Fall 2009 Color Trends


I was just looking over the 2009 Fall Color Report from Pantone, and realized that I hadn't posted about it.  Here's a peak if you haven't see the hot colors for fall:


Download the Pantone Fall 2009 Color Report (PDF)

I so many of these color combinations.  The possibilities are endless!  What are your favorites?  Are you using any of them in your fall wedding?

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Not Your Mother's Pearls


I saw these gorgeous creations on the Something Old, Something New blog yesterday and just had to share them!  As a true Southern girl I love pearls, but these are really something special.  They have a classic and vintage feel while adding the little more glitz.

Be sure to check out the complete collection from PenelliBelle on Etsy!

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Trendy Bridesmaid Jewelry Your Maids Will Love


There is such a variety of bridesmaid jewelry out there, that finding a trendy piece that matches your wedding colors and theme is easy to do.  Giving the gift of bridesmaid jewelry to your maids is a gift that continues after the wedding.  Finding trendy pieces that both compliment your bridesmaids gown, but also compliment the color scheme is a task in itself.

With vintage with a modern twist being a fashion forward style, this also translates to many styles of bridesmaids jewelry as well.  There are many beautiful filigreed designed bridesmaid jewelry designs, they provide a vintage flair with modern crystals and pearls that add the final touches.

Finding jewelry pieces for your bridesmaids is one of the nice ways to say thank you for being a part of the special day.  Selecting quality made products that offer a timeless design actually gives your bridesmaids a piece that they can add to their own accessory collection and wear for many occasions to come.  Most style necklaces can be worn with a pair of jeans and a great blouse to up the fashion notch a bit.  Trendy bridesmaid jewelry selections also allow for your bridesmaids to wear their jewelry with great skirts and dresses that they may wear to other weddings, celebrations and memorable events.

When you select your bridesmaid jewelry, try to search for pieces that will first compliment their bridesmaids gowns, your wedding style and color scheme.  Finding a great piece that matches their gowns and fits their style as well is a gift to your bridesmaids that will keep on giving.  They will love and appreciate the thought you placed into their bridesmaid jewelry selections.

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Fashion Show Fun!


Last night our team has the pleasure of attending a fashion show and cocktail party at Sharon Batten.We also ran into Christine Hoffman from TPC Sawgrass, super photographer Agnes Lopez, extraordinary floral designer Liza Chung, and Ashley English from Bella Bridesmaid.

We didn't take any photos during the show, but these are some of the styles that were featured:

Danielle's fave - Oscar de la Renta

Another Oscar

I liked this cute little number - Vineyard Collection

Also from Vineyard Collection - this was the last dress of the night and a clear winner in our opinions!

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Cocktails and Designer Wedding Gowns!

Two of my favorite things in one location! Sharon Batten is having a cocktail party and fashion show at her boutique this Thursday evening, and you won't want to miss it.  Our team will be there, so contact us if you would like to join us.

BRIDAL FASHION SHOW Thursday December 11th


Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres


Available by appointment Friday and Saturday

Oscar de le Renta

Vera Wang

Monique Lhuillier

Melissa Sweet

Priscilla of Boston

Lela Rose

The Cotton Bride

-- Sharon Batten 330 A1A North, suite 212 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 Ph. 904.285.4544, Fax 904.285.4244

Here's a description that Nicole emailed to me:

I hope that you will be able to make this event. This a great chance to see  our gorgeous gowns being modeled. We will also have an assortment of extra gowns from the designers that we carry just for that weekend.  If you can think of anyone who might be interested, please forward along. Hope to see you soon.

If you can't make it to the event Thursday, be sure to check out Sharon Batten's Brial Atelier for great designer gowns any time!

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David Tutera Does It Again


I hope that you got to see the premier of David Tutera's new show, My Fair Wedding, last night.  If you missed it. be sure to visit My Fair Wedding on WEtv.com for upcoming air dates. This episode followed Wanda and Bert as David transformed their wedding plans into the South Beach vision they had hoped for (in New Jersey).  These pics are from the WEtv website.  You have to watch this episode to see the "before" to really appreciate the end result!  Yikes!

David was the keynote speaker at last year's Association of Bridal Consultants conference, and he was super nice.  He even attended the closing night Gala At The Grove and spent over an hour talking with his fellow ABC members and posing for photos.  Here's a shot of David and I (please note, I hadn't really slept in 3 days since I was on the conference committee!):

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Oh, Oscar!


Save the date! You won't want to miss this event!

Sharon Batten will be hosting a cocktail reception and Oscar de la Renta Bridal fashion show on November 19th at her boutique in Ponte Vedra Beach.

This is an invitation-only event, but of course First Coast Weddings clients are invited!  I'm sure it goes without saying that I will be there with sparkly, shiny bells on!  Oscar is one of my favorite designers, but his bridal collection is simply magnificent!

Sharon's boutique will also be hosting an Oscar de la Renta trunk show for three days (November 20-22) following the cocktail party.  So if you have not bought your wedding gown yet, schedule an appointment right away!

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Bella Bridesmaids Bash


I was thrilled to attend the grand opening celebration of Bella Bridesmaids last night!  What a fun evening.  I got to spend some time with Agnes Lopez and her husband Damon, Mark Pennington and Joi Perkins, Liz Stewart and her whole team, Christine Hoffman from TPC Sawgrass, Lynette and Judy from Rose of Sharon, Susan and Michael from Wilson's Ltd., and Jaycel Atkins from Etiquette of Chocolate.  Plus fellow wedding coordinators Monica Bernhardt from To-Doers and Christina Kopecki from Christina Kreations were there.  (With all those photographers there, is it possible no one took any pictures?!)

Bella Bridesmaids specializes in - you guessed it - bridesmaid gowns. According to their website, Bella Bridesmaid was created by Southern gal Bridget Brown in response to an overwhelming need for stylish, wearable and modern bridesmaid dresses.

They have all the fabulous designers, like Jenny Yoo, Priscilla of Boston, Melissa Sweet, Vera Wang, the list goes on and on!  And I was drooling over some of the adorable shoes on display from Blue Tux - I really loved the metallics, especially this cute little number!

Be sure to visit the Bella Bridesmaid Jacksonville location, now open in San Marco:

1626 Hendricks Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32207 Phone: 904.374.0351

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Great Looks From NYC Bridal Market


In case you are one of the five brides on the planet that doesn't read Darcy Miller's blog, The Bride's Guide, you should hop over and check out the posts from last weekend.  Darcy is Martha Stewart's Wedding Editorial Director, which means she oversees everything wedding.  It was the bridal market week in New York, and Darcy and her team blogged live from all the runway shows. Here are some of my favorites that are featured in The Bride's Guide:

Angel Sanchez

Priscilla of Boston - Vineyard Collection

Romona Keveza - Legends Collection

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Cute Find...


These adorable purses are hand crafted by Brooke Galardi, founder of BeeGee Bags.  I think they’re a great gift idea for bridesmaids, birthdays, the upcoming holidays, (or your hardworking intern)! Custom orders for bridal parties are also available!

Check out all of the great designs at www.beegeebags.com

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Cute Find on Etsy


I was browsing for jewelry on Etsy recently and came across this super cute necklace.  What a perfect gift for bridesmaids!  Not only will they look terrific on the wedding day, but this necklace is so versatile that it could be worn to work or to dress up a simple dress for a night out! It also comes in over 15 colors.

The Karoline necklace can be found at A Finishing Touch's Etsy shop.  They specialize in wedding-day jewelry for brides, bridesmaids and moms, but all their pieces are great for everyday wear too.  And the prices are great too!

If you're not familiar with Etsy, check it out!  It's an online community for buying and selling things that are handmade.  So if you love the cute do-it-yourself jewelry, purses, clothing, or other accessories but aren't the crafty type (or are just too busy like me!), you'll love it!

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Oscar De La Renta Trunk Show

My favorite bridal atelier is having a trunk show this weekend!  Sharon Batten, located in the Shoppes of Ponte Vedra, is featuring the Oscar de la Renta bridal line as well as the spring and summer ready-to-wear line this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  If you haven't purchased your wedding gown, or you are just looking for the latest fashions, be sure to stop by!

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