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Save The Dates

23 Apr

I am able to check off a major task on my wedding planning to-do list – designing, printing, addressing and mailing off the Save the Dates. Special thanks to my friends, the extremely talented photographer Kasey Spain and to the beautifully creative  graphic designer Danielle Juneau who designed the layout, text and look of the postcard. I could not have had such beautiful postcards to mail out if it wasn’t for them. Many thanks go out to these two special ladies!

Photos were taken in Central Park during one of the most beautiful times of the year, Fall. Leaves were incredible tones of yellow, red and orange it is near impossible to put into words.

Save the Dates to me are a funny/odd item to create. This was one aspect of the wedding I didn’t already have planned out in my mind. Picking the right photo that doesn’t look cheesy to send out to your 100+ guests is tough. But you can always go the route of just beautifully designed copy with no photo.

Here are a few of my favorite Save The Date cards via Pinterest:

Enjoy my one-of-kind Save the Date designs? Check out DanielleJuneau.com and get your unique  Save the Dates for your special day!

Flower Child: Badgley Mischka Fall 2012 Bridal Show

17 Apr

Beyond. Stunning.

These are the only two words I can think of to describe the hair at the Badgley Mischka Fall 2012 Bridal Show. I only wish I was there in person to see the details up close and personal. Luckily, my Badgley Mischka guru, my dear friend Ashley, sent through an exclusive backstage look.

So romantic and glamorous at the same time. I LOVE the hydrangea interwoven with the tightly pinned-back chignon. But my absolute favorite of all the looks was the chignon with the magnolia flowers. I will have a version of this hair style on my wedding day because I have always loved magnolias as a child. The simple beauty and elegance the magnolia portrays with a combination of a soft cream with highlights of golden taupe just screams romance.

What I love about these looks is the simplicity of the hairstyle in and of itself. Up-dos are a little tricky to pull off – there is a fine line between prom cheesy and elegant. The simple, tight twirl with the romantic swoop over the ears is perfection. Yes please!

Loving this look? Ciao Beautiful is digging deep and working with stylists to get the step-by-step how to recreate. Stay tuned…

265 Days to Go

29 Jan

St. Joseph Abbey is Stunning and a Dream

Before I know it, our wedding will be here. Less than 9 months to go and I have made a ton of progress. Honestly, planning this wedding has been pretty easy… so far.

Church… check! St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, LA is a 120-year-old monastery that I always dreamed of getting married in. I received the official signed letter from the Abbot this week, confirming our wedding for Saturday, October 20th, 2012.

Reception… check! The Lake House in Mandeville, LA will be where we will party with friends and family all night long. It sits right on the lakefront in Mandeville, so we will be able to see the sun set. It’s a two-story building with a large outside space and balcony, very New Orleans.

The Lake House

Band… check! We booked the Neighborhood Stars. A Louisiana local band that would always play at restaurants after football games. The 1980s and 1990s R&B and Soul Artists influenced band plays anything from Boogie Shoes to Zydeco. I am thrilled we were able to book them!

Photographer… check! I booked a husband and wife team from Alabama to take the photos at my wedding. Posh Images photos are always stunning and after personally speaking with Amy, I know it will be a wonderful experience.

Inspiration for Bridesmaid Dresses

Wedding Dress… check! I’m not sharing any details on this one.

Bridesmaids Dresses… check! I am doing something a little less traditional here. I am letting my bridesmaids pick their own dresses. As long at they are a shade of tan/taupe with some sort of strap, they can wear it!

Rehearsal Dinner… check! Thanks to my sweet fiance and his great parents who helped conduct the research on this place, we booked the Conti House in the French Quarter. It is a two-story house that we rented out for the Friday night before the wedding. We will have cocktails upstairs and a sit down dinner downstairs.

The Conti House in the French Quarter

Photobooth… check! I really wanted a photobooth at our wedding, but wasn’t sure I could find an extra $1,000 in our budget. Thankfully, Scott forwarded me a Groupon for a photobooth in the New Orleans Area. I scooped it up and booked it! I saved 70%! Thanks so much to Mobile Memories Photobooth.

The next big items I am looking to check off my list are the hotel accommodations, limo and shuttle services, save the dates and cake. Fingers crossed everything keeps running smoothly. At this rate, I feel like I could plan weddings for a living!

Cake Inspiration from Yummy Cupcakes

Badgley Mischka Wedding Shoes??

Would LOVE to have a Peony Bouquet

Unique Calligraphy on Invites

Instead of a Traditional Guest Book?