Comic Con or Bust!

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Comic Con is finally here.. And I’m so excited! Today I’m heading down to San Diego with my hubby to promote his new show, Star-Crossed.
This is my first trip to San Diego’s Comic Con, I did get to go to it in NYC a few years ago.. and I loved it. It’s seriously the best people watching you’ll ever encounter. I really think that everyone needs to experience Comic Con once in their lifetime!
We’re major Walking Dead fans so I’m crazy stoked to go to the Walking Dead party. My best friend is going to be SO jealous- sorry, Megs!
I’ll make sure to take some photos over the next couple of days and post them. Happy Wednesday 🙂

Search for the Perfect Gown

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As you all know, I’m a newlywed.. Yay!!! In my opinion, our wedding was the most amazing wedding in the history of the world! But what newlywed bride doesn’t feel that way?
I’ve always been that girl who dreamt about her wedding day her entire life. I’ve also been the girl that knows what they want when they see it. So when it came to my wedding gown, I already knew exactly what I wanted. I also knew which style veil I wanted. After doing a little research online, I fell head over heels with one wedding gown designer in particular.. My gown had to be Lazaro! It took one trip to his bridal store here in LA for me to find my dress. 
So, last November my mom and I went into the store and I gave them this wish list:
– Cathedral (or semi-cathedral) length veil edged with lace
– Mermaid style gown
– Shorter train than the veil
– Drop waist gown
– Sweetheart neck line
– Ruched/pleated bodice
– White, white, WHITE!
I found my veil immediately. I decided that the veil was staying so I had to find a dress to work with it. I tried on bright white dresses and it immediately became clear that white was not my color. Some brides look beautiful in white, but I found out that I’m an ivory girl. This has everything to do with what season you are (skin tone, hair color & eye color) which I’ll have to blog about another time.

After trying on a TON of gowns, nothing was matching the description I gave of my dream dress. Then a gown was brought out that I fell in love with.. the bodice. But I HATED the skirt. It had three of the biggest fabric flowers I’d ever seen in my life.. It was not me at. all. One of the Lazaro girls suggested a custom gown, so she found another dress with the most gorgeous skirt I’d ever laid eyes on. She held up the skirt to the dress I was already wearing (covering up the awful flowers and only showing the bodice) and immediately my mom started crying. I knew that was it! I didn’t look at even one more dress, I knew this was THE dress. Perfection!!

Here’s a view of my veil at my first fitting. This is a before alterations shot. The veil was shortened by about 6″ or so.
This photo was also taken at my first fitting. You can see here there are alterations needed in my bust, waist and hips. I had heard nightmare stories about brides who needed so many alterations and how it took weeks to get the dress right.. I only needed one trip to the seamstress thank heavens!
Here I am at my last visit to the bridal store to make sure everything was right.. The dress fit like a glove! In this photo, my train is in a French bustle which I loved so much more than a traditional bustle.. SO gorgeous! 
My dress was exactly everything I had dreamed it would be! I hope you enjoyed a little peak into my wedding gown shopping experience! 🙂

Ohio Bridal Shower

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A few months ago, I traveled home to Ohio to celebrate my upcoming wedding with my family and friends. My mom and Matron of Honor, along with lots of others helping, put together the most gorgeous Paris themed bridal shower for me! Everything was classic Chanel colors, black, white & pink.. And I loved it all!
There were so many details that made the shower so special and beautiful. I wanted to share some photos of the details and decor.. Prepare to be inspired 🙂
Each table had it’s own cake of a different flavor. The cake seen above was placed on an upside down large martini glass. Inside of the martini glass was a lipstick, compact and rosebud. So cute! Check out all the detail here.. down to the knife’s pink and black bow! It’s a little hard to make out, but the card on top of the cake is labeling the cake’s flavor. Love the little Eiffel Tower cake topper!

My mother-in-law put together these gorgeous flower centerpieces in Chanel #5 styled vases. Gorgeous!

Each table had it’s own cake, flower centerpiece, cookie tray and Paris plate with a pink bow. You can also see here several candles. Each candle had our names printed in black & white- such a personal touch!
Here’s a view of the room. I’m such a fan of chair covers.. They totally change the overall look of a space. I love that they added the black bow on each chair, it makes it look so classy! 
You can see here that at each place setting they folded the napkins long ways. The square you see at each setting is a party favor. My cousin had personalized coasters made for each of our guests with our engagement photo and a print of the Eiffel Tower.. So original!
Another view of the table setting.

Ahh, my favorite part of every party.. The sweets! The sweets table was so adorable, right? They spelled out my soon-to-be new last name in chocolate letters. They had little boxes for guests to take home some candy. They used white stranded lights under the table cloth to get an extra glow. Mini Eiffel Towers are also on the table.. So much detail!
My new sister-in-law made key necklaces for party favors.. Loved this!

There were a couple of fireplaces in the venue, how amazing do these mantles look? The candles were all lit before the shower. Candles are one of my favorite things. They add such a cozy feel to any room!

And here’s a shot of me with some of my girls! Several of my bridesmaids were unable to make it to the shower due to being out of state.
The photos are by Hollie Stefaniak, check her out her here. She’s amazing!
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