Today in Wedding History: October 28th

October 28, 1948

Chuck Berry & Themetta ‘Toddy’ Suggs

We might know Chuck Berry as the fun loving singer, songwriter and famous guitarist of Rock & Roll but back in the day, he served time for armed robbery, and after his release he went to Cosmetology school. He met Themetta Suggs (he called her Toddy) at the local fair and married her soon after his release on October 28, 1948.

The couple went on to have four children and Chuck Berry went on to be one of the most influential performers in Rock & Roll history. Though their marriage has suffered numerous indiscretions on Chuck’s part, they have remained partners for over fifty years.

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Today in Wedding History: October 26th

October 26, 2002

Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey

Nick & Jessica

One rainy day, famous pop singer Jessica Simpson married famous pop singer Nick Lachey and suddenly, two newlyweds were born.  Jessica & Nick were married at the Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas on October 26, 2002 and less than one year later on August 19, 2003 their reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica premiered on MTV.

Over 300 guests attended their reception at the Barton Creek Resort & Spa, and the bride wore a Vera Wang gown with hair styled by Ken Paves. After the lavish affair the couple had their honeymoon in Figi.

Though their wedded bliss ended in 2006, we wish these two the best of luck!

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Today in Wedding History: October 24th

October 24, 2008

David Hyde Pierce & Brian Hargrove

David & Brian

Today in wedding history actor of stage and screen, David Hyde Pierce married longtime love, director, writer & producer Brian Hargrove. The two married in a private ceremony in California. The two had been partners for 25 years when they decided to exchange vows.

David & Brian currently reside in both New York & Los Angeles.

Congratulations on another year of wedded bliss!!!

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Inspiration: PAPERless Post and their New Collection

Happy Tuesday Wedheads!

I’ve been a fan of Paperless Post and their eco-friendly, paperless invitations for years! They have such beautiful options for brides & hostesses who want exceptional digital versions of paper invites, save the dates and holiday greetings.

However, if you are anything like me, you know a paperless version can only go so far. Nothing quite equates to that moment when a fancy envelope arrives in the mail, the feeling of the paper in your hands, the unexpected lining when you open the envelope! Swoon <3

You can imagine why I’m so excited for their new collection, it’s simply called PAPER and that is because… they’re all made out of paper!!!! Some are old favorites, some are new designs, in any case they are all fabulous!!! Since I’m longing for Christmas time I’ve listed some of my favorite Holiday party invites below but check out PAPER and you’ll see the wedding stationary they have available for order! http://www.paperlesspost.com/cards/paper#/cards/paper

xoxo,

shannon

1. Garcon! My Glass is Empty 2. Joy To The World of Sweets 3. Holiday Leaf Ditzy 4. Buck and Wine

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Today in Wedding History: October 22nd

October 22, 2001

Steffi Graf & Andre Agassi

Andre & Steffi

Tennis champion Steffi Graf knew tennis champion Andre Agassi for sometime during their professional career, but it wasn’t until they shared the Champion Dance after they both won the French Open in 1999 that their love began. Steffi & Andre married two years later in Las Vegas with only their mothers in attendance.

Steffi was nine months pregnant at the time so the two postponed their honeymoon until after their baby was born. They reside in Las Vegas with their two children, son, Jayden Gil and daughter, Jaz Elle. Happy Anniversary!

To witness some true romance & love, click on the link to watch a video of Andre introducing Steffi at her Induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob_eU-J99HU

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Romantic Holiday Wedding Inspiration!

I love Christmas!!! In fact, one of the only things I love more than Christmas is Weddings’! Despite my love for these two things, when it comes to a Winter themed wedding I somehow feel like I’ve seen it all.

Today I wanted to play with this common theme and showcase some unique ideas for a Christmas wedding! I call it ‘Romantic Elegance’.

I envision a wedding such as this in a beautiful hotel ballroom on the Upper East Side, but a savvy bride could throw a romantic and elegant soiree just about anywhere. My inspiration board features a stunning (and I mean STUNNING!) gown from Ivy & Aster, some beautiful jewel studded flowers from Blossom & Branch (check out their blog on Design Sponge Online) and a sleek & affordable bridesmaid dress from 57 Grand. The art piece masquerading as a cake is from Martha Stewart Weddings and it is the image that inspired this whole post!

Happy almost Christmas & Happy Planning! xoxo, shannon

Credits: 1. Georgian Wedding Cake, Martha Stewart Weddings 2. Duchess Gown, Ivy & Aster 3. Chocolate Covered Spoons, Martha Stewart Weddings 4. Beautiful Chandelier, Unknown Source 5. Blossom & Branch 6. Beekman Gown, 57 Grand

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A Thanksgiving Inspired Wedding!

Some may think that Thanksgiving is nothing more than turkey & football, but for me, it’s one of my favorite days of the year! I might not have my entire family sitting around my dinner table every year but just reflecting on them and all that I’m thankful for makes my day special.

It’s because of all of the love that gets passed around that I think a Thanksgiving inspired wedding is a beautiful option for those not wanting the more popular ‘Winter Wedding’. The choices are endless but I’ve compiled images from some of my favorite vendors to showcase how one might create such a day!

The gorgeous dress from BHLDN evokes memories of a vintage lace table cloth. Feathers can be adorned to a brooch bouquet like this one from ETSY’s shop Baubles & Brides or even can be worn in your hair (Petit Plume is one of my new favorite shops!). Given the often drab exterior this time of year, your color choices can be bold. JCrew’s Spiced Wine color is so luxurious and warm it reminds me of homemade cranberry sauce! If you do choose to have a Thanksgiving inspired wedding you mustn’t overlook your food displays & table settings. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a mismatched setting of romantic plates and this compilation from Martha Stewart Wedding’s is no exception!

Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Planning!!! xoxo, shannon

Credits: 1. Martha Stewart Weddings 2. Burnished Organza Gown, BHLDN 3. Baubles & Brides, ETSY 4. Citrus Grilled Turkey Breast, Southern Living 5. Petit Plume 6. Taryn Long Dress, JCrew

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The Honorable Maid of Honor…

Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve blogged but I promise you, I’ve been busy… really busy! Not only have I been working like mad but I have also been asked to be one of my best friend’s Maid of Honor!

As a first time MOH I can’t really be too much of a know it all but I’ve picked up some ‘do’s & don’ts’ over the last few months and I wanted to share.

1. Keep calm & carry on. Your most important job as MOH is to keep your Bride happy & excited about her impending big day. Don’t start or add to any drama!

2. Your Bride is busy, chances are she might not have time for all of your usual girl nights. Don’t complain about her busy schedule as she preps for the wedding but DO offer to help her out with anything you can!

3. Don’t talk to much about your own stuff. Have wedding plans of your own? Terrible day at work? Family drama? No matter what is on your mind be sensitive that your Best Bride Forever is having a huge life change and deserves her moment (or several moments) in the spot light. :)

Have your own MOH survival tips? Have an awesome story about being a Maid of Honor or Bridesmaid? Feel free to send a comment or Facebook us because we’d love to hear them!

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TIWH: October 11th

October 11, 2009

Christina Hendricks & Geoffrey Arend

Christina & Geoffrey's First Dance

Mad Men beauty Christina Hendricks met actor Geoffrey Arend through a mutual friend in 2006. In Style Magazine reported that after Christina fell in love with the vintage chandeliers at their fave restaurant Il Buco’s in New York City, Geoffrey convinced the owner to sell him one! He hung the piece in their dining room and proposed right underneath it!

The two married on October 11, 2009 in NYC (their reception was at Il Buco’s!) with 70 of their closet friends and family in attendance. The wedding party wore vintage dress with flowers designed by Saipua.

Congratulations Christina & Geoffrey!

Christina & her Bridesmaids!

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TIWH – April 17th

April 17, 2009

Brooklyn Decker & Andy Roddick

A year ago today,  tennis player Andy Roddick and supermodel Brooklyn Decker tied the knot.

They didn’t meet in the traditional sense. Roddick was so intrigued with Decker’s swimsuit pictures in Sports Illustrated that he asked his agent to look for some sort of phone number to get in contact with her. This was back in 2007, and they have been inseparable ever since.

The couple married at Roddick’s home in Austin, Texas at twilight in a small candlelit ceremony before friends and family. Guests included tennis greats Billie Jean King, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, as well as Sir Elton John who provided a musical performance.

Though it had rained all day, it’s fairly certain the gloomy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of anyone at the wedding. In fact, spirits were so high that the festivities continued onto the next day. The couple, along with 250 guests, continued to celebrate their union at a restaurant in downtown Austin called Stubb’s Bar-B-Que with plenty of food and music.

Here’s to a wonderful anniversary to the happy couple!

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