This Easter Bring Out Your Creativity

 
Each Easter my family gathers together at my grandmother’s house, and after we’ve stuffed our faces full of ham and deviled eggs, one of my favorite traditions is that we all dye Easter eggs – everyone is involved from the adults to the little ones. There’s nothing wrong with the traditional approach to dip-dyeing your eggs with food coloring, but if you want to get creative and take your Easter egg game to a whole new level try out these DIY projects below!

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Check out this tutorial over on La La Land to give your Easter eggs a modern twist by using foil, tissue paper, and making them 3D.

 

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If you are running out of time, and want a quick fix to getting your home decorated for all of your family and friends, this DIY by Seventy Nine Ideas is for you. All you need is a can of spray paint, and then if you want to go the extra mile you can add some sprigs of flowers to them.

 

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Once you’re finished dyeing your Easter eggs throw them in a vase. You can also add some flowers on top, and you’ll have a cute centerpiece everyone will be talking about. Head over to Place of my Taste for this DIY centerpiece tutorial.

 

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This centerpiece tutorial by Bell’alimento takes less than 5 minutes, and it includes the infamous Easter candy, Peeps!

Your Easter will be one of a kind with these specialized eggs and centerpieces. Whether you take the traditional or nontraditional approach. we hope you all have a wonderful happy Easter!

The South's Best Cities of 2017

 

Southern Living announced the South’s best cities for 2017 naming Charleston as #1 and Savannah as #2. Did you know that we are lucky enough to have offices in each city?! We love where we work, and we want to share with you a few reasons why.

C H A R L E S T O N, S C

There aren’t enough good things I can say about Charleston. If you haven’t visited the Holy City yet, now is the time to put it on your list for your next vacation spot! Downtown Charleston offers plenty to do from shopping on King Street, dining at a local restaurant with some of the best Southern cuisine you’ll ever taste, or simply strolling around the city to take in the rich history it was built upon.

Andrew Pinckney Inn

King Street

King Street offers anything from a plethora of shops and boutiques to an abundance of food options, as well as where the best bars and nightlife scene is. The street leads all the way down to the historic Battery and Waterfront Park. Every second Sunday of the month the street closes off traffic, so you can walk freely through the streets and enjoy a meal outside.

One of my go to shops right off of King St. that I must visit any time I am in Charleston is Candlefish. It’s a candle shop that has their own library of over 100 unique scents, and they even offer classes, so you can learn the art of candle making!

Candlefish | Kelli Boyd Photography 

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Charleston Food

You can’t go wrong with any place you choose to eat in Charleston. The city is known for having some of the best cuisine of the South with new restaurants popping up on the daily. A classic and one of my favorite places to eat is Hominy Grill. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you go for breakfast order the Charleston Nasty with a cup of fresh squeezed orange juice on the side – you won’t regret it!

Hominy Grill

Wedding Venues

Charleston is one of the most popular destinations for a wedding these days. We think you’ll agree after viewing some of our favorite venues featured below.

Boone Hall Plantation | Aaron & Jillian

Lowndes Grove | Rach Loves Troy

Cannon Green | Jenna Marie Photography

Magnolia Plantation | Jo Photo

S A V A N N A H, G A

The city of Savannah has plenty of activities and places to see for anyone to enjoy. Explore Savannah’s downtown scene, take a stroll through the Historic District, visit a museum, or grab your friends and try some of the best cuisine classic to the South.

Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park is located in the Historic District, and a popular place for locals and tourists alike. It’s a wonderful place to sit and relax, and just take in the beautiful views known to Savannah. The fountain is the most known feature in the park, and is located in the north end of the park.

Naomi Chokr Photography

Collins Quarter

Perfect for brunch, dinner, and all your coffee needs. Collins Quarter offers a unique café experience paired with a local, fresh, farm-to-table menu.

Kelli Boyd Photography

River Street

Visit River Street to shop around in boutiques converted from the old buildings and warehouses it once was. A highlight of the river is seeing all the cargo ships come by!

Rach Loves Troy

Wedding Venues

We love Savannah for its romantic charm, and because of it it is a popular destination for weddings and the ideal spot for taking engagement pictures.

Bethesda Home for the Boys | Rach Loves Troy

Wormsloe Historic Site | Jeff & Mollie Weddings

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist | Kelli Boyd Photography

Jepson Center for the Arts | Amy Anaiz

Fancy Meeting You, Crystal!

 

We are so excited to have y’all meet sweet Crystal! Crystal is originally from Houma, LA and is a true ragin cajun, through and through. Her and her hubby Will live in Savannah with their human baby Stella Mae and fur baby Cooper Louis. Crystal’s favorite things about Savannah are how beautiful the city is, the good food and all the great friends she has made here.

Crystal’s ideal date night in Savannah: We have a baby, what is date night!?

Her favorite thing about weddings? The tiny details! The florals! Cake!

Best advice for the newly engaged couple? Get organized and get a great planner! You never realize how many details go into planning a wedding until your thrown into it. It can be overwhelming but with help and organization it can be fun!

A day in Crystal’s world: A day in my life begins with the cutest little alarm clock ever, my 9 month old daughter tells me when it’s time to start the day! In between her naps, playtime and the many many wedding emails and to do lists I make, I usually find time to make myself a meal or two. Oatmeal or Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are staples here. They keep a working mom fed and onto the next task.

All weddings should have: personal touches!

The best part of her job: Being an event coordinator has always been a dream of mine. So really being able to do this job is just the best dream come true ever! I get to plan and experience the most important and beautiful days of peoples lives. What can be better than that?!

Favorite Southern saying: “Ma colors are blush and bashful”

 

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Photo credit: Erin Rene Photography, Mint Portrait StudioRach Loves Troy Photography and Arial Renae Photography

Fancy Meeting You, Tara!

 

We are thrilled to have you meet Tara, the second half of our fearless leader duo! Tara calls Savannah home and her husband Nathan and her are raising their two adorable children Jackson and Emerson. Their house is constantly buzzing with the two kiddos and two fur babies Brodie and Bailey.

Tara’s favorite thing about Savannah is that it‘s the perfect mix of everything you could want… the beach and marsh for summer fun, farm land with dirt roads and cotton fields in the fall, gorgeous moss draped parks and squares blooming with all kinds of pretty flowers for spring and tons of local activities and events to get you in the holiday spirit for the winter months. Our city really does have it all! She could never just pick one thing.

Tara’s ideal date night in the hostess city: My husband and I have been going to Garibaldi’s every year for our anniversary since we started dating 12 years ago:) I would say I am kind of biased that this is my favorite date night since it is pretty sentimental to us. The food is AMAZING! We also LOVE Lulu’s chocolate bar for a post dinner drink and dessert:)

In a different life Tara would be: Carrie Underwood (My current girl crush)… I mean… what’s not to love about her?!?! She’s GORGEOUS and can make any song sound good!

If Tara were a flavor at Leopold’s she would be: butter pecan because it reminds me of growing up and eating ice cream with my mimi and papa… they always LOVED butter pecan and got me hooked on it!

Tara’s favorite part of weddings: Seeing the Bride’s reaction after she finally see the months of planning and preparation all come together

Tara’s advice for the engaged couple: ENJOY the planning period… This is the fun time! Hire a planner and leave your worries to them;)

A day in the life of Tara: Weekdays I am up around 6am to hop in the shower, get dressed and ready for the day. I first let both dogs outside and then fill their food and water bowls. Next, I get both kids (Jackson, age 5 and Emerson, age 1) dressed, fed breakfast and loaded in the car to take Jackson to Pre-K. After drop-off, I come back to the house, lay Emerson day for her morning nap and then settle down at my computer for a little office work (returning emails, making phone calls, creating inspiration boards, updating social media, etc). Emerson wakes up from her nap around 11am, I feed her a quick snack before loading her back in the car to wait in carpool line to pick her brother up at noon. While in carpool line I make a few work phone calls to kill the time. After pick-up I head back to the house and feed both kids lunch. Most days, my mom or babysitter (depends on which day of the week) come over after lunch and watch my kids while I head out for afternoon meetings. Some days I have meetings all day so my mom takes over with carpool duty earlier in the day (I definitely couldn’t do it without her help)!! Once I get home from meetings we eat dinner as a family and get the kids in bed. Some days, though, I don’t end with meetings until 8-9pm and in that case my hubby is on his own for dinner and bedtime routine (he’s a trooper)! After getting home I sit back down to the computer and return more emails and do a little more work while watching my soap opera on DVR (yes… I watch a soap opera… General hospital 😉 ) I head to bed around midnight and then wake back up the next morning to start all over again! Owning a business is a never ending cycle but such a rewarding one! Yes, I can never turn work off but it does allow me the freedom to attend school plays, field trips and to stay home with my children for the most part. I wouldn’t trade it for the world!!!

All weddings should have…: Personal details that reflect the couple! One of my favorite weddings was when one of my couples chose to have the caterer incorporate family recipes into the menu throughout the night. They gave each of their guests mini cookbooks of the recipes served throughout the night and told which family member each of the recipes were from and what it meant to the bride and groom. Personal details are what set your wedding apart from the next!

Shrimp and grits or fried chicken: Fried chicken!

Photo credit Erin Rene Photography

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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This Thanksgiving we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. Whether you are at hosting droves of relatives or out of state visiting loved ones, snuggle up with those you love and remember all that you are grateful for.

This year we have SO much to be grateful for. We are grateful for our brides and grooms, who make our job effortless and fun. We are grateful for our vendors who are a joy to work with and have become friends. We are thankful for the cities we work in where our works takes life and our couples say “I Do”. We are grateful for our team, a small but mighty team, who loves weddings and loves this industry. We are thankful for our families who support our hours of planning, tastings and styling.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

Fancy Meeting You, Ashley!

 

We are so happy to have y’all meet Ashley Greene, our co-owner and a lead consultant. Ashley is from Milledgeville, GA and now lives in Charleston with her husband Scott, two kids Grace (7) and Zane (5) and fur baby Campbell.

Ashley’s favorite spot in Charleston: Strolling through Battery Park or through the Market downtown is definitely a must when you visit Charleston. My favorite place is Sullivan’s Island though. I LOVE the beach and Sullivan’s has the best restaurants to top it off!!

Ashley’s go-to date night: The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island & then walking on the beach afterwards.

In a different life Ashley would be: a crime scene investigator!

If Ashley were a flavor at Leopold’s she would be: Thin Mints & Cream…combining thin mints (Girl’s Scouts+Savannah go hand in hand) & ice cream seems like a no-brainer to me!!

Every wedding should have: a wedding planner…duh!

Ashley’s advice for the engaged couple: Remember that the wedding is about the two of you and what you want your guests to experience at your wedding. Sometimes couples start thinking about what other people expect and forget to focus on the wedding that they have dreamed of. Most of our weddings are destination clients so incorporating the guests into multiple events throughout the weekend really helps to create a wedding experience. Think about some of your favorite things to do in Savannah when planning the wedding weekend and find ways to incorporate them!!

A day in the life of Ashley looks like: Every morning, I wake up and get my kids ready & off to school. While they are in school, I try to work as much as I can for Posh Petals and Pearls. Some days it is a lot of phone calls & emails, and other days, I am in meetings with clients and vendors or doing site visits. For my wardrobe, right now, I am loving Stitch Fix!! I rarely have time to shop for myself so having someone do it for me and deliver clothes to my doorstep is genius!!

The best part about Ashley’s job: Getting to know my clients. I have been blessed to work with some amazing people, and at the end of the wedding, I am happy to say that we have not only created a beautiful wedding but also formed a friendship!

Cheerwine or sweet tea: Sweet tea

Favorite southern saying: “Bless her heart”

 

Photo credit: Erin Rene Photography

 

Wedding Dresses: Preparation

 

One thing I definitely remember while planning my wedding was preparing to go wedding dress shopping. I remember combing different websites and magazines for tips and tricks, researching the designers that the boutique I was going to sold, building my Pintrest board with only the most gorgeous gowns. But one thing I did not find during my search was what to really expect, what to bring and what to prepare for. This post will only cover how to prepare to go shopping, be sure to tune into future posts for everything you need to know!

So ladies, first things first, you need to make a few decisions. These include:

Who will come with you? Bringing your whole entourage may seem appealing but proceed with caution my friends. Remember that this is already going to be a big day. Are you willing and able to bring along all your leading ladies? Just know that with them comes all their opinions and all their comments, good and bad. My personal advice is to bring a handful of meaningful ladies and/or gents. I chose my momma, grandma and maid of honor.

What is your budget? This is absolutely 100% non-negotiable. Before you hit the salon you must determine how much you are willing to drop for your gown. The bridal consultant will ask you so be prepared to give her an answer. Set a budget that is realistic but will also land you a dress of your dreams.

When will you go? Well this must be answered only after setting a wedding date. Wedding dresses takes months to make, sometimes even up to nine months, so make sure that you have plenty of lead time before going shopping. The bridal consultant will also ask your wedding date to ensure that the designer has enough time to make your gown. On a time crunch? Tell you bridal consultant and they may offer up samples that you could buy off the floor. Just remember that these are samples, so they have been tried on many times and are that one size so alterations may be tricky.

Where you will shop? Do you want to shop around and go to multiple boutiques or do you prefer a one stop shop? Do you want to shop locally or travel to a flagship store? Do your research before hand, look at a salons inventory and the designers they carry and make sure those gowns are somewhat appealing to you.

Be sure to tune into future posts where we will cover everything from undergarments to overspending!

 

 

Real Wedding Wednesday: Liz & Matt

 

We are so excited to bring y’all this gorgeous wedding that was recently published in Savannah Weddings. The day of Liz and Matt’s wedding was simply perfect. We love the sweet details that they incorporated and the popcorn machine…come on, how adorable!

We wish Liz and Matt a lifetime of happiness, joy and lowcountry love!

Happy viewing!

 

 

The big day: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Officiant: Bryan Staggers
Ceremony music: Ceremonial Brass of Savannah; Robin Beauchamp, Carl Polk, Mike Daly, Paul Lott and Jody Wooten
Gown: “Jacinda” gown by Watters, Bleubelle Bridal Boutique
Accessories: Rings, Anderson Jewelers; earrings, Saks Off 5th; sash, Bleubelle Bridal Boutique; BellaBella shoe, Etsy.com
Hair and makeup: Jessica Shefsick, Bride’s Side Beauty
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Luxe Shantung, Jenny Yoo, Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta
Groom/groomsmen attire: Joseph A. Banks
Rehearsal dinner: Dessert and drinks at Vic’s on the River
Catering: Chef Nick Mueller and Co.
Reception music: Paula Swart and Jadde Nolty; Dave Barton and Attraction Band
Florist: Amy Harvey, Harvey Floral Designs
Cake: Low Country Confections
Lighting: Liz Bodi, JLK Events, Bluffton, SC
Rentals: Beachview Event Rentals
Transportation: Carriage Tours of Savannah
Photographer: Jade and Matthew McCully, Jade and Matthew Take Pictures

Bridal Beauty: Nails

 

Is any belle out there as obsessed with nail polish as I am? I firmly believe that you are never completely dressed without polish on your fingernails. Since my teen years I can count on one hand how many times I have left the house without polished nails.

From a very young age, I knew I loved my nails. My mom always joked that I got my nail bed from my dad’s side. My sweet poor momma has terrible nails. I quickly knew exactly what she meant. I grew to love my nails. Obsess over them even. I have never been a biter or picker. I am lover and a polisher and a manicurist. I grow my collection of hues as one would collect pressed pennies or antique spoons. While I partially blame my grandmother for instilling such a devotion to cosmetics I must admit that I certainly keep the devotion alive.

One thing that I think is often overlooked in the beauty planning process is a bridal nail look. Your nails will be in pictures ladies so be sure you choose a color that you love. Although I chose a very simple and classic hue for my own bridal nails, I can totally appreciate more adventurous brides who opt for bright tones and glitter. I would also personally highly recommend gel polish. It stays on your nails like none other and I don’t know about you but I certainly didn’t want chips on my wedding day.

To help get some creative juices flowing I have created a Pintrest board to help you style your look.

Follow Posh Petals & Pearls’s board Bridal Beauty: Nails on Pinterest.

Happy Mani Monday!

Bridal Beauty

 

When I was a bride I remember spending hours looking on Pintrest and in wedding magazines about what I wanted my ‘wedding day look’ to be. I had had my dress for months, had already started practicing walking in my shoes and my jewelry picked out. I was a few weeks out from my makeup trial and I was just panicking about what I wanted my makeup to look like.

On a day to day basis I don’t wear too much makeup. I’ve worn false eyelashes once before (my senior prom!) and my only true makeup staple is lipstick. I knew I wanted to look natural but I still wanted to look more beautiful than I did everyday. I also knew that with the Savannah heat and humidity I needed something to really stay on my face. No one wants a melty bride!

A couple things I considered when choosing my look:

Airbrush foundation was a must. Again, with the Savannah heat I wanted my look to last all night.

Lips were crucial! I love lipstick. Lipstick of all colors. I own probably 30+ tubes. BUT- my groom hates it. So I knew I had to choose something subtle yet feminine and that wouldn’t completely rub off on him during our first kiss.

I wanted a little drama with my eyes. Not a black smokey eye but something to really pop!

All of these things I shared with my makeup artist during my trial. And what she created was absolutely amazing! I could not have been more happy with how my trial and my day of makeup looked. And let me tell you, that airbrush foundation is bullet proof! The morning after I hopped out of bed and was immediately ready to go because I still had make up on. Win!

Here are a few style boards I created to help our brides out there conceptualize their own wedding day look. Enjoy!

 

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pink bridal beauty by poshpetalsandpearls featuring Trish McEvoy

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dramatic bridal beautfy by poshpetalsandpearls featuring a red lipstick

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nude bridal makeup by poshpetalsandpearls featuring toiletry kits

Burberry nail polish
bloomingdales.com

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics toiletry kit
$53 – selfridges.com

Nars cosmetic
bloomingdales.com

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net-a-porter.com

Shu uemura fake eyelash
$22 – harrods.com

Shopping on Etsy

 

I love me some Etsy, let me just put it out there. While planning my own wedding I used Etsy a ton, it was almost humorous how much I trolled that site. As a lover of details I think Etsy is a great place to find unique pieces that add character to your big day. You can find anything from monogrammed cuff links to invitation templates, veils to flower girl dresses. However I must encourage brides to shop thoughtfully. Below are some tips to get the best experience and the product you desire.

Define your search: Looking for a super specific item like a 1902 postage stamp or rose gold glitter table numbers? Type exactly what you are looking for into your search. Be as specific as you can so that your search results give you what you want.

Look at production time: On a time crunch? Make sure you look at production time on each item. Some items can ship same or next day and others take days, even weeks to ship. If you fell in love with an item but the production time doesn’t quite fit your timeline message the seller and ask if they can make any adjustments to get you the product on time.

Also, look at shipping: The one thing I learned on Etsy, and learned quickly, is that many items (and usually the cheapest) are produced and shipped overseas. One item I ordered took almost two, yes two, months to arrive. Originally I was super nervous when purchasing from international merchants but I was always pleased when my items arrived. Don’t be afraid to embark in international business!

Use notes to the seller: This is where you add all the great nuggets of information that pertain to your item. Check your monograms twice, be clear with what you are asking and always reply back to a sellers question.

Shop around: Not finding your item as quickly as you hoped? Come back in a few days and search again. Many times you will find new products and some of them might be exactly what you are looking for.

Request a custom order: See something you love but one thing isn’t quite right? Lots of times sellers add the option to request a custom order so use the ‘ask a question’ option to chat with the seller about what you are looking for. They will usually create a custom product just for you!

Alright blushing brides, get searching and get shopping! Let us know some of your favorite finds! xxoo

Fashion Friday: Attending a Summer Wedding

 

I don’t know about y’all but my summer has been jam packed full of weddings. While I am not complaining one darn bit I must say I always struggle with what to wear. I am always worried that my outfit has too much white it in or that my choice of heels might be a little too dressy. Personally I usually choose to go a little bit on the dressier side- you can never be over dressed, right? But none the less a gal needs a go-to summer wedding outfit, or a few, depending on the dress code. Check out a few inspiration boards I’m loving right now to get your fashion Friday fix.

If you are attending a dressier wedding opt for a knee length dress with a bold print. Even though it’s summer, don’t be afraid to play with darker colors like this red floral dress. Pair with a classic nude pump and simple clutch. For the gents a navy suit will do but if the occasion is black tie make sure he breaks out his tux.

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fashion friday by poshpetalsandpearls featuring a v neck dress

For more casual nuptials choose a fun bright dress like this Lilly Pulitzer yellow shift. Wear sandals that compliment your shape and play around with fun sun glasses and jewelry- I am loving these over-sized Chloe sunnies and how darling are these pineapple studs!? For your date recommend a seersucker jacket that will keep him cool and since the occasion is more laid back he could skate by without a tie.

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summer wedding by poshpetalsandpearls featuring thong sandals

Choosing a Wedding Band: Groom Edition

 

I think it is fair to say that grooms are much less picky and concerned with all things weddings than their brides. During my own wedding planning process I was baffled at how laid back my groom was. He rarely chimed in on the plans and graciously let me take the reins and run the show. He was involved in some of our big decisions like choosing our venue and our photographer but other than that I think he was happy to be more or less out of the loop.

During our engagement I asked him many times what kind of wedding he wanted. I remember at first he told me to buy it at Walmart (HA!) because he would probably end up scratching or losing it. He didn’t want anything nice, no diamonds, nothing flashy. But that was all the direction he gave me. Before we were even engaged I remember both of us trying on rings. Nothing caught his eye for his own band, he simply didn’t care all that much. He kept on saying that he was marrying me and that was all that mattered, he would wear whatever I picked out for him.

Knowing that my groom is a classic Southern gent I couldn’t get my brain off of him in a plain gold band. There is something so beautifully simplistic about them. Understated yet masculine. Professional and versatile. So that’s what I chose. I found one in the width I liked from a jeweler in town and bought it right away. I giggled when it came in and was so big! It fit on none of my fingers. But I was so excited to finally have it. I kept it in my boudoir and peeked at it daily, most days I tried it on. I prayed over it, over what it meant, that our marriage would be blessed and centered on Christ.

Need some inspiration for your beau? Check out a few of these rings and see if any strike your fancy. Happy ring shopping!

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Celebrity Wedding Wednesday: Cameran Eubanks

 

Who out there is as obsessed with Bravo’s Southern Charm as I am? I must admit I am such a sucker for that show, I love the unnecessary drama, the outrageous wealth and of course the fashion. One of my favorite characters, Cameran Eubanks, has been on my radar for quite some time. Do you remember her from The Real World: San Diego!?

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I knew that when she finally tied the knot it would be nothing short of spectacular, oozing southern charm (no pun intended) and grace. I love how she kept their engagement somewhat under wraps. I have always admired her steadfast practice in keeping her personal life quiet. Nevertheless I was very excited when I stumbled upon her wedding photos a few months ago.

The whole affair happened at a classic Charleston plantation, Cameran and Jason said “I do” under spanning oak trees and Spanish moss. The guest list boasted some of our favorite Southern Charm stars, like Shep Rose and Craig Conover. I was a little sad I didn’t see my buddy Thomas Ravenel and his new baby in any photos. The bride chose orchids for the bouquets and a stunning silk column gown. The groom wore a classic tux and the bridesmaids wore a warm grey. And of course, her hair. Her hair! I have always coveted her hair and of course it was absolutely perfectly soft and coiffed for her big day. While there aren’t too many photos out there of their special day, keep scrolling to see my favorites.

PPP wishes Cameran and Jason and lifetime of wedded bliss! xxoo

My Best Friends Wedding

 

I have this friend. She’s practically a walking Barbie Doll, platinum blonde and her favorite color is glitter. Our whole lives we have basically done everything together. Shared jobs, clothes, tears and countless memories. She is every bit indicative of my adolescence. She remembers things I wish she didn’t (like that awful hairstyle I had for years), she never fails to say the perfect thing to me when I’m feeling down, she is always a great time.

Naturally, doing everything together since we were practically babies, it would make sense to get married together (ie: Bride Wars without the actual war). I remember picking out our engagement rings together, talking about color schemes before we even had any bling. When I got engaged I knew she would follow days or weeks later. I could barely contain my excitement when she called and told me that her beau finally popped the question.

And on our planning marathon went. We both had 18 month engagements, we swapped online vendors and Pintrest boards, gushed about the new registry item we just added. We both dreamed of our fairy tale moments side by side, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

So now that my big day has come and gone (and was the most magical day I could have ever dreamed of) I can now solely focus on the wedding fever plaguing my best friend. We live thousands of miles apart and this week that we have spent together has been needed and appreciated. I was there with her for her bachelorette, we both helped each other out of our Mexicoma’s, and together with our third Mustateer threw her the most darling tea party bridal shower.

But to be totally honest, I am a little sad. I don’t know if my friends felt this way on my wedding but I feel like I am saying goodbye, and goodbye’s really really stink. It feels like the end of an era. I feel so grown up and want to catapult myself back to junior year of high school (who EVER says that!?). I feel my life is a walking Vitamin-C song. I feel like we are packing up and leaving for college all over again. The distance seems too real. And I’m not all that surprised with these emotions of mine. I know some of our other lifelong friends feel that same little lump in their throats every time we hear her say her new last name. It’s all so bittersweet. However I guess I am grateful for feelings like this. Because I know I feel this way because I care for my best friend so much. Her happiness is sometimes paramount to my own. Her sadness is my sadness. Her tears are my tears, her celebrations are mine too.

In just two short days I will stand beside Lauren as she marries her best friend. I can guarantee there will be tears, lots of them. But I can also guarantee that it will be one of the best days ever. My heart is exploding with excitement for her, for all the love and gratitude coming her way. My dress is steamed and my dancing shoes are awaiting their big performance. My nails are prepped to be pained and my spray tan is scheduled. And as I check all these items off my list I am reminded of how completely lucky I am to have a friend like this. A friend who knows me better than I know myself sometimes, a friend who truly gets me and makes me want to be a better human and friend. And though she will always be LoJo to me I could not be happier for her as she starts her forever.

So to you Ryan and Lauren, I love you both immensely, cheers to your happily ever after.

Celebrity Wedding Wednesday

 

Over the weekend I attended two weddings and both were absolutely splendid. The food was excellent, the decor was romantic and love was certainly in the air. While I was cutting a rug at the Yacht club over the pond an American household name tied the knot to her beau.

Nicky Hilton and James’ Rothschild tied the knot this weekend and I have been trolling Instagram ever since. I am not necessarily a follow of Nicky or her wild sister but I will say that I am enthralled with all of the photos from the affair.  Am I the only one who had to pick their jaw up off the floor after catching a glimpse of Nicky Hilton’s wedding dress? I was just captivated by it’s dramatic beauty; the elegant lace, high neck and cathedral train. I must say this wasn’t what I was expecting from her but nevertheless I thought she looked radiant.

The most beautiful bride I've ever seen 👰🏼 #Breathtaking in @MaisonValentino.

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I am also head over heels, pun intended, with her custom Louboutin’s. I have never seen anything like this before but just love them. How cool would it be to have Mr. Louboutin create something so special and unique for you on your big day!?

 

 

The famed Hilton wedding lived up to all the glamour that I expected. Here are a few more of my favorites from Nicky and James’ big day

 

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Rothschild 🍷

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#MaidOfHonor & #BrideToBe getting ready for the big day. 💕 #MrsRothschild

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A Sweetheart Honeymoon

 

What’s the best way to describe my first week of sunshine as Mrs. Peterman? I suppose I could refer to a scene from Bridesmaids most of us know too well. It’s that moment in the film when a completely over the top couple smooch (nose to nose) while sharing their newlywed story with Annie, a single bridesmaid.

“We went on a sweetheart honeymoon!”

Even though Disneyworld was not our destination, the One & Only Ocean Club in Nassau, Bahamas was equally picturesque. Imagine rose petals on the bed, in the bathtub and an in ice bucket filled with overflowing champagne. The kissing swans made of towels even matched the ice sculptures at our wedding venue.

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Swans with shrimp in New Jersey and petals in the Bahamas.

I know, I know, it’s all too much! But, I can’t stop, just yet.

Aside from the tangible reminders of having just married, my favorite part of the honeymoon was losing track of time. Don’t be fooled- it takes a few days of hard work for the bride and groom to unwind and successfully disconnect. For the first day or two, I caught myself checking social media and responding to an inbox full of wedding wishes. I suggest locking technology in the safe along with wedding bands. Phones and diamonds do not belong on the beach.

Waking up to the sun, collision of calm waves and the taste of fresh fruit with warm croissants is true honeymoon living. When I finally let go of the noise from back home, I was able to experience the luxury of being alone on a gorgeous island with my best friend.

Eat too much.

I remember our incredibly rich appetites while on the honeymoon. Everything within reach was simply a delight to eat. One night we went to an authentic barbeque on the deck of the hotel, overlooking the ocean. Buffets are best for honeymooners. The excessive menu included local dishes such as fresh conch, rice and peas, sweet lobster, savory clam chowder and every kind of bread. Have you ever tried a pretzel bun? It’s pictured below on JB’s packed plate.

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Hungry yet? On our third plate I remember looking at my husband and wondering if we would find the room and courage to tackle the desert display. Not only did we conquer the cotton candy, but we also managed to sneak a piece of key lime pie back to the room, guilt-free.

Seek adventure.

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Although our resort was definitely calm and quiet, we managed to make our own scene. We avoided the crowded casino over at the Atlantis and instead marched to our own beat. We parked our toes in the sand and watched the sunset from the beach almost every night. It was entertaining to pretend we were extras from one of the famous James Bond movies, Casino Royale, which happened to be filmed at our resort!

Spa just because.

Although it’s nice to clean pores, does anybody really need an “ice goddess facial?” How about the sunglow ritual? Avoid asking too many questions about the spa menu. I left the Bahamas with a perfectly, semi-fake, sun kissed glow. My sparkle started at the wedding and was definitely enhanced by Elemis products from the honeymoon spa.

Take my advice: even if the bride chooses a different treatment from the groom, insist on being pampered in the same room! It’s entertaining to look over and see your husband with cucumbers on his eyes. Of course, that’s one picture I just can’t share.

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Instead, I’ll share the love!

June 20th, 2015

 

 

June 20th, 2015 was enchanting, slightly rainy, blurry and completely unforgettable. Naturally, I didn’t sleep the night before. Shuteye was nearly impossible; every attempt to slumber was disrupted by my restless imagination.

People say the wedding day passes at lightning speed. One moment the bride steps into the dress, while the next she’s waiting patiently for a bustle and touching up for the reception. Before too long she extends goodnight gestures with slightly torn tool and neglected blisters. As a recent Posh Petal and Pearls bride-to-be turned wife, I want to share a few unexpected suggestions for those who may soon fill my sparkly shoes.

Take a morning moment.

One of my best friends, a wife of three years, shared the same piece of advice every time we talked wedding. On the morning of my day, she encouraged me to sneak to a nearby window, alone, to gaze outside. I should take a moment to reflect as a sort of calm before the storm.

Quite literally, I starred at the dark clouds. At first, I prayed for sun and minimal humidity. After a few moments, I sighed at the sky and realized that the weather was insignificant. Thank you Jamie for insisting on a moment of tranquility and thank you Grandma Gladys for constantly reminding me that rain on a wedding day is lucky.

Prepare to be pampered.

Although challenging, a bride should do as little as possible on her day. As soon as I stepped into my bridal suite, my shoes, jewelry and dress were escorted to safety (for fear of red wine). I received my bridal robe and imaginary tiara. My pedestal for the day was the glamorous makeup chair.

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Some of my favorite moments from June 20th took place in the pink suite of the Pleasantdale Chateau with team bride. The laughter, squeals and pictures distracted my nervous jitters

The magnificent team bride.

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Book a dresser, right now.

At my last fitting I remember looking at my mother and asking, “Will you be able to bustle this complicated flowery dress?” Apparently, that’s the job of a dresser.

Every bride and her entourage need Edna.

What does a dresser do, one might ask? Edna is a one-woman team. She’s the fashion police, tailor and magician. She comes equipped with the most unexpected bells and whistles. Who knew my shoulders would need protective padding to ease the burden of my intricate straps? Tea tree spray was applied to my feet before putting on my heels to create a numbing sensation. My veil was steamed (more than once). Occasionally Edna wandered over to the groom’s wing to assist with tux ironing, bow ties and pocket square symmetry. When it was finally show time, all four groomsmen needed fashion help as much as they needed direction. The only chaotic moments of the day happened when Edna temporarily ditched the bridal party for the boys.

Let the Petals fall.

Although meaningful, flower arrangements rarely last. When I receive a beautiful vase of flowers from my groom I hold onto each petal for one too many days, overwatering and eventually destroying my own gift. Thankfully, our wedding flowers were put together on-site without the help of the bride.

Thank you Jerry Rose for creating art with each petal. I loved how my bridal bouquet dripped flowers. The border of white petals on each side of the aisle was a soft, romantic touch.

At the end of the evening when guests sneak out the door leaving trails of petals behind them, the florist has clearly done something right.

Standing underneath my dream Chuppah.

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Pretend it’s just two.

Although June 20th is still a big, blissful blur, I do remember one moment with precise detail. I was seconds away from walking down the aisle when I looked up into the eyes of my dad. Since I started as I star in his eye, my dad knew exactly what I needed; as the doors opened to the ceremony he held my arm tightly and said, “Don’t worry, I’m not letting you go.” Although, moments later he would “give me away,” my father was right beside me, our arms intertwined, lifting me down the aisle.

Brides- let your father, mother or special guardian guide you until the aisle is no longer. At that point, take the hand of your groom and zoom in on just you two.

Dance and then Dance.

Maximize time on the dance floor! If a bride hears her favorite song, she should excuse herself from the obligatory family photo. As much as I love to move, shake and join the happy Hora at weddings, I regretfully missed a few beats from my own evening. Don’t let the band act as background noise.

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Typically I end my pieces with words of bridal wisdom. However, for this post, I have decided to conclude with select, sweet images from the evening, courtesy of the talented Teri Slotkin:

 

 

America the Beautiful

 

There is something about the 4th of July that just gets me every single year. Now, while I will proudly admit that it is by far my most favorite day I have a harder time broadcasting how deeply this celebration touches my soul. As the wife of a veteran, I need no excuse to celebrate America and when the 4th rolls around every year I break out my best red, white and blue and bask in all my patriotic glory.

This 4th is special for many reasons. It is my husband’s first year out of the service, so it will be an emotional day for both of us. We are so humbly grateful for his safety and pray night and day for those who still fight, tirelessly, for our freedom. It is also special because I get to be part of someones else’s special day; we will celebrate the new bride and groom under the fireworks that The Holy City boasts and send them off on a romantic sailboat getaway.

As I prepare to wish America the happiest of birthday’s (239 looks good on you!) I am eagerly breaking out my favorite and most patriotic apparel. Each year as my collection grows I have a harder time deciding what I will wear for the big firework display. I usually choose to extend the holiday and don my red, white and blue all weekend long. Here is a look at some of my favorites this year:

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Are you attending a holiday wedding or celebration, or even throwing one yourself? Incorporate America’s colors into your tablescapes and appetizers. Red, white and blue desserts are rampantly taking over Pintrest and magazines. Find an easy recipe or talk to your caterer and see what they can work in. Create mood lighting with tealights and globe lanterns, add plush pillows to a porch swing and set out blankets for guests to cozy up in. Oh, and don’t forget to stock up on sparklers!

Whatever your holiday plans may entail I hope they are celebratory and safe! I thank the brave men and women who fight each and every day to keep me and my family protected. I sure do love you America, happy birthday!

xoxo,

HP

Choosing a Wedding Band: Bride Edition

 

To do lists. To do lists are my absolute favorite thing in the whole entire world. There is something about the smell of the new sticky note pad I often use to make these lists. When I check off an item I feel a rush of accomplishment. I feel productive and confident. My own to do list while planning my own recent wedding constantly grew larger day by day. I followed the timelines of so many different wedding bibles I loved.  I made sure I had checked off every big box and when I did I felt totally in control. As the months wore down and my big day inched closer my to do list seemed to shrink and this I completely welcomed. It wasn’t until I was chatting with a close friend over coffee one day that I realized I had forgotten something. A BIG thing. A really super duper important thing.

I didn’t have a wedding band.

And oh boy did panic ensue. I immediately called my calm, cool, collected fiance and word vomited this huge oversight. I couldn’t get the words out of my mouth fast enough. We needed to get my wedding band immediately, like yesterday. I was out of town at the time and begged him to go down to the local jewelry store to look. While he indulged my panicky plea I still felt unaccomplished. My control freak self wanted to be there to pick out the perfect addition to my engagement ring. What if what he picked didn’t match? What if the diamonds were too big (yes, I feared that!)? What if the band took away from the beauty of my engagement ring? So naturally, when I got back in town a few days later I took us on a mission to find my wedding band.

Now I would love to say that this shopping trip was one of the highlights of the wedding planning process but, sadly, it was not. We went from store to store, each time a little more disappointed. Nothing quite fit. Nothing really matched my setting, or personality. They weren’t what I envisioned myself wearing for the rest of my life. By the time we left the fifth store I was completely defeated. My poor sweet fiance felt helpless as he knew I would not rest until we (I) found the one. I felt annoyed and annoying. Why was this such a big deal to me? I should just pick one and call it a day. We decided to take reprieve and go grab a diet coke. While we were driving out of the parking lot I suddenly shouted, “wait, let’s try over there!” A jewelry store we hadn’t tried yet? I thought we looked everywhere.

Walking into the store with a massive chip on my shoulder I immediately asked the saleswoman two questions: 1) how long do wedding bands take to size (mind you this shopping trip was only weeks before our big day) and 2) do they carry platinum bands in the store (both my fiance and I had a hard fast rule that we only wanted one metal for both of my rings). Her answers were music to my ears. With a smile growing across my face I looked up to my fiance with a new found sparkle in my eye and exclaimed, “let’s look!” I showed the saleswoman my engagement ring so that she could show us some wedding bands that would coordinate. As she pulled out the first band and I slipped it on my finger I instantly knew. I had finally (at the sixth store) found my wedding band.

As you make your journey to find your perfect band remember these little nuggets of wisdom:

  • Shop around. Now while I wouldn’t recommend hitting up six jewelry stores in one afternoon, getting to try on different styles is important. This is the ring you will wear for the rest of your forever. Get a feel for what you truly want and kindly tell your fiance your preferences.
  • Planning on wearing a family heirloom? Make sure to get it properly sized well before the big day.
  • Don’t forget about the groom! Shop around for styles for him as well and make sure you know his ring size. Will the groom not wear a ring? See if he would like another piece of jewelry or memento to remember your union by.
  • Store both rings in a safe place until the big day arrives. Slip them into your boudoir or a safe if you have one. Give both rings a little cleaning a few days before the ceremony so both are in tip top condition.
  • Once the big day arrives place both rings in the safe keeping of a trusted friend, relative or member of the bridal party.

Here are a few bands that I love for all different types of brides

 

As we wrapped up our purchase at the store I felt a rush of adrenaline knowing that we were one step (one big step) closer to officially being married. It donned on me that I wasn’t being picky, I wasn’t being unruly or over demanding. I simply wanted the ring that I would wear, the symbol that legally and spiritually tied me to my husband, to be mine. When I finally found my ring I knew that it was not only an expression of the woman I am but also of the marriage we were going to build. It was the reminder of the covenant we were about to enter into. And that, I took very seriously.

With love and wedding bands,

HP

 

Real Wedding~Puerto Rico: Chasity & John

 

When Chasity contacted us to help plan her wedding, we had no idea that it would end up in Puerto Rico. We were originally planning for a wedding at their family home, but the couple realized that they would rather have a once in a lifetime trip to celebrate their wedding with family!! We love to travel and we love our jobs so when she asked if we could continue planning, we answered with an excited YES!! What better combo than to get to travel to an exotic location to plan a gorgeous wedding?!! Posh Petals and Pearls planned the intimate affair at the El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico. The couple flew all of their guests down to enjoy a few days at the resort and celebrate with them on their wedding day. We LOVED getting to plan this wedding and traveling to Puerto Rico to see it come to life. Becca Price Photography did an amazing job capturing the wedding!! Can we go back?!! Happy 1 Year Anniversary, Chasity & John!! Check out our Facebook Album to see more of the gorgeous images!!

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Wedding Planning: Posh Petals and Pearls Photography: Becca Price Photography Ceremony & Reception Venue: El Conquistador Resort Florals: Calu Events & Floral Designs  Hair/Make: I Love Make Up & Hair, Too Ceremony Music: Allied Music Solutions Bridal Gown: Bleu Belle Bridal Travel Agent: Four Seasons Travel Savannah

Mother of the Bride

 

The mother of the bride is the closest guest to my heart.

Within weeks of my engagement my mom took on a multiple roles- mother of the bride (by birth), best friend (by choice) and stellar wedding planner (by love). The last role has been a challenge. While I do not exactly fit the criteria of a bridezilla, I am not the easiest, walk in the park type of bride. I am sometimes indecisive, lovingly laid back and quick to lose focus between all the embellished possibilities. There are too many options for invitation fonts, bridesmaids’ dresses, flower choices and bridal beauty styles. I needed mom!

To be honest, during most of my mom’s perfectly posh planning I was stuck in a bridal daydream.

Enter Ina. My mom is focused, ultra organized and incredibly invested in every detail. Since there were hearts on the programs, the MOTB ordered matching hearts for the cocktail napkins and menus. My mother knew that a flute makes all the difference during the procession. Apparently, the hospitality bags need to be packed with proper nutrition and a timeline for guests. Everything was planned with an extra touch of love and effort.

Brides often babble about bringing their bridesmaids for dress shopping, trials and various appointments. If possible, I suggest bringing along mom and cherishing the time you two have together. A mother knows her bride best.

Of course, there will be laughter, moments of stress and sporadic yet very happy tears.

Mom, remember when we picked dramatically different flowers on our first trip to the florist? Thankfully, I took your advice for the final arrangements.

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A stunning MOTB with impressive taste.

Remember when we left bridal boutique six out of seven feeling defeated? Would I ever find my dream dress?

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Despite minor frustrations, we always managed to capture the moment!

Of course, you must remember when I tried on the one? We both lit up. We had found the perfect Pnina.

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We said “Yes” to the dress!

With the big day just moments away, I will soon focus on meeting my groom at the end of the aisle. With that said, when I look back on my wedding, months and years down the road, I will remember the elegant belle behind every bow, pearl and sparkle. Thank you to my sweet mom for planning a beyond fairytale wedding. Thank you for devoting your time, heart and endless energy into our special day. Although we have shared many memories together throughout the years, wedding planning with you has been a very vivid reminder of why a mother is a girl’s best friend.

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I love you endlessly mom!

A summer, timeless bride

 

On my latest trip home to the in-laws in Lancaster, PA, I had the opportunity to travel back in time as a 1920’s bride.

My journey began just beside the horse and carriages of the Amish country.

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helping me in, like a true gentlemen.

JB’s maternal grandmother surprised us with a romantic ride alongside rolling hills. I was swept off my feet and shuttled with my groom as if we had just exchanged vows. Despite my tee shirt, sneakers and messy hair, I felt the breeze and royalty of a 1920’s bride. We made a mock getaway in a “just married” all original Model T. Our speed was slow, our kisses sweet and our engine just bearable. I cherished the characteristics of the car such as the wooden floorboards and its antique, fragile structure- a crank to start.

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just like this Model T– marriage takes work!

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always, always kiss the bride!

A few hours later, I was surprised yet again by another family treasure. JB’s sweet Aunt Jane handed me a copy of The Bride’s Magazine from 1945 that belonged to her mother and was read in the summer months leading up to her big day. As a writer and a bride this gift is incredibly precious and educational. On a more sentimental note, the bride behind this magazine reminds me that I am following 68-years of marriage and sacred love. Like JB’s Mommom, I am a true summer bride.

At first glance, the magazine reads as a distant, pretty feature of the past. Weddings have certainly changed. For example, a beautiful, ruffled dress at Saks Fifth Avenue sold for approximately $250.00. Although a similar, conservative style most likely exists in the bridal department at Saks, I know the price tag comes with additional zeros.

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pages 80-81.

Price aside, the value of this magazine remains intact. As I carefully flipped through the sturdy pages of this treasure, I noticed that many of the articles address me, a June bride. Every year, before and well after 1945, summer brides take a leap of love down the aisle.

I was particularly excited about one article in the issue titled, “To you Bride of summer 1945.” Three paragraphs in, George Platt Lynes writes,

“To you —the girl who’s lost her heart but still has a head for romance… and uses it charmingly with one of the engagingly new bridal headdresses, like the ones sketched below, that outstanding American milliners are creating especially for you. None of them are bridal headdresses in the conventional sense of the word…but tempting, delicious little hats that after the wedding you’ll wear happily again minus the veil.”

Despite my quick judgments of brides from this era, I found the author’s writing edgy, flavorful and fashion forward. Apparently, women in 1945 considered headdresses that transitioned from a summer wedding to a summer soiree- “just pleasantly peasant enough to look delicious at a summer wedding, and after the wedding… pouff! it becomes a baby straw bonnet to work wonders atop a dark town sheer.”

Who would have thought that Mommom, a 1945 summer bride might recycle her wedding headdress for a night out in town?

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pages 78-79.

As much as this issue pushed barriers and pressed buttons, the conversation regarding headdresses and lingerie advertisements did not mask the domestic perception of brides. I’m glad summer brides of 2015 are encouraged to venture well beyond the kitchen.

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I suppose our current Bridal magazines still include recipes. Page 109.

I wish I could take that Model T, hop on a time traveling highway and head back to 1945. With that said, based my cooking skills, or lack thereof, I would have been a single gal. Nonetheless, I imagine a blonde, sans apron, Sarah blogging from a completely different perspective. I would incorporate poetry, fashion and wisdom from each and every decade in between Mommom’s and mine. I would mimic the charisma and charm of this 1945 bridal magazine, which promises a rosy future for all summer brides.

~Dedications~

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Thank you Grandma Yost for an unforgettable ride.

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Thank you Aunt Jane for taking me back in time to meet bridal writers, editors and elegant summer brides.

Thank you Mommom for sharing a beautiful bridal treasure. I will be thinking of you this weekend, on the warm summer night of June 20th.

Packing for Two

 

I know certain women who always pack for their better half. They count socks, underwear and fold collared shirts with care. It just so happens that my groom has immaculate suitcase skills, while I frequently forget items and tend to take too much. Nonetheless, the title of this article reflects packing for two days, rather than two people.

Brides should fully prepare for the big day before the getaway. There’s no such thing as waltzing into a wedding. Typically, a bride will enter her suite with a week’s worth of preparation, bustling bridesmaids and some A plus assistance.

Wedding Day

Over the course of wedding planning I have accumulated a closet worth of bridal items. My everyday wardrobe has become wrinkled and cluttered, as a wedding sacrifice of sorts, while everything for the big day remains in pristine shape. It’s helpful to designate a closet or storage space where brides can congregate all items. Below is a quick look into my bridal closet. Exclamation points indicate urgency!

  1. Gown!
  2. Marriage License!
  3. Wedding bands!
  4. Ketubah/marriage contract!
  5. Garter
  6. Ring Bearer pillow
  7. Bridesmaid gifts
  8. Bridal flats/heels
  9. Bridal jewels
  10. Tiara/hair accessories
  11. Proper undergarments
  12. Something old
  13. Something new
  14. Something borrowed
  15. Something blue

As readers probably imagine my closet has been temporarily seized for the big day. Although I have done most of the collecting on my own, I did inform one lucky lady about my bridal treasures. Even the best bridal packer must have a backup plan, better known as a reliable bridesmaid. It’s likely that I will forget something of necessity just hours before the ceremony. I can already imagine my mid-makeup shriek as I remember exactly what was buried back in my bridal closet.

Honeymoon

If brides are jet setting immediately after “I Do’s,” most packing should be done in advance. I have been told that the bride is absolutely exhausted after the reception with a happy hangover. Here’s a numerical look inside my beach suitcase- a work in progress. If brides are heading somewhere less lazy and more adventurous than my island getaway, disregard the beach items listed below.

  1. Passport!
  2. Obligatory wifey tee
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Sundresses
  6. Beach reading
  7. Waterproof camera
  8. Flip flops
  9. Sun hat
  10. Something with lace
  11. Bathing Suit (x a few)!
  12. Cover Up

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My shower outfit and a honeymoon hat.

Considering the several suitcases a bride may have to pack, I suggest letting the groom grab his tux and swimsuit. With less than ten days to go, this bride is busy!

Married to your Maiden name

 

Since I am just days away from becoming a “Mrs.” I’ve had to answer two questions like a broken record:

  1. Are you ready?
  2. Will you change your name?

In my mind, the first question is worthy of a quick and cheerful “yes!” I’ve been engaged for over a year. As much as I adore wedding planning, and documenting each decision, I’m completely ready to walk down the aisle. I’m even more excited and ready to reverse the runway as a married woman. The walk back with my groom means our marriage is official!

The second question, however, has required more thought and reflection. I’ve always loved being a “Drew.” I am forever proud of my grandparents who arrived at Ellis Island from Poland and courageously accepted a revised surname with the hope for a bright future. Diereczinski was far too long and complicated. From 1946 forward, my family embraced Drew as a way of life, rather than just a new name.

On June 20th, the Peterman’s will be smiling from the other side of the chuppah. Not long after I met the parents of my prince, John Benner Peterman II let me in on a little family memo. The Peterman’s are perfect and perfection is intimidating!

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Pretty soon I will be sharing everything with my groom.

But, will I choose to share his last name?

So what to do?

  1. Remain married to my maiden name…I do love Drew.
  2. Hyphenate?…Sarah Helen Drew-Peterman (a long, yet wholesome choice).
  3. Drop Drew?…The most common, conservative option, I suppose.

With nine days left and three options calling my name, I have realized that this question is worth careful consideration. Since writing is my passion, line of work and pride, I have considered the possibility of keeping Sarah Drew as my pen name. I know several women who maintain their maiden title for professional reasons, personal preferences, or a little bit of both. A last name does not define a strong, fruitful marriage.

Here’s my final thought: Don’t feel pressured to make a quick decision. Names can change, but hopefully the husband sticks.

NAVIGATION