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Accessories Are A Girls Best Friend (Wedding Planning Wednesday)

We’re back with another Wedding Wednesday post. I’ve really had so much fun sharing our wedding with you all and have loved getting to recap it all on my blog. When we got married blogging was on my radar, and had been for a while, however it was not something I thought I could do or anticipated starting anytime soon. I can honestly say though, starting my Instagram back in mid February and my blog in March has been so amazing for me. It has really pushed me out of my comfort zone in ways that I needed to be pushed. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing ladies, go on fun lunch dates, and just be a part of a fun community of creative woman, which is something I really needed. All that to say, I am no where near where I want to be or hope to be in a couple of years, but I just wanted to share with you all how grateful I am for all of the support. Whether it is a comment, a like, a share, or a subscription to my blog- it means SO much to me! I can’t wait to see how I grow my blog, and hope you will all grow with me.

Okay, now lets move on to the fun wedding stuff! This week I’ll be sharing all about my personal bridal style and how I chose certain things like shoes, accessories, hair styles, and makeup! Lets start with how I chose my wedding dress. Picking a wedding dress was something I had always dreamed about. In my mind (and all over Pinterest) I had the exact dress I would wear already picked out. Let’s just start out by saying this, DO NOT be upset when your dream dress (from Pinterest or your mind) does not work out. This was kind of a reality check for me, I’m the type of girl who had planned my wedding out for years. I knew what colors, what season, I knew it all. Or so I thought. So, when the time came to go try on dresses I thought it would be pretty quick and simple, considering I knew exactly what I wanted. Let me also say this, you may be that person that chose the exact dress you thought you would, or you might be like me and end up going a totally different direction. We’re all different, and this is just my experience. Alright, back on track! So we set up the appointments, I researched all the places I wanted to go, and then it was finally time. I was so excited and a little nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. I had made appointments for three bridal shops that day and assumed I would find my dress that day. So, when we got to the first place I described what I wanted to try, showed the stylist photos, and we pulled out gowns. After trying on a few dresses that I thought were going to be my style, I realized I needed to branch out and try things I wouldn’t have normally tried.

So, everyone who was with me began pulling dresses. Ones they liked, ones I liked, just a huge variety. It was actually kind of fun to try a ton of different styles, because honestly you never know what’s going to look best on your body, until you try a ton of different options. We did this all day, at three different places. I tried on mermaid fit dresses, long sleeve dresses, ball gowns, you name it- I tried it. My problem at the end of the day was this- I had tried on so many dresses, loved so many of them, and went home not really remembering what they all looked like. A tip for any of you bride to be’s- HAVE SOMEONE TAKE LOTS AND LOTS OF PHOTOS. Having photos to look back at when you’re home later and have some time to look alone is so helpful. When you’re trying on thirty plus dresses, it’s impossible to remember all the details. So assign someone to taking photos, and use those in making your decision.

I didn’t find my dress the first day, so we scheduled a couple more appointments and I found it the second time around. I ended up buying a dress knowing I would want to make some alterations to it. So I started that process as soon as I picked up my dress. We added some things that I really wanted, and took away some parts of the dress that I wasn’t in love with. If you’re planning on altering major parts of your dress, make sure you find someone who is skilled in this area. Do not just take it to a regular tailor.

So my overall tips for finding your dress are as follows- 1. Try on things that you wouldn’t normally try 2. Be open to opinions from family and friends 3. Take lots and lots of photos 4. Have photos on your phone for possible ideas that you can show the stylist 4. Don’t get frustrated if you do not find your dress right away, it’s the most important dress you’ll ever wear so take your time and don’t stress 5. Last but not least, make sure YOU are comfortable. At the end of the day it is YOUR wedding dress, not your families, not your bridesmaids, it’s yours. So take other peoples opinions into consideration, but at the end of the day you get to make that choice and it’s such a fun choice to make! Below are some photos of my wedding dress. I actually ended up wearing a totally different dress for our reception, and I will share both below.

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Okay let’s move on to accessories. I had so much fun picking out my earrings, shoes, and perfume. I may have spent a little too much time choosing these things, but I really knew what I wanted and you only get to do this once so I wanted to get it right the first time. For my shoes I knew I wanted something comfortable first and foremost. We got married outside and had to walk in grass so I did not want to be stumbling or be uncomfortable at the altar. I ended up choosing a thick block heel which was amazing. I still wear these shoes today, and I love that I’m able to still use them. I chose a color that complemented all the colors in our wedding theme, and ended up going with a deep marsala. It was so pretty against the white of my dress, and I loved the lace up details. When choosing shoes I would say to keep these three things in mind. 1. Make sure you can walk in the pair you choose. It is not all about what they look like, if you can’t walk it is not going to look good, trust me 2. Make sure that you try them on before your wedding day and spend some time walking around in them 3. Pick a pair of shoes that you’ll be able to use again one day. I seriously love being able to wear mine, and think of how wonderful our wedding day was every time I wear them.

Moving on to accessories. When choosing accessories be sure that you’re taking into consideration all the amazing details of your dress. If your dress is plain and not extremely extravagant you can probably add more accessories. If your dress is extremely extravagant with beading and lace, I would say to wear minimal accessories. At the end of the day though, it all comes down to the look you’re trying to achieve. I didn’t want to wear a ton of jewelry and wanted the pieces that I did wear to be statement pieces. I ended up wearing a beautiful blush pair of Kendra Scott statement earrings with some delicate bracelets that I picked up from Nordstrom. I wanted the focus to be on my dress, but I still wanted to wear accessories. My top three tips for choosing YOUR accessories 1. Buy multiple options and try them all on with your dress, you never know what you’re going to like best until you try it 2. Figure out what you want your focus to be- the dress, your glamorous accessories, etc. 3. Make sure your earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc, are complimenting your shoes. Try and keep them all on the same color spectrum so it will all flow together!

Last but not least, choosing your perfume! This part was seriously so fun for me. Primarily because I’ve worn the same three perfumes for the past 10 years, I know I need to change it up a bit, but I just loved my three and didn’t see a need for a new one. That is until it was time to pick one out for our wedding day. I’m going to be honest, I don’t really have any tips on how to do this. This one is all about preference and what you like. I’ll share with you how I chose mine, and you’ll probably laugh, but it worked for me, so maybe it will work for someone else. First, I got recommendations from friends and family. I wanted to try things that were different and not necessarily something I would typically choose. So first and foremost do that. Make a list of all the options and head to your favorite department store. I chose my perfume a couple weeks before our wedding and ended up going to our local Nordstrom with my list of possible options. I tested them all, took the samples home, had Cameron smell them, and waited a couple days to see what I liked the best. There was nothing that I really loved, and so I went back a few days later. I’m not one to buy things because of the name brand, and I certainly do not only buy brands that I’ve heard about. I love to branch out and try new brands, so I started to look at perfumes that weren’t ones you really hear about. I stopped looking at Chanel, Ralph Lauren, and all the brands I had used in the past and just started browsing. When I did this I found the one. I knew I loved it as soon as I smelt it. I feel like when you’re shopping for perfume it’s kind of a hard to describe what you’re looking for, so when you find the one you love, you just know! I ended up choosing Paco Rabanne Olympea perfume, and let me tell you, IT IS AMAZING. This perfume is my favorite scent I have ever used. If you have not tried this or heard of it, run, don’t walk, to the mall and test this out. It is so amazing! I would try and describe what it smells like but I would probably confuse us all, so just try it for yourself and you’ll see what I mean.

Something I really love about choosing accessories for your wedding is the feeling you get 3 months, 6 months, or a year down the road when you get to use them again. To this day, every time I put that perfume on, my husband and I both comment on how it can literally take you back to that day. I also wore it the whole time on our honeymoon, so every time I wear it it takes us back to the best weeks of our life! Such a fun way to relive that special time in life! I will share a few photos of my accessories below.

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Okay, so that’s it for this weeks Wedding Wednesday. I hope this post can give you some ideas, or just a little bit of inspiration. Even if you’re not planning a wedding and just want some new accessories or a new amazing perfume, I hope you enjoyed this post. I have linked some of the items in my photos at the bottom as usual, but if you have any specific questions please feel free to leave a comment or email me! Have an amazing day friends!

All photography by Leah Golter Photography

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It’s Wedding Planning Wednesday

Okay friends, so last week I shared about a new mini series I’m starting on the blog! For the next couple of weeks, on Wednesday, I will be sharing different aspects of our wedding. From how I planned it, to staying on budget, how I coordinated the style, and much more. Planning a wedding is a lot of work, but I can honestly say that as I’ve been planning these posts and looking back at photos, it really was worth it. I love having all of these memories to look back on, because it really does take you back to that day! At the end of my mini series I’ll be sharing our wedding video on the blog as well, so make sure to follow along so you can see that at the end. I’m going to start the first week off with talking about our decor and how I kept it simple yet extravagant.

Even before Cameron and I got engaged I knew I wanted a ton of flowers. To me, flowers are what make your space stand out. You can have the most beautiful vases and candle holders in the world but if you don’t have a good florist you may as well forget about the rest. Your flowers are what set the tone and the mood for your whole ceremony and reception. For us, deep and moody Fall colors were what we wanted. In our minds we pictured a beautiful clear day, with deep red flowers and a ton of greenery. So, when I began planning everything I based all of my decor choices around this. I would say my biggest tip when starting to plan a wedding would be this- figure out your colors and the feel you want your wedding to have. Once you get those down it will make it much easier to find decor that goes with that theme. I have to say, we were so blessed on our wedding day! Not only did we have a beautiful blue sky, but it was also a bit chilly, and that is literally exactly what we had hoped for.

Okay moving on to the decor. I really kept things somewhat simple. Wedding’s can really start to add up once you start to add all the little details. So with that being said, we did a lot of the decor on our own. We bought old furniture and redid it for a lounge, we used a lot of stuff we had at home. Picture frames, vases, etc. If it wasn’t from home I bought it in bulk from places like the Dollar Tree. I really wanted our reception to be full of candlelight. However, candles add up! I ended up buying all of my glass taper candlesticks from the Dollar Tree online and it was amazing. They were beautiful and so classy. When it came to vases I was a master at finding those. I had to get creative! I joined all of the local wedding Facebook groups in our area, was always searching on Craigslist, and honestly found them all for a 1/4 of the price. Now let me say, if you’re renting everything then this probably isn’t applicable to you. For us though, we wanted to be able to sell everything back when we were done, and we did! All of the decor we purchased was put up for sale after the wedding and it is FINALLY all gone. For us that was a great way to do things, but it varies for everyone!

Our ceremony decor was very simple and based off of two things. From the time we got engaged I had my mind set on a mantel as our altar. I know, weird! I literally searched and searched until I found a man who did custom woodwork. He made the most beautiful mantel for us, and it was literally exactly what I had envisioned. We got married under big, beautiful, oak trees with hanging lanterns. So the mantel went perfectly with that feel. I kept it simple and did beautiful flowers and garlands on the mantel, with some wooden stumps and beautiful plants. Like I said, I was all about the flowers for my wedding. You have to find what your main focus is, and plan around that. Maybe it’s the flowers, maybe it’s the color of the venue, whatever it is make sure you know what you’re going for. We did simple wooden chairs and lined the aisle with wooden signs with a Bible verse written on each sign. It was very simple yet still romantic and beautiful. One thing I will say is this- for us, Pinterest and wedding websites were overwhelming. Instead of scrolling and scrolling for hours, I would get a few ideas, and then plan around those. Using my own creativity to build on or altar what I had seen on Pinterest. If you get to deep into looking at other peoples weddings, you will begin to try and copy it exactly, even if it’s unknowingly. So, use it as a resource to get your creativity going, and then switch it up by making it more like you and your partner. That tip really helped me throughout the process.

dallas blogger bridals wedding hashtag decor staircase garlands for wedding When planning our reception I knew I wanted to highlight the enormous white Chandeliers and the big and beautiful white barn. Our reception was an indoor/outdoor reception, and I really wanted people to feel as if they could still be outside and enjoy the party. I added lawn games from a rental company, and a beautiful lounge outside with some cocktail tables! Our venue had gorgeous white lights hanging from the trees in the courtyard so it helped keep the romantic feeling outside as well. I did mostly round tables and then a long wooden table for the wedding party. I’m so glad we did this, I loved how we could see all of our guests and our backs were not turned on anyone. For centerpieces I knew I wanted each table to be unique and different. Let me preface this by saying, my florist was amazing. I went to school with her and had known her for a few years, and she seriously is the best. I would hire her again in a heart beat. She stuck with my theme of flowing greenery and deep reds and pinks. Our guests complemented our flowers profusely. I have to say, some of the flowers she used were so different and beautiful they looked like they came from an island! I loved how they were not flowers you see all the time, they were special and definitely unique to our big day, which is exactly what we wanted. I gave her free reign on our center pieces and just told her I wanted some flowing on the tables, some in tall vases, etc. I loved how each table was different but they all still went together. One tip for picking a florist- find someone who you know will understand your vision. Maybe you’re like me and don’t necessarily want everything the same, find someone who’s work looks like what you want. Or maybe you want everything uniformed and exact, find someone who does that. I honestly spent the most time finding a florist, and a dress. I really wanted to get it right! Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. If your florist doesn’t have a website with his or her work, ask to see photos. Seeing past wedding’s or events from your florist will really give you an idea of what types of design they are comfortable with. ┬áThis goes back to choosing your overall feel and colors, everything revolves around that. Decide your theme! Romantic, shabby chic, classic, elegant- whatever it is, stick with it throughout all your planning, and your decor will all flow together seamlessly. We did not have a wedding planner, so this was all up to me, but I’m a planner by nature so I loved this (most of the time.)

white sparrow wedding venue dallas rustic wedding decor head table wedding decor I added small personalized details that were customized for us. Such as cocktail napkins and coozies at the bar. I also placed many personal photos from our Engagement session around the venue, I loved this because it gave the decor a bit of a sentimental feeling. We used large glass mirrors from home to write our dinner menu on, as well as a thank you note to all of our guests, and I loved how it turned out. A lot of people use chalk boards now or wood, however we really loved how classy the glass mirrors looked with our all white venue! Another tip for anyone planning a wedding or party, sign up for coupon emails from all the places you’re planning on purchasing from. Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Home Goods! These are all great places to find the small things you need for your big day, and having coupons sent to you is just an added bonus. This helped me plan when I was going to purchase certain things based on when different items were on sale!

wedding coozie favors candle decor for rustic wedding guest book and cards sign large white lanterns for weddings grooms cake hunting themed rustic fall wedding cake I do marquis letters aisle runner signs for wedding watters wedding dresses As far as the rest of our decor goes, it was all stuff that we found at thrift stores or online garage sales. I’m all about finding a good deal, so our wedding was no exception. I added an adorable home made photo booth that was perfect for our venue. I wanted people to have other things to do, and this was a big hit! The giant chess and connect four were also so fun! If you’re planning on having kids at your wedding, I highly recommend getting lawn games. Don’t settle on the first company you find either, spend time researching different companies. Some companies will work out deals with you and are much easier to work with than others! We also had custom corn hole boards made from Etsy and used monogrammed bean bags. Our guests really enjoyed this, as well as our wedding party throughout the day. I will share some more of our photos below so you can see how our decor turned out. If you are getting married and live in the Dallas area and want any of our vendor info, please let me know! If not, have fun looking at the beautiful photos! All of our photos were done by Leah Golter Photography.

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