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2012 Year In Review

As a part of our count down to our Spring 2013 Bridal Market, we are taking a look back at 2012 and all the gorgeousness that happened. Grab your iced latte, sit back, relax and enjoy!

 Alvina Valenta style 9258       Fall Collection     Alvina Valenta style 9261

Alvina Valenta style 9200     Spring Collection    Alvina Valenta style 9204

Blush style 1258         Fall Collection        Blush style 1255

Blush style 1211           Spring Collection            Blush style 1201

Hayley Paige style 6254    Fall Collection    Hayley Paige style 6262

Hayley Paige style 6205     Spring Collection     Hayley Paige style 6203

Jim Hjelm style 8252     Fall Collection     Jim Hjelm style 8262

Jim Hjelm style 8218      Spring Collection     Jim Hjelm style 8214

Lazaro style 3269           Fall Collection          Lazaro style 3259

Lazaro style 3209            Spring Collection          Lazaro style 3200

Tara Keely style 2250         Fall Collection           Tara Keely 2255

Tara Keely style 2210      Spring Collection        Tara Keely 2205

 

And now for our darling Bridesmaids

Jim Hjelm Occasions style 5258    Fall   Jim Hjelm Occasions style 5269

Jim Hjelm Occasions style 5225     Spring     Jim Hjelm Occasions style 5232

Alvina Bridesmaids style 9269  Fall  Alvina Bridesmaids style 9270

Alvina Bridesmaids style 9244     Spring    Alvina Bridesmaids style 9221

Noir Bridesmaids style 3278     Fall    Noir Bridesmaids style 3288

 Noir Bridesmaids style 3235    Spring    Noir Bridesmaids style 3227

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Count Down to Bridal Market!

We are SO thrilled for the upcoming October Bridal Market that we are just bursting with excitement! Today marks JLM Couture’s one month count down, and here to share with you her excitement is Hayley Paige!

We will be updating this blog daily (hooray!) with sneak peeks and inspirations from all of our wonderful designers. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for all the latest and greatest!

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Calling all JLM Couture Bridesmaids!

Were you recently in a JLM Couture bridesmaid dress? Whether you were sporting Jim Hjelm Occasions, Alvina Valenta Bridesmaids, or Noir by Lazaro, we want you to share your photos with us! There is nothing we love more than showing off our happy brides and her favorite ladies on JLM Couture Real Weddings!

Real Bride Melissa wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8002 

Melissa’s bridesmaids wore Jim Hjelm Occasions bridesmaids dresses style 5079 , all in Shimmer luminescent chiffon.

Real Bride Amy wore Lazaro bridal gown style 3051 

Amy’s bridesmaids wore Alvina Valenta bridesmaids dresses style 9947 , in Silver Tissue Taffeta.

Real Bride Frances wore Jim Hjelm bridal gown style 8156 

Frances’s bridesmaids wore Jim Hjelm Occasions bridesmaids dresses style 5154 in Raspberry silky taffeta.

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Behind the Scenes with Jessica Williams

We are so excited to share this interview today! Jessica Williams, head designer of Alvina Valenta gave an inside look to not only her office, but her inspirations and design details. She really is something!

Q: How would you describe your design style?  

Jessica: My design style for Alvina Valenta honors the classicist bride with modern sensibilities, and seeks to infuse gowns with either ethereal and romantic qualities or more recently, touches of architectural edge. In both, I seek to impart varying degrees of modern elements to the mix, whether in the beading and embroidery, interesting lace placements or silhouette, so the bride feels both of the moment and elegantly timeless. I value high quality fabrics, laces and embroideries, and I love that I can offer such amazing workmanship to my brides. I love creating intricate details in my gowns’ beadings and embroideries that can be explored layer after layer, and much like women, there is often more to discover than what is perceived at first glance.

Q:  Where do you turn for inspiration?

Jessica: I find inspiration everywhere- such as in beauty found in unexpected places, in music to set a mood, and in art and fashion illustrations that tell a story. There is beauty everywhere, so inspiration abounds! I admire how French women create timeless yet modern looks that are personalized, seemingly effortless, and oh so chic, which is certainly inspirational in creating for the Alvina bride. I believe a bride should wear a gown that amplifies her inner and outer beauty and expresses her personality and her personal style, so I also think about the brides I meet and about how to create something fresh and modern yet still timeless that they would love. Lately, I find myself thinking of the full spectrum of femininity, and beyond the idea of a fixed girlish beauty. I find intriguing how differing and multi-faceted aspects combine to create a woman’s individual allure- as she grows, she comes into her unique power more and more and learns to own it. Musing about the distinctive stories of brides in this way, combined with the practical questions of season, venue, ceremony and reception possibilities, also contribute to a gown’s inspiration.

Q: If you could dress anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Jessica: I would love to dress Mia Wasikowska; she seems lovely, grounded, thoughtful and unique, and possessing a true grace and presence.

Q: If you weren’t a JLM Couture wedding gown designer, what would you be?

Jessica: Before I studied fashion design, I earned a Bachelor’s degree studying political theory and Japanese language, including a semester abroad in Japan. Had I continued down a certain path from that time of my life, I might have sought entry to the foreign service and a life in diplomacy. However, if I were to choose another venture now, I would prefer not to stray too far from the creative- if not designing, than perhaps creating a ready-to-wear accessory and lifestyle retail store and having fun curating pieces and looks from around the world and from other designers (and maybe throwing a few of my own in, as well!)

Q: Words to live by:

Jessica: I think Yves Saint Laurent said it best:  ”Fashion fades, style is eternal.”


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Designer Day with Francesca Pitera

Designer of Jim Hjelm and Jim Hjelm Occasions, Francesca Pitera will be at the JLM Couture Boutique tomorrow, August 15th! She will be there along with all of her beautiful Fall 2012 collections (have you laid eyes on this magical piece yet?) You’ll even get a peek at her one of a kind flagship exclusive styles, along with the opportunity to design a custom wedding gown with Francesca herself! You don’t want to miss it!

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Alvina Valenta, Bridesmaids in Black!

We are back as promised with even more amazing pairings from Alvina Valenta. This time around we decided to pair up each bride with amazing black bridesmaid dresses (which you can actually wear again!) Black bridesmaid dresses are so incredibly popular right now, and these dresses are no exception!

Alvina Valenta Bridal #9216, Alvina Valenta Bridesmaid #9246

Alvina Valenta Bridal #9256, Alvina Valenta Bridesmaid #9281

Alvina Valenta Bridal #9252, Alvina Valenta Bridesmaid #9282

 

 

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Alvina Valenta Bridal and Bridesmaids

To all our darling brides out there, we know how overwhelming (but so incredibly exciting) dress shopping can be. You often throw in the opinions of your mother, future mother-in-law, sister, and bridesmaids, and before you know it you’re on your way to happy hour for a cocktail. We’re going to try and help you cut down on many future headaches.

You will find below looks for you and your maids all compliments of our very own Alvina Valenta. We paired together dresses that are similar in design and feel, and will be sure to create one gorgeous and cohesive look across the board.

Alvina Valenta Bridal #9257,  Alvina Valenta Bridesmaid #9244

Alvina Valenta Bridal #9261, Alvina Valenta Bridesmaid #9270

Alvina Valenta Bridal #9258, Alvina Valenta Bridesmaid #9278

Be sure to check back next week for even more beautiful pairings!

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Pre Wedding Attire

Is the men’s button down the new robe? You tell us!

Every seasoned bridal party member know’s that you need to slip into something simple before getting your hair and make up done. Here at JLM, we love them both! But we want to hear your thoughts- which style do you prefer?

Button down photo via wedding bee

 

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Blushing…

If there’s one color we love this Spring it’s definitely blush.  It’s playful, girlie, chic, and sophisticated all at the same time!  It’s the perfect color choice if you’re going the neutral route, and pairs nicely with black and white.  These Jim Hjelm Occasions and Alvina Valenta Bridesmaids styles will be up on the JLM Couture website soon!  Will you be dressing your bridal party in blush?

Shoes: Badgley Mischka, Jim Hjelm Occasions style 5251, Bouquet: Style Me Pretty, Centerpeice: Brown Eyed Belle Julie Blog, Jim Hjelm Occasions style 5257

Alvina Valenta style 9270, Jim Hjelm Occasions style 5275 & style 5283, Bouquet: Style Me Pretty, Tie: Bloomingdale’s, Alvina Valenta style 9280

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Alvina Valenta Bridesmaids Fall 2012

How fabulous is this back?  Stay tuned for more from the stunning new Fall 2012 Alvina Valenta Bridesmaid collection designed by Jessica Williams!

Alvina Valenta Bridesmaids style 9275

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