Photography: Richard Ellis Photography
Happy Friday! Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? Before you know it will be time to shop for holiday gifts. Luckily we’re ahead of the game this year and already have three great gift guides to help you. I’ve linked to these gift guides below as well as some of my favorite links of the week!Valorie Darling via Lauren Conrad
The ultimate roundup of gifts under $25 – proving it’s possible to find something great for a good price!
How fun are these earrings for the holidays?
Shop local this season with our Charleston gift guide.
Thoughtful gifts for your bridesmaids for the holidays and year round.
The prettiest Thanksgiving brunch inspiration via Lauren Conrad
Everything you need to host your first Thanksgiving – right here!
I’m planning on bringing this and this to Thanksgiving dinner.
The perfect mug for anyone who is engaged.
A song for your weekend.
With the Crape Myrtles blooming and a bright sunny day, Lowndes Grove was perfection for Kathryn and Clinton’s wedding. The bride wore a lace gown with her shoes providing a pop of something blue, while bridesmaids in blush complimented the all pink wedding decor. Dana Cubbage Weddings captured this wedding day to perfection including all of the details by Sparkles Event Decor + Design and one of the sweetest first looks we’ve seen.
Wedding Photography: Dana Cubbage Weddings // Venue: Lowndes Grove // Planning + Coordination: Sparkles Event Decor + Design // Florals: Pretty Petals // Cake: Patrick Properties // Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia // Hair + Makeup: Paper Dolls Wedding Hair + Makeup // Bride’s Shoes: Jessica Simpson // Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulu’s // DJ: Ascend Entertainment // Men’s Attire: The Groomsman Suit // Catering: Patrick Properties // Videography: Dock House Digital // Rentals: Snyder + Ruth’s House // Invitations: Minted
*This post contains affiliate links
Run away to the coast with today’s bridal portraits. J. Leigh Captures photographed these bridal portraits on the beaches of Hilton Head Island, SC and they have us wishing today was still the weekend! Colonial House of Flowers created a stunning bouquet of maroon, blush, and green to compliment the natural surroundings and the brides turquoise gown.
Happy Friday friends! I don’t know about you, but this week just flew by for me. Maybe it has something to do with the time change or the fact that the holidays are creeping up, but lately life just feels so busy! I’m sharing some of my favorites links and finds from the week below.Jenny Soi Photography via Chic vintage Brides
In case you missed it – Bridesmaid holiday gift guide + Charleston gift guide
I’m loving this dress for Thanksgiving.
I’m crushing on this stocking and this ornament.
A romantic citrus wedding in California via Chic Vintage Brides.
Bold, pink florals for a modern bridal session via Swooned.
A song for your weekend.
With this DIY faux naked wedding cake you can literally have your cake and eat it to! It’s actually surprisingly easy to create a fake wedding cake and it is a great way to cut down on wedding costs. A wedding cake can easily cost a few hundred dollars while this faux cake is around $35 to make. Simply display this fake cake at your wedding but serve sheet cake to your guests! I promise no one will know the difference! Read on below to learn how to create this faux wedding cake and click here for even more cake advice!
Marble Cake Stand // 6″ Cake Round (These are a great deal and the cheapest cake rounds I’ve found) // 8″ Cake Round // Spackling // Putty Knife // Brown Paint // Sea SpongesFirst cover your surface with plastic wrap or newspaper. It helps to work with your cake a little elevated on a cake stand so that you cake see all sides.Next you need to create faux layers in your cake. Using your putty knife make lines in your cake. Starting on one side trace all the way around the cake. Make sure your lines are spaced apart similar in size to cake layers. On my first cake I didn’t press very hard and it is hard to see the layers. I suggest pressing pretty firmly to really make your faux layers stand out. Alternatively you can also purchase smaller cake rounds (like these) and hot glue them together to create a layered look. This is an easier option but about double the price. Once your have completed your cake layers start painting your cake brown with a sea sponge. Using a sea sponge rather than a paint brush will help give your cake a more organic texture and evenly distribute the paint.Once your cake has fully dried it is time to apply spackling! Using your putty knife start icing the cake. We are creating a naked cake so don’t layer it on too thick! Work your way around the cake, applying spackling, then working back with your putty knife and scraping a bit off. If you work in this pattern your spackling will not dry before you have a chance to skim some off. Tip – make your your paint is fully dry. If it is still wet the paint will mix with the white spackling and it is not cute. Once the spackling fades to white your cake is dry. To finish your cake you can either hot glue the cake tiers together or leave them loose. I prefer to leave them loose for storage and for mixing different layers.
Decorate your finished cake with ribbons, flowers, a cake topper, whatever you wish!
Photography + Styling: Gillian Ellis
Marble Cake Stand // 6″ Cake Round (These are a great deal and the cheapest cake rounds I’ve found) // 8″ Cake Round // Spackling // Putty Knife // Brown Paint // Sea Sponges
With Halloween less than a week away this glamorous masquerade wedding inspiration is the perfect fit! Through this inspiration, C & D Events expertly created an outdoor masquerade themed wedding at The Bradford that is both glamorous and elegant – proving you can add a bit of fun to your wedding without it feeling kitschy. This masked inspiration was created for the Darling Wedding Workshop hosted by A.J. Dunlap Photography in New Hill, North Carolina. If you’ve ever dreamed of hosting a Halloween wedding but didn’t know how, this is the inspiration you’ve been looking for!
Photographer: A.J. Dunlap Photography // Coordinator, Planner, and Stylist: C & D Events // Venue: The Bradford //Workshop: Darling Wedding Workshop // Florist: Trebella // Cake Artist: The Cupcake Shoppe of Raleigh // Hair Stylist: Wedding Hair by Liz // Makeup Artist: Karen Michelle Clark // Furniture + Props: Themeworks // Tabletop + Linens: CE Rentals // Bridal Gown Salon: Trebella // Bridal Gown Designer: Hayley Paige // Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid // Stationery Suite: Oblique Pen
Happy Friday! I’m headed to Asheville this weekend with my good friend Ami of Elizabeth Anne Designs, in search of Fall color! We’ll be staying at The Grove Park Inn so make sure to follow along on Instagram stories for a peek at our trip. via Olive Paper Company
Could this wedding dress be any cuter?
Velvet is super on trend this season so I’m loving this velvet ring box
I love this dress for Fall weddings and engagement shoots.
In case you missed it – the best getting ready attire.
Where to buy your wedding cake in Charleston – click here
Would you wear a leather jacket on wedding day? This edgy inspiration might make you want to!
I found the perfect doormat for Fall – right here
A song for your weekend
Bridesmaids robes are one of the best gifts you can give your girls on wedding day. Not only are they a welcome gift, it gives you matching outfits to wear for pictures. But robes aren’t for everyone and there are lots of cute rompers, pj’s, oversized shirts, and Mexican dresses that would also make great pre-wedding attire. Read on below to see a few of our favorites!
Images From Top To Bottom: Romper Image: Kelly Sauer via Coastal Bride // Mexican Dresses Image: Michelle Boyd Photography via Coastal Bride // Pajama Sets: via PosyRobes // Robes Image: Kelly Sauer via Coastal Bride // Oversized T-shirts Image: The Happy Bloom via Coastal Bride
Get ready because we are sharing the ultimate fall wedding inspiration on Oriental Trading’s site Fun365 today! Our burgundy, navy, and rose gold wedding features DIY dip dyed napkins, dip dyed candles, and a spiced orange cider recipe! This tablescape is the perfect inspiration for your fall wedding! Below is just a sneak peek at the wedding tablescape, make sure to head over to Oriental Trading’s site Fun365 to see the full feature! And click here to see even more of our crafts!
Photography + Styling: Gillian Ellis Photography
Packing for your honeymoon should be an exciting activity but if left for the last minute can quickly feel like an annoying chore. There are so many details that need to be ironed out before your wedding that it’s best to pack early and get a jump on your honeymoon prep. Today I’m sharing 5 of my honeymoon packing tips that are sure to make it a smooth experience.
#1 Don’t Wait Until The Last Minute
Planning a wedding is stressful and it only becomes more so closer to the date. Save yourself added stress and pack for your honeymoon well ahead of the date. You are more likely going to forget things if you’re frantically tossing them into your suitcase the night before your honeymoon. Instead, pack a week ahead of any pre-wedding activities. Have family coming into town a week before your wedding? Great, pack before anyone arrives. This will let you enjoy your wedding week without having a nagging to do list.
#2 Plan Your Outfits Ahead Of Time
Where your going on your honeymoon will obviously determine the type of clothes you pack. You’ll need much more for a ski locale then you will for the beach. Planning your outfits ahead of time will save you the headache of figuring out what to wear. The entire point of a honeymoon is to relax so why not make that as easy as possible! While you certainly don’t need an entire new wardrobe for your honeymoon I definitely suggest picking up a few new items to make the holiday more memorable.
#3 Don’t Pack Shoes You’ve Never Worn Before
While I suggest packing a few new clothing items, I would be wary of new shoes. Broken-in shoes will help you avoid blisters and other foot pains that could cause a wrinkle in your honeymoon plans. Keep those new shoes at home or break them in before you jet off.
#4 Bring Important Items On The Plane
If you’re checking a bag this tip is especially important. Lost bags happen and there’s nothing worse than spending a night in the clothes you traveled in. Pack a change of underwear, spare dress, toiletries, and all of your medicines in your carry-on. It may seem extreme but you’ll be happy to have it if something goes awry.
#5 Leave Your Gadgets At Home
Your honeymoon is a time to relax and enjoy, so make a deal with your new spouse to go social media free. Leave your computers and tablets at home and log off your social accounts on your phone. There’s plenty of time to upload pictures and share your experiences when you get home, but your honeymoon should be a time to log off and enjoy.
Happy Friday! I ran a poll over on Instagram the other day asking if you want to see more DIY projects here. Well, the results are in and you definitely do! I have a bunch of fun ideas up my sleeves and will be working on photographing everything this weekend. Leave a comment on this post or message me if there is something in particular you would love to see!Lauren Gabrielle Photography via Belle The Magazine
The perfect something blue for your wedding – and under $30!
A blush destination wedding in Florida via Every Last Detail.
How to wear booties with every outfit.
In case you missed it – everything you need to host your first Thanksgiving.
A burgundy wedding with lots of winter inspiration via United With Love.
The only vest you need this season.
Fall bridal style via Belle The Magazine.
A song for your weekend.
*This post contains affiliate links.