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Date Night In with Target Registry!

To be totally honest, my husband and I would take a fancy date night IN any day of the week. Seriously – pretty place settings, a couple candles, and a homemade meal is all it takes. And as the weather gets cooler and the mood gets cozier, it’s the ultimate time of year to plan your own. A Target Registry has all the products for that perfect night in, and we’re breaking down the steps to pull it off in a cinch.

It’s simple, really. Start by prepping your chicken in a crockpot beforehand, and assemble this Parmesan Arugula Salad that’s equal parts easy and delicious. Throw on a cute apron (a registry must!) and let your other half handle whipping up dessert. Don’t forget to gussy up the table with decor that speaks to the season, and you’ve got a night that’s one for the books!

Now that you’ve got the game-plan, it’s time to pick a night and make it happen. A registry from Target means you’ll have everything you need to start your newlywed life and a date night in is only the beginning!

Target Products, Kitchen: 1. Crock-Pot Programmable 6 Quart Slow Cooker | 2. Bamboo 3-piece Salad Set | 3. Threshold Tiered Apron – Orange | 4. KitchenAid Ultra Power 4.5 Quart Stand Mixer | 5. The Wine Enthusiast Visual Decanter – 48-oz. & Rolf Glass Spiral Stemless Red Wine Glass Set of 4 – 21 oz

Table: 1. MudHut Zig Zag Napkin Set of 4| 2. Vintage Pearl Candle Stand – White | 3. Towle Living Forged Luxor 42 Piece Flatware Set | 4. Threshold Table Runner – Neutral | 5. Nate Berkus Textured Diamond 16-Piece Dinnerware Set – White | 6. Threshold Decorative Pumpkin Figurine – White |  7. SONOS PLAY: 1 Wireless HiFi System – White | 8. Barnacle Vase – Chrome 10″ by Torre & Tagus | 9. Philips Warm White LED Beaded Branch Twig Stakes (3 Count)


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Library Inspired Wedding at the Smog Shoppe

You know what’s super cute? Meeting the love of your life at your college library. Even cuter? Fashioning your wedding after that book-infused beginning.From library card invitations to favorite books dotting the landscape of Smog Shoppe, the beauty is in the details planned by LVL Weddings & Events and gorgeous coral peonies by Twig & Twine too. Find even more captured by Kaysha Weiner right here.

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From Kaysha Weiner PhotographerOur super sweet couple met at the UCLA Library 9 years ago, and they both love to read so it makes sense that they’d want to incorporate such a personal touch to their wedding. Thoughtful details like library card invitations, the couples initials made out of books for the sweetheart table, and a collection of vintage books that belonged to the bride’s mother and her family were pulled in to enhance the library romance.

The Smog Shoppe was the perfect setting for family and friends to witness this union. They were treated to yummy bites and a delicious dinner courtesy of Angie Orsino and her fantastic team from Tender Greens Catering. The seriously gorgeous florals were created by Twig & Twine, and the perfect ending to a lovely and heartfelt evening were the desserts by Sweet & Saucy.

Beautifully, what was more apparent then any theme was the true love these two felt for one another. Throughout the planning process I was able to see how much they cared for and complemented one another. It was a happy lesson in love and understanding and so wonderful to witness. I’ll admit I tend to get a tiny bit fluttery during wedding ceremonies, but usually no tears. That being said, I honest to goodness choked up when I heard her say during her vows “If someone had told me 9 years ago that I would marry the boy from the library, I would not have believed it. But I am so grateful and happy that my life has lead me to this moment with you” Gah. Love them.

Everything was perfectly encapsulated by the talented Kaysha, of Kaysha Weiner Photographer. She thoughtfully captured their personalities and family dynamic along with all of the prettiness of the day.

From The Bride…We met at a library where we both worked in college. When it was time to decide on a theme for our wedding, I knew I wanted it to be something that represented who we are but still simple. We’re both big readers, so a wedding that was inspired by books and libraries just made sense. The books in our centerpieces were mostly books that belonged to my mother and her siblings when they were growing up in the 60s. It was really special to me that I got to use something from my family in the wedding.

One of my favorite parts of the wedding was the soundtrack. Our DJs were amazing. There were so many moments during the wedding where I was smiling just because the music was so good.

My advice for people planning a wedding is that vendors are important. We asked a lot of questions before we hired our vendors. We looked for things like professionalism, punctuality, and attention to detail. By looking for these traits during the hiring process, we were more confident that our day would run smoothly.

My other advice is to do what you want. Weddings are expensive, and they go by in a flash. So don’t do what you think other people want or need, just focus on yourselves. Spend your money on what’s important to you.

Photography: Kaysha Weiner Photographer | Floral Design: Twig & Twine | Invitations: Etsy Seller | Ceremony Venue: Smog Shoppe | Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan For Nordstom | Catering: Tender Greens Catering | Hair And Makeup: Passion For Make-up | DJ: Dart DJ | Bookmarks: Etsy Seller | Brides Dress: Nicole Miller For Nordstrom | Cake Topper: Etsy Seller | Coordination: Courtney Caplin Cotter Of LVL Weddings & Events | Desserts: Sweet And Saucy Shop | Getting Ready: The Culver Hotel | Guest Book: Etsy Seller | Mike And Groomsmen: Friar Tux | Rentals: Town & Country

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Classic DC Art Museum Wedding

Fact: classic weddings will always and forever be my favorite. No buts about it. And when you’re marrying with the most timeless of days, what better spot to be but our nation’s capitol? Or the National Museum of Women In the Arts, to be specific. It’s the unbelievable setting of this black, white and gold affair and thanks to Vicki Grafton the party is just getting started. More right here!

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From The Bride…Our story began, ironically, when Alfred’s friend approached me at a networking mixer. After learning that I went to undergrad in the city that Alfred was in town visiting from, his friend thought to introduce us. There was in instant connection between myself and Alfred and what followed was several years of long distance dating —I lived in Washington, DC and Alfred lived in North Carolina.

After weathering the storm of dating long distance, we really wanted our wedding to be special…to be the ultimate celebration of our love. We decided to keep our wedding party small so that we could focus on what was really important, becoming husband and wife!! I wasn’t the type of bride who had fantasized about what her wedding would be like so when it came time to plan all I knew was that I wanted the day to feel like us. I wanted a day that was beautiful and glamorous but still elegant and timeless. I didn’t have a theme for our wedding but I focused on a black/ivory/gold color palette because it embodied the understated beauty I envisioned for our day.

One of my favorite planning elements was our beautiful engraved wedding invitations. I put so much time into designing them and when it was finally time to mail them I was overwhelmed with all the other wedding planning. Alfred stepped in and helped me with everything from making envelope liners to picking out vintage stamps. It was quite the undertaking!! It was probably the only wedding task that we spent a large amount of time working on together and it transformed what could have been a tireless task into a treasured memory. Planning our ceremony was another special time in the planning process. I wanted to ensure every word spoken during the ceremony reflected the special bond that we share, so I wrote the entire ceremony which was officiated by my best friend from childhood. I labored over so many wedding decisions but this was one I never doubted for a minute. Surrounded by our family and friends, having my friend unite us in marriage, it was truly a magical experience.

After all the planning, the day really did go by in flash, I’m thankful for my family and friends that played a part and my wonderful vendors that helped bring my vision to life. Our wedding was a beautiful day, sometimes I close my eyes and mentally transport back to that day knowing the best part is that was just the beginning.

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Cinematographer: Craft House Productions | Wedding Coordinator: Elegantly Chic Events | Floral Design: Bella Fiori Couture Floral And Event Design | Wedding Dress: Junko Yoshioka | Shoes: Valentino | Jewelry: Tejani | Caterer: Federal City Caterers | Hair: Kenneatria Sutton | Calligrapher: Linda Gilliam | DJ: Christian Gordy | Flower Girl Dresses: Kim’s Designs | Bridal Sash: Abigail Grace | Bridemaids Dresses: Ann Taylor Loft | Bridesmaids Shoes : Zara | Cocktail Band: Kendall Isadore | Grooms Shoes : Magnani For Nieman Marcus | Invitation Engraving : Reaves Engraving | Lighting : Yours Truly Lighting & Décor | Makeup: Blend Couture | Photo Booth: Bash Booths | Soloist: Mariah Maxwell | Tuxedo: Hugo Boss | Veil: Tatishotties | Venue: National Museum Of Women In The Arts | Vintage Car: Regal Limousine

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Spring Downtown Dallas Loft Wedding

Here at SMP, Saturdays are for swooning and we’ve got just the wedding to get the inspiration party started. The bride’s design musts? Gold succulents, a neutral palette and a cool loft setting to mix “modern” with “tradition.” Apryl Ann snapped the gallery and you can click here right here to see more for yourself.

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From Apryl Ann PhotographyMegan and Reese’s wedding as one of the happiest affairs! They chose to have their ceremony and reception indoors however we snuck off outside to grab some gorgeous natural portraits. Her reception was filled with neutral colors with gold succulents!

From The Bride…Reese and I were engaged while walking our pups in one of my favorite downtown Dallas parks. Coincidently that same evening my sweet little niece, and future flower girl, was born. After our engagement Reese surprised me with a party filled our closest friends and family. From an engagement to a new little niece, the night was definitely a time of celebration with the ones we loved the most.

In planning our wedding we knew we wanted that celebration with our friends and family to continue. Being the youngest of three and so the last in my family to get married it seemed making the big decisions was the easiest. I fell in love with our reception venue immediately when I saw the beautiful big windows and downtown views. I knew for the color scheme and flowers I wanted it to be romantic with hints of gold and succulents. I also knew I wanted meaningful touches throughout the ceremony and reception. However I was not quite sure how I wanted it all to come together…

The weather on our big day could not have been more beautiful; we took our pre-ceremony pictures in the park and then headed to the church. Everyone tells you how quickly the day passes and I cannot believe how right they were. I am so grateful we had Apryl Ann to capture all our special moments. One of my favorites was walking down the aisle with my dad and a bouquet adorned with my grandmother’s rosary. After our nuptials the party kicked off with Reese and I entering the venue with an awesome horn entrance.

Afterward, a newly married bridesmaid, told me to take a minute to “take it all in” and it was a wonderful piece of advice. GRO designs took everything I wanted and made it come to life. My very favorite was the succulent centerpieces dusted with gold. Another very special detail was our favor table filled with my late grandmother’s Czech wedding cookies all baked by Reese’s family. In a nod to our new hometown of San Antonio, CN catering did a delicious taco bar with margaritas. Finally in honor of where we met our groom’s cake was decorated with a big Double T for Texas Tech. Reese kicked off the dance floor with a solo dance to “respect”, then everyone joined in and Walton Stout Band kept the party going from there! They were so much fun! We handed out sunglasses and glow sticks as dance floor favors and kept the celebration going until the final song. I am so grateful to everyone who helped in making it the day of our dreams!

Photography: Apryl Ann Photography | Cake: Fancy Cakes By Lauren | Ceremony: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church | Reception: The Room On Main | Caterer: Cn Catering | Design And Coordination: GRO Designs | MUAH: Maitee Miles | Music: The Walton Stout Band | Paper Goods: Little Loft Studio