My Wedding Recap!

As my one year anniversary is coming up (May 18!) – I just realized that I never actually re-capped my wedding on here! Whaaaat?!

I have so many gorgeous photos I have yet to share and figured that as my one year of marriage to my wonderful husband comes to a close- what better time to reminisce and share details of my wedding day! I know you ladies nerd out over this stuff, let’s be real. 😉

First, I want to share some just beyond gorgeous photos from my best friend’s sister and her husband over at H+D Photography- they are family friends and were gracious to gift us with this dual photo session (engagement shots + bridal session) before the wedding. I wanted to get some bridal shots in my dress (from the amazing Irish designer Gibson Bespoke) in front of some gorgeous urban scenery right across from our apartment in the industrial West Midtown district of Atlanta.

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Doesn’t the above photo look like an ad? Haha! We loved this mural and just had to get a photo in front of it, as well as the bumblebee mural.

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With our photos, and our wedding itself- we wanted to really show our love for the city that brought us together. We wanted to exude fun and playfulness- which would be the true representation of ourselves as individuals and as a couple.

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This one is seriously one of my favorites. We love ice cream! 🙂

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My dress was actually purchased through the designer’s Etsy shop online- without me ever having tried it on at all. Risky? Yes. Did it pay off? Absolutely! I knew I didn’t want a traditional gown and the moment I saw the photo of this amazing dress I knew I had to have it. With a few alterations and personal touches (I sewed on the lace panel in the front myself!) it was everything I wanted it to be.

Having had a stint in making/selling accessories, I had a go at creating my own flower crown as well. I bedazzled it a bit to tie in with the sequins. The inspiration for my entire look was taken from a photoshoot I saw on Pinterest with a bride in a similar golden sequined gown in an olive tree meadow. The freshness of the greenery and rustic leaves gave it such a unique feel, rather than going the probably more-expected route of all out glamour and formality. Since our wedding was small and rather informal- I wanted to keep it fresh and fun!

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This mural is one of my favorite parts of the city- so how lucky am I to live DIRECTLY across from it? Very lucky indeed! For my bridal shots I wanted an almost editorial-like feel. Haley definitely captured that in these shots. Since we weren’t able to get any of me or Kyle and I together on the wedding day itself in front of the mural (it rained!) I was so grateful to get these shots.

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The photos on the actual wedding day itself were taken by a college friend of mine, and they also turned out beautifully! As I mentioned, it rained- so many of these photos were actually taken in my apartment complex’s parking lot. YES, really. Haha! Just goes to show you that on the day of your wedding- be prepared for anything. In the moment I was pretty annoyed, but it still ended up being just fine. 🙂

 

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Kyle looked so handsome in his suit! 🙂

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I just love the juxtaposition of glamour and concrete.

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The groomsmen at least got some shots with the mural before it started pouring down.

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Our venue was the cutest little chapel-turned-event space/art gallery, Blue Mark Studios.  It doubled as both the ceremony AND reception venue! For this bride on a budget- I was thrilled with this. I found an excellent warehouse for decor called Eclectia that supplied string lights, fabric, etc. but I made the wreath myself!

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Another DIY victory- I was able to get all my fresh flowers from Dekalb Farmer’s Market for around $100. I went with a white/green theme as I just love the freshness of it! My Mother in law, and a couple bridesmaids and I spent the night before making all the bouquets/boutonnieres.

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My mom made the “official” wedding cake, and we also had goodies from a local bakery to provide a grooms cake and cupcakes. These are key lime. Yummo!

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This wedding was not the most serious of weddings, clearly!

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Our first dance was to Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good.” It was a fun first dance, nothing too overly sappy.

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Kyle and I have a pretty large beer bottle collection, as we are both craft beer enthusiasts- and he also homebrews. So we figured- why not use them as part of the decorations? We ended up de-labeling tons of beer bottles and left the ones with the best label designs. Guests took a bottle/vase and flower home as their favor.  They were a hit!

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You could say craftiness runs in my family- my mom made these gorgeous pomanders for the ceremony.

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My mother and grandmother are so gorgeous!

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So is my mother in law!

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One of my FAVORITE moments of the entire night- my grandmother who flew in from Germany and Kyle’s grandfather, dancing their hearts out to “Superfreak.” My grandmother is in her eighties and his grandfather is approaching 90. They are a hoot.

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And finally, one of my favorite shots from the post-ceremony. EXCITED YEAHH!

All, in all, it was a fantastic day.

My advice to fellow brides?

1.) DO NOT make things hard on yourself. Don’t try to do everything all alone. You WILL need help!

2.) Don’t be afraid to look for discounts for fear of being looked as “tacky.” Girl- if there was a wedding tacky police, they probably would have nailed me on many counts. Beer bottles as vases? Homebrew/Homemade wine as the beverages? A sequin dress? Using half silk/half real flowers for bridesmaid bouquets? TACKY.COM. Right? Except it wasn’t. Just do your own thing! Don’t be afraid of deviating from tradition a bit as long as it’s what YOU want.

3.) Remember- at the end of the day, you are getting MARRIED. Celebrate your husband, your marriage, your new family. The wedding shouldn’t be treated as a magazine photoshoot. Don’t stress over primping yourself 24/7. Just try to relax and have fun!

 

The first batch of photos were from H+D Photography, and the second were from Libba Beaucham Photography.

NEW Haircut + Polka Dots! [Style Post!]

I have a confession to make to you guys.

I spend 90% of my time in either PJs (that work-from-home life) or gym clothes.

It’s really a travesty.

HOWEVER- I do have a side of me that loves fashion, believe it or not! I love thrifting, finding unique pieces, and to really just have fun with clothes when I can! Since I’m definitely on a tight budget at the moment,  it’s always a fun challenge for me to make thrift-store-finds and hand-me-downs my own, and just rock it.

Since cutting my hair all off (!!!) , I feel like I have a revitalized interest in just being an overall stylish person, again. For a while I really let myself get lazy…I mean, when your hair is 10 feet long and extremely hard to deal with it happens because dealing with your HAIR takes up an hour in itself. Really. But not anymore! I feel so fresh and clean and really like “myself” again. Never underestimate the power of a great haircut!

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Now, I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that I’m a red polka dot lovin’ gal.

So naturally, my outfit today has to be one of my favorites to wear, because I just love love love this shirt! This was actually a spectacular Goodwill find, believe it or not. Red & white polka dots are just dang kryptonite to me for some reason.

There are actually lots of shirt in this sort of tied blouse style at Goodwill and other thrift stores, so if you’re into it, just go take a look one day! It’s also super comfortable because it’s not totally form-fitting. I don’t even care if it’s not the 100% most flattering shirt of all time. I just love it.

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Onto the jeans: Now, if you’re an athletic lifter like me, you KNOW how hard it is to find good jeans that fit. I pretty much resorted to wearing leggings 24/7 until I found these bad boys. These are Lucky Brand Sofia Skinny jeans- The Sofia is a curvy fit, and they are a little higher in the waist and in the back, which is perfect if you’ve got a lil’ extra back there from doing heavy squats. 😉


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The color is slightly off, but you get the idea. They’re a lovely dark wash and fit like a dream. Easily my new favorite pair.  They’ve got just enough stretch to remain comfy which is always necessary.

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Did I mention I love this top?!

I had a lot of fun doing my little photoshoot in my living room today and I hope you all enjoyed coming along for the ride 🙂 It actually inspired me to look nice today instead of remaining in PJs and on the computer for hours like I normally do… (ah, the life of a graphic designer/internet marketer!)

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Wedding Inspiration- Garden Glamour. Ooh la la!

If you’ve been following me on Twitter or know me in real life, you may already know that I’m getting married next May! (wee!) Of course, me being the crafty, creative, frugal person I am, I’ve decided to DIY everything. And yes, that’s pretty much everything.

I’m making my own invitations/stationery, decorations, flowers, veil, bridal accessories, and probably more. But hey! I like doing those things so it’s okay. I actually really love a challenge, and being able to make things personal and 100% unique. Plus- we’re on a budget and in case you didn’t hear, weddings these days average at around $20,000 a pop. Crazy, huh? Thankfully, Kyle doesn’t really mind what kind of budget-queetn shenanigans I  get into, and our parents don’t mind either, so I’m able to let my mind roam free!

Naturally, I’ve been scrolling Pinterest like a crazy woman these past few months, trying to get some inspiration without trying to get told what I “should” and “should not” do.  Nothing wrong with mason jars and chalkboards, but I feel like I want to think outside the box a little bit. I’m a pretty good Pinterest searcher as far as finding specific things, so I was able to really come across some things that have helped me develop a good aesthetic to play off of!

I will say A HUGE part of my design inspiration is actually my dress. I’m obsessed with my dress. My dress is the dress to end all dresses. This dress makes me happy. I want to wear it around the apartment.

Now I’m not going to reveal it here or anything, but I will just say it has an unusual element that has really helped me get the gears rollin’ on some designing ideas! But I’ll let you guys see that in a few months, don’t worry 😉

Below I wanted to share an inspiration board I made as I’m thinking of my veil/floral design. I love the idea of a green garden paired with elegant tulle and sparkles, so I named this “Garden Glamour,” because that’s pretty much the style I want to evoke! Our wedding is not going to be black-tie formal in any way, but I still want things to be pretty, fresh, and modern.

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I thought a flower crown veil was such an amazingly unique idea and I’m excited to take that project on! Yes, there are some truly talented wedding accessory designers that have some pre-made veils, but the fact that I can just…buy the fabric and supplies myself and do it for hundreds cheaper….I just couldn’t pass that up. At least I have some experience in creating hair accessories- I even had a brief stint as an etsy seller until I decided I didn’t want to do it all the time.

Also, I want to make the veil detachable, so I can have it for the ceremony, and leave just the flower crown for the reception.  Even though this idea is little unusual, I think it’s exactly what I want to do to be able to incorporate  elements of the traditional (white veil) with the offbeat (flower crown.)

I also wanted to focus on greenery instead of flower buds, because I think the green is just so,  I don’t know. Refreshing! Any other floral accents will mainly be white, with a few red/orange/yellow flowers interspersed throughout, similar to the beer bottle vase photo up at top (which we also will incorporate!). Baby’s breath or peony (if I can find some silk peonies, that is!) are my preferred white flowers to use.

In my bouquet, I’m also thinking of incorporating some fresh herbs such as rosemary and sage. Tie it all together with a white silk ribbon and exposed stems. Doesn’t that sound just so lush? It’s going to smell amazing, at least 🙂

Anyhow, I’m excited to finally have a sort of vision of all the design details, because that was alluding me for awhile. Some of my original visions were a little “too” glitzy and glamorous for our venue and the nature of our wedding. I’m really hoping for that perfect balance of romance, glamour, and whimsy, and I think this route is going to get me there!

Did I mention I got a lot of my supplies at the Dollar Tree? For the record, their silk flowers are pretty much the same quality as Michael’s. And I’m not using real flowers because HAVE YOU RESEARCHED HOW EXPENSIVE THAT IS. Yeah, no. No pretty, expensive flowers that are just going to be thrown away the next day for me. This girl is NOT down with that.

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My cat Curry being glamorous amongst the tulle

As I create my projects I’ll be sure to post my progress! I’m excited to take you all on this journey with me. 🙂