Happy Thanksgiving!

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This Thanksgiving we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. Whether you are at hosting droves of relatives or out of state visiting loved ones, snuggle up with those you love and remember all that you are grateful for.

This year we have SO much to be grateful for. We are grateful for our brides and grooms, who make our job effortless and fun. We are grateful for our vendors who are a joy to work with and have become friends. We are thankful for the cities we work in where our works takes life and our couples say “I Do”. We are grateful for our team, a small but mighty team, who loves weddings and loves this industry. We are thankful for our families who support our hours of planning, tastings and styling.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

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Wedding Dresses: The Shopping

So the time has finally come for your try on appointment, we are so excited for you! We bet you are almost bursting at the seems with anticipation and expectations. We know that with all this excitement also might come some nerves, which is completely normal. We have put together a list of some tried and true tips for you to read before you visit your bridal shop of choice.

  1. Bring some inspiration. Build a Pintrest board, rip out magazine pictures, snap some photos of gowns you like. Make sure to show these all to the consultant you will be working with so that she can pull some gowns that might interest you.
  2. Be adventurous! Just because you try on a gown does not mean you need to buy it, so try on all different styles and fits.
  3. Involve your audience. Ask those you brought along with you what they think of the dresses you are trying on. But remember that at the end of the day you must choose a dress that you love and you are not bound to buy something that everyone loves.
  4. Walk around. Take a stroll through the salon to make sure you can walk in whatever gowns are your front runners. You will be doing a lot of walking on the day of so you want to be positive you can walk in the dress.
  5. Sit down. To go with the previous point, make sure you can sit in the dress. Yes, the sample may feel a bit tight but ensure that you can sit in the darn thing.

Your shopping trip will be one of the most fun things that you do along your wedding planning journey so make the most out of it. If you are not ready to buy at the end of your appointment that is totally okay. Sometimes the best decisions are made after a good nights sleep, so take some time to think about it if you need to. You do not need to shop til’ you drop!

Happy wedding dress shopping belles!

Categories: Inspirations, Planning

Bridal Beauty: Hair

One of the most fun times during a wedding planning journey has got to be your hair and makeup trial. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love being pampered and getting all dolled up? This is usually one of the last things on your big to do list but it is certainly a crucial one.

When brainstorming ideas on what you want your bridal hair to look like I would definately recommend thinking about a few things before deciding. Some brides immediately know whether or not they want their up or down but if you are on the fence consider this; if you are tying the knot in full Savannah heat you might want to opt for an up-do so that your tresses will be stress free all day. You could also play around with fun half-dos or full down-dos if you aren’t worried about your curls falling throughout the day.

Some other things to consider are where your veil will go, if you are going to play with a fun flower crown or use a family heirloom to accent your style. I defiantly recommend putting together a Pinterest board, like ours below, and showing it to your hairstylist before your trial. This way they can see what you are envisioning and ensure you are happy. Whatever you choose, we know it will be beautiful!

  Follow Posh Petals & Pearls’s board Hair! on Pinterest.

Categories: Inspirations, Planning

Fancy Meeting You, Ashley!

We are so happy to have y’all meet Ashley Greene, our co-owner and a lead consultant. Ashley is from Milledgeville, GA and now lives in Charleston with her husband Scott, two kids Grace (7) and Zane (5) and fur baby Campbell.

Ashley’s favorite spot in Charleston: Strolling through Battery Park or through the Market downtown is definitely a must when you visit Charleston. My favorite place is Sullivan’s Island though. I LOVE the beach and Sullivan’s has the best restaurants to top it off!!

Ashley’s go-to date night: The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island & then walking on the beach afterwards.

In a different life Ashley would be: a crime scene investigator!

If Ashley were a flavor at Leopold’s she would be: Thin Mints & Cream…combining thin mints (Girl’s Scouts+Savannah go hand in hand) & ice cream seems like a no-brainer to me!!

Every wedding should have: a wedding planner…duh!

Ashley’s advice for the engaged couple: Remember that the wedding is about the two of you and what you want your guests to experience at your wedding. Sometimes couples start thinking about what other people expect and forget to focus on the wedding that they have dreamed of. Most of our weddings are destination clients so incorporating the guests into multiple events throughout the weekend really helps to create a wedding experience. Think about some of your favorite things to do in Savannah when planning the wedding weekend and find ways to incorporate them!!

A day in the life of Ashley looks like: Every morning, I wake up and get my kids ready & off to school. While they are in school, I try to work as much as I can for Posh Petals and Pearls. Some days it is a lot of phone calls & emails, and other days, I am in meetings with clients and vendors or doing site visits. For my wardrobe, right now, I am loving Stitch Fix!! I rarely have time to shop for myself so having someone do it for me and deliver clothes to my doorstep is genius!!

The best part about Ashley’s job: Getting to know my clients. I have been blessed to work with some amazing people, and at the end of the wedding, I am happy to say that we have not only created a beautiful wedding but also formed a friendship!

Cheerwine or sweet tea: Sweet tea

Favorite southern saying: “Bless her heart”

 

Photo credit: Erin Rene Photography

 

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Wedding Dresses: Preparation

One thing I definitely remember while planning my wedding was preparing to go wedding dress shopping. I remember combing different websites and magazines for tips and tricks, researching the designers that the boutique I was going to sold, building my Pintrest board with only the most gorgeous gowns. But one thing I did not find during my search was what to really expect, what to bring and what to prepare for. This post will only cover how to prepare to go shopping, be sure to tune into future posts for everything you need to know!

So ladies, first things first, you need to make a few decisions. These include:

Who will come with you? Bringing your whole entourage may seem appealing but proceed with caution my friends. Remember that this is already going to be a big day. Are you willing and able to bring along all your leading ladies? Just know that with them comes all their opinions and all their comments, good and bad. My personal advice is to bring a handful of meaningful ladies and/or gents. I chose my momma, grandma and maid of honor.

What is your budget? This is absolutely 100% non-negotiable. Before you hit the salon you must determine how much you are willing to drop for your gown. The bridal consultant will ask you so be prepared to give her an answer. Set a budget that is realistic but will also land you a dress of your dreams.

When will you go? Well this must be answered only after setting a wedding date. Wedding dresses takes months to make, sometimes even up to nine months, so make sure that you have plenty of lead time before going shopping. The bridal consultant will also ask your wedding date to ensure that the designer has enough time to make your gown. On a time crunch? Tell you bridal consultant and they may offer up samples that you could buy off the floor. Just remember that these are samples, so they have been tried on many times and are that one size so alterations may be tricky.

Where you will shop? Do you want to shop around and go to multiple boutiques or do you prefer a one stop shop? Do you want to shop locally or travel to a flagship store? Do your research before hand, look at a salons inventory and the designers they carry and make sure those gowns are somewhat appealing to you.

Be sure to tune into future posts where we will cover everything from undergarments to overspending!

 

 

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Real Wedding Wednesday: Amanda and Chris

Oh y’all we are just so excited to bring you the real wedding of Amanda and Chris. These two love birds tied the knot on May 2, 2015 and it was certainly a night to remember. Aren’t these images by Abri Kruger just stunning?

 

Planner: Posh Petals & Pearls
Photography: Abri Kruger
Florist: Amy Harvey, Harvey Designs
Cake: Low Country Confections
Makeup: Lauren Rossi
Hair: Salon Artistry
Rentals: A Tented Event for chairs and chargers, Linen Hero for napkins and linens
Videographer: Savannah Wedding Films
Lighting: All About You Entertainment
Band: Men of Distinction
Reception: Westin Savannah Harbor
Ceremony: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Vintage car: D.A. Martin
Transportation: Old Savannah Tours
Officiant: Father O’Neal
Custom signage: Ashley Rich Groover

Categories: Colors, Florals, Inspirations, Planning, Real Weddings

A Day at BleuBelle

There is NO greater joy than trying on wedding dresses, y’all. Seriously. I don’t care if you are 8 or 80, when you slip on a fancy white gown your heart just skips a couple beats. Last week, Tara and I spent some time at BleuBell Bridal Boutique to try on a few dresses for an upcoming editorial shoot we have.  Let’s just say that thankfully we had a a few dresses in mind otherwise we would have been there the entire day!

BleuBelle Bridal is nestled into the Twelve Oaks shopping center in Savannah, GA. One side is full of jaw dropping bridal gowns and one side is stocked just about any party gown you would ever need. The boutique has an amazing selection of bridal gowns whether you are looking for a tulle ballgown or a sexy silk fit and flare. They simply have it all!

Carrying designers from Hayley Paige and Watters, Lazaro and Jenny Packham, BleuBelle most certainly has your gown. Their team of bridal consultants are seasoned and poised and will help you find the dress of your dreams. They also carry an array of mother of the bride or groom gowns and bridesmaids dresses to help your favorite ladies find their perfect dress.

Make sure to stop by BleuBell to say YES to the dress! And also make sure to tune in to our next blog post where we will discuss everything you need to know before you try on dresses.

Categories: Inspirations, Planning, Real Weddings

Fancy Meeting You, Ashley Granum!

We are thrilled to bring you belles a new series called “Fancy Meeting You” in which you will get to know each of our fabulous consultants. We work together as such a great team and we are just delighted that you found us.

First up is Ashley Granum, our lead consultant heading up our Charlotte office! Ashley is from Warren, OH and now lives in Charlotte with her husband Chris, fur babies Ali and Lulu and their sweet bun in the oven Mason.

Ashley’s favorite thing about Charlotte is that it is always changing. There are always new places to explore and new restaurant to try. She says, “we are growing growing growing here!”

Best date night in Savannah: dinner on River Street and a carriage ride through the Historic District

In a different life I would be… one of my dogs. Lucky pups!

If I were a flavor at Leopold’s I would be: the seasonal flavor, always changing!

My favorite thing about weddings is… seeing the bride come down the aisle.

Best advice for a newly engaged couple: it’s never too early to start planning. The more items you can check off your list, the better. And there will ALWAYS be something to do.

A day in my life looks like: The pups are anxiously awaiting me outside my bedroom door every morning. They do their happy dance as I make my way to feed them and let them out. My goal is to tame the happy dance as we get closer to baby’s arrival…(it’s literally like the running of the bulls down the stairs in the morning). I grab a greek yogurt and a coffee (half-caff these days), and hit the laptop for emails. Sometimes the online shopping/ Facebook/ pinterest bug gets me and I end up spending more than my fair share of time on the laptop. Insert shower, meetings, baby G checkups and errands here. Eventually, I do the household chores and the occasional prenatal yoga session. Followed by a little trash-TV and usually more laptop time. Late night baby kicks and hopefully enough sleep to get me through the next day. 😉

All weddings should have: CAKE!

The best part of my job is that… no day is the same. I love the spontaneity of wedding planning. I would be miserable if I had to sit behind a desk all day… I know this from experience.

Boiled peanuts or cheese straws? cheese straws

 

 

Call Ashley for all your planning needs in Charlotte, she is definitely the resident expert and we love having her a part of our team! We also cannot wait to meet sweet Mason!

 

Categories: Planning

Real Wedding Wednesday: Liz & Matt

We are so excited to bring y’all this gorgeous wedding that was recently published in Savannah Weddings. The day of Liz and Matt’s wedding was simply perfect. We love the sweet details that they incorporated and the popcorn machine…come on, how adorable!

We wish Liz and Matt a lifetime of happiness, joy and lowcountry love!

Happy viewing!

 

 

The big day: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Officiant: Bryan Staggers
Ceremony music: Ceremonial Brass of Savannah; Robin Beauchamp, Carl Polk, Mike Daly, Paul Lott and Jody Wooten
Gown: “Jacinda” gown by Watters, Bleubelle Bridal Boutique
Accessories: Rings, Anderson Jewelers; earrings, Saks Off 5th; sash, Bleubelle Bridal Boutique; BellaBella shoe, Etsy.com
Hair and makeup: Jessica Shefsick, Bride’s Side Beauty
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Luxe Shantung, Jenny Yoo, Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta
Groom/groomsmen attire: Joseph A. Banks
Rehearsal dinner: Dessert and drinks at Vic’s on the River
Catering: Chef Nick Mueller and Co.
Reception music: Paula Swart and Jadde Nolty; Dave Barton and Attraction Band
Florist: Amy Harvey, Harvey Floral Designs
Cake: Low Country Confections
Lighting: Liz Bodi, JLK Events, Bluffton, SC
Rentals: Beachview Event Rentals
Transportation: Carriage Tours of Savannah
Photographer: Jade and Matthew McCully, Jade and Matthew Take Pictures

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So You're Engaged

Engagement season is upon us belles, one of our favorite times of the year! There must be something about the holidays that makes folks want to get hitched. We see if every year, November and December roll around and all of a sudden everyone is engaged.

If you are among those newly engaged brides out there we bet your head is just spinning with to-do lists and your coffee table is littered with wedding magazine. You might be feeling a little overwhelmed and that is perfectly okay. Your life is about to change in a really awesome way and we are here with you every step of the way.

After the rose petals have settled and the champagne has been popped you might be wondering what to do next. To help you navigate the next few weeks here is a list of some things to act on, think about and celebrate:

  • Share the news! Call friends, family and loved ones and tell them personally that you’re engaged. We recommend telling those closest to you individually before anything is posted on social media. You also might want to tell those you share with first to not spread the news until you and your groom go public.
  • Make it FBO (Facebook official). Let’s face it ladies, we all know that you’re dying to put that ring of yours on social media just make sure you’ve told all the important people in your lives before you go social.
  • Get your bling insured. Your groom has spent a very pretty penny to give you the ring of your dreams and you certainly want to protect it.  Many times you can add it on to your home or renters insurance so call your insurance agent asap!
  • Let the fun begin! Brainstorm with your groom some very very preliminary details such as time of year you want to get hitched, if you’re eloping, and possibly a general location. Grab some bridal magazines and turn the channel to TLC and let your inner bride sing. But, seriously, know when to stop. Take it easy and go slow. Rome wasn’t built in a day and certainly no wedding was planned in a day either!
  • Have some important conversations with some important people. After you and your groom have a better idea of what you are wanting for your wedding it is time to talk money with all contributing parties. We know this isn’t fun but it is definitely necessary. Think about who will have a hand in contributing to the wedding; will it be only you and your groom, your family, his family, other friends or relatives? Sit down with all those people and talk numbers up front so that no one is left blindsided or upset later on down the road.
  • Spend time with your groom! The best part about wedding planning is that at the very end of it you have yourself a husband! With your head always occupied with guest counts and meal choices it is easy to forget to go on a date. Take some time away from planning, days even, and just be present with your groom. Go on a picnic, a run or another fun date. Chances are that wedding planning doesn’t excite him the way it does you so make sure to turn the wedding brain off sometimes.
  • Call Posh Petals and Pearls! An obvious but serious step, make sure to chat with us and see what we can do for you. We are thrilled to be a part of your big day and we can’t wait to meet you!
Categories: Inspirations, Planning, Real Weddings

Bridal Beauty: Nails

Is any belle out there as obsessed with nail polish as I am? I firmly believe that you are never completely dressed without polish on your fingernails. Since my teen years I can count on one hand how many times I have left the house without polished nails.

From a very young age, I knew I loved my nails. My mom always joked that I got my nail bed from my dad’s side. My sweet poor momma has terrible nails. I quickly knew exactly what she meant. I grew to love my nails. Obsess over them even. I have never been a biter or picker. I am lover and a polisher and a manicurist. I grow my collection of hues as one would collect pressed pennies or antique spoons. While I partially blame my grandmother for instilling such a devotion to cosmetics I must admit that I certainly keep the devotion alive.

One thing that I think is often overlooked in the beauty planning process is a bridal nail look. Your nails will be in pictures ladies so be sure you choose a color that you love. Although I chose a very simple and classic hue for my own bridal nails, I can totally appreciate more adventurous brides who opt for bright tones and glitter. I would also personally highly recommend gel polish. It stays on your nails like none other and I don’t know about you but I certainly didn’t want chips on my wedding day.

To help get some creative juices flowing I have created a Pintrest board to help you style your look.

Follow Posh Petals & Pearls’s board Bridal Beauty: Nails on Pinterest.

Happy Mani Monday!

Categories: Colors, Inspirations, Planning, Uncategorized

Fashion Friday: Fall Wedding Attire

With the weather cooling down, or in Savannah more or less staying the same (!), your wardrobe is bound to see an influx of chunky sweaters, warm tights and flannel scarves. I love fall, as I have said before, and I also love dressing for fall. While we can’t always look our cozy best without breaking a sweat here in the low country, temperatures are getting noticeably cooler in the evening. I welcome the cool temperature and changing colors; I am clearly living in the wrong climate!

Recently I attended two weddings up north that boasted some seriously chilly temperatures. As I packed for the weekend, and the outdoor affairs, I knew I would have to stay warm and also fashionable. This was a fun challenge for me as we don’t get those temps down here.

I will say that opting for tights was a lifesaver! Although the sun was out, the wind blew even harder and I was thanking my lucky stars for my thick Donna Karan go-to tights. I also wished that I had thought of packing some cute gloves. My poor little fingers were absolute icicles about five minutes in.

To help our wedding goer’s and brides who might be hosting a fall wedding here are some great ideas on what to wear to a fall wedding.

For the black tie fete:

Black tie fall wedding

For semi-formal nuptials:

Semi formal fall wedding

For the casual affair:

Casual fall wedding

Categories: Inspirations, Planning, Real Weddings, Trends
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