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SMP is Hiring: Full Stack Engineer

We’re hiring. Yep. Moving, shaking and hiring! Style Me Pretty’s dev team is a small, but passionate group of technologists who care deeply about front end performance, on-site search, tool building, growth hacking, AB testing and of course, our users. And we need a few more pro’s to build out our team and grow SMP into an even more important and savvy site.

Style Me Pretty started with a simple mission: Find and feature the most style savvy weddings, wedding vendors and brides. To date, Style Me Pretty has published over 20,000 weddings and almost 2M images. In 2015, we’re focused on building out better consumer facing products, while maintaining our status as the go to online destination for curated, high end wedding and lifestyle ideas.

We work mainly in javascript (React, jQuery, Angular, Node and Bower), PHP (Composer, Slim, Eloquent ORM, WordPress), MySQL, and Sphinx. We love exploring new technologies, programming languages and frameworks.

  • We’re looking to hire talented full stack developers with the following values and skills:
  • Experience building large sites with monthly visitors in the millions.
  • A passion for Javascript. Familiarity with Node, Bower and at least one of the MV* frameworks. React experience a huge plus.
  • Experience with or a willingness to pick up PHP.
  • Knowledge of best practices for frontend web performance optimization and understanding of the critical rendering path a plus
  • An understanding or interest in UX/UI Design, Interaction Design, Graphic Design a plus
  • A passion for writing simple, readable, maintainable code
  • Bonus points for those located in New York City or Boston

If you know someone who is perfect for this role, email jobs@stylemepretty.com!

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Stylish Montecito Country Club Wedding

When it comes to fashionably bold brides, this next slice of lovely takes the cake. One look at her gorgeous couture, high-low gown and you’ll see just what I mean. Staying true to their stylish personalities, these beach-loving sweeties threw an intimate affair overflowing with pretty. From their Printerette Press paper goods to every snap from the lens of Mi Belle, the gallery is the only place to be!

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Summer
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Country Club
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Elegant

From The Bride…When Ben and I began planning our wedding, our number one priority was to make it as true to US as possible. We set out to have every detail reflect who we are as individuals, and as a couple. That meant doing it our way from the get-go, regardless of what our families had to say about it (don’t worry! It’s a happy ending- the mothers adored every detail :) ).

Although I am from La Jolla, and my parents would have loved us to have a local wedding, Ben and I ended up finding our dream venue in Santa Barbara, at the Montecito Country Club. We both love the beach- Ben is an avid surfer, and I moved back to the west coast from NYC a few years ago to be by the water. So, the ocean view, big grassy field, and sunny skies were the first selling points for the MCC. Then, we loved having our reception inside (I get cold easily!!), but in a space that we could make our own, without distracting textured wallpapers and icky carpet prints (I know y’all feel me).

Our incredible wedding planner, Donna, helped bring our vision to life. I loved the open field on which we had our ceremony, but I wanted an intimate vibe- to feel like we were in a small, special space together. So, we framed the seating area with faux hedges, and found aged white barn doors to welcome guests into the setting. A heart-shaped floral wreathe hung on the door, made by our incredible florist, Nico, with greens and florals cascading from the doorway. At the end of the aisle, where Ben’s dad performed our ceremony, Nico built a distressed wood arch, and had asymmetrical florals draping all around it.

For colors, we kept it predominantly shades of white, with hints of soft pinks. Because Ben, after all, was equally important part of the wedding and aesthetic, we balanced the girlie-ness of the palate with natural wood throughout. My long-time friend Catherine, of Printerette Press, silk screened her hand-drawn flowers and lettering onto wood veneer for the invitations. This really helped set the outdoorsy but beautiful feel for the day, and the wood, white, and baby pink theme carried over into the ceremony space, place-card table display, dinner menu, event signage and beyond.

As a stylist with a background in design, my dress was of course of utmost importance!! (What bride’s isn’t?) I did research, and spent a lot of time thinking about exactly what I wanted in my dress. I decided to ask my former boss, Zaldy, under whom I worked for Gaga and Britney, to make the dress for me. I sent him sketches and tears of the various design elements I wanted to include in my dress, and he got to work. As he is based in NYC and I am in LA, it was a complex process- including a last-minute 36-hour journey to NYC to get it just right! My completed dress arrived the day before we left for Santa Barbara!! #heartattack. But once it finally did, it was absolutely perfect. I paired it with a vintage pearl necklace, two bracelets previously handed down from each of my grandmother’s, and a rose-gold-and-diamond earring that I also gave to each of my bridesmaids to wear alongside me. For hair and make up, my good friend Vittorio, with whom I work on Kesha (he on glam, myself on styling) agreed to doll me up for the day- and he made me feel like a million bucks and then some. It couldn’t have been a more personal ensemble, and I felt the love all over me :)

Ben opted for a slim-fit baby blue suit by Moods of Norway, with exposed ankles and casual but sharp loafers. To keep everything light, his groomsmen wore faintly striped cream-and-khaki J. Crew suits, and my bridesmaid chose their own dresses in shades of baby pink. We wanted everyone to feel comfortable and like themselves!

For food and music, Ben and I wanted to serve and play the kind of stuff we would want to eat and dance to at a party. So, to our parent’s dismay, we forewent steaks served to the table, and opted for a buffet that included custom salads, pizza, mac n’ cheese, elote corn, and mnm chocolate chip cookies. It was DE- licious!! Oh, and instead of a champagne toast, we passed around (optional!) tequila shots and limes, for a more hearty cheers to the bride and groom :)

We had a live band play during our ceremony, but chose to use a DJ to get the dance floor hoping. I think we’d both heard one too many mature adult singers do their best Will.I.Am voice in “Tonight’s gonna be a good night” – so we decided to stick with the originals (still,…no Tonight’s Gonna Be A Good Night.)

We couldn’t have been happier with how the wedding turned out from an aesthetic standpoint. But, the best part about making such a personal wedding was that everyone saw and felt “Shelby and Ben” throughout the day. The best compliment we received over and over, was that everyone seemed to FEEL the love between us, and as a result the energy and spirit of the day was incredibly happy and love-filled. It was truly the most magical and special day of our lives.

Photography: Mi Belle | Videographer: Viken Productions | Flowers: NLC Productions | Invitations: Printerette Press | Venue: Montecito Country Club | Bride: Shelby Scudder | Bride: Shelby Scudder | Hair & Make Up: Vittorio Masecchia | Wedding Planner & Design: Donna Romani Events

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Cultural Nepali Wedding Inspiration

While we strive to keep this blog a true place of positivity and pretty, our hearts weigh heavy for those effected by the recent natural disasters in Nepal. It’s a tragedy we couldn’t overlook, which is why when Nina & Wes Photography reached out with images from their latest workshop, it felt like the perfect time to share. Take a glimpse at their time in this beautiful country with more info on how to help relief efforts below.

From Nina & Wes PhotographyThis bridal session was born out of our time spent in Nepal. We wanted people to be able to experience Nepal through the different elements of the session. We had a spread of spices that are found throughout Nepal and used in many of their cuisines. Bits of copper and brass can be seen with those elements, which were found and purchased in the streets of Kathmandu. Marigolds were central to the shoot, as you can see marigolds on any given street in Nepal. We loved seeing them draped over the bride who is wearing a stunning Carol Hannah dress that seemed to sparkle in the Nepali sunlight.

Just before Wes and I married, I lived in Kathmandu, Nepal for four months, doing volunteer work with street children and elderly women. I grew to love Nepal greatly, and have ached to return ever since. As a wedding photographer, it is easy to get swept away into all the pretty details and amazing people we meet as we capture one of the most special days of their lives on film. But my heart has always been happiest when working to make a difference in the lives of others, which always seems to do the same in my own life when I work towards that goal.

About 20 months ago, I woke up with an idea about a special kind of photography workshop. I wanted to do something more with our business. I wanted to go beyond business, and do something more in the world…something that would have lasting impact. Most photography workshops focus mainly on building your portfolio and growing your business, which is great and needed. But it can get competitive, and can cause you to lose focus on what is really important in this world…loving others, and giving back what we have been given. The Beyond Workshop focuses not only on encouraging photographers to be successful in their businesses, but to take their success and give back to those in need. We are asking the question…What is the meaning of success? Is it more money, bookings, and bigger houses? Or is it doing your absolute best in what you do, and taking that and giving back to the world that has given so much to you.

100% of the profits from this workshop go to orphan care and human trafficking interception in Nepal. None of the vendors take any pay, and this year we were able to give almost $8,000 to those in need in Nepal! The first half of the workshop is spent in classroom sessions revolving around business, and the second half of the workshop is spent doing volunteer work in Nepal. We had an amazing group of people this year, that gave everything they could to help this workshop succeed. Each attendee had their own part to play, and as the days unfolded, it was a joy to see each one of them fall in love with the country of Nepal.

The earthquake that occurred on April 25th in Nepal has shaken all of us. So many of the beautiful places we visited, and historical landmarks that we marveled at, are now piles of rubble. As far as we can tell, though, our loved ones and the people at the organizations we volunteered at, are all safe. Some of them have lost homes, but they have escaped the earthquake without injury. For that we are thankful. 

This workshop is meant to inspire photographers to go beyond themselves and give back to the world in need. And through sharing images of this beautiful bridal session, we hope to remind people of the beauty of Nepal, not the poverty. Nepal is a country rich in history, and the people of Nepal are full of warmth and kindness. Walk down any given street in this enchanting country and have a conversation with someone…you may just find that you are invited in for some milk tea.

Some of the industry vendors that donated time or goods to help make our not-for-profit workshop succeed include: Magnolia Rouge, Jose Villa, Wildgrace Workshop, Paper Birch Designs, Julie Song Ink, Brown Linen Design, Kraft & Jute, Mrs. Box, Frou Frou Chic, Type A Society, Richard Photo Lab, State Film Lab, Goodman Film Lab, Carol Hannah, Gossamer Vintage, and Jacob Cecil.

A special thanks to Gautam Rai, our Nepali brother who made this workshop truly possible by arranging all of our lodging, meals, and volunteer opportunities. He was our translator throughout our time there, and he also helped our attendees see the importance of documenting the joy and warmth of the people of Nepal, over the poverty of Nepal. He and his wife, Rekha, along with 3 biological children, have adopted 11 beautiful girls, and have devoted their lives to orphan care, and are daily meeting the needs of others with what little they have. Since the earthquake, Gautam has been out in the streets from morning til night helping others. He and his family are a beautiful example of love in action.

If you are interested in helping the relief efforts that are occurring on the ground in Nepal, there are many amazing organizations that work tirelessly with the people there, not only providing aid right now, but long-term care after many other relief groups have returned back home. 

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PS: Info on next year’s Nina & Wes Photography Nepal workshop, March 15-27, 2016 right here.

Photography: Nina & Wes Photography | Cinematography: Colletta Films | Event Design: Abany Bauer | Floral Design: Type A Society | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Jewelry: Mickey Lynn | Hair & Makeup: Heather Smith | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Shoot Location: The Fort Resort | Styling & Design: Abany Bauer

Intimate Foodie Wine Bar Wedding in Cambridge

This soiree designed by Lauren Wells Events is a wedding that marches to the beat of its own drum. That’s right m’dears, because not only did this Boston duo choose to honor their hospitality connection on their Big Day with a foodie-driven celebration, but they also bucked tradition and married on a Monday. Surrounded by only their nearest and dearest, they enjoyed sabered champagne and s’mores while HENRY + MAC captured it all. Enjoy

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Fall
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Restaurant
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Elegant

From The Bride…My and Andrew’s relationship began and is forever bound by our work together in the hospitality industry. It felt only right to spend the most important day of our lives at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Getting married on a Monday surrounded by the dearest of family, friends, AND great food and beverage, complete with sabered champagne to kick off the cocktail hour and smores roasted over an open fire to finish was our idea of the perfect wedding day.

From Lauren Wells EventsColleen and Andrew’s wedding was the most love filled and beautiful day, taking place in one of the couple’s favorite restaurants in Cambridge. The bride is a sommelier, so we played off the wine theme with florals, merlot brush calligraphy, and of course, plenty of wine! The bride even got the party started by brandishing a machete and sabering a magnum – then serving all her guests. Jenna from Love Jenna Calligraphy (and also the sister of the bride) calligraphed on the mirrors and walls, while Anne Robin calligraphed the rest of the beautiful details. Wild Folk created the amazing florals (including the hanging install over the charcuterie), and Henry + Mac captured all the goodness. It was a delicious and joyful celebration.

Photography: HENRY + MAC | Event Design: Lauren Wells Events | Event Planning: Lauren Wells Events | Floral Design: Wild Folk Studio | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Eastern Standard | Calligraphy: Anne Robin Calligraphy | Band: ABeez | Ceremony And Reception: Belly Wine Bar | Dinner: Blue Room | Mirror, Chalkboard, Table Number Calligraphy: Love Jenna Calligraphy

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