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Surprise Wedding Film by Pen Weddings

As I sit surrounded by wedding to-do lists, a fully planned surprise celebration kind of sounds like heaven. These two had put planning on hold – unable to find a date that worked for all. So the Bride’s mom, along with Poppy Lane Design and Gibson Events, took over and Ely Fair Photography snapped away. Pen Weddings captured every surprise squeal and kiss, and this film will make a romantic out of anyone – guaranteed.


From Pen Weddings… The story is what makes this film and photo submission so special. Sami and Joe were trying to plan a small, family wedding… but even that was proving to be difficult since they couldn’t find a date when all of their immediate family could attend. They put planning “on hold”… but when an opportunity presented itself, Sami’s mom Susan had the idea to plan the wedding and surprise Sami with it. She made sure Joe was in agreement, and along with the help of family, planner Lindsay Gibson, and other wedding pros, they pulled off an unforgettable event.

Photography: Ely Fair Photography | Cinematography: Pen Weddings | Event Planning: Gibson Events | Floral Design: Poppy Lane Design | Cake: Raspberries And Creme | Stationery: Chirps & Cheers | Makeup: ChelseyAnn Artistry | Hair: Dry/Shop | Lighting: Innovative Event Solutions | Bride's Dress: Kate Spade | Farm Tables: Kahoy Studios | Hotel: The Ambassador Hotel | Rentals: Marianne's Rentals For Special Events | Rentals: Mood Party Rentals

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Midwest Snowy Bridal Session

After countless dumps of snow in Boston this season, I was planted firmly in the “completely over winter” camp. That was, until, this photo session from Jake AndersonJohn Auger and Emily Grace Designs hit my computer screen. With gorgeous styling and cool tones evoking wintertime beauty, it actually made long for a few more days of snowy bliss before spring. Browse the pretty here!


From Jake AndersonWhen I was a child, growing up in the Midwest, I remember walking the fields near our home during sunset, and being completely mesmerized by the tones, the colors, the emotions of the last warm light of day reflecting off the cold environment of a land covered in snow. Inspired by this, we desired to pull in a pastel palate, accented with complimenting warm, rich tones in order to display an event befitting the winter season.

An underlying narrative to this shoot is the simplicity in which the bride is surrounded. It is her, and her surroundings, paired with the essentials of a wedding: a stunning gown, a bold and unruly bouquet, and a table detailed with natural elements foraged from the surrounding environment. Elements which evoke an image of a bride whom is deeply connected to nature, and require participants to partake in her desire to adhere to simple, natural aesthetics.

Photography: Jake Anderson | Florist: John Auger | Wedding Gown: Marchesa Notte | Hair: Leah Anderson | Paper Goods: Kindenshop | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Stylist: Emily Grace Designs | Venue: Private Residence

Erica Elizabeth Designs

I couldn’t think of a better way to dive into the weekend than by introducing you to the incredible Spring/Summer 2015 Collection of Erica Elizabeth Designs. Showcasing a breathtaking range of head ornaments, halos and incredibly gorgeous veils, every piece in this collection is created with hand-detailed craftsmanship.

Erica Elizabeth Designs newest collection celebrates the exquisite artistry of medieval design featuring layers of delicate metal florals, hand-fabricated flowers + leaves and stunning accessories which make a bride feel like a queen on her big day. Staying true to her design roots, Erica Elizabeth creates handmade pieces that are impeccably crafted and effortlessly elegant.

Delivering the opulence and detail of days gone by to today’s bride, I’m just a bit head-over-heels for this endlessly romantic collection. To see it all for yourself, head over here.

Photography: Caroline Tran  | Gowns: Claire Pettibone


Social Hour!

SMP’ers, it’s that time again. Time to shake off those snow-laced boots and trade in our winter chill for some sunshine in the form of airy gowns and bloomed bouquets. It’s time to indulge our senses in a little something we like to call Social Hour! The prettiest place to be, we’ve rounded up your Pinterest and Instagram favorites of the week. So, sit back and bask in the beauty with the prettiest pics below!

Most Loved Pics of the Week
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Williams Sonoma 
Allure Bridals
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