Foil Pressed Invitations

Written by Brittany. Posted in Event Planning

Aren’t you loving the gold and silver foil paper goods that are so on trend right now? Minted.com is offering 20% off all foil pressed designs through 11/17 with code FOIL2014. That goes for holiday cards as well, so you may as well shop now for those now too!  Here are some of our favorites, though there are so many more beautiful options and coordinating paper items like place cards, menus, and programs.

Leaves and kraft foil-pressed invitations

Dipped feathers foil pressed invitations

Edged conservatory foil-pressed invitations

Personalizing Your Bouquet

Written by Brittany. Posted in Floral Inspiration

I just love sweet details at weddings that show thoughtfulness and are appreciated by those who really know you. One key location to personalize is the bride’s bouquet. We’ve had brides wrap the stem with grandmother’s rosary, pin a giraffe charm to the stem to honor the mother of the bride, and even make entire brooch bouquets out of heirloom and favorite pieces collected by important female family and friends. Oatmeal Lace out of Tampa, FL monograms grosgrain ribbons for bridesmaids bouquets which add a special, preppy touch and can be reused after the wedding. How about honoring your parents or grandparents and their long and happy marriage with a photo charm of their wedding day? Paloma’s Nest makes classic porcelain bouquet charms that will forever be a sweet remembrance of your wedding day. Any other ideas for us on bouquet personalization?  Send them our way!  

Get It While It’s Hot! Floral Crowns for Your Wedding

Written by Brittany. Posted in Floral Inspiration, Style

Over the past year we’ve seen more and more brides and bridesmaids try the SO of-the-moment and SO bohemian chic look of wearing flowers in their hair. And I don’t mean just one bloom pinned into your French twist, ladies! Florists across the country have honed their skills to create stunning floral crowns that add a big WOW factor to your wedding day style. Interested in making this a DIY project? Try it out ahead of time using one of these floral crown tutorials from Honestly WTF, a faux floral crown by Kelli Murray , or a sweet and simple smaller crown by Bleubird. Here are some of our favorite looks. Will you be wearing flowers in your hair on your wedding day?  

Tickled Pink Bride Ali wearing a floral crown by Suzanne Nichols Design

Real Wedding: Faith + Scott at Leu Gardens

Written by Brittany. Posted in Event Planning

Faith and Scott were instantly the kind of clients I clicked with, got along with, laughed with, and completely shared in their joy. Their wedding planning was thoughtful and included sweet Southern touches that fit perfectly at their venue, Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando.  They were meant to be married under a grand old oak tree on the lawn,  but the weather had other plans for us.  Even in Februrary, weather in Florida is temperamental!  After hours of morning rain, we were forced to move the ceremony indoors but this couple took it in stride and didn’t for a minute let that get them down.  Such a gracious and loving couple, they were just happy to get married!  Lots of personal details were incorporated into this wedding, like the 200 year old bible that belongs to Scott’s family that was carried down the aisle in the processional, Scott’s dad serving as best man, and a heartfelt song that Faith sang to Scott to begin the reception.  We added all sorts of Southern elements including Faith’s gorgeous lace gown, mini pies by P is for Pie, babies breath and mason jars, chalkboard table numbers and the beautiful floral arrangements in wooden boxes by Orlando-based florist Bluegrass Chic. Nikki at Wings of Glory Photography  captured the day with the stunning photos below.  Enjoy! View More: http://wingsofgloryphoto.pass.us/faith-thompson-wedding View More: http://wingsofgloryphoto.pass.us/faith-thompson-wedding View More: http://wingsofgloryphoto.pass.us/faith-thompson-wedding View More: http://wingsofgloryphoto.pass.us/faith-thompson-wedding View More: http://wingsofgloryphoto.pass.us/faith-thompson-wedding View More: http://wingsofgloryphoto.pass.us/faith-thompson-wedding View More: http://wingsofgloryphoto.pass.us/faith-thompson-wedding View More: http://wingsofgloryphoto.pass.us/faith-thompson-wedding View More: http://wingsofgloryphoto.pass.us/faith-thompson-wedding View More: http://wingsofgloryphoto.pass.us/faith-thompson-wedding View More: http://wingsofgloryphoto.pass.us/faith-thompson-wedding View More: http://wingsofgloryphoto.pass.us/faith-thompson-wedding View More: http://wingsofgloryphoto.pass.us/faith-thompson-wedding

Real Wedding: Megan + Sal at Highland Manor

Written by Brittany. Posted in Real Weddings

Megan and Sal had the most perfect balance of trend and tradition at their fall wedding and I’m so pleased to share the cinematic trailer from Orlando-based videographers Riant Films. With a soft blush, gray, and neutrals color scheme, we had so much fun planning the decor including florals from the ever-amazing Lee Forrest Design and tons of creative custom chalkboard pieces by The Chalk Shop. The ceremony took place at Anunciation Catholic Church and was followed by a lively reception at the historic Highland Manor in Apopka, FL. The genuine love this couple shares was so apparent on their wedding day, and I could not have been happier to be a part of seeing their wedding wishes come to life.  Congratulations, Megan and Sal!  Photos coming soon…

Megan + Sal Trailer Movie from Riant Films

Venue Hunting: The Acre in College Park

Written by Brittany. Posted in Event Planning, Venues

Recently our team visited a unique Orlando venue called The Acre.  It’s a charming, one of a kind venue in College Park, rustic and whimsical in it’s style and decor on the one acre piece of land.  Complete with a vintage Airstream that can be used for photos or as a bar, a catering kitchen, a bridal suite, a barn, a stage, and the coolest, roofless building covered with vines and strung with market lights. If you’re on the market for something different for your event, this is definitely a venue worth visiting.  The Acre was also featured on Wedding Chicks here, where you can see all sorts of garden party wedding fun and how they creatively used the space.

Ceremony at The Acre, photography by Kelian Photography

Open air building as dance floor. Photo by Kelian Photography

Stage used as a large photo area. Photo by Kelian Photography

Please excuse my iPhone photos below, I got excited snapping away at the interesting options available!

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Place Cards and Wedding Stationery by Minted

Written by Brittany. Posted in Wedding Paper

Did you know Minted.com has place cards, menus, and programs in addition to save the dates and wedding invitations?  While I’m all for custom stationery and using local designers and vendors for your wedding, I had to share some really wonderful options I found on Minted!  They’re affordable, super stylish, and upgradable to various printing styles and paper qualities.  And until June 23, all wedding orders receive 15% off with code SUMMERBELLS.  I love the matching sets and there are so many beautiful options to fit every style of wedding imaginable.

Botanical Wreath place cards by Minted.com

Chalkboard design place card by Minted.com

Holiday bling place card by Minted.com

And here is a complete set that is just too sweet!  Each of the above also has matching invitation and stationery sets to choose from.  So easy!

Glamorous Affair invitation

Glamorous Affair place cards

Glamorous Affair program

{Naturally} Stylish Popup Easter Play Date

Written by Brittany. Posted in Family, Styled Shoots

With a few days left before Easter, there is still time to arrange a quick Friday or Saturday egg dyeing play date!  We recently styled a popup play date with Becka at By The Robinsons and were so excited to have it featured on 100 Layer Cakelet!  Our goal was to create a fun and simple play date where the children and parents would get some some fresh air, celebrate Easter, and learn something new along the way too.  We started the morning at a local farmer’s market at petting farm, where the kids were able to see animals like goats, chicken, and donkeys and they even took a turn feeding 8 week old baby goats! At the farmer’s market they saw firsthand the vegetables we would later use to make natural egg dye — things like beets, spinach and carrots will all do the trick.

To dye our eggs, we prepared natural dyes with paprika to make orange, spinach to make a light yellow-green, beets made pink, and blueberries that made a pale lavender dye. Here’s a great resource on how to prepare your own natural dyes.  All it takes is about 2 cups of boiling water poured into a bowl or mason jar over each ingredient, let sit until they reach room temperature, then add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and you’re ready to dye some eggs!  So simple! 

Ashley Brooke Designs kindly provided a lovely free printable for  your own egg dyeing party, shown below and available for download on 100 Layer Cakelet.  Enjoy the photos and Hoppy Easter everyone!

Natural egg-dying playdate | By The Robinsons | 100 Layer Cakelet

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Natural egg-dying playdate | By The Robinsons | 100 Layer Cakelet

Natural egg-dying playdate | By The Robinsons | 100 Layer Cakelet

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Natural egg-dying playdate | By The Robinsons | 100 Layer Cakelet

Natural egg-dying playdate | By The Robinsons | 100 Layer Cakelet

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Natural egg-dying playdate | By The Robinsons | 100 Layer Cakelet

“Radiant Orchid” Wedding Ideas

Written by Brittany. Posted in Be Inspired, Event Planning, Floral Inspiration, Style

2014 is the year of “Radiant Orchid” according to Pantone.  So how can you pull in some of this stunning shade in your wedding fashion and decor?  Here are a few of our favorite orchid-hued details, and some interesting ways to use the color.

 WOW! What an incredible altar.

Giant purple balloons line the aisle for a bold statement of color in the ceremony

Blackberry Thyme Margaritas to greet guests upon arrival at cocktail hour

Such a glamorous and elegant centerpiece! Photo by our friend Justin DeMutiis via SMP

 Radiant Orchid colored escort or wish cards

How fun would it be to serve these individual ombre stacked cakes to each guest? 

Happy New Year!

Written by Brittany. Posted in Event Planning

Welcome, 2014!  I hope each of you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and is ready for all that the coming year has to offer.  I saw in my various news feeds many people that were ready to say goodbye to 2013 and start anew.  For me, 2013 was a great year… always busy with the hustle of wedding planning and raising two small children, but we experienced some really exciting things like trips to the Bahamas, Colorado, Washington DC, Mexico, London and Paris, our children turning 2 and 4 years old, some fun lakeside parties over the summer, and some really incredible weddings that I was so proud to be a part of.  Going into 2013 I had a “bucket list” rather than any real “resolutions”, and I ended up crossing off many of those items that made for some memorable experiences. They weren’t incredibly hard to accomplish or serious goals, just things I wanted to do during the year.  Things like take my kids to Disney World, go on a cruise (that’s how we got to Mexico), host a wine and cheese party (which we did in a hotel room one weekend with friends and we still laugh about some of the shenanigans), buy only clothes that I really love (going to continue working on this one into 2014)… you get the drift.

I’m still working on my 2014 bucket list and may share as it comes together.  One thing I’m determined to do is to find peace with the work/family balance.  This one weighs on me a lot because while I love my job and the weddings I get to help create, what working mom doesn’t have some guilt?  I get a lot of satisfaction though out of being creative, bringing a vision to life, adding value to a bride and groom’s overall experience, and hopefully being a blessing to their families as they navigate all things wedding.

What’s on your 2014 bucket list?  Anything you hope to accomplish or an adventure you want to take?  Maybe finish certain books, or begin writing your own?  I’d love to hear about it!

 

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