Category Archives: Tradition

A Shot Among the Tulips {In Turkey}

When this stunning picture just about fell into my lap {well more like a friend sent it over} I knew I had to share it on OTW. Snapped by a friend of a friend in Gulhane Park in Istanbul, Turkey when they stumbled across a newlywed shoot, there is something so beautifully delicate about the bride, and the picture – and it’s not just those vibrant colors or pale pink wedding dress. As my friend ended her email to me.. how beautiful does she look surrounded by the tulips??

Happy Thursday!


Credits: Kara Peruccio

Christmas Countdown: Rehearsal Dinner Style

With Christmas Eve upon us, I thought it was only fitting for our own Christmas (wedding) countdown to do a “day before the big event” post… which leads us straight to rehearsal dinner ideas, in our case, obviously for Christmas weddings!

If you’re wedding is during the holiday season, your rehearsal dinner will be too, and there is nothing better for the wedding eve than celebrating in true Christmas fashion. Think of it like Christmas day and create it by adding lots of your own Christmas decor and touches if you’re hosting the rehearsal dinner at home or choose a restaurant where you know that Christmas will be all around you. I’m focusing on a home-hosted rehearsal dinner because decorating for the holidays is so fun and this is a way to really personalize the night before with your closest friends and family. Cater all of the food but keep calm before hand with DIY projects and decorating to make your rehearsal dinner an intimate and Christmasy affair….


Credits: Beechtree Photography, Wedding AcesLog Home, Stone Gable Blog, Abby Jiu Photography, Pinterest via Tiny White Daisies

Christmas Countdown: The Engagement Shoot

The 12th day of Christmas has arrived and today we took a few favorite Christmas engagement picture ideas to inspire the brides who may not want a Christmas wedding but could do with Christmas engagement photos! So here’s to enjoying different parts of your wedding during the Christmas holiday season!



Credits: Bippity Boppity BooBrides, Green Wedding Shoes, Floridian WeddingsStyle Me Pretty, Fairmount Photo, Bridal Guide, Grey Likes Weddings

The Classic Gown {In Traditional Lace}

As another Monday rolls around I’ve found myself back home in New York and still needing lots of pretty things to get mine and everyone elses heads up high again after a devastating last week. So today, lots more pretty in the form of my favorite type of wedding dress fabric… lace, lace and more lace! I talk about lace a lot since obviously I’m obsessed but today I’m paying tribute to the beautiful traditional lace. I’ve picked a few of my favorites; I assure you that these will make you swoon too..

From Monique Lhuillier, I adore the “Scarlet” gown (first, third and fifth photos) with a beautiful key hole back and plunging neckline. This lace is gorgeous; no sparkles needed here to make this gown shine. Another lovely Monique Lhuillier pick with small straps and a massive and beautiful lace train (second and seventh photos) is definitely a head turner. Moving onto “Kennedy” by Modern Trousseau (sixth and eighth photos), I can’t get over the incredible deep v-neck back, and lace overlay above the sweetheart neckline. For an old world look, this one beats them all. And how could I forget Jim Hjelm (forth and tenth photos) who does it again with this v-neck plunge and gracefully thick sleeveless straps… **sigh**. But one more… and this one boasts one of the prettiest backs out there, “Orange Blossom” by Claire Pettibone (ninth photo). The classic lace wedding gown only gets better with every season proving that this style will never go out of fashion.


Credits: Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty, Modern Trousseau, Style Me PrettyStyle Me Pretty, Modern Trousseau, PinterestInspiring Pretty

“Spooktacular” Ideas for a Halloween Wedding

Happy Halloween my lovely brides-to-be! To celebrate in Halloween wedding style, I wanted to keep my ideas to a Halloween minimum.. as in no witches, too many oranges or just any other over the top Halloween ideas. If you’re on the fence over a Halloween wedding (or don’t have another date to choose from), it’s time to think outside of the box as far as wedding ideas go for this holiday, because you can make your big day incredibly fashionable with the right choices.

Firstly, the venue. You don’t need to decorate it with cobwebs, but you can choose a place with “atmosphere”. I am thinking rustic is the way to go here so you have the feel but not the weird decorations. Check out ThorpeWood (first and twelfth photos) if you’re in the Maryland area! Otherwise, the rustic vibe translates easily to many wedding venues, so I promise you can find one!

Next up… food! You walk a fine line here by going overboard but still “celebrating” the holiday. I am obsessed with pumpkin ale and particularly love the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (third photo). It’s festive, but everyone has beer at their weddings so it’s a perfect substitute for the normal picks. On the dessert front, be subtle.. I adore cupcakes (as you probably know), and love our forth photo, simple chocolate cupcakes with a light peach icing. You can get playful with the dessert table, choose fun desserts in modest Halloween colors like blacks and tans (seventh photo), and spice them up with burnt orange and cream twine! For the actual table (eleventh photo), maybe steer clear of the cobwebs like this one (though they can work if done elegantly) but make the table stand out in style.

Finally the decor, I love our place cards (fifth photo), table setting (sixth photo), and of course the cupcake toppers (ninth, tenth and last photo).

Hoping you have a perfect Halloween…and lots of fun planning!


Credits: Style Me Pretty, Style Me Pretty, Modern Domestic, My Baking Addiction, Green Wedding Shoes, Bride 2 Be via Wed ShareAmy Atlas, Project Bride, Wedding Wire, Etsy, Amy AtlasStyle Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Etsy