Wedding Date: August 2014
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: House of JonLei Atelier

Barbecue: It’s What’s For Dinner

Posted on July 22, 2014 by  Miss Country Music Bride   //   Comment

In the process of securing our new venue, we found out we would also have to choose a new caterer. Our venue has a list of seven preferred caterers that we were required to choose from. We quickly narrowed down the list to two caterers that served barbecue. I went to a tasting with one of our top two picks, but decided their meat was much too dry for my taste. That made Famous Dave’s the winner!

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[Photo by Olive Juice Studios]

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced caterer that serves delicious food, you should find out if there’s a Famous Dave’s in your area. My experience with them has been fantastic so far. They have been extremely helpful and have responded promptly to all of my emails. Here’s our finalized menu:

Appetizers: cheese, fruit, and veggie trays

Meat Selections: Georgia chopped pork, country roasted chicken, Texas beef brisket

Drinks: lemonade & iced tea

Sides: honey buttered cornbread muffin, Wilbur beans, mixed green salad, and Dave’s MAC & CHEESE! (I’m pretty excited about the mac & cheese, if you couldn’t tell)

For all of the food, drinks (non-alcoholic), servers, bartenders, and other fees (like transportation), we’re paying less than $25 per person (which is pretty darn good!).

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[Photos by Kristin Sweeting]


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Wedding Date: July 2015
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of:

Light it Up

Posted on July 22, 2014 by  Miss Long-Distance Bride   //   Comment

Lights are everywhere this wedding season! Light up letters are making an appearance in a big way…literally.

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S&A Lights

These letters are so cute and super versatile for any theme! I could picture them at a theatre wedding, Old Hollywood wedding, or even an outdoor evening wedding. If you have a carpenter and/or an electrician in your life…this in a great DIY idea for you! If you don’t have either of those handy, Etsy has a plethora of vendors ready to make your vision a reality!

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Love Lights

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C&E Lights

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XOXO Lights

 


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Wedding Date: August 2014
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: The Exquisite Bride

Harry Potter Themed Wedding

Posted on July 22, 2014 by  Miss Artistic Bride   //   Comment

I came across a few photographs of a couple who incorprated a Harry Potter theme into some of their wedding photos. The images taken by Heroic Photography were gorgeous so I had to share them with everyone! Are you thinking about having a themed wedding? I love this idea!

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See the rest of the wedding on the Heroic Photography website HERE.


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Wedding Date: September 2014
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: The Perfect Dress

Who Doesn’t Love a Jewelry Quest?!

Posted on July 22, 2014 by  Miss Romantic Bride   //   Comment

I’ve begun my quest to find the perfect bridal earrings! The only jewelry I’ll be wearing that day will most likely be said earrings, a bangle bracelet and my engagement and wedding rings! I didn’t realize how many choices I had, but now I need to figure out the best option for the neckline my dress contains! Take a look at some examples of different earrings below!

Pearly Whites:

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Pearl Studs | Stem Pearls | Elegant Pearls

Drops:

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Sonali Drop | Jivanta Drop | Classic Drop

Something Blue:

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Topaz | Blue Studs | Sapphire

And my personal favorite, a look at the David Tutera Embellish Collection:

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Nora | Marissa | Sophia


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Wedding Date: December 2014
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Catherine Simms Bridal

Bachelorette Party with the King!

Posted on July 22, 2014 by  Miss Fairytale Bride   //   Comment

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I’ve been following tradition for a good majority of my wedding vision but decided to break it a little bit when it came to my Bachelorette Party. Typically the maid of honor and bridesmaids put it together, but I stepped in and asked, ok begged, my girls, “Can we PLEASE have it at an Elvis concert?!”

Two of my FAVORITE Elvis Tribute artists, Cody Slaughter and Shawn Klush, are having a concert at one of my favorite venues, the Arcada Theatre, the last weekend of September.

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Cody Slaughter Shawn Klush

Cody won the Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) Ultimate Tribute Artist in 2011, and currently stars as Elvis Presley on the touring musical of Million Dollar Quartet! Shawn was named the “World’s Greatest Elvis” by 6.5 million international viewers on BBC1 Television in the United Kingdom back in 2005, shortly following, Shawn was then named the ‘First Ever’ “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” by Elvis Presley Enterprises! These guys are probably the closest you’ll ever get to The King!

I absolutely LOVE the Arcada Theatre; established back in 1926,  it has this classic feel to it, it takes you back in time!

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Arcada Theatre

A few years back I contacted the owner, Ron Onesti. Let me just say he is one of the nicest men in the world! I wanted to take my grandma to see Connie Francis. She was paralyzed and bound to a wheelchair and theaters never have handicapped accessible seating up front. Mr. Onesti made an exception, got us front row, and took us back to meet her after the show! One of the best memories of my life was sharing that with my grandma! That was the last concert we were ever able to go to together.

Well I took a chance and reached out to Mr. Onesti again. I asked if it would be possible for us to maybe come before the show, take a few pictures with the guys? Normally they’ll sign autographs after the show but because of all the people they prefer to not take pictures individually. Mr. Onesti said absolutely!

I didn’t want my bachelorette party to end up like most, with the bride not remembering most of it due to the high amounts of alcohol consumption! And honestly, I’d rather be entertained by these amazing artists paying tribute to my idol Elvis Presley than being around sweaty strippers! Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but to each their own!

I’ll be sure the write all about my amazing night out with my girls and The King(s) in a few months after the party!!!

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Elvis Presley

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