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Nicki Ann's Wedding Blog

In her blog, Nikki Ann shares with you her insights, thoughts, and feelings on all things women, wedding, marriage, and event-related.

Friday Finds 7.27.12

July 27th, 2012

Some say there should be no children at weddings. The fact of the matter is that many brides and grooms have a ton of kids in their family or have children of their own. So if there are going to be children at your wedding, why not give them something to keep them occupied? I saw this and knew this was the perfect find for today.

I am lovingly dubbing these “Kid Packs.” They will keep the children busy during those tender moments like your toasts, blessing, and first dance. And if it is at all in your budget, it might be worth hiring someone to come after dinner to keep an eye on them and to keep them busy. That way the parents can sit back and relax for a bit.


Tuesday Shoesday, Edition 56

July 24th, 2012

When I was hunting for the perfect shoes for my wedding day, My Glass Slipper was one of the sites that I frequented daily. Just hoping that new shoes would come out. If you remember, I was on the hunt for the perfect pair of Tiffany blue shoes. You know a watched pot never boils. So while I did eventually find the shoes I wanted, it was a painstaking process. I am happy to report that when I went back to check out the site again today, there were so many new option since the last time  I was there! This pair was one of them and I had to share.

These strappy heels by Badgley Mischka are so adorable and look comfortable at that! I love, love, love them!


Friday Finds 7.20.12

July 20th, 2012

Seriously. These are the cutest! Imagine getting a small brown paper covered box in the mail one day with this inside and a little note.

I am pretty sure that I wouldn’t be able to call her right away to accept (or she wouldn’t be able to understand me) because of the tears and overwhelming emotion. So sweet and thoughtful! Want ‘em? BHLDN has one for every member of the party!


Real Wedding: Kristie & Turadg 6.16.12

July 19th, 2012

Kristie and Turadg came to the Mansion wanting something a bit different for their wedding day. They didn’t want something soft and romantic. Instead they wanted a rockabilly themed wedding with lots of DIY projects and lots of color.

I honestly couldn’t think of a better match than these two. They met in line waiting for the iPhone and the rest is history. Their day was full of family, close friends and so much love. Kristie was an absolutely gorgeous bride and Turadg wasn’t looking too shabby himself. Bill Chisnell Productions really had some fun with the colors of this wedding. Just look at how cute the ceremony space turned out!

The cake wasn’t quite right, so Turadg had to fix it. It didn’t match the current state of facial hair, so he quickly fixed it so it would be accurate. This picture was primarily taken (with my iPhone) as proof that I didn’t ruin the cake if the topper tumbled, but he did a great job! I was surprised at how steady his hands were only about an hour before the ceremony began!

It turned out great!

And can I just say they were a ton of fun too? I mean, look at this bridal party! I’m thinking they were having a good time… Who wouldn’t be having a good time with teal Chuck Taylor’s on?

They participated in the traditional Persian “sugar ceremony” to celebrate Turadg’s heritage. The couple sits while a piece of silk or fabric is held over their heads. Then relatives and loved ones rub two hardened cones made of sugar over the fabric to “shower them in sweetness.” It was so sweet, quite literally!

Mr. & Mrs. Aleahmad!

Isn’t she just stunning?! I loved all of her accessories. She really thought everything through to the last little detail! The teal crinoline peeking out of the bottom of her gown was the perfect touch to give her the “something blue” she needed!

Just look at the adorable table settings the bride made for each and every table! She used chalkboard paint and fresh herbs and spices to give the tables the rustic charm she wanted. And I LOVE the lace overlays and table linens provided by Mosaic. The color scheme was fantastically brilliant!

Congratulation Kristie and Turadg! I am so excited to welcome you to the Mansion Family!

*Disclaimer: I was the photographer for these shots. I am NOT a photographer, so don’t just me by my photos. Just look past the blurriness to the happiness!*


Tuesday Shoesday Edition 55

July 17th, 2012

Who out there remembers jellies? I loved my jellies. I had quite a few colors. They came back very briefly awhile ago, but these are a more sophisticated version and a must-have!

And for $30 at DSW, who isn’t going to buy them?!


How to Avoid Becoming a Bridezilla

July 16th, 2012

I literally hate the show Bridezillas. I see it on the TV guide and it makes me cringe. It’s nothing but a bunch of low-class brides looking for their 15 minutes of fame. Who knows if it is even real or if they are acting like that simply to be on TV. The fact of the matter is that 75% of brides are not Bridezillas and may not even experience a fleeting moment of ‘Zilla-hood. I am sure I had a few moments when my hubby questioned whether I was about to explode but overall I was pretty good. I work with A LOT of brides. They all have moments when the stress gets to them and they snap on someone. But let’s be honest, we all have those moments in our daily lives, not just brides. That’s really what it all boils down to… stress. Brides act like that because this is a stressful time. A lot of time and effort goes into wedding planning.

Today, I am going to list the top 5 things to help avoid becoming a Bridezilla. Read. Take notes. Your friends, family and fiancé will thank you.

5. Delegate to your bridesmaids

Are you afraid to ask your bridesmaids to help you with something because you don’t want to bother them? Or you think they are too busy to help? Please ladies. That is what they are there for!! They WANT to help, otherwise they wouldn’t have agreed to be a part of your big day. I am not saying that they should have to devote 10 hours a week to your wedding, but small tasks to help you out when you are feeling overwhelmed is a acceptable. Need help putting together your invitations? Plan an afternoon when all or most of your bridesmaids can come. Serve some yummy cocktails or wine and some light snacks and I can guarantee that they will enjoy it and most importantly, spending time with you.

4. Spend time doing non-wedding related activities

If you live, breathe and eat wedding, what are you going to do when it is over? I have heard so many people say that they wish they could take a work sabbatical to plan their wedding. But let’s be honest, the majority of your wedding planning is going to get done while at work anyway. I’m just saying!!

Don’t spend every waking moment working on DIY projects or talking about your big day. If the only thing you talk about is your wedding, people aren’t going to want to be around you. Remember to ask other people what they are up to, if they have any good news or if they have any fun events coming up. You may be excited about your wedding, but it doesn’t consume everyone else’s lives like it does yours. It is the most important day of YOUR life, not theirs.

3. Stay open minded

I have met some brides who roll their eyes at the slightest hint of a suggestion from someone. Remember, they are only trying to help. You never know when someone might come up with a better idea than you! Don’t be so set on your plan that you miss a great opportunity. Being flexible and open-minded can be really helpful when planning. Say you find the perfect wedding venue and they don’t have your date available. Unless that date has some sort of significance to you and your fiancé, change it! I started out planning for a June wedding. I ended up getting married in July (today actually marks 1 year!!)  because the venue, church and a bridesmaid’s schedule conflicted. Each of these things were more important to me than some date that I randomly picked out of thin air, so I found the first available date where I could have all three. Problem solved.

2. Sit your mothers down early and talk about what YOU want

I know this sounds silly. But when there are two different families who may have conflicting ideas, planning a wedding can be a bit difficult. You and your fiancé are the ones who are going to be in the middle and getting the brunt of it. Cue the frustration…

First, you need to discuss things with your fiancé and make sure the two of you are on the same page. Once you’ve done that, you are ready to sit down with your moms and explain how you would like to see things play out on your wedding day. Review #3 and remember to stay open-minded. However, you will need to be stern and remind them that it is your wedding day, not theirs.

1. Choose good vendors and let them do their jobs

You book vendors because you fall in love with their style, right? So then why on Earth would you try to control the product? There is a difference between giving them your opinion and dictating what they do. Chat with them. Tell them what you love about their ideas and what you don’t. But ultimately, let them to their thing! You would never book someone who’s work you hated, so don’t assume that they can’t provide you with amazing centerpieces, photos, cakes, service without your direction.

The real goal here is to not let wedding planning rule your life. The marriage that follows the wedding is much more important, so focus on your husband-to-be and building a life with him. And don’t forget, if something goes wrong on your wedding day, chances are that you are the only one who is going to notice it. Everyone else will be too busy enjoying the day to realize it. So you should too.



Friday Finds 7.13.12

July 13th, 2012

I came across these adorable thank you notes made specifically for a bridal party and just love them! This is the perfect place to spill your guts to the women who were so important to you that you could not imagine getting married without them beside you.

Love them too? You can find them on Etsy by Marry Grams. Now if only figuring out their gifts were this easy…


Real Wedding: Gina & Adam 6.2.12

July 12th, 2012

The following events took place on April 26, 2012:

“Hi! I was wondering if we would be able to come and tour the Mansion for a wedding?”

“Sure! Have you set a date yet?”

“June 2″

“Of this year?”


“OK, then. When would you like to come in?”

“Well we are actually right down the street. Could we come today? Like now?”

“Um… OK. Come on up!”

That was the first time I spoke with Gina. To say that she has a bubbly personality is an understatement. This girl is hilarious! She has so much pizazz and charisma. It is infectious. With just a month to plan, it was quite the whirl wind. But we got it done and everyone had a blast! I guess that is one of the bonuses of being a Mansion Bride.

They had a small, intimate ceremony in the foyer. Gina’s son, also the one and only member of their bridal party, played “Here Comes the Bride” for her entrance. Even though there were only 40 people at the wedding, her family made enough cookies to feed 200. And her mom’s homemade biscotti? TO. DIE. FOR. I should know. She sent me home with a huge doggy bag full of it. And I ate every last crumb.

Before dinner, Adam’s brother and Gina’s best friend gave the speeches. The amount of love and laughter in the room was amazing. Then, Gina got a hold of the mic. Again, I can only reiterate that she is hilarious. Lastly, Adam wanted to say a few words. He is pretty quiet and laid-back, quite the opposite of Gina. When he talked about how much he loves her, it was like there was no one else in the room. You could just see it on his face. And you could see it on mine when the tears started rolling.

Adam and Gina also now share an anniversary date with Gina’s grandparents, who were also there front and center. I should say that 70 years of marriage deserves a bit of recognition, so they shared a dance while everyone looked on with admiration. Shortly after, Gina and Adam cut the cake. This is when Gina’s true personality came out. She proceeded to lip sync every single word to “Love on Top” by Beyonce, which was the song playing during the cake cutting. She’s a hoot!

Considering everyone was dancing up a storm and I saw quite a few dance moves I’ve never seen before, I would count this one as a success.

Congrats Gina & Adam! You were truly a pleasure to work with and I hope we get to see you again soon!!


Tuesday Shoesday, Edition 54

July 12th, 2012

As I go through webpages full of shoes to post for you, I am faced with the fact that shoes for the fall are starting to peek their pretty little heads in the picture. It makes me sad because I am not ready for the summer to be over yet. But it makes me happy because of all the new styles coming out!

These cuties from Sam Edelman are perfect for a n


Friday Finds 7.6.12

July 6th, 2012

I popped on Etsy and this came up on the very first page. I couldn’t let it go without sharing because it is so darn cute!

I mean, seriously. How cute is this?! You can find them on Better Off Wed’s Etsy site. What an awesome alternative to the oh-so-common monogram cake toppers! You know me, I love something different!