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Sperry Tents

In the world of drop-dead gorgeous weddings, Sperry Tents reigns supreme; from their sweeping panels of sailcloth to their premium flooring options to their breathtaking (+ totally creative) lighting.  Add all of that handcrafted goodness to a fabulous locale under the stars and it’s a day that is as romantic as it is sophisticated… or what we here at SMP like to call the perfect wedding.

Handcrafted by sailmakers in coastal New England, all Sperry Tents feature genuine sailcloth, solid wood support poles and pennant flags that will wave a charming hello to each and every one of your guests.  Think breathtaking tents available in an array of fabulous sizes that are more than perfect for your wedding, welcome party or going away brunch.  Which means that whether you are partying the night away with 400 of your nearest or dearest or preparing for the big day with an intimate rehearsal dinner, there’s a Sperry Tents’ size and shape just right for you and your celebration.

Start planning your dream day by contacting one of Sperry Tents’ Tri-State offices in Mystic and Greenwich, CT; Finger Lakes and Hamptons, NY; and New Jersey.  Trust us, you’ll be so very, very happy you did.

Credits: Image 1: Leila Brewster (Photography) + True Event (Event Design & Coordination) + Hana Floral Design (Floral) + Rentals Unlimited (Rentals) + La Tavola (Linens) + Ryan Designs (Lighting & Draping) | Image 2: Eric Barry Photography | Image 3: Isabelle Selby Photography | Image 4: Charlotte Jenks Lewis | Image 5: SNAP! Weddings | Image 6: Orchard Cove Photography | Image 7: Susan Sancomb Photography  | Sperry Tents

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Summery Westhampton Engagement Session in the Rain

Shingled houses, periwinkle hydrangea blossoms and effortless glamour—that’s what I think of when I think of the Hamptons. And this chic New York couple’s e-sesh has that Hamptons’ style in spades, photographed by Betsi Ewing Studio. From the vintage-inspired ring designed by the Groom to the couple’s adorable yellow lab, Riley, you don’t want to miss any of this chic shoot.


From The Bride…There’s not a day that goes by, that Sam and I don’t thank our lucky stars (and my cousin for the gentle nudge) that we found each other in the big NYC. We’ve been dating for 5 years, and this past November after a crazy week that included a whirlwind move and a surprise birthday party for Sam (mission accomplished), a little before 7am on our first Saturday in the new apartment, Sam woke me up asking to spend the rest of our lives together.

Since our first date, it’s been a package deal with the three of us (yes, that includes our lively and handsome Yellow Lab, Riley). We live in Manhattan and spend our summer weekends in Westhampton – most of our time is usually spent taking cover from the splashes of Riley’s pool dives. So when it came time to start planning our wedding, we thought a winter wedding in the city and engagement photos in Westhampton were the perfect balance. Truthfully, wedding planning has been a breeze, when things get stressful we take a wedding planning hiatus. We consider ourselves to be a great team and have made all planning decisions together – but the best part about this whole wedding is that we get to be Mr. and Mrs. in January!

Crazy weather tends to follow us whenever we make plans… so a little rain didn’t stop us from taking engagement photos with the amazing Betsi Ewing. Hopefully rain for engagement photos means a beautiful wintery white snowy wedding day!

Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio | Dress: Asos | Engagement Ring: Custom Designed By The Groom! | Wedding Bands: Family Heirlooms | Men's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Venue: Westhampton New York

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Romantic Golden Hour NYC Engagement from KT Merry Photography

Working at SMP, I fall in love on a daily basis—call it an occupational hazard. But, I’m being sincere when I say I’m completely head-over-heels in love with this stunning couple’s breathtaking engagement session from KT Merry Photography. From the bride-to-be’s gorgeous dresses to the couple’s cute pooch and dancing among the Manhattan skyline, every photo from this shoot will make you swoon.


From The Bride…I had recently moved back to Pittsburgh, PA and wanted to reconnect with my old friends. Two friends of mine (brothers) that I grew up with, owned a successful clothing store downtown and I went to go visit them one day. Coincidentally, Jerimiah, who was also a mutual friend of theirs had the same idea. He immediately caught my eye and I “nonchalantly” asked the one brother about him. I later found out that Jerimiah had pulled the other brother aside to do the same. A week later we went on our first date. Jerimiah picked me up and when we pulled up to the restaurant, he pulled out 6 bottles of wine. He had no idea what type I liked so he got every type, which immediately won me over. When we got to the restaurant, Jerimiah told them his name the hostess said ” Nice to finally meet you!” She looked at me and explained he had been calling consistently all week and was persistent about getting us a table. It was an all curated meat restaurant and I was a vegetarian, but seeing how much he put into our first date it meant so much to me. I didn’t have the heart to tell him. As I ate every vegetable side that night and politely picked at the egg on top of the beef tar tar he ordered (hoping he wouldn’t notice), I continued to go on the best date I’ve ever been on. Although it went against all of my rules, I asked him to join my friends and me to a concert the next night, we then went to an event together the night after that and quickly became inseparable. A year and a half later he surprised me with a trip to San Francisco, where he took me on an amazing yacht sailboat on the bay and asked me to marry him. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited in my life, he even had to remind me to give him my left hand! We celebrated all day and then he took me to Van Morrison live that night – something that’s always been on my bucket list. I feel beyond lucky to have him in my life, I still can’t believe I snagged up this dreamy man.

I fell in love with KT’s breathtaking work years ago and when she came to New York to shoot our engagement session I pretty much fell in love with her and Chad too. It’s funny to think we were so nervous to be in front of the camera – they made us feel so comfortable, our session ended up being such a blast! KT captured our little family so perfectly, from Pooch trying to jump in the Bethesda Fountain to us dancing on the Top of the Rock – it was all absolute perfection and when we saw our photos our minds were blown! The way she works with light is unreal, seriously swoon-worthy. We knew we’d be more than ridiculously happy with having her as our photographer but our expectations were beyond exceeded – we are so thrilled have her and Chad as a part of our wedding day this August!

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Makeup: Brian Dean | Groom's Shoes : Oak Street Bootmakers | Groom's Suit: Suit Supply | Blue Dress: Free People | Location: Central Park | Location : Top Of The Rock | Picnic Basket And Blanket: West Elm | White Dress: Erin Fetherston

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15 Picture-Perfect Central Park Spots For Engagement Sessions

Some New Yorkers escape to the Hamptons in the summer—the rest go to Central Park. Spanning more than four square miles of prime Manhattan real estate, the park is an escape from city living. From the romantic paddle boat rides on The Lake to the furry friends at The Zoo, Central Park offers picture-perfect settings for any couple’s engagement session! Click through to discover some of the best spots.

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Chic + Modern Lower East Side Engagement Session

New York City is a place close to my heart. You never know what might happen or who you’ll meet, and it’s these unplanned moments that can lead to something – or someone – special. Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEW captured this chic couple’s engagement session as they revisited the Lower East Side (the neighborhood where they first met!), and there’s plenty more to see in the full gallery right here!

From Cly By MatthewWe wanted to share this chic and fashionable couple’s engagement session. They were so sweet and so in love! I personally loved this session because everything about this shoot was very New York to me.

From The Bride… Brian and I met in 2006 in the Lower East Side in New York. I had just moved to the city and was searching for an apartment; he was looking for a roommate to replace one of his best friends who was leaving for Brooklyn. I took another apartment, but we met again and eventually started dating.

So last year, we took a trip to Morocco and he proposed on the first night in Fez. He had made a dinner reservation and unbeknownst to me, he had told the riad owner and restaurant manager about his plans. Of course, we were running late due to traffic and a cab driver who couldn’t find his way around the Medina. We arrived at 11:30 and the owner at Palais Amani told us to hurry up, shower, change and go to the restaurant (They had decided to wait for us.). We had dinner on a beautiful terrace with the view of the city, come back to the hotel and had a drink with the manager and staff on their rooftop. They left, and we stayed to take in the view. I turned around and saw Brian on one knee.

Working with Bo is amazing! I can’t think of a better choice for a wedding, portrait, or event photographer. She has an eye for the details that make great photos. She is experimental; even though we had locations scouted, she found backgrounds and scenes along the way that made for great photos. She also helps subjects (me) get over the awkwardness of posing in front of a camera.

Photography: Bo Of CLY BY MATTHEW | Dress: Zimmermann | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Clutch: A.P.C | Groom's Pants: J,Crew | Groom's Shirt & Jacket: Hugo Boss

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Organic Modernist Garden Wedding in Brooklyn

I love some over-the-top glamorous “I Do’s,” but it’s intimate, eco-chic weddings like this that really hit home with a California girl like me. Captured by Mademoiselle Fiona, the pared-down essence of these organic “I Do’s” shone through personal details, like the handmade paper bag lanterns, as well as through undeniably fun elements (hello, gold piñata!). Take a peek through the gallery here to see it all!

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From Bespoke OnlyAmy and Peter were the kind of clients that we simply hit it off from the very beginning. These two had a very clear vision of what they were hoping achieve – a celebration to highlight the notion of love and faith for one another. With the concept in mind, we designed an intimate gathering that celebrates a sense of community. Pared down to the essence, the feel was beautiful in a humble fashion through all the elements. We carefully curated the space with a styling approach that is organic and simple yet nothing short of whimsy.

Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg was the perfect spot for Amy and Peter. The mix of old and new mingle harmoniously in the space. The exposed timber beams and cast iron columns created a rustic warehouse backdrop while a sense of history grounds the design with reclaimed/restored materials and contribution from local artisans. Carrying a similar look, we brought in industrial style barn tables with steel frame and paired them with Tolix chair for an iconic urban bistro flair. An assortment of iron terrariums and bud vases made of recycled glass housed air plants, various of succulents, river rocks and fun tropical fruits such as Cucamelon while copper miniature garden insects, including butterfly and ladybug nestled in between to mimic the scene of a real garden. A grape vine based wreath was hung on the brick wall at the courtyard to frame the most intimate ceremony. The couple’s close friend played acoustic guitar when the bride was walking down the aisle. With the summer breeze, everything simply felt so natural and uncontrived. The majority of botanical elements were chosen with their longevity in mind and given away to the guests as favors at the end of night. It was a true green event with minimal waste. Amy and Peter proved a wedding needn’t to be lavish yet still captivating in every way.

A line of carved white paper lanterns that spell “Best Day Ever” were flickering in the breezy summer night at this Brooklyn hot spot. Another highlight of the night was the piñata, an ode to the bride’s fond childhood memory in hometown Austin. Because nothing says a fun party more than a gold piñata!

From The Bride…Peter and I wanted our wedding to be a representation of the two of us – personal and nothing over the top. We didn’t know what the final result would look like until day of the wedding but it was fun being part of the journey and getting to work the kindest group of people who made it happen!

Wythe Hotel was the first and only venue we visited. Once we stepped into the entrance, we knew immediately it was for us. We loved the space so much that we didn’t feel like it needed to be masked with heavy décor. The staff and coordinators were also extremely helpful and patient while assisting every detail of the wedding!

When we were in the search for our photographer, we knew we wanted someone with a well-edited eye, who could embrace the environment we would be in. When we came across Fiona’s website, we both couldn’t believe how beautiful her weddings were; each photo was thoughtfully composed yet felt so natural. Then we knew we had to work with someone who could magically put everything together. Upon recommendation, we met Melissa from Bespoke Only, who seemed to understand what we wanted right away. She grasped the overall fresh and light hearted atmosphere we described for the wedding; also adding her own details that made it so much more beautiful than what we imagined!

I saw the Dauphine gown on J. Crew’s website when we got engaged and knew it was what I had to wear. As it was three months before the wedding and the gown was still out of stock online, I sent an email to CEO Mickey Drexler and President Jenna Lyons, requesting the gown. The dress arrived two days later and I couldn’t be happier with all of it.

Growing up in Austin, every birthday party I attended had a piñata, it was such a fun and festive way for all the attendees to come together and celebrate. This was an unexpected detail for our guests and also bringing a piece of my childhood to such an important day! Confetti System created piñatas that were irresistible and modern, that we thought would be a fun décor for the ceremony space as well.

With all the components coming together, it was so special to celebrate a special moment with our families and friends who showered us with love and laughter. Peter and I keep on feeling like the luckiest Bride and Groom as we look back on our wedding. It was truly the best day ever created by Melissa and captured so beautifully by Fiona; and we would never change one bit!

Photography: Mademoiselle Fiona | Event Design: Bespoke Only | Bride's Shoes: J Crew | Hair: Stephanie Arias At Dry Bar - Dry On The Fly | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Wedding Venue: Wythe Hotel | Bride's Dress: J Crew | Pinatta: Confetti Systems | Rental: Broadway Party Rentals