Oscar de la Renta is the mastermind behind some of the most drool-worthy gowns to ever grace the pages of SMP. His designs are pure art and today we remember the man who brought such beauty and style to brides everywhere. We’ve gathered 20 of our favorite Oscar moments, and every single look is what dress dreams are made of.
It may be fall, but today we are fully embracing spring thanks to this wedding of lifestyle blogger turned Bride, Whitney of See Shop Eat Do. Her day is a sea of pastel details, a bounty of blooms by Stephanie Grace and all mixed with classic sensibilities. To say this is a stunner is a complete understatement. Catch even more captured by Paige Jones, in the full gallery right here.
From The Bride…Justin and I are both from Canada originally, but we met and got engaged here in Los Angeles, by the beach. We wanted our wedding to be romantic and traditional yet unstuffy, and to reflect what we both love so much about California. Having our reception at Casa Del Mar, an oceanfront hotel rich in Santa Monica history was the perfect fit. Our color scheme of blush pink, white and gold ran through all aspects of the event from our invitations to the bridesmaid dresses to the florals. Our bouquets and arrangements also had plenty of greenery in them which helped to lend a lush, California-casual vibe to the decor. It was really important to us that our guests, many of whom had flown in from other countries, have an amazing time and our band did a great job of getting everyone up and dancing from the second the reception started to the last song of the night.
Truth be told, we love a good cocktail hour around these parts. Signature drinks, lawn games, mingling with guests… it’s the kick-off of many a wedding bash and a great way to set the tone for your reception. A simple way to do that is with a few fun paper goods! We’re loving Wedding Paper Divas new reception goodies, from personalized coasters and napkins to song request and advice cards.
For the more classic couple looking for a hint of elegance, make a big impression with the Lavish Accent coasters and enclosure cards. A perfect match for your signature martini and gold detailing.
Tips for Bar Decor
- Offer fancy garnishes like fresh florals and golden sugar for rims
- Let your guests make song recommendations in advance with a pretty tray of song request cards
- Consider a pretty backdrop! We love this DIY mirrored cocktail menu
Romantic & Playful
Turn up the volume on your romantic, playful affair with a bit of floral fun. We paired the Summer Circlet coasters with advice cards from the Blossoming Union suite for a fresh approach.
Tips for Bar Decor
- Add a colorful citrus to your bar for a pop that will invite your guests right in
- Have your bartender prep signature cocktails in advance and have them ready to go on lovely coasters. No one likes to wait in a line!
- Get creative and rent a vintage bar cart, topped with unique items like the library card holder shown above
With the wide array of designs, it’s easy to choose items that will match your look. Get the party started with Wedding Paper Divas!
Around these parts she’s known as our LBB extraordinaire, but today our dear Melissa - also the voice behind Yours Truly - is sharing a look inside her very own engagement. It’s a day at the sea made for two captured by Rebecca Yale, and the images that follow are unbelievably gorgeous. Read on for the Groom-to-be’s proposal recap, and peek back as Melissa talks invites with Wedding Paper Divas!
From Rebecca Yale Portraits… I was so incredibly honored when Melissa asked me to photograph her engagement! We shot on the gorgeous Crane Beach on one of the last beautiful warm days of summer as the sun set behind us and turned the sky and ocean around us the most beautiful shade of pink. Melissa and Shawn were such a pleasure to photograph! I adore engagement sessions because they are such a wonderful opportunity to capture some real moments of this unique time in your life of being young and in love and just being yourselves. Melissa and Shawn could not have been more genuinely in love and they were so sweet with each other the whole shoot, which makes my job so fun – and hello supermodel alert – I felt like I was on a fashion shoot on the beach with these two stunners! We were having so much fun we shot every inch of available light as the sun set around us, and luckily didn’t get in too much trouble for staying out on the sand after dark, because I just couldn’t stop shooting these two!
From the Groom-to-be… After dating Melissa for 8 years, I decided it was time for me to buck up and finally ask the woman that I so dearly adore to finally do the honor of marrying me. So first things first, I started backwards planning on how I was going to pull it all off.
Since we’re both scuba divers, I thought it would be amazing to propose underwater. We both love the ocean, we live only a couple miles from our local beach and in the summer, we’re usually on our boat when we have free time. The first gift I ever gave her was the conch shell we included in our engagement photos that I found while scuba diving in Turks & Caicos for my marine biology course in college. So it only seemed fitting to do it by the water.
With my parents having recently retired near Palm Beach in Florida, I planned a getaway to visit them and everything was set. I had my father do a recon of the best dive shop in the area prior to our arrival, to say the least, but unfortunately the rough seas that week didn’t cooperate, so I had to switch to plan B.
My parents took us to see The Breakers and my mother recommended to propose in the botanical garden, which was beautiful, but it didn’t feel quite like us, so I held off and waited to take her to a secluded area of Delray Beach we had planned to visit the next day. We found a quiet little cabana and within five minutes of setting up our spot, I asked “Melissa, will you marry me?”. You should have seen her face—she never saw it coming. It was perfect, tears of joy, and an absolute “Yes” with a hug and a kiss followed by a celebratory piña colada at a fun tiki bar across the street called The Sandbar.
Photography: Rebecca Yale | Floral Design: Yours Truly | Hair & Makeup: LuxeBar | Blush Pink Dress: Revolve Clothing | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Crane Beach | Print: Julie Song Ink | White Sundress: Nordstrom