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Introducing Ashley Kohler Events in CA…

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…Just In Time For Your Wedding Planning Needs!

The beautiful Ashley of Bride Sophisticate has officially launched her new website and event planning company at Ashley Kohler Events!  Take at these breathtaking photos from her own wedding…it turned out to be such an incredible day!

To dazzle up her invitations, she applied rhinestone buttons.  For the favor boxes, she bought the white gable boxes, card stock and LCI paper, cut to size and printed the names.  She secured each piece to the box with double stick tape and tied the top with brown satin ribbon!  For the tent escort cards, she applied a wax “K” seal to the front for that little extra touch…


For her elegant wedding held at Chateau Felice, Ashley wore a brilliant dress by designer Augusta Jones.  Lucky for her, her mom owned a bridal salon so they were able to work directly with the designer to create exactly what she wanted!  The very pretty bridesmaids’ dresses were by After Six and the junior bridesmaids’ from Little Flowers.  The guys sported tuxes by Calvin Klein from Tuxedo Den

The day of, she had her makeup applied by artist Trisha O’Connor who was not only talented, according to Ashley, but beyond sweet as well!  Brides, if you’re considering Trisha O’Connor for your wedding day, you can reach her at #(707)-545-8252 or #(707)-490-9923.


 DJ and guitarist, Spencer Sutherland of Sutherland Entertainment, played beautiful guitar during the ceremony.  The couple also had a butterfly release…how romantic! 

Ashley mentioned that their DJ orchestrated their grand entrance into the reception with class and managed to keep the guests happy and dancing all night long.  She was very pleased working with him as he was always prompt with return emails and had a nice calm attitude with everything. 

Brides, I cannot express to you how important it is to interview your vendors to make sure they’re the right fit for you!


“Chateau Felice had this beautiful structure on their veranda, all it needed to make it romantic were a few billowing drapes and hanging crystals to catch the light.  Each bridesmaid put their bouquets in these urns on the head table. Instant centerpieces!” – Ashley


“The drive of Chateau Felice…” 


Wow, what an awe-inspiring, perfect day!

After planning her own drop-dead-gorgeous, spectacular wedding down to the very last detail, Ashley realized she wanted to use her skills, talent and connections to help other brides plan their weddings.  Serving the Northern California area, she’s also willing to travel!


Interested in hiring Ashley to help plan your wedding?  

Per Ashley, the FIRST FIVE BRIDES to email her and mention that they found her via my blog, “It’s A Jaime Thing”, will receive $100 off their total bride package (i.e., either her DOC package or full wedding package so as not to be confused with getting $100 off an a la carte item)!  Just email her at:  bridesophisticate{at}gmail{dot}com.

Brides, to see more from her wedding along with details about it including vendor information, visit her blog at Bride Sophisticate, her bio at Project Wedding and be sure to also visit her new website at to contact her about planning your own wedding!  Hurry up, she’s already booking fast…check her calendar to see if your date is booked or not.  Cheers!

(Photos & permission to use from, taken by April Smith Photography.)


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It’s In The Details…The Gorgeous Details!

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Easy, Creative and Awesome Wedding Ideas!

Details Details Wedding and Event Planning creates truly beautiful soirees with their talented team in California.  Visit their site for loads of inspiration for your upcoming wedding or event!  Below are just a few pictures of details from different events they planned which I couldn’t resist sharing.  I hope you find them inspiring.  Enjoy!

Save The Dates & Invitation Idea:

Guests “received the fur handle Save the Date fan”  and “the black lace gold rhinestone buckle silk panel invite.  All to entice guests to reply ‘yes’ on the rsvp!” 

If you don’t know the couple but wished you could have attended their wedding after seeing these, no worries – their photographer created an AWESOME slideshow set to music that you can enjoy by clicking HERE.  You’re going to LOVE it!

(Photo & slideshow by: Bob Ortiz Photography)

Placecard Display Idea:

I had this idea about how the whimsical flowers would be blossoming on branches.   They created die- cut pieces, same shapes as flowers on invite, and had hand calligraphy for each flower identifying guest name and table assignment.”

(Above photo by: Ira Lippke Studios)

Guestbook Idea:

Shelly and Kevin had a very unique and thematic guest book, which comprised of smooth rocks. Guests wrote wedding wishes on rocks for the couple to keep and be displayed forever.”

(Above photo by: Ira Lippke Studios)

Still looking for more inspiration?  Be sure to check out their GALLERY filled with boards created from real weddings this company has produced, such as this gorgeous wedding:

Visit Details Details Wedding and Event Planning online to see more by clicking HERE.  Happy planning!

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I Feel Like Dancing, Love…

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…It’s A Happy Day Around Here, So How About Some Happy Pictures?

Yes, I’m in a happy mood today.  If I could describe my happy feeling, it would look a lot like this:

Enough about me though.  Check out the gorgeous wedding behind the above picture by heading over to Polka Dot Bride.  When Ms. Polka introduced us to the very talented Melissa Jill, I was so glad she did – I just adore the inspiring images from her blog, including these

From David & Ashley’s wedding:  Customize the bottom of your wedding shoes like Ashley did – so stylishly cute.

From Brandon & Amy’s wedding:  Amy engraved, “Put Me Back On” into Brandon’s wedding band.  Too funny! 

Thanks to Ms. Polka and Melissa Jill for the fabulous inspiration.  Enjoy more beautiful pictures taken by this very talented Arizona photographer by visiting her blog and website.  Cheers!

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Designer Interview Part Two: Amy’s Wedding PLUS An Exclusive Discount!

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Yesterday, I featured the first part of my interview with Amy Snider, fashion designer behind Every Little Counts.  Today, as promised, I’m featuring the second part of our interview, where she shares with us all of her amazing wedding details.  Yes, this includes pictures of the wedding dress she designed for herself!

First, let me just say that tees from Every Little Counts would make fabulous bridal party gifts!  Interested in showing your bridesmaids some love?  I’ve got more exciting news for you – Amy is willing to give my readers an EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT for ORDERS OF 6 OR MORE!  All you need to do is send her an email at: amy{at}everylittlecounts{dot}net, and she’ll give you details on how to use your discount.  Cheers!

Now, more about Amy, our interview and her special wedding day wearing the gown she designed.  What a talented lady!  Let’s all support her new adventure – her unique line and amazing talent.  I wish I could create a line as cool as hers!  However, I might have to learn to sew first.  Ha!

Do you mind telling us a little bit about your wedding and how you met your husband?
Adam and I met at bar in  New York City, where we were both living at the time.  We started talking and ended up walking around the city on that cold night, hand in hand, discovering how much we had in common.  Five years later we got married.

(Shown Above:  Amy and Adam on their wedding day!)

As for our wedding…it was amazing.  I remember wishing it would never end.  It was just perfect.  While we were dating, one of our favorite places to go was the Empire Fulton Ferry State Park in Dumbo.  We always said we would want to get married there.  Although we were living in L.A., there was never any question about getting married in Brooklyn.  Luckily everything worked out!  The ceremony was held in the park and the reception was held at a nearby art gallery, Smack Mellon.

(Shown Above: A picture of Amy & her brother at her wedding.  “Because my father had passed away right before I turned 21, Todd walked me down the aisle. It was definitely very emotional. This is one of my favorite pictures of the two of us.” – Amy Snider)

(Shown Above:  The whole ceremony, overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and Amy and Adam walking away as a married couple.)

What was your dress like, who designed it?  Tell us about your shoes!
My dress was very Grecian inspired, which is appropriate because we went to Greece for our honeymoon.  It was long and flowy with a braided halter, deep back, and small flowing train.  I designed the dress and my friend Carolina made it for me.  It was pretty stressful, but in the end I felt amazing in it.  For shoes, I wore these beautiful sandals from Nine West, which had a braided detail that perfectly matched my dress.  I still wear them all the time!

(Shown Above:  “Me and Sharon, my maid of honor (and only bridal party member… I wanted it small!).  Her dress was Moschino Cheap and Chic, bought at Loehmann’s.”)

(Shown Above:  The back of Amy’s beautiful wedding dress!)

What type of flowers did you carry?
I have no idea, but they were beautiful!  Very earthy and natural- ivory with shades of green and dusty pink.

(Shown Above:  Pictures of Amy’s gorgeous wedding bouquet!  She had a vintage handkerchief embroidered with her and Adam’s wedding date.)

Did you enjoy being a bride and planning your wedding?
I did…it was fun.  I definitely wasn’t wedding crazy though- not a “bridezilla” by any means!  We were very pragmatic about the whole thing.

(Shown Above:  Inside the gallery, Smack Mellon – where Amy and Adam had their wedding reception.)

Did you hire a wedding planner?
No..we did everything ourselves!

(Shown Above:  The centerpiece with bubbles and disposable cameras for each guest)

(Shown Above:  The wedding favors!)

Who were your favorite wedding vendors and why?
We used amazing vendors!

(Shown Above: Amy’s wedding cake by Almondine Bakery – “People are still talking about the cake, it was so good!  And…I got to work with Herve personally to come up with the flavors. It was heaven!”)

Scott Whittle Photography – He was our biggest expense, but well worth it!

Real Food Catering –  So many options and reasonably priced.

Seaport Flowers – We didn’t go overboard on flowers, but Amy did a wonderful job.

Do you have any advice for brides who are planning their weddings?
Don’t feel like you need to spend a lot of money and don’t over think things!  Think of it like a big party.  Try to make it your own – it should be a reflection of the two of you.  For us, we knew we wanted a small intimate wedding, surrounded by the family and friends we love the most.

 (Shown Above:  “This is one of my favorite photos of my mom- she’s looking at me in my dress, all ready to go!” )

We did as much as we could ourselves.  Adam made both the save the date postcards and the invitations, which he screen-printed by hand.  For wedding favors, we packaged jelly beans and Hershey kisses with a custom designed note from the both of us.  Music was another area where we saved a lot of money.  Since music was very important to us, we created our own play list on our ipod, the perfect combination of 60’s soul and 80’s new wave.

(Shown Above:  The lovely couple, Amy and Adam!)

Advice for marriage?
Communicate.  Have fun.  Respect one another.  Dedicate time to one another.

Name your top five favorite blogs to read, no matter the subject.
The Sartorialist
Oh Joy

Thanks Amy!  Looks like you and Adam had an amazing wedding day, congratulations! 

Don’t forget to head on over to Every Little Counts to check out her awesome new line, and be sure to email her about the super sweet discount she’s offering for orders of 6 or more – such a fun gift for bridesmaids!

A Real Sunflower Wedding! And Cheeseburgers In Paradise?!

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…At McDonalds?!  Yep!

One of my favorite weddings we attended this year (I loved them all!) was my cousin’s.  Since winter is right around the corner here in Chicago, I figured I’d try to brighten up these cold fall days with a little bit of real, happy, sunshine filled wedding inspiration…pictures from her wedding!  Let’s get happy and soak up the sun just one more time before the frost comes, shall we? 

Welcome to “paradise”!   Here is a sneak peek of her wedding at McDonald’s…it was beautiful!  She even handed out McDonald’s “Cheeseburgers in Paradise as a special midnight snack for guests,  it was too awesome and oh so much fun!  Everyone loved it.

(Photography by: Bella Pictures)

More pictures to come, so keep checking back.  Congratulations to the happy couple!!!

Wedding Blogging Newlywed List!

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Congratulations Are Most Definitely In Order!

So many of the creative blogs we read are the ones by actual brides, planning their own fabulous weddings.  I find it to be an absolute joy to sit and scroll through these blogs, which are flooded with happiness, excitement and eye candy galore.  We find inspiration, beautiful ideas, details and style.  Patiently, we wait for their happy big day, so that we can hopefully see the gorgeous outcome from their wedding planning and detail driven blogs.

Well, my friends, it’s time to celebrate!   Some of my favorite brides who blog have officially tied the knot.  Yep, they’ve gotten hitched.  And now we get to sit back, smile and enjoy with them their oh-so-gorgeous pictures, just like a good movie.  So sit back, grab your popcorn (maybe even a tissue too!), and enjoy the show!

Congratulations!  Recent Newlywed Bloggers:

Anne of Perfect Bound

Bride Sophisticate

Carlene of You Love Me & It’s Heavenly

Tina of With This Ring, I Thee Obsess

Two Brides

Darci of With This Ring…

 Justine of The Unbride

Chitown Bride

(be sure to keep up with her new blog, Chitown Wife“!)

Jenna of That Bride

Kat of Rock n’ Roll Bride

Two Chicks Nest

Peonies and Polaroids

Jamie of Lilac Ink

Kate’s Wedding

Our United State

Tara of In This Instance

Journeys Of Mangonett

Bridal Inquirer


Ramblings Of A Future Mrs.

Hasel Bride

The Everyday Bride

Team Giles

The Blissful Bride

So go ahead – check out there blogs, look at their fabulous wedding pictures and wish them a big congratulations!  I’m sure I’ve missed many wonderful newlyweds on my list, so please – if you’re a newly married wedding blogger leave a comment and I’ll happily add you to the list.  Cheers, everyone, and best wishes to all of you!

Sincerely, Jaime

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Today, We’ve Been Happily Married For Exactly 2008 Days!

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But Who’s Counting?

Ok, I’ll admit it – I did the daily countdown before our wedding day, but since our wedding I’ve only counted the years (and the memories…awww).  However, I’m an “old school knottie”, so I check the The Knot often.  What did I find when I signed in today?  This lovely note:

 Yes, it’s the year 2008 and we’ve officially been married for 2008 days!  So I guess we can call this a day to celebrate (though what day isn’t!).  It’s not our anniversary – no, we got married April 4, 2003.  But we can make today a special day anyway.  Why not, right?  Also, I just realized I’ve never shared with you any pictures from my day, so here’s one…

My wonderful husband (I’m a very lucky girl) and I walking down the aisle after our ceremony was over (in real life, we actually have heads, I swear!):

Not the best picture quality, I know – sorry, I need to upload my professional wedding photos.  Maybe for our anniversary I’ll share a few…sound like a plan?  Cheers!

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