Completion of Lucinda’s Quest

December 15, 2009 at 10:00 PM (Lucinda's Quest) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

      Actually the quest was completed a week before Laura’s wedding when ‘The Dress’ was delivered by Olia Zavozina.  It’s gorgeous!  Of course, there was no point in posting all of this until you could see for yourselves my final choice.  The dress was perfect.  I received rave reviews from family and friends.  I felt good and both Laura and I were happy with my final look.  Enough talk you say…..I agree.  Here are the pictures taken at the big event.  In case you don’t recognise me, I’m the lady in dark silver.

Laura and Jim with her family

     Olia even made a shawl for me  for a little bit of coverage to deal with the evening chill.  Of course  it was cold and rainy that night.  We didn’t care.  Good food, good music and lots of good company.  What could be better?  Oh, you’ve got to see the necklace Laura made for me.  Isn’t it gorgeous? Lucinda's Mother of the Bride necklace       You know you’ve done well when you get a note like this one on your gift.

Gift box for my necklace      And yes, I was teary eyed when I read this….so I think the blurred edges are appropriate.  Thank you so much Zach and Jody Gray for all of the beautiful photographs.

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The Pictures Are In! Check out images from Laura’s Wedding!

December 12, 2009 at 7:49 PM (Laura's Wedding) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

October 4, 2009 Adornments’ own Laura Lempke married Nashville native James Dugger.

The Adornments team really went all out for the occasion producing announcements, invitations, and jewelry as well as calling on guest artists Charlie Thompson and Olia Zavozina for more!  As you can see from the images, courtesy of Gray Photography, the results were well worth the effort of all the amazing contributing artists!

The Adornments Ladies: Alexis, Laura & Lucinda

The Adornments Ladies: Alexis, Laura & Lucinda

Check it out!  All of us wearing Adornments original jewelry and Lucinda rocking an original Olia Zavozina gown!  Gorgeous!

Mother of the Bride Necklace by Adornments artist/owner Laura Dugger

Mother of the Bride Necklace by Adornments artist/owner Laura Dugger

Close up of the Mother of the Bride necklace by Laura Dugger

Wedding Invitation with Wedding Rings

Wedding Invitation with Wedding Rings handmade invitations by Adornments' own Lucinda Harshey!

Exquisite handmade invitations by Adornments’ own Lucinda Harshey!

Titanium, wood inlay wedding rings

Titanium & Wood Inlay Wedding Bands by Adornments artist Charlie Thompson

Custom wood-inlaid titanium wedding bands by Charlie Thomspon- Hurray for coordinating wedding bands with the wedding colors!

Program by Adornments

Ceremony Program by Adornments artist/owner Lucinda Harshey

Yes…we did the programs too…We couldn’t help ourselves!

Bride & Bridesmaids

Bride & Bridesmaids

Bride and Bridesmaids

Silly Bride- good Bridesmaids!

Bride and Groom

Bride & Groom: Jewelry by Adornments Picture by Gray Photography

Silver Bridal Necklace featuring hand-cut silver feather, white topaz and garnets by Adornments artist/owner Laura Dugger

Feather Bridal Necklace by Adornments artist/owner Laura Dugger

Close up of the Bridal Necklace

Adornments Silver & Garnet headband

Silver & Garnet Headband by Alexis Anbari

Close up of the headband!

Silver and resin feather groom's cuff links

Feather Groom's Cuff Links

Lest you think that Jim was left out of the Adornments magic- check out those custom cuff links!  Here’s a close up!

Silver Feather Groom's Cuff LInks

Silver Feather Groom's Cuff Links by Adornments artist/owner Laura Dugger

Leaving the Reception with Bubbles

Leaving the Reception with Bubbles!

We had a marvelous time and we all, of course, looked fabulous!  A truly special, custom wedding with all the Adornments touches!

Thank you Gray Photography for the beautiful pictures!

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Lucinda’s Quest – Revisited

October 23, 2009 at 9:43 PM (Lucinda's Quest) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have been remiss in posting about my efforts to find the perfect dress for Laura’s wedding.  The wedding has come and gone, I was present and attired in a lovely gown.  Back to the efforts.  After spending hours in fruitless search at the mall (both Cool Springs and Green Hills) as well as online I was was feeling despondent.  Are there no more pretty dresses for women with less than perfect figures?  Frankly, there’s a lot of ugly out there.  Finally inspiration hit.  I have a friend who is a fashion designer here in Tennessee, Olia Zavozina.  We’ve done trunk shows for her in our shop and supplied our jewelry for her fashion photo sessions.  I asked her to create a dress for me for the wedding.  She came to the shop with her fabrics and Alexis, Laura and I chose some fabric and voila! a dress is created.  Have to tell you, I felt like Cinderella.  Imagine the scene where all of the critters are making her dress for the ball.  In my case it was Olia, Tamara (her seamstress), Alexis and Laura.  I just stood while beauty was made.  Ok, I got to hold the mirror due to a lack of birds.

Lucinda checking out the back of the bodice.

Olia gathering her pins after pinning me into the bodice of my mother of the bride dress.

This was a fairly painless way to get a dress.  Certainly less painful than running from store to store and not finding anything great or even good. Laura created this necklace for me to wear with this gown.  Then Olia adjusted the neckline to compliment the necklace.  How cool is that?  This was definitely and Adornments wedding!  I was soooo adorned.  Wait until you see the finished ensemble!  Thank you Olia and Laura for making me feel beautiful.

Laura's necklace and Olia's dress

Laura's necklace and Olia's dress

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Laura & Jim : Sneak Peek!

October 7, 2009 at 8:45 PM (Laura's Wedding) (, , , , , )

Well all we can say is: Yaaaaaay!! Laura and Jim are officially married!

We’re waiting for the pics to get back but stay tuned because when we get them we’ll put up a full wedding review for your reading pleasure! In the meantime…

Laura & Jim

Laura & Jim

Also keep track of the Gray’s Blog for picture updates!

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Adornments’ Wedding!

October 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM (Adornments News, Laura's Wedding) (, , , , , , , )

Hello All!

As you know, we’ve been planning a wedding for months now and it’s finally here!  This Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 5:30 Laura and Jim will be tying that knot!  In honor of this momentous occasion, Adornments will be closed on Saturday, October 3, 2009 (sorry guys!  There’s still so much to do!  You understand!)  Don’t worry, there will be lots of fabulous pictures courtesy of the Grays of Gray Photography and we’ll post them as soon as we can to share all the pretties!

The Wedding is Here!

The Wedding is Here!

Wish us luck!

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Save the Date card by Weddings by Adornments!

July 10, 2009 at 3:30 PM (Adornments News, Cool Stuff, Laura's Wedding, Pour Tu De Moi) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Calling all Nashvillians- and super awesome people around the world!  Check out the latest Save the Date by Weddings by Adornments!

This custom made save the date card features a hand-drawn portrait of the bride and groom to be in their wedding colors: Red, Black and White!  These are very hot colors for Nashville, TN weddings this year.  This save the date is very personal, appealing to the bride & groom who want the custom touch!  A new twist on the popular trend of using photos of the couple on the card!

Save the Date Card by Weddings By Adornments

Save the Date Card by Weddings By Adornments

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Tasty Cakes! We went to Maples!

June 17, 2009 at 5:24 PM (Laura's Wedding) (, , , , , , , , )

Maples Cakes and specifically Jay, the owner, did a marvelous job on my sister’s cake last year, so it really wasn’t too surprising that that’s where we ended up when it was time to start work on our cake.  We went to a tasting just to make sure (no, really, it was to make sure- not just ’cause it was free cake… I swear!)  There we sampled 18 different cakes flavors (lemon, pumpkin, melon (surprisingly awesome), strawberry, orange, vanilla, chocolate, chocolate mocha and banana to name a few!  Lots of  butter creams, and several scrumptious fillings in various combination such as their ever popular sour cream almond pound cake with vanilla butter cream and raspberry filling with white chocolate fondant (wow, what a tasty mouthful!).  They even have a Barbecue cake with honey glaze icing (it seriously tastes like barbecue…I’m sure it’ll come in handy!  :))

Alexis & Abdul's Wedding Cake - By Maples

Alexis & Abdul's Wedding Cake - By Maples

We decided that day what flavors we were interested in:  Banana and Chocolate Mocha (we love banana chocolate-chip pancakes so it was kind of inevitable).  That did not, however, stop us from scheduling a private tasting so that we could share all of the flavors with The Committee (Mother, Sister and Coordinator- never say we don’t take care of our people!) and have Jay’s undivided attention to figure out what it was going to look like!  Here are some of the pictures we found to show him as a starting point (Very important to give your cake designer an idea of what you like so you can get to the finer details that much faster):

Black & White Classic

Black & White Classic

Good colors, clean lines- Jay actually knows the designer of this cake, so that was neat.

Art Deco Box Cake

Art Deco Box Cake

How fun is this cake?!  Great shape and interest!  Very difficult to make though.

White Chocolate Spiral

White Chocolate Spiral

Elegant and lovely (impossible to cut neatly!)

So- there are a variety of styles, colors and shapes (may not have been as helpful as we’d hoped!) and then we were able to identify traits that we liked about cakes in the Maples show room.  We wanted some spiraling, some shape contrast and simple texture (not a lot of fussy flowers or decorations).  In the end, I drew a picture (I’m like that).

Cake Design

Cake Design

This cake will be four square layers (alternating chocolate mocha and banana- both with chocolate butter cream- oh so tasty!) of graduated sizes with round spacers in between (I know, it’s huge, but the guest list keeps growing!  What’s a girl to do?!).  Each square layer will be rotated to create an overall spiraling effect.  The bottom of each square layer will be wrapped with a red and black ribbon to keep the edges sharp.  The feather shapes (recognize that from the bouquet?!) will be impressed into the white chocolate fondant, so it will be tone on tone with just a bit of feather texture scattered across the surface of the cake.  Neat, ehh?  I cut the feather out of plastic so that Jay can roll the shape into the fondant without getting feather pieces stuck in the fondant (eating feathers-not so tasty).  It should be spectacular!

Wish me luck!

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Flowers, flowers everywhere!

June 13, 2009 at 7:30 PM (Laura's Wedding) (, , , , , , , , , )

So, I really didn’t have much in the way of a vision for the wedding flowers (Jim didn’t care at all.  Surprise, I know! ;))  So, we needed some guidance.  We started out trying to find out what flowers we like (and more importantly what they’re called so that we could tell a florist.  “Umm… the red ones that are kinda pointy with the petals” just really isn’t helpful).

I knew I wanted dark reds and blacks (there are actually a surprising number of black flowers!  Who knew?), and whites, but I didn’t want a the whole pom-pom look or just a big bunch of roses.  Roses are nice, but they really aren’t that exciting for the most part.  Here are some images that I found that really started the ball rolling in the right direction!

Black Callas, Chocolate Cosmos, and Peacock feathers.

Black Callas, Chocolate Cosmos, and Peacock feathers.

Simple, stunning, but a little too dark (I want the red!) and I was seriously starting to dig asymmetry, but the feathers were a new idea altogether.  So, in looking for reds, these are the flowers that caught my eye:

Red Orchids

Red Orchids

More Red Orchids

More Red Orchids

Hmmm...red orchids... I'm seeing a trend!

Hmmm...red orchids... I'm seeing a trend!

So, thus armed, we met with the fun and talented Chase Rivers of Eye Design Floral.  His website shows a wide variety of flowers, colors and styles and he came highly recommended by Amy, my wedding coordinator (if you can’t trust your coordinator, who can you trust?), so we were excited (Ok, Jim still didn’t really care, but he went anyway and even participated a bit)!  Chase showed us a lot of flowers to get a feel for what we like and I showed him the pics that I’d found (orchids…yup!) and he added a few that are now on my list of favorites making me so much more diverse in my flower tastes (oooo… so much more cosmopolitan!)

Check it out:

Flowers for Me!

Flowers for Me!

Flowers for the Brides Maids (Anemones are so Cute!)

Flowers for the Brides Maids (Anemones are so Cute!)

Flowers for the Guys and Family

Flowers for the Guys and Family

Table Decorations

Table Decorations

Aren’t they gorgeous?!  The feathers even lead to the cake design (you’ll have to wait for the cake post for more on that!) so all around a useful and easy venture.  I’m still not sure what it’s all going to look like, but the flowers are all lovely, so I’m sure it’ll turn out well.  Thanks Chase!

Wish me luck!

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Get it done right!

April 7, 2009 at 6:39 PM (Laura's Wedding) (, , , , , )

So, a few weeks ago, Jim and I had an unwelcome surprise: Aaron Mayo, the man who was helping us plan our wedding at one Eleven, has left the company. We wish Aaron the best of luck and know that he will do well wherever he goes, but where, exactly did that leave us? Luckily, we know just the person to step in and fill the breech: Amy Parman with Williamson County Weddings!

Williamson County Weddings Staff

Williamson County Weddings Staff

Amy was amazing when she helped us with Alexis’ wedding last year, so we knew right from the start that she would be easy to work with and do everything she could to help us get the wedding we want. When you sign on with Williamson County Weddings and their experienced team of planners, you are guaranteeing yourself not only a beautiful wedding, but also a stress-free (as much as possible) wedding day. She was there from start to finish with Alexis, and we know she’ll be there for us as well, doing what she can to get the vendors we need at a great price!

Check out their website for more information: Williamson County Weddings!
Thanks Amy!

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The band plays on…

April 2, 2009 at 5:43 PM (Laura's Wedding) (, , , )

Knowing from the very beginning in that the music would be one of the key components to our wedding reception, Jim and I looked into all sort of options.  We looked at having a live band that we were already fans of such as The Dan Band or Super T, but not only were they too expensive, they didn’t really fit our overall conception of what we wanted our wedding to be like.  We were picturing Sinatra, a mixture of classic swing tunes to let us show off our dancing and some Motown to get everybody on the dance floor.  We looked into several Sinatra tribute bands, but found nothing that gave us everything we wanted at a price we could afford.  That was when we decided to take a look at Blue Tone Music.

Blue Tone Music

Blue Tone Music

This company offers a wide variety of ensembles and bands with customizable sizes and instrumentation to suit any event.  Their swing band performed at my sister’s wedding and the whole family had a great time so we knew they would be fun.  Also, we were in the lucky position of getting to be repeat customers, a fact that Blue Tone Music really appreciated.  They were able to give us a discount, change the instrumentation, and add a second vocalist to give us a band that was everything we were looking for and different enough from what my sister had that it isn’t just going to be a repeat performance.

Wish me luck!

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