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Midwest Snowy Bridal Session

After countless dumps of snow in Boston this season, I was planted firmly in the “completely over winter” camp. That was, until, this photo session from Jake AndersonJohn Auger and Emily Grace Designs hit my computer screen. With gorgeous styling and cool tones evoking wintertime beauty, it actually made long for a few more days of snowy bliss before spring. Browse the pretty here!


From Jake AndersonWhen I was a child, growing up in the Midwest, I remember walking the fields near our home during sunset, and being completely mesmerized by the tones, the colors, the emotions of the last warm light of day reflecting off the cold environment of a land covered in snow. Inspired by this, we desired to pull in a pastel palate, accented with complimenting warm, rich tones in order to display an event befitting the winter season.

An underlying narrative to this shoot is the simplicity in which the bride is surrounded. It is her, and her surroundings, paired with the essentials of a wedding: a stunning gown, a bold and unruly bouquet, and a table detailed with natural elements foraged from the surrounding environment. Elements which evoke an image of a bride whom is deeply connected to nature, and require participants to partake in her desire to adhere to simple, natural aesthetics.

Photography: Jake Anderson | Florist: John Auger | Wedding Gown: Marchesa Notte | Hair: Leah Anderson | Paper Goods: Kindenshop | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Stylist: Emily Grace Designs | Venue: Private Residence

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Erica Elizabeth Designs

I couldn’t think of a better way to dive into the weekend than by introducing you to the incredible Spring/Summer 2015 Collection of Erica Elizabeth Designs. Showcasing a breathtaking range of head ornaments, halos and incredibly gorgeous veils, every piece in this collection is created with hand-detailed craftsmanship.

Erica Elizabeth Designs newest collection celebrates the exquisite artistry of medieval design featuring layers of delicate metal florals, hand-fabricated flowers + leaves and stunning accessories which make a bride feel like a queen on her big day. Staying true to her design roots, Erica Elizabeth creates handmade pieces that are impeccably crafted and effortlessly elegant.

Delivering the opulence and detail of days gone by to today’s bride, I’m just a bit head-over-heels for this endlessly romantic collection. To see it all for yourself, head over here.

Photography: Caroline Tran  | Gowns: Claire Pettibone


Social Hour!

SMP’ers, it’s that time again. Time to shake off those snow-laced boots and trade in our winter chill for some sunshine in the form of airy gowns and bloomed bouquets. It’s time to indulge our senses in a little something we like to call Social Hour! The prettiest place to be, we’ve rounded up your Pinterest and Instagram favorites of the week. So, sit back and bask in the beauty with the prettiest pics below!

Most Loved Pics of the Week
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Williams Sonoma 
Allure Bridals
Maggiano’s Little Italy

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For our California Brides… Discount from Gretchen Gause PhotographySurf and Sand Resort, and Greg Finck Photography, and don’t miss the Love Tour Bridal Bash giveaway + discount!

For our Northwest Brides… Discount from Meant2Be Events and Countryside Floral

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For our Mid-Atlantic Brides… Don’t miss the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase + giveaway!

For our Tri-State Brides… Discount from Femina Photo + Design and don’t miss the Lihi Hod Trunk Show and Ivy Aster at Lovely Bride

For our Mid-West Brides… Discount from Brideside and discount + giveaway from Kristin La Voie Photography

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For our Destination Brides… Discount from Greg Finck Photography

Classic Santa Barbara Estate Wedding

From the dress to the florals, reception and every detail in between, this California beauty is classic elegance in every sense. Bringing all the formality of a ballroom wedding outdoors, Alegria By Design made certain this bride’s aesthetic came to life and all 2o guests left the day feeling special. The lovelies of TEAM Hair & Makeup beautified the bridal party, and Jasmine Star captured the gallery filled with so much more.


From Alegria By DesignThis gorgeous wedding was designed around a palette of creams, champagnes, pale pink and ivories with mixed metals, candle accessories. Flowers used was latte dahlias, pink and cream double bloom garden roses, cream and pink lisianthus, Dusty Miller, pink star jasmine, gardenia, white hydrangea and white phalaenopsis orchid.

From her Pinterest board I could tell that Karen was a classic bride, more black tie and ballroom than garden. My challenge was to create an homogenized design honoring both Karen’s aesthetic and the beautifully lush backdrop that Villa Verano offers up. For Karen and Mohamed’s interfaith ceremony we utilized the overgrown built-in grandstand as the main focal point. We added two flanking large-scale overflowing pedestalled garden urns dripping with florals in muted pinks and creams; we then punctuated the short aisle with piles of rose petals.

In my opinion there is just nothing like an canopy overhead to evoke a sense of wonderment. Canopies make me feel like I did when I rode “It’s a small world” at Disneyland for the first time…small, special and happy. With just 20 guests in attendance I though an simple canopy over the richly textured feasting table was just the ticket! The table was illuminate by candle light after guests were treated to an exceptionally dazzling Santa Barbara sunset. It was such a pleasure to design Karen’s beautiful day. It was appropriately formal and graciously casual at all the right times and places!

Photography: Jasmine Star | Event Design: Alegria By Design | Event Planning: Alegria By Design | Floral Design: Louloudi Designs | Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries | Shoes: Prada | Caterer: Cook Better Live Better | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Linens: La Tavola | Musicians: Marc Bosserman | Rentals: Town And Country | Transportation: Tours A La Carte | Venue: Villa Verano

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