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One of my favorite weddings I planned was this one down in Boca Grande. It’s actually the same venue where my sister is getting married! Among the million sweet details, one of the best was how many children were in the wedding. It was just so sweet. And these boys! Don’t they look so handsome! They served lemonade out of a stand before the ceremony – which was something the bride had done with her siblings growing up.
My sister will have lots of little ones in her wedding too – a couple boys and girls ranging from Wesley to 10 years old or so. I asked on instagram and also on the facebook group –Southern Mama Guide – where people would suggest we look for special occasion wear.
The first thing my little girl requests each morning is to wear a dress. No joke. She loves how beautiful dresses make her feel and wants to feel like a princess 24/7; and can’t say that I blame her 😉 One of her absolute favorite “princess” dresses includes Strasburg Children‘s hand-made Lace Morning Gown. This lightweight dress is perfect for twirling, dancing, and playing. Best of all, paired with this Champagne Charlotte Bow Sweater Cardigan, she can continue wearing this dress as the weather begins to cool down. Something that really sets Strasburg Children apart is that all of their clothes are all made from 100% Dupioni Silk or 100% Cotton and features french seams. Not only does Strasburg Children feature adorable dresses and cardigans, but their shoes just complete each outfit.
When you have a little girl like mine, it’s dresses and lace and bows all the time. And I don’t mind one bit. After years of only little boy things this boy mama finally got her girl and loves any chance to play dress up.
Strasburg Children reached out and asked if Adelee would like to try one of their dresses and the answer was “YES, OF COURSE!” The dress is perfect with gorgeous crocheted lace detailing around the collar and hem line with fabric buttons along the back and shoulders. The lightweight 100% cotton fabric is amazing quality and cool enough for our Florida temperatures.
Let’s face it, little girls can have a big impact in a wedding. The children with the most significant impact in the wedding are generally the ring-bearer and the flower girl. We have recently witnessed brides and grooms honoring the history of the original flower girls by incorporating classic styled dresses and accessories into their wedding receptions inspired by the Victorian era.
While some brides are going for the contrast in fabric and colors, others are sticking with simple yet elegant garb of the past.
My sweet Abby is eight and a half. I swear that I enjoy each season with her more than the next. It is such a fun age. She is a smart, motivated little girl who loves to read and has been playing so well with Jake. She talks back a little and never wants to go to bed at a reasonable hour. But that is what makes her my Abby.
This age is special because I know that she will remember everything. Our day to day life will become what she remembers as her ‘childhood.’ I hope that the our evening walks will be looked back upon fondly. I hope that someday all of these Littlest Pet Shop toys that I step on continuously are cherished and take her back to a day where she could imagine all day long. I wonder if she is going to feed her kids frozen waffles everyday like I do… with a dollop of whipped cream on top.
The circle of life is pretty amazing. Often times I have to pinch myself. Am I really an adult already? A married, 35 year old Mom of two? Sometimes I still feel like a child. But motherhood is especially real to me as I tuck things into their memory boxes. Whether it’s a drawing, a little toy or a favorite shirt, I sometimes get a little emotional thinking of her going through these memories when she is an adult and maybe (hopefully) sharing some of her memories with her own children.
Two years ago, Claire wore a Strasburg Childrens dress for my sister-in-laws wedding rehearsal dinner and a couple weddings we attended that summer. You can see her dress here. She still loves that dress and since it was a pretty soft blue, calls it her Cinderella dress. We have some events coming up including another wedding, and a baby sprinkle my sweet sister-in-law is throwing us. So we wanted Claire to have a special dress for these days. She had the opportunity to pick one of Strasburg Childrens Charleston Summer Beach Collection again and chose the Caroline Lace Dress in lavender this time.
This ballet inspired shoot aimed to capture the essence of dance in the wings and preparation for the stage. Rosin, a golden yellow rock-power mix, is used backstage by dancers to help control their pointe shoes and therefore their movements on stage. Watercolor tends to have the ability to reflect a lot of the movement seen in dance, so watercolor elements were used on a simple white cake and white backdrop and mixed with other elements such as rosin and wooden floors.
These talented vendors hoped to convey the beauty of the movement of dance but also the raw moments and strength that often aren't seen behind the scenes. See all of the beautiful details from this dance and movement inspired wedding shoot in the full gallery, photographed by Love Be Photography.See More...
This weekend, we moved house and I can honestly say it was one of the most difficult moves I've ever done. It just happened to be the hottest weekend of the year so far. Regardless, we really had a fun time with our families helping us. It turned into quite a family affair, and we ended the weekend with a meal at our new house.
While we were moving bin after bin of memories, I was struck with emotion when I found a box of baby outfits that were Izzie's right after she was born. She was so tiny! I know that all babies are tiny when they're born, but she's always been so petite and adorable.
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"My daughter will be a first-time flower girl in about a month. She’s so excited she’s literally counting down the days. In the months leading up to the wedding, I’ve been searching for pretty dress options to show the bride. After doing lots of research, my two favorite under-the-radar brands are Children Chic and Strasburg Children. The former was started by a friend of a co-worker and the latter was recommended to me by a market editor at Vogue.com. Both sites have options that are traditional and timeless—the clothes are beautifully made and truly evoke another era!"