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Family-Infused Milwaukee Wedding at Villa Filomena

This wedding is lovely in the way that we normally talk about weddings. With gorgeous blooms by Wood Violet, stunning styling by Tailored Engagements and perfect images from Heather Cook Elliott Photography, it truly has it all. But what makes it absolutely gorgeous is the love this brand new family obviously shares for each other, and that love shows in each and every image in this gorgeous gallery.

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From Heather Cook Elliott PhotographyTo us, the best part of weddings is the fact that we get to witness and honor through our photographs the making of a family. Brides and grooms choose one another and they join their extended families to one another, but really, in saying their vows they create a legal, spiritual, cultural unit that is oh-so-worthy of adoration. On Blanca and Joe’s wedding day these truths were incredibly palpable and made plain for all in attendance to see and feel and be a part of honoring, too. Joe said vows not just to Blanca, but also to her two daughters, brought into the world in a time before he became such an integral part of Blanca’s life. Lucy and Lydia embraced Joe and their newest sibling Henry throughout the day, too, all smiles, all joy from morning hair appointments to dance floor boogies. They embraced their mom as well, and it really is so easy to see in these photographs that for this new family every heart was full near to bursting. We captured their love and happiness in the small details and in the big moments, as the girls serenaded and danced with their mom and helped her dress for the big day; we captured the fun and frivolity as cousins and friends played oversized board games at the reception and a host of toasts were offered to Blanca and Joe; ultimately we captured this family made official and new and whole. Grab a tissue and take a breath – these images to be savored.

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Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography | Styling: Tailored Engagements | Floral Design: Wood Violet | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Sweet Perfections | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Lee John's | Makeup: Tayla LaMacchia | Groom's Attire: Squire | Venue: Villa Filomena | Ice Cream Bar: Purple Door Ice Cream

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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: Allison Feltz | Floral Design: Inspired by Nature | Wedding Dress: Borrowing Magnolia | Wedding Dress: Elegant Occasions, Mori Lee | Cake: Jenny's Cakes | Invitations: Laurel & Marie | Jewelry: Bling Jewelry | Makeup: Mai Chee Moua | Hair: Meghann Heindl | Venue: SentryWorld Golf Course

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