Thursday, August 29, 2013

{thirsty} THURSDAY :: avocado daiquiri.

okay, so this drink sounds a little funny - i know. but if you've ever tried incorporating an avocado into a smoothie or even using it as a butter replacement in baking {not that i'm advocating that - butter is my life}, you should know what a creamy, decadent texture it lends to anything this wonderfruit graces.

{image c/o sheri giblin/chronicle books via imbibe magazine}
if you're looking for a signature cocktail that's slightly different but just as delicious as a pina colada {which i feel to which this cocktail is most similar}, head on over to imbibe magazine for the recipe and give it a taste test!
thoughts? let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

{real wedding} WEDNESDAY :: amanda + mike, part 1.

this week i am excited to share amanda + mike's classically sophisticated savannah golf club wedding with you all.
from the lovely color palette of soft pinks and gray to the exuberant joy that the bride and groom exude in each photo, this occasion was clearly one full of love and happiness.
check out their feature on style me pretty {georgia} here!





Wedding Photography: Shannon Christopher / Wedding Venue: Savannah Golf Club in Savannah, Georgia / Event Planning: Morgan Gallo Events / Floral Design: Harvey Designs / Officiant: Reverend Dana Allen Walsh of Hancock United Church of Christ / Wedding Invitations: Tickled Ink / Save-the-Dates: loveleigh invitations / Wedding Cake: Baker’s Pride / Ceremony Music: New Arts Ensembles / DJ: All About You Entertainment / Lighting: JLK Events / Transportation: Oglethorpe Trolley Tours / Rentals: Savannah Special Events / Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca via La Raine’s Bridal Boutique / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Veil: Teri Huang / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy / Groom’s Tuxedo: Jos. A. Bank / Wedding Bands: Alexander’s of Atlanta / Rehearsal Dinner: Blowin’ Smoke BBQ
be sure to check back next week for part 2: the ceremony! 'til then, have a beautiful day;)


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

{tips & tricks} TUESDAY :: brooch bouquets.

so you love the look of a brooch bouquet--and the fact that it lasts forever!--but don't want to spend the time & effort sourcing fancy brooches and/or arranging them? 

 {via ruffled}

you're in luck! much like most other DIY-esque wedding projects, the brooch bouquet can be outsourced ;) 

{via etsy}

how gorgeous is the rose brooch in the above configuration? i could see a little girl coveting this years after her mom carried it down the aisle!

{via ruffled}

this would be pretty for a fall wedding. i could even see it paired with a gatsby-era glam fete.

{via etsy}

helloooo, drama - this is a bouquet fit for a rhinestone {beauty?} queen for sure. 

so, what do y'all think? would you ever go for a brooch bouquet? why or why not? 

i'd love to know in the comments!

in the meantime, have a beautiful day;)



Monday, August 26, 2013

{make it your own} MONDAY :: resource list : cloud parade.

if you're not on cloud parade yet, you should be. y'all, this amazing site is like the best of pinterest and etsy combined into a super duo of awesome.

here is a small sampling of a few cool things i've found while perusing it:

 1 // livia silver blue silk kimono robe with heart cutout
 2 // heart trees cake topper set
 3 // hand painted watercolor escort cards
4 // snapshot cookies

5 // library book wedding invites

cute, right?!
if you're in need of a little extra inspiration, be sure to check out the clouds tab instead of just the shop tab ;)
so what do you think? do you love it? let me know in the comments!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Suzy + Todd

Suzy Scheiblin and Todd Lankford
Date Engaged
June 9, 2012  

Where did you meet? 
We were set up by mutual friends.  Suzy needed a bit of convincing to get on board with the set up because she wasn't convinced Todd was her type.  But, once she had a chance to meet Todd and get to know him better, she realized that he was quite an amazing guy.  

How did he propose? 
Not long after we moved to Australia, we decided to spend a long weekend down the coast a couple of hours away from Sydney.  We started off the day skydiving over the beach, which was a belated birthday present from Todd to Suzy.  After the skydive, we drove to the town we were planning on visiting.  We went for a long walk on the cliffs overlooking the ocean and sat down to take in the scenery.  Todd opened a bottle of wine we purchased the weekend prior during a trip to wine country as we talked about what a great day we had. When Suzy stood up to look for whales in the water, Todd got on one knee and proposed. 

When is your wedding date? 
April 12, 2014  

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?  
Because we live overseas, we don't have the opportunity to see our friends and family in the US very often.  We wanted to make our wedding a great weekend away for our guests.  Savannah has a wonderful romantic feel that we love; we felt it was a perfect place to get married and celebrate! 

Where do you reside now? 
We live in Sydney, Australia.  

Anything interesting or out of the ordinary you are including in your wedding day? 
Obviously, being that we got engaged and now live in Australia, we are working in some Australian details to the wedding--they will all be a surprise for our guests, though!  

Anything else you would like to add? 
The photo is from our engagement session which took place at our favorite beach in Sydney.

Your beautiful ceremony in Savannah will make that all that planning and flight from the Southern Hemisphere worth it! Can't wait!
The MGE Team

Friday, August 23, 2013

{floral} friday :: the third week of august, 2013.

{via green wedding shoes}

these floral arrangements are the perfect accent to colored glassware, china & vintage gold flatware. remember: less is more!

{via ruffled}

holy protea, y'all! it just reaches out and grabs your attention by force, doesn't it?

 {via southern weddings}

floral inspiration, deconstructed. photo composition, perfected. 

  {via southern weddings}

i just adore a bold succulent taking center stage like this cheeky little guy all nestled in amongst warm palette blossoms!

{via wedding chicks}

something about the shock of purple in this bouquet just drew me in automatically. i also love how the feathery greenery adds to the wildflowers-just-gathered-in-a-meadow feel!

{via 100 layer cake}

so these are paper flowers, y'all - can you believe it?! check out the story on 100 layer cake for the scoop on a new book by thuss + farrell called paper to petal to learn how to craft your own beauties!

{via snippet + ink}

and to end on a sweet note - a ring bearer pup with a floral wreath 'round his neck! eeeek i adore it :) 

have a beautiful weekend, everyone!



Thursday, August 22, 2013

{thirsty} THURSDAY :: pear nectar & thyme mimosa.

in search of a refreshing drink with a touch of sassy tartness?
meet the pear nectar & thyme mimosa:

check out the recipe here and please be sure to let me know what you think!
this would be the perfect signature cocktail for a bridal luncheon on a lovely spring day, or perhaps for a daytime brunch reception after a garden wedding ceremony.
i'd call it something cheeky like
"{bride's name}+{groom's name}: the perfect pear"
how adorable would that be?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

{real wedding} WEDNESDAY :: heather + john, part 3.

happy wednesday, y'all!

i've been waiting for what feels like forever to share heather + john's gorgeous pale pink & classic blue reception at the westin with y'all. it's the perfect mix of classic, girly-girl, and just a smidgen of old school charm - think audrey hepburn meets the english countryside.

intrigued? i thought so.

catching up? check out part 2 here! 

 y'all, trust me: guests love when it's easy to find their seats at your reception. the best way to accomplish this? an alphabetized seating chart like the beautiful one above.
the pale pink lighting really adds to the overall mood of the reception and made all of the d├ęcor simply glow. i love it!

naming your tables after different savannah squares is always a good idea, but when you have an artist custom design ink renderings of each square? yep, that's taking it to the next level - the mge level!

a rectangular head table surrounded by a mixture of smaller rounds allows the bridal party to stick together in a conveniently accessible location and the rest of the guests to have a more intimate experience.

a low arrangement on the head table {like this genius greenery runner!} allows conversation to flow & gives guests an uninterrupted view of the new bride + groom.

i know i've said this before, but i adore the blue china patterned vases mixed with the pale pink linens + florals. this head table is too pretty!

these centerpieces were to-die-for. and see what i mean about the difference lighting makes in a room?

one of the benefits of the westin: being close enough to river street to enjoy it, but not so close you're caught up in the raucous nonsense that ensues there every weekend.

the westin also has a particularly beautiful sunset view over the savannah river.

the happy couple enjoys watching the fireworks show that takes place in savannah on the first Friday of every month - what a lovely end to a perfect evening!

event design + coordination: alysse @ mge
photography: harwell photography \\ venue: the westin savannah harbor \\ lighting: stagefront \\ invitation designer: katie woodward from twigs print studio \\ florist: harvey designs // wedding dress: bleu belle bridal \\ bridal accessories: family jewelry \\ hair and make-up: maria vaughan from salon aqua



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

{tips & tricks} TUESDAY :: diy popsicle napkin rings.

so here's a tip {rather than trick} for y'all...

diy napkin rings made from popsicle sticks!
i personally would jazz it up with some sparkly glitter instead of the rainbow lines, or maybe glue on an oversized dahlia bloom!
ruffled shared a great tutorial today explaining how to do it.

enjoy, and have a beautiful day.

Monday, August 19, 2013

{make it your own} MONDAY :: incorporating your love of books.

happy monday, everyone!
after seeing this library inspired baby shower today, i started to daydream about a library themed wedding...
{image via tumblr}

these silhouettes would be fabulous as a cake topper {!} or on the guest book table. bonus points if they are rendered from an actual photo of the couple and if the book used is one of the couple's favorites ;)

{image via etsy}
maybe use the couple's initials or wedding date instead of "love"?
{image via pinterest}

i can't think of a sweeter way to repurpose old, once-loved books than as table runners!

{image via etsy}
these table arrangements are too sweet. i'd add in some votives & bud vases with lush, neutral peonies or fun dahlias in bright colors to complete the look! p.s.: we here at mge do have plain books available for you to rent if you're into this sort of centerpiece - just ask!
{image via etsy}
if real flowers aren't quite your style, make a bouquet of newspaper or book blooms! you could also just toss a few into your real flower bouquet, or use them as table decor instead.
{via green wedding shoes}
book pages can be torn out, folded in cone shapes, taped & house confetti {or birdseed! or glitter! or mini poms!} for guests to throw on the happy couple ;)

{via green wedding shoes}
and last, but not least - this fabulous dessert table display includes a backdrop of mini paper cranes folded from old book pages AND a cool chandelier-esque vintage book display. how cool is that?!
thoughts? concerns? questions?
let me know in the comments!
as always, have a beautiful day.