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Feb
9

Pantone Color of the Year – Greenery

It’s that time of year again. The time when we start planning events and dreaming up all the ways we can redecorate our homes around the release of Pantone’s color section of the year.

With the Pantone Color of the Year being Greenery, we thought we would share a few examples of how you could incorporate this fresh and natural shade into your wedding day.

The color green represents freshness and new beginnings, perfect for starting off your new life with your love.

Think of greenery as a neutral when selecting your color palette. With spring and summer quickly approaching, mid-season 2017 brides are opting for outdoor events for their wedding, bridal shower, and engagement party. But, this palette isn’t wedding-centric only. This color and texture trend has made it to dinner parties, corporate events, interior design, and even fashion shows.

Looking for inspiration? We have you covered with this romantic, organic wedding we coordinated in November:

 

Photography: Brandon Chesbro

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Feb
1

How to Make your Guests Feel More Comfortable at your Wedding

Have you ever been to a wedding where you didn’t really know anyone? Maybe you went as a plus-one to your friend or were the date of a member of the wedding party. Oh, the dreaded head table with only the wedding party’s names listed (minus their dates).

We’ve selected a few ways to make sure your guests have the best time at your wedding!

1) Have a Head Table Dedicated to Your Wedding Party and Their Dates

Head tables can be oh-so-pretty and practical. But it can become a little awkward if one of your groomsman brings his new girlfriend as his date and she doesn’t know anyone. This awkward moment can be avoided with a bit of planning. When making your seating charts, double and triple check with your wedding party to confirm who their plus-ones will be. It is an added touch to ensure all of your guests feel welcomed.

Photography: Lauren Kinsey

2) Provide your Guests with Activities

During moments before the ceremony and after the ceremony, there may be a lull in the event flow. This could happen due to early bird guests or during the cocktail hour after the ceremony while you and your new spouse are capturing your wedding portraits. Serving cocktails and hors d’oeuvres after the ceremony, before dinner is served is always a good idea, but for an added touch, welcome your guests to your ceremony with a refreshing beverage. This could be a mixed drink or wine, but it definitely doesn’t have to be. If you are having a summer wedding on a lawn, opt for a cold lemonade with an airy garnish!

Photography: Lauren Kinsey

If you choose to have a guestbook, use it as a way to keep the flow going throughout the wedding. Traditionally, the guestbook is signed as guests are arriving. To switch it up a bit incorporate it into your cocktail hour. This will give your guests a moment to write a special wish while mingling with a cocktail.

Photography: Kate Captures

Also, if you have a larger venue, you could incorporate yard games to add an element of fun! Who doesn’t love a little competitive game of corn hole?!

Photography: Sarah and Paul Photography

3) Gift your Guests with Items That Combat the Weather

There are many adorable welcome items you could gift your guests as they arrive to make them feel extra welcomed! If you are hosting your wedding outside in the heat of summer, you could provide them with a theme-inspired hand fan, or a bottle of water with a signature wedding label.

For fall and winter weddings hosted outdoors or partially outdoors, you could hand out beautifully wrapped Hot Hands to keep your guests extra warm throughout the night!

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Jan
25

How to Recycle Your Wedding Florals

You’ve spent countless hours pinning wedding floral inspiration and designing your arrangements with your florist. Now, your wedding day is here and when you look around you see a sea of blooms you will enjoy for only a few hours. After the celebration is over, what do you do with your flowers so that others can enjoy them as much as you did? Sure, you can give a few bouquets away and keep a couple for yourself, but there will most likely be a lot left over. We have compiled a few different options to guarantee your carefully selected blooms will be put to great use.

Donate to Local Hospitals, Nursing Homes, or Homeless Shelters

This is a great way to spread cheer around to those who may be going through a difficult time. Once the wedding is over, carefully package the florals you want to donate and have one of your fabulous friends or family members deliver to the hospital, nursing home, or shelter. The best way to make sure the flowers are distributed, is to ask for someone in Volunteer Services. After speaking with a member of the volunteer team at Sacred Heart Hospital in Destin, FL, she was thrilled at the thought of the smiles on the patients faces when flowers are delivered to their rooms!

Fill Your Honeymoon Suite

This is a great go-to if you are staying over night at your wedding venue or close to your wedding venue. Wouldn’t it be lovely to wake up to a room filled with florals from your dream wedding?

Keep Your Florals as a Keepsake

Preserving your flowers, even if it is a few stems or a bouquet, is a wonderful way to remember your big day! If you choose to keep one or two stems, folding them into your bible or journal would act as a nice memory when you go back to journal or look up your favorite scripture.

Donate to Your Church

If you are holding your ceremony in your church on a Saturday, leaving your florals for the church to use during their Sunday morning service would be a nice gift to your congregation. If you are traveling to a destination to get married, you could call around to a local church of your choice to arrange a floral donation.

 

We would love your ideas on how to recycle your wedding florals – Let us know in the comments!

 

Cheers,

SPE Team

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Jan
18

How to Word Your Wedding Invitations – Guest Blog by Aerialist Press

Happy Engagement season! Alexandra from Aerialist Press & Foiled Invitations here. A big thank you to the Shelby Peaden Events team for having us guest post with them today.

After finding your dream wedding designer and planner in Shelby Peaden Events and her talented team, venue selection, catering menus, and first dance songs are starting to fall into place! As you move further into the nitty gritty of planning, you will find you had a lot more questions than you may have ever anticipated.

Can we take a second to make a good guess about what one of those questions might be? How to word a wedding invitation that follows all the proper etiquette rules and still represents your celebration style? Sound a little familiar? Not to worry! We’ve been there and we’re here to make that decision a simple one.

Our team of paper designers and etiquette experts created an easy to navigate info-graphic and guide to help guide you through the wedding invitation process. We offer all the traditional ways to compose your invite wording along with some of our personal tips and tricks.

Looking for even more? We created a full list of 21 wording examples for every celebration style you can imagine. You can take a peek at the mega post up on the Aerialist blog. We are also happy to answer any other questions you might have in the comments!

 

 

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Jan
11

Rosemary Beach Editorial Engagement Shoot

 

A lifestyle engagement session in a picturesque Rosemary Beach home fit this couple’s style perfectly. From slicing fruit to enjoying their coffee over the morning paper, they wanted to show a glimpse of a real-life couple and showcase the everyday things we all have made routine. Cassie and John were so much fun to work with. Their pure love for each other radiated throughout the home and as you can see, through the camera. After you’re finished swooning over the photos captured by Lauren Kinsey, scroll down to read their uber adorable engagement story! We sure are after reliving such a fantastic day.

 

 

 

Brace yourselves, this a good one!

John and I went to the 30A Singer Songwriter’s Festival back in January 2015 and I was positive this would be the weekend he proposed. Well, that weekend came and went with no proposal. Sigh! I was devastated to say the least. Then, to top it all off I came down with a cold that following week.

John and I have this tradition where we watch old movies and eat Chinese takeout. With me being sick it was the perfect weekend to stay inside. John ordered and we both plopped on the couch, takeout in hand. After we finished our dinner John asked me if I wanted my fortune cookie. Now, to get the full picture you need a little background. I have collected fortunes that were special to me for years. So, when John asked me if I wanted my fortune cookie, without hesitation I responded, “of course!” I quickly tore through the packaging and broke open the little treat.

The fortune read, “Will You Marry Me?” I stared at the fortune with a perplexed look. Unbeknownst to me, John had ordered these custom fortune cookies weeks ago. There was a little snafu in the shipping because John received more fortune cookies than he purchased. So while I was sitting there silent and perplexed, John had no clue how the fortune read (good thing it did not say, “Hit the road, Jack!”). After taking a moment, I looked up at John and said, “Well, if there has ever been a sign you need to propose here it is!” I handed him my fortune, watched him read it and give a little chuckle.  Then, he dropped to one knee, took a little box out of his coat pocket and asked, “Cassie Kayla McDonald, will you spend the rest of your life with me?” Smiles, tears, laughter, all emotions came flooding out. I managed to gather myself enough to say, “Yes!!!” and the rest is history.

To this day that is the best fortune cookie I’ve ever opened!

 

 

 From Cassie: To say that Shelby and Lauren are a dynamic duo is not giving them the credit they deserve!  John and I wanted our engagement photos to be different.  Shelby and Lauren were courteous enough to take time out of  their busy lives and meet myself and John in person.  This gave us all an opportunity to meet each other and brainstorm.  It wasn’t anything fancy, just good conversation with good people over a cup of freshly brewed java.  We came up with the idea of doing a “lifestyle” session.  The final product? It was perfect.  Actually, it was beyond perfect.  Lauren’s talent with a camera coupled with Shelby’s genius of staging and conceptualizing the perfect shot gave John and I memories of a lifetime.  We cannot thank them enough.  I don’t want to brag, but how can’t I with these photos!! 

 

 

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Jan
4

Elderflower Grapefruit Gin Cocktail

 

A new year calls for a new and refreshing cocktail. Lauren, from Lauren Kinsey, and I had so much fun creating this shoot. Not only did we get to chit-chat over arranging pretty things, we also had to do a taste-test, right?!

The lemonade paired with freshly squeezed juice and Gin creates a burst of flavors in your mouth. Plus, the coloring is absolutely stunning  {add a little garnish for an extra dose of pretty} so it is the prefect cocktail to serve your girlfriends at next week’s viewing of the bachelor!

This cocktail is as delicious as it is pretty so we had to share it!

Ingredients:

2 oz. St. George Gin

2 oz. Belvoir Elderflower lemonade

2 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice

Garnish with a sprig of Rosemary

Photography: Lauren Kinsey
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Dec
28

Amy + Brant

It was a gray and rainy day in Rosemary when Amy and Brant tied the knot, but that did not stop this bride from smiling. They had a sweet ceremony inside Town Hall followed by a tented reception on St. Augustine green. Amy chose a soft color palette of creams and peaches accented with green foliage to include rosemary, which we just love! Images by Dear Wesleyann.

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Dec
21

Ashley + John

Ashley and John were married on the Eastern Green in Rosemary on a gorgeous fall day. The couple chose a cheery floral color palette and served as southern infused menu to their guests. Haley from Goode Green captured their day beautifully.

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Dec
14

How to Incorporate Your Pet Into Your Wedding Day

 

Your fur child is part of your family, so if you want to include him or her, you should!

There are many different options to choose from when thinking about including your pets in your wedding:

 

Walk Down the Aisle

What guest wouldn’t adore seeing a fluffy bundle of happiness walk down the aisle at a wedding? They are a wonderful addition to the wedding party, especially if they have been with you throughout your dating years.

Tip: Pets can get anxious seeing their owners and want to be where they are. When selecting a handler, choose someone close to the family and someone who will make them feel comfortable.

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Participate in Photos With the Wedding Party

Sometimes with venues, it comes down to logistics. The venue may be too small or require permitting to allow animals on property. Check with your venue to ensure they are a pet friendly property.

If your venue cannot accommodate your pet during the ceremony and reception, you can opt to have your furry family member included in photos off property. Once photos are over, he or she can rest up after their big adventure!

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Tip: Request your florist to make a flower crown or flower collar in your wedding colors for added cuteness!

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Getting Ready

Having your pet by your side while getting ready for your wedding is adorable but may also sooth your pre-wedding jitters! Plus, how cute would the photos be with your fur child by your side?

 

Include Pictures of Your Pet(s) in the Wedding Details

If your pet cannot attend the wedding at all, but you want them to be apart of your day, include their pictures in your wedding details. If you are serving beer, have custom labels printed with a photo of your pet, or include a photo on the guest book table!

 

 


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Been to a wedding lately with pets included? Share with us how they were incorporated into the wedding day!

SPE Team

 

Photography by Paul Johnson 

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Dec
7

Homemade Holiday Bread Recipe

My grandmother is German and growing up this holiday bread was something we made every year. Wether you are hosting a holiday party or attending a dinner party at someone’s home, your guests will be in for a treat with this yummy bread filled with warm spices, nuts and fruits.

 

 

Recipe:

4 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1/4 tsp almond extract

1 tsp lemon zest

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp nutmeg

2 sticks butter

1/2 lb golden raisins ( i like to add dried cranberries & cherries to mine)

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract w/1 tbs sugar

1 tsp dark rum

1/2 tsp cardamom

2 eggs

8 oz. + 1 tbs farmers cheese

1/4 lb chopped almonds

1/2 box confectioners sugar

 

Instructions:

In a medium bowl, mix raisins, almonds and 1 tbs flour. Mix with fork and set aside.

In a large bowl, sift 4 cups flour, 4 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt. Make a hole in the center and break in two eggs. Add one heaping tsp nutmeg and one leveled off tsp cardamon. Then put in 1/4 tsp almond extract, lemon zest, 1 tsp vanilla and tsp rim. Mix with egg. Add 1 cup sugar. Mix all with a wooden spoon and then add the farmers cheese. Cut two sticks of butter into small pieces and into the dough. Mix until well blended.

 

Then, mix in the nut/raisin mixture. Grease a baking sheet with butter and use your hands to mix the dough one last time. Work the raising/nut mixture in and making sure the butter is well blended. If the dough gets too soft, you can put in in the refrigerator to get it stiff again. Be careful not to overwork the dough. Form a loaf with your hands and place on the greased baking sheet.

 

Preheat oven to 325. While the oven is preheating place loaf in refrigerator. You want the dough to be stiff before putting in the oven.

 

Bake for 60-75 minutes on middle rack. When loaf is done, cool it on a wire rack. Once cooled, brush with melted butter and sift powdered sugar over the top. Enjoy!

 

 

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Photography: Lauren Kinsey

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