Are you planning a wedding? Know someone who is? The new Southern Living Wedding Planner & Keepsake is AMAZING!
I really couldn’t have found this at a better time — I’m currently helping my sister-in-law who is in full wedding planning mode! As her sister-in-law, wedding planner, and hello…. Maid of Honor, I want all the best resources at my fingertips! What I’m loving about this planner:
-It has a great wire spiral binding so I can open it up and it will lay flat. It also has great pockets to put in business cards, notes, and swatches.
-The step-by-step wedding planning timeline and guide feels so different than typical wedding planning books I’ve seen — it’s refreshing!
-The photography is top-notch. I’ve already been inspired by flipping through the gorgeous pages.
Here’s a little peek inside:
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P.S. Stay tuned for a lot more wedding posts over the next 4 months!
As I mentioned in Part 1 of this engagement party, the entire concept of this party was created around the Bride-to-be’s mention that she was envisioning a party that was “classy with a touch of whimsical” and “black with a pop of color.”
Designed by the very talented Kori of Paper and Pigtails, the invite was the source of inspiration for the rest of the event details.
If you missed Part 1 be sure to take a look. We shared lots of bright florals and details. Here’s a peek back:
And at last … more of the event:
In addition to the fully stocked bar, we served up two signature cocktails. We took classic traditional drinks and gave them a twist by using some fun candy. More details on those below! The tray-passed appetizers were classy but a little playful.
Throughout the night, servers passed trays of veggies and hummus, dirty martini skewers (recipe coming!), caprese turkey meatballs, crackers with pesto tapenade, spinach & feta puff pastries, spicy stuffed mushrooms, chipotle mayo beef sliders and french fries served in a cup with spicy ketchup. The food was a hit!
The two signature drinks were both inspired by candy from CandyWarehouse.com — a Rock Candy Champagne Cocktail and a Vodka and Orange Cream Club. Both recipes to come soon!
Paper cones were filled with gourmet cotton candy adult could appreciate. The flavor? Strawberry Jalapeno (it was GOOD!).
The dessert table could not have been more perfect, really. Not over the top — but SPOT ON with the design (just how I like it). Custom cookies by Allyson Jane were a perfect match. She incorporated the logo I designed with a pop of orange and the custom print from the invitaions. She hand decorated our “chevron with a twist” pattern and they were perfect!
Matching custom cupcake toppers were made by the talented Edibtal Details. The monogram and custom pattern showed off beautifully here.
Also, designed by Edible Details were the GORGEOUS sugar flowers that adorned our cake — just so lovely. They mimicked the fresh florals we used throughout the party.
Thank you to all the very talented and helpful vendors who helped me pull this party off. And thank you to the darling couple (Courtney & Dave) who gave me the honor of coordinating this amazing evening for them! Now, let’s plan a wedding shall we? :)
It’s no secret that the invitation sets the tone for the party, baby shower, wedding — or whatever the event may be. Making or finding theperfect one however can be tough. For me, it’s my favorite part of the party planning process. Sometimes it comes easy, sometimes it’s a long process, but once I’ve found “it” I get extremely motivated (and excited) to plan the rest of the event!
For this upcoming engagement party, I had an exact vision of what I wanted the invitations to look and feel like. Kori (as she always does) was able to jump into my crowded mind and deliver — the. perfect. invites.
Classy and sophisticated …. yet a little whimsy and fun. Black with a touch of orange and bright pink, great fonts and (my favorite part) an original pattern designed just for this party. Here’s a look!
You can see the pattern in the picture above, it covers the entire reverse side of the invite and was meant to bit a bit of a “surprise.” I LOVE how they turned out. What do you think?
Many more professional photos to come of this event so stay tuned (I snapped this with an iphone real quick because I just couldn’t wait to share!)
Here is a wedding that I know you have never seen before. I know because it is my wedding — the day I married my love. Not many (quality) photos exists which is why (7 years later) I am JUST bringing myself to share them. The lack of photos? Well, that is for an entire separate post (hint: the title could be ‘The photographer is the most important vendor you will hire’). For now, I will share these few photos with you and although I have no proof for those of you who did not attend, believe me when I say it was much more beautiful than what was captured.
There we are (just 7 years younger!). Even looking back, that was still the “perfect” dress. I don’t think I would change a thing about it. The veil? Eh…. I was NOT a veil person. However, there was some “insisting” by some and well, there I am… with a veil. Brides: don’t be afraid to speak up – if you don’t want a veil, don’t have one (ok PSA over, promise).
The setting was a far off green on a golf course where an 150 year old stone house was located. Here is a line up of all the centerpieces before they were placed onto the tables. Several shades of pink Gerber Daisies with swirls of Lemon Grass in the bottoms of the vases. They were simple but looked amazing.
My bouquet (which I LOVED).
A glimpse at our gorgeous wedding party. Bridesmaids in lovely fuchsia tea length dresses and these darling 3 flower girls (they were so small back then, melts my heart!). The guys wore black tuxes with silver vests and ties.
You can see a (rather blurry) peek at our arch. Boy was it stunning! I hope I can uncover a close up photo someday to share.
Bridesmaids bouquets (this photo makes them appear more purple than they were).
The cake… oh the cake. Not only the best tasting cake I’ve ever had but it was visually stunning. I had NO idea what the floral part of the cake would look like until I saw it at the reception. I trusted my florist 1,000% and told her to surprise me (still shocked I did that, boy how I have changed since then!). The flavor was perfect for a warm summer wedding. White cake soaked with Midori, lemon butter cream filling and a white icing that had just a hint of orange. It may sound odd — but the cake was really refreshing.
So, there may not be many photos that captured that night as I remembered it — but that night, in that moment we had nothing on our mind but the new life we were beginning. No photographer upset, nothing to dampen our mood. I suppose it has taken me 7 years to realize that in the big scheme of things, the poor photographer choice was a minor hiccup.
Plus, maybe we will just have to renew our vows in three years and do it again. But if so, you better bet we will be choosing the BEST photographer we can find!
This wedding comes to us from Mike and Natala of Choco Studio Photography. You might remember their amazing work from this vintage white wedding we featured as well.
A short and sweet ceremony was held near a pool of water with overgrown with lilies. Following the ceremony the guests were invited to the Birch Garden for cocktails and encouraged to explore the nine acres of the garden and enjoy the art.
The wedding was just perfect – intimate and relaxed, with everybody having lots of fun! Here are some favorites:
The lovely bride Leela with her Maid of Honor and Groom Jeff with his best man.
If you are looking for a playful yet wildly romantic wedding theme, this one is for you. I recently came across these photos while browsing one of my go-to wedding sites, The Wedding Chicks. This wedding was inspired by the movie UP! and boy, I got carried away just looking at these photos!
Photographed by Wildflowers Photography, this Up movie themed wedding all began with an Up Inspired Engagement photo session. Be sure to check out the two-part shoot here and here. And also read what Pixar sent this lovely couple as a wedding gift once the these stunning images got their attention!
Take a peek at just a few of the images from Jame’s & Lynette’s Up inspired wedding:
James & Lynette both on and off of the cake.
The groom James, surprised his lovely bride with a balloon-filled room. Each balloon lifted up a photo of the two of them over the years.
More of their playful spirit- love it!
Here is the wedding gift that Pixar sent — a book with a drawing and a special note wishing them a happy adventure together, cool right?!
For more stunning photos of this UP! inspired wedding, please visit Wildflowers Photography. Every photo is simply stunning and should not be missed- check them out!