Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Take the Crown

I have to admit that I am not one to get excited about baseball. I grew up playing soccer and volleyball and spent countless hours at ice rinks all over the East coast watching my big brother play hockey. After moving from northern Michigan to Kansas City I saw this love for baseball that I had never seen before. This was upsetting to me because although I will sit down and watch a game every now and then - it is definitely not my sport of preference. 

So what am I getting at here? Well, if you haven't already heard, there's this team called the Kansas City Royals and see, well they haven't been in the World Series since 1985. When they became National Champions I thought "wow, good for them!" Then my husband told me this qualified them as a final player in this bigger game called the World Series where winner takes all. Let me clarify I don't know the rules of baseball let alone the layout of postseason play. When he told me this and I saw the hype of the city, I thought it was pretty cool and it ended at that. 

The first two games of the series were held here in Kansas City so I knew they were occurring, but I honestly didn't know any details on them other than we were tied 1-1. Then they traveled to play in San Francisco and I realized I needed to be a better citizen and at least watch some of the games that would become history to a future generation. So, I did. It was exciting and I thought I would even give game four a try. Boy, did I jinx them, because they got stomped. It was not pretty, but I started really feeling for the team. We lost the fifth game and I thought for sure that I should stop watching. Confession #1: I did on accident because I fell asleep for the last third of the game. Whoops. 

Then yesterday we were invited out for pizza and to watch this make it or break it game with our neighbors. If we lost then the Giants would become champions, but they didn't! The Royals tied up the series with a final score of 10-0! During the evening Mary Jo and I discussed if we thought it was appropriate to pray for the Royals. I mean, I've honestly never prayed for a team before, but this morning I thought it was fitting. I prayed for nerves of all of the players to be calmed, for them to perform what could be the best game of their lives, for safe travels for all of those attending the game or a watch party, and finally for a win.
So today is the big day - game seven! Confession #2: This morning I went and bought a Royals t-shirt. I may be one of the last bandwagon fans, but better late than never right?

Go Royals!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Our Wedding

While getting to know our brides, I surprisingly get a lot of them asking "what did your dress look like?" or "tell me about your wedding." So I'm simply going to show you! Our wedding was in beautiful Charlevoix, Michigan on July 2, 2011.

I was definitely one of those brides that had a lot of DIY projects going on, but when you're fresh out of college with not a lot of money, I was able to create some pretty awesome things that still showcase in our house today. One particular example was our table runners. It was so expensive to rent the ones we wanted and we were sad that at the end of the wedding we would have nothing to show. So my Mom, who is an avid quilter made table runners out of various quilt blocks. After the wedding we took those that weren't damaged and made a quilt for our bedroom. The rock guest book came from polished rocks found by my in-laws. The vase still sits in our living room and is an awesome daily reminder of such an amazing day. The cake was made by one of my bridesmaids and best childhood friends, Mamie Doyle, who just so happens to own an amazing bakery right outside of Atlanta. I told her to do whatever she wanted and it turned out beautiful and was such a special element for me.

So let's talk about my wedding day look - I loved my gown! It was organza, simple and so comfortable. Although northern Michigan summers don't get too warm, our wedding day was HOT so I was very thankful I had gone with such a light and airy gown. My favorite accessory was my veil. The cathedral length, lace trimmed veil was my Aunt Karen's and was also worn by my Mom, so it was really special to me that I got to wear it as well. 

Overall, we had such an amazing wedding day and wouldn't have changed a thing. Hope you enjoyed sharing out big day!

Photography: N. Kristine Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Castle Farms | Florist: The Flower Station | Cake: Miss Mamie's | Wedding Gown: Brides by Demetrios | Sash: Tessa Kim | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Elegance

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Meet the Designer: Ellis Bridals

Ellis Bridals was founded back in 1912 by Ada Ellis, making it the oldest bridal company in the world having just celebrated their 100th year in business. It all began when Ada created her own wedding gown with the belief that glamour, luxury and hand-craftsmanship were key. After her gown debuted, others wanted her design for their wedding and the rest is history. Take a look back over the many years of Ellis Bridals.

To get the inside scoop, Creative Director Regine Ellis shares her thoughts on the wedding business then and now.
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What was the "Ellis Style" when you first established in 1912 and has that changed over the years?
I believe the Ellis signature has always been our craftmanship. Throughout our 100 years we have become well known for our handmade embellishments and attention to detail is still key today as much as it ever was when Ada Ellis started the business from her London studio all those years ago.
You must be in a unique position to see how wedding dresses have changed over the years. What have the trends been like and is there a style that has endured over the century?
Not all brides desire a large princess gown with heavy embellishments and endless layers of fabric, more recently we have seen girls desire a dress that is more understated. A gown that is simple, but with fine and delicate detailing creating an elegant overall look.  
What are your favorite fabrics to work with?
I particularly enjoyed working with lace in this collection. It is a classically romantic material, a big trend for this coming season and a major part of our upcoming collection. Echoing the royal wedding we have included some delicate lace long sleeves, cover-ups and a beautiful short lace wedding dress, which was directly inspired by a design from our extensive archives. 
What do you think is the secret to your success?
Ellis has always designed with the bride in mind. Something which sounds obvious, but it can be easy sometimes to create garments that look beautiful on the hanger but do not work on a real woman! We believe this is key to our longevity along with our contemporary styling and heritage inspired designs.  

Friday, October 10, 2014

Favorites Friday

Below are just a few of my favorite wedding things (right now):

1. INSTAGRAM HASHTAGS
Create a unique hashtag and market it to be used for all things wedding related - documentation of planning, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and of course the wedding! You will end up seeing photos you otherwise would have missed!
2. FLORAL CROWNS
Something about them, whether they are big or small, colorful or neutral, partial or a full crown - I can't stop looking at them and wishing it was acceptable to wear one every single day.
3. RELAXED GROOMSMEN ATTIRE
Don't get me wrong, I think men clean up nice in a tuxedo or suit, but something about men going a bit more casual I am really liking right now. I mean, let's be honest, most of them take off their tie and coat the first chance they get anyways, am I right?
See more of our favorite things on our Pinterest.

Happy Friday Lovelies!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chicago Bridal Market

I had every intention of being a crazy bridal boutique owner, running around, documenting every step of Chicago Bridal Market so you could get a feel for what the experience is like. Unfortunately, after meeting with each of our designers, reviewing Spring 2015 Collections, browsing at over 200 exhibitors and networking with other store owners all in two days - I blinked and market was done. To see the few photos I did capture, follow us on Instagram.

What I can say is there are some exciting times coming soon for Something White Bridal Boutique. Stay tuned for some big announcements coming your way! In the meantime, let me leave you with the most amazing apartment decor that took all of my will power not to take on the way out...
Happy Wednesday Lovelies!