My first blog post! I am putting a tremendous amount of pressure on myself as I sit down and write. Originally, I wanted all of the details to be perfect before I published The Girl in Blush. However, I am tossing aside those ideals and hitting publish. This blog’s purpose is to radiate my passion and love for life and style. I hope you can feel my excitement?!
Naturally I thought I would share my wedding day with you as this was one of the best days of my life. Coincidentally/not coincidentally my wedding theme was gold and BLUSH. Apparently, I have a favorite color. My wedding was almost 4 years ago already but at the time I wanted the style to be classy and something I could look back on in 50 years (Lord willing) and not be appalled by the details I picked out. So here we go!!
Austin and I were married on 12/13/14 (can you tell I was an accounting major). We were high school sweethearts and this wedding was a long time coming! We had waited until the December after I graduated college and he had graduated PA school to tie the knot. My dream was to have a Christmas themed wedding inspired by my cousin’s gorgeous snowy winter wedding years back. I pictured the reds, greens, and gold… however that blush color would not leave me alone!
I ditched the traditional Christmas theme and went for a pretty untraditional color palette for the holiday: blush, gold, and evergreens. However, I still wanted Christmas trees, lights, and the magic of Christmas. I combined them all and added a little glitter! When I say I, I should say WE as my mom pretty much planned 75% of this wedding. I gave her my ideas and she put them into action. Thank you momma!
Let’s start with the bridesmaid dresses. Isn’t my flower girl adorable!! Aly wore a blush rose flower crown and a white sparkly dress. I wanted the bridesmaid dresses to blend in with the soft color palette and the draping tiers added so much elegance. Honestly, I did not want to go with strapless dresses because I personally hate wearing strapless. However, these dresses were the perfect color and texture and I couldn’t pass that up.
My inspiration came from Grace Kelley and of course Kate Middleton. I wanted sleeves, lace, and a princess gown all in one. Can you believe I bought the first wedding dress I ever tried on? My stylist nailed my image to the Tee! The sparkly sheer top was so elegant and it had cap sleeves. The back dipped down into a shallow V and the bottom was full on princess tulle. The touch of sparkly flowers cascading down the skirt was perfection.
I wore my hair up as it looked best with this high rise top. If you didn’t already know, I love wearing my hair up!! I personally feel my best with my hair in a ponytail/bun. My hair stylist added an elegant braid to finish off the look.
My shoes were silver and sparkly. I actually found them at Marshalls for a great price. Honestly, I know wedding shoes are great for the picture but you really don’t see them under a big fluffy dress. I am glad I didn’t go with the super expensive shoes because I haven’t worn them since! When it was reception time, I tore off the heels and put on my Roxy boots that I had customized. I used pink lace ribbon for an added pop of blush. We had to track through some snow for our pictures and these boots kept my feet nice and toasty.
The lighting was key for a romantic/fairytale setting. I can’t even tell you how many hours we spent hanging tulle in front of these lights at my hometown church. Thankfully the church allowed us to take over their space and they had most of the Christmas decor already hung! I wasn’t a fan of getting married in my hometown church at first because of the dark wood and blue carpet. I wanted white, bright, and natural wood floors (just ask my hubby, I’m obsessed). However, we quickly realized that it would be really nostalgic to get married in the church I was baptized in as an infant and we could make the space our own. We finished off the look with frosted evergreen bows with big blush bows. The church had Christmas trees set up in front which made the process so much easier! You can’t have a Christmas wedding without Christmas trees!
The flowers turned out beautiful. The idea with the flowers was to add a soft green palette alongside the roses and pinecones! P.S. I still have my bouquet. It is dried and displayed in the bedroom I grew up in (guess I should take these home now!) The bridesmaid bouquets were almost identical to my own.
The morning of my wedding, I checked the weather and it was downright cold!! Our reception took place on a mountain – on the other side of a ski mountain here in Western, Massachusetts! It was close to zero degrees with the windchill but we had snow cover at our reception! I was elated. This was the dream; snow covered trees, running through a snowy field, and all the Christmas feels. However, my bridal party was not as excited wearing just strapless dresses. Thank goodness I had knitted the bridesmaids and flower girl a cream colored shawl to keep warm. I wore a white pea coat with pearled buttons to stay warm during pictures (as ours took a lot longer.) To be honest, I haven’t worn this trench coat since that day. It was a pretty pricey one from Nordstroms and I was so scared of getting it dirty!
The Reception Details
We chose Harrington Farms because it was the perfect space for a nighttime, cozy feel. The beams and the huge fireplace made the space so warm and inviting. We used birch bark for our placement cards, we gave out ornaments for our favors, and our signature drink of the night was a spiked hot cocoa. Our cake was butter almond and I wish I could have eaten it all. It was to die for! Our cake was detailed with blush piping and roses on top. We loaded all of the tables with homemade glitter candles and in the center was a tall vase with, you guessed it: blush roses. The more candles the better as they made the space feel glamorous and cozy.
The reception was a blast but the best was yet to come as we were heading off to warm, sunny Jamaica!
I hope this gives you some blush and glitter inspiration for your next winter wedding. Honestly, I feel like you can’t go wrong with a classy color palette. Christmas time is a magical time to get married for two reasons: you get to share your first Christmas together shortly after and you get to Jetset off to a tropical place in winter!
XOXO – Kendra
Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography
Hairstylist: Natalie Regis Hair (Philocaly Salon)
Reception Location: Harrington Farm (Princeton, MA)
Dress Shop: Madeleine’s Daughter Bridal (Portsmouth, NH)
Dress Designer: Pronovias Bridal
Cake: Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery (North Smithfield, RI)
Flowers: Jeff French Designs (Worcester, MA)