The Hitch List's Musings
I've been to the coast of Rhode Island a handful of times, but never to a wedding along it, so I'm excited to share details on Jaclyn's gorgeous September wedding at The Ocean House. This resort is an icon on the New England waterfront and knows how to nail a wedding. As does this bride- - she allowed everything from her venue to her bridal style to be the definition of beach chic.
Sara Kirsner is the founder of Doie Loungeand if you have not heard of this luxe robe company, check out The Hitch List's post from last year. One stylish entrepreneur, she also was a gorgeous bride who had the inside track on weddings from dressing brides and bridesmaids in Doie robes for their wedding prep, and from being a bridesmaid 12 times. Find Sara's wedding tips below!
Christine Driscoll was a gorgeous spring bride who got married at one of the Cape's most stunning venues: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. It is so easy to lose your head a little bit in the wedding planning process but this is a bride who knew exactly what her priorities were and kept the important things crystal clear -- even eschewing the formal rehearsal dinner for a really fun cocktail party. Love.
There are so many things to take note of with Alexandra and Jeff's wedding but one of my favorites is how they made their gorgeous September Cape wedding ALL about the gorgeous September Cape views--- they were married at Chatham Bars Inn, and not only held an outdoor ceremony and reception but also constructed an observation deck so that guests could have a 360* view of the grounds and ocean. I am obsessed with their whimsical and natural flowers, not to mention this bride's amazing style!
The best sunless tanning in Boston is Pure Glow Tanning on Newbury Street. This locally owned, small business lets your skin pick the color for a very natural (aka non orange) look. Their tanning solution is solution is almost 100% eco-certified organic so you never have to compromise your health for a beautiful looking tan. I chatted with owner Lauren to give you the ultimate guide to sunless tanning before your wedding day.
Designer Emily Keneally Cotter's wedding wove family, style and business together in the most beautiful way. Emily is the uber talented founder of Boston design house, Alice Walk, a made-to-order clothing line for women where each piece is designed, cut and hand sewn with love in Boston, and she named her company after a public park that is now her parent's backyard, adjacent to Hingham Harbor. Although this style maven was launching her company and planning her wedding at the same time, she had it in her to host the wedding in her parent's backyard (a ton of work) and not only design her own wedding dress but also her bridesmaids' and mother's dresses! The hands on approach was oh so worth it though - I am completely obsessed with this labor of love!
As the name of her blog attests, Jenna DiMaggio of Boston Chic Party knows how to throw a party with the kind of flair that guests don't soon forget. Her blog covers fashion, recipes, travel and fun Boston news, so it was only natural that her wedding at the Langham Hotel in Boston was a love note to the city - a ceremony in the North End, photos along the Greenway, a classic lace dress from L'elite... I loved swooning over the most important day of this stylish woman's life!
I love everything about my mom and Mindy Kaling except their thoughts on honeymoon funds.
Style runs in Kim's family - her sister and maid of honor, Heather, runs Ku De Ta, one of Boston's most amazing women's boutiques. In finding her own bridal style, Kim was so specific about mixing in creative elements like a shoe clip from her grandmother, with her vision like altering a Reem Acra dress until it became her dream dress.
Our rehearsal dinner very closely rivaled our wedding in terms of how special and fun it was to me. Here are my best tips to make yours equally awesome:
When Kayla married her boyfriend of nine years, she took DIY to a new level and literally created her wedding venue: on a piece of open land near the beach where she and her husband got engaged, and overlooking Sesuit Harbor in East Dennis, a place that holds extra special meaning to them. This can-do approach carried into everything from her fitness routine to how she sought out her dress. This is a bride who knew what she wanted and trusted she could make it happen!
It took me a while - into my late 20s - to understand why women loved shoes. Now I get it. They never make you feel fat. You have no qualms if you are a size up or a size down. And they can make you feel beautiful and powerful instantly. Wedding shoes can be tricky though. You need just the right shoe - one that doesn't take away from your dress, works with its length, and most importantly allows you to be semi happy for at least 12 hours. I can't stress the importance of comfort enough because even if you give in and dance barefoot like I did around 10pm, you do so knowing you run a much higher risk of dancing right over broken glass.
When a travel journalist marries a pilot, a lot of terrain is covered between the two - 150 countries to be exact. But for Ashley and her husband, their hometown of Park City, Utah could not be topped as a wedding destination. Their reception at High West Distillery set the scene for a rustic, modern, and completely gorgeous mountain wedding.
Kate Spade's witty and adorable line of wedding gifts does not go on sale often so in honor of their Cyber Monday deals, I've rounded up my favorite wedding and engagement gifts. Everything is 30% off through November 29th!
A beautiful, blonde hair, blue eyed bride, Katie Callahan threw an Americana wedding in Harwich Port on July 4th weekend. Then she mixed in ultra personal, unexpected touches like handwritten thank you notes to each guest, an unforgettably, unconventional father-daughter dance... and a really fun red, white and blue zip up. Her "do it your way" approach to getting married is easier said than done, but so well worth the effort.
Casey is the kind of bride who gives you goosebumps when you listen to her talk about her wedding, which she hosted at a picturesque private home in Newport, Rhode Island. When it came to her bridal style, she jokes that she isn't good at "girl things," but she actually knew exactly what she was doing because she wanted to look and feel like her, not like someone stepping into a role. This made her the most beautiful bride possible.
Not to get all Suze Orman on you, but let's be real, saving money is a great skill and it is ultra important when you're wedding planning! There will inevitably things you can't help but splurge on, unnecessary purchases you make out of pure excitement, and things you know you have to go big or go home on. But along the way, you can take some of your financial power back with sneaky savings. Even if they only made the smallest dent in my overall bottom line, I felt like these 5 tricks were small wins.
I love a city bride and I love an opinionated bride! Jessica McColgan has both going on. Growing up a few miles outside of the city, she got married at Boston Harbor Hotel over Labor Day weekend. This was a dream choice, not just for its proximity to her hometown, but also because it gave her a free pair of Jimmy Choos (!) and let her adorable golden retriever, Bear, play a role in the party. So. So. Genius! Read on for her bridal style and super smart insider tips.
A romance that is a long time coming deserves a big celebration: Julianna Manzi first met her husband Brendan when she was 12 - their fathers were best friends and they spent summers in neighboring towns on the Cape. Nearly 20 years later, they were engaged, planning a wedding on the Cape and living together in Manhattan so it made perfect sense that the bride was inspired by both her beach town and a Gatsby-esque affair.
This line of luxury robes was designed by newlywed, Cali native and TWELVE-time bridesmaid, Sara Kirsner so it's safe to say she knows a thing or two about what looks good and what feels good.
From wedding escort cards to aisle runners to vases, there is hardly a component of an autumn wedding that wouldn't benefit from pumpkin inspiration. With an average price of .79 for minis to $5 for medium sized gourds, and some serious DIY potential with the help of your bridesmaids, you also stand to save some dough. Here are creative uses and tablescapes:
You can turn to Kaitlin Crehan's blog For Love of Carrots for the best health, wellness and workout tips so I was really excited to find out how she prepped for her wedding. As expected, she was a beautiful and natural bride who turned to juices, running and even tea tree oil instead of overpriced dresses, high heels and lots of makeup. You have to love that!
Whether you tap your wedding planner, maid of honor, or most responsible friend, these assignments (or favors) will give you so much peace of mind!
I made a bit of an activity out of wedding decor - sometimes with Garrett and sometimes solo because men can only take so much. Here are some of my favorite ideas and resources discovered from many, many Google and Instagram searches.
Such a cute idea for summer brides and bridesmaids to wear during hair and make-up: instead of robes, tunics that can double as beach cover-ups. Bride/Babe Lindsay Carson turned me onto these printed tunics by Rock Flower PapeR.
Bride/Babe Lindsay Carson knew exactly what she wanted - a destination, island wedding where she could go barefoot on the beach. The question was where. She and her husband did a scouting trip to Beach House Turks & Caicos and knew they had found the place. Her April wedding fell just as hotel rates became more affordable, allowing for their guests to take over the 21-suite property and for the wedding to feel like a glam adult camp.
I really love kids, so this is a tough one because I've seen weddings where children absolutely make the party whether for their pure adorableness or hilarious dance moves... I have also seen kids cry through the ceremony, eat the fancy appetizers as soon as they came out of the kitchen and put their parents, or even other adults at the party, to work chasing after them.
The I Do Premium refers to the undeniable and sometimes staggering markup that comes with anything wedding related. It also sums up the tension between planning a beautiful wedding and feeling like you're getting semi swindled in order to do so. Here are a few ways to avoid it...
I couldn't be a bigger fan of confetti tosses. They let your guests become participants in the joy of the ceremony and they create amazing photos. For our spring skiing wedding, I bought a combination of snowfetti and butterflies for both the kids in our reception to toss while going down the aisle, instead of flowers, and for guests to throw as Garrett and I came down the aisle as newlyweds. For about $100, they made made our wedding ceremony more beautiful and festive.
Point blank, workouts are my sanity pills, and they were never more effective at keeping my head on straight than in the eight weeks leading up to my wedding. These four fitness havens were and remain my favorite places to sweat it out in Boston.