Saturday, January 31, 2015

INSPIRATION SHOOT: Glitz & Gypsy Glam

My heart is fluttering over this gypsy inspired styled shoot by EA Bride.
See more inspiration by getting a copy of the Spring 2015 Issue - you won't be disappointed.
Gowns featured: Jessica by Robert Bullock Bride, Adelaide by Robert Bullock Bride and a bridesmaid dress gone bridal - 752I by Wtoo Maids. See these stunning gowns and more by scheduling your bridal consultation today!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue

If you have been involved in a wedding in any degree you have probably heard the old saying, "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." 

Here are some simple ideas to help you find your something old, new, borrowed and blue!

I love the idea of using jewelry or a brooch from a cherished family member. If you are anything like my family and do not have family jewels, don't worry. Another great idea is to take a piece of your mother's or grandmother's gown and wrap your bouquet.
My best recommendation for something new is your wedding gown, but I might be a bit biased... ;)
I love the idea of borrowing an accessory from a family member or a friend who was married before you, such as a veil, headpiece, earrings, necklace, or even a sash. It makes those little additions so much more special when they have ties to someone you love.
A soft hue of blue panties are the perfect something blue. If your gown does not allow for anything outside of white or nude undergarments, there are still some pretty simple ways to incorporate something blue. 
Find the perfect garter set at Something White in a variety of colors, including the all important light blue, tiffany blue or navy blue variations.
Finally, if you're looking for something simple, behold the secret ribbon. It only takes a moment of your time and better yet, minimal cost. Simply take a blue ribbon and attach it to an under layer of your gown.
Did you know there's more? People often forget or do not realize there is a final portion to the saying, "...a sixpence in your shoe." 

So what's the point? According to tradition, fulfilling each item ensured that the wedded couple had everything they needed to live happily ever after: prosperity, hope, borrowed good fortune, fidelity and wealth. I would love to hear how you incorporated this tradition into your wedding day.

Happy Saturday Lovelies! XOXO

Friday, January 16, 2015

Bridal Spectacular 2015

I had the joy of participating in my very first bridal show on Saturday, January 10th. The show, titled Bridal Spectacular, was hosted by KC Weddings and featured some of the best wedding professionals Kansas City has to offer. 

Take a peek at my beloved booth...
I had a lot of goodies to give away. First up was a hand painted hanger to be used to showcase the gown on the day of the wedding. These were provided to the first 100 brides who stopped by to say hello.
Feeling lucky? There were scratch off tickets with various discounts - including one lucky winner who will receive $500 off her dream gown! Didn't win? No worries, if you scheduled an appointment you were in the running for another $500 off a gown. Unknown schedule? Don't worry - you could friend us on Facebook and Instagram for another chance to win. Which leads me to some pretty exciting news for three lucky ladies...
Congratulations! I met so many beautiful brides last weekend and am so excited to help them find their dream gown! 

Happy Friday Lovelies! XOXO

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year!

2014, you were so much more than I could have dreamed of. You were the year Something White Bridal Boutique became a reality.

This idea of owning a bridal boutique didn't just suddenly pop into my head one day. I worked at a bridal store through college and loved every second of it. After graduation, my husband and I moved to Kansas City for corporate jobs. I have to be honest when I say that I really liked my job...for the first year and half. Then the days got a bit longer, the stress was more than I could handle and I came home in tears more often than I would like to admit. So I started searching for what was next.

It was a dream of mine to open my own business so I started to research opening a bridal boutique - something that I knew I would love to do each and every day. But then the doors kept closing faster than I could have anticipated. It wasn't the right time and I thought that God was telling me this dream of mine didn't match his plan for me. So I closed that chapter of my life and moved to a different position within the same company. The first few months were good - I had a great team of people and was really enjoying learning new things. Until one morning when I had a moment, staring at my cubicle, looking at the hundreds of emails I received over the weekend and wondered if this was really where I needed to be.

January 2014:
To make a long story short, I love weddings. I was browsing through a bridal magazine and the bridal gowns were mesmerizing. I thought God had closed that door, but I kept getting this feeling that the door may have been closed, but that it wasn't locked. And so the creation of a business plan started. I spent the month figuring out if this crazy idea was something that could really work.

February 2014:
It all happened so quickly, This thing that was just research became more real every day. On February 20th, Something White Bridal Boutique officially became a business in the state of Missouri.

March 2014: 
I prayed a lot up to this point. I wanted to be sure I wasn't going at this journey alone. The next step was securing financing - one of the most exciting and scary steps that would make all of it officially real. When I licensed my business the clerk provided me contact for a loan program for women entrepreneurs. A program I had never heard of. What started as attending an informational meeting resulted in securing my first leg of financing. Wow, God is good!

April 2014: 
Three words - Chicago Bridal Market. I had to choose designers that I would carry at the boutique and Chicago Bridal Market was the perfect place to find them. Four bridal designers, one bridesmaid designer, five accessory designers and a delicious Giordano's pizza later, it was all coming together.

June 2014:
Business plan - check, inventory financing - check, designers - check, a hundred other things on my to do list - check, storefront leased and keys in hand - check. Time and time again I was blown away by God's provisions and his way of continuously exceeding my expectations.
July 2014:
July was probably the biggest emotional roller coaster. Here I was only a month away from opening, officially becoming a self-employed individual who was still awaiting my second leg of financing. I want to be honest with you and tell you that I was down to the wire. I had my first electrical bill due and not enough money to pay for it. I doubted and questioned myself. Even worse, I doubted and questioned God's plan for me.

Long story short, I met a girl who was introduced to me by a coworker from my second job within the corporation I worked for. This girl got me in touch with a bank individual she knew. A week later I had a check in hand and could pay my pending electrical bill. Coincidence? I think not. Although I barely cleared it, the biggest hurdle yet was behind me.

August 2014:
After countless hours of renovating the space from top to bottom and getting everything exactly as it should be, August 29th, grand opening day was here before I knew it! I had a full weekend of appointments even though I was barely advertising. Now for the cherry on top? My very first bride resulted in my first sale. One more time - God is good!

September 2014:
Gowns from the amazingly talented Robert Bullock were featured in a styled shoot by EA Bride Magazine - to be released soon. Don't worry, pictures to follow.

October 2014:
I was so blessed to have Audrey as my very first Something White bride. She is a guest blogger for AP Bride and featured her shopping experience here.

November 2014:
An accessory by Edward Berger was featured in a styled shoot by KC Weddings, which was showcased in their most recent issue. Additionally, my very first print advertisement made it into this same issue. 

December 2014:
Prep time for my very first bridal show on January 10, 2015. Cannot wait to show off what I have in store.

Now it hasn't been rainbows and butterflies since the opening, but it has been pretty amazing. I have discovered new things about myself that I didn't know and have met so many amazing people, including brides, their families and Kansas City wedding professionals. Oh 2014, how you have been so good to me. 2015, you have a lot to live up to, but I know the memories that will be made this year will fill my heart with joy.

XOXO,