Abby's Favorite Weddings of 2009
December 31, 2009

For anyone that knows me and just how much I love the weddings that we get to feature here on SMP, they'll understand completely when I say that there is no way in the world for me to choose a favorite. So I chose two favorites. First up, the wedding that will always be the most romantic affair I've ever laid eyes on. Planned by Lisa Vorce, flowers by Mindy Rice, paper goods by Yellow Owl Workshop and photography by Jose Villa...well, it was kind of a dream come true.

allisa and ryan

allisa and ryan

stunning photography by Jose Villa

This wedding was magic. Layers and layers and layers of magic. Lisa Vorce is always one of my favorite designers but for this particular affair, she completely outdid herself. She plans receptions as if they were rooms in her home being decked out for some really intimate, fabulous party. She uses materials that are so readily available, like thick silk ribbon and burlap runners, little brown bags filled with scraps of ribbon for confetti, oriental rugs that she finds at flea markets...and turns them into a space that is as romantic and elegant as it is completely chic. Lisa is basically a wedding God in my book and this particular affair, was high on my list of favorites for the year. Here is the rest of the perfect affair.

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Second, is the lovely, lovely, lovely wedding that we debuted on Martha Stewart then featured the entire gorgeous spread (including a cute DIY) right here. This Jackson Hole wedding was perfection. The blend of bridesmaids dresses, all in varying shades of blue, the pretty pretty flowers against the rustic feel of the burlap runners. The chic simplicity, the organic elegance. Every little bit of this wedding is so "me." You can see the rest of the wedding right here.

Jackson Hole Wedding

all of the gorgeous photos were snapped by Carrie Patterson

Other weddings that I fell hard for this year...The ridiculously gorgeous, modern and completely intimate affair that Jennifer and Christian held for $10,000. Mary-Kevin and Patrick's super cute DIY  affair. Sarah of Spruce's lovely backyard wedding. And of course, Jessica Claire's RIDICULOUSLY awesome wedding, filled to the brim with vintage gorgeousness.

That really doesn't scratch the surface. As I was going through our archived real weddings, especially in the "casual elegance" and "traditional elegance" categories, I couldn't believe how much goodness was tucked inside the pages. I love each and every wedding that I put up so choosing favorites was kind of like choosing my favorite kid. Whether it was that INSANE Monique Lhuillier dress in a wedding that you guys went nuts for, the absolutely perfect Jose Villa Santa Barbara wedding, Desiree and Ann's gorgeous backyard affair, the incredible seaside wedding by Gia Canali and Yifat Oren or the millions of other perfect details, perfect photo shoots, perfect brides and grooms...I loved them all. Each and every one.

So, a HUGE thank you to all of the vendors, all of the artists and all of the readers who continually help to make SMP a place of total inspiration, of total magic. May 2010 be just as fun, just as inspiring, just as gorgeous. And may all your wedding dreams come true...