These are our top 10 gowns from the Fall markets. They were the most popular throughout Chicago, Atlanta, and New York. What one is your favourite?
This Fall we went to three bridal markets to display our new 2019 collection! The National Bridal Market in Chicago, VOW New World of Bridal in Atlanta, and this past week, we went to The Knot Couture Show in New York. It’s been a busy couple of months!
This is Lis Simon Bride Annie, and her husband Luke. Annie is wearing our SS101 bodice and SS109 skirt from our 2017 separates collection sewn together to make one complete dress. We used the lace from the bodice on the skirt so the pair would match perfectly.
T h e L o v e S t o r y
Luke and Annie met when they were both 13 years old. They grew up in Maryland, their families went to the same church, and they also went to the same school. Even when they were only 13, Luke always told Annie he was going to marry her one day. They dated through high school and the beginning of college, and broke up for 9 months sophomore year. Through the break-up, Luke continually pursued Annie and would write her letters almost every day and carry them around in case he ran into her. Annie prayed for 8 of the 9 months that God would show her somehow with yellow flowers if it was His will for Luke and her to get back together one day. At the end of 9 months, Luke drove 8 hours to her house and surprised her with a yellow rose bush. “Needless to say, I was a puddle. I knew that night that I was going to marry him.”
T h e P r o p o s a l
On February 10th, 2018, Annie and a few of her friends hiked to the top of a mountain. Luke was waiting at the top of the overlook with more of their friends and family, where he proposed.
T h e D r e s s
Annie’s dress shopping experience was fun, but rushed, since they had a 6 month engagement. Her mom and sister joined her at Ladies of Lineage in Fort Mill. Annie tried on 3 other dresses, and then landed on the one! She Facetimed her bridesmaids for their approval and within about an hour of dress shopping, the deal was done!
“I’m not much of a frills and sparkles kind of girl. I wanted a simple, all lace dress with no embellishments which was hard to find.
My Lis Simon separates fit me to well and were the elegant, simple look I was going for.”
T h e W e d d i n g
The wedding ceremony and reception were both held in Annie’s yard in Lancaster, South Carolina. “I have always wanted to get married at my house to that I could revisit the venue with my husband whenever I wanted!” Her parents worked very hard creating the perfect wooden garden space for their ceremony.
Their decor was rustic elegance. A natural look with neutral colors and florals.
Wedding Dream Team
Boutique // Ladies of Lineage in Fort Mill
Photographer // Paige Victoria Photography
Planners // Sharon and Chelsea with We Tie the Knots Charlotte
Florist // Springvine Design
Catering Company // Something Classic
We are featuring Cameo & Cufflinks as our Store of the Month for August! They are our local boutique here in Calgary, Alberta. The owner, Jessalynn, answered some questions for us and here is what she said.
Why and how did you start Cameo & Cufflinks?
I worked in bridal while going to University and loved it! I continued to work at Cameo & Cufflinks even after I graduated and started working in my field. I got back from maternity leave and just didn’t like the corporate atmosphere and the need to be constantly working late (which took me away from my family) and travel. I always joked with the previous owner that I would buy the business from her one day, and right when I was looking to transition away from the company I was with, the owner decided she wanted to sell the store!
Describe your store in four words.
Sleek & sophisticated meets sassy.
What is your favourite part about your job?
Every day is different.
What tips would you offer brides?
Be true to who you are and don’t be swayed by other people’s opinions.
What is your current favourite wedding dress trend?
Overskirts! They’re two looks in one!
What is your favourite gown from the Lis Simon 2018 collection and why?
Jude. It has the right amount of sass with sleek sophistication.
What are you hoping to see in the Lis Simon 2019 collection?
I would love to see something short and playful!
Any exciting news in regards to Cameo & Cufflinks?
We were just notified that we won bridal store of the year for Southern Alberta by Global Wedding Awards
proudly hosted by LUX Life Magazine and we are very excited about that!
What do the next few months have in store for Cameo & Cufflinks?
The season truly kicks off with our largest annual gown sale of the year happening at the Bridal Expo. We take 150 gowns and blow them out at 40%-90% off. We will also be heading to Regina in October for our second annual blowout sale. We cannot wait to share sneak-a-peeks with all the brides of what’s being showcased during the October bridal market in New York!
This is Lis Simon bride Jacklyn wearing our Jewel gown! Jacklyn, 26, works at a Law Firm as a Legal Assistant, and her husband, Jake, 30, works at a Grain Elevator as a Sales Rep.
Jacklyn grew up in Davidson, Saskatchewan, just 20 minutes down the highway from Kenaston, where Jake grew up. They met in Davidson in 2013 while both working there a couple weeks before Jacklyn moved to Saskatoon. Their first date was at Winston’s English Pub in Saskatoon, and the rest is history!
Jacklyn and Jake had just gotten back from the city, where they had dropped Jake’s dad off at the airport and picked up a new Christmas tree. Once they had brought everything into the house, Jacklyn left the room for a moment. She came back to find Jake with the blinds down and their beautiful new Christmas tree ornaments lit up with a ring on top of one of the trees. He proposed, and she happily accepted! They began calling their friends and family, and were able to celebrate with them that evening at a fundraiser in town.
” I had the best dress shopping experience. All the ladies at Exquisite are so helpful and amazing to deal with.”
Jacklyn went to Exquisite Fashions & Bridal, located in Saskatoon, to find her wedding dress. They knew when to cut her bridesmaids off from picking out too many dresses for her to try on! Unfortunately, the day she was supposed to have all her girls there to pick her dress, there was a snowstorm and only a few made it. Jacklyn was able to have her mom and the rest of the ladies to come a few days later for her final decision, which was our Jewel gown.
“I had the pleasure of wearing your Jewel gown on my wedding day,
I am so in love with it! My Maid of Honour, Cayla O’Brien, is the manager of Exquisite Fashions & Bridal in Saskatoon,
and she knew Jewel was the dress for me before I even tried it on!”
Jacklyn and Jake said “I do” in Jake’s parents’ backyard in Kenaston, Saskatchewan, on a beautiful, hot, summer afternoon. They then moved on to Keaston Place, the town hall, for the reception and dance! The reception was fairly traditional. Completed with a DJ, photobooth, candy bar, and sangria bar. They entered the reception to Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and went straight into dinner. Their emcee surprised them with a rap she wrote to the tune of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. The couple finished off their thank-you speech with shots of Sljivovica that were passed around beforehand. Jake’s side of the family is Croatian and Sljivovica is a tradition Croatian drink. After that is when the party started and there was plenty of dancing and laughs to go around! In addition to the Sljivovica tradition, they also played the song How Do You Like Me Now by Toby Keith, and Jacklyn and Jake stood on chairs while everyone gathers around them and belts out the song while more Sljivovica was passed around.
Their decor theme was rustic. Jacklyn started with the colour she wanted the wedding party to wear and went from there! There was plenty of burlap, charcoal mason jars, and deer antlers around the room, but also several strings of warm white lights, blush pink flowers, and slate blue table runners to tie it together. Their wedding party and families helped set everything up the day before the wedding.
Jacklyn and Jake went to the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, the Monday after their wedding and they are also planning to hopefully go somewhere warm in the winter.
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
The whole day was our favourite. Being surrounded by our friends and family helped make it the perfect day!
Do you have any wedding tips and tricks for future brides?
My Main tip would be to try not to stress about the little things too much. If something doesn’t work out the way you want it to, you are the only one who knows and everything will still turn out perfectly.
Thank you, Jacklyn, for answering all our questions and sending up these wonderful photos!
Wedding Dream Team
Boutique // Exquisite Fashions & Bridal
Photographer // Lannah B. Photography
Videographer // Pear Media
Hair // Tara Hoknes
Makeup // Zabrina Stone
Caterer // K & N Kitchen
Cake // Creative Cakes by Tammy
DJ // Elite DJs
Rentals // Penny Lane
Invitations // VistaPrint
Rings // People’s Jewellers