Our Spring Wedding Highlights

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Our wedding was 20 days ago. Time is flying. We are settling back into reality (or trying to), and before my memory escapes me I want to share our spring wedding highlights. Will and I got married on April 28th in Middleburg, Virginia. It truly felt magical and dream-like.

Of course, there were days leading up to it when I was super stressed out and I wondered how it would come together. In the end, all the hard work and coordination of everyone involved paid off. I cannot thank enough everyone who helped me along the way or listened to me vent when I was stressed out about something. It still means so much and I appreciate it more than you know. The wedding planning process can have a lot of ups and downs, so having people support you through it is such a blessing.

First, here are a few pre-ceremony pictures.

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Side note:  If you are in the throes of wedding planning, I hope these details give you some inspiration and confidence that it will all come together. I will share some advice in the coming weeks as well, but if you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment or reach out to me – seriously!

Also, I have mentioned certain vendors and products below because I truly loved working with them and their work. I did not have any obligation to mention anyone in any way. And to my vendors mentioned below – you all rock and exceeded our expectations!! We could not have asked for a better group of people to work with for our wedding.

Our Spring Wedding Highlights

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For the ceremony, I wore Badgley Mischka (similar here) shoes I got off Poshmark. They were the last pair I could find online that were my size and had a block heel. But, right before our first dance I decided to put on a comfier and sturdier set of heels that were the same height. That was probably one of the best decisions I made that night because my feet didn’t hurt at all and they made it so easy to walk in the grass!

Now, here are some post-ceremony and reception photos.

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My Favorite Wedding Detail of the Day

It is quite hard to choose, but perhaps my favorite detail of the day was my dress. As I mentioned above, the designer was Paloma Blanca, however, I was able to get the sleeves from the wedding dress of my grandmother and namesake added to my dress. I also wore the veil that my grandmother made for my mother’s wedding day, which has also been worn by my aunt and three cousins. My grandmother passed away when I was seven, so having these pieces integrated into my wedding day look made me feel extra special and connected to her.

 

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Are you married or planning your own wedding? I would love to hear all the details! Are there certain, special parts or details of your wedding or a wedding you recently went to that you loved? Please share in the comments! And like I said earlier, if you have any wedding planning questions, feel free to ask. There is definitely a learning curve with it, and I wish any brides to be out there the best of luck.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

P.S. Here are my tips for brides to be!

 

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10 Wedding Registry Tips to Make the Process Easy

When the wedding planning process began for Will and I back in April, I always envisioned registering for wedding gifts would be one of those fun and easy tasks for us. Now, we are less than six months until our wedding day, and we just recently finished setting up our wedding registry. It has taken us over a month from start to finish. The process was much more confusing and time-consuming than I had imagined it would be!

There are so many options of what to register for and so many ways you can register for gifts. In addition to all the options out there, I got a lot of opinions on what was proper or “normal” when it comes to wedding registries. If I could go back and time and give myself some advice before going down the gift registering road, here are the tips I’d share.

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My Wedding Registry Tips

  1. Get inspired. Looking at other couples registries is a great way to start thinking about what you and your partner should register for.
  2. Make a game plan. Start by checking out a comprehensive wedding registry list online. I printed off two of the ones below. Then, Will and I went through individually and circled things we thought were needed. This was a great way for us to start the conversation. We discussed what we should register for, noted what we already have and thought about items that can be upgraded.
  3. Pick a few registries. It is good to register at two to four places because your guests will have their own places they typically shop. Some may also prefer shopping online over a store, or vice versa.
  4. Take your time. Set aside a couple full days on upcoming weekends for you and your partner to focus on the registry together. Going to a store in person was not originally something I thought was necessary, but for certain bigger items it is definitely helpful to see them.
  5. Don’t delay. It is ideal not to put off registering for gifts until too late. Aim to register for gifts before the six month mark. You do not want the process to feel rushed, and as I mentioned it can take longer than you think to figure it all out!
  6. Vary the prices. Don’t register for lots of small things or only a few big things. It is best to have the majority of your gifts be under $100 and then have about 25-30% that are more expensive.
  7. More is better. Register for more gifts than guests. Now, there is no need to register for 400 gifts when you will have 200 guests, but registering for extra things will make gift buying easier because your guests will have different preferences for shopping and gift giving in general.
  8. Check in. Keep in mind that certain products or items you register for could go out of stock. Every so often, and especially a couple of weeks before your wedding, check on your registries. Make sure all the items on your list are available and make any necessary tweaks or additions.
  9. It’s ok to be unconventional. Don’t feel pressured by the opinions of friends or family on what you should register for. Everyone has opinions, but if a certain item will not be used or is not your taste, don’t register for it. Whatever people say, it is absolutely fine to register for unconventional gifts. For some, these can include a honeymoon fund, hammock or a cool bluetooth speaker system. This is your time! Your registry should reflect you and your partner’s tastes.
  10. Keep a gift tracker. Each time you receive a gift, write what the gift is and who sent it. Many registries have an online system that will track it for you. But, if you are registered at a few places, it is much easier to have one master list when you are writing thank yous.

Here is the Wedding Registry Checklist I used, from PopSugar:

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Will and I registered at four places – Macy’s, Pottery Barn, Zola and Amazon. Zola is not as well-known as the other three, but it is a great option to consider for your wedding registry, especially if you would like to include have some unconventional gifts. The bulk of our gifts are from there. They have a huge range of brands and products. There are well-known brands like, KitchenAid, Le Creuset and All-Clad to shop from. In addition, Zola has several  unique brands like Creative Co-Op and Brooklyn Slate.

Zola also makes it more possible to get some pricier gifts, by allowing you to activate group gifting. For example, we registered for a KitchenAid mixer on Zola that is $380. With the group gift activated, multiple guests can contribute what they’d like to gift you’ve picked out. The other great differentiator for Zola are the unconventional gift options I mentioned in my tips. Through Zola, you can create a honeymoon fund, add a fun experience in your city or give your guests the option to contribute to something like a down payment on a house (pictured below).

Click here to set up your registry on Zola and get $50!! 

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Some of the gifts on our registry that we are super excited about include a hammock from Zola, All-Clad pots and pans, Kate Spade wine goblets, a power drill that Will picked out from Amazon and dinnerware from Pottery Barn (pictured above).

For Will and I, getting wrapped up in registering for gifts left us feeling a little self-centered and greedy, but we reminded ourselves that these do greatly help your guests. Not only that but these gifts will play a huge role in turning our house into our very first home as a married couple.

What do you think about wedding registries?

Now, I’d love to hear from you. How do you feel about giving and receiving  more unconventional wedding gifts? Have you used or bought gifts through Zola before?  If you’re married, what were your favorite gifts you received? Is there anything you think ever couple should register for? If you aren’t married what do you look forward to getting one day?

Cheers,

Sarah Camille

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Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas and Style Guide

Hello friends, and happy October!

Fall is my favorite season and it is also a popular time for weddings. Figuring out what to wear for different dress codes can be challenging anytime of year, and some of you may find it even more challenging as the weather gets cooler. I’m going to help you tackle your wedding guest woes with a style guide from The Black Tux and a breakdown of wedding guest dress ideas to wear for all the various levels of formality. Before I begin, if you are wondering what is appropriate to wear based on the time of the event or what it says on your invitation, check out the style guide below.

The Wedding Guest Style Guide - Plus a breakdown of what to wear for each occassion.

Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas

Now that you have an idea of what is acceptable to wear at the upcoming wedding you will attend, here is some inspiration for each type of dress. Listed from lowest to highest price, I picked out an affordable option (less than $75), updgrade option ($76-$150) and splurge option ($151+) so you can easily find something in your price range.

CASUAL

SEMIFORMAL

BEACH FORMAL

BLACK TIE OPTIONAL

 

BLACK TIE

WHITE TIE

I hope this guide and these outfit ideas help you figure out your “What to wear?!” dilemma, if you have an upcoming wedding to attend. Many of the dresses above can work for couple different levels of formality, like black tie optional and black tie. Investing in a dress that transcends different types of events is key. Personally, I think it is best to lean on the side of being slightly overdressed than under-dressed. If you can’t decide between a couple of options, pick the more formal one!

Rent the Runway can also be a great choice if you do not need another dress in your closet or you are attending a wedding that has a unique feel for which you know you’d never wear the dress you want to wear again.  If your date is having trouble finding appropriate attire, the Black Tux has lots of wedding suit and tuxedo options to choose from.  It’s basically like Rent the Runway for men!

Have you or has your partner ever used the Black Tux? I’d love to know how you liked it. I would love to know if you have any dress recommendations as well. If you have any clothing dilemma’s you are facing, I am happy to help you make a decision too. Just let me know!

Cheers,

Sarah Camille

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