Apple Vacations & RIU Hotels & Resorts

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Are you looking for a one-stop location for planning the destination wedding and honeymoon of your dreams? Apple Vacations  can provide you with a collection of some of the most romantic hotels in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America to choose from! You can plan the beach wedding and honeymoon you’ve always wanted through Apple Vacations with their team of experienced wedding planners and coordinators to help you plan and execute the day of your dreams. They work with you to book your guests and provide you with discounts for groups, even as small as 10 guests! You won’t have to worry about a thing with Apple Vacations, they take care of your travel arrangements, honeymoon registry, and legal requirements for your destination wedding!

You can plan your destination wedding through Apple Vacations at one of the gorgeous RIU hotels  in the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica. At one of these romantic beachfront resorts, you can choose a classic, royal, or caprice wedding package  that will give you the option of having a gorgeous yet simple ceremony or an opulent, once-in-a-lifetime event. Each package  provides you with an endless number of great details to choose from to create your ideal destination wedding.  You can also easily plan a honeymoon at an RIU resort in Aruba, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, or Mexico!

Take a few minutes to sit down and look over what Apple Vacations  can do for you when it comes to planning your perfect destination wedding or honeymoon abroad!

12.11.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Cheekwood Nashville Wedding

Jessica Lorren and Jessica Sloane recently worked together on Kimberly and Justin’s Nashville wedding, and isn’t it a beauty? I love all the understated botanical details up against the gorgeous Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. More details below from their designer and stylist, Jessica Sloane

“This gorgeous wedding was a dream to work on. The LA couple wanted to get married in Kimberly’s hometown of Nashville. When I first met with Kimberly she explained that they wanted their wedding day to look and feel like a garden dinner party. Guests received a hand-calligraphied invitation with botanical liner to set the stage for the evening. Their wedding took place on a sunny fall day with all of their close friends and family gathered together at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens.

Upon arrival, the women were served champagne and truffles in the drawing room of the Museum of Art, a 1920’s Georgian-style mansion. The men mingled around the Reflection Pool sipping on bourbon and telling stories about the groom. Guests wrote notes to Kimberly and Justin in “The Green Florilegium,” a book full of old botanical prints. When it was time for the ceremony, everyone processed together to the boxwood gardens and took their seats. The sun was setting as Kimberly and Justin took their vows and the bridal party joined around them for a moment of blessings. It was a magical ceremony, followed by a joyful celebration. Cocktails were served on the Terrace and in the Loggia, under a grand chandelier by the light artist Bruce Munro.

Guests dinned on a delicious southern-style dinner at tables set with heirloom silver containers filled with herbs, ferns, fruits and fall blooms. Everyone danced the night away to Super T, who literally came out in a Superman outfit marked with a big letter T! It was definitely a night to remember!”

Photographer: Jessica Lorren | Designer, Planner & Stylist: Jessica Sloane Event Styling & Design | Venue: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens | Florist: Jessica Sloane Event Styling & Design | Calligraphy and Liner: Kitty Hobbs | Invitations: Urbanic | Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Jordan Byers | Bridesmaid’s Hair & Makeup: Amanda Gros | Brides Dress: Reem Acra | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Videographer: Needle and Thread | Caterer: Clean Plate Club | Rentals: Music City Tents & Events | Chair Rental: Southern Events | Lighting: Tech Works | Band: Super T

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12.09.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Greg Finck Photography

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Our newest sponsor has a deep love for photography that began when he was a child. Always fascinated by the magic of photography and the power to capture a moment in time, Greg Finck has taken this passion and has created an impressive portfolio full of images of love. Greg is a fine-art wedding photographer based in Paris, France, and exclusively shoots film in order to capture the absolute best image. Greg’s use of natural light creates simple, elegant, and timeless images that speak to the true nature of your love.

Greg Finck is available for weddings and engagements in Paris, France and worldwide, as he loves to travel the globe photographing images of couples in love.  Greg provides each couple he photographs with absolute exclusivity. He understands how important a wedding photographer is to you on your wedding day, and he makes a point to dedicate himself exclusively to you on your wedding day. He takes on a limited number of weddings per year to ensure that each client he works with gets all of the attention to detail they deserve.  He also works with a discerning eye to provide you with the absolute best images from the most important moments of your wedding day.

Please take a few minutes today to visit Greg Finck’s website to learn more about his love for photography and to find out if he is the right choice for your international or destination wedding!

12.09.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Stone Platter DIY

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Sarah Winward sent over this great tutorial inspired by the stone platters she used for her sister’s Organic Rustic Wedding feature earlier in the week. I think these rock platters are a great new alternative to using tree stumps on dessert tables for people who want to incorporate a natural element into their displays. I found that the color and texture of the stones complimented most foods really well. Or you could use them to display favors, pictures, or event just personal items at home like jewelry.
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Materials

Large flat rocks. sturdy bigger rocks that have a flat surface good for mounting the top on, Gorilla Glue.
You might be able to find stones like this around your home. You can also purchase them from home improvement stores.

Instructions

1. Select your rocks. If you are making multiple platters it might be nice to make them at different heights.
2. Wash all of the surfaces of your rocks, leave the surfaces that the glue will be on slightly damp.
3. Spread gorilla glue on the parts of the rocks you will be glueing together. Be sure to not put glue closer than 2 inches away from anywhere it could ooze out. It expands and it dries, and you don’t want to see the glue coming out of the seams.
4. Give them 24 hours to dry

Photography: Kate Osborne | Tutorial: Honey of Thousand Flowers | Cakes: Noisette

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12.04.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured