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Romantic Vintage-Inspired Keswick Vineyard Wedding

With a romantic garden atmosphere, a handsome Groom (rocking pink tie made by his Mother-in-Law!), and an ombre of Bridesmaids in soft blush hues, and you know this winery wedding is going to be an affair to remember. Filled with vintage details, like antique rentals from Paisley & Jade, as well as fun, retro touches, like after-dancing donuts (!), we can’t get enough of Nikki Santerre‘s gorgeous gallery right here.


From Nikki Santerre PhotographyIntimate. Timeless. Romantic. Those are the words that come to mind when I think about Amy and Brent’s wedding day. Amy’s attention to detail were both exquisite and evident in every aspect of her day at Keswick Vineyard, the location of both their wedding and one of their first dates three years before.

From The Bride… Brent and I met twelve years ago at Virginia Tech. He was my first college crush but the timing was never quite right for us. A couple of relationships and eight years later, we reconnected at our friends’ wedding. A year later we went wine tasting with that same couple. The first winery on the tour was Keswick Vineyards. Little did we know we would be getting married at that same winery three years later!

After we settled on Keswick Vineyards as our location, everything else fell into place. The beautiful Edgewood Estate offered an elegant and classic backdrop that fit my style completely. I incorporated details that reinforced the vintage theme: low centerpieces in milk glass vases, old decanters and a wooden mantle at the altar. The neutral color palette with hints of pink and gold added a touch of classic romance and vintage furniture from Paisley and Jade helped tie the look together.

My bridesmaids looked beautiful in long chiffon mismatched Lela Rose dresses and I wore a Sarah Seven gown that Sarah herself helped me pick out! To add a personal touch, my mom handmade my belt and birdcage veil, as well as the ties for Brent and his groomsmen.

The best part of the day, by far, was our first look. Being able to see and talk to Brent before the ceremony helped calm my nerves. That quiet moment alone before walking down the aisle is something I will never forget!

The day was a whirlwind and the reception went by so quickly! We loved laughing and dancing all night with our friends and family. When they weren’t on the dance floor, our guests were relaxing on lounge furniture under bistro lights while they enjoyed the cigar bar and delicious organic donuts from Carpe Donut. We finished off the night with a sparkler exit and a getaway in a classic, vintage car.

We wanted our wedding day to be filled with love and laughter; the day to be romantic and classic, full of our favorite people and all of our favorite things. In the end, that is exactly what it was and every detail was captured perfectly by our amazing photographer, Nikki.

Photography: Nikki Santerre Photography | Floral Design: The Green Flamingo | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Albermarle Baking Co | Stationery: How Lovely Paper | Stationery: Rifle Paper Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lela Rose | Catering: C & O Catering | DJ : TJ Layman | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Keswick Vineyards | Desserts: Carpe Donut | Film Lab: Photovision Prints | Rentals: Paisley & Jade

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European Garden Bridal Inspiration

Pause everything, because you’re going to want to soak up every bit of this beauty. With Michael and Carina Photography behind the lens it’s garden Bridal like you’ve never seen before. I’m talking lush florals, beautiful paper goods and one stunning dress. So, get scrolling and soak it all up in the gallery!

From Michael and Carina Photography… This dreamy bridal session is inspired by European gardens. Simple, elegant and organic. It is almost as if the bride is wandering through a secret garden, smelling the flowers and feeling the earth under her feet. The soft color tones and lush floral arrangements add to the organic feel of the photos.

This bridal session has it all: beautiful paper goods, florals and a stunning dress – and yet it is simple. Nothing is meant to overshadow the feeling of getting lost in that overgrown garden, in that smell of the blossoms…

Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Floral Design: White Magnolia Designs | Wedding Dress: Shop Gossamer | Makeup : Faces by Liz | Venue: Private Garden | Paper Goods: Written Word Calligraphy | Planning and Styling: Wit Weddings | Rentals: 12th Table | Ribbon: Silk and Willow

Elegantly Blush Wedding in Williamsburg

When I first opened this wedding, I had to sit down. I needed to go through every beautifully captured image from Michael and Carina Photography, because they each, somehow, kept getting prettier. This is a wedding that will sit with you for the rest of the day. From the sweet love that surrounds this couple, to the beautiful blush tones and everything in between – this wedding is everything.  

Country Club

From Michael and Carina PhotographyThis wedding means the world to us. Their wedding was a celebration of happiness after having overcome many challenges together, wherein they grew closer and became an absolutely inspirational couple.

Phoebe was glowing on her wedding day. She was one of the happiest brides we have ever seen! As she put on her stunning blush-colored Monique Lhuillier gown, everyone in the room began to whisper.

The soft color palette of blush, creams and gold fit the elegant feel of the day. Little details throughout the day showed how much thought and love the couple had put into their wedding day. As the bride loves lions, there were little lions to greet the guests on the placecard table. The couple even had two custom-made lion and lioness masks which made for some neat photos! The mismatched bridesmaids dresses and the lush florals complimented the clean and fresh spring look of Phoebe and Nathan’s wedding.

The ceremony was held outside near the river. As the sun was setting the groom picked up his bride and spun her around. They danced the night away and were sent off by their friends and family through a tunnel of sparklers. It was the perfect day. Filled with love and laughter. A true celebration of unconditional love…because love conquers all.

Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Event Planning: The Flower Cupboard | Floral Design: The Flower Cupboard | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Wedding Cakes by Charlie | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Charles Schwartz | Catering: Two Rivers Country Club | Hair and Makeup: Blushing Brides | DJ: Colonial DJs | Groomsmen's Attire: Williamsburg Bridal and Formal | Dress Salon: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Event Venue: Two Rivers Country Club | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Paper Goods: Vera Wang | Paper Goods: Partlett's Paper Expressions | Rentals: Williamsburg Event Rentals | String Music: FritzPro Music

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SMP Blogger Bride: Makeup Artist Questions with Carl Ray

One of the best parts about being engaged is planning the big day. I remember being overwhelmed with ideas and questions for myself, but before my fiancé and I selected a date, decided on a budget and picked a venue, I was sure to book one vendor that ranked much higher on my priority list at the time—my bridal makeup artist. I mean I am a beauty blogger after all!

There are a bevy of great makeup artists, but my go-to bridal makeup professional is Carl Ray (you may have seen his work on the cover of Vogue or Glamour). You see, outside of his outstanding bridal artistry career, Carl Ray is personal makeup artist to First Lady Michelle Obama and I got the opportunity to ask the man behind the beauty to dish on all things bridal and FLOTUS while he primped me for my engagement shoot. Read on for the answers to all your beauty questions!

Why should a bride have professional makeup applied on their wedding day?

CR: Hiring a professional makeup artist is essential just like any other vendor for your wedding because their knowledge and expertise will have you flawless and camera ready. Also, it will help subside your wedding day jitters.

How far in advance should brides book their makeup artist?

CR: Brides should start the search for a good makeup artist when they get engaged and have a wedding date locked in. Personally, I can book up to a year in advance.

What should brides look for when searching for a makeup artist for their big day? What types of questions should they ask?

CR: Brides should look at a makeup artist’s portfolio or website to get a feel for their aesthetic. It’s great if the artist comes highly recommended. Find out how many years of experience the artist has in bridal makeup and look up reviews online!

Why is scheduling a bridal makeup trial so important?

CR: Bridal trials are important for both the artist and the bride. During the trial, the bride should express their thoughts and feelings on the inspiration of the ‘look’ she is going for on her wedding day. Brides can see and feel how they will look on their wedding day while the artist can get to know you and your personality. Together you can both tweak the look to exactly what you envision.

How can SMP brides prep for the big day skincare wise?

CR: To start, lightly exfoliate your skin one or two times a week. Drink plenty of water, exercise and make sure to get your Z’s. To keep your skin in tip top condition, I recommend using a creamy cleanser, SPF, face and eye cream or serum appropriate for your skin type.

What should brides avoid doing/wearing before/on the day of their wedding?

CR: Brides should avoid getting deep cleansing facials so close to their wedding day because you run the risk of breakouts.

What products should a bride keep on-hand for touch-ups after the ceremony?

CR: Carry a pressed powder or blotting papers for touch-ups throughout the day. Also, keep a lip color handy since you will be eating, drinking and kissing!

What’s it like being THE makeup artist to First Lady Michelle Obama? How do you balance a busy schedule between working with FLOTUS and being a go-to bridal makeup guru?

CR: It’s an honor to be FLOTUS’ personal makeup artist. FLOTUS is rarely busy or traveling on weekends and I know my White House schedule at least three months in advance.

Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Makeup: Carl Ray | Hair: Anna Fazio | Venue: Private Residence | Blogger Bride: Kara Manos | Like A Boss Print: Lucy Darling Shop | Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar

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