Sunday, June 30, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Sarah + Michael

Sarah Kidder + Michael Rivera

Date engaged

Where did you met?
We met in Charleston, SC at the Citadel's Dog Day event. He was a Citadel Cadet and I went to the College of Charleston. 

How did he propose?
I am a contract archaeologist and last summer I was working for months on end up in upstate New York. Michael flew in late on a Friday night. It was midnight by the time his plane finally landed. I was very tired from a long day of working and then waiting up for is flight. As he came out of the gate he was holding a manila envelope with my name on he got closer to where I was waiting he dropped down on one knee and opened the envelope to reveal "Marry Me?" I was half-dazed and smiling and of course accepted. :-)

What is your wedding date?
Friday, October 18th, 2013

Why did you picked the area you're getting married in?
 We knew we wanted to get married on the coast since we'd met in Charleston. We actually got lucky and stumbled across the chapel while looking online for a venue. The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel is so classic and has such a simple beauty that we were looking for. 

Where do you reside now?
We are currently living in Macon, Georgia. 

WOW what a proposal!!! :) Way to go Michael! We are very much looking forward to the big day you two.
The MGE Team

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Molly + Tommy

Molly Dwyer and Tommy O'Connor 

Date Engaged
August 21, 2012

Where did you meet?
We both went to undergrad at Georgetown.  In the fall of our senior year, I threw myself a birthday party at a champagne lounge where I waitressed.  Tommy was invited to join by one of my roommates, and we immediately hit it off.  Needless to say, it was an amazing birthday!   

How did he propose?
At Farrington's Bar in Dublin.  We took our first big international trip in August 2012, and on the second day, we stayed in a great, historic pub in Temple Bar, Dublin.  We could hear the music and toasting from the pub below, and Tommy proposed in early evening right before dinner.  We walked around Dublin for hours, and he told me all the details leading up to the engagement.  It was the perfect night!  

When is your wedding date?
October 11, 2014  

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?
Neither one of us is from the South, but my parents have been taking our family on yearly vacations to Hilton Head for the past two decades.  The first time that Tommy met my parents was during one of these annual trips, and he won my dad over on the golf course.  We have so many wonderful memories in the area, and you can't beat the Southern charm!  

Where do you reside now?
I am finishing law school in DC, and Tommy lives, works and studies in Manhattan.  I'm moving back up to New York as soon as I graduate in May.  The long distance is finally coming to an end!   

Anything interesting or out of the ordinary you are including in your
wedding day?
We have lots of surprises planned for the weekend, but we're definitely hoping to bring some Irish traditions and Southern details to the wedding.  Plus with two big Irish families, we expect lots of late night drinking and singing!   

Anything else you would like to add?
We couldn't be more excited for the big day!  

Holy Moly--a proposal in Ireland. Can it get any more romantic than that?!?! Love it! We are honored to be a part of this with you two! 
The MGE Team

Friday, June 14, 2013

{fonts} FRIDAY :: mr. boddington's studio.

for my second {fonts) friday post, nothing would please me more than to introduce you lovelies to the fantastic 

mr. boddington's studio

and the works of art that they produce. 


i love love love the map! 


to see more of their fantastic work, click on over to their look book {from which all images in this post were taken}

have a fabulous weekend, y'all!



Thursday, June 13, 2013

{thirsty} THURSDAY :: the pink gin spritzer and hangover cures!


well, it's that time again - thursday! today i have a real treat for you: the pink gin spritzer

 {image via google images}
  • 1 1/2 ounces (1 jigger) gin
  • 3 ounces (2 jiggers) cranberry juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  • Chilled seltzer or club soda
  • 1 orange slice for garnish
 in a tall glass combine the gin , the cranberry juice, the grenadine, and 4 ice cubes. fill the glass with the seltzer and stir the drink. garnish it with the orange slice. 

{recipe via epicurious}
and the best part? 

it's apparently a hangover cure in the {unlikely} event that you ever overindulge. 
{obviously you, dear reader, would never do such a thing, but if you did... well, i'll never tell!}

have a fabulous thursday, y'all! only one more work day 'til the weekend... you can do it!



Tuesday, June 11, 2013

{tips & tricks} TUESDAY :: giving & receiving at a wedding, or: the registry.

dear readers, 

this post is not limited to the future brides and grooms among us. no, this post is for past, present, and future married couples, singletons, and even those in the "just dating" category. 

what, in heavens' name, should you give the newly wedded couple as a gift? should you choose something off of their registry? come up with an original, meaningful present? bring cold hard cash in a card & be done with it? 

for those of you getting married, are you even interested in registering for gifts in the first place? if you are, where should you go? from macy's to target to williams-sonoma, your options are endless! but once you choose a few stores at which to register, what do you put on your list? do you really need a full set of china {and what if you only get a few place settings?!}

guys & gals, i'll be honest with you. while i personally have some great responses to the dilemmas noted above, the ladies at my new favorite website {a practical wedding dot com, in case you haven't noticed yet} do a better job of elucidating them. hint: click here and check out the comments for even more helpful advice!

have a specific dilemma of your own? e-mail me at jennifer-at-morgangalloevents-dot-com and i would be more than happy to help you out! 

have a great tuesday, y'all.  



Monday, June 10, 2013

{make it your own} MONDAY :: crowd sourcing extra wedding photos via instagram.

brides and grooms, 

what better way to personalize your wedding photography {and make it a more interactive celebration for your guests} than to crowd source supplemental wedding photo coverage from all of your guests' smart phones? 

um, nothing. 

i bet you all already know about the oh-so-popular {and ingenious} use of a hashtag to create a stream of all photos taken {er, instagrammed} at your wedding for anyone with the app to view at any time. 

but did you know you can set up a "if this, then that" service that will automatically upload a copy of all of the instagram photos with your signature hashtag to an online flickr album {or whatever online account you wish} that will save them all for you to view outside of the app?

well. i didn't realize that until i read this guide, on a practical wedding dot com {my new favorite site}, which explains just how to do it in fantastic detail. 

so what are you waiting for? get to hash-taggin', y'all!!

* all photos above were taken {and subsequently instagrammed} by yours truly at katie + jared's beautiful april wedding reception at harper fowlkes house in savannah, ga. incidentally, they chose to use an instagram hashtag at their wedding - smart cookies!

** disclaimer : i would never suggest to you all that crowd sourcing your photos should necessarily replace an actual photographer. while you can generally rely on friends for most photos, you probably don't want all of the official photos of you and your new spouse to be solely via instagram - hire an actual, super-talented photographer. at least for the ceremony. trust me on this!! 



Sunday, June 9, 2013

Future Hilton Head Wedding: Maggie + Justin

Maggie + Justin

Date Engaged

Where did you meet?
University of Missouri — we were both on the Alumni Association Student Board

How did he propose?
Justin and I have been together close to 7 years. We had plans to walk down the street to a great little French bistro dinner and then come home to open Christmas gifts from one another. All day leading up to dinner he was just acting kind of funny...just kind of kept following me around (so much that at one point I think I asked him “do you need a project or something?” :) Well, before dinner he’d told me that in addition to his gifts, his twin brother Jason had also gotten me a present, but wanted to see me open it—which meant Justin needed to record it on his iPad. Now Jason is a bit of a prankster, so I’m thinking this “gift” is either going to scare me or embarrass me (esp. if he needs to see me open it!) I’m getting nervous...especially when Justin tells me the gift has to go in the fridge before we go to dinner (I’m thinking...what was this that didn’t need to be refrigerated before!?) Anyway, dinner is lovely. We get home and Justin tells me I should open his brother’s gift first. He says I need to put on a blind fold  while he gets the gift and gets it ready for me. So I’m standing by the Christmas tree with a scarf tied around my eyes...and when he tells me I can take it off, he’s down on one knee. The “gift” from Jason was all just a decoy so that he could video record it...and put the bottle of Dom Perignon in the fridge :) 

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?
Several years back, we took our first trip to the Carolina coast for a college friend’s wedding. We fell in love with the area (we hope to have frequent friend and family beach house vacations there in the future!) and the wedding was incredible. Having been together so long, we knew we wanted a small, intimate destination wedding (our families are from St. Louis and Kansas City and we live in Des Moines) that would be a celebration of us and all of the people who have supported us for so many years! 

Where do you currently reside?
Des Moines, Iowa

AHH you guys are adorable and I love the proposal story. SO smart Justin--Dom P and recording the proposal. Fabulous and a special memory you get to replay over and over again. We are so honored to be a part of this with you both and know that the big day will be nothing short of amazing! 
The MGE Team

Friday, June 7, 2013

{floral} FRIDAY :: the first week of june, 2013.

let's brighten your dreary tropical storm-laden day with some floral inspiration, ladies & gentlemen! 

{via southern weddings}
the pale pinks, creams and blushes are so romantic and classic in this traditional southern wedding. 

{via ruffled}
the creams, lavenders and pale green in this bride's color palette were perfect for her grecian destination wedding! 

{via green wedding shoes}
from her bright, lush, fantastically wild bouquet to her understated yet effective centerpieces {bud vases = excellent way to save money on florals!}, this bride's personality & diy love shone through!

{via wedding chicks}
oh. my. goodness. how fantastic is that bouquet? and how cool are the centerpieces? too fab.

have a beautiful weekend, y'all!



Thursday, June 6, 2013

{thirsty} THURSDAY :: the window pane, a rainy day cocktail.

savannah is getting buckets upon buckets of rain dumped on us today thanks to tropical storm andrea! since venturing outside in all this craziness is not the most desirable option tonight, why not enjoy a rainy day cocktail at home?

meet: the window pane

{contributed by Anu Apte via liquor dot com}

1.5 oz Michter’s Sour Mash Whiskey
.5 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
.75 oz Fresh lemon juice
.25 oz Rich simple syrup (two parts sugar, one part water)
5 Mint leaves
Glass: Double Old Fashioned
Garnish: Blood orange wheel and mint sprig
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake hard and pour (unstrained) into a double Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a blood orange wheel and a mint sprig.

drink up & stay dry!



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

{tips & tricks} TUESDAY :: the afternoon ceremony.

last week, we discussed the pros & cons of a morning ceremony. 

an afternoon ceremony {one that starts between 12 and 4pm, in my definition} has many of the same benefits and detriments with a few key differences: 

{} you have a bit more time for pre-wedding activities, especially if your ceremony is at 2pm or later. no need to wake up pre-7am for you! 

{} brunch-food is always an option, but it wouldn't be strange to serve afternoon tea rather than an actual meal at your reception. even just doing heavy hors d'oeuvres would cut down on food costs and suit the time of day just fine! 

{} you have so much more time after your reception to spend with your new spouse - chill out in your fancy accommodations that you likely splurged on for the night before heading out to a nice dinner for just the two of you to enjoy as husband & wife!

{} some people may not be all about the drinks & dancing earlier in the day, so it may not have a crazy party vibe that you want... but maybe that's not what you want for your wedding anyway. also, be advised: if you're partying it up and providing the drinks and entertainment, your guests will go with the flow. trust me!

{} you won't have as much time pre-wedding as you would if you had a later ceremony. that is, you'll have plenty of time for breakfast and getting your hair and makeup done without having to wake up 'ere the rooster crows, but you won't have enough time to play a round of golf {unless you're a reeeeally early riser} or spend a day of luxury at the spa. 

{all images in this post via ruffled}

there you have it, brides and grooms! so what do you think? would you consider having an afternoon ceremony? let me know in the comments! 



Monday, June 3, 2013

{make it your own} MONDAY :: diy resources, part 2.

hey there, crafty brides & grooms! 

for part two of my on-going mini-series on where to get supplies for all of your wedding craft needs {and let's be honest - i know you've got a lot of crafty needs!}, i've decided to spotlight another of my personal favorites::

the green wedding shoes shop!

some of the fancy things you will find in their diy crafts section:

you romantic girls may want to snag up some pretty votives like...
{6 for $21}
while all you bohemian brides will LOVE feathers like these:

 rustic gals? these wood slices would be perfect for you! 
so what are you waiting for? head on over to the gws shop and check it out for yourself!

in the meantime, have a fabulous monday, y'all ;) 



Sunday, June 2, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Lexie + Chris

 Lexie Revord and Chris Larkin

Date Engaged

Where did you meet?
We met through Lexie's roommate, Carly, during her first year of law school.

How did he propose?
Chris had planned to cook us a nice dinner one evening, which was not surprising considering I manage to burn pop tarts on a regular basis. However, this night was much different than any other night. When I got home from work, I found little love notes scattered throughout the house. The first one was labeled "The Past" and, inside, Chris talked about his favorite memories of us from the start of our relationship until now. The second note I found was labeled "The Present," in which he discussed how excited he was about our new apartment and planning our next trip to Savannah. Then, I found the final note that was labeled 'The Future." In this note, he told me how excited he was about what the future had in store for us. The last line asked if I wanted to watch the sunset with him. So, we walked down and watched the sunset. After walking for a bit, he pulled out another note from his coat pocket. He said it was the second part of the last note. Inside, was the most beautiful letter and the last line read, "Alexa Rae Revord, will you marry me?" When I looked up, he was on one knee and asked me to marry him!  Of course, I said yes!

When is your wedding date? 
 December 29th, 2013

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in? 
We picked Savannah, GA for our wedding because it is one of our favorite places to vacation and relax. We love the history, the people, and the southern hospitality!

Where do you reside now?
We are both living in Tampa, FL.

OMG Goosebumps reading your proposal story! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! How incredibly special is that! We must find a way to incorporate into the wedding! :) 
The MGE Team