Find me on my new site! elainalynn.com

Hey everyone!

If you’re reading this, then you are currently subscribed to or found my old site, Wedding Girl Problems. If you would like to continue reading about my adventures, find tips about planning a wedding and get inspired, head on over to my new site elainalynn.com/blog. I would love to share all my new adventures with you!

I am no longer updating this site, so please head over to my new site if you like what you’re seeing here!

Thanks all!!

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Moving to New Site! elainalynn.com

Hey Everyone!

Exciting news… I have created my first website! Learning how to self-host a WordPress.org website has been both frustrating and fulfilling, but I did it! I recommend watching lots of tutorials. My favorites so far are this Skillshare class (although it is slightly outdated) and the WP Beginner site. I also couldn’t have done it without my friend Kadee who is an awesome website designer herself!

I can already see that the site will be a constant work-in-progress thanks to my perfectionist trait, but I can’t wait to share it with the world.

Please go check out my new site!

Also, if you subscribe to my blog via WordPress.com, and would like to continue receiving updates via email, head to my new blog site here and enter your email to subscribe. Otherwise, you will still receive updates via your WordPress.com Reader.

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I would love to know what you think! Leave me a comment on the new site with your thoughts.

Sincerely,
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Are you ready for the Kentucky Derby? FREE Download Inside

Another reason I know I am truly Southern at heart is my deep love and obsession of the Kentucky Derby. My mom raised me to love horses, the Derby and the hats… ooooh the hats! The combination of tradition, prep and an excuse to party make my heart sing every year. One day I’ll host a Derby party of my very own, but in the meantime I wanted to share with you all the Derby invite I would be sending. That way you can all have fabulous parties of your own!

Derby InvitationClick here to download the party invitation. After downloading the PDF file, you can enter in your unique text using Adobe Acrobat before printing.

If you need more inspiration, check out the official Kentucky Derby website for party ideas. Feel free to share your Derby party pics, or at least your hat pictures, and I will feature them here on the blog!

Now it’s time to start perfecting your mint julep recipe before the big day.

Cheers!
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What Not to Do: Leave Videography Out of Your Budget

Everyone deserves to have a wedding video.

When I was a little girl, the one movie I wanted to watch over and over was my parent’s wedding video. The ceremony was shot with a single camera in the back of the venue. The reception was outdoors at the Marine training base in southern California. You can hear the jets flying overhead during their first dance. I still think it’s the best “movie” ever made. Seeing my parents when they were so young. Seeing family members that have passed before I was born. Seeing the family that I only get to see when we have a great reason to. Weddings. That’s what they are all about. Families coming together and celebrating. And that’s exactly what I wanted my wedding to be. But I almost missed out on the best part… The wedding movie!

We were extremely blessed, and lucky, with how things came together for our wedding. One of those examples was videography. I did not budget for it. I wanted it, so badly, but couldn’t find room in our budget to afford it. So we bought 3 small flip cams and several SD cards to hold hours of amateur video filmed from our family and friend’s point of view. One of my favorite photographers did this with an 8 MM camera, and I cried when I watched her wedding video.

The thing is, do you know where all that video is sitting right now? On those SD cards. Because it will take me a good chunk of time to go through and create something digestible.

Thank goodness for my sister-in-law’s best friend Rachel. We asked her if she would be a second-shooter at our wedding as we were worried about our photographer being in two places at once (Edgefield is a big place!). She graciously accepted, and brought along her fiance to shoot some video footage. Never could I have imagined the incredible result! Below is the beautiful film created by RP Imagery, one of their first wedding films they created. I think they’ll be producing many, many more in the near future 🙂

Videography: RP Imagery
Photography: Mint Photography
Venue & Catering: McMenamins Edgefield
DJ: Thunderstruck Productions
Personal Flowers: Blüm, Design in Flowers
Centerpieces: DIY Methot family projects
Design, Planning, Invitations & Paper Goods: DIY
Day-of Planning: Alex Engel
Chair Rentals: The Party Pros

My Tea Party Bridal Shower Film

As we celebrate the holiday season, where family all comes back together again, I wanted to share this beautiful film that Rachel Peterson of RP Imagery created as a surprise for me from my bridal shower. Such a wonderful way to remember the perfect tea party thrown by my sister-in-law Kaylin.

Videography: RP Imagery
Venue: Myrtle’s Tea House
Stationery & Event Planning: Kaylin Debiak
Hats supplied by my mother-in-law’s friend Margaret

Our Wedding Invitations

After working at Paper Source for a year and casually done graphic design forever (I was designing newsletters with Microsoft Publisher at the age of 10), I was most excited to design our wedding invitations. The process lasted several months (not exaggerating) and consisted of many designs that were abandoned all together. The final design went through multiple drafts before arriving on the final printed piece.

All the paper was purchased at Paper Source, and then printed and cut down at a local printer. The assembly was done by my wonderful friends and family (thank you for putting up with my crazy assembly lines!!!). Not pictured is the green ribbon and silver wax seal used to hold together the components, which was the most time consuming part.

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My vision was to create a classic, yet whimsical design for our “medieval garden” wedding. Some of my obsessions include brackets and calligraphy, which made their way into the design. The liners were Cavallini papers cut down and hand stuff by my great team.

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Beautiful paper is another love of mine. It’s hard to tell from the photos, but I used the yummy Luxe white paper for all the pieces (which is quite a pain to find a printer for!). I ordered our return address stamper from Paper Source as well (are you noticing a trend??), which tied in with the brackets on the invitations.

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There were MANY more printed pieces that added to our wedding suite that I can’t wait to share with y’all!

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The Shift Dress

I am a huge fan of the shift dress as it embodies the essence of simple, chic attire. I knew it gained popularity in recent years but wasn’t familiar with the exact history.

Until my fabulous Lilly Pulitzer 2014 monthly planner arrived.
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(On an aside, who knew it would be so hard to find an appealing planner with only months-at-a-glance? While the Lilly one is a bit big, I am in love with the style.) On the first page, there is a quick story on the history of the Lilly and her brand. What a great role model. She designed shift dresses for herself to hide the citrus stains she got while working at her citrus stand. When her high school friend Jackie Kennedy wore one, her design business took off. She’s been designing beautiful prints (while still planning fabulous parties) ever since!

Wouldn’t it be great to go back 50 years, attend the parties, and wear the colorful clothes? Luckily Lilly’s retail business is still thriving today. This sweater. WANT.