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:
I 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.
Get 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]
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:
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]
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]
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]
I’m so excited to show you the new stuff! Pulling this collection together while recovering from childbirth and with a newborn in the house was no small feat (thank goodness for my amazing seamstress!), and that makes the new dresses that much more important to me. They feel so personal – like part of the family (I actually draped the gown pictured above in Poppy’s room while she played in her crib, if you can believe it) – and I’m thrilled to introduce these beautiful cotton fabrics into the line.
I mean …
A crisp, killer gown of cotton pin tuck shirting, underlined in gorgeous silk taffeta? This gown feels so gooooood. And also makes a girl look ten stories tall. You know … no big deal.
Please take a moment to check out the full collection on the website and let me know what you think! xo
[Photographer: Billy Rood; Model: Danielle Maddox; Hair/Makeup: Bridal Beauty Chicago]
In my rush on Friday I totally forgot to thank you wonderful sweetie pies for all of your sweet comments when Poppy was born. I can’t tell you just how AWESOME it is to have this giant network of incredible people supporting us. It’s humbling and amazing and the ultimate love fest. THANK YOU!
Oh and by the way, she was a total pro at the doctor, and yes, I did cry when she got her shot. But just a little. I also cried this morning when she flashed her first real intentional smile at me. My heart totally melted into a giant puddle right then and there.
Look at these awesome pictures of my sweet bride Caitlin, featured on Style Me Pretty!
Her wedding was featured back in July, but I’ve been a little behind lately, as you know. Regardless, I had to show them off again over here, because GAH! So pretty! Caitlin wore my Buddleia Veil with her BHLDN gown and she looked so absolutely beautiful. The perfect pairing, don’t you think? The whole wedding was pretty perfect, I’d say, and the images by Two Bird Studio are so lovely. You should really pop on over and drool over the entire gallery – so many great ideas. AND Caitlin is a super talented stationery designer, so you should really check out her work at Regas as well. Homework. Assigned.
[Images by Two Bird Studio]
Okay. I have all of ZERO MINUTES to write this blog post, but I miss you guys SOOO MUCH, and so I’m popping in with a completely scattered brain and burning-from-exhaustion eyeballs just to say ‘hi’.
And I also want to show you this:
It’s the dreamiest! And so is the beautiful and super sweet bride, Kelly. She’s just a tiny, wispy little thing – the kind of girl you want to pick up and twirl around – and you should see her in this dress! So feminine and lovely. She’s the cutest. And Kelly in this dress is just a burst of perfection. And wait until you see the matching veil! GAH!
I wish I could go on and on about the bride AND the dress, because I love them both so much, but I have to go cry while I watch Poppy get her 1 month baby shots.
Ohmigoodness, you guys, Saturday is my last day of work. Well, my last day spent frantically sewing from 8am to 6pm. And I am EXCIII-TEEED. I will, of course, still be working to some degree – I have a new collection to get out (!!) – but it’s mostly computer work. Work best done with my dang feet up, if you know what I mean. Can you believe I’m almost at the finish line? Dudes, I’m FULL TERM. And already two centimeters dilated. Whoa. That’s pretty heavy. And so is this baby. Weird and exciting stuff!
I’ve been wrapping up so many incredible custom orders over the last couple of weeks and I have so much to share with you. This gown, for the stunning and lovable Liz, is truly a show stopper. Her mom and I basically spent the entire final fitting losing our minds.
I mean. Right? Daaaang. Remember when we were all flipping out over the skirt? I knew it was going to be awesome, but even I was pretty blown away when she tried it on with the veil and everything. She looks like a movie star. I wish I could show you how pretty she is too, but I think it’s more fun to wait for the actual wedding pictures. *sigh* I love this dress and I love Liz and I love her mom SO MUCH – I can’t wait to see everything on the big day.