Weddington Way | Fourth of July

 Weddington Way has a number of amazing bridesmaid dress styles and inspired me to create a style board based on a Fourth of July wedding with their selection.

I was most excited because my parents actually got married on July Fourth, so I grew up celebrating their wedding while also celebrating America. There were always red, white and blue treats, more fireworks than the city limits could imagine, and lots of pool time.

Plus, I’m also a gal who loves a good theme – so bring it on!

Believe it or not, this is 1987 – how fashionable is that peplum on my mom and her Maid of Honor? Plus, the off the shoulder look? Absolutely love it. I’ll be re-inventing this gown for my own wedding weekend!

And while we are giving a nod to the past, here’s a great photo of their cake.

Multiple tiers, and the fountain in the center? Seriously – Karen knew what she was doing!

So how do you translate a fabulous Fourth of July wedding to modern-day nuptials? Simple!

No really, simplicity!

I chose a gorgeous, crimson Weddington Way bridesmaid dress based on the stylings of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Classic, structured lines with a subtle, modern sleeve. The bow in the front ties it all together! It is so lovely that few accessories are needed, and it is a style that can be worn to a luncheon, wedding, shower, and more.

In thinking through the right accessories, I saw fireworks when I found these Oscar de la Renta tassel earrings. They have the perfect amount of glamour and movement to make your maids not just look like Jackie O, but feel like Jackie O.

Shoes you ask? Shoes I give you! There are two aspects to keep in mind if wearing a shorter bridesmaid dress – you want to elongate your legs, and be able to walk in them! As a former pageant contestant, my eyes immediately went to this pair of Stuart Weitzman heels. This is a shoe you can wear again and again, and will look three inches taller, not because of the height, but because of the ability to blend your leg and foot.

For flowers? Anemones, of course! These are among my favorites with their little nod of color in the center which often takes on a bluish-blackish hue. The secret to having a Fourth of July wedding is in not going over the top, but just giving a hint here and there.

Let’s dress the fellas while we’re at it! What man wouldn’t look smashing in this custom blue drillino suit from J. Hilburn? It is the perfect shade to contrast next to the Weddington Way bridesmaid dresses, with a fit that is to die for.

And finally, favors. Nothing is more American then freedom, baseball and Coca-Cola, so gift your guests with a tiny treat of a mini Coke!

Fourth of July

How would you style an Americana-themed wedding? Any favorites you have seen before?

Partnered post with Weddington Way. 

 

:: Something Blue ::

Bride Brain. A very real condition affecting the nervous system and the brain’s executive system.

As someone who has been a “planner” her whole life, and executed events since the dawn of time ranging from two to 20,000 people, I thought my own wedding would be a total breeze.

Seems like I’m very rarely right these days!

While I absolutely know what I want, it’s the constant feeling of never being able to say that one task is fully complete which just kills me. Just when I have made the biggest leap into selecting one thing or another and am feeling as though I’ve gained leverage on the whole thing, someone asks if I’ve done this or that and I spiral back into realizing how much there is left to do. Meaning I never want to leave the house and I’m ready for October 24th to arrive. But not really. But so ready.

Girls often say that they have spent their whole life dreaming of their wedding day. Sure, I thought about it, but was way more interested in Barbie rescuing Ken from an abductor. #girlpower? In reality, I wish I had grown up learning how to use a spreadsheet and learning how to diagram a reception hall to fit the correct number of guests – this would have been much more beneficial – and another reason we should be implementing STEM into our schools as much as possible.

So, how can we be upset with our bridezilla Britanzilla friends who just want to go to bed at night feeling accomplished? It’s certainly insane to think they can multi-task at this level while doing their real job, getting into wedding-gown shape, and spending their parent’s life savings.

In honor of the wedding-to-be, let’s look at something blue today! This blouse from Anthro is an absolute fave and the warmer weather is slowly helping me circulate through my skirt collection. The Dallas heatwave will be here before we know it though, and this work-appropriate outfit will be too hot! My closet is seriously lacking in the blouse department – what’s our go-to for tops?!

Top //  Anthropologie

Skirt // Adrianna Papell

Clutch // Nordstrom

Necklace // J. Crew

Shoes // Old Navy

:: Puddle Jumper ::

There’s just something about the weather that can really deter a normally goal-oriented overachiever. Between the wind and rain, it is honestly a miracle that I graduated from college. Great Oklahoma weather gear helped ensure that I made it over that finish line, and rain boots were among that crowd. Although, nothing was worse than when you threw on the boots when it was pouring freezing rain in the morning and by afternoon it was a humid 75.

Shockingly, that has not been the case lately in Dallas! Freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and rain make me semi excited for Daylight Saving’s Time and *hopefully* a spring to soon arrive!

Top // J. Crew

Skirt // Adrianna Papel

Boots // Hunter

Necklace // Max & Chloe

Fit Bit // Tory Burch

:: Chill ::

Literally. I am frozen. I’m so over wearing pants every. single. day.

GIVE ME THE SKIRT WEATHER!!!!!

Luckily, this waffle sweater is so warm that you’ll practically start sweating. No complaints here. I’m just thankful that my faux leather pants have a zipper on the side, ensuring I don’t have another Ross-in-the-leather-pants moment like OU-Texas 2013. (Humidity makes for a very difficult situation).

Between being slammed every day with work/wedding/pretending to be an adult I’ve found myself in a cold weather rut. Researching honeymoon destinations is somewhat helping and majorly hurting my current frigophobia. What’s your best honeymoon destination suggestion?

 

Top // Free People

Pants // Zara

Booties // Sole Society

:: Staley Love Story ::

This past weekend was a whirlwind – but so wonderful, and I’m clearly in post-SD depression now that it’s over! To even begin to describe Bayley and Craig’s wedding would never do it justice. It was truly the most perfect day, with a 4 pm wedding on the beach, an amazing cocktail hour including a sand castle sculptor, and a reception which featured the bride taking over the mic and rapping until the wee hours of the night. Oh, and a photo booth that makes actual photo “booths” look average. Bayley is five years older than me, so I grew up idolizing her, and the Staley’s special day was very special for our whole family. Here are a few highlights, with more being found on my Instagram account @paperdollblog! {Photos courtesy of Carlos}

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This little fella partied pretty hard...

This little fella partied pretty hard…

and  here’s what I wore…

Wedding Wear: Maxi: Stella Rae's, Necklace: Dillard's, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: David Yurman, Clutch:  Christopher Kon, Shoes (not pictured): DVF gold wedges

Wedding Wear: Maxi: Stella Rae’s, Necklace: Dillard’s, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Ring: David Yurman, Clutch: Christopher Kon, Shoes (not pictured): DVF gold wedges, Nails: Nails Inc – Kensington Place

Feelin' the sea breeze

Feelin’ the sea breeze

Sunny San Diego

Sunny San Diego

:: Sunny San Diego ::

Before the wedding on Friday, we spent the morning strolling around Orange Avenue, which is down the street from Hotel Del Coronado. It was a beautiful day, weaving in and out of the quaint shops lining the street. My mom and I walked into a jewelry store and this was the conversation which ensued:

Store owner: Are you in the parade?

Me: Um, what?

Store owner: The parade. For Homecoming.

Me: Uh… no? What, who’s homecoming?

Store owner: Are you in a pageant? Your hair is fixed up so pretty.

Me: (HA! I totally thought I was being punked at this point) No, I’m not in a pageant today. What parade?

Store owner: For the high school. 

Yep. Still being mistaken for a sixteen-year-old at twenty-four. I hope this isn’t a phase which goes away when I hit thirty! Also, the sock bun has apparently not taken off yet in Southern California. It was nearly eighty degrees, so I was thankful to have packed some comfortable, light-weight pieces to wander around in!

Top: J.Crew, Shorts: BDG, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Sandals: Zigi Girl, Belt: Ann Taylor, Necklace: Max and Chloe, Arm Party: Anthropologie, Tulsa Mayfest find, Seasonal Whispers

Top: J.Crew, Shorts: BDG, Bag: Kate Spade, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Sandals: Zigi Girl, Belt: Ann Taylor, Necklace: Max and Chloe, Arm Party: Anthropologie, Tulsa Mayfest find, Seasonal Whispers, Nails: Nails Inc – Kensington Place

As my dad was snapping a quick pic, I totally got photo bombed. Anyone know this crazy college girl in the background?!

Where’s Waldo?

The loveliest day on Orange Street.

The loveliest day on Orange Street.