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.

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.

That’s so Columbus…

We recently had the pleasure of shooting at several local businesses around Columbus and we were lucky to be accompanied by the oh-so-talented Stephanie Barnes and her camera. This is the second year we have teamed up with a few of the I Do! Bridal Event vendors to orchestrate a shoot that was beautiful, inspiring, and highlighted some locations that are so Columbus.

 

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Thank  you to everyone involved; We couldn’t have done it without you!
Locations: Igloo Letterpress, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, High Line Car House
Photography: Stephanie Barnes Photography
Hair/Makeup: Virtue Vegan Salon
Models: Rachael Schmitt and Chelsea Burgin
Accessories: Jamie Riley/White Truffle Studio

Gowns: Ghinda

 

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.

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

Its All in the Hair!

Big curls, braided textures, and gorgeous waves are the three most important parts of looking your most carefree beautiful! Melanie at Virtue Salon does all of this and…..she does it all VEGAN!!!

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Our model’s hair looked gloriously tousled through out the entire shoot! Being a part of the getting ready process with Melanie, Sarah, and Teake   at Virtue Salon was AMAZING!!! The salon is so welcoming and unique. You will find hand held mirrors from the 20’s, old perm machines, and these incredible classic beehive dryers!!! Loungey birghtly colored couches and coffee waits for you to relax and enjoy your Virtue experience. The atmoshphere at Virtue is so warm, bright, and happy, each person there is ready to welcome anyone and everyone!!

Not only does Virtue Salon know how to decorate, they know how to make you look stunning!!!

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Dewy skin, and perfectly done makeup complimented our bohemian bride look!

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As a bride, you want to look your most beautiful, natural self on your dream day!! You want the love of your life to see you, and you want stunning photos:) the team at Virtue will create a gorgeous look for your day that will complement who you truly are, and give you that brilliant sparkle that is so gorgeous in all of your wedding day photos!

 

Check out Melanie’s amazing salon here http://www.virtuevegansalon.com/ to get to know the Virtue Salon team…you are gauranteed to feel relaxed, welcome, and BEAUTIFUL!!!

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A big thank you to everyone involved!!!

Gorgeousness at White Truffle Studio!!!
Hair and Makeup–Virtue Vegan Salon
Accessories–White Truffle Studio
Photography–Stephanie Tucker Barnes
Flowers–EcoFlora Designs
Models–Amy Crandall and Jenny Powell
Gowns–by Ghinda
Locations–Virtue Vegan Salon, Jeni’s Ice Cream, White Truffle Studio
For the I Do–an Artisan Wedding Event

 

 

Heaven is in the Details

As every woman knows, the perfect accessory is the element that transforms a look….a subtle stud, a statement cuff, a perfectly layered necklace…accessoires make your look YOU!

Working with Jamie during our I Do Photoshoot got us so excited about the endless possibilities White Truffle Studio accessories have!! What we love the most about White Truffle jewelry is the high quality and one-of-a-kind feel each piece brings to your look.

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Jamie, at White Truffle Studio, hand crafts each unique piece of jewelry. Her studio is this amazing mixture of  everything modern and sophisticated and all  that is timeless and vintage.  Her pieces make a statement, but hold a delicacy that breathes class, elegance, and true style.

White Truffle accessories are the  product of an amazing designer’s impeccable taste. Jamie creates her jewelry to accentuate a woman’s sense of  self and style and.

Your wedding day is all about you and your gorgeous self …White Truffle Studio celebrates YOU:) Click here http://www.whitetrufflestudio.com/ and fall in love with White Truffle Studio!!

The bohemian inspired head pieces are simply to.die.for.

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Every gorgeous metal cuff and intricately designed necklace will finish your wedding day look with an effortless brilliance.

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A big thank you to everyone who collaborated on this shoot:)

Stephanie Barnes Photography

Hair and makeup by Virtue Salon

Accessories by White Truffle Studio

Flower by EcoFlora Designs

Styling by Jamie Riley

Gowns by Ghinda

Models are Jenny Powell and Amy Crandall

For the I Do Artisan Wedding Event

http://www.idoweddingcolumbus.com/

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Oo la la

We will be spotlighting the amazing businesses that we collaborated with on our I Do shoot for the nest few days…

Today we are dying to tell you about Stephanie Tucker Barnes…

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I promise you will fall in love…check out her website and enjoy some gorgeousness:) http://www.stephaniebarnesphotography.com/

Stephanie is one of the most positive, calm, and creative photographers I have had the pleasure of working with! She totally gets the vibe of a shoot, and produces images that work with and for everyone!! Her photography makes a statement of beauty, but also captures a certain individuality that tells the story of the photo and the people in it. She is truly an amazing photographer!

We felt so lucky to be able to work with her on this shoot and we are SO EXCITED to see the rest of her photos!!!

Here is a sneak peak of Stephanie Barnes Photography for the I Do Photo Shoot!!!

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Hair and Makeup–Virtue Vegan Salon
Accessories–White Truffle Studio
Photography–Stephanie Tucker Barnes
Flowers–EcoFlora Designs
Models–Amy Crandall and Jenny Powell
Gowns–by Ghinda
Locations–Virtue Vegan Salon, Jeni’s Ice Cream, White Truffle Studio
For the I Do–an Artisan Wedding Event