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How to Build An All-White Bouquet

You might have noticed we’re a bunch of flower junkies around these parts. And while we count every bouquet lovely in its own right, nothing stands the test of time like an all-white bundle of blooms. Want to create the look for yourself? Our very own Abby Larson is here to show you how to build one using our favorite flowers, a touch of greenery, and a little bit of skill.












Spray Tulips
Flower Stem Cutters
Floral Tape



step-1Start by removing the leaves and thorns from the stems of your flowers.

step-2Begin with the largest bloom as your focal point. Once you’ve chosen your bloom, begin to layer in additional flowers and stems around your focal point. For height add longer stems around the outside of the bouquet.

step-3Once you’ve added your blooms into a nice bouquet, reach into the center to pull up any flowers that may have been hidden throughout the layering process.

step-4In order to keep the shape you’ve created you will need to secure your bouquet with floral tape. Wrap floral tape around the stems, this will help keep your flowers in place.

step-5Cover the floral tape by wrapping a ribbon of your choice around the floral tape. Be sure to leave extra ribbon towards the top of your bouquet when you begin wrapping. Continue wrapping the ribbon around the stems until the two ends of your ribbon meet.  Tie the ribbon ends together in a knot at the front of your bouquet.

step-6Use your flower stem cutters to trim the stems at an angle. Keep your freshly prepped bouquet in a vase of water until ready for use.

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25 Gorgeous Dresses Under $1000

In this day and age, there are so many stunning wedding dresses to choose from. It can be easy to get swept up in the loveliness and forget all about your budget, but luckily the perfect gown doesn’t have to break the bank. With the help of our brand new Look Book, we’ve found 25 amazing dresses under $1000 that’ll have you looking gorgeous and leave a little wiggle room in that budget. Score!

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Social Hour!

If you’re like me, you have quite the to-do list this weekend. Cookies need to baked and gifts to be wrapped. But we can get to all that later because right now it’s time for our special Social Hour. We’ve got lots of goodies to dive into, from our SMP Holiday Magazine, to this week’s Pinterest and Instagram winners. The to-do list can wait, so let’s snuggle up and cheers to the lovely; tis the season after all.

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Gold Dress, courtesy of Brandi Smyth Photography
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For our California brides… Discounts from Gretchen Gause Photography and Michael Anthony Photography.

For our Tri-State brides… Discounts from Twah DoughertyMyWeddingWay and IM Photo Studio.


Congratulations to our Postable giveaway winner Hayley!

Glamorous French Riviera Wedding

I counted myself one lucky duck when my husband and I honeymooned in the French Riviera, and this wedding from Greg Finck is bringing those sweet memories right back. It’s a destination affair filled with coral peonies a la Wayne Riley Flowers, glamorous design by Lavender And Rose and Mediterranean views straight from a postcard. Beat those winter blues with a gallery visit here!


From Greg Finck… Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat is the perfect location to tie the knot on the French Riviera. Ideally located between Nice and Monaco, this small peninsula just calls for summer laziness, turquoise seas, and easy breeze lifestyle.

It was a fabulous summer day, perfectly designed by the superstars of Lavender & Rose Weddings in the splendid venue La Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The day started with bride preparation at Le Grand Hôtel de Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat, a fabulous palace hotel on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. An elegant stationery suite had been designed by Mister M Studio, reflecting the glamorous mindset of this wedding. A stunning Rime Arodaky’s gown and some Jimmy Choos perfectly enhanced Maryam’s natural and effortless beauty, while the groom had chosen a bespoke tuxedo and a bow tie for timeless elegance.

We then took Maryam and David to a cliff near the sea for their first look. We found a deserted place by the beach for an intense and emotional moment, which will never be forgotten. The ceremony then took place in the splendid Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, which had been perfectly prepared and designed by Lavender & Rose. Receptionists with flower crowns welcomed the guests, giving them their escort card and a rose, while a jazz band was playing. The stage for the reception had been glorified by the floral design of Wayne Riley Flowers, and everything was ready for a perfect sunset wedding ceremony.

The cocktail hour then took place in the gardens of La Villa, with fine food and wine by Lenôtre, a famous French caterer. The day finally ended with an elegant outdoor diner and a splendid table design. The culmination of a fabulous summer day on the French Riviera!

Photography: Greg Finck | Event Design: Lavender And Rose | Floral Design: Wayne Riley Flowers | Stationery: Mister M Studio | Reception Venue: Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild | Catering: Lenôtre | Hair: Gérard Darby | Assistant Photographer: Ingrid Lepan | Bride's Gown: Rime Arodaky | Live Painting: Maerta Wydler | Makeup: Sophie K | Wedding Signs: Crème De Papier

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