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DIY Floral Jewelry

Flowers are hands-down my favorite wedding detail. They’re beautiful, symbolic, smell good. Simply nothing sets my imagination off more than a perfectly sculpted bouquet or an etherial floral crown, which is why I’m straight up obsessed with this DIY shoot form the brain trust of Lizy’s Lilies, D’Arcy Benincosa, and April Benincosa. Flower earrings? Brilliant! Take a peek at the full gallery for more floral fixations.


From D’Arcy Benincosa… Florals in the hair are popular, but what if you could take that natural feel, smell, and look of flowers and create stunning, living, flowing jewelry?

From DIY earrings to simple garland necklaces, this shoot brings new ideas to using flowers for a bride.

DIY Earrings:

Step 1: Gather your ingredients. A good rule of thumb is to have a leaf or piece of greenery for the backing and then lay a bud on top of it.

2. Prepare your focal flower. The focal flower needs to stay strong throughout a day filled with pictures and a night of dancing. For a flower an leaf, wire the stem by inserting the wire straight up through until it pokes just barely into the head of the flower. Trim your wire to the length of the stem.

3. Place your florals together. Wire the end of the florals and loop them to the ear piece.

4. Trim any extra wire or stems.

Floral Design: Lizy's Lilies | Hair & Make Up: April Benincosa | Photography & Styling: D'Arcy Benincosa

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What to Wear for the 4th of July

By now you’re likely sipping on a red, white and blue bevy while soaking up the sun, just waiting for those fireworks to begin. But we couldn’t let this day pass us by without a little nod to the 4th! And if you’ve yet to pick out your festive outfit, let’s take a cue from BrittanyAlyciaJackie  and Katie. With photos from Ivy & Stone, there’s more right here! From all of us at SMP, wishing you a safe and happy holiday.

From Jen of Ivy & Stone… We collaborated with 4 fashion bloggers to do an inspirational fourth of July. A what to wear – idea shoot! All four of my lovely ladies are fashion bloggers here in Utah and of course they dressed the part to a tee! We wanted to have a girls picnic, centered on all things 4th of July! We had old bottle coca-colas, big straw hats, bright red lipstick, blueberries, cherries, flags, and to top it off– a fourth of July berry cake! We all couldn’t wait until we were done shooting so we could really finish it off! I feel like this could be a good inspiration to all those girls out there needing ideas on what to wear for the 4th! I hope you enjoy!

Photography: Ivy & Stone Photography | Cake: Dippidee Bakery | Fashion Blogger: Katie Cockrell | Fashion Blogger: Brittany Maddux | Fashion Blogger: Alycia Crowley | Fashion Blogger: Jackie Welling | Hair & Make Up: Vivian Make Up Artist


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Southern Fairytale Wedding in Salt Lake City

Everything is peachy keen for this couple. We love that the bride’s Southern roots inspired the theme with peachy-pink floral arrangements, warm lighting, and more fun and food (like the heavenly tiers from Layers Cake), than one could ever imagine. Heather Parkinson captured some lovely snaps from the day, and don’t miss the fabulous film from Chris McClain too!


From The Bride… We named all the items on the menu something southern to add an extra layer: Southern style crab cakes with homemade remoulade, Tolbert smokehouse grilled chicken with caper butter sauce topped with fresh peaches, Georgia style fresh fruit, Caprese salad with blackstrap glaze, Heart and soul mac & three cheese, Old fashion barley bread. Beverages included: Homemade pink lemonade, watermelon water, cucumber mint, and orange blossom basil

We did ‘his and hers’ gelato flavors: pistachio, raspberry, coconut almond, vanilla bean, lemon custard, peaches & cream, and praline. And for the cake we had a butter vanilla cake with fresh peach butter cream and creamy coconut with coconut butter cream. The groom’s cake was chocolate fudge cake with salted caramel butter cream.

Unique elements that made up the wedding…my wedding dress. I’m from Georgia and went back home to find my dress. I got my dress from Bridals by Lori where they Film Say Yes to the Dress. That was a dream come true, Monte was the one that helped me with my dress. He actually helped Rivini design the dress I picked out. I wanted something timeless, So I had the dress altered from the waist up adding long sleeves and Alençon lace. I love lighting and have always said there’s something magical when you’re surrounded by lights, we had 125 Chinese lanterns hanging from strings of bistro lights all throughout the wedding venue, as well as lanterns lit in the pond. In honor of my southern roots I had my mother-in-law pick up some lace parasols when she was in Italy for each of the bridesmaids, we also rented parasols for the guest to use for shade. We had paper fans made with our monogram on it for the guest to use for the heat on that summer night. We had a huge white tent to cover the food with three romantic chandeliers hanging over the area. We had a popcorn bar, macaron’s, and gelato Bar, we wanted our guest to have fun and be able to walk around and see all the little details we added. We had monogrammed flower’s M & T and the pathway lit with lanterns when you first entered the venue to set the southern elegant tone we were wanting. The gift table was unique using an Audi from the family dealership with the trunk open and a sign saying” just married”. Our wedding Favors were very unique. Using my background and where I’m from in the south we had a fruit stand that said thanks y’all and a sign “She’s he’s Georgia Peach he’s the apple of her eye. Please take one of each.” We had peaches and apples and little brown bags to put them in.. We had chalkboards placed all throughout the venue, and directional signs to add a little bit more detail. For our sign in guest book we did a huge chalkboard that you stand in front of with a smaller chalkboard where our guest had written their advice for the bride and groom while we had a photographer take their picture. We tied peaches into the flower arrangements and the cake, we surprised the groom with a Utah Football helmet for a grooms cake because he’s more than obsessed with UTAH football. We had a sparkler send off and drove away in a red Porsche Boxster S. We had our fairy tale wedding come true.

Photography: Heather Parkinson | Videography: Chris McClain | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Cake: Layers Cake | Invitations: Jaffa Printing | Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Lori Tolbert Catering And Event Services | Grooms Attire: Paul Smith London | Bridal Hair: Randy Topham Cake Hair Salon | Bridal Makeup: Elise Russon Harris | Ceremony Site: Salt Lake LDS Temple | Entertainment/music: Joe Muscolino Band | Floral Design/Lighting: Brenda Robertson | French Macarons: Elise Kester | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Groomsmen Ties: J Crew | Paper Details: Ramey Giorgis | Reception Site: Garden Park | Rentals: Diamond Rental | Wedding Dress Alterations: Mary Rino

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Romantic Winter Engagement Shoot

I know you’re all ready to throw snowballs at the next person to mention how much they love winter, but hear me out. Mint Photography sent in this snowy engagement shoot that will make you happy to grab your scarf on the way out your front door. Promise. It’s all red noses and pretty boots and it’s all right here!

From the photographer… We recently visited Salt lake city, Utah and could not pass up the opportunity to shoot in such a gorgeous location! The area we were able to find was like something out of a movie! The sunlight coming through the trees and the snow on the ground made for an unreal color palette and the most amazing setting for this shoot. The session was inspired by the beauty of the natural surroundings and by the quote we found on a card at a local stationery store – “Every Day is a Beautiful Day.” We wanted to enhance the colors in the surroundings so we added gold colored pine cones and greenery, along with some “gold snow” aka glitter :) We also loved how Kassidy’s necklace incorporated the same shapes from the stationary we chose. Everything tied together so nicely and created a romantic, scenic, beautifully serene shoot. 

Photos And Design: Mint Photography

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Salt Lake City Bridal Session

I’m just a tad bit obsessed with this bridal session. Ok, that’s a lie. I’m full on obsessed. The florals from Sego Floral are just beyond, the couple has style for miles and the images from Mandi Nelson are frame-worthy to say the least. It all makes for one stunning gallery, and you can obsess over every gorgeous moment right here.

From Mandi Nelson PhotographyThis bridal session was simple, clean & naturally stunning. The flowers, full of different textures with a tinge of blush pink. The bouquet was full of air plants, anemones, peonies, ranunculus, jasmine, eucalyptus & the perfect touch of queen annes lace. Her dress was made by an Australian company, grace loves lace. The ‘Clare’ dress is absolutely breathtaking with sheer hand beaded sleeves and a lovely low back made with swiss embroidery lace & french silk. It is a gorgeous & timeless dress.

From the Bride…Alex and I met through my little brother. They were best friends at school in Hawaii. When he came home from college for the summer, we met and became friends. After a few months of him trying to court me, I consented to a date. Once I finally gave him a chance, I fell in love in no time. We spent our time bonding over our love for dogs, spent nights chasing stars, and tried to eat as much good food as possible. We are so opposite and we realized we were the perfect yin and yang. We got engaged in the gorgeous cliffs in Laguna beach, and we have had so much fun planning our wedding together since! I can’t wait to be his forever.

Photography: Mandi Nelson Photography | Floral Design: Sego Floral | Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace | Hair & Make Up: Red Scarlet Makeup Artistry

Salt Lake City Greenhouse Wedding

When it comes to saying “this is my favorite wedding ever on SMP”, I feel like I call wolf constantly. But really, this is my favorite wedding ever on SMP. From the Jenny Packham gown to the ridiculously gorgeous florals by Honey Of A Thousand Flowers to well, everything else – every.single.image captured by Ciara Richardson makes me want to stand up at my desk and applaud, and you can see why here.

green house

From the Bride…Jordan and I were good friends in college and had a lot of mutual friends. We went on a handful of dates while still in school but nothing really materialized until I was out in New York for my internship. He had just moved to the city to start working full time and I was interning at an advertising agency. We had a great time together that summer and kept in touch when I left to finish my senior year. We started dating “officially” that December and did long distance for about 5 months until I moved to the city for good!

What attracted me to my husband was his love for life. We would spend hours in the library or on the phone talking about anything and everything. Conversation came easy for us, and he always found a way to make me laugh! We dream big together and understand each other… life is exciting when he is around.

Since Jordan is from Ohio and I am from Dallas, keeping some family traditions was important to us as we planned and decided on where to have our wedding in Utah. The rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding was at Log Haven, which is where Jordan’s parents had their wedding reception 31 years ago. La Caille was a special place to me as my parents and sister also had their wedding receptions there. I wanted a traditional, intimate reception with our closest friends and family, so La Caille ended up being the perfect place for us to have our wedding. I took inspiration from all over and was engaged in every detail. From selecting the vendors, to picking the perfect dress, the choices had to feel just right. The grounds of La Caille are very French and whimsical, so adding a bit of glam and art deco with our invitations, my dress, and Jordan’s classic suit attire made it more “us.” In some ways it felt like a 20’s French garden party.

From the Groom…What attracted me to my wife was: Everything clicked for me right away with Nicole. I had never met anyone so interesting, funny, and completely breathtaking in my whole life. There was romance, butterflies, laughter, but also a foundation of complete compatibility and great friendship to build on and it’s all only grown since.

After a romantic dinner that overlooked the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center, we strolled down 5th Avenue admiring all of the window displays and eventually ended up walking around Central Park. We were admiring the city skyline while some of our friends set up candles all around the Lady’s Pavilion, which is where he then got down on one knee and proposed. I was completely surprised! It was a perfect, magical night.

Photography: Ciara Richardson | Flowers: Sarah Winward, Honey Of A Thousand Flowers | Cake: Granite Bakery | Band: Joe Moscalino Band | Groom's Suit: Keith Lloyd | Bride's Gown: Jenny Packham | Dinner Venue: La Caille Restaurant | Getaway Car: Something Vintage Something Blue | Hair & Make-up: Cynthia Dean With Studio Enizio