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Happy New Years Eve!

Posted by Becca Olcott December 31, 2013 08:49 AM

What a year it has been. Want to know my resolution for 2014? I'm thinking I'll eat a little bit of chocolate each day in and love with a wide open heart.

Happy New Years Eve, friends!! We wish you an amazing end to 2013, and a wonderful beginning for 2014. 2013WeddingIdeas.jpg

Image taken by our very own Casey of Hello Love Photography, and you can view the whole post here on Wedding Chicks

Lots of xoxo,

Becca + Casey

weekend highlights

Posted by Becca Olcott December 9, 2013 03:06 PM

Did you get married this weekend? We want to hear about it! As dreamy as our New England Summer and Fall weddings can be, I have to admit I'm a full blown sucker for a whitewashed winter wedding. With a magical dusting of snow, it's like the world is winking back at your bold choice.

Here are some fun things to get you inspired for the week:

The pantone color for 2014 was announced last week:

Here’s a fabulous giveaway by Wedding Paper Divas on Style Me Pretty today:

And last but not least, here's a Pinterest board to give you some fresh flowers to obsess about. At least we did. What’s your favorite flower?

Weekend Wedding Inspiration

Posted by Casey Harrison June 7, 2013 12:12 PM

Well, it looks like we are in for another rainy weekend. Hopefully tropical storm Andrea isn't going to be impacting any big plans for you all! In case you'll be staying indoors with some time to kill this weekend, here are a few wedding-related links from around the web.

A gorgeous and unique bridesmaid dress.

Incredible vintage engagement rings - love all of these!

Amazing wedding gowns made out of an... unexpected material.

This eclectic wedding is full of cute, colorful, and crafty details.

Want an unconventional honeymoon? Here are eight amazing "glamping" resorts.

Weekend Wedding Inspiration

Posted by Casey Harrison May 17, 2013 10:48 AM

Have a great weekend, everyone! Here are a few links to inspire you as you enjoy the lovely spring weather.

A beautiful traditional Japanese wedding in Tokyo.

Love the incredible BHLDN gown at this New Hampshire wedding.

Doing your own makeup? Here's the secret to perfect eyeshadow blending.

And for hair ideas: eight lovely headbands to dress up your 'do.

For those of you with spring weddings: a roundup of beautiful pastel design and decor ideas.

Weekend To Do

Posted by Becca Olcott May 3, 2013 08:00 AM

Have nothing to do this weekend? Here are a few options to get you out and about this beautiful weekend.

1. Why not add a little panache (aka swoon-worthy calligraphy) to your sweet teas and lemonades this season. Learn how HERE.

2. While your drinking, why don't you try THIS good looking cocktail?

3. Want to get the most out of this gorgeous weather? Try planting some annuals? HERE are some quick tips.

4. Need a little shopping pick-me-up with out spending mega bucks? Go check out the new flick about the famed Bergdorfs.

Happy Weekend lovelies!

Styled; A Look into mStarr Event Styling + Design

Posted by Becca Olcott April 26, 2013 08:00 AM

Last week Casey and I had the pleasure of oo'ing and ahh'ing over the details and thoughtfulness that go into everything mStarr Event Styling + Design touches. As Emily defined what styling weddings really means to her, we began to grasp the reach of her incredible service. If you’re a bride who loves great accents (like we do), whether you need a little guidance or soup-to-nuts support, Em’s your gal. Check her website out here.

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BI: How did you get your start?

MS: Frankly, I got married...isn’t that the only way? I’ve always had a creative outlet, and helping friends plan parties, showers, etc was just second nature to me.


BI: So what took you from bride to the full time plunge into the industry?

MS: I really became my own planner throughout my wedding. I found that when I got back from my honeymoon, and after the holidays, I was still browsing Style Me Pretty and connecting with the vendors I had cultivated relationships with. I just couldn’t shake it. So, I started a website, and the rest is history.


BI: What inspires you?

MS: What doesn’t inspire me?


BI: Touché Ms. Starr. Okay here’s a fun one, what three colors are your IT colors right now?

MS: teal, gold, mint.

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BI: And just for good measure, if we bump into you in a coffee shop what will you always have by your side?

MS: My laptop with Illustrator, Photoshop, Evernote, and Bloglovin’ set up. And for my non-technological accompaniments I’ll have my Rifle notebook, a paper cutter and ribbon.

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BI: Can you explain a little more about what styling entails?

MS: Styling to me is multifaceted---the design of a wedding takes shape when all of the details cohere and become more than the sum of their parts. It’s my job as a stylist to oversee those details.

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BI: What is your favorite part of styling a wedding or event?

MS: I love the combination of personal and pretty. When I first meet a potential client I try to get their full story, how they met, how they fell in love, and with each memory I try to incorporate of little of them into each detail. I will always go the extra mile!

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Images by Casey of Hello Love Photography and Instagram Pics by Em Herself...isn't she a Starr?

Have a wonderful wintry weekend!

Posted by Casey Harrison March 8, 2013 10:57 AM

What are you up to this weekend? Hopefully you can stay inside with a warm drink and enjoy this winter snow through the windows. Spring is nearly upon us (looks like we might hit 50 on Tuesday!) but for now, I'm still enjoying hibernating.

So work on your invitation design, answer emails to your vendors, or do a little online shopping for some new honeymoon outfits. Spring will be here before we know it. Happy planning!

I'll leave you with some winter inspiration from a recent winter wedding in Vermont...
JM3A8349.jpg Photo by Hello Love Photography

Do or Don't: Fur as a Wedding Accessory

Posted by Casey Harrison February 27, 2013 08:46 AM

I've had several brides wear fur accessories for their engagement or wedding photos, and I always think it looks stunning. For a late fall or winter wedding, most couples would still like to do portraits outdoors but don't want to throw on a big black parka over their wedding dress. A fur coat can be a great way to stay really warm but still look formal, sophisticated, and super stylish. And I have to say, fur photographs beautifully.

The brides I've shot have all gotten their furs from older relatives or vintage shops, so ask your grandma if she might have one gathering dust in the attic. Of course, fur can be a controversial choice, and you can always choose a faux fur! That's the route I would go, and you would never be able to tell the difference in a photo.

What do you think? Would you wear fur to your wedding? Is it too old-fashioned for you?

JM3A5610.jpgPhoto by Hello Love Photography

Vintage-inspired wedding fashion

Posted by Casey Harrison February 22, 2013 12:49 PM

Peter Pan collars were a big trend this year, and I stumbled upon this lovely dress recently which showcases the trend so beautifully. I love feminine and vintage details and this dress seems to be the perfect balance of sophisticated and sweet.

What do you think? Too trendy? Perhaps I should renew my vows.... ;)

Boston.com peter pan jpg Elie Saab dress via Boutique1

Paying homage to the bowtie.

Posted by Becca Olcott February 1, 2013 07:55 AM

Here's a shout for all the men out there. The public perception on bowties has evolved considerably in the last 2 decades. During the Saved by the Bell Nineties, the bowtie was nerdy not in a good way, a veritable fashion mistake. Now, thanks to Lebron, JT and other big time players, the pesky accessory is making a roaring comeback to cool. Throw in some suspenders and a pair of Warby Parkers for the the perfect groom geek-chic trifecta.

Here are a few of my favorite bowties:
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purchase here and here

Need a little help in the how-to department? Follow these 6 simple steps:
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1. Right-handeds, pull the right side 2-3 inches longer than the left and then loop it over the left side to tie. Left-handeds, replace the word ‘left’ where it says ‘right’ from here on out.

2. Holding the top piece up to your face, pull the lower piece to the right and fold it across the front so that it forms half of the bow.

3. Bring the top piece down over your half-bow.

4.Fold both ends of the half-bow together in front of you.

5. Notice the loop created behind your half-bow. Pull the dangling piece toward the right, fold it into your other half-bow, and then back it into (and through) the loop.

6. Once through, hold on to both the loops and flat pieces, gently tugging and tightening to finish the look. Don't you look handsome!

*all images via BHLDN

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