Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bustling A Wedding Dress

Image: Wedding Aces via Documentary Associates

This week the ladies of Coastside Couture did a post on bustling your wedding dress. Please check-out the article. This is such a great topic because there are several ways to bustle a wedding gown and you want to make sure that your bustle is sturdy, so you're not spending the night stepping on your dress and it's easy to bustle when it is time to hit the dance floor. The best bustle for ease and the least amount of trouble is the one that uses different color ribbons. Make sure that you take your mom, maid of honor or bridesmaid with you to your last fitting so that they are clear on where the bustle points are for your dress.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

August Bridal Events in Charlotte

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Here is a list of upcoming bridal events taking place next month in Charlotte:

Sunday, August 8th

Carolina Weddings and Events Bridal Showcase
The Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Cost: $12 per person
Register here

Cheryl King Couture Trunk Show
J. Major's Bridal Boutique
2400 Park Road, Suite G
Charlotte, NC 28203

Enjoy wine and hourdeurves while shopping for your perfect accessories.
Cheryl King will be available to help you choose the perfect accessories
for your wedding day.

August 12-14

Modern Trousseau Trunk Show
Hayden Olivia Bridal
221 S. Tyron Street, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28202

August 27-28

Alvina Valenta Bridal Trunk Show
J. Major's Bridal Boutique
2400 Park Road, Suite G
Charlotte, NC 28203

Special appearance by designer, Jessica Williams

Friday, July 23, 2010

There is no "I" in Team

Yes, I know the title is very cliche, but there really is no "I" in team and in the event industry it is very important that you respect other vendors and appreciate their craft and hard-work.

Thank you to all of the vendors, my team and family that participated in this photo-shoot with me! I am so grateful and appreciative for your efforts and partnership!!!

Photography: The Beautiful Mess

Venue: Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Rentals: Party Reflections (Modern Tablescape) and Classic Party Rentals (Traditional Tablescape)

DJ/Lighting: Spintastic Sounds

Linens: Connie Duglin Specialty Linen and Chair Cover Rental

Flowers/Cake: From This Day Forward Wedding and Special Event Design

Cake (Modern Tablescape): Cloud 9 Confections

Make-up/Hair Styling: Modern Salon and Spa

Invitation/Stationery: SCM Design

Female Models: The E Agency

Male Models: Jordan Wisniewski, SPE Event Intern

Part 3... Be Inspired: Urban Cityscape Photo-Shoot

We decided to shoot a second look to capture the more traditional bride. Purple is a very popular wedding color, so I wanted to provide some inspiration on styling a simple purple affair!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Part 2...Be Inspired: Urban Cityscape Photo-Shoot

We switched-up the tablescape in these pictures and streamlined the color palette to add a little more sophistication. Stephanie Huxter, from SCM Design created the invitation and menu cards. The models are from The E Agency!

Groom and groomsman - Penguin Tuxedo
Bridal Gown - The Lily Rose
Bridesmaid Dresses - Marshall's ($19 a piece. Got to love a deal! I know I do!)
Accessories - Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and Rainbow (all my favorite stores for affordable and fabulous fashion accessories)
Bride's Sneakers - Jimmy Jazz

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Be Inspired: Urban Cityscape Part 1

I am inspired by many different things in life and have a passion for all types of styles when it comes to design...rustic, chic, urban, modern, opulent, Parisian, homespun, list can go on and on.

When asked by The Beautiful Mess Photography to create and design a concept shoot last summer, I wanted to display to brides my versatility in design and taste. The first concept shoot that we did was a Garden Party style wedding with a southern and high-society look and feel. You can see images from this photo-shoot here.

This time around, I wanted to show the fun, fabulous and lighthearted feel that an event can take on when you channel your childhood. I'm such a big kid and loved growing up in a big city! I also love 90s R&B and the bright and bold colors of the 80s. My generation is so distinct and rich in culture that I wanted to show how an 80s or 90s baby would throw a party.

Here are a few images from the shoot. Check back this week for Part 2 and 3 of the shoot along with the list of the amazing participating vendors!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Wedding Magazine UK

I have some good news to share! My table number design from the Garden Party Concept Shoot that I designed and styled last Fall is being featured in the August/September issue of Wedding Magazine UK! Please grab a copy and check-it out!

Kudos to The Beautiful Mess Photography for their amazing work on the shoot and to all of the fabulous vendors that made the day possible. You can see images from the shoot and a list of the amazing vendors that participated here.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Please Be Seated

Image: Jan Garcia Photography via Exquisite Event Planning and Design

Many couples opt to name their reception tables’ places, songs, or phrases that are meaningful to them instead of numbers. This is a great way to personalize your day and engage your guests in the things that are important to you and your fiancĂ© and your relationship.

However, with table names it is difficult for your guests to navigate the seating arrangement because there is no sequential order, so make sure that if you don't have a planner or coordinator to help direct your guests to their seats that you designate your hostess or hostesses to help facilitate the reception seating.

Happy Planning!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Red Hot!

I like the color red and saw these fabulous decor items at Homegoods. Red is such a bold statement color and could be paired with crisp white or a modern slate gray. Anyone using red as one of their wedding colors? Photographers, have you shot a recent wedding with a red color palette?