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A Fresh Spin on the Classic Southern Wedding

When your bestie slash bridesmaid just so happens to be photographer Kayla Barker, your wedding day is bound to have some serious pretty involved. That was exactly the case for Leah and Taylor’s Spring wedding outside San Antonio that gave “southern elegance” a fresh, new look. Infused with neutral tones, natural greens, and a candle-covered staircase worth gushing over, consider this gallery your new happy place.

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From the photographer, Kayla Barker… It’s not every day that one of your childhood best friends gets married. When my long time friend, Leah got engaged to the love of her life, Taylor, I couldn’t have been more excited for her! Leah had always envisioned a plantation style wedding with her love of the south and it’s southern traditions and romance, so Kendall Plantation outside of San Antonio, Texas was the perfect setting for all their Texas family and friends to gather together. She brought on Mayhar Design to help with the creative direction, design and styling and Sweet August Events to coordinate the day.

Mayhar Design wanted to help design a space that welcomed dear friends and wedding guests with charm, classical elegance and thoughtfully curated details. Her goal in the design process was to honor and embrace the ideals, traditions and romance of the south. Linens, florals, finishes and details were all selected specifically in complement to the striking white panels and porches and crisp black shutters of Kendall Plantation. The softest shades of ivory and blush were introduced through cocktail linens and blooming florals by Sprout as a nod to Southern grace and style. Custom wedding cake cookies were made special by Leah’s mom, Robin and packaged as a favor for guests. Guests could also enjoy a southern signature cocktail and pick from one of the five different cakes by Bird Bakery that were displayed with beautiful calligraphy signage by Whitney Farnsworth.

Leah had always wanted me to be a bridesmaid and enjoy her wedding day and for me to not feel like I was working. But for me, photographing a wedding is one of my greatest joys and I couldn’t have imagined not photographing her special wedding day. So after some discussion, we formed a plan that would still allow me to photograph the wedding and stand by her side as a friend. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my biggest supporter and favorite second shooter, my husband, Clint and our friend and fellow film photographer, Erica Schneider who both helped shoot parts of the wedding I couldn’t. I also had lots of help from Mayhar Design who was styling details and making sure everything was ready to photograph with extra time for me to also be by Leah’s side as a bridesmaid. Leah and Taylor’s wedding was a special one that I will always cherish being a part of and capturing!

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Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: Sprout | Cakes: Bird Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Absolutely Delicious | Hair + Makeup: Blush Make-up and Hair | Calligraphy: Whitney Farnsworth | DJ: 5150 Productions | Ceremony Music: Lane Oliver | Transportation: Shark Limo | Venue: Kendall Plantation | Beverage Service: Bartenders 4 You | Creative Direction, Design and Styling: Mayhar Design | Custom Iced Cookies: Robin Wilson, Mother of the Bride | Draping: DPC Media | Event Planning and Coordination: Sweet August Events | Linens: Marquee Event Group

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Olympic Figure Skater Sasha Cohen’s Wedding Album!

Leave it to Olympic medalist, Sasha Cohen to take on the role of “bride” with incredible grace. She wed her love, Tom May oceanside on Cape Cod and the photos by Corinna Raznikov speak for themselves. “Tom and I both love the ocean. We wanted a non-denominational ceremony, something in nature,” Sasha said. “We were overlooking the water and got married just before sunset. It was absolutely lovely.” The Pink Polka Dot brought every detail to life and there’s more to see this way!

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From The Pink Polka DotWhen Olympic silver medalist, Alexandra “Sasha” Cohen wed Thomas May, all they truly wanted was “… Something small and charming.” said Sasha Cohen. The New York-based couple chose Cape Cod because their busy schedules made the East Coast more sensible than a location near Cohen’s Southern California roots. They picked a small country club, The Wianno Club, near where May’s parents have a summer house. May’s sister also was married in Cape Cod, so she was able to give some guidance when it came to planning. The guest list totaled 140. There were five bridesmaids, including May’s two sisters, plus the maid of honor, Cohen’s sister, Natasha. Among friends from the skating world were gold medal winner, Evan Lysacek, Tiffany Stiegler Stahl (who was a bridesmaid, just as Cohen had been for her in her 2014 wedding), Jennifer Markham and Christie Baca.

Sasha’s color palette vision was steely silver, muted blues, whites and peaches. She wanted to incorporate vintage, romantic elements as well.

“Karen, our florist, did an amazing job with the arbor, candles and lanterns and rose petals along the aisle leading up to the altar. It was transformed into a vision.” The white and peach florals were absolutely beautiful and helped create a romantic feel in the ballroom. Textured cream linens, lots of candlelight and menu cards with floral accents completed the tables. Lush floral pieces lined the unique horseshoe shaped head table to create an intimate seating arrangement for the wedding party. The escort cards were tied to antique keys and displayed in beautiful boxes of moss for a vintage look. Cohen met May at a birthday party in 2014 through mutual friends in NYC. They got engaged in July 2015 in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

“We explored the beaches of the Cape during the day and then Tom proposed at sunset on a tiny private beach right before we went out to dinner,” Cohen said. They were married by a justice of the peace and said traditional vows. Natasha’s sister read a poem. Cohen’s Galia Lahav-designed dress was beaded with antique-style accents and a dramatic cutout on the back with a brass zipper. One part of the day Cohen will never forget is getting ready to walk down the aisle with her parents. “That was a moment I took for myself – I wanted to really remember how it felt before all the commotion started,” Cohen said. “Our first dance was very special, (as were) the speeches and closing the night with a line of sparklers.” The newlyweds did a traditional first dance to “Stand By Me,” a favorite of May’s.”The lyrics are inspiring and very fitting for a first dance,” Cohen said. “We both felt it was the right message. “We took dance classes before, which was a lot of fun,” she added. “It was slightly choreographed. Tom was nervous. He’s not used to performing in front of people, but it went really well. I have to say the lessons paid off.”

The newlyweds honeymooned in Sydney, Australia and Fiji.”

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Photography: Corinna Raznikov Photography | Coordination: The Pink Polka Dot | Floral Design: Lilacs | Cake: Artisan Bake Shop | Invitations: The Pink Polka Dot | Makeup Artist: Brandon Ward | Hair: Salon in the Mills, Sara Aspden | Band: Nate Bash Band | Officiant: Lucien Poyant | Ceremony Music: Bruce Abbott Music | Venue: Wianno Club | Paper Products: The Pink Polka Dot | Rentals: Be Our Guest

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How to Choose an Iconic Wedding Gown

Take a trip through the world’s most celebrated weddings and there’s one thing that always stands out: the gown. Princess Kate. Grace Kelly. Amal Clooney. Those ladies knew how to rock an enduring classic that people are still talking about. So how do you choose a dress that is just as timeless? Our friends at BHLDN are here to help. Scroll for tips on selecting that iconic dream gown.

So what exactly makes a wedding gown iconic? Style. From the detailing to the fab color choices to the silhouettes that fit your body just so, it all comes together to create a moment that will stand the test of time… and then some. And with BHLDN’s newest collection of drop-dead gorgeous wedding gowns, bridesmaid styles, Mother of the Bride + reception dresses AND accessories, making that statement has never been easier… or more stylish. Think you + the dress of your dreams strutting down the aisle to the one you love in a look that is just as stunning as the one your fave celebrity wore. We are sooo on board.

Truth be told, we’ve seen a lot of breathtaking gowns in our day, but when it comes down to picking favorites, we can’t help but remember some of those iconic gowns of years past. Lucky for us (and you) BHLDN’s newest collection features breathtaking styles that will give you that look and feel you’ve been drooling over. From the minimalistic + oh-so-chic Heather Gown (which seriously reminds us of Solange Knowles’ stunner) to the romantic with a twist Eira Gown (for those of you drooling over Amal Clooney) to the classic look of the Rhea Bodysuit (hello, Kate Middleton) to the boho luxe Kai Gown (which would totally make Kate Moss jealous).

From the seriously breathtaking details to the silky soft fabrics to the styles that will leave all of your guests talking, BHLDN’s newest collection is everything you’ve ever wanted… for you AND your bridal party. Head there now to peruse all of the beautiful options and check out the giveaway below for a little something extra special.

What: BHLDN is giving away a stunning Arboreta Bracelet! (Value $289)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be chosen on

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us which BHLDN style is your favorite! (Ex: I love, love, love the Kai Gown!).

When: The winner will be announced right here on SMP on 1/13!

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A Pro Surfer’s Tips For Staying Healthy While Wedding Planning

Carissa Moore is a professional surfer with some impressive titles under her belt, but she’s also a bride-to-be gearing up for her biggest day yet. She’s marrying her love, Luke next December and the while the wedding planning journey comes with its share of stress, she’s sharing insider tips to keep your mind, body, and soul in total check.

How to Stay Healthy While Wedding Planning

Eat Well

I start my day off with something light and then have an energy drink before my workout! Life gets hectic and an extra kick of energy can save any day if I need a pick-me-up! I also make sure to eat lots of veggies and protein.

Breathe

Enjoy the moment. Make sure that when things get stressful or overwhelming you remind yourself why you are doing all of this. LOVE.

Stay Active

Find time for yourself. Staying active keeps my body and mind happy. When I’m not surfing I love to mix in some yoga and boxing.

Connect With Your Partner

Keep the connection with your partner strong. When I’m happy and in love, I feel better about myself and more motivated to stay on track.

Bonus! 7 Ways to Never Miss a Workout Again

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