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Julie Vino Trunk Show at Soliloquy Bridal Couture

Here at SMP, we shout fabulous news from the rooftops.  And when one of our fave salons happens to be hosting a Julie Vino Trunk Show, we consider that just such an event.  I’m talking a two-day extravaganza of rich fabrics and stunning details, all hosted by the always amazing Soliloquy Bridal Couture on March 20th – 22nd.  Mark your calendars, lovelies - this is a can’t miss event.

Based in Tel Aviv and known for gowns that WOW with their handmade fabrics and Parisian laces, the Julie Vino Provence Collection 2015 is guaranteed to make a statement on your Big Day.  Imagine floating down the aisle in one of her fashion-forward, yet classically romantic styles… it just feels right.  Even better?  Julie Vino is bringing along some of her most requested styles from the Orchid and Ceasaria Collections, which means that perfect dress you’ve been dreaming of is just an appointment away.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Contact Soliloquy Bridal Couture TODAY (949.723.0121 – 754 Elden St #103, Herndon, VA 20170) to reserve your dressing room for the Julie Vino Trunk Show happening March 20th -  22nd!  Brides from all over the world will be traveling to see these stunning gowns, so don’t miss out.  And don’t forget, you’ll receive 10% off during the event!  Sooo awesome.


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Brideside + A Discount + A Giveaway!

Fact: we love Brideside.  And by “love,” I mean we are completely obsessed with the fabulous online boutique that makes choosing bridesmaid gowns the easiest part of planning your wedding.  Imagine a wide selection of amazing designers, a personal stylist and an easy-peasy ordering process that will make you (and your besties) soooo happy.  Beautiful bridesmaid gowns without all the drama?  Yes, please.

With Brideside, it simply easier to find those perfect gowns for your bridal party, and all from the comfort of your very own home.  Think one gorgeous collection after another in every color, fabric, style and shape you want.  Simply sign up online to get the pretty party started.  Here’s how it works:

Meet Your Stylist - Browsing gorgeous bridesmaid frocks online just got amazing with the help of one of Brideside’s FREE personal stylists.  Think of them as your very own wedding-style expert who will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process, from helping you create a “closet” of unique + oh-so-chic styles to keeping track of all of the specifics.  And Brideside is even introducing Jenny Yoo gowns in March, which means even more amazing styles to choose from.

Invite Your Besties to Your Brideside Closet - Now that you and your stylist are filling your Closet with some of the prettiest frocks imaginable, invite your bridal party to view your choices for those much-needed second opinions. And when you add or share a favorite, your stylist can see all of the happenings, so she is totally in the loop.

Throw A Fabulous Fitting Party - Once you have narrowed down all of the wedding loveliness to three must-have styles, Brideside will send them to you or your bridesmaids in a Brideside Box!  That means an at-home fitting party with shoes, jewelry and a little (or a lot!) of champagne.  Soooo fun.

Order “The One” - Now that you’ve chosen the perfect gown, you can work directly with your stylist to be sure everyone is fitted properly and that dress of your dreams is ordered for each and every one of your ‘maids.  Oh, and it’s shipped directly to you.  It’s seriously awesome, and seriously stress-free. Seriously.

Can’t wait to get started with Brideside?  Visit their website now or, if you live in Chicago, make an appointment with a stylist here.


Brideside is giving our readers an EXCLUSIVE 15% off when you use code “SMP15″ until March 31, 2015! Even better? When you sign up here by March 6th, Brideside will pick one winner to receive a $450 credit towards her bridesmaid dresses! The winner, chosen at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 3, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here. Brideside offer cannot be combined with any past or future offers. Offer not valid on Joanna August or Donna Morgan collections.  Good luck, lovelies! xo 

Bride & Bridesmaids Image: Aneris Photography


Roses + Rings Event at Mervis Diamond Importers

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so the timing couldn’t be better for the Mervis Diamond Importers Roses and Rings Event from February 7-8, 2015. Not only will there be a large selection of designer rings to try on + experiment with different looks, but there’s discounts and special pricing as well! Something sparkly is calling my name…

Be sure to make some time to check out the Mervis Diamond Importers Roses and Rings Event — your fingers will thank you! Happy shopping, lovelies! xo



Traditional Washington, D.C. Wedding at the Hay-Adams Hotel

Elegant and timeless with some fun personality-packed details thrown in for good measure, this D.C. wedding captured by Marcella Treybig Photography will make your heart happy this Monday morning. From the Bride’s gorgeous gown to that sprinkle-covered cake, this gallery is overflowing with pretty.

From Marcella Treybig PhotographyThis wedding was traditional and elegant, but was also filled with lots of fun details that showcased the couple’s personal style and uniqueness. A few of these personal touches were: sea food apps & entree (gourmet tuna wraps, salmon sashimi, Alaskan King Crab salad, etc.), signature cocktails, her favorite flower- Peonies, and a wedding cake covered in rainbow sprinkles & bow ties. The Catholic ceremony was held in a church setting in Georgetown University DC at the Dahlgren Chapel, while the reception was held at The Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C. This wedding was so much fun and I enjoyed every minute of capturing this couple’s special day. Another big personal touch was the band they selected, The Dream Team, from NYC. The band played at the MOH (and sister of the bride’s) wedding the previous year. They were such a hit that Meghan & Patrick (Bride and Groom) flew them all in to stay and perform for their wedding as well. While looking through this album, you can really see the love and excitement they were feeling that day. An interesting detail! The brides wedding dress had a detachable train! So she’s not actually wearing a second dress, it’s the same dress, just without the fluffy big train. 

Photography: Marcella Treybig Photography | Floral Designer: Philippa Tarrant | Wedding Dress: Hitched Salon | Cake: Kendalls Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Dahlgren Chapel | Reception Venue: Hay-adams Hotel | Makeup Artist: Madeline Wade | Hair Stylist: Madeline Wade | Band: The Dream Team | Mens Attire: Bonobos | Bridesmaid Dress: BCBG Max Azria | Floral Hair Veil: Philippa Tarrant | Groom Getting Ready: Hay Adams Hotel | Private Residence :Bride Getting Ready: Georgetown DC Home | Wedding Dress Designer: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija

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Mervis Diamond Importers Holiday Preview Event

There’s something about the impending holiday season that has me wishing for a little something sparkly. So the timing couldn’t be more perfect for the Mervis Diamond Importers Holiday Preview Event! Mervis Diamond Importers has been hand-selecting diamonds to help couples celebrate their love for over 80 years, and from November 14-16, they’re letting you enjoy some seriously amazing once-a-year prices!

This third generation family business founded in South Africa is not like any other jewelry store you’ve ever been to. At Mervis Diamond Importers, they’re all about a personalized experience from start to finish, allowing clients to pick out the perfect diamond to fit into the perfect setting! With endless styles and designs from some of the industries best designers (such as Verragio, Martin Flyer, Sasha Primak, Coast Diamonds + Benchmark), you can be sure your dream ring is waiting for you.

And this weekend, from November 14-16 at the Tysons, Rockville and Washington D.C. locations, you’ll get to beat the holiday rush and enjoy amazing once-a-year pricing! For more information on the Holiday Preview Event, head over here!


Classic Washington DC Military Wedding

When it comes to classic, nothing melts my heart more than a traditional military wedding. And this one from Jana Williams? It’s a doozy. Karson Butler Events left every inch dripping in the sweetest kind of romance, from the dusty pink palette to the ruffled cake from Maggie Austin and everything in between. You can find the whole thing over here. Oh, and the film from Simple Flare is a must-see, so don’t be shy, press play below.


From the beautiful Bride…Ten years ago, our story began in the picturesque German city of Heidelberg. An invitation was given to me as the “new girl” in high school to join the crowd in the gardens of the Heidelberg Castle for the legendary summer gathering. My dad was in the Army and we just arrived in Germany, so I was curious. An old friend, who was one of my bridesmaids, guided me up the 315 steps to the castle overlooking the city. While sitting on a bench, just yards from where my dad proposed to my mom twenty-two years before, a handsome young man approached me. Will sat next to me on that warm summer night and our story began!

The next two years in Germany were filled with love and laughter and adventures all over Europe.

The college years arrived and we followed the call to Aggieland in College Station, Texas. Will joined the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and I lived down the road with a lively group of Fightin’ Texas Aggie Cheerleaders. Will quickly learned how to “Mug Down” (that is, kiss your date whenever the football team scored) with me, his high school sweetheart. We made the best college memories together. I can’t think of a memory that doesn’t involve the two of us.

Will followed the call to serve as a Soldier in the US Army. After finishing my degree, I needed a trip to be with Will and flew to Hawaii where he is stationed. Will wasted no time; he took me up the mountain, past the waterfall, and back down again to an isolated beach where he proposed! It took my breath away.

Our magical day was filled with overflowing love from our closest family and friends. Will and I wanted our day to reflect who we are and the love that we share.

Photography: Jana Williams | Videographer: Simple Flare | Event Planner: Karson Butler Events | Florist: Dragonfly Events | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang | Cake: Maggie Austin | Invitations: Smock Via The Dandelion Patch | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair: Julie Jackson Stylists | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Linens: I Do Linens

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