Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Inspired by your bookshelf.

 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The roaring 20’s were an exciting time in America... the rich were very rich and that, of course, is the back drop to the classic novel. It’s got love, betrayal, murder... all of the usual shenanigans.   The fashion in the 20’s was very exciting. Lots of layers and a very modern silhouette is created. The boxy “flapper” dress is en vogue, gowns are made in very light silks and don’t hug the body in the least. Beading and embellishments add fun to very simple shape. The dropped waist is huge!!! Which is a very comfortable and chill compared to the natural and empire waists that came before it. I love this time for fashion, people were finally pushing the boundaries a bit... and you know how I adore breaking rules.

greatgatsby.002When emulating a era in fashion for you wedding, you have to be very careful not to “copy” the look directly... It can look like a costume very quickly and your wedding is no time for a costume party. So look for similar shapes and ideas that have modern sensibilities. Look for dropped waists, straight/column skirts, and fun sparkly embellishments. And you can definitely rock a pin curl too, but take a cue from these fabulous ladies and make sure it’s got a super 2011 feel to it. You do NOT need to be dressing up as Clara Bow... Now I realize that many of you have no idea who she is, but she was fabulous. Trust me.

Don’t be afraid to find inspiration everywhere... even your bookshelf.

Lauren

Friday, August 26, 2011

An Amazingly Chic Budget Wedding Look

budgetchic.001 What if I told you that it was absolutely possible to rock a stunning look on your big day for a bit more than 500 bucks!? Would you believe me? Well, believe it. I’m a huge fan of David’s Bridal in the past 5 years they have done a major revamp and added tons of stylish and chic gowns and accessories to their lineup. Their specialty lines like Galina go way above “budget” gown shopping. And I know Forever21 evokes thoughts of super cheap trendy clothing, but I’ve found that their jewelry is perfect for a lady shopping on a budget, including a bride. Sparkle is sparkle.  

Gown: Galina for David’s Bridal     $450

Earrings: Forever21                     $2.80

Bracelets: Forever21                    $5.80, $8.80, $6.80

Hairclips: Forever21                    $3.00

Shoes: Caparros                         $41.00

Grand Total - $518.20

In this look, no one would suspect that you were on a budget. If you are looking to spend a wee bit more, White by Vera Wang for David’s Bridal starts around 600, up to 1400 dollars. These gowns are insanely chic and evoke the feel of Wang’s couture collections on a budget. I can’t wait to blog about them ;)

Lauren

Monday, August 22, 2011

Future Savannah Wedding: Laura and Nic

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Laura Rogers & Nic Sievers

Date Engaged:

March 24, 2011

Where did you meet?

We kept meeting at various parties and bar gatherings because we shared mutual friends from college. I had just moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles and went out as much as possible to meet new people. I met Nic in my first few weeks in LA and remember telling a friend that "I wanted to date that guy"!

How did he propose?

I can't tell this story without telling the story of how he didn't propose! There was a full moon approaching (the super moon if you remember from March) and Nic took me to a nice dinner at one of my favorite hotels (The Viceroy in Santa Monica). He planned to take me to the beach afterwards and I knew something was up. We went home to change for the beach and Nic went outside apparently looking for the moon. He came back in after several minutes and said that the moon wasn't out so we should call it a night. I was upset. I thought I was losing my mind and he wasn't really going to propose. A couple days later he came home from guitar class and told me that he splurged and bought a new guitar. I went into the living room to see it and he opened the guitar case. Inside was a dozen roses and he got down on one knee - ring in hand. I burst into tears (happy ones!) Poor guy had planned this whole romantic evening and the moon did not cooperate so he came up with a plan B. I don't mind that it didn't go as planned and we got a great story out of it!

When is your wedding date?

May 5th, 2012


Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?

Nic and I both went to the Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated the same year (we met in LA after graduation). Our families have since moved away from our home towns and Savannah is such a beautiful city that it was a natural choice.

Where do you reside now?

Santa Monica, California

Anything interesting or out of the ordinary you are including in your
wedding day?

Nic and I went to art school so we're naturally into the artistic details of wedding planning. You'll see handmade touches everywhere.

Anything else you would like to add?

We are so thrilled to be getting married in Savannah and also to have fellow SCAD alumni as some of our vendors (Alysse of MGE and Nate Henderson of Open Light Studio). Savannah and SCAD will always be special to us.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Designer Spotlight: Jenny Yoo

JennyYoo.002It’s no big secret, if you read this blog, that I am not a fan of traditional bridesmaids gowns. I mean it’s basically a department store dress that is more expensive, requires more work, and always needs alterations. Nothing about that is appealing to either me or your poor bridesmaids.  The whole “they can wear it again” sentiment is, in my opinion HIGHLY overused.  I think the best bet is to go to a department store or order online from a “normal store” if you want your girls to actually have a chance to wear there dress again. But when it comes to really awesome bridesmaids dresses one of my favorite designers in Jenny Yoo. I adore the modern shapes of her gowns. She also has brilliant colors and really makes a fashionable bridesmaids dress!! Hip Hip HOORAY!!! Her prices are moderate to high, but I think the color selection and great shapes make them well worth the cost. JennyYoo.001

Lauren

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Future Savannah Wedding: Courtney and Scott

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Courtney Hub and Scott Saunders

Date Engaged

March 11, 2011

Where did you meet?

We met at the office. He was working in Atlanta, GA at the time, and I was in Raleigh, NC. We were co-workers first, then friends, and ultimately something much more. 

How did he propose?

He tied the ring around our French Bulldog, Gizmo's, neck. I was getting ready to go out to dinner, and stopped for a moment to pet the dog, and there it was. I started crying, it scared the dog and he ran under the bed...with the ring. We were both on our hands and knees trying to get him out, and once we did, I stood up and Scott stayed on his knee and asked me to marry him.

When is your wedding date?

October 1, 2011

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?

Scott and I have spent a lot of time in Savannah, and fell in love with the city. We visited The Mansion on Forsyth Park three years ago and thought it would be a wonderful place for a wedding. When we got engaged, it was first location that came to mind. The venue was not available when we first inquired, but when we visited the property there had been a cancellation for October 1! We chose Chatham Square for the ceremony because of it's beauty, quiet quaintness, and proximity to our reception venue.

Where do you reside now?

Roswell, GA. We purchased our home from the architect that developed our neighborhood, and who, coincidentally enough was one of the architects that designed the Mansion on Forsyth Park!

Anything interesting or out of the ordinary you are including in your
wedding day?

Scott and I both come from large families, and thus will have three little ones -- two flower girls and a ring bearer -- in the wedding. Needless to say, Gizmo our French Bulldog will also be walking down the aisle and standing up next to Scott on our big day. 

Anything else you would like to add?

Wedding planning has been a breeze...everything from the stroke of luck with the venue availability, to finding our first choice and perfect vendors with only six months to plan, to the link between our home and reception location....it's all feeling very, truly, meant to be.

We love the proposal story!!! Here is to you and Scott and your wedding day. We cannot wait to help you make it all that more special. –The MG Events Team

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Real Savannah Wedding: Ashley and Jonathan Part 2-Reception

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Thanks again to Gregg Willett Photography for providing us the images of Ashley and Jonathan’s big day!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Real Savannah Wedding: Ashley and Jonathan Part 1-Prep and Ceremony

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Celebrity Inspiration: Minka Kelly

celebinsp.001 This makeup look is for the all american girl next door. It’s natural with a bit of sass. Your skin is simple and fresh, so I love Bare Minerals foundation. It goes on very light, but it’s got great coverage. Plus, it feels like you aren’t wearing anything. I would do a swipe of bronzer in a 3 from the forehead to the cheek bone to the chin, then a light swipe on the nose, followed by a peachy-pink blush like Orgasm by NARS. For bronzer, I love Hoola by Benefit, but whatever bronzer you use make sure it’s brown and not orange. You know how that will work out. The lips are all natural, so I would line with Macs Spice lip pencil and use Mac lip color in Faux. That perfect nude/pink lip. For the eyes a swipe of Bare Minerals Frost eye color along the lead to the crease then finish with a volumizing mascara, my favorite is Cover Girl Lashblast in the purple tube. This look is perfect for any bride who wants to look dolled up, but like herself. It’s no fuss, but still elegant.

Don’t be afraid to rock celebrity style on your big day!!!

Lauren

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Future Savannah Wedding: Sarah and Les

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Date Engaged

September 4, 2010

  Where did you meet?

Our meeting was a completely happy accident.  I flew to Savannah to visit family and attend my cousin's wedding on May 16, 2009.  I met Les at the rehearsal dinner and we had so much fun together.  We had several opportunities to hang out over the course of weekend, and eventually made plans to see each other again for the fourth of July.  After that we made plans to visit again in August, and then September, October, November, and December =).  For the first year of our relationship we traveled around the US (and the Bahamas and Jamaica) so that we would see each other even though we were living so far apart (I was in Idaho and he was in Savannah).  We have been so lucky to have made it work despite the distance, and are now together and happy in South Eastern Idaho.

How did he propose?

Les proposed while we were hiking in Jackson Hole WY.  I almost ruined the surprise because I was feeling tired and grouchy and didn't really feel like hiking, and I couldn't understand why Les was being so persistent =) Eventually we stopped to take a break and Les was acting really strange.  He asked me to take a picture of us (see picture attached) and when I looked at it I turned around and asked what was wrong with him.  He got down on one knee and proposed right there.  I guess you know it's true love if he still proposes after listening to you be a big baby all day long =)

When is your wedding date?

May 26, 2012 - Around the three year anniversary of the day that we first met!

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?

We wanted to get married in Savannah because it is where we first met, and a city that we have returned to over the last several years to visit one another.  We chose the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel because it is has a classic, yet elegant feel and when we saw it we knew that it would be the perfect setting for a summer wedding.

Where do you reside now?

We live in South Eastern Idaho about two hours from Salt Lake City - and we can't wait until our lives bring us closer to Georgia! It's beautiful here, but we are ready to be closer to our families and to the ocean

Anything interesting or out of the ordinary you are including in your wedding day?

We haven't planned anything unusual yet.  But, the most crazy and exciting part of our wedding will be that all of our friends and family members will be traveling to share our special day with us.  We have friends from Alaska, Canada, and Washington State traveling all the way to southern Georgia to join us! That will make it unusual for sure. 

 

We are counting down the days and cannot wait to be a part of this special occasion with you both! –The MG Events Team

Monday, August 8, 2011

Celebrity Inspiration: Diane Kruger

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Calling all insanely stylish brides!!! This look screams fashion elite. Kruger’s brilliant Alessandra Rich gown is just insane with the touch of green and orange... out of this world. When I saw this Lindsey Thornburg peachy gown with it’s floaty sleeves and defined waist I thought it perfectly captured the feel of Kruger’s gown. I would pair it with the same unexpected orange pop with the a belt from Banana Republic. A pair of chic nude sandals and a dainty bracelet are all of the accessories that you need. This is on of my favorites! Just do it!!

Don’t be afraid to rock celebrity style on your big day!!!

Lauren

Friday, August 5, 2011

Celebrity Makeup Inspiration: Emma Stone

celebinsp.002 So, when I saw this makeup job I HAD to share it with you and show you how easy it is to get this romantic super fierce makeup. The skin is healthy, but coverage is on the heavier side... no dewy shine here. To get this look I am gonna suggest a ton of Bobbi Brown makeup, she is the queen of healthy skin. I would use her stick foundation, which is light and creamy, but a great matte coverage. For this look we aren’t allowed any tired eyes, so Laura Mercier’s secret camouflage concealer is in order, this stuff is genius!!!! I mean it erases any sign of sleep deprivation. And what bride wants to look tired. For the cheeks a swipe of Bobbi Brown’s classic blush in peony. The eyes are suuuuuper easy. A swipe of Brown’s cream eyeshadow in bone over the entire lid, then with a liner brush give yourself a thin, but prominent cat eye with just a tiny flick at the corner of the lid. Finish with a lengthening mascara, my favorite is CoverGirl Lash Blast in the yellow tube and Revlon’s color burst lipstick in fuschia. It is a super flattering pink on most skin tones. I think this look would be perfect for a night time, black tie event. It’s romantic and simple, but still has some fun and whimsy to it.

Don’t be afraid to rock celebrity style on your big day!!!

Lauren

Monday, August 1, 2011

I’ve got your “something blue” right here...

    So, I am BEYOND obsessed with Anthropologie’s new wedding site BHLDN. I mean, come on, absolutely everything on the site is beautiful... everything. I want to get married all over again and I want to get everything from this site. True Story. Now, I am shocked how almost reasonably priced the site is, considering that Anthro is out-of-this-world-expensive. But I was thinking about fun ways to wear blue and this site has some many ah-mazing choices, I had to feature it. So here are some quirky and character filled ways to wear your something blue.

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Lauren