Make sure to check out our wedding Pinterest boards, in addition to our wedding posts below...
- Southern I Do's: http://www.pinterest.com/jennyluhu/southern-i-dos/
- Here comes the bride: http://www.pinterest.com/jennyluhu/here-comes-the-bride/
- Paris Wedding Ideas: http://www.pinterest.com/jennyluhu/paris-wedding-ideas/
- Hen Party Ideas: http://www.pinterest.com/jennyluhu/hen-party-ideas/
- Vineyard Wedding Ideas: http://www.pinterest.com/jennyluhu/vineyard-wedding-ideas/
- Party Dresses: http://www.pinterest.com/jennyluhu/party-dresses/
- Engagement Photos: http://www.pinterest.com/jennyluhu/engagement-photos/
- Showering the Bride with Love: http://www.pinterest.com/jennyluhu/showering-the-bride-with-love/
- Wedding Day Photos: http://www.pinterest.com/jennyluhu/wedding-day-photos/
- Reception Flair: http://www.pinterest.com/jennyluhu/reception-flair/
- Always a Bridesmaid: http://www.pinterest.com/jennyluhu/always-a-bridesmaid/
- Registry Ideas: http://www.pinterest.com/jennyluhu/registry-ideas/
- Recycling Wedding Decoration Ideas: http://www.pinterest.com/jennyluhu/recycling-wedding-decoration-ideas/
- Wedding Arts and Crafts: http://www.pinterest.com/jennyluhu/wedding-arts-and-crafts
The other day I wrote about bridesmaid dresses, so you know we can't forget the gents as well. The folks at Bonobos reached out to me about their men's fall suits. I thought it was a perfect complement to my bridesmaid post. Not to mention finding the perfect suits to complement bridesmaid dresses can be a difficult task.
If you are not familiar with Bonobos they are a online men's shop that offers free shipping, a 365 day guarantee on products and has guides to help your gents find the perfect fit. All without leaving their home. We ended up buying all of our groomsmen suits to avoid everyone going to the store, however we left it up them to get tailored. This cuts out all of the stress and looking back I wish we did this!
Here are a few suits that I think would complement some of the bridesmaid dresses.
|Foundation Wool Suit|
|Foundation Wool Suit|
The Capstone Tuxedo is my favorite and completely goes with the Vintage Romantic theme of the dresses below. What are your thoughts? I have added these suits to my Always A Bridesmaid Pinterest page as well!
If you haven't visited Bonobos before they are currently offering 20% off your first purchase! Use code: NEWCUSTOMER20 for 20% off your first order. Offer expires in 48 hours. Just another incentive for those groomsmen to purchase asap!! And in my case I am definitely going to be doing some Christmas shopping for my husband and brother-in-law on Bonobos!
Hi everyone - Erin here! One of the best feelings in life is knowing that your girlfriends have found their perfect matches. This past September, I had the honor to be a bridesmaid in one of my best friend's wedding. Kelley has been my partner in crime through college and beyond - you may remember us planning her Austin Bachelorette Party back in the Spring. Seeing her marry Rich, who is a genuinely great guy, was a highlight of my summer.
Besides being the sweetest and funniest girl alive, we always joke that Kelley is a project manager to the core. Her attention to detail is second to none and she's a get it done kind of gal. So it didn't surprise me when, in the height of wedding planning, Kelley texted me freaking out that Pinterest had congratulated her for being one of the top Pinners in the country!
I would love to share with you how her nautical wedding theme came together - it was nothing short of perfection! Kelley and Rich made the day effortless, fun and a full reflection of their passions...sailing and wine!
They were also so lucky to have the lovely and talented, We are the Mitchells, there to capture their big day. I honestly can't stop gushing over their pictures!
Kelley went for a timeless look with a dress by Allure Bridals that she purchased at Betsy Robinson Bridal in Baltimore. Her dress was a delicate lace with a neckline that was perfect for her Catholic ceremony and had a revealing keyhole back.
For the bridesmaids, Kelley let each of us pick our own style of chiffon dress by Amsale. All of us really appreciated having free reign - everyone looked and felt beautiful.
Ceremony and Reception Details:
Kelley and Rich were married at the Saint John Neumann Catholic Church followed by a reception at the Annapolis Yacht Club. The AYC has spectacular views and doesn't need a lot in terms of decor. Kelley tied in a number of DIY elements for her centerpieces and escort cards.
The DIY striped runners really popped on the table. She added mix and matched lanterns and small floral arrangements. Kelley is actually selling these table runners - please leave us a comment below if you are interested!
Origami sail boats were a hit for escort cards - everyone got a kick out of them. Martha Stewart Weddings has been adding Origami into their DIY features more often as well. I thought this was such a fun and cost effective idea.
A Grand Entrance:
Kelley and Rich's wedding had by far had the best entrance into a reception I have even seen. Since Rich's family is full of sailors, they decorated their boat with custom flags (how cute is the K & R flag!) and sailed the wedding party around the bay between the ceremony and reception. And I have to give a hand to Kelley's make-up and hair team, Behind the Veil, our up-dos didn't budge a bit!
We have a great Pinterest board on this wedding with all the pretty details! Are you planning a nautical wedding? Tell us your ideas in the comments!
The folks at Lover.ly (my favorite go to wedding website if you didn't catch on from ALL of my wedding posts!) asked me to look for a Fall wedding signature drink idea I was ALL about it. Over the years my friends and I have made lots of great beverages. Of course trying to recreate them is another story since we usually didn't have all the ingredients the recipe called for.
The drink that I choose combines a drink my friend Kate and I made around Thanksgiving along with my favorite drink (The Brazen Bull) at The Gallows in Boston. Kate and I made a great drink with apple cider, Sailor Jerry Rum, cinnamon simple syrup and a twist of lemon. Of course I couldn't find the recipe so I had to go to trusty Pinterest to find it again. I couldn't find what I was looking for but discovered this tasty treat. Basically it is similar to what Kate and I made but kicks it up a notch with fresh ginger and habanero peppers.
If this doesn't warm you up on a cool fall day then I don't know what will. I would also like to test this out with Bourbon or Vodka.
Wedding Way Bridesmaid Challenge
So it has been just over 1 year since I got married at Boone Hall Plantation. And it has been a whirlwind since. After getting married we moved to NC, bought 2 new cars, bought a house (to be built Spring 2015) and had a baby!! Even with all the craziness and working on Pinterest boards for my new home I miss wedding planning. Some people find it so stressful, I loved every minute of it. I wouldn't change one thing about my wedding, however it is fun to look at all the new styles of dresses. Not to mention a great resource in case a friend gets engaged soon!!
The folks at Weddington Way asked me to put together a bridesmaid style board that I thought I would share with y'all! I had so much fun browsing all of their dresses, not to mention they allow you to order free swatches as well. Lately I have been really into neutrals and love Lauren Conrad's bridesmaid dresses. All the girl got to pick their own dress that fit them best. Here are a few that I would recommend to a friend who was looking for the same vibe.
Of course after my wedding I found the perfect robes/bridesmaid presents as well! How cute are these? I might have to order one just for me!
Check out my Pinterest board for more ideas for a vintage romantic wedding!!
I always like to give something slightly personalized for weddings. I have a few weddings that I can't attend this summer, but thought these embroidered dish towels could be cute to go with their wedding present.
|Embroidered Flour Sack Dish Towel|
I was SO incredibly excited planning my cocktail hour for the wedding! I didn't want to miss one minute. We had amazing appetizers from Hamby's Catering, and include ham sandwiches on sweet potato biscuits, crab cakes, deviled eggs (for the backyard feel), and more! We wanted to make sure everyone left with full bellies! We used the chalkboard sign from our nautical shower!
We also greeted everyone with signature drinks in mason jars. I can't tell you how many pictures I have seen on Pinterest about this. I thought it was ADORABLE! Here are some pictures of our inspiration for the cocktail hour.
Signature drinks, cocktail hour and hanging lanterns!
So we took this to the next level! We had his and her drinks. My drink was Sweet Tea Vodka and Lemonade and my husband had Mint Juleps. Two of our favorite drinks. I can't tell you how many of our guests loved these drinks! Hamby Catering went above and beyond with how they setup the signature drink station. They did an amazing job with my rustic backyard theme! We used our signature monogrammed napkins, had a chalkboard describing the signature drinks and also navy chevron straws! I found the straws at Christmas Tree Shops super cheap!!
This was all before you walked into our cocktail hour!! We decorated the front doors of the Cotton Dock with monogram S that my in-laws made. My Mom and I made the wreaths for the side doors and my mother-in-law made the bows. We bought the bathroom chalkboard sign at Kirklands! We also bought a wagon at Hobby Lobby and filled with mums and candles to give the front of the Cotton Dock more flair! It looked so pretty at the end of the night with all the candles lit up!
I loved the idea of hanging lanterns! We ended up renting lanterns from our caterer which were perfect and totally my Pinterest vision! My mother-in-law made the chevron cushions for the benches as well as the placemats for the cocktail tables. I told the caterer that I wanted the flowers to look like I picked them from our garden. So all the flowers were in anqtiue bottles and mason jars!
And do these small chalkboard signs look familiar (nautical wedding shower)? Haha! We reused these signs for the wedding and they were placed on the bar! The signs were purchased at World Market.
Our Escort Cards!
Mason jar vases and jelly jar candle holders. Tiger Lily Floral did such an amazing job with everything! We worked with Gayla and she is amazing!!
I just love these photos of the acoustic guitar players we had at our wedding! They were perfect and helped provide the best atmosphere for the wedding. Other Brother provided the music for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
And did I mention the most amazing view during our cocktail hour? I can't tell you how beautiful our pictures were with this sunset. Such a magical day!
Happy Pinning!Bridal Party Flowers
When it came to flowers I knew I didn't want to spend a lot of money! At first I was only going to do babies breath! But then I learned the babies breath that I would need would be the same prices as regular flowers. Good to know! So therefore back to the Pinterest boards for some inspiration.
We will first start with the flowers! For the bridal bouquet I knew I wanted a very soft and romantic look. I loved the pale flower colors with dusty miller.
Thought the idea of monogrammed handkerchiefs around the bouquets was so cute. Not to mention the bridesmaids wouldn't lose their bouquets!
I wanted the bridesmaids bouquets to be simple and romantic. Loved the concept of one flower caller with the dusty miller.
And we had to some how make the boutonnieres rustic. I loved the twine wrapping the boutonnieres.
And this is what my wedding flowers looked like!
I had my bouquet wrapped in burlap and then my Grandmother's handkerchief which she carried on her wedding day. My flower bouquet was muted flowers, babes breath and dusty miller.
The girls carried bouquets of pink peonies and dusty miller. I also monogrammed handkerchiefs with their initials. I found the handkerchiefs at an antique store that cost $1, and then just took it to a place that monograms. Such a cute detail and very affordable.
And can't forget about the boys! I thought the twine on the boutonnieres helped give the wedding a rustic feel.
I am not sure if it is because I ate so many sweets yesterday, or the fact that I am craving them now that I decided to write a post about my dessert table at my wedding.
A few years ago we went to a wedding and instead of doing traditional cake, they passed around mini milkshakes, cake pops and ice cream sandwiches. Both my husband and I thought that it was the best idea ever. Not to mention you can always find me on the dance floor by the time the cake is being served and I always miss out.
Here are some of my pins I used for inspiration for my dessert table!!
The dessert table from Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's wedding! I guess good minds think alike!
I found these great signs at Paper Source that I used all over the wedding. You can't see in the picture but it says Love Is Sweet. Also, my caterer had farm table toppers made. We were able to use these at our wedding and save lots of money!!
We also used the bridesmaid bouquets to add more flowers to the table. In the framed picture is my husband and I in front of the The Sail Loft. Where we met!
Ohio Buckeys from Malleys in Ohio. Malleys has the best chocolates! Not to mention my sister-in-law worked there in high school. I actually have a HUGE Malley's chocolate bunny that is calling me right now!
Hamby's Catering created all of the mini-pies and tarts for our wedding.
Picture of our cake! It was extremely simple and exactly what we wanted. We had a few flowers decorating the sides, and then a burlap flower on top. The flower was actually a decoration on a Christmas present from my mother-in-law!!cake serving knives as well!
champagne glasses as a wedding present. Obviously this is a before picture because all night I had a glass of bubbly in my hands!!
chalkboard signs at World Market and used them ALL over our wedding! You can also get a glimpse of the chevron bags we had for guests to take home food at the end of the night. The bags had our monogram on them as well!
All right I am off to eat some of my Malley's chocolate bunny!
This post is a combination of my shower and my friend Kate's shower. Both were held in the summer. One was a tea party theme, while the other was brunch. However, both had lots of Pinterest inspiration as well as a Kate's very talented family that needs to start a business throwing showers. From food to deceptions this family knows how to throw the most perfect parties!!
Kate's shower was held at her parents house and was a tea party theme. Not to mention it was being held outdoors so we were crossing both our fingers and toes it would not rain that day. We were so incredibly blessed with sunshine and the perfect temperatures. Here is the Pinterest board I started to get some ideas for her shower!!
I have to say I had SOOOO much fun helping plan this shower. Kate's family did all the work but it was so much adding lil details. Here are a few snapshots of the shower and how the Pinterest inspiration turned out.
Kate's sister Brenna assembled these adorable favors that included ginger snaps and a tea bag with a K stamped on them.
One thing Kate was adamant out was no games! So I saw this idea on Pinterest where each wedding guest writes down a future data night idea. That way Kate and her husband can pull out different ideas for their dates. Of course we had the very traditional dates and the very comical and expensive dates. I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be perfect!
This is what our idea looked like! Each guest received a note at their table setting that included a small poem and what they needed to do. When they were done filling out the date night idea they brought it to the jar near the gift table. All of the stationary and tags that were used were from Martha Stewart which I bought on Amazon.
This is just one of the many pretty table settings they had. Notice the different shades of pink lanterns they had hanging from the trees in the far right corner.
I found these wine labels from Martha Stewart on Amazon and fell in love. We put these on most of the wine bottles and bubbly. It was a great way to make sure that all the wine bottles matched our color scheme.
This was my idea that I am sure you have seen all over Pinterest. Who doesn't love a Mimosa bar. Kate's sister Ellen helped make the banner. I bought the paper and banner from Martha Stewart on Amazon. The water bottles and the fruit containers I bought at Ikea and they were super cheap. We filled them with orange juice, peach nectar, strawberry liquor and raspberry liquor. Then each flavor also had a corresponding fruit. The sign I actually just downloaded from online. Of course I forgot to pin the link so I apologize!
I told you Kate's family can cook! Kate's family made all sorts of tea sandwiches! Everything from the traditional cucumber sandwiches to lobster rolls! We were in New England after all. They also had a sign printed on the table so everyone could figure out what sandwiches were being served. I forgot to mention did you notice the china dishes? All of the food was served on antique china which really helped make this a garden tea party!
And then we had the dessert and tea table which we setup right after Kate opened up her presents. Filled with madelines, eclairs, and the most adorable little rose cupcakes. Kate's mom made every single one of those roses for the cupcakes. I told you this family is talented!! They also served three different kinds of tea and had little frames describing what kind of tea was in each pot.
Obviously after seeing this shower, I knew who to call when it came time to my shower. I wanted something small. I knew it was going to be held on a Saturday in July so I wanted to make sure my Boston friends didn't have to travel to far to get to it. The shower was hosted at Kate's, and not only did my bridesmaids do an amazing job, we also had help from Kate's family.
Here are some snapshots of the day and the amazing food that Kate cooked and my bridesmaids decorated Kate's backyard in Boston!!
My bridesmaids ordered these delicious cookies and had them personalized as favors for all the guests to take when they leave.
The most important table for a backyard garden party is the beverage table. There was a mimosa bar, sangria, spiked lemonade, wine, and more! I love Kate's serving pieces from PotteryBarn.
The day of the shower we definitely had sunshine and the temperatures were in the high nineties. Those umbrellas definitely came and handy! I love the pom poms hanging from the umbrellas and the bunting along the picket fence. All the flowers were hydrangeas placed in mason jars.
Kate outdid herself with the menu. We had 2 different types of gazpacho (tomato and watermelon) as appetizers as well as an asparagus tart. I actually had pinned the same recipe for the tart. Which you can find below the tart picture.
This was just the appetizers!
For lunch we had 2 different frittatas, salads, and assorted muffins and breads.
And the presents! I love the chair I had to open all my goodies. Everyone was so incredibly generous!!
I also had a wishing well!! This wishing well was built by my friend Leilani's brother-in-law and we have used this at all of our friends wedding showers over the years. We love the wishing well!
And of course I had to have a special chair to open my presents! What I loved about this chair in addition to the flowers, was that it was low to the ground. Easy to open and pass presents.
Wasn't I spoiled? I just love all the details that everyone put into my shower. It was the best day!
I was so incredibly lucky to have 3 wedding showers! One in Boston where I lived, one in North Carolina where my family lives, and one in Connecticut where I grew up. I will make sure to show some highlights from each shower. I will start with my first shower which was right after 4th of July. It was hosted by my in-laws who live on the lake. It was the most beautiful day and we were able to see a lot of family and friends that we hadn't seen since the Christmas holiday.
My in-laws went overboard with all the decorations and prep work for the shower. My sister-in-law and mother-in-law found tons of ideas on Pinterest to create the nautical theme. Here are some pictures of their inspiration!
And here are the final results! They were totally going to drag a small dingy boat that they had in the water to use as a beverage container, however after further inspection of the boat they decided that might not be the most hygienic option! However, my father-in-law made these bookcases which they used to display glasses, straws, and extra wine/liquor. The wine barrel belongs to my sister-in-law and they found a glass table top at goodwill that turned it into a bar.
Not only did they have the normal beer and wine but they also had signature drinks!
They had Mondo Mules (named after our cat Armondo), Blushing Bride Bellini's (for my love of bubbly) and of course Sangria. It was a hot day and everyone really enjoyed all over the signature cocktails.
Like I mentioned before, I love bubbly! So I thought this sign they made was perfect! I need to look into buying a similar sign for my new house!
This is a picture of the dessert table! We had banana pudding, cheese straws, cupcakes and my sister-in-law ordered monogrammed cups for homemade gelato!
All of the silverware was also tied up with nautical rope! For some reason we didn't get a lot of pictures of the amazing BBQ we had! Needless to say everyone ate and drank well!!
Looking back at these pictures it makes me want summer to get here ASAP!
Of course when I first started my wedding planning process I thought my invitation person (who was amazing by the way) would also do all of my other wedding printing (menu cards, programs, itineraries, etc!). Well that was until I saw the cost and decided to seek out some other options to help manage my budget. Luckily Pinterest was there to the rescue for some amazing ideas that I was able to recreate!
These are a picture of my invitations and a sample of the calligraphy we used on our envelopes!
Since we were doing a destination wedding in Charleston we decided to do welcome bags for our guests, we filled them with some of our favorite items in case they got hungry or thirsty during their stay. Additionally, we created itineraries for the guests and wedding party so they would have all the information they would need for the weekend. We working with the amazing talented Sara from Simply Modern Design as well as an AMAZING site called WeddingChicks.com where we were able to download and customize free monograms. I forgot to mention we also ordered a ton of koozies for our guests from Rook Design Company that I found on Etsy. We included them in the welcome bags as well as the wedding. Charleston is hot so we wanted to make sure everyone had cool drinks. I saw a few pictures on Pinterest and had to recreate!!
Here is what our welcome bags looked like! If you can't tell I am slightly obsessed with our monogram and printed it on anything I could put a sticker on!! Each guest in the welcome bag received pain reliever in case they had one too many adult beverages, Benne Wafers (we are in the south after all, nuts, chips, crackers, water, Cheerwine, his and hers nips, gum, mints, and more.
Photo Credit: Guest of Wedding
On Pinterest, I saw these amazing programs. If you know my husband's personality you would understand why these would be so perfect for our wedding.
I was searching on Etsy and found an amazingly talented graphic designer Sara from Simply Modern Design. After sending her some Pinterest pins of ideas that I liked she designed these amazing programs for our wedding. They definitely describe our personalities and the laid back vibe we wanted to have at our wedding. The back of the program included information about the wedding party and a thank you from the bride and groom for traveling to our wedding.
To display the programs my in-laws found shutters at Lowe's on clearance and crackle painted them to hold the programs at our wedding. Below please find my Pinterest inspiration as well as how they looked displayed at our wedding. Not to mention it kept the programs in place and they weren't blowing around the gardens! Our Wedding Photo Credit Rickiford.com.
For Menu Cards and Thank You notes for guests it was WeddingChicks.com to the rescue. They have free printable invitation suites where you pick your colors, enter in your information, and VOILA you have menu cards and thank you notes. What I loved about them was how simple it was to create. I then went to Michael's craft store and bought 5x7 stock paper to print everything out. I also found these adorable clothes pins at Paper Source that I had to have and used them to hold the menu cards together for guests. Photo Credit Rickiford.com.
More about signs and monograms and signs.
Here is my Pinterest inspiration...
My wedding: Of course some of these little details we didn't get pictures of!! But I bought chevron snack bags on the knot.com and added our monogram. Our bathroom baskets had a little sign that said had a little poem about fixing the hair and glossing the lips but to hurry fast and get back on the dance floor. Photo Credit: rickiford.com and bride!
More to come on what treats I gave the bridal party!!
The day after Christmas my Mother and I were at Michael's craft store and we found these adorable antique keys on clearance for $.25. Of course we found the first 75 with no problem but need about another 50 keys. We managed to look at every single basket, and even had a few fellow customers helping us when they heard my idea. I also had some additional coupons to make them even cheaper. If you don't have it already I highly suggest downloading the Michaels iPhone application, just open the coupons tab and you are ready to go (no more clipping!!).
As soon as I saw these keys I remembered a few Pinterest posts I had seen using antique keys as escort cards, and these adorable table numbers from Wedding Chicks (side note I can't tell you how many ideas I pinned from this site!)
Table Number Inspiration:
|Charleston wedding - Magnolia Plantation via amelia + dan photography: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/167196204889252989/|
Shortly after we decided on the location, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got married at the same location. I was counting down the days until the Martha Stewart Wedding magazine came out with pictures of their wedding. Not to mention local vendors and ideas that I could use for my own wedding.
The next wonderful thing I discovered was Pinterest for my wedding! I tell every new bride forget about buying all those pricey wedding magazines (except Martha Stewart Weddings!) and get on Pinterest. I can't tell you how many great ideas I got for my wedding from pinning from other websites and Pinterest. All of my vendors were so impressed that I was able to come to the meetings with pictures of exactly what I wanted. Check out some of my Pinterest boards that include wedding dress ideas, wedding hair, reception decorations, wedding ideas, bridesmaid inspiration, DIY wedding ideas, and so I didn't totally overwhelm all my vendors with all my Pinterest boards I created one board for my vendors to refer to called Southern I Do's. This board consisted of all of the stuff that I was going to attempt to recreate for my wedding. I also found it helpful to create a Powerpoint deck that showed the wedding venue, reception, etc and where I wanted everything. It helped me focus on what I really needed to have and what was a nice to have.
Over the next few blog posts I will make sure to call out some of my favorite ideas from Pinterest that I was able to recreate for my very own wedding! Until then Happy Pinning!!