bliss bridal experience

With the 2016 high wedding season wrapping up, brides and vendors alike are looking to the planning and preparation for the Big Days of 2017. If you are looking for tips and trends for the local wedding industry, don’t miss the fall round of bridal shows. Two great shows you won’t want to miss coming up in the next two weeks: All About Weddings on August 21 and Metropolitan Bride on August 28.

But I am SO EXCITED about The Bridal Experience on September 17th, 2016- the very first interactive, hands-on bridal experience in Southwest Missouri. Brides can walk through themed weddings, enjoy catering samples and cake tastings, try out wedding day hairstyles and makeup with professionals, hear live DJs, and win amazing prizes. ALL. DAY. LONG. Well, from 10am-2:30pm at least ūüėČ

The very best part is that 100% of ticket proceeds benefit Project Harbor, a local nonprofit that serves under-resourced women and children in our area. Absolutely none of the professionals hosting this event are keeping profit for themselves- it all goes back into Project Harbor. Love.

So what are you waiting for? Join us at the Main Street Historic building in Bolivar, Missouri on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 from 10am-2:30pm. Tickets are just $10, but you can snag a discount if you bring all the girls. Flower girls get in free! If you hurry you just might snag one of the super-awesome VIP swag bags! BlissBridalExperience.com for more info or tickets. We’ll see you there!

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faves on friday

Inspiration from the week: wedding planners and local vendors sharing bridal bliss around the web. Enjoy!

IN LOVE with the flower crowns from Lauren Medley Florals at exclusively at Little Uptown Kids.

It can be so hard to help everyone feel included while planning your big day. Check out How to Include Everyone in Wedding Planning (Even Your In-Laws) on Style Me Pretty.

I really have a soft spot for boho. This Moroccan Bohemian styled shoot at 100 Layer Cake offers a unique twist on all things feathers, braids, and barefeet ūüôā

Winter skies have me yearning for something fun and fresh- this Whimsical Urban Elopement from Artfully Wed fits the bill!

 

Happy Friday!

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faves on friday

Inspiration from the week: wedding planners and local vendors sharing bridal bliss around the web. Enjoy!

Gorgeous copper and fuchsia styled shoot from local vendors! He Loves Me Flowers, Abby Mitchell Events, and Ella Weiss among many others featured last week on The Perfect Palette.

Intimate weddings are my fave! Quality over quantity wins every time. Quaint venue spaces in An Intimate Affair at 417bride.com.

After the I Do’s, it’s time to CELEBRATE! Check out 20 Secrets to a Fun Wedding Reception.

Navy is on trend this season- check out this Classic North Carolina Wedding from SouthernWeddings.com.

Bliss Events started a big ole vendor tour this week! Check out all the great vendors we’ve featured so far, and don’t forget to like our Facebook page so you don’t miss a thing!

 

Happy Friday!

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a love story

Photo by Chance Thompson Photography

Happy Valentine’s Day!¬†Enjoy this precious love story from our clients, Jacob and Crystal, and stay tuned for photos from their wedding in May! Can’t wait!!

Hello! Tell us your story. How did you meet each other?

Well, this is us! Jacob and I met forever ago. We went to preschool together- he¬†was my best friend. In our preschool yearbook, every photo that had him in it, I was right there beside him.¬†Then I moved away in kindergarten. We didn’t stay friends after the move.

How did you reconnect?

Junior year of high school, my school got a cute new boy on the first day ūüôā ¬†We realized that we were still so much alike and it wasn’t long before I was calling him my best friend again. Over that summer we took a leap and decided to be more than friends. We dated all of senior year and two years after high school. Then one December we felt God moving in our lives. After many nights crying and going back and forth over what to do, we decided that we needed a break. [We wanted] to discover who we were without the other and to see if our love was more than just our high school fling.

How long did you stay separated?

For six months. Oh, how we thought the world was ending! In reality, it was just helping us mature into who we are so that we would be even more ready for the next step for us. During that time we still hung out almost every day. Our friendship grew even stronger and we got to know each other more. That summer we felt God tell us that it was our time. It was our time to be together again, and this time for good.

How did you get engaged?

One year later I was working in a restaurant on a Friday night during dinner rush and in comes my Jacob. He was dressed in a suit jacket and looked so sharp. He told me that I had clothes up front- I needed to change because we were leaving. I was completely confused. No one leaves in the middle of a shift, especially not on a Friday night. I changed and got into the car where a dozen roses were waiting for me. My stomach was in knots.

Where did he take you?

We arrived in Kansas City at the Melting Pot-¬†where he took me on our first date. We were seated at a secluded table in ‘The Lovers Quarter’. The table was decked out with champagne and red roses, completely gorgeous. We enjoyed a four-course meal of fondue. At the end of the meal, the server brings out our dessert wine and in the bottom of my glass is the most gorgeous diamond ring a girl could hope for (just like in the movies! Eek!) I was beyond breathless. He got down on his knee and asked me to become his wife so that he could spend forever with me. It was everything I could dream and it was the perfect proposal for me. He couldn’t have made it more special.

How is the wedding planning going?

We‚Äôve been counting down the days until we’re married. We are so extremely excited. It’s funny to us now to look back and see how it all started. As children we were already fated to be together. Everyday I discover something new to love and everyday he reminds me just how very special I am to him. I’m beyond blessed.

As for our wedding, we’re getting married on May 21, 2016 in Nevada, Missouri where all our family and friends can celebrate with us. For us, our wedding is not all about us. It’s about all those who helped mold us to become who we are and that love us. It’s our way of thanking them for investing in us and it gives us an excuse to eat cake without feeling guilty.

This is our love story. To us it means everything. Hope you’ve enjoyed it like we do!

Jacob and Crystal were the grand prize winners of our Love Stories contest. They will receive complimentary Day-Of Coordinating from Bliss Events. To submit your story for publication on SpringfieldBliss.com, please fill out the form on our Contact page. 

 

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faves on friday

Inspiration from the week: wedding planners and local vendors sharing bridal bliss around the web. Enjoy!

Flower crowns for all and a dog in a bow tie (!!) make for an unforgettable spring wedding: Palmetto Bluff Wedding at Southern Weddings.

Need help choosing your color palette? Go to the experts! Color Pairings Chart for the Color of the Year at Pantone.

V-day this weekend! Woot, woot! 5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day When You’re Engaged at The Knot.

More Valentine’s Day date night ideas: 15 Alternative Date Night Ideas at Rock N Roll Bride.

I want to live inside this wedding. No joke. Pink Woodland Fairytale Wedding at Style Me Pretty.

Happy Friday!

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bryan loves kayla

Hello! Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Kayla Jones. ¬†I’m a stay at home mom to a very busy little boy. Bryan and I had our last first date on January 12th, 2013 after we met three years ago on an Internet dating site. ¬†We¬†were married on November 21st, 2015. I love everything about being married to my other half.

Photo by Lauren Cook Photography
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

How long did you plan the wedding?

We spent [a little over] six months planning our wedding.

Bridal bouquet
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

How did you save money on the big day?

I bought things I knew I could resell easily. My dad also cut all the cedar used as decorations, including the arbor at the church and all of the wood used at the reception.

Wedding rings on a Bible
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

Share a moment from your wedding day that you’ll never forget.

The day of the wedding was freezing cold and windy. Our pictures were taken on a bridge, so of course it felt like it was below zero. We’d been having pretty decent weather, up until our wedding day.

Kayla and Bryan Jones
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

What was your favorite thing about the wedding?

We worked great together- I made the choices and he gave me a yay or nay. There isn’t anything I would do differently…it was a perfect day.

 

 

Featured Vendors

Photography: Lauren Cook Photography

Caterer: Boone’s BBQ¬†

Cake: Deb Cook of Collins, Missouri

Florist: Beyond Blossoms

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Hair: ENVY Salon

Boots: Boot Barn

Rings: Maxon’s Diamond Merchant

 

Was your wedding AWESOME? You can find more information about how to be a featured wedding on our post: Calling Local Brides! or by emailing steph@springfieldbliss.com.

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trenton loves kelsey

Hello! Tell us a little about yourself.

Trenton works for Dewitt and Associates out of Springfield and is in school full time at MSU. He will graduate in May of this year with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. I work at McGill’s Gas and Grocery and substitute at Dadeville R-2. I am also in school full time at Drury University. I will graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Hobbies include; woodworking, crafting, hunting, kayaking, gardening, and playing with our new puppy. We went to elementary and high school together and got married on July 19, 2014. Our hobbies include woodworking, crafting, hunting, kayaking, gardening, and playing with our new puppy.

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How did he propose?

Trenton asked¬†my dad for his blessing about a month before he proposed. I had no idea it¬†was coming! I told Trenton that I really wanted a new pair of boots for Christmas. During¬†my family¬†Christmas party we all began unwrapping gifts. When it was my turn to unwrap my gift I quickly torn into a boot box- I was pretty excited! To¬†my surprise, I opened the box and ¬†found a small brick to act as a weight ¬†and a handmade red and green card that said, ‚ÄúCoupon good for one free husband.‚ÄĚ After staring at the card for what felt like an eternity, I looked up. All I saw was Trenton on the ground, proposing. My family cheered. I was overwhelmed with tears of joy.

ceremonysite
Photo by Tara Hailey Photography

How long did you plan the wedding?

About¬†6¬Ĺ months. I don‚Äôt regret it being a short engagement. My husband and I had dated quite awhile before we were married. I also think we spent less money in those six months because we got all the things needed for the wedding and didn‚Äôt keep buying and buying more things we didn‚Äôt need. It¬†also helped that I had a lot of ideas in my head and on my Pinterest ūüėČ that showed pretty much exactly how I wanted the wedding and reception to look.

bouquet
Photo by Tara Hailey Photography

What creative ways did you incorporate parts of your personalities into the big day?

I absolutely love vintage, old, antiques, rustic, and country d√©cor. So why not incorporate that into our wedding? After all, we got married in a barn ūüėČ I also love bright fun colors so I incorporated that into the wedding, too. I wanted my wedding to be very special and personal just as any woman does. I used my grandmother‚Äôs doilies, my mom and I handmade all of the banners used at my wedding, and we used a variety of old china dishes along with mason jars for drinking glasses. I also love old-fashioned candy, so for wedding favors we used brown paper bags and a candy bar for everyone to take home a sweet treat.

Photo by Tara Hailey Photography
Photo by Tara Hailey Photography

 How did you spend money wisely?

My parents wanted to make sure I had the wedding of my dreams. However, with that came a budget (which is a good thing.) It also helped that I knew what I wanted. I wanted to make a lot of the items being used: the chalk signs everywhere, the wedding fans, the memorial of family that have passed away, etc.  I also used some of the older antique stuff I or my family had. The two biggest expenses were the venue and my dress. I saved a lot of money by also picking a whole bunch of wild flowers that were used in the aisle and around each table at the wedding reception. We also saved by buying brightly colored candy after Easter. We bought the babies-breath and food at Sam’s to cut back on food expenses.

Photo by Tara Hailey Photography
Photo by Tara Hailey Photography

What was your favorite thing about the wedding?

My favorite thing about the wedding was how unique and different it really was. I’ve had so many people say they¬†love, love, loved the uniqueness of my wedding and all of the small details that I included in my big day. It was so wonderful to hear people comment on how beautiful it¬†was; even people I didn‚Äôt personally know!

Photo by Tara Hailey Photography
Photo by Tara Hailey Photography

What has been your favorite thing about being married?

My favorite things about being married are: doing real everyday life with my husband- like cooking, cleaning, laundry, fixing lunches…building a home with my husband.¬†Encouraging him through the good and bad times.¬†Faithfully praying for my husband.¬†Getting to serve my husband everyday.¬†His unconditional love for me.¬†He continually keeps me laughing.¬†His constant drive to make sure we are financially sound.

And best, gaining a whole new family that I love and who loves me.

Photo by Tara Hailey Photography
Photo by Tara Hailey Photography

 Featured Vendors

Photographer: Tara Hailey Photography

Caterer: Susan Sales

Venue: The Barn at Stone Valley Plantation 

Cake: Back Porch Bakery 

Florist: Orchard Hills Floral & Gifts

Wedding Dress: Ella Weiss

Hair and Beauty: Erin Sayers (Hair) and Emily Bailey (Beauty) at The Chandelier Salon

Nail Salon: Susan Freeze at All About U

Check out more Local Weddings!

Was your wedding AWESOME? You can find more information about how to be a featured wedding on our post: Calling Local Brides! or by emailing steph@springfieldbliss.com.

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spencer loves lacey

Hello! Tell us a little about yourself. 

My name is Lacey Allison.  In February of 2015, I opened Country Lace Boutique and love every minute of it! I have a beautiful, almost 5 year old, daughter named Oakley Rhae. A few of my favorite things about being married to Spencer are the family me and my daughter gained,  the fun we have had remodeling my grandparents’ home, the laughter the three of us share and the preparation of our daughter due May 2016.

How did you meet each other?

Spencer and I met in December 2012. He caught my eye on Facebook, but it took some encouragement from a good friend to actually shoot him a message. Numbers were swapped and dates were planned. It didn’t take long to know that we were in love.  We got married on August 1st, 2015 in a field of sunflowers that he planted on his family farm.

Photo by Lauren Cook
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

How did he propose?

We had been working cows in the cold all day long. I was in jeans and boots covered in poo. The last thing we had to do for the evening was move some bulls. He told me to stay in the truck while he let them out, because they were too mean. I heard him hollering my name, on the ground, in pain. I jumped out of the truck, ran to him and asked what had happened. ‚ÄúA bull got me! He got me!‚ÄĚ I began to panic. After a good minute of some great acting, he ¬†gets to one knee. He asks me, ‚ÄúBabe, will you marry me?‚ÄĚ I gave him a few good slaps to the arm before finally saying yes. After that, we couldn‚Äôt wipe the smile off our faces!

How long did you plan the wedding?

We planned our wedding in 8 months and it went by super fast, but it was beautiful.

What were your priorities for the wedding?

Our priorities were it to be relaxed and fun for everyone. We didn’t want it to be this big to-do that took away from the actual meaning of the day.

Photo by Lauren Cook
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

What creative ways did you incorporate parts of your personalities into the big day?

He is a farm boy, so he planted sunflowers so that we could be married in a field of them. We also had his tractor sitting at the entrance of the wedding. My granny had passed away, but she was a big part of my life. We used her quilts and doilies to decorate. I have a weird obsession with mason jars. You could find them placed just about everywhere you looked at the wedding. He introduced me to hunting, so deer sheds were used as décor on the tables and around the barn where are reception took place. We are both pretty laid back, so we both wore boots along with our bridal party. The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. At the end of the evening, our guests lit sparklers as they gathered around us to send us off.

Photo by Lauren Cook Photography
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

Share a beautiful moment from the wedding day that you hope you never forget.

My daughter is a HUGE part of my life and Spencer‚Äôs. She won our guests over by prancing down the aisle, with a huge smile, carrying a sign that read, ‚ÄúSpencer, here comes my momma!‚ÄĚ During the ceremony, Spencer got down on one knee and asked her if he could marry her momma while presenting her with a ring. Without hesitation, she said yes. Not only was I in tears, but everyone else. For the rest of the night, she went around showing her ring off. That was a special moment that I won‚Äôt ever forget.

Photo by Lauren Cook Photography
Photo by Lauren Cook Photography

Featured Vendors

Photographer: Lauren Cook Photography

Caterer: Smith’s Restaurant

Venue: Family farm in Flemington, Missouri

Cake: Donna O’Briant

Flowers: Vickie Ross

Wedding Dress: MK Bridal

Hair: Jay Doke at Visible Changes

Spray Tan: Bora, Bora Tan

Pedicure/Manicure: Vanessa Campbell at Solutions Salon

Was your wedding AWESOME? You can find more information about how to be a featured wedding on our post: Calling Local Brides! or by emailing steph@springfieldbliss.com.

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dustin loves jessica

Hello! Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Jessica Legan and my husband’s name is Dustin Legan. We got married on September 6, 2015. I am a full-time student studying Elementary Education and Dustin is an Automotive Technician.¬†Our¬†favorite thing to do together is build cars. That’s been our thing–we currently own about 19 cars altogether!

How did you meet each other?

I had known OF Dustin since I was about seven years old. He lived about five houses down the street from me but we never really spoke to each other.¬†We officially met in the art room at our high school. I was a freshman at the time and Dustin was a junior. We¬†became friends who had a lot in common. We both loved cars, we liked the same music, had the same outlook on life, and a lot of the same goals. We quickly started falling for each other…we have been inseparable ever since.

Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography
Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography

How did he propose?

Dustin had been wanting to give me a surprise for a while. I was at my little sister’s softball practice and got a phone call from Dustin. He asked me if I wanted my surprise. I told him that I did (of course.) He said, “Okay. When you get home pack your bags. It requires a trip out of state.” My wheels were turning and my best guess was that we were going somewhere to buy a new car for our collection. I was so excited! We finished our 10 hour drive in Texas. Dustin wouldn’t even give me a hint. We got to our hotel and he told me we needed to get some sleep because we had to be up around 5am. I just assumed we had to drive a little further and he wanted to start the trip early. We got up the next morning and started our journey in the car when Dustin looked at me and said, “Do you remember when you told me to wanted to go skydiving?” I started to panic. “Dustin, you better not have driven 10 hours to get me to jump out of a plane because I’m too scared to do it!” He just laughed and said, “No, that’s not it.” But at this point I was freaking out. It was dark when we arrived. I still had no idea where we were or what we were doing. Dustin said, “Well, I might as well tell you because you’re about to see for yourself. This is a hot air balloon festival. We’re going to ride in one.” I almost¬†cried! My number one bucket list item was to ride in a hot air balloon at sunrise and he loved me enough to make it happen. I was so excited! I didn’t know¬†the ride wasn’t even the best part. We got into the basket and our guide started airing the balloon up. As I’m taking in this beautiful experience, I look to my side and Dustin pulls out a ring from his pocket and says “Jessica, will you marry me?” I was totally shocked and speechless. It was the second most beautifully perfect moment of my life (our wedding was the first!)

How long did you plan the wedding?

We began planning right away. We planned our wedding for about a year and a half and knew we had to do our best to conserve our money where we could.

How did you spend money wisely?

Our main expenses were¬†our venue, the photographer, and my dress. Everything else would need to be budgeted tightly. We cut corners and did things ourselves where we could. We didn’t cater in food, but instead had a potluck style dinner where the guests brought the dishes. It turned out amazing!

Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography
Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography

What creative ways did you incorporate parts of your personalities into the big day?

We knew our wedding had to reflect our relationship which is why we chose to have a rustic car-themed wedding. Dustin and his groomsmen wore spark plug boutonnieres, while I had spark plugs in my bouquet. Our centerpieces were car and hunting themed, and even my garter had a Honda emblem on it.

Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography
Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography

My¬†favorite part about the wedding would have to be when we exchanged rings. We did this part a little differently than most people. During our ceremony our wedding bands were each held on a lock. While our preacher was preaching, we unlocked¬†the¬†locks, took our rings off and put them on each other’s fingers, and then locked our locks together. We then tied our keys to the locks to a balloon and released it into the sky. We wanted to do this to symbolize a bond that couldn’t be broken.

Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography
Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography

I wanted to have a wedding like this to show girls that it’s important to be yourself, ESPECIALLY on your wedding day. It doesn’t have to be frilly and girly, or even traditional to be beautiful. Your wedding should be a reflection of your relationship. Your marriage is the most beautiful part.

Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography

 
Featured Vendors

Photography – Jessica Yahn Photography

Venue – The Barn at Stone Valley Plantation

Wedding¬†Dress – Gracie’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses – David’s Bridal

Grooms and Groomsmen attire – JC Penny’s

The Engagement Ring – Gabriel & Co

Wedding Bands – Helzberg Diamonds

Was your wedding AWESOME? You can find more information about how to be a featured wedding on our post: Calling Local Brides! or by emailing steph@springfieldbliss.com.

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calling local brides!

Hey, girl! Yes, you. With the big white dress on.

We’re looking for five¬†recently married brides from the Ozarks to feature at Springfield Bliss. Lots of gals just got engaged over the holiday season, and they want to be inspired by the best weddings¬†in the Springfield area!

To be one of the first featured weddings, we need a few things from you to get started:

5-7 photographs that showcase the details of your wedding. One should be a shot with you and your spouse and can be an engagement photo if desired.

List of vendors for services featured in the photographs: photographer, caterer, venue, cake, florist, dress shop, alterations, hair and beauty services, etc.

A  short bio that includes work and hobby information, when and how you met, your wedding date, and your favorite things about being married.

Answer your fave five of the following questions:

  • How did he propose?
  • How long did you spend planning the wedding?
  • What were your priorities for the wedding?
  • How did you spend¬†money wisely?
  • Describe a moment during the planning phase that helped you and your spouse learn to work together better?
  • What creative ways did you incorporate parts of your personalities into the big day?
  • What was your favorite thing about the wedding?
  • If you could go back, what one thing would you have done differently? (Or two things J)
  • Share a funny/scary/frustrating/beautiful moment from the wedding day that you hope you never forget.

Fill out the comment form below, email me at steph@springfieldbliss.com, or contact me on Facebook if you’d like to reserve your spot. Can‚Äôt wait to see your wedding!

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