Wedding

Formal Wedding Guest Dresses

Wedding season is upon us! I always like to have a few wedding guest dress options hanging in my closet for upcoming weddings. It’s always those times when you’re looking for something specific, that it seems impossible to find you know?! So, to minimize last minute-panic dress shopping, I stock up on 2-3 styles that I know I’ll be able to wear for any special occasion! Here are a few that caught my eye. Wedding Guest Dresses My go-to colors for wedding guest dresses are; navy and black, but I also love a soft pink or blue in the spring/summer. The right floral print can be gorgeous as well. They say it’s a faux pas to wear red to someone’s wedding, but I don’t know…is it? If it’s a destination wedding somewhere like Miami then I don’t think it would be inappropriate, but that’s just me! I would obviously stay away from any sort of white or ivory shade dress though haha! Wedding Accessories You can never go wrong with a strappy Stuart Weitzman nudistong sandal. If you’re worried about comfort, they have a ton of nice block/lower heel options. I think an open toe heel looks best with a long gown versus a pump. I also love Aquazzura, Jimmy Choo and Alexandre Birman heels. For more budget friendly options, I love this Just Fab block sandal (I have it in both colors) and this braided sandal that comes in brown and white! For clutches I love this one, this one, this one, this one, and this one. How fun is this glitter one?! And don’t be afraid to rock a playful earring or bold necklace!
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What To Wear: Engagement Photos

One of the most frequently-asked-questions I’ve received since getting engaged has been, “What should I wear for my engagement photos?” I shared what I wore to our engagement in this post, but wanted to share more options below! What To Wear: Engagement Photos All White Engagement Outfits You don’t have to wear white for your engagement photos, but I really do love an all white outfit! I think it’s special to wear a ton of white leading up to your wedding. I’ll link a few styles I love below, but since things tend to sell out quickly, I’ll also share the retailers and brands I recommend looking at first for white outfits. For retailers, I’m always able to find beautiful pieces at; Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, The Outnet, Moda Operandi, Intermix, and Net A Porter. I particularly love the brands; Zimmermann, Faithfull, Alexis and Love Shack Fancy for romantic, ethereal white dresses. I’m loving this dress, this dress, this dress, this dress, this dress, this dress, and this dress. I also love a two piece set like I wore, with a crop top and midi skirt! Dressy or Casual You can choose to wear something dressy or more casual – there are no rules when it comes to picking out an outfit for engagement photos! My advice is to take into account your location, and what your partner is willing to wear/will look good in. From there, I’d order a few options and lay out your looks on the bed with your partner’s looks to see what will feel cohesive. And who says you can’t shoot more than one outfit?! One dressy, one casual! Non white engagement outfits I love a subtle floral midi dress that feels feminine with a touch of bohemian. I also love a pop of color like a soft pink or blue. A few dresses I’d opt for are this one, this one, this one and this one. And this navy blue wrap dress is so elegant (also comes in pink!) Shoes to wear to an engagement shoot Your shoe choice will depend on your location and dress style. If you’re doing a more formal dress, you can never go wrong with the Alexandre Birman Clarita sandal (comes in multiple colors) or the Stuart Weitzman nudistong heel. For the fall, I love a subtle suede taupe or brown leather boot with a floral midi dress. A gold or light brown sandal (love a lace up or thong style) would be beautiful with a more casual dress. I don’t love a wedge and I’m not a huge fan of a block heel in photos since they tend to look too chunky. I’d opt for something classic that elongates your legs. If you really love a loud shoe, I’d save it for your engagement party or rehearsal dinner! Jimmy Choo has some really fabulous ones. Accessories You don’t need to have a purse in the photos and I wouldn’t do loud jewelry. I’d stick with a pretty pearl earring like this or the gold charm earrings I always wear which are included in my favorite jewelry post. A gold necklace like this one or a white + gold necklace like this one would be perfect.
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Our Engagement

I am so excited to share that Thomas and I got engaged in Miami in early November! It’s been such a special time for both of us! With the holiday craziness I didn’t get a chance to post about our engagement on here. I wanted to share a few engagement details and photos with you! The Engagement Thomas flew me to Miami the first weekend of November. We checked into my favorite hotel; Soho Beach House. It was soooo nice to have a change of scenery and stick our toes in the sand. We relaxed the first day and ordered room service – their food is the absolute BEST. The second day is a bit of a blur now haha… we hung by the pool, and then that evening right before dinner, Thomas led me to the beach where he proposed! He had my favorite photographer hiding behind a beach stand capturing our special moment. I was in shock, and couldn’t stop smiling. Having this set of photos to capture that joy right during and after the proposal is truly priceless! After the proposal we took it all in, and then got ready for dinner at my favorite restaurant; Casa Tua. Engagement Outfit Details I packed a ton of white outfits for our weekend, knowing that something was up if we were flying to Miami on a whim! We had talked about a ring design together months prior, so luckily he knew exactly what shape and style I liked. This is something I suggest all couples discuss beforehand because you wear your engagement ring everyday and it’s a huge investment, so you want to be absolutely in love with it! I showed him photos of rings I loved (Amal Clooney’s was my #1 inspo) and he had it made from there. The style I ended up going with was an emerald cut diamond with tapered baguettes on each side. Classic and timeless! The outfit I wore was a two piece set I had sitting in my closet for years from Zimmermann. All of their pieces are special, intricate and feminine. While the exact outfit I’m wearing has since sold out, I’ve linked similar options below! Engagement Photos Our photographer, Bailey Ann, was so sweet and made us feel so comfortable. She snapped a ton of photos of us just being natural and elated. She is a genius when it comes to capturing those beautiful, in-between, organic moments! I was smiling ear to ear and in shock/high on adrenaline the entire time. Minutes before Thomas proposed, a hurricane was actually moving in on us, so he only had a small window (about 20 minutes) until it started to downpour! I love the moodiness and clouds that are behind us in these photos! The impending hurricane really made the pictures that much more gorgeous and ironically enough, the lighting was perfect (not too bright/not too dark.) Once it started raining, we ran up to our room and danced on the balcony and bed. My best friend had martinis sent up to our room waiting for us and Thomas had a huge bouquet of white roses on the nightstand. I’m so excited about this next chapter and feel so lucky that I get to be with my soulmate! Thank you so much for your well wishes, love and excitement – we are truly over the moon! Zimmermann top (similar, similar)Zimmermann skirt (similar, similar)Lee Brevard earrings (this charm and this charm)
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How To Write a Maid of Honor Speech

My sister Kameryn got married this time last year, and I was lucky enough to be her Maid of Honor. I wanted to share a few tips when it comes to writing the perfect Maid of Honor speech. These tips can also be applied to rehearsal dinner speeches! How To Write a Maid of Honor SpeechSit and reflectTrust me, I know what it feels like to have writers block. The best thing you can do when it comes to writing a speech, is pull up photos of you and the Maid of Honor. Have a piece of paper, or a Word doc open on your computer, and just start jotting down silly and special memories that you two share. Write down sweet things that the bride has said about her husband. Jot down a few sentences about how you know each other. This part can be messy and it will make sense later when you edit it all together. OutlineA little “outline” I’ve used for my MOH speeches is to start with the bride’s name. I think it’s really personal and intimate to look at the bride and start off with her name to sort of address her first before anyone else. Then I started my speech with, “Kameryn, it is such an honor and joy to be here on your wedding day.” Then, I took a long pause and looked around the room. I shared a few sentences about our childhood which introduced me to guests without having to formally introduce myself in an obvious way. I then talked about what Kameryn said to me when she first met Rob. The setting they were in, her reaction, and just a few sweet details about their early days of dating. Lastly, I circled back to Kameryn and talked about how Rob brought out the best in her and how excited I am for this next chapter. Throughout the speech I looked at the bride and groom, and glanced around the room 2-3 times. At the very end, I grabbed my champagne glass and made a closing toast congratulating the newlyweds. Then I hugged both Kameryn and Rob (and cried tears of joy and relief too haha!) Edit and CondenseIt usually takes me about 4-5 different versions to finally land on the one I am going to use. Speak the versions out loud to make sure that sentences and words flow as you make your edits. Keep it short and sweetI’ve given 2 Maid of Honor speeches now, and witnessed a handful, and the key is to keep it short and sweet. People get lost and tune out after 2 minutes, so aim for 2 minutes max. A nice 1 minute 45 second speech is ideal! Practice Practice PracticeOnce you’ve written your speech down and fine tuned it, practice saying it slowly in front of the mirror at least 3-4 times. When you actually give your speech, nerves will make you speak faster than you mean to, so be sure to keep reminding yourself to slow down! Speech paperI highly recommend printing or writing your speech out on a beautiful piece of thick stationary so that you can give it to the bride as a memento after the wedding. Don’t make the same mistake I did years ago, and read the speech off the notes section on my phone! I thought it would be lower profile than a piece of paper, but the blue light from the phone looked bad in photos and just took away from the traditional moment – lesson learned! Also, I don’t recommend memorizing the speech, because you never know what nerves can do to you in the moment. NervesI have a huge fear of public speaking. Always have, and probably always will! The best advice I can give for a MOH speech is to have a few sips of a cocktail (not too much LOL) to ease your nerves, and just really make this a moment between you and the bride. Angle your body slightly toward the bride so it feels more safe and intimate, and you can focus on what the speech is truly about. Speak from your heart and you will do great! You got this!
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