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Blogger Bride Caitlin Moran’s Engagement Session

From her engagement party, to the bridesmaid brunch, mini-moon guide and more, we’ve gotten a front row seat to Caitlin’s wedding planning adventures but today might be my favorite post yet. Along with her beau and Abby Jiu behind the len, she planned a park-set photo sesh and the results are what engagement dreams are made of. PS: Keep an eye on our Instagram as Caitlin shares a peeks into her last month of wedding planning. Let the countdown begin!

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From Caitlin… Hello beautiful brides, Caitlin here from Glitter Guide! It’s been a little while since I shared a Blogger Bride post because I’ve been working like crazy on all of the last minute details for our wedding! We’re almost a month away and I’m definitely feeling the pressure!

I was undecided about taking engagement photos for the longest time, but after speaking with our incredible photographer, Abby Jiu I knew we had to do them! I’m pretty comfortable in front of the camera, (being a style blogger and all) but my fiance Austin isn’t a fan. Abby encouraged us to use this practice round in front of the lens to get comfortable with each other and her. I’m so glad we did it — and now we have these stunning images that include our dog, Sullivan who won’t be at the wedding!

After coming up with several different ideas for our shoot – and a few re-schedules due to weather we ended up shooting them at a hidden park right around the corner from our house! The light was perfect and the scenery really spoke for it’s self. My friend Anne from Charleston Stems happened to be in town that day and quickly put together this dreamy bouquet that fit the color palette perfectly!

Again, if you’re on the fence about doing engagement photos – I highly suggest it. I never thought I would and now we have beautiful, professional photos not in our wedding attire that we can cherish forever.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Styling: Caitlin Moran | Dress: ASOS | Florals: Charleston Stems | Makeup: William From BareMinerals

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DIY Living Plant Centerpieces

Hello brides, Caitlin from Glitter Guide here! A few weeks ago I shared a fun floral lesson from my wedding florist, but what I didn’t tell you was I’m doing some of the flowers for our rehearsal dinner and wedding myself ! Not only is this a super affordable option for the bride on a budget – but they’d also make great favors, escort card…the options are endless. Living plant centerpieces are a cinch to put together, and today I’m sharing my top 6 tips.

1. Pick an assortment of plants that cover the three t’s: texture, tall, trailing so you can create an arrangement that will transfer to a pot and look great.

2. Fill your vessel with potting soil.

3. Wiggle the plants out of the container by pinching the bottom and squeezing.

4. Loosen the roots gently — its ok to remove some if you need room in your vessel.

5. Arrange them and add extra soil so they are firm and in place.

6. Water 3-4 times a week and replant in a planter with drainage after 3-5 days.

Photography: Krista A. Jones | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Expert: Carmen Johnston | Plants: Southern Living Collection Available At Home Depot, | Styling + Design: Caitlin Moran

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Romantic Donut & Peony Inspiration Shoot

There are some parties we here at SMP just can’t wait to be a part of.  And the Glitter Guide getting hitched?  Most definitely one of them.  So when one of our fave blogger brides, Caitlin Moran, sent us a little something from their amazing lineup, we seriously couldn’t wait to share.  It’s yummy donuts meets pretty pink peonies from Pops Of Plum meets all kinds of fabulous from Laura Hooper Calligraphy.  Feast your eyes (pun intended) on every gorgeous moment captured by Liz And Ryan right here.

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From Caitlin Moran… The concept for this inspirational shoot stemmed from featuring two of our favorite things — donuts and peonies, which also happen to be two popular trends in weddings right now! Sarah of Pops of Plum kept the floral arrangements super simple — after all peonies really speak for themselves, right?

I developed the tablescape by starting with two components – pale ice blue napkins and natural green leaves. White and gold were the obvious choice for accent colors and the chairs from XOXO Vintage Rentals with their pale blue velvet cushions just set the scene perfectly.

I love incorporating touches of natural, organic beauty into more formal tablesettings — so the small garlands on the bride and groom sign and sprigs in the napkins kept the table from feeling too stuffy.

I actually made the donut cake myself — which is an easy idea for a bridal shower or bachelorette party brunch! A few fresh flowers and greens on the side and a pretty cake stand are all you need!

Photography: Liz And Ryan | Wedding Dress: Mary's Bridal Annapolis | Hair And Makeup: Sara Elizabeth Artistry | Bride + Groom Signs: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Bride's Earrings: Bauble Bar | Calligraphy + Paper Goods: La Happy | Design + Styling: Caitlin Moran | Florals: Pops Of Plum | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Vintage Rentals: XOXO Vintage Rentals Annapolis

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