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Wedding Dress Shopping Survival Kit

Shopping for your wedding gown is a cause for celebration and here at SMP, we’ve been known to ogle over a dress or two. Speaking as a bride-to-be, finding the dress is memorable beyond measure, and it’s best to go in prepared. With our easy step-by-step guide, you’ll have a tote full of goodies and sustenance, the perfect kit that’ll have you ready to say “Yes!” to your dress.

Canvas bag
“Bride to Be” label
Muslin bags
“Dancin’ Shoes” label
“Bridal Underthings” label
Iron transfer paper

Survival gear of choice, we used:

Hair ties
Bobby pins
Mini hairbrush
Mini hairspray
Blotting papers
Jewelry wipes
Minimergency kit
Hand lotion
Water bottle
Lip balm
Granola bar
Celebratory confetti


step-1 Print out the labels onto iron transfer paper. Cut out the labels with scissors, removing as much of the negative space as possible.

step-2Iron the labels onto the canvas and muslin bags, following the instructions on the iron transfer paper.

step-3Pack the canvas bag with goodies and give to the bride-to-be on dress shopping day!

Photography: Ruth Eileen | Styling: SMP

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Tropical and Glamorous Wedding at St. Thomas Ritz

With a love story that began underwater, it only feels fitting that a Ritz Carlton St. Thomas ceremony followed suit. Strawberry Milk Events came alongside the couple to plan their dream seaside soiree bursting with East End Flowers. Subtle patterns of (real!) wallpaper – from paper cones to table runners - were a lovely ode to the Bride’s family business while Sylvie Gil was beautifully capturing all the tropical glamour here.


From Julie at Strawberry Milk EventsAn elegant fun destination wedding weekend, 100 of their nearest and dearest gathered to celebrate their wedding.The night before the wedding there was a colorful beach bash with a carnival theme. We embraced classic glamour in a tropical setting. The muted palette showcased gorgeous scenery. With shades of white, cream, and a pale aqua accented against gold and lucite. We honored the Bride’s family by incorporating their family business, York Wallcoverings, as a subtle pattern through the day. Using real wallpaper into the details of the day, paper cones, petal toss, menus, invitations, escort cards, and table runners. It was a beautiful celebration.

From the Bride… We met by accident at a cocktail party. William asked me if he could take me on a date. He had trouble remembering my name and called me “Allison” when he asked me out. We went on that date 4 years ago and the rest is history.

As a birthday present William got me scuba diving certification classes and to complete my certification I had one last dive in Cozumel, Mexico. When I was underwater my future husband showed me a shell and lifted it up from the ground and when he opened the shell there was a diamond.. He proposed right there on the spot UNDERWATER! Which was pretty smart, because he didn’t have to say anything, plus the diamond looked extra big underwater :)

What was special about our wedding was the idea of creating a vacation getaway for everyone. Originally we were going to have our wedding in his hometown, which was going to require a long commute for everyone, especially for those guests who were coming from outside the U.S. So, we decided to change our whole plan and choose a beautiful vacation destination-the Caribbean. We chose St. Thomas, USVI.

We wanted it to be easy and exotic all at the same time. A place people might not ever get a chance to visit. We wanted a smaller, more intimate feel but with enough options of things to do. The choice of resort was extremely important with the requirement that everyone stay at the resort. Since English was the native language, US currency and cell phone reception was everywhere. There was a built in convenience factor that helped us make our destination decision. The setting of the resort, while large enough to accommodate all of our guests, was still very intimate, creating the environment for our 125 guest to meet and get to know one another over the course of the long weekend. Also helpful was the shared experience of participating in daily activities we planned like group snorkeling, a sailing Regatta and Beach Olympics.

Since I work in the family business of manufacturing wall coverings, we used wallpaper to accent the wedding decor – from the invitations and table runner to programs and pocket squares for the groomsmen. My wedding dress was from Monique Lhuillier, style-Luminere bought in Washington, DC. My shoes were custom-made by Kate Spade.

Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Wedding Planner: Strawberry Milk Events | Floral Design: East End Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair & Makeup: Artistry By Kristina | Band: In The Sand Band | Bistro Lights, Uplighting, Dance Floor, Chairs: Jen Events | Ritz Carlton St Thomas: Ritz Carlton St Thomas | Wallpaper On Tables: York Wallcoverings

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Social Hour!

Here at SMP, we forgo traditional methods and instead warm our winter chill with layers upon layers of beauty. From red carpet romance, to bejeweled gowns, we’ve rounded up your Pinterest and Instagram favorites to share in what we’ve deemed as Social Hour. So it’s time to say goodbye to those winter blues, because we’ve got the perfect remedy below!

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This week’s DISCOUNTS…
Joanna August + BHLDN 
Bonobos Groomshop
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Wedding Paper Divas

For our Midwest Brides… Giveaway from Kate Johnson Artistry

For our California Brides… Discount from Gretchen Gause Photography, and Greg Finck Photography, giveaways from Luxury Estate Weddings and Events and The Knot Crashers

For our Tri-State Brides… Discount from Femina Photo + Design and don’t miss the Anna Maier Trunk Show at Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

For our Northwest Brides… Discount from Meant2Be Events and Countryside Floral and don’t miss out on the Julie Vino Trunk Show!

For our Destination Brides… Discount from Greg Finck Photography

And Our Winners…

Congratulations to our Postable winner Stacey!

Congratulations to our Target winners Annette and Alexa!

Congratulations to our Shannon Rosen Photography winner Britney

Texas Outdoor Wedding with Shades of Blush

To say I love this Barr Mansion affair would be an understatement to the max. Complete with textured-filled bouquets by Gypsy Floral and blush pink bridesmaids all in a row, there’s no shortage of pretty moments captured from beginning to end. Mint Photography captured the day to perfection, and you can see the full story unfold in the gallery.


From Mint PhotographyLaura and Jon had a BEAUTIFUL wedding at Barr Mansion. To start, you can’t go wrong with Barr Mansion – it certainly sets the tone for beauty to ensue! However, with Laura and Jon, and their gorgeous choices in colors and fashion – this one was especially a stunner! The soft sunlight on their fall wedding day highlighted the gorgeous tones, and made the whole day feel as though it were glowing. We are so happy we got to photograph this couple on their beautiful day!

Photography: Mint Photography | Floral Design: Gypsy Floral | Ceremony Venue: Barr Mansion | Hair And Makeup: Adore Salon | Wedding Dress Shop: Blush Bridal Lounge

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