“A Bride should be two things~ Classy and Fabulous”

19 Aug

First off, I have to say~ Happy “woulda been” birthday to the fabulous Coco Chanel! You forever changed the fashion world and taught us all the value of a good strand of pearls! From here into eternity, the world is just a little more classy because of you.

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We gave our readers the option to chime in on what they wanted to “pick our brains” about. One faithful follower, Brittiny, wanted to know- “How do you bring a certain theme together without making it appear cliche?” So what better time than now to bring two of our favorite things together- themes and Chanel. In this post, we will show you how to master a Coco Chanel inspired wedding without being “literal” or “cliché”. And for those of you who like literal and cliché, we’ll throw some of that in here too! There’s nothing wrong with either style~ just a matter of opinion! Chanel herself did say, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different!” So we urge you to step outside of your Pinterest box and BE DIFFERENT!

Let’s pay homage to a few celebrity Chanel brides, first, so we can all be jealous and move right along!

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Keira Knightley marries James Righton in a pale grey tulle, bustier dress from Chanel couture Spring/Summer 2006 collection. She was married on May 4, 2013 and her little tweed jacket was made by Mr. Karl Lagerfeld himself. Sigh, if only…

  If you’re going to go with a short and flirty look like Keira, might we suggest you pair it with a Chanel-inspired statement necklace?

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Chanel was all about turning heads and this statement necklace will do JUST that!

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Drew glowed in Chanel on her wedding day, channeling her inner Jackie O and looking just as stunning.

Or you may be looking for a literal “Chanel” pearl look. Then, something like this would work for you:

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As far as your flowers are concerned, our PERSONAL favorite would be a customized bouquet from our dear friend at Bridal Brooch Bouquets!

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This custom made bridal brooch bouquet is the perfect mix of vintage and glam needed to pull off your very own Chanel inspired wedding!

We all know YOU are the star on your wedding day (duh), but, there are a couple other special ladies that will be twinkling right beside you. Bridesmaids. Your besties. Let’s not stick them in a frock that Coco would just DIE over, and NOT in a good way. Instead, let’s stick to the colors that embody Ms. Chanel herself and go with something along these lines:

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This beautiful Jim Hjelm blush and rose chiffon gown over ivory lining will have your girls feeling classy and fabulous.

Find this bridesmaids dress here! You can even get your bridesmaids smaller brooch bouquets as featured above! *SWOON*

Reception décor. It. is. EVERYTHING. It tells your guests what kind of bride you are. It sets the mood for your entire wedding. A simple mix of pink, coral, white flowers with blush, black, and white accents is the perfect way to achieve “Chanel” without throwing the Chanel logo on everything!

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When in doubt, throw some pink, white, black, and tweed in the mix and you will have a perfect Chanel inspired tablescape.

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For a more luxurious look, don’t be afraid to experiment with different textures. Adding different chair covers (with the right theme) can make such a big and elegant statement!

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As far as we’re concerned, gold is a neutral! Don’t be scared of it! You don’t have to think “gold chain/Mr. T” when you think ‘gold’! It’s made a huge comeback and look how it pops against this brick wall! This look would be great for a shower or sweets table at a more rustic/glam wedding!

Now, if you’re a little more adventurous and bold, you may opt for inspiration such as this:

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More inspiration like above can be found at Style Unveiled!

My personal favorite inspiration for a Chanel wedding is from Grey Likes Weddings (see pic below)

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We think Coco would be proud!

If you really really wanna turn some heads, this Coco Chanel inspired wedding is just for you!

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Birdcages with favors really set the mood for the “Paris” theme that embodies “Chanel”!

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If your husband-to-be let’s you get away with a literal Chanel theme, you best run with it honey! That’s what this bride did and we say GEAUX BIG OR GEAUX HOME, right?

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Luxury Chanel inspired invitations will have your guests on the edge of their couch cushions waiting to see the spectacular that will be your ceremony and reception!

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Another more “literal” take on Chanel decorations…

More Chanel inspired pics from above can be found via Rachel Laclingen

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You can still be Chanel-inspired without being literal! This set up just screams Paris in the 1920s. By adding chandeliers, blush tone flowers and uplighting, you can achieve this look and give your ceremony more modern twist with vintage elegance!

   Last but not least, let’s talk CAKES!

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Classy- check. Fabulous- check. This pearl dripping cake is the perfect Chanel accessory!

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This cake would work if you were going with a more black and white theme with blush/pink accents!

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If you want classy, elegant, with a little Chanel tribute, this cake would fit the bill!

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Or if you crave something a little more avant garde, this cake is definitely for you!

  At the end of the day, just remember:

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We hope you enjoyed this classy and fabulous post! If you have a wedding theme and aren’t quite sure how to execute it~ We’re your girls! XOXO, Two Belles

 

 

How to TAILGATE like a Southern Belle!

17 Aug

It’s that time of year again, belles. The air gets a little cooler (well, maybe not here), the leaves start to change and football season is upon us! Now any true Southern Belle knows that football season is the start of something special. And here at Two Belles we consider the tailgate the main event!

Now first, the outfit! You simply can’t just show up on jeans and a t-shirt on gameday. This isn’t the north, honey, and we southern gals sure do know how to dress for a Saturday at the stadium. Here’s a few options we like. Note, heels aren’t necessary but if you can rock them all day then more power to you!

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Notice how once again a little leopard sneaks in. Leopard is a perfect neutral and if you play it right, it might just pass for Tiger print.

Now for the tailgate itself! Don’t be afraid to go all out! How cute is this tailgate setup from Grid Iron Belles?!? Purple and gold food in every variety or whatever your favorite team colors are!

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Now for tailgating food! It’s always nice to have some men cook up a big ole pot of jambalaya but we like to get a little more creative!

Check out this great recipe here for the Junior League Tailgate Dip!!! Delicious.

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The recipe can be found here: http://bakedinthesouth.com/2012/06/junior-league-that-tailgate-dip/

And for the super ambitous!

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How cute would these napkins be to wipe off all that delicious mess?!?

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You can find these adorable napkins here: http://www.swoozies.com/store/category/26539/Tailgate-2013/277866/Tailgates-Cocktail-Napkins

And a personal favorite of Two Belles! Purple and gold melamine trays to serve all your goodies from!
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You can find these lovelies here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/112672987/personalized-melamine-platter-tailgate?ref=sr_gallery_5&ga_search_query=lsu+melamine+tray&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all and here http://www.etsy.com/listing/156006835/personalized-platter-for-game-day-or?ref=sr_gallery_10&ga_search_query=lsu+melamine+tray&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all
For $30 you get the cutest trays and if something happens to them you didn’t break the bank to buy them!

That’s all for today! We hope you go out and tailgate like rock stars this fall!

Geaux Tigers!
xoxo,
Two Belles

Disney-Themed Bachelorette~ Where all your dreams come true!

14 Aug

Every little girl wants to be a princess! Scratch that, every WOMAN in ‘Merica secretly still wants to be a princess! Well, thanks to Olivia’s clever choice of Bachelorette party theme, we were all about to channel our inner 6 year old. We all dressed as Disney INSPIRED princesses. No, we didn’t wear FULL out costumes. I can assure you that we got even more attention than we would have if we had been in full costume. 12 hot girls dressed as Disney princesses? You’re welcome, Biloxi. You’re welcome.

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The gang on Night 1. Attire: Black dresses (& pants for Carlo!) and white for the Bride-to-Be!

On the first night, we surprised the Bride-to-Be with a lingerie shower and showered her with gifts (and jello shots- Thanks Carlo!) When planning a shower or party for a friend, it doesn’t have to be that fancy! We all went to Biloxi and had a “hotel room party” for the Bride-to-Be and we had a BLAST! What happens in Biloxi, stays in Biloxi, so…sorry the pictures will be few and far between.

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“Cheers Betches” Lingerie shower/pre-party!

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“Two Belles” sporting our adorb custom cups by the Maid of Honor! “Bows over Bros”

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Ariel (Olivia) with her dinglehopper at dinner

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The custom headpiece we made for Olivia as Ariel!

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Maid of Honor, Samantha, as Nala

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Maid of Honor, Destanee, as Snow White

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Natalie as Jasmine

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DeShae as Minnie Mouse

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Dani as Mulan. She has this pose NAILED!

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Beth as Cinderella

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Kristi as Minnie Mouse

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Natasha as Jasmine….in the market. LOL

AND, LAST BUT NOT LEAST….I SAVED THE VERY BEST FOR LAST…..

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Ally as Rapunzel/Tangled

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We hope you enjoyed this creative Bachelorette party theme as much as we had fun being princesses for a day!

XOXO, TWO BELLES GALS

 

 

 

 

 

Springtime in Paris~ A floral bridal shower (PIC HEAVY!)

5 Aug

It’s spring time in Paris. The flowers are blooming, the champagne is flowing, the Eiffel Tower is radiant, and you’re engaged! How could it be any better? Well, I guess I should clarify- we weren’t exactly IN Paris. But, we sure made this event feel like you were there. Here’s how we pulled off this “Springtime in Paris” Bridal shower for our very own “Belle”, Olivia!

As you entered the shower, you were greeted by a large Eiffel Tower atop a white candlelit café table. Everything about this entry way just screams “PARIS”!!!

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Flower arrangements constructed and provided by Two Belles Event Planning

Make your way through the entryway, the flower theme continues.

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How fabulous is this vintage birdcage display of flowers?

Two Belles is ALL about details. Big and small. No detail will go unnoticed! We collaborated with our bride to make sure her shower was everything she hoped it would be!

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You KNOW we love a good monogram! Monogrammed chargers were a gift from a bridesmaid. We wanted to have a fun game for guests to enjoy without putting them on the spot. We created a personalized “Bride & Groom Mad Lib” for them to fill out! The bride and groom had some good laughs post shower!

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Keep Calm & Love Paris

 

Check your diet at the door, the French-inspired, mouth-watering food at this party was sure to tip your scale a little. Ok, a lot. I must say, it was worth every calorie!

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Macrons Francais (French Macroons), Mini-Eclairs, Pralines, Fruits frais avec Trempette (Fresh Fruit with dip), Trempette aux epinards (spinach dip), Trempette Chaude Crevettes (Hot Shrimp Dip), Salade de Cesar (Caesar Salad), Sanchiches au Concombre (Cucumber Sandwiches), Sandwiches Salade de Poulet (Chicken Salad Sandwiches), Crevettes Epicees et Andouille sur le Gruau (Spicy shrimp and Andouille sausage over grits), Bac a legumes et trempette (Vegetable tray with dip)

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Pink satin napkins with custom rhinestone napkin rings and silverware display by Two Belles Event Planning

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Dessert table- Chantilly Berry cake, French macroons, pralines, eclairs, and more!

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How “Springtime in Paris” were these flowers? Obsessed.

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Fruit & Cheese Table adorned with more flowers and the couple’s engagement photos

Let’s be honest, we live in the South. It’s always acceptable to drink. Even on Sundays. So, we had a Champagne “Bubbly” Bar and it was a huge hit!

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Whether you want fruit, Chambord Raspberry Liqueur, or orange juice, you had plenty of choices here!

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Streamer and Pinwheel backdrop for the Champagne Bar

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DIY Chalkboard platters, flowers, pearls, and candles!

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Champagne Bar again. Can you tell we sorta liked the way this turned out?

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Flowers, candles, and Eiffel Tower adorned the food table and bar

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Birdcage was used to hold the bride’s cards

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Je T’Aime custom back drop for the bride to open her gifts!

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More décor throughout the shower

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Bulletin board custom decorated for the bride to incorporate her love for her fiancé and all things “Paris”!

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Flower banner and Paris landmarks really took the guests out of Louisiana and into France!

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The flower theme did not stop there! The guests took home “soap” in the shape of flowers!

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A couple of highlights from one of our favorite showers yet!

We hope you enjoy Springtime in Paris from the comfort of your own home! Don’t forget, we have TONS of bridal shower ideas and would love to help you create and execute your next event! Contact us at twobellesevents@gmail.com for more info!

Thanks for reading!

XOXO,

The Two Belles Gals

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Wedding on a Budget

4 Aug

Hi Two Belles Fans,

Sorry we’ve been MIA lately! Things have been super busy lately! Don’t get me wrong, we are not complaining! We have been working on lots of exciting projects that we will fill you in on soon! First, let’s rewind to April when we had the pleasure of working with Kayla & Danny.

Kayla had a very clear vision for her wedding! We love a hands-on bride and Kayla definitely made our job fun and easy! A mom of two, she found time to make her own centerpieces, keep her sanity, and even add personal touches throughout her reception!

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L to R: DeShae Pardon of Two Belles Event Planning, Danny & Kayla Boudreaux, Olivia Byers of Two Belles Event Planning

Family was very important to this couple and their reception was a labor of love full of help from family and friends. They wanted an elegant ceremony and reception with custom chair covers, draping, columns, a sweetheart table for the newlyweds, and even one for the kids! They also wanted their guests to be able to kick their shoes off and have a good time! Special touches like “his” and “her” drink specials, comfort food, and a “sweet” candy bar, made their guests feel right at home! Enjoy the pictures!

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Custom chair sashes, Chandelier Aisle Décor, and floral arrangements provided by Two Belles Event Planning

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Sweetheart table for the bride, groom, maid of honor and best man. Centerpieces are painted wine bottles with baby’s breath. Very affordable and a great DIY project!

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A great way to make your kids feel special is to provide them with their own space! This couple included their kids with a “dum-dum topiary” centerpiece, coloring books, and other toys to keep them entertained throughout the reception!

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Pictures of the bride and groom added a personal touch to this couples “candy buffet”. Table poem provided by Two Belles Event Planning

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Painted wine bottles and baby’s breath are a great way to utilize space while being budget friendly! A fully set table adds an element of sophistication and formality and really sets the mood for your romantic reception!

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Two Belles can set a table like no other! If you want your linen napkins folded, we can do it! With a simple centerpiece like this, setting a table really fills in the space and makes a room look complete!

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Bride and Groom drink specials! “Jack & Coke” and “Blushing Bride”! This is a great way to keep your guests from waiting in line for a drink!

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Simple backdrop with sheers, columns, and floral arrangement are a great way to create an alter without breaking the bank! Flowers and vase provided by Two Belles Event Planning.

Thanks for following us and we hope you liked today’s post! Just remember, if you’re on a budget and don’t think you can afford a wedding planner~ you’re wrong! We transformed this bride’s simple venue into something fabulous, personal, AND budget-friendly! Remember, we provide southern flair on ANY budget! Contact us today so we can make all of your wedding dreams come true! twobellesevents@gmail.com.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Boudreaux and thank you for sharing your special day with us!

XOXO,

Two Belles Gals

The Oster Wedding: Pinterest.Vintage.Perfection

23 Apr

The way we met Jennifer was very similar to the way she met her now-husband, Anthony- online! When we met with Jennifer and Anthony for the first time outside of cyber-space, we knew that we just had to help them plan their wedding! It was too original and perfect not to! Not to mention, their style, chemistry, and our connection to them were undeniable and we were happy to help their dreams come to life!

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Jennifer is also a wedding professional (Photographer/Owner at Gallery 29 Photography) so we knew the stakes would be high! She has such an eye for the artistic and small details, it was going to be a match made in wedding planning heaven!

Brides, planners, and future husbands alike may find themselves searching Pinterest for wedding inspiration. We love when brides come to us, iPhones in hand, Pinterest page pulled up, and have a wedding “theme”! Pinterest can sometimes be overwhelming and stressful for brides but when you stick with your idea and theme, The Oster Wedding is what you get! This wedding was deliciously pinterest-y, vintage, DIY, and just all together perfection! Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’m going to stop talking and let her pictures speak for themselves…..

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Wedding guests were asked to leave the newlyweds “well wishes” on their custom made Wishing Tree by Dubois Expressions!
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For a unique “guest book” experience like the Wishing Tree above, contact Dubois Expressions for your one of a kind tree!

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Excuse the pic quality (from our iPhone), but this was the head table at the reception. Don’t you just love the idea and feel of an Art Gallery Wedding and Reception? It was so unique and amazing!

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Simple, Mason jars adorned with flowers made by the Groom’s Mother, tied with ribbon. Set atop gray and white table runners made by the Bride!

We used these to line the aisle for the ceremony and placed them on the table during the reception! This is a perfect way to get the most “bang for your buck” with flowers and centerpieces!

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Rachel Erin PhotographyThe “Ring Bearer” nests 

As you see, this bride had a clear vision and she really went for it! She used birdcages on her tables, birds on her cake (wait till you see it!), and the ring bearers carried birds nests!

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The cake by Kristen’s Cakery and cake topper by Mrs. Oster!

 Please contact Kristen’s Cakery for more information on this teal ombre wedding cake.

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The Bride & Groom seats….always empty…they had a BLAST and never left the dance floor! A great sign for a great wedding!

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Superheroes…I mean, Groomsmen! How creative and FUN!!

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Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Oster!

Jennifer and Anthony, it was such an honor to be your wedding planners! We are happy to call you both friends and wish you a lifetime of happiness and many more adorable children!!! =)

XOXO,  Two Belles

PS: Happy One Month Anniversary today- 4.23.13! =)

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DeShae, Leia, Olivia, Jennifer & Anthony

Livingston Parish Bridal Expo~ February 17, 2013

30 Mar

Sorry, we’ve been MIA lately! We’ve been PACKED with lots of fun events, consultations, and of course, a Two Belles Wedding of our own!

As most of you know, we planned The Livingston Parish Bridal Expo held in February at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs, Louisiana! We wanted to share with you a few pictures from this day.

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Local brides were invited to attend the Expo to help ease the stress of wedding planning! Vendors from photography, florists, gifts, DJs, bands, health/beauty, and much more were in attendance to help the brides make some planning decisions! Over 20 raffles were given throughout the show.

Quick N Handy Cleaners in Denham Springs, who provides dress preservation to brides, displayed a 20+ year old wedding gown in perfect condition after using their dress preservation services. (This dress is the wedding gown of one of our Belles’ mother! How beautiful is that!?)

Prepare for sweetness! The next vendor is Every Last Crumb Specialty Cupcakes and More She provided beautiful cake displays and even passed out samples for the brides and their entourages to taste! Yum!

Are you a bride who likes unique and custom details?! Then, this next vendor is for you! Sonia of Dubois Expressions is an absolute joy to work with and master of her art. She offers CUSTOM wedding invitations, unique accessories, including this “Wishing Tree” which is a modern twist on the guest book!

We met Jennifer through a bridal networking group and quickly became friends. She is the owner of Photo by <a href=”http://www.gallery29photography.com”>Gallery 29 Photography </a> and was a featured photographer at our Bridal Expo. She is a fantastic photographer who can turn anything into art with a price list sure to fit any budget! Here is her booth at the expo!

Providing brides with top of the line jewelry for their special or gifts for their bridal party, Premiere Designs with Melissa Woodrow was a hit at the show!

Are you ready to swoon over some fabulous gowns? Bridal Boutique of Baton Rouge provided an array of amazing gowns for brides-to-be to envision themselves in!

A special thanks to the models who helped show off the beautiful gowns! Hair and makeup by Em’s Bridal Hair Creations

Every bride wants perfect nails! To achieve that look, make sure you visit the ladies at Bichonne Nail & PediSpa

We have to admit, this cake is giving us a sweet tooth! We love the turquoise accent for a more non-traditional cake! For all of your cake needs, contact Kim at The Pastry Bag!

One of our favorite and most unique vendors is Bridal Brooch Bouquets! She creates your something old, new, borrowed, AND blue all in one! Plus, your bridal bouquet will last a lifetime! (PS: The bouquet in the front right is DeShae’s bouquet)

Last but not least, US! Two Belles Event Planning

At Two Belles, it is all about the little details! This is a photo of one of our place settings. Perfect for a BLING bride!

Uplighting provided by Press Play DJ Services

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