Pnina Tornai Presents: LOVE

Posted on: July 12, 2017

Last May, Pnina Tornai launched her 2018 LOVE bridal collection. I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak at the collection before it was release to the public. I have photos of the entire press preview here. The collection features 30 new dresses that are similar to the Tornai’s couture collection in both style and design. The LOVE collection offers a variation of different silhouettes and fabrics that include: tulles, chiffons, laces and satins as well as her signature illusion corset.

Although, most of her gowns start at $9,000 and up, she created this collection so it can be LOVED by all. The collection starts at an affordable price point of $2500 and up. As I previewed this collection, I couldn’t help but fall in love with every single piece. It made me want to get married all over again. I found myself texting my husband to tell him, “We need to get married again with me wearing one of these gowns!!” I also said this to Pnina herself.  Two words, ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! Each gown sparkled and shined on the models, different styles to suit just about any bride to be or those renewing their vows.

 

Pnina Tornai is a well-renowned top couture fashion designer. Her designs have been adored, worn and loved by so many over the years.  Not only can I say I’ve been a fan of hers for many years, but I’m happy to call her a friend as well. Beautiful and kind hearted with impeccable design skills and vision. If you haven’t seen this collection you should definitely check it out. Below are photos of some of my favorites from the LOVE Collection 2018. View the entire collection here.

 

To all my brides and those renewing their vows, Congratulations and Best Wishes.

Love is such a beautiful thing!!

I hope you enjoyed this post and you love the collection, it’s simply stunning! Let me know your favorite below!!!

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!

 



A Marriage Prayer

Posted on: July 5, 2017

 

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
-1 Corinthians 13:4-13 NIV

This past weekend my husband and I attended the wedding of our cousins and celebrated their union and love. It got me thinking and I wanted to write down my thoughts and shed some light on marriage, love, and everything in between. While sitting through the ceremony seeing my beautiful cousin marry her best friend it got me thinking how love is such a beautiful and unique thing.

Every love story is unique and beautiful and I may be bias but I think are is my favorite. While sitting and listening to the priest and the readings chosen for their special day it got me thinking…. I started to think about my husband, Mark and our marriage. For some of you who don’t know, Mark and I have been together now for 9 years and married for 4 years. Our relationship has seen it’s share of ups and downs like everyone does. If anyone ever tells you their marriage is perfect, they are lying and not being true to themselves. Sometimes you need to go through some tough times to realize the good in your relationship, but I say this very lightly and I mean only sometimes.

Often times, life will teach you a lot of things. It will also throw you some curve balls that will test you and your marriage. It’s those test, obstacles and challenges that will definitely make you see what’s worth it. Even through all the trials and tribulations, you have to think about what’s truly important to you and how you and your partner got here. Sometimes these bumps in the road require both of you to reevaluate, regroup and re-center. Through it all, your marriage and relationship will stand the test of time, but in the end, always remember the why. Why did you get marriage? Why are you with your partner?  Think back to the love you both share and tell yourself, what matters most to you and your partner.  Is love still there?  Is this still worth it?   What I’m essentially getting at is that while witnessing the union between our cousins it made me think about my marriage and the why. Even after 4 years of marriage and 9 years together my why is still the same for the both of us. The trials and tribulations, and the part in your vows, “For Better and for worse…” that’s the part when life sends you those obstacles to teach you lessons and to make you stronger, not just as individuals but united as one.   Someone once told me, when you love hard you fight even harder. Maybe this is the case for us and many other couples. But I believe that life teaches us a lot of lessons for a reason. Maybe to test our strength, to test our marriage and us as a whole. But, I’m a firm believer that it will definitely make you stronger in the long run.

Both my husband and I  have said and admitted after that we both said things we didn’t mean, because of anger, in the end we can’t imagine our lives without each of us in it. So, to all the couples out there, remember marriage and any relationship requires work, time, loyalty, communication and being completely open and honest with one another. When gets you down, remember to always talk everything out until your all talked out. Communication and healthy communication is the root to everything.  Face each problem head on. Make each other remember the why, why you two are in this situation and why you got married in the first place. It’s ok to agree to disagree, but know that every relationship is always about compromise. No one is ever always right.There is never “I” in a WE, once you say “I do,” you two are partners in marriage and partners in life. No matter what, you two make the decisions together. Remain a united front always, no matter what.

To our cousins and all the couples out there , I wish you all the very best. May your lives be filled with much love, happiness, laughter and lots of blessings. Know that you are never alone. Know that every relationship goes through their share of ups and downs. Know that every argument is worth fighting for no matter what. Always remember the why and always remember to love and cherish one another.

I’ll leave you with this prayer that has stayed with us since day one of our new chapter as husband and wife.

A Marriage Prayer

Lord, help us to remember when we first met and the strong love that grew between us.

To work that love into practical things so nothing can divide us.

We ask for words both kind and loving, and for hearts always ready to ask forgiveness as well as to forgive.

Dear Lord, we put our marriage into your hands. Amen

Love is truly a beautiful and unique things, with so many twist and turns. Love is something we should always cherish and hold close to our heart. <3 But hey, it’s all part of this crazy thing called life.

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey!

 


Discover La Vie Boheme

Posted on: January 11, 2017

Discover our latest collection: La Vie Boheme!

La Vie Boheme is our latest collection which launch on the evening of January 10th. It’s main inspiration comes from none other than the romantic city, Paris in the Springtime. When you see this collection you’ll simply fall in love. It’s comprised of 3 mini collections that are Parisian inspired.

Our first mini collection is Jolie

With this collection you’ll be on trend with these blush essentials, great for Spring and beyond!! Now available on my boutique: www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique.

Jolie gives us the perfect mix of feminine beauty and Spring time in Paris. It’s embodies our fresh + free spirited passion for wandering the world. A French bohemian vibe, equipped with mixed media elements such as: pearls — a huge trend for 2017, velvet detailing– another big trend for the New year, brilliant beading, romantic blush tones and snake-embossed Vegan leather. The perfect whimsical blend of modern+vintage materials that display a breathtaking, bohemian vibe.

I wish this collection launched when I was getting married! I absolutely love the details in every piece and the elements of mixed media combined with the perfect blend of modern and vintage– simply stunning!! Not to mention, the blush color scheme would’ve gone perfectly with my colors which were: Blush, Gold and Silver.

The Jolie collection also goes well with our other collections such as: La Vie en Rose and Gardenia. All of these collection features blush, rose-gold and gold colors in each piece which would be perfect for any bride or anyone who LOVES those color tones. (My favorite color palette if you ask me :)) Not to mention, you can style these pieces for your special day or any event really. The jewelry is simply gorgeous and when you see the collection for yourself you’ll absolutely fall in love.

The bracelets in this collection are simply stunning as well. Great for a springtime and beyond arm soiree. They’re relaxed, feminine, adjustable, has just enough sparkle to add an elegant touch. The tassels on these beauties are so on trend and a great update to our bracelets.

My favorite from the Jolie Collection are the Jolie Statement Necklace, Jolie Statement Earrings, Jolie Crystal Bracelet and the Jolie Statement Bracelet.

Our second mini collection from La Vie Boheme is: Petits Bijoux

Petits Bijoux is an extension of our bestselling Look of Fine collection. Each piece is made with optically flawless cubic zirconia bezel set crystals. A multitude of mix+match layering +styling options. We also continue the rose gold trend in this collection. Great gift ideas for Valentine’s Day, Bridesmaids, teachers, and more.  15% off discount for 3 to 5 items and 20% off discount for 6 or more items. Inquire today and ask about our discount offerings.

My Favorites: Petits Bijoux Be Mine Studded Earrings, Petits Bijoux Be Mine Bracelet and Petits Bijoux Circle of Hearts Ring.

Our 3rd mini collection is yet another extension of our Jen Atkin’s collaboration.

Our Jen Atkin’s partnership launched back in June with the shared C+I love and vision for empowerment, entrepreneurship and education. In this continuation of the collaboration, we’ve revamped our #1 bestseller the bun cuff now available in a stylish art deco update. We also offer tons of convertible styling options with these stellar hair accessories. The ponytail clip has adjustable functionality and can be used with any hair volume. All hair accessories are made in rose gold, gold and now pearl trend that will be a huge hit in 2017. Even celebrities have raved about these hair accessories and so can you. Shop these styles now available on my boutique.
Celebrities Maisie Williams and Chrissy Teigen rocked our Jen Atkin’s hair accessories last Sunday at the Golden Globes. HOT PICKS!!!
All styles are now available on my boutique.
What will be your favorites from our La Vie Boheme Collection?
As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting my journey.
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Wedding Wednesday Series: Love bares no boundaries.. The Heartbreaking Fairytale wedding story: Rowden and Liezl

Posted on: May 14, 2016

For many couples, they are overjoyed, excited, basically filled with every emotion possible when that moment happens…. When your longtime sweetheart ask you to be his wife. It’s a long awaited moment bringing two people together to become one.  After watching this video, I couldn’t help but cry because it was so sad yet so touching all at the same time.

(Photo Credit : www.weddingsatwork.com)

Rowden and Liezl planned to marry on July 8th, 2014, on his 30th birthday. In the midst of the planning their upcoming nuptials, the couple found out that Rowden was diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer. Rowden’s last request was to marry Liezl. With the help of his family, friends, and the Philippine General Hospital, Rowden received his dying wish.

On his deathbed, he said “I Do” do Liezl for all his family, friends, and the hospital to witness. Sadly, on June 8th 2014, Rowden passed away, less than 10 hours after his wedding. His memory lives on with his wife, his family and friends. He passed away with this unforgettable moment that he and Liezl shared.

My condolences goes out to his wife Liezl, his family and friends. This video was so touching and heartfelt.  Rowden is no longer suffering, and he is survived by his wife Leizel May, daughter Zakiah Rowzel, mother Lorelei, and brothers Hasset & Hisham. May he rest in peace.

Rowden’s brother Hasset Go shared this video that went viral. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVocnNIgKwY&feature=youtu.be

( I do not own the rights to this video)

Watching this and hearing their story really touched my heart. It made me think about love and all its possibilities. It also made me think about my faith too. The bond that two people share, and the love that’s within two people is so powerful, that against all odds Love shines through. Though Rowden got his dying wish, by marrying Liezl, he still lost his fight to cancer. Cancer is such a deadly killer and I hope one day we can find a cure for all cancers so we won’t lose the ones we love so soon.

This story was so touching, I had to share it with you all for my Wedding Wednesday series.  Against all odds, love is out there for all of us, Even in our last moments, love happens. I hope this story and video touched your heart and inspired your souls as it did for me.  Never lose faith on love, it’s out there. Never lose hope, for Rowden didn’t. Even though he was dying, he still married the love of his life. He remains now, the guardian angel for his wife and his family always looking down and watching over them.

Remember that even when the going gets tough, and your stressed to the bone with all the wedding planning, remember why you’re marrying your partner. Why did love happen for you? Amidst everything, never lose sight on your love and its’ meaning. Every love story has a something unique, for Rowden and Lizel, they had a fairytale love, that will last in their hearts and minds forever. What does your love story tell…….

What would you do for love?

What gives you hope? What inspires you most when it comes to love?

Please share your thoughts and comments, I’d love to hear from you!

XO,

SOCIALFASHIONISTABEAUTY


WEDDING WEDNESDAY SERIES: ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS– OUR PHOTO SESSION

Posted on: April 6, 2016

Hi Loves!

 I hope everyone is having a great week so far. It’s almost over, but in the meantime enjoy my new Wedding Wednesday Series post. So, as many of you know I’ve shared photos from my wedding on my various social media accounts, advice, wedding decor ideas, and other details leading up to your special day. But what I haven’t shared is our Engagement Photo shoot session and how we chose our photographer + videographer.

Well, ask and you shall receive….

It been 3 years since our engagement shoot. And come to think of it, it was this same weekend and time when we had our shoot, can’t believe it’s been 3 years, feels like yesterday. The weather on that day was so beautiful. Thankfully, mother nature blessed us with good weather for our day shoot.

To start, let me tell you how we choose our photographer and how we got to our engagement shoot session.

First off, finding a photographer isn’t easy, especially one that you’ll like and get along with. After much research and many phone calls, we finally narrowed down a company to work with. And even to this day, we are so happy we chose them and continue to rave and recommend them to anyone and everyone.

After meeting with a representative from their company in our local area, hearing about their work, packages and their reviews we went home to discuss. After many phone calls, meetings, and reading reviews of various companies/photographers/videographers we narrowed down our search. We chose to work with George Street Photo + Video, and we couldn’t be more happier and grateful to them.

George Street Photo + Video specialize in Photojournalistic style of photography. They strive for excellence in executing all of their clienteles needs. They also cater and make make their clients feel as comfortable as possible and are willing to work with you and your needs and wants for your special day. I’m sure other companies do the same, but we felt most comfortable with them after our first initial meeting and going forward. So it just make it that much easier for us to decide to work with them . After you sign the contract and decide to work with them, you select a package, and then they send over their Style Quiz. The style quiz is designed to help best decide and choose the best and right photographer + videographer that best suits your needs and what you’re looking for, for the your special day. After that is determined they will then give you your results and a list of photographers+ videographers are sent to you, you can then view there work and decide from there. Our results for our quiz were : Romantic, Classic, Elegant and Modern. So we then chose our photographer and videographer and they sent us their contact information. From start to finish George Street Photo + Video were very accommodating and they were great to work with. Which is why there aren’t enough words to describe how thankful and blessed we were to find them and work with them. So if you haven’t checked them out I’ll be sure to leave their information below.

Engagement Shoot Advice

What I loved about George Street Photo+ Video is that they work with your needs and wants. So that the vision you have for your photos can be met and executed. What my husband and I also appreciated was that they gave us the contact information for our photographer + videographer. If you can, I’d suggest you contacting them and reach out prior to having your engagement shoot. I know you’ll initially reach out to them to plan out your engagement shoot day, but if you can meet with them beforehand, in my opinion it would make the shoot run even more smoothly. It was such a relief and great to meet out photographer prior to our Engagement shoot. We were able to tell him about us, as he did the same. And he told us about his work and the way he shoots, and we were able to give him our input and what we were look for, for our engagement shoot and our wedding photos. Our initial meeting went off with flying colors, we connected and jived so well. And come engagement shoot day, we were laughing, smiling, and just having a grand ol’ time.

Do your research…. If you have certain photo details or visions in mind tell your photographer beforehand Also, if you want to use props, bring them along. A huge resource and tool that I used throughout my wedding planning is Pinterest. It’s a great website that has an abundance of ideas, details, and decor references that can be useful for you for any occasion. If you haven’t checked it out you should. Check out my personal page and you can see all my vision boards : https://www.pinterest.com/SocFashBeaut17/

Lighting is very important when trying to get the perfect shot. Naturally lighting to be exact. So try and schedule your shoot for the early morning hours or early to mid afternoon hours if your shooting outside.

Try not to wear bold graphics. They tend to distract and lose focus from the photos aesthetics and main focus which is you the couple. Photographers notes: Everyone wearing the same clothing, tend to blend in together and leaving little to not much pop and life to the images. Coordinate VS. Matching…. let’s not get cheesy! Avoid large logo’s, emblems and graphics like “GAP” and “Old Navy” because again, these will typically distract attention away from the subject. We want your faces and emotion to show, not promote the clothing company you purchased from! Be timeless. If your planning on making outfit changes bring it all with your along with your props if you will be having any. You’ll be able to change but on the go, you’re models for the day go with it and work it!!

Lastly,

Remember photos tell stories.. Create a love story/story you and your partner want to display and tell. Show off your personalities and have fun with it. These are your photos for the world to see and to cherish for years to come. So, laugh, smile, make jokes, kiss, and have SO MUCH FUN! That’s the whole point of the session. Enjoy it all!

Please enjoy photos from our Engagement shoot. I hope they inspire and give you ideas for your upcoming engagement shoot. I’ll be sure to list the information below for George Street Photo + Video and our photographer. Congrats, Enjoy + Best Wishes!!

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Robert Carlo Photography

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Brooklyn, New York City 11206

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Where is your dream Engagement Shoot location or where did you have yours?

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY SERIES: SOPHISTICATED WEDDINGS RELEASE PARTY

Posted on: February 17, 2016

       Changing up scenes from seeing the latest trends and styles from NYFW16 events and shows, my husband and I ventured uptown for the 2016 Release party for Sophisticated Weddings. Just your average Wednesday, hobnobbing with some of NY Society’s finest, industry elites, and much more. The event was held the beautiful, iconic and spectacular James Burden Mansion,  located on the Upper East Side.  The Burden Kahn Mansion is well known for hosting many upscale events and Weddings, here in the New York City area. The perfect venue to host the Magazine Release party for Sophisticated Weddings.

We enjoyed getting our photos taken by Cody Raisig, posing in their photobooth, tasting bite size hors d’oeuvres, while trying out some of their signature cocktails and spirits. I’m a firm believer in trying and supporting all local businesses and seeing what they have to offer. And if your having an upcoming event, wedding or party this was a great way to see what these businesses had to offer and see if they could be of some service for your upcoming event.

We were entertained by local band 45 Riots (one of New York City’s best bands), they did a fabulous rendition of Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love, ” fitting for the occasion. Overall, the Release party was a spectacular event. And my husband and I enjoyed ourselves, and met some great people over the course of the night. The 2016 Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition is on sale now and it features two different covers simultaneously in circulations.

[” The first was photographed at the magnificent Burden Kahn Mansions, and features newlywed Vanessa Ray, one of the stars of “Blue Blood,”  on CBS and “Pretty Little Liars” on ABC Family (Now known as FreeForm).”  2016 Cover A

” The second cover was photographed at the historic India House in lower Manhattan, with Molly Tarlov, the newly engaged star of  “Awkward” on MTV.” 2016 Cover B – Sophisticated Weddings ]

The whole evening and experience made me reminisce our wedding day and the whole planning process. Made me want to do it all over again. Weddings and marriage is such a beautiful thing, and something to remember and cherish for many years to come. If your on the hunt for your ideal wedding venue in the New York City area, something that’s elegant, modern, but still will give you that classic/ lovely ambiance this is the place for you.  There are so many venues to choose from but after seeing the inside of the location along with the decor and everything, I’d say this would be a beautiful place to have a wedding!!

If you’re newly engaged, getting married or married, congratulations and I wish you all the best now and always. Cheers to a lifetime of love, blessings and happiness!

Here’s  a list of the local businesses that were in attendance at the event and ones that specialize in weddings and events:

Venue: The Burden Kahn Mansion

Decor + Floral Designs : Florescer NY

Lighting: Power Posse Productions

Furniture+ Rentals : Taylor Creative Inc., Ruth Fishl Props and Furniture Rentals., Broadway Party Rentals

Catering: Rosa Mexicana Restaurants

Bar: Mark Fahere Caterer

Music: 45 Riots ( NY Area Best Bands), Elan Artists, Troy Curtis Entertainment

Cake Tastings: CITY SWEETS & CONFECTIONS & Madison Lee’s Cakes

Macaron Tastings: La Maison du Macaron

Photo Booth: Shake and Share Media

Astrologer: Angel Eyedealism

Photographer: Cody Raisig Photography

Enjoy some photos for the evening!!

Are you engaged, Married, Getting Married?

Where is your dream wedding venue location?

Comment below or write to me I’d love to hear your engagement/wedding story!

For more Wedding Wednesday Series Stay tuned!

XO,

SOCIALFASHIONISTABEAUTY

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(All photos were taken by me, owned by Emily Sotera, SocialFashionistaBeauty)


Wedding Wednesday Series: Cherishing, Reflecting, and Remembering

Posted on: October 14, 2015

It’s been 2 years and 2 months since we got married, and it’s been amazing so far. As I look back  at my weddng photos and watch our video, I start to remember it has if it was just yesterday.

The other day I met with my bestie and we spoke about marriage and her dating life or lack there of.   She’s so eager to get married, like many of us. But sometimes some get married for all the wrong reasons, hers is a means to get her family off of her back. Feeling the pressures of not being married in her early 30’s, she vented to me how she wants to get married so her family won’t bother anymore about the subject. In my opinion, she isn’t ready, her feelings of urgency to get married are to just appease her family. While she doesn’t really know why else would she get married.

A couple weeks ago I met with another girlfriend of mine, and she told me news of a former college friend who was married and now sadly, divorced. And I have yet another girlfriend who married a man who was everything she ever wanted, or so she thought. But turns out he really isn’t the guy she wanted to spend the rest of her life with.

Time and time again I here all these stories and it saddens me. Reason being, because marriage is such a beautiful thing, and although it can be hard at times, no marriage is EVER perfect, but I always think there is a better solution than divorce.

After hearing all these stories it led me to write this blog post. I tell all my girlfriends and friends all I ever wish for them is happiness. When they are happy I’m happy. Marriage is one of the happiest moments one can experience in their life. And I want is  my girlfriends and friends to experience that, but not to rush into it.

I’ve heard so many stories of people rushing into marriage and at times it  doesn’t end well.

My best friend wants the feeling of a healthy loving relationship but feels the pressures from her very traditional family who want her to be married like yesterday…. And she’s become somewhat of a serial dater meeting men left and right who are introduced to her by her family. But all the guys aren’t the right fit, theres always something that isn’t right about them. And I keep on telling her as much as I want her to be married, and to be happy. She needs to be ready too. And quite frankly I don’t think she is. She needs to really date a guy to know if she wants to spend the rest of her life with him or not. She hasn’t really dated much, and  I know dating isn’t EVER easy, but we all gotta start somewhere.

Have you guys ever seen that Cheez-it’s commericial –where they test them to see if there ready for packaging or not. My brother and I laugh at that commerical all the time. And we relate it to things whether we’re ready or not.  “Ready or NOT..???” Not ready. And that’s what I feel for my best friend and for many people wanting to get married whether its not the right time or even the wrong reasons.

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting, on life as a whole. Now that I’m in my 30s I’ve been looking back at my 20s, and just remembering, reminicising, and thinking about those memorable moments in my life. One of those memorable moments is when I got married. Looking back on our wedding album and watching our video, I get teary eyed and remembered how happy I was then, and how much happier I am now. It was such a beautiful day, being surrounded by all our family and friends, witnessing our union. The Best Day ever and a day my husband and I willl never forget.  And thats what I want for everyone to experience the joy and happiness that comes with getting married. But when its the right time, not for your family, not for your friends, but when its the right time for you.

To be honest, I was one of those girls,…… In my early to mid 20s hearing friends, co-workers and some girlfriends get engaged and I to had the wedding itch. I’ve had boyfriends in the past who’ve proposed to me before, but was I ready …. NOPE!  I was young, naive, and DEFINITELY NOWHERE near ready to get married. I  barely, knew who I was in my early 20s and to get married, then, as I think back, I don’t think it would’ve been the best decision for me. I mean don’t get me wrong, some people get married early in age and in their relationships and they work. I’m just going off of my experiences and stories I’ve heard. For me at least  it wouldn’t have been the right time.

But I will say now, being married for 2 years and 2 months, it isn’t much time as a married couple, but I will say I’m happy, I waited. And marriage so far as been Amazing! Some may have thought it wasn’t the right time for me because they thought I was still young, and for the face that I’m the youngest in my family. But other’s aren’t in your shoes, and they won’t know when is the right time, you and you alone will know when its right.

I just feel like some always think there isn’t enough time, and once we’ve hit our 30s, some may say we are old and over the hill—and if were not married yet , that marriage may never come….. And that can be a daunting thought… But, this is definitely not the case. It may scare some of us if we aren’t married by a certain age, but if we aren’t ready or if we rush into it, and the timing isn’t right–who knows what your life may be later down the road. It’s better to be sure than to be unsure especially when it comes to something as big and commiting as marriage. Enjoy your life, surround yourself around positive minded people, never rush into anything, and you alone will know when it’s right. Not just for marriage but in anything.

My advice

BEFORE MARRIAGE:

 NEVER rush into any decision if you aren’t ready.

Get to know your partner for who they are, what they’re all about, know them inside and out.

Know thyself

Make sure you feel secure within the relationship as well as being secure within yourself.

Do you love that person enough to spend the rest of your life with them?

Don’t marry someone for materialic value or for any financial benefit. Money can buy you things but it can’t buy you love or happiness. #TRUTH

Do you feel safe and secure with this person?

If you can and if you want to, try living with one another while dating and see where your relationship goes from there.

Remember healthy communication

Don’t marry someone to make your family happy, marry someone who not only loves you but loves your family as well. Remember your family is an extension and part of you.

You’re the one marry the person, not your family

Enjoy one another always

Laugh with eachother

MARRIED:

This phrase can be taken in two ways but especially in big traditionally familys, you marry your partner but you marry their family too. ( To a certain extend/degree , I agree)

Remember to love one another and never take eachother for granted

Never let work get in the way of your relationship

Remember healthy communication

Remember your values, morals, and your vows towards one another

Never go to bed angry at one another

Before thinking of divorce see if you’ve gone down every avenue to make your marriage work

Seeking marital advice from a counselor, friend, or family member is never bad. It’s nice to have perspective from someone outside the marriage. So they can give you insight on areas that can be improved.

Enjoy one another always

Laugh with eachother

Make decisions together, think them through together

Support one another

Always remember to cherish and love one another

Remember to continue to have date nights

ENJOY SOME PHOTOS FROM OUR WEDDING

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BEFORE OUR RECEPTION

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What are your thoughts on marriage?

What are your thoughts on dating?

What makes you happy?

What are your experiences?

I’d love to hear from you, comment below or write me a line!

XO,

SOCIALFASHIONISTABEAUTY


WEDDING WEDNESDAY SERIES QUOTES & INSPIRATION

Posted on: September 30, 2015

As a blogger, English Major, and PR Woman, at times I look towards a book, author, poem, or even a movie for inspiration. For this weeks Wedding Wednesday series, I’m writing about the various things that can help inspire us to write our : speech, vows, advice etc…  for weddings.

This post for my Wedding Wednesday Series, is to help inspire, motivate, and give assistance to those looking for words to contruct your speech, vows,  or advice for a couple/wedding. Below I’ve typed out my speech I wrote for my Sister in Law’s wedding as well as various quotes to help you. Make it personal, relatable, and speak from the heart.

Marriage is such a beautiful thing, and witnessing the love two people share is one of the most inspiring things anyone can do in their life. So writing about it in my opinion, is quite moving and motivating all on its own.

1. “Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi

2. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

– Dr. Seuss

3. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou

4. “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
– Mignon McLaughlin

5. “I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.”– Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

6. “If I had a flower for every time thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.”– Alfred Tennyson

 7. “What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life–to strength each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?” – George Eliot

8. “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”– Plato

9. “Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it be rather a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

10. “There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.”– Martin Luther

My Matron of Honor Speech for my Sister in Law and Brother in Law:

“Hello and Good evening. For those of you who don’t know me my name is Emily, Stacy’s, Sister-in-Law, wife to her brother, Mark. Let me first welcome you all to this joyous occasion celebrating Stacy and Antaeus. Now, I have a few words for the couple and I’d like to share it with you all.

It wasn’t too long ago, Mark and I were celebrating our wedding with family and friends. And I remember Stacy telling me how she was inspired by our wedding, the idea of marriage and its union. And I knew that not too long after she and Antaeus would be embarking on that same journey in due time. And here we are on this beautiful day, celebrating their union of marriage. The day they told us the news of their engagement, I was so overjoyed and excited for them. And when Stacy and Antaenus asked me to be part of their wedding, I felt very honored to share in their specifal day. And I couldn’t be happier for the two of them and this new chapter they are about to begin.

Here’s a quote from French novelist and Romance poet Victor Hugo, something to lead you both in your married life together. ” May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet, enough trials to keep you strong, enough hope to keep you happy, enough friends to give you comfort, enough determination to make each day a better day than yesterday.”

To conclude if we could raise our glasses and toast to the bride and groom. Congratulaions and

best of luck! I love you both! And let’s continue to enjoy the evening. Thank you!”

What inspires you when writing a speech? What are your thoughts about weddings and speech? Comment below I’d love to here from you!

XO,

SOCIALFASHIONISTABEAUTY


WEDDING WEDNESDAY SERIES: IDEAS AND TIPS FOR YOUR BEST DAY EVER!

Posted on: September 16, 2015

Here are some of my Ideas and Tips for YOUR BEST DAY EVER!!!

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but it’s all worth in the long run. Just remember to enjoy it all, the sleepless nights and all the tears along the way, its a process. But we all go thru it your not alone.

Here are some of my Ideas and Tips for YOUR BEST DAY EVER:Ways to keep your guest entertained and ideas for your BIG DAY!

1. WELCOME YOUR GUEST

Your guest took time out of their busy schedules to celebrate you and your longtime love. Show them your appreciation with a personalized Welcome bag for guest staying in hotels. Some Items to include in your Welcome Bag: A personalized Welcome Note, Snacks, Lists of things to see in the area, Water, Emergency Kit for the day after the wedding! 🙂

2. HAVE YOUR GUEST CAPTURE THE MOMENTS

There are so many great wedding apps today to use so your guest could capture every moment of your wedding! Create a Hastag (#) for your guest to use to showcase your Special Day!

3. GREET YOUR GUEST + THANK YOUR GUEST

If your wedding was anything like mine, you know how  hard it is to greet each and every one of your guest when you have a BIG wedding! But you gotta do it! Show Your  LOVE + appreciation to your guest. My husband and I made it a point to greet each and everyone of our 600 something guest. We enjoyed sharing warm greetings, hugs and kisses with ALL our dear Family and Friends! Spread the LOVE!! And after your big day is over, remember to send your guest a lovely Thank you card! Thank them for attending and if they gave you a gift.

4. SLURGE ON AN OPEN BAR

Cocktails anyone…. While open bars can be pricey, their are ways to keep them budget -friendly. You may consider having a few options like beer, wine, and a few cocktail options, whatever you decide, keep the drinks flowing all night long!

5. BE PHOTO READY- PHOTOBOOTH TIME

Photobooths at weddings have become all the rave. They also makes a a great alternative to your guestbook or favors. Who doesn’t love using props while posing for a photo!!

6. SKIP THE TRADITION IF IT ISN’T FOR YOU+ PERSONALIZE YOUR WEDDING

Some brides may like the tradition like then skip it! Remember its YOUR day, do what makes you and your partner happy. Make it a day that signifies you two.

7. DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

Remember although its a day to celebrate the love for you and your NOW husband, it’s also a party for your guest. So keep them entertained, with a good balance of music for all ages. Keep them on the dance for until its time to say Good Night. Arrange a set list of songs, and what you want to be played throughout the course of the evening with your DJ or Band.

8. KEEP THE KIDS ENTERTAINED TOO!

If there are kids attending your BIG day, keep them entertained too! Make your own kid-friendly coloring book,  pair with some crayons for them to color at the table. Also, NOTE: Don’t open up the dance-floor TOO late,  the little one’s want to enjoy and break a leg on the dance floor.

9. PRESENTATION IS KEY!

WOW your guest with something different and unique, but still personalized to something about you and your partner. Whether it’s your centerpieces, decorations, Small details, or even the Food– whatever it may be,  keep them on their toes, while they continue to enjoy their evening.

10. REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN!

It’s your wedding day, things may not ALWAYS go according to plan but its OKAY! After all is said and done, your Special day, will be the BEST DAY EVER, because you Finally get to marry your longtime love. So, regardless of minor details that may occur just live in the moment and enjoy. Because the day does go SUPER fast! So enjoy every moment and take it all in!!

Happy Planning and Congratulations on your BIG DAY!!

For more of Wedding Wednesday Series Stay tuned for more Next week!

What we’re your wedding day highlights?

XO,

SOCIALFASHIONISTABEAUTY


Wedding Wednesday Series: What not to Wear: Top 5 MISTAKES a Wedding Guest Makes. (Fashion and Styling)

Posted on: September 2, 2015

Can’t find anything to wear and you have a wedding TO GO TO? With wedding season upon us, stores pack their racks with many floral prints, bright & pretty dresses for you to choose from. But your biggest dilemmia is what is the most suitable for you as A guest…. It may not be your wedding but you still want to LOOK chic, polished and KEEP IT CLASSY FOR your friend’s or loved ones special day. YOU TOO ALSO WANT TO LOOK GOOD AS A GUEST TO A WEDDING. But you NEVER want to take the SHINE away from the Bride & Groom. Here are MY Top 5 most common mistakes a women makes when dressing for a wedding. (NOTE THESE ARE JUST SUGGESTIONS, AND WHAT I’VE SEEN AND JUST MY OPINION).

MISTAKE #1. WEARING WHITE

NOW WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS? ITS NOT YOUR WEDDING DAY AND YOU ARE DEFINITELY NOT THE BRIDE! SAVE YOURSELF SOME DRAMA AND A CONFRONTATION FROM THE BRIDE AND STIR CLEAR OF WEARING THIS COLOR. FOR SOME IT MAY SEEM LIKE AN OLD-FASHIONED AND OUTDATED RULE, AND YOU MAY HAVE A COOL AND CALM BRIDE, BUT IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT WEARING WHITE AT SOMEONE ELSE WEDDING MAY OFFEND OR RUB OFF ON OTHERs THE WRONG WAY. IN ALL HONESTY, THIS IS THE MOST OBVIOUS MISTAKE FEMALE GUEST MAKE WHEN WEARING WHITE TO A WEDDING OR ANY OF THE WEDDING FESTIVITIES. EVEN IT YOU WANT TO BE SEEN AS THE CENTER OF ATTENTION, BE KIND AND NOTE ITS NOT YOUR DAY SO DON’T TRY AND STEAL THE SHINE OFF THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDE. TO PLAY IT SAFE GO FOR A LITTLE BLACK DRESS. even though white is such a classic and feminine color to choose, just for that day and during any of the wedding festivities avoid wearing this color option. try a classic little black dress to play it safe.

MISTAKE #2. WEARING RED

ALTHOUGH RED IS A GREAT COLOR, AND A GREAT COLOR CHOICE FOR A WEDDING. BUT red DRAWS ALOT OF ATTENTION–ITS BRIGHT AND VIBRANT SO INSTEAD OF EYES BEING ON THE BRIDE & GROOM YOU MAY BE THE ONE GUEST that everyone WILL BE STARRING AT. AND IF YOU ARE TAKING PICTURES and THE COLOR PALETTE OF CHOICE IS  MOSTLY PASTELS OR SOMETHING ALONG THOSE LINES AND YOUR THE ONE IN RED YOU WILL DEFINITELY STAND OUT! TRY NOT TO “STEAL THE SHOW” FROM THE LOVELY BRIDE AT ALL COST AND AVOID WEARING A FIERY RED OR EVEN A BRIGHT RED DRESS. TRY SOMETHING LESS LOUD AND MORE SUBDUED LIKE A DEEP CRANBERRY just SOMETHING NOT SO BRIGHT and fiery.

MISTAKE #3. NOT FOLLOWING THE INVITATION DRESS CODE

ANOTHER BIG MISTAKE THATS MOST COMMON FOR GUEST IS THAT THEY FAIL TO CHECK THE DRESS CODE FOR THE EVENT. WHEN YOU IGNORE THE SUGGESTED DRESS CODE FOR THE EVENT IT CAN SHOW LACK OF INTEREST OR RESPECT FOR THE COUPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES. RULE OF THUMB: IF ITS A BLACK TIE WEDDING GREAT OPTIONS WOULD BE A NICE EVENING GOWN OR A SLEEK AND CHIC COCKTAIL DRESS IS APPROPRIATE AND EXPECTED. AND FOR A SUMMER CASUAL OR EVEN BEACH WEDDING A NICE DAYTIME SUMMER DRESS, SKIRT AND TOP OR A LIGHT SUIT IS REQUIRED. AND IF THERE IS NOt a SPECIFIED DRESS CODE, FOR A SUMMER WEDDING A COLORFUL SUMMER DRESS IS A SAFE BET AND FOR A FALL WEDDING A DEEP BUT SUBTLE COLOR DRESS WOULD BE FINE AS WELL. PAYING ATTENTION TO the DRESS CODE IS KEY, PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL SO YOU AVOID FEELING OUT OF PLACE,

MISTAKE #4.

DRESSING OR WEARING THE SAME COLOR AS THE BRIDESMAID IS A DEFINITE NO NO!! IF YOU WEREN’T ASKED TO BE IN THE WEDDING AND YOU HAVE NO PART OF THE ENTOURAGE DON’T CHOOSE THE SAME COLORs AS THE THEME FOR THE WEDDING. YOU DON’T WANT TO CAUSE CONFUSION FOR THE GUEST LET ALONE THE WEDDING ENTOURAGE. FINDING OUT THE COLOR SCHEME AND trying to COORDINATE IDEAS TO GO WITH THE THEME IS THOUGHTFUL AND A GREAT IDEA, but in retrospect BY DOING SO, YOU MAY GIVE OFF THE IMPRESSION THAT YOU’RE OFFENDED AT NOT BEING ASKED TO BE A BRIDESMAID. SOMETIMES IT CAN BE JUST ON COINCIDENCE AND NOT PLANNED AND IN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES THEY CAN’T BE HELPED. THESE ARE JUST BASED ON MY EXPERIENCES AND WHAT I’VE SEEN AT THE MANY WEDDINGS I’VE BEEN TO AND ESPECIALLY MY OWN WEDDING. SO JUST A RULE OF THUMB WHEN CHOOSING COLOR SCHEMES AS A GUEST TO A WEDDING.

MISTAKE #5

THIS IS DEFNITELY A HUGE NO NO NO! PLUS TO ME IN MY OPINION, its VERY TACKY AND DISRESPECTFUL TOWARDS The COUPLE AND THEIR RESPECTIVE FAMILIES. NOW I KNOW NOWADAYS, WE ALL WANT TO LOOK FLY AND ON POINT ALL THE TIME. AND WITH THE INFLUENCES OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND OTHER PLATFORMS WE Can BE INFLUENCED by this common mistake. just remember a wedding is a classy and memorable event. and by wearing inappropriate clothing, your look can downgrade or cheapen the event. especially wearing something that should be worn during a bachelorette party or a club, definitely not an appropriate look to choose. the reception is definitely a party filled with dancing and i’m sure a room filled with single cuties, but it isn’t the time nor place to show off your curves or best assets. Leave these dress options for the bachelorette party or the club, believe me no one needs to see so much cleveage its not a good look. even though some men may think so, but its not a good look for such a classy event– a wedding!! keep it chic, classy, and polished.

these are just my top 5 what not to wear mistake that i’ve seen and in my opinion are a no no no for a wedding. be mindful and conscious of your surroundings and the couple that your celebrating. remember its a day about them and the love they share. enjoy and have fun!!

If you’re unsure of what to wear feel free to contact me and I can help style your look for any event. write me a message, click on my contact page i’d love to chat and share my styling tips and ideas with you. or email me: emilysotera@socialfashionistabeauty.com.

Stay fab, beautiful, and gorgeous loves always stay true to yourself!!!!

xo,

SOCIALFASHIONISTABEAUTY

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