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Seaside Engagement Session at Crane Beach

Around these parts she’s known as our LBB extraordinaire, but today our dear Melissa - also the voice behind Yours Truly - is sharing a look inside her very own engagement. It’s a day at the sea made for two captured by Rebecca Yale, and the images that follow are unbelievably gorgeous. Read on for the Groom-to-be’s proposal recap, and peek back as Melissa talks invites with Wedding Paper Divas!

From Rebecca Yale PortraitsI was so incredibly honored when Melissa asked me to photograph her engagement! We shot on the gorgeous Crane Beach on one of the last beautiful warm days of summer as the sun set behind us and turned the sky and ocean around us the most beautiful shade of pink. Melissa and Shawn were such a pleasure to photograph! I adore engagement sessions because they are such a wonderful opportunity to capture some real moments of this unique time in your life of being young and in love and just being yourselves. Melissa and Shawn could not have been more genuinely in love and they were so sweet with each other the whole shoot, which makes my job so fun – and hello supermodel alert – I felt like I was on a fashion shoot on the beach with these two stunners! We were having so much fun we shot every inch of available light as the sun set around us, and luckily didn’t get in too much trouble for staying out on the sand after dark, because I just couldn’t stop shooting these two!

From the Groom-to-be… After dating Melissa for 8 years, I decided it was time for me to buck up and finally ask the woman that I so dearly adore to finally do the honor of marrying me. So first things first, I started backwards planning on how I was going to pull it all off.

Since we’re both scuba divers, I thought it would be amazing to propose underwater. We both love the ocean, we live only a couple miles from our local beach and in the summer, we’re usually on our boat when we have free time. The first gift I ever gave her was the conch shell we included in our engagement photos that I found while scuba diving in Turks & Caicos for my marine biology course in college. So it only seemed fitting to do it by the water.

With my parents having recently retired near Palm Beach in Florida, I planned a getaway to visit them and everything was set. I had my father do a recon of the best dive shop in the area prior to our arrival, to say the least, but unfortunately the rough seas that week didn’t cooperate, so I had to switch to plan B.

My parents took us to see The Breakers and my mother recommended to propose in the botanical garden, which was beautiful, but it didn’t feel quite like us, so I held off and waited to take her to a secluded area of Delray Beach we had planned to visit the next day. We found a quiet little cabana and within five minutes of setting up our spot, I asked “Melissa, will you marry me?”. You should have seen her face—she never saw it coming. It was perfect, tears of joy, and an absolute “Yes” with a hug and a kiss followed by a celebratory piña colada at a fun tiki bar across the street called The Sandbar.

Photography: Rebecca Yale | Floral Design: Yours Truly | Hair & Makeup: LuxeBar | Blush Pink Dress: Revolve Clothing | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Crane Beach | Print: Julie Song Ink | White Sundress: Nordstrom

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Glamorous Boca Raton Courtyard Wedding

Oh, to be a guest at this Boca Raton wedding. To experience a day filled with seamless details and old world charm, all nestled in the stunning courtyard of The Addison. Of course, soaking in the florals by Xquisite Events and that Momofuku Milk Bar cake wouldn’t hurt one bit, either. Luckily Kallima Photography captured the whole affair and I can live vicariously in the full gallery here.

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From Kallima PhotographyColette and Josh were married outdoors in the courtyard of The Addison. We spent hours photographing them at the Boca Resort and Spa, where they prepared for the day, and did their first look. Trolley’s took guests from the hotel to the venue a mile down the road.

The bride wore a BHLDN wedding gown, and the groom wore a custom one-off suit. Bridesmaids were dressed in various shades of gold and bronze. The reception was full of eye candy. Everything from the wood farm tables draped with seeded eucalyptus, to the signature drink adorned with a gold pom pom stirrer. The Bride carried a heirloom gold sparkle clutch, and the couple had a signature perfume made for them to wear on their wedding day.

The Groom works for Barney’s New York and has impeccable style. These two are a power couple and had friends come from near and far to their gorgeous outdoor wedding at The Addison in Boca Raton Florida. Xquisite provided the florals and event design, and really outdid themselves. The chuppah was covered with seeded eucalyptus, green moss, and roses placed throughout, with white drapery hanging loosely over the edges. Succulents, Anemones, Craspedia and Dusty Miller were on the reception tables. The first dance was held on the stone dance floor underneath twinkling lights. The Bride opted to change out of her stunning and delicate BHLDN gown halfway through the reception, putting on a flirty Cynthia Steffe shift dress. The gorgeous ‘naked’ cake was flanked by a pistachio cake from Momofuku Milk Bar NYC that was to die for.

Photography: Kallima Photography | Floral Design: Xquisite Events | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar NYC | Invitations: Banshee Press | Ceremony Venue: The Addison | Reception Venue: The Addison | Bride's Shoes: Nine West | Jewelry: Jennifer Meyer | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Madewell | Hair And Makeup: Jennifer Cruz | Lighting: Frost | DJ: Elegant Occasions | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groom's Shoes: Dolce And Gabbana | Bow Tie: Cordial Weddings | Bride's Earrings: Vintage Polo | Bride's Reception Dress: Cynthia Steffe | Coordination: Creative Touch | Custom Perfume: Ann Gottlieb | Custom Tote Bags: Creative Touch Party Design | Groom's Bow Tie: Cordial Weddings | Preparation: Boca Raton Resort & Club | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys

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Blogger Bride Devon Rachel’s Wedding

Over the past year, we’ve had a front-row seat as our dear blogger bride Devon Rachel planned her big day. From proposal to dress shopping, engagement shoot and every moment in between, we’ve grown to feel so a part of her planning journey and believe it or not, the big reveal is finally here. It’s a day for the (modern) storybooks, and thanks to the work of Jana Williams and Candlelight Films we get an inside look. Read on for the day in sweet Devon’s words!

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From Devon RachelDevon from DevonRachel.com here with some rather exciting news: I said I Do! Chandler and I tied the knot. It was such an honor to take you along on the journey of planning as the first Style Me Pretty Blogger Bride. And after a whirlwind of newlywed bliss, I’m overjoyed to bring you a piece of our big day.

With our wedding, we wanted to mix traditional and non-traditional elements. I fell in love with the Joule Hotel because it fit my taste for modern yet livable décor with an LA vibe. I felt like the hotel suited us; we’re part Texas and a dash of California. The ceremony was held on the roof of the Joule Hotel where two floral archways complete with ombre rose petals lined the aisle. I purposely didn’t take a peek of the décor (and you know I wanted to!) before and I’m so glad I didn’t. I was overwhelmed with joy when I walked down the aisle and was in awe of how great Bella Flora did with the flowers.

Remember my “How to Choose Wedding Flowers” post? Well, our ceremony and reception were decked in beautiful blooms. I wanted guests to feel like they walked into a secret garden – and I think we achieved that! My bouquet was a very whimsical mix of gorgeous pink, peach, and white flowers. My sweet bridesmaids looked unbelievable in their different Amsale gowns. I chose three different colors as well – I really wanted to be unique with the styling and I was so pleased!

For my bridal look, I wanted to feel like a modern day Brigitte Bardot and I feel like we achieved that with my dress, makeup and hair. My first dress (flashback to that first Dress Shopping post) is by Oscar de la Renta and it was not originally a one-shoulder gown. I had them remove one side to really showcase the bow and it was so perfect for me. Can we talk about that huge bow? It makes my heart pitter-patter. I teamed up with Blushington and Dry Bar to do mine, my bridesmaids and both mother’s hair and makeup. It was such a fun time having both teams in our hotel room. They made everyone look and feel so amazing, just like in our Bachelorette Celebration post!

For the reception, we chose to bring in my love of black and white stripes to the menus and chairs at the head table. Floral runners lined each table next to candles and beautiful gold-rimmed glassware. Since I was a little girl, I dreamt of having a vintage Rolls Royce to take us away and a black and white checkerboard dance floor. I was so unbelievably happy to see both of these dreams come to life. And the flowers adorning the back of the car were just cherries on top of an amazing night.

Dancing has always and will always be important to us, so we wanted our guests to have plenty of room and great music to dance to. I have to say, our band, Limelight, completely blew us away. They brought the house down and we danced all night! Everyone had a great time and that’s what we wanted. Right outside the ceremony, mirrored tables housed my non-traditional guestbook: Vogue Weddings. Guests signed on each beautiful artistic page of the gorgeous coffee table book. We now display the book in our home and I love taking a moment to look through. We are incredibly fortunate to have such amazing love stories to look up to in our family. I wanted to showcase and celebrate the love over the years, so we placed black and white photos of our grandparents and parents’ wedding days on a mirrored table outside the ceremony.

I cannot explain the feeling of overwhelming of love I felt walking down the aisle. I walked arm in arm with my sweet father as I watched my husband to be cry tears of joy. I did not expect him to cry! I truly believe Chandler and I are soul mates and I am so thankful for him. In that moment, we made the most important commitment of our lives: to each other. It was so special! I thank everyone involved for making it happen.

I hope you enjoyed these moments from our wedding! It was truly the best day of my life and I am overjoyed to share it with all of you.

xoxo, Devon Rachel

Photography: Jana Williams Photography | Videographer: Candlelight Films | Floral Design: Bella Flora Of Dallas | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Dallas Affaires Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Make Up: Blushington | Hair: Dry Bar | Lighting: Absolute Lighting | Band: Limelight | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Serenata Strings | Bride's Jewelry: Givenchy | Bridesmaid's Flats: Yosi Samra | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Francesca's Collections | Calligraphy : Blue Eye Brown Eye | Ceremony And Recepetion Venue: The Joule Dallas | Come Away With Me Sign: Southern Fried Paper | Cookies: Shop The Wisk | Cotton Candy Bar: FluffPop | Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floor | Decor And Rentals: Bella Flora Of Dallas | Departure Car: Romantic Remembrances | Flower Girl Baskets: BHLDN | Getting Ready Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Invitation And Day Of Stationary : Blue Eye Brown Eye | Linens: La Tavola | Mother Of Bride Dress: Teri Jon | Photo Strips: Randal Stout Entertainment | Planning: Bella Flora Of Dallas | Planning/Styling: Devon Rachel | Reception Gown: Nardos Imam | Rentals: Top Tier Staffing And Events | Rentals: Ducky Bob's | Save The Date Stationary: Chips And Salsa | Sketch Entertainment: The Original Buttsketch | Toasting Glasses, Cake Knife And Cutter: BHLDN

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Date Night In with Target Registry!

To be totally honest, my husband and I would take a fancy date night IN any day of the week. Seriously – pretty place settings, a couple candles, and a homemade meal is all it takes. And as the weather gets cooler and the mood gets cozier, it’s the ultimate time of year to plan your own. A Target Registry has all the products for that perfect night in, and we’re breaking down the steps to pull it off in a cinch.

It’s simple, really. Start by prepping your chicken in a crockpot beforehand, and assemble this Parmesan Arugula Salad that’s equal parts easy and delicious. Throw on a cute apron (a registry must!) and let your other half handle whipping up dessert. Don’t forget to gussy up the table with decor that speaks to the season, and you’ve got a night that’s one for the books!

Now that you’ve got the game-plan, it’s time to pick a night and make it happen. A registry from Target means you’ll have everything you need to start your newlywed life and a date night in is only the beginning!

Target Products, Kitchen: 1. Crock-Pot Programmable 6 Quart Slow Cooker | 2. Bamboo 3-piece Salad Set | 3. Threshold Tiered Apron – Orange | 4. KitchenAid Ultra Power 4.5 Quart Stand Mixer | 5. The Wine Enthusiast Visual Decanter – 48-oz. & Rolf Glass Spiral Stemless Red Wine Glass Set of 4 – 21 oz

Table: 1. MudHut Zig Zag Napkin Set of 4| 2. Vintage Pearl Candle Stand – White | 3. Towle Living Forged Luxor 42 Piece Flatware Set | 4. Threshold Table Runner – Neutral | 5. Nate Berkus Textured Diamond 16-Piece Dinnerware Set – White | 6. Threshold Decorative Pumpkin Figurine – White |  7. SONOS PLAY: 1 Wireless HiFi System – White | 8. Barnacle Vase – Chrome 10″ by Torre & Tagus | 9. Philips Warm White LED Beaded Branch Twig Stakes (3 Count)


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