JENNIFER SKOG PHOTOGRAPHY and Maria Chang of PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTISTRY find a winning story! Congratulations to the winners of the Couture Boudoir Couple Photo Shoot, Barbara and Russell Norman! To read more about how they met and ended up on an RV-ing honeymoon visit Skog’s Contest Page. What a story!!! Maybe, they will take some pictures that they might be willing to share?
Jennifer Skog – The Couture Couple Winners Bab & Russ were announced
Above Picture: The lucky winners, Barbara and Russell Norman.
To learn more about Jennifer Skog, visit www.jenniferskog.com to view her Wedding, Boudoir, & Lifestyle Photojournalism-Style Photography.
Visit Maria Chang’s Professional Makeup Artistry www.professionalmakeupartistry.com to view her Makeup and Hair Portfolio.
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Merging His & Hers into a Happy Home
March 3rd, 2009
Katherine Phelps, owner of VKOOS DESIGN, is an interior designer with a zest for life that translates into the happy spaces she creates for her clients. She also married Josh only a few years ago, so I asked her for some insights into the sometimes tricky task of merging his and hers, especially when HIS includes some “interesting” things. Let me share her thoughts…
Picture of Katherine Phelps, owner of VKOOS Interior Design and Floral Design,
JM: When my husband and I bought our first home and he pulled out his head candle with an arrow through the head, I didn’t know what to do! How do I not hurt his feelings, yet keep that thing out of my house?
Katherine: Josh didn’t have much, but for some of his weirder accessories, I suggested that we both put our personal favorites into our private office space where we would be able to enjoy them most…and others wouldn’t see as often.
JM: That’s what I ended up doing! And then a few years later, when we made room for our first baby, the head candle was donated – a safety issue with a new baby, you know. Can you share a few more tips that might help with the process?
Katherine: If there is an item you can’t agree on, then you have to compromise. A good way to approach this is to have the piece refinished, or reupholstered, or have the picture turned into a black-and-white, or turn that weird accessory into a lamp or repurposed into a funky vase. Think outside the box.
Let him know it is okay to be eclectic. Some men get the idea that everything has to match in style and color. Also, I find that letting him make the big picture design decisions, like picking out all of the architectural features of the room – crown molding style, hardware on the doors, etc – he won’t be as interested in the rest of the details.
One of the special things that you can do for your spouse during this sometimes difficult design time is gather up all of HIS favorite family and youth photos, enlarge them, frame them, and give them as a gift to your spouse. Tell him that these will be given a place of honor in the house, like the entry hall or stairway wall.
As much as our homes are our sanctuaries away from the rest of the world, you both need to be happy with your mutual spaces. Compromise. And remember that all of these things can always be changed or replaced, but your friendship and love is what will fill your home with the most happiness and beauty.
Built in close up (below): Katherine and her husband, Josh, live in a Cape Cod cottage-style home, so she tried to stay true to that architecture. This close-up shows two built-in bookcases flanking their red brick fireplace. She has mixed their items together in an artful display. The two birds, bronze horse, and dog plate are Katherine’s; the antique Cow bell from Switzerland is Josh’s; and the books are theirs.
Picture of Built-in bookcase close-up by VKOOS Interior Design and Floral Design,
Chairs close-up (below): The second picture shows a small area in their living room. The two chairs were chosen by the couple. “I had picked out all of the furniture pieces and custom fabrics and then made a presentation to Josh. He liked all of the fabrics that I had chosen for our sofa and two chairs. I let him choose the leather for our oversized ottoman in the middle of the room. Also, the reading light was Josh’s, so I incorporated that in between the two sitting chairs.” The paint color in the background is Wedgewood gray, an historical color from Benjamin Moore. They both love it.
Picture of Chair Close-up by VKOOS Interior Design and Floral Design,
Well said. Katherine’s favorite sources for inspiration and resources are Domino Magazine and The Nest. If you live in the Bay Area, you might want to hire her to help you and your spouse find a merged sense of style. She breathes new life and personality into every space she encounters. – JM
Learn more about Katherine Phelps and her company VKOOS DESIGN at www.VkoosDesign.com
Jodi Murphy is a contributing writer for Gentry Magazine and Gentry Design writing the At Home Column, Kitchen and Bath Department and feature Interior Design stories.
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Be a blissful bride and plan a yoga bridal party!
February 23rd, 2009
…or a private pilates session to bring together your bridesmaids; or better yet, have a Yoga Bachelorette Party! This is the perfect alternative for the health-conscious bride who isn’t very interested in the traditional barhopping bachelorette bash.
Be a blissed out bride illustration, yoga bride illustration
The flirty illustration above is by Stacie Tamaki.
To begin finding a location for a ‘blissed out’ party, I suggest starting with local boutique studios, because it is likely they will be able to offer the most flexibility and privacy…much needed to create a personalized class for you and your girls! A perfect example here in the San Francisco Bay Area is the well-known private studio in Los Altos called KATHY KLEIN CORE FITNESS. Kathy Klein is a local favorite who teaches yoga and pilates regularly in her own studio (as well as other prestigious locations, such as Stanford University, Apple Computers, and Equinox of Palo Alto). Below you can see her in action!
Kathy Klein Los Altos Pilates, Yoga, & Core Fitness Studio
Of course, the perfect gift for your soon-to-be-blissed-out bridal girls is a custom-monogrammed yoga bag. This bag can be found through the premier online favor retailer, BEAU-COUP , and it comes in a variety of colors.
Beaucoup Fine Favors monogrammed yoga bag, a gift for your bridesmaids
While I am on the subject of BEAU-COUP FINE FAVORS, which is one of my favorite online favor resources…I want to take a moment to thank them for selecting The Wedding Chat for a LUV-LY Blog Award! What a surprise! As you may recall from a previous post in which I was ‘tagged’ into telling the truth, I admitted one of my guilty pleasures is regularly reading Us Weekly Magazine. So, it is no wonder that Celebrity Wednesday on the BEAU-COUP WEDDING BLOG is one of my favorite days to stop in to learn what’s the latest dish! Check it out!
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Stylish Handbags for your wedding! – Etsy ChitChat
February 8th, 2009
Are you looking for something stylish yet unique and handmade? Look no further than one of the best places to find handmade wedding items – ETSY!
Who doesn’t love handbags? What better way to show off your style with these lovely handbags from artisans around the world. Regardless of your budget, ETSY has some of the cutest and most stylish handbags out there.
My first pick is Leigh Anne Kline. She incorporates beautiful fabrics, feathers and crystals to create elegant handbags for the most perfect evening out and more importantly your wedding day. Leigh-Ann’s bags have been featured in Inside Weddings magazine several times alongside the likes of Badgley Mishka designer handbags!
Leigh-Ann Kline Handbags on Etsy.com
Another wonderful purse designer whose work is perfect for bridesmaids and even the bride is Red Ruby Rose. She makes beautiful clutches in different fabrics and patterns. Prices range from $75-$105, and although she sells out of the UK, her shipping prices to the US are very reasonable at $5.00 and if you order more than one piece, she only adds $2.00 per additional items.
What’s great about these purses is that they are something you can use well after your wedding day. They’d look great even with a white t-shirt and jeans! If the few below are a little pricier than you want to spend, especially for your bridesmaids.
Red Ruby Rose Handbags on Etsy.com
Another great designer is Girl…by Eileen. She allows you to design your own bridesmaid clutches and the prices range from $38 if you use your own fabric to $52.00.
Girl By Eileen Handbags on Etsy.com
Lou Lou Bell Handmade, prices range from $18-30.00. You can get these cute little coin or lipstick purses in a set of 3 for $30.00. She’s located in Nova Scotia, but again, shipping is quite reasonable starting at $4.25. This is perfect for the bride wanting to give a little something to her bridesmaids without breaking the bank. Lou Lou Bell offers some great fabric designs and colors that are both cute and chic!
Lou Lou Bell Handbags on Etsy.com
Fiaz Co., prices for these bags are about $65 a purse and are well worth the splurge to satisfy your purse craving. These bags are especially great for destination wedding brides with her vibrant floral printed fabrics. She can even personalize the inside label for each bridesmaid! How cute is that!?
Fiaz Co. – Fiazco Handbags on Etsy.com
Etsy ChitChat – fabulous finds for your wedding!
is a monthly feature here on The Wedding Chat brought to you by Diane Phillips
Diane Phillips is owner and designer of DK Designs, specializing in handcrafted clay floral designs for weddings & events. She is also part of the Etsy Wedding Team, which is a group of high-quality artisans providing unique and stylish wedding related items for the bride-to-be. You can view more of Diane’s work at: www.dkdesignshawaii.com, www.dkdesignshawaii.blogspot.com, www.dkdesignshawaii.etsy.com
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WIN a ‘Couple Boudoir’ Shoot! Don’t wait to enter…
February 6th, 2009
JENNIFER SKOG PHOTOGRAPHY is offering a Valentine’s Day giveaway for couples in any market nationwide!!
Jennifer Skog – The Couture Couple
Details: Enter to win a full day stylized photo shoot with Jennifer Skog and hair and makeup design by Maria Chang of Professional Makeup Artistry. The Shoot includes up to 3 different looks and an opportunity for a Couple Boudoir in the bedroom.
Requirements: In about 1,000 words share your love story. The most romantic story will be the winner and will be announced on Friday, February 20th. Jennifer Skog Photography will not actually be picking the winner; a carefully chosen panel of colleagues will judge the stories.
Who can enter: Everyone! This contest is not limited to California residents – we will actually come to any location nationwide to do the shoot!
How to enter: Email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include 1 or 2 of your favorite photos together (1000px max).
As well as your name, city, state and email address.
Contest Deadline: VALENTINE’S DAY at MIDNIGHT.
Visit www.jenniferskog.com to view her Wedding, Boudoir, & Lifestyle Photojournalism-Style Photography.
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What does your registry really need?
January 30th, 2009
Attend this registry event on specially selected dates beginning February 8, 2009 at CRATE & BARREL stores nationwide and find out what your registry really needs.
Crate & Barrel & Real Simple Weddings Registry Event
Space is limited! RSVP as soon as possible by calling 800-996-9960 to find the Crate & Barrel store nearest you or visit ‘The Wedding Parties’ page at www.crateandbarrel.com
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Mass Market Luxury – Create a Reading Nook
January 26th, 2009
Good design…once reserved for the élite has now become available to the rest of us thanks to HGTV and mass retailers, such as Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, and Target. The furnishings I longed for, but couldn’t afford, are now being interpreted in more pleasing price points. Granted, the quality isn’t as good, but most last long enough until you are ready for a new look. If you are newly married and in your first home, these couture design/budget priced furnishings are the best way to begin decorating your new spaces. It’s your chance to choose a design direction and live with your style choices while you grow and change together in your marriage. As you learn what works best for your family, you can upgrade and invest in custom pieces. The trick to mass market design is to choose pieces from several companies, so you’ll achieve a more personal look. If you buy everything from one place, you’ll find that you feel like you’re living in a catalog.
Here are some things I’d purchase to create a READING NOOK:
Mass Market Luxury – Reading nook design using mass market brands such as crate and barrel, pottery barn, west elm, modern dose, ballard designs, bliss living home, williams sonoma home, and wisteria.
I’d start with the Hennessy Chair from Crate and Barrel (www.crateandbarrel.com) in Topaz – It has great lines and would fit into both a traditional and modern space.
I’d already have the Dramatic Damask Rug from Shades of Light (www.shadesoflight.com) on the floor, so I could nestle the chair in a corner on the rug.
Then I’d get the Modern Floor Lantern from West Elm (www.westelm.com) – it looks like it would shine the light on just the right spot, and it’s so sleek and stylish!
I’d add some bling using the Metallic Chinese Garden Stool in silver from Wisteria (www.wisteria.com) as the side table.
Finally, I’d bring in a punch of color in a pillow. These are fun, chic options:
Ballard Designs (www.ballarddesigns.com) – Coral Needlepoint pillow in Coral
Bliss Living Home (www.blisslivinghome.com) – Dahlia Pillow
Williams Sonoma Home (www.wshome.com) – Pineapple Silk Twill Pillow
The Pineapple is the symbol of welcome!
Modern Dose (www.moderndose.com) – Queen Pillow
Jodi Murphy is a contributing writer for Gentry Magazine and Gentry Design (www.gentrymagazine.com) writing the At Home Column, Kitchen and Bath Department and feature Interior Design stories.
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TWC Podchat – The Flirty Guide
January 25th, 2009
In this episode of TWC Podchat, listen and learn all about Stacie Tamaki and how she was inspired to create, THE FLIRTY GUIDE, an online resource guide for brides who are searching for fresh ideas and inspiration for their wedding!
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Stacie Tamaki, is a multi-talented, very creative ‘Girl Gone Geek!’ She is a web designer, graphic illustrator, custom bridal accessory maker, blogger, and an entrepreneur with a massive itch to pave new territory in the wedding industry. Today, she takes us behind the scenes of her online resource guide for savvy brides, THE FLIRTY GUIDE and some of her latest endeavors. You’ll even get to hear about the throwdowns she is about to have and with whom…don’t miss out on any of the upcoming matches!
The Flirty Guide Illustrations – Coolest Ideas from Wedding Professionals
Illustrations By Stacie Tamaki
If you haven’t had a chance to peruse the Wedding Ideas on The Flirty Guide, then don’t wait any longer to check it out. Her most recent ideas were all about blue-soled shoes, an idea I love – come on…what girl doesn’t love shoes? And a Hide a Surprise Cake that was a collaboration between Stacie Tamaki’s company the Flirty Bride, my company Ready to Propose and Cake Coquette. The surprise cake idea highlights another one of Stacie’s most incredible talents, custom cake toppers. No idea is too big for Stacie Tamaki when it comes to her craft and beadwork! This is evidenced by the pineapple you will see when you visit www.theflirtyguide.com
Also, you can keep up with Stacie and all of the latest developments with her projects and the wedding business by visiting her blog at www.theflirtyguide.blogspot.com
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Walk down the aisle in these little something blues!
January 11th, 2009
I couldn’t resist cross posting these beautiful blue-soled shoes. I recall hearing about the quest for these shoes from Stacie Tamaki of The Flirty Guide on one of our walks this past Summer. She worked very hard researching various ways to bring you an alternative to the Tiffany blue-soled shoes once created by Christian Louboutin, now no longer available. Visit the Fresh Ideas on THE FLIRTY GUIDE to learn how you can walk down the aisle in style in these little something blues! Can you say, “hello lover!”
Learn more about these Tiffany Blue-Soled Bridal Shoes and more Fresh Ideas for your Wedding Day at www.theflirtyguide.com
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Be educated by some of the best in the Bay Area!
January 11th, 2009
This is NOT your usual wedding fair. In fact, it is not a wedding fair at all! It is an all-day seminar of practical, useful, HONEST information for how to stretch your wedding dollars, regardless of budget. Various topics–from design to bridal makeup to learning your first dance–will be taught by the best professionals in the Bay Area. Come prepared for an afternoon of fun and a ton of useful information to plan your wedding, while tasting exceptional food and wine from the Four Seasons Hotel.
The Wedding University at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto, Wedding Planning Instructions from some of the Bay Areas Best Wedding Professionals
Space is limited. Please RSVP to enroll early:
Visit THE WEDDING UNIVERSITY website to learn more about this upcoming event!
Date and Time: Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 11 AM – 5 PM
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley
2050 University Avenue East Palo Alto, CA
Price: $25 for 1 person | $40 for 2 people
Participating Wedding Specialists & Educators
* Carl Mindling | DJ And Emcee
* Chewing the Cud | Concepts and Invitations
* Cynthia Glinka | Dance Instructor
* Eli Thomas for Men | Tuxedo Rentals and Purchase
* Enhanced Lighting | Lighting and Draping
* Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley | Menu Planning
* Gabrielle’s Bridal Salon | Couture Wedding Gowns
* Geoff White Photography | Photography
* Get Your Do Up | Makeup and Hair
* Hartmann Studios | Tabletop and Furniture Rentals
* Jean Marks Weddings | Wedding Planning
* Jubilee Lau Events | Wedding Planning
* Kevin Chin Photography | Photography
* Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Floral Design
* Ron Grandia | DJ and Emcee
* Rudolfi Artists in Music | Live Music and Entertainment
* Sash and Sugar | Wedding Design
* Savadelis Films | Cinematography
* Wildflower Linens | Linens and Chair Covers