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Apr 12 2016

Fashion Monday: Galia Lahav

For every little girl, there is a different vision for her wedding day.  It typically starts with a princess-like ball gown and tiara.  But every little girl eventually grows up.  Sometimes, her fairytale wedding vision stays the same.  But when it doesn’t, there’s Galia Lahav.

 

Galia Lahav creates some of the most beautiful, yet sexy wedding gowns.  It’s not for the demure or faint of heart.  If you are fashion forward and looking for a conversation starter, keep reading. What I love is the designs takes us fluidly through time periods and locations. Each collection tells a story, allowing each dress in its respective collection to play a starring role.

 

The Ivory Tower collection is reminiscent of the medieval, fairy tale concept of royalty.  But these are not your Disney princess’ dresses.  On the contrary– these gowns look like something the ultra svelte villainess would don before she laid waste to a kingdom.

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The Les Reves Bohemians collection continues the fairy tale vision, trading the sleek lines for more relaxed designs with flowing fabrics. The few straight silhouette gowns are structured down to the last bead, with inspiration from Greek column dresses and sheaths.

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The Jazz Age collection might be a personal favorite.  Loving everything from this era, it is wonderful to see a collection of gowns that are indicative of the glamour and richness of the Great Gatsby time period.  I also love the detail and silhouettes on the gowns– Old Hollywood calling!

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The La Dolce Vita collection might be one of the most beautiful of all. Transporting us to the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, these Italian inspired gowns bring romance and sleek allure of European fashion.  The lace and layered textures bring out amazing designs and expressions.

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In love yet? Of course you are.  Be sure to allow the other collections, Empress, St. Tropez Cruise, Sizzling 1920s and Lourdes to make an introduction.

Forsyth Park Fountain Wedding Savannah Georgia
Sep 10 2015

Savannah Wedding at Forsyth Park

We had the privilege of working on Meron and Ramondo’s wedding in Savannah at the iconic Forsyth Park fountain.  This stunning couple had such a beautiful day, filled with memories, family and friends.  The wedding reception was complemented by Ethiopian ethnic traditions, in honor of Meron’s heritage.

Meron chose a beautiful palette of white, blush and gold that was beautiful against the backdrop of her ceremony and reception.  Marçia of Marçia’s Workshop was able to capture some endearing images from both the Christian wedding and Ethiopian Ceremony the day after.

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Wedding Coordinator: Cocktails & Details®
Photographer: Marçia’s Workshop
Ceremony Venue: Forsyth Park // Savannah, GA
Reception Venue: American Legion
Florals: Kato Florals
Caterer: Savannah Event Catering
Wedding Cake: Rum Runners Bakery
Rentals
: Amazing Event Rentals
Lighting:  All About You DJs
DJ: DJ Skypager

43 Layers Custom DIY Creations
Sep 09 2015

We Likey: Custom Wedding Decor with 43 Layers:

 43Layers, is a platform for on-demand DIY event decorations and accessories. Brides, planners, designers and creative professionals use us to make custom decor and accessories without having to spend a fortune or countless hours on crafting/DIY. Still not getting it?
Put it like this–  they are like if Etsy and Minted had a lovechild, and that lovechild also happened to be a child prodigy, trained since birth to make the most custom, personal and amazing products on the planet.
Awesome, right?  Take a look at just some of the things that are possible with 43Layers.
personalized custom laser cut escort cards

Escort Cards

 

personalized custom laser cut table numbers

Table Numbers

personalized laser cut cake topper

Cake Topper

personalized custom cuff links

Cufflinks

Personalized Custom selfie realistic cake topper

Selfie Cake Topper

 

You’re only limited by your imagination with 43Layers. Simply submit your design idea and collaborate with designers to make your idea come to life. You’ll receive a digital preview of your custom event accessory, which you can tweak until it’s perfect. When it is, in a few days you’ll hold your final product in your hands.

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Sep 08 2015

How Pinterest Will Ruin Your Wedding

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Despite the title, I really love Pinterest. Perhaps that was a bit drastic.

Like most users, I’m addicted to Pinterest.  It’s like Target– I go in for one thing, come out 40 minutes later with a bunch of stuff I didn’t know I wanted.

Pinterest is great for inspiration.  It can show you things you didn’t know was possible or take your vision further than you’ve ever thought.  That’s great.  That’s also a problem.  I can’t tell you how many times brides send us their Pinterest boards or pins for their wedding want “exactly this” , having their heart set on beautiful bouquets, stylized tables and elaborate seating.  Visually, Pinterest is a dream.

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When the quotes come in, it’s a loud wake up call. Pinterest doesn’t tell you:

  • If the flowers in your pins are in season
  • How much the flowers in your pins cost
  • How much the rentals in your pins cost
  • The full scope of the venue

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These are some pretty important factors to consider.  In addition to the list above, many photos on Pinterest are styled shoots.  It’s far easier to produce such grandeur on a smaller scale than for 100+ guests. I’m not saying that Pinterest is the devil, don’t get me wrong. It’s a great source of inspiration, not replication.

Here is how to use Pinterest to your advantage–

  • Search efficiently – First, start with a search of your wedding venue to see what has been done there and what works.   Next, search for inspiration ideas with the flowers that are in season. Picking flowers that are in season will help you keep your costs down, as well as your hopes aligned with your inspiration. Don’t know what flowers to pick for your wedding? Get our wedding flowers in season download.   See what you like and don’t like.
  • Reality Check – Make sure the linens, tables and that you’ve found during your search will work in your venue.  For example, if your venue comes with round tables, but your centerpieces that you love are on wood farm tables, the translation will not be the same.
  • Request Quotes – Request quotes from florists and rental companies with the inspiration and ideas you’ve gathered so far. Be sure to include the florals that you found to be in season, as well as your rental needs (chargers, chairs, linens, etc.).  Most importantly, include your budget.  If you’re not sure how much to budget, check out our How Much Do Weddings Cost post.

 

Sep 07 2015

Fashion Monday: Wildfox Kiss the Bride

Every bride loves to wear those special items that designate her as “The Bride” or “Mrs”. Whether it is for your bachelorette party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or getting ready, Wildfox has come up with some fashionable options for you!

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Wildfox has something for your honeymoon, bridesmaids and even a little treat for yourself!

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Aug 10 2015

Fashion Monday: Isabelle Armstrong

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Combining both classy and sexy, Isabelle Armstrong creates the perfect bridal gown that flatters every bride-to-be. Classically elegant and naturally beauty, Isabelle Armstrong kept timeless design in mind while using beautifully draped silks, hand beaded fabrics, delicate laces and textured fabrics this season. Isabelle Armstrong’s famed design team created dresses to go with the hottest trends of the season including feathers, florals, illusion sleeves, short frocks, and 3D effects.
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These dramatic gowns are stunning show stoppers are the perfect way to make an impact with your dress in your wedding photos. If you’re not familiar with the luxury gown that Isabelle Armstrong, check out some of her beautiful wedding dress designs.

This collection is inspired by the uncompromising magnificence of a diamond.  At its core, a diamond is strong, brilliant and extraordinary.   The Spring 2016 Isabelle Armstrong Bridal Collection, complete with geometric embroidery and soft, romantic fabrics and laces, captures the essence of a diamond’s multi-faceted beauty.  Each gown is hand crafted, complex and yet simply elegant.  This collection is our interpretation of one of nature’s outstanding creations, a testament we believe exemplifies our continued efforts to design pieces evoking Splendor, Passion and Grace. See the entire collection.

 

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tequila cocktail signature drink recipes
Aug 07 2015

Our Top 7 Tequila Ideas for Your Signature Drink

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Frequent travel to Mexico has made us tequila lovers.  Well, some of us anyway. But there’s a story behind that and we promise to tell it to you some snowy night in front of  the fire.

A lot of our couples are afraid to incorporate tequila into their signature bar because of its distinct taste (or college memories), but we promise– these recipes will make a believer and lover out of the most discriminating tastes. Understanding that there are people that fall on both sides of the spectrum– those that love the taste of tequila and those… well, not so much, will help you find a happy medium between the two.

 

Dirty Work

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Dirty Work comes to us via one of our favorite mixologists in the game, Russell Davis.  Yes, that Russell Davis.  It’s a complex cocktail with a lot of layers and body– which is great for the connoisseur.  It includes Reposado Tequila, Lime, Pineapple Gomme syrup (fancy simple syrup), Cardamom tincture, and champagne. This mix is perfect for those warm summer weddings.

 

Salpicon de Mango (Mango Splash)

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1.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango Liqueur (brand new from Patrón and it is loooovveely)
1 oz Patrón Silver Tequila
3/4 oz Lime Juice (or the juice of a medium-sized lime)
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
3/4 oz Orange Juice
Long Splash Chilled Club Soda\

Just looking at the ingredients has your mouth watering, amirite??? This beauty was created by the genius that is Esteban Ordonez and is pretty simple to achieve. Fill a large rocks glass or double old fashioned glass with ice. Combine all ingredients over the ice, adding the club soda in the end gently. Stir to mix all ingredients and garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig if desired. Again, perfect for those summer weddings– especially with those featuring seafood. Ceviche, anyone?

 

Carpe Dia

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Milagro Añejo  2 parts
Lime Juice 1 Part
Blackberry Syrup 0.75 Part
Sage Leaf 1 EA
Hibiscus Tea 1 Part
Ginger Beer 1 part
Garnish: Blackberries & Sage
Glass: Punch bowl

What’s great about this drink is that it can be made in batches, which makes for quick service at your bar. Since it is also pretty to look at, it will be quite the conversation piece. Build all ingredients except ginger beer in a punch bowl over a block of ice. Top with ginger beer right before stirring interminately.

 

Lil Mizz Sunshine

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6 oz Roca Patrón Reposado
2 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango
3 oz Orange/Chamomile Tea-Infused Sweet Vermouth (recipe below)
3 oz Lime Juice
10 White Sugar Cubes
6 oz Club Soda

Muddle sugar cubes with lime juice, Stir all ingredients (except for club soda) with ice. Strain over 1 large block of ice. Add club soda, and garnish with orange wheels and edible flowers.

 

Orange Chamomile infused sweet vermouth:

-5 tsp Orange Chamomile Tea Leaves
-750ml Dolin Sweet Vermouth

Infuse tea in vermouth for 2 hours. After 2 hours, strain out tea and refrigerate.

 

My bar crush, Rosie Ruiz of Cole’s in LA, really put her foot in this drink, as we say. It’s light, feminine and bubbly.  It’s also definitely one of those drinks that will take a bit of pre-event execution, so give yourself time, but it’s worth it.  Lil Mizz Sunshine would be happily at home at a bridal shower, bachelorette party or cocktail hour.

 

Lavender Paloma

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2 parts Milagro Silver
1 part Fresh grapefruit juice
.5 part Lavendar & Vanilla simple syrup
.5 part Fresh lime juice
3 parts Dry Lavender soda

Garnish: grapfruit peel & lavender & kosher salt

Put all ingredients in a tall glass and top with Lavender soda. **Or infuse lavender into the syrup and top with soda water for a delicious, full bodied cocktail.

This where Milagro shows up and shows off– the slow roasted,  100% blue agave tequila really adds to the flavors of this cocktail.  I know most wouldn’t consider tequila to be a “relaxed” spirit, however this cocktail blend is soft and ethereal. Paloma is perfect for those whose conceptions about tequila you would like to change.

 

Blonde Juan

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1.5 parts Milagro Silver
.75 parts White Peach Syrup
.75 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
2 parts Blonde Beer
1 Lemon Wheel

Combine tequila, peach syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a tall Collins glass. Top with a Blonde Ale. Garnish with a lemon wheel. I love this because this is a wonderful blend of a little Georgia for you wedding with the white peach syrup.

 

Cool as a Cucumber Margarita

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2 parts Milagro Silver
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
3 Cucumber Slices
1 Lime wheel
1 Cucumber Stick

Garnish: course ground sea salt and black peppercorn mix

 

Combine all ingredients in a blender without ice. Blend and pour over fresh ice into a rocks glass prepared with a half salted rim. Garnish with a cucumber spear and lime wheel (optional).

 

Which of these are your favorites? Do you have a favorite tequila based drink?  Let us know in the comments!

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Aug 06 2015

Saint Simons Island Wedding at Villa De Suenos

The great thing about knowing he’s the one… is KNOWING he’s the one. Our sweet bride contacted us before she was even engaged.  She had a “feeling” a proposal was coming and loved Saint Simons Island, so naturally, she wanted her wedding to be in the Golden Isles. We exchanged emails back and forth, falling in love with each other’s quick wit, fashionable ideas and love of martinis. Needless to say, I was all too thrilled to get a chance to meet with my kindred spirit on a trip she and her fiancé were making to Jekyll Island.

Then she cancelled.

She was so apologetic for “wasting my time” (No waste at all– I adored talking to her each time!).  She just didn’t think the proposal was going to happen during their trip, but thanked me for all the information, ideas and laughs.  I won’t lie– I fell in love with her personality and style, so I was bummed.

Until she emailed two days later, exclaiming, “I’M ENGAGED!!!!”  The rest was history.

We planned this beautiful, ocean inspired wedding at the gorgeous private residence, Villa De Suenos on East Beach on Saint Simons Island.  They exchanged vows overlooking the ocean– while their closest friends sang a personally written song just for them.  Guests from all around the country dined on traditional Southern food,  a popcorn bar, Blonde Bombshell signature drinks and partied. . . All. Night. Long.  No, seriously… Rob Base’s “It Takes Two” came on, and it was all over.

My favorite thing (and you know how much I love cake)?  The way they looked at each other all night. . . I hope you two look at each other like that for the rest of your lives.

-xo

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Venue: Villa De Suenos :: Saint Simons Island, GA
Hair: Denae Daniels Salon
Makeup: Paulina Perez
Wedding Dress:  Nicole Miller
Wedding Planner & Designer: Cocktails & Details®
Wedding Photographer: Once Like A Spark
Caterer & Florist: Straton Hall
DJ: Island Sound

Aug 05 2015

We Likey: Paperpless Post for Weddings

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Of course, for your wedding  you should send out formal wedding invitations.  However, for certain events like rehearsal dinners, e-vites can be the perfect option for request the presence of some of your favorite people. With destination weddings, some experts contend you should invite everyone who is a guest (read: traveled for)  in your city.  The notion is that you have several people who have traveled long hours and longer distances, so the kind thing to do would be to entertain them (again) and make them feel warm and toasty.

Rubbish.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t do this.  If you can afford it, you totally should.  However, not everyone can  or needs to.  Traditionally, rehearsal dinners were for immediate family (parents, grandparents, siblings) and those in the bridal party.  Seems quaint and small, right? Now, more couples are opting for more casual events that are high energy, laid back, inclusive with the approach of “all who are in town can attend”. In fact, they are calling these fetes “Welcome Parties”; totally nixing the name  “Rehearsal Dinner” altogether.

This is where Paperless Post shows up and shows off.  They have, seriously, the most amazing designs that would make the most formal of your guests swoon.  Additionally, they are very cost effective from sending traditional paper invites (especially if you are inviting your entire guest list) and are more welcoming than ambiguous information on your wedding website. Each digital invitation comes in a beautiful digital envelope in the script, color and liner of your choice.  Paperless Post uses a coin system to purchase invites, and 20 can be purchased for $6 (most designs range from free to 4 coins each).

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Aren’t they divine?  And they’re just a small sample of options available.  With designers like Vera Wang, Hello! LuckyJ. Crew and many more, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy.  What could possibly make this better?  Well, for the true etiquette sticklers who you feel would move heaven and earth if they didn’t receive a paper invitation, you can purchase paper options to accompany your digital ones.

 

See? Now everyone’s happy!