Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
| Billy balls with yarn-wrapped napkins echo the teal stitching on the beautiful burlap runner Billy button boutonnieres and more Leen Machine shop Billy Balls Personalized Note Cards | Billy buttons with black silhouette | Minimalist billy button table design | Flower box of billy buttons and mini daisies | | Bouquet made with billy buttons, lambs ear, and succulent}
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Whether you want banners or bunting using triangles, squares, circles, fabric, paper, they are so simple and quick to make! Plus you can always buy pre-made strands from an Etsy artist too!
Add mini triangle fabric bunting to your cake
Wedding save-the-date letterpress bunting theme designed vintage and summer pattern invitation
Birthday bunting invitation for a nautical beach party
Birthday bunting invitation for a nautical beach party
DIY invitations that stand out with pop up bunting.
Banners and bunting don't have to be squares or triangles...consider using circles for your Mr. & Mrs. sign.
Whether you're planning a baby shower, bridal shower or wedding, draping bunting can add a nice flair to your event plus give a different feel then hanging tissue poms, lanterns or twinkle lights.
One of my FAVORITE Etsy shops is Potter and Butler! Check out their unique cake banner that happily and effortlessly proclaims the significance of the moment - joyfully shouting for all to hear (in its own subtle way) exactly for whom or why it is that all are gathered to celebrate.
Jennie Speakman's Etsy shop Studio1621 creates personalized banners (she is making me one for my business!!) You can buy a Mr. & Mrs. banner made of 4x4 white chipboard. Paint stamped black letters, black ink distressed edges all on black feathered ribbon. Connect ribbon for one large banner or keep separate. Lightweight and durable, but can be hung with tape.
Just married banner
Just married banner
Another great Etsy shop is Victorianstation's. This creamy vanilla burlap with chocolate brown font and blush fabric hearts creates a nice getaway car Just Married banner.
Vintage ribbon cake bunting
Vintage ribbon cake bunting
Similar to Potter and Butler's cake banner, this Etsy shop makes cute cake bunting for any special occasion! This one is made from vintage ribbon sewn together then strung onto gray thread and attached to food safe bamboo skewers.
Coloring page of bunting
Keep children occupied at your wedding reception or a birthday party with banner and bunting coloring sheets that they can also cut out.
Inspirationalbanners Etsy shop also creates handmade square banners connected with ribbon that can be made in the colors of your choice.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Many people have incorporated bamboo into their wedding themes whether they are at beach or not. There are many ways to use bamboo and here are a select few creative ideas I found. Plus being so close to the ocean I have included some bamboo themed beach ideas. I apologize for the length of this post, since it is probably the longest one I have done, but I LOVE bamboo, beaches, and mountains. So make sure you read all of it! Plus this is going to incorporate my Organic Wednesday and Wedding Location all in one since it's going to be a crazy week for me!
Want some bamboo wedding ideas consider these beautiful letterpress beach invitations or these
or stop by the store on Abercorn and you will find a whole collection of Eco party supplies. For those of you in the Savannah area there is a wonderful kitchen store, that can set up a registry for you and you'll find these bamboo serving utensils there. Ecofriendlygreenthings.com-love this wine rack!!
Now if you plan to have your wedding ceremony at a beach, Tybee Island and Hilton Head Island are right outside of Savannah, GA and provide a wonderful location to share this special moment with your friends and family. Make sure you have a permit and consider having police for crowd control, all of which I can help with if you need to hire a wedding coordinator. In the Jewish faith a chuppah is a traditional canopy under which a Jewish couple stand during their wedding ceremony that can be a cloth or sheet, sometimes a tallit, stretched or supported over four poles. So why not create a bamboo chuppah and wrap in white chiffon!! BEAUTIFUL!! Plus I love twine balls! (just hope for a day that is not windy!)
Although this is not bamboo, I just love this ringbearer pillow from JwrobelStudio on Etsy since it goes well with an Eco-friendly wedding or bamboo rustic theme. It is made of heavy cotton linen and stuffed with an environmentally friendly cotton sliver, has jute piping and then carefully sculpted petals and leaf for the flowers. The bead in the center of each was rescued from a vintage piece of costume jewelry long past its prime. The button that anchors everything on the back is made from a blueberry branch that came from the artist's backyard.
If your wedding is on the beach and in Georgia during the hot summer weather (like mine) then you will definitely need some fans for your guests!! I actually bought these exact fans for my wedding and was very happy with them and this company: favorsandflowers.com.
Off to your honeymoon......To continue on with this bamboo theme, I must digress and share some amazing photos from Brevard, NC. Since my husband and I had an intimate wedding in July and then he left for Iraq in October, we did not have a honeymoon, instead we had a 2 week R & R vacation in August. Being in a military relationship can be complicated when you are trying to plan a wedding especially since my husband had 2 training trips to go on before he left for Iraq and a lot of extra hours put in before they deployed. Looking back on those few months together I am so thankful he is out of the Army now. I understand and appreciate those who have committed themselves to serving our country and the families that sacrifice! But, back to the amazing photos I took while on our vacation!! We went from the Georgia coast to the The Biltmore, hiked the Pisgah National Forest. and enjoyed everything Brevard had to offer!
Friday, July 8, 2011
By Kate Wood from The Knot
Before you read this I want you to know that I did abbreviate her article a little and added a few remarks, but overall this is written by Kate and she has GREAT ADVICE!!
Doing Anything…Before the Guest List
The problem: You’re engaged! You’re excited! You’re ready to send out save-the-dates, book that reception hall, and choose your flowers— now! Well hang on a second, because we’re afraid you’re forgetting something. Who’s coming to this affair, exactly?
The solution: You shouldn’t make any decisions before you have your wedding guest list somewhat firmly in place. Why, you ask? Well, do you want to have a nonrefundable deposit down on that cozy restaurant room that fits 75 when you finally get your official list together and it’s closer to 150? Think about what kind of atmosphere you’d like for your wedding. Do you want an intimate, close friends and family-only affair, or do you want to throw the event of the season for 300-plus people? Then make your official list, THEN book your reception location.
The problem: Look, we know it’s not the Stone Age, and there are plenty of guys out there who want to see their wedding as an event that reflects their style too (or at least one that’s NOT dripping with pink froufrou). But there’s likely to be a limit to your fiance’s ability to cope with an infinite array of wedding choices.
The solution: Here’s how to defuse a potentially sticky situation (and a minefield of fights you don’t want to have). Take a night OFF and save his sanity (and yours) by designating one night a week as wedding-free. Talk about the weather, your friends, the dog — whatever you want. Then on the other days figure out what he wants or envisions for the wedding and what details he is interested in and keep him in the loop on those aspects, as for everything else give him the abbreviated version.
The problem: These days, to-be-weds spend so much time personalizing their weddings and trying to find really unique big-day details that it does seem reasonable to freak if another couple chooses the same favors or flowers or food. Before you decide to arm-wrestle for it, let us suggest a different way of dealing with this problem before it even becomes a problem.
The solution: If someone else steals one of your ideas, you’ll probably hear a lot of imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but- If you don’t/didn’t divulge every last big-day detail, you won’t have to worry about your bride friends snatching them. Only tell those who you know won’t divulge all your details especially since you want some left to surprise.
The problem: When you started planning your wedding, you knew just what you wanted, but now that you’ve been hard at work for a few months, you have changed your mind.
The solution: A good rule of thumb is that if you’ve already signed a contract or seen a proof, you will have to pay extra for any changes or additions you make. Although if it’s still relatively early in your planning process, don’t be afraid to make the change. But if it is too late remember, you’re getting married to your husband, not your centerpieces.
The problem: You’ve found the wedding dress of your dreams — though it’s not exactly a perfect fit on the real-life you. Your plan: Order the dress two sizes too small, and then do whatever it takes to make it fit. Or so you think.
The solution: Making a commitment to eat right and exercise is great, but crash-dieting and chaining yourself to the StairMaster is a course likely to end in disaster — and a gown that doesn’t fit.
Instead of losing more sleep than weight, find a gown you love and order it in your current size. If you want to work on your body during your engagement, that’s great — go ahead, but be sure to make your goals are manageable (toning up but not dropping 20 pounds, for instance). You’re more likely to stick with a routine that doesn’t require superhuman willpower. And if you still find that you are freaking about your figure, just remember that you’re about to get hitched to someone who can’t get enough of the way you look (really, truly) right now.
If you do drop some weight, this slow-and-steady approach will help you big time (and help you keep it off long-term). You’ll want to lose those extra pounds before your second fitting — any big changes after that, and though you might be lighter, your alterations bill will be pretty hefty. Your final fitting should be for last-minute tweaks, not a total overhaul.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Today, I would like to introduce you to Alicja Colon, a very talented photographer from Savannah.
Sparkle | Color | Flash | Dynamic
Those four words would definitely describe Alicja of Taken Photography! Other words to describe Taken's work are dramatic, beautiful, and emotion capturing. I am thrilled to have met Alicja and get to know her as a friend. I prefer to meet with all my vendors in person to allow that connection and relationship to form. Just looking at someone's website and emailing them does not create a good bond. I want to make sure that if I refer a client to a professional vendor that I know they are quality. Alicja is QUALITY but also such a caring talented woman. Alicja was nice enough to answer a few questions for my blog post to help y’all get to know her a little better!
Layla: Which are your 5 favorite images and why?
1) oh my heart - I just look at this and swoon. This image was taken in the Bahamas for fellow photographer, Melissa (of foreverphotographers.com) the Bride. We were on the dock, sun going down. The couple just signed their marriage license, which in the Bahamas HAS to be signed before the sunset. I love how John, the groom, took his bride in his arms and assertively gave his woman a kiss. I love how Melissa cherished it.
2) During the first dance - there was SO much emotion. This couple has lots to deal with the day of their outside wedding - RAIN. But I love for they overcame and re-focused on what was important: Their love.
3) I lean towards the sexy side of things. We did lots of photos outside, in a playground - but I knew... He is a firefighter (he had to be smokin' under his shirt), and just look how cute she is! I saw a leather couch and a red pillow. Yes, we have to do sexy. So blessed to have clients up for anything :)
4) Love the innocent moment: fun, flirty, and sweet. Jessica, the hottie, was shy of taking photos in a pretty public place. To lighten the mood I was reassuring that no one was looking, "except that guy" and they busted out in sweet laughter. Ahhh - the moments <3
5) Vanessa-a vixen in Miami. She saved for a year to do this glam shoot. When we meet I knew she was ready to rock & roll! I mean look at those red lips-HOT! I love the light, motion, and the confidence our hottie has!Layla: What makes you laugh?
Alicja: Really embarrassing moments - like when I go bowling and swing my arm back and accidentally let the ball go. I heard that forward is better, but I like to keep things interesting : )
Layla: What do you find enjoyable?
Alicja: Trying to get my one-year-old to dance. It's really not hard. When anything with a beat comes on goes in dancing diva mode - full with hip shaking, shrugging shoulders, and hand waving. Yes, I gave her a few pointers.
Layla: What are you most proud of?
Alicja: I guess this has nothing to do with me - but I'm most proud of the opportunity to be a professional photographer. Humbly I thank Jesus for the gift to get to know others and serve them in this way.
Layla: When did you start Taken?
Alicja: In Miami, about 2 years ago. Before that I was operating under Alicja Colon Photography, for a year in Savannah, but no one knew who to spell Alicja or Colon - pronounced "Cologne." That's what happens when a Polish girl marries a Puerto Rican.
Layla: How would you describe your style?
Alicja: Fashion-forward documentary. I'm very into color, contrast, and emotion. It's a perfect combination because when a moment happens I capture it as it happen. But I can also pose the couple, bridal party, or parents in a way that's natural and communicates deep emotion.
Layla: What do you do when you are not photographing weddings?
Alicja: Right now designing logos for fellow photographers and picking colors of the house we're building. But always drinking coffee. YUM!
Layla: Finish this sentence:
Alicja: I am ... in need of a date with the beauty salon!
My passion is ... aesthetics! If I'm involved, it has to look fierce.
My favorite moment in weddings is...The first dance! I love listening to music while watching the groom sing to his bride. And then kiss afterwards, many times, rivals the first kiss!
Layla: What are your accolades:
Alicja: Taken's weddings are have been feature of varying wedding internet publications. That's very exciting! Each time I get blown away at the response of the images I get to craft.