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Nicki Ann's Wedding Blog

In her blog, Nikki Ann shares with you her insights, thoughts, and feelings on all things women, wedding, marriage, and event-related.

Tuesday Shoesday, Edition 60

August 29th, 2012

Love, love, love these!! Even though they come in blue, I am posting in a different color to branch out a bit. Plus, I think the “vanilla” satin really shows the details in the photo. I love the vintage inspired detailing on the toe.

Buy now. Swoon later.


Real Wedding: Meloney & Kevin 6.23.12

August 27th, 2012

You know what I love about this couple? Their passion and love for life. You can just see how much they love one another and how much they are loved by their family and friends. Meloney and Kevin are truly two of the sweetest people I have met. I consider myself lucky to have had the chance to work with them. I loved that Meloney had her daughter, Taylor, as her Maid of Honor and Kevin had his son, Rome, as his best man.

I have to say that Meloney has impeccable taste. Her gown was gorgeous. The decor was simple, yet elegant. Everything came together so perfectly.

The ceremony took place in our side lawn and we had some pretty spectacular weather. It was a little warm that day, but we got through the ceremony without melting too much!

Kevin’s smile is infectious. Even if he is only smiling here to help hold back the tears…

They took some time between the ceremony and reception to get some portraits. It is obvious that these two are meant for each other.

Then it was on to dinner and dancing. Taylor and Rome gave speeches and they were so heartfelt, even I teared up! And let me just say that these folks tore up the dance floor!!! They taught me how to “wobble” the night before, but I was too chicken to get out there and do it the day of the wedding. They were way too good at it!

I had a blast and it sure looked like they did too! I truly wish these two nothing but happiness! They deserve every second of it! Congratulations Meloney and Kevin! Welcome to the Mansion family!

This blog would not have been possible without the extremely beautiful and talented Jen McKen. Her photos captured every second of love and laughter!!


Friday Finds 8.24.12

August 24th, 2012

I am in LUST with this gown! Seriously, I just want to put it on and dance around in my blue heels. Oscar de la Renta is a seriously talented man and if every bride could wear one of his wedding creations, the world would be a happier place. Unfortunately, his gowns aren’t in everyone’s budget. But a girl can dream, right?



Wediquette Wednesday: Plus one?

August 22nd, 2012

I cannot claim to have come up with the term “Wediquette.” I can only say that whoever did is a genius. A whole separate set of rules apply when planning a wedding. That is probably why I get asked so many of the same questions over and over. And unless you have planned a wedding before, it is unlikely you are going to know the answers to all of these questions, so I never fault people for asking. I just figured since they are common questions, maybe more people would want to know the answers. Enter “Wediquette Wednesday.” Again, not a novel title. But since this will be a recurring series on my blog, I think it deserves a fun moniker. While this may not be a weekly series like my Tuesday Shoesday or Friday Finds, I plan to shed some light on the most common questions asked by brides.

Q. We are on a tight budget and would like to cut back our quest list. Do we need to allow everyone a “plus one?”

A. Short answer is no, but let’s discuss this a bit more. It’s not quite as simple as a yes or no. Let’s talk about a few different scenarios.

1. A friend/family member is engaged or married. You should invite their spouse. Imagine how you would feel if someone didn’t invite you to which a wedding your soon to be husband was invited. You’d be a little upset. They are this guest’s family and therefore a friend/family member by default – even if you have never met them or don’t like them.

2. A friend/family member is single. You do not need to include a plus one UNLESS they do not know anyone else at the wedding (see number 3). You don’t need random people at your wedding just for the sake of your friend or family having a date.

3. A friend won’t know anyone else at the reception. I have been invited to weddings before when I knew only the groom and I would have never gone to the wedding if I hadn’t been able to take a date. Now if you don’t really want the guest to come either and are just inviting them because you feel obligated, then not allowing a plus one would be a good way to cut the list even more. However, if this is the case, you should probably just skip the invitation all together.

4. The friend/family member is under 18. Even if they are dating someone “seriously,” just how serious can it be? They are in high school. There aren’t many cases of high school sweethearts making it past the first year in college. They most certainly shouldn’t bring their boyfriend of the week to your wedding either.

5. A friend/family member is in a committed relationship. This is the one where it gets tricky. You can’t really make a cut-off  (i.e. dating for longer than 6 months) because I have met a lot of couples who are committed or are even engaged after 3 months. You should use your best judgement on this one.

And while I am on the topic, please, please, please do not allow anyone’s girlfriend or date to be a part of your family portraits. Unless they are married or engaged, they should not be in them. Even when they are married or engaged to be a part of your family, you should get a second shot of you and your immediate family without them. You don’t want any randos in your photos who you won’t be able to identify 5 years down the road.

Do you have any input on this topic? If so, please comment below! I’d love to hear from you!



Tuesday Shoesday, Edition 59

August 21st, 2012

I have a slight obsession with Kate Spade. If you have been following me for awhile, you know this. I don’t know why I am surprised that I found yet another pair of heels that I adore!

Corinne is like my best friend. She’s cute, fun and always ready for a night out on the town!! I love her already and we just met.



Friday Finds 8.17.12

August 17th, 2012

I am always looking for cute and unique things for weddings because I love practical things. I saw this on The Plunge Project blog and fell in love!

Talk about a way to surround yourself with loving family and friends!! I love this idea and think it would be an amazing heirloom for future little ones. I can only imagine cuddling up with my hubby in front of the fireplace in this one :)


Tuesday Shoesday, Edition 58

August 15th, 2012

I am pretty sure almost every woman out there knows about the Manolo’s from Sex in the City. They are fantastic. And most every woman wants them in her closet. The $1000 price tag doesn’t really fit in most of our budgets though :(

Enter the Audrey Brooke Sarah Pump from DSW.

If the clouds just opened up, sunlight burst through and you heard the “aaaahhhh!!!!” sound like I did, these are a must-have. And with a $70 price tag, they are completely attainable. You’re welcome.


Friday Finds 8.10.12

August 10th, 2012

Have you downloaded the Wedding 911 app from The Knot yet? If you haven’t, you should. Now. Let’s face it, even while sitting in front of a computer, we tend to turn to our phones for the answers. This app is the best place to answer all your wedding etiquette questions while on the go. Of course, you can always ask your married friends or wedding planner, but I doubt they will appreciate 3am phone calls when you are laying awake contemplating invites or other details. This way, you can just turn to your trusty iPhone and never be in the dark again. Sorry to all you Droid users, you’ll have to get a new phone or wait on this one. Once you go Mac, you’ll never go back…


Tuesday Shoesday Edition 57

August 7th, 2012

Today, I am sharing not one pair of shoes, but an entire line of shoes! I recently read on David Tutera’s blog that he is going to be launching a line of footwear that will hit stores in January 2013. So for all you My Fair Wedding fans out there, keep your eyes peeled! I am sure his line is going to be nothing short of amazing! You can check out the website here, though there isn’t much to look at yet. It will give you a little taste though :)



Friday Finds 8.3.12

August 3rd, 2012

How adorbs is this necklace? Seriously, perfect for that rocker bride or for someone marrying into music.

I love that you can personalize it with your initials too! Who doesn’t want one of these? I mean, I want one and I couldn’t hold a tune in a bucket! Hotaru Jewelry on Etsy can hook you up with one. Go get it.