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Today we’re thanking our lucky stars for WASIO photography, the sole reason your Saturday is about to take a giant step up from normal to extraordinary.  I’m talking an entire portfolio of jaw-droppingly gorgeous images from one of the most talented photography teams you will ever meet.  How’s that for the perfect weekend?  Dive into all of the pretty (+ a discount and giveaway) below!

From WASIO photography… Living in Chicago, we get to appreciate the beautiful architecture and incorporate it in our photographs. The roots of our inspiration are landscapes and being in the moment. True love is one of our greatest motivators that inspires us to capture special moments that literally happen in seconds. By having such a strong passion for love and beauty, we thrive to deliver timeless photographs that will be passed down through generations. Our goal is to always awe our clients with the famous WASIO signature style photographs.

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Discount! Book WASIO photography in August or September and we will add 10 additional images to our handcrafted wedding albums! ($300 value)

Giveaway!  One lucky SMP reader will win a sunset or sunrise 1-hour engagement session* with WASIO photography! (Value $499)  Simply leave a comment below telling us why Chicago is your city of choice for your engagement session!  The winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, September 12, 2014.  

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*Session must take place in downtown Chicago on a mutually agreed day. The engagement session includes session time plus one WASIO signature edit 8×10 print. Online gallery will include all color corrected images from the session. Client will have the option to purchase additional prints with WASIO signature edit or all high-resolution electronic images.

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Adam Foster Fine Art Jewelry

Pretty doesn’t even begin to describe what you’re about to feast your eyes on, my dears. Inspired by old world craftsmanship and the jewelry history of Europe, Adam Foster Fine Art Jewelry creates truly stunning and unique designs. Each piece is designed by Adam Foster and hand made in his St. Louis, Missouri boutique + studio. I mean, come on, how gorgeous are these sparklers?!

Traveling across the country — and the world — to source incredible stones and to gather inspiration, Adam Foster of Foster Fine Art Jewelry is truly a creative genius. He believes that knowing the source of the materials and the people that cut, mine or make each element of his pieces is crucial to the design process. And we couldn’t agree more. From truly unique engagement and wedding rings to one-of-a-kind necklaces and bracelets, this line of jewelry is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Working with clients across the globe, Adam Foster Fine Art Jewelry can help you design something incredible. You can see more of his work in his Etsy shop, as well as on Pinterest and Facebook. To schedule your in-person meeting, give them a call at 314.771.3390 or email info{at}



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Sioux Falls, South Dakota Wedding at Steever House Bed & Breakfast

This is the type of wedding will truly take your breath away, and you won’t even realize it until you are at the end of the images gasping for air. Because breathing just seems like a secondary need when you are devouring all the gorgeous perfectly snapped up by Jeff Sampson taking place in this South Dakota soiree. It’s by far one of the most lovely weddings I’ve ever seen, and you can dissect every detail right here.


From the Bride…We knew we wanted a comfortable wedding with the atmosphere of a big family gathering. We tried to use space and focal points to encourage interaction among guests who didn’t know each other well. Most of our friends are from different parts of our lives and some family hadn’t even met! Steever House, my aunt and uncle’s bed and breakfast outside of Sioux Falls, was the perfect venue. The reception card read “Feasting and Merriment” so we created a menu to reflect a bountiful, celebratory feast with an over-the-top fruit and cheese table created by one of my mom’s good friends and a sweets table full of cupcakes and macaroons. We used Liam’s mother’s Maryland crab cake recipe alongside prime rib (a Tiahrt favorite) to continue the “family dinner” feel. The weather didn’t cooperate, but we had lawn games ready to serve as another small group conversation/gathering spot. The bar/cigar tent and nearby fire pits got good use though.

A May wedding lends itself to beautiful spring colors and lots of soft texture so I picked long, flowy, pink chiffon bridesmaids dresses. I bought pink mercury glass vases for centerpieces and added mercury glass and hobnail votives for warmth and texture on white linens. We mirrored the peony, hydrangea and ranunculus centerpieces with big fluffy tissue poms tied to the tent ceiling.

I used 1 Corinthians 13 phrases on the handmade guest favors – painted mugs filled with ranunculus. The scripture is such an inspiration and a measuring stick for what we believe love should look like.

We also fell in love with the Burgues Script font used on our invitations and continued that throughout the wedding. I personally designed and created the wedding programs, dinner menus and other printed items and had everything printed on site at the FedEx in Sioux Falls the day beforehand. Whew!

Photography: Jeff Sampson Photography | Dress: Allure | Cake: Cakes By Monica | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch | Reception: Steever House Bed & Breakfast | Catering: Chef Dominique's Catering | Hair & Makeup: Lacey Mae Makeup Artist | Entertainment: Pinnacle Productions | Bridesmaids\' Dresses: Bill Levkof | Church: Calvary Church | Desserts: CH Pattiserrie | Floral: Bella Rosa

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Jeff Sampson Photography

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