One benefit to having awesome friends (aside from having awesome friends) is that they too have awesome friends. And oftentimes they send those adorable people to me, and then I’m just swimming in adorable, awesome people. And sometimes these friends of friends are also famous, James Beard-award winning chefs. No big deal. I mean, it’s totally not a big deal, unless of course the famous chef is Stephanie Izard (of Top Chef and Girl and the Goat and Little Goat fame), because then the emphasis is most definitely on AWESOME and ADORABLE. She’s the real deal, tootsie pops. And I got to make her wedding gown and veil!
We went with a traditional silhouette, but used this gorgeous French lace with an organic deco pattern for something totally unique. Tiny flowers were also cut from the lace and scattered throughout the skirt. I practically had a heart attack trying to track down that lace in ivory p.s., but I did it. And the heavens opened up and shone down upon us all. The cathedral-length veil was trimmed in two rows of this equally amazing Belgian border lace, which breaks my heart every time I look at it. It’s seriously incredible. And the drape of that veil is THE LIMIT. Love it.
I wish I had taken my own photos before sending this off with the bride, but … you guys I was so, SO pregnant. And it was like a million degrees. And I was a little overcome by how lovely Stephanie looked, and … I forgot. Wah wah. But if you’d like to read more about Stephanie’s wedding to her love boat Gary, and see more pictures of the big day, pop on over to … oh … PEOPLE MAGAZINE. And the Chicago Sun-Times. And a bunch of other places – just google away!
Congratulations to Stephanie and Gary! xoxo
[Wedding images by Jesse Lirola]
I have more wedding pictures for youuu! I’ve been so fortunate to get a bunch of pictures recently from my brides–being under a lot of stress lately has allowed me to forget how truly amazing this year has been. 2013 was a VERY good year for me – both personally and professionally. And even though I lie awake some nights worrying about the same crap everyone else worries about, looking through all of these gorgeous pictures has made me take a pause and acknowledge how genuinely lucky I am. The burdens will ease, and I will forever have been a part of these incredible weddings – the happiest of days – for so many amazing women. *tear*
Now look. at. THESE:
Isn’t Rachel incredible?? She looks so gorgeous I can’t get over it. You may recall us all losing our minds over the dress on the hanger, and isn’t it just perfection on the bride? Love it. I wish I had time to post more pics from the wedding here, because they really got fancy and there are so many great images. But lucky us, Bryan and Mae, their photographers, shared a bunch on their blog. Absolutely go check them out! And slip me a *high five* for everyone freaking about her dress in the comments over there. I don’t mind saying I’m doing a little shoulder shake to myself.
Yay for a gorgeous bride and her handsome groom! Congratulations, Rachel and Luke!! xoxo
[Images by Bryan and Mae]
So if you haven’t guessed by my complete disappearance, everything went well at Closing and we are living in our new fancy condo. Wooo! (p.s. THANK YOU for all of your amazing comments! Love you guys so much.) For the first few days, I wasn’t able to blog because we didn’t have the internet hooked up. Then every day after that I couldn’t blog because I am only one person with two hands and one of those hands is constantly full of baby and the other one is trying to prime and paint kitchen cabinets, paint a dining room, unpack five million boxes, “style” sh*t, fix a leaky faucet, cover my eyes while Keith uncovers a giant MOUSE NEST in the kitchen wall, continue to clean the things I’ve already set up and occasionally brush my hair.
All before Thanksgiving.
I mean, the place isn’t going to be finished before Thanksgiving, but I’d rather it didn’t look like the old rodent nest Keith VACUUMED OUT OF OUR KITCHEN WALL. Amazing things one discovers when one removes hideous cabinetry.
Anyway … the place is actually looking pretty dope, if I do say so myself. You know, as long as you don’t mind cardboard boxes and a giant mess. And while I’ve been trying to stay focused and turn this place into a comfy new home for us, I’ve also been receiving lots of wedding pictures from my amazing brides. !!!
Feast your eyes on this:
Not only is the bride totally gorgeous, but her hubby is quite a hunk. They are both also unbelievably kind (as are both of their moms), and just an all-around joy. I love them and I’m so happy for them and, just as an aside, I’m also totally THRILLED with the gown. *high five* Remember when I was draping it here and here? So amazing to see a gown’s transformation. And I could not have hoped for a more perfect bride to wear it – absolutely stunning! Be sure to check out more images of the wedding here. These people have got some serious STYLE.
[Images by the Ely Brothers]
I am so super bad at keeping secrets, guys. Well, exciting news secrets anyway. Like if I plan something amazing for your birthday, I will never be able to wait until your birthday to tell you about it. I just don’t have it in me. Fortunately, never having any time to myself lately has made secret-keeping so much easier. For instance: I have the most AMAZING (personal) news that I’m DYING to share, but I just can’t. yet. I’ve been fine keeping it quiet up until now (from the stress of it, really) but today …
It’s KILLING ME.
So here’s a hint: I’ve been much more active over here lately.
Do not ask questions.
And since I still can’t talk about that, let us talk about this:
Finalllly! All of the accessories from the line are now available to purchase online, and I’m so excited about the new shop – it’s clean, streamlined and so much easier to use than the first setup ages ago. Plus, it’s full of pretty things, so duh, you should totally go there and grab something gorgeous for your gorgeous self.
AND you should take off 15% because I love you so much. Use coupon code NEWSHOP now through 10/31/13.
How’s that for exciting news??
Thank you SO MUCH for all of your sweet comments about the new collection (here and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) – you guys could almost trick me into thinking I’m fancy. I am decidedly not. But this absolutely is:
Trunk show time!! My lucky east coast brides, get thee to VeKa Bridal and go try on some dressez. Seriously, there are so many details in the new collection that just can’t be captured in a single image – the fine cotton net blossoms, the Swarovski crystals, the gorgeous corded lace and my signature lace-trimmed inner corsets – all of this awesome stuff needs to be seen on your cute, little bodies. Call them up and make an appointment right away …
VeKa Bridal Couture
… then be sure to tweet or Instagram me and let me know you’re there! I will send you so many virtual hugs and high fives, you won’t know what to do with yourself.
Except twirl in your fancy new dresses.
[Photographer: Billy Rood; Model: Danielle Maddox; Hair/Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago]