Monday, September 27, 2010

Boy Meets Girl: Andrew & Amy

This adorable pair met at the University of Pittsburgh's Medical School. Amy is in her last year of medical school and Andrew is in his first year residency so you can just imagine how busy they are! I'm thoroughly enjoying the planning process with them. If Amy can't make an appointment, Andrew fills both bride and groom shoes AND she trusts his judgement. Not too many brides can do that. I love it!

This time next year, the doctor and future doctor will tie the knot in Pittsburgh at Calvary Episcopal Church followed by a fabulous fall-themed reception at the Sheraton Station Square. Christina Montemurro did a beautiful job capturing their sweet yet fun personalities during their engagement session on a typical, fall day at Frick Park.

I'm looking forward Amy & Andrew's big day next September! Thanks Christina for sharing!

Happy Planning!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fresh, Fab, & Fall...Invitations

Fall is in the air...and it is my favorite season! There are so many little details that can make your fall wedding fresh and fabulous! Starting with the oh-so-important invitation. Depending on your style, use clean lines or leaf/branch details in spice orange, dark mocha, deep red, and warm mustard to set the tone and make a statement for your fall nuptials.

Happy Planning!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Back to Blogging

I've been so busy with weddings and events.....back to blogging this week =)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Boy Meets Girl: Kirk & Lattia

This teenage love affair is becoming official! High school sweethearts, Lattia & Kirk, are tying the knot this weekend! Miss Tia is easy-going and down-to-earth and her hubby-to-be's mellow 'tude compliments her well. Tia was so easy to work with!

On Saturday August 14, 2010, they will say "I Do" in front of 200 guests at Wesley AME Church in Pittsburgh, PA. The reception will follow at Olympia Hall in East Pittsburgh, PA.

Thanks for letting {SHE} be apart of your BIG day! Here's to Mr. & Mrs. Kirk Delarosa!


Photo Credit: Germaine Watkins

Friday, August 6, 2010

Boy Meets Girl: Demetreus & Monica

It's all about Monica & Demetreus this weekend! These two are such cutie patooties! Monica is very simple and beyond sweet; her hubby-to-be is a man's man! Monica was so not into all the "planning stuff". After some pep talks from "Momma Planner" (as she named me lol) she quickly got into the swing of it and I'm so proud of her. Usually my groom's play the sideline, however Demetreus played a significant part in the planning as well so it all balanced out!

Their wedding day is Sunday August 8, 2010 in Pittsburgh, PA. The ceremony will be held at Fountain of Life Church and the reception will be held at the ballroom of Comfort Inn Conference Center.

Here's to Mr. & Mrs. Darden-to-be...I'm SO happy to be apart of your special day...I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Quinch Your Thirst

Jelly Belly, Izzy, and Jones Sodas not only look tasty, they are tasty! These trendy soda brands come in a variety of fun, fruity flavors, and eye-catching colors. How cool would these bottles look as favors, served during cocktail, or displayed on a soda bar?

Happy Planning!

Photo Credit: Google Images

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Celeb Nuptials-A 'V'ery Busy Wedding Weekend

The infamous 'V' designers that a bride dreams of wearing on their wedding day took centerstage amongst this weekend's celebrity weddings. Singer Alicia Keys and Producer Swizz Beatz married in a ceremony at a private home on the Mediterranean Sea surrounded by a close circle of family and friends. Alicia wore a Vera Wang Grecian-inspired dress and carried a bouquet of purple calla lilies. Beatz wore a Tom Ford tuxedo.

Back in the states, Chelsea Clinton wed Marc Mezvinksy in Rhineback, NY, against a backdrop of arched windows and columns designed to evoke the White House. Chelsea wore a strapless silk organza Vera Wang gown that was embellished with a glittery belt. Her husband-to-be wore a tuxedo designed by a family friend, who happens to be Burberry's creative director.

Another Hip-Hop/R&B duo said "I do" Miami-style. Rapper, T.I. and long-time girlfriend, Tiny, of the R&B group, Xscape, had an intimate wedding ceremony on Star Island in Miami, FL. Tiny wore a Valentino dress while T.I. wore a white, custom-made Prada tuxedo.

Alicia, Chelsea, and Tiny looked absolutely FAB in their 'V' gowns! Their guys didn't look to shabby either =)
Congrats to the happy couples!


Photo Credit: Google Images

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Summer Tip/Trend #2: Fresh Florals

1. Choose hearty flowers-opt for flowers that will endure the elements of the day. Orchids, ginger halcyons, birds-of-paradise, lilies, calla lilies, sunflowers, and even roses will champion high temperatures.

2. Maintain your blooms-the higher the temperature, the more upkeep your wedding day flowers require. Have them delivered the day of the wedding and make sure there is a refrigerator to store them before the ceremony starts. If your blooms will be exposed to the summer heat for an extended amount of time, keep a spray water bottle on hand and give your flowers a light misting every hour or so.

3. Bright & Bold-Opt for eye-catching hues in your floral design. Be considerate of whether your wedding is in the day or evening so you can choose your palette according.

4. Bouquets-Be cautious of getting oversized bouquets. A smaller, hand-tied bouquet will hold up in the heat better than a full, cascading one.

Happy Planning!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Get Inspired-Fun Fiesta

Children's birthdays are such a BIG deal nowadays! I remember my birthday parties at a McDonald's party room, a skating rink, or just cake and ice cream at home. These days a first birthday party can have a 75+ guest list and be held at a venue! That's a Sweet 16 or small wedding! Parents are going above and beyond for their little ones at age one, two, three, four, and so on! They want to WOW their guests with unique themes, cool decor, and fun favors....they even hire planners to do so!

Check out this festive first birthday party...from the play on "Cinco de Maia" to the coordinating customization to the ribbon chandelier to the maraca favors, this first birthday is absolutely adorable!

Though this was a first birthday, the ideas from this party can easily be translated into any summer party-baby shower, bridal shower, or fiesta-themed dinner party! Get inspired for your next special event and let {SHE} help you plan a lavish affair!

Happy Planning!

Photo Credit: Jessica Christ Photography, WH Hostess

Thursday, July 8, 2010

It's a 'Burgh Thing :-)

A wedding in Pittsburgh just isn't a wedding without COOKIES! After the 'I Do's' and dinner, guests are anticipating the infamous 'Cookie Table'. For some time now, wedding receptions in Pittsburgh have featured cookie tables with dozens of assorted, homemade (or freshly baked) cookies. It is a tradition reflecting the diverse ethnic communities of steel mill towns in Western Pennsylvania. The women in the family get together, pull out old recipes, and bake cookies for the BIG day.

You can always keep it basic and display your cookies on trays OR you can have a little fun and add some fun shapes, cool containers, tiered trays, cute labels, and even a shot of milk. Either way, if you are having a wedding in Pittsburgh, the cookie table is a must-have!

Happy Planning!

Photo Credit: Google Images

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy 4th of July

The grills are out, family and friends are in town, and celebrations are happening all weekend!! Here are five QUICK and SIMPLE ways to add some flair to your 4th of July party...

1. Have your guests dress in red, white, and blue.
2. Decorate the party area with American flags.
3. Dress up the tables in patriotic runners, linens, paperware, and utensils.
4. Add red, white, and blue garland to the doorways and mantels.
5. Make or purchase patriotic desserts...i.e. cupcakes, cookies, or mini cups with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream.

Have a FUN and SAFE 4th of July!

Photo Credit: Google Images

Friday, July 2, 2010

Get Inspired-Dreamy Pink

{Style/Design} Grand. Romantic. Elegant. Chic. Modern.
{Colors} Pink. White. Gold.
{Season} Summer
{Location} Southern California

This over-the-top estate affair is fit for a king & queen. It is absolutely gorgeous! The attention to detail is impeccable! From the lush lawn ceremony adorned with flowers & chandeliers to the chic outdoor lounge to the acrylic ghost chairs to the pink and gold monogram napkins....this wedding design melts my heart COMPLETELY! Southern California-based photographer, Victor Sizemore, did an AMAZING job capturing all of the elaborate decor' details planned by Details, Details! What elements INSPIRE you for your dream summer wedding?

Happy Planning!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Spotlight: Leeann Marie Photography

Photography is the cornerstone of a wedding's memories. It's only one day but great pictures make the memories last forever. Choosing the right wedding photographer is one of the first things to check off the to-do list. It is also one of the most important decisions a couple will make for their BIG day. Leeann Marie, owner of Leeann Marie Photography, is a fabulous wedding photographer in Pittsburgh, PA. Check out her website! You will fall in love with her fresh & chic style, attention to detail, and fun creativity. I absolutely LOVE her work! Here is her spotlight....

{Tell a little about yourself and your services.}
My name is Leeann and I am a Pittsburgh-based wedding, engagement, and boudoir photographer. I love working with couples who are fun, light-hearted, and totally in love. I'm always up for hearing little wedding details, and really get to feel as though my clients are also my friends. I cry and dance at weddings, all while creating photographs to remember such an important day. I take what I do very seriously, but also love to have fun in the process!

{When did you fall in love with photography?}
I started my business two years ago after I got married, and have fallen in love with everythibg. I'm a trained industrial engineer, so the business management part of things comes easily to me. My photography is my creative outlet, and working with such wonderful people is the bonus to everything.

{What is your #1 piece of advice to your clients?}
My number one piece of advice to my clients is to always be true to who you are and what you want. It's such an important day, and it should be exactly as you imagine. Show off the style you have and the love you share.

....Thanks Leeann for sharing!

Happy Planning!

Photo Credit: Leeann Marie Photography

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dress The Part

Often times weddings and special events leave you completely clueless on WHAT TO WEAR? You always get the wording on the invitation..."black tie", "semi-formal", "cocktail", etc. But what exactly does that mean? Here is a cheat sheet so that you can look FABULOUS and APPROPRIATE at your next wedding or event!

{White Tie} The most formal of all dress codes...

Ladies-A formal, full-length ball gown in a neutral color like dark brown or black. Glamorous makeup, dramatic jewelry, pinned/pulled up hair are appropriate.

Gentlemen-A tuxedo, a long black jacket with tails, a white pique vest, and a bow tie. Black, formal shoes, and even white gloves are appropriate.

{Black Tie} The next most formal dress code and it's usually an evening affair...
Ladies-A chic cocktail dress or a long evening gown in a dark, neutral color like brown or black. Make sure the length is appropriate if you do a cocktail dress.

Gentlemen-A tuxedo. A black bow tie, cummerbund, and patent leather shoes are also suggested.

{Formal or Black Tie Optional} Slightly less formal than a black tie which means a tuxedo is not required but the event is formal enough for one to be appropriate...

Ladies-A long dress, a dressy suit, or a formal cocktail-length dress in a dark, neutral tone like brown, gray, or black.

Gentlemen-A tuxedo or a formal dark suit and tie.

{Beach Formal, Beach Attire, or Summer Chic} "Beach formal" suggests an elegant beach wedding -- so dress to impress, but also dress for the elements (sun, sand, and water). "Beach Attire" and "Summer Chic" denotes that anything you'd wear to a nice restaurant on a summer day is appropriate...

Ladies: A formal summer sundress at tea- or knee-length with low or high sandals. Makeup and hair can be natural and everyday.

Gentlemen: A summer suit with a linen shirt (no ties required), linen pants or khakis, and sandals.

{Semiformal, Dressy Casual, or Cocktail} Depending on the time of the event, you'll want to dress somewhere between formal and casual. Wear darker, more formal hues for an evening fete; opt for light colors and fabrics for a daytime affair...
Ladies-A cocktail dress or a dressy skirt and top.

Gentlemen-A suit and tie, dark or light depending on the season and time of day.

{Casual} Generally, casual means anything goes. That said, jeans, shorts, and tank tops are probably not appropriate unless they're specifically noted as acceptable. For the purposes of wedding wear, assume business casual to be on the safe side.
Ladies-A summer sundress or a skirt or pants with a nice blouse. Makeup and hair can be natural and everyday.

Gentlemen-Dress pants with a button-down shirt or polo.

Happy Planning!

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