You loyal CeciStyle fans know by now that my husband, Alan, is an avid sailor, and we love heading to the coast to soak up the sun and sea on the weekends. Although we normally stay at our beach house, he’s been asking me for years to spend a week at sea to get a real taste of adventure. Always one to embrace and try new things, I decided to go for it and am happy to give you a personal peek into our photo album this week. My son, Mason, was such a trooper and even slept like a baby every night. Who would have thought? It turned out to be an amazing family bonding experience, and, of course, there’s nothing better than quality relaxing time with my boys (and earning some extra good wife points in the process!).
Whether or not you plan to set sail yourself this summer, you can definitely get on board with the oh-so-hot nautical trend. Classic stripes, crisp linen and navy blue are popping up everywhere, from fashion to design to home. Shop my favorites of the season in this week’s Get the Look or pick out a crisp new tie for your guy from custom men’s clothier Alton Lane. Plus, I’ve got a preppy-meets-pretty Nantucket wedding for you that’s full of antique charm and personal touches. I love their welcome bags and how they used local items like Cape Cod Chips (yum!) and Nantucket Nectar, as well as a custom-designed welcome note by Ceci New York to bring it all together.
Let’s set sail!
P.S. A special thank you to Christian Oth Studio for this week’s Muse photos.
Be inspired by Jessica & John’s navy blue Nantucket wedding
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ORDERING CUSTOM STAMPS FOR YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS
How much postage do I need for my wedding invitation? The most fail-safe way to confirm your postage rate is to go to your nearest post office with a sample of the invitation to have it weighed. Yes, it can be a bit of a pain, but you really should go in person! Also, remember to ask about international rates if you plan to send invitations to guests in other countries.
Will I need more than one stamp? Yes, you will want to consider the stamps that go on the invitation itself, as well as the stamps for the reply envelope that guests send back to you with the reply card. (Note one exception: You can omit the return postage for international guests, as they will need to use their own country’s postage to send back the reply card.) Additionally, if your invitation is heavy or oversized, you may need to use two stamps for the main invitation. The fun part is that you can have multiple stamp designs to spice it up a bit. We always offer many original stamp designs for our clients to choose from.
How do I order custom stamps for my invitation? Ceci New York provides complimentary stamp design with any order that includes calligraphy, so it’s a fun bonus and a way to personalize your set. The actual stamps are produced through Zazzle.com, and you’ll need a custom JPEG of the design and your exact postage rates (see question #1) to order. Plan for about 5-10 business days from order to delivery.
You can also dress up your everyday envelopes by shopping our store on Zazzle, full of fun Ceci New York designs ready to order now.
Stick to your gut. There are so many options and ideas out there, especially now that there is Pinterest. I’ve known so many people who have a hard time making a decision because they are overwhelmed with ideas. I wavered a bit too on certain things, but at the end of the day the ideas I originally gravitated toward were what I chose. They were my style and more “me,” and that’s what you really want you to reflect on your wedding day!
What It’s Like to Be a Ceci New York Bride:
Working with the Ceci New York team for my wedding was probably one of the easiest experiences of the whole process. They were friendly, organized, helpful and 100% on their game from start to finish. From the account team to the designers to Ceci Johnson herself, it was a hands down pleasurable process. Literally any design element I wanted to add, they could do. Any deadline I needed, they made. I had no idea that the invitations were going to be my favorite part of the wedding process!
View Jessica & John’s wedding invitations and photos in Our Muse
I talk a lot about women’s fashion, but it’s always fun to pick out something for your guy, especially during the summer months when weddings abound. After all, it’s our job to keep them looking good, right? A sleek new tie is such a fun, easy pick-me-up for your guy’s wardrobe and can really make or break his look. This week I’m introducing you to a fresh new company called Alton Lane. They hand-make their ties in Italy using fine silks and offer a range of styles, from classic to modern. See how the groomsmen rocked theirs in this week’s Our Muse and shop a few seasonal favorites below.
Gift Idea: Custom Italian Silk Ties from Alton Lane
Alton Lane Classic Navy Tie A solid navy style is the perfect complement to any gingham, check or tattersall shirt ($95).
Alton Lane Red Floral Tie This red and blue pattern livens up a basic solid shirt ($95).
Alton Lane Green and Navy Diagonal Stripe Tie The green and navy color combination is a year-round favorite, and the diagonal patterns make for a polished look ($95).
Alton Lane Navy with White Dots Knit Tie Knit ties instantly turn your look modern. The white dots evoke a hint of fun for the stylish guy ($85).
Alton Lane Light Grey Knit Tie A grey knit tie is an updated accessory and can be worn casually with or without a blazer or vest ($85).
Alton Lane offers premium custom clothing for men. Choose from a carefully curated selection of fine Egyptian and Swiss cottons, pure imported wools and luxurious cashmeres. Available by private appointment, Alton Lane offers custom shirts, suits, trousers, blazers, tuxedos and overcoats. Established in 2009, Alton Lane’s mission is to create a new standard in men’s clothing based on exceptional quality, superior fit, excellent value and a better customer experience.
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JESSICA & JOHN’S DREAM TEAM: Invitations: Ceci New York Photographer: Christian Oth Studio Venue: White Elephant Hotel Florist: Soiree Floral Catering: White Elephant Hotel Cake: A Piece of Cake Music: The Sultans of Swing Hair & Makeup: Darya Salon Dress: Oscar de la Renta via Mark Ingram Atelier Shoes: Jimmy Choo Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale and Joanna August, Bella Bridesmaids Jewelry: Ben Amun via Rent the Runway Veil: Vera Wang Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Suits: Alton Lane
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The White Elephant Hotel, Nantucket, Massachusetts
The White Elephant sits serenely on the waterfront, mere minutes from unique boutiques and art galleries, mouth-watering restaurants, fascinating museums, and beautiful beaches. From here, you can walk to Brant Point Lighthouse, embark on a Hinckley cruise or bask in the rays on one of Nantucket’s glorious beaches. From the first sumptuous bite at Brant Point Grill, our house restaurant, to your last night within the spacious confines of our 66 chic, light-filled guest rooms, suites, and garden cottages, you’ll find that there is so much to enjoy at the White Elephant.
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