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From High School Sweethearts to Happily Ever After

High School sweethearts turned all grown-up husband and wife seems like the stuff of fairytales but this gorgeous couple is proof that that kind of love still exists. And oh is it deserving of a big celebration. With greenery and white blooms made gorgeous by Fionna Floral and frame-worthy photographs by This Modern Romance, this elegant affair is the culmination of puppy love turned into happily ever after love.

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From the Bride… I know, I know you’ve all heard the story before of the high school sweethearts falling in love and marrying each other. But, that’s just what happened with the two of us! We met our freshman year of high school, and he won me over with his guitar playing skills and that is how our love story began. We have been inseparable since that day. Once I finished college and Skyler followed his dream of playing professional baseball we packed up and headed east to Denver where we added two furry family members – our dogs Wrigley and Duke. Fast forward three years later we had enough of the snow and now happily living in our hometown of Monterey Bay. Our wedding was the most incredible day of our lives that we are able to share with our closet family and friends.

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Photography: This Modern Romance | Floral Design: Fionna Floral | Wedding Dress: Lihi Hod | Ceremony Venue: Monterey Peninsula Country Club | Reception Venue: Monterey Peninsula Country Club | makeup artist: Lydia Saunders | hair stylist: Make up by Moni

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5 Ways to Take the Stress out of Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

If we’re being honest, finding that perfect bridesmaid dress isn’t always mimosas and bestie bonding. Sure, your shopping excursion always starts out fun, but landing on THE right style can be a tad bit stressful. So today we’re teaming up with our friends at Vow To Be Chic for five fab ways to take the stress out of bridesmaid dress shopping. Scroll below and thank us later, loves.

Rent Your Dress

Forget jaunting all over town in search of the world’s most beautiful bridesmaid dress. With Vow To Be Chic, you’ll have all of the lovely designer gowns you’ve ever wanted… and right at your fingertips. Think gorgeous styles from Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Yoo, Paper Crown, Nicole Miller (and more!) with the ease of online ordering. Simply browse Vow To Be Chic’s thousands of gowns, consult their amazing Bridal Stylists (for free!), curate your very own Bridal Suite, then invite your besties. Your Stylist will even help you mix and match colors and silhouettes, plus send you swatches if you need them. It’s truly that simple.

Make it Affordable

Your wedding day is one of the most amazing days of your life, so stressing with your bridal party over gown affordability? Not on the agenda. Which is why we adore Vow To Be Chic’s fab prices. Think 100% designer dresses, high-end fabrics + detailing and professional dry cleaning, all for under $99. It’s the definition of awesome.

Choose a Style that Will Make Your ALL of Your Besties Happy

Choosing that perfect style isn’t always easy… especially when your bridesmaids have a personality and body type all of their own. At Vow To Be Chic, you’ll find gowns in all shapes and sizes, including floor-length beauties that come in two lengths to accommodate heights of 5’1″ to 5’10”. Which means that no matter their size or height, Vow To Be Chic’s awesome Stylists can recommend a gorgeous gown that will be sure to make your loved ones happy. Plus, they’ll even send a free back-up size. Prefer to customize a dress to your specific needs? Vow To Be Chic offers the option to purchase brand new dresses with the original extra-long hem (all sales are final). How cool is that?

Simplify Ordering

Our idea of a perfect bridesmaid shopping experience? Sitting in your yoga pants, sipping a glass of red and ordering your bridesmaid dresses online. Sounds amazing, yes? With Vow To Be Chic, purchasing those bridal party gowns is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4. Literally. Just add those gowns you love to your online Bridal Suite, invite your bridesmaids to view and rent, jump joyfully when they arrive (with a back-up size!) two weeks prior to the wedding and then ship them all back with the prepaid packaging. We can’t tell you how much we love that.

Say Goodbye to Alterations

The best part of online ordering? No alterations! With Vow To Be Chic’s amazing lineup of sizes and knowledgeable Stylists, you can be sure the dress you receive will fit like a glove… and that’s the end of story.

Ready to take that journey to stress-free bridesmaid dress shopping? Visit Vow To Be Chic TODAY to live chat with one of their talented Stylists OR call 844-WEAR-VOW OR email stylist@vowtobechic.com. And don’t forget to ask about renting a Little White Dress for your pre-wedding parties and honeymoon, plus their lineup of fabulous jewelry and loungewear. They’re the best.

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What: Vow To Be Chic is giving away up to five (5) accessories to one lucky SMP bride to gift her bridesmaids! Choices include jewelry, beaded belts, robes and more! (Value $500)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on 2/3/17!

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us which bridesmaid dress color(s) you are eyeing for your girls (E.g. blush and champagne!) …. Good luck! xo

The Perfect Summer Wedding in Maine

Last spring my family snuck away for a vacation on Maine’s gorgeous coast, and to say we fell in love with that place is a total understatement. I’m constantly scheming return travel plans but until then this York-set wedding is the next best thing. With SHE Luxe Weddings & Design by their side, Viveka and Alex brought their families together for the perfect summer day with a nautical twist. Dive into the images by Christina Bernales and see why we can’t get enough.

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From Christina Bernales… As a wedding photographer, one of my favorite parts about weddings is seeing two families come together to celebrate the couple. Viveka and Alex’s wedding was first and foremost a big family affair, with Viveka’s big extended Swedish family joining Alex’s in the celebration.

Their union couldn’t have taken place on a more beautiful Maine summer day. Viveka got ready at her grandparents’ home and their wedding took place at Trinity Church in York, which is a beautiful, stone church, full of character and history. It felt as though we’d been transported to another time in history for a brief moment.

After a riverside champagne toast, Viveka, Alex, and their immediate families took a boat ride along the York river from the church to their wedding reception at the York Golf and Tennis Club where they had an unforgettable celebration.

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Photography: Christina Bernales | Videography: Media Northeast | Event Design + Planning: SHE Luxe Weddings & Design | Wedding Dress: Liancarlo | Church: Trinity Church | Reception Venue: York Golf & Tennis | Reception Venue: York Golf & Tennis | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridal Boutique: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Hair & Make-Up: Bei Capelli Salon | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Stationery Design: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

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When the Perfect Snowfall Caps Off Your Wedding Day

In my humble opinion, there’s no more romantic season to marry than in winter. And if this snowfall photograph from Emily and Kyle’s big day doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will. Set at the Chicago History Museum, the amazing LK Events brought the magic of the season to life through every detail and Tim Tab Studios didn’t miss a moment behind the camera. More pretty waiting in The Vault!

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From the Bride… Kyle and I met in Chicago – despite both being from St. Louis, we knew we wanted to share the city in which we met with our family and friends for our wedding. Kyle proposed on my birthday in December of 2015. At the time, we were dating long distance, and he flew in to celebrate my birthday, or so I thought. My parents were also in town visiting, allegedly for the same reason…but little did I know it was all orchestrated for the perfect proposal in front of the Chicago Water Tower on Michigan Avenue!

We knew we didn’t want too lengthy of an engagement, so a winter wedding in December 2016 was perfect timing. When planning our wedding, our top priorities were making sure the day felt true to us, as well as making the weekend an amazing time in the Windy City for our family and friends. We brought in Nicole Zenner from LK Events because I absolutely adored a prior wedding she had planned at our venue, the Chicago History Museum, and I also loved her personality and style! She then led us to a spectacular team of vendors, who all worked closely together to execute the wedding we had envisioned.

On the day itself, I felt so excited to celebrate our love and marriage, but also to have all of our family and friends in the city Kyle and I love so much. My favorite moment was our ceremony. Our officiant kept it true to us by incorporating both traditional and non-traditional elements, including reading excerpts from our favorite musical. We also added personal touches throughout the weekend, such as Garrett’s popcorn and St. Louis-style gooey butter cookies in our welcome bags to tie in the two cities we call home. After dancing the night away with our band, Time Chicago, guests left with a monogrammed matchbook with the date and location of our wedding as a final personalized memento.

One thing I wasn’t expecting that was so lovely was the snow that started falling just before our ceremony! Not only did it make for an especially cozy evening, but also it turned the reception into an even more festive setting for our awesome photographers, Tim and Bethany! Our florist, Allison of Stems, also had to work with the snowy conditions. She created a greenery bouquet for me the day-of since it was too cold to take my floral bouquet outside. Even though it wasn’t planned, the photos with the greenery bouquet are some of my favorites! Looking back, I’m so glad that we had the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all in one place, as we could not have asked for a more seamless chain of (snowy) events!

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Photography: Tim Tab Studios | Wedding Planning: LK Events | Floral Design: Stems, inc. | Wedding Dress: Aire Barcelona | Cake: Elysia Root | Invitations: Ellis Hill | Reception Venue: Chicago History Museum | Catering: Food For Thought | Makeup Artist: Shannon O'Brien MUA | Transportation: Trolley Car & Bus Co. | Hotel: Public Hotel | Bride and Bridesmaid's Wraps: Mark & Graham | Bride's Fur: Villa Del Sol D'Oro | Bride's Gown Sourced from: Mira Couture | Bridesmaid's Attire Sourced from: Bella Bridesmaids | Bridesmaid's Camis: Aritzia | Bridesmaid's Skirts: Bella Bridesmaids | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo | Hair Styling: Blowout Junkie | Linens: BBJ | Live Band: Time Chicago, in affiliation with BeatMix Music | Matchbox Favors: For Your Party | Watercolor Illustration of Bride's Dress and Chicago Skyline: Jenna Muscarella

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