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Now that my wedding ceremony and family party are done I can share what I wore! I didn't want a regular wedding so it made sense to not wear a regular wedding dress. I still wanted something feminine and pretty so I had Needle & Thread in mind. I've always loved their lace and beaded dresses but never had an occasion to buy one. My wedding seemed like the perfect time! Another stipulation I had was I didn't want to spend thousands on a dress. Enter - the Net-a-Porter sale, my favorite sale of the Summer!

Once the sale started I began checking religiously to see if any dresses popped up in my price range that I liked. I saved a bunch to my wishlist and patiently waited for further reductions. I ended up finding a really pretty dress by Needle & Thread for 40% off retail! The photos showed it as being really light pink but the description said lilac. A lighter shade of my favorite color seemed appropriate so I bought it with advertising money that was just deposited to my PayPal account. Totally meant to be!

(I almost chose this longer dress but feared it would be way too long on me because I'm not model height. Good thing I didn't because the dress I bought was supposed to hit at the knee and went all the way down to mid-calf.)

Next up, shoes. My main searches were on The Real Real and the Net-a-Porter sale. I was hoping to find a purple shoe to go with the dress but none of them really screamed wedding. I wanted a less expensive pair of shoes but I just kept coming back to a pair of Kirkwood sandals that were a little over what I wanted to pay. They were so much fun and I loved that they were unique. Definitely special enough for a wedding. Plus, 50% off is still a pretty great score, right?
Nicholas Kirkwood Lola embellished Lurex sandals (Net-a-Porter)
For my something old I wore opal earrings that belonged to my late Grandmother on my Dad's side and were passed down to me. Opals are my birthstone, hence why there is an opal on my engagement ring. When it came to my something blue I chose a topaz necklace that my other Grandmother passed down to me a few years ago. It was a nice surprise for her to see I wore it! This way I had an heirloom from both of them on my special day. Finally, my mother lent me my something borrowed - an opal bracelet that was passed down to her from my Dad's mom (which was part of a set with the earrings that I wore.)  I'll go into my engagement ring and wedding band in a different post so this doesn't become a mile long.
Something Old: Opal and gold earrings that belonged to my paternal Grandmother
Something Borrowed: Opal & Gold bracelet from Mom that was my paternal Grandmother's
Something Blue: Topaz and diamond necklace passed down from my maternal Grandmother

I didn't do anything with my hair because Christian likes it straight and I did my own makeup, very simply. My Mom got me a beautiful purple-themed bouquet even though I originally wasn't going to have one.  She pointed out that it would give me something to hold during the ceremony to make me feel less awkward. So true!
Bridal bouquet from City Line Florist
My husband (AHH! So weird saying that) wore some nice blue pants, a lilac button down and blue tie for the ceremony and party. I think we make a pretty stylish couple, don't you?

Thank you so much to the lovely Lydia for taking all these photos for us on our special day!!

Wedding Dress: Needle & Thread Mirage tiered embellished tulle dress (Net-a-Porter), Wedding Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood Lola embellished Lurex sandals (Net-a-Porter),  Wedding Band: Sofia Zakia Altair Ring (Catbird), Engagement Ring: Custom Sofia Zakia Wandering Star  Ring, Opal

Men's Button Down: Ryan Seacrest Ultimate Slim Fit,  Pants: Apt. 9 Slim Fit Twill Suit in Dusty Blue (we scored the pants only for $15 on the clearance rack at Kohl's!)

Last week I went on a family trip to Rhode Island for the 4th of July and to attend a family reunion. We stayed at a different house than usual because there were 10 of us plus a dog (my sister's!) and we needed a place that would accommodate that. This meant being a bit further from the beach than our normal spot. We were only a quarter mile down the road so we could bike to the beach but that's not easy when it's one of the hottest weeks of the year.  BUT we had this really fun rocky beach area down the street that I had to take photos at.

Dress: ELLE Poppy Zip Up Dress (Kohl's), Sandals: Ancient Greek Sandals 'Athena' (Gilt),  Sunglasses: Ray Ban 'Erika', Eyeglasses chain: Tinksky (Amazon)

Also, you may have noticed something different about my hands. Rather than wearing all my rings I'm wearing one beautiful ring. Yep, I'm engaged! My boyfriend proposed a few weeks ago while we were camping in Vermont. I wanted to wait until we were able to tell most of our family members before sharing it publicly.

You don't see much of my fiancé on the blog apart from his talent as a photographer, but he makes occasional appearances over on my Instagram. How lucky was I to find a handsome, caring man who just happens to love taking photos and will let me take as many shots as we need for posts. I'm not one to get too mushy or personal on here - and I won't start now - but I will say that I'm extremely happy to have found Christian and to be able to spend the rest of my life with him.

And for those of you that missed it on Instagram, here's the photo I shared last week.
This past Saturday another one of my cousins got married. This time I had the honor of being one of her bridesmaids so this won't be a regular wedding guest look. The wedding was beach themed so we wore blue dresses. Everyone wore the same style dress and it flattered all our bodies (two of the other girls were pregnant!) I wore a pair of silver sandals which I forgot to take photos of as well as some jewelry that was handed down to be from both my Grandmothers. The ring and earrings were my paternal grandmother who passed away in 2001 and the necklace is from my maternal grandmother who was at the wedding.

Shoes: New Look

Can you see the fear in my eyes in this picture? I HATE being in front of people so I was super nervous even though no one really cares about the bridesmaids, haha.

I wore this to my oldest friend's wedding this past weekend. I only knew a handful of people at the wedding but still had a great time. The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was held next to a river. Such a lovely evening! Funnily enough, I wore this same dress to my cousin's wedding 4 years and 2 days before this wedding. Yay for re-wearing pieces!

I bought the dress in Net-a-Porter's End of Season sale. This year's sale is still going on, so grab something while you can! Use code SALE20 for an extra 20% off Sale Must Haves! I finally broke down and ordered the Lanvin sandals I featured back in February, they should arrive in a day or two!

Dress: Burberry London (Net-a-Porter End of Season Sale), Sandals: Michael Michael Kors (DSW), Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Net-a-Porter)

I wore this to go to my oldest friend's bridal shower last weekend. It's crazy to think that I've known her basically my whole life and she's getting married! We don't see each other as much as we used to, but when we do it's like no time has passed.

Dress: Carven Paris Map Print (Yoox), Cardigan: Max Studio, Sandals: Manolo Blahnik (Roundabout Resale), Bag: Etienne Aigner (thrifted), Sunglasses: Chanel (bought in Greece), Necklace: BubuRuby

I've been going to a lot of weddings this year. I went to my third last Saturday, another cousin got married! It was a beautiful Fall day and I decided to wear the brown Edun dress I bought at The Outnet a couple years ago. I've worn it twice before, during LuckyFabb 2012 and at the Grand Opening of the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. It definitely deserves to be worn more than that, I don't know why I always pass it by on dressier occasions! Too many options, I suppose.

Dress: Edun (The Outnet), Heels: Coach 'Nacie' (Marshalls), Bag: Wink and Winn (giveaway), Watch c/o Movado

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