Tuesday, June 30, 2009

{ WEDDING CHICKS } Giveaway!


In honor of Wedding Chicks new site and re-grand opening they are having a fantastic giveaway of some of their fabulous products!

What you win!!!

~One Bride Tee
~One Maid of Honor Tee
~Three Bridesmaid Tees
~5 Custom Canvas Totes: one for each of you, the bride, maid of honor and bridesmaid.
~One 18 X 24 Wedding Sign (your choice)

How to win!
On the right of their site they have all 50 states and some with sub areas with all of the coolest vendors.
Find a vendor, visit their site, go back to Wedding Chicks and leave a comment telling about the vendor you visited. Enter as many times as you like before Thursday, July 2, 2009 when the winner will be announced in the evening.

Good luck! Such a fantastic giveaway!

Monday, June 29, 2009

{ WHAT SHANNI SAW }














Have a look at this positively gorgeous E-session by What Shanni Saw. Absolutely gorgeous, serene and yet subtly sexy and playful. I am a huge fan, as I'm sure you will be.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

{ NEW STAMPS }


How great at these new stamps? Order them online from the USPS online store!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

{ WEDDING DAY } Casting Call


I received a letter today from Mark Burnett Productions and TNT stating they've extended their casting call for their new show "Wedding Day." They are looking for deserving couples nationwide who hope to have their dream wedding! Do you know of anyone you can nominate?

Details:
Do you know of a couple who are planning on getting married or would like to marry Summer or Fall of 2009, who really DESERVE an amazing wedding but cannot afford it in these tough economic times?

“Wedding Day”, a new prime-time series premiering Tuesday - June 16th @ 8pm/7pm CMT on TNT, is seeking to cast inspirational couples for our next amazing season!

You can view a promo of “Wedding Day” here: http://www.tnt.tv/dramavision/?oid=47477

Service Men and Women, Volunteers, survivors, teachers, real-life heroes, social workers, charity workers, farmers etc. … we want to hear from you!

If you had to downgrade or delay your wedding plans due to job loss, injury, illness or deployment … we want to hear from you!

If you know of a couple who is so busy helping others they deserve someone to help them out … we want to hear from you!

NOMINATE SOMEONE TODAY!

Send a brief paragraph about your situation, or another couple's situation, the current wedding budget, a recent photo of the couple (in .jpg format), and your contact information to:

WeddingDay@markburnettprod.com

SUBJECT LINE: Attn Roberta


Please respond by June 26th, 2009.

***Couples may be asked to make a casting video with friends and family. ***

Thursday, June 11, 2009

{ DIY PROJECT } Gorgeous Pearls

{Via Style Me Pretty }
I could NOT resist passing this along to you all. Simply Gorgeous! DIRECTLY from Style Me Pretty.

Materials:
Everything I used for the necklace I got at Michael’s store. They have a great bead selection (certain stores more options than others- but I think you can also order online). I also got clasps that had multiple hooks or loops so that I would have more than one strand of beads coming from the one clasp. (I am not sure what those are referred to as). I found them on sale so the brand is not listed on Michael’s site, however, there are others that will substitute nicely. There are also plenty of bead shops and craft shops that I am sure would have great selections.

You can find the clear jewelry string (nylon- not stretchy) at Michaels, or fishing line from any local Target or Walmart store will suffice as well.

Instructions:
My basic philosophy in going into the necklace was that I wanted it to be eclectic and sweet- so, I stuck with jewels that matched my color scheme but still added a bit of spark every now and again. Since each strand connected to a different hook, I basically just started with one layer, and as I added more, made them slightly longer or slightly shorter to layer them one right on top of the other- After each layer I was sure to hold it up to my neck to make sure they were falling properly. If you want the necklace a bit fuller- you can add more than one strand of beads to each individual hook.

The great part about an eclectic necklace is that your strands don’t have to have even numbers and matching patterns. Each strand was unique to itself- however, it is good to continually try on the necklace and have an outside opinion to make sure it is flowing smoothly and looking good on your particular neckline. I also used this necklace as a “reception necklace”- so, I felt ok about making it a little more “fun” rather than “formal”.

I added a small chain to the back so that I could adjust the length of the necklace if desired.

I used pretty basic “necklace crafting technique” and just put in a little more time and patience to create the layers.

A helpful hint: When you tie knots at the ends when you are attaching the strands from one latch to another- after tying several knots to secure the beading- Cut off the excess clear string and use a lighter to burn the very tip of the string so that it shrivels up and creates a small lump of melted plastic. This helps to secure the knot from slipping loose as well as from creating an itchy point. Don’t get the fire too close (you only need to hold it near -not directly on)- or it will burn more than desired and snap some of the base knots as well.

{ ALISON ULSHOFFER EVENTS } Thank you!


{ Alison, Christina, Jennifer, Andrea + Brennda }
Photo Courtesy of Rachelle Photography
It has been such a whirlwind of weddings, bookings, family, friends......with wedding season in full swing, The Deputy on a new shift, The Teens out of school....it's been a "Calgon-take-me-away" kind of month! In the most beautiful way of course.....

All four of my fabulous Event Producers are off and running! Jennifer and Christina are off to Las Vegas for a joint effort of work and no doubt a bit of debauchery when they finish! Andrea is off to Indianapolis. Brennda to the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas to be exact, to meet some fabulous new vendors and no doubt a bit of scuba diving! Yes, part of this posting is to announce that every one of my event producers are now coordinating and producing their own events! I am so proud and blessed to have such an amazing group of women, all equally enthusiastic about their clients and the creative process.

This week for me has indeed been a phenomenal one. I am so excited about ALL of our new clients! Each have amazing visions, fun and loving personalities respectively and most importantly such beautiful love stories! There are no words to express that amazing feeling of watching my clients light up the room when we start the planning process.

So speaking for myself, Jennifer, Brennda, Christina and Andrea..... THANK YOU a million times over for allowing us to be a part of your wedding!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

{ ALOHA! }

I've been remiss with blogging this week.....but I return from Kauai tomorrow with fun details to share. ALOHA!

{ GETTING MARRIED } Rebecca + Ryan







I know I say this a lot about my clients (because I am blessed with this "job!"), but I absolutely LOVE this couple! Rebecca + Ryan live in beautiful San Diego and will be tying the knot at a lovely local winery. Ryan is hilarious, being so gracious as he is convinced it was "his idea" when we make decisions! Rebecca's parents are so sweet, gracious and kind to me I can barely stand it! Just a few weeks ago when my lovely couple flew in for another meeting, Rebecca's father perched us up top his beautiful property overlooking his vineyards! We sat, ate, chatted.....just beautiful. Rebecca, just pure beauty and kindness. She is the dream bride we all pray for.

Here are a few details. This celebration has so many team members ensuring a perfect day. I am beyond excited to meet Annie of Studio Z Photography! We've chatted a few times now and I can't wait to meet her. She will also be flying in to shoot the beautiful rehearsal dinner we've planned. Thank so much for these gorgeous e-session photos Annie!

One of the the first vendors Rebecca + Ryan hired was the amazing Martha Andrews. Need I say more? Think vibrant blues, lush yet soft greens, crystals and hanging chandeliers from every tree in the courtyard. Martha's work speaks for itself! Stephanie Cooley, proprietress of Stephanie J Designs has once again created the most gorgeous invitations, place cards, etc. Simply beautiful as always.

Rebecca + Ryan will also be treating their guests to a beautiful dinner created by Kim Scott of Mama Kim Cooks. Everything they've chosen will stun their friends and family. Though no detail has been left out, from the quartet to the cocktail lounge, to the live music, Rebecca + Ryan, have never lost sight of this incredible meaning of this gorgeous occasion. This wedding is going to be a pure celebration of their love and commitment to spend the rest of their lives together. Jennifer, Brennda and I are so excited to have been a part of your wedding process, and "the best is yet to come."

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