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!

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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.

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Badgley Mischka courtesy of Nordstrom

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

Happy Planning!

Jennifer

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!
Jennifer

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: www.artofthetable.info

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
IndyVisual
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!

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?

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!

Art of the Table 2012 Photos

We are excited to share our table photos for Art of the Table 2012. This year’s event was great as always. As a committee member we were excited to see 29 table designs, the most we have ever had. All of the designers went over the top a pulled off amazing designs. The great thing about this event is that it caters to everyone. Whether you are planning a romantic, contemporary or beach wedding, you could see a design in your style. Even if you were not planning a wedding, we had a design for you too. Please enjoy our two tables, we had a blast creating them!

Table Design – Ruffles & Roses
Floral Design – Lilly Lane Flowers
Stationary Design – Ruffles & Roses
Overlay Linens – Wildflower Linens
Base Linen – Chair Cover & Linens
Photographer – Erin Hession Photography

This was our romantic wedding table. We fell in LOVE with these linens from Wildflower and had to design a table around them. The idea for the centerpiece was a garden that has gone a bit wild and is overgrown. The best part about Lilly Lane’s design (besides the roses of course!) was that as you moved around the table you were greeted with a different look. It made the table interesting and fun to look around, you never knew what was around the corner.

Table, Favors, Flowers, Cupcake Design – Ruffles & Roses
Linens – Chair Covers & Linens
Photographer – Nathaniel Edmunds Photography

Our second table we went a little wild and did a social table. This is a little girl’s birthday party themed as Alice and Wonderland’s Mad Hatter Tea Party. This is a fun theme to work with because anything goes. The Mad Hatter Tea Party was a crazy UnBirthday Party with tons of teapots and cups. We use this idea and expanded it to include giant teacups for our topsy-turvy cake and flower display. We picked the top linen because of its fun color changing feature. The bubbles are one long linen that changes colors depending on what is below it. How fun! Can you imagine being a little girl and having your very own grown up tea party? I cannot wait until I can use these for a real party.

Check out the entire event photos at the Art of the Table website.

Hope you enjoyed our photos, we enjoyed designing them.  What is your favorite party of our table designs?

Yes, I’m Engaged! Now What?

It finally happened, he asked and you said yes. You have been waiting for this for a while and cannot believe it has happened. You are now going to have your dream wedding, the problem is that you don’t know what that is. You were not one of those girls who started planning your wedding at age 7. You always wanted a wedding but you don’t know where to start. I have been there (surprisingly, I was just like you once) and I am here to help. Here are my five starting points to planning your wedding.

1. Sit down with your families, and decide the basics – Here are the questions you need answered: who is doing what, what is the budget, and when are you getting married?

It is important at the start to let your family know how much help you want. They can help a lot or a little you decide, but make sure to let them know. You also need to know how much  you are working with. Everyone has a budget, everyone. Figure out what yours is before you start following in love with people and places. Finally, figure out a date. You may not come up with the exact date but figured out dates that will work for everyone.

2. Find your locations – Many times your date is set by what date your venues are open. You will find the perfect place and know you are getting married there. If it is not open on your target date, you can change the date now before anything else is decided. Since you may change your date for your locations, you do not want to book your professionals first.

3. Figure out when you need to get your dress – Now that you know your date, you need to figure out your dress shopping schedule. A wedding dress takes 4-6 months to order, plus you will most likely need time to get it altered. I tell my brides if at all possible try to order your dress seven months before your wedding. Better safe then worried. I never what a bride worried her dress will not make it in time. If you are already passed seven months, then you need to go shopping very soon.

4. Get Inspired – The best way to figure out what you want is to look at photos. This is the really fun part of wedding planning. Grab a magazine or grab your computer and get started. As we all know, you can Google anything and that includes all things weddings. Try to narrow your search to a color, season, theme, etc. This will help with not going into overload. Remember, this is suppose to be fun. If you do not know where to start, go to the main wedding sites:

The Knot

Martha Stewart Weddings

Get Married

These sites have tons of ideas in any theme and color scheme out there. They will allow you to see many different types of weddings quickly so you can start to learn what your wedding will look/feel like.

5. If you feel overwhelmed, look into a wedding planner – A wedding planner is no longer a luxury for the wealth. You might be surprised to know that a wedding planner is more accessible than before and could be your greatest asset. A planner can help you as much or as little as you want. We help you relax and enjoy planning your wedding. Planning a wedding can be a full-time job, and not something you have done before. Why not have someone there to be on your side and there helping you every step of the way. You deserve to have fun planning your wedding!

This should help get you started on your wedding journey. Good luck!

Did this help you? Would you add another tip, if so, what?

Love Stories: Robbie & Stephanie

We are so excited that we get to be sharing some beautiful photos from our August 13th wedding at the Eiteljorg. I met this couple at the end of December last year and worked with them all year to create their perfect day. I enjoyed meeting and working with the whole family and in fact, miss not talking to them on a regular basis. The rain held off that day for the outside ceremony, our only hitch was the practicing bands behind the ceremony site. I think Stephanie’s dad said it best in his welcome speech when he said, “it is hard to get 30 rival bands to play together, but they did for Stephanie’s wedding.” It may not have been ideal but it will be a memory. Please enjoy the photos!

Wedding Planner – Ruffles & Roses Weddings and Events

Photographer – Patricia Karina

Venues – Eiteljorg Museum

Catering – Kahn’s Catering

Flowers – Lilly Lane Flowers

Cake and Dessert Bar – Kahn’s Catering

DJ – Sunny Moon

Hope you enjoyed. They are a beautiful couple and I wish them all the best!

What is your favorite photo?

Love is in the Air!

Love Inspirations: “Falling” in Love

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Falling In Love Save the Date Cards

Chocolate Fall Leaf Wedding Favors

As the weather has started to change, leaves are going to start to turn into those beautiful autumn colors we all love.  The deep reds, rustic oranges, and golden yellows really warm the heart during the fall season.  However, those are not the only things that can bring a glow to your face or get you more excited for your perfect fall wedding!  “Falling in love” is the perfect theme for a great fall season.  Here are some ideas for a great fall theme!  Save the date cards with leaves falling and a picture of the two of you inside the leaf.  The card could say, “Save the date! We’ve fallen in love!”  This is a cute and fun idea to send to your guests.  Next, you could decorate your table with the leaf petals shown above.  You can put your names on them or they can be used as name cards for your guests!  Whatever you choose, these can also be fun take aways from the wedding.  For a party favor, try chocolate fall leaves wrapped in those warm fall colors to thank your guests for coming to celebrate you and your fiance “Fall” in love!

Do you have a fall wedding?  What are some ideas you are planning for your reception and wedding day?  We would love to hear what you are “falling” in love with this fall!

Love is in the Air!