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Elegant Beach Wedding in Seaside, Florida

While we celebrate all sorts of styles and wedding personalities here at SMP, if we’re being honest…we fall the hardest for affairs that pay homage to the classics. Tradition with a hint of sparkle. Black tie with a glittery twist. And this wedding – photographed by Laura Kinsey – is that, and so much more. Take a look here in the galleries too!


From Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding PhotographyKelsey & Andrew are absolutely adorable together, and I loved photographing this beautiful wedding at Seaside, Florida.

Kelsey & Andrew moved to Japan almost immediately after the wedding, where Kelsey works as an English teacher for seventy five students from ages zero to thirteen in Tokushima, Japan.

From The Bride…Andrew and I went to the same Middle School, and most likely met in one of the classes we had together, though honestly we do not remember the first time we met each other. We love to go on long walks at night, so during one of our many walks, he stopped in front of a lake and told me to admire “how beautiful it was.” After that, he got down on one knee and proposed to me with a ring I had said I liked the most when we went ring “window-shopping” together around a month prior. I was so surprised and overjoyed! For the remainder of the walk I couldn’t wipe the grin off of my face!

We have a tradition of going to Seaside, Florida together every summer, so we thought a destination beach wedding would be the perfect venue to allow for maximum relaxation after the wedding, as well as would make a nice, nostalgic backdrop for our special day.

The thing I looked forward to the most was seeing my husband’s reaction to my dress! (And his reaction didn’t disappoint me; he was so moved that he cried!). I loved seeing my husband all done up and looking his best, I loved how our families and friends came together and were in such a good mood, I loved seeing all of our family members “get down” at the wedding after party and show us some of their best dance moves, I loved how random people cheered for us when they saw us make the walk back to our beach house together in our wedding attire, and I loved how the whole day seemed like a dream.

Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography | Videography: Pure 7 Films | Floral Design: Events By Nouveau Flowers | Cake: Confections On The Coast | Reception Venue: Bud & Alley's Restaurant | Hair & Makeup: Make Me Blush, Jessica Miller | Entertainment: Top Hat Live | Chapel: Seaside Interfaith Chapel | Coordination: Arden Sanders, It's A Shore Thing | Film Processing & Developing: Indie Film Lab | Stationary : Gourmet Invitations

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Tips For Stress-Free Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

Hello beautiful brides, Caitlin here again with a few tips on how to make bridesmaid dress shopping more enjoyable for your girls! I’ve had so many dramatic, tedious experiences selecting maid dresses for weddings and I knew I wanted something different for my ladies. It seems the options are now endless for your bridal party attire – which is both overwhelming and wonderful at the same time!

I decided to host a girls night and invited everyone over for a night of cocktails, snacks and dress shopping. I asked them to bring photos of dresses they liked so we could land on a dress that everyone felt confident and happy with!

We also took to the internet and browsed sites like J.Crew, Bella Bridesmaid and Vow To Be Chic — which rents dresses. We looked at non-traditonal places like Anthropologie and H&M for non-bridal dresses too. We all found this experience to be much more fun than spending time visiting bridal salons.

In the end we ended up renting our gowns from Vow To Be Chic –I let each girl pick a color and we all decided on a style together and it couldn’t have been easier!


Communicate ExpectationsSet parameters up front (or have your Maid of Honor) about cost and style.

Make it Fun | Host a night for your bridal party and make it fun, brainstorm together and share your vision for the wedding.

Get Creative Think about using different styles of the same fabric, mixing different colors or allowing the girls to purchase their own dresses (with your approval!)

Photography: Krista A. Jones

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Eclectic Chicago Loft Wedding

If you ask me, lofts are kind of the new barn. Take an old warehouse, pretty up those exposed beams + industrial windows and boom! You’ve got a killer venue to tie the knot. It’s exactly the route this Chicago couple went, and thanks to Jayne Weddings & EventsArt Of ImaginationRe:find JoyToast And Jam and others, the day was a complete and total hit. See here for yourself.


From The Bride…Although Dave is from Arizona and I am from Maryland, we met in Chicago and built our lives here, which is why we were sure this was the right place for us to get married. When we got engaged last spring, I knew I wanted our wedding to highlight our style and quirks, which is why I immediately contacted Katie Jayne from Jayne Weddings. Before we met for the first time, I had picked out a bunch of random images for our pinterest board – art that I liked and images I found interesting. When looking through everything that I had put together, there was one image of natural marble in pink and grey tones that really jumped out. Katie Jayne immediately ran with it and created the soft, yet edgy, color palette and introduced the idea of incorporating mirror prints in a few different ways to go along with the marble.

We decided to have the wedding at Loft on Lake because of the gorgeous exposed brick walls (which was the feature we loved most in our first home together) and the city vibe that went with it. We loved that you could hear the train sailing past our venue – a real nod to Chicago, where we met. About 80% of our guests traveled from out of town so we really wanted them to get a sense of how we see the city outside of the tourist areas downtown.

With the warmth of the venue set, we really had a blast finding ways to bring all of the patterns into the day. Megan at Ruby The Fox took our “inkblot” ideas and ran with them, creating the soft and modern pink invitations to go along with the custom mirror print pattern Katie Jayne created for the RSVP cards and the ceremony backdrop fabric. We found the marbled paper for the table runners at an art supply store. I hand crafted all of the paper flowers to spell out “A & D” out of crepe paper for the eye catching installation right when guests walked in the door. Of course, the pop of real flowers from Fleur helped too!

We had a blast working with Kelly Marie from Fleur to come up with the flowers for the tables using the marble paper as inspiration for colors and textures. We wanted it to look organic and flow, like the marble. The random assortment of brass vases and coups along with the pottery was exactly what we had envisioned!

Lastly, I had given my bridesmaids very lose direction on the dresses – metallic with texture. There was a bit of hesitation all around, but in the end I knew that all of their incredible styles would turn out perfectly all together. I could not have been happier with their choices – they all looked fabulous!

All in all, it was the best day of our lives and we loved every second of it. From having my Maid of Honor sing Sea of Love by Cat Power while my dad walked me down the aisle, to the heartfelt speeches, we couldn’t have asked for more. Seeing all of our guests of all ages smiling throughout the day was something neither of us will ever forget.

Photography: Pen/Carlson | Event Design: Jayne Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Fleur | Wedding Dress: Pronovias Barcelona | Ceremony Venue: Loft On Lake | Catering: Hearty Boys | Hair And Makeup: Morgan Blaul | Calligraphy: Jilly Ink | DJ: Toast And Jam | Grooms Attire: Nordstrom | Cake And Cookies: Flour Cake And Pastry | Ceremony Backdrop: Art Of Imagination | Invitations And Programs: Ruby The Fox | Vases And Pottery: Re:find Joy

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Love in Adversity: A Real ALS Story

You’ve seen the ice bucket challenges taking over social media, but this morning we’re sharing the real ALS story of Adam and Hollie. They met as nurse and patient, but somewhere between weekly treatments and Adam’s eventual diagnosis they managed to fall in love. What happens next is one of the most beautiful, touching, wildly inspiring weddings captured by Liz Wang Photography,and a true reminder that love conquers all.


From the Bride…I am a nurse, Adam was a patient. It all started from there. As Adam was normal and healthy as can be, I never really noticed him until this strong, handsome man walked in our office door pushing a wheelchair. Ever since that appointment, I was assigned to his case to start biweekly treatments in an exam room for 3-hours a day, every week for a year. Yes, you tend to get to know a person rather well seeing them that often! His smile, laugh, and frequent ‘courtship  poetry is what made me fall in love. At first we were treating Lyme Disease, but my heart and mind were telling me otherwise. Once I finally got Adam on board, we went to one of the top Neurologist in UCLA. Our end diagnosis ‘ ALS. He tells me right then and there, ‘I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I want my last days seeing your face, kissing your lips, sleeping by your side. I understand if you don’t’ want this burden on you. But if you want me, I want to marry YOU. What do you say?  With tears coming down my face, ‘I wouldn’t want it any other way, Yes, I want to take care of you and make sure you get the best care possible. 

We set out and even though the dark ALS cloud was above us every waking moment, we had one positive thing to look forward to – our wedding day. Adam and I made dual decisions on everything. He was just as involved as I was. From the venue, to flowers, to our photographers, down to my wedding dress, he was there. I fell in love with my dress as I drove by Camarillo Bridal’s window. When I told Adam, he immediately said, ‘Let’s go!  Adam came with me to my dress fitting. He is the only person I want approval from. I want to make sure he fell in love with it as much as I did. I wanted to see his face the minute I had that dress on, and of course, his smile was from ear to ear.

Our venue was another game changing aspect. I love the beach, and he loved the woods. We both knew a wheelchair was going to be necessary for the wedding. He dreaded that, as we even looked into renting a standing  wheelchair. But that was out of the question. As there was no such thing as renting one and if we bought one, it would have only been for it’s one time use. A beach wedding was a complete ‘No  from Adam as he always called the beach, ‘A big ol’ ashtray!  Having a wheelchair on a beach would only draw more attention to him as well and he didn’t want that. So we both agreed on a woodsy theme and Walnut Grove was chosen.

That day was the best day ever. I never thought I would have a beautiful wedding, but every detail was perfect. The venue even had a brick walkway from the ceremony area to the reception area. They were right next to each other too! There was a linoleum dance floor and a dirt path that was kept clean so not every rock or stone gave Adam speed bumps as he whizzed by greeting every one in his wheel chair upon each person’s entrance.After our ceremony, my cousin surprised us by making a handmade wooden sign. It was hung on the back of his wheelchair. It read, ‘ Just married.  As we walked down the aisle as husband and wife, that first snapshot was the best. Our son holding my right hand and my left on his wheelchair. It was priceless.

Our first dance was one to remember by all as well. I delicately sat on his lap, one arm around the headrest of his wheel chair and my head on his chest. I kept whispering in his ear, ‘Don’t go too fast or I’ll fall ok? That would be so embarrassing!  He said, ‘I would never let you fall…  We giggled…we danced in circles for about 1 minute to our wedding song,’In my Life  by The Beatles. At the end of the night, we both were as happy as can be, and I promise you, ALS was on our mind the whole day, but Adam’s words played out in my mind and I’ll never forget it. ‘I may have ALS, but God knows’ I’m going out with a BANG! 

Photography: Timon And Liz Wang, Liz Wang Photography | Dress: Camarillo Bridal | Cupcakes: Missy's Cupcake Creations | Wedding Cake: Bread Basket Cakes | Catering: Command Performance Catering | Hair And Makeup: Cara Hartley | Dj And Sound: Mark, Production Navigators | Photobooth: ShutterBooth | Wedding Venue: Walnut Grove At Tierra Rejada Ranch

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