Blushing Brides to Be {5 Tips for Boudoir Shoots}

When on the topic, the word boudoir often times automatically brings a bit of a blush to the face of the inquisitor. Throughout the years, we’ve had brides on the look out for the perfect gift for their husband to be. Often times, boudoir photos are of the first ideas that pop into their minds. They shyly request information on whom we recommend for the service and then quietly resume to other topics, most often leaving us without the knowledge of if they took the step or not. This topic doesn’t have to be taboo. Nor does it have to automatically come to mind as tasteless. You don’t even have to strip down to your skivvies! Milwaukee boudoir (and wedding day!) photographer Chrissy Krueger-Gruendyke of Chrissy Rose Photography takes a different point of view on it; while you’re knocking the socks off of your man, you’re also taking a moment for yourself. “I am often asked ‘what exactly is boudoir photography?’ Boudoir-style photo sessions with Chrissy Rose Photography showcase you as the beautiful, confident and sexy woman that you are. Capturing you in this way is a celebration of all things you. The photos are meant to be seductive and intimate as well as empowering. The women I work with are often times brides-to-be looking to surprise their grooms with a super sexy wedding gift. Or the mom who just got her body back and wants to flaunt it. Or the 50-something hottie who wants to freeze in time how amazing she looks. We all do it for different reasons. The most important reason is to celebrate ourselves at...
Absolut Texas Happy Hour Showdown

Absolut Texas Happy Hour Showdown

Cinco de Mayo-a holiday I find myself celebrating on an almost weekly basis at the Belair Cantina located conveniently two blocks from my house. Tonight I’ll still be celebrating, but I’ll be hosting it at my digs instead and adding a little twist to tradition. While I’ll still be mixing up the expected tequila based margaritas (fresh watermelon to be exact), I’ll also be serving something(s) with a kick! Last week we had a happy hour showdown with Absolut Texas vodka and three of their cocktail heavy hitters. First off, before I continue, I know you’re already asking Absolut Texas? The state needs one more thing dedicated to its namesake? It ABSOLUT-ely does. The serrano and cucumber infused spirit is both refreshing and packs a little punch. It can be mixed with something sweet or something on the more savory side. We tried the following: Tejano, Rodeo Ride & Pineapple Martini. TIP: While we didn’t concoct a Bloody Mary, we could find the two being a perfect pair and accompaniment to your Saturday morning. TEJANO-Easy and breezy 2 parts Absolut Texas 3 parts Grapefruit Soda Build over ice in a highball glass, and garnish with a lime wedge and a chili-salt rim. This cocktail is easy to throw together when you’re in a pinch! I definitely suggest adding the garnishes or it may be on the plain side. PINEAPPLE MARTINI-Perfectly punchy 2 parts Absolut Texas 2 parts Pineapple juice 2 leaves fresh Cilantro Optional (but suggested): add 1-2 dashes Tabasco-we used chipotle! Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, and shake with ice. Fine-strain into a chilled martini glass,...

Classic White or Bold and Bright?

Some of our brides walk into the florist meeting knowing exactly what they want and others have no clue. Flower meetings are one of my favorites to be a part of and whether a bride has had her bouquet picked out since kindergarten or if she has no clue what a rununculus is, I love working with the bride and the florist to come up with a cohesive and of course beautiful vision. If you’re a bride who couldn’t tell the difference between a carnation and a peony, I have put together a few tips on picking out your bouquet. The first decision I would make when designing your bouquet is if you want all white flowers or if you would like a colorful bouquet. There are some that fall in the middle with a mix of both but for our purposes I would still classify those as colored. An all white bouquet doesn’t have to be totally pure white, and if you want it to be it will be hard to find since most flowers have a true creamy ivory hue. This style of posey could also be all light neutrals with some soft taupe colors and a pretty blush mixed in here or there. TIP: There isn’t a ton of contrast with this selection though. The pros of a white bouquet include its classic appeal, it feels a little more timeless than the colored options. Possibly because wedding color fads come and go but neutrals are always in style. They are always soft and romantic and fit with any venue or decor which is another added bonus....

A Spring in your Step…and Dress

It is hard for me to not get excited with each season’s change, especially when the new season holds sunshine, warmth and new wardrobe updates…or at least that’s what I’m wishing for! I stumbled across the Spring season’s Pantone color line up and I’m pretty sure it was made specifically for me. I thought I’d share the wealth or at least my recommendations for some springy new accessories/upgrades to your wardrobe. Flexibility in each piece is something that I can’t stress enough. Having an item that can be transitioned from day to night, work day to weekend, only makes it that much more worth the purchase. Especially if it is a pricier piece. TIP: Saving and splurging can be a difficult decision. Splurge on an item if you can get daily wear out of it. Save it for later, when it goes on sale, if it isn’t something that will be often utilized. This is something I’m constantly reminding myself. Especially on wedding days where I can be found in a uniform of black or at the very least neutral, I like to add just a pop of color. Here are a few of my favorite things that are a surefire way to create a sunny disposition in your closet, even when we are still caught in between seasonal mood swings outside. Aquamarine: Dreaming of a tropical vacation? At least you can wear the ocean on your sleeves! Or in this case, around your neck and fingertips. LIZZIBETH Necklace ESSIE Polish in Rock the Boat Lucite Green: The color I wish was on every tree outside; Green is a...

Feelin' the burn without burning up {SportBody Pilates}

When it comes to “good workout”, your mind automatically imagines dripping sweat, being out of breath and really feeling the burn. When it comes to our next adventure in the workout world, I learned that there are a variation of “good” workouts. After really getting into yoga the past few months we decided to switch it up and continue on our journey through Milwaukee’s best workouts. Next up: Sport Body Pilates Located in the Third Ward in a window front shop at 159 N. Jackson Street, the studio has sprawling windows that you can’t help but smile in on sunny days. And in the recent frigidness, the studio is still nice and warm. You may be thinking, “Oh my gosh, everyone can watch me work out!” but that isn’t the case. Random passersby may see you after parking their cars in the Italian Community Center parking lot, but they’re probably envious of you. Pilates was a whole new experience for both Amanda and myself and our teacher, Krista, was so accommodating to ease our jitters. A lot of yoga moves are implemented in pilates, but where you used to rely solely on your body and a mat, there’s now this carriage involved. A carriage with springs and straps and bars…how do I even approach this thing? Kind of intimidating at first. Krista warmed us up and took us slowly through different moves and reps of each. She wanted us to get a feel for the carriage and being able to rely on our body for balance. You see, I’m NOT coordinated and my balance is always off kilter. I...

Leave it to the Pros {Blushing Blog Feature}

A question that we often receive during meetings when explaining the importance of our services is “Well, why exactly should we hire you? Can’t we do this ourselves?” Sure, you could technically plan your wedding by yourself. You could blindly attend vendor meetings, blindly sign contracts, not exactly knowing if you’re getting a great deal or a great vendor. You could plan out your timeline, follow every move of dinner service-has everyone been served?, make sure the bar is serving your guests in prompt manner. You could monitor the gift table and card box. You could corral guests, cue your officiant, not to mention the musicians and readers. When a problem arises, you can be the point of contact, having any and all vendors approach you when they don’t have a go to plan of solution. If it rains, you can take care of moving all of the items into a safe place. Oh and did you remember set up and clean up? Sure you can do it yourself, but we can do it, too! While taking all of the pressure off you. Julissa and Ayodeji’s wedding was recently featured on Blushing Blog. After reading such kind words provided by the bride, you might have even more “PROS” as to why it is a great idea to hire a wedding coordinator. Best use of budget? “The best use of our budget was our amazing photographer, Heather Cook Elliott. Also our wedding coordinator, Tailored Engagements, and videographer, One Fine Day.” Is there anything that didn’t go as planned? “There were a couple of things that didn’t go as planned; however,...