{real weddings} Cassie & Alex

Hello lovelies! I have such a fun wedding for you today. Just get a look at this gorgeous bride – her gown, her party dress, her SHOES! Meet Cassie, my fellow barre instructor at Work it Out, who definitely didn’t hold back on showing off her dance moves on the dance floor. Get it girl! I was so excited that Cassie wanted her wedding to be a part of the blog – and I just loved learning how much this wedding truly was a reflection of them as a couple. Congrats newlyweds – I’m so happy for you!

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September 19, 2015 at the Captain Flanders House on Martha’s Vineyard

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What’s your love story?
Alex and I met through a mutual friend, Brandon. Brandon is a good friend of mine from college who moved back to Martha’s Vineyard after graduating. I was visiting him one summer and met Alex, who has been friends with Brandon since they were 5. After that visit, we started talking and eventually Alex visited Hoboken and we went on our official first date. We dated long distance for over a year – I was here and he was in Boston. Eventually, he made the move down here.0411

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What made your wedding dress you?
I take very little credit for the dress choice! Since my mom works in bridal, I left most of it up to her and trusted her and her colleagues to select the perfect dress, and they did! I wanted something classic but also couture, so I think the lace in the Pnina Tornai dress top was the classic and the bottom of course was the couture. I also loved the back of the dress with the illusion look. As a dancer, I knew I would be moving and grooving on the dance floor all night, so I wanted to change into a short bridal reception dress, which is where the Mark Zunino dress came into play. He made me the short dress, which was so fun, comfortable, and let me dance all night freely!064507000677

What’s one wedding detail that really defined you as a couple? Made the wedding feel like you?
The band was amazing. We had the Joanne Cassidy Band, and they just made the night so much fun. We wanted great entertainment and they lived up to everything we could have imagined. It was a nonstop dance party, which is so us!

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What’s one piece of advice you’d give to future brides?
Enjoy it! I had so much fun planning and Alex and I enjoyed being engaged very much, which just built more excitement for the big day. We made sure to enjoy our wedding day, we danced all night, and we had the absolute best night with the people we love the most. Last piece of advice – eat! Everyone said you don’t eat at your own wedding, and we did not! Luckily, our caterers packed up two meals for us and we ate them at the end of the night. Still delicious!1512Photography: Jamie Levine Photography; Venue: Captain Flanders House; Dress: Pnina Tornai; Reception dress: Mark Zunino; Band: Joanne Cassidy Band

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{real weddings} Mallory & Patrick

I’ve got one last wedding for 2014 for you today! And with all the romantic lighting and gold details, it’s the perfect wedding to ring in 2015! The bride, Mallory, is also someone special — as we grew up dancing together and are still close friends to this day. It brings me great joy to share her gorgeous wedding day with you!

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The story of how we met always makes me laugh. A couple of my friends and I headed to our favorite bar in Charlotte, Connolly’s, after a pre-season football game. We were enjoying the shaded patio and this guy came and sat at our table, completely uninvited, he made himself right at home. He began talking to me and we realized we were both from New Jersey, so we chatted for a while about places we had both been in NJ, college, jobs, and the standard “getting to know you” banter. We exchanged numbers and parted ways. That was the end of that. About 6 months later I was back at Connolly’s celebrating a friend’s birthday. I see this guy with a Yankee hat on so I approached him and started talking. He looked right at me and says, “Mallory?” I was completely confused and wondering how this stranger knew my name. He kept up this charade that he was psychic and kept mentioning things about NJ and other facts he remembered from our first meeting. I finally started to connect the dots and realized it was the same guy from that night in August – Patrick. We continued talking and he apologized for never contacting me when we first met so he wanted to make it right by taking me out. He insisted on the next night, but I played it cool and settled for a couple of days later. We went out that Tuesday and I don’t think there has been a day since then that we haven’t talked. I guess you could say it was love at 2nd sight.

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Our wedding was November 7, 2014 at The Big Chill in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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I’m typically the kind of girl who thinks “more is more” vs. the old “less is more” mantra. I love glitz and sparkle but when it came to my dress I wanted simple and classic. I knew I wanted a large ball gown skirt so every gown I tried on definitely had that in common. The dress I picked was the 2nd one I tried on and it just felt right. It felt like me and that’s what I wanted. I kept my sparkle to a minimum with my belt that had some simple rhinestones and metallic detail.

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I love all the little gold details! Tell me a little about your wedding style.
Our wedding style can be best described as simple with a dash of whimsy. We knew we wanted the ceremony and reception at the same location, and luckily, the space was set up separate from the cocktail hour and reception space which made it, logistically, much easier for us! The ceremony was written by Patrick and me and was presented by a childhood friend of Patrick’s. It was especially personal for us to have him be a part of that special moment. We also opted to go un-traditional when it came to the music. We selected many songs from a band called Vitamin String Quartet. They have a large variety of pop and classic songs, but are performed by string musicians. Instead of the typical bridal march, I walked down the aisle to “Home” by Edward Sharpe, but in a gorgeous instrumental version. Any brides out there looking for something different, you must check them out! We had so many compliments on the music!

After the reception, the guests flowed into a lounge-like cozy setting with a fireplace, couches, pub tables, and a large bar. We had golden touches everywhere throughout the bar area. Little signs with witty sayings, large golden initials hanging by the fireplace, and other little touches that made it totally “us”! We wanted to have details that made people smile.

The reception room was so special and different. The venue used to be an old fine dining restaurant so the back of the room had these large booths, which Patrick and I sat in the middle one. It gave us the perfect viewpoint of the whole night, and we sat some of our wedding party and close friends in the booths beside us. The venue also used to be a roller rink, so the massive beautiful dance floor was actually the recycled wood! We loved that the space had some history behind it.

We kept centerpieces simple with all white and ivory flowers, some simple votive candles, and pops of gold. I utilized the bridesmaid’s bouquets and my own for the booths and other areas near the bar.

I’m crafty so I decided to DIY the majority of the decorations. I loved doing this since I saw TONS of ideas on Pinterest, and was difficult to find everything I liked. Doing it myself guaranteed it was exactly what I wanted!

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What’s one piece of advice you’d give future brides?
One tip I would give brides to be is:  This day is about you and your groom and that’s all that matters. Weddings inevitably bring on a lot of stress, especially as the big day approaches. Issues will come up and something will not go 100% how you planned it. How the centerpieces look is not why you’ve asked guests to travel near and far to come see. Every time I started to freak out a little, Patrick kept reminding me…as long as you and I are both there that day, then it will be perfect. It is easier said than done to think that way, but after him repeatedly telling me that I started to get it. This day was about us and us only. It truly is the most magical day in your life, so don’t spend energy stressing over the little things.

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Cheers to this fabulous bride & groom! Wishing you all health, wealth & happiness as we ring in a new year! Happy 2015!!

Photography: Brookelyn Riley Photography; Venue: The Big Chill; Dress: Mori Lee; Bridesmaid Dresses: Aria

{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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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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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.

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

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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Opening! BHLDN – New York City

Hey, New York…

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BHLDN New York City opens tomorrow!

Where:  Anthropologie
1230 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10021

When: Opening Friday, March 21, 2014

What:  Gorgeous gowns, unique accessories, pretty shoes!

How: To book an appointment, click here.

It’s about time New Yorker’s got to see BHLDN’s beauties in person! I mean can we just stop and talk about this gown for a minute?! Remember this post (here)?? Beautiful back + flowing tulle = perfection. Plus, I’m loving the ivory/champagne tone and embroidered details on top.

For more, visit: http://www.bhldn.com

Camilyn Beth

With Fashion Week (#NYFW) kicking off today, I thought it was only appropriate to feature one of my favorite up and coming designers, Camilyn Beth – who just so happened to design my rehearsal dinner dress! This beautiful Southern belle not only designs awesome, on-trend dresses (with a hint of sparkle), but she’s also super sweet, sends you personal emails about your order and delivers your dress in the most adorable packaging. Not to mention the little inspirational quote sewn inside!

I wore the Madison dress – very similar to the Fresh Air Dress (here). With its deep-V back, scalloped edges and gold button details, this dress had all the elements I was looking for to wear on such a special night.

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Be sure to take a few minutes (or your whole lunch break) to scroll through her gorgeous collection – and website (here). Love the Get Away Dress (here) too!

photos by Tulle Wedding Skirts

My girls

There’s no doubt a bride’s dress will be the most talked about piece of clothing at a wedding – I also think it’s one of the most anticipated things for any female wedding guest. But when planning a wedding, for me, the bridesmaids’ dresses were more important. After deciding on my girls’ dresses, everything else in terms of colors, decor, flowers and wardrobe really fell into place.

I knew I wanted their dresses to be either blush or champagne – And when they tried on Jenny Yoo’s Hudson in Metallic Swirl Lace, I knew we found the winner. The fabric is the perfect combination of soft blush with a silver thread throughout the delicate lace which gives it a little shimmer. Metallic accents are always a winner in my book.

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From there, I knew the flowers had to be soft – all whites and light pinks with soft dusty miller as greenery – no pops of bright color. These dresses stand out on their own. The rest of the decor was all light grey with touches of soft pink. (More on those details to come!)

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So if you’re having trouble visualizing just how your wedding is going to look, decide on the bridesmaid’s dress – or hold up different ideas next to the dress. And make sure to ask for a fabric swatch of the dress if you can. It’s always a good idea to bring that with you – whether you’re meeting with the florist or picking out your groom’s tie!

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All photos via Jenelle Kappe