Our next bride, Rose, is actually more than our next feature bride. She happens to be my sister in law. I was fortunate to be with her when she found her wedding dress and I love it because it’s as if it has a dual personality. The fit and simplicity of this Junko Yoshioka dress as you look upon her from the front is gorgeous. Then when you view the back, WOW! The low back and layers of flowing silk and satin add softness and firty-ness. She and Joel (my husband’s brother) were married on June 22, 2008 at Tippecanoe Place in South Bend, Indiana. Rose and Joel knew me before I was Lo Boheme. Yes, it was after creating her hair piece as well as all nine of her bridesmaid’s pieces that I decided to give this little idea of selling my hair pieces a try. The rest is history, as they say. Enjoy Rose and Joel’s story because it’s also a part of mine …
“I’m from southern Michigan and although I live in Los Angeles, I wanted to get married close to home. I envisioned an outdoor, garden themed wedding and when we came across Tippecanoe Place in South Bend, Indiana, I knew this was the place. The beautiful grounds along with the old stone building, built in 1886 by Clem Studabaker, gave me the sense of charm and history I was looking for.
I found Lo Boheme before Lo Boheme was Lo Boheme…she was just Lo and Lo was my future sister in-law who I realized had amazing talent. I saw one of the pieces she made for her bridesmaids and asked her if she would create something for me…not only me but my NINE bridesmaids as a gift to them. I told her colors, a general idea and that was it…the rest were her beautiful creations.
The “Rose” hair piece named after the bride.
All the bridesmaids hair pieces were one of a kind.All the bridesmaid’s necklaces as well as mine were designed and created by a woman my mom knows.
I have a Scotch/Irish heritage….so I wanted a bag piper playing as my dad walked me down the aisle. I learned bag piper players are hard to come by in Indiana. I found a Chinese/American man who happened to play. We all found great humor in that.
There were so many memories from our big day that I don’t know where to begin … A little chaos and disarray turned into a beautiful, peaceful celebration and party. Besides the fact that the bagpiper was very late causing a late start to the ceremony and he didn’t present himself in the most professional manner, and the fact that an Oscar Myer weiner mobile that had gotten lost pulled into the driveway while I was trying to focus on my groom and the wise words coming from the podium….we had amazing weather that highlighted the beautiful scene, a double rainbow, a written song/toast sung by all of our groomsmen, and lots of dancing–including a surprise tribute to me of “500 miles” by The Proclaimers performed by all of the groomsmen and young men parading around in neon 80′s gear that was too tight to be worn comfortably. It was epic!”
When asked what advice she would give future brides to be, Rose said, “Don’t get lost in the details of party planning. Make sure that you and your groom enjoy the celebration. It is too short of a day not to. Cherish it….and it is worth every penny to make yourself feel and look beautiful….so do it. Shop Lo Boheme!!!!!”
Thank you, Rose. You were a stunning bride. Joel, you didn’t look too shabby either. I’m so glad we’re family. And thank you for the shout out!
- Dress designer: Junko Yoshioka
- Jewelry designer: Karyn DeKaiser Moulton of Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Photographer: Mike Larson Photography
- Venue: Tippecanoe Place
- Hair Pieces: Lo Boheme
- Groom and groomsmen suits: Alfani Red