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In Loving Memory of Sarah

When we shared Sarah and Colin’s vow renewal last fall, our hearts were gripped by their story, their joy, and their stronger than oak love. They reminded us of what a wedding – but more than that, a marriage – is all about, and it’s with the heavy hearts we share Sarah has lost her battle with breast cancer. She leaves behind her military husband, Colin and two beautiful children, and it’s our deepest hope that we, as a wedding community, can be a blessing to the ones Sarah loved most.

Our friends at Newlywish have set up a trust to support Sarah’s two children, and you can click here to help, no matter how big or small. Thank you, thank you for your generosity and love.

xoxo, The SMP Team

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Coral & Aqua Whimsical Garden Wedding

My favorite kind of couples are the ones who don’t take themselves too seriously. The couples who opt for a wedding of whimsy and color, and make their special day one epic party. It’s exactly the approach Eric and Sarah took for their Florida garden nuptials, and thanks to the fabulous Miranda Hattie Events, it went off without a hitch. SMPers, your Monday pick-me-up a la Daniel Lateulade starts here!

Colors
Seasons
Spring
Settings
Garden
Styles
Whimsical

From the Groom… At first, Sarah and I had a picture of a crafty, casual, Kinfolk-style wedding, but as we went through the planning process, the “guest experience” became more and more important. Our biggest concern was that the wedding felt devoid of pretense, not stuffy or overly formal, but rather casual, simple, and easy. We wanted our guests to feel like guests, like they were getting a weekend away with friends. Everything from the decor to the experience design stemmed from this idea of ease. We hope it was successful too, making something feel easy actually takes a lot of work!

Sarah and I spent most of the cocktail hour and dinner trying to spend a few minutes with every single person that made it to our wedding, so naturally both of those stages of the evening vanished in a blink of an eye. Right around 10pm, our guests were invited from the dinner area to the terrace for deserts, coffee, and dancing, and we hadn’t had a chance to sit or eat the entire evening. As the pavilion emptied out, our table of 12 stayed behind and in the middle of the chaos that is a wedding, we had this very intimate, calming 30 minutes to eat, drink and laugh with with some of our most cherished friends.

Photography: Daniel Lateulade | Cinematography: Cabana Pictures | Event Design: Miranda Hattie Events | Event Planning: Miranda Hattie Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Reception Venue: PGA National | Hair: Christie Lopez | Lighting: Uplyte | Chair Rental: Hitched Event Rental | Linens: BBJ | Makeup: Christie Lopez | Music: Sekond Nature | Venue: PGA National Resort | Wood Signs: Sweet Carolina Collective

Monique Lhuillier is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. BBJ and Miranda Hattie Events are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Foil-Pressed Suites + Day-Of Accessories from Minted + A Giveaway!

Just when I didn’t think I could love the fully-customizable wedding invitations from Minted any more, they go ahead and up the ante. Minted, the site offering stunning paper goods all designed by independent graphic designers from around the world, is now offering full foil-pressed invitations + day-of accessories! And that, my dears, is something that makes my metallic-loving heart skip a beat. 

From fully-customizable save the dates and invitation suites down to escort cards, place cards, programs and menus, Minted has all the details you’ll need to put the finishing touch on your big day! And with the help of the Minted Perfection Team who will provide etiquette and design advice throughout the ordering process, you’ll be head-over-heels with your paper goods. It’s seriously easy to create a coordinated wedding day look by matching your accessories to your invitation — and now that there are foil-pressed day of pieces, the pretty factor just jumped up a few notches!

Minted also offers free samples so you can feel the paper quality + design before you order as well as free recipient addressing to save you valuable wedding planning time! I know, it’s just too good. Ready for even more? Minted is giving one lucky winner a $350 gift certificate and two lucky winners a $100 gift certificate  towards wedding stationery or day-of accessories! To enter, head over here! Must enter by July 23, 2014 at 11:59pm PT. Good luck!

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