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Mar
28

Mark Your Calendars for Swoon | Wedding Blueprints Debut Party

Autumn Evans Beaulieu, one of the minds behind Petal Chik Designs, is starting a new business venture called Swoon | Wedding Blueprints. To kick off the new business right, Beaulieu is hosting a party on March 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Loft 1023 located at 1023 W. 7th St. in Little Rock.

The VIP evening will be filled with light fare, bubbly and lots of beautiful wedding ideas to see, smell and touch. Beaulieu and her business partner, Michelle Stewart of DYV Events will present the experience of the Wedding Blueprint and how it can save you time, money and stress. The night will also include fun giveaways and special discount pricing for those couples who book a Blueprint Planning Experience during the evening.

We chatted with Beaulieu about her new business and what Swoon can offer brides. (Spoiler alert: It's pretty cool, ladies!)

Q: What led you to create Swoon | Wedding Blueprints?

A: "This concept is an idea that has been bouncing around in my mind for several years," Beaulieu says. "I wanted to create a way for couples to be able to actually experience all of the choices their wedding vendors have to offer them together in one room. Something more personal than a large wedding expo, that showcased their actual wedding ideas and color palettes. Something that let them make choices easily and then move on to enjoy other memorable events leading up to the big day."

"Partnering with my friend Michelle Stewart of DYV Events, we spent many, many hours creating a fantastic plan to bring this concept to reality. Michelle’s experience with event planning, project consulting and working with local vendors paired with my design and concept ideas have brought forth this fun new venture."

Q: What will be offered with this new venture?

A: "Swoon Wedding Blueprints will offer a unique way for couples to create a detailed plan of their special day in a fun, comfortable environment," she says. "The couple will have an initial consultation with Swoon to discuss their ideas and desires for the wedding day."

"Then, the party! A Blueprint Experience party for the couple and their favorite people that will allow the them to see, hear, taste, touch, and feel all the elements of their upcoming event together in one room. There will be options for formality and design of the couple’s wedding vision, along with budgeting tips to consider with each detail. All done while the couple and guests enjoy an intimate party with hors d’oeurves, drinks and time with each other."

Q: What are you most excited about with Swoon?

A: "We cannot wait for the chance to create something that takes the stress out of planning for these couples," Beaulieu says. "We are also excited that we will be able to give couples and their families and friends one more wonderful memory together surrounding their wedding day!"

Mar
27

The Best Bridesmaid Styles for All Body Types

Christen Jones Photography

When it comes to choosing a bridesmaid look that all your girls will love, let's be honest... it can be tough. With different girls come different body types, so how do you make all your girls feel confident and happy? Our friend and bridesmaid fashion expert Alex DeJohn, owner of Bella Bridesmaids in Little Rock, chose a few of her favorite looks to make your best girls feel their most beautiful. 

1. V-neck with wide straps:

"This style is guaranteed to make all your bridesmaids feel comfortable and secure on your wedding day," DeJohn says. "Bridesmaids have a lot of duties — carrying your train and bouquet, helping you in and out of the bathroom and even some last minute scrambling to avoid any wedding-day mishaps. These styles are bra-friendly, extremely comfortable, and are still conservative enough for your grandmother to approve."

Bella Bridesmaids

Alex's top picks: 

  • Dessy BB103
  • Dessy BB107

2. Off-the-shoulder convertible:

"A huge trend in bridesmaid dresses is the ability to wear them a variety of ways — versatility is huge," DeJohn says. "These convertible styles can be worn up on the shoulder, off the shoulder, or even switched into a one-shoulder look. The elastic around the straps make these easy to wear and don't require a lot of alterations."

Bella Bridesmaids

Alex's top picks: 

  • Off the Shoulder Convertible Dress
  • Joanna August Jessica
  • Joanna August Maggie
  • Nouvelle Amsale N358

3. Wrap dresses:

"Wrap dresses are a great option that allow you to create a beautiful neckline while still being comfortable," DeJohn says. "Wrap dresses are easy to size and are adjustable to fit each bridesmaids' body. Spaghetti strap, cap sleeve, ruffled, braided — almost any strap is possible with a wrap dress."

Bella Bridesmaids

Alex's top picks:

  • Joanna August - varied styles

4. High Necklines:

"When all else fails, go with a high neckline," DeJohn says. "High necklines ensure a modest, classic look for your photos without any fear of a wadrobe malfunction. Get creative with the back detail or skirt shape if you are looking for some variety. I may be a little bit biased because I chose high necklines for my wedding day, but my girls LOVED their dresses and one has even worn it again."

Bella Bridesmaids


Alex's top picks:

  • Theia Allison
  • Kenneth Winston 5233
  • Hayley Paige 5714

All featured styles and more are available at Bella Bridesmaids Little Rock. Email littlerock@bellabridesmaids.com to book your appointment!

Mar
21

Mark Your Calendars for Bella Bridesmaid's Nouvelle Amsale Trunk Show

Courtesy of Bella Bridesmaids

Trunk show alert! 

Your bridesmaids will thank you for checking this one out, ladies. Bella Bridesmaids in Little Rock is hosting a Nouvelle Amsale trunk show from Thursday, March 30-Saturday, April 1. Amsale Aberra is a New York City-based designer known for exquisite simplicity and refined craftsmanship. The new line features plenty of off-the-shoulder and printed gowns, perfect for spring or summer weddings. 

Email littlerock@bellabridesmaids.come to make an appointment or call (501) 398-0601 to snag your time slot today. For more about Bella Bridesmaids, check out our post about their recent store opening here. 

Courtesy of Bella Bridesmaids

Mar
21

Fayetteville Engagement: Morgan + Cole

Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective

Morgan Delaney and Cole Peterson are tying the knot! The two are a perfect example of meeting that special someone when you least expect it. Morgan first met Cole at a Josh Abbott Band concert in Fayetteville on April 10, 2014. Fate decided to intervene and the two hit if off at the concert and have been together ever since. Morgan and Cole have set the date for Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Pratt Place Inn & Barn. We're loving their engagement session shot by Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective

Here's their love story in Morgan's words:

"Our love continued to grow over the next 2 and a half years of dating. June 22nd will forever be the most important day of my life. Not only is it my birthday, but this is also the day Cole decided to propose to me. He couldn’t have selected a more perfect place — Cancun, Mexico. Cole got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him."

Congrats, you two!

Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective

Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective

Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective

Miles Witt Boyer Photographic Collective