NYC Sunset Cruise Engagement Dinner

We are planning an intimate wedding on the west coast, so we wanted to put together a little engagement party to celebrate with a larger group of friends in New York. We looked at several locations before the idea of an evening on a yacht popped up. We knew we really wanted an outdoor party – and what better place than out in the fresh air on the Hudson River. The evening was perfect, with the most beautiful pink sunset. It was so fun to be able to mix our dinner party with an outdoor activity. When you have friends like Sierra and Juliet from Poppies & Posies, and Kerry & Bobbie for hair and makeup, and Betsy’s amazing strawberry shortcake cakes, there’s really no need to plan anything – they show up and do what they do best and voila – amazing, beautiful night!

The overall theme of the night was a chic, NY summer evening. I found a tailored Trina Turk dress and of course needed to have a bow bun to match my bow clip on earrings. Black and white is so New York City so I wore black shoes with the white dress, E wore grey, and we finished up the decor with a pop of color, which was a lovely contrast to the city skyline. A big thank you to all the people who made our night so dreamy!

Photography: Bryce Covey // Venue & Catering: Private Yacht – Eastern Star // Florals: Poppies & Posies // Hair & Makeup: Bobbie Yanoupeth // Cakes: // Dress: Trina Turk // Menus, Signs & Lettering: Myself

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02.21.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

DIY Personalized Bridesmaids Hangers


How sweet would these be to give each of your bridesmaids a personalized bridesmaid hanger??? And then to see all their dresses hanging in a line….with no confusion over whose is whose…… You could write their names yourself or stamp them or hire a calligrapher to do it. Just a little fun idea. :)


Photography: Ali Harper // Calligraphy: Meagan Tidwell // Styling: Joy Thigpen

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02.19.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Honeymoon Pixie

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You know your wedding is going to be amazing. The big question your thinking about now is who to use for your registry?

Our friends at Honeymoon Pixie get it. You already have the toaster and flatware. You don’t need any more “basics” for your new life. So let Honeymoon Pixie handle something even better, your honeymoon!

When you register with Honeymoon Pixie, you will experience a registry that revolves entirely around you. Through their “One-Click” registry creation to hassle free direct deposit gift redemption, Honeymoon Pixie will help you design your perfect dream getaway. Couples receive 100% of their gift money. And there are no fees to the couple.

Once you register with Honeymoon Pixie you can create your own registry profile using any one of their gorgeous and free template designs. They even provide you with printable announcement cards, facebook integration, email blasts, thank-you lists and a map to display your honeymoon destinations to friends and family.

Plus, if you have any questions, Honeymoon Pixie will return your emails and phone calls within 24 hours, including evenings and weekends. They know how important your honeymoon is and they provide a personal touch to all of their services.

Oh and one more thing, Honeymoon Pixie has won the Bride’s Choice Award in 2012 and 2013 solidifying their place among the top 5% of wedding professionals. Their commitment to quality, service and responsiveness can be seen through their over 7,000 facebook fans and testimonials from real couples just like you.

So do you still want that flatware set?

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02.19.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Rustic Wedding at Montaluce Winery

Pretty details from a rustic wedding designed by some of my favorite creatives here in the South. It’s always a treat to see what these ladies come up with when they get together…

Photography: Rylee Hitchner // Flowers: Amy Osaba // Styling: Ginny Branch // Venue: Montaluce Winery // Calligraphy: Erica Loesing

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02.18.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog