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My wedding day accessories


Today we're talking about bridal accessories! I wanted to get this post up before black Friday because I know that some of these stores will be having great deals. I compiled a list of all of my wedding day accessories. I hope this is helpful for any bride-to-be's out there!

The veil

My wedding veil is from Davie & Chiyo. They were kind enough to send it to me. The prices from their shop are amazing, my cathedral length veil was only $116. The veil I tried on at my bridal salon was $250, eeekk!  The quality of this veil is unreal, it feels so soft and luxurious.

The veil I got is called Eloise, I went with the cathedral length. I've always dreamed of having a cathedral length wedding veil. They also sell this veil at shoulder length starting at only $60.

They are having a black Friday sale from November 23-26. Use code BLACKFRIDAY2018 for 25% off

The Eloise veil by Davie & Chiyo 


Hair vine

I will be wearing my hair up so I wanted a hair vine to spice things up! If you've done any research on hair vines you know they are pricey. I found this stunning vine for under $11! 



Sticky bra

If you're dress is strapless, open back or low cut you will need a sticky bra. I swear by this set, it is under $13 and includes a sticky bra and flower covers.

Sticky bra from Amazon


Bridal panties

You don't want to forget a cute pair of bridal panties! Here are some fun options for every bride!





Garter

I made my garter, here is the blog post for it. I will also add some links to beautiful garters you can purchase.







Wedding shoes

I went with personalized wedding shoes that double as my something blue! My shoes are from Kate Whitcomb, they were kind enough to send them to me. They have so many beautiful styles and different customization options. Use code EmelyneB2019 for 15% off, good until 7/19/2019



Bouquet charm

I love the idea of having a charm on my bouquet to remember my grandparents. You can get these made on Etsy for around $15. I chose to DIY mine. I found a pack of 18 charms on Amazon for under $10. 










Makeup luggage!

This may sound odd but if you are traveling to your venue and will be using their bridal suite to do your hair and makeup you should definitely invest in good luggage for all your supplies! It will be so much easier to roll around your hair and makeup products rather than carrying them in a bulky bag. This can also double as luggage for your honey moon!! 




That is all for my wedding day accessories! I hope this was helpful to you all!

xx,
Emelyne








My favorite old-fashioned Christmas movies

It may only be November but in my heart it's Christmas time! I love watching Christmas movies in November to get me into the holiday spirit! I think the best Christmas movies are the old-fashioned ones. I have put together a list of my favorite old-fashioned Christmas movies for you all! I have arranged these movies in the year that they were made.
If you have any movies you think I should add to this list let me know in a comment below!





Do It Yourself Wedding Garter


If you're reading this you're most likely getting married soon so congratulations! If you're like me you've been searching for the perfect wedding garter but soon realized they are expensive! Who knew a tiny piece of fabric could cost $60?! I debated on splurging or making one myself, I decided to save the money and make one. It was actually such a fun and relaxing process. I put an old movie on, made some tea and got to work! There are so many different types of garters you can make, I was going for a boho/simple look. Feel free to add as much bling as you'd like! I went to Joann Fabrics and got all my supplies for under $9. I could easily make 10 garters out of the supplies I got totaling each garter at under $1!! WOW! Enough rambling, let's get started!



Supplies (click for direct links)
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MEASURE your leg where you would like your garter to sit, cut your elastic to that size.



CREATE small flowers from the chiffon fabric, here is the video I followed. I was so surprised how easy it was to create these flowers! I made my circles about an inch in diameter rather than 3 inches like the video so that the flower was dainty.



SEW on your floral appliqué, you can either sew this directly onto the elastic or sew the ends of the elastic to the ends of the appliqué that way the elastic does not run through the design.  Lastly, sew on your chiffon flowers you made. Taaaaa-daaaaa it was that easy!




How to choose the perfect wedding dress



We all dream of the day where we will be standing in a gorgeous wedding gown surrounded by our family and friends. We don't always think of how hard it will be to actually find that perfect dress. Last month I went wedding dress shopping for the very first time. I've watched Say Yes To The Dress since I was twelve so I guess you could say I've been preparing myself for this moment. I had a vision of what style dress I wanted. It was a plunge neck line, open back and a skirt made of tulle and magical appliques. I had been pinning dresses similar for years. Most of the dresses I loved were well out of my budget, they were starting at $10,000 yikes!! The dress style I wanted was extremely hard to find, nearly impossible with my budget. That is why I am writing today's post, I want to share some advice with you that I learned from wedding dress shopping.


Be open minded
Like I said, I knew my perfect dress most likely didn't exist in my budget so I was prepared to go with a different style. Some brides may go into the consultation not having any style in mind and that's perfectly okay! Your bridal consultant will help you to find your perfect dress. I picked a dress that has an element I never thought I'd like! I actually saw this dress online and decided I wanted to try it, I found a bridal shop that carried it and made an appointment. Going into the appointment I wanted to try the dress on for fun, just to see what it would look like. Who knew it would end up being THE dress!

Go with what feels comfotable
Now I don't mean comfortable as comfy to sleep in, unless that's important to you. I mean comfortable for you and your style. It is so important that you feel like YOU in the dress. Many brides get talked into a dress that is nothing that they wanted and they feel uncomfortable in it. There have been so many times I decide to try a new look and I end up feeling uncomfortable the entire night because it is not me. So please, make sure the dress you choose represents you and only you!!


This is your dress
I'll admit it, I'm a people pleaser. I often choose things that make others happy and leave me feeling underwhelmed. I know for a fact, there is a huge chance my fiancé will not like my dress but you know what? I'm totally okay with that. If you feel that you will pick a dress you don't love just to please your friends, family, in-laws or even your fiancé do not do it! Both of my friends picked dresses that they also feel their fiancés will not like. I think as women, we often try so hard to please our significant others that we are willing to sacrifice what we want. This is your time to shine!

How will you know it's the one?
I truly believe that everyone knows deep down when it's their dress. Like I mentioned before, when I went to try on my dress it was just for fun. I thought it was too "out there" for me to actually wear. As soon as I slipped the dress on and looked in the mirror I started to feel the tears well up inside. As she was clipping the dress I couldn't wait to run out and show my family and friends. As I walked out, I looked at everyone and they all had tears in their eyes. Of course this made me even more emotional because I didn't think they would like it. Everything felt right, the dress felt like me and I was truly happy. I will say that I was so concerned about how Connor would feel about my dress choice. Everyone reminded me that he would love it because I was in it. I won't lie, weeks after I found myself waking up in the middle of the night having nightmares about the dress. Did I rush into it? Why did I get the dress? Should I have went to other stores? The late night thoughts were enough to drive me insane. Every time I had those feelings I looked at my dress and fell in love with it all over again. Trust your gut and the perfect dress will find you!

How To Find Yourself


It can be so hard to be yourself, we are constantly being fed perfect images on social media that can make us feel like we need to change. When we see these images of "perfect" people we often feel that we should mimic some of their characteristics to be more beautiful. There have been many times I've found a new Instagram account and I become obsessed with the model's style, beauty and personality. It's so easy to be inspired by that and slowly change things about ourselves. If social media didn't exist who would you be? What would your style be? Would you be more confident? These are questions we all need to ask ourselves.


From personal experience, I can say that social media has (to a degree) changed my style and confidence. Since using social media, I've found it hard to know who I truly am and as a result I feel less creative. Social media is great, don't get me wrong but I think that it has become such a huge role in our lives that it has stunted some personal growth that we all need to go through. I truly feel that if I never used social media I would have a different style and different interests.


Back to the original question, how do you find yourself? I believe that in order to find your truest self, you need to detox from life. I am in my 20's and have gone through the stage of not knowing who I am or what I want to be doing. In order for me to find myself, I go back to the days of no internet and get creative. Can you remember the last time you ditched your phone and just truly enjoyed an entire week. I highly recommend taking a solo trip or planning out a peaceful week for yourself. Everyday plan an activity outside or go somewhere that inspires you. I really love putting on peaceful music, opening up the windows and painting on a blank canvas. I'm not good at painting but it is SO relaxing and helps me to calm my mind of all worries. Doing things like this will help you become more in tune with yourself.


Take a day to try different things, write down activities you love to do or wish you did and do them! Imagine your most perfect life, how would you feel? What would you wear? How would you treat others? What would your job be? Whatever it is, make it happen! You have the opportunity to make your life whatever you want it to be. Setting goals and ambitions for your future will help you to be less fearful and more excited for the future. The key to finding yourself is doing what makes your heart and soul happy. 

Inexpensive Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes




I'm engaged! I realized I never posted it on my blog, life has been crazy lately! I'm in the midst of planing my wedding which is so exciting. When I went wedding dress shopping I decided to ask my bridesmaids/maid of honor to be in my wedding. It was such a fun and special moment. I thought making a proposal box would be so easy, I saw tons of ideas on Pinterest but boy was I wrong! I went to the store with some ideas in mind but had no luck. I caved in and decided to do it all online, I actually found most of the items from Amazon which made it so easy! I will be including links into this post so that you can find these products easily!

This post contains affiliate links, this means I will receive a small percentage of the sale. This helps me to keep doing what I'm doing! 



The first thing I bought was a candle, what girl doesn't love candles?! I added in our favorite candle so feel free to add in whichever candle you and your friends like best. I added some options below!





Next, I added these mini champagne bottles that help to pop the question! I found the champagne at a local wine store and the labels I found on Amazon. The pack I found included 10 labels for under $13! (click the second photo for the link!)




These next two items I found were such a great deal! This seller sold both the bracelet and the hair ties in a pack of 6 (12 items in total) for under $12!!! I couldn't believe what a great deal it was. Since I only have a bridal party of 3 I have a lot of left overs but everything was so inexpensive so I don't mind.





This beautiful box is from Michaels craft store. I found some pretty boxes online as another option for you! 








I hope this helped you with some inexpensive ideas to pop the question to your bridal party! 

How To Trust God's Timing

 Trusting in God's timing can be really difficult. It feels like you've been praying and praying but nothing ever happens. Today I wanted to share a couple stories about how I waited for God's timing and how you can learn to trust Him.


When I was 10 years old I was obsessed with the idea of getting a tea cup chihuahua and naming her Cutie. I printed out hundreds of photos of chihuahuas, ordered dog clothes and dreamed of what it would be like to have a little pup. I prayed every single day for 2 years (sometimes twice a day) for a  little Chihuahua. My 12th birthday was just around the corner and my parents pulled me out of school early. My dad handed me a letter  and said "we are on our way to the airport to pick up your Cutie!!" I immediately started crying, I was in shock. I couldn't believe that after 2 years of praying I was finally going to get my puppy. We picked up Cutie and we were best friends for life. Cutie Belle and I were inseparable. Unfortunately, she passed away at age 10. She was so special and so loving. She had a lot of breathing issues as she got older, she needed 24 hour care. Her last few years I was with her 24/7. It taught me so much about caring for someone and helped me to trust God. Looking back, I am so glad God made me wait for her.


It's no surprise that I want to get engaged and get married asap! The subject of engagement comes up almost everyday, once you've been dating someone for 8 years people are always asking "when's the wedding?" "when are you getting engaged?" it can get overwhelming. I mentioned this on my YouTube channel that my grandpa loved Connor and I so much. Everyday he would tell me that he wanted to be there for my wedding. Once my grandpa passed away I was devastated, I couldn't understand why God had taken him before we got engaged. I had a really hard time and started to question everything, I even came to the point where I felt like I didn't want to get married at all.


About a year later, after all the emotions, I started to realize why I didn't get engaged. When you get engaged it should be the happiest time of your life. You should be stress free and excited to plan a wedding. I was neither of those things, I was sad because my grandma had recently passed away, I was still dealing with the anxiety and sadness from Cutie passing away a couple months earlier and miserable because I knew my grandpa was going to pass soon. I thought getting engaged would magically take all that pain away and make me happy. What if we had gotten engaged? I would have had to deal with death while also planning a wedding, it wouldn't have been healthy. Looking back I am so grateful that we did not get engaged during that trial. I am now finally feeling happy and healthy. I feel comfort knowing that whenever it is my time to get engaged and married it will be the most perfect timing because it is in God's hands.

The funny thing with God's timing is that we have no control over it. We think we know what's best for us but at the end of the day we don't. God sees our whole life and knows perfectly when to let certain events happen or when to let certain people come into our lives. I'm sure that there's situations you can look back on and be thankful that things didn't happen the way you wanted. Everything happens or doesn't happen for a reason and we all need to learn to trust that. Share your story about waiting on God's timing below, I'd love to hear :)