Over the weekend one of my dearest friends Zachary Shirley tied the knot! If you’re following me on Snapchat (natashaleeds) then you heard me gushing all about it already, but Zak and Kaci’s wedding truly was enchanting and there wasn’t one element that wasn’t Pinterest worthy! They got married at a quaint and very romantic church in the countryside and all I remember is driving into the church yard and exclaiming, ‘Oh my gosh, this church is so beautiful!’
Minutes to 4, the alter doors opened and my jaw dropped! She walked down the aisle wearing an ultra-feminine Monique Lhuilllier lace illusion, long-sleeve gown that featured layers upon layers of tulle and delicate, embroidering rosettes here and there. The dress ballooned out at the waist and with every step she took it swayed from side to side, sweeping the floor. She was about to marry my Zaki, my ‘lil Broski’ and as her father let her go to face Zachary I couldn’t have been any happier.
I’ve known Zak for maybe 15 years and at no time did it ever cross my mind that I would get emotional at his wedding. From moments of joy and laughter to fighting back tears, the wedding ceremony was an emotional roller coaster for me. I totally got misty-eyed at a few points but then towards the ending of the wedding it finally hit me that one of the few men in my life was entering a new chapter in his. All of a sudden it felt like I’d swallowed cement and I remember thinking to myself, ‘am I crying? I think I’m crying, oh my goodness I can’t hold it back! I’m crying!’ Before I knew it someone who I’ve always considered as my little brother just kissed his wife and they were already walking back out through the church doors, hand in hand. It was beautiful ♥
Knowing the awesome couple, I had an inkling it might be one of the most memorable weddings I’d ever attend. I expetected elegant and romantic because of the bride and lots of fun and RUM at the reception because of the groom. So of course, I had to find the perfect dress that combined both elegant and fun!
Afternoon ceremonies tend to be more casual than evening soirees, but the bride and groom requested guests to be dressed in formal attire. Now, we live in Jamaica and it’s the heart of the Summer so I knew I had to find a way to look elegant, while keeping it as cool as possible—literally! Luckily these days, formal doesn’t mean you need to wear a ball gown, plus I had plans to dance the night away so a long dress wasn’t going to cut it for me. So instead of going for a dress with a long train, I went with a flirty & feminine, midi.
I’ve been very into blush tones lately and I recently purchased this blushing-pink dress from HouseOfCB and thought it was the special touch needed for this dressy affair. I wore an elegant, chic and super stylish ensemble, that features a deep off the shoulder detail which showed off my décolleté and a bodycon fit. To offset the pale pink hues of the dress I teamed it with a pair of nude-fringe sandals from Steve Madden for a look that was more clean and polished. I completed the look with a clutch in beautiful feminine tones and filled it with my essentials, like blotting sheets, face powder, mints and tissue. Lastly, I opted for fresh, minimalistic makeup and ditched the heavy lipstick just applied some chapstick and a nude liner on top to keep my lips moist throughout the day.
Peak below for a few pictures of my outfit that my date (mommy of course) snapped of me in front of the chapel before the ceremony started and keep scrolling to see snippets of the reception. Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥
Congrats Zak & Kaci.
You two look amazing together and all I wish for is your journey post marriage to turn out to be as equally amazing. I wish your life of marriage to be made of all the right ingredients, romance, understanding, commitment, trust, humor, passion, timeless love and for Zaks sake RUM! Haha!