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Red Lips + Pink Peonies Make This Modern Wedding Magical

I love little touches that pack a punch and nothing tickles me more than red lips and red nails on a classic bride. Only way to make it even better? Pops of hot pink throughout thanks to lots and lots of peonies. Sposto Photography captured this modern glam Napa wedding that has it all – see more fun pics in our Vault right this way!

From the Bride… Jesse had surprised me with an unforgettable proposal at The Carneros Inn, so it felt very special to also host our wedding at such a beautiful property to build on more wonderful memories.

Our wedding was in May, and the grounds at The Carneros Inn had started blooming and the gardens were beautifully lush. We kept florals simple and went with a summertime citrus palette of grapefruit pinks, bright oranges, and I chose a bold bouquet of bright pink peonies that added a real pop of color as I walked down the aisle.

It started raining the morning of our wedding, and we were worried we would have to move our outdoor ceremony inside, but half an hour before the ceremony began, as if right on cue, the clouds disappeared, the sun was shining, and we could not have asked for a more beautiful backdrop to exchange the vows we had written for each other.

Jesse and I had so much fun on our wedding day with our friends and family, enjoying great food and wine, and dancing the night away. I love re-living that day through our wedding photos and remembering the overwhelming feeling of love and warmth that filled the room that day. I’m so grateful for my wonderful husband, our wonderful friends and family, and can’t wait to plan our future vow renewal someday!

Photography: Sposto Photography | Floral Design: Julie Stevens Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Paperless Post | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair + Makeup: Susie Chhuor Makeup | DJ: DJ Celeste | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Venue: Carneros Inn | Chalkboards: Joanne Green | Rentals: Julie Stevens Designs

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Say Hello to a New Decade with a Gorgeous and Sparkling Dinner

Sparkle is always a good idea. It fits any and all celebrations including the big ones; i.e. entering a brand spankin new decade. For this 40th birthday an elegant backyard dinner party was planned by Deets & Things and glittering headpieces and fancy attire were on the agenda. Add in a private chef and photographs by L & B Photography and you have the perfect way to celebrate 40.

My sister was never the type to make a big deal about her birthday but all while growing up, she always made sure I had the prettiest birthday parties on the block. So when she turned 40 this year, I wanted to return the favor and couldn’t let her shy away from a worthy celebration. A big production wasn’t her style so I planned an intimate candlelit dinner in her beautiful Newport Beach backyard.

The gals were given glittery headpieces and all wore white while the men were dressed to the nines in black and bow ties. The long table draped in soft neutrals with beautiful agate place cards written by Seniman Calligraphy popped against the lush greens of her backyard.

We enjoyed music, craft cocktails, and appetizers before sitting down to an amazing four course fine dining by the talented Daniel Sutcliff of Your Sous Chef. 

It was just a small token to all the wonderful birthday memories she made for me as a kid but that night, it was everything to laugh, reminisce, and shed a few happy tears in the glow of candlelight.

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Photography: L & B Photography | Event Planning + Design: Deets & Things | Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy | Chair Rentals: Something Borrowed Party Rentals | MUA: Valerie Vonprisk | Party Hats and Headpieces: Deets & Things | Private Backyard Residence: Newport Beach | Private Chef: Your Sous Chef | Rentals: Baker Party Rentals

Inspiration for a Florence-Set Wedding

Florence is easily one of the most romantic cities in the world, so it only made sense when European-based vendors Sandra Aberg PhotographyA Very Beloved WeddingSequence Five and an entire team of talent chose it as the setting for their dreamy bridal shoot. They fully embraced the colors, the rich history, the very essence of Florence and the gallery is filled to the brim with must-see inspiration.

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From A Very Beloved WeddingThis love story between Lisa and Francesco in inspired on their story and love for Florence. Getting engaged and married in Florence is embracing the colors of the city, it´s Renaissance and artful history. With the bridal shoot we portrayed a lighthearted, joyful and still enigmatic woman in Florence, who found her true love and bonding experience with her husband to be. This story is a visual representation of what happiness means and an illusion that seduces us to become part of Lisa’s and Francesco’s story.


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Photography: Sandra Aberg Photography | Cinematography: Sequence Five | Event Design: A Very Beloved Wedding | Floral Design: A Very Beloved Bloom | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Roland's | Stationery : Michaela McBride Calligraphy | Bride's Shoes: Rene Caovilla | Jewelry: O.Schoen | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Engagement Dress: Maria Fekih | Event Production + Creative Direction + Styling: A Very Beloved Wedding | Furniture Rentals: Roland's | Getting Ready Dress: Vera Wang | Groom's Shoes: Wolfgang Joop | Headpieces: Jannie Baltzer | Make-up and Hair: Lara Navarrini | Make-up and Hair: Antonella Macaluso | Partners: Tuscany for Weddings | Props: A Very Beloved Wedding | Stationery Prayer: Post Calligraphy | Villa Le Fontanelle: Villa Le Fontanelle

10 Signs He’s Going to Propose this Holiday Season

You’ve been together for a while. You know it’s happening at some point. But how do you really know if he is planning on popping the question soon? Like how about now? When the holidays have set everything aglow and the world just feels more romantic. Scroll DOWN to read 10 sure-fire ways to know if he’s proposing during this magical season. Well, sure-fire might be a stretch. Or maybe it’s not. And if he needs a little ring help, click thru the gallery of our favorites!

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He’s been getting mushy lately.

Like talking about your future. Wanting to cuddle on the sofa and just look at the lights on the tree rather than tune in to Friday night Football. If he has made a distinct shift into mush-ville, you know a ring is on the horizon.

He asks if you want to go on a trip.

Especially around the holidays when no one goes on trips unless they involve great Uncle Albert and a really bad fruitcake. If he ponies up a Caribbean trip right when you’re brainstorming on ways to avoid getting your cheeks pinched by Grandma Ruth, you know love is in the air.

He cranks up his cheap side a bit.

Saying no to big group dinners at fancy restaurants (because aren’t those the WORST for paying way more than you should be thanks to that absurdly expensive bottle of champagne that was ordered!?), or suggesting that you netflix and chill instead of going out on the town? He could have a very expensive reason for resorting to his often buried cheap side.

He asks what your pinterest handle is.

This one’s tricky because he either wants to buy you a bag or a diamond ring. And it could go either way.

He is acting squirrely and nervous.

He’s fidgety. And can’t sit still. When boys make big decisions, it often means they can’t plop on to the sofa with the same sense of ease that they normally do and instead, they putz around, fussing with everything, asking a million questions and generally just being odd. Especially on the day-of.

He plans a trip – without you.

Because a trip without you could very well mean a trip to see your dad which has a high likelihood of being built around “the talk.” He could also just be going to Vegas with his buddies but a little snooping around should get you the answers you need pretty fast.

Your parents start acting weird.

And if there is a trip to have “the talk” on the horizon, it will be made all the more clear when your mom starts acting aloof. This is a classic mom response. Dad’s are generally a little more cool. Moms? Not usually so cool.

He encourages you to go out for manicures with your girlfriends.

Manicure = cute hands when something sparkly is placed upon it. And this is especially true if you getting a manicure has never even entered into his brain space.

You notice that he is checking out other girls’….RINGS!

You notice your man checking out a girl. Not totally unusual. Take notice of exactly where he is looking. If he’s checking out her hands then you know what’s in store. That said, hands are generally kept near rears so again, this one could go either way.

He doesn’t seem to be doing any major shopping.

Because he’s done! If his gift is a big ass sparkly ring, he doesn’t need to do another darned thing!

Saturday Morning Movie: First Comes Match.com, Then Comes Marriage

We got a sneak peek on all the love between these two when we got to witness THE BIG QUESTION being asked – thanks to Focused Bliss Productions. And then once again, they were there to capture the magic unfold when these cuties said “I do” in front of their friends and family. If you ever doubt the success of online dating, look no further than this story right here, where fate and a little thing called Match.com made dreams into romantic reality.

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From Focused Bliss Productions… Ben came across Janelle’s profile on Match.com and immediately knew he had to message her. He took her to the Smoking Goat in North Park San Diego, CA for their first date and couldn’t stop smiling the moment that she walked in the door. So it was only appropriate to propose to her at the same exact spot. Ben had Focused Bliss Productions, a leading wedding cinematography company in San Diego, CA, capture not only this candid and momentous event in which Janelle said YES, but also the romantic story that led up to this most special day (see here on Style Me Pretty!)!

Now, a year later, Ben and Janelle held an intimate gathering of friends and families to witness them officially tying the knot at the Mount Woodson Castle amidst the beautiful hills of Ramona, CA. With Southern California’s consistently warm weather, this winter wedding was held outdoors and it could not have provided a more stunning and breath-taking setting. The day was filled with wonderful and non-traditional details from Janelle’s sparkling wedding dress and shoes to the dessert bar of donuts that replaced the wedding cake to their grand exit at night into a classic getaway car.

The best moment of all, however, was when the couple spoke their vows under the golden-lit trees adjacent to the castle. They shared sentimental words with Ben thanking Janelle for saying ‘yes’ to their first date, and again for their second date – providing the opportunity to pave the path for their relationship to come. The officiant, a friend of the couple, could not have more aptly described this than by telling the guests “If you know these two together, you should know exactly what love should look like.” If you yourself want to know what true love looks like… just click play!


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Photography: Lauren Natalie Photography | Cinematography: Focused Bliss Productions | Floral Design: Nina's Florist | Catering: Personal Touch Dining | DJ: Sound Prodigy | Venue: Mt. Woodson Castle | Desserts: Donut Bar

Festive Nail Polish Colors For The Perfect Holiday Manicure

I’m a firm believer that one of the best accessories for a holiday party is a festive manicure! It’s the perfect way to add a pop of color or a splash of sparkle to any outfit. There are so many amazing nail colors out there but we picked six that we are obsessing over this season. Trust me, you will be obsessed too!

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#SMPWedding101 – Your Guide to Authentic Engagement Photos

Most of us have never been in front of a professional camera, so when it comes time to smile away for those engagement pics, how do you ensure success and avoid any awkwardness? Fret not my friends, we have Still55 Photography on hand to share their insight on making sure those engagement photos capture the true you, as authentic as can be and let’s get real… make sure they’re mantle worthy!

Gel With Your Photographer

This is the most important rule of thumb! If you’re not feeling your photographer’s personality during the consult, you’re probably not going to vibe with them very well during your session… which will turn into an awkward nightmare with moments that you don’t ever want to experience. The last thing you want is a stranger that doesn’t understand you or your significant other photographing you in an uncomfortable way. Go with your gut, if you feel like you could be friends with your photographer, you’re on the right track. Remember your photographer is the only vendor you’ll spend your entire wedding day with, so make sure you click and it will set the tone for the rest of your experience.

Ask Questions

When you’re interviewing your short list of photographers asking lots of questions is essential but there is one question you must ask to ensure you avoid a bad experience. Ask the photographer about their process before AND during the session; if their response seems random and fake, that’s how your images will more than likely turn out. Great artists have great processes in creating great work. Our process is founded on learning a lot about our couples and talking at length about how they wish to be captured. We learn what they want and what they don’t won’t beforehand. We also work with them on finer details such as maintaining a cohesive color palette that blends with their style and home decor, along with wardrobe and locations. Working out all of this with your photographer will build confidence before you ever step in front of their camera.

Trust

Once you’ve worked out all the details leading up to your session, the next step is to trust the plan. Overthinking the details can take you away from being yourself. Make a plan and then trust that plan.

Be You

When the day finally arrives you should already have gelled with your photographer, know exactly what to expect and trust the plan, so now it’s time to be YOU. No matter what, most people are a bit nervous at the beginning – that’s okay! Your photographer should know how to quickly work out the nerves and help you both relax. When I first meet a couple during the intentional consult, I pay attention to their subtleties, whether they smile a lot, or if they’re affectionate towards one another. The subtle mannerisms are the real you and if you’ve picked the right photographer, they should pick up on that. If they don’t, it’s okay to to speak up and say, “Thats not me, or that’s not us”. Be real, be you!

Focus on Each Other – Not the Camera

Lastly, I always tell my couples to ignore me and focus on each other. My job is to observe them, not for them to observe my camera. Hold hands, make each other laugh, be with each other, together, in the moment. Do your best to quiet your thoughts and be present, focused on each other. Trust me, if you ignore your photographer and give all your attention to one another, you will create authenticity just by being yourselves.

The Most Stunning Engagement Photos EVER
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The Most Stunning Engagement Photos EVER
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ONGOING GIVEAWAYS + DISCOUNTS…  

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We’re excited to share that Shine invitations is currently offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $500 (US orders only) as well as a free sample kit featuring the invitation of your choice, color charts, paper samples, and an example Save the Date! Don’t miss out!

THIS WEEK’S DISCOUNTS…

For our California Brides… Discount from The Ranch at Laguna Beach

For our Southwest Brides… Don’t miss upcoming trunk shows at Lovely’s in Houston!

For our New England Brides.. Discount from Long’s Jewelers (Estate Jewelry and Wedding Bands)!

For our Tri-state Brides… Discount from Femina Photo + Design, giveaways from NST Pictures and OLLI STUDIO

For our Southeast Brides… Discount from The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village

More trunk show news!

Don’t miss the Anna Campbell trunk shows at the following Lovely locations: Houston Dec. 9th- 11th | Charleston Dec. 16th – 18th!

Don’t miss the Rue De Seine trunk shows at the following Lovely locations: Miami Dec. 9th – Dec. 11th | San Francisco Dec. 16th – 18th | Washington DC Jan. 6th – 8th | Charleston Jan. 13th – 15th!


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2017 Bridal Beauty Looks to Inspire

We get downright giddy when it comes to hair and makeup; add in the bridal element and before we know it, we’re head over heels heart-eyed. So when Mar of TEAM Hair & Makeup wanted to share some fresh bridal beauty looks to inspire all you newly engaged ladies out there, we literally jumped at the chance. And of course we needed some gorgeous gowns to pair all the lovely looks with and Gabriella New York Bridal Salon came to the rescue. Matthew Ree of CLY BY MATTHEW worked his magic behind the lens and the finished results? Let’s just say, our Friday has been made.

The “No Makeup” Makeup Look

From Mar of TEAM Hair & MakeupWe created a fresh faced look with a touch of a moisturizing water-based airbrush foundation and a little highlighter (in a “C” shape from cheekbone to the upper brow) to give an instant glow! Braids are back and have been all year so we created this soft and romantic take on a side braid to give a more “dressed up” feel with an effortless appeal.

The Bella dress by Reem Acra

From Gabriella of Gabriella New York Bridal Salon This style really speaks to our Gabriella New York bride. It’s beautiful and feminine with just the right amount of sexiness and edge. Because of the plunging neckline and stunning lace detailing, we felt that it would lend itself to a variety of hair and make up styles and just couldn’t resist seeing what the experts came up with!

Updo + Bold Lip

From Mar of TEAM Hair & MakeupShine may be fun for your lips, but for a more dramatic and vampy look, go matte! It’s a bolder look which then requires less overall makeup. Many matte lipsticks have moisturizers in them nowadays so you won’t feel like you’re in the Sahara Desert anymore! The hair for this look may look like a hot mess but it’s on purpose! Pretty easy to do too! Just straighten your hair and add in a texture spray (salt sprays work great too) and do a fun bun for that red carpet hair!

The Palace dress by Lela Rose

From Gabriella of Gabriella New York Bridal Salon We love this gown because of its clean lines and very “of the moment” off the shoulder neckline in the front and then the surprise amazing train detailing in the back. This is a perfect gown to highlight a fabulous hair style because there is no detailing such as lace, appliques or beading to compete with.

Smokey Eyes + Crazy, Fun Hair

From Mar of TEAM Hair & MakeupConsider natural tones when applying “smokey” eyeshadow colors to your eyes. We like less smoke and more lashes – we LOVE fun and flirty false eyelashes! This is the key to this soft, yet dramatic, look. THM Hair Extensions were added in for the tousled “down do”. We waved the hair with a one-inch iron, wrapping wide pieces around the barrel and then allowed the hair to cool before literally tossing her hair up and down! Pin the sides up and you have some sexy waves, which will stay out of your face throughout your wedding. Or use the volume and texture to create an amazing braided updo for later (dancing time?!).

The Greta dress by Elizabeth Fillmore

From Gabriella of Gabriella New York Bridal SalonElizabeth Fillmore used this amazing hammered silk for her Greta gown, which takes her iconic sheathe silhouette to a whole new level. It’s the perfect gown for that sophisticated, chic, sexy bride. It felt like the hair and make up options for this gown were endless, which is why we chose it. We just knew that Mar from TEAM Hair + Makeup would do something amazing and they did!!!

Pretty Finishing Touches

From Mar of TEAM Hair & Makeup… Hair accessories are the perfect finishing touch to any hairstyle. When choosing a piece for your hairstyle, keep in mind that less is more! It’s called an accessory because it meant to add a little, not a lot. For example, this delicate chain piece is the finishing touch to a fun boho inspired style.

The Freesia dress by Elizabeth Fillmore

From Gabriella of Gabriella New York Bridal SalonThis dress is a personal favorite of mine due to its nod to the 70’s and subtly sexy style. I felt that this gown would be a great way to showcase that 70’s hair that we love so much – think modern day Farrah Fawcett! It’s just an overall incredibly chic look.

The Maple Tree Top + Venus Skirt by Lihi Hod

From Gabriella of Gabriella New York Bridal SalonThis gown is the epitome of boho chic. The silhouette of the bodice gives off a “casual” vibe, but the gorgeous beadwork steps it up to be more than bridal worthy! We selected this gown because it really lends itself to an updo in order to highlight the beautiful detailing on the bodice. It also presented a unique challenge to style the bride’s hair up without being too traditional!

From Mar of TEAM Hair & Makeup… When your groom sees you walking down the aisle, wouldn’t it be nice if he recognized you? This is why so many women say for their wedding day look “I just want to look like myself” and we agree! Bridal hair and makeup, for us at TEAM, is more about the natural enhancement of a bride rather than a total overhaul! And these looks are perfect examples!

P.S. More coming soon…

Are you as obsessed with these looks as we are?! Stay tuned, more coming soon, including all the details to “Get the Look” for this one!

P.S.S. Even more magic from Matthew Ree…

As if we needed another reason to love Matthew Ree, he’s hosting a photography workshop in Cuba in February… and there are only a few spots left! Head right here to get all the details and join in on what can only be described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience! P.S. SMP will be presenting virtually!


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Photography: CLY BY MATTHEW | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Wedding Dress: Lihi Hod | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Hair Extensions: THM hair extensions

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Family Focused Lake Tahoe Wedding

With a backdrop like Lake Tahoe, it’s hard to imagine that anything could go wrong. Oh it can. And it did. But even when this bride’s venue didn’t work out at the 11th hour, she managed to pull off an intimate, gorgeous wedding that will clearly left a mark on the hearts of her guests. With stunning photos by Carmen Santorelli, a design by Stems by Diana and a sense of love bursting through every image – this wedding is easy to fall in love with. Click here for more!

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From the bride…Brandon proposed to me on a random Wednesday night in October of 2014, I turned the corner to three pumpkins carved with the words Will You Marry Me? After going back and forth with what we wanted for our wedding, we decided on an small destination wedding in Lake Tahoe. Once we realized that random October date fell on a Saturday this year, we knew it was meant to be.

We originally had found a private estate online and thought it would be perfect, so we booked it! Well…once we arrived in Tahoe for our last bit of planning in April, we realized it wasn’t going to work. Panic set in and we were frantically searching online for the perfect venue, since all of our vendors were already booked I had to keep our special October date! The stars lined up for us that weekend because we found a true hidden gem. The Tahoma Boathouse, perched right on the lake, filled with old Tahoe charm, a gorgeous lush lawn for cocktail hour, a stunning fireplace for s’mores later in the night, and just the right size for our guests.

Being from San Diego where the sun shines 365 days a year, I was so conflicted on whether we should have a tent or not. Better safe than sorry, right? We rented a clear tent and had huge wooden chandeliers draped with florals by the amazing Stems by Diana, Celebrations Party Rentals strung twinkle lights around the ENTIRE property, it was magical.

We enjoyed a delicious dinner from Butter + Salt, danced the night away under the stars, the guys enjoyed the Cigar bar and everyone loved the beignets for dessert! Photography and videography were the two most important things for us, once we spoke with Carmen of Carmen Santorelli Photography, we knew she was our girl! Dax Victorino Films completely blew us away with a same day edit that played at the bar during the reception, our guests couldn’t believe it!

On that same October night, exactly two years later, we were married by Brandon’s stepdad with 65 of our closest family and friends right on the lake. There was so much love surrounding us that weekend, it was an absolute dream. To say Lake Tahoe will always have a special place in our hearts is an understatement.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography | Cinematography: Dax Victorino Films | Event Planning: Elise Events | Floral Design: Stems by Diana | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Invitations: Ella Made | Bridesmaids: Lulu's | Catering: Butter And Salt Gatherings | Hair + Makeup: Haley Rice | DJ: Ian McDonald | Venue: The Tahoma Boathouse | Bridal Boutique: Bustle | Linen Rentals: BBJ La Tavola

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See What’s on this Interior Designer’s Must-Have Gift List

You’re for sure going to want to buy every last thing on this list and you’ll probably find other gems along the way too. Follow the dazzling yellow brick road of gifting with Studio McGee’s must-have list of goodies. From little trinkets to a must have coffee table book and the cutest throw blanket, this gift guide is perfect for anyone that has a soft spot for gorgeous home decor.

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10 Weekender Bags that’ll Make You Love Packing for Holiday Getaways

The holiday season brings lots of opportunities for weekend getaways—usually to see family and friends, but some fun sprinkled in too, of course. New Year’s Eve celebration anyone? But these little trips probably don’t call for a full on suitcase—that’s where the weekender bag comes in. From festive metallics to bottom zip beauties, these bags will make you want to plan a winter getaway if you don’t already have one on the books.

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We’re in Love with the Love Between These Two!

I love when photographers capture other photographers; the images seem to sparkle a little more. So when Gert Huygaerts snapped these fellow wedding photographers for their engagement shoot in Paris, I knew we were in for a treat. And the way Marie and Matthieu describe their life together made it even better: “We are in love with love, shooting love is our job, we share a passion, we share a vision of love and we learn a lot together…” See it all go down in our Vault right here!

From Gert Huygaerts PhotographyGetting the question from another fine art film photographer to shoot their love bond in the amazing city of Paris, is a true honour to me… I felt really blessed to be chosen by Marie and Matthieu to immortalize their love this autumn. Marie and Matthieu met at work, on a wedding day where Matthieu was Marie’s second shooter. She totally did not expect to fall in love with this gentleman, but it happened. As sometimes there are more lows in life then highs, they were both in the same feeling that moment… But what happened then, can be captured in one sentence: “and then I met you…”

As Marie told me how she feels her job and life… It just sounds adorable: “We are in love with love, shooting love is our job, we share a passion, we share a vision of love and we learn a lot together. For once we wanted to be on the other side of the camera, to celebrate our love.”

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Photography: Gert Huygaerts Photography | Floral Design: Floraison | Dress: Lavish Alice | Shoes: Louboutin | Rings: Etsy.com | Make-up: MyBeautyCorner | Calligraphy: Nice Plume | Suit: Zara | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Silk Ribbon: Orchidee De Soie

A Darling Bakery-Set Engagement

This bride and groom-to-be are officially the cutest. They celebrated their upcoming nuptials over croissants and coffee, followed by a change of dress code for formal portraits under the Texas sun. Elan Makeup Studio worked her hair and makeup magic while Allen Tsai Photography captured the fun all along the way.

From the Bride…Our story began at Crossfit. It took about 2 months for Albert to finally muster the courage to ask me out, but it only took one date for us to become inseparable. Since then, our life has been a whirlwind of adventures, from music festivals to scuba diving in Costa Rica, and yet the best adventure was yet to come.

Each month on our anniversary, Al would always send me flowers. So when they arrived, it wasn’t out of the ordinary except for the card, which had hinted we were going to dinner and the theater. So that next night he took me to Uchi, where we’d had our very first date. On the way to the “show,” he pulled in front of Addison airport and surprised me with a sunset helicopter ride over downtown Dallas. When we landed and were about to walk inside, he grabbed my hand, dropped to one knee and asked me to be his wife. And it’s still the best day of my life.

So when it came time to plan, we knew we wanted it to be intimate, simple and elegant which is why we chose our venue, Summerfield at Tate Farms due to it’s wild beauty and rustic feel. We wanted our photos to emulate our overall theme as well, which is why we decided on more intimate settings such as the coffee shop and where we will actually say I do. When it came to the outfits, we wanted to keep them classic, yet fitting for each location. We chose darker tones for the coffee shop to play off of the wood in the store, and then contrasted the field with more formal wear.

Now aside from the standard hand on the hip, our photo shoot posing skills were rather subpar. But through every step of the way, Allen provided continuous instructions and directions that made it look like we actually knew what we were doing. The beauty and love that he was able to capture in his photos are everything and more that we were hoping for.

When putting together our “dream team,” as we like to call them, we needed those who were able to bring our thoughts and ideas to life. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with such talented individuals along the way, from the custom design of my engagement ring with Shapiro Diamonds, the look and feel of my wedding with Keestone Events, and our absolutely gorgeous photos from Allen Tsai. We are looking forward to seeing everything come together for the big day!

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Photography: Allen Tsai Photography | Event Planning: Keestone Events | Engagement Ring: Shapiro Diamonds | Hair + Makeup: Elan Makeup Studio | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab | Location: Boulangerie by Village Baking Co. | Location: Summerfield At Tate Farms

A Candlelit Holiday Gathering that Puts the C in Cozy

Fireside dining and a table twinkling with candles is a complete scene setter for cozy holiday gatherings. Elleson Events and Hunter Ryan Photo put together this simple beauty and tucked inside are a few ideas completely worth stealing. We’re talking ribboned chairs with guests names, all (and we mean all) the candles and a delicious festive cocktail. Grab the recipe for this Fireside Champagne Sip here and for even more cozy inspiration, head to the vault.

We all know that nothing brings family together like the holidays. And we’re always inspired by the joy, love and heart that the holiday brings. I created a tablescape that was comfy and cozy.

A meal to be enjoyed by the fireside while family and friends gather, laugh and remember the reason for the season. This family Christmas tablescape was created with subtle rustic elements, elegant, timeless garland, softly textured silk, a touch of gold and copious candlelight!

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Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Design & Styling : Elleson Events

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The perfect Champagne Cocktail for Sipping Fireside
Fireside Holiday Champagne Cocktail
prep time
5 Minute/s
cook time
total time
5 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 1TB Cointreau
  • 1. 5 tsp cranberry juice concentrate
  • Champagne
Instructions
  1. Add Cointreau and cranberry juice concentrate to glass
  2. Fill the rest with champagne
  3. Garnish with fresh cranberries and holiday sprig
How to Incorporate 2017’s Hottest Color Into Your Wedding

Drumroll, please. The color gods have spoken and Pantone‘s 2017 color of the year is Greenery! We thought it couldn’t get any better than last year’s Rose Quartz and Serenity — soft, romantic and pretty, but this year’s zesty, yellow-green hue is giving us life. The proof? These inspired ideas for a bright, fresh and beautiful Greenery-filled day!

Inspired by Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year
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A Mountain Wedding Packed With Color

I’ve had the absolute pleasure of visiting Beano’s Cabin in the Colorado, so I can personally tell you just how special this couple’s venue really was. Tucked in amongst the mountains with views like you wouldn’t believe, it’s an incredible spot to start your forever, especially when A Vintage Affair and Winsome And Wright are a part of the vendor entourage. Dive straight into the pretty right here.

From the Bride Whitney… We are that couple that met in a bar but ended up with a happily ever after! We shared some tequila and the rest is history. I can attest to the old saying, absence makes the heart grow fonder as we started our relationship overseas and it was over Skype dates, a twelve-hour time difference and longing to be back together that sparked our love. Our first date was when Eric came back to the states for one of his best friend’s weddings. We were inseparable ever since.

A few years later, Eric took me on a summer trip to one of his favorite places, Telluride, where he proposed at the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls…swoon! Having been born in Colorado, we visit often and it has always had a special place in our hearts. We knew right away a mountain wedding was a must!

Planning a wedding in Colorado while living in Florida required a relaxed and carefree attitude. We actually booked our wedding venue without ever seeing it in person! I was very lucky to have found the venue, our phenomenal photographer and exceptional florist on Instagram. I put all my trust in my vendors and let the experts take over. This gave results better than I could have imagined and definitely made things much easier for me.

We wanted our guests to feel relaxed yet be awed by an extravagant experience. We envisioned a dreamy, romantic and chic boho vibe. We chose to go with shades of neutrals and incorporate some natural elements. As everyone who knows me is aware I have an absolute love for lavender so we enjoyed including it into our decor, using fresh sprigs on our place settings, creating a signature lavender infused cocktail and designing a crate of dried lavender to hold our escort cards. The florals were soft with pops of color to keep a fun summer feel. I gave full rein to our florist and she put together incredible bouquets with an assortment of florals that were even accented with fresh mint! She also made a stunning hair piece that really complemented the style I was looking for.

The most memorable part of the wedding for us was writing and exchanging our vows in front of our dearest family and closest friends. The dinner was exquisite with four courses and complemented by some incredibly funny and heartfelt toasts! The party carried on as the band rocked the dance floor late into the night. We chose to take a special moment together at the end of the evening. As the guests were lining up outside for our exit we shared one last dance together, just the two of us, to Lover of the Light by Mumford and Sons. It was as if everything went into slow motion. It was such an incredible way to take in all the delight of the day. Our wedding was more magical than I ever could have imagined. It rained for almost two straight days before the wedding but hours before the ceremony it cleared and made for the most mystical backdrop as the clouds filled the mountaintops.

To anyone currently planning, start early if possible, absolutely get a planner, and let go completely of any expectations once the day arrives. It truly will be the best day ever!

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Photography: Winsome And Wright | Videography: Films About Love | Event Planning: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals | Floral Design: Siloh Floral | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Invitations: The Wells Makery | Ceremony Venue: Beano's Cabin | Reception Venue: Beano's Cabin | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup Artist: Makeup Artist Liz Wegrzyn | Hair Stylist: Brittani Estes | Film Lab: The Find Lab

35 Reasons We’re Obsessed with Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017

Each year, we wait with anticipation to hear Pantone’s new Color of the Year—and then promptly daydream about all the ways we’re going to see it woven in home decor by designers, fashion, entertaining and more. Well darlings, this year’s hue, Greenery, is giving us all the fresh feels and you can bet your bottom you’ll be seeing a whole lot more of this invigorating beauty pop up in 2017!

Greenery Pantone Color of the Year 2017
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This is How You Say “I Do” in Lake Tahoe

There’s something very, very special about saying “I do” in Lake Tahoe. Just ask Abby and Joey. These two sweeties (+ mountain lovers) chose the fabulous Heavenly Lake Tahoe to host their crazy cool celebration and the results were nothing short of amazing. Think a fun-filled weekend with friends + family, plus beyond breathtaking, well… everything. Scroll for every beautiful detail.

From Heavenly Lake TahoeFor Abby and Joey, deciding to get married at Heavenly in Lake Tahoe was an easy choice. Abby grew up on the south shore of Lake Tahoe skiing at Heavenly from age three, and Joey spent annual family trips at the lake. The first time Abby brought Joey to meet her family in Tahoe they went skiing at Heavenly and after an elaborate proposal at the top of Little Mountain in Washington, they knew the mountains were where they would say their I do’s.

On the day of the wedding, the bridal party arrived early, boarding Heavenly’s 6-person Gondola cabins for an epic 15 minute journey up to the Blue Sky Terrace at 9,123 feet, all the while taking in amazing views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Nestled amongst the granite boulders and towering Jeffrey Pine trees, Abby and Joey had their first look. This led into bridal party photos taken on the edge of the Blue Sky Terrace with a unique backdrop of pristine Lake Tahoe. The three-tiered flagstone patio overlooking the lake served as the ceremony location with the cocktail hour to follow. Log rounds accenting the rustic ceremony location were provided by Lavish Floral whom had them milled from the local Lake Tahoe forest. Rev. David Beronio Jr officiated a beautiful ceremony to join two families as one on a gorgeous July afternoon.

After a customized cocktail hour, the guests re-boarded the Gondola to be taken to the private Tamarack Lodge further up the mountain. While the bridal party finished up photos at Blue Sky Terrace, the guests enjoyed additional beverages while playing corn hole and ping pong on the outdoor patio spaces looking up at the ski slopes. Upon entering the reception venue, the guests were greeted by Blue Sky Events staff and were encouraged to provide the bride and groom with well wishes, wisdom, or marital advice in the custom made wish box.

The guests dined at solid wooden tables with lace runners featuring table numbers that provided images of the bride and groom at the age of the table number. The lavender and mint color scheme was accented with beautiful sunflowers and wildflowers to add a whimsical touch of Tahoe. Following a delicious three entrée buffet catered by Heavenly, the couple did a cupcake cutting from the elaborate dessert bar provided by Cakes by Grace, including custom cannoli’s honoring Joey’s Italian family tradition.

With the backdrop of the mountains behind them, the first dance was held under the large rustic chandelier to “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”. Following the father daughter dance, the 120 guests took over the dance floor as “Uptown Funk” filled the air. The guests continued to dance to the tunes played by The Reno Tahoe DJ Company as Brandi from Indigo Photography escorted the bride and groom over to Tamarack chair and into the woods for sunset photos.

The ending of the night included a Gondola ride down the mountain while the moon and stars glowed over Lake Tahoe. Producing a wedding at 9,123 feet seems like a tall task, however these professional vendors worked so well together to make a magical experience for the guests and a seamless and relaxing experience for the bride and groom.

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Can’t wait to create your very own breathtaking mountain celebration in Lake Tahoe? We don’t blame you. Contact Heavenly Lake Tahoe today to speak to their talented staff about hosting your Big Day. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate ceremony for 40 or an elaborate party for 250 of your nearest and dearest, Heavenly Lake Tahoe has the wedding package + venue for you. Bonus? No matter how you tie the knot, every last detail comes with one amazing view.

Photographer: Indigo Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Blue Sky Events | Florals: Lavish Floral | Hair and Make Up: Tahoe Wedding Hair | Lighting: Celadon Events | DJ: The Reno Tahoe DJ Company | Ceremony & Reception: Heavenly Ski Resort- Lakeview Lodge | Desserts and Cake: Grace Gore & Sarah Woldt | Video: Light The Moment

Stop everything you’re doing and enter this giveaway!

‘Tis the season for gift giving my friends, so today we’re playing Santa with a little somethin’ that will make your entire year.  Yes, I am talking about Tulle la la, your new bestie that will deliver everything you’ll ever need during your planning process right to your doorstep… and we’re giving away a four month subscription. The catch? You have two days to enter. Scroll for the details.

Here at SMP, we’re always on the lookout for anything and everything that makes YOUR life easier when it comes to planning your Big Day… and Tulle la la’s monthly shipment most definitely fits the bill. Think a wedding box for brides that is all about pampering + preparing you for that awesome journey ahead with four to six surprises, like bridal lifestyle + beauty must-haves, day of essentials, tips from industry experts… and much much more. It even comes in a reusable keepsake box. (Awesome.) And with Tulle la la, you can sign up for one, four, six or eight boxes, so you can receive as little or as much as you wish. It’s basically the best de-stressor ever and a fun surprise that will make your life that much better. We love it.

Ready to be showered with 4-6 amazing gifts that will totally help you to make those tough decisions and de-stress a bit? OR know someone who could totally use a monthly shipment? Use coupon code SMPXTLL5% to receive 5% off your first subscription box.

Don’t forget to visit Tulle la la today to sign up AND be sure to enter the fab giveaway. You have TWO days to enter, loves.

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2-DAY GIVEAWAY

WHAT:

Tulle la la is giving one lucky reader a 4-month subscription to Tulle la la! (Value $212)

HOW:

To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us your favorite part of the wedding planning process so far! (Ex: I loved picking out my invitations!)

WHAT:

One lucky winner will be chosen completely at random by SMP on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Noon EST. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies! xo