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MY BRIDAL PARTY LOOKS + A GIVEAWAY

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First things first, I have to talk about this amazing giveaway featuring the stunning earrings you see on my bridesmaid Clara here. Simply scroll to the bottom of this post and you can enter to win $350 worth of gorgeous semi-precious jewelry by Margaret Elizabeth, starting now through Thursday, June 16th.

If you haven’t heard of this brand before, here’s a little background: Margaret Elizabeth jewelry is a brand designed for women, by women, which I absolutely love. The designer behind the line of gorgeous gems is Meg Shackleton, who started the business while she was a student at Boston College, hosting her very first trunk show in her dorm room (umm, hello girl boss!) If her inspiring story’s not enough, you should take a look at her stunning jewelry. Made from authentic materials like 24k gold overlay and semi-stones, all of the pieces are handcrafted by artisans in India. What I love about her jewels is that while they are elegant and dainty, they still make a statement. I also love the layer ability of her bracelets, rings and necklaces and that each piece is unique from the rest because the pieces retain the organic shape of the unique stone. I love her jewels so much that I’ve rounded up a few more of my favorites for you to shop below.

SHOP MORE MARGARET ELIZABETH JEWELRY

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When it came to finding the look for my bridesmaids I thought of two things: 1. I wanted them to look like bombshells (it was a NYE wedding after all!) 2. I wanted to both tie in both of my colors: gold and Cinderella blue. I debated whether to do Cinderella blue dresses or gold, but when I found these amazing gold sequin dresses from Rent the Runway, the decision was made for me. I HIGHLY recommend considering renting your bridesmaids gowns from Rent The Runway – they will send each girl 2 sizes, so with that many dresses, you’re sure to have lots of sizing options. Also, most of their gowns come in petite, regular and tall sizes, so there are endless options. All of my girls absolutely adored their dresses and got to rock a $650 gown for just $90 – not so bad, ehhh? After the dresses were decided, I knew I wanted to find an earring to add that Cinderella blue pop without taking away from the elegance of the dress. When I stumbled upon these drop earrings featuring the perfect Cinderella blue stone, I knew they would be the perfect way to incorporate the pop of color.

For my house party girls, I knew I wanted them to also be a huge part of the day and part and walk down the aisle as a part of the ceremony too, so I wanted them to have matching dresses as well. I found the most stunning blue gowns with a pop of gold on the skirt and knew it was the one for them. Not only was it so flattering, it was absolutely gorgeous on each and every one of them and their dresses looked so good next to the bridesmaids gold dresses. I also found their dresses for a fraction of the price at Rent The Runway and I added a little sparkle with Kendra Scott Alex Earrings.

I was extremely happy with the dresses I selected for my bridal party and knew they were too thanks to the gorgeous fit and amazingly low prices. Keep scrolling down to enter to win $350 of Margaret Elizabeth jewelry and stay tuned for an upcoming post on all the little details and the story behind my two wedding dresses.

 

**photography by Matt and Julie Weddings.

SHOP THE BRIDAL PARTY LOOKS

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Badgley Mischka Glitz Gown via Rent the Runway  //  HOUSE PARTY DRESSES: ERIN Erin Fetherson Mint Mosaic Maxi Dress via Rent The Runway  //  BRIDESMAIDS EARRINGS: Margaret Elizabeth Two Stone Drop Earrings  //  HOUSE PARTY EARRINGS: Kendra Scott Alex Earrings in White Mother-of-Pearl

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE!

Fair-well xx,

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VANDI GOES GREEN – OUR WEDDING

**video by Take 4 Films, music courtesy of Disney.

To watch the video full-screen, simply click here and then hit the square icon on the bottom right corner of the video.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been just over five months since I said I do to my very own prince charming (it’s true – just scroll to the bottom of this post to see how he surprised me with a Cinderella moment on our wedding day!) on what was hands down the very best day of our lives. I’ve been anxiously awaiting to share details from the big day, but I simply couldn’t until the incredible video by Take 4 Films was finished, because it’s simply magical and captures the emotion, vision and overall feels of our wedding just perfectly. The video is by far my most treasured takeaway from our wedding day and I am thankful beyond words for Hunter and his amazing team from Take 4 Films for putting it together. Click play above to watch the video and keep scrolling down to see photos from the big day (there’s a lot – be forewarned) and learn a little more about our wedding day.

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December 31st, 2015 was an absolute fairytale. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate me and Cole’s first day as husband and wife. I decided to plan the wedding myself (and had a month-of coordinator, who was a life-saver), so while the planning was  a bit stressful, it was absolutely worth it (and I’ll be sharing a post on all the things I learned from wedding planning soon). The morning after the wedding when I had a few moments alone in our hotel room before we left, I started crying tears of pure happiness and joy. I’d dreamt about the man I’d meet at the end of the end of the aisle and my wedding day since I was a little girl, and it was far beyond anything I could have ever dreamt up (and I was a very imaginative child, for the record).

I’ve already done a little post about the New Year’s Eve Cinderella-inspiration for our wedding, which you can see here, so I’ll let that post and the 1,000 photos above do the talking for the overall theme and feel of the wedding. One of the things I loved most about our wedding is that Cole and I were truly able to take everything in. Cole and I had both heard and been to so many weddings where the bride and groom seem so busy that they never really get to live in the moment and enjoy their wedding, so Cole and I promised each other that we would make a point to get all of the traditions, talking and photo-taking out of the way and spend the rest of the night partying on the dance floor. And so we did! It also helped that since it was a NYE wedding, the party went on until nearly 1:00am.

When Cole and I started talking about planning, our number one priority was that our guests would have the time of their lives, because we knew that would in turn fill us with immeasurable joy. For us, that meant finding an incredible band, and I cannot say enough about how incredible Memphis Soul was. The 8-piece band played music that everyone could enjoy and I don’t think there was a person left in their seat by the end of the night. Both during the wedding and after, we had so many people come up to tell us how much fun they were having. I actually had one person bring me to the back of the dance floor and whisper in my ear, “Lauren, look how much fun people are having at your wedding”. It’s moments like those where I was actually able to take a step back and take it all in that I am so thankful for.

There were a few surprises that Cole had up his sleeve for me at the wedding that added to our Cinderella theme (which he sometimes questioned as we were planned). As we walked out of the church to head to the reception, a horse drawn carriage was waiting for me, but that wasn’t all. As he was taking off my garter, he brought out a pair of Cinderella-style silver, sparkly Christian Louboutin pumps and placed them on my feet (my first pair ever!) It was such a special moment.

A few other things that stand out to me on my wedding day – my little sister’s incredibly sweet speech that brought me to tears (you can catch a lot of it in the video at the top of this post). Dancing with my dad to the Stephen Curtis Chapman song “Cinderella” – “I will dance will Cinderella[…]’cause sooner of later the clock will strike midnight” – I mean could there be a more perfect song for a Cinderella-inspired NYE wedding? And last, counting down to 2016 with my family and all my best friends by my side. It was the most wonderful night of our life filled with more love and happiness than a girl could ever dream of. A huge thank you to all of the amazing vendors and all of our family and friends who brought our fairytale to life.

PS – stay tuned next week for a giveaway you don’t want to miss + details on my amazing, custom dress by Third and Loom.

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VENDORS

VIDEOGRAPHERS: Take 4 Studios

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Matt and Julie Weddings

CEREMONY VENUE: First United Methodist Dallas

RECEPTION VENUE: Sheraton Dallas

BAND: Memphis Soul

FLOWERS: Eubank Florists

CAKES: The Butterfly Cake Factory

COORDINATOR: Allison Lewallyn

PHOTOBOOTH: Jared Rey Photography

THE LOOK

MY RECEPTION/PRE-CEREMONY DRESS: Third and Loom  //  MY CEREMONY DRESS: Watters  //  BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Badgley Mischka via Rent the Runway  //  HOUSE PARTY DRESSES: similar Rent The Runway //  MY EARRINGS  //  BRIDESMAIDS EARRINGS: Margaret Elizabeth  //  HOUSE PARTY JEWELRY: Kendra Scott  //   MY ROBE  //  BRIDESMAIDS ROBES  //  HOUSE PARTY ROBES: Lavendar and Lemons  //  BRIDAL PARTY DISNEY TANKS

Fair-well xx,

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12 TIPS ON PLANNING A GIRL’S TRIP TO DISNEY WORLD

12 tips on planning a girls trip to disney world

SHOP THE DISNEY BACHELORETTE ESSENTIALS

Thinking about planning a girls trip or bachelorette trip to a Disney World? First of all, DO IT! Disney World is not just for kids and I guarantee you if you take your besties there, you will have the most memorable experience of a lifetime (trust me, I know from experience).

You may (or may not) be surprised to know that one of the most common questions I’m asked is on that very topic. After doing hours upon hours of research to plan my own Walt Disney World bachelorette trip last summer (as well as a recent girl’s trip for my sister and I and a RunDisney trip for my family), I’ve taken the very best of what I’ve learned and put it all together to help you make your vacation extra magical.

Click on the read more button below to read all 12 tips + see the video I put together from the trip.

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OUR CINDERELLA-INSPIRED WEDDING

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**photography by Matt and Julie Weddings

MY DISNEY WORLD BACHELORETTE PARTY

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One of the things I haven’t yet shared on the blog yet is photos from my dream bachelorette party. My bachelorette party was a weekend spent at the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World. I felt so lucky that 14 of my very best friends in the world came to my favorite place in the world, and it will probably go down as my favorite Disney Parks trip ever! I had tanks made for each of them that featured their princess (or fairy – I chose Disney fairies for each of my house party girls!) and made restaurant reservations at magical places like Be Our Guest and fast pass reservations for all of the best rides and shows. Thanks to a tightly scheduled itinerary (which we all wore in lanyards around our necks), we were able to enjoyed all four parks in just two days, and we made memories that I will certainly cherish for a lifetime!

To see more from my magical Disney bachelorette party, check out this video I made from the trip!

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