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Tamzen’s Bridal fulfills every woman’s dream wedding needs

The perfect dress, tuxedo, food, flowers and music are only a few key components to planning the perfect wedding. Whispering Pines of Carlisle hosted Tamzen’s Bridal's first bridal expo to help brides-to-be find exactly what they need for their special day last Sunday. Exhibitors included wedding essentials such as florists and salons, but also a runway for models to feature dresses from Tamzen’s Bridal and a live dance lesson to give the audience tips for the after-party. Tamzen’s Bridal owner, Tammy Butler-Sonntag, is a retired Shippensburg teacher who  opened her bridal shop in downtown Carlisle last year because she said it has always been a dream of hers. “I spent 29 years teaching at James Burd and my last several years at the intermediate building,” Butler-Sonntag said. “I thought I’d live and die in the classroom.” According to their website, she and her husband, Robert, decided to open a bridal store when they began planning their own wedding. Tamzen wasn’t enjoying wedding dress shopping as much as she had hoped; having both positive and negative experiences with both customer service and options. She was a teacher for 29 years at the time and had always said that if she [...]

2017-04-21T12:59:53-05:00 April 21st, 2017|Blog|2 Comments

Just Wait ‘Til You See Her

From the age of twelve, most girls start dreaming about the perfect wedding, but more importantly, how they will look on that most special of days. While we at the Gettysburg Hotel can only offer the perfect venue, we can still recommend to you the ideal bridal boutique to make all your wedding attire dreams come to fruition. Tamzen’s Bridal at Butler Manor I sat down with Tamzen’s Bridal at Butler Manor to see how they got their start and what makes their shop unique. The first time I went to visit them, I was greeted at the door with a chalkboard on the sidewalk that welcomed me by name. I was instantly impressed. But then, I opened the door to a magnificent shop, full of stunning wedding gowns, huge mirrors, lounge chairs, couches, and every wedding accessory you can imagine. I instantly knew that this was a business we could not only recommend to our couples, but one owned by people we could trust to take excellent care of them. Tamzen’s husband, Doc, told me the story of how they got into the industry. Before they were married, they both had crazy schedules. Tamzen was a teacher for 29 [...]

2017-04-12T09:23:18-05:00 April 12th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

An Intimate Fall Wedding

Tamzen’s Bridal and Pencil Me In, Event Decor + Design would like to wish a special congratulations to the newly married Mr. and Mrs. David Barrett! The newlyweds hosted an intimate fall wedding Friday, November 27, 2015 at Chambersburg’s Capitol Theatre just after the Thanksgiving holiday. In true holiday spirit, family gathered for a warm afternoon ceremony to celebrate the Barretts. Aimee looked stunning in a Sophia Tolli gown from Tamzen’s Bridal at Butler Manor while David sported a Jim’s Formal Wear tuxedo. ***The above photos were taken by Kayce Shoffner, a wedding photographer based out of central Pennsylvania. Pencil Me In had the pleasure of designing the fall decor for this November wedding and was able to turn Aimee’s Pinterest wedding dreams into a warm autumnal reality. Aimee walked down an aisle sprinkled with colorful leaves and lit by rustic lanterns to meet her groom at the alter. Standing in front of a beautifully decorated wooden arbor, the two exchanged vows in front of their family to celebrate their unity and commitment to one another. A buffet style dinner was served by Kathy’s Deli of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania on a single table lined with quintessential autumn decorations. From floral pumpkins [...]

2017-02-16T11:54:45-05:00 December 1st, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Confessions of a Surprise Bridal Shower Planner

You may or may not have heard, but the owners of Tamzen’s Bridal will be making a trip to Austria this December to be married in the Alps of Salzburg.  Exciting right? Well, we’ve been told it’s not a real wedding without a bridal shower.  With that piece of advice in mind we threw a surprise bridal shower for Tamzen and Robert this past Saturday in Carlisle, Pa. If you’ve ever met Tamzen, you know she doesn’t miss a thing.  While we had to avoid answering her phone calls for a few hours and put fake appointments on the calendar at Tamzen’s Bridal, we were finally able to pull off a big surprise. We spent the afternoon with our closest family and friends playing silly games, eating delicious treats and celebrating the unity to come. Aren't these flowers beautiful?  Our very on event planner, Pencil Me In, created the flower arrangements and decorations just for this occasion. We couldn’t get over how lovely they were! Instead of having guests bring a gift, we opted to have each attendee choose their favorite wine to give the bride and groom to be.  If you’re looking for something to give a bride and [...]

2017-02-16T11:53:44-05:00 November 9th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Calling all Pinterest Lovers!

Ok so where are all our fellow Pinners? Whether we're pinning away while climbing the StairMaster at the gym or when we're taking the subway home after a long day of work, scrolling through board after board titled 'Wonderlust,' 'Dream Vayca' and 'Wedding Day: No I'm not Engaged' has become the all time procrastination/kill time tool. We find ourselves signing into Pinterest at every opportunity when we need to find a quick recipe or when we just want to relax. But what happens when 'Wedding Day: No I'm not Engaged' turns into 'Wedding Day: Yes, Yes I am Engaged!!!' ?!?!?! You're tasked with taking the 3,000 pins and translating them into your wedding day reality...If you're anything like us, that can be more than a little overwhelming. Although Tamzen's Bridal can't help you make intricately-personalized homemade candles like these... We can help you find some of the top pinned dresses on Pinterest! That's right, you heard us, we carry dresses that have been racking up the pins from women all over the world! Check it out! This Essense of Australia, Style D1617 with it's all-over lace and fit and flare style has 25,253 pins! If you're looking for a romantic [...]

2017-02-16T11:52:43-05:00 October 30th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Calling all Pinterest Lovers!

Antiqued Wedding Details

If you’re anything like us, we love a good Saturday afternoon spent wandering through old barns and rows and rows of aged goodies to scoop up the perfect vintage find. Trust us, you can find anything if you’re willing to look long enough.  We’ve found 19th Century editions of Jane Eyre, rocking chairs that have seen many crisp autumn evenings on a southern front porch, and even pristinely woven doilies that are dying to be taken home to our end tables. Why not add some antique charm to your wedding day?  Bringing a classic feel to your ceremony can be as simple as gold plated candlesticks or hand-sewn handkerchiefs to catch those tears of joy. And as for your reception, the possibilities are endless. Stack older trunks and arrange your engagement photos on each level for a rustic touch or collect wedding cards in a retro birdcage, use thrifted Ball jars to hold your flower arrangements or an old school chalk board to announce your dinner menu. See…endless! Antique place settings instantly cast a whimsical feel for your cherished guests. If an entire place setting seems a bit much, mix in vintage toasting glasses.  We’ve been carrying antiqued goblets at [...]

2017-02-16T11:51:06-05:00 October 6th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Adding the Perfect Touch

We love a bride who’s willing to take a risk in the name of style on her wedding day!  From a sparkly clutch to a peony embellished hair clip if you’re looking to make a statement a glamorous accessory might just be the way to do it. If you haven’t spent time scouring wedding blogs and bridal boutiques, you might be pleasantly surprised by the unexpected ways to make a statement when you walk down the aisle.  Whether you’re a vintage-loving bride, an enthusiast of all things chic and modern, or if you merely want to feel extra glam on your wedding day, there are so many options for creating your vision. Always keep an open mind when it comes to choosing accessories. While your Pinterest board may be filled with pearl sprinkled headbands never hesitate to simply try a structured birdcage veil or a weightless tulle cathedral ensemble.  What can happen?  You’ll either completely rule it out or you might be pleasantly surprised. Peonies are all the rage lately and placing these delicate flowers in your gorgeous locks will wow your guests. Trust us, you won’t be able to keep track of the compliments! If you’re looking to mix [...]

2017-02-16T11:51:44-05:00 September 23rd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Banquet-Style Wedding Tables

Aside from the ceremony, the second most important part of the wedding is the reception meal — where for one special night, all of your friends, family, and loved ones will sit together in your honor, making it a truly magical night of re-visiting cherished memories and creating new ones. For those hosting a large wedding, there's no easier way to make your celebration feel warm and intimate than with long, banquet-style reception tables. Not only are they beautiful and romantic, but they're perfect for facilitating conversation among your guests. Plus, they're easily customizable, serving as blank canvases and giving you a myriad of style possibilities to suit you and your groom's tastes for a night in good company. Whether you're hosting backyard nuptials or a classic ballroom ceremony, a long reception table can make your guests feel right at home. Rustic wooden tables are perfect for family-style seating, where guests can pass along various dishes and choose their own portions and plates. Add a dash of whimsy with lush greenery garlands or floral centerpieces that adorn the length of the table, dotted with mismatched plates and silverware for a garden party vibe. If you're hosting a more elegant bash, [...]

2017-02-16T11:40:00-05:00 September 18th, 2015|Pencil Me In|Comments Off on Banquet-Style Wedding Tables

You’re the Maid of Honor! Now what?

As the Maid/Matron of Honor (MOH) you’re part emotional liberate, part worker bee.  From perfectly positioning the brides train, to carrying her lipstick in the pocket of your dress, and herding the groomsmen for bridal party photos, you were chosen for your positive energy, go-do personality, and ability to make the bride laugh.  Always remember offering emotional and logistical support leading up to the wedding and during the stressful day-of moments is a huge part of the MOH package, as is supporting the bride in every way. We know there’s a lot to keep track of, so Tamzen’s Bridal is here to help! Rally the bridesmaid squad!  It’s your responsibility to lead the other bridesmaids through their bridal party duties.  Make sure each maid gets their dress, attends necessary fittings, snags the right pair of shoes, oh and don’t forget finding matching jewelry. One of the most exciting duties. . .help shop for dresses! There are so many options for bridesmaids’ dresses it can be overwhelming for brides who already have countless decisions to make. Keep in mind there are so many new trends for bridesmaids dresses. . . Some brides choose to have all of their bridesmaids wear the [...]

2017-02-16T11:50:11-05:00 September 1st, 2015|Blog|0 Comments
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