Expert Advice

Expert Advice: Designer Hayley Paige’s Style Insight for Florida Brides

With a background in fashion that includes an internship at Elle magazine and designing for Jill Stuart, bridal and fashion designer Hayley Paige knows a thing or two about fresh female style. And if you don’t believe us, just ask her A-list clients, who include Chrissy Teigen, Carrie Underwood, and Hilary Rhoda, among other starlets. Images via JLM Couture So, when the designer, whose dresses are known for…

Happily Ever After: Eight Wedding Planning Tips from a Real Bride-to-Be

Here at Weddings Illustrated, we’re lucky to have a wealth of resources right at our fingertips, from planning pros and top-notch florists to brilliant cake makers and boutiques brimming with designer gowns. And while all of those come in handy when we’re researching, writing, and compiling posts for our site, sometimes, real life provides the best learning experience. And when it comes to…

Survival Guide: 10 Tips From a Wedding Planner Turned Bride

It’s not every day that we get the full, inside scoop on the real-life wedding celebration—wonderful moments, warts, and all—of a local wedding planner. So, when Courtney Gabelbauer, owner of Fabulously Chic Weddings, shared her elegant affair—as well as some priceless advice for brides and guests—with us, we were all ears.  Photo of Courtney Gabelbauer and her bridesmaids by Trenholm Photo Last week, we…

How to Be a Gracious Guest: Advice from a Wedding Planner Turned Bride

Last week, we shared the elegant wedding of Courtney and James Gabelbauer, a story we were particularly excited to snag because of Courtney’s insider perspective on the industry as a wedding planner and the owner of Fabulously Chic Weddings. In addition to all the teeny, tiny details that went into making the Gabelbauers’ wedding a dream come true for the couple,…

Super Foods: Five DIY Face Masks to Relieve Dry Winter Skin

Winter can wreak havoc on a bride-to-be’s complexion, even on the most sunshine-filled Florida days. After all, you don’t have to sustain sub-zero temps and endless days of darkness for your dewy summer glow to get beat out by dry, dull, flakes. A drop in our state’s spring- and summertime humidity is enough to make some complexions cry out for…

Expert Advice: Six Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Day Menu

When it comes to the most memorable components of a wedding, food tops the list for many guests. And, happily, the days of cookie-cutter menus (think boring chicken, steak, and pasta options) are in the distant past, with caterers and event teams offering more cutting-edge and exciting culinary options than ever before. But with more options come more decisions to…

5 Expert Tips for the Best Beach Wedding

One of the best parts of calling Florida home is being treated to perfect weather nearly year-round, which comes in handy when you want to have a wedding on the beach. And who better to ask for tips on throwing the best possible beachfront soiree than someone who makes her living bringing them to life? Images via Landon Jacob Photography (left)…

Wedding Etiquette: The Top 5 Digital Don’ts

Much about the wedding landscape has changed since the inception of smartphones, from the way brides try on gowns to how fast ceremony photos get shared (they’re often circulating on Facebook before the union’s even official). Image via Wilkie Photography But to keep some traditions in tact, and special moments sacred, wedding expert Jeff Beil, who’s also the CEO of the online cash gift…

5 Fall Bridal Beauty Trends to Try

When it comes to style, most components of modern-day weddings are subject to what’s trending, from gowns (read: tea length) to venues (hello, vineyards and revamped barns!)—and makeup is no exception. Heather Degele (above, at left), regional manager for Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa and Boutique, which provides spa and salon services for weddings at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, has seen her…

Expert Solutions to Common Bridal Mistakes

That heavenly venue where you dreamt of swapping vows, has suddenly been snagged, your bridesmaids prefer their style suggestions to yours, and your mother may boycott your wedding if your father brings his new wife. No one ever said the road to “I do” was going to be a smooth one but some potholes can easily be avoided—if you know…