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WEDDING BLISS: THE FIRST LOOK

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When it came to finding “the dress,” I decided to keep a very open mind on our search. I had looked at dresses online, pinned a few I thought I would love but when I tried on this Monique Lhuillier gown, I knew it was the one.  Layers upon layers of soft tulle and chantilly lace lined with silk charmeuse, it felt like heaven wearing this dress.  I wore a cathedral length veil for the ceremony for a little added drama.  Getting Ready-05-5004 GettingReady-04-9700 GettingReady-22-000060380010

Details included these garters, bracelets, Jenny Packham earrings and these Stuart Weitzman heels (I actually wore them *almost the entire night!) My darling Mrs. Box held our wedding rings and made for the prettiest detail shots.  Getting Ready-23-000060550001 Getting Ready-30-0025 Getting Ready-30-9999

Patrick was very particular when it came to finding the perfect tux.  He knew he wanted Navy and found the perfect one at Suit Supply.  First Look-0059FirstLook-5584 000060300008 First Look-000060140015 000060570001

It was that moment where time stood still…

Walking up to see my husband-to-be for the first time was the actual moment it started to feel real.  All day I had a giddy feeling inside, but that moment I felt still, happy, and like nothing else mattered.  We were together and it was going to officially be forever.

Tomorrow is all about the Details…stay tuned.

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photography by Elyse Hall 

FLOWER CROWNS + ROSÉ

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The week before our wedding I decided it would be fun to get my mind off all the stress and last minute details.  It is SOO important to take some time to laugh and relax with your girl friends before the big day.  I love how the flower crowns turned out! I ended up wearing it the entire day and it hung in our hotel room the rest of the weekend :) See how we made these easy DIY flower crowns or head over to Style Me Pretty for more pictures and directions.  

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MATERIALS An assortment of flowers and greenery, Flower Shears, Twigs or Floral Wire and Flower Glue

Step 1 | Bring out the wine, set the table and add some fun tunes. Mandi from Butterfly Petals brought over a wide selection of beautiful blooms (my personal favorite, the Juliette rose, included). I set the table with a white table cloth from La Tavola Linens and some great modern glasses from Crate and Barrel. Thankfully the clear vases full of flowers were the perfect centerpiece for our little get together.

Step 2 | Mandi showed us how to make the base of the flower crown. Instead of using floral wire,we used twigs. Not only does it give a rustic feel but it is much easier, and takes half the time as using floral wire. Take each end of the twigs and start twisting. Once they are wrapped together, fit to your head and then twist the ends to make a circle. Cut the excess with flower shears and tuck in the ends together.

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Step 3 | Pick your color scheme.

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Step 4 | Take your first flower and apply a generous amount of glue to the twig base. Let it dry for a moment (perfect time to sip your drink) and then apply your first flower onto the twigs. Tip: Make sure to use your flower shears to cut the flower so there is a flush base. The glue will hold better on a flat surface.

Step 5 |  Add a cluster of flowers, or however you want your design to look. Too add greenery, my favorite is circle eucalyptus, take some flower glue and twist the greenery between the flowers and twigs.

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Step 6 | Have fun and be sure to laugh! You can never mess up when it comes to flower crowns.

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See more pictures over on Style Me Pretty!

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Photography by Elyse Hall

BACK TO LIFE

 

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…Back to reality (with a nice little tan and a wedding band :))

I’m finally back and I have so many things I want to tell you.

So I will start from the beginning.  The beginning happened a little over 6 years ago when I started this blog.  Thanks to the support of my, now, husband. It was always supposed to be a space where I could escape and find a creative outlet.  I have always had a passion for fashion and styling, but this space was supposed to be more than that. It was a place for me to write down my thoughts, share my favorite things and to capture all of my 20-something life details in one place.  Some of you might not know it, but I have lived in 3 different states, have made 2 different career moves, and as of two weeks ago- got married to my best friend and biggest supporter.

I have always had big goals for this space, but year after year I found myself making excuses for why I never hit my goals.  I felt like I needed a clone to figure out how to get everything accomplished.  But this is the year, I told myself, no more excuses; just make it happen (or at least that is what I thought).  With a busy job, planning a wedding, contributing to Style Me Pretty, and trying to stay healthy, A Dash of Details started to become a major stress the last two months.  So instead of stressing that I wasn’t creating good content, I decided to take a break.  It was harder than I thought it would ever be to shut it off for a month.  I kept seeing quotes like, ” Great things never come from your comfort zones,” and “Old ways won’t open new doors.” I was nervous I was falling right back into those same excuses from the previous years, but this time it felt different. It felt for once I had a balance on my life.

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So today I feel refreshed, happier than ever and excited for what is to come.  I have some amazing content that I have been working on the last couple months that hopefully will inspire you and all of your life’s little details.

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STYLE ME PRETTY BLOGGER BRIDE

View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojectsI have been eagerly waiting to share this *big news* with all of you for months and I am so excited to finally announce that I teamed up with Style Me Pretty to be their next Blogger Bride contributor.  (Insert: Squeals here) This is honestly a dream come true, not only because I am completely obsessed with the beautiful weddings on SMP, but also I cannot wait to share with all of you the process of planning my entire wedding.  Throughout the next 6 months, I will be sharing all the inside details with you here and over on Style Me Pretty.   View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects View More: http://elysehall.pass.us/bronskasmpprojects

I hope you head over to SMP to read the entire post and find out how Patrick and I met, our engagement story, and more pictures from the amazingly talented, Elyse Hall (Hint Hint: she is my wedding photographer too!)

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Tilly Sweater / Frame Denim / Steven by Steve Madden Heels via Piperlime / Elizabeth and James Boyfriend Shirt (old/similar) / Michele Watch  / Celine Sunglasses and Bag

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photography by Elyse Hall Photography

ICONIC

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The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence- Beyoncè

We just passed the 6 month mark to our wedding date and all of the details are slowly coming together. I have been making decision after decision, checking things off my list. Thankfully, I have the most amazing wedding planner to help me see my vision come to life and keep everything organized. The other day I came across the new Iconic Collection from BHLDN.  If I didn’t already find the dress of my dreams, the BHLDN store in Houston was going to be my next stop in the search.  I am still hunting for the perfect hair accessory, wedding shoes, and a few gifts for my bridesmaids.

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WEDDING DETAILS: SAVE THE DATES

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When it comes to making decisions for our wedding, it has been pretty easy. Thanks to my amazing wedding planner, Jen, the planning process has been a breeze.  When it came to the save the dates, there are soo many options to choose from.  Since we decided to take engagement pictures (thanks to the advice of the incredible Elyse Hall), I thought it was only fitting to use our favorite photograph for our Save The Date. After about 20 options with different fonts, formats, and paper options; I let Patrick pick the final result. I am so happy with how they turned out, but I am leaving the actual invites to the professionals.

Also, you can find a little sneak peek of our engagement shoot on Elyse’s blog today! She is so talented!

 

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photography by Elyse Hall, designed by A Dash of Details

 

WEDDING DETAILS: THE DRESS

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Every girl dreams of wearing a beautiful white dress on their big day.

As a little girl, I imagined wearing a dress just like Cinderella. I would watch the movie over and over, but fast forward to the end just to see her in that pretty dress.  In my teen years, I used to sketch wedding dresses in my school notebooks (my friend just found a few of my funny sketches when cleaning out her desk at her parent’s house). I would spend hours on the little details that would be used as embellishments on the dress. As I get older, I find my style evolving and finding a timeless dress is what I am on the hunt for.  I have been pinning dresses (like a crazy person) on my Wedding Details board, and have a few I have been keeping to myself because after all, it has to be a surprise.

I have yet to start my dress hunt (I know insert: Gasp Here) but I am a very decisive person, so I know when I find the “one,” I will feel just like Cinderella.

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/ A FEW OF MY FAVORITE DESIGNERS /

Nicole Miller (found at Nordstrom) / Reem Acra (some can be found on Shopbop) / Monique Lhuillier / Lela Rose

LOVE YOU, FRIDAY

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Holy Friday!

This week has been absolutely nuts and I am finally feeling back to normal after our incredible trip to San Diego last weekend (read: a lot of greyhounds were consumed). This weekend couldn’t have come soon enough. Hopefully I can catch some extra zzz’s, but we will see.

My plan for the weekend is to work on some ideas for our engagement pictures, so I am sure my Pinterest page will be wedding crazy. I apologize in advance :)  Hopefully get our website started and work on a few upcoming projects, but let’s be honest, you will most likely you will find me on the couch with my favorite blanket and DVR.  Happy Friday, lovies!

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photography by ALB for A Dash of Details

WEDDING (WEDNESDAY) DETAILS

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We are officially less than a year away from the big day.

So today I thought it would be fun to kick off the first in a series of Wedding Details (this is especially for all of you who asked after this post). I thought it was only fitting to show you a sneak peek at how I asked my (9) bridesmaids because this past weekend they all said yes!

I found these craft boxes at Paper Source, about 4 months ago and have been holding onto them until we finally had a date set.  I knew I wanted to use them for the gifts and when I saw these mini bottles of POP champagne, I knew it was the perfect way to POP the question to all of my girls.

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