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Bride Engagement in Paris

When it comes to our Blogger Brides, you better bet they’ve got style, grace, and of course good taste! It’s pretty, it’s pink, it’s Parisian (with a jaw-dropping flair), and we’ve got every picture, right here!

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From Le Secret D’Audrey… Jean is a “Boston gal standing just under 5 feet tall”. This blog started as a means for her to share her experiences while building a wardrobe of pieces that actually fit and flattered her figure. She is followed by many for her great taste and fun tips.

From The Bride To Be…Hello beautiful brides! For my third post on here, I wanted to share our engagement photos from Paris taken by the talented Le Secret D’Audrey. For brides who have more than one dress planned for wedding activities (ie. rehearsal dinner, reception, bridal shower), an engagement session could be a great opportunity to give one of the other dresses some extra attention and not have to buy something new. I wore this shorter white dress later for my shower, and this blush pink gown was handmade by one of my best friends for our Chinese wedding tea ceremony.

Vendors: Photography: Le Secret D’Audrey | Gown: Khatu | Venue: Paris | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Jean :Extra Petite


Disney’s Frozen Themed Birthday Party

Disney’s Frozen Themed Birthday Party!

What a beautiful party! I love how soft and delicate everything is; it’s so dreamy! I also love all of the lovely flower arrangements; it adds such a nice garden feel to it. This party is full of really cute ideas that any little girl would enjoy!


Jacksonville Garden Wedding

Not only is this wedding the perfect blend of sentimental details, but it’s also the perfect example that true love is worth waiting for. After holding onto a cherished alexandrite for 12 years, this Groom finally found his long distance love. So, when it came time to plan their Big Day they chose the outstanding Joey Kennedy Photography to capture every lucky-in-love moment!


Harry Potter Birthday Bash

What an outstanding get together! There is no shortage of fun ideas and details that I find simply amazing! From the numerous potion bottles, to the intricately hung luminaries, this party is so awesome and would be perfect for any Harry Potter fan young and old!


Elegant New York City Wedding

I’m all about love stories and this one is basically a rom-com brought to life. For what began as blind date in the Big Apple – on the coldest day of the year – led to their forever and this “casual classy” fete. From the Hana Floral Design blooms, to the chocolate chip cookie dough soufflé, Christian Oth flawlessly captured every moment (including an impromptu stop for ice cream) here.

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From the beautiful Bride… Many brides dream of their wedding day ever since childhood. I was never that person. But quickly after becoming engaged to Mike, it became a day I could envision down to the very last detail. And after a year of planning, it exceeded every one of my expectations mostly because it was the start to forever with the best man I’ve ever met.

Forever began on a blind date in New York City on the coldest day of the year in January 2013. We met on the corner of Hudson and Morton Streets in the West Village. We were set up by two good friends who work together at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. My friend, Katie, overheard Mike’s friend, Courtney, talking about setting him up with another woman. Katie intervened saying she had another girl he had to meet instead. Courtney vetted me thoroughly while Katie provided me no information except that I had to go. Well a year later on that very same street corner on another frigid night in January, Mike got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said yes…repeatedly.

We quickly decided on a New York City wedding because it’s where we met and fell in love, not to mention we think it’s the best city in the world. No other place felt right, even though I’m a Midwestern girl from Ohio and he’s from Southern New Jersey. We knew we wanted to be married in our neighborhood Catholic Church Our Lady of Pompeii. We then chose our venue, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, soon after because we both wanted a downtown Manhattan location near where we live. After that big decision was made, all our incredible vendors fell nicely into place. We both wanted an elegant NYC affair but without any hint of stuffiness – “casual classy” as I liked to call it. The reason we decided to have a big wedding was because we wanted the rare opportunity to have everyone we loved in one room. Knowing brides and grooms never get enough time with their guests, we wanted to make sure everyone knew how special they are to us by writing handwritten notes as escort cards to welcome everyone. Our hands almost fell off after all that writing, but it was well worth it.

The look of the wedding all started with the dress. I chose Johanna Johnson’s Garbo gown that immediately set a subtle art-deco tone. And then Tricia Kim from Fourteen-Forty designed a custom invitation suite, programs, menus, among other pieces to fit the glamorous and vintage vibe. She started our wedding on the perfect foot. And the flowers, designed by Yumiko Fletcher of Hana Floral Design, made our wedding more beautiful than we ever could have imagined. I still dream about those coral peonies! I wish I could have carried around my stunning bouquet for days rather than just hours. Our wedding wouldn’t have been half as classy without her gorgeous work. And Glen Allsop from Christian Oth flawlessly captured every single moment of the day including our impromptu stop at an ice cream truck in Washington Square Park.

And last but not least, the food! To say I’m not the healthiest eater would be an understatement. Mike has gotten used to my not so fancy palate so it was important to me to have comfort foods that I love. So the night started with deviled eggs, meatballs, and grilled cheeses to name a few and ended with a chocolate chip cookie dough soufflé all by Abigail Kirsch. We really wish we got a chance to eat more.

Our other wish…that we could relive the entire day over again!

Vendors: Photography: Glen Allsop/Christian Oth Studio | Videography: Tweed Weddings | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake: Abigail Kirsch | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Pompeii Church | Reception Venue: Lighthouse At Chelsea Piers | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: JCrew | Catering: Abigail Kirsch | Makeup: JWO Productions | Hair: Brides By Benedetti | Band: Around Town Entertainment | Groom’s Suit: Canali | Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier | Invitations & Paper Goods: Fourteen-Forty


Witches Brew Halloween Party

Trick Or Treat! This fabulous Witches Brew Halloween Party was performed by the one and only Karen Ayars! An amazing accomplishment in our opinion! The eye catching atmosphere of this incredible party is sure to please anyone! I find the porch setting to fit perfectly with the parties’ nature! Karen never ceases to bring forth the most of any party! 


Rustic Bohemian Romance Wedding

Lady Liberty Events describes this sweet duo’s love as “fun, hilarious, exciting and best friend forever kind of love.” And their wedding? Well, it’s a perfect extension of that energetic love that they share. From moments like this that will make you grin to giant balloons to adorable kisses with pup in tow, there’s so much to love about this day captured by Braedon Photography. See it all here!


Rags to Riches Cinderella Party

This Rags to Riches Cinderella Party was done by the talented Karen Ayars and is absolutely perfect! What a unique and amazing party idea! The concept of this party revolves around Cinderella’s journey from rags to riches. The details are absolutely stunning! Karen’s party detailing is always amazing! Be sure to check out her description below.


Spring Wedding at Villa Sevillano

The only thing more stunning than this Santa Barbara dreamfest is probably the reception that followed. Set beneath a billowing canopy and twinkling chandeliers are long, floral-covered tables designed by Renny And Reed and Jenna Lam Events that take springtime romance to a whole new level. The wildly talented Jose Villa documented each moment behind the camera, and Cana Family captured the film to tie it all together. And just in case you missed it, see the Welcome Party and Rehearsal Dinner that preceded this truly perfect day.


Snow White Girls Birthday Party

Planning a Snow White Girls Birthday Party? Or perhaps a woodland themed party? Well look no further than this amazing Snow White Girl’s Birthday Party submitted by Janyne Claudia Oliveira of Delicias Vovo Maria {Brazil}! There are some fabulous ideas here! Everything is just exquisite!


Sexy Pin-ups 80th Birthday Party

What an adorable party theme! I will definitely use a bunch of these ideas for my own parties to come! This Sexy Pin-ups 80th Birthday Party was done by the talented and lovely Lauren Borquez of Capes and Crowns. Lauren planned this adorable party for her sweet grandma! Great theme, for any adult!


Elegant Spring Austin Wedding

Al fresco fetes own my heart during the spring and summer months. Grass sweeping your heels, late evening toasts kissed by the sun and warm breezes wrapping you in love—they’re my jam. And Jenna McElroy is delivering just that today with these backyard beautiful I do’s. I know, right? I had to double take when I read ‘backyard’, but it’s true. With the help of Lisa Coffman, Marquee Event Group and Lee Warth, this private residence was turned intro a straight up love lounge. There’s more this way!


Bright Summer Budget Wedding

I wish I had the gift that the Bride of this Bright Summer Budget Wedding has; she was able to thrift and refurbish most of her beautifully decorated wedding saving her a lot of money.  I love the bright yellow and navy blue colors of this wedding, what great summer colors?!  I think it’s awesome that you can’t tell that anything in the wedding came from a thrift shop.

Words from the photographer: “Jon and Michelle put together a heartfelt, joyous celebration using mostly thrifted finds from Michelle’s place of work Arc’s Value Village. She is a personal shopper there and local celebrity for her amazing talent at finding super thrifted pieces and her amazing style. They had a wonderful backyard celebration with games, food trucks, and even face painting for the kids that ended with a s’mores and a bonfire.”


Pastel Cupcake Birthday Party

What an adorable Pastel Cupcake Birthday Party! This is a great party for any little girl or lover of these baked treats! The pastel aqua and pink colors make this party very feminine.  But you don’t have to stick to just using these two pastel colors, cupcakes can be decorated with any color!  I love how simple the decorations are in this Pastel Cupcake Birthday Party, nothing is overly done.

Words from Stephanie about the party: “Cupcakes in the party’s color scheme were used throughout the party decor from the printables to the actual desserts with the dessert table’s backdrop consisting of a garland created from cupcake liners.   A fun polka dot pattern was incorporated in the designs to add a fun touch to the party decor.”


Windy Wedding Inspiration

Windy Wedding Inspiration is truly a unique wedding inspiration, I’ve heard of the Earth, fire, and water being inspiration for a wedding, but never wind.  The designers of Windy Wedding Inspiration, did a beautiful job of capturing wind into a stunning wedding design, with an equally as gorgeous location.  I love the whispy calligraphy used in the stationary of this wedding.  The location is absolutely breath taking, and looks to be a really windy locale in Smith Rock State Park, Oregon.

I wish I knew their trick of getting everything to stay on the table in the wind; I know it had to have been difficult to get those taper candles to stay in place! I love how the decor is simple and white, from the Bridal gown to the invitations.  


Vintage Airplane Birthday Party

I love this Vintage Airplane Birthday Party!  It’s great for airplane/aviation lovers of every age.  Plus, the location couldn’t be any cooler than an airplane hanger museum.  Having a real vintage airplane as a party backdrop is such an awesome idea.  I love the different airplanes displayed in the decor of the party, of course no airplane party is complete without some travel props in it.

Here’s what Nikki had to say about the party: “After a visit earlier in the year to the South Australian Aviation Museum, we knew this was the perfect place for energy abound 6 year olds to run around and have fun. We decided on a vintage styled Aviation event with a rustic feel to all the elements.”

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