Showing posts with label Savannah Wedding Planner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Savannah Wedding Planner. Show all posts

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Sarah + Michael



Sarah Kidder + Michael Rivera

Date engaged
 7/13/2012

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 it....as 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.
XO
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! 
XO
The MGE Team

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Lexie + Chris




 Lexie Revord and Chris Larkin

Date Engaged
3/1/13

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! :) 
XO
The MGE Team

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

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

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Stacey + Gregory


Stacey + Gregory

Date Engaged
April 27, 2012

Where did you meet?
We met through a mutual friend while going out with friends to The Vortex in Atlanta, a well-known restaurant with good beers and great burgers!  The first encounter between this New Jersey guy and Alabama girl might have started off “rocky” with some witty banter over drinks, but it wasn't long before Greg realized how easy it was to talk to Stacey.  He says he fell in love with her that night.

How did he propose?
We were in New Jersey visiting Greg's family for a long weekend.  Whenever we visit New Jersey, we always make sure to spend at least one day in Manhattan and we always make time to take a romantic walk through Central Park.  It was a beautiful day on April 27th when we were walking through the park to one of our favorite spots, the Bethesda Fountain. As Stacey was enjoying the day and taking photos, Greg began telling her the reasons he loved her.  Stacey, of course, did not realize what was happening because this was not out of the ordinary.  Suddenly, Greg knelt down on one knee and asked Stacey "Will you marry me?"  She began to cry and kiss Greg uncontrollably, eventually saying "yes" to his question.

When is your wedding date?
March 22, 2014

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?
We currently live in Atlanta, GA but chose Savannah because we both love the Southern charm and appeal of the city.  Several of our friends and family will have to travel anyways, so we thought, “Why not give them somewhere beautiful, fun and charming to enjoy?!”

Anything interesting or out of the ordinary you are including in your wedding day? 
We are fairly early in the planning process and don’t have all the details down yet; however, we chose the Polish-named Pulaski square for the ceremony because Gregory is Polish and will definitely mean a lot to his parents, family and us.  (Doesn’t hurt that it’s gorgeous also.)

We are so excited to get to share in this process with you. We know it is going to be nothing short of amazing! 
XO
The MGE Team

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Kelly + Will



Kelly Schmalz & Will Evans 

Date Engaged
1.20.12 

Where did you meet?
In high school 

How did he propose?
He proposed at home in front of our fireplace. I came home from work and he gave me a present. When I opened it, it was a drawing of him proposing in front of our fireplace. And when I looked up, he was proposing - complete with a ring given to him by his grandfather. I have attached a picture of that drawing. 

When is your wedding date?
2.22.14

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?
Because we visit Savannah often and spent our first anniversary there. Savannah just felt right. 

Where do you reside now?
Atlanta 

Anything interesting or out of the ordinary you are including in your wedding day?
A New Orleans style jazz band complete with parade after the ceremony. The food will carry on the New Orleans theme and will even include signature drinks - like a hurricane. 

Anything else you would like to add?
This will be a small wedding where food and a good time is the focus. It will be a weekend destination wedding and we hope to show all of our friends and family the beauty of Savannah with New Orleans flair. Will is a Georgia native and I was born in Louisiana so we want to incorporate both traditions into the wedding. 

Oh my goodness STOP! Will, that has to be one of the most creative and thoughtful things ever! You guys are adorable! We cannot wait for the big day and will love the months with you leading up to it!
XO
The MGE Team

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Andrea + Scott




Andrea O'Bryan + Scott Nelson

Date Engaged
10/17/2012

Where did you meet?
Scott lives in the same neighborhood as my parents.  My Mom spends a lot of time walking in the neighborhood and chatted with Scott when she saw him outside.  She kept telling me that she knew "the perfect guy" for me and of course that brought on an eye roll and a "suuuuure Mom" followed by a NO!  Fast forward several months and Scott's neighbor and my Mom cooked up a plan to have us meet at their neighborhood Christmas party.  I gave in and decided to give it a shot and went to the party.  Scott was over an hour late for the party and I was about to leave when he finally arrived.  My first thought was WOW!  He was so handsome and had such a warm smile.  We spent the evening chatting and made plans to meet for brunch the following weekend.  Our first date was brunch at the Secret Garden in Jacksonville and we've been inseparable ever since.  I guess Mom was right!

How did he propose?
Our favorite city is Savannah and we visit as often as we can.  We always have dinner at The Olde Pink House in the cozy downstairs tavern.  On this particular night we were able to have dinner in the vault.  The wonderful soloist, Sidra, came by at one point and sang "When I Fall in Love" to us--such a special moment!  We enjoyed a delicious dinner and ordered dessert.  They brought our dessert but also had a plate with "Will you marry me" written in chocolate!  The pianist that evening was playing the wedding march as they brought the plate and Scott got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  It was such a wonderful night!  We cried happy tears, laughed and  ended the evening with a slow dance to a Frank Sinatra song while everyone in the tavern cheered and wished us well.

When is your wedding date?
10/28/13

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?
Savannah is very dear to us and we want to share our love of the city with our family and friends.  We are so excited to be getting married in one of Savannah's beautiful squares and to have our reception at The Olde Pink House!  Our wedding is going to be a laid back weekend spent enjoying our favorite things about Savannah with family and friends.  What better way to start our married life than in our favorite city, surrounded by our favorite people?

Where do you reside now?
We live in the beaches area of Jacksonville, Florida.

Anything interesting or out of the ordinary you are including in your wedding day? 
We are planning to take our guests on a walking historical/ghost tour after the reception!

Anything else you would like to add?
We recently lost our 12 1/2 year old chocolate lab, Shelby.  She was very special to me and I always said the man I married would have to love her like I do.  Scott and Shelby got off to a rough start when she practically destroyed his newly remodeled bathroom!  After that small bump in the road, Scott wholeheartedly accepted her and really did love her like I did.  Shelby had a special pearl collar that she wore on her birthday every year and I will be carrying it down the aisle with me.

LOVE that you were engaged at the Olde Pink House! Adorable story....We cannot wait for October 28th you two. 

XO
The MGE Team

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Berenice + Justin




Justin & Berenice

Date engaged
June 17, 2012

Where did you meet?
In San Francisco. We were introduced by a mutual friend.

How did he propose?
In a square in Savannah after walking through Forsyth park at night. 

What is your wedding date?
October 2013

Why did you pick the area for the wedding?
We fell in love with Savannah and want to share it with our friends and family.

Where do you reside now?
San Francisco, in the Mission neighborhood.

Anything interesting you wish to share about your wedding?
Justin's 95 year old salty-sailor of a grandfather is officiating the ceremony.

Alysse is beyond excited to start planning your wedding and sharing in this incredible time in both of your lives. Your style and taste is phenomenal and we think it will translate perfectly to the big day. Thank you for allowing us the honor to share in your day!
XO
The MGE Team

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Mallory + John



  Mallory Smith and John Hubert

Date Engaged:
7/8/2010

Where did you meet?
        John and I met on the first day of classes at GCSU when he spoke to me in the hallway. He sat behind me in our math class and we got to know one another during the semester. We remained friends throughout the following years and he eventually became my date to every sorority function I attended!! 

 How did he propose?
        John secretly took a trip to my hometown to ask for my father's permission the week before a family vacation to Helen, Georgia. After arriving at our cabin, he and my father looked for the perfect proposal spot. That evening, they led everyone down to a patio on the river for family pictures. During our shot, John got down on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him!!!! Because my dad was the only one who knew of the plans, he had a camera and took a million pictures. It was such a special and sweet moment and I'm so grateful that I got to share it with my family. 

 When is your wedding date?
    12/31/2013

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?
        John is from Savannah and I am from Brunswick so we knew we wanted to get married on the coast. Our guests will be traveling from all over Georgia and Florida therefore we needed to find a city easily accessible by all. Savannah is so full of history and charm and is the perfect place for us to say "I do!"

Where do you reside now?
        We currently live in Athens, Georgia while John finishes up his final semester at UGA Law and where I work for a local dance studio. 

Anything interesting or out of the ordinary you are including in your wedding day?
        Because it will be a NYE wedding, we will have a giant countdown clock, NYE hats/noise makers/dress up items, midnight champagne toast, photo booth, and tons of other fun things! We plan to host a wonderful evening of love and celebration that will last until the new year. 
        
Anything else you would like to add?
        My family is blessed with crafty women and we plan on countless DIY projects. Since I've had a few years to think about the perfect wedding day, I'm overflowing with inspiration and ideas. I'm sure that our wedding day will  be totally unique and incredibly personal. 

We are soooo excited for a NYE wedding. They are some of the most memorable and fun for us and of course you all/guests. It is going to be an a fabulous journey over the next number of months planning and we are honored to share in all of this with you both!
XO
The MGE Team

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Melissa + Kevin


Melissa Love & Kevin Greenfiled

When did you get engaged?
August 27, 2012

Where did you meet?
We met at work in Charlotte, NC

How did he propose?
 He proposed during a moonlit stroll through the flower garden at the historic Sagamore Hotel at Lake George, NY

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?
We've enjoyed many visits to the low country and love the scenery, weather, and food. Also,  I was born in Beaufort SC.

Where do you currently reside?
  We currently reside in Jersey City NJ and we both work in mid-town Manhattan. We both dislike winter here.

We don't blame you for not liking the winter in NJ...it is COLD! At least you get to bask in the warm weather Savannah offers when you come to get married in August! We cannot wait! 
XO
The MGE Team

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Lauren + Ryan



Lauren Carlson & Ryan Rath

Date Engaged 
September 17, 2012

Where did you meet? 
Savannah at my sisters bachelorette party..crazy right.

How did he propose? 
Ryan is currently a United States Marine and serving at the US Embassy Kingston, Jamaica. I wasn't expecting him home anytime soon but he coordinated with my family and flew in to Atlanta without me knowing. I was meeting my sister and my new adorable nephew to take a walk at Piedmont Park in Atlanta..little did I know he was there too. We were walking along and I could have swore I heard someone call out "Laur, Laur" I started looking around and spotted someone that looked like Ryan in a gazebo overlooking a pond. I asked my mom and sister if it was Ryan and they got a huge smile on their face. I walked down to him in total disbelief and there he was waiting for me. He got down on one knee and without a moment of hesitation I said yes! Afterwards I was telling him I heard him call my name and he started laughing saying it was construction workers saying "more,more"....but it is all on tape so we will have to see ;)


When is your wedding date?
October 11,2013

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in? 
We are getting married at the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah because it is the city that we met and fell in love in.

Where do you reside now?
 I live in Atlanta and he is finishing up his duty in Jamaica

First and foremost, thank you both for your service to our country. (It is just as hard to be a loved one of a military service member--sometimes harder!) Secondly, what an adorable story and way to propose Ryan! Here is to October and a fabulous and unforgettable day for you both. We cannot wait!
XO
The MGE Team

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Heather and John

 Heather Norcutt & John Belman

Date Engaged: 
April 14, 2012

Where did you meet?  
John and I initially met in 2006, while working at Target in Minneapolis. We stayed in touch off and on after I left the company. In the summer of 2010 I was beginning to search for a new job upon the completion of my MBA, John and I met up for drinks and our relationship grew from there! One of our first dates was to the brand new Target Field for a Twins game! As fate would have it, a few months into our relationship, John would be offered an amazing job opportunity in Atlanta. He had always wanted to be closer to his children Christopher, Anneke & Brendan. The time we spent living in different states gave us time to learn a lot about each other. It soon became clear that we wanted to do everything we could to spend forever together.

How did he propose?
John proposed on April 14, 2012 in Stillwater, MN a city that is very special to both of us. John had taken me to visit an apple orchard & winery nearby. This historic city is along the St. Croix river that separates Minnesota & Wisconsin, it is full of bed & breakfasts, antiques, great restaurants, & boats - similar to Savannah!  John had been masterfully planning to surprise me with an engagement, which all of my friends and family will agree is one large accomplishment. I am a stereotypical Type A personality that loves to plan and always has a million things going on. John was working with two of my best friends to make sure things were perfect and I was adequately distracted. We were supposed to go to dinner with friends in Stillwater that Saturday night, all week I had been discussing dinner plans all week and we were set to meet at 8pm.  We arrived in town early to have lunch and do some shopping. We couldn't check into the hotel so I asked if the concierge would hold our suitcase while we eat lunch. John quickly responded that we would be back to check in promptly at 4:00. I, of course, challenged him what if I wasn't done eating or wanted to finish my glass of wine?? (Timeliness is not one of my strengths.....) We had a delicious lunch at the Dock Cafe and went back to check in. We were staying in an amazing room with a patio overlooking the river and the Stillwater lift bridge. We had decided to sit on the patio and enjoy the view. As I was opening a bottle of wine, John came behind me with a ring box. He then asked me to be his wife. I was incredibly happy & surprised! Tears, laughter, and more wine followed. John knew that it would mean the world to me to celebrate with close friends, so we kept our plans and met them for dinner. Little did I know, they were in on the whole plan and met us at the restaurant armed with champagne! Another fun fact I learned that night is John had hid the ring at my house above the refrigerator because he knew I couldn't reach that cupboard. I had no idea! Sneaky guy!!

When is your wedding date?  
April 5th, 2013

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?
We have visited Savannah, GA several times on vacation.  We both love this historic, Southern city and couldn't think of a better place to celebrate this special occasion. 

Where do you reside now?  
Atlanta, GA

Anything else you would like to add?
We are incredibly blessed with amazing family and friends that are traveling to Savannah for our wedding! 

The day is quickly coming and we couldn't be more excited about it! We have loved planning with you over the past number of months and are honored to be able to take part in such an important day in your lives! 
XO
The MGE Team

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

be merry.


dear brides- and grooms-to-be: 
this article is a must-read. 
written from an authentic wedding photographer’s perspective, it elucidates the true meaning of your wedding and encapsulates my feelings about what is most important to remember on your big day. 
is it more important to record evidence of the hand-embroidered vintage lace handkerchiefs that you tenderly folded and placed in a specially-crafted galvanized metal tin with a personalized chalkboard tag at the entrance to your ceremony with the handwritten message signifying guests should take one to “dry happy tears” or is it more significant to take a photo of your mom using said hankie to wipe her eyes as she sees her husband, your daddy, hand you over into your future spouse’s loving care? 
would you rather look back on pictures of your custom ribbon chandelier strung with handmade fabric florals, or the image of your grandparents dancing under it after celebrating over fifty years of marital bliss as the longest married couple in attendance at your wedding? 
you get the idea. 
if i could give modern brides just one piece of advice, it would be the following: don’t let the crafty genius of pinterest, the ingeniousness of wedding blogs or gorgeously styled wedding magazines ruin your day. 
what do i mean by that? 
simply this: feel free to use all available media sources as inspiration when planning your wedding, but don’t allow yourself to feel bad if you do not have the resources {whether financial or time} to recreate every look and detail that you want.
at the end of the day, the tiny details – while obviously adorable and meaningful in their own right – are not what matter the most. it’s the connection that you have with your future spouse, the love with which your family and friends surround you, and the fabulous time you have celebrating your brand-new marriage with everyone you care about. 
xo, 
jennifer

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

how to cultivate a guest list & the world’s smallest post service

i just love these tiny little save the dates from leaf cutter designs!
however, while the whole button thing is unique and crafty, it is a tad impractical. you can’t exactly cultivate a guest list of buttons, now can you? and more than likely, all of your guests are not singles living in separate households, which makes the red/blue button method a bit too simplistic for your response needs.
there are a myriad of ways to determine your guest list, but some are certainly better than others. following are a few points to consider as you embark on the harrowing journey of choosing whom you would like to include in the celebration of your big day:
{} the ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ list method: this is where you would slice up your invitees into groups ranked in importance; i.e., the ‘A’ list is your closest family and friends {mom, dad, siblings, grandparents, bridal party}, the ‘B’ list is your close family and friends {cousins, non-bridal party besties, etc.}, and so on. the theory with this is you automatically invite the ‘A’ and ‘B’ lists {and the ‘C’ list depending on your budget} and draw from the ‘D’ list as people from the first lists respond that they cannot come to your wedding.
    proyou can keep a better handle on your budget, you can be truly honest with yourself about who you want at your wedding, and it really opens up communication between you and your spouse-to-be about how you are slicing up your guest list.
    con: living in this social media-laden world as we do, this method doesn’t exactly work. imagine this: your friend from college {a ‘d’ lister since you have kept up with each other’s lives very minimally, but you did go to her wedding and you invited mutual friends so you wouldn’t mind seeing her at yours – phew, the reasoning!} sees that your mutual friend {a ‘b’ lister – you guys were, and still are, best friends from college!} put up a picture of your save the date/invite on facebook. said ‘d’ lister thinks to herself, ‘what a gorgeous invitation! too bad i’m not invited. oh well.’ a month or so passes, you’ve heard back from a few people that they won’t be able to attend, so you move on to your ‘d’ list. said friend receives a belated invitation, realizes that she is a “second-choice” attendee, and rsvp’s an emphatic no, thank you and you wonder if you did something wrong when she harbors a grudge {albeit a petty one} against you.
     verdict: i wouldn’t recommend this method unless you use it cautiously. that is, perhaps group your potential invitees using the a/b/c/d lists, but go about eliminating individuals from the first few lists in advance of sending out any official paper goods. you can do this by calling up your uncle {a ‘b’ lister, in this case}, who you know has a kid graduating from high school. your wedding happens to be on a saturday in june {the only available date at your absolute must-have venue!} – the very same saturday that your cousin is graduating from high school, and at nearly the exact same time. since you called your uncle to ask in advance, you just had two spots open up – his and your aunt’s –  so you can slide some ‘c’ or ‘d’ people on over and not hurt any feelings in the process! congrats. 
{} ask yourself a few questions: 
– has the prospective invitee met your fiance? if you live an unreasonable distance away or if you had a short dating period prior to your engagement, this may not be a good measure. if you have a friend who lives in your town  has never met your fiance, however, that could be a determining factor.
– when was the last time you spoke to them? if you lost touch with your freshman college roommate {sad – i’m sorry}, don’t feel obligated to invite her to your wedding. your wedding should not be a reunion: it is a time for you and your loved ones to celebrate your life as a couple, not a time to rehash old inside jokes with people you haven’t spoken to since your last college/high school reunion.
– would you be offended if you weren’t invited to their wedding? now, if you’re overly sensitive {and hopefully you can self-identify;)}, this doesn’t necessarily apply to you. for most of us, though, this is a good question to ask yourself when deciding whether or not you should invite someone to your wedding. 
– do they really need to be invited with a guest? while it is generally courteous to include a plus-1 for all invitees to a destination wedding {who wants to sit in a hotel room all by their lonesome?}, if that’s not you {or if you are inviting a large group of mutual friends who would stay in a hotel together and know plenty of people at the wedding}, consider not including a plus-1 for your little sister who is constantly on/off with a multitude of sketchy characters. not only are weddings a great place for singles to mix with other singles and potentially get together themselves {has anyone seen the five-year engagement? love that movie!}, but it will free up a seat for one of your friends and likely keep your event more drama-free.
– will they be a part of your lives forever? when deciding between cutting a relative or a friend, it usually makes more sense to cut the friend from the list rather than the relative who will forever be curt with you at family gatherings.
to read more advice & points to consider, the knot has an excellent article all about the subject that you can readhere.
enjoy!


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Future Savannah Wedding: Suzanne + Brad


Suzanne Biddy and Brad Howard

Date Engaged
December 22, 2012  
(A date even the Mayans didn't predict-get it?? Haha! I'm sorry-I'm a sucker for a horrible joke.)

Where did you meet?
We initially met while in college at Grub's, a local place in Fayetteville, AR circa 2001. We were acquaintances for a while before we "officially" met. In January of 2010, I saw him at the Fountain-a local place in Little Rock, AR. He saw me and came up to say "hello". And instead of a normal "hi, how are you," I gave him a kiss right smack dab on the lips. Don't get me wrong-I don't typically kiss everyone I see-but I'm super happy I did. I remember he looked totally shocked at first. But then he smiled and I had never seen a more familiar smile in all my life. Does that make sense? That's why I say that was when we "officially" met.  

How did he propose?
Brad brings me coffee every morning. So instead of coffee in my cup on December 22nd- it was a ring. He got down on one knee and asked. I replied; "That's all you got?" Then he professed his love. And I said "Yeah!" We wrote on the coffee cup with a marker later with the details. It was perfect. Perfect.  

When is your wedding date?
June 7, 2013

Why did you pick the area you are getting married in?
My family is from Georgia. And I have always loved Savannah. It's everything I love. A big, small southern town. Historic, exciting, easy-going, green, fun, beautiful, new, southern, creative, etc. You can do nothing there and have a perfect time. Brad and I took a trip to Savannah in December of 2011 and he fell in love as well.  I want all of our friends and family that haven't experienced it to have a chance to-its just a perfect place for us to get married.

Where do you reside now?
Little Rock, AR


We love your humor Suzanne! AND Brad--every morning?!? Wow you are surely a catch! Congrats you two, we are honored to get to share in your big day in June! 
XO
The MGE Team

Saturday, February 16, 2013

latest dessert trend: naked cake?


that’s right, you heard me! naked cake. yes, that means sans frosting {or, as the case may be, icky-yet-attractive fondant}.
Milk Bar tiered wedding cake in pistachio and chocolate chip
milk bar tiered wedding cake in pistachio and chocolate chip {my preferred flavors!}
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why, you may be asking yourself, would anyone in his or her right mind opt for a frosting-less wedding cake? i have come up with a few reasons for you:
1} frosting grosses you out. as a cake and filling person myself {aside from chocolate ganache situations, which are altogether different}, i can completely understand this logic.
2} it looks cool. there is just something about the vulnerable layers of exposed cake and luscious filling that beckon you to come hither
3} guests can see exactly what they’re getting. sure, this negates the whole surprise factor, but you have to admit it’s almost more exciting to anticipate the deliciousness in plain view rather than suspiciously scan over layers of the often-inedible fondant exterior and hoping for the best.
4} it’s different without being too different. not sure you want to completely forego a cake in favor of a trendy dessert, but don’t want traditional fare either? naked cake {yes, i’ve decided that’s its official term} could be just the thing for you!
and the styling options are endless! check out some of milk bar’s other offerings:
Milk Bar three tier wedding cake in strawberry lemon
milk bar three tier wedding cake in strawberry lemon
Milk Bar four tiered wedding cake in dulce de leche
milk bar four tiered wedding cake in dulce de leche
Milk Bar multi flavored wedding cake
milk bar multi flavored wedding cake
for those of you who do not live in the immediate nyc area and do not feel comfortable having your wedding cake shipped all the way from nyc {i honestly can’t blame you for that}, why not ask a local baker to recreate the same look for your wedding cake? you’ll avoid paying crazy shipping fees AND you’ll be buying local, which is always best.  
now, please excuse me while i take a moment to wipe the drool off of my screen and run off to the kitchen to whip up the closest thing to those tasty little numbers that my kitchenaid stand mixer and i can create.
XO,
Jennifer

Friday, February 15, 2013

modcloth bridal style


i am SO excited to announce that modcloth, purveyor of reasonably-priced adorable sundresses, vintage accessories & fabulous footwear, has a vintage wedding style section!
this is perfect for a casual wedding dress, creative bridesmaid dresses, or even just a classy little rehearsal dress.
check out a couple of my favorites:
{for your bridal luncheon}
Vintage Wedding Style - Bow, How Wonderful Dress Vintage Wedding Style - Reflecting Pool EarringsVintage Wedding Style - Dainty Dramatist Heel in Mint
{for your rehearsal dinner}
Vintage Wedding Style - Champagne Soiree DressVintage Wedding Style - Drop by the Party EarringsVintage Wedding Style - Lustery Day Heel
{for your bridesmaids}
Vintage Wedding Style - Home Sweet Scone Dress Vintage Wedding Style - For the Butter DressVintage Wedding Style - Ooh La Lavender DressVintage Wedding Style - Frost and Foremost Dress
{for your vintage courthouse wedding}
Vintage Wedding Style - Aisle Be There Dress in LilyVintage Wedding Style - University of Marilyn Dress in CreamVintage Wedding Style - Love You Ivory Day Dress
{for your reception}
Vintage Wedding Style - Vanilla Cream and Sugar Dress Vintage Wedding Style - Bright Starlet DressVintage Wedding Style - Marshmallow Whirl Dress

cute, right? and so affordable! you can find all of the styles i noted above on modcloth’s website. 
happy shopping!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

the day of v


oh, valentine’s day. while i prefer celebrating lupercalia {yes, i was a latin nerd from 7th grade onward} i can absolutely get behind any holiday that gives me an excuse to wear pink, enjoy my much-loved chocolate, and drink wine with the boyfriend {or group of girlfriends, as the case may be;)}. sure, it may be a hallmark-holiday, but who am i to diss such a glorious occasion for indulgent behavior? exactly.
for all of you lovely readers out there, i assume that, reading a wedding blog as you are, you are most likely not a valentine’s day hater {like jessica biel’s character in that cinematic masterpiece, valentine’s day}. this is probably your last valentine’s day as a singleton, if you’re getting married sometime between next week and february 2014; or perhaps it’s your very first valentine’s day as an engaged or married couple. if neither of those descriptions fit you, who’s to say they won’t by next valentine’s?
in any case, i couldn’t resist giving in to the hype and compiling valentine’s day inspiration from my favorite blogs that will help you plan just how you’d like to spend your valentine’s this year. whether it’s your first as a newlywed, last as an unmarried couple, or somewhere-in-between, go ahead and make it special!
without further adieu… 
how about staying in and enjoying a romantic dinner for two by the fireplace?
plaid winter wedding ideas
{via ruffled}
or, for the more adventurous and spontaneous among you, why not put together a pale pink, 60′s vintage ensemble & run off to the chapel with your sweetheart to elope? 
Valentine's Day elopement inspiration
{via 100 layer cake}
rather decorate with pale pink for a valentine’s day party than wear it for a surprise wedding? 
{via snippet & ink}
or maybe you get engaged this valentine’s {fingers crossed for those of you hoping for that!} and want to plan a sparkly wedding bash on your one-year-engagement anniversary next valentine’s day?
pssst… make sure to click the image so you can check out the bride’s super creative, instagram-inspired seating assignments! 
{via green wedding shoes}
or maybe you’re a mom looking for cute valentines to send your kid to school with? pssst… there’s a link to a free pdf printable of the graphic on the bag if you click the image!

{via twig and thistle}
send your sweetie to work or school with a bagged lunch that literally says how much you care: 
48 Naturally Sweet Fruit Stickers - Food Safe
{via etsy}
too far away from your love to spend valentine’s with him or her? send an old-fashioned {yet interactive!} note like: 
{via oh hello friend}
or just grab some nifty valentine’s day notecards to let your special someone know you care:
{via modcloth}