Kimye Wedding Recap

Kimye Wedding Recap

Kimye Wedding Recap

In case you missed it, the NY Post printed a pretty scathing (some are calling it spot on and even clever) teeny tiny wedding announcement for the newly married Mr. and Mrs. West. While most papers and online mags had full-on sections devoted to the coverage here’s what the Post had the offer:

Kimye Wedding Recap

” Two jackasses got married in Italy Saturday.

Sex tape star Kim Kardashian,33, wed egotist Kanye West, 36, in a wedding opulent enough for

Florence’s Medici dynasty and tacky enough for reality TV.

They were both betrothed at Florence’s 16th Century Forte de Belvedere Castle.

Olympic Athlete Bruce Jenner walked Kim down the aisle.

The republic still stands.”

 Ouch. That’s some pretty serious shade. And while we get that these two and the Kardashians in general are way overexposed, we at least applaud their effort in giving the people what they love to see- beauty and over the top weddings. For us, it’s pure entertainment and we loved seeing some of the preliminary details ( the full scoop will be in this week’s People Magazine.)

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So here is what we know and love. The bride wore custom Givenchy as did the groom and little Baby North. The gown was demure enough with it’s hand sewn Italian lace while also paying homage to Kim’s signature figure with it’s curve hugging silhouette and illusion cutouts at the sides. Kim wore her hair simply (our favorite hair look of hers in a long time) and accessorized with tasteful ( yet still huge) solitaire diamond earring which were a gift from her new husband. The bouquet was also super simple and tasteful and the guest list was kept at under 150 for an ultra intimate feel.


Kimye Wedding Recap

And while the circus of her last wedding was just as fun to watch, this one had the actual feeling of two real people (albeit insanely famous people) at the center. We can only imagine the countdown clock that has already begun to see how long this marriage lasts, and call us eternal optimists, but we think this wedding had the right things in mind to ensure that this time it lasts. At least more than 72 days… Okay, that was mean. So we’ll just end in saying love them or hate them, Kim Kardashian was beautiful on her wedding day and certainly these two have some serious high-end yet classic taste that we can all admire. Kim may have been born to be a bride, so we just hope the next time we see her in a wedding gown, it’s for a glamorous and over –the-top vow renewal!

Vendor Spotlight The Flower Cottage

Vendor Spotlight The Flower Cottage

Vendor Spotlight The Flower Cottage

Vendor Spotlight The Flower CottageThis week we’re spotlighting a delightful local flower shop in Frankfort! The Flower Cottage is filled with charming arrangements from Valentine’s day wreaths to Sympathy garlands. However, their wedding arrangements are the big deal there and they go to great lengths to create the floral designs of your dreams. They have been in business over 20 years and personally deliver to Chicago and over 100 other suburbs. The owner is very knowledgeable and the staff is experienced designers who create what you envision on your wedding day.

The customer service is very personalized and they ask detailed questions to create your vision on your wedding day. The Flower Cottage has great sample books brides may look through and customize bits and pieces for their own design. They don’t even mind putting crystals inside the flower bouquets for that extra sparkle on your big day! It really glams up a bouquet and then when it’s dried (if you’re keeping it) the crystals keep it beautiful.


Vendor Spotlight The Flower Cottage Vendor Spotlight The Flower CottageThe Flower Cottage will design anything from center pieces, head table arrangements, bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, boutonnieres, unity pieces and arrangements for mothers of the bride and other special family. The arrangements are professionally put together so they do not fall apart on the big day!


DIY Wedding Bouquet

DIY Wedding Bouquet

Simply Bridal’s DIY Wedding Bouquet

You know the saying: If you want something done right, then do it yourself.  And, although you often have to rely on others when planning your special day, there are a few things you can tackle yourself… like making your own wedding bouquet. Now, you might think this is a huge challenge, but before you completely dismiss the idea, check out SimplyBridal’s DIY Wedding Bouquet infographic for simple step-by-step instructions to create a gorgeous bouquet.

To make sure everything goes smoothly, make sure you decide on a color scheme before you start assembling your bouquet. The flowers you choose should fit in nicely with your color palette and overall theme for a fluid and clean look. It also doesn’t heart to research what each flower you select symbolizes to avoid sending the wrong message. So what are you waiting for? Let your creative juices flow and get started on your very own DIY wedding bouquet!

DIY Wedding Bouquet

pins of the week

Pinterest: Pins of the Week

Glassware + Greenery: As soon as we saw this table, we knew we’d be seeing it at an upcoming celebration.  It’s just too pretty not to recreate!  The simple yet stunning vibe of this tablescape can be attributed to two major pieces, glassware and greenery.  If you look at photo, there isn’t much else there.  A combination of vases and different shaped glasses mixed with moss and mismatched ferns create a nice balance at a likely elegant event. And don’t even get us started on the cloches; they are gorgeous!  Even if this doesn’t fit for your wedding day, we could see this as a gorgeous holiday table, easy to recreate in almost any location or climate.  Who knew a stunning table was as easy as glass and greenery?


Dia de Muertos Inspired Invite: With October drawing to a close, we are gearing up for several fun and festive celebrations, including Dia de Muertos, the famous and much celebrated Mexican holiday that remembers friends and family who have died.  We pinned this Dia de Muertos inspired invitation, loving its boldness and quirk, as well as its nod to an important cultural event.  It may not be everyone’s cup of wedding tea, but we love to see couples take risks and make their day uniquely theirs!


Perfect Fall Bouquet: When we’re searching for wedding bouquet inspiration on Pinterest, we often come across stunning bouquets.  Many are full of bright pops of color and bold florals, perfect the bride wanting to pack a floral punch.  We often also see some gorgeous neutral bouquets, made up of white and cream florals with touches of greenery.  However, it’s often hard to find bouquets that fall between the two, keeping a neutral base with just the right amount of spark and spunk.  So when we pinned this bouquet, we noted how wonderfully it seems to balance a neutral palette with a splash of personality.  We love the mix of texture, depth, and color, making this a delightful choice for a fall bouquet.



Alternatives to the Traditional Bouquet

As we are nearing the end of April, we hope that this month of showers will bring beautiful flowers next month. As the pollen levels rise and for those who will be living off anti-histamines the next few months and would prefer not to hold pollinating plants so close to themselves, we’ve got just the thing for you. This week the SimplyBridal creative team has put together a list of great alternatives to the traditional flower bouquet.  There are so many to choose from, which one is right for you?


Types of Traditional Bouquets

It’s the month of April, and SimplyBridal is celebrating flowers this season! Last week we enlightened you on the meaning behind flowers and what the flowers choose say about you. This week we’ve researched and compiled a list of different types of bouquets. If your going for the boho styled wedding, perhaps the basket bouquet would be the most suitable. Rustic wedding? Go with the cascade or shower bouquet. There are so many options to the classic flower bouquet, so check out this infographic to see which is the best for you.

Types Of Bouquet

Pinterest: Pins of the Week

Custom Paper Favor Bags.  We love when couples go the extra mile to integrate wedding favors into their big day.  The thought means a lot to guests, and it’s a great way to extend the memory, even once guests leave.  And because we love all things food related, we tend to be partial to yummy treats.  These personalized bags are the perfect vessel for a sweet or salty treat, great for guests to take home once the celebrations are over.  We can imagine popcorn, candy, or even freshly baked cookies tucked inside, though the possibilities are endless!

Peonies + Sunny Yellow Bouquet.  The Chicago temperatures have been teetering on the edge of spring lately, and the increased rays have left us wanting all things bright and cheery.  This wedding bouquet of white peonies is perfectly accented with pops of yellow floral, making the perfect statement for spring.  And the not-so-put-together bunch makes the look complete, finding a great balance between organic and polished, the perfect combination for spring.

Glass Ring Box.  Ring bearers tend to bring up images of small toddlers in suits, teetering down the aisle with a soft satin pillow, with three rings tucked in the center.  As much as we love that classic scene, we also love this more modern take on a transporting rings down the aisle.  The glass and metal combination keeps the box from looking too sweet, and the moss adds just the right amount of whimsy and nature.  Pretty rings and a pretty box, sounds like a winning combo to us!


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Succulent Bouquet.  Succulents are literally popping up all over Pinterest.  Whether in terrariums, garden accent walls, or wedding centerpieces, we’re loving them!  They add a great sense of the outdoors, while being fairly low-maintenance.  They also add a touch of spunk to a space, perfect for the couple who wants to infuse a hint of personality into their florals.  But they’re not just for tables and outdoor spaces; they’re beautiful in wedding bouquets too!  Cluster several together for a big statement, or mix them in with other florals for a subtler look.  This bouquet is a perfect example of how succulents can be mixed into other florals for a fabulous overall look.

Statement Brooch.  We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again.  We love all things J.Crew, this look included.  But this look caught our eye even before we realized the look was J.Crew.  Brooches are no strangers to our Pinterest page, and they’re certainly not strangers among brides.  But the simplicity of this look and the placement of this brooch, well, it left us speechless.  No sash, no large floral, just a simple piece of bling, perfectly placed at the waistline.  Can’t afford the J.Crew price?  No worries, just about any brooch with do.  Scour thrift stores, flea markets, or your grandmother’s closet for a great statement piece.


Dress Display.  You know those people who say you only use your wedding dress once?  Well, this pin challenges their theory just a little bit.  This couple decided to showcase the beautiful dresses of the important women in their lives, sharing not only the dresses, but also special photos from their loved ones’ big day.  It’s a different idea for sure; proof there are always new and creative ideas in wedding world!

Jen Fariello Photography

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Balloon Spelling Bee: We’re always on the lookout for fun wedding photo ideas, and this pin caught our eye.  We’ve seen couples holding chalkboards with text, pre-made signs, and brightly colored balloons, but these shiny gold XOXO balloons are beyond delightful!  Seeing these letter balloons had our brains thinking of all the other fun combinations you could do.  “Love,” “kiss,” “I do”…the possibilities are endless.  We could even see a couple holding the letters of their new monogram!

Susan Sancomb Photography

Kate Middleton Updo.  In a little over a year, Kate Middleton has become an international celebrity and a major fashion icon.  She has had an influence on a 2012 wedding trends.  So it’s no surprise that just hours after she attended a London Olympic gala concert, images of her were all over Pinterest.  Women everywhere were pinning images of her dress, makeup, and jewelry.  But it was this fabulous updo that had us clicking faster than you can say “princess.”  We love that its elegant, but not over the top, young but not overly trendy.  Well done, Kate Middleton, well done.

Mixed Summer Floral.  The weather is heating up which has us itching for the new season of florals.  This summer bouquet is bright and playful, adding the perfect amount of fun to a summer wedding.  This bouquet would also be great for the budget conscious bride, as it would allow her to mix and match with what she or her florist has on hand.  Bring on the summer florals!

Jennica Jo Photography

How to Wear Flowers in Your Hair on Your Wedding Day

Flowers are a beautiful way to glam up your hairstyle on your wedding day, and they are a great accessory for bridesmaids and flower girls. For years, different flowers have been used to symbolize various emotions and characteristics. According to, these are a few of the common associations:

Daisy: Innocence and purity
Gardenia: Secret love
Camellia: Gratitude
Ginger: Strength
Tuberose: Forbidden pleasures
Hibiscus: Delicate beauty, sensitivity
Red rose: Passion, love
Pink rose: Friendship, admiration, happiness
Apricot rose: Desire, admiration, modesty
White rose: Purity, secrecy, spiritual love
Jasmine: Sensuality
Yellow carnation: Disappointment, rejection
Spider Flower”  “Run away with me”
Violet: Modesty, faithfulness

While the above list shows the meanings of various flowers, you may choose a flower simply because it is your favorite type or because it matches your theme. You also may choose to use one individual flower or several small flowers. They look beautiful in updos, half-up/half-down styles, and side-swept styles. You could also do a headband of flowers, which is perfect for flower girls.

When choosing your flowers, you may want to match the flowers used in your bouquet. This will help create a seamless look. Also, use flowers that are sturdy. This will decrease the risk of the flowers breaking throughout the evening.