Boutique. Bridal. Party.

Boutique Bridal Party

Guests at the Boutique Bridal Party

Last Thursday I attended the first Boutique Bridal Party at the gorgeous Hotel Lafayette in Buffalo, NY. Founded by creative minds Ali Eagen of Anatomy and Erica Eichelkraut Zilbauer of City Lights Photography (with help from fellow event organizer Shannon Lach of PEAR Planning) I knew it was going to be an amazing event! I had avoided bridal shows up until this point, but I knew this would be a completely different vibe and full of vendors who “got” my style. I was also lucky enough to win a bridal portrait session from Onion Studio! Scroll through for photos from the event and a chat with Ali Eagen.

Party on Brides


Bella Belle Shoes

Buffalo based Bella Belle shoes

Rust Belt Love

My invitation designer: Rust Belt Love

How did the Boutique. Bridal. Party come about?

Ali: Erica Eichelkraut Zilbauer (owner of City Lights Photography) and I planned a photo shoot together to portray the New Buffalo Bride. It’s a concept that exemplifies the emerging individual woman who won’t settle for the typical wedding. We agreed that there was a real need for a more distinctive and independent gathering of the talent that Buffalo has to offer the wedding industry, but stressed the need to stand out from any other bridal event. Hence the “party!”

What do you hope brides took away from the event?

Ali: We hope that brides found everything they are looking for to create the most personally unique wedding possible. From table settings to head pieces and favors, our goal is to provide the highest standard of quality in the locally made products and services found at the Boutique Bridal Party. We want every bride to leave feeling inspired.

Ali Eagen Anatomy

Ali (in her own design) and Erin

What aspect do you feel is the most important part of planning a wedding?

Ali: A wedding is a celebration of two people’s love for each other bringing them to the next step in their lives together. A celebration meaning a party! I believe the most important aspect of wedding planning is staying true to the bride and groom’s love and creating the best event for your friends and family to celebrate and have a great time.

Anything else?

Ali: All of the proceeds from the event are going to support the Compass House Youth Shelter. The shelter gives troubles youth a place to feel safe and support to help them through the tough situations they unfortunately face. The children that come to Compass House are supported by the caring staff and volunteers through counseling and activities. We are overjoyed that we can help support their efforts and extraordinary work.


Anatomy designs

Boutique Bridal Party

Boutique Bridal Party inside the Hotel Lafayette

Boutique Bridal Party

LeeAndi’s Purple Roses Accessories

Stay tuned to KC You There tomorrow for a post on the live wedding on the CW that K & C planned (in 2 weeks!).


Entertaining: Oscar Party

For a simple girls night in for tonight’s Oscars, I’ve collected some free printables, recipes, and DIY’s from some of our favorites. Whether you’re watching for the red carpet or simply love movies, scroll through for some entertaining tips!

Free Oscar Printables

Free Oscar Printable Ballot 2013You can find these free printables for your Oscar party at Get Party Chic!

Oscar Party free printablesKeep track of your beverages with these drink tags from Hostess with the Mostess

Brown Butter & Sage Popcorn


Serve a refined twist on popcorn with this Brown Butter & Sage Popcorn recipe from Cupcakes & Cashmere.

oscar party cocktail


For a signature drink, head over to Shecky’s for film inspired cocktails. Featured above is the Star Power, inspired by Naomi Watts’ nomination.

DIY Polka Dot trayKeep the gold theme going with this simple DIY tutorial from For Chic Sake, and use it to serve your cocktails or appetizers.

Happy viewing!


Entertaining: Valentine’s Day

How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day? I shared some entertaining tips on CW23’s Winging It! Buffalo Style. Click on the picture below to view the segment!

kc you there valentines day

Big thank you to the participating companies, we love working with you! You can find my lace dress at Anna Grace (of course).


Holiday Snapshots


Nothing says Christmas time more than Macy’s on 34th St


Karina at Rockefeller Center

room buffalo

Adorable decor at room buffalo


Erin visiting home with the pups


Santa came early for this blogger!

festive plates

Festive plates at the LAB holiday party

lola pearl bakes

Having a pastry chef friend has its perks!

Sharing a few of our holiday snapshots and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. We’ll be taking off for a few days to enjoy our families and a little R&R – We hope you do the same!


Sunday Catch Up

Since Sunday is my favorite day to catch up on blogs, each Sunday we’ll post some of our favorite links to the fashion/blogging world. Did something catch your eye? Feel free to email me at erin(at) or tweet us @kcyouthere.