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ChiChi Styles Bridesmaid Dresses + A Discount!

Being a bridesmaid is always such an honor — I love getting to stand by my favorite ladies on their big days, but picking out a dress for a whole group of girls can undoubtably be a challenge! Well, things are about to change thanks to ChiChi Styles. This online devision of LeSalon makes picking out, ordering + purchasing bridesmaid dresses easy, fun and stress-free!

ChiChi Styles blends the best of both worlds — the expertise of a real store with years of experience + the convenience and savings of an online shop! And the best part? You and your ladies can save $40-$150 per dress on the same designer dresses you’d find elsewhere all while making sure your dresses are ordered in the correct size and within the same dye lot. Dye lots are important so the dresses are all the same shade of your chosen color. Featuring brands such as Dessy, Alfred Sung, Lela Rose, Social, After Six, Bari Jay, Bill Levkoff, Jordan, & Allure Bridesmaids, ChiChi Styles even offers a “Try-On Program” where for $25, a sample is sent straight to you and all your ladies can try on and order from home!

To make tracking your order easy-as-can-be, ChiChi Styles offers Order Tracking so you (or even your maid of honor!) can review + double check all individual orders in your bridal party before the final order is sent into the designer! You’ll even get email notifications throughout the entire ordering process as well as estimated delivery dates all through your online account. Head over here for more info, ordering guides and measuring videos! I’m loving this new way to shop for bridesmaids — and now’s the time to buy because ChiChi Styles is offering our readers $5 off each dress using code SMP32015 (expires March 31, 2105). Happy shopping, my dears!

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Kristin La Voie Photography + A Discount + A Giveaway!

http://kristinlavoie.comAround these parts, Kristin La Voie Photography is totally legend.  An award winning photographer recently named one of the Best Wedding Photographers of 2015, she is a serious expert at capturing each and every gorgeous moment of your day as it unfolds naturally.  In other words?  Stunning images for you, and a whole lot of swooning for those of us here at SMP.  We call that a win-win, lovelies.

A specialist in film photography, and one of the leading film photogs in the Chicago area, we’ve been obsessed with Kristin’s work since the very moment we laid our eyes on her breathtaking captures.  Think beautiful light-filled images that document your day in the prettiest of ways.  With Kristin La Voie Photography, you’ll have those special moments you didn’t even realize were being captured (she’s that good, people) to remember for always.  And, bonus.  Kristin La Voie Photography recently launched KLP BEAUTY, a brand new site totally devoted to capturing all of you stunning brides pre-wedding in a beautiful + oh-so-romantic light.  It’s boudoir reinvented, and it’s totally awesome.

Contact Kristin La Voie Photography today to get started on your amazing journey.  And don’t forget that Kristin is offering SMP readers $300 off any 2015 wedding package through March 31st!

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Kristin La Voie Photography is giving away a Boudoir Mini Session to one lucky SMP reader, which will include session time (30 minutes) and digital images!*  To enter, leave a comment below telling us your most beautiful feature!  The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 27, 2015.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo

*Boudoir session must be held at a location within 20 miles of 60174.  Value $450. 

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Colorful Winter Floral Inspiration

We’re snowbound here in New England and I’m struggling to remember what spring looks like, so this gem of a shoot by Mioara Dragan came across my desk at the perfect time. Bursting with epic flower crowns, necklaces, and more, it’s my new source for fresh winter floral ideas, and with Passion Flower Events’ talent and gorgeous gowns from The Ann Arbor Gown Shop, this gallery is a feast for the eyes.

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From Mioara Dragan Photography… Susan McLeary of Passion Flower Events,  Stacy of The Ann Arbor Gown Shop, and I put together this stylized bridal shoot. We thought it would be a great opportunity to inspire  winter brides with the dark colors against the white to juxtapose all the light pastels in warm weather that we usually see. Going for a winterized look was our way of thinking “outside the box.”

We worked with the following florals: hyacinth blooms, ranunculus, passion flower blooms and vines, astrantia, gardenia, andromeda, lilacs, cherry blossoms, burgundy echeveria, fritillaria, parrot tulips, silene, and heuchera foliage. 

Photography: Mioara Dragan Photography | Floral Design: Passion Flower Events | Dress: Ivy & Aster | Dress: Tara Keely | Dress: Inez De Santo | Dress: Leanne Marshall | Wedding Dress: The Ann Arbor Gown Shop | Model: Sultana Hermiz

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Elegant At Home Vow Renewal

This, my friends, is the be-all, end-all of vow renewals.  A picture perfect outdoor affair featuring some of the most beautiful details you will ever see.  Think ghost chairs and chandeliers meets lush florals from Claude and Augusta by Katie Wachowiak all held on the gorgeous couple’s very own property.  Styled to perfection by VLD Events and captured in amazing images by Bryce Covey, this gallery is a must-see.

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From VLD Events… Sarah and Phil Robbins joked that they had the worst wedding possible when they got married 10 years ago. They were 20 years old, they had very little money, and let’s just say that everything that could go wrong did. Dress got covered in tar on the way to the church – someone even ate their wedding cake in the freezer before their 1st anniversary. They laughed it off, but once their 10 year anniversary came around, they wanted a re-do. It was time to celebrate how far they’ve come together, and with their closest family and friends.

To do this, we enlisted a wonderful team of vendors. We wanted to mix luxury and comfort. Sarah is a true girly girl – she loves chandeliers, beautiful blooms, acrylic, fun patterns, and silk fabric. But at the same time she is incredibly down to earth and far from stuffy. This wasn’t going to be a party that no one felt comfortable at. This was going to be the kind of event you take your shoes off for and dance until the wee hours. It was the kind of event you are seated in ghost chairs, but are served mediterranean food. The kind of event that that has an awesome lakefront bonfire and a s’mores station. Not only that, this is kind of event that everyone could feel good about – because it wasn’t just to celebration two people in love and the ones they love; it was also to raise money for a cause they both so strongly believe in – Angel House (building orphanages in India).

They renewed their vows in the backyard of their home. Following the ceremony, there was a cocktail hour by the pool, with handcrafted cocktails by a local cocktail lounge, The Oakland in Ferndale, Michigan. Plum Market provided both the cocktail hour appetizers and the mediterranean family style meal. DJ Graffiti provided music; there was a make your own ice-cream sandwich station instead of a cake. Seating arrangements were little escort card flags in champagne flutes – they doubled as what the guests toasted with, to “cheers to 10 years”.

We worked hard to source as many non-rental items as possible. We stalked Anthro for a long time to get 100 of those plates. Glassware came from One King’s Lane and Crate & Barrel. Believe it or not, it was just as cheap to buy than to rent and it gave it such a nice, intimate touch. We paired our findings with Katie Wachowiak’s stunning florals. Katie is a true talent; she poured her heart into this day and it showed.

We were told it was the best day of Sarah’s life. Whenever I hear “I wish I could get married again, but to the same person” – it makes me smile so big for them, because I know they had that chance. It was so cool to be a part of it.

Photography: Bryce Covey | Videography: Epic Motion | Event Design: VLD Events | Event Planning: VLD Events | Floral Design: Claude And Augusta By Katie Wachowiak | Wedding Dress: Roma Sposa | Catering: Plum Market | Entertainment: DJ Graffiti | Chairs: Event Source | Glassware: One King's Lane | Menus: Bliss & Bone | Plates: Anthropologie | Private Residence: Lake Angelus, MI | Signage: Rock Paper Scissors | Tenting: Colonial Party And Event Rental

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Secret Beach Wedding Inspiration at Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sometimes I fall so hard for the beautiful things we get to feature on SMP, I can barely contain myself. Well, that’s just what happened when I laid eyes on this seaside shoot from Lauren Kinsey. Because it’s basically my idea of perfection. With florals from Bloom Floral Design, planning from Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events and paper from Val Marie Paper - this gallery is sure to stick with you awhile.


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From Lauren KinseyWhile I was in Michigan for a wedding last summer, Rachel Moger of Sincerely, Ginger Weddings and I worked on a beautiful shoot showing off the beautiful coast of Lake Michigan in the summer. I could easily see wedding guests sitting around a campfire or sleeping under the stars here. Sleeping Bear Dunes is a hidden gem and such a beautiful, untapped location!

Photography: Lauren Kinsey | Coordination: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Bloom Floral Design | Ceremony Venue: Sleeping Bear Dunes | Bride's Gown: Gossamer Vintage | Paper: Val Marie Paper | Scanning & Developing: Indie Film Lab

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