Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Photo Shoot Sneak Peek

Last Friday evening, we attracted lots of attention during our bridal photo shoot with the fabulous Amy Carroll.

See Amy's blog for more images of our gorgeous models, Jessica, Audrey, and Rachel.
September's Bride...a fresh approach to formal.

Monday, April 27, 2009

It's Prom Season!!

While we were prepping for last Friday evening's photo shoot with Amy Carroll, this handsome high school senior came in to pick up his prom tux. Amy just had to get a few great shots of him rockin' it!
Yes, prom season is in full swing here in West Michigan! September's Bride has a great selection of tuxes at great prices.
September's Bride...a fresh approach to formal.

Friday, April 24, 2009

SB Bride :: Kristin

Here is a candid shot of our bride, Kristin, who was married last weekend in Key West, Florida! Kristin wore a Lila Couture gown; we were just delighted to serve her and her family, as her mother and sister both purchased dresses from us for the weekend celebrations.

Congratulations, Kristin!

September's Bride... a fresh approach to formal.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

More fabulousness!

Our favorite new accessory for the bride is the anklet!

At September's Bride, we have the "Something Blue" anklet and it has been very popular with brides.

Pictured here is "Carla" by MEG Jewelry, designed especially for the Beach Bride! Want to go barefoot for your ceremony? Get a fabulous pedicure and then wear this beautiful foot jewelry to bring "barefoot on the beach" it's own version of glamorous style.

September's Bride...a fresh approach to formal.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Modern Colors :: Lavender & Red

Row 1 :, Amy Carroll,
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Row 3: Amy Carroll,,,

These neighbors on the color wheel lend themselves to an elegant and formal celebration. Although this color combination can work in any season and venue, today's vision is for an indoor, winter wedding. I love how the lavender reminds us of the icy beauty of winter, while the red really warms things up.

For the bride, an ivory gown is so beautiful in an indoor setting with candlelight. Your maids can wear red floor-length dresses; use a red that has a cool blue undertone rather than a warm, yellow undertone. Lavender or dark purple shoes peeking out from both the bride's and the maid's hems would be fabulous. Wouldn't amethysts be beautiful in the jewelry? Put your sweet flower girl in a short, full, lavender silk dress tied with a red sash. For the men, I love charcoal with all shades of purple AND with red, so charcoal tuxes are a must. Vest and ties in the same shade of red as the maids would be great on the groomsmen, while your groom can stay in ivory to match you. For Moms, ask them to wear shades of purple, from light lavender to rich amethyst.

I hope you've enjoyed this short series on modern color schemes. If you have photos of a fun color scheme that you or a friend has used, please share them with me!September's Bride...a fresh approach to formal.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Blog Makeover!

A quick shout-out to my friend, Aletha of Pearls Events who graciously designed our new blog look. Thanks, Aletha.

If you want someone who can give your wedding a shot of sure to speak with Aletha and her team from Pearls Events. They offer many levels of wedding planning and coordinating; you will be delighted!

September's Bride...a fresh approach to formal.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Modern Colors :: Pink & Orange

Top row:, Martha Stewart,
Middle: cupcake & bride photo by Amy Carroll; Jen Kroll
Bottom: All from
I need to begin this post with a big shout-out to Daisy, an SB Bride and friend, who volunteered to compile this fabulous inspiration board for today's post. Daisy has great style and I'm so blessed that she is sharing it my blog!

Today's modern color combination that we are going to consider is Pink & Orange. For these color-wheel cousins, the important thing to remember is to keep the intensity the same. You can pair a sherbert shade of orange with a pastel pink, or a bright tangerine with a fushia, but stay away from mixing brights and pastels.

This color combo is playful, cheery, and a little girly. Stay away from it for the most formal of celebrations, but it is wonderful for spring and summer outdoor and destination celebrations.

Here is my vision for a pastel pairing of pink and orange for a springtime garden wedding. Pure white or diamond white wedding gowns look fabulous against nature's backdrop. Your maids will look fresh in knee-length pastel pink frocks with pink-and orange-sherbert colored silk flowers in their hair. Choose light tan matching suits for the men, with sherbert-striped ties. Bring the two colors together in a fresh print for your flower girl. Encourage your Moms to choose dresses or outfits in shades of green, to ground the look and compliment, not compete with, your color scheme.

Another great way to do these colors is with a tropical or beach theme, using the bright colors of tangerine and fushia. Tropical lilies, bird-of-paradise flowers, and pool-side drinks are the places from which to draw your inspiration. Bridesmaids will look sunny in bright pink dresses and orange sashes. Orange sandals will add to the fun, for you and the girls. Let the men be comfortable in summer-weight linen with white shirts and orange ties. Again, this color combo looks best when grounded with some green, so use lots of greenery in your flowers to make the primary colors pop!

Coming next...Lavender & Red!

September's Bride...a fresh approach to formal.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Modern Colors :: Grey & Yellow

(inspiration board from
In my eyes, there are two ways to do bold color combinations for your wedding: 1. subtle and 2. fearless. Doing this half-way can leave your guests wondering "does that really go together?"

Today, we're going to consider the hot color combo of grey and yellow.

The subtle bride could choose buttercup yellow dresses for her maids and sterling grey tuxes for the guys. Accessorize the tuxes with soft yellow vests and a striped tie in shades of grey and yellow. The bridal gown can stay traditional, perhaps with a light silver sash. If you want your Moms to coordinate with your wedding party, let them choose from shades of grey, ranging from a light oyster to pewter, platinum, or charcoal, and carry a fabulous yellow satin clutch. This look would be especially beautiful for winter and spring weddings.

Ready for something bolder? Start with you and your groom. Silver and platinum wedding gowns are all over the runways! Put him and the guys in charcoal tuxedos. For a modern, trendy look, skip the vests and find a tie for your groom in the same shade as your gown. The other guys can wear solid marigold-yellow ties. Your maids can also dress in marigold gowns, while the flower girl wears a lighter shade of yellow. For Moms, soloists, or readers; trendy, modern women can definitely do black, while the more traditional could choose pastel shades of yellow. For accessories, metallic silver all the way! This bolder look would be wonderful for summer and fall weddings.

Tomorrow, I am going to make some suggestions on the color combination of pink & orange.

September's Bride...a fresh approach to formal.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Modern Colors

Pink & Orange

Red & Lavender

Marigold & Pewter
(all photographs courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings)

At our boutique, we're often asked, "what are THE colors for this year"? After visiting the National Bridal Market in Chicago last month and speaking with some of the best graphic designers in the area, I can definitely answer that there is a trend toward some very modern color combinations.
How to do this successfully? I think your florist is the most important vendor that you need to include in this aspect of your wedding style. A talented florist can pull blooms and blossoms that will really work and give your wedding a true "look".
Tomorrow, I am going to post some tips on choosing the apparel for you and your wedding party when using some unusual and modern color combinations.
September's Bride... a fresh approach to formal.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Greetings from Sunny Florida!

For the past week, I have been enjoying a fabulous vacation in sunny Florida with my husband and our boys.

My fantastic assistant, Rachel, and our entire SB staff has been doing a great job keeping the boutique running and helping all of our brides & customers. I really appreciate each member of our team.

I want to remind my readers, however, of our upcoming Trunk Show of Jennifer Leigh Bridal Veils & Hair Accessories! We are currently making appointments for April 18 and 25, and the veils will be in the store for the week between these dates, too! We are offering 20% off all purchases from the Jennifer Leigh line during this time. Please call and make your appointment right away; our trunk shows usually fill quickly! Call the store at 616-355-1433.

September's Bride...a fresh approach to formal.