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01 Apr

Romantic Tacoma Wedding of High School Sweethearts

If you need a little warm and fuzzy infused in your day, you know you’ve come to the right place because we have the most beautiful outdoor wedding Washington has ever seen, and the couple? High school sweethearts. I know. It doesn’t get much cuter than that. Alante Photography was brought in to capture the whole thing, and this gallery needs a few tissues. 


From the stunning bride… My husband, Derek, and I are high school sweethearts from the suburbs of Seattle, going on 11 years together and both pursuing acting careers in New York. He proposed in October of 2012 in the beautiful Conservatory Gardens in Central Park, followed by a surprise party with all of our friends and parents flown-in from Seattle. I didn’t stop crying happy tears all day!

With 9 months to nail down a summer wedding, we started planning right away. While I love hosting and styling, I wasn’t a girl who dreamed about my wedding day since childhood, so I had my work cut out for me. I kept thinking “You only get to do this once! You don’t want to look back and wish you could do it over.” I was determined to make every last detail unregrettable. I changed my mind hundreds of times before making any decisions, and often times after making decisions.

We knew we loved the elegant architecture we saw every day living in New York, and were determined to find a venue with the same feeling in Washington State. This proved to be very challenging until I found the Weyerhaeuser Estate and signed a deposit check on the spot.

I also knew I wanted a big, fluffy dress, pretty chairs and great photography. Visual elements were our financial priorities. After all, the pictures are what last!

Once the budget was made around these things, I realized we had hardly any money left for other décor. It was time to get my DIY on. I hand wrote all of the calligraphy throughout the event, muscled out the wire name hangers for bridesmaids and assembled the foliage halo for the ceremony. My mom sewed the bridesmaid robes, my talented artist aunt made our light-up marquee “L-O-V-E” lights and table numbers, and I bargained shopped like crazy for everything else from my shoes, to the once-broken antique chandelier that I re-wired myself.

For my processional I found a young Australian singer on youtube, Shannon Dooks, who recorded a ballad version of “Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry”, and my dear friend and bridesmaid who is a singer/songwriter, Gavrielle, arranged and recorded a piano version of “You’re Still the One” for the bridal party processional.

Derek and I agreed we wanted to promise the same set of vows to each other, but we also liked the idea of writing our own, so in addition to our mutual vows for the future, we each wrote 10 “thank you’s” for the past. It ended up being my favorite part of the day.

Throughout the whole process of pinning and planning, my biggest struggle was making decisions. I found myself wanting to plan four completely different weddings and I had a hard time making all of my ideas feel cohesive for a single event. Am I allowed to have classic bowtie tuxes and burlap table runners?

A stylish friend of mine once told me while decorating a new apartment, “If you love each piece, it will naturally all go together.” So I just picked each thing that Derek and I loved on its own and trusted that it would all just work. On the big day we were thrilled with how everything looked and felt because it was a true reflection of our personal style.

The best part is, most of our leftover wedding décor translates beautifully into home-décor! For example, the chandelier that we shared our first dance under is going to hang in our bedroom, and the frames from the calligraphy signs will hold pictures of detail shots from the wedding.

We were incredibly lucky with weather in that hit-or-miss Seattle August, and the day couldn’t have been more perfect. We made a big effort to be present and enjoy the party to the fullest and I’m so glad we did. That’s my best advice! Once the ceremony starts, just breathe, smile, look around at all the people who love and support you and cherish the moments! It’s the only time in your life you get to have everyone you love most in one place.

Photography: Alante Photography | Videography: Bogle Productions | Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly | Flowers: Blue Ribbon Events | Cake: Blue Ribbon Events | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alvina Valenta | Catering: Blue Ribbon Events | Make Up: Kristen Nicole Lawson Project Makeup | Hair: Pacific Avenue Salon And Spa | Ceremony Music: Gavrielle | Ceremony Music: Shannon Dooks | Alterations: Fragile Fit | Bride's Earrings & Bracelet: Faded Elegance | Cake Table Runner:Anthropologie | Chandelier: Antique Warehouse | Clutches: Anthropologie | Groom's Watch: Hugo Boss| LOVE Letter Installation: Laurie Schwartz Custom Designs | MOB Dress: David Mesiter | Photobooth:Seattle Photo Booth | Reception Dress: Top Shop | Rentals: ABC Rentals | Table Number Gate: Queen Bee Home And Garden | Tuxedos: Vera Wang | Veil: Fragile Fit | Wedding Rings: Kogita Jewelers

22 Nov

Houston Wedding at Agave Road

November 21st. 2012 by Megan 


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From the Bride… Our inspiration and theme for the wedding was inspired by our venue, Agave Road. Most of our guests were from out of state, so we really wanted to find a venue that showcased some of the beauty of Texas and the Southwest region and culture. The beautiful agave plants and flowers, the outdoor lighting at night, fireplace, the cute donkeys and emus on the property, stunning wooden doors and architecture all created this romantic “Old Mexico” atmosphere. Our vibrant colors of poppy, fuchsia and violet really shined against the background of Agave Road and could be seen throughout the wedding from the invitations and stamps, to the flowers, cake and bridal attire. 

It was very important to me that we support artists or craftsmen who specialize in hand-made goods and small businesses throughout our wedding planning journey. Many of our special touches were purchased through Etsy or through up-and-coming graphic designers or freelancers. Some of these included our salt covenant egg for the ceremony, my necklace and bridesmaid earrings, the bow ties, custom wine labels, and the hand-painted ornaments. Those touches created special elements in our day, and we felt good supporting all of these talented artists!

The gorgeous poppy, violet and fuschia pom pom photo booth backdrop was created with love by my mom, step-dad and many family members. It was the perfect backdrop for some of our most favorite wedding photos of all time! The beautiful seating cards were assembled by hand by my maid of honor, step-mom and me. My MOH created the template and we spent a few days creating over 200 of these seven-layer flowers! The templates for the stickers on our welcome bags and cookie bags (favor) and cigar belly bands were also created by my MOH. Our family grew succulents to use as decoration throughout the reception. My dad created the reception table numbers, and the bridesmaids’ earrings, bridal keshi pearl necklace and veil were all made by my step-mom, Lena.

It’s hard to just choose one “favorite” memory of the day, but I have to say that I really enjoyed eating dinner with my husband at our sweetheart table and looking out into the reception and seeing our amazing family and treasured friends laughing, smiling and having a good time. We were able to enjoy our meal, relax and just BE HAPPY. The room was full of joy and beauty. It doesn’t really get better than that! My grandparents were also celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary that weekend, and we were honored to have them at the wedding. We played the “Anniversary Song” in their honor. They danced all evening and we had such a blast, especially when they danced to Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back.”

Wedding Photography: Carlea J Photography / Wedding Venue: Agave Road in Katy, Texas / Floral Design: Flora Bella Designs / Wedding Cakes: Edible Designs by Jessie / Anniversary Wine Bottle Labels:Sara Michelle Designs / Cookie Table Signs: Amy Phan / Cigar Rolling: Chip Hight / Salt Covenant Egg:Centered Ceramics / Korean Wedding Ducks: Taeyon / Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly Couture / Bride’s Red Shoes: Kate Spade / Bride’s White Shoes: Mia / Bride’s Personalized Wedding Dress Patch: Monde Design / Bride’s Hair Flower: Olini Floral / Bridal Hanger: Einspanner / Bride’s Necklace, Bride’s Veil + Bridesmaids’ Earrings: Yelena’s Bijoux (The Bride’s Step-Mom) / Hair + Makeup: Thalio Beckham Artistry / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Groomsmen’s Suits: Jos A. Bank / Groomsmen Bow Ties:CCADesign / Ushers’ Ties: tuxandtulle

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07 Aug

A lovely workshop by Elizabeth Messina + a giveaway

August 7th. 2012 | by Abby Larson 

We’ve been basking in all things Elizabeth Messina today on SMP. And this next piece of Kiss the Groomperfection is the epitome of Elizabeth style. Soft, romantic, heartbreakingly beautiful. This is the canvas for her latest workshop which we figured was the perfect way to kiss your day with a bit of bridal inspiration – from the stunning palette to the whimsical details, from the crazy beautiful headpieces byTwigs & Honey to the moments of sheer lace genius – this is wedding done so very right. Oh and did we mention that Elizabeth has decided to give a second book away to one lucky reader? Yep, it’s true. So read on my lovelies…and click here to see every last bit of perfection.



Photography By / Elizabeth Messina
Event Planning By / Betsy Kohr


Okay, before we get to the super fun book giveaway ahead, we wanted to take a moment to pay homage to the other geniuses that made this workshop happen…the attendees. We’ve pored over their photographs and as it happens, learning from Elizabeth Messina, sure is some kind of wonderful. Here’s our pick for the best photo of the workshop, captured beautifully by Annabella Charles…who, for the record, is as lovely as her images. Which are indeed spectacular.

Okay, now on to the Book Giveaway (!!!), where one lucky reader will walk away with their very own copy of A Luminous Portrait. And it is quite possibly one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever seen so lucky is exactly what you will be feeling if that lucky girl or boy is you!

To Enter: Choose Your Favorite Workshop Photo from this post. The gallery is here.

Leave a Comment: You can describe the image, leave the title number, upload the image, whatever you want. Just pick your fav!

Big Winner: A Random winner will be chosen on Friday, August 10th

A huge thank you to Elizabeth Messina for opening up her workshop to us today. Elizabeth sees the world as pure and simple and beautiful and we are all better because of it. And thank you for including us in this journey. We heart you forever and ever.


Photography: Elizabeth Messina / Photo Shoot Venue: Lauxmont Farms in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania / Event Design: Betsy Kohr / Floral Design: Laura Kohr of Lauxmont Farms / Food: Diana Marshall (dianamarshall6366@gmail.com) / Chocolates: Sweet Nuit / Wedding Dresses Claire Pettibone + Kirstie Kelly / Head Pieces: Myra Callan of Twigs & Honey / Hair + Makeup: Gloss Hair & Makeup


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26 Jul

Wedding Love Tour

July 26th. 2012 | by Aimée

You California brides seriously have it made. Not only do you have the most spectacular venues and gorgeous vistas in which to say I Do, you also have the best of the best when it comes to fabulous vendors and super cool bridal bashes. For example, Wedding Love Tour coming to you on August 15th from 6-9pm at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach is a totally free and fabulous event showcasing the top vendors in Southern California. This is one party you don’t want to miss!

See all the fun here! 

We’re talking a One Hope Wine Tasting, unbelievably amazing food by Shade Hotel and Music by DJ Roderick. There are so many fabulous vendors participating like Zoom Theory PhotographyLVL Weddings and EventsSweet Lucie’sChoura EventsMobile Photo BoothVOXDJsBG Design Studio,hoo filmsTrilogy SpaLily Pad Floral Design, and Kirstie Kelly Couture!  They’ll even have delicious desserts from Cupcakes Couture! It really doesn’t get any better than this! This is not your typical bridal bash people. It’s personal, modern and super fun! Come eat, drink and dance your way through the wedding planning process! RSVP here and get a VIP gift! Click here for more info and be sure to follow them on facebook and twitter! Happy wedding planning! xoxo


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14 May

Kirstie Kelly Showroom + a Discount

May 14th. 2012 | by Aimée 

You California brides really do enjoy the best of the best. Take for example, The Kirstie Kelly Showroom. Not only is it nestled next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it houses some of the most gorgeous gowns we’ve ever seen here at SMP. The atmosphere is intimate and elegant yet high end and relaxed all at once. We’re talking wedding dress shopping heaven ladies.  You’ll be welcomed by some seriously experienced Bridal and Eveningwear stylists who will guide you as you find the perfect gown or dress. Kirstie herself is often on hand for many of the fittings and even hand drapes to your body ensuring the perfect fit.

The Showroom houses all of Kirstie Kelly’s collections–Bridal, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, Eveningwear, Essentials and Accessories–that reflect the designer’s desire to bring high fashion, classic styles and beautiful accessories to every woman. They even have an Atelier onsite so your dress can be customized to maximize your shape and represent your true, personal style.

If you’re outside of the Los Angeles area, make sure to check out their Borrow Me program and they’ll ship you dresses to try on right in your very own home! Talk about a great service! And if you mention that you saw this ad on SMP they’ll give you 10% off your first purchase! Offer is valid until December 31, 2012. Happy dress shopping! xoxo


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