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Blogger Bride Caitlin Moran’s Engagement Session

From her engagement party, to the bridesmaid brunch, mini-moon guide and more, we’ve gotten a front row seat to Caitlin’s wedding planning adventures but today might be my favorite post yet. Along with her beau and Abby Jiu behind the len, she planned a park-set photo sesh and the results are what engagement dreams are made of. PS: Keep an eye on our Instagram as Caitlin shares a peeks into her last month of wedding planning. Let the countdown begin!


From Caitlin… Hello beautiful brides, Caitlin here from Glitter Guide! It’s been a little while since I shared a Blogger Bride post because I’ve been working like crazy on all of the last minute details for our wedding! We’re almost a month away and I’m definitely feeling the pressure!

I was undecided about taking engagement photos for the longest time, but after speaking with our incredible photographer, Abby Jiu I knew we had to do them! I’m pretty comfortable in front of the camera, (being a style blogger and all) but my fiance Austin isn’t a fan. Abby encouraged us to use this practice round in front of the lens to get comfortable with each other and her. I’m so glad we did it — and now we have these stunning images that include our dog, Sullivan who won’t be at the wedding!

After coming up with several different ideas for our shoot – and a few re-schedules due to weather we ended up shooting them at a hidden park right around the corner from our house! The light was perfect and the scenery really spoke for it’s self. My friend Anne from Charleston Stems happened to be in town that day and quickly put together this dreamy bouquet that fit the color palette perfectly!

Again, if you’re on the fence about doing engagement photos – I highly suggest it. I never thought I would and now we have beautiful, professional photos not in our wedding attire that we can cherish forever.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Styling: Caitlin Moran | Dress: ASOS | Florals: Charleston Stems | Makeup: William From BareMinerals

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Nicole Miller Fall 2014 Lookbook
Most of us know + love Nicole Miller for figure-flattering special occasion dresses, but did you know she’s also spread her talent into bridal wear? We’re loving Nicole Miller’s effortless line filled with clean, non-traditional + modern gowns that are perfect for the bride looking for something a bit more understated.  Take a look at the entire Fall 2014 Look Book Collection right here!

Featuring incredible, figure flattering styles that are chic and totally comfortable, these Nicole Miller pretties are truly classic with an up-to-date twist. With designs that are versatile for any bride, most gowns are handmade in New York, with all of the beading done by hand. Perfect for destination I Dos or a city-chic wedding, you simply cannot go wrong with a Nicole Miller design! Set aside some time to peruse the Fall 2014 Look Book Collection, because, my dears, it’s really that good.

To see these pretties in person, make an appointment at one of the Nicole Miller bridal salons either in SoHo (New York city) or West Hollywood (Los Angeles).  Head over here to see the full Fall 2014 Look Book Collection and be sure to take a look at some of our real SMP brides rocking Nicole Miller stunners! 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Tented Arabian Wedding in Texas

If you’ve ever wondered what happens when you cross backyard elegance with a little cultural flair, this wedding holds the answer. Designed by LUXE Event Decor and covered in blooms by Uptown Flowers, it’s black tie glam with an Arabian fusion, and the result is something truly special. Prepare for jaw-dropping goodness captured by J Wilkinson Co, and you can click here for so much more. 


From the Bride…. Having Arab blood in me I have always been drawn to Arabian style. There is a mystery and a beauty that is deep in the culture. I arrived at my style by looking at a lot of pictures on Pinterest, online and going with what felt good in my spirit. I just had a lot of fun, I added ideas my friends and vendors had. The raj tents took my breath away. When it came to making decisions about the decor I asked myself, does it fit within the context of what I want to experience on my wedding day?

Before I met Chris, I was learning about the power of intention, setting the intention and then believing and trusting God for the mechanisms and the results. I wrote…”I want to be in a healthy, wildly romantic, passionate, and long lasting relationship with a wonderful man on or before 90 days.” Signed up for Within a month I was already chatting with Chris. While at first I did not think we were a match – city girl meets real ranching cowboy if you know what I mean – the sparks between us were undeniable. It was my daughter who insisted I give him a chance. I’m really glad I did.

Chris proposed on a night that was storming in San Antonio. We had gone out to dinner with his friend Brian and had planned on going dancing yet because of the weather decided to take his friend who was staying at Chris house home. The storm got worse and lights went out at Chris’s house. Chris and I were embracing and kissing when all of a sudden he tells me he has a ring. It was a romantic night. I felt silly thinking surly he is kidding. Sure enough it was happening. He was proposing.

His home has impressive, top to bottom main room windows and some wall to wall windows in other rooms. I felt shock when he asked and was not expecting it. As soon as he placed the ring on my finger lightning hit the transformer in his back yard. Sparks went everywhere as if you were in a fireworks show. He’s proposal was heart felt and timing could not have been more perfect as scared as i felt and unprepared. It was also his grandmother Mary’s ring, who was very special in his life. That made it super special for me.

I feel there were so many special touches starting with our guest list. We were surrounded by people we had real connection with. To make it super special for the guest, I printed images of all our guests. Images of special times in our lives with them or just great images of them. We ask them to sigh in on the back or front of the image that was mounted on art board. Many left some crazy amazing love notes that had me crying on the couch as I read them after our wedding.

As a photographer in the industry I was blessed to have my best friend who was a wedding planner plan my wedding. I was supported by many great friends in the industry, who with great joy and excitement showed up to play, give and work the event. We released Chinese lanterns as the sun set as a tribute to both our grandmothers and Chris’s mom who had past away before I met him. Our vows were beautiful and vulnerable. For someone who does not cry especially in public I was a mess.

One of the most special moments was when it started raining and sheet lighting covered the sky as we were photographed by Jeanann Wilkinson. In the rain and I felt the presence of God blessing our day.

Photography: J Wilkinson Co | Floral Design: Uptown Flowers | Wedding Cake: Cathy Young | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Signature Catering | Food: Taco Truck | Band: Nick Laurence Country Band | Band: China Town Band | Raj Tents: LUXE Event Decor | Rentals: Touch Of Elegance | Rentals: LUXE Event Decor | Tuxedos: Tuxedo Heights | Venue: Denman Estate | Wedding Cards: Sonny & Danny Graves | Wedding Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm | Wedding Planning + Design: Tracy Reeder - Ooh La-La Couture Events