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.

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

xo

Simply Stylist x Dove Amazing Moments

I’ve partnered with Simply Stylist and Dove to share how sometimes the moments that make us sweat are the most amazing moments of all.

Dove recently released their new Amazing Moments campaign that puts Dove Clinical Protection Antiperspirant to the test during a real woman’s surprise proposal to the love of her life. Watching Dove’s Amazing Moments campaign video reminded me of how nerve-wracking and stressful it was leading up to and on my wedding day. I felt nervous, anxious, excited, happy… every emotion and feeling you can possibly think of, I felt them.

The big day was here. The moment that I had been waiting for was finally here. Although I was so happy and over the moon, I remembered feeling so emotional and flustered because of the weather forecast. It stated there was a 50% chance of rain. Throughout the morning, it rained and then stopped, and then rained some more. With my wedding venue being outdoor, my main concern was that the rain would ruin both the ceremony and reception. As one can only imagine, I was panicking. I was in full panic-mode during hair and makeup. Meanwhile, my bridesmaids were trying to keep me calm, and stay positive for me. “It won’t rain. It’ll be perfect. And even if it did rain, they say it’s good luck.” – they all said.

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photographer: Hailley Howard

I could hear the rain pouring down as we were on our way to the ceremony. I remembered taking a deep breath, thinking to myself that everything would be ok. As I stepped foot outside the limo, the rain literally stopped. It was pure magic. I realized at that point on that my bridesmaids were absolutely right. No matter what happened — rain or shine– the wedding would go on, and it would be beautiful. And it was. The rain made the wedding more beautiful, and I’m actually happy it did rain. My bridesmaids sure did help me get through this nerve-wracking moment.

Dove Clinical Protection offers undeniable wetness protection and has 1/4 moisturizer to care for skin, so you’re protected throughout life’s amazing moments.

 

 

Please visit Dove.com/DoveClinicalProtection to view the film.

Q&A With Bae: How Well We Know Each Other Before We Say ‘I Do’

 

 

Happy Monday everyone! I’m happy because the big day is FINALLY around the corner (eeek)!!!  I’m so nervous and excited at the same time.

I have been wanting to do a Q&A with George on how well we know each other before we say ‘I do’ – for a long time now, but wedding stuff has really taken up most of my time.  However, I recently discovered something new about my fiancé (I know right – you’d think I know everything about him after 14 years), and I literally looked at him and said, “ok, we are shooting this video right now. Start jotting down some questions.”

I mean, I am marrying this guy. 😉

I hope you enjoy this quick video I put together.

Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up, and subscribe to my channel. Oh, and I’ll be on my honeymoon next week, so be sure to follow me on Instagram (@melrodstyle) and snapchat: MELROD1206 to see where we’re headed!

The next time you see me, I’ll be a married woman! OMG!

xo

MelRod Bach

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I am off to a quick road trip with my girls for my bachelorette party today.

Follow me on instagram @melrodstyle and snapchat (melrod1206) for all the fun!

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

Lucy Sui x MelRodStyle Giveaway

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Attention all brides-to-be! Great news! I’ve partnered with Lucy Sui to give away one of their amazing wedding books to make your wedding planning run smoothly, and this beautiful “xoxo” mug.

The rules are simple:

1. Follow Lucy Sui on instagram @lucysuisf

2. Tag 3 friends and leave a comment stating you have done the above

And done!

Winner will be announced via instagram Wednesday March 23rd.

P.S. if you don’t win, don’t worry because we’ve got a sweet discount code for 10% off entire website – coupon code: MELROD10

http://www.lucysui.com

Good luck! 🙂

xo

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

David’s Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses

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Reality just hit!!! I’m getting married in less than 4 months! Ahhh!

With my wedding quickly approaching, it was time to get serious and find the perfect dress for my bridesmaids.  From the beginning, I knew I wanted each of my girls to wear something different because they are all unique, so expressing this through their dresses was a no brainer for me.

From pinning like a mad woman to following tons of wedding inspiration accounts on social media, I was in love with texture and delicate details. I knew I wanted to incorporate lace, metallics and some beading details.

Since David’s Bridal is known for amazing value for quality and price, it was a natural choice for me to begin my search there. With so many new styles added each season, over 100 styles, 50+ colors available (some under $250), it was extremely difficult to narrow down my selection because the dresses were all so beautiful. From lace to plenty of mix and match options with coordinating fabrics, colors and silhouettes to metallic details to convertible dresses, which allows each bridesmaid to customize her look by tying the straps to her preference, to prints. David’s Bridal has an extensive selection of gowns and dresses in a variety of silhouettes and styles.

The most important thing for me during this process, was for each of my girls to be 100% happy with their dress. I wanted them to feel just as happy as I was when I found my dress, which is why I wanted them in different styles within the same color palette. When you have 5 girls all with different styles and personalities, choosing the right dress can get tricky, which is why I wanted my girls to find the perfect silhouette for their body type and personality.

Luckily, with the help of David’s Bridal and their amazing staff, I was able to curate a selection of dresses and get ideas of what I liked for each of my bridesmaids. One thing I learned during my appointment was that David’s Bridal has a new Bridesmaid Style Finder Tool, which quizzes brides or bridesmaids to help them find the perfect bridesmaid dress style.

If you are a bride-to-be, a bridesmaid or simply looking for a gown for a special event, I highly recommend to visit David’s Bridal. They have over 300 stores located in the US, Canada, UK and Puerto Rico. www.davidsbridal.com.

For all things #MandGtobe, please follow along on instagram @melrodstyle. I am so excited to share so much more, so be sure to stay connected!

xo

Wedding Makeup Trial with my Nieces

 

With my wedding just months away, I decided it would be fun to do a video with my nieces. I decided to do a “wedding makeup trial” video.

It was so much fun but definitely leaving the experts to doing my hair and makeup for the big day. 😉

Hope you enjoy my video, and be sure to subscribe and give it a thumbs up.

xo