Archive for June, 2006

Bookshelf: Wedding Bouquets

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Wedding Bouquets

The Basics
The subtitle says it all: over 300 designs for every bride.

Each chapter is a grouping of bouquets by color:
White, Ivory and Cream
Peach and Orange
Lilac and Purple
Mixed and Unusual

There are also a few pages on the common names of flowers and the language of flowers (i.e. what each flower represents).

The Good
Each page features a single bouquet with footnotes that include the names of the flowers in each bouquet, the meaning of the flowers, scent, construction and the type of dress each bouquet would compliment. This book definitely goes beyond the classic hand tied bouquet of roses into some very unique flower combinations and styles.

The Not Quite As Good and The Bad
Two things that would have made nice additions to the footnotes: seasonality and durability. While the majority of flowers featured are both readily available year round and can stand up to a full day out of water, some simply cannot. I would hate for a bride to fall in love with a peony bouquet in the middle of November or want a hydrangea bouquet for an outdoor wedding in July. Also, I wish they had given green its own chapter rather than tucking them away among the ivories and yellows.

All in All
A very fun little book that I will be taking to meetings with brides when we talk flowers. Kind of a one stop shop for bouquet ideas!

New Gallery on EDEP!

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Sheila and John by Jamie Jansen Photography.

This is my favorite picture of them – they both look so happy!

Megan + James: 06.24.06

Monday, June 26th, 2006

A 2 year engagement gives a bride and groom a lot of time to pray for beautiful weather. All that praying paid off for Megan and James as a solid week of rain, heat and ridiculous humidity gave way to bright, clear sunshine, temperatures in the high seventies and a light breeze. It was the perfect Columbus, Ohio summer day.

I have rarely seen a bride look more graceful – something in the way Megan carries herself (possibly from her years as a professional ballet dancer with the Columbus Met). She was simply lovely.

Megan’s ‘something old’ was her Grandfather’s gold pocket watch, which we pinned to her bouquet as a powerful reminder that even those who have passed on are still with us on special days.

The gorgeous weather meant the reception could be held outside in a pretty white tent with lots of flowers – hydrangeas, roses and mini callas. We also had lemons in the centerpieces and on the place card table. All together, it felt perfectly summery!

The Father of the Bride’s toast to his daughter and new son-in-law was the most moving, heartfelt and eloquent speech I have ever heard a Father give. It was absolutely lovely and reduced me (and many others in the room) to tears.

This wedding was a bit of a reunion for me personally as the parents and brother of a past bride were in attendance as well as the parents and bride and groom for an upcoming wedding. Megan and James and her parents will be at that upcoming wedding so I will get to see them soon as well. I spend so much time with them during the planning of the wedding that I miss my couples and their families and friends after the big day. I love when I get to catch up with past clients!

I know I say this a lot, but this couple was just breathtaking – wait until you see the photos. Pictures to come from the extremely talented, super cool, husband and wife team at Davis Photography.

Why no pinch?

Monday, June 26th, 2006

I’m not crazy about the car but I dissolve into giggles every time I watch this:

Custom Couture from Coco Myles

Monday, June 19th, 2006

Looking for reasonably priced, made to order bridesmaid gowns? Look no further than Coco Myles.

Pretty simple: pick the top of the gown and then the skirt style and length, pick the fabric and color, add beading or a shawl. They have 17 colors of satin or 21 colors of charmeuse to pick from AND they sizes range from 2 up to 32. Best part? The gowns start at just $136 and go up to around $180.

They also have a line of celebrity inspired gowns that are lovely as well!

Have fun!

Ginnalea + Chad: 06.17.06

Monday, June 19th, 2006

Ginnalea and Chad met at church camp while still in high school and knew they were meant especially for each other. They pledged their lives to each other in front of God, their families and friends on a hot, sunny day.

The ceremony and reception were held at a church just a short drive outside Lexington, along a road lined with the black fences and rolling hills that mark the beautiful Bluegrass horse farms.

Ginnalea and Chad wrote their own vows for the ceremony and put together a slideshow of them growing up and growing together as a couple. Both resulted in many tears among the guests (and the vendors too)

Chad planned the entire honeymoon on his own and managed to keep it a secret from Ginnalea – even as they climbed into the limo through a shower of rose petals, she didn’t know they were headed to Mexico for a week on the beach.

For future reference, when the Mother of the Groom locks her shoes, jacket and makeup in an extra room in the church basement, I do not know how to pick a lock with two hairpins. I gave it a try, but I am no MacGyver. Thankfully, this time a key appeared.

One of my favorite moments of the day was after many of the guests had left. The saxophone player played just for them and they shared a private first dance. I have rarely seen a couple so lost in each other and the moment, it brought tears to my eyes.

Pictures of this gorgeous couple to come from the extraordinary Melanie Mauer.

Food Network Caters Your Hawaiian Wedding

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

The 3rd edition of Food Network Caters You Wedding is currently casting their newest couple.

Interested in having the Food Network provide all this:
-A one week trip aboard the Celebrity Cruise Ship Infinity
-A beautiful beach ceremony
-A wedding menu supervised by Giada de Laurentiis & designed by all of your favorite Food Network stars
-A world-class cake
-A wedding consultation with the editors of Brides magazine

Then head over The Food Network and submit your video! You have until July 24 – Good luck!

Fun Placecard Idea

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

(Preface: Escort cards and place cards are different things although the terms are often used interchangeably. Escort cards list the guest’s name and their table assignment. Placecards indicate the actual seat reserved for the guest at their table. Most people refer to everything as placecards so for clarity sake, I will as well.)

I am a big fan of placecards – especially all the different ways to present them. I have hung them from trees, wrapped them around candles, pinned them to fruit (okay, so that’s actually next weekend). There are a ton of different options and ideas out there.

I think these buttons from Mak’em Mingle would be ridiculously fun for a laid back wedding or even the rehearsal dinner. Just pick out a button and pin it to the placecard. I would think at least a little conversation would be sparked.

With tons of different buttons pretty much everyone would be covered, including the Boyfriend of the Grandmother of the Bride and the guest who traveled over 1000 miles to attend.

Music City USA

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Randy and I spent a lovely looooong weekend in Nashville, TN. A few highlights and travel advice should you be heading there anytime soon:

If you enjoy listening to live music, you must spend an evening at The Bluebird Cafe for a concert In The Round. Four song writers sit in a circle and take turns playing their songs – seeing as this is Nashville, expect a heavy dose of country. The early 6:00/6:30 show is usually comprised of songwriters without any hits and the 9:00/9:30 show is generally songwriters with well known hits. Make sure you get a reservation for a table, otherwise you will be sitting at the bar or on a bench for a couple of hours. Don’t be put off by the location (a strip mall near the Green Hills Mall) or the bar itself (a bit of a dive). It was a very cool experience and one that we plan to repeat next time we are in Nashville. Forgive the dazed look in the picture, we were looking straight into the sun.

As far as touring Nashville, there is a ton to see and do:

General Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage is a nice afternoon trip.

The Ryman Auditorium is widely considered the Mother Church of Country Music. It was the home of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville from the 40s through the 70s. It is a beautiful building with a ton of history. It turns out that my Great-Grandfather Frank Curtis played fiddle in the Grand Ole Opry at one point so there is a little family history for me there.

Finally the highlight of our trip: EDWIN MCCAIN!!!!

The show was at 3rd and Lindsley for their Sunday night broadcast with WRLT. The place only holds 250 people and is general admission – we wound up with an incredible view of the stage from the tiny balcony. If you go, GO EARLY and head straight upstairs, grab the middle table and order dinner.
The view from that table and a really grainy picture of Edwin taken from my cell phone:

It was an absolutely INCREDIBLE concert. Edwin sounded great all night – the band was fantastic as always.

A little snip from my favorite song “Kentucky” – don’t adjust your speakers, the sound quality is really that bad as it was recorded on my cell phone. It sounded a lot better in person, I promise!

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Nashville is a great city with a ton to do – I highly recommend it for a weekend away!

PSA: Garter vs. Garter Belt

Monday, June 5th, 2006

PSA: Garters are not the same thing as Garter Belts.

Garters are generally a simple elastic band made of satin and/or lace. It is traditionally slipped onto the bride’s leg and then later removed by the groom – otherwise it serves no real purpose.

Garter Belts are pieces of lingerie. They are worn around the hips and serve to hold up thigh high stockings that are clipped to them.

Now you may be asking yourself why would I feel the need to post this? For brides, shopping for a garter belt while actually looking for a garter would cause for some interesting confusion. Beyond that, I was watching a wedding show this weekend and the host held up a garter and called it a garter belt. He was using the terms interchangeably and it bugged me.

Yes, little things bug me.