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Bliss Monique Lhuillier at Gabriella New York

It’s no secret that here at SMP we’re obsessed with all things Monique Lhuillier, so you can imagine our excitement when we heard about their newest collection — Bliss by Monique Lhuillier — which is being debuted at Gabriella New York! Dreamy, romantic and feminine, this stunning collection is not to be missed.

Featuring gorgeous hourglass shapes and waist-enhancing corsetry embellished with delicate lace and ethereal tulle, these gowns scream romantic + feminine. Reflective of a bride who is as classic as she is dreamy, the Monique Lhuillier Bliss collection embraces the modern bridal silhouette.

To see the full collection + to find your perfect gown, set up an appointment at Gabriella New York. And now’s the time to begin your happily ever after, because there is a special 10% discount on all Bliss gowns from June 18-21, 2015! Happy shopping, lovelies! xo

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Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Dress: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Bridal Salon: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

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Elegant + Dramatic Brooklyn Wedding

Real weddings are our bread and butter here at SMP. From Brooklyn like this next one to Boise, from trendy to timeless – weddings are what we call home. But the best ones, in our opinion, are the weddings where fun reigns King. And knowing that this pair used Trivial Pursuit and Shuffle Board to keep their guests busy, made all of the gorgeous decor that much more lovable. With photos by a guy + a girl photography, beauty by Jackie Schneider Beauty and vows by Reverend Annie Lawrence, this is one wedding that we can get completely on board with. And there is more here!

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From a guy + a girl photography… Oh, here is one of our favorites of the year! An incredibly cozy Winter wedding at 501 Union in Brooklyn. Sarah and Mike (and their families) have been close since elementary school, so this wedding truly was a union where two families officially became one.

Their decor featured an NYC-meets-Brooklyn theme with skylines and vintage postcards present throughout. We are still obsessed with their gorgeous gold cake, and could not believe it was vegan!!! Although the ceremony and reception took place at 501 Union, their happy day opened and closed at the nearby Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, where Mike is a member. Games like connect four, trivial pursuit and of course, shuffleboard kept Sarah and Mike’s friends and families (and their wedding photographers!) partying long after the cake was cut and the band stopped playing. So happy for this amazing pair!

Photography: a guy + a girl photography | Event Design: Viva Max Weddings | Coordination: Viva Max Weddings | Floral Design: Lindsay Rae Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Emily Lael | Invitations: Lion In The Sun - Huntington | Shoes: Adriana Papell | Catering: Saucy By Nature | Makeup: Jackie Schneider Beauty | Band: Brian Kirk & The Jirks | Groom's Attire: Macy's | Groomsmen's Attire: Macy's | Officiant: Rev Annie Lawrence | Ceremony And Reception Venue: 501Union | Hair Piece: Debra Moreland | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

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Elegant Montauk Wedding

It doesn’t get much better than a “modern coastal meets English garden” soiree, but add in a breathtaking bride and groom who know a thing or two about fashion (custom gown, anyone?) and it’s an entirely new level of awesome. Think crisp navy blue hues, a beautiful seaside ceremony and one fab moment after another captured by Betsi Ewing Photography.  Fall in love right here.

  

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From the beautiful Bride… Mike and I couldn’t think of a better place to get married, than on the beach near my family home in Amagansett. There weren’t too many locations that provided both a picturesque ceremony setting along with an elegant reception area quite like Gurney’s Montauk Resort. The venue has an atmosphere of casual elegance that was perfect for our late afternoon nuptials. For our wedding, we really tried to do a mix of high end and DIY, splurging on crucial components like the band and venue, but doing a lot of the decor elements ourselves, which created a day that was both perfect and personal.

I didn’t start off with a specific wedding scheme in mind, but the whole affair took on an English garden meets modern coastal theme. Drawing my inspiration from the landscape of Montauk in early fall; I started off with a classic navy blue and white color palette and then layered accents of lavender, cream and spring green. For the groomsmen, we went for a crisp cotton navy suit, adding a touch of whimsy with floral chambray ties and pocket squares. For the bridesmaids, I decided on asymmetrical cream silk dresses, with a dainty floral pattern.

I knew I wanted to complement our beach surroundings when creating my own wedding gown. I designed a dress with a blush colored silk sweetheart bodice, fully covered in a modern pattern of Swarovski crystals, which caught the sunlight when I moved. The skirt was pleated silk mousseline with a detachable chapel train, that created a sense of drama when blowing in the wind on the beach. Mike likes good style as much as I do, so he went for a custom navy suit made by Martin Greenfield in Brooklyn and accessorized his look with a bowtie, suspenders and a pocket round from Alexander Olch.

The wedding day arrived bright and sunny but quickly turned overcast. Instead of putting a damper on things, the gray skies made the greenery and ocean more vivid and cast a stunning light for our pictures. We spent the early afternoon with our wedding party gallivanting around Montauk, taking pictures in areas that really highlighted the surrounding natural beauty. We started at the beach near our venue, then made our way to the lighthouse at the tip of Montauk, and then finished at this great dock in the national park. Betsi Ewing, our photographer, and her associate were absolutely amazing, wrangling our boisterous friends, making everyone feel at ease, and capturing some of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen!

Our misty day quickly turned to full on rain just as the ceremony started. But as a true testament to our friends and family, they stayed on the beach creating a canopy of umbrellas, parasols and beach blankets, to the opening strains of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong singing “Dream a Little Dream of Me”. The rain lent a storybook quality to the early evening, as my dad officiated a ceremony full of stories of our lives, inspired readings, and personal vows. By the time we jumped the broom, the rain was really coming down and everyone quickly ran inside to our tented cocktail hour full of sushi and signature cocktails. I couldn’t be more appreciative of our wedding coordinator Ginny Davis and the Gurney’s staff as they not only kept our special evening running smoothly but stood outside in the pouring rain holding umbrellas over our guests so they could walk from the cocktail hour into the ballroom for our reception.

For the reception, I wanted everything to feel light and romantic, so I played with contrasting textures in neutral shades. Mike’s sister made all of the table numbers by painting on acrylic sheets, a hard modern element, which contrasted nicely with the menus she individually watercolored in a soft blue. Anastasia, at Sag Harbor florist used seasonal florals including astilbe, white clematis, white and pale pink garden roses and an abundance of greenery to create beautiful table arrangements in tall and short clear glass vases giving the illusion that the flowers were floating above the table. Finally, we added a metallic touch with silver mercury glass tea lights and rose gold sequined tablecloths on the sweetheart and card table.

With all the decorations in place, we danced the night away to Motown’s greatest hits, dined on a delicious asian inspired menu and finished it all off with champagne cake filled with fresh strawberries topped with our initials in sparklers. We couldn’t have imagined a better way to celebrate our marriage then to be surrounded by our closest friends and family. It’s a day we will never forget.

Photography: Betsi Ewing Photography | Floral Design: Sag Harbor Florist | Invitations: Lucky Penny Paperie | Bride's Shoes: Ferragamo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zimmermann | Band: Hank Lane's Downtown Band | Grooms Attire: Martin Greenfield Clothiers | Groomsmen's Attire: Bonobos | Wedding Venue: Gurney's Montauk Resort And Spa | Bride's Hair Piece : Twigs And Honey | Bridesmaids' Button Downs: Ralph Lauren | Groom's Accessories: Alexander Olch | Party Sunglasses: Knockaround | Photography - Assistance: Weddings By Averie

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Black Tie Brooklyn Wedding

This, loves, is what I call meant-to-be.  Two handsome gentlemen who happened to grow up just minutes apart from each other, but didn’t actually connect until after college.  It’s the sort of fairytale story I can’t get enough of, all capped off with a glam meets industrial affair at the always fabulous Liberty Warehouse.  See it all unfold in the gallery captured by 4 Eyes Photography… it’s awesome.

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From the handsome Husband… We have been together for over six years, but we initially met on JDate right after we both began our first jobs (Ryan out of college and Terry out of law school). We soon realized that we grew up minutes apart from each other in New Jersey, our fathers both grew up in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn, and our mothers also grew up in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Aside from it being a beautiful space, the Liberty Warehouse is located in Brooklyn (where all four of our parents were born and raised) and it has views of New Jersey (where we both were born and raised) and Manhattan (where we both currently work and live).

We wanted the wedding style and colors to contrast with the rustic/industrial feel of the venue, so we chose mostly black and metallic. Because the wedding is in the winter, the floral design is primarily greenery.

We are so fortunate to have four unconditionally loving and supportive parents who have become great friends during the six years that we have been together. All four parents wanted to walk us down the aisle, go up in the chairs during the Hora, and give a speech together to emphasize how our two families have become one.

While at Colgate University, Terry was president of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. At every Beta Theta Pi wedding, the fraternity brothers in attendance sing “Beta Sweetheart” to the bride. For our wedding, Terry’s fraternity brothers remixed the words to Beta Sweetheart to suit two grooms and sang it to Ryan.

We both love Patron (Ryan, Patron XO Café and Terry, Patron Silver), so we used mini bottles of each as both the favors and the escort cards. We also had a Patron ice slide during the cocktail hour.

Photography: 4 Eyes Photography | Videography: Kiss The Bride Films | Floral Design: Rose Red & Lavender | Invitations: Jp Invitations | Jewelry: Cartier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Ceremony And Reception Venue: The Liberty Warehouse

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