Friday Favorites

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted a Friday Favorites post, but all the Hurricane Irma doom and gloom has me ready for some joy around here! We hope all our friends in the Southeast fared well last weekend as Irma took over. Photos of the Keys were devastating and we know a number of people who had damage to their homes and businesses. As I write this, thousands are still without power and water, and we’ve seen such grace and hospitality come from all over as families help each other with shelter, air conditioning, food, and water. It’s hard times like this that we’re given such opportunity to show our true colors and I believe that more often than not, we as a community band together and help each other when the going gets tough. While this week was a sweaty and sometimes frustrating one, here are five favorite things that brought joy!

  1. Lydia and Josh were married the day before Irma hit Orlando, at one of our favorite places, The Alfond Inn. Since the whole event had been planned inside and conditions were safe still on Saturday, they decided to move forward with the wedding. Sadly, many of their guests were unable to attend because of travel issues with the coming storm, but we carried on with a beautiful wedding and a top-notch vendor team that carried out the night seamlessly! A blog post is forthcoming but for now, here’s a sneak peak of our fearless hurricane couple ūüėČ
  2. A luncheon we were scheduled to attend was cancelled this week as a result of power outages in the aftermath of the storm. Instead of wasting the beautiful flowers that had been prepared for the event, Orlando floral company Lowe and Behold delivered gorgeous arrangements to would-be attendees, and a cheery yellow bouquet ended up at my home! What a lovely way to end the week! Thank you to Randy and team!
  3. I’m reading Jen Hatmaker’s new book Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life¬†and loving it! I’ve read most of Hatmaker’s books and truly love (and am ready to re-read) each of them.¬†
  4. This weekend we are taking the kids to their first Gator football game! My husband and I are both alumni and I’m excited to show our older kids around Gainesville and let them experience the excitement of being at a game. My friend Margaret at Do Tell Calligraphy makes hand-drawn maps of Gainesville (ok, and Tallahassee…) and I’m thinking I need one for our new house!¬†
  5. When I’m out for a jog I’m usually listening to an interview on The Happy Hour with¬†Jamie Ivey. It builds women up and gives a fresh perspective on women entrepreneurs and doers that I may not have otherwise known. I highly recommend it! Who else is a big fan of podcasts? Which are your favorites?¬†

Favorite Beauty Products

Favorite Beauty Products You’ll Want to Try

What are your summer beauty staples? Here in Florida it’s so hot and humid that wearing much makeup isn’t on my agenda, but great skin and lashes are always my priorities. ¬†I like to share beauty¬†products I’m loving with my friends, and I hope you’ll give me a few new things to add to my list!¬†

Let’s start with a fresh face…

Rodan + Fields Micro-dermabrasian Paste

The micro granules in this paste work hard to scrub the skin clean and remove the top layer of makeup and dead skin cells to leave your face glowy and fresh. I love that it doesn’t dry my face out at all. A little goes a long way so it takes me a few months to get through one pot using it 2-3 x a week.¬†

Purchase here or from a local Rodan + Fields representative.

Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel

I’m hooked on serums and face oils for use before bed. I’ll take all the moisture and plumping I can get! This one by Skinceuticals adds a bunch of moisture and I use it under my nighttime moisturizer and occasionally during the day. You can find my favorites here and here.

Rodan + Fields Lash Boost

The hype is legit. As someone who values great lashes, and former lash extension wearer, I can say that Lash Boost truly did grow my wimpy eyelashes. This stuff is expensive but one tube lasts a long time (I’m at least 4 months in with plenty left). It took about 3 weeks for me to see results but once my lashes started growing I was really impressed! My lashes are not naturally dark so I definitely still wear mascara, but some people don’t even feel the need for mascara daily after using Lash Boost.

You can purchase here or from a local Rodan + Fields representative.

L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara

As I mentioned, I love great lashes and never leave the house without mascara on. It’s one of my “if stranded on a deserted island” items, in fact. My go-to has always been L’Oreal Voluminous, which plumps and lengthens big time. Lately though, probably because Florida + summer, it’s smudging under my eyes more so I was looking for a change. Enter L’Oreal Lash Paradise! This is a new one that lengthens, adds lots of volume, and beautifully beefs up the lashes in a natural but va-va-voom sort of way. I dare say this beats even top of the line mascaras like Chanel and Dior. And look ma, no smudge!

Order here or find it at Target.

Nars Multiple Stick in South Beach

This has been a summer staple for years. It’s a cream blush/eye shadow/lip stick in the perfect sun kissed color. I mainly use it as blush but when I travel I often take only this one item for my cheeks and eyeshadow. All the color options are beautiful, South Beach is my summer go-to though.¬†

Purchase here.

Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo

Yep, this mama runs on coffee and dry shampoo. My favorite is the natural ingredient No Drought powder from Lush. It really dries up any oil and makes my hair look fresh again in a way that I haven’t found in an aerosol dry shampoo. Plus, it’s from Lush which is like bath heaven where you can also feel good about the ingredients you’re using on your body.

If you don’t have a Lush store near you, buy it here!

Are you a beauty product junkie too? Do tell, what are some of your must-have products?

How to Obtain a Florida Marriage License

The basics for obtaining a Florida marriage license

Photo By the Robinsons

While not nearly as entertaining as pretty floral and wedding gowns, today’s post is all about the ever-essential MARRIAGE LICENSE required to be legally married in the state of Florida. This is a box you absolutely must check off your planning list by the time the wedding day rolls around! ¬†From time to time we receive questions on how and where exactly one gets the license so I figured it may be time for a quick post to help our clients out.¬†

  • A marriage license can be obtained at a Florida courthouse or clerk of court office.
  • Florida law requires that couples read the Family Law Handbook prior to receiving a license. Those can be found in English or Spanish.¬†
  • The fee for the marriage license is $93.50.
  • You are not required to take premarital counseling before marrying. If you do choose premarital counseling, there is a reduced licensing fee of $61.00, and you will avoid the 3-day waiting period. This can be through your church, with a licensed officiant, or a marriage and family therapist. That person can provide a letter stating that you have finished premarital counseling to use as proof when you apply for your license.
  • Both parties must be present to apply for the license. For Florida residents who do not have proof of premarital counseling, there will be a 3-day waiting period for the license. This means you may not actually marry until 3 days after you have applied. There is no waiting period for non-Florida residents.
  • For Florida weddings, you can receive a license from any county in Florida, which is good for use at a ceremony taking place anywhere in Florida.¬†
  • The license is valid for 60 days from the date issued.
  • Blood test and witnesses are not required. You will need to provide documentation including two forms of identification and a Social Security number.
  • If either party has been previously married, you must provide proof of date of divorce, annulment, or death.
  • The person performing the ceremony is responsible for returning the signed license within 10 day of the marriage to the Clerk’s office.
  • Same sex marriage is legal and recognized in Florida.

For more information and to save time by filling out the eMarriage Application before heading to the courthouse, visit the My Orange Clerk website. 

Five Ideas for Wedding Lounge Seating

Five Ideas for Wedding Lounge Seating

In our opinion, every wedding can use a little extra seating when budget and space allows, giving guests a comfy place for conversation (and photo ops!) during cocktail hour and after dinner. Here are five styles of lounge seating to work with various wedding styles. And while you’re at it, get creative! Add big floor cushions around a coffee table, a standing mirror against the wall, and don’t forget a little extra floral or conversation-piece decor for the lounge area. Guests will appreciate the added touch and we assure you people will use the space!¬†

A neutral or all-white palette in upholstered fabric ups the elegance while still working well outdoors. via Pinterest

Eclectic Boho-style seating keeps things warm and casual. via Green Wedding Shoes

And we can’t talk Boho without throwing in a teepee, am I right? Put up a teepee in your reception and watch your Instagram wedding hashtag blow right up. You’re welcome ūüėČ Photos by¬†Katie Pritchard¬†and onelove photography

What says “rustic” more than hay bales topped with mismatched blankets? This plan works for ceremony seating or as benches near the dance floor at a rustic barn wedding. Check thrift stores for soft blankets in gingham, floral prints, or quilted as shown above. Photo via¬†Southern Weddings¬†

White leather, low profile furniture is modern and sleek. Modular sections that can be placed together give you the ability to create a large lounge area that seats many people at once. This event is in Bali but vendors like Chic and Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals will have what you need in Central Florida.  

Are you adding lounge seating at your event? Which style best fits your wedding?