Friday, March 30, 2012

Celebrity Inspiration: Kim Kardashian - Bronzed Goddess


Wow. She is hot, not doubt. Now something you should about KK, this girl wears a pound of makeup every single day. For reals. I mean it’s insane how much work goes into her looking like she does, but here is the “normal” way to accomplish her look. First, you need to be tan. And since I loathe the sun you need to get a genius hand applied tan or do it yourself with an at home formula, St. Tropez is one of the best. Then get a great makeup that matches your tan, L’Oreal True Match is a genius drugstore foundation. Look for a bronzing powder without sparkle, shimmer, or any hint of an orange hue. The color should look brown to achieve the most natural look. For your cheeks a nice pink cream blush will blend well into your foundation and give you that dewy look. For your eyes, a palette like Too Faced Natural eye will work well. It has all the colors that you need to create this brownish/gold smokey eye. You will also need a nice brown eye liner. Finish it all off with the perfect nude gloss, Too Faced Glamour Gloss is my absolute new obsession, it’s brilliant!!!!! This is the perfect outdoor wedding makeup. Adore.

List of Suggested Products:

Foundation: L’Oreal True Match

Bronzing Powder: Bobbi Brown

Blush: Stila Convertible color in Petunia

Gloss: Too Faced Glamour Gloss in First Time

Eyeshadow: Too Face Natural Eye Palette

Eyeliner: Urban Decay in Bourbon

Mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast

Self Tanner: St. Tropez


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Future Savannah Wedding: Julie and Jai

Julie and Jai
Date Engaged
December 11, 2010
Where did you meet?
Oklahoma State University. We are both doctoral graduate students in the same area of study. We were assigned to share an office.
How did he propose?
He took me to the restaurant we went to on our first date. After dinner, he gave me the sweetest card. When I looked up from the card, he presented me the ring. All I could do was smile and nod my head "yes".

When is your wedding date?
May 12, 2012

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?
 I'm from Georgia and he is from Chicago. My rural hometown of Lincolnton does not have much to offer for out-of-town guests such as lodging, restaurants, transportation,  and activities. The Savannah/Tybee Island location provides an ideal location with the convenient amenities for the guests while keeping the Southern charm that is reflective of where I was raised.

Where do you reside now?
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Anything interesting or out of the ordinary you are including in your wedding day?
My brother is going to be my "Man of Honor". It took a lot of coaxing, but he finally agreed.  We have always been close so I am excited to have him standing next to me on my wedding day.
We cannot wait for the big day! Here is to only a few more weeks…
The MGE Team

Friday, March 23, 2012

Celebrity Inspiration: Emma Watson in Elie Saab


13.001 Dress, Justin Alexander; Shoes, Steve Madden; Earrings, JCrew.

Hermione Granger is all grown up and is super hot... I love this look because it has a retro vibe, but still comes across glamourous and chic. It’s important when wearing this style to have a cinched waist. The appliques around the bodice and waist can make you look bigger if there isn’t an incredibly defined waist. A pair of nude satin pumps will elongate your legs and some bling make them even more fun!!!! Keep accessories simple and easy. Even hair and makeup should be understated. It’s all about the dress.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Celebrity Inspiration: Blake Lively in Marchesa


13.005 Dress, Temperly London; Shoes, Enzo Angiolini, Earrings, Dannijo; Sash, Serendipity Bridal

How fabulous is this gown!?! Right? It’s like this amazing 70’s chic. This Temperly London gown gives the same asymmetrical look minus the bling, so I would add a ridiculously embellished belt around the waist, sparkly drop earrings, and a glitzy shoe to give that wow factor. This is such a great look, I think it would work for so many ages and body types.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Future Savannah Wedding: Juliet and Jason—A VERY SPECIAL COUPLE

Jason & Juliet

Date Engaged

March 16, 2011

Where did you meet?

While Juliet and I both work at the same law firm, we didn’t actually meet at work. Instead, we first met while playing on our firm softball team. Juliet played second base, and I played shortstop. While I didn’t realize it at the time, apparently, during our first game, Juliet became so frustrated after I would step in front of her to field grounders (BTW, I still stand firm on my position that this is the proper baseball play) that she even threatened our “manager” to never play again if I was going to continue to play shortstop. However, after the game, the team hung out at a pub for dinner and drinks; we got to talking; and she realized that I wasn’t as bad as she first thought. For my part, I agreed to play left field from that point on.

When is your wedding date?

May 5, 2012

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?

In the novel “A Moveable Feast,” in response to a daytrip gone all wrong with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway’s wife Hadley asked Hemingway, “But didn’t you have any fun or learn anything?” Hemingway replied, “I learned one thing.” “What?,” she asked. “Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.”

In the Fall of 2008, after Juliet and I had been dating each other for only a few months, we decided to take our first trip together to Hilton Head with another couple, knowing full well that our ability to travel together would be a good indicator of where things stood in our relationship. During that trip we drove down to Savannah for a day and completely fell in love with the city. I remember distinctly a moment while walking in Forsyth Park, when we both looked at each other and I said something to Juliet that turned out to be exactly what she was thinking at that very same moment. We both laughed till it hurt. It was at that seminal moment when we both realized that whatever was going on between us might turn into something serious. In fact, it was at that moment when I first thought to myself, “I could fall in love with this girl.”

After that daytrip, we promised each other that we would return to Savannah again. When we finally returned to Savannah last spring, I asked Juliet to marry me. Since there have already been two very important moments in our relationship where the city of Savannah has played a special role, we decided that Savannah would be the perfect place for our destination wedding. In addition, I love that Savannah is such a timeless and romantic place. I’d like to think that Juliet and I can come back to Savannah for our five year, our ten year, and (God willing) our fifty year anniversary, and not much will have changed since our first trip when we first fell in love. There’s something about that thought that makes me smile.

How did you propose?
I planned a trip to Savannah for Juliet’s birthday, which happens to be on March 17th -- St. Patrick’s Day. Since St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is the second largest St. Patty’s Day party in America (second only to New York City), I figured that Juliet would think we were just going to Savannah for her birthday and the parade, and not for a proposal. I knew that I wanted to propose in Forsyth Park (see above answer), and I had an idea about how and when I would do it, but I also knew that I would need help. I decided to contact MGE to see if they could help me with the proposal, and they agreed!

Since Juliet really wanted to try the cooking school at the Mansion at Forsyth Park (which we both highly recommend), I made reservations for the cooking school for our first night in Savannah (the day before Juliet’s birthday). Chef Darin was great and helped the whole group cook an incredible Southern feast. As we were just about to sit down with the group to eat dinner, Chef Darin announced that alternate plans were made for the two of us to eat dinner in a separate location. A server from 700 Drayton, the restaurant located in the Mansion, came down, grabbed our dinner, and led us into a private dining room where we ate our meal. At the end of our meal, the server reappeared to let us know that arrangements had been made for us to have dessert outside. I led Juliet outside, and when she asked where we were having dessert, I pointed across the street to the Forsyth Park Bandshell, a beautiful new concert venue with fountains and lighting, where a small table was set up with our dessert, flowers and an album placed on it. Just a few feet from there was a woman playing violin. The album was a scrapbook that Juliet had given to me as part of a birthday gift a year before -- she had filled the album with pictures, ticket stubs, brochures and memorabilia from all the things we had done and places we had visited during our time together. At the end of the album, Juliet placed a card with “To Be Continued...” written on the envelope -- it contained tickets to a concert in NYC for one of my favorite bands. For the proposal, I decided to take the album, and add more pictures and memorabilia to bring the album up to date. At the end of the album, I placed the “To Be Continued...” envelope on the last page and wrote “Will You Marry Me?” beneath it. At that point, I got down on one knee and proposed. As an added surprise, Alysse at MGE was in the distance taking photos of the engagement the entire time. Thanks to Alysse for helping the proposal go so smoothly!

Where do you reside now?

Cleveland, Ohio

Anything interesting or out of the ordinary you are including in your
wedding day?

We will be getting married at the Bandshell at Forsyth Park -- the exact same place where I asked Juliet to marry me -- with the cocktail hour outside on Reynolds Square and the reception at The Olde Pink House. In addition, instead of having a traditional wedding cake, Juliet and I decided to have a dessert table with various pies (pecan, keylime, and peach) made by The Olde Pink House and banana pudding, cookies, brownies and cupcakes provided by Back in the Day Bakery, as well as passed Praline baskets and passed cookies with shots of milk. Last, although we are having a destination wedding in Savannah, Juliet and I decided that we still wanted to include something uniquely Cleveland in our wedding, so we asked a talented, local artist from Cleveland, who works under the label “Grey Cardigan,” to design our Save the Dates, shower invitations, welcome dinner invites and wedding invitations We just love the retro, whimsical and fun feel of his artwork, and the invitations turned out great!!


No words to even begin to tell you how meaningful these two are to us. It is VERY rare that we have the privilege of being there from the very beginning of the journey a couple travels when getting married. To share in planning the proposal to now planning the wedding of their dreams, we are overjoyed to share in this with you two!

xoxox—The MGE Team

Friday, March 9, 2012

Celebrity Inspiration: Eva Mendes in Theirry Mugler


13.004 Dress, JCrew; Shoes, Via Spiga; Bracelet, Juliet and Company

LOVE this look. The gown is genius, love the neckline and the skirt is perfect for covering a booty while still showing off curves. This JCrew gown gives that same interesting and sexy look, the flower is removable and once removed would give the same streamlined look as Eva’s gown. Shoes are kept simple and you should accessorize with only a simple bracelet. Some Veronica Lake waves and a fresh face and you are ready to get married.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Real Savannah Wedding: Johanna and Courtney Part 3-Reception

You are going to fall in love with this reception…

Johanna and Courtney made sure that their stamp was on each and every part of the night. They chose the Roundhouse Museum as their venue and the design fit right into the space. I have never seen such a hands on COUPLE. Johanna made the fabulous menu cards, and table numbers. Courtney was well known in JoAnn Fabrics by all the ladies at the cut counter because he made so many trips to the store to collect the fabric used for the table numbers, homemade napkins, and to cover the tops of the honey jars. They spent months collecting different color bottles so we could use them throughout the reception for her flowers. Their adorable blue bird cake toppers from etsy were the perfect finish to her wedding cake and we tied it into the look of the wedding by adding a few sunflowers sporadically placed on a few tiers. The mini jars of Savannah Bee Honey acted as both a favor and place cards for each of their guests. After enjoying local fare, hours of dancing, sharing laughs and memories of the happy couple; guests lined up with sparklers to send them and their bridal party on their way for a night out on the town!

Johanna and Courtney—we wish you many years of love, happiness and endless memories. Thank you for allowing us to share in this part of your lives. You touched each of us in a different way and will always hold a spot in my heart.

xoxo—Morgan and the MGE Team


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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Real Savannah Wedding: Johanna and Courtney Part 2-Portraits

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Real Savannah Wedding: Johanna and Courtney Part 1- Ceremony


In the beautiful fall weather in October, Johanna and Courtney were wed in front of the Forsyth Park Fountain. Johanna and Courtney are such a fun and laid back couple and wanted their wedding to reflect just that. Johanna loves sunflowers and being that the wedding was going to take place in the fall, this was going to be the perfect starting point for the design. The most incredible and sentimental detail had to be Johanna’s handmade bridal bouquet with brooches given by friends and family. This was just the beginning of the crafty hand of Johanna. Those fabulous fabric programs were another one of her DIY projects. We used a lot of fabric throughout the reception and this was a fabulous way to bring some fabric into the ceremony. We think they turned out adorable…what do you think? Kudos to Geoff L Johnson for capturing every second of the day. Wait until you see what he has in store for you tomorrow with the portraits!  

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