Friday, June 29, 2012

{Pin it Friday} Love Note For Your Wedding Day

I love it when brides and grooms send little notes to each other on their wedding day, but this one is such a neat idea and a great keepsake! One of my clients did something similar to this and I thought it was soooooo cute!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

{Featured} Style Me Pretty, Intimate Weddings, The Bridal Detective

Such exciting news! I have 3 published works - a wedding on Intimate Weddings, an engagement shoot on Style Me Pretty Georgia AND our boho beach styled shoot has been spotlighted again!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Whitney & Jason's Wedding

I'm back!! After a whirlwind road trip up north I have pictures to share from the beautiful wedding my husband and I attended. Jason is my husband's cousin and the wedding was held up where they grew up, Bombay, New York. Here are some of my favorite pictures that I took with my camera!
 My handsome husband and one of the bridesmaids
 Now this is how to roll! In a 1949 Packard
 Ford Thunderbird, Chevy Camaro, Chevy Bel Air 1956, 1949 Packard
 1st Dance
 Bridal Party in the 1st long table, then the Maid Of Honor, Bride, Groom, and Best Man in the top row.
Me with Chris and his family.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Blogcation - Road Trip

Hey y'all! I'll be going back up to the North where my hubby and I are from for a week so my blog will be kinda silent for a bit. Between my husbands 6 cousins getting married and my 3 family/friend's weddings we are able to go only TWO! Yep that is a lot of weddings. His cousin is getting married and he'll be a groomsmen so we are making the LOOOOOONG drive up North to Bombay, NY which is where my hubby grew up. I have a long time friend getting married and will be going up to Boston in September, via Jet Blue. Anyways, the fun part is stopping in Massachusetts on the border to meet my brother and give him his AMAZING birthday gift (when I was in Atlanta for the Not Wedding I stopped at Scott Antique Market and found a very cool gift, perfect for my brother, that I couldn't resist!). We are also passing off my mother who will be staying with my brother for the week. She lives down in Savannah too. I wish we could side track and go to Boston but it's way to out of the way for this trip. Don't worry everyone we have done this before, actually this is our 3rd time plus I've done this 2 times in the past - CRAZINESS! We also have our neighbors taking care of our kitties and watching over our house! 
See all y'all when I get back!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Art Camp

Sorry for being a little M.I.A., I'm teaching Art Camp this week and will be teaching a few more weeks this summer! Some of you may know that I have a Master's Degree in Elementary Art Teaching and an Undergrad in Graphic Design with a minor in Psychology. My other passion is teaching young kids how to express themselves creativity and give them positive reinforcement thru art. These are some examples of the children ages 5-12 that had fun in my classroom :) 
More about this camp here.
Wolf Kahn Inspired Chalk Pastel Landscapes
 Flower Still-life Watercolor Paintings
Assortment of my favorite artwork created by kids

I also taught last summer and here is a mini preview of some projects the kids did.
I have taught full-time elementary school art for 5 years (3 years here in Savannah and 2 years in Massachusetts) but now only teach part-time at the Department of Cultural Affairs Art Center in Savannah since their atmosphere is much more conducive to my personality and teaching methods.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

{Bright Idea Thursday} Sunday Wedding

Update to this post! OMG!!! Someone actually did a brunch-picnic style wedding with donuts and coffee like I did a post about!!! So cool!!! Here are their details and more on Green Wedding Shoes.

Having a brunch wedding reception or a lunch reception is a great way to cut reception costs.
There are many advantages to having your reception earlier in the day. One of the biggest is cost. A brunch reception is generally less expensive than dinner. Also, if the wedding venue is a popular one, you might have a better chance finding an opening earlier in the day.
If you are having a buffet brunch reception or luncheon, chances are your guests aren’t going to drink as much as they would at an evening reception. If you choose to serve alcohol, wine and champagne are all that is necessary, although some couples still choose to have an open bar with mixed drinks available. Also having a coffee station with help guests sober up so they can drive home! Although, having your reception run too late on a Sunday night may lead to people leaving too early or not coming because they have to drive home and work the next day.
Choosing to have a wedding on an ‘off day’, can also be a great pick for brides who don’t have a lot of time to plan. You’re much more likely to get the vendors you want (and possibly a special rate) for a Friday or Sunday wedding, as opposed to the traditional Saturday. This is great if you’re a bride with your heart set on getting married soon, but can't find who and what you want for your wedding. You're more likely to get your first choice on a Friday or a Sunday.

Or maybe there is an emotional significance behind a certain date you want for your wedding and want that date no matter what day of the week it falls on. 
Sunday Option 1: start at 3 reception is from 4-9
Sunday Option 2: 1pm cocktails at 1:30 and the reception runs until 6:30pm

Things to consider: if you want a church wedding then Sunday isn't a good day to have a wedding. You would have to work around the churches service schedule, but may be able to do one after their service if they allow it.

Jewish weddings generally have to be on Sundays (the Sabbath is Saturday), so there's not much choice.
Food ideas: Omelet Station, blueberry muffins, scones, donuts, bagels, biscuits, etc
Drink Ideas: Mimosa Bar, Champagne Cocktail, French breakfast or English Tea Time, or a Coffee station

THE ST-GERMAIN COCKTAIL
2 PARTS Brut Champagne or Dry Sparkling Wine
1½ PARTS St-Germain
2 PARTS Sparkling Water or Club Soda
Fill a tall Collins glass with ice. Add Champagne first, then St-Germain, then Club Soda. Stir completely. Garnish with a lemon twist, making sure to squeeze essential oils into the glass. St-Germain is heavier than wine, thus it will settle to the bottom so mix thoroughly.
 



Flower Idea for an English Tea Wedding

If you are having a coffee or tea themed wedding, then a perfect wedding favor for your guests is a personalized little bag filled with unique coffee blends or tea. Or you could consider putting these burlap or cotton bags in a welcome basket for your guests who are arriving from out of town. 

"Love is Brewing" with these burlap bags! Filled with aromatic coffee beans, these rustic burlap bags make ideal and unique wedding favors for any season!

Or try this wedding vendor for a soft bag that is made of eco-friendly unbleached cotton, evoking a simple, rustic charm. You can pick a design and font in the color(s) of your choice and personalize with your names and event date.
This Etsy artist can also make you a beautiful personalized bag at their shop. Check out Julie Sandusky's Idea chic companies online here.

Are you feeling crafty and care to make it yourself?  
Intimate Weddings has a great step-by-step DIY on creating coffee bags here

Friday, June 8, 2012

{Love Session} Brittany & Chris

I'm so excited to share with you my very first styled engagement session!! This is a new endeavor for me as a stylist and we all had a great time! I've created a few styled shoots before, but never for a real engagement session!! Alicja of Taken Photography contacted me to see if I was interested in styling for her clients who will be getting married in June. And of course I said, "YES!" Brittany & Chris are so sweet and adorable. 
Their theme was centered around Coca-cola since Chris is a huge fan, so all the red details helped balance with the old fashion glass soda bottles. The canopy, wooden crates, paper tissue poms, scrabble pieces, bubble gum, rock candy, cupcakes (made by Delectable Designs), vintage double wedding ring quilt, linens, paper straws, recycled glass jars for vases, recycled glass milk jug vases, mason jars, cake stand, and basket all added to their adorable picnic themed session. I also arranged the flowers and chose summer colors with the red roses to compliment the red from Coca-cola. 

If you are interested in hiring me to style your engagement session with ANY photographer you are working with we can work together to create a style and theme for you. I set everything up and clean it all up so that you two can look beautiful and not do anything but look all cute!
Doesn't this just make you want to go, awwwwwwwwww!? 
This beautiful engagement session was also spotlighted on Style Me Pretty

Thursday, June 7, 2012

(Bright Idea Thursday} Monograms

So you're engaged now and considering changing your name once you're married, isn't it exciting to practice writing your new name plus buying fun new monogrammed items! Monograms have been around for ever and they vary from ornate traditional script to modern bold sanserif fonts. Let's refer to 2 resources to find out more about the etiquette behind monogramming.

A traditional 3-letter monogram has the initial of the individual's last name (surname) set larger, or with some special treatment in the center, while the first name initial appears to the left of it and the middle name initial appears to the right of it. For example, if the individual's name is Mary Ann Jones, and Jones is the surname, then the arrangement of letters would be thus: MJA, with the surname initial set larger in the center, the M for Mary to the left and the A for Ann to the right.[5] 

Married or engaged couples may use two-letter monograms of their entwined initials, for example on wedding invitations. Married couples may also create three-letter monograms incorporating the initial of their shared surname. For example, the monogram MJA might be used for Michael and Alice Jones.[5] However, monogramming etiquette for the married couple varies according to the item being monogrammed. Linens, for example, typically list the woman's given initial first, followed by the couple's shared surname initial and then the man's given initial (AJM).  - Wikipedia

Traditionally, a woman was not given a middle name with the expectation that her maiden name would, by default, become her middle name once she married. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to monogram. I am a firm believer that the groom’s initial should come first in a shared monogram; after all, it IS his last name. Although others believe that the couple monogram should be wife on the left, husband on the right "just like they stand at the altar" - Southern Weddings

At your wedding you can incorporate your monograms maybe with a moss green letters, toasting flutes, cake topper or on the cake with the design, or napkins. One suggestion though, don't give your guests anything that has your monograms on them as favors, since they will probably not use the gift. Instead use your bridal registry and wedding registry to add items for you two as a couple, like pillows, hand towels, luggage tags, china, and more ideas that you will find below for inspiration. There are countless fonts and designs to choose from so you can make your monograms traditional or modern. What is your favorite style? Did you get any new monogram items from your wedding???

find these here: 123456, 7, 8