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Carly is Inspired!

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve posted anything on Going to the Chapel, but it’s because I’ve moved to a new blog! I started Going to the Chapel as an intern with as a way to earn credits for my internship while expanding my knowledge of the wedding industry. To be honest, I also really needed a creative outlet. I’ve loved creating a community and watching it grow to have enough views to fill Lincoln Financial Field on the night of a concert. Mind. Blown. I’ve also loved connecting with area vendors – some of which have become fast friends – and being able to confidently talk about how to plan a wedding.


Caroline Joy’s bouquet: photo by Ryan Ray via

But I started to crave having a space where I could talk about the other things that inspire me. I love weddings, I really do, but I also love fashion, design, and living a life that I will want to talk about and share with others when I’m 80.


Inspiration board via Carly is Inspired

In December of 2012, I took the leap and purchased a domain. I collected inspiration. I attended Making Things Happen, which helped me get to the core of who I am. And then there was the day I launched my new blog, Carly is Inspired. It’s filled with pink, bows, weddings, and tons of design inspiration. Won’t you visit me in my new space? I promise it will be worth it!


To everyone who has read Going to the Chapel, thank you. Without you, I would have never experienced all that I have and all that I hope to continue to do.

PS: There’s a giveaway happening right now over on Carly is Inspired, and it ends tonight at 11:59 PM!


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Going to the Chapel Heads to the South

As much as I love living in the North, where we experience varied seasons and have the ability to travel to neighboring NYC quickly, I love the South. To be more specific, I love Charleston and Kiawah Island. In my previous post, I mentioned that one way to ring in 2012 was to watch fireworks light up the night sky over the beach and ocean. Well, that’s exactly how I welcomed 2012.

I spent a week enjoying the beauty of Kiawah Island, a barrier island located 21 miles outside the charm of Charleston. My mornings were spent walking on the 10-mile stretch of beach scanning the ocean for dolphins, while my afternoons included long bike rides meandering along the island’s many bike trails. And then there were the sunsets – so beautiful every. single. time. Oh, and most of the days included temperatures in the 60s (in December and January!), which is downright balmy coming from Philly. Needless to say, my week spent with my family was wonderful. Kiawah never fails, and the pictures I snapped below help to show why.

If you’re searching for the perfect honeymoon spot that isn’t too far from Philadelphia, or if you’re looking for a fun place to go for a getaway weekend, consider going to Kiawah (more info here + accommodations info here). Activities ranging from biking and kayaking to golfing and tennis await, as well as ten miles of sandy shore. To help you plan your trip further, here is a link to help you learn more about Charleston (a horse and buggy ride through the city is one of the best ways to experience the town), and US Air continues to offer fairly inexpensive flight options.

I’m still a Northern girl, but my heart may belong to the South. Have no fear though, I’m still as dedicated as ever to helping you plan your Philly wedding. Stay tuned because another post is coming your way next week!

*all photos courtesy Going to the Chapel


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Jamin & Valerie’s Flashmob Proposal

I’m a fan of flashmobs involving dancing or singing. It doesn’t matter how many I stumble upon online or hear about while watching the news – I’m sold every. single. time. Throw in a proposal, and I am bound to fall even more excitedly in love.

Meet Jamin Love (clearly, this guy’s name already has him set to get married) and Valerie Albania. After dating for almost six years, Jamin decided to propose to Valerie by dancing with friends in a flashmob at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney – the ante has just been upped, readers – to  “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. For the first part of the dance, Jamin is watching alongside Valerie until he decides to join in. As the lyrics build to the perfect moment – ”Just say I do”- Jamin moves away from the other dancers and…watch the video, you’ll see.

Oh, how I wish I could have been one of the lucky people who were able to see this proposal dance in action. Congrats, Jamin and Valerie. Happy wedding planning!

P.S: A proposal flash mob should happen in Philadelphia. 30th Street Station? Rittenhouse Square? At a Phillies, Eagles, or Flyers game? Someone start planning. Then let me known when and where it’s happening.


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Matt & Ginny: A Proposal Made for the Movies

A proposal marks the beginning of a couple’s wedding planning, and this fun video seemed perfect to post after my long blogging break.

Thanks to Matt and Ginny, we now have the latest viral wedding video. In my opinion, the popularity it has quickly achieved (over 11 million views in 6 days!) is well deserved.

The couple said they were going to “make the movies jealous” through their relationship, and Matt wove the theme so creatively into his proposal to Ginny. Even though the video was over 6 minutes long, which seemed slightly lengthy, the time spent watching it was well worth it. Ginny’s reaction to seeing Matt talking to her dad was so sweet; Matt speeding to the theater then stopping for popcorn provided a glimpse of his personality; Oh, and she said YES!

What do you think? Does this proposal live up to its title as “the best marriage proposal EVER?”

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Grand Gesture Proposals: A Grand Idea?

The other day, I spotted the above video (thanks, Ryan Seacrest!) where a high school guy, Jason Pitts, asks his friend, Lianna Cohen, to go to the prom with him, but he doesn’t approach her and ask. No, no we now live in the times of “Glee.” Instead of simply asking, Jason decided to write a song and sing while playing his guitar as a group of his friends sang backup. Although these two friends are not looking to get married (at least I hope not!), this video caused me to start thinking about grand gesture proposals.

Tonight, America’s favorite “Deal or No Deal” host, Howie Mandel, is premiering a new show called “Mobbed.” From seeing the commercials for the show over the past couple of weeks, it seems that a group of people come together to unsuspectingly dance as some type of gesture is performed. During tonight’s premiere, a woman slowly walks through who are crowd dancing to “Everlasting Love” as she prepares to be proposed to by her soon-to-be-fiancé. The commercials make it seem as though she is genuinely shocked by the gesture and overwhelmingly happy.

We’ve all seen or heard about another type of grand gesture proposal – proposing with the help of a Jumbotron at a game. “Will you marry me, (insert name here)?” pops up on the screen for the entire arena to see. Then the couple is seen on the screen as the guy gets down on one knee and waits for his answer. Although we all may have heard about these types of proposals, “Brides Magazine” conducted a survey and all five guys came back with the same response – No way, it’s impersonal!

With “Mobbed” and Jumbotron proposals in mind, what do you think about grand gesture proposals? Personally, I think intimate proposals are the way to go. A performance may be memorable; however, a proposal at your favorite place to go together may be much more meaningful in the moment and looking back years later.

Oh, and to Jason who wrote the song, sang, and played guitar in order to ask Lianna to the prom, you have major confidence. Had I been in Lianna’s shoes and had a song specially written and performed for me, I would have said yes too.


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Product Spotlight: The Dedication Company

One of the best finds over the past couple weeks has been the online store The entire site serves to promote people who sell handmade products. The best part is that because everything is handmade, each piece that you purchase promises to be original and unlike anything you can find in a store.

During my first Etsy scouring mission, I happened upon The Dedication Company. I couldn’t have been more excited. I love simple things that stand out in their own way, especially in terms of jewelry. That is exactly what Rebecca Tollefson, the New Hampshire based designer behind The Dedication Company and Maizie Designs, creates: simple jewelry that happens to be perfect to give to your bridal party.

Through combining silver, pearls, or brass together, Rebecca creates simple pieces (choose from long or short necklaces as well as bracelets) that make a statement and each includes a monogram. Although the pieces look expensive, whether you purchase a necklace, bracelet, or both, all of The Dedication Company’s jewelry is reasonably priced. Necklaces are between $28-$34, while bracelets are $35 or $37. Rebecca also offers special pricing for brides ordering for her bridal party.

Check out some of my favorite pieces from The Dedication Company and visit Rebecca’s Etsy shop to see more. Although perfect to give as gifts to your bridal party, jewelry is also a perfect treat for you. Enjoy!

*all photos courtesy The Dedication Company

Sterling Silver Monogram Initial with Floral Brass Teardrop Pendant - Limited Edition Dedication Necklace

Monogram Handforged Horseshoe Pendant with Sterling Silver Initial Charm - Dedication Necklace

Monogram Birthstone Bracelet - Sterling Silver Initial Charm with Vintage Brass Locket - Dedication Bracelet

Sterling Silver Initial Charm with Pearls - Dedication Bracelet

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