This post has been so much fun to put together. Pretty details bring me so much joy, and on our wedding day, there were many beautiful and thoughtful touches–thanks in no small part to my sisters.
There is NO way I would have been able to do this without Rachel and Lydia. The creativity and ideas they added and the time they spent helping everything come together made this a team effort.
(Sources are listed at the bottom.)
First, I’ll start with the invitation suite.
My sister Lydia is a stationery designer and illustrator, and as soon as I knew we were getting married, she started sketching out ideas. I had originally envisioned something super sleek and simple, but the hand-painted florals and crest really added some personality and softness that I ended up loving far more than my original idea. Sticking with one color on the invitation itself helped keep it modern and elegant.
We included a separate invitation for extended family to a dinner we had before the ceremony. It was one of my favorite parts of the day and helped us relax before the ceremony. Lydia painted us a crest with little things from our relationship that were special to us. We ended up using the crest on the ceremony programs as well.
Before we got engaged, Drew said I should show him what I wanted. At first, I didn’t like this idea. I wanted him to choose it himself. After all, he had already looked at my Pinterest board so I was pretty sure he had a general idea of what I liked.
But he insisted that he was not going to buy or create a ring without being sure. So, I told him I wanted yellow gold, an unconventional shape like an oval or rectangle and possibly a halo setting.
He set off on a quest to find the perfect ring for the perfect price. We actually waited about an extra month to get engaged because he was still working on finding the right diamond. The finished ring was worth waiting for! (Just like the perfect guy.)
It’s really such a special ring, especially because the stone is almost perfectly cut. And so sparkly! He took the time to get something he knew beyond the shadow of a doubt was perfectly made for me.
When it came time to pick a wedding band, Drew insisted we get something that matched the engagement ring, and I’m so glad we did. It’s thin and lightweight and extremely comfortable and looks just right with the other ring.
For Drew’s wedding band, we got in a more modern style with a brushed finish in 10k gold (for durability since he works with metal quite a bit.) He loves it and I do too!
I’ve always been an admirer of The Mrs. Box and so I got one monogrammed for detail shots and so I could have an heirloom box to store my ring in someday maybe
for a daughter or granddaughter.
Adrianna Pappell dresses have always been some of my favorites (I just love beading and sequins–what can I say?) and so we went with this dress for the bridesmaids. The grey color was perfect for fall, but the sequins gave them some light and sparkle. Plus, they sort of mimicked the design of mine with beading on the top and a simple skirt.
Finding the right dress was a last-minute affair.
There was a dress I loved (loved loved loved), but it cost $1600, there was barely time with rush shipping to get it, and it was non-returnable. I just didn’t have peace about it—or anything else after shopping both locally and in Chicago.
My Mom found a satin ball gown skirt at TJ Maxx for $40 that almost fit perfectly earlier in our engagement, but I couldn’t seem to get it to look right with anything.
She suggested I try this topper from BHLDN. I finally decided that could work but couldn’t find the right thing to go underneath the topper. After trying out everything from layering tanks I already had to a hundred-dollar silk shell from Nordstrom, I finally ended up with a $9 stretchy layering shirt from Amazon underneath that held the topper in place much better than anything else. In the end, for $300 including the slip, it was really hard to beat and I’m so happy with how the whole ensemble turned out. Plus, the skirt had pockets and I kept lipstick and mints in my pocket the entire day!
My sister Rachel then found a gorgeous chapel length Vera Wang veil on Poshmark for $70. This one had a long lace applique across the back and added some interest to an otherwise simple skirt. The train on my skirt was only maybe 5 inches, but I honestly liked how light it felt and I didn’t have to have someone hold it for me while I was using the restroom or moving around. The length on the veil made up for it and you could see the lace on the veil better because there wasn’t white behind it. The veil was just lovely and both Rachel and Lydia have agreed that they will probably use it someday as well.
I have always wanted fresh flowers for my wedding and enlisted the help of a sweet friend, Eva, who creates florals. I had a list of flowers I liked, but after assessing what was in season and what wasn’t, I realized I needed to adjust some things to accommodate a fall look. I’m also glad I went with more than just one or two kinds of flowers since the variety complimented the autumn surroundings.
In the end, Eva used:
And, WOW. Did the florals ever look so amazing! There were actually so much left over from creating the bouquets that Eva ended up arranging them into florals for the tables for our family dinner and they were the perfect touch.
I’m not a huge cake person, meaning that I like cakes, but not really big cakes. So my sister Lydia took a few photos as inspiration, some flowers and made the most modern and pretty little wedding cake I’ve ever seen in my life. Lydia, you’re the best.
The one thing I learned from my wedding is not to be afraid to be unorthodox. There were certain traditional things I wanted to maintain, but arranging things in a way that is most meaningful is something I would totally do all over again. I didn’t have an aisle runner and the lights I was going to put down the aisle didn’t materialize thanks to a less-than-wonderful experience with a rental company, but I didn’t even notice because they weren’t important to me. But the flowers? Those were one of the highlights for me. If something doesn’t make a lot of sense to you, don’t be afraid to nix it in favor of something that is more unique or special to you.
Invitations | The Illustrated Life
Photography | Linda Ibarra Photography
Ring Box | The Mrs. Box
Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Adrianna Pappell, Macy’s
My Skirt | Lotus Threads (a BHLDN brand), TJ Maxx
Topper | BHLDN
Layering Shirt | Amazon
Veil | Vera Wang, Poshmark
Shoes | Badgley Mishka
Earrings | Rachelyn Jewelry
Cake Stand | HomeGoods
Love You More Mugs | Kate Spade
Cake Server Set | Bed Bath & Beyond
Up next, our first look and portraits!
March 14, 2019