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

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

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

Destination Honeymoon

Hon·ey·moon ˈhənēˌmo͞on/ noun: a vacation spent together by a newly married couple, otherwise known as the calm after the storm!

If you and your groom have chosen to go on a honeymoon you may now be wondering where to spend it. There are millions of options for a vacation and I feel that a honeymoon needs to be exactly what you want it to be. It is so easy to become overwhelmed with all of the choices out there and really the honeymoon should be the fun part of the planning process, but sometimes it can bring more stress than relaxation.

When thinking of your dream honeymoon it is important for your groom and you to get on the same page. Ask yourselves some questions: beach or mountains, adventure or relaxation, city or rural. Some of these may seem silly but it is really important to talk through these.

Beach vs. mountains- obvious pros to each, a beach vacation being the more popular type of honeymoon we see. Think secluded islands and beaches for miles. But do you and your groom love to hike, ski and do outdoorsy things? A mountain vacay may be right for you! Think the French Alps or the Great Smoky Mountains.

Adventure vs. relaxation- are you two ready to not lift a finger for seven days or are your boots packed and you are ready to explore? Some folks (including my hubby and I) did not want to do a single thing but lay on the beach the entire time so when booking a resort the pool and the beach location were key to us. For adventure seekers ask about activity packages or even check Groupon.

City vs. rural- want to hit the town and party the night away? Maybe a city would be right for you. Think Honolulu, you get the beach and the city! For those who could go to an island population 2 look for something secluded and research relaxation packages.

All inclusive? This is critical to decide early on as it will impact the type of property you will book. Some pro’s to all inclusive are that you never really have to take your wallet or purse with you. You pay everything up front and generally stay within the property to reap the all inclusive benefits. Forgoing all inclusive allows you and your new hubby to explore the town, eat off property and maybe even save a little money. Both are great options!

Whatever you two decide make sure there is something for each of you. If he wants a round of golf and you want a mani/pedi make sure to make those happen- this is the time for you two to enjoy each other and bask in newly-wedded bliss!

Categories: Inspirations, Planning

Let's Get Real

Real weddings are near and dear and close to our hearts. As planners, we are honored to be charged with planning the most important day of your life. We pride ourselves on being up to date on the newest trends, knowing the best vendors in our area and assembling a rock star team. We meet with brides and they give us their list of questions, pour out their ideas and enlist their trust in us. Bring a bride is tough business and that is why we are here, prepared to answer all your questions, make [most] of your dreams come true and send you down the aisle.

One thing that makes working with brides so rewarding is helping alleviate necessary stress, and boy do brides have a wealth of that! It is one of our biggest joys to take the reigns and leave you feeling calm. After planning countless weddings it is pretty safe to say that we have experienced our fair share of pitfalls and triumphs. We learn from both, and go forward even more prepared.

I remember when I was a bride, my vision clouded with peonies and paper goods, my ring still sparkly and practicing my new signature. I remember I was beyond excited. I also remember one of the first meetings I had with our planner, and all the insane questions I flooded her with. Most brides sit in the same chair I sat, a huge looming to do list before them and no clue what to do next. And that’s where we come in!

Helping not only plan but also keep brides and grooms happy and calm it is important that we keep some key factors in mind when beginning the planning process. Here are some examples of some of the most important real life issues and topics we deal with-

  • Have the money talk early. Don’t write a single check or wait for any time to pass by before having “the talk” with all contributing parties. I know it is uncomfortable, but it is so incredibly necessary. After this is done you can move forward knowing exactly where you stand without breaking your budget. Remember, no budget is right or wrong, it’s just important that it fits your needs.
  • Enlist help! This is where we come in, the professionals. Whether you want to plan the entire day yourself and just want help along the way and on the day of or you want to hand everything over at the beginning, hire a professional! We are here to be your advocate, your expert and your worker bee.
  • Make time to not plan. While you are engaged you will be engrossed with all things wedding and it is important to know when to step away and spend some time with your hubby to be. Designate one night per week where you and your groom talk about anything but the upcoming wedding. This will help keep stress levels down and lighten the mood.
  • Exercise! In the immortal words of Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Exercise not to lose weight but to feel happier and less stressed. Find a fun workout class like TRX or Barre and make it a priority to go.
  • Remember that weddings are emotional. You and your groom may be the ones saying the “I do’s” but don’t forget that family and close friends can, and will, get super emotional during the planning process. You might not understand why mom and dad insist on inviting their neighbors from 1983 but try to remember that this is the day they have been waiting for too, and they still want to have an input.
  • Get extra cooks out of the kitchen. We all know the saying and we all have been in situations where there are just too many opinions flying around. Prepare to make decisions on who will be involved with what. Have 15 bridesmaids? It might not be the best decision to take them all bridesmaid dress shopping at the same time, holy drama! Staff your crew with the people who’s opinion you value most but never forget that this is your day and you and your groom have the final say.

Wedding planning is enjoyable but at times stressful. Remember not to forget why you are getting married in the first place, because you found love! Enjoy the ride and savor all the moments.

Categories: Planning

Choosing a Wedding Band: Bride Edition

To do lists. To do lists are my absolute favorite thing in the whole entire world. There is something about the smell of the new sticky note pad I often use to make these lists. When I check off an item I feel a rush of accomplishment. I feel productive and confident. My own to do list while planning my own recent wedding constantly grew larger day by day. I followed the timelines of so many different wedding bibles I loved.  I made sure I had checked off every big box and when I did I felt totally in control. As the months wore down and my big day inched closer my to do list seemed to shrink and this I completely welcomed. It wasn’t until I was chatting with a close friend over coffee one day that I realized I had forgotten something. A BIG thing. A really super duper important thing.

I didn’t have a wedding band.

And oh boy did panic ensue. I immediately called my calm, cool, collected fiance and word vomited this huge oversight. I couldn’t get the words out of my mouth fast enough. We needed to get my wedding band immediately, like yesterday. I was out of town at the time and begged him to go down to the local jewelry store to look. While he indulged my panicky plea I still felt unaccomplished. My control freak self wanted to be there to pick out the perfect addition to my engagement ring. What if what he picked didn’t match? What if the diamonds were too big (yes, I feared that!)? What if the band took away from the beauty of my engagement ring? So naturally, when I got back in town a few days later I took us on a mission to find my wedding band.

Now I would love to say that this shopping trip was one of the highlights of the wedding planning process but, sadly, it was not. We went from store to store, each time a little more disappointed. Nothing quite fit. Nothing really matched my setting, or personality. They weren’t what I envisioned myself wearing for the rest of my life. By the time we left the fifth store I was completely defeated. My poor sweet fiance felt helpless as he knew I would not rest until we (I) found the one. I felt annoyed and annoying. Why was this such a big deal to me? I should just pick one and call it a day. We decided to take reprieve and go grab a diet coke. While we were driving out of the parking lot I suddenly shouted, “wait, let’s try over there!” A jewelry store we hadn’t tried yet? I thought we looked everywhere.

Walking into the store with a massive chip on my shoulder I immediately asked the saleswoman two questions: 1) how long do wedding bands take to size (mind you this shopping trip was only weeks before our big day) and 2) do they carry platinum bands in the store (both my fiance and I had a hard fast rule that we only wanted one metal for both of my rings). Her answers were music to my ears. With a smile growing across my face I looked up to my fiance with a new found sparkle in my eye and exclaimed, “let’s look!” I showed the saleswoman my engagement ring so that she could show us some wedding bands that would coordinate. As she pulled out the first band and I slipped it on my finger I instantly knew. I had finally (at the sixth store) found my wedding band.

As you make your journey to find your perfect band remember these little nuggets of wisdom:

  • Shop around. Now while I wouldn’t recommend hitting up six jewelry stores in one afternoon, getting to try on different styles is important. This is the ring you will wear for the rest of your forever. Get a feel for what you truly want and kindly tell your fiance your preferences.
  • Planning on wearing a family heirloom? Make sure to get it properly sized well before the big day.
  • Don’t forget about the groom! Shop around for styles for him as well and make sure you know his ring size. Will the groom not wear a ring? See if he would like another piece of jewelry or memento to remember your union by.
  • Store both rings in a safe place until the big day arrives. Slip them into your boudoir or a safe if you have one. Give both rings a little cleaning a few days before the ceremony so both are in tip top condition.
  • Once the big day arrives place both rings in the safe keeping of a trusted friend, relative or member of the bridal party.

Here are a few bands that I love for all different types of brides

 

As we wrapped up our purchase at the store I felt a rush of adrenaline knowing that we were one step (one big step) closer to officially being married. It donned on me that I wasn’t being picky, I wasn’t being unruly or over demanding. I simply wanted the ring that I would wear, the symbol that legally and spiritually tied me to my husband, to be mine. When I finally found my ring I knew that it was not only an expression of the woman I am but also of the marriage we were going to build. It was the reminder of the covenant we were about to enter into. And that, I took very seriously.

With love and wedding bands,

HP

 

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