Thanksgiving is over and it's time to tackle your holiday to do's. As exhausting as all of those to do's can be, don't forget your holiday cards. It's a great way to catch up with friends and family that you haven't seen over the last year and update them on your life. Here are a few tips to help with your mailing process:
Bulky sweaters and pumpkin spice latte...changing leaves and outside firepits...all things that tell you Fall is in the air! What great way to celebrate than visiting one of the many pumpkin patches and corn mazes in the Charlotte area. See below for a list of some of my favorites:
DID YOU KNOW... almost 25% of all weddings are destination weddings... They are an affordable, alternative way to have the wedding of your dreams and Sonja Scott of A Perfect Day is transitioning her wedding business from planning local weddings to destination weddings. We sat down with her to learn a little more about her new venture and how she can help brides like you.
You guys know me by now and know that two of my favorite things are exposed brick and hardwood floors. Well, as you learn more about the Stockroom at 230 and see more of their great photos, you will know why I am so excited about this venue. If you are in the Raleigh, NC area and looking for a wedding venue, this vendor spotlight, is just for you.
Well, you guys, you’re officially reading from someone on the other side. I survived my wedding!
Let me tell you: that was the most stressful, frustrating, terrifying day of my life--until 3:00 that afternoon. Until I took my father’s arm, walked down the aisle with him and stared into my (now) husband’s eyes. Until he smiled at me and whispered, “You look beautiful.”
When I came upon the website of CJ and Stephen of Torrence Photography, I fell in love with their backstory and I knew that I had to introduce them to you. The picture above is just one of the great wedding photos that they have taken over the years.
PICTURE THIS...a wedding at the beautiful Biltmore Estate courtyard as you look out to the house in the distance. A gorgeous reception in one of the many venues. Now, if only there was someone who could help me plan it...well...your problem is solved. Today, we sat down with Tamara Heston of Belle Soiree's. With many years of experience as a wedding coordinator, in and around the Asheville area, including the Biltmore Estate, Tamara is definitely someone you want to meet.
Wedding planning is, without a doubt, the most stressful experience I’ve ever had. It’s difficult to try to plan any event, but to try to plan one of the most important days of your life? That’s on an entirely different level. For us, the countdown is officially on. We’re less than three weeks from the big day, and we’re both starting to feel the pressure.
PLAIN POUNDCAKE....BUTTER CREAM ICING...yum! I'm a simple gal when it comes to cakes and sweets but for today's bride, their tastes are all over the board and bakeries like Patty Cakes in Tennessee, helping today's bride with that perfect cake is NOT a problem. Today, we sat down with Patty Russell to learn a little more about her bakery and the wonderful cakes she designs.
We’ve talked about a lot of serious subjects when it comes to wedding planning, but today, we’re going to talk about one of the most fun parts: cake tasting! Personally, I think cake tasting is the best part of planning, because, you know…free cake.
I knew that I had to learn more about Angela Proffitt, when I fell in love with her Instagram. Two years after helping friends from her church plan and design their weddings, Angela Proffitt decided to open her own full service planning company. She plans weddings and events nationally and internationally, along with offering coaching classes.
Have you asked your bridal party to be a part of your special day yet? If not...check out today's blog. We have listed some great tips to help you when picking your party. It might not be as easy as you think...
I have a favor...check out the website: www.KristaLeePhotography.com and tell me that you didn't fall in love with the photos on the home page...I did! After that, you know I had meet her and sit down for some Q&A. I can't wait for you guys to learn more.
Happy New Year, everyone! It only seems fitting that for my first blog of the New Year, we’re ending our series on the four somethings. By now, you've heard all about the somethings old,new and borrowed. Today, I want to talk about SOMETHING BLUE. I won’t lie, I’ve been looking forward to writing this one. I love all of the traditions, obviously, but this one is my favorite.
CONGRATULATIONS! You are engaged and now you have to set a date. No problem, that's easy...I like May, I'll pick May 21, 2016...WAIT...what do you mean I can't just pick a date. Sure I can, right... WRONG! I'm sorry to disappoint those of you that thought it would be that easy. Sadly, it isn't. Believe it or not, there are lot of different things you need to think about before picking that magical date.
Did you know that vineyards are quickly becoming a popular wedding venue? Why not, if you are a lover of wine, like a little bit of rustic feel, rollings hills and gorgeous gardens, a vineyard wedding is the perfect theme for you...AND...if you are in the Charlottesville, VA area, think about checking out the First Colony Winery. This week we sat down with Heather Spiess, one of the owners of First Colony and I can't wait for her to tell you a little more about her winery and wedding venue.
CONGRATULATIONS! The man of your dreams asked you to marry him and you said yes! You get to spend the rest of your life with this wonderful man...AND THEN...it hits you...I'M GETTING MARRIED! Now what?
So, by now, you’ve heard all about the somethings old and new. Today, I really want to talk about your “SOMETHING BORROWED”. This is probably one of my favorites of the old traditions, simply because of the meaning behind it. Something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness, an item from someone that is in a happy, successful relationship. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? So you borrow from a happy couple to, hopefully, predict happiness in your marriage.
When I found Steve and Kandi's (the two that make up 2 Hodges Photography) website, I loved their About Us. It's always one of the first things that I look at when I go to a website for the first time. If you have checked out my about page, you know I'm a big baseball fan..so when I saw that a baseball game was the first stop on the night that Steve proposed to Kandi, I was hooked and had to learn more. Of course, when I saw the great pictures that they took, I had to meet them and ask them to be a part of our vendor spotlight.
Something new. We’ve talked about the something old, but what exactly is “something new”? And how do you ever decide what to choose? Optimism for the things to come, as you take your next steps into the unknown.
So this week, we made a HUGE step in the wedding planning process: we bought the dress. Saturday morning, we jammed my sister, my future mother-in-law, my mother, my maid of honor and myself into an extremely crowded bridal shop and spent two hours in the search for the perfect dress. And magically, we found it. In my size. On sale. So I’m on a pretty big win as I type this.
For those of you that follow me, know that I love rustic designs and venues, so you should not be surprised when I tell you that I fell in LOVE with Ashley Vaughn's photos. Not only is Ashley a great wedding photographer, but she is also the owner of White Rabbit Studios - a multi-faceted artisan experience that includes not only a photographer but a videographer, DJ and a design guru. I am so excited to sit down with her today and learn more about her business and the lady behind the business.
It’s one of the oldest wedding traditions: four symbolic items that predict different things for your marriage. The rhyme originated in England long, long ago. It made its way to America, dropping off the last line (“and a six pence in your shoe”) which has remained primarily an English tradition. Usually, these are little things that your family will give you at the last minute, and each represents something different.
So, you’re thinking about getting engaged. Of course you are, or you wouldn’t be perusing through wedding blogs. Normal, happily single people generally don’t do that, right? So if you’re already thinking about your engagement, you’re probably also thinking about your ring. I’m sure you’ve got that hidden Pinterest board just FULL of ring ideas for your perfect man. You have the idea of what you want your ring to look like, but do you have the terms down?
Did you know that most brides spend an average of over 200 hours in researching, planning and attending their wedding. For destination weddings, the time spent can almost double that to a local wedding. Today, I want to introduce you to Christiana Halvorson - owner of Xie Creative.
I’m going to let you all in on a little secret: I never planned my wedding. Growing up, I never thought about what kind of ceremony I would have, what the colors would be, where it would be. You know what I did plan? My bridal party. I thought about who would be in it, how I would ask them, what they would say when I did. I mapped it all out.
The wedding business is definitely a small world. I met Aubrey Rich of Willow Floral Boutique through my friend and another Vendor Spotlight - Erin Padgett. Aubrey did the flowers for one of her weddings and I saw the pictures on Instagram. I fell in love with her floral designs and I hope that you will too.