Thursday, October 16, 2014

Navy and Green Wedding - Liz & Adam's Early Fall Wedding!

Getting the professional photos from a wedding is like Christmas morning. No matter how many great iPhone photos there are, nothing can compare with the beautiful professional photos! I'm super excited to share Liz & Adams' photos taken by Brandywine Photography. Brandy did a wonderful job capturing all of the creative details of this navy, green and white wedding.

Full vendor list at the end of this post. Thanks to everyone who made this day a success!

Liz was an art major in school and her creativity shined throughout her entire wedding. Now this is how you do a DIY wedding!  Liz hand lettered all of the signage on chalkboards. I told her she can make and SELL these signs for my future brides! How precious is the little program attendant too!

The ladies got ready at the Westin Hotel. Here's her gorgeous dress hanging in the window.

Liz & Adam had a First Look at The Green in Uptown Charlotte. 

They found some big ole' balloons. 

And hey, look, there's the bridesmaids!

The ceremony was outdoors on the Trolley Museum patio, right in the heart of South End Charlotte. The bustling spot makes a unique outdoor space! With a wooden altar, navy and green tissue paper poms and white chairs, the ceremony was classic and colorful!

I loved the flower girls' little green baskets! 

Liz said she wanted something pink at her wedding so she chose a beautiful bouquet of pink peonies. A pop of pink is never a bad thing!

The bridal party took the light rail over to the venue and looked fab doing it!

The cupcakes were delicious (I had approximately 45) and I loved the chevron cupcake liners! 

For wedding favors, the couple gave out personalized pint glasses which I LOVED. Everyone loves some swag, am I right?

From personalized matchbooks to color coordinated paper lanterns, this reception killed it with creativity! 

Here's the couple I have NO doubt will live happily ever after! It was a pleasure to work with you both! 

Don't forget, there's still 2 more days to win the wine tasting kit giveaway from Coppertops Paperie! You can find the giveaway post HERE

Liz & Adam Wedding Vendors
Cupcakes: Brandy Haithcox

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wine Tasting Placemats - Giveaway!

I don't know if you've heard the news but ...

I. Heart. Wine.

White in the summer, red in the's like clockwork baby.

So when I discovered these easy, fun wine tasting placemats from Coppertops Paperie, I knew I had to experiment with them. Coppertops is a neat business out of Denver that sells wine tasting accessories like these placemats, wine wraps, wine tags, and much more.

The best part about these tasting placemats is you can be as serious or as silly as you want with your tasting.  Let's face it, some of us are just happy when any cork is popped, and some of us are more discerning. I'd say I'm somewhere in the middle? My days of boxed wine are over... it's just a faint memory of my college dorm. But I'll take a good $12 bottle any day! No matter what your style is, Coppertops has something for everyone.

I set up a simple wine and cheese get-together for a few girlfriends and we had a grand old time.

Cheese please...cheese is so very necessary.

I have to say that the identifier cards for the stems of the glasses are perfect. As a hypochondriac I have a strict no sharing food or drink rule during cold and flu season. Just write your name on these bad boys and ain't nobody going to be drinking out of your glass.

If you're bringing wine to a party as a hostess gift, use Coppertops' colorful wine wraps as a cute alternative to the traditional wine bag.

Do you want these wine table placemats? How about 16 of them? And wine identifiers and a set of wine wraps? I thought so. You're in luck - I'm giving away all of this and all you have to do is comment on my blog or like Coppertops on FB! You know you want to. The giveaway will run through the following weekend (over October 19th at midnight) so enter through the rafflecopter below to have a chance to win and be a hostess with the absolute mostess! Cheers!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, September 29, 2014

Halloween DIY Feature

So guys, in between planning and coordinating weddings and events, you may know I dabble in styled party shoots that typically feature awesome brands. You remember my ....

or my

Well next up, I've got a fabulous DIY Halloween Cooking and Craft Party over on MomTrends that features cute kids, cute clothes and easy DIYs. You can check out the full party (including where to get the crafts and clothes) HERE, but in the meantime feast on some eye candy with photos taken by the fabulous Kristen LeQuire. 

In other good news, Monday's basically over. Whew! Hope yours wasn't too brutal. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DIY Navy and Green Wedding

This past weekend I coordinated a really fun DIY wedding, kicking off my busy season of events and weddings. People think summer is wedding season, but in the South the most popular time for weddings is actually Fall. The weather is perfect and the trees are gorgeous, plus most importantly your wedding guests won't melt in the heat! The weather for Liz & Adam's wedding this weekend was simply perfect. Fall in the South - who knew?!

 Here are my photos, I can't to check out the professional pictures!

Liz was an art major in college and her artistic touches shone throughout the entire wedding, including drawing all the signage. Isn't she so talented?? 

The ceremony was outdoors in that perfect weather I was talking about. I loved the poms lining the aisle.

Personal touches were all over this wedding. The party favors were personalized pint glasses with tandem bikes.

The bike made its way onto napkins...

...and on personalized matchbooks. 

The personalized M&Ms and candies were a big hit, especially with all the flowers girls who scooped them up every chance they got! 

 Liz sewed the navy chevron table runners which turned out awesome.  The beautiful green and white flower arrangements were from Willow Branch Flowers. 

I loved the dried split peas in jars with votives, so creative!

See that pennant banner on the Trolley below? Liz made that too of course :) The cupcake table was adorable, I loved the green and white chevron cupcake holders. 

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs! This couple was so sweet and easy to work with, I wish them all the happiness in the world. I can't wait to share the professional photos with you! 

I don't know about you, but it's starting to get cold here and I think today might be my first boot day of the year. Yay! Make it a great week!  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Caramel Apple Cocktail

Well hello there.....I'm here to tell you this fine Wednesday that sometimes procrastination can pay off. You see, I've had this post ready since last fall but just never got around to posting it. So I waited an entire year and boom...I have a brand new post for you, and I think it was worth the wait!


My talented friend and photographer Kristen LeQuire and I styled this photo shoot last fall to showcase a yummy fall cocktail. This Caramel Apple Cocktail has just two ingredients: 

Whipping up this cocktail is beyond simple. Fill your cocktail glass with delicious, Angry Orchard apple cider and top it off with a splash (or more) of Smirnoff's Caramel Vodka. Stir, garnish with an apple and you've got yourself a Caramel Apple in a glass! 

Now for the prettinees. We were able to shoot this at Kristen's neightbors house in his beautiful outdoor courtyard. We also enlisted the help of my adorable friend Hillary so I wouldn't be drinking alone. 

Making it look natural while laughing (even with your best friend) can be difficult when you know someone is taking your photo. Hence the semi-awkard photo below.

I love the pops of orange color in this shoot. 

How perfect is this orange door with a shovel hanging on the back?

We styled a rusty old bar cart for the shoot.

I loved this mini arrangement we did, the leaves came from the ground and were perfect! 

I loved these vignettes Kristen put together from our fun shoot.

If you're not into a super sweet cocktail, just sip on an Angry Orchard instead. It's a sparkly, dry cider that is perfect for watching football and celebrating fall!

Three cheers to fall!