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Real Historic Jekyll Island Wedding

Duncan-Petrie Wedding

This awesome couple traveled from Manhattan to have a romantic, garden inspired wedding on the idyllic Jekyll Island. As the groom was a history buff, the beautiful Villa Ospo was the perfect location for the party, while the historic Faith Chapel was ideal for the wedding ceremony.

The experience we created was sentimental and chic, while still incorporating the beautiful grounds of the villa and with a touch of fancy. The bride’s beautiful colors made this very easy– a soft palette of ivory, coral, peach and gold, showcased many of her details exquisitely.

The main focus was to keep everything very intimate and endearing– so we used a mix of exposed farm tables, flanked by draped rounds.  As an alternative to plated or buffet meals, we did family style service– where delicious platters were placed on the tables and allowed guests to pass them and interact with each other.

 

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Hair and Makeup: Paulina Perez
Wedding Design, Florals and Coordination: Cocktails & Details
Wedding Venue: Villa Marianna, Jekyll Island
Caterer: Tasteful Temptations
Photographer: The Illustrious Chris Moncus, the other half of my wedding day rap duo 🙂
Cinematography: JKS Films
Ceremony and Cocktail Musicians: Richard Stratton
Band: Backbeat Boulevard
DJ: Island Sound
Tent: Kirby Tents
Event Rentals: Luxe Event Rentals
Lounge Furniture: Beachview Rentals
Carriage: Three Oaks Carriage

We Likey: Low Country Luxe, Southern Inspired Fragrances

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The best thing about having a destination wedding in Saint Simons Island or Jekyll Island is sharing a bit of this beautiful area with your guests.  Many of our clients’ wedding guests come from large metropolises from all corners of the country, so taking a piece of the South home is a welcomed gift.

We’ve fallen in love with Low Country Luxe– a boutique operation that produces Southern inspired fragrances. Hand-poured, conceptualized and created in their Southern Fragrance House, Low Country Luxe’s Signature Collection features Gullah, High Cotton, Live Oak, Moonshine, Sea Grass and Spanish Moss. The two new fragrances are Moonshine and Live Oak. The Belle of the Ball Collection was added to the 2014 product line– with the inspiration for the collection being the candle developed exclusively for the 2013 White House First Lady’s Luncheon.

With candles in several sizes and reed diffusers, these are the perfect gifts for bridesmaids, mothers or any one who loves the South!  Learn more about Low Country Luxe at their website and see their inspiration on Instagram.

Jekyll Island Wedding Package
Apr 27 2015

Real Cherokee Cottage Wedding :: Tara and Tom on Jekyll Island

Tara and Tom wed in Jekyll Island with on of our all inclusive wedding packages and partied with an intimate group of family and friends at a wedding reception at the Jekyll Island Club’s Cherokee Cottage. Their wedding was so much fun– full of life, laughter and memories.  After exchanging vows under the oaks and Spanish moss, guests walked along the Historic District of Jekyll Island to enjoy cocktails and infused waters with delectable hors d’oeuvres.

Tara selected beautiful details that reflected the natural beauty of the area– a palette of ivory and celadon, with various wood textures mixed in.  The open air reception on Cherokee Cottage’s lawn allowed guests to dine intimately at farm tables and dance under chandelier laden oak trees. One of our favorite details and moments of the day was a very special bottle wine– Tara’s late father had presented bottles of wine to her brothers on their wedding days and saved a special one for his little girl.

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Photography:  Jennifer Tacbas Photography

Fab Finds Friday: Felt Noir

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Rounding out your looks for your wedding weekend will take a lot of thought. It is one of the times you’ll be photographed the most, so looking polished is a must.  Felt Noir offers unique jewelry pieces that are perfect for your rehearsal and your wedding day, or even gifts for your bridal party.  Long time friends Eric and Eddie developed a company to offer the best  Felt Noir sells quality gemstone and diamond jewelry directly to the consumer at low factory-direct prices. No middleman required!

 

Bridesmaids’ Gifts We love the idea of giving Felt Noir Charms as a bridesmaids gift– being able to give your ladies a personal memento that reflects a special memory between the two of you is the perfect way to thank them for being a part of your special day. Additionally, their necklaces are beautiful and complement any dress you’ve chosen for your bridesmaids.


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Rehearsal Dinner   Their well designed collections are perfect for complementing and finalizing your outfit for your rehearsal dinner.  The Black & White Collection is streamlined, with pieces ranging from the regal to the modern.

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Wedding Day The Something Blue collection offers that age old tradition and would make lovely heirlooms to be passed down among family generations to come.   Additionally, the beautiful bracelets and earrings would make delicious finishes to your wedding gown.

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Love what you see?  Cocktails & Details readers and fans get 20% off until August 31st when you use the code BBSummer20.  Keep up with their new designs on Facebook, Pinterest  and Instagram

 

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Free Download: Planning a Jekyll Island or St. Simons Island Wedding

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  Many couples come here each season to exchange “I Do’s” with their feet in the sand, in a historic cottage, beachside villa or one of our other beautiful locations.  Destination weddings take a lot of work and planning. Google and Pinterest are your friends, but even the vast results of wedding reception venues, wedding photographers and more– it can be overwhelming.  If you aren’t from the area, planning can appear to be daunting and even intimidating if you don’t know where to start. Our Saint Simons Island wedding infographic is a great place to start at a glance, but chances are you are looking for a bit more information if you are considering a trip to the area for your wedding.  We’ve prepared a mini e-book that should help answer major questions about where to start, who to hire and finding out which island is best for you.  It’s a quick read and will get you prepared for some big decisions you’ll have to make.

Download your free copy

If you find that you will need more assistance, look into getting a copy of The Little Blue Wedding Book, which offers more comprehensive advice for weddings in the area, our favorite vendors and much more!

20 Reasons You Should Have an Unplugged Wedding

This is important.

So important that during every client’s logistics consult, we ask if clients would like to have an unplugged wedding.

Every. Single. Time.

Most of our clients haven’t heard of it and when they google the term, come back immediately and say, “YES! We want one!”.  The remaining will say something to the effect of, “No, we think it’s really fun to see all the images that our guests take of our wedding”.  And that sounds good in theory, until you get your images back and crucial or memorable moments have been ruined by an influx of guests with their arms held high in the air with their cell phones, cameras and iPads.  I can’t imagine how deflating it must be to get your images and see your absolute favorite shot, to have it ruined by clutter and intrusion.  The fact of the matter is, you’ve invested a great deal of money in the talent you’ve hired document your day.  Part of that talent is their interpretation of your day’s events, not photoshopping people out of them.  It is rare that there is a picture that your guests will take that will rival the professional quality of the one your photographer will take.  Your guests’ pictures aren’t as important as your photographer’s– period.  Your guests aren’t as invested in your images as you are. They are just moments that will sit on their phone and will ultimately be deleted. For you, this is the moment.

 

So without further ado, here are 20 reasons you should have an unplugged wedding:

Photo by Samantha Melanson

Photo by Samantha Melanson

Photo via Be A Bride

Photo via Be A Bride

Photo by Corey Ann Photography

Photo by Corey Ann Photography

Photo by Corey Ann Photography

Photo by Corey Ann Photography

Photo by Corey Ann Photography

Photo by Corey Ann Photography

Photo by Corey Ann Photography

Photo by Corey Ann Photography

Photo by DNM Wedding Films

Photo by DNM Wedding Films

Photo by Joesan Photo

Photo by Joesan Photo

Photo by Kelly Cameron

Photo by Kelly Cameron

Photo by Krista Photography

Photo by Krista Photography

Photo by Lapis Lazuli Photography

Photo by Lapis Lazuli Photography

Photo by Lemon Tree Film House

Photo by Lemon Tree Film House

Photo by Leon Bailey

Photo by Leon Bailey

Photo via Masterpiece Weddings

Photo via Masterpiece Weddings

Photo by Misha Media

Photo by Misha Media

Photo by Mitchell Dyer

Photo by Mitchell Dyer

Photo via My Little Bridal Blog

Photo via My Little Bridal Blog

Photo by Neilvn

Photo by Neilvn

Photo via Proud to Plan

Photo via Proud to Plan

Photo by Rebekah Hoyt

Photo by Rebekah Hoyt

 

And I’ll just be honest– there are many ceremonies where the decor is sparse, the background is lacking, etc. either by choice or necessity.  A great photographer has the artistic ability to hone in on angles and details to make it look beyond fabulous.  When your guests get in the way, your photographer is greatly limited and has to widen the shot, not only including intrusive guests, but also missing out on making your ceremony look like a million dollars.

 

If you don’t need any more convincing, here are some examples of signs that can be put up at the entrance of your ceremony.  I suggest that you also have your officiant or coordinator make an announcement during the prelude as a reminder.

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Fab Finds Friday: Studio Gear Cosmetics Holiday Smokey Eye Palette

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I am SUCH a huge fan of the smokey eye look!  Any special occasion, it is my go to look.  Studio Gear has perfected the color palette and even supplies expert directions so that you can look your very best.

Be radiant on any occasion with this sultry, shimmery palette of dramatic shades – perfect for creating a classic smoky eye look, with a hint of unexpected golden glimmer. This collection of four complimentary eye shadows with matching blush deliver several day to night options that are both seductive and wearable. With pure color, pigment-rich formulations, you’ll be sure to smolder all night!
Includes white, silver, gold, and coal eye shadows and a perfect pink blush.

This palette is available on our website and at select ULTA BEAUTY locations (starting in December).

Part of creating the ultimate look is having the right tools. The right brushes change everything. Studio Gear has the perfect brushes to beef up your arsenal:  The All About Eyes Kit (consisting of a fine liner brush, invincible liner brush, blending brush and large shader brush) and the more general The Essentials Kit (consisting of a large powder brush, foundation brush, and shader brushes in two sizes).

Get your holiday looks on with Studio Gear.  Be sure to like them on Facebook, follow them Instagram and see their boards on Pinterest.

 

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Jazz Up Your Signature Drink with MOLECULE-R

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Coming up with a signature drink can be hard.  What if you don’t want to venture out on a limb with a cocktail that will be a complete bust to guests?  That’s alcohol wasted and a few unhappy guests.  Or, if you are just in love with some of the classics– like mojitos, cosmopolitans or margaritas and want a way to make it unique and memorable, Molecule-R is here to help.

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molecular gastronomy signature cocktail ideas

The  molecular gastronomy kit is perfect for your wedding or holiday party (hello– Christmas is right around the corner!).  This modern trend takes a classic cocktail and turns it into a contemporary experience that will be the talk of your party.   Wow your guests with floating flavor pearls,  fruit foams or encapsulate and serve  the cocktail in a bubble that pops in your mouth!

 

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The kit is great for at home mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts as well! Each of the new Cocktail R-EVOLUTION kits come complete with the necessary molecular tools – 1 silicone mold, 1 slotted spoon and 2 pipettes – to create the ultimate cocktail. Also included in each kit are 10 sachets of additives of sodium alginate, calcium lactate and soy lecithin that each serve 6-10 people.

Buy online at $29.99  at the Molecule-R site.

 

 

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Dec 02 2013

Fashion Monday: Isabelle Armstrong

 

Quite possibly the most feminine gowns that will grace wedding ceremonies next year, Isabelle Armstrong’s wedding dresses range from the whimsical and ethereal to the glamorous and chic.  With flowers serving as the main inspiration for the line, you can see the details in the texture of laces, silks and lines.  The beadwork is exquisite and is truly the cornerstone of the Splendor, Passion and Grace line.

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See more of Isabelle Armstrong on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.