{Real Weddings} Caitlin and Brad’s Navy Blue and Yellow Wedding

After a long-distance romance during college years, Caitlin and Brad Teplicky decided to take the plunge on July 23rd, 2016.

Holding true to family tradition, they got married in the same church as Caitlin’s parents, both sets of grandparents, and one set of great-grandparents back in their hometown in Iowa.

“We incorporated a lot of tradition and history throughout our day in different ways, making it even more meaningful for us and our families,” said Caitlin.

After taking weeks worth of dance lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Memphis, Caitlin had this to say about their first dance, “We danced to ‘Forever Like That’ by Ben Rector – the acoustic version. We had both been taking lessons for a while and didn’t want anything too choreographed. Our dance instructor helped us with a styled intro and ending, and Brad led a waltz through the rest of it…impressing our guests, especially his mom!”

Enjoy Caitlin & Brad’s beautiful wedding through the pictures below

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Please see a list of Caitlin and Brad’s vendors below:
Photography: Emily Crall Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, IA
Reception Venue: The Celebration Farm, Iowa City, IA
First Dance Choreography: Fred Astaire Dance Studio Memphis
DJ: Unique Events of Iowa
Florist: Hy-Vee: Davenport Utica Ridge
Cake Designer: Hy-Vee: Davenport Utica Ridge
Catering: Hy-Vee: Davenport Utica Ridge
Officiant: Msgr. Thomas Zinkula
Hair Stylist/MUA: Blaze Salon, Coralville, IA
Invitations: Zephyr Weddings

 

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The Perfect Wedding Dress Silhouette

Naturally, every bride wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day,
so they spend a long time looking for the perfect dress.
The fact there are so many different types of gowns available is a good thing.
But, it also means that it can be difficult for a bride-to-be to know where to start,
which is why we have decided to write this piece.

Wedding Dress Styles

Wedding Dress Styles

Start with the shape

The first step is to work out which shapes are right for you. Doing this will narrow down your options, and make the process of shopping for a wedding gown much easier. To help you to do this we have listed below the main shapes with guidance you can use to determine which is likely to be right for your build and body type.

A-line

Most A-line dresses feature a fitted bodice with an A shaped skirt. They are full length and suit all body types.

A-Line

A-Line

Modified A-line

The modified A-line looks very similar, but the skirt fits a little closer than the classic cut described above. Again, it works well for all shapes and sizes.

Modified A-Line

Modified A-Line

Ball gown

If you want to look like a fairy tale princess this style of dress could be exactly what you are looking for. The bodice fits tightly, and the full skirt flairs out from the waist.This cut is particularly good for those with a pear-shaped figure, but works well for most body types. However, if you are petite it is hard to find a design that does not overwhelm your frame.

Ball Gown Dress

Ball Gown Dress

Mermaid

Another classic cut is the mermaid. This style of dress hugs the body down to the knees then flares out into a fishtail. These dresses flatter an hourglass figure, and work well for curvy brides. However, it does not work well for apple shaped women or plus size brides

 

Mermaid Wedding Dress

Mermaid Wedding Dress

 

Sheath

The sheath is a narrow cut that flows seamlessly from the neckline and flares out near the hem. If you are rail thin this is a fantastic cut, but it also works well for an hourglass figure or brides that are carrying a little extra weight.

Sheath Dress

Sheath Dress

Trumpet

The trumpet cut is similar in some ways to a mermaid dress. It fits the body all the way to the mid-thigh from which point the skirt flairs. This looks wonderful on petite brides, and those with an hourglass figure. However, it accentuates the stomach and hip area, so if you are pear or apple shaped this is not a good cut for you.

Trumpet Wedding Gown

Trumpet Wedding Gown

Using the information above you can quickly work out what cuts are likely to work best for you and focus your search on those. You can get advice about identifying your body shape by going here.

Where to shop

If you are looking for a wedding dress Leeds is a great place to start your search. This city, like so many other cities, is home to numerous bridal shops, which makes it easy for you to shop around and try on different cuts and styles.

What kind of a Wedding Dress are you opting for? Let us know :)

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Navy Rustic Boho Chic Wedding Ideas

What does the term Boho Chic actually define? Everyone has different ideas, but the most striking definition I came across was at urban dictionary which states

“A fashion trend that is part bohemian and part chic. It is tied to the vintage phenomenon in a fashion where the trend was to bring back vintage styles for the modern era. Boho chic combines organic, colorful, detailed, folk-inspired pieces with simple, modern pieces.”

When I think of Boho Chic, I think of wild colorful flowers, laces, wood, mason jars, chalk signs, floral wreaths and rustic charms.

No wonder this theme is so popular. Are you planning a Boho Chic Wedding? Then you should consider including the following elements in your wedding planning:

Whimsical Touches

Bold and bright flowers

Laces

Casual and flowing dresses

Headbands

Wood elements

Flower crowns

Twine

Nature Inspired

Gypsy Touches

There are so many color combinations that look absolutely stunning for a boho chic wedding

One of my most favorite ones is

Navy, Gold, Burgundy / rustic orange/Cranberry. This Palette works well for Fall as well as Spring season.

 

navy blue wedding color palette

navy blue wedding color palette

you simply cannot go wrong with this combination. In this post, I am going to focus primarily on this color palette wedding idea. Enjoy!

 

Navy Gold Boho Chic Wedding Invitations

Navy Gold Boho Chic Wedding Invitations

Boho Floral Garden Bridal Shower Invitations

Boho Floral Garden Bridal Shower Invitations

A touch of navy blues for the bride.

Navy Blue Wedding Shoes

Navy Blue Wedding Shoes

this is a stunning rustic navy blue floral crown for the bride

Rustic Navy Blue floral crown

Rustic Navy Blue floral crown

Hair pieces are an integral part of  a boho chic wedding, floral mix and match color headpieces look eclectic and vibrant

navy blue floral head piece

navy blue floral headpiece

Navy blue bridesmaids dress with bride’s white wedding dress looks stunning.

 

Navy Bridesmaid Dresses

Navy Bridesmaid Dresses

Blue bridesmaids dresses

Blue bridesmaids dresses

Burgandy Boho Flower Girl Dress

Burgundy Boho Flower Girl Dress

Navy Flower Girl Dress

navy blue flower girl dress

navy blue flower girl dress

This naked wedding cake simply took my breath away!

Navy and Cranberry Wedding Cake

Navy and Cranberry Wedding Cake

Blue White Boho Wedding Cake

Blue White Boho Wedding Cake

This beautiful reception table with a hint of gypsy element and colorful fruits looks so chic

Boho Reception Table

Boho Reception Table

Blue Rustic Wedding Table

Blue Rustic Wedding Table

The groom can opt for a gray suit with navy or cranberry bowtie or a navy suit.

cranberry bowtie

cranberry bow tie

Navy Groom Suit with wine red tie

Navy Groom Suit with wine red tie

Navy Blue for the guests

Navy Rustic Wedding Favors

Navy Rustic Wedding Favors

Boho Navy Dream Catcher Wedding Favors

Boho Navy Dream Catcher Wedding Favors

Remember it’s all in the details!

Lots of time and love goes into making these posts trying to bring you the best around, I hope you enjoyed it!

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Grooms want to Plan too!

Author Renee Krejci

Grooms Part in Wedding Planning

Grooms Part in Wedding Planning

Grooms are increasingly becoming more and more involved in planning weddings with their brides. Grooms want to feel important too. After all, it IS his day too. How can we positively handle grooms wanting to be part of the planning process? Well, here’s some good tips to make the planning process a positive experience with the groom involved.

  • Allow him to handle anything involving the groomsmen.
    1. Let him choose the tuxes or formal wear for the groomsmen
    2. Allow him to handle the gifts for the groomsmen.
  • Allow him to come to tastings for cake and food
  • Allow him to have a groom’s cake that he can choose the flavor and style
  • Allow him to help pick songs you want played.
  • Allow him to handle his own family, his mother, his guest list
  • Allow him to handle transportation such as a limo or vintage care etc.
  • Allow him to handle the honeymoon planning
  • Allow him to help with the registry. You can have fun together with picking items for your home.

If your groom doesn’t want to be part of the planning, then you probably don’t have a lot to worry about. You can carry on and plan the way you have.

If your groom wants to be part of the planning, allow him to. He wants to be needed. He doesn’t want to be forgotten about. He deserves some of the focus on him. He doesn’t want to be left out. And, to be honest, some of those things it’s nice to hand off to someone else to handle. That makes a little less stress on you. Embrace your groom being part of this special time in your life. It’s a good sign. Enjoy the planning process together.

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 Author Renee Krejci is a wedding planner and owner of RCK Weddings & Design, LLC.  She has been planning, designing and coordinating weddings and events for 14 years. She is a wife and mother of 2 living in Virginia. Renee was a DIY bride and loves giving tips and ideas to aid the DIY bride.

 

Did YOU Get Engaged over Christmas or New Year? Congratulations! Read on for ‘The First 4x Steps’ YOU Must Now Take…

Author Kerry Jackson-Rider 

honeymoon

Many congratulations if you got engaged over the holidays! I am sure
you are super excited and keen to tell all your friends and family. The
next thing excited Brides to Be tend to do is to head straight for the
internet and start to Google every conceivable element of décor,
favors, bridal gowns, shoes, hairstyles….. they start to create
hundreds of pages of ‘mood boards’ and frantically pin everything that
pops up on Pinterest. This is all good fun and may be useful in the
long run BUT my advice to you would simply be to SLOW down…. there I
said it! Don’t go off at a tangent before you have taken the time to
really consider the most important pre-planning stages of your wedding
with your fiance and your parents if they are helping you with the
budget and therefore will be having quite a big say in how your Wedding
day will take shape. It is really important that you sit down together
and carefully consider the following four steps which will provide you
with a strong foundation and shape the way your wedding planning moves
ahead:

Budget Wedding Ideas

Budget Wedding Ideas

 

1. Work Out Your Budget.
You must first of all work out how much you can afford to spend and
then agree what you actually WANT to spend on your wedding – the two
may not be the same amount at all. Let’s say you agree you want to
spend a maximum of $30,000 as a guideline you would then estimate your budget spend as follows:

  1. Ceremony, venues, food & beverages, wedding cake (50%) $15,000
  2. Photographer/ Videographer (10%) $ 3,000
  3. Florals (5%) $ 1,500
  4. Bridal party attire, shoes, accessories, wedding rings (15%) $ 4,500
  5. Décor, theme, lighting (5%) $ 1,500
  6. Entertainment (5%) $ 1,500
  7. Stationery, favors, other extras (10%) $ 3,000

Of course this is only a guideline and starting point as every couple
will have their own priorities and areas where they are happy to
‘splurge’ or ‘save’.

Budget Wedding Ideas

Budget Wedding Ideas

2. Your Guest List/ Number of Guests.
Sit down together and draw up a draft guest list – this will give you 
an immediate idea of the numbers you will be accommodating both in 
terms of the ceremony, the reception and, if you have guests who are 
traveling for the wedding, the quantity of accommodation you will need 
to be able to access and book. Aside: I have had a couple who booked a 
venue they liked on a whim, and paid out a sizable deposit, before 
realizing that they had 100 or so traveling guests and there was 
nowhere in the locality for them all to stay...... trust me, you really 
don't want to be in that position. Remember guests means expense so, 
unless you have a limitless budget, keep your numbers as low as 
possible. Estimate your expense at $100 per guest, again a guideline 
but a good starting point, so that 100 guests = $10,000 representing 
50% of your budget for ceremony, venues, food & beverages and wedding 
cake. So if your budget is $20,000 this is do-able.
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3. Choose a Date.
Most couples will have a special date in mind for their wedding i.e. The 
date they first met, their engagement date or other personal 
anniversary. Consider also seasonality implications for venues, 
churches, flights etc. including public and religious holidays. Many 
couples choose Summer weddings which are great especially if you want 
an outdoor, festival or marquee wedding. Winter weddings are also 
stunning and it really depends on what your VISION for your wedding is 
– whether it's strapless flowing dresses with bright floral displays 
and your guests basking in the sun whilst drinking Pimms through a 
candy striped straw OR if you prefer the cozy atmosphere of big fires, 
candles, lanterns and furs to keep your guests snuggly whilst drinking 
mulled wine around a beautifully decorated Christmas tree.

candlelight_ceremony

4. Choose your Location and Venues for your Ceremony & Reception.
Consider where you would like to hold your wedding and the 
practicalities of doing so. Many couples hold their ceremony at the 
family church or the local register office. Some couples prefer to hold 
both the ceremony and reception in a nice hotel where most of the 
guests can stay and where everything is accessible. This is certainly 
the way to get the best value for your money as most things you will 
need are already in place including staffing, furniture, linens, table 
top, entertainment, accommodation etc. You may choose to get married 
local to either one of your families or somewhere quite different. Many 
couples choose to have a Destination Wedding as this can often be more 
cost-effective  and is a great compromise if you have family and 
friends traveling from around the world.
Top Tip: Before booking a venue always check that your date is 
available with your church or register office for your ceremony even if 
you are having a civil ceremony in a hotel
as the Registrar has to be booked by you and not the hotel.  Always 
provisionally book or hold things for a couple of days while you tie 
both elements together.
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Author Kerry is the founder and owner of Kerry Jackson-Rider Luxury Wedding Planning and is a leading UK & International Wedding Designer and Planner.
With over 10 years experience in Wedding and Event Planning.