Happy Weekend // Around The Web

Happy Happy weekend! It’s been so rainy and grey I thought this week would never end! I’m heading up to DeBordieu to photograph a sweet wedding and then on Sunday am photographing an inspiration table top shoot for this very blog! Phew! I also can’t wait to meet all of the local Charleston bloggers next week at our Moon + Lola blogger night out! If you’re a Charleston blogger and want to join our growing community, shoot me an email! Blogger Event Sept 650px

24 Things we become obsessed with in our late 20’s… sad to admit I match most of these!

A gorgeous Yeats inspired bridal session.

Gingham outfit inspiration for Fall.

I’m going to get in the Fall spirit and bake these this weekend!

I’m excited to stop by the Ooh Events stroll in my neighborhood next week to check out these lovely bracelets.

Looking for a new book? Here’s a great list to get you started.

A song for your weekend.

Wedding Style // 7 Snazzy Bow Ties

This year the bow tie hit the mainstream and is no longer just for Southern weddings. And let’s face it, what gent isn’t more dapper in a bow tie? So today I am sharing 7 snazzy bow tie trends and for fun I have also included a little how to on tying a perfect bow tie!  bowties

Images Top to Bottom: 1. Feathered: Loren Routhier Photography via Grey Likes Weddings // 2. Black Tie: Bwright Photography via The Bridal Detective // 3. Velvet: Jen Huang Photography via Style Me Pretty // 4. Whimsical: Max Koliberdin Photography via Style Me Pretty // 5. Dots: Sarah Joelle Photography via Style Me Pretty // 6. Pastel: Nicole Dianne Photography via Wedding Chicks // 7. Preppy: Corey Potter Photography via Belle The Magazine

Happy Weekend // Around The Web

Happy Weekend! Fall might be slowly creeping in everywhere else in the country but here in Charleston we are still enjoying 90 degree summer days. Regarless of that I am working on a fun DIY Fall tablescape coming to the blog soon! I have lots of wedding lovely coming next week but until then enjoy the links below!

Rachel May Photography via 100 Layer Cake

Peach wedding inspiration with pops of red.

A relaxed bohemian wedding in Florida.

Botanical floral inspiration for Fall.

A lovely Georgia wedding featuring a Sperry tent.

song for your weekend.

Historic Cedarwood Wedding // Jessica + Charlie

Today’s wedding at the Historic Cedarwood in Nashville, TN is such a joyful and sweet affair, I guarantee it will have you beaming from ear to ear! The bride and groom met while both in the army and their relationship has preserved over great distances and time. Their wedding images are full of laughter and plenty of tears of joy, all perfectly captured by Kristyn Hogan Photography. The bride’s son served as ring bearer and the decor was southern chic with pastel tones and rustic farm tables.  AH_001 AH_002 AH_003 AH_004 AH_005 AH_006 AH_007 AH_008 AH_009 AH_010 AH_011 AH_012 AH_013 AH_014 AH_015 AH_016 AH_017 AH_018 AH_019 AH_020 AH_021 AH_022 AH_023 AH_024 AH_025 AH_026 AH_027 AH_028 AH_029 AH_030 AH_031 AH_032 AH_033 AH_034 AH_035 AH_036 AH_037

Venue: Historic Cedarwood, Nashivlle, TN // Photographer: Kristyn Hogan Photography // Planning, Styling + Florals: Cedarwood Weddings // Cakes: Patty Cakes // Paper Goods: Designs in Paper

Happy Weekend // Around The Web


Benjamin + Elise via Grey Likes Weddings

A bright and colorful New Zealand wedding via Grey Likes

Top 10 stylish grooms via Brooklyn Bride

A to die for summer camp wedding

How cute are these mini pinatas?

I made these blueberry pancakes last weekend and that just might have to happen again!

Dreamy English garden wedding via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Vanilla + Coconut boozy dessert for your weekend via A Fabulous Fete

A song for your weekend

Blogger Style // TopKnots & PolkaDots

For today’s blogger style beautiful Chloe from TopKnots & PolkaDots is sharing two sweet looks for an engagement session. A recent transplant from Charlottesville, VA Chloe fell in love with the cobblestone streets and pastel style of Charleston and decided to start a blog to document her new city. Well I for one couldn’t be more happy that she decided to spread her fashion wisdom as Chloe is a whiz when it comes to budget finds! I was floored when I found out her cute wedges were from Target and her flowered dress below? It’s only 12 dollars! Read on below to see what she has to say about engagement fashion and don’t forget to visit her blog and facebook! TK_001 TK_002
TopKnots & PolkaDots: Selecting your outfit for engagement photos can be tough; however, if you follow a couple basic guidelines, you can focus on what’s actually important — you’re getting married! The two most vital rules of your wardrobe are: go with something classic and flatter your figure. The first seems like a no-brainer, but I can’t stress it enough — you want to look back on these photos and focus on how happy you both look, not how ugly that romper was.

For the second guideline, really think about what shapes and styles look best on your body type. If you don’t like your arms, don’t wear something sleeveless; if you love your legs, show them off with a fun skirt. Avoid oversized, boxy shapes, but don’t go too tight — you get it. As long as you feel comfortable and confident in your clothes, you will look gorgeous! TK_003 TK_004
For a little inspiration, I chose two outfit examples based on my two guidelines. My first look, the all-white ensemble, is not only popular for engagement shoots but has also been huge this summer. This is pretty much as classic as it gets — a crisp white top, fitted white pants, and wedges. I’m a big heel person as it is (anything to give this 5’2″ girl some height!), and for engagement photos I feel like they’re a must. They’ll make your legs look longer and more toned — who wouldn’t want that?

To spruce up this look a little, I went with fairly simple jewelry: nautical, delicate bow studs, and a sea glass-inspired statement necklace that I knew would go really well with the backdrop. Now your man just needs to throw on a well-tailored white oxford and khakis or jeans, and y’all will have timeless photos that will still look just as good in 50 years. Wearing all white kind of takes the focus off your clothes and puts it right where you want it to be — on the love between the two of you.
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My second look is an example of a figure-flattering outfit. I chose this floral fit-and-flare dress because the warm colors compliment my skin tone and the shape emphasizes the smallest part of me, my waist. Some might rule out patterns in engagement shoots, but floral is very classic and the print is small enough to not be a distraction/still be flattering (smaller patterns = more flattering; larger patterns = less flattering). I also thought the floral print would go great with the scenery.

To top off the outfit, I went with a pretty statement necklace and some neutral-colored wedges. Again, wedges will always make your legs look longer and leaner, and choosing a color that is closer to your skin tone will elongate them even more (black or other dark hues will cut you off). With a colorful pattern, your man could either choose a color to match — in this case, a pale blue or green — or he could still go with the white + khaki look to let his lady stand out. Nothing wrong with that!
TK_007 TK_008As important as your appearance might seem at your engagement shoot, it’s much more important to remain stress-free and just have fun with it. Once you pick out a couple good outfits, don’t worry about how you’re looking in the photos — acting natural and having fun with your fiancé will always look better than adjusting your skirt and worrying if your bra strap is showing! TK_009 TK_010

Photographer: Gillian Ellis, Ellis Photo Studio // First Look: Top: J.Crew Factory // White Jeans: J. Crew // Wedges: Target (similar) // Earrings: Francesca’s (similar) // Necklace: Francesca’s (similar) // Second Look: Dress: Forever 21 // Sandals: Target // Necklace: J.Crew Factory (similar)

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