January 23, 2014

We love GLITTER and everything that sparkles… including sequin details on wedding dresses! So we decided to round up our favorite gown choices that have the most sparkly of sequins!

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Where to find the dresses above: $1,658 – Julia, Rose Gold Sequined Backless Wedding Gown: Truvelle via Etsy // $1,800 – Gemma Gown with sequined bodice: BHLDN // $price varies - Star, Style HP6412: Hayley Paige (JLM Couture) // $price varies – Style JH8400 ivory tulle + embroidered sequin bodice: Jim Hjelm

Looking to make a real statement? These sequined-covered dresses below are sure to be the perfect, bold choice for the most sparkly of bride-to-be!

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Where to find the dresses above: $1,410 – Bacall, Champagne Paillettess Old Hollywood Style Wedding Gown: Willow Moone via Etsy // $450 – sleeveless, v-neck sequin gown: Aidan Mattox // $648 – metallic lame sequin mesh bodice: David Meister // $620 sequin cowel-back gown: Badgley Mischka 

Ok.. so maybe you aren’t a sequin dress kind of gal – but how about sequin shoes!? 

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Where to find the shoes above: $315 – Valerie sequined satin peep-toe pumps: Oscar de la Renta // $88 – bronze peep-toe sequin pump: David’s Bridal // $328 – Claudia sequin bow pump: Kate Spade NY // $350 – Lilo rose gold glitter pump with feather accent: Kate Spade NY // $50 – Chelsea Sequin Bronze high pump: Cole Haan // $86 – gold sequined pointed toe pump: E.Live

December 16, 2013

“I was very excited to shoot this wedding because the bride is my niece! I had the privilege of hearing about and seeing all the wonderful details that were coming together before; the changes that were being made to the backyard; the dress(es) that were being purchased and sewn etc… for months before the big day arrived! Arlene thought of so many exquisite details that were executed by her, Ron and their family and friends. They pulled together this rustic backyard wedding with exceptional class and style!” – Kristy Klaassen Photography

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“One of our favorite memories of the day was lighting the paper lanterns at the end of the night and letting them float up into the sky. It was a great moment to stand back and watch them go, while reflecting on our wonderful day…

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..We had big DIY plans and hoped to make as much as possible by hand. I made the dried flower bouquets with my mother-in-law; sewed the burlap cutlery and menu holders myself; my husband made the wooden head-table backdrop with some friends, as well as the log-slice cupcake stand. My dad and uncle made the wood hip-roof barn front guestbook and seating chart wall. My friends helped me wrap the  jar candles in burlap; my aunt (and photographer!) painted the road signs; and friends arranged the hay-bale seating areas and wound the hundreds of mini white-light strings around the slip-rail fence. We had so much fun working on and finalizing all of our projects, and really couldn’t have done it without all the help from our family and friends!!!

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..While it wasn’t something that I specifically set out to have… I did have blue flowers in my bouquet and the girls had blue dresses; I borrowed my veil from a friend and my jewelry was all new…

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..I think the biggest thing to remember when planning your wedding is to listen to everyone’s advice, and pick and choose the parts that you want to use. This is YOUR big day, so infuse as much of your own personality into it as you’d like to! Don’t be shy either, do something extraordinary!” – Arlene, the bride

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photography: Kristy Klaassen Photography // bridesmaid’s dresses: Jozina’s Designs // limo: Pacific Harmony Limo Services // catering: Ramada // invitations and programs: Millers Pro Imaging // groom & groomsmen’s boots: Stampede Tack // groom & groomsmen’s attire: Le Chateau // wedding dress: David’s Bridal // all the amazing details (dried flower bouquets, centerpieces, table numbers, candy table, seating chart display, etc! were handmade by the bride, her groom and family and friends!

May 23, 2013

“Emily planned the wedding by drawing inspiration from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and incorporating tasteful, vintage decor. It was a beautiful outdoor wedding on a spring day in the suburbs of Houston, TX with gorgeous morning light and a crisp breeze. The bridesmaid dresses and floral arrangements included pastel colors that tied both themes together. Guests were served a phenomenal brunch that included custom omelets, fresh fruit, and homemade blueberry pancakes!” – Amy Watson Photography

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“My favorite wedding day memory is at the end of the ceremony. We were introduced to our guests as “Mr. and Mrs. Broussard”, turned around, and “Linus and Lucy” from Charlie Brown began to play, courtesy of the string quartet we hired. As we turned around this is the first time I got to see all of the guests so it was exciting for me. I also loved when we got to eat. We had a brunch wedding, so the food consisted of eggs made to order, a pancake station, hashbrown casserole, a ham carving station, etc. The guests loved it!

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..My something old was my great-grandmother silver ring that I wore on my pinky finger. My something blue was a piece of lace from my mom’s wedding dress that we tied around my garter. Her wedding dress was actually blue!

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..My mom did alot of DIY projects for my wedding. Our favors for the guests were little jars of strawberry freezer jam that my mom made and jarred and decorated all on her own. Everything for the centerpieces either came from my mom’s house or was found at garage sales. We designed how we wanted each table to look and had the florist add a few flowers to each table. My mom also made the ceremony programs which were fans and the menu and schedule for each guest…

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..Don’t sweat the small stuff. I remember worrying about every detail of the centerpieces, music, etc. But when the big day arrives, none of those things matter! I started to realized this in the 2-3 weeks before the wedding and I began to feel so relieved. It feels so much better to just go with the flow. Eveything will happen the way it is supposed to.” Emily, the bride

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photographer:  Amy Watson Photography // venue: Belle Rose Maison // dress: Blue by Enzoani // tux: Black Vera Wang from Men’s Warehouse // ties: Nordstrom // bridesmaid dresses: different designers all purchased from Venturas Bridal // invitations: Invitation Solutions // flowers: Antique Rose // musicians: divisi strings, llc // cake: Dream Cakes Inc. // catering: E&P Catering // videography: The Pros // hair: Your Beautiful Face

April 24, 2013

“With the conclusion of Bridal Fashion Week this past weekend, I thought it fitting to share some of my most beloved runway styles from Spring 2014 with you! The runways were full of everything from traditionally modest gowns with lace detailing to modern black and white silhouettes with precisely placed cut outs to ball gowns fit for a princess and everything in between. With so many styles to choose from, I am sure that every bride-to-be will find her “one and only ” in this years lineup!” – Brittany Hart, The Fashion Drug

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April 23, 2013

Your wedding day is fast approaching… and you know that your groom and his groomsmen will need to rent or buy tuxedos or suits, but you have questions about style and decorum. With a surplus of formal wear information everywhere you look, from wedding magazines, to blogs and even Pinterest – you and your hubby-to-be can be left scratching your heads. Tuxedo etiquette can be a little intimidating. But, with the proper planning, attention to detail, and the tips below from Jos. A. Bank Formal Wear – his wedding attire is sure to be a success!

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First, it’s necessary to decide on the theme and style for your wedding. Are you having a formal evening affair? A daytime, country-chic or vintage wedding? A garden soiree? A summer or festive outdoor event? The answer to those questions will help dictate what your man and his wedding party should wear on the big day. It’s important that their attire coordinates with the overall look and feel of your wedding.

Already have your theme figured out? Great. Now let’s get down to the basics and define some key tux terms and when it is appropriate to wear each of them.

If your wedding is extremely formal and you are requesting it be a Black Tie event, tuxedos are a must. Black Tie is a formal dress code that consists of the traditional tuxedo package: a black dinner jacket and matching trousers, a white formal shirt, a black bow tie and cummerbund or a black Windsor if preferred, and black formal shoes. In warmer months or tropical climates, a white dinner jacket may be substituted and the cummerbund is the preferred waist covering.

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At a Black Tie Optional wedding, a tuxedo or dinner jacket may be worn, but is not required. Proper dressy attire, a tuxedo or a suit (not a sport coat) is necessary for your groom and his party. Colored vests and ties are a great way to coordinate the groomsmen’s attire with the bridesmaids’ dresses.

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Recently, more couples are opting for fun and simple weddings with a touch of elegance, rather than the formal and traditional weddings of the previous generation. For these types of daytime, contemporary, less formal, summer or destination style weddings, you have a little more leniency when it comes to the formal wear. Cutaways, or morning coats, different colored tuxedos, jacketless tuxedos, light colored suits, or even linen pants paired with white shirts are all fair game.

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No matter what formal wear style you two have decided on, have your man follow these timeless etiquette tips for a flawless look on your special day:

  • When wearing a two or three button tuxedo jacket, he should always leave the bottom button undone.
  • The tips or flaps on a wing collar shirt should sit behind his bow tie, not on top of it.
  • If he plans to remove his tuxedo jacket during the event, opt for a fullback vest. It’s a much cleaner, well-dressed look when his coat is off.
  • Cummerbunds are worn with the pleats facing up.
  • Cuff links are a must, especially when wearing a French Cuff shirt.
  • Tails can be worn for very formal occasions in his choice of color.
  • Allow his trouser color to dictate the color of his shoes and socks, which should always be the same or darker than his trousers.  Patent leather or polished oxfords make the best formal footwear.

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For more tuxedo etiquette information or to rent any of these formal wear styles for your wedding day, please visit Jos. A. Bank Formal Wear.

Current promotion: 25% OFF select tuxedo rentals when you book from now until May 15th!

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