Wedding Wednesday

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The Most Beautiful Swoon-Worthy Veils

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My Wedding Inspiration Board

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So without giving too much away….my venue is outdoors, in the fall and my color palette is forest green, plum purples and berry tones, gold and antique white.

The inspiration for my wedding is rustic elegance. I remember driving down this little country road in Virginia on a Sunday. As we drove into wine country on a winding, forested path I saw a little white steeple church where a wedding was being held. The guests were shuffling into the church dressed in their best, it was early fall and the air was crisp. It was the most beautiful sight and that image has guided and shaped my vision for my wedding. Our venue may be in California’s wine country rather than Virginia’s but our vineyard is also off the beaten path. I can image our guests taking the winding road into the crest of woods high above the hills blanketed with rows of grape vines, over the Russian River to the beautiful venue lined by the mountain peaks and Mt. St. Helene. It will be early fall and the air will be crisp, the Sunday sunlight will be spilling all over God’s creation and us while join hands to become united forever. The oak trees and evergreens will be strung with lights, accounting for much of the green and gold of my color palette. The bridesmaids dressed in plum, the wine, grapes, figs and lavender will make up most of the purples while the lace on my dress, the long taper candles slowly burning down into softest glow like moonlight will be the antique white. I can picture everyone dancing and drinking and talking. The fire pit will be roaring and the men will be gathered around with their cigars. It will be perfect.

My wedding inspiration board is an amalgamation of all that has inspired my wedding- the forest, the earth, vintage lace, mountains, wine, candle light and romance.

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New Year, New Life!

I can’t believe it has been 3 whole months since I have posted! So much has happened in that time and I feel like I have finally gotten my bearings and can now focus on United States of Chic and an exciting 2015.

The last time I posted a blog, I lived in Dallas, I was in-between careers and I hadn’t gotten anywhere in my wedding planning.

We have since moved to San Francisco, I started working at Minted, we adopted a kitten and we have almost all our major vendors booked! So much change was a lot to handle at first and I felt humbled in a lot of ways. To be lucky enough to both find new careers, to be able to afford one of the most expensive cities and to be able to start a new adventure with my best friend was such a blessing. My life since graduating college has been a non-stop adventure. I have lived so many places, seen and done so many things, and gained so much real-world experience. I feel so lucky.

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My Favorite Oscar De La Renta Wedding Dresses

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I wanted to pay tribute to the beautiful life and work of Oscar De La Renta. He had the most beautiful vision and made dresses that were not only flattering to woman but were the essence of every fairy tale she has of fashion come to life. He was the godfather of fashion. Along with the great Valentino and Givenchy, he was a remnant of an era gone by. An era when a woman wore one dress all night on her wedding, not two, because that one dress embodied all her hopes and dreams and could NEVER be out done by another dress. His designs were not about being weird or avant-garde, they were about elegance and beauty and always being kind to a women’s body and what she wants to wear. I can only dream of wearing one of his creations someday.

The following as some of my favorite Oscar wedding creations. May his work live on and his memory shine on forever.

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3 Chic Bridesmaids Trends

Lately everything in my head is weddings. Watching “Say Yes to the Dress” used to be a beloved pastime, now it sends me into a petrified stupor. I think I am getting married…a year goes by so fast…will everything get done…where do I begin?! Then panic sets in and fear, followed by anxiety. So the other night after a glass of wine or three I decided to calm down and go with the flow. It will all fall into place. Now I am not all wedding stuff all the time, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t still wake up every night in a cold sweat after having a wedding nightmare where no one showed up like my third grade birthday party.

In honor of my wedding wackiness I am celebrating with tons of wedding related posts from now until that big (God willing non-nightmarish) day.

Here are some bridesmaids trends I am loving at the moment.

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