Classic Romance: David + Paige

By October 8, 2014 2+7 Weddings, Real Weddings

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Friends and family gathered from all over the country to see David and Paige get married in the chapel at Ashton Gardens in Atlanta. We had a chance to chat with Paige about her favorite parts of her wedding, tips to share and a few funny experiences along the way!

Our Love Story

I met David when I was only 20 years old, David at the time was working for the sheriff’s office in Valdosta and I was a sophomore in college. He had just moved from Athens to Valdosta, and came over to hang out with my roommate when he noticed me, and began to immediately pursue me. We dated in Valdosta, Atlanta, and than I followed him to Dallas, Texas where we got engaged in May 2013. From May 2013 to May 2014, I was planning the entire wedding from Dallas relying on trips back and forth with the help of my family and friends. Fun fact, David never saw the venue until our wedding day.

The Wedding

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What was your favorite part of the wedding? 

I loved the photographer, and the cake. I wouldn’t change anything about the things that I chose. I think my absolute favorite thing was the string quartet for the ceremony. They really created a special environment.

Tips for preventing stress during your planning process? 

  • Do any DIY things at least one month out.
  • Do not leave for the honeymoon the very next morning.
  • Do not do your wedding invitations yourself. I did and I would never do that again. Leave those things up to the professionals!

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Advice: Let’s get real..

  • We got pulled over on the way to the wedding.
  • Don’t invite too many people to the wedding because you won’t be able to visit with everyone.
  • On your wedding day, don’t feel the need to apologize to anyone for things not going according to plan. Stuff happens, and it’s your day so don’t feel like you owe anyone an apology, unless you’ve been a bitch lol.
  • Have sex on your wedding night regardless of how tired you are, your husband is expecting it.
  • You’re hair will take a good 30-40 mins to take out, have your man help you on the car ride to the hotel so you don’t spend time taking your hair down when you could be romping.
  • Bring cash with you on your honeymoon, when you go to these Caribbean Islands they value american dollars over their caribbean currency, and they will charge you a fee to get money from the ATM’s.

After your wedding was done, did the most important things in the beginning stay the most important at the end?

Yes! My three most important items on the list were photographer, open bar, and honeymoon. I would not have changed a thing about any of those and was happy I spent the extra money.

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The details

Photographer: Sarah Esther

Ceremony Venue – Ashton Gardens

Wedding Cake – The Baking Grounds

Florist – Abby’s Floral Designs

DJ - DJ Josh Whitlock

Dress- Casa Blanca 2048

Paper Goods – I made all the invitations and wedding paper goods including table numbers, Thank you’s to the guests with our monogram, and wishes for the bride and groom

Bridesmaid Dress - Jill Jill Stuart Cutout Front Silk Chiffon Halter Gown, Color: SEA BREEZE, Style: 681683

Hair – Joi Petty

Engagement photographer: Merari Teruel

Honeymoon-Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Transportation – Signature 1 Transportation

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Engagement Sessions That Make Us Feel the Love

By September 29, 2014 2+7 Weddings

On average, I like only about 1% of engagement picture sessions. I know it seems critical, but it all seems to have gotten so cheesy. The posing, locations, extravagant props that make no sense (piano in the middle of a field). Engagement pictures are suppose to capture your love, right? I have come across a few couples and photographers that did it right and had to share for the sake of all brides-to-be everywhere.

An all day love affair

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The Glamourai/An all day love affair/Photographs by Nick Onken

A heady dose of love….watch this video.

Atlanta Engagement Session

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Photos by Haley Sheffield

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Keeping Tradition: Alysha + John

By September 22, 2014 2+7 Weddings, Real Weddings

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Today’s real wedding is with love birds Alysha and John. These two made sure their wedding and love story was all about tradition, family and love for each other. Incorporating a bit of their hometowns and each wearing “something borrowed” pieces makes this wedding an exciting story to tell! Big thanks to photographer Haley Sheffield who shared her gorgeous capture of this romantic wedding.

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Our Love Story

Most people are surprised to hear that John and I met on a blind date. John was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and I am an Atlanta Native. John went to Washington & Lee in Virginia for undergrad and I went to Auburn University. Seems unlikely that our two paths would ever cross, however, John’s profession brought him to Atlanta where he was completing a 5 year surgical residency and I headed home after college to teach. A few years later, is when fate set in. Our first official blind date, John actually canceled! Blame it on residency, we rescheduled for a few weeks later. Flash forward to our “first date”, I agreed to go on a “second” dinner date (Loca Luna in Buckhead) provided my friend Morgan (sorority sister and MOH) and her now husband James (John’s residency friend and groomsman) came along. We met at James’ Buckhead apartment before dinner where John introduced himself by shaking my hand. As silly as it may sound, that’s the moment I knew he was “the one.” The following weekend we had a whirlwind REAL first date with dinner at Agave, drinks at JCT Kitchen, and late night dancing at Northside Tavern – anyone that knows me personally, knows dancing is not my forte so friends and family knew John was a keeper just based on the fact that he got me out on a dance floor… on a first date… two years later John proposed in a helicopter over the Atlanta skyline.

The Proposal 

1238044_2405807100593_1603791305_nTHIS TIME LAST YEAR! We went down to the beach for labor day weekend and I was convinced that THIS was THE weekend. My closest college and high school friends had been texting me all weekend with “well….?” because everyone was sure that THIS HAD TO BE THE WEEKEND. Monday rolls around and we’re making the five hour trek back to Atlanta with no ring and no cool beach proposal story.

I’m pretty sure every girl who is on the brink of engagement has had this feeling at some point. 

Tuesday after labor day weekend, it was back to work for both of us and for me it meant taking my students horse back riding. Before we left for horse back riding, I received a text from John saying we had to go to dinner tonight with Dr. so and so and so and so because they were interviewing a new Dr. for a position at the hospital. Being naive, I didn’t think this sounds suspicious at all and I say ‘ok’ At the end of my school day, I receive another text saying I need to be ready at five. Reservations are at 6. I start to panic (not because I realized what was happening) but because it was 4:00pm, I had been around horses, dirt, and dust all day with my class and 5:00 would mean no shower for me. I rushed home and barely have time to wipe my self down with baby wipes and change in to a dress. I am not happy at this moment.

John picked me up promptly at five and off we go in to rush hour Atlanta traffic to pick up Dr. Dong (yes, that was his real name) for an interview dinner at Bones. John says Dr. Dong is staying in a hotel somewhere past Atlanta Med Center. I complain about the traffic and why someone else couldn’t have picked him up, blah blah…at one point John fakes a phone call to his program director to tell him we would be late for dinner, traffic was awful, and we were nowhere close to Dr. Dong’s hotel. Before I know it we are down past 6 flags and red flags (in a good way) start going off. John then says, we are not going to pick Dr. Dong up, the whole story was made up, and we’re doing something else…ensues tears because I finally figured out what was happening. We pull off in to a warehouse parking lot and I spot a helicopter! Our helicopter pilot is one of John’s good friends from the hospital. Up we go in to the helicopter…coolest thing I have ever done to this date. We flew all over Atlanta, and just as the sun was setting, John proposed!

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The Wedding

We began planning right away (with the help of Chancey Charm!) and knew that we wanted to be married in Atlanta as it holds such a special place in our hearts. The majority of our guests were coming from out of town, so we wanted our wedding weekend to also feel like a vacation for our guests. The Ritz Carlton Buckhead was an easy choice for a reception venue because of the elegant accommodations and because John had asked my father to lunch there to ask for my hand in marriage. Tradition is important to both John and I and we wanted that to resonate through the day. One of my most favorite pieces of the day was wearing my grandmother’s wedding dress from the 40′s. My mom wore it back in the 80′s and with the help of some fabulous vendors, I had the dress preserved and (slightly) redesigned for my day.

Three generations and one dress is a pretty spectacular thing!

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Advice: Let’s get real..

The day is such a blur. Everyone tells you to breath, take snapshots, enjoy every moment. The truth is everything happens so fast, it is impossible to remember to do all of those things, you’re lucky if you remember to breathe.

Budget talk – First off, have a budget. It’s difficult to know how much to spend on what but things really add up quickly. A good friend had given me the advice to focus your budget on the three things that are most important to you.(Mine were photographer, band, and food). I wish we had gotten a videographer (because the day does go by so fast, it’d be nice to look back on the parts I don’t remember) but I didn’t allocate for one in my budget. Honestly, that was one of the best pieces of advice I was given during my planning process.

Let go of control – If you’re anything like me, I wanted to be in control of my wedding 100%, but quickly learned for the sake of my sanity that was not going to happen – delegate tasks and jobs to bridesmaids and family, wedding planners were lifesaving (and in many ways $$$ saving because of their connections with other vendors). It was such a life saver having a matron of honor who was on top of her game and bridesmaids who dropped anything to help me with even the most mundane tasks (like stuffing welcome bags). My mom was a rockstar during the whole engagement process and made phone calls and emails when I was at work – let people help you!

ETSY is your best friend. Enough said. 90% of our welcome bag was done with vendors from etsy and bridesmaids gifts too.

Take dancing lessons, but don’t necessarily choreograph your first dance – made us feel so much more comfortable dancing in front of everyone because we at least knew how to do a basic step..

Incorporate things that are special to you, one of the things I loved most was being able to incorporate things that were special to John and I (i.e. my grandmother’s wedding dress, our guestbook was a map of New Orleans and Georgia, John wears his grandfather’s wedding band, John’s from New Orleans so we chose to enter our reception with a Second Line Parade led by ARG (a New Orleans wedding tradition) guest favors included a custom second line hanky to wave as we entered the ballroom, we based our menu around southern foods since we’re both from the south, just to name a few…

Wedding planners are helpful (chancey charm rocks!)

Start writing thank you notes as soon as gifts arrive and DON’T forget to write one.

A million things can go wrong on your day and all of the little details start to blur together, i.e. the day of I realized I didn’t have the blusher on my veil, we forgot the knife to cut the cake, we forgot to eat during the reception, I didn’t get to say hi to some people that I wanted to, etc…but at the end of it all, it is about you and your groom and your love for each other and that’s all that really matters!

My favorite moment of the day was walking down the aisle with my dad to the love of my life. It’s in indescribable feeling. I wish I could relive that moment everyday.

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The details

Event Design & Planning by Sarah Chancey and Marilisa Schachinger for Chancey Charm

Photographer: Haley Sheffield

Ceremony Venue - Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Venue, Catering & Wedding Cake - The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

Florist - Beth Wheeler Clatersbaugh for Stylish Stems

Lounge Furniture - Crush Event Rentals

Linens - Linen Hero

Band - Atlanta Rhythm & Groove (East Coast Entertainment)

Paper Goods - Paper Source

Calligraphy – Love, Louise Designs

Bride’s ceremony gown was worn by her grandmother in 1948, again by her mother in 1983 and preserved and restored to it’s original beauty by the Professional Cleaners of Sandy Springs and redesigned by Rodica Lazarian Couture Bridal Salon

Reception Gown - Nicole Miller

Bridesmaid Dress - Wedding Angels

Hair – Jennifer Roberts of Scandals the Hair Salon

Make Up - Samantha Reese

Transportation - Atlantic Transportation

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2+7 Weddings: Unique Wedding Gowns

By August 27, 2014 2+7 Weddings

Inspired by their own journeys to the altar (and the challenges that go with them), the two + seven team introduces 2+7 Weddings: a selection of curated content—including ideas, advice and inspiration— devoted to helping you navigate the wedding process.  We’d like to kick things off with one of the most difficult (and arguably the most important) bride-to-be tasks: finding the perfect dress that flatters your figure, your sense of style AND your budget.

Here, we’ve rounded up a few gorgeous, unique and wallet-friendly gowns sure to wow at your wedding. From vintage cuts to quirky embellishments, these white-haute frocks put all eyes on you.

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Rupp Dress ~ $550 ~ thestonecoldfox.com

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De la vega gown in white ~ $363 ~  thestonecoldfox.com

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Ines Gown ~ $700.00 ~ bhldn.com

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Ahsan Skirt ~ $1,860.00 ~ bhldn.com

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The Glenda ~ $6,800 ~ stonefoxbride.com

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Saja Wedding ~ $1500 ~ sajawedding.com

Banner image via bhldn.com

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Blog Surfing

By August 14, 2014 Fashion News

Landing on a new blog is like finding a new TV show – I can’t stop watching. Sometimes (most of the time), I get so involved in the newness of the blog that I lose sense of time. It’s almost like getting lost in someone else’s reality. Today this happened and I thought I would share a few fun and fashionable blogs that I landed on!

Sassy, colorful and unique is founder Elizabeth’s style on blog Delightfully Tacky.

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images via Delightfully Tacky

In the Frow – Beauty, fashion and a unique sense of style is the driving force behind this blogger.

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images via In the Frow

Modcloth mixed with Hello Kitty is the best way to describe Scathingly Brilliant She is a full time illustrator (my etsy shop –> flapper doodle) small business owner (my other shop –> sweet and lovely) and certified crazy cat lady.

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Images via scathingly brilliant

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2+7 Shops: Cloak & Dagger NYC

By July 10, 2014 2+7 Shops, Influencers

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After launching in 2006 as it’s own collection, Cloak & Dagger has now evolved into two kick ass boutiques in New York and a successful online shop. Both in the stores and online, Brookelynn Starne, founder of Cloak & Dagger, has curated an incredible indie cult following group of brands which cater to all price points. We had a chance to chat Brookelynn to get a bit more insight into Cloak & Dagger in today’s 2+7 Shops Q&A:

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Q&A:

Who is your customer?

They are fashion insiders that are in the know with a strong sense of personal style. They know the trends, they know the brands to know and they know how to dress. Our customers rule!

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What you look for when merchandising/choosing brands?

We are always on the hunt for fresh and exciting brands to add to our roster of amazing designers. If we wouldn’t wear it, we won’t buy it. The general style of the store is very much a reflection of who we are.

Brands you currently carry?

Karen Walker, Cameo, Sessun, Lauren Moffatt, Modern Vice, Iwona Ludgya Illesteva, Swedish Hasbeens, RGB Nail Color, Rails, Seafolly, MCMC, Worth & Worth, Jenny Bird, A Peace Treaty, Kyyote & more!

Brands you would like to carry moving forward?

Rag & Bone, Acne & Mansur Gavriel!

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Advice for new designers to stand out to store buyers/owners?

I don’t think its possible to give advice on how a designer should design. I feel they should follow what they love and the correct matches to get them into retail will follow.

Website: www.CloakAndDaggerNYC.com
Visit the Store: 441 E. 9th St NY, NY 10009 & 77B Hoyt St Brooklyn, NY 11201
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cloakndaggernyc
Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.: @cloakndaggernyc
Tumblr: http://cloakanddaggernyc.tumblr.com/

(images sourced via Cloak and Dagger)

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Happy Father’s Day! A Gift Guide For Our Favorite Guys

By June 12, 2014 Trending

Wondering what to get the old man for Father’s Day? (Hint, NOT another tie). Whether your dad is outdoorsy or more of a GQ man, finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite unique gifts that your pop won’t pass up.

Scroll through our slideshow to find a few unique ideas for dad:

Soxiety Socks, $12 soxiety.com **Promotion 20% off, free shipping and a FREE curated gift handpicked from our team added in with your purchase. Enter soxdaddy at check out!

The Homemade Gin Kit, $49.95 homemadegin.com

The Camper’s Gift Set, $50 rodales.com

Customizable InstaWatch, $44 custom.may28th.me

Small Wallet by Il Bussetto, $80 roztayger.com

Leather Duffle Travel Bag by Lotuff Leather, $1,050 roztayger.com

Main image photo credit: Fashion Echo

 

 

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Love Is….

By May 20, 2014 2+7 Weddings
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Love is…being with who you love

Love is…wearing what you love

Love is….being loved & showing love

Love is….doing what you love

Love is…finding your pair

Love is…timing

Love is…a friend

Love is…a touch, a feeling

Love is…patient and kind

Love is……

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Craft & Culture X Solestruck Lookbook

By May 8, 2014 2+7 Shops, Fashion News, Influencers
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Celebrating the change of the season, Craft & Culture recently teamed up with Solestruck to showcase the latest styles from Canada-based Strathcona Stockings in an unexpected way.

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Dare to rebel this spring by breaking one of the cardinal rules of fashion: pairing socks with sandals. The botanical prints and bright colors of Strathcona’s knee-high stockings explode against geometric shapes and bold, vibrant leather in a cutting edge new lookbook featuring selections from some of Solestruck’s favorite designers, including Acne, Miista, United Nude and more.

Photographer: Elizabeth Rudge // Stylist: Laura Cassidy // Models: Megan and Kati at TCM Models

 

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Wedding Style: Groomsmen Edition

By May 1, 2014 2+7 Weddings
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Let’s face it: as much as weddings are all about the bride, the groom (and groomsmen) are pretty essential, too! To get creative with his style, check out our tips from switching up the suits to adding fun pairs of socks.

Rock the Socks

Just because their suits match, doesn’t mean their socks have to! Let each guy flaunt his personality with a pair printed socks. We like the colorful options available at Soxiety.

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Image Credit: Pamela Lepold Photography

Fifty Shades of Suits

Have your boys suit up in different shades of the same color palette—a great way to mirror the non-matching bridesmaid trend that’s happening right now. These guys do it in grey for a fun twist that’s still devastatingly handsome. Looking for custom suit options? Visit Indochino today!

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Image Credit: Ruffled Blog

In The Details

Don’t forget guys, accessorize! A boutineer is a great way to tie the groomsmen into your wedding theme. The fresh way to flaunt it? Try lots of greenery (we’re loving the little succulents here) and simple, nature-inspired accents.

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Pattern Play

Print mixing is so of-the-moment. Incorporate this playful look into your big day with mix-and-match prints. The secret to mastering this tricky trend? Pick a neutral shirt pattern to let a crazy tie really pop.

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Festival Style For The Real World

By April 15, 2014 Street Style, Trending
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As the sun sets on Coachella, we’re left wanting to rock our festival fringe and boho baubles all summer long. But crop tops, cutoffs (and other crazy closet concoctions) are not exactly weekday staples.  Here, we’ve put together a few styles inspired by Coachella that you can sneak into your everyday wardrobe.

Fringe

Integrate this hippie-chic trim into the everyday with a fringed scarf, as seen on supermodel Adriana Ambrosio.

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Flowy Dresses

In a midi length, these free-flowing frocks can rock the nine-to-five.

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARK IANTOSCA via Refinery29

Patterns

Go bold without breaking the office dress code in modern geometrics and primary shades.

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Racked photographer Driely S.

Arm Candy

Layer on the sweetness with statement accessories that bring wow to the workday.

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Racked photographer Driely S.

Crossbody Bags

Go hands-free with a chic, structured bag in classic colors—or electric statement shades.

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 Chiara Ferragni, Chanel bag, Photographed by Leslie Kirchhoff via Vogue

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Denim Everything: Spring’s Best of the Blues

By March 21, 2014 Fashion News, Trending
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There’s some major matching going on here, and it has to do with everything blue.

Spring reinvents the Canadian tuxedo, pairing up everything from chambray shirts to the new denim mini (yes, they’re baaack). Bloomingdales.com takes the plunge into the tried-and-true trend, showing us how to style, wear and rock these blues in their Denim Fit Guide.

Now, we’re ready to go blue—are you?

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