What kind of dress do you want your Maids to be wearing?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
For the last few weeks I've been watching the latest wedding dress trends. You may be thinking- "Awesome, but what about my girls?" Well, folks, Jim Hjelm has you covered. Jim Hjelm is definitely one of my favorite wedding dress designers but be also specializes in designing bridesmaid gowns and special occasion dresses. His dresses feature soft romantic lines in various textures and fabrics. His latest collection features chiffon and draping that will flatter your bridesmaids! Why not have your bridesmaids look just as good as you in a fab Jim Hjelm dress? They will thank you for it.

Chiffon draping screams romance folks.

A lace illusion neckline in a dark color palette can add some contrast to your wedding scheme.

This bodice is sure to flatter.

A one shoulder with a textured accent piece adds a bit of modern flair. 

Don't forget about your bridesmaids ladies. After all they are the ones that will be by your side and have been all these years. Let them have a little bit of glam too. 



Are you an ESTJ?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
This week we will be diving into the Bridal Personality Type of the ESTJ!

 ESTJ  Things an ESTJ hates. Some of these are sooooo spot-on! (Namely uncertainty, indecision, constant changes, and lack of control)

1. ESTJ's otherwise known as, "The Executive" or "The Supervisor" are fantastic project managers and problem-solvers! She lives in the present with a fine eye for detail to make sure everything is running smoothly. This bride would not only coordinate a fantastically executed wedding, but she will make darn sure that her wedding goes down in the history books!
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2. This bride's maid of honor is in luck because the ESTJ bride is going to be the CEO of her wedding due to her desires for perfectionism. Some of her greatest strengths is her ability to get a job done, multi-task, and work at a fast-pace! She values responsibility and takes commitments very seriously. Also, this bride is quick to make practical decisions so if your the ESTJ's maid of honor, your job is to help her relax!

Wedding Day Emergency Kit - A must have for any bride on her big day!

3. The ESTJ has a very low tolerance for inefficiency and messiness and have a true love for organization. Her world is centered around facts and concrete needs. This bride's brain is always on the clock! She needs fun outlets more than any other personality type! Take her thinking cap off and put some party pants on because ESTJ's can be very boisterous and fun at social events!
25 Share-Worthy Wedding Photos | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine; I think a play off this pic could be pretty cute

4. This bride is going to be very influential to other brides who are looking to get married because this gal is a wonderful role model. She likes to bring communities together and she receives a lot of personal satisfaction from the happiness of others. Other brides will be inspired by her ability to bring an amazing wedding to life for her loved ones to enjoy with her.

awesome pic opportunity after the ceremony

5. If any bride is going to kick wedding worries in the butt, it will be this bride! ESTJ's do not shy away from conflict and are extremely logical and practical! She can be a stubborn one, but her directness, honesty, and pragmatism will always fix everything. If you have been invited to her wedding, relax and enjoy because I can guarantee that this bride made sure that everything has been thoughtfully taken care of!

Pretty cute

Monday's Tip: Something Blue!

Monday, March 30, 2015
You have that something old, something new, something borrowed but what about that something blue? Do not panic if you are having trouble figuring out how to incorporate a touch of blue into your wedding. There are many different ways you can add blue into your ensemble whether it is super noticeable or more discrete. It does not matter how you choose to include your blue as long as you are happy and showing your own personality. Have fun with your blue item and be creative!

  1. A really fun way to show off your personality is to have blue shoes. While they may not show if your dress is long you can still take really fun pictures with them and if your dress is short it can be a great way to add some color to your outfit. No matter what you will still be sporting that “something blue.” If completely blue shoes are not your thing try shoes with a blue sole for just a touch of blue.

  1. If showing off your “something blue” so more people can see it is more your style try some fun blue nail polish or blue jewelry. If you do not want a super bright blue or for the blue to be super obvious and overtake your outfit try a softer blue.

  1. If you really want to make a statement with your “something blue” incorporate blue into your color scheme and add blue into your bridal bouquet or add blue detail on your wedding dress or in your hair.

Styling Sunday 2: Visual Art Seating Charts

Sunday, March 29, 2015

When delving into the duty of choosing my favorite escort cards, I found an array of unique ideas so massive that I had to narrow down my topic.  Instead of the broad idea of “the escort card,” I decided to focus solely on those that featured them as visual art!  As an interior designer, I am always so drawn to ceiling installations and anything that visually pops.  I helped with a few hanging installs for our weddings last year and let me tell ya, I would give anything to climb up a ladder and make something out of nothing.  (It might be partly because I was a gymnast for over half my life and climbing and balancing seems like the normal way to live, but I digress.)  That’s the beauty of installations!  Let me show you what I mean with these visual art seating charts...

1:  [Insert wide-eyed emoji here.]  Contemporary Cupid's arrows pierced into a lucite heart?!  I can't get over the graphic impact this display creates.  What a wonderfully creative way to showcase your escort cards.  Its visual texture is just outstanding.  I may or may not be bowing down to my computer screen. (Source)

2:  In the downtime of cocktail hour, give your guests a reason to play by using darts as your escort cards.  Together they'll create a collaborative art piece by launching them at this board with paint-filled balloons!  So organic and beautiful.  How special would this painting be knowing it was made by your guests at your wedding and there is nothing in the world exactly like it?  I'd probably choose brighter hues than these subdued creams and pinks showed here for more of a contrast, but I love the idea. (Source)

3:  Stop it.  You're perfect.  This gorgeously graphic seating chart is done by the one and only, Jesi Haack.  My installation idol.  She has so many genius ideas and all of her work is graphic, fun and packs a visual punch.  My kinda design.  The concept is so simple: find your name, follow the string and there's your table number!  All of the name-to-number pairings create a great asymmetrical geometric pattern.  I dig it so hard. (Source)

4:  How absolutely magical would it be to walk underneath these whimsical ribbons gently blowing in the breeze of a backyard soiree?  Did I paint the perfect picture for you?  Are you there?  Sipping on some delightful summer sangria or sweet tea?  Playing croquet in the freshly mowed lawn waiting for the reception fun to begin?  Yeah, these escort cards did that for you.  How nice of them.  (Source)

5:  Oh, lucite.  You wonderful creature, you.  I especially love this color palette.  In reading the article that featured this wedding I learned that the designer incorporated romantic blush florals and pretty pastels.  These edgier geometric-shaped escort cards in brighter shades allow for the perfect contrast.  I am all about contrasts.  Contrasts are my bff. (Source)

6:  Okay, this "I'm with the band" signage made from cymbals is not only so amazing, but WAIT til I tell you the story behind them.  Or, rather, the bride will:  "We met on a Sunday, at the same cabana. I had over heard Danny talking about making fake backstage passes to get in the front row at concerts. As a huge music lover, I thought that was super cool and asked if he wanted to be my friend. So, instead of traditional place cards we made fake backstage passes to tie in how we met." Get out!  So awesome. (Source)

7:  Ferns!  I'm a sucker for ferns.  And living walls.  And nature.  And my favorite color is green.  But enough about me.  How pretty is this wall?  I love the bright tropical colors and patterns.  So happy!  This whole wedding, in fact, is so bright and happy.  Rays of yellow sunshine-y florals scattered about, too.  Just breath-of-fresh-air loveliness.  (Source)

If this Styling Sunday mood board didn't inspire you enough, definitely click on the source links for more visual candy.  Only the yummiest for you, my friends.

xoxo, Kim

How to Choose a Theme

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Trying to lock down a theme for your wedding? Here are a few helpful tips on picking the most amazing theme for your big day! Look around your house, what styles do you tend to pick for your own home decor? Do you pick rustic, modern, colorful or more neutrals? Then think about if you want these same styles to reflect you as a couple at your wedding? Don't choose a wedding theme that is so far out of the box that guests who attend question if they're at the right wedding. You want it to reflect you and your fiancĂ© personalities. This is your day so it should be about YOU! The biggest trend I've seen lately is themes using vibrant colors. You aren't limited to two colors like most people have done in the past. Chose your favorite colors and a couple of neutrals and put them altogether! Here are some great color combos that look great paired together! Don't be afraid to be bold! 

Happy Saturday y'all!