Monday, March 31, 2014

Primp My Bride Real Weddings - Chic Rustic Vineyard Wedding in Long Island, New York

New Yorkers Angela and Kevin traded in the hustle and bustle of New York City for the peace and beauty of a Long Island vineyard--the perfect setting for their rustic vintage wedding.  In addition to a Jewish ceremony, they decided to also honor Angela's heritage by having a traditional Korean ceremony as well.  Read more about their beautiful and unique wedding below--especially to find out what they cut instead of a reception cake!

All photos by Angelica Glass.

When and where was your wedding?

Kevin and I got married on October 15, 2012 at Martha Clara Vineyards.  It was a sunny (but windy!) fall day.

When did you know that your wedding dress was "the one"?

I had seen this Vera Wang wedding dress while browsing online and loved how unique it was, while still maintaining a traditional bridal look.  But it was a Vera and it was SO over my budget, so I didn't even consider going to the store to try it on.  I actually ended up getting another dress that was way under budget...but even months later I still couldn't get over the Vera dress. 

I eventually went to Vera Wang Bridal to try it on thinking I would get some closure.  Knowing this could be a very, very bad idea I went anyway and sure enough, I fell in LOVE with it the moment I tried it on.  But boy was I in quite the pickle!  Luckily my sister (and maid of honor) was gracious and generous enough to pay for half of the dress as my wedding gift.  It was the best gift any bride could ask for!  I was even able to re-sell my first wedding dress at almost full value (since I didn't make any alterations) so it all worked out for the best.  Now I have some very big shoes to fill when I'm my sister's MOH! 

 Rank your top 10 favorite moments from your wedding day.
#10 - First look.  So our first look wasn't picture perfect.  It was chilly outside with 25 mph wind gusts--my hair was flying all over the place and all our photos looked awkward!  BUT that experience was so very "us".  It was such a great moment to finally see him for the first time before we got married.

#9 - Flash mob. Kevin and I don't really like attention on us very much so the thought of a first dance was pretty terrifying.  So instead of a traditional first dance, we planned a surprise flash mob!  We started off as if we were doing a first dance then 30 seconds later, our entire wedding party and some close friends jumped out of their seats and did a choreographed dance.  It was a great surprise to the rest of our guests and SO much fun to plan!

#8 - THE FOOD. I loved our wedding food. Everything we choose was delicious and I thank our caterer for going the extra mile--I really wanted Korean BBQ to be part of the menu, so they took the time to test out cooking it months before the wedding so they could perfect it.  It was so good! 

#7 - I am an absolute HUGE fan of pizza--my obsession stems mostly from my childhood. It's very much a symbol of love for me so I knew it would have to be part of my wedding day. We hired Pizza Moto to come feed our guests towards the end of the night.  It was the best surprise! They also served S'mores on a cast iron pan which was DELICIOUS.

#6 - My girls!!  More specifically, being with my bridesmaids and getting ready. It was SO cold in the bridal suite and there was no heat.  But we still did our best to stay warm and enjoy the moment. These are the best girlfriends I will ever know and am grateful that they were there to celebrate with me!

#5 - THE HORAH!!!! I LOVE the horah. I'm always the first person to jump up at weddings and participate in the dancing as soon as I hear the music start. So naturally, I couldn't wait for the day I got to sit on that chair myself and be thrown up and down in celebration. Of course MOST brides are very nervous about doing this, but I've been waiting for that moment since the day I got engaged. What a thrilling experience! I even remember asking Kevin's groomsmen to keep me up there for 30 minutes! Of course it ended up being just a few minutes but it was still exciting and such a fun tradition!

#4 - The Korean ceremony "pae baek". My family was actually surprised that I even wanted a Korean ceremony (they think I'm very Americanized), but it was important to me that I celebrated my marriage with a part of my culture. It's not so often that I get to show off how proud I am of my ethnicity and this was the perfect moment. It was also a wonderful experience to have my husband and his Jewish family take part in it with extreme excitement and 100% support. It was really a symbol of how accepting our families are of our relationship.

#3 - Our "cake" cutting. Instead of a traditional cake, we cut a pizza and feed each other our slice!  It was another way to make our wedding different and uniquely us.

#2 - My mother walking me down the aisle and giving me away. Not only was my mother a single parent raising three children, but on a low income and with English as her second language. She's the most selfless, caring and loving person I know.  There was no prouder moment for me that day then when my amazing mom walked me down the aisle and gave me away.  It was an honor and a memory I will cherish forever.

#1 - Marrying my husband!

Wedding Vendors
Venue: Martha Clara Vineyards
Caterer: A Small Affair
Photographer: Angelica Glass 
Florist: Moments in Time Floral Design
Pizza Truck: Pizza Moto
Custom Cupcakes: Risa Puno - Cupcake Lab NYC
Monday, March 10, 2014

The First 5 Things To Do When You Start Planning Your Wedding

If you recently got engaged (congrats by the way!) you are most likely still basking in the glow of sharing the news with friends and family, envisioning married life with your future spouse and of course, flashing your ring bling everywhere.  But sooner or later, you will have to start the process of planning the most fabulous day of your life--your wedding!

So now what?  For those of you who have no idea where to start, or even if you are Type-A and already have a wedding to-do list a mile long, I wanted to share some helpful tips that will get you on the wedding planning fast track in no time.

Image via Etsy
Read at least one wedding book.
I've grown up in the digital age--nearly everything I do is strictly online and on a smart device.  However despite the wealth of wedding resources the internet has to offer, to me there is nothing like getting your hands on an actual wedding book.  If anything, it'll help you get a deeper understanding of all the moving pieces involved in planning a wedding and will give you a frame for organizing and prioritizing all aspects of your wedding.

There are numerous wedding books out there, but one that I find the most comprehensive and well-written is The Wedding Book by Mindy Weiss.

Determine your top 3 wedding priorities with your fiance. 
So when you envision your wedding day, what 3 things are most important to you that will contribute to the overall awesomeness of your wedding day?  Food?  Photography?  Flowers?  Whatever it may be, it's crucial to sit down with your fiance and decide on your top 3 wedding priorities.  This will help you focus your attention on the areas you care most about--and allow you to feel okay about saving money on areas that don't rank high on your priority list so that you can splurge a bit on what does matter.

Create a free Google Drive account.
There's no doubt that you plan on having paper copies of your wedding vendor contracts, but chances are in this day and age, you will probably receive the majority of your contracts online.  It is vital that you back up every single wedding vendor contract on the cloud--in this case I recommend utilizing Google Drive (if you have a Gmail account, you can start using Google Drive right away for free).

If your computer ever crashes (as mine did 6 months before my wedding--eek!!) you absolutely must have a place where you can easily recover your documents.  External hard drives and flash drives are nice, but you usually have to manually back things up.  Saving things in the cloud makes it so much easier because there is no extra step--just save your files in your cloud folder and you are good to go!

Use Pinterest to organize your ideas.
I truly believe that Pinterest is one of the greatest things to hit the internet in the past few years.  Collecting dozens of wedding mags, cutting out pages and images and adding them to your wedding "vision board" is so 1999.  Now with the simple click of a button, you can make this experience digital, instantaneous and best of all, free!

But be careful not to get too carried away with pinning every single thing you see as this can quickly overwhelm you.  Narrow it down by choosing images that fit your wedding style.  If you don't know what that is, take this fun quiz to determine your style! 

Consider hiring a wedding planner for your various wedding planning needs.  

When you think "Wedding Planners" you should no longer think of them as a luxury solely for big budget couples.  Nor should you rule them out because you plan on doing all of the wedding planning yourself.   Wedding planners can provide some invaluable and time-saving guidance (in the form of pre-wedding consultation) or manage the actual wedding day (as a day-of coordinator because do you really want to be running around making sure everything gets done on your wedding day?!?)

Wedding planners nowadays offer flexible packages from full wedding planning to digital consultations.  Assess your needs, then find the perfect planner out there for you.  Most wedding planners even offer free initial consultations, so even if you don't know what you need, it's worth taking advantage of this feature and chatting with someone who is a wedding expert.  You'll be glad you did!

About the blogger: Martine Boursiquot-LaConte is the Owner & Founder of This Modern Love Events, a wedding planning company offering digital and traditional wedding planning services.  She is a Certified Wedding Planner and member of the Association of Bridal Consultants.   

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Wedding Dresses for Non-Traditional Brides

Who says you can only wear white on your wedding day?  Or that you can only wear a dress on your wedding day?  If you are a bride who balks at traditions of any kind, check out these jaw-droppingly gorgeous wedding outfits that will wow your guests.  Traditions be damned!

Lady in Red / Photo via
Don't be afraid to rock a red frock on your wedding day.  It's bold, bright color will create a look that's uniquely you on your wedding day.

Ethereal elegance in Elie Saab / Photo via Pinterest
Elie Saab makes some truly gorgeous dresses and this one is no exception.  It's elegant and floaty skirt will make you feel like a bride, but it's lavender-like color and intricate beading on the bodice will make you look like anything but the typical bride.

Blue and crystal elegance / Gown by designer Ziad Nakad
This dress is absolutely stunning not only because of its sleek silhouette style, but the beautiful crystal detailing all throughout the dress and it's lovely blue color.  This is for the red carpet bride looking to make a grand entrance.

LBD (Long Black Dress) / Photo via Pinterest
Channel your inner vamp in this black gown by designer Rami Kadi.  It's daring and the complete opposite of the virginal white dress--and it'll make an impression that your guests will never forget.

Like a boss / Photo via Pinterest
Want to ditch the dress altogether?  Check out this insanely classy and stylish Elie Saab pantsuit.  The white color will put traditional-minded guests at ease, but that's where the tradition ends and seriously couture fashion begins. 

Would you consider wearing any of these styles on your big day?