View Posts By:




A Greenery Filled Wedding in Wine Country

There are weddings, and then there are wine country weddings. The latter? Totally and undeniably perfect. With East West filming the fabulousness and Luna de Mare Photography behind the lens snapping the beauty, we’ve got this gorgeous greenery filled celebration waiting for you to witness in The Vault!


Al Fresco

From Luna de Mare PhotographyThe quintessential Virginian wedding of Lia and Thomas was the epitome of elegance and grace. Located in Wine Country, the Historical Keswick Hall is nestled amongst rolling hills and vineyards, with a grand view of the Blue Ridge mountains, boasting the sprawling landscape of a pristine golf course on the property.

Designed and produced by Amore Events, the palette was kept clean and understated, with lush green garlands lining the chairs of the ceremony site, and beautiful White florals interspersed throughout the design. Paired with cut crystal and soft candlelight glowing with an air of intimacy and classic elegance, guests enjoyed aperitifs and cocktails, along with cuisine served in the dining area indoors.

Under the Moon and Stars, this classically beautiful wedding continued for outdoor twilight dancing and merriment, complete with a grand sparkler exit for the sweetest bride and groom, who gracefully kept smiles on their faces even when faced with a bit of rain.

Truly a wedding filled with honest love, friends and family and even their little pooch who couldn’t resist a little FaceTime with the cutest floral garland, this was the stuff of dreams, and I was honored to capture it all alongside an amazing team.

Vault CTA

Vault CTA

Photography: Luna de Mare Photography | Cinematography: East West | Floral Design: Amore Events by Cody | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Cake: Sweethaus | Invitations: Shine Invitations | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair + Makeup: Avenue 42 | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Lighting: Blue Ridge Lighting | Groom's Attire: Ticknors | Venue: Keswick Hall | Bridal Boutique: The White Flower Bridal Boutique | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Coordination + Design: Amore Events by Cody | Table Scape Decor + Linen Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
From the pages of the
{ The latest from our most exclusive, hand-picked list of vendors }
A Blogger Turned Bride: Meet Mackenzie of Design Darling

To simply state that Mackenzie of Design Darling is ah-dorbs would be putting it mildly. For not only is she as sweet as a summer peach, but she’s got style for days and her love story? Well, it’s truly spellbinding. From their Tinder beginnings to their walk down the aisle, our newest blogger bride will be sharing every bit with us and we’ve got the engagement story waiting for you below!

From Mackenzie of Design DarlingHi, fellow brides! I’m so excited to get started as Style Me Pretty’s newest blogger bride. My name is Mackenzie and I own Design Darling, a lifestyle blog and online boutique. I launched my blog as a junior at Bucknell and my boutique a few months after graduation and recently moved from New York to Dallas, where my fiancé Will grew up. We are currently planning our Nantucket wedding for Labor Day weekend 2017 and can’t wait to share the process with all of you!

Will and I met on Tinder of all places! For a while I begged him to come up with a different story to tell our family and friends but now we just own it! I wrote a whole post about it here if you’re interested in learning a little more about our relationship.

Will proposed on Christmas Eve while we were walking our dog during a trip to Maine with both of our families. It meant the world to me to walk back inside and be able to celebrate with our parents, my Grandy, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins — it truly couldn’t have been a more perfect or personal moment!

I’ve known from the time I was a little girl that I wanted to be married on Nantucket. My family has owned a home there since the 1890s and my parents were married in the same chapel thirty years ago! It’s such a special place to me and my family and of course one that Will has come to love as much as I do since we started dating.

We decided on a longer engagement because many of our favorite spots on the island were already booked for the summer of 2016 so we decided we’d rather wait until 2017 and get everything on our wishlist! I know a twenty-month engagement isn’t right for everyone but honestly it’s been perfect for us — I have loved having a little extra time to make decisions and enjoy the planning process without feeling too stressed.

We hired Cameron & Kelly Studio as our photographer after hearing rave reviews from friends of ours who had hired her to shoot their wedding a couple years ago. Cameron has a knack for capturing happy candid moments which is a must as far as I’m concerned! I couldn’t wait to take her out to Nantucket for the first time to shoot our engagement pictures. She definitely did not disappoint!

We wound up shooting three looks in four different locations. My favorite pictures feature this MDS Stripes skirt at Sankaty Lighthouse and on Broadway in ‘Sconset — I just love how graphic the navy stripes are against the red stripe on the lighthouse! We chose one of these shots for our save-the-dates (which we sent out this month — a little early but we wanted to give our guests plenty of time to plan their travel!). I live in stripes practically year-round so this outfit was an easy choice. We kept Will’s outfit blue and white to coordinate without being too thematic.

Then we chartered our favorite sailboat for a few more pictures. It’s one of our favorite activities on the island and something we’ve done together every summer since we started dating! I wore an off-the-shoulder sweater from Club Monaco and high-waisted navy sailor shorts by Finders Keepers. This was probably the most challenging of the three looks we shot because it was so windy on the boat (you can probably tell my hair was going crazy!) and we had to wait for the right lighting. I’m so glad we tried the sailboat pictures because they feel so “us” but I’m also really glad Cameron suggested shooting a couple outfits on land as well.

We did both of those shoots on Saturday and then woke up Sunday and shot a more casual outfit on the beach with our dog Rory and a few in town just to show Cameron more of the island. I know most couples don’t spend a day and a half taking their engagement pictures but I really recommend taking as long as you need! It was such an amazing way to get to know our wedding photographer and help her get a better feel for Nantucket so that we’ll both be more comfortable next September.

I hope you enjoy our engagement pictures as we love the way they turned out and I’ve been so excited to share them! I can’t wait to have them turned into a hardcover book for our coffee table and hang a couple of them around our home in Dallas. I know my Grandy is already hounding me for a couple copies! :) I hope you’ll stay tuned over the next year as I share more of our Nantucket wedding planning process!

Vault CTA

Vault CTA

Photography: Cameron & Kelly Studio | Clothing: MDS Stripes skirt | Clothing: J.Crew silk camisole | Clothing: Club Monaco off-the-shoulder sweater | Clothing: High-waisted shorts (similar) | Clothing: Saint James striped shirt |

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Top 10 Wedding Registry Items At Macy’s

Curating your registry is, hands-down, one of the most exciting parts about planning your Big Day. You’ve found the one, now it’s time to build a life together and the perfect place to start is your wedding registry. While there are literally thousands of amazing items to choose from, Chie of Inspired Bride has rounded up the most popular 10 registry items below – and they’re all available at Macy’s (we’ve included links to help ya’ out – does it get any easy!?)!

Top 10 Wedding Registry Items
View Slideshow
Top 10 Wedding Registry Items
View Slideshow
#SMPWedding101 – Calligraphy Pricing Decoded

We’ve stumbled upon some confusion when it comes to calligraphy styles and pricing but thankfully Carla Hagan is here to help sort it all out. You see, not all calligraphied envelopes and escort cards cost the same – it depends on the style you’re choosing for your big day. Carla Hagan Designs recently conducted a survey and her results (below!) helps it all make more sense – because we all know, mixups are one thing we don’t need when it comes to wedding planning.

From Carla Hagan DesignsIn July 2016, I conducted a business pricing survey with over 233 professional calligraphers, asking them to share their pricing structure. Participants in the survey included members of calligraphy guilds, The International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH), and various professional forums. While conducting the survey we found a considerable difference in price structure between “modern calligraphers” and calligraphers classically trained in traditional styles such as copperplate, spencerian and Italic script.

We also found that many blogs and online magazines post prices for calligraphy more consistent with “modern calligraphy” versus traditional hands. This is causing conflict throughout the calligraphy industry where brides have unrealistic expectations for the cost of traditional calligraphy based on these articles.

I’m excited to share some of the key points from our survey:

Modern Calligraphy

Twenty-five percent of the participants in the survey classified themselves as Modern Calligraphers. Modern Calligraphy is a unique, script style using free-form, mix and match lettering.

Base Envelope Average Price: $2.70
Range: $2.00 – $4.00

Return Address Average Price: $1.50
Range: $1.00 – $2.25
Custom Ink Color: $0.40
Range: $0.25 – $0.75

Inner + Outer Envelopes
Black Ink: $4.00
Range: $3.00 – $7.00
Gold/Metallic Ink: $4.43
Range: $2.00 – $7.25

Place Cards
Black Ink: $1.45
Gold Ink: $1.78

Escort Cards
Black Ink: $1.80
Gold Ink: $2.05

Rush Fee: 25%
May be applied to orders needed in less than 10 business days.

Seating Charts
100 Lines: $200.00
Chalkboard 100 Lines: $190.00
Mirror 100 Lines: $200.00

Traditional Calligraphy

Set Up Fee:
$40. 00
* Unique to traditional calligraphers
Range: $25.00 – $50.00

Base Envelope Average Price: $4.30
Range: $3.00 – $7.00

Return Address Average Price: $2.10
Range: $1.00 – $2.50
Custom Ink Color: $0.50
Range: $0.25 – $0.75

Place Cards
Black Ink: $2.25
Gold Ink: $2.50

Escort Card
Black Ink: $2.65
Gold Ink: $2.86

Rush Fee: 40%
May be applied to orders needed in less than 10 business days.

Seating Charts
100 Lines: $400.00
Chalkboard 100 Lines: $400.00
Mirror 100 Lines $400.00

*These are results from a broad survey, not guaranteed pricing for all calligraphers within the wedding industry. Please note that pricing will vary by artist and business. 

Ready to invite your guests? See our tips below!



We’re excited to share that Shine invitations is currently offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $500 (US orders only) as well as a free sample kit featuring the invitation of your choice, color charts, paper samples, and an example Save the Date! Don’t miss out!


For our California Brides… Discounts from The Ranch at Laguna Beach

For our Destination Brides… Discount from Hitch’d Weddings & Events

For our Southwest Brides… Don’t miss upcoming trunk shows at Lovely’s in Dallas, Phoenix and Houston!

For our New England Brides.. Discount from Long’s Jewelers

For our Tri-state Brides… Discount from Femina Photo + Design, giveaways from NST PicturesOLLI STUDIO and Twobirds Bridesmaid, and don’t miss the Anna Campbell and Rue De Seine trunk shows at Lovely NYC location Oct. 28th – Oct. 30th!


Congratulations to our The Heritage House Resort & Spa winner Macye!

Congratulations to our Jenny Yoo winner Melanie E!

Vault CTA

Vault CTA

Calligraphy Information: Carla Hagan Designs

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here