Say Yes to the Dress

If you’re anything like me you’ve been dreaming about all the little details of getting married since you were a child. You’ve been thinking of what you’d wear, so to finally be in the moment of choosing your dream dress it could be an overwhelming process. The variety to choose from is unlimited from ballgown to mermaid, lace, tea length, and so much more. As you walk down the aisle you will be the center of attention with eyes drawn to your dress – no pressure. So, here’s what you can do to alleviate the stress and say ‘I do’ to the perfect dress!

 

PREPARATION

You will want to start your search about 6-8 months in advance to your wedding – in case you want to visit multiple shops, and to leave room for fittings and alterations.

Do your research, and find a few designers and styles you love.

Decide on a budget, and stick to it! You wouldn’t want to fall in love with a dress that’s over your price point. Also, you will need to factor in the cost of alterations, taxes, shoes, and jewelry.

 

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Most shops you will have to make an appointment. If you want to beat the crowd, then go on a weekday at midday rather than a weekend when everyone else decides to go, or just make sure you lock in your appointment time.

 

KEEP AN OPEN MIND

Let the salesperson make suggestions. You know the saying a dress may not look ideal on the hanger, but you could try it on and potentially fall in love with a dress you would have never thought of initially.

 

BRING YOUR ACCESSORIES

If you haven’t already picked out your accessories most salons will have shoes or a slip for you to try on with your dress. You’ll want to select or bring a pair of shoes with a similar height to what you plan on wearing your wedding day, so you can see exactly how the dress will fall.

 

TRUST YOUR INSTINCT

If you find your dress on the first day don’t be afraid to say yes to it. When you know, you know.

 

LOCAL BRIDAL SHOPS  | Charleston, SC

A few of our favorite shops are featured below.

Modern Trousseau

Maddison Row

Southern Protocol Bridal

Fabulous Frocks

Categories: Fashion Friday

This Easter Bring Out Your Creativity

Each Easter my family gathers together at my grandmothers house, and after we’ve stuffed our faces full of ham and deviled eggs, one of my favorite traditions is that we all dye Easter eggs – everyone is involved from the adults to the little ones. There’s nothing wrong with the traditional approach to dip dyeing your eggs with food coloring, but if you want to get creative and take your Easter egg game to a whole new level try out these DIY projects below!

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Check out this tutorial over on La La Land to give your Easter eggs a modern twist by using foil, tissue paper, and making them 3D.

 

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If you are running out of time, and want a quick fix to getting your home decorated for all of your family and friends, this DIY by Seventy Nine Ideas is for you. All you need is a can of spray paint, and then if you want to go the extra mile you can add some sprigs of flowers to them.

 

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Once you’re finished dyeing your Easter eggs throw them in a vase, add some flowers on top, and you’ll have a cute centerpiece everyone will be talking about. Head over to Place of my Taste for this DIY centerpiece tutorial.

 

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This centerpiece tutorial by Bell’alimento takes less than 5 minutes, and it includes the infamous Easter candy, Peeps!

Your Easter will be one of a kind with these specialized eggs and centerpieces. Whether you take the traditional approach, or decide to bring out your inner creativity we hope you all have a wonderful happy Easter!
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Wormsloe Wedding Styled Shoot

Styled Shoot

We love when we get the opportunity to work with other creative professionals in this industry. We collaborated with some of the best people here in Savannah on this styled shoot. The live oaks and Spanish moss is what drew us to shoot this modern romantic wedding at the Wormsloe Historic Site. If you want to see more check out Weddings Unveiled Magazine to see the featured post.

Photography:Vitor Lindo​Designer/Planner: ​Posh Petals and Pearls​ | Make-Up & Hair:Heather Ferguson from Beyond Beautiful China:Ranco and Lillian’s ChinaVintage furnishings:Savannah Vintage Rentals
Dress: BleuBelle BridalTux: J Parker Ltd Florist: ​A to Zinnias Calligrapher:Ashley CurryCake and Desserts: Savannah’s Hall of CakesMale Model: Chris Brychcy | Female Model: Taylor Jackson | Model Agency: Halo Models​
Categories: Styled Shoot

The South's Best Cities of 2017

Southern Living announced the South’s best cities for 2017 naming Charleston as #1 and Savannah as #2. Did you know that we are lucky enough to have offices in each city?! We love where we work, and we want to share with you a few reasons why.

C H A R L E S T O N, S C

There aren’t enough good things I can say about Charleston. If you haven’t visited the Holy City yet, now is the time to put it on your list for your next vacation spot! Downtown Charleston offers plenty to do from shopping on King Street, dining at a local restaurant with some of the best Southern cuisine you’ll ever taste, or simply strolling around the city to take in the rich history it was built upon.

Andrew Pinckney Inn

King Street

King Street offers anything from a plethora of shops and boutiques to an abundance of food options, as well as where the best bars and nightlife scene is. The street leads all the way down to the historic Battery and Waterfront Park. Every second Sunday of the month the street closes off traffic, so you can walk freely through the streets and enjoy a meal outside.

One of my go to shops right off of King St. that I must visit any time I am in Charleston is Candlefish. It’s a candle shop that has their own library of over 100 unique scents, and they even offer classes, so you can learn the art of candle making!

Candlefish | Kelli Boyd Photography 

Lavin Label

Charleston Food

You can’t go wrong with any place you choose to eat in Charleston. The city is known for having some of the best cuisine of the South with new restaurants popping up on the daily. A classic and one of my favorite places to eat is Hominy Grill. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you go for breakfast order the Charleston Nasty with a cup of fresh squeezed orange juice on the side – you won’t regret it!

Hominy Grill

Wedding Venues

Charleston is one of the most popular destinations for a wedding these days. We think you’ll agree after viewing some of our favorite venues featured below.

Boone Hall Plantation | Aaron & Jillian

Lowndes Grove | Rach Loves Troy

Cannon Green | Jenna Marie Photography

Magnolia Plantation | Jo Photo

S A V A N N A H, G A

The city of Savannah has plenty of activities and places to see for anyone to enjoy. Explore Savannah’s downtown scene, take a stroll through the Historic District, visit a museum, or grab your friends and try some of the best cuisine classic to the South.

Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park is located in the Historic District, and a popular place for locals and tourists alike. It’s a wonderful place to sit and relax, and just take in the beautiful views known to Savannah. The fountain is the most known feature in the park, and is located in the north end of the park.

Naomi Chokr Photography

Collins Quarter

Perfect for brunch, dinner, and all your coffee needs. Collins Quarter offers a unique café experience paired with a local, fresh, farm-to-table menu.

Kelli Boyd Photography

River Street

Visit River Street to shop around in boutiques converted from the old buildings and warehouses it once was. A highlight of the river is seeing all the cargo ships come by!

Rach Loves Troy

Wedding Venues

We love Savannah for its romantic charm, and because of it it is a popular destination for weddings and the ideal spot for taking engagement pictures.

Bethesda Home for the Boys | Rach Loves Troy

Wormsloe Historic Site | Jeff & Mollie Weddings

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist | Kelli Boyd Photography

Jepson Center for the Arts | Amy Anaiz

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Sarah + Laurence | Savannah, GA

Happy first day of Spring! I don’t know about you, but we’re ready to put all this cold weather behind us and bring on warm sunny days and flowers blooming all around . We’re throwing it back to Sarah and Laurence’s wedding held last spring to provide some inspiration to get us through these last cold weeks. We love the pops of lilac details and the all the fresh flowers used as decor, as well as the garden the couple got married and took pictures in – the more flowers the better, right?! To see the full feature of this wedding, grab your copy of the current issue of Savannah Soiree….on stands now!!

Savannah Wedding Vendors: PHOTOGRAPHY Mark Williams Studio | WEDDING PLANNER Posh Petals and Pearls | CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE Ships of the Sea Museum | OFFICIANT Friend | FLORALS Mark Williams Studio | HAIR Salon Eleven 84| WEDDING GOWN The Bride Room | CEREMONY & COCKTAIL HOUR MUSIC Michael Houston | BAND Loose Chain Band Reggie Ware | CAKE Lowcountry Confections | CATERING J Thomas Catering | RENTALS Amazing Event Rentals | LIGHTING JLK Events

Categories: Real Weddings

Sarah + Rewny | Savannah, GA

Sarah and Rewny, alongside friends and family, celebrated their love for each other on January 16th, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the reception following at the Charles H. Morris Center in Savannah, GA. The winter wedding was modern and romantic, with the space transformed by gold and ivory decor from eucalyptus and magnolia floral arrangements by August Floral & Event DesignThe Happy Bloom captured each intimate detail of their wedding perfectly. To see more of Sarah and Rewny’s Wedding, plus a sweet video created by Withers Films, go check out The Celebration Society!

Venues

Vendors

Categories: Real Weddings

You're Engaged! Now What?

The moment you had been waiting for finally arrived when on that special night your man got down on one knee and asked you to marry him. Ecstatically you said yes. Hooray, you’re engaged! You must be thinking, now what? Figuring out where to start can be overwhelming, but Posh Petals and Pearls is here to give their best advice and expertise on where to start first in the planning process.

 

ONE

Celebrate your engagement! Call all your loved ones and share the big news. Don’t worry about diving into planning your wedding the second he pops the question. Take the time to revel in the fact that you are newly engaged, pop the bubbly, and throw yourself an engagement party to share your excitement with your closest friends and family.

 

TWO | 12+ months before

Sit down with your hubby-to-be and talk details just to get an idea of what you two would like. Talk about colors, food you love, if you want something traditional or rather something funky. Take this time to set a budget, as this will determine all of your other decisions. Go out and take engagement photos to commemorate this memory. Pick a venue, select a date, and then research vendors. If you are finding it stressful to make decisions on which vendor works best, then hire a wedding planner!

 

THREE | 9-12 months before

Nail down the little details. Make a list of what is most important for you to have on your wedding day, and navigate where you will spend more or decide to save. Here’s where you are going to want to book your photographer/videographer, band or DJ, and meet with caterers. Once you’ve booked your venue, go out and find your dress for the big day. If you need a break from the planning process plan a stress free day, and go out and start your wedding registry!

 

FOUR | 6-9 months before

Meet with a print shop or find a calligrapher to create your invitations, and then send out your save the dates. Plan a day to spend with your girlfriends, and help them find their bridesmaid dresses. Book your florist. Start researching where you’d like to spend your honeymoon too. Don’t forget to plan a date night to with your man to talk about something other than wedding details to reconnect!

 

FIVE | 4-6 months before

Help your groom plan a day to spend with the guys to get their attire figured out. Plan your rehearsal dinner and decide where you’d like to host it. Confirm all of your vendors at this time. Meet with your caterer for final tastings, and meet with a baker for tastings and designing your cake. If you don’t plan on doing your own hair and makeup start looking for a vendor, and start hair and makeup trials. Research some looks, so that you can give this to your stylist, so she can have a better idea of the look you want for your wedding day.

 

SIX | 3 months before

Send out your wedding invitations! Websites like Paperless Post has a dedicated wedding invitations page. If you, your bridal party, or family will need transportation confirm it at this time. Start planning what music you’d like to hear at the wedding, write your vows, and ask who you’d like to make a toast.

 

SEVEN | 2 months before

Go for your final dress fitting. Decide on which gifts you’d like to give to your parents and bridal party. At this point you should be working on finalizing all your wedding details.

 

EIGHT |1 month before

There’s no rule to when you can have your bachelorette party – just find a date that works for everyone in your bridal party. Apply for your marriage license, so you don’t get to your wedding day and forget this important detail!

 

NINE | 3 weeks before

Go through your RSVPs and confirm your final guest count to give to your caterer. Arrange for the rehearsal, so that the day of there is no confusion to where people walk in and stand for the wedding. Make a timeline to send out to all vendors and bridal party, so everyone is on time.

 

TEN | Day of

Get married and live happily ever after! Relax and enjoy your special day.

 

 

Categories: Planning

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

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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

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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

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

 

Categories: Planning, Uncategorized

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!

 

 

Categories: Uncategorized

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

Categories: Uncategorized

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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