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A&BE Bridal Shop + A Discount!

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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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

Liz Banfield and Munster Rose are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Wine & Dine Welcome Dinner

Let me set the scene –  it’s the beginning of what will prove to be the best weekend your life, your friends and family are arriving, and the table is set for a fab Welcome Dinner. Now enter this inspiration full of greenery styled by Studio Fleurette + Urbane Montage and wine. Lots and lots of wine. It’s a relaxed yet totally elegant approach to welcoming captured by Laura Ivanova  that is sure to inspire.

From Urbane MontageMany couples want to offer their guests a fun, relaxed yet stylish welcome to their wedding weekend. We took to creating a welcome dinner that’s sure to inspire. This romantic, organic, natural styled shoot was created at Minneapolis’ Uptown full service wine bar, Spill The Wine. We built the design around the elements of the beautiful space incorporating a wine tasting, chalkboards, and plenty of greenery.

We set the tone with a theme to have guests wine, dine, and unwind. Each place card included a note in beautiful calligraphy, “We pair well together, before we dine enjoy cheese and wine.” The pallette included a cheese and wine pairing featuring Rosé and red wines with a fun See-Swirl-Smell-Sip tutorial as well as wine tasting score cards. The table was dressed with a cascading garland of bay and olive branch mix with lush cream and ivory blooms. A bay, sliver dollar eucalyptus, olive branch mix was used to make the show-stopping chandelier.

Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography | Floral Design: Studio Fleurette | Cake: The Country Cake Cupboard | Stationery: Gretchen Berry Design Co. | Catering: Spill The Wine | Hair And Makeup: Laura Westrem Artistry | Calligraphy: Rosann Konieczny Calligrapher | Accessory Design: Jenny Packham | Bow Ties: The Bow Tie Shoppe | Bride's Dress And Accessories: L'atelier Couture | Dress Designer: Lula Kate (style Veronica) | Groom Styling: Nardo Wardrobe Consultants | Planning And Design: Urbane Montage Events | Rentals: The Vintage Type Rentals | Rentals: Midway Party Rental | Welcome Dinner Venue: Spill The Wine

LulaKate is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Rosann Konieczny Calligrapher and Laura Ivanova Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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