It can only mean one thing when you go to reach for your jacket on the back of your chair that you are so used to being there and all you grab is thin air: Spring is here! And, though once again, I am writing this with Christmas music ringing in my ears, I could not be more excited for the sweet color palette, blooming flowers all around, and the impeccable fashion that spring brings. With spring, weddings, cookouts, and picnics in the park become more of your weekly schedule than you realize. Hence, my obsession with this Skies Are Blue dress I received via Stitch Fix. I have probably already worn out this dress for the umpteenth time, but it is the perfect spring staple dress. I wore this look to church last Sunday, minus the gorgeous Kendra Scott earrings. I opted for some studs to keep it slightly minimal since I was already working the wedges. I decided on a classic white Kate Spade purse that my sweet fiance got me for our 4 year anniversary. What a keeper! This look is great for a date night out with the man or attending an outside wedding. I loved the look of it with a pop of color from the KS blue earrings and a simple brown wedge. You can easily dress it down for a day out shopping or a more casual cookout by pairing some sandals with it. It is one of the most comfortable pieces of clothing I have in my closet.
If you are wondering how I am liking Stitch Fix, it is a pretty great service. To be honest, I have had a hit or miss ever so often. I love the concept of being able to have a personal stylist pick out and send via snail mail 5 different pieces of clothing or jewelry for you, and you have the chance to accept or decline. I would most definitely recommend this if you NEVER have time to shop, or you just do not know what to shop for. Start out by taking their personal style quiz, and from there, you can schedule when you will like to receive your first Fix. Click here to start your new journey with some new closet staples or to learn more about what Stitch Fix exactly is.
All I have to say to this past week is hello weekend and thank goodness spring has finally sprung!
Happy Friday darlings. xoxo
Well, if you haven't noticed yet, I AM GETTING MARRIED. To the man of my dreams, my best friend, my number one supporter through all I do. I could go on and on about how wonderful Will Tucker is but that would take way longer than a blog post.
So without further ado, welcome to the second round of #WeddingWednesday. This is all about the wedding inspiration we have picked out for our big day so far and the choices we have already decided. Some I cannot disclose just due to wedding traditions and the element of surprise on the big day. Buttttt, I will inform y'all as much as I can. Also, full disclosure: I apologize for the photos I personally took. They were with an iPhone. How silly of us to not bring cameras to some of these events!
1. The Date
We of course had to choose the date we both loved. Though my first initial thought was Spring of 2016, we opted for my favorite season of the year: autumn. (Besides Christmas, of course. And may I just say, I am listening to Christmas music as I write this. Will just wouldn't believe me right now.) Our official date is November 21, 2015. Yes, just about 7 months left.
The next decision on the list was the venue of the ceremony and the reception. You will find out real quick, if you don't already know, that Will and me are very classic and traditional. We chose a church that has meant a lot to his family: Christ United Methodist Church. It is so special to be able to become part of that family history, as well as get married in a Methodist church since that is what we both grew up in. We will be getting married in the beautiful Wilson Chapel.
And, I could not be anymore obsessed with the Bride's Room to get ready in the morning of. It is connected to a parlor to be able to eat, and if I almost have a nervous breakdown, to air out.
For the reception, we chose a very gorgeous, historic building in the heart of Downtown Memphis, the Cadre Building. We thought it was only appropriate since Will has been playing on Beale Street since he was 14 years old.
(photo below provided by www.thepinkbride.com)
3. The Dress
Yes, I chose my dress the same day I went to look and book all our venues. It was a fun but crazy Saturday!
I knew I would always want to go to Maggie Louise to pick my gown. (Praying that I would find one there, that is.) The atmosphere is everything I love, and the girls there are probably the best out there. I could not have asked for a better dress appointment. The dress I chose was the very first one I ever tried on, and I don't think anything else I tried on that day ever compared, though they were all just a dream. There were tears, and I mean tearssss, from my mother and my mother-in-law to-be. And of course, from me as well. Looking in the big mirror at myself wearing a wedding dress beyond my dreams and knowing I was going to get to marry the most incredible man and become Mrs. Tucker was one of the most happiest moments I have ever felt. (I'm about to blubber as I write this. I have got to get it together!)
Though I will not disclose my dress to y'all (you'll just have to wait!), I will share some of the photos I got of Maggie Louise. Also, make sure to follow them on Instagram at @maggielouisebridal if you would love some inspo or even get a feel for them if you are around the Mid-South area.
And, how adorable is this hanger my Maid of Honor got me. It was absolutely one of the sweetest gifts.
As for bridesmaid dresses, we just ordered them and are going through the process to make sure they have the right look. I decided to go with some from Anthropologie. Now don't start browsing through them all and spoil the fun for the big day!
For the rehearsal dress, I am just sparking ideas up right now. One of my favorites has been from Kate Spade that I am obsessed with.
4. The Colors
Deciding colors is one of the hardest things to me. It was especially difficult because I am not so much a dark color person, which is slightly what autumn epitomizes. I decided to go with a palette that allowed me to bring in some blush, dusty rose and ivory against a dark eggplant, amethyst, and mauve.
5. The Cake
A couple days ago, my MOL to-be and I went to a place recommended by my wedding planner, Mona Dunlap, called Cakes by Mom and Me. It is located in West Memphis, AR, and they are just the sweetest mother-daughter duo. I obviously don't have a photo of the cake since it'll be created 7 months from now. However, I will share with you the photos we used for the inspiration of it. It is basically a combo of the two cakes below.
We are going for a very elegant, romantic, classy feel. Will loved a smooth-looking cake, as I was in love with rosettes, so we combined it into a smooth, rosette one-tier focused five-tier cake with narrow ivory ribbon borders.
(photos below provided by thknot.com and Pinterest.com)
6. Flowers and Decor
Last but not least, I have pulled together floral and decor inspo for the ceremony and the reception for my florist, Paula DeClerk. She is one of the sweetest, most laid-back and flexible people I have ever met. I am so excited to work with her and see what she comes up with for the wedding. The photos below were picked due to the shape of flowers, the elegance, the centerpieces, or the colors. You can easily start to find our colors and the elegant formal theme as you scroll through all.
(photos below are provided by pinterest.com. I take no credit for any photos below.)
It has truly been a very hectic yet exciting moment in our lives. Planning a wedding isn't easy no matter what else you have on your plate, but then I remember what it all represents, and I cannot help but to smile and say it is ALL worth it. We are now trying to get our Save the Dates out, and I am so extremely excited for those. I cannot wait to share.
One other major thing about our wedding is my amazing photographer that we also picked for videography. Lindsey Lissau is seriously one of the kindest, most good-loving people I have ever met. She has already gone above and beyond for me. I would recommend her to everyone in the world if I could. Visit her website and see her amazing work or follow her on Instagram at @lindseylissau.
In other news, we closed on our house yesterday, which just brought me down to an emotional baby. I cannot wait to start sharing the progress on decorating and the process of it all. So, be on the lookout for another new segment that right now is nameless, but just give me a second, it will be "no-name" for not much longer.
I hope y'all have enjoyed this post, whether it be because you got inspiration yourself from it, you are like me and just thoroughly enjoy weddings, or because I made you read it (I'm looking at you, William.) Either way, I can't express my gratitude for each and every one of y'all that take a moment of your time to read about our new chapter in our lives together. We couldn't be any more excited for what God has planned for us!
Have a joyous Wednesday!
Much love, xoxo
Hello my fellow darlings! Let me just say: being a full-time student, working part-time, planning a wedding 24/7, and trying to figure out how to decorate a humble abode that shows off me and my wonderful fiance's taste is overwhelmingly time-consuming and stressful, so I apologize for my leave of absence. BUT, I am back in business. School is almost out for the summer (can you say hallelujah!), and though I am on the hunt for an internship, I feel my blood pressure level may finally decrease a little. For more updates on our wedding planning, tune in Wednesday for #WeddingWednesday: Inspo and Catch-up Edition!
Since we are speaking of the upcoming season of tasty grill-outs, refreshing dips in the pool, and heat that'll make you want to say "I wish it was fall" (you know it happens EVERY year), I decided to get into the spirit with Victoria's Secret. For Spring Break this year, we traveled on down the road to none other than Alys Beach, FL on 30-A. It is absolutely gorgeous, and it will never officially feel like summer to me until I make the first trip down there. But for now, I will have to reminisce on my short-lived week back in March.
For the first day out, I went with one of my fave suits from Victoria's Secret that I snagged back in Nashville when we had some down-time before heading to see Echosmith that night. (Which was so much fun, might I add.) Trying to figure out the cover-up for a bathing suit can always be so fun yet difficult. I threw this Forever 21 cardigan that I have had for some time in my suitcase before heading out the door, but little did I know how much I would love it as a cover-up. All the vibrant colors can really add some oomph to even an all-black suit. And, it is so light and flowy that it never adds any fuss. I discovered the new trend of the half-up bun do, and I have been obsessed ever since. It's perfect to hit the beach or pool in when you want to add a beach wave texture but also keep all your hair out of your face. I added some light pink lips to offset all the bold colors I chose for this outfit. All that was left was Harper's Bazaar, refreshing Coke Zero, and some good ole Zac Brown Band tunes to make a perfect beach day.
I don't know about you, but I am ready to ring in summer with some sun, sand, and sea!
Have a fabulous Monday! xoxo
Shelby Jewel Tucker
A Memphis gal with a love for fashion, soccer,
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