Thursday Toast Time – A toast to Courtney Yagerman, Stylist

Fashion stylist Courtney Yagerman wore hot pink shoes on her wedding day. They coordinated perfectly with her bridesmaids’ dresses; mixed and matched styles of the same bubbly hue.
“I think the details really make a wedding,” Courtney said. “I like trying to make little personal details with the bridal party‚Äîincorporating something close to the brideand her girls, like an inside joke or something that brought them all together.”
The freelance stylist graduated in 2008 from CSU Long Beach with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and has worked as a fashion assistant for Hudson’s Childrenswear Review styling gorgeous photo shoots (can you say flower girl and ring bearer!). She continues to contribute a monthly fashion editorial to the magazine, but the newlywed has just recently been exploring the wedding industry after she was inspired planning her own wedding last year.
You’ll want to snag her quick. Not only does Courtney have an amazing eye for fashion; she focuses on making you and your bridesmaids absolutely glow on your wedding day. She shops with her brides and bridal parties to pick out dresses that look good in all the right places.

“So many times people don’t know what works for their body type … that is one of the things we learned in school, exactly what can work for each type,” Courtney said.

She loves helping brides to find that moment when “they look in the mirror and just have this smile on their face‚Äîand you know that that’s the dress they’re going to wear for the day.”
Courtney intertwines style with comfort. For her own wedding, she went shopping with her bridesmaids to help them find the dress that made them feel like a million.

“I think that’s important‚Äîit’ll make [brides and bridesmaids] feel better about the day if they’re comfortable and happy with what they’re wearing,” she said.

Once she’s helped the bride pick out the perfect wedding and bridal party dresses, Courtney brings out the details. She loves unique touches and accessories that reflect the bride and her bridal party’s personal style. For her own wedding, she traded costume jewelry for flashy gems.

“I’m not a big, flashy jewelry person … it wasn’t me to have pearls or diamonds or anything like that,” she said.

Courtney’s favorite styles are “a little vintage and a little rustic.” She loves Ruche and Lo Boheme’s accessories. Monique Lhuillier is, hands down, her fashion icon.
“I’ve been following her since she premiered her first line,” Courtney gushes. “She takes the cake‚Äîif I meet her, I’ll pass out.”
Right now, she’s obsessed with vintage floral dresses for bridesmaids, and the move away from being too “matchy matchy.” Yet the best thing about Courtney is that she truly focuses on what makes her brides happy. By hiring her, brides can alleviate pressure and find the perfect fit for them and their bridesmaids.
“For most brides, the main focus is the dress‚Äîonce they find it, everything else will fall into place. [A stylist] is a huge thing for brides; it’s definitely something to relieve that stress and make them feel confident,” Courtney said.
And she means it. When we asked her about the best part of her work, she answered immediately:
“Making people feel good about themselves.”
Her sense of style – impeccable; and her warm heartare sure to dojust that.
PS – Did some of those images look familiar?! Thats right, Courtney was the incredible fashion stylist for our Fresh Focus photo shoot this past spring! Photography: Love Ala Photography