Tuesday, July 19, 2011

{Not your typical escort card table}

When we go to set up for weddings I just love to see the creative and fun ways that couples have decided to express themselves through their details.  This particular wedding I was able to help set up for and be a guest at.  So I just had to tell the bride how impressed I was with her seating escort cards and when she told me it was the grooms idea...I was even more impressed!!! See...I do think Grooms are participating in the planning process more these days :-)

Jake & Abby Kotecki's escort cards- each name card was a polaroid of the happy couple that was yours to keep which told you where to sit for the evening! LOVED this!

Monday, July 18, 2011

{Captured moments}

I saw this photo and just immediately loved the idea... I feel like the little girl {flower girl} is looking up at the wedding dress in aw and daydreaming of her own wedding and what's to come for her, and the ballon is representing how little and innoccent she still is.  My heart melts- because many of us young brides invision our wedding day from the time we're a little girl.

Photography: Mirelle Carmichael and Cheryl Tivar

Thursday, July 14, 2011

{Hire a Videographer}

 So, I really don't enjoy telling couples where to spend their money when it comes to their wedding day.  Especially with the vast differences of personalities and backgrounds we all come from.  But, what I won't hesitate to tell a couple is to Please do yourselve a big favor and hire a videographer.  Does it have to be a professional??? in my opinion, the answer is "Nope!" But, if your in the local area- I know one I can recommend ;-) Ask me!
This is one *service we skipped out on when planning our wedding, and it's such an oh-so-big regret.
I thought to myself " well I invested in really good photographers, so the photos will tell the story", and " I don't plan to drink much so it's not like I won't remember the night" Ahhhhhh..... if only I could go back.  I indeed did have good photographers and I didn't have one too many glasses of wine at the reception, but four years later, here I sit barely able to remember a single thing from one of the most imporatant days of my life.   My uncle actually sent me video footage he took of our wedding ceremony and I am so so so grateful for it, but I don't have anything of our reception.  I want to hear the speeches, watch our first dance, and remember how happy everyone looked all in one big room celebrating "US".  It's a magical moment that I could have had on film, but because I must have wanted something else at the time such as a limo maybe or the "extra favors" I had...I know silly...I had TWO different favors at my wedding.  Either way, I didn't have a videographer and it's the one thing I always hear couples contemplating about. so I'm here to tell you "GO FOR IT" you won't regret it.  It's one of those days you wish you could re-live and that's the closest way you can do just that!

Monday, July 11, 2011

{Summer Wedding Cocktails}

Having a festive Reception? Have a festive cocktail! Here's a couple of my favorites that are especially cool for those hot summer weddings ;)

Cava Sangria

*Makes 4 1/2 cups in 5 min!

8 Large mint leaves
1 (750-milliter) bottle Cava Sparkling wine, chilled
3/4 cup white grape juice, chilled
1/2 cup sliced freash strawberries
1/4 cup orange liqueur
Garnish with fresh sugar cane sticks.

Press mint leaves with back of a woden spoon to release flavors. Stir in sparkling wine and next 3 ingredients. Serve immediately over ice. *Other Sparkling wine or Champaagne may be subsitituted.

Classic Mojito

2 tablespoons sugar
15 fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup white rum
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 cup club soda, chilled
1/2 cup ice

Place sugar and mint in a 2-cup glass measure; crush with a wooden spoon. Add rum and juice; stir until sugar dissolves. Just before serving, stir in club soda. Place ice in an 8-ounce glass; pour mint mixture over ice.

Sparkling Punch
*Makes about 9 cups (from SouthernLiving)

1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
4 cups white cranberry juice cocktail
1 qt. club soda, chilled
Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

 Stir together lemonade concentrate and cranberry juice cocktail in a large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Stir in club soda just before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Champagne Punch: Substitute 1 (750-milliliter) bottle extra-dry Champagne or sparkling wine and 1/4 cup orange liqueur for club soda; proceed with recipe as directed.