Beauty Sightings: Statement Necklaces

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hey Guys!!

I have a beauty sightings today for you all!! A trend I've been noticing lately are brides wearing statement necklaces! I personally LOVE this look because I think it adds some flair and personality to the entire bridal look. I am not a fashion stylist or anything like that...BUT I would suggest that if you are a bride who wants to incorporate a statement necklace it is important to make sure it will complement your dress and the rest of your bridal look. You dont want to wear a statement necklace with a blinged out ball will be a little overwhelming in my opinion! But in the mean time let's just drool over gorgeous jewelry!! 


Sorry I took most of these pics from my Pinterest account...many of them didnt have sources :-(

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ETSY!!!!!!!!! Wedding Planning HEAVEN

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hey Everyone!!!

So today I just wanted to let other planning brides in on a little secret that brides are using lately to cut costs! Every bride wants to make sure that their wedding is filled with adorable little details! Details are EVERything in my opinion, when it comes to making your wedding unique and different from others. Weddings are filled with so many traditions that it is easy for a wedding to just blend in with everyone elses's. This leaves brides all over wanting to have that special little "uumph" that will make her wedding stand out. My answer to that is ETSY! Etsy is a site where people can sell and buy things they make themselves. There is everything from jewelry and clothes to accessories and paper goods! There is a WHOLE section for ALL things wedding related and this is where I go!! I will post some cute little things I think are so unique and will really help you insert as much of your personality as possible into your special day!

My 1st Etsy purchase were some Bridesmaid invitation cards. I didn't buy these particular ones but I like these b/c you can select different dresses that fit your friend's styles.

Shop Name: PaintedbyRenee
I always love to see these little customized hangers for the dress photos. Have you always wondered where people get them from??? Well, there are NUMEROUS sellers with them on Etsy! You can get them customized to your future last name.

Seller: twobroadsdesign

Blingy cake toppers? Etsy has those too! Customized to any letter or color you want!

Seller: panachebride

I fell in love with this BEAUTIFUL hair pin!

Seller: jurgitahandmade
A new common trend nowadays is to have your flower girls in cute little ballerina tutus! I found a seller that will customize and work with you to make your tutu into ANY color or theme you can think of! She also does birthdays and custom orders for little girls!

Seller: TheTutuTailor
This is a must-have for all the Daddy's girls out there! I LOVE this!

Seller: thesugaredplum

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My Wedding Planning Diary: Entry #2 - Venue Battle

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

So where am I with planning now you ask? Well a few weekends ago, on a Sunday my wonderful planner/event designer made her way to our venue and took a look around, got a feel for the space and what can be done there. She assured me that our venue has LOADS of potential and it is NOT impossible for my vision to be realized in that space. Now when I say I literally jumped up with joy and squealed with happiness, I was TOO ELATED! To understand WHY I was so happy I have to give you a backstory, haha! 

Sooo my Mom found my venue about a month or two before I got engaged (she knew it was coming, I had no idea, just thought she was being proactive, since she's been planning my wedding since I was 10, lmaoo). When I saw the venue it did ABSOLUTELY nothing for didnt have the humongous crystal chandeliers, the tray ceilings throughout, the beautiful crown molding with gold paint accents, the marble/wooden floors, with a grand staircase and huge beautiful doors....yes...that is what I had ALWAYS envisioned, that is what my dream venue looked like in my mind. Needless to say this venue was almost EXACTLY the had ugly carpet, ugly walls, ugly chandeliers, the only thing on my dream venue list I could check off was a huge parking lot and enough space to contain my guests. I was NOT impressed. I put this hall to the back of my mind and hit Google, WeddingWire, Project Wedding EVERYwhere trying to find this "dream venue". 

Nowwww my dream venue DEFINITELY exists BUT they all had dealbreakers...major ones being: the room could not seat over 200 people and we all know that is not happening and/or outside caterers were not allowed. Those were two things I could NOT negotiate on...simply because I want total peace on my wedding day lol! Dont want ppl complaining because they dont see jollof rice and goat meat nor do I want people my fiancee' & I love to be excluded from my wedding day due to limited guest seating. So after much research it seemed like I was slowly losing the battle of venues. My Mom used EVERY resource possible to get me to budge, my future mother and sister in law, my aunts, my Dad, my brothers, etc. She pulled out all the stops but I still refused to budge until I attended another wedding in that venue. I saw how the wedding looked very nice and all the things I was worried about were not even noticeable once the hall was decorated. It wasnt until then, that my mind was at rest. I then allowed my Mom to go ahead and book the hall for my wedding date. When my event designer looked at it and told me it would be beautiful once she was done with it...that was ALL I needed to hear, to make me TOTALLY comfortable with my venue choice and put my mind at ease! Later on that evening she sent me a few decor inspiration pictures and those photos completely NAILED like every possible idea I've played with in my mind as far as tablescapes go. I'll share the inspiration pictures with you once I get them on my computer!

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Beautiful BCG Wedding!! Chinedu & Linda's Gorgeous Wedding!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Hello Everyone,

Today I have some amazing photographs from Chinedu and Linda's gorgeous August wedding! I was lucky enough to attend the wedding and I'm not going to lie my mouth dropped when we walked in! BCG did it again! LOL! Take a peek at some of the details and let me know what you think!

Event Design and Planning: BCG Event Decor
Photographer: Dotun's Photo Lounge
Cake: Charlie's Butter Cream Cakes
Venue: Scottish Rite Masonic Temple

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Beauty Sightings: Beautiful Celebrity Wedding - Tamera Mowry

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Today I just want to share with you some pictures from one of my favorite celebs! She had the CUTEST engagement photos, I loved EVERYTHING about them! From the outdoorsy feel of the wheat fields to her cute outfits!

Her wedding was so crisp, clean, and pretty! I loved how happy and radiant she looked. She was glowing from inside out, every bride dreams to look this happy! Those that watched her reality show saw that she experienced the normal hang-ups that every planning bride goes through, temper tantrums, messed up plans (it rained on the day of her OUTDOOR wedding), and some family drama. She hired the famed Jose Villa as her photographer and  her wedding was in the hands of, wedding planner extraordinaire, Mindy Weiss. At the end of the day she had nothing to worry about because she was in good hands!

Wedding Photos:

All photos courtesy Jose Villa

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