Vendor Highlights: Azazie

Vendor Highlights: Azazie - Paper Swallow Events

Bridesmaid dress shopping can be one of the most difficult parts of wedding planning for many brides. You want a dress that matches your color scheme and flatters the body types of all your bridesmaids. It's a harder task than you might guess, especially if you're doing the majority of your shopping online and can't see the dresses in person. That's one reason why I love the new bridesmaids dress company, Azazie. 

Azazie sells a wide variety of dresses in multiple styles and colors perfect for most of your bridesmaids dress shopping needs. What makes them even better is that for just $10 you can have a sample dress shipped to you to try on. You have to ship it back within 4 days, (the $10 covers the cost of shipping to you and back) but it gives you a great way to see if you like the style of the dress in person and what your size might actually be. It's really an ingenious system! I mean, the number one reason I know people hesitate to order their bridesmaids dresses online is because they are unsure of the fit.

When the dresses arrived for the shoot I was immediately impressed with the quality of the materials and of the dresses. Their prices are also so much better than the prices of other bridesmaids dress retailers, which is a definite perk since being a bridesmaid can quickly become a costly endeavor!

One thing I would note is that even though all of the girls modeling as bridesmaids matched up to the size measurements of their dresses pretty closely (almost exactly) the dresses were a little big for the girls when they arrived. This is a great reason to order a sample dress before determining your size! If the sample doesn't work out, Azazie also offers custom tailoring so that you can achieve the perfect fit. This will save your maids so much time in the long run because they won't have to run to a tailor in the weeks before the wedding. I don't think it's a deal breaker, by any means, but it is something to consider.

Which of Azazie's Dresses is your favorite?

xoxo, Stacia

VENDOR CREDITS:

Designer/Planner/Coordinator: Paper Swallow Events  |  Florals: Gold and Bloom  | Photographer: Christina Elyse  |  Wedding Dress: Truvelle  |  Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie  |  Veils: Melinda Rose Design  |  Jewelry: Whisperwill  |  Guest Book: Blue Sky Papers  |  Venue: Stonebridge at 164  |  Models: Madeline Powell, Kate Harris, Grace Loe + Rachel Liebert  |  Hair + Makeup: Amy Powell + Paper Swallow Events 

THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST. I SIMPLY ADORE Azazie'S UNIQUE DRESSES AND, AFTER HAVING SOME FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE WITH THEM, I WANTED TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCE AND OPINION WITH ALL OF YOU IN CASE ANY OF YOU WERE CURIOUS ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THEIR GOWNS. IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS THAT I DIDN'T ANSWER, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS AND I'LL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM. :) 

My Week in Review

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1. I got to bring some of the gorgeous flowers from last weekend's wedding home with me. They were so much fun to play with. Fresh flowers always make a room feel so much brighter!

2. I announced Michael's and my upcoming move to Charleston earlier this week. We are so excited for what this move will bring and it's so fun to finally have this secret out of the bag!

3. Michael and I took a day to celebrate our two year anniversary earlier this week. We kept it mellow because life has been so busy recently, and it was a really wonderful day of time together. Stratego is one of our favorite two-player strategy games.

4. Almost 3 weeks in and my little baby succulent is still doing fine. I'm really proud of Max (my cat) for leaving it alone!

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What have you been up to this past week?

xoxo, Stacia

Big News!

Big News! - Paper Swallow Events

Ah! I have been busting to share this news with all of you for quite some time and I can't believe that everything is finally in a place where I can share it with you! I emailed all of my current brides earlier this week to sooth any worries or concerns it might cause for them so now the only people left to tell are you, my dear blog readers, internet friends, and future brides.

Michael + I are moving to Charleston, South Carolina!

Big News! - Paper Swallow Events

We've been saving and praying and working towards the transition for almost a year now. Close friends and family have been walking alongside us for months as we looked for a job transfer for Michael and a place to call home.

Why Charleston?

First off, we love it there. From the very first time we visited (our honeymoon) Michael and I both felt a sense of belonging there. It truly just felt like home. At first we joked about moving and then the joking became "maybe we should actually do this" until we finally said, "You know, we don't have kids right now and we know we don't want to stay in our current town, so let's take a leap and go on a grand adventure together!"

Secondly, it's better for my business and for Michael's career. Charleston is located close to so many cities where I would love to do weddings. Charleston also offers more career opportunities for Michael.

Big News! - Paper Swallow Events

WILL YOU BE RENTING OR PURCHASING?

To start off with, we're renting. We've had to do this whole process long distance for a variety of reasons and we really didn't want to purchase anything until we'd been living in the area for a while and figured out where we would really want to settle and could tour homes in person.

OH NO! I'M IN TENNESSEE AND I REALLY WANTED TO WORK WITH YOU when I get engaged!

Never fear! I am still more than willing to travel for weddings. I've done long distance with brides before (and currently) and the process can still run very smoothly. Plus, if you're getting married in the Chattanooga area, it won't be hard to convince me to come since my in laws live in that area.

Big News! - Paper Swallow Events

When are you moving?

We're moving out of our current apartment on July 1st and road tripping to Charleston with all of our belongings. Between now and then we'll be spending most of our evenings with local friends who we will miss dearly as the move approaches and going through our belongings because we want to avoid moving anything that we haven't been using during our time here. 

Any tips for a successful move are appreciated along with any prayers for a smooth transition! I really look forward to continuing to serve you all from my new city! :)

xoxo, Stacia

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Photo by Christina Elyse.

Photo by Christina Elyse.

After months of brainstorming ideas and researching options, I'm so excited to say that Paper Swallow Events now has a newsletter!

What can you expect if you sign up?

This is a biweekly newsletter that will be composed of exclusive content strictly for my newsletter subscribers. I plan to offer printables that will make your wedding planning process even more effortless along with other information that I believe will be helpful to brides everywhere. Occasionally I may offer exclusive deals or make exciting announcements that are relevant to you. 

What is this newsletter not?

This newsletter will not be simply a copy and paste of my blog posts. It will be exclusive content that you will not be able to find or get on this blog. I know how busy brides and brides-to-be are, so I promise to keep these emails brief, to the point, and packed with only the most helpful information.

The first newsletter goes out on May 29th and contains a printable that will help you save your photographer time on your wedding day so that they can spend more time capturing you + your fiance.

Be sure to sign up so that you don't miss out!

What do you most look for when you sign up for a newsletter?

xoxo, Stacia

My Week in Review

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1. It's not often that I get to peek in on a first look (I'm usually busy doing other things for the couple), but when the bride needs a ride down the hill to the location and my car is one of the few not blocked in, I'm happy to take her. Will + Juliet had the most precious first look!  

2. I love the clear blue skies and rolling hill of Tennessee. I've been trying to take advantage of the weather recently and may actually be getting a tan which is kinda a miracle. (I always burn; never tan.) 

3. The groomsmen at Will + Juliet's wedding got to choose from some pretty epic ties. I really liked this one.  

4. We DIYed all the flowers for Will + Juliet's wedding. I loved working with her on some really whimsical bouquets for the bridesmaids.  

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Obviously my week was very wedding-centric. How was your week?

xoxo, Stacia