Wedding Wednesday — Beautiful WY Engagements!


Thanks to all those who have announced their engagement with us!  We’ll be giving away fun prizes, including travel bags and gear from our fun merchandise line to a couple from the engagement list at the end of May! If you would like to announce YOUR upcoming Big Day with us, just fill out the form:

We’ll be searching for amazing engagement photos to share with you, so be sure to send yours in! Email to:

Today I’d like to share our first engagement spotlight — I adore the simple and happy vibe in this image! You can tell these two are just happy being close to one another…

Photo by Ardent Photography, Laramie

Meet Keileigh and Shane.  Their upcoming wedding in Laramie, on July 23 2011, is going to be a celebration of their love…here’s their announcement:

On July 23rd, 2011, Shane and I will celebrate our 7th anniversary by becoming husband and wife. I never dreamed I would find the person I want to spend the rest of my life with already and I could not image my life with anyone more perfect!

CONGRATS Keileigh and Shane!  It’s so exciting to take one of the most important steps of your life with your best friend. You two look amazing together and we wish you all every happiness! Best of luck on your upcoming wedding!

You can find Keileigh & Shane’s announcement, along with other awesome WY couples, on our engagement announcement page (linked at the bottom of this blog post).  Want to have YOUR engagement featured? It’s easy! Email us at and let us know!

‘Til Next Time…I’m enjoying getting to meet all of you!

Link to our Engagement Announcement page!

Kati Hime, Editor



Sarah’s Top Wedding Tips — PLANNING


Sarah Merrill of SuiteBlooms in Cheyenne is back with a new topic! Read on to discover Sarah’s tips for wedding planning…

TIP: Double up on your Groom’s Boutonniere. That’s right; buy 2 for him. Here’s why – boutonnieres are already prone to dehydration because they will have been out of water 5+ hours before the wedding. Couple the flowers’ dehydration with the bruising and petal loss that will occur when everyone he knows gives him a hug, and you wind up with a broken, bruised and smashed boutonniere that will make your groom look just as bad as it does. Remember that immediately following that receiving line, you will be photographed from all angles as you enjoy your first dance, cake cutting etc. Simply replace his boutonniere after the receiving line to avoid having that sad, dead flower in your wedding photos.

Pay all of your vendors, and set aside tips for the band, waiters etc. in envelopes at least 5 days before the wedding. Here are 2 reasons: 1. You are already going to be busy on that day, and they will be working hard. The last thing you need is one more thing to remember. 2. Your wedding day is the happiest day of your life, and likely one of the most expensive. You will not want to spoil the wonderful feelings that go along with your big day by seeing your money disappear and thinking about how much it all cost.

TIP: Know your (photography) rights. Most wedding photographers have their contract worded in 1 of 3 ways. 1. They retain full rights to every image they produce. Translation: you can never copy your photographs yourself. Each time you decide you want a print (even a little one for grandma) you will have to purchase it from your photographer. 2. They retain rights to all of the images they produce, but you can purchase the rights, or they may give you rights to reproduce images up to a specified size. Translation: you may have to pay your photographer extra so that you have the rights (they will provide you with a digital or film copy of your wedding photos as well as a signed release form) or you may only be able to reproduce your images up to a specified size such as a 5” x 7”. If you want a photograph that is larger than that it has to be purchased from them directly. 3. You have full rights to your photographs. Print them and send one to everyone in the country if you would like.

TIP: Your wedding day is all about you and your groom but remember to honor the people that helped make you the people you are. It often means the world to mothers, fathers, grandparents, step-parents,  and others that have affected you deeply to receive a personal flower – a corsage for the women, a boutonniere for the men. Also, don’t forget a personal flower for your officiant; after all, marrying you is both an honor and a solemn obligation. A wonderful way to remember someone special is to carry a locket with their photograph attached to your bouquet.

TIP: Create an emergency kit just in case the unthinkable happens. Include things like: safety pins, needle, thread, bobby pins, pain killers, deodorant, blotting papers, spare shoes, eye drops, tampons, hairspray, clear nail polish, band aids, dryer sheets (for static), and duct tape to solve any problem the other items can’t.

TIP: This one is for you from my own personal experience: Don’t book a 6am flight for the morning after your wedding. Trust me on this one – fly out in the afternoon, or 2 days after the wedding.

I hope that the planning for your wedding is going wonderfully and I hope the tips here will help you with the process. Next week I will continue this theme with My Top Wedding Day Tips… Until then, enjoy being engaged!

Thanks Sarah!  These tips make me think about how confusing and stressful the planning process can be…are you feeling stressed?  Confused?  Have questions? We’re here to help! We have a whole team of experts that can help answer your questions!  Email us, post on our Facebook wall or reply to this blog — and let us know what we can research for you!



‘Til Next Time…We’re rooting for you!!!

Kati Hime, Editor





FUN WITH THEMES: French Provencal


Playing with a fun theme today… French Provencal!  A combination of rustic elegance and French details, a little touch of countryside, fruits, wine, cheese…earthy wood tones and elegant lace can combine perfectly!

This theme can become pricey quickly, however the feel of Provence can be achieved with inexpensive components too.  Use reusable items such as wood cutting boards or pieces of wood in your decorations; scraps of lace to peak out from underneath food trays and cake displays… green glass bottles, white pottery and strands of prairie grass and olives… and other items that you use every day can be collected and incorporated into an easy-going, eclectic design.  I found an incredible array of white pottery items at Pottery Barn for an inexpensive price — they make fantastic pinch-hit table centerpieces!

Use your imagination — have fun! Your guests will be wowed with your creativity!

Some inspiration photos…

‘Til Next Time…Share your fun theme ideas with us!

Kati Hime, Editor




From a WY Bride: COLOR INSPIRATION — Silk Blue & Plum


WOW! A Wyoming bride shared that her & her fiance’s upcoming wedding will use silk blue & a dark purple for their colors. I must admit I was naive about the term ‘silk blue’ — she replied that silk blue is also called ‘ice blue’, but I have to say that the term ‘silk’ used with any color is sheer brilliance! Talk about adding the element of not only texture, but LUXURIOUS texture to a color description… And when it comes to your wedding, adding texture and a touch of luxury is never a bad thing… Bravo! And thanks for the color inspiration from this bride — I hadn’t come across this color combo yet and I have to say, it is another fun one!

Here are some bits of inspiration from this color palette…this first picture is a darker shade of blue than silk blue, but I think it also demonstrates the breadth of options you have with this combination… — Silk blue princess! Love this! — Tell me this isn’t just sheer gorgeous. The peacock feathers are my favorite part…

FUN! I can imagine the great ideas that one can find from this color palette…bravo! Thanks for this suggestion — and keep them coming! What is your color inspiration? We’d love to share it on our blog! The best part of sharing wedding information is reporting what other couples are using — so share away! We’re here to serve you and to listen to you and your needs — we are Your Homegrown Wyoming Wedding Resource!

‘Til Next Time…I LOVE the term ‘silk’…

Kati Hime, Editor




We Love Elizabeth Taylor — The Quintessential Bride…

MGM Productions — 1950

If you haven’t seen the 1950 production of Father of the Bride starring Elizabeth Taylor, you must! It is a charming movie, to say the least. The 1991 version was always a favorite of mine growing up, and when I discovered the 1950 version a few years back, my husband and I had to stay up half the night to watch it.

The movie was a hit, with Elizabeth’s dress reportedly designed by Helen Rose, influencing bridal gown trends in the early 50’s.

The world said good-bye to an icon of American cinema, and she will be missed…but her memory lives on in her many films, including this American classic…here’s the trailer…

Trailer for Father of The Bride 1950

Rest in Peace, Elizabeth Taylor…


Kati Hime, Editor




SHOESDAY TUESDAY! Kiss Me Kate’s (Spade)


Ooooh I LOVE Shoesday Tuesday! If you’re new, Shoesday Tuesday is our celebration of a little piece of shoe bling Heaven every week.  We include designer shoes, non-designer shoes, DIY shoes, flip flops…doesn’t matter! Use this for an inspiration point, even if those designer shoes you adore are a bit out of your budget…

So say “Kate Spade” and you instantly know it’s going to be adorable. And these pretty in pink heels don’t fail…I LOVE that wedding shoes can be in ANY shade…

Designer:  Kate Spade


Post-wedding, I would pair these with a simple black dress in a heartbeat…heck, I’d wear these with jeans! 🙂

Heels may not be your thing. And that’s totally cool. OR, if you’re like me and suffer from a bit of foot pain as the day progresses (darn my plantar fasciitis from running!), you need some comfort in your day.  Well fear not — here are some fun FLIP FLOPS that celebrate with you!

FUN! A comment on Facebook suggested wearing these on the honeymoon, especially if you’re heading to a beach — GREAT idea! I want to see if they’ll leave a ‘Married’ print on the sidewalk after you step in mud or water… 🙂

If you have a Shoesday Tuesday celebration of shoe bling to share, please do so! Doesn’t have to be heels, and definitely DOESN’T have to be designer — just has to be LOVED by you! 🙂 Email it to or post it to our Facebook wall!

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‘Til Next Time…I gotta get those flips and find a mud puddle… 🙂

Kati Hime, Editor




TRACKING MEMORIES — It’s Important! And Easy, I Promise!


OK, so this may not be you — but it was too darn funny and I had to add it!  I know you’re going crazy with planning — and yes, I am suggesting adding another thing to your to-do list.  Some wedding blogger I am, right?! Well, this one is truly important — and can be as easy as you want to make it…

I’m talking about keeping track of your memories as your wedding planning process progresses — however that works best for you!  We’ll discuss a few ways to do this that can make your life easy in upcoming blogs — but let’s talk about WHY first…

Photo by David Huber Photography — Worland

What’s the speech we hear about wedding photography & videography? Invest in your day…save those memories…because when the wedding is over, those memories are what remain…and they’re right, of course!  So why not apply it to the planning PROCESS as well? Those months are FULL of memories — from the trips to the bridal salon, trying on all those dresses, picking YOUR dress, the alteration appointments, the first time you saw yourself in the mirror… to the floral appointments, catering appointments, to the funny things that happen…they’re ALL worth saving.  Maybe you’re a DIY girl — that feeling of pride and satisfaction when you saw your completed pile of wedding programs sitting in front of you is a moment to treasure… Or maybe you’re NOT a DIY girl, and the feeling of relief and excitement you felt when you met with your planner and she said ‘We’ve got this ALL taken care of for you, and it will be PERFECT!’ — another moment worth savoring! No matter your style, keep those moments — they will be fun to relive later, AND fun to share with your children or other family someday!


I’m a journaler. Yes, that’s not a word — but it’s who I am. However, between running two magazines, two children, running daily and volunteer activities, journaling is hard to do at best.  So for me, I keep it to the big moments — and those that I can’t miss remembering.  Writing several pages can be time-consuming — so don’t do that if you can’t! Jot down the big details — they’ll still represent that memory perfectly.

Here’s an example from my own life:  We took two years to plan our wedding. At one point, I became very ill and lost 40 pounds in five months. Guess what happened right before I became sick — I had ordered my custom-made wedding dress! So six months later, beautiful custom dress arrives, and it hangs on me like a guinea sack.  I’ll never forget standing there in that big beautiful dressing room at the bridal salon, mirrors all around me, and my dress that I had dreamed of hanging off of me — with every angle of horror projected from the multiple mirrors.  Tears were imminent, and the salon manager — bless her heart — stopped them by saying “Honey, don’t you worry. We can fix ANYTHING.”

Two months later, I returned, not exactly sure what to expect. You know what? She was RIGHT! It fit like a glove, and looked absolutely perfect. That time, tears flowed freely — but for a different reason!

This memory wasn’t 100% positive, although the ending was perfect (fortunately!).  It was important for me because my illness affected our wedding planning in many ways. Keeping a track of those memories for me was just as important as the beautiful decorations on our day.

A way for me to keep that memory in short-hand form could be:  “June 2000…Dress is in…I was so nervous, but it FIT! This is amazing! I was a puddle of tears — I’m SO excited that they saved my dream wedding dress!”  Memory is saved, and it took about five minutes to write — and you conveyed the important information!

Find a journal that you love at the book store, stationary store, or specialty store — there are many independent stores in Wyoming that carry beautiful journals. Another person that can journal? Your groom! You might just be surprised what he’ll say if you ask him.  Men may not be into details typically like we are, but encourage him to write shorthand — those memories will be just as important in the future as yours!

One more time that I highly recommend you journal:  Your Wedding Day.  It was a crazy day, but one thing my husband Levi and I did was write a quick letter to each other on the morning of our wedding day.  We wrote in our journal, and had a friend deliver it to the other one (because we were pretty traditional about not seeing each other before the wedding).  It didn’t take long, and we were able to share our feelings of anticipation and excitement (even nerves) with each other. Now it stays in our journal and is a reminder of our feelings for each other on that day…always a great boost to your relationship when you need one!

‘Til Next Time…I have to share this again, it just cracks me up…

LOL… 😀 Don’t go crazy! Although the ribbon spool earrings are kickin’! 🙂

Kati Hime, Editor



Get Your Fingers Into It


This picture is from AbbyDell Photography — and  it’s just pure fun! Ask your manicurist about this fun little addition to your left ring finger…and get your fingers into it! 🙂

LOVE this! Nice capture, Abby! 🙂

‘Til Next Time…Can I do this anyway? Or maybe to celebrate my tenth anniversary? Because that’s worth saying ‘I Do!’ for every day…

Kati Hime, Editor






I do enjoy an elegant black & white wedding, but OH BOY do I adore pops of bright COLOR! The trends for 2011 are leaving me feeling all warm and fuzzy, and today’s color inspiration is no different — RASPBERRY!

The thing I have noticed about raspberry is that it is a color that is defined by interpretation. Some people envision close to a wine color when they think raspberry…others think of a darker shade of pink. If you wish to mix your shades of raspberry, it is potentially doable, but work wisely: sample all of your shades together, and think about how they are going to be paired in the same room at one time (such as at the reception)…Will your bridesmaids have a wine colored dress while the tables have the more pink shade in the centerpieces? Will those play well together? Perhaps consider working with a neutral base and bringing the raspberry out in embellishments such as ribbon sashes, rosette pins or jewelry if you are planning on mixing shades…

Bridal gown with raspberry embellishments — note my all-time favorite pinch hitter and multi-tasker extraordinaire, RIBBON…

Eden Informals, #1360

I just don’t think you can go wrong with raspberry for skin tones when it comes to bridesmaids. It warms up a light complexion, and pairs beautifully with chestnut brown hair…here are some inspiration bridesmaid ideas:

I LOVE this one — of course, I am also in love with rosette pins. 🙂 This next one is a fun and flirty take on rosette pins and raspberry…I think it’s a very taste-specific dress. See what you think — I’d love to hear your opinion!


Of course, you’ll need decorations too! Check out these fun ways to add a pop of bright and happy raspberry…

So we have some ideas brewing…but…what do we pair with raspberry? What color is a great compliment?  Depends upon the mood you want to convey.  If you want to use raspberry for an elegant affair, I think it pairs beautifully with chocolate brown…think dark chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and a raspberry garnish…pure elegance…

Beautiful and elegant!  How about fun, flirty and simply happy? You can NOT possibly feel blue when you see raspberry & mango paired together…add in a crisp white as your base and it’s instant transportation to the tropics… — “Vienna”  — J’adore!!! — Oh so happy!!! — Think drink umbrellas! Instant pop, ambience and fun! — Schubert’s Bakery, San Francisco, CA

I never really gave this color much thought until I saw it recently, and OH MY GOSH I have been missing out! The possibilities are truly endless — what a bright and happy color to either make the star of the show, or bring out in embellishments to warm up your neutral scene! WOW…

Do you have a color inspiration suggestion? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at and share your color inspiration with us — you might be featured in this blog!

‘Til Next Time…Keep that Inspiration Coming!

Kati Hime, Editor





Give Your Fans a…FAN!


Clever, no? OK, more like cheesy. Yes, agreed. 🙂 Obviously your guests are more than just GUESTS, they’re your biggest cheerleaders in life: your friends, family, former teachers and coaches and Girl Scout cookie-selling buddies and teammates and co-workers. People came for more than a free meal — they came to support you!

So I thought that the idea of FANS for programs was not only AWESOME, it was very ironic! Talk about multi-tasking brilliance:  inform your fans of the program, give them some entertainment, AND keep them cool all at once! I am a HUGE fan of multi-tasking — I prescribe by Alton Brown’s theory that ‘The only uni-tasker in the kitchen is a fire extinguisher.’  Multi-tasking is a woman’s best friend, and start off your multi-tasking life with giving your fans one at your Big Day.

So enough blabbing…show us some fans already! OK, here’s a little bit of inspiration — and these are totally DIY-friendly, but I’ll get into that below…

SUPER cool! You can design your program yourself or talk to a stationary maker, print shop or friend who’s Photo Shop/In Design savvy about designing your programs for you.  Print them on cardstock — either two individual pages, OR check into printing two sides onto one long piece of cardstock, such as an 11×14…fold in half and secure around the handle. Super easy!

For another FUN idea, check out this DIY project over at  Here’s the link:

Amanda made her wedding program fans and shows you how — but here’s the beyond-awesome-thing that she did with hers:  She put games on the back! Crossword puzzles, Mad Libs, word searches…attaching a golf pencil for the guests to use…what a FUN idea! She shows you how she made hers…here’s a pic from her page:

These are AWESOME ideas — talk about a fun twist on wedding programs!

‘Til Next Time…I am finding the CUTEST stuff to share with you!

Kati Hime, Editor




Creative Centerpieces Part Deux — OH HOW I LOVE THEM! — by Sarah Merrill


Sarah Merrill of Suite Blooms in Cheyenne is back with another awesome blog! Check out these SUPER FUN centerpiece ideas…I just adore her awesome ideas…Photography is provided by Sarah Merrill.

Just to catch you up, my last blog post was about your centerpieces – more specifically – how to save money on your centerpieces. If the three ideas I presented a couple weeks ago weren’t enough, don’t fret, because this week’s blog is a continuation!

We will kick this blog off with a look that is fresh, earth friendly and economical – Wheat Grass! You may have seen this stuff before at your local juice bar where it is juiced and then drank like a shot of whiskey (only stronger). What makes this an awesome centerpiece? Here are just a few of the reasons: it brings the outdoor feeling inside your venue, it’s vibrant, it can be cut to fit almost any container, and because it’s low, it will not block your guest’s view. Then just add a few Orchid blooms, or have your florist “plant” a few water tubes containing a single Gerbera Daisy each to complete the look.

Potted plants make beautiful centerpieces and are less expensive than cut flowers because your florist will not have to spend time arranging them. Your options are seemingly endless when choosing potted plants or flowers for your centerpieces. Two things to keep in mind are the season and formality of your event. Bulb flowers like Hyacinths and Tulips are colorful and can be displayed in a variety of containers such as a clear vase with the bulb and roots showing as pictured below, enamel cookware, or even a lined wicker basket. These spring blooms would be perfect at an informal brunch wedding, or at a laid back evening reception. If your wedding has a more formal feel, try using Orchids in an elegant glass or silver container.

Flowers grouped together “en masse” are wonderful for showcasing the specific shade and texture of an individual flower. Take Carnations for example. These flowers, when arranged tightly together in an interesting footed bowl, go from ordinary to exquisite and have the versatility to go from a ranch house reception to a grand ballroom just by switching out that quaint footed bowl for a tall, slender vase or pedestal dripping with crystals. Hydrangeas are also an ideal flower for an en masse style centerpiece because their florets are already arranged into a gentle cloud-like group. An arrangement of just three stems in a mason jar or simple vase is a sweet centerpiece that your guests are sure to admire. Babies Breath is a simple little white bloom that was once thought of as strictly a filler flower, but now it’s been given new life and stands alone beautifully. It’s fluttery little blossoms are reminiscent of snow flakes, which makes these perfect for a winter wedding. Group together 3 milk glass vases filled with Babies Breath and tie them together with tiny garlands of White Hyacinth Blooms to really make an impact. Think of it as bringing the snow inside!

Thanks for reading! Next week I’ll be giving my top five suggestions that apply to every wedding – including yours! Until then, you are warmly invited to visit me on Facebook @!/pages/SuiteBlooms/272721623120. You are also welcome to send me your floral and décor questions – your question and my answer could appear right here!

Thanks Sarah! I look forward to Sarah’s next blog — she has such fabulous ideas!

‘Til Next Time…I’m loving those Carnations…I never thought of them arranged like that!

Kati Hime, Editor



I Heart Lanterns!


Hmmm, has it really been since Wednesday when I was here last?! Good grief! Well, my apologies — I have been on the road this past week, delivering the newest copies of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine to a few more communities across Wyoming. But I’m EXCITED to be BACK, because I ADORE finding new material for this blog!!!

All right, we have a new wedding profile coming from Lander…beyond AWESOME photos, and I’m thrilled to share them with you…but here’s a sneak peek that I just couldn’t keep under wraps:  they used LANTERNS for their aisle pieces! I LOVE lanterns — talk about a super versatile and easy way to decorate — and — you can keep them afterward to jazz up your new home! (Or, give them as gifts to your wedding party, assistants, or special guests!)

Check out how Brendon & Shannon combined lanterns and flowers for their aisle pieces…all images are courtesy Kate Noelle Photography, a beautiful photographer out of California who was thrilled to capture these images in Wyoming — Visit her online at

Are these not beyond delish?! J’adore ces! We typically think of candles in lanterns, which you can easily do — but also think of flowers, perhaps sea shells, chunks of colorful glass, even ribbon! (Oooh yet ANOTHER use of ribbon! If you haven’t seen our ribbon blog post, be sure to visit it for sources of ribbon inspiration!)  Visit our ribbon blog post:

Think double-duty on ideas like this too…use lanterns like these shown above during your outdoor ceremony, then take the posts and all to the reception and stick them in the ground outside your tent — swap the flowers for some candles and voila! Instant ambience! Now, if your reception facility has a rule against candles (especially in late summer when we can have fire hazards in Wyoming), think about those new battery-operated, flamless candles…many come in variable sizes! LED lights might be another flame-less option!

ADDED NOTE:  If you read this already but are checking back, we discovered another fun way to incorporate lanterns into your ceremony: with a cushy bed of moss, lay your rings (or the faux rings you’d typically put on a ring pillow) and give it to your ring bearer to carry! AWESOME idea — FUN twist on the ring pillow idea!

Til Next Time…Keep thinking of those ways to expand both your budget and your design savvy…I Heart Lanterns! What a brilliant idea!

Kati Hime, Editor