Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Quick Tip: Choosing Wedding Vendors

I am so excited to announce that Camille Victoria Weddings LLC has won WeddingWire's 2011 Bride's Choice Award!  The winners are chosen based on reviews and surveys from actual newlyweds.  That brings me to today's tip.  There are so many wedding vendors to choose from.  A great way to narrow down the pool is to look for real reviews from real couples.  Much like the popular site Yelp, Wedding Wire is a great site for reading feedback from couples about their wedding vendors.  Also, it never hurts to ask your vendor contenders for some old-fashioned references.  Couples that were thrilled with the vendor's services (and even those that were not so thrilled) will be happy and eager to talk to you about their experiences.  Happy Planning!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

January Giveaway:

In the United States, about 90 to 95 percent of women change their last name after marriage, according to Elle magazine.  I assumed I'd be part of the statistic after I got married.  I like the idea of identifying with my husband, in theory.  Well, yesterday, I finished the process of changing my name. Though, I'll let you in on a little secret -- my wedding was nearly two years ago!  So, yes, it took me a while to get it done.  You could even say I dragged my feet. 

The truth is I had difficulty letting go of my maiden name.  That was my identity.  That's how people knew me for 27 years.  That name tied me to my family.  I had history with my maiden name.  But as a year passed, my life changed. My husband and I moved to a new city.  I made new friends.  I opened a business with my new name on the business cards.  I had accomplished something with this new name.  As I began to connect with the name, I slowly began the official name-changing process, first at the DMV, then with the passport.  I had started to build a history with the new name, and it didn't seem so foreign to me.  I felt like the name was really me. So yesterday after 40 minutes in line at the Social Secuity Office, I took the final step and sealed the deal.  I thought I'd feel a sense of loss.  It may have taken me a while to get there, but what I really felt was proud.  I was proud of the new name and the new me.

January Giveaway
You certainly don't have to take two years to change your name.  If you're raring to get it done, the website can make the process relatively quick and easy.  At, you simply answer some key questions.  The system then uses your answers to fill out all of the proper state and federal forms for you. The process takes about 30 minutes.  You then follow the instructions to send in the completed forms yourself with the proper documentation. 

This month, three lucky readers will win a gift card to use the name-changing service for free!

To enter, simply leave a comment below by February 1st with an e-mail address to contact if you win. You can get an additional entry if you become a follower of @CamilleMcLamb and tweet us the words MissNowMrs.  Winners will be chosen at random.  No purchase is necessary to enter.

Disclosure: MissNowMrs provided the gift cards for this giveaway.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Rocky Proposals

When a guy is ready to propose, he does everything he can to make sure his plans go smoothly.  Well, this weekend, I was up in Evanston and saw some rocky proposals, or should I say proposals on the rocks....literally! Rocks along the lakeshore were painted with messages about friendship and graduation and marriage proposals! Check it out....

Ok. This one's not a proposal, but still an unusual way to break up!
This one is not very elaborate, but it gets the message across.

 Do you have a unique proposal story? Share it with us below!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Classic Elegance: Jocelyn & Terron

I was so happy to work with Jocelyn and Terron on their wedding.  Their big day was the epitome of classic elegance, and I wanted to share these fabulous photos from the wedding by Laura Witherow Photography.

Look couldn't have been a more beautiful day!

Cute Bride and Groom Favor Boxes

I snapped this quick photo of the head table.  I loved the candelabra!

Great custom-made cake topper!
One of my favorite photos.  It was the groom's idea!

The ceremony and reception were at the Chateau Bu-Sche. As the kids entered the venue, I heard them exclaim, "It looks like the White House!" Laura Witherow shot the photos for the day, while Flaneur Videography took video. Fleckstein's Bakery provided the cake, and Joanna's Flower Boutique did the flowers.  It was a beautiful day!

Congratulations to Jocelyn and Terron!