Every Girl needs to SPARKLE

We couldn’t say good-bye to February without a little SPARKLE. It’s the perfect time of year to glitter everything up. The glitter madness starts in December for Christmas and New Years and rolls on over into February. BUT we think a wedding always warrants a little sparkle or maybe a lot. There are so many ways to add some sparkle to your day and how much is completely up to your individual style. You can wear your sparkle or use it as a decor element. Let’s show you some ideas….

GlitterHow elegant and sultry is this? Dress yourself or your bridesmaids in sequins from head to toe and your wedding is sure to turn heads. Glitter1You may want to add pops of SPARKLE throughout your day in various places. The cake table is always a great place to add a statement linen like this. How fun is this glitter arrow pointing  to the reception sight or leading your guests to the ceremony?

We suggest picking a glitter tone first. There are more than you think. Gold, rose gold, silver or gun metal are probably the most popular.

Wear your sparkleSilver is so pretty paired with a bright pop of color.

334059c86c42e01839902118d7339ff4What a pretty mix of rose gold paired with true gold.

04d06553c991da159ebaf60a3628f9c5This is a true, soft gold. We love how it’s paired with white flowers and the clear acrylic chairs.

8df25e12c158b4ae96a57cfb994e1117The last picture is a pretty gun metal; it’s a much darker silver tone.

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Glitter makes everything prettier so what girl doesn’t need a little sparkle on her wedding day? Consider adding glitter to your wedding, you won’t be disappointed 😉

Happy Tuesday!

Be sure to check back with us for an exciting announcement very soon and stay tuned for our March giveaway! Here’s what we gave away last month.

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Winter Red

February. It’s the love month after all. So, we found it fitting to give you a little inspiration to get it kicked off. Now, we know, red can be so bold, so harsh, so cheesy and so RED. But it can also be so romantic, so rustic, so feminine and so chic if mixed with a little soft pink and done right. Let us show you….

Source: Green Wedding Shoes

Source: Green Wedding Shoes

I don’t think we need to explain. This bouquet pretty much says it all.

Source: Green Wedding Shoes

Source: Green Wedding Shoes

Source: Green Wedding Shoes

Source: Green Wedding Shoes

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If you’re in love with this look as much as we are, click here to see more.

As if that wasn’t enough to convert you over to RED, check this out….

Source: Rachel A. Clingen

Source: Rachel A. Clingen

We love how rustic, romantic, and frosty this image feels and it’s nothing but red mixed with a few different tones. Click here to see more of this beautiful stylized shoot by Rachel Clingen.

With the recent snow here in the south, makes us want a snow wedding. Imagine how pretty the pictures would be!?

One last thing, have any brides checked out this cool site specifically for weddings, WeddBook? It’s like Pinterest but just for brides. Happy Pinning…or Weddbooking 😉

Now, go show that special someone just how much you love them.

Happy Love Month!

The Bachelor Wedding- Sean and Catherine

It’s been a week since The Bachelor Wedding and we haven’t stopped dreaming over how beautiful it was. If you didn’t watch it, do it now here.

Aren't they gorgeous!?!

Aren’t they gorgeous!?!

Obviously, we can’t all have ABC pay for our wedding while having Mindy Weiss plan every detail with us and have the fabulous Mark’s Garden as our florist and have an unlimited budget in the process. So, this got us thinking. How can we get Sean and Catherine’s look for less?

From the gorgeous ceremony back drop…SCceremonySCceremony1…To the unique seating for guests….

Photo credit: Mindy Weiss on Instagram

Photo credit: Mindy Weiss on Instagram

…And even their trendy naked wedding cake.

photo credit: wedding guests on Instagram

photo credit: wedding guests on Instagram

When trying to re-create a look for less, think about what you liked most. Was it the dreamy, draping fabric? If so, you might like this

photo credit: unknown from Pinterest  We love this picture because it encompasses so many elements from Sean and Catherine's ceremony....chandeliers, roses and draping fabric.

photo credit: unknown from Pinterest

We love this picture because it encompasses so many elements from Sean and Catherine’s ceremony….chandeliers, roses and draping fabric.

Or, you might like this

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Or something a little more simple like this

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Maybe it was all those roses and flowers that caught your eye. If so, you might like this

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photo credit: Pinterest- unkown

or this

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Photo credit: Pinterest – unkown

Now, onto that seating. IT. WAS. GORGEOUS! And so different. We loved the mix of the gold chiavaris with vintage love seats and even the touch of end tables scattered throughout. If you’re anything like us, our favorite was the vintage furniture. But let’s get real, we can’t all afford to have real furniture for all of our guests to sit in for only 30 minutes one day. So, what if you just designated that for your reserved rows- parents and grandparents. Then, do a mix of slip covers for your chiavaris and not all of them have to have a cover. Catherine had two or three covers on hers and some without anything. Look at all the unique cover options

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photo credit: Pinterest- unkown

 

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These are just a few. The ideas are endless.

Finally, that naked wedding cake. Does anyone else remember our local McDonough celebrities, Matt and Ginny? You can keep up with them here. Well, they had a naked cake before naked cakes were cool.

photo credit: Graceology Wedding at Hazlehurst House

photo credit: Graceology
Wedding at Hazlehurst House

Ladies, this is one part of Sean and Catherine’s day that you can re-create without cutting any corners. Yep, naked cakes are completely affordable.

Until the next bachelor wedding… we’ll all keep re-creating this one.

If you want a behind the scenes peak of their big day, check out Sean’s sisters blog here.

 

 

 

 

Vintage Wedding

Held here at The Hazlehurst House, a historic vintage venue just outside Atlanta, Sydney and Brett’s garden wedding came together beautifully!  Sidney was special to us at so many levels as she worked here as a part of our wedding execution team for a season.  She was our very first bridal attendant, a position we added to the wedding day experience years ago. The bridal attendant doubles as an extra maid of honor for each bride providing double coverage for the day of experience.  She stays in the background paying attention to every need of the entire bridal party and quietly steps in handles the need and fades away again. It is like a personal angle on the day of that no one anticipated being there.

Photographed by Jacquie Rives Photography, LLC, Sydney and Brett’s wedding was a perfect day!

 

Fall Wedding Sporting Lilac and Pewter

Amber Huynh and Johnathan Levitt created special memories on October 6th as they combined Jewish and Vietnamese traditions into their ceremony and reception celebration at The Hazlehurst House in our beautiful wedding gardens located in McDonough, Georgia.  They took full advantage of our full service wedding planning and maximized our full service wedding packages.  Our wedding vendors took great care of them as Atlanta Mobile Sound created a great celebration atmosphere and Jacquie Rives Photography captured all of the memories that this precious couple will have for a lifetime to come. Catering was provided by Tasteful Events, Inc. One of the wedding highlights was the release of hot air balloons at the end of the evening.

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If The Shoe Fits!

If The Shoe Fits!

I am amazed at the designs and styles of shoes these days. I sometimes wonder if a Bride chooses shoes for her wedding day to model her personality, to wear what will be comfy (after all- a wedding IS an all day affair), or to match her beautiful beaded gown. I have seen everything from beautiful sling-backs draped in “bling” to cowboy boots that literally look like she cleaned the horse stables in them the morning of the wedding! It’s so funny to see what a bride will choose. I oftentimes find myself anticipating the moment that she sits down to for her dinner reception, just to be able to check out her feet!

So, what makes you choose the shoes you wear? Does your fiancé love you in those sexy worn out country girl boots? Do you love to show off your beautiful pedicure in a slender slingback? Or, do you slap on some ballet slippers so you can dance the night away? All I can say is, “If the shoe fits, wear it and enjoy your special day in your own style and fashion”! And remember, it’s your wedding so anything goes!!!

   

“Purple Reigns”

 

As of late, we can almost answer the question before we even ask…..

Us: “Congratulations on your wedding!”

Bride: “Thank you!  I am so excited!”

Us:” Have you decided on your colors?”

Bride: “Oh yes, Purple!”

What is it about the Color Purple?

So many Brides have chosen the ever beautiful deep amethyst color this year paired with colors like bright green, silver and black. It is beautiful with these accent colors.

 Purpleis the color of royalty in the West. Originally difficult to produce, purple is rarely found in nature. Because of its long associations with riches and honor, deep hues of purple remain a popular wedding, reception, and special event color. Light purple evokes romance and magic.

There is no right or wrong answer to the question of whether you should follow a color trend, or go with the colors you love. Indeed, if you follow wedding blogs, pour over wedding publications, and devour wedding books with the passion of many of today’s brides, you’ll soon realize that there are so many color “trends” in any given season, some version of your favorite colors are likely to be represented in there somewhere.

Ideas for choosing the right purple for the season:

Spring-Lavender, Summer-Lilac, Fall –Bordeaux, Winter-Grape

In a nutshell, the colors you choose should speak to you and should make you feel excited. You should love looking at them in a look book or on a palette. If you can accomplish that early on as a first step in the vast array of wedding planning details, it will make every other step less stressful and more enjoyable for you and your vendors.

Winter Weddings – Why Not?

If you have received a ring in the months of December to March (Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day or even St. Patty’s day – if you’re lucky!) then you are probably wanting to pick a wedding date that gives you time to plan but doesn’t make your engagement last forever. Consider a winter wedding!

 

Peak wedding season has traditionally been April-June and October, but if you just received your ring in February, that might be a tight turn around for you. Why not consider breaking away from the norm and getting married in November, December or January? Here are some great benefits:

 

 

    1. Vendors and facilities are more likely to be available during “off season”

 

    1. They are also more likely to offer a seasonal discount or a winter package that saves you money

 

  1. During the holiday season you can find great items for favors and decorations  – stores are full of goodies  that match the season

 

Additionally, décor and color schemes can be rich and vibrant. There is no need to stick to traditional red and green if that is not your flavor! You can use rich jewel tones, lush fabrics such as a velvet and velour, and sparkle, sparkle, sparkle – metallics are totally in for winter weddings! Also for a different spin, try a light blue with brown to mix warm and cool colors into your winter theme.

 

So why not winter? You can’t beat great seasonal discounts, wonderful color choices, and easily accessible décor!

Ideas for Honoring a Deceased Relative at a Wedding

Often when planning a wedding, it can be difficult to think of a way to honor a deceased relative that has played an important role in the bride or groom’s life. Here are some tips on how a bride or groom can honor their deceased relatives at the wedding:

 

 

    • Set up a special small table at the wedding reception with a flower arrangement and a card saying “In memory of those loved ones who are not with us today” or more specifically, “In memory of Jane Doe, mother of the bride.” You could also put a picture of the bride or groom with the deceased person you are honoring.

 

    • At the end of the wedding program, it is appropriate to add a memoriam line. For example, you might write “Today we honor those who could not be with us, especially the groom’s grandmother, Jane Doe.”

 

    • If the person who is conducting the ceremony is someone who knew the deceased relative, it might be appropriate for him/her to say something during the ceremony – particularly if they are saying a homily or other sermon-like speech. They might say “Today, we have come together to celebrate the love of these two people and the life they are building together. As many of you know, the groom’s father recently passed away. And in times like these, it can be more important than ever to honor love and family. I know (groom’s father) was so happy to see (groom) find the love he has with (bride). Although it would be easy for his recent death to make this a sad occasion, (Groom’s father) would want to see you all so happy today, celebrating and full of joy. So today, let’s remember how precious life is, and be thankful that (bride and groom) are creating a new family together.”

 

    • Leave an empty chair for a deceased relative/parent at the wedding ceremony – you could have a sibling place a flower on the seat in honor of the mother during the seating of the parents

 

    • Read a letter from the deceased relative they sent to you as a child

 

  • Carry or wear a momento from that relative the day of the wedding (example your grandmother’s brooch or grandfather’s pocket watch)

It’s all about you honey!

I have had several brides and friends make comments to me that they wanted a certain color or a certain flower, but their bridesmaids did not. I always find this amazing – whose wedding is it anyway? While a good opinion from a bridesmaid is great – honey – it is all about you! If you want chocolate brown dresses with white roses – this is your dream day – go for it! Graciously accept the bridesmaids’ opinions and then share with them your vision for your big day. I am sure they will understand after you explain this is what you have been dreaming about! So just remember – it is all about your honey!

 

Happy planning!