Wedding Season

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Bride

Previously, I shared with you all a “what to wear during wedding season” post and shared a few looks to wear as a guest. I recently came across these looks that I just had to share. From wedding dresses, to bridesmaids dresses, to Mother of the Bride (MOB) dresses, here are a few that I am just dying over.

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Bridesmaids

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Wedding Guest

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Mother of the Bride

 

xo

 

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M and G To Be

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So here we are, witnessing the aftermath of what was the best day of my life. Although there were thousands of photos to go through (that were just as amazing as these that didn’t make this post), I decided to share a few that I felt really captured those special moments.

Where do I begin to share about the most magical day of my entire life… The morning started off rather nerve-wrecking for me because of the weather, which I go in full detail on this post here.

The ceremony was short and sweet – exactly how we had pictured it to be. We really wanted a garden theme wedding, so having an outdoor wedding for both ceremony and reception was on the “must-have” list.

After our wedding photos, our wedding party including our parents held sparklers as we made our grand entrance into the reception. We walked into our first dance, followed by the traditional dances (FOB and MOG dance), to food, to speeches, to dancing, to cake cutting, to dancing some more, to taking photos in the photo booth, to more dancing, etc. We danced the entire night. I don’t think I even sat down for more than 5 minutes, which I am so happy about.

They say your wedding comes and goes before you know it. Enjoy it while you can because it goes so fast you don’t remember anything. Well, I beg to differ because both my husband and I remember every single part of our wedding and I cannot tell you how truly happy I am about that. That was so important for us – to remember every moment and to fully enjoy the night. And we sure did.

I was beyond blessed to have had my beautiful sisters (bridesmaids), mom, and of course the best wedding planner – Harlow Planning,  by my side to make sure this day was perfect. And it truly was. It was beautiful. My dream wedding really came to life. I cannot even put it into words how incredible this day was for me… for my husband. This day will forever be so sacred in my heart.

Photographer: Hailley Howard

Wedding Planner: Harlow Planning

Hair and Makeup: Valerie Star

Bridesmaids, MOB and MOG Dresses: David’s Bridal

Bride, Groom and Bridesmaid Shoes: Vince Camuto

Bride, Bridesmaids & Flower Girl Robes: Love Ophelia

Flowers: Florals By Isabelle

Cake and Desserts: Sweet and Saucy Shop

Cake Topper and Table Numbers: NGO Creations

Rentals: Found Rentals

Caterer: Colette’s Catering & Events

Photo Booth: https://www.instagram.com/funkyfreshmo/

Fun facts about our wedding:

  • While it was raining during hair and makeup, the rain literally stopped the minute I walked down the aisle. It was magical.
  • My god daughter (8 years old) had written me a letter and read it while we were getting ready. I cried my eyes out.
  • George and I wrote our own vows.
  • I didn’t toss my bouquet.
  • My friend Enocha sang “Lean On Me” during the reception.
  • A lot of DIY went into our wedding – wedding favors, George made our alter, ceremony/reception signs, including the ‘here comes the bride’ sign.
  • I didn’t have two dresses, but I did have two different tops – one for the ceremony, which had some beading and the second for the reception, which was all lace to match the rest of my dress.
  • We took the after party to our house, which went on until 5:30 am.

xo

She said Yes!!!

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This year has been such an incredible year thus far. I got married to the love of my life, and now it’s my sister’s turn to marry her love!

We are showering the bride-to-be this weekend, and cannot be more excited for her… and then we are off to Vegas to celebrate her bachelorette party in a couple of weeks (woohoo)!

How adorable are these tanks from ESEFApparel?! Definitely taking these with us to Vegas!

If you are a bride-to-be or know someone who is, click link below to shop their customizable bachelorette party shirts.

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xo

Bridal Shower

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And just like that, I’m checking off the bridal shower. It’s true what they say “time flies when you’re having fun”. With less than two months away, it’s really starting to sink in. I’m so close to becoming a “Mrs.”, to officially changing my last name and becoming a wife to the love of my life. Oh my god, I am getting a knot in my throat as I’m writing this post. I’m getting so choked up just thinking about it all. Happy tears, I promise.

My bridesmaids threw me the most amazing bridal shower ever. I was beyond speechless. They absolutely captured my vision, and I am forever grateful for my girls. This wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my sisters and friend Evelyn.

My sisters received a lovely gift from my friends at Vince Camuto. They gifted all my bridesmaids, including myself, a pair of heels from their gorgeous collection to wear for the big day. My fiancé got a pair of moccasins as well… Doesn’t he look so handsome?! 🙂

It has been such a privilege to share this new chapter in my life with all of you. It’s so personal and such a special time in my life. I feel so much love, and I am so thankful and so happy to be surrounded by my close friends and family. I cannot wait to share more with you all.

#blessed

xo

Photographer: Hailley Howard

Shoes c/o Vince Camuto

Vintage Fan Bridal Shower Favors c/o BonFortune

Earrings c/o Jessica Elliot

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Best Bridesmaids Gifts

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If you follow me on snapchat (melrod1206), you saw that  my sisters threw me the most amazing bridal shower. I have no words to express how beautiful everything was. From the decor to the desserts to the specialty bride refreshments, to being surrounded by my close friends and family. I couldn’t have had a better shower.

During the bridal shower, which I plan to share more photos soon, so stay tuned, I surprised my girls with these beautiful gifts. I am truly blessed to have amazing sisters in my life and since these girls mean so much to me, I wanted to gift them a few goodies that make the perfect gift to give before the big day.

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I gifted my bridesmaids these beautiful Serendipity Robes in pink blush by Love Ophelia. I absolutely love the crochet trim on the bridesmaids robes. They’re perfect to get ready in for the day of.

They even gifted me a robe, which is called the Willow Robe in vintage white. I’ve incorporated a lot of lace in my wedding so the bell lace scallop details on the bell sleeves give my wedding theme that extra touch of whimsy.

And of course I couldn’t forget about my flower girls. They got the Serendipity Flower Girl Robe to match my bridesmaids as well.

Because Love Ophelia is so amazing, they’re giving my friends 15% off any item from their website. Use coupon code: MELROD.

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Each of my girls are so special to me in their own way and I really wanted them to have something special, so thanks to Black Label Decor I got these stunning personalized hangers for each of my bridesmaids.

They’re offering FREE domestic shipping (limited time), coupon code: MELRODSTYLE 🙂

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How adorable are these toe separators?! Goodbye to traditional tow separators and hello Dip Into Pretty! These will definitely add a touch of fun and glamour to our next pedicure appointment.

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What’s a wedding without accessories, am I right?!

These simple clutches by Kayu are exactly what I had in mind for the wedding. Simple, neutral, and easy to carry. Matches perfectly with my bridesmaids’ dresses.

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As I mentioned before Sole Serum is your feet’s best friend. Read more about it here and here.

If you or someone you know is getting married and would love to shop any of the items listed above, I’ve included all links below.

http://store.loveophelia.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlackLabelDecor

http://dipintopretty.com

http://kayudesign.com

https://soleserum.com

 

xo

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Lulus Wedding Dress part 2

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A few days ago, I shared a beach themed wedding dress idea. Today, I’m sharing part 2.

This Lulus strapless midi dress would be great for a garden themed wedding or even makes for the perfect rehearsal dinner dress. I love the lace detailing and the silhouette. I decided to again, keep the accessories simple by adding a dainty diamond necklace. Parted my hair down to one side for a more glam-chic look. Topped off the look with a silver heel for an elegance touch.

The hunt for the perfect dress is still on but I am full of inspiration with these two dresses. Can’t wait to say yes to the dress!

xo

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Lulus Dress c/o | Manolo Blahnik Heels | Givenchy Necklace

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Lulus Wedding Dress part 1

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As you may already know, I have officially been planning my wedding and on the hunt for THE dress… eeek!

To get my wedding juices flowing, I’ve partnered with Lulus to style two wedding inspired dresses.

Here is look #1. This dress is perfect for a beach themed wedding. It’s long, flowy, lace detailing and the best part is the open back. A touch of elegance yet still sexy. I kept the accessories to a minimal and let the dress have a moment. Finished the look with a dainty flower crown to give it that last minute beach touch.

Stay tuned for dress #2.

xo

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Lulus Dress c/o | Flower Children Only flower crown c/o

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Bridal Essentials | Part 1

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As a little girl, I imagined what my wedding would be like, but growing up I really didn’t think much about it as most girls do. Don’t get me wrong I, too have a secret Pinterest board dedicated to what my future wedding would be like. I guess I just never thought it would happen for me until we got engaged. I think after that, it all sort of became real and hit me that this was it. It was time to officially begin the planning process of my dream wedding (somebody pinch me).

So this is it you guys. I’m a bride-to-be, officially planning my wedding… eek!! With that said, I decided to round up just a few essentials that recently came to mind I thought were perfect and definitely a must have for the big day.

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Since it’s not practical to get ready in your gown, these beautiful kimono robes are just what my bridesmaids and I need during hair and makeup. Under the Canopy Kimono Bathrobes are simple, yet ultra elegant and so right up my alley. I love that they are light weight and that they tie around the waist, which is essential and very important.

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If it’s one thing I want more than anything on my wedding day is to be comfortable, and by that I mean my feet. Packing a pair of flats is essential, however; I want to look cute all day and all night, and there is no reason why I should need to switch out from my beautiful heels to an ordinary pair of flats. This is why I am so happy Sole Serum came into my life. As cheesy as that may sound, I’m completely serious. This is a miracle in a bottle, literally! I don’t know why this wasn’t invented sooner but i’m glad Sole Serum is in my life. Sole Serum is a serum designed to target and heal foot pain. This magic in a bottle serum will take you from day to night and that is music to my ears… err feet! Happy feet for my bridesmaids and I are in order!!!

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This metallic box clutch is a must have. It will carry all the things I need and will allow me to be hands-free as well.

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As opposed to a jacket, I love the idea of a wrap for my bridesmaids. This cashmere wrap is light weight and an easy alternative to throw on over, especially for an outdoor reception.

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An iPhone case?! I know it may sound silly but we carry our phones with us everywhere we go, and since everyone will be snapping photos during the ceremony and reception, I think it’s a good idea to have a fun case like this Kate Spade Flamingo case to be able to distinguish your phone from the rest. After all, you don’t want to end the day on a sad note by losing your phone.

I hope these 5 essentials were helpful and if you have any suggestions or advise for a new bride-to-be, please leave a comment below. Would love to hear them!

xo

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Under the Canopy Kimono Bathrobe | Sole Serum Bridal Pack | Metallic Box Clutch | Cashmere Wrap | iPhone Case

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Fab Four Finds

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It’s official! We’ve found a venue and set a wedding date!!! I’m now feeling excited, nervous, sick to my stomach, happy, emotional… I’m feeling it all. Today, I decided to share a few favorite pieces that caught my eye while browsing online. Here are my fab four finds for bridesmaid dresses.

xo

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