Excuse the shaky shot. There are, believe it or not, reasons I'm not a photographer. That and when all I have is coffee all day I tend to be a bit shaky ;) Anywho...
Now guys, I have to give another shout out for the outstanding vendors I worked with for the Central Coast Bridal Fair. Chic Event Design was an absolute pleasure working with. The white taffeta draping, the up-lighting and the hot pink linen were all thanks to Chic. Just like Connie, they're amazing. One thing you'll learn about me is that the people I like to work with have to be friendly, professional and genuine. They're all three. Not to mention that they have a really fun showroom in Monterey that you can go visit.
Soo...I kind of have this thing. It's not a huge thing or anything it's just... I love sparkle. I think most women probably do. The thing about me loving sparkle is that if anything is sparkly or glittery or pretty... I have to touch it. You don't want to see me in a department store.
With that said, you can imagine how I felt when I found these shoes. I love Louboutin. Period. A-dore. Add a couple thousand crystals to it and I just about go into a very happy sparkle coma. Saying that I want these badly doesn't do justice to how much I really do want them.
Anyway...that's a little peek inside my girly brain. But can't you just imagine these with a gorgeous wedding gown? Ah! Love it!
Hopefully, some of you came out to see me and some of Monterey's most amazing of wedding vendors at the Central Coast Bridal Show at the Hyatt on Sunday. It was a really fun show that I'm so happy to have been a part of.
My booth was, as one of my fellow wedding professionals said, like barbie does bridal fair. It was pink, to say the least. I was blessed to have had some wonderful people making my vision a reality.
One of those wonderful people is Connie Moore. Connie has been working with flowers for many years (I'll let her tell you how long! It's unbelievable!) and her talent shines through in everything that she does. I received so many compliments on her work that I thought that I should give a proper shout out to her and her talent.
So, brides, give her a call, shoot her an email, check her website out.
I’m going to be short and sweet on this one. No. No, you can’t have too many candles.
Okay, fine. I guess, technically, you could. You could burn the place down with too many candles. Which...I've seen come close to happen. Oh the stories I have! But I digress. Let's just say that, within reason, you cannot have too many candles.
Candles are amazingly romantic. Not only that but…everyone looks fabulous in candlelight! Need any more reasons to add a few more candles to your tables? Didn’t think so.
I love pink (if you couldn't tell from my logo) but I'm not convinced that it's completely appropriate for a wedding. Maybe appropriate is the wrong word. Fitting? Well-suited? Either way...
Here's the argument. Most weddings involve a groom. Men usually don't care too much for pink. He is the person you're marrying so should you really have a wedding built around a color he doesn't like? On the other side of the argument is...he probably doesn't care that much about the colors. He probably just wants what is going to make you happy and if it's a pink wedding...well, okay. That is why you're marrying the sweet man. And if he's really so sweet then maybe picking a color he likes too would be nice on your side?
Thoughts? Jury is out with me. I think a wedding would be perfectly lovely with pink details but... I do have girlish tendencies so I don't know that I can be a fair judge.
I remember spending hours with my friends playing Mad Libs when I was little. We'd try to think up the most outrageous adjectives and nouns to make truly hilarious stories. Well, they were hilarious to a group of 9 year-old girls. Can't say they'd still be laugh-inducing. Eh, forget that, I'm sure they would be. I'm a sucker for cheap comedy.
So when I ran across this idea I immediately fell in love. What a great keepsake! So much better than a stuffy ole guestbook! I love taking something ordinary and turning it into something truly special. That's what your day is all about after all!
Sad but true fact? Most all venues have hideous carpet. I don’t know what the deal is and who gets to choose the carpet but…it’s usually someone who has no real interior design background. Shocking, right?
Luckily, there is a bright spot amidst all the terribly outdated color combos. Once your tables & dance floor are down, you’re barely going to be able to see the maroon paisley design on the carpet. Promise. Just focus on the walls and the lighting. The carpet is the least of your worries. Flourescent lighting is a much bigger foe. However, even that can be solved. If the location fits your specifications and you like the staff, book it! Those are two of the most important factors of your venue choice. A little ugly carpet shouldn't stop you from having the wedding of your dreams at an otherwise perfect venue!
Current obsession/craving/addiction...french macaroons. I had my first of these tasty little morsels while down in L.A. a few months ago and since then I've been on the hunt. Colorful, delicate, delicious...what more could you want? What's even better... I think they make adorable wedding favors. Tres chic!
Now, if only I had the patience to bake these for myself...sigh.
We’ve all been there. We’ve all planned an event before. Whether it was hosting Thanksgiving for your entire family or a simple dinner party for your closest of friends. It’s stressful, right? You spend weeks planning the menu, picking the perfect wine pairings and selecting just the right centerpieces & décor. You’re trying to live up to your guests expectations all while trying not to completely throw your budget out the window.
On the day of your event you’re running around like a mad person making sure that everything is just right. Timing has to be perfect on all of your specially picked recipes. Your house has to be immaculately cleaned with candles lit and music on. Oh, and then there’s you. Time for getting dressed and ready? Sure. No problem. Ha! If you’re like me you barely get your hair under control and only the most essential of make-up on before guests are there.
Once your guests arrive your mind is in a million different places. “Does everyone have a drink? Are we going to have enough ice for the night? Shoot, I need to take the potatoes out of the oven. Did I put hand towels in the bathroom?”. And somewhere among all of this insanity you hopefully have a chance to enjoy your friends and family. Even in the midst of the event your mind is elsewhere. It’s thinking about whether or not the meat was overcooked. If it was, did anyone notice? Did everyone enjoy themselves? Was the music okay? Of course my head is also usually thinking, “Oh-dear-god, I don’t even want to think about the kitchen!”. Stressful? Yes. Fun? Sure. But next time you are definitely having another family member of yours host Thanksgiving.
Now, I just gave an example of a simple at-home party. Let’s think about a wedding. It’s all of the above plus crazy/intense emotions, much more family input and oodles more money on the line. The question isn’t whether or not you can plan your own wedding. Of course you can. The question is whether or not you’re going to be able to enjoy it to the fullest if you’re having to attend to every little detail. Boutonnières didn’t arrive with the bouquets? Somebody is going to have to call the florist. Your Uncle Bill ended up bringing his girlfriend even though he didn’t r.s.v.p for her? Someone is going to have to make a last minute table adjustment in order to fit her at the table. The d.j. can’t get your montage video to work and needs a different format. Luckily, he can just use your laptop. Is it in the car? Who’s going to go have the valet bring it ‘round and take it to the d.j.? The cake is late? Oh boy. Along with all the other emotions that are pumping through you, you don’t want to have to worry about why the darn cake is late and if it’s going to actually show up. Meanwhile, you’re supposed to be getting into your dress and getting ready to take pictures.
The point is that your wedding day is about joining your life with the one you love. It shouldn’t be about stress. It shouldn’t be a day filled with you or your family having to take care of those little things that will inevitably pop up. Let someone else handle that for you, someone who has dealt with all the craziness that weddings entail. This way you can sit back, get pampered, drink a little champagne, enjoy those closest to you and most importantly…focus on marrying your love.
Allowing a professional to come in to hold your hand through such a monumental day is just a step in making sure that your day is magical and flawless. Not that you couldn’t totally pull it off yourself but this way you actually get to enjoy it. After all, what’s the point if you don’t even get to enjoy your day?