5 Tips for a Successful Best Man (or Maid of Honor) Toast

I found this infographic the other day and thought it was super helpful for any best men, maids of honor, or even fathers of the bride/groom that have been asked to make a toast at an upcoming wedding. Toasts can be an overwhelming and meaningful part of any wedding, and I think these tips are a great place to start for anyone feeling a little lost!

Have you made a toast at a wedding? What tips do you have to share?

xoxo, Stacia

5 Steps to Making the Perfect Best Man

Guest Post: Preserving Memories During Your Wedding Planning Process

Today I am so thrilled to have Kenzie from Hello Neverland guest posting for me! I have been following Kenzie's blog for almost a year now, and I love her posts about creativity, journal-keeping, and her easily digestible grammar tips. When Kenzie started her recent series about different types of journals people can keep, I immediately thought of my wedding planning process and how I struggled to find easy ways to keep a journal (or any kind of record) of the exciting things happening in my life during this time. Knowing that I can't be the only person who struggled with this, I reached out to Kenzie and asked her to share some suggestions for quick and easy journaling during your engagement process. I love all the suggestions that she has shared below and hope that you all find them helpful! After you're done reading be sure to check out Kenzie's links at the bottom of this post for more of the wonderful things that she writes (and pictures of her cute baby!) Thank you so much for sharing, Kenzie!

xoxo, Stacia

You’re getting hitched—congratulations! Wedding planning is far and away one of the most exciting periods of life (at least, it was for me). It’s also probably one of the most stressful (sorry, friend). Either way, it’s one of those times you’ll look back on with warm fuzzies years from now.

Of course, if you don't figure out a way to preserve your memories of this phase, your feelings won't be the only things that are fuzzy. But how can you keep a good record of your planning experience in the middle of all the crazy? Don't worry—there are several options that won't eat up hours and hours of valuable planning time.

Keep a planning binder/notebook

You're probably doing this already, so why not use it to keep your memories organized, too? Make notes in the margins, doodle in the white space, and jot down milestones as you go.

Take a camera (or your phone) with you everywhere

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Make it a habit to snap a quick photo when you're working on wedding-related stuff. If you're simply too busy or too wrapped up in wedding details, ask your maid of honor to take over the role of official historian. She'll love being your right-hand woman even before the big day.

Create your own hashtag

Instagram and Tweet your way through the process, and keep it all together with a hashtag. It's like having your own mini album of awesome on the Internet.

Set aside time once a week to write

Once a week, spend an hour (or thirty minutes, or five minutes... whatever works) writing about the past week of planning. Start with the highlights and get more detailed only if you have time.

Do it bumpdate style

Use a standard format to record planning details on a regular basis, like women do with their pregnancies. Record the week's (or month's) big accomplishment(s), the next steps your plan to take, your mood, the number of days left until the wedding, etc.

Make notes on receipts, forms, etc.

Write on the receipt from buying your wedding dress, the alterations form, the score sheet from the tasting with your caterer... use these scrap papers to create an annotated collection of memorabilia.

Save all the scraps

Speaking of scraps—save everything you can get your hands on. Stick receipts, ribbons, fabric samples, shopping bags, packaging, etc. into a smashbook or blank book. Even without notes, it'll be fun to remember the experience associated with each scrap item.

Do you have other ideas? Share 'em in the comments!

Kenzie is the author of Hello Neverland, a lifestyle blog about living up to your creative potential and fearlessly pursuing your dreams. She and her husband, C, got married in June of 2011 and recently became parents to their sweet baby girl, Little Rabbit. Kenzie is an avid journaler, amateur photographer, and total bookworm. Check her out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

5 Braided Hairstyles that Would Look Amazing for Brides

I absolutely adore the braid trend I have seen increasing in popularity over this past year! I think there is something so chic and timeless about braided hairstyles, and the fact that there is literally a braid out there for any type of bride wanting to wear one makes it even better. Here are some of my recent favorite braided hairstyles that would make for gorgeous bridal looks!

What type of braids do you like wearing? Will you be joining in on the braid trend for your wedding?

xoxo, Stacia

French Braid Twist Tutorial by The Bride Link

French Braid Twist Tutorial by The Bride Link

French Side Braid Bun by Brides

French Side Braid Bun by Brides

Ribbon Halo Braid Tutorial by Irrelephant

Ribbon Halo Braid Tutorial by Irrelephant

Side Braid by Beauty High

Side Braid by Beauty High

Boho Side Braid by The Wonder Forest

Boho Side Braid by The Wonder Forest

Monthly Goals: September 2014

Hello lovelies! Things have been so busy lately, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to find time to get these goals before October. All of the chaos is coming from good, wonderful, and exciting things, though, so I'm not complaining!

This photo is by the fabulous Morgan Trinker from Shane + Maddie's gorgeous Hunter Museum wedding in August. I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures and to share them with all of you!

This photo is by the fabulous Morgan Trinker from Shane + Maddie's gorgeous Hunter Museum wedding in August. I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures and to share them with all of you!

August Goals Recap

Road trip to Charleston for a wedding + friend reunion. This was SO good. Both the wedding and the time we got with our friends were so meaningful. My love for Charleston was even further solidified!
Enjoy some time with Michael's BFF on our way back from Charleston. These days were so much fun! When Michael + C are together they laugh SO HARD, which makes me laugh too. There were several late nights, a day floating on the lake, and so much relaxing done during this time.
Skype with some of my favorite creative and inspiring friends. I had one really amazing heart-to-heart Skype call with a friend which I am so thankful for.
Continue learning to unplug more, hydrate frequently, and stretch daily. I'm getting better at all of these! Habits take time to fully form, but I made some good progress.
Get all of the changes I have planned for this space up and running. Mostly. There are a couple coding things I've been struggling with, but I think I got that conquered. Almost.
Don't lose my reading habit as things pick up for the Fall. I think August was the worst month for reading that I've had all year. :( I have plans for the library tomorrow, though, so hopefully I'll find a book that grabs me (shouldn't be hard.)
When possible, take the same days off that Michael has off. We're getting better at this! I love just taking a day to not worry and spend time together. Since we both tend to work weekends, it's nice to remember that we can create out own weekends.

These photos are from Jesse + Dhember's magical boat dock wedding. I mean, look at that lighting!! I can't wait to share the rest of the photos by Sarah Becker Photo.

These photos are from Jesse + Dhember's magical boat dock wedding. I mean, look at that lighting!! I can't wait to share the rest of the photos by Sarah Becker Photo.

September 2014 Goals

Replenish/Reorganize my day of emergency kit after my August weddings.

Take a handful of afternoons with Michael to refresh some of the spaces in our apartment that are just "not quite right." It should be fun to work on these little projects together. Hopefully we'll continue using our "I forgot we've had that for the past 1.5 years, we should probably just get rid of it" eyes.

Work on getting my business card designs finalized + ordering them.

Thoughtfully contact a few creatives that I have been wanting to collaborate with or get to know a little better.

Part two of the previous goals, contact some more vendors that I love about featuring them on the blog.

Maintain the inbox 0 that I have started this month off with (except weekends.)

Send out some snail mail to some clients and friends just to brighten their days.

Soak up the last of this warm weather before Fall arrives. I love the Fall colors, but I'm a warm weather baby.

Put the final touches on some DIY project tutorials that I've been making to share with all of you. I think you'll really like them!

Pick up some books that I've been wanting to read from the library to relax and unwind with.

What are some of your goals for this next month?

xoxo, Stacia

Milton + Mariana: An Elegant Vineyard Wedding

Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding

Milton + Mariana's elegant vineyard wedding happened a year ago yesterday, but I haven't had the opportunity share any images from their day until now. In celebration of their anniversary, I thought it would be really nice to take a moment and look back in time at this truly beautiful vineyard wedding.

Mariana and I met each other at college and saw quite a bit of each other since we were both in the same major. Milton came along after I had graduated, but he and my husband got to know each other a bit, especially since Michael + I are good friends with Milton's younger brother, Matt. Mariana always wondered what kind of man she might end up with, and when she got together with Milton things just made sense. Both of them are highly passionate individuals that love life and good conversations, and they both help mellow out certain parts of the other's personality. They both also care deeply about their families, which is one reason why they chose to get married in Georgia (Mariana is from Virginia and Milton is from Texas), so that each side of the family would have less overall distance to travel.

Mariana had a vision for their wedding day from the moment we started making plans, and it was so fun to work with her to meld their taste for formal, fancy events along with their preference for relaxed, comfortable atmospheres. I hope that these images capture that vibe for you!

Milton + Mariana, I hope that your first year of marriage has been full of wonderful and special moments. That you have continued to bring out the best in each other and support each other through the difficulties life can bring and celebrate with each other all of life's little victories. I hope your sarcastic humor and wit have continued to keep you both laughing frequently and heartily, and that every year gets better from here!

xoxo, Stacia

Photographer: Memories by Missi Photography  |  Venue: DeBarge Vineyard & Winery  |  Dress: Maggie Sottero (Pure Luxe Bridal)  |  Caterer: Events with Taste |  Officiant: Dr. Paul Boling  |  Flowers: Bi-Lo (arranged by Paper Swallow Events)

Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding

The aisle decor from this wedding is one of my absolute favorites that I have put together so far!

Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding
Milton + Mariana Elegant Vineyard Wedding