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Ojai Wedding from Ryan Ray Photo + Love and Splendor

Few weddings stop me dead in my tracks but this one has reduced my brain to producing only short phrases like the colors: wildly vibrant, the Bride: insanely adorable, and the whole event: what dreamy Mcdreams are made of. The longer version tells the tail of a crazy talented group of vendors like Events of Love and SplendorHeavenly Blooms...

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Spring Wedding Invitation Round Up

I have a grin from ear to ear today. Why, you ask? It's officially Spring!!! And there are so many things to love about that. I am personally celebrating a few things... today is my seven year anniversary with the love of my life, I'm looking forward to planting my garden, walks on the beach with our pup, and I'm SO ready for all of the sparkling new inspiration to come on SMP and SMP Living! We're starting off fresh today with...

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Santa Barbara Resort Wedding from Joy de Vivre & Michael + Anna Costa

When a wedding this pretty comes across our desk, it's not just a happy day. It's like this big sigh of "this is why I am never allowed to complain about my job" happy day. Because in life, beauty this rich and layered is decidedly rare and it easily reminds you that even on your cloudiest day, when it comes to weddings, all is good in the world. Designed by the lovely Joy de Vivre with flowers by...

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Holiday Party Shoot from Ryan Ray Photography

The holidays are the perfect time of year to slow down, celebrate and enjoy the simple things in life; like good food and conversation with family and friends. And if it happens to resemble anything even close to this dinner party captured by Ryan Ray, then we're in luck. A feast of epic proportions from Trumpet Vine Catering along with a relaxed, pine-infused tablescape...

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Holiday Wedding Inspiration Shoot from Ryan Ray Photography

Ryan Ray never sends us a wedding we don't love or a shoot we don't fall head over heels for and this next series has that all wrapped up into one pretty Holiday package. It's gorgeous. It's the epitome of casual elegance folded into a holiday-infused tablescape crafted by Love & Splendor along with florals by ...

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SMP at Home Spotlight + A Cocktail Recipe!

Halloween is a tricky holiday. Don't get me wrong, I love a good costume and have been known to eat my weight in pumpkin candy corns. But decorating for Halloween is often times a far cry from pretty. That is until we set out to craft an elegant take on this month's festivities. We showcased all the goodies photographed by Rebecca Hansen on SMP at Home...

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Halloween Dinner Party

While you can't deny that Halloween is one of the most entertaining holidays of the year, not everyone is inspired by the traditional Halloween decor.  This year, we thought it might be fun to glam it up, and make Halloween a little (dare I say?)... prettier!  We envisioned a Halloween party for the grown-ups, full of drama and modern elegance.  The classic orange & black combo was remade into a softer, Parisien-chic palette, full of wispy peaches, ivory & matte black.  The end...

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DIY Halloween Drip Candles

Up next is a breakdown of three great DIYs we incorporated into our high glam Halloween Dinner Party. All easy, no fuss ways to gussy up an at home affair. A palette of white and black combined with the prettiest of pale peach set the stage for an elegant spread and with the addition of these three projects, the party had instant depth and sophistication. So gather up those...

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Halloween Dinner Party Inspiration

We have some Halloween inspiration coming your way today that's a bit different from the standard holiday fare. Think a little less ghoulish and a little more high glamour; perfect for gathering your favorites around the table and toasting this Halloween. We started the inspiration wheels a turning with color. Our palette consisted of a mix of pale peach and matte black for a more sophisticated twist on tradition. Then we set about building a handful of DIY's into the party that are super...

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A Surprise Party, Part IV

It's been quite a day! But the reason that we wanted to break apart this particular party is because we want you to see what a fun and creative process planning something special in your own home can be. This was my first grown-up, I can't believe we hired a chef and actually had rentals in my home, definitely a splurge kind of party but it was so worth it. Sitting in such a warm and familiar spot, all gussied up and glittery, with the people that you love, sharing wine and laughs and a sense of...

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A Surprise Party, Part III

Okay, you've seen the inspiration board and the invitation sketches and I'm hoping that you love the concept as much as I did. Organic, glamorous, intimate, warm and modern. All wrapped up into one big ball of pretty. Two of the areas that we really wanted to concentrate on for our Surprise Party were the bar area - which would include a fun pink champagne +...

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A Surprise Party, Part II

Once you have your vision nailed down, it's time to start conceptualizing each piece. Starting with the paper goods, as it's those invitations that have to be popped into the mail before the rest of the party comes to fruition. And the paper pieces for this wedding ended up taking center stage. When we were conceptualizing everything, we really felt inspired by watercolor and calligraphy. Handcrafted pieces that addes a sense of art to our...

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A Surprise Party, Part I

We have such a treat for you today. It's a party, of course. But it's so much more than that because today, we're really breaking it apart, getting down to the nitty gritty and showing you how to design a beautiful celebration from inspiration to the last toast. Starting the way we always start on SMP...with an inspiration board. Because we whole heartedly believe that whether you are planning a wedding, or a surprise birthday party like this one, that having a refined inspiration board will...

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Fremont Wedding at Palmdale Estates by Jose Villa + Amy Kaneko Events

Over the years, Jose Villa and I have become friends. Good friends. The kind that can be totally honest with each other and have sleepovers and stuff. But without fail, every time I get a Jose Villa ding in my inbox, I STILL get the celebrity butterflies. And I dork out completely knowing that I get to write about a wedding photographed so beautifully, it can only be called art. And this one, my lovelies, is Jose at his finest. Add to...

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