Monday, July 30, 2012

A Cozy Country Chic Reception

Country Chic is a trend that is popping up everywhere. I have to say that I am LOVING it!! It's so simple and sweet. It's nice to see couples come up with a wedding that isn't the typical ballroom or country club soiree. Don't get me wrong, I honestly love any wedding. It's just fun to experiment with
different ideas & country chic is so much fun!



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Friday, July 27, 2012


 When Keith & I got engaged, we both agreed that we wanted something outdoors. I am a proud Floridian & love that Florida has it's own special culture. I wanted something that showed Old Florida with hints of citrus, old oak trees & Victorian elements. Keith was the one who actually found the Rossetter House in the arts district of Eau Gallie(I'm a lucky girl! We all know how difficult it can be to find the perfect venue). We signed a contract the very same day!

We had a bridal party of 1 maid of honor & 3 bridesmaids. We had 1 best man & 4 groomsmen. 1 handsome ring bearer & 3 precious flower girls.

I am a huge fan of what I like to call the "5 planning process". Get ready; this is how I live my life & what I tell brides to do! You & Groomie sit down with no friends or family. Discuss what is the budget (discuss before hand what each side of parents are going to contribute) you both feel comfortable with. List 5 things you cannot live without for your wedding day. 5 things you love, but aren't deal breakers. You can always revisit them later (typically you will get 2-3 things out of this list). Then 5 things that you hate to see when you are a guest at a wedding. Voila! You have a pretty sturdy structure & with the help of a professional, you can get the ball rolling.

 Our 5 HAD TO HAVE things were:
  1.  I had to hire a salon to come to the venue to do my girls hair & makeup so we could just sip on mimosas & relax!
  2. Full liquor bar was non negotiable with our group (luckily our venue allowed us to bring in our own alcohol which is a huge money saver).
  3. Details!!! I'm a big fan of stationary & everything DIY
  4. My amazing husband let me have 4 & the only 1 he took was PASTA!! I've said it once & I'll say it again; the hubbs lives for Italian. Our amazing, amazing, amazing caterer set up a pasta bar for him.

This picture is worth a thousand words. My little girl is so sweet!

 The 5 things we loved to have and were able to incorporate into our big day were:
  1.  Preserved flowers. They were so beautiful & everyone was able to keep their bouquets forever.
  2. A day of coordinator. No matter how much of a pro you are, you have to have someone handle the details on the big day. We had several things go wrong (little did I know at the time), & our coordinator was so wonderful! We really couldn't have asked for any better She was actually honored with The Knot's best pick for 2012!
  3. My dress was bought at David's Bridal. I loved it but, I really wanted to make it my own & customize it. Alterations can really add up when you start taking things off & adding little embellishments here & there.
  4. Our wonderful honeymoon in Jamaica!!!!! We definitely needed after all the chaos that comes with wedding planning!
  5. Since we were using the beautiful, lush yard of The Rossetter House, we had to bring in EVERYTHING!

 We had a small wedding of 70 guests. We chose to have an intimate wedding since we were on a budget. I always recommend to brides on a budget; cut the guest list! That way you don't have to compromise the quality of your big day just to invite a friend you went to college with 7 years ago!

Someone looks nervous! ;)

As a gift to my husband, I made his Mets grooms cake! He loves the taste of homemade yellow cake and chocolate frosting. I filled the cake with a white chocolate custard & covered it in fondant.

It was one of the most wonderful days of our lives :) Thank you to our family, friends & amazing vendors that helped make it such a treasured memory.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Rossetter House/
Florist: Preserved Florals by Lizann/
Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies/
DJ: Direct Entertainment/
Coordinator: Winter Park Wedding Design/
Hair & Makeup: Stylz Salon/
Caterer: Two Chicks & a Pot/
Cake: Publix/
Photographer: Stephen Mays Photography/

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Parisian Style Engagement Party!!

I'm a little behind these days! A couple weeks ago, I threw my best friend & brother-in-law an engagement party(how amazing is that??!). My best friend loves a black, white & pink color scheme. I thought- topiaries, hints of green, a little shabby chic pieces here & there...Parisian Party!! We were dealing with a small budget for a party of 40 people with hors d'oeuvres, dinner, cocktails & dessert. I put on my chef apron & got to work! I'm a big fan of DIY & details, but as most DIYers know, all those details can get a little costly. I immediately began search the Internet for some inexpensive ways to make beautiful centerpieces. Along came the crepe paper rosettes! If anyone has ever began the adventure of the rosettes, it goes without explaining; these things take FOREVER! I was determined though. I wanted to do 4 large topiaries, 4 centerpieces & 2 framed signs. I enlisted the help of my 2-year-old & she loved balling up those strips of crepe paper for me! I think the party came out pretty cute & everyone seemed to have a great time. On the menu we served a tomato bruschetta, a cream cheese spread, bacon wrapped chicken, baked ziti & tomato basil pasta (the couple loves Italian food). For dessert I prepared carrot cupcakes, brownies bites & sugar cookies. We offered beer, a white sangria & lemonade.

  My recent obsession: They have THE most amazing free printables! They are completely customizable & FREE! All the signs and labels were used from their amazing selection.

The bar. I didn't take a picture with the punch bowl & french beverage dispensers. :( whoops!

I live for dessert tables. I wanted to keep this one simple & use some pictures of the beautiful couple to really make it theirs.

The cake stands were all plates & candle sticks found at the dollar store! I've got no shame in my game!! :)

Those of us that have purchased Styrofoam balls at the craft store know they can really get pricey. My solution: paper mache! I even got my 2-year-old involved & it ended up being a fun activity for us to do together!

For the favors, I kept it simple with  little brown lunch sacks with labels saying "Take Home Something Sweet". I thought the guests would enjoy a late night snack :)

I always love to have some sort of guest book for people to remember who was there for them & what the day meant to them. I had everyone leave little notes of love or advice for the couple to look back on throughout their happily ever after.

This topiary was 4 dollar store candle sticks glued together(Use E300 glue, I learned the hard way that hot glue does not hold)! A guest actually complemented my "crystal"! I couldn't help but pat myself on the back!

I wish the couple a lifetime of happiness!

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