July 21, 2016

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July 21, 2016

My bridal shower.
My bridal shower was beautiful in every aspect of the day. My mom hosted it at her house, which meant a lot to me because it’s nice to be making new and wonderful memories in her new house! My mom and my future mother-in-law, along with my sister, worked together creating every detail, which made the day so special. There were about 60 women in attendance, which made me feel so blessed to know they were there to celebrate our marriage and support Evan and me. Evan is the cook in the family, so he loved all of the new kitchenware! I was drooling over the fine china items for us to host holidays down the road! Evan came at the end with flowers. He even tried to match my dress, which I found so adorable, and another reminder why I am so lucky to have him and can’t wait to marry him. The sun was shining, my friends and family surrounded me and I was so appreciative of all of the effort put into making the day so wonderful.

Our final plans.
Our DJ, Jason Friese, is having us meet with him to go over all of the songs, suggestions and the flow of songs we want. We are really looking forward to that! We still have to meet with our photographer, Joseph Laurin, to review the plan for photos for the wedding day and for a timeline of the day. Lastly, we have to meet with Ochre Court and give them the final list of guests and work with the caterer so they know what to prepare.

Bridal party gifts.
Given my profession as a stylist, beauty is important piece to me, so I want my bridal party and family to feel their absolute best! My salon, FrankAntonio, will be doing all of the hair and make up for the day. I am so excited and feel so lucky to have them! For the rest of the gifts I chose things that helped create my vision of my bridesmaids for the day! I didn’t want to get them anything they wouldn’t use or wear again and I kept all of their styles and personalities in mind while selecting each gift. I would suggest local shops of the town you’ll be married in or places like etsy.com to make your gifts personalized and unique! Most of Evans groomsmen have all been in each other’s weddings, therefore had received so many of the popular gifts for men such as a flask or pocketknife. For this reason, we decided to pay for their tux rentals!

My bachelorette party.
I think I am still recovering from my bachelorette weekend to be honest! My sister planned it and she chose Block Island! I thought it was the perfect mix. I wanted a place that everyone could come and go if needed, was affordable, relaxing during the day and still fun at night! My sister planned the whole weekend from personalized wine tasting at the beautiful house we rented, the beach, going out, gourmet cooked meal at home and so much more. We laughed, cried, danced and for sure had lots of Rosé! I have six bridesmaids; all of them were able to attend. I also had five other friends who came over for parts of the weekend. June is a busy summer month so I was very appreciative of all those that made the trip to celebrate my last girls’ trip as a Kielbasa! My sister and best friends helped on everything from making survival kits, to decorations, meals, getting everything to BI and really making the weekend one I will not forget! The house was transformed into something out of a magazine; I was in awe of how it all came together. I am still so in shock about the special weekend, it is one I will never forget! Thanks to all those included who helped me “Kiss the miss goodbye!”

I do…almost!
Our wedding day is approaching quickly! There are so many little things and appointments that need to be made so it can be overwhelming. Evan helps to keep me grounded and is always laughing and calming me down. I love him for that and am so grateful for him. We couldn’t be more ready for our wedding day and can’t wait to finally say I DO!

What’s next?
Our wedding! Check out all the details and photos in the upcoming issue of Newport Wedding Magazine in October!

In love by the sea,


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