Renew, Redo or I do.

Kate Moss with the children in her wedding party: Mario Testino for Vouge

Kate Moss with the children in her wedding party: Mario Testino for Vouge

Few things are more beautiful then a wedding. The dress, the flowers, the bride. All of these things are beautiful, but the most amazing part of any wedding we have ever been to is the love that fills the room.  Everyone is there to support and celebrate a couple's love. Its pretty amazing. 

The only problem is, usually... Your kids miss the whole thing.  For children, its hard to notice that Mom & Dad are actually individuals that love each other! Being partners is a really big deal! And let me tell you, having children and making it through those first few years of craziness together is about the biggest test most relationships will go through. 

Photo by the amazing Jill Greenberg 

Photo by the amazing Jill Greenberg 

You've got months and months of sleepless nights, crying, screaming, embarrassing temper tantrums... And thats just the parents.  

Personally, in my life, having just hit 10 years of marriage, with our youngest boy about to be four years old next month, I just want to give my husband a giant high five! 

We did it!! We made it through the woods together. We are done with diapers and bottles and cribs and strollers *for the most part. Our boys are all in school, they are all healthy and happy and guess what? We still love each other like crazy and we still laugh together everyday.

We have a long way to go, lots of unknowns to still cover, but at this point, we can look at each other across the chaos and the wildness and smile... We got this. 

This all leads me to this post, why does the celebration of your union happen before the products of your union are there to appreciate it? You work so hard to build a family, would't it be wonderful to have your kids there at your wedding? 

We think so. 

We love blended families.. Yours, Mine Ours... Brady Bunch Style 

We love blended families.. Yours, Mine Ours... Brady Bunch Style 

 

If you are renewing your vows, if you are getting married for the first time after baby or if you have been through it all before and found a new love and joining your families together... Lets talk about weddings that celebrate your family and how far you've come. 

First things first, this can be a super casual affair or a major blow out. 

All you really need is your family and some love.. Maybe a rad outfit because, hey, you always can use a rad outfit. Let"s start small and work our way up in scale. 

 

Adorable photo of adorable people from what publication we don't know. Please tell us in comments if you do. 

Adorable photo of adorable people from what publication we don't know. Please tell us in comments if you do. 

Hit the court house with your man and your kiddos on a Friday afternoon and then go to a fancy lunch! Just you and the people closest to your heart having a fun and love filled celebration, you can't beat that. 

We love this little shift for a court house wedding. 

Pack up the family and hit your favorite vacation spot! Kill two birds with one stone, get a much needed break and a quick wedding in while you're at it. 

Many hotels in Hawaii and other tropical locals offer wedding packages. Simple and easy, just show up at your scheduled time and there you go. 

The beach, some flowers, set up a beautiful dinner on the beach. Invite some of your closest friends and family to vacation with you as well.... Instant party. 

For a beautiful, casual, barefoot beach wedding we would dream of something like this lovely beaded caftan from Carol Hannah.

This beauty looks just as pretty coming as it does going. I feel like I might have to plan this vow-renewal just to get the dress. 

Now lets say you have found your man, had your babies but haven't yet gone though with the actual wedding. Then you might want to have a huge celebration and pull out all the stops!  You deserve it!. You've done the hard work and now you get to celebrate! 

In that case your going to want to find your self an amazing once in a life time dress. 

Hello Valentino.....

Hello Valentino.....

The kind of dress that every girl dreams about since they are little. Every vision of brides you've ever had will float through your mind while you're dress shopping... 

Don't do it... 

Don't do it... 

 

. You're going to want to have the most magical and magnificent day you could ever imagine. Think of what you are going to want to look back on in 20 or 30 years and still love. 

 

Timeless, elegant, you. 

Zuhair Murad

Zuhair Murad

their are so many right ways to do a wedding dress! You will never go wrong if you stay true to who you are. Here are some of our absolute favorite brides throughout history. 

Poppy Delevingne in Pucci 

Poppy Delevingne in Pucci 

Bianca Jagger 

Bianca Jagger 

Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy

Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin

Nicole Richie had her children name embroidered in the lace of her gown. 

Nicole Richie had her children name embroidered in the lace of her gown. 

It is an amazing this to find love in this world and even more amazing to get to share the joy of that with your children! Celebrate your love! 

What a special event for them to always remember and hold close. Just don't do this. 

WTF

WTF

XOXO- Things We Heart