Bridesmaids Gifts

Bridesmaid Gifts // Courtney Callahan

Choosing and creating gifts for my maid of honor, bridesmaids and flower girl was one of my favorite things during wedding planning. Since I had been a bridesmaid in many, many weddings; I tried to think of gifts that could be used during the wedding weekend and beyond.

I purchased simple canvas totes then fancied them up by sewing two ribbons on the top and bottom seams plus added a monogram to the front of the bag. Then, I filled each bag with the following goodies and personalized them with a handwritten note and customized schedule.

Bridesmaid Gifts // Courtney Callahan

01. Nightshirt (monogrammed) // 02. Kate Spade earrings // 03. Bangle set // 04. Monogrammed handkerchief (similar here) // 05. Gold flip flops // 06. Cosmetic bag // 07. Hair ties // 08. Compact // 09. Jo Malone fragrance

Stripes in Seaside

This week has been an absolute blast exploring 30A and all of the cute beach towns in between including my favorite destination, Seaside. The quaint town is filled with adorable shops, restaurants and airstream food trucks all of which are just a bike ride away.

Besides catching some rays at the beach and pool; my favorite morning in Seaside begins with an iced chai tea latte from Amavida, followed by yoga at  The Studio (thanks Laura for a great class!), then a juice from Raw & Juicy. I may just have to open Courtney Callahan Paper South!

Since I love to “dress the part”, I chose this jeweled, navy stripe sweatshirt with white pants for a slightly chilly beach morning.

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Striped sweatshirt, Kendra Scott earrings, white pants, Rebecca Minkoff bag, sunglasses (TOMS from earlier this year that are no longer made…so sad!), shoes (old from GAP)

Florals at the beach

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Hibiscus Floral DressKendra Scott Earrings, Rattan purse {similar version}, NARS New LoverNARS Never Say Never

I am spending the week with my family in sunny Watercolor, Florida (right next to Seaside), and feeling quite spoiled by all the warm temperatures, bright sun and soothing sounds of the ocean. This is our second trip as a family to the same location, but Michael and I took the opportunity to head out to a new beach town for a date night before everyone arrived for our vacation.

We chose Caliza Restaurant in Alys Beach which is this all-white, super-luxe resort community and had THE most amazing meal – red snapper for me and surf & turf for Michael based on a recommendation from our friends.

Since the nights are still super warm, I chose this easy-breezy hibiscus floral dress I snagged on super-sale from J. Crew; paired with my favorite white Kendra Scott earrings and a rattan purse also from J. Crew. It was the perfect, summery outfit for poolside dining.

I’ll be here on 30A for the entire week so let me know if you have any favorite destinations!

Little White Dress

Besides all of the fun I had planning our May wedding, I think I really enjoyed the excuse to wear a little white dress at multiple occasions – wedding showers, the bachelorette party, my bridal luncheon and rehearsal dinner. Little white dresses are so adorable on their own that you need minimal accessories—making them an easy-to-style outfit.

Including the white, flutter-sleeve dress that I wore to our rehearsal dinner, I rounded up a few of my other favorite white dresses below!

Little white dress,  Kate Spade earrings,  J. Crew bracelet, sparkly gold Kate Spade heels (peep toe version), NARS New LoverNARS Never Say Never

Our Rehearsal Dinner

Earlier this spring, Michael and I held our rehearsal dinner for our nearest and dearest at Pomme restaurant in downtown Clayton in St. Louis. The small, French restaurant was the perfect spot for an intimate, candlelit night to kickoff our wedding weekend and was graciously hosted by Michael’s family.

Michael worked closely with chef Bryan Carr to create the custom three-course menu and wine pairings. Some of the highlights were a Poached Lobster salad with arugula and a roasted tomato vinaigrette, Great Lakes Walleye with potato hash in a tarragon butter sauce, and Chocolate-Pistachio Torte with housemade pistachio ice cream. Oh, and champagne! Lots of champagne.

We had our talented wedding photographer, Heather Roth Photography, capture the night and she did so gorgeously. I highly recommend hiring a professional to attend your rehearsal dinner as well as your wedding since so much time and energy is put into this night too. Plus, the pictures are more relaxed compared to the stress of your wedding day.

After a blow out at Blown Away, I changed into this little white dress from Bloomingdales, small Kate Spade earrings, my go-to bracelet, and sparkly gold Kate Spade heels (no longer available but here’s a peep toe version).

My groom looked quite dapper that evening as well – donning a navy blue suit, Hugo Boss slim fit plaid shirt (on sale), coordinated silk dot tie,  navy and white polka dot pocket square and cognac leather oxfords.

I want to share more shots from this memorable evening of my beautiful mom, siblings and bridesmaids. I swear we did not plan the color scheme of our outfits but they turned out quite nice together. Way to go team! And speaking of team, my mom created the fresh flower arrangements, Michael spray painted the golden apples, my sister penned the place cards and my sister-in-law tirelessly put together my bouquet made completely from wrapping paper at my wedding showers.

Rehearsal Dinner // Courtney Callahan

Our Rehearsal Dinner // Courtney Callahan

HERS: Little white dress,  Kate Spade earrings,  J. Crew bracelet, sparkly gold Kate Spade heels (peep toe version), NARS New LoverNARS Never Say Never
HIS: Hugo Boss navy blue suitHugo Boss plaid shirtJ. Crew silk dot tie,  J. Crew polka dot pocket square, Cognac leather oxfords

 

Photos by Heather Roth Photography