After a romantic proposal under the Northern Lights in Iceland, Kayleigh and Chris celebrated their whimsical wedding in a quaint, 1700's gristmill on a beautiful October day in New Jersey. From the blush pink bridesmaid dresses to their homemade wedding favors, they added an array of personal touches that drew from the traditions of their British/American backgrounds that perfectly expressed the couple's fun, laid back personality.
Q. Tell us about your wedding day.
A. It was a laid back affair where music, food and alcohol took top priority. We had little touches of "us" throughout - British/American flags, homemade bunting by our dear family friend, photos from our childhood, Chris wearing a tie from his favorite football (soccer!) team, and beer as homemade wedding favors. We wanted everyone to leave the wedding and say, "That wedding could not have been for anyone but Kayleigh and Chris."
Q. What was your favorite moment from the day?
A. My favorite moment was definitely our "first look" which is funny because going into the wedding, I was completely opposed to it. I wanted the moment when the church doors opened and he saw me for the first time, but it ended up being the best moment of the day. I will never forget what it felt like walking up to Chris as he turned around. It was just us and we could just soak that moment in alone.
Q. What was the hardest part about wedding planning?
A. The hardest part of wedding planning was the infinite number of choices. Pinterest and the internet are a bride's best friend and worst enemy. You could look for venues/invitations/dresses forever, but I just went with my gut and kept my vision and budget in mind with every decision. Chris and I had a concrete priority list and we constantly came back to that. Once I made a decision, I stopped looking at anything else in that area so not to drive myself crazy.
Q. Why did you choose Kennedy Blue for your girls?
A. I chose Kennedy Blue because it was the answer to my bridesmaids' dress problem! I had two wonderful ladies to stand by my side, but none of us live close to one another. There were different body types to consider and Kennedy Blue allowed me to get blush pink bridesmaid dresses for my girls to try on at home and allowed us to see what a full dress would look like. It was the perfect shade I had been hunting for! We were also happy with the quality of the dress, which is always a concern when you order something online. My girls were stunning and comfortable...a winning combination :)
Q. What advice would you have to other brides?
A. Be yourself - whatever you dream wedding looks like, go for it! Don't worry about trends or what others will think - the day is about you and your partner and should be a reflection of you both. And, most importantly, have fun! This is such a special time. While it can be overwhelming and stressful at times, just look at your fiancé and remember why you're doing this!
Photos by: Veronica Lola Photography
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Taking Your Measurements
For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.
**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.
Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).
Waist size: While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.
Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.
Choosing your correct size
Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.