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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


Elegant Fall Wedding at Antrim 1844

This elegant wedding caught my eye for two main reasons. First, while it’s a fall celebration, it doesn’t come across as themey…and that’s probably because, secondly, the bride herself is one talented florist. Having crafted beautiful blooms for 20 other lucky ladies while she planned her own nuptials, she didn’t run out of steam, and Sweet Tea Photography has all the proof with these pretty pics here.


From The Bride… We met the first day of school at St. Mary’s College in MD. We were in the same orientation group, and were good friends all through school until we started dating senior year. We didn’t have a first date in the traditional sense, but we did spend a lot of time enjoying the beautiful campus (and sunsets!) at St. Mary’s. We dated for 15 years before we were engaged. Can you believe it? Robb asked me to take a trip back to school for the annual Governor’s Cup yacht race, an event close to my heart after I spent three summers in school working on it. We enjoyed an afternoon of walking the dogs around campus and through historic St. Mary’s City, and Robb proposed near our old dorms.

What attracted me to my husband was his warmth, kindness, creativity, and he can make me laugh like no one else.

We knew we wanted our wedding to feel “fall,” but not too themey, so we tried to pick a palette with some more muted fall tones and some warm jewel tones. We hoped to create a warm, inviting atmosphere that worked well with the Antrim 1844; romantic florals, candlelight, a roaring fire and tables full of delicious food. While I enjoyed working on the flowers, I really loved so many of the details, it’s hard to pick one: the groom’s cake my aunt made (in the likeness of our Lakeland Terrier, Guinness) melted my heart; my mom pulled together an amazing cookie bar (complete with a hand-painted sign!) and Robb brought our love of live music to the event with the place cards (designed to look like ticket stubs) and the table numbers (gig posters from our favorite shows/venues).

When we were all seated for dinner, it felt like an early Thanksgiving for us, all of our friends and family together (the weekend before the holiday). We loved all of our vendors and are so happy to have the most beautiful photos as memories of our special day! Lisa Marie of Sweet Tea Photography shot our engagement session and we knew she would be an excellent fit after that. We also happened to work on quite a few weddings together over the months before our wedding day. Lisa Marie shot primarily with film which was something we were really attracted to.

My biggest challenge in wedding planning was working both a 9-5 job and creating florals for 20 weddings through the whole planning process. Trying to find time for planning my own wedding was hard to do. But the outpouring of offers to help from family and friends made our day so special, and as stress-free as possible. I would recommend future bride’s to just enjoy planning the event, be patient with your partner, and plan your budget according to what’s important to you both (which hopefully includes flowers :)

Photography: Sweet Tea Photography | Floral Design: Highway to Hill | Wedding Dress: Robinson Bridal | Cake : Snickerdoodle Bakery Coffee House | Ceremony Venue: Trinity Luthern Church | Reception Venue: Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel | Rings : Tiny Jewel Box | DJ: MyDeejay | Beauty : Up Dos for I Dos | Cake Design : Charm City Cake | Photography - Assistance: Leah Puttkammer | Pies : Dangerously Delicious Pies | Pre-Ceremony Cocktail : Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel

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