Thursday, August 30, 2012

Real Savannah Wedding: Brooke and Jason Part 3-Reception

And the conclusion to Brooke and Jason's fabulous wedding. If you couldn't tell by the pictures, they chose the Mansion On Forsyth for the reception location. They added a touch of Savannah by giving guests mini packages of Byrd Cookies and we love the monogram of their names and wedding date. It's just gorgeous. Thanks again Dragonfly Photography for the images and to all the amazing vendors that made this wedding possible.  

Best wishes Brooke and Jason--it was truly our pleasure and such an honor to share in your day! 
The MGE Team

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Real Savannah Wedding: Brooke and Jason Part 2-Portraits

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Real Savannah Wedding: Brooke and Jason Part 1-Ceremony

Brooke and Jason were married at the Isle of Hope Methodist Church right before our break for summer. We loved the sentimental touches of this wedding. Take a look at her bouquet with the little locket pictures...adorable! They also did one of our favorite things--a first look. Thanks to Dragonfly Photography for the images! Tune in tomorrow for their portraits. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Stylish Groomsmen Options that aren’t Suits

I think we can all agree that a man in a tux is a pretty sexy sight, but at the same time the tux is the norm... It’s classic, but not necessarily fashion forward or full of personality.  So I’ve compiled some amazing looks that will have your guys looking brilliant!!! 

Gray. I love gray suits and I love the new trend of wearing only a well fitting vest, no jacket. I am even obsessed with the argyle sweater vests. I think they are perfect for day weddings or a more causal or super-stylized afternoon or evening wedding. You don’t have to limit yourself to plain or easy, don’t be scared to step outside the box.

Khaki. I feel like khaki is the perfect for a summer casual look. Awesome for the beach or any outdoor occasion. Once again, I love the vests look, but am also obsessed with this suspender look. I LOVE suspenders and I feel like this just works! For fun, I absolutely think you should mix up the ties, and if you want to pair bow ties and regular neckties, I fully support this decision. It looks brilliant in photographs. The only thing with khaki is that I feel like it should be reserved for a day or afternoon wedding. It doesn’t quite work for me for night... But as with everything I say, there are NO rules!!

All mixed up. Suspenders. Buttoned vests. Unbuttoned vets. Jackets. Bow ties. Neckties. YES. YES. I say yes to all. I think that these looks are so insanely chic and just look so brilliant. They are fashion forward, but still unbelievably classic at the same time. 

There are tons of different options for the men in your wedding that look classic and sophisticated that are a complete 180 from the basic tux! Be bold!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Future Savannah Wedding: Melissa and Nicholas

 Melissa Meister and Nicholas Hanley

Date Engaged:  
New Year's Eve night into New Year's Eve "day"  12/31/11 - 1/1/12  **He literally began his speech minutes before midnight and proposed seconds into the new year.

Where did you meet? 
Through friends, St. Petersburg, FL

How did he propose? 
Nick took me to a lovely dinner at the top of the St. Petersburg pier then we walked down the pier to a spot he chose where he began his speech and proposed under fireworks launched at midnight.

When is your wedding date? 
November 3rd, 2012

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?  
We felt it captured all the charm, beauty, and history we had imagined for our big day and would be the perfect backdrop for our military wedding. Plus the weather is guaranteed to be much better than in Chicago where I'm from!

Where do you reside now? 

Anything interesting or out of the ordinary you are including in your
wedding day? (dog is the ring bearer, etc)

We are having a military wedding and also incorporating aspects honoring my deceased mother throughout the entire wedding in the form of pink colors (for breast cancer that she passed from) and I'm wearing my mother's wedding dress (altered) as an exit dress.

First and foremost, thank you for your service to our country. Your selfless services (both of you) are greatly appreciated! Secondly--we are so happy to be able to be a part of this process with you and cannot wait to see your mom's dress on you! This doesn't happen often but when it does--it is truly a sentimental and beautiful thing! 
The MGE Team

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I think I found my dress, but how do I KNOW!?!?

above is a photo of Shirley freaking out... 

So have you ever gone wedding dress shopping with Shirley Cruz soon to be Colpo??? I have. It was a glorious and beautiful day... until we found “the one.” I knew it was the one. Emily knew it was the one. The consultant knew it was the one. Shirley Cruz soon to be Colpo just couldn’t say the words I do to her perfect dress. There is no magic formula to picking the perfect dress, but I do have a few guidelines to helping you make the decisions. 

There is no set number of dresses you have to try on before making your decision. It can be 1, 3, 8, or 29. It doesn’t have to be any certain dress. There isn’t any need to go to 4 dress shops if you find your gown at store 1, but if you don’t find it keep on keeping on. I purchased the 2nd dress I tried on in the 1st store. Just don’t be afraid to buy your dream dress because you feel like you can’t buy the first dress you try on. 

There’s no reason to be scared to say yes... to the dress. It’s not going to bite you. It’s a dress. Stop acting like a child Shirley. I mean... 

Don’t be afraid to try on a few more after you’ve found the one. The world will keep spinning if you decide to still go to your next appointment. The point is to not overwhelm yourself with hundreds of dresses when you are pretty sure you have the one. But don’t be afraid to put on one that you really liked or to try on a few more just to make sure. If you really still feel like it’s not perfect, then you may need to reevaluate your game plan. Or maybe you just need to take a breather (see next rule).

It’s okay to sleep on it. If you really feel the pressure and just aren’t sure. I mean it’s a lot of money for a dress. And I swear, unless you are on a serious time crunch, one or two nights is not going to make a difference. I know this because I worked at a wedding salon... Well, I sat at the front desk... I may or may not have gotten fired from that job... I’m not still bitter about it.

Don’t keep looking after you purchased the one. Listen up!! There are always going to be stunning dresses out there in the world and if you keep looking for the next best thing then you will drive yourself batty. Think of it this way, you found the perfect guy, so you stopped... at least we sure hope so!!! So the same applies for the dress. Once you got it, go with it. 

above is a photo of a blissfully happy and confident Shirley

And don’t forget, they are wedding dresses and they are all beautiful. So yes, you are going to like a ton of gowns... But when it’s the one, you will absolutely know.  


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Real San Francisco Wedding: Ruth and Vinny Part 3-Reception

Vinny and Ruth are such a genuine couple and wanted their wedding to really tell their guests who they were and what they loved as a couple and individuals. They wanted their wedding to be fun—a party. I remember meeting with them the first time to talk about the theme and Vinny was so excited to try to incorporate games in the reception because this was such a big part of his family time and Ruth wanted to have a carnival type theme because she loved the eclectic and colorful look so it couldn't be any more perfect! We started with the invitations that looked like a Carnival sign and ticket—we then wanted to incorporate many shades and textures and did so by shopping for fabric to cover mason jars and making custom napkins to add a pop of color to the tables. If you won a game, you got a prize! They wanted to have both of their cultures incorporated in some fashion and so both supplied the dessert table with the most popular Vietnamese and Mexican candies that their guests could take home in their goodie bags. The cake topper is one of the cutest I have ever seen! The groom is a HUGE captain america fan and so they contacted a local etsy artist to do him ripping his military uniform off to reveal his Captain America insignia. We spent a LONG night up watching Grimm and making the adorable place card fan rounds. The bride got really crafty and made pinwheels and prop pieces (hats, glasses, mustaches, etc) to add height to the table and give guests an opportunity to really let their hair down and pose for the camera! Who needs a Photo Booth when you have the whole night to show off?!One of my favorite details was the Jenga pieces that sat at each place setting with pens for guests to sign in place of a guest book. ADORABLE. 

Ruth and Vinny will always hold a special place in my heart. I cannot wait to see where life leads you next as you await the arrival of your precious babies. :) We are always here for you.