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JLM Couture Love Story #3

We love stories told by the groom! Here is our 2nd runner up:

How we got engaged…

“Sandy and I were well into our first year of dating when I asked her to go to Baton Rouge to meet my family and last two surviving grandparents for Christmas. I knew it was important for me to have Sandy meet them since I knew in my heart they didn’t have much time left.

We walked into my Aunt and Uncle’s place and saw all the great-grandchildren roaming around. In the corner of my Aunt’s living room sat my two grandparents smiling ear to ear. They always sat in the same spot year after year.

I remember my grandmother Bonnie telling Sandy, “you know Graham is my favorite grandchild right?” Truth was she always told every grandchild that they were the favorite. Pop asked Sandy what she was doing with a knuckle head like me. He grinned five seconds later.

Bonnie died September 17, 2011 and Pop died exactly three months later on November 17. I was so happy that Sandy got to meet them right before they both passed away. They were magical people.

My Uncle Lewis, who is a predominant criminal defense lawyer in Baton Rouge, told me I better put a ring on Sandy’s finger before some doctor does. He saw what I saw in Sandy and it was agreed, I was going to propose to Sandy with Bonnie’s diamond.

My mom and future sister-in-law Tara all got together and designed the perfect engagement ring. I could have never done it without their help.

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I planned a trip to Vail with my best friend Kenny and Tara. My good friend growing up, Blake, got a degree form the Cordon Bleu in Austin and has become an amazing Chef. It just so happened that he was a chef at a members-only restaurant called Game Creek atop Vail Mountain. It has been described as cozy European-style chalet.

We took a snow cat to the top and when I got off I was so nervous I could barely breath. Tara ordered four glasses of Vueve Clicquot and Sandy mentioned later how she thought that was somewhat strange because my first drink of choice was rarely champagne.

We sat out to the back patio overlooking all of Vail and I decided I was going to get it over with right then and there. I dropped down on one knee, opened the box and told her I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. She said YES and tackled me.

Here is the clip that Kenny caught with my GoPro.

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When we sat at the dinner table to celebrate, a man came up to the table and told us that his five year old daughter had watched the whole thing and kept telling him while it was going on,”DADDY HE’S ENGAGING HER, HE’S ENGAGING HER!”

We proceeded to eat and drink the finest foods you could ever dream about. We even snuck a bottle of Vueve Clicquot for the ride back down the Gondola. It was a night for the ages.

We tied the knot April 6th, 2013 in downtown Houston, Texas at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church with her childhood priest and celebrated at the Magnolia Hotel.

I love and cherish her very much.

Our wedding video highlight is simply amazing. Sculpting with Time is the best of the best in Houston when it comes to wedding videography. “

Sandy looked so beautiful in Hayley Paige style 6205!

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JLM Couture Love Story #4

How We Met:

 “My fiancé Corey and I first met when we were both in kindergarten. We have both admitted that the first time we saw each other we both had crushes on each other (as much as you can have in kindergarten!) and used to send each other “love” letters through our elementary school’s mail system. Corey even once got in a fight with another classmate because he claimed I was his “girlfriend” and not Corey’s!

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 We stayed friends throughout school and when we were in 7th grade we began dating (as much as you can “date” in middle school) and ate lunch in the cafeteria together every day, talked on the phone a few times, and even went to a movie once. We were also each other’s first real kiss which is something that we cherish to this day. After a few months, we knew the timing wasn’t right and parted ways, remaining friends as we entered into our high school years.

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 We drifted apart as friends the first few years of high school, each of us growing individually and seeing other people. It wasn’t until senior year when, through the help of a mutual friend, that we began to rekindle our friendship. Corey even asked me to prom, however because he asked too late (he asked the week of prom!!) I already had another date! We did, however, sit at the same dinner table at prom, attend many of the same graduation parties, and saw each other many times during the summer before heading off to college.

 Since we went to colleges in different states, we went through periods of time when we would be in frequent contact and others when we barely heard from each other. However, despite the fact that we weren’t always in contact, whenever we did catch up we both knew that we still had feelings for one another. On my 22nd birthday, after months of having not heard from each other, Corey texted me to tell me happy birthday. We spent the next few months driving between each other’s schools to visit and see if we could turn our friendship into something more, and on Corey’s birthday my birthday present to him was accepting his Facebook request to be “In a Relationship.” Since that day we’ve been inseparable.”

 Our Proposal:

 “We planned on meeting our parents for dinner in NYC at one of our favorite restaurants, Po. The day had been hectic with running errands and cleaning the house, so I forgot to check the train schedule into the city until about 5 minutes before we were about to leave. I saw that we would only have about 50 minutes to drive the hour long ride to the station. Once he heard this, Corey quickly ran down the stairs and we were out the door in seconds. Driving up the turnpike at a speed we probably shouldn’t admit, Corey was able to get us to the station, park, get tickets, and board the train with seconds to spare.

 We had a few issues with getting downtown, but we eventually got off the subway in the Village. We started walking to Po and I called my mom to make sure Corey’s parents had made it to the restaurant. Despite everyone being at the restaurant already, we took the “long route” to get there and I even commented “you know it would have been much quicker if we had gone the other way.”

 Just before getting to the restaurant, Corey handed me his phone and said “I forgot to show you this video I found on YouTube, you have to see it,” and pressed play. While I was confused as to why it was necessary to watch the video right before dinner when we were running late, I went with it and let Corey press play. Immediately, a song began playing (a cover of “A Thousand Years”) and some very sweet photos of words and phrases showed up on the screen. At first I was very confused, but then realized that what I was looking at were the words of our friends and family describing our relationship. At the end of the video, Corey and Parker (our puppy child) came on the screen. Corey then held up a sign that said “Look behind you.” When I turned around, I found Corey on one knee holding open a box containing the most perfect ruby ring (which he designed himself) mouthing the words “will you?” I couldn’t contain myself and started crying and OF COURSE said yes :)

Corey proposing!

 The best part is that all 6 of our parents as well as Corey’s brother and his girlfriend were there to celebrate with us and take pictures of the entire proposal!”

We are thrilled to have Stefanie join the Tara Keely Real Brides family this Fall!

Engagement photo

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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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