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Kristin La Voie Photography + A Discount + A Giveaway!

http://kristinlavoie.comAround these parts, Kristin La Voie Photography is totally legend.  An award winning photographer recently named one of the Best Wedding Photographers of 2015, she is a serious expert at capturing each and every gorgeous moment of your day as it unfolds naturally.  In other words?  Stunning images for you, and a whole lot of swooning for those of us here at SMP.  We call that a win-win, lovelies.

A specialist in film photography, and one of the leading film photogs in the Chicago area, we’ve been obsessed with Kristin’s work since the very moment we laid our eyes on her breathtaking captures.  Think beautiful light-filled images that document your day in the prettiest of ways.  With Kristin La Voie Photography, you’ll have those special moments you didn’t even realize were being captured (she’s that good, people) to remember for always.  And, bonus.  Kristin La Voie Photography recently launched KLP BEAUTY, a brand new site totally devoted to capturing all of you stunning brides pre-wedding in a beautiful + oh-so-romantic light.  It’s boudoir reinvented, and it’s totally awesome.

Contact Kristin La Voie Photography today to get started on your amazing journey.  And don’t forget that Kristin is offering SMP readers $300 off any 2015 wedding package through March 31st!


Kristin La Voie Photography is giving away a Boudoir Mini Session to one lucky SMP reader, which will include session time (30 minutes) and digital images!*  To enter, leave a comment below telling us your most beautiful feature!  The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 27, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

*Boudoir session must be held at a location within 20 miles of 60174.  Value $450. 

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Vintage Romance Wedding Inspiration

While I’ll never turn down bright and cheerful, there’s something about moody scenes that appeal to me. I like a little mystery, a little drama, and so I’ve settled right into this shoot from Amanda Nippoldt. Inspired by the vintage romance of Downton Abbey, it drew me in right from the start with the gorgeous gowns from a&bé bridal. Pour yourself a glass of cabernet and see all the details right here.


From Amanda Nippoldt… The inspiration for this shoot was centered around romantic and vintage elements in a more natural environment. The color palette for this shoot features muted tones of whites, creams, blushes, and blues, with only a small pop of deep cabernet red. With a nod to Downton Abbey, we pulled inspiration from the early 1900’s to give the perfect amount of drama, style, and elegance to the casual, north woods setting. The goal was to evoke more of a “deconstructed Downton Abbey” feel so touches of whimsy and softness were added in throughout the design. The entire scene was meant to feel a bit moody, so a crisp November day at the Interstate Park in St Croix Falls, Wisconsin, was an ideal setting with its bare trees and overcast sky.

Hair and make-up by Julie Swenson was more natural and loose as well as the stunning bridal selections including low backs, lace detailing, and dramatic veils from Rue de Seine of A and Be Bridal. Floral was designed by Maven to be more wild and carefree and included more organic elements that you wouldn’t have typically seen in the 1920′s era – twiggy headpieces, wild greens, and vines weaving their way up candlesticks definitely stole the show.

Vintage rentals from On Solid Ground brought the deconstructed look to the next level with tarnished brass candlestick holders, faded upholstery, and chippy tables and chairs. Elegant fabrics from Silk & Willow as well as gorgeous ribbons and paper from Emily Bailey tied everything together beautifully.

Photography: Amanda Nippoldt | Styling: Blush And Whim | Floral Design: Maven Floral | Wedding Dress: A And Be Bridal | Shoes: Nordstrom | Hair And Makeup: Julie Swenson Beauty | Linens: Silk And Willow | Paper: Emily C. Bailey | Rentals: On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals | Venue: St. Croix Falls | Wedding Dress Designer: Rue De Seine

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SMP Midwest Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Discount!

How do you spend the perfect Sunday?  Getting to know the fabulous + oh-so-talented team of eco-friendly wedding vendors at the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance.  Because when it comes to hosting an amazing event that is also socially conscious, this is a group of vendors that will most definitely deliver. Learn so much more about their mission… and their crazy cool wedding show, Committed, below.

From Chicago Green Wedding Alliance… The Chicago Green Wedding Alliance is a group of eco-friendly wedding vendors that is committed to making less environmentally impactful events. We connect vendors with the conscious consumer for mindful weddings and social events. Our vendors create gorgeous events that transcend people’s expectations of “green” weddings.

Check out the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  

The GWA is hosting a wedding show on February 22nd at Greenhouse Loft!  Any couple that books with the code “SMP” will get $5 off!  The discount on tickets can be redeemed on the Eventbrite ticketing page.