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5 Nail Polish Ideas for Your Wedding Day

Hello, fellow brides! It’s Kara from Politics of Pretty and while my wedding is just about six months away, I’m beginning to focus on the details. When it comes to bridal look, you may have the dress, the shoes and accessories…but have you thought about your nails? A polished manicure on your wedding day is just as important as the hair and makeup. From glamorous glitter to new twists on romantic pinks, I’ve rounded up five nail polish hues every bride will love.

First and foremost, sheer pink nails are timeless and never go out of style. I recommend two or three coats of L’Oreal Color Riche Nail in How Romantic. I love how pure and low-key this shade is. Deborah Lippmann in Chantilly Lace has a sheer-iridescent pink shimmer if you’re looking for a modern twist on a classic shade. If you’re struggling to come up with “something blue” to wear, you may want to consider this Deborah Lippmann in Misty Morning. It’s the perfect sheer blue-grey crème. It’s soft enough to look subtle with your ensemble yet eye-catching to make a statement.

Because I’m opting for a simple satin gown on my wedding day, I’ve been thinking about a glamorous gold polish. Essie in Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low is an opaque glitter molten gold that will stand out without overdoing it. If you’re thinking of dressing in head-to-toe white, then milky white nails are equal parts modern and chic. Essie in Marshmallow has been a long-time fan favorite and it isn’t too white or too opaque. Once you’ve decided on your bridal polish, make sure you get a professional manicure and pedicure one day before the wedding so you can show off your rings!


For the Pink Lover L’Oreal Color Riche Nail in How Romantic

For the Classic BrideDeborah Lippmann in Chantilly Lace

For Your “Something Blue”Deborah Lippmann in Misty Morning

For the Glam BrideEssie in Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low

For the Modern BrideEssie in Marshmallow

Photography: Kate Ann Photography | Venue: Private Residence | Blogger Bride: Kara Manos | Perfume: Aerin Rose De Grasse

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Modern DC Art Gallery Wedding

When the bride just so happens to be a graphic design extraordinaire PLUS mama to two of the cutest pups you ever did see, you’ve got a wedding that’s going to be one for the books. Designed with a decidedly modern flair planned by A. Dominick Events, it’s a total breath of fresh air with the most unexpected moments we’ve seen. (Read: a GoPro camera attached to Gatsby the frenchie’s bowtie collar to capture the ceremony!) More from Vicki Grafton right here.

Art Gallery

From The Bride…Jeff and I met about five years ago at work for a government contracting company. We kept our relationship kind of quiet at first, but after a year or so, it was hard to hide! Luckily, we work on different projects, so it was not an issue at all.

Jeff and I really wanted to have a wedding right in DC. I’m from the area and he’s a Detroit transplant, but we both really love the city and wanted to do something unique. We selected Long View Gallery because it provided us with almost a blank canvas to plan our event. I was actually an art major for my undergrad, so it was really cool that we could have our special day in a gallery that reminded me of college! As a Creative Director I’ve worked on a lot of website and graphic design and over the years, I’ve been a bridesmaid in 9 other weddings and put my talents to use for my friends designing wedding websites, invitations, programs, menus, etc. Needless to say, I was really excited to finally get to design my own wedding!

I was inspired by my Monique L’Huillier ‘Candy’ dress (in Blush) for the wedding invitations – the blind impression on the invitation itself mimics the decoration on my dress. I took a calligraphy class from Michele Hattie Fritz of Meant to Be Calligraphy and she encouraged me to use my own calligraphy for the printed materials. I found an awesome printer in Portland, Oregon to do the printing. The invitations were actually published on the Oh So Beautiful Paper blog too! I ended up designing all the paper products: programs, menus, escort cards, place cards, social media table tents to tell people about our hashtag on Facebook and Instagram, drink signs, guest book signs, favors, welcome bags and notes.

Based on my graphic design background and the fact that we were having it in an art gallery, we wanted to pull in color and design and ended up using Pantone colors for the table numbers. The colors featured several of the popular Pantone colors of the year: Radiant Orchid, Emerald, Tangerine Tango, etc. I had a crazy idea for these wood sculpture centerpieces that would be combining different shapes and sizes of wood and have tea lights on them to cast interesting shadows. Jeff and the groomsmen were able to cut out and assemble them all, then we stained and painted each one with different stripes of color to match the Pantone colors for each table. Our guest book was a Pantone writing journal that was actually a christmas gift from my boss. Each page had a few swatches of different colors and we invited guests to find their favorite color and leave us a note.

Also, we really wanted to make sure that our full family was included. Jeff’s two sons from his previous marriage, were Junior Groomsmen and did a reading during the wedding, “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. They practiced so much that they even had it mostly memorized! We also had our two dogs, Penelope, a Boston Terrier, and Gatsby, a French Bulldog, in the wedding. The boys walked the dogs down the aisle and Gatsby actually filmed the whole ceremony with a GoPro camera mounted on his harness. Penny had a custom made harness – we found a necklace from Anthropologie and my mom sewed it onto a black mesh harness for her! Guests who stayed in our room blocks also had a great surprise – Penny and Gatsby were featured on a custom tote bag I designed and had printed by CustomInk and the Welcome note too! My awesome sisters-in-laws, both named Jennifer, were very helpful during the whole event. They each did a reading, helped wrangle the dogs and Jennifer Frazier, married to my brother DJ, made 200 caramels that were packaged and included in the guest Welcome Bags.

Our entire event was so wonderful – so many family and friends were able to attend and all our vendors did an awesome job helping make everything perfect. The food, drinks and cake from Occasions was delicious and received rave reviews from all the guests. We had two signature cocktails that showcased both of our tastes – a sweet and light Watermelon Cooler for me and a refined pear Modern Old Fashioned for Jeff. The cake was almond with raspberry filling and had a beautiful gold-brushed buttercream effect at the top of each layer. There was also a late night snack for guests – mini hamburgers, fries and gelato cones. The flowers from Studio DBI were gorgeous, utilizing peonies which are one of my favorite flowers!

Our photographer, Vicki, was amazing. She has such vision and deals well with all the family onlookers. She actually took photos at my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding in November 2012 as well, which was how we knew she does such great work! Our wedding planners, Aimee and Cindy, were so helpful throughout the process. Everything ran so smoothly. We couldn’t have done any of this without them! They suggested most of our fabulous vendors, thought of things we never would have and helped us through the last minute things that popped up.

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Event Planning: A. Dominick Events | Floral Design: Studio DBI | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Darling Press Stationers | Brides Shoes : Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Baublebar | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Hair & Makeup : Alison Harper And Co. | Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design | DJ: E2 Events | Ties: The Tie Bar | Grooms Attire: Alton Lane | Grooms Shoes: Cole Haan | Officiant: Rev. Marcia Hunstman | Wedding Venue: Long View Gallery | Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Monaco DC | Hair & Makup: Andre Chreky | Linens: La Tavola | Wedding Dress Shop: Carine's Bridal Atelier

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Romantic + Chic Art Gallery Wedding

For starters, how jaw-dropping gorgeous is this Lela Rose gown!? Elegant and ethereal, this romantic fete crafted by Mallory Joyce is sure to sweep you off your feet. Brimming with olive branch accents and lush garden roses, every detail Blue Canary Events coordinated has SMP written all over it. And with Joey Kennedy behind the camera, every moment captured is a wedding dream come true.

From the beautiful Bride… Will and I both grew up in the south but met through mutual friends while living and working in Washington, DC. We considered getting married in North Carolina since both sets of parents have mountain homes in the Asheville area but ultimately decided on DC because it’s where we met…plus we thought it would be really fun to have a DC destination wedding over Memorial Day weekend.

We had to plan the entire wedding while doing long distance. I still lived in Washington, DC while Will was attending business school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Planning was even more difficult because both sets of parents lived in North Carolina. However, our 17 month engagement alleviated some of the stress by giving us more time to plan. Will and I had three top priorities when starting the planning process. First and foremost, we wanted our guests (and of course us) to have a lot of fun! In order to do so we knew we had to have a fantastic band and a generous bar. Secondly, we wanted to use an iconic DC venue for our reception. We chose the Corcoran Gallery of Art, located a block from the White House, as our reception venue because it was the perfect balance of timeless elegance and historic romance. Lastly, we knew we had to hire an excellent florist and photographer. We really wanted to bring a freshly picked garden-style atmosphere to our historic art gallery setting, and Sidra Forman was the perfect florist to do so. As for photographers, I was randomly introduced to Pittsburgh-based photographer Joey Kennedy and couldn’t have wished for a more perfect match. He captured our wedding weekend (and engagement session) beautifully – not to mention Joey has one of the most contagious personalities out there!

Will and I wanted to incorporate some personal touches into our wedding. I wore my mother –in-law’s Belgian lace cathedral-length veil during the ceremony – the veil looked absolutely stunning with my Lela Rose wedding dress and it was such an honor to wear the family heirloom. For the reception we had a Bourbon Bar and a few signature cocktails… Will’s favorite cocktail is a Manhattan and mine is an Old Fashioned. Additionally, we both love to travel (plus I work in hospitality) so we wanted to incorporate travel into our wedding day. Instead of a traditional guest book we had a pushpin travel map and 1969 World Atlas – both ordered from Etsy. We asked our guests to place a pin on the map for their favorite destination and also asked them to leave a note (or special travel tip) in the atlas book. Both “guest books” are on display in our new house. The atlas is on our coffee table and the travel map hanging on our wall.

My absolute favorite part of the evening was when Will got up and played guitar with the band during the song Mustang Sally. I danced like the ultimate groupie but Will stole the entire show. Everyone was so impressed by his guitar playing and I’ve never been more proud! Another personal favorite was at the end of the night when we did our send off. Our florist had created a beautiful garland piece to go on our getaway “car”, which was a DC pedicab. We pedaled around DC listening to Motown and soaking it all in before heading back to our hotel. It was truly the perfect ending to the perfect weekend!

Photography: Joey Kennedy Photography | Event Design: Mallory Joyce | Floral Design: Sidra Forman | Church: Foundry Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Corcoran Gallery Of Art | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo ‘Aidan’ | Catering: Main Event Caterers | Hair And Makeup: Alison Harper & Co | Calligraphy: Pretty Mail Calligraphy | Band: Amaretto | Transportation: DC Pedicab | Bridal Salon: Hitched Salon | Bride And Groom Cakes: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes | Dress Designer: Lela Rose Bridal | Event Coordination:: Blue Canary Events | Getting Ready Location: The Mayflower Hotel | Groom And Groomsmen Attire: Ralph Lauren | Guest Book Travel Map: DegnodiNota Etsy Shop | Invitation Calligraphy: Beth Hunt Calligraphy | Reception Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design

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Goodstone Inn & Restaurant + A Promotion!

Tucked amongst the gorgeous Virginia countryside with Blue Ridge Mountain views, you’ll find the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant; a beautiful country estate where saying “I do” is beyond amazing.  Picture a cozy + intimate setting, 265 acres of natural beauty and top-notch service from a team that knows a thing or two about luxurious weddings.  Breathtaking views + Southern hospitality?  Yes, please.

Known for their award-winning and locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine, plus their historic guest residences, each and every moment spent at this ivy-covered retreat is simply fairytale-esque.  From the amazing pool to the breathtaking views to the intimate, unhurried vibe that will follow you throughout your festivities.

Contact the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant today to start planning your dream day.  And bonus!  If you book your all-property wedding in July, August or November of 2015, you will receive:

  • A gift certificate for dinner for two in the Goodstone’s award- winning restaurant.
  • A $100 gift certificate to the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant spa.
  • 50% off the Bull Barn for your wedding, plus a special Romance Turn-Down Service (Value $1,025.00).  In addition to the standard turn-down service, the Romance Turn-Down includes: Chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne, an artisanal cheese tray, closed drapes and dimmed lights, soft music and lavender pillow mist.

View full package details here.  Happy planning, lovelies! xo


Elegant All-White Wedding in Washington D.C.

Elegant, timeless and all around perfect, this gorgeous D.C. wedding on the shores of the Potomac planned by Events In The City is just as pretty as they get. Covered in stunning shades of whites and greens, and overflowing with beautiful blooms from Holly Chapple Flowers - this collection of images from Rebekah Murray Photography couldn’t be more lovely if they tried. 

From Events In The CityThe design of this wedding was inspired by the beauty of the water for Brad who is a Navy officer and the classic timelessness of Alexandra’s stunning Vera Wang gown.

When we found a linen that was made of tulle and looked like soft waves in the water, we knew that we had found the perfect accent for the king table. A dramatic floral runner and lush elevated designs ran the length of the king table in crisp whites with tons of texture. Each guest’s place setting featured a pocket personalized with hand calligraphy that held their menu and a special note from the bride and groom.

In lieu of favors, Alexandra and Brad made donations to each guest’s favorite charitable foundation. Guests were mesmerized by the live painting of the reception and checked back throughout the night to see her capture the beauty of the evening. There was not a dry eye in the room when Alexandra surprised Brad, and all the guests, by serenading him with his favorite song.

From the beautiful Bride… Our May wedding was a dream and the most fairytale day we could have imagined. After literally chasing my now-husband, Brad, around the track field back in high school, our goofy friendship blossomed into a deep love for one another. With Brad being a Naval Officer, our love story over the past eight years has whisked us from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and back.

We wanted a classic and elegant wedding with a touch of the bright and open charm inspired by our coastal living. Both classic and bright, the color white was the centerpiece of all of our wedding designs. Our vendors diligently worked to unearth stunning white textures from a lace band incorporated into our wedding invitations to the waved tulle tablecloth of the king table at our reception. My Vera Wang tulle gown was the epitome of elegance and softness that I wanted to wear as I danced all night along the wispy chiffon dresses of my bridesmaids.

However, what really set the perfect foundation for our wedding atmosphere and style was our venue on the Potomac River, comprised of floor to ceiling windows with water views and an open interior of vast white columns and ceilings. Everything on our special day fell together with such ease and beauty thanks to the creativity and efforts of my mother and countless talented wedding professionals.

Photography: Rebekah Murray Photography | Videography: Thomas Bowen Films | Event Planning: Events In The City | Floral Design: Holly Chapple Flowers | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts | Stationery: Miss Merkle Designs | Church: St. John Neumann | Reception Venue: Sequoia Restaurant | Hair & Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Band: Rollex | Ceremony Music: Diana Marie Gibbs | Transportation: ING Transportation | Linens: Nuage Designs | Painter: Patricia Hope Bennett | Rentals: DC Rental

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FOUND: The Wedding Market Bridal Show

I love bridal shows, there’s no denying that. And when the event allows couples to experience first hand what a wedding would be like at the hosting venue, consider me smitten! FOUND: The Wedding Market is a new take on the traditional bridal show — so mark your calendars for this not-to-be-missed event taking place on April 26, 2015 from 1 until 4pm at Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey!

Complete with a live (fake) wedding ceremony, FOUND: The Wedding Market will connect couples with some amazing local vendors as well as a first-hand look at the gorgeous Congress Hall in Cape May, New Jersey. And be sure to pre-register online so you can get your hands on a fabulous swag bag that’ll be filled to the brim with amazing goodies.

Be sure to follow FOUND: The Wedding Market on Facebook and Instagram for vendor updates and tons of inspiration! To snag your tickets, head over here. Enjoy, my dears! xo

Florist: Petal + Paper | Wedding Dress: Wedding Belles Boutique | Invitations: Just Be. Studio | Calligraphy: Charlie Whiskey | Wedding Venue: Congress Hall | Hair & Make Up: Taffeta Hair And Make Up Design | Photography & Cinematography: Saltwater Studios | Rentals: Rustic Drift