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Hayley Paige at Bridal Expo Chicago

We are so thrilled to be sharing with you these gorgeous photos from Bridal Expo Chicago, compliments of Just Love Me Photography and Design! Our very own Hayley Paige was in attendance and looking quite darling thanks to Tamara Hair + Make Artistry! Huge thank you to Bridal Expo Chicago and all the beautiful brides-to-be!

Visit our list of Hayley Paige Chicago retailers here.


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Hayley Paige and Bridal Expo Chicago

Hayley Paige at Bridal Expo Chicago

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Fall 14′ Bridal Market!

Have you been following along on Instagram (@JLM_Couture) with all of our most recent Fall 2014 Bridal Market updates? If not, here are some of our bridal highlights! Full collections will be up on jlmcouture.com soon, we promise.

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Lazaro style 3454

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Hayley Paige style 6451 (Miss Gigi)

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JLM Couture Love Story #2

Our runners-up. Story told by the “glowing” bride to be!

“We met, we liked each other, and then I found out he was moving to Japan in two weeks. A bit of a downer right? Well yes, but we kept in touch while he was gone for about four months and when he moved back to the states we were inseparable. Shortly after his return,we both decided to go back to school. I was striving to finish my first bachelors degree and he for his second. We talked about getting married, but both decided it would be more responsible to do it when we both accomplished our scholastic goals and had our finances in order. Or, so I thought…

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We decided to take a vacation together to San Juan, Puerto Rico in August of 2012, while we were both on a break from school. I was planning on a little downtime, some cocktails by the pool, and a little adventure. I certainly got more adventure during that trip than I was expecting! On our third day there, we took a trip to a small island called Vieques, which has the brightest bio luminescent bay in the world. After it gets dark and you disturb the plankton (or something or other) in the water, the water actually glows around you. We stayed the night in Vieques to be able to visit this bay after dark. As we hopped into our two person kayak and began our group tour with 14 other people, I was mesmerized by the sparkling water and my surroundings. Little did I know he was carrying around a ring in his pocket that was attached to a very small buoy. When the gentleman who was leading our group said that we were free to roam around, I was in my element. I had my hands in the water, watching everything glow. I was splashing it all over my legs and watching it sparkle all the way down. It was absolutely amazing. Then, he asked me to turn around in the kayak. After I very reluctantly turned all the way around (everything was so sparkly!) he pulled out the ring on the small flotation device and said he was having the time of his life, and the only thing that would make it better is if I would marry him. My response? Well, shock at first, and then of course yes! This wouldn’t be a love story otherwise! The man that I love proposed to me in the most beautiful place I’ve ever been, surrounded by strangers, and made it seem like we were the only two people who existed in the entire world. He is honestly the man of my dreams and I can not wait to marry him in my fabulous HP dress!

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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 #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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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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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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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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Spring 2014 Runway is here!

Yes, we are still here at JLM Couture! The last few weeks have been filled with dress fittings, castings, 2 new collections (yes- it’s true. You’ll hear much more about Lovelle and Ti Adora soon!) and all the glorious Bridal Market prep one could expect- so we apologize for being so silent! But we promise the time away was well spent on…

Spring 2014!

Gowns from Lazaro (his 20th anniversary was truly amazing. More photos to come very soon!), Jim Hjelm, Hayley Paige, Alvina Valenta, Blush, Tara Keely, Occasions, and Noir were on display this past weekend and we couldn’t be more excited to share them with you (and trust us.. there is so much more where this came from- but you’ll have to stay tuned!)

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