Monday, June 22, 2015

Wedding Recap Part 3: The Venue

We got married at the beautiful Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI. When Kyle and I were first discussing potential venues, he told me that he wanted to be by the water whereas I wanted a garden venue, so we both set out looking for places that incorporated both of these elements. At pretty much the same time, we both sent each other the link to Castle Hill and knew we had to go check it out. When we went to visit, we knew we wanted to get married in May 2015 (as this would mark 10 years together) and THANKFULLY a few days after our visit, one of the coordinators called us to let us know Saturday, May 9th was now available (some crazy couple backed out of the date) so we jumped on it right away (#meanttobe)! 

The floral arrangements on this arch were the talk of the night! Joyce at Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design literally killed it with the flowers. 

We ended up re-purposing a lot of the floral arrangements, which I can't recommend enough to those of you who are trying to keep the cost down while still having your wedding vision come to life. The arrangements hanging from the ceremony chairs (below) and the large clouds of baby's breath (above) were re-purposed to the head table after the ceremony!  The baby's breath was originally just going to be for the head table, but at the last minute, we decided we needed something at the beginning of the aisle so we just rented two large silver vessels and had the baby's breath sit in there. Post ceremony, the baby's breath was moved into the gold vessels already set up on the table (see pictures below)! The smaller arrangements from the chairs were then used as fillers in between the large baby's breath arrangements. 

In lieu of a guestbook, we decided to have our guests sign the matte frame around this beautiful map of Newport. I can't wait to have a place where we can hang this beauty up in! 

(map purchased at

Kyle's aunt is a chocolatier and made our favors for us! All different style lighthouses in dark and white chocolate.  

My ultimate goal was to have a warm and inviting space that incorporated a little glamour (you know I love me some sparkle)! With my color palette of pale pink, ivory, and gold, I think that mood was set perfectly and with the market lights strung up on the top of tent, it really made the place come alive. To me, it warmed the tent up and was just the overall perfect added touch!

I still can't get over how foggy it was! One minute the skies were clear and the next, the fog rolled in and decided to say. 

Most of the detail items I bought for the wedding were shops on Etsy. After planning our wedding, I don't know how people planned anything on a budget prior to Etsy! I  lucked out and was not disappointed by anything, so I've outlined all the shops below:

Mr & Mrs Signs - ZCreate Design
Mason Jars - The Retro Redhead 
Paper Straws - Pop Up Parties Shop
Place Card Holders - Graceful Events 
Find Your Seat / Love Is Sweet / Cards & Gifts signs - Sweet Peony Press 
Trust Me You Can Dance and wedding hashtag signs - Keep Life Simple Design 
Frames - TJ Maxx
Cake Topper - Deighan Design 
Table Numbers - Blessed Blondies 

Other items bought via Etsy but not shown in these pictures:

Writing these posts and looking through all the pictures just makes me miss our wedding day so so much. I wish we could go back in time and relive that day over and over again! I hope you enjoyed all of the pictures and please feel free to email or comment with any wedding related questions/comments you may have!

Xo, MacKenzie 

*all photography by the amazing Ruth Eileen Photography 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer Sunnies

(from right to left)
Ray-Ban Classic Wayfarer (their a classic for a reason people!) // Prada Cat's-Eye Sunglasses

Summer is here folks!! Well, I know not technically (only a few more days!), but let's be honest, this heat and humidity is real and that means it's summer. It's time to get your sunnies, bathing suits, and a good book ready and get your butt to the beach. 

 A cute pair of sunnies is a MUST have for the summer season (and really all year round)! A fun mirrored pair is always a good idea and I have a few listed above that are in all price points! I'm also one for investing in a new pair of sunnies once a year or so! I wear my Karen Walker Number Ones pretty much all the time (best money I've spent in a while)! I've been eyeing Prada's new cat eye sunnies (pictured above) for a while, but I also REALLY love the Illesteva Mirrored sunnies (also pictured above) because they incorporate the mirrored trend and tortoiseshell (my fav)!

Ugh... which to choose?! Stay tuned to see :)

XO, MacKenzie 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wedding Recap Part 2: The Details

Valentino Rockstud flats (purchased on Farfetch)

Something Borrowed - my mom's beautiful citrine and diamond cocktail ring 
Something Old - my grandmother's wedding band that my mom handed down to me. It's so special to me as my grandmother is no longer with us. I wear it everyday in between my wedding band and engagement ring. 

My Something Blue was this amazing Kate Spade book clutch  

I couldn't have loved my girl's dresses anymore! We bought them at a variety of department stores last spring (best time to buy was during prom season because there's a wide variety of dresses available!). 

My dress is by Amsale (the "Dahlia" gown). This was probably the 12th dress I had tried on and as soon as the nice sales woman helped me into it, I immediately had butterflies in my stomach and started to cry. That feeling of just knowing was so true for me! It was the perfect mix of classic and still a bit fashion forward. I'm always super drawn to texture so the bottom of this dress was pretty perfect for me, as it really added a punch without needing any embellishments. I did add a little beading to the dress to better define my waist though. I did this by purchasing two belts (the beading was amazing but the actual belt itself was this awful elastic material) and having the beading removed from the original belt and sewn onto the sash of my dress. It all came together so perfectly! 

I wore Oscar de la Renta tassel earrings for the big day and then switched into these cutesy Kate Spade "Mrs" earrings during the reception (my earlobes were killing me by this point!!) that one of my bridesmaids gave me! 

My gorgeous peony bouquet. 

Kyle gave all of his groomsmen customize hockey sticks. 

Xo, MacKenzie

All photography by the amazing Ruth Eileen Photography 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Wedding Recap Part 1

Our wedding was the best day ever! Now I know every couple says that, but it's definitely fair to say that it is truly your best day ever. How often do you get all dolled up and have your closest friends and family surrounding you as you vow to love, honor, and cherish your other half? The answer: only once (most of the time hah)! 

As I look through all of our photos, it's evident that we couldn't stop smiling the whole day. I can't even tell you how many pictures we have of me with the cheesiest, biggest grin on my face where my eyes disappear from getting all squinty and my mouth is just full on out there for the world to see. While this doesn't always relay to the greatest pictures, I wouldn't have it any other way. I can say I've never been happier in my entire life. I love Kyle more than anything in this world and am just so excited to be his wife! 

I can't wait to share more pictures with you guys from our big day! Be sure to check back in the next couple of days for more photos of the venue, decor, and little details! 

As you can probably tell from these photos, the fog rolled in BIG TIME and just decided to stick around. The harbor and Newport Bridge are directly behind us and you can't even tell!! While the fog was seriously an unfortunate situation for my hair - hello, frizz and bye bye curls :( :( - it did make for some seriously romantic and mysterious pictures! Since the fog was so bad, all the boats in the harbor couldn't see anything either and they kept blowing their foghorns! It was kind of hysterical because at anytime during the ceremony when it was starting to get all sappy and serious (i.e. MY VOWS!!!), the foghorns kept going off! All we could do was laugh about it - it was truly hilarious (hence our reactions in the above picture) and a memory I'll treasure forever. Every time any of us hears a foghorn now, we'll be thrown back to this moment in time and that is really something special. 

We were SO SO SO lucky to have Ruthie (from Ruth Eileen Photography) as our wedding photographer. Not only is she amazing at her craft (hello, look at these pictures!!!), but she is one of the kindest and friendliest person I've ever met! If you're in the market for a wedding photographer (or just a photographer in general), I can't recommend her enough! 

Xo, MacKenzie