Monday, February 27, 2012

Oscars Fashion Round-Up 2012

The 84th annual Academy Awards were last night and we have some favorite fashion to share!

Gwyneth Paltrow wearing a stunning Tom Ford gown. The gown itself is amazing but her simple ponytail looks effortlessly sleek and really completes the ensemble. My favorite detail was the beautiful cuff she wore on her right wrist. So gorgeous!

Natalie Portman wore a vintage Christian Dior gown. Polka dots are not typically seen on the red carpet, but Natalie paired it with an elegant Harry Winston necklace and she looks great!

Emma Stone wore Gianmattista Valli and Louis Vuitton last night. The color is amazing on her, the bow at the shoulder of her gown is beautiful, and the fit is impeccable. Paired with her sleek up-do, I think Emma really nailed it.

Nominee Jessica Chastain wore one of my favorite designers last night, Alexander McQueen. The detailing on the gown is amazing and her loose hair is so natural and flattering. I think this choice was so unexpected but turned out to be something very special. Jessica was my best dressed of the night!

Mila Jovovich went with an old Hollywood Elie Saab gown. She really was the picture of glamour!

Octavia Spencer was not just a big winner inside the auditorium last night, but on the red carpet! Octavia wore Tadashi Shoji and Neil Lane. She not only looked beautiful, but perfect for the occasion, and for an Academy Award winner!

2012 was a wonderful year for Academy Awards fashion!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Modern Wedding on EAD

Laura + Mark is featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs. They are a great couple that were married in the Fall. A real wedding blog post is coming up very soon!

Photo by JPP Studios. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Kate + Drew: Reception

My last post was about Kate and Drew's beautiful outdoor ceremony. Now, it's time to see the reception with lots more unique decor!

All photos were taken by Anthony Barlich.

The reception was at Acquaviva Winery which was accross the street from the ceremony location. Here is a great picture in front of the sign.

The reception was filled with as much decor as the ceremony. Each centerpiece was different and yet each perfectly captured the vintage look Kate wanted.

She used lots of candles, too.

More centerpieces and again the flowers are all made out of fabric!

The turquoise and purple was a great contrast from rest of the decor.

The cocktail hour was followed by a plated dinner. This picture is during the toasts.
One of Kate's brother is a senior in high school. His homecoming football game was the night before the wedding so he flew into Chicago that morning. Kate is so sweet and had the band announce his team winning and gave him a crown!
Kate did not have a wedding cake but she did have a birthday cake! Their wedding date is also her mother's birthday.
Along with the birthday cake was a sweet table filled with cake pops...
...and cupcakes!

After dinner, it was time for the first dance. In the foyer of the winery is a beautiful rotunda where they shared this special moment.
However, about 2 minutes into their song, the music changed and their entire bridal party joined in for a flash mob!

She also invited guests to be apart of it. Grandparents even took the time to learn some of the dance moves!

The flash mob was a great way to kick off the dancing for the rest of the night.
It was a filled dance floor until the very end!

Thank you Kate and Drew for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Kate + Drew: Getting Ready and Ceremony

I am so excited to finally blog about this beautiful wedding! When I first met Kate at Starbucks she already had everything planned but needed someone the day of to take over. She is in event planning herself and had every detail already ironed out. When I say details, I mean it!! Kate thought of everything possible and had a gorgeous, unique wedding with details that were over the top! Plus it was at a winery, which I loved!

Ceremony: Private Residence
Reception: Acquaviva Winery
Cake Pops: Lilly Cakes
Cupcakes: Baked by ZuZu
Videographer: Tennyson

All photos were taken by Anthony Barlich.

Kate's gorgeous dress! She had it on this mannequin in the middle of the hotel room. It took your breath away as soon as you walked in.

Her purple shoes were amazing!

Kate and Drew got ready at Pheasant Run Resort. Her ring was so unique.
Kate opted not to have a wedding band.

Kate was surrounded by some of the sweetest girls that she called "Gem Girls" not bridesmaids.

Here are all the girls trying to help Kate pick out her jewelry. She had so many options and chose to go classic for the ceremony but then colorful for the reception!

The videographer had them write letters to each other that they read for the video.
Here she is sealing it with a kiss!

One last hug and kiss for her mom before she left to see Drew!

In the meantime, the guys were enjoying lunch at Portillos!

After getting ready Kate and Drew went to the ceremony location for the first look. This picture captures it perfectly!

After the first look, K+D had time to take pictures of just the two of them around the private estate.

The private estate was beautiful and perfect for the look Kate wanted for her wedding.

Later the entire bridal arrived for more pictures.

A great group shot!

Now its time to share the decor. Kate hired Jackie from Shambora Studios who she found at a flea market and had Jackie create the most beautiful space. Because majority of the guests were bused to the ceremony location, Kate created a space for them to relax and hang out before the ceremony.

They could also enjoy flavored water on the warm September evening.

More beautiful decor...

...and more!

It was finally time to get the ceremony started. This sign guided the guest behind the private residence to the actual location.

Reserved signs for the first couple rows.

The bridal party processed out of a private pool house. Each one of the gem girls carried a single flower which then during the ceremony the last girl bundled up for Kate's bouquet. I loved this idea! Also, all of Kate's flowers were made out of fabric!

Kate walking down the aisle with her two brothers.

I love this picture of K+D during the ceremony.

A ceremony shot! It was beautiful!

You may kiss the bride!

Husband and wife!

And the beautiful bouquet!

Next, I will blog about the reception.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Emily + Jason, Part 2

Yesterday, I posted about Emily and Jason's morning and ceremony.  Now, it's time to take a peak at their wedding reception!

A kiss on the staircase before the cocktail hour.

DIY deliciousness.  The adorable escort cards made by the Bride.

The escort cards all lined up at the cocktail hour.

I love that the bride had a flower at each place setting.  

The modern cake, inspired by an image that Emily found online while planning.

Did someone say cookies?  The bride made cookies for guests to take home.

I love this photo because it shows what happens to any candy buffet.  Demolished!

The cute favor boxes that the bride DIYed.

Emily and Jason, thank you so much for having me be apart of your wedding day!
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