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Cozy Canada Winter Chateau Wedding

This cozy wedding warms my heart in a serious way – and, believe it or not – has me longing for those cold winter nights. Lynn Lee planned the charming affair complete with sleigh rides and hot chocolate favors, while Joel Bedford was there to capture every pretty detail (including the Bride’s fresh Full Bloom bouquet). Snuggle up in the gallery and just try not to crave a cup of cocoa. I dare you.


From The Bride…We knew that in choosing the Chateau Montebello as our winter destination wedding we had got the big things right- a charming rustic lodge for friends and family to meet and stay under one roof, excellent seasonal food, and a sense of place for Scott’s family who have a country home in the nearby village. But of course, weddings are a series of small details so we needed to sweat those too- enter Lynn Lee, our wedding planner. Lynn effortlessly wove all the details into a formal, classic, and meaningful wedding ceremony and reception- from sleigh rides to hot chocolate wedding favours- she surpassed all of our expectations. The highlight of her work was the dining room set in the Canada Room- three long elegant candle-lit tables with dozens of candelabras seating all 95 of our guests- breathtaking. Lynn helped us achieve what we had wanted all along for guests- a warm, special moment in the midst of a long, cold, dark winter. We must say even mother nature cooperated on our wedding day, delivering a sunny +3 degrees centigrade in late February but we suspect Lynn Lee might have had something to do with that too.

Photography: Joel Bedford | Planner: Lynn Lee Fine Weddings & Events | Florist: Full Bloom | Wedding Invitations: Val Marie Paper | Make Up: One Fine Beauty | DJ: PM Event Services | Bridal Gown: Anne Barge Via The White Dress | Details Rental: Amy + Jen | Furniture Rental: Party Time Rental | Groomsmen Suits: Morris Formal Wear | Hair : Showpony Hair | Linens: MME Canada | Reception Stationery: Inky Designs | Ribbon: Artistic Ribbon | Venue: Chateau Montebello

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14 Halter Dresses That Will Make You Swoon

We love a bride who opts for a few nontraditional details on her big day. And if you’re looking for a dress that makes a statement, a halter dress may be for you. With the help of our new and improved Look Book, we pulled together 14 of the most stunning halter dresses out there. Any one is guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd, and for more dress inspiration get lost in our Look Book!

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Rustic Tuscan Style Estate Wedding

Vespas and umbrian feasts are two very awesome ways to incorporate Italy into a California wedding. It also helps to have a team of wedding elves to take that vision and make it a reality. Talents like Sweet Marie DesignsLVL Weddings & Events and wildly beautiful images by Ashley Kelemen. Together they masterminded an elegant affair filled with white blooms and al fresco details. See it all unfold here.


From Ashley KelemenKate and Nate’s wedding was an absolute dream. They carefully incorporated so many personal details, and created a Umbrian feast to remember. From their custom Italian meal from Heirloom LA to the rented Vespa the Kate surprised Nate with, the wedding day was special from beginning to end. Sweet Marie Designs’ signature florals were stunning as always, and included a hidden artichoke in the brides bouquet (which held special meaning to the bride and groom) and cumquats in the arrangements for a touch of whimsy. Kate and Nate’s wedding artfully highlighted the things they love most as a couple — family, friends, food and wine.

From Heather of LVL Events...Washington DC love birds imagined a California wedding that was more than going through the motions of tradition, that truly encompassed who they are as a couple and provided an intimate dinner party to share with friends and family. The dinner party theme was born and allowed us to incorporate the textured, details and feel of their travels and celebrations in Orvieto, Italy.

Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Wedding Gown: Anna Maier | Bakery: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Heirloom LA | Hair & Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy | Entertainment: Austin Hendrix Productions | Caligraphy: KaKalligraphy | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Estate | Coffee Cart: Joes On The Nose | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Florals: Sweet Marie Designs | Getting Ready Venue: L'Auberge Del Mar | MOH Dress: Philip Lim | Musicians: Eliana Strings | Photo Assistant: Ryan Johnson | Planning & Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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New Styles + Colors from Joanna August + A Contest!

We’re always in full swoon mode when anything Joanna August shows up in our mailbox. And today is no different my dears, because we’ve got a sneak peek at this season’s stunning new styles + colors! We’re loving these new designs that are a bit sexy + more streamlined featuring slits, cut outs and even seam details. Ready to see more?  Introducing seven new styles, each available long and short, and three new colors (Into the Mystic, Scarlett Begonia + a yet-to-be-named Emerald) Joanna August comes through with another collection of bridesmaid dresses that can be worn long after the big day. We’re loving all-chiffon Sammy and the Ava which features an ivory lace bodice and chiffon skirt. These two new styles are even convertible and can be tied into over 14 different styles! To celebrate these gorgeous gowns, Joanna August put together a moody, Art Deco-inspired photo shoot at the amazing Cicada Club in downtown Los Angeles! I mean, how gorgeous?! To start shopping for your ladies and to see a full list of stockists, head over here. But stick around, SMPers, because there’s more; Joanna August is hosting a contest to name their new Emerald color!


The Prize: One lucky reader will win two Chiffon Ceremony by Joanna August dresses (valued at up to $550)!

To Enter: Think up a fabulous name for the new Joanna August emerald color! Contest submissions should be made through the Joanna August website contact page with SMP CONTEST as the subject line. Color names need to be song titles. The title can be a literal or obscure reference to the color- it does not need to say the color in the title, just to evoke the feeling of the color. Examples of current colors are “Smoke on the Water” for steel gray, “Going to the Chapel” for vanilla and “Tangled Up in Blue” for navy. Submissions must be made by November 6, 2014 at midnight. 

To Win: One winner will be selected by Joanna August and announced on their site on Friday, November 7, 2014

Joanna August StylesSarah ShortStephanie Long | Ava Long | Elena Long | Elisabeth Short | Kimberly Long | Sammy Long 

Credits: Photography: Tyler William Parker | Dresses: Joanna August | Location: Cicada Club | Stylist: Jamie Catino | Make Up: Amy Strozzi | Hair : Amber Kearns