Red Carpet Trend: Color Blocking

Don’t tell us you didn’t see the Gloden Globes last night!  We know you were on the edge of your seat watching all the hottest celebs strut their stuff down the red carpet.  We were too!

Is it just us or was there a ton of color blocking this year?!  Here are some of our faves…

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Our guess is that we’ll be seeing a lot more of this trend in wedding fashion, too.  What do you think?  Would you choose color blocked dresses for your bridesmaids or should they stay on the Red Carpet?  We want to hear your thoughts, so chime in!

xo- camille

And the color of the year is… Radiant Orchid!

Well, here it is.  The color of the year for 2014.  And we absolutely love it!  

It’s rich and warm and fun!  We thought we’d share our favorite ways to incorporate it into your life… or your wedding day!

If you are getting married this year, check out these ideas for using Radiant Orchid as a main color or just a splash.

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Here are a few ideas on how to incorporate Radiant Orchid into your wardrobe…

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Or try adding a blast of color into your home…

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Goodbye Emerald and Hello Radiant Orchid!  2014 is going to be a radiant year!

xo- camille and tm

Brilliant, Bold and Bright Pink!!

We are so excited to be partnering with Bright Pink for FabFest this month!

Bright Pink is an organization focused on early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. They are trying to empower women to take a proactive approach to their health by having an early detection strategy while lifting up and supporting other women.

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Beautiful ladies with a beautiful cause!!

This is such an important cause and such a wonderful company that is really helping to increase cancer awareness and overall self awareness. We at Soirée are proud to stand with them and their cause and we can’t wait to be a part of their mission!

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This is a special year for Soirée and our support for Bright Pink!  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be the official Event Design Planners for the “Be Bright and Beautiful Ballroom” at this year’s Fab Fest!
Soirée is teaming up with HMR Designs to bring the participants an elegant, chic and luxurious space for them to enjoy while receiving their beauty treatments!  Participants will have the opportunity to sweat it out with some of their favorite Chicago fitness instructors, enjoy some snacks and then pamper themselves with complimentary hair, make-up and skin care consultations in the “Be Bright and Beautiful Ballroom.”
The event will be held at the Westin River North on September 29th and we are expecting over 500 bright, bold and beautiful participants!
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We can’t wait!  Hope to see all your bright and beautiful faces there!
xo-tm!

Making Dollars and Sense of Your Wedding Budget

Tiffany Munster of Soirée Weddings & Events shares with you great tips on managing your wedding budget. She takes you through the step-by-step process for your ideal one of a kind wedding.

A very special and loved Thank You to Brides, Bubbles and Bliss and Carasco Photography for making this a production on BBB TV!! 

With love by Alyssa.

Champagne with Lazaro

Every girl dreams of her wedding dress and what it’s going to look like…but a chance to meet the designer of the dress you wore…that’s priceless.  I was honored to be invited to the Bella Bianca, Gold Coast, Lazaro trunk show last night.

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I purchased my Lazaro dress from Bella Bianca in 2009, for my May 2010 wedding.  (Yes ladies, you must give yourselves at least 6 months of lead time when ordering a wedding gown!)

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I was wooed by the Alençon lace and the silk petals that floated down the back of the strapless, sheath gown.  The wedding day came and went so fast, you really have only about (give or take) 12 hours with your gown.  Now it’s preserved and sitting in a box in my closet.  I often gaze at photos from the wedding remembering this classic, lace beauty!

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Cristina G Photography

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Cristina G Photography

So when I was invited to this event, I jumped at the opportunity!  Who wouldn’t want to sip on champagne among gorgeous couture gowns, while mingling with friends…and, uh, Lazaro!?

I just had to meet him and get him to sign a photo of my dress!  I couldn’t wait to chat with him and thank him for designing my perfect dress!

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And of course, snap a few pics! 😉

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Left there feeling inspired and elevated! Such a fun night and awesome opportunity!

xo-tm

Vera Wang 2014 Bridal Collection

The queen of bridal fashion has shocked us yet again. Vera Wang has embraced drama with a whole new place this year! Black and White is a hot hot trend and do we dare say “could it be because of Vera”? For her Spring 2014 bridal collection she presented each lovely silhouette with accents of black. You’ll see brides in long black leather gloves, ruffled black roses, tight black corsets, black geometric patterns and bits of black detail in lace. Bold. Statement. Fierce. Edgy. Daring. All come to mind when thinking about her amazing new collection.

Her unusual combination of color is not the only thing that has our attention. It’s the additional use of geometric inserts – seat belts, cut out shapes and high black gloves!! Of course you’ll be able to order your Vera Wang in all white/ivory but we are dying to know if you’d dare to wear the black and white!?!!

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Simple and sleek. Substitute your accessories for some long leathers.

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Chic and edgy. All in one!

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Love a bride with a bit of peplum!

Love a bride with a bit of peplum!

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The perfect bridal elegance of white and black combined.

The perfect bridal elegance of white and black combined.

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Corsets aren't just for evening and under garment wear anymore! Brides-be-ware.

Corsets aren’t just for evening and under garment wear anymore! Brides-be-ware.

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The "seat belt" element comes into designer here and we just love what she has done to edge up the bride!

The “seat belt” element comes into design here and we just love what she has done to edge up the bride.

Gatsby Gorgeous

Well, we don’t want to brag…but we were one of the lucky one’s that got an exclusive viewing of The Great Gatsby on Tuesday night!

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The night started at the Zapwater offices with fashions straight out of the roaring 20s.  All the guests were encouraged to take inspiration from the movie and dress as their favorite Gatsby character.  We teamed up with Jilly Ink, Pistil and Vine, Private Label Linens and Re:find Joy to create a beautiful, vintage/Gatsby-esque vignette!  I love how Molly included one solo green votive – to replicate the glowing green lantern in the story.

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Be U Weddings hosted the event, along music by Fig Media, photography/photobooth by Cage and Aquarium, glamorous vintage gowns by Mignonette Bridal and of course…flapper-worthy fare by Pure Kitchen Catering, and beer pairings by Goose Island Catering.  All the glitz and glamour you would expect to see and taste at a Jay Gatsby affair!

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After the soiree, we headed out to the Icon Theater for an exclusive viewing of The Great Gatsby, in 3D.  A whimsical dream, that took you back in time.  You felt like you were there, and left you wanting more.

The movie officially premiers in theaters tomorrow and is sure to be the hit of the summer! So if you love glitz, glam, sequins, sparkle and fabulous parties – Gatsby is a must see!

Now go out and see it… ‘old sport’

xo-tm!

all photos by Cage and Aquarium

Design by Soirée

Linens by Private Label Linens

Calligraphy by Jilly Ink

Floral by Pistil and Vine

Rentals by Re:find Joy

Catering by Pure Kitchen Catering and Goose Island

Music by Fig Media

Hosted by Be U Weddings and Zapwater