Favorite Friday { Dubstep }

This is seriously the coolest wedding video I’ve seen in a long time! It’s pretty edgy {which is not normally my style}, but it’s so refreshing seeing a video that really reflects a couple’s personalities.

Via Rustic Red Studio

Tuesday Tips { The Wedding Weekend }

Having a wedding weekend is a great way to make getting married event more memorable. You’ll get to spend time with friends and family, and catch up with people you haven’t seen in while {those out-of-towners}. Here are a few quick tips on creating a fun-filled and memorable wedding weekend:

  • Plan lots of events {but not too many} – don’t completely fill up your guests’ itineraries with an event each morning and night. If you’re having a destination wedding, guests are going to want to explore the location and spend some time relaxing too. Try to limit yourself to a few, well-chosen events. You could even think about setting up a couple of different events each day, but making them optional.
  • Avoid dangerous activities – this one is kind of a no-brainer, but activities like rock climbing or paintballing may not be the best choice for wedding weekend fun. There is just way to much risk involved {scraped arms and not so pretty welts & bruises}. Things like brunches, winery tours, and movie nights are some fun {and safe} options.
  • Wear sunscreen – who wants ugly tan lines from a tank top on wedding day!?
  • Try not to stay out all night – lack of sleep {and too many cocktails} makes for a pretty grumpy bridal party…

Tidbits & Tips { Bridal Beauty Timeline }

Having flawless skin is not easy, so here are a few quick tips to help get your skin prepped and glowing for the big day!

6 Months: Start a Daily Cleansing Program

  • Use a gentle, non drying cleanser.
  • Follow up with an alcohol free toner {helps to minimize pores}.
  • Moisturize!

3 Months: Up your Antioxidant Intake

  • Add beauty boosting power foods to your diet {like berries, purple grapes, citrus fruits, etc.}

1 Week: Prevent Blemishes

  • Exfoliation is key to keep skin clear.
  • Get a facial – make sure not to do this the day before. How awful would it be if it irritated your skin too much! No one wants to be blotchy on their wedding day…
  • Get lots of sleetp!!!
  • Drink lots of water.

Wedding Day: De-puff & Control Shine

  • Keep shine to a minimum by blotting skin with a tissue.
  • If you wake up feeling puffy, try refrigerating your skin care products. The cool temperatures will keep skin calm and soothed.

Trendy Thursday { Food Pairings }

A fun spin-off of the bite size trend is the mini food & beverage pairing. Some of my favorites are grilled cheese with a tomato soup shot {not really a beverage, but still delicious}, mini sliders with beer shooters, and milk shots with tiny chocolate chip cookies {perfect for a late night treat}.

Tuesday Tips { Welcome Parties }

I love the idea of hosting a welcome party for out-of-town weddings guests. It’s a great chance for them to see the happy couple before the big day! If you’ve got a room block setup at a certain hotel, speak with the events manager about arranging a simple cocktail style reception with light snacks and drinks. If a welcome reception isn’t quite in the budget, opt for a welcome basket to be delivered to each guest room. You can still include treats, beverages, a welcome note, and maps if needed =)

Tidbits & Tips { Peach & Green Inspiration }

Peach and green are two of my favorite wedding colors – both are soft, elegant, and can be incorporated into your wedding design in lots of ways! Peach is also a great color to use in different tones, so don’t be afraid to use various shades.

Favorite Friday { Olive Manna }

Olive Manna is a super cool textile & paper goods site that features baskets, dessert stands, chalkboards, and lots of other fun design objects.

From the Designer: “Since 2007 Olive Manna has become a household name among design-savvy men and women who love good design and old memories. From brown paper packaging and ripped fabric ribbons original to Olive Manna, to wire baskets and vintage ball jars, every piece is carefully planned. No item is sold which doesn’t meet a very high bar of usefulness as well as beauty. If it’s pretty to look at but serves no purpose, it’s no good here.”

Trendy Thursday { Naked Cakes }

I for one need lots of frosting to truly enjoy a cake, but I have to admit that these “naked cakes” still look pretty delicious! Our team has been seeing these sweet treats pop up all over the place in the wedding world, and we’re totally loving this new deconstructed look.

Real Wedding Wednesday { ArtPhotoSoul }

One of our favorite photography teams, ArtPhotoSoul, recently did an ah-mazing shoot {styled by us of course} at the Cypress Grove Estate House – it’s full of gold accents, lush floral, and a gorgeous couple to boot!

Vendor Love

Photographer: ArtPhotoSoul
Event Planner: RW Events
Floral Designer: Windermere Flowers
Reception Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House
Invitation Designer: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio
Cinema and Video: Imprint Cinema
Bridal Attire/Veil/Hair Accessories: The Collection
Cake Designer: Wendy Woo Cakes
Equipment Rentals: Hitched Event Rentals
Makeup Artist: Lena G
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Absolutely Fitting

Tuesday Tips { Seasonal Flowers }

Selecting flowers that are in season will definitely help when it comes to budget, so here are some of my favorite flowers that will be in bloom for fall weddings {September through November}:

  • Freesia
  • Magnolia {these smell so wonderful}
  • Snap Dragon
  • Zinnia
  • Sunflower
  • Lily of the Valley {super elegant, but also a bit more expensive}
  • Peonies {a classic wedding flower, but not usually in season until November}