Mood Board Monday

I’m really loving today’s mood board — It’s just so pretty! Do you agree? Since we’re in the heart of summer, this coral color palette is right in season and really makes for a lovely wedding color. Whether it’s in your invitations, like this watercolored invitation suite — or in your bridesmaid’s dresses, like this perfect print by Amsale — or for your bridesmaid’s robes, like these from my favorite robe shop, Love Ophelia (remember this post?!) — coral is a great summer wedding color.

What are your other favorite summer wedding colors?

Amsale dress, invitation suite, Amsale print, ranunculus, Love Ophelia robes

{event recap} Brides & Bubbly

The second Brides & Bubbly event was such a success! It’s really an honor to be able to collaborate with such talented women – and I have so many people to thank!

Niki, the owner of Up & Out – Hoboken’s own blowout bar, graciously opened her doors to all of us for the evening. She herself did a demo of her bridal hair services (check out those gorgeous curls in the photos below) — and had their resident makeup artist, Jillian, demo her bridal makeup services.

Jacquelyn, of Eventfully, Jacquelyn, was there to offer her wedding planning services — and I, along with the other women of Work It Out, promoted our new bridal packages, the “I Do” kits (full list of package details here).

I’ll quick rambling and have the pictures tell the rest! Thank you to everyone who attended – and hope to see you at the next event!

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all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts 

Tonight! Brides & Bubbly Part 2!

wio_bridesbubbly_insta_upandout_v1_r0I’m so excited to be co-hosting the second Brides & Bubbly event this evening along with Work It Out, Up & Out and Eventfully, Jacquelyn! Join us at Hoboken’s own blowout bar, Up & Out, for sips, snacks and services for your wedding. Demos and discounts at Up & Out for attendees! Hoboken dwellers, hope to see you there!

 

Bridal Boot Camp with My Own Balance

I think you’ve all caught on that fitness is a big part of my life, so I’m pretty pumped to share this guest post with you! Keep reading for Brittany’s Bridal Boot Camp from My Own Balance — and her tips for getting in shape for your wedding!

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Hi all!  I’m so excited to be here guest posting today!  I met Caitlin back when we were in college and in the same dance company.  I can’t believe how long ago that was now!  It seems like yesterday!

Dancing evolved naturally for me into a passion for fitness.  It is part of my lifestyle and I love blogging about my adventures in fitness and healthy living at MyOwnBalance.com.  As a fitness blogger, one of the biggest questions I get asked is how do I get in shape for my wedding?  We all want to look great on our big day, so I’ve put together a few tips on how to look your very best when you say “I do.”

1) Make a schedule. The number one rule of bridal boot camp is schedule it in!  With everything that is going on in your life right now it will be easy to brush off your workouts, especially if you have to think too hard about what to do.  Schedule in your workouts every week and stick with them.

2) Try some new classes or a trainer. One of the quickest ways to get in shape is to confuse your muscles by trying something new. Pick an activity that is challenging and will push you to your limits. HIIT and tabata training are both extremely effective forms of interval training that are focused on pushing to your max efforts and with short recovery periods. Barre classes work your muscles until fatigue, while working with a trainer ensures someone will push you pass your limits. It doesn’t really matter what you do as long as it is challenging for you.

3) Squeeze in some double sessions. Sweating twice a day is a great way to kick your metabolism into gear and really see results.  A word of caution, don’t schedule a super intense workout both in the morning and in the evening. Instead try doing a yoga sequence when you wake up and then go to a spin class after work.  Or try Zumba in the morning and then 10 to 20 minutes of strength in the evening. Be sure to incorporate rest days and don’t repeat double sessions every single day.

4) Strength train. There is a common misconception that cardio is the best form of exercise for women and the more cardio you do the more weight you will lose. In fact, your muscles continue to burn fat much longer after a strength session than a cardio session. This means that the best way to lose weight and look toned is to add in some strength sessions to your routine. I recommend targeting arms, shoulders, back, abs, legs and seat, which will ensure you look great in your dress and on your honeymoon. Lifting heavy weights will not bulk you up but if you prefer lighter weights, try a barre class, which relies on low weights, high reps and working muscles to fatigue.

5) Purchase some DVDs.  Between work, wedding planning and trying to maintain some semblance of a normal life it can be so easy for workouts to hit the back burner.  Invest in a few good DVD options so you have something on hand and ready to go when you are at home.  Even 15 minutes is better than nothing!  A few of my favorites are TurboFire, Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution, Physique 57 and Zumba.  There are a ton of great options out there so just read a few reviews to find the right one for you!

6) Rest. This is the most important tip!  Without rest your body can’t recover and the change you want to see won’t happen. All your hard work will pay off once you’ve allowed your body to rest and recover.

Remember, your diet will play a huge part in your results.  You can’t expect to look great eating cheeseburgers everyday.  There is no need to crash diet though!  Make sure you are eating balanced meals containing whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy and tons of fruits and vegetables.  Counting calories may also be effective for you, just make sure you are getting the right amount!  If you are too crazed with wedding planning to even think about cooking nutritious meals, try a meal delivery service.  I used Diet-to-Go for my wedding and found that it worked great.  Another option is to use a meal prep service like Blue Apron, Plated or Hello Fresh, which provides you with fresh ingredients that you cook up to create a healthy meal.

Commitment, hard work and keeping your eyes on the prize will help you look your very best on your wedding day! Be confident with your body and your results and know that your spouse-to-be is going to love the way you look no matter what!

Thanks for the awesome tips, Brittany! For more fitness fun, be sure to check out Brittany’s blog, My Own Balance.

Mood Board Monday

Hope everyone had a fun and relaxing long Fourth of July weekend! It’s always one of my favorite weekends of the year and this year was no exception. Even though we’ve all got the Monday blues, I’m already looking forward to this upcoming weekend — the bachelorette festivities in celebration of my soon-to-be sister-in-law!

Today’s mood board is in honor of all my best girlfriends and bachelorettes past. Lots of amazing memories with these ladies — and can’t wait to make more! Bachelorette weekends have come to be favorites, as I truly cherish the quality time spent with dear friends.

Readers, need bachelorette party ideas? Leave a comment below!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

Tulle Skirt Perfection

I think it was Pinterest that made me crush over Olivia Palermo. While she doesn’t take the crown of my number one girl crush (that would be Kate), OP grabs my heart with her wardrobe. The girl’s got great clothes. And an impeccable fashion sense. So it really came as no surprise that Olivia would look flawless on her wedding day…

op wedding 2What was a surprise?! Her secret wedding — in a cashmere sweater, shorts and tulle skirt no less. Only OP can pull off shorts on her wedding day. But the Carolina Herrera tulle skirt is perfection. Not to mention the classic ‘something blue’ Manolo Blahniks.

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Photos via oliviapalermo.com

Mood Board Monday

Even though I don’t know how it’s the last day of June, between the excitement of the World Cup and the Fourth of July just days away, I’m certainly feeling very patriotic. There’s also something about summer that feels quintessential American to me. It’s also very nostalgic…but I digress.

Today’s mood board is red, white and blue in honor of the country I’m proud to call home. Donuts seem to be a weakness for me these days, but the ones above are almost too pretty to eat. Patriotic high heels?! They’d pair nicely with a pair of white skinnies. These stars and stripes straws might be the simplest DIY I’ve come across — and would make the perfect addition to your holiday cocktail. Since I’m drawn to all things navy, I would wear this swiss dot dress to any event, but it would also make an adorable bridesmaid dress for a summer wedding. And finally our grand old flag — a simple reminder of our freedom and the beauty of a summer night at dinner this past weekend.

Hooray for a short week! You can do it, lovies!

donuts, heels, straws, dress, flag c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

Fancy Friday

hello weekendHappy Friday! First, I want to thank you all for the likes, shares and sweet comments on Erin & Todd’s wedding feature this week — Certainly made me smile and I hope to share more great wedding features with you soon! If you or someone you know would like to be featured on the blog, please leave a comment below or email me!

Before the weekend officially begins, I’ll be heading to this girl’s first dress fitting! It’s hard to believe that our fall weddings are creeping up on us so soon. I’ve been busy planning showers and bachelorettes for these special ladies and can’t wait to share all of the details with you!

Hope your weekend looks like above (or at the beach) — because isn’t that what summer weekends are for?! Soak in some sun and enjoy it — I’ll see you back here for a short week before the holiday weekend! (Umm, how is it that time already?!)

ps. A “How I Met Your Mother” inspired wedding?! Adorable.

image c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

{real weddings} Erin & Todd – Part 2

Last week I shared with you Erin and Todd’s gorgeous engagement photos, as well as the adorable story of how they met. Today I’m excited to show you their wedding photos! Keep reading for more details about their classic, summer wedding — and a look at their video!

erin-todd-3First and foremost, when and where was your wedding?
We were married on Saturday, August 17, 2013 in Farmingdale, New Jersey at the Eagle Oaks Country Club.

erin-todd-5What made your wedding dress you?
During one evening commute home from New York City to Connecticut, the man sitting next to me on the train noticed me flipping through wedding magazines and asked if I was planning a wedding. His curiosity stemmed from the fact that his wife, Ashley, was months away from opening a wedding dress boutique in Darien, CT (just a few miles from home) and suggested that I visit the boutique. I wandered into Ashley’s boutique one afternoon shortly after she opened and found a lovely, energetic and knowledgeable boutique owner who had a room filled with gorgeous dresses. I visited the boutique on three occasions (at least!) and continued to gravitate towards the same Liancarlo dress which I found to be perfectly representative of my personality – all business and classic on the top and fun, flirty and whimsical on the bottom. The perfect complements to the dress were a gorgeous cathedral veil I “borrowed” from my lifelong friend, Lisa, and a fabulous sparkly pair of “new” Kate Spade ‘Charm’ Slingback Pumps inspired by my friend Meghan who wore the same shoes at her wedding two years prior.

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Band! I grew up in a family who had a fine dining/catering business, and my cousins and I spent countless weekends and holidays at the restaurant watching as children (and eventually working as young adults) weddings and events which nearly always had a live band for entertainment. While most little girls dream about the dress they will wear on their wedding day, I was the little girl who dreamed about which of the house bands from the family business would play at her wedding and which song the band would be playing when she and her husband were announced. It’s no surprise that one of my favorite memories from our wedding was the band’s introduction of our parents and wedding party to “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” by Bruce Springsteen. As said by my friend Meghan that evening, a perfect entrance for a Jersey Girl!

With the opportunity to do it all over again, and with unlimited financial resources, I would have both a band and a DJ, with the DJ playing through the band’s breaks and late into the evening after the band completes its final set.

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erin-todd-9What’s one piece of advice you would share with other brides?
I am hoping Caitlin lets me share two pieces of advice here!

1. You often hear how important it is to steal a moment away with your husband and really soak it all in because your special day will be over in the blink of an eye. As much as your wedding is about family and friends and you want to thank them for being there to celebrate with you, it is so important to have some quiet moments alone with your husband to experience the magic of the day and to stand on the sidelines as an observer of the party watching your friends and family dance the night away on the dance floor!

2. I would encourage brides who do not engage a full-service wedding planner to seriously consider a day-of planner or a planner who provides support in the weeks leading up to the wedding. I did not have any wedding planners, and as a consequence, there were details that were missed that were certainly insignificant given the joy and magic of our special day. However, with the assistance and expertise of a planner to help you, your bridal party and family navigate through the wedding day, allows the focus to be entirely on the enjoyment of the day and not on the coordination of logistics and resolving issues that arise.

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erin-todd-8Thank you so much for sharing, Erin! And as an extra treat, here’s their beautiful wedding video!

Photographer: Kate Connolly from Off Beet Productions; Videographer: Mike Simons Video Productions; Wedding Dress & Flower Girl Dress: Liancarlo at A Little Something White Bridal Couture; Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale from Bliss Bridal Boutique and Special Occasion; Hair & Make-up: Hot Mess Studio; Venue: Eagle Oaks Country Club; Bridal Accommodations: The Savannah House at Eagle Oaks Country Club; Flowers: Van Brunt Florist; Band: Ariel Entertainment; String Quartet (Symphony): Shrewsbury String Quartet

Mood Board Monday

How was your weekend?! It seems like everyone’s summer plans are in high gear — It certainly is a busy, yet fun time of the year! How about some hot pink for a summer Monday? It definitely is one of my go-to summer colors — and I came up with some chic ways to incorporate the bright hue in your wedding details.

Kate Spade heels. Space 46 tulle skirt (Shower or rehearsal dinner outfit?). Blood orange margaritas as a signature drink (recipe here). Lily Pulitzer lace dress — Great to wear as a wedding guest. Plus, you can rent this dress from Rent The Runway! I think they’re all fun ways to add a pop of color to your wedding without going overboard!

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