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A Wedding Straight From Your “Secret Garden” Dreams

This bride has that perfect go-with-the-flow mentality I think anyone planning wedding needs. “A few minutes before my bridesmaids and I were to walk down the aisle, a bridesmaid sprayed Sprite all over the girls’ dresses! The hairdresser started blow drying them and I ate some cookies. The only tears I cried that day were happy ones while exchanging vows with my husband,” she said. Heather Waraksa captured all those happy tears and a secret garden-esque gallery you’re going to LOVE.


From the Bride…

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

Romantic and classic. We knew we wanted part, if not all, of the wedding to be outdoors. We both love nature and wanted to be in a garden or forest. As we continued planning, I began falling for a more whimsical theme. We had several guests tell us the night was magical (one guest said she expected fairies to fly out during the reception because of the beautiful venue!)

What was your color palette and your style vision?

I wanted muted colors since the greenery of the venue is so vibrant. Our main color was a light, dove gray. We also included elements of very pale pink (blush), white, and light mint. Since my husband’s (and now my) last name is Silver, we stuck with silver for any metallic elements and shied away from gold and brass.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

I worked with the graphic designer to custom make the save-the-date and venue map (which was a program insert). I designed the goodie bag Welcome & Information notes on powerpoint and printed them at a local print shop in NYC (Village Copier). We really loved our paper products, from the laser print invites to our Mr. & Mrs. Silver napkins. My mother is from the south (Tennessee) and wanted to incorporate a Southern tradition into the wedding. The mothers and Matt’s grandmother were given Tussie Mussies with flowers (mini bouquets held in ornate silver, cone-shaped carriers) to hold as they walked down the aisle. My mother and I spray painted the heart BHLDN place card holders white since they came in a brass color.

My husband wore his late grandfather’s ring and I wore my late grandmother’s ring for our vow exchange. Our venue wouldn’t allow sparklers so we handed out LOVE-labeled bubbles instead, which we felt added to the whimsical theme. Our female guests loved the RescueFlats we provided to help them dance the night away. Our planners had the idea to put the foldable shoes in a beautiful white, open bookshelf covered in flowers. This idea maintained our atheistic with the modern shoe packaging.

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail?

Hard question! But I would say our first dance. Matt had surprised me by getting us last minute dance lessons. Even though I made a tiny error in the moves (we laughed through it!), we nailed the ending with a perfectly timed dip (the song was The Beatles “And I Love Her”). Matt was so happy to have gotten it right on cue! My favorite crafted detail was the greenery hanging from the chandeliers in the reception tent. Every time I looked up at it, I was reminded of our ceremony location. The tent also had twinkling string lights throughout, mimicking the night sky.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

To let go the day of and enjoy. I am a planner, but I didn’t fuss over anything the day of our wedding. A few minutes before my bridesmaids and I were to walk down the aisle, a bridesmaid sprayed Sprite all over the girls’ dresses! The hairdresser started blow drying them and I ate some cookies. The only tears I cried that day were happy ones while exchanging vows with my husband.

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Photography: Heather Waraksa | Event Planning + Design: Firefly Events | Floral Design: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: Nine Cakes | Stationery: Lion in the Sun | Rings: Brilliantly Engaged | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Great Performances | Makeup: Nicole Sievers Makeup Artistry | Hair: Styles on B | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Ceremony Music: Elan Artists | Venue: Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts | Getaway Car: Silver Star Limousine | Mother of the Bride Gown: Valentino | Photo Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Reception Music: The Elements | Rentals: Party Rentals Ltd

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Building the Perfect Home Together with Macy’s Registry

Whether you’re moving in together for the very first time or simply adding to the abode you already share, building that newlywed home together is a total must. With a never-ending list of fabulous products, benefits and expert advice, Macy’s Registry will help turn your house into a home. And we’re getting the shopping started with our favorite items for every space in your home!

Kitchen: 1. KitchenAid KP26M1X Professional 600 6 Qt. Stand Mixer 2. Lenox Dinnerware, Tin Can Alley Collection 3. kate spade new york Two of a Kind His & Hers Stemless Wine Glasses, Set of 2 4. Smeg TSF01 2-Slice Toaster 5. Calphalon 7-Piece Mixed Kitchen Utensil Set 6. OXO Non-Skid Mixing Bowls, Set of 3 White Stainless Steel 7. kate spade new york All in Good Taste Dinner Stripe Kitchen Towel 8. Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender

Stocking your kitchen with those everyday essentials is sooo important.  From that Vitamix for your morning smoothies to that seriously cute toaster for those on-the-go breakfasts to the KitchenAid Mixer that is perfect for mixing up your special “Nana Bread.” Still have some must-have items sitting pretty on your registry?  No worries.  With Macy’s Newlywed Discount, you’ll have SIX MONTHS to receive 20% off most remaining items, including 10% off furniture, mattresses and rugs. You’ll even get exclusive gifts from your fave brands when you complete your registry.  It’s awesome.

Bedroom: 1. Hillsboro Full Tufted Notch Nail Button Bed 2. Calvin Klein Embroidered Flora 18″ Square Decorative Pillow 3. Decorator’s Lighting Berkeley Ceramic Table Lamp 4. Home Design Studio Aura Wood Pillar Candle Holder 5. Lauren Ralph Lauren Cable Knit Throw 6. Graham & Brown La Vie Est Belle Metallic Framed Print 7. Lauren Ralph Lauren 400 Thread Count Glen Plaid Dobby Down Pillows 8. Homedics SS-2000 Deep Sleep Sound Spa

He’s happy to throw that old college throw on the bed and call it good, but you?  You have other ideas… and Macy’s Registry is here to help.  I’m talking everything from gorgeous bed frames (hello, tufted beauties) to ultra-cozy blankets to chic bedside table lamps that are perfect for your evening reading, because, well… you can’t go to sleep without a good book.  Worried you’ll forget an essential item?  Don’t be.  The Registry Guide is here to give you all sorts of advice on what you’ll need to really pull your look together.  It’s a super stylish home in an instant, and we love that.

Bathroom: 1. Ralph Lauren Palmer Bath Towel Collection 2. Lamont Laundry Hamper, Makatea Upright Round 3. Honey-Can-Do Bamboo Spa Bench 4. Hotel Collection Glass Jar Collection 5. Conair 7x Lighted Makeup Mirror 6. Nourison Cotton Chindi Accent Rug 7. simplehuman Adjustable Shower Caddy 8. simplehuman Trash Can, Mini Semi-Round Step Can, 6 Liter

Your dream?  Your very own personal spa… a little place where you can kick back in a bubble bath in complete and total luxury.  Lucky for you, Macy’s Registry has a selection of ah-mazing (+ seriously relaxing) products that will have you slipping on that white robe + lighting a candle in a space that is as gorgeous as you dreamed.  Think everything from plush towels to the perfect rug to that sweet bamboo spa bench, all coming together to create your ideal sanctuary.  Not to mention that you can totally rest easy, because your Macy’s Registry Checklist guaranteed you had everything you’ll ever need, right down to that adjustable shower caddy.

Living: 1. Dylan Fabric Accent Chair 2. Adesso Director Floor Lamp 3. Capel Tangier 4740-600 Diamond Area Rug 4. Mikasa Serenity Gifts Collection 5. Hotel Collection Linen Poppy Decorative Pillow Collection 6. Home Design Studio Single Wick Candle 7. kate spade new york Sullivan Street Gold 5″x7″ Frame 8. iRobot Scooba Floor Scrubbing Robot

You and yours LIVE to entertain… and throwing the ultimate newlywed parties? It’s so your thing. So it’s a no brainer that you must have your living space looking as posh as possible.  From those perfect accent chairs to beautiful vases (hello, fresh cut flowers) to uber-chic frames that will showcase those new wedding pics. Not to mention that with Macy’s Registry Star Rewards, you’ll receive 10% back on all eligible purchases, so those extra special somethings you’ve been eyeing are totally within reach.  It’s just one of the MANY amazing bonuses of a Macy’s Registry.

Visit Macy’s Registry TODAY to get inspired and learn even more about their lovely products, fabulous perks and benefits.  Your journey from house to home is just beginning, my friends.


Why This Nontraditional Engagement Ring Is Perfect For Any Bride

As an October baby, I’m totally on board with opal engagement rings. But if you’re not, just take a peek at the beauty below from Sweetlife Photography, and you’ll be in love, too! With a transparent Contra Luz Oval Cabochon opal center and diamond halo, the art deco stunner is perfect for any Bride looking for something one-of-a-kind. Get the look and see more gorgeous birthstone engagement rings below!

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Two Trends You’ll See Everywhere This Wedding Season

Floral-free bouquets and mega modern gowns, two trends we’re forecasting as the next big thing this wedding season. And if this inspiration styled by Bash Bozeman is any indication of the pretty we’re about to (hopefully) partake in then consider it game over, because we’re completely obsessed. Thankfully, Orange Photographie was ahead of the curve and captured it all to share in The Vault!

From Bash BozemanWhen Samantha from Orange Photographie approached me about designing this shoot, she included the verbiage ‘modern’, ‘clean’ and ‘romantic.’ From there, I had a schematic design dreamt up pretty quickly as that’s the aesthetic I lean towards. I took inspiration from the contemporary fashion designer Acne, yet approached it with a more romantic look in mind, adding the dark lip as seen on many runways for Spring of 2016. I wanted the overall feel to have a solid juxtaposition of clean lines through the styling of the model, while ensuring the bouquet offered some softness — hellebores have a way of making a bouquet immediately feel feminine. The concept of this shoot came out perfectly on all ends and I’m both thrilled and humbled with the talents behind our ‘Modern Romance’ shoot.

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Photography: Orange Photographie | Styling: Bash Bozeman | Floral Design: Labellum Flowers | Wedding Dress: Houghton NYC | Bride's Shoes: Topshop | Jewelry: Tart | Hair + Makeup: Ethereal Hair & Makeup Artistry | Bridal Boutique: Bash Bozeman | Model: Shay Bjordahl | Save the Date + Calligraphy: Cast Calligraphy

Love the modern look? See a few more favorites below!

Modern Wedding Dresses For the Stylish Bride
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