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Mindy Weiss’ Top 2015 Wedding Trends

When it comes to predicting the wedding trends, Mindy Weiss knows her stuff. From celebrity soirees to some of our favorite SMP affairs (like this one, and this one), she’s always one step ahead and is popping by to share her predictions for the upcoming year. Think elegant details, deep jewel-tones, romantic decor, watercolorombre and more. Treat yourself to ALL of Mindy’s 2015 picks in the video below!









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Designer Spotlight from the SMP Look Book + A Giveaway + Discounts!

If there’s one thing I miss most about planning my wedding, it’s getting to sift through gorgeous dresses all day long. Truth be told, since the release of our new + improved Look Book, I’m back to perusing the pretty — from bridesmaid dresses to wedding gowns and everything in between! Today, we’re introducing you to three fabulous Look Book designers — say hello to Wtoo and Love Marley by Watters, Durga-Kali + Julie Vino.

For over 30 years, Watters has been a highly sought after brand in the bridal wear market thanks to their hand-stitched details, luxe fabrics and innovative designs. With brands such as Wtoo and Love Marley, Watters offers brides and bridesmaids some of the most gorgeous dresses out there. Designed for the independent + trend-drive bride, the Love Marley label features dresses that are relaxed yet romantic and reflect a bride’s unique personality. See the full collections in the Look Book! With a huge range of styles and silhouettes there’s a Watters dress for each and every bride. Ready for something really exciting? You could win a gorgeous Little White Dress from Watters!


What: Watters is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Little White Dress from their Encore collection (choice of PoseyPratoCamelliaIrisGuava or Hydrangea. Value of $500.)  How: Comment on this post with your favorite LWD and where you’d want to wear it! A winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, April 3, 2015 in our Social Hour. Good luck!

Let me introduce you all to the brand that’s taking the world of ho-hum bridesmaid dresses and turning it on its head: Durga-Kali. Get this: all 24 of the styles turn into little black dresses (even the long ones!) so when the big day is done, your ladies will be able to wear these pretty little numbers over and over again.  Offered in a ton of colors, two different fabrics and both matte and shiny finishes, this line of dresses from Durga-Kali is a game changer. They even have options for brides. See the full line here!

Made in the USA, these adorable designs fit like contemporary ready to wear dresses so there’s no guesswork when it comes to size and choosing the most flattering silhouette. Wondering how it works? Check out their video here and be sure to visit Durga-Kali on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest for tons of inspiration and eye candy. Ready to start shopping? Well now’s the time because Durga-Kali is offering our readers 15% off all orders submitted before April 15, 2015! To redeem, simply use code SMP15 at checkout. Oh There’s more!
the-giveaway Durga-Kali is giving away a reversible bridesmaid dress for your bridal party! To enter, visit their Facebook page.  All entries must be received by April 15th. Good luck lovelies.

Last but certainly not least, we’re introducing you all to Tel-Aviv based bridal designer Julie Vino and SMP is giving you a super sneak peek into her new styles arriving this summer! This soon-to-be-released collection of gowns are detail-oriented, unique and simply breathtaking. To see past and current Julie Vino collections, head over to the Look Book. Featuring stunning detail work and amazing silhouettes, the gowns from the newest Julie Vino line are truly out-of-this-world. Between the four gorgeous collections (Desert Rose, Mystic Dusk, Urban + Empire) Julie Vino has made it easy for every bride to find her dream wedding dress. To learn how you could be one of the first brides to get the chance to try these beauties on, call 1.844.JVBride. Sponsored-Post

Romantic Nautical Cape Cod Wedding

This Bride is a my hero. Not only did she plan a gorgeous seaside affair filled with nautical charm, but she also designed and sewed her own wedding gown! From the newlywed’s summer sail, to Beat Train Productions serenading, every minute is what dreams are made of. And with Trent Bailey Photography behind the lens every detail is downright dreamy, and it’s all right here!


From the beautiful Bride.. Being from New England and having spent many summers on Cape Cod and Nantucket, I always dreamed of having our wedding there. When I met my husband in San Francisco and discovered after his first trip to Nantucket that it was one of his new favorite places to vacation, I knew having our wedding on the Cape or Nantucket would be perfect. My father had suggested Chatham Bars Inn, stating that it was the most beautiful place he had seen for a wedding in that area. So I hopped on a plane and flew across country to visit Chatham Bars Inn with my parents. Even in the winter time, it was beautiful and it didn’t take long before the decision was made! Being a designer with a love for everything coastal and preppy, we decided to base our design around the nautical theme. It seemed very fitting for the location and our style!

I had always wanted to make my own dress, and after seeing an amazing Oscar de la Renta wedding gown in a fashion show, I was inspired to do it. It was the perfect balance of simple, elegant and timeless. With the preppy theme we had chosen, I decided simple and elegant would perfect. I began by using what I had seen on the runway, and creating my own version of that style. With some very helpful encouragement and guidance from my Aunt Karen on the East Coast, who is a seamstress, I started the process. I wanted to do everything myself, and my luckily she was there to lift an eyebrow when she saw me doing something that was completely wrong and would direct me to restart! After a huge amount of work, it turned out just the way I wanted it to. It was such a special part of the wedding and after getting all put together, I was presented with a beautiful Hermes Bracelet from Sean that I had been eyeing forever! It was the perfect touch to give me a smile just before going down the aisle.

Our Ceremony was held outside by the Ocean and my brother Greg officiated the ceremony. He made it fun and light hearted while also keeping it very special and personal. It was the perfect way to start our marriage. My Uncle John played the flute with accompaniment as guests arrived and then for our walk down the aisle. During the ceremony, my mother, my Aunt Suzie and my Uncle Don sang and played the Guitar in honor of the family that had passed. There were so many personal touches that made the wedding feel so special. We took pictures out on the beach and boardwalk before the wedding and we even stumbled upon a sailboat that had just conveniently docked!

My 13 bridesmaids wore very simple pale yellow J. Crew Dresses with simple pearl earrings and white pagmina scarfs, and the perfect sunny day just completed the look. The night before the wedding it had rained so hard and we were so thankful for the amazing weather we had that day. The men wore the classic preppy Cape Cod look: Khaki pants, blue blazers and boat shoes with preppy Nantucket Tartan ties. I pulled in a pop of color for the girls with Navy and White Stripped Ribbon on their bouquets to tie in with the guys outfits. We also had metal pales with flowers hanging down the aisle with the same preppy stripe ribbon on either side to tie it all in together. Our flower girl and her brother walked down the aisle with a pale of flowers holding the ribbon together. It was adorable! And our ring bearer looked so cute in his suit carrying the rings down for us.

Lauren Rhodes, one of my bridesmaids, sang a very special song for the Father Daughter dance to start out the reception. Her voice was incredible and it was one of the most special moments of the night. After all of the dances, Photographers Trent and Dara Bailey took us out for a sunset photo session. The lighting was absolutely perfect and it was so nice to have a few minutes with Sean out on the beach before rejoining the festivities. My Father and Sister, my maid of honor, delivered the most amazing speeches followed by Seans Best Man Tim who gave everyone a laugh! Looking around the room during the speeches and the dinner. It was so great to see so many special people and we were so happy with how it all came together. The day was a complete success.. We did sparklers when the night fell and everyone danced until the venue closed! It was truly the most perfect day for both of us.

Photography: Trent & Dara Of Trent Bailey Photography | Floral Design: Wedding Flowers By Nichole Bourne Florist | Wedding Dress: Designed And Hand Made By The Bride | Invitations: : Knots & Pearls | Wedding Shoes: Ferragamo | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew | Bridal Party Hair Stylist: Wedding Hair By Gina Joubert | Custom Fabric For Pillows And Table Runners:: Gary McBournie For Antilles Designs | Custom Table Number Buoys: Tina Kish From "The Unpolished Barn" On Etsy | Father Daugher Dance Music: Lauren Rhodes Sang "I Hope You Dance" By Leanne Womack | Flower Girl Dress: : Janie & Jack | Groomsman And Ring Bearer Attire: Vineyard Vines Khakis And Belts, Theory Jackets, Ralph Lauren Oxford Shirts, Tommy Ties, Sperry Topsiders. | Music: Instrumental John Curran (flute) & Accompaniment | Music: Beat Train Productions | Pillows And Table Runners: Karen Vogel | Video: Robert Smith | Wedding Officiant: The Brides Brother Gregory Curran | Wedding Venue: Chatham Bars Inn | White Oxford Shirts For Getting Ready: Rae Danae Designs On Etsy

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A Piece of Toast’s Alys Beach Engagement

You know her as one half of the A Piece of Toast duo and went Behind the Blog on SMP Living, but today Sally is stepping in the role of bride-to be with her stunning beach engagement session. Photographed by the crazy talented Leslee Mitchell, it’s love captured in the sweetest form with each soft, dreamy image somehow more beautiful than the last. Refill that coffee mug and prepare to swoon.

From Sally of A Piece Of Toast… I really cannot sing the praises of Leslee Mitchell enough. Her talent as a photographer, master at styling, and amazing person with a killer personality has made me all but obsessed with her. Back in June when my fiancé and I got engaged, one of the first things I did was research a photographer…

I have long admired and fawned over wedding photography – always drawn to the work of photographers who have a way of capturing those “in between” and candid moments that really give meaning to a wedding and a family, and really just life in general. When my fiance and I decided on a destination wedding, I first researched local photographers in the area, and then hit the endless archives of Style Me Pretty – a site that can literally draw me in for hours. What I love about Style Me Pretty is how you can search by just about anything to find a wedding or weddings that might match what you may be looking for. In my case, I used it to find weddings that were in the same area where mine will be. So glad I did this because I may never have come across all the Nashville-bred glory that is Leslee.

While she is not necessarily local to where we will be married (though she shoots in the area enough that she may as well be) she travels around the world to capture weddings. I fell in love with her beautiful work and knew I would do anything within my budget to make it so she could capture our day. Lucky for me, she was available!

Keep in mind that all of this happened 5 prior to this shoot. After booking Leslee for the big wedding day (spring 2015) my fiancé and I decided that since we were going to be in our wedding location in October, that we should see if Leslee was available to fly down and shoot some engagement pictures. I had been so busy with moving across the country and starting a new job that I really had not put much thought into these photos or many of the details until oh, days before. And I knew Leslee was good, because that’s why we hired her, but I really didn’t know just how good until meeting her and seeing her in action.

The girl’s got dedication (shooting digital and film), is a perfectionist (making sure her subjects and the surrounding elements are equally photo-ready), and has an eye for beauty and detail unlike any other. She can remember the details of any inspiring photo she has ever seen and truly knows what it takes to create a beautiful image and a lasting moment. She spend countless hours on her own scoping out the best spots to shoot so that my fiancé I could enjoy the process (along with a bottle of champagne she gave to us) and just be in the moment. One afternoon spent racing the clock set by the sunset and we ended with wayy more than we could have ever asked from her: gorgeous, personal, and special engagement photos.

It’s safe to say that meeting Leslee and getting to spend time with her has been kind of a game changer for me. She’s one of those magnetic and creative people that you just know you’ve met for a reason. The excitement of seeing the engagement photos made me that much more excited for the wedding and the thought of having Leslee there to capture our day and our moments makes me giddy. But really, I just want to hang with our new-found friend again over a cocktail or two.

Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Hair And Makeup: Jamie Gummere | Beach: Rosemary Beach, FL | Blog: A Piece Of Toast | Bride: Sally Miller | Mexican Embroidered Blouse: Mi Golondrina | Town: Alys Beach, Florida