Worth the Wait...
I know. It's been way too long. I didn't think I would be this much time since I've blogged but I am working on getting back into the swing of things. I even considered throwing in the towel...but this is something that makes me happy, so I need to find ways to reorganize and reprioritize my time. Working on it! But the time away was much needed. So much has transpired over the course of just a few short months, one of them being the completion of my Ph.D. Hence my need to "steal away" for a bit. But praise be to God. It's done!
Although I haven't posted in quite some time, I still found a few moments in between writing my dissertation for styling. I got to take a huge part in styling my first wedding (other than my own). My friend, YoYo, who let me practice styling with her when I first started my styling journey (check out my first post on YoYo here), got married late this summer on the beautiful island of Jamaica. Her wedding was photographed by one of my personal favorite photographers, CtHruLens.
She allowed me to be part of her special day and I was so humbled to participate. It all started with shopping for her dress and culminated with her telling me that I would be doing her makeup. The night before her wedding. Lol. I did have a mini heart attack, because that was NOT part of the plan. Lol. But honestly, I'd do anything for this girl. She truly has been such a source of strength and support to me.
What I loved about her wedding was that every one of YoYo's close friends and family rallied around her to contribute to her moment. The photographer has such a keen eye for capturing all the elements of the day so that those viewing could have a photo story of the day. Here you see YoYo's beloved friend/sister styling her hair.
YoYo had her own vision of what she wanted her day to be like (I haven't met many brides who haven't) and I just helped her pull all the pieces together. We were very purposeful at adding vintage touches to every element of YoYo's attire and accessories. Each piece, from the shoes to the belt, provided a unique and personalized touch. One of my personal favorites was YoYo's flowers used in her hair, which she artfully crafted all on her own!
Her dress was gorgeous and a perfect fit! She selected a fitted mermaid shape with a scalloped bottom, which went beautifully with her theme.
She was STUNNING
The groom must not be forgotten. What a great guy to work with...he fused his own sense of style into his wife's theme quiet nicely.
And it all comes together...I love these guys.
Now on to the bridal party. Instead of using bouquets, I helped YoYo search for all of the pieces for custom made clutch purses for each bridesmaid.
I loved the versatility of the dresses and that each bridesmaid was able to wear their dress how they wanted. YoYo really wanted the dresses have a sense of uniformity while being unique. I think it was definitely accomplished! Given the anticipated temperature, we opted out of having full suits for the groomsmen, but this allowed for focus on on specific details such as the bowties, suspenders, and lapel pins.
After months and months of planning, pulling details together, and sometimes wondering how everything would come together, I was so excited to see the final product. This couple is so giving and loving and I was truly truly blessed to share in their special day. I pray God's continued blessings over their union.
I hope you enjoyed this post...but before I go I just have to share one last thing. YoYo was a huge part of my wedding day and I just had to share how it came full circle for us :).
Hair Stylist: Nadia Chevalier
Wedding Gown: Maggie Sattero
Bridal Shoes: DSW
Headpiece: Custom Design
Bridesmaids Gowns: Etsy
Clutch Purses: Dawna Baker
Bridesmaids Shoes: DSW
Suit: Jos A. Bank
Bow ties: The Tie Bar
Groomsmen Shirts: Men's Wearhouse
Groomsmen Pants: New York Warehouse
Lapel Pins: Lapel Essentials (Etsy)