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JLM Couture Love Story #5

“Patrick and I are big Disney fans. We try to get down there a couple times a year. When it came to be around the time I thought he might propose, I paid particular attention to the times when we were at Disney, which is such a special place for us.

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On March 23rd 2013, Patrick and I made our way to the Magic Kingdom, first thing in the morning. We were the only ones on the bus coming from the Saratoga Springs Resort, which has been somewhat of a tradition with us, since we’re such early birds! I had been looking for signs since we had boarded the plane the day before that a proposal was coming–but he didn’t give anything away. I kept an extra eye on him going through security at the airport, even looked at his pockets on the bus – I didn’t see any bulge that looked like a ring box, so I though, “Okay…I guess this isn’t happening at Disney. He must think that’s too predictable for us.”

When we arrived at the gate, Patrick mentioned he wanted us to stop at City Hall and grab a Happy Birthday pin (my birthday had been about 2 weeks prior.) I was sort of confused and asked why that was necessary–we’d already planned on going straight to Splash Mountain (my favorite ride) since it had been closed the last two times we’d been at Disney, and I didn’t want to slow us down in any way! He insisted that it wouldn’t take us much time at all, that the pins were just in a basket in front of City Hall, and what if we got a free dessert or something? So I agreed that we could stop and get a Birthday pin.

At opening, we stopped by, got a pin, and hurried toward Frontierland. We walked right on to the ride – in fact, we noticed that there was no one behind us. Strange, but I figured everyone now rushes to New Fantasyland, so it wasn’t that surprising that Splash was empty first thing in the morning.

We thus had our own boat. While on the ride, we actually laughed because it was completely empty! I took a picture of all the empty boats behind me.

Right as we ascended to the top of the big drop, Patrick got all giggly and took the ring box out of his pocket, and asked me to marry him just before we dropped! He had timed it perfectly – the photo snapped and got my reaction of laughing, crying, while also getting soaked. I said “Yes, of course!” when we reached the bottom and put on my beautiful ring. The center stone was my grandmother’s, which Patrick had had reset into the exactly setting I wanted. I was so thrilled with how it turned out!

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However, the surprises weren’t over yet! A bunch of Disney employees were waiting for us when we got off the ride, applauding, and wanting hugs and pictures. They were all in on it and had been expecting us! We were still confused though – how were they all able to hang out and take pictures with us while the ride was going? It turns out that Splash Mountain was supposed to be CLOSED that morning for maintenance…but since Patrick had contacted them ahead of time, they decided to hold off the closing until we arrived! This is when I started to learn how elaborate this plan had been. Patrick had contacted Erin, the Splash Mountain manager, asking for some help. He wanted to ensure that we had our own boat so the picture wouldn’t have complete strangers in it. Patrick sent them our pictures, as well as the shirt he’d be wearing, so that any cast members could identify us. They came up with the idea that I’d be wearing a birthday pin, which would give the cast member an excuse to give us our own boat! Now, it turned out that that wasn’t even necessary – once the cast members saw us get in line, they actually shut the ride down, which explained why there was no one behind us! I hadn’t even noticed. Patrick said on our way in, cast members were giving him the “thumbs up” sign and winking at him–which also went completely unnoticed by me.

But perhaps even the best part was still yet to come…when we exited the ride to go look at the picture that was taken, to my complete and utter surprise, I saw my parents and Patrick’s parents waiting for us. WHAT!?!?!? I had absolutely no clue about any of this. Of course, I was a complete mess by that point (I hardly remember it!) but in my confusion, they also informed me that we’d all be staying at the park until Monday (we were supposed to leave that night!) WHAT!?!?!?!?! One thing after another! Disney then showed us our picture–we laughed so hard. So perfect! Patrick just nailed the timing! The Splash Mountain cast members also gifted us the 8×10 picture in a themed frame – what a treasure! “

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We are so excited to have Annie join the JLM Couture Hayley Paige Real Brides family this summer!

 

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2nd Annual Love Story Contest!

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We are so excited to announce that we will once again be hosting our February Love Story contest! We had such an amazing response last year from all of our beautiful brides and look forward to receiving a whole new batch of tear jerker love stories.

Here are the rules:

If you are a past (or current!) LazaroHayley PaigeJim HjelmAlvina ValentaBlush or Tara Keely bride who has a sweep you off your feet kind of story behind how you and your loved one met, fell in love, or even got engaged- we want to hear all the lovely details.

We will be accepting stories (and photos, of course!) starting TODAY. Send all of the love and romance you have to [email protected] along with which gown you wore (or will wear!) and the store you purchased it from by February 7th. The top 5 stories (to be picked by the ladies of JLM Couture) will be showcased right here on the Aisle Style blog starting on Monday, February 10th with the winner being put on display on Valentine’s Day.

 The extra special treat?

That lucky Valentine’s Day couple will win a $100 American Express Gift Card.

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Hayley Paige Spring 2014 now LIVE!

The time has finally arrived! The Hayley Paige Spring 2014 collection is now LIVE on jlmcouture.com! Head on over to see all the gorgeous new campaign images, and don’t forget to pin all your favorites!

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2nd Annual Sketch Off!

The time has arrived yet again. Our 2nd Annual Sketch Off! Leave your comments below with which designer you feel has shown the most holiday cheer!

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Jessica Williams for Alvina Valenta

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Miss Hayley Paige

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And Francesca Pitera for Jim Hjelm!

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JLM Flagship Salon Sample Sale

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Jim Hjelm Occasions Now LIVE!

If you have not already heard the very exciting news (posted here yesterday on facebook), the Spring 2014 Jim Hjelm Occasions bridesmaids collection is now live on jlmcouture.com! There you will find all the latest styles from designers Francesca Pitera and Hayley Paige.

Looking for more? Visit us on Instagram @JLM_Couture!

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ti adora by Alvina Valenta

There is something completely charming about our newest collection, ti adora by Alvina Valenta (if we do say so ourselves!) Head designer Jessica Williams offered such a breath of fresh air with this collection and we are simply over the moon!

For more information on this collection, please visit here.

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Lazaro at Bridals by Lori!

Are you a bride-to-be in the Atlanta, Georgia area? Then we have good news!

Lazaro Perez will be at Bridals by Lori this weekend, November 15-17 for his Spring 2014 trunk show (Tara Keely included!)! Be sure to make your appointment here to meet him and have him help you find the wedding gown of your dreams!

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Be sure to follow Lazaro on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for behind the scenes access & sneak peeks!

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BRIDES Magazine Cover For Blush!

Well, hello beautiful! We are so excited to see our sweet Daffodil of Blush by Hayley Paige on the cover of the December/January issue of Brides Magazine! Be sure to pick up a copy at a newsstands near you!

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Lazaro 20th Anniversary

We are so excited to finally be sharing with you images from Lazaro’s 20th Anniversary Show- compliments of the ever so talented Natalie Poette. This was certainly the evening of all evenings. We hope you enjoy taking your walk through the Lazaro museum, with VIP access to our backstage prep, runway show, and cocktail party.

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