Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Goodbye Oscar

My love for Oscar de la Renta is well documented.  He is easily one of my top three designers. I even wore his shoes on my wedding day.  I am sad to hear of his passing.

Below is one of my favorite Oscar gowns from the red carpet, Sarah Jessica Parker, back in 2002.  Goodbye Oscar.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Win Tickets to An Afternoon of Bridal Luxury

Fabulous news, readers!  I am giving away one pair of tickets to the Modern Luxury Brides event, An Afternoon of Bridal Luxury.  The fabulous event is scheduled for Sunday, October 26th from 12- 4PM. Oak Street's eigth annual charitable wedding walk is a highlight on the bridal calendar in Chicago.  And this year, Modern Luxury Brides have really out done themselves by giving every bride two goodie bags worth of swag.  

Let's chat about the contest:
The tickets are for one bride and one guest, valued at $90!  
To enter, please leave a comment naming your top pick to visit from the Oak Street Council participants.  The Oak Street Council participants are listed below.  I'll be selecting one comment at random on October 17th at 5PM CST. 

For details about the event and to purchase tickets, click here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Join us at the BHLDN Wedding Fair

The BHLDN store is so beautiful.  I love the entire ship and always find inspiration in the decor room.  So you can imagine my excitement when asked to be apart of their upcoming Wedding Fair on Wednesday, October 8th from 5-7PM.   The event is going to have a ton of fabulous vendors including A Stem Above, Magnolia Bakery, and Magnificent Milestones.  

For more information about the event, click here!

Friday, September 19, 2014

BHLDN Launches Dreamy Fall 2015 Collection

BHLDN recently launched their 2014 Fall Collection.  I am really inspired by the gowns especially the various lengths.  In the past few years, more brides are selecting a gown that is other than floor length. I am especially fond of tea length like the Bianca; I think it looks positively dreamy!

While many brides are not comfortable with wearing a short frock, they are a great option for the dancing portion of the evening.  Mermaid gowns make a statement but it is hard to get down on the dance floor when you are so constricted. Short dresses are also fun for an after party!

Click here to look at the 2014 Fall Collection here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Where I've Been The Last Month...

...walking that extra mile!  There have been so many incredible weddings this year, I am excited to start blogging regularly.  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cake Chicago is named Top Pastry Pro by Martha Stewart Weddings

Martha Stewart Weddings named the Top 63 Pastry Pros of 2014.  Included on the list was our friends at Cake Chicago as one of the best bakers! If you haven't tried Cake, they are known for their amazing fondant and buttercream cakes.  They also make some amazingly delicious brownies called Squares and Damned Good Cookies.  

Check out this sweet list here.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Honey Bee Weddings is featured on Style Me Pretty!

Meg and Adam's stunning winter wedding at Gallery 1028 has been featured on Style Me Pretty

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

musings #11

Attending the Spring 2015 Bridal Fashion was not in my fortune.  Luckily, Harper's Bazaar created a slideshow of the highlights from the week.  My favorites?  Temperly London, Oscar de la Renta, and Naeem Khan.

I adore this short wedding film by Chris + Oliver from Abbie and Mark's Cafe Brauer wedding.

Oscar de la Renta Resort 2015 collection is amazing.  When I say that Look 38 is my favorite, I mean the entire look.  It's fabulous.

It was fun to look through this slideshow, 50 Wedding Dresses You'll Remember From the Movies.  

Like the rest of the blogging world, I have started oil pulling.  I however, have not had any success.  My teeth started to hurt after four weeks and I really didn't see my teeth getting any whiter. This trend is so not for me.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Untamed Petals Trunk Show at Bella Bleu Bridal

Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge is a beautiful collection of unique pieces for the bride and bridal party. Designed in Los Angeles, these fabulous accessories are perfect to complete your wedding day look. The collection includes a variety of tastes to appeal to every bride's style!

Bella Bleu Bridal will be hosting this trunk show next weekend on Friday, May 30th from 11AM-6pm and on Saturday, May 31st from 10AM-5PM. Enjoy mimosas and sweet treats while you shop! 

Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment call 847.696.7152 or click here for online appointment booking.

Untamed Petals Trunk Show
May 30th 11-6PM
May 31st 10-5PM
143 N. Northwest Highway
Park Ridge, Illinois

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Best of Bridal Beauty's Recap!

I have been so busy that I haven't had a chance to blog about this fabulous bridal event.  In April, I planned the Best of Bridal Beauty Event hosted by Nicole Pearl of The Beauty Girl.com. The event was held at The James and was filled with an evening full of pampering. Nicole wrote about the event here.

All photos credit: Galina Shishakova

The services were over the top amazing and included manicures, massages, facial treatments, dry blowouts, airbrush tanning, makeup trials, and eyelash bar.

There were gift bags full of goodies valued over $100!

But that is not where the fun stopped... The ladies that attended had a chance to win fantastic prizes in the raffle that included: 

It was a great event and I am so excited to have had the opportunity to meet such fantastic ladies and be a part of the day! 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Honey Bee Weddings is featured in Splash!

Lorraine and Mark's wedding has been featured on the Chicago Sun-Times Splash!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Happy Anniversary!

May 17th, 2008 was the best day of my life. I love you, DCJ.

Off to Travelle to celebrate!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bridal Skincare Event at Arch Apothecary with By Terry

In the midst of all the preparations the most anticipated day of your life, let's not forget about another detail: flawless skin. Every bride dreams of looking gorgeous on her wedding day. One of the ways to ensure that is choosing a skincare regimen.

Arch Apothecary Chicago is hosting a skincare event on Saturday, June 7th.  They will be offering complimentary skincare and makeup applications using the fabulous By Terry products! Brides-to-be will also enjoy a gift with purchase. 

Set up a 45 minute appointment with Arch Apothecary in advance. Arch can be reached at 312.291.9750 or emily@archapothecary.com.

Prep Your Skin with By Terry
Saturday, June 7th
1359 North Wells Street

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Happy Birthday Honey Bee Weddings!

Today is Honey Bee Weddings 7th Anniversary!

It has been an amazing journey and I am incredibly grateful for all of the people that I have met along the way.  It's been a wonderful treat to own my own business and grow it into the company that it has become today.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Interview with Jenn Dias, owner of Golden Girl

We cannot wait for Jenn, the owner of Golden Girl Chicago, to come to the Best of Bridal Beauty event at The James! Jenn has been featured at Allure, Seventeen, Michigan Avenue, as well as Life and Style.  We sat down for a few minutes to chat to her about her and her business.

First off, we LOVE your name.  Give us the 411 on how Golden Girl got started. 
Awe thank you!  When I moved to Chicago from Florida I was a pro cheerleader and had to remain tan. Following an ACL surgery I was stuck at home pale and gaining weight. I needed someone to come to me for a tan and at the time that service wasn't offered in Chicago, so I jumped into educating myself on the mobile sunless tanning. 

We've all heard the terrible stories and seen those awful tans, what sets Golden Girl tans apart from others? 
I think what really sets us apart is our insistence on a believable looking tan, and the constant education we give our clients on preparation and maintenance. It's so key!

Can you give my readers some insight on the Golden Girl experience? 
I love our clients to feel super special and the we are keenly in tune to what their needs are. Glowing above and beyond with a cheerleader's attitude is everything for me. I love touching every detail of the client experience from sound to scents to the studio aesthetic as well as the tanning application. 

What kinds of airbrush tans do you provide? 
Our signature tan has become our express glow where clients can shower within 3 hours they love it! 

How do you match colors for different skin types?
Matching color is a similar philosophy to picking out makeup you train your eye to know skin types and undertones. All Golden Girl technicians go through skincare fundamentals with me during their training process which can take months. 

What do you suggest brides to do to get that perfect glow on their wedding day? 
Brides should tan two days prior so the tan photographs perfectly for the rehearsal dinner and the wedding day. Brides should follow our preparation instructions to a tee.

Your list of tips on your website are amazing. Should brides set up a trial appointment before their wedding day? 
Thank you I'm passionate about my tips. We love a good trial to allow clients to be perfectly comfortable with the process prior to the big day. As a future bride myself I hear how little extra you want to worry about anything that day. 

Do you have any beauty tips for brides leading up to their big day?
During the summer season protect your skin with SPF also wear the same cut swimsuit to prevent correcting tan lines before the wedding. 
What is the most exciting subject for you in terms of beauty?
Soul surfing. The wave of women becoming super proactive about their inner happiness which is parlaying into healthy skin, hair and nails by reducing stress levels. I'm seeing so many women of all ages truly do work on life balance....they are glowing, literally. 

Are there any tools or specific products that you just can’t get enough of right now?
Amika dry shampoo is SO working for me, the smell and the feel are so lovely. 

Name three products that you cannot live without:
Amika dry shampoo, Simple face wipes, and our Stay Golden lotion, not just because it's my line but because it's awesome for the skin and smells fab.

If you are in a rush, what is the one thing you do before leaving the house? 

PS.  An Eventful Life is giving away a ticket to our event on their blog.  Be sure to enter!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Interview with The Beauty Girl, Nicole Pearl

Earlier this week, I sat down with Nicole Pearl, the founder of The Beauty Girl to talk about our upcoming event, Best of Bridal Beauty as well as all things beauty!

What can guests be expecting at the Best of Bridal Beauty? 
Expect to be spoiled with an insane number of amazing beauty treatments from express manis and mini massages to brow tinting, dry blowouts, makeup trials, airbrush tanning and more. 

What are looking forward to most at the event? 
Where to begin...The night is like an all-you-can-eat buffet of beauty services. This is the event for the ultimate multi-tasker because you're getting all of your beauty needs met in one place, on one night. Not to mention there will be food from David Burke, cocktails, raffle prizes and gift bags.  

Name three products that you cannot live without: Tom Ford foundation (I wear foundation for television appearances and special events), Burberry lip gloss in bright plum (the formula is saturated, glossy and the best berry I've found), Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow Blush in Euphoria. Here's the link to find out why it's a favorite. 

If you are in a rush, what is the one thing you do before leaving the house?
Apply my Burberry lip gloss!

Do you have any beauty tips for brides leading up to their big day?Use a teeth whitener so your smile is pristine for photos. Don't try any new products or treatments close to the big day in case your skin doesn't like them. I'm not one for a french mani; I think a classic shade like Essie Mademoiselle is way more modern.

Any Day of tips? 
Prep skin with a primer before applying your makeup to help it last the night; I think wearing false lashes is a game changer. Individual lashes applied to the outer corners of your eyes will take your look to another level. Don't overload on foundation. You want your skin to look flawless, but it should still look like skin. If you have freckles, they should still show. Apply concealer on your lips before applying your lip color. This will help you lipstick stay in place when you smooch after saying "I Do."  

Friday, March 21, 2014

musings #10

It's been an adventurous two weeks!  I have three new clients and have been searching for the perfect venue for one of them.   The entire team here has been working nonstop on the Bridal Beauty Event.  It's going to be such a great time!
I love a winter wedding!  I saw these photos on JPP's website from our wedding together last month.  Is there anything more romantic than an evening snowfall?

Who doesn't want a better Instagram?  I found these tips on A Life Well Lived to be super helpful.

It's been an exciting month for the GLBT community in Illinois.  The Chicago Tribune covers the first wave of weddings in Chicago.  I've yet to have to plan a gay wedding but my fingers are crossed for 2014.

If I didn't have a wedding the weekend of April 5th, I would be at Greer learning calligraphy.

I am a huge fan of L'wren Scott and always dreamed of owning one of her fabulous gowns.  I was truely sad to hear of her passing.  Below is one of my favorite designs of her on Amy Adams for the 2011 Academy Awards.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Best of Bridal Beauty at the James

Every time I go to an event hosted by Nicole Pearl of thebeautygirl.com, I always have such a delightful time!  The events are filled with incredible beauty services and make for such a fun night out. Therefore, I am thrilled to announce this upcoming event, The Best of Bridal Beauty, to be held on Thursday, April 10th at the James.

The event is going to have endless (if you have the time, I dare you to try them all) services:

manicures * massages * facial treatments * dry blowouts *
airbrush tanning * makeup trials* eyelash bar

Plus everyone goes home with a luxe gift bag with over $100+ of products and gift certificates!

Sounds amazing?  Well, the raffle prizes are the icing on the cake!  We've put together some amazing raffle prizes including:

Please click here for tickets!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Designer Styling Event with Liv Hart

Liv Hart, from Enchanted Atelier, will be participating in a Designer Styling Event with Bella Bleu Bridal on Thursday, March 6th from 5PM - 9PM. Brides will have their wedding look styled by Liv Hart herself, as well as enjoy a mini-hair trial by stylists from Magnificent Brides

Enjoy wine, sweets and an additional 10% off your purchase at the Designer Styling Event. Click here for online appointment booking.

Designer Styling Event with Live Hart from Enchanted Atelier
Thursday, March 6th
143 N. Northwest Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Win Tickets to Martha Stewart's Wedding Party

Martha Stewart Weddings is hosting an event this Sunday, March 2nd at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.  The four hour event will feature 50+ wedding vendors showcasing bridal and bridesmaid fashion, entertainment, floral designs, and more!

Click here to purchase tickets.

If you would like to win tickets, please leave a comment with your name along with the name of your wedding dress designer!  

PS.  Don't forget to also enter to win tickets to the CS Brides event at the Langham.  I'll be announcing winners for both contests on Friday!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Jenny Yoo Redefines Bridesmaids Dresses

I know bridesmaid dress shopping can be a challenge with so many opinions and body types!  So I want to share  a few of my favorite bridesmaids dresses that will have you and your bridesmaids excited and breathing a sigh of relief! 

Jenny Yoo recently launched her latest collection, which incorporates rich and luxurious silks, chiffons and cottons to create an elegant, feminine and refined look. What I love about her collection is that the dresses are beautifully made, high quality and definitely can be worn again for another special occasion. Take a peak at the complete 2014 Collection here!

My favorite dress of the collection is this delicate, flirty dress.

 Clean lines, modern and feminine, this dress is a classic.
You can easily add a crystal belt  for some extra sparkle.
Annabelle                       Wren

How sweet is this soft silhouette? This dress would look fab on almost every body type!

Turn this LBD around for a surprising plunging V back.

These dresses for expecting mothers are flattering as they show off a little baby bump and the mom-to-be will feel stunning in the comfortable fabric.
 Cerise                         Delphine

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