First Glimpse at Our Wedding & What's to Come!

Happy #WeddingWednesday from the other side! Now that our wedding has come and gone, we're so excited to be going through our photos and video from our special day. Brian and I are back to work, getting the hang of married life. We sincerely appreciate everyone's well wishes and kind words! For everyone who has asked, married life is going well! It's the same... but different. :)

Since so many of you have been asking to get a little teaser of what our wedding day looked like, our videographers, Sarah + Ryan of Two Palm Films just delivered this little teaser from the wedding day and we couldn't be more excited to see the full thing! Our full length video will be shared through my partnership with Love Stories TV in the coming months. 

Yesterday on my IG stories I asked what you wanted to know specifically about the wedding. This was extremely helpful and enlightening because now I will be sharing things that you actually want to see! I've got a Google Doc saved of all of the questions that I will be answering over the next month, but here are a few:

  • all about bridesmaids: how I asked, what they wore, what they were gifted
  • decor: table scape, florals, how we incorporated our crest
  • what I did for something new, something old, something borrowed and blue
  • dress details: specifically undergarments and tailoring
  • our ceremony music and our first dance song
  • our dessert table: a more in depth look at our custom made cookies with our dog Walter painted on there & glitter donuts!
  • the food: you're after my own heart, loved how many requests we got about this!
  • the day overall: if there were any glitches, hardest part about planning, etc.
  • our incredible vendors, specifically Buffalo based

Be sure to leave a comment here or on my IG if there is anything I might've missed.
Our wedding photos will also be shared on Martha Stewart Weddings, so stay tuned for that as well! 

What do you think?! Would love to hear your thoughts!

Vendors:

Design + coordination: KCYouThere
Photographers: Colin Gordon Photography
Video: Two Palm Films
Florals: Buds and Blooms 716
Dress: Martina Liana #685 from Wedding Atelier
Veil + jewels: Sara Gabriel
Groom suit: custom Joseph Abboud tux from Men's Wearhouse
Wedding bands: Jared the Galleria of Jewelry
Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo
Bridesmaids jewelry: Sorrelli
Bridal makeup: Rosa Barney
Bridal hair & bridesmaids hair/makeup: Groom Service
Groomsmen suits: custom Joseph Abboud tux from Men's Wearhouse
Groomsmen accessories: The Tie Bar
Paper goods: For Your Party
Invitations: Minted
Dessert table: B Sweet Designs
Signage: Sweet Carolina Collective
Robes: Natori
Greenery backdrop: Buffalo Event Essentials
Neon sign: Echo Neon Studio
Photo booth: Ayers Photography
Linens: Blvd Wedding Concepts
Flatware: McCarthy Events
Table numbers: Rust Belt Love
Custom wedding crest: By Brittany Branson

Wedding Wednesday: The Perfect LWD with David's Bridal!

As I’ve been deep in the wedding planning process,  I’ve been on the hunt for EVERYTHING LWD (Little White Dress) for pre-wedding festivities. I’ve searched high and low and I haven’t been able to find many options that were high quality, unique, affordable and SIZE INCLUSIVE! This is why I’m so excited to partner up with David’s Bridal to share the little white dresses they have to offer for events surrounding the wedding. Not to mention, I am into their accessories too. They were kind enough to send my favorite dress from their collection to see how I’d style it for my upcoming wedding events.

I will link all of my outfit details in this post so you can shop directly from this page by clicking the text in bold or the product images!

Click to shop the   dress ,    purse   and   earrings  ! 

Click to shop the dress, purse and earrings

David’s Bridal is an incredible destination for casual, on trend styles at an affordable price! I was pleasantly surprised to see the variety of styles and sizes for all the events surrounding the wedding: whether it’s for an engagement party or photos, bachelorette party, bridal shower, rehearsal, honeymoon, celebrating your first anniversary - David’s Bridal offers so many options at an incredible value for every body type.

Whether you’re a bride to be or not, white dresses will always be timeless! I know I'll be wearing my LWD's long after my wedding. Switch up your accessories to keep the look fresh. You can throw on a leather or denim jacket and re-wear this dress over and over!

Here are a few other LWD’s I’m loving:

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Another reason I’m loving David’s Bridal are their accessories! They’re on trend and extremely affordable. Here is the necklace I’m wearing above as well as a few extra that I’m loving:

For anyone looking for little white dresses, definitely check out David’s Bridal for all of your bridal needs and beyond. To find a store in your area, click here. I was really impressed by their latest offerings and I think you will be too! They're affordable, great quality and size inclusive- three things that go a long way around here.   

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All photos by Ryan Kell

This post is sponsored by David’s Bridal but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wedding Wednesday: Our 6 Month Countdown

I seriously cannot believe we're more than halfway to my wedding- Brian & I got engaged in June 2017 and we're getting married in June 2018! Time has been flying by- being engaged is fun but planning a wedding is a whole different ball game. Up until this point, the wedding day has felt like a distant thought but now that the new year is here, it's time to kick wedding planning mode into high gear.  Yesterday on my Instagram and Instagram Story, I asked if you were interested in a more consistent #WeddingWednesday series! It seems like you are so I am so excited to give you some updates! For anyone who has never planned a wedding before or for anyone just curious about the planning process, here's where we're at 6 months out! I also wanted to give a shameless plug to all of my incredible vendors that I've had the privilege of working with. 

✔️Location & Date: Buffalo, NY - June 29, 2018

This was one of the first things we needed to figure out in order to set a date! We toured a few places and decided on a location and date. It will be a one stop shop, so ceremony & reception all in one place! For privacy purposes, I'd like to keep the location on the down low until after the wedding. But I cannot wait to share with you!

✔️Photographer: Colin Gordon Photography

This was one of the easiest decisions that Brian & I made, for any Buffalo brides out there looking for a photographer be sure to check out Colin and the blog post that I did on working with him!

✔️Florist: Buds & Blooms Floral Studio

My girl Delaney over at Buds & Blooms is seriously THE BEST and easiest to work with! I cannot wait to see our vision come to life

✔️Wedding Planner: KC You There

Karina has been incredible to work with! I feel incredibly grateful and lucky that we are able to work with a wedding planner to make sure everything goes smoothly. Check out the post I did on why you need to hire a wedding planner

✔️Desserts: B Sweet Designs

Marisa at B Sweet Designs is a visionary! I've never met anyone so passionate and good at desserts! I'm so excited to see what she creates for our wedding. 

sneak peak of some florals and colors we're deciding on! 

sneak peak of some florals and colors we're deciding on! 

Other things we've been able to cross off the list:

✔️Selected Our Bridal Party

✔️Got The Dress!

✔️ Booked our music

✔️Created a wedding website

✔️Created first few drafts of guest list

✔️Set up our gift registry

✔️Selected the menu at our food tasting

✔️Created our wedding website with guest information

✔️Booked hair & makeup

✔️Set up guest hotel accommodations

✔️Figured out theme/ decor

✔️Set a bridal shower date

This may seem like we have a lot done but when it comes to wedding planning, there's always SO MUCH more to do! Here's what we'll be working on within the next few months and I will definitely be able to share more with you as I do it:

🔲 Mail our Save The Date's

🔲 Cake tasting

🔲 Decide on bridal party attire

🔲 Rehearsal Dinner location

🔲 Wedding day transportation

🔲 Start planning honeymoon

🔲 Wedding rings

To any fellow brides to be out there, my biggest token of advice right now is to not take those typical "wedding schedule trackers" too seriously. They will give you heart palpitations and stress you out. Instead, use them as a rough guideline of things you'll need to do but don't stress about them too much. I've been doing my best to be positive about everything, but I won't lie- it's definitely overwhelming and stressful at times. You just have to keep reminding yourself that ideally you'll only do this once so try to enjoy it as much as possible. At the end of the day, it's about marrying your best friend and that's all that matters to me!

Many of you voted that you loved and wanted to see more wedding content, is this the kind of stuff you want to see? If not, leave some suggestions below in the comments! 

Caralyn & Martha: A New Friendship Breaking Boundaries

If you haven't already heard, I've had the privilege of partnering up with Martha Stewart Weddings to share my wedding journey! It's been a few weeks since the first Martha Stewart Weddings post has gone live but it's extremely important for me to talk to you, my people, about why this partnership is so important to not only me, but the plus size community.

Photo by Jenny Fu

Photo by Jenny Fu

When I first started working on this back in October, it didn't feel real. I couldn't believe that they agreed to have me on board as a monthly contributor! I still have a hard time processing that I'm getting married, it just all feels so surreal sometimes. It's almost like an out-of-body experience– like I'm watching someone else's life unfold! Nonetheless, I do not take this opportunity lightly. Not only is it a chance to share my wedding journey, but it's a chance for a plus-size/ curvy / full-figured / whatever you want to call me, woman to bridge the gap. My question to you: when's the last time you saw a curvy bride publicized in any sort of mainstream media? To be honest, I can count on two fingers over the last 5 years. 

My dream for this project is to be a plus size bridal warrior, connecting the gap between the straight (smaller) size and plus size bridal industry. When I first signed on with them, I selfishly wanted to create content that was strictly for the plus size bride- because as a new bride-to-be, none of the content out there was aimed at me. However, I quickly learned as I began writing that the trials and tribulations of being a bride are not exclusive to a size or body type. Sure, we may have different issues on different sides of the spectrum but I think we can all agree that we're not immune to being self-conscious about our bodies. I also don't think being exclusive ever really gets you ahead, so that's why I've decided to focus on SIZE INCLUSIVITY. 

As a full size 14, I'm placed right in the middle when it comes to women's sizing. I represent the AVERAGE size woman in America. I'm just at the beginning of the plus size range, which can be a challenge since it's hard to find clothing at plus size stores that fit me and hard to find clothes in straight size stores. But what doesn't hurt you, only makes you stronger, and I think this gives me a great perspective when it comes to discussing size inclusivity. I've felt the good and bad from both sides.  And for this reason, I'm excited to continue this journey with Martha Stewart Weddings and serve as the ambassador for all women out there who have dealt with shopping  for wedding dresses! I appreciate all of the support during this exciting time!

Special thanks to my wedding planner, Karina Lopez from KC You There for making this possible. And shout out to my future groom for not only making me a future bride but also believing in this process of documenting our wedding journey! 

Photo by Jenny Fu

Photo by Jenny Fu

To shop my and Karina's outfit, shop above by clicking on the image!

Thanks to Jenny Fu for all of the photos! 

Bridal Fashion Week: Exclusive Look at Paloma Blanca

Calling all brides to be! Or anyone who loves bridal gowns- this one is for you! I'm excited to share a behind the scenes look at my trip to Bridal Fashion Week in partnership with Paloma Blanca. This was my first time being involved with Bridal Fashion Week and it was incredible! Planning my own wedding has ignited a true passion around all things bridal- especially dresses. I just LOVE looking at how many different versions of white gowns there are. That's why I've teamed up with BRIDES Magazine to show you a sneak peek of Paloma Blanca's Spring 2018 collection. Dress shown below is style #4792.

Paloma Blanca has been a recognized and trusted name in the Bridal Industry since 1937. As the success of their company has grown, their commitment to brides and retailers has far exceeded industry standards. Paloma Blanca takes great pride and care in the design and creation of each individual gown from their own manufacturing facility in Toronto, Canada. Basically our neighbor, fellow Buffalo girls!

I had the opportunity to check out some of their dresses that they were debuting exclusively at Bridal Fashion Week, I chose three of my favorites to show you all! Be sure to visit their site if you are interested in making an appointment with them. They will without a doubt set you up with an incredible dress! 

Dress #1: 4787

I just love the silhouette on the one below. It has a perfect mix of simplicity and detail. I have always found myself gravitating towards a plunging V neckline, its perfect balance of sophisticated and sexy. The nude mesh paneling underneath the lace gives a hint of modesty while still keeping the dress structured. The drop band at the waistline is extremely flattering for those ladies with a pronounced lower waist like I do!

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Dress #2: 4784

This dress immediately caught my eye as soon as I arrived. I haven't seen anything like this, I believe they call this a modern lace. It just has a perfect balance of sweet, playful and sophisticated. This dress actually makes me envision this bride running through a field of green! It's just so whimsical and fun, perfect for an outdoor wedding. I also adore the matching flower lace veil. Its simplicity is a perfect balance to the dress.

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Dress #3: 4795

That racerback though! I just love the uniqueness of this one- it's sporty, girly and chic! If you think about it, the back of your dress is what people see for the first hour of its public existence at your ceremony. Why not make a statement in this eyelash lace back? From the beautiful lace to the beaded belt, this one is such a showstopper. 

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Paloma Blanca truly has something for every bride! Whether you're into lace, florals or beading- they've done a great job at giving their customers a little bit of everything. I was extremely impressed with the intricate detailing on each gown. To try on your very own Paloma Blanca gown, check out the Bridal Shop Locator here!  I had an incredible time viewing the Spring 2018 collection. Thank you to Brides Magazine for making this possible! To any of my upcoming brides, if you haven't bought your dress yet- you should consider a Paloma Blanca! 

This post was sponsored by Paloma Blanca and BRIDES Magazine.
All thoughts, opinions and experiences are my own.