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Rustic McClain Lodge Wedding

Within the first few second of this stunning film from The Film Poets, you can feel the joy. By 30 seconds, you can see the solid connection this sweet duo has with their friends and family. And by the end? You’ll be filled with the complete love and happiness that poured from this day. It’ll warm your heart right up, promise. For even more, see the beautiful imagery from Studio MJW!


From the beautiful Bride…Adam and I met in college in 2008. We lived across the street from each other and were friends for about 6 months before we decided that we wanted to be more. The truly great thing about our relationship and the way it formed is that during that year that we lived across the street from each other our groups of friends all became close which always makes things more fun. It also gives us a really strong support system of friends around us. We dated from that year forward until our wedding March 8 of this year. Adam is a Special Forces Medic so he was gone a lot for our dating years but we both feel like it made us a stronger couple in the end.

After 6 years of dating- four of which were long distance- we were VERY ready to tie the knot! My main vision and focus for our wedding was to include as many small and personal details as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I think that florals and good food are super important, but I think it’s the little unexpected things that people really take away and remember about a wedding. Besides that, I really wanted it to reflect who we are individually and as a couple. I am a very hands on person and am drawn to anything that lets me express myself creatively so naturally I decided to style/decorate my own wedding. Everyone said that I was insane but we pulled it off! Luckily, we had a really long engagement- a year and three months. During this time, I collected
all of the decor for the wedding at thrift stores, antique malls and estate sales. I did every centerpiece and reception area with items I had thrifted. I wanted the ceremony to be really intimate so we chose candles over flowers and I handmade the wax catchers. Knowing that myself and my family and close friends had all put our hard work into the day made it that much sweeter. It truly is one of those days that you wish you could relive over and over.

Some people think Adam and I are insane because we opened a clothing store two weeks after we returned from our honeymoon. For the month leading up to the wedding we were wrapping up planning and renovating a store at the same time. Our new store truly has been a labor of love just as our wedding was. It has been so fun to create this store concept together and execute it. I think that taught us quite a few lessons about how to truly work together and rely on each other. If I could give one piece of advice to future married couples it would be to rely on each other and really be interested and invested in what your partner is doing. It’s not going to work if it’s any other way. I also want to add another piece of advice my sister, Lucy, gave me about marriage based on her experience – it’s important to rely on each other completely, but it’s equally important to realize that there are certain things that you can only get from God. Realizing this takes a lot of pressure and resentment out of your marriage.

Photography: Studio MJW | Cinematography: The Film Poets | Wedding Gown: Low's Bridal | Wedding Cake: That Special Touch | Bride's Shoes: Seychelles | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Low's Bridal | Catering: McClain Lodge | Venue: McClain Lodge | Wedding Styling & Invitations: Style Revel Events

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Vino Backyard Designs + A Discount!

I’m pretty sure my move to the mid-Atlantic that brought out my inner monogram lover, so needless to say, I’m head-over-heels for everything by Vino Backyard Designs. Offering beautiful monogram return address stamps, wooden monograms, custom tags and even personalized leather journals, there’s not one thing in this online shop I don’t covet.

Vino Backyard Designs has items perfect as wedding + bridesmaid gifts. We’re loving the custom wooden tags as a creative way to ask your ladies to be part of your big day! Everything in the shop is beautifully made, with a focus on luxe materials and fabulous customer service. New to Vino Backyard Designs are the incredible, custom engraved leather journals — which just so happen to be at the top of my wish list.


Head over here to start shopping! And get this, Vino Backyard Designs is offering our SMP readers 15% off their purchase in the Etsy store! Simply enter code STYLEMEPRETTY2014 at checkout. Discount valid through December 30, 2014.


Style your Ladies with Brideside + A Promotion + A Giveaway!

Here at SMP, we’re all about professing our love for Brideside, the amazing shop at-home online bridesmaid boutique! Offering you and your ladies an easy-to-use site and top-notch personal stylists, it’s easy to see just why we’re head over heels! Take a peek below at some of the stunning dresses we’re loving for summer and a fabulous real Brideside wedding!

Brideside gives brides + her maids the ability to search for stunning dresses by color, fit, theme and designer — making what could be a super stressful process fun and enjoyable! Featuring designers such as LHC Couture and Wtoo by Watters, the hardest part of picking out the perfect dress will narrowing down your favorites! To be sure fit is just right, Brideside calculates size with a high-tech fit calculator and assigns you a personal stylist to ensure everything is just right! To see how the fit process works, take a peek hereAnd I couldn’t forget to mention the Brideside Box, where three different samples are sent to your home for convenient try-on. Talk about amazing, my dears! 

For even more gorgeous real wedding inspiration, be sure to take a peek over hereMy dears, get this, Brideside is giving SMP readers a FREE Brideside Box for the entire month of June when you sign up for a Brideside personal stylist! Head over here to get started. Oh, and there’s more… 


The Prize: Three lucky SMP readers will win a pair of Elizabeth Cole Statement Earrings!

To Enter: Simply enter hereThe more you share, the more entries you get!

To Win: Readers must enter before June 17, 2014. Three lucky winners will be announced right here on Friday, June 20, 2014!

Photo Credits: Diana Lupo Photography