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My Fabuluxe Wedding Giveaway!

 

 

 

Is your wedding in Savannah, St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island or Jacksonville?  We would LOVE to work with you, and have you appear in our new promo video!

 

To celebrate our fabulous start to 2009, we are offering a free month of coordination package to a lucky couple getting married in our service area.  This isn’t your mother’s day of coordination! We will work with you four to six weeks prior to your wedding:  obtaining information that is vital to the successful execution of your day.  We will begin to confirm your vendors, create your event blueprints and go over any (and every!) detail that is pertinent to your event.  Our team of lifestyle event designers will work to keep your bridal party, family and vendors updated and prepared with the latest information on your wedding day itineraries and plans.  Your team will also be there for you at your rehearsal, setup on the day of the wedding and complete coordination.  You can focus on being beautiful, in love and fabulous, while we handle the logistics and coordination of the day.

 

Are you excited?  Ready to enter?  Fabulous!

 

Send an email to blog@fabuluxeinc.com  with the subject “My Fabuluxe Wedding”, and tell us all about you and why your wedding is fabuluxe in 400 words or less (remember, we love details!)!  Be sure to include your wedding date and location.  You are more than welcome to send us pictures of the two of you or of some of your ideas—we want to get to know you!  Not in our area, but know someone who is?  Be sure to spread the word! 

 

Entries are due Februrary 7th, so don’t wait!  We will announce our winner on Valentine’s Day, so stay tuned!

 

The rules:

*One entry per fabulous couple, who do not have a coordinator

*Entries are limited to 400 words or less and may be accompanied by pictures to help us get to know you

*Weddings must be in April or May 2009, per our availability.

 

 

Good luck!

Sweet, Sweet Serendipity

 

I received an unexpected, but very sweet call on Friday from Ashlyn Seckinger of Serendipity Bakery in Saint Simons Island. Ashlyn and I originally met at a vendor cocktail party held at the Village Inn and Pub.  The next time I came across Ashlyn was when I stumbled upon one her beautiful cakes at the Jekyll Island Bridal Show.  I was in complete amazement as she presented a beautifully ornate and detailed wedding cake that I monikered "The J.Lo Cake", because it reminded me of Jennifer Lopez’s Wedding (#3) cake (only better). 

 

Ashlyn called to ask if she could drop off a cookie platter for Christmas, and I was so honored and touched that she thought of us! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you so much for thinking of us, Ashlyn!  We look forward to working with you very soon!

Real Jekyll Island Club Wedding :: Caryn and Jonathan

Last month, I had the wonderful honor and privilege of witnessing the marriage of Caryn and Jonathan.  Caryn and I worked together for about ten months to pull off one of the most beautiful and romantic weddings of our season. Everything was laced with a little detail of Caryn and Jonathan– their love and admiration for each other to their fun loving spirit. 

 

 

I knew from the Hands Ceremony where the officiant stated “Caryn, look at Jonathan’s hands– these are the hands that will provide for you, will wipe away your tears on a bad day and hold yours tightly as you bring your first child into the world…” that this ultra-personal, family oriented and beautiful affair is only a glimpse into your lives together.

 

 

 

Rachel, our new Fabuluxe Associate and I had the chance to team up with Scarlett Lillian and Turner Classic Weddings for Caryn and Jonathan’s wedding at Crane Cottage at the Jekyll Club on Jekyll Island.  You may have seen some of these on Scarlett’s blog, but if not– you may now bask in her awesomeness:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caryn had one of the most beautiful and ornate bridal purses.  I remember  seeing it in her  notes at our floral consult, and I fawned over it then.  It is just as beautiful in person!

 

 

 

Caryn’s father passed away, so she commemorated his spirit by having him with her as she walked down the aisle, as a picture on a locket braided to her bouquet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone from Gay Whatley of Gay Whatley Floral Design to Tommy Tucker of Dance Jammers did a wonderful job in going the extra mile to create a fantastic event for Caryn and Jonathan and their guests.  I am so grateful and honored to work with such awesome professionals.  Scarlett, as always you did a fabulous job capturing what endures far longer than sparkly linens and lush flowers— the love and passion that ignited it all.

 

Let’s Eat Cake!

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My adoration of cake should be criminal.  My love for children is natural.  So, when Masterpiece Weddings started up their “Let’s Eat Cake!” competition with 100% of the proceeds going to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, my heart melted.

 

Let’s Eat Cake! will include a cake design and tasting competition and a cake auction.  There will even be a crowd’s favorite award given to the pastry chef determined by guests to be their absolute favorite.  The event is fabulous because it allows everyone to participate– the aspiring pastry chefs, at-home bakers and the four star confection designers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What makes this event so touching is that every single penny raised will be donated to St. Jude’s.  So whether you are a cake aficionado, pastry chef or bride-to-be, definitely consider adding the Let’s Eat Cake! show to your event calendar in 2009.  Also, if you would like to compete or become a sponsor, check out their blog for more information. 

Would You…Could You…In a House?

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A lot of luxelings luck out by having a fantastic home to marry in– or they know of a friend or relatively who will lovingly donate the use of their home.  In fact many brides come to the St. Simons and Jekyll Island area to rent villas for the sole purpose of having their wedding.  At first appearance, it seems to be a real cost saving choice– not having to shell out thousands of dollars in just the rental fees for a venue, being one of them.  However, there are some other cost-heavy purchases that will be absolutely mandatory if you want to pull of a fête that is worthy of reflecting of everything in your dreams.

 

Having a house wedding is just so personal.  It adds personality that can’t be obtained from a traditional venue.  Imagine saying your vows in front of the tree where your tire swing brought you many smiles or dancing with your dad in the same yard where he taught you to ride your bike. It offers more for your guests as well– guests will feel more at home and will be more willing to interact with each other because of the atmosphere.  If the home is on a large grounds, the surrounding area could add to the ambience and theme of your event. 

Pros

  • Provides a warm, relaxing atmosphere that is sometimes lacking at traditional venues
  • Costs nothing to rent
  • Allows maximum control and leeway (a little less if it is not your house)
  • The celebration can last as long as you want (this may vary depending on your locality and noise ordinances)
  • No booking difficulties!

 

Let’s talk about some of these pros.  Atmosphere is everything for an event; you need to touch on all five senses and do it well.  When your site has personality built in, it really means that’s less you have to bring in and add to it.  The fact that the home is free to use for your wedding is another perk.  Of course, there are other expenses, which we will get into in a moment– and there may be some other things you might need to do (change lightbulbs, fix broken fixtures, etc.).  But overall, the cost initially is pretty minimum. If the home is on a vast property, you really don’t have to worry about the noise level or cut off time, unless your host has the “Y’all ain’t gotta go home, but you gotta get out of here” stance at midnight.  Even neighbors are willing to concede in honor of your wedding if you let them know ahead of time…just don’t push it.  Finally, you can almost bet your bottom dollar that your date is available at your place 🙂

But…

Cons

  • Space. Space. Space.  
  • Vendors will need to be recruited
  • Parking may be sparse or non existent
  • Restrooms may need to be rented
  • May have to apply for exemption from noise curfews and traffic regulations from the local police department or municipality.

If your home is not very large and doesn’t have a large yard, you can nix the idea of having a large guest list.   You need enough space for your guests to mingle, eat, dance and relax.  You will need top notch vendors in order to pull your event off successfully.  Make sure that your home can handle all the power being used for music, lighting, etc.  Your caterer will need enough space to cook or have a portable kitchen.  If you have a family friend who will do the cooking, make sure they do the brunt of it somewhere else.  Remember, your space is small, with possibly, no enclosed kitchen. You do not want the aroma of a melange of foods greeting your guests as they come in.  You may have to consider having a valet to a near by lot if your street does not accommodate parking. It might also be helpful to have a police officer to assist with the influx of 100+ cars slowing and stopping.  This is something you do not want to overlook!  You could also arrange for mass transportation– rent vans or hire a trolley to cart guests to and from their cars every hour to a central location (this works well if your ceremony occurs somewhere else). 

 

Then consider the restroom situation–you don’t want 100+ people traipsing through your house.  So, this means you will need portable toilets, but port-a-potties just aren’t fabulous.  Enter:  Royal Restrooms.  These posh lavatories will extend the luxurious experience for your guests, without compromising your home.  But what about space?  Simply, be prepared to tent the property as well rent other necessary items to transform your home from “Home Sweet Home” to “Fabuluxe Wedding Venue”.  Be sure to price extra lighting, any extra cooling devices for refrigeration, dishes, flatware and barware (if not supplied by your caterer), tables, and linens.  You can really have a good time at this because you can plan the entire design without being restrained by space (if in a yard) or venue rules.  Remember to get lighting as well– this will be necessary when dusk emerges.  One thing you will want to make clear is who will be responsible for cleanup– will you hire a caterer or a cleanup crew?  Also, check with your county or city if you will have to make arrangements for the extra trash pickup if any is left over.

Also, check with your homeowner’s insurance about any possible increases or additions you can get for your account to make sure that your event is covered.  However, most importantly, be respective of your neighbors.  Give them a heads up on to your plans and keep them updated with anything that could interfere with their enjoyment of their own property.  Imagine your neighbor’s delight to find several people parked or loitering on their property…that’s a sure fire way to get the cops to shut your party down!

 

Talk it over with all interested parties and weigh the pros and cons. Also weigh the costs of renting the above items versus having everything taken care of by a venue.  What you pay for in fees and location, you will make up for in convenience.   

Congratulations, Kellie and Colin!

Prior to my blissful getaway with Captain America, the fab squad and I worked together on Kellie and Colin’s wedding at Crane Cottage at the Jekyll Club on Jekyll Island.  It was an awesome time!  Kellie looked beautiful!  Of course, it was another great get together with Scarlett, and I was lucky enough to meet her second shooter, Kenzie.  Scarlett was so sweet to allow me to share some photos! 

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I love this shot…the look on her face says it all!

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Each bridesmaid had a different bouquet.  Heidi from Rosalee’s Flowery was awesome, and was on hand to make sure everything was perfect.

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We had an awesome time drawing up inspiration and concepts for this wedding. 

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Yes, that is my head! I’m "under" the table, telling Kellie and Colin how to cut the cake. 

 

Thanks again, Scarlett– and Kellie and Colin for allowing us to share your day with you. You and your families are so lucky to have you and you two are so blessed and in love…and it shows!

Spencer for Hire

Anyone remember that show?  It rocked.

Last week, I had the opportunity to do the Jekyll Oceanfront Inn’s first bridal showcase. It was an intimate gathering of vendors from Georgia and Florida. We (the vendors) had a great time sipping on mimosas and the wonderful food provided by the resort.

Captain America came with me and we had an awesome time shooting the breeze with Spencer of Anna and Spencer Photography.  Spencer is so very talented and is making his way to the Coastal Georgia area.  Be sure to check him out and also read his blog.

Spencer was sweet enough to send me some pictures he took of my setup:

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Coastal Kitchen and Raw Bar

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Think awesome marina views, creative flavorful dishes, and a huge wine selection. This is the experience you will have at Coastal Kitchen and Raw Bar, located in the Golden Isles Marina on Saint Simons Island.

Saturday me and “the boy” went and had lunch and as always it was great. They have the most amazing lunch menu. I had the Blackened Mahi Tacos with Spicy Red Cabbage, Tomato Salsa, and a Cilantro Sour Cream on top. It was delicious. Blake had the Crab Cake BLT with Lettuce, Tomato, Smoked Bacon and Tartar Sauce served on Sourdough. It was such a different take on your tradition BLT.

Now that you’re hungry, lets talk dinner .

Starters range from Fried Wild Georgia ShrimpTempura Battered with Sweet Chili Sauce, to my favorite Fried Green Tomatoes with Georgia Goat Cheese and Spiced Pepper Jelly, the flavors totally compliment each other.

Entrees on the Surf side include Sauteed Wild Shrimp Linguine with Artichokes, Tomatoes, Fresh Basil and Garlic Lemon Butter. The flavor is so fresh. On the Turf side they offer Niman Ranch Pork Chops, and Kobe Beef Burgers-just to name a few.

The menu offers so many unique dishes while still offering the classics. So, if you are in the neighborhood stop by Coastal Kitchen and Raw Bar.

Coastal Kitchen and Raw Bar is available for events, so you can go to them or they can come to you.

Oh, He is Just Too Fabulous

James, my most specialest and fabulous (as my 5 year old would say) stylist is in Love, Sex and the I.R.S.– the comedy by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, with the Island Players.

Check him out and go see him! I saw him today for a wedding I have– and he’s grown a very nice manicured beard (I’m telling you, very fabulous) for the show.

Performances: January 11. 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 2008 at 8 PM and 13, 20, 27 at 3 PM

Island Players’ Downtown Theatre at 1409/11 Newcastle Street in Historic Brunswick, Georgia

{Photo: Scarlett Lillian (my other most specialest and fabulous friend}