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St. Simons Elopement Ideas

Saint Simons Island weddings are a staple to our beautiful area. Couples come from all around the country to plan their bare feet in the sand for a beach wedding or in the historic squares and gardens.  There are many gorgeous places that represent our beautiful coastal area very well– from sandy beaches to open parks.  Which Saint Simons wedding venue is right for you? It’s just a matter of which reflect your personality!

Our parks feature the beautiful Spanish Moss that everyone loves on the trees, and are often times very close to the piers to allow you beautiful post-elopement photo ops.  Many people fall in love with the beaches, and best of all they are free!  What’s most important is that you consider the tide levels for when you would like to have your wedding ceremony.  Consult the tide charts and take into account the weather, which can greatly affect the tides.  Also keep in mind that since the beaches are free, there is no way to reserve a space for your wedding. If you have elaborate décor, be sure that your wedding coordinator has a plan ahead of time to enact setup.

 

 

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East Beach wedding on St. Simons Island :: Photo by Anna and Spencer via Yes Bride

 

Wedding Elopement at Mallery Park in St SImons Island

Mallery Park on Saint Simons Island

 

Elopements Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island

Gascoigne Bluff  near Epworth by the Sea

Small Gazebo in Neptune Park St. Simons Island

Gazebo by Neptune Park/The Village

Avenue of the Oaks St Simons Sea Island

Avenue of the Oaks to Sea Island

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Gazebo and Pool at the Best Western Island Inn

Neptune Park Casino Lawn St Simons Island

Neptune Park

Keep in mind that these are not your only options! Looking for Jekyll Island elopement venues? We’ve got you covered, too!  You can also look into many areas at your hotel or restaurant if you are making a weekend of it.  Here is what you need to elope:

• A wedding officiant of your choice

• A beautiful location

• Your wedding license from Glynn County

You can also download our Saint Simons Elopement Checklist to help get you started!

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Relieve Wedding Stress by Pampering Yourself

Wedding planning can be stressful.  Timelines, guest lists, budgets, and meetings can take their toll on you– both physically and mentally.  Your eating habits can get out of whack, your sleep clock breaks down and your exercise routine can fall through the cracks.  It’s important to take at least one day a week, if you can afford it or at the very least, twice a month, to decompress and let the wedding plans stay on pause for a moment.

Well, Stella, we’re here to help you get your groove back!

 

Repair.

Hevia Skin Care

Make sure you have a great skincare program HEVIA MD SKIN SCIENCE™ has all of the essentials to keep you looking absolutely gorgeous before, during and after the wedding day. The exceptional skincare line, created by internationally-renowned cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Oscar Hevia, features the super-antioxidant Red Mangrove Extract, which features higher antioxidant potency than Vitamin C. The Skin Science kit includes a repair serum, day treatment and hand and body cream to help repair and prep your skin to be picture perfect.

 

Relax.

 Nature's Love Bath and Body Products

Spa treatments like facials and massages are great getaways for you to relax during your wedding planning process. Even quick mani/pedis are opportunities for you to regroup and relax.  The products from Love Nature NYC  help you create the spa treatment at home with their  natural and organic products that include body balms, scrubs, soap bars, hand poured candles and more.  Created with ingredients like mango butter (a personal favorite for skin complexions!), buttermilk powder, rose hips, and essential oils are the perfect way to pamper yourself right from home.  Having a moment to refocus and care for only yourself can be a great stress-reliever.

Laurie Kendal-Ellis, Executive Director of the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association  recommends the five following techniques to alleviate wedding stress:

1.      Deep Breathing – improves energy levels and initiates a built-in relaxation response

2.      Muscle Relaxation – tenses and releases each muscle group individually and then collectively

3.      Body Stretches – consecutive stretches including that of the arms, lower back and chest

4.      Foam Rolling – a self-myofascial release technique using a foam roller to inhibit overactive muscles

5.      Racquetballing – a trigger point exercise using a racquetball to massage the tender muscles of the shoulder blades, where much stress tension lies

 

Rejuvenate.

One of my favorite things to give a boost to the system is juicing. Juicing allows your body a chance to recharge and detox.   Chaud’s Juice Therapy is a great place to start if you are not an avid juicer. There are some other great recipes for snacks that help you to end emotional or bad eating.

Make sure you are staying hydrated!  Water is imperative to keeping your metabolism functioning properly, as well as curbing hunger pains. While most doctors advise a little more than the old adage of “eight eight-ounce glasses per day”, it is still a great starting point.  And water doesn’t have to be boring! Infused waters are a huge favorite in our house.  Here are some of our favorites:

Infused Water

 

Most importantly: delegate, delegate, delegate! If you have a wedding planner or best friend who can take on tasks for you, allow them to do so, even if it is just a few tasks. It gives you the opportunity to recenter and enjoy life again!

Jul 16 2013

Wedding Hair Ideas and Tips

Choosing your wedding hairstyle is just as important as finding your wedding dress. With so many choices out there, simple things like hair health and color can fall by the way side. The last thing a bride needs is a bad beauty decision that can sabotage her big day — one that will be documented for eternity.

Expert colorist, Mia, from the award-winning Color by Mia, provides expert tips for coloring and styling hair so that every bride can look picture perfect on her special day.

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Wedding Day Color Prep

Patience is a Virtue: The longer you can wait between salon visits, the better your hair will look on your wedding day. The longer the root length, the easier it is for your colorist to conceal. Visiting the salon more often than 5-6 weeks can result in the color overlapping, which will result in a more obvious grow-out and possible damage.

*Coloring Tip: Never schedule a salon visit the day before the wedding. The bride should schedule an appointment at least 2 weeks prior from the wedding date. This will give time for any last minute adjustments to color after the bridal hairstyle run-through.

Gray Strays: Instead of tinting hair with your usual permanent color, consider using a semi-permanent color to disguise any gray. Rather than sporting an evident straight line of color, using a semi-permanent color will blur out the grow- out line.

Brighten Up: No matter what a bride’s current color is, I recommend she always go a shade or two lighter. This will instantly make a bride appear younger and give a fresh, brightened look.

Stay Pure: If you live in an older building and have a lighter hair color, you may want to invest in a Brita- style shower head to remove any impurities in the water. This will prevent dulling from build-ups.

Color Saver: Always wash and rinse hair with cool water to keep color fresher, longer.

Wedding Day Style:

50/50: Donned by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, try a gorgeous half up and half down hairstyle. With this look, brides can show off a sexy, long do’, while eliminating distracting hair away from the face.

Soft & Messy: Try a sexy up do’, with a side of soft and messy. This look will expose a bride’s natural beauty, while allowing her to look effortlessly put together.

Bun Be Gone: This wedding season, say goodbye to the classic low bun! Trending brides are growing long locks and wearing their hair long for their big day. Add some shine to your locks and wear a dainty bejeweled headband. This will draw eyes to your face, without being overly distracting.

Wave Hello: This wedding season, brides are saying goodbye to straight hairstyles and adding some bounce to their hair. Whether you do large, bouncy waves, or smaller, loose waves– stray away from straight. Adding some curls will give hair more body and will look much more natural from any angle in wedding photos.

 

Follow these bridal hair tips and look flawless as you walk down the aisle!

Fashion Monday: Pose

Pose Fashion App

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There will be many picture worthy events during your engagement– from your engagement party, engagement shoot, rehearsal, welcome party, post wedding brunch, and probably a zillion more in between! Pose helps you look abfab for all of them. Directly from your phone or tablet, you can check out the top trends as worn by other users as well as checking out our personal favorite What to Wear With…., where top trendsetters show how you how to rock the latest trends with items right from your own closet! You also receive the inspiration from products from the hottest designers, too. What’s even better is that you can see from fellow members where they’ve made awesome scores– either at specialty shops, brand name stores and more, so that you can get in on the good stuff too!

Wedding Planning Advice

 

 

  • • Nail Art has become a new obsession of mine.  I love getting inspired with new colors and designs
  • • Hashtag searches make it super easy to customize and personalize searches
  • • Search by trend/style: office wear, featured collections, and more!

 

Get on over to Pose, follow me and set up your account! Come back and let me know your Name/Link so that I can follow you, too!

Bliss & Bone Invitations
Jul 12 2013

Luxury Wedding Invitations from Bliss & Bone

 

These are not your mother’s wedding invitations, honey.  I’m talking down right swoonworthy.

Prana Collection Bliss & Bone Invitations

Bliss & Bone has come up with some absolutely amazing designs to knock to socks off of any edgy, modern, luxe bride.  They serve as a premiere resource for the bride and groom who are looking to be unique, imaginative, and nothing close to ordinary throughout their wedding process.

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Bliss & Bone offers semi-custom luxury paper goods for your wedding, products ranging from invitations to cocktail napkins. The brand ties in unique materials and extensive trend research for each of their six seasonally exclusive, fashion forward printed collections. Additionally, they provide assistance as a (digital) coordinator, keeping the couple on track by sending you updates and reminders, and on track with your timeline.
Bliss & Bone Invitations

With consistent designs and themes that stay present throughout every part of the planning and partying phases. Bliss & Bone is everything that all other wedding invitation brands are not: avant-garde, cultured, tasteful, eccentric, and impeccably one-of-a-kind in creating and producing their collections.  Bliss & Bone creates a brand for the couple, a personal experience for the guests, and a dream for all wedding-obsessed, savvy and stylish girls.

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Before I forget

 

Use code LOVEISLOVE for up to $500 off your initial order– this offer expires on July 26!

If you love Bliss & Bone as much as I do, follow them on Pinterest and Twitter, as well as like them on Facebook!

Villa Ospo Wedding on Jekyll Island
Jul 11 2013

Jekyll Island Wedding: Anna & Jamie

 

Planning Anna and Jamie’s Jekyll Island wedding was amazing.  We worked closely with Anna and her mom to create some that was truly reflective of the couple: relaxed, casual and fun.  One of the most important things to Anna’s family was the inclusion  of her grandparents beautiful antiques and custom pieces.  With a backdrop of the gorgeous Villa Ospo as a wedding venue, everything tied very well together.

Villa Ospo Wedding on Jekyll Island

Villa Ospo Wedding on Jekyll Island

Villa Ospo Wedding on Jekyll Island

For the wedding ceremony, Anna lovingly wore her grandmother’s wedding gown and looked absolutely stunning for her first look under the oaks with Jamie.  Just a few hours later, she surprised him by walking in to his favorite song after exiting from a vintage Rolls Royce.

Villa Ospo Wedding on Jekyll Island

 

For the reception, Anna wanted something that didn’t look “too put together or too stuffy”.  As opposed to regular centerpieces, we incorporated vintage books, oil lamps and eclectic vases filled with a casual grouping of florals.  Each table had photos of the couple through out there lives, and these were in abundance: Anna’s mom and Jamie’s mom are best friends and were pregnant at the same time.

Villa Ospo Wedding on Jekyll Island

The gorgeous Villa Ospo is one of my favorite wedding venues on Jekyll Island that most don’t know about.  from it’s beautiful courtyards and sprawling yards, it is definitely a favorite wedding location in Millionaire’s Village.

Villa Ospo Wedding on Jekyll Island

Villa Ospo Wedding on Jekyll Island

 

This has to be two of my favorite moments from the evening…

Villa Ospo Wedding on Jekyll Island

 

// EVENT TEAM //

Saint Simons Island Wedding Planner: Cocktails & Details
Wedding Photographer: Brooke Roberts Photography
Caterer: Tasteful Temptations 
Florist: Cottage Flowers
Band: Traveling Riverside Band (OMG, you have to hear these guys do “Purple Rain”!)
Hair & Makeup: Kimberly’s Back Porch
Transportation: Martin’s Vintage Rides

 

ShopBevel Jewelry
Jul 10 2013

We Likey: ShopBevel

Still looking for a unique gift for your bridesmaids?  You will love ShopBevel.  What makes them so special?

Shopbevel works with independent designers to bring to market the best in jewelry design. Designers submit designs to the site, the community votes and Shopbevel manufactures and sells selected winners – paying royalties back to the designers. They believe every jewelry designer should have the opportunity to be discovered and we work to create a community to make that possible.

I received a piar of the Gold Elephant Studs— winner of the Wild Thing Design Challenge,  and what made it special for me was the little card I received about the designer and her inspiration for the design.

There is something there to appeal to everyone.  For those loving the Gatsby trend, you will love these amazing pieces:

 

Great Gatsby Jewelry Earrings

Emerald Rhinestone Glitter Earrings
Winner of the Indian Summer Design Challenge

Great Gatsby Necklace

Party with Jay
Part of the Great Gatsby Design Challenge

Great Gatsby Jewelry

Daisy Hand Ornament
Part of the Great Gatsby Design Challenge

Get on over to ShopBevel– vote on your favorites, purchase your must-have pieces or submit a design of your own!  Cocktails & Details lovers even get an extra 25% when you use the code BBSTUDS, but hurry– that code expires at the end of July!

Backless Wedding Gown
Jul 09 2013

Bringing Sexy Back: Your Key to the Backless Wedding Gown

The wedding is in May 2014.

You found the perfect dress… and it’s backless (swoon)

You also just finished off the cheesecake.

Backless Wedding Gowns

Okay, girlfriend. No worries. We’re going to get your sexy back, well BACK!  We talked to Franci Cohen, a personal trainer, certified nutritionist and exercise physiologist in NYC. She says “A lot of women have trouble engaging their back muscles when exercising,” Franci suggests taking about 10 minutes and devoting it to strengthening your back.

Sadly, shaking the martini shaker doesn’t count.  Maybe the triceps?  These however, will help.

1.      Inverted Rows: This is a great exercise that can be done in every gym. All you need is a barbell that is rested on the weight stand. Get down on the floor under the bar and place your hands a little bit wider than shoulder width apart. Using an overhand grip and with your feet flat on the floor, raise yourself off the ground so that your chest touches the bar. The further out you extend your feet, the more advanced the exercise is. You should do 3 sets of 10-reps, and with each set move your legs out a little further.

2.      Russian twists: This exercise is mostly done to target the upper abdominal area, but the “twist” is what makes the exercise work all the way around to the upper back. Start by grabbing a 10 lb. dumbbell and sit down on the floor. Make sure your feet are flat on the ground and your back is straight. Then, holding the dumbbell in both hands twist to the left and tap the ground with the dumbbell right next to your hip, then twist to the right and tap down. Repeat this in 3 sets of 20 reps. If you are feeling strong, increase the weight of the dumbbell for each set about 5 lbs.

 

3.      Lat Pull Downs: This is a fun one that directly targets the upper back. Depending on your gym’s equipment, you will sit on the bench facing the machine and grab the horizontal bar using a wide grip. Start off with 25 lbs and bring the bar all the way down past your chin to your collarbone. Make sure to hold and squeeze your back muscles for about 2 seconds for each rep. Repeat 10-12 times and increase weight each rep.

These exercises are great for strengthening and toning, but if even after putting in hard work you don’t get the results you want.  Dr. Richard Chaffoo, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon in San Diego recommends FDA-cleared CoolSculpting®, a non-surgical alternative to liposuction.  CoolSculpting’s patented fat-freezing process helps women lose stubborn inches around their midsections quickly and easily.  During the hour-long treatment, a gel pad is applied to the treatment area followed by the CoolSculpting applicator. The applicator uses gentle suction to draw the skin and underlying tissue up into the cooling area.   Patients can typically return to normal activities immediately following a CoolSculpting treatment. Many people have CoolSculpting during their lunch hours and return to work the same day.

So there it is!  Keep up the good (hard) work, and I’m sure I’ll see you looking this fab too:

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Fashion Monday: Wedding Weekend Must-Haves

Wedding Weekend Fashion

Your wedding weekend is your opportunity to be picture perfect throughout many events during your wedding weekend, so clearly, your shopping sprees are justified. Here are some great options that will look great at rehearsals, welcome parties, brunches and other get togethers for your wedding.

1. Virgins Saints & Angels Reflections Earrings, $163 www.vsadesigns.com
2. Lavish by Tricia Milaneze Necklace, $247.50 www.triciamilaneze.com
3. La Mer Collections Rose Gold Metallic Triple Wrap Watch, $92 www.lamercollections.com
4. Inge Christopher Enoshima Minaudiere, $180 www.ingechristopher.com
5. CHROMATICgallerie Pump, $88 www.chromaticgallerie.com
6. Lavish by Tricia Milaneze Earrings, $90 www.triciamilaneze.com
7. Anthem Wares Benoit Missolin White Straw Hat, $265 www.anthemwares.com
8. Whiting & Davis Heidi Clutch, $170 www.whitinganddavisbags.com
9. 8 Other Reasons Sweet Candy $34.95
10. J Shoes Laurel, $175 www.shopjshoes.com

We Likey: Harpers Love

Marilyn said (sang) it best: “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”

Specializing in beautiful custom sets for you and those nearest and dearest to you, Harpers Love is sure to be a best friend of yours, too.  I am totally in love with the custom earring sets– where you can select the cut, color and style of your set and truly make it your own.  These make the perfect gift for the bride that she could wear for her wedding day and pass down as an heirloom.  There are also gorgeous pendants that can be personalized for a truly unique piece that you know she will love.

Harpers Love is offering Cocktails & Details lovers a 15% discount with the code TRYIT15.  This gives you a sweet discount for your order and a gorgeous one of a kind piece for that special someone.

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