{real weddings} Kerry & Colin

Hi! I know it’s been a while, but life happens and other things take priority and the days just go by way too fast — and here we are in December. This little blog still holds a special place in my heart — and so does the couple being featured today.

Being only 18 months apart, my brother and I were always the closest growing up — and then he met Kerry. She fit right in — and has been a part of my family long before they got married. I have never met two people more perfect for each other. Their wedding day was so special, so touching and will remain one of my favorite memories of all time.

I’ll let Kerry do the rest of the talking… I hope you enjoy their story as much as I do.

KWP-kerrycolinwedding-1346What’s your love story?
Col and I actually first met about 15 years ago. Having grown up in adjacent towns our groups of friends started overlapping in 8th grade. The exact first time we ever met was when he was dating a girlfriend of mine and a group of us went to the movies together – although I’m not sure he really remembers this.

Throughout high school and college we continued to have the same friends and eventually began to develop a friendship of our own. Though we had a few moments (ahem, make out sessions) over the years that could have started a more serious relationship, it wasn’t until the summer before senior year of college that Col got the courage to ask me out on a proper date. I’m not sure either one of us really thought this would be “it” when we began dating that summer, as we were both returning to different schools in different states, but when it came time to go back to school, it wasn’t even a question if we were going to be staying together or not.

Six years later – after a cross-country road trip, a move to Chicago and one fur baby (Max!) – he got up the courage again and asked me to be his wife! We’ll be together seven and a half years this Christmas and I can honestly say that it’s been an incredible ride so far. I can only imagine what the next 7 (and 10 and 20 and so on) will bring!

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When / where was your wedding?
We got married on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.

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KWP-kerrycolinwedding-1455What made your wedding dress you?
I had a really hard time with the dress selecting process…every dress was gorgeous and a lot felt like they could be the one. But I remember putting this one on and something felt different. I had a natural affinity towards lace and I was really drawn towards dresses that had an interesting back. (Originally I really wanted a Grecian style dress with a drapey loose back but quickly found out I didn’t have the body for it). This dress had both of those things. It was simple, yet the soft lace and silhouette gave it a really classic feel. And then the back gave it a little bit of extra “fun-ness.” I remember I cried and said “I think this is the one” and with that my mom was downstairs writing the check, which was terrifying but also exactly what needed to happen. I knew if I kept looking, I’d be looking forever so in hindsight I’m so glad she pulled the trigger.

In the end, it really was everything I wanted it to be and more. We added the thin crystal belt (BHLDN) at my last fitting and it really brought it all together. I felt incredibly beautiful and it felt really “me.” I love the vintage, classic looks of past times and my dress, for me at least, had a similar feeling. It felt timeless but the back made it a little more current than lace dresses of the past. Now if only it was socially acceptable to wear your wedding dress in public after your wedding…

KWP-kerrycolinwedding-1222KWP-kerrycolinwedding-1531KWP-kerrycolinwedding-1393Tell me a little about the theme of your wedding? Any little details that stood out?
To be honest, I actually loved that we had no real theme or color scheme to our wedding. Though gold was definitely the most prominent tone, we ended up mixing in a lot of the vibrant fall colors with our flowers and a little navy here and there (the bridesmaid’s dresses, invitations and, of course, Colin’s suit) and I was so happy with how it turned out.

There were definitely a few stand-out things that felt really “us” though. Instead of basic table numbers, Col and I decided to name each table after one of our favorite places from our travels or life experiences. Having road-tripped for 3 months together, we had a lot of these but some of them had even more significance like our home state (NJ), my birth place (San Antonio) and Chicago (obviously), which felt really fun to include our guests in on.
Our cake was also one of my favorite things – which is surprising to me, as I’m not a huge cake fan. Being that it was made by one of our good friends, it was more about the fact that someone we know and love made it for us than the cake itself – although it was insanely tasty! We were really honored that she was willing to take on such a daunting task and could not have asked for anything more perfect than what she did. I remember Col and I just stood and stared at it for a few minutes when we first saw it. I think we were both in awe that she had given us that gift.

Above all else though, our ceremony really was my favorite. It was inside the museum’s lobby, which ended up being perfectly intimate, and officiated by Reverend Bruce Otto. I’m not really sure how to describe it but I think the fact that we spent a lot of time deciding the wording of much of the ceremony combined with us writing our own vows that made it feel so right and so perfectly reflective of who we are that I would not have changed a thing. There were laughs, tears, readings from dear family members, and even a ring drop by yours truly but I loved every second of it.

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What’s one piece of advice you’d give other brides?
Oh man, this one is hard! There’s of course the advice of “take it all in” and “enjoy every second” as it really does go by in a flash but my best helpful (hopefully) piece of advice is to accept help when it’s offered. For micro-managers, like me, it was hard to relinquish control over some of the many wedding tasks. I had so many people who offered to help and looking back, I didn’t take advantage as much as I should have, which would have alleviated some stress in those last few months/weeks. It can definitely feel like you’re giving up control of the most important day of your life, but there are so many little things that you can hand over to friends or family to do, or even just start/finish, that will still have your stamp on them in the end.

My only other thought – and, I’m sorry I know this is more than one piece of advice – is to just be you. It’s easy to get tripped up by all the things that may be tradition or what so-and-so did at their wedding, but in the end, it’s about you and your soon-to-be-hubby (or wifey). Make decisions based on what feels right for you and what suits your taste and try not to worry too much about others concerns or wants. In the end it will all come together and on the big day everyone will be so happy to celebrate you and your marriage that those other things won’t even matter.

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IMG_4394This post is dedicated to my favorite angel…
I know she’s watching over us in her #cheerstocheney sunnies!

Photography by Kina Wicks. Last photo taken by yours truly the day after the wedding.

{real weddings} Danielle & Russ

Romantic. Soft. Sweet. All words I would use to describe this next wedding feature — between the lighting, the photography and the looks of love between this couple, this wedding is just that. I hope you enjoy my interview with bride, Danielle — and photography by Jessica Ames.

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When / where was your wedding?
Our wedding was on May 24, 2014 in Newark, Delaware at Deerfield Golf Club.

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What’s your love story? Or more simply, how did the two of you meet?
Russ and I met while we were both working at Dover International Speedway. I was only there for a short time but we really hit it off.

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What made your wedding dress you?
My dress did not come with the belt. I picked the belt out to give it some bling. I knew I wanted something classy but with sparkle. When I found the dress it didn’t take me long to realize it was the one but it was missing something. Adding the belt really gave it the pop that I thought it needed.

Band or DJ?
We went with a DJ. We really tried to make our wedding as classy but as simple as possible. A DJ seemed like the easiest choice as far as music goes. There weren’t really any limitations with what they would do for us. They were sure to have something for everyone.

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What’s one piece of wedding advice you’d share with other brides?
It’s so easy to get stressed out. The little details are just that…little details. No one but you will notice if something is out of place so don’t get too bent out of shape about it. The only thing I didn’t worry about that I should have was timing. I was the last one to get my hair and make up done and we were running behind by the time I got everything done so we missed out on some picture time. Speaking of pictures…be as specific as you can with your photographer. They have no way of knowing what you want unless you tell them. After the wedding is done and over all you’ll have left is the memories and photographs. Make sure you capture every moment possible.

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photography: Jessica Ames Photography; gown: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardener from Bonjulies; bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Angelo; florist: Sweet Peas

{event recap} Brides & Bubbly

On Wednesday, we hosted our 5th Brides & Bubbly! (Seriously where do the months go?!) This time around we held the event at WiO’s River Studio, centered around an evening ride class so our brides-to-be could still get in their routine sweat-sesh. Post-class we had all sorts of goodies — Prosecco, cupcakes, shopping and coupons!

A huge thanks to this month’s partners — Elana of Super Color Fashionistic who brought clothing and jewelry from The Factory Boutique and Stella & Dot — Her styling services are amazing! Hudson Cakery for the insanely delicious salted caramel chocolate cupcakes — and Cork Wines & Spirits for the delightful prosecco!

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IMG_4416{Elana’s picks from The Factory Boutique in Hoboken!}

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Pre-Wedding Wedding Party E-vite{And for any locals, you’re invited to this awesome upcoming event on the Bloomingdale’s at The Shops at Riverside on 11/5!}

all photos ℅ Tulle Wedding Skirts

Brides & Bubbly Is Back Tomorrow!

wio_supercolor_bridesbubbly_insta_v2_r1Our monthly event is back tomorrow night, 10/22! If you haven’t had the chance to try a class at Work it Out, now’s the time — Reserve your bike in class before they’re full! And what’s better than a glass of bubbly to reward yourself after an awesome workout?! Hope you’ll join me, Super Color Fashionistic, Hudson Cakery and WiO Wellness for what promises to be a great evening!

 

{real weddings} Callie & Tim

I’ve been so lucky to meet so many beautiful couples through this blog. While we all love seeing pretty photos of all the wedding details, I hope you take the time to read the interviews with these brides. I absolutely love the heart & soul my brides put into their answers — To me, it really brings the wedding to life.

Today’s wedding is no exception — Although it was difficult to narrow down the photos to include, so many little details, a gorgeous couple and what looks like one killer dance party! I hope you enjoy Callie & Tim’s wedding shot by the talented Lauren Fair!

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ExasMosback030What’s your love story?
We met at my first job out of college at MediaEdge — a digital ad agency in Manhattan. Initially, I thought he was weird because at the office picnic he asked to sit next to me but then didn’t say a word to me at all. Then we sat across from each other at the office and after chatting more, found out we had a lot in common. One office event led to another until he found the nerve to ask me out on a date. We went to some corny Mexican place (called Cancun) in midtown Manhattan and the rest is history. Almost 8 years later, we got married. I can’t believe how far we’ve come and how much we grew up in those years, but it was all worth the wait.

ExasMosback183CallieTim1-11When/where was your wedding?
Friday, July 18, 2014 in the North Fork region of Long Island — The ceremony was held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Greenport and the reception was held at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead.

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My dress was Jim Hjelm, and I’ve always loved his dresses.  I found the dress to be elegant and classic, yet sexy and romantic all at once and that’s what I wanted to be for the day.  I think what really made the dress me were my accessories.  My jewelry was an eclectic mix of vintage and modern, delicate and chunky. I wore a bracelet that was made out of several pieces of jewelry from my Yiayia, my Aunt, and my Great Aunt.  I also wore my Grandmother’s sapphire ring and another bracelet from my “Big” Yiayia (Great Grandmother).  Having them there with me in that way meant a lot to me. 

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ExasMosback796I love all the little details of your wedding! Tell me about one detail that really spoke to you as a couple.
Ha! I think I never want to decoupage or cut or paste anything for a very long time! A lot of it was DIY. We actually made each terrarium center piece together. Tim and I bought all of the plants, dirt, vases, and figures for each terrarium and then hauled it all out to Long Island where we were staying for the week in a house. We collected rocks and shells and drift wood from the local beaches and put them all together on the deck of our rental house (while having a few drinks). We had a lot of fun with the scenes in each vase. Tim and I had a bit of a sense of humor with them and we had Batman fighting crab claws, nudist bathers about to be attacked by dinosaurs, etc. We got a real kick out of putting them together and deciding which table would get certain scenes based on who was sitting there. I also really loved our C & T marquee lights. They really personalized our space and it was a great focal point for the night.

I highly recommend for any bride if they can swing it to take off the week before the wedding to get everything together and organized. Doing this meant that I wasn’t completely frantic at the end of the week. I really enjoyed that time with Tim and our friends and family that came out early to celebrate with us and help us get stuff together.

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ExasMosback1137What was your vision of your wedding day? Did you hire a wedding planner?
I’m not sure I had a vision per se, but I knew I wanted it to be fun. I didn’t want it to feel stuffy at all…I was going for fun, fresh, whimsical, laid back, and romantic. Our event space was managed by their event coordinator, Molly, who was awesome. Our caterer (John from Catering By…A Small Affair) was the day of event manager, who was also absolutely amazing. I also have a friend (Megan Good of Sparkle Motion Decor) who is starting a wedding decor business (she did all of our day of set up and tissue paper tassels, drink stirrers, flowers, Geronimo balloons, table settings, seating display, gift display and dessert display) that helped me out. She helped bring my vision together amazingly. It turned out beautifully.

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CallieTim1-19Lastly – you didn’t ask me this question BUT, I just wanted to give some useful wedding day advice. Something (or many things) very well may go wrong on your wedding day with so many different people coming in to do a lot of different jobs. My advice is…
1. Double confirm ALL of your vendors with day, date and time of arrival.
2. You can’t control what may or may not happen on your wedding day, but you can control your reactions. Remember what the day is really about and after that it will be no sweat. You only get this one day so make sure you choose to be happy no matter what happens.

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And since I’m obsessed with all of their wedding photos, here’s the link to the whole gallery.

Photographer: Lauren Fair Photography; Venue: Martha Clara Vineyards; Bridal Gown: Jim Hjelm; Caterer: Catering by…”A Small Affair”; Event Decor: Sparkle Motion Decor

Wedding Sneak Peek!

Hello loyal readers! Apologies for the radio silence around here — But now that my travels have quieted down, I promise I have some pretty great Real Weddings features in store for you. Stay tuned!

But first, here’s a sneak peek from my brother’s wedding on Saturday — Can’t wait for all of Kina’s fabulous photos! Congrats to the newlyweds!

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{event recap} Brides & Bubbly

We pulled off another successful event last night — Thanks in part to a team of incredible women! The brides (and bridesmaids) of Hoboken joined us for a glass of prosecco, a cookie (or two) and to learn about the amazing local services of Luxe Face and Body and Work it Out.

Finding good and affordable bridal makeup services can be tricky — so last night’s brides were psyched to learn about Luxe’s services. We had brides signing up on the spot!

We also know you’re sometimes looking for an alternative to the boozy bachelorette bash, which is why we at Work it Out created the new Bachelorette Kit — a 90 minute class tailored to you and your girls, complete with post-class elixirs and snacks. The perfect way to kick off your festivities! We even raffled one off last night!

No event is complete without a sweet treat or something to take home — and Sweet Dani B’s couture cookies were no exception last night. Be sure to keep her mind for your favors!

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IMG_3735Many thanks again to Jahnalyn of Luxe for hosting us, to Dani for the delicious cookies and to Kelley for providing the tea! Until next time ladies!

all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts

September Brides & Bubbly

photo-7Looks like we’ve made this little event of mine a monthly thing! Know not all you readers are local, but if you are, hope you’ll join me and Work It Out for our September Brides & Bubbly at Luxe Face and Body.

It will be an evening of samples, sips & sweet treats! We’ll also be raffling off the chance to host a Bachelorette Party at Work It Out — a personalized 90 minute class for you and your girls complete with healthy snacks and elixirs. If you really wanted to, you could opt for a barre class with yours truly ;)

Doors will be open from 7 – 9 pm, so stop by at any time!

{local vendor spotlight} Sweet Dani B

I know I’ve mentioned before how great it is to see the small businesses of Hoboken supporting each other — But I’ve just got to say how much I love Hoboken!

This new-to-me vendor is nothing short of sweet… I’m so happy I get to share Sweet Dani B with all of you today and spotlight her sweet couture cookies! Take a look — They’re {almost} too pretty to eat!

IMG_3353When Dani found out about our one year anniversary, she basically jumped at the chance to create this gorgeous, and oh-so-appropriate, cookie box.

IMG_3360I just about squealed when she surprised me with these. I mean how adorable are the ballerina and bride?! Not to mention, the little details – and edible glitter!

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Whether you’re wedding planning, shower planning or party planning, be sure to check out Sweet Dani B. She’ll create custom cookies as favors, desserts or wedding cake toppers! Besides the couture cookies, Dani also does custom paper goods.

Dani will be joining us at our next Brides & Bubbly — So if you’re in town, come to Luxe Face and Body next Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm for a sweet affair!

Thank you so much for the special cookies, Dani — You made my day!
all photos c/o Tulle Wedding Skirts, cookies c/o Sweet Dani B

One Year

Yesterday marked our one year anniversary — and what a year it has been! It’s funny though how time messes with your head — Sometimes it’s crazy to think how fast the past year went, and other times it feels like it’s been a lot longer than a year.

Either way, it’s all good and I’m excited to see what the next year has in store for us! Life isn’t always easy, but it’s certainly better with Paulie by my side. I couldn’t do it without him. Happy Anniversary babe! Cheers to us and to many more!

In honor of one year, I thought I’d share some favorite wedding photos that haven’t made it to the blog yet. Take a look at all our wedding photos here.

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Cheney_3067_09072013_JK2233all photos c/o Jenelle Kappe