Nov 022017

Four Steps To A Seasonal Wedding You’ll Fall in Love With

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Wedding trends change with the seasons, and we adore the crisp, romantic scene that an autumn-themed celebration sets. This year, everything from leave-stolen colors, garden-inspired cakes, and wistful decor has us truly falling head over wedding shoes.

  1. The Colors

Leading the way in color themes are power pairs like navy and marsala, orange and beige, and plum and grey. What pairs like this accomplish is the perfect mix of mood and seasonality. Darker hues invoke the natural changes occurring outside, and the cooler pastels bring elegance and romance to the fall-inspired palette. Brighter shades like orange add just a touch of playfulness so characteristic of this pumpkin-picking season.

  1. The Fashion

One of the best, most effective and attractive ways to incorporate these colors on your wedding day is through the bridal party’s fashion choices.

For the bride, choose an off-white, more beige or ivory gown to create a deeper Victorian palette. Two-piece separates are also trending thanks to colder temperatures, with some brides opting for beautiful cashmere sweaters that match with full-length skirts.

For the bridesmaids, consider creating a tasteful, fall rainbow out of the deeper purples and reds, their dresses changing hues as subtly as the leaves on the trees. Let them choose the fall color that they love most out of a number of options from online rentals like Vow To Be Chic’s, which make it easy with seasonally-curated lines based on style and color.

Allow the groomsmen to have the same choices, and coordinate with accents like ties and pocket squares that mirror the colors of the bridesmaid dresses. The Black Tux is an option worth looking into with their wedding line of rental tuxedos and suits that come in trendy colors.

  1. The Decor

When making decor decisions, think whimsical and rustic, and steal ideas from the ever-popular barn wedding trend. Signs should be personalized and complete with wispy calligraphy and garland borders.

Generally speaking, flowers and greenery that invoke the fall color trends are your friend. Wild rather than perfectly-arranged bouquets are King, and dahlias are the petal princess. Popular choices for tabletops include succulents, eucalyptus, and bay leaf branches. In lieu of blooms, we’ve also seen berries like raspberries and hypericum used for color.

Tall candles and leaf-covered branches are also on trend thanks to the one-two fall romance punch they pack.

Essentially, let your decor capture the spirit of the autumnal outdoors.

  1. The Food & Dessert

Fall wedding cakes are taking cues from the season’s humility with smaller cakes made with more subtle tiers sans grand toppers. Texture trumps fondant designs and sugar flowers, and greenery accents are delicately placed around the tiers as if they grew there. We also adore the translucent cake trend, where there is a thin veil of frosting that allows some of the bare cake to peek through, like a coating of fall morning dew. Dressed up with visible drizzles of caramel and you have the perfect fall indulgence that functions as a statement piece of decor.

If you’re worried that a smaller cake won’t cut it for all your guests, supplement with a seasonal favorite — pies! Make them mini for added charm and serving ease.

One of the best ways to personalize your reception and create a truly unique experience for your guests is through the food, and this season couples are leveraging what’s local and seasonal, no matter the type of station they have set up. We love the idea of a farmhouse-style gathering to add even more rustic appeal.

What fall wedding trends have you seen and loved this year? Let us know!

Sep 252017

Say “I do” to expert looks, tips and more for the big day with Mary Kay

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We spoke with local consultant, Donna Pueppell, about Mary Kay and how she loves working with brides on their wedding day. Here is what she had to say!

What do you love the very most about what you do?   I love educating Brides from the beginning about how to care for their skin to ensure they begin with a flawless foundation then LOVE to educate about glamour techniques so they feel confident & beautiful everyday!


What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry?   I want to partner with you for complete satisfaction beginning with complementary services to ensure flawless complexion followed by the perfect glamour look you love!  My goal is to ensure your satisfaction before even touching your budget!


How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding?  The sooner the better to ensure she can take advantage of all of my complementary services to better enable her to decide what she really wants.


What are some of your specialties?   My best gift is to give the knowledge, education and exceptional products to provide for a beautifully flawless skin and makeup for the special day & beyond!  Confidence comes from knowing you will look amazing even after the makeup is long washed away!


How long have your been doing what you do?  9 years!


Name of Business:   Mary Kay Cosmetics with Donna Rueppell

Category of Business:   Beauty/Skin Care & Color Cosmetics

Years in Business:  9

Contact Information:

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Aug 162017


Gown and Garter Bridal Boutique is a custom styling studio; specializing in Bridal and Special Occasion Gowns. The boutique is located on Jacksonville’s Westside, providing a unique experience in Bridal shopping. Gown & Garter’s mission is to ensure you have the wedding gown or special gown of your dreams. We spoke with the owner, Pam Wilcox, about her boutique and here is what she had to say.


What made you decide to work in the wedding industry?

I fell in love with the wedding experience as a preteen and it never left. I was 12 or 13; my uncle had a very large southern wedding. Here is his bride wearing this white gown and all these ladies (my mother & aunts and her friends) are dressed in these beautiful long lavender pleated gowns and tea cup hats surrounding her. I was hooked on the glamour of weddings.


What do you love the very most about what you do?

I have a deep love and appreciation for the beauty in wedding gowns. In my humble opinion, a wedding gown is a representation of love. My goal is for every Bride to walk away feeling and saying, “I love me in this gown!”


Tell the brides-to- be your best wedding advice.

Breathe. When it gets down to that magic hour, the only thing that matters is the look on your significant others face and second you’re able to hold their hand and say, “I do!”  That’s it, nothing else matters. Remember to breathe and take it all in. Be present.


What is your most favorite wedding trend right now?

What I am finding now Brides are straying away from traditional gown and going creative. I love it!! I am working with a bride who wants a yellow gown with a unique silhouette.


What do you do that makes you stand out more so than others in your industry?

Gown & Garter is looking at the present, the OtisJames Bride line, focus is to embrace and love all Brides’ beauty and curves.  In an industry where women are made to feel that they must confirm to the dress, let the dress be made to confirm to you. It’s all about you. It’s just that simple.


What is your favorite product or service that you offer brides? Please describe it.

I love gowns from weddings to special occasions. I love the way the right dress makes you feel wearing it. The topper is the look your significant other gives you when they feel your confidence.


Do you offer any other products or services?

Not only do we offer designer and custom gowns, we offer special occasion gowns, flower girl dresses, men’s dress shirts in array of colors, custom garters, lingerie, veils and accessories.We also host OtisJames Bride. This is a bridal gown line almost exclusively for curvy Brides. Gown and Garter also host a monthly Wedding Planning Workshop. It’s a 4 hour intensive workshop on focusing your Bride Style throughout your wedding.


How far in advance should a bride to be contact you before the wedding?

A Bride or anyone desiring a special made gown should reach out to Gown&Garter at least 4 to 6 months. If it is a designer gown, delivery will take 8 to 12 weeks. With custom gowns the process is similar but usually 8 to 10 weeks, which includes the consultations.


How long have your been doing what you do?

For over 4 years I was a wedding planner and it was a great experience but I always seem to focus more on the details of the gown and what everyone was wearing. I decided to focus on wedding gowns! I was always curious about the design and construction of the gown.


What are 5 adjectives that describe you and/or your business?

Custom, Unique, Customer-Centric, Fashion Forward and Passionate


Contact Information:

An array of gorgeous gowns for many occassions

Beautiful shoe selection

Large Selection of dresses for many different body types

Flower Girl dresses available

Large Dressing Rooms

Aug 192016

Mismatched Bridesmaids; Find Dresses That Suit Each Girl’s Body

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You’ve asked your best girls to be your bridesmaids — and they said “yes!” Now for the tricky part: dresses. These ladies are your dearest friends, sisters, and sisters-to-be; you chose each for her own special reason, so why put them all in the same exact cookie-cutter dress? Nowadays, it’s on trend to work with your bridesmaids to find dresses that suit each girl’s body type, skin tone, hair cut, signature style, and personality…..Not to mention, this generally makes for a very happy and comfortable bridesmaid!

The Basics of Mixing and Matching

The idea behind mixing and matching up your bridesmaid dresses is that all your girls will coordinate, but not match. In general, you could mismatch in terms of color, style, or length. Changing up one or more of these in each dress not only adds visual interest to your bridal party in photos, but your bridesmaids will be ever-grateful to you for letting them have a say in how they outfit their own body. However, it is definitely imperative to lay down some ground rules. These rules could be as open-ended as “Find a dress with some type of lace on it” or as refined as “Here are two dresses; pick one.”

Though each girl will be dressed differently in some capacity, you’ll still want these ladies to look like they belong together. Make sure each dress has at least one common element for a cohesive overall look. To maintain this togetherness, your bridesmaids might:

•           Wear the same fabric

•           Wear the same color or color theme (ex: shades of blue for an ombré effect)

•           Wear the same dress with different necklines or waistlines

•           Coordinate the length of their dresses

•           Stick to a certain style (ex: bohemian, 1950s silhouette, etc.)

•           Wear accessories to tie them together (ex: shoes, necklaces, etc.)

Making the Trend Your Own

So what do you envision for your bridesmaids? Reach a firm decision before letting your girls know; you don’t want to tell them one thing, then switch directions after they’ve already started shopping. Once they hear what you have in mind, get some feedback — but stand firm as needed. Know when to say “no” and when to be lenient. After all, these are the most important ladies in your life — this should be a fun experience!

If you want things to be a bit more structured, there are some big-name bridal shops all over the country that offer many dress options in the color of your choice. Decide on a color, then have each girl visit her local shop to pick out a dress in that color. This is particularly helpful if your bridesmaids-to-be live in different cities; each can do her own thing on her own time, and unity is still guaranteed. If you’re in Jacksonville and looking for a bridal salon to help with this task, you should definitely visit Bridals & More, located on Beach Blvd. They have a wonderful selection of wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses…..Their staff is amazing also!

If you’re open to a more eclectic look, give your bridesmaids some loose parameters such as color, length, or vibe (more casual day dress vs. elegant eveningwear). A fun way to approach this is to create a group Pinterest board. Each girl can pin potential options and you can all weigh in and see how the dresses look side-by-side. If not a Pinterest board, at least have your girls run their options by you before they finally decide on a dress. And, if you feel strongly about it, make it clear up-front that you have the power to veto. In the end, you have to do what works best for you: your style, comfort level, venue, and your bridesmaids as a whole.

Jacksonville Wedding Coordinator, Cindy Vallely, owner of I Do…Wedding by Cindy featured this wedding on her blog. To see more gorgeous photos from this wedding click photo below.

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Mar 092015

Congrats to Miss Jacksonville!

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We would like to congratulate Kelsey on winning Miss Jacksonville in 2015!  Kelsey was one of our models for the “Clockwork Couture – Steampunk” photo shoot this summer and she was also chosen to me the cover of our local magazine and other magazines around the country!  By winning Miss Jacksonville, Kelsey will get to go on to compete for Miss Florida in the upcoming months.  Kelsey is a very impressive young lady who is beautiful inside and out.  From all of her friends at Premier Bride Magazine, we wish Kelsey the very best and will be cheering for her in her upcoming competitions!

To see the complete fashion shoot, check out the online magazine here!

Miss Jacksonville – Kelsey


Sep 272012

Fashion Photo Shoot and Makeup by Paulina Perez

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Paulina Perez and her talented team exceeded expectations when they created over 24 unique looks for the Fashion Photo Shoot for the Winter/Spring 2013 issue of Premier Bride of Northeast Florida Magazine.

Hair and makeup began as the sun was raising over the Atlantic Ocean in early September.  As the team members for Paulina Perez were paired with the models they would work with all day, they studied the gowns, jewelery and carefully mapped out the hair and make up for each look.

When we received the proofs back from the photographers, Elegant Imagery, we appreciated, even more then before, working with true hair and makeup professionals like Paulina Perez!  Her team knew exactly what colors and style would photograph best and the pictures turned out amazing!

Contact Makeup by Paulina Perez by clicking  Website, Facebook or Premier Bride Magazine!

Makeup by Paulina Perez


Makeup by Paulina Perez


Flash Eyelashes


Paulina Perez and Amy

May 182012

Leave the makeup to the Professioanls

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As a bride, you will be glowing because you are in love…but having your make-up done by a professional don’t hurt either!
Before your wedding day it is important to determine the look that you want AND to have a makeup rehearsal.
You don’t need strong colors to look sophisticated, but you do need the right colors. A professional makeup artist will be able to select the colors that will enhance your natural beauty and features.
Many professional makeup artists recommend false eyelashes to accentuate the eyes – this will make your wedding photographs even better.
When determining your wedding day makeup there are several factors to take into consideration. Do you want a dramatically trendy look or something timelessly romantic? Is your wedding during the day or at night? What season is it? Will you have a tan? What is the color of your wedding dress?
Also take into consideration if you are wearing your hair up or down and whether you will wear an hair ornament or a headpiece.
The color of your hair, your skin tone and the color of your eyes is what makes you unique! A skilled, professional makeup artist will make you look your best!

The Natural Look

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