Molly Guy

You know Stone Fox Bride; it’s Molly Guy, the girl who makes all things bridal cool, appealing and alternative. You may be obsessed with her Instagram, where she photographs engagement rings and shares the story behind each (without divulging the identity of the bride), or with her website and blog (Stone Fox Tales), where you can peruse everything from veils, crowns and vintage dresses to real Stone Fox weddings. Either way, with wedding season upon us, whether it’s about the groom, the band or the guest list, we had a feeling you’d want to see ten stone cold wedding truths from the original Stone Fox Bride…

On the dress…

Stick to a familiar silhouette that you know is flattering for your body type. If you’re always in teeny skirts, find an amazing mini dress. If you’re a hippie caftan kind of gal, go the loose, long-sleeve flowy route. The goal is to feel super comfortable and at ease. This is not the time to debut a whole new look.

On the flowers…

Don’t get hung up on the budget. I have literally seen women who have spent half a million dollars decorating hotel ballrooms with the most exotic blooms who don’t hold a candle to other women who have picked a hundred dollars worth of wildflowers and stuck them in vintage Coca Cola bottles. Sometimes a single peony in a tiny glass vase is so much more chic than the mammoth-sized bouquet. Beautiful floral decor has very little to do with having an abundance of flowers…and everything to do with nuance and a subtle eye for detail.

On the food…

FAMILY STYLE! I can’t emphasize this enough. Everyone loves sitting around a table passing platters of food. It’s such a homey, cozy way to create instant ambiance. And stay away from trendy fusion gastronomy situations involving foam or teeny portions of locally sourced sorrel leaves. Stick to the basics: roast chicken, French fries, big green salads, good wine, bread and cheese, and chocolate cake.

On the person you’re marrying… 

Relish in the joy of the whole wedding planning process. In just a few months’ time, regular life will resume and you two will once again be in your day-to-day routine of brushing your teeth side by side and fighting over rent bills. The sweeter you can make this beginning, the better chance you have of getting through rocky times gracefully down the line.

On the band… 

I always love live string music during the ceremony; I had a Spanish guitarist play “Into The Mystic” by Van Morrison while I was walking down the aisle. As far as the after party, an iPod playlist can be just as awesome as a huge ten-person band.

On the guest list…

Whether you’re having five guests, or five hundred guests, try to surround yourself with people who truly know and love you. Positivity and good vibes all around, baby.

On the invitations… 

Whatever works! Some gals love to go high-end letterpress calligraphy; others are all about a Paperless Post.

On the venue…

If you go the outdoor route, make sure there’s a backup rain plan — and in case it’s cold, check out the venue’s space heater contingency plan situation in advance. Nothing will ruin a wedding faster than if your guests are wet and shivering.

On the table settings…

I love a sweet personalized gift on each plate — something super classic and low-key. A personalized plain wooden pencil and small note pad, an inscribed second-hand copy of a classic book. The Great Gatsby is a good one. You can never have too many copies.

On the day of…

Eat a nourishing breakfast. Stay away from depleting white flour, sugar or salt. I’m a fan of soft-boiled eggs, oatmeal, berries, and tea. Take a minute to sit silently and gather your thoughts if you can. Beyond the drama, adrenaline and nerves is the amazing blessing of having found your soul mate. Try to let it sink in on some level.

*Molly Guy, photographed at the Stone Fox Bride showroom by Danielle Kosann. Molly wears a vintage dress.