Romantic Dinner Party-Style Wedding Set in a Historic Barn

Opting to plan a wedding on the opposite end of the country, Mary and Patrick brought their East Coast style to central California for a day they’ll never forget. Danae Grace Events turned the historic barn at Santa Margarita Ranch into an ultra-romantic dinner party with loose, organic florals by Noonan’s Wine Country Designs to accent the space. Ashley Ludaescher worked her magic behind the camera and the gallery is one perfect moment after the next.

From the Bride, Mary… When Patrick and I got engaged, the first big hurdle we faced was deciding where to get married — my family is in San Francisco and his is in Fairfield, Connecticut. Eventually, we settled on central California, where my mom grew up. Dreaming up a West Coast wedding while based in Boston wasn’t easy, but we were lucky to have an incredible wedding planner. Danae Pearce’s style is so elegant and dreamy, and she made it work perfectly with our rustic setting. I gave Danae a pretty bare-bones sense of how I pictured the day, and I was thrilled with her vision. She understood exactly what I wanted and I trusted her completely. She put together an all-star team of vendors for a truly perfect day.

The color scheme for the wedding was delicate — blush, creams, touches of gold, etc. — which is exactly what I’m always drawn to. Patrick’s personal style, on the other hand, is quintessential preppy New England (I call his aesthetic “Easter brunch”). We met in the middle by giving the groomsmen bright ties and socks, and Patrick wore a nautical pocket square. Our ceremony was right in the center of San Luis Obispo at the Old Mission, which is where my parents got married. From there, we went to Santa Margarita Ranch, one of the oldest ranches in the state. Our reception was in their barn, which was decked out with lush foliage, flowers, chandeliers, and lounge areas. We arranged for the ranch’s historic train to take guests around the gorgeous property during cocktail hour. It was a huge hit, especially with our precious ring bearer, who probably rode it at least three times!

There were so many great moments from our wedding day, from getting ready at my mom’s house to breaking out Irish coffees at the end of the night. Because there was so much going on, the day felt like a blur to me. I am so grateful that the fabulous Ashley Ludaescher and her team (her husband, Andreas) were there to capture those moments so we can relive the day through her photos. Her eye is truly one-of-a-kind, and she felt like one of my friends by the end of the day. Patrick and I are overjoyed at how everything turned out and would recommend all of our vendors in a heartbeat!

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Photography: Ashley Ludaescher Photography | Wedding Planning: Danae Grace Events | Floral Design: Noonan’s Wine Country Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Cake: Paper Cake Events | Ceremony Venue: Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa | Reception Venue: Santa Margarita Ranch | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Hailey Paige | Reception Catering: Field To Table Events | Hair and Makeup: The Queens Bees | DJ: Malik Miko Thorne | Groom’s Attire: Michael Kors | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper Goods: Sophia Loves Letters | Rentals: Central Coast Tent & Party | Rentals: Scout Rental Co.

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Creative Ways to Incorporate Your Wedding Decor at Home

We’re true believers that your wedding celebration doesn’t have to end the second you run through your sparkler send-off. Whether you’re still in the planning process or already celebrated your wedding (congratulations!) we’re teaming up with Shutterfly for ways to remember your big day long after the party’s over.

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Foliage Circle Candle | Elegant Wedding Guest Book | Perfect Pair Heart Mason Jar

Rather than letting your pretty wedding decor gather dust after the big day, pick out beautiful decor for your wedding with an eye towards using it around your newlywed abode, too!

Pick out centerpiece candles that you can repurpose in your bathroom later on for a spa-like experience. Select a gorgeous guest book that’s coffee table-worthy. Stocking up on barware for the reception? Wedding mason jars work beautifully at the party of the year and for last-minute gatherings at home.

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Mini Three By Three Square Mounted Wall Art | Gallery Collage of Six Framed Print | Gallery of Two Mounted Wall Art

If you’re in search of a way to showcase all of those beautiful photos of your big day, we’re all for creating a gallery wall to commemorate every. single. second. Because that first moment you stepped into your dress? It needs to be remembered. Our tip? Check out Shutterfly’s customizable options in frames (hey there, modern metallic frames) and frameless mounted wall art for mix and match options that will really stand out.

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Mr. & Mrs. Tea Towel | Grey Floral Fleece Photo Blanket | Warm Watercolor Pillow

Getting married this fall or winter? Select blankets that your guests can use during a chilly ceremony and can easily transition to your couch later this winter! You can customize the colors and designs to your home color palette or wedding theme. Same goes for cocktail hour decor, like watercolor pillows and monogrammed tea towels. You’ll be reminded of your perfect day every time you use them!

Weaving your big day into your home decor isn’t as hard as it looks, especially with Shutterfly on hand to help you with high-quality products that are unique AND cost-effective. We love the amazing price points—and the way you can customize until your heart’s content. Head there now to check out all of the goodies… and be prepared to make your home AND wedding the greatest yet.

Lifestyle Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography

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5 Subtle Autumn Details for Your Fall Wedding

Fall is such a beautiful time of year to have a wedding. The leaves are a lovely mix of sunset colors, and the air is crisp; not too warm, not too cold. But one of the BEST things about a fall wedding is the endless possibilities for small details that tie the whole day together.

These five small autumn details will pair well with the crisp weather and will give you the most picturesque wedding ever! Get cozy with us!


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Candlelight
An evening fall reception with candle light glowing inside the reception is the cherry on top of the autumn wedding theme. It gives everyone that cozy mood when the sun has set and the temperature drops. Fill the room with white candles of all shapes and sizes.

Apples
The new trend of having a piece of fruit at each place setting is so unique and fun. Guests will love to sit down at their seat to a beautiful tablescape that includes a bright crisp apple with their name in calligraphy. It brightens the reception and ties in the autumn wedding theme perfectly.


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White Pumpkins
Is there anything prettier in the fall than a white pumpkin accented with gold calligraphy hand lettering?! This is a classic way to add a subtle fall touch. Use them as center pieces on rectangle tables or line the doorway into the reception.


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Blankets
While fall days are usually a perfectly warm temperature, the late afternoons can get a bit chilly. Use that to your advantage and give guests some cozy blankets. This is perfect if part of your wedding is outdoors. Bonus – it encourages everyone to snuggle up.

Apple Cider & Donut Bar
One of the fun elements to wedding receptions, in general, is the ability to feature different “bars.” A cute bar with a variety of donuts and hot apple cider will be a crowd pleaser. It will transport everyone to those traditional fall memories of going to the farm to get pumpkins, cider and donuts! Include an assortment of glazed, pumpkin spice, plain, and cinnamon

Fall is the perfect season to enhance your wedding with beautiful details. These small touches will give your guests all the fall wedding feels!

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Kylie Thompson is a freelance writer, blogger and marketing professional from Grand Rapids Michigan, where she resides with her husband. When she isn’t working, you will find her exploring Grand Rapids’ newest culinary establishments with her husband, or traveling up and down Lake Michigan’s coast.

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He Planned The Most Romantic Proposal in an Abandoned Church from the 1930s

Abandoned Church Proposal

Guys, GET READY. The moment we saw this super romantic proposal, our hearts skipped a beat and a tear or two may have been shed… All set? Okay, so here’s how it went down — Jayce loves Emily; Emily’s sister is a wedding planner – Sage and Stem. Emily expected to be modeling in a portrait session that evening at The Monroe Abbey, an abandoned 1930s church in downtown Phoenix (super cool, right?). Little did she know that her boyfriend, Jayce, had flown in that morning from Utah and was awaiting her arrival. Emily walked into the building as “Can I Be Him” by James Arthur began to play. A table was set up with candles and a gorgeous envelope with a letter from Jayce inside. When she looked up, Jayce was standing in the middle of the room surrounded by candles and asked her to be his wife.

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The Long Sleeve Ballgown Our Editors Are Obsessing Over

With a serious love for classic style myself, I feel a bit like kindred spirits with this bride, Lauren. Planning around  the concept of “timeless elegance,” Lauren and Jake designed a wedding that encompassed that notion to a T. Think a black and white palette, the traditional church ceremony, Frank Sinatra reception tunes, plus a long sleeve ballgown that ensured Lauren looked every bit the classic bride. Jake Anderson captured the entire affair on film photography and his images are just as timeless as the day itself.

From the bride, Lauren… Jordan and I met through a mutual friend. We had gone to high school together, but had never formally met. We dated for five years, mostly at a short distance while we were both in graduate school in different states (Wisconsin and Minnesota). The weekend of April 9, Jordan planned a getaway to my parent’s lake home in northern Wisconsin. His plans were almost crushed by a late spring blizzard, but with a little luck we made the hike to our favorite lake where Jordan proposed on one knee, and I of course said yes. We returned to the lake home, and to my surprise all our family and my best friend were waiting to celebrate, champagne in hand.

As we began the planning process, we wanted our wedding to feel classic and timeless. To achieve this, we chose a neutral color palate of ivory and white accented by the natural greenery that blooms during spring in Wisconsin. The ceremony was held at our church in downtown Madison, with the reception following at The Edgewater hotel, located on the shore of beautiful Lake Mendota. Our wedding party was made up of both our families (7 brothers!) and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Once we had a vision of our day, the details started to fall into place. After trying on a few dresses, I fell in love with a long sleeve Hayley Paige gown. It was the perfect combination of tulle and lace. The men in black tie tuxedos was an easy decision- a classic duo!

From a rose petal toss as we left the church to a 10-piece band singing Frank Sinatra, we worked hard to preserve our intention throughout the day. Sticking with our concept of timeless elegance, we chose to have our day captured in film, rather than digital photography. Our insanely talented photographer, Jake Anderson, provided us with photos that we will cherish forever. The grain and realness of the photos are something that cannot be beat. Looking back at the photos makes us feel all the feels, and for that we thank Jake!

We both agree that our favorite moment of the day was simply exchanging vows. We loved the band (North Coast Orchestra), the blooms (Garden Laurels), and the grand exit complete with ribbon wands (thanks, dad!). But at the end of the day saying those sacred vows in front of all our loved ones takes the peony layered cake!

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Photography: Jake Anderson | Floral Design: Garden Laurels by Sager | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Creative Confections By Alicia Russell | Rings: TQ Diamonds | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J.Crew | Tuxedos: Nedrebo’s | Venue: The Edgewater Hotel | Rentals: Event Essentials | Wedding Band: North Coast Orchestra

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The Good Ol’ Days of Summer Camp Inspired This Wedding in Zion

Epic Camp Zion Wedding

Do you remember the good ol’ days of summer camp? The ones filled with endless sun and laughter… Perhaps you were frolicking through the fields, passing notes and finding ways to catch the eye of your crush, or maybe you were spending time getting crafty. Wanting to highlight that nostalgic feeling of summer camp, along with the gorgeous scenery of Zion, Shiloh + Tim invited all of their friends + family to take a step back in time.

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This Is How You Combine Timeless Romance + Modern Minimalism

Hello, wedding inspiration after my very own heart! Jenna McElroy Photography and Bespoke Events, with the help of Clementine Botanical Art, set out to combine the old with the new. They chose Laguna Gloria, a stunning, Italian-style estate located in Austin, and romantic wedding gowns by Alexandra Grecco and Linyage for that timeless aesthetic, then layered in a modern and minimal tablescape, provided by 10th Collection. The result literally took my breath away, so I’ll leave you to get lost in this enchanting gallery.

From Jenna McElroyFor the design of this shoot, Lindsay and I wanted to combine the ideas of old with new. Laguna Gloria is a beautiful estate turned museum and wedding venue in the middle of Austin. It is an oasis on the lake. The Italian style villa was designed after the owner’s honeymoon to Lake Como. We wanted to combine this masterful Italian architectural design with a modern and minimal tablescape, all tied up with a hint of romance.

It was important for us to keep the table design simple and clean. The plates, cups, and modern candle tapers from 10th Collection were ideal for the aesthetic. Clementine stunned with a floral centerpiece that was the flawless addition of color and movement to our minimal design. The Linyage and Alexandra Grecco gowns from Unbridaled added romance and movement. The minimal ring designs by L Priori were simple yet stunning. The ring paired against the paper design by Lazywood Lane perfectly married our idea of minimalism and timelessness.

This inspiration shoot was a reminder that the timelessness of this beautiful architecture can be paired with the minimalism of today to create a gorgeous design of old and new that any Bride would find appealing for her wedding day.

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Photography: Jenna McElroy | Event Planning: Bespoke Events | Floral Design: Clementine Botanical Art | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Wedding Dress: Linyage | Shoes: Bella Belle | Rings: L. Priori Jewelry | Hair + Makeup: Lola Beauty | Venue: Laguna Gloria | Bridal Boutique: Unbridaled | Candles: Creative Candles | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Furniture + Tabletop Rentals: 10th Collections | Linen: Silk & Willow | Marbled Plates: Eliana Bernard | Paper Design: Lazywood Lane

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Bridesmaid Gown Alert: Three Fall 2017 Trends That We Are Totally On Board With

It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner, but trust us: PSL sippin’ and cozy throws will be here before you know it. So in honor of one of our fave seasons (and the gorgeous weddings that come right along with it), we’re teaming up with Morilee Madeline Gardner for a rundown on three bridesmaid dress trends that are totally on point. Check out our fave beauties below.

RICH HUES

When it comes to finding the perfect gowns for your besties, Morilee Madeline Gardner never disappoints. And their new Fall 2017 Collection? It’s all about bringing those stunning autumn details to the forefront. Up first is a bevy of rich hues – from eggplant to bordeaux to crisp, cool slate, they’ve got your fall color palette totally covered. Plus, your bridesmaids are going to look beautiful.

GORGEOUS FABRICS

Fall is a season that is all about playing with fabulous textures, so you better believe we’re all over the newest fabric from Morilee Madeline Gardner, stretch velvet. Along with their other beautiful options (hello, chiffon, lace and organza… just to name a few), it adds an extra touch of glam to any wedding. And the stretch velvet + chiffon pairings? To die for.

MIX AND MATCH GOWNS

Here at SMP, we’re the biggest fans ever of mix and match bridesmaid gowns, and for good reason. It looks awesome. We love seeing different colors paired together to create the perfect autumn palette or bridesmaids each rockin’ a different look that makes them feel absolutely gorgeous… all in the same color. With the new Fall 2017 Collection from Morilee Madeline Gardner, you can play with colors and styles, including detailed straps, open backs AND necklines. Perfection.

Ready to bid goodbye to summer and embrace fall in a big way? Head to Morilee Madeline Gardner to check out the new Fall 2017 Collection and find a retailer near you for the happiest besties ever.

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For the Couple That Loves Nature + Minimalism: Ash Hilton Jewellery

Ash Hilton Jewellry

Do you + your love adore nature? Or perhaps you’ve got a penchant for minimalism? Well, for the couple that has an affinity for either one of those things — or both! — we’ve got a match made in heaven. Introducing Ash Hilton Jewellery, a New Zealand-based family business that focuses on crafting beautiful rings from ethical materials. Ash is a hand-engraver, so many of the rings feature minimalistic designs of trees or mountains, creating a truly unique gem. And for those wanting to personalize their ring, you could get the mountain range where you got engaged, the tree you said your vows under, or even the coastline where you fell in love… So many dreamy options!

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