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

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{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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erin-todd-13DJ or band?
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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Fancy Friday

Valentino Spring 2014

I bring you these pretty high heels paired with black tulle straight from the runway of Valentino. Oh, how my cold feet are longing to wear fancy shoes again – I’m sorry boots, but you’re really getting old! Instead I’ll just blog about these pretties and continue to stomp through the snow.

We’ve made it through another week and have a whole weekend ahead of us! Hope it’s a good one, loves!

And if you have a minute, please check this wonderful feature by the ladies of Work It Out on Tulle Wedding Skirts (here)!

photo credit c/o Style.com

Fancy Friday

Chloe ballet flats via Snippet and Ink

Hello pretties. I really can’t get over how perfect these little Chloe Leather Ballet Flats are. The perfect Friday lust for an ex-ballerina – or bride-to-be. How great (and comfy) would these be for tearing up the dance floor at your reception?!

Oh, and they come in Metallic Leather too. Just sayin’!

Have a wonderful weekend all – Hope it’s a relaxing one!

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