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Mountains Prove To Be Magical for this Sweet Colorado Engagement Shoot

I was in Boulder once. And fell in love immediately. So I’m not surprised that these adorable lovebirds decided to have their little e-shoot among the city’s natural beauty. Tamara Gruner tagged along and we’re pretty glad she did; with her pics, our Vault just received a burst of fresh air with this gallery of sweet kisses, boho chic style and endless stunning views!

From the Bride-to-be… Avak and I met at a youth service when he came to visit my church. He is really outgoing and friendly so of course he became good friends with many people there, including myself. We just clicked and found each other easy to talk to. As we got to know each other more we realized that we wanted to be more than friends, and now we’re happily in love and getting married!

More engagement inspiration here!

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Dress: Jarlo | Dark Shirt: H&M | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Lace Up Shoes: Michael Kors | Location: Sunrise Amphitheater | Men's Pants: Abercrombie | Pink Tulle Skirt: Space 46 Boutique | White Lace Top: Forever 21 | White Shirt: Express

How to Bring the Beauty of Provence to Your Wedding Day

The weekend is nearly here, and we’re celebrating SMP style with an inspiration shoot that will make your heart beat a little faster. ARTIESE Studios, along with an amazing team of talent, put together these dreamy eye candy images and this floral moment and more are all inside The Vault.

From Ruby Refined Events… This lush styled shoot was inspired by the soft and romantic colors of Provence, France. We imagined a modern and stylish couple who had snuck away carefree to elope in the most beautiful place you can imagine. Our venue was Maman Toronto, a gorgeous French café with the loveliest setup. Their plates, glasses, and dessert table setup just made us swoon.

The floral arrangements and bouquet were oh-so-dreamy and contained some of the biggest ranunculi we’d ever seen. The florist used wild thyme, a French herb, in terra cotta planters and in a bicycle basket to create a breezy aura of romance. The stationery and calligraphy were designed on watercolor paper with custom lavender ink to create an Old World look. Our linens were strewn lushly across the tablescape to invoke a carefree and wild sentiment. Stunning handmade soaps with lavender buds and dried flowers were created for the wedding favors.

Our couple was dressed to the nines! Our bride wore a white gown by Pronovias and a lilac gown by Narces, a local Toronto designer. The groom was decked out in a bespoke suit by The Dirty Inc., a local Toronto menswear designer. We loved the lilac, white, grey and navy that our models wore to pull everything together.

All of the stunning moments and details were perfectly captured on film by ARTIESE Studios, giving the entire shoot a warm and ethereal feel.

Photography: ARTIESE Studios | Floral Design: Sweet Woodruff | Engagement Ring: Anne Sportun | Hair + Makeup: Aniya Nandy | Stationery + Calligraphy: Post & Plume | Favors: Live and Lather | Venue: Maman Toronto | Bridal Boutique: Ferre Sposa Bridal Boutique | Cake + Desserts: Maman Toronto | Draping: Dream Creations Déco | Earrings: LUVYT | Event Planning + Production: Ruby Refined Events | Female Model: Plutino Group | Groom's Attire + Tie: The Dirty Inc. | Lilac Dress: Narces | Male Model: Gabe Grey | Terra Cotta Vessels + Brass Candlesticks: Sweet Woodruff | White Charger Plates + Gold Florentine Tray: Plate Occasions | White Dress: Ferre Sposa Bridal Boutique

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Wedding Planners Reveal the Most Unbelievable Bridezilla Moments Ever

I’m not going to lie, I’ve seen most episodes of WE TV’s Bridezillas — watching the weekly train wrecks made me feel better about my own life (plus, let’s be real, it was totally entertaining). Yes, the brides were terrible, but the individuals below make those women look like angels. Reddit asked wedding planners the worst thing brides and grooms had done, and let’s just say, the anecdotes below are why the terms bridezilla and groomzilla were invented.

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Beware: Bridezillas Ahead

“How about momzilla? I was the planner for a wedding and had been working with the bride and groom. A few months in to planning the groom’s mom calls me to change the date of the wedding. I thought it was kind of weird and called the couple to confirm the change. NOPE! Couple did not know anything about the date change and said to completely ignore the groom’s mom and call them if she tried to get in contact.” —girlfridayfail

“A bride once called having a melt down because her friend got engaged as well and was planning to get married in the same year as she was… Apparently it was her special year and not just a day. She threw a huge fit that this girl was only getting married to ‘steal her thunder.'” —sillykitty1990

“Friend is a photographer. Does weddings. Got punched in the face by the groom because the groom decided that the photographer was ‘taking too many photos of the bride.'” —BANNEDFROMALAMO

“Halfway through the reception we hear a ruckus and notice the bride was nowhere to be seen. We find out that she’s locked herself in the toilet in tears. Turns out the mother of the groom had launched into a verbal racist tirade at her accusing her of ‘stealing her son,’ ‘doing it to get a passport’ despite the fact she is already a British citizen and all sorts of other horrible things.” —GestaltJungle

“We had to substitute peonies because they weren’t in season and to get them she would need to pay a ton, so she opted for garden roses instead. She tried to sue not only us for ‘fucking up her bouquet.'” —neonchinchilla

“A groom from a wedding we just did is claiming the venue they used stole from them because he didn’t receive wedding presents from all of his guests and he’s 100 percent certain every single one brought them something. Now, he’s wanting to sue the venue while also calling all of his guests to make sure they gave him money for his wedding gift.” —neonchinchilla

“My sister threw the ring at her fiancé yesterday and stormed off down the street barefoot because she asked him when he was picking up some decorations for the wedding and he asked when he should. I guess she took that as, ‘I don’t care about this wedding or you. Your decorations are stupid and you look fat.” —NoIdeaWhatImEvenDoin

“I primarily dealt with the bride and her maid of honour together [in regards to their invite design]. After the last revision, the maid of honour came in to make a relatively major change, insisting that the bride wanted it that way. Idiot me made the change, and the order went to print. Turns out the bride and her maid of honour had a falling out and the maid wanted to get back at her ex-friend.” —ThaneStaples

“I had a really high strung groom who yelled at a one of his young guests (the kid was 12) for sitting out of his assigned seat, and told the kid and his parents to leave. Later at night, the bride’s father (who was single) made out with one of the bridesmaids, and the groom punched him. We had to call an ambulance, and the groom was arrested.” —Toronto_Planner

“The worst I’ve personally witnessed had a groom’s baby mama (and ex fiancé) come to the reception uninvited. She grabbed the wedding cake, chucked it at the newlyweds, and began screaming how he was a deadbeat dad while she grabbed table wine bottles that she smashed on the ground.” —AnaphylacticHippo

“The bride punched her mother in the face during photos, the bride kicked out the grooms best man, and that she cussed out our videographer…. Later that night I watched her shove a groomsman to the ground when he asked her to calm down.” —LocusHammer

“The groom got mega plastered and smashed a bottle of cognac on the dance floor and literally tried to set in on fire. The function supervisor tried to tell him very politely that he couldn’t and he got a it upset about that and started screaming ‘This is my wedding and if I want to burn this place down I will.’ Cops were called.” —unverifiedscrobbler1

“Her brother (a groomsman) passed out from heat exhaustion. The officiant leaned in asked if she wanted to take a break while he was tended to and she said, ‘Nah, just keep going, he’s fine.’ At the end, as she’s recessing down the aisle, you could see the ambulance arriving in the background.” —Doobie-Keebler

“I’m a pastry cook seriously had a bride freak the fuck out that another bride (had a tasting at the same time at a different table with another pastry cook) was using blush pink in her wedding too. Blush pink was the ‘it color for weddings that year most weddings had blush pink.” —Raddpixie

“A bride wasn’t happy with her husband-to-be’s vows, so she requested a ‘time out’ in order for him to go to the back room and come up with better ones. When the guy marrying them politely explained that he was on a very tight schedule, she called him a ‘lying bastard’ and huffed back up the aisle into the room. We kept everyone else seated, and she appeared a few minutes later with freshly written vows for her future husband. He read them, and the wedding continued as planned.” —lindtbunnies

“This bride was a very large girl, and insisted that her bridesmaids wear ridiculously bulky dresses in order to not make her look so fat in the photos.” —lindtbunnies

“A bride wanted all the bridesmaids to look as similar as possible including their skin tone and insisted on them having identical fake tans. One bridesmaid had really sensitive skin and told the bride that it would likely be harmful to her. The bride thought this was nonsense and insisted anyway. They got the fake tan and the bridemaid’s skin went completely red and blotchy.” —ruellera

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This Couple Gave Guests the Donut Bar of Our Dreams

This donut bar? It’s the thing of dreams. Guests enjoyed every flavor you could ever want, but that’s only one piece of this perfect day. Captured by Ether & Smith, it’s an al fresco party done so right and we’re welcoming it into The Vault!

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From Honey Honey Photography…  I knew immediately that Jenn & Mike’s wedding was going to be phenomenal when she said she was a wedding planner…and that they were planning on having donuts. And we all know a wedding with donuts is a good wedding. Jenn further described her colors to be red, blue, and white – but not just any red, blue, and white, they were well-curated shades, from a coral-red to a periwinkle-blue to the literal colors on the stunning and unique bridesmaids dresses.

Jenn chose a Monique Lhuillier corset paired with the prettiest full skirt – a match made in heaven. Guests were welcomed with champagne and popsicles on the front yard of a private estate in Palm Springs. The bride and groom exchanged vows and rings under a tree on the front lawn, with a beautiful garland arch that hung so naturally it seemed it was part of the tree. Mirrors were a big inspiration and were used as signs throughout the wedding. The reception was one the highlights – Jenn & Mike’s friends and family were seated at long grand tables with a custom bag with their names and a baguette. Palm trees soaring up high and the warm desert breeze as the perfect ambiance. Not only were the donuts impeccable, so was the cake, with its pink marbling and gold flecks, they were almost too beautiful to eat! The night came and so did the dancing – the perfect way to end their special day.

Photography: Ether & Smith | Cinematography: TwentySeven Studios | Coordination: Sassy Girl Weddings + Events | Floral Design: Peony & Plum | Invitations: Jenn Yamauchi Weddings & Events | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Free People | Catering: Miho Catering | Hair + Makeup: Kelly Zhang | DJ: Vox DJs | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Officiant: Don Johnson | Venue: Villa Belle Etoile | Baguettes: L'Artisan Valley Bakery | Cake + Donuts: M Cakes Sweets | Cocktail & Bar Curator: JW Hawthorne | Dress Corset: Monique Lhuillier | Dress Skirt: Mount Tabor Park | Photo Booth: Mebo Photo | Popsicles: Front Porch Pops | Vintage Rentals: Etablir Shop

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9 Steps to Take Your Wedding Website to the Next Level

Looking to take your wedding website to the next level?  We’re here for you… and so is the team at Minted. Together we’re counting down a little how-to on making that wedsite POP, so you can tell your guests just when and where the party is.  From sharing your love story to outlining all of the amazing details, here’s a list of nine must-do’s for THE perfect website – awesome features, customizable layouts and seriously stunning designs from Minted included.

DON’T FORGET THE DETAILS

I am a big fan of giving your guests detailed information and pointers on what to expect about the ceremony and reception locations – specifically dress code. I once went to a wedding that had a really rocky ceremony location, followed by a mucky grass recaption. I wish they had mentioned not to wear high heels. People always have questions on the dress code, so some advice beyond “casual attire” is helpful! – Libby

START WITH A THANK YOU

Your guests will be traveling near and far to celebrate your Big Day, so giving them more than one thank you is most definitely a must.  There’s nothing I love more than perusing a friends’ website and landing on a sweet note of gratitude… it makes me feel like a special part of their big moment. – Dawn

OFFER A VARIETY OF LODGING OPTIONS

Offer a variety of options for lodging if you’re having an out-of-town or destination wedding. Yes, this is your wedding and you might be going all out, but your guests might have three other weddings this season and are on a set budget.  We listed low, medium and high price-points from cute little inns to the high end hotel we were staying at.  Also, list how far each hotel is away from the reception site, so your guests can plan their car or taxi ride accordingly to and from. – Melissa

HIGHLIGHT YOUR FAVORITE PLACES

If you’re planning a destination fete (or even if you’re the local inviting a lot of out of towners) offer your guests a to-list of a few of your favorite things in/or around the area! My entire guest list was West Coast and we made sure to share our favorite New England joints – everything from the local gem with the best brew, to where to find the best roast beef sandwich, to which beaches the locals favor. – Michelle

SHARE YOUR LOVE STORY

Share your love story! My favorite part of any wedding website is reading a sweet write-up of how the couple met. And of course, details about the proposal. It’s a fun way for your guests to feel involved right from the get-go and share in the excitement leading up to the big day. – Stephanie

LOGISTICS, LOGISTICS, LOGISTICS

There can never be enough logistical details in my book! I’ve attended so many weddings where there was confusion on where do you meet for the shuttle, what time, does it come again if we miss the first round, etc! Giving your guests as much timing and location information – especially with transportation – helps you and your wedding run smoothly in the long run – Elizabeth

REMEMBER THAT CONTACT INFO

Don’t forget to add contact info for guests who might have extra questions! Consider creating a separate wedding email address and give your maid of honor or best man access to it as well to help with answering any wedding-related questions. – Melissa

MAKE THOSE BRIDAL PARTY INTRODUCTIONS

Save yourself the introductions and give guests an idea of who the Bridal party is! Not only will they have a better understanding of your VIP’s, but you’ll also give your ladies some much deserved attention. – Michelle

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS

Your friends and family LOVE you with all of their hearts… and they want to see more of you! Be sure to add some of those sweet, sweet moments you have captured over the years, including that ah-mazing engagement session you had sooo much fun capturing with your photog. – Dawn

So you know what needs to be included on your Minted website, but did you also know that Minted offers a never-ending lineup of awesome features that will make the entire process easier than picking that color scheme for your bridesmaids?  From customizable layouts to event RSVPs to gift registries, Minted has everything you’ve ever wanted, plus a show-stopping design that will leave all of your guests talking. You can even upgrade to a Premium site for a custom URL, photo galleries and website privacy. Oh, and check out the matching wedding invitations… cohesiveness makes our heart happy.

Head to Minted today to peruse the gorgeous options and don’t forget that Minted is offering a FREE upgrade to their premium wedding websites (a $35 value) for the first 100 visitors. CLICK HERE NOW to redeem.

Parasols + Pastel Bouquets, See the Ultimate Garden Ceremony!

Oh what we would’ve given to have had an invitation to this stunning fete. Complete with a oh-so-major Pronovias gown, pretty parasols, and perfectly pastel bouquets, it’s the ultimate garden ceremony that is sure to pop up on a few Pinterest boards. With Bowtie & Bloom Photography behind the lens snapping it all, we’ve got it waiting for you in The Vault!

From The Bride…I think it’s easy to over-think, over-do, and attempt to over-achieve in this information age where images of beautiful weddings are everywhere. But I am a strong believer that there is beauty in simple things and that a wedding is most beautiful when those you love enjoy themselves and walk away with happy memories. Basically – If everyone has a great time, then we’ll have a great time. So we concentrated on finding a charming setting, serving delicious food and being supported by experienced vendors that would really make our day a celebration.

I can’t begin to express how fantastic every single vendor was. Because of them, our day felt so effortless. I think that the comment most-heard throughout the day was about the beautiful venue and how delicious the food was – probably because it was cooked on-site and served as if you were dining at a restaurant! And the second comment I heard most was about how great our officiant was – I am glad we had my former boss (now long-time friend) standing with us at the altar. It was his first time officiating, but he was a natural.

Lastly, my fiance actually found many of our awesome vendors and took on a bulk of the planning – to which I am forever grateful. It allowed me time to design our invitations and learn calligraphy to address them. And is just one of many examples of how lucky I am to have married such a great partner.

Photography: Bowtie And Bloom Photography | Cinematography: White Studio Media Project | Floral Design: Florals By Jenny | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: The Bride | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Iva Lee's Catering | Hair + Makeup: E2 Beauty | Calligraphy: The Bride | Groom's Attire: Mi Moda Italian Suits | Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Cake + Desserts: Twinfully Sweet | Letterpress: Tiny Wren Press | Portrait Location: Mission San Juan Capistrano

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The Official First Year of Marriage Bucket List

You’ve conquered the ups and downs of planning, lived out your picture-perfect wedding and have officially entered your first year of forever as Mr. & Mrs.! The wedding might be over, but trust us, the fun has just begun. From taking your dream honeymoon to having “the talk” about kiddos, here are 12 things that every newlywed couple should add to their bucket list, ASAP!

12 Things Every Couple Needs to Do Their First Year of Marriage
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12 Things Every Couple Needs to Do Their First Year of Marriage
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All You Need in this Dream Bathroom is a Glass of Wine

We all know those days—when the clock hits 5pm and it’s been THE longest day ever and all you need is a glass of wine. Annnd a dream bathroom like this one, too. Am I right? Well, thanks to the crazy talented designer Becki Owens, those of us that don’t have a scene like this can fully appreciate it virtually (with that glass of wine in hand, of course!). See more in The Vault!

From Becki OwensOne of the best parts of the design process is creating a space that is a reflection of the client. When my client asked that her bathroom be a peaceful place to relax with a global vibe. I knew it would be a fun room to design. What developed was a fresh room filled with Moroccan influences and colorful accents. A space to relax, unwind and feel refreshed. Take a look into the master bathroom of my Las Palmas project.

The room started with a crisp white foundation that was refreshing in itself. But to add interest and make the space come alive I added some colorful and warm accessories.

The vintage kilim rug was the perfect way to add vibrant color, while the ladder gives the space some warmth and created the perfect spot to hang fringed turkish towels. I chose black round mirrors to tie in the dark accents in the room. These colors work to ground the space and give it a unique, modern, edge.

A Moroccan style pendant makes a statement over the simple, clean lines of the freestanding tub and pairs well with the brass cabinetry hardware and wall sconces. I like the added texture of the woven shade and the soft filtered light it lets through. The sculptural stool and wood framed mirror gives the bathroom a collected feel and creates a spot to prepare for the day.

I loved creating this bathroom for my client. It’s definitely a space that feels happy, a place to escape and feel a sense of calm. To see more options for freestanding tubs like the one I used this bathroom you can visit here.

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Larger than Life Bathrooms
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Larger than Life Bathrooms
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More ways to pretty up your home…

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Photography: Becki Owens | Interior Design: Becki Owens

This Intimate Wedding Had One Very Special Guest: A Donkey!

I’m just going to come out and say it, this couple planned one major celebration. Because not only did they have one crazy stylish bridal party, but their surprise guest? May or may not have been a few adorable donkeys. That’s right, so you can only imagine that we’ve got more stylish surprises from Kerry Jeanne Photography in store for you via The Vault!

From The Bride…We always envisioned our wedding to be outdoors. Growing up in the Philippines and coming from simple families, we spent a majority of our time outdoors enjoying anything from parks, beaches, and even our backyards. There is something about being and connecting outdoors away from the hustle and bustle of society. In addition, our frequent trips to Austin and its surroundings made us realize this is where we wanted our wedding to be. Le San Michele, which is in the city of Buda is just 20 minutes from Austin, played a perfect host as it had everything we hoped to have and more. Driving through the gates and onto a gravel filled driveway led us to house which represented simple old world charm. Having an expansive lawn, ample greenery which included a myriad of flowers and trees, and intricate chandeliers hanging within the branches had us imagining what our day would be like from the minute we walked out of the French doors and into the vastness of the vicinity. The only thing left to do at that moment was book our day and hope for great weather.

Having come from very tight knit families we always knew that we wanted our wedding to revolve around the theme of bonds. We involved our family members to help us in every aspect of the wedding so that when it came to the big day they would feel a sense of pride knowing they contributed to a successful event. Till this day, we are still so appreciative of our family as they supported us from the beginning to the end without hesitation. For instance, Ralph’s uncle officiated the ceremony, which turned out to be very heartfelt and full of humor. Monica’s eldest sister and Ralph’ sister in law were the wedding coordinators. To sum it up everyone from both sides of our families played a role.

As for our guests, they traveled as far as Houston, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, New York City, Alberta, Minnesota, Philippines and even the Czech Republic. Keeping with the theme of our wedding, we invited those who truly saw our relationship develop throughout the years. Our story is a little out if the ordinary. Monica came from a military family that moves around. Ralph was raised in Houston TX a majority of his life, but both somehow found each other in their freshman year of college in the Philippines 7 years back. Our family, friends and former classmates were able to see us grow as individuals and as a couple. With everyone so close to us being so spread out across the world, we felt so much gratitude to those who came to share this day with us.

One thing we really wanted for our wedding was for our guests to feel at ease. We ensured this by preparing lawn games during cocktail hour. Children and adults could be seen enjoying themselves in a round of corn hole and crochet. Passed Hors d’oeuvres were prepared by the awesome Catering With a Twist. Cocktails and beer on tap kept the guests mingling, and to top it off we brought two miniature burros for the children to play with. They also made for a great picture opportunity. After cocktail hour, everyone made their way to the stoned patio, found their seats under the hanging garden lights and Catering with a Twist delighted us again with an amazing dinner. We had the best seats in the house as we were able to see everyone’s faces smiling, conversing, and enjoying the music. After the formalities, we were treated to a night of incredible music prepared by Toast Entertainment. Hips were moving, legs were shuffling, and hands were nae naeying. It was picture perfect, and we are so thankful to have Kerry Jeanne capture it all. We still find ourselves in awe at how amazing the pictures came out.

Realizing that everything turned out to be exactly what we wanted , all we can be is thankful to those who were involved. Our wedding was a night to remember not only because of the amazing venue or the serene atmosphere but because it was full of love. Love from our guests and love for each other. We believe that we belong to each other, and it transpired throughout our wedding night.

Photography: Kerry Jeanne Photography | Floral Design: The Flower Studo | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Various | Catering: Catering with a Twist | Makeup: Sarah Frey | DJ: Toast Entertainment | Venue: Le San Michele | Film Processing: The Find Lab

An Inspiration Shoot Where Traditional Charm Meets Modern Style

A wedding like this inspiration shoot from Cristina Calvert Signature Weddings & Celebrations and Stacy Bauer Photography could count as your something old and something new. How? Let your something old be Hammond- Harwood House, the gorgeous setting for this inspiration shoot, which dates back to colonial America. And for your something new, make jaws drop in the modern yet timeless Carol Hannah dress and Susie Saltzman Fine Jewelry ring. See all the pretty details in The Vault!


From Stacy Bauer PhotographyOur design inspiration came from the secret garden-like feeling of the garden at the Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis, Maryland. This venue is one of the premier colonial homes in America and dates back to 1774. The exquisite architecture found both inside and outside, provided a stunning backdrop to the intimate garden ceremony. Gorgeous cascading florals by Steelcut Flower Company were adorned to accent the doorframe that overlooked the romantic garden. A soft and romantic tablescape was set with rentals from Select Event Group and china from Crate and Barrel. Vintage silver flatware from the personal collection of the Hammond-Harwood house was used and gave nod to the history of the house. Small floral wreathes around the calligraphed place cards by Surcee Calligraphy were set and gave a feminine touch to the place setting.

The bride wore a Carol Hannah dress, veil and belt for the wedding ceremony and then later slipped into a shorter, sexier sheath for her getaway on the Vespa. Beautiful rings by Susie Saltzman were used and custom suiting and accessories by Capital Custom Clothiers outfitted the groom. The bride and groom celebrated an intimate ceremony and reception in the quaint downtown garden and then slipped away on the blue Vespa as husband and wife.

Photography: Stacy Bauer Photography | Event Planning: Cristina Calvert Signature Weddings & Celebrations | Floral Design: Steel Cut Floral Co | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Cake: Lilly Magilly's | Ceremony Venue: Hammond-Harwood House | Rings: Susie Saltzman | Hair + Makeup: Ariel Lewis | Calligraphy: Surcee Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: Capital Custom Clothiers | Table Runner: Silk Willow

The Ultimate Wow Factor? A Floral Filled Staircase of Course

Alison and Josh’s wedding had me at the staircase ceremony, but then totally blew me away once I learned that this was in fact a luxurious elopement with only their nearest and dearest on hand. With just 4 guests in attendance, their Big Day dreamed up by Blush By Brandee Gaar doubled as an intimate getaway that we’d vie for an invitation to. Captured by Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography we’ve got it all in The Vault!

From Blush By Brandee GaarAlison and Josh’s wedding was truly a luxury destination event! They treated their guests to a long weekend in Orlando beginning with a trip to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on the night of their arrival. On Friday, all of the guests were treated to spa treatments and a fabulous private dinner at Ravello. The big day, which fell on Halloween and was also the anniversary of the couple’s first date, was an absolute dream! With only 4 guests, we had a lot more flexibility within the resort and we chose to make use of the magical grand staircase which is the centerpiece of the resort! The dinner took place in one of the lakeside villas perfect for a small gathering of friends and family for dinner and fireworks! It was truly a magical evening at the Four Seasons Resort!

Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Cinematography: Love & Lustre | Coordination: Blush by Brandee Gaar | Floral Design: Lee James | Cake: Party Flavors | Hair + Makeup: Four Seasons Orlando | Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting | Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies | Ceremony Music: Orlando Violin Music | Venue: Four Seasons Orlando | Desserts: Two Sweets Bake Shop | Linen Rentals: GBS Linens | Lounge Furniture: Afr | Rentals: A Chair Affair

Considering Red As A Wedding Color? Look No Further.

Red is officially my new favorite wedding color and if you’re unsure, look no further than this Hawaiian celebration captured by Aria Studios. From the Jenny Yoo dresses in a rich crimson to the proteas and dahlias filling the bouquets from Passion Roots, red in all it’s shades, shines bright. Anticipate Invitations set the scene – and pointed guests in the right direction –  all leading to our Vault gallery right here!

From Aria Studios… Tori and Glenn wanted a wedding that emphasized Hawaii and was fun and comfortable for their guests. They chose the perfect location at Loulu Palm Estate on the North Shore of Oahu, complete with horses, empty beaches, and a killer sunset.

I love that Tori incorporated deep berry tones for her wedding that popped against the lush green estate. Tori was stunning in her deep back Willowby Watters gown and all the girls wore barefoot sandals from Forever Soles.

The warm Hawaiian breeze fluttered the long ribbons against the floral arch as Tori walked down the aisle to Glenn. I can’t handle how adorable they were when they first saw each other!

While Tori’s family attended locally, Glenn’s family and friends all traveled from the East Coast for the occasion. Pineapple signature cocktails and soft pink proteas kept the Hawaiian theme alive and elegant amidst the cafe lights, clear top tent, farm tables, and gold accents. The newly joined families danced the night away on the outdoor dance floor with Tori and Glenn surrounded by their favorite people and the twinkling Hawaiian starlight above.

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Photography: Aria Studios | Event Planning: L-4-Love | Floral Design: Passion Roots | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: A Cake Life | Bride's Shoes: Forever Soles | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Memoirs | Catering: Stir Beverage | Hair + Makeup: Mariah Melanie | DJ: Dynamic Sounds | Venue: Loulu Palm Estate | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Invitations + Signage: Anticipate Invitations | Rentals: MOOD Event | Rentals: Les Saisons | Rentals: Event Accents | Rentals: Pacific Party Rental

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A Wedding That Proves ‘Going Green’ Can Be Oh-So-Chic

The phrase ‘going green’ has taken on a new meaning thanks to this pretty party from Kallima Photography. See that greenery? Well, little did you know that Courtney used the exact same ivy from her Mother’s wedding bouquet, making this stunner of a celebration seriously sentimental. Graced with A&P Designs and elegant details, we’ve got it all in The Vault!

From the Bride… Both Florida natives, Brock and I share a love for the water. When he introduced me to the little slice of heaven that is Boca Grande, it quickly became a special place to us as a couple. Having grown up in different parts of Florida, we loved the idea of a black-tie wedding in a coastal setting. The Gasparilla Inn & Club was the perfect venue — elegant, charming and old Florida at its finest.

Our flowers were an elegant mix of white and ivory hydrangeas, orchids and roses with gold accents throughout the reception. My bouquet was a very special part of our wedding day. Inspired by mother’s bouquet, I knew I wanted cascading flowers and to incorporate the ivy used in her bouquet that my Dad had preserved from their wedding 30 years ago.

I wanted my dress to be one of a kind so what better place to find the perfect dress then New York City. With no certain style or silhouette in mind, I tried on the Victoria gown at Vera Wang and felt as if it was made for me. There was just something so unique, yet timeless about it that I had never seen before. I paired it with a cathedral veil to add to the dramatic effect.

The wedding day was everything we dreamed it would be and more. We wanted our guests to have the time of their lives and feel our appreciation for the influence they had on us. To have all of our favorite people in our favorite place was truly amazing.

Photography: Kallima Photography | Cinematography: Voila Cinematic | Event Planning: One Fine Day, Inc. | Floral Design: Botanica International Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Stationery: A&P Designs | Ceremony Venue: Boca Grande United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: The Gasparilla Inn & Club | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JLM Couture, Inc | Hair + Makeup: Jessica Scantlin | Band: The Headliners Band | Groom's Suit: Ralph Lauren | Ceremony Music: Dillingham Quartet | Tent: TentLogix

A Genius Excuse to Throw Yourself A Pretty Party

House warming parties are a genius excuse to break in the new pad. And any reason to throw a lovely get-together is 100% ok in our book. Send out that invite, pick up some fresh blooms and a great bottle of rosé and you’re practically ready. Read on as The Romanticist StudiosCorporate Glitter and Annmarie Swift Photography share some great tips for throwing your first party in your new home.

After you’ve been showered with gifts and well wishes to start your new married life, celebrated your day, and return home—and maybe even gotten used to being a “Mrs.”—you’re ready to break out all your fabulous registry gifts and share them with your loved ones!

Hosting a dinner party is a newlywed rite of passage. You’re starting to develop your style as a couple. Are you chill hosts who invite people over spur-of-the-moment because you found something delicious at the local farmer’s market? Are you formal hosts who most enjoy throwing elaborate holiday and event parties? Or are you somewhere in-between?

Show your favorite people your love through fresh flowers, handcrafted details, and a bright, inviting atmosphere. Roberta from The Romanticist Studios got creative with an already-beloved artisan coffee maker by repurposing it as a vase filled with beautiful flowers from FiveFork Farms.

Our hostess Katelyn from Corporate Glitter lovingly set the table with new cups from Myrth ceramics, gorgeous napkins from The Everyday Co. and inviting calligraphy goods from Jenny at Leveret & Hare – all made locally here in Boston! She then poured herself a fun summer cocktail and eagerly awaited her guests!

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Photography: Annmarie Swift Photography | Design and Styling: The Romanticist Studios | Florals: Fivefork Farms | Calligraphy: Leveret & Hare | Editorial Copy: Christine Dore Trant | Model, Hair, Makeup:Corporate Glitter | Napkins: The Everyday Co. | Tabletop items: Myrth Ceramics

Elegant Bohemian Chic Wedding by Craig Paulson Photography

Craig Paulson Photography just gets it. Case in point? His captures from Bess and Christian’s stunning celebration that took place at a restore farmhouse in Pennsylvania. Documenting every sweet kiss, first look, and awe-inspiring moment, it’s safe to say that every. single. shot. from their Big Day is frame-worthy, and we’ve every bit of pretty sitting in The Vault!

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From Craig Paulson PhotographyBess & Christian wanted their wedding to be low key and just with their family and a few best friends. They had recently purchased a GORGEOUS farm in Pennsylvania and worked hard to restore it for their wedding the next summer. With help of 5th Avenue weddings, Bess was able to create her dream day at home, complete with a Karen Willis Holmes gown, fresh spring florals and a host of dogs to help spread the good energy.

Photography: Craig Paulson Photography | Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes | Venue: Private Estate | Event Design + Coordination: 5th Avenue Weddings

Celebrate Your Dream Day at the Historic Rengstorff House

If there’s one thing I love more than a beautiful wedding, it’s a beautiful wedding at a stunning historical home.  Enter the Rengstorff House, a little slice of nuptial heaven that also happens to be the oldest home in Mountain View. Think breathtaking chandeliers, Victorian plaster rosettes and gorgeous manicured lawns.  The wedding of a lifetime? It’s happening here, loves.

Originally built in 1867, the Rengstorff House was completely restored in 1991 with some of the prettiest details you will ever lay your eyes upon – from the gorgeous Eastlake furniture to the lush gardens surrounding the property to the awesome restored windmill that makes for some crazy cool First Look photos.  So whether you’re planning a small, intimate ceremony for 50 or a more elaborate celebration for 150 of your closest friends and family, the Rengstorff House’s amazing indoor-outdoor spaces will most definitely wow you AND your guests. They even have a list of pre-approved vendors that will make the entire event run oh-so-smoothly.  And you know we absolutely love that.

Ready to plan your Big Day at THE place that will make all of your dreams come true?  Contact the Rengstorff House today to schedule a visit or stop by for one of their free docent-led tours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and on Sundays from 1:00 pm — 4:00 pm to soak in every last bit of gorgeousness.  And don’t forget to check out the City of Mountain View website here for a complete rental packet and info on availability. 2017 is filling up fast, so don’t wait a minute… trust us, you won’t regret it for a single second. 

Photography: Anna Wu Photography | Photography: Erica B Photography | Photography: Sorella Muse | Photography: Whittaker Portraits | Historic Home: Rengstorff House

5 Effortlessly Sexy Hairstyles for Moms

When I eventually become a mom, I am determined to never chop my hair off just because it’s easier. Because sexy is still SO do-able after baby and these five hairstyles prove it, from beach waves to soft side braids. Case in point, four of these five styles are modeled by my boss lady, Abby, who happens to be a beautiful mama of three. Get the tutorials here!

5 Effortlessly Sexy Hairstyles for Moms
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Not Your Average Warehouse Wedding

Oh, how I love a couple who thinks outside the box. No surprise, the bride is the owner of an amazing online art gallery and that love of aesthetics perfectly translated to the wedding day. Think mismatched chairs, an asymmetrical ceremony arch, cheeky paper goods, and a warehouse setting with an industrial vibe. Kate Ignatowski photographed and we’re totally obsessed.

From Kate Ignatowski… Tze is the owner and founder of Uprise Art, an online art gallery based in New York City. So I wasn’t surprised at all to see her bring the same creativity and attention to detail to her wedding as she does her business. She especially spent a lot of time personalizing her paper suite, which included “west” and “east” coasters since her and Geoff are from opposite coasts.

The space itself was full of character, from the mismatched ceremony chairs to all the unique nooks and crannies. The asymmetrical ceremony arch full of white flowers and greenery added a softness to the industrial space. And the reception tables were set up to take full advantage of the grand space. Long tables were decorated with white florals, greenery and neutral runners. And Tze took especially great care in the cake toppers, which she hand painted and picked out to be proportional to her and Geoff’s significant height difference!

Upon their entrance, Tze and Geoff entertained their guests with an Argentine tango dance. Tze is a long time dancer and owner of a dance company in NYC, but, after months of practicing, Geoff’s ability delighted everyone! It was a wonderful day and I felt so lucky to be there capturing it all.

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Photography: Kate Ignatowski Photography | Cinematography: Love + Brain Films | Coordination:Jeanne Stark | Floral Design: Lydia Castiglia | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Invitations: Sesame Letterpress | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Another Fork In The Road | Makeup:Priscilla Francine Makeup | Hair: Spalon | DJ: Winslow Porter | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Basilica Hudson | Bridal Boutique: Wedding Atelier | Rentals: Columbia Tent Rentals

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Tour a Home that Balances Modern + Classic Design Like a Boss

Jacquelyn Clark, the wildly talented interior designer behind Lark & Linen, may be part of the SMP extended fam, but one peek at her latest design project, and you’ll fall in love, relative or not. It’s a home wrapped in blues + layered with a bit of modern and a touch of classic. And the wallpaper game? Strong, very strong. Tour this pretty space captured by Heidi Lau with even more in the VAULT.

As an interior designer, one of the best things that can happen to you is to land a really great client.

Not only does the project tend to go off without a hitch, but it always garners the most beautiful results. I coined this project as #LLProjectDreamClient for that very reason. These clients have been nothing short of a dream the whole way through, and the results right here are proof.

When they first hired me on, their home was a step up from builder-basic, but was still lacking in its execution. It boasted pretty mouldings, and stunning barnwood floors, but the rest was lackluster at best.

With the exception of the mint green sectional (which is, I might add, dangerously comfortable), their existing items consisted of pieces they had haphazardly collected over the years, and, lucky for me, they weren’t tied to a thing.

As a young family, with two adorable little kids, we knew from the get-go we wanted to infuse some light into the space, and make their entire home wow-worthy from the moment you walked in.

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Photography: Heidi Lau | Art: Black Rooster | Buffet: Mirens | Chandelier: Arteriors | Cocktail Table: RH Baby & Child | Coffee Table: Elte Mkt | Countertops: Caesarstone | Dining Chairs: Calligaris | Faucet: Kohler | Interior Design & Styling: Lark & Linen | Kitchen Pendants: Black Rooster | Marble Table: Black Rooster | Rug: Imperial Carpet and Home | Silver Cowhide Rug: Black Rooster | Toss Cushions: Amazon | Wallpaper: Osborne Little

A Santa Barbara Wedding That Epitomizes California Cool

I dream of saying “I do” in Santa Barbara — the breathtaking views and laid-back California vibe makes it the perfect spot for any dream wedding. And let me tell you, Kristen and John’s ceremony on the bluffs and al fresco reception definitely qualifies as a dream wedding, especially with Michael + Anna Costa Photography there to capture it all. Head to The Vault for all the pretty!

From the Bride & Groom…Even though we live in San Francisco, we had our hearts set on marrying in Santa Barbara, the place we met over ten years ago. Once we stepped on the property of Dos Pueblos Ranch we fell in love and wanted to maximize the incredible location. We opted for a first look, which took place in a rustic green house. Then the celebrations started with exchanging our personally written vows on the ocean bluff before proceeding to the lawn on the beach for delicious signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Guests were then transported to the fig tree enclosed lawn behind the Casa Grande for the reception which kicked off with Kristen’s favorite food, cheese, as the “salad” course. During the night, guests overwhelmingly elected to enjoy cocktails over wine on the unseasonably warm evening which naturally resulted in a packed dance floor. We decided to forego a large cake and served some of our favorite desserts including salted caramel pot de crème, cheesecake bites and a selection of homemade cookies. However, we did cut a small cake made by the same family friend who made the cookies. The amazing day ended with late night snacks before guests were treated with a favor of homemade jam, made with love by John’s mom.

Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Cinematography: Redmond Digital Media | Floral Design: Blue Magnolia | Catering: Feast & Fest | Hair + Makeup: JMichelle Beauty | Hair + Makeup: La Rouge Artistry | Lighting: Islay Events | DJ: Gavin Roy | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Officiant: Dennis P. Danielian | Ceremony Music: Gavin Roy | Transportation: Jump On The School Bus | Venue: Dos Pueblos Ranch | Coordination + Design: Alicia K Designs | Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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