Ghinda Beauty Project: Our girl Chelsea…

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We were lucky enough to pick one of our custom bride’s brains before her wedding day. Now that the event is over and she is settling back in after the honeymoon, we’ve decided to share our girl Chelsea’s thoughts on her personal design experience as well as some planning advice!

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Did you have your dream dress in mind all along? Or was it something you stumbled upon in planning your wedding and researching your inspiration?

Chelsea: I didn’t have a dream dress in mind. After getting engaged I found many dresses that were absolutely lovely, but I was never quite sold on any of them. I then found Ghinda and realized I could design my own. I could take my favorite characteristics from each dress I had found and put them into one. As a result,my own dress began to feel like a piece of artwork. The ladies at Ghinda and I designed a gown from start to finish with my favorite textures and structures. My gown, like art, evolved overtime into something beautifully unique. I am so happy with the way it turned out. I wore an ivory gown made of lace, silk charmeuse and chiffon. It has open sides, a square back and a high waste line. My dress is simple yet perfectly elegant; it is timeless yet feels incredibly stylish and matchless.

How did your custom gown represent what you find to be beautiful?

Chelsea: Designing a dress at Ghinda was such an incredible process. The ladies at Ghinda are so vibrant, optimistic and trustworthy. I could be precise and specific without feeling dictatorial. I learned it is important for me to wear something lightweight and comfortable. I also learned it’s important to feel sexy! When it comes to wearing a wedding dress, there is nothing haughty about looking in the mirror and thinking, “Dang. I look good!” My gown is completely representative of me. I chose a dress structure that extenuates my best physical qualities. The design process was also a really beautiful experience for me. The culmination of the two – my dress plus the design process – has made me feel like the most beautiful and worthy bride.

How did your wedding reflect your personality as a couple?

Chelsea:  Jared and I created our wedding day aesthetic ourselves. With the help of family and close friends, we were able to get creative and personal with our ideas. We also chose two dear friends to play music throughout the evening, and we did our best to utilize locally owned and operated shops for items such as flowers. We are a romantic couple, but we are also very simple.

What are your best words of advice for couples who are planning their wedding?

Chelsea: Give yourself plenty of time. Jared and I had a longer engagement – 1.5 years. This gave us plenty of time to plan a traditional wedding in a thoughtful way. Remember no event is perfect. Although we have planned every detail, we know something will not go as planned. It’s normal, and it’s okay. I would humbly encourage couples to rid of the idea, “It’s all about us”. The wedding day will, by default, be a celebration of us as a couple. However, our wedding day is also very much about the support system that has cheered us on and has helped us overcome the hardships. Jared and I wouldn’t be the couple we are today if it wasn’t for our family members, dear friends, past teachers and mentors. We want our wedding day to be a celebration of them, as well.

Through our bridal appointments with you, we know you and your love thoroughly enjoy music. Tell us about the importance and specificity of the music at your wedding.

Chelsea: Music to us is very important. We are each lucky to have many friends who have pursued vocations and / or careers in music. We each chose one friend to perform on our wedding day. This is something we are each very excited about!

Which outlets did you use for your wedding inspiration? (Magazines, blogs,
friends, wedding planner, etc.)

Chelsea: We used LOTS of blogs. My favorite wedding blog is Green Wedding Shoes. I also enjoyed gathering inspiration from photographers, Lauren Anna Mills, Andria Lindquist and Lang Thomas Leichardt. Lastly, we spent a lot of time on Pinterest. However, while Pinterest was a great place to draw inspiration, it was also tricky to achieve what we saw in the site’s photos. Most weddings popular on Pinterest have a team of wedding planners (and a large budget) behind them. Jared and I collected bits and pieces from Pinterest photos and incorporated those into our wedding with an effort and budget that was comfortable for us.

What does beauty mean to you? Has your definition of beauty changed since
meeting and falling in love with your other half, Jared?

Chelsea: Beauty to me is kindness and wholeness. As a young woman, my inner
confidence may fluctuate day to day. (I’d be lying if I said, “I am so confident
every single day!”) It is possible, though, for kindness and wholeness to be
consistent each day. Even on days when I may feel slightly “off my A-game”, I
can still practice kindness and wholeness. Therefore, I can still feel beautiful. Jared and I define beauty in a similar way. It wasn’t so much that he changed my definition of beauty but rather made me more confident in it. He’s just really freaking awesome like that. 

You are a writer, a photographer, and an all­‐around creative woman. Share with us some of what inspires you most.

Chelsea: BLUSH!* Thank you!I honestly am very easily inspired. I see a bouquet of flowers and want to create something like it right away. I see a colorful bird flying in the sky and inevitably draw metaphors from that and later create a relevant essay. People, though, inspire me most. Jared oftentimes calls me a “people collector” because I often meet someone and say, “I really like him / her! She / he did this or that! I want to adopt that quality! Now we are both awesome!” Besides my family, some of my favorite folks / creatives are Dr. Paul Farmer, Ashlae W. of the blog, Oh, Ladycakes!, a dear friend named Ryan and my closest girlfriends.

If you would, share with us your decision to do a “first look”. How perfect was it?

Chelsea: Jared and I surprised ourselves when we realized we preferred to do a “first look”. The consequences were so attractive to us. We are going to be together most of our wedding day. Why wait until the evening to see your husband-to-be on your wedding day? Hello! The moment we first see each other will be only ours to share and no one else’s. And, we truly believe my walk down the isle will be just as special. This way, though, my walk won’t be as anxiety provoking because I would have already seen Jared. The first look also allows us to take wedding photos pre-ceremony (and pre-tears). Therefore, our guests won’t wait a long while before cocktail hour. Let’s get the party started stat! We are very happy with our decision and encourage others to do what they feel best for them. A “first look” was simply best for Jared and me.


Photography of Chelsea’s beautiful day captured by L.A. Photography. You may read more about Chelsea on her lifestyle blog, Fenway Journal.

Of Silk and Willow…

One of our most recent brides was in love the idea of a clean, simple, and classic aesthetic for her wedding. Working with a girl whose vision was so clear was soothing. But also in that clarity is the absolute need for perfection. The dress she chose from one of our Collections was beautiful and just what she had envisioned. The custom maxi skirts we designed for her bridesmaids were clean, soft, and flattering (and could totally be worn again! Wink!) One detail we lingered on for some time was what kind of sash to pair with her gown. We were on the hunt for ribbons and sashes to complete the look and may have found one of the most beautiful places on the planet, Silk and Willow.

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Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Shellie Pomeroy has created a gorgeous line of silk ribbons and sashes using plant-based dyes which she sources from India, domestically, and locally. All of her imported dyes are fair trade and sustainably sourced and she even makes her ribbon spools from the fast-growing renewable Acacia tree. Not to mention all the materials she uses are biodegradable, reusable, and recyclable. (Three qualities we love and appreciate from any small business!)

Of her inspiration and materials, Pomeroy says, “I am drawn to silk for it’s durability, softness, and drape. The tactile experience of silk is alluring, and the colors it radiates are breathtaking. Each of my ribbons is made with the intention of love and longevity, an heirloom piece that can be re-used for years.”

Please discover more at their website, Silk and Willow, and fall in love with the richness and natural beauty of her products like we did.

Plant Dyed Napkins {ASSORTED COLORS}


All images from http://www.silkandwillow.com

All About the Bridesmaids…

Above, Grace Kelly and her bridesmaids in 1956.

Above, Grace Kelly and her bridesmaids in 1956.

Although I am not yet married—No Rush, here!—I am honored to have been invited to 9 beautiful weddings as a young adult. (Three happened this summer alone!) I have been a bridesmaid in two and a maid of honor in one of those celebrations. I have girlfriends that tell me that they’re jealous because they’ve not yet experienced being a bridesmaid. Well, let me tell you, sisters, it’s no easy feat. It’s a serious once-in-a-lifetime event to dedicate all your positive vibes, thoughts, and most importantly, time to. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the honor and privilege that it is to bare witness to loved ones on one of the most meaningful day of their lives. I’m actually kicking off our feature on bridesmaids by saying this: Enjoy it, soak it up, and learn from it.
Here are some fantastic reasons why:
Travel: Some couples decide to get married in their hometown while others decide to head to Napa or Mexico. The bachelorette party could be at Cedar Point or maybe even in Nashville. Regardless, as a bridesmaid you will probably have some travel in your future which typically means super rare hotel and flight perks from the bride-to-be! Not to mention, awesome intimate trips with a small group all for the same purpose. We love that!
Gifts: Let’s be honest…Every gal loves gifts. And although being a bridesmaid isn’t all about great swag, it’s still a perk! Your bride is going to want to say “thank you” in a beautiful way. And since she’s asked you to be a part of one of the biggest days of her life, it’ll probably be in the form of fabulous.
Dresscode = VIP: Maybe the dress your friend has asked you to wear is not your color, or maybe you’ve never worn your hair up outside of the gym in your life (a personal example), but guess what. You just have to do it! But with the snags (I mean literal snags if you’re wearing a polyester faux-chiffon bridesmaid gown) come the benefits: Typically as a bridesmaid you’ll get to sit at a cozy head table with the wedding party who you’ve already gotten to know, witnessing the married couple in bliss right after they say “I do!” Another bonus? Your group will be the first to be served dinner and get your champagne glass filled…and refilled!
TLC: A lot of weddings themselves are on the natural and more simplistic side these days, but one thing most brides don’t skimp on is beautiful, old fashioned TLC. Whether there are manicures and massages preceding the bachelorette party or practice blow outs before the rehearsal dinner, your bride is probably going to take care of you in the beauty department.
Photographs: As a bridesmaid, you get to have awesome, professional photos taken of you and your girls! The bride and groom obviously want a mega talented photographer to capture their perfect day, and you get to reap that benefit, too!
Lesson in love: Whether you’re head over heels already or you aren’t a believer at all, being a bridesmaid can be a great way to witness love in action. Through the ups and downs and stresses of planning a wedding, being on the sidelines gives you an inside look into awesome relationships on their way to the altar. By their invitation, you are holding the couple accountable for their love and care for each other for the rest of their lives. (And that’s kind of a big deal.) Being so close to such a huge event is truly a magical experience and something to hold sacred.


Content written by Donna Hoffman. Image from Google Images.

A Natural Beauty Project…

No matter how simple or in depth your beauty regimen, you have to admit that you do love to be pampered. But it seems that when we need it the most, it’s least likely to happen. You know what I’m talking about–The week before your BFF’s wedding, for example. Between work and helping to finalize the seating chart, it feels like there isn’t enough coffee in the world to get you through. Or maybe you still haven’t fully recovered from that last minute Labor Day trip up to Marble Head before school started this month. Well, it’s time to wind down and pencil in some “me” time because we’ve been researching some super simple, although lovely, do-it-yourself end of summer home remedies for what’s ailing you.
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Coconut & Coffee Body Scrub:

1/2 Cup Ground Coffee

1/2 Cup Organic Cane Sugar

1/4 Cup Coconut Oil

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Mix all of the ingredients together. If your coconut oil is solid, heat it just a bit until it melts, but make sure it has cooled back to room temperature before adding the other ingredients. Once mixed, store your scrub in an airtight container, and use it when you need to feel revitalized! Let’s talk benefits:

Coffee is full of antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory properties which will draw out excess water and make your skin feel smoother and more firm. And, because of its texture, it exfoliates amazingly, removing dead skin cells and leaving your skin super silky smooth.

Organic Cane Sugar will act as a second exfoliant. If Cane sugar is too course, you can leave it out entirely, or use a softer, less course sugar such as coconut palm sugar or brown sugar.

Coconut Oil is my personal beauty product obsession right now–I use it for everything from masks to makeup remover–it has awesome, healthy fats and proteins that will keep your skin smooth, moisturized, and rejuenated.

Cinnamon has antiseptic properties which can help clear bacteria from the skin. It also helps to stimulate blood vessels, bringing more blood to the surface of the skin which can help your skin appear smoother.

Ginger Detox Bath Soak:

1/3 Cup Espom Salt

1/3 Cup Sea Salt

1/3 Cup Baking Soda

3 Tablespoons Ground Ginger

Mix together dry ingredients and pour into a comfortably warm/hot running bath. Try to soak for at least 30-45 minutes before rinsing off completely. Rehydrate with water before, during, and after since you will be sweating tons! Whenever I have done a soak like this, I am left feeling sleepy and relaxed, so it’s perfect to do before bed! (These soaks are NOT recommended if you are hypertensive, diabetic, or pregnant. Just a disclaimer!) Now, let’s talk benefits:

Epsom salts draw out toxins from your body while relieving aches and pains.

Sea Salt can relieve dry skin as it naturally opens up pores, improves circulation, which in turn helps to hydrate your healing skin.

Baking soda helps to detoxify and alkalize your body, and for those with sensitive skin, it’s colorless and odorless, leaving your less irritated than with commercial products!

Ground Ginger not only smells amazing, but it will  help you to sweat and release toxins from you skin and tissue, as well as assist in better circulation.

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Calming Face Mask:

1/2 Cup Plain, Organic Yogurt

1/2 Cup Raw Honey

Using a whisk, mix the yogurt and the honey together, then massage on your face for a couple of minutes and rinse with warm water. (I love this mask!)  And the benefits are:

Yogurt has lactic acid which will exfoliate dull skin layers, smooth out fine lines, and tighten your pores.

Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great to help prevent and heal acne, and it’s a natural humectant which will give you a dewy glow! And in my experience, honey has helped fade my acne scars.

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Peppermint & Rosemary Lip Scrub:

1/4 Cup Organic Cane Sugar

1/4 Cup Organic Coconut Oil

1 Teaspoon Fresh Rosemary

3-5 Drops of Organic Peppermint Oil

Combine the sugar and coconut oil. Let the rosemary dry out on your counter for a bit before mixing in. Then add your 3-5 drops of peppermint oil. To keep your scrub for the next couple weeks, store in an airtight container in your refrigerator. I’ve stated the benefits of the coconut oil and cane sugar above, but let’s discuss the others:

Rosemary helps to moisturize your skin as well as support collagen production.

Peppermint Oil has a cooling effect to skin–as we’ve seen in many lip balms before–it’s especially therapeutic and soothing when used on dry, cracked lips.

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Weekly Hair Mask:

1 Tablespoons Organic Light Brown Sugar

1/2 Tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil

Mix your ingredients together and slather mask onto already wet hair. Leave it on for ten minutes, rinse well (sometimes I rinse twice!) with warm water, and wash and style as usual.  Earlier, I listed some of the many benefits of coconut oil, but let’s talk brown sugar:

Brown sugar is a natural exfoliant with no chemical preservatives. It will help remove excess oils and impurities from your hair, and act as a scrub for  your scalp by removing dead skin cells.

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Nail Treatment

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Stir the olive oil and the lemon juice in a small bowl. Put it in the microwave for about 15 seconds, or until it’s just warm to the touch. Stir it and apply to entire nail bed and cuticles. Leave it on while watching an episode of Parks and Recreation (20-30 minutes) and then rinse with warm water. Let’s hear it for the benefits:

Olive oil will penetrate the skin and nail to help soften and repair damage. It will also moisturize your skin during the dry, winter months.

Lemon juice  will help strengthen and whiten your nails without the use of chemicals. Lemons are full of vitamin C and citric acid, so it can help whiten and brighten discolored nails.

We know you are stunning just as you are, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show yourself some natural chemical-free, DIY beauty love!!! Happy pampering!


All images from Google Images.

Ghinda Beauty…

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Our team is so excited to announce the kicking off of the Ghinda Beauty Project. We are thrilled to introduce this spotlight series which will highlight Columbus and the driven, beautiful, and always-amazing individual women and businesses that fuel our city and are an inspiration to us every day! Our upcoming interview series, as well as more information about this project will be posted here, so keep in touch!

 

 

 

Our  super pretty Ghinda Beauty logo was created by Linzi Rigsby. You can see more of her work right here!

 

 

 

Ghinda: Interview

Uploaded recently on Wedding Market’s video channel, this clip shares a little bit about designer Jennifer Kessler’s background and design aesthetic! The footage is from CMH Fashion Week.

The Golden Girls of Ghinda

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The gowns of Ghinda are all but typical…just like the girls who wear them. We value your freedom and absolute sunny resolve.  And we desire to work with your romantic femininity, youthful memories, and dreamy plans for the future to help you find your most perfect gown for your most perfect day.

Presenting just four of our beauties from top left, counterclockwise:

  • Athena: For a high-spirited girl who creates her own modern twist on the tradition of romanticism…
  • Helen: A whimsical gown which beams femininity and reflects its’ wearer’s sound energy and power…
  • Mattie: Girls who are free, airy, and playful are a perfect fit in Mattie with its light chiffon and a dancing train…
  • Florence: A bombshell of a gown that is passionate and sultry, but gives its classic girl a structured and glam feel…

And for our girls who desire the road not taken, we can design, cultivate, and create the custom gown of your dreams.

Oh-So-Dreamy!

As the Greek Proverb goes, “A heart that loves is always young.” That being said, here is some gorgeous inspiration for our upcoming photo shoot for Columbus Bride Magazine! It’s a beautiful time–Full of youth, beauty, freedom, and love with a small shake of Bohemianism. We are thrilled for our photographic adventure and will keep you updated as the vision unfolds. 

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All images obtained from Google.

Ashley and Alexandria’s!

This weekend we are bringing our gorgeous gowns to Michigan! We are visiting the beautiful boutique Ashley and Alexandria’s!!! This glamorous bridal salon offers brides the most beautiful gown selection coupled with the most memorable gown shopping experience.
Ashley and Alexandria’s is celebrating their 7th anniversary this month!! We are so honored to be a part of their celebration.
We love that they are dedicated to their brides! Everything from service to selection is thoughtfully planned so every bride walking through their doors will feel special!
As the owner, Vinnie has created a beautiful, caring, passionate environment symbolized in the name of her boutique! (Ashley and Alexandria are her two daughters)
We are so excited to be visiting this amazing place for the weekend! Make sure to check out Ashley and Alexandria’s website to make an appointment to try on our gorgeous gowns!!!
http://ashleyandalexandriasbridal.com/

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Dreamcatchers

So just when we thought things couldn’t be more amazing…..Jamie from White Truffle Studio went ahead and blew our minds!!!!!

We participated in her look book shoot yesterday….and WOW!!!!

I’ll let you see:)

Here are some sneakypeekys from our Instagram during the shoot yesterday!!!!

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Check out this AMAZING new collection at http://www.whitetrufflestudio.com/

More photos to come!!!!

Models: Rachel and Erin

Accessories: White Truffle Studio

Hair and Makeup: Sarah from Virtue Salon

Gowns: by Ghinda