Fashion Friday: Kenneth Winston Lace Wedding Gown

I have decided that I will now start having some fashion fun on Fridays! I will use Fridays as a day to post about wedding fashions. It might be a wedding gown, bridesmaids dress, shoes, or all of the above! Hopefully I can help you find the dress or shoe you were looking for.

Up first, a romantic, lace wedding gown by Kenneth Winston. If you are looking for an all over lace dress with an amazing back, look no further!


Kenneth Winston courtesy of The Knot

What dress would be complete with out a fabulous pair of shoes to go with! Check out these cute, pink Badgley Mischkas.


Badgley Mischka courtesy of Nordstrom

What do you think of this wedding gown? How about the shoes?

Happy Planning!


Art of the Table 2014 – Ruffles & Roses Baby Shower Table

Back on March 1st and 2nd was Art of the Table 2014 and it was the 10th Anniversary Celebration. This is becoming one of my favorite events each year as it showcases some of the best designers, florists, and planners in the Indianapolis area. It is always amazing for me to see what my industry friends come up with each year. Instead of just one table this year, I created two.

I actually started out planning just one, but after spending all day in the linen warehouse, I fell in LOVE with the chevron sequins linen and the concept I could use it for. So after a little grumble at myself for the extra work, I set out to create a chic, sophisticated, adult baby shower. Many of us have had the joy of hosting a baby shower for a family member or friend. What I wanted to do with this design is show how we should cater to the new mom and not necessarily the baby. Babies are great, but this party is for mom so why not make it designed for her.

For our table, we wanted a very adult, chic look. Our new mom loves sparkle so the chevron linen was the perfect fit. At the same time we did not forget about baby so we used the colors of her new room – purple and silver. We were very pleased with how this table turned out and we hope you enjoy it too. Finally, we feel very honored to have received the Art of the Table Best Theme Award for this table. It was a labor of love and we are glad the judges loved it too!

Art of the Table 2014 Ruffles and Roses Baby Shower Table Design

Table Design, Decor, and Stationery – Ruffles & Roses Weddings and Events
Photographer – Jessica Strickland Photography
Linen and Rentals – LGi Linens

I love to hear what you think. Did we change the way you will think about baby showers?

Happy Planning!

Indianapolis Winter Wedding at D’Amore

We have been snowed in for days and it reminded me of a winter wedding we did last December. It actually was not as cold as expected for a December wedding, but the bride was prepared with a fabulous coat. She didn’t let cold weather get in the way of some great outdoor photos.

The other exciting thing about this wedding is our bride was our January Bridal Show Winner and she won help designing her wedding. One of the comments she had when we first talked was she really liked the long tables full of people. She did not think it would happen, but we showed her how she could mix both rounds and long tables together to create a look just for her. It turned out great and we could not have been more pleased.

Please enjoy the photos below of Amy and Ryne’s Rustic Winter Wonderland.


Ceremony/Reception Location – D’Amore
Weekend Management – Ruffles & Roses
Photographer – Darcy Demmel Photography
Design Concept – Ruffles & Roses
Florist – Posh Petals
Catering – Thomas Caterers of Distinction

This was a fun wedding with a great group of vendors. We hope you enjoyed the photos and please let us know what you think.

Happy Planning!

Art of the Table 2013 – Ruffles & Roses Table

I know it is July and several months past Art of the Table. I thought it would be fun this year to wait several months so that everyone could have another taster of Art of the Table in the middle of the year. I have had the great honor of helping with this event since 2010. For this year’s table, I wanted to do something with a rustic touch. Instead of doing a rustic table with all the touches most people use, I wanted to add a twist. I ended up calling our table Rustic Glam Chic. The table was designed to be romantic and chic with a touch of rustic. I wanted guests to see that there are different ways to use rustic. Here are the photos from the event.

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I enjoy this event every year and cannot wait until next year (yes, I already have started designing my table)! In case you do not know about this event, it is a table design event by the Association of Bridal Consultants – Indiana Chapter. It features tables designed by some of the best planners and florists in Indiana. It was started in 2004 to honor Betty Jackson, a fellow planner taken from us too soon.

Make sure to mark your calendars for next year’s 10th Anniversary celebration March 2, 2014. You will not want to miss this year as we have many specials touches for the 10th Anniversary. Go to to find out more, see photos from all the tables, and how you too can become a designer.

We love to hear comments about our table design, what did you think?

Happy Planning!

Art of the Table 2013

It is that time a year again – Art of the Table. In case you do not know, this is a design event put on by the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Bridal Consultants. We will have 25 designers and/or florists designing amazing tablescapes. It is the one time a year many of us designers get to put the limit and really create that over-the-top look. This is a must see for all brides who want inspiration for their wedding. Best of all, we donate the proceeds to the American Heart Association and the Betty Jackson Education Fund. Who is Betty Jackson you may ask? She is a fellow planner who was taken from us too early by cancer. This event was created to honor her and her passions. Here are the details:

Date: Sunday, March 3rd
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: NCAA Conference Center, 700 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Cost: $10/Ticket before March 1st, $12/Ticket at Door
More Information/Order Tickets:

Ruffles & Roses will be designing a table again this year. Here is a sneak peek of our color scheme. Come see what it turns into!

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I would also like to take some time and thank the generous sponsors who give of their time and product so we can create this great event.

Association of Bridal Consultants – IN Chapter
A Classic Party Rental
Bello Romance Photography
Centerplate Catering
Chair Covers and Linens
Circle City Photo Booth
Cocktail Sax
Jessica Strickland
LGi Linens
Markey’s Audiovisual
Nathaniel Edmunds Photography
NCAA Conference Center
Perfect Wedding Guide
Pink Poppy Ink
Ritz Charles/Indianapolis Monthly Bridal Show
Sunny Moon DJ
Wedding Day Magazine

Hurry, discount ticket pricing ends in two weeks! I hope to see you there and please make sure to stop by our table and say hello.

Have you been to Art of the Table before?
If so, what was your favorite design?

Happy Planning!

Pink Wedding Shoes!

If you were to look at my blog stats, you would find my most popular post being a post with pink shoes. The problem being that they are ruffle Carlos Santana shoes that are no longer available (I know, I have them in black). I decided that I needed to give you more pink shoes to drool over. Right now these are available but who knows for how long. Enjoy!

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Pink Sparkle Shoe

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Kate Spade Pink Feather Purse

Wait a minute, that last one is not a shoe! What can I say, I couldn’t resist. While looking for pink shoes, I found this Kate Spade purse and wanted to share. Why not have a pink purse to match your pink shoes!

Which are your favorite?

Do you have another favorite pink shoe I missed?

Happy Planning!

Indianapolis Wedding Planner Crazy Winter Sale

I posted a couple of days ago on Facebook and Twitter that I was getting a little tired of winter and wanted to start thinking about weddings. Therefore, I had a crazy winter sale for our weekend management services. Since it is still winter and I am still crazy, I have decided to extend this offer to up to five brides until January 31st. This means that in the next two days, five luck brides can have a wedding coordinator at their wedding and save some money in the process. The offer is $225 off our weekend management Polished Path. This path includes:

Meeting 6-8 weeks out to start developing your timeline
Creation of Your Wedding Timeline
Wedding Coordinator and Team
Final Contact with All of Your Vendors – Including Timelines for All Vendors
Bridal Party Schedule
Rehearsal Coordination
All Day on Your Wedding Day
BONUS: This Path includes a 15 minute phone call once a month with a planner to talk about your wedding. You get to have a professional resource to ask questions to, vent, and tell all the fun details to.

Hurry, we can only give this offer to five brides so contact us at hello [at] to set up an appointment to meet with us.

Happy Planning!

Ombre Wedding Cakes

One of the hottest trends from last year that is still going strong into the new year is Ombre. One of my favorite places to see ombre is in the cake. (Maybe that is because I have a sweet tooth, hhhmmmm…..)

Here are some great examples:

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Purple Ombre Cake

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Pink Ombre Cake

I love the idea of the cake being a combination of the same color. You can instantly make your wedding cake interesting by changing the color from top to bottom. Simple, yet elegant.

Also, who says you have to stop at the outside of the cake. Think about adding ombre layers inside your cake too!

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Pink Ombre Cake – Inside and Out

What do you think of having an ombre wedding cake?

2013 Wedding Gown Trends

If you are getting married, you have most likely already started searching for a wedding gown. The interesting thing this year is that more and more brides are looking for sleeves of some kind on their dress. Dress designers are starting to realize this too. Here are a couple of examples:

Indianapolis Wedding Planner Alfred Angelo Wedding Dress Style 2243

Alfred Angelo
Style 2243

Indianapolis Wedding Planner Maggie Sottero Bronwyn Wedding Dress

Maggie Sottero

Indianapolis Wedding Planner Mon Cheri David Tutera Wedding Dress Rae

David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Style No. 113204 – Rae

As you can see brides like the idea of covering up a bit. Also, having sleeves allow the designers to make great designs for the back of the dress. Click on the links and see how dress backs have changed.

The only problem is that not all dresses and designers have caught up with this trend. Many brides are finding dresses they like that have no sleeves. Not to worry, a good seamstress can fix that. In fact, Lucy’s Bridal in Carmel, can add cap sleeves to many of their dresses. When shopping for your dress, make sure to stop in to their shop to see if one of their dresses can be your dream dress.

What do you think about sleeves on dresses? Are you having them on your dress?

What to do After a Bridal Show

You heard a bridal show was going on this weekend so you, your mom and maybe your fiance decide to go. You wake up energized and excited all the way to the show. You register and off you go. Fast forward several hours and you are tired, worn out and your head is spinning. You have talked to venues, photographers, DJs, florists, planners, travel agents and had tons of cake. On the way home you realize that even though you have talked to many more vendors, you still have no idea where to start. First off, you are not alone. Almost all couples come away from a bridal show a little dazed. It is ok, you saw tons of people, no one expects you to remember everything. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of the show and how to survive bridal show overload.

After you get home, take a break from wedding talk. Maybe you eat dinner, watch some TV or take a nap, just try to clear your mind. Now that you can think clearly again, it is time to sort the bag. You were handed tons of business cards, postcards, brochures etc and now it is time to go through them. Start with three piles: Pile 1, I remember them and really liked them, Pile 2, I remember them and I do not feel they are right for me, Pile 3, I do not remember them at all. After sorting, take pile 2 and get rid of it. It is ok that every professional you talked to is not your type. You will find that there are vendors that are right for you and others that are not. I always tell my clients that you have to love me and I have to get you or I will not be able to make your vision a reality. This is true with all your vendors.

The next step is to research piles 1 and 3. With pile 1, your likes, you want to really see what they are like. Go to their website, blog and maybe their Facebook Page. Look at their work and see if you still connect with them. If so, then keep them, if not, then put them in pile 2 and get rid of them. With pile 3, your do not remembers, divide them into piles of type; photographers, DJs, planners etc. I would suggest that each night for the next week, you pick a category and research them. This will get your piles down to just the vendors you want to chat with.

This may seem like a lot of work, but if you take it one day at a time, in one week your big pile you dumped on the couch will now be just the people you are really interested in. Now when it is time to book your vendors, you already have a list to start with. If you still feel really overwhelmed, then maybe it is time to look at the planner pile first. We are always here to help so you do not feel overwhelmed and stressed.

We love to hear about your experiences at bridal shows. Tell us how we can make the experience better.

Happy Planning!