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An Ode to Halloween: Our Favorite Black Gowns

Truth be told, we struggle with Halloween around these parts. Spooky and scary doesn’t always equal stylish. BUT we will never turn away a good reason to celebrate, so today, in honor of this ghoulish holiday, we will raise our goblets filled with witches brew (aka champagne) to some of the most stunning black gowns you ever did see on SMP. We promise they’ll give you the good kind of chills.

Our Favorite Black Gowns
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11 Beaded Dresses to Love

A bride’s wedding day is her chance to look exceedingly glamorous, and there’s no better way to stand out from the crowd than with a gown dripping in beads. A beaded gown makes a bride sparkle for her walk down the aisle and always looks luxurious. With so many lovely choices out there, we pulled together 11 of our favorites from our amazing new Look Book!

11 of the Best Beaded Dresses
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Charming English Countryside Wedding in Yorkshire

Since becoming a devoted Downton Abbey fan, English countryside weddings captivate me more than ever. It’s something about the pomp and circumstance, not to mention the timeless charm, and this summertime affair is no exception. Sandra Rose styled the florals, M And J Photography snapped the photos, and the results? Well, let’s just say it’d give Lady Mary Crawley’s wedding a run for its money.


From The Bride…When Ross and I first got engaged, the big question was “Where was the wedding going to be?” With us living in the US, but being from two different countries it was anyone’s guess where we would get married. I am originally from the northeast of England and moved over to the US over 5 years ago and Ross is Ohio born and bred, so it made picking the perfect location for our wedding a little tricky.

Without any intention yet to marry in the UK, we stumbled upon Middleton Lodge online before we had really even thought about wedding planning. We were blown away by the images of the venue and thought the place looked amazing. After a quick phone call to my parents back home, they were on their way to check it out. We knew Middleton Lodge was the perfect place to say our “I do’s” so we made the decision to book the venue without even seeing it for ourselves. It was a decision we do not regret. The venue itself is breathtaking, with its quintessential British charm that has been meticulously maintained by its owners and staff. It is beautiful!

From the start, planning the wedding was easy. From finding my dress here in Ohio, to picking out the flowers and giant illuminated letters to all the other little details. We had a clear vision that we wanted the wedding to feel laid back yet elegant and romantic. It is crazy to think that we did it all from the other side of the world…but walking into the marquee for our reception and seeing all the little details come together to create a beautiful setting for our big day was amazing. I wish I could have paused that moment.

The day was fabulous. The great British weather held out and we had glorious sunshine all day, our guests from the US loved experiencing some real English countryside (and other parts of Europe for those who decided to make the most of their trip and turn it into a vacation). We heard nothing but great things from all of our guests, everyone had so much fun and everything was just perfect and created such a memorable day for everyone – but especially us.

Middleton Lodge was the ideal setting to be married in grand style but with an intimate atmosphere.

Photography: M And J Photography | Florist: Sandra Rose | Wedding Cake: Dreamworld Cakes | Stationery: Emma Gay Of Yellow Door Creative | Reception Venue: Middleton Lodge | Shoes: Saint Lauren | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Middleton Lodge | Hair: Claire At Contemporary Yarm | Groom's Suit: Bonobos | Belt, Hair Piece & Veil: Sara Gabriel | Bridal Gown: Jenny Yoo (from La Jeune Mariee, Columbus) | Bridesmaid's Totebags: Not On The High Street | Bridesmaids Bathrobe's: Victoria's Secret | Cuff Links: Tiffany & Co. | Favours - Traditional British Candy In Kraft Bags: Etsy | Flower Girl Banner: BHLDN | Flower Girl Outfit: Autograph By M&S | Gifts To Bridal Party - Bracelets: BHLDN | Guest Book: Oh No Rachio | His & Hers Signs: BHLDN | J&R Lights: Coco Luminaire | Mr & Mrs Cutlery: BHLDN | Table Decor - Sourced By Florist: BHLDN

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Allure Bridals Fall 2014 Look Book

My dears, it’s an exciting week here at SMP because we’ve just unveiled our brand new Look Book! Complete with new design, gorgeous + super user-friendly layout and updated filters so all of our brides-to-be can search gowns by silhouette, fabric, neckline and color, the Look Book is taking dress hunting to a whole new level! And first up? None other than Allure Bridals.

At the forefront of Allure Bridals’ Fall 2014 collection is simple, graceful styling. Allure Bridals features four incredible collections, Allure Bridals, Allure Romance, Allure Couture and Madison James, each of which is designed to express the style of every unique bride! Made from luxe fabrics such as light cotton lace, English net, satin and incredible Swarovski crystals, the new Fall designs boast on-trend modern silhouettes and hints of classic Hollywood glamour. Oh — have I mentioned the backs?! The collections feature delicate appliques and special details which are jaw-dropping to say the least.

To see the full Look Book and to start dreaming about your perfect dress, head over here!