Wrap It Up Pretty + Winners!
March 2, 2012

It's hard to believe that we are already wrapping up another stellar week of inspiration here on SMP - and even harder to believe that we've officially entered the month of March... which means only a few more weeks until the start of Spring!  And even though we are seriously giddy for the next few months of tulips and glorious rainy days, we're not quite ready to say goodbye to Winter just yet.  Instead, we'll be spending our weekend gazing lovingly at this brilliant photo shoot by the Oregon dream team of Simple Marie Styling and Amanda K Photography.  Set against a gorgeous snowy backdrop and featuring some of the most stunning gowns we have ever seen, this shoot is - in one word - amazing. So, cozy on up for a Friday night spent in the full gallery and then we'll see you back here on Monday morning, lovelies! xoxo

Click here for the FULL photo shoot!

From Danielle of Simple Marie Styling... Amanda and I have wanted to collaborate on a project like this for a long time. I’m 38 weeks pregnant which may seem like an odd time to start working on a project, but Amanda and I knew that it would be our only opportunity to collaborate for a while. So in two short weeks, we made it happen.

Amanda approached me with a concept for a high fashion shoot with bridal and artistic tones, and with that in mind, I sat down to create the dresses. The process was completely organic, no drawings, no plans — just sew a little, step back and take a look, then sew a little more. The white dress started as a demure and proper silhouette. I added the billowing tulle for some drama. The black dress I wanted to be beautiful, feminine and look high fashion. The feathers cascading down the bodice gave that soft feminine touch, and over 50 yards of tulle gave the skirt drama. For the right person, I think a black wedding dress would be amazing!

The accessories for the shoot were inspired from the dresses. A lace crown, a fluffy feathered bouquet and fresh garden roses with baby’s breath covered the chandelier to compliment the first look in white. A delicate lace mask and a pen feather were the perfect simple touches for the second look. On the day of the shoot, the snowy forecast somehow conspired in our favor and Amanda, as always, captured the moments perfectly. With our beautiful model and custom wardrobe, the light snow and dazzling light helped make this shoot everything we'd hoped for.

Photography: Amanda K Photography / Location: Mt. Ashland, Oregon / Styling + Bouquet: Danielle Mineart of Simple Marie Styling / Model: Taylor Darby / Makeup: Amanda Barber of MAC / Hair: Amanda Messing + Danielle Mineart of Simple Marie Styling / Dress Designer: Danielle Mineart of Simple Marie Styling

In case you missed any, here are all of the pretty posts from the week...

a stunning Washington, D.C. wedding
a gorgeous modern inspiration shoot
a dreamy Malibu affair
a beautiful New York soiree
an awe-inspiring Atherton affair
a magical Bald Head Island wedding
a day filled with eight gorgeous weddings
a romance-filled photo shoot
a breathtaking Occidental affair
a pretty, pretty Sonoma soiree

Some fabulous links from around the web...

gorgeous DIY gold hair accessories via Once Wed
cute as can be seed kit favors via {frolic!}
yummy double coconut muffins via Smitten Kitchen
fun paint-dipped baby food jars via Oh Happy Day!

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Little Black Book members...

Laura Lavender Calligraphy & Illustration
Esla Events
Elizabeth Trevan Civil Marriage Celebrant
Orangerie Events
Amy Kaneko Events
Christie Lopez Makeup and Skincare
The English Manor
Studio Marie-Pierre
Stella Event Design
KITANIM, a floral design and event company
Miramonte Resort & Spa

To apply to become a member of our LBB click here. We’d love to hear from you!

And, last, but certainly not least... we have some winners to announce!

Congratulations to Annalise and Jasmine for winning tickets to THE US GRANT Wedding Showcase this Sunday, March 4th in San Diego!

Attention Illinois bridesBrides, Bubbles & Bliss is taking place March 7th and Illinois reader, Dory, was randomly selected as the winner of a complimentary Bride + Guest Duo ticket!

SMP Texas reader, Heather, won $300 off any wedding collection compliments of Kristi Wright Photography!

Five lucky New York readers are heading to Wedding Crashers Sunday, March 4th to experience stellar vendors, mouth-watering cuisine (including FOUR food trucks!), complimentary cocktails, fabulous fashion and musicians!  Congrats Mark, Kate, Jamie, Davin and Adrienne!

The lucky winners of a $250 Gift Certificate towards any wedding stationery in Minted's wedding category are Jessica Nelson & Brynn Carr! Congratulations!

Have a happy, happy weekend, lovelies!  See you back here on Monday morning! xoxo