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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

The Pros + Cons of Having Kids At Your Wedding

When it comes to hashing out the details of the big day, every couple has to make the guest list decision: kids welcome or adults only? It’s not always an easy question to answer, and today we’re weighing the factors to consider on both sides of the coin to help you make the choice that best fits your wedding vision. Grab your pro/con list and let’s get to it…

CON: Meltdown Potential

We’ve all been there. A couple is right in the middle of exchanging their heartfelt vows, or the Father of the Bride is delivering a tear-jerking toast, only to be interrupted by a kid who’s in the middle of a full-blown meltdown. With littles on the guest list, big life moments could be met with unexpected tantrums.

PRO: Treasured Moments

If you’ve got important kiddos in your life, you’ll likely always remember including them on your wedding day. Whether it’s sweet hugs from the flower girls or stealing a kiss from the ring bearer, they’re once-in-a-lifetime moments you’ll treasure long after the big day comes and goes.

CON: Not Their Scene

Many couples look at their wedding as a chance to host the ultimate party, and that may not include kiddos running wild. Kids can struggle to keep occupied during the ceremony and can grow frustrated being told to stay in their seats. Instead, you could use your no-kids wedding as an opportunity for parents to book a babysitter, let loose, and enjoy a night out.

PRO: Kids Table Can Be Cool

There are a million fun ideas to deck out your kids’ table with everything they’ll love. From coloring books to sweet treats to bubbles and more, they can have a great time even if the toasts or first dance don’t hold their attention.

CON: Receptions Aren’t Playgrounds

Let’s face it, black tie events and tiny humans don’t often mix well. It’s best to look at the formality of your wedding and ask yourself, “Would children be able to enjoy this event?” If your wedding is an upscale, open bar affair continuing way past bedtime, the answer is probably no.

PRO: Kids Add Life to the Party

On the flip side, no one gets a party started like kids on the dance floor. If you’re planning a more casual, family-style celebration, you probably wouldn’t dream of not including those littles you love most.

CON: Additional Headcount Costs

Every guest (young and old) means added numbers on the headcount and another seat at the dinner table. Plus, do you really want your wedding budget going towards their gourmet meal when they’d rather dine on chicken nuggets and fries?

PRO: Babies in Bow Ties

Kids on the guest lists equals babes dressed to the nines. You won’t be able to handle the cuteness when you see how darling your tiniest guest look on the big day.

Bonus! LOL Kids Moments on SMP

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Two Fashion Buyers Tie the Knot in Style

Let’s just say Danielle and Kyle know a thing or two about style. These two New York City fashion buyers – Danielle for Bloomingdale’s and Kyle for Ralph Lauren – knew their wedding day had to make a statement and they totally delivered. Rebecca Yale Photography captured and the gallery is a fashion lover’s dream.

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From The Styled Bride and Rebecca Yale Photography….Danielle and Kyle were married on June 4th, 2016 at the Ashford Estate. Danielle and Kyle both work in New York City as buyers in the fashion industry, Danielle at Bloomingdales and Kyle at Ralph Lauren. Fashion was a very important element to them for their wedding day. They both attended NYU, but did not meet until after graduation at a local bar. The bride and groom picked the lovely Ashford Estate in Allentown, NJ as it was the perfect distance between their two families and an easy drive for their friends in New York City. The day was planned and styled to perfection by The Styled Bride. Guests gathered on a sunny Saturday afternoon and enjoyed a pre-ceremony drink in the courtyard before being welcomed into the light filled white barn, decked out in lush florals and candles by Sullivan Owen. The bride and groom recited vows they wrote themselves in matching his and her vow notebooks. Guests were invited to enjoy cocktail hour in the conservatory and out on the patio as golden hour set in. Guests were then welcomed into the reception by the Craig Scott Orchestra, which was bathed in candlelight and leafy green florals.

The estate has the elegant feel of a French chateau, which the bride and groom played into with their delicately calligraphed invitations that carried through to all the paper goods of the day- program, escort cards and menu by Written Word Calligraphy. Guests received a wedding welcome bag with a welcome letter and wedding day (and day after) essentials kit from the bride and groom. The bride wore a intricately detailed beaded gown by Monique Lhuillier with matching veil with blush and gold tones weaved in. The dress was paired with Valentino Rock Stud heels in nude to give the look a little edge and a vintage beaded clutch. The bride’s bouquet and boutonnieres created by the Sullivan Owen were soft and organic with long trailing ribbons featuring peonies, roses and blushing bride- one of the bride’s favorite flowers. The bride and groom exchanged letters and presents before the first look, the bride gifting the groom new sunglasses, which he wore throughout the day.

The bride and groom had their first look in front of the estate as their parents and wedding party watched through the large glass windows. Bridesmaids wore lovely off the shoulder grey gowns while the groomsmen looked sharp in their black tuxes. The couple honored their families by having a memory table with photographs from their parents and grandparents weddings set at a table by the entrance and a 4 of those grandparents were in attendance at the wedding. Guests danced the night away and enjoyed the old fashioned photo booth before joining the couple for a sparkler send off and an after party in the library with snow cones, hot dogs and favors of Momofuku Milk Bar truffle cake balls.

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Cinematography: Well Spun Wedding Films | Event Planning: Styled Bride | Floral Design: Sullivan Owen | Stationery: Written Word Calligraphy | Engagement Ring: Soho Gem | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Merri-Makers Catering & Special Events | Hair + Makeup: Jen At Salon Zen | Favors: Momofuku Milk Bar | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Venue: Ashford Estate | Photo Booth: Sweet Booths | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Wedding Dress + Veil: Monique Lhuillier

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