1. Gone Glamping.
2. Plan a Spa-Ahhh Day.
3. Head for the Hills.
Mar 22, 2017 | Comments 0
Mar 17, 2017 | Comments 0
We’re not ashamed to admit that we’re enthusiastic, card-carrying members of Bachelor Nation. And while not all of the show’s match-made-in-fantasyland romances end up working out, we still always root for the Bachelor protagonists to find love. Which is exactly what happened last week when one of our all-time favorite leading ladies, Ali Fedotowsky married her long-time love (and baby daddy) Kevin Manno in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony. It was every bit as beautiful as the bride herself! Take a peek, below. (All of these stunning photos are via Us Weekly and Brandon Kidd Photography).
The ceremony location: Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
Ceremony dress: Alvina Valenta
Reception dress: Val Stefani
Bridemaids dresses: Jenny Yoo
The flowers: Garden roses and ranunculus
Wedding planners: Gather Events
According to Us Weekly, the bride wanted to look beautiful, but still like herself on her wedding day.
“Getting ready” photo opps are now almost a requisite for wedding photography, and we love the trend toward bridal parties in coordinating robes. Ali & her maids wore designs by Plum Pretty Sugar while getting ready.
The couple’s 8-month-old daughter, Molly, was a flower girl.
The couple chose three cakes (how could you not love these guys?) from Beverly’s Bakery.
Another of our favorite wedding trends, gold flatware, paired with menu cards from Minted.
How beautiful are her flower arrangements?
The creative placecard designs were done by Red Letter Day.
Lounge areas were set up to give guests a place to talk and rest throughout the night.
Invitees included Hollywood stars like Kaley Cuoco and Lacey Chabert, as well as some of Fedotowsky’s fellow Bachelor castmates.
Looks like Ali did get her fairy tale ending after all. Congratulations to the happy couple!
Mar 08, 2017 | Comments 0
The look: Prim, not too proper
Best for: Religious ceremonies, formal indoor weddings, formal outdoor weddings
A nosegay is what most people think of when they think of wedding bouquet: a tight cluster of flowers with evenly-trimmed stems, usually wrapped in ribbon or fabric. Consider it the happy medium between a perfectly round bouquet and a loose, hand-tied one.
The look: Small and subtle
Best for: Complementing short or simple wedding gowns, courthouse ceremonies
A Posy is similarly structured to a Nosegay, but uses fewer flowers. The stems are also trimmed shorter, making for an effect that’s more compact overall. Many brides choose posy-style bouquets for the attendants, but the arrangement is also a beautiful choice for brides who opt for simple or short wedding dresses to ensure the bouquet doesn’t outshine the dress.
Feb 13, 2017 | Comments 0
The Hottest Bachelorette Destinations of 2017
Is there anything better than spending a weekend away with your BFF’s? After all of the stress of wedding planning, your bachelorette party is a much-needed time to have fun with your closest friends and celebrate the fact that you’re getting married! While spots like Las Vegas and New York will always be bridal favorites, this year brides are turning on the Southern charm in Charleston or opting for a desert retreat in Palm Springs instead. If you’re planning your bachelorette party this year, here are 5 spots you’ll want to look into:
While you usually hear about destination weddings in Tulum, this year the tables are turning and more and more brides are planning their bachelorette parties here. This quaint little beach town is the perfect Mexican party spot. From the stunning beaches, to the historic ruins, to the town’s health conscious vibe, this destination has everything you could want for a bachelorette party. Stay at Zamas, grab dinner at Hartwood Tulum, and drinks at Todotulum, and you’re in for an unforgettable night!
2. Palm Springs
Palm Springs isn’t just a stop on your way to Coachella anymore; it’s one of this year’s top bachelorette destinations. Instead of fighting through crowded pools in Las Vegas, many brides are opting for this desert retreat instead. Stay at The Ace Hotel and sunbathe during the day, and hit up the bars on Palm Canyon Drive at night, and you’re in for a fun weekend.
Spend a weekend like a real Southern belle in Charleston. One great thing about this city is that it’s definitely a walking city, so you’ll be able to get out and enjoy the city’s charm without worrying about getting around! We suggest staying at The Mills House Hotel or use Airbnb for a cute beach house on Sullivan’s Island. For your night out, grab drinks at The Gin Joint or if you’re looking for more of an upbeat dance scene bring your girlfriends to the Republic Garden and Lounge.
4. New Orleans
A New Orleans bachelorette party is pretty much a right of passage. Either you’ve been to one, or you’re planning on having your own there. Whether you’ve spent one too many nights on Bourbon St. or haven’t partaken in the revelry there quite yet, there’s no doubt that you’ll have a great time in NOLA. For your night out, try The Beach on Bourbon for a true Bourbon street experience or if you want more of a relaxed night sitting back and listening to some seriously talented jazz musicians, we love The Maison on Frenchman Street. If you’re headed down there for the food, don’t forget to try the beignets at Café Du Monde or the gumbo at Dooky Chase’s.
What better way to spend your bachelorette weekend than listening to live music and dancing in the Music City? If you’re a fan of the T.V. show Nashville, you’ll want to check out the Bluebird Cafe. After that, head down Broadway for some Honky Tonk fun, and get ready for some line dancing.
Jan 30, 2017 | Comments 0
Photo via The Knot
The mason jars, the breathtaking countryside backdrop, the crisp night air…there’s nothing quite like a beautiful barn wedding to make you nostalgic for the country life. But before you start scouring local barns in your area, make sure to do some research. Oftentimes, there’s more that meets the eye when it comes to hosting a wedding at a barn or other rustic venue. To get you started, here are seven things you need to know before selecting your venue.
The appeal of a barn wedding is its rustic charm, but tbe prepared to deal with “rustic” elements in the not-so-charming sense, too. For example, many traditional barns or farm venues don’t come readily equipped with bathrooms. Fear not, you can rent toilet trailers or porta-potties for your guests (and some of them are pretty luxe, seriously)! Just remember to include this in your budget, as they can get quite costly.
Just like with any outdoor event, the key is to be prepared for anything. While every bride is sure to cross her fingers and her toes that her wedding day will be sunny and 72 degrees, it’s better to have a plan in case of inclement weather. Wind, rain, mud, heat, and cold are just a few things to have a backup plan for. Also, keep in mind that most barns don’t have heating or air conditioning. If you’re planning a mid-August wedding, be ready to deal with the hot temps, or look into renting fans.
Like with any wedding venue that isn’t full-service, you’ll be responsible for extras like tables, chairs, silverware, wine glasses, and even a dance floor.
No we’re not talking about the Christina Aguilera song…we’re talking about your dress. Whether you’re walking through the grounds or dancing on the barn floor, your dress will drag. Many brides avoid this by changing into a shorter dress for the reception or having their seamstress adjust it before, but either way, get ready to embrace the dirt.
Many outdoor venues make you shut down shop by 10 pm because of noise regulations, so if you’re thinking of partying all night you might want to rethink your venue. Check with the barn before you book it to see what their regulations are.
Nothing can quite kill the romantic vibe like a dozen bug bites. If you’re having a summer wedding be prepared with citronella candles around the perimeter of the barn. We also suggest putting small baskets of bug spray in the bathrooms for your guests, just in case the mosquitoes decide to join the party.
Most barns fit a maximum of 150-175 people, so if you’re looking at a guest list of 200+, you might want to choose another venue. Despite their open and airy feel, when you add in a DJ booth, tables, and chairs, you’re looking at a smaller space. Be sure to check the barn’s space requirements first.
Jan 24, 2017 | Comments 0
Although Alanis Morissette sang about the irony of rain on your wedding day, according to an old wives it’s actually supposed to symbolize good luck and fertility. While we don’t know if rain really is good luck for your marriage, we do know that it can be good luck for your photos.
After all, there’s something truly romantic about having a rainy backdrop for your big day. If you need any more convincing, take a look at our favorite rainy day wedding photos below.
via Valo Photography
Photo by Evelyn Eslava Photography
Photo via Ivan Zamanuhin
via Vesic Photography
via Mallory Joyce
via Our Love Is Loud
Jan 17, 2017 | Comments 0
A row of mason jars and a burlap runner no longer a stylish wedding make. This year it’s all about touches of the unexpected—we’re talking unique florals, mixed metallics, and nontraditional venue choices.
Vintage glamour is the theme this year and it’s all about mixing old and new. More and more brides are opting out of a traditional banquet hall setting and are taking their ceremonies to industrial warehouses or rustic barns. With the right décor, these venues can be the perfect setting for your big day.
Florists have seen an increasing number of brides asking for locally grown, garden-inspired, seasonal blooms. Think cascading bouquets with a sophisticated twist. Following along on the natural route, branches, leaves, and vines are also making their way into weddings in the form of wreaths and garlands.
From metal-rimmed glassware, to brass candleholders, to foil stamping on the invitations, mixed metals are key to lending a casual feel to even the most formal weddings this year. Copper, rose gold, and pewter are wedding favorites because of their versatility. If you really love this trend, most bridesmaid dresses are now available in metallic colors, so you can base your color scheme around this trend!
Mix and match bridesmaid dresses have gained momentum in the past few years, and are a stylish and modern way to add color and depth to your wedding palette. Each member of your bridal party is sure to have a different personality and a different sense of style, so why not let them show it off with their dress. This is also a great option if your bridal party is spread out across the country, as it is easier for them to pick a dress in the same hue than it is to make a separate trip out for a group shopping trip.
While there’s always something to be said about a tropical destination wedding in Mexico or Hawaii, this year destination weddings are said to take a turn to unexpected destinations. Places like Iceland, Canada, and Italy are key locations for couples looking for a bit of adventure.
If you’ve been to a wedding in the past few years, no doubt you’ve seen a shift in the desert options. Doughnuts and cupcakes have replaced your traditional tiered cakes, as brides embraced these bakery options. But if you’re a fan of keeping with tradition, fear not! This year tiered cakes are back in style, as brides are making this classic cake option in vogue again.
Jan 12, 2017 | Comments 0
I’m sure you’ve uttered the phrase, “new year, new me” at some point in the past few weeks. But have you applied this new philosophy to your wedding planning? For all brides getting married in the next year, we want you to make a few New Years resolutions. Be warned though, these aren’t the kind of resolutions that you can break in the first few days! So grab your planning notebook and take these to heart.
1. Enjoy the process
Believe us, it will go by SO fast (emphasis on the “SO.”) One thing we hear a lot are brides who wish that they had taken a step back and enjoyed the planning process a little more. Remember, you’re engaged! Bask in your pre-marital bliss for as long as possible, and remember amid all of the prepping and planning, that you’re getting married to the love of your life!
2. Accept your body for what it is
Now that you have your dream dress, it’s easy to get wrapped up in achieving your “dream body” to go along with it. While there’s no shortage of wedding bootcamps and wedding diets out there, don’t go crazy with them! In the chance of sounding like your mother here, it’s not worth it to go on a crazy crash diet just to fit into your wedding dress. Accept your body for what it is, and find a balance between eating healthy and treating yourself every once and awhile.
3. Keep a journal of your planning process – you forget the details!
One day you’re going to look back on this process through rose colored glasses and you’re going to want to remember how many cakes you tried before choosing the red velvet or how many dresses you tried on before choosing the one. What better way to document all of the details than with a wedding diary? Write down everything, big or little, so that in a year (or ten!) from now you can look back and remember all of the fun you had.
4. Prioritize time with your significant other during the planning craziness
It’s no secret that a lot of significant others aren’t huge fans of the wedding planning process. Instead of taking on everything yourself, make sure you’re including them as well. While some significant others might not want to help you choose the napkins for the head table, they might love to be a part of the cake tasting. If your significant other wants little to do with the wedding, make sure you’re scheduling in date nights where wedding planning is off the agenda, so you two can spend time together.
5. Don’t stress on the big day: Be prepared with a wedding day emergency kit from Mojuba
After all of this planning and prepping, don’t leave anything to chance on your wedding day. With your Mojuba wedding day emergency kit, you’ll have everything you need to get hitched, without a hitch, all conveniently located in one stylish place. Basically it’s your modern day fairy godmother with a strap! From deodorant, to tissues, to scissors for unruly threads, this kit has it all!
Dec 28, 2016 | Comments 0
When you’re going over your beauty look for your wedding, don’t forget about your nails. Although a small part of your overall look, they’re a make or break accessory to your bridal bouquet. You’ll want to make sure your nails complement your flower choice, instead of clashing with it. Whether you’re planning on going neutral, metallic, or bold, scroll down for some of our favorite nail polish colors for your winter wedding.
Deborah Lippmann Amazing Grace
This opaque white is the perfect whimsical color to go with a winter white theme.
OPI Be There in a Prosecco
So you don’t want to go nude, but you want a little color on your nails. Your answer… this nude polish that will give you just the right amount of shine.
This seductive sheer nail polish with a natural finish is a must-have for brides everywhere. Plus it’s Kate Middleton go-to shade, so rest assured it has the royal seal of approval.
This soft pink will look great with your white gown.
OPI Nomad’s Dream
This dreamy shade is the perfect balance of cool and mauve without being too over the top.
Smith & Cult Subnormal
This pale blue/gray is especially flattering on cool-toned skin. If you’re looking for a color that’s on the lighter end of metallic, this one’s for you.
Essie Cocktail Bling
This precious pale grey jewel tone will look great against a white floral bouquet.
Essie Now and Zen
You can’t go wrong with a timeless sage grey like this Essie color.
Christian Louboutin Miss Mars
For the bold gal, this intense gunmetal grey will give you glossy, envy-inducing nails.
A little bit of grey, a little bit of shimmer, for a look that’s bold and fun.
This shimmery toned down gold is part neutral, part glam.
Smith & Cult Lover’s Creep
This red is a bit vampy and would look amazing paired with red roses in a bouquet.
OPI Nail Lacquer in We The Female
This dark berry red is part of Kerry Washington’s collection, so you know it has Olivia Pope’s stamp of approval.
Nars Jungle Red
Talk about a knockout color…this high-gloss shade is one of our winter favorites.
Essie Shearling Darling
This plush mahogany red nail lacquer with a dark undertone is the perfect color to bring out winter’s sultriness.
Which palette is your favorite?
Dec 19, 2016 | Comments 0
It’s almost 2017, so put down your notebooks and checklists and take your wedding planning to your phone. With all of the technology out there, you better believe that wedding experts have created some pretty amazing apps to help you through your planning process. From hiring a wedding planner, to digital checklists, to booking your hair and beauty services, here are a few of our best-kept secrets (aka favorite digital tools) to help you plan the wedding of your dreams.
*All images via respective apps.
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Whether you're in the middle of planning the biggest day of your life or are just getting started, I’m guessing you have a lot of questions, and could use a little inspiration. I'm here to make sure you're prepared! I'll be sharing fabulous décor ideas, the latest trends in everything and anything wedding and offering a little advice along the way from my own years of experience as an event planner. Good luck, and enjoy!