Monday, June 30, 2014

We've Been Featured!: Old World Elegance styled shoot

In case you don't follow us on  Facebook, last Friday was a grand day for us in studio! We have been fighting back from sharing these amazing photos for the longest time. And finally the day has come when I get to share it with you all. We have been so excited to share, that we were featured on the lovely blog of Glamour and Grace! Ekkk! We are so grateful to be featured and a special thanks goes to David Abel for taking these amazing photos!  In case you missed it be sure to check out all the prettiness on Glamour and Grace here. Special thanks to all the awesome vendors who helped in making this shoot a success! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Creative Ways To Use Florals At Your Wedding

Here in the studio we love florals! We especially love seeing them displayed in unexpected and creative ways! Below we put together some inspirational images for your perusal!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wedding Planning 101: Cutting Costs

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When I stumbled upon this article on Huffington Post about what brides would have done differently for their wedding, it got me thinking. Thinking about wedding budgets. With weddings averaging upwards to 30-50 thousand dollars the burning question that comes to mind is "whose paying for all of this?" Yes on your big day you want to feel like royalty but at what costs? Keeping up with the Joneses is not smart if your going to be broke after having the "wedding no one could forget." Considering your budget and what you can afford is the beginning of the conversation but hang on with us and we'll show you how to make a budget and keep it.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Choosing The Right Dress

Planning a weddings takes much patience and plenty of vision. But when you ask a bride what was the most difficult part of planning the wedding, along with seating charts, picking her dress is usually up at the top.

Finding the right dress, like picking the right venue is the cornerstone of many other decisions you make for your big day. Making sure your dress presents your personality and your style is vital in choosing a dress that will make you feel like the belle of the ball! We asked wedding designer Keitha Thomas to give us some of her top tips on choosing the right dress!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Choosing The Right Wedding Venue

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Picking your venue is one of the most important decisions you can make in your wedding planning process. Once you answered all the basics like agreeing on your budget and picking a theme for you big day the next step in the process is finding the right venue. From the decor, to the timings of the day a majority of your decisions will be based on picking the right venue. 

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What Kind of Venue Do You Want?
Deciding your priorities for your venue will ultimately help you answer the question "what kind of venue do I want?" There are plenty of traditional venues that saturate the market like churches, hotels and beach houses. These venues come with a lot of perks like set packages and priority vendors that help make planning an ease. 

There are also plenty of non-traditional veunes like private beaches, an museums, boats and warehouses. Non traditional venues afford you the luxury more flexibility in your decor and your choice of  vendors galore! But it is important to remember that sometimes these non-traditional weddings are really blank canvases so creativity and  an open mind are a must. Things like tables, lighting and even food will have to be hired in. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Someone Please Call 911- Essentials For Every Bride on Her Big Day

Picture this. It's your big day and the unthinkable happens. You spill something on your dress. In disbelief you scramble to find something to clean off your dress. Little mishaps like this can either make or break your big day. The key thing to remember is to always be prepared. This ensures your event goes off without a hitch!

With all the planning and preparation that goes into a wedding, you want to be sure to have a prevention plan too. When working with a reputable event planner/designer  you'll never need to worry about what could happen, or could I say "almost happened."

 But if your flying solo for you big day let me introduce you to what I call the Bridal Emergency Kit. Packed with wedding day essentials like tooth brushes, hairpins, breath mints, tampons and scissors this kit will have you covered! Having these necessities helps prevents small problems from becoming HUGE problems. Keep in mind the word essential is objective so take some time out to think about what you really need. For instance, if your getting your nails done you probably won't need nail polish but another item to invest in would be a nail clipper just in case you  break a nail. Small items like this really go a long way! So while you busy bee brides are planning away don't forget to pack your essentials kits for those "just in case moments."

If you need even more help there are plenty of  emergency checklists that you can print out. I love this one! If you need even more advice we are here to assist you! Contact us at our!

Until next time!

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Do It Your Way!

I am a strong believer in making your wedding all about you as a couple, down to the smallest detail. So, you may have guessed that I do not believe in following traditions that don't mean anything to you. Make your wedding unique. Make it about your love and the things that are important to you. Follow those traditions that are important to you and nix the ones that are not. As Carrie Bradshaw said in Sex and the City II, "Take tradition and decorate it your own way." So make your wedding tell the story of you.  

Weddings are full of traditions from "something old, new, borrowed, and blue" to caring a new bride over the threshold. Almost every aspect of a wedding is a tradition from somewhere, and yet we don't ever really think about these traditions. Most wedding guests couldn't tell you why the bride wears white. Most brides don't know what it means for their dad to give them away. It would also be a safe bet that the majority of grooms don't know why they are cutting the cake as a couple, or why the wedding has cake at all...other than that it is a tasty dessert. So why do we continue to carry on these traditions?  

Marriage, or the pairing of woman and man as a couple, goes back to ancient times when men used to steal their wives. Can you imagine? A man with a club steals you and then you are his wife! Creepy! Then came the days of bartering, when the husband received goats and other goods in exchange for marrying his wife. I wonder how many goats Kes (the hubby) would have received to marry me! Luckily, those marriage traditions have long since fallen by the wayside and love has become the deciding factor for marriage.  

The ceremony and reception were created to celebrate the new couple and the love they have for each other. I doubt the village had a party when a woman was captured by her husband-to-be or when two goats and a chicken were exchanged, but now that marriage is an act of love and commitment between two people, there is a reason to party!  

We blindly follow traditions throughout the entire wedding process. I am not saying that this is necessarily a bad thing. It is lovely to say the same vows that your ancestors have said for generations. It is sweet to carry your great grandmother's handkerchief on your wedding day. But, the traditions mean a lot more if you understand why you are doing them. The wedding day rituals are more meaningful when you are deciding to include them in your day for a reason. Understanding the significance of these traditions also helps you make those tough decisions.

Many times, as brides, we feel like we have to follow the traditions. We feel like guests will miss the cake cutting or the bouquet toss. But once you understand the meaning behind the action, it is easier to let that tradition go if it is outdated or doesn't hold value with what you believe. It can also reaffirm that you do want to practice the tradition if it resonates with you and your beliefs. Redecorate tradition and your wedding will tell the story of your love and lives together.

Want more ideas? We've got em! Contact us and we'll be happy to sit down and talk about some ideas with you! Have some ideas of your own? We'd LOVE to hear them! Share some of your inspiration with us.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Popping The Question: Creative Ways To Ask Your Bestie to Be Your Bridesmaid

If you follow us on Facebook, you have probably seen us pose this question before. How do you ask  your friends to be your bridesmaid? How do you convince   ask them to spend their money and their time to support your big day? 

It's your opportunity to pop the question to them, to send them a sweet gesture and thank them in advance for helping you have a wonderful experience as a bride! Below are some memorable ways to pop the question with a little wit, surprise and most importantly be a memorable moment for you and your  future to be bridesmaid.

1. Send A Heartfelt Gift In The Mail- We all know it's something special about getting mail(besides bills) that's why your maid will appreciate it even more when she see's that you took the time out to send her your question in the mail. (Image and Instructions Here)

2.Shhh It's a Secret- We all love surprises so why not get her with an element of surprise by letting her think it's something in the can when littles does she know your popping the big question! (Image and Instructions Here)

3.Hair Pins.. Yess Please- We all need bobby pins so why not gift her with a purse essential and ask her to join the party....the party that is your wedding we mean! (Image and DIY Here )

4.Doll Will You..- Take her on a stroll down memory lane with heart felt, handmade paper dolls! She will appreciate your hard work and creativity with this one! ( Image and DIY Here)

5.Humor Her- If she loves to laugh a little card like this will keep her laughing and will swoon her over to say yes! (Image Here)

Remember no matter how you ask her be genuine and use your wit to show her how you want her to be apart of your journey to your wedding.  And don't forget to share with us how you plan on doing it! Leave a comment below and let us know! We love to hear it!


Friday, June 6, 2014

Over In The Office: We Been Featured in Rustic Elegant Styled Shoot

This month we have so many great things to share with you all we are busting out of the seams to share, but alas we can't just yet! But until then we will share with you some exciting news to kick off the month of June! If you follow us on Facebook you have already heard the good news but if not we have been featured on Burnetts Boards!

Eekk were the sounds of joy and sheer awesomeness of finding out we were featured on Burnetts Boards! If you haven't already please head over to Burnett Boards and check out our feature! We promise it won't disappoint!