Now that things have calmed down a bit since the wedding, I am excited to share our favorite images and details from our special day! All these photos were taken by photographer Jourdan Cooley, who did an amazing job capturing the essence of our wedding and who Chris and I are as husband and wife.
Chris and I got married at 2pm in the afternoon on September 7, 2018. We were able to celebrate our marriage with 100 of our closest family members and friends. Our ceremony was held in a Catholic church and our reception was held at a country club overlooking a beautiful golf course.
My parents surprised us with the gift of being chauffeured in the most beautiful white 1936 Rolls Royce. This car definitely made an entrance and helped to tie our "vintage fairytale" theme together. Plus it was super fun being able to drive around in a car that no one could miss!
Our brothers stood up for us in our wedding and we had four flower girls that were all from my side of the family. We wanted to keep the wedding party small and intimate, just like our wedding was.
My dress and veil were from a bridal boutique located in Lake Geneva, WI called All About The Gown By Judy, Inc. and Kelly from Sew Convenient Alterations and Boutique did my alterations. Kelly worked wonders on my dress by taking it from 12 sizes too big to perfectly fitting my body. We had four fittings before we achieved the perfect fit.
My jewelry was from a variety of places and I made several changes to what I originally thought was going to look best with my dress. The final look I decided on consisted of a Swarovski crystal and pearl necklace, Swarovski crystal bracelet, and earrings that also had pearl accents. In addition, I decided to wear a tiara to complete my look and to mimic, but not match the tiaras my flower girls wore. My shoes were Jewel by Badgley Mischka and they were easily the most beautiful and most comfortable heels I could have asked for.
My bouquet and my flower girls' bouquets were created entirely by my mom. My mother-in-law, aunts, cousins, and I all created the reception flower decor.
My handsome groom wore a Kenneth Cole suit that featured a subtle plaid print, along with a cufflink style white shirt, a quartz colored tie, a Michael Kors watch, and Steve Madden shoes. The suit, shirt, tie, cufflinks, and tie bar were all purchased from Men's Wearhouse. Our brothers' looks were also from Men's Wearhouse.
Family was so important to us on this day and we were lucky enough to have our entire families there to celebrate with us, including our parents, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and best friends.
Especially when it came to family, my mom played such a special role in our wedding, as she was pretty much my wedding planner. She helped Chris and I decide on all the details for the wedding and we put a lot of time into DIY-ing and shopping for this special day.
For the reception, we had two cakes. One was gluten-free and vegan for Chris and I to share and the other was a three-tier cake for all of our guests. The gluten-free and vegan cake was from Sweet Natalie's and the cake and sweets table for our guests was from SweetPea Cakes.
Chris and I shared our first dance together as husband and wife. In addition, I danced with my dad and Chris danced with his mom.
We also had the traditional bouquet toss and garter toss, which proved to be very competitive amongst our families!
Our wedding was the most amazing day Chris and I could have ever asked for! It was so beautiful, family filled, and so much fun! Most importantly though, Chris and I were able to bestow the sacrament of marriage on one another and we are so excited for our journey through life together as husband and wife!
We appreciate everyone's support at our wedding and through social media. Much love from Chris and I and...
Hi there everyone! My "She" series is back! I know I haven't posted another quote from this amazing book (She: written by: Kobi Yamada / designed by: Jenica Wilke & Steve Potter) in a while, but I decided why not start the series back up?
This quote is so empowering to me, since it really defines my personality and how I try to live my life each and every day. I consider myself a very positive and optimistic person, so no matter the obstacles life throws at me, I am always able to look at them as opportunities.
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, so I truly believe that all the good that happens and all the bad that happens in one's life is for a greater purpose. It can be hard to understand that purpose until you see the amazing outcome and/or transformation after it, but it is important to always believe that something good is going to happen for you when you conquer the obstacle in front of you.
Obstacles are there to make us stronger. I challenge you to try and look at obstacles as objectively as possible and turn them into your new opportunity! Stay positive and...
It's Sunday and it's time to introduce the first quote from the book She that I am discussing:
"She loved life and it loved her right back"
To me, this quote really resonates because when you go through life you experience a plethora of ups and downs. However, no matter if you are in a good situation or a bad one, it is important to try to find the things you love about life. I am a firm believer in what you put out into the world you will receive back. So, if you are projecting love and positivity, then you are likely to receive it back.
Sometimes that can be difficult to do if you are enduring a difficult time, but any difficult time will be solved. You will get through whatever life throws at you and will be stronger at the end of it. I, personally, have gone through so many things at a young age, but I am grateful that I did not give up hope during them. I kept on pushing through and I believe it only made me a stronger person in the end.
I challenge you to find at least two things you love about life every day, even on the difficult days! Stay positive and...
She...who is she?
My mom gave me this book called She (written by: Kobi Yamada / designed by: Jenica Wilke & Steve Potter) on the day of my bridal shower as part of my gift. Within this book there are several quotes that involve the word "she" as if the book is talking about a specific woman. However, this book is talking about all women.
I am going to start a series on Instagram and on this site (along with still posting fashion of course!), inspired by this book and the quotes in it. My goal in my life and in my career is to inspire women to feel confident and empowered, so this book aligns perfectly with that. My mom, who is my own inspiration, gave the book to me, which makes it that much more special and that much more inspirational to post about.
Each post that I will create will describe one of the quotes from the book, what it means to me, and how it can apply to many women's lives because she is me and she is you!
Happy New Year everyone! From what I have seen, 2017 seemed like a rough year for a lot of people. I can relate, since I had my own struggles this past year, as well. I also had some great successes this year too! Whether your year was struggle filled or success filled or a mixture of both, 2018 is here, so let's start the year off on a positive note!
While I don't make resolutions necessarily and I don't think I need to be a whole new me, I do believe it is important to reflect on the previous year and then see how you want the new year to look like. This way, you can see how you can improve for 2018. There are little and big changes we can make to create our happiest selves and our happiest lives. Here are some of the things I am going to focus on in 2018:
#1: Family and Friends
This year, I plan on working on spending even more quality time with my fiance, my family, my fiance's family, and my friends. It is so important to make time for loved ones no matter how crazy life gets because these are the people that bring me the most joy out of anyone and anything in life.
#2: Rest and Relaxation
In addition, making more time for rest and relaxation is another thing that I am going to focus on committing time to, since life gets to be so crazy and hectic. I want to find a hobby this year that relaxes me in addition to blogging. Maybe I will journal or take sewing back up.
#3: Career Goals and New Job
While relaxation and rest is important, I also want to further my career. With that being said, I am excited to announce that I just got a new job as a Jr. Stylist at a studio! I am very excited about this job and know that I am going to learn so much and get a lot of experience in my field. I plan on really focusing on this job and working as hard as I can to make the most of it and to further my career.
#4: Wedding Planning
Yes, Chris and I are getting closer and closer to getting married! We couldn't be more excited! I am looking forward to all of the planning from the little details to the big ones. It is going to be an amazing experience and I just can't wait for the big day to be here!
#5: Finishing School
I will be graduating from college in 2018 with my Bachelor's Degree and I honestly couldn't be more excited. School is so important and having a degree in this day and age helps to open a lot of doors. I am looking forward to graduating and finally being done with homework...that is until I decide if I want to get my Masters Degree at some point in life.
While there are many things that I plan to focus on in 2018, I also know that 2018 will have its struggles and hard times like 2017 did. However, what I plan on doing is trying to find the positives in every situation this year, rather than focusing on the negatives. Being positive and having a positive attitude will play a major role in 2018 for me.
Happy New Year everyone! May 2018 be your best year yet!
Merry Christmas everyone! Chris and I hope you have a fantastic and family filled Christmas. As much fun as it is to give and receive gifts, the real meaning behind the holiday is Jesus being born and spending time with loved ones.
As I have grow up, I have realized more and more just how important family is and what family means to me. I feel blessed to have Chris in my life, as he is my best friend and the love of my life. Also, I am lucky to have supportive and caring parents and brother, as well as a large extended family. In addition, my soon to be in-laws and soon to be brother-in law are amazing and I am grateful to have them in my life.
Every day it seems that I am just constantly busy and rushing through the day to get everything accomplished, but the holidays give me an excuse to reflect and show appreciation for what matters most. So, even though Chris and I had a busy Christmas Eve traveling around, we are excited to have a relaxing Christmas day spent with the people we love most.
Thank you all for your continued support of emilyehardt.com and we wish you a safe, happy, and healthy Christmas!
Happy Halloween everyone! This year, Chris and I decided to dress up as two of the most influential people in the fashion industry. I chose to dress as Anna Wintour and Chris can be seen rocking a look similar to Michael Kors. We had a lot of fun recreating their looks and I hope you enjoy the photos!
Thanks for viewing our Halloween looks! Who or what are you dressing up as this year?
Hello, my classy followers! I am sharing a different kind of post with you today. Rather than styling clothing, I am showing you how to style an accent table as a part of my collaboration with Paddywax candles.
I was lucky enough to be able to be gifted this candle from their Kaleidoscope collection to show you how you can easily add a pop of color to your accent table. Enjoy the post and share with me and home decor tips you may have!
#1: Start with Personal Items
These items can be anything from a photo of a loved one or pet to a jewelry box from your mom or grandma. Having that personal touch really makes your accent table uniquely yours.
#2: Add a Scent
This Paddywax candle is in their salted grapefruit scent that I absolutely love. It is not too fruity, but it just adds a splash of scent to your room. Plus, finding a candle that is in gorgeous packaging really makes for a fresh statement.
#3: Add Some Greenery
To lighten up your room and table, I love adding some greenery. Whether it be a plant that I just purchased or flowers from my fiance, adding this outdoorsy touch incorporates a relaxing element.
#4: Choose the Right Table
When you have all of your pieces that you want to use to decorate a table, it is time to find the perfect one. I love my circular marble table, since it has gold detailing that really fits my aesthetic. If you like a more rustic look, then choose a wooden table or if you like a girly look, then choose one with stripes and a pop of color.
#5: Make it Yours
One thing that all of these tips have in common is that you have the freedom to have fun with your styling choices. That is what styling is all about: making a look, whether is be with clothing or home decor, uniquely your own!
Be sure to check out Paddywax candles from some gorgeous designs and beautiful scents!
As many of you know, Chris and I are in the beginning stages of planning our wedding, which has included me dress shopping! We have not picked out any of the "big things" yet, like venues, but we have little pieces that we have been picking up here and there to get off to a good start!
Throughout this post, I am going to share with you some of our favorite pieces we have picked up thus far. If anyone out there has any suggestions for places to shop for wedding decorations or to register, then leave those ideas in the comments below. I appreciate everyone's involvement and well wishes!
#1: Bridal Shirt
A must have for any new bride is a bridal shirt. Whether it be a tee or tank, a tee with a saying like "Bride" or "Fiance" or "From Ms. to Mrs." every bride should have one. It is a cute little nod to your exciting event coming up, as well as this exciting time in your life. Plus, you can style these tanks and tees so many ways, especially with leather jackets going into the fall!
#2: Wedding Planning Notebook
I have an obsession with anything related to stationary from cute pens to sticky notes to notebooks. However, whether you have a stationary obsession like me or not, it is crucial to have a notebook to write down all of your important dates, inspirational ideas, and to do lists. This notebook will be your wedding bible as you go throughout the process, even if you are in just the beginning stages like me. Style points for one that is white, says "Bride," or is an actual wedding planner!
#3: Advice Cards
Like I stated in the beginning, Chris and I have only started to plan, so we have not picked out a venue yet. So, we are just picking out little pieces here and there, such as these white and gold advice cards. I love these, since it is a great way to connect with your guests and to have a little memento for you and your significant other to take home and read through the next day.
#4: Card Holder
This adorable card holder is something that, again, connects you with your guests. It is a convenient way for guests to drop their car/gift off and then enjoy the party. Also, the saying on the holder is adorable and truly emulates the love that is present during a wedding! And, can you believe I found it at Jewel?!
Which item is your favorite that I have purchased so far? Also, if you are getting married or are married, where are places that you had luck at when shopping for wedding decor? Leave all of your thoughts in the comments below; I can't wait to read them!
Happy 4th of July, my classy followers! Also, Happy 2 years anniversary to my fiance, Chris! Today we have been together for 2 years and I am just so beyond lucky to be able to call him mine! He is my happiness, my best friend, and the love of my life!
I hope everyone enjoys this 4th of July and loves the outfits I styled for Chris and I below! Our looks complement one another through the very patriotic color scheme, as well as the more casual, but still dressed up vibe.
Have a stylish and safe 4th of July!