Sunday, October 3, 2010

A brief pause

While we are rearranging, regrouping and recuperating after a summer full of weddings, you will be seeing less of us around here.  In the mean time, check out Lauren's marriage-focused blog: love, milk & honey for regular posts and unbeatable inspiration.

xoxo,
the LKE crew

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tuesday Shoesday :: Farewell Edition


Today is my last day as a part of Tuesday Shoesday. From now on, it will be sporadic and occasional. Doing Tuesday Shoesday has definitely helped me fall in love with shoes a little more each week, but writing the post isn't as much fun as it ought to be if I'm going to do it with such regularity. So, I'll leave you with these favorites of mine and send you in the direction of all the lovelies who are more faithful to posting and will offer endless shoe-inspiration for those gals out there looking for it!


Thanks for letting me join the fun, lovelies! Jenn

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tuesday Shoesday :: Work and Play

So, I'm with The Stylish Planner, Jeannine Kennedy. I absolutely think the wedding day ought to bring out your best in black. It's all the other events as a wedding planner that you should showcase your sense of style and impeccable eye in brighter colors and bolder patterns. Truthfully, I'm not sure I've been doing that lately...so I've been looking into some shoes that will help complete both looks, the work and the other work...we'll call it play. Because, personally, it feels more like play than work sometimes to get to be a part of the creative and professional process of creating a wedding, doesn't it?

These are my favorite Cole Haan's with concealed Nike Air Technology. And, it's not just wedding planners that recommend them, oh no! My mother-in-law (who is a pediatrician) also swears by them. In fact, I've heard teachers who'll wear them daily in the classroom, too.
So, what's the play counterpart to this shoe? These Ralph Lauren beauties, I'm sure are the evil *ahem* playful match. It looks like duipioni silk and that's enough to make me drool.
hope you all have happy toes today!
love, Jenn


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday Shoesday :: Dance All Night

Grant and I started dancing lessons last week. Flat soles required for slipping and sliding in time. Suede recommended. Made me wonder how many of the shoes I've been considering for our wedding would be just as pretty as they are fun to dance in. Most of them = pretty, but not great for dancing. The rest of them = great for dancing, but mostly ugly. So, here are a few I've found that get great marks for both! Would love to hear from anyone who has a pair to recommend!



Here's a little something for the traditional bride in white.

I'm loving this pair from Martinez Valero. I'd dance with Lexie all night long!


Or, for something perfect for the moody, mother-in-law or matron of honor, how about this black pair from Beverly Feldman. Fanciful, indeed! Love the lower heel and the ever-sexy silhouette.
The list of lovelies who showcase shoes each week in honor of Tuesday Shoesday just keeps growing and growing.

Simply and Forever , Landlocked Bride, Gweneth Paige, Swatchbook Weddings, Meant to Be Sent, Weddings and Pretty Things, Life in the Superburbs, Slice of Lime Design, April Foster Events, and Bellwether Events .

Monday, June 28, 2010

Southern Weddings Feature!

Hello loyal blog readers!  I just wanted to drop you guys a fun note this morning to let you know that one of my latest styled shoots is gracing the (online) pages of Southern Weddings Magazine's daily blog.

a little teaser for you:

Head over to the Southern Wedding Blog and check out the rest! 

And be sure to applaud the local vendors that helped bring this shoot to life!


Vendors: Catie Ronquillo: photography / Lauren Kelly Events: planning and design / Angela Karr of Faces by Angela: makeup / Philip Sanchez of Salon Wabi Sabi: Hair / White Gown Showroom: fashion / Laverty's Antiques in Waco, TX (254-754-3238): props and location / What About Cupcakes: dessert / Long dress: "Barcelona" by Blue by Enzoani / Short dress: "Audry" by Stephanie James Couture

Friday, June 25, 2010

DIY Photobooth

Most brides aren’t usually into following trends and want something out-of-the-box at their weddings, but having a photobooth at your wedding is definitely an exception. They are becoming extremely popular for weddings, birthday parties, and other special events because they provide the guests with entertainment and the host with fun memories.

If you are thinking of having a photobooth at your wedding, there are a couple of elements that you can include to make yours the best it can be. Choose a background that suites your personality as a couple. This could simply be a white sheet set up by a stand, or a colorful background or painted wall. Having the guests stand against the backdrop will add personality to the pictures.

Sources: Engageology, Thoughtfully Simple, Style Me Pretty

Another element to think about when making your own photobooth is lighting. If you are having an outdoor wedding, then keeping the photobooth outside is the perfect solution! Natural lighting is great and doesn’t cost anything. Another option is to have your photographer take the pictures for your photobooth and they can set up their own lighting.

Source: The Wed Hub

You can also add props to your photobooth to make them more fun. When you get the pictures back they will be full of your friends and family being silly with the props you left them. In my opinion adding chalk and a chalkboard or a dry erase board is a great way for your guests to leave you fun messages and entertain themselves. You can also add masks, wigs and costumes.

Sources: Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes

Another option you can choose to do is rent a photobooth instead of making it yourself. This is good because your guests can get the prints automatically, but this option is also more expensive. HubPages has a ton of information on renting photobooths.

Whether you are planning on renting a photobooth or making it yourself, it will definitely be a hit among your guests and a way to show off your personality as newlyweds. We would love to hear about your DIY photobooth experiences!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tuesday Shoesday :: The Glitter Edition



Tuesday Shoesdays roll around with incredible regularity and with them inspiration from some of the chicest bloggers around. Thank goodness. A few weekends ago I tried on my first pair of Christian Louboutin's. These glittered goddesses come in blues, pink, gold, silver, and several other hues. These seriously wanted to make me cry. Both, because they were almost more beauty than I could handle and because my feet are unaccustomed to a heel of that height. Serious ouch. I have nothing but admiration for the women who rock these down the aisle. I simply could not. But, I love sparkle and I love the variety of colors available to work for any bride.


Don't you just want to put a pair of these glitter pumps on your feet and dance, dance, dance? If you're worried about being gracefully impaired *ahem* like I am, then don't despair. There are other options that will make your toes tingle, while still allowing blood flow.

Yes, there is an opposite extreme to both the pricetag and over-all look of the Louboutin. Meet Tom. Or, more accurately, TOMS glitters in silver and gold.

And, for those who haven't heard of TOMS, you're missing out. They're comfortable, well-made shoes and they're made by an awesome company.



And, though these aren't glitters, I think these images from Rebecca Cash of Captivating Photography illustrate my point. TOMS are cute for weddings, too. Perfect, even, for the right bridal party. And, in these babies you can dance all night long.


Or, if you're not convinced they're fancy enough for you, you can work them into your engagements, like JT and Liz did with Sarah Hess of Fleeting Moments Studio.


Happy Tuesday Shoesday, everyone! For more inspiring soles, check out these lovely ladies Simply & Forever, Landlocked Bride, Gweneth Paige, Swatchbook Weddings, Meant to Be Sent, Weddings & Pretty Things, Life if the Super Burbs and Slice of Lime. Have we left anyone out who's just joined us? Let us know!

Jenn

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Finally, a Giveaway for Moms!


Some of you may have heard me mention this before, but finding dresses for our moms has been one of the bigger challenges for our August wedding. Grant's mom looked and looked and looked, and then right about the time she decided she might just have to wear whatever she could find, she found 2 dresses in one day! And, she looks beautiful in them both. Grant and I were sitting on the couch with his dad when she walked out to show them off and all three of our jaws dropped. I'm so excited for her.

My mom, on the other hand, hasn't been able to do much looking. We send e-mails back and forth about things we've found or flip through a catalog on either end of a telephone, but she hasn't spent as much time in stores as she needs to. See, she's her father's full-time care-giver. And, until a few months ago was taking care of my grandmother as well, when she started needing more help than my family could give her. So, she rarely gets a chance to leave the house.

So, this morning when I saw that Fab Over Fifty was hosting a style makeover for the Mother of the Bride or the Mother of the Groom I was really excited (and I even entered my mom to win!) One Fab Over Fifty Mom will win a private style consultation and a dress for the wedding, both from Kay Unger!

Tell us, what dresses have you seen moms and grandmothers wear to a wedding that really made them shine? Show us what dresses you've found that would be perfect from every wedding from a more casual to formal! We can't wait to see what wonderful dresses we discover along the way. And, what places would you suggest for people to be looking? We can't wait to compile all the suggestions and do a follow-up post!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.


"Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.”
Every bride has heard the phrase, and most strive to gather the perfect collection of items that bring luck to the bride on her wedding day. The age old tradition of having something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue in your wedding is thought to complete the special day. These elements of your wedding attire can be very traditional such as items owned by family members, or something new and modern.
Something old can be something that is passed down from generation to generation. Whether this is a garter, embroidered handkerchief, or a piece of jewelry, this is a way of tying family tradition into your wedding and bringing more significance to your special day. One bride photographed by Michael Oppenheim, wore a bracelet made out of the gold from her father’s wedding band. This was a way of adding something special into her wedding while also honoring someone important to her.


Sources: Michael Oppenheim and Style Me Pretty
Something new for a bride is usually the actual wedding dress. This is the most obvious piece of clothing that is new, but brides also use gifts such as new jewelry given to them before the wedding.



Sources: Verbena Floral Design via Style Me Pretty
When looking for your “Something borrowed,” choose an item that belongs to someone important to you. That way the item adds more significance to your wedding day. You could borrow a ring or hairpin from your mother, grandmother, or family friend. Traditionally this is someone who holds an important part in your life and is already happily married.
Something blue is where you can get the most creative. Some brides have the blue in their shoes such as these brides from Style Me Pretty and Big Day Plunge. One bride even had the soles of her shoes painted blue so the guests could only catch a glimpse of blue while she was walking down the aisle. This is a subtle way to add the blue element into your wedding attire.

Another way to add the “Something blue” into your wedding is to wear blue jewelry or tie your bouquet with blue ribbon.
Sources: Style Me Pretty and Flower Picture Gallery
These items can also be combined on your wedding day in case carrying four items is not something you would like to do. We would love to hear what your old, new, borrowed and blue items were for your wedding!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Say Cheese!

Remember that crazy group of friends from high school that you kept in touch with? What about your old college roommates? Wouldn't you love to have pictures of them from your wedding day? With your wedding festivities keeping you naturally busy, getting those pictures yourself or asking your photographer to get them without compromising their ability to get all the fabulous pictures you want of you and your new husband is a next to impossible feat! Here are a few ideas to help you get pictures of all your guests and keep you present in the festivities.
1) Digital card-reading station. Having a digital photo card-reading station is a great way to grab your guest's candid pictures from the wedding weekend. All you have to do is instruct guests to take their photo cards to the station at the end of the night. The photos will then be uploaded to the station with a few clicks of a button and you and your spouse can then print off copies of the pictures. Pictures that you may not have known were taken. This idea is fun and guaranteed to produce some, well... interesting and memorable pictures for you and your spouse to remember that special day.



2) Photobooth. Remember going to the mall and sitting in those little photobooths with your friends? Remember cramming into that small space and taking silly pictures that still make you laugh today? Me too. That's why this idea is so fun. Your friends can take silly pictures for both you and them to remember. Most photobooths print 2 copies of all pictures. You could keep one of the strips for your scrapbook or wedding album, and the guests could keep the other for their memories. This idea is both fun and unique. Imagine what kinds of crazy faces you will see. Oh man... I'm laughing just thinking about it. So grab your volleyball teammates and take silly pictures that you can all laugh at for years to come. Live in Dallas, Austin, or Central Texas? Check out Smilebooth, boothBooth, or Booth66!
Bonus:
LoneStar Photo Booth caters to all Texas cities!
3) Custom Made Guest Photo Area. It's your day, get creative! What sparks your story as a couple? Are you hikers & bikers, do you spend lots of time on the water, or do you have a favorite movie as a couple? Take that inspiration and create a custom photo wall or backdrop for your guests to take pictures in front of that tie into the personality of your relationship. One of the most unique ones I came across had guests put there heads in faux picture frames that were cut out and attached to a wall full of the couple's family pictures! This is great for childhood friends, work buddies, and even you & your better half!
So don't fret about getting pictures of your college roommates or his lacrosse team. These ideas are great ways to get those groups together to make unforgettable memories. ...and take a few pictures too.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tuesday Shoesday :: The Inaugural Edition

I'm not a shoe person. I love shoes, don't get me wrong. I like shoes that are cute and comfy or shoes that are pretty enough it doesn't matter that they're not comfy! But, I've never been one to drool over shoes as I passed them in department shoes or spend hours and hours searching for the perfect pair online. And, truthfully, I've never had a picture in my head of the pair I want to walk down the aisle in. But, when I started reading interior design blogs a few years ago, it quickly turned into wedding blogs, too. And, that's when it happened. I fell in love with shoes.

So, for my inaugural Tuesday Shoesday post, I'd like to recognize the pair that I remember first leading me to hunt them down and making me realize I needed to find something fabulous for my own wedding day. Of course, this was several years ago. And, I still haven't found the right pair for our August nuptuals. I'm still looking...

Meet Jojous. She's from Nine West. Lots of ladies have worn her down the aisle. That's a pretty good résumé, don't you think?

There are several other fabulous ladies out there who have inspired me to join the Tuesday Shoesday ranks with their fabulous weekly picks and inspiration. Thanks to the Tuesday Shoesday solemates, Simply & Forever, Landlocked Bride, Gweneth Paige, Swatchbook Weddings, Meant to Be Sent, Weddings & Pretty Things, Life if the Super Burbs and Slice of Lime. Thanks for letting us join in on the fun! We'll see you again next week!

Send us your favorite picks or shots from wedding shoes you love! Can't wait to see all the other picks out there this week!
-Jenn

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Say hello to my team!


Ladies and gents, say hello to my interns, won't you? These three will be working with me to provide fresh and interesting content on the blog, help me plan and coordinate weddings, and help me get this business into its next phase. Get excited, Lauren Kelly Events just keeps getting better.
So, let's get to it, shall we?
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Jennifer Giles
So, Jenn. Can we call you “Jenn?”
Yes, Jenn is fine. But, not “Jenny,” please not Jenny . It just isn’t me, but there needs to be something to break up the monotony in the sea of Jennifer’s, doesn’t there? Top 5 names for girls from 1968-1988? 20 years is long enough to rule the roost…
What brings you to the Lauren Kelly Events team?
I believe weddings are important events that should be focused on the couple making vows to one another who have friends and family that will help them keep their vows, whether those people are present at the ceremony or not. But, I also believe that a wedding should be fun for everyone involved, since it’s one of very few times most people have all their loved ones around them at once. So, show ‘em what your lives are like and make it fun! Having a wedding planner or coordinator can go a long way to help an event like that happen and I want to be that wedding planner!
What lights your fire?
White t-shirts, of course. But seriously, I love a good blank slate to get my creative juices flowing. And, a white shirt is that blank slate for me more often than it probably ought to be. White plates on my table do the same thing, they let the beautiful food be what you notice. But, besides good food and a cool white t-shirt, I LOVE to travel. Everything from weekend road-trips to trans-continental treks with multiple forms of transportation are on my wish-list and it’s where my fiancé like to put our energy and free-time. And, we love to travel with family and friends as much as we like to travel alone, though it’s a completely different experience.
Did your love for adventure come from living so many places?
Well I like to say that I am part gypsy. My Grandma Audrey has just as many ants in her pants as I do and needs very little excuse to hop in the car. We’re two of a kind. But, I have lived in 9 cities, 4 states, 3 countries, and in 10 homes. Once you know you can make a home in so many places you start to wonder why not go somewhere instead of asking yourself why. But, Grant is a roots man and I’m all about the wings, so we’re a great blend in that way. And, traveling has taught me other very helpful things, too. For example, haggis isn’t that bad when you’re eating it with ‘neeps and tatties and a really good gravy. Who’d have known?
Do you have a motto? or some words you live by, perhaps?
I’m a “words person” and when people know how to string the right words together in the right order, I melt in my shoes. When I’m trying to design a home for myself or someone else, I always think about William Morris’s thoughts about having nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
I’ve spent most of the last 7 years studying Religion and anyone who is immersed in that world is bound to come across some real beauty. But, faith affects people so differently, so I try to remind myself of Olivier Clement’s words, “Spiritual work has no value if it does not help to deepen humility as the capacity for love. Spiritual progress has no other test in the end, not any better expression than our ability to love.” This is a great reminder for couples starting out, many of whom may not consider themselves “religious” or spiritual,” but get into their marriage and find they need something more than themselves to keep their relationship strong and growing. It’s especially key if one partner is exploring that more than the other and finds them self trying to communicate what they’re experiencing to their partner.
What song could be your soundtrack?
“Clumsy” by Fergie. At least the part about “trippin’, stumblin’, flippin’, fumblin.’” I am not coordinated and neither are my limbs. It’s really too bad, I bruise like the Georgia peach I am!
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Lindsey Tigert
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m from a small town in East Texas. I have a loving family who is always supportive and compassionate. I am always interested in trying new things. I hope to be successful in my life by helping and loving others frequently and laughing often.
What is your favorite color?
I actually have two favorite colors: bright yellow and dark purple. Both fit my personality, I’m really animated and adventurous.
Who inspires you?
My mom is the person who inspires me the most. She is the most supportive person I know, and she has a wonderfully kind spirit. Such a great woman to grow up watching!
What gets you excited?
I am fueled by my love for my family, faith and my enthusiasm for getting to know people. You will hear me talk a lot about my family because they truly are the people who mean to most to me. My faith is at the center of everything I do and my relationships with others are because of my God-given passion. I love meeting and learning more about people.
Spill the beans, What are some quirks? Embarrassing moments?
I tend to be very clumsy at times, but I’m used to tripping and falling, so I don’t get embarrassed easily because I’ve learned to laugh at myself.
What are you most excited about this summer?
This is definitely a dream job for me, so I am ready to learn as much as I can about the wedding industry and get to know the lovely girls I will be working with. Weddings are one of the most important days in many people’s lives. I want to help people’s weddings showcase their personalities and the things that are most important to them. This is one of the ways I feel called to care for others.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to be around people, so hanging out with my friends and family is usually what I do in my time off. I also love to read and music is a big part of my life. My favorite author right now is Donald Miller, and as far as music goes I’m really interested in music like Joshua Radin and Regina Spektor. I am a huge animal lover, I have 5 dogs and 3 cats at home. I also love milk; it’s my favorite drink and I have at least 3 glasses a day.
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Alyssa Atteberry
What’s your background?
I just graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. I majored in Accounting & Management, which I realize are not directly related to event planning. But, I was involved in an organization on campus where I learned about all aspects of event planning and absolutely fell in love! Weddings are such special days and I love being a part of the process of making the day special.
Are you a TV watcher?
When One Tree Hill is on I am watching, which is not to be confused with The O.C. And, my loyalty is directly related to Chad Michael Murray and James Laferty, of course.
When Chad and James are busy, what do you entertain yourself with?
I absolutely love scrapbooking, though it usually takes me about an hour to put together a page. I have to design the page down to the last element before attaching and writing. I love that it allows me to portray what I felt and experienced in the moments captured by the photographs. Of course I have my own memories, but the books help me record the details that might get fuzzy over time.
I also love to read and love getting recommendations from friends and strangers alike. Most recently, it’s been Redeeming Love and Captivating on my bedside table. I also love to read Nicholas Sparks books. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a great love story!
How do you balance all that gushy stuff?
I’m a true daddy’s girl at heart, I learned all about football and have been watching it with my dad since I was little. He took me to my first game when I was in Kindergarten and I loved the excitement and adrenaline that took over at every game on the field and in the stands! Hook ‘em horns!
Shooting hoops is what I do to relax and clear my head. Having to slow down, breathe and concentrate is great when my mind is running.
So what movie is it we always hear you quoting?
Um, that would be John Tucker Must Die. “I wish it could just be simple, like a retro pop song, “I want you to want me.” Boom. End of story. We all live happily ever after. But it is never really like that, is it?” So many great lines like that that just cut to the chase!
Best funny memory?
I’m a clumsy girl, I’ll admit it. My favorite “clumsy” moment would have to be the time I fell at the movie theater. You see, the Beltonian had 2 sections: a top section and a bottom section. My friends and I were sitting on the first row of the top section watching “Marley & Me” one day. The theater was full of UMHB students. I had to go to the restroom during the movie, so I got up and tried to step down (thinking it was a small step) to get to the bottom section. Well the step was a lot bigger than I thought, so I tripped and fell. The whole top section saw and laughed. I couldn’t help but laugh at myself too. Did I mention it was during one of the saddest parts of the movie? Yes, the whole bottom half was almost in tears, while the top half was laughing at my mishap. It was quite humorous and a moment that will not soon be forgotten.
What lights your fire?
Music seems to be a way into my soul. There always seems to be a song with the right lyrics that reflects my mood for the moment.
My desire for success drives me. I want to be successful & make my family proud. My parents have high expectations for me, and I want to exceed them.
Planning an event and seeing it come to fruition is why I love event planning. The happiness seen by those experiencing the event is an unexplainable feeling that I truly enjoy.
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Thanks, ladies! I’m so excited to have you on board!
Be sure to follow each of them on twitter! Jenn, Alyssa, Lindsey

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