Photographer: Marissa Moss Photography
These girls were somethin'! A mix of sweetness and crazy all in one(good crazy :) ) They were all very complementing. Sarah complemented one of my up do's saying it had "impeccable volume" and then said that one of the other girls looked like a Victoria Secret model (after having her makeup done by Michelle). They also kept saying that everyone's eyes were smoldering. They were cracking us up!! The girls were playing some great music that kept us going all morning, the starbucks we picked up on the way also helped a little, lol. Sara did such a beautiful job on Sarah's hair(the bride) and her makeup was flawless. They spent the day talking about the maid of honor speech, reminiscing and toasting Dom perion. It was an awesome day and I'm sure they had an even better night. Congratulations again to Sarah and Bryant
Photographer: Marissa Moss Photography
Alexis and her military husband were such a pleasure to work with. They had lots of exciting things in store for 2013. Their first baby boy arrived only a couple short months after the wedding and they said i do at the gorgeous Marriott Waterside in Tampa. Thank you Brentwood Photography for the awesome pictures! :)
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You know that room that every girl dreams of ,that just makes you feel fancy ? Well we put all of our pinterest boards together and this is what we got :)The Day is Final here and we are Soooooooooooo excited to share with you guys our Bridal Suite! We wanted something fun and glamorous that would make our brides and clients feel more special than they already are to us ,so we thought what better way than a whole room of all kinds of goodies and girly things! This Room Started as a spa room at our salon, and we have slowly transformed it into floor to ceiling GLAM! We attached some before and afters and even some fun in-betweens :) hehe We had so much fun putting this room together and we can't wait to share it with all of our future brides and clients. Thank you to everyone who helped make this room possible and helped us along the the way! You can check out more info on the room on our website at www.aqualibridal.com
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AND... Dun Dun Dun............ AFTER!!!!!!!
Day 15: Bling! - Bonus Tips!
We couldn’t narrow it down to just 14 so here’s a bonus style and a little tip from each of us!!
Jim Hjelm blush fit-to-flare bridal gown with a strapless sequined and embroidered elongated bodice. Accessorized with matching swarovski crystal veil, necklace, bracelets, earrings, and sash.
Carrie Wildes Photography – “When it gets down to the day of the wedding, enjoy every single moment and don’t stress!! It will go so quickly and before you know it, it will all be over!”
The White Magnolia - "Just remember- your wedding day is a party and not a performance. If at the end of the day you married the person you love, then everything went perfectly!"
Events in Bloom – “Personalize, personalize, personalize! Make your wedding memorable and unique from any other.”
Aquali Bridal – “The day of your wedding will happen so fast. Remember to relax and enjoy the whole process of the day. From the start of getting your hair and makeup done, to the final dance and kiss. Your wedding is and expression of you! Let your inner beauty shine through!”
Day 14: Goddess - Why you should get an album
A Hayley Paige silk georgette draped bridal gown with a crystal floral beaded strap and crisscross tulle detailing in the back accessorized with a dramatic freshwater pearl headpiece.
Now days everyone wants the high resolution files. That’s what the magazines and everyone tells you right? Well reality is most people probably do nothing with them! After the wedding you want to get your life going and who has time to try and try and figure out where to make prints or create a book online? When you are 70 and your grandkids want to see your wedding pictures you aren’t going to sit them down in front of Facebook, you are going to do one of 2 things: 1. Pull out your wedding album and relive your beautiful wedding memories or 2. Say that you wish you had a wedding album to show them but you don’t and have nothing to show for it! Which do you want to be?
Your wedding album should tell a story and the albums we offer are ones that consumers can not even come close to getting something like we custom design for them on their own. When you are looking at photographers really look at the products they offer in terms of quality and custom creation. I guarantee no one will ever say “I wish I hadn’t done an album”.
Day 13: Simple - Wedding Gown Time frame
A Modern Trousseau thai silk ballgown with a strapless sweetheart neckline and wraparound ties at the natural waist accessorized with a fingertip ribbon-edge veil and drop earring.
At The White Magnolia they find that the wedding dress is usually one of the first things a bride checks off her list. Typically once you have a date and venue chosen, it is the perfect time to shop for your gown! They suggest ordering your wedding gown anywhere from 8 months to a year in advance to avoid any stress, but rush orders can be accommodated on a shorter time frame. They work with brides anywhere from three months to a year and a half in advance! Each gown is custom made to order and can take about 4 to 5 months to come in, and you want to give yourself a few months for alterations ideally. As with most things when it comes to wedding planning, the earlier the better. Nothing feels more exciting than deciding on your wedding day look- you can actually envision yourself walking down the aisle on your big day!
Day 12: Modern - Wedding Gown Budget
A Tara Keely two piece stunner; an ivory alencon lace mini dress and tulle overskirt with a horehair accented hem. Accessorized with a deep blue LK Bennett sparkle shoe and freshwater pearl & brooch necklace.
Planning the budget for your wedding day is no doubt one of the most stressful parts, but the most important thing is to prioritize. Decide which vendors and details are most important to you, and put the bulk of your budget into those key things. Most experts suggest putting 10-20 percent of your overall wedding budget towards your gown depending on how it ranks on your list of importance! No matter where you get your dress from, make sure you are working with someone you trust. Who you choose to work with in purchasing your dress is just as important as other wedding day vendors- this person is taking your measurements, placing the order for your dress (color, sizing, and customizations are all important to note!) and helping you alter and accessorize to look perfect for your big day. At The White Magnolia we offer gowns ranging $1400-$5500 and are confident there is a gown for every girl, no matter what her budget is.
Day 11: Princess - Preparing for your Floral Appointment
A Mikaella re-embroidered lace and organza ball gown featuring a dropped waist and a tiered ruffle skirt with mohair detailed edging. Before you visit your florist, there are a few things you need to think about that will have an impact on your floral selections.
Pick a style that fits your personality and your venue: Every wedding has a style. You will find it easier to put your decor and ideas together if you chose a style from the beginning and stick with it.
Do your homework: Don’t go into a decor appointment clueless. There are plenty of resources online. At least pull photos of things you like and don’t like.
Know your budget range: It is very difficult to help a bride that has no idea what she can spend or in what areas she wants to spend it. 15% of your overall budget for the wedding is a good starting point for flowers.
If you need more help we have an online help page for our brides! We will be glad to give you access!
A Hayley Paige stretch satin and organza fit-to-flare bridal gown with an open back and tulle detailing connected by a jeweled brooch and accessorized with a chandellier earring.
In Florida we actually have 2 wedding seasons. March – June and end of September – beginning of December is when the weather is usually the nicest. If you are planning your wedding in these months plan early because they are the busiest and their earlier you plan the more likely the wedding professionals you want will be available. For an outdoor ceremony, we recommend starting the ceremony 1.5 hours at minimum before sunset. Usually outdoor ceremonies start 10 minutes late and are about 15-20 minutes long. This allows for the cocktail hour to be that hour before sunset, which is the best lighting for pictures. Especially if it is a wedding on the beach or waterfront! The first Saturday in November is daylight savings so after that the sun sets about 5:30pm. We always develop a tentative timeline with our couples to make sure we are maximizing their time and getting the best lighting for their wedding!
An engagement session is a great way to get to know your photographer and get some practice in before the wedding day! Most couples have never done a professional photo shoot together and are nervous! This gives you a chance to get those nerves out, along with getting some beautiful professional photos of you as a couple. Our engagement sessions are usually about an hour. We help come up with a location that is meaningful and personal. Wear something that you feel comfortable in and coordinates but doesn’t totally match. We encourage only one pattern, and bold solid colors always look good. After the session, seeing the images also helps you to see what you like or don’t like. You can use them for things like save the dates, sign in books, or wall art for your home. A little tip I always like to share is, if you can schedule your hair and makeup trial for your engagement session. It’s hot in Florida and most brides now do air brush makeup, which usually they haven’t done before. It gives you the opportunity to get comfortable with it and see how it looks in pictures. Plus you have to pay for the trial so you may as well put it to good use:-)
Style: Rustic - A Tara Keely modified ball gown with mikado trumpet skirt underlay, illusion V-neckline accented with venise lace, and a harsehair hem. Accessorized with a champagne ribbon at the waist and sparkly bown cowgirl boots.
Tip - How to Choose Bridesmaid Dresses
Guest Blogger: Ashley West - The White Magnolia
Boots - Navy Hyde Park
Choosing the right look for your bridesmaids can be almost as stressful as finding your wedding gown! Remember to always be a good friend, and that one size does not fit all. Make sure to search for a style that flatters all the different body types in your bridal party so everyone feels comfortable and ready to help you on your big day. A trend we love is the bride choosing a designer and fabric, and then letting her maids pick the dress they like best. If you order them all at once, they will be cut from the same dye lot and match perfectly while letting each girl put her own style into her bridesmaid look! This is usually a surefire way to make sure everyone is happy while still looking well put together.
Day 7: Vintage – Favors and Donations
A Modern Trousseau French alencon lace fit-to-flare gown with a sheer V-neckline decorated in hand-cut lace applique. Accessorized with matching swarovski belt and bracelet combo and vintage flower & feather hairclip.
People ask us all the time for creative and fun favor ideas. One of the newer trends we are seeing is in lieu of favors donating to a charity. We’ve seen this done a couple of different ways. Sometimes couples will donate the amount they would have spent on favors to a specific charity and have a little sign on the tables sharing that with their guests. One of our recent couples were huge dog lovers. They even had their dogs in the wedding. They asked their guests to bring dog or cat food instead of gifts to support a local dog shelter. How sweet is that? They had cute little wooden signs on the table and their guests loved it! It’s a great way to give back and get your friends involved in a cause that you love as well.
Day 5: Seaside - Picking Fabulous Wedding Shoes
A watters hand beaded slip dress featuring a bateau italian illusion neckline and pearl buttons down the back, accessorized with mint and gold saldals and bangles.
On your big day what you wear on your feet is just as important as your dress, after all you are going to be dancing the night away so you need to be both stunning and comfortable. When choosing your footwear consider your venue. Outdoor weddings call for functional wedges or a trendy flat while a fun sandal is better suited for a beach wedding. Shoes also offer brides an opportunity to introduce a pop of color to their look. Just remember: there are no rules for your Cinderella moment so pick a shoe that looks and feels fabulous. (Tori)
Day 4: Formal - How to Choose a Photographer
A Modern Trousseau mermaid gown richly embroidered with French alencon lace and a voluminous skirt in layers of pulled silk organza, accessorized with a cathedral length veil and drop earrings.
Now that is a loaded question! I’ll try to be brief with this one but here’s what I think are the top 3 things to consider:
1. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!! This is especially true with photography!! If it’s too good to be true it probably is, and you could be left with a lifetime of regret afterwards. The companies who are amazing and actually do this for a living have to include the following in their costs: Equipment, insurance, labor costs, product costs, utilities, business licenses, web costs, software/computer equipment and the lists goes on and on. Many “photographers” who are charging ridiculously low prices are either going to burn out, build a bad reputation, or won’t be able to pay the bills and won’t be around for long.
2. What kind of priority is photography is your budget? We see inquires all the time where couples say photography is a high priority but then spend all their money on the venue or décor and leave only a tiny amount for photography. It doesn’t matter if you spend a million dollars on your wedding if the photos are bad that is all you will have left when everything is said and done!
3. Personal connection and trust is so important. Whoever you choose is going to be there from when you are getting dressed to when you leave at the end of the evening. If you don’t love them and fully trust they are gong to capture your story how you want to remember it all it’s going to do is cause you to worry the whole day. Take the time to actually at least have a conversation with, if not meet with prospective photographers. Face to face is so important because anyone can make themself look good online.
Day 3: Unique - Wedding Day Makeup Tips
A Modern Trousseau blushing beauty featuring an assymmetrical silk ruched bodice and a dropped waist accessorized with an oversized flower headpiece and drop earring.
Your goal is to bring out your best features- not to prove how well you apply your makeup. So keep it simple but pretty. Sometimes less is more. If you’re going get your makeup done by a professional makeup artist, be sure to tell him/her what you want from your makeup. If you want something bolder, or some specific color, you should be able to get it. It is after all YOUR day, and you’re the one who gets to decide how your makeup looks. you should however still be open to wearing a slight bit more than normal because it will show up much better in photography. Be sure your artist is a true makeup Artist . You get what you pay for in the makeup world. Do your research and find someone you feel comfortable ,someone you think can truly see your vision and bring it to life for you . Don't forget all eyes will be on you and it will be worth every penny in the end .
- Beware of high SPF foundations/skincare. Some will react to the flash of a camera and pale you out
- Use a primer under your foundation. A primer will help to smooth out your skin, tone down un-even patches and redness and most importantly, it will make the foundation or makeup you put on last all day.
- Make sure you foundation is blended with the rest of your body. There is nothing worse than a pale face and a tan body ladies!
- If you’re getting any facial treatments, make sure to get them several days before the wedding day.
- Get your brows plucked and shaped (possibly even dyed) before the wedding day. If you pluck them on your wedding day, your brows may look red, swollen and irritated.
- If you’re going to wear contact lenses on your wedding day, put the lenses on before applying your makeup.
- Try not to stress too much (easier said than done, I know!). Stress may cause impurities on your skin. If you have some impurities, do not pick at them as it makes them worse! Also, put a clean pillowcase on every night and drink plenty of water (avoid sugars, excess milk, and carbonated beverages).
-ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS use waterproof mascara so it won’t end up on your cheeks if you happen to shed a tear (or a dozen).
Good Luck ladies and Congratulations from Aquali Bridal :)
Day 2: Elegant - Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue
A Modern Trousseau Italian guipure lace fit-to-flare gown with a bateau neckline and cap sleeves accessorized with a charcoal grey ribbon and birdcage veil.
The first line in a traditional rhyme is something most brides are familiar with: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe”. This old folk rhyme says that if a bride has all of the above on her wedding day, she will have good luck through her marriage! Our favorite something old has always been a vintage piece of jewelry from a grandmother, and a great something blue has always traditionally been the garter. Some brides do their something borrowed as a veil, sash, or other accessory they may want. Most commonly brides use the wedding dress as their something new- that’s where we come in at The White Magnolia and are so looking forward to helping many brides find their something new through 2014!