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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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Dec
1

How to Gracefully Host an Adult-Only Wedding Ceremony

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Photographer: Lauren Kinsey

As much as you adore your friend’s and family’s little ones, you want the moment you walk down the aisle to be perfect and peaceful. Of course you don’t want to offend anyone, but knowing how to let your loved ones know can be hard, so we have a couple of tips for making the process easier:

Sensitive wording of informing your guests that your event will be chid-free is the best way to make sure no one’s feelings get hurt. If you opt to have a wedding website, this is a great place to make a note that the affair will be adult-only, instead of your wedding invitations. Hint: address the envelope of the wedding invitations to the adults only {Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith, or Mr. Jack Smith and Mrs. Janice Smith}, instead of the  entire family {Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith and Family}. It is always better to be upfront about who is invited instead of stating who is not invited.

Most people will completely understand, but some may not. In that case, you need to stick to your choice because if you allow some people to bring their children and not others, that will really hurt people’s feelings.

Things always sound better in person or over-the-phone than through text, so don’t be afraid to call your guests who have children to chat about the decision.

 

We have selected a few ideas to ensure everyone has a great time:

 

Host an event-within-an-event

If your venue allows, rent a ballroom or space on-property to host a kid-friendly party! You could go simple with a pizza and puppet party or go all out and have a dance party with a DJ, or something in-between. As long as they are entertained and their parents have a wonderful time, all is well!

 

Block off a hotel room for the little ones to watch a movie and play during the ceremony

Note: This is a perfect idea if you are getting married at a hotel or within walking distance to a hotel. Some parents will not feel comfortable leaving their kids at a hotel if they are not there too.

 

Provide a list of babysitters for your guests to choose from

If you are having a local wedding, most of your guests with children will already have a nanny or sitter they trust, but if you are having a destination wedding, make a list of local sitters that are well-know in the area for your guests to choose from. There are many services like Care.com that allows you to request background checks on sitters. That way, you can feel secure in who you hire. Also, reach out to the local kids camps. They will be able to recommend counselors who work with kids year-round and have ties to the area, which may make your guests feel more comfortable.

 

Dedicate a reception table to the kiddos

If children will be attending your reception, add little touches to ensure they stay entertained like a table or corner of the room dedicated to them.

You could have a table with coloring books, jars of crayons, arts and crafts supplies, a candy bar, and/or games such as: I SPY, Yard Games, or MadLibs.

 

Timing Tip:

Make sure to inform your guests as early as possible in order for them to easily make plans, especially if your guests are traveling. This way, no one is rushing at the last minute to make other arrangements.

Seen some fun ideas for kids at weddings? Please share with us in the comments!

Happy Planning!

SPE Team

 

 

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Nov
23

Lindsay + Justin on Borrowed and Blue

Lindsey and Justin’s romantic spring wedding was recently featured on Borrowed and Blue. We wanted to share the feature with you here and also some more images from their day. One of our favorite parts of this wedding were the gorgeous blooming cherry branches, oh so pretty! Photography by Dear Wesleyann.

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Nov
16

Ashley + Adam

We had the pleasure of working with Ashley and Adam on their timeless beach wedding in beautiful Seaside, Florida. They tied the knot on the beach with a reception following on Lyceum Lawn. Everything about their wedding was so lovely that we wanted to share it with you. Here are a few images from their day by Dear Wesleyann. We just love the neutral color palette with the tan seersucker suits. Perfect for a coastal summer wedding, don’t you think?

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