Our Wedding

Told you I was going to go back over all of the lovely events that have happened over the last 3-4 years!  Apologies in advance 🙂  I especially apologize to anyone that I know personally who reads this as they are probably SO OVER our wedding at this point!  But anyway, on with the overkill….

We got married on September 24, 2016 (seems like so long ago!) at Hamilton Farm Golf Club.  The day started out cloudy, drizzly and cool.  But as we got ready in the mansion on the grounds, the skies opened and the sun started to shine through! View More: http://christynicole.pass.us/katie-and-matt-wedding

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I remember being so calm that morning even though leading up to the day I was a frazzled bridezilla who’s attention to detail was keeping her up all night, every night.  I thought I had forgotten some important detail or factor or that the things that I had planned with each separate vendor wouldn’t look right when they all came together.  Oh, not to mention that the week leading up to the wedding I totaled my car, had to board our super nervous dog (who hates being anywhere but in our home) and :minor detail: my dress hadn’t arrived when it was supposed to.  The morning of the rehearsal dinner/day before the wedding, we were on the phone with customer service — they had scheduled the dress to SHIP the day it was supposed to ARRIVE.  We finally got to someone just below the OWNERS and she gave me her personal number while she was out to hunt down my dress.  It was at FedEx just outside of the city! WHAT? She had a driver go to pick it up and drive it an hour to the rehearsal dinner site.  Wow.  Talk about last minute!

But that morning of the wedding…. calm.  Total zen.  Like nothing that had happened that week or night before even occurred.  I just soaked in every moment, had fun with my bridesmaids and the hair/makeup team getting ready.

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So remember how I was saying I was an anxiety-ridden mess leading up to the day?  Yep, that was me.  I had buyers remorse as soon as we left Kleinfeld’s, thinking “was that really MY dress?”  I love clothes and fashion so picking ONE dress without seeing EVERYTHING that was in the store… ugh I get antsy thinking about it.  But zipping up that Monique Lhuillier ruffle tiered ball gown was just about as close to a religious experience as dresses get!  I had a window overlooking the grounds and seeing everything being set up was magical!

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Stepping outside knowing I would get to see Matt for our first look, I started to get butterflies.  I couldn’t contain my excitement when I saw his back turned to me and our photographer said “Okay, go tap him on the shoulder” that I went and squeeze his sides (not the greatest in photos LOL but it was so much more “us” than a tap on the shoulder).  As soon as I saw his face and hugged and kissed him, I was soooo ready to marry this man.  I won’t get too mushy here but even thinking about it now puts a big smile on my face.

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The ceremony was so beautiful!  The string trio played “A Thousand Years” as I walked down the aisle to my groom.  The path to him was all stone, so I held on so tightly to my dad’s arm as I just thought “Just find the next stone and DON’T FALL!” Oh, and remember that sun that started to shine through the clouds?  Well at the end of September it was around 75-80 degrees even at the 5pm ceremony.We were all SWEATING but it didn’t matter, we were married!!!

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Next was cocktail hour!  It was beautiful but so rushed (for us) with photos being taken and trying to say hello to everyone!  The reception was so much fun.  We had planned a choreographed first dance that one of my best friends/bridesmaids helped us with.  The night was full of dancing, laughing and cake!  We finished off with a sparkler exit that happened in the wrong location (our photographer and videographer were waiting for us somewhere else) but one of my super quick-thinking bridesmaids grabbed a bunch of left over sparklers and saved the night!  The photos were epic!

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Vendors:

Photographer: Christy Nicole

Florist: Blue Jasmine

Cake: The Vintage Cake

Invitations/Calligraphy: Design House of Moira

 

Quarantine 2020

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I have been dying to get back into the groove of blogging and writing and I thought, no better time (literally… all the time in the world) to start than while in quarantine.  This is by no means an ideal time for anyone but why not make the most of it!

So much has changed in my life since I left off with blogging — the last blog posted was of our engagement photos!  FAST FORWARD 3.5 years and we are now married, homeowners and parents to the cutest almost one-year-old around!  Obviously, that’s quite a few major life changes so excuse me while I will likely bore you with recaps of all events leading up to now because again…. quarantine has got us going out nowhere fast!

Previously, my blog focused on fashion and style and while that is still a HUUUGE passion of mine, I also plan on incorporating some mom-life content, beauty, home decor and lifestyle into this blog as well.  Keeping up so far?  Me either.

Stay tuned while we turn back time (does that even make sense?  Waiting for something that already happened… hmmm…).

I featured the photo above from Mother’s Day just a few days ago — my FIRST Mother’s Day!  Mimosas and flowers were obviously the highlights for me but just being able to celebrate this crazy, exhausting, overwhelming, still-trying-not-to-fail-everyday, completely fulfilling and amazing role I now find myself in was so warming!  Also big shout-out to all the moms (especially mine) because you are all rock and super-stars!!

Katie

Our Engagement Photos

Wedding planning has completely taken over my life and I love every second of it.  It’s made me want to start my own wedding/event planning business!

I wanted to share some of our amazing engagement photos from our photographer Christy Nicole.  She took the most beautiful photos this day (which started with rain then turned into humidity- don’t mind my frizzy hair) and I cannot wait for her to shoot our wedding.  These were taken back in November but I’m just now getting around to posting – wedding planning is seriously a second job!

Matt and I love Christmas-time.  We started dating around this time of year so it holds a special place in our hearts.  So, what better theme to go with for our engagement photos than Christmas!  We went to a near-by Christmas tree farm for the shoot.  I came up with this little set-up (I love the use of props!) and purchased that cute date banner from Etsy.   All other rentals are from Eat Sleep Vintage.

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On Getting Engaged….

Before I actually got engaged, I always thought people’s reactions to others getting engaged was so strange.  Why are you congratulating someone on their engagement?  It’s like saying “hey, congrats on finding someone that loves you enough to want to be with you forever…” Ha.  Don’t get me wrong, it is a very exciting time in a person’s life, just the reaction is kind of… weird.

Now that I have gotten engaged and received my fair share of congratulations, I see things differently.  I love being congratulated – not on finding an amazing person to spend the rest of my life with that loves me just as much as I love them – but on this next chapter of life!  There is so much to look forward to and I am so excited to be able to share it with someone so special to me.

With all of that being said, I am a lucky person.  Not just for my fiancé but for my friends as well!  I love that they wanted to celebrate with me and join in on my happiness!  So, I thought I’d share how they spoiled me with gifts! (I appreciate all their love and support, but gifts are always nice too!)

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Lenox cake knife, Vera Wang frame, Bridal magazines (including my own subscription to Brides magazine!)

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The Knot wedding planning binder, more Bridal magazines, Bride-To-Be glass, my Mrs. hanger!, and (love this one) Feyonce shirt.

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InStyle weddings book, flask, Kate Spade ring holder.

An Amazing Start to 2015

When I vowed to update my blog more this year, I really did want to keep it!  After a few events that occurred between then and now – let’s just say I think I’ll have A LOT more to write about now!  Sooo what happened?

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Yup!!! I got engaged 🙂  I was beyond surprised/excited that I haven’t even been able to put down into words that entire experience.  We are planning for a fall 2o16 wedding which gives us LOTS of time to plan (thank god because I can be so indecisive when it comes to planning things for myself).

However, I don’t see this turning into a “wedding blog” anytime soon.  I’d love to share some experiences but I still have so much love for fashion (and come on, you have to keep living your life even while planning a wedding!).

Just wanted to give a quick update on life right now!

Summer Midi

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Yesterday I attended one of my best friend’s baby showers and wore this BCBG skirt that I am basically OBSESSED with.  Although the way it is shown on the model (perfect midi length on her) was different on me since I am much shorter, I still loved it.  The pleats, the gorgeous colors and color-blocking, the sheer bottom – everything!  It moved so beautifully and it was so light, perfect for a summer event.  I paired it with a simple black cami top and nude peep-toe, sling-back heels.

Elie, Wine & #MetGala

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This is what my night consists of.  Reading up on a little Elie Saab, sipping on white wine and stalking waiting patiently for photos from the much-anticipated Met Gala to appear on my Twitter feed.  I’m feeling deprived of my beloved red-carpet interviews thanks to the end of awards season.  Sad face.

Enjoy your night!