Picture yourself walking into a room with Swarovski crystal chandeliers hung from Fresco painted ceilings and a grand mahogany staircase that leads into a 3,000 square foot ballroom. This was the gorgeous mansion setting where Liz and Travis shared their "I do's". Having first met in high school, years later their romance lead into a thrilling engagement on top of the Navy Pier ferris wheel. This setting was a perfect reflection of their fun, easy-going personalities--their big day was just the same. From the vibrant jewel-tone wedding colors and the stunning mansion decor, to the private first look and abundance of family and friends, their day was more than they could have ever hoped for.
Q. What was it like seeing Travis for the first time on your wedding day?
A. Seeing Travis for the first time is one of the main moments of our day I will never forget. Even though we had just seen each other the night before, it was like seeing him for the first time after being apart. It was that heart racing, sweaty palms, butterflies in your stomach kind of nervous!
Q. Why did you choose Kennedy Blue taffeta bridesmaid dresses?
A. I chose Kennedy Blue bridesmaid dresses for many reasons! For one, I loved the colors they offered and I wanted to stick with my jewel-tone wedding palette, so I ended up choosing Mediterranean. Also, I loved the idea of having the girls in different styles that worked for their figures, and the prices were reasonable for everyone to afford!
Q. What are you and Travis like as a couple?
A. As a couple, I consider Travis & I to be very easy going. We love spending time with our friends going out to dinners and movies, but we are also very much home bodies. Curling up on the couch with our two cats, a good movie, and some take away pizza is one of our favorite date nights.
Q. What advice would you give to other brides?
1. Do yourself a favor by staying organized! Buying or putting together your own wedding planning binder to keep checklists, vendor information, inspiration photos, color swatches, etc., is key! It's so much easier to have everything in one place to easily reference when needed.
2. Record the day as much as you can. This includes taking pictures, videos, etc. Yes, I'm sure you have a professional photographer capturing the day, however, I think candid phone pictures are just as special and memorable! You can never take too many pictures on your wedding day!
3. Fully enjoy the day in all aspects. Make sure you get to eat those delicious hors d'oeuvres, enjoy that glass of wine, admire those DIY decorations that took you endless hours to create, and dance to as many songs as your feet can handle! The day goes by in a flash and you want to make sure you enjoy every last second of it!
Photos by: Brio Art Photography
Venue: Semple Mansion
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Styling your besties in mismatched bridesmaid dresses has been a huge trend for the past few years. And as popular as it still is, we’re slowly starting to see brides revert to having all of their girls dressed in the same style. So how do you decide what’s best for your own wedding? Here are some points to get you thinking about whether you should go the route of mismatched bridesmaid dresses or styling your girls in all the same look.
Romantic, elegant, and totally on-trend; we’re currently obsessing over Bordeaux bridesmaid dresses! Inspired by Marsala, Pantone’s 2016 color of the year, our newest color was created out of the need for a deep red with a romantic pink undertone. Literally, you guys, this color is everything we’ve ever dreamt of! Flattering on literally every skin tone, we think this is a color that your bridesmaids are easily going to fall in love with!
In my opinion, choosing your wedding colors is one of the hardest wedding decisions you’ll have to make. If you’re anything like me, you’re indecisive, overwhelmed by the amount of gorgeous color options, and your color preferences change on a weekly basis. How’s a girl to choose!?
Taking Your Measurements
For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.
**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.
Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).
Waist size: While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.
Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.
Choosing your correct size
Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.