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Yay! Yay! I could not be more proud. Honestly, you guys- our team rocks. I can’t take any credit for the fabulousness featured recently on Style Me Pretty. It was a group effort on our team’s part. The amazingly adorable graphics were created by Kristen. The flawless design was Rachel. And, of course, the meticulous and perfect coordination of the event goes to Sharon. I’m so thankful to Esther and Daniel for the relationships that have been forged with my girls. They trusted us and they let us do what we’re good at- with excitement in their hearts. Truly, it was our honor. And we LOVE you, Esty!!

Run off to see more of the details that Ashley Rose snapped on the Style Me Pretty feature!!



Trend Talk: Hair Pieces!

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Seeing me without a headband is a rarity. Anything that adorns my noggin is usually there because I’m in need of an outfit pick-me-up, or because I’m trying to bring some funk into the boring ponytail. In short, headbands are my solution to crazy hair and a lazy being. You look put together, with minimal effort. Yay, hooray!

However! Head pieces are not just for the thick-haired and mangy-maned! We’ve definitely been seeing a lot of brides are steering away from the traditional veils and instead, popping in a flower, a ribbon, or even a cute hat/fascinator (thank you Kate!) when they exchange their vows. And they’ve been doing it AMAZINGLY well.

Disclaimer before we continue on with my head piece-pushing rant: At ITN, we adore tradition – and along those lines, traditional veils. We are pro-veil. We just realize that veils aren’t for everyone. Sometimes you’re not comfortable with a piece of tulle in your face. Sometimes you’re getting married on the beach and you don’t want to be blown away into the Pacific. We get it. Thus, exploring options. End disclaimer.

I have to start this out with my girl, Brooke. Instead of a traditional birdcage, this is a huge bow. As big as her face. Maybe even bigger. Score one point for ridiculous bow size, and another point for cuteness!

You guys met Natalie and Josh recently, but we have to bring them back again…because they’re just so addicting, this couple is! Natalie ditched the whole veil concept and instead, tucked an elegant flower into her hair. What a simple, gorgeous statement that didn’t detract from Natalie’s beauty and Josh’s love.

Sometimes you have to think even MORE outside the box. Like this styled bride for a California Shootout that Amanda designed. A ribbon? Yes please. We take ribbon very seriously. Seriously – never discard a piece of ribbon: satin, velvet, grosgrain or otherwise, that you can tie in your hair to match the napkin treatment. (It may or may not be a part of your design package when you book us…maybe.)

Fascinators can be done in many different ways. Thanks to the Duchess, it’s becoming more mainstream. Here’s our beloved Steph – who was WAY ahead of her time. Now that’s something that not a lot of people can do. Luckily, with the right hair stylist, you can bring in any headpiece and they’ll be sure to work it into your hair style, to ensure that you’re safe and secure. and your little hat too!

And to top it off (ha!), we have a few headpiece Nowie moments.

Sharon, in another styled shoot. Rocking this headpiece like whoa. It adds a pop of color to any wedding palette, without stealing the big picture – aka Sharon’s gorgeous self and lips. ;)

Kristen and Amanda, using REALLY big, and REALLY real, peonies in their hair. If I could do this every day, I would.

And um…me. Just…hanging onto a ridiculous headpiece that we used in a photoshoot. (You think this photo is ridiculous amazing? Wait until the actual shoot comes out. Jaw-dropping!)

Just a day in the life. Watching trends, making them happen, and pushing them to grow even more. What about you? Headpieces? Traditional veils? Tell us what you love and why you do. Because I’m sure we do too!

Loving always,

Spotlight On: Nena!


….and it’s pronounced Neh-Nuh. Just so you know. Not Nina. Her full name is Lorena. But, nobody calls her that.

Nena is our design gal. I knew from the moment she walked in [and, well, when I recognized her face from our last Designer Swap Meet] that she was a serious contender for the internship. Since then, it’s just been easy with her. Not only has it been a perfect personality addition… Nena just gets it in a way that, with design, is essential. It can’t be explained. It can’t be taught. It can only be inherent. It helps that she followed the industry- that she was familiar with the trends, the blogs, and the movements being made with weddings. But more than that… her personal style and aesthetic has been a breath of freshness to add to our tight-knit little community. She keeps me on task, keeps me company, and has clung to the ideas and philosophy of design at In The Now so so perfectly. I love that I can dump creative projects onto her and trust the hands that it’s in. Her creative prowess is already deeply affecting the quality of the weddings we have for this season- and I can’t wait to see what she continues to bring to the next, and the next, and the next! She was the frontrunner from moment one, and one of the most load-lightening and heart-brightening decisions that I’ve made for myself this year. I can confidently say that I personally now have a brighter future with Nena in my life.

Nen- you’re the best. I hope this makes you just as happy 6 years from now as it does today [I know it does for me- even moreso]!!