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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

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

Hilarious SMP Kid Moments
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