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A Totally Chic Camp Wedding

Can we please have an open forum about this pretty little wedding captured by Nirav Patel? Because honestly it’s fall meets fabulous (all thanks to those The Little Branch blooms and borrowed BLU tabletop rentals). See every bit of this stunner of a celebration in The Vault!



From the Bride…I am Hannah Campbell-Anderson, owner of Day of Gal- a partial coordination company and a proud member of the wedding industry! I got engaged to the best man in the world Kurt Anderson! He surprised me in our own home with 30 of our friends as well as family waiting on Skype The ring is an homage to a favorite ring of my grandmothers of white, yellow and rose gold. Hidden inside the band is a ruby, Kurt’s birthstone and the “heart” stone.

In choosing where to get married the location and overall weekend experience was really important to us. We searched for a place where once our guests arrived they could toss their car keys and not have a care in the world. We wanted a place where we could create a community of our favorite people for one whole weekend. We chose El Capitan Canyon and thus began the journey to #CampAnders #CanyonDigIt?

As part of their Save The Date, guests received a leather arrowhead luggage tag embossed with their names to get them excited about traveling to Santa Barbara. Along with the thickest, copper edged, copper foil printed, save the date invite from Amber Moon Design. To be followed by an equally incredible formal invitation.

It was a 2 day affair of friends and family holed up in El Capitan Canyon. Upon arrival guests (and vendors!) were gifted an El Capitan camp mug (that gets you free coffee for life!) and the ‘newspaper’ which Amber Moon Design put together and we called the ‘CampAnders Chronicle’. It contained the list of events for the weekend as well as other fun facts about the history of the kilt, my great grandmother’s wedding announcement, (more on both of those below) etc. Throughout the weekend guests were directed to each ‘event’ by a huge arrowhead made by Kurt that had interchangeable signs: “Gather” “Dance” and “Denim and Plaid”.

Friday night was a mandatory dress code of denim and plaid. It was a hoedown complete with lanterns, wool blankets, and a garland made of old jeans donated by our friends. We noshed on a classic Santa Barbara BBQ, with our very own ‘Kurt and Hannah’s Famous Bourbon BBQ Sauce’ slathered over an open spit dinner by El Cap. We kicked up the dust with bluegrass tunes from Moonsville Collective. S’mores and a campfire to round out the night, and guests left with a ‘nightcap’ of our favorite bourbon in ‘to-go’ bags by Amber Moon Design. I wore the Campbell Family Tartan sash with a vintage family kilt pin and gold jeans…. Obviously.

Saturday- guests were lead to the ceremony area, high above the ocean, with the Santa Ynez mountains as a back drop by a bagpiper as a nod to my Scottish heritage. Kurt surprised me with a handmade steel ‘HK’ logo under the incredible copper arch made by Sweet Emilia Jane and adorned by The Little Branch. Wound around the arch was smilax in honor of the New York Times wedding announcement I found for my great great grandmother’s wedding which read: “…They were married under an impromptu trellis of smilax…” It was her 105 yr old cathedral length veil that I wore down the aisle! As a gift that morning, Kurt sent to my cabin a compass engraved with our initials and the exact coordinates of our ceremony spot.

In lieu of bridesmaids I gave all my lifelong-soulmate-sister-friends a similar necklace: an arrowhead edged in gold. The arrowhead became one of the thematic elements of design that Amber wove into all the magic she created for the weekend. As a wedding coordinator, I understand the timeline benefits of doing a first look. As a traditionalist and a romantic, we wanted to see each other for the first time as I came over the hill. Turning the corner with my dad as we hit the top of the aisle, and with the most perfect timing in the world, our friends launched into the full voice chorus of “Feels Like Home”- Neil Diamond. I closed my eyes and thought my heart was going to explode with the joy of standing in the middle of the most important people in our lives, and when I opened them – there was Kurt waiting for me. Rather than traditional readings, we asked select friends and family to write on the subjects of “family”, “marriage” and “faith” for the heart of our ceremony. Two of our aunts joined us in a wine ceremony “Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup, but drink not from one cup.”

From the Groom…The whole weekend was so amazing but I’d probably say it was walking up to the top of the hill with all of our guests following, my parents by my side and a bagpiper leading the way. Each step I took, I knew I was one step closer to being married to Hannah. It was a moment that was full of electricity for me. I was so excited to see her. To give her a ring. To say I do!

From the Bride…During cocktail hour guests were able to see on display, the wedding quilt our families made. It is tradition in my family that when a woman gets married, the other women of her family as well as her future husband’s all needle point one square of a quit. It was assembled by a quilt maker in my native Pennsylvania. Guest found their seats via a seating chart- a leather hide handwritten in copper, hung from a arch built by Kurt.

We danced our first dance to “Leather and Lace” sung by two friends of ours. SBB Gourmet put forth an amazing family style meal at tables adorned with rambling eucalyptus, various vegetables, wood stumps, gourds, lanterns, candles, antlers, pampas grass, ferns and taxidermy by Sweet Emilia Jane and The Little Branch. Kurt and I spray painted everything we could find in copper- including the table numbers which were Bulliet Bourbon bottles collected by friends. The tables were topped off with cutting board menus by Amber Moon Design. We drank ‘Bourbon Bucks’ and wine from our favorite ‘Chronic Cellar Wines’ of which we are members, in Borrowed Blu’s incredible glassware with her hand foraged teak and brass flatware. Other tables were accented by a few copper sequins and splashes of blue from La Tavola Linens (a girl can’t help herself!). Awards were given out for best cabin decoration and best denim and plaid attire. We danced until we sweat it all out thanks to Red Shoe LA under and antler chandelier dripping with more smilax.

As a coordinator I am asked all the time for tips on how to navigate what is sure to be an overwhelming journey. 1) Each of you separately write a list of 5 things you must have and 5 things you don’t want as part of your wedding. Come together to see how much of your list aligns. Then come up with your master list. Keep coming back to this as you venue hunt and interview vendors. Don’t get distracted by things that, at the core, are not important to either of you as it can be easy to lose sight. 2) You’ll never regret what you invested into your wedding. You will regret where you cut corners 3) Oh, and always hire a coordinator!!!!! We were deeply grateful to work with vendors who are so talented, responsible and some of my very favorite colleagues- and we were sure to thank them during toasts. Of course the Day of Gal team gets a special shout out from me!

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Photography: Nirav Patel | Cinematography: Modern 8 Films | Coordination: Day Of Gal | Event Design: Sweet Emilia Jane | Floral Design: THE LITTLE BRANCH | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Invitations: Amber Moon Design | Engagement Ring: Rock For Her | Catering: SBB Gourmet Catering | Makeup: Brides by Kelly Jo | Hair: Jessica Liparoto | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs, Inc | DJ: Red Shoe LA | Venue: El Capitan | Hair Accessories: Untamed Petals | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photography - Assistance: Logan Cole | Rehearsal Dinner Band: Moonsville Collective | Rehearsal Dinner Catering: El Capitan | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Specialty Tabletop Rentals: borrowed BLU

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A Modern, Minimalist Barn Wedding

Let me just say, this isn’t your average barn wedding. It’s a rustic, Texas-set celebration that took a “less is more approach” for a minimalist look we absolutely love. Their venue, an all-white barn with stunning windows and natural light galore, was pretty much a photographer’s dream and you can see the results from the lens of Jessica Gold.

Rustic Venue

From the Bride…When we started planning our wedding, I knew we wanted an organic, natural and simplistic theme. We found the White Sparrow Barn and it was everything I imagined and more. Having the all-white background made the decoration process easy. It was like having a blank canvas. Not only did we go with the natural style we originally wanted, but minimal decoration was needed with a venue that gorgeous. We decided to go with neutral colors – light grey for the bridesmaids and charcoal for the groomsmen. Color was minimal with pops of pinks, wine red, and gold in the florals and of course, lots of greenery.

My favorite moment from the day was hands down our first look! We went back and forth whether being traditional or doing a first look was right for us and for our day. Looking back, we are both so glad we decided to share a first look. There is something so intimate and special with the first time you see each other on the wedding day; we wanted to have that moment just be the two of us. And I mean come on- first look’s make STUNNING pictures! We were able to have some time together before the ceremony to see each other, share happy tears, read through our vows and calm each other’s nerves. When we shared with others about our first look plans, we got the response of ‘isn’t that going to ruin the moment when you walk down the aisle?’ It totally doesn’t! In fact, it made the remainder of the evening all the more better. First looks aren’t for everyone but they are totally worth thinking about!

The most important thing we wanted for our wedding was just to enjoy the day and have time to spend together. While planning, so many people told me ‘you won’t even have time to eat your cake’ or ‘you’ll be talking to your guests instead of enjoying yourself.’ I didn’t want this! My husband and I set our priorities for our wedding day ahead of time, which turned out to be really beneficial. Our main priority was to meet with our guests at the very beginning of the reception so we could spend the remainder of the night on the dance floor with our friends and family. Our day was exactly what we made it and we wouldn’t have done it any other way.

My advice for the future bride is three things. 1. Trust your vendors. Choose vendors that match your style and let them do their part of the work! 2. Ask questions. Planning a wedding is hard work! Ask your vendors questions, even if it doesn’t pertain to their specialty. My photographer, Jessica, introduced me to vendors, helped plan the timeline of our wedding day, and joyfully answered countless emails about general wedding day questions. 3. ENJOY YOUR WEDDING DAY. Once your day hits, take a deep breath and know that everything is going to run smoothly. Spend time with your family, friends and most importantly, your husband. When you look back, you are only going to remember the sweet moments, the happy tears, the fun and the joy of a new marriage.

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Photography: Jessica Gold Photography | Event Planning: A Number of Things | Floral Design: Oh Deery Floral | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Jar Cakery | Invitations: TiedandTwo | Bride's Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Hair + Makeup: Beauty And The Blush | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: The White Sparrow

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See SMP in the Latest ‘Charleston Weddings’ Issue!

We’ve had a longtime love affair with the pretty happening over at Charleston Weddings, so when an opportunity to collaborate on their latest Fall-Winter 2016 magazine came about, we jumped on it. Inside the issue, you’ll find an exclusive Style Me Pretty section that we’ve custom-designed for the Charleston bride including a real elopement, inspo for your bachelorette weekend, stationery trends, and a Q&A with Abby Larson. In celebration of this exciting partnership, we’re sharing a glimpse of the issue’s must-see fashion shoot photographed by Corbin Gurkin. Pop the bubbly and let’s celebrate!






“We brought the season’s most timeless gowns here to

harken the era where colorful laces, layered luxe fabrics,

hand-embroidered veils, and jewels upon jewels reigned.”

-Charleston Weddings




Grab Your Copy of Charleston Weddings on Newsstands Now!

From Charleston Weddings… When we first visited the newly restored and redressed Gibbes Museum of Art, we were blown away by the majestic architecture, grand sense of space inside and out, and fabulous art collection. The Campbell Rotunda (so named for the stained glass dome that tops it) sculpture gallery particularly struck us and we know brides and grooms hosting weddings there were in for epic memories. Taking a cue from the Edwardian period when the museum first opened its stylish doors to patrons, we brought the season’s most timeless gowns here to harken the era where colorful laces, layered luxe fabrics, hand- embroidered veils, and jewels upon jewels reigned. Looking for a major Big Day statement in a storied location? Look no further.

For full fashion and style credits, head on over to Charleston Weddings Magazine now!

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Photography: Corbin Gurkin Photography | Styling: Lindsey Nowak | Hair + Makeup: Ashley Brook Perryman | Venue: The Gibbes Museum of Art | Chairs, Sofa, Pillows: Ooh! Events | Original Source: Charleston Weddings Magazine

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These Gowns Will Literally Take Your Breath Away

Guys, New York Bridal Week was ah-mazing, but when Pronovias presented its 2017 Atelier Pronovias Collection at the historic Prince George Ballroom, let me tell you… it was an entirely new level of awesome. Think one mesmerizing gown after another gracing the runway, all with that unique + elegant craftsmanship that Pronovias is so well-known for. Get your sneak peek below.

From stunning sheaths to breathtaking ballgowns, the 2017 Atelier Pronovias Collection had jaws dropping with its smooth lines, exquisite fabrics and intricate details. From the beautiful embroidery to the silk threads to the dazzling gemstones, each insanely gorgeous gown was an absolute show-stopper… and highlighted the latest trends in fashion in the way that only Pronovias knows how. It’s no wonder the entire event was dotted with celebrities, like British presenter Louise Roe, American fashion influencer Blair Eadie, television presenter Vanessa Huppenkothen and President of Pronovias, Alberto Palatchi.

Whether you are marrying in an intimate, yet completely fabulous city hall ceremony or plan on celebrating your nuptials with 500 of your closest friends and family, Pronovias has a gown for your and your wedding. Visit a Pronovias location today to find the ONE.

Makeup: Marina Kallman for Artis Brush | Hair: Michelle Martens for Joico | Photography (Backstage): Charlotte van den Berg | Photography (Front Row + Backstage): Xavi Menos