Rather than starting the New Year making resolutions and chiding myself for not sticking to goals of New Years past, I like to spend NYE reflecting on what I am grateful of and how I hope to grow in the coming year. I would love for you to share in the comments what you are thankful for and what you are looking forward to in 2017. Personally I am so proud of the growth this blog has seen, as well as the growth Aisle Society and the Charleston Blog Society have enjoyed. I am so thankful that I was able to travel to Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Maine on various press trips and that I got to know so many bloggers over those trips. I am beyond thankful that I was able to find and buy a house this past year and am excited to continue making it a home in the New Year. But above all, I am most thankful for you dear readers. For without you, this blog would not be possible and it is my greatest joy to press publish here everyday.
So tell me in the comments, what are you thankful for?
The perfect sparkly NYE dress!
I’m loving this quick and easy girlfriends brunch.
I’ve been trying to add a bit of reading time into my nightly routine and I recently loved this book and am currently devouring this one. If you have any book recommendations let me know!
My favorite find this week and a perfect item to add to your wedding registry.
Swooned shared Free printable drink sleeves perfect for a winter wedding.
I adore this lush conservatory wedding spotted on Grey Likes Weddings.
A song for your weekend.
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Today’s styled bridals from Julie Livingston Photography and Sapphire Events are literally what our wedding dreams are made of. The perfect shade of pale grey-blue of this Sarah Seven gown was the inspiration for this shoot. From the elegant cake by Melissa’s Fine Pastries, rich table cloth from I Do Linens and loose, organic bouquet, every detail compliments each other to create the most romantic bridal look.
Photography: Julie Livingston Photography // Planning, Design, and Florals: Sapphire Events // Makeup and Hair: Meg Workman // Dress: Sarah Seven dress via The Dress Theory // Stationery: The Pink Orange // Calligraphy: Penned by Palmer // Linen: I Do Linens // Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries // Rentals: Event Haus
There is something so sweet and simple about an elopement. Stripping away the commotion of a big wedding day and sneaking away with your sweetheart to say “I do” is pretty much as romantic as it gets! Today’s elopement from John Newsome Photography at Torrey Pines in San Diego offered a breathtaking backdrop that also allowed the beautifully simple details to show through. I love the elegant details like the handmade oyster shell book to hold the handwritten vows by Paperweight and the lush bouquet by L&S Design Co., which further completes the coastal look.
A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to speak on The Weather Channel. I skyped in for two spots, one on Weekend Mornings and the second on Weekend Recharge. With a tropical storm bearing down on Charleston I talked about the effects of inclement weather on weddings. The folks at The Weather Channel were kind enough to send me clips of my segment and I’ve been nervous to share, but figured – what the hey! So if you’re looking for a laugh feel free to watch below!
Happy Weekend! We’ve had absolutely gorgeous weather in Charleston lately. It just might be the nicest spring I’ve ever experienced! I’m looking forward to a weekend full of weddings and hopefully a little beach time. I hope you’ve got some fun plans too, but first, a few links!
This romantic wedding in Spain will have you dreaming of an outdoor affair.
A Derby party perfect for spring!
A beautiful portrait series of girls holding flowers.
Cinnamon churros make a perfect addition to this cake!
A super fun Bohemian bridal shower at Terrain.
An adorable Mother’s Day matchbox DIY.
A song for your weekend.
Registering for your wedding should be fun, not stressful. That’s way today we’re sharing our must have kitchen item picks. Rather than scanning every item that catches your eye take time to really think about kitchen accessories you might need and use. For example, how many times a year are you going to use a stand mixer? A mini food processor would be a better choice and they take up a lot less space. Don’t forget to also check out our top hostess items to register for!
1. Kate Spade Place Setting //2. Cuisinart Mini Prep Food Processor // 3. Herdmar Vintage Gold Flatware // 4. Cuisinart 10 Piece Cookware Set // 5. Glass Cake Stand // 6. Ninja Belnder // 7. 16-Piece Knife Set 8. Nordic Ware Baking Sheet // Wilton Muffin Tin // 9. Kate Spade Tablecloth // 10. Bormioli Red Wine Glasses // Libby Vina White Wine Glasses
Happy Weekend! I can’t believe it’s already Friday as this week just flew by! Earlier in the week Elizabeth Stuart Designs hosted our monthly Charleston Blog Society meeting. With their bright inviting space and carefully curated collection of home decor it was the perfect space for our creative blogging group! I was also excited to finally try treats from Tavern & Table and to enjoy bubbly cocktails from the fun ladies of The Cocktail Bandits. To say it was fun is an understatement! Enjoy the links below, especially the song which has been on repeat all week! A snap from my Instagram
Would you wear a two-piece wedding dress? These stylish choices might change your mind!
DIY Glitter sunglasses – perfect for upcoming beach days!
It doesn’t get more girly than this fun picnic lunch!
You won’t want to miss these romantic wedding gowns.
A California wedding full of pretty pink details.
A song for your weekend.
Tennessee residents Autum and Scott are planning a destination wedding this Fall at Magnolia Plantation so it only seemed fitting to take their engagement photos there as well! The lush gardens and sweeping oaks of the plantation provided the perfect backdrop for this engagement from JoPhotos.
While Kaitlyn and I are away attending Alt Summit in Salt Lake City we thought it would be fun to do a little blog swap and guest post on each others blogs. So today Kaitlyn is sharing her tips on what to pack for your honeymoon and later this week I will be sharing some easy photography tips over on her blog!
Hi all! I’m Kaitlyn and I run a creative lifestyle and design blog called Day Jobs & Dreams. I’m more than excited to be guest posting on my friend Gillian’s blog today and meeting all of you!
I don’t know about you, but around this time every year I inevitably start itching to escape the winter blues and head somewhere tropical. So when Gillian asked me to put together a post highlighting what to pack for your honeymoon, the timing was perfect and I was happy to send my mind drifting away to island time!
Bikini: Mara Hoffman “Printed Underwire Bikini” // Sunglasses: Tory Burch // Coverup: Sunstripe Tunic via Anthropologie // Camera: Nikon // Book: The One and Only by Emily Griffin // Lingerie: Mimi Holliday via Anthropologie // Corkscrew: Keychain Corkscrew via One Kings Lane // Candle: The Little Market // Bag: Seabreeze Tassel Beach Bag via Accessorize
I don’t know about you but the winter blues have sure set in for me. With all of these chilly, grey days my home needed a spot of color to pick me up. Today’s winter flower recipe is the perfect bit of sunshine to brighten up your winter home and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner this simple DIY is the perfect centerpiece for all of your parties and themed wedding showers. Step One: When designing your centerpiece pick vases in different sizes and colors to add character. These light pink mercury vessels and lavender themed nightfall votives from BHLDN are a perfect choice as their different shades add dimension. By using vessels of different colors you can use less florals, keeping your centerpiece budget-friendly. You can even leave some of them empty like I did, letting the beauty of the votives stand-alone. Step Two: Fill the vases with greenery. I used flat fern, seeded eucalyptus and Italian ruscus. To create this textured look use a minimum of 3 types of greenery. Step Three: Add in your main flowers keeping the boldest color in the center. Arrange the flowers low and close together to allow the greenery to fan out, creating a looser look. I used peonies, lisianthus and spray roses for my main flowers. Step Four: Fill in any gaps with another, smaller bud. I added in a bit of waxflower at this stage. And there you have it! As you can see the BHLDN vessels look just as nice with flowers in them or empty supporting the main floral piece.
When you combine the colors navy and white with a coastal yacht club, the result is a preppy affair brimming with classic details. Pure Luxe Bride designed this couples preppy wedding day which included blush blooms from Tiger Lily and lawn games for guests. Dana Cubbage Weddings captured this wedding filled to the brim with unique details including homemade jam favors and drink stirrer flags, as well as an adorable flower girl and ring bearer who can’t be missed!
Photographer: Dana Cubbage Weddings // Wedding Planner: Pure Luxe Bride // Ceremony Venue: Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church // Reception Venue: Dunes West Golf Club // Florist: Tiger Lily Weddings // Cake: DeClare Cakes // Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones from Gown Boutique of Charleston // Hair + Makeup: Vanity Salon // Bride’s Shoes: Menbur // Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Gown Boutique of Charleston // Bride’s Jewelry: Nadri bangle, Judith Ripka earrings + heirloom amethyst ring // DJ: Bryan Mahanes // Men’s Suits: Berlin’s // Catering: Dunes West Golf Club // Stationery: Studio R // Rentals: EventWorks