Tie the Knot in Style turned one this month! I can't believe it's already been a full year. When I started the blog last December, I had no idea what it might grow into. When I got engaged, I was in a place where a lot of my friends had moved past the wedding stage, and I wanted a way to connect with other brides going through the same things. Tie the Knot in Style came about as a fun side project for me that's turned into so much more. I love my full-time job and it’s so rewarding, but I found myself craving a creative outlet too. Looking back on a few of my first posts, it makes me so happy to see that I still share the same goals, and I'm proud of what the blog has grown into.
"I thought that a blog would be a fun way for me to document my experience and
connect with other brides-to-be who were going through the same steps... My hope for
Tie The Knot In Style is that it becomes a community for brides-to-be to connect, share,
and get ideas for how to style all of the events between "yes" and "I do!" [12/ 2019]
It's funny to look back to those first few months, when I was blissfully planning my May 2020 wedding and had no idea what was about to come. While I still want fashion and styling to be the main focus of the blog, I've loved having the opportunity to connect with brides on an even deeper level. Learning how to plan and re-plan a wedding (twice!) in the midst of a global pandemic is a very humbling experience. There aren't many people that can relate to the many complex emotions that come along with being a "#Coronabride." I found myself experiencing a roller coaster of emotions daily, relief, sadness, guilt, anger... you name it, I felt it. Each step of the way I had the unwavering support of my family and friends, and outside of that I was surprised to find a whole community of brides experiencing and feeling the exact same things. Getting to connect with brides, hear their stories, and share mine is something that made the last year just a little less awful. It's brought me the ability to connect with so many brides-to-be who supported me on the sad days and celebrated the happy ones right along with me.
I thought it would be fun to read back some old posts, and share a few of my favorites for those of you who may not have been around since the very beginning. Here are my top 10 favorite posts of the last year:
My First Styled Photoshoot This was such a new, unique experience for me. Over the months leading up to the shoot I was able to select vendors, style different looks, do a little DIY, and curate a vision for the day. Even though it was a fake wedding I wanted the day to feel authentic, fun, and not overly staged. Everything came together beautifully and it truly felt like my wedding day! I can't wait to share even more photos! (December 21, 2020)
Cracking the Wedding Dress Code. This post was so fun for me to make! I used the most common wedding dress codes to curate and accessorize different looks. From a creative standpoint, this is what I find to be the most fun, and what I wanted the blog to focus on from the beginning. I enjoyed putting this post together so much that I updated it for the fall and plan to do so again in the spring. (April 21, 2020 | November 2, 2020)
White Dresses for Fall I've done a white dress roundup for every season, and it's always a hit! What bride doesn't need a little white dress? Other roundups include summer part 1, summer part 2, spring, and winter. (October 15, 2020)
Styling the Men with Birdy Grey It's not always about the bride! Well, actually it usually is, but I've tried to sprinkle in a few posts for the men around here too. (August 28, 2020)
We Tied the Knot!! This was probably the most special post to write. After the craziness of postponing our wedding twice, we were able to make it official and get married! You can find a post dedicated to my wedding day look here. (August 20, 2020)
It's like rain on your wedding day... After having to postpone our wedding the first time, we decided to schedule a photoshoot with our amazing wedding photographer and take a second round of engagement photos on our original wedding date. This post outlined the entire story, which was such a meaningful moment of closure for us. Also, the photos are incredible! I created a follow-up post to link my look here. (May 28, 2020)
Tropic Like it's Hot We haven't had a chance to go on our honeymoon, yet, but I thought this post was fun to make. I put together a mock itinerary and selected some of my favorite looks for a tropical getaway. (May 7, 2020)
Creating the Perfect Mood Board I enjoyed writing this post because it was a little different than posts I'd already written. It was fun to think outside the box and put together posts geared towards wedding planning that many other brides could benefit from. (March 31, 2020)
Wedding Planning and COVID-19 Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd be writing a blog post for my wedding blog related to a global pandemic. As "not fun" as it was to write this post, I ended up receiving so many messages afterwards from other brides who were going through the same thing. This post opened up the opportunity for me to connect on a deeper level, and I'm ultimately so grateful for that. (March 16, 2020)
New Year, New [Blogger] Me This post isn't about fashion or styling, nor did it really share much of anything, but it holds a special significance. When I first started the blog I wanted to keep myself anonymous and not share anything too personal, or even photos of my face. I ended up deciding I wanted to share more and have become much more open over the last year. This post was when I decided to take the leap into sharing more about myself. (January 4, 2020)
Was there a particular post that you connected with the most? Thanks for standing by me the last year and being a part of the Tie the Knot in Style community!
Photo credit: Emily Boone Photography.