Tiffany and Tommy were married at the Hyatt at Gainey Ranch. This wedding is the epitome of a “pretty in pink” wedding… and I absolutely love it!

The entire bridal party wore Jenny Yoo and looked fabulous. The bridesmaids wore “Josephine” (which unfortunately is discontinued), while the flower girls wore similar dress styles “Colette” and “Emma”. The flower girl dresses had corresponding pink (insetted) sashes that matched the bridesmaids’ dresses. The entire bridal party looked amazing!

With the help of Amy Mancuso as wedding planning and the photography by Hollye Schumacher, the wedding looked flawless!

We wish Tiffany and Tommy a lifetime of happiness. Thank you for letting Twirl be part of your special day!


– Zoe


Love love love this new line – just got the dresses this weekend for our Blush by JLM trunk show. They are so beautiful and affordable – come see!!!!

My dress pick for this week is by one of our Scottsdale designers, Jim Hjelm. It is a dress from their new Spring 2010 line and is being featured at our trunk show taking place this weekend at our Scottsdale location (January 8th-10th). I choose this dress (style # 5002) because it’s a fun party dress with a little bit of a twist. The sweetheart neckline is very flattering and the squares of rouching on the empire waist are a unique detail I just love! It’s also nice because the material, silky taffeta, is lightweight and a new material from Jim Hjelm. Best of all it has pockets!

– Lindley

Oh how I wish you could taste what I just bit into this morning…since you can’t, I’ll show you what it looked like before I devoured it (with a little help from Twirl Girl, Lindley).

It’s a scrumptious combination of chocolate cake filled with raspberry gelato, all wrapped up in a beautiful layer of fondant resting on another thin layer of mouth-watering frosting. One word – YUM. I seriously could have eaten the whole thing myself. Thankfully, for my new year health kick, I held back. If you’re not a fan of fondant, they will do a mousse frosting instead, though the fondant is just too pretty to pass up in my opinion.

Most people know the Gelato Spot as just that – a place to grab some tasty gelato. It’s incredibly exciting that they have launched their wedding cake and dessert division, appropriately named “XOXO Bakery”. If you read our blogs regularly, you’ll know why Angela is dying over the name (her license plate even reads XOXO).

I am especially excited about these individual desserts – what an adorable presentation when throwing a bridal shower, or a bridal tea party the day before the wedding. I am going to the Gelato Spot on Shea tomorrow to pick some of these up for my mom’s birthday dessert, since I’m pretty sure they’ll look and taste better than the cake I would make out of the box.


Nicole and Rick were married at the gorgeous and trendy Hotel Valley Ho. The pictures were taken by Sergio Photographer and look absolutely flawless!

The girls wore Melissa Sweet (Style MS223) in Pinot Noir aka Black! Again, this is another case in which you can never go wrong with a “LBD”. The girls look incredible and the Paillette Trim at the bottom adds just enough sass. Love it!

Nicole was able to plan everything on her own… and did an amazing job! Great venue and a great looking bridal party!

We wish you both a lifetime of happiness. Thank you for sharing your day with Twirl

– Zoe

Choosing the colors and bridal party attire should be the easy part for me, right?  I own a bridal party boutique…I am surrounded by it all day every day and get to choose from the best of the best!  Choosing the bridesmaid dresses has been the most stressful by far for me!  I have literally changed my mind 5 or 6 times and driven my friends (and Brandon) crazy.   

All along, 2 things have not changed… I am wearing my mother’s 1976 gown, with drastic modifications like removing the daisy lace turtleneck and long cuff sleeves.  I am excited to start my life with Brandon in the same gown my mom wore as she married my dad.  They are still happily married after 34 years and the perfect role models for marriage.  The second thing that has not changed is the groomsmen attire.  They will wear crisp khaki suits.  

We started out thinking light blue bridesmaid dresses and hot pink flowers.  Then I changed my mind.  Next I thought about doing a fresh green bridesmaid dress since it will be Spring.  I fell in love with the Marni dress from Jenny Yoo when I had it in for a trunk show.  Then I changed my mind on the color again.  Then came a week-long obsession with seersucker, but decided the white in the seersucker wouldn’t go with the candlelight color of my wedding gown.  

My sister-in-law, Jodi, in Jenny Yoo Marni dress in Emerald

One day I decided to look all around the store and pick out my absolute favorite color.  I kept going back to the Thread Fuchsia Matte Silk as my favorite.  This particular shade of fuchsia will be gorgeous on blonde and brunette bridesmaids alike.  I am in love with this color!  Our complimenting color is navy, two bold colors, but I love the effect of them together.  I Googled “Navy and Fuchsia Weddings” and came up with some great inspiration board ideas for flowers and decor!  

Jodi wearing Thread Shiloh in Fuchsia Matte Silk and Bella wearing the Lynn Lugo Peachy dress

 The style of bridesmaid dress I liked also changed several times after I picked the color.  I loved the Thread Shiloh (pictured above), but felt the one shoulder was a bit too modern for the silhouette of my dress.  After wavering for a few more weeks, I chose…drumroll please…the Thread Stella Dress in the Mini Length!!  

Thread Stella Dress

Finally we are set on the bridesmaid attire!  The groomsmen are also wearing navy polka dot ties that Brandon found online.  They will be so cute!!  

Bridesmaid tip:  Even if your bride changes her mind as many times as I did encourage her and tell her she will decide on the right one.  My girls helped me reason through each choice I threw at them.  Deanna gave me some great advice that I pass on to my brides at Twirl.  You (the bride) are the one that will look at the bridal party pictures the rest of your life.  You need to be happy with the choice you made and not settle for something because you are second guessing. 

Happy Planning! 


Jenni’s blog last week about adding a wrap to your bridesmaid dress got me thinking about other pieces that are fun to add, specifically brooches.  Correctly placed, a piece of jewelry can spice up a simple dress and add an elegance to any style.  Some designers offer bridesmaid dresses with brooches attached like these dresses below by Lazaro, Vera Wang, and Watters Bridesmaids.


If you fall in love with a bridesmaid dress that doesn’t come with a brooch, it’s easy to add one, and it makes a great gift for your bridal party.  My favorite places to shop for unique pieces are antique stores.  They usually have a good selection with a classic and historic feel, plus second-hand shops are usually less expensive than department stores.  You can get creative and buy a different style for each bridesmaid, giving some individual personality to each girl as she walks down the aisle.  You can also try Ebay or Etsy and search “vintage brooches”.  I also found these feminine, affordable brooches on Amazon – who would have thought?


Last week I had a bride who fell in love with this bridesmaid dress by Vineyard, but she’s having a black-tie optional wedding, so we talked about adding a brooch where the ruching meets at the waist – love it!


The entire Jim Hjelm Spring 2010 bridesmaid collection will be at Twirl Scottsdale this weekend, plus the brand new bridal line by JLM, Blush.  We are thrilled to be launching Blush by JLM at Twirl Chandler, and are excited to be able to showcase the bridal gowns this weekend in Scottsdale.  The line is beautiful and what makes it more exciting – thre dresses are incredibly affordable.

Andrea, our guru from Jim Hjelm in New York, will be here to help our brides as well.  Call (480.221.1222) or email ( us to make an appointment Friday, January 8 through Sunday, January 10.

Here are some of the styles we’ll have for Jim Hjelm and Blush trunk show:



 See you this weekend!


This stunning Vera Wang dress (style # 24M09) is a perfect choice for any type of wedding. The pencil skirt offers a business formal look that can be worn on more than just your wedding day. I particularly like the knotted shoulder which adds an asymmetrical look to the dress. This satin dress is available in three two-tone colors as well as full navy and full black. At a price of $230, this dress is definitely a catch!

The Wright House is another wonderful venue we have come to know since our new location in Chandler opened. It is located just off University Drive in Mesa, Arizona. I have actually had the pleasure of attending a friend’s wedding here… so I can honestly say, first hand, that it is amazing.

The location for their ceremony is just beautiful. It is a very romantic setting. The room they use for the reception is also very elegant and different. It is basically a stand alone, large room that you enter from the court-yard, and it is raised up by a couple steps and has the apperence of a cute house with a wrap-around pourch. The wedding I attended was larger, so there were round tables for dinner both inside and all along the porch. It was just wonderful.

I love love love this place!

xoxo *Angela