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Oh Tuesdays, you never fail to throw me off balance. I had my sparkling start to the week yesterday, and tomorrow is hump day, leaving today, well, kinda blah. Fret no longer though, because Tuesdays are for pretty Portfolios and meeting new vendor friends. So let me introduce you to Joel Serrato, photographer AND filmmaker. Both of those talents are on full display on his SMP page right this way…

From this work as a photographer capturing gorgeous celebrations (here and here) to his films that bring happy tears to our eyes (this one!), Joel Serrato’s work is all together in his Collections, ready and waiting to be watched and pinned and loved on all day long. Where to begin with all the beauty? Right here!


Waterside Summer Wedding | Elegant + Romantic Celebration | A Summertime Al Fresco “I do”

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Legacy Anniversary Session: 50 Years of Love & Marriage

If there was ever a couple to embody everlasting love, Ken and Phyllis are it. Because these two? Totally ah-dorable. And their 50 year anniversary? Even more so. Complete with a quiet breakfast and an afternoon stroll, Kylie Martin captured it all to share and we’ve got it waiting for you in The Vault!

From Kylie MartinThis lovely couple celebrated over five decades of love and marriage together this spring in Charleston, South Carolina.  They started off their morning with a quite stroll through the grounds of Riveroaks, followed by an intimate breakfast over coffee. After a peaceful morning of laughing and walking together, Phyllis pulled out her family photo album that has been passed down from generation to generation. They both looked over it, shared stories and reminisced. In between shots they shared stories of their lives together and their family.

Their love story began in high school – Ken says he saw Phyllis playing the piano in the school orchestra and fell in love – Phyllis says it took her awhile to be interested in him. But we know the end of the story! Fifty-seven years, two children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren later their love for each other is greater and stronger.

They have lived all over the United States – coast to coast – and with each move we became active with a local church, embraced the local community and enjoyed exploring the surrounding area. Ken’s career and Phyllis’ spirit of adventure made each move exciting. Every day brings a new adventure to add to their life’s journey, for they believe God has given them these experiences to share with others who may be embarking on a similar path.

Ken says they have a marriage of equals, each with a different role. Phyllis says that when a decision must be made and they don’t agree that she believes God has given Ken the responsibility to make that decision! That has been the recipe for their 57 years and given them a love and respect for each other that is greater today than it ever was!

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Photography: Kylie Martin | Styling + Design: Lacy Geary | Hair + Makeup: Mikel Rumsey | Venue: RiverOaks Charleston | Creative Direction: RiverOaks Charleston | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Workshop: Belle Lumière

‘Nashville’ Star Nick Jandl and Stylist Regalia Thomas Tie the Knot!

Not many weddings are able to strike just the right balance of “rustic” and “elegant,” but then again, not many weddings are DIY-ed by a pair of Hollywood insiders turned bride and groom. Nick Jandl, who you might recognize from Nashville and Regalia Thomas, a costume and wardrobe stylist didn’t want the cookie cutter wedding, and instead took a heavy hand in the design themselves. Meaningful details were at the heart of their day captured by Next Exit Photography and you can visit The Vault for more plus read on for an interview with the newlyweds!

SMP: What was the initial vision for your wedding day?

Nick and Regalia: We wanted to capture the place that we met – California – with our individual style so that the wedding didn’t feel pre-packaged or like something straight from an online template. We love the rugged coastline of Malibu, and the venue we settled on, Rancho del Cielo, was perfect for us. We wanted to avoid a venue that would have required full top-to-bottom personalization and styling, and Rancho already possessed ninety percent of the look and energy we were going for. It’s surrounded by so many native plants and has a jaw-dropping view of the ocean, and it was the perfect place for the rustic yet elegant style we wanted for the wedding.

SMP: Which decor elements did you decide to DIY?

N & R: We didn’t initially see ourselves doing much DIY, but it turned out to be a lot in the end! The more we did, the better we felt about the wedding becoming as personal to us as possible. It’s so meaningful when you craft things by hand and have them become a part of your day. Regalia bought linen fabric in bulk and cut and sewed all twelve table runners with a colleague of hers. Nick designed and assembled a lot of the framed signs and printed materials. We also had guests contribute to the DIY by having a “Jenga guest book” during the reception where guests could sign or write notes on the individual game pieces.

SMP: Any meaningful details you included in the design?

N & R: Early on, Regalia realized that a cohesive yet mismatched style would really fit the look that we wanted for the wedding. We wanted to strike an elegant but casual tone, and we did this through finding variations within common themes. For example, all of the table centerpieces were composed of silver trays and glass vases, but they were gathered both from home and scoured from flea markets, so they fit an overall scheme but no two tables were identical. We also extended this concept to our bridal party, so the bridesmaids all chose their own dresses within a rose/nude color palate, and the groomsmen used dark navy suits of their choosing. This way we avoided looking too uniform and matching, yet the bridal party still had a style that fit together well.

SMP: How did you decide on your fabulous photographer?

N & R: At our first consultation with Next Exit Photography we discovered Nick and Cat shared the same alma mater, Tufts University in Boston. Even though they didn’t know each other while there, Nick felt it was a great connection to share while working together and trusting our wedding with a fellow alum! Along with other Tufts alum in attendance, Cat’s 2nd photographer snapped a group photo to share with their alumni magazine.

SMP: Favorite moment from the wedding day that you’ll never forget?

N & R: A little way into the evening, some heavy clouds started to move in, obscuring the amazing view of the Pacific ocean. We were a little bummed until later on, we noticed many of our guests standing away from the dance floor and taking in the view. We turned around and saw that the entire cloud layer had settled below our venue on the hill, so we were literally above the clouds for the rest of the night. It was one of those things you couldn’t possibly have predicted, and it was absolutely magical.

What are you most looking forward to in your life as newlyweds?

N & R: Not having to plan another party this complicated ever again! But it was worth all of the time and effort it took. We’re so grateful for how it all turned out.


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Photography: Next Exit Photography | Coordination: Rancho del Cielo Malibu | Floral Design: Ezai Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Invitations: Minted | Bride’s Shoes: Prada | Hair + Makeup:Michelle Mungcal | Entertainment : Vox DJs | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss Red Label | Venue: Rancho del Cielo Malibu | Cake Designer: Susie Cakes | Catering + Bar Service: Monrose Catering | Groom’s Shoes:Salvatore Ferragamo | Groom’s Tie: John Varvatos | Guitar Player: Ben Jaffe | Rentals: Smart Party Rentals | Singer: Chaley Rose

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5 Gowns That Will Knock His Socks Off

Looking fab on the Big Day is everything, but wowing the one you love?  THAT means the world. So today we’re rounding up some of our fave gowns from Allure Bridals’ Fall 2016 Collection, because, well… these are the type of gowns that will most definitely make a statement.  Scroll below to knock your sweetie’s socks off, loves.


We love, love, LOVE a sassy backless number, but this sweet frock from Allure Bridals is a little extra special.  Think a stunning silhouette meets breathtaking lace meets strand after strand of crazy beautiful pearls.  This one will leave him speechless, y’all.


Rockin’ all lace is always a good thing, but the nude-hued underlay in this dreamy gown is adding a touch of sophistication that will, put simply, speed up his heart rate.  It’s sexy meets sweet and it’s literally everything you’ve ever wanted when it comes to THE day.


Dreamy and romantic, this lacy number from Allure Bridals is the definition of chic.  From its stunning curve-hugging silhouette to the mesmerizing neckline to the intricate details, this is a gown that will go from garden “I do’s” to dancing on a rooftop seamlessly.  What more could you want?


We’re never ones to turn down a sleeved gown and this pretty little number is most definitely one of our favorites.  Think Old World glamour meets modern sensibility with stunning details and a fit and flare silhouette that is as breathtaking as it is flattering. We. Are. In. Love.


Let’s be honest, princess gowns will never go out of style.  And this flowing work of art from Allure Bridals is proving that point whole-heartedly, with a sweet side of fairytale.  From the breathtaking ballgown skirt to the illusion neckline to the slight pop of color, saying “I do” to your Prince Charming in this beautiful frock will give Disney a run for their money.  It’s that good.

Ready to leave your groom absolutely speechless?  Visit Allure Bridals TODAY to begin perusing the pretty. You’re dream gown – and your moment – are totally waiting.