The Next Chapter

Q Weddings for Camille Styles{One of my favorite shots from Camille Styles’ Style Me Pretty Living shoot, by Q Weddings}

Dear friends,

I just want to apologize for not blogging much over the last few weeks since I graduated, and I want to explain what has been going on a bit. I can’t go into too much detail yet, but I promise I’ll share everything soon!

I started blogging in December 2010 from a my very cold, very un-cute apartment in Pittsburgh. I had just completed my first internship, which was at Pittsburgh Magazine. It changed my life, not only because it solidified my desire to work in bridal magazines, but also because it introduced me to blogging. I was assigned an article for the Weddings edition on a local marriage blogger, which led me to food blogs, and then fashion blogs, and finally, wedding blogs. Jessica Sloane‘s wedding was featured the day I discovered Style Me Pretty. I started blogging about weddings exclusively in March 2011, and it has given me more opportunities and experiences and even dear friends than I ever imagined it would. However, as much as I enjoy blogging, it has always been a means to an end for me. My first love has always been magazines, and this blog has first and foremost been my way of challenging myself to learn the wedding industry as well as I could and to write about it regularly.

The full story of how this happened will come later, but long story short, three days after graduation, I was offered my dream job at a bridal magazine. It’s the job I’ve always had in the back of my mind as my impossible goal. But truly, anything is possible through the Lord, and by His grace and in His timing, it happened. I still can’t believe it, and at the end of this month, I’ll be moving across the country to get started. Y’all, I am SO excited and grateful. I can’t wait to share more, but for now, I do want to apologize for the irregular blogging. The main reason is that I’m spending as much time with my family as I can before I move at the end of the month, and I still have lots to do before that happens. I’ll still be blogging every once in awhile, but for the most part, I’ll be taking the rest of this month off of blogging regularly. If you’d like, you can always follow me on Instagram and Twitter if you want to see what I’m up to!

Have a wonderful June!

Love, Lisa

Sweet Summer

I usually try to think outside the box in inspiration boards, but every once in awhile, I prefer to just pull images that are inspiring me and that I’m drawn to. The latter was how this board happened, and the result is completely my style–even the colors are similar to my branding! Pastels are usually associated with spring, but if they’re anchored with more natural green, I think they’re just as appropriate for early summer.

Sweet Summer{Bride and groom: Ryan Ray via Lauren Conrad| St. Germain cocktails: White Loft Studio via Style Me Pretty| Flowers: by Hollyflora| Monogram: Amalie Orrange Photograpy via Wedding Chicks| Cake: Annabella Charles Photography via 100 Layer Cake| Ring bearer: Adam Barnes via Southern Weddings| Calligraphy: Eric Kelley Photography via Once Wed| Bridesmaids: Naomi Chokr Photography via Camilyn Beth}

What’s your favorite detail in this board? I love the floral monogram and the hint of gold in those Camilyn Beth dresses!

Love, Lisa

To Be Inspired

Striped espadrilles | Wynn Myers for Camille Styles Have you seen the pictures from the Mark and Graham party Camille Styles hosted yet? Wynn Myers did an amazing job capturing the French-nautical themed event, and I loved reliving it through the pictures this week. Since the party was the last thing I helped out at as Camille’s spring intern, I got to see ahead of time that the photobooth backdrop was navy and white striped–a good thing, considering I had planned to wear a navy and white striped dress! Instead, I opted for my favorite J. Crew espadrilles, and I was so excited that they ended up in both Camille’s and Mark and Graham’s recaps!

These perfectly nautical striped heels are from the same J. Crew season, and I still wish I had snapped them up! I love seeing them in weddings with a classic gown and preppy details.

Striped espadrilles | Wynn Myers for Camille Styles{Michelle Turner Photography via A Crimson Kiss}

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Lisa

Dress Envy

I’ve never been a big fan of beading, but the slightly 20s-inspired draping pattern on this Jenny Packham gown may have changed my mind!

Jenny Packham

One of my favorite photographers, Trent Bailey, photographed this style at Central Park, paired with a gentleman decked out in a cream Billy Reid dinner jacket. So gorgeous! Check out the rest of the shoot on Style Me Pretty.

Love, Lisa

Nautical Galveston Wedding

It has been a few weeks since I posted a real wedding, so I’m happy to be ringing in the unofficial start of summer with this beautiful wedding from right here in the Lone Star State. There are some big changes coming up on Something Pretty to correspond with some big changes happening in my life (sorry to be suspenseful!), one of them being that I’m only going to post a few more full weddings. With this in mind, I knew I wanted one of these last few to be a wedding photographed by my new friend Shalyn of Love, The Nelsons. We met at a party Camille Styles threw a few weeks ago and ended up spending most of the evening chatting by the photo booth. I had so much fun, and I think Shalyn is exactly the kind of positive, energetic person any bride would be lucky to have around on her wedding day! I’m honored to be sharing this sweet nautical wedding Shalyn and her husband shot in Galveston. Enjoy!

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Mismatched navy bridesmaid dresses, striped bouquet ribbons, and a dreamy first dance underneath a chandelier? I love it all! Thanks so much to sweet Shalyn for sharing this wedding with Something Pretty!

Love, Lisa