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Food Trend Friday: Let’s Do Brunch!

Don’t skip out on the best meal of the day; instead share it with your loved ones on your special day.  A new food trend hitting the wedding scene is a brunch reception.  This is absolutely perfect for a daytime wedding with beverage stations like mimosas and bloody marys or even a smoothie bar.  For the food, get creative with an omelet or pancake station for your guests where they pick and choose any whatever suits their tastes – western, veggie, or something as simple as a ham and cheese omelet.  Pancakes make another great station offering up wheat, gluten free, and buttermilk pancakes.  Right beside your pancake station let your guest dress them up with fruit, whipped cream, chocolate chips, etc.  Brunch is an excellent reception choice! Not to mention it’s fun and different from your normal wedding food fare.

 

xoxo, 

From This Day Forward

 

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Press: Inside Weddings Fall 2013

Today is an exciting day! Jessica + Jack’s gorgeous October wedding is featured in the current issue of Inside Weddings Magazine and we couldn’t be more thrilled! We truly enjoyed working with Jessica on her elegant Fall fête – it was definitely one for the books. So be sure to pick up a copy — it hits new stands this week!

Visit our Press + Praise section to read the complete article.

xo,

Genina

Press: Savannah Weddings Fall 2013

We’re in the latest issue of Savannah Weddings! If you picked up the most recent issue of Savannah Weddings Magazine, you may have noticed a familiar name as the planner for the “Dixie Darling” Real Wedding. We are excited to have one of Genina’s 2012 weddings featured and hope you have the opportunity to enjoy reading about Lacy and Bob’s Southern Soiree at the Georgia Railroad Museum. You won’t want to miss this one!

Visit our Press + Praise section to read the complete article.

 

xox0,

 

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Wedding Inspiration: The Fall Wedding

On the first day of August every year, so much starts to change. It signals the beginning of school and the start of football season. It also makes brides start thinking about fall weddings and how lovely of a time autumn can be. Rich Earth hues mixed with vibrant jewel tones are the recipe to executing a lovely fall affair that all of your guests will love. Consider mixing glamorous browns, intense navy’s, and vivid mercury grey’s with the ever popular emerald,  bright fuchsia, or a lively red. Fall is the time when you can really play with bright colors and still have the great, deep colored neutrals to help balance everything out.

 

Outside of color, consider using flowers that are indicative of the season and are decidedly fall. Leaves and branches are also fun touches that would bring nature to you in a fun and sophisticated way. Consider using leaves around the cake, or gift table. Leaf rubbings or imprints could also make beautiful escort cards. Additionally, branches or even small trees can really anchor a space and make a dramatic statement. With a fall wedding, there are so many wonderful ways to make it fun and fabulous.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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It’s Tradition!

Weddings today are full and imbedded with traditions that often go unexplained. Many brides know they have to do something, like a garter toss, but have no idea about the real history behind the traditions. Today, we are shedding a little light on some of the most common wedding traditions and explaining why they live on.

 

1. The bride wore white

Queen Victoria was the first bride in the western world to make a point to wear white on her wedding day, prior to her all brides wore the best dress they already owned. Today, a white gown stands for virtue. Interestingly, it has become all the rage in recent years for the bride to wear anything but the color white. While an overwhelming majority of brides will choose to keep with tradition and don the white gown they have been dreaming of, more adventurous brides are choosing to step outside the norm and write their own rules.

 

2. The veil

The veil was first used to hide the bride’s face and protect her from any evil daemons or spirits that might be after her or try to curse her marriage. It served as a barrier to keep the bride safe, as well as an element of confusion. The spirits were said to be confused by the veil and would not bother the bride during the ceremony. Today, the veil is what really screams bride. Whether it’s being unveiled and letting the groom see you for the first time, or wearing something dramatic for the guests to gush over, the veil is definitely a tradition that will never go out of style.

 

3. The garter toss

The garter toss stems from a rather unfortunate history. In the past, wedding guests would swarm the bride after the ceremony to grab a piece of the wedding gown. Taking a piece of the dress was considered to be good luck. To keep the bride safe, the tradition of the garter toss was started. Rather than let each guest take a piece of the dress, the groom tosses the garter into the crowd. The man who catches it, of course, is rumored to be the next to wed.

 

4. The cake

The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Greece when a bride and groom would break bread to symbolize fertility. Eventually, the bread turned in to cake. Couples cut the cake together in hopes that it will bring them good fortune and children. Now, the cake has become so much more than a simple tradition. Cakes are a major part of the wedding reception as the focal point. Brides today are choosing to go taller, brighter, and more unique with their cakes than ever before.

 

5. Carrying the bride over the threshold

While it might seem like an incredibly romantic gesture today, the tradition of carrying the bride over the threshold to start the honeymoon was actually begun as a precaution. It was once believed that evil spirits would latch on to a bride in whatever means possible and cause problems in the marriage. To be safe, it became common for the groom to pick up the bride and carry her into their new home after the wedding. This prevented any evil spirits that might be clinging to her feet from gaining entrance into the home.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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Trend Report: The Reception Dress

Having a second dress for the wedding reception might seem a bit unnecessary, but it is becoming more and more common for brides to have two dresses. There is one for the wedding ceremony, and another for the reception or the grand exit. These dresses are usually white like the gown and have gotten the nickname “little white dresses.” These dresses definitely have there benefits. Many bridal gowns restrict mobility of the bride. While they look absolutely beautiful going down the aisle, these dresses might not be ideal for a reception dinner where a bride will be standing and sitting a lot throughout the night. Additionally, there is the concern of eating a meal or drinking cocktails in the dress. With so many people bustling around you, anything could happen to the dress of your dreams. For these 2 simple reasons, brides are electing to change into their reception dresses and enjoy the night without a care in the world.

 

xoxo,

 

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Color Love: Ombre

Ombre has become one if the biggest trends of 2013. It’s a great way to add visual interest to your wedding by using color in a way you really want. With ombre, there is an opportunity to be as vibrant or as subtle as you like with any colors of your choosing! This popular effect can fit in to any theme with just a few small adjustments, and it can be used as much or as little as you wish. For example: a beach themed wedding might use ombre for the wedding invitations so they almost emulate the ocean and set the tone for the whole wedding. If the wedding is more romantic, including an ombre cake in your wedding colors could add a little drama and be a stunning focal piece. Adventurous or bold weddings might even include ombre in the wedding dress itself. What better way to make a statement than to do something daring? Finally, for our modern brides, maybe mixing 2 trends is the way to go. Stationary with chevrons gradually fading in color is a wonderful way to do something trendy and fun. Have some fun with this trend! After all, it is the small touches and details that make a wedding really stand out.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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A Look Back at the Royal Wedding

As the news of a birth of a bouncing baby boy delights onlookers all across the world, we have been thinking back to the day Prince William and Kate Middleton got married. The Royal Wedding was every bit as magical and beautiful as it was promised to be. Nothing, from Victoria Beckham’s fashion choices to the Queen’s happy glow, was a disappointment. In fact, Kate Middleton’s dress was one of fashion’s most highly anticipated dresses of the year and it was nothing short of perfection. The dress exuded beauty, elegance, grace, and style which are all qualities Kate herself is said to possess. The breathtaking train, delicate lace sleeves, and sweeping skirt were all elements that would be found in a dress fit for a princess. The subtle V overlay, sweetheart bodice underneath,  and crisp, dramatic lines  made the gown look more modern, fashion forward, and undeniably royal. It was perfect for the space and the occasion.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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Trend Report: Mismatched Bridesmaids Dresses

This has been the year to try new things with bridesmaids dresses. It’s no longer important to have all of your girls lined up exactly alike if that’s not what you really want. More and more, brides are choosing dresses that their girls really want, and often times that means going the mismatched route. There are a ton of ways to go about doing mismatched bridesmaids dresses. Setting guidelines for picking out the dresses ensures that you will have a more streamlined look. Often times, the girls end up in dresses that are only slight variations of each other. A few examples are:

same dress in different colors

same color, same material, same length, different dress

same dress, with some long and some short

same dress, different accessories and shoes

 

Of course, if you are feeling really adventurous you can give your girls a color palate and a length guideline and let them go wild. That is one more surefire way to know your girls are getting dresses they love and will want to wear again.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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What We Love: Coral

As summer begins to dream of  fall, we’ve been searching for the perfect color to use throughout the transition. Coral is the perfect color to bridge the gap between the bright shades of summer and the dusty hues of autumn. A sophisticated and exotic hue, coral pairs beautifully with refreshing blues like turquoise and cerulean. If that seems a trifle too adventurous try pairing it with warmer, more neutral tones like camel or khaki. This romantic eye-opening color looks lovely incorporated into a wedding palette: from eye catching bridesmaids dresses to subtle peachy-coral florals. Careful…before you know it you’ll fall as in love with it as we did.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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