It’s safe to say that wedding season has officially arrived. Weekends are filled with gorgeous floral arrangements, signature cocktails, old friends, and lots of dancing. Instead of getting stressed over gift registries and what to wear, we’ve decided to embrace the season in full force. Say hello to our first ever Wedding Issue!

This issue has been a unique project for me as my own wedding is just under 2 weeks away. While it’d be untrue if I said I haven’t had any stress-induced mini meltdowns throughout the planning process, I’m thankful for those key people in my life who have helped me keep perspective and joy along the way.

As I finalize last minute details for my wedding, I hope to share some of the things I’ve learned along the way, as well as let the experts shed light on making your big day all that you hoped it would be. Through it all, I’ve often been told to revel in the moment, and as we put together fashion shoots and gift lists, I’m reminded to enjoy every second of it instead of succumb to the stress.

Of course, we didn’t get entirely swept up in weddings- and welcomed distractions in the form of great summer recipes, beautiful home tours, and talented designers.  We’re also please to introduce you to the newest addition to the Rue team and her stylish abode.

The style of weddings and gatherings you’ll find in this issue of Rue may vary, but the message and purpose is always the same: bringing people together and making lifelong memories with the ones we love.

We hope you enjoy! xx, Crystal