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SMP Blogger Bride, Caitlin Moran!

This morning we’re introducing a brand new blogger bride who really needs no introduction. You know her as Editorial Director over at the Glitter Guide and from her own fabulous adventures on Style Within Reach. So when a little birdie told us her beau popped the question – you HAVE to read the story – we immediately pulled out the bubbly and welcomed her into the SMP family. Congrats, dear Caitlin! xoxo

From Caitlin… Hello SMP brides! I’m soooo excited to be sharing my wedding journey here on Style Me Pretty as a blogger bride this year, talk about a dream come true!! You may know me from my work at Glitter Guide as the editorial director — or perhaps my personal blog, Style Within Reach (that’s all about living a stylish life on a budget). I create tablescapes, recipes, entertaining features and DIY projects all the time for my job — so you can imagine how excited I am to be doing this all for my special day!

When people ask how long Austin and I have been together I always shake my head and laugh because there’s not a really concrete answer! Our story started wayyyy back when we were freshman in college. We met at a classy house party through mutual friends right as we embarked on our college career and our lives have been pretty entwined ever since. We split up at the end of college as I headed up to New York City and Austin stayed down in the South. We spent several years apart before getting back together to celebrate New Year’s Eve 4 years ago and the rest is history.

December is my favorite month of the year and just thinking of the holiday season makes me giddy and happy. So, one chilly Monday in December after taking our puppy to dog school and picking out our Christmas tree Austin asked me to hang the first ornament on the tree which he had made with the date. Then he got down on one knee and the rest of the night is blur! I‘ve always known Austin was the one, or ‘my person’ as I used to call him so I’m beyond excited to finally embark on this next chapter of our lives together!

I dream of having a wedding like the ones I see on Style Me Pretty (don’t we all?)– bounitful bouquets of peonies, dreamy photographs and a lush outdoor setting — but Austin and I are working with a tight budget and with a lot of family members to invite. But don’t you worry — I still plan on making my wedding dreams come true, and I plan on sharing to the ups and downs of my planning, budget saving tips, easy DIY projects (you can do) with all of you brides to be! So pop the bubbly and let’s plan a wedding!

Photography: Yvonne Rock Photo | Necklace: J.Crew | Chambray Top: Target | Full Skirt Dress: Modern Citizen | Makeup: Christine Penny Of Angelberry Organics | Pumps: Miu Miu | Sequin Skirt: Lulus | Sweater: Old Navy | Sweatpants: Nordstrom

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Wedding Day Makeup Tips + Tricks

Makeup is one of those things that I just can’t do. A well made up face is perfection, and it looks so easy to do, but when I try my hand at it, it never goes quite right. But after reading Carolyn Berry’s, of Modern Bridal Studio, tips I am ready to take another go at it. I’m sure I can do it with these tricks in my back pocket!

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Best makeup for your wedding day, tips from a pro:

Airbrush. In the warmer seasons, I love airbrush because it takes longer for sweat and oil to break down the foundation. I also love airbrush if more coverage is needed, think acne or hyperpigmentation. All airbrush foundations are not created equally while some have a bad reputation of being heavy, we have tried and tested each of the major brands and found two we are in love with:

Temptu (one): With it’s adjustable coverage, it works great with most other brands for powder and concealers. A sheer coat of this will have your face looking flawless for 12 hours. My brides tell me they have slept in their makeup and wake up looking fresh!

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics: This produces a very sheer natural coverage that you will not be able to feel on your skin! Another plus – it’s vegan friendly!

Color tricks for the camera. Corrective concealer underneath your foundation will alter the way that the lights reflects when the camera starts flashing. Try: green for redness, purple or pink for dull skin. orange for bruising or dark circles. Use the corrective color as the first layer directly on top of your primer or moisturizer.

Our second favorite color trick is to set the make look with a professional yellow powder. It makes everything appear brighter and is a trick of the stars!

We recommend KohGenDo (five) makeup base in pink/lavender for dull skin, and our must have powder has got to be Ben Nye Banana Powder (two)!

Eye makeup tricks for everyone. We follow the red carpet on Pinterest and notice a definite trend for the incoming season:

  • Gold highlights under the inner corner of the eye and smokey grey liner. Gold enhances any color which will create a subtle but magically glow for the eyes.
  • Grey smokey liner is a great way to create a look that will have heads turning but a lot softer than the traditional deep smokey. You don’t need a lot of shadow on to create this look. We are loving a soft grey winged liner smudged at the edges.

We recommend Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes (three) in Metallic Yellow & Nars Eye Paint (four) in Transvaal Grey.

Makeup Specialist: Modern Bridal Studio | Photography Credit: Nessa K Photography

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DAR Headquarters Pink + Gold Wedding

The clouds of baby’s breath won me over. And then the gold and pink details from Blue Canary Events held me close and whispered sweet nothings in my ear. If that’s not clear, let me put it simple: This D.C. wedding from Rebekah Hoyt Photography has stolen my heart!

Don’t miss the sweet as can be wedding film!


From the photographer… Cary and Daniel are classic to the core and have a deep love for Washington DC. The Daughters of the American Revolution National Headquarters was the perfect backdrop for their fall wedding. Their invitations and decor paid tribute to their favorite things about DC, especially the cherry blossoms. Cary wore two gorgeous gowns throughout the day and there were hints of pale pink and gold (Cary’s favorite) throughout every aspect of the day. Cary and Daniel had a traditional Jewish ceremony at sunset on the terrace overlooking the (currently under construction) Washington Monument, followed by dinner in the Continental Memorial Hall and dancing under the stars and the twinkle lights. It was a gorgeous black tie affair, elegant and classic and unforgettable.

Photography: Rebekah Hoyt Photography | Videographer: Villatoro Productions | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Floral Design: Twinbrook Floral Design | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Invitations: Mayla Studios | Ceremony Venue: DAR Continental Memorial Hall | Catering: Windows Catering | Event Planning: Blue Canary Events | Hair: Alison Harper & Co | DJ: Sound Wave Entertainment | 2nd Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Food Truck: Captain Cookie & the Milkman | Makeup: Kelli Brooks | String Trio: Perfect Harmony Strings

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