With This Ring I Thee Wed – 4 Wedding Tips For The Modern Bride

A year and a half ago, I said yes on the Santa Barbara beaches when my love, Rick Schirmer, asked me to be his wife. rachel mccord husband

It was one of the most beautiful moments in my life! So, to celebrate (coming up on our two year anniversary), Dune Jewelry sent me two fabulous Gold Overlay Stacker Rings with sand from the beach where we got engaged!

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Aren’t they stunning!?   This was one of the most sentimental gifts I have ever be given as a Los Angeles Blogger.

Dune Jewelry,  just to give you some more background was founded by Holly Daniels Christensen.

After working in the Boston real estate market for 10 years, this self-taught jewelry designer decided to celebrate her birthday in an interesting way…by realizing her dreams of becoming an entrepreneur and launching Dune Jewelry on September 28th, 2010.  Originally from Cape Cod, Holly spent her summers after high school learning to surf at Marconi Beach in Wellfleet and although her surfing skills never did amount to much, those days of skipping work at the bagel shop and heading to the beach will always be cherished.  Holly began making beach sand jewelry for friends and family in 2007 with her close, childhood friend Kellie Quinn.  Soon it became apparent that nearly everyone she knew had a special memory or exciting adventure that took place on the coast of New England, the shores of Italy, the beaches of California, the Sahara Desert or as Rupert Holmes would sing…”in the dunes of the Cape”.

Dune has been featured in a number of publications including Coastal Living, Cape Cod Life, JCK Magazine, The L.A. Times,  as well as The Huffington Post, and Boston STUFF Magazine.  Holly hopes that all the wonderful people who have helped Dune grow will keep spreading the word and making new coastal memories to be cherished and celebrated by Dune Jewelry. Holly is a native Cape Codder and direct descendant of the Nauset (Wampanoag) Indian tribe of Cape Cod. She now resides in Dedham, MA with her husband Eric, their daughters Alexa Jane & Lyla David and their handsome Chihuahua Tex.

Taken from DuneJewelry.com

Wearing these gorgeous rings took me back to December 29th, 2013, the day I married my love.   In honor of all the love (and stories that Holly Daniels is passionate about), I decided to share some images from my wedding, stacked with some tips on planning your own wedding!  Who knows you might want to incorporate Dune Jewelry in YOUR special day!!

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I planned our wedding in 5 1/2 weeks (in the midst of a move), so it was super important that EVERYTHING was super organized.

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There was so much that went into the planning – long before walking down the aisle.

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The Georgia wedding venue we chose was Ashton Gardens, which is located about one hour North of Atlanta. Which I love the beautiful chapel, I was not blown away by the staff or the way they setup the reception.  I remember a server interrupting while I was talking to a guest telling me to sit down because my food was served …. ummmm… Huh?

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That being said, I did look EVERYWHERE for the perfect place and this was the one that was most cost effective with on-site banquets area.


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One lady who saved the day was my day of coordinator, Marie King. She is the SWEETEST and super talented. If you are getting married in or around Atlanta, I highly recommend her!

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The evening wedding was planned to perfection with a beautiful reading by my gorgeous mom, Sheri.

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A talented harpist, Julie

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Decor and festive wedding poppers

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The emotion from the day caught me by surprise, but my soon-to-be hubby didn’t miss a beat (or the “awwww” from the crowd)

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Well, it wasn’t long before our friend and paster pronounced us Husband and Wife and invited Ricky to “kiss the bride”!

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It was as magical as these photos show!


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If you are ready to walk down the aisle here are the top tips I learned the hard (and easy way)

  1. Make sure the food and beverage minimum are lumped together.  For example, Ashton Gardens snuck one past me when they said the minimum food was one amount while the beverage was another.  In all my years as an event planner I have never heard of such a thing!
  2. Slow down the ceremony as much as you can! We played our song which gave me the time to really soak in the moment
  3. Florals can be the most expensive part of your decor. Ask your florist to recommend some in-season options that are less expensive
  4. PLEASE make sure you double check with your photographer that they are providing rights (and downloads) of the images from your wedding without any additional costs. Craig Sutters, the guy we went with managed to charge an extra $400 to give me photos … to the images I paid him to take. #yay


What tips can you share for brides? Share them below and I will add them into a feature!
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Love you long time!

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