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Friday Find: Kate Spade – Say Yes “Mrs”

Sometimes you come across little things that just make you smile. And these Kate Spade “Mrs” necklace and earrings do just that.  How cute would they be at brunch the morning after the wedding, walking through the airport with your new husband, or going out to dinner on your honeymoon?! They are the perfect accessory for […]

Sometimes you come across little things that just make you smile. And these Kate Spade “Mrs” necklace and earrings do just that.  How cute would they be at brunch the morning after the wedding, walking through the airport with your new husband, or going out to dinner on your honeymoon?! They are the perfect accessory for any bride-to-be  : )

Kate Spade "Mrs" Necklace and Earrings

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Designer Launch: Camilyn Beth

We are excited to introduce our newest collection at the boutique – Camilyn Beth!  Camilyn Beth Leavitt, most commonly known as “Cami” is a new designer to the boutique world, launching her first collection in 2012. Her passion started in high school when she designed her own her prom dress with the help and guidance of […]

We are excited to introduce our newest collection at the boutique – Camilyn Beth! 

Camilyn Beth Leavitt, most commonly known as “Cami” is a new designer to the boutique world, launching her first collection in 2012. Her passion started in high school when she designed her own her prom dress with the help and guidance of Edna Crowther. She then went on to study at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale majoring in Fashion Design.

Camilyn designs are inspired by the classic 20’s-70’s era with a modern spin. The dresses are fully lined, made with the finest materials in silk, satin, and cotton blends. Each garment’s purpose is to be more than just fabric. Between the local craftsmanship, the story behind the design, to the inspirational quote sewn into each piece, you will feel the love when wearing these pieces.

The line is produced here in the USA, making it a perfect fit for Hayden Olivia Bridal.  Come join us this weekend to view the new collection and take advantage of the goodies that will be offered along with these little white dresses!

Camilyn Beth: Get Away Dress

 

Camilyn Beth: Ampi Dress

 

Camilyn Beth: Fresh Air Dress

 

Camilyn Beth: Go Go Dress

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A Wedding at The Fillmore: Emily and Paul

There’s so much happiness in these fantastic images of Emily and Paul’s wedding. We love their amazing style, their beautiful laughter and the fun pictures with their bridal party! The bridesmaids’ dresses are so pretty in alternating bright green, one-shouldered and printed styles. We can’t get enough of The Fillmore’s hip, urban look, with high ceilings, […]

There’s so much happiness in these fantastic images of Emily and Paul’s wedding. We love their amazing style, their beautiful laughter and the fun pictures with their bridal party! The bridesmaids’ dresses are so pretty in alternating bright green, one-shouldered and printed styles. We can’t get enough of The Fillmore’s hip, urban look, with high ceilings, cool lighting and gorgeous hardwood floors. Guests were seated in rows of gold chairs for the ceremony and reception tabletops were designed with gold chargers and vibrant florals in a variety of vessels.

Emily fell in love with a one shoulder, hammered silk gown by Carol Hannah. The ease of the gown was the perfect choice for the happy-go-lucky bride. She paired the look with a Modern Trousseau belt and hair piece. Enjoy!

Images courtesy of  Smitten & Hooked.

Carol Hannah Dress from Hayden Olivia Photography by Smitten and Hooked

Photography by Smitten and Hooked

Emily and Paul: Smitten and Hooked

Emily and Paul: Smitten and Hooked

Carol Hannah Dress from Hayden Olivia Photography by Smitten and Hooked

Carol Hannah Dress from Hayden Olivia Photography by Smitten and Hooked
Carol Hannah Dress from Hayden Olivia Photography by Smitten and Hooked

Carol Hannah Dress from Hayden Olivia Photography by Smitten and Hooked

Carol Hannah Dress from Hayden Olivia Photography by Smitten and Hooked
Carol Hannah Dress from Hayden Olivia Photography by Smitten and Hooked

 

 

 

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Tone Those Arms

Whether you’re going strapless or backless, chances are your wedding dress will put your upper body on display. Build your body confidence with a workout that targets a bride’s most exposed areas: the arms, shoulders, and back. We reached out to one of Charlotte’s top personal trainers, Michelle Bennett, asking her to advise us on the best arm […]

Whether you’re going strapless or backless, chances are your wedding dress will put your upper body on display. Build your body confidence with a workout that targets a bride’s most exposed areas: the arms, shoulders, and back. We reached out to one of Charlotte’s top personal trainers, Michelle Bennett, asking her to advise us on the best arm workouts to “tone those arms.”

We have broken the 12 exercises into 3 Supersets. You can do just one, two, or all three Supersets per workout. Each Superset will have 3 rounds and 15-20 reps per round.  Weight should be 5lbs-12lbs when using dumbbells, 15lbs-30lbs when using barbells, and 12lbs-25lbs on the machines based on your strength.

Michelle also says adding 30 minutes of cardio will increase your results, and if you are wanting to lose weight you should do 45 minutes to and hour of cardio. Weight training should be 3 days a week and cardio 3 to  5 days a week.

If you are really serious, she suggests an eating plan of all fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables along with lean chicken, beef and fish.  And don’t forget to drink half your body weight in water daily!!!!

Wedding Workout: Tone those Arms

Wedding Workout: Tone those Arms

Wedding Workout: Tone those Arms

 

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Blush by Hayley Paige Trunk Show!

Romantic, dreamy, feminine…need I go on??? Everything that Hayley Paige designs exudes a sense of ease and comfort, with a modern touch. And we get to have this exquisite collection in the boutique this weekend! Why a trunk show? Trunk shows allow our brides the opportunity to see and try on dresses that they would […]

Romantic, dreamy, feminine…need I go on??? Everything that Hayley Paige designs exudes a sense of ease and comfort, with a modern touch. And we get to have this exquisite collection in the boutique this weekend! Why a trunk show? Trunk shows allow our brides the opportunity to see and try on dresses that they would not ordinarily see at the store. Call to schedule your appointment and join us in the hunt to find your perfect gown.

Blush by Hayley Paige

 

Blush by Hayley Paige

 

Blush by Hayley Paige

 

Blush by Hayley Paige

 

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Jess’s McGill Rose Garden Wedding

This is Jess. A beautiful blushing bride placed in a gorgeous rose garden where she married her best friend. Jess knew she wanted to wear something soft and romantic to compliment the venue where her wedding was held. She chose a custom Modern Trousseau dress and adorned her waist with a sweet fabric flower sash. The movement of the […]

This is Jess. A beautiful blushing bride placed in a gorgeous rose garden where she married her best friend. Jess knew she wanted to wear something soft and romantic to compliment the venue where her wedding was held. She chose a custom Modern Trousseau dress and adorned her waist with a sweet fabric flower sash. The movement of the silk organza gown was so perfect in the outdoor garden, but even more stunning when putting her ballroom dancing lessons into practice on the dance floor.

The red roses inspired Jess’s color story for the wedding day – we love that she chose to go with a mint green as the complementary color for her bridesmaids. The reception was held at the Mint Museum where the bride and groom danced the night away.

Congratulations Jessica and Sam – may your marriage be as beautiful as your wedding day.

Photos by BlueSky

Dress by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Blue Sky

 

Photography by Blue Sky

 

Dress by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Blue Sky

 

Dress by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Blue Sky

 

Photography by Blue Sky

 

Dress by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Blue Sky

 

Dress by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Blue Sky

 

Dress by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Blue Sky

 

Dress by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Blue Sky

 

Dress by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Blue Sky

 

Dress by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Blue Sky

 

Dress by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal Photography by Blue Sky

 

 The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh.  -Rumi

 

 

 

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“My Rule Is, If It’s Not Moving Monogram it!”

How can you argue with Reese Witherspoon?! In this edition we are taking monograming to the wedding extreme. All things that can (and should be!) monogramed on your big day! There are always questions about when to use your maiden name vs. your new last name. Traditionally, you will use your maiden name, BUT it is […]

How can you argue with Reese Witherspoon?! In this edition we are taking monograming to the wedding extreme. All things that can (and should be!) monogramed on your big day! There are always questions about when to use your maiden name vs. your new last name. Traditionally, you will use your maiden name, BUT it is a new age and it is completely appropriate to use your new name wherever you see fit. Isn’t that one of the things we get most excited about when engaged – our NEW monogram!

 The Three-Letter Monogram is probably the most classic of traditional monograms. The ordering of the initials can be tricky, depending on the format. The Cottage Colony has a great guide to Monograming 101 – if you have any questions about what goes where, they will have the answer. 

Wrap your bouquet

Wrap your bouquet in a monogramed piece of silk.

CorkCountryCottage etsy

Cake topper by Cork Country Cottage on Etsy.

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One of our favorites at the boutique – adding your monogram in blue to the inside of your dress!

thisisjusttosay stamp

Can you think of all the DYI creations you could make with this hand carved custom stamp by This is Just to Say?

Flower girl

The perfect accessory, your flower girl.

Kristina Eaton

Monogramed veil – yes, please! Kristina Eaton embroiders each veil by hand, it doesn’t get much more special that that!

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 Monogramed necklaces for you and your maids – by Swell Caroline

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 And what southern bride doesn’t want to get ready in her personalized white button down?! Talk about cute photos!

 

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Marisa Trunk Show this Weekend!

It’s time for another trunk show! Marisa’s 2015 collection will be in the boutique this weekend from September 11th – 13th. Marisa’s designer Tamara Kristen intricately blends silk and lace to create elegantly light and airy gowns that seemingly float down the aisle. By allowing social media and word of mouth to dominate their advertising, they are […]

It’s time for another trunk show! Marisa’s 2015 collection will be in the boutique this weekend from September 11th – 13th. Marisa’s designer Tamara Kristen intricately blends silk and lace to create elegantly light and airy gowns that seemingly float down the aisle. By allowing social media and word of mouth to dominate their advertising, they are then able to pass along reasonably priced, uber pretty gowns onto the customer. Schedule your appointment to ensure you receive all the goodies and incentives our Marisa trunk show has to offer! We look forward to a busy weekend with all of our new brides – here’s to assisting you in finding the dress of your dreams!!!

Marisa Bridal

 

Marisa Bridal

 

Marisa Bridal

 

Marisa Bridal

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Dreamy St. Martin Wedding

Destination weddings are some of our favorites – usually involving sun, sand and a whole lotta pretty! This St. Martin escape was the ideal backdrop for Katie’s dream wedding. Traveling has always been a big part of Katie and Adam’s relationship so it was only natural for them to choose an exotic location to get married. They […]

Destination weddings are some of our favorites – usually involving sun, sand and a whole lotta pretty! This St. Martin escape was the ideal backdrop for Katie’s dream wedding. Traveling has always been a big part of Katie and Adam’s relationship so it was only natural for them to choose an exotic location to get married. They found their paradise to say the least.

St. Martin Destination Wedding

 Katie wore a mermaid style gown (how fitting!) by Hayley Paige and accessorized with a statement Modern Trousseau belt and Haute Bride chandelier earrings.

St. Martin Destination Wedding

 

St. Martin Destination Wedding

 

St. Martin Destination Wedding

 

St. Martin Destination Wedding

The beautiful blues of her bridesmaids dresses were the perfect compliment to this tropical day of bliss.

St. Martin Destination Wedding

 

St. Martin Destination Wedding

 Her cathedral veil by Jennifer Leigh, not only finished off the entire look, but created one amazing photo!

St. Martin Destination Wedding

 

St. Martin Destination Wedding

 

St. Martin Destination Wedding

 

St. Martin Destination Wedding

 

St. Martin Destination Wedding

 

St. Martin Destination Wedding

 

St. Martin Destination Wedding

 

Photography: Old South Studios

Venue:  Villa Belle Etoile, St. Martin, French West Indies
Wedding Planner/Designer: Chantal Vernusse, Fees des Caraibespercper
Reggae Band: Percy Rankin
Floral Design: Chantal Vernusse, Mathias Durand Reynaldo, Beatrice Lavocat, Fees des Caraibes
Bride’s Gown: Hayley Paige from Hayden Olivia Bridal, Charlotte, NC
Bride’s Belt: Modern Trousseau
Bride’s Earrings: Haute Bride
Bride’s Shoes: Benjamin Adams, London
Groom’s/Men’s Attire: Jos. A Bank, Charlotte, NC
Maid’s Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids

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Friday Find: Jenga as a Guestbook

Our Pinterest Friday find! DIY Jenga guestbook wedding idea. The sign “Build Memories – Sign a Jenga Piece” was made from a wood board with decal letters. Just buy the jenga game and spread the wood pieces out on the table with 5-7 thin point black sharpies so your guests can write on them. Use a big fish bowl […]

Our Pinterest Friday find! DIY Jenga guestbook wedding idea.

Jenga Wedding Guest Book

The sign “Build Memories – Sign a Jenga Piece” was made from a wood board with decal letters. Just buy the jenga game and spread the wood pieces out on the table with 5-7 thin point black sharpies so your guests can write on them. Use a big fish bowl to put the jenga blocks in when they were done. We just love this idea!

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