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Nautical Wedding Welcome Party

We’re about to embark on a day-long indulgence of Jose Villa, and it all starts with a welcome dinner that’s guaranteed to Rock. Your. World. Dressed in nautical design by Renny and Reed and planned by Jenna Lam Events, it’s a mash-up of modern fabrics, bold colors, ocean views, and the perfect affair to kick a wedding celebration off right. Rehearsal dinner festivities coming up next!

From Jenna Lam Events… Joanne and Alex kicked off their wedding weekend with a nautical welcome party at the Coral Casino at the Four Seasons Biltmore. Renny & Reed transformed the patio into a chic lounge space complete with cabanas and deck chairs. We wanted to do nautical in an unexpected way, so we chose classics like navy and white stripes, but gave them an update with modern brass and rope accents. The cocktail bar was adorned with brass porthole mirrors and coral peonies suspended in rope & glass vessels.

We carried the nautical theme to the food, with a giant raw bar featuring all of the couple’s favorite seafood. Since this event also fell on Alex’s birthday, we featured his favorite cocktail, a Basil Hayden Old Fashioned and also surprised him with a doowop group to sing Happy Birthday. Instead of a traditional birthday cake (Alex prefers pie), we presented him with a giant pie cake (turns out, it’s impossible to make a real pie that’s over 2′ in diameter!) so the master bakers at Perfect Endings whipped up a red velvet cake that was a dead ringer for apple pie. Late night, we wheeled around a brass bar cart with all of Alex’s favorite scotches.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Videography: Cana Family | Event Design: Renny And Reed | Event Planner: Jenna Lam Events | Florist : Renny And Reed | Cake: Perfect Endings | Engagement Ring: Vartans Fine Jewelry | Catering : Four Seasons Biltmore | Hair And Makeup : TEAM Hair & Makeup | Music: West Coast Music | Rentals : Town And Country | Signage & Printed Materials: PS Paper | Venue: Coral Casino Beach & Cabana Club

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Backyard Palm Springs Destination Wedding

If you ask me, this couple had the right idea. With guests traveling from all over Canada and England they opted for a destination “I do” in sunny Palm Springs. Playing up their desert setting they stuck to a light, neutral palette with blooms by Arrangements Floral, and made certain there was good tunes and dancing all through the night. See the day through all Candice Benjamin’s captures right this way.


From The Bride…We knew we wanted our wedding to be a fun celebration focused on our love, with all our friends and family! Our friends and family were excited about the idea of heading to La Quinta for a mini-destination- we had friends coming from all over Canada, and a group of family traveling from England. We decided on La Quinta because its a really special place for us, and the date was too perfect to pass up! We have gone to the Coachella Music Festival for many years, and we got engaged while in California for the festival last year. The day before the Coachella festival this year happened to fall on the day of our 10 year anniversary, April 17, and we loved the idea of getting married on that day surrounded by family and friends, where we got engaged, and then continuing the celebration at the festival for the weekend with many of the guests!

When looking for a venue in La Quinta, there was only one that we had our heart set on – Jeff’s parents house, in the PGA West community. From the beginning, I could picture walking down the aisle that wouldlead through the entrance archway, across the courtyard and down towards the pool edge where the ceremony would take place. We got our wish when we found a caterer, New Leaf Catering, and a florist, Luna of Arrangements Floral and Party Design, who confirmed we could make our wedding happen there, and who were willing to take on the challenge of planning a wedding at private residence with a couple who lived in Canada!

We were not set on any particular color scheme, and instead wanted to make sure that our decor fit the beautiful desert setting. That lead us towards flowers in creams, blush, peach and succulent greens, with additional accents in the decor of gold and turquoise. The bridesmaids picked mismatched blush colored dresses to blend with the desert feel, and groomsmen matched Jeff in light grey suits. It was important for us to incorporate elements of our home on the west coast of Canada into the wedding. We made candle holders from driftwood collected from beaches at home for each table, and gifted each guest with a jar of spicy red pepper jelly from Hornby Island, where my family has a cabin. Luna’s team did a wonderful job on the day bringing all the elements together, to make a day filled with love feel magical.

Music was also a really important aspect of our wedding, as we are such music lovers – with input from friends, we made playlists for cocktail hour, dinner, and 6 hours of dancing. Parents and the bridal party walked down the aisle to ‘Falling’ by the Lumineers, and I was walked down the aisle by my Dad to an acoustic version of ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay – a longtime favorite song of Jeff and mine. One of our best friends from home officiated the wedding ceremony, which took place by the pool with a view of the mountains, and included personal vows and a reading by my Mum, Claire. After the ceremony, cocktail hour in the courtyard lead into dinner, again in the backyard space, which had been transformed during cocktail hour. Guests sipped on our favorite wines and a signature lavender French 75 cocktail, New Leaf Catering provided a fantastic meal with a variety of food stations. For our dessert, my Dad made my all time favorite, his famous cheesecake, as our wedding cake for all our guests, in the form of a cake for the head table and a cheesecake cupcake for each guest.

Two of the best MCs we could ask for entertained us for the evening, and heartfelt and hilarious speeches were followed by our first dance, which was such a special moment for us – we danced to an Eric Clapton song as our friends and family surrounded the dance floor holding sparklers. Dancing, sing alongs, lounging on the outdoor furniture in the courtyard, and photos in the photo booth ran very late into the night, which concluded with a whole group of guys including Jeff jumping in the pool for a late night swim! A day after get together with all the guests at my parents the next day lead right into a weekend of fun and music at the Coachella Valley Music Festival. We could not have asked for a more perfect weekend!

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Florist: Arrangements Floral And Party Design | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Evernew, The Little Pink Dress | Catering: New Leaf Catering | Hair And Makeup: Bijou Beautiful | Ties: Club Monaco | Ceremony And Reception: Private Residence | Cordination: New Leaf Catering | Groom And Groomsmen Suits: Indochino | Head Table Rental: Planks And Patina | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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Philadelphia Blush Pink Ballroom Wedding

Blush pink is one of those wedding colors that just never gets old, so when this couple chose it as the main hue behind their Philly ballroom affair it only made sense. They brought on the talents of Proud To PlanPetah Bashano and Chick Designs to bring their timeless wedding vision to life, and Hudson Nichols delivered big time behind the camera. See it all right over here.


From The Bride…Brendan and I wanted our wedding day to be a celebration of our love, as well as all of the amazing people in our lives that brought us together. We are so blessed to have two very big and close knit families, as well as many mutual friends since we went to Penn State together. It is definitely a good time crew, and we knew that our reception would be a huge party… so naturally we started with the band! We fell in love with the ballroom at the Philadelphia Cricket Club because of its big beautiful windows that line the back of the room, and the dance floor with ample space to dance the night away.

As for the florals and all of the little details, Brendan did what any good Fiance would and nodded his head yes as I worked closely with my mom, my wedding planner and our florist to craft the perfect Shabby Chic, vintage-inspired look for the reception. We were blown away by the final product and we had SUCH a blast! Though as much fun as the reception was, both of us say our favorite part was seeing each other for the first time as my dad walked me down the aisle- we could not wipe the smiles off our faces. I wish I could relive that day a million times over!!

Photography: Hudson Nichols | Event Planning: Proud To Plan | Floral Design: Petah Bashano | Wedding Dress: La Sposa | Invitations: Chick Designs | Reception Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Accomodations: Hotel Monaco Philadelphia | Rentals: Toll Gate Vintage Co | Save The Date: Paige Smith Patterns | Video: Darrel Aubert

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Love Your List with Target

Take an unofficial poll of SMP staffers and the results are unanimous: we love Target.  Besides the fact that it’s our go-to place for anything and everything (I’ve visited three times this week already), it also happens to have one of the coolest registries ever.  Think fabulous products, stylish home goods and an easy-peasy registry process, including a mobile app that puts it all right at your fingertips.

With Target Registry, it’s never been easier to curate a list of fabulous products you and your sweetie will BOTH love to really get that dream home started.  Outfit your kitchen with everything from a cast iron dutch oven to gold flatware to a Bodum coffee press, perfect for those lazy mornings relaxing in bed or those fabulous nightcaps with friends.  Can’t wait to show off your mad decorating skills?  Choose from Target’s chic lineup of home goods, including mirrors that will add a little pizazz, floor lamps that are stylish and practical and Nate Berkus anything, which is always a good thing.

Piece together that perfect registry online, at one of Target’s 1,800 nationwide stores or with the amazing mobile app, which allows you to create, manage and share your registry with your mobile phone or tablet.  Bottom line – with Target Registry, you’ll be able to be yourself, together… and love every minute of it.

1. 7.5 Qt. Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven 2. Bodum 8 Cup Press Coffee – Chambord 3. Libbey Impressions Glass Pitcher 4. Threshold 5 Piece Izon Flatware Set 5. Threshold Metal Linear Floor Lamp 6. Nate Berkus Banded Arrow 16-Piece Dinnerware Set 7. Fieldcrest Luxury Solid Bath Towel 8. Nate Berkus Sheet Set 9. Threshold Clover Mirror 10. Threshold Stemless White Wine Glasses 11. Singer Esteem II Sewing Machine