SIMPLE CHIC WEDDING | Elegantly Rocking a Theme | Sparkly Shoes & A+ Advice from a Calm, Cool, Collected Couple. …Also, Pippa’s a Strippa.

So, have you heard?  Apparently Pippa’s a strippa.  Well, that’s what they’re saying anyway.  Oh, who’s theyThey is everyone who will for the rest of their lives be closely monitoring the Middleton family over the next century and beyond, praying for the slightest slip-up or nip-slip that will write them a check for financial freedom, salacious-photo-selling-style.  Disgusting, right?


… you have to admit, Pippa’s providing some compelling evidence.

I’m joking of course.  If a girl wants to dress up in a diy toilet paper party dress or grind half-naked on a guy who’s at best a 3 and, therefore, is waaay too into it, in front of a table of approximately one thousand empty beer bottles/cups and NO PARTY GOERS so it looks extra scandalous and inappropriate, WHILE WEARING ONLY A BRA… a girl should be able to do that.

I think?  Maybe not.  I don’t really know anymore.  I like freedom to do what you want, and I like having the right to get naughty every time and again (I mean, clearly), but I’m sitting here positively reeling after not only the above, but after hearing the charming news of that hacker ring that has, over time, hacked into dozens of female celebrities’ phones and secured nakey pics of like ALL of them for gradual release.  This is pretty insane in the membrane if you ask me, but it’s also kind of a dream come true, I think, for all of our little brothers out there who ever wondered if attractive people do indeed sit around admiring/snapping cell phone pics of their bodies whenever they have some free time.


Today I’m really pumped to bring you a super simple, super chic, super romantic wedding, photographed by Jacqueline Photography and coordinated by Kate Miller Events.  It’s kind of perfect if you ask me.  In fact, when I imagine my personal idea of a wedding, the adjectives simple, chic and romantic totally make the top five.  Ohh, and our lively bride has some pretty great, straightforward advice about the most important things you can do to have the best shot at staying calm, cool and collected on YOUR Big Day.  Alright… enjoy!

Had to see those shoes again, up-close-like.  Yup, just as I suspected – they’re very awesome.

These photos are really making want to put up some stripes in our home for general fancy photo-taking purposes.

↑ Cute picture, right?  Well, nowhere near as cute as what’s coming…

Wanna know my favorite thing about this couple? ↴

↑ Speaks volumes about their relationship, wouldn’t you say?

… with that, I’m gonna suggest, yet again, that all you brides out there try to stay as loose as possible on your wedding day.  It can be extremely hard to do so, but here’s a tip: a little jumping on the bed can do WONDERS.  Honey and I went one step farther and performed some full out gymnastics with scoring and everything – the bed was the landing platform – in our hotel room while attending a wedding in South Carolina one time (hi Teah and Jonny!).  Anyway, highly recommended.  (No, seriously, it’s so fun, you know you miss it.)

Here’s the rundown from our gorgeous bride, Angie:

Nate and I wanted a simple, elegant, and romantic wedding and we felt the Citizen Hotel Terrace offered that for us.  What we also loved about the terrace was that it provided shelter in case of rain (as March has unpredictable weather) but didn’t have the feeling of being trapped inside a hotel ballroom.  Not only does the Citizen Hotel offer such a beautiful venue with great views on the terrace, the Governor’s Suite has a balcony that also has a wonderful view of the capital and offers great photo opportunities.

As for the decor, it all started with the ginkgo leaf.  Kate Miller of Kate Miller Events designed our invitations and all of the decor.  She did a fabulous job of tying in the ginkgo leaf theme throughout.  We loved how everything turned out and loved that there were certain things about the decor that we haven’t really seen in many weddings.  The centerpieces were in cement blocks that provided a modern feel but the floral arrangement was able to soften the look.  The table numbers were one of a kind from Luxecuts, which were provided by Kate Miller Events.  The escort cards (which by the way were real ginkgo leaves) was my DIY project and Kate did such a fantastic job arranging it.

Another aspect of the wedding that was really important to us was the ability to tie in our cultures into the wedding.  We had a tea ceremony and roast pig during the cocktail hour to tie in Nate’s Chinese culture.  On the dessert table we provided Duk – a Korean rice cake to tie in my Korean culture.  I was born and raised in Hawaii so during the ceremony we exchanged leis (instead of flowers or roses) and our favors were from Big Island Cookies to tie in my culture from Hawaii.

Advice I would give to brides to be is, hire a great wedding coordinator and photographer, it is worth every single penny.  We were fortunate enough to find both.  Kate and her team were able to provide us a beautiful wedding and also a wedding that was stress free (I’m sure a ton of things went wrong, but she took care of everything for us).  And Jackie of Jacqueline Photography was able to capture our wedding so beautifully that 25 years from now, we can look at the photos and remember our big day like it was yesterday.

Sooo, what do you think?  I tend to agree with her; personally, I’m ALL ABOUT blowing your budget on your photographer.  And if you’re not big into DIY, a wedding coordinator is like, SO IMPORTANT, people.  SOOO.

Do you agree?  Will you be hiring a planner, or are you DIY’ing the whole thing by your lonesome?  Or number three, are you combining the two for a wedding planning and creativity powerhouse of an event?

Or are you totally half-assing it, and planning to slut it up in just a bra and toilet paper skirt?

xoxo!  – Alison

Addendum: love those shoes?  Well, I blogged about them. :)

Jacqueline Photography is a member of Vendor Love, The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide.  To view this listing, click here.

Photography: Jacqueline Photography / Submitted via: Two Bright Lights / Event Planner: Kate Miller Events / Floral Designer: Flourish / Reception Venue: The Citizen Hotel / DJ: 3 Style Attractions / Linens and Coverings: Luxecuts / Photo Booth Equipment: Sound Image Entertainment

Label(s): Blue, Color, Green, White, {Real Weddings}

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  1. teresa arcuri on May 10, 2011

    Ok where did she get the shoes? love love them!

  2. Liz on May 10, 2011

    Gotta admit, I’m a little obsessed with her shoes, too. But the wedding is gorgeous as well! :) my fav bit has to be the 3 different types of cake. Lets guests be picky about the flavors they like. That smacks of GENIUS!

  3. Alison on May 10, 2011

    Teresa & Liz – Glad you like! I added an addendum linking to a previous post on those very shoes. They’re pretty great, aren’t they :) I even tried them on myself after I wrote about them that first time!

  4. Nicole on May 10, 2011

    ya know … the toilet paper skirt wasn’t an option at first. but now that i’ve seen pippa rock it in the most elegant way possible, i think i might start diy’ing some cottonelle skirts and tube tops.

  5. Amanda on May 10, 2011

    LOVE this. It’s beautiful how the couple tied in 3 separate cultures and made it work seamlessly and made everyone happy. Hard to do, but they obviously put a lot of thought and care into it!

  6. Brancoprata on May 10, 2011

    First of all… the wedding is amazing!! Love how the stripes make a statement!!
    Second… pour Pippa!!!

  7. Alison on May 10, 2011

    Nicole – I really do have to agree. I was thinking when I blogged it, “how amazing does that dress look? Yes it’s tp, but that’s like a legitimately gorgeous design she’s got there.” And then I reminded myself that it’s toilet paper and poo-poo’d it. (I kill myself.)

  8. Lena on May 10, 2011

    Guh, this wedding is gorgeous! Such a classic bride-be still my heart!

    In other news, Pippa isn’t playing it smart, but really, she knew her older sister was dating a prince for a LONG TIME. Use a little foresight. Even if they didn’t get hitched, these photos could have easily been featured in a “Why it didn’t work” spread.

    And on a related note, women (and not all women, but a surprisingly large number of them) are morons about nude photos. Don’t email them. Don’t text them. Don’t even save them on your computer unless there’s a good password on that file, because here’s the truth: it is far too easy to post those things on the internet.

    Ok, the real truth is that a girl once sent my sweetie some nude photos and I put them on the internet, but my point is that if I could pull that off, absolutely ANYONE could.

  9. Leigh on May 10, 2011

    i’m definitely making the gymnastics thing happen next time I attend a wedding! lol so funny. you are so silly i love it!

  10. Mel on May 10, 2011

    I’ve been extremely extremely extremly worried about getting too stressed out on my wedding day, it’s really the last thing I want to have happen. I want to have fun ONLY! It’s good to see that it doesn’t happen to everyone. But I think the main thing I’m taking away from this post is that I’d better jump on hiring a planner. Great for me, hell for my budget! :) Truth is I left that budget in the dust 3 anda half months ago, so no biggie ;)

  11. Cocroft & Delbridge on May 10, 2011

    Oh my gosh. I love every single one of the lush blooms in this wedding…the bouquets are so wonderful!

    And the shot of the bride and groom jumping on the bed…simply perfect!

  12. erin * sparkle & hay on May 10, 2011

    i love their thumbtree guestbook! and i love the color coded desserts!!!

    (& i’m SO glad that i was out of college before digital cameras and facebook blew up!)

  13. Alicia@CharityWedding on May 10, 2011

    Um I could never be a princess or even related to a princess in a way that I had no control over. All they need are my Facebook archives of my beer pong domination or my idea to challenge a break dancer in Mexico and I am done for. Or the time I really took advantage of “All You Can Drink.” Well you get the point. What I could do those is wear those shoes- I love that shot.

  14. Angie & Nate on May 11, 2011

    Thank you for featuring our wedding! We were so excited when Jackie informed us and we feel so honored to be featured. Thanks!! :)

    No one really got a chance to see my shoes so I’m glad that there are people who liked them as much as I did. Not only were the shoes pretty comfortable, they were cheap – $80 from Nordstrom.

  15. Kismet on May 11, 2011

    I was all confused in the beginning – dont know where my mind was but I thought you were talking about the bride being featured in your title! Then I was like hmm Pippa is a familiar name! And the light switched on! Made me giggle as always and then Angie and Nates wedding made me smile- so much love! Beautiful!

  16. Madison on May 11, 2011

    Wow the venue really creates some beautiful photos, great wedding!

  17. Aleah + Nick on May 12, 2011

    Gorgeous couple! Wow! Let’s just talk about those stripes…loving the stripes!

  18. ashley barnett on May 13, 2011

    LOVING The stripes. Gah!

  19. Laarni on July 17, 2011

    I love glittery shoes! They add a very glamorous touch to any wedding outfit. I found a pair of Badgley Mischka Humbie II and they are absolutely fabulous!


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