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!
Crinkle Chiffon is one of those fabrics that looks flattering on several different shapes and sizes. And lucky enough for all you bridesmaids, they are offered in some truly gorgeous colors and styles!
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!
Purple has certainly become a growing trend for bridal parties (we see why!) Whether you are looking to mix and match your bridesmaids, or have them all in one fabulous shade, you are sure to find it here with Jim Hjelm Occasions.
*BREAKING NEWS* We have officially updated the Jim Hjelm Occasions Pinterest page with all of our current available designs by color! Sift through our color coded images for endless bridesmaid inspiration!
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!
When it comes to Bridal Shows, Bridal Expo Chicago puts on one of the best! Just last week our designer gowns made an apperance on this windy city runway, and we were more than thrilled. Here are some of the highlights from the night!
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!
It’s no secret that black bridesmaids dresses are becoming increasingly popular these days (and not to mention- so chic and totally classic). So we decided to round up our top 10 black bridesmaids dresses of the season! We hope you enjoy (and end up wearing one day!)
Alvina Valenta Bridesmaids, style 9333
Black dupioni soft fluted bridesmaid gown. Strapless neckline with architectural cascading and structured peplum at natural waist, asymmetrical seam placement throughout skirt.
Jim Hjelm Occasions, style 5319
Black chiffon A-line bridesmaid gown, cross over draped V-neckline, empire bodice Black Chantilly lace cap sleeve and covered back. (you must take a peek at it!)
Jim Hjelm Occasions, style 5307
Onyx crinkle chiffon A-line bridesmaid gown, curved gathered neckline, natural waist, racer back.
Jim Hjelm Occasions, style 5308
Black textured linen A-line bridesmaid gown, V-neckline front and back, draped band at natural waist.
Jim Hjelm Occasions, style 5332
Black textured linen over Mink lining strapless A-line bridesmaid dress, natural waist with gathered skirt.
Jim Hjelm Occasions, style 5322
Black tulle over Black lining strapless A-line bridesmaid dress, draped bodice, gathered natural waist with Black and White basket weaved ribbon belt.
Noir by Lazaro, style 3331
Black laser cut lace cocktail dress, organza sweetheart bodice with spaghetti straps, flounce skirt.
Noir by Lazaro, style 3336
Black laser cut lace gown, black organza sweetheart bodice with spaghetti straps, laser cut lace peplum, A-line organza skirt.
Noir by Lazaro, style 3332
Black laser cut lace cocktail dress, black organza sweetheart bodice, pencil skirt. Belt sold separately.
Noir by Lazaro, style 3335
Black mikado trumpet gown with plunging V-neck halter, black horsehair ribbon with organza flower accent at waist.