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Brideside + A Giveaway!

If you haven’t yet met Brideside, it’s time you do.  Because honestly?  They are about to change your world.  Think an array of stunning bridesmaid gowns, a ordering process, a personal stylist that knows a thing or two about helping you find the dress of your dreams AND a fabulous giveaway for your entire bridal party.  It’s your chance to win a $500 credit towards gorgeous gowns, sans drama, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. 

With one breathtaking collection after another in every style, shape and color of the rainbow, Brideside makes it easier than ever to make your besties forever happy.  Imagine shopping online in your yoga pants with a very fabulous twist – you can see the dresses in person before buying.  In other words? It’s how every girl dreams of bridesmaid dress shopping.  Here’s how it works:

Meet Your Stylist – Browsing gorgeous bridesmaid frocks online just got amazing with the help of one of Brideside’s FREE personal stylists.  Think of them as your very own wedding-style expert who will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process, from helping you create a “closet” of unique + oh-so-chic styles to keeping track of all of the specifics.  And Brideside introduced Jenny Yoo gowns this month, which means even more amazing styles to choose from.

Invite Your Besties to Your Brideside Closet – Now that you and your stylist are filling your Closet with some of the prettiest frocks imaginable, invite your bridal party to view your choices for those much-needed second opinions. And when you add or share a favorite, your stylist can see all of the happenings, so she is totally in the loop.

Try It On at Home! – Want to try on the dress before committing?  Once you have narrowed down all of the wedding loveliness to three must-have styles, Brideside will send them to you or your bridesmaids in a Brideside Box!  That means an at-home fitting party with your own shoes, jewelry and a little (or a lot!) of champagne.  Soooo fun.

Order “The One” – Now that you’ve chosen the perfect gown, you can work directly with your stylist to be sure everyone is fitted properly and that the dress of your dreams is ordered for each and every one of your ‘maids.  Oh, and it’s shipped directly to you.  It’s seriously awesome, and seriously stress-free. Seriously. I know, I know… you can’t wait to get started with Brideside.  Visit their website now or, if you live in Chicago, make an appointment with a stylist here.  You can thank us later.


What: Brideside is giving away a $500 credit to one bridal party! 

How: Simply sign up here by April 1, 2015 to be entered to win!

Who: The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 3, 2015.

Good luck, lovelies! xo


Real Wedding: Kelly & Christopher, V

Thank you so much to Kelly and Christopher for sharing their absolutely beautiful day with us! I think that I speak for all of us when I say that it was, well…inspiring. And, a huge thank you to Kitty and Craig of Twin Lens for sending us these beautiful images. They speak volumes as to just how talented you guys are!

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From Kelly, the bride…

We served cigars in honor of my late father who was an avid cigar smoker.  A photo of him next to the cigars became a great way for family and friends to remember him.  We had our caterer mix us 2 specialty cocktails- a Blackberry Mojito and a Lavender Martini that we named the San G- the local nickname of the inn- and The Contender- in honor of one of our favorite movie scenes from “On the Waterfront”.  Our 3 long family-style dinner tables were named after 3 of our favorite fictional and real-life couples- Nick and Nora, Lizzie and Mr. Darcy, and Paul and Joanne (Newman and Woodward), a couple we were both lucky enough to meet.

Our wedding is a real life lesson for us because it was planned to a tee, and most all of the planning went out the window with a huge summer storm. We were supposed to be married outside in the beautiful tree-canopied garden.  A torrential downpour ensued on the hour of our wedding and at the last minute everything was changed.  It was the most marvelous, spontaneous event because our friends and family ended up creating the ceremony for us inside the adobe inn.  There are hilarious photos and stories of guests running with chairs and towels, chaotically assembling rows and lighting candles.  I had no idea what to expect but as I turned the corner to walk down the aisle, I was greeted by warmth, smiling faces and a candle-lit “chapel” for our ceremony.  There was a real feeling of coming together and creating something intimate and personal.  Because the temperature dropped so severely, the caterers declared our tent useless and dinner was moved inside as well with guests assembling tables and all.  At one point, I looked up and saw my cousin with a clipboard directing traffic.  It was awesome!  While the location of our ceremony and dinner changed, the details and DIY projects remained and really made the evening for us as we had such a personal hand in creating our wedding.  We wanted a family style wedding and it certainly was that- intimate, crazy and wonderful. 

A double rainbow graced the skies after the ceremony and downpour.  Dragonflies also came out to support which were special because of the Native American belief that they represent loved ones who have passed. 

Our photographers, Kitty & Craig from Twin Lens, added to the spontaneous and organic feeling of the night by blending in completely.  We got the most amazing photos and hardly even knew they were there.  That was hugely important to us.   Our caterers, Marja Catering- from Santa Fe- also did an amazing job of serving delicious farm fresh food while dealing with crazy changes in weather and location throughout the evening.

Real Wedding: Kelly and Christopher, IV

We feature so many gorgeous weddings on Style Me Pretty. From chic and modern to elegant and traditional, each wedding seems to really have a personality of its own. And to be honest, that is exactly why I love today’s real wedding…the ridiculously lovely couple, the incredibly warm decor and the hugely personal details that the pair infused into literally every corner. It’s simply delicious.

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the lovely photographs were shot by Twin Lens Images

From the bride, Kelly…

Herbs were important to me because they are simple, natural and each have a beautiful meaning.  We used herbs including lavender, sage and thyme for the table settings and wedding party flowers.  I wanted it to have a natural and fresh summer feeling.  The colors I chose were also organic to the setting.  I used lavender, sage and adobe to match the earth and the inn.  We pinned the place cards to oranges at each table setting as I am originally from Florida and wanted to pay homage to the Sunshine State. Our caterer and cake-maker used organic ingredients in the food and cake and for gift bags we gave local products, Mexican wedding cookies and New Mexico tin Corazon ornaments in canvas reusable bags.

We projected a homemade montage of our favorite film scenes on one of the adobe walls, throughout the reception.  I loved looking up periodically throughout the night and seeing flashes of our favorite movie moments.

I have a few more amazing details to come, so stay tuned!

Real Wedding: Kelly and Christopher, III

I am just loving today’s featured wedding…mostly because of the quiet elegance that the couple exudes. But, also because of the wonderfully touching details that they brought into their decor. The photographs were all sent to us by Kitty and Craig of Twin lens…a hugely talented husband and wife team out of New Mexico.

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From the bride…

I asked Christopher’s mom and sisters to make him a Yodel cake for his groom’s cake.  Not exactly organic, but definitely personal, his mother used to make him a Yodel cake every year for his birthday so he was so surprised when he saw it and loved that his family had made it for him.  The Yodels proved to be difficult as they are only sold on the east coast.  It’s basically a Ho-Ho but Christopher is a Yodel purist so I knew if we were going to do it, we had to do it right.  I ran around New York buying up boxes of Yodels to hide in my luggage for weeks before the wedding. 

Another important family element was wearing the 50 year old garter that Christopher’s mom gave me.  She and her daughters wore it at their weddings.  Christopher’s parents were both dancers in the New York City Ballet as well and the garter has been worn by dozens of ballerinas in their weddings since the 1950s.

Our band was close to home as well as it is the Texas blues band that my mother’s boyfriend plays with.  As we have lots of performers in our family and group of friends, many people sat in with the band to play a set or two.  I even got up to sing at one point with friends.  Christopher surprised me with a trumpet serenade of “It Had To Be You”. 

Another surprise was the two dimensional arrival of 2 of our best friends who were 8 months pregnant and living in Hong Kong during our wedding.  They sent along a life-size cutout of themselves toasting our wedding.  My maid of honor brought them out with her during her toast.  They hung around all night and wound up in more pictures than any other guest.

More to come!

Real Wedding: Kelly and Christopher, II

We are featuring the loveliest real wedding today…two ballerinas, whose sense of style and creativity influence every single detail. And the team at Twin Lens Images captured the night to perfection.

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More from the bride, Kelly…

We set out to create a glowing, cozy, organic and most importantly, personal wedding peppered with details that represented us as a couple.  As a motif, we used a stick figure drawing of us that Christopher created.  He uses stick figures in the pre-production process of choreography.  We used the motif on our invitations, programs and cake and he personally drew a stick figure on each guest’s dinner place card.  He also had a set designer friend weld a stick figure sculpture of us that he stuck in the grass to greet me as I walked down the aisle.  I didn’t actually get to see it until the next morning as I never quite made it outside, but it now hangs in our apartment.

Other personal elements included the wood we used from my mother’s 100 year-old barn on her ranch in Texas to make the signs that we staked throughout the grounds.  My mother also brought us a horseshoe from her barn that we displayed on the “altar” of our ceremony for good luck, as well as, 120 sprigs of rosemary from her rosemary bush that we inserted into the napkins with the menus at dinner.

I made all of the paper cones and stickers with a handwritten message.  I bought the paper and stickers at our local Kate’s Paperie in NYC, then rolled them up, affixed with glue dots and filled them with dried lavender.

Travel is one of our passions and we love in particular Route 66 and emblems of Americana.  We scoured Albuquerque flea markets and antique stores to find vintage postcards from Route 66 and New Mexico that we used as escort cards and hung on a clothesline.  This was one of my favorite projects for the wedding and the guests got a kick out of it too.

So much more to come!