All posts filed under: R&F Wedding

Moving to Where With Elle

Over the past five years of documenting what’s in my wardrobe I’ve simplified a solid system for closet clean outs, spent a year away from retail therapy (and audited another year’s worth of purchases), identified smarter shopping habits, developed a deeper sense of personal style, re-framed perspective, greened my beauty routine, married my best friend, and packed my bags for a few lucky adventures around the world. Over those years I set aside time to develop a system of personal values that’s helped me become more intentional about what I choose to consume each day. I’ve since shifted my daily habits and decisions to engage in more ethical shopping, make less wasteful purchases, and center my projects and posts around a more sustainable lifestyle. As the final chapter of Rose & Fig comes to a close, I’m beginning to write a new story that’s all about celebrating healthy, vibrant, verdant living — where to go, shop, and stay — as well as smart, simple solutions for sustainable living and evergreen guides geared at fostering a more …

First Day of Fall: Setting Intentions

Fall has a way of washing over me like a warm bath after a long day. Swirling around in greens and golds, teasing candle flames with its gentle airs, soaking the senses with firewood and scotch and apple pie — fall is the warm, caramel refrain of your favorite jazz song. The coltish delight of learning something new. The onomatopoeia of uncorking a juicy Willamette Pinot, bone-dry leaves underfoot, the final seconds in a tied football game, yelling out deep breaths of wonderfully cold air. And while there’s much ado about the effervescent month of December — the parties and the lights and the snow and the thought of January 1st, of Chapter 1 of 365 — I find myself more invigorated, creative, and balanced each and every September equinox. Over the past couple of months I’ve been tinkering away and settling into the cadence of this new season. Last January I picked “balance” as my word of the year for 2016 (“no” was a tempting albeit less constructive option). I rolled up my sleeves …

The Whiskey Trail: Scottish Highlands to Islay, Scotland

When you marry a whiskey man (or whisky man, as they say in Scotland) with whom you share an affinity for first editions, bedroom slippers, bran cereals, Ken Burns documentaries, gardening, and heavily peated scotch (we are essentially grandparents in the chrysalis) it’s tough to decide on a honeymoon destination. Oddly enough, we both landed on a tiny island off the coast of Scotland through independent research (another beloved Hunt-Ralston hobby) and soon realized it would be the perfect spot to unwind after exploring the wilds of Ireland and bustling Brussels. Halfway between Ireland and mainland Scotland, the remote Hebridean Isle of Islay is home to whitewashed harbor villages, deserted beaches, windswept hills, ancient ruins, a visit here and there from Ron Swanson – and some of the very finest whisky and gin that this good earth has to offer. We set out through the Scottish Highlands with our trusty Nikon D3300 and a notebook in hand and came back with the most unforgettable experiences, new friends, memories, and some seriously heavenly drams. You can …

Our Wedding: September 19, 2015

Jess & Chad // 19 September 2015 from Jess Hunt on Vimeo. September 19, 2015, I got to marry my best friend. As the cool air of fall rushes in all at once we are still basking in that golden light of remarkable love, kindness, and joy felt all around on our wedding day. A thousand different things didn’t go as planned and yet, as always, fate forms reality far better than we could ever dream it. Like that Pynchon quote, every cup of tea was perfect. Photos: The Hons Photography. Planning: Lea June Events. Bouquets, Corsages, & Flower Crowns: Allison Song. Venue: Cator Woolford Gardens. Ceremony: Rev. Lynne Smith. Dinner: Zest Atlanta. Dessert: Highland Bakery and King of Pops. Band Emerald Empire Band. Makeup: Becca Bussert, Fig & Flower. Hair: Monarch Beauty. Film by Southern Lights Productions. Invitations, Boutonnières, Terrarium Centerpieces: DIY. Dresses: Marchesa FW14 Bridal (Tradesy) | Catherine Deane “Leticia” (eBay). Shoes: Christian Louboutin “Grorolli” (Tradesy) | Dolce Vita “Gwendolyn” (old). Jewelry: Gorjana “Leda” earrings (℅ Rocksbox) | Loren Hope “Clara” bracelet (℅ …

What to Wear: Lacy Little White Dresses for Bridal Soirées

For Love & Lemons: On sale at Saks Off Fifth. Also at Revolve Clothing and Shopbop. JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.   Free People at Nordstrom's mega anniversary sale. Photo via Happily Grey. JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. Stone Cold Fox on sale at Saks Off Fifth. Also on Revolve Clothing and Shopbop.   JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. With the big day two months away I've been surfing the sales for a few good dresses. And between an engagement party, two bridal showers, and all the wedding festivities, I'm starting to bring out every white dress my closet can offer (that's two, I think). Favorites on hand include old standby Lou & Grey and a Korean two-piece set from our local Buffalo Exchange, but after some window shopping a bit I've fallen in like with too many dresses. Last night I scooped up this lacy For Love & Lemons San …

A Warm Weather Wardrobe

A year and a half after the big question, CPR & I met up with The Hons to snap engagement photos and grab a drink at Krog Street Market. It was wonderful to finally meet Brittani and Jon, and I’m so excited to have them on board for the big day this fall. They’re so much fun to hang out with that half the time we forgot they were even taking pictures! PS: How to save $40k on the big day, ethereal and natural wedding ideas. Lou & Grey spacedye maxi dress ℅. Loren Hope Palmer necklace in crystal ℅ Rocksbox. Frye Carson ankle-zip sandals in camel (Also at Amazon, Backcountry). Vintage gold, tortoise, bamboo bangles. Ray-Ban classic aviators. Everlane and Eyelash Lace Apr 29, 2015 Spring time and the living is… super comfortable. On repeat: My Everlane sweater (trusty as ever) and some fresh eyelash lace shorts. I am loving the easy luxe of lacy track shorts and leather shorts alike as April disappears into a humid May that is bound to be filled …

How We Saved $40,000 Celebrating Our Wedding Day

My dear aunt recently confided that her favorite weddings are the kind where the groom is in his Sunday best, bride in her favorite hat, photos by the family fireplace, reception in the backyard – and you can’t shut the honeymoon suitcases because they’re stuffed so full with the money everyone saved by having a pragmatic little wedding. And yes, a beautiful city hall wedding runs you $50. And yes, that leaves an enormous gap to arrive at the median US wedding cost of $20,000 – and an even larger one to hit the $30,000 national average. Throw in a 150 person guest list and having your big day in a big city on a Saturday in September, and you may start to see why this time last year, wedding estimates closer to six figures than four were totally. freaking. me. out. A LITTLE PRE-PLANNING Then I did three really important things. First, I got my hands on this wedding planning bible. A Practical Wedding will reframe how you think about your engagement and celebrating …