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Meet SMP Blogger Bride: Politics of Pretty!

You know her as Beauty Editor over at the Glitter Guide and from her own fabulous journeys on Politics of Pretty, but today you’ll get to know Kara Manos our newest Blogger Bride, sharing all her wedding planning adventures here on SMP. Prepped and polished, she’ll spill every step of her journey down the aisle, and what better way to get things started than with a sweet introduction below!

From Kara… Hi SMPers! I’m thrilled to be sharing my wedding journey with Style Me Pretty as your newest blogger bride. You may know me from my beauty blog, Politics of Pretty or perhaps from my work at Glitter Guide as a Beauty Editor, but here I’m chatting from one real bride to another.

The story on how I met my fiancé, Curt is an interesting one to say the least. You see, timing is everything. We met in college through mutual friends, but it wasn’t exactly love at first sight. According to Curt, I gave him zero attention. Because we ran in the same circle we saw one another every so often and exchanged a few messages here and there via social media. It wasn’t until almost three years later when I was out with a group of friends that Curt and I ran into one another and reconnected at a bar. Two days afterwards he called me and we went on our first date, and the rest is history! To this day when we tell people our story and how we met, he always says, “patience is key.”

Curt proposed on our two year anniversary. He managed to completely trick me in to thinking we were going out to dinner to celebrate. I got all dolled up ready to go out, but before leaving the house he asked me to watch a project he’d been working on (he’s a videographer) and wanted to film my reaction. In the first half of the video he had compiled footage of my friends and family wishing us a happy anniversary, but midway through he was asking my mom and dad for their blessing to propose. Of course, the biggest surprise came after I’d finished watching the video! We’ve been engaged for almost a year and while wedding planning hasn’t exactly been diamonds and rosé – it’s certainly an experience I’ll never forget.

I’m so excited to share this journey with you fellow brides, and from makeup trends to health and fitness, I’ll be covering my planning process and how beauty is such an important part of the wedding day. Until next time!

xoxo, Kara

Photography: Kate Ann Photography | Eyeliner: Stila Cosmetics | Mink Lashes: Esqido | Nail Polish : Deborah Lippmann | Venue: Private Residence

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Desiree Hartsock & Chris Siegfried’s Bachelorette Wedding

We all watched with baited breath as Desiree gave the final rose to Chris on season 9 of The Bachelorette. And today that TV-turned-real-life fairytale is coming full circle with a wedding that’s the stuff bridal dreams are made of. Chock-full of beautiful design moments by Sinclair & Moore and a custom-designed gown from Maggie Sottero, it’s a California winter wedding done oh-so-right, and all captured by Brandon Kidd and Perryfield Films. Pssst: scroll below for a Q&A with Des + your chance to win your own Desiree Hartsock with Maggie Sottero creation!

SMP: CONGRATS ON YOUR WEDDING! TELL US ABOUT YOUR INSPIRATION BEHIND THE DAY.

DH: Thanks! We really wanted to make sure that our wedding day represented our personalities and would be a comfortable setting for all of our guests. Chris and I have similar taste so that made it easy to plan and decide on the details. The inspiration really stemmed from vintage details and natural elements. We wanted the wedding to be romantic and fun!

SMP: ANY WEDDING TRENDS YOU INCLUDED IN THE DESIGN?

DH: I would say that the style of bouquets and flowers that we chose are becoming a lot more popular with leafy greens and different textures, but overall we didn’t focus on the trends and went with what we liked the most to make sure that our day felt like us. Of the dresses??? Having worked with gowns for many years I knew that I wanted to create something unique and different from what I have seen but still with vintage elements. I just followed my heart in what I knew I would love to wear as a bride.

SMP: LOVE THE POP OF COLOR YOUR DONNA MORGAN BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES BROUGHT IN! HOW DID YOU SETTLE ON A PALETTE?

DH: Well, I actually went back and forth on the colors because I do love soft blushes and neutrals that are popular, but when it came down to the overall look of our wedding, a pop of color is more of our style. I liked the color of the bridesmaid dresses and so my florist and designer, Steve Moore, based everything else off of that. It really brought all of the details together.

SMP: AS A BRIDAL STYLIST AND DESIGNER, WHAT WAS IT LIKE DESIGNING YOUR OWN GOWN WITH MAGGIE SOTTERO?

DH: It was truly a dream come true to be able to work with such a wonderful company to bring my designs and ideas to life. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and am excited to now be able to share my designs with new brides! I hope you all love them as much as I do. :)

SMP: ANY DETAILS THAT MADE YOUR WEDDING OH-SO-YOU + CHRIS? ANY NODS TO THE BACHELORETTE?

DH: I feel that everything about the wedding was very us. From the fun dance party at the reception to the natural atmosphere of the chapel; the entire day was relaxed, romantic and everything we could have hoped for. The show definitely got a few nods in the best man and maid of honor speeches. There were some good laughs from a poem the best man wrote about the show.

SMP: ABSOLUTE FAVORITE MOMENT OF THE DAY?

DH: My favorite moment was definitely when I walked down the aisle and saw Chris for the first time that day. There’s so much joy and emotion in that moment that it’s hard to compare to anything else. Very special. :)

SMP: NOW THAT YOU AND CHRIS TIED THE KNOT, DOES IT FEEL LIKE YOUR EXPERIENCE AS THE BACHELORETTE HAS OFFICIALLY COME FULL CIRCLE?

DH: Oh yes! It seems like so long ago since Chris and I met on The Bachelorette but will forever be a part of our story that we are so grateful for. The circle is complete and now it’s on to the next chapter of our lives as a married couple!

SMP: ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW BRIDES?

DH: The best advice I can give is to not stress the small stuff…especially on your wedding day. Things don’t always go as smooth as you think they will but it always ends up being ok, and when you look back it will be the vows that meant the most, not the wrong shade of flowers or a late officiant. Also, try to take in every moment of your special day. It will go by fast and you’ll want to remember the 5 minutes alone with your new hubby or seeing the reception set up before guests get there. It’s your special day so enjoy every second!

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Photography: Brandon Kidd Photography | Cinematography: Perryfield Films | Wedding Design + Floral Design: Sinclair & Moore Events | Event Planning + Coordination: Chic Celebrations | Production: Be Inspired PR | Wedding Dress: Desiree Hartsock with Maggie Sottero | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering:Redondo Beach Historic Library | Hair Stylist: Gold Comb Salon | Calligraphy: La Happy Design | Bride’s Jewelry: Desiree for KV BIjou | Bride’s Makeup Artist: Elyse Reneau | Bridesmaids’ Jewelry:Desiree for KV BIjou | Bridesmaids’ Makeup Artist: Allie Bengtsson | Coffee Bar: ONEHOPE Coffee | Desserts: Sweet and Saucy | Getting Ready Robe: Show me Your MuMu | Linens: La Tavola | Vintage Rentals: Found Rentals | Wedding Venue: Redondo Beach Historic Library | Wine + Champagne : ONEHOPE Wine

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The Prize: A wedding dress from the Desiree Hartsock with Maggie Sottero collection.

How to Enter: Follow @maggiesottero on Instagram, then post your favorite Desiree Hartsock with Maggie Sottero dress on Instagram using #deswithmaggiesotterogiveaway

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End date: Monday, March 16th @ 5:00 PM MT

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15 Must-Have Getting Ready Shots For Every Bride

With my own wedding mere months away, I spend most moments dreaming and pinning for that special day. And with so many details to consider, one important aspect not to be overlooked is getting ready! With your photographer capturing every blush stroke, lipstick application and the final reveal to your ‘maids, there are a few particular shots you don’t want them to miss. Click below for our must-photograph glamour shots to capture the morning of!

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Dreamy Summer Garden Afternoon Wedding

Picture this: a quiet afternoon ceremony in Santa Barbara garden followed by dreamiest outdoor luncheon you ever did see. Add in a sea of gorgeous blooms by Mindy Rice plus Alexandra Kolendrianos coordinating every last detail, and you’ve got the makings of a wedding day perfection. Peek through the lens of Megan Sorel right this way.

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From Megan Sorel PhotographyPatty and Michael’s incredibly beautiful and intimate afternoon wedding took place in the private grounds of Lotus Land in Montecito. Guests were greeted by the sounds of guitar, violin and cello and were offered minted lemonade and champagne as they entered the natural surrounding amphitheater. Foliage, florals and stone accents surrounded them while they said their vows.

A thoughtful luncheon took place following their ceremony in a open air tent draped in sheer fabrics with the most beautiful tabletop florals. First course started off with individual charcuterie boards filled with delicious meats and cheeses. A guitar duo set the mood, while guests were in awe of the colors, details and smells that surrounded them in this intimate setting. Two feasting tables with soft ivory linens were adorned with gorgeous, garden style florals. Shades of apricot, peach, champagne, buttery yellows and greens were the colors that soften and enhanced the space. Place settings with gold accents complimented. Organic and romantic was the setting.

Guests dined, took in the surrounding environment from landscape to table top and enjoyed the most beautiful summer afternoon soiree! Congratulations to Patty & Michael on your beautiful wedding!

Photography: Megan Sorel Photography | Coordination: Alexandra Kolendrianos | Floral Design: Mindy Rice Floral Design | Catering: Joan's On Third | Ceremony & Reception: Lotusland, Santa Barbara | Pre-Ceremony: San Ysidro Ranch