WEDDING FASHION: Embellishments Galore

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We have seen fashion shows in Gillette, Casper, Cheyenne, Laramie and Rock Springs…and the overwhelming new trend this year is embellishments! Whether it be ribbon, feathers, flowers, belts, a little bit of bling… embellishments are in! A few bits of inspiration…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmine with a bit of ribbon embellishment — you can find Jasmine gowns at Mountain Valley Bridal in Laramie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.kentuckystudio.com — An Etsy find via GracefullyGirly


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made to Measure lace gown; www.perfectwoman58.com

 

www.jaksflowergirldresses.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.200shop.com

www.weddingdress7.info

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lovely gown from Hart’s Tux & Gown, Casper — featured in the Wyoming Bridal Extravaganza 2012 in January at the Casper Events Center!

Beautiful! Make your wedding dress more personalized by adding your own embellishments — shop your Wyoming bridal shops, check out Etsy, or be sure to ask those talented crafters and sewers in your life — perhaps they can help you out!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

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INSPIRATION: Retro Weddings!

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www.loti.com

I was SUPER fortunate to have the opportunity to emcee the wedding fashion shows in Casper & Cheyenne. (THANK YOU to Rocky Mountain Sound and Light in Casper, Hart’s Tux & Gown in Casper and Dan D Party Corner in Cheyenne and Mountain Valley Bridal in Laramie for those opportunities!) I LOVED what Hart’s and Mountain Valley Bridal selected to display for 2012 — one thing I particularly enjoyed seeing what the little retro elements thrown in:  lace, birdcage veils, variance in sleeves (cap/short/long), and be still my 50’s fashion-lovin’ heart… SHORT dresses!!! Eeeeek!  This is one gorgeous dress worn by the beautiful Kelli Erickson, owner of Mountain Valley Bridal in Laramie…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So…50’s weddings.  What do you think of first?  I think of the glamorous elements of the 50’s first — stars like Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly or Elizabeth Taylor…a groom with the look of Paul Newman in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or Montgomery Clift in Raintree County… Then I combine it with the memories shared by my grandmother, who was married in 1954.  The reality of a real, small-town America 50’s wedding:  a small church wedding at the family church, followed by a reception in her parents’ Kearney, NE backyard. The neighbors all came over, and everyone brought a bit of food for a potluck.  There was no band, no dance floor.  No champagne.  She had a short dress, short wristlet gloves, and my grandfather wore a suit jacket and trousers for the ceremony, but lost the suit jacket for the June reception.  My grandmother is the youngest daughter of a seven-child family:  six girls, one boy.  My grandmother’s sisters all eloped — her wedding was the only wedding her parents attended of the six girls.  Sound interesting? I agree! Sound unusual?  Surprisingly, not so much, once I had visited over the years with other seniors that I met through my work and volunteer activities.  There were big, elaborate weddings like what we’re accustomed to today, but they were far more the exception than the rule.  Depression, wars, a view toward a wedding as a beginning of a marriage, much less the elaborate affair we know it to be today…all these things affected the way a true ‘retro wedding’ was assembled.  Justice of the Peace weddings and small weddings were definitely common in small towns across the country.  (Heck, when my parents were married in 1977, their wedding was quite typical according to my mother:  their ceremony took place in the church sanctuary, with their reception held in the church’s meeting hall in the same building.  A receiving line, simple food and cake — no dance floor, no dancing, no toasts.  I had to do some serious educating of my family when it came to our wedding in 2000, lol!)

So here’s what I’m thinking… If my grandmother would have told me in 2000 that I should have a retro wedding like hers, I probably would have cried!  Many of these elements work VERY well for modern couples — and I celebrate that! — but I know for me, and many other brides I visit with every year, we like the idea of the modern wedding.  So when it comes to ‘retro style’, I suggest that we take elements of retro decor and fashion, and perhaps let the retro habits remain celebrated in the annals of wedding lore…unless they float your boat! (And in which case, bravo!)

All right. That was my muse on American pop culture a la weddings for the week.  My Laramie High School Humanities teacher, Mrs. Maxfield, would be quite proud!  Enough of me talking…time to check out some pictures!  Here are some modern twists on retro goodness…50’s style!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.halterneckwedding.onsugar.com


www.trevorhutchison.com


www.yourweddingsupport.blogspot.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.adorablegamine.blogspot.com


www.ruffledblog.com

‘Til Next Time…do you have a retro wedding story? A history to share, or a time period we should explore? We’d love to hear from you!

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

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WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Caitie & Grant’s Beautiful Ivinson Wedding

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Thanks to Keith Turbitt’s Shutter-Vision Photography in Cheyenne for providing us with this week’s spotlight! Caitie & Grant were married August 4 in Laramie, at the beautiful and historic Ivinson Mansion. I used to work as a docent at the mansion in junior high, leading tours of people from all over the globe and sharing our fascinating Laramie history. The home was built in 1890 as the planned Governor’s Mansion for then candidate Edward Ivinson, a prominent businessman and leader in the Laramie community. While his bid was unsuccessful, the gorgeous mansion remained and he and his wife Jane spent many years in the beautiful home.  The home became a girls’ school and served various capacities for decades after the deaths of Jane and Edward, and an enthusiastic committee saved the home from becoming another relic of the past back almost 40 years ago.  Today, the beautiful museum is not only a place of Laramie history and pride, but also a gorgeous location for breathtaking weddings!

Enough for the history lesson. My apologies — the history geek in me surfaced yet again. 🙂 Keith said this was a beautiful day, filled with lots of energy and fun people — and I think these photos prove it! CONGRATS to Caitie & Grant, and thanks to Keith for sharing this beautiful day with us — I love these images!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a wedding spotlight you’d like to share with us? Contact us at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com — we’d love to share your special day!

Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

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COLOR INSPIRATION: Persimmon!

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My kiddos and I were in Mountain Valley Bridal in Laramie the other day, enjoying the color selection in the dresses.  My oldest and I were very intrigued by PERSIMMON — another color that I for one was not very aware of!  Did a little research and discovered — persimmon is a HOT wedding color!

A persimmon is a fruit that is much like a tomato in size.  It can be called simply ‘orange’, of course, but I would argue that persimmon has a little more something to it than just straight orange…perhaps a brown undertone? Pink? Hmmm…well, if you have a thought what makes persimmon different from orange, I’d love to hear it!

Let’s explore persimmon by itself…

www.weddingsandceremony.net

www.paperpersuassions.com

www.zazzle.com

 

Persimmon is a really neat color! OK, now what to pair with it?  Here’s one option…a color that I for one am suspecting might just be a universal neutral — it pairs with darn near everything…

Chocolate brown…


www.blog.artthatfits.com


As much as I don’t want to liken this to the kickin’ orange, gold & brown kitchen we removed from our 1972 home, I find this to be very cool and retro. I believe we can make peace with the 70’s color palette and interpret it into our modern living…just a theory… 🙂

Here’s a bright & sunshine-filled color to pair with persimmon…yellow…

 

www.ehow.com

 

www.labotanicals.com


Or slightly different, but from the same idea…a lime green…

not Neutral links reversible quilt, www.amazon.com

 

Here’s my favorite though…persimmon and aqua…I love that it gives a hint of Hawaii…

 

www.joiestudio.blogspot.com

 

J Press — Would this not make the most adorable bow tie on your ring bearer?!  Or, for a fun summer wedding with a touch of whimsy, your men’s attire…

www.qweddings.com

What a FUN color! We discovered many dresses in this color at Mountain Valley Bridal in Laramie — talk about a unique choice!

www.magicmomentscollections.com

 

‘Til Next Time…I really enjoy finding new colors to write about! Do you have a suggestion? Please share with us, we’d love to explore it!

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

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Attire Shopping 101

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You’re shopping for your dress…and it’s a little daunting! What should you know before you walk into that bridal shop for the first time? Who do you take with you? How long should you plan for a shopping session? Should you make an appointment? It can leave you feeling stressed out just thinking about it!

Here is a little advice from Mountain Valley Bridal in Laramie… A few helpful tips and suggestions to help you feel prepared for that first step into the bridal shop!

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WW: What terms should brides know when going in to the bridal shop for the first time?

MVB: When brides are shopping for a wedding gown they are going to be introduced to a lot of new terms for fabrics, gown shapes, and embellishments. Most brides will search on the internet for that special gown before they go into a bridal shop. When the bride does this it will help them out with the terms they need to know that apply to what they are most interested in. We are here to help the bride with terms and find exactly what they like.

WW:  What information should brides know ahead of their first visit to a bridal shop?

MVB: I think that the brides must have a wedding date and time before going to shop for a wedding gown. I also think that they need to think about how they want to look and feel that day so they know what kind of look they are shopping for. Also look online get to know some of the designers that you have locally so you know what is available. Print some pictures off that you can take into your first appointment. Also, determine a gown budget.

WW:  Should brides come in knowing exactly which dress they want?

MVB: It is good to have clippings of wedding gowns that they like, however coming in with an open mind is key. We strongly encourage our brides to try on as many styles as they can so they know what they like and look best in.

WW:  Who do you recommend should join the bride on her shopping trips?

MVB: I do not feel like they should bring the groom into shop with them, however everyone is different and has different opinions. I do think that when the groom comes in with the bride, the bride is more interested in getting a dress that suits him and make him happy rather than herself.

WW:  How much time should a bride plan to spend on her first shopping trip?

MVB: It depends on the bride as to how much time should be spent.  Some brides need more time than others and we encourage them to take all the time they need.  I would say at least 1 to 2 hour sessions per visit to a bridal shop. You do not need to make a decision right away, and it is a big decision, so we want them to take their time so that they are 100% happy with their decision.

WW:  Should a bride schedule her visit to a bridal shop?

MVB: Yes, you should schedule an appointment for a wedding dress. If the bride schedules an appointment then we have more time and attention to give to the bride.

Thanks Mountain Valley Bridal for the interview!  Stay tuned for more bridal shopping advice from Mountain Valley Bridal via this blog!

‘Til Next Time…Keep Up the Great Work! The Big Day will be Perfect!

Kati Hime, Editor

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BRIDAL FASHION TRENDS FOR 2011

We’re excited about the little face-lift we gave our blog! Many thanks to my uber-talented hubby, Levi, for making it look lovely! 🙂

Today I’m researching a few of the bridal trends for 2011 for you… Found some lovely pages to take a look at — AND we’ve got some inspiration of our own for you from our recent bridal expo in Rock Springs and Dan D Party Corner and Ludwig Photography’s expo in Laramie!

Here are some pages to scout out:

http://www.hellomagazine.com/brides/201102224995/bridal/trends/corsets/1/

On this page, they say that — be still my heart — DIY weddings are IN this year!!! YAY!!! I am a DIY fanatic! All SORTS of new trends on this page:

http://stylishweddingideas.com/articles/wedding-trends-for-2011

I’ll share some of our expo pics next… and the bridal shop contact for more info!

FROM OUR ROCK SPRINGS SHOW…CO-HOSTED BY FIRST COMES LOVE and HOMEWOOD SUITES WITH US… (thanks ladies!)  Contact First Comes Love in Rock Springs for more info on these items pictured here… 307-382-6479

THANKS TO KEITH TURBITT’S SHUTTER-VISION PHOTOGRAPHY FOR ALL OF THE AMAZING PHOTOS! CHECK KEITH OUT ONLINE AND ON FACEBOOK!

online:  http://www.shutter-vision.com/

on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/#!/KT.ShutterVision

AND FROM THE LARAMIE BRIDAL EXPO… Contact MOUNTAIN VALLEY BRIDAL IN LARAMIE at 307-742-9771 or www.mvbridal.com.

Be sure to check our your Wyoming-based bridal shops for great selection and small town service! Contact us for questions on what shop is nearest you — email brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com!

Til next time…I’m loving these styles!

Kati Hime, Editor

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Meet Mountain Valley Bridal!

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We’re excited to feature a post from Mountain Valley Bridal in Laramie!  Owner Kelli Erickson and manager Amanda Juarez make your special day their priority!  Below Kelli shares their business and philosophy…be sure to visit them online and on Facebook!

Mountain Valley Bridal website:  http://www.mvbridal.com/

Congratulations on your engagement and your upcoming wedding! My name is Kelli Erickson and I am the owner of Mountain Valley Bridal located in historic downtown Laramie.  We have been in business since October 2007 and we have had the privilege watching the shop grow every year because of fantastic brides like you!  We carry bridal gowns by Jasmine and Alfred Angelo, mother of bride/mother of groom dresses by Alfred Angelo, bridesmaid dresses by Belsoie/B2 and Alfred Angelo, flower girl dresses by Alfred Angelo, and tuxedos and suits by Jim’s Formal Wear.  We are a full service bridal shop, so we can help outfit your entire bridal party! Our motto is “Helping Create a Breathtaking You” and we strive to help provide the most positive experience and ease in planning your wedding attire. We also provide our customers with a wide variety of jewelry, veils, garters, and wedding party gifts. The shop is constantly evolving and changing, so we encourage our brides to continually come in and check out the latest and newest trends in the bridal world. As a locally owned small business, we are able to give our customers fantastic one on one customer service that is catered specifically to you and your needs. We strive to help make the sometimes stressful event of planning a wedding easier. We also sell gown preservation kits for after the big day. Many of our brides buy the package, and as a courtesy we will do all the work for you! Here at MVB, we understand that every bride is unique and different in their needs for their big day and we are honored to help out any way we can.  We also recognize that there are a lot of bridal shops to choose from, and we would appreciate the pleasure of serving you, your wedding party, and family. We welcome you to come to the shop at 220 S. 2nd St. or call us at 307-742-9771 to set up an appointment to try on some of our gorgeous in-stock gowns. We welcome YOU to become part of the ever growing Mountain Valley Bridal family!

Best Wishes,

Kelli Erickson

Thanks Kelli! We have many great local shops in Wyoming — shopping local gives back to your friends and neighbors, and allows them to offer you fantastic customer service!

‘Til Next Time…we’re digging up fun topics for you every day!

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Kati Hime, Editor

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