Month: September 2011

This Sunday: Join us at Palm Beach Brides: An Idea Show

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Palm Beach Brides

SEPTEMBER 25  AT THE PALM BEACH COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER

Palm Beach Brides returns to the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Last year’s debut event was a runaway success, with nearly 1,200 attendees and more than 80 vendors. This year’s showcase will include more than 100 vendors — including yours truly, who will be providing complimentary wedding consultations and presenting a goooorgeous bridal fashion show!

Ladies, this is NOT “just another bridal show.” Much like the husband and the dress, this is “the ONE.” It’s fun, it’s interactive, it’s exactly what you need to plan your one of a kind dream wedding (it’s NOT rows of boring tables with brochures). This is your chance to taste, try, touch and talk.

Also new this year is a special VIP hour beginning at 11 a.m. VIP Admission includes Regular Admission PLUS: Enjoy your wedding planning day as a VIP Bride. Take home a deluxe goody bag with gifts from Perfect Vodka; a keepsake Lucky Bamboo plant; private champagne tasting and more. You’ll also have exclusive VIP access to all Palm Beach Brides vendors 1 hour before show time. No lines, no crowds, just personalized time with the wedding professionals of your choice. AND only VIP Brides will have the chance to enter to win a weekend getaway at The Boca Resort and Spa.

Click Here to Learn More About Which Vendors are Participating!

Purchase Your Ticket Today!

Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 366-3000
www.pbconventioncenter.com

Real Wedding: Jillian + Michael, Jupiter

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These two Chi-town lovebirds held their wedding in sunny South Florida to share this paradise with family and friends. The Club at Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter was the backdrop for their destination wedding, which included a ceremony in the verdant grass and a clubhouse reception that went on into the wee hours… And LaFrance Films captured it all. We adore the classic Caddy the couple posed with for pics, not to mention the glittering sparkler reception entrance. And — how gorgeous is this couple??? Just sayin’.

Event Planer – Heather Meibach
Photography – Gregory Paul Photography
Video – LaFrance Films
Venue – The Club at Admiral’s Cove
Officiant – Rabbi Alon
Band – The Powerhouse Group

Floral Design – Daniel Events
Hair – Todd Kempton
Makeup – Ashley Wheeler

It! Inspiration: Go Gators!

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Something old, something new, something orange and something blue!  A University of Florida fan’s passion for her alma matter is something only others who bleed orange & blue can truly comprehend.  And whether it’s an entirely orange & blue affair or just a delicate detail to show your true colors, there’s not a Gator we know who hasn’t paid homage to their beloved school on their Game Day.  How much is too much?  When in doubt, keep calm & chomp on!

Bouquet via Brittany Brock Photography; Shoes by Laurel McConnell Photography; Bridal Party photo by Gina Leigh Photography; Groom’s Cake via JA2 Photography; Gator Walk photo from Media Zoo;  Cake via Momentville; Gator Bow Tie by Candidly Elegant; Table from Married to Fashion

Take it from an it! Girl: Get down with a short wedding gown

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Nowhere in the “Book of Fairytale Weddings” does it say a bride must wear a floor-length dress made of more ruffles than a “Toddlers & Tiaras” episode. Don’t get us wrong – we’re all for big and frilly. After all, how often can you get away with dressing up like a cream puff? But for those who want to impress wedding guests in their best — don’t stress — say yes to the (short) dress!

Speaking of impress, that was a pretty impressive rhyme for a girl, right?

No, we are not sponsored by TLC.

If you choose to hike up your dress, please consider the following:

1. Careful with the hemline. We know how you brides like to “get down”.

2. Even though the dress is short, it should still be tailored. Though short, thy dress shall not be neglected.

3. But you’ve always dreamt of marrying your prince charming in the perfect princess dress? Buy two – one for the ceremony and one for the reception. Problem solved!

Youthquake Spring 2012 collection by Tobi Hannah; Fauna by Ivy & Aster;  Sarah Seven‘s Spring 2012 collection

Connoisseur Q&A: Jemma Coleman Photography

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Jemma & David Coleman

Photo by Pure by Lindsey

Jemma and David Coleman, Jemma Coleman Photography, Jupiter

What she is obsessed with: Cake! Oh, wait you mean related to my job…. Creativity and teamwork. Coming up with fun ideas and implementing them is what got me into this business and what makes it new every day! I so enjoy working as a team with my husband. You might just catch us high-fiving each other during the course of the day. Oh, and I say my first answer counts because cake is related to the job…

What is so 2010: Having the bridal party form a tight circle around you as you have your first dance. No one can see you, including me!

What’s the next big thing? Boudoir Bachelorette Parties. They’re a great way to have fun with your closest friends – and hello, your bridesmaids – while having some awesome photos made for yourself and your partner. Not to mention, it’s a great confidence builder and makes a sweet wedding gift for the hubs-to-be! We’ll, or rather, I’ll be launching this part of our business in the fall!

What should brides and grooms already know before contacting you? Brides and grooms can feel free to contact us at any point. As long as they know they’re getting married and they like our work, we’re good! We’re eager to help, entertain questions and brainstorm ideas. It’s really about the bride and groom and seeing if we’re a good fit. Our approach is personable and we like to keep things simple. All our collections are designed with the clients’ needs and convenience in mind. For example our wedding albums include all options from the very beginning. So you get what you want!

What is your specialty? What sets you apart from others in your industry? David and I are excellent at working with all kinds of light. Natural light is wonderful, but we can also make light and create breathtaking images where it wasn’t possible before. Our unique style is classic with a funky twist. We love a little juxtaposition of styles with our weddings. Visit our blog and you’ll see what I mean, even in the custom artwork.

What is your advice for the modern couple when it comes to your industry? Make sure you know what you’re really getting. Ask to see two or three full galleries of wedding images. You want to see that their general quality of work is consistent through the whole day. Blog and portfolio images are the best of our work. Make sure the least of our work is still to your standards. Ask your potential photographers if they’re insured, if they have backup equipment, and about their approach. Make sure it matches up with what you want.

The best decision you can make for your wedding is to hire professionals for all wedding vendors. Pulling off a wedding is a huge undertaking and you’ll need all the seasoned, insured, and licensed help you can get. DIY is great before the wedding as long as you’re an expert and you have the time and manpower. On your wedding day, just focus on getting married and enjoying your time! And don’t forget to take care of yourselves too! Consider pre-marital counseling classes, don’t forget to date each other, and remember that ultimately it’s about the two of you!

It! Inspiration: Speakeasy Soiree

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If you’re like us, you love sipping a sweet manhattan while Sinatra croons on the hifi, cigarette smoke hanging in the air and strand upon strand of pearls dangling from your neck. You see, we’re vintage girls at heart, and getting down Roaring 20s style with the Boardwalk Empire sounds like a mighty fine way to theme a wedding — or any Speakeasy Soiree. Just remember, a Prohibition Era theme means booze by the barrel, not booze free. Well, at least it does if you’d like us to drop by…

It! Inspiration: Boardwalk Empire

 

Bon Musique via Elan Artists; HBO’s Boardwalk Empire; Domaine Chandon invitation via WineCountry.com; Gatsby Wedding Ideas via Ruffled; Cocktails at Little Branch, New York; Mae Mae Paperie Invitations; Moonshine

It! Inspiration: Doilies

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There is perhaps nothing more delicate and feminine than an intricately lacy doily. But we’re not talking about your grandmother’s coasters. We’re talking dramatic drink umbrellas and antique lace gowns, complemented by lace linens and gorgeous die-cut paper goods. It’s the kind of theme that makes us want to don our pinkest lipstick and high heels. But don’t take our word for it, check out our inspiration board and just try to overcome its girly charm.

Doily drink parasol via Wedding Window; 3-D doily cake by Real Simple; Doily garland via Seakettle; Escort cards via BZ Events; Crochet wedding dress via 100 Layer Cake; Doily inspired tablescape via The Sweetest Occasion; Khaki and doily wedding invitation by DawnCorrespondence; Cardboard favor box via Favor Craver

A Day in the Life: It! Owner/Creative Director Aime Packs a Bag for Southampton!

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Be it for a destination wedding, honeymoon or just a weekend getaway, an It! Girl always knows what to hide away in her bag of tricks.

Aime packs a bag for Southampton

Maternity jeans by 7 for All Mankind, YSL Muse Oversized Tote, Dolce & Gabbana classic creme lipstick in Venere, Chanel sunglasses, DVF espadrilles, Magaschoni ruffled cardigan

Connoisseur Q&A: Kerry’s Papery

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Kerry's Paperie

Kerry Millhiser, cesigner, creator and owner of Kerry’s Paper, Hollywood

What she is obsessed with: Anything paper and her dog, Mr. Wigglesworth.

What is so 2010? Not thinking outside the box.

What’s the next big thing? Use of mixed materials like wood and fabric vs. just paper invitations.

What should brides and grooms already know before contacting you? I’m very easy going and open to new ideas. When you’re ready to order, we will need to know the guest count and the basic wedding details such as date, time, location, etc. But you don’t need to know any of this to come in and begin the creative process.

What is your specialty? What sets you apart from others in your industry? There is no such word as No … if you want it I will find a way to do it.

What is your advice for the modern couple when it comes to your industry? Don’t be afraid to be creative. Look for vendors who are willing to work with your creativity and goals.

Kerry's Paperie

It! Inspiration: Peacock Plumes

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Jewel tones are the hottest hues for fall, and nothing in nature captures their rich essence like the plumes of the noble peacock (honestly, we’d have these beauties roaming about the office if they wouldn’t scare our prized pooches – LOVE them!). Here are a few ways to incorporate these luxurious tones into your wedding decor:

It! Inspiration: Peacock Plumes

Tabletop decor via Project Wedding; Peacock bib necklace from Etsy; table number card via Memorable Wedding Ideas; Flower bouquet by Ariston Flowers; Peacock on the aisle photo by Ken Kienow; Peacock wedding cake by A Slice of Heaven; Peacock feather boutonniere via GetMarried.com; peacock feather hair piece by Lori vintage