May 19, 2017

13 Exquisite Vintage Wedding Ideas

Even if you weren't dreaming of a vintage themed wedding, some of these breathtakingly beautiful ideas may make you think twice. Some - to be fair - are outside of your budget and mine (sheer panels and Swarovski crystal chandeliers you might expect to find in the grand ballroom at Buckingham Palace), but others (thrift store books, picture frames and tins) are easy and affordable to make and find. To make a simple Mason jar centerpiece even more exquisite, Krylon now makes glass spray paint in a range of beautiful frosted colors - aqua, ruby, cornflower, sea foam and rose.

Vintage Wedding Ideas


 
Champagne and passion fruit nectar - deal me in.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Last year I picked up a set of vintage hurricane lamps just like these
at a church rummage sale for about a dollar each!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm obsessed about paying homage to those
who loved, nurtured and prepared us
for the most important day of our lives.
 
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May 9, 2017

Breathtaking White Ranunculus Bouquet

This breathtaking white ranunculus bouquet - a moment in time captured so beautifully by Iris Photography - is a lovely and somewhat haphazard arrangement of white roses, ranunculus, dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus leaves. While many wedding flowers have multiple meanings, the ranunculus symbolizes charm, attractiveness and an everlasting embrace of love and devotion. Who doesn't want all that? While I love the simple elegance of this green and white ranunculus bouquet, these beautiful rose-like blossoms are also available in light pink, hot pink, yellow, orange, fire red, burgundy wine, apricot, violet and raspberry plum.

 
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May 2, 2017

Hopelessly Romantic Love Quotes

Hopelessly romantic love quotes, here are a few of my favorites. I start and finish with a love sick man from a hundred or so years ago - considered by some to be the greatest American writer of the 20th century - F. Scott Fitzgerald. He was inspired by a woman both beautiful and broken, but couldn't love her enough to keep her personal demons away. Although he wrote The Great Gatsby, almost always number one on the list of the greatest American novels of all time, he considered himself a failure at the end of his life. He was anything but. A great and talented writer, a devoted lover and author of some of the most beautiful love quotes then or now.

Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.  F. Scott Fitzgerald

In case you ever foolishly forget:  I am never not thinking of you.  Virginia Woolf

My heart talks about nothing but you.  Albert Camus

We were together.  I forgot the rest.  Walt Whitman

He's more myself than I am.  Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.  Emily Bronte

When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.  William Shakespeare

The best thing to hold onto in love is each other.  Audrey Hepburn

I love you, and that's the beginning and end of everything.  F. Scott Fitzgerald

Apr 29, 2017

Rustic Hand Painted Bar Menu

This rustic hand painted bar menu confirms everything I believe weddings should be - easy, effortless and fun. If guests are looking for something cold with a kick - quench their thirst with a bottle of Budweiser - the King of Beers. Shave off another forty calories for drinkers on a diet with twelve ounce bottles of Bud Light. Every wine drinker lives for a chateau-bottled Chardonnay but none of them will say no to a cold glass of "white" on a hot day in the middle of July. Make your soda selection - sweet and simple - based on the five most popular soft drinks in America: Coke, Pepsi, Diet Coke, Mountain Dew and Dr. Pepper.

 
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Apr 27, 2017

Breathtaking Wedding Cakes with Gum Paste Flowers

These wedding cakes are so breathtakingly beautiful, I have to remind myself these flowers were created from ordinary sugar, water, gum paste and food coloring. You can make these yourself with pre-made gum paste powder or create it from scratch using powdered sugar, egg whites and an agent called tylose powder. I've often read that "from scratch" is less expensive but I see that a 16 ounce can of Wilton Gum Paste Mix sells for just over five dollars on Amazon, and will provide you with enough dough to create 100 daisies or fifty remarkable gum paste roses. Since making gum paste flowers requires more time than talent, you might want to make the prep work as easy as you can.

 
 
 

 
  
 
 
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Apr 17, 2017

Barbeque Wedding Menu on a Budget

Not only is a barbeque wedding menu on a budget possible, it contains many - if not all - of your favorite comfort foods. And of course I'm talking about homemade macaroni and cheese, rich and delicious with fresh, creamy butter and extra sharp cheddar cheese. Don't forget slow cooked baby back ribs, rubbed with spices and basted in a Jack Daniels flavored BBQ sauce. Everything your Uncle Rick and Aunt Mary Ann and all five cousins from South Daytona Beach were hoping to see and smell and taste today. Say goodbye to food, beverage and service charges. And the same goes for site fees, down payments and deposits. And better still - no weird and unrecognizable menu items ("pumpkin soup with red pepper mousse"). Just good old-fashioned favorite family food for a fun and friendly barbeque wedding reception you can easily afford.

 

Barbeque Wedding Menu Ideas:

  • Pulled pork (beef brisket)
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Homemade cornbread
  • Baby back ribs
  • Baked beans (with bacon and brown sugar!)
  • Creamy coleslaw
  • Garlic smashed potatoes
  • Corn on the cob
  • Ham sliders
  • Hushpuppies
  • Green bean casserole
  • Broccoli salad
  • Potato salad
  • Homemade biscuits
  • Watermelon
  • Corn Pudding
  • Peach Cobbler

Apr 11, 2017

Romantic Fall Wedding Lanterns

I want to be here. Watching the sun set on this unforgettable day when my childhood friend and her handsome blue-eyed lover exchange hand written vows near the warm glow of these romantic fall wedding lanterns. We'll soon be feasting on tender beef brisket, creamy coleslaw, peach cobbler and homemade buttery biscuits. "Hello, my name is Kathy. Would you please pass me the corn on the cob?" Brothers, sisters, neighbors and friends sit and celebrate under the sheltering arms of towering oak trees. And breathe in the last lovely fragrance of white jasmine before it goes into resting until the beginning of Spring. An unforgettable fall day in paradise - if only in my dreams.