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Inside The Chestnut's Wedding

Brandon and Sydney were Purdue University college sweethearts that can still recall the very first time they laid eyes on one another back in 2008. It took almost 2 years of Brandon consistently speaking to Sydney, asking to walk her to class and if she was single yet, before he got her phone number. The rest is history! These two are true soul mates and best friends whose love story is a testament to timing. They grew up and grew apart but always found their way back to one another. He waited for her to be available, she waited for him to take the relationship seriously, and when the timing was right, 10 years after they met, Brandon proposed to Sydney in Costa Rica while on her 28th birthday trip. Then they spent a full year of just basking in engagement before even thinking about a wedding. They just focused on growing their business, Self-Made Couture, and achieving other personal goals until the year was up and it was time to figure out how they would say, “I do”. In keeping with their company name, they wanted a truly #SelfMade wedding so being in the wedding industry themselves they worked with their local Cleveland, small business community for their special day. They saw first hand how financially burdensome and stressful weddings can be and vowed not to make their day like that. They were about to pull the trigger on a Bali elopement when Sydney said, “I always wanted a picture of my mom and dad standing side by side and if we don’t have a wedding I don’t think it will ever happen”. That is when they decided to have their own, Self-Made wedding. They toured multiple private residences from Airbnb, before finding the perfect historical property, Henn Mansion, in Euclid for their special day. Sydney loved the big backyard that lead to the lake and just knew the weather would hold up for her special circle ceremony. She wrote every word of the ceremony and assembled a team of local creatives to help her with her no bridal party, THC infused menu, brunch themed wedding. Even the bouquet was one of a kind, made by the mother of the bride, filled with silk flowers and family heirlooms (broaches, pins, earrings, etc.). All decorations (except the broom and bouquet) were donated to a nonprofit called Bride 2 Bride that helps impoverished women have weddings of their dreams. It was a truly perfect day, for two people who are perfect for one another. Custom Suit- Self-Made Couture Dress Shoppe –
Photography - ImagineIt Makeup – @Get.Lo.Lo Hair – @BookSomethingYo Linens - Lnique Invitations – Minted Venue – Henn Mansion Caterer – @TakeABreakQuickCatering DJ – DJ Crew Decorations – Sandra Litton and the mother of the bride Videography – @1of1films Drone – @brandonshootphotos

Meal Prepping Motivation by SIRrealism

Meal prepping is the hottest food trend lately, and frankly, we couldn’t be happier because the whole Self-Made Team has been doing it for years! Meal prepping is a great way to save time, money, and reduce waste in the kitchen, so it is awesome to see so many people getting wise to this method. However, there are still so many people who haven’t had the meal prep “Aha!” moment, so here is a quick motivational video from Self-Made Couture ally @Sirreallife to help people grasp the concept or get over the intimidation to give it a try. WHAT IS MEAL PREPPING? Meal prepping is simply the act of preparing a meal or recipe, then portioning it out to create grab-and-go meals for later. If you’ve ever packed up your leftovers from dinner to take with you for lunch the next day, then you’ve already mini-meal prepped! Generally though, meal prepping refers to preparing 3-7 days worth of food at a time. Think of it like packing your lunches for the week all at once instead of packing your lunch each morning. You can use this same technique for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. SHARE YOUR MEAL PREP WINS We can all learn from each other, so share your tips, tricks, and meal prep wins in the comments below! We love to hear what you do and what you’ve found that works for your creative meal prep hacks.

Self-Made Couture Free Suit Giveaway!

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, U.S. cities have banned large gatherings and asked Americans to follow proper social distancing guidelines. Unsurprisingly, this has led to a major slowdown in the wedding industry, with many couples canceling or postponing their big day. If you follow us on Instagram @SelfMade.Couture then you already know that the month of August is an important month for the Self-Made Team because it is the month Brandon and Sydney Chestnut got married in 2019, so to jump start their first wedding anniversary this year, the Chestnut's decided this was the perfect time to give back to those couples whose weddings have been impacted by the pandemic. What Is The Self-Made Experience? 1. An in person or virtual consultation with one of our style experts.
2. Full access to thousands of fabrics and style options.
3. A beautifully crafted custom suit or tuxedo and premium custom shirt. Who's Eligible? Engaged couples planning to wed by 2022 can submit their form by August 31, 2020 to be eligible for this free opportunity.

State Representative Terrence Upchurch is Self-Made

Meet our client, State Representative (D- Cleveland), Terrence Upchurch. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he took the oath of office during the opening session of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly at the Ohio Statehouse in January 2019 and still hold the position today. Rep. Upchurch stated: "I remain humbled to have been sent to Columbus to work for the great citizens of District 10 and the state of Ohio. Serving the state that I love has been my greatest achievement. From the moment I announced my intentions to seek public office, I believed a dedicated government could root out injustice and build a fairer community for all. Those beliefs are why I am proud of the work I have done to push for reforms that fulfill our promise of equality for all as well as fight for justice against corruption and special interest that doesn’t protect the needs and well-being of our citizens. These beliefs have been my guiding principles from the moment I placed my hand on the Bible in front of friends and family as I took the oath of office. It is also why I believe public servants must always hold themselves and their counterparts to the highest ethical standards." Congratulations Terrence! We are honored you chose Self-Made for your garment needs. #BeSelfMade

The New Way Companies Are Showing Appreciation to Employees

Companies are booking their own "Self-Made Day" through Self-Made Couture to boost morale in the office. Even in the most uncertain of times, the role of a business owner or manager remains the same: to support your team members. Depending on your organization, you and your team may now be working remotely or working modified duties on site but regardless of the changes, the ongoing health and economic threat of COVID-19, can have a significant impact on employee wellbeing. As a leader, it’s important to think about how to support your staff, particularly those struggling with stress and other emotions. Luckily, Self-Made Couture is here to help! We have a new way you can provide support, both in and beyond the workplace through hosting a "Self-Made Day" for your team. What is a Self-Made Day? A "Self-Made Day" is a completely free service that the Self-Made Couture Team provides. We will come to your place of work for a few hours on the day you choose and your employees can feel fabrics in person, have our expert stylists take their measurements and design their perfect looks for increased success. On that day we will provide: Free access to our premium custom made/bespoke garments (suits start at $489 USD / $589 CAD) Free access to European and other fine fabrics to see & feel in person Free access to premium customization & personalization options Free style consultation complete with measurement & fit analysis Free alteration credit (if needed, to ensure excellent fit) Flexible payment plan option (US only) Free hand delivery (4 week turn around time) to ensure satisfaction Why have a Self-Made Day? You know the saying, “look good, feel good, do good”? That's what we are offering your company. Studies show that how you look directly impacts how you feel so to help your employees look amazing we will come to you to make it as easy as possible for you to boost team morale and maximize business opportunities and results at your company. To learn more visit:

When Custom Accessories Meet Custom Suits

Meet our client, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Noeh Homme, Jonathan Gasirabo. Noëh” means “wanderer” or traveller which is personally meaningful because Jonathan grew up between countries, continents, and cultures. Through those experiences he created a business defined by cultural diversity and concern for our planet with his friend. They use fabrics and styles from around the world to celebrate the diverse and rich cultures that make our world beautiful! What’s your purpose? Are you living it? We all have unique talents, and when we spend time sharing those gifts with the world, we are naturally fulfilled, and add value to the people around us. Your talent doesn’t have to be some earth-shattering thing – it can be anything, as long as it’s meaningful to you. It isn’t about money or fame or recognition. It’s about aligning how you spend your time with who you are. #BeSelfMade