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We are onto day two of sharing my own personal wedding experience. Before we jump into the big day tomorrow, I wanted to share with you my incredibly gorgeous bridal shower thrown by my three amazing sisters, and my bestie Megan Gonzalez of MaeMae & Co. Megan designed TONS of fun paper details for the big day, starting with a custom invite suite:

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The theme that my sisters, Megan, and planner Jocelyn of 1703 Event Studios came up with was “Kissing the single life goodbye!” Appropriately, everything was kiss themed and so much fun!

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Found Vintage Rentals provided a blush pink settee that was the perfect spot for me to open gifts, and Morgie Porgie Puddn Pie made incredibly cute lip shaped cake pops that were such a thoughtful touch!

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My dear friend, Lauryl Lane, did the flowers for the wedding AND our shower! She is such a talent and I was between crying and beaming at how much I loved the flowers! 

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Guests were greeted with peanut butter cup favors with wrapping that read, “Pucker up, Buttercup” on the outside.

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Megan also created a huge seating chart, photo back drop, and a mad libs style card for guests to fill in. This was one of my favorite details!! Guests were asked fill-in-the-blank questions like, “If you want to spice up your evening, I suggest ______________.” It was fun to read the variety of answers, from G to R rated! Guests also included a polaroid snap of themselves in front of the backdrop to go alongside the card. I absolutely LOVE going back over these and reading them. It is such a sweet and personal memento from the day! 

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My sisters got together with my brother-in-law to plan an incredibly thoughtful luncheon full of all my favorite treats. Each element of the food was labeled as salty, sweet, tart, etc… I think my favorite treats were the Lemon Tartlettes with crystallized lavender sprinkled on top. Whoa. 

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ONEHOPE Wine who also provided the sparkling wine for our wedding toast, brought in some bottles of their delish Brut that we used for toasting! 

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 The specialty drinks were dressed up with striped paper straws topped with paper cutouts of hot pink lips made by Bake Me a Party.

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Above, a shot of Megan, and below, my three sisters. These four gals were my Matrons of Honor on the big day!

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Above is the custom backdrop Megan designed, and below is a sweet shot of the table linens from La Tavola Linens. I’m such a sucker for black and white stripes! 

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Below is a shot of my sweet flower girl, Brooklyn! 

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Our darling friends at Fiore Beauty came and created a lip and lash bar for guests! It was so much fun!

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My mom gave an incredibly embarrassing, funny and sentimental speech! I loved it!

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I’m not sure how it happened, but I promise you there was no dress code yet somehow my entire bridal party showed up in hues that matched the theme of the day. 

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Photographer Emily Blake was on hand to capture the day! It was so much fun and I’m so thankful for such an incredibly beautiful and thoughtful day to hold in the memory of my heart!

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You can see more of the details where these images were originally feature on Martha Stewart Weddings!

Stationery and Design: MaeMae & Co. // Event Planning: 1703 Event Studios // Flowers: Lauryl Lane // Photography: Emily Blake // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Cake Pops: Morgie Porgie Puddn Pie // Sparkling Wine: OneHope // Lip and Lash Bar: Fiore Beauty // Rentals: Chiavari Chairs for Rent; Found Vintage Rentals; Signature Party Rentals // Paper Straws: Bake Me a Party

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You guys. The time has finally come!! I get to share MY OWN wedding with you all! Because Martha Stewart Weddings chose to feature our wedding in their recent issue of Real Weddings, we’ve had to keep the big day under wraps! Now it is finally time to share everything with you in person!

Bryan and I became engaged in September of 2012 (how is it possible that is has been that long??). You can read a little about our engagement story here. Before starting wedding planning, my parents hosted a fall inspired engagement party for us, which you can see more of here! After the holidays, it came time to start the wedding planning process, which was crazy! We’re going to be sharing my shower and wedding with you over the next few days and tell you all about the details, but we thought it would be fun to start off with the event that kicks off the wedding planning process for most brides–finding the perfect dress!

For me, finding a dress was a huge challenge. I wanted too many things!!! After several outings of dress shopping (and honestly feeling pretty exhausted by the daunting process of shopping) my friend Leila of Be Inspired PR recommended Kirstie Kelly. Leila told me that I would actually be able to meet with Kirstie in person, which was such an exciting prospect!!! Most of the gowns I had tried on up to that point weren’t quite the one because I felt the need to tweak each design to make it perfect for me. Kirstie, whose gowns and designs are absolutely gorgeous, ended up being the perfect fit. Not only was she an absolute delight to be around, but she was just as excited about the idea of creating something a little more couture for the big day. It made the experience so much fun and my dress could not have been more perfect.

Thanks to Couture Motion Pictures, we actually had a chance to document the process in video form! So that is what I’m beyond excited to share with you today! I get all sentimental watching this and can’t believe it has already been almost two years since we said I do! You can see more of the article and interview about the making of the dress at Martha Stewart Weddings, along with my 5 tips for finding the perfect dress!

Be sure to check back in tomorrow and Wednesday as we continue all the fun!

When we think of Alice in Wonderland inspired decor, our mind often wanders to the Mad Hatter party, and the Queen of Hearts always steals the spotlight. But today, we thought it would be fun to see what type of wedding Alice herself might plan! Plenty of gorgeous pastel blooms, soft romantic details, and tons of style! If you’ve been following our Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons series you know that something this gorgeous is totally possible with the Disney team, which offers full event planning and a very chic sense of style! Check out what we mean:

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Visit Disney Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons to learn more about all of the possibilities.

As part of our weekly mini-series on Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, today we are excited to share with you some gorgeous decor inspired by Rapunzel. We are loving the bright peonies and feminine pops of color, mixed with the masculine elements like rustic wood tables and industrial lighting!  Disney is boasting incredible, on trend wedding designs, plus, they offer customized, full service, one stop shop wedding services and their options are totally on trend! Just check it out:

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Visit Disney Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons to learn more about all of the possibilities.

You guys! Our favorite event of the year is quickly approaching and we are insanely giddy. It is time for The Cream Event, which by the way, is THE perfect way to kick off wedding planning for all you newly engaged gals. Why? For starters, The Cream brings together the best of the best in the wedding industry (get it? CREAM of the crop?) to showcase their wares and skills in a way that feels a lot like a wedding–complete with cocktails, tiny bites, tons of fashion and style, oh, and a crazy fab dance party. Plus, to top it all off this year, in collaboration with Wanderable, The Cream is giving away a 7 day Paris honeymoon. This is reason enough to get your tickets and come party with us on March 15th! Ready for this year’s design theme? We love.

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Did your ears perk up when we mentioned Wanderable? They should have! Wanderable is a new kind of honeymoon registry that lets you register for experiences, over things.  Chartering a sailboat in Thailand? No problem.  Sunbathing in the Caribbean? You got it. But there is so much more to this honeymoon registry than just your dream trip.  With over 2,800 curated experiences in 180 different cities, they’re the perfect solution for the modern couple who doesn’t need anymore “stuff.”  The best part is that each one of their experience providers is vetted by their team— and with over 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, so you know you’re getting the best of the best.