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Sassy Lipstick + Libation-Themed Bridal Shower

I’m a lipstick kind of girl. (I’m also a cocktail kind of girl.) So when I saw this “Lipstick & Libations” themed shower, it was love at first sight. A DIY lipstick station? Pretty pink cocktails? An abundance of sweets plus a cake from Buttercream BakeshopAnd a lipstick piñata? Sign me up! Get your fix of pretty thanks to Sweet Root Village in The Vault!

From Sweet Root VillageThis bridal shower was a labor of PURE LOVE! Rachele is one of our favorite people on the planet. Our first ever employee at Sweet Root Village and she has been the glue keeping us afloat as we’ve grown and taken on more and more exciting things. We were so excited to spoil her and throw a big party for her and all her lady friends. We were inspired by who she is and what she loves. A balanced mix of sass and class with a healthy dose of cheeseball. Lots and lots of pink, glitter, and a little splash of corgi pups.

We had met and gotten to know Pamela at some recent events and had been hearing about her amazing home art studio she built for herself. When she invited us to visit and check it out, we knew immediately that this was the PERFECT space for Rachele’s bridal shower! We coaxed our friends at Buttercream Bakeshop into creating a perfect cake and all sorts of dessert goodies for the evening and then exhausted Pinterest looking for any savory pink foods. NOT an easy undertaking, so we basically just stuck to sugar.

We came up with the overall theme for the night after stumbling upon Kelly Mendell of Studio DIY’s instructions on how to make a lipstick piñata. We about died with happiness, and then “Lipstick and Libation” was born. Rachele tackled the project of constructing her own lipstick piñata, while Lauren and I (party hosts, bosses, and friends of Rachele) split forces to tackle the rocking cocktails and all the DIY elements of the party! We hand-lettered invitations, name tags, and signage; we hung mylar and tissue paper from the ceiling and laid it down on the tables, we assembled a massive DIY lipstick bar, and added corgi figurines on top of all the cocktail stir sticks. It was pure magic. Rachele’s sister got in on the action and made us confetti and ribbon wands for the photo booth and Lauren used her grandma’s secret watercoloring technique to make us a rocking art piece for the back of the dessert bar. We made flower arrangements of all our favorite pink and red blooms of the brightest varieties and set coordinating taper candles around the space. We even picked up second hand wooden chairs to paint pink and gold. We had QUITE a cargo van load of things to set up. Even though Rachele knew most of our plans (working with us on a daily basis and all), it was still a pretty big unveiling to see it all put together in the beautiful space. Wall-to-wall pink happy goodness. This evening was so incredibly RACHELE and so so incredibly fun.

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Hair: The Dry Bar | Venue: Pamela Jane's Studio | Cake + Desserts: Buttercream Bakeshop | Glassware + Dish Rentals: DC Rental | Lipstick Pinata Instructions: Studio DIY | Photography, Floral Design, Styling + Stationery: Sweet Root Village | Rachele's Dress: Anthropologie | Rachele's Shoes: Charlotte Russe

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A Chic Affair: An Artisan Bridal Marketplace + A Promotion!

Calling all of you modern, stylish and seriously savvy brides.  Yes, you.  The bride that is all about throwing a gorgeous wedding and wants a talented team of vendors to pull it off.  Enter A Chic Affair, an insanely awesome + super unique bridal experience happening on February 21st.  It’s a totally inspiring group of wedding professionals meets a whole lot of awesome inspiration. You can’t miss out.

Happening on February 21st at Dock 5 in Union Market from 11:30 am – 3 pm, A Chic Affair is as unique as it is awesome.  Think a totally different type of bridal show celebrating creativity and artisan-style wedding resources and you are sooo on the right track.  From yummy cocktails + treats from some of the city’s finest caterers, bakeries and artisanal food purveyors to the fabulous Beauty Bar presented by App StyleMeBar to the crazy cool Gentlemen’s Lounge (read: craft beverages, custom suiting, grooming products and snacks) to the TechieBride booths that will totally help you utilize technology to change the way you plan and execute your Big Day.  There’s even an Instagram expert!  So fab.

So what are you waiting for, lovelies?  Head to A Chic Affair TODAY to purchase your tickets to this must-see event.  And don’t forget – if you are lucky enough to score one of their VIB tickets (Very Important Bride – or Groom!), you’ll receive one hour early access with brunch hors d’oeuvres from Heirloom Catering, a VIB gift and entry into the Ultimate Wedding Giveaway, an amazing Big Day giveaway for up to 50 of your guests!


Exclusive for Style Me Pretty readers: Purchase your general access tickets for 1/2 off using the code CHIC at checkout!

Photography: Rodney Bailey


Blogger Belles Vies’ Cherry Blossom-Filled Washington DC Engagement

With a penchant for all things French (her blog name Belles Vies means “beautiful lives”), it was only natural for Natalie to incorporate French details into her beautiful D.C. engagement photos. Think macarons and antique Champagne coupes set against a blanket of pink petals, a lovely white dress and a gorgeous couple. See all the pretty from Annamarie Akins Photography in The Vault!

From Annamarie Akins PhotographyMatthew and Natalie, Blogger at Belles Vies and lover of all things french, first met in DC after attending a concert…they were both waiting for a taxi outside of the venue and starting talking and laughing. I love that Natalie mentioned that it was this immediately feeling of familiarity like they had known each other for years! After spending time with them, it’s so easy to see that they are perfect for one another! Their relationship grew from that first meeting and after several moves to other cities together, this past January Matthew proposed while they were house hunting in Philly where they hope to live for a long time! I’m so excited for them to get married next June and start a new chapter of life together…and after seeing how creative Natalie is, I can’t wait to see what she and Kari Rider Events bring together for the wedding!

It was such an honor to capture them in this season of engagement. They were a dream to photograph and made my job so easy! They are truly one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever met and I’m so excited to get to share their dreamy shoot in DC with you today! We started at sunrise and walked around the monuments before heading to the Eastern Market district where they used to live when they first met. Natalie is a lover of all things French so the floral grown and picnic complemented her style perfectly!

From The Bride…Matthew and I have lived all over the country (five cities in four years!) but there is an extremely special place in our hearts for Washington, D.C. We met and fell in love in our nation’s capital and there are so many neighborhoods that remind us of our early days falling for each other. As soon as I began to dream about our engagement photos, I knew I wanted to capture us in locales where we experienced some of the most meaningful moments of our early love. The Jefferson Memorial is our favorite of the D.C. memorials and standing encircled in the colonnade of Ionic columns as the morning light peaked through was nothing short of magical!

My style blog is inspired by my love for French joie de vivre and my penchant for all things French has become a beautiful part of our relationship (we are spending three weeks in France for our honeymoon!). It felt natural to incorporate that aesthetic into our engagement photos so I decided to create a romantic picnic that would be worthy of a modern-day Marie Antoinette. I knew the Tidal Basin’s cherry blossoms would make the perfect backdrop, and even though peak bloom occurred a few days prior, we lucked out with a lush carpet of blush Dogwood petals. I paired gilded details, including a gold-trimmed mirrored tray and antique champagne coupes, with an assortment of macarons and vintage picnic baskets. I was even able to find apropos cherry blossom macarons!

We finished our beautiful morning by wandering through Eastern Market, the neighborhood I lived in when we met. We spent so many days wandering the lush streets admiring the charming homes with our dog during our first year together. It was so much fun to be back there and engaged! I could not be more in love with how beautifully Anna captured our love story and I can’t wait to marry Matthew in just a few short months!


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Photography: Annamarie Akins Photography | Venue: Washington DC | Blogger: Belles Vies

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Philadelphia Greenhouse Wedding

It’s been a few years since I walked down the aisle (ok, maybe more than a few), but sometimes I come across a wedding detail that truly makes me wish I could it all over again. Well, let’s just say this gorgeous bride’s stunning Amsale dress totally had me at hello. And really, so did every other detail planned by Truly You Events and captured by Robert And Kathleen Photographers. And it’s all waiting for you in the VAULT.


From Robert And Kathleen PhotographersJenna and Jimmy locked eyes for the very first time in a decidedly unromantic location: a terminal at JFK Airport. But that moment kicked off a whirlwind romance that would change their lives forever. But, there in the airport, they were strangers to one another. Jimmy was drawn to Jenna’s sweet smile; she to his kind eyes. They introduced themselves and were each pleasantly surprised to discover that they were both set to depart for the very same destination – embarking on a Birthright trip to Israel.

They spent the next ten days exploring Israel together. The hours they spent sitting next to each other on a bus taking them from city to city serving as the ultimate series of first dates. They had hours to talk uninterrupted and got to know one another pretty well over those miles traveled together. By the time the trip came to an end, they knew there was something between them that they couldn’t ignore. The end of the trip meant they had to return to their respective homes, which just happened to be on opposite sides of the country – Jimmy in LA, Jenna in Boston. They spent the next year and a half dating long distance, making time each and every day to talk and visiting as often as they could. At the end of the summer in 2012, Jimmy moved to NYC for business school and they were both delighted to finally be in the same time zone. They continued their not-quite-as-long distance for another year as Jenna completed graduate school in Boston.  After Jenna completed her program, they were finally able to live in the same city together, settling into the NYC’s scenic Chelsea neighborhood.  Once again, they explored together; finding new restaurants to visit and enjoying daily runs on the city’s west side.

That spring, Jimmy concocted a ruse to bring Jenna over to one of their favorite spots on the Hudson River. He asked her to walk down Pier 43 – an unusual request, but Jenna didn’t think much of it at the time. When they got down to the end of the pier, Jimmy surprised her by dropping down on one knee and asking her to be his wife. It was the question she had known the answer to since those days together in Israel so many years before.  Of course she would be his wife, they were meant to find each other. This September, they will become husband and wife.

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Photography: Robert And Kathleen Photographers | Event Planning: Truly You Events | Floral Design: Petals Lane | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Stationery: Papertree Studio | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair + Makeup: Duette | Band: EBE Milan 77 | Venue: Fairmount Park Horticulture Center | Bridal Boutique: Amsale Flagship Store | Desserts: Little Baby's Ice Cream

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