Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What’s Happening in Hair

In the ever changing world of fashion we see trends come and go... The same goes for hair and makeup trends. I love what’s going on with hair right now, even the most intricate hair styles seem to have a relaxed vibe. I love effortless hair, so here are some of my favorite hair trends of the moment. 
Faux Bobs- This look is still going strong. I am obsessed I think it’s beautiful and fashion forward and really brings the focus up to your face. 

Braids- When done correctly a braid can be super chic!!! I love all of the fun reincarnations of the braid we’ve seen lately!!! Just make sure to do it right, otherwise you’ll end up looking more like Heidi yodeling on the mountain and less supermodel Heidi Klum fierce. You get me.

Buns- OoooooOOooooo I love me a good bun. They are so unbelievably versatile! They vary in placement and size, but I assure you they are always classic. I am currently OBSESSED with K.Stew’s bun, totally loving the ribbon woven through!!! 

You definitely can’t go wrong with any of these hairstyles!!! 


Monday, July 30, 2012

Colorful Cocktails

We all know how much fun weddings can be and that open bar and good times usually go hand and hand. I’m not much of a party girl, but I can tell you that I can definitely get behind signature drinks that match the decor. Anything to enhance the experience!! So here are some beautiful and tasty beverages that will seamlessly fit into your color scheme. 


photo and recipe courtesy of CocktailsDetails.

Sweet Harmonie

2 parts Harmonie and 1 part club soda over ice with a blackberry garnish.
The Harmonie MUST be really cold before pouring

photo courtesy of Style Me Pretty/Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart

Punchy Cocktail

1 cup guava juice
1 cup passion fruit juice
1 cup lychee juice
1/2 cup packed basil leaves, plus more for garnish
1/3 cup fresh-squeezed key lime (or regular lime) juice
1/2 cup tangerine juice
Lime slices, for garnish

  1. Mix guava, passion fruit, and lychee juices (we like Ceres brand) in a large pitcher. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of the fruit-juice mixture with the basil. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool, and strain, discarding basil.
  2. Pour infused juice back into pitcher, and stir in lime and tangerine juices. (Optional: Add 1 cup rum.) Ladle over ice and garnish with basil and lime.

picture and recipe courtesy of Wedding By Color.

Lowcountry Lemonade

Add a drop of blue curacao to peach Schnapps and lemonade and line the rims with sugar.

recipe and photo courtesy of Liquor.com

Skinny Mojito 
2 oz Starr African Rum
5 Mint leaves
3 Lime wedges
.25 oz Agave nectar

Club soda
Garnish with a lime wheel and serve in a highball glass.

photo and recipe courtesy of Food Network.

4 shots orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
4 teaspoons honey
4 fresh strawberries, tops trimmed
1 bottle Champagne, well chilled

Add the orange-flavored liqueur, honey and strawberries to a food processor and process until smooth. Fill the chilled glasses halfway with the strawberry mixture and then fill the rest of the glass with Champagne.

photo courtesy Style Me Pretty/recipe courtesy of GMA

Sweetheart Red Sangria
1 bottle Barefoot Sweet Red wine
8 strawberries, hulled and sliced
25 red seedless grapes cut in half
1 cup lemon-lime soda

Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher. Let it sit for an hour. Pour into iced wine glass and top with a splash of lemon-lime soda.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Real Ford Plantation Wedding: Jennifer and Michael Part 3- Reception


 We love you guys to pieces Jen and Michael! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of such a special process and day with you both. 

Alysse and the MGE Team

Paper Goods by Emma J Design, Flower by Garden on the Square, Photography by Mackensey Alexander 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Real Ford Plantation Wedding: Jennifer and Michael Part 2- Portraits

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Real Ford Plantation Wedding: Jennifer and Michael Part 1-Ceremony

Jen and Michael’s Ford Plantation wedding began with a word…”nostalgia”.  This word then inspired the couple to start pulling images that included scenes from the Great Gatsby and almost all things southern.  We then translated these images into details seen in almost every element of their wedding.  The specific southern elements included, mason jars, fireflies, oaks with Spanish moss, magnolias, oysters, and of course pie!  The invitations had their own letterpressed magnolia folder that held together the contents, the escort cards were placed in sand attached to oyster shells, oyster shells also adorned the table sign stands, and a large sugar magnolia was seen gracing the top of the couple’s cutting cake while mini pocket pies were offered as an additional dessert.  Southern hospitality was a must and offered in the form of several comfortable lounge areas where a guest might catch the relaxing smell of lavender while enjoying the monogrammed pillows.  Then when done with the lounge areas, they could throw on a pair of dancing shoes and dance the night away under the collection of twinkling wicker balls.  Jen and Michael were such a unique and caring couple so we choose to include several elements that were extra special to them.  They are the happy parents to an adorable dog and bunny and they included them by having cake toppers made that sat atop their sweetheart table.  The dessert table also had an extra special item which was a tea set that belonged to Michael’s mother.  Guests danced the night away to the fabulous band and even joined them on stage several times.  As guests lined up for the sparkling exit at the end of the night, the skies began to rumble but guests got to say goodbye just in the nick of time!  Overall this was the most wonderful wedding one could imagine from a Northern couple who love everything Southern! 

Tune in tomorrow for the portraits. 


Designed and Coordinated by Alysse, Photos by Mackensey Alexander, Paper Products by Emma J Design, Flowers by Garden on the Square