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There may be nothing better than a sweet bridal shop filled to the brim with incredible designers. Case in point? a&bé bridal shop. With a midwest nice + coastal cool style, this Twin Cities boutique has it all for the unfussy bride looking for something honestly amazing + truly unique.

Bringing 10 new designers to Minnesota such as Sarah Seven, Rue De Seine, Katie May, Anna Campbell and Rebecca Schoneveld, a&bé curates a collection that highlights upcoming + independent designers focusing on boho-chic and romantic designs. Aside from incredible gowns, the shop also carries gorgeous accessories from designers such as Untamed Petals, Sara Gabriel and Hushed Commotion. Owned by two ladies who have worked tirelessly to elevate shopping for bridal attire, a&bé makes sure each and every bride has an amazing experience.

Since the opening of the second a&bé location, the first being in Denver, the Twin Cities’ bridal scene has moved up a notch. To celebrate the new locale, a&bé is offering SMP readers a $100 accessories credit with the purchase of a wedding gown! Gown must be purchased by October 31, 2014. Be sure to mention SMP to redeem the credit. Happy dress shopping, lovelies! xo

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Vintage Pastel Garden Bridal Inspiration

Looking to get lost in a little lovely this morning? Well, look no further than this stunning garden shoot from Jeff Loves Jessica. With lovely florals from Ashley Fox Designs and picture perfect styling, every image sitting pretty in this gallery will surely inspire your day. See them all here

From Jeff Loves JessicaSpringtime in the Midwest is a long-awaited yet fleeting season. While warm evening light and green grass are enough to celebrate, we set out to create a bridal inspiration shoot that would capture the goodness we adore about late springtime, just before fades into summer. The overall design scheme was light, airy and elegant, with feminine lace, and pastel touches. Perhaps the most notable feature of the shoot was a nod to our feathered friends, with a brass bird perched on the table top and tiny glittered nests at each place setting. We even found a freshly hatched chick for our model to snuggle! Ashley Fox, a gifted floral designer, worked to incorporate blooms that were in-season and native to our area, such as lilac, clematis, apple blossoms, and perhaps best of all, an astilbe flower crown. Pale pink depression glass and small milk glass bud vases brought whimsy and texture to the top of the vintage dining table. For a soft, elegant look, Paperista created an invitation suite using fine fabric, with luxurious lace envelope liners. In the same vein, dinner menus were custom designed and printed directly onto linen napkins draped at each place setting. A two-tiered bundt cake with drizzled icing was the focal point of the dessert dresser, but it was also important to us to add the warmth and sustenance of a variety of foods, including a basket of miniature olive loaves, along with small trays of madeleines, buchee, and nougat from Patisserie 46. A vintage bike and wicker basket made a lovely setting for the brides bouquet, while the bride’s simple flowing tulle and lace applique gown perfectly fit the bill for the outdoor garden breeze.

Photography: Jeff Loves Jessica | Floral Design: Ashley Fox Designs | Wedding Dress: Bridal Accents Couture | Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Stationery: Paperista | Hair And Makeup: Joy Phillips | Accessories: Ashleigh Malangone | Bread And Desserts: Patisserie 46 | Vintage Rentals: On Solid Ground

Inspiration for the Littlest Members of the Wedding Party

So often we see adorable flower girls and the dapperest of ring bearers gracing the pages of SMP, and now, we have whimsical inspiration dedicated to these wee ones. From crazy cute outfit ideas to a children’s table that will surely getting a standing ovation, this shoot crafted by Whitepeacock Styled Events + Munster Rose and Liz Banfield is the true definition of charming.

From Liz Banfield PhotographyInspired by a cotton floral print from Liberty of London found in a children’s party dress by Oscar de la Renta, photographer Liz Banfield and creative powerhouse Whitepeacock Styled Events set out to capture a spring wedding design to compliment an adorable flower girl and ring bearer. The exuberant palette of pink, mango, and turquoise informed all the charming details, including a “kids-only” table featuring card games, custom name balloons, strawberry milk jars rimmed with sprinkles, macaron “pops,” and glitter cupcakes. What child wouldn’t feel special at this event? Whitepeacock also created a vibrant table skirt made of ribbons, lace trim, and pom-poms to compliment the vintage table.

Not afraid of a little DIY, a ring pillow was sewn from turquoise gingham with a contrasting mini-pom trim placed on a wood plate from Muji. The flower girl “basket” was adapted (with two drilled holes) from a coordinating wood bowl, adorned with a sweet floral trim from Daytona Braids & Trimming in NYC. Striped straws were transformed into “waving wands” with the application of ribbons.

Floral designer Jackie Reisnauer of Munster Rose updated the typical flower girl headpiece by grouping the flowers in an asymmetrical arrangement. A combination of seasonal spring blooms — Scabiosa, Garden Roses, Ranunculus, Sweet William, and Italian Ruscus — highlighted the color palette as well as the flower girl’s charming curls. For the ring bearer, a scaled down boutonniere complimented his dapper Oscar de la Renta linen jacket and plaid bow-tie.

To make the duo feel extra special, individual mini-cakes were created by Banfield using and easy fondant recipe (comprised mostly of store bought marshmallows!) found online. Miniature cookie cutters were used to cut out simple floral shapes and then topped off with a simple decorative sugar pearl.

Photography: Liz Banfield | Event Design: Whitepeacock Styled Events | Floral Design: Munster Rose | Cupcakes: Ross Sveback | Reception Venue: Blaisdell Manor | "Love" Sign: Oh Dier | Flower Girl Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Invitation: Umama Invitations + Stationary | Photo Assistant: Michelle Kowalewski | Rentals, Table And Chairs: Collected Vintage | Ring Bearer Jacket And Tie: Oscar De La Renta | Wood Bowl And Plate: Muji

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