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The Joyful Moment

How to succeed to choose the dress that fits you perfect or you have dreamed for a long time





The wedding magazine coulee region


Kristin La Voie Photography J. Layne Photography Printed in the USA


Table of Contents Hair Trends

� Floral Hair Styles For Brides Special Bridal Shower

6 Eight Ideas for Designer Wedding Shower The Taste of Happiness

� The Sweetest thing

Floral Color

�� Individuality in Bloom Bride to Be

�� The Joyful Moment









Floral Hair Styles For Brides


ow about trying a unique hair style to look extra-special on your wedding day? Bohemian looks are popular in 2015. It is not true that the bohemian look is only suitable for a beach wedding. In fact, loose, effortless waves or waterfall twists are good hair cuts for all 2015 wedding styles. If you do not like to put all of your hair down, you can also try half up half down look. Place a pin into your hair to hold a layer up, pulling hair near your forehead away from your face, and leaving the additional layer for an enchanting hair look.


Are you in the process of preparing for your wedding day? If you have not decided your hair style yet, you should try bohemian wedding hair style with flowers.


You many ask what I can do if I have short hair? No worries. Hair extensions clip on are quickest way to lengthen your short hair. Choosing a color that matches your hair and goes well with your hair color is an element you should take into consideration. The hair tool can also add volume to thin hair for fuller hair look.

�. Updos

Braided updos with a flower headband look very chic and charming. You are just angel from heaven, easily and successfully leaving the most unforgettable impression on your wedding day.

�. Long & Loose

Long and loose wedding hair cuts are hot. Country weddings go well with the style. A shining headband across foreheads, curls naturally flow over your shoulders, looking very attractive.

�. Braids Pony

Braids pony with a flower, a cloth, or a fresh flower headband looks are another hot bohemian wedding hair styles.





8 Ideas for Designer Wedding Showers If you use these tips, you can make your friend’s day more wonderful!

�. Theme It

�. Consider the Details

�. Learn Something New

�. Go Destination

�. Keep It Social

�. Rethink the Guest List

Create a fun theme that makes the shower unique to the bride. Consider retro, tea party, or a stock the pantry party. You can even tailor the theme to a room in the bride’s home.

Whether at a local bistro for an afternoon or a spa in the country for a weekend, destination showers offer are freshing change. Work with the venue about details.

�. Celebrate in Color

A simple color theme like lavender and apple green sets the mood for a memorable shower.

Carry your theme through in everything from napkins and tableware to food and gift wrap. And don’t forget the music, which livens up the party and enhances your theme.

You don’t necessarily need to have games. Let conversation and laughter create memories. Consider party favors instead of prizes.

�. Host Home-Style

Keep it cozy and traditional at home. Make sure the menu and beverages match the overall theme and design.



Get more from your bridal shower by learning a little something along the way. Ask local experts to give a lesson in cooking, baking, or even arranging flowers.

Host a couple’s shower that includes gifts of interest to both the bride and groom. Or consider a bridal shower and a separate groom’s shower focusing on his wants like golfing, poker night, or garage must-haves.


The Sweetest Thing Topping off the plate with dessert delicacies by Theresa Washbum


baker know your preferences and they can come to you with options. According to Mary Hennessey co-owner of the International Bake Shoppe in La Crosse, many couples still want the traditional cake, often adding red velvet to one of the tiers. They add variety with cupcakes and cheesecake options. No matter what your choice, endless flavoring options give you the chance to offer everything from peanut butter and chocolate to orange creamsicle. Requests for gluten-free flour or vegan options are also possible. Most bakers suggest couples also provide traditional options for friends and family, who may not be used to the texture and flavor of these options.

sweet finish is always delightful. For today’s bride-to-be that finish is miles away from the era of whitetiered cake topped with sugar bells. When planning the dessert, don’t feel obligated to the traditional. Nationwide trends suggest that wedding dessert options are as creative and individualistic as the bride and groom. From Whoopie pies and brightly frosted Rice Krispie bars, to delicate tarts or a multi-colored tower of petit fours, wedding desserts offer a bevy of flavors and an eye-catching display. What flavors do you love? Whether you are a citrus lover, never passing up the lemon bars or you would stop a train for a coconut macaroon, let your



Design is anything goes as well. Fondant has given the wedding cake a chance to be anything it wants to be. But other desserts can be beautiful as well. Alex Brevik chef at The Waterfront has firsthand experience in the no-cake wedding. Last year a couple came to the restaurant for dinner and had our featured dessert. They fell in love with the flavor and requested it for their wedding. The Chinese forbidden black rice pudding infused with jasmine and coconut finished with caramelized banana scallops and coconut crème anglais made a beautiful presentation.

Individuality in Bloom

Natural to colorful and whimsical, floral options flourish

By Beth Erickson






he beauty of today’s wedding floral isn’t just the bloom, it’s the variety. Whether you want a fragrant, hand-tied bouquet flush with traditional roses or something textured and monochromatic like a bouquet with spiky blue veronica, hydrangeas, and wildflowers, you can have it.“Brides are trying to introduce their own style into their wedding,” says Marci Cordes of Cottage Garden Floral in La Crosse. “They all want something a little different they can call their own.”

Bursts of Color

Although muted colors and traditional styles remain options, bright, vivid displays “ of color are making a statement, whether in monochromatic or mixed arrangements. “There are many things we can do,” says Cordes. “Most things can be color enhanced.” Teal and burgundy, trendy colors in the 1980s, are making a comeback and shades of green remain popular. “Green is the new black,from pistachio to moss,” says Nola Morawiecki of Nola’s Flowers in Winona, Minn. Rather than dying flowers, Barb Nelson of Liberty Floral and Gifts in Independence, takes a different approach. “ If the bride wants bright colors, like a teal or sea foam, I’ll use white flowers and color them with sea-foam jewels to embellish and to pick up the color in the dresses.” For another wedding, she used peacock feathers to illustrate the wedding palate.

arrangements,” says Cordes. “It’s more of a freestyle form, rather than formal, a little more whimsical. Brides are using twigs, branches, and grasses to enhance their bouquets. Herbs grown locally were the inspiration behind one wedding Morawiecki arranged. “Basil, rosemary, lavender, and dill were in the all-herb bouquet. The color in it was lavender. The boutonnieres included rosemary, lavender, curly parsley, and sage.” Hanging baskets, mums, and pots of green grasses are being used to add an element of the natural outdoors. “We’re seeing brides use them to line walkways, the altar, and the reception area. Baskets can be placed on stand rentals or on poles,” says Cordes. “These also make a nice gift to family members.”

Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose gragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same . ”

Organic and Natural

While color is important in wedding floral, it isn’t the only consideration. Many brides pay close attention to nature for inspiration. “We’re seeing more natural, casual

A Touch of Whimsy

If it’s distinction you want, consider adding texture or something personal to your arrangements. “If brides want to make it their own,” says Cordes, “we tell them to bring in something personal and we can work it into their bouquet.” Items like their mother’s ring, a piece of her veil, or grandmother’s rosary offer sentiment. Glitter, pearls, crystals, and rhinestones enhance a bouquet, adding sparkle and texture. “Rhinestones and beading are really popular. They add bling,” says Nelson. One-of-a-kind floral can be created by tying in your wedding theme. For a couple fond of fishing, Morawiecki used fishing lures with hypericum berries for boutonnieres. Another bride wanted all bright, differently colored Gerbera daisies for her bouquet. “It was a hippie wedding — really fun, with lots of tie-dye,” she adds.




Wedding bouquet with white and pink flowers







Select Your Colors

Given the bursts of color available in nature, it’s not surprising that color plays an important role in floral selection. Gone are the days of match when it comes to wedding party flowers. Still, colors can be seasonal. This year, Dalebroux is using orange and burgundy in fall, purple in winter, light green in spring, and blue and pink in summer. Uhlenbrauck’s brides are tending toward soft, romantic colors like champagne, taupe, and cream. Rustic elegant looks featuring pastels of peach, gray, pink, and cream are popular at buds ‘n bloom. Karcz, however, is “a huge fan of the bride carrying white or ivory” flowers so that the bouquet “doesn’t distract from her.”

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature . ”

Gather Your Ideas

Whether you can envision every last petal or don’t know where to begin, a talented florist can make your wedding flower dreams come true. Communication is key; so make sure you are comfortable discussing ideas with your florist. Joann Dalebroux, from Not Just Petals, suggests booking your florist at least six months prior to the wedding and having your main colors selected. The lead time, she says, gives you plenty of time to make changes. It’s also important to have the bride and attendant dresses chosen, as the dress design and color will influence flower choice and style, says Jeff Uhlenbrauck, of Twigs Floral Gallery. For example, the more complex the dress is, the simpler the bouquet. Jerad Karcz, wedding designer for buds ‘n bloom design studio, asks brides to bring a picture of their dress to the first consultation since it will serve as a starting point for wedding flowers. Pinterest has become nearly synonymous with wedding planning and, while it’s great for ideas, experts caution brides that many of those ideas must be scaled down to fit budgets and venues. Karcz recommends brides develop a Pinterest page. “We go on their page before the consultation to get a better idea of what the bride has in mind,” he says. Above all, brides want uniqueness and are more involved in their wedding plans than in the past, says Uhlenbrauck. Because of the barrage of ideas out there, he notes, it’s important to have the help of a florist to narrow them to a theme. Current trends, says Dalebroux, follow four styles: heirloom, featuring soft colors, brooches, and pearls; shabby chic; empire, featuring sophisticated glamour and jewel tones; and infusion, which is a bold style of hot, strong colors.

Choose Your Flowers

Once your flowers and colors are chosen, you need to decide on style. Cascading bouquets and large lilies are emerging trends. Because cascades can be expensive, says Dalebroux, brides use “artificial flowers to blend with the real.” Some bouquets don’t even contain flowers. Uhlenbrauck has worked with brides who carried a nosegay of wired buttons or old vintage jewelry glued together. In that case, he says, attendants carry simple, coordinating flowers so the bride’s bouquet truly stands out. Soft, romantic arrangements are popular as well. “There are no hard edges,” says Uhlenbrauck. At buds ‘n bloom design studio, lush, hand-tied, rounded bouquets are popular. Brides are requesting hydrangeas, dahlias, and, when in-season, peonies, says Karcz. More unusual plants, like succulents, are also making their way into wedding floral arrangements. Dalebroux has incorporated cacti into bouquets and Karcz has used hen and chicks and air plants in bouquets and boutonnières. For the reception, Uhlenbrauck says many brides bring in pictures that are too lavish for the site or that use masses of expensive flowers. “They are grandiose pictures without a dollar sign below them,” he says, which is why he does his best to translate those visions into workable ideas. Sometimes, he uses the more elaborate idea on just a few tables for a “wow” factor and includes smaller and simpler versions elsewhere.




Floral decors for a whimsical garden reception

Reception Decor

Whatever look you desire for your wedding day, the most important thing to remember is that the floral elements should enhance your event, not detract from it. That translates into arrangements of varied heights to appeal to the eye and allow for easy conversation among guests. “I like to do three height varieties so when you’re in the room, your eye is drawn to different tables,” says Nelson. “I don’t like flowers at the table to be at a height where you can’t see the person across from you.” Tall vases with a lampshade and candle are popular right now, says Cordes. The vase of the lampshade can be filled with a submerged bloom, stems, submersible lights, or aqua crystals that make the water look bubbly and thick. She sees brides ordering floating candles, single stems of Asiatic lilies or orchids, and floating roses. “Square, funky vases are popular with lots of color or earthy greens. Groupings of three to a table of round cylinders with staggered heights,” says Morawiecki. Whatever decor option you select, says Cordes, you can often reuse the arrangements and rentals the next day at your gift opening, and keep the flowers to use as gifts for those who helped at your wedding. In the end, you’ll want to work with your florist to create a wedding that expresses your personality and gives guests something beautiful to talk about for a long time.

Your Personal Touch

It’s not hard to put your personal stamp on wedding floral choices. Some brides, Uhlenbrauck says, follow the something old, something new adage by using a piece of fabric from their grandmother’s or mother’s wedding dress to wrap around the bouquet’s stem. And, while still popular, bling is being scaled back. Instead of using it everywhere, it’s often confined to a few pieces of vintage or heirloom jewelry incorporated into a bouquet. “It enhances the theme or serves as an accent,” says Karcz. For venue flowers, “Baby’s breath is huge,” he adds. It fits right into a vintage theme when used mostly on its own and wrapped or accented with burlap. Whether in wreaths or mason jars, it adds to the romantic look, he explains.

Create Your Day

“The role of the florist is to guide you,” says Uhlenbrauck. That means they help you bring a cohesive look to your wedding. But, when all is said and done, no matter how and where you decorate your day with floral, the choice is yours. Color schemes and flower selections are vast, but with the help of a knowledgeable florist, your flowers can be as modern, vintage, bold, or soft as you like, and still be a perfect fit so your special day will bloom with fragrance, beauty, and meaning.






Floral crown with white flowers

The Joyful Moment

How to succeed to choose the dress that fits you perfect By Hollee Actman Becker



On her wedding day a woman should be certain that she has found a dress that makes her feel confident and above all else, beautiful . ”

f you’re like many brides, you’ve been envisioning what you’d wear to your wedding since before you bought your first bra. Then again, maybe you’ve never thought about it at all. Either way, a lot of pressure can accompany dress shopping. After all, the gown you put on for your walk down the aisle will be the true centerpiece of the day. This one article of clothing is probably going to be the most expensive and talked about thing you’ll ever wear. To assist you on the quest for your dream dress, we’ve got answers to your most pressing questions. When should you start? Where should you go? And what can you expect once you get there? For the lowdown, read on!

When to Begin

Two words: shop early. Nine to 12 months before your wedding is ideal since you’ll need about six months to spare for fittings. Why? Unless you buy a ready-to-wear dress or a sample gown, wedding dresses are custom-made. And once your dress arrives, it’s going to have to be altered -- usually several times -- until it fits you perfectly. That said, many companies can turn a dress around more quickly if need be. But if you have less than six months, start shopping right away and try to be flexible about your dress choice. Here’s a tip: Avoid weekends and evenings if you can swing it. Bridal salons get insanely busy -- especially if you’re marrying in a popular wedding month. If you can take time off during the week to shop, you’ll get more of the salesperson’s time and attention.

Where to Go

The most popular place to shop is the bridal salon, known for its personal service, tranquil setting, and wide selection of gowns from a variety of designers. You’ll find bou-

tique salons in upscale urban shopping districts, suburban downtown areas, strip malls, full-scale malls, and even inside some of the larger department stores. Check online under “Bridal Shops” or “Wedding Services” to see what’s available in your area. Word-of-mouth recommendations are also very helpful. Find out which shops have given excellent service to past brides you may know, then call to make appointments. Try to limit your shopping to three or four salons, and bring along a small notebook to jot down the details on the gowns you like. Research which salons are most appropriate for your budget. While the average salon carries lines in the under-$1000 category, there are others in which the dresses start at $3000. Save yourself -- and the salons -- time by asking before you make an appointment. Besides the day-to-day business of selling dresses, salons also hold special wedding-related events like trunk shows and sample sales. At a trunk show, a specific designer (or representative of a bridal manufacturer) brings his or her latest dress line for brides-to-be to try on during a special in-store gathering. The advantage? You get to see every dress in the line, not just the styles selected by the store. And you may even get the small thrill of chatting with the designer in person -- or better yet, having he or she advise you on your look. At a sample sale, the dresses used in the salon for brides to try on are put up for sale. Some stores have sample dresses in an array of sizes, though the typical sample sizes are 6, 8, and 10. Keep in mind that wedding dresses run small, samples are likely to fit you if your regular dress size is a 2, 4 or 6. The dresses may not be super clean, but since they’re sharply discounted, you can put some of your savings toward the cleaning bill.












Every girl dreams of her wedding dress . ”




Alice In Ivory Bridal Boutique


If you’re on a strict budget and find that the gowns in a bridal salon are out of your league, you might want to try your luck at a bridal outlet. These outlets generally stock older designs from past seasons, or gowns designed by lesser-known companies whose names you may not recognize. Shopping here can save you money, but keep in mind you may have to sort through many dud dresses as part of the process. You might not find what you’re looking for, and prices aren’t always that low. Another money-saving option is to rent a gown, especially if you’re not too sentimental and the logic of buying something to wear for just one night is lost on you. Some clothing rental shops have wedding dresses in stock or you may be able to find a store near you that rents only wedding gowns. On the downside, you will not find the selection you’d find at a bridal salon. And the styles may not be the most up to date.

What to Know

Wedding dress shopping comes with its own language, and the more you know about which dress styles flatter you, the easier shopping for your dress will be. Before you even set foot in a salon, read up on some of the lingo you’ll encounter there. Familiarize yourself with the gown and all of its parts: neckline, waistline, sleeve style, skirt details, fabric, finishes, train. Learn the basic dress silhouettes, and figure out which one will best suit your body. Now is also the time to consider the formality of your ceremony and the features of the site. Your gown should also reflect the time and place of your nuptials. A formal candlelit ceremony is not the time to be sporting a short sun-dress, nor is an afternoon garden party the place to break out the cathedral-length train and veil. Take a minute to close your eyes and envision yourself as a bride. What do you see? Are you wearing a full ball-gown with your hair in romantic ringlets? Or are you outfitted in an ethereal, flowing dress and loose hair sprinkled with flowers? Write down six adjectives that best describe how you want to look and feel on your wedding day. Some examples: princess, sexy, sophisticated, over-the-top, classic, boho.

What to Expect

When you get to the bridal salon, a specific salesperson will be assigned to you. You will work with this person every time you return to the store. A good salesperson will ask you what type of wedding you’re having, how you envision yourself looking on your wedding day, and what kinds of dresses you’re drawn to. She will also probably check you out and decide for herself what style will look good on you based on your body type, then she’ll bring you dresses to try on.

If you’re uncomfortable with this, try to find a shop where you will be free to look through everything for yourself. From the moment you enter the salon, be mindful of the way you’re being treated and of the way the salespeople are making you feel. Are they treating you respectfully? Or are they acting haughty? If it’s the latter you may want to take your business elsewhere. This is where all the knowledge you’ve armed yourself with will come in handy. If you can talk expertly about dress silhouettes and styles, the salesperson will know she’s dealing with an informed consumer. Take advantage of a salesperson’s expertise. She works with brides every day -- if anyone knows about dresses, she does. Bounce ideas off of her, and consider her advice. If anyone tries to talk you out of or into something, or makes you feel uncomfortable about your decisions, remember that a good salesperson will never push you to buy something you’re unsure about.

How to Shop

When you finally step into the dressing room, try to keep an open mind. If the salesperson brings you something she says you must try it -- even if you detest the way it looks on the hanger. Many a bride has ended up waltzing down the aisle in a gown the salesperson had to persuade her to try on. And while certain styles work best on certain body types, it helps to try on all different kinds of dresses, then decide what shape and style you look and feel best in. One of the biggest misconceptions about bridal gowns is that they only come as is. The truth is, most gowns can be ordered in alternative forms. So if you like the bodice of one and the skirt of another, ask to have them put together to form your dream dress (provided, of course, that both gowns come from the same designer). And don’t be afraid to ask to have embellishments like bows and beads added or removed. Keep in mind, though, that the more you stray from the original design, the more it will cost you in the end. Something else to remember: Give yourself options and lots of time to think before you buy. Even after you think you’ve found your gown, take a bit to be absolutely sure it’s the one for you. Since bridal gowns are custom-made, most salons put a no-return policy in their contracts. And lastly, always trust your instincts. Ask yourself, can I really see myself walking down the aisle swathed in this gown? Is this how I pictured myself looking as a bride? If not, take it off and move on. But if the gown passes muster, take a deep breath, smile at your reflection, and breathe a huge sigh of relief -your search is over!









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