Saturday, April 30, 2011

Looky Looky!

Look at what I got in the mail today:


Sorry for the picture quality.  I took it with my iphone.  I am even more official!

I hope you are all having a great Saturday lovebirds!
Friday, April 29, 2011

Love Song Friday, Volume 6

I heard this song and the lyrics aren't the most romantic but I love this song.  Crank it up, dance around the office and smile because:

1.  You deserve happiness!
2.  Love is all around us!
3.  Did I mention it is Friday?  Celebrate!

Happy Love Song Friday Lovebirds!

Fit For a Queen

So I was one of the 2 billion people tuning in to watch Prince William marry beautiful Kate Middleton.  While some people are so down on the royal wedding, I love the hype surrounding it.  Yes, devastation has taken place in the South and I would never disregard that but both events are historical.  Watching that wedding was something I will always remember.  It was romantic, made my heart full and a memory to tell my children about one day.  I also love that people call me Kate so for a moment I felt like a princess.

I set my alarm for 4:30 and surprisingly woke up with ease.  I put my tiara on in bed (the won I got in high school for being named prom queen), cuddled my puppy and did live tweeting.  I was in awe of Kate's dress.  It was fabulous and so classic.  I feel like other royal wedding dresses have been trendy but this one takes the cake or royal crumpet.  Whichever you prefer.



My favorite parts of the ceremony:
1.  I loved that William was not facing her but had his back to her while she walked down the isle.  It was different but I loved that element of surprise.

2.  When Kate was walking down the isle, Harry turned around and looked at her.  He then leaned over to Wills (yes, we are good friends) and said, "Wait until you see her."  Sigh.  So sweet!

3.  You can see Prince William tell Kate she looks beautiful.

4.  I can't get over the love between those two!  It is in their actions, smiles and glances.

Every girl dreams of being a princess.  Kate got that dream.  She got the Prince, the castle and the fairytale ending.  Thank you Lord for happily ever afters!

Just in case you are itching for some keepsakes of William and Kate, try these out!

Photo Source:  Here and Here

Yes, they are extremely silly but just image grabbing a bottle of water from that fridge!

Check back this afternoon for Love Song Friday!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Free Save the Dates, Yes FREE

Sometimes I wish that I could replan my wedding because I am always finding new, cute things. Since I can't plan my wedding 20 times, I get to live vicariously through this blog.  I was looking around on Wedding Chicks and they have printable invitations that you can customize. The also have entire wedding suites that allow you to customize your invitations, save the dates, reply cards, menu, table seating assignments and more. You get to make it your own and then print it yourself. Ummm brilliant! I did a few examples for you to sample! To try it out, click here! Enjoy!



Together Forever Necklace

I spotted this beauty on the Stella & Dot website and put it on my "Please Get this for me Sweet Husband" list.  I love how simple it is and the sweet message of the joining of two circles.  Together Forever!

Guys, this would be a sweet gift for an anniversary, the day of your wedding or a birthday.  For more on this beauty, click here.

Something Blue

My talented and fabulous friend Jennifer Ledbetter of Spring Designs sent me this photo and I fell in love.  Are you surprised though?  I love all things wedding.



How clever is this idea to add your something blue to the bottom of your shoes!  Not to mention how cute these shoes are!  Have any of you done something creative with adding your touch of blue?  Check out more with Mon Amour Boutique on Etsy.  These stickers are available in various colors and are only $13.  What a steal!

You can always send me ideas, suggestions or cute finds at lovebirdproduction@gmail.com or just comment below!  Check me out on Twitter or on Facebook.

I am grateful for you Lovebirds!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Royal Wedding Spoof

I saw this today and thought it was so cute and fun!  Only 3 days until the Royal Wedding.  I know some of you are not into the Royal Wedding but you will like this anyway.  Who doesn't love a good spoof dancing Brits?  Enjoy!

Making the List and Checking it Twice

It is now time for another fun dreadful topic of making your guest list.  The guest list regardless of size is something that you do not have to loathe.  I promise, you can do this!



Here are some helpful tips to making your guest list:

1.  Pick your number.  How many guests are you planning on having?  Your venue and budget usually correspond with this but you can also choose to have less guests than your venue holds.  Once you are engaged, of course you will tell your immediate family and friends but until you know the size of your venue and how much you are wanting to pay per guest, keep quiet.  Make plans before you tell your best friends Aunt twice removed that you haven't spoken to in 7+ years.

2.  Equal Numbers.  Make sure that each side of the family has an equal number.  For example,  if your mom has 75 guests then the grooms family should be allowed to invite 75 guests regardless of who is footing the bill.

3.  Write down everyone you want to come. Both you and your fiancĂ©.  Yes, everyone.  You can use various tools like a word document, any online tool like (Martha Stewart or The Knot or the good ol' fashioned pen and paper. The number of your guest list usually corresponds with the your venue and budget.  Once you have written everyone down, go over your list with your signficant other.  Compare your list to see what friends you have in common and you might even see who you forgot.  Compile this list to make one giant list, see if it compares to what you had in mind and make any changes you see fit.  Having fun yet?

4.  Get your parents to help.  Most of you do not live in your same hometown or even if you do, your parents friends are important also.  I asked both Gena and my mom to write down the people they wanted invited.  Once their list was complete, we added it to our list.  Parents are really good at having both names and addresses.

5.  Start early.  The early bird gets the worm and this holds true when creating your guest list.  You can have more time to enjoy searching out invites, living it up with your bridesmaids and celebrating the moments leading up to your wedding.  Do not over think your guest list.  Stick with who you know.

6.  Stick with a Number.  If your venue only allows a certain number, stick with it.  Don't let what others expect or want for your wedding influence you.  If you only want a small wedding of 100, do it.  Utimately it is your wedding and family will understand.  If Aunt Liz keeps giving you a hard time, tell her to can it and put a smile on her face.  I can talk to her too if need be :)

7.  Use your shower lists.  Etiquette for any shower is the people invited to your showers should receive an invitation to your wedding.  Use these lists to help when creating your own list.  This is always helpful in making sure you don't leave a name off your list.

8.  Make them address the envelope.  This is such a helpful thing!  At my church shower, my hostesses had a bright idea to have everyone address an envelope as they signed in.  This helped with already having envelopes addresses for thank you notes plus it can also help in the addresses you need for your guest lists.

9.  Get their address.  Send out text, make calls, send Facebook messages, whatever you need to do to get all the addresses you need.  Keep editing the list that you have.  You will be surprised how helpful people are and quick to respond.  Everyone is excited about your wedding!!

I have confidence that you can do this.  Enjoy this time of getting everyone excited about your wedding.  People will be honored to be in attendance!

If you have any other suggestions or tips for planning your guest lists, email me at lovebirdproductions@gmail.com.  I would love to hear from you!
Monday, April 25, 2011

At Home: Weddings in Arkansas

It is that time of year when Weddings in Arkansas prints their newest version of all things weddings happening in the amazing state that we call home.  One neat feature about this magazine, besides the fact that they feature all things Arkansas, is that brides can submit their weddings to be published in the magazine.  Just imagine, an article about you!  How fabulous!

Check out the newest group of brides here.  Doesn't the picture make you want to check each wedding out?  You can always draw inspiration from other brides for your upcoming nuptials plus scout out vendors.  Enjoy this afternoon read plus just think, one day your wedding could be published!

Photo source:  Weddings in Arkansas

Recipe: Heavenly Chocolate Cake Roll


It is time for another yummy recipe!  This recipe comes from one of my favorite cooking blogs Smitten Kitchen.  The author of this blog is named Deb and she cooks in a tiny New York apartment kitchen.  I have used a lot of her recipes and she is great at giving detailed photos, full instructions and a brief history on the foods you are making.  This chocolate role reminds me of my childhood and summer's with my grandparents.

Now on to the yummy details:

Cake layer:
6 ounces semisweet bittersweet chocolate, chopped or 1 cup semi- or bittersweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons water or strong coffee
6 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon table salt
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, divided

Filling:
1 cup heavy or whipping cream
2 to 3 tablespoons powdered sugar (use more if you prefer a sweeter filling)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 to 2 tablespoons liqueur of your choice, such as Grand Marnier

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter or oil a 10-by-15-inch shallow baking or jellyroll pan. Line the bottom lengthwise with a piece of waxed or parchment paper that extends up the short sides one inch.

Melt chocolate with water or coffee in a small saucepan over very low heat until it is 75 percent melted. Remove from heat and stir until the remaining chocolate is smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

Beat egg yolks with an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Add sugar gradually, and continue to beat until yolks are pale and ribbony. Gently stir the chocolate into the yolk mixture.

In a clean bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites with salt until they hold stiff peaks. Stir 1/4 of egg white mixture into the chocolate-yolk mixture to lighten it. Fold the remaining whites into the cake batter in three additions. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until cake layer feels dry (but very soft) to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. It will still seem a little underbaked.

Transfer to a cooling rack and cover the top with a light damp towel or two layers of damp paper towels for 10 minutes. Gently remove towels; don’t fuss if they have a bit of cake stuck to them. Run a knife around the edges of the cake. Sift one tablespoon cocoa over the top of the cake and cover the cake with a layer or waxed or parchment paper that is a little longer than the pan. Place the back of a baking sheet or a large flat tray over the waxed paper and invert the cake and paper onto it. Gently peel back the parchment or waxed paper that lined the pan. Sift the remaining tablespoon of cocoa powder over the underside of the cake and cover the layer with a thin tea or flour sack towel. Using the waxed or parchment paper underneath to help lift and roll the cake, roll the cake from short end to short end with the towel inside. Let cool completely.

Once cool, beat heavy cream with powdered sugar and vanilla until it holds stiff peaks. Get your serving plate ready and place it near your cake roll. Gently unroll chocolate cake and remove tea towel. [Try to get the tea towel to the hamper without touching anything, as it is saturated with smudgy cocoa and trust me, can mess up a white kitchen fast.] Spread whipped cream filling evenly over cake. Gently use waxed or parchment paper once again to reroll cake. Place on serving platter, seam side down.

For more on this awesome blog plus delicious recipes visit Smitten Kitchen.
Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter


Happy Easter Lovebirds!  I hope you all have been rejoicing in the meaning and blessing of Easter plus getting to spend time with loved ones.  I can't wait to meet you back here tomorrow!
Saturday, April 23, 2011

Royal Wedding Party

The countdown to the Royal Wedding continues and I looked this morning to see what time it would be showing on t.v.  It is really early (for me) but many people will be tuning in to watch Kate Middleton says "I Do" to a handsome Prince William.  Sigh.

I thought it would be so much fun to host a Royal Wedding themed party.  Here are a few ideas that came to mind:

1.  Give you guest royal tiaras and jewels.  Doll up your guest with tiaras and fun costume jewelry.  Both are inexpensive and easy to find!  The crown below I spotted at Target.


2.  Royal cookies. How cute are those cookies?  My sweet friend Sarah made these adorable cookies for her bachelorette party.  I personally think Sarah should open a bakery.  She is fabulous at baking!  These cookies are the perfect treat for royalty (that is you!).


3.  Paper Flower Decor.  Queen Approved.  Paper flowers are so easy to make and such a neat touch to any party.  You can always keep these flowers and reuse them to decorate around your house.  For a full tutorial on how to create these beautiful flowers, click here.


4. Pretty Pink Drinks. How fun is this pink lemonade?  Serve this sweet treat in pretty crystal glasses.  I love this simple touch of class!


5.  Party Favors.  This canvas is such a romantic gift to leave your guests with.  All you need is stenciled letters, a canvas and paint.  You can choose the size of your canvas based on the price you want to spend.  You can also use these to decorate with then give them away as your guests leave. 


Treat yourself to a royal affair! You deserve it Lovebirds!
Friday, April 22, 2011

Love Song Friday, Volume 5

This Love Song Friday is Easter themed.  The songs I usually post are about love and their is no greater love than God's love.  He was so selfless in his actions.  I am very grateful!

My favorite lyric from Casting Crowns "Glorious Day":

Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me.



Wednesday, April 20, 2011

To Have and To Hold

I just love Etsy.  You can find all sorts of goodies there.  One thing that I think is such a neat treat are these custom made ring bowls.





Here are a few ideas with using these:

1.  Wedding Decor. You can use these cute bowls as centerpieces or to display on your guest book table.  

2.  Shower Gift.  Most brides would like you to stick to their registries but this gift is such a sweet sentiment.  A gift like this can be stored in your home and passed down throughout your family.  Leave a small loving legacy with these bowls.

3.  Photo Sessions. How cute would this be as a prop in your engagement or bridal sessions?  I love this idea!

4.  Ring Bearer Pillow Bowl. Toss out the traditional pillow and let your ring bearer strut down the isle holding this.

You can visit all these shops on Etsy by clicking on the links below.  Have fun shopping!

Photo source:  1. Say Your Piece, 2. Aphrodites Canvas, 3. Elm Studio Online, 4. Pretty Me Drink

P.s.  A sweet reader passed this link on to me yesterday and it is such an amazing story!  Thanks Brandi!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Royal Review

Unless you live under a rock, you know the significance of the upcoming wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.  Last night Lifetime debuted a movie about their love story.  Boy, did it make me melt!

The story was based on true events and let me say Prince William is a catch.  Yes, he is the future king of England but he is also a romantic.  One thing I loved about the movie was the whole time Kate was always saying how much of a catch she was too!  Their story is about the prince falling for someone who was not royal.  Ladies, we should all feel like a princess.  We deserve it!

My favorite part of the movie was their first kiss in the rain (and can you believe he tried to kiss her before and she turned him down) or where he sings to her on their group ski trip.  I will say that Lifetime has been extremely impressive with their latest movies from William and Kate to the Amanda Knox story.  While the acting was okay, their love story had me hooked until the end. 

Only 10 days left until the royal wedding and just think of how many eyes will be one them.  It is the perfect story for a happy ending. 



P.s.  Stay tuned for ideas to make your Royal Wedding party a success!
Monday, April 18, 2011

All You Need is a Twenty

No matter what stage your relationship is in we all need to have dates.  A time to just spend time with your honey with no distractions and packed full with a ton of fun!

I decided to plan a day with ideas that you can do with a $20.  Remember the time that a $20 filled up your tank or you could use it to hang out with friends, eat dinner, go to a movie, buy a new shirt and help save the world with a simple twenty?  Yeah, those thoughts are far and few between but who says you can't have a great date for around $20?  Let's do it!

1.  Check out the matinee.  I love going to the movies.  The joy of a matinee is you get to see your movie for a better price and you avoid the crowds.  I always throw in a soda or bag of candy from the convenient store or whatever I have at home.

2.  Eating lunch on any dollar menu.  Yes, this is not healthy but every once in a while eating cheap and poorly is okay.  Grab your lunch and head to the park.  Lay down and enjoy the sunshine.  While you are laying in the sun, talk about your favorite memories as a couple, laugh together and love on one another.

3.  Check out local venues.  A lot of cities have museums with little to no cost on admission.  You can always look for local art shows or live shows with your favorite band.  Dance the night away!

4.  Volunteer.  Volunteering is free and just think of the reward it offers.  Places like soup kitchens, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club and City Youth are always searching for help with their latest projects and it is always refreshing to be around such positive people.

5.  Go Antiquing.  Yes, the guys may roll their eyes at this idea but antiquing can be fun for everyone.  Whether you go in the store and dig around or just window shop, looking at things from the past is exciting.  So much history! 

No matter what your day holds make time for one another!  The possibilities are endless with just a twenty dollar bill! 

P.s.  Have any other suggestions?  Email me at lovebirdproduction@gmail.com
Saturday, April 16, 2011

My Family: Jane Dog

This is a wedding blog and I hope that you understand I love writing about all things wedding but today I want to celebrate my sweet little girls six month birthday. Meet Jane, our first born.


This past week I read an article about being a mother.  Yes, I know that comparing a mother of a child to a mother of a fur baby is totally different but I did notice some similarities.

1.  I can't move fast enough to keep foreign objects out of her mouth.
2.  She amazes me with the things she understands.
3.  She always loves me.
4.  Another set of eyes are always watching me when I go to the bathroom.
5.  I prepare a bag just for Jane on any trip we go on.
6.  I will watch Jane make a big mess just so I can relax a few extra minutes.
7.  Everyone loves to give her attention.  Heck, so do I!
8.  She is on a schedule which means I don't need an alarm clock anymore.
9.  She always provides great entertainment.

I love being a fur mom especially to Jane Farrin.  Life would be dull without her.

Tomorrow I promise to go back to wedding blogging.  No worries!
Friday, April 15, 2011

Love Song Friday, Volume 4

It is that time again, Love Song Friday.  DJ Katie decided to slow it down with one of my favorites, Michael Buble's "Hold On."  I walked down the isle to my sweet husband while this song played in the background.  My favorite line is from the chorus:   
We are stronger here together than we can ever be alone
So hold on to me, Don't ever let me go

Ain't love grand?  Enjoy your Friday and I will see you back here tomorrow!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Jumbled Thoughts

I have three things to cover today:

1.  Rent the Runway is now offering BCBG plus they also sent me an email proclaiming 6 ways to celebrate spring:  Weddings, Bridal Showers, Mother's day, Easter, Graduation and Passover.  We all have at least one of those to attend so browse through their amazing and affordable selection.  No, they didn't pay me to say this but maybe one day?  A girl can dream!


2.  I am an avid follower of wedding blogs and websites and I came across this idea on Martha Stewart's site, frosting-less wedding cakes.  I know, I know; the icing is the best part but these cakes are done in pastel shades and are adorable!  Check them out here:

Photo source:  Martha Stewart Weddings

And for #3 - This might be the highlight of today's post.  Wait, you mean something is more interesting than cakes with frosting and pretty dresses?  Yes!  This is probably the funniest thing I have seen on Youtube in quite some time.  I watched this with Kendra, my awesome co-worker, yesterday and I think we laughed for about 20 minutes.  The best part comes to about 1:40 in the clip but you need to watch the whole video.  It is life changing!


Now everyone perfect your lion.  You can thank me later for this 2:50 minutes of your life you will never get back but at least now you have a great workout from the neck up!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Knot Sale

Scoot on over to the Knot's store for up to 75% off all their items but it only lasts through today!  Have fun shopping!

Sarah's Advice

I know.  Clever title but I think every girl ever planning on getting married or planning their wedding now needs to read Sarah's advice.  You met Sarah yesterday when I introduced you to her and her fiance, Brady.

Before we get to her advice, let's read more about our sweet couple.

1. Tell me how you two met.

Brady and I met the FIRST time on a canoeing trip on the Buffalo River. He was down from Chiropractic school and I was actually with my boyfriend at the time. Sadly enough, we didn’t even talk and I was fighting with the current guy the whole time. All of the guys on the trip actually thought I was a huge brat, only to find out later that the current guy was a huge schmuck. Ha.

2. How was your first date? What did you do?

Our first “date” was to a concert, “North Mississippi Allstars”. We were with Ginger and Anthony Woodall who we can thank for getting us together at their tailgate (LSU- Arkansas game 2009).

3. Favorite memory as a couple.


When Brady lived in St. Louis for chiropractic school, I lived 6 hours away in Oxford, MS for college. We would switch off weekends to visit each other but it seemed like the weekends were never just about us because of friends wanting to see Brady and vice versa. One weekend I drove up to St. Louis not letting any of my friends know and he didn’t tell any of his (kind of reckless and worrisome thinking back on it). We just hung out in his apartment on his super comfy couch watching the Planet Earth series and drinking wine. We had a great weekend getting to know each other better and just enjoying each other’s company.

4. How did he propose?

Brady and I love the outdoors and hiking! We were spending the weekend at his parent’s lake house on the Greers Ferry Lake for my “birthday weekend”. My birthday was actually the weekend after but we had a wedding to go to and wanted to get all of our friends together and a birthday is always a great excuse! Friday night, my sister and her husband were supposed to be there but John “had to work late”. Josh and Cheryl couldn’t make it that night either because Cheryl had an “Arbonne party”. Same goes for the rest of the group. Saturday morning Brady had planned on us going on a hike. It was the hottest weekend of the summer!!!! I told him if it hit 85 degrees by 9 am that I wasn’t going; it was 83. So we hiked up Sugarloaf Mountain and at the top, after Brady basically jogged up, he knelt down on one knee and proposed. He had even brought champagne! When we got back from our hike our parents, friends, and family were all there waiting on us to arrive!! Brady had even gotten my BEST friends from Ole Miss to come down and meet us! What a surprise when they walked in the door!

5. Details about your wedding. Date, color scheme, theme, location…

We are getting married May 14, 2011 in Fayetteville Arkansas. The Ceremony will take place in Pratt Place Barn, followed by dinner in the Inn, and then back to the barn for dessert and dancing. We are doing bright colors, lots of yellows, blush tones, and hints of raspberry and chartreuse. The flowers are one of my favorite details and we will have lots of peonies and garden roses! Super excited!

(Side note: Sarah is a fabulous baker and designer. You can check out her decorating skills, craft expertise and bakery here.)

And lastly, Sarah's advice:

My first tagline of advice is this: “At the end of the day if you and your groom are happily married, all has gone okay”. Think about it though- the only reason for any of this whole hooplah is our love for each other. If at the end of the weekend we are married and had a great time- the whole thing was a success! 

Also- Don’t let ANYONE put extra stress on you. As a bride you are already stressed out enough. I keep telling people, “If I’m not stressed about it, then maybe it’s not worth stressing over”. The Bride is always going to look out for any problems, look out for the details, and know if everything is running smoothly. If you aren’t stressed about some little thing, then no one should be! 

And lastly- find a best friend or if you are lucky enough to have a sister, to vent to. You need her. She will be your sounding board and your emotional sponge. She will earn that best friend badge and be your right hand man (woman) throughout the whole process, and her love is invaluable in times like these! God has blessed me with a whole crew of woman surrounding me but my sister has been my rock! Thank God for friends and a patient, loving fiancĂ©! 

Isn't she brilliant?  I wish I was this calm and cool while planning!  I know I have said this prior but I am so thrilled to be apart of their wedding.  It is going to be a blast and I can't wait to show all of you lovebirds the final product.

P.s. - If you book with Lovebird Productions you can be featured on here.  Hey, a little self promotion for an upcoming bride never hurt.  You deserve to be featured!

Until tomorrow...
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lovebird Spotting: Sarah and Brady

I know that they have been on the blog a lot but today is all about them!  Meet Brady and Sarah!  This darling duo have been long time friends of Rusty and I and I couldn't be more thrilled to be apart of their special day.  They are such a fun couple and always provide good laughs!

Danielle Davis Art/Photography did their engagement photos and boy is she good!  Sarah raved about her and I can't wait to meet her at their wedding.  To find out more about Danielle Davis Art/Photography, click here.





Check back tomorrow to learn how these two met, fell in love and plan to conquer the world plus Sarah has some great advice for all brides!
Monday, April 11, 2011

Hairpiece Heaven

You will never have a bad hair day with these gorgeous hairpieces by Chinnylulu. They are absolutely gorgeous! You can thank me later for some good afternoon shopping. You can make a custom piece for your big day or shop their every day wear. Enjoy Lovebirds!

Photo source: Chinnylulu
Saturday, April 9, 2011

Location Arkansas

Picking your location is probably the biggest decision when it comes to planning your wedding.  The location sets the theme, date and number of guests.  When I was looking for places to have my wedding I decided what I couldn't live without, being outside and by a lake.  What are the things that you want at your wedding venue?  Once you have narrowed down your criteria, start looking.  I always thought that I would go out of state to get married, whether it was by the ocean or at a tropical resort but the great state of Arkansas floored me.  Did you realize how beautiful our state is?  Yes, people make fun of Arkansas for their toothless inhabitants but it is so much more than that!  Arkansas has everything to offer for your perfect wedding location.  Just look at the possibilities:


Check out Marlsgate plantation.  It is the epitome of southern charm and true character.  I actually toured Marlsgate when planning my wedding.  David and his staff were fabulous.  We got to tour the grounds, received a personal quote for our wedding and we even got to meet his sweet puppies.  The joy of Marlsgate is they are your wedding planner.  They do it all!  They take care of your flowers, appetizers, find your band, decorate and clean it all up.  You name it, they take care of it.  It is such a beautiful, historic landmark that every bride loves!

Photo Source: Marlsgate

In the next month, we will be traveling to Fayetteville to experience Pratt Place Inn and Barn.  I am so excited!  We got invited to a wedding here before but had to decline for another wedding.  This time I get to see this place in all of its glory.  Pratt Place Inn and Barn are iconic in Northwest Arkansas.  It is just minutes from downtown Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas.  It features a romantic cottage, stunning horse barn turned wedding venue and a southern style inn.  The barn can hold up to 350 guests!  I am going to be like a kid in a candy store!


Lastly, I am going to show you the gorgeous and extremely affordable location where we got married.  My mom mentioned Lake DeGray State Park and Resort, loaded me up and showed me the possibilities with Lake DeGray.  Wow!  It is so beautiful.  Their staff was excellent.  They have event planners who know their stuff.  Linda was so kind and lead us in the right direction.  One day she took four or five hours and answered ALL of our questions and showed us where everything would go.  I loved this place because our friends and family were all at the same resort and spent the whole weekend together.  How often do you get to do that these days?  You can swim, fish, visit the spa, shop, hike and go to the park.  It was perfect for all ages and check out how stunning it was:

Photo source:  Ronin Studio Photography

To search more locations in Arkansas just click here. Take advantage of a state that offers beautiful scenery and stunning venues at affordable prices!  I heart Arkansas!
Friday, April 8, 2011

Love Song Friday, Volume 3

Turn up those speakers and get your dancing shoes on cause it is Love Song Friday folks!

A tribute to our first dance as husband and wife and all the goodness of Al Green: "Let's Stay Together."

Ah, I love this song and the way it makes me feel! :)

Happy Friday!

Honey Do Shower Wrap Up

Happy Friday!

I thought I would wrap up the rest of Brady and Sarah's Honey Do Shower with the details from the shower.  We decided since we were doing an outdoor casual theme that we would serve BBQ and boy was it good! Each hostesses brought a dessert and look at how yummy they were.  We had banana pudding (side note: my friend Rachel makes this and I love it.  I kept all the leftovers!),  a heath bar cake, carrot cake, fruit, dark chocolate cupcakes and a Butterfinger cake.


Check out the cute couple!  They are such sweet people and have great families.  I got to meet Brady and Sarah through my husband.  Rusty and Brady grew up together and Sarah is the added bonus!  I just love them both!  Isn't she gorgeous?  More on Brady and Sarah to come.


Now onto the decor.  We used mason jars filled with nails and tea lights.  Each jar had a bow of the checkered pattern which was used for the table runner and burlap which was used as a table cloth.  The pictures below were taken with one of my new fabulous video camera's.  In the center of the tables we had wood platforms to rest a jar on.  Everyone was so pleased with the decor.  The weather was fabulous and it looked great at sunset with the lights around the deck.  What a great shower!







Check back this afternoon for Love Song Friday!
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Coupon Alert!


I love being able to share coupons with you all!  It just warms my heart.  I don't know how many of you have used Shutterfly but it is awesome!  I got a photo book at Christmas of my wedding from my Maid of Honor.  It was so thoughtful and I loved flipping through the pages. Today they are offering 50% photo books through April 13th!  All you have to do is sign up and they will send you your personalized promo code in your email.  Simple as that!  Now head on over there, sign up and making some lasting memories.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bridal

Every time I wait in line at the grocery store, browse Barnes and Noble or have down time I am looking at bridal gowns.  Finding that perfect gown is one of or is the biggest aspect of your wedding.  You have the prince, location and date but now what do you wear?  Spring 2011 you have not let me down and I am gaw gaw over these dresses.  I keep finding a trend in all the dresses that I looked at:  their skirt.  Each skirt is adorned with extra fabric or a design.  Here are some of the dresses that stopped me in my tracks:

These first three dress are Monique Lhuillier.  She is brilliant.  Every dress she designs is stunning with a sprinkle of fantastic.  Monique, we should totally be friends!



I love the form fitting trumpet that flares out to a gorgeous skirt full of detail.


I would sell a body part for this dress.  Yes, I am already married and don't need one but you get the idea.


I love the look of lace.  My best friend had an all lace dress and I think that her dress will never go out of style.  It is classic and has such southern charm.

Now, for those of us who can't afford Monique as in me, check out Vera Wang's new line at David's Bridal.  It is gorgeous.  I looked at each dress and couldn't find one thing wrong with any dress.


Vera made me fall in love with a ball gown again.


She is also probably the only person who can make a giant black tulle bow look wedding worthy.


David's Bridal:  A lot of brides are starting to change into different dresses for their reception.  This dress is perfect for that or even your ceremony.  Think about a vintage wedding outside with lots of candles, wicker baskets and the sun setting while you and your sweetheart drive away in a classic car.  Ahh...perfection.


This detailing resembles the first dress listed and is from David's Bridal.  It has the same sweetheart neckline, is slimming through the waste, fabulous detailing in the skirt and is extremely affordable. 


And now on to my other love Maggie Sottero.  Swoon worthy!  The joy with her dresses are they are affordable and are carried around Arkansas.


You can find all of these dresses here, here and here.  These images were all pulled from their site.

Any one need to go dress shopping?  I will gladly come with you!  Please?

Send in your information about your dress and I will feature it on here.  Just email me!
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