Monday, July 30, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Photography: Gerber + Scarpelli Wedding Photography
Venue: The Art Institute of Chicago


7. Statuesque
Statuesque(Left)Complete look provided by Bella Bianca
GOWN: Simone Carvalli tulle mermaid gown with a tiered skirt and embroidered floral one-shoulder.
HAIRPIECE: Susan G. Allen vintage-inspired comb with Swarovski crystal vine pattern.
JEWELRY: Bracelet: Assorted crystal bangles by Susan G. Allen.
BOUQUET: Colonial Bouquet of nuance gerbera daisies with an accent of Malibu gerbera daisies in an antique silver holder. Bonnie Flower Shop
HAIR: One Bridal Company
MAKEUP: Bomber Betty Custom Cosmetics


Statuesque(Right)

Complete look provided by The Crystal Bride
GOWN: Allure Bridals fitted Alencon lace down with embellished high-neck collar and keyhole back.
SASH: Casablanca Bridal organza beaded belt with Swarovski crystals.
JEWELRY: Earrings: Mariell crystal drop earrings with rhinestone detail.
BOUQUET: Tied colonial bouquet of cool water roses, pink-striped mokara orchids, purple anemones, and salal (lemon leaf). Bonnie Flower Shop

HAIR/MAKEUP: Appease Inc.


9. Statuesque

StatuesqueComplete look provided by Bella Bianca
GOWN: Simone Carvalli tulle mermaid gown with a tiered skirt and embroidered floral one-shoulder.
HAIRPIECE: Susan G. Allen vintage-inspired comb with Swarovski crystal vine pattern.
JEWELRY: Bracelet: Assorted crystal bangles by Susan G. Allen.
BOUQUET: Colonial Bouquet of nuance gerbera daisies with an accent of Malibu gerbera daisies in an antique silver holder. Bonnie Flower Shop
HAIR: One Bridal Company
MAKEUP: Bomber Betty Custom Cosmetics


10. Sheer Shoulder & Bridal Bow

Sheer Shoulder(Left)Complete look provided by Bella Bianca
GOWN: Alvina Valenta one-shoulder, silk tulle fit-and-flare gown featuring silk organza petals, perals, and Swarovski crystals.
JEWELRY: Earrings: Haute Bride vintage-inspired, freshwater-pearl chandelier earrings. Bracelet: Floral pearl and crystal bracelet from Haute Bride.
HAIR/MAKEUP: Appease Inc.


Bridal Bow(Right)
Complete look provided by Kathryn's Bridal & Dress Shop
OWN: Anaiss on Weddings tulle and charmeuse dress with a beaded bow.
HAIRPIECE: Bel Aire Bridal hair clip with wispy feathers and pearl accents.
HAIR/MAKEUP:
The Bridal Beauty Salon


11. Sparkle and Shine

Sparkle and ShineComplete look provided by The Crystal Bride
GOWN: Allure Couture strapless, slim-fitted gown, featuring a sweetheart neckline with embroidered lace appliqués and Swarovski crystals.
SASH: Belt encrusted with Swarovski crystals and rhinestones.
HAIRPIECE: Sandra's Designs blusher with Russian veiling and scattered Swarovski rhinestones.
HAIR: One Bridal Company

AKEUP: Bomber Betty Custom Cosmetics

Monday, July 23, 2012

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Venue: Hyatt Regency Chicago
Photographer: Sonya Martin Photography
VIDEOGRAPHY: Blue Couture Wedding Films
WEDDING CONSULTANT: DBY Events
FLOWERS: Yanni Design Studio
MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT: Lee England Jr., Zzajé, and DJ Lee Farmer

Friday, July 20, 2012


Wedding Insurance is a necessity when planning a wedding. To purchase a policy, please visit our direct link to our quoting platform: Purchase Wedding Insurance. Kindly note policies must be purchased at least 14 days in advance. I've included additional information below about the policy for your reference.

This program is more popular than ever now due to the state of the economy, and is quality coverage by Travelers, an A rated carrier. Coverage can help with the following circumstances:

Bankrupt Vendors

Call to Duty

Unemployment (if acknowledged by the state)

Extreme Weather (Not included if purchased less that 14 days of the event date)

Damaged Gifts

Wedding Attire

Unexpected Expenses

Accidents

Alcohol Related Accidents


Here are a few highlights of our policy*:

Up to $1,000,000 Liability for property damage and injuries to third parties while at the event

No surcharge for each Additional Insured or destination weddings

No Deductible

Liability* until 2:00am the following day (*Liquor Liability Not available to residents of Maine or Massachusetts)


To view a sample policy for your resident state, please visit: Sample Policy. When you're ready to purchase a policy, here is a direct link for purchasing your policy: Purchase Wedding Insurance. For more details please visit our website at www.protectmywedding.com or call a local Travelers insurance agent.

*All statements herein are subject to the provisions, exclusions and conditions of the applicable policy. For an actual description of all coverage’s, terms and conditions, refer to the insurance policy. Coverage is subject to individual insured’s meeting our underwriting qualifications and to state availability.

*Coverage will be effective the date the policy is issued. Standard underwriting guidelines apply. Call our office for details if you have any questions or concerns.


Melissa Ink

Business Development Specialist

Wedding Protector Plan®
P.O. Box 152828

Tampa, FL 33684

Phone: 888-342-5977

info@protectmywedding.com

http://www.protectmywedding.com

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Photography: Gerber + Scarpelli Wedding Photography
Venue: The Art Institute of Chicago


1. Trumpet Call

Trumpet Call

Complete look provided by The Crystal Bride
GOWN: Strapless satin gown from Mikaella features a trumpet skirt with soft draping and a rouched bodice.
SASH: Removeable Swarovski crystal-encrusted sash.
HAIRPIECE: Mariell Swarovski crystal hair comb.
JEWELRY: Earrings: Mariell Swarovski crystal teardrop chandelier earrings. Bracelet: Two stacked Mariell Swarovski crystal bracelets.
CLUTCH: Beaded Felicity clutch with scattered rhinestones.
HAIR/MAKEUP:
Appease Inc.



 2. Beaded Bride


Beaded Bride
Complete look provided by Bella Bianca
GOWN: Blair gown by Ines Di Santo, featuring italian silk shantung in a fit-and-flair silhouette and a detachable beaded overlay with bow detailing in the back.
HAIRPIECE: Haute Bride diamond-cut Swarovski crystal headband.
JEWELRY: Bracelet: Haute Bride Swarovski crystal beaded, embroidered cuff.
HAIR: One Bridal Company
MAKEUP: Bomber Betty Custom Cosmetics





4. Champagne Dreams

Champagne Dreams

Complete look provided by The Crystal Bride
GOWN: James Clifford strapless, champagne Alencon lace gown with re-embroidered three-dimensional flowers accented with Swarovski crystals.
SASH: Braided rhinestone belt.
HAIRPIECE: Madison Avenue Designs custom champagne, peacock-feather hair clip, embelished with Swarovski crystals.
JEWELRY: Earrings: Mariell crystal teardrop earrings with rhinestone accents. Bracelet: Mariell Swarovski crystal rhinestone bracelet.
HAIR/MAKEUP:
The Bridal Beauty Salon


5. Gathered Flowers & Champagne Dreams

Gathered Flowers(Left)

Complete look provided by Kathryn's Bridal & Dress Shop
GOWN: Allure Bridals trumpet-style, ivory satin lace-up with a modified sweetheart.
HAIRPIECE: Symphony Bridal double-layered fine tulle birdcage veil, with a Bel Aire Bridal rhinestone ribbon comb.
JEWELRY: Earrings: Creations Georgianni princess - and oval-cut rhinestone earrings. Bracelet: Creations Georgianni princess and oval-cut rhinestone bracelet.
HAIR/MAKEUP: Appease Inc.


Champagne Dreams(Right)

Complete look provided by The Crystal Bride
GOWN: James Clifford strapless, champagne Alencon lace gown with re-embroidered three-dimensional flowers accented with Swarovski crystals.
SASH: Braided rhinestone belt.
HAIRPIECE: Madison Avenue Designs custom champagne, peacock-feather hair clip, embelished with Swarovski crystals.
JEWELRY: Earrings: Mariell crystal teardrop earrings with rhinestone accents. Bracelet: Mariell Swarovski crystal rhinestone bracelet.
HAIR/MAKEUP: The Bridal Beauty Salon

Monday, July 16, 2012

Complimentary 25-minute custom Circ-Cell mini-facial
July 19th
9:00am-2:00pm and 4:00pm-8:00pm.
Equinox, 900 N. Michigan Ave


As seen in Town & Country, Allure, Marie Claire, T (New York Times) Magazine, The Today Show and many more outlets. 

Reserve a free appointment - 312-254-2500. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Finally the time has come to take your long awaited vacation to the beautiful islands of Hawaii…Now it’s time to start planning and book your trip. Which island to visit? What airline to fly? Where to stay at? What to do there?

So many questions and you are feeling the pressure. This is supposed to be your dream trip and nothing can be left to chance.

Before making any reservations take a moment and think about some of these questions:

-          What is the purpose of the trip?

o   While every trip should be memorable, some are more special than others. If it is your honeymoon you might just want something more upscale, romantic…

-          Do you want a relaxing beach vacation or an active adventure trip? Do you prefer a quiet, secluded romantic retreat, or nightlife and entertainment is a MUST? Perhaps you’d like a bit of both…?

o   Answering these questions will help you figure out which island is best suited for you.

-          How long is your vacation?

o   Remember, flying from Chicago will be at least 9hrs long, not to mention the time difference will also take its toll on you. To have the best experience I suggest that you spend at least 7-10 days on the islands.

-          Do you have a budget in mind?

o   Make sure it is a realistic one and consider also the extra costs that you’ll incur during your stay (for meals, drinks, excursions etc.)

-          Are you a “hotel” or a “resort” person?

o   So many people think accommodations don’t matter, it’s not what makes a vacation….”I’ll only sleep in the room, so I don’t care where I stay. I’d rather spend my money on other things than accommodations” – I used to be one of those people, and boy, was I wrong… The hotel may not make the vacation, but it can certainly ruin it if it doesn’t meet your expectations. For special occasion trips try a higher-end property. Booked through the right channels you’ll be surprised how affordable some can be. Would you settle for a small dark room, hidden away in the old buildings of an average hotel, far from anything and everything, or would you go for a beautiful resort that is like a small world in itself, catering to all your needs? The right place has a character, a purpose of not just giving you a place to stay, but providing you with an escape from reality, a sense of serenity, pure bliss…It has a tone, a mood- it has the power to sweep you away and make you forget about everything and let you just live in the moment, enjoy the present. Would you not feel like you’re missing out by choosing the wrong place of accommodation?

-          Where to book your trip to Hawaii?

o   With so many choices available online booking a complex trip can get a bit overwhelming   

§  Should You book Direct with the hotels, airlines and other suppliers?

§  Should You book online on various travel sites?

§  Should You use your credit card points or miles for this trip?

§  Should You use a travel agent?

Let’s look analyze these questions one by one:

1.      Despite popular belief booking DIRECT is often more expensive. To get to this point you’d probably have to spend countless hours of research to decide exactly what to reserve. Are you confident enough in your decision? What if you make the wrong choice…?

2.      Perhaps today online travel sites are the most popular way of either researching or actually booking a trip. If you chose this option make sure you know exactly who you are buying from! If something looks too good to be true it probably is. Don’t be fooled by the allure of a good deal, know all the facts before you make a purchase. Compare your options apples to apples and make informed decisions. Remember, price does not always equal value. Make sure to call the company before you click the BUY button and ask questions. The answers and attitude of the reservation agents will give you a good clue about the level of knowledge and professionalism of the company, as well as an idea of how helpful they would be in case something goes wrong on the trip.

3.      I must confess it’s pretty cool to have the option of paying for a trip with credit card points or miles. I still get a thrill every time I do it…But I learned the hard way not to trust my dream trip to chance, because when something goes wrong (ex. Arrive to the resort to discover they have no room for you because the rooms allocated to XY rewards program have been oversold..) your vacation can turn into a nightmare. In my experience the best use of points or miles are for simple point-to-point air reservations, car rentals or hotel bookings. Those trips when one component is not entirely dependent on the other and if complications occur there are simple alternatives to solve it.

4.      As with anything else in life, the advice and help of a professional makes things easier and enhances the experience. But you have to find the right person to work with. A good travel agent always gives you unbiased information and helps you make the choice that best fit your needs. She/he will do all the research for you and answer questions you never thought about asking. It will save you time and money, and will do everything to make your trip truly memorable.

How to find such a travel agent? Referrals are usually the best way, ask a friend, a relative, a co-worker.  www.travelsense.org is also a great source where you have several search criteria available to find an agent near you. For Hawaii in particular, the Hawaiian Tourist Board has a list of preferred agents (www.gohawaii.com). Those on the list have gone through extensive on-line and on-location training about Hawaii.

Many travel agents have hands-on knowledge about the destinations they sell and will help you put together the trip you’ve always dreamed of. Can you afford NOT to put your vacation in the hands of a travel professional?


Hope you enjoyed my advice and I’d like to invite you to come back to our blog soon to read more about each individual island- when to go, where to stay, what to do…                                                               

                                 Till next time, Csilla Dali


Monday, July 9, 2012

BRIDES ACROSS AMERICA IS JOINING FORCES WITH KATHRYN’S BRIDAL. “OPERATION WEDDING GOWN” LAUNCHES A NATIONWIDE EVENT THIS JULY AND WILL BE GIVING AWAY FREE WEDDING GOWNS



One of the finalist in Joining Forces initiative, Brides Across America is teaming up with the industry’s leading bridal salon, Kathryn’s Bridal to provide military brides the opportunity to make their wedding dreams come true by receiving a free wedding gown. Kathryn’s Bridal will host the event on Wednesday, July 11th at their McHenry Illinois salon. For military brides who are interested in more information, please contact Kathryn’s Bridal at 815-385-7330 or visit their website www.kathryns-bridal.com or visit www.bridesacrossamerica.com on how to qualify.

    Through Brides Across America’s partnership with Kathryn’s Bridal, military brides will be shopping for free designer bridal gowns. Kathryn’s Bridal will be giving away numerous wedding gowns to qualifying brides. Brides must call ahead to pre-register for the event.

    In order to qualify, brides or their fiancé must be on active duty in the military, either currently deployed or deployed within the last five years to Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Libya or Japan. Identification and deployment papers must be presented at the event to qualify.

    As part of Brides Across America’s commitment to support our troops and veterans, the non-profit organization has hosted its 6th annual bridal gown giveaway at salons nationwide. From Los Angeles to New York, bridal salons nationwide joined forces by giving away free designer wedding gowns to military brides. To date, Brides Across America has donated over 7,000 wedding gowns from prominent designers. The donated gowns are valued between $500 and $4,000 and range in size.

    Without organizations like Brides Across America, many military brides would not have the chance to choose a designer gown for their special day due to economic circumstances. Brides Across America’s founder, Heidi Janson, wants to continue making dreams come true for military couples that have not had the opportunity to plan their dream wedding due to deployment. “Our continued efforts as an organization are to bring awareness to our communities. My goal is to make sure we don’t forget all the servicemen and women overseas fighting for our freedom”.

    About Brides Across America
Brides Across America is a Massachusetts based charitable organization that focuses on providing free wedding gowns to those military brides that have not been able to have their dream wedding. Brides Across America was recently honored by the Joining Forces program, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families, which was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. The last Operation Wedding Gown Giveaway event made headlines when it was featured on NBC's "Making a Difference" with Brian Williams. Brides Across America is connecting with bridal salons across the nation to help spread the military spirit. Since 2007, Brides Across America and its partners have made a difference in the lives of many military brides.

   About Kathryn’s Bridal  
Kathryn’s Bridal has been awarded Best of the Fox in 2011 and Brides Choice Awards 2011 from Wedding Wire. Designers include; Allure Bridal, Anjolique, Anaiss on Weddings, Blue by Enzoani, Bonny, David Tutera by Faviana, Enzoani, Jasmine Couture, Jasmine Collection, Maggie Sottero, Maggie Sottero Destinations, Mori Lee, Private Label by G, Sottero & Midgley Couture by Maggie Sottero, and Unforgettable by Bonny. www.kathryns-bridal.com

Friday, July 6, 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

newest Newly Weds

Photography by: Edward Fox Photography

Monday, July 2, 2012