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Wedding Mondays

Since I just returned from Ashley’s bridal shower, I guess you could say that we’re on a little bit of a wedding high. The next couple of months are packed with wedding activities for her so naturally, that has me thinking about weddings often. I finally got a chance to catch up on wedding videos this weekend while I was at home and came across a couple that I ended up loving.

The one that I’m sharing this week is about Gloria and Tommy’s special day. They met on a dating app called Hinge and their love story is so sweet. Y’all know I’m a sucker for an emotional bride and even more for an emotional groom!

There are so many details to love in this wedding feature including their donuts, watercolored drink menu, and how they both incorporated their heritage and culture into the ceremony. For the full feature on their Malibu wedding, click here to visit Style Me Pretty.

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Wedding Mondays

I had a few moments at work today where I kind of glanced off and started thinking about my own thoughts and what I happened to be thinking about was wedding videos. I hadn’t picked a video for today yet when I was at work. When I went to my bed last night and closed my laptop I had three videos up at the top of my tabs. Would one of them be it? Sometimes none of them are for that week. I started to ask myself why I loved wedding videos as much as I did. How could I possibly become very emotional about something that has absolutely nothing to do with me at all most of the time? It wasn’t just because of my background in event planning. It’s not cause I love romantic comedies. One of those reasons is because I love the work that goes into making an incredible wedding video. I currently work for a company that is heavily involved with media and I grew up in a family surrounded by the arts. It has been there for me since before I could remember and it’s still a part of my life now. A wedding video is a couple’s story, sure, but it can can convey so much more than that.

I hope you all will enjoy this wedding video. There are so many beautiful elements to this New York City warehouse wedding and their story will tug at your heart strings. For the full feature, click here.

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Wedding Mondays

Too often, some of my favorite wedding videos are ones that really get a viewer going. I like the grand entrance, a good drone shot, and the most upbeat music – these will typically be what I call a “crowd favorite.” 90% of the videos that I showcase for Wedding Mondays fall into these categories. Other times, I like to slow things down a bit. Every Sunday, I visit my two favorite wedding blogs (like I do every week) and round up all of the “Real Wedding Posts.” I hope in all of them that at the end there is a wedding video. That is often not the case most of the time. For the ones that do have wedding videos, I mute the TV, focus on the video and begin watching each one. I typically will watch the video first before going back and looking at all the photos and reading the “How they met” story or the “Here’s what mattered the most to me on my wedding day” story. When I got to Portia and Ting, I didn’t know if I would love it. I had honestly just watched five videos before that I didn’t love and was about to call this week a wash and throw up my hands and say “No wedding Mondays this week, I guess.”

Instead, I was pleasantly surprised. The video starts out with heartfelt messages from guests (guests that I believe could be parents or relatives!) Then we get into how they met… the airport. Just strangers. Who happened to be going to the same destination and had spoken the same language. There wasn’t anything that could rival just how sweet this entire video was. I don’t want to give any more away so just watch for yourself!

Catch the entire feature here at Style Me Pretty

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Jennifer Behr’s Headpieces

You never forget the first wedding feature that you fell in love with. I was still in high school when I stumbled across Style Me Pretty for the first time, but it would be a few years later – in my senior year of college to be exact – that I would come across a feature that I would always remember and compare every wedding to. The bride wore a Johanna Johnson dress and a matching sparkling headpiece that I still envision in my dreams today. This was back in 2012, but even then, I was very confident that I might have a dress like Annie’s by Australian designer Johanna Johnson on my special day, but even more confident that I would have a similar headpiece. Even before seeing this wedding feature, wearing something on my head throughout my time of growing up has always been my thing. As a kid, I had headbands in every color. My mom got me into these. And in middle school? I would buy the thinner ones made of elastic or fabric from Wet Seal or Claire’s. And in college, I acquired so many tees from student events that I would cut a layer from the bottom of the shirts all the way around to wear a makeshift DIY headband across my forehead. So it’s settled. It is what it is and after seeing Jennifer Behr’s latest collection for fall, I can’t seem to stop thinking about how wonderful these would be.

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Narrowing Your Wedding Invite List

As we start the new year, a few of my engaged girlfriends have already started confiding in me about the many annoyances of wedding planning. “Are charger plates absolutely necessary?” “Do guests need to go home with a wedding favor that they’ll forget about?” “How in the world do you continue to narrow down a wedding invite list?” Clearly, this is the tougher question to answer out of the three. There’s never an easy way to tell someone (or not tell them by not sending an invite) that has had an impact in your life that they won’t be able to celebrate your special day with you. There’s plenty of advice online that can help you with this process from this answer on Quora to Mandi’s Wedding Wednesdays post. I recently came across this fun little survey on Style Me Pretty that I thought might be useful too. Not everything can be solved with just a checklist; these are important people in your life that we’re talking about here! However, I like to think that any little bit of advice helps. Happy trimming!

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Wedding Mondays

It takes a special wedding video to make you start to tear up 7 seconds in and honestly, I didn’t think it was possible until now. Happy Wedding Mondays, everyone! What are all of you doing on your 3 day weekend? We feel pretty blessed today that we get an extra day to rest and relax before heading into what we hope will be a fantastic 4-day work week. Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it? So today, we’re dividing our time between work and Yow Yow!

I go back and forth a lot of the times between my ideal wedding video. Some videos are ALL fun – pure joy, completely upbeat and positive in every way. And then there are those that tug at the heart strings a little more. I think for the most part, this video balances a little bit of both. How gorgeous is Jean, the bride though? This reminds me a lot of Gelesia’s wedding dress and it just so happens that it was made by the same designer – Watters! We’re a fan, already!

To view the entire feature, trust – you’re going to want to, click here to visit Style Me Pretty!

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Blog Roundup

  • Cheese triggers same part of the brain as hard drugs [Standard]
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Instagramming your proposal [WhoWhatWear]
  • 30 Traditional Wedding Rules You Should Break [Style Me Pretty]

  • An adorable trip between a dad and his daughter [Upworthy]
  • How much should you spend on a wedding gift [WhoWhatWear]
  • 17 Reasons Why People Have a Mid-Life Crisis in Their 20’s [Thought Catalog]

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Wedding Mondays

It’s interesting sometimes to have Wedding Mondays on what is sometimes the hardest day of the week for me. Sometimes I come home, exhausted from work, and I can’t even think about opening up Yow Yow! for fear that I might end up writing something that comes across a little heated or a little frustrated. Today is kind of one of those days, but today is also a day when Wedding Mondays is reminding me to just get pass the Monday that sucks and that watching something so happy and romantic means that tomorrow is Tuesday and we can forget about that shitty Monday we just had.

I’ve been saving this one for awhile now though… and it’s kind of a favorite of mine. We also love it because Amber Stevens and her husband Andrew West are in the bridal party! But also, how could you not tear up at those vows? We did.

To view the rest of the wedding feature, visit Style Me Pretty.

 

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Wedding Mondays

I know what you’re thinking. Another 13-minute long video. I hope you all know that when we share one of these on the blog that we’re completely serious about it. Because there’s no way I could make anyone sit through a 13-minute long wedding video if I didn’t enjoy it. I mean, I clearly had to sit through the same thing at least once to make sure it was worth having for a Wedding Monday.

There’s a lot to love and hate with a long wedding video. You find that there are sometimes equal parts that you love and hate at the same time, but the most positive thing of all is that you get to spend a little bit more time with the couple. You get to hear more of their story. You get to see the entire day and there’s something really magical about that. Very rarely do you see me posting those videos that are so short and sweet that are under two minutes and that’s because we can’t find a connection. In the blink of an eye, it’s over and then you’re like – “who was I just watching?”

Brenda and Trevor were just the opposite. And okay – so we have a soft spot for that Ed Sheeran song that’s used in all of these wedding videos! No, actually though – it was sweet to see a wedding that revolved so heavily around their family. The two also had the opportunity to incorporate their young daughter into the festivities as well, which added a nice touch. It’s funny how much I’ve developed a soft spot for wedding speeches over the last few months – remember when we used to hate them?

To view the rest of the wedding feature on Style Me Pretty, click here.

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Wedding Mondays

It’s been awhile since I’ve watched a wedding video that made me shed a tear, but THIS IS IT. I watched this video a few weeks ago and I remember thinking, I can’t wait to share this with Yow Yow! Every week, I kept looking at my queue wondering “is it time?” “are we ready” “can I share it yet?” but me being the OCD person that I am had to take the wedding video that was next in line.

Long Haul Films made an extraordinary wedding video for Jean and Nick. It includes all of the elements I love: exchanging of the personal vows, a tea ceremony for that cultural element that warms our hearts, and hello! did anyone notice that Jean had three dresses in this video? Jean is also the blogger behind Extra Petite. I remember last year when my co-workers were talking about her one day and I was like… Extra Petite, what’s that? And they were all… “YOU DON’T KNOW EXTRA PETITE?!” like I was crazy and because maybe don’t all bloggers know everyone in the blogger business? ;)

This week my SF BF Mandi asked me if I would help her select a wedding videographer. She helped me out by narrowing my choices because we all know this process could take forever with me. I was flattered, of course, but it’s such a tough call to make honestly. Rarely are there videos that I come across where I’m in love with everything I see. This is one of those videos so I told Mandi, can you get this team? To our disappoint, they are no longer taking wedding video inquiries… which is awful because they have a magical talent here. So then I said to Mandi, “What amount of money do we need to give them to make them do your wedding video?”

If you love the wedding video as much as Mandi and I do, then you’re going to love their future on Style Me Pretty even more. Enjoy!

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Wedding Mondays

When we have 15-minute long wedding videos, it has to mean that we REALLY like them. I loved Richard and Alyssa’s wedding in Scottsdale. A good wedding video is a beautiful one. It’s a wedding video in which you see details that you think look nice and could someday see in your own wedding. A good wedding video leaves you feeling satisfied at the end – like what you just watched wasn’t a waste of time and was well worth it. A great wedding video is something else though. Sure, everything that I just described is peachy and wonderful, but in addition to falling in love with the story, you fall in love with the couple. They’re the type of people that seem so genuine and nice that you want to be friends with them. I know that’s kind of silly, but the wedding videos that are my favorites are ones in which I adore the couple in them. Richard and Alyssa were that wedding video.

To view the entire feature, visit Style Me Pretty!

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Wedding Mondays

Sundays are for lovers. I haven’t been saying this for very long, but used it to promote a Wedding Mondays post not too long ago. Actually, it was something that I kept seeing on Hannah Bronfman’s Instagram as a caption she would use to describe photos of her and her fiance Brandon Fallis on Sundays. I thought it was a pretty sweet line to use because when I think about my previous relationships, Sundays were always “our days.” It’s those days where you wrap up from the weekend and get started together again. It’s those days where you have a very late brunch and then spend all afternoon working and catching up on errands. Coincidentally – relationships aside – these are also the days in which I catch up on wedding videos for the following Monday.

It’s pretty late right now, but I felt I needed to finish watching the videos from this week and I came across this one. Normally, I have a queue of wedding videos to pick from for Wedding Mondays (well, at least right now I do) but this one is going to jump the queue. Even though it may not be what I choose for myself, I love destination weddings. I get excited about seeing something that isn’t on a golf course or in a hotel. I like seeing the views that you could never get anywhere else. This is coming from a girl who hasn’t been to a destination wedding yet so I’m saying this from my experience of watching lots and lots of wedding videos. There’s no dialogue in this video, which is okay with us because it looks so perfect that it doesn’t need any. When I first started watching it, I felt like I was watching a clip from a film. It actually took my breath away a little bit. And I’m so happy that this couple chose this song by James Vincent McMorrow. I’ve never heard it in a wedding video, but it fit in so well with the couple and all of the footage. It was almost as if this wedding video was re-reminding me just how good of a song it was. It’s refreshing to hear a song that is unconventionally used for a wedding video rather than one that gets constantly recycled. Enjoy enjoy! I hope this makes your Monday. I can’t stop gushing over it.

To view this stunning Portugal wedding, click here.

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Wedding Mondays

We’re doing things a little bit differently today! Instead of our usual wedding video, we’re sharing with you a v. adorable save the date. Now, there’s plenty of different ways that you can do Save the Dates and when you’re considering yours you should try and think about what both you and partner want. Are you wanting to be pretty simple or do you want to spend a little time on it. Not everyone has the time to do videos for theirs, but they DO end up being my favorite. In a lot of different articles that I’ve read about wedding planning, it seems like it’s very easy for couples to get carried away with all of their DIYs and projects, but I’m always reading the same advice – pick the few things that you want to make your own. When you’ve decided on that, stick to it, and stop looking at Pinterest so that you don’t go crazy and add more work to your plate. Not everyone can be this couple in the Save the Date video above, but it’s nice to dream.

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Wedding Mondays

These past few weeks have been a complete blur for me – so much of a blur that we’ve skipped Wedding Mondays for almost three weeks! The more I watch wedding videos the more picky I have started to become. It’s almost amazing to me now that I can watch 7 seconds of a video and stop it without watching the rest. That’s not something that was the norm for me. Way back when, I would watch each video from start to finish because I just had a lot of hope that a) wedding videos could turn it around a minute in and b) that it’s not about the video, that it’s still about the love. What are these words I am spewing? I don’t even know. It has been a long day and I’m doing something that I normally would’ve done on a Sunday. Tonight, I really needed a win though. I needed to see a good wedding video and I’m not sure what I was looking for, but this was beautiful and that’s enough for me. It’s a good way to end today.

To view the entire feature (and trust me – you’re going to want to!) visit Style Me Pretty.

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What to Wear: Summer Weddings 2015

Self-Portrait Azalea Dress – $380

Well wedding season is already underway, but it’s never too late because if you’re like any girl I know then you’re always panicking last minute about what to wear. Or if you’re like me, you’ve planned out what you’re going to wear to a wedding months in advance, but feel you need another option at the last minute so you start the hunt again one weekend before the event. Whatever the case, it’s always good to have a variety in your closet for those emergencies.

I received my save the date from my favorite LA bf yesterday for her wedding next year and… that is exactly what is triggering this post! :) Should I start looking for a dress 9 months in advance for this wedding? Y/N?

Also, this is a good time to remind you all of a few things. Weddings are about the couple’s day. Do not wear white. Do not wear cream. Do not wear off white. If your dress is printed or patterned with a white base, don’t even wear that. There are so many dress options in this world and there’s no reason for you to be wearing anything resembling white on this day. A wedding is also not a time for you to take any fashion risks. Don’t wear anything that could pose as a wardrobe malfunction in any way shape or form.

Instead opt for soft prints and patterns and pastels. Gravitate towards romantic fabrics like ruffles, lace, and scalloped edges. Ladies – you know how to do this! Don’t be the one that messes it up because trust – wedding guests notice and they will talk about you.

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