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Laura Kathleen's Wedding Diary: Entry #3 "What I'm Wearing"

Posted By kim_messina 2:18pm GMT

"Project Runway All Star" Season 2 designer and "Project Runway" 9 contestant Laura Kathleen is getting ready for the biggest day of her life...her wedding! Set for April, she's inviting fans along for the journey through her wedding diary on the "Project Runway All Stars" blog. Check back each week for a new entry where she will talk about everything from the proposal and her dress to the planning every detail of her big day!

You can imagine being a fashion designer can put A LOT of pressure on all of the little details of my wedding. Like what I will be wearing, what my bridesmaids will be wearing, what are my flowers, where do I find my shoes, what is my mom wearing…the list goes on! It was actually very easy to pick my FIRST look of the day. Of course I have more than one look, I have 3:)

My Grammy Peggy, my dad's mother, passed away when I was in fourth grade. Most of my great vintage pieces come from her. She and I were very alike. When she got married her dress was a beautiful duchess satin gown. Peggy was married in the 40s and her gown had been preserved, taken out when my Aunt Meg wore it, and preserved again and now taken out for me. It's at least 60 years old. I decided to redesign it using all the of the original fabric. You don't get to see a photo of my wedding dress til after the wedding! Just incase Daniel reads this and sees it! I like to keep a little tradition at times.

My next gown is made from a crepe de chine. I designed a print and have sewn the dress myself. I have also designed a red gown for my mom that I will be sewing myself as well. For my last look the one and only Viktor Luna from Season 9 has made a structured top and pant covered in pearls. I can't WAIT!!

For my bridesmaids I have decided to put them in something that everyone knows I like to make… A JUMPSUIT! They are black with long wide legs made from pleated chiffon. I have my 10 bridesmaids in 5" heels, I'm sure they want to kill me now. However one of my bridesmaids would be better suited in a tuxedo. He is Michael Drummond from Season 8 of Project Runway, and yes we were friends before it all. My AMAZING factory in New York is making a special order so my ladies can sport Laura Kathleen on our wedding day!

The next step was a florist. I couldn't have a regular florist make the same bouquets and center pieces that were seen at every wedding. I wanted something no one had seen. When it was suggested I go see Brian the "Rebel Florist" I thought his name alone was worth a try. Brian surpassed anything we could have asked for and on top of it we didn't spend a dime. I told him where we were getting married, The Fabulous Fox Theater, he had already done events there. Lighting in the Fox is dim and very romantic. Brian let us know know that unless all the flower are white they really dissolve all the light and can barely be seen! This is a lot of money to waste on things that won't be seen (little pointer to all brides out there!). Brian suggested that we get a few gold objects that speak to us or represent us for the tables that are different heights and that can make an interesting arrangement. He then gave us a suggestions to make a brooch bouquet versus a flower bouquet. We were wowed by his willingness to share knowledge! This gave my mom a great idea.

Mom began planning a wonderful engagement party that was brooch themed. Each guest brought a brooch as a gift. My bouquet is full of beautiful pieces from all the people who will be there to share this day with us! Now it's on to sending out the save-the-dates and invitations! Check back next week for more wedding ideas and photos!

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FRI

Laura Kathleen's Wedding Diary: Entry #2 "Planning the Big Day"

Posted By kim_messina 2:59pm GMT

"Project Runway All Star" Season 2 designer and "Project Runway" 9 contestant Laura Kathleen is getting ready for the biggest day of her life...her wedding! Set for April, she's inviting fans along for the journey through her wedding diary on the "Project Runway All Stars" blog. Check back each week for a new entry where she will talk about everything from the proposal and her dress to the planning every detail of her big day!

We were engaged in April of 2012 and decided to get married exactly a year later. However, I got a phone call, late April asking if I would like to participate in "Project Runway All Stars" Season 2. This was a great opportunity to promote what I had been doing in the past year. Since Season 9 I have been working very hard to expand Laura Kathleen and Love Armour jewelry. This unexpected opportunity put the wedding plans on hold!

After filming all summer, I came home in August to begin planning a wedding for April 2013! On our list were a few beautiful places in Saint Louis. The City Hall Rotunda, World's Fair Pavilion, STL Art Museum, newly renovated downtown city library OR the place I had always dreamed of, The Fabulous Fox Theater. After calling and inquiring about the different venues, I had a headache. I remember hearing about a high school friend who quit her job to plan her wedding…I SORT of understand now. I felt like I had taken on a second job! Some of the venues called for bringing in everything from the linens and flatware, to catering, and staff. A few venues were going to be a huge undertaking to decorate and transform into my vision of our wedding day! I wanted to make everything happen for the budget that had been set.

After meeting with Dina and Thom of the Fox Theater, there was no other option—the Fox was where the wedding had to be. When we walked in, the mix of Byzantine and Persian architecture, the history, even the carpet was beyond what I had remembered! In the past when I had been at the Fox, I was with thousands of people waiting to see an amazing performance. Now, my mom, future mother-in-law and I stood in this magnificent space. Pictures are the only thing that can SORT OF do it justice. I began listening to the history of the theater. I wish there was some kind of class to take to study the whole theater. I would take it.

Not only was the space amazing, but everything was taken care of by the Fox. Now, all we had left was band, cake, photography, cinematography, flowers, dress, bridal party attire, MOB dress and MOG dress. It didn't seem like too much… I quickly scheduled cake tastings—Daniel loves sweets so he was all for this! At The Cakery, a Saint Louis Bakery, plates were set in front of us. I slowly concentrated on each batter, filling and icing. I'd look over and Daniel has devoured his whole plate! "Do you even remember which one you liked?!" I said to him. Daniel said, "All of them." Clearly we had a winner. I already knew what I wanted the cake to look like, I had pulled a picture from a magazine a long time ago.

Photography and cinematography was the next big thing to decide. Being in fashion, I wanted our pictures to look unique and different. For cinematography I went with Vimage Studios. They had shot my fall 2012 promo video and my fiancé's promo video for his business, so I knew they were capable of capturing the wedding on film.

As for the photographer I was referred to Susan Jackson three times in two days. I thought this was a sign. I called booked her and if you take a look at our engagement pictures I can't wait to see the wedding pictures!

Lastly I chose a band that my maid of honor had at her wedding. They were great at her reception, priced very competitively, so I thought this would help the budget! I'm excited for the Ultraviolets to play some of my favorites including Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," some Prince and Your Song, originally by Elton John, but my favorite version is from the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack.

Just wait til the next entry when you hear about the engagement party my parents threw and the unique bouquet I will be carrying down the aisle! And of course, the limited line of bridesmaids jumpsuits I have designed for my 11, yes 11, bridesmaids!

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FRI

Laura Kathleen's Wedding Diary: Entry #1 "Falling in Love"

Posted By kim_messina 12:26pm GMT

"Project Runway All Star" Season 2 designer and "Project Runway" 9 contestant Laura Kathleen is getting ready for the biggest day of her life...her wedding! Set for April, she's inviting fans along for the journey through her wedding diary on the "Project Runway All Stars" blog. Check back each week for a new entry where she will talk about everything from the proposal and her dress to the planning every detail of her big day!

I met Daniel when I least expected to meet my match, my guy:). I had been single for about a year and had just moved to my downtown loft that I absolutely loved. Decorating to my liking without having to think about a boy was a great feeling compared to what I had been through in previous relationships. The year had been what I'd call a "life-changer." "Project Runway" Season 9 wrapped filming and I was one of the 16 finalists. At age 26 I showed at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, accomplishing a goal that I had set for when I was 30. My professional life seemed to be speeding up while I was very content on not working on my personal/ dating life.

Saint Louis Fashion week was the second week of October and since this was where I had my first start, I always am in full attendance each year. It was towards the end of the week, Friday night, and a friend wanted me to meet a friend. Not looking to meet someone, I first responded with a no thanks. With persuasion I agreed but only for an hour. Little did I know, Daniel was on the other side saying the exact same thing.

I walked into a familiar place in St. Louis, Bar Napoli in Clayton, and saw a very attractive man with a large brimmed red wine glass in his hand. Not knowing if this was the man I was suppose to meet I didn't act upon my attraction. However, he did. Daniel walked right up to me, not knowing if I was the person he was suppose to be introduced too. If you ask him, he says he knew within five minutes of talking that I could be the one. He politely asked for my number within 45 minutes and right at about and hour we parted ways and left. He followed up the next day with a call to tell me that he had Googled my name, had no idea who I was, asked for a date and then asked "What is 'Project Runway'?"

Within six months we had fallen very much in love and had discussed getting engaged. Daniel had asked specifics about the ring I would want. Little did I know he was having it made. We planned a ski trip to Vail for the last weekend of ski season, with both parents. I was thinking that he was going to ask me in Vail, but didn't want to get my hopes up in case it didn't happen. I tried to get my mom to give me hints. He always said he would ask both parents, so if he didn't ask before we left, there was no way! Mom kept a good secret. Daniel had taken my parents to lunch two days before we left for Vail to ask for my hand in marriage. Since he didn't want to be predictable, he came home the night before we flew out, lit our entire loft with candles and waited for a couple hours for me to get home. I was completely shocked. Once I walked in I knew what was going to happen, but I couldn't walk forward. Finally he said "Will you come to the living room?" Daniel is a man of very little words—or should I say fluff/nonsense—but the words he chose to ask me to be his wife were perfect. The ring was beyond what I could have ever asked for. It was a custom designed ring by Adam Foster. A beautiful black diamond, surrounded by canary diamonds in yellow gold. Thank goodness he asked before we left or else all weekend I would be looking over my shoulder to see if he was down on one knee! Once in Vail we celebrated and my brother, Maxwell, flew in from California to join us as a surprise.

I can't believe how lucky I have been. This has been the best year of my life! Now it's on to planning an amazing wedding!