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8 Splurge-Worthy International Honeymoons

If your honeymoon isn’t the one time to ball out and have a completely over-the-top, once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience, then whatever will be? Now’s your time to venture out to the most remote corners of the world and explore destinations that might otherwise not be possible!

Read on for 8 splurge-worthy international honeymoon destinations no matter your vacation style.


An African Safari


KT Merry Photography

Have an adventure-packed safari in Botswana, Tanzania or Kenya and prepare to be transported to another world. Get swept up in the striking landscapes, luxury camp sites, magnificent wild animals, and classic romance. You’ll do game tours during the day, and then retire at night to lodges where you will dine, relax and sleep under the stars.


The Seychelles

Mariel Hannah

The Seychelles are an archipelago of 115 islands off the coast of East Africa and is a place that honeymoon dreams are made of. In this secluded hideaway in the Indian Ocean, you’ll find deserted white-sand beaches straight out of a scene from Robinson Crusoe. Think palm trees reaching into clear turquoise water, rich wildlife, and year-round great weather. You’ll also find some of the world’s most luxurious resorts, ready to serve honeymooners’ every whim.


Morocco

Catherine Mead

In Morocco, you’ll discover a country that is full of ancient charm. As you make your way through the cities of Marrakesh, Fes and Tangier, you’ll see breathtaking architecture, jaw-dropping interiors, secret courtyard gardens, and labyrinth markets full of spices, home goods and artisan crafts. Tour grand tiled-palaces, drink mint tea, visit the spa, ride a camel through the desert, or surf at the beach. It’s a pick your own adventure honeymoon, but one that is sure to be filled with intoxicating scents, sights and experiences.


Bora Bora

Jose Villa Photography

Bora Bora is a South Pacific island located in French Polynesia and is one of the most romantic places in the world. With the emerald-green volcanic craters in the distance, crystal-clear and turquoise blue water, and secluded strings of overwater bungalows it’s a complete private oasis. While you could easily be content spending your entire time relaxing in the privacy of your bungalow or hotel pool and spa, there are plenty of excursions and activities to do as well. Take jet skis around the island, snorkel with sharks, dine on a private island, or explore the lagoons by kayak or boat. It’s no wonder that Bora Bora is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations around.


France

Oliver Fly

The appeal of France is entirely obvious. There’s world-class dining, celebrated architecture, elusive style, magnificent castles and charming coastal cities. So prepare to indulge in fantastic cuisine, rich culture, and coastal extravagance. Start in Paris and explore the city by foot, wandering around the quaint arrondissements to take in the sights. Get your fill of museums, the opera, or ballet but make sure to spend plenty of time eating, drinking, and shopping in one of the chicest and most magical cities in the world. Next take your pick of castle touring in the Loire Valley, wine tasting in Bordeaux, exploring the lavender fields of Provence, or sunbathing on the French Riviera. The country is so romantic and beautiful, you two might just decide to never come home.


Italy

Kay English Photography

Italy is a complete and total dream, so it may seem impossible to pick where to go when everywhere is so spectacular! To get a little taste of everything, start in a major city like Rome or Florence to get your fill of culture and history. Spend a couple days in Venice, the enchanting floating city full of canals and old-world palaces. Drive through the rolling hills of Tuscany, take a cooking class, drink lots of wine, explore charming old towns, and if you don’t get gelato at least once a day, you’re not doing it right. On the Amalfi Coast pinch yourself in picture-perfect towns like Positano, Capri or Sorrento where you will drink limencello, swim in the sun, and soak in la dolce vita.


Thailand

Simply Sarah Photography

Thailand is best known for its tropical islands, delicious food and smiling people. Fly into Bangkok and explore the floating markets, ornate temples, street food and vibrant nightlife. After a couple days of craziness head north into the mountains of Chiang Mai where you can retreat and relax. In northern Thailand you will explore gilded Buddhist temples, spend the day with elephants, and take cooking classes where you’ll make fresh papaya salad, pad thai and curry. Finally make your way to the islands, there are dozens to choose from and all stunningly beautiful but each has its unique charms. Koh Phi Phi is breathtakingly beautiful but can get very crowded with young travelers looking to party. Instead, try Koh Lanta, Koh Yao or Koh Tao for more quiet and laidback beach vibes. You can’t go home until you indulge yourselves in as many beach-front Thai massages as possible.


Bali

Blush Wedding Photography

In Bali, Indonesia you’ll find a paradise full of lush landscapes of green rice paddies, idyllic beaches, hidden waterfalls, monkey forests and serene temples. Bali is both spiritual and magical, and yet is still home to some of the most luxurious resorts in the world, diverse enough in style that honeymooners are sure to find their perfect place to soak in the marital bliss.

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Julia Hurwitz is a freelance writer and Marketing Manager based in New York City. Her interests include travel, global craft, healthy baking, entertaining and exploring the outdoors.

“I Am Rooted, but I Flow” Wedding Editorial

“I am rooted, but I flow.” – One of the most renowned quotes by Virginia Woolf and the inspiration for this wedding editorial at The Resort at Paws Up.  Habitat Events created a wedding that captures the very essence of Montana’s wild appeal – the Bride’s romantic locks, her chic and minimal long-sleeve Houghton gown, the rustic ceremony setup amidst the golden grass, the earthy tones of the reception florals… When put together, these pieces become an effortless embodiment of Woolf’s words. You won’t want to miss a single image from this shoot, captured by Simply Sarah Photography.

From Habitat EventsWe are continually inspired by the elements that most evoke Montana – the golden prairie grasses, the rustic touches of a working ranch, and a smooth bourbon at the end of the day. The Resort at Paws Up has these elements in spades and provided the perfect setting for an elegant Montana wedding. To complement the stunning backdrop, we brought in touches of undone glamour with the florals and décor…you know, a little “I am rooted but I flow” Virgina Woolf style. Simply Sarah Photography, as always, beautifully captured the ease and true essence of Montana and its love stories.

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Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Event Planning: Habitat Events | Floral Design: Habitat Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Houghton Bride | Cake: Plum Cakery | Invitations: Lazywood Lane | Ceremony Venue: The Resort at Paws Up | Jewelry: Trumpet & Horn | Hair + Makeup: The Hair and Makeup Collective | Cake Stand: Birch & Bennett | Dress Shop: Bash Bozeman | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Model: Ursula Holloway | Place Cards & Bridal Ribbon: Olive & Bay | Rentals: Oh So Chic | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

A Medieval Castle Sets the Stage for the Most Stunning Wedding

Go ahead and add this Italian venue to the crazy gorgeous category. With old, crumbling architecture and scenic views, this medieval castle set in the Umbrian countryside is the perfect backdrop for a gorgeous destination affair. From old world church to long family style tables set against the castle walls, you will be enamored the second you sneak a peek at Katie Grant’s images and the film by Moon and Back.

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In a hauntingly beautiful medieval church in Orvieto, Italy, Lauryn and Joe said their vows to each other in front of their closest friends and family. When planning their destination wedding, the couple knew they would choose somewhere in Italy to bring their guests for a long celebration. Lauryn stumbled upon La Badia in Orvieto and knew it was the perfect venue for their wedding. The gorgeous crumbling stone arch and poetic tower set the stage for the most beautiful day. Lush greenery and understated flowers adorned the venue and highlighted it’s natural beauty. Lauryn looked radiant in a Casey Tanswell gown and Joe chose a classic Italian linen suit in light blue to compliment the simple palette. Long table dinners chock full of delicious Italian food and local wine kept the guests well fed and watered and fairy lights took the guests partying well into the night under the gorgeous Umbrian stars.

Photography: Katie Grant Photography | Cinematography: Moon & Back | Flowers: Debra Flowers | Gown: Casey Tanswell Designs | Hair: Georgia Richards | Both: La Badia Orvieto | Lab: Atkins Lab | Music: Tobi Music

5 Closet Staples for the Days that You Just. Can’t. Deal.

We all have them—the days that you just. can NOT. deal. The days when a full getting ready routine and fancy outfits just don’t mesh with your mood. I see all of you nodding and saying mhmm. But you still need to look put together, right? Here’s where these five closet staples come to the rescue. They’ll appease your comfort AND style. Win-win. Now, onto that third (maybe fourth?) cup of coffee.

A Hide-the-Hair Hat

Bad hair day? Hide those unruly locks with a cute hat. We’re loving this floppy wool style for fall and it’s under $40!

The Comfiest Jeans

Sure, the leggings are calling your name—but those are a liiittle too casual for casual Friday. Keep a comfy, but cute pair of jeans like these ready to go at all times. Try to steer clear of distressed denim or boyfriend style as these are a bit harder to dress up. Save those for the weekend!

A Cute Pair of Kicks

Fancy kicks are taking over the world of flats. Invest in a pair with some embellishment like these white, pink and gold beauties. Or, a textured slip on version like these!

The Perfect White Tee

It’s always a good idea to keep at least a few of your favorite white tees on hand. They’re perfect for dressing up or down and layering!

A Wear-with-Anything Sweater

I’ve had a light tan sweater I got years ago that is always my clutch on days that I just want full comfort. In my opinion, every woman needs one of these! Invest in a neutral cardigan like this one, that’ll match with anything in your closet.

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The One Bridal Gown Trend That Isn’t Going Anywhere

Trends may be short-lived in nature, but sometimes they are just sooo good, they stick around for awhile. Case in point? Sleeves: one of those “trends” that happens to be a mainstay, and we’re not upset in the slightest. From cap to half to full-length, today we’re singing the praises of the sleeved beauties from Maggie Sottero Designs, a design powerhouse that knows a thing or two about gorgeous gowns. Scroll for some of our faves.

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Calling all modern brides with a love of romance – the latest collections by Maggie Sottero are for you. From the illusion long-sleeves and lace appliqués of the Berkley to the off-the-shoulder half-sleeves and portrait neckline of the Bree to the elbow sleeves and plunging V-back of the Darcy, you’ll definitely be looking like the princess you always wanted. Not to mention the Megan, a gown that delivers a sheer lace back along with illusion long sleeves for a decidedly royal look.

SOTTERO AND MIDGLEY

We happen to adore sleeves for many reasons – their nod to vintage aesthetics, the sophisticated touch they add to your gown and the subtle sexy vibe they give to your overall look are just a few. So of course we are smitten with the lineup from Sottero and Midgley, aka, gowns that are much chicer than your grandma’s long-sleeved look. Currently on our love list: amazing ball gowns with half-sleeves like the Allen, vintage-inspired pretties with cap-sleeves like the Grady and sheath silhouettes with long sleeves like the ones on the Jillianna. And a special shout-out to Zayn Rose, a boho gown with cap sleeves and a scoop back. (It’s amazing.)

REBECCA INGRAM

We’re big fans of Rebecca Ingram and their collection of luxe + high-quality gowns that are perfect for the budget savvy bride. And with a lineup of sleeved pretties that will literally take your breath away, who wouldn’t be? From the vintage-inspired Beatrice (hey there, off-the-shoulder sleeves and illusion open back) to the elbow-length sleeves and V-back of the Cathy to the classic ball gown and elegant sleeved jacket of the Darlene, we’ve found our happy place. And, of course, we have to mention the Mercy, which is basically the epitome of romance with short sleeves you will LOVE.

To check out all of the sleeved beauties that Maggie Sottero, Sottero and Midgley and Rebecca Ingram have to offer, find the nearest retailer near you. You’ll be walking down the aisle in a flirty, feminine and sophisticated look in no time at all.

Say Hello to Our New Blogger Bride, Gabi Valladares of By Gabriella

It’s always a treat when we get to introduce you to a new Blogger Bride. These gals are hand-picked by SMP editors to share their wedding planning journey. We just know you’re going to love our newest bride, Gabi from By Gabriella. Get to know Gabi below and stay tuned for upcoming posts. Follow her on Instagram to keep up with her daily!

I spend my days (and evenings!) working with small businesses and creative entrepreneurs to ‘up’ their social media and photography game. And, now I’m adding planning a wedding to the list – a ‘to do’ item that I simply couldn’t be more excited about. I’ve been a Style Me Pretty reader for years now, and nearly pinched myself when I discovered that I would have the opportunity to be a blogger bride.

Funny enough, I had been struggling with the decision on whether I would begin sharing wedding content on my site and social media. At first, I thought that it was a little different than my traditional content. But, I do my absolute best to maintain authenticity, and getting married is quite the special occasion – and a pretty big part of my life at the moment. So, here we are! I’m thrilled that I get to document every step of the way to the wedding and feel entirely honored that I get to share it with you all!

Our Wedding Plans
My fiancé, Tim, and I met while we were in college in Boston. Truth be told, we still can’t remember the first time we met! We had an overlapping group of friends and were both highly involved on campus. We knew we initially met at a campus function of some sort, but cannot remember which one! Either way, we became friends, began dating, and here we are – planning a wedding one thousand miles away from our friends and family.

Yes, you heard that right. Tim and I moved to one of our favorite cities – Atlanta, GA – this July. Tim had lived here for a year and a half, while I was still living in Boston. While long distance was tough (to say the least), we fell in love with Atlanta during his time here. So much so, that we decided to move back. This time – together. And, now we’re planning our wedding for fall 2018 right here in Atlanta! We thought it would be the perfect opportunity to show everyone we love why we adore Atlanta so very much.

Our Wedding Vision
We love simplicity, and are planning our Atlanta wedding with that in mind. We’ve got our eyes on a nearby space that was once a factory, but is transitioning into a venue. We love that it has a story, and that we’ll be able to have the wedding we’ve been dreaming about ever since getting engaged in Portland, Maine (more on that later!). We’re envisioning lots of greenery, local seasonal food, and some fun twists and surprises for our wedding day – I hope you’ll stay tuned as we embark on this exciting process!


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Photography: Dasha Crawford | Floral Design: Le Jardin Fracais

Gabriella Valladares

Beautiful + Romantic Santorini Wedding Film

This was Denee Motion’s first venture in filming in Santorini but we’d bet it won’t be their last. One viewing of this wedding and all the beauty they captured, and there’s no doubt that they rocked it. From the sweet moments between the couple to all the amazing details courtesy of Santorini Glam Weddings and Betty Flowers Santorini, Denee Motion got them all on camera and we’re oh so happy they did!
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From Denee Motion… This was our first wedding assignment in Santorini and we went there in advance to explore the grounds and do some location scouting. There were two operators on this job: Denee Motion’s founder Denis and his assistant Janis who flew all the way from Riga. We met our couple in London a year prior and we knew there were the right couple for us. Zoë was so excited about having the video for her wedding which was a good indicator! They were really natural on the day and were enthusiastic and keen on our ideas. Hence, it was super easy to produce a beautiful wedding trailer and film for them. Enjoy!

Photography: Andy gaines | Videography: Denee Motion Boutique Wedding Cinema | Event Planning: Santorini Glam Weddings | Floral Design: Betty Flowers Santorini | Stationery: Painted Elephant Parties | Ceremony Venue: Aenaon Villas | Reception Venue: Vassaltis Vineyards | Catering: Intercatering

An Elegant Baltimore Wedding That Will Stand the Test of Time

Baltimore knows how to put on a timeless and elegant wedding, and today’s black and white fête planned by Stephanie Bradshaw is the perfect example. In honor of her love of horses, this Bride chose an elegant gown with a dramatic horse hair skirt, which looked absolutely striking paired with her handsome Groom, dressed sharply in his uniform. Add in the beautiful, tented reception outfitted in impressive, white and periwinkle blooms by Flowers and Fancies and photography by Michael and Carina, and you’ve got one gorgeous celebration that will surely stand the test of time and trend.

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From Michael and Carina PhotographersClaire and Paul married in style. They are fans of black and white patterns and incorporated them so beautifully into their wedding. Claire wore a gown made of horse hair as a tribute to her love of horses. Stephanie Bradshaw and her team created an incredibly styled reception area with lots of greenery, a custom boxwood bar, and black and white sun umbrellas. A red vintage car made for the perfect accent!

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Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Event Planning + Design: Stephanie Bradshaw | Floral Design: Flowers And Fancies | Reception Venue: Evergreen Museum And Library | Hair + Makeup: Up Dos For I Dos | Band: Elan Artists | Catering + Cake: Linwoods | Cocktail Music: Jazz Trio | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Rentals + Production: Revolution Event Design And Production | Tent + Rentals: Loane Brothers

The Perfect Mix of Millennial Pink and Cool, Mid-Century Vibes

When Kaitlynn Carter designed her new Santa Monica abode, she looked no further than a blush colored statement couch to set the tone for this mid-century meets of-the-moment millennial pink space. Together with Joss & Main, she crafted a gorgeous blushing living room that balances cool vintage with feminine glam. Take the full tour right here.

Your home base is in Malibu—a beach house you share with your fiancé, Brody Jenner—but you also recently leased this apartment in Santa Monica. Can you tell us a little about the space, and what drew you to it?

Well, primarily, it was the location. Brentwood is a very central neighborhood in LA, especially relative to where I take most of my meetings and attend events. Also, my best friend lives in the building right next door! BUT, of course, I was looking for a space I liked and saw design potential in, as well. What I loved about it right off the bat was how much light the windows let in. It’s a very bright, cheery space. Wood flooring was a big plus, and then there’s the original sliding door that divides the living room from the bed and bath quarters. I love little features like that you really don’t find as often in new buildings!

How is the vibe of this apartment different from that of your beach house?

I really wanted to have fun with the design of this apartment! When I decorated our Malibu house, I was under strict orders not to make it too girly, so I went super girly this time, while still keeping it sophisticated.

It’s clear from your blog, Hey, Miss Carter, that you have a knack for fashion. How does your personal style translate into the design of your homes? Are the two similar?

I have a bit of an eclectic taste in fashion, and that definitely translates in my interior design style. Although I had to keep things toned down at the Malibu house, there are still decor elements of mine that keep it more on the eclectic end: woven wall hangings, oil paintings from my hometown, crystals, sheepskins, etc. My apartment was definitely a space where I could integrate more of that funk and color I tend to be drawn to!

What would you say is more difficult, pulling together a room or pulling together an outfit?

Pulling together a room is just a lot more time consuming, but it’s also a lot more fun for me!

We love the blush sofa you chose. It makes such a big impact, yet doesn’t overwhelm. Can you share your tips for building a room around a statement piece?

I think if you’re going to go with one really bold statement piece of furniture, you keep other big pieces in the room relatively neutral. You can still accent with colorful pillows and art! I also love to tie in a lot of greenery. It’s a great way to take up space and add color without making a space feel overwhelming.

Pink is more popular than ever right now—but many still hesitate to decorate with the historically feminine hue. What’s your advice for getting the of-the-moment color right?

Well, of course, in this case I was really going for feminine! But even so, I don’t think the space turned out too girly for a guy to live in, as well. I’d say pairing pink with natural materials like wood, greenery, cow hides, etc. Balances it out a lot. In this room, tying in the brown leather chairs neutralized the space a lot!

Walk us through your living room. Besides the blush sofa, what are your favorite pieces?

I absolutely LOVE the whole bar area! The mid-century server is such a cool piece. I also love the rattan chair. 8. Was there anything the room just had to have? Anything you absolutely didn’t want? Well, because I knew I was going to have a pink sofa, I steered clear of other overly feminine details. No crystal light fixtures or anything too “glam.” I’m also just not a fan of wall art with cutesy or inspirational quotes or phrases, so we avoided anything like that. One thing I really wanted was for the room to have a mid-century feel, which I think we definitely accomplished.

What’s your favorite way to spend time in this space?

It’s really my space and no one else’s, so it’s very peaceful. I spent a lot of time here hanging wall art and unpacking furniture and it was almost meditative, so for me when I’m in that apartment I feel very chill. I l like to just binge-watch a show on Netflix or light my candles and have a spa night!

Design and Decor: Joss & Main | Home of: Kaitylnn Carter | Photography - Interiors: Nicole Gerulat | Photography - Portraits: Cole Moser

10 Dresses to Make Your Maid of Honor Stand Out

Mismatched bridesmaid dresses is a trend that’s here to stay, and we love when a Maid of Honor gets a chance to stand out from the squad. Whether it’s a bold color, pretty print, statement neckline or beautiful embellishment, there are endless options to let your go-to girl step up her look and we’ve made the dress hunt completely effortless. Shop 10 gorgeous options right at your fingertips!

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The 9 Stages of Post-Wedding Feels

So you just got married…CONGRATS! As the party winds down and the wedding festivities come to a close, chances are you’ll be feeling all the emotions. Yes, it’s awesome that you have a husband or wife that you adore and, yes, you are glad that the stressful parts of wedding planning are over but you’re not necessarily ready close this exciting chapter of your life.

Here are the nine stages of the post-wedding feels every bride has.

1. Joy

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You’re putting a cap on the greatest day of your life! You felt the love, said your vows, and danced your booty off. Chances are your heart feels like it’s flying while your body feels like it’s sinking in the exhaustion.

2. Relaxed

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Off to the honeymoon where you will be pampered like a king and queen! Finally, the treatment you deserve! Nothing like some intense relaxation and luxury living after all of your hard work to make the wedding day a beautiful success.

3. Living the Dream

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The best part of “living the dream” on your honeymoon is that you get to do it with your spouse! Cue the abuse of the words husband, wife, Mr. and Mrs. Also cue lots of corny honeymoon scenes from movies because you’re just extra obsessed with your new husband/wife. And well…lots of you-know-what.

4. Denial

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Ever see a toddler throwing a tantrum? Well, that’s the emotional equivalent of having to leave your honeymoon. Why can’t “professional honeymooner” be a job?! The post-honeymoon blues are real! I mean you’re really into this new role and your new spouse but there’s no association between the words ‘happy’ and ‘honeymoon over.’

5. Hungry

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Well, at least the wedding diet is over. You probably need to ‘live it up’ as newlyweds which means way too many date nights and way too much food. The newlywed fifteen is REAL.

6. Anti-Social

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You already had to separate from your new husband/wife when the honeymoon ended for work and now people expect you to separate even more?! All that you really want to do is be alone in your newlywed bubble.

7. Nostalgic

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A wedding takes so long to plan and then it just disappears in an instant! Sign you up for any way to make the wedding high live on! Your wedding video footage has become your favorite TV show and you stare at your photos regularly. What about your friends who still want to talk about what a blast it was…the BEST!

8. Back to Reality

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If you lived with your husband/wife before you got married, a lot of the ‘day to day’ will feel the same as it did before you hit the altar. Meaning, the chores still have to get done, the bills still have to get paid, and you still get to chat endlessly about what to make for dinner.

9. True Love

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But the good news is that the end of your wedding only means the start of forever as Mr. and Mrs. (or Mr. and Mr. or Mrs. and Mrs.). After all, there’s no one else you’d want to go through every phase of life with!

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Carly Robinson is a freelance writer and the gal behind The Cozy Curator, a blog that features all things life+ style. She lives in Hoboken, NJ with her husband. She considers herself a ‘modern hostess’ because she loves entertaining but doesn’t like all of the old school pressure that comes with it. Carly is a rookie wife, an ‘attainable fashion’ fan and a lover of food.

Last Dance Songs to Close Out the Night in Style

How do you make sure your wedding is one to remember for years to come? With the perfect closing tune to finish off the evening of course! The experts at Elevated Pulse Productions are here to help with their top choices for a sweet finish to your special day – the hardest part now will be choosing just one!

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THE SONG CHOICES

“Ignition” by R. Kelly

“Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake

“Just a Friend” by Biz Markie

“Without You” by David Guetta + Usher

“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

“Modern Love” by David Bowie

“Rescue Me” by Diana Ross

“Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince

“This Is What It Feels Like” by Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie

“All My Friends” by LCD Soundsystem

Playlist: Elevated Pulse Productions | Cover Image Photography: onelove photography

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7 Questions To Ask When Interviewing Photographers

If you are hiring a photographer for your wedding, you’ll want to make a good investment out of it. Here are seven questions you need to ask potential photographers before the wedding.


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Do you have a reference I can talk to?
While many photographers have testimonials on their website, it’s nice to physically receive some comments from couples who have utilized that photographers services. You’ll have a good idea of this photographers business if you look at their Instagram, ask around and check reviews online. Overall, do your research so that there are no surprises later.


What date will you send me the photos by?
This is a small detail that can make a huge difference. Some photographers do sneak peaks the same night, others wait and send everything in the mail within weeks or more… it’s different for each photographer, so ask this question so you know what to expect. Since it’s so hard to wait (even a day!!!) for your wedding photos, have bridesmaids take pictures throughout the day while your photographer takes pictures so you have SOMETHING to tide you over till the whole album is delivered to you in all of its wedding glory.


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Can you save the photos in multiple locations?
This may feel unnecessary to ask, but ultimately you want to find out what will happen if your photographer’s laptop, camera, or memory cards break/get stolen/explode leaving you without photos. That would be horrible…right?!? Life happens so make sure you feel comfortable with your photographers back up plan.


How many photographers will you have at my wedding?
These days, it’s rare for a photographer to go solo at a wedding. I commonly see two to three at the wedding. Ask your photographer and ensure you’re comfortable with the number. Two is ideal. It saves time, allows for more creativity, and gives everyone the space they need to relax knowing two photographers have everything under control. PLUS – who doesn’t love the first look pictures from the bride and groom as she’s walking down the aisle?


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Can you take these types of photos?
Before your wedding, give your photographer a list of the photos you have to have. It could be you alone getting dressed, you and your brother, pictures of your rings…anything! You won’t think of all of the photos you want to take on your wedding day, and your photographer may not even think of some common photos. Don’t assume he/she will automatically think of certain photos. Give your photographer a physical list and give the exact same list to your Maid of Honor (MOH) so that in case the photographer forgets, your MOH remembers on the big day!


What happens if you’re unable to make it to my wedding to take photos?
Life happens! People get sick, cars break down, GPS sends you on the wrong turn…it’s life. Ask your photographer what the backup plan if the worst case scenario happens. You’ll want to be prepared mentally and physically in case some of his/her backup photographers need to fill in or if other arrangements need to be made. Talk about it in advance so that there are no surprises later.


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How much editing will you do to the photos?
Even though your photographer commonly edits their photos in some way, that doesn’t necessarily mean your photos will be edited the exact same. Lighting can change this, and personal requests from different couples can affect the outcome of the edited photos. Discuss this in advance and tell your photographer exactly what you want so that you’re on the same page.


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Having beautiful photos that last a lifetime will be an amazing thing to cherish after your wedding. Ensuring you and your photographer are on the same page before the wedding will be golden and get you through the wedding day and editing process with ease!

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Kylie Thompson is a freelance writer, blogger and marketing professional from Grand Rapids Michigan, where she resides with her husband. When she isn’t working, you will find her exploring Grand Rapids’ newest culinary establishments with her husband, or traveling up and down Lake Michigan’s coast.

Getting Wedding-Day Ready With the Gents

Some of my absolute favorite photos captured on a wedding day are those of the Bride and her gals getting ready the morning of. Well today Jessica Rice Photography is turning her lens to the Groom and his pals, and I have to say, the getting ready moments captured at You and Yours Distillery are every bit as special. Chancey Charm brought in talented, local California vendors for these gents, from grooming products from Baxter of California for a fresh, sharp look to quality, leather Groomsmen gifts from Made in Mayhem.

From Chancey Charm’s San Diego wedding planner, Lauren WeidleyThis editorial was all about the Groom and his guys. The Bride is often the focus (as she should be!) when it comes to accessories and products used as she gets ready. But this time, I wanted to focus on how the Groom gets pampered before the “I dos” and some of the locally made luxury products that can be involved.

We partnered with You & Yours Distillery as an alternative to the typical getting ready “room”. I wanted the space to feel bright and airy, and You & Yours easily accomplishes that – it’s an easy space for the guys to feel relaxed. The vibe was fun but masculine and sophisticated.

I love the suspender inspiration from Blade + Blue with the combination of prints in the shirts and bowties. This is a different take on the traditional white shirt with a fun bowtie. Why not add some pattern play?

Locally made products add a level of luxury. Blade + Blue, Made in Mayhem, and Baxter of California are all brands with products made in California, perfect for the gent that wants to support local makers and add that level of sophistication. Baxter of California has amazing grooming products for a clean shave and unquestionably dapper hair for the Groom and his guys as they get ready. Made in Mayhem has the luxury leather products ideal for a Bride to get her Groom for the traditional “I do” gift. Even better, the combination of these products and vendors makes it easy for the Groom to put together a fantastic gift for the men standing by him on his big day – something that the Groom can sometimes have a tough time with.

These vendors were a dream to work with. All of them more than willing to get creative with products while also giving myself and the photographer creative freedom. It was such a fun shoot, and we couldn’t have done it without these amazing partners.

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Photography: Jessica Rice Photography | Event Planning: Chancey Charm | Floral Design: Bluebell Flowers | Venue: You & Yours Distillery | Flasks, Whiskey Glass, + Groomsmen's Boxes: Happily Ever Etched | Grooming Products: Baxter of CA | Leather Goods: Made in Mayhem | Shirts, Bowties, + Suspenders: Blade + Blue | Socks: The Box Sock

Why Every Groom Proposes With An Engagement Ring

We all know a ring on your left hand is the universal sign of being off the market. A close-up shot of the bling is the most popular way to announce, “WE’RE ENGAGED!”

Have you ever wondered why? It’s actually an interesting – and ancient – story.


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Ancient Beginnings
The history of signifying a marital bond began with the Egyptians, who decided the round shape symbolized an eternal cycle. They wore a ring on the fourth finger of their left hand because they believed that finger contained a vein that led straight to the heart (called “vena amoris”).
The Romans adopted this tradition but altered it to two rings. Roman brides-to-be received a gold ring to wear in public and an iron one to wear at home while performing household duties.


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Celebrity Influence
Celebrities have been setting trends since the dawn of time. Well before social media, the first well-documented engagement ring was when Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a massive diamond. Many historians say the ring swayed her heart away from another lover. Can you blame her?

Men with money followed suit, buying diamonds for their betrothed as a sign of their higher social standing.


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Increased Supply
In the late 1800’s, diamonds were discovered in South Africa. The Victorian Era saw more than one million carats mined each year. That meant men with lesser means could join the engagement ring movement. And the engagement ring trend grew.


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Brilliant Marketing
After World War I, diamond ring purchases declined. As the Great Depression hit, people barely had enough money for food and basic necessities, much less luxuries. That caused engagement rings to start going out of style.

Enter: the De Beer family. They began a marketing campaign as brilliant as the diamonds they were aiming to sell. Using the slogan “a diamond is forever,” they almost singlehandedly convinced couples that a diamond was the only acceptable stone for an engagement.

Since 1947, almost every groom in America who can afford it presents an engagement ring when he proposes marriage.

Brides have been sharing the news of their nuptials with a ring long before your friends started posting theirs on social media. It’s a deep-rooted sign of an eternal bond, a financial commitment, and -greatest of all – a desire for your hand in marriage.

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Madeline Littrell is a corporate PR strategist and freelance writer. Born and raised in the South, she loves big hair, country music, and chicken fingers. Madeline lives in Dallas with her Sheltie puppy, Tennessee.

The Ceremony You’ll Be Dreaming About all Weekend Long

A classic and elegant pink wedding along the cliffs of Newport Beach – we’ll never tire of them. And this beauty with its impressive blooms and adorable (seriously!) Flower Girls captured by Rebecca Yale Photography and Andrew Abajian is so good! Sunny California Weddings added even more drama to the already breathtaking dome at Pelican Hill Resort with the help of Irises Designs. We don’t know about you, but we’ll be dreaming about this ceremony all weekend long.

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From Rebecca Yale PhotographyPortia and Ting were married in a beautiful, intimate ceremony at the luxurious Pelican Hill Resort on the cliffs of Newport Beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Bride and Groom started the day with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony with their parents before changing into a a wedding gown and tux for their ceremony under the famous Pelican Hill cupola. The couple were joined by three Bridesmaids and three Groomsmen along with two adorable Flower Girls for portraits around the gorgeous property.

They draped the cupola in beautiful pink silks and used blue and purple flowers with touches of greenery throughout the day for their ceremony and reception decor. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the veranda followed by dinner in the ballroom, where each table was named after a national park the Bride and Groom have visited together. The beautiful purple and blue cake was hung on a swing of greenery behind the head table making for a very memorable cake cutting! After dinner, the Bride and Groom took a moment alone to celebrate outside under the cupola just the two of them before the Bride changed into a short party dress for the first dance.

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Cinematography: Andrew Abajian | Event Planning: Sunny California Weddings | Floral Design: Irises Designs | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Grace Lin | Lighting: TMMPRO | Venue: Pelican Hill Resort | Bride's Jewelry: Van Cleef Arpels | Draping: The Finishing Touch Wedding & Event Planning | Flower Girl Dresses: Janie and Jack | Officiant + MC: VeryChic Wedding | Paper Goods: Minted | Watches: Cartier

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This is Not Your Garden Variety Romance

From stunning floral applique to a plunging neckline and a capelet too, this Marchesa gown is the ultimate showstopper. And it fits perfectly with the grandeur of this Santa Ynez elopement inspiration hand-crafted by Tristan Needham, Moon Canyon and Luna de Mare Photography. Get lost in the beauty of an intimate garden wedding nestled in the Santa Ynez mountains. And seriously, that dress!

Whether you’re planning an intimate elopement or a grand wedding, setting the scene for your nuptials is naturally an important part of the experience. Kestrel Park is nestled in the Santa Ynez mountains, and has one of the most stunning landscapes in Central California and capturing Christine & Kenny’s portraits there was a dream. The Marchesa gown Christine donned was a jaw dropper, topped with a chic and elegant updo, which was perfectly suited to the grandeur of the estate. Every magnificent turn offered a different reveal, greeting you with a warm embrace. As Summer was coming to a close, tones were chosen in soft shades mixed with some darker Fall florals for the al fresco intimate dinner set in the Grove just as the sun was setting. It was a Summer meets Fall affair to remember.

Photography: Luna de Mare Photography | Event Design: Tristan Needham Design | Floral Design: Moon Canyon | Flowers: Mayesh Wholesale Florist | Gown : Marchesa | Stationery : Julie Ha | Bridal Salon: Kinsley James Couture Bridal | Candles: Creative Candles | Estate : Kestrel Park | HMUA: Chiali Meng | Linen : BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Marnie Schnabel - Sweet Salvage Rentals | Silk Ribbon: Illume Silks | Styling Surface: OneStone West | Table Top : borrowed BLU

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10 Interior Design Hashtags You Should Be Using

Whether you’re an interior designer try to grow your biz or simply looking for home inspo for your next renovation or decor update, hashtags are a great way to stay in the design scene! We’re sharing 10 of our favorites today, along with gorgeous scenes captured by Tessa Neustadt from a designer we adore, Amber Interiors.

#SMMakeLifeBeautiful

Oh how we love thee, Studio McGee. Known for their clean, fresh designs, this hashtag is full of the bright and beautiful, and totally on trend designs.

 

#FindItStyleIt

With almost 300k posts in this hashtag, there’s no shortage of design inspiration. From thrifted and vintage finds to modern details, get your dose of interior styling here.

 

#SOdomino

Want to get featured on Domino? This is your ticket. For everyone who brings their style home.

#JungalowStyle

Created by designer Justina Blakeney, this is the hippest hashtag around. From boho scenes to a whole lotta green, you’ll love this eclectic mix of design inspo.

 

#HomeWithRue

Founded in 2010 as a bimonthly digital interior design magazine, Rue is a dreamy daily source for all things inspiring—especially the home. We adore founder Crystal Palecek and her sweet fam!

 

#IHaveThisThingWithFloors

Patterned tile, herringbone wood, rugs, oh my! Anything pretty that you can stand on lives here.

 

#OneRoomChallenge

The One Room Challenge™ is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October. Each round, twenty design bloggers take the challenge and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over the six weekly posts. In addition to following along, everyone with a blog, is welcome to join the fun as a guest participant by linking their own room transformations up during the six weeks. Each Thursday, the internet and social media are flooded with interior design inspiration, ideas, and encouragement.

#CurrentDesignSituation

This design hashtag gives more of an in-the-moment look inside homes. Real life infused with beautiful style.

 

#ApartmentTherapy

Launched in 2001 by interior designer Maxwell Ryan (nicknamed “the apartment therapist”) as a weekly newsletter for clients, Apartment Therapy has since grown to become a leading source of design inspiration and tips for real people looking for real-life decor solutions through a fascinating look into how people from around the country live at home.

 

#HouseEnvy

It’s like a Pinterest page of alll the things you want in your home. Find what other designers, home owners and stylist are coveting right here.

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Blogger Bride Mackenzie of Design Darling’s Nantucket Rehearsal Dinner

Hi! I’m Mackenzie from Design Darling and I’m so excited to share all of our wedding events with you as a blogger bride for Style Me Pretty! I’ve previously shared our engagement pictures, my first makeup trial, little white dresses for all your wedding events, and where I found my bridesmaids’ dresses, and today I’m sharing the first event from our wedding weekend, the rehearsal dinner!

Will and I got married on Nantucket the Saturday of Labor Day weekend in September and had our rehearsal dinner on Thursday night followed by a welcome party on Friday night. My mother-in-law put together the most gorgeous event just across the street from the chapel where we got married two days later.

My parents had actually had their rehearsal dinner at the same restaurant 31 years ago! After our rehearsal in the chapel, we led our bridesmaids and groomsmen to the spot where our reception would be two nights later so everyone would know the route to take on the wedding day. Then we walked back to The Chanticleer, a charming little French restaurant in ‘Sconset with a carousel horse in the front garden and roses blooming all over the property.

The weather cooperated beautifully and we were able to enjoy an outdoor cocktail hour followed by dinner in the main dining room with all our nearest and dearest family and friends.

My mother-in-law Reggie worked with Annie of the Dallas-based 5 By 7 Designs on all the paper goods and I was so in love with how they turned out! A few favorite details were the personalized menus for our signature cocktails, the cocktail napkins and drink stirrers featuring the watercolor crest from our wedding invitations, designed by Kearsley Lloyd, and the menus that doubled as place cards with our guests’ names printed at the top.

She and her friends also ordered a variety of beautiful monogrammed napkins that we now get to use at home! And Reggie also owns a baking company called Highland Park Pie Lady and made custom cookies for guests to take home as party favors. I might have left with two or three in my Nantucket lightship basket.

I fell in love with this MDS Stripes gown just after we got engaged and knew I had to have it for one of the wedding festivities. I kept my accessories simple and classic: pearl studs and my go-to nude sandals. As much as I love an excuse to wear a little white dress, this gown felt so “me” that I just had to make an exception!

It was a fun-filled evening with lots of hilarious and heartwarming toasts and the perfect start to our wedding weekend. Stay tuned for more pictures from our welcome party, wedding day, and honeymoon!


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Photographer: Cameron Clark Photography | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Chanticleer

 

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Striped Wedding Dress + Adorable Pup Make This Farm Wedding A Winner

They may be subtle, but the stripes on this Hayley Paige gown are stunning. They give the classic silhouette a fun punch of pizazz and add in the pup, and this wedding is just fabulous, no doubt about it. Caroline Lima snapped up the style and the sweet fur baby – and every other pretty detail of this rustic celebration – and they’re all in our gallery, ready to be enjoyed, right this way!

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From Caroline Lima… Meeting clients who dote on their animals as much as I dote on my golden retriever Ronon is always a pleasure. And that pleasure is easily doubled when the couples’ pup is included in their wedding!

I had the great good fortune to be Cara and Trey’s wedding photographer, and their black lab Luna (whom they call their “puppy-daughter”) was a huge part of the festivities on their day! What a treat for me and everyone else too! Luna is one of the sweetest, most well-behaved pups I have ever met! She walked down the aisle with Cara’s maid of honor Brittney, and got a huge dose of love from everyone present! The happy grin on Luna’s face showed all day long how full of love and life she is… but I think that’s to be expected, considering how kind and generous her parents are.

Cara is one of the most genuinely sweet brides I have ever worked with; she and Trey took the time to talk to each and every one of their guests and make them feel special. Cara’s emotion during the ceremony was so beautiful to see. And her Hayley Paige striped dress was completely unique! I am such a sucker for stripes, and this flowing gown was a great combination of elegance and fun!

The ceremony and reception took place at the Deep Run Hunt Club in Virginia, and we had the most beautiful weather for an outdoor wedding! This location was new to me, and it had some serious rustic charm. It was perfect for Cara and Trey and their puppy-daughter, just about half an hour away from where the bride and groom first met at Randolph-Macon College. I love it when couples keep their celebration in their community; it can mean so much to them and their family and friends.

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Photography: Caroline Lima Photography | Coordination: Make it Posh Events | Floral Design: Petals & Twigs | Wedding Dress: Annalise Bridal Boutique | Cake: Sweet Fix RVA | Stationery: English Tea Paperie | Shoes: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: A Sharper Palate Catering & Events | Lighting: Lighting Professors | Band: East Coast Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Belle Arte String Quartet | Wedding Venue: Deep Run Hunt Club | Furniture: Paisley & Jade | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein

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