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"Today I am marrying my best friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, and love."
~ Erin & Forrest Pangborn

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bridal Fashion Week 2012 Overview: Trends & Styles

Posted By Editor On October 16, 2012 @ 8:25 am In Fashion & Style | No Comments
The Bridal Fashion Week in New York which took place between October 12 and 15 showed a wide variety of   designer visions. Unlike the last few years, Vera Wang’s bridal collection was entirely white. Other designers, however, went with very short dresses and oversized headpieces. Nevertheless, there were a few trends that were established by this year’s designer bridal collections. Here’s what to expect for the 2013 Fall fashion season.

 The Ghost of Kate Middleton’s Dress Still Here
Despite the fact that the Royal Wedding was in 2011, designers seem to have a hard time forgetting Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. Similar to the Duchess’ gown, wedding dresses next season will have lays of lace and long sleeves. Lace was the most popular fabric at this year’s bridal show in New York and longs sleeves were surprisingly… loose at times.
Oversized Headpieces
The lovely airy veils are now in the past! For bitter or for worse, designers have decided to replace them with huge and bold headpieces. Most of the headpieces have flower elements or are entirely flowered. There were a few veils here and there. However, their dramatic style was far from appropriate for a happy occasion like wedding.

Illusion Necklines
The headpiece disappointment was quickly forgotten when the runways were invaded by the so-called illusion neckline. With it the outfits look looser, however, they still manage to keep everything in place. So, brides, you won’t have any trouble partying in your pretty gowns.

Some Colour
This year many designers decided to stay away from the traditional white dress. However, they also avoided deep and dark colours like red. Instead they went with pale nuances like olive green, blush pink, café, and baby blue. Therefore, season 2013 will be moderately colourful.
So, if you are planning a wedding in 2013, make sure your gown has some colour, necklines, headpieces and that it also resembles Kate Middleton’s dress.

Article printed from Dubai Chronicle: http://www.dubaichronicle.com
URL to article: http://www.dubaichronicle.com/2012/10/16/bridal-fashion-week-2012-trends-styles/

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Yummy! It's NY Wedding Fashion Week!

Bridal Fashion Week 2012

Bridal Fashion Week 2012: Top Trends From Designers' Fall 2013 Collections 

The Huffington Post | 

By Stephanie Hallett
Posted: 10/14/2012 7:59 pm EDT
Updated: 10/15/2012 1:14 pm EDT

This year's Fall bridal market in New York City, which ran from Oct. 12 to 15, was full of surprises. From an all white collection at Vera Wang (after two white-free seasons!), to the ultra-short flapper-inspired dresses on the Reem Acra runway, to Venetian Carnevale masks at Ines DiSanto, we were enthralled. While we took in shows from the industry's top designers -- including Monique Lhuillier, Amsale and Claire Pettibone -- we noticed a few recurring themes. To help you prep for your Big Day shopping trips, we put together this list of the top six trends from the Fall 2013 runways.

1. Illusive Necklines
Amsale Group
 Christos Gown

2. Sleeves
Amsale Group

3. Lace Overlays
Romona Keveza
Oscar de la Renta

4. Hints of Color
Reem Acra

Claire Pettibone

Ines DiSanto

5. All Over Sequins
Reem Acura


6. Bold Headpieces

Reem Acura

Claire Pettibone

Monday, September 17, 2012

Wedding Ohh La La with Ruche!!

As a girl I loved frilly dresses!  The more layers and ruffles the better!  (Yes, I am a child of the 80's so tulle skirts over leggings were all the rage.  Not too different from today!!!)  My Mother talks about those days with dread in her voice remembering all the ironing she did on layers and layers of ruffles on the many summer dresses!  My sister and I would put each dress to the spin test to see how well the skirt floated when we twirled.  If it didn't meet our standards it ended up back on the hanger and left behind in Nordstrom's dressing room!  To this day I still love beautiful dresses.  They are far more structured and chic then the ones of yesteryear, but still fun and beautiful!   As a wedding planner, it is my job and duty to help clients find their dream dress!  It is one of my favorite parts of the job.  The Bride's attire is the signature piece of the wedding...a true reflection of the Bride's style and personality! 

My Bride's don't fit into any boxes, so I am constantly looking for options for them to find exactly what they are looking for!  Here is a site that recently started a Bridal line for Bride's and Bride's maids full of dresses, veils, jewelry, etc. that don't fit into any one box!  Check it out!

Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses
Vintage inspired Bridal Gowns

future-planning polka dot veil
tender emotions headband ever thine taupe fascinator

love always pearl braceletto the moon necklace in silver

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Inspiration for Weddings on the Waterfront!

When planning a wedding or event you inspiration to guide you!  As a planner, I love coming up with a visual concept to work off of!  Check out my inspiration for my Weddings on the Waterfront Argosy Cruise! To see all my inspiration check out my pintrest page!

Break out your boating shoes to spend a summer night on the water sailing the Seattle harbor!  Come aboard the Argosy as we cruise the Seattle skyline during Weddings on the Waterfront.  Aboard you'll find a mix of classic navy and crisp white with pops of bold and modern coral and raspberry!  This event is preppy meets party! 

Images found on Pintrest

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Summer Wedding Show!

Hi All,

Happy Summer! July 5th has come and gone and now summer has officially started in Seattle! I am in the full swing of wedding season and loving every minute of it! If you are a Bride or Groom getting married this year or next, and are still searching for your vendors I have a wonderful event to tell you about!

Weddings on the Waterfront is a magnificent wedding showcase that features the top wedding venues and locations on Seattle’s historic waterfront during Washington’s most beautiful time of the year. Join us as we tour each beautifully decorated venue featuring talented wedding vendors for you to meet. The venues include Bell Harbor, World Trade Center, Seattle Marriott Waterfront, The Edgewater, Argosy & Seattle Aquarium.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Vendor Spotlight! Weddings on the Waterfront!

This weekend I am participating in an exciting summer wedding show; Weddings on the Waterfront! It's going to be an amazing event.  I'm really looking forward to it!  They've been blogging about each of the vendors participating, and here is the blog post they have on me!

Vendor Spotlight :: Ethereal Events

Hi!  I’m Wendi with Ethereal Events I am a fun loving, bubbly wedding and event planner with a passion for beautiful shoes and handbags!  I believe a girl can never have too many pairs of shoes or too nice of handbags.

My favorite part of working in the wedding industry is it never feels like work. I have a blast every day!  I love the connection I make with my brides and her loved ones.  There is something I love about each of them, and their relationship.  I have the honor of taking them through what could be considered a stressful time, but instead we laugh, eat & drink and have a lot of fun!  I’m invited to share with their friends and family in the purest moments of love and celebration.  When the wedding day comes to a close, and they have truly had the time of their lives, I feel so rewarded.  There is no better job in the world for me than this one!

When you work with me it is a collaborative effort!  I work to make sure that my client’s style and personalities are reflected in every detail of their wedding.  The wedding is NOT about me! I work to get to know my clients, their personal style, personality, likes and dislikes, etc. and turn those things into elements of their wedding.  I listen, give advice and use my professional opinion to create exactly what they want.  When a guest walks into their reception I want to hear them say “this is so…insert your name here!” That is when I know I have done my job correctly.

When I Iook back at the most fun, unique or unusual wedding that I have had the pleasure to work on, it is so hard to just pick one!  My favorite weddings are usually the ones where I can see and feel how much love the couple shares.  It is usually reflected in the families of the couple as well.  This makes for the most beautiful vows, toasts, and celebrations.  I often tear up during these ceremonies, toasts, and dances; even though I’ve usually only known the couple for a year or less!  I’m kind of a sap and hopeless romantic, so weddings really touch my heart.

My #1 tip to every bride is plan out a small amount of alone time for you and your husband right after the ceremony to be together, just the two of you.  The rest of the day you will be pulled in a million directions by your family and guests.  Take 30 minutes minimum for the two of you to relax, reflect, celebrate, eat & drink, whatever you want to do.  It’s the only chance you will get ALL day, and if it’s not scheduled it WON’T happen.  It is a really special time to connect and reflect or jump for joy over the commitment you just made!”

I am married to my best friend and partner in crime.  We’ve been married for almost 6 years.  I remember parts of our wedding day vividly and the rest is a blur.   It is one of the greatest days of my life!  My favorite part of the whole day was seeing my husband for the first time. It had been a busy morning with hair and makeup for 8 ladies, breakfast, last minute items etc.  There was a ton of joy and excitement!  I had some nervous energy just waiting for everything to begin. Finally getting to spend time with him before the wedding was exactly what I needed.  When I got out of the car and walked into my husband’s arms everything in the world melted away.  I have never felt so peaceful, safe, and at home in my life.  I will never forget that feeling or moment in time for the rest of my life.

In Their Own Words:
“I insist we laugh! If it’s not fun, let’s find a way to make it fun! The wedding planning process can and should be one you enjoy.

Make it personal. Non-traditional.  A little quirky.  As long as it reflects you and your relationship, we can incorporate it. Your wedding should be representative of how you feel and who you are, anything but generic.

Trust. Trust has to be earned, and Ethereal will do what we need to make sure you know that we hear you and understand your vision.  Then we’ll take the responsibility off of your shoulders and allow you to enjoy your day!

Be treated like it’s important!  Yes, we have other clients, but you wouldn’t know it. Our service is personal and focused.  It’s about you and your day, and having an experienced friend help with the process”.

Fun Facts:
I am a UW Football season ticket holder, since 2000.  I love my HUSKIES!
I love dogs.  I rescued a boxer, ridge back mix over 6 years ago.
I love HGTV!  I can’t get enough of House Hunter International, Design Star or Love it or List It!  I can watch it for hours.

How to Contact Ethereal Events:
Company Name: Ethereal Events
Contact: Wendi Hroncich
Website: www.etherealevents.com
Email: info@etherealevents.com
Twitter: @etherealevents
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ethereal-Events/47754608686

Monday, January 30, 2012

Tis the Season - January or June?

Summer, fall, winter or spring? 2 pros weigh in on the wedding ‘when’
Anna Sachse CTW Features

January 12, 2012


Pros: “The weather!” says Christina Friedrichsen, author of “Intimate Weddings: Planning a Small Wedding that Fits Your Budget and Style” (North Light Books, 2004). “If you’ve got your heart set on an outdoor wedding, there’s no better season.” There are also three great three-day holiday weekends, and guests are more willing to take vacation time in the warm months and/or when kids are out of school, says Wendi Hroncich, founder of Seattle-based Ethereal Events. Other advantages Hroncich points to include a seasonal produce and flowers, and more daylight hours, which is great for photos.

Cons: Summer is the most popular season for nuptials in the U.S., which means prices generally are the highest and there’s a lot more competition for vendors, says Hroncich. In addition, guests may have already made vacation plans - or have another wedding to attend - during your wedding weekend. And that sunshine you were hoping for? It may not seem so spectacular when you’re dripping in sweat.


Pros: Fall is full of fabulous décor inspiration, from colorful leaves to pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks, says Friedrichsen. You also can have a sunset ceremony that’s reasonably early, adds Hroncich, and you may still be able to have an outdoor party. Even better? Travel is typically cheaper during this time, so you may find great honeymoon deals.

Cons: Hroncich warns that cold or wet weather can hit out of nowhere, so you’ll definitely need tents or an indoors backup plan. Autumn also is the second most popular time for weddings, so you’ll need to book your vendors well in advance.


Pros: Hotels and venues will likely do their own decorating for the holidays, supplying you with free décor that feels festive and warm, notes Hroncich. December can be costly, especially around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but prices often drop drastically in November, January, and February. Use some of the money you save to serve an indulgent spread of seasonal treats like spiked eggnog and gingerbread cookies, says Hroncich.

Cons: It’s a busy and expensive time of year for people, so chances are not everyone on your list will be able to make it, says Friedrichsen. Furthermore, severe weather could make traveling treacherous or downright impossible, Hroncich says.


Pros: Spring usually is the off-season, thus more venues and vendors should be available, perhaps at a discount, says Friedrichsen. You’ll also find a greater selection of blooms, fresh-feeling menus, and bright color palettes, says Hroncich. Add to that the possibility of sunshine without sweltering heat.

Cons: With the exception of Spring Break, kids will be in school, making it more difficult for families to travel, says Hroncich. And, says Friedrichsen, there’s a lot of potential for a cool, rainy day that you didn’t properly plan for.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wedding Show Re-Cap

If you missed the Seattle Wedding Show this year, don't worry! Seattle Bride Magazine went to and is sharing it with you in a 3 part video series! Check it out!

SEEN with Seattle Bride @ The 2012 Seattle Wedding Show - Style Episode from Seen LIVE with Team Photogenic on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

When to Marry? Is One Season Better Than The Others?

Recently, I was interviewed by my favorite Journalist Anna Sachse for an article she is writing an article about the pros and cons of each season for getting married. This is a really good question for couples to consider. Every season has a significance to each couple, some maybe more than others. Most people think of summer weddings based on what we all see in movies, magazines, and when we are invited to attend the most, but that does NOT mean it is the right time of the year for you! Here is my full list of the Pros and Cons of each season! I had no idea I had so much to say about this! I hope you find it helpful!

Beautiful weather is most likely
Guests have time off or willingly take vacation time,
Kids are out of school,
3 great 3 day holiday weekends
In 4 season locations, outdoor option generally available
Wonderful selection of seasonal produce
Amazing variety of season flowers in bloom
Bright, Vibrant, and fun color pallets appropriate
Fun refreshing beverages appropriate
Any summertime activity or food is an option, crab bake, lobster cook out, BBQ, etc.
May have a beautiful tan still from summer weather
Longer days full of light

Most popular time of year for weddings in 4 season places, which means most expensive time of year, and most competition for locations, vendors, etc.. Can limit your options if you don't pre-plan.
Your may be competing with your guests pre-scheduled vacation plans
3 holiday weekends, people may not appreciate you taking
In warm climates - really hot temperatures - out doors not suggested
Bugs can be a problem in certain areas in the summer months
Competition, You may schedule your wedding on someone else you know's wedding date - 2nd cousin, distant friend, etc. Some of your guests may have another wedding the same day and have to chose
May be leaving your location for honeymoon vacation during your best weather months - might miss the sunshine come winter
Outdoor wedding on hot summer day is really uncomfortable for the Bride in a really formal heaving dress, and for all men in Tuxes or Suits
Sweating profusely on your wedding day is NOT something any bride or groom imagines or thinks about!
Air conditioning at the wedding location really important - can be disastrous with out it!
Candle light is null and void until late into the evening
People can have a hard time dancing until it gets dark - can be late into the evening depending on where you live

Beautiful natural color scheme and use of natural elements for decor
Fall theme is really easy and popular
Beginning to be the less popular time of year, vendor and location rates may be dropping
Nice time to go to on a tropical honeymoon as the weather where you live is getting cold - Make your summer tan last
Less weddings scheduled, so your guest are more likely not going to have another wedding on your date
Travel is less expensive - September is the cheapest and least popular month for travel
Indian summer
Bug problems decrease
Candle light
Sunset Ceremonies - at a reasonable time
Great time for a European or other hot spot honeymoon

In warm places, popularity may be increasing due to cooler weather than summer months
School starting
Little to no vacation time left for you or your guests
Risk of cold or wet weather
Sun sets earlier - less day light for photos
Football Season- you may have to negotiate your wedding date around your Honey's team's schedule


Amazing decor options and color schemes to work with
Hotels and venues may decorate for the holidays - supplying you with free decor (that most likely goes with the aesthetic of the location)
Holidays bring family together and are a natural time to celebrate
Prices are discounted except in December at Peak holiday party season
Comfort food
Spiced cider, egg nog, gingerbread, etc.
Candle light/ Fireplaces
Really romantic and magical time of year
Wonderful time for tropical or snowy honeymoon -

In cold weather places:
Out door photo or ceremony options limited without proper warm clothing options
Sever weather could delay or cancel your guests travel
Power outages and storms are more likely
Icy roads and bad travel conditions can cause issue for even local guests
Summer color palette, food, and beverages are inappropriate
Flowers are not in season or local
Seasonal Fruits are harder to come by
Travel prices increase
Many holidays to schedule around
Busy and expensive time of year for your guests - may be a hard time for people to travel, buy a wedding present, etc. while juggling holiday expenses
Very little day light for photos


Wonderful flower selection
Bright cheerful colors appropriate
Less expensive then summer months
Less popular time of year creating less competition
Cooler weather than summer months with possibility of sunshine
Great time for honeymoon
Spring Break
Beautiful light for photos

Scheduling around Easter
Rain more likely than summer
Kids in school

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

You Don't Want to Miss This!

Happy New Year!

What a great start to the new year! This is the week for all newly engaged ladies to begin planning their wedding! (If you're not newly engaged No problem! This week is still so amazing you need to know about it too!) There are so many exciting events going on starting with the Trunk Show at Luly Yang on Friday, followed by the Seattle Wedding Show on both Saturday and Sunday! There are so many deals and bargains to be found this month on couture dresses and top of the line vendors it could make a girl's head spin! If you are the type of girl who gets hot at the idea of pre-sale(ing) the Nordstrom's sale, then these trunk shows are for you! You DO have to make an appointment for the Trunk show and buy tickets for the wedding show, so make sure you do so! Don't say I didn't warn you!

Now go have fun, and let me know how it goes!

Enzoani Trunk Show at Luly Yang Couture

Friday January 6th, 2012 through Sunday January 8th, 2012

Brides will receive 10% off any Enzoani gown & a complimentary Hollow to Hem measurement during this trunk show!

Limited consultations available, call 206.623.8200 to book your consultation today.


Luly Yang Diamond Trunk Show

Friday January 20th, 2012 through Sunday January 22nd, 2012

Brides will receive 10% off any Luly Yang Bridal gown and bridal accessories purchased during this trunk show weekend.

Limited consultations available, call 206.623.8200 to book your consultation today!


Enzoani Gorgeous with Curves Trunk Show at Luly Yang Couture

Friday January 27th, 2012 through Sunday January 29th, 2012

This is the perfect trunk show for women with gorgeous curves who want to try on beautiful gowns in sizes 16-22!

Brides will receive 10% off any Enzoani gown & a complimentary Hollow to Hem measurement during this trunk show!

Limited consultations available, call 206.623.8200 to book your consultation today.