It was our first Holiday season at our new condo and I really got into Christmas (decorating, music, everything!) We spend both Christmas eve and Christmas Day with our families which we love doing but we decided to do our own little Christmas together at our place on 12/23/11. We had decided to do a fondue dinner so it would be mess free and we love fonduing! So the night started out some wine (of course) and Adam had bought a beautiful huge red rose center piece. We decided to do our stockings (in mine was the movie Bridesmaids) then have our dinner and then do our presents. Adam came up from downstairs with 6 ornaments boxes and said that he had some help with making my present this year….
He put them all out in front of me and he anxiously kept checking the bottom to make sure they were in the right order. He started then by saying the ornaments represent a timeline of our life together (we had been together for almost 6 years then.) He opened the first one and on it was hand painted a picture of our WIU mascot and underneath said “our beginning” (where we met).
The next one was a painting of our dog Jax and said “our pug.” With each ornament too he had told a story and explanation of the meaning of it, like how Jax was our first big responsibility and so on.
The third ornament had a hand painting of the Chicago skyline on it and said “our move” It was after we had graduated and got jobs in the city (actually right across the Chicago River from each other).
The fourth ornament said “our home” on the bottom and had a painting of our condo building we had bought that last year.
He sort of ended at that and said this is about where we are at now, then opened the fifth one that said “Our Future” with a question mark; this is when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!
After hugging and crying and enjoying the moment he opened the sixth box with the final ornament that said on one side “Adam proposed…” and on the other side it had a picture of the ring and said “December 23, 2011 Erika said yes!
It was truly the best thing ever and could not have been any better! I had started crying when I opened the Jax one (I’m a little obsessed with him.) He had another present for me under the tree which I opened later and it was a pair of ugg boots which he explained was in case I get “cold feet” He had also planned for my sister and her boyfriend and two of our good friends to come over and celebrate after the proposal too! The next day on Christmas eve was so fun to celebrate with family! He had bought my Dad the Father of the Bride dvd too which he loved! I had also actually made him put all the ornaments in the box and re-propose about 45 minutes after the original because it was so great!
Since February is the month of love, and us being a bridal company and all- we wanted to showcase all of our amazing couples and their love stories that will sweep just about anyone off their feet. If you have an incredible story behind how you and your loved one met, fell in love, or even how he proposed- we want to hear it!
We will be accepting stories (and photos, of course!) starting TODAY. Send all the love and romance you have to [email protected] along with which gown you wore (or designer you will wear!) and the store you purchased it from by February 8th. The top 5 stories (to be picked by us JLM staffers) will be showcased right here on the Aisle Style blog starting on Sunday, February 10th with the winner being put on display on Valentine’s Day! The extra special treat? That lucky Valentines Day couple will win a $100 American Express Gift Card!
There are few things that we here at JLM Couture love more than trunk shows, and making it easy for all our brides to find where they will be is a top priority to us!
For further information on the details below, please visit our trunk show listings.
Alvina Valenta Maids will be at Bella Bridesmaids in Shrevport, LA!
Alvina Valenta Bridal Collection will be at Arena Bridal in Shelby Township, MI!
Alvina Valenta Maids will be at Imaginations Bridal in Brookhaven, MS!
Alvina Valenta Bridal Collection will be at The Costal Knot in Shallotte, NC!
The Alvina Valenta Collection will be at Riziks in Washington, DC!
The Alvina Valenta Collection will be at Unbridaled in Austin, TX!
The Alvina Valenta Collection will be at Ellynne Bridal in Lincoln, NE!
Alvina Valenta Maids will be at Bella Bridesmaids in Scottsdale, AZ!
Jim Hjelm Bridal will be at Mon Amie Bridal Salon in Costa Mesa, CA!
Jim Hjelm Bridal will be at Ania Bridal Collection in Portland, OR!
Jim Hjelm Bridal will be at Hayden Olivia in Charolette, NC!
The Lazaro Bridal Collection will be at The Wedding Salon of Manhasset in Manhasset, NY!
The Noir by Lazaro Collection will be at La Belle Boutique in Jersey City, NJ!
The Lazaro Bridal Collection will be at Bridal Galleria in San Francisco, CA!
The Noir by Lazaro Collection will be at L’elite in Boston, MA!
Jim Hjelm Occasions
Jim Hjelm Occasions will be at The Wedding Salon of Manhasset in Manhasset, NY!
The Tara Keely Collection will be at Finery Boutique in Huntsville, AL!
The Tara Keely Collection will be at Pure English Couture in Virginia Beach, VA!
The Tara Keely Collection will be at Victorian Rose in Raleigh, NC!
Hayley Paige and Jim Hjelm Blush
The Hayley Paige and Jim Hjelm Blush Collections will be at Now and Forever Bridal Boutique in Houston, TX!
With mismatching bridal parties becoming quite the norm, we decided to pull together a weekly post to pair the dresses that we think brides and their bridesmaids would adore. This week we are starting with a timeless champagne look that we’re sure you’d look back on twenty years from now and still love!
The Dress: Jim Hjelm style 8305
Classic Bridesmaid Dresses:
We know by looking at today’s social media posts that weddings were on the brain with all the amazing ladies in white (and blush tones!) last night at the Golden Globes. There wasn’t a single look we didn’t love, but there were a select few that we couldn’t help but have a soft spot for!
Clint Eastwood’s daughter Francesca looked amazing in vintage Armani. She is paired here with our own Francesca’s bridal style- Jim Hjelm 8254
Haydan Panettiere looks incredible in this soft pink Roberto Cavalli gown, but we couldn’t help but think she would look just as gorgeous in this favorited Alvina Valenta style!
Lea Michele looked sensational in this white Elie Saab gown. If she was looking to walk down the aisle in something similiar, Alvina Valenta style 9302 is perfection!
How many brides plan to become a newly married lady while ringing in the New Year? If so, we have some dresses that will add extra love and sparkle to the New Year and new couple!
Add some extra shimmer to your ensemble with this Alvina Valenta cape while keeping warm by covering your shoulders!
Looking to pop champagne for the new year while still feeling like a bride? This Tara Keely style 2211 is perfect!
This Lazaro jewel encrusted gown will make the start to your new marriage and new year, extra glamourous!
This fun, flirty and oh so sparkly Hayley Paige Anya gown isn’t just beautiful, but it’s in it for the long hual. Party till the wee’ hours of the morning in this ivory silk georgette!
And then there is this Jim Hjelm gown, where no captions are neccessary.
Sketch by Jim Hjelm Designer, Francesca Pitera
Sketch by Lazaro
Sketch by Alvina Valenta designer, Jessica Williams
Sketch by Hayley Paige
We love getting festive this time of year! Which holiday sketch is your favorite? Comment with your answer of:
We will tally on Monday (Christmas Eve) and announce the winner!
In honor of this weekends Jim Hjelm Trunk show at the JLM Couture Boutique, we decided to share these gorgeous blush tone gowns that Francesca Pitera, Jim Hjelm designer created for her Spring 2013 collection. They are perfect for the bride who is looking for a soft and romantic alternative to your traditional ivory!
Check back soon for the full Spring 2013 collection on jlmcouture.com
To make your appointment online, please visit www.jlmboutique.com, or call us directly at 424.249.3909
The JLM Couture Boutique is located at:
352 North Robertson Blvd • West Hollywood, California • 90048