I was in my first wedding over the weekend for one of my close friends, Maria, and I wanted to share a little bit about my experience as well as some snaps from throughout the process. Hopefully when the photos come in, I will be able to share some of those too! I didn't realize how much planning went into a wedding. I mean, I did, but when you are involved in the wedding you see it from a different side and I give so much credit to anyone who has ever planned one. I have to say though that our bride pretty much did everything on her own. She's superwoman! She did not want to put burden on other people and she had a very clear idea of what she wanted. Although at times emotions were high, which is completely normal, it was such a beautiful and special day and she definitely put together an amazing wedding.
As one of her bridesmaids, the only thing that I really needed to do was get involved with the bachelorette planning, bridal shower prep, choosing the dress, engagement & rehearsal dinners, and giving a speech at the wedding. Of course I was there to help with any other details or issues that came up before the big day, but for the most part those were my duties! Our dresses were under $100, which was amazing, and it's a dress that I would honestly wear again. We actually got them from ASOS. To be honest at first, I didn't really see these as bridesmaids dresses, but when we were all in them together next to the bride it came together so perfectly. I actually really liked that they were not the typical bridesmaid dress. I already had shoes to wear, we went light on accessories and I just had to worry about getting my makeup done. I was able to do my own hair. I loved that she gave us the option.
I think giving the speech was the most special part. There was no maid of honor, but there were 9 bridesmaids. Half was family and half was friends. So the friends (4 of us), each wrote something special and gave the speech together. Public speaking has always made me nervous, but after a few glasses of champagne I was good to go. [lol] But in all seriousness, I am happy that we all spoke because it truly touched her. The day of the wedding started super early and ended super late (of course), but it was an incredible day filled with love and happiness and I don't think it could have gone any better.
Here are some photos from the bridal shower, bachelorette, rehearsal dinner and the wedding! These are all from my iPhone so apologize for the poor quality. :)
For the bridal shower, she had all the bridesmaids wear different shades of pink!
This was from her bachelorette in AC. We tried planning a big trip to either Las Vegas or Mexico, but it didn't work out and that's ok. It ended up just being 3 of us that were able to do it and we had fun regardless! I love these girls so much. My friends for years!
At the rehearsal dinner, she gave us our bridesmaids pressies! They were hangers with our names spelled out and pink silky robes that say bridesmaid on the back and our initials on the front. So special.
Wedding day glam selfies with my besties! Loved the makeup.
The beautiful couple!
My bridesmaid babes!
I wish I had more photos with the beautiful bride, but those will hopefully come in soon and I can't wait to see them. We shot at Lambert Castle, which is stunning. Such a great location. I love you Maria and thank you for having me be apart of such a special day and new chapter in your life!
As you can see in some of these photos, it was super windy! I mean, look at that hair flip up there. [haha] I thought it was a cool shot so wanted to share. :) I kept things really simple with the burgundy & white color scheme. Long cardigans, well actually long pieces in general, are one of my favorite things to wear. I brought this with me to Austin and was planning to style it with my distressed denim shorts. That never happened though, so I decided to style it with jeans instead. Pieces like this one are extremely versatile and I am all about things that I can wear repeatedly in new ways.
Some girls seem surprised when I tell them how short I really am. They've said that they never thought they could wear certain things because of being short. Well, don't let your height stop you from trying out different styles! Believe it or not, we can rock things just like the taller girls can. #petitelove <3
Happy Monday! I had the most amazing weekend celebrating my friend's wedding and being a bridesmaid! But boy, am I hurting today. I am definitely not a spring chicken anymore. [lol] I think today will be a "3 cups of coffee" kind of Monday.
As you can see, I have still not learned my lesson with wearing the color white. Oh well. I could not resist this coat. I believe it's considered a duster coat, but I always call them trench coats. It reminded me a little bit of my mustard one, but this one is much longer. I am only 4'11 though, so if you are taller it will definitely be shorter on you. Regardless of my height and the coat's length, I still love it! I actually prefer longer length coats on me, as long as they don't reach the ground. I have definitely been in a denim phase lately, so I decided to pair this with my high waist skinny jeans and a white blouse tucked in. I was a bit torn on which shoes I wanted to wear, but ended up doing my favorite snakeskin pumps. I've seriously worn these so many times! The statement necklace was added to pop out the look and I decided on this clutch to incorporate a different color in the mix. It's a dark shade of green, but I see it as a neutral and thought it complimented the shoes very well.
No sunglasses today! I know I wear them all the time and there are a couple of different reasons why. For one, I just feel like they make every outfit better. It's just a personal preference. Another reason is because half the time, it looks like I am squinting when I don't have them on. It's obviously much easier for me to shoot indoors with no sunglasses since there is no sunlight then to do that outside. My eyes tend to look very small. And to be completely honest, sometimes I just don't feel like doing a full face of makeup and sunglasses are a great way to cover up those tired eyes. [insert the Kanye shrug emoji, which is that creepy looking girl with big eyes and stiff shoulders lol] Anyway, I am planning for more beauty posts soon, which means that I have been playing around more with my makeup. Yay! So I decided no shades with this look. :)