Real Hazen Bride: Kara Obenchain
Real Hazen Bride: Kara Obenchain
It may sound funny, but one of the biggest sources of inspiration actually came from thinking about what I didn’t want my wedding day to look like. We got married in January, and I feel like many of the winter weddings I had been to used deeper colors like emeralds and ruby with richer fabrics. Although those weddings were all absolutely stunning, the style felt a little “heavy” for me and for our venue. This made me come up with a list of what I did want. I realized I loved the idea of a simple and light feel for our wedding, but I also wanted to take into account that it was definitely winter and draw inspiration from that. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest (…arguably too much) exploring different design elements like color and texture. I ended up looking at a lot of winter flowers. Figuring out what flowers I loved was key, and from that I created a color palate to work around and everything flowed from there!
The bride wore the Paige Necklace from Hazen & Co.
What aspect of wedding planning was most exciting to you?
Putting the whole vision together and then seeing it come to life! Especially all the details. I love anything and everything related to design, so I had too much fun playing around with different colors and textures and fonts. I could look at fabrics and lace and flowers all day long, so that made a lot of the steps in the wedding planning process really exciting. I loved the creative process of figuring out how to bring all these different elements from the invites and programs to the flowers and jewelry into one cohesive and beautiful event. I cherish looking back through our wedding photos and seeing how everything came together so perfectly.
The mother of the bride wore the Astrid Earrings from Hazen & Co.
What made you decide on Hazen for your big day?
Throughout wedding planning, I had this idea in my head of what I was looking for in accessories, but I hadn’t found anything yet that I was in love with. I was going to just settle, but then a friend suggested I look at Hazen, so I went down to the Hazen store and Taylor showed me their bridal collection. As soon as I saw it, I was sold. I loved how the pieces in their bridal collection fused classic and traditional elements like pearls with a fun, modern twist. Pearls are my favorite. I also LOVEEDDDD the floral elements. It fit my style perfectly and matched exactly with my vision for the wedding. I also loved that my mom was able to find some Hazen jewelry for herself too. We had a really fun time picking things out together. I even ended up using Hazen for all of my bridesmaids and gifted them each with a necklace and some hairpins they wore on the wedding day. Even the flower girl got a little bracelet! It was perfect.
The bridesmaids each wore a custom Hazen necklace featuring one pearl drop to complement the bride's double pearl drop Paige Necklace.
Anything else you'd like to add?
I mentioned it before, but I loved being able to gift all of my bridesmaids with Hazen jewelry. I gave them their gifts at my bridal luncheon the day before the wedding, and it is one of my favorite memories. Being able to stop and give them a gift in the midst of all the busy-ness that is a wedding was a gift in of itself to me. I am so thankful for the time to reflect on how grateful I am for their love and support throughout my life and to tell them each how much they mean to me. Plus! Now they each have a couple fun new pieces of jewelry to keep as mementos of such a joyful celebration.
The bride also wore the Ellison Comb