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30 Dec 2014

 

When Sarah tried on Paloma Blanca Style 4415, she knew it was the dress for her. Its elegant and timeless feel was the perfect fit for the romantic celebration she and Steve had planned, as they were married at the Ivory Room in Columbus, Ohio, on July 18, 2014. We caught up with Sarah and she told us a bit about her wedding day:

Sarah: "Steve and I met in 2012 at Pistacia Vera, a local coffee shop in German Village. His proposal was made difficult by me; I am a busy body and I am constantly on the go. For a week, I kept changing my plans, bumping lunches, adding coffee dates, changing work schedules. Finally, one evening after dinner I came downstairs to the fireplace lit and candles burning…I of course was in my bathrobe. He completely took me off guard, got down on one knee and I said YES!

Dress shopping was the hard part for me. I never had the image in my head of what I would look like on my wedding day. I immediately made an appointment at Girls in White Dresses (where we bought Bridesmaid dresses years before for my sister’s wedding). Maggie was wonderful. She stuck with my budget, allowed me time to take the experience in, while enjoying the company of my sister and mom. This was one of the last dresses that I tried on and I knew instantly it was the one! It was simple, elegant, and timeless…everything I had wanted and more (it had pockets!).

We were married in Columbus, Ohio surrounded by the love of our family and friends. We wanted a night that was timeless, romantic, but most importantly a blast for our guests. We were lucky enough to have both! We loved everything about the venue: the views, the chandeliers, the space...all of it was captivating. We had a local flower farm provide our center pieces and bouquets, placed in mason jars to soften up the night. We had candles galore to add ambiance to the evening. Our cupcakes were made by two dear friends of ours and were a huge hit! We loved everything about our wedding day and would do it all again in a heartbeat! Though this was the first and possibly last time I will wear a ball gown, I felt absolutely magnificent in this dress... the way I always imagined I would be on my wedding day!"

Paloma Blanca Bride Sarah in Style 4415

Paloma Blanca Bride Sarah in Style 4415

Paloma Blanca Bride Sarah in Style 4415

Paloma Blanca Bride Sarah in Style 4415

Paloma Blanca Bride Sarah in Style 4415

Paloma Blanca Bride Sarah in Style 4415

Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your wedding day with us!

If you're a Paloma Blanca bride, we'd love to hear your story. You can also read more of our Real Bride stories in our Real Bride Gallery, including the one that Sarah submitted to us.

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Credits // Photography: Abby Morteson of Love Roots Photography // Venue: The Ivory Room // Makeup: Tim Mauer of Mukha Spa // Hair: Brandy Ferris


27 Dec 2014

 

With its beaded applique straps, low back, and fit and flare princess cut skirt, Paloma Style 4563 offers a touch of glamour and sparkle with a classic silhouette.

Be sure to check back again as we share another Dress Of The Week from our Spring 2015 Collection.

 Paloma Blanca Style 4563


23 Dec 2014

 

Our featured bride in this week's Tie The Knot Tuesday has a very unique connection to the church that her and her husband were married in:

“My wedding story actually dates back to the early 1900s,” Courtney said in her story she submitted to us. “My family came over from Germany and helped found a church in Kansas City. The stained glass has the names of my great-grandmother and grandfather and other family members. On November 16, 2013, I was the fourth generation to walk down the same aisle to marry my best friend, Michael. We knew that our wedding ceremony had to be in that special place that holds so much history and love. We even played the same song that my mom walked down the aisle to 40 years earlier as she was seated in the pews.”

With a story so personal and rich in loving, family history, we knew we had to hear more about Courtney and Michael's special day.

Where did you first see your wedding dress?
Courtney: “My bridal consultant picked it out for me. I had been trying on completely different silhouettes and I decided after trying on many, many dresses to try a different style. It was the last dress she pulled and when I put it on I was like "oh, okay, this is it." I didn't know if I'd ever get that cliche moment, but I did.”

Courtney walked down the aisle in Paloma Blanca Style 4363 that she found at The Gown Gallery in Kansas City, MO.

How did you and Michael first meet?
“Michael and I first met in college at Kansas State University, some time in 2006 or 2007. To be honest, we really don't remember when we met! We were just acquaintances with lots of mutual friends.
Fast forward to January 2012. I had moved back from Boston (I moved there after college for work) and was in Kansas City and he was finishing up grad school and was in Kansas City, as well. Both sports enthusiasts, we were excited to watch the K-State Wildcats play football in the Cotton Bowl. We both set out on Facebook to see where other alumni were watching -- I responded to his enquiry. We got our respective friends together and the rest is history. We barely watched the game.”

What was your favourite memory from your wedding day?
“If I had to sum it up it would be our entire ceremony. We really personalized each part of our ceremony to try to create a sense of warmth that would include our family and friends in the love the two of us share. Plus, the amount of history in that church from my family is so rich that it was the perfect way to pay homage to family that came before us.”

Was there any aspect of your wedding planning experience that took you by surprise?
“How much had to be done last minute. I pride myself on being a good planner, but I had no idea the amount of planning/decisions that came the two-three weeks before the wedding. Prepare yourself!”

Best advice for brides-to-be?
“Several times during the day/night stop and be present. Look around at the people who are there, the love in the room, the man standing next to you, and the beautiful dress you're wearing! You're going to want to do the day all over again, but taking those mental pictures can help you live your day in the moment.”

Paloma Blanca Bride Courtney walked down the aisle in Style 4363.

Paloma Blanca Bride Courtney walked down the aisle in Style 4363.

Paloma Blanca Bride Courtney walked down the aisle in Style 4363.

Paloma Blanca Bride Courtney walked down the aisle in Style 4363.

Paloma Blanca Bride Courtney walked down the aisle in Style 4363.

Photos and video by Wirken Photography.

Thank you Courtney for sharing your story with us!

If you're a Paloma Blanca Bride, we'd love to hear your story! You can also find more of our Real Bride stories in our Real Brides Gallery, including the one Courtney sent us.

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19 Dec 2014

 

With its sweetheart lace bodice, low illusion lace back, and flowing tiers of organza, Paloma Style 4550 offers layer after layer of romantic elegance.

Be sure to check back next Friday as we share another Dress Of The Week from our Spring 2015 Collection.

 Style 4550


18 Dec 2014

 

The outdoors are often looked at as a source of inspiration for winter weddings. Evergreens, sparkling snow, and holly branches can be seen being incorporated into couple's decor and colour schemes, so it's no surprise to see wood-grain making an appearance on winter wedding invitations.

We love the versatility of the wood-grain pattern. It can be incorporated in browns and other neutral shades for a traditional, rustic feel, a metallic design for a modern, sleek look, or any other colour you can imagine. Why not try it in a rich, berry red, one of our favourite colours this winter season.

How would you incorporate this design into your winter wedding?

 Wood-Grain Invitations

 Wood-Grain Invitations

 Wood-Grain Invitations

Photos courtesy of Pinterest.