{real weddings} Katie & Michael

I’ve got a really pretty wedding for you today. The details are amazing — the bride has a tulle gown — and the reception just so happens to be at the same venue as my own! Hi Molly Pitcher! So without further adieu, I bring you Katie & Michael…

Huthwaite-2967What’s your love story? Or more simply, how did you two meet?
Ok, this one isn’t so simple! Michael and I have known each other since the 6th grade. I never imagined anything would ever happen between the two of us, until about 10 years later. My good friend Nicole was dating Jordan, Michael’s twin brother. Michael and Jordan went to Clemson University in South Carolina. My twin sister Erin and I went to the University of South Florida. Lots of twins going on here! Anyway, Nicole was visiting Jordan at school his senior year, so Erin and I decided to meet her there. Let’s just say there was a spark that developed between Michael and I – still nothing had happened….we did keep in touch ever since that visit. When it came around to Christmas break, we were both home and hung out everyday, that’s when we began dating. 7 ‘short’ years later he asked me to marry him, and as you can imagine, my reaction was FINALLY! Was the best decision of my life.

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Huthwaite-5184When/where was your wedding?
Our wedding was on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, New Jersey. Same location as yours, I guess we have good taste!

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Huthwaite-6070What made your wedding dress you?
It was the one I pictured myself in. I hadn’t tried anything on yet and I said to my mom this is the dress I know I’m going to end up getting. This was all online, not even in the store! I loved everything about it. I called Wedding Atelier about 2 weeks before I went in to see if they had the dress there, they did. I go in with my mom and sister to find out the dress had been swept from the floor and returned to the designer the weekend before I was there. It was an older Alvina Valenta style, they had to make room for newer seasons. I tried a bunch of different dresses on and none of them were wowing me. The store ordered the dress I had my eye since the day I got engaged, it took about 2 weeks to come in. I went back, tried it on and fell in love. I just knew it was the perfect dress for me!

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Huthwaite-6077I love your color palette. Tell me a little about your wedding style.
Thanks. I wanted a very classic wedding, nothing too fancy or over the top. My vision was all white – with pops of gold and mint. All my favorite colors! It turned out exactly how I envisioned it :)

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Huthwaite-7653What’s one piece of advice you would share with other brides?
Really take a moment to take everything in. The amount of preparation and work that goes into planning your wedding is crazy. When your day finally arrives – it seems like it all happens in a flash. You want to remember every detail of your wedding and have fun at the same time. I would relive my wedding every weekend if I could!

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Huthwaite-6037Congrats Katie & Michael! Thanks for sharing! ps. Link to their wedding video in the vendors below – It’s adorable!

Photographer: Louise Conover; Videographer: Your Cinematic Wedding StudioDress: Alvina Valenta from Wedding AtelierBridesmaid’s dresses: Diane Von Furstenberg - Zarita Dress; Shoes: Kate SpadeHair: The Anchor Salon in ShrewsburyVenue: Molly Pitcher InnFlowers: Eileen Larkin EventsBand: Ariel Music & EventsTuxedos: Tuxedo Park 

Mood Board Monday

Happy Monday dear readers — Hope everyone has a good week as we look forward to the last holiday weekend of the summer and dive into September next week (umm woah!). Before we get to the actual weddings (it’s been all showers and bachelorettes for me this summer), I’ve got a mood board full of summery yellow details from my (almost) sissy’s shower.

We threw her a champagne brunch complete with mimosas and an omelette man. Mason jars tied with burlap ribbon and raffia (made by my sister) were filled with sunflowers on every table. Each guest received a wooden spoon with the inscription “The Perfect Recipe” — a nod to the bride’s love for cooking, as well as homemade lemon bars.

It was a perfect summer afternoon… And now I’m ready for the fall weddings to begin!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

{event recap} Brides & Bubbly

Last night’s Brides & Bubbly was another big success! I love bringing together local small businesses and meeting new brides in the throws of wedding planning — Those were the highlights for me!

The evening started with a rockin’ yoga class in the Treehouse — Followed by post-practice mini facials with Rodan + Fields two-step process. While sipping bubbly and raspberry white iced tea from Do You Tea, guests browsed our shopping room and chatted with Elana from Super Color Fashionistic about styling tips for everything from your rehearsal dinner to wedding guest attire!

We also introduced the WiO Bachelorette Kit — The perfect way to kick off any girl’s weekend!!

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IMG_3344Thank you to everyone who came out last night! Special thanks to Lauren, Elana, Kelley, Noël & Lisa! Already looking forward to our next event!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

Brides, Bubbly – Breathe & Browse!

brides-bubbly-rodan-fieldsWho’s ready for Brides & Bubbly #3?! As the summer winds down, it’s getting awfully close to what has become one of the most popular month’s to get married… September. So what better time for another fun event!

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow at Work it Out’s Treehouse for a yoga class (only a few spots left!), mini facials by Rodan + Fields and bridal styling tips from Super Color Fashionistic.

Yoga starts at 7pm. Bubbly at 8pm. See you there!

 

An Easy Bridal Shower Game

Shower games can be tricky. Should we do a game? How many? Is this too cheesy? Is it too embarrassing? Sound familiar? Well I’m here to help a sister out. With the help of my best girlfriends, I’ve come up with the perfect bridal shower game for any bride! Keep reading for the {oh so simple} rules and pretty print-out you can use {compliments of my girl, Faye}.

The game is easy. It’s called 20 Questions (or 25, or 28). I’ve given you 28 to work with. Get the groom the answer all the questions before the shower. Ask the bride one question at a time. If the bride and groom’s answers match, YAY! everyone claps. And if they don’t, make her pop a piece of gum, an M&M or mini marshmallow in her mouth (whatever you think your bride will prefer). What makes this funny is she’s got to keep all the candy in her mouth until the end of game.

See?! So simple. What’s great is that all your guests will learn a little more about the couple — And hey, the couple may even learn a thing or two about each other!
Bridal Shower QuizHave a great weekend my loves! I’ll be rounding out my triple crown of bridal showers tomorrow — This time for my almost sissie!

image c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

{my best friend’s wedding} Bridal Shower Recap

I first introduced you to Danielle back when we were bridesmaid dress shopping — and boy, how time has flown! You met her wedding planner — and last week, I shared some pictures from her bachelorette weekend. It’s been fun to have been involved in so many steps along the way to her wedding day, which is just a month away!

Her shower, this past Saturday, was a picturesque summer day — and the event planner in me can’t help but share with you the details!

IMG_3131We had each guest write a postcard of advice on marriage, love & life that we will send to the newlyweds throughout their first year of marriage!

Each postcard featured a place the couple has traveled to together — Plus, homemade floral arrangements by the bride’s mom and childhood photos of the bride & groom!
IMG_3150The signature drink was an ode to the bride’s mom — Showcased on the chalkboard my baby sister made for my own shower last year!
IMG_3145Layered cupcakes in mason jars complete with a take-home spoon made the perfect favor — The groom’s sister baked them all and sure outdid herself!
IMG_3212The gorgeous bride-to-be & her beautiful mother!
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IMG_3226Cheers to the happy couple! Can’t wait to witness the two of you get married one month from today!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

How to Make the Perfect Ribbon Bouquet

IMG_3126There’s always someone at a bridal shower who knows how to make that darn ribbon bouquet — You know the one made with all the ribbons from all those gifts that the bride carries during the rehearsal. But have you ever wondered how to make one?! At this past Saturday’s shower for this fabulous bride-to-be, I wondered just that. Thankfully, one of my best gal pal’s had been taught this oh-so-necessary bridal shower skill. Read on for my step-by-step how-to.

Step 1:
Using either a paper plate or cutting a large circle out of a gift box, cut a hole in the middle of the cardboard circle.
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With one of the largest/sturdiest ribbons, make a big bow and thread it through the center. The knot can rest just above the hole.

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Continue making bows and threading them through the center — Make sure to let some long ends hang through, as they will act as the handle.

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You should have a good base now — and can always secure some of the ribbons to the cardboard itself with tape or staples if necessary. You can also use a ribbon to wrap around the handle portion to secure it all in place underneath.
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Next, keep tying bows onto bows until you’ve used all the ribbons. Save any small ribbons or individual bows and flowers for the end. Tie these directly onto the larger bows and spread them out around the top of the bouquet to add some fun pops of color!
IMG_3103And Voilà! The perfect ribbon bouquet!

IMG_3128Congrats Mallory! Can’t wait for your wedding in November!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts 

Mood Board Monday

I hope everyone had a great weekend — I really can’t get over how it’s August already! Today’s mood board is a little bachelorette party photo collage to recap this bride-to-be’s girls weekend in Nantucket. It was the perfect weekend complete with white wine spritzers on the beach and an epic late night dance party!

We were even successful in getting the bride to sport the traditional bachelorette sash and veil, as well as some pretty awesome sunglasses. Amazon is great for accessories like these — You can purchase the wayfarers here.

Have a great week, darling readers!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

The Perfect Honeymoon Accessories from Fly DIY

FlyDIYI love a good, catchy title. And Fly DIY is just that — But I love what’s inside this new e-book and the woman behind it more. Jourdan Fairchild and I go way back. We’ve spent countless hours in dance rehearsals — shared not one, but two apartments — and have seen each other go through quite a few job changes. When I told Jourdan I was thinking about starting a blog, she was the one who said I should definitely do it. (Thank you!)

So I’m so excited to share with you Jourdan’s brand new e-book, Fly DIY: Crafts for the Modern Traveler. These 12 insanely unique, totally affordable and completely adorable DIY projects can all be yours for just $10, where 10% of the proceeds goes straight to Watering Malawi – the travel assignment that sparked her brilliant idea. You can read her whole story on her blog (and here, and here)!!

LingerieBagsOh yes, I just gave you a sneak peek of one of the 12! I love these cheeky lingerie bags — Perfect for stowing away all those pretty lace things you received at your shower or treated yourself to for your honeymoon!

This and so many more easy and practical ideas for all you busy brides and jet-setters can be yours, right now. You’ll be flying high!

ps. Congrats J! So proud of you, lady!

photos c/o Jourdan Fairchild

Bachelorette Party Extras

There’s no doubt in my mind that the best part of bachelorette parties is getting all your best girlfriends in the same place, staying up too late and ending the night with a dance party and copious pillow talk (because you’ll definitely be sharing a bed with one of these ladies). But you’re also there to spoil the bride-to-be — and what better way than a few fun personalized surprises and extra goodies for your girls!

For my soon-to-be sister-in-law’s recent bachelorette party, we surprised her with personalized tank tops and mini cans of champagne tied up with a cute straw. Take a look!

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IMG_2717{No bachelorette is complete without a sash, veil and tiara!}

IMG_2799The tanks made for the perfect group shot! They were designed on CustomInk. And you can never go wrong with the Sofia Mini Cans — Perfect for toasting to the bride or happy hour at the beach!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts