Friday, May 31, 2013

{font} FRIDAY :: the top fifty free fonts for your invites.

brides & grooms, 

i'm ready for a little change. while i do still adore florals & love compiling my favorites here for you ever week, i've grown a tad tired of the same-old, same-old. perhaps it's just my restless personality, but i was sitting here today, finishing up a post all about flowers, when it hit me: you know what else starts with the letter "f"? {no, not that - hush, anyone with bad language! we keep it clean at mge!} 

fonts. 

and i, personally, cannot get enough of pretty fonts. seriously. i'm a nerd over fancy lettered scripts and letterpress beauties et cetera! i knew it was destiny that i transition over to an every-other floral/font friday when i found the following gorgeous free fonts via the lovely snippet & ink and all of the test words for each font were different types of flowers. coincidence? i think not. 

without further adieu, please allow me to introduce you to... 





PHEW. find a font you just adore? click on over to the feature by snippet & ink for a link to each font download here! 

and worry not, my friends - i'll give you the flower pictures i'm sure you miss next week as i start alternating the florals and fonts posts;) 

have a fantabulous weekend, y'all!

XO,

jennifer

Thursday, May 30, 2013

{thirsty} THURSDAY :: the wake county cooler.

good morning on this beautiful thursday, y'all! 

i don't know about most of you, especially you brides for whom savannah will be a destination wedding, but over here in our neck of the woods it is toasty. last night i stepped outside to take my puppy on our evening walk and i swear you could have cut through the air with a butter knife - it was that humid out, that late at night! 

in any case, i decided that today's signature cocktail would be one to help us cope with summer heating up. it's refreshing, best served ice-cold, and will make you feel fancy since it involves you infusing some plain ole vodka albeit in the simplest way possible. 

taken from the pages of bon appétit, this recipe - the wake county cooler - replicates a cocktail found in ashley christensen's fox liquor bar in raleigh, north carolina, which makes it southern through and through. 


for 12 servings :: 

"Combine one 750-ml bottle vodka and 2/3 cup loose-leaf black tea in a large pitcher. Let sit at room temperature, stirring occasionally, 2 hours. Strain into another large pitcher. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a jar, cover, and shake until sugar is dissolved; mix into vodka. For each cooler, fill a Collins glass with ice. Add 2 ounces infused vodka and 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon wedge and a mint sprig."

photo and recipe credit // bon appetit 

yes, ladies and gentlemen - this is essentially a recipe for making your own sweet tea vodka, which is one of my absolute favorite summer drinks for its flawless sweet tea flavor and its economical ability to mix seamlessly with water rather than a pricey {money- and calorie-wise} mixer. 

if you're interested in serving this cocktail at your summer wedding, you can easily double/quadruple/etc. the above recipe until you have a quantity sufficient for your guests' consumption. 

so what are you waiting for? get to infusing!! 

XO,

jennifer

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

{real/inspiration wedding} WEDNESDAY :: weekly roundup.

it's that time again :: wedding inspiration wednesday! without further adieu:

i'm just so in love with this color scheme and all of the natural elements incorporated into the below shoot.


{above images via green wedding shoes}

i know it's so warm out you probably can't stand the idea of a fire in the fireplace, but when i saw how fabulously cozy this wedding looked i just HAD to share it with y'all! 



{above images via ruffled}

i just adore all of the diy elements in this wedding {especially the fabric tassels}, and the sunflowers are so fun! 
{via wedding chicks}

sparkly details and gorgeous florals make this wedding a must-see for inspiration!

 {via southern weddings}

have an extraordinary wednesday, y'all!

XO,

jennifer

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

{tips & tricks} TUESDAY :: the morning wedding ceremony.

brides and grooms, 

this may sound like a no-brainer, but you have a choice as to what time of day you get married. many brides unthinkingly go with the typical "ceremony 5-6pm, cocktail hour 6-7pm, dinner 7-8:30pm, dancing 8:30-10:30pm" rough timeline simply because it's what they are used to when attending weddings and it's what most venues automatically suggest. however, there are some hidden benefits to getting married at a different time of day. over the next few weeks, i shall expound upon reasons a morning ceremony, an afternoon ceremony, or a sunset ceremony may work for your wedding. today we shall begin with... 

a {morning} ceremony


{pros}
{} hello, gorgeous lighting for pictures!
{} need i even mention the deliciousness that is breakfast food for your reception? read: crepe cake. 
{} you and your new spouse have plenty of time after the wedding to enjoy each other, reflect and relax before heading out for round two of celebrations at local bars {or to jet off to your honeymoon!}
{} rental fees for certain venues may be less expensive earlier in the day.
{} a coffee bar {irish coffee if you so desire!} pre-ceremony would be oh-so-fun to style. 
{} you don't have to spend so much time the day-of worriedly anticipating the ceremony - fewer jitters!
{} i don't know about you all, but i'm generally happiest & most productive in the morning. am i crazy?
{} guests have more time to sight see and hang out in the area after the formal festivities are complete. 
{} or, if you so wish, you can make it a day-long affair - hold your ceremony at your church, follow with a big gourmet breakfast reception, host lawn games for guests to enjoy, give everyone a brief break for a nap and then head out downtown for a creepy ghost tour, a pub crawl or just drinks & dancing! 
{} if held on a sunday, this cuts down on costs considerably. a morning wedding means that guests will still have time to travel home and make it to work on monday, which is usually the reason brides don't choose sunday weddings despite the cost benefit. 


{cons}
{} waking up to start hair and makeup at or before 7am is probably a huge bummer for most people. 
{} you won't be able to spend the morning with your bridesmaids or groomsmen - this means no spa day, no golf game or other fun {albeit unnecessary} pre-wedding activities. 
{} if your friends and family aren't morning people, well... :\ 
{} all of your guests will need to arrive the night prior rather than the morning of, making travel a bit less flexible for some depending on the day of the week. 


{sample rough timeline}

0700-0900 :: bride, bridesmaids get hair + make-up done // enjoy mimosas with light breakfast
                      groom, groomsmen sleep in // eat light breakfast, shower
0900-0930 :: bridal party dresses // photographer begins
0930-1000 :: bride + groom first look, a few family + bridal party pictures
1015-1045 :: ceremony takes place // guests partake of coffee bar, donut holes, fresh juice
1045-1100 :: guests are seated at reception venue // bridal party takes a few more pictures
1100-1115 :: bridal party is announced to reception; brunch begins! 
1115-1235 :: guests enjoy brunch // cake-cutting, first dances after guests finish eating
1235-1400 :: lawn games // socializing over mimosa bar / bloody mary bar // more pictures
                     {bride + groom check in to honeymoon suite OR leave to catch a flight for honeymoon!}
1400/TBD :: clean up, guests plan to meet up downtown at 7pm for drinks + dancing

// all images in this post via green wedding shoes \\

next week, tune in for a post all about choosing an 
{afternoon}
 wedding ceremony! 

XO,

jennifer

Monday, May 27, 2013

memorial day, 2013.

ladies and gentlemen, 

please excuse a break in our usual programming and pause to remember the sacrifices made by the servicemen and women who have died in service to our country. they gave their tomorrows so that we may live free today. 

{via google images}

XO,

jennifer

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Heather + Stig



Heather Howard + Stig Rasmussen

Date Engaged 
February 14, 2013

How did you meet?
We work at the same airline, him as a pilot and me as a flight attendant, and we met on a deadheading flight from JFK to Portland, Maine. It all started that night in Portland.

 How did he propose?
Stig proposed in Central Park on Valentine's Dy this year. We were having drinks in Columbus Circle near the park and after leaving the bar, he suggested a walk in the park. While walking, he asked if I wanted to have a seat to receive my Valentine's present, so we climbed a rock and sat down. He then pulled out a new tablet equipped with all of my favorite magazines and there was also a video already on it. It was his proposal video. A montage of pictures of us was put together to a very sweet song. He was on his knee with the ring by the end of the video. It was definitely an emotional moment for the both of us and definitely one I'll never forget.

When is your wedding date?
October 2013 or April 2014. 

Why did you pick Savannah to get married in? 
We chose Savannah as our wedding location becasue it is a great meeting point for our family and friends that will be traveling in from all over the country and even Norway. The southern, natural charm of Savannah is why we chose it at all. We wanted something different and also in a city that had a lot to offer for visitors.

Where do you currently reside? 
Stig and I currently reside in Marianna, Florida but only spend usually less than half of the month there. We are both based at JFK and spend a lot of our time working or staying at out apartment in New York.

Anything interesting you wish to share?
An interesting thing that we want to include in our reception is a Norwegian touch. What this touch will be is still under negotiation. He wants a flag present! 
I must add that although we are through-the-roof excited about planning this wedding, we're most excited to be spending the rest of our lives together.

Wow Stig--way to set the bar high! Love the proposal story. We are excited to plan with you and cannot wait for the big day! 
XO
The MGE Team

Friday, May 24, 2013

{floral} FRIDAY :: the fourth week of may, 2013.

dear brides + grooms, 

you know it's been a long week when... 

{} you put over 125 miles on your car {in 24 hrs} driving around downtown delivering welcome bags to 12 different hotels/hole-in-the-wall b&b's. 

{} you woke up at 7 am on a friday completely exhausted and - gasp! - late. 

{} your printer is out of black ink and lets you know it's not going to eek out even one last page at the most inconvenient moment. 

{} you completely forgot to schedule friday's blog post - oops! 

not that any of the above apply to me or anything... HA. ;) 

on with the prettiness: 

{via green wedding shoes}
how crazy cheerful + gorgeous is this bouquet?!

{via green wedding shoes}
dear hanging amaranthus: i heart you. 

{via green wedding shoes}
gasp - it's a bridal bouquet that doesn't weigh 15 pounds! & still feminine and pretty enough for a bride.

{via southern weddings}
so you like roses? you'll be obsessed with this beauty of a draping bouquet!

{via ruffled}
for all of our desert-loving gals out there...

{via ruffled}
so i'm pretending to be entranced by the protea bouquet this bride is holding, but if i'm going to be totally honest with y'all - i'm ridiculously in love with her gown. ZOMG. click the link to see all of the gorgeousness!

{via 100 layer cake}
this is such a pretty arrangement idea for a sweetheart table! 

{via 100 layer cake}
AH! talk about a pretty in pink bouquet - i love it!

have a great memorial day weekend, y'all. we here at mge will be hard at work on weddings but still find time to pause and reflect on the great sacrifices made by our servicemen and women and their families over the years.

XO,

jennifer

Thursday, May 23, 2013

{thirsty} THURSDAY :: pomegranate margaritas.

garnish these with blueberries instead of limes and you have the perfectly patriotic drink to sip poolside this weekend as we all take a moment to remember the sacrifices made over the years by our men and women in uniform. 

{photo and recipe via how sweet eats}

ingredients:

2 ounces Grand Marnier
1 1/2 ounces Tequila
2 ounces pomegranate juice
2 ounce lime juice
1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
coarse salt for the rim
lime + pomegranate arils for garnish

directions:

For simple syrup: combine equal parts sugar and water, bring to a boil and let sugar dissolve, then turn off heat and let cool completely.
Rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in margarita salt. Fill the glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand marnier, pom juice, simple syrup and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds. Pour over ice and squeeze in extra lime slices. Add some pomegranate arils for decoration.
[This recipe can be easily doubled, quadrupled, etc. Since everyone’s tastes differ, add simple syrup 1/4 cup at a time and go from taste. I also suggest buying the lime juice if you plan on making a pitcher (or 2) considering you’d have to squeeze a billion limes to get enough juice.]
[adapted from my strawberry margs]


{see original recipe post here}

have a great memorial day weekend, everyone!

XO,

jennifer

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

{real wedding} WEDNESDAY :: weekly roundup.

{via ruffled}
the sparkle + shine that this quirky couple incorporated into this historic industrial building is fantastic, not to mention the fact that the couple married in the venue in which the groom proposed - how sweet is that?

{via green wedding shoes}
no, dear readers, your eyes do not deceive you: that is in fact a giant ferris wheel at this fun couple's surprise carnival wedding! you are seriously missing out if you don't hop on over and check out the balloon ceremony background, the confetti shower over the bride and groom post-vows, the disco balls, and all of the other little details that made this one heckuva party. 

{via snippet and ink}
another fun-loving couple, this duo incorporated their tongue-in-cheek sense of humor in the tiniest of details on their wedding day. from their honey badger-don't-care postage stamps on their invitations {ha!} to the "winning!!!" sign on the back of their getaway car, this couple's wedding was truly theirs

&
{via wedding chicks}
talk about epic diy - i shudder to think how long it took the bride to sew each of those escort cards in addition to all of that bunting and the zillion paper chains that she made! the end result was clearly worth it. check it out!

{via 100 layer cake}
how sweet does this circular ceremony idea look? & that's not the only idea to steal from this sweet couple - click through to find more!

and there you have it, ladies & gents: a week's worth of wedding inspiration.

have a fabulous wednesday!

XO,
jennifer

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

{tips & tricks} TUESDAY :: trashing the dress.

brides + grooms, 

while i must admit that it does pain my soul a bit to see such gorgeous {not to mention expensive} gowns treated so carelessly post-wedding, i have stumbled upon a few instances of the newly popular "trash the dress" photography sessions done oh-so-right recently and feel compelled to share them with you. 

{via green wedding shoes }
this sweet couple celebrated their third anniversary by dressing up in their wedding attire and going on a romantic picnic! i love love love this idea. while the gown may get a bit dirty, it's at least not utterly destroyed as in many trash the dress sessions. it's also a nice way to show that the love you felt for each other on your wedding day endures & is still there, as strong as it was before, years later. 

 {via borrowed and blue}
are these images not just utterly captivating? i adore the effect that the underwater shots of a new bride in her wedding gown has. this is a stunning way to properly treat a revered gown. as a bonus, depending on the gown's material, the water may not do irreversible damage:) ha, yay for small victories!


{via this site}
this is too adorable - two brothers and their new wives got together for a fun day at the state fair. the twist? the ladies got a second chance to wear their beautiful wedding gowns & have everything photographed! this is a fantastic way to commemorate an anniversary and a fabulous excuse to re-wear your favorite gown;) 

there you have it, all. ways to have a "trash the dress" shoot without actually rendering your dress tragically unwearable. 

love this idea? hate it? let me know in the comments!

XO,

jennifer

Monday, May 20, 2013

{make it your own} MONDAY :: bouquet wrap.

dear brides, 

you know it's monday when your computer decides to cease functioning mere moments before pressing the "save draft" button on the blog post you're writing. not that that just happened to me or anything. GAH. 

in any case, today i've decided to inspire you all with lovely ways to personalize your bouquet wrap. while there is something to be said for the simplicity of a ribbon wrap, this is also an excellent area to show off your unique style, incorporate a family heirloom {like your grandmother's brooch or perhaps your mother's handkerchief}, or even invoke the presence of a deceased loved one via an attached locket with their photo. 

the following are just a few examples of the different options open to you - get inspired!

{via southern weddings}
let your preppy flag fly with a pink seersucker wrap complete with monogram and tied in a pretty bow around your lush bouquet!

{via southern weddings}
continuing with a variation on the preppy look, check out this mint green gingham print! ahhh!

{via southern weddings}
for the girl after my own heart - that is, the girl in love with all things sparkly - SEQUIN WRAP!

{via southern weddings}
wrapped in lace, tied with twine - i wonder if this key has any special significance?

{via southern weddings}
these charms holding the photos of the bride's deceased family members are a sweet way to incorporate their memory into the wedding day. 

{via ruffled}
this bright wrap fit the bohemian style oh-so-perfectly!

{via snippet and ink}
the black and white gingham pattern makes the bright green pop even more. i love it!

{via snippet and ink}
i just love this handkerchief + brooch combination. bonus points if you can incorporate either as your something blue!

{via snippet and ink}
flowing lace + textured ribbon add a bit of drama to this romantic bouquet. 

have a great monday, y'all!

XO,

jennifer

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Sara Anne + Anthony


Sara Anne Workman and Anthony Meyer

Date Engaged
November 30, 2012

Where did you meet? 
We grew up in the same town and had our first class together in 4th grade, but we didn't become friends until we were adults. 

How did he propose? 
Anthony and I love walking downtown Savannah, going to all of the candy stores and grabbing samples at each one. One evening he insisted on going to get pralines. We went to two stores and he was being especially sweet letting me get whatever sweet treats I wanted.  After River Street Sweets, we walked a around some more and sat on a bench overlooking the river and shared our treats, talking, and enjoying the surprisingly quiet Friday night downtown.  Before I knew it, he unzipped his jacket pocket and got down on one knee in front of the bench and asked me to marry him. 

When is your wedding date? 
December 28, 2013

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in? 
We have made a home for ourselves in Savannah, loved the GA State Roundhouse Railroad Museum and its antique touch. 

Where do you reside now? 
Sara Anne: Savannah and Anthony: Statesboro but will move to Savannah after our wedding. 

Anything else you would like to add?  
We began our relationship toward the end of Anthony's time as an active duty Marine, so I have only seen pictures of him in his dress blues, so we both are very excited to see each other for the first time on our wedding day - it will be a very special moment. 

Yeah we are so excited for you two! 
XO
The MGE Team