Sarah & Brett

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Sarah & Brett

No one does ballgowns like Hayley Paige. She is the queen of tulle, poof, horsehair, and the best fitting bodices around! So it's no wonder when a bride is looking for a ballgown, Blush by Hayley Paige is one of her favorite options! Sarah visioned a ballgown for her rustic wedding at Grant Hill Farms, a stunning venue that has a huge barn for receptions, and acres of land for the ceremony. It is such a beautiful venue! Her choice of gown? Maisie by Blush by Hayley Paige! This gown has a geometric lace bodice, sweetheart neckline, and tired tulle skirt with horsehair detail, a true Hayley gown! We added a long cathedral veil by Jaclyn Jordan, and we must say, it fit perfectly! It glowed during their sunset ceremony, and was just breathtaking. See more of their wedding photographed by Marianne Lucille below! 

Gown: Maisie by Blush by Hayley Paige // Veil: Jaclyn Jordan // Bridal boutique: Ivory & Beau // Photography: Marianne Lucille // Venue: Grant Hill Farms

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Plus Size Brides at Ivory & Beau

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Plus Size Brides at Ivory & Beau

Here at Ivory & Beau, we believe that no matter what body type a bride is, she deserves to find her perfect gown. That's precisely why we've updated our inventory to include a selection of plus size wedding dresses by Maggie Sottero and Rebecca Ingram. 

Lots of plus sized brides believe that designers won't appeal to the plus size bride looking for a little personality in her dress, but these gowns are anything but basic, with styles ranging from classic and romantic to sleek and sexy. Take a peek below to see what we're offering in the boutique! 

Looking for a little extra support? These three styles are perfect for the bride seeking a sleeve! Bronwyn (left) is oh so romantic, featuring a detachable satin ribbon belt as well as a fabulous keyhole back with button detail. Sybil's (center) romantic illusion lace sleeves are simply to die for when paired with a Swarovski crystal belt.  Melanie (right) is simple slip dress that takes it to the next level with a beautiful illusion lace back. 

If you're loving lace, these just might be the gowns for you. Marianne (left) is a sexy fit and flare style that adds a dash of romance with lace embellishment. If you're more of a classic bride, Mariah (center) might be your perfect fit, what with it's scalloped lace train and fitted A-line shape. Winstyn (right) is another fit and flare gown, featuring a sweetheart neckline as well as a lace and tulle skirt.

These gowns serve as the perfect base for the bride looking to add a pinch of personality to her gown. Sweet and simple Rosamund (left) is a great choice for the modern bride, featuring a bold lace print that would pair perfectly with a blingy belt of your choice. Speaking of bling, don't forget about Hannah (center)! This ball gown is best for brides who would like to sparkle from head to toe. Rylie (right) also features a classic A-line silhouette, offset by a lace hemline, tulle skirt, and sweetheart neckline.  

If you favor a sleek shape for your wedding gown, these just might be the dresses you've been searching for! Dylan (left) is an understated lace ballgown, and though that sweet scoop neckline might be swoon worthy, it's the sheer lace pockets that really steal the show where this dress is concerned! Ladonna (center) is sophisticated without being too structured, featuring a flowy organza and tulle skirt as well as Swarovski crystal beaded lace bodice. Primrose (right) is the perfect pick for the bride looking to make a statement, boasting a ruched bodice as well as a textured rosette flare skirt. 

Loving what you see here? Have any friends who might be interested? We promise this collection is of fabulous plus size gowns is even lovelier in person! If you're interested in browsing our plus size selection in-store feel free to give us a schedule an appointment by calling 912-200-4794 or click here to schedule online!

Written by Paige Grieninger

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Baby Bliss: How to Include Your Children in Your Wedding

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Baby Bliss: How to Include Your Children in Your Wedding

Wedded bliss with babies in blush? Check!

We were delighted to have the opportunity to provide flowers for this sweet little shoot at Vic's on the River. If you need some motivation to get through the rest of your week, check out this precious-in-pink model. 

Here at Ivory & Beau, we're no strangers to brides with babies. Today, we've got some tips and tricks for incorporating your flower child into your special day!

We know this cutie looks pleased as a peach underneath our handmade flower crown, but if you're interested in having pictures taken of your little one, you might want to consider their sleep schedule beforehand. Even if you're not quite ready for your formal snaps, it's totally fine to put baby first. Primetime for a photoshoot is when baby is well-fed and well-rested! 

If you decide that it's best not to include baby in your ceremony but you're still looking to involve them in your special day, think about booking a wedding-inspired photo session for your baby. Involve your color scheme, flowers, and other wedding-inspired decor for photos that pay a perfect homage to your ceremony, just like this lovely wreath we designed for this shoot!

Part of being a parent means pulling diaper duty, but if you're not down for the doody on your wedding day, it might be a good idea to call in some reinforcements. Family can be a great (not to mention free) resource, but don't forget your fam is looking to enjoy the party too! If you're looking to give grandma a break, consider hiring a caregiver who can tend to baby when the need arises. 

If your child is a little older, it might be a good idea to provide some entertainment. Quiet toys (like a busy book or a stuffed animal) offer the perfect distraction to your baby for a ceremony--without being distracting to your guests. When it comes time for the reception, we suggest butcher paper or coloring pages at the children's table (we've seen the adults sneak some color time in, too).

At the end of the day, it's your wedding and your child! You know what's best for you and your family. There is plenty of time for you and your child to enjoy life's milestones together, so don't feel obligated to make it perfect. Kids will be kids, and while nothing's predictable where babies are concerned, we find that they always add a touch of something special to the personality of a wedding! 

Besides, babies are pretty stinkin' cute no matter what they do. Just look at that sweet little face! 

Looking for more tips? Check out this post on The Knot for more pros/cons on including your baby in your special day!

{Vendor Credits} Flowers and Styling: Ivory & Beau // Photography: Apt. B // Venue: Vic's On The River

Written by Paige Grieninger

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Marisa & Scott

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Marisa & Scott

Marisa is kind of awesome. (Can I say badass?!) Not only is she a gorgeous mom, but she paints cars for a living (something my dad always wanted me to do! He always told me to keep that as my backup option) So meeting a woman in the car industry was awesome! Trust me when I say, women working on cars are a rare thing (but should be more common!) Marisa came in loving Sarah Seven, and we think her choice of Swell was perfect. It's hands down one of my favorite Sarah Seven gowns, so it was so nice to see it go to a bride who wore it so well! It fit her like a glove! It had the perfect mix of boho and flowy for their Charleston wedding. Their wedding took place at The Rice Mill, an amazing historic waterfront venue with breathtaking views, and rustic interior. Congratulations Marisa & Scott! And a huge thank you to Dana Cubbage photography for sharing these with us!

Isn't her bouquet just so amazing? Branch Design Studio did such a phenomenal job, we are loving those succulents! And we love the complimentary flower crown! We always get asked "should I do a flower crown? Will it be too much?" And our answer is YES you should do a flower crown! The bigger the better!! And don't worry about a veil, you can easily do a flower crown with or without a veil! Her bridesmaids were from one of our favorite brands, Show Me Your Mumu. These mix and match gowns are so easy to wear again and again, like our Joanna August bridesmaids dresses! 

{Vendor Credits} Wedding Dress: SARAH SEVEN from IVORY + BEAU BRIDAL BOUTIQUE // Wedding Photography: DANA CUBBAGE WEDDINGS // Coordination: Jenna Tito // Venue: HISTORIC RICE MILL // Floral Design: BRANCH DESIGN STUDIO // Cake: SUGAR BAKE SHOP // Hair + Makeup: ASH AND CO. // Bride’s Shoes: STEVEN BY STEVE MADDEN // Bride’s Jewelry: personal // Bridesmaids Dresses: SHOW ME YOUR MUMU // Men’s Attire: personal // DJ: OTHERBROTHER ENTERTAINMENT // Catering: GOOD FOOD CATERING // Rentals: SNYDER + OOH EVENTS // Tabletop: POLISHED! // Invitations: GRACIOUSDAY // Signage: PAPER AD PINE CO.

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