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Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event + A Giveaway!

If there is one thing we love here at SMP, it’s a reason to celebrate.  Think drop-dead gorgeous weddings, glittery gold anything and, of course, the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event happening on April 10, 2016 at The Westin Cleveland Downtown.  It’s the city’s most intimate bridal experience, complete with yummy treats, insanely gorgeous inspiration and a never-ending lineup of seriously talented wedding experts. It’s going to be sooo awesome.

Whether you are a modern couple planning your dreamy rooftop wedding or a romantic duo who can’t wait to say “I do” in a garden surrounded by lush florals, the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event has everything (and I mean everything) you’ll ever need to plan your perfect Big Day.  I’m talking Cleveland’s most sought-after vendors joining forces with an entire 4 hours of dazzling inspiration and supporting sponsors Catering by Heinen’s and L’Nique Linens.  Plus, each and every stunning moment will take place at The Westin Cleveland Downtown, a hotel that knows everything there is to know about throwing an amazing party.  It’s Planning 101 with vendors who will all make it happen seamlessly.  And we couldn’t be more excited.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Mark those calendars for Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 11 am – 3 pm. You’ll mix and mingle with the best in bridal salons, cake design, floral design, photography, catering, event design, entertainment, cinematography, health + beauty, wedding planning… and more.  Plus, you’ll receive an ah-mazing gift bag, have the exclusive on event-day discounts AND be automatically entered into some fabulous giveaways.  Oh, and did I mention the bubbly and dessert? Don’t miss out.

Register for the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event here and be sure to follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. #JstyleWeddings


What: The Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event is giving one lucky SMP reader a (1) complimentary overnight stay at The Westin Cleveland Downtown with breakfast for (2) and complimentary valet parking ($300 value)!

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us what you are looking forward to the MOST at the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event! (Ex: I can’t WAIT to chat with all of the amazing cake designers! Yum!)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 1, 2016!  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, loves!

Photography (Top to Bottom): Jstyle Weddings (Photos 1,7) + Lauren Gabrielle Photography (Photo 2-6) + Catering By Heinen’s (Photo 3) + Genevieve Nisly Photography (Photo 8) | Event Planning: Kirkbrides + A Charming Fête | Florist: Blooms By Plantscaping + Molly Taylor and Co. | Catering: Catering By Heinen’s | Hotel: The Westin Cleveland Downtown | Bridal Magazine: Jstyle Weddings | Country Club: The Country Club | Linens: L’Nique Linens


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Organic Winter Wedding Inspiration

For all of you lovelies wishing for spring, here’s a little something to help you settle into winter just a tad bit longer.  Crafted by a talented team of vendors, including florals by Inspired By Nature, paper goods by Laurel & Marie and design by Et Voila Events (just to name a few!), it’s an organic winter wonderland worthy of your every devotion.  See it all captured by Natashia Nicole Photography in THE VAULT.

From Natashia Nicole PhotographyWinter in the MidWest was the inspiration for this organic bridal inspiration. The vibrant greens of the pines against the crisp white of the snow became the color pallete and main theme for the shoot. Rustic, natural elements were mixed with small touches of elegance to add substance to the minimalist nature of the shoot. The beautiful bridal salon at SentryWorld Golf Course in Stevens Point, Wisconsin served as the indoor location, while the pristine, snow covered golf course provided the backdrop for the outdoor portion. A thick winter fog graced the majority of the shoot, lending an almost magical feel to the images.

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Photography: Natashia Nicole Photography | Event Design: Et Voila Events | Floral Design: Inspired By Nature | Wedding Dress: Borrowing Magnolia | Wedding Dress: Elegant Occasions | Cake: Jenny's Cakes | Invitations: Laurel & Marie | Jewelry: Bling | Makeup: Mai Chee Moua | Hair: Meghann Heindl | Venue: SentryWorld Golf Course | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Coral + Red DIY Central Wisconsin Barn Wedding

This wedding right here is all about those sweeter than sweet details. Handwritten vows? Check. Collected wooden chairs for the ceremony? Check. Handmade barn tables a la the Bride’s Father? Check. DIY BBQ inspired favors? Check. I could go on and on for days, but thanks to Maison Meredith Photography you can choose your favorite DIY detail to share via The Vault!


From the Bride… Long before boys and boyfriends were something I was even interested in, I remember my dad saying how he pictured me getting married here — at home — someday. Years later, when we got engaged, it all still looked the same. Still the same old barn where I had swung from a rope down to the trampoline below as a kid, filled with hay as high as the ceiling, and bursting at the seams with my dad’s “toys.” But, man oh man that was ALL about to change. From the moment Kervin and I said “YES” to having our wedding at my parents’ home, our community of friends and family worked incessantly to make our day a reality! Our day truly would not have been possible without the help of our friends, family, and neighbors. From removing all the hay (that was so old it was no longer in barrels, I wouldn’t wish that on anyone!), cementing the floor, rebuilding an entire corner of the barn foundation + creating a custom built-in bar in another corner, to rewiring the electricity (there was only one light in the whole barn) someone was always there to lend a hand. My mom spent weeks with a local garden shop owner discussing how to redo her garden beds and planning where and which types of flowers would be best for our fall wedding. This, of course, was all just the beginning.

I loved so many things about our day that I couldn’t pick just one, but the most special were the personalized touches. My mom collected all different wooden chairs from garage sales, craigslist, neighbors, and friends for seating at the ceremony and reception. I really wanted wooden barn tables to complete that “rustic” look, however I knew it just wasn’t economical for the amount of people we wanted to seat, so my dad offered to build them ALL. For dessert we had a cake, but we also asked close friends and family to make our most favorite treats. To go along with our BBQ theme, our favors were dry rubs my uncle made from veggies from his own garden. My maid of honor designed all of our table numbers. My parents found an old surrey at an auction and reupholstered it for us. My mom’s dear friend, a retired florist, did all of the gorgeous floral arrangements. My veil was handmade by a family member. I could go on and on for pages about all of the things that made our day SO special to us.

Writing our own vows was possibly one the hardest things, but was so, SO meaningful to us, and of course, in true fashion to where I grew up, two trains came by whistling loudly during our ceremony (I’ll take it as their token of celebration)!

My advice to future brides is be intentional in planning your wedding details, but know that not everything will go as planned, and that is OK! Your wedding day will be still be absolutely unforgettable, and you are probably the only one will even notice.

Our wedding day was magical in every way, and we feel so blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing community of people!

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Photography: Maison Meredith Photography | Wedding Dress: Morilee | Cake: Happy Bellies Bakeshop | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay | Catering: Rockman's Catering | Makeup Artist: Beauty By Shellady | DJ: Dorsey Entertainment | Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Victorian Bridal | Dress Boutique: Amelishan | Flatware: Linen Effects | Menswear: J. Crew | Salon: Simplicity Salon & Spa | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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