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A Classic New Year’s Eve Wedding that Defines Glamour

Beaded bridesmaids’ dresses, faux fur shrugs, golden hour lighting and a sparkler exit — does it get any more glam than that? Combine those elements with a New Year’s Eve wedding date, and you have all the makings of the most glamorous wedding possible. Fall in love with every moment of this gorgeous day, thanks to lovely photos from Carly McCray Photography, in The Vault!

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Winter
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Glamorous

From Carly McCray PhotographyYou may remember Lindsay + Jake’s adorable Wisconsin engagement session (featured on SMP last summer!), when they visited my neck of the woods — the pine forests of Central Wisconsin — from where they call home in Chicago.

They welcomed the new year in style during a quiet evening ceremony at the Grand Geneva Resort on a snowy night, after years of a long-distance relationship between Minnesota and Chicago, and a secret bridge proposal with all of their friends watching.

All of their friends joined them in their NYE celebration, adorned in a soft palette of grays, blush BHLDN bridesmaids dresses, soft greens and gold tones. Sparks flew at a sparkler exit for the books, and the night wouldn’t be completely with, of course, a New Year’s countdown + celebrating late into the night!

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Photography: Carly McCray Photography | Floral Design: Frontier Flowers of Fontana | Wedding Dress:Jacinda Gown By Watters | Cake: Grand Geneva | Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids’ Dresses:BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Clear Waters Salon And Day Spa | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Black For Men’s Warehouse | Venue: Grand Geneva Resort + Spa Mountain Top Chalet | Bridal Boutique – Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN | Bride’s Fur: Vintage | Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds

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Ditch the Boring Bridal Shower and Plan a Tropical Bash!

Let’s be honest – sometimes a traditional bridal shower can feel a bit stuffy, so we’re embracing this fun, flirty inspiration from This Love Weddings and Jody Savage with open arms. They’re showing us how to infuse any celebration a tropical vibe, make-your-own mimosa bar and gold pineapple coasters included…and we’ll certainly cheers to that!

How to Plan a Tropical Bridal Shower
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From This Love WeddingsA bride’s shower can be as stylish as her big day. Our goal for this shoot was to inspire maid/matron of honors and the bridal party hosting this special celebration to create a fun, bright and show stopping event. Gold pineapples, flamingos, bold pinks and oranges, fruity drinks (hello mimosa bar) and a talented team of creatives made for a stunning tropical themed bridal shower.

The bridal shower took place in Mystical Rose Gardens’ greenhouse turned event space thereafter we made way to the local conservatory, Como Park Conservatory for killer bridal party portraits. The day was beautifully captured by fine art photographer Jody Savage.

Photography: Jody Savage Photography |Event Planning, Design + Styling: This Love Weddings | Floral Design: Studio Emme | Stationery: Jill Elaine Designs | Macaron Favors: Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe | Hair: Maconnie Dukuly | Makeup: Amber Budd Atelier | Bridal Boutique: a&bé Bridal Shop | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Rentals + Linen Rentals: Aprés Party and Tent Rental | Bride’s Shoes: Kelsi Dagger | Chair Rentals: Rudy’s Event Rentals | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Matison Stone – Harley Dress | Maid of Honor’s Shoes: Mossimo | Maid of Honor’s Dress: Parker – Necco Shift | Maid of Honor’s Dress: Parker – Necco Shift | Frilloon: Shop Frilloon | Bridesmaid’s Shoes: Aldo | Venue: Mystical Rose Gardens | Ring Box:The Mrs Box | Engagement Ring: JB Hudson Jewelers | Location: Como Park Conservatory

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Even Rain Couldn’t Ruin This Pretty Pink Wedding

No Bride dreams of rain on her wedding day, so when rain almost put a damper on this Bride’s dream of an outdoor springtime ceremony, her team of bridesmaids and mother stepped in to keep her positive! Then — a split second after she saw her Groom for their first look, her concerns melted away! See how the whole beautiful day came together, thanks to Maison Meredith Photography, in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Before we even started planning our wedding, we knew that we wanted two things for our day: a relaxed and fun family affair! It was very important for us that the wedding all take place at the same location so that our guests could transition seamlessly from the ceremony to the cocktail hour and then to the reception. Bryan and I both grew up in Wisconsin and have a deep love for the Midwest. Although neither of us were raised on farms, we both came from small towns and felt like a barn venue would best represent our Dairy State roots.

We wanted the style vision of our day to be countryside elegance, the perfect marriage of a rustic venue filled to the brim with elegant details and touches. Our color palette reflected the season of spring, highlighted with various hues of blush, rose, and pink. Peonies, a sure sign of spring and my favorite flower, adorned the bouquets, along with garden roses, ranunculus, and double tulips. Amanda from Alluring Blooms truly brought our floral vision to life with very loose and natural centerpieces, a floral runner for the head table, and beautiful chandelier accents.

To add to the theme of elegance, I wanted small gold touches everywhere, from my jewelry and shoes, to the gold pillars in the centerpieces, to the gold chandeliers, to the gold chalkboard signs. When it came time to choosing my dress, I knew that I wanted something different. I ended choosing the dramatic Blakely from Maggie Sottero, a fit and flare gown with lavish embroidery, sparkling gold beading, and a scalloped illusion neckline. It was the perfect dress, better than I could have ever dreamed of and fit the theme of the day completely. After finding the dress, I searched endlessly for the perfect pair of earrings to compliment my dress. After spending hours and hours, I finally stumbled upon the MEG jewelry line, sold exclusively at Marah’s Elegant Bridal. The candlelight earrings, created with Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls, were the perfect combination of vintage flair and elegance.

We wanted to include our families as much as possible and did so with little touches. My “something old” was Bryan’s baptism bonnet, passed to me by his mother, and wrapped the stems of my bridal bouquet as I walked down the aisle. My “something borrowed” was a vintage hand mirror, an heirloom lent to me from Bryan’s grandmother. Our ceremony included letters written from our parents, as well as a tree planting ceremony that represented the growth and history of two families becoming one. Lastly, members from both of our families provided some of our favorite treats and goodies for our a dessert bar.

My favorite moment from the day was, hands down, our First Look. Since early that morning, it had literally rained all day long. I had always dreamed of having an outdoor ceremony, so when we had to move the ceremony indoors at the last minute, I was trying my best to stay positive. My amazing bridesmaids and mother did all they could to distract me from the rain, but deep down, I knew I was disappointed. The second I saw Bryan for our First Look, all of my concerns faded away as I realized that nothing else mattered because that was the day I was going to marry my best friend. It was pure bliss, and I will always remember that moment.

I can honestly say that our wedding day was the most magical and amazing day I could ever imagine. Surrounded by our closest family and friends, it truly was the best day ever. My biggest piece of advice to future brides would be to hire vendors that you truly trust. Create a dream team that knows and understands your vision and trust them. I never wanted to consider the fact that it could rain on our wedding day, but it did. Instead of letting it ruin our day, I put my trust in my amazing team of vendors and they came through for us 110%. Our wedding coordinator, photographers, florist, even our DJ, put in so much effort to make our day special and I will never be able to thank them enough!

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Photography: Maison Meredith Photography | Floral Design: Alluring Blooms | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cupcakes: Madison Sweets | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Kennedy Blue From Wedding Shoppe Inc | Catering: Old Feed Mill | Hair + Makeup: Julia Grace Salon | DJ: Your Mix Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Nedrebo's | Officiant: Sky's the Limit Weddings | Venue: Sugarland | Bridal Boutique: Vera's House Of Bridal | Bride's Earrings: MEG Jewelry | Chalkboard Design + Signage: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Event Essentials

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