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Coastal California Wedding Inspiration

The lazy days of summer may be dwindling but  the perfect seaside affair is right at our fingertips thanks to Brett Heidebrecht. He teamed up with Kylie Swanson + Poppy Lane Design and One True Love Vintage Rentals  for a shoot inspired by the raw beauty of the ocean and the most stunning silver gown by Carol Hannah. Glamour and the wild beauty of the beach are an unstopable combo. See it here.

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From Brett HeidebrechtDrawing inspiration from the subtle beauty of California’s coast as well as Carol Hannah’s stunning silver gown, I wanted to mimic the soft and feminine textures of both the location and the dress in all aspects of this shoot. The backdrop of the mesmerizing blue ocean was the perfect setting to complement the light, airy mood and largely influenced both the decor and floral choices.

Styling countless beautiful pieces in such a breathtakingly beautiful location just outside of San Francisco was quite the dream. Brett Heidebrecht effortlessly captured each and every detail to perfection and Poppy Lane Design took my breath away with her magical floral creations. The MVP of this shoot undoubtedly went to the team at One True Love Vintage Rentals, who happily hauled such spectacular (and heavy) treasures into some not-so-easy to reach spots. I was blessed to work alongside such an incredibly talented team of vendors, one that any bride would be lucky to have on her wedding day.

Photography: Brett Heidebrecht | Floral Design: Poppy Lane Design | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Cake: Knead To Make | Jewelry: Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry | Makeup Artist: Diane Catorc For Elite Bridal Artists | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Creative Director / Stylist: Kylie Swanson | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Handcrafted Hairpiece: Carlee Sizemore | Paper / Calligraphy: Juliet Grace Designs | Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Venue: Marin Headlands

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22 Peony Filled Bouquets

It’s been coined the Prettiest Flower that Ever Lived by SMP editors and we’re showing you that the Peony lives up to all its hype. Especially when tied neatly into a bridal bouquet. The kind that suit any budget, any style of decor, any personality of bride who might carry it. Thanks to all of the fabulous SMP Contributors who helped us out with this post – shows that good taste runs far and wide!

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SO many amazing floral bouquets tucked into SMP’s galleries!
CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL BOUQUETS and even more Peonies right here!

Brooklyn Wedding with Urban Elegance

You’d be hard pressed to find a love story sweeter than this. What started as neighbors in Brooklyn for six years ended in an eventual date, proposal and wedding set in the very same neighborhood where it all began. Think classic elegance meets urban charm, with Gabrielle Aronas’ beautiful florals, Stacie Ford’s flawless makeup and Katie Osgood working magic behind the lens. More right here.

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From The Bride…For years Greg was just the boy who lived below me. We passed one another in the hallway of our Brooklyn brownstone hundreds of times and after 6 years decided we should be friends. We soon became inseparable and what started out as friendship quickly developed into so much more. We fell in love over Thursday night drinks, Sunday dinners and countless Yankee games and after 2 ½ years of dating Greg proposed to me at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Greg and I quickly jumped right into wedding planning. We met, fell in love, and got engaged in Brooklyn – so it just felt right to get married in Brooklyn too. After going back and forth on the size of the wedding we ultimately decided on 80 of our closest friends and family. We hoped that number was small enough to feel intimate yet large enough to feel festive. We visited several venues but after seeing Brooklyn Winery we immediately knew it was perfect for us.

Planning a wedding can easily become very stressful. Fortunately we worked with wonderful vendors who alleviated much of that stress. Rachel and Jessica at Brooklyn Winery were a godsend. They were so patient and always happy to answer our many questions. Our florist (Gabrielle Aronas) was an absolute joy to work with and her flowers and tablescapes created a beautiful and welcoming atmosphere. My makeup (Stacie Ford) and hair (Ramona Azcona) far exceeded my expectations. I have never felt more beautiful and I will always be grateful to them for their warmth and professionalism. And finally, hiring Katie Osgood as our photographer was quite possibly the best wedding decision we made. She is an incredible talent who captured our special day so beautifully. And as an added bonus she is super fun too! Many, many thanks to all of the wonderful people we were lucky enough to work with.

After 6 months of exhaustive planning, our wedding day finally arrived on April 18th, 2014. It was everything we had hoped for – a day filled with immense love and happiness. We are so thankful for the limitless support and devotion of our families. We loved celebrating with them and will cherish our many memories for a lifetime.

Photography: Katie Osgood Photography | Florist: G Designs By Gabrielle Aronas | Cake: Baked NYC | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Hair: Ramona Azcona | Calligraphy: TucciCursive | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Officiant: Kimberly Worley | Brides Belt: Marisa | Brides Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Brides Hairpiece: BHLDN | Grooms Tuxedo: Hugo Boss | Hotel: Wythe Hotel | Jazz Trio: The Lowdown Stoppers | Makeup: Stacie Ford | Venue: Brooklyn Winery

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A Sunny Celebration at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum

What starts off with crazy good sparkling heels, only gets better as you scroll through this day captured by Anna Costa. And the Santa Barbara Historical Museum? It’s the leader of the beautiful outdoor venue pack; especially when outfitted with blooms by Tenley Erin Young Floral and details coordinated by Jessica Kuipers. See the full affair right here.

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From The Bride…Ian and I met at a bar in Santa Barbara in 2009. We had a great conversation, and then Ian was too shy to ask for my number. He figured that he could just find my contact info on my university’s website, which led to him emailing someone else in my department and asking her out. Luckily, she pointed him in the right direction, and we managed to meet for coffee! Three years later, in June of 2012, we got engaged while on vacation in the mountains of Colorado. At that point, we had been living in separate countries for a year (with me in California and him in the U.K.) and were thrilled to begin planning our wedding and making plans for a future together.

We set a date for August of 2013. Since I knew I’d be leaving Santa Barbara soon (we moved to Canada shortly after the wedding), I was eager to include things that define southern California for me: succulents; bright, gorgeous flowers; adobe; great food and local produce; and lots and lots of sunshine. More than anything, Ian and I wanted our wedding to be a good party—and it was! We included games and MadLibs on the cocktail tables, and my parents made a Baggo set from scratch that guests could play with throughout the evening. We had great food, funny toasts, and a wonderful band that kept us dancing like fools throughout the night. The reception ended with coffee and cookies homemade by Ian and me.

Our wedding was everything we could have hoped for, and we feel so lucky that so many of our family and friends were able to celebrate with us. Many thanks to our wedding coordinator, Jessica Kuipers, and our other vendors for making it all happen!

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Floral Design: Tenley Erin Young Floral | Catering: SBB Gourmet Catering | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Band: JME Entertainment | Officiant: Jon Ireland | Coordination: Jessica Kuipers | Museum: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | Rentals: Town And Country Rentals

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