After rushing back from Charleston last Saturday (I didn’t speed, I promise!) I had to frantically do something with this hair and get ready for my friend Ashton’s wedding. Like in 30 minutes- holy stressed out!! Like any girl, the weeks prior to the event I was stressing over what to wear. After searching some boutiques and online shops, I knew I didn’t want to shell out a ton of $$$ for a dress I’d only wear once or twice so I went to my trusty friend, Rent the Runway.
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Happy Wedding Wednesday!! This past Saturday I celebrated my bridal shower with some of my closest friends and family and it was such a fun time. It was held at The Duke Mansion in Charlotte, a historic bed & breakfast and event venue. I had been looking forward to this for months and couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out!
My bridesmaids did an amazing job planning and decorating for the shower- our room was absolutely beautiful and they even had pops of mint and gold throughout the space. It’s all about the details, people! We started off the party by mingling and enjoying some bubbly from the mimosa bar. It truly was awesome to have all of these ladies in the same room and I did my best to make my rounds and chat with everyone- these things can be a little overwhelming!
Me & my bridesmaids
How gorgeous is this chandelier? Sia would approve 🙂
For lunch, we had tomato soup, chicken caesar wraps & fruit. There were lots of goodies for dessert like cake pops, cupcakes, and salted caramel brownies. Oh so delicious!! After that we played the purse game –you know the one– and then it was time to open presents. Ripping into boxes with all eyes on you can be a little awkward so I tried to make it fun and put my own spin on it. For every gift that I opened, I told everyone how I met that person and shared some fun details about our relationship.
When choosing my outfit, I knew I wanted something unique and “bridal” but not white, since I’m saving that for the rehearsal dinner. When I came across this blush Greylin dress I knew it was the one. If you remember this post, then you know I’m all about some feathers. Clearly… it was meant to be. I honestly haven’t seen any other dresses like it and I cannot wait to wear it again. Now, I’ll let the pictures do the talking! (And please forgive me for the grainy photos. Somehow the ISO on my camera got turned way up and I didn’t realize.)
With Ryan’s mom, my grandma, and my mom
In other wedding news, we have ordered our invitations, scheduled dance lessons, and I had my first dress fitting yesterday! Eeeeek!! Our wedding is literally around the corner and I can’t believe it- I seriously feel like I just got engaged. The bridal shower was a huge success and next up… Vegas!!
I’m starting to really like this day of the week because… it’s wedding Wednesday!! I’m so very excited to share our save-the-dates with you all so let’s get right to it!
Alright y’all, we’re getting fancy over here.
I have been doing lots of wedding planning this month- gotta take advantage of my time in Charlotte– and decided I would take on a fun, new project. I know the saying is that “the invitation sets the tone for your wedding” and is obviously the first thing the guests will see (other than the save-the-date, of course!). Now, I love some pretty paper goods don’t get me wrong, but I don’t plan on breaking the bank on invitations. Most of them get thrown away or stored in a box somewhere, right? So to create my personal first impression, I’ve decided to learn… calligraphy!
Yes, the envelope will probably get thrown away too, but I love pretty handwriting and I think it really gives a special touch to the overall presentation of the invitation. Plus, I may even write out my own escort cards or table numbers… we’ll just have to see how it goes!
Professional calligraphy can be upwards of $2 per envelope. Ummm… no thank you!
I’ve always had pretty good handwriting so I’m excited to take on this challenging and super tedious task! Obvisouly this isn’t just something that I’m doing for the wedding, but something I can use throughout life to add a little something special to my snail mail.
I looked at several starter kits and decided to go with “The Lettered Bride” kit from Ashley Lurcott. It includes a pen holder, 2 nibs (the metal pointy things that you write with), ink, an instruction booklet, and practice paper. I’ve only practiced twice so far, but I think I’m doing alright for a first timer. One thing I have encountered is that if you put too much pressure on your pen while doing an upstroke, it tends to just splatter all over the place.
The kit came with an instruction booklet, but I also wanted to take a class to get some detailed instruction. My friend Logan, being the awesome MOH that she is, found Scarlet + Gold on Instagram and saw that they have FREE online calligraphy webinars a few times a year! Yes, please!! I’ll be doing mine next Sunday so hopefully I’ll learn some good techniques and tips to keep me from messing up. All I know is, when it comes time for invites, extra envelopes are a must!!
Has anyone ever tried calligraphy? Did your invitations turn out nicely or was it a complete nightmare? I’d love to hear your stories 🙂