Archive for September, 2011
One of my favorite things to do when I have some spare time is read through the many wedding blogs I subscribe to. You, however, manage a very busy schedule allowing limited time for such things, so I thought I’d recommend my two favorite blogs at the moment (besides ours) for when you only have a few minutes to browse the web!
Green Wedding Shoes – This is the place to go when looking for inspiration for your wedding day, with from gorgeous photography, pretty dresses, vintage details, graphic finds, and other amazing ideas.
The Knotist – Launched this past month, The Knotist is where you go to find all of the top wedding blogs’ latest posts in one place! Register now to receive updates.
I’d love to hear about some of your favorite wedding blogs!
This week, we’re honored to be listed as Grace Ormonde Wedding Style’s Feature Destination Wedding!
Each week, Grace Ormonde and her talented staff choose a venu from their Platinum List to be the Featured Destination Wedding. Their Platinum List, which can be found on www.weddingstylemagazine.com, is a resource for cutting edge professionals in floral and event design, stunning linen specialists, tabletop accoutrement rentals and the latest in event furnishings and venues!
Following up to my summer cocktails post, I thought I’d share with you a popular fall drink that keeps popping up at weddings! The Autumn Punch cocktail is a great choice to serve at a fall wedding, because of its light and cool flavors. You can even offer a non-alcoholic version for the kids!
- 2 Teaspoons Whole Cloves
- 1/2 of a Vanilla Bean, Split Lengthwise
- 1 64-Ounce Bottle of Apple-Cranberry Juice
- 4 Medium Purple and/or Green Plums, Pitted and Sliced
- 1 750ml Bottle of Gewurztraminer* (Or Other Fruity White Wine)
- Ice Cubes
*For a non-alcoholic version, substitute two 12-ounce cans of chilled ginger ale for the Gewurztraminer and serve over ice.
- Place cloves and vanilla bean in center of a double-thick 6-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners of cloth together; tie closed with clean string. Pour apple-cranberry juice into a large container or pitcher. Add plums and spice bag. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.
- Remove and discard cheesecloth bag. Stir in Gewurztraminer. Serve beverage and plum slices over ice. (Or omit the ice and heat the juice mixture and wine in a 4-quart Dutch oven until hot. Serve in heatproof mugs.) Makes 10 to 12 servings.
This summer I had the pleasure of working on the wedding for Sonia and Deepak, who were an absolutely amazing couple! Every detail from their wedding was perfectly executed, from the draping in The Horseshoe Garden, to the elephant Deepak rode in on, to the incredible 5’ cake and the abundance of red roses. I especially loved both of Sonia’s dresses she wore.
There was also color weaved in everywhere at this wedding, including the gorgeous traditional Indian saris. It was a stunning array of bright colors!
This special day for Sonia and Deepak was truly show-stopping, with The Horseshoe Garden playing the perfect backdrop for their fairytale wedding.
Photos of this wedding were taken by Lin & Jirsa
When it comes to what the mother of the bride should wear, the general consensus is modest, in a neutral color and a minimal amount of flash. A simple search for “mother of the bride dresses” pulls up a number of knee to floor length, satin dresses.
One website even warns the mother not to wear white and steal the bride’s thunder! And while I completely agree that one should never steal the bride’s thunder, there are very few amazing dress options for the mother to wear! Those pictures of her will last a lifetime as well!
I was lucky enough to have an amazing wedding this past July where the mother wore a jaw-dropping pink dress. She looked stunning – absolutely amazing! And not once did I hear she stole the bride’s thunder! I know this look isn’t for every mother but if you can, why not?
If you’re planning a fall wedding, make sure to have a back-up plan in place for any uncomfortable outdoor elements. When contracting with a venue, ask your Catering Sales Manager if they can provide a back-up space indoors for if the weather becomes inclimate. If they are unable to provide you with back-up space, make certain you can budget for heaters, umbrellas or possibly a tent in case you need to make any last-minute rentals.
If the weather turns hot, you can order inexpensive parasols online and offer them to your guests during the ceremony.
Or if the weather turns cold, you can order wraps and have them available for guests to cover themselves with while outdoors.
If you have a website, be sure to update the weather close to the ceremony date to give your guests a friendly reminder of how to dress. They will appreciate the extra consideration on your special day!
Bespoke English pronunciation: /biˈspoʊk/ is a term employed in a variety of applications to mean an item custom-made to the buyer’s specification (personalized or tailored). While applied to many items now, from computer software to luxury car appointments, the term historically was applied only to tailored clothing, shirts, and other parts of men’s apparel involving measurement and fitting.
Named after her fashion forward grandmother, Ilaverne Gregory, Paula Bjerketvedt started IlaHandbags last year. She’ll design your bespoke bag integrating your mother’s veil or grandmother’s brooch for your touch of “something old,”
With many of her bags priced under $100, consider giving evening bags for your bridesmaids, something they will use again and again.
Ila Handbags was featured in the Fall 2011 publication of Martha Stewart Weddings.
I had the pleasure of working with Mary Sushinski of Occasions on a tastefully designed and coordinated wedding for Erin & Jared, where their marriage artfully merged their two cultures of Chinese and Judaism.
Jackie Combs of Jackie Combs Floral Design designed an elegant chuppah for their ceremony on the red bridge in The Japanese Garden.
Caught up in the moment with tears of joy, Erin & Jared staged their “First Look” on The Picture Bridge, which is always a favorite location for our wedding couples.
Erin & Jared’s wedding was featured on TheWeddingYentas.com™ – A Guide for the Jewish Bride™. See their post below for more pictures of this beautiful wedding!
Mazel tov, Erin & Jared!
Jet Fete was designed with the globetrotting bride-to-be in mind. From far off adventures for two to grand celebrations on location – Jet Fete is the engaged couple’s go-to guide for saying “I do” away from home.
Last week they posted an article about the Langham Brand as a source of inspiration for weddings by building off the color palate from our brand’s signature “wallpaper.” The ideas they came up with were amazing!
Read the article here: http://www.jetfeteblog.com/wedding-locations/inspired-langham-hotel-wallpaper
I came across some photos from a vintage style wedding which I loved so much that I wanted to share!
Rather than spending the time (and money!) to create escort and place cards, the couple got creative and wrote out their guests’ table assignments on mini glass window panes. They finished off the table décor with a simple basket of lemons which really added some color to make the table pop.
How cute is that?! It is really neat to see the different creative ways in which brides display seating assignments. These days, brides get so creative and it is so exciting to watch!
For their dessert display, the bride and groom offered their favorites – including full sized donuts, milk & cookies, a small simple wedding cake and Girl Scout cookies! The bride and groom were active in girl/boy scouts so it was a great way to incorporate something from their childhood – and who doesn’t love Girl Scout cookies?!
Photos by Joielala Photographie
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