guest post marketing North Wales Offbeat Wedding philadelphia photography tattooed bride The Roaring 20s Uncategorized Wedding Planning Tips

6 Reasons Why Rocking a Lace Wedding Dress Will Make Grandma Proud

By: Anne Lindeman

clever wedding ideas allebach photography

Growing up you may have unconsciously developed some negative feelings towards lace. You know those dusty lace doilies that serve as a protector of trinkets on your grandmother’s furniture or maybe as a child you had a giant lace bib (with matching gloves) embarrassingly dangling from the neckline of your Easter dress. What I’m trying to say here is that lace may not always have been your friend, but I’m here to change your mind.

Lace has been a prominent fabric for centuries, originally used as a measuring stick to one’s wealth and status. So what has changed? As the fashion industry has proved time and time again, styles trend in cycles.

Lace is on its way back up in a very cool way and thanks to the wedding industry; it has proven itself to be extremely versatile. There are lace wedding dresses that have an amazing retro feel and some that are more modern for the fashion forward bride. I can’t think of any other material that can modestly cover you up, but also reveal a peek-a-boo of skin at the same time creating a super sexy look. And it’s that reason in particular why I chose lace for my wedding dress.

I was never the type of girl who dreamed about my wedding day. I was always the type that played in the dirt with boys, competed in sports, and more importantly, worked my ass off building a career in order to avoid financially depending on a man to take care of me. Why am I telling you all this? Because right about now you are picturing me as an awkward tomboy like Laney Boggs before Freddie Prinze Jr. got a hold of her and made her “all that.” Rest assured I wasn’t that bad, and let’s be honest, neither was Laney, but I wanted to paint a clear mental picture for you that I wasn’t a girly girl when I chose my wedding gown.

I happen to be one of those people who have an old soul and a true believer I was born in the wrong decade. While all my girlfriends gushed over gorgeous celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie, I admired the classic film stars of the 50’s and 60’s. Sure Marilyn Monroe was the ultimate babe, but I idolized the beauties of the day like Jane Russell for her quick ball busting wit, Lucille Ball for her hilarious slapstick sense of humor, and Grace Kelly for her effortless way of being sexy chic. These women didn’t build vivacious careers on good looks alone, they had brains and they had gumption. They were strong independent women that I idolized and they just so happened to look gorgeous in lace. It’s exactly what I wanted to emulate on my wedding day. With a little extra help of a few tattoos, red sash, and red shoes, I was able to achieve the retro look I wanted while still maintaining my unique style.
Here’s another thought. Have you ever seen a man wearing lace? I think not, which means lace is something just us girls can identify with and in a strange way empower us to be independent and sexy. Okay, maybe Prince has dabbled in the lace department once or twice – but he gets a pass on this one!

clever wedding ideas allebach photography

Still not sure if lace is for you? Here are 6 reasons why lace was the star of my wedding:
1. Lace is versatile. It comes in many different silhouettes and lengths.
2. Lace doesn’t wrinkle.
3. Lace can be worn for any season – try short and sleeveless for summer or long sleeved and high neckline for winter. The possibilities are truly endless.
4. Lace is timeless. Fifty years from now your wedding photos will still rock!
5. Its comfortable. It doesn’t snag. It’s not itchy, and the best part – it won’t make you feel hot or sweaty.
6. Its affordable! My custom designed Dolly Couture dress came in under $800!
So ladies, when choosing your wedding gown keep this in mind: lace is fabulous and has outstanding nostalgic appeal. Whether you want to look like a classic film star, wear a family heirloom, or just plain appreciate the beauty of the intricate details, lace will not disappoint.

Anne Lindeman is the founder of Clever Wedding Ideas, a website and blog providing ideas and inspiration for the chic and unique bride.
guest post Wedding Planning Tips

5 Things I Learned While Planning My Wedding: Kat Williams from Rock n Roll Bride

Kat Williams – the Rock N Roll bride 5 Things I Learned While Planning My Wedding
RockNRollBride Kat Williams

photo credit: Emma Case Photography

1. Go with your heart. if you want it – do it!
2. Think of others – although its obviously your day be sure to remember the people that love you and are helping you along the way (with the planning and the relationship) – ie no bridezilla-ness allowed!
3. However much you think you stress about a certain type of flower or shade of napkin in the run up, you really won’t care on the day
4. The most amazing feeling in the world is walking down that aisle and seeing your husband to be waiting for you. THAT’s what it’s all about baby
5. Don’t spend money on stupid things you ‘think’ you should have. no one cares about favors.
6. (i know you only said 5 but this is important!) if you spend money on anything, make it to get the most amazing, incredible photographer. After the wedding is over the photos are what you have to look back on and you’ll want to have those memories to treasure forever

guest post philadelphia video Wedding Planning Tips

Best Philadelphia Wedding Venue – Please Touch Museum

We sat down and asked Erin Proud of Proud to Plan what her favorite wedding venue in Philadelphia is and spent time talking about the Please Touch Museum.  This would be a perfect venue in Philadelphia for our clients!

guest post Wedding Planning Tips

What Truly Matters on Your Wedding Day by Jesse Blum

“Jesse Blum is one of the amazing Celebrants we recommend.   She is also featured on Offbeat Bride and coincidentally we had asked her to write us an article a few weeks ago.  Her ceremony of Jennifer & Jack blew me away.  I had never quite heard anything like it.  I highly recommend her!” – Mike Allebach (hey that’s me)

Jessie Blum Eclectic Unions
Celebrant Jesse Blum of at Recent Allebach Photography
Wedding with Jennifer & Jack.

Choosing the person who is going to marry you is hard. You want someone who “gets” you, who can share a little bit of your relationship and your love with all of your guests. That’s what I do. Often times, after weddings, guests come up to me or the couple, and they think that I must have known them for years, or that the couple themselves wrote the ceremony. By capturing the details of the everyday, the relationship, and the love that my couples share, I create unique wedding ceremonies that really speak to who they are, and, more importantly, what their marriage will be like. Because, in the end, that’s why we’re all here, right? Because two people loved each other enough that they want to stand up in front of their family and friends and make promises and vows and be with one another for the rest of their lives.

A lot of time, with wedding planning, we get bogged down in details – what color our shoes or nail polish should be, what the flowers will look like, where Aunt Julie is going to sit at the reception. By taking some time to concentrate on the ceremony, and make it into a special and personal moment, instead of just using a standard script or readings, you can share a little bit of your lives and relationship with your guests through the ceremony, enabling them to really “feel your love” and commitment to each other.

One of my favorite elements is to create a custom ritual for my couples, one that is really tailored to them. You may have heard of the more standard wine ceremony – maybe they can share a glass of wine that was purchased at the vineyard they were engaged at. Or go a little more than that – what other beverages do they like to share? I had a couple who did a cider sharing ceremony, cider they had brewed themselves for the wedding! Or what about a twist on the sand ceremony, where colored sand is poured into a vessel to represent their coming together – what about a tasty twist, like salt and pepper or colored candies? Or a family twist, like sand from the beaches they went to as kids?

And then, of course, there is the personal story. I like to find fun stories that capture a couple’s relationship – oftentimes, these are their engagement or first date or first kiss, but I had a couple where we instead shared the story of them going to see a space shuttle launch. It was unusual, but really showed their perseverance, their love, and their passion.

There is so much that a Celebrant can do with a wedding – so many directions to go in, so many ways to personalize it and make it fun. Because, in the end, we want to have fun – this is a wedding, after all!

Make sure to stop by and visit her site


Jesse Blum is committed to creating personal and unique ceremonies!

Your wedding ceremony is the key element and centerpiece of your whole wedding celebration, and I work closely with my couples to create a ceremony that truly reflects who you and your partner are, and your love and commitment for each other. All traditions, religions, backgrounds, and life choices are honored and accepted. Together, we will create your ideal ceremony – and I promise it will be touching, funny, and a special moment that you, your family and friends will remember forever.

As a wedding officiant and certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®, I am passionate about creating original and beautiful ceremonies.


guest post Wedding Planning Tips

How to choose a wedding makeup artist

Finding The Makeup Artist match for YOU
We all want to look our best on our wedding day. Why would we want anything less? When it comes to finding the right person for the job how do you know it will turn out the way you expect it to? Calling your salon and scheduling an appointment for your big day isn’t the end of the line when selecting a makeup artist. You’ll want to make sure the person is a good fit for you, your attendants, and wedding genre.

Tips to finding a great makeup artist:


  • It’s essential that your artist is a good listener. You want your makeup artist to be able to envision your ideas and the ability to carry out the look you are want to emulate. Since your makeup artist has a set amount of time to work with you you’ll want to have some visual aids readily available to help interprit the look you are wanting. Too much information can also eat up the valuable time you have with your makeup artist. The important things you’ll want to share are: pics of your attire, the way your hair will be styled, makeup looks you found that you liked, the time of day, as well as weather your wedding will be indoor or outdoor. If your makeup artsist is an experienced one he or she will be able to customise your application to suit your occasion.
  • Your makeup artist should be reliable and professional so it’s best to choose a reputable business that you can trust. It may may cost a few dollars more but well worth it. You will want the lasting looks of your amazing day when you reflect upon it in your photo’s
  • Does your salon / makeup artist offer the services you need? – Is he / she experienced with photography makeup?  Do they offer eyelash applications, long-last makeups, or makeup to purchase? Will your artist meet with you for a trial run? Is traveling to your location an option? Does the facility offer skin care services and brow shaping & other hair removal services? In my studio we have bride’s come in for a trial run prior to the actual wedding day to try on a few makeup looks and to discuss their skin care needs well in advance.
  • Does the artist utilize clean or disposable tools? The last thing a bride needs is a case of conjunctavitis or a cold sore on the morning of her big day. The best way to check is to watch their habbits during a trial run. If the makeup artist is using mascara without disposeable wands and lipstick right from the tube it’s best to assume this is the same routine for all of his or her clients. I’d run the other direction alcohol wipes in hand. LOL
  • Do you like the makeup artists work and personality. I think it is essential to not only like the person’s work but to be able to get along with their personality. That way you have positive memories about your special day and feel great about yourself too.


 The right application of makeup can having you looking absolutely stunning on your special day. If you are wanting a more subtle yet practical makeup application you may entertain the idea of permanent cosmetics. Maybe the look of drawn on eyebrows seems to artificial for you. Hair stroke eyebrow tattooing is our most popular procedure we do next to eyeliner which is our second. Having the look of real hair in a natural color designed for your specific facial shape creates an amazing frame for the rest of your face. It makes the rest of your makeup application so much easier when brows are strategically placed and proportioned to the face. It makes everyday makeup application a cinch, it’s waterproof and completely customizable. Eyeliner, and lip color make for a fresh, smear-free, appearance. The convenience and benefits out way the cost which can run anywhere between 600-900 depending of your desired look. The best part is it lasts for a few years! It makes a great wedding gift, and keeps you looking great throughout your honeymoon too!
Check out for a full list of our services.
How to choose a wedding makeup artist
Valerie Weber, CPCP, LE
Owner of Dermagrafix PC Studio
Valerie’s passion in permanent cosmetics began with her talent in makeup artistry and love for aesthetics. In 2000 Valerie obtained her Esthetician’s license and began her career as a clinical esthetician. Most of her experience was attained practicing in plastic surgery offices where she performed chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and IPL treatments. Valerie followed her interest in permanent cosmetics in 2001 seeing how it would nicely complement the aesthetic part of her training and also give her an artistic outlet. Valerie discovered a natural passion for cosmetic tattooing during her initial training which led her to pursuit more advanced techniques later on. Valerie has attended many training courses by other industry leaders to hone her techniques. In 2003 Valerie returned to her hometown of Doylestown, Pennsylvania where she founded Dermagrafix Permanent Cosmetic Studio.