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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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The Voice finalist Chris Mann recently wed fiancé Laura Perloe in a private garden overlooking the mountains in Malibu, CA. Laura looked absolutely stunning in Lazaro’s buttercup tulle ball gown style 3251.

Laura Perloe in Lazaro for JLM Couture wedding gown style  3251

Photos via People.com

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JLM Couture Love Story #5

“Jill and I met on Match in September of 2010. We grew up one town away from one another and both graduated from Villanova University so we were amazed that we met on Match.com! She claims she found my profile and emailed me first, but I maintain I emailed her first! After several emails back and forth we discovered how much we had in common, and during a particularly hectic workday she logged onto her profile for a quick break, saw my latest email, and said, “Shoot me a text, because you make me smile!”

The rest as they say is history! We went on our first date several days later at a local sushi restaurant. Two days later we were texting one another non-stop and we decided to watch the Eagles game together. On our 4th date we spent the entire day together! We went hiking in the morning, she met my parents in the afternoon, and we went to a romantic BYOB together that night. That was the night I KNEW she was the one!

Our love continued to blossom over the next few months as we learned more about one another and shared so many amazing adventures together!

Ten months from the time we met on Match I proposed to Jill in a beautiful and intimate proposal that swept her off her feet! She showed up to run an errand for her father (that I coordinated with him to set-up) and arrived only to find that I had transformed a local art gallery into a room filled with flowers, candles, and a violinist playing our favorite songs! I had set up tables with pictures and love letters documenting our Beginning on Match.com, our Adventures, our Sweet Love, and our Future…. When she arrived at the last table I came into the room and asked her to marry me. Her answer… “Obviously!”

Real Bride Jillian is wearing Alvina Valenta style 9102 which she purchased from La Bella Moda in Conshohocken, PA!

Jill and I are so in love with one another and our love just keeps growing every day! I finally met my Match! She feels the exact same way. We have so much in common and we have so many mutual connections, but it wasn’t until we met on Match that we found one another! We have both waited our entire lives to find one another and we are so grateful that Match.com brought us together.

Jill was my first date on Match.com and since I teach Yoga part-time I told her I put the intention into the Universe to find her right away! She is even better than I hoped for! Of course Jill went on a bunch of dates, some good, some bad, before she found me.
We just set our wedding date for September 29th, 2012 at Jill’s childhood church and we are having our reception at the Union League of Philadelphia!

We are both very grateful that we found one another on Match.com and we cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together! Our journey and adventures together just keep getting better and better! We love sharing our story about how we met on Match! Friends and family are constantly on the edge of their seat as we share our success story on Match!

We are so excited to share our lives together forever! Let the journey continue!

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$100 February Love Story Contest!

Are you past (or current!) Lazaro, Hayley Paige, Jim Hjelm, Alvina Valenta, Blush or Tara Keely bride who has a to.die.for. love story to tell? If so, you should keep on reading…

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!

JLM Couture Real Bride Amy in Lazaro!

 

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 In honor of Alvina Valenta Monday, we wanted to share these gorgeous photos compliments of Christine Arnold Photography! This beautiful wedding took place at the breathtakingly beautiful Viceroy in Palm Springs. The touches of yellow and navy blue mixed with a fair share of white created a fun and stylish new look to the classic look that is 9102!

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You can imagine our excitement when we received these wedding photos in our inbox from some of our favorite people (those people being Bridal Expo Chicago!) We think Jilliane looks picture perfect in this Lazaro 3063  wedding gown. And we (as usual) love the all black bridesmaids in Lazaro 3089!

Venue: Renaissance Blackstone, Chicago

Purchased Gown and Bridesmaids dresses at:
Bella Bianca Bridal Couture in Oakbrook Terrace

Photographer: Braxton Black

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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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These wedding photos by Matthew Morgan Photography pulled on our heart strings since the second we laid eyes on them. Real Bride Lauren looked absolutely beautiful in Jim Hjelm Blush style 1104.

Every last photo (and must see tear jerker video on the Inspired By This blog) speaks to our wedding souls, and we can say that we are so sincerely in love with every last inch of this wedding day!

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If this little girl (and the bride of course!) doesn’t make your heart melt like an ice pop on a hot summers day, then we don’t know what will!

This gorgeous Florida bride wore an amazing Lazaro wedding gown (style 3063) and it is absolute perfection. From the second we spotted this wedding here at JLM Couture we knew it needed to make an appearance on this blog. There is nothing not to love about a beautiful beach wedding, a beautiful couple, and a beautiful Lazaro bridal gown.

Very big thank you to Audrey Snow Photography for allowing us to showcase these amazing photos!

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