I&B Dresses: Rebecca Ingram & Jenny Yoo // Healthy Bride Feature

So you're getting married... and you want to look your best... and the pressure is on... I've been there. I am there. With that looming wedding date coming up quicker than I know it, I feel the pressure getting heavier and heavier with each week that passes and with each splurge I treat myself to. I think if I'm being honest I've always had an unhealthy relationship with food. I'm not entirely sure where it stems from but I do know living in a household where there was never junk food or snacks or anything yummy and healthy dinners and then going to my grandparents every summer where I lived off of Zebra cakes, Fruity Pebbles, candy dishes always filled and salami sandwiches probably wasn't the best for a kid. I would go from barely eating because I didn't like the nuts and seeds in the pantry to gorging on all the yummiest of foods. 

Fast forward to now and I struggle with food. From being very disciplined eating every 2-3 hours, counting every calorie, munching on carrot sticks between meals to the weekend where my fiance and I just truly enjoy life and use any small excuse as a reason to celebrate with a date night... And then feeling guilty and bad that I have a wedding coming up and a dress to fit into and I want to look and feel my best. And the struggle is not fun to say the least. 

So when I ran across Ginny Leavitt's instagram post featuring our Rebecca Ingram gown talking about helping brides feel confident and beautiful on their wedding day I was instantly intrigued and so I delved in to find out more about what she is all about and of course along the way I'll share some of the gorgeous images photographed by Kelsey Halm featuring our dresses! 

Ginny Leavitt is a health consultant. Very different from a personal trainer. She got her Bachelor in Exercise Physiology and through her career she ended up working at the Weight Management Location in Charleston. This was her first introduction into health coaching. She got involved with brides when some friends in the wedding industry asked her advice for how to stay on track and feel confident in wedding dresses. So in March of this year she decided to segway and switch gears to help brides specifically. 

My biggest question was when we chatted was - what actually is the difference between health coaching and personal training? 

The key difference is that health coaching is "client-centered." A health coach works as a guide to help the client with what they want to do with their health. This is more sustainable because it focuses on what works for the client and is specific to them.

Ginny has created a program called the "Healthy Bride Experience" [ummm hello, *raises hand,* I need some healthy bride experience because all this see-sawing back and forth between healthy as can be to a splurging let-me-get-seconds-that-tastes-so-good human sounds so much better.] She has 2 courses - one that is 8 weeks long and one that is 16 weeks long. The courses include a workbook to fill out every week, these guide you through the coaching program. The "Healthy Bride Experience" is now just about weight loss... it's about wedding stress, healthy eating AND what to do after the wedding has come and gone. 

I love that her program is not just about losing weight but so much more. It's about a healthy lifestyle. She even mentioned one chapter is about socialisms around weddings. I think the biggest thing is just the importance of being able to enjoy this season and chapter of your life. Being able to call yourself a "bride" is exciting and amazing. It is a season of celebration, a season to remember. You are preparing for one of the most special days. Just stop and think about it... How many times do you get to have all your favorite people and family in one room!?!?! Sure I go to family reunions every summer (yassss Myrtle Beach next week!) but all my best friends aren't there. Sure I have girl's trip reunions with my Univ of Puget Sound girls but all my best friends from Savannah aren't there or my crazy lil cousins... Your wedding is the one day that all those favorite humans are there. Just talking about it gets me soooooo excited. So why ruin it with stress?! It is not worth it and I love that Ginny's program focuses on that too because stressing yourself out with weight loss may make your body look great but if you are so stressed out than you will not have that radiant glow that only happiness and a stress-free life can grant you with.  

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While chatting with Ginny I also had to ask her for her BEST advice to feel confident on your wedding day. Her response? Don't wait about how you feel. If there's anything you're nervous about or want to work on, get started with action. I couldn't agree more... I think this tip honestly just kind of applies to life too. Procrastination can be a huge source of stress for people and I've really focused on this not just in a health-mindset but also at work and in life in general. I have seen a huge decrease in my stress levels at work. Whether it's preparing the fall schedule for my team 3 months in advance or having one of the #iandbteam prepare flower orders months in advance or ordering all the little details we need for our wedding now rather than waiting... every time you can check something off and be ahead of the game it just feels so good. 

Another thing I love about Ginny's process is that she focuses on what is sustainable. I know for me especially trying to fast or eat only 1200 calories may work for a day but that is not realistic or sustainable at ALL. So I love that she focuses on providing the legwork to help brides with the tools that can help for a lifetime of health. Not just your typical crash diet or fad that won't ever sustain. To check out more of the Healthy Bride Experience and her two course options click below!! 

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Last but not least, thank you to the vendor team who made this shoot come together!!! 

[Vendor Credits] Photography: Kelsey Halm Photo // Wedding Dress: Rebecca Ingram available at Ivory & Beau // Floral Print Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny Yoo available at Ivory & Beau // Blue bridesmaid Dress: Bella Bridesmaids // Hair: Sarah Veal // Makeup: Alyshia Jackson // Florals: Lindsay Bishop // Models: Devan Walsh, Brooke Jones, Alex Moring // Jewelry: Gold Creations

NEW BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES! HAYLEY PAIGE OCCASIONS FALL 2018

 OMG!! We are so very excited about the new Hayley Paige Occasions Fall 2018 Collection! Arriving to Ivory & Beau late July!! 

OMG!! We are so very excited about the new Hayley Paige Occasions Fall 2018 Collection! Arriving to Ivory & Beau late July!! 

The prettiest jumpsuit !! Wear it as is or rock it with one of our long full skirts and you got your wedding dress and your second look! 

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Ruffles, lace and off the shoulders! Pinch me, these are soo pretty!

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You can NEVER have too much SPARKLE ! 

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These three dresses, might actually be my personal favorites. A hint of of lace but still sexy in a classy way! 

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I LOVE THIS SO SO MUCH!!! TWO DRESSES IN ONE!! 

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This back is just everything and this dress can come in 20 different colors!

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May I please be a bridesmaid 19 times so I can wear each of these dresses?!! Click below to shop! 

ORGANIC GARDEN WEDDING

Y'all! Pinch me! We are up on Wedding Chicks today!!! The inspiration behind this shoot with Danielle George Photography at Ships of the Sea came from us wanting to do something very organic and romantic. Inspired by the beauty of the gardens at the museum, lush blooms, soft colors and just all things romantic. Plus I knew we had to do something hanging for a centerpiece since Ships of the Sea has those awesome rafters under their outdoor pavilion. Playing off the organic vibe we found some copper colanders at World Market and thought they would be so fun to use for a unique centerpiece. And before I forgot... be sure to scroll to the bottom to see all the amazing vendors who help us bring this shoot to life! 

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When planning the details for this shoot we wanted to incorporate all of the things that Ivory & Beau has to offer to clients... because we aren't just your normal bridal boutique or just a wedding planner. We offer so much more. Ivory & Beau has two main components that we handle... 

BRIDAL SHOP

We sell wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses and bridal accessories. The dress we chose for our faux bride to rock for this shoot is a Blush by Hayley Paige gown that has a beautiful lacy floral pattern. Swoonworthy... am I right? For the bridesmaid style we chose one of our newest Hayley Paige Occasions bridesmaid styles. I love the subtle sparkle of this style and the dusty rose is such a pretty shade of blush.

WEDDINGS & EVENT DESIGN STUDIO

The other main portion of our business is weddings. We offer Wedding Day Management & Design packages and Full Service Planning & Design packages. When hiring us to be your planner you are not only hiring a planner or coordinator but an event designer, a floral designer and a calligrapher. With both of our packages we help design every little detail of your wedding day from the aisle markers to the invitations to the bar menus to the centerpieces.

For this shoot we incorporated all of the things that Ivory & Beau has to offer couples getting married in Savannah or in surrounding areas. McKenzie created bout tags with her gold metallic calligraphy and I have to say I love that she snuck in my fiance's name (Alex) and her baby's name (Jude). 

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Lush blooms, organic greenery, a lil texture - the perfect recipe for beautiful florals. 

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For all you Southerners, I don't think it gets any better than a Whiskey & Bourbon bar, am I right?!

Rentals from both Southern Belle Events, Ultra Pom and Event Works helped us design and style the shoot.

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To go along with the organic vibe of the shoot we enlisted farm-to-table caterer, Cha Bella who whipped up some tasty, beautiful and very organic style appetizers. We love working with clients on the perfect menu to fit the vibe, style and taste for their wedding. And since we are in Savannah, we wanted to incorporate some favors from local company, Savannah Bee Company.

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Wouldn't be Ivory & Beau without a hidden dinosaur somewhere... I can't even tell you how many times we get asked, "why the dinosaurs?" I wish there was some crazy creative exciting story that involved a real life dinosaur but unfortunately that's not the case. The truth is when we first opened I brought in a few gold dinosaurs from home and placed them around the shop for some decorations. Lo and behold we shortly became known as the shop with the dinosaurs and they began multiplying, literally. Our amazing clients would gift us with dinosaur gifts and it just kind of stuck. Sometimes things happen and it doesn't have to make sense, it just is.

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Vanilla & the Bean made a beautiful cake for the shoot and a cream poof tower, which is literally making my mouth water just looking at it. Selena, the baker behind the name, is not only the sweetest but she is crazy talented. I love her cake design and the taste is mouth-watering. I love the soft lace pattern on the cake that she did for this shoot. 

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Speaking of dinosaurs.... meet T. Rex, my springer spaniel puppy, who is probably the closest thing to a real life dinosaur. He loves eating leather flip-flops, paper, sweaty clothes and wood furniture. He can either be found digging holes to China, running circles around us playing keep-away or cuddling. He is a terror, but he is also an angel. When I say he sleeps on my stomach I am not stretching the truth. He literally sleeps on my stomach every night. He loves belly rubs, back rubs and ear rubs and he loves attention. When they say Springer Spaniels are a companion breed they are not lying. He is my lil boo and I love him so much. And look at how pretty he looks with his greenery leash!?!?

People have asked me recently if we plan to bring T. Rex to our wedding this December... Now if only he wasn't such a little terror. He loves people and gets way too excited around other humans and well there's also that whole eating-the-garlands problem... So my answer for now is... we'll see and if he does make an appearance it will likely be a very short appearance just for a few quick pictures because he is a wild animal. Totally our fault for not training him better... my cousin and her husband train dogs for a living and they are definitely ashamed I'm sure but I mean, c'mon look at that cute lil face...!!! 

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For the ceremony design we used one of our new arches that was made by my fiance, Alex. Dating/engaged/marrying soon an engineer is definitely one of the perks when being a floral designer. Any crazy idea I come up with and have not a clue how to make I can ask him to help me out and he always does like this asymmetrical arch he helped us make. And if you ask me... the more wild the better. 

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Did I mention that I love big bouquets? And you can be sure my bridal bouquet for my wedding this December will be larger than this one... 

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These cuties? We did their wedding flowers last year and Amy bought her dress from our shop during a sample sale. And they're ridiculously adorable. Am I right!?!? You can see their wedding here featured on A Lowcountry Wedding photographed by Mackensey Alexander!

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Amy has the most incredible hair and I must say I am obsessed with this sultry look by Hustle & Blow... with that dreamy braid intertwined throughout messy curls. Love this look on Amy.

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Okay and now my favorite picture from the shoot.... and I have to say it was super fun getting to "sprinkle lightly" flowers all over Amy while I Thee Film captured it on video... 

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Oh and how adorable is our bridesmaid rocking this dusty rose style by Hayley Paige Occasions!? This style is one of my favorites from the new styles because I love the little overlay crop top and the subtle silver sparkle. Plus the dusty rose color is softer and warmer than some of the lighter blushes.

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Laughter & girl time is my favorite, what about you? And how stinking cute are these shots!? I really do think there is nothing prettier you can wear than a smile. Oh and can we talk about Amy's perfect glow? Yup, that is thanks to the amazing Body Bronzing by Becca

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You might initially think Ships of the Sea, outdoor venue, perfect for spring. But I have to say... the gardens were amazing in December. I love the colors of the leaves in the garden area and how amazing the pictures captured by Danielle George turned out. Gorgeous. So while you may be enticed to have your wedding during springtime peak wedding season, I say consider December. A little chilly in the evening but this day was truly beautiful and then you don't have to worry about getting sweaty while getting down on the dance floor.

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And just because, I'll end this blog post with our trademark. To see more from this shoot be sure to head over to Wedding Chicks! To inquire about our bridal dresses, wedding planning services, calligraphy, floral design, bridesmaids dresses or more click below! We can't wait to hear from you!! 

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[Vendor Credits] Photography: Danielle George // Planning, Floral & Dresses: Ivory & Beau // Venue: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum // Food: Cha Bella // Cake: Vanilla & the Bean // Hair & Makeup: Hustle & Blow Dry Bar // Spray Tan: Body Bronzing by Becca // Tableware Rentals: Ultra Pom // Furniture Rentals: Southern Belle Events // Other Rentals: Event Works // Calligraphy: McKenzie Does Calligraphy // Wedding Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige available at Ivory & Beau // Bridesmaid Style: Hayley Paige Occasions available at Ivory & Beau // Videography: I Thee Film

A-to-Z Savannah Weddings: 10 Downing

Hey y'all. I'm Nicole. And I love blogging. And it's been way too long since I've really blogged or had the time to. I can't complain because if I don't have the time it means I'm too busy with other things, and not that I'm not busy now because we are crazy busy BUT I have a bigger support staff and team to help me with the tasks that before took up so much of my time. So blogging... let's get back to blogging. 

Take me back to summer 2011... actually don't really take me back because life is so much better now but if we were back in that summer I was spending hours... and hours... and hours... and then even more hours... and I literally had no life or friends or love handles but that's another story for another day... I was spending HOURS blogging. And I LOVED it. It was an addiction. I could spend hours perfecting all the little details of the mood boards I would make and hours finding the perfect picture to fit in the blog post. I loved it and I miss it a lot. I also love writing. Like a lot... I also am a super fast typer. I used to be obsessed with this typing game as a kid with a ghost in it and so I can type 100 wpm. No really, I just took a test even to make sure I wasn't bullshitting and I got 93. So that's like basically 100. 

Side notes and distracted undiagnosed ADD Nicole aside... and back on track now. I love blogging and I love what I do and I love all things weddings!!!!! SO... I am starting a new blogging series and I am holding myself accountable. And the series is the A to Z's of Weddings in Savannah, GA. Here is the premise:

  • If you have ever read Savannah Weddings Magazine you will know there is a handy dandy Venue guide in the very back of the magazine. I will be going down the list A to Z of the venues and featuring a new venue each week... but that's not all...
  • If you are new around here you might not know this but Ivory & Beau is not just wedding dresses.... we are also wedding planning, flowers, bridesmaids, calligraphy and even tuxes. Basically all the things. So each blog post will feature...
  • The perfect wedding dress for the venue
  • The perfect color palette and styles of bridesmaids styles
  • The perfect florals
  • The perfect calligraphy/signage to go with the vibe

Are you guys ready? I am and I bet you are too after my super lengthy intro. And so today.... A to Z is really actually 1-2-3 to A to Z. So first up is 10 Downing, which is awesome because you guys I love this venue. I really love Mark too. He is incredible. I just got to say when a venue coordinator rocks and is accommodating, friendly, hard-working and nice it makes wedding planner's and florist's jobs like a million times easier. I think there's something to be said for the vendor who realizes that we are all in this together for a common purpose and goal... and that's HAPPY BRIDES AND GROOMS. So anyway, to this gorgeous venue...

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10 DOWNING

THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BOARD(S): 10 Downing brings that modern city vibe to historic Savannah so the dress that I envision in this space (bride's personality aside) would be something more modern, chic and fashion forward like our long sleeve beaded chiffon skirt gown. For the bridesmaids they would be rocking shades of blues of course.

For the flowers and design of everything I love the idea of bringing in those dusty blues with darker blues but then combining with the modern style of the space with bold pops of black and white. BUT THEN... bringing it back to the romantic vibe by combining lush greenery framing the windows, mantles and all the candlelight because well, you can't ever go wrong with a ton of candlelight... I mean unless you start a fire (knock on wood.) Also, I'm a total sucker for fancy linens... and these linens from Nuage Designs are my new obsession with the fringe and sequins combo. Plus, who doesn't want to match their linens?! That is kind of a joke but still I thought that was awesome I found matching heels at Lulu's...

Adding to the modern vibe of the space, I think utilizing signage in the right way is so key. I think having cohesive matching signage really sets the tone for a wedding and sets it apart from just any other wedding. For 10 Downing I love the idea of using acrylic boards for signage. Just adds an extra dose of modern plus I mean... acrylic is so cool. Our calligraphist is also finally back from maternity leave!! For a custom quote on her work click here and tell us all the deets!

Black with pops of greenery and tying in the blues would make for the perfect invitations to set the stage for the wedding. Modern yet still with that organic touch of lots of greenery. Now I don't know if that black wedding cake would dye your mouth black... but how badass does it look!? Style 5755 is one of the most modern bridesmaid's dresses we have in stock with a boxy strappy neck style that is so flattering with its soft chiffon skirt while also being very fashionable. Also, did y'all know we work with Jim's Formal Wear for tuxes?! That's right... head here to shop all the most fab styles for the man in your life.  

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Read on for some more details about this awesome gem right in the center of Savannah...

THE WHERE: 10 Downing is a private dining space conveniently located above Churchill's Pub on Bay Street. The space has two beautiful mantles and fireplaces, modern artwork and light fixtures, beautiful windows that overlook historic Savannah and an outdoor patio area that can be reserved for private parties as well. 

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT 10 DOWNING: I mean... food. Do I need say more? The food at this venue is incredibly delicious. Oh and the staff. Mark, the venue's coordinator, is awesome to work with. He is hospitable, friendly and extremely easy to work with. I also love the modern touches that vibe really nicely with the historic vibe of the building and room. 

PERFECT FOR COUPLES THAT... have around 90 guests or less and LOVE to party. Want a wedding that is romantic and somewhat intimate. Even though technically 90 guests isn't really classified as "intimate," I think of the space in 10 Downing as an intimate space. It might be those beautiful fireplaces. 10 Downing is one of the few venues in Savannah where you can party until those late hours, so if you have a group that loves to get your party on this is the perfect spot. Or if you don't want to party there you can easily take the party to the streets since its location has you right in the center of all the wild crazy action of Savannah nights.

BEST COLORS FOR THE SPACE: Neutrals, black, white, gold, silver, all the shades of blue

I&B @ 10 DOWNING: Clarissa + Max // China + Chris


We really do a little bit of it all and if you are in need of any help for your big day whether it's dressing you and your girl squad, your men, helping with planning every little detail, creating custom signage, designing floral arrangements or even just a day-of coordinator, we got you covered. Click below to contact us today for all your wedding needs - we are now booking 2019... can you believe it!?!?! And then it's 2020.... whoa.

Photo Credits: [BOARD ONE] Flowers via Borrowed & Blue and Weddingtopia // Shoes via Lulu's // Linens via Beachview Event Rentals // Wedding Dress available at Ivory & Beau -- shop gowns!! // Favors via Beau Coup // Bridesmaids Styles 5809 & 5811 by HP Occasions -- shop bridesmaids! // Garland over Window by Ivory & Beau; photography by Ari Merritt  [BOARD TWO] Acrylic Sign via Pinterest -- contact our calligraphist, McKenzie! // Invitation Suite via Minted! // Cake via Wedding Forward // Clarissa & Max via The Happy Bloom // Custom Napkins via For Your Party // Bridesmaid Style 5755 by HP Occassions -- shop bridesmaids! // Suit via Style Me Pretty, photography by Sara Lucero -- shop tuxes