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Laura’s Custom Gown February 28, 2009

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Laura and Jeff got married in January- luckily a warm, beautiful day!

The original design-






laura128The dress featured vintage pearls covering the zipper, slight bubble hem, and vintage lace hidden inside the pleats. The adorable jacket completed the look.


One of my new brides blogged about her gown! February 17, 2009

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“ask the universe for an eco-chic wedding dress

Dress from Janay A. Handmade

It’s all I’ve been able to think about the past two days. Yes, I have to clean the house. Yes, I have a zillion things to do for work. Yes, my to-do list is madness-inducing. But all I’ve done during my two snow-days home from teaching is think about my dress.

I found it. I found it. I found it.

I NEVER thought I would become the crazy wedding person that I have suddenly turned into. I fall asleep thinking about necklines or tablescapes. I spend my free moments thinking about how to turn folders into envelopes. I’m spending hours on etsy.com browsing page after page of handmade dresses. Who is this crazy girl?

Well… it paid off yesterday, when I typed in “wedding dresses” into etsy’s search engine. 90 pages of dresses showed up. On page (I kid you not) 89, I found my dress designer.

Near the end of August, I came across a photo on a wedding blog. The bride was wearing a dress that I thought was perfect: short, crisp, vintage-looking. I couldn’t find it anywhere. I had no idea where she got it. There was no information available. So I just kept the picture of it in my mind — along the way, I came across a lot of other options. I got semi-excited about some of them, but I always came back to that one mystery dress. Well yesterday, I found it… only better.

It’s everything I had in my head plus stuff I didn’t even know I wanted. AND — it’s two pieces so I can actually wear it again (with a different skirt or shirt). AND it’ll be handmade by a hip young designer using eco-friendly materials. AND it costs 1/3 as much as all the other dresses that I like. It couldn’t be more perfect.

So.. hunting works. I didn’t have to settle. I’m so excited. YAY.

Have you found your dress yet?”


Wedding Hive Cocktail Hour @ Czar Bar! February 7, 2009

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Calling all Brides and Grooms!

Thursday, February 26th, join the Wedding Hive for an evening of cocktails and schmoozing at the Czar Bar’s Happy Hour from 5pm- 7pm.  We’d love to see your shining faces and get to know ya just that much more!  Call Garnet at 816-914-5739 or check out our Facebook page if you have any questions or need directions.

Come get your “buzz” on, and don’t forget to bring your Honey!


Janay A in INK! February 6, 2009

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