Leopard Love

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There are a few iconic patterns that every girl should have in her closet. And leopard? It’s definitely in the top five. Personally, I love it year round, but tend to bust it out during autumn more than usual. It all started with a button up I bought about four years ago from New York & Co., and ever since, I crave leopard, I pin it like crazy and slowly keep adding pieces to my wardrobe. Here are a few lovely leopard looks that nail it and some of my picks below! Happy leoparding! xo

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Image Credits: Bag | Shoes | Peplum Top | Pants

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Our Wedding Style + Advice

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As a wedding blogger, most people ask me if planning my wedding is a challenge because I have so much inspiration at my hands on the daily. In fact, it’s quite the opposite and that was a surprise to me. One of the biggest lessons in wedding planning that I’ve learned is to stay true to you as a couple—to give your gut instinct some credit and not to stray from your initial ideas. If you’re planning your wedding on your own (or even if you have an amazing planner—highly suggested if you’re not in the industry and need some guidance!), you’re planning a party, a celebration, and you want it to reflect you in every way possible. So today’s post is a bit about how we are doing that and a few tips if you’re in the process and don’t know where to begin!

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The first and most important step (and a tip that I’m so lucky to have learned beforehand) is to pick your top three priorities. Are you foodies looking for a chef who prides on using local, farm fresh ingredients? Are you frequent concert-goers and love live music? Or maybe you’re a fashion hound and a designer dress is a must? Either way, pick your top three must-haves and go from there. Ours were photography, a beautiful, simple venue on the water and loads of pretty flowers. Of course, we want great food, fun music and I want a dress that makes me feel completely gorgeous too… but choosing our top three must-haves (and areas we were willing to splurge on) helped us really figure out how to set the tone for our entire day.

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Secondly, take a look at your home, your day-to-day life, etc. What does your typical date night look like? How is your bedroom designed? (or what is your dream bedroom?!) Would you rather spend your money on fresh flowers every week or a new pair of shoes each month? Where is your happy place? Really dig into your life, your loves and pinpoint what means the most to you.

We love the beach and being on the ocean, so a waterfront venue was a must for us. We also wanted our venue to have clean lines, neutral backdrops and mostly white detailing, from the chairs to the walls. The Island House at Belle Mer was the best choice for us and was a venue I’d had my eye on since 2010 when I first came across it online. We also knew that we didn’t want to go crazy with decor, but instead, stick to organic, simple details like gorgeous florals (something I love brightening our house up with every week), graceful calligraphy and island-like touches. Ultimately, choosing a venue that is beautiful on it’s own will allow us to stay simple with the decor.

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Photography is also so, so important to us. Well, mostly me to be honest—I blame it on my job! I’m spoiled with pretty photos everyday, so it’s kind of a given. We’ll actually be sharing our engagement photos taken by the lovely Rebecca Yale very soon!

Once you’ve decided on your top three and have defined your personal style, start to pull together some images, colors, textures and ideas. I promise, it will be so much easier to do this after step one and two! Most importantly, have fun with it. Don’t stress about making sure you have every little detail planned to perfection 10 months before your wedding. Plan as you go and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the sweet little additions you find along the way.

I’ll be doing a separate post on how we’re staying organized throughout our planning process and how we tackled our vendor list. Happy planning loves!


Florals: Rylee Hitchner via Style Me Pretty | Lace Back Dress: Rylee Hitchner via Style Me Pretty | Blush Pink Bridesmaids: Erich McVey via Style Me Pretty | Boutonniere: Delbarr Moradi via Style Me Pretty | Sheer Sweetheart Dress: Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty | Mr. & Mrs. Place Card: Patrick Moyer via Style Me Pretty | Cake: Jose Villa via Pacific Weddings | Floral-topped Chairs: Erin Hearts Court via Style Me Pretty | Lemonade: KT Merry | Robes: Aaron Delesie via Plum Pretty Sugar | Beach Bridesmaids: KT Merry | Straw Fans: KT Merry | Shoes: Caroline Joy via Southern Weddings | Invitation: Park Road Photography via Style Me Pretty | Sailboat: Plum Pretty Sugar | Floral Arrangement: Leo Patrone via Sarah Winward

M’s Weekly Love List

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Happy Friday friends! I hope you have lots of fun fall things planned this weekend. We’re attending our friends’ wedding in Boston at the New England Aquarium. Cocktail hour will be hosted by, no-joke, ‘Roast Beef’ the penguin. Really, there will be a penguin making an appearance. Aside from the wedding, there will be apple crisp on the agenda, pumpkin shopping, picking up my new (and ‘something old’) pearl ring, finishing up design on our wedding website and a bit of cozying up the house before my (almost technically) in-laws come to stay with us for a couple weeks before they head back down to sunny Florida. What are your weekend plans? I’d love to hear!

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Get your black and white on with Sugar Paper’s October desktop wallpaper.

We started our wedding registry at Pottery Barn and in the process found a few fall pretties.

Did you catch this gorgeous font round-up last week?

A BIG congrats to my dear friend Jacquelyn on her new adventure! (she’s also giving away some cozy bedding from Crane & Canopy!)

I’ve been crushing hard on this vegan leather bag from Sole Society and finally cracked. Will share a little review on it in the next few weeks!

Super helpful post from The Everygirl for anyone starting out in the blogging world.

Photography: Rebecca Hollis Photography | Floral Design: Beargrass Gardens Floral & Events | Found on: Style Me Pretty

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