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Romantic Secret Garden-Inspired London Wedding Weekend

Oh my gosh, how I adore this adorable duo and their whimsical wedding festivities! From their engagement session to their rehearsal dinner (complete with croquet, a colorful lounge area and balloon animals!) this Bride and Groom couldn’t be cuter (neither could their flower girls!). And don’t even get me started on their wedding—drenched in out-of-this-world florals by Zita Elze. Check out the full gallery here to see it all!

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From the beautiful Bride… With guests coming from each corner of the world, and the fact that we chose The Savoy as a venue, we wanted to create a special experience for our guests for a very memorable occasion. We wanted something that reflected both mine & Andrew’s quirks and was grand whilst also intimate so our guests felt relaxed and enjoyed the day as much as we did.

The Savoy is one of the most incredible hotels in the entire world but furthermore it allowed us to have all our guests over three very different stunning rooms and move comfortably within them.

My dress was bespoke couture and encompassed everything I had envisaged and more. It was A-line with an internal drop waist corset, white lace over ivory duchess satin with a cap sleeve and the back had sheer lace at the top & a 72 inch train. Beading was on the bodice & sleeves and added along the hem and scattered up the skirt and up the centre of the train. The process of its creation was a real joy, I met every few weeks for 6 months with Philippa’s team who could not have been lovelier and those meetings were always the highlight of my week, their devotion to their craft was really inspiring and seeing the dress slowly come together was a joy. Nicholas Kirkwood Bespoke made a lace ankle boot for me in the same lace as my dress. The bridesmaids and my sisters/maids of honour chose their own dresses as we wanted them to look & feel their best.

The floral brief was a sense of magical organic romance —a very romantic wild country garden where the theme flowed from room to room. I didn’t want anything structured or too formal. The aisle in the ceremony room was grass lined with moss and trees which created a magical garden for my walk up the aisle. The main focus in the reception room was a tree covered in bespoke paper lanterns which replaced escort cards—each one had guest names and their table numbers.

We used poetry plates as favors which acted as the charger plate on the dinner tables. We had our names and wedding date printed on the reverse side. These were later boxed and placed in gift bags with our initials on for each guest to take away at the end of the evening.

The most memorable part of the wedding day was being on the dance floor when Beverley Knight started singing my favourite song Black Butta, which is something I will remember for the rest of my life!

Cranes were incorporated into our wedding theme which signify good luck in Sudan, and small watercolours of scenes from our hometown of Khartoum were given as favors.

For the Rehearsal Dinner, the florist created two distinct styles for the two different sides of the party. The first was an english garden style on the front lawn, with english blooms & roses in antique
vases on the tables. For the second part of the party, in the back garden, the style was modern Asian and the flowers were in jewel tones to match the decor.

We set up a Pad Thai station in the garden for an informal and fun dinner, which was served in polished coconut shells. There was also a tent filled with a buffet of miniature desserts.

We incorporated lots of entertainment for both adults and children including a balloon artist, a magician, singers, a band and we ended the evening with fireworks on the lawn.

Since lots of our guests don’t drink alcohol, we wanted them to feel like we hadn’t forgotten about them, and so we hired professional mixologists to create a wonderful selection of non alcoholic cocktails.

Photography: Catherine Mead | Videographer: Bloomsbury Films | Wedding Planner: Bruce Russell | Floral Design: Zita Elze | Wedding Dress: Phillipa Lepley | Cake: Peggy Porschen | Stationery: Grosvenor Stationery Company | Ceremony Venue: The Savoy | Reception Venue: The Savoy | Wedding Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood Bespoke | Hair Stylist: Shaun Hoffman At Sejour | Lighting: Wise Productions | Balloon Artist: Miss Ballooniverse | Chairs: Great Hire | Escort Lanterns: Cutture | Flowergirls’ Dresses: Nicki Macfarlane | Groom’s Attire: Tom Ford | Indian Tents: Raj Tent Club | Linens & Glassware: Options Hire | Magician: Christopher Howell | Make Up Artist: Rachel Jones | Poetry Plate Favours: Mineheart | Rehearsal Dinner Caterers: Rhubarb | Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Rehearsal Dinner Floral Design: Wildflower Cafe | Rehearsal Dinner Groom's Attire: Paul Smith | Rehearsal Dinner Headband: Jennifer Behr | Rehearsal Dinner Oyster Shuckers: Oyster Meister | Rehearsal Dinner Planner: Teatime Production | Rehearsal Dinner Shoes: Chanel | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Family’s Home | Singer: Cassia O’Reilly | Singer: Beverley Knight | Veil: Phillipa Lepley

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Surprise Maui Proposal for Morgan from Survivor + Kevin

When photographer Wendy Laurel got a call from Morgan to do a couple’s shoot for her and her boyfriend, Kevin, neither of them knew yet what was in store for that special day… A surprise proposal! Luckily, Wendy was there to capture the adorable couple in all their newly-engaged bliss, and was sweet enough to share all the snaps with us in the gallery here!

From Wendy LaurelIf you ever watched Survivor — the Beauty vs. Brains series, you might not expect that Morgan is as sweet and soft spoken as she is. We all knew she was beautiful though. Morgan and her boyfriend, Kevin, headed out to Maui for a little vacation. She called me up and scheduled a fun couple’s shoot. Little did she knew that Kevin was going to propose on that same day. She said YES of course!

The wind was blowing, the sun was in and out of the clouds, the surf was loud… all in all, a pretty typical beach day on the upper west side of Maui. Morgan and Kevin are so in love and so sweet with each other. It was such a fun time shooting them together.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Location: Kapalua Beach, Maui

SMP Salutes Our Military Members

Today is no ordinary day m’dears. Not in the least. Because today we honor, salute, and remember the fearless men and women who’ve defended our country and sacrificed for our freedom. A salute to our soldiers with an ode to military weddings, both big and small. It’s our way of saying thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your service.

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Love Story Inspiration Shoot

This elegant love story shot by Rodion Shapor captures the love between this couple perfectly with warm blues and gray touches. The gorgeous bridal bouquet by FleurFabric pulls this romantic shoot together. You can see every moment of pretty here.

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From The Couple…The reason for the shooting was our love story , one year ago we met .. It was love at first sight! We spent a whole day together : a lot of laughing , walking and holding hands .. And exactly one year later decided to memorializing the day.

I guess everyone has their favorite spot, where you forget about everything, a place where time stops .. Pavlovsk Park – is our soul, we are in love with each meter of this magical place! We decided to take on the background of the colonnade of Apollo, which is the absolute perfection of the art …

Shades of gray haze, saturated blue and pale blue perfectly fit into the overall mood of our shooting. I really wanted to show the elegance, and at the same time, ordinary negligence, elegance and tenderness. Girls understand me perfectly and made our shoot stunningly delicate, harmonious and sophisticated ..

Photography: Rodion Shapor | Event Planning: Mariage Elegant | Floral Design: FleurFabric | Wedding Dress: Bluebells | Venue: Pavlovsk Park | Accessories For Brides: Anna Luv Store | MUAH: Anna Magay | Paper Goods: You Are Invited | Scroll: Natalia Kuznetcova | Video: Mark Mazin

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Romantic Laduree-Inspired Tuscany Beach Wedding

If you think that an Eiffel Tower proposal in Paris on Valentine’s Day is unparalleled, just wait until you feast your eyes on the wedding captured by Facibeni Fotografia. Set at Bagno Francomare on the coast of Italy, this gorgeous Bride and Groom wed in serious style, with a Ladurée theme and Il Bianco E Il Rosa at their side to plan it all. There’s just too much pretty to recount—the gallery speaks for itself.

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From Facibeni FotografiaTuscany is widely recognized for its hills, for historical cities and great food. A few know the Versilia coast, in northern Tuscany, and its beautiful towns. Protected by the Alps on one side and the sea on the other, Versilia is a favorite destination for summer vacations in Tuscany since the ’60s. A long 30 km road separates the bathing resorts from cities full of boutiques, art, and good food. The wedding of this beautiful couple was organized in Pietrasanta, a small but lively town rich in art and craft shops, art galleries and taverns with local products. The center of Pietrasanta is the Piazza del Duomo, where is the great cathedral, completely covered with marble outside and painted with frescoes inside.

Alessandra and Massimiliano, like many other Italian couples, chose a religious ceremony in a small church and the reception at the nearby beach, inside a beach resort. After the ceremony, guests moved to the seashore for a cocktail made with sparkling wine and fresh seafood. After that, an excellent dinner prepared right at the beginning of the beach, under the stars with the sound of the sea in the background. The bride was looking for an elegant wedding. She wore a simple and dress and a long veil. The weather, as often in this area, was sunny and breezy; guests have enjoyed a romantic sunset on the sea. Enjoy!

From Il Bianco E Il RosaAlessandra and Massimiliano got in touch with me four months prior to their wedding day. They had already booked the church and the venue for the receptions. They were looking for the most suitable vendors for their French-style wedding on the beach in Tuscany. Alessandra and Massimiliano have good taste and, thank to this, were not easy to please. They were looking for a classic but chic ceremony in the church. Given the short time available and the many things to do before the wedding, I got started on it right away.

The theme they chose was “Ladurèe” – the proposal took place in Paris, on February 14th, at the 58 Restaurant on the Eiffel tower. I immediately got in touch with Facibeni Fotografia for wedding photography, as I knew they would have been perfect on this occasion. One of the photographers, Cristiano, is a master in collecting the finest details from a wedding.

The ceremony took place into the stunning Pieve di Valdicastello in Pietrasanta, and was followed by the reception in a luxurious beach resort in Forte dei Marmi. The guests enjoyed canapes on the beach before sit for dinner on the side of the beautiful swimming pool. Fireworks over the see lighted up the night. The music, played by a band that came from South of Italy for the occasion, highlighted the cake cutting, in front of many elegant and thrilled guests.

Photography: Facibeni Fotografia | Event Planning: Il Bianco E Il Rosa | Floral Design: Le Petit Jardin | Wedding Dress: Blumarine | Cake: Gelateria Mani | Invitations: Pineider | Reception Venue: Bagno Francomare | Makeup: Silvia Gerzeli | Groom's Attire: Pignatelli | Church Decor: Amanda Casassa | Music: Domenico Pasquino

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