5 Sep

American Bridal got a little makeover and it sure is lookin’ good. If you don’t know about American Bridal, it’s a go-to spot for wedding favors, reception accessories, and monogrammed gifts for all your ‘maids. But now you can shop all their cute products on a chicer and more easily navigable site. Oh yeah, and we almost forgot to mention that they’re launching over 100 new products to go along with the brand redesign. Exciting stuff, yes? To celebrate, there are a couple of sweet deals to be had. American Bridal is now offering…

- Their lowest personalized napkin price ever ($9.99). Personalized mason jars are also at the low price of $2.75 each (minimum quantity 30).
- Free shipping with orders of $99 or more
- A coupon for 20% off with no minimum when you like American Bridal on Facebook

Here are some of our personal decor picks from American Bridal:

American Bridal wedding favors

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

American Bridal also just started pinning on Pinterest! So if you’re planning a wedding, make sure you keep up with them there.

 
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5 Sep

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

All you brides and grooms out there who are working with a short engagement, it’s time to take note. We were pretty impressed when we heard that Alexis + Casey DIYed literally all of the décor at their ceremony and all of the décor at their reception. But what really got us excited was the fact that these two cuties did all that crafting and designing in about 10 weeks flat. Lucky for them they didn’t have to spend too long searching for a great photographer either. Bethany Carlson is a friend of theirs, and fun fact… her husband officiated the ceremony!

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

Alexis’s vintage bouquet recipe: spider mums, football mums, gerbera daisies, mini wild daisies, and white and yellow wild flowers

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

Toms wedding shoes | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

We reckon we’ll be needing those TOMS Desert Wedges  in our own fall wardrobes.

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

Grey HandM bridesmaid dresses | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

Grey HandM bridesmaid dresses | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

Casey is a graphic designer, so he handled all the paper goods.

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

California handmade wedding | photo by Bethany Carlson | 100 Layer Cake

We love a good sparkler send-off. Congratulations Alexis + Casey!

Photographer: Bethany Carlson Photography / Videographer: Two Spoons Productions / Ceremony Reception: Calvary Reformed Church / Reception Venue: Del Rio Country Club / Hair: Shannon Goulart / Makeup: Bride’s sister-in-law / Florist: Flowers By Design / Cake: Vee Vee’s Cupcakes / Catering: Del Rio Country Club / Invitation Designer: Casey Link from Advocate Designs (the groom) / Bride’s Dress: Benicarlo by Pronovias from Mira Bridal Couture / Shoes: TOMS Desert Wedges / Headpiece: Serenity Crystal / Necklace: Borrowed from bride’s mother / Watch: Fossil / Yellow Ring: H&M / Earrings: Forever 21 / Tights: Charming Charlie / Engagement Ring: Gabriel & Co. / Groom’s Suit & Tie: H&M / Shoes: Ashton Grey from DSW / Wedding Band: Chisel / Watch: Fossil / Bridesmaid Dresses: Target / Hair Flowers: DIY by bride / Earrings: Forever 21 / Clutches: BagEnvy / Groomsmen’s Pants & Ties: H&M / Shirts: Express

 
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5 Sep

Nantucket Engagement Shoot | Photos by  Jen Huang | 100 Layer Cake

David + Ginny have always been drawn to the sea, so for their engagement session with Jen Huang Photography they decided to take to the beautiful beachfront grounds of the Wauwinet hotel. But these aren’t your average seaside engagement shots, oh no. Instead of sunlight there’s the mysterious Nantucket fog; where there might be lifeguard towers there are quaint lighthouses off in the distance; and in place of flip-flops and cut-offs there’s Ginny in the loveliest of vintage frocks. It’s quintessentially New England and oh-so-pretty.

Nantucket Engagement Shoot | Photos by  Jen Huang | 100 Layer Cake

Nantucket Engagement Shoot | Photos by  Jen Huang | 100 Layer Cake

Nantucket Engagement Shoot | Photos by  Jen Huang | 100 Layer Cake

Nantucket Engagement Shoot | Photos by  Jen Huang | 100 Layer Cake

Ginny has the best hair, doesn’t she?

Nantucket Engagement Shoot | Photos by  Jen Huang | 100 Layer Cake

Nantucket Engagement Shoot | Photos by  Jen Huang | 100 Layer Cake

Nantucket Engagement Shoot | Photos by  Jen Huang | 100 Layer Cake

Nantucket Engagement Shoot | Photos by  Jen Huang | 100 Layer Cake

Nantucket Engagement Shoot | Photos by  Jen Huang | 100 Layer Cake

Nantucket Engagement Shoot | Photos by  Jen Huang | 100 Layer Cake

Nantucket Engagement Shoot | Photos by  Jen Huang | 100 Layer Cake

Nantucket Engagement Shoot | Photos by  Jen Huang | 100 Layer Cake

Their love story from the bride-to-be… I moved to Manhattan in February 2011 to attend culinary school at the International Culinary Center. I didn’t know anyone in the city but figured with time I would make friends. David was in my class, but we did not get to know each other until my third month in the program. At the beginning of level three, David asked me to be in his group and we slowly got to know one another. Over time we became best friends and spent our lunches laughing about all of the crazy things that would go on at school.

Before moving to New York City I bought two concert tickets to my favorite band, Death Cab for Cutie. I didn’t know whom I would take to the concert but I figured I would meet someone during school that would like to go with me. When my sister, Natalie, came to visit she convinced me to ask David to the concert. I am not going to lie, she had to twist my arm since I am pretty shy, and I didn’t want to be the first person to ask the other one out. With a lot of convincing I relented and asked David. He got back to me quickly and seemed really excited to go.

The concert did not end up being our first date though, since the next day David asked me to the Mary Poppins Broadway show. We had a great time at the play and ended up going back to my apartment for pizza and then talked until 1:30 in the morning. After our first date David and I were inseparable. He would drive me to school every morning and then we would spend as much time as we could together during school. In the evening we would go on dates to Central Park, Yankee’s games, Broadway shows, and walks around Soho and Chelsea. We had an idyllic time together in New York City; I don’t think there is a better place to fall in love.

David’s proposal was kept very simple. He asked me to go out for a walk with him one afternoon and at the end of it he got down on one knee and presented me with the most perfect rose gold and white sapphire ring.

Ginny’s Dress: Rococo Vintage / Shoes: Chie Mihara / David’s Linen Blazer & Pants: Paul Smith / Bowtie: Scotch and Soda / Shoes: Armani

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