. Along with her handsome beau, she hit the streets of Philly for an engagement sesh with Alison Conklin, and the result is a pretty + playful nod to their upcoming destination nuptials. Let the wedding planning begin!

From Alison Conklin Photography… These are engagement photos of Kimberly and Blake. Kimberly is the force behind the very popular blog Eat Sleep Wear. Her and Blake live in LA, California but are from the Philadelphia area. For their engagement session we ran around the streets of Philly hitting some of their favorite spots. They held pineapples in their photos because they are getting married in Hawaii in May of 2015.

From the Bride-to-be… Philadelphia will always be a city near and dear to my heart. And the funny thing is that I would have never guessed how I would meet my fiancé. A born and raised Philly girl, I spent about 12 years living in the city and working multiple graphic design jobs before starting my fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog. It was a journey that took me to NYC to live my dreams in the fashion world. One of those jobs in Philadelphia was for an agency where I would meet a guy named Blake. We exchanged a few emails about 5 years ago and the only connection between us were our mutual best friends.

Fast forward to 2012 when our mutual best friends got married in Philadelphia. I was living in NYC, Blake was living in San Diego. On a day filled with such love and joy for beautiful friend, I found a connection with my long lost acquaintance from my Philly days. A few months after the wedding, I invited Blake on a whim to come spend New Years Eve with me in NYC. Not expecting him to say yes at all. “Sure! When should I fly out?”

After many flights shared between NYC and San Diego, I found myself moving across the country to be with this man I loved so much. 9 months later… we were engaged

Philadelphia means so much to us both. I knew I wanted to come back for our engagement session. I also knew that no one else but Alison Conklin would shoot those photos. Her eye for catching beautiful light, and laughter between two people is something that has resonated with me for quite some time. I quickly called Alison and begged her to be part of our wedding!

I wanted some special places to my time in Philadelphia to be incorporated into the shoot. We started in Old City which boasted old cobble stone streets, unique doorways, and old world charm. I spent so much time in the green parks when I lived in the city so we made a stop at Washington Square Park to sit on the benches. Our final stop was at some of my favorite tile mosaics in the city. Philly based artist Isaiah Zagar creates mosaic murals all over the city and it makes the streets truly sparkle. It was the perfect backdrop to get silly with a bunch of pineapples. Maybe my pineapple are hinting to the location of my wedding. Can you guess?!

We had the best day running through memories of our past, but also, creating new ones in the city we love so much.

Photography: Alison Conklin Photography

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Traditional Ballroom Wedding

Without fail, traditional weddings always leave me speechless.  Why?  Because they’re the sort of wedding that perfectly combines glamour + classic stylings and props it up against a majestic setting like the Hyatt at the Bellevue ballroom.  Add in a talented team of vendors that includes the always amazing La Petite Fleur and the talented Philip Gabriel Photography and, well… there are no words.  See it all right here.


From La Petite Fleur… There’s something to be said for sophistication… it doesn’t trend, nor does it have moments… it is timeless. That said, at a time when weddings are characteristically colorful (pink wedding gowns!) and teaming with trends (the DIY look) – classic styling, like true love, is to be celebrated as unique.

This fall, Courtney and Kevin celebrated their love in a uniquely traditional style – infusing personality through very specific choices, beginning with their palette. This classy couple chose to paint their fall wedding in a rich sherbet palette and to collaborate with La Petite Fleur to design the quintessential downtown ballroom wedding.

The Bellevue glistened with gold and crystal accents at every turn, tables were dressed in pintuck linens, and garden blooms abounded in stunning bouquets; majestic candelabra arrangements atop petal-filled pedestals and sweet swags adorning the “Mr. & Mrs.” seats.

Even the entryway vignette embodied the couple’s unique signature sophisticated style. Blossom to blossom, more than 400 palette-coordinating roses were layered beneath a translucent tabletop to fashion a full floral linen-scape, upon which a gorgeous gold manzanita branch and pomander arrangement stood to greet guests. Then there were the unconventional confections – mini cakes and petite cupcakes – in shades of sherbet that further sweetened the uniqueness of the newlywed’s sophisticated soiree.

Photography: Philip Gabriel Photography | Videography: Allure Films | Cake: Brown Betty Dessert Boutique | Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral Basilica, Saints Peter And Paul | Reception Venue: Hyatt At The Bellevue | Floral & Event Design: La Petite Fleur

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Philadelphia Whiskey Tasting Bridal Shower at The Twisted Tail

It’s a festive day in the good ol’ U S of A, and this whisky tasting bridal shower shoot just seems to be a perfect fit to keep that celebration going. Shot by Jessica Hendrix with gorgeous florals and design from Papertini, this gallery is great way to toast to America today. Cheers! 

From PapertiniThis shoot was a collaboration that arose during a conversation about providing urban foodie brides with inspiration for alternative, unique bridal shower ideas. We immediately glossed over the ideas of overdone themes (ahem, wine tastings), and thought it would be fun to do a whiskey tasting instead. After all, why should whiskey be reserved for men in sport coats with cigars? We wanted to show a group of sophisticated urban women enjoying the brown liquor with class in celebration of their dear friend’s upcoming nuptial.

We connected with The Twisted Tail, located in Old City, Philadelphia. This ultra hip restaurant and bourbon bar has a healthy pork obsession which is reflected in their name, menu, and decor. The two story space, outfitted with unique details such as music sheet wallpaper, barrel hightops, electric guitars on the walls, baby blue leather tufted chairs, and a shuffle board, was the perfect space for a hip unique soiree. The Twisted Tail provided the amazing spread of cheese and finger foods as well as the “whiskey flight tree” where the girls were able to sample different varieties of whiskey. The whiskey tasting score card and beautiful bridal shower invitation was created by Paper Rock Scissors. They also created a keepsake box for the bride which had the bride and groom’s initial wood burned on the top with a copy of the invitation and small whiskey bottle inside to commemorate the theme of the event.

We meticulously brought together all the elements for the favor table, soda table, and main table. The food on the main table were set upon wood slabs and a table runner made from gold doilies. Rather than overwhelming the table with tons of flowers, we went with foliage varieties to let the food and whiskey take center stage. The soda table had strawberry and cream flavors, provided by Foam Floaterie, which we displayed in small glass bottles and labeled with sticker chalkboard labels. For the favor table, we displayed mini whiskey bottles and macaroons to be taken by the guests in kraft milk carton boxes. To reiterate the whiskey theme, we used empty whiskey bottles as candle holders. We took much care in the details such as the whiskey score card board (which we custom made!), scorecard box, signage on the soda and favor table (also custom made in-house), and the “date night book.” Instead of a traditional guest book, we custom created this date night book where guests write their date night recommendations for the couple based on the page theme. We kept the overall color scheme simple with punches of black and gold for the urban sophisticated feel.

Photography: Jessica Hendrix Photography | Floral And Event Design: Papertini | Stationery: Paper Rock Scissors | Hair And Makeup: Ambrozy Makeup + Hair | Desserts: Foam Floaterie | Food And Whiskey: The Twisted Tail | Restaurant And Bar: The Twisted Tail

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Modern-Organic Inspiration Shoot

I like to think we’ve seen all the best moments in wedding design, but once this shoot from Sebesta Design hit our desks all bets were off. From the industrial setting to the mixed textures, geometric accents…and that vine-covered wire installation? Pure genius. SMPers, if the gallery from Redfield Photography is any indication of what’s to come in wedding trends, things are about to get good.


From Sebesta DesignAs an event designer and florist, I am always scouring the internet for the latest and greatest in design. I realized in my exploration, there were plenty of examples of modern design and plenty of examples of organic design, but few examples of modern and organic design. I wanted to show that modern and organic don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Textures can mix in a way that can be dramatic, romantic and modern.

I am personally drawn to clean, modern aesthetics, but as an event florist I love flowers and how they can bring life to any setting. While at the New York Gift Show I saw these amazing square wire forms that were linked together and used as light display shelving. They are amazing on the wall, but I knew they would be even better suspended over a table and the concept was born.

After describing the design concept and the necessary structural details I needed to pull off the design, I let the photographer, Redfield Photography, find the venue since they know what would work in terms of light and what would photograph the best. Marisa found Maggpie Vintage Rentals and it couldn’t have been a better fit for this inspiration shoot. An old warehouse, filled with fantastic light, hidden hideaways and gorgeous vignettes filled with their inventory it gave us every opportunity to showcase the theme.

Once we chose the venue, I needed to choose a fresh, bold, but still romantic color palette to bring out the details. Soft colors weren’t going to stand out in the vastness of the industrial setting so I chose muted plums, oxblood and antique gold with a light accent of ivory to soften everything.

The reception design focused around the wire structure, which was suspended from the ceiling and embellished with vine. Clusters of flowers were nestled in between the forms to make it look as though they were floating as well. The lower tablescape needed to coordinate with the three dimensional quality of the wire forms so I used a variety of square and rectangular glass vases embellished with gold washi tape that ran down the entire length of the table. I wanted the guests’ eyes to follow the lines up and down the entire design. And the flowers, needed to be both clean, but also textural in order to bring it back to the organic side.

As the idea grew into a full wedding concept I was looking to mirror the geometric accents from the reception in the ceremony setup. I used these amazing pentagon wall pockets that allowed me to bring not only the geometric dimension into play, but also allow me to design my flowers in them as well. And the look was completed with various types of vine “growing” up and around our amazing couple.

Photography: Redfield Photography | Event Design: Sebesta Design | Floral Design: Sebesta Design | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra Via Elizabeth Johns | Cake: Sweet T's Bakeshop | Makeup: Ruthie's Eyes | Grooms Attire: Macy's | Hair Styling: Christy McCaffrey Hair Styling | Models: Kevin Savage And Courtni Rudy Of Model Management Agency, Inc. | Paper Details: Miss Merkle Design | Warehouse: Maggpie Vintage Rentals

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Modern Philadelphia Wedding Film

From innocent grade school flirtation to traveling the world together on a study aboard program, these two have won my heart. It only takes mere seconds into CinemaCake‘s darling film to see why. And after reading the Bride’s story, complete captivation sets in. Press play to see the entire thing!

From the beautiful Bride… Pat & I had been dating for 11 years – nearly half of our lives – when he proposed to me in the Rose Garden of the White House. When he asked if I would be his girlfriend outside the Ancillae Assumpta Academy library nearly a decade earlier, I replied, “Sure.” Our grade school romance consisted largely of blushing cheeks, slow dances at school formals, chocolates on Valentine’s Day, and a perceived mutual acknowledgement of “I like you, you like me.” Very little conversation. We were both exceedingly shy. Our primary means of communication was actually through letters. The Valentine’s Day card that accompanied the chocolates revealed a whole new person that I desperately wanted to get to know.

Miraculously, we carried the relationship through to high school, where it really grew. I discovered that the relationship I kind of happened upon had transformed into something much deeper; the boy that I had an innocent grade school crush on was the man I was falling in love with.

After much debate, with many family members weighing in on whether it was a good idea to go to the same college, we set off for the University of Miami together. And remarkably, in our junior year of college, we spent three months together circumnavigating the globe on a study abroad program called Semester at Sea. 13 different countries on four different continents – we saw the world together.

Ironically, it was after college that we learned to live apart. He got a job in Washington with the White House press office and me at an international bicycle company headquartered in Philadelphia – a constant Amtrak weekend ping-pong that we played for three years. Fortunately, Washington is only a train ride away, but the ups and downs of a long-distance relationship were difficult. We knew we wanted to get married. We had known it for a long, long time. It was mostly a matter of establishing some stability, getting our careers on track. But on that April day, as I walked to the White House for a “press office party,” I had absolutely no idea what was coming.

That morning after the proposal, exuding elation, Pat and I met our parents at their hotel. When we arrived, my mom was seated at a table with wedding magazines sprawled out around her. She looked up from her iPad and asked, “So what do you think about…” And that marked the official beginning of wedding planning – an incessant stream of questions that came with difficult answers and challenging decisions. The 4-hour flower appointments, the tablecloth debates, the impossible narrowing down of the guest list, the bridesmaid dress quest. Wedding planning wasn’t quite as fun as I had hoped.

But it was all utterly worth it. You know when you look forward to something so much, for so long that it inevitably doesn’t live up to your lofty expectations? That was the fear that crept into my mind in the final stretch before July 20th. But I’m supremely happy to say that my wedding – an event I had been planning for a year and a half and dreaming of for the last decade – was more than I could have ever hoped for. Truly. And I wish that line didn’t sound so cliché. When I really take the time to reflect on the day, I become unrelentingly emotional because I loved our wedding day with all my being and want to do it all over again.

My #1 objective for our wedding was that it would be a reflection of me and Pat. I wanted our guests to know what they were celebrating. While nearly impossible to pick a favorite part of our wedding day, I think I’d be safe in saying it was the ceremony. Officiated by my best friend’s father who had watched Pat and I grow up, he read and improvised magnificently from the script so to speak that I had spent so very long working on. I very purposefully selected specific readings that I thought spoke to us best. I catered the response to the readings to address us and our guests. Before the lighting of the unity candle, I wrote of our families’ heritage and history. Pat’s cousins and groomsmen sang – a surprise we left out of the program. When I told people we were writing our own vows, they’d look at me like I had three heads. And our vows were by far the best part of the ceremony. All in all, it was meaningful, intimate, personal, romantic.

We were originally supposed to be married in the Four Seasons’ outdoor courtyard. That’s what made me fall in love with the venue. I was totally enchanted by it. And when I was told the day before the wedding that we couldn’t hold the ceremony outside in light of the forecast, I was somewhat devastated. Though I have to say, the graceful draping, the flickering candlelight, the rose petals scattered along the aisle, the exquisite pattered lighting – it was majestic and all the more intimate. I’ll never forget the feeling of walking into that room, radiating joy, glowing in elation. And to see the tears streaming down Pat’s face. It seems like such a strange thing to say – but it made me so extraordinarily happy. I had hoped there would be something, but never imagined the kind of raw emotion I saw as I made my way to him – so moved I was the reason for it.

There were so many facets of the day that I devoted enormous amounts of time to planning, but the flowers perhaps encompassed the largest chunks of my time; and I simply can’t find the right adjectives to effectively articulate how stunning they were. The centerpieces were spectacular. The escort card tree was striking. The orchid placed in each napkin was delicately gorgeous. My bouquet, which we had tried so many variations of, was perfection. The orchids flowing over the waterwalls were striking. It was as if we brought a garden indoors, which was frankly what I was hoping for. To bring the natural beauty of outside into the elegance of inside. Rhoads Garden, our florist, outdid themselves – surpassed all my expectations.

I always wear and tend to gravitate toward bright colors. I think it’s why I hate the cold, gray winter and savor the vibrant, warm summer. So I knew when picking our colors that pastels just didn’t seem fitting. However, I didn’t want the colors to be overpowering and blinding. So we added the softness of the draping and some ivory and pale pink to the arrangements, along with silver-lavender tablecloths and transparent Lucite chairs (something my Mom insisted on that I wasn’t so sure about yet looked outstanding that day). But it was the pop of deep pinks and purples that I loved and seemed so fitting for summer and the fun and joy of the day.

I tried as hard as possible that night to savor each and every moment and sort of take mental snapshots. While getting ready, I looked around at all of my bridesmaids milling around laughing, smiling, looking stunning. Click. Tiffany Stout (makeup) and Alexey Kats from Architeqt Salon (hair) did a beyond phenomenal job. They made me and my bridesmaids look and feel magnificent. I especially loved my side-swept curls that I think perfectly complimented my Enzoani lace gown. Just after meeting Pat at the top of the aisle, I remember trying to soak in the room, the flowers, the bridal party, the music, and I tried to squeeze in a quick glance at all of our guests. Click. During the reception, I paused and watched all of my flip-flop-clad family members and friends on the mobbed dance floor swaying, jumping, grooving to our fabulous band the LA Starz, who had our beaming guests dancing from the minute the doors opened to the end of the reception (in my opinion, the ultimate indication of a great party). Click. Just before entering the after party next door, I snuck into the ballroom once more to get a final look at the breathtaking room. Click. And during the last song of the night, I took a moment to fully take in my husband and the overwhelming happiness I was feeling at that moment. Click.

I wish I could relive my wedding day over and over again. The good news: We invested a whole lot of time into finding the right people to help us remember the most important day of our lives, with CinemaCake being possibly the best wedding decision I made. They captured the emotions, sights, and sounds (the latter, perhaps the most important and defining) of our wedding in a way that I think so few mediums and people are capable of and in a way that so perfectly and vividly encapsulates the day with depth and vibrancy. We now really do get to relive our wedding day for which I am so thankful.

Cinematography: CinemaCake Filmmakers | Photography: Susan Stripling | Event Planning: The Wedding Factor | Floral Design: Rhoads Garden | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Ceremony Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia | Catering: Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia | Makeup Artist: Tiffany Stout | Hair Stylist: Architeqt Salaon & Gallery | Live Entertainment: EBE LA Starz

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Uber Customized Wedding Packages + A Discount!

When we talk about weddings being all about the details here at SMP, we mean it wholeheartedly! From the dress to the table setting to day-of transportation, you simply don’t want to miss a thing. And that, my dears, is where Uber comes in.

Using an incredible mobile technology platform that connects riders with drivers with the click of a button, Uber makes getting anywhere in style easy and convenient. Perfect for both budget-savvy and high-end affairs, Uber offers a luxury black car service that will make getting to and from all your wedding weekend events amazingly simple. Located in over 120 cities worldwide, Uber even has customized wedding packages (including VIP rides for the bride + groom!) which give discounted transportation for your guests.

Head over here for more information and to fill out a form to get started with your custom Uber wedding package! And just for our readers, Uber is offering $20 off for all new users! Simply use code SMPMIDATLANTIC when signing up.