BRIDESMAIDS

Bridesmaids | The Pursuit of Style

Bridesmaids | The Pursuit of Style

Bridesmaids | The Pursuit of Style

It’s been awhile since I shared any wedding updates so in the spirit of “wedding Wednesday” (which don’t worry, I won’t be making a weekly thing) I thought I’d share one of the biggest items I’ve crossed off my to-do list: asking my bridesmaids! All of the planning just didn’t feel real until I could share the experience with my closest friends and I think I was probably half as nervous/excited asking as Garrett was proposing.

We decided to keep the wedding party small–just four groomsmen/bridesmaids respectively. I had hoped to plan a special brunch and ask everyone together, but with four bridesmaids in four states, the logistics proved to be too tricky. Thankfully, some well-timed visits allowed me to ask all but one bridesmaid in person.

In the end, I kept things pretty simple. I picked up these paper doll cards (adorable, but don’t allow much room for a note so if you’re long winded like me, you’ll want to include another piece of stationery), a tongue in cheek notepad from Rifle Paper, some knot earrings (my attempt at being clever), and bottles of Veuve which I totally admit to buying for the pretty packaging. Marketer’s dream, right here.

I happened to have coordinating tissue paper in the mess of wrapping supplies stashed oh-so-glamorously under our bed and some extra Greek key ribbon to finish things off. I popped everything in gift bags, crossed my fingers that everyone would say yes, and thankfully they did! So there you have it, the start of what I happen to think is the best bridal party a girl could ask for.

P.S I still need to ask our flower girl and ring bearer. Any cute ideas? Hoping to make it fun for them as well! 

BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

I promise The Pursuit of Style will not turn into a wedding blog and this is the last peep about dresses you’ll hear from me until after October 11, 2014; but how often do you get to be in the presence of such exquisite couture?

I stepped into my very first dress ever at Gabriella New York which is a jewel box of a shop with fantastic customer service if you’re looking for a more intimate experience (which I quickly learned was much more my style after a chaotic visit to a more well known salon where I did not say yes to the dress) and snapped the photos above from their stunning collection.

I never imagined I’d be attracted to overly adorned dresses–Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s simple but classic bias cut silk dress was more my m.o–but when done right (Jenny Packham I’m looking at you!) the effect is breathtaking. My engagement ring is a 1920s French estate piece so I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised I loved the art deco inspired beading on the dress in the last photo as much as I did.

Ultimately I decided to go in a different direction, but hopefully this bit of bling brightened up your Tuesday!

Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

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In booking our trip to NYC next weekend, I got so wrapped up in being obsessed with this hotel, thinking about how much I want to see this exhibit, and how I can’t wait to have brunch here, I almost forgot that the purpose of the trip is really for a kind of major life moment: finding my wedding dress.

Cue colossal freakout because I have no idea what I want. I know what I don’t want, and maybe that’s as good a place as any to start. Needless to say, I spent some time this weekend with Vogue Weddings, a few magazines and this beautiful new wedding binder. Fingers crossed.

I loved hearing about your wedding planning experiences last time, so if you’ve gone down the aisle, let’s hear about the dress! Floor’s also open for gushing about your dream gown–or maybe you’re like me and have absolutely no idea?

Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style

LET’S CHAT

Textile Museum Wedding | Kate Headley | Ritzy Bee Events

Textile Museum Wedding | Kate Headley | Ritzy Bee Events

Textile Museum Wedding | Kate Headley | Ritzy Bee Events

Textile Museum Wedding | Kate Headley | Ritzy Bee Events

Textile Museum Wedding | Kate Headley | Ritzy Bee Events

Textile Museum Wedding | Kate Headley | Ritzy Bee Events

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my brief two weeks of being engaged, it’s that people love to talk about weddings. They’re such joyful, beautiful celebrations it’s easy to understand why people love to reminisce about their own, daydream about their someday, and why we all seem to love a royal wedding (but I will be slightly heartbroken when Harry finally ties the knot. Big crush!)

We’re currently en route to the Cape to spend the weekend visiting venues so I thought I’d take the opportunity to ask for your two cents, since if I’m being completely honest, I find the whole prospect of wedding planning completely overwhelming.

So, let’s chat about weddings. If you’re married, I’d love to hear all about yours and your best piece of advice for planning. If you’re single or dating, what’s your dream wedding look like?

P.S this DC wedding shot by Kate Headley and coordinated by Ritzy Bee Events is pretty much my idea of perfection. Intimate, simple and sophisticated. It kills me that the Textile Museum (where this was held) is relocating.

GETAWAY: THE INN AT ENGLISH MEADOWS

The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport ME | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport ME | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport, ME | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport, ME | The Pursuit of Style

The Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport, ME | The Pursuit of Style

Kennebunkport, ME | The Pursuit of Style

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Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to ringing in 2014. We’re driving back to DC today and I’m feeling so relaxed after taking a week off. Since there are only a few days left to save on reservations and gift certificates to The Inn at English Meadows I wanted to share some photos from our visit which ended up being pretty special.

The Inn is a quick three hour drive from the Cape so we headed up the day after Christmas and arrived at a postcard perfect scene. Big fluffy snowflakes were falling and the Inn was still decorated in its holiday best. We caught up with Liz (who owns and runs the Inn with her husband Eric) and got settled into our beautiful room.

We were one of the few guests that night due to the snowy weather and Liz had kindly upgraded our room to the Tack Room Suite which is surrounded on three sides by windows which makes you feel as though you’re snuggled inside a snow globe. With the fireplace lit and a big comfy bed covered in luxe linens you’d have a hard time finding a more inviting room (especially when you see the spa-like bathroom!)

Somehow we managed to leave the comfort of our room and headed downtown to visit some of our favorite shops and ended up at the beach. If you follow on Instagram you already know how this story ends… with a ring on my finger! We’re engaged and couldn’t be more thrilled! (P.S I wish I could say that photo was staged but I was totally caught in the act of admiring the new addition to my ring finger ha!)

Thanks to Liz’s recommendation, we ended the night with celebratory French 75s, whiskey and dinner at The White Barn while a piano player played our song. The next morning Liz whipped up one of her delicious three course breakfasts (banana nutella muffins, greek yogurt with mandarin orange slices, and apple walnut pancakes) and we celebrated some more with bellinis.

I think it’s safe to say that our Kennebunkport visits will continue to be something we look forward to annually! If you’re planning a visit to Maine I hope you’re able to take advantage of the offer below because I really can’t recommend The Inn at English Meadows highly enough!

Here’s the deal:
Mention PS for 20% off any reservation made for 12/29/13 – 4/30/14 OR add 20% to any Gift Certificate purchased in December.

P.S check out this post for photos from our stay in August!

Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style