Wedding planning has completely taken over my life and I love every second of it. It’s made me want to start my own wedding/event planning business!
I wanted to share some of our amazing engagement photos from our photographer Christy Nicole. She took the most beautiful photos this day (which started with rain then turned into humidity- don’t mind my frizzy hair) and I cannot wait for her to shoot our wedding. These were taken back in November but I’m just now getting around to posting – wedding planning is seriously a second job!
Matt and I love Christmas-time. We started dating around this time of year so it holds a special place in our hearts. So, what better theme to go with for our engagement photos than Christmas! We went to a near-by Christmas tree farm for the shoot. I came up with this little set-up (I love the use of props!) and purchased that cute date banner from Etsy. All other rentals are from Eat Sleep Vintage.
A few months ago, we celebrated our engagement with our bridal party and family at my parent’s house. It was such a beautiful day outside for some food, fun and bubbly!
I wore a boho-inspired white maxi dress with side slits. To complete the hippie-chic feel, I wore a flower crown from our local florist (I was so obsessed with it!).
Our whole bridal party was in attendance and with everyone coming together, it made the wedding seem so REAL! We cannot wait for all of the other celebrations to come over the next year – including the big day!!
With so many celebrations that follow up to the big day, each one calls for a different outfit! From the bridal shower to the big bachelorette bash to the rehearsal dinner – being part of a wedding party calls for quite a few clothing options. However, looking back on a wedding “event schedule” my go-to choice has been short dresses that were perfectly appropriate for each separate occasion.
The Bridal Shower – the bride requested that all her lovely ‘maids wear her wedding colors (red/orange). I picked this lovely simple coral number at Marshalls! Necklace – J. Crew Factory
The Bachelorette Party – Since the bachelorette party was to be in Atlantic City, dancing the night away, I opted for a sassier dress -this sheer paneled black fit-and-flare Topshop piece. I thought it would be a bit difficult to wear with certain things showing or popping out when I didn’t want (!!!) but it stayed perfectly all night and was ideal for a last fling before a ring!
The Rehearsal Dinner – To celebrate the last night before the couple makes it official, I opted for a classy, slightly preppy pastel yellow fit-and-flare from Nordstrom. The rehearsal took place in a church and the dinner was at the groom’s old college club (kind of like a fraternity but much nicer – so awesome!).
The best part is – WEDDING SEASON AIN’T OVER YET!! Stay tuned!
Almost immediately after getting engaged, one of the first things I thought of (among a million other things) was – who would be in my bridal party?! Only it was less of a question since I already knew exactly who I wanted standing next to me on my big day! But… ::I’ll just put it out there now:: I’m not a simple person. I wanted to ask my bridal party ladies to be my bridesmaids in an exciting and fun way.
I sent out these Paperless Post invites and stocked up on some bubbly I also bought some cute favors, customized bridesmaids picture frames… and the fun factor: “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” confetti poppers! Needless to say, after a few glasses of champagne and girl-talk, the confetti lasted and lasted.. much longer than it should have among a group of 26 yr olds😉 See below for all the fun photos!
As I was watching the Grammy’s Red Carpet last night, I was thinking there would be ZERO best dressed choices. I mean, you’ve got to agree with me – there were so many AWFUL looks that I believe the best dressed stood out even more. Before I get to my best dressed ladies, I have to say I’m LOVING the all-natural makeup look. For real – Nicki Minaj, Chrissy Teigen, Beyonce and Rihanna (just to name a few stand-outs) looked flawless in their no-makeup makeup look. Fresh faced and simple hair is going to be a huge trend this year and I’m soooo okay with it – low maintenance = less getting ready time!
Anyways, on to the best ensembles of the night:
Jessie J in Ralph and Russo. At first, I hated/loathed the whole sheer dress with granny panties showing, but it has definitely grown on me. Loving this look!
Chrissy Teigen in Gucci. So sexy, yet also tasteful. I love the bright white paired with natural mermaid waves.
Meghan Trainor in Galia Lahav. See Jessie J – you get the jist.
Katy Perry in Zuhair Murad. Coming from someone who usually goes for shock-factor (and not in a good way), I actually loved this different look for her! Every detail from her lavender hair to her simple strap heels.
Taylor Swift in Elie Saab. No other explanation needed.❤
Beyonce, aka Queen Bey in Proenza Schouler. Bow down. She truly is.. flawless. (Had to)
The jury is still out on…….
Rihanna in Giambattista Valli. This is SO Giambattista Valli to a T, but somehow, it never translates on the red carpet (remember the disaster that was Lena Dunham at the Emmy’s last year?). Looking at all the factors, I should love this – my favorite color, big and poufy with some embellishment. But… just… I don’t know. The verdict is still out….
Before I actually got engaged, I always thought people’s reactions to others getting engaged was so strange. Why are you congratulating someone on their engagement? It’s like saying “hey, congrats on finding someone that loves you enough to want to be with you forever…” Ha. Don’t get me wrong, it is a very exciting time in a person’s life, just the reaction is kind of… weird.
Now that I have gotten engaged and received my fair share of congratulations, I see things differently. I love being congratulated – not on finding an amazing person to spend the rest of my life with that loves me just as much as I love them – but on this next chapter of life! There is so much to look forward to and I am so excited to be able to share it with someone so special to me.
With all of that being said, I am a lucky person. Not just for my fiancé but for my friends as well! I love that they wanted to celebrate with me and join in on my happiness! So, I thought I’d share how they spoiled me with gifts! (I appreciate all their love and support, but gifts are always nice too!)
Lenox cake knife, Vera Wang frame, Bridal magazines (including my own subscription to Brides magazine!)
The Knot wedding planning binder, more Bridal magazines, Bride-To-Be glass, my Mrs. hanger!, and (love this one) Feyonce shirt.
InStyle weddings book, flask, Kate Spade ring holder.
Awards Season has arrived!! (We can count this as a legit awards show right?) And that means the season’s latest fashion will be splashed across red carpets for the next few months – I personally am so excited, it’s like another holiday for me.
If these ensembles were a glimpse into the future of what is to come, we can expect to see a lot of a)pants/suits for ladies, b)sparkles and c) cutouts. At the PCA’s there were some decent showings and others were complete disasters. However, I’m all about the positives so let’s take a look at my choices for the BEST dressed stars!
Sarah Hyland in an embellished number by Christian Siriano – love the monochromatic look created by incorporating the same metallic accessories.
Portia de Rossi in a Zuhair Murad jumpsuit – loving the deep blue and sexy yet sophisticated pants!
Allison Janey in a gorgeous Rani Zakhem gown – girlfriend totally wanted a “I’m the host” dress and this was just perfect!
Olivia Munn in Giambattista Valli sequined striped look. This may be too casual on any other red carpet, but to me this just fit perfectly and looked so amazing on her!
Viola Davis in a bright Escada gown. Maybe it’s because I love pink or because this bright color makes me think of summer while I’m currently freezing in these frigid temps – but i.love.this.dress!
And of course the biggest trend of the night – everyone looked great in BLACK!