Pinterest Faves! March 2018

Awards season yields pins galore. Along with award show red carpet looks, I also snuck in a few looks from the Black Panther premiere (including this iconic Ryan Coogler look). Plus, Pre-Fall and Fall/Winter fashion shows meant a ton of inspiring content -- I especially loved this suit with floral detail from Alice & Olivia. I'm seeing more and more bright and airy interior shots these days, too, like this one, because SPRING IS COMING! Click the image above to see what else was worth saving!

Wedding Planning, Step #1

 PHOTO BY MATHEUS FERRERO

PHOTO BY MATHEUS FERRERO

The internet doesn't need any more wedding planning checklists, I know. You've probably read a few. But I do want to add to the chorus of "DO THIS FIRST!" from wedding planners everywhere:

Decide how much you want to spend.

This means different things to different couples. Some know for sure that they cannot go over a certain dollar amount, no matter what. Others have a dollar amount that feels comfortable, but wouldn't lose any sleep if they went a little over the top. A few start out saying they'll spend whatever it takes to get what they want. I've known all of these couples, and the ones who have the hardest struggle are the ones with the "whatever!" budget. I know, I was surprised when I started noticing this, too!

You need to identify what some of us refer to as your "freakout number." If you spent x dollars on your wedding, would you freak out? Once you find that, you can scale back to something that doesn't scare you (don't forget to include a cushion, because so many clients go over what they thought they'd spend). It shouldn't scare you! Once you are comfortable with your target spend, you can start doing research to split it into categories and make decisions with much more confidence.

An important detail to add here is that your overall spend doesn't mean much until you've figured out an approximate guest count. But if you start with a number and an even a tiny bit of a vision, you can figure out what's attainable. $40,000 goes a long way with a guest count of 40, but not nearly as far with a guest count of 400 -- especially in a big city -- even if you're just thinking about food and beverage. If you can trim your guest list, your budget per guest will go up, and that could open up options like nicer tequila, more flowers, or a couple of extra pieces in your band.

That's your wedding planning homework...and one of the few things you really wouldn't want your planner to do without you (seating assignments are another). Pick your number first!

Pinterest Faves! February 2018

I've been pinning my heart out this month. Fashion week + coming change in seasons = Pinterest overload. Love these Lela Rose looks, especially the white. This wedding dress in particular has been blowing up. Once again, I pinned a whole pile of D&G menswear...this look may be my favorite. And here's a photo that I just really, really, love. Click the image above to see what else was worth saving!

Brooklyn Wedding Inspiration | Aysha & Drew

Brooklyn Wedding Inspiration | Aysha & Drew

Classic beauty was the goal here and I think we nailed it -- I'll never be tired of seeing natural hair and lace together. The vendor team fully committed to the vision and we created a super special afternoon with Aysha and Drew. Huge thanks to April + Galina Photography, TSH Beauty, Loulette Bride, and Angel Salazar Design. The stars aligned. ✨

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Now Contributing to A Practical Wedding!

Excited to announce that I am now a contributing writer for A Practical Wedding! Our interests and values align perfectly so it's going to be a super fun partnership. They've published two of my pieces so far: the first is a cheat sheet for tipping your wedding vendors, and the second is a personal essay about the plantation wedding phenomenon. More to come!

DUMBO Waterfront Wedding Inspiration | Olga & Daniel

DUMBO Waterfront Wedding Inspiration | Olga & Daniel

Oh man, these two. Previous clients of Karlie's who'd had a low-frills courthouse wedding, they were prime candidates to model for our Brooklyn-chic inspiration shoot at the DUMBO Waterfront. We had a dream team to create a simple, beautiful, and love-filled afternoon. Everyone brought their A-game: insanely creative and stunning florals from LaParis at Brooklyn Blooms, clean and sophisticated hair and makeup by Kate Cohen, and of course the stupid-good photos by Karlie Louise. Olga and Daniel insisted that they aren't actual models, but we don't believe them.

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