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Apr
16

bridesmaids & groomsmen gifts

Written By: eleanor hasken

Even though your wedding is your day, it’s important to remember those who have helped you. The gifts below would be a perfect way to say thank you to your bridesmaids and groomsmen.

1) Women’s Embroidered Handkerchiefs - an intricate but understated handkerchief that is a practical and beautiful gift for any teary bridesmaid. 

2) Tiffany Twist Knot Pendant - this necklace will catch the light just right as your wedding party stylishly strolls down the aisle.

3)  Color by the Yard Ring by Elsa Peretti - a gorgeous sterling silver ring that is simple yet elegant and making any bridesmaid feel special.

4) Classic Akoya Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings - diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but pearls are a bridesmaids best accessory sure to match any dress or ensemble.


1) Silk Herringbone Braces - suspenders are a thing of the past, but the way of the future.

2) Personalized Groomsmen Hunting Knives - a personal touch to these handmade rosewood and stainless steal knives which are great for those who love the ruggedness of the outdoors.

3) Rose Gold Knot Cuff Links - these rose-gold cuff links are a simple accessory that will never be the focal point of an outfit, but can be the accessory that sets an outfit apart.

Sep
30

photography makeup

Written By: kalyn bradford


photo: melanie mauer photography


I know weʼve all had those days where we think weʼre looking great and wish we’d done things differently.  Unfortunately, our normal makeup just doesnʼt translate well in pictures. So here are a few tips to make you look and feel amazing on the day of your photo session!

1. Matte colors - make sure that all of your makeup, such as blush and eye shadow, are
in matte colors. The shimmer is great for normal wear, but in the photographs they appear with random shine spots and most of the time the color does not work well so
just skip it to be safe!

2. Dark circles - makes sure as you apply your foundation to focus a good bit under your
eyes. If you have it, eye brightener or a lighter concealer does an excellent job of blending out these dark areas, which in turn makes your eyes pop in the photographs.

3. Go heavy - okay so not so much on your foundation, but it is important to heavily
apply your blush and eye shadow. Even think about using contouring methods to enhance your facial features! However, donʼt forget to BLEND. You donʼt want unnecessary harsh lines in your beautiful photographs. Also, darken up your brows!
Even if you already have dark hair, this trick is a great way of filling up the spaces and
giving yourself a cleaner look.

4. Go brighter - use this trick for your eye shadow, blush and lip color! In photographs
your makeup will appear about 2-3 shades lighter than you think, so to avoid a flat
look just apply your makeup at least 2 shades brighter than normal. Trust me it wonʼt
end up looking that bright and wild!

5. Lashes - an easy and affordable alternative trick to give your eyes that volume and
contrast in your pictures.  Also, be sure to use black mascara in your photographs, because the lighter shades tend to end up looking muddy.

6. Application - apply your makeup in natural light! I know the mirrors with bright lights
are easier to use, but applying in natural lighting will give you a better idea of how much more makeup you need.

7. POWDER - this is the last and most important step! Powder not only keeps your
makeup in place for those long photo shoots, but also keeps the shine and oil away
from your face, because they are magnified by the camera. And if youʼre shooting
outdoors be sure to take a compact with you to reapply if you start to sweat or get a
little shine.

Follow these tips and the end result will be the beautiful photos you’ve been dreaming of!

Sep
13

kirsten + andrew

Written By: katrina haye

kirsten + andrew

Aug
30

The Musical Soundtrack to Your Wedding

Written By: kalyn bradford


photo: melanie mauer photography


When it comes to your wedding there are so many things that you can choose to affect the ambiance and atmosphere of your special day. One of these main things is the music! It is very easy to stress about how to hire bands, musicians, or DJs, and even who to hire, but hopefully these guidelines will help you along your way to choosing the perfect musical accompaniment to your wedding.

First, be sure to begin your search for the perfect band(s) at least 6 months in advance to your special day. That is the average booking time span for musicians and if you wait too long your top choices may be all booked up!

Second, there are several points you want to consider as you search for your musical choices:
    • How many bands do you want to hire?  For example, you may want a small jazz band or quartet for your ceremony, an acoustic band for your cocktail hour, and then a full band for your reception.  It is very important to decide this early on so that you have an idea of what bands you budget will accommodate. 
    • What style of music are you looking for to create your atmosphere?  Like mentioned above, you may want several different styles to add to the flow of your wedding, whether you choose to hire more than one band, or you may just want to stick with one consistent theme.  This will change the way you look for musicians, as well as, narrow down your search before you get too far in.  Don’t confine yourself to only search for musicians that specialize as “Wedding Bands”. Sometimes the best fit for you may be a band that only plays weddings on special occasions.
    • Have backups!  Be sure you and your fiancé have at least 3 choices for each style of band you want to hire.  Most bands or DJs will be pretty flexible for weddings, but sometimes they just have prior engagements or their price just may not work with your budget.  So to keep the stress away, have a few backups that you both agree you love.

Next, take advantage of the numerous resources available to help on your search for musicians. 
    • Word of Mouth - this is the most reliable and best way to find your dream band.  Ask family and friends about bands that they have seen and explain to them the feel that you are looking for.  Also, think about weddings or events you have attended and if there were bands that really stood out to you, contact them!
    • Gig Masters & ReverbNation are both websites that have a whole arsenal of registered musicians that you can search and choose from and provides you with their location, contact information, and sometimes even their price.  However, be mindful of hiring bands you have never heard of…look up reviews, Youtube videos, or even go see a show yourself to see if this is really for you.
    • Entertainment agencies - there are several agencies out there that will do all of the work of finding your match for you!  All you have to do is tell them the atmosphere you are going for, the location and your budget and they will send many options your way.  A couple of suggestions are East Cost Entertainment and C&J Entertainment Agency.
    • And don’t forget about the wedding planner and vendors! They have seen every kind of band you could imagine from the weddings they attend, so they are an excellent source as well.

Once you find a band there are several steps you need to take to ensure your day goes by without a hitch.
    • Song Selection - this may not be so important for the ceremony or cocktail hour bands, but for your reception you want to be sure that your full band or DJ understand you and your fiancé’s musical taste, as well as, songs you have chosen for your first dance, father daughter dance, etc.  Especially, be sure to discuss songs that you absolutely DO NOT want played at your wedding, even if requested by your guests (such as the electric slide, or the chicken dance…you get the picture!).  You, also, want to be sure that if you have a full band, that they play the variety of musical styles you are looking for and know the songs you ask for, as well as, playing energetic and upbeat songs to keep your guests on the dance floor! Agreeing on this at the time of the booking will clear up any stress or miscommunication on your big day.
    • Write up a contract.  Most times, the band will have a ready-made contract already written up.  Be sure that you are both on the same page about your day and the contract includes
      -names of all parties involved
      -song list or style you agreed upon
      -times for arrival, set up, sound check, breaks, and departure
      -payment schedule
      -attire, food, and drinks for band
      -sound equipment (some musicians will bring their own and others may not so hiring a sound engineer may be needed)
    • Make sure that you, your fiancé, and the musicians have talked and fully agreed upon the detail long before your wedding day.

Following these guidelines, the musical accompaniment to your wedding should be one less thing on your mind and will make the perfect ambiance so you can relax and enjoy your wedding day!

Aug
08

Planning a wedding is difficult, but living in a world where technology is used regularly can alleviate some of those pre wedding stressors on bride, groom and their families. Though there are no programs that choose the perfect wedding dress without having to step foot into a store, some of the things that these programs can help with are RSVPs, giving you a chat room to talk with family members all at once, designing your own seating charts, etc. These things are all here to make planning your wedding run smoothly.

Google provides many options for those planning their weddings.  Creating a website for your special day through Google Sites is one way to have all the information in one place and where you may edit it at any time.  Another great feature that Google provides is, Google Docs which allows you to “save time by collaborating with your bridal party on guest lists, schedules, addresses, and more. Access and edit your planning documents from the bridal shop, bakery or pretty much anywhere”.  These wedding planning tools are there to save you time while planning your special day!


EverNote is another great tool that is available to help with the planning process.  With EverNote, you can also keep track of your RSVPs, help with seating arrangements, talking to people on your guest list and storing addresses and schedules. A special feature that EverNote has developed through their site is called “clipping inspiriting” where you and your fiancé can repost anything pertaining to your wedding you find online and pin it to your own personal page in EverNote, store it and refer back to it when necessary. This feature can be used on the iPhone as well by taking a screen shot of anything you find to make your day even lovelier.  Use EverNote when it comes to planning your honeymoon. Keep lists of hotels, restaurants and attractions to visit which will make planning a breeze.  And when that wedding is over and thank you notes need to be sent out, EverNote can help you make the process super easy by keeping track of addresses and gifts received.

Your wedding day is an exciting time and a truly special day so you don’t want the planning to become overwhelming.  Taking advantage of these online resources can lighten your load and brighten the road to your amazing wedding day!

Jul
18

matrimony is…

Written By: melanie mauer

Jul
10


i was introduced to david stark through his presentation at engage...blown away by the conceptual way he will approach events and the masterful execution.  he’s resourceful, purposeful and thinks so far outside the box.  and what i saw illustrated over and over again were: solutions.

i’m guessing he’s likely not on your radar either so in case you’re in the midst of planning (and his book covers not just weddings but non-profit fundraising, incredible bar mitzvahs, etc), take a peek…or borrow my copy!

my only criticism is the book wasn’t quite as lovely as the events represented - ie: some images felt a bit contrasty and the page layout wasn’t super inspiring.

that said, it’s hard to dim the absolute genius of david stark and i think he’ll have you thinking about your day in a whole new light.  xoxo, -melanie-

Jun
19

personalize your day

Written By: katrina haye


photo: melanie mauer photography

Your wedding day should reflect you and your fiance’s personalities and sometimes that can be overwhelming.  Editorial Director, Darcy Miller, at Martha Stewart Weddings provides a list of 20 questions that will help you personalize your day.  So grab a glass of cold lemonade -or better yet some ice cream- and sit down with your fiance and answer these questions to ensure your stamp is left on your big day!

Apr
15

wedding hairstyles

Written By: katrina haye

still trying to decide how to style your hair for your wedding?  check out this post by Kathryn at Snippet and Ink who provides you with several ideas to have the perfect hair for your special day!


photo: melanie mauer photography

Feb
13

mini wedding

Written By: katrina haye

elizabeth + phil

so much fun goes into planning a wedding but sometimes there are moments that are less than ideal.  take a peek here
to learn more about ‘mini’ weddings and enjoying every minute of planning your special day!

Jan
25

purdon’s bridal affair

Written By: Katrina Haye

 


An Intimate-One-Day Buffet of Wedding Trends,
Treats and Ideas from Lexington’s Best Wedding Specialists

You are planning the biggest day of your life and you have questions.
We have brought together the best in the business to give you answers.
The best Caterers, Florists, Cake Artist, Disc Jockeys,
Photographers, Event Planners and Wedding site venues.
The people that live it, breath it and do it, seven days a week.
It’s not their hobby, not a side job, it’s their only job.
Making successful events happen,
one on one, with you, in a relaxed low pressure setting.

All local Bluegrass professionals.

10am to 3pm on Saturday the 2nd of February
Purdon’s Rental & Sales
2390 Woodhill Drive
Lexington, Kentucky 40509
895-266-1197

You’ll find many PEARL Members at Purdon’s on Feb 2nd from 10am-3pm…please stop by and enjoy the chance to work on wedding planning!

 

Jan
23

just launched: pressed cotton

Written By: melanie mauer
Planning Tips

hold onto your seats…i think you’re going to find the freshly launched pressed cotton SO helpful in your wedding plans.  i was shopping on the site and i’m not even planning a wedding!

the collections are perfect for gatherings at your home afterwards…hope you enjoy as much as i have!  happy january and warm wishes for your wedding plans!  warmly, -melanie-

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pressed cotton

Nov
29

will you be our flower girl / ring bearer?

Written By: Lindsay Brandenburg

Hello dearest PEARL brides!

Are you looking for a fun way to ask your ring bearer and/or flower girl to be a part of your big day? We found these cute puzzles that you can have personalized and wanted to share! How fun would it be to wrap these up for your flower girl-to-be or ring bearer-to-be and have them put the puzzle together? Share other ideas with us if you have other creative ideas! Happy Planning!

Source: Etsy

Photo: Melanie Mauer Photography

Oct
03

dupree catering

Written By: dupree catering

As a caterer, we can provide you with the differentiating touches that make your event both memorable and delicious!  We often ask our clients to think about their favorite things, recipes, memories, family traditions and hometown culture, in order to make their event truly personal.  We love crafting signature drinks, special passed hors d’oeuvres, or a fun late night snack, which uniquely represent the guest(s) of honor.

A few of our favorite signature cocktails include: Ginger Juleps, Prosecco Sangria, Low Country Pink Lemonade, Peach Bellinis, Strawberry Basil Lemonade, or a Kentucky Arnold Palmer (bourbon infused). Our preferred time to serve these drinks is before the ceremony begins and/or during the cocktail hour.  Passed cocktails make for an elegant start to an event, but also allow the bride and groom to have time to take pictures before the reception begins!

During this cocktail hour passed hors d’oeuvres are a great way to entertain the guests and set the tone for the rest of the evening.  This is a unique opportunity to showcase the bride and groom’s family or hometown favorites.  Here in central Kentucky we love to pay homage to our Southern roots with favorites like Shrimp on Cheddar Wiesenberger Mill Grit Cakes or Mini Kentucky Hot Brown Puffs.  As a bride and groom get married we also like to marry their backgrounds by including some local favorites from the Goom’s hometown!

After dancing the night away, many guests are thrilled to indulge in a late night snack.  This is a great opportunity to be creative, playful, and once again, personalize your event!  Some of our favorites include a mini chocolate milkshakes with a brownie garnish, s’mores, BBQ pork sliders, baby back ribs, grilled cheese and tomato soup, or even a late night breakfast station. 

Cheers!
-Dupree Catering

Photos below: Melanie Mauer Photography

Jul
27

Wedding Inspiration

Written By: Julia Myers

Happy July (and almost August), Pearl brides!  I came across this wonderful little wedding inspiration website, and it’s just maybe (maybe!) better than Pinterest- for wedding planning at least.  The website is called Lover.ly, and it was created specifically for brides.

It takes all of 60 seconds to sign up (free of charge for brides and wedding enthusiasts alike), and then the gawking and swooning begins.  There are dozens of categories to browse—everything from bridal hair and makeup, to stationary, to honeymooning, to catering and cocktail ideas.

The best part?  You can actually customize your Lover.ly profile to your wedding colors, and search images in that perfect shade of plum or blush.  Click on an image that you love, and you’ll find details about the photo, as well as other related photos. 

Click on this link and enjoy! http://lover.ly/

Jun
20

elizabeth + steve at GlenLary

Written By: Lindsay Brandenburg
Real Weddings

We’re so excited to share Elizabeth + Steve’s big day with you! We’re also excited to share that GlenLary Estate is open for rental and would be the perfect location for your next event or wedding - so head on over to the GlenLary website and take a peek! It’s so dreamy!!

photo: Melanie Mauer Photography

For more photos of Elizabeth + Steve’s perfect day, take a peek at their Style Me Pretty blog feature!

Wedding Professionals:
Wedding Planner: The bride / Day-of Coordination: Always Planned / Venue: GlenLary Estate (family home) / Photography: Melanie Mauer Photography / Florist: Crist Creona Designs / Cake: Martine’s / Rentals: Purdons / Catering: DaRae & Friends / Cinematography: Portal Films / Dress: Oscar de la Renta / Belt: Carolina Herrera / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Hair & Makeup: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / Band: Simply Irresistible / Hair piece: Alisa Brides / Cake Topper: Mudcards / Paper: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / Design: Joe Richardson of Hubbuch and Co.

Jun
13

Bridal Bouquets

Written By: Julia Myers
Planning Tips

Your bridal bouquet (almost!) speaks louder than your beautiful vows on your big day.  Here are a few simple ideas to give your arrangement a little something extra!

1.    Special Women:  Think about all of the special women in your life – your selfless mother, adoring grandmothers, sweet sorority sister, grade school teachers— and create a standout bouquet that incorporates each of their favorite flower.  Explain your special bouquet in the ceremony program, and list each woman with her flower of choice.  You might be surprised at the beauty of an eclectic mix of hydrangea, daisy, iris, and magnolia!

2.    Textures:  Use succulents to add stunning texture to your arrangement.  Choose your perfect shade from deep purple to sage green.  Not on board with the succulent trend?  Consider mixing pretty pods or winding branches in the mix.   

3.    Sentimental places.  Imagine your favorite places in this great big world.  Be it a charming beach house where you spent sweet summer childhood days under the sun, or a small mountain town where you and your fiancé first laid eyes on each other, try incorporating these precious places in to your bridal bouquet. Scatter pearls or small seashells throughout your arrangement to capture the essence of the ocean.  Or, think about tucking sprigs of fragrant greenery in to take you back to that gorgeous mountain getaway.

Happy planning, lovely brides.  Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!

photo: melaniemauer.com

Jun
06

MSW summer 2012 issue

Written By: Melanie Mauer

Martha Stewart Weddings

pearl readers,

i’m swooning from the latest martha stewart weddings issue (summer 2012) - it’s chock full of amazing wedding inspiration so in case you haven’t picked it up, definitely do! 

and here are a few highlights if you get a copy and have it nearby!

pg 186 - a GREAT bridal shower idea in a cooking school
pg 260 - the design it yourself insert is my favorite addition in a long time…and their downloads are impeccable!
pg 266 - i’ve never seen tissue paper look cuter!
pg 288 - the ceremony site consists of a huge weeping willow, flower petal aisle and incredible hydrangea filled urns…perfection! oh, and he *designed* her dress!
pg 327 - those wooden signs are so great!! 

hope you are having the best summer!  here’s to happy planning & honeymoon-ing!  xoxo, -melanie-

p.s. here’s a link to some of the fantastic ideas online!

Jun
01

elise & barry

Written By: Lindsay Brandenburg
Real Weddings

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We’re so excited to share Elise & Barry’s wonderful wedding with you! For more photos of their big day, take a peek at their feature on Grey Likes Weddings Blog.

Venue: Three Fields Farm

Photography: Melanie Mauer Photography

Planner: One Fine Day

Florist/Decor: House by JSD

Cake: Martine’s

Caterer: Dupree Catering

Make up: Ana Crane-Simpson

 

 

May
08

PEARL bride interview

Written By: Lindsay Brandenburg

We’re so excited to share this interview below with one of our fabulous PEARL brides! Tiffany & Brandon’s wedding was also featured on Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book Blog last week - make sure to check it out!

What 3-5 words describe your wedding day best?
Southern. Classic. Dashing. Magical. Time-of-our-lives!

Will you please tell our PEARL readers about your special bridge & first look….
Most couples rely on memories, photo albums and stories to transport them back to the turning points in their relationships—Brandon and I have the luxury that we can sneak away to our special place. Memories of each sweet kiss, embrace and shooting star comes rushing back to us. Around five or six years into our relationship, I jokingly looked at B one night on the bridge and said “You know that we’re going to have to get engaged here don’t you?” since every other momentous occasion in our relationship had occurred in the exact place. When Brandon did just that - popped the question on the bridge - it was an easy choice to decide where we were going to have out first look!

Within months I was planning how it would actually work for us to meet on the bridge considering it is an actual road that sees a lot of farm traffic! After weeks of planning and plotting, we all decided it was doable and set in stone. Day-of was kind of like orchestrating the President’s arrival at an appearance complete with four cars! Brandon left first and then I followed shortly after him with Melanie and Katie and Mackenzie and Lindsay in three separate cars.

After arriving at the bridge, teams were setup on each end to block and manage traffic - we both felt like we were in a movie - it was beyond incredible. As if there wasn’t enough suspense from our motorcade to the bridge, Melanie then positioned me on the bridge in the exact location we got engaged and photographed the entire series of Brandon walking toward me. I will forever remember the anticipation of him walking toward me as I heard his footsteps on the road getting one step closer. In that exact instance that Brandon turned me around for our first kiss, I forgot how hot it was and pure joy and excitement took over.

The pictures from the bridge are some of our favorite - particularly because it captures how love is where you put your heart. Even though we were marrying at an old estate home complete with stunning vistas, our hearts took us to where we fell in love - to a small well-worn country bridge.

Since you planned a wedding from many miles away, what advice would you give to brides who are also doing this?
Make sure you have a timeline written down that will keep you on schedule. It is much easier to get sidetracked and procrastinate when you’re far away.
Plan a long weekend for “bridal bootcamp” where you come in and knock off the outstanding things on your list.
Don’t waste your time going to only one appointment per day. While it might be stressful doing five things on a given day while you’re in town, you will have a greater sense of accomplishment when you can cross many things off your list.
When you make a decision, stick to it. Don’t go back and make changes.
Have someone on the ground you can trust (if possible)

I know this will be a tough one to answer… but what are some of your most your favorite moments from your wedding day?
I loved seeing Brandon all dressed up on our wedding day. The way we staged the first look had the perfect amount of anticipation.
Sitting in my carriage hearing the call to post was such a unique and old-world moment. I remember thinking how I wish I could clone myself to see everyone’s reaction.
Right before the wedding, my aunt began playing “Do a deer…” from the Sound of Music on the piano and all of girls broke out into song, dancing around, drinking and having the best time. There was never a minute of stress - it was a constant party.
Listening to B’s vows still give me the chills because they were so honest and loving.
Nothing can surpass our first kiss as husband and wife and hearing the two simplest words: “I Do”.
I didn’t see this at the time, but going through the images, I love seeing how purely happy my mom seemed during the ceremony during the day. She was constantly beeming.
We had so much fun running down the stairs through the sparklers - both times!

What was your favorite ‘southern/Kentucky’ detail to your wedding?
I certainly can’t choose just one! But I will try to narrow it down: when we planned our big day, we didn’t want a theme or motif. The only thing that was important to us was to make sure our guests felt taken care of as if we were entertaining them at our home. So the feeling of Southern Hospitality was probably the most important thing I wanted people to walk away from the weekend with. If I were to choose one detail that was undeniably us - it would have to be the cocktail selections - mint juelps during cocktail hour and the coozies that were in the cooler of beer we gave our wedding party before the final round of pictures. However, my favorite “Kentucky” detail were the parasols we brought in from Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington. They were both practical in the 105 degree heat and aesthetically beautiful with the vintage lace.

How did you stay so relaxed and calm?
I think it was easy to be so relaxed when I knew everything was taken care of. Every detail was flawlessly planned and I knew that the team from One Fine Day would do it exactly how I would. Also, for me, saying “I Do” was something I had been waiting years to say - so there wasn’t a single second that I had the jitters or nerves.

Any advice on how you think brides should spend the day *prior* to their big day?
I recommend the day before be all about you, your bridesmaids and your family. Go to lunch, get a mani/pedi and relax. At this point there is no point stressing about the details - if it’s not done, it won’t get done and (everyone says it) no one will know but you.

Groom’s favorite part from the wedding day?
Horse racing is a large part of our lives, particularly when we lived in Lexington. Keeneland holds wonderful memories for us which is why we had Bucky from Keeneland call Brandon and the groomsmen to “post”. This part of the wedding was certainly a surprise for all of our guests and I know Brandon was very excited about seeing everyone’s reactions.

Since your wedding weekend involved entertaining lots of out of town guests… what were some of their favorite things they did during the weekend?
There wasn’t a shortage of things for people to do during their time in Lexington (approximately 85% of our guest list were out-of-towners) but I would say the favorite things were the farm and stallion tour we arranged at Ashford Stud in Versailles, the ability to enjoy the pool at Spindletop at any point throughout the weekend and the Sunday brunch my mom hosted at her house. Each opportunity allowed our friends to get to know each other better, understand more about Brandon and I’s world in Lexington and also relax and enjoy spending time with us! It was also a holiday weekend so we wanted them to feel as though they were on vacation and that they were able to enjoy the same kind of things they would if they were at home.

Tell us about your wedding day surprises.
I am rather controlling and had 99.9% of the day planned out to the minute but my mother did have two beautiful surprises for both of us which added such a magical element to our wedding day. The first was when we saw the dining room for the first time, she had two stunning sterling toasting glasses, engraved and at our place settings. After a delightful dinner and spectacular night of dancing, we left the reception to a beautiful sparkler exit that paled in comparison to the fireworks display my mother had organized as we drove up the long drive leaving the property.

I had an inkling that my mom was going to do something like this because we had talked about it months prior and nothing came of it which is unlike her in all ways. As we were in the car, I remember hearing this soft voice give the cue to some mystery man and at that exact moment the night sky began to explode with white fireworks as we drove down the drive.

The best part of our grand exit was that Brandon had no idea so his reaction was of sheer joy and surprise which is something that we will remember forever.

What are some of your favorite wedding day images?
I can’t choose! Here are three of our favorites:
This really shows that pure, unadulterated moment of passion and love that Brandon and I have for each other. The embrace really says it all.

This funky picture of our footwear really speaks to our style and how we “remained on brand” all the way to our toes!

This image is so candid because this kiss and embrace almost seems a little voyeuristic because neither of us are aware that there is anything going on around us. Totally and utterly blinded by each other.

For more photos of Tiffany and Brandon’s big day, visit melaniemauer.com

May
01

a wish for your wedding

Written By: Melanie Mauer

pearl blog quote

i’m sentimental…and embracing sentimentality on your wedding day can bring so much more sweetness to the day! 

here are a few ideas i love to share with brides…

frame an engagement image for your parents and give it to them on your wedding day with a note on the back about how grateful you are for their love and help with your beautiful celebration. 

letters
i looooove letters!  exchange one with your groom during your private moment - you’ll treasure this forever!  and maybe even shrink it on a copier (if it’s large) and put it on your bedroom nightstand in a frame.

in addition to this letter, write one in a journal about how you’re feeling - i’m always struck by the brides i see writing in theirs when i arrive and a couple have mentioned that they do it because they want to be able to share how they felt with their children to come.

gifts
a recent bride gave her groom a vintage rolex from the year he was born - 1978…brilliant!

decor
on a photo session a couple weeks ago week, i loved a colorful quilt the family had and the new mother remarked that she’d made it from fabric used on the tables at their wedding…so sweet!

above all else, let yourself ‘feel’ on your wedding day - revel in the love and hopefulness that your marriage brings to others who surround you…and keep hunting for sweet ways to be sentimental in the years to come!  xoxo, -melanie-

find more of melanie here!

Apr
18

wedding feature: katie + jimmy

Written By: Katie Harper

We’re so excited to feature this PEARL wedding below! Congratulations to Katie & Jimmy!

PEARL members:

Photography: Melanie Mauer; Melanie Mauer Photography’s PEARL member profile

Venue: Keeneland; Keeneland’s PEARL member profile

Cake: Martine’s Pastries; Martine’s PEARL member profile


Other wedding professionals from Katie & Jimmy’s big day:

Wedding Planner: Leann Shields, Kentucky Wedding Bliss

Florist: Stems in Lexington, KY

Catering: Turf Catering

Makeup: Ana Crane-Simpson

 

 

 

Apr
06

Cake Decorating Trend

Written By: Martine's Pastries

The latest trend in decorating also gives an exotic flair to your wedding cake! Succulent plants come in a range of gorgeous colors, and there are no worries about fading or drooping, because they store water in their leaves so well. We have used live and very realistic faux plants to rave reviews! Think of fuschia, pale greens and blues, yellow, purple, magenta and gorgeous combinations of those colors. Très chic!



Above: Martine’s Pastries cake with faux succulent accents available at House, www.housebyjsd.com.



Above: image credit

Mar
31

gifts for family members

Written By: Lindsay Brandenburg

Hello PEARL readers!
Many brides often ask about gifts for their family members that have been oh so helpful to make their big day so wonderful! Here are a few ideas below that we wanted to share:

A sweet handkerchief embroidered for the father of the bride: (found at this Etsy Store)

Something personal with a sweet note is sure to be adored by any parent!

This would be really sweet for a gift and then a photo from the wedding day could be inserted afterwards: (found at this Etsy Store)

And here’s a personalized platter, how sweet! (found at this Etsy Store)

We’d love to hear some of your favorite gift ideas! Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mar
25

Jim Hjelm Blush Bridal Trunk Show at Twirl Boutique

Written By: Lindsay Brandenburg

Attention PEARL brides! We’re excited to let you know that Twirl Boutique will be having a Jim Hjelm Blush Bridal Trunk Show March 30-April 1. Make sure to visit them and find that perfect dress for your big day! So excited to see what you find!

pictures above from Twirl’s Blog

Make sure to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to set up your appointment!

Mar
17

Pearl Tools

Written By: Lindsay Brandenburg

For all of our PEARL brides that are looking for helpful tools for their wedding planning…. have you visited the PEARL website?  If you click on the ‘tools’ section, you will find a very helpful sample budget, as well as a 9 month checklist to help you through the months of planning. All of these were created by One Fine Day and you can download the PDF, print and add the documents to your wedding binder.

Have a great day planning on this beautiful day!

Mar
08

Sandals/Caribbean Night

Written By: One Fine Day Wedding Consultation

Looking for ideas for a honeymoon? Join us for our Sandals/Caribbean night next week and we’d love to share all the amazing things about a Sandals Honeymoon with you! Please email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information. We’re still taking RSVP’s and look forward to hearing from you soon!

Mar
04

Bridesmaids Gift Idea

Written By: Lindsay Brandenburg

We’re loving these bracelets from the Etsy Shop: Frosted Willow!

What a special gift to give each of your bridesmaids (or even for your mom, future mother-in-law or flower girl(s) too! A few below that we’re especially loving…

What are your favorite ideas for gifts for bridesmaids? We’d love to hear! Happy shopping!

Feb
26

Pinterest

Written By: Lindsay Brandenburg
Planning Tips

For any brides that aren’t familiar, Pinterest.com is a wonderful resource to reference when planning a wedding. On Pinterest, you are able to create boards filled with all your wedding ideas and share them with all your wedding professionals so everyone can view your inspirations. It’s so fun to re-pin other pins or also pin from the web. It saves so much time to not have to save each picture to your computer or bookmark many, many sites. Happy Pinning!


Pinterest board

Feb
14

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Written By: Lindsay Brandenburg
Date Ideas for the Cute Couple
We Love Lexington

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you have a day filled with lots of love!

In the most recent TOPS in Lex Magazine, there was a wonderful article with lots of fun date ideas!

Take a peek below at some of our favorites:


Take Cooking Classes

Sample Local Flavor at a Winery

Indulge in a Hotel Getaway Package

Tour the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Head to the Hills for Skiing

Create Pottery

Head Outdoors

Grab Coffee or Ice Cream

Take in an Art Gallery

Hope you and your love have a great day celebrating! Let us know how you decide to celebrate the day!

valentines day

photo: melaniemauer.com

Jan
23

purdon’s bridal affair

Written By: Purdons

 

An Intimate-One-Day Buffet of Wedding Trends,
Treats and Ideas from Lexington’s Best Wedding Specialists

You are planning the biggest day of your life and you have questions.
We have brought together the best in the business to give you answers.
The best Caterers, Florists, Cake Artist, Disc Jockeys,
Photographers, Event Planners and Wedding site venues.
The people that live it, breath it and do it, seven days a week.
It’s not their hobby, not a side job, it’s their only job.
Making successful events happen,
one on one, with you, in a relaxed low pressure setting.

All local Bluegrass professionals.

10am to 3pm on Saturday the 4th of February
Purdon’s Rental & Sales
2390 Woodhill Drive
Lexington, Kentucky 40509
895-266-1197

You’ll find many PEARL Members at Purdon’s on Feb 4th from 10am-3pm…please stop by and enjoy the chance to work on wedding planning!

Jan
09

pearl member feature : cardinal and straw

Written By: Lindsay Brandenburg

We’re so excited to share a peek at one of our newest PEARL members! We adore having Cardinal and Straw on board!


From Emily at Cardinal and Straw :
Being affiliated with such respected and talented wedding professionals is a real honor for me.  I was so impressed when I first heard about Pearl and saw the quality of professionals who made up the group.  I was so humbled to have been asked to join!


Please share the story your business name, Cardinal and Straw?
Haha…well, my husband laughs every time this subject comes up.  I am a Chi Omega and Cardinal and Straw are the sorority’s colors.  Even though my college years are far behind me I am still very involved in the organization - the largest women’s organization in the world by the way! I serve as an advisor to the women at the University of Kentucky and am the President of the Lexington Alumnae chapter…I debated for a long time about what to call my wedding invitation business - I wanted to incorporate the name of something that had meaning to me - had my children been born yet their names would probably have been in there, but at the time Cardinal and Straw spoke to me…I think it has a nice ring!


What inspired you to start your business?
I studied Art History in college and art museum education in graduate school and spent 10 years working in art museums in the Washington, DC area before my husband’s job landed us in Kentucky.  I wanted to continue working on creative endeavors and had an interest in graphic design so it evolved from that.  After being in Kentucky for a few years my husband and I decided to open up a commercial printing business franchise (Minuteman Press) so this just fit perfectly! I split my time doing design work for our business clients and wedding clients - it’s a great mix…and I have had more than one bride become a business customer which is always fun!


Will you please share with us a handful of your favorite fonts?
I am obsessed with fonts.
My favorite of late is Feel Script by Alejandro Paul of Sudtipos type studio…this font rivals the lettering of a calligrapher, has the dreamiest swashes and alternate characters…it works beautifully for monograms and brides swoon when they see their names written in it.
I always like Bickham Script by Richard Lipton…it is more of a quill type calligraphy script and has amazing ligatures (when 2 letters connect together to make one pretty design element)...it is probably the most requested of all of my fonts.
For block fonts, I am using a lot of the Mrs. Eaves family right now but I am kind of a traditionalist and really like Garamond for a Serif font and Gill Sans for a Sans Serif.
There are also so many fun free fonts out there…I could go on and on…

 
What’s something most clients don’t know about Cardinal and Straw?
We can take care of pretty much all of your wedding printing - save the dates (cards, postcards, magnets), invitations, favor tags/labels, programs, menu cards, seating charts, water bottle labels, napkins,  tote bags - you name it! We do all of the design work and printing here so even though “custom wedding invitations” might sound fancy and expensive, it really can be quite affordable because there is no middle man here - we do it all in house.  Also, we offer not only flat printing, but thermography printing (raised ink) and my favorite, letterpress!


It’s evident that there’s an ease with working with brides wherever they are (Lexington or otherwise) - Tell us a little about how this process usually works…
Brides usually contact me about 8 months prior to their wedding date to begin working on their save dates (which usually get sent out about 6 months prior to the wedding)...that gives us time to design a monogram or signature element that we can then tie into all of the printed collateral for her wedding.  After the initial consultation (which takes place in my office for local brides or via phone for out of town brides), I work primarily through email - sending .pdf proofs of mock ups for brides to review…this is a back and forth process and (unlike if you walk into a big shop and pick out an invitation from a big book), brides are never locked into anything they tell me initially…if they decide they want to adjust the colors, don’t like the fonts, want a larger invitation, etc. I will make the changes until my bride is 100% in love with her invitation suite.


If you could offer a piece of advice to a new bride about her wedding stationery, what would you like to tell her?
In terms of design, sometimes less is more…don’t feel like you have to tie in EVERY element of your wedding into your invitations…I think some of the most beautiful invitations we have done have been the simplest. Work with your stationery designer on a simple signature element that you can carry throughout all of your printed materials and you will easily achieve a cohesive, coordinating look that you will love to look back on in 20 years.


What’s the best piece of advice you could give to a new couple about their wedding in general?
Relax.  I really believe everything happens for a reason.  Do your best to choose reputable vendors who will get you through the planning process with ease.  Use a wedding planner if it is in your budget.


At what point in the planning process do clients typically contact you? (or what do you recommend?)
8 months is great if you are interested in sending out save the date cards…I like to have about a month to turn around custom invitation designs.


What are some of your favorite places in Lexington (can be anything—restaurants, shops, parks, etc!)
My non-work life and activities are pretty much devoted to family right now.  Our neighborhood is on a working horse farm and there is a small lake we can walk around…I love taking my babies for a walk in the evening when the horses are out and will come up to the fence for my daughter to pet…my 2 year old also just started dance class at Gotta Dance in Lansdowne Shoppes and I so look forward to the sheer joy on her face during that hour every week - their staff is unbelievable with 2 year olds.


We know you love your job! What’s your favorite part of being involved in weddings?
When a bride sends me photos of the big day and I get to see how all of the materials she had printed were incorporated into the wedding - I love seeing photos of the “bride and groom ” signs we printed tied to the backs of chairs and the welcome bag labels on pretty bags tied with bows and the programs nestled in a basket.


What other type of events do you design stationery for?
Any type of social events - baby showers, anniversary parties, birthday celebrations, you name it…I also do nuts and bolts commercial designing and printing -  letterhead, business cards, envelopes, etc. and marketing materials - brochures, postcards, newsletters, etc.


What’s a tip you can offer to brides to be resourceful when it comes to wedding stationery? (or costly mistakes to avoid?)
Forward the proofs you receive to everyone - your mom, your future mother in law - your fiance - your wedding planner, your maid of honor, EVERYONE… have everyone look through for design, spelling, dates, etc…I have had more than one bride approve wedding invitations only to realize once she was showing them to someone that her fiance’s name was misspelled…it sounds crazy, but a bride tends to look at the invitation design from an aesthetic perspective and the other details become secondary…so show it to everyone and then email back with changes!  Also, order 25 extra invitation suites over whatever your final count is…it can be very costly to do a small reorder after the fact.


When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?
Spending time with my children - Sadie Ann is 2 1/2 and James (JJ) is 9 months old - they are so much fun.


We’re so excited to share a few samples of Cardinal and Straw’s gorgeous work with you below! Hope you enjoyed getting to know Cardinal and Straw, we’re so excited for 2012!

Dec
05

i love you more than…

Written By: Lindsay Brandenburg

We found this super cute blog post and just had to share… what a wonderful way to express your love for to your fiance (or husband too!)

i love you more than…

Hope your holidays are filled with lots of occasions to mention how much you love those you care about most!


i love you more than…


Photo: Melanie Mauer

Serendipity Factory Blog Post

Nov
11

Love Notes

Written By: Lindsay Brandenburg
Date Ideas for the Cute Couple

Hello PEARL readers!

Just wanted to share a fun way to do a love note…. because love notes are wonderful smile 

http://tinyurl.com/7o3ckr3

love_note_PEARL_1

and how fun would it be to send a telegram to your fiance?! Visit this site if you’re interested: http://www.telegramstop.com/Home.mvc.aspx

Sep
09

Wedding Florals

Written By: Katie Harper

At my first meeting with our florist, I came prepared with loads of ideas on flowers and colors I loved and lots of magazine photos hoping to paint the picture of what I wanted our day to look like. I was met with the reality that many of my ideas could never make it to fruition. The culprit?! SEASONS! And location! I’d missed that glaring fact when I was cutting out gorgeous images. I’m embarrassed that I hardly thought of how the time of year would effect flowers because I’m constantly aware of how it effects another favorite thing of mine, food!  My kind florist quickly listed the many great options I *did* have for this season and I chose a beautiful collection to round out my heavenly bouquet. Since then, I have found this fantastic list, via Martha Stewart, of flowers and their seasons. Although you can most likely find a florist that can get any flower anytime of the year, it will be a lot like eating a tomato or peach in January; it looks ok, but is a far cry from its glorious potential. Happy hunting!

flowers
photo: melanie mauer
flowers: suzi hjorth

Aug
15

Skipping the Honeymoon Registry

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

While someone of you lovely ladies are more than likely thinking “No, thank you!” to skipping the honeymoon registry (who can blame you with all of the oh-so-cute home goods to choose from!) there still remain those who don’t need any additional furnishings. PEARL highlighted a cute registry several months ago that we LOVE about a couple who wanted their guests to purchase memories instead of matching china. Here are a few more resources for you who are interested in doing the same:

www.thebigday.com

www.honeyluna.com

www.honeyfund.com

registry
photo: melanie mauer
glasses: kate spade

Jul
22

To Veil or Not to Veil?

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

veil
photo: melanie mauer
Brides take great care in choosing their accessories and with good reason. A great accessory can take a bride from beautiful to stunning with a few calculated choices.

First decide what your personal style is. If you tend to gravitate to the simple side of style perhaps choose one accessory that you love and be the highlight. You will not want to feel to ‘made up’ and ultimately feel unlike yourself. A veil is a great place to start! Most brides do not complete without one. Visit veilshop.com to gather ideas regarding length, material, trim, etc. for your perfect veil.

Considering a wrap? Wraps can be the prefect accessory if you would like more coverage for a strapless gown. Or can be helpful on a chilly night so that you don’t have to wear your husbands jacket during the reception. Beaded shrugs or pashminas are great options for your wrap.

We all love jewelry. The objective however is to make sure your jewelry complements instead of competes. If you would like to show off the cut of your gown perhaps gravitate toward beautiful earrings or a bracelets instead of a necklace.

Picked your shoes? If you are hoping for a bit of height consider stacked or platform heels instead of stilettos. Also, brightly colored shoes are becoming very popular with brides this season. If you personal style is less than reserved, go bold! Everyone will love that your personality is shining through the details.

Jul
21

The Numbers Game

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

There are so many sentimental numbers that come to my mind when I think of my sweet relationship with my husband – the day we met, the average temperature in Jamaica on our honeymoon, the number of attendees in our wedding party. BUT there are also several other numbers from our wedding that still remain in my mind that don’t necessarily bring along with it a warm and fuzzy feeling! Whether your budget is big or small it is necessary to be prepared and educate yourself. Here are a few common budget questions that will hopefully help in this process.

If my parents and in-laws are contributing financially – do they have a say in the planning process?
Etiquette says yes. A way to navigate this potentially stressful scenario is to be prepared. Find out which part of the ceremony or reception each party is most interested in helping plan. Then present a top list of option that you have approved for them to help plan. That way everyone wins!

Is there a more expensive time of year to plan a wedding?
Yes. Summer weddings can be more expensive. If you plan a wedding outside of the time span between May and October (June is most popular) you will probably see a decrease in some vendor fees.

Can I negotiate a price with vendors?
It never hurts to ask. Just keep in mind that you likely will be working closely with the vendors for your wedding. Make sure to not be offensive or de-value the product your are referring to.

Is wedding insurance necessary?
Necessary no. Would it provide peace of mind? Yes. Prices are not as high as you might expect. Visit www.wedsafe.com for details.

What hidden expenses can I expect?
Often wedding bills will be slightly more than anticipated due to some sort of surcharge. Always ask about taxes and miscellaneous charges when meeting with vendors so that you can apply a more realistic amount to your budget.

What if my in-laws cannot afford to pay for some of the wedding?

If they cannot, they cannot. You do not want to start your blissful marriage with tension within the family so do not press the issue. Understand their limitations and perhaps solicit their help in other ways. Perhaps your mother-in-law is an organizational genius and can be helpful in being a contact for your vendors.

Jul
11

Thank You Etiquette

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

thankyou
photo: melanie mauer

So many of our lovely brides to be have questions regarding thank you etiquette.
During the engagement season there is such an outpouring of love and showering of
gifts by family and friends. It is important to give thanks for gifts that are received.
Keeping with tradition, we feel that a heartfelt hand written note is still the best way
to express gratitude.

Technically, a bride has up to one year to send all of her thank you’s. However, our
recommendation is to write and send your notes as gifts are received. Penning
hundreds of personal notes at one sitting is enough to make anyone exhausted!
Staying on top of them from the beginning will help to keep the messages
personalized rather than manufactured.

Keep in mind, if you need to send a single note for a shower gift and a wedding gift
it is acceptable; just make sure to mention both to assure the sender that they were
received and appreciated. PS: If you are looking for cute stationary take a peek at this
website
  – we adore these customized paper products!

May
18

Sweet Summer Days

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May
13

Looking For Accessories?

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

Hi sweet brides-to-be! There are so many parts of the wedding planning season that I love.  BUT I have to admit that picking out sweet jewelry might be the icing on the cake!

Style Me Pretty posted a wonderful blog recently about accessorizing on your big day.  We LOVE the jewelry that is on display by TENJANI!  Take a quick peek here at these lovely earrings, bracelets and more.  Get ready to ooh and ahh!


Jewelry By TENJANI

Apr
15

Envelope Etiquette

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

Came across a great resource from Inspired Bride for those of you who are preparing your wedding invitations!  If you’ve ever been uncertain on how exactly invitation etiquette goes, this will be perfect for you.  There is also a great tool for tracking thank you letters!  Enjoy!

Inspired Bride

envelope

photo: melanie mauer
stationery: The Lettered Olive

Apr
06

Especially Made For Him

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael
Fashion Find

Wedding season is here!  I have to admit that I adore this time of year - everything is just so beautiful, bright and new.  I was driving this past weekend on an old country road.  As I rounded one of the many bends I saw the most beautiful image that made me think of you!  There was an old white church adorned with round white wedding wreaths sitting just off of the road.  A bride in a flowing white gown was stepping outside with all of her smiling attendants - such a sweet scene!

I smile just thinking about all of you in your beautiful gowns on your wedding day!  For those whose weddings are just around the corner - have you decided on a gift for your groom?  There are so many lovely options to choose from but I wanted to pass along this idea that I just found yesterday.  There is a great company (with local reps) that specializes in custom men’s clothing called J Hilburn.  I perused their site and really like their selections!  As we know shopping isn’t always the favorite past time of the men in our lives.  BUT according to my sweet husband there is nothing better than a nice tailored shirt. Maybe this would be a great gift that your fiance could wear to the rehearsal dinner?

Happy perusing!  Click here for the site.  I hope you find something perfect for him!

PS There are fun items for groomsmen gifts as well!  Check out the accessories section.

Mar
16

The Evolution Of Love

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

You know the couple that often catches your gaze - graying hair, holding hands and still loving and gentle with one another after so many years?  The kind that you want to ask what their secret is to share with all us as newlyweds or those planning a wedding?

I happen to be sitting very near one of those couples in a favorite eatery of mine.  As I type away on my laptop they have a scrabble board spread across their table.  And yes, they’ve brought a dictionary as well.  I have to tell you that every time the wife returned to the table her sweet husband stood in a sweet gesture that reminds me that chivalry is far from dead. 

Here’s to romance old and new!  And to making time for the simple things in life. 

 

 

Mar
11

The Getaway

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

Weddings are exciting and joyful.  They boast creative details that capture the essence of a couple in love.  Many guests find themselves swept away and the hours literally evaporate.  And then…..it’s time for the grand exit. 

I’m sure if you’re currently planning a wedding I’m sure you can barely imagine the days ticking by until your wedding day - let alone the end of the wedding night!  We’ve seen so many beautiful exits over the years and many stand out as the perfect ending to a perfect day.  Sparklers lighting up the night sky.  A smiling bride and groom walking through gently falling petals. Gently floating bubbles in the afternoon light and breeze.  The exit really is the last impression your guests will take with them.  And the exit draws a sweet closure to you and your groom as you transition from the celebration into your lives together. 

However you plan to conclude we have to share the idea of leaving in a vintage car like the one below - we’re totally smitten!  There is something so romantic about stepping into something so beautiful that seems to transcend time periods.  Enjoy planning your getaway!

photo: Melanie Mauer Photography

Mar
04

Invite the Kids!

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

A wedding can be a magical time in the eyes of a child.  The towering cake, the beautiful bride in a flowing white dress and often the opportunity to stay out way later than typical curfew!  Often this can too easily translate into too much sugar, hide and seek at the reception and tired little ones during the best man’s speech. If you are going to include children on the guest list you might want to consider a few pointers when planning the reception.

Prepare a Dress Up Corner.  Having a trunk of jewelry, fake mustaches and large hats in a corner of the reception might supply little tykes with the perfect entertainment.  And way too cute photographs too!  I wouldn’t be surprised if you catch an older crowd joining in on the fun!  You can easily borrow the needed items from friends or family, but now you can often rent dress up items.

Creative Centerpieces.  For kid friendly tables I would first suggest positioning them toward the outside of the room for maneuverability.  Also, consider incorporating picture books or coloring books into your centerpieces to occupy time during dinner.  A bouquet of crayons would be the perfect accent.

Activity Packs.  Creative a fun filled bag for every child at the wedding.  Toss in play dough, stickers, fake jewelry, pinwheels or other goodies.  Label each bag with the child’s name and place by the wedding favors.  Make sure the bags are durable and kid friendly.

Children’s Dance.  Invite all of the children to the dance floor for a children’s only song.  Pick something they will recognize and that is upbeat!

Lastly, consider hiring someone who could ‘host’ the children’s activities during the night.  You might want to inquire about renting a room that is separate from the reception area.  This would allow for more room to run around and be a touch louder than permissible otherwise.  At the end of the night the children will thank you!  And so will their parents..

 

Mar
03

Love Quotes

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

“When you are in Love you can’t fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams.”
—Dr Seuss

Wishing that this quote would be true for you today.  Have a lovely Thursday!

Feb
25

For The Love Of Art…And LIfe!

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

Happy Friday to everyone!  AND happy end of the month! I am still in awe of how quickly this month has passed. For those of you planning a wedding I’m sure you know better than I do about time passing rapidly!  I have to share one sweet story from this month that I think you’ll enjoy.  On Valentine’s Day this year, we (my husband and I) decided to start a new tradition.

In lieu of exchanging chocolates and candy hearts we opted for a more permanent reminder of our love to remember throughout the years.  Instead, we spent Valentine’s night walking hand in hand par-oozing beautiful local Lexington art,  looking for the perfect adornment for the walls in our home!  I’m happy to say we found the perfect piece and it is already hanging on our dining room wall. 

Our thought is that every year on Valentine’s Day we will buy a piece of art that we both love and make sure to write the year on the back. It will be such a treat to remember the day and the tradition with every piece we purchase together.  2011 was a success, but I must say I’m already looking forward to the day when our house is filled with 50 beautiful symbols of love and memories!

ashley armas

art via here

Feb
16

New Bridal Collection From Anthropologie

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

I had to pass along this oh-so-great bridal collection from Anthropologie!  What do you think about their newest venture?

http://www.bhldn.com/

Feb
11

Sage Advice From Our Brides

Written By: Emily Jenkins

What advice would you give to other brides that are planning their wedding?

Stick to the things you love. There is so much great information and resources with wonderful ideas, but keep your wedding day uniquely YOU.

Splurge on the things you love most. We did on photography, flowers, and fashion (my dress, shoes, and accessories).

Wear special pieces of jewelry if possible. I am very sentimental, and my grandmother passed away about 7 months before my “Big Day” but I wore her antique diamond necklace, and pinned her diamond pin on my bouquet. Now they not only serve as a reminder of her, but of my wedding day.

Also, our wedding was on a Sat. and we waiting until Monday to leave for our honeymoon. The day in between, was priceless, and we needed it to pack and prepare. Plus we got to spend a little but of time with out of town guests.

What were your favorite moments of the day? or What did you love most about your wedding day? 


There was just so much love and happiness. Surround yourself with those that will genuinely be ectatic for you and your significant other.

Create an atmosphere of romance and love. Pick a location that speaks to those things and decorate it as such.

We could not have done it without our wedding planner, invest in one!

Was there something unique you did that you’d like to share? 


We preserved my wedding bouquet. It is so beautiful! We took it to Molly’s Flowers in Danville (this is the only place I know of that does it).

sageadviceemily
photo: melanie mauer

Feb
08

Registering for Wedding GIfts

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

Registering for wedding gifts can be so fun…and overwhelming at the same time!  It is so easy to go to a store and start scanning everything in sight when you haven’t laid out a registering plan.  Taking a few minutes of preparation will definitely save you hours of sorting and returning items after the wedding.

The three main questions to consider when registering can be narrowed down to When, Where and What.  The easiest answer to these questions is in regard to when to register.  The main thing to avoid is not having your registries active when guests receive their first bridal shower invite.  Feel free to ask your host or hostesses when they intend to mail the invitations and complete your registry a couple of weeks beforehand.  If you are able to do it sooner I would recommend doing so - one more thing off of your very busy plate will be helpful to you! 

Answering where to register is a bit more flexible.  Consider your guest list and your favorite stores that will be available to them.  Make sure to include stores that have online registries for those living out of state or in small towns without your preferred stores.  Most brides limit their choices to around three stores to simplify the process for themselves and guests.  Make sure that you choose stores that will include items for every price range and budget.

The third category of what to register is the hardest for most couples.  Most stores have registry guides, but if not, here are a few suggestions for you to consider.  First grab a notepad and pencil (or laptop!) to take notes.  Title a note page with a different room in your house until every room category is covered (ie Bedroom, Kitchen, Garage).  Go to that room within your house and consider the items you already have and the ones you would like to register for.  Move to the next room only when you have completed the first.  When you go to register, take your list and register in the same fashion.  This will help the registering process flow more smoothly…and avoid having three mixers on your list!

Some of you might be reading this blog and thinking that you already have all the household items that you could possible need.  If that is the case, you have to check out this too cute idea (one of Melanie Mauer’s favorites!) of creating a Honeymoon Registry!  Such a fun way to involve your guests!

A note from the bride about this idea:
http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2009/08/honeymoon-registry.html

The actual registry:
http://www.our-honeymoon-registry.com/goddard.williams.1900/list

Good luck and have fun registering!

registry
photo: melanie mauer

 

Jan
27

Wedding Favors For Your Guest

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

Several of the weddings I have been to as of late have taken an interesting turn on party favors for guests.  Many have opted against sweets and the usual favor to instead make a donation in honor of their guest to a favorite charity.  I have to admit that I love wedding favors.  But every time I see a card with a donation to a worthwhile cause the sweetness is greater than any piece of chocolate!

If you’re interested in making this gesture a part of your wedding, the first task is to select a charity.  More often than not, there will be a charity near and dear to your heart because of a friend or family member’s journey.  If not, do a little research and see which you would most be interested in..there will be plenty to chose from!  Below are two links that will be helpful to you in this endeavor.

Charity Navigator
Give Well

After your selection decide on the amount you would like to donate.  This amount does not need to be shared with your guests.  Instead opt for a small card on the table explaining why you have decided to donate to a particular charity in honor of your guests.  Many will love knowing the story behind your decision. You can even find many local charities who will provide you with wedding donation cards for this purpose.

At the end of the night you not married your love, you also spread love to those who otherwise might not receive it. 

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!
~George Elliston

Jan
25

Purdon’s Bridal Affair - Feb 5th

Written By: Melanie Mauer

purdon's bridal affair

You’ll find many PEARL Members at Purdon’s on Feb 5th from 9am-2pm…please stop by and enjoy the chance to work on wedding planning!

Jan
19

Sage Advice From Our Brides

Written By: Anne Loraditch Frank

What advice would you give to other brides that are planning their wedding?

          Definitely consult w/ your groom-to-be to get his ideas about his vision for your most special day (yes, he has them & they’re good ones!)  so that your wedding is a true reflection of both of you.

          If it is at all within your budget, get yourself a wedding planner.  Believe me, it is worth every penny to have someone sane, grounded and disinterested – and by that I mean, no agenda or politics to cater to – on your side to keep you focused, on track & on budget.  If you’re lucky, you’ll get someone as special and dreamy as my beloved Mackenzie Spalding who I simply adored working with.  I thought she was amazing in the months we worked together before the wedding only to be completely bowled over by her efficiency, professionalism and insane calm on the big day.  Seeing her handle business at our rehearsal, I knew I could relax on our most special day because we were in expert hands.  As it turned out, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.  Having someone to hand over all the little worries and last minute details to is invaluable and really makes it possible to slow down and enjoy every single second of the day you worked so hard to put together.

What were your favorite moments of the day? or What did you love most about your wedding day?

          My favorite memories from the day are many but here are a few:  Frank’s face when he turned & saw me for the first time that day, the impossibly green grass of the Spindletop lawn, my best girls in all their finery, the first time I saw the dining room set for dinner – the flowers, the linens, the cake! – and the lawn set for the ceremony with the aisle markers, the chairs, the rose petals - all of it like it had been plucked from my mind, seeing Frank’s face as I turned up the aisle with the string quartet playing U2’s “All I Want is You,” my goof in kissing Frank ‘hello’ when I got to the top of the steps before the ceremony even started, the smart-looking bugler who called everyone in for dinner, our guests singing to the music playing during dinner & later giving the chef an ovation when he came out to check on us, dancing with Frank for the first time as his wife & so many more!

Was there something unique you did that you’d like to share?

          I think our guests were surprised and delighted by the appearance of a bugler who blew the ‘Call to the Post’ when it was time to come in for dinner.  We had so many comment on how much they enjoyed that moment.  Another thing that was especially appreciated by our guests was having passed refreshments (strawberry lemonade) for them as they arrived and were seated on a very warm afternoon.

Feel free to include books, magazines, websites, blogs that were helpful.

          The bridal mags are great resources for getting started thinking about colors, themes, planning & organizing tips, etc.  Once you’ve made the major decisions, put away the wedding porn because it just makes you second-guess the decisions you’ve already settled on.  Trust your instincts.  One magazine I never got tired of looking at though was Martha Stewart Weddings.  Exquisite taste, elegance & class.  *love*

          As for blogs, I think I looked at Style Me Pretty everyday for months.  I still visit fairly regularly.  The weddings Abby features are all so, so lovely.  There are so many blogs out there.  One leads to another and another.  One blog I stumbled upon that way was great for budget-friendly tips,  inspiration to just breeeaaaathe, relax and remember the reason for the day is 2000dollarwedding.com and the accompanying wedding website of http://ofafeather.us  The couple is too cute and very grounded.  You can feel their love for each other and their families.

          One other website that I think is indispensable is etsy.com.  Again, soooo many hours spent on that site getting ideas.  I did end up getting my girls’ hair accessories and my veil & fascinator from etsy sellers and couldn’t have been more pleased.  They produce high quality goods, and everyone I’ve encountered there is tremendously helpful, prompt and professional.

Photo: Melanie Mauer
Wedding Planner: One Fine Day
Event Design/Florist: Best Of Flowers
Caterer: Spindletop Hall
Cake: Martine’s Pastries

Jan
13

Winter Wedding Planning Blues

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

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photo: melanie mauer

Have the Winter Wedding Planning blues?  Feel like you have so much to do?

On a day like today, wouldn’t you just love to cuddle up around a fireplace, sip hot cocoa and listen to soothing tunes as the snow falls?  Perhaps with your wedding check list and the latest edition of Brides magazine?  It sounds so lovely…and relaxing! 

Unfortunately, the engagement period can often become a bit overwhelming and stressful to all parties involved.  And when we become overwhelmed and unbalanced, things tend to slip off of our radar.  Our hope for you is that you will be able to keep the reason for the planning, the dreaming, the test-tasting, weekly meetings etc. in your focus…the relationship with your loved one! 

Isn’t that the reason for the beautiful celebration you’re planning?  We thought we would give you a few ideas to help grow your romance even when the hours in the day grow shorter and shorter. 

Write a letter each week or month to your groom until the week of the wedding.  Hand written letters are slowly becoming a thing of the past, but convey a message that is intentional and well thought.  Make sure you mail them instead of handing them to him!

Remember your hobbies.  Even though there are so many things vying for your attention, remember the things that you love to do.  Roller blading in the park?  Lace up on Saturday mornings!  A game of chess?  Play a game during your next dinner together and enjoy a few minutes of fun.

Slip handwritten notes into his briefcase, car or refrigerator with your favorite memories together.

Don’t forget about date night!  Although it’s tempting to steer the night toward picking out wedding colors, setting up joint checking accounts and folding wedding programs, make sure to have a ‘planning free night’ at least once a week.  It will be a nice break for him - and you too.

Plan a winter picnic - complete with a warm and dry living room!  Spread out a blanket, cook your favorite things and enjoy!

Explore!  There are so many wonderful things in every city that are unknown to it’s citizens.  Check out the local attractions that you’ve heard about, but never visited yourself.

In everything you do leading up to the wedding, have fun.  In the moments that you are together and enjoying each other’s company you’ll remember why you’ve chosen that particular person to spend your life with.  And that will make the planning that much more significant and worthwhile.

Jan
12

real wedding: julie + tony

Written By: katie

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Planner: Great Expectations

Flowers: Crist Creona Designs

Cake: The Sugar Forest

Venue: Bodley Bullock House

Caterer: DaRae and Friends

Makeup: Ana Crane-Simpson

the best thing to hold on to in life is each other. [audrey hepburn]

Dec
24

Day In The Life of A Groom

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

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photo: melanie mauer

Long past are the days of a groom’s sole responsibility being showing up on the day of the wedding.  Often times, today’s bride and groom are equally involved in the planning process.  We love this turn of events as it unifies the couple in the journey toward marriage.  And increases the joy in the details!  While each wedding is completely unique, here are a list of items for the groom to consider making his responsibility -


Choosing the engagement ring
Selecting his groomsmen, best man, and ushers
Selecting his wedding attire and the attire of his his wedding party
Choosing his bride’s gift for the wedding day
Compiling his guest list, including his parent’s additions
Choosing the wedding band
Arranging wedding transportation from the ceremony to the reception site
Paying the officiant
Planning the honeymoon
Buying the marriage license
Cutting the cake with the bride
Toasting at the wedding
Dancing the first dance with the bride
Dancing with the couple’s mothers


We’ve also compiled a list of ‘to-do’s’ of a different nature for the groom on the wedding day -


Make sure that you do not schedule a haircut the day of the wedding - a week in advance is perfect.
We love a great smelling groom - just make sure your scent is not overpowering.
Stay hydrated!     
Soak in all of the details.  The day will go so quickly!
You will need no reminder, but often tell your bride how lovely she looks.
If anything unexpected does arise, make sure that a person other than your bride tackles the problem quickly. 
This is the day for you both to enjoy the day - not to worry.
Take a deep breath!  Remember at the end of the wedding day you will be marrying your one love.

Dec
10

Sage Advice From Our Brides

Written By: Jen Haller

Tips for your wedding day:

—a good friend told me that the time goes so quickly that you should meet up with your new spouse regularly in a corner of the room to take a minute to look at the room and all that is happening in it.

—a great way to get around the stress of a head table (and the worry that some tables are too far from it), we created a large square table in the middle of the room.  It sat 16 so all of the bridal party was there and then all the other tables surrounded it and no one felt like they were on the other side of the room.

—rather than insisting on flowers that might not be In season (peonies just don’t really come cheap in the fall!) find a florist you trust and ask for what will look the freshest and fullest that will fit into your color scheme.

—favors should always be edible or drinkable.

—trust your photographer! She knows what is best! 

sageadvicejen
photo: Melanie Mauer
bouquet: Always Planned

Dec
08

Sage Advice From Our Brides

Written By: Amelia Patton Gatewood

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photo: melanie mauer
floral design & table scape: Magnolia Floral Design
event planner: One Fine Day

What advice would you give other brides?

I think a bride has two options at the beginning of wedding planning:  you either have to choose the style dress you want and then choose a wedding style/theme and location/setting that suits that dress OR choose your wedding style/theme/location/setting and then choose a dress that suits that style/theme.  I chose a wedding style first but that is because I was not one of those girls who had a set idea of what dress she wanted or what my wedding would be like.  You don’t want to wear a beaded ball gown with a cathedral train at the beach!  Also, I would advise doing a rough guest list before deciding on a venue or budget—that way you will know how many people you need to accommodate.
I think hiring a wedding planner/coordinator was probably the most helpful thing that we did; this is especially important if the bride has a hectic work schedule, is out of town for most of the planning and/or is having an at home wedding (like me).  We used Mackenzie Spalding at One Fine Day and my mother and I would be very comfortable recommending her.  Mackenzie was great and both my mother and I got to relax and enjoy my wedding day, largely because Mackenzie was there to be on top of everything that we would have had to worry about.  Having worked with her for the better part of a year was also great because it let my mother and I trust her, without that trust we would have been stressed since both my mother and I are naturally micro-managers.  It was also worthwhile to have the caterer walk through the event space if they aren’t already familiar with it—Cooper (from Dupree Catering) had a lot of suggestions about where to set up the bars, etc which helped make sure that things flowed smoothly.  And be flexible and listen to the professionals—part of the service you will be paying for is their advice and experience so utilize it.  For example, I was adamantly against the tents as I wanted an open air reception but my reception would not have been anywhere near as beautiful if we hadn’t had the tents and I think Mackenzie knew that what I really wanted could only be achieved with tents and the correct lighting so she and my mother overrode me on that (and I am so glad they did).

Beyond that determining what is most important to you about your big day so you can allocate your budget accordingly.  To help us stay closer to budget I chose simple invitations and went with Thermography over Engraving since I believe that most people don’t keep those; I received so many compliments on my invitations.  Doing something that was elegant, simple and classic actually made more of a statement and set the tone for my wedding then any elaborate invitation I could have used.  We chose not to do save the dates, etc—we trusted that the people that were truly important to us would remember the date when we told them and we were correct about that.  We also decided to do simple favors. We also skipped handing out champagne for the toasts since at weddings I have attended only a small percentage of the guests actually drank the champagne handed to them for toasting, most people will stick with the drinks they already have.  Champagne was available to drink—just not passed specifically for toasts.

It has been amazing how many of my guests complimented not only how great the food was at my wedding but how smoothly things went and how all their needs were attended to.  I attribute this largely to the wedding planner and the caterer, Dupree Catering.  I thought Mackenzie’s suggestion that we cut the cake before sitting down for dinner (at the end of the cocktail hour) was brilliant and something I had never seen before.  Then the cake was served as dessert to all our guests before they got up from dinner.  Doing the cake cutting this way ensured that all or most of our guests actually saw our beautiful cake and had a piece of cake (because they weren’t up dancing, etc when all of this happened).  You spend all this money on a cake and I just think it is a shame for people not to see or taste the cake; I can’t recall the last wedding I have been to (including my brother’s) that I actually saw the cake or had a slice of cake at prior to my own because I am usually up dancing or socializing.  I took our photographer & planners’s advice about taking pictures before the wedding—it was really nice for Nick and I to be able to greet and mingle with our guests during the cocktail hour.

For choosing a wedding dress—if you are going to go somewhere and work with a wedding dress consultant actually listen to their advice.  The experienced consultants pulled dresses I would never have thought would look good on me that worked.  Also remember that the bride should wear her dress instead of the dress wearing the bride. The other advice that I would give, which isn’t so fun, but is a reality for budget conscious brides is to try to find a wedding dress that is well under the budgeted amount.  I bought a dress that was about 1/2 the cost of my original dress budget but by the time we made alterations and accessorized we had spent up to the budget we originally set.  I accessorized with a very elaborate veil and Jimmy Choo’s because I had a very simple dress—if you aren’t an accessories type of girl, which I am, you can spend more on your dress.

If the mashed potatoes you served were as delicious as the ones we had, you will need extra—people requested (and received) plates of mashed potatoes at our wedding in addition to the potatoes they had already received!
And finally recognize that everything will cost more than you think is should cost.  Weddings are expensive!!!
What were your favorite moments of the day?

I was able to carry my great grandmother’s pin and handkerchief on my bouquet which was very special to me, especially since my grandmother was not able to attend the wedding due to illness. 
I loved the little unexpected things that no one planned for.  Father Bruce lost his place during the ceremony and Nick and I ended up kissing twice but I wouldn’t change that for the world.  I loved the toasts—especially when my Mamaw, responded to my father’s saying that he hoped Nick would love me as much as my family did by saying “he better.”  And when Nick’s father got up and gave an entirely wrong story about how we met—because he thought it would make the story better!  I also really enjoyed the first dance, my dance with my father and I know that Nick’s dance with his mother was very special to them both.  My flower girl absolutely refused to carry the wand that was made for her (which she wouldn’t put down the following day).  Since I decided to include such a young child in my wedding party I had already decided that whatever happened happened and I wasn’t going to worry about it.  We also did the anniversary dance instead of a bouquet toss and it was so special for Nick and I to be able to honor and recognize our loved ones—it also created a special moment for me and Nick’s grandmother who was then presented with my bouquet.  She talked about it for weeks. When our get away golf cart almost ran out of power as we rode off into the evening . . .and having a person sing Jimmy Buffett songs during the dinner portion of the evening.  Nick and I got engaged at a Jimmy Buffett concert so this was a great way to incorporate something that represented both of us (since we are very much opposites in a lot of ways).
Was there something unique?

One of my craftier bridesmaids made my ring pillow based off a picture I had seen in a magazine and it is so much lovelier and so much more special to me than having a store bought pillow would have been.  My father made all the boxes that were used for flower arrangements from the old fence Nick and I took down at our home—we wanted a weathered look and the 30+ year old wood was perfect.
Nick and I were able to use a cake knife we had been given as a gift to cut the cake and we toasted with champagne flutes that my parents had given us as an engagement gift.  We also received a book that asked people to draw pictures of us, write about their favorite moments, give advice, etc on separate pages; we have really enjoyed looking back over those pages since most of them are quite amusing. 
This isn’t unique really but we did provide child care during the wedding and the rehearsal dinner.  This allowed our guests to relax and enjoy themselves during the evening.

Good Resources

I found Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Weddings, Town and Country Weddings, Charleston Bride and Inside Weddings helpful.  I did not really find The Knot, Brides or Modern Bride very helpful.  I think what magazine and websites work for you will largely be determined by your personal style and budget.
sageadvicemillie
photo: Melanie Mauer

Dec
03

Welcome Basket For Out Of Town Guests

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael
Etsy Find

welcomebasket

design: One Fine Day
photo: Melanie Mauer

Is there anything that can top a wedding in the bluegrass?  Lexington has so much to offer - why not share it with your out-of-town guests?  Of course they will be greeted by gently rolling hills and horse farms that our region is known for.  After a day of travel I’m sure your too sweet guests would be delighted to find a bottle of Evian and a package of peanuts.  But wouldn’t it be lovely to welcome your family and friends with a Bluegrass themed gift basket adorned with local items?  It will be a thoughtful prelude to the wonderful weekend that is about to unfold. 

Suggestions:

High Bridge Water
Ale 8
Bourbon Balls
Kentucky Honey
Old Kentucky Chocolate
Bluegrass Relish
Keeneland Beverage Glasses
University of Kentucky Playing Cards
Horse Shoe paper weight
Recipes for a KY favorite - Derby Pie
Lexington Fudge from My Favorite Things

We have even seen a sweet bride package her gifts in a KFC bucket wrapped with cellophane and ribbon!  For a sweet touch include a “Bluegrass Review” from the soon to be bride and groom.  Include your favorite restaurants, museums and places to visit.  Your guests will be smitten with your thoughtfulness!

Nov
30

Winter Wedding Ideas

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael
Advice from Our Brides

Warm crackling fires.  Hot chocolate.  Friends and family gathering.  Don’t you just love the winter season?  There is something about the upcoming months that leaves an almost magical feeling in the air.  I can’t think of a more lovely time for a wedding! 

Since the majority of weddings are planned in the spring, summer or fall there will be more flexibility in choosing the ideal venue.  Brides will also have the chance to add elements that are otherwise impossible during the summer - such as wearing a vintage knee length fur (or faux fur!) coat to the get-away-car.  Or having a hot chocolate bar at the reception for guests.  I can smell the sweet aroma of the evergreen wreaths that could be used on all of the doors!  I’ve fallen in love with the following ideas for a such an event and I hope they spark your imagination for the possibilities of a winter wedding.
 
Wedding Theme and Colors
For a simplistic, yet glamorous feeling, consider silver and white trimmed with crystal accents.  The simple and soothing tones will go a long way in setting the atmosphere for your event.  Consider an elegant 1920’s winter event for inspiration.

For the Bride and Groom
Less is more for the ceremony.  However, before arriving at the reception have your groom change into a white jacket and tie for the sophisticated 20’s feel.  For the bride consider changing out of pearls and into slightly more flashy jewelry for the same elegant feeling.  Hair that was pinned up for the wedding can be let down in loose curls for another easy transition.

Florals
Casablanca lilies are perfect for a white wedding.  However, consider fuller flowers, such as white hydrangeas and soft ranunculuses.  For the groom and groomsmen try white boutonnieres with a simple white ribbon.  Think about using elements of the season, like pine cones in centerpieces.

Place Cards
Continue with the glamorous theme by attaching each card to a crystal by a thin ribbon.  Hang the cards from a small evergreen tree or chandelier in the entryway of the reception.

Music
There is no doubt that a classical pianist would add a lovely ambiance to your event with a soothing melody.  Be sure to incorporate songs from the time period you are re-creating and possibly spotlight a barber shop quartet. 

The Cake
Play up the theme for the night by designing a white simple shape with crystal accents and silver trimming.  Serve white hot chocolate with the cake to tie in your theme. 

Favors
Delicately wrap roasted chestnuts for your guests as a parting favor.  Attach the lyrics of your favorite Crooner’s song as a reminder of the night. 

 

Nov
16

A Color Palette for Every Bride

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

Oh, you will absolutely love this!  Take a peek at this recent post regarding inspirational color boards.  I’m already envisioning our clever brides-to-be with bridesmaids in cafe au lait and melon sorbet!  Or a smartly set table spun with shades of plum and paperwhite…(sigh)...so great!


Nov
08

Suggestions for an Extra Great Wedding Day

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael
Advice from Our Brides

Several of you who are discovering PEARL are only a few weeks (or days!) away from your wedding – this blog is for you! Every last detail has been carefully considered and beautifully executed. But have you made a plan to enjoy your wedding day to the fullest? Consider these suggestions in how to slow down and enjoy one of the most meaningful days of your life –

Create a detailed itinerary to keep your day running smoothly. Every bride that we have had the pleasure to get to know considers this a must!

When you wake up on your wedding day take some time to spend by yourself. As you’ll soon find out there will be little time during the day that is unaccompanied. Some brides have written in a journal to create a lovely memory of how they felt on their wedding day.

On the day of your wedding – delegate everything! This is your day to enjoy! If any last minute questions arise, your friends and family will undoubtedly be willing and able to handle any situation.

Work in 5 minutes every hour to pause and look around you. The day will go so quickly! Soak in the atmosphere of the event that you have created with care.

Create a playlist with your favorite songs that can be played while you and your bridesmaids are getting ready. A calming selection will help to set the mood for the day.

The day after the wedding, take a few minutes with your groom to write down your favorite moments of the day. Remember the old saying “The shortest pencil is better than the longest memory!”

We hope that your day will be everything you’ve dreamed of and more!


extraspecialday
photo: melanie mauer

Nov
04

Welcome to Pearl

Written By: Rebecca Carmichael

Welcome to PEARL! We are so glad that you’ve found us! As a group of wedding professionals in the Bluegrass, we seek to establish a tradition
of excellence unlike any other with our combined experience and expertise.

In whatever season of the wedding planning process this note might find you, congratulations on your engagement! What a lovely and exciting time and we hope that you’re soaking every moment in as you make plans for your wedding. Remember to breathe deeply and resist becoming overwhelmed by the many details that come with planning any event – big or small.

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photo: melanie mauer

Make this website your own as you explore our resources and pooled offerings. Still have questions? Let us know! Each week we will happily blog about wedding details that you send our way. As we embark on our new journey, take a moment to think about the traditions that you and your fiancé would like begin as a couple. With the holidays just around the corner, there are so many charming ideas that we’d love to share with you –

During the seven days before Thanksgiving, designate a vase, keepsake box, or basket to tuck notes inside of. Each day write one reason that you’re thankful for your partner. During Thanksgiving dinner pull the reasons out one at a time and enjoy!

Steal away an evening around Thanksgiving for just the two of you to cook a meal together. Holidays can be so busy scheduling multiple families with lots of great cooks! Try your hand at a new dish that doesn’t include turkey and compliment each other on your joint culinary skills.

Pick out the perfect Christmas tree together on the same date each year. Invite your closest friends to help decorate while sipping on hot cider and listening to Nat King Cole.

Annually plan a date night to a local pottery store in December to create an ornament for the year. Work together to produce a labor love that will bring a smile (and a memory!) to mind each time you see it.

On New Year’s Day – let ‘new’ be your theme! Visit a new city, make reservations at a new restaurant, try a new hobby – together. Enjoyment is always doubled when it is shared!  -rebecca-

“life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music”  [ ronald reagan ]

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