This Just Might Be the Prettiest Ceremony Spot You’ll Ever Lay Eyes On

This Just Might Be the Prettiest Ceremony Spot You’ll Ever Lay Eyes On

If ever there were a wedding that we’d want to live inside, it would definitely be this one. We’re talking ocean views, dream locale and a vacation turned wedding celebration in Phuket, Thailand. And just wait until you peek at the ceremony spot. Held on a rooftop overlooking all the gorgeousness of Phuket and made even prettier at the hands of IAMFLOWERThe Bridal Planner Thailand and Vasia Photography, pore through a wedding that puts the dreamy in destination.

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Krystle & Coby got married in Phuket, Thailand at the incredible Sri Panwa. Their ceremony felt as if it was above the clouds, held on a rooftop with views of the water and landscape surrounding them as they said their vows. Every detail of this wedding was impeccably thought out by the bride, from the traditional tea ceremony to the dancing outdoors to a firework display. 

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Photography: Vasia Photography | Event Planning: The Bridal Planner Thailand | Flowers: IAMFLOWER | Gown: Ines Di Santo | Makeup: Jolyjo | Hair: Alex Andul | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Wedding Venue: Sri Panwa | Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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5 of Our Fave Fairy Tale Ball Gowns… With a Twist

We all want to look like a princess on THE big day, but channeling your inner Cinderella doesn’t have to mean saying “goodbye” to that sassy side your special someone fell in love with. Take it from Morilee Madeline Gardner – you can definitely have both. Think fabulous ball gowns that are one part traditional, one part modern and all parts romantic. Check out five of our faves (with a twist!) below.

THE MATILDA WEDDING DRESS

There’s a reason that Madeline Gardner is known as the “Queen of the Ball Gown” and it’s because of pretty little numbers like the Matilda. From the crystal beaded floral embroidery to the illusion bodice to the tulle skirt, this one’s an absolute stunner.

THE MARCIA WEDDING DRESS

We’re true believers that a little touch of lace can make any moment that much more romantic and the Marcia gown from Morilee Madeline Gardner is proving that theory… and then some. Think crystal beaded Alencon Lace, a horsehair trimmed flounced skirt and covered buttons. It’s the definition of fairy tale… with a contemporary flair.

THE MARIGOLD WEDDING DRESS

Hello, dreamy, dreamy ball gown. This gorgeous stunner from Morilee Madeline Gardner (also known as the Marigold) is basically straight from a Disney movie. It’s beaded embroidered appliquŽés meets tulle over sparkle net meets a Diamanté waistband that will show off those curves beautifully. We love.

THE MARISSA WEDDING DRESS

Pairing an ultra-flattering top with a flounced skirt is the sure fire way to leave all of your guests talking and when it comes to the Marissa gown from Morilee Madeline Gardner, it’s also one of the prettiest ways ever to say “I do”. Think a little bit classic with a whole lot of romantic layers and you are sooo on the right track.

THE MARILYN WEDDING DRESS

The Marilyn is the sort of gown that doesn’t need an explanation. From the frosted, embroidered lace bodice to the crystal beaded straps to the beautiful layered skirt to that back, it all comes together to make one serious stunning statement. Oh, and that belt? It’s Morilee Madeline Gardner perfection.

Ready to find that ball gown of your dreams? Head to Morilee Madeline Gardner today to check out their stunning #DressComeTrue collection with gowns that are the definition of luxurious with a modern twist. You’re going to look amazing. We promise.

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Big Sur Engagement After a Long Distance Love Affair

This is my kind of e-sesh… bare feet in the sand, unreal views that will take your breath away and the sweetest hand-holding. Not to mention, this gorgeous Bride-to-be is on our west coast team. A little extra excuse to pop the bubbly and sit with this gallery from Christine Donee for a while longer. Also, don’t miss her charming story below of how they met!

From the Bride-to-be… Meeting in remote destinations, red-eye flights, and a sense of adventure was how Nick and I started our relationship five years ago. We dated for three years long distance between New York City (where I was an entertainment editor) and Hawaii (where Nick worked at Pearl Harbor), and somewhere between all the distance between us we just kept getting closer.

It only seemed fitting when Nick proposed in one of my favorite places in New York City’s Central Park, that we take engagement photos in one of our favorite destinations together — Big Sur, California. The rugged coastline, sweeping views of the Pacific, lush green bluffs, and the wild open of the California air were definitely calling. Thankfully, our incredible photographer Christine Donee was up for the adventure!

The early part of the day was rainy and blustery and as Nick and I drove the 5 hours up California’s Highway 1 in order to meet Christine in a remote section near Julia Pfeiffer State Park “just in time for magic hour” the hour was looking less than magical with storm clouds rolling in. And then in a twist of pure west coast magic, the storm clouds scattered away and we were lucky enough to get 1 hour of beautiful Big Sur weather for shots along the beaches and bluffs.

And then just like that we were off again, with me jetting off on a red-eye to Nashville to be on the red carpet at the CMA Awards the next morning and Nick headed to Los Angeles.

We’re so grateful to Christine for being able to capture this magic moment, where for a little while, time and distance seemed to stand still. We’re getting hitched in spring in 2017 in the equally gorgeous destination of Santa Ynez, California.

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Photography: Christine Doneé Photography | Dress: Vow To Be Chic | Makeup: Glamsquad | Hair: Drybar | California coastline : Big Sur

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Vintage Meets Modern in this ’20s Inspired Wedding

Designed around the idea of “vintage nostalgia with a modern spin”, Emily and Patrick’s wedding day deserves a style category all its own. Think Southern elegance with a touch of roaring ’20s glam, and bold black and white stripes for a modern punch. Graham Terhune worked his magic behind the camera and we have the entire affair right at your fingertips.

From the Bride & Groom… Emily and Patrick met on Labor Day weekend of 2014; ten days after Patrick had moved to Raleigh for a job in the tech industry. A mutual friend was in town, and so over cheerwine and brownies in Emily’s sister’s kitchen, sparks began to fly. Emily, an illustrator and owner of Emily Brooks Designs, accepted Patrick’s request for a tour of Raleigh after he had seen a recent map she had drawn for a local magazine. Two days later, they went on their first date at Poole’s Diner, which they would recreate a year and a half later for their engagement photos. Patrick popped the question the day before Thanksgiving before they were to drive up to Virginia to celebrate the holiday with his family.

When planning for the wedding, they knew they wanted to incorporate their loves for their home states in the details. The Save the Date was the first nod to this – a watercolor of Virginia and North Carolina, with the star over both the groom’s hometown of Salem and the bride’s hometown of Raleigh. The color palette for the wedding was pulled from a textile project Emily had created while in New York based on a Vermeer painting. The rich hunter green was paired with a light blush pink, along with the accents of black, white, and gold. Both the ceremony, held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, and the reception, held at the North Carolina Museum of Art were blank canvases, as both are mostly a brilliant white; both inside and out. Patrick and Emily loved both traditional and modern spaces, so these two venues were a perfect melding of worlds. Their love for vintage nostalgia with a modern spin was expressed through the bride’s Jenny Packham dress, which fit Emily’s desire to have a 1920’s era feeling gown.

She had always loved her great grandmother’s look on her wedding day; especially her grand bouquet with tiny flowers tied into rich cream colored streamers flowing to the ground. Her florist was able to recreate a vintage airy garden bouquet with roses, hypericum berries, lisianthus, tuberoses, chocolate Queen Ann’s lace, and trailing vines of jasmine and passion flower. Patrick wore a peak lapel tuxedo and Res Ipsa black suede formal loafers. The nod to a vintage feel also extended into the traditional silhouette portraits of the two of them; the original print was matted and signed by guests, and was also seen on some of their wedding weekend paper goods.

Emily’s calligraphy was seen throughout the details; from the invitation suite to the ceremony programs, to the reception signage. She also created a map of Raleigh that was put in boxes for guests, that were filled with sweet and savory snacks from North Carolina and Virginia. The map was also put into use through the mobile app that Patrick created for guests, with a wedding weekend schedule and places to check out in Raleigh. To bring in more of a cabana feel to the reception, monstera leaves, palms, black and white striped runners, and white paper lanterns were used throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Photography: Graham Terhune Photography | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes | Invitations: Emily Brooks Designs | Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Anglican Church | Reception Venue: North Carolina Museum Of Art | Catering: North Carolina Museum Of Art | Makeup: Onloktion Makeup Artistry | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Ceremony Flowers: Artfully Arranged | Photography – Assistance: Sarah Der Photography | Reception Flowers: Watered Garden Florist

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Rustic Montana Wedding Infused With “California Cool”

Lindee and Todd’s wedding day wasn’t just about celebrating their love, but about bringing two families together in a meaningful way. Goldfinch Events & Design helped blend their California style with the rustic Montana setting, and even the couple’s children got in on the fun. “We made sure that each of our kids’ personalities were especially incorporated somewhere within the wedding,” added Lindee. Watch how the day unfolded in the gallery captured by Jeremiah and Rachel Photography.

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From Jeremiah and Rachel Photography… Lindee and Todd are some of the kindest people we’ve ever met, and spending just one minute with them you’d understand why these two are so perfect together. Lindee and Todd live in California, but chose the beautiful state of Montana for the joining of their families to honor Lindee’s family and upbringing. Cara from Goldfinch Events did an amazing job at blending their cool California vibe with the rustic side of Montana. One of our favorite parts of this wedding was the obvious love they have for their children. Everyone was so involved and caring, and it’s not often that I cry at weddings, but I definitely cried at this wedding. Todd’s three stunning daughters and Lindee’s handsome son all seem as if they have been siblings all their lives and it was so touching to see how happy everyone was that this day had finally arrived!

From the Bride… Our inspiration came from the blending of our families. Every decision, every detail was all about everyone being comfortable and having a good time. We made sure that each of our kids personalities were especially incorporated somewhere within the wedding. From my teenage boy wanting to wear his first bowtie, Todd’s oldest daughter using her wedding coordinator work experience for our ceremony, Todd’s middle daughter loving 50’s music, to Todd’s youngest begging to wear Converse at the reception…we made it all happen! It makes our photo album that much more special when we see those little details, and the huge smiles that accompany the details!

It was also very important to Todd and I to incorporate my rustic Montana farm girl upbringing with his casual California surfer style. Thank goodness for Cara Finch at GoldFinch Events for helping us to bring our ideas and visions to life! It was such a joy to share all of this with friends and family who came from near and far to be with us on this very special day.

Our wedding day was most certainly a celebration of us…”us” as in Todd and I, but it was also so much more… It’s now “us” as a family of 6, and for that we are forever blessed. A special thanks to Jeremiah and Rachel for capturing our big day and big love on 8/8/16 with your beautiful photography!

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Photography: Jeremiah and Rachel Photography | Event Design: Goldfinch Events & Design | Floral Design: Mums Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Cake: Cakes By Debi | Ceremony Location: West Kootenai Community Church | Reception Venue: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN | DJ: Sidecar Audio | Favors: Huckleberry Haven | Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom | Dress Shop: Kingsley James | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: The Party Store | Table Top Rentals: The Top Collection

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Say Hello to the Gown of Your Dreams

You can’t work at a place like Style Me Pretty and not be completely obsessed with wedding gowns… and we sooo are. But what we love even more? A boutique that offers a gown for every lady we know, no matter her shape, budget or size. That place is David’s Bridal, your very own slice of wedding heaven with a plethora of beautiful gowns and 60+ years of experience making you look fabulous.  Scroll to check out their new Spring 2017 WHITE by Vera Wang collection below.

Guys, we know looking amazing on your Big Day is a really big deal, and so is being the most genuine version of yourself you can be. David’s Bridal totally gets that, which is why they’ve made it their mission to help you find that gown of your dreams… for you AND your besties. Think awesome online planning tools, totally knowledgeable stylists and expert seamstresses all coming together to make that dress buying journey the best part of planning your wedding.

Not that you need proof of just how amazing David’s Bridal truly is, but just in case you do: check out their gorgeous Spring 2017 WHITE by Vera Wang collection. Think a stop-you-in-your-tracks assortment of gowns that are the definition of stunning with body-defining silhouettes, modern details and crazy cool fabrics. It’s plunging v-necks, beaded fit and flares, ballet-inspired ball gowns, trumpet skirts and sooo much more, all boasting that modern meets romantic aesthetic that Vera Wang is so well known for.

With their insanely beautiful Spring 2017 WHITE by Vera Wang collection, David’s Bridal knows what it takes to make you and your bridal party happy. Not to mention sizes ranging from 0-26 and price points from $998 to $2048 (for brides), $199.95 to $299.95 (for bridesmaids) and $39.95 to $349.95 (for accessories). You can even follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to be constantly inspired. #DavidsBridal #WHITExVeraWang

Make an appointment at one of David’s Bridal’s 300+ stores located across the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Puerto Rico and Mexico City and be prepared to fall in love with their breathtaking bridal gowns, chic accessories (hello, shoes, handbags, jewelry and headpieces) and fab bridesmaid attire. Then enter the amazing giveaway below for a $1,500 gift card, because it’s awesome, loves.

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What: David’s Bridal is giving away a $1,500 gift card!

How: To enter, complete the entry form by EOD on March 14, 2017!

For Terms & Conditions: Click here.

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An Engagement With Sophisticated New Yorker Style

Any engagement that ends with drinks on a city rooftop is my kind of photo session. Especially when it’s set in one of the coolest spots in New York City. Nancy Ray photographed these two loves in their DUMBO, Brooklyn neighborhood and you can see their entire session this way in the gallery.

From the Bride-to-be… We moved to the beautiful Brooklyn neighborhood of DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) shortly before getting engaged last year, and we love everything about it-from the waterfront and the downtown Manhattan views to the brick streets. When it came time to pick a spot for our engagement pictures, we knew we wanted to have our pictures taken in a place special to us a couple. We chose our neighborhood because it’s the place where we started the New York chapter of our lives together!

Our wonderful photographer Nancy Ray was able to fly up to New York from North Carolina for the weekend, and we set a date for late October, hoping that the fall leaves would be in full swing. Unfortunately, we woke up the morning of our session to a torrential downpour! Nancy and I talked about rescheduling, but decided to wait a few hours and hope that it would clear up. Right before our scheduled meeting time, the rain completely stopped and the sun came out!

We had a beautiful afternoon walking around DUMBO and braving the Brooklyn Bridge. We finished our session with a glass of champagne on our rooftop, which is one our favorite places to spend our evenings! Because we wanted to be sure we had enough time to take photos before any rain moved back in, we decided to stay in one outfit for the whole session.

I searched high and low for an outfit that reflected my style now that I consider myself a New Yorker, and my DVF dress made me feel stylish while still comfortable. Drew wore a Smathers & Branson personalized needlepoint belt that I gave him when he graduated from law school and his favorite Paul Stuart sport coat. We cannot thank Nancy enough for the beautiful photos!

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Photography: Nancy Ray Photography | Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg | Shoes: J.Crew | Belt: Smathers & Branson | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Jeans: Imogene + Willie | Men’s Coat: Paul Stuart | Men’s Shirt: Kamakura | Men’s Shoes: Brooks Brother | Watch: Rolex

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This is How You Do Tropical Elegance in Los Cabos

I’ve got serious spring fever right now and this tropical goodness is just about sending me over the edge. Planned by Esoteric Events, it’s elegance done oh-so-right among palm trees and seaside sunsets that make the sand glow. Pretty dreamy right? And let’s not even get started on the gorg color palette. Just stroll on over to the The Vault for the beauty in full captured by Sally Pinera.

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From Kristin Alexander at Esoteric EventsMonica and JC love to travel and after hearing about the newly built Cape Hotel they took a trip down there from Chicago to visit and fell in love. They wanted their wedding to feel like a Wes Anderson movie and they instantly knew The Cape was the perfect backdrop for it. The weekend kicked off with a daytime pool party followed by dinner and drinks in town. Guests were able to enjoy wonderful food, live music and walk the town together before the wedding the next day. Monica opted for a warm color palette reminiscent of a Cabo sunset with wood farm tables and chairs to work with the venue and the existing decor. With only their closest family and friends in attendance it was a tight nit group who knew how to party and danced the night away to The Cape’s resident DJ, DJ Capri.

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Photography: Sally Pinera | Floral Design: Florenta Flower Design | Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Makeup and Hair: Blanc On-Location Salon | Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | DJ: DJ Capri | Ceremony Music: Alonso Aguirre | Venue: Thompson Hotel | Planning and Design: Esoteric Events | Rentals: Let It Be Events

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Which of These Invites is the Prettiest? You Decide!

Election season may be over (thank goodness), but we need you to cast one more vote: for the prettiest Minted invitation design of 2017 — The SMP Readers’ Choice. Check out the 10 designs below, then head to our Instagram and comment with the name of your favorite design and #SMPxMinted! The best part? Four, yes four, of you lucky brides-to-be will win a $200 credit to Minted! So, what are you waiting for? Go vote now!

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WHAT: A $200 credit to be used on Minted!

HOW: To enter, simply follow both Minted and Styled Me Pretty on Instagram + comment on this IG post with #SMPxMinted with the number of your favorite design.

WHO: Four lucky winners, chosen completely at random, will be announced on the Instagram post!

WHEN: Giveaway ends on March 4th at 11:59pm EST. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies! xo

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Add These Food52 Items to Your Registry List Pronto!

Some household items are just for fun; some are extra special that only get used from time to time. Others, well, you’ll use every single day. So what are the most commonly registered for items – and thus, probably the most useful ones – to add to your registry to ensure your house becomes a home? The folks at Food52 are sharing their most popular wedding registry must-haves and why they are essential for every couple starting out on their new journey together!

Food52’s Top 10 Registry Items: 

The first thing couples want to upgrade? Flimsy flatware. Our handsome Italian-made sets come in five finishes, from classic stainless steel to on-trend copper.
Our marble board is a heavy-hitter: it’s an entertaining staple and a handy kitchen tool in one! The stay-cool marble is a boon for rolling out dough and keeping your cheese spread from drooping.
A constant on our couples’ must-lists: everyday glasses with a little something extra. The seaside blue brings a much-needed pop of color to your table.
Versatile dinnerware is a big step in the right direction for making your house a home. Do our exclusive sets with Hawkins New York have visions of dinner parties dancing in your head yet?
The simple things are often the most game-changing in your kitchen. Our spoon rest, available in a variety of finishes, will live on your stovetop for years, saving it from drip after drop.
The bed! Don’t forget the bed. Rumpled, yet refined, 100% linen sheets get softer and softer with each wash, and the soothing colors guarantee good dreams only.
A butter keeper is the countertop friend you never knew you needed. Load the top with a stick of butter and the base with a bit of water—it creates a tight seal and you’ll have soft, spreadable butter for many mornings of toast.
Newbie cooks and experienced chef-types alike count on Zwilling Madura fry pans. A PFOA-free nonstick surface and stay-cool handle mean you’re just a flip away from the best omelet of your life.
Our exclusive Mini Griddle is a killer combo of bakeware and cookware. Pizza, cookies, grill, oven, stovetop – this baby does it all.

10. Pour la tourtière d’Annette Stoneware Pie Plate
Not everything needs to be practical – leave some room for the pretty, too. With each slice of pie or quiche you dole out from this special pie plate, a beautiful pattern reveals itself.

The Smart Bride + Groom’s Guide to Wedding Registries

SMP’s Wedding Registry ABCs | Unique Wedding Registry Ideas | 10 Must-Have Registry Items

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