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Your Blueprint for a Modern Wintry City Wedding

Although this city wedding is layered with modern detailing, I can’t help but fall head over heels for the classic black and white captures that Blaine Siesser snapped up. And can we talk about this Alon Livne dress for a sec? Allll the heart eyes you guys. If you’re planning a city fete, might I suggest spending some time pinning this one in The Vault. Start to finish, it’s a gem darlings.


From the Bride… We met when we were twelve and thirteen at Camp Tamakwa and our relationship just lead from there. He finally proposed on the Saturday before the College for Creative Studies finals week because he wanted to really catch me off guard. We had planned to go out to dinner with both sets of parents. My mom had continuously asked me to get my nails done all week, but I was too distracted by my work to think twice about it. The night of dinner I did not bother to put on makeup or do my hair, threw on a pair of jeans, boots, and a sweater. My parents repeatedly asked me to dress more nicely for dinner which I kindly ignored. Josh asked me to come to his place before dinner for a drink which I was happy to do to get away from my parents nagging me about my outfit choice. I walked up to his door and found that he was in a suit holding flowers, and that the hall was decorated top to bottom with balloons, flowers, and framed pictures of us. He got down on one knee and I said yes. It was simple, intimate, and romantic, just like us.

On our wedding day I was most excited for Josh to see me in my wedding dress for the first time during our first look. I could not wait to see him all morning. Looking back, my favorite wedding memory is seeing Joshua for our first look. Seeing the expression on his face is something that I will never forget. My favorite wedding photo was taken during those first moments. DeeDee Hoffman our planner and Bruce our florist designed most of our day and planned it beautifully. Some styled elements I really enjoyed though were the bridesmaids who wore black slip dresses from the reformation, with black strappy heels, and I left jewelry up to them as long as it was minimal and gold or silver. We custom designed our rings. They were both rose gold, but mine had a diamond set in the ring. Mine is engraved on the inside with “I got my eyes on you” While his says “You are everything that I see” lyrics from our favorite Drake song.


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Photography: Blaine Siesser Photography | Videography: Visi Productions | Event Design: Dee Dee Hofman | Wedding Coordination: Dee Dee Hofman | Floral Design: Breath of Spring | Wedding Dress: Alon Livne | Wedding Cake: Home Bakery | Invitations: Cartoleria | Reception Venue: The Westin Book Cadillac | Wedding Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids Dresses: Reformation | Make Up: Chante Cutter | Hair: Luigi Bruni Salon | Lighting: Affordable Party Lighting | DJ: DJ Whip | Band: Your Generation in Concert | Groom's Suit: Freeds | Officiant: Temple Israel | Catering Director: Emily Fredericks | Ceiling Design: Mandel Display | Ceremony Venue: The Westin Book Cadillac | Linens: Event Theory | Photo Booth: Tap Snap | Rentals: Pruett Custom Events | Rentals: Event Theory | Rentals: Elegant Events | Room Draping: Ritz Event Furnishings | Veil: Heirloom

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‘Bachelor’ Contestant Shares Dating Advice For All Single Ladies!

If there’s anyone qualified to dish out dating advice, it’s sweet Sarah Vendal from the most recent season of The Bachelor. She didn’t find her happily ever after with Nick Viall but she’s continuing her search for love and having some serious fun in the process. Read on for her words to single ladies everywhere, including how the show changed her outlook on relationships for the better.

Tell us about your experience dating Nick on The Bachelor!

Sarah: Dating Nick on The Bachelor was a whirlwind from the get-go! When you’re chosen out of thousands of women who put themselves out there for this, you think to yourself “Holy moly, maybe he is the one for me!”…well, at least that was how my mind worked.

So from meeting him on night one to our first group date just hours after, it was an emotional rollercoaster. You want it to work so badly, but the little disconnects that are just normal dating red flags in real life for you to think about make you feel like the relationship is on eggshells. In hindsight, I knew he wasn’t going to be for me, and he knew that as well. It was very obvious who he was genuinely interested in, and I wasn’t one of them, which is so okay! Our conversations were just never there, and our chemistry was missing.

The whole experience teaches you so much about yourself and your feelings! We joke about it now, but really you learn to identify and verbalize your feelings like a professional. I also learned to take risks. You come back from the show and you feel like you conquered the world. In my opinion, that’s why so people change up careers, or where they live. You’re like, if I can survive that, I can survive whatever else I was scared to try before this.

How has being on The Bachelor affected your dating life today?

I do have to say dating after the show has set some crazy expectations. I mean, we were just conditioned to expect an engagement after 60 days, so if I’m talking to someone and we haven’t had the “What are we doing here?” talk after 30, I’m like…sooo, what’s the deal?

Jokes aside, dating after this show has become simplified for me. The Bachelor teaches you to ask the hard questions early on. While that never used to be my typical style, I found it has helped me to stay focused on what I want rather than spend time with someone who I know wants different things out of a relationship than I do. If you ask the hard questions on the show, the worst that can happen is…well, a lot. You publicly go home on national television. So scary, but you risk it anyway.

Post-show if you ask the hard questions, the worst that can happen is that you’re privately rejected and no one is the wiser. It’s much easier to accept rejection now, so you feel ok putting yourself out there more. But it has also made me more accepting, more willing to hear someone out I might not have heard out before, and it has made me all the more of a romantic. Sorry boys, but I’m still a sucker for roses – white ones!

Any tips for leading an adventurous, fun-filled life while searching for love?

Omgosh, so many! Say yes to things, but don’t be afraid to say no to something you don’t want to do. Being decisive used to be incredibly hard for me. I’m a people pleaser and I hate the thought of disappointing someone. However, the more I just decide what I want to do, the better I feel, the more effort I put into other things and people, and the more confident I am all around.

I also say spend alone time. Don’t be afraid of it. I LOVE taking myself to the movies, or to grab lunch. Also, make time for all your friends and make plans. I love having something to look forward to, especially with summer coming up!

Lastly, be open with what insecurities you have. I have them. Everyone totally does, men included! You never know when you might meet someone who fears the same things you do.

What does a perfect first date look like to you?

FUN! My goodness, if we can’t have fun right off the bat, I’m worried. Ultimately I want a best friend, but that doesn’t mean chivalry goes out the door (and for me that extends to the whole relationship). I look for a man who opens the door, walks on the side of traffic on the sidewalk, and for the first date, plans. It doesn’t need to be big at all, I just like to see that there was some thought put into it.

When in doubt…activities are best! Breweries, sporting events, hikes, walks, food festivals, the county fair, bowling, heck…take me grocery shopping for all I care. I’m just always drawn to things that can spark a flirty, sassy, and somewhat competitive conversation in the beginning.

I do have to say, at the end of the day, on a “perfect” first date, it won’t matter what we do. It’s just a feeling of attraction, respect, and curiosity for one another that I look for to see if there can be something more. We could literally be sitting on the side of the road with a flat tire, waiting for AAA and I’d be in heaven if those intangibles were there.

Fill in the blank: I’ll know I’ve found “The One” when __

I’ll know I’ve found “The One” when I say “Babe, I’m feeling Mexican tonight” and he says, “Blended or on the rocks?” I’m not serious, but I kind of am. This is the hardest question! I don’t know the answer, to be honest. But when I find him I’ll be sure to let you know what it is that made me know he was my one!

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Photography: Garrett Richardson | Videography: Jessica Casprowitz | Event Planning + Design: Events by Talissa | Floral Design: Compass Floral | Jewelry: Love Tatum for Shoppe California | Hair + Makeup: Suzie Moldavon | Hotel: The Inn at Laguna Beach | "My Happy Place" Custom Hat : BORN + MADE | Beach Cruiser: Pacific Beach Bike Shop | Beach Umbrella: Kerry Cassill | Signage + Calligraphy: Letters To You | Wardrobe Stylist: The Stylist LA

10 Registry Essentials for Prettying Up Your Kitchen

The kitchen? It’s the spot in the house where everything seems to happen. From whipping up those romantic meals to late night snacks to gathering with friends + family to prep holiday meals. Which is why keeping your kitchen style on point is sooo important. So today we’re adding a touch of modern sophistication to the proceedings by turning to those who know how to do it best: Nambé. See our top 10 picks for registry must-haves that will pretty up your space below.

1. POP 4-Piece Place Setting, Slate 2. Forte Wine Chiller 3. Moderne Cake Plate, 11” 4. Frond 5-Piece Place Setting 5. Meridian Tea Kettle – White 6. Mikko Ice Bucket with Tongs

Whether you’re on the lookout for decorative pieces that really stand out or serveware that will leave all of your guests talking, Nambé and their lineup of sophisticated everything is most definitely where it’s at. We’re currently obsessing over their new stoneware collection available at Macy’s, POP, a lineup of beautiful neutrals (hello, slate) and vibrant colours that are perfect for mixing and matching. It’s clean lines meets timeless design meets casual dining and, honestly? We can’t get enough. Oh, and don’t even get us started on the new serveware collection available at Bloomingdale’s, Cabo. The perfect union of Ash Wood (a switch from Nambé’s traditional Acacia wood) and Nambé Alloy, it’s that contemporary take on entertaining you’ve been looking for. Think a little rustic, a little beachy and a little modern. We love.

7. POP Colours Mugs 8. Cabo Salad Bowl with Servers 9. Forte Salt & Pepper Shakers 10. Cheese Block with Knife and Spreader

We’ll be honest, narrowing down 10 of our fave Nambé pieces was virtually impossible, but we know you’ll be heading to Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s to be doing some digging of your own. I mean, who else boasts a seriously stunning concrete collection (hello, Forte) that includes both serveware AND decorative pieces that will leave all of your guests talking? Think classic Nambé Alloy with food-safe lacquered concrete and thermal properties that will keep food chilled. Basically, it’s as functional as it is beautiful and we insist you show your registry some Nambé love.

Head to Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s today to start browsing all of the Nambé goodness, then be sure to check out Nambé in the Macy’s Flower Show from March 26th – April 9th, 2017 in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.


What: Nambé is giving away four (4) 4-Piece Place Setting of their new POP Dinnerware in the color of your choosing! (Ocean, Chalk, Sand or Slate)

How: Simply head to Macy’s to check out the Nambé POP Dinnerware Collection and leave a comment below telling us which piece and color is your favorite! (Ex: I love the Soup/Cereal Bowl in Ocean!)

Who: Four lucky winners, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 14, 2016. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck!

Wedding Registry Trends from Food52

There are some items that are registry givens (KitchenAid mixer, we’re looking at you) but what about the trends of right here, right now? Food52 is sharing their picks that are shining extra bright for today’s brides-to-be. Some are classics that will always stand the test of time and others are just, well, extra special for 2017. Either way, they’re wedding registry winners in our books – take a look!

Long-Lasting Basics

When you find those solid workhorses for your kitchen and for your table, you don’t stray, you’ll be using these pieces forever! It’s never a bad idea to invest in the classics: cookware, tools, glassware, and dinnerware.

Mixed Metals

We’re seeing a lot of glimmer and shimmer these days – copper and brass have an old-school vintage feel while bringing a modern shine to the living room and kitchen. We’re loving it on flatware and barware.


A touch of wood (without going full on cabin-chic) brings a welcomed warmth to a new home. Sprinkle it here and there with wooden boards and generous serving bowls.


With minimalism all the rage, couples are paring down their homes. Kitchen tools that multitask (like a baking steel good for the oven and the stovetop) do more while taking up less space.

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