Apr 23, 2011

  • Last updated on November 24, 2010 at 4:11 am
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I love playing with the free monograms on www.theweddingchicks.com.  It has so many great DIY tools. 



For free monogram templates, click HERE.

  • Last updated on November 24, 2010 at 3:09 am
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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. 









  • Last updated on July 21, 2010 at 6:08 am
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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:

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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!

Bird's Nest Cookies

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

  • Last updated on July 21, 2010 at 5:52 am
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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.


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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 

  • Last updated on July 17, 2010 at 5:18 am
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Ceremony and Reception Venue - River Hills Country Club 
Caterer -
River Hills Country Club
Photographer - Brandy Wine Photography
Wedding Rings- Jared
Hair - William Henry Signature Salon

Makeup- DIY with MAC and MUFEHD products
DJ/MC & Lighting - Pete Hustad (family friend) with Amped Entertainment

Ceremony Guitarist- Ron Wright (family friend)
Florist- DIY
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)

Party Favors - Kate Aspen
Invitations - semi-DIY
Cards and Pockets
Cardholder - ebay  (birdcage)
Freeze Dried Flower Petals -
Save On Crafts

Day of Coordinator - Desta Hudgens
Programs - Semi-DIY Michael's

Guest Accommodations - Holiday Inn Center City Charlotte

Transportation - Trolleys Incorporated

  • Last updated on July 15, 2010 at 5:51 am
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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 hotel:


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The Biltmore Estate:


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The Winery (where we will have our wine tasting):


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The Gardens (in person the gardens are UNBELIEVABLE...the garden walk ends at a gorgeous waterfall):


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Horseback riding on the Estate:


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