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You guys. We need to confess something. We have a wedding pet peeve that we need to get out in the open: we usually hate groomsmen in rented menswear. Our trained eye (though it takes little training) can spot an ill fitting, baggy style suite from a mile away. Unfortunately, there are so few options in the tuxedo rental market that actually take modern style into consideration that most guys are forced to opt for the less-than-stylish but affordable standard. UNTIL NOW.

We want to introduce you to The Black Tux, but before we go any further, let’s have a gander at some lovely specimens that are showcasing The Black Tux wares:

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I mean. Need we say more? We’ll go ahead and continue with more photos, you know, just to be thorough:




So, we pretty much agree with GQ, who says that The Black Tux has “come to rescue guys from tux-rental hell.” I mean, how can a gal resist just black tie perfection?


With modern-slim and classic rental options that start at just $95, you absolutely can’t second guess this decision. Not only is the price absolutely perfect, but what’s even better is that suits are ordered online and delivered to your doorstep with free shipping. That’s a win-win for groomsmen that usually like to drag their feet when it comes to navigating their wedding attire plans.


If you are dead set on your guys looking fab (as you should be) and don’t want to drop the funds for purchasing designer tuxedos, then The Black Tux is an absolute no-brainer.


How cute are these fellas? I mean, can we get an Amen?


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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!

If you haven’t already heard, we are so proud to have just launched our Spring Collection of The Mrs. Box–our little wedding heirloom ring boxes made from vintage French velvet. We received an early shipment of some of our favorite colors, which are now available for purchase, with the rest to follow in a few short weeks. We thought you’d love a little sneak peek of what we came up with this time, along with our stylist cohorts, Type A Society. Our dear friends, Jose Villa, along with Joel Serrato, were on hand to shoot these gorgeous images and they always make us look so good. And are you obsessed with those rings as much as we are? You can find them at Trumpet and Horn! And a very special thanks to artists Jenny Sanders of Graceline Art for her watercolor of our wreath and to Lisa Rae of The Dancing Pine for her water color of the lovely Pantone strips. We knew you’d love!

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Today, we wanted to start off with a little appetizer of inspiration for you ladies. We love the style of this couple, shot by Krista Mason Photography. We think the look is perfect for a rehearsal dinner, co-ed shower (we’re thinking a “Stock the Bar” shower complete with cocktails and appetizers) or better yet–a great date night!

We’d love to know, for those of you that are engaged, what are some of the fun activities you’ve got on the books throughout the next few months of planning? Now’s the time to bulk up on a few key dresses! And when it’s time for a date night, do you take the time to dress up? We think every once in a while, your fella will love it if you toss aside those jeans and opt for something a little sexier, no? Any tips for making date nights a little more glam?

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Vendors: Photography: Krista Mason Photography // Location: Colony House- Anaheim, CA // Equipment Rentals: Archive Rentals // Makeup Artist: Kacee Geoffroy hair and makeup // Floral Designer: Krista Jon Floral | botanical |stylist // Dress Store and Black/White Jumper is from: Love and Lace Bridal Salon // Personal Stylist and Robe from: Styled by Two’s Company // Female Model: Whitney Hoy // Male Model: Matthew Lee Williams 

You guys! We are looooving the new Watters Lalai dress is the perfect wedding gown! The beaded leaf embroidery and soft illusion tulle is so on trend! The leaf pattern is repeated in that gorgeous train, so the look is perfect for fall or spring! Watters design inspiration for the gown (and shoot!) comes from Gustav Klimt’s, The Kiss–a magical piece of artwork with the perfect color palette for an outdoor shoot.

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You can view the rest of the new Watter’s collection here! Or to find a perfect gown in person, visit a retailer near you.

ATTIRE: Watters @watterswtoo // PHOTOGRAPHER: Rachel May Photography – @rachelmayphoto // STYLING/DECOR: Amore Events by Cody – @amoreeventco @amoreraymayproject // FLOWERS: Southern Blooms – @southern_blooms // VENUE: Great Falls, Virginia USA @usinterior // HAIR & Makeup: Lou Steven’s Glam Squad @loustevensglamsquad // FURTNITURE: Paisley and Jade – @paisleyandjade // TABLETOP RENTALS: MS Events – @mseventscville // CAKE: Maliha Creations @malihacreations