Monday, March 23, 2015

My brother's wedding

Happy Monday, and welcome to another photo heavy post! It's 11:30am on Sunday as I write this, so about 12 hours since the wedding ended. Needless to say I am struggling, but committed to getting you this blog post!! Ha! I'll start with the outfit and share some photos from the wedding for those that are interested!

I found this dress on Dillard's website for their New Year's Day sale. I figured it was a good time to look for dresses to wear for the wedding, and I loved that this dress wasn't too winter nor too spring. It was perfect for the season and occasion.

The shape of this dress is also my favorite to wear on my square shaped body, giving me the illusion of more of an hourglass figure. I did have to get it altered a bit - I had the tailor take up the shoulders/straps and also take up the hem a couple of inches.

Earrings: Stella and Dot | Necklace: J Crew (option) | Bag: Tory Burch | Dress: Eliza J (option, option) | Bracelet: J Crew (option) | Heels: Badgley Mischka

I ended up buying all of my accessories last week when I was in San Antonio. I had brought my nude Rockstud heels to wear with this, and while they are awesome and my favorite, I was picturing more of a metallic heel instead. So, when I found these at Nordstrom, and they fit like a glove, I snatched them up immediately. I have never tried Badgley Mischka before. I pictured the brand to be super uncomfortable like the Nina brand is, but these were great and lasted me the entire night. Ok, well, from 3pm-11pm, and then I wanted to cut my feet off. But for that duration and adding in a night of dancing, you're hard pressed to find any heel to stand that test of time!

They got married in Boerne, TX, which is just outside San Antonio. The venue was called Bella Springs, and it was just gorgeous as you can see. They were supposed to have an outdoor wedding, but it rained all week - ever since I landed last Monday! It was raining up until 2 hours before the wedding, so they changed plans and moved the ceremony indoors instead. It was still really beautiful regardless!

The bride and groom with my dad, brother in law (my sister's hubby), and nephew

Speaking of the nephew! Let's pause this wedding recap for a photo of this cuteness! My sister got him this baby tux outfit and it was too adorable! OK, let's face it, this kid could make any outfit look adorable! It was so nice to get to squish him for a few days!

My brother is a bit of a shoe addict much like me, so I was surprised but not surprised that his groom's cake was modeled after a pair of Jordan's. You can see another view of it on Instagram also here!

The bride and groom table

I've mentioned a few times that the majority of my extended family is in Southern California, which is why we end up doing all our holidays out there. This time, they all flew in from Cali and we all got to hang in Texas for a change! This is me and my sister (far right) with some of our cousins.

And you may recognize some of these faces from my pics last summer. These are some of my close San Antonio girlfriends that I grew up with, so it was great to be reunited with them and be able to take photos. With me living in St. Louis, but all of them still back home, I always have to be a little jealous seeing their group pictures whenever they are out together. It was nice to be able to make it in this one!

Sorry for the phone selfie, but I was a bad planner and my camera battery died by the end of the night! I had to leave you with at least one pic of me with the bride and groom. I just love them to pieces! My brother started crying the second she started walking down the aisle, and so naturally I did, too! And then the mother/son dance - dang, I'm tearing up typing about it! Haha!! OK, that's it for now! Have a happy Monday!


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  1. What a beautiful wedding ! I'm loving your hair with the bangs - they really suit you! The dress you picked is so gorgeous - and I also love the pale pink maxi dress that your friend is wearing.
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  2. Love this dress and the jeweled belt that comes with it! You look stunning and what a beautiful wedding! :)


  3. awww this post is so sweet and you have such a beautiful family. Your outfit was PERFECTION!!!!


  4. Gorgeous photos for what looks like a gorgeous wedding! I love your dress. The metallic heels you found are perfect.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  5. What a fun wedding recap! I have no idea how you attend these out of town events over the weekend and still get a full recap up on a Monday morning!! Your dress is perfect, your nephew's tux is tooooo adorable, the groom's cake is amazing, and the bride and groom just look so sweet and happy. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face first thing on a Monday!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

  6. You looked gorgeous at his wedding., I love the jacquard dress, the jeweled belt and necklace - perfect match. Congratulations to him and thank you for sharing photos from the wedding.

  7. Congratulations to your brother :) And you are all looking gorgeous!

    Alex - Funky Jungle

  8. You look gorgeous, Carylee! Love that dress on you and the accessories are perfect. It looks like a beautiful wedding and everyone looks amazing. What a fun day! ~Cynthia

  9. Love this dress, you look gorgeous! Congratulations to your brother :)

    xo, Jasmin

  10. GIrl, how did you manage to have all of your accessories look like they are from the exact same collection!? Simply Gorgeous! You have a stunning family. Your nephew is the most adorable little boy!


  11. You looked so perfect for the wedding Carylee - love the dress and the intricate details in it! Thanks for sharing with us this lovely affair too!!


  12. Sounds like a wonderful time with your family! i love your choice in dress for the wedding! It looks great on you!

  13. You look gorgeous!! The wedding sounds like a wonderful time!

  14. WOW! You look gorgeous girl! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. It actually rained on my wedding day too...lol! They say it's good luck for rain on your wedding day though!

  15. This looks like such a fun time! Your dress is so pretty and you looked beautiful!

  16. Love that print!

    xx, Leah / Eat Pray Wear Love

  17. What a beautiful dress you chose!! Love the gold applique and your accessories went really well with the embellishment at the waist! I love their wedding colors and everything looks so wonderful...I hope they had a wedding to remember and were happy with the turnout! :-)
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

  18. Such a lovely couple! The cake was gorgeous and of course you can't tear a guy away from his Jordans haha. You picked the perfect wedding look, Caryl! That print is EVERYTHING.

    Cha Cha The Fashion Genius

  19. Everything is so gorgeous! It looks like it was a lovely time. Best wishes to the happy couple :-)

    NCsquared Life

  20. Gorgeous dress on you and the wedding looked beautiful!! xx

    Audrey | http://www.keygypsy.com

  21. I love your dress, it looks beautiufl on you, the print is gorgeous and the detail of the jewel in the middle. Such pretty pictures.
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    jess xx

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  22. Beautiful! Looks like a lovely wedding!


  23. You look SO pretty in this black-and-gold dress. Perfect for a wedding! And your hair looks so glossy and lovely, too. :)

    Jen @ Librarian for Life + Style

  24. Congrats to your brother! :) That's a great dress you're wearing :)


  25. Beautiful pictures. Congratulations to him.

  26. You look absolutely stunning! This dress is perfection on you. I love the jewels at the waistline. Also, congratulations to your brother and his new wife!


  27. Your dress is stunning! Looks like an amazing wedding :)

  28. Weddings are so much fun and so special when it is a love one. Your dress, hair, and accessories were all spot on. Gorgeous!

  29. You looked so lovely for your brother wedding. Love the dress.


  30. Loved your dress! Wonderful wedding photos! Congrats to your brother and whole family. Have a great week!!

  31. Carylee you look absolutely stunning, Your dress is divine. I host a link up every Wednesday, stop by if you get the chance.


  32. Many congratulations to your brother and new sil!! They make for a beautiful couple and you , a stunning sil!! Love your dress, and I am glad you went with these new pair of shoes because they are perfect with this broacade/jacquard dress. The print, fit and style suits you like a glove..You are such a stunner.

  33. What a beautiful wedding! Congrats to your brother! Your dress is gorgeous and you look stunning!

    Doused In Pink

  34. I have totally been to a wedding there! Beautiful venue. Loving your dress and still loving your bangs!