Wedding Day Survival Kits

by Jenny Bryde 22. June 2013 00:50

You've planned, you've plotted, and you've plundered your bank account.  Now the big day has arrived, and you find yourself desperately in need of __________!  

This scenario plays itself out at probably all weddings, so today's post is all about how to proactively plan to avoid any must have item catastrophes.  Do you have an old bag, a fishing tackle box, a caboodle???  Grab it, and we're going to fill it with some very important items that may just save your life (figuratively) on your wedding day.  Here is a great starter list from Swatchbook Weddings:



Looks like a promising list, and these are items you could quickly gather in a supermarket sweep.  Would you rather just have the kit done magically for you a la Fairy Godmother?  How about picking up one of Exclusively Weddings' Bride Survival Kits.  This company also has ready to go kits for mothers of the bride and bridesmaids!

I could also see giving a survival kit as an engagement present.  What a great way to relieve some stress from the bride's to-do list!  Have this all put together for her and in a cute little basket!


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An Interview with River Cities Wedding Photography!

by Jenny Bryde 3. November 2009 14:11

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with one of the newest and most exciting photography companies of the Quad Cities, River Cities Wedding Photography! Run by the partnership of Lou Brems and Jeremy Ford, this photog pair provides a wealth of experience and passion that make them a prime choice for any bride and groom who value exceptional beauty, creativity, and style in their wedding pictures…

JB: Thanks for taking some time out of your schedule to meet with! Let’s start off by hearing about how River Cities Wedding Photography (RCWP) came to be…

Lou: Well, both of us are from the Midwest area and have spent a combined amount of 25 years working with other photography companies only to realize that we wanted to do things our way with our own style.

Jeremy: Each of us attended the Brooks Institute of Photography which is ranked in the top three Professional Photography schools in the entire country. Lou has a degree in Visual Journalism, and I have a degree in Advertising Photography. Lou’s focus in the program was visual journalism which comes into play with wedding photography because so much of it is telling a story of the couple’s relationship and wedding day events. Jeremy’s focus in advertising is all about the details that tie into the rings, flowers, and the small subtleties of the events day.

JB: Exactly! So have you two always been interested in wedding photography specifically?

Jeremy: Lou worked for a while doing photography for a West Virginia newspaper before returning to the Quad Cities. News photography seems to be a bit of a dying breed whereas wedding photography continues to be a growing industry. His experience in news photography completely translates to our wedding photography. I specialize in Product Photography such as in shots of the rings, faces, food, flowers, etc.

Lou: My strength is in Action Photography where there is movement or a long distance between camera and the subject. Great wedding photography requires skills for all kinds of shots, and it’s a perfect solution for our partnership. RCWP was founded in May 2009 when we decided that we wanted to create a photography company that housed our strengths and let us make our own choices.

JB: The QCA is such a great place to live, and we have many great photography companies here. What makes RCWP stand out as a top contender?

Lou: I think I can speak for both of us that we believe wedding photography is more than pictures; it’s cementing memories so that they never fade. It has to be done right, and our company has taken steps to ensure that we are able to do this. From start to finish we want to make sure that we are a great fit for a bride and groom. We believe that it’s so important for a photographer to be a great match personality-wise with a client, and we are professional and fun to work with.

Jeremy: We both have our favorite shots that we like to work in with our clients such as when Lou slows his shutter down to capture the light during the most moving moments of the reception, and I like to capture people’s reactions and expressions when they aren’t trying to pose. That’s where the real love can be found.

Lou: Along with our strengths as photographers, we are also just a practical business. We carry some of the best equipment and offer lots of options. I love my Canon, and Jeremy is partial to his Nikon, and we lug around all kinds of lenses and other equipment so that we aren’t ever limited by not having the right stuff there to capture those moments. We can do things like digital or film photography, remote cameras so that we aren’t distracting to the guests, “long lens” shots that can take pictures up to 300 feet away, sending our female assistant in to take the bride “getting ready” photos that have become so popular…we do it all…

Jeremy: And when the day is done, the relationship with the client doesn’t stop. We can customize their album choices. The bride and groom can select any and all of their favorite shots, and from that, we create a custom album in a documentary style that tells the couple’s story and shows the gamut of emotions that were present for their wedding.

JB: It sounds like you guys offer complete service to your clients that are so reassuring for a bride and groom who are looking to invest in their wedding photography! So tell me a piece of advice that you’d like to offer our readers as they look for a wedding photographer…

Lou: Make sure that you find a photographer who matches the style of what you want. Each bride and groom is unique, and so is each photographer. Take some time to investigate all the options out there, and get what you want!

JB: Great advice! That wraps things up…thanks so much for letting me pick your brains!! River City Wedding Photography really sounds like they can be an amazing fit for many of our upcoming weddings! Here are a couple of shots from a recent engagement session. These are breathtaking! It is obvious that Lou and Jeremy are true artists!

If you are interested in learning more about them, you can visit the River City Wedding Photography website to view their gallery of photos. You can also stop into Lou and Jeremy’s individual photography websites to see more of their styles… and

And as they so wisely advised, we should all get to know our photographers well as they will be with us for the entire duration of our weddings. Jeremy and Lou were so much fun to talk to; I’m sure that many of you would be thrilled to have them shoot your wedding!

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And The Winners Are...

by Tony 22. September 2009 10:10

Hello everyone! We had a ton of prizes to give out at this year’s show! We would like to announce the following prizes that have been donated by and our generous vendors!

Without further adieu, the winners are…

  • Alyssa Benvensite: Grand Prize Winner $500.00 gift certificate good with any vendor
  • Suzi Reynolds: Grand Prize Winner $500.00 gift certificate good with any vendor
  • Lisa Salamone: First Prize Winner $300.00 gift certificate good with any vendor
  • Brook Bryner: First Prize Winner $300.00 gift certificate good with any vendor
  • Noel Lemaster: An $1800.00 wedding package, good for the day of your ceremony from Studio D Photography
  • Mallory Guymon: A $100.00 gift certificate given by Clazzy Designs
  • Samantha Meirhaeghe: 3 month membership and 3 personal training sessions courtesy of FitnessXpress
  • Sara Sandoval: A certificate good for $100.00 on a room rental from The Golden Leaf
  • Carolyn Gillman: An engagement session worth $200.00 from Brandenburg Photography
  • Melissa Hartman: A complimentary one night stay and dinner donated by the Isle Casino and Hotel
  • Crystal Arnold: A gold and silver pendant from lia sophia
  • Kathleen Feeney: A turquoise and silver pendant donated by lia sophia
  • Tram Tran: Last but not least, mirrored silver earrings from lia sophia

Be sure to contact us at to claim your prize! You can reach us by calling as @ 563-355-1967, or you can email Donna or Tony.

Now that we’ve announced our prize winners, I’d like to take a little time to talk about the Susan G. Komen Foundation here in the Quad Cities. They have been hit hard by our recent economic troubles. But due to YOUR ticket purchases at our annual show this year, we were able to raise $3215.00 for the cure! That’s almost $1400.00 more than we raised last year! And it’s all because of our brides and vendors making this year’s show a HUGE success! We couldn’t have done it without you guys! We’ll be giving the check to our local chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation shortly and we’ll have some snazzy pictures to show you too! Here is a sneak preview of the check!

I’d also like to take a moment to thank all of the people working behind the scenes with to make this year’s show such a resounding success!

  • Donna: Thank you for putting up with us all (and for having the forethought to request a bar for the show)!
  • The Isle: Thanks for the great location and being so easy to work with. Your staff was excellent!
  • Event Management Unlimited: Patrick, you worked hard to make us shine. You and your crew were great!
  • Jenny and Gabriela: You guys put up with the hordes trying to crash down the door, thank you so much for your patience and your work.
  • Steve: Thanks for working your mojo and making the registration process much much easier than it would normally be.
  • VIP Transportation: Your offer to shuttle people was most gracious!
  • Clazzy Designs: We had awesome stuff for our table, thanks to you!
  • Master DJ: For announcing our prizes and being a swell guy!
  • MI Studios: For shooting the event and putting together a video (I can't wait to see this, they do awesome work!)
  • Bev and Dave: The show wouldn’t exist without you guys, thanks for everything!

I know there are more people I should be putting in here, but if I forgotten anyone then please, blame my terrible memory and write me an email to let me know so I can amend the error post haste. We’ll be sure to see you all at the show next year!


Behind The Scenes | Bridal Show Joins the Facebook and Twitter Communities!

by Jenny Bryde 24. August 2009 00:51

We have evolved a little this week! now has both a Twitter account and a Facebook account to give our brides and grooms another route for updates and wedding inspiration!

On Facebook, search for "", and on Twitter, find us at  (The folks at Twitter wouldn't let us put in that pesky period!)

If you use either of these social networking sites, let us know!  If you have any suggestions for us, well let us know that too!


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Behind The Scenes At Clazzy Designs

by DonnaB 8. July 2009 07:27

Clazzy Designs owned by Lynn Carr is big into weddings and receptions over the last 34 years. How is that possible? Lynn started young in her parents shop, and has never really looked back. It is her passion in life, and to her it is just one huge hobby. She doesn't see it as work.

A couple of weekends ago I tagged along on a weekend there were nine weddings booked. To most of us that sounds like more than the human brain can keep straight and make it all happen. Quizzing Lynn I found out when she started doing weddings it was one a weekend. That seemed like a lot at the time, but then slowly some weekends had 2. It just kept increasing. There is a great deal of hands on experience in orchestrating how she books her weekends. Small weddings, large weddings, pickups, deliveries, linens and chair covers, special arrangements, and on and on goes the considerations.

Nothing happens without one of Lynn's top people.; Suzy is a hard working individual that compliments Lynn beautifully. She has an eye for detail and doesn't mind the hours of planning and checking as each wedding's floral order is prepared.

There are boxes, crates, vases with water, fresh flowers, silks, ;tools, pins, sprays, ribbon, greenery, and it goes on and on. The shop is filled in every nook and cranny with flowers. Some are in the coolers. Some are in places to finish opening. The floor is covered with leaves and snipped stems. The phone is ringing. People are coming in to pick up orders and to check on orders. It is a zoo to an outsider.

Friday night and Saturday morning linens, sashes, and chair covers are being delivered and put on. There are crews to do that. With perfect precision different people are going to make different deliveries all to arrive in time for photography and the ceremony to happen. There are special requests, delivery instructions, and timelines, and people all coming into play to bring off; the flowers in place just as they were ordered.

Add to this already complicated equation flowers like it between a low and high temperature. There are vehicles, road hazards, traffic, and events occurring out of the Quad Cities that can come into play. There are accidents on rare occasions to the flowers after they have been delivered. Does all of this kind of make you glad it's not your job to do what Clazzy Designs does? Hats off to them for an absolutely amazing job.

To get a slant on Clazzy Designs behind the scenes I spent a few Thursday evenings with them.; Then I went with Lynn on a Saturday.; What I found is an owner and employees that love to work with each other,; love what they do, and find lots of reason to laugh! Watching Lynn pulling flowers into a beautiful bouquet was like watching a painter. She simply was doing it with flowers instead of a brush. She made it look so easy.

Here's a slideshow of images captured during the day with Lynn

Clazzy Designs is one of our Premier Sponsors of the Fall Bridal Show and has more booth space than any other exhibitor. We are excited to see what she comes up with. You can find her in the Vendor Directory.

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Hi!  Welcome to the blog!  My name is Jenny, and I am a Quad Cities bride to be.  Our goal for this blog is to share information on all things wedding including local vendors, new trends, and amazing inspiration.  Let us know if there is something you'd like to see on here!  

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