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WASIO photography + A Special Offer + A Giveaway!

Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you I am rarely at a loss for words; I like to talk… a lot.  But every once in awhile, I come across something sooo incredibly breathtaking and beautiful, words escape me. And that something is the brilliant work of WASIO photography, a talented team of photographers that know a thing or two about capturing your wedding day in images you’ll treasure for always. Made up of two husband and wife teams (Sasha & Yaneck + Magda & Marcin), WASIO photography is known for building personal relationships with each and every one of their clients; meeting them several times pre-wedding, bonding with them at their amazing engagement shoots and even inviting family members to the viewing sessions post-wedding.  Which means that on your big day, you’ll have friends documenting all of those special moments, making their perspective that much more unique. And WASIO photography isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get the jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind image, whether it’s on the day of your nuptials, at night with their custom lighting or at one of their breathtaking sunrise engagement sessions. 

Visit WASIO photography today to talk to the team of photogs that will take your wedding photography to the next level. And don’t forget, if you book WASIO photography by June, 2015, you’ll receive a 16×24 beautifully matted fine art print printed on hand-made German 100% cotton museum paper ($450 value)!the-giveawayWhat: WASIO photography is giving away a sunset or sunrise 1-hour engagement session!* (Value $499)

How: To enter, go here!


Surprise Proposal in Nebraska at Slattery Vintage Estates

This is just so precious. I love proposals with all my being (and it just so happens to be National Proposal Day), but when they are a complete surprise perfectly executed by a sweet-as-can-be groom, I’m a total goner. It all makes me melt into a big ol’ pile of mush, and thanks to Lexie Rae Photo‘s pretty images you can gush alongside me here.

I received a phone call from a girl named Lexie a few months ago asking if Christian (my fiancé) and I would be interested in modeling for an upcoming promotional photo shoot for a vineyard. After feeling hesitant to sign up right away for the gig, I called Christian to make sure he was okay with the idea as well as my mom since she would be coming to town that weekend and I didn’t want to delay our plans for “dinner with Christian’s family”. My mom and Christian were completely subtle and gave away no hint at their plans when I talked to them. Needless to say, I had no clue what was about to happen at this “promotional (proposal) photo shoot”.

We began taking pictures on a beautiful sunny evening in Nebraska and I did not sense an ounce of nerves coming from Christian, so at this point I was still completely clueless. Lexie asked Christian to go grab the wine “props” for the next series of photos and informed him she wanted some pictures of me by myself. When he came back, we were taking pictures with a beautiful bottle of wine. Still without any idea of what was about to happen, Christian starts telling me that this bottle of wine is special and goes on and on about how beautiful the night is when I look at him and say “Babe. We’re supposed to be taking pictures for these people”. He is now telling me how he cannot wait to spend the rest of his life with me and asks me to turn the bottle of wine around. Engraved in the bottle said “Ashley Nicole, will you marry me? -Christian”. I later realized why he had asked me earlier in the day “do my socks look okay?”. He got down on one knee and asked the question every girl dreams of hearing.

I went into a state of shock and can barely remember my voice saying yes, but my heart was screaming “YES WITH EVERY OUNCE OF ME. YES!” When I finally formed those three little letters into a word, I realized the feeling was more than I ever expected it to be. To top it off, we have this perfect, beautiful moment all on camera thanks to sweet Lexie.

After this life changing, special moment, I wiped my oh so happy tears and walked around to the gazebo where our family stood clapping and crying. They had all known for so long and clearly did not let the secret out; thank you all, I know that was hard to do and I also know why you avoided me for a month. Christians mom whispered in my ear “I couldn’t have picked anyone better myself” and at that point..cue the waterworks again. Of course we ended our evening drinking wine and bubbly, listening to stories of how Christian pulled off the event, dancing to the live band, and soaking up the best moments with even better company. Everything is better with Christian. Sunny days are brighter, rainy days are cozier, and even food tastes better with him. I never thought it was possible to still chase butterflies out of my stomach after date night or to tear up when I talk about him, but he has proven me wrong and I cannot wait for a lifetime of “the little things” with him. I knew on our first date three years ago that Christian was my future; this picture perfect, life changing event made him my everything, forever and always.

Photography: Lexie Rae Photo | Ring: Sartor Hamann | Proposal: Slattery Vintage Estates

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!


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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SMP Midwest Welcomes Our Advertisers + A Discount!

How do you spend the perfect Sunday?  Getting to know the fabulous + oh-so-talented team of eco-friendly wedding vendors at the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance.  Because when it comes to hosting an amazing event that is also socially conscious, this is a group of vendors that will most definitely deliver. Learn so much more about their mission… and their crazy cool wedding show, Committed, below.

From Chicago Green Wedding Alliance… The Chicago Green Wedding Alliance is a group of eco-friendly wedding vendors that is committed to making less environmentally impactful events. We connect vendors with the conscious consumer for mindful weddings and social events. Our vendors create gorgeous events that transcend people’s expectations of “green” weddings.

Check out the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  

The GWA is hosting a wedding show on February 22nd at Greenhouse Loft!  Any couple that books with the code “SMP” will get $5 off!  The discount on tickets can be redeemed on the Eventbrite ticketing page.


Brideside + A Discount!

I’ll admit it.  As much as I love being a bridesmaid (and, oh, do I love it), trekking to bridal shop after bridal shop to try on gowns is, well, seriously tiring.  Which is why I am all sorts of obsessed with Brideside, the online retailer that brings the bridal shop to YOU by letting you browse bridesmaid dresses online and then try them on in the comfort of your very own home. Say it with me, loves: awesome.

With Brideside, you can choose from a plethora of style choices and colors, all with the help of an amazing stylist who works with you every step of the way to guarantee a fabulous (+ chic) bridal party. Just chat with the stylist about your dream wedding and vision, then let them take over and guide your besties through an array of different designers on Brideside’s online store.  They’ll even provide instructional videos on measuring and selecting the best dress types for your body!  And when every last dress is chosen, they’ll ship the samples to your home, so you can have that girl’s day with mimosas and cozy yoga pants.  Soooo comfortable and soooo fun.

Ready to get started?  Visit the Brideside website ASAP or, if you live in Chicago, make an appointment with a stylist here. And don’t forget this exclusive discount for SMP readers: When you buy your bridesmaid dress in February, the first $20 is on Brideside!  Use discount code “SMP20″ at checkout. (Terms & Conditions: Cannot be combined with any past or future promotions. Readers must purchase bridesmaid dress at full price on or before 2/28/15. Offer does not apply to the following designers: Joanna August, Donna Morgan, Jenny Yoo.)