Real Wedding Feature: Roselyn & Sam!

Today, I’m very excited to add “REAL Wedding” features to the blog site! I thought it would be fun to showcase inspirations in helping future brides and grooms plan their weddings. I asked my best friend, Roselyn, to be our first feature. Helping Roselyn plan her wedding was awesome because she was such a creative bride and special for me as her MOH! 🙂

The look and feel of Roselyn and Sam’s late September wedding at the Bridgewater Manor in Bridgewater, New Jersey, was perfectly captured by her amazing photographer Timothy Glenn. Check out the wonderful photos below with our bride’s personal feelings about her special day!

We met at work, Dr. Leonard’s Healthcare, a call-center about 9 years ago. Honestly, it was supposed to be just a temporary job and actually, I remember applying for a job with Janeen! I ended up getting hired at $9/hr — which back then meant you were ballinnn compared to my $6.25/hr I was making at Mandee’s 🙂 Sam trained me from being a Order Entry rep to a Customer Service rep and we just started talking and hanging out. From there, the rest is history! 🙂


May 18, 2012 — He picked me up after a crazy, hectic Friday work day and I told him, “I need you to feed me, and I need a large beverage ASAP”. He let me choose the restaurant, so I chose the first thing that came to mind — Red Lobster. I mean who could pass up some shrimp and garlic-butter rolls?! After dinner we went back to our apartment and he suggested we watch a movie at home before picking up our daughter, who was at his mom’s. It was a mini “date night” to ourselves since we rarely get that nowadays! He puts on a movie and says to me, “See if you can guess what movie I chose for us to watch”. I’m thinking it’s “Rocky” or “The Garden State” or something… and as the credits start, it turns into a slideshow of pictures of us with the song “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart playing in the background. Towards the end of the slideshow, I hear a voice over that he did where he left a sweet loving message for me and then the slideshow ended. I looked at him and said that was the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen! And he said he wanted to give that to me for Mother’s Day, but it wasn’t ready.

After a few awkard moments, he stands us up and asks me if I’m ready for that next step. My heart immediately fell out of my butt and I knew instantly what was going to happen. He dropped down to one knee, pulled out a ring, and asked if I would marry him. And of course, I said yes 🙂

I would say our wedding was a sophisticated chic themed wedding. It was a mix of vintage with modern touches. Soft pinks and peaches with cool navy blues and silvers and warm golds. My problem is that I like everything — so selecting a theme and a color scheme was extremely difficult for me. But I picked a few things from here and there that I liked the most, and I thought that everything flowed nicely together!


My favorite part of wedding planning is doing all the DIY projects that I had planned to do. There’s something about creating something, and making something your own that your family and friends will just be “wowed” with that would just get me excited. Pinterest and google played big factors in a lot of my projects!



The most stressful part of planning our wedding was the financial portion of everything. Luckily for us, my parents were willing to pay for the venue, while Sam and I paid for all our vendors, and everything else. Putting deposits down while still making our monthly bills was extremely stressful and sometimes it would eat at me at night. Worrying that we’d be okay financially was my biggest fear, which is why I was so adamant in doing a lot of DIY projects to save us some money.


Wedding Differences- I think the only difference between some of the weddings I’ve been to and mine would be having our wedding ceremony right before our reception. Usually people have their ceremonies in the morning at a church and then there’s that break of time in between before the wedding reception.

Sam and I decided to get married outside, at our wedding venue and we were blessed with AMAZING weather. The sun was out, and as our ceremony went on, the sun started to set. We really could not ask for a better picturesque view. In fact one of the deal breakers when selecting our wedding venue was the outdoor space for the ceremony.


Bridgewater Manor was the first place we visited, and after numerous appointments with different venues, we ended up going with Bridgewater Manor because we ultimately were comparing all the other places to them. We fell in love! We liked that there was also no break in time from the ceremony to cocktail hour to reception. It was a quick ceremony, an hour to get your drinking started at cocktail with LOADS of food and then right into a night of fun and dancing!


My best advice for future brides would be to know your budget and always keep it in mind. Know what you like, but keep it realistic. There are many alternatives to things that can give you the same outcome without dishing out loads of money. For example, I am in love with peonies and I wanted my flowers to have peonies incorporated in them. In September, peonies aren’t in season, but my florist suggested David Austen roses which have the same look, are available in season, and cheaper!

Another suggestion would be bridal registry — if you already live with your significant other, try something like http://www.honeymoonwishes.com. Do you really need another coffee maker? Or another toaster oven? Wouldn’t you rather have your friends and family contribute to an unforgettable honeymoon? Honeymoonwishes.com gives your guests the opportunity to do so! Their money would be much better spent with you having dinner on the beach, than sitting in your closet collecting dust! 🙂

And also, you don’t always have to go to a private bridal boutique for a bridal gown or bridesmaids dresses. David’s Bridal has had a number of affordable bridal gowns (especially from Vera Wang) and try places like NYC (if you are in the tri-state area) for bridal stores that sell a plethora of bridal gown/bridesmaid dress brands. Also — shop for dresses during a Holiday! Sounds crazy, but it’s true — my maids and I went to Macy’s Herald Square and they each got 20% off their bridesmaid dress because of a Mother’s Day sale that they were having. My Maid of Honor had a Macy’s card and I believe she was even able to get an additional discount on top of the 20% Mother’s Day sale! So there are lots of ways to cut costs on a lot of things, it just has to be the right things.


Thank you so much Roselyn and Sam for sharing your special day on the blog! Head over to Roselyn’s blog http://www.msrizzy.wordpress.com where she shares some of her DIY wedding projects! Below is a link to their wedding video! Don’t forget the tissues!! http://vimeo.com/87586776

Xoxo

CREDITS:
Venue: Bridgewater Manor
Photographer: Timothy Glenn http://www.timothyglennphoto.com
Videographer: Iris Cinematics http://vimeo.com/87586776
DJ/Candid Photographer: Blancinoir Event Group http://www.bneventgroup.com

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New Vendor Feature: BaloolahBunting!

We have a new vendor friend today, meet BaloolahBunting! An etsy store specializing in delicate lace bunting and rustic hessian decorations for weddings and events! I met BaloolahBunting through twitter recently and was immediately taken away by how beautiful their designs were. I’ve asked, Claire, owner of BaloolahBunting to share with you all about her brand on a more personal level. Read more and see her beautiful designs below.

I run Baloolah Bunting from my home studio in Newcastle upon Tyne. My pretty laser cut bunting, reminiscent of 1940s English country fetes, is sold on Etsy and ‘Not on the High Street‘. It is a marriage of my love of textiles, auction hunting and graphic art. My range includes exquisite ring bearer cushions, table runners, table mats and cutlery wraps. My gorgeous vintage style range is inspired by shabby chic country weddings, with details including intricate lace effects, love bird silhouettes and fine, soft ribbon. Burlap (hessian) is used for a rustic ‘heritage’ finish and smooth hand-stitched satin touches add elegance and colour.

Baloolah’s products can be tailored to complement any wedding theme and play to the particular tastes of wedding couples, with everything made to order, designed and hand made by myself.



After a health crisis I realised that I had missed designing and making, as a teacher I had a satisfying job but I needed to scratch my creative itch. I started making personalised Christmas stockings for charity on Etsy, but after Christmas started thinking about what I could introduce next, I was addicted!

Redundancy meant that my small ‘play’ business is now my main stream of income. I feel lucky that I had this running already; many teachers in the same position as me are really frustrated and unable to move forward.

I get inspired by vintage textiles, trawling through Auctions and car boot sales, mid-century pottery, sunny days, walking on the beach, Mexican papel picado, and talking to my customers who always have the best ideas that I can develop and run with!


Last summer Freepeople used my bunting to decorate their campervan, it toured Cornwall and was seen by thousands of people, many more thousands online. It was fantastic to have a product that fitted in with their laid back cool aspirational lifestyle.

My bunting has been part of weddings and celebrations all over the world, It is a growing brand a desirable product. I believe that my product transforms a traditional product, injecting new life and excitement into the idea of bunting!


You can follow baloolahBunting on Twitter @baloolahBunting to get first view of new products as well as her Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BaloolahBunting?ref=shop_sugg

Thank you BaloolahBunting for participating with us, we absolutely love your work! 🙂
Xoxo

LSP EXPO + Cupcake of the Month: Pink Lemonade Recipe!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend Lucky Stars Planning’s (LSP) 1st Bridal, Prom & Sweet 16 EXPO. It was such a great experience meeting all the vendors and interacting with prospected clients. I love talking and getting to know wedding and party brands showcasing their creative and versatile styles. I made some great new friends, so stay tuned for future features!

The EXPO was located at the Majesty Loft in Montclair, New Jersey and I was honored to run LSP’s table. As a thank you, I made some homemade Pink Lemonade Cupcakes! Get the super easy recipe below and browse through some photos from the EXPO!

Pink Lemonade Cupcake: (Makes 12)
3/4 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of salt
1 cup of Minute Maid’s Pink Lemonade (add more/less to your liking)
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
Red & blue food coloring
Vanilla frosting
Sprinkles/colored straws

Preheat: 325//Bake: 20 mins
Directions: First, I like to add the dry ingredients, mix well, then add in wet ingredients; leave your eggs for last one at a time. For the right pink color I added a few red drops of food coloring and one drop of blue. You can do the same depending on the color you want. Next, scoop mix into cupcake liners using an ice cream scooper. To get the perfect height, use one big scoop all around, then go back with half a scoop. For decorations, I used pink sprinkles on some, along with pink straws cut in half.

LSP EXPO:









Vendors top to bottom: Lucky Stars Planning, Okskinny, Delights from the Villa, Miles of Smiles Photobooths, American Laser Skincare, Mary Kay, Ultimate Entertainment.

It was such a great time getting to know everyone. Until the next one!

XOXO
Janeen
Photo credit: Okskinny, LSP

8 Giveaways! Enter TODAY!

Happy Friday bloggers! I have teamed up with my new blogger friend Endliss Bliss and 7 other bloggers to bring you an ultimate giveaway!

As advertised before I will be giving away a cupcake goody bag filled with the very items I use to make my yummy cupcakes! Please click on the REFFLECOPTER link to enter the giveaway and see what these amazing bloggers have to offer!  For those that entered yesterday, please re-enter through the rafflecopter link!

GOOD LUCK to everyone!

Xoxo

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Tiffany @ Endless Bliss | Raewyn @ Be A Warrior Queen

Emily @ Designs By Emily F | Angelic @ Simply Sinova | Julia @ EternalGirl Shop

Anna @ Flawlessly Flawed | Neisha @ Neisha’s View | Janeen @ OkSkinny

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Bridesmaid Diaries: Violent Lip Tattoos for the Bachelorette Party?!

I found out about Violent Lip Tattoos when I accidentally came accrross a New York Yankee one online and thought it was pretty cool! I started to read up on the company because the first thing that came to mind, which I’m sure most of you are thinking, is it safe? According to the company’s website, the tattoos are a line of natural and vitamin enhanced temporary lip tattoos. They are FDA approved, vegan and only tested on supermodels. They are made in America and are 100% latex and Gluten free.

I think they would be so fun to try! We are currently planning my friend’s bachelorette party this coming summer and I’m seriously considering ordering all the girls a pair! Check out the “Bride to Be” one isn’t it fab? I wonder if my friend and the others girls would be down to rock these! Check out some styles below!






Has anyone tried them before? Would you rock these? I’m totally into them!
Xoxo

Photo credit: Violentlips.com

March Giveaway-Cupcake Goody Bag!

Hello my friends! Awesome GIVEAWAY here! I’ve put together a little “basket” of cupcake goodies that I would love to send to a fellow cupcake fanatic like myself!

All these items are the very items that I use to create my homemade goodies ! One winner will receive: a mixing bowl, cupcake liners, sprinkles, mixing spatula, a scooper, decorating icing bottle and a tube of Wilton sparkle gel for decorating! I even threw in a cupcake cookie cutter because who doesn’t need a cupcake cookie cutter? 🙂

All items are brand new and have never been used! GIVEAWAY starts Friday, March 21, 2014 and a winner will be chosen at random!

Xoxo

Unique Bridal Clutches- Would you Splurge on these Beauties?

A few days ago I read an article that Instyle Magazine tweeted “7 Wedding Clutches We Love” and I couldn’t help but share. While I am big on writing about friendly budgets on my blog, I can’t help but LOVE these amazing bridal clutches. I’m a huge bag lover (collector as my family would say) so these definitely caught my attention! Check out my favorite ones plus some other more reasonable clutches I found on Pinterest.

This Charlotte Olymia “Marry Me” Pandora clutch is so different, I would love to try and recreate this adding my own touches!

The Halston Heritage Clutch screams all kind of elegance. For a minute I thought this was a perfume bottle! Beautiful!

The Judith Lieber Crystal Bow Clutch is the reason I had to blog today. My absolute favorite one! How could you not fall in love? As per Instyle- every First Lady since 1953 has worn Judith Lieber to the Presidential inaugurations!

I love this Elizabeth Anne Design Clutch with Monogramming I found on Pinterest. A beautiful touch to personalize your accessories. Makes a great gift for the Bride from a bridesmaid/maid or matron of honor!

Last but not least, this Jaxie Bridal Clutch can be found on Esty. Feathers make me smile and so I would totally buy this!

So which one is your favorite? You can check out the prices on the first three beauties at Instyle.com plus other fabulous ones they have listed!

Xoxo

Photo credit: 1,2,3- Instyle.com//4,5-Pinterest