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Monday, November 30, 2015

Couple of the Month ~ Meghan + Jeff, Colony Club

Meghan Hart was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and went to DePaul University.  Her fiance, Jeff Olsen was born and raised in Alpena, Michigan and went to Michigan State University.  Jeff is a software developer for OnStar and Meghan owns a women’s clothing boutique in downtown Royal Oak called "Meghan Marion".

"We were set up!"  Jeff was living in downtown Detroit and Meghan was living in Chicago.  Meghan’s cousin Lauren is now married to Jeff’s best friend, Nick.  After Lauren spent a good amount of time with Jeff, she felt they must meet.  Unfortunately, Jeff’s father was diagnosed with bone cancer and Lauren, Nick, and Jeff didn’t feel it was the right time for Jeff and Meghan to be introduced.  Time passed, and Meghan was often involuntarily checked in on Facebook at places were the three were spending time together.  Soon, Meghan took matters into her own hands and messaged Jeff on Facebook stating that it was about time he visited his friends in Chicago and then they could meet.  After an awkward first encounter that included a handshake, the two started to hit it off towards the end of the night, soon realizing they were the only two left at the party.  After 8 months of  being a long distance relationship, Meghan decided to move back to Michigan where she could be with Jeff and closer to her family.  She moved in with Jeff, they got a golden retriever named Sampson, and on August 12th of 2014, Jeff proposed.

"On August 11, 2014, Royal Oak went through massive amounts of flooding sue to heavy rainfall.  Our basement had about 3 ft of backed up sewage and we had to throw most of what was in the basement in the trash.  So, since our anniversary was on the 12th, I did not think we would be having a very romantic night.  I had to go run the store and Jeff was left to clean up the sewage and bleach the basement.  Little did I know was that he also ran around town picking up my ring and unsuccessfully catching my dad at my parents house.  Jeff can’t keep a secret, so he had left all of his engagement errands until the day he planned to ask.  The ring had been set in the wrong setting due to a late shipment because of the floods, and my parents had decided to go to a concert.  Because of this, poor Jeff had to ask for my hand over the phone while my mom announced to everyone at the concert that her daughter was getting married.  When I got home from the store, Jeff had a steak dinner on the table with the candles lit and had our big golden retriever puppy dressed in a tuxedo.  I thought this was all for our two year anniversary and began fussing over how good the dog was being.  Jeff then mentioned that that Sampson had a new collar.  I looked down and saw that there was a big pink heart tag on our boy dog.  I looked at it and it said 'will you marry me?'  I turned around and Jeff was on one knee.  I obviously said 'yes' and then started crying about 2 minutes later.  It was perfect."

The wedding will take place at the Colony Club on December 5, 2015.  The couple has decided on a romantic art deco theme with gold, blush, and emerald green colors.   Stay tuned for updates from the big day!

Photo Credits:
Meghan Kindsvater-Meliabelle 
Catherine Holden - Meliabelle

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Choosing Your Maid of Honor

A Quick Guide to Choosing Your Maid of Honor

One of the toughest decisions a bride will have to make is picking her maid of honor.  While this might seem like a simple choice to some, the consequences of choosing a friend over family, or vice versa, can be a tricky situation.  Here are a few points to consider before popping the question to your bridesmaids:

Family, usually, comes first

This is probably some advice every bride will hear at some point during her wedding planning process.  For your maid of honor, you are going to want to pick the person you feel closest to.  More often than not, this is usually a sister or cousin.  Even if this is not the case, it can be easier to explain picking a family member over a friend, and therefor fewer egos will be shattered and more friendships will remain intact.  While this sounds overly dramatic, people often have expectations of who the "best friend" is, but it's harder for people to argue with you choosing family first.

Man of Honor?

An unconventional idea would be choosing a guy to be your right hand for your wedding party.  Let's be honest, you should choose your wedding party based on relationship, not gender.  Having a brother, uncle, or best guy friend act as your man of honor can be a great benefit.  They more than likely won't be spending a ton of time on hair and makeup, and you're going to want that low maintenance attitude the day of the wedding.

1, 2, 3, none?

There is no rule saying how many maids of honor you can have or need to choose.  If you're torn between your sister and best friend, then choose both!  If you don't want anyone to be offended by not receiving the coveted "maid of honor" title, then don't have a maid of honor, and have everyone on the same level.

Formula for Happiness

While there is no scientific equation to help pick your maid of honor, there are many factors to take into consideration.  You might not want to pick a friend who lives across the country if you want them there for events like bridal shower, dress fittings, etc.  You want to pick the friend who knows you, has been there for you through your highs and lows, and will be there for you on your special day and many years to come.

Photo credit ; weheartit

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

November Bride of the Month ~ Grace

JB and Grace met at the church where he proposed her, and where they will have their wedding.  They were members of a young adult group in that church, but had not had any conversation until they met each other at a friend’s birthday party.

"I even remember that date, it was Feb. 27, 2014, and that was the date we had our first conversation.  We met very often in March, and started our relationship on April 5th.  After one year, we had our first trip to Chicago and on April 5th of 2015, he and I promised our future together.  2 months later, he proposed to me at the church in front of all our friends and church members, and I said yes!"

They will have about 150 guests at their wedding,most of our guests being friends, church members, and colleagues.  The color scheme is red and blush pink with hints of gold.  It will be a Korean style of wedding ceremony with no bridal maids or best man, and they will also have a Korean Traditional Wedding (PyeBaek).

PyeBaek is an event after the wedding ceremony.  Most of time, the groom's side of family will gather in one place and throw Korean dates and chestnuts.  This symbolizes children and blessings, so the family members will bless the couple saying, “We all hope you two have many kids and many blessings on your wedding day and for the rest of your life!”

"As you know, I am a design engineer and JB is a commercial department manager.  Since we both are in auto industry, I often get advises from JB since he worked this industry many years than I have."

About Tracie,

"Since I am a full time office worker, I did not have enough time to contact and search vendors.
Tracie did amazing work for me.  She responded my questions and request so quickly, and helped me finalizing all wedding preparation.

Honestly, I hesitated to hire a wedding planner (especially as a full time wedding planner) because it looked like extra money on my wedding, but no regret at all and even tell all my friend to hire full time wedding planner.  She even attended my wedding vows (I had the wedding oath on July 2nd, and wedding ceremony on November 14, 2015).  It was so thoughtful, and I could see she really happy with my wedding vows too.

Not only as a wedding planner, but she really takes care of all preparation and wedding too.  I am so glad that I worked with Tracie for my wedding.  And not only just wedding itself, but working with Tracie will be a part of unforgettable memory of my wedding."

Photo Credit: Inner Circle Photography 

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Color Me Intrigued

Brides like to have their own sense of style and flair show through on their wedding day.  One of the newest, and possibly most wonderful, wedding trends is colored wedding dresses.  While some brides stay "conservative" with blush or sky blue, others go full out with reds, greens, or even rainbow hues.  Choosing a colored dress can be whimsical or dramatic, but definitely something your guests will remember for years to come.

No matter what style or color of dress you choose, having fun and being confident is what's most important!

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Meet Our New YTB Intern ~ Catherine

Hello everyone!

My name is Catherine Long and I am the newest intern at You’re The Bride!  I am a senior at the University of Michigan – Dearborn, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Public Communication and Culture Studies.  When not at school or work, I can be found working on photography, creating DIY Pinterest projects, or spending time with my boyfriend/best friend.  I am very excited to be working with You’re The Bride.  I hope to gain valuable experience in the wedding planning industry, while helping create magical moments for each bride.

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