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Model Behavior

Want to know about what our beautiful models Lauren, Gabrielle, Alexandra, and Heather had to say about their Tara Keely gowns? Read their interviews below!

Lauren Melzer

@LaurenMelzer

JLM Couture: Describe your gown (style 2210):

Lauren: Beautiful! Strapless lace dress with a large train. The bottom part of the gown can be taken off. 

JLM Couture: What was your favorite element of this dress?

Lauren: My favorite element of the dress was the fact that it’s two dresses in one. Very convenient! 

JLM Couture: Give us 3 words that describe a Tara Keely Bride:

Lauren: Happy, beautiful, excited!

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Gabrielle Chaisson

@GabrielleChaisson 

JLM Couture: Describe your gown (style 2410):

Gabrielle:  I wore an Ivory strapless ballgown with a sash at my natural waist. 

JLM Couture: What was your favorite element of this dress?

Gabrielle: My favorite element of the dress was the unique textured material the dress was made from. 

JLM Couture: Give us 3 words that describe a Tara Keely Bride: 

Gabrielle: Classic, Elegant, Timeless. 

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Alexandra Chaisson

@Achaisson6

JLM Couture: Describe your gown (style 2450):

Alexandra: Long sleeve trumpet silhouette with crepe skirt. The beautiful Ivory Venise lace bodice is lined with nude cashmere, allowing the intricate lace pattern to truly shine.

JLM Couture: What was your favorite element of this dress?

Alexandra: My  favorite element of this dress was the plunging neckline. Its soft, yet sexy and the long sleeves lends the perfect touch of sophistication. 

JLM Couture: Give us 3 words that describe a Tara Keely Bride: 

Alexandra: Ethereal, Romantic, Modern. 

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Heather Grimm

@HeadyGrimm

JLM Couture: Describe your gown (style 2354).

Heather: I am obsessed with the gown I wore! Oh my lordy it was so comfortable and flattering! It had an elegant high neckline, a delicate and fitted lacy bodice, and a sheer ruffled bottom. The fit was lovely. I had a blast wearing it! Especially once we added in the dainty birdcage veil, my big bulky camera, and a chunky oversized sweater to photograph our 4th model haha! What a sight. 

JLM Couture: What was your favorite element of this dress?

Heather: My favorite element of this dress was the super flattering shape. I was also in love with how comfortable it was. I could have stayed in that dress for hours. It just sat well on the body. 

JLM Couture: Give us 3 words that describe a Tara Keely Bride:

Heather: Timelessly, beautifully unique. 

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Well, that just about wraps up our coverage from our #TKinNOLA shoot! Another HUGE thank you to all who helped make this possible and be sure to check out the Tara Keely Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for more exclusive photos from this shoot!

Photography:

Catherine Guidry (@CatherineGuidry)

Heather Grimm (@HeadyGrimm)

Florals: Poppy and Mint (@PoppyandMint)

Hair: Sara Marie Buteaux (@SaraMarie185)

Make Up: Ashley Sievert (@AshleySievertBeauty)

Accessories: MaeMe Bridal (@MaeMeBridal)

Calligraphy: Cottonwood South (@CottonwoodSouth)

Models:

Heather Grimm (@HeadyGrimm)

Alexandra Chaisson (achaisson6)

Gabrielle Chaisson (@gabriellechaisson)

Lauren Melzer (@laurenmelzer)

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Q&A With Cottonwood South!

Remember Heather Grimm? You can refresh your memory with our interview with her here! Not only did she (along with Catherine Guidry) photograph our #TKinNOLA shoot, but she styled it with these amazing calligraphy notes and custom drawings. Oh- and she modeled for us too (more on her and our beautiful #TKinNOLA ladies tomorrow!) But today we’re chatting about her new venture, Cottonwood South!

You can find them here on Facebook and here on Instagram!

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

JLM Couture: We are HUGE fans of your calligraphy work. How did you get started?

Heather: Thank y’all so much !! I have always been a doodler and into all things artsy, so I guess you could say I’ve been at it since I was a kid. However, as far as traditional calligraphy goes, I began playing around with a real calligraphy nib and ink sometime over the last year. A family friend hired me to address her daughter’s wedding envelopes and I’ve been in love ever since :)

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 JLM Couture: Do you do custom orders for couples getting married? (Fingers crossed!)

Heather: I do! As I am becoming increasingly busy, I am taking less custom orders. I will always try to keep the option open though :) There are few things more special about a wedding than incorporating customized elements, whether it be a Save the Date card design, guest table signage, or a cute signature cocktail menu . It’s your day, it should look and feel like you! 

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JLM Couture:What is your favorite piece from this shoot?

Heather: My favorite piece would have to be the plunging neckline sheath dress.That dress is a showstopper for sure! I love the thick lace texture on the top and the ridiculously smooth bottom. The fit is insane! It’s the perfect balance of sexy and elegant. There is just the right amount of intrigue to make you fall in love with the dress, yet the design and flow are simple enough to make the bride still stand out. 

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Photography:

Catherine Guidry (@CatherineGuidry)

Heather Grimm (@HeadyGrimm)

Florals: Poppy and Mint (@PoppyandMint)

Hair: Sara Marie Buteaux (@SaraMarie185)

Make Up: Ashley Sievert (@AshleySievertBeauty)

Accessories: MaeMe Bridal (@MaeMeBridal)

Models:

Heather Grimm (@HeadyGrimm)

Alexandra Chaisson (achaisson6)

Gabrielle Chaisson (@gabriellechaisson)

Lauren Melzer (@laurenmelzer)

 

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Q&A With Ashley Sievert Beauty!

Curing those Monday blues with a dose of bridal beauty happiness courtesy of Ashley Sievert Beauty!

You can find her here on Facebook and here (and here) on Instagram!

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JLM Couture: When did you get started in hair and make-up?

Ashley: I always loved makeup and started my career way before social media and youtube existed. I would buy magazines and try to replicate different looks. I have been an artist professionally for 10 years and started my makeup line Ashley Sievert Beauty 2 years ago.

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JLM Couture: Describe your vision of a Tara Keely bride.

Ashley: The vision for all of my work is natural with a glamorous twist. My ASB Mineral Velvet Creme creates a flawless face for every skin tone and type and the “Glow” brightens, highlights and conceals. 

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JLM Couture: Which was your favorite dress from this shoot and why?

Ashley: I absolutely loved all the dresses! There is no possible way to pick only one :) 

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Photography:

Heather Grimm (@HeadyGrimm)

Catherine Guidry (@CatherineGuidry)

Florals: Poppy and Mint (@PoppyandMint)

Hair: Sara Marie Buteaux (@SaraMarie185)

Accessories: MaeMe Bridal (@MaeMeBridal)

Calligraphy: Cottonwood South (@CottonwoodSouth)

Models (as pictured above):

Alexandra Chaisson (achaisson6)

Gabrielle Chaisson (@gabriellechaisson)

Lauren Melzer (@laurenmelzer)

Heather Grimm (@HeadyGrimm)

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Q&A With Sara Marie Buteaux!

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Today we are chatting with Make up Artist and our #TKinNOLA Hair Stylist,  Sara Marie Buteaux! 

Location: Lafayette, La ( on location only)

You can find her here on Facebook  and here on  Instagram!

 

JLM Couture: When did you get started in hair/make-up?

Sara Marie: I acquired my cosmetology license 9 years ago. I started doing makeup 12 years ago.

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JLM Couture: Who is a Tara Keely bride?

Sara Marie: A Tara Keely bride to me is a fashion forward girl with a classic quality to her vision of her wedding day. 

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JLM Couture: Do you have an tips and tricks to share with us for long lasting wedding day hair and make-up? 

Sara Marie: For your hair I would definitely say products will be your best friend! My number one advise when it comes to hair for a wedding day is to have trials with your stylist. This way she will help you to achieve your vision, know exactly what you want and will be able to advise you on the correct products for your hair. 

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JLM Couture: Which was your favorite dress from this shoot and why?

Sara Marie: Style 2450 is my absolute favorite! It is breathtakingly gorgeous! I love the cut of the dress. To me this is a perfect dress for so many different body types! I can’t say enough about it, I just love it! 

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Huge thank you to Sara Marie  and the rest of our #TKinNOLA team! Be sure to check back here tomorrow for more interviews with out team!

Photography:

Heather Grimm (@HeadyGrimm)

Catherine Guidry (@CatherineGuidry)

Florals: Poppy and Mint (@PoppyandMint)

Make Up: Ashley Sievert (@AshleySievertBeauty)

Accessories: MaeMe Bridal (@MaeMeBridal)

Calligraphy: Cottonwood South (@CottonwoodSouth)

Models (as pictured above):

Heather Grimm (@HeadyGrimm)

Lauren Melzer (@laurenmelzer)

Gabrielle Chaisson (@gabriellechaisson)

Alexandra Chaisson (achaisson6)

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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

poppyandmintfloral.com

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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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 # 5

We are so excited to announce our top 5 love stories! All submissions were just lovely and it made it tough to choose our top 5.

JLM COUTURE LOVE STORY # 5

There are two significant moments in my life where both times I was wearing a white dress. The first was the day I met my future husband, and the second was the day I married my husband. Here is our love story…

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My blonde wig, my white Marilyn Monroe dress, and high heels were all packed for a fun Halloween weekend road trip that my best friend and I would be embarking on together. We traveled from Chicago to celebrate Halloween at a friend’s house who attended Butler University in Indianapolis. A half hour into the party I spotted a bald eagle from across the room and had to ask about his costume since it was clearly homemade and haphazardly constructed. From that first “hello” onward, Marilyn Monroe and the bald eagle were inseparable the remainder of the night.

 

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Little did I know the man in the eagle costume would become my husband 6 years later. We dated long distance as we finished our undergrad and during my many visits to visit Joey at Butler we made a lot of special memories together around campus. He asked me to be his wife by leaving clues and roses scattered all across Butler’s campus that led me to various places where we had shared laughs and good times including the house we met that Halloween night. At the very end of my hunt, the sun was starting to set and he was waiting atop of the Bell Tower with the last rose that made up my bouquet, a gorgeous ring, and the amazing goose bump producing words of, “Will you marry me?”

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We were married on June 28th, 2014 on a perfect summer day in Libertyville, IL. I have never felt more beautiful in my life as I walked down the aisle to my future husband. I wore Tara Keely style 2052 and my bridesmaids wore Jim Hjelm Occasions style 5357 which both matched the romantic and soft look I was going for.

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I knew early on in our relationship that Joey was my soulmate and I knew early on in our engagement that Tara Keely would be the dress I would wear for our special day.

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Dress worn: Tara Keely Style 2052

Dress Purchased from Volle’s Brial Boutique in Lake Zurich, IL

For more pictures from their special day check out their post on our Real Weddings page!

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