Alt image
St. Simons Wedding Planner :: Island Destination Weddings | wedding
archive,tag,tag-wedding,tag-1117,edgt-core-1.3,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,hudson-ver-3.3, vertical_menu_with_scroll,smooth_scroll,blog_installed,hide_inital_sticky,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-7.0,vc_responsive

We Likey: Zainido Decor

unique modern rentals for weddings ceremony and reception

There are times I truly miss being in California.  Earthquakes and mudslides notwithstanding, I had great times there.  In addition to the memories, I now miss CA because of Zainido Décor.  I stumbled upon them when I noticed they were following me on Twitter (if you’re not, you should. It will change your life).  File me under:  INSTANT FAN.

Part of making your wedding or event memorable are food, drinks and décor (hence the name of my company—I believe cocktails + details are the essentials of a fabulous party, yet I digress…). People play a role in that, too—but one way to make sure that the people at your event are at their happiest is to create a unique event.  The rentals from Zainido help you pull off just that.

White Lounge Furniture for Wedding Reception Blue velvet chair for wedding lounge untraditional

Fun options for a lounge atmosphere for your cocktail hour or after party

Blue jug vase for wedding reception centerpieceBlue handblown vase centerpiece wedding reception Blue Vase for Wedding centerpiece

Ditch the traditional square vases and tall cylinders, and opt for beautiful colored hand blown vases.  Picture it with white phalaenopsis orchids trailing out of them….DIVINITY!

vintage skeleton key marie antoinette wedding decor Marie Antoinette Wedding Decor Baroque Damask Mirror Marie Antoinnette green and gold wedding reception decor chair sofa

Going vintage?  I dare you not to fall in love with the skeleton keys, baroque mirror and sofas.

I love this from their bio:

A love of color is something which also drives the founder and owner of Zainido Décor, Dana Lewis. Dana has over ten years of experience in Interior Design, Set Design and Event Design. Her love of vintage pieces, retro and all things old and beautiful, is apparent in her stock of unique décor. Dana pulls inspiration from vintage films of the 60’s, architecture and modern art. This is especially helpful for those who are looking to create an authentic set for a photography shoot, wedding or set design.

We also consider ourselves a green company, because we refurbish and reuse furniture while using eco-friendly material. We aspire to limit our ecological footprint and are always seeking out ways to do so.

Visit their website and blog for more info!

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



white chivari chairs and white draping by the beach wedding reception


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!

chinese lanterns with sunflower pomanders outdoor wedding reception


leather furniture for rent beachview tent rentals branch lanterns

Bamboo chairs with pink and paisley table linens for wedding reception

clear tent with string lighting on jekyll island


Some great samples of their work—go vote!

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

elopement packages on st simons and jekyll island

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!

Details: Dulcet Cuisine


Remember our Coney Island :: Carnival Wedding post?  Here are some great gourmet ketchups and sauces that we talked about by Dulce Cuisine.  They are all-natural, beautifully packaged ethnic cooking spices, rubs and mustards, and now ketchup! There are three varieties–mild Indian curry, sweet orange chili and peppery Moroccan.

Spice up one of your favorite dishes such as burgers, hot dogs, fries and even mac and cheese (I know, but do it!) for an extra kick.

We Likey: weddinggawker

wedding gawker website wedding pictures ideas inspiration


Completely in love with weddinggawker this week! 

If you’ve been familiar with foodgawker, you will not be able to contain your joy over the new weddinggawker website.  With weddinggawker, anyone can submit wedding related photos to share for inspiration and ideas.  I know— FABULOUS!  Enjoy!

Guest Blogger: ABC’s of choosing your wedding day beauty professionals by Tiffony Simpson

You met Jules de Jesus with in our beauty segment on Tuesday, now meet the other half of the dynamic duo—Tiffony Simpson of Ony Salon!

Congratulations!  You are getting married and I know you are excited to begin planning your big day.  You have hired your wedding planner and now it is time to choose the people who will help you look and feel your personal best on your wedding day!  As a licensed cosmetologist and beauty professional with over 12 years of experience, I have been blessed to be a part of countless weddings with the majority being destination brides. Destination weddings are my favorite!  What a great way to share such a wonderful memory in a location where friends and family can come for rest and relaxation while they celebrate with you and the love of your life.  In my experiences with brides, I have learned several tips that I want to share with you to make your wedding day hair/makeup flawless and chic.



  1. Always hire a hair/makeup professional.  Someone who is professionally trained and licensed/certified in their craft.  I have had several brides call me last minute because their family friend who thought they could do her hair was found to be incapable of recreating what she wanted or at the last minute could not come to the wedding.  Hiring a professional will diminish the chance of something like this happening.  On a side note, always ask your beauty professional to see recent pictures of their work, especially if there aren’t portfolio pictures on their website.  Portfolio pictures will allow you to see the range of work that they can do.  Even if there is not a picture similar to what you may want, you should be able to see if their “style” matches yours.  You should see something in there you like even if you don’t like it for yourself.


  1. Be sure to book a trial run!  Do not just trust your wedding day hair to chance.  A trial run serves as a chance to get to know the professional better and vice versa.  A wedding hair/makeup professional should have a contract ready for you.  Be leery of any wedding professional who does not draw up a contract. A contract protects you from a no show on your wedding day; it also gives a detailed layout of pricing information, so there will not be any surprises or misunderstandings.


  1. Consider the weather and your surroundings.  If you are having a beach or garden wedding in Coastal Georgia, you will want to keep in mind that your hair may have an adverse reaction to the style you have chosen.  That is also another reason why choosing a stylist from the area where you plan to get married is a good idea.  They will be better able to guide you on appropriate style choices.  For example, if you are from a low humidity climate coming to Coastal Georgia. your hair may require the use of different products than you are use to to get the same or similar results that you get at home.  In other words, if you have naturally curly hair and you normally wear it straight, special considerations will need to be made.
  2. Decide on a beauty professional who will not only make you look gorgeous, but who will also provide a calming and enjoyable experience!  As the owner of Ony Salon, it is always our goal to create an atmosphere that is fun and light.  We want you to feel your personal best inside and out.  We love to work with the professionals of Dollface by Jules who do fabulous job making your face flawless and glowing as well as making your cheeks tired from laughter.  In other words your wedding day should be your day to sit back, relax, and let your glam team bring out the beauty that already lies within. 
  3. Congratulations!!!


Tiffony Simpson is a Savannah native but trained for and received her cosmetology license over 12 years ago in Connecticut at one of the Northeast’s top cosmetology schools.  Afterward, she remained at the school as a beauty educator for over five years.  Tiffony is passionate about the beauty industry and believes being in a fun, relaxed atmosphere is essential to making sure that every client feels chic, sophisticated, and confident about themselves and the way they look.  She specializes in bridal and special event hair design.  She says her favorite part of the job is being a part of the memories that come with these special occasions.  Tiffony owns Ony Salon.  For more information, please visit .






Cocktails and Details with Celebrity Chef Paul Griffith

chef paul griffith, private celebrity chef



I had an opportunity to see Chef Paul in action at the Barbados Festival on Amelia Island last month.  His demonstrations were so much fun and full of personality.  The guests that were fortunate enough to obtain front row seating were treated to a sample of the dishes that he designed and prepared during the festivities.  I loved his infectious personality and how creative he was with his dishes.  Naturally, I wanted to share him with you, luxelings as he gives tips to embracing the creative aspects of your wedding menu!




c&d:  What suggestions do you have for couples who are looking to incorporate their personalities, travels and histories into their menus for their wedding?
chef paul:  This is a good question. I think couples should explore all that is them in their wedding menus. Themed buffets and festive menus featuring items that they have tried on their travels should be included in the menu planning. Guests should be given the opportunity to learn who the bride and groom are by the type of food that is served at their wedding. Remember, guests are there to celebrate their union and should learn about you. One fun way would be to design a menu, buffet or plated, where each course represents a stage during the couples courting relationship. For example, the first course could be a dish from the time they first travelled together. This can be done all the way up to the dessert, where the dessert can represent the location of their engagement.

c&d:  How can a couple include non-traditional or exotic choices into their menu without alienating their guests?
chef paul:
  Weddings these days are anything but traditional in terms of menus. True, the decorum may still have traditional aspects but the food has completely changed. Hors D’oeuvres can provide the opportunity for couples to showcase exotic items. Guests love and I must stress the word love, new items to try. Couples can either have Hors D’oeuvres on a table or passed. I prefer passed, as it provides a more catered feeling to guests. Couples can have 6 different Hors D’oeuvres on an exotic menu, three (3) favorites from the bride and three (3) favorites from the groom. Name them as well, with unique and fun names that represent the couple. Guests will love this!!


c&d:  What are some simple dishes that can be kicked up a notch for a memorable food experience at a wedding?
chef paul: 
I think salads have been looked over so much at weddings. Clients normally ask me for salads as just a side dish; however, when I create unique salads that can even represent an entrée, they love it. People are watching their weight these days, especially at weddings, and salads can be a dish that their guests can feel comfortable indulging in.  Salads with fresh spinach, grilled meats, roasted vegetables, hint of ginger, even blue berries or blackberries coupled with unique dressings like roasted shallot and mint blends, can make things pop at the table. Soups are making a big come back as well. Not your traditional thin soups like yesteryear, I speak of thick hearty soups that blend all of the world’s cuisines. For example, on my website and business cards, I have a picture of lobster bisque and potato leek duet soup topped with lobster and chive salsa. Clients ask for this all the time. We have even topped it with a shot of sherry. Talk about fun, a spoonful at a time.

c&d:  More couples are opting for interactive bars at their receptions– mashed potato bars, grits bars, etc. What are some fun and different ways to have interaction at the wedding?
chef paul:  I have done an interactive soup shot bar. Guest have slim tall shot glasses with various soups, then they top those soups with various items like Sambuca sautéed rock shrimp, lobster salsa, grilled and thinly sliced filet mignon, flaked salmon with orange peel or various roasted vegetables. Guests enjoy creating their own unique sipper soup combo and their friends always try to match it. You can even add in items like Grand Marnier and various Sakes in the soups to boost the fun factor.

Let’s talk dessert, everyone’s favorite part of every dinning experience. Dessert can be taken to another level with the inclusion of fresh fruit bar toppings, various warm sauces and more. I get several proposals for cheesecake to be served and guests can be offered a cheesecake bar. Instead of the traditional wedge cheese cake slice, pieces of cake can be in rectangular shapes where guests can then top them with their chosen sauce, fruit, rum marmalades and even flavored caramels.


chef paul griffith private celebrity chef 


Chef Paul is hailed as one of the most exciting young culinary adventurers in South Florida. Over the past ten years, Chef Paul’s thrilling cuisine – which blends the lively elegance of his island upbringing in Barbados with flavors from around the world – has made its home on the tables of award winning actors and musicians such as Denzel Washington, Enrique Iglesias, Lenny Kravitz, Sean “Diddy” Combs,  socialites and many more.

Intrigued?  Tantalized?  Visit Chef Paul and get captivated!

Now Showing: Real Jekyll Island Wedding Starring Ashaki & Embry

Jekyll Island Wedding at Jekyll Island Club Hotel Crane Cottage by Agnes Lopez Photography

Over the summer, we were so very honored and excited to finally produce an event that only held us spellbound creatively, but also emotionally.  Ashaki and Embry became more than just great clients over the course of our planning, but great friends (I miss them so! Thank heavens for Facebook!). The two were married at the beautiful historic Crane Cottage at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel for an outdoor wedding and reception.  In addition to the great details that kept us sketching, bustling and literally enthralled, we had the opportunity to work with some of the best vendors like the phenomenal Agnes Lopez and Gay Whatley, as well as the outstanding band from Atlanta,  Excite and local favorite, Tommy Tucker of Dance Jammers who provided the tunes for the after party (which was a tribute to the great, late Michael Jackson and some how had a remix of Hava Nagila. I will never question the depth of Tommy’s music library, every again.  Ever.)  Our team was also fortunate to work with the ever so talented Christina Grimsley of In Motion Video Productions.

Christina provided us with the video that now is on the gallery of the FABULUXE website, but I wanted to take a moment and share it here so that you can see her work.  I cried during the wedding and I cried again when I viewed her awesome production of the video. It was like being there all over again—I know if I felt like that, Christina’s clients must feel the same way, and that is an awesome way to feel. I can’t say enough fabulous things about her so if you are in need of a great videographer, look her up!


Beautiful photo of the bride and groom, stealing a quiet moment before they are introduced into dinner captured by the incomparable Agnes Lopez.

I Want A Wedding Like…Rebecca Romijn


Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell celebrated their wedding with a surprise ceremony in July of 2007. The intimate ceremony was followed by a beautifully casual reception with friends and family.

What she did…


Rebecca was married at her own home, a ranch in LA, surrounded by gorgeous trees. When the sun went down the trees lit up the reception as lanterns hung from them.

What you can do…


Beautiful outdoor locations, such as this one at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, are the perfect place to have the intimate celebration you’ve always wanted. The romantic lighting and tree cover only enhance the beauty of your wedding.

What she did…

29C049A4-FB0C-4921-AB62-5F26ADD38B8E.jpg D419782D-3F3E-4E4D-AA8B-795F0F71F3DF.jpg

The bride wore a beautiful Ralph Lauren gown the whole evening. This dress what perfect for her. Rebecca’s day was about celebrating and this dress was gorgeous and comfortable, which allowed her to dance and celebrate all night.

What you can do…


Find a dress that you love. This Alice Padrul gown is amazing! It is absolutely gorgeous and it is perfect for celebrating all night on the dance floor.


Choose a bouquet that pops. The deep red of the berries in this bouquet with the addition of the yellow and the soft greens are amazing! Instead of berries you could add jewels for opulence.

What she did…


Rebecca decided that instead of a wedding cake, she would serve two different kinds of cupcake. This spread looks delicious.

What you can do…


Two words: crème brûlée! These mini crème brûlée with the addition of fresh blueberries and a sprig of mint are to die for. This dessert will be a true hit. If you aren’t willing to give up the traditional cake this dish can be a delicious addition to your dessert table.

What she did…


Late in the evening, the sparklers started to light up the reception as guests had them at each table. I love how the trees have been used for lighting with the paper lanterns strung between them allowing the trees to create a natural shadow effect.

What you can do…


Floating lanterns started at celebrations as a way to make a wish and watch it float up into the sky. These lanterns create an amazing visual effect in the sky if they are all released at the same time. Lanterns are a fun thing for guests as well as a great alternative to fireworks. My favorite thing about these lanterns is that they are 100% biodegradable and safe.

Event Vision: Coney Island/Carnival Wedding Cocktail Hour, Part 2

coney island vintage carnival inspired wedding

And we’re back—with more Coney Island/Carnival inspired goodies for your wedding.  We’ve already talked about food and drinks, let’s talk about color!

wedding carnival color palette


I love these colors for this type of wedding—  Pantone’s  Fiery Red (18-1664 TC), Blazing Yellow (12-0643 TC) and Cyan Blue (16-4529 TC).  They are fun, punchy and exciting. While they are vibrant, you can use them sparingly and purposely, such as in your flowers, linens and food.  What about your paper needs for your wedding?  Invites, menus, escort cards, and other fun things can really carry this theme through your event.

 vintage carnival invitation by two trick pony

 I love these vintage beauties, the Coney Island 1896 Wedding Invitation ::  From Royal Steamline’s  Etsy Shop on the left, and Two Trick Pony’s vintage carnival wedding invitation.  These are fun, but elegantly crafted which doesn’t make your event look it will be at Chuck E. Cheese. The Vintage Glam Blog offers Free Carnival Printables which would make for great accessories at your event.  You can use tickets as your escort cards as well create custom popcorn and peanut bags with your names or wedding logo.


 If you want to opt for something non traditional for your wedding guest book, look for vintage carnival or Coney Island post cards for your guests to sign like this one from Amusement Park History or these 1949 Coney Island postcards.  Your guests write a message on the back and your designee can send them to you after your honeymoon.  It’s nice to receive them in the mail  and see the love from your wedding guests!

 orange zinnias flowers for carnival coney island wedding lRedCheckLg

These arrangements of zinnias,  paired with orange abutilon (flowering maple), chartreuse nicotiana, acid-green jasmine, and two kinds of berries: orange-and-yellow viburnum in white-glazed porcelain pots and gold-interior votive holder, from Treillage, (via, photo by Victor Schrager, casual, but striking for this type of event.  The red and white gingham linen from BBJ Linen are prefect for casual cocktail tables or to cover hay bales.

wheelochance game fatcats game party4funcom milk_bottle game

What is a carnival without games?  Your local rental company may have fun games featured above like Wheel O’ Chance, Fat Cats, and Milk Bottle Toss which can make for great fun at your cocktail hour, reception or afterparty. Your wedding guests will be engaged and have a good time.  Don’t be concerned if you aren’t the focus of attention—nothing could replace you!

Of course, you cannot forget about the photobooth!  I love Our Labor of Love’s Smilebooth because it is interactive and so much fun (can’t you hear them laughing?).  Incorporate fun props like sunglasses and hats, but remember to stay true to your theme with fake beards (A la The Bearded Lady),  fake snakes,  swords, and masks.  Have a ball!

With all of these fun ideas, and great inspiration of at Green Wedding Shoes, there is so much to plan and design. Whether you choose to incorporate one or all of these ideas, your party will be an awesome party to remember.