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Dominican Republic Destination Wedding Part I

After poring through their gorgeous rehearsal, I was kind of convinced it couldn’t get much better. But sure enough, cross the talents of Ryan Ray, Candlelight FilmsStefanie MilesBows and Arrows and Felicita Garcia, and you get a destination wedding that’s one for the books. Dressed in a palette of ivories, golds and creams set against the blue ocean waves this gallery is pure nuptial paradise and wedding day part two is just minutes away.


From Stefanie Miles… Casa Kimball is beautifully unique in it’s location, privacy, and architecture and we sought to create a design that would complement the stunning local white coral stone, and the effortless and minimal design of the property. We chose a palette of whites, ivories, golds, and creams to carry throughout the design (even into the bridal party attire) with minimal accents of ocean blue. With a 270 degree view of the ocean for the ceremony backdrop, less was definitely more in this beautiful environment. The bride’s love for peonies was no small feat to have imported in to the country, but we were blessed with some of the most beautiful blooms for their special celebration. The celebration lasted for hours with fireworks to cap off the evening, and an after-party in the infinity pool for an experience this sweet couple and their guests will not soon forget.

Cake: Reposteria Dilaflor | Catering: D'Arias Catering | Chargers: Posh Couture Rentals | Design, Planning & Production: Stefanie Miles | Florals: Bows And Arrows | Groom's Attire: J Crew | Hair & Makeup: Amy Clarke | Linens: La Tavola | Paper & Calligraphy: Ladyfinger Letterpress | Photography: Ryan Ray Photography | Venue Coordination & Production Assistance: Felicita Garcia | Videography: Candlelight Films | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier/Ulla-Majia Couture, Laetitia from Marina Morrison | Wedding Venue: Casa Kimball

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Dominican Republic Wedding Welcome Dinner

Kicking off a new week is often easier said than done, but this Monday just got a whole lot better with Ryan Ray wedding goodness from morning ’til night. I’m talking a four-part feature set in the Dominican Republic, starting with this gorgeous rehearsal dinner designed in the hands of Stefanie Miles. She pulled together a celebration chock-full of bold color, beautiful textures and cultural nods to their tropical setting. Get started in the gallery and sit tight for wedding day part one coming up next.

From Stefanie MilesOur aim was to create a first impression experience for the guests that embraced the culture and the country, with special emphasis on togetherness and family. We were inspired by the warmth of the local earthenware and coffee grinders during our site visit, and put them to use as floral vessels. Michelle and Geoff’s thoughtfulness of their guests allowed us to use the space in such a way that we gave every guest a view of the ocean from their seat, and the groom personally hand-twisted the wire placecards for each guest. The bride’s beautiful silk gown held special meaning for them, as the gown she wore during their their stateside ceremony. The result was a perfect blend of color, texture, and floral that reflected the excitement and anticipation of the following day’s celebration.

From The Bride…For our Welcome Dinner, I had given Stefanie total control of the planning and she far exceeded my expectations. As soon as my eyes caught a glimpse of that long, luscious table overlooking the ocean I knew that I was going to be speechless. It felt like effortless beauty, as if we had stumbled upon a secret garden where all of the loveliest native foliage and flowers had been growing together naturally. The whole scene was simple enough to compliment the natural beauty of our surroundings, yet had the perfect special touches that made us feel how it had been thoughtfully created just for us. Our vendors had created an atmosphere where all of our guests could meet and truly feel the magic of our reality…that we were in the Dominican Republic living a once in a lifetime experience together! It brought me so much joy seeing all of our most treasured friends and family members instantly connecting with each other in such a beautiful setting.

Design, Planning & Production: Stefanie Miles | Dress: Badgley Mischka | Florals: Bows And Arrows | Hair & Makeup: Amy Clarke | Linens: La Tavola | Paper & Calligraphy: Ladyfingers Letterpress | Photography: Ryan Ray Photography | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Flor De Cabrera | Venue Coordination & Production Assistance: Felicita Garcia | Videography: Candlelight Films

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Postable Free Address Collection + A Giveaway!

Hands down, the worst part about planning a wedding is collecting all of your guest addresses. It takes forever, always involves chasing down a handful of people and adds a ton of stress to your plate! My dears, thank your lucky stars that Postable exists. They’ve created an easy-to-use website that collects all the addresses for you — and did  I mention it’s free!

Really, it couldn’t be any easier. Postable gives you a personal link that you email to your guests, they click it, fill out a quick form + viola! You have a flawless, private address book that you can use online or export to print labels or even send to a calligrapher! Not to mention, it’s also super convenient to have for holiday cards or if you ever lose your phone!

Not only does Postable collect your addresses, but when it comes time to send your save the dates, invitations + thank you notes, they’ll take care of that too! With an amazing collection of cards from top stationery designers such as Rifle Paper Co. and One Canoe Two, Postable lets your write your notes on the site and then the’ll print and mail everything for you! Talk about convenient.

Now’s the time to sign up because Postable is giving one lucky reader the chance to win $250 in free stationery! Simply sign up for Postable by Thursday, February 26, 2015, and you’ll be entered for your chance to win. Winner will be announced in the Social Hour post on Friday, February 27, 2014. Good luck!


Oscar-Worthy Wedding Dresses

The biggest night in film is almost here! And while Hollywood’s starlets are sure to bring on the Oscars style, we like to think our best dressed brides here at SMP could give them a little run for their money. From embellishments to sequins, peplum to tulle, we’re looking back at our Oscar-worthy wedding dresses styled to red carpet perfection.

Oscar-Worthy Gowns
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Oscar-Worthy Gowns
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Looking for even more Oscars inspiration, we’ve got oscar-worthy cocktails, style ballots and more!

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Oscar Worthy Party Details
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Oscar Worthy Party Details
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