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Featured Blogger: Kathleen Smith, Consultant at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo

Part 3:  The Food

In her next installment in her journey to the aisle, Kathleen gives some good insight and information on a very important part of the event… the food.  From the h’ors d’oeuvres to the desserts, soup to nuts, this takes serious thought and planning.  Read on to find out how she is doing with this part of the process!

apple cinnamon and anise treats

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Setting the Tone with Stationery

Guest Blogger and recent Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo Bride: Heather Dombrowski

Owner of Pretty Ink Press, LLC

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Darianna Bride & Groom Heather & Tom Dombrowski Heather is the owner of Pretty Ink Press, LLC

Planning your wedding requires thoughtfulness regarding the theme and tone you want to set, and it’s going to start with your Save the Date cards.

Whether you are having your wedding on a tropical island, a formal grand ballroom, a funky winery, or at home with your family members including the furry ones, sitting down with someone like Heather Dombrowski, owner of Pretty Ink Press, LLC, will allow you to thoughtfully plan this announcement piece, as well as your invitations, with your wedding guests.

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Featured Blogger: Kathleen Smith, Consultant at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo

Part 2: I Said YES To My Dream Dress

Philadelphia wedding dress sketchesWedding dress shopping.  When a bride hears this, it may evoke any number of emotions. For the most part this will be excitement and joy, yet, for some the process overwhelms.  As a bride-to-be working for Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo I have now been on both sides of the experience.  I love being able to relate to our brides so closely!

I am a year out from my wedding and yes, I already have my dress!

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Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo’s Real Bride: Heather Wilkinson-Slobodinsky

Heather in Enzoani’s “Jenny” and Mark wearing Ike Behar
Heather in Enzoani’s “Jenny” and Mark wearing Ike Behar

The Meeting:

Mark and I met in January 2013 in physical therapy school at Temple when both of our classes were at a conference in San Diego and have been together since then.

The Proposal:

August 8th, 2015 in LBI. I absolutely thought he was going to propose the night before since we were going to have dinner at our favorite restaurant in Philadelphia and was pretty bummed when I was wrong!  But little did I know, both of our families were totally in on the surprise for the proposal to happen in LBI where Mark’s parents own a beach house. My parents and sister had planned to come down to LBI for the weekend and my mom suggested that we take “family photos by the beach” before dinner. This was actually the ploy to get everyone to the beach for Mark to pop the question.

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Featured Blogger: Kathleen Smith, Consultant at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo

Part 1: The Engagement

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Kathleen with her fiancee Kenan…ENGAGED!

We are so happy to feature our very own Kathleen Smith as she travels the road of a bride-to-be! This is such a great perspective – she is an engaged bridal and formalwear consultant for our Bucks County bridal store, so she is living and working the whole bridal experience for another 11 months.

Her first installment features the emotions surrounding the best day of her life (so far) – her engagement. Read on for a whole bunch of “Awwww” moments!

Best Day of My Life; the Day I Got Engaged

I am a bridal and formalwear consultant at Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo, a Bucks County bridal store, and helping brides and grooms find the perfect outfit for their big day is truly a privilege. I get to hear their stories and talk about their wedding plans. It’s so much fun and now I’d love to share my story as a bride-to-be.

As I think about the day I got engaged I can’t help but feel giddy; at no other time in my life have I felt more excitement.

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Wedding Jewelry from an Expert’s Perspective: Guest Blogger Scott Slobotkin

David Jay Jewelers Wedding Rings
David Jay Jewelers, Valley Square, Warrington PA

Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo was fortunate enough to catch up with Scott Slobotkin, owner of David Jay Jewelers in Warrington, PA.  We chatted with him regarding engagement rings, wedding bands, wedding rings, jewelry trends, and the process of choosing the right jeweler for your wedding day.  Scott is incredibly knowledgeable and below shares his experience and insight into the world of bridal jewelry.

Enjoy our blog from this trusted jeweler!

Tell us about your company’s background.

David Jay Jewelers was founded in 1974 as one of the Philadelphia area’s premier all-inclusive jewelers.  We are a second generation family run business where Jay Slobotkin still works alongside me in the beautiful Valley Square boutique in Warrington, PA.

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Guest Blog: Daneene Jensen Talks Wedding Hair and Makeup

Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo bride Lindsey Farthing-Minnisale with Daneene Jensen and Associates, September, 2016. Dress by Justin Alexander, headpiece by Edward Berger.
Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo bride Lindsey Farthing-Minnisale with Daneene Jensen and
Associates, September, 2016. Dress by Justin Alexander, headpiece by Edward Berger.

We met Daneene Jensen almost four years ago at a bridal show when she offered to do our models’ hair and makeup as a demonstration.  It was brilliant.  It worked for us to have our models looking amazing and for her to show her incredible skills.  In about 20 minutes she turned one from pretty to Vogue photo shoot.

Her company,  Daneene Jensen and Associates, is everything you want for your wedding day hair and make up.  She’s featured in Philly in Love, Borrowed and Blue, and Style Me Pretty, and is a Hall of Fame vendor on the Knot with 296 5-star reviews.

I am so proud to know her and refer her as a professional stylist and genuinely caring, lovely woman.  Read on to learn more about Daneene Jensen and her work!

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The Wedding Planner

Philadelphia Wedding plannerWe are so fortunate this week to have Lynda Barness as our guest blogger.

Lynda is the Master Wedding ConsultantTM
 for I DO Wedding Consulting in Philadelphia. She’s one of only 69 people in the world to receive this distinction.

Lynda is a member of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE) and is consistently featured in magazines including Philadelphia Style, Philadelphia Magazine, and Main Line Today just to name a few.  She is regularly quoted in industry magazines and was recognized last year as a Woman of Distinction in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

In addition, Lynda published a book in 2015 entitled, I Do: A Wedding Planner Tells Tales.

Recognized as a Master Wedding Consultant by the Association of Bridal Consultants, she has the experience, education, and contacts to make your day stress-free perfection.

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