GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Black & White Lace

You really can’t go wrong with a classic Black and White wedding color palette.  The color combination of Black and White is so classy.  You can incorporate almost any theme into a Black and White wedding color palette.  We chose to add in a little romance and softness with some lace.  We’re absolutely adoring how this board turned out!  Oh so CHIC!

Black Lace Bridesmaid Dress:  Maggy London via Nordstrom

Black and White Lace Escort Cards:  KMPHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO

Black Lace Clutch:  Jessica McClintock

Black Lace Pumps:  Christian Louboutin

Black and White Lace Wedding Cake:  Image Courtesy of Real Simple

Black and White Lace Place Card:  Image Courtesy of  Fidelio Photography

Black and White Lace China Place Setting:  Lauren by Ralph Lauren

Black and White Lace  Bridal Bouquet:  Soiree Floral            Image Courtesy of Alison Gootee Photography

Black and White Lace Reception Decor:   Brocade Home

White Lace Wedding Dress with Black Embellished Sash:  Enzoani Bridal           Style: Diana

Black and White Boutonniere:  A Stylish Soiree         Image Courtesy of Perez Photography

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Kelli & Jason’s Romantic Black & White Wedding :: Pam Cooley Photography

Today’s featured wedding comes from Pam Cooley of Pam Cooley Photography. She is an Illinois based wedding photographer. Pam has been so accommodating to GSS on this feature.  Thank you!  Kelli and Jason were married on May 21, 2011 in Peoria, Illinois.  Kelli was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Jason meet?  We met freshman year of college.   I think the second week into school. :)

How long have you been together?  We have been together for over 8 years.

How did Jason propose?  Jason proposed on April Fool’s day in Aspen, Co. We were there with his family skiing. We went in to the down town and he had found a gazebo that he thought would be the perfect spot. After some persuasion he got me inside the gazebo, all I was thinking about was how cold I was and I wanted to go home.  All of a sudden he ran ahead of me and as I approached he got down on one knee and proposed to me.  It was the best day of my life!

What sold you on your wedding venue?  My wedding ceremony was at the Contemporary Art Center– Fell in love when I walked in! We had our reception at The Conerstone Building– we chose this because of the unique and romantic feel.

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?   I found my dress at Boutique Victoria Couture Bridal in  Chicago on Madison street. It was across from my apartment.  I walked in not thinking I would find a dress- But once I put on my dress and jewelry, I knew I had to have it.  She is a local dress and jewelry designer that only sells/carries her own brand in her store.

 

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?   Something old- My Aunt’s ring from when she turned 16. It is beautiful!   Something borrowed-  My  Sister’s purse she wore on her wedding day.   Something new- My jewelry and dress.   Something blue-  I didn’t do this one but I have blue eyes does that count??

How did you choose your wedding color palette? I chose soft colors-  white, champagne and cream colors with black accents.  I chose these colors because I wanted a vintage and romantic feeling to the wedding and I thought these colors represented that well.

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process? Enjoy every moment and don’t stress about the small stuff!

What was your favorite part of your big day?  Marrying the man of my dreams!  I LOVED how our ceremony turned out.  It was perfect. The Contemporary Art Center was romantic and was very intimate.  I loved the exposed brick and dark wood. It was just the feel I wanted! We had someone playing acoustic music throughout the ceremony which I loved.

One thing I really loved that I did was letting my bridesmaids pick out their own dress. I said they could wear whatever as long as it was black. Worked out perfect!

What song did you dance to for your first dance?  We chose Be Mine by David Gray.  What made this moment really special was his Brother’s live acoustic performance of the song.

Vendors:

Venue:  Ceremony:   The Contemporary Art Center             Reception:    The Conerstone Building 

Dress: Victoria Sdoukos :: Boutique Victoria Couture Bridal

Cake:  Cracked Pepper 

Floral:  Heaven on Earth Floral Designs

Linens:  Heaven on Earth Floral Designs

Catering:  Cracked Pepper 

DJ/Band:  Pete Fleming Orchestra 

Invitations/Wedding Stationery:  Invitations:  The Bronze Frog,  Peoria, IL        Wedding Stationery:  CWG Invites 

Event Planner:  Lisa Ragan with Happily Ever After Weddings

Thank you so much, Pam, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by her website and show her some love!  And thank you, Kelli, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Jason a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com.  We HEART submissions!

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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Black & White :: Pinstripes & Polka Dots

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  Today’s  inspiration board started out as a classic Black and White wedding… but we found it quickly started having a  vintage 1950’s feel.  So we ran with it and began incorporating the pinstripes and polka dots.  Minus bright colors and Tommy Guns, this board looks like it came straight out of Dick Tracy!  We LOVE this board!  It’s so fun and flirty- yet super classic with the black and white!

Black Satin Pumps:  Steve Madden

Black and White Bridal Bouquet:  Image Courtesy of Nashan Photographers

Black and Silver Vintage Getaway Car:  Image Courtesy of Caferati

Black and White Polka Dot Wedding Cake:  Venus Cakes

Black and White Pinstriped Suits:  Matthew Lawrence Bespoke                         Photography by Blumenthal Photography via Alannah Rose

Black and White Polka Dot Bridesmaid Dress:  Vivien of Holloway

Black and White Wedding Dress:  Stephanie James Couture

Black and White Polka Dot Wedding Invitations:  Invitation Consultants

Black and White Tablescape:  Image Courtesy of Blumenthal Photography via Alannah Rose

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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Yellow & Black Chevron

Happy Monday, Lovelies!  We certainly hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  For today’s inspiration board, we’re embracing the trendy pattern of Chevron.  And we thought we’d use the color palette of Yellow and Black too!  Yellow is such a cheerful and bright color.  It reminds us of the warmth of the sun on a summer’s day.  And for some reason, yellow just makes us smile.  When paired with Classic Black, it creates such a stunning and striking contrast. This board is so classy and cheerful… Sure to brighten anyone’s day!

Yellow and White Chevron Ring Bearer Pillow:  Willa Skye Home

Yellow, White and Black Chevron Clutch:  AO3 Designs

Yellow and White Chevron Table Runner:  Kelly Oshiro Events

Yellow Boutonniere:  Prive Floral               Image Courtesy of SMS Photography

Black and White Chevron Wedding Favor Bags:  Divine Twine “Bitty Bags”

Yellow, White and Black Chevron Lounge Seating:  Image Courtesy of Arrow & Apple Photography

Yellow, White and Black Chevron Wedding Guestbook:  Creatively Kept

Yellow and White Chevron Neckties:  Bacon Handmade Neckwear

Yellow, White and Black Chevron Wedding Invitations:  Doodle Love via www.notonthehighstreet.com

Black Bridesmaid Dress:  Donna Ricco

 

 

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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Black, White & Royal Blue

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  We hope everyone had a great weekend!  Black and White weddings are so trendy lately and we couldn’t agree with this trend more.  We do, however, love to add a pop of color in with this chic palette.  Check out how beautiful this palette can be with the addition of Royal Blue:

Black and White Anemone Bridal Bouquet:  Image Courtesy of Q Weddings

Black, White and Royal Blue Boutonniere:  Flowers by Semia           Image Courtesy of Brian Phillips Photography

Black, White and Royal Blue Wedding Programs:  WiregrassWeddings.com             Image Courtesy of Jubilee Photography

Black, White and Royal Blue Wedding Invitations:  Eden Wedding Studio

Diamond and Blue Saphire Engagement Ring:  Diamond Ideals

Black, White and Royal Blue Wedding Reception:  Andrea Hallgren Photography

Royal Blue and White Wedding Cake:  Scrumptions            Image Courtesy of Kristin Spencer Photography

Royal Blue Bridesmaid Dress: Alfred Sung via Dessy

Black Tuxedo with Royal Blue Tie:  SmartTuxedo.com

Black, White and Royal Blue Clutches: AO3 Designs

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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Red, Black & White :: Argyle!

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  We love how classy and sophisticated a classic Black and White wedding can be.  But why not add just a small pop of Red and maybe even throw in a little Argyle theme?  That would make your Black and White color palette so fun and little sassy!  LOVE LOVE LOVE this board!  If you have a theme or color combination you’d like to see featured on Groom Sold Separately, send it to us at tamra@groomsoldseparately.com!

 

Groomsmen in Red, Black & White Argyle Socks:  Santa Barbara Wedding Chic

Red, Black & White Wedding Reception Decor:   Merveille Flowers & Events         Image Courtesy of Jake Holt Photography

Black Bridesmaid Dress:  Alfred Sung via Dessy

Red, Black & White Argyle Monogram Plate:  Sassy Alice

Argyle Black Brut Champagne:  Argyle Winery

Red, Black & White Argyle Bachlor Party Invitation:  Two Hearts Wedding Shoppe

Red Satin Peep Toe Pumps:  Christian Louboutin

Red, Black & White Argyle Wedding Cake:  The Happy Cake

Red, Black & White Bouquets:  Courtenay Lambert Florals           Image Courtesy of Brandy J Photography

Red, Black & White Argyle Cufflinks:  iCufflinks

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Jaymi & Andy’s California Tuscan Villa Wedding :: Dana Grant Photography

You’re in for a treat today!  Today we have a fabulous submission from Dana of Dana Grant Photography.  Dana Grant Photography is one of our preferred vendors and sponsors of GSS!  So please join us in giving Dana a great BIG warm welcome to GSS!!!  Dana Grant Photography is based out of California.  

Jaymi and Andy were married in Simi Valley, California at Tuscan Villa Estate  on December 11, 2010 (how FUN- 12.11.10!).  Jaymi was a complete DIY bride and did an AH-MAZING job!!!  Kudos to you, Jaymi!  You are so super talented!  Jaymi was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Andy meet? Andy and I met online…which we are both still so shocked about. I never would have met him because we definitely ran in different circles, but one day I posted an ad on Craigslist (YES, craigslist!!!!) and didn’t even put a picture. I received about 1,000 emails (that’s no exaggeration) and whittled it down to 2 dates, one of which was Andy!!!

 

How long have you been together? We have been together now for nearly 6 years. 

  

How did Andy propose? While on a long business trip to New York, I was feeling upset that my plane was delayed by two hours. and I was desperately missing my darling boyfriend, Andy. I arrived at the airport and was expecting my assistant to be picking me up…lo and behold, I caught sight of the pretty red mustang that signified that Andy was picking me up instead. He sensed that I was starving (the plane had run out of food!) and whisked me off to one of my favorite restaurants. While at dinner, he said that we were going to go home for a quiet night of snuggling and movies. That sounded perfect after the week I had!
When we got to our house, he opened the door and to my utter surprise, there were about 200 candles lit and a pathway from our front door of rose petals. The pathway led to a little “stage”, with a huge vase of gorgeous long stem roses… There he told me all of the things he loves about me and about us together. He got down on his knee and said my full name when asking me to be his wife…to which I screamed YES about 40 times. I hadn’t even looked at the ring yet because I was so focused on him, but when I did…I nearly woke up the neighborhood!  Finally, after many minutes of kissing and hugging, I started thinking…”how did he DO this???”  I asked him precisely that, to which he responded “I have one more surprise” and walked over and turned on the light to our adjoining dining room, where my 3 dearest friends jumped out!!! I screamed again!!! I never get to see these girls because our lives have all become so busy. It was a dream come true to have them there to witness one of the most amazing moments of my life. They brought out the champagne and treats they had prepared for the night and we all sat around talking about how wonderful and exciting the night was. Best of all, I have 3 different videos of the proposal!!! That is an absolutely priceless memory to have on video!!! It was the perfect proposal and showed me just how well Andy knows me and knows what I would want.

What sold you on your wedding venue? It was a beautiful home…and I could make it anything I wanted. They were open to any idea and put no rules and regulations on who did the catering, where the ceremony was or what time the wedding had to end. I loved that we got to stay there for five days with our wedding party and we held the rehearsal dinner in the same gazebo where our cocktails were held on the night of the wedding. I considered it a Home Destination wedding…which was exactly what we were looking for.

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? Oh, I LOVE my dress. It’s “Billie” from Sottero & Midgeley, I got it at a little Bridal shop near my home called Karoza in Glendale. It was the first dress I tried on!!! When my Mom, Matron of Honor, future Mom in law all saw me in it…they all knew it was the one, too. But, just to be sure, I tried on 28 more dresses over the next two months and always came back to that dress. I absolutely felt like I had never put on a garment that fit me so well!! I loved my dress so much that I even decided to have a Wedding themed birthday party about 2 months after our wedding just so I could wear it again!!! It was a great idea because I got to really enjoy it again before I had it cleaned!

 

What song did you dance to for your first dance? Andy and I share a love of dancing, so for our first dance, we choreographed a foxtrot that had a surprise in the middle… he rips off my long skirt to reveal a sexy little number underneath…and we did a salsa dance. We cut together our own song of “Lucky” by Jason Mraz for the foxtrot and then “Butterfly” by Jason Mraz for the salsa dance, using my basic programs on my Mac. 

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? My something old was a handkerchief that was my grandmothers from the 40’s, something new was the dress, something borrowed was the bracelet I wore which I borrowed from my future step-mom-in-law, something blue was my adorable underwear that said “I do.”

How did you choose your wedding color palette? I wanted to choose something that was classic and wouldn’t go out of style. Black and White is timeless and it really worked with the theme of Hollywood Modern Romance that I was going for. Then, Andy and I have a true love for all things red…so I added the little pop of red to suit us both…and to add a touch of romance.

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process? Don’t labor over every little detail. Focus on the big important tasks and then realize that no matter what, some things won’t be perfect, and that is ok. Being a bridezilla just isn’t cute and it’s really not necessary… remember that all the people helping you and supporting you are there because they love you so much but they still have lives of their own to deal with. After the wedding, you will look back and realize that the most important moments were the shared moments leading up to the day with your best friends, family and most of all… fiance. 

What was your favorite part of your big day? After we did our first dance, Andy surprised me by serenading me with our song “Calling You” by Blue October. He had his little sister learn it on the guitar and absolutely stunned me by SURPRISING me… I couldn’t believe he pulled something like that off without me knowing about it. It was one of the most romantic moments of my life.

Vendors :

Venue: Tuscan Villa Estates, 1248 Rocky Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93063, (310) 614-5352  www.vrbo.com/104502

Dress: Sottero & Midgeley, purchased at Karoza Bridal in Glendale California

Cake: Dorie Kinney, The most amazing cake I have ever tasted…REALLY. She only does a certain amount a year! 818-240-8454

Floral: Belle of the Ball, 818.415.5541 & 805.660.2947

Linens: I made them myself!! 😀

Catering: Command Performance Catering, I worked with Annette and she was darling.

DJ/Band: Spencer Sutherland

Videographer: I had a friend do the main one and hired a guy off of craiglist to do a super 8 vintage video! Here is a short reel of the super 8 footage, I LOVE it!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNvZFR07jrY

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: I designed them, but I had them expertly printed and collaborated with Teresa at Occasion to Celebrate 

Event Planner: Myself! I hand made all of the details… the feather boutonnieres, the bridesmaid dresses, my second dance dress, the graphic details/signs, the lace linens, the broadway musical table numbers, etc.

Thank you so much, Dana, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by her website  and show her some love!  And thank you, Jaymi, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Andy a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com.  We HEART submissions!

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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Black and White Striped

We LOVE classic Black and White weddings!  You just really can’t go wrong with a classic Black and White wedding color palette.  The color combination of Black and White is so classy and chic.  You can incorporate almost any theme into a Black and White wedding color palette.  We chose to add in a little fun with some stripes!  We’re absolutely LOVING how this board turned out!  So super fun!

Black and White Striped Wedding Favors:  Shatto Milk Company        Image Courtesy of Van Deusen Photography and Gallery

Black and White Striped Wedding Cake:  Rosie’s Creative Cakes          Image Courtesy of KMPHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO

Black and White Striped Wedding Invitations:  Alannah Rose

Black and White Striped Wedding Escort Cards:  Image Courtesy of Erin Hearts Court

Black Bridesmaid Dress:  Alfred Sung via Dessy

Black and White Striped Necktie with Black Tuxedo:  Viviano Flower Shop Inc.               Image Courtesy of Ksenija Savic Photography

Black and White Striped Peep Toe Pumps:  Christian Louboutin

Black and White Striped Clutch:  Image Courtesy of Travis Hoehne Photography

Black and White Striped Bridal Bouquet:  Martha Stewart Weddings

Wedding Dress with Black and White Striped Sash:  Image Courtesy of Erin Hearts Court

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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Black and White :: Polka Dots!

You really can’t go wrong with a classic Black and White wedding color palette.  The color combination of Black and White is so classy.  You can incorporate almost any theme into a Black and White wedding color palette.  We chose to add in a little fun and retro-ness with some polka dots!  We’re absolutely LOVING how this board turned out!  So super fun!

Black and White Polka Dot Bridesmaid Dress:  Vivien of Holloway

Black and White Polka Dot Wedding Programs: Crazy Daisy Design          Image Courtesy of Olive Juice Studios

Tea Length Wedding Dress with Black Polka Dot Tulle:  Stephanie James Couture

Black and White Polka Dot Bow Tie:  Amazon.com

Black and White Polka Dot Escort Cards:  Image Courtesy of Next Exit Photography

Black and White Polka Dot Wedding Cake:  Cakery Bakery          Image Courtesy of Next Exit Photography

Black and White Polka Dot Wedding Favors:  FashionCraft           Image Courtesy of Angelica Glass Photography

Black and White Polka Dot Peep Toe Pumps:  Guess      Image Courtesy of Love Life Images

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