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See Terrica in Golden Isles Magazine at the Ocean Lodge

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Photo by Chris Moncus Photography

Some people love their jobs because it instills a  greater purpose or some philanthropic ideal.  I think that’s great.

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I love my job because I get to dress up, handed a martini and laugh with co-workers for a magazine spread. Trust me, that’s great, too.

The above photo is from the Swinging Summit feature in Golden Isles Magazine’s January/February issue (p. 49) on the area’s local wedding professionals.  It was an ode to the Oceans 11-Frank Sinatra Rat Pack era and was absolute, unadulterated fun!  At the second shoot, I was able to clink it up with other female wedding pros—the culinary creative Laura Justice of Tasteful Temptations Catering and uber-sweet photographer Sarah DeShaw at the gorgeous Ocean Lodge. Somehow, it looks like I played the femme fatale, but you know what they say about life imitating art, yes?

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If you’d like to hear more about the wonderful wedding photographers, caterers, DJs, and wedding planners in the St. Simons and Jekyll Island area, definitely check the article out.  It’s a great read with insight into our creative minds and collaborative dynamic of working together as a cohesive unit.

Vote for Beachview Tent Rentals in the Event Solutions Spotlight Awards!

 

 

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We are so proud to hear that local favorite, Beachview Tent Rentals has been nominated for an Event Solutions Spotlight Award. Those of us in the industry know what an honor this is—but for those who aren’t in the industry, in short: it’s a pretty big deal

If you’re former or current client of Beachview’s, a vendor that frequently works with them, or just an admirer of their work, please take the time (and spread the word!) to vote for them this year. Voting ends January 31st, so let’s work to get our fabulous, local rental company the worldwide recognition they so justly deserve!

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Some great samples of their work—go vote!

Real St. Simons Wedding :: Whitney + Ben

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We had the pleasure of working with Whitney + Ben for their beautiful, yet whimsical French countryside inspired wedding on St. Simons Island.  After a week long of festivities that included welcome parties, the couple exchanged vows at the Lovely Lane Chapel on St. Simons Island.  At the chiming of the hour, bridesmaids donned in black Audrey Hepburn-esque cocktail dresses walked down the aisle preceding Whitney’s arrival.

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Many from Ben’s family flew in from France to attend the wedding, so this served as a mini reunion for his family, as well as an opportunity for Whitney to meet her extended family.  The couple danced to “Zydeco Gris Gris” for their first dance, which kicked of the festivities New Orleans style.

Ben’s family is French, so much of the personal touches incorporated his French heritage, Whitney’s education in New Orleans and many of her own family traditions.  For example, Whitney’s maternal grandparents owned a blueberry and honey farm. Small jars of honey from the farm were given as additional favors and served a double purpose as escort cards.  Much of the menu included Coastal local favorites, as well as French and New Orleans inspired dishes like duck confit and shrimp étouffée.  Their signature drink was the “Golden Aisle“, a play on the wedding’s location (the Golden Isles) and wedding festivities, which consisted of Firefly (Sweet Tea Vodka) to represent the Georgia inspiration and Perrier, to combine the French.  Ben is also a graphic designer and designed all of the signage for the tables, bars, escort card tags, programs, and invitations which are inspired by an old Oak that sits outside of the St. Simons Casino.

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|Vendor Details|:

Wedding Coordinator: Cocktails + Details, St. Simons Island;
Caterer/Florist: Straton Hall, Jekyll Island;
PhotographerJason Travis, Atlanta;
Church: Lovely Lane Chapel, St. Simons Island;
Reception Venue: St. Simons Casino, St. Simons Island;
Linens:  Beachview Tent Rentals, Brunswick;
Band: Stringrays, St. Simons Island;
Transportation: St. Simons Trolley, St. Simons Island.

Dec 21 2010

Golden Isles Girls Night Out: Burlesque Event

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Earlier this month, we produced and co-hosted a Girls Night Out event with the Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons in honor of the new movie, Burlesque featuring Christina Aguilera and Cher.  This was the best must-attend party in the middle of the week!  The event was a great opportunity the ladies of the islands to let their hair down, get dressed up and party Cocktails + Details style!  Ladies walked the red carpet enjoyed tapas and special designer signature drinks (Dream and Breathless), which were a huge hit!  Chris Moncus served as our resident paparazzi for the evening, while Justin Henshaw of Island Sound provided the music that kept everyone on the dance floor.  James Grella and Jason Lavender of Image Artisans gave all of our ladies mini-makeovers prior to loading the ladies up for their royal transport over to a private screening of Burlesque.

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We had a fabulous time— it was a great chance to see old friends and meet new ones.  Another congratulations to Kristin Williams who won our ultimate swag bag giveaway which included beauty products, makeover and a vacation at the Casa Monica in St. Augustine, FL!  I just want to say thank you to all of the professionals that helped me pull off this event: Wendy, Chris, Justin, James + Jason—you guys were awesome and I appreciate you all so much.

Stay on the look out for next Girls’ Night Out event in February— we’re going inside the genie bottle, baby!

The Ultimate Girls Night Out on St. Simons Island

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Teaming together with the Sea Palms Resort, we’re planning the ultimate girls night out

Join us for a pre-screening cocktail party at the Sea Palms at 7:00 PM on December 1st for mini makeovers, signature cocktails, delicious apps and glam shots!  The DJs of Island Sound will provide the entertainment, while the uberfab stylists from Image Artisans will work to glam up your look.  There will be prizes and giveaways, and each attendee will receive a swag bag full of goodies from local merchants.  We’ll transport everyone over to the Glynn Place Movie theater for a private showing of the new movie Burlesque, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera.  You’ll then be transported back to the Sea Palms where you can continue the party at our secret after party spot!

Tickets are on sale now! 

To learn more about Golden Isles Girls Night Out, visit the website, like us on Facebook or follow Golden Isles Girls Night Out on Twitter!   

Take Me Away Tuesday: Snique Away

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For example, at the time that I’m writing this post, this was one of the offers I was swooning over (as I want my before-the-end-of-2011 getaway to be in DR):

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SniqueAway is your accomplice for stunning escapes.

A brand-new private sale travel experience, that offers their members top brands and A-List accommodations at surprisingly affordable prices. There is no cost to join SniqueAway, but an invitation is required. By limiting membership, they’re able to bring you exclusive rates on the world’s top hotels. Our limited-time-only sales showcase the sleek, chic, and always unique. Oh, and check out our pedigree: We’re part of Smarter Travel Media—a TripAdvisor Media Group company. TripAdvisor offers the world’s most trusted travel advice™. We take full advantage of their knowledge by bringing you the recommendations and guidance of millions of travelers.

 

So it’s simple:  Look, book, save, rave.  Discover somewhere new each day or keep your eye on your favorite locale on the upcoming secret sale radar.  Don’t worry—SniqueAway offers US and International Destinations!  It’s also perfect for checking out the location of your destination wedding at a deeply discounted rate, which of course means more money for shopping.

And yes, I’ll share my invite with you 🙂

Meet the Locals: Gay Whatley of Cottage Flowers | St. Simons and Jekyll Island Wedding Florist

 

Even if you haven’t seen the beautiful face of Gay Whatley, the chief designer and owner of Cottage Flowers on St. Simons Island, chances are you’ve seen her work.  Her beautiful floral concepts have been all over the bridal inspirationsphere:  The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Elegant Island Weddings and more (even here!).  She’s had the pleasure of working with a variety of brides from grand Sea Island events to small, personal in-home weddings, and I’ve loved them all.  Gay was even honored to be personally picked to provide flowers for Governor Bill Clinton’s "Man of the Year" party in Arkansas!  Gay is a fabulous floral designer that gently guides bridal couples and their families through their selections for their weddings that fit the overall event design scheme. 

  1. My favorite part of the wedding day is seeing the bride’s face light up when she see’s her bouquet.
  2. I never leave the house for a wedding without a mimosa and my tool box.
  3. My one tip for couples getting married in the Golden Isles is: Just relax and let your vendors do the work. I hate to see a bride on her wedding day trying to put out place cards, fixing centerpieces, trying to oversee what is going on, etc. This is your day. Make it special: sleep late, eat breakfast in bed, have mimosa’s, get  your hair and make up done, laugh large with your girlfriends and then put on that beautiful dress and stand in front of the mirror and just enjoy the moment.
  4. Your must-see or must-do for couples while in the area: The island is an experience that may be hard for everyone to get enjoy because of time. I think one the the best things one of my brides did for her wedding party and families was to rent the trolley for "welcome to the island" tour. She had it catered with fun snacks and refreshing drinks for the ride.

 

Here are some images of Gay’s fabulous work that we had an opportunity to collaborate on:

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Meet the Locals: Justin Henshaw of Island Sound: Saint Simons and Jekyll Island DJ

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We’re back again with Meet the Locals!  This week, we are introducing you to Justin Henshaw of Island Sound, a local DJ company servicing St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island, as well as surrounding areas.  Justin’ s a St. Simons Island native and graduated from Glynn Academy, c/o ’98. After high school, he moved away and lived in New York City for a few years. After the tragedies of 9/11, Justin joined the United States Marine Corps. In the infantry, Justin served in 5 combat deployments including Afghanistan, Iraq, the horn of Africa and Cuba. After his 5 years of active service he moved back to St. Simons Island to be closer to his family, go to college and started his own business called Island Sound. Island Sound is a mobile DJ and entertainment service that performs for weddings and private events throughout the surrounding areas. Justin will also be graduating in May with is BBA from the College of Coastal Georgia. He lives on St. Simons with his golden retriever Emma and is a member of St. Simons Community Church. He enjoys spending time with his family, good movies, the beach and being on the water.

We love events with Justin and his crew, and also shot him a few of our getting to know you questions:

  1. My favorite part of the wedding day is The First Dance
  2. I never leave the house for a wedding without my iPhone
  3. My one tip for couples getting married in the Golden Isles is Hire a Wedding Planner! (we didn’t tell him to say this! Smile )
  4. Your must-see or must-do for couples while in the area: The pier at Gould’s Inlet, St. Simons Island
  5. What is your favorite song for a wedding (ceremony or reception) and explain why. Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers… best Love song ever! In fact, I want it to be my first dance song one day.

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Learn more about Island Sound by visiting their website, check them out on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

Introducing Seaside Soiree: A Luxury Elopement Collection for St. Simons and Jekyll Island

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We are happy to announce a brand new collection at Cocktails + Details:  Seaside Soirée.

Seaside Soirée is our new elopement collection on both Saint Simons Island and Jekyll Island that we are so excited about!  Our new luxury experience is a themed collection personally designed by Terrica Skaggs to showcase couples’ personalities and the beauty of the Golden Isles. This collection goes far beyond courthouse nuptials and cookie cutter packages, but includes a detailed custom design of fresh flower bouquets, locations, cakes and more.

Getting married on or near the beach is a popular choice on Saint Simons Island and Jekyll Island.  Seaside Soirée features a waterfront location, décor in complementary color palettes, as well as one fresh flower bridal bouquet, one boutonniere, a two tier beach inspired cake, delicious dinner for two and a two night stay at one of the area’s islands resorts. Upgrades are available for customization or extending the experience, which include honeymoons at sea on the beautiful Carnival Fascination ship out of Jacksonville, Florida.

To learn more, visit our website or call us at 888.720.LUXE (5893) to book today!

Meet the Locals: Chris + Amanda Moncus, St. Simons, Sea Island and Jekyll Island Wedding Photographer

Our new series, Meet the Locals, will introduce  you to some of the Golden Isles’ wedding professionals who service Saint Simons Island, Jekyll Island, and beyond.  Because I simply adore them, I’ve asked them specific questions to bring out their awesome personalities and showcase their work.  Enjoy!

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This week’s local, or “locals”, are Chris and Amanda Moncus of Chris Moncus Photography.  (Doesn’t this picture just make you smile? I love it!)  Chris Moncus Photography is the dynamic husband and wife duo of Chris & Amanda Moncus. We fell in love with photography right after we fell in love with each other. Rarely did a camera leave our side. After shooting our first wedding we were hooked and now years later here we are lighting up the Golden Isles.

  1. My favorite part of the wedding day is…seeing the love the couple has for each other – especially at the first look – and photographing it.
  2. I never leave the house for a wedding without my …(this is easy) camera.
  3. My one tip for couples getting married in the Golden Isles is: Get married in the late fall or winter. We don’t have super cold winters and this is the least booked time for vendors so you’ll have an easier time getting who you want. Don’t worry about the scenery either – Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Sea Island, and Epworth all maintain their lawns to be mostly green year around.
  4. A must-see or must-do for couples while in the area: Must-see… The sunrise at driftwood beach. Must-do: Relax in the St Simons village.
  5. A picture of our favorite wedding day image and why: Ok so here’s the deal. I feel like a parent… I can’t choose which kid (picture) is my favorite! Wanna help?

Since Chris put me on the spot, here’s the one I chose.  Completely swoonworthy:

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See more of Chris and Amanda’s work on their website and follow them on twitter!