Friday, April 30, 2010

Vintage Wedding Ideas

Hey People!
Because the majority of my wedding was a “do-it-yourself”, I like to encourage brides to save money where they can, while also adding personal touches that will make their wedding special. Including vintage pieces, either acquired from family members or picked up along your travels, can create great STAND OUT details for your wedding. A cute idea that I wanted to share is also a money-saving idea for serving dishes. Ask a family member to host a table at your wedding! This duty also includes them bringing their wedding china and using it on their table. It is such a neat way to include family members in your wedding festivities. You can use uniform linens and centerpieces to create continuity, but if your wedding is too “coordinated” for this idea, remember it as a suggestion for your rehearsal dinner or a bridal shower. I can’t let this post end without suggesting the ever special notion of wearing your mother’s wedding dress. If not the dress, maybe some jewelry, if not the jewelry then possibly a handkerchief. Ask your family and your soon-to-be husband’s side of the family for pieces that can make your wedding unique and beautiful for the both of you. I bet you’ll be surprised at what you find!
Happy Planning- Shanna

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Seasonal Fruit Centerpieces

Howdy yall!
Here’s an idea for wedding centerpieces that can save you big bucks and still look amazing…fruit! If you are having a do-it-yourself wedding or if you just like the fresh accents of fruit, adding it to your wedding decor is a fun and affordable way to spice up your table decor. For spring and summer the bright green of Granny Smith apples are so lush and beautiful. Summer citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes make your decor refreshing and can also be incorporated with your catering menu. Flavored teas and waters with citrus garnish are a unique way to liven up simple clear glasses. Let’s not forget fall and the bountiful harvest that can be represented with Golden Delicious and figs. The possibilities are endless! Don’t forget that whatever you choose to incorporate, add your style and personal twist and make it your own!
Happy Planning- Shanna

Friday, April 16, 2010

Regional Wedding Details- East TN

Hello There!

I was brainstorming fun ways for my brides to bring some East TN charm into their weddings. Then it struck me, how beautiful would it be if you were having a spring wedding to incorporate Dogwoods??? They usually start blooming in late March and the flowers last well into May. Not to mention the blooms are white and/or pink…perfect wedding colors! With the Dogwood Arts Festival celebrating its 50th anniversary this year in Knoxville, you are sure to find some very beautiful ideas and accents for your wedding. The festival is held on Market Square and showcases some of the best artists in our region. By using touches of this beautiful flowering tree, you are not only creating a unique look for your wedding but also paying homage to your wonderful Tennessee roots. Just a thought I wanted to throw out there for some of you still looking for last minute ideas. I have also attached some pictures that I thought were TOO cute!
Happy Planning- Shanna

Monday, April 12, 2010

Boudoir Photography

Hello Everyone!
I am excited today because I am working with one of my most favorite photographers, Shannon Kelley. We are doing a Boudoir Photo Shoot! I am fortunate enough to get to do the makeup and hair for this shoot and I will have some great pictures to come… Shannon has a wonderful new studio called Studio 317 off Papermill Rd. She does innovative photography and an exceptionally tasteful job with boudoir. If you are looking for a sexy little gift for him…the boudoir photo albums are awesome. If you are interested in setting up a session with Shannon or would like to view some of her work visit her website at!
Happy Planning! Shanna

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Using Pattern in Your Wedding Theme

Less is more... This doesn’t describe your style? Then you might enjoy a little pattern in your life. With this being said, patterns in your wedding theme are also a way to express your individuality. I have found that some of the most beautiful weddings that I have worked or attended incorporated a pattern, even if it was just a simple stripe or dots. Right now, one of the hottest trends that I have found is a damask print. Here are some pictures that you might find inspiring for your own wedding, but remember that if you choose a busy pattern like a damask-limit yourself to that one pattern. Simpler patterns like stripes and dots can be incorporated together.
Happy Planning! Shanna