Thanksgiving DIY {Sneak Peek!}

Happy Holidays! I thought I would give you a little peek of what is to come next week! So while you are not busy roasting turkey or baking pie take a look at the sneak peek below and catch these images on The Wedding Paper Divas blog today! A_001A_010A_005

Plates: Anthropologie // Silverware: Pier 1 “Collier Flatware” // Placecards: Wedding Paper Divas // Menu: Wedding Paper Divas // Ribbon: Wedding Paper Divas // Clay, Gold Foil and Wheat Husks: Michaels

Newlywed Holiday Gift Guide

Since this is a week of giving thanks and we are entering a month of giving I thought I would do a roundup of some of my favorite holiday newlywed gift ideas. When it comes to gifts for newlyweds, personalization and monogramming are always a great idea. Personalized holiday cards are a great way to celebrate their 1st married holiday season. You could also gift a hand-lettered print of their wedding vows or a portrait of their first home. All of these gifts are thoughtful and celebrate this special time in a newly married couples life. Newlywed holiday gift guide via Coastal Bride

Gifts from Top to Bottom: Holiday Cards: Rifle Paper Co. // Monogram Napkins: Lettermade // Vows Print: Southern Weddings Magazine Shop // Wifey Tshirt: Ily // Passport Cover: Kate Spade // Dishtowels: Anthropologie // Home Painting: LilyApplesArts via Etsy

Happy Weekend // Around The Web

Happy Weekend! I had such a fun adventure with my girlfriends and the ladies of the Charleston Blog Society this week that I decided to do a special Friday post rather than the usual link round up. On Tuesday night we attended a flower crown workshop at Tiger Lily. Let me tell you, if your looking for a fun and unique night out I highly recommend it! I had so much fun sipping on wine and learning how to craft my own crown. This class would be perfect for a bachelorette party or girls bridal brunch. My only regret is we didn’t go out on the town after…but if you received an email from me this week… just know I was probably wearing my crown! Check out some Instagram snaps from the bloggers that attended below! flowercrown

For more information on Flower Crown or Halo classes contact Tiger Lily.

Dunham Farms Wedding // Kerri + Brad

Purple is one of those colors that lends itself perfectly to an autumn or winter affair and today’s Dunham Farms wedding has it in spades. Making sure their loved ones felt appreciated was top priority for this couple and Posh Petals and Pearls could not have done a better job at creating a wedding full of thoughtful details. Guests were greeted with custom chalkboard signs full of fun tidbits while love knots also played a huge role in the decor. Pashminas were provided for guests to keep cozy and a midnight snack of boiled peanuts paid homage to the couples Southern roots. Warm up and enjoy all of these sweet images from Izzy Hudgins Photography on this freezing cold day!KB_001 KB_002 KB_003 KB_004 KB_005 KB_006 KB_007 KB_008 KB_009 KB_010 KB_011 KB_012 KB_013 KB_014 KB_015 KB_016 KB_017 KB_018 KB_019 KB_020 KB_021 KB_022

Photographer: Izzy Hudgins Photography // Venue: Dunham Farms  // Wedding Planning + Styling: Posh Petals and Pearls  // Hair + Makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather  // Rentals: Beachview Rentals  // Bartender: Charlie Ganem & Sons // Officiant: Rev. Cherie Baker  // Lounge Furniture: CRUSH Event Rentals  // Signage: JLeslie Wedding Décor // Cake: Tier Luxury Cakes  // Florist: Jennifer Melear  // Caterer: Chef Nick Mueller & Co. // Ceremony Music: Classical South // DJ: All About You Entertainment // Transportation: Coastal Georgia Trailways

Top 5 Antiquing Tips For Your Wedding

I have a special treat for all of you today. I have asked my friend Sarah to do a little guest post. Sarah runs one of my favorite wedding blogs, Classic Bride which is chock full of gorgeous wedding inspiration. Classic Bride was a huge inspiration for me long before I even owned a blog and I am very excited to be hosting Sarah here today!

Hello! I’m Sarah, from Classic Bride blog, and I’m so excited that Gillian asked me to come and chat with you all today! Over at CB, we celebrate preppy and polished wedding style (much like Coastal Bride!) with an emphasis on incorporating heirloom antiques. Since I also have an online wedding boutique filled with preppy/vintage finds, I thought it would be fun to share some of my top antiquing tips with you (plus a few of my favorite finds)!


Tip No. 1 | Have a game plan. Before you ever step foot in an antique shop, mall or market, know your wedding style inside and out. If possible, carry a wish list of items you’re specifically on the hunt for. Basically, this means that you need to do your homework: create some Pinterest boards to define your wedding style; surf wedding blogs for inspiration and tear out pages from wedding magazines that fit your style. Once you have a cohesive idea of the look you want, start zero-ing in on actual antique pieces or collections that you’d like to source for your wedding. From my own experience, I knew I wanted to collect gobs of milk glass to act as compotes and vases at my wedding. I started collecting a year out  and was able to collect more than enough by our wedding date. But I was only able to do this because I had my “eagle eyes” on whenever I’d go scouting – my milkglass radar was on and I was ready to pounce.

Tip No. 2 | Don’t settle. So you have your list and you know what you want. You head into a shop or market and see a piece that’s on your list … except it’s not quite what you wanted. Don’t settle for something that doesn’t make you 100% happy because chances are, you’ll later regret the purchase. In this day and age, you have the Internet on your side in addition to scouting out local antique venues so finding exactly what you want shouldn’t be too hard. Start early so you have time to be picky and choosy.

Tip No. 3 | Bring your friends! I antiqued several times a week during the year leading up to my wedding and if it hadn’t have been for my Mom (AKA my BFF!) and several wonderful friends who would go with me, antiquing would have been way less fun. Instead, those antiquing trips became some of my fondest wedding-planning memories. My Mom and I made a vacation out of a New Orleans antiquing weekend and another time, I met up with one of my besties in South Carolina to hit some shops – and I found our gorge silver cake stand with her!

Tip No. 4 | Know your budget. The last thing you want to happen is to spy a piece you want but have the price be out of your budget … but it will happen, I promise you. And you’ll have to decide if it’s worth the splurge or if you should pass. Instead of being caught in the crosshairs and making a  choice you’ll later regret, go over your budget before you go shopping so you know your limits and aren’t tempted to go over them.

Tip No. 5 | Coordinate with your vendors. If you’re planing on collecting vintage wares to go with floral decor or as a cake topper, etc., convey that information to the proper vendors at your very first meeting (or at least as soon as you know). Even if you don’t have the pieces yet, let them know that you intend on having them and set things up so you know your deadline of when you need to drop the items off with your respective vendors.

I hope these tips are helpful and if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer in the comments! And if you’re craving more tips, check out the antiquing series I wrote earlier this year on my blog. Plus, the best French flea markets – ooh la la!

And here’s a few of my favorite [wedding] vintage finds that are currently available in my wedding boutique, CBV: CB_001Retro and vintage cameras will always pull at my heart as I love dabbling in photography so it was only natural that I’d start collecting the little cuties. I have quite a few for sale in my shop, ranging in colors and styles but this mint one is definitely my favorite! They would be adorable in engagement and wedding shoots! CB_002Maybe it’s because I love to write or because I have a journalism degree … but I can’t stifle my love for typewriters. They’ve been on the wedding scene for years as creative guestbooks or for the bride and groom to write love notes to each other but the trend hasn’t died on me – I think these darlings are here to stay. I have several typewriters for sale in varying shades. CB_003I purchased many of the finds in my shop while I was living in Germany – we’d flea market in Germany, Belgium and France frequently. I picked this champagne drying rack up in Metz, France, and while it’s intended purpose is to dry champagne bottles (duh!), it’s also cute to hang tea cups and, as illustrated, it makes a fantastic flowering display for weddings! These are rare so they are a bit of an investment piece. I only have the one for sale! CB_004Last but not least, I love the idea of incorporating old French baskets overflowing with flowers in a wedding. Whether they are flanking the aisle or serving as reception decor, they lend the perfect essence of easy elegance.

Finally, as a thank you to those of you who have it made it this far, I’d love to extend an exclusive 25% discount on all items in my shop through the end of December 2014 (excluding wedding attire and items already on sale). Just mention the code CBxCB when you e-mail me with your order information.

Thank you so much for sharing your tips on wedding antiquing with us today Sarah! Make sure to visit Sarah’s gorgeous blog, Classic Bride and following along on all of her antiquing adventures via her Instagram!

Happy Weekend // Around The Web

Happy Weekend! Boy, did anyone else feel like this week just dragged on? I certainly did and cannot wait to just sit back and watch a movie tonight. Before you head off on a weekend adventure, don’t forget to enter our contest! storyboard001

Chris Isham Photography via Style Me Pretty

A sweet post on dating older.

A lovely Florida wedding on the beach.

A friendsgiving tea party. Take note of that moss runner, what a great idea!

A romantic white and green warehouse shoot.

Love these colorful prints my friend is sharing over on her blog.

This will give you a chuckle.

A song for your weekend.

Giveaway // The 3rd Charleston Big Fake Wedding

Looking to attend the 3rd Charleston Big Fake Wedding (formally the NotWedding) but didn’t grab a ticket in time? Well, today just happens to be your lucky day as we’ve teamed up with the Big Fake Wedding to giveaway one pair of tickets to the December 7th event at The Charleston Rice Mill! All you have to do to enter is use the rafflecopter widget below and a winner will be randomly selected November 20th. May the odds be ever in your favor and I’ll see the winner on the dance floor December 7th! ;) notwed

via Becky Williamson Photography

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Intimate Woodland Wedding // Katherine + Stephen

Take a deep breath because today’s wedding is so gorgeous it might just take it away! Sawyer Baird Photography captured this intimate woodland wedding on a private residence in Illinois. Each image is so romantic that it’s hard not to fall in love with every little detail. Kelly Lenard of Intertwine transformed the open, woodsy space into a fairytale setting. Candles and plush lounge chairs created a warm, inviting space while a sangria bar and fun lawn games provided a memorable, laid-back experience for guests. SK_001 SK_002 SK_003 SK_004 SK_005 SK_006 SK_008 SK_009 SK_010 SK_012 SK_013 SK_014 SK_015 SK_016 SK_017 SK_018 SK_019 SK_020 SK_021 SK_022 SK_023 SK_024 SK_025 SK_026 SK_027 SK_028 SK_029 SK_030 SK_031 SK_032 SK_033 SK_034 SK_035 SK_036 SK_037 SK_038 SK_039 SK_040 SK_041 SK_042 SK_043

Photographer: Sawyer Baird // Venue: Private Residence // Event Design + Florals: Kelly Lenard of Intertwine // Linens: Jill Walser // Band: Kel // Beer Labels & Cornhole: The Art Press // Bride’s Dress: BHLDN // Headpiece: Ti Adoro // Shoes: Anthropologie // Purse: Vintage // Groom’s Suit: H&M // Shirt: J.Crew // Shoes: Goodwill // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Free People // Ring Bearers & Flower Girls: Zara Kids

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