When I was younger and pretending not to think about my wedding, the only thing I wanted was to have tons of candles flickering around me. I’ve always thought getting married by candle light with be so romantic and intimate. How beautiful is this?

(photo via style me pretty)

wedding card holder

I purchased one of these lanterns to hold cards at our wedding, and I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve been looking for options other than the faux cake options available online and while I love the birdcage and suitcase ideas, I think that they’re more for a vintage styled wedding. I never decided on a theme per say, but Ryan and I are simple, understated and modern. I thought this lantern was a great option for our venue. I also bought a mini one to put a candle in so the big daddy doesn’t look so out of place. (And we’ll be able to use this again in a future house, unlike those faux cakes!)

I also noticed these lanterns being used here and love the look!


After the website launch of BHLDN (pronounced “beholden”) earlier today, I can’t stop looking at the beautifully inspiring pieces they have. Many of you have probably already seen sneak peeks around the blogosphere, and I just couldn’t wait to see the interesting gowns. I’m loving these green slingbacks and sparkly party shoes!

Don’t worry, Ry… I’m not going to buy any more wedding shoes to try on.

pleated fantasy gown, threshhold slingbacks, moonlit peeptoes.


I don’t get it. I have such a hard time making decisions for myself, especially when it comes to the wedding. I’ve already purchased 4 pairs of shoes and none of them have worked. The first pair had heels that were too high, the second were too clunky, and the third and fourth just didn’t match and the heels were too high. After trying on my dress on Friday, I wasn’t able to get fitted because I needed my exact pair of shoes that I’ll be wearing on my wedding day. I’m happy I got to see my dress, but now I’m on the hunt to find the perfect pair of shoes… again.

I really love these Jimmy Choos, but they are completed out of my price range. The heel height and color are perfect, but I can’t see spending almost $500 on shoes. (Especially after Ryan’s car was just totaled.) I seriously love them. Every time I look at them I get butterflies.

I ordered these online in two sizes, so I’m excited to see what they look like in person. They got great reviews, and the heel looks like the right height. And I’m thinking that the extra sparkle might be fun peeking out from my dress.

I also ordered these as an alternate. I’m not as in love with them, but I want to see what they look like in person. The heel is even lower which might be best for the length of my dress.

What do you think about these options? I know what you’re thinking. This chick is crazy. :)

mexican honeymoon

It’s official. We finally picked a resort for our honeymoon! After we say “I do”, we’ll be going to Riviera Maya, Mexico for ten days and we’ll spend our time eating, drinking and lounging beachside.

I’ll have to admit that picking a location and resort for the honeymoon was the most difficult decision of the entire planning. Ryan and I haven’t been on a vacation since 2005 when we went to London, so it was important that we pick a place that was full of luxury and relaxation. When we’re not enjoying elegant meals and colorful cocktails, we’ll be getting massages in a beachfront hut, ziplining over the jungle, and exploring archaeological ruins. I keep getting caught up in wedding planning and forgetting we’re going on the most amazing vacation in less than four months! I am beyond excited!