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Sailboat Engagement Session in Miami

We are holding onto summer as long as possible in New England, but I’m afraid it is officially feeling Fall-ified around these parts. So what better way to revisit those endless summer days then with this sunny sailboat session captured by Melanie Gabrielle. And you’ll love the engagement story as told by the sweet Groom. He’s a keeper, that one. Have a look here for even more. 

From the groom… After spending 5 and a half years with Kayla I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. Being a lawyer, I thought it would be clever to, “subpoena” Kayla to spend the weekend with me. On Friday night I took her to dinner, where we shared a perfect night in each other’s company. We had dinner at a local restaurant and we walked under the giant Christmas tree. Of course, Kayla was aware that something special was soon to happen. While I had the engagement ring, I had planned to pop the question the next morning. I had a special, more intimate, date planned for the love of my life. As Friday night’s date had come and gone I knew that Saturday would be a day neither of us would ever forget.

I arranged for a boat, complete with our own personal captain, to take the two of us out on the Intracoastal waterway. I packed a picnic basket complete with wine and snacks. The captain took us on a tour of the Intracoastal, which led to our ultimate destination, a secluded beach on the north end of the waterway. Now it was slightly rainy and overcast that day, which actually worked to my advantage. Due to the weather, the beach was empty. When we walked over the dunes to the ocean side of the beach, we saw that we had what was essentially our own private island all to ourselves. There could not be a more perfect setting for what would be one of the best moments in both our lives. I laid out the blanket and we had some snacks before I asked Kayla to take a walk on the beach. It was right there, on that private beach, where I got down on one knee and asked Kayla, the absolute love of my life, to spend the rest of her life with me. Luckily, she said yes!

Photography: Melanie Gabrielle | Museum: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

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Brooklyn Urban Garden Wedding

When Loli Events and Blossom and Branch join creative forces, good things happen. REALLY good things. They’re the pretty makers behind this rainy day Brooklyn wedding and the photos by Khaki Bedford are all the proof we need. Settle in with your cup o’ joe and prepare for an urban garden affair done right.


From Khaki Bedford PhotographyAdam Gerber, an Architectural Engineer, and Dana Friedman, a Non-profit Grant Writer, got ready at one of my favorite venues, The Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was on the verge of torrential downpour when we headed outside to do the First Look and just as we stepped out it started pouring. It was a blessing in disguise as we ended up using the hotel room instead, which resulted in some of my favorite photos of the day! One of my favorite moments was during the First Look. Dana waited for Adam in her room, while looking out the window towards the Manhattan skyline, Adam crept in and they held hands back to back long enough for me to get “the shot.” They were so excited and it was such a lovely moment. You could tell how in love they are and they didn’t let the terrible weather ruin an ounce of their excitement for one another!

After getting ready at the Wythe Hotel, Dana and Adam walked to the eclectic Jungle Design garden for the ceremony. I love how the photos go from neutral blues and whites of the hotel to an explosion of color and greenery! The ceremony was short and sweet and then they all headed back to the Wythe Hotel for an amazing dinner at Reynard, toasts, and dancing!

Photography: Khaki Bedford Photography | Event Planning: Loli Events | Flowers: Blossom And Branch | Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Jungle Design | Reception Venue: Wythe Hotel | DJ: Michael Seidler | Groom's Attire: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Getting Ready: Wythe Hotel | Lettering: TucciCursive | Rentals: Ace Party Rentals

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SMP Welcomes Our Advertisers!

Fall is, hands-down, my favorite season. And autumn weekends? The absolute best. Let’s get it started off right with an introduction to a brand-new member of the SMP advertising family, Love Bird Vintage Jewelry! Offering unique + timeless designs that are perfect for life’s most treasured moments, these pieces are truly special.

Inspired by designer Heather Roth’s love for all things vintage, each and every necklace, bracelet, belt + pair of earrings are beautifully designed and crafted. I’m loving the handmade, brass pendants featuring custom calligraphy engravings which are perfect as a bridesmaid gift! And get this, if you live in the Kansas City or St. Louis area, Love Bird Vintage Jewelry can host a trunk show in your home or event space to see all the jewels in person + earn a complimentary piece! For more information + inspiration, check them out on Facebook + Instagram. Be sure to head over here for more info and to start shopping!

Photography: Heather Roth Fine Art Photography | Jewelry: Love Bird Vintage Jewelry