Tuesday, April 28, 2009

BRENNDA CORRIE { My Ridiculously Talented Event Producer }

{Photo Courtesy of Rachelle Photography }

After months of poking and prodding, I've convinced my amazing Event Producer Brennda Corrie to start a diving blog! Brennda has been diving since she was 16 years old and has traveled the world! We're talking Turks & Caicos, Coco's Island, Guadalupe Island, U.S. Virgin Islands, & of course the Hawaiian Islands just to name a few.

So not only is she such a phenomenal and gracious Event Producer, she spends her spare time certifying students! Brennda is a PADI Dive Instructor with over 10 years experience teaching, she's just downright amazing. When my husband begged borrowed and pleaded for me to get certified, I caved! I use to be deathly afraid of the big blue, ok sort of still am, but every time I get in the water I thank my husband and Brennda for talking me into it! She was so patient and so understanding of my fears and anxiety, now I have the honor of helping HER with classes!

I know many of you plan on hitting beach locations for your honeymoon. Consider getting Open Water Certified! I promise you will never look at the world we live in the same again!

Monday, April 20, 2009

WEDDING DETAILS { The MacBeth Collection }

Color....O' how I love color! Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the subtle, soft and gorgeousness of soft tones, but right now, I'm just in love with color. Have a peek at The MacBeth Collection. So many gorgeous items to choose from. I will be using the tin cans below in with a green scroll pattern for a barn wedding next month. Pair your bright colors in your soft pallete. I promise, it works! A punch of color here and there will do wonders for your reception or event. I'll be sure to post photos to show you exactly how I use them. Happy Planning!

Look at that Zebra pattern! I just might have to put it under my "obsessed" catagory!

GIVE AWAY! { Daily Candy }

O how we love giveaways! And my friends this is a great one! Daily Candy just launched Daily Candy Weddings and already have a fabulous give away. Click HERE to enter. Good luck!

SCRUMPTIOUS ! { Sugar & Spice }

{Photo Courtesy of True Love Photo}

{ photo courtesy of True Love Photo }

{ Photo Courtesy of Memory Journalists }

So literally as I'm sitting here thinking about how I need to drop a few lb's before a Kauai event in 5 weeks, look what comes through the screen......Sugar & Spice desserts from dessert goddess Carissa Jones! Torture, pure torture! Carissa has positively gorgeous dessert displays and yummy cakes O my!

Love the Sugar & Spice moto: "We believe you CAN have your cake and eat it too, but you can also have mousse, pies and tarts, crème brûlée, or éclairs!"

Enjoy! Be sure to check out her website for more eye candy. Happy Planning!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Iluvututumuch, what else can I say? I'm in love!

AU Loves { Penny Sylvia Photography }

Penny Sylvia Photography, I'm smitten! This woman is ridiculously talented and every time I sneak on over to her blog I fall deeper in love with her work! I am so insanely excited to be working with her this summer and on an upcoming project that my smile is a mile wide, seriously it is =)

While I'm on the subject of photography, I will throw a few tips out there. Research your photographer as you would any other vendor. You wouldn't hire a caterer if you only "kind of" liked their food but like their prices right? Sometimes it takes a while to find that fit. But I promise you, it's so worth the time and effort finding the perfect photographer!

Your photographs are the one tangible thing you will have after your wedding. The flowers will be wilted & gone, the linens returned....but the photos capturing your day will be what sits on your coffee table, gracing your first Christmas Cards, etc. Spend the time, do the research, discover the style that you like...I promise it's well worth it!

Reputable photographers book out well past a year, so book them and book them fast if you find that perfect fit! Happy Planning....

Friday, April 17, 2009

{Personal Favorite } GloMinerals!

As the seasons change, our skin changes. After years of looking for the perfect make up, I FINALLY found exactly what I needed! GloMinerals has been my all time favorite for about 3 years now and my skin has NEVER been healthier! So, I wanted to share with you what I found today as I was on their site buying my own Satin II Finish! They have this amazing eye pallete available for a HUGE discount!

Like most of you, I'm allergic to all those chemicals that I can't pronounce. Amy Branum, certified esthetician of Glow, and one of my absolutely amazing vendors turned me to GloMinerals and I haven't looked back! Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

{ AU Events LOVES } Sarah Seven!

O my goodness! I'm in LOVE with Sarah Seven! So romantic, simple and feminine. I'm thinking bridal & bridesmaids....truly gorgeous!

Based out of Portland, Oregon Sarah Seven has created unique pieces that are vintage inspired but thoroughly modern. "Her bridal, special occasion and ready to wear collections are a rare glimpse into the perfected and intricate arrangement of blossoming ruffles, delicate fabrics, and flowing layers. A true Portlander at heart, Sarah Seven uses natural fabrics, silk, wool, linens, cotton voile as well as recycled vintage fabrics."

Not only is this one talented lady, a % of all her sales are donated to charities she's passionate about like the International Justice Mission.

You must check out her collection. I don't doubt you too will fall in love! O yes, and you can find her on ETSY. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

{ Plan Ahead } Postage Hike!

Come May 11th, the US Postal Service will be increasing their postage. Why do I bring this up? Because you really need to keep this in mind with your reply cards. As is proper etiquette, having a self addressed envelope for your guests to reply to your invite is customary. If your "please reply by:" date is past May 11th, well, you get the idea.....

My suggestion and the safest bet is to buy the Forever Stamp (above). Why chance it? And while we're on the subject of postage, some of you may forget when ordering your stationary to keep in mind you may be paying a higher postage fee. Check with the USPS website and look up your envelope size and weight in ounces. This is one of those unexpected expenses if you don't plan ahead!

Monday, April 13, 2009

{ Unique Favors }

It's no secret that i'm not a HUGE "party favor" person. But every once in a while I will come across a few unique idea's like the few below. Custom cookies, perfume & these gorgeous handmade candles! Enjoy!
Gumdrop Cookie Shop will customize just the perfect sweet favor for any event. Skeem has such gorgeous and unique wares like the perfumes above. How about these handmade candle holders & mirrors I found at National Geographic !

{ PomLove } ETSY Find !!!

You all know how much I love the amazing talent over at ETSY! This is a new favorite! PomLove can be such a great inexpensive addition to any event you're throwing! I'm thinking Sweet 16, Baby or Bridal shower.....just look at all the great colors to choose from like peacock, hydrangea, sky to name a few. Such eye candy, enjoy!

Friday, April 10, 2009

{ Happy Easter ! }

{Photo courtesy of Martha Andrews of Blooms}

{Photo courtesy of Country Living}
Thought I would end the week with a big Happy Easter to you all! Remember, every occasion whether it be a wedding, social event, or holiday deserves a little love from your decorative mind! Your friends and family will greatly appreciate the extra effort you took into setting up and decorating your home!