Emily Fanning is the Boston-based style and travel blogger behind Shell Chic'd, which focuses on all things New England— from fisherman sweaters and local clothing brands, to where to find the best lobster in Rockport and how to spend a day on Nantucket. Naturally, the New England expert chose one of the most stunning hidden gems on The Cape for her wedding - the Winslow Estate on Pleasant Bay - and threw one unforgettable party.
Dress By Catherine Deane from BHLDN! The first one I tried on, and so silky and comfortable. The only other dress that came close was a gorgeous cap-sleeve beaded option, but that was far from comfortable (very heavy!). This is definitely something to consider when shopping for your dress-- just think about how many hours you'll be spending in it.
Shoes By Kate Spade-- they were the single thing I knew I wanted for my wedding before we got engaged :) They were wedges and so much more comfortable than I expected. I had Jack Rogers ready to change into for the reception but ended up not even needing them-- kept my heels on all night!
Accessories By I wore a pearl Kiel James Patrick pearl bracelet to match the necklaces I gave my bridesmaids, a starfish comb in my hair from a sweet little Etsy shop, pearl earrings my mother gave me for my college graduation, and a Tiffany & Co shell necklace that my husband gave me on our first anniversary of dating.
Health Secret Who knows if this worked or not, but I made a point to drink hot lemon water every (okay, every other) morning for a few months leading up to the big day. They say it's great for your skin, digestion, and reduces bloating.
Beauty Secret I totally, admittedly, spray tanned. I usually embrace my pale skin, but getting married at the beginning of May in New England is basically like getting married in the winter, and I looked like I hadn't seen the sun in a year. But to feel more myself and not too fake, I did it four days before the wedding. It faded just the right amount, but I do recommend doing your own trial beforehand so you know how long yours will last!
Hair and Make-up by Katelyn Webb Beauty
Bridal Style Classic with a touch of beachy. I wanted to feel like myself. I would have had my maid of honor do my hair and makeup if she weren't so busy with her other duties!
Favorite moment of the NIGHT Matt and I chose not to do a first look, but I did want to be able to talk to him before the ceremony. It sounds silly, but our photographer put us on either side of the wall so we couldn't see each other, but were able to hold hands and exchange a little hey what's up ready for this? It calmed my nerves so much, and I was so grateful for a quiet moment between just the two of us. I also remember cutting the cake, looking at my new husband, and then looking around the room and realizing that so many of the most important people in our lives are right here, under one roof. It was one of my most emotional, yet happiest, moments of the night... Ok sorry that was two :)
Advice for brides-to-be Enjoy the process. Not stressing is easier said than done, and it's easy for me to tell you this now that I'm on the other side, but remember this day is about you and your person. And it is over SO quickly. So appreciate all of the little moments leading up to the big day just as much as the day itself. I remember stuffing envelopes with Matt. Listening to music while making our playlist. Searching around antique and used bookstores for decor items. Everyone says find some time for just the two of you on the big day, which I wholeheartedly agree with, but savor those little moments with just the two of you leading up to the wedding as well.