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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!

Dresses Under $1000
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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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Virginia Countryside Wedding Inspiration

This photo shoot by Elisa Bricker has almost too much beauty for me to count. From the stunning organic calligraphy paper suite by Stephanie Fishwick to the rich, earthy florals from Flower Afternoon, this whole scene in the Virginia countryside, styled by the talented Mallory Joyce, has me captivated. With a gallery as full as this one, I’ll be happily pinning into the weekend ahead.


From Elisa Bricker… This basis for this inspiration shoot came from deep colors and tones – a desire to show a less traditional and earthier event. The organic free-form calligraphy paper suite pairs beautifully with the locally sourced bouquet, and is tempered by a delicate cake and table.

Photography: Elisa Bricker | Floral Design: Flower Afternoon | Wedding Gown: Bella Rosa Bridal | Jewelry: Goldie O | Hair And Makeup: Avenue 42 | Creative Direction And Styling: Mallory Joyce | Paper Suite & Calligraphy: Stephanie Fishwick | Rentals: Festive Fare | Venue: Glenmore Manor