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Q&A With Heather Grimm!

Today we’re chatting with Heather from  Heather Grimm Photography!

Location: New Orleans, La

 www.hgrimm.com

Find her here on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest! 

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JLM Couture: When did you get started in photography?

Heather: I bought a basic intro camera from Best Buy at the end of 2012 just for fun! Shortly after, I began taking & posting photos of my little cousins and friends to my Facebook page. A few weeks later, I had strangers emailing me to photograph their families! I still had no idea how to work the camera properly or knew anything about running my own business, but I decided to roll with it! 3 months later, it was my full time job and I was having an absolute blast. So I guess you can say it all unfolded in 2013 :) Was that really only 2 years ago?  

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JLM Couture: What made you want to get in to wedding photography?

Heather: To me, wedding photography is on such another level that I would have to say my ambitious nature drove me there. I always want to see how far I can push myself in all of my endeavors; how far I can go. When I first began entertaining the idea of wedding photography, I reached out to a handful of local photographers to offer myself up as a volunteer second shooter (for no pay, just the experience). Not a single one of them responded to me. I eventually gave up trying to second shoot with someone and found a craigslist bride who was looking for a last minute photographer for her wedding. I jumped on the opportunity and offered my services to her for free. This was terrifying and exciting all in one! I had only been to 2 weddings in the past 5 years; I could hardly remember how they functioned! But I was determined to learn and was fueled by the disappointing lack of photographers willing to give me the time of day. That wedding ended up being a turning point in my career. I gained so much confidence in my skills, as well as knowledge; I felt ready to take on a larger, more traditional wedding by myself. I think having never been a second shooter or having guidance in any way, I was even prouder of everything I had learned, everything I had achieved, by myself. Before I knew it, I had 5 weddings on the books with dozens of requests coming in. I couldn’t believe it! I even had the opportunity to fly to Austin, Texas to photograph one of the most beautiful weddings ever. It was all such a wild learning experience that I ventured into alone. Sometimes you just have to create your own path and make it happen! I will always be proud of that. 

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 JLM Couture: What’s your favorite photo from this shoot and why?

Heather: Oh, that’s so hard! This shoot was definitely one of my favorites. I can’t pick just one! They are all soft, dreamy, dramatic, romantic. I love these particular close up shots of our gorgeous models because they really provoke emotion. I also LOVE the florals and the greenery. The makeup is flawless. The dresses are stunning! SO many reasons I love these shots :)  

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To see more of Heather’s favorites, visit our Pinterest page!

JLM Couture: We’d ask you to describe your vision of a Tara Keely bride, but luckily for us- you are one! Tell us a few things about why you chose your Tara Keely gown. 

Heather: What a great question! I actually found my dress pretty late in my engagement. Having tried on a handful of less-than-exciting-dresses at a few local of boutiques, I was about ready to call it quits! I just couldn’t find anything unique enough to suit my style, my budget, and the overall feeling I wanted my dress to have. After a thorough google search of bridal boutiques in a neighboring city, I found one that had quite a variety of designers on hand. However, I decided to go by myself this time. I wanted to look at these dresses without any outside opinion or persuasion (even the good kind!). I wanted to make this decision for myself. I showed up at the adorable shop and was greeted by a kind woman who walked around with me as I selected multiple dresses to try on. Picking out options was easy because I knew the style I wanted… or so I thought. Right when I thought we couldn’t carry another trumpet style dress, my hand brushed past a poofy tulle and lace dress. I stalled for 1 second too long and the sweet lady suggested I try it on. I wasn’t exactly eager since the style was all wrong, but she convinced me to just give it a shot :) After the fourth dress of twelve was returned to the rack, I slipped on the wild card dress for fun haha. I shuffled out to the floor like a fluffy white cupcake, climbed upon the platform, was zipped and clamped, and when I looked up at the my reflection in the mirror, I started to cry. I couldn’t believe what was happening. Crying when you find your dress was supposed to be a myth right?! Isn’t that just in the movies? Apparently not because this defeated skeptic just stood there crying, bouncing up and down and shrieking! Refusing to take the dress off, I sat in the pretty velvet boutique chair, in my gorgeous soon-to-be wedding gown, and called my mom and best friends. It was perfect. 

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This darling photo of Heather on her wedding day (in Tara Keely style 2305) is compliments of non other than Catherine Guidry Photography. 

Huge thank you to Heather  and the rest of our #TKinNOLA team! And don’t worry, there is more from Heather (and Cottonwood South!) to come!

Photography:

Heather Grimm (@HeadyGrimm)

Catherine Guidry (@CatherineGuidry)

Florals: Poppy and Mint (@PoppyandMint)

Make Up: Ashley Sievert (@AshleySievertBeauty)

Hair: Sara Marie (@SaraMarie185)

Accessories: MaeMe Bridal (@MaeMeBridal)

Models (as pictured above):

Alexandra Chaisson (achaisson6)

Lauren Melzer (@laurenmelzer)

Gabrielle Chaisson (@gabriellechaisson)

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Q&A With Catherine Guidry Photography!

We’re chatting with Catherine Guidry of Catherine Guidry Photography!

Location: New Orleans, LA

Find her here on Facebook and here on Instagram!

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JLM Couture: When did you get started in photography? 

Catherine: Although I dabbled a bit in photography during my undergraduate years studying architecture, I photographed my first wedding during graduate school. When I finally finished my masters I decided to pursue photography full time with a focus on weddings!

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JLM Couture: What made you want to get into wedding photography?

Catherine: I knew I enjoyed photography but more specifically, I loved photographing people: the emotions, the moments, the memories. I love that wedding photography combines all these aspects of shooting with an element of style and fashion.

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JLM Couture: What’s your favorite photo from this shoot and why?

Catherine: My favorite image would be the one of all the models together. It shows the diversity in style and options that Tara Keely offers! There’s truly something for everyone.

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JLM Couture: Who is a Tara Keely bride?

Catherine: A Tara Keely bride is one who exudes style, class, and elegance!

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Huge thank you to Catherine and the rest of our #TKinNOLA team!

Florals: Poppy and Mint (@PoppyandMint)

Make Up: Ashley Sievert (@AshleySievertBeauty)

Hair: Sara Marie (@SaraMarie185)

Calligraphy: Cottonwood South (@cottonwoodsouth)

Accessories: MaeMe Bridal (@MaeMeBridal)

Models (as pictured above):

Lauren Melzer (@LaurenMelzer)

Gabrielle Chaisson (@GabrielleChaisson)

Heather Grimm (@HeadyGrimm)

Alexandra Chaisson (@achaisson6)

 

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Q&A With Poppy and Mint!

Destiny Pinson of Poppy & Mint Floral Company

Location: New Orleans, LA

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Find her here on Facebook and here on Instagram

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JLM Couture: So, we’re obsessed with all the gorgeous florals you pulled together for our #TKinNOLA shoot. Can you let us know what’s in each arrangement? 

Destiny: Thank you! The peach and pink bouquet included juliet garden roses, romantic antique garden roses, calcynia, pink calla lilies and ranunculus accented with silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus. The white bouquet included garden roses, ranunculus, scabiosa  and freesia accented with cherry laurel.

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JLM Couture: This floral crown is everything. Did you teach yourself how to make them? 

Destiny: Ha! I did teach myself how to make them! Starting off with a lot of flower tape and hot glue, they would take me hours and I would just hope and pray that they would stay together. Thank goodness I have become a bit more adept at making them! 

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JLM Couture: Which was your favorite piece from this shoot? 

DestinyI am really in love with whites and greens lately, so it would have to be the white bouquet. The contrast of the whites with the darker greens is just so pretty! 

JLM Couture: Describe the perfect bouquet for a Tara Keely bride. 

Destiny: The perfect bouquet for a Tara Keely bride is one that makes the bride feel special and beautiful on the most important day of her life. It has to depict the personality of both the bride and the dress.

Huge thank you to Destiny and the rest of our #TKinNOLA team!

Photography: Catherine Guidry (@CatherineGuidry)

Heather Grimm (@HeadyGrimm)

Make Up: Ashley Sievert (@AshleySievertBeauty)

Hair: Sara Marie (@SaraMarie185)

Accessories: MaeMe Bridal (@MaeMeBridal)

Models (as pictured above):

Heather Grimm

Alexandra Chaisson (achaisson6)

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Tara Keely Bridal Styled Shoot

Engaged? Or just a lover of all things bridal? Then you’ll just swoon over what’s to follow…

We’re so excited to share with you these beautiful images from our recent #TKinNOLA photo shoot (images taken by the lovely and incredibly talented Catherine Guidry- @CatherineGuidry and Heather Grimm). And don’t worry, there is plenty more where this came from. We’ll be sharing Q&A’s with the entire #TKinNOLA team this entire week with more exclusive photos to be seen here, and of course on our Instagram (follow as at @Tara_Keely) and Pinterest page.

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 These stunning bouquets are compliments of the highly talented Destiny Pinson of Poppy and Mint (@PoppyandMint)!

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 The accessories were absolutely stunning thanks to Mae Me (@maemebridal) Bridal in Metairie, LA!

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 The South was the perfect place to hold our first Tara Keely inspiration shoot. These Louisiana sketches (by non other than Heather Grimm for Cottonwood South-@Cottonwoodsouth) were a beautiful added touch.

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View More: http://heathergrimm.pass.us/tara-keely-shoot

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 Ashley Sievert (@AshleySievert) and Sara Marie did such an incredible job with hair and make up. Their interpretation of who a Tara Keely bride is and inspires to be on her wedding day was flawless.

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 Featured Tara Keely styles from left to right: 2210, 2450, 2410, and 2354.

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 How stunning are these girls? Huge thanks to:

Heather Grimm (@HeadyGrimm)

Gabrielle Chaisson (@GabrielleChaisson)

Alexandra Chaisson (@AChaisson6)

Lauren Melzer (@LaurenMelzer)

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Lazaro Spring 2015

Looking to the see more from the Lazaro Spring 2015 collection? Click here to sift through the pages of the latest Lazaro catalog.

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Mix and Match Bridesmaids

Looking to take your bridesmaids wedding day fashion to the next level? We have some mixing and matching goodness from Jim Hjelm Occasions to suggest:

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Styles : 5511, 5513, 5515, 5514

bridesmaids 2

Styles: 5459, 5461, 5502, 5460

bridesmaids 3

Styles: 5379, 5417, 5350

bridesmaids 4

Styles : 5509, 5504, 5511, 5506.

bridesmaids 5

Styles: 5506, 5516, 5507, 5508

For even more of our Mix and Match styles, visit us here on Pinterest!

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Our Valentine’s Day Love Story Winner!

I put on my cheerleading uniform, tied my white tennis shoes, fluffed my ponytail and slicked on my shiniest lip gloss. I was ready! He was definitely going to be there tonight. I had heard about him from mutual friends for weeks on end. My 16-year old imagination had idealized this upcoming moment and replayed a thousand different scenarios. Maybe it would be love at first sight? Maybe he would ask me out on a date right then and there! The only problem was…I didn’t know what he looked like (and they refused to tell me)!

It was the start of basketball season and we were playing our rival high school at home. I had my dad drop me off early to scope out the other team hoping I would know who he was when I saw him. I watched them practice drills and darted my eyes around the court hoping my heart would alert me. I scanned and scanned. Nothing. No butterflies in my stomach. No heart palpitations. Nothing like I had imagined.

The rest of the girls arrived and we got in line to cheer on our team. I stood there feeling very confused. My friends had promised he would be there and they were smiling and waving at me from the stands. For weeks, they had filled my heart with endless excitement. They had rattled on about his achievements at his school, his sportsmanship and his overall good looks. It was enough to make you daydream right through Algebra II.

 

“You’ll know it the moment you see him!” “Y’all are meant to be!” “You guys are going to get married!”

 

The announcer boomed over the speaker and prepared to announce the starting line-up. Rival team up first. He whirred through their names and positions and then began to read the final name, the team captain. The world hit pause as a 17-year-old boy ran out onto the court. His wavy charcoal black hair matched perfectly with his beautiful smile. It was him. He was there! (He had been in the locker room…)

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On June 15, 2013, that handsome boy and I were married in Austin, TX… nine and a half years after we first met on that special day. I was no longer standing in front of the teenager I fell in love with at a high school gymnasium, but a wonderful, kind-hearted man. We were high school sweethearts, dated through college, moved to a new city, bought a house and rescued three beautiful dogs. When you write your life out like that, it appears to be an ideal timeline of the natural progression of life and love. Those major occasions are the plotted points on the graph of life. However, in between the big moments, you find the true nitty gritty of any relationship; the real reason why people fall in love and stay in love. It’s in the tiniest of memories, the smallest inside jokes and the quickest of glances across a crowded room. Those are the details that serve as the glue between two people. Dating for nearly a decade isn’t always a cake walk. There are joyous years and hard years, happy months and sad months, weeks spent making memories and weeks spent alone, memorable days and ones that are difficult to look back on. No love story was ever successful because both people did everything right. The success lies in the promise that a future as one is brighter than a lifetime apart. It’s in the glue.

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The day I walked down the aisle to the person I have now enjoyed 11 years of life with, I was wearing a Blush by Hayley Paige style from Now and Forever Boutique in Houston, TX. (Thanks, Vo!) It was the third dress I tried on and I decided it was the one before I even stepped out of the dressing room. I chose it because I wanted to be comfortable and look natural on my wedding day. I wanted to dance and twirl and hug and kiss every person there. The dress was meant for me, like it had been designed just for my memories. I didn’t need to scan the room. I didn’t need my friends to tell me all about it. It was there…ready and waiting to be mine.

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Wedding Photographer: Clayton Austin

Makeup: Make-up by Marie-Lynn (Austin, TX)

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JLM COUTURE LOVE STORY #2

We had been dating for nearly four years at the time. We met in college and fell in love when we were both in law school. It was the year after we graduated law school.  We were working full time, busy as ever, and summer was just coming to a close. Pat had vacation time saved up and took the day off. It was a Thursday.

He suggested I meet him at our favorite park (the Frelinghuysen Arboretum) after I finished with work, to enjoy the cooling weather.  Knowing how much I missed them since starting my job, he called my sister and invited my two adorable nephews, Jakob (2) and Aaron (5), to come along for the fun.

We met at the park, with plenty of sun still left. We walked around the park, showing the boys all of the best spots: the Koi pond, the rose garden, and the beautiful butterfly bushes. As I was losing track of time, my oldest nephew, Jakob, suggested we find a spot for our picnic blanket. We settled down under a massive tree and snacked on the grapes (and wine!) that Pat had thoughtfully packed. But it wasn’t long before the boys were up and racing around again.  As I chased after Aaron, Pat and Jakob ducked behind one of the large trees nearby. Curious about what they were up to, I made my way over with Aaron in tow.  It was then that I caught a glimpse of Jakob’s face – flushed with a surprising shade of pink. Normally a verbose little fellow, he couldn’t find words. I asked him what was wrong and, again, he stammered.  Finally, he stood up, just as Pat began to lower himself to the ground.

“Auntie, with you marry Uncle Pat-Pat?”

And there they were: Jakob with the most precious – and hopeful – look on his face; and Pat, down on one knee holding a sparkly, beautiful ring. I scooped up my nephews, ran over to Pat, and gave him the best group-hug ever. The moment could not have been sweeter.

As soon as I could collect myself, we jumped in the car and drove to my sister’s house.  The whole way there, Jakob’s little voice filled the car, peppering us with questions.  Would he be the ring bearer? Would he get to wear a tuxedo? Would I wear a white dress? He couldn’t wait to see it…

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My husband, Patrick, and I married on September 15, 2013 at the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey.  I was lucky to find my dream dress after very little shopping: Tara Keely 2206 from Jahee Bridal Atelier in Englewood, New Jersey.  Our wedding was everything I dreamed it would be.

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JLM COUTURE LOVE STORY # 3

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Our proposal Story:

Note: I was completely and totally unaware that I was going to get engaged this weekend. Like not expecting at all … So, we took a trip down to St. Pete Beach for a Coldplay concert. (Which was awesome, btw!) The next day we enjoyed the beach, sunshine and cocktails. It was such a perfect day, I even mentioned that to him before I knew what was in store that evening. So evening rolls around and he says put on a pretty dress, were going somewhere nice. (Clue one, which I was completely oblivious to.) We dine at this adorable fancy tapas restaurant and have a couple glasses of wine. Perry (oh yeah that’s my hubs name) was as cool as a cucumber at this point. We finish dinner and decide just to walk around and find a place to have a few drinks and hang out. We “stumble” across this rooftop bar that overlooks the ocean. Downstairs is the crappy restaurant that has a note next to the elevator, “engagements & weddings”. I actually said “who would want to get engaged in this craphole?!” Lol yes I said those words. Ugh, worst girlfriend ever. He shrugs it off and laughs. We get in the elevator and it opens up to this gorgeous rooftop bar with breathtaking views of the ocean. I redeemed myself by saying “oh ok I could engaged up here.” Still haven’t the slightest clue what was going to happen. So, we find great seats, order a glass of wine and he turns to me and says “hey I’ll bet I can guess the time of the sun setting closer than you can. If you win, I’ll give you a surprise.” I laugh, Game On, I love a challenge, especially when it involves surprises! Get this, I actually right then, giggle and pat his pockets and say “you don’t have a ring in there, do ya?!” I kid you not, his face went stark white. I was like omg, too soon? Must be too soon. Damn. (Ps the ring was in the other pocket.) So as the sun is setting he says “well looks like I’m going to win, but you can still have your surprise.” (He knew what time the sun was setting. He looked it up. Cheater.) He pulls out a necklace that I had eyeballed in a store about a month ago. It was a message in a bottle necklace. A tiny trinket necklace, if you will. I was so excited that he remembered. As I’m putting it on, he says “do you think there’s anything written inside?” I’m still clueless at this point and say “no its just for looks babe.” He says “maybe we should check inside for a message.” He takes it from me, opens the tiny bottle and puts this minuscule scroll in my palm. Now I still have no clue what’s going on. I’m not super intuitive, evidently. I think to myself okay its just going to say I love you. I start to unravel the message and in tiny cursive letters it reads “Marry Me?” I look over and he’s getting down on one knee with the most beautiful ring I have ever seen. I immediately start hyperventilating and saying omg omg omg followed with a big “YES!” and the ugliest cry face you have ever seen. (It wasn’t pretty folks.) People around us our clapping and cheering and ordering bottles of champagne. It was the most perfect night besides my future wedding night!! :)

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Hope you loved our engagement story! I absolutely loved that night and even more, Our gorgeous wedding day that included the most stunning gown I’ve ever laid eyes on. It wasn’t even zipped the whole way before I was in tears and in love. I actually got to meet Mr. Lazaro at Bridals By Lori. Talk about pinch me moment. So awesome! :)

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Dress worn: Lazaro style 3102

Gown was purchased from Bridals by Lori in Atlanta, Georgia.

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JLM COUTURE LOVE STORY # 4

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 Proposal:

It was 4th of July weekend of 2013 and my now-husband woke me up Saturday morning & told me to pack for a surprise trip. He wouldn’t tell me where we were going, despite my many guesses.
I had always hinted that I wanted to visit Savannah, GA. and when we pulled into a hotel near River Street, I was so excited! Part of me was thinking/hopeful that this surprise trip was leading to another surprise :) We had the most romantic night & during dinner, drinks, & sight-seeing I secretly kept thinking that he may propose at any moment.

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But eventually the night ended and we went back to the hotel. I figured my guess was wrong & I left it at that, as being just a wonderful vacation.

The next morning, we were walking around Forsyth Park and Matt stopped an older couple & asked them to take our picture in front of the big fountain. I thought nothing of it by this point & was not expecting anything, since I figured the moment had passed the night before. But when he had given the camera to the couple, he had set the whole thing up for them to put the camera on video mode to record his proposal to me. While smiling for the picture, all of a sudden I look over and Matt was down on one knee & asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. I very happily said yes and we then celebrated with family that afternoon. I’m so glad that it happened this way, where I could still be surprised. It was perfect.

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Dress worn: Hayley Paige- Style 6302-Leighton Gown

Purchased from The White Magnolia in Hyde Park, Tampa Fl.

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