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July 2012

Style, We Do!

my bridal style

There were three things I knew I wanted when I began dress shopping: a sweetheart neckline, a fit-and-flare silhouette and a soft, romantic fabric. But everyone said to me, “Try on everything, you won’t know what you like until you put it on.” I did as I was told and then I said, “I told you so.” {click each photo to enlarge}

this organza dress was so light and fluffy i felt like i was floating. if i could have spent the whole day twirling, i would have.

 it was a wedding “down the shore” after all, so i went with loose, beachy waves to match my free-flowing gown. my handmade headband from Etsy was my first accessory purchase, the veil was a last-minute addition and my stunning Swarovski crystal and pearl BHLDN clutch was the icing on my cupcakes.

i’m a bangles girl and i rarely wear earrings. i’m also not big into cleavage, so i didn’t want a necklace drawing attention to my bustline. i went with less is more and found pretty pieces that complimented the simplicity and romantic feel of my dress.

crystals and pearls + pink, peep-toe, sky-high Vera Wangs. need i say more?

i teased you with my lipstick options many months ago (here). well, i fell in love with Chanel Paradis and wore it with a matching lip pencil for all day stay.

my bouquet was filled with creamy calla lilies, gerber daisies, roses and a bit of rustic charm (more on this tomorrow).

{dress: Mikaella Bridal (1612), The Bridal Garden // shoes: Vera Wang Lavender // veil + earrings: The Bridal Garden // clutch: BHLDN // bangles: Nadri // headband: Bella & Beya, Etsy // lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in Paradis + matching lipliner // flowers: The Sparrow’s Nest Flower Shop // hair: Amy Longyard and Kelly Hunt (best friends of my sister-in-law) // makeup: Caitlin, Jonathan Salon Red Bank // photography: John and Sue Fan (website), of Blue Koi Studios (blog) // reception venue: The Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank, N.J.}

Next up: frames, fig jars, tassels and treats … tune in for all the little details.

We Do!

we do!

They say a rainy wedding day brings good luck, well what about a windy one? All of our wedding festivities were moved inside as a result of blow-your-veil-off wind, but we barely noticed. On that gloriously romantic day only two things mattered: 1. I was marrying the love of my life in front of nearly everyone we love and 2. the dance floor was open for business. Over the next few days I’ll share with you all the beautiful, funny, romantic, breathtaking moments that made our wedding day special. But first, here are a few of our favorites, through the eyes of the most amazingly brilliant photography duo — John and Sue Fan, of Blue Koi Studios. {click each photo for a larger view}

our lady star of the sea, long branch, n.j.

the molly pitcher inn, red bank, n.j.

introducing …

i hear j.crew is in need of crew cuts models

running circles on the dance floor for hours … the aftermath

Tomorrow: the purse, the shoes, the jewels … stay tuned for my carefully crafted bridal style.


rekindled love affair

We went through a period of about three years when we had eight to nine weddings every year (now we’re down to about 4!). It not only got a little tiring, but I could never figure out what to wear to them all. I bought this Rachel Roy “strappy backless dress” about two years ago and loved that the colors and details worked for any season. Black heels, nude heels, gold bangles, diamond sparkles. This dress is a beaut no matter what I pair it with.  But the open back detail makes it pretty memorable so I wear it sparingly. I busted it out for the first time in more than a year for a wedding on Saturday and it felt so good to rekindle our love affair. This time I wore my favorite nude slingbacks, a black blazer, gold bangles and my BHLDN wedding clutch (which you’ll see up close and in all its Swarovski crystal and pearl glory when I get our wedding photos!).

between two of my other favorites from the Rachel Rachel Roy line


in a cinch

Petite frames and shift dresses are not friends. Well, not without belts at least. I found this electric blue striped dress at Anthropologie the other day and knew all it needed was a good cinch to fit my shortness. How cute is this one’s twisty pretzel shape?! This dress turned out to be the perfect frock for a long day of work followed by a friend’s wedding rehearsal. I grabbed my favorite clutch, added some bangles and was out the door in minutes. Don’t you just love when one basic piece makes life easy, comfortable and stylish?

{Anthropologie dress + belt + sunglasses; Topshop bag; Seychelles wedges; J.Crew necklace; Bauble Bar + Sequin + J.Crew bracelets; Michael Kors watch; Essie Lovie Dovie nail polish}