Wedding Date: June 2015
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Catherine Simms Bridal

Dan’s First Look

Posted on October 22, 2014 by  Miss City Lights Bride   //   Comment

During this journey, I think the hardest thing for me has been to keep my dress a secret from Dan. As for most of us, we tell our significant others everything, most especially when we have high emotions about something. The second I picked out my dress, I wanted to text him a picture, but I knew that he wanted to be surprised on our wedding day, so I held back.

This is why I’m so excited to do a first look! Most brides would rather see their groom for the first time when they walk into their ceremony, but I’m on the opposite end of that spectrum! I want his first viewing of me to be private and just for us (although, I’m pondering doing it on Michigan Ave!). Dan wasn’t on board as much when I first put the idea out there, but after looking at the schedule for the day and telling him that he would have to miss cocktail hour in order to take pictures, he quickly changed his mind! He also warmed to the idea when I showed him some of my favorite first look pictures!


Frances Photography / Bella Gala / True Photography

These three were shot by our talented photographer Dawn E Roscoe Photography, so I know that our vision will be captured perfectly!


I love the shot below of the groom being brought to tears and the top right shot means so much to me because it is one of my beautiful friend, Jodie, seeing her groom, Fareed!


Elizabeth in Love  / Mitch Ranger Weddings  / Kate McElwee Photography

What are your thoughts on a the bride and groom seeing each other before the ceremony?

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Wedding Date: April 2015
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: The Perfect Dress

Guys Accessorize!

Posted on October 22, 2014 by  Miss Blushing Bride   //   Comment

If you don’t think that guys like to accessorize, you have another thing coming! A lot of men want to look equally as dapper as their lovely lady. At the end of the day, you ladies want to have the whole lot of them looking good as well.

If I were a guy, this look would be my must have. Different patterned, styled, and colored socks are not only a cute groomsmen gift, but add an extra pow for photos! (Millie Holloman Photography)yellowsocks

The polka dots/stripes is a subtle option if an explosive color isn’t your thing.

(S. Leishman Photography)


Who says the guy can’t have something blue?! This groom stands out with his bright white kicks, while his fellows wear a subtle blue converse of sorts. I like the colored pattern of the tie as well. Cute picture overall, and I’m sure these gents didn’t have to worry about their feet hurting at the end of the night ;)

(Austin Warnock Photography)


Instead of a boutonniere - why not opt for a pocket-square? This can add a pop of color and texture to what could otherwise be a basic tux or suit.

(Renee Bowen)pocketsquare

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Wedding Date: September 2015
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: The Perfect Dress

Give Us Free

Posted on October 22, 2014 by  Miss Dancing Diva Bride   //   Comment


The line “Give us Free” is not only my 4th favorite quote found in a movie (Amistad),  but it’s also what seems to be our very appreciated wedding theme these days.  (Just in case you’re wondering, my 1st favorite quote is “You had me at Hello”.~Jerry Maguire)

After sitting down to think about budget, I made note of some of the areas where we are saving the most.

1. THE Dress- FREE!   (Compliments of course of David Tutera for Mon Cheri )

2. Our reception venue- FREE!   (Compliments of Chris’s aunt & uncle; only catering and a set-up/clean-up crew needed.)

3. The Ceremony @ Abyssinian Baptist Church- FREE!  (Ran into one of the ministers from my church who kindly informed me that use of the church and pre-marital counseling is free to all members.  Hot diggity dog!  *jumps up & down to do a jig!)

I’m still in the process of finding out the added fees for things such as music, organizers, etc. but, I’m hoping against all hope to continue keeping cost down so that we can spend our few extra pennies on the little things that really matter like…desserts! ;)

~miss dancing diva

Photo Credit Trainerize

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Wedding Date: April 2015
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: The Perfect Dress

Suit up!

Posted on October 21, 2014 by  Miss Blushing Bride   //   Comment

Now that I have found my special dress to wear on my day, it is time to shift gears and focus on my other half! Zach can really wear anything, so to help narrow down the selection (even though I have an idea of what would look great on him) he is going to do a fashion show of sorts.  Though you wouldn’t think it, there are a lot of SUITable (pun intended) options for the guys: slim fit, standard cut, double breasted, suspenders, vests, bow-ties, skinny ties, etc.

In terms of color scheme, Zach and the guys are going to wear black. Though that might be a little “controversial” since my ladies are wearing navy, I personally LOVE a navy/black combo. Plus, a classic black tux looks sharp on anyone and everyone.

I like the fit of the suits of this wedding party below. The seem a little slimmer (which would be perfect for Zach) and the ties give a more casual vibe opposed to a bow-tie. The sunglasses don’t hurt either!mensuit

The suspenders paired with skinny ties are a classic and crisp look that I really like too. This option still allows for the groomsmen to look suave, especially since most of their jackets are taken off to dance! suspenders

Another standard option for the groomsmen are vests. I think this is a great look with one major caveat – the vests need to be fitted properly to their body! The fit for this piece can look out of place and awkward if not adjusted properly.vests

What look do you like best for the men?

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Wedding Date: October 2015
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Encore Formals and Bridal

Photographer is Booked

Posted on October 21, 2014 by  Miss Glam Bride   //   Comment

I understand that the wedding photographer will have one of the most important jobs during my wedding night. My wedding could be flawless, but it wouldn’t mean a thing if I had a stinky photographer.

I met with several photographers. I didn’t receive any type of follow-up email from any of them. Months after the fact I still heard nothing. That turned me off immediately.

I have admired Matt Whytsell’s work for a few years now, so I decided to contact him. He was so nice, answered all of my emails (there were a lot) and even sent me messages to check up on me and follow up with my progress.

So, I knew he was MY photographer. I booked with him last week and can’t wait for him to take our pictures. Sometimes you just feel really good about a decision and this is one of those times. And I’m not even saying that because he’s a Gator!!

You gotta love a photographer that will do anything to get that perfect shot.


Photo from Matt Whysell’s Instagram


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