Apr 23, 2011
I love playing with the free monograms on www.theweddingchicks.com. It has so many great DIY tools.
For free monogram templates, click HERE.
Please give credit to my photographer, Brandy Wine. She did a great job! www.brandywinephotography.org
I had my first (and hopefully only) bridezilla moment on this day. My hair stylist was a no-show. I had no clue what to do with my hair. No matter what though, I learned early not to sweat the small stuff. The pictures turned out well and I still felt beautiful despite my nerves.
I'm an English teacher, so of course literature is my crack. haha I love finding beautiful quotes and writing them down in a journal. They're usually inspiring, and they always brighten my day.
This one we are printing and placing at each guest's seat (possibly with a favor, but we haven't decided if that's in the budget) My FH is Irish, so an Irish Blessing only makes sense. I also love it because it is about our two colors, blue and green:
favors by lisa
We are going to place these at each person's seat, and we will include these small birds nest cookies along with the favor cards. UPDATE: We won birdnest tealight favors through a giveaway contest, so we're nixing the edible birdnests. But it's a super cute and easy favor, so I left it here for others to use if they wanted.
Here is the recipe (Butterscotch birds nests with milk chocolate eggs) They are sooo yummy!
We are getting married on Shakespeare's birthday! Ah! I'm so excited, and, yes, I'm such a nerd. We are incorporating a quote by William Shakespeare in our programs. I think it's meaning goes perfectly with the joining of two in holy matrimony. It reads:
So they lov'd as love in twain
Had the essence but in one;
Two distinct, divisions none...
-- William Shakespeare
A family friend who used to be the head pastry chef at the Ritz Carlton in Miami is making our cakes at cost.
The Wedding Cake
The cake topper will be hand carved by FI's father who is an artist.
Flavor: 4 tier white almond wedding cake with whipped buttercream filled with white chocolate, hint of almond mousse, and fresh blueberries. Each layer will be brushed with consentrated blueberry sauce.
The Groom's Cake
Our cake made by a friend (served at the Rehearsal Dinner):
Flavor: Chocolate cake with milk chocolate amaretto mousse, chocolate ganache, and black fondant
Ceremony Guitarist- Ron Wright (family friend)
Centerpieces - DIY
Chair Covers - River Hills Country Club
Videographer - Vittorio Video
Wedding Dress - Maggie Sottero
Veil - eBay find
BM dresses - After Six by Dessy
Groomsmen Attire - Jos. A. Bank
Cake - Helen Decker (family friend)
Day of Coordinator - Desta Hudgens
Programs - Semi-DIY Michael's
Guest Accommodations - Holiday Inn Center City Charlotte
Transportation - Trolleys Incorporated
We will be staying in beautiful Asheville, NC for 4 days at the Grand Bohemian Hotel.
- We will visit the Biltmore Estate, Gardens, and Winery (where we will have a wine tasting and go horseback riding on the grounds).
- Go on a dinner tour through the mountains on a 1940s train
- Go white water rafting
- See a Shakespeare play in the park (YAY!)
- Experience the pubs/live music of the Antler Hill Village
The Biltmore Estate:
The Winery (where we will have our wine tasting):
The Gardens (in person the gardens are UNBELIEVABLE...the garden walk ends at a gorgeous waterfall):
Horseback riding on the Estate: