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Well, well, well …. that was an unexpected break. Sorr-rry. Keith is now officially home for the summer, which allows me to work semi-normal hours again, but those hours fill up so quickly. You guys, there is SO MUCH happening right now. Like, really so much. First of all, I’ve moved the studio yet again – this time into the most gorgeous and bright space – and I’m sharing it with none other than my total girl crush, Dean Renaud. I’ve talked about Dean and her incredible design and event planning company South Social & Home close to a million times, and I’m so thrilled to be shacked up with her and her amazing brass shelving unit. I mean …

veronica sheaffer studio_south social and home

Isn’t it such a dream in there? I’m dying to show you more, but we have a lot to do still, and obviously we want to do a fancy shoot, etc. By the way, I posted that on Instagram forever ago – that’s really the best place to keep up with me when I disappear. Anyway, Dean is the best, and that’s only the tiniest fraction of her shelving unit, which is also the best. And the space is so amazing – we really lucked out. Hopefully this will become a place where we can both establish some roots.

So what else is new? We’ve just wrapped up with five brides, are finishing with a couple of others and are about to get started on the next round of cuties. I’m also sketching for new group of brides – all with the most incredible design aesthetics. I’m really not kidding – across the board, I get the coolest, most fashionable clients. Case in point:

veronica sheaffer custom bridal_english net gown_modern wedding

The incredible Miss Mrs. Molly in her custom, over-sized gown of English net worn with a coordinating silk taffeta midriff top and tulip-cut skirt. That’s just COOL. I cannot wait for the professional photos to come in, because the drape of that dress really is the limit – you have to see the light shine through to get the full ‘ohmigod’ effect. In the meantime, thanks to @kixnwhips86 on Instagram, from whom I stole this image. Amazing florals by Foxglove Studio, ps.

And … guess who was also married recently. Very excited to get THOSE pictures back as well.

We’ve been moving along so quickly this year, that I haven’t had much opportunity to take you along in the process, but I hope to change that soon. Among other things. Ohmigod, you guys, something is a-brewing!

 

 

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Real Bride Kelly Wedding Video and Feature

Ohmigoodness, I hope all you/your moms had such an awesome day yesterday. My first Mothers’ Day was nothing short of magical – I slept until 8am, had a cocktail with waffles at home, had a cocktail with my egg sandwich at lunch, took a nap in the car while everyone went and bought me chips, drove up to a secret beach with my family and also received this amazing thing:

first mothers day card

Heart. Broken. I had no idea that day could feel so incredible. Everyone be nice to your moms!

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I am SO excited to share this post with you guys today – finally – I only promised to write about it forever ago, right? But I haven’t stopped thinking about how much I wanted to get this gorgeous stuff in front of you. Basically, this post has become my great white whale. Who am I kidding? Filing my nails, returning phone calls and making the bed are all becoming unattainable life goals these days. But when I do get to them, I feel like I’m wearing shoulder pads and tennis shoes with my skirt suit, and I am GETTIN’ IT DONE.

So. Onto the good stuff!

You guys remember Kelly, the wispy little stunner in her blush wedding gown last year. I mean, that girl is a looker. Well, someone else thought so too, because they put her on the COVER of their MAGAZINE.

The Refinery magazine _ spring 2014

Holy. Smokes. The Refinery mag, a Canadian publication, has come stateside and sweet Kelly and her husband David are featured in their inaugural issue along with oodles of jaw-dropping images by T&S Hughes Photography. So amazing. You must click through and see this stuff.

And … it gets so much better. Emily Hard, the same incredible woman who filmed my little interview for Glossed + Found magazine (where she is the Producer and Editor), ALSO filmed their wedding video. And OH.MY.GOD.

TEARS. I mean it. This video will make you want to hug everyone you love – it perfectly captures what is so exciting and touching about weddings. And obviously this particular wedding was extraordinary. Everyone should watch this video. Really. And then everyone planning a wedding should stop what you’re doing and call Emily IMMEDIATELY. I swear, I want her to come over and just film my little family, because everything she does is so sweet.

And the icing on the cake is seeing Kelly twirl around in that blush confection of a gown.

psst … Kelly is also an illustrator and painter and shares some of her work on her blog here. This woman could not get more adorable, I swear.

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Marbled Paper, An Obsession With

So … do I really need to introduce this stuff? If you’ve spent a millisecond on Pinterest, you will have noticed the entire world heaving its collective bosom over marbled paper. Framing it, decoupaging with it, DIYing it … I mean … duh. It’s awesome. I am personally so obsessed with it that I have to force myself NOT to do any more marbled paper projects in this house. Two major projects is the limit. Which makes me super sad, because I really want to do THIS. On everything.

Anyway …

I did the decoupage thing first and covered our coffee table in it, which completely brought the table to life. Purple marble?? Too good.

marbled paper table faux purple marble diy

 

I used this incredible marbled paper in Pirouette from Paper Mojo (this color is also available at Paper Source). I only needed two sheets for the entire table, and like I said above, PURPLE MARBLE. I glued it on there with Elmer’s, I believe. That or paper Mod Podge. It doesn’t really matter – any lightweight, slow-drying glue will work. I still have to seal the top, but it’s held up pretty well over the last couple of months, and the accidental coffee ring is practically invisible over the crazy pattern. I mean, whatever. The world isn’t perfect, people. If I had sealed it immediately, it wouldn’t be an issue, but I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who can see it with the human eye anyway.

And THEN …

I wallpapered the nook in our hallway with this glorious stuff.

marble paper marble wallpaper diy marble wall

This project took like two hours or something. And I sort of feel like I could lie face down and never do anything ever again and still feel as though I’d accomplished my life’s work. When I die, I want my ashes to be scattered in this nook, I love it so much. I used the same paper in Black, Gold & Silver, and I only needed six sheets. I also made my own wallpaper paste out of corn starch, so this project was less than $50. I mean … COME ON. Only a very fancy millionaire could live here!

marble wallpaper diy gift wrap wall

Life’s. Work.

Somebody else did this in their bathroom, ps – same paper and everything – so I didn’t invent this wheel. But does it effing matter when it looks this good??

marble wall diy wrapping paper wallpaper

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Bridal Gowns Under $2,500!

Thanks so much for checking out the new stuff – I hope you found something you love! Something I’m loving really hard right now is …

Veronica Sheaffer Fall 2014_bridal gowns under 2500

… that EVERYTHING RETAILS FOR UNDER $2,500.

This is such a huge deal for me, you guys. It’s no small feat designing gowns produced in the U.S. and made in gorgeous, silk fabrics that can be sold at this price point.  Not to mention, duh, I’m not going to put my name on it if it’s not super special and thoughtful as well. Everything in this collection – even the custom ‘Little Blue Bow’ collection – is made with silk fabrics, trimmed in delicate laces, handcrafted in Chicago AND available for under $2,500 (with most falling closer to $2,000).

*high* *five*

And I fully plan to continue this in the future. I’ll still be doing the higher-end luxe pieces as well, but I really want to become more accessible to a wider audience of sweetie-pie brides. It’s really important to me, and I’m super excited about the possibilities.

Tell everyone you know! ;)

Orchid gown pictured above.
[Photographer: Billy Rood; Hair/Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago; Model: Danielle Maddox]

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Fall/Winter 2014 Collection is HERE!

My apologies for not having a chance to post that super cool thing I was supposed to share last week. I didn’t have the opportunity to get in here, because I was working on getting something else together – namely … this:

Veronica-Sheaffer-Fall-2014-bridal-collection

It’s LIVE. And ohmigod, I am NERVOUS this time around. I mean, I’m always very nervous when I release a collection, to be honest, but I’m living through this one right now, so it feels like the MOST nervous I’ve ever been, even though I know that’s completely not true. Uuuugggh. I’m giving myself high blood pressure and everything.

Just kidding, you guys, obviously I’m just sitting here with a glass of champagne, taking selfies and laughing at the world.

Anyway …

Please take a moment to check out the full Fall 2014 collection – it’s got tons of lace and silk and a shimmer of gold – and don’t miss my new “Little Blue Bow” collection, which is … ALL CUSTOM. Exciting, right??

I’ll be back soon to give you lots of details about both collections, but right now I have to go calm myself the eff down.

P.S. I love you guys. A LOT. It feels good to know I can come here and give you high fives and forget about my responsibilities and potential failures.

Hahaha.

Really.

xoxo

[Photographer: Billy Rood; Hair/Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago; Model: Danielle Maddox]

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Real Wedding: Lauren and Jason

So. You missing me yet, or what? Gaaah. First, I’d like to thank you for coming back, and second, I’d like to thank the universe for all of the awesome ladies I have been meeting so far in 2014. It has been such an amazing start to the year! And thanks, universe, for the baby and everything too, duh.

So I maybe watched half of a documentary/infomercial about “The SECRET” on one particularly crabby-baby day recently, and despite my head hurting from all of the eye rolling (and crabbing), I felt a tiny bit humbled by having to acknowledge that somebody already came up with my life philosophy. I mean, not so much the cutting stuff out of magazines and taping it to poster board – I don’t have time to stare at a picture of a Corvette until it manifests itself – but I do TOTALLY believe that you get what you put out into the world. I was feeling so super low for a while there – having your body and mind just WRECKED is a hard thing to accept, even if it is for a totally awesome reason – and I was really starting to worry about my complete lack of motivation. But thankfully once I started throwing some positive energy out into the world, the good stuff started coming back around. So THANKS for being part of that!

Also thanks to my lovely (lovely, lovely) friend Lauren for asking me design her wedding clothes for her amazing wedding last Fall. She’s the “Downton Bride” I kept telling you about, and holy smokes, did she know how to wear a gown:

downton style wedding gown by veronica sheafferI really love both of these people. And I love that I got to be there to celebrate with them – it was such a happy wedding. I mean, weddings are just amazing days anyway, and then add to that the incredibly sweet things everyone had to say about these two. It was just a love fest, all around. And it was also totally GORGEOUS, as are the beautiful photos by Studio Starling.

downton style wedding_custom bridal gown by veronica sheafferGet a load of the bride’s nieces and nephew, amiright? Don’t you want to just steal them and hug them forever?? You can see more of this charming wedding in the Chicago Sun-Times feature – and make sure to check it out, because there are so many pretty details. Thank you so much, Lauren, for asking me to be a part of your day – you looked absolutely stunning – and CONGRATULATIONS to you and Jason!!

[Images by Studio Starling]

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Real Wedding: Kelly and David

Holy. Smokes. The 2014 bridal season has BEGUN. After taking maternity leave last year, followed a holiday break, I’m super lucky that as soon as I was ready to get back to work, the work was ready to start flowing. And I am so super excited about the projects I’ve got lined up! They are so good, you guys. By the way, I’m able to accept more custom orders than usual this year, so there are still available slots. If you know you want custom, call me right away, please! I’ve still got openings, but my schedule is practically booked solid with consultations. So … act now!

Speaking of custom, I’ve got some amazing pictures to show you of my beautiful bride Kelly and her super cute husband David on their wedding day. They are both so completely adorable, and Kelly is a serious knockout in her blush lace and tulle gown. Just look at these two:

blush 1950s style bridal gown_tulle skirt_by veronica sheaffer

Ohmigod I TOLD YOU. So completely sweet and adorable in every possible way. I had a really hard time narrowing down the images by T&S Hughes Photography to share here, because they are all so lovely and Kelly looks so happy. Lucky for us there are a bunch more on the photographers’ blog here. You must go check them out. Not only are they great wedding photos, but Kelly designed such a beautiful wedding – the color palette alone is so gorgeous (now that I think of it, all of my brides last year had really amazing-looking weddings – I always say I’m so lucky, and I totally mean it). Anyway, it’s always so exciting when a bride comes in and I just instantly know exactly what she’s imagining. That totally happened with Kelly – right down to the veil. I just knew. You know? And not only did I get to design this pretty gown, but I got to spend time with this incredibly sweet woman (and her super sweet mom). Like I said – I’m so lucky.

[Images by T&S Hughes Photography; Hair and Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago]

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