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Design*Sponge Engagement Session Contest Winners

When Amy Azzarito Of Design Sponge and Jorge De La Barra offered a free, styled engagement session for SMPers, we of course jumped at the chance to get you pretties in front of the camera. Well, the winners have been chosen and their sessions have been captured, and it’s safe to say they are gorgeous. We’ve been waiting in the wings to share the pretty with you all, and couldn’t be more excited that today we can finally let you in on all the goodness right here

From Design SpongeCouple One This super active couple -Heidi and Scott actually met at a Crossfit gym and hit it off as friends. Eventually, they realized that they liked hanging out just as much outside the gym as inside. Scott crafted an elaborate and personal proposal. He dragged Heidi to the gym for a work out with their closest gym friends. At Crossfit, all the workouts are named and this one was called the “Amazing gRace” (a little pun on one of the exercises named Grace) and one of Heidi’s favorite shows.

Scott had involved all of their friends into the proposal and had planned the workout to be a scavenger hunt with different elements. After the first workout, the couple headed to their car and drove to the clue location “Go back to where it all began”. In the years, the couple had been dating, the gym moved locations. So they drove to the original location, Scott parked the ran, got out and ran around to the side of the building. He came back with a bright teal green Vespa. Heidi had wanted a Vespa for nearly a decade (since she lived across from a Vespa dealership) and was over the moon about her gift.

The couple road the scooter to the next location where they found their best friend pretending to be Phil from the Amazing Race complete with a bottle of champagne for their “Toast or Roast” road block. After they completed the activity, Heidi was sure that Scott was now about to propose, but instead they got instructions to drive to the closest trail for their next clue.

Once at the new location, Scott took out a small speaker and played their favorite song and the pair walked to where their friends were waiting. A friend acting as Phil continued with the game and told them that they were “the last team arrive, but it was a non-elimination leg”. Scott then turned and proposed to while their friends quietly walked back to a picnic area they had been busily setting up while the couple scooted around town.

When I heard this story, I knew that we had to include the Vespa in the couple’s engagement shoot. Heidi wore a dress from Lovely Bride and paper artist Michelle Bablo made a couple of fun signs for the couple. She also made some celebratory streamers for that all-important Vespa. The couple have two rescues dogs and they wanted to include one of them in the shoot so Homer joined us all at one of the spots that Heidi and Scott visit most summer weekends -the historic Nathan Hale house in Connecticut.

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Fall
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Fall
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From Design Sponge...This pair was over-the-moon about the prospect of starting their life together so we shot their engagement in Prospect Park, which just happens to be right around the corner from their apartment. This park is an absolutely magical place to shoot and after a long winter indoors, it was just what the doctor ordered. We discovered new locations around every corner. The fantastic team from 2h flowers, toted buckets of flowers into the park, scouted out the perfect branch and created a little hanging flower backdrop. Emily, at Lael Cakes, made us a stunning cake for a picnic setup. And we had one final surprise for the couple – their favorite saying is “Jackpot”! (As in, I really hit the Jackpot when I found you.) So we enlisted Michelle Bablo to help us make a sign to celebrate the couple’s good fortune. What a fun magical day in a favorite Brooklyn spot.

Photography: Jorge De La Barra | Styling: Amy Azzarito Of Design Sponge | Flowers: 2h Flowers | Cake: Lael Cakes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lovely Bride | Historic House: Nathan Hale House | Paper Art: Michelle Bablo

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Walk Through A Wedding Workshop Inspiration

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have a front row seat to all the pretty we share on the daily. But what I love even more? The backstage pass that gives us a peek at how it all comes to life. Enter this lovely workshop hosted by Justin & Mary and designed by Stacie Shea Events. It’s designed to take photogs through every step of a wedding and the result is a serious dose of gorgeous. From Carrie Wilcox‘s bursting blooms to Roseville Designs invitations, this gallery is a perfect midweek pick-me-up!

From Stacie Shea EventsJustin and Mary Marantz put on the Walk Through A Wedding series for two days of amazing action packed information on what it takes to be a wedding photographer. The first day is typically all shooting and walking through each step of the wedding day as if Justin and Mary were actually shooting it. They cover everything from the getting ready to a dark church to posing the couple to shooting the reception complete with killer details.

Justin and Mary start bright and early at their home in New Haven talking about the “Why” and the first day typically goes all day winding up with some fantastic night shooting. Throughout the first day they cover all those trouble spots like posing an unruly bridal party, organizing the family shots, off-camera lighting at the church and reception, what to do if you only have 10 minutes for the portraits, and how to have a game plan to shoot the reception details before they get destroyed. Everything for this amazing workshop is set up to be just like a real wedding, so this is literally a one stop shot for all those things that many photographers struggle with.

This past May an amazing team of vendors paired up to help put this workshop on for Justin and Mary at the Lace Factory in Deep River, CT. Justin and Mary work together to select a color palette that they would like to work with for the shoot and then Stacie Shea and her team paired what they feel are the most perfect lineup of vendors to match the theme. This workshop was based on Tweed, light blue and teal shades.

Photography: Justin & Mary | Event Design: Stacie Shea Events | Floral Design: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design | Invitations: Roseville Designs | Dishes And Flatware: Juliska | Fashion Design: The White Dress By The Shore | Hair And Make-up: Simply Gorgeous By Erin | Lace Factory: The Lace Factory | Linens: La Tavola | Linens: Wildflower Linens | Models: Justin And Mary's Past Real Couple Kayla And Brendon | Pies: Pickles And Pies

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Intimate 30 Guest Wedding in Woodstock

I’ve heard about a million Brides say if they could change on thing about their wedding, they’d scale down the guest list. They’d opt for an intimate gathering of their nearest and dearest, which is exactly the approach this couple took. With just 30 friends and family to bear witness, they tied the knot at the most charming Connecticut mansion you ever did see. And what’s better? We’ve got the gallery from Yaritza Colon to swoon inside and out.

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From Yaritza Colon Photography… Gabe and Brooke had a very beautiful and intimate wedding with just closest friends and family at a wonderful Connecticut Mansion where Brooke’s uncle also has a restaurant. They had originally planned a larger event, but then changed their vision to a small intimate gathering of about 30 guests.

From the Bride… When we first got engaged, we were planning on having a larger wedding with 100 guests or more. But when it came down to it, we wanted our special day to be pure and simple so we could enjoy every moment of what we were doing – committing to each other for life – and not be distracted by throwing a huge event.

Once we decided to go intimate, we also made an effort to see to it that we enlisted as many people as we knew as possible to help us. For example, my uncle is a co-owner of the Mansion at Bald Hill, and our good friend and talented musician did the ceremony music. In doing so, we were totally surrounded by people we knew and loved. It gave the whole day a really light-hearted, comfortable, and joyful feel. If I could go back and do it again, I would have done it the same way!

One of my favorite parts of the day was getting ready in one of the rooms at the Mansion with my Mom and my sister. We were drinking mimosas, getting pretty, and just hanging out having a good time. It really set the tone for the whole day.

Another totally memorable part of the day was after dinner when our siblings took glass markers and went to town on our car with things like ‘Honk! Just Married’ and ‘Love birds right here’. They even attached cans to the undercarriage! Driving away to our honeymoon with our car like that felt so classic and fun. We got almost 20 honks! By the time we got to the bed and breakfast, there was a thunderstorm and it was absolutely pouring out. All dressed up, we made a run for it to our room where there was a bottle of champagne on ice waiting for us! The whole thing felt like a scene from a movie.

Photography: Yaritza Colon Photography | Floral Design: Windy Acres Florist | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Bride's Shoes: Ann Taylor | Hair: Sarah Audrey Salon | Cake/Fruit Tart: Soleil And Sons Bakery | Ceremony Musician: Justin Gillen | Venue: Mansion At Bald Hill

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