Emily and Ryan could not have picked a better location for their summer, destination wedding. The event was held at Boone Hall Plantation. Ceremony took place in front of the plantain home, and the reception was held at the Cotton Dock. For this couple, it was all about having their family contribute to their special day. The bride’s father’s band played into the night, and her aunt made their one of a kind wedding cake. The magical evening was captured by Dana Cubbage Weddings, and the bride and groom’s first dance was live painted by Wed On Canvas. To add to the Gatsby-esque, vintage feel of the night, bright floral was provided by Branch Design Studio which flowed perfectly with the vases and bottles brought by the bride’s aunt from Tulsa, Oklahoma. This wedding was definitely one for the books!
With current wedding trends, phrases like “vintage lace” set brides buzzing! But who can blame them? Adding lace into your decor can add a soft and romantic feel. Today we’re going to show you an easy way to incorporate this gorgeous trend. Although the decorations in the picture below look professionally made, it’s actually a very simple process!
What You Need:
- Doilies of any pattern
- Spray on glue *tip-use glue with starch in it so the doilies won’t loosen with heat*
What You Do:
- Blow up balloons to desired size
- Position doilies all over balloon (you can spray the balloon with glue prior to positioning)
- Make sure to evenly coat balloon with spray glue
- Let doilies set
- When completely dry, deflate balloon
- Voila! Insta-vintage decoration.
Depending on the size of the balloons used, these vintage looking beauties can be used in various locations from center pieces to hanging from the ceiling. If you want to take these to the next level, make them into paper lanterns and thread Christmas lights through them! Have fun crafting!
In the grand scheme of weddings, what goes on top of your cake is just one small detail amid hundreds of other tiny details. However this seemingly insignificant detail can have a big impact visually! We thought we’d share a few of our favorites and hopefully provide some inspiration for your cake topper!
Silhouettes are a sweet way to add a touch of refinement to your cake. These were designed by Simply Silhouettes , a company who will actually create a cake topper based on any picture you send them!
Of course if you’d rather show some state pride on your wedding day, these cake toppers can be custom ordered from Krafted Sweet Memories. Perfect for the bride who wants a little more rustic feel.
Who doesn’t want to show off their new married name as much as possible? This delicate cake topper made from muslin can be custom ordered to say just about anything. Like the look but prefer a short quote? Franny Chicago has a variety of font styles and sayings to truly help personalize your day.
Sticking with the banner style, if the muslin felt a little too down home for you, try this topper stylized like a chalkboard! Head over to The Paper Walrus to check out the various colors and sayings in this sweet style.
Moving away from the minimalist style, go big and bold with this cake topper made from recycled eucalyptus fiber board. You’ll be sure to catch everyone’s attention with a gorgeous saying such as “Happily Ever After”, “God Gave Me You”, or “The Best is Yet to Come”. Better Off Wed will also of course customize one with your initials or name in the same style.
This last cake topper is for the bride who just wants something different! Well, why not get a topper made by MilkTea who will create one just for you, gown and all. That’s right, if you send a picture of your wedding dress with your order, they will recreate a miniature version for the topper! All orders also come with standard customization (hair color/style, skin tone, ect).
Now of course these aren’t the only styles of cake toppers out there, but hopefully this has given you some idea of where to start!
Looking for something new to make to spice up a Tuesday night? We’ve got you covered with this easy dish that brings upscale dining into your kitchen! This Lobster Mac and Cheese has a delicious balance of class and comfort, perfect for a night of cooking together. *Tip-This recipe makes approximately six servings, feel free to half it when making it for just you two*
- 1 pound any short cut pasta
- 9 tablespoons butter
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 pound cooked lobster meat, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
- 1 1/2 cups crushed Ritz crackers (about 1 sleeve)
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 1/4 cups sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 1/4 cups gruyere cheese, shredded
- 1 cup fontina cheese, shredded
- 4 ounces brie, rind removed and chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking dish with nonstick spray.
- Bring a large pot of water to boil. While waiting, crush crackers.
- Once boiling, allow pasta to cook until al-dente (usually will say on the box). Drain well.
- Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet. Add garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds. Add lobster meat and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add parsley and cook for about 30 more seconds, then take lobster out of the pan.
- Add 2 more tablespoons of butter to the skillet, then toss in the crushed crackers to toast (3-5 minutes). Avoid burning by stirring often. Once done, set to the side.
- In the same pot you boiled the pasta, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let cook and bubble for 1 minute, stirring once or twice to avoid burning. Gradually whisk in the milk and raise the heat up to medium-high. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking frequently until the sauce has thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in all of the cheese, mustard powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Stir until the cheese is fully melted. Stir in the pasta and about 3/4 of the lobster meat. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
- Sprinkle crumbs and remaining lobster meat on top of the dish. Then place onto baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes (when crumbs are golden brown, it’s done)
- Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes
We hope you enjoy making this recipe together as much as you’ll enjoy eating it!
6 Things To Do The Day of Your Wedding: Memorable Moments on Your Big Day!
We’ve all seen (and love) the iconic Starbucks cup with “Bride” written on it. Don’t forget to visit your nearest Starbucks location the day of your wedding for your favorite cup of joe to start your big day off on a perfect, photo-opp moment. By yourself or with your girls!
2.) PUT DOWN THE PHONE.
This means Social Media too! Don’t miss out on a single moment of your biggest day posting a photo, or clever status on your favorite app. Leave that to your bridal party and guests!
Warning: Remind everyone to hold off posting any photos of the bride until AFTER the ceremony. You wouldn’t want your big reveal to be ruined by an eager post to Social Media!
We recommend leaving the last of any communication between you and your fiancé to the night before the wedding; save the excitement and anticipation for that indescribable first-look!
3.) Love notes.
Take a few moments, maybe while sipping your Starbucks.. to write your spouse-to-be a sweet love note on your wedding day! Exchanging these sweet messages will make for a must-have photo as well as an anticipation-building moment between the bride and groom before meeting at the altar.
4.) Eat (and hydrate). Don’t forget to drink lots of water and eat something on the day of your wedding! With so much going on and emotions running hight, it can be easy to forget to stay fed and hydrated! You’ve spent months planning and selecting delicious food for your guests, don’t forget to enjoy it yourself!
We suggest having someone set aside an assortment of food and lots of water for the bride and groom (and the bridal party) to ensure the stars of the show have a moment to enjoy their food and stay hydrated.
5.) Thank Mom and Dad for EVERYTHING.
Chances are your parents have done more for you and in preparation for your wedding day than you could ever imagine. Be sure to take a moment to thank them, maybe even present them with a gift, to thank them for all that they’ve done. Remember everything they have done for you over the years; this day is an important and emotional one for them too! Take a moment to show them your appreciation, it will mean so much!
Finally, remember to enjoy your big day! You’ve planned and waited for your wedding day, probably since you were a little girl, be sure not to miss a single moment, it flies!