Real Wedding Wednesday: Piper & Lucas

Happy hump day belles! We are so excited for y’all to see these sweet pictures of Piper and Lucas. The two tied the knot over a year ago but we are still so in love with all of the precious moments that Erin Rene Photography captured.

Piper tells us a bit about her big day:

Wedding date:  April 13, 2013

Location: Statesboro, Georgia

Statesboro, Georgia is where I lived until I was 10 years old and I moved back to Statesboro to attend Georgia Southern University in 2000.  Most of my mother’s family lives in the area and Statesboro always felt like home.  The church in which we were married, Statesboro United Methodist Church, is the church I attended as a young girl.  It is a beautiful church, with gothic architecture, and I always wanted to get married in it.

The reception was held about 12 miles from Statesboro in Portal, Georgia on the bride’s grandparents’ farm.  A farm shelter and tent were used to cover the reception area but the weather was absolutely perfect for the entire evening. Ranco Tent Rentals provided the tent, tables, chairs and band stage.  JLK Lighting provided the lighting including lighted spheres over the dance floor and mason jar chandeliers over the bar.  Twinkle lights covered a pergola and lanterns and candles provided light around the reception area.

The Wedding Dress:

The Gown: purchased at Bridal’s by Jodi in Charleston, South Carolina

DesignerMori Lee

Personal Anecdotes:  The dress was an ivory, ruffle halter ballgown with pockets and it was the second dress I tried on. I wore cobalt heels by Glint purchased during a birthday trip to Vegas. They matched the bridesmaid’s dresses perfectly and served as my something blue! The garter I wore was made by a great-great aunt and every bride in my family has worn the garter since my mother in 1979.

How you and your spouse met:

We met through mutual friends over Labor Day Weekend 2010 in Beaufort, SC.

Wedding Style:

Wedding Colors: Cobalt blue/green/ivory

What inspired your wedding style? Cobalt blue is one of my favorite colors and the hydrangea is my favorite flower.  I wanted our wedding to be easy and relaxed for everyone, including the vendors. In order to accomplish this, out guests were met at the reception site with a signature cocktail of strawberry champagne punch served in mason jars with blue and white striped straws. Bevrick’s  Char House Grill of Metter catered the reception with food stations, passed Hors d’oeuvers, and late night snacks.  Food stations included our favorites of shrimp and grits, nacho and taco bar, and a carving station with fresh vegetables. Cheeseburger sliders and sausage wrapped with a pancake were served as a late night snack.  A hit at the reception was the sugar bacon as a passed hors d’oeuver.  Months later guests are still talking about the bacon! After eating, drinking, and dancing, we left the reception under an arch of sparklers held by our guests.

How you planned your wedding:

My mother and I planned the day mostly over the phone and times when she visited me.  We hired Posh Petals and Pearls to help us tie everything together. Hiring a wedding planner, who knows the area and could locate the vendors we needed, was the best thing that we did.  We met with Ashley (Posh Petals and Pearls) who gave us ideas of how things should go and checked over our plans and schedule several times to make sure we had it right.

We followed a southern tradition/superstition of burying a bottle of bourbon upside down at the reception sight exactly one month before the wedding to insure no rain on our wedding day.  It must have worked because the weather was perfect for our wedding and outdoor reception.

Photographer’s Contact Info:

Name:   Erin Rollins of Erin Rene Photography

 

 

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

Fancy Meeting You, Crystal!

We are so excited to have y’all meet sweet Crystal! Crystal is originally from Houma, LA and is a true ragin cajun, through and through. Her and her hubby Will live in Savannah with their human baby Stella Mae and fur baby Cooper Louis. Crystal’s favorite things about Savannah are how beautiful the city is, the good food and all the great friends she has made here.

Crystal’s ideal date night in Savannah: We have a baby, what is date night!?

Her favorite thing about weddings? The tiny details! The florals! Cake!

Best advice for the newly engaged couple? Get organized and get a great planner! You never realize how many details go into planning a wedding until your thrown into it. It can be overwhelming but with help and organization it can be fun!

A day in Crystal’s world: A day in my life begins with the cutest little alarm clock ever, my 9 month old daughter tells me when it’s time to start the day! In between her naps, playtime and the many many wedding emails and to do lists I make, I usually find time to make myself a meal or two. Oatmeal or Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are staples here. They keep a working mom fed and onto the next task.

All weddings should have: personal touches!

The best part of her job: Being an event coordinator has always been a dream of mine. So really being able to do this job is just the best dream come true ever! I get to plan and experience the most important and beautiful days of peoples lives. What can be better than that?!

Favorite Southern saying: “Ma colors are blush and bashful”

 

Erin Rene Photo IMG_9193 Minted Portrait Studios Rach Loves Troy   Ariel Renae Photography

Photo credit: Erin Rene Photography, Mint Portrait StudioRach Loves Troy Photography and Arial Renae Photography

Categories: Uncategorized

Pick and Choose

Once you’re engaged you will naturally be flooded with a quickly growing list of to do items. It ranges from things like “take engagement photos” to “buy a wedding dress”. The list is long and some things are more important than others. There are tons of resources out there that will help you create the perfect “I do” timeline for you but let’s take a break from to do’s and talk vendors!

Vendors are the folks who are going to make your dreams come true. From florists and cake bakers to live musicians and paper stylists, you will collect yourself quite a few key people. In the next few weeks we are going to be helping you choose the right vendors that suit your needs, personality and budget. As all of our Posh brides have the luxury of working right along side our consultants as we build their perfect day, we take the guess work out of vendor hunting, one of the best parts of being a Posh bride!

So where do you start? Great question! As you are putting together your ideal day, start to make a list of all of your wishes and wants. Are you set on having a 12 piece band? Make sure to include that in your plans so that none of your wishes are sacrificed.

Here is a sample of some key vendors you will probably need to hire-

Planner 😉
Photographer
Videographer
Florist
Ceremony location
Officiant
Ceremony music
Reception
Reception music
Caterer
Bar tender
Lighting
Rentals such as chairs, tents, tables, china, etc.
Transportation
Hair
Make up
Cake
Favors
Attire

Stay tuned for our next post where we will cover all you need to know before you hire your photographer!

Categories: Inspirations, Planning

Sweating for the Wedding: Remix

As brides prepare for their big day, many adopt a more active lifestyle in hopes of squeezing into her perfect dress. Sweating for the wedding has caught on like wild-fire. Just open the Instagram of one of your engaged friends and you will are bound to find a slew of posts about her pre-wedding workouts.

I totally get it. As a recent bride myself I opted for my sneakers most days, always took the stairs and subscribed to just about every fitness blog out there. I went on long lunch-break walks and skipped that second scoop of ice cream for a few months. It’s not that I wanted to look different on my wedding day, it’s just that I wanted to look my best.

I have never been a super athletic person. Well, let’s be honest, I have never been athletic. As a kid I loathed my sports games, praying the ball would never come way. I wasn’t uncoordinated or unable, I was just the most noncompetitive person on this earth. Gyms have never been my thing. I get so grossed out by all the muscle heads in cut off tee’s and would seldom go. So when I knew I wanted to get into better shape I had to think out of the box, or I guess, out of the gym.

What I found was that I really do like, even sometimes enjoy, working out outside. Fresh air, green grass, hustle and bustle. No sticky sweaty gyms for me. So that is what I started doing. On my lunch breaks I would go for a run. After dinner the fiance and I would go for an evening stroll. On weekends we would do weight exercises in the park. And just like that, I felt better and looked better, and my wallet could not have been happier.

So as you think about the months ahead, don’t be afraid to go for an unconventional or ‘out of the gym’ approach. Try a new workout class in your area. Grab a friend and go for a long walk. Park at the back of the parking lot at the grocery. It’s not about killing yourself trying to get that bride body, it’s about having fun and looking good while doing so!

Categories: Inspirations, Planning

Fancy Meeting You, Tara!

We are thrilled to have you meet Tara, the second half of our fearless leader duo! Tara calls Savannah home and her husband Nathan and her are raising their two adorable children Jackson and Emerson. Their house is constantly buzzing with the two kiddos and two fur babies Brodie and Bailey.

Tara’s favorite thing about Savannah is that it‘s the perfect mix of everything you could want… the beach and marsh for summer fun, farm land with dirt roads and cotton fields in the fall, gorgeous moss draped parks and squares blooming with all kinds of pretty flowers for spring and tons of local activities and events to get you in the holiday spirit for the winter months. Our city really does have it all! She could never just pick one thing.

Tara’s ideal date night in the hostess city: My husband and I have been going to Garibaldi’s every year for our anniversary since we started dating 12 years ago:) I would say I am kind of biased that this is my favorite date night since it is pretty sentimental to us. The food is AMAZING! We also LOVE Lulu’s chocolate bar for a post dinner drink and dessert:)

In a different life Tara would be: Carrie Underwood (My current girl crush)… I mean… what’s not to love about her?!?! She’s GORGEOUS and can make any song sound good!

If Tara were a flavor at Leopold’s she would be: butter pecan because it reminds me of growing up and eating ice cream with my mimi and papa… they always LOVED butter pecan and got me hooked on it!

Tara’s favorite part of weddings: Seeing the Bride’s reaction after she finally see the months of planning and preparation all come together

Tara’s advice for the engaged couple: ENJOY the planning period… This is the fun time! Hire a planner and leave your worries to them;)

A day in the life of Tara: Weekdays I am up around 6am to hop in the shower, get dressed and ready for the day. I first let both dogs outside and then fill their food and water bowls. Next, I get both kids (Jackson, age 5 and Emerson, age 1) dressed, fed breakfast and loaded in the car to take Jackson to Pre-K. After drop-off, I come back to the house, lay Emerson day for her morning nap and then settle down at my computer for a little office work (returning emails, making phone calls, creating inspiration boards, updating social media, etc). Emerson wakes up from her nap around 11am, I feed her a quick snack before loading her back in the car to wait in carpool line to pick her brother up at noon. While in carpool line I make a few work phone calls to kill the time. After pick-up I head back to the house and feed both kids lunch. Most days, my mom or babysitter (depends on which day of the week) come over after lunch and watch my kids while I head out for afternoon meetings. Some days I have meetings all day so my mom takes over with carpool duty earlier in the day (I definitely couldn’t do it without her help)!! Once I get home from meetings we eat dinner as a family and get the kids in bed. Some days, though, I don’t end with meetings until 8-9pm and in that case my hubby is on his own for dinner and bedtime routine (he’s a trooper)! After getting home I sit back down to the computer and return more emails and do a little more work while watching my soap opera on DVR (yes… I watch a soap opera… General hospital 😉 ) I head to bed around midnight and then wake back up the next morning to start all over again! Owning a business is a never ending cycle but such a rewarding one! Yes, I can never turn work off but it does allow me the freedom to attend school plays, field trips and to stay home with my children for the most part. I wouldn’t trade it for the world!!!

All weddings should have…: Personal details that reflect the couple! One of my favorite weddings was when one of my couples chose to have the caterer incorporate family recipes into the menu throughout the night. They gave each of their guests mini cookbooks of the recipes served throughout the night and told which family member each of the recipes were from and what it meant to the bride and groom. Personal details are what set your wedding apart from the next!

Shrimp and grits or fried chicken: Fried chicken!

Photo credit Erin Rene Photography

Categories: Planning, Uncategorized

Real Wedding Wednesday: Kate and Sheldon

Kate and Shelton said “I do” on Ocober 11, 2014 and the day could not have been more perfect. The two incorporated personal details that made their special day so meaningful. To top it off, the nuptials were captured by Mark Williams Studio who did a fantastic job! Enjoy!

Photographer: Mark Williams Studio
Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church
Reception: Westin
Hair and Make-up: Skinzin
Florist: Harvey Designs
Videographer: Haint Blue
Rentals: Savannah Special Events
Ceremony music: Perez Strings
Cocktail hour music: The Rosies
Reception music, lighting, and photo booth: All About You Entertainment
Cake: Sally Nicholson
Custom signs: J Leslie Wedding Decor
Transportation: Southern Comfort Limousine, Coastal Georgia Trailways

Categories: Florals, Inspirations, Planning, Real Weddings
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