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Four New Year’s Resolutions You Have to Make

Keeping those New Year’s resolutions doesn’t always have to be a struggle. Sure, the couch is cozy and those Christmas cookies are tasty (sooo tasty), but with the help of our friends at Macy’s Registry and a fab lineup of kate spade new york goodies, anything is possible. Think four resolutions that are easy, chic AND fun. Scroll below to kick off your 2017 with a very stylish start.


Become a Better Hostess

Fact: you can’t throw a proper party without adding a little kate spade new york to the mix. And Macy’s Registry? It’s THE spot for all of your celebration accessories with a side of colorful prep. From gorgeous vases to vibrant serving trays to the most beautiful of dinner plates, their lineup of kate spade new york products will have you hosting a dinner party every other weekend. You’ll be that good, my friends.

Things to Remember

  • You may be dreaming of one fabulous dinner party after another, but don’t be afraid to branch out and really put your skills to the test. With Macy’s Registry and their never-ending lineup of home + kitchen must-haves, you can tackle anything from a crazy Super Bowl party to an intimate Sunday brunch with friends.
  • Be sure to check out the Macy’s Registry Guide and Registry Checklist, so you’re uber-prepared for any get-together (big or small) that comes your way. You don’t want to forget one single hosting necessity.

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Stay Organized

A Top Four for every. single. person. on the planet? Probably. But when it’s that popular, you know it’s a must. So how do you tackle that big mountain of organization? It’s easier said than done. Enter Macy’s Registry + kate spade new york with some of the chicest organizational tools possible. Staying on track is easy when it looks this good.

Things to Remember

  • Keeping your office in check is key, but don’t forget about all of the other aspects of your abode that could use a little upkeep. At Macy’s Registry, you can find everything from hand towels for your guest bath to that awesome vacuum that will keep your entire house clean.
  • Remember the Macy’s Newlywed Discount, aka, your key to filling your abode with all of those items that your guests didn’t purchase. You’ll have six months to complete everything on your list… at a 10-20% discount. It’s Awesome.

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Be Healthier

Whether you want to lose weight, firm up the bod you already have or just want to be happy and healthy, Macy’s Registry can totally help with some of the chicest kitchen products from kate spade new york you will ever lay your eyes upon. Which means saying “goodbye” to unhealthy eats and “hello” to cooking + baking your heart out in the most nutritious way possible. We are sooo on board with that.

Things to Remember

  • When it comes to cooking healthy, a well stocked kitchen is a gotta have. Be sure to take advantage of Macy’s Registry Star Rewards, so you that every baking tool is at your disposable. You know, so you can make even Martha jealous.
  • Want some new duds for you stylish new look? Make an appointment with a personal shopper at Macy’s My Stylist for your next fun night on the town.

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Learn a New Skill

A new year means an entire world of new possibilities, and with Macy’s Registry, the options are literally endless when it comes to tackling that skill you’ve always wanted to master. Want to start those cooking classes? Redecorate your bedroom? Macy’s Registry can help. Just take my new goal: become a master mixologist. With Macy’s Registry, I’ll be serving up tasty (+ chic) cocktails to all of my family and friends.

Things to Remember

  • Hosting a get-together with your nearest and dearest? Be sure to check out all kate spade new york’s fabulous barware, so you can impress even the skilled bartenders in your group with your Cocktail-esque moves.
  • Be sure to check out Macy’s Registry’s Perks & Privileges for any amazing discounts that will help you achieve your goals… whatever they may be.

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To start your journey to a better you, visit Macy’s Registry TODAY. From kate spade new york beauties to kitchen must-haves to outdoor essentials to everything in between, you’ll be sure to have an amazing 2017.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography (Images 1, 2, 4) + White Loft Studio (Image 3)

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This Groom-to-be Proposed the First Night He Met Her

These dreamy cliffside engagement images from Holeigh V Photography would be enough for my swoon mode to go in full force. But once I read the sweet story behind this couple’s first meeting and then their Christmas tree proposal? The bar was raised on my swoon-meter. Once you’re done with The Vault gallery make sure to read the charming details below!

From Holeigh V PhotographyJacquelyn & Alex are originally from Kentucky but absolutely love the mountains and wanted a gorgeous overlook for their laid-back engagement session. They traveled to Blowing Rock, North Carolina on the Blue Ridge Parkway and after a short hike to the top, we were in awe of the view! The birds were flying over and her creamy dress flowed in the wind. By the time the sun began to set over the side of the mountain, the clouds came in and created a dramatic effect. Jacquelyn donned a gorgeous fitted lace maxi dress and crown from eucalyptus, her favorite greenery.

From the Bride… It’s a funny story how Alex and I first met because he actually got down one knee and proposed to me! He proclaimed that he had never met anyone like me and I was the ‘perfect’ girl for him. I had just moved back from NYC to my hometown Louisville, KY when my cousin invited me to go out with her and her friends to the bars. Once I arrived I was quickly introduced to everyone including Alex. We quickly found that we had a lot in common since we’ve both lived in New York.

As the night progress and the drinks flowed Alex actually proclaimed his love for me and proposed. I laughed off the proclamation and honestly didn’t think much more of the night or Alex afterwards. Months later I went back out with my cousin and ran into Alex. He was so embarrassed and admitted he never thought he would see me again and apologized for coming on too strong. We laughed about the night and began a friendship that would eventually turn into love.

Three months after the second meeting of Alex my father was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Devastated, I found myself turning to my new friend, Alex to lean on. We both quickly began to realize we were much more than friends. Alex was my saving grace throughout that time in my life and for that I am forever grateful. We dated for 2.5 years before we were engaged.

It was the weekend before Thanksgiving and we decided to put up and decorate our first Christmas tree together. Our mothers had given us our childhood ornaments so we were trading stories and showing off our favorites to each other. I turned away for a moment when Alex pointed to the tree and asked “What’s this one here?” I got up to the tree and it was an old wooden ornament that said “You for the rest of my life” with a diamond engagement ring tied around it. I looked at Alex and he was down on one knee. I honestly don’t remember much more after that as I was just so excited. He surprised me with having reservations at my favorite restaurant to celebrate. Once we arrived my mom and his parents were there to celebrate with us. It was the perfect night.

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Photography: Holeigh V Photography

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A Fashion Blogger’s Unique Southern Wedding

It’s no surprise that when bloggers become brides it results in some of the coolest weddings you’ll ever come across. Just take Laura Leigh, the fashion and lifestyle blogger behind Louella Reese who wed her love, Joshua in a day that mixes whimsy with Southern tradition. From her green plaid heels to the bridesmaids in a floral print, there are so many ideas you’ll want to steal for yourself. Grab a peek in the gallery by Faith Teasley.

Rustic Venue

From the Bride… I am so thrilled to share all of the details of our wedding day. It’s been just about two months since we said “I do” and the day was truly everything we could have dreamt of. Every day I am filled with more love and excitement to have the man of my dreams standing next to me. And to have made that commitment in front of our family and closest friends.

Our wedding celebration was themed rustic romance. This theme fit my fiancé and me perfectly. While also being the image I dreamt of while imaging our big day. I could see myself covered in lace, candles everywhere, and being surrounded by ivory flowers with greenery complementing everything perfectly. Joshua and I spent the first two or three weeks of our engagement searching for a venue to match our personalities and my dream. On our third visit, The Arbors, we drove down a gravel road with trees lining both sides and a beautiful blue sky above. I instantly knew this was the spot. Just as an overwhelming feeling came over me when I knew Joshua was the one. There was no doubt in mind this was the place where we’d become one. This special place is a tree farm in Cleveland, NC about an hour from our new home. Upon driving into The Arbors you are surrounded by beautiful trees of all kinds. They have two sites on property to choose from. Both a beautiful mix of stone and wood. Creating a rustic mountain feel. Now all we needed to do was add some romantic touches.

Moving towards our wedding, Joshua and I really dove into planning. We wanted our day to truly reflect our personalities, our love for God and our love for one another. Going with our rustic romance theme we set the tone with green, ivory, and gold accents. Which also happen to be the colors of our alma matter, where we first met. We incorporated a lot of wood accents to touch on the rustic part of our theme. All of our signs were custom made by one of my very talented bridesmaids.
Planning our wedding was incredibly special to both Joshua and I. I really enjoyed finding items and different ways to showcase our personalities and relationship.

Some of my favorite items included the custom signs made by sweet friend, the photo(s) of Joshua and I that flanked the greenery-filled fireplace, and our wedding day looks. My dress was everything I had ever dreamt of and so much more. I worked with Modern Trousseau’s to custom make my dream. I knew from the beginning I wanted lace and I wanted sleeves. When visiting Hayden Olivia in Charlotte there were not a ton of options that included this. Lucky for me, my bridal consultant suggested a bolero. I instantly fell in love with the first dress I tried on but it did not include the sleeves I had dreamt of. Once that bolero was placed over top though, I knew it was it. Tears filled me eyes and I imagined Joshua seeing me wearing this masterpiece as I walked down to meet him. Joshua’s look was one we had fun deciding. We wanted it to reflect his fun personality while also matching perfectly with my classic romantic dress. We choose a simple gray suit and played around with the bowtie and shirt. Plaid for the shirt and a custom-made stripe bow-tie from The Knotty.

The weekend before our wedding North Carolina was hit with a very strong hurricane. With day upon day of rain. Once the hurricane passed we were left with gorgeous weather. All blue skies and a perfect 75 degrees. We were blessed! This weather was the exact reason we choose October. Also because that is when we started dating and became engaged. The bridesmaids and I started getting ready very early at a lake house rented by my mother. Getting your hair done while watching the sun come up over a lake is quite the way to start your wedding day! I believe this played a big part in keeping me calm.

I surprised my bridesmaids with pajama sets from Piyama. The pattern complemented our colors and looked adorable while getting ready together. The bridesmaids had the option of two dresses from ASOS in the same pattern. One a maxi dress with ruffles and the other a simple empire midi. I couldn’t have imagined the dresses fitting our venue better!

Once each gal had their hair and make-up complete we made our way to the venue. We then spent the next hour opening gifts, chatting, and sipping mimosas. My photographer then came in and said it was time to put my dress on. I truly did not feel like a bride until that moment. Once my maid of honor placed my veil and flower crown on it was time for the gals to leave. So there I was standing in front of the floor length mirror, looking at myself. At this moment I was overcome with emotion. Imagining Joshua seeing me and knowing I would be walking down to him in just minutes. That this is what I would look like as I made the promise to love him forever and stand by his side through everything. I wanted down that aisle!

I could see Joshua well before he could see me. I had butterflies in my stomach and my heart was beating faster than ever. I soaked in my soon to be husband standing there, waiting to turn around (once) he received the signal to. All I could think about was looking into his eyes and seeing him see me. I may have pulled my dad down the aisle trying to get to Joshua! Our ceremony was full of special moments including our favorite worship songs, a moment where Joshua and I stepped off to the side to pray together, and reciting our personal vows.

Once our ceremony was complete our guests were treated to a cocktail hour on the market lit patio of our reception venue. We served a variety of appetizers that were personal favorites of ours while a bluegrass band filled the air with sweet southern music. Additionally, we had a lawn game area with dice and bocce ball from Mark & Graham plus a custom cornhole set. We wanted cocktail hour to be a time to mix and mingle while enjoying the beautiful fall weather.

From cocktail hour to the reception. Our reception was filled with dahlias, anemones, garden roses, eucalyptus, and endless candles. We had a wooden guest “book” for guests to sign as they entered into the ceremony. Past the guest book was our cake table which was flanked with two cakes. Joshua wanted a traditional tiered cake covered in icing while I wanted a naked cake, we compromised and had both! Our cakes and the table may have been one of my favorites at the reception! Brandi from Honey Butter Bakery did amazing! Joshua and I had a sweetheart table set right in front of the candle filled fireplace. Sitting there allowed us time together and time to soak in everything going on around us. The evening was filled with all of the traditional wedding activities and lots of dancing! Joshua and I exited the wedding with friends and family flanking both sides of the sidewalk as we made our way to our limo. Having the opportunity to hug our loved ones as we left was one of my favorite moments of the evening. Our wedding was filled with so much love and I know our marriage will be the same!

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Photography: Faith Teasley Photography | Coordinator: Whitehead Manor Conference Center | Floral Design: Lily Greenthumb's Wedding & Event Design | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Honey Butter Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Rings: Diamonds Direct | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Asos | Catering: Queen City Catering | Band: The Local Boys | Ceremony & Reception : The Arbors Events | Dress Boutique: Modern Trousseau Charleston | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Hair & Make-Up: Sweet Magnolia Beauties | Lawn Games : Mark & Graham | Save the Dates: Minted

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A Real Bride Inspired By Grace Kelly

When Grace Kelly serves as the point of inspiration, you get a timeless bridal style with no shortage of sophistication. That was certainly the case for this bride who designed her own wedding gown, sourcing Chantilly lace from France and working directly with her dressmaker throughout the 10-month process. The result? A dress that truly set the scene for an incredible day planned by Twine Events. See all the photos by Brancoprata plus clip below by Robert Michael Films.



From the Bride…

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

We had a memorable engagement in Paris with my family and soon after, the two of us celebrated with a spontaneous getaway to the Italian coast. Everything about that trip felt like a dream. We knew we wanted to incorporate a very romantic European touch with each detail.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

I always love muted, neutral hues like cream, taupe, sand and pale blush. The palette is so effortless and there’s a softness and elegance to it. I wanted to keep everything classic with small hints of French-inspired decor like the blue bouquet blossom china we used for our tableware. While everyone dined outdoors during sunset, music by Edith Piaf played in the background. It felt like we were transported to another place in another era.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

Right after Jason proposed, we strolled along the Pont de l’Arcevêché where we wrote our locks and threw the key in the river. I will always remember the significance of that moment. After months of trying to find enough vintage locks, I had to get creative and settle for hand making guest escort cards for every couple. They were twined together with a small brass lock and key where they were displayed on a wrought iron gate to mimic the bridge. We also had a gentleman’s lounge / library where everyone enjoyed the cigars and whiskey tasting. I’ll give my husband credit for that one!

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail?

Exchanging our personalized vows. Although I was a crying mess and we stood in front of a lot of people, the moment was so quiet and genuine that it was as if we were the only two there. My favorite crafted detail would have to be the collaborative work between my girlfriend, Heather from The Pointed Pen, who helped me design my formal invitations, and my brother who hand watercolored the artwork of the villa on the front face of the invite. It was all made with love.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your cake, etc.

The grounds already had aligned Italian Cypress trees, a side garden of rose bushes and the 1920’s villa was built with so much character that we didn’t need to overdo it with flowers. Our florist, Of The Flowers, did an amazing job highlighting areas to accentuate the natural beauty.

I designed my wedding gown with my dressmaker, Lucille (who I refer her as my ‘fairy godmother’). Grace Kelly was my wedding style muse. I envisioned the style and silhouette to be timeless and classic. We sourced the Chantilly lace from France and the top bodice was all hand sewn. It was such a fun and meaningful process for me that took nearly 10 months. Hopefully one day, I can pass it down to my daughter.

We opted out a cake and chose a dessert bar. We preferred to have many options of bite size sweets!

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

The same advice I was given: On the day of your wedding, take a moment. Sit in silence, be observant and reciprocate the gratitude and joy to everyone who is there to celebrate your special day. It all goes by so quickly.

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Photography: Brancoprata | Videography: Robert Michael Films | Event Planning: Twine Events | Floral Design: Of The Flowers | Wedding Dress: Custom | DJ: Dart Collective | Officiant: Rev. John Moore | Venue: Villa Del Sol D'Oro | Deserts: Fantasy Frostings | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Rentals : Dish Wish | Strings: Angelica Strings

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