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Dreamy Summer Garden Afternoon Wedding

Picture this: a quiet afternoon ceremony in Santa Barbara garden followed by dreamiest outdoor luncheon you ever did see. Add in a sea of gorgeous blooms by Mindy Rice plus Alexandra Kolendrianos coordinating every last detail, and you’ve got the makings of a wedding day perfection. Peek through the lens of Megan Sorel right this way.

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From Megan Sorel PhotographyPatty and Michael’s incredibly beautiful and intimate afternoon wedding took place in the private grounds of Lotus Land in Montecito. Guests were greeted by the sounds of guitar, violin and cello and were offered minted lemonade and champagne as they entered the natural surrounding amphitheater. Foliage, florals and stone accents surrounded them while they said their vows.

A thoughtful luncheon took place following their ceremony in a open air tent draped in sheer fabrics with the most beautiful tabletop florals. First course started off with individual charcuterie boards filled with delicious meats and cheeses. A guitar duo set the mood, while guests were in awe of the colors, details and smells that surrounded them in this intimate setting. Two feasting tables with soft ivory linens were adorned with gorgeous, garden style florals. Shades of apricot, peach, champagne, buttery yellows and greens were the colors that soften and enhanced the space. Place settings with gold accents complimented. Organic and romantic was the setting.

Guests dined, took in the surrounding environment from landscape to table top and enjoyed the most beautiful summer afternoon soiree! Congratulations to Patty & Michael on your beautiful wedding!

Photography: Megan Sorel Photography | Coordination: Alexandra Kolendrianos | Floral Design: Mindy Rice Floral Design | Catering: Joan's On Third | Ceremony & Reception: Lotusland, Santa Barbara | Pre-Ceremony: San Ysidro Ranch

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Lytro Living Pictures + A Giveaway!

Here at SMP, we’re constantly on the lookout for the unique and the amazing; that extra something special to add a pop of WOW to your wedding.  Enter Living Pictures from Lytro ILLUM camera, the latest and greatest in photography innovation that allows your photographer to compose, capture and share moments in ways you never dreamed possible.

Lytro ILLUM isn’t just one of the coolest things to happen to photography in over two decades, it’s one of the most powerful tools imaginable.  With just a single exposure from Lytro ILLUM, your photographer can easily create and offer both print and digital 3D Save the Date cards or animate a 3D slideshow during your reception.  Plus, your friends and family can interact with your Living Picture gallery online or via the free Lytro Mobile iOs app.

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So now it’s your turn to interact with Living Pictures and enter for a chance to win a “Night of Romance” valued up to $300!  I’m talking dinner for two, flowers and chocolates.  Just click, drag and hover your mouse over one of the above images to change the point of focus, zoom and even play animations.  Then simply share a Living Picture and fill out the form below to submit your entry for your chance to be one of ten winners chosen!  You can enter once a day until March 30, 2015.*

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Void where prohibited.  Open to persons of all ages, who are, as of entry, 18 years or older, legal residents of, and physical located within, the 50 United States or D.C. Sweepstakes begins on 3/5/15 at 12:00:00 (noon) PM (EST) and ends on 3/30/15 at 11:59:59 PM (EST).  Limit one (1) submission per person per day.  Winners will be selected at random.  Click Official Rules for full eligibility and submission details.



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Preppy Vintage Wedding Inspiration

If bright, preppy hues and perfectly styled peonies make your heart sing – welcome to your happy place. Designed to perfection by Reverie Made, this inspiration shoot features one of the most historic venues nestled on Cape May. Add endless sunshine and Lilly Pulitzer-inspired linens to the mix and you’ve got yourself a scrumptious shoot worth swooning. See it all from the talented Kay English right here!

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From Kay EnglishKay English, ReverieMade and Congress Hall collaborated on this inspiration wedding photoshoot. We were inspired by Lilly Pulitzer and bright cheerful colors for a destination beach wedding. Congress Hall is a historic hotel in Cape May, Cape May County, New Jersey, United States, occupying a city block bordered on the south by Beach Avenue and on the east by Washington Street Mall. It is a contributing building in the Cape May National Historic District. Several Presidents have stayed at the location including Ulysses S. Grant. Many celebrities also frequent the hall. This was the perfect backdrop for a summer resort wedding. The interiors at Congress Hall, including the vintage couch, were the perfect decor for a resort wedding. Lilly Pulitzer inspired fabrics and table linens added the perfect ambience to the shore setting.

The shoot was inspired to bring out the charm of Congress Hall in a ‘Jackie O in the Hamptons’ way. Bright, preppy colors mixed with classic silhouettes. The mostly-peony bouquet by Reverie Made, was fluffy and bright, and the boutonnière complemented the Vineyard Vines bowtie. The centerpieces added the perfect pop of color to the mod navy linens.

Unique wedding colors inspiration with bright reds, pinks and Navy in a modern style with the elegant look. Gorgeous beaded gown and many photos taken on film below. Unique wedding invitations and gorgeous couch with croquet, ice cream and tablescape.

Photography: Kay English | Event Design: Reverie Made | Planner: ReverieMade | Floral Design: Reverie Made | Wedding Dress: Wedding Factor Enaura Gown | Invitations: The Painted Lilly | Make Up: Victoria Roggio | Hair: Mia Crivaro | Calligraphy: The Painted Lilly | Venue: Congress Hall

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Soft Outdoor Wedding with Southern Charm

When it gets right down to it, I’m a neutrals girl. Gray, taupe and a soft dusty blue are a few of my best friends and this Georgia affair ties them all in perfect form. Think “Southern elegance” without any of the stuffiness, and organic design moments brought together by Molly McKinley Designs and Acorn Garden & Home. More in the gallery from Julie Cate Photography!

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From The Bride… Thomas and I knew each other’s names and faces years before we actually met, thanks to our two college friends that thought the both of us were destined for each other. After 3 years joking about the other person, we realized our friends were right: we met, began to exchange phone calls, made visits to each other’s schools, went on adventures, and fell in love.Thomas swept me off my stubborn feet and showed me excitement and depth that I didn’t know I could experience. I am so humbled that the Lord has given us each other to do life with!

Our wedding was beautiful! I knew I wanted to marry where I grew up and love that both our church and reception venue were historic properties in Marietta, places I’ve driven by my whole life. I wanted the event to feel whimsical, yet classic and southern—very natural, not stuffy. Molly McKinley, our planner, nailed my vision on the head. I gave up reception decor decisions to my mom and Molly, trusting their style and opinions. I walked in to the tent that night amazed. It was perfect! I loved the whimsical florals, twinkling cafe lights, the farm table for our wedding party and boxwood wreaths my mom created as centerpieces. People kept coming up to me saying, “This looks so much like you, Amanda Claire.” That made me so happy! Oh and people DANCED. The band took a break, but no one followed them. It was the most fun day!

I think what I loved most about our wedding day was watching so many people from our different walks of life celebrate together. It was so special to have them surround us, reminding us how loved we truly are. I also loved seeing a ring on my husband’s finger and the flowers in my hair… :)

Photography: Julie Cate Photography | Floral Design: Acorn Garden & Home | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Eileen Carter Creations | Ceremony Venue: Marietta First Baptist Church | Reception Venue: Hilton Garden Inn - Brumby Hall And Gardens | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair & Makeup: Mirror Mirror Makeup | Lighting: Magnum Lighting | Band: Emerald Empire Band | Bowties: Robintreelane On Etsy | Drapery: Event Drapery | Envelope Calligraphy: Ragan House Lettering | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Groom And Groomsmen: Jos A Bank | Linens: I Do Linens | Paper Goods: Studio R Design - Amanda Claire Rives (Bride) | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Vintage Rentals: DIY Decor | Wedding Planning & Design: Molly McKinley Designs

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