Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Real Ford Plantation Wedding: Al and Nam

  This is the love story of a British lass and an American chap.  When we first met the couple, they had a color scheme (red, white, and blue) and style (modern/clean) chosen.  They also had sent out old fashioned airmail save the dates.   With these elements in place, we were off with planning and designing.  The backdrop for both the ceremony and reception is the oh so beautiful Ford Plantation.  To add a bit more depth to the color scheme, we decided to add two tones of blue, both a royal and navy.   In order to keep a clean look with the flowers, we used rounded arrangements of red flowers for both the guest tables and ceremony and what a statement they made!  The reception tent was kept minimal and modern with an all white bar and dance floor as part of the setting.   To add interest to the ceiling of the tent, a variety of sizes of lanterns were used.  White lanterns were used in all areas of the tent and a mix of red, white, and two tones of blue were used just above the all white dance floor to add visual interest.  Touches of whimsy were then incorporated by using big overstated bows on the back of all the dining chairs at the reception as well as down the aisle at the ceremony.  The true stars of the reception were the paper goods and cake!  Naamua and Al met on a Delta airlines flight so it was only appropriate that we have an underlying travel theme; this was evident in the paper goods.  As escort cards, each guest was given a luggage tag that had the couples monogram embossed on it.  Their monogram was not a traditional monogram rather it was a heart shape that was filled on one side with an American flag and on the other side of the heart, a Union Jack flag.  The escort cards lead the guests to tables named after important places that the couple had traveled to during their relationship.  The masterpiece cake was actually a design of one of the bridesmaids!  A drawing was sent to the baker and the white on white cake was a confectionary delight!  It was only appropriate for it to be placed atop a custom red lacquer cake stand and then topped with a bride and groom holding their respective flags.  The rest of the night was filled with dancing and even a toast from a bridesmaid that was in the form of a professional illusion.  This modern wedding was a perfect fit for this lovely, charming, fun couple!


Thank you to Green Door Photography for the beautiful images. You did an incredible job capturing the day. Garden on the Square rocked out the flowers, Emma J Design did an amazing job on their paper products, The Ford Plantation was the perfect setting and the food was delish, and of course our very own Alysse really did a fabulous job designing and coordinating with Al and Nam.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Burgundy; The It Color.

So, I’m all about this years it color! Burgundy is one of my favorite colors ever!!! I lalalalove it!! I’m so pumped to see it everywhere this fall!!! Nail polish, shoes, even workout pants! Yes, I own burgundy workout pants, don’t judge. I’m excited for all of the little ways to work this into your big day. Check out all the fun ways to use the seasons it color in your wedding!! 

Left to right: Misha Dress, JCrew; Galereh Pumps, Shoemint; Nail Polish, Essie in Bordeaux; Long-sleeve dress, Helmut Lang. 

Left to right: Cake adorned with burgundy peonies, Photo via Beautiful Blooms; Lizzy Ring, Avant Garde Paris; Burgundy lips, Try Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge in Burgundy; Bouquet with Peonies, Dahlias, and Succulents. 


Monday, October 29, 2012

Makeover Monday--Displaying Your Love(s)...Literally

As I was reading through the latest "The Knot," I came across an idea that got my creative juices flowing. A couple did  a post-reception event, in which they created a mock exhibit of the bride and groom's collection of retro toys and games. Each piece was set on a modern white pedestal under an acrylic case with a labeled description of the item and its importance to the couple.

What a great introduction to the couple's interests. Why not create a display like this during cocktail hour? You could do a similar setup as the couple above, but with items that are special to you as a couple - anything from art to sports or movie memorabilia, or even heirloom treasures that have been passed down from family members. However, how you display your items can be just as personal.

If you have a lot of thin items, such as postcards, comic books, or records, you could actually place the item under a transparent table top (glass, acrylic, or a custom shadow box table top). Proper lighting and a contrasting backdrop will really make the items pop. You could also display such items in frames or shadow boxes hanging on, or creating its own, feature wall. Items sitting on open shelving or sculptural tables or columns work well for items that are less fragile. An edgier approach could utilize the popular hanging glass orbs. You can replace the standard flower or tea light with a smaller collectible, and can be lit from above or below.

There are countless ways to arrange an exhibit that is special to you, as you can see in the photos (more info can be found on the MGE Pinterest Page). Displaying your special items during cocktail hour would be a great conversation starter, considering many of your guests may be meeting for the first time, and will give insight into your interests and who you are as a couple.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Future Savannah Wedding: Allan and Maria

Allan + Maria 

    Date Engaged

    February 18, 2012

    Where did you meet? 

    We met through e-Harmony. First date, we met in downtown San Francisco.

    How did he propose? 

    When is your wedding date?

    December 8, 2012

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

    We both wanted a destination wedding. Since Maria grew up in Georgia we thought Savannah would be a beautiful place to get married and a place that both our friends and family would love to visit. We chose the Olde Pink House for our reception because of the great food and atmosphere. 

    Where do you reside now?

    San Francisco, CA

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

    We are flying our photographer and videographer to Savannah from San Francisco.

    We are incorporating Filipino traditions in our ceremony and reception.

    It is rare that we get to see a proposal in action and to see theirs is such a special treat~! I have goose bumps--do you?! Thank you for sharing this amazing moment in your lives and for allowing us to be a part of the beginning of the next chapter with you as well. We are sooooo excited! 
    The MGE Team

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    Fashion Friday: Bridal Look For Less

    It’s been awhile since I’ve planned out a bridal look for less. I’ve found as of late all I want to do is shop. Now, I’m definitely one of those champagne taste on a beer budget girl... I’m sure you know all about that! So, I’m inspired today to find the most brilliant and ah-mazing modern and chic wedding day look for under a 1,500 dollars. We can do this. Who’s with me!?!? 

    Collection Principessa Gown, JCrew, $995;
    Cassis Headband, BHLDN, $120; 
    NAFTEL Peep-Toe, Aldo, $120;
    Pearl Deco Bracelet, Banana Republic, $49.50;
    Collection Martha Bracelet, JCrew, $95;
    Crystal Starlet Earrings, JCrew, $35

    Grand total: $1,414.50

    Okay, so this look is pretty ah-mazing, right!?!? I mean, it’s completely wonderful boho chic. It’s romantic and sparkly, but is also super sophisticated and absolutely stunning.

    Who says budget can be brilliant!!?!? 


    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Etiquette Question: Bridal Shower Etiquette

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    Presents are fun, but let’s face it. The logistics of a bridal shower are not always quite so fun. I know you’re thinking, “but come on Lauren, it’s always a breeze to get a group of females most likely scattered around the country to agree on and plan something together.” Well, just in case it doesn’t work out like that here are a few tips so your shower goes off with a hitch. 

    Who Throws it. The etiquette gods state that “the maid/matron of honor” and perhaps a few close friends or bridesmaids are the lucky winners. Nowadays it’s super common to have multiple bridal showers. I say try and make the cap no more than 3, and if more people want to throw you showers, you can politely suggest that a few of them group together and throw a shower together. At the end of the day, it’s what you want, but you don’t want to disrespect friends or family either. 

    Who Pays. Whoever is throwing it. End of story. If the Maid of Honor takes charge unless various bridesmaids are helping plan, then she should in no way feel like those girls are responsible. If someone offers to chip in, then awesome, but sending out a mass email to the bridesmaid saying, “you all are helping me and I require 2 million dollars and your first born by sundown,” is not cool. 

    Who to Invite. Good rule of thumb, unless it’s an office party, only invite people who are guests at the wedding. Can we say awkward!?!? It’s like hey... I like you enough to get a gift from you, but not enough to actually invite you to the wedding. Boo. Not acceptable. As far as the appropriate amount of guests I prefer small intimate groups 30 max, but anything goes, it’s all about personal preference. 

    When. No more than 2 months before the wedding is a good rule of thumb. As the wedding approaches you and your girls are going to be very busy, so it’s best to keep at a few months out. Oh and good ole Martha Stewart suggests invites be sent out a month to six weeks in advance. Oh and this is the only time I deem it okay to include your registry information, but if you can get away with just sending people to your wedding site that’s even better. 

    And hey bride, we talked about this already. Don’t forget your thank you cards. See here. We're all learning, aren’t we?!? Awesome. You’re all awesome. 


    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Trending: Fall Trends for Invitations

    Hooray, hooray!!! Fall is almost here!!! I don’t know about you, but fall is by far my favorite time of year. Leaves changing color, cooler weather, and all the pumpkin spice lattes you can drink!!! I love fall weddings, love, love, love fall weddings. And lucky you, just in case you were confused on what’s hip in the world of fall paper trends, fear not!!!! Along with some help from some divas... some Wedding Paper Divas, we’re here to breakdown the 3 biggest trends of fall paper!! 

    Color, color Everywhere.  I think your invitations are a time to really have fun, no boring invites allowed, we want color! Lots of color. The tones range from the traditional fall colors of orangey-reds, to lovely greens, and even have a lovely pop of bright jewel tones. Don’t be afraid of color, especially for a fall wedding!!

    Watercolor Wonders. This could also be called flower frenzy. Nice warm colors, foliage and charming delicate flowers. The soft colors are unbelievably soft and so sweet. This is definitely the trend for the hopeless romantic. 

    Vintage Charm. This is something I’m digging something fierce right now!! The vintage fonts and designs are beyond charming. They are downright romantic. This resurgence of vintage and classic style makes me absolutely giddy. And yes, if you’ve noticed these 3 trends most definitely overlap.

    And super bonus, you can find all of the pictured invites at WeddingPaperDivas!!! Who’s excited?!?!?


    Monday, October 22, 2012

    Makeover Monday-Using Words to Create a Custom Backdrop and Aisle Runner

    Using Words to Create a Custom Backdrop and Aisle Runner

    Couples are becoming more creative and personal during the wedding ceremony, so why not bring that same special attention to the ceremony decor? Custom backdrops and aisle runners are rapidly growing in popularity, and one way to create that custom look is with words. These words can be drawn from vows, song lyrics, poems, or whatever speaks about you as a couple. The example in the photos shown here, are words on simple craft paper creating a backdrop and continuing all the way down the aisle. This look can be easily adapted to any style by changing the material and the way it's presented.

    For example, a more modern backdrop could be created with a simple white script on a plexi glass panel. The plexi could stand on its own, or be backlit, embellished with greenery, or grow sculpturally with other clear objects. Instead of having words flat on the ground, standing, narrow plexi panels, designed to coordinate with backdrop, could line the ceremony aisle. Script on wood, fabric, or any material you choose can be utilized to create different looks, but most importantly, this special touch allows your loved ones to join you in being surrounded by loving and meaningful words shared between the two of you.


    Sunday, October 21, 2012

    Future Savannah Wedding: Maria and Tom

    Maria Pak and Thomas Reagan Wolf

    Date Engaged:
    Engaged May 31, 2012

    Where did you meet?
    We met in Royal Oak, MI in 2008, just before our residency started.

    How did he propose?
    He proposed in our old condo.  I think he had planned to do it over a trip we went on earlier but didn't get the ring back from the jeweler in time.  So the day the ring was ready he came home excited and sort of blurted it out, it was very sweet. 

    When is your wedding date?
    May 18, 2013

    Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?
    We picked Savannah because we live here and love it.  Also Savannah is much nicer than Michigan or Pennsylvania (where we are from).

    Where do you currently reside?
    We live in Savannah!

    So excited to be working with you both and we love where your wedding is going! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this with you both.
    Alysse and the MGE Team