Monthly Archives: August 2011
Recognized as one of the top bridal salons in the country, Laura’s Couture Collection in Kansas offers a luxurious setting, impeccable service and an exquisite selection of couture gowns. Laura Manse, the owner of Laura’s Couture Collection works closely with the most innovative designers who set the bridal trends, bringing the best gowns available in the world back to her salon. Laura answered a few questions about the services and exceptional features that are offered at her salon.
GO: How long have you been in business?
LM: Since 1993
GO: Do you offer alterations?
LM: Yes, all of our alterations are done on site, and your gown does not leave the salon until you are ready to pick it up.
GO: Do you sell accessories/veils/shoes? If so, what designers?
LM: Laura’s Couture Collection offers a variety of shoe styles by Grazia. Tony Fredrici, Paris and Erin Cole veils and accessories are also available.
GO: Do you have options for mothers/bridesmaids?
LM: The bridesmaid’s dresses that we carry at Laura’s include Siri, Jenny Yoo and Monique Lhuillier. While for mother’s we have Siri, Liancarlo and Monique Lhuillier.
GO: Do you have a trunk show schedule?
LM: Reem Acra will be featuring a trunk show in our salon the first full weekend in October. The dresses will be at Laura’s starting Thursday, October 6th and staying until Saturday, October 8th. For more shows visit our website.
GO: What unique services do you offer brides? What makes your salon stand apart from others?
LM: The motto of our salon is “Experience the Elegance.” Based upon that motto, we strive to create the most enjoyable and elegant experience for each one of our brides. By scheduling our appointments we give brides complete one-on-one time to find and style their special wedding dress. We want you to remember every aspect of your dress; from shopping in our salon, to your fittings and final pick up, to the actual ceremony, for it to be the happiest and most fun it can possibly be!
GO: In your own words, describe the “bridal salon experience” that brides will receive when visiting your salon.
LM: I found my own wedding gown shopping experience to be more ordinary than I had hoped it to be. After all, this was the dress I was going to wear on the happiest day of my life, and I wanted to have an extraordinary experience shopping for it. From my own experience, I decided to provide brides with the attention and one-on-one styling that they deserve when searching for the perfect dress. The experience at Laura’s Couture Collection is one of happiness and fun, never a stuffy or boring atmosphere.
GO: What are your hours?
LM: By appointment only,
Tuesday – Thursday 10am – 5:30pm
Friday & Saturday 10am – 4pm
Closed: Sunday & Monday.
GO: Anything special you want our readers to know?
LM: We love our brides and our brides love us! It’s a great feeling to see the brides come into the store, even years later, to show off pictures from their wedding because they are still excited to see us and show us how we made their big day even more special.
Thank you Laura for giving us look into your services and BEAUTIFUL salon!
While I think that everyone in the industry may agree that the vintage thing has been a bit overdone, we must remember that a bride spends months (and for some, possibly years) dreaming about what she wants for her wedding, and if vintage is it, than she deserves to have a day that is everything she has dreamed of. Plus, I will always love a great birdcage veil, bicycles and fabulous photography. And when I saw this wedding, I wanted to share it because I think it shows that you can always put your own twist on things.
Danielle Marie Whitethorn and Chadwick Dale Horton
Married in Miramar Beach, Florida on October 15, 2010
Another year had gone by and there was another Christmas to celebrate. Although this year would prove to be a little different. Little did Danielle Whitehorn know that she would be meeting her future spouse: Chadwick Horton. “My family had a couple special guests at our Christmas Eve dinner that year,” recalls Danielle. “My uncle, a.k.a. the photographer of Pure7Studios, invited his good friend Chad and his sweet mother over for dinner to join our huge family.”
Danielle and Chad were introduced to each other and talked for a bit, but nothing came of it because Danielle was dating someone at the time. So, she went back to college after break and Chad went back to living his life in Destin, Florida. A year had gone by and she found herself single and back home for Christmas break. With a close friend’s wedding a few months out, Danielle brainstormed with her best friend about who she could take to the wedding, when Chad popped into her head.
“I had no idea if he was single or even still in the area,” explains Danielle, but nevertheless “I decided to go out on a limb and see if I could get in contact with him.” A very uncharacteristic move for her, they began exchanging phone calls and texts, then decided to meet for drinks. “We spent hours talking that night and both of us knew this was something special and were excited to see where it would lead,” Danielle says. It didn’t take long before they realized it was a match, and after eight months Chad was down on one knee asking Danielle to marry him. “I was in complete shock!” remembers Danielle. “We have so much fun together and enjoy many of the same activities—most of which include being outdoors. We are so blessed to have each other.”
When it came time to plan their wedding, it all seemed to start with Danielle’s veil. “I knew I wanted to wear a birdcage veil because I loved the elegance and timelessness,” she says. And so began “my mission to create a vintage-inspired, elegant evening to share with our closest friends and family. I wanted to be able to look back at my wedding pictures 50 years down the road and still appreciate the timelessness of classic vintage style.”
Location: The Grand Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, FL; Cake: Yasha Becker; Event Planner: Christen Cowgill; Floral and Event Design: Monark Events, Destin, FL; Entertainment: B-Boy Productions; Tuxedo: Simply Elegant, Fort Walton Beach, FL; Hair: Denae Holifield; Wedding Gown and Veil: The Bridal Loft, Pensacola, FL; Photography: Pure7Studios, Destin, FL
We wish you countless years of happiness Danielle and Chadwick and a special thank you to Ryan Manthey of Pure7Studios for letting us share these images with our viewers!
What a gorgeous trio of watches by Chopard! Chopard and Kilchiro Masumura (a well-known Japanese artist) joined forces to created this stunning collection called the L.U.C. XP Urushi collection. What makes these watches extra special are the ancient Japanese techniques called the Urushi and Maki-e that were applied to produce the detailed scenes on the face of each watch. Which watch in the trio is your favorite? Personally, I’m the peacock fan. Cheers and Happy Thursday!
Picture a 400-foot cliff, a decked out bride and groom, no climbing experience and day break. That’s right, this couple, along with a guide and photographer Jay Philbrick, had a pre-dawn start to their extreme post-wedding photo shoot on the cliffs of Cathedral Ledge in North Conway, New Hampshire. With safety equipment and lighting they were bound and determined to make this shoot happen.
While I am not sure I would ever do something so dangerous hours after exchanging “I Dos,” I suppose there is something sort of blissful about doing it on Cathedral Ledge.
Thank you so much to Jay Philbrick of Philbrick Photography for letting us share these extreme images with our viewers!
The Wedding Salon at theWynn Las Vegas is recognized as one of the most premier wedding sites on the Las Vegas strip since opening it’s doors in April of 2005. The Wedding Salon at Wynn Las Vegas has been rated with the highest honors from Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Resort due to their luxury service and dedicated consultants. I was able to chat with the Manager of the Wedding Salon at the Wynn Las Vegas, Rochelle Clayton, who has worked at the Wedding Salon for two years and also has extensive experience in the spa and beauty industries. She gave us an insider’s look into the exclusive services that their consultants provide for any couple planning their dream wedding.
GO: What is your unique role when it comes to a couple’s wedding day and how does your property distinguish a couple’s experience as opposed to getting married somewhere else?
RC: At the Wedding Salons we ensure that every last detail of the couple’s special day is executed smoothly and according to their vision. We want the couple to feel that all they have to do is show up looking fabulous for their ceremony. Every couple will have a dedicated wedding consultant to plan and orchestrate their dream wedding. Other venues may provide a coordinator, but the guest is still left to call each vendor and set up services. Our consultants do the work for the bride and groom and work directly with each vendor and book every reservation and service for the bride and groom. Our consultants serve as the guests’ personal concierge and no detail goes unnoticed.
GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
RC: From start to finish guests can expect complete attention to detail and feel confident that their wedding will be just as they envisioned and beyond. They will receive the personal attention, genuine care and comfort that you would expect from a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond resort. We truly care as much about their wedding day as they do.
GO: If you had to describe your property in a few words, what would they be?
RC: Elegant, enchantingly peaceful and luxurious!
GO: What are the unique locations that a couple can host their ceremony and reception at in your venue?
RC: Wynn Las Vegas offers luxurious and intimate wedding locations, including outdoor and indoor venues such as our beautiful Primrose Courtyard and our Lilac and Lavender chapels. Ceremonies can be hosted anywhere on the property including poolside, in our chic suites and at our breathtaking nightclubs. Many couples have chosen to exchange their vows while overlooking the resort’s sparkling pools and cabanas. Additionally, nightclubs such as Tryst and Blush Boutique can be completely transformed to provide romantic backdrops for ceremonies and receptions. Tryst nightclub opens to a 90-ft waterfall that cascades into a secluded lagoon area. While Blush Boutique features an outdoor patio garden space. Though, traditional many of our ballroom spaces also have floor to ceiling windows and terraces that overlook the resort’s pool, garden, and golf course.
GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take their wedding pictures at your property?
RC: There are many stunning and picturesque locations at the resort that make amazing backdrops for capturing memories. Wynn Las Vegas has nine waterfalls, six sparkling pools, an atrium with colorful seasonal floral and plant life displays, and the outdoor water attraction, The Lake of Dreams. If there is anywhere else on the property that the newlyweds desire to take photos our wedding consultants will gladly arrange.
GO: Do you have customizable packages? Tell me a little bit about them?
RC: The Wedding Salon at Wynn Las Vegas offer many flexible options. Along with several ceremony packages that can be customized according to the bride and groom’s specific needs, budget and expectations. We also offer commitment ceremonies, vow renewal and Jewish celebration packages.
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding, tell me about your menus/culinary team?
RC: Lead by acclaimed Chef James Benson our catering team has numerous menu options and types of dining available. Our catering team is able to customize according the bride and groom’s style and taste. The Chef Benson can even create themed lunch and dinner menus.
GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
RC: Do not hesitate to contact a wedding consultant to discuss your vision. Have a date in mind and ask plenty of questions. Also, request to schedule an appointment to tour the resort and talk one-on-one with a consultant. Additionally, as Vegas is a hotspot for destination weddings, explore the Wynn Las Vegas web site at www.wynnlasvegas.com to not only view information on weddings, but also information on the resort’s accommodations, entertainment, nightlife, golf, spa and award-winning dining.
Thank you Rochelle Clayton for giving GO a look into the impeccable services that the wedding consultants provide at the Wedding Salon at Wynn Las Vegas!
Photography: Barbara Kraft
It might seem odd that I am starting this post referencing a movie (and a child’s movie no less), but I have a young niece and the lantern scene from this wedding reminded me of a scene right out of “Tangled.” After a quick Google search, I realized that they are both part of the same tradition: releasing sky lanterns can be traced back nearly two thousand years to China. At first they were used as a signalling tool by the military; through the centuries they became a way of celebrating ceremonies.
Other things I love about this wedding is the vivid photography, the couple’s amazing choice to marry at The Caves Resort in Jamaica, and all of the little moments. Enjoy!
Tiffany Chu and Nicholas Gao
Married in Negril, Jamaica on December 11, 2010
A week after meeting at a bar for the first time, Nicholas Gao invited Tiffany Chu on a spontaneous trip to the Caribbean. She said yes, and so their love story began. And with their relationship starting in the Caribbean, it was only fitting to go back for their “I Dos.”
Tiffany and Nicholas wanted an intimate wedding where they could celebrate with their friends and family for a whole weekend—not just a few hours—so a destination wedding fit the bill perfectly. They decided on The Caves Resort in Negril because it offered an intimate, romantic and private setting. Located on cliffs on the western end of the island, they “liked the casual atmosphere and the uniqueness of the property and location. Each room has its own theme with hand carvings, which gave it a very rustic feeling,” recalls Tiffany. It was also the perfect size for their 30 guests, who booked the entire resort allowing them to celebrate in the company of just their family and friends. Opting for a chic, yet casual affair, they kept the décor neutral with white flowers and cream stationery against the beautiful Caribbean blue backdrop.
Location, Cake and Caterer: The Caves Resort, Negril Jamaica; Florist: Floral Fantasy, Negril, Jamaica; Linen: Faithful Wedding Services, Negril, Jamaica; Entertainment: Sound Illusion Entertainment, Negril, Jamaica; Stationery: Olio Style; Hair and Makeup: Debra Barrett; Shoes: Stuart Weitzman; Wedding Gown: Pronovias; Reception Gown: Elie Tahari; Photography: Jay Tsai Photography, San Francisco, CA
We wish you countless years of happiness Tiffany and Nicholas and a special thank you to Jay Tsai of Jay Tsai Photography for letting us share these images with our viewers!
Loving this Ruby and Diamond Black Cuff by Deville Fine Jewelry! This 14K Gold and Sterling Silver Diamond White Sapphire and Ruby Spider Web Black Bakelite Cuff totals 5.75cts in Diamond and 5.9cts in Ruby’s. This cuff is all about the “bling” and has a unique and intriguing design. Cheers and Happy Monday!
For the bride who wants a bit of metallic sparkle incorporated into her look! Loving these strappy lace-up stiletto heels in platinum by Loeffler Randall. They are called the “Natane Lace-Up Stiletto’s” in metallic lizard printed leather. I can totally see these paired with a bohemian inspired gown byJenny Packham. Cheers and Happy Friday! xoxo
While this is not typically the way we feature weddings on our blog, the design and execution of this event—thanks to the amazing vision of Megan and Stuart—is so spectacular that I felt compelled to spotlight as many details as possible. And, while I don’t typically like weddings that are too trendy, and sometimes modern to the nines can feel that way, I think everyone did an amazing job at making this event trend setting, but still timeless and elegant. What do you think?
Megan O’Dwyer Thiel and Stuart Thiel
Married in Maimi, Florida on March 6, 2010
Stuart Thiel and Megan O’Dwyer met in middle school when Megan crashed a 7th grade party—she was in 8th grade. After a friendly game of spin the bottle, they became friends. In college they started to realize that their feelings were on a whole different level, but they were still not able to be “exclusive.” With Stuart in Gainesville at the University of Florida and Megan in Boca Raton at Florida Atlantic University, time together was limited. But finally, after Megan graduated college, and Stuart started a masters program, they both happen to find themselves single (for once), and decided to finally be together and leave all of the crazy relationships they had behind forever.
Travel played a major role in both of their lives and they actually have pictures of “each of us standing in exactly the same spot in a few different countries even though we weren’t traveling together!” recalls Megan. “I think he was subliminally following me around the planet!” When they finally had a chance to travel the world together, they found themselves falling in love in China, got engaged in Berlin, had an engagement trip to Ireland to meet Megan’s family, wed in Miami, and honeymooned in Mexico.
When it came time to design the wedding, they were both extremely excited and knew what they wanted. Their only main concern was that they wanted “the party of all parties,” and that’s exactly what they got. “Non-traditional, ultra hip, modern, artistic, and positively US,” describes Megan of the vibe they were going for. “We decided to go with a lounge/nightclub style with no assigned seating.”
The day featured plenty of places to sit, high top tables, couches, a 30-foot mirrored bar, and “VIP” sections where groups of friends and relatives could congregate and basically “have their own party while we made the essential rounds,” says Megan. The floor plan kept the party dynamic and upbeat, with people moving and dancing everywhere. Megan and Stuart also decided against a champagne toast because it gives Megan “a mega headache.” Instead, they went with three different shots: tequila, sake and “something blue”—poured in a monogrammed glasses, which also served as their guest’s favors. “It definitely set the tone for the evening,” says Megan, adding: “it got the party started. It was a perfect evening that defined mine and Stuart’s personalities to a T. Our dreams could never have been realized without the expertise and creativity of Fortuna and the Design 42 team.”
Location: Miami Event Space, Miami, FL; Event Planning, Event Design and Floral Concept: D42 by Fortuna Ludmir, Sunny Isles, FL; Flowers: Fleurish Design, Doral, FL; Furniture, Lounges and Accessories: Pablo Oliveira, Nüage Designs, Miami, FL; Lighting: Frost Lighting, Boca Raton, FL; Drapes: Fabulous Events & Décor, Miami, FL; Caterer: Aaron’s Catering, West Palm Beach, FL; Desserts: Adriana’s Catering, Miami, FL; Photography: PS Photography, Coral Gables and Vero Beach, FL
We wish you countless years of happiness Megan and Stuart and a special thank you to Pablo Oliveira of Nüage Designs and Fortuna Ludmir of D42 for submitting this to us and a big thank you to Patty Gonzalez and Susie Canino of PS Photography for letting us share these images with our viewers!