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Weekly Wedding Favorites

I cannot believe it’s already the end of April, which means it’s also been just about a year since the Royal Wedding. Best wedding ever? I still think so! I’m sure your wedding will be a great day too, so without further ado my favorites to help you plan your day…

Favorite New Movie:

Scenes from Bridesmaids still make me laugh, and I am really looking forward to seeing The Five Year Engagement because both were produced by the same team. Jason Segel and Emily Blunt seem like the perfect pair (as their characters of course!), and it seems like it’s going to be genuinely funny. Is anyone else looking forward to seeing this movie? It comes out today!

Favorite Ceremony Seating:

photo courtesy of Elizabeth Anne Designs

I happened to see this seating arrangement as part of a May Day post on Elizabeth Anne Designs this week. I was immediately struck by the seating arrangement because it allows the couple to be surrounded by their friends and family while they say their vows. I think it’s so unique and very intimate.

Favorite Item for a Lounge:

photo courtesy of The Home Depot

photo courtesy of The Home Depot

I found these pillows (see them here + here) at The Home Depot last weekend, and for only $13.98 each, I think they would make a great addition to a lounge area at a wedding.  I think both of the above pillows are perfect for a lounge area at your wedding. I love how they have different patterns, but are tied together by their color scheme. Coral and aqua also happen to be two of my favorite colors. There are plenty more patterns and colors to choose from here.

Favorite Midnight Snack:

photo courtesy of Pinterest

This week I created another inspiration board, but rather than focusing on mirrors, this board was about my favorite Philly-inspired midnight snacks. Cheesesteaks, milkshakes, and TastyKake Krimpets are at the top of my list. What would you serve?

Favorite Upcoming Event:

photo courtesy of Dodeline Design

The above photo is by Dodeline Design, a graphic design house based in Charleston, SC. In addition to creating pretty stationary and so much more, Sarah is also a blogger. She asked me to guest blog on her site on Monday, and I could not be more excited. I hope you’ll stop by for a visit!

Have a great weekend! Meet me over on Dodeline Design’s blog on Monday? Sounds like a plan.

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Inspiration Board: Late Night Philly Wedding Snacks

One of my very favorite aspects of living in the Philly area is the food that helps to define it. A Philadelphia Cheesesteak and TastyKake Krimpets is one of my favorite pairings for lunch or dinner. When my family visits, it’s always one of our first go-to choices during their stay. Because I have such a love for Philly foods, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Philly options for you to consider serving your guests during your wedding weekend or as a surprise midnight snack.

{Credits: Milkshakes, Cheese Steak, Water Ice, & Pretzel: Pinterest, Herr’s Potato Chips: Herr’s, Krimpets: TastyKake}

Cookies + Milkshakes: Ice cream is always a great idea, and cookies are the perfect addition. I love the idea of purchasing ice cream from your favorite shop and using it to mix your milkshakes because it adds an additional touch of hometown flair. The same goes for the cookies: hello, favorite bakery! If you’re looking for suggestions for great ice cream, Newtown’s Goodnoe’s is hands down my favorite ice cream. Ever.

Philly Cheesesteaks: We are famous for these sandwiches. Need more convincing? Let’s be serious, they’re just plain delicious. If you are looking for a twist on this favorite that’s slightly more bite-sized, consider serving Philly cheesesteak sliders.

Water Ice: This treat is one to think about, especially if you are planning an outdoor summer reception. Think about having Rita’s Water Ice (you can buy it in large quantities) or water ice from your favorite local haunt. Water ice also seems to be pretty local to this area, or at least the East Coast, because my cousin who is from the Midwest had never had nor even heard of it prior to her visit to Philly.

Philadelphia Soft Pretzels: When you think of this town, soft pretzels are probably pretty high up there on your Philly association list. My favorite part of this photo is the bag that the pretzels were served in! If you are wondering where to purchase soft pretzels, make sure to check out the Philly Pretzel Factory.

Herr’s Potato Chips: Creating your own order by choosing which chips to include in your variety case is my favorite option from this hometown brand because it comes complete with flavors that I’ve never seen in stores (win!). These are the perfect snack to pair with cheesesteaks if you’re thinking about serving more than one Philly favorite.

TastyKake Krimpets: Although I have seen TastyKakes as far south as Virginia, there’s nothing quite like having Butterscotch Krimpets (or any of TastyKakes sweet snack options!) in the brand’s hometown. Although these are a great idea for a midnight snack, they are also an option to consider giving guests as favors.

Tell me, are you serving a Philly inspired midnight snack at your wedding? As a guest, what would you hope the couple would serve? Be sure to let me know in the comments! 

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Weekly Wedding Favorites

After deciding on this week’s favorites, I realized something: I’m pretty excited about life right now. I like this feeling! This week’s favorites include a Rihanna song that might just guarantee a full dance floor, a photo sample from an engagement session that might be my favorite…ever, and an alternative to a sparkler exit. Feeling pumped yet? : )

Favorite Reception Song:

Every time I hear “We Found Love” by Rihanna, I want to dance. Because that is normally the goal at a wedding – get those guests on the floor! – I think this song is one of the best ways to do it. Would you agree?

Favorite Bachelorette Party Idea:

photo courtesy of Pinterest

Opening Day was Monday, so we’re into Phillies season, y’all! I’m pumped to go to my first game in just a couple of weeks with one of my best friends. Attending a game is a great alternative for a baseball-loving bride who is not totally into a bar crawl.

Favorite Engagement Photo:

photo courtesy of Jenna Walcott Photography

Recently, Jenna Walcott hinted on her Facebook page that she was pretty excited about an engagement session she had the opportunity to shoot in the early morning light with D.C couple Amy & Jack. As a fan of sunrises, I was already looking forward to the photos. However, I could not stop myself from saying “wow” as I was looking through her blog filled with images from the session. Stunning.

Favorite Altar:

photo via Southern Weddings

Although so many outdoor venues provide beautiful landscapes on their own, I really, really love the altar that surrounded this couple while they said, “I do.” Lining the aisle with vases, mason jars, lanterns, or petals is also another option. However, by creating an awesome floral alter, this couple caused everyone’s eyes to be drawn directly to them.

Favorite Exit: 

photo courtesy of Southern Weddings

Who has not fallen in love with a sparkler exit? They’re always so beautiful and create stunning images. However, I adore this couple’s balloon exist. Although they had their guests release balloons to celebrate as they left their ceremony, it’s also a great idea to keep in mind for an afternoon reception.

Feeling pumped yet? : )

Happy weekend, all!

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Weekly Wedding Favorites

How was your week? I hope you enjoyed it! This week was completely focused on bouquets, which happen to be one of my favorite features of any wedding. I love the colors couples choose to incorporate, and of course the flowers. As a result, bouquets are making a double appearance in this week’s favorites along with a Christina Perri song, a video that makes me laugh, and more.

Favorite Bouquet:

photo courtesy of MODA botanica

This week’s featured Q&A was with MODA botanica. The group of florists – yes, you read that correctly – is made up of two Philly-based designers. Together, both create modern arrangements, such as the corsage style bouquet featured above, for events and weddings. To learn more about MODA botanica, you can read all of their answers to the Q&A right here.

Favorite Bouquet Wrap:

photo courtesy Ritzy Bee Blog + Martha Stewart Weddings

These bouquets are each wrapped with silk scarves. As someone who is scarf obsessed (I just purchased a special hanger for my scarves because they were overwhelming my closet – problem?), I think that this idea from Ritzy Bee is so unique. The scarves provide additional color to your bouquet, which could be fun for an all white bouquet. I love the texture and added length, too.

Favorite Laugh:

Although this couple is not yet married, they may very well be on their way. Of course it may be a pretend wedding because both are part of a Nike commercial called “I Would Run To You.” I like the message behind it, but even more than that, the guy makes me laugh every time. (Side note: I wish I could run so effortlessly as the girl. Is anyone else with me?)

Favorite Hairstyle:

photo courtesy of Style Me Pretty

photo courtesy of Style Me Pretty

Last week I mentioned how much I.love.braids. As a result, what’s the harm in bringing back one of my favorite hairstyles for a second week in a row? I came across this hairstyle, which is part of a Style Me Pretty styled shoot. It’s actually two braids – one in the front that’s then incorporated into a larger braid. The feathered headband is also a great added touch that really completes the look.

Favorite Song:

My mom first introduced me to this song by Christina Perri. Helloooo, Philly girl! It’s one of my all-time favorite songs. Because my mom introduced it to me, I think it would be a perfect song for a father-daughter/mother-son dance at your wedding. It’s also a pretty and sweet song for your first dance.

I hope you have a great holiday weekend filled with family and friends. See you next week!

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All About Bouquets: A Q&A with MODA botanica

Remember when I mentioned that I attended the Philadelphia Flower Show? It’s my favorite Philly event, and I look forward to attending every year. Because I am wowed by so many of the arrangements (this year included!), I am so excited to introduce you to one of the florists who exhibited: MODA botanica.

As a result of their modern aesthetic, Philadelphia’s MODA botanica (they’re available worldwide, too!) definitely would be perfect for a couple seeking more modern designs for their arrangements. Not only do they present flowers in different ways, but MODA botanica also likes to incorporate untraditional elements into the arrangements they create (think zip ties, yarn, and shipping containers). Aside from the designs that they create (wait for the photos!) one of my favorite aspects about the group is that is what they are – a group of two florists who decided to collaborate.

Although MODA botanica creates all different types of arrangements perfect for your wedding, today is all about bouquets with a couple of other gorgeous photos of tablescapes in addition. Confession: I. love. bouquets. Do you love them, too? Below MODA botanica graciously answered questions for today’s Q&A, and some of my favorite answers are what they have to say about blooms perfect for spring as well as the top five things to keep in mind about your bouquet.

Take a moment to learn more about MODA botanica…

Going to the Chapel: Why did you want to become a florist?

MODA botanica: We have a passion for design and nature and working with flowers allows us the opportunity to be creative with the most beautiful product available in the world.

GTTC: Why did you create MODA botanica?

MB: After years of creating original designs for other companies we saw an opening in the market for a forward thinking clientele who are looking for a unique floral experience.

GTTC: What services does MODA botanica offer? How do you differ from other area florists?

MB: MODA botanica offers custom floral and event design ranging from complete party décor down to a single gift arrangement. Our designs are based in an avant-garde aesthetic and we think of our arrangements as an individual expression of our client’s personality through the medium of floral art.

GTTC: Why do you enjoy designing floral arrangements for weddings in the Philadelphia area?

MB: Philadelphia is home to an amazing array of creative individuals who are looking for their weddings to be representative of their own personal sense of style and we love to use our talents to bring that vision to life through gorgeous botanicals.

GTTC: What are your top five favorite designs that MODA botanica has created?

MB: Our favorite designs to create are commissioned installations where we are able to let our creativity run wild, so I would have to say that our exhibits at the Philadelphia International Flower Show over the past four years are at the top of the list along with designs created for the Macy’s Flower Show, multiple photo shoots, etc. As far as our weddings and events, they are each so different and representative of the couple or host that it is hard to pick a favorite, that is like asking a parent to name their favorite child.

GTTC: What are your favorite flowers to incorporate into springtime bouquets?

MB: Spring is a time that provides us with beautiful flowering branch material like Quince, Cherry and Dogwood along with a plethora of bulb flowers: tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, etc. Currently the most amazing product on the market during the late winter and spring months are the Sweet Peas that are imported from Japan, if we have a chance to include them in our work while they are in season we will jump at the opportunity.

GTTC: What are your top five dos and don’ts for the bride’s bouquet?

MB:

  1. Select the dress before you ever consider the bouquet; the flowers should enhance and reflect the details and line of the dress and not compete with them.
  2. Take measurements. Scale is important; the bouquet should never overwhelm the bride.
  3. Add something personal: a significant flower, photo locket or a fabric remnant from your mother’s wedding dress, something that only you know about.
  4. Don’t be afraid of color. While classic pure white is appropriate for many occasions, it is perfectly acceptable to carry a bouquet of vibrant colored flowers. Remember that the bride is the center of attention and a bold color will grab your eye and bring the focus towards you.
  5. Place some trust in your floral designer to create the best end result. If you allow us some freedom to make something wonderful and unexpected for you, you are guaranteed to have a memorable bouquet.

GTTC: As a result of Kate Middleton’s bouquet, it seems like cascading bouquets are making a comeback. Do you feel that this is the case? What are some of the upcoming bouquet trends that excite you the most?

MB: We are definitely seeing the return of a cascading bouquet and are getting more and more requests for them and this excites us as we are a bit tired of seeing the same rounded hand-tied bouquets that seem to have been in style for over a decade. As designers focused on the cutting-edge, we always want to be ahead of the trends so we are presenting non-traditional bouquets with alternate carrying methods: draped over-the-wrist, a sphere cupped in the palm of the hand, or bouquets constructed off of a ring that slips over your finger are all a personal favorite.

GTTC: Is there anything else you would like to add?

MB: Similar to answer #5 in the do’s and don’ts section, I would like to add that placing some trust and freedom to create in your floral designer will always yield the best results. I know that many brides have spent years imagining their wedding day down to every last detail, however if you allow your vendors to invest some of themselves into their product you will be surprised at how much better the big picture becomes. Given some leeway as professionals we will always put our best foot forward to produce something that is truly special.

Thanks so much to MODA botanica! There’s even more info and photos on the group’s blog and on their Facebook page, so be sure to visit.

*all photos are courtesy of MODA botanica

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Weekly Wedding Favorites

Well, biking through Washington, D.C. while viewing the cherry blooms did not happen last weekend because of the serious threat of rain (which did not happen, mind you). I wasn’t bothered though because relaxation and a spontaneous shopping trip always make up for botched plans. Are you searching for a creative Philly photographer or wondering if you need to tip your wedding day vendors? Both are detailed in this week’s favorites along with a lot more.

Favorite Engagement Photo:

photo courtesy of Amanda Young + SWOON OVER IT

The above photo of Annalily & Michael’s engagement is my favorite from their session because you can tell that Michael adores Annalily plus they both exude happiness. Yes! Amanda Young of SWOON OVER IT captured the couple and shared the photos as part of the Photographer Q&A series, which she participated in this week. Wondering about Amanda’s favorite hidden gem locations in Philly or photos she loves to capture at weddings? Learn more about Amanda and read all of her answers right here.

Favorite Place Card Idea:

photo courtesy of Pinterest + Every Last Detail Blog

This idea, which I originally stumbled upon on Pinterest, has been getting repined a whole lot this week (along with this pin). As a result, I thought I would share it here too. I was on the hunt for fun place card ideas and I liked this idea (and still do!) because a.) Polaroids are fun, b.) the photos provide a visual representation of the wedding guests for the bride and groom for a vintage-style album, and c.) I like the idea of a give and take. For a more modern take, you could also choose to have guests snap photos with a digital camera for the same effect without the vintage feel.  Side note: if you’re not on Pinterest, considering joining. It’s so helpful to “pin” your likes and loves from around the web rather than saving links that do not provide any visuals.

Favorite Detail for Your Envelopes:

photo courtesy of Staples

How perfect are these labels as an accent for your favors? I also like these metallic seals to close your save-the-dates, invitations, or thank you notes. If you choose to seal your own envelopes, the task at hand will be made much quicker and easier (without losing any of the pretty!) with these labels, and you don’t have to worry about writing on each of your favors if you so choose. Oh, and by the way, Martha Stewart designs both for Staples. Are you with me now? Wedding details and so much more designed by Martha Stewart…sign.me.up (hmmm…maybe hold me back because I love office supplies a little too much).

Favorite Informational Post:

photo courtesy of Southern Weddings

Tipping your wedding vendors is tricky, y’all. Whom do you tip? How much should you give? Is tipping even necessary? Although the title begins with “Southern Etiquette,” I think these very helpful tips from Southern Weddings apply to all Northerners, too. The post details when to tip your wedding planner, how much to give your hairstylist, and why a gift is one of the most appropriate options for your photographer. An added bonus is the chart pictured above – it’s perfect to print and keep with your wedding file to use as a reference point.

Favorite Hair Style:

photo courtesy of Pinterest + Brides

I believe my exact reaction when I saw this hairstyle was “AHHHHHH!” Fun fact: I often incorporate a side braid a la Lauren Conrad (here’s a great how to) into my every day look. As a result, I am head over heals in favor of this side swept braided updo for your wedding day or even for your shower from Brides’ Pinterest page. It would also be perfect for bridesmaids too. The best part? If it’s pinned well, that puppy is not moving at all throughout the day. LOVE BRAIDS.

I have high hopes for this weekend with friends! Enjoy yours, readers!

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