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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

With the holidays just behind us, and engagement season in full force, there are lots of sparkly new rings upon fingers! Now that you and your honey have decided on forever, the wedding planning can begin. First up? A gorgeous venue. Lucky for you, I’ve got just the place — the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

This incredible venue located on Jekyll Island, Georgia, is as gorgeous as they come. Offering couples a huge variety of settings where they can tie the knot — garden, beachfront, ballroom, cottage lawn + chapel to name a few — the breathtaking grounds of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel will have you and your guests head-over-heels. To help you navigate the planning process, the hotel has a top-notch sales + catering department that will walk you through everything from package options, room blocks, booking vendors, day-of coordination and so much more.

I don’t know about you all, but I’m seriously smitten with this stunning locale. It’s not too late to book your 2015 big day at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel — there are even a handful of discounted weekends available! To learn more about the venue and to get started planning, call 912.635.5170, email sales{at}jekyllclub.com or head over to their website. Happy planning, my dears!

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Weddings at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

Fact: LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is the type of place that just makes your soul happy.  The perfect combo of luxury and elegance, it’s glistening beaches meets amazing accommodations meets that sweet Florida sun.  In other words?  It’s the ideal setting for your wedding, vow renewal or honeymoon.

Located against a stunning Gulf of Mexico backdrop, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort knows a thing or two about throwing a perfect party.  From that intimate vow renewal to that 200-person affair, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort has the venue just right for you and yours.  Think grand ballrooms, poolside spaces and sandy beaches that will wow you and your guests with their awesomeness.  Not to mention an amazing team of wedding professionals that will make sure each and every moment of your day is simply flawless.  Add all of that to the peace and tranquility of a Naples vacation and it’s the wedding of your dreams… and then some.

Beauty Must-Haves with Ashley Sievert

Coming from a girl who rarely wears more than a dash of coverup and a touch of lip gloss, I can certainly take all the help I can get in the beauty department because what works for a day at the computer or wrangling babies does not equal cute going out face. We’re leaving it to the experts, i.e. Ashley Sievert, a New Orleans based makeup artist who is spilling the beans on her go-to’s. See even more captured by Marissa Lambert right here.

From Marissa Lambert… I was absolutely thrilled when Ashley Sievert contacted me to photograph her and her amazing products! She is well known as one of the best makeup artist in New Orleans. This shoot was mostly for fun, but also to showcase her new tee that reads, “Natural Took Me All Morning.” I’m sure a lot of women can relate to that statement! All women are beautiful regardless of age or size, and Ahsley’s main desire is help each woman see their true beauty shine!

1. Ashley Sievert BeautyI searched for the perfect foundation for years. They all turned me orange, did not give me the coverage I needed, and broke me out. I took matters into my own hands and Ashley Sievert Beauty was born! The line consists of a Mineral Velvet Crème- Full coverage, light weight, long lasting. Mineral Finishing Powder- Sets the Crème and leaves an “airbrushed” look and feel. Glow Under Eye Brightener- Highlights, Conceals and Brightens in one. The line is for all ages, skin types and tones!

2. Midnight Passion and MarshmallowMy 2 “go to” nail colors- Midnight Passion (h&m) is the perfect black/red- fall/winter shade.. Essie Marshmallow is my favorite neutral for spring/summer. (3 coats is best)

3. Conair Wand | I have used the Conair wand for years now! It gives me that effortless beach waves which I could never achieve with a curling iron.

4. The Wet Brush | I constantly have knots when I wash my hair and this brush is a life saver!! I also have extensions and it helps me comb through without them falling out.

5. Victoria’s Secret Self Tanner and L’oreal Self Tanning MistI love this self tanner for my body and have an instant tint of color and a “day at the beach” summer glow within 4-6 hours! As for my face, I use the L’Oreal spray to make sure the tan is even.

6. Dry Shampoo SuaveI have oily hair and this has been my favorite dry shampoo. It soaks up the oil and leaves my hair smelling fresh.

7. Almay Triple Effect Mascara | This mascara is amazing and I love it’s unique double sided brush. My lashes look thick and long with only 1-2 coats.

8. Juice ESP Blemish CleanserI have tried many skin care lines and this one is a favorite! I especially love the blemish cleanser which keeps me clear without drying out my skin.

9. Antiqued shadow MAC | I use this shadow on myself and clients all the time! This copper shade looks great on everyone.

Photography: Marissa Lambert | Makeup: Ashley Sievert

Courtyards & Cobblestones 2015

Fact: if you’re tying the knot in Wilmington, NC, I am sooo jealous.  And not just because Wilmington happens to be a place known for magical + oh-so beautiful I do’s.  Nope, it’s also the home to the fab Courtyards & Cobblestones event, a walking tour through several downtown wedding venues.  It’s a glamour-filled night of good food, yummy drinks, amazing vendors and a whole lot of inspiration.

At Courtyards & Cobblestones, you can leisurely stroll through all that downtown has to offer, making it that much easier to select a wedding venue.  And your self-guided tour doesn’t just include fabulous locales, you’ll also be meeting some of the finest wedding professionals Wilmington has to offer, from awesome photogs to cupcake masters to floral pros that will take your breath away.  Soak in each space that has been meticulously crafted by an amazing Wilmington designer, and munch on the yummy samplings from some seriously talented caterers.  Oh, and did I mention the live entertainment?  Sooo awesome.  Call it date night or even a girl’s night out, but seriously don’t forget to mark your calendar for January 17th, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  Tickets are $18 online or $25 at the door.

For day to day updates go to the Courtyards & Cobblestones Facebook page… and don’t forget to check out the amazing film below!

Photography: Millie Holloman Photography | Photography: Susie Linquist Photography | Photography: KMI Photography | Photography: Scott Piner Photography | Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Videography: Life Stage Films | Videography: Green Hope Productions | Videography: Philip James Films | Videography: Light Cannon Films | Videography: Blueberry Creative | Videography: Seven Season Films | Event Design: Lily Belles Event Design | Event Design: Kickstand Events | Event Design: Fiore Fine Flowers | Event Design: Design Perfection | Event Design: Social Butterfly Events | Event Design: Salt Harbor Designs | Floral Design: Beautiful Flowers By June | Floral Design: Eco Chic Blossoms | Cake: One Belle Bakery | Cake: Alison's Cakery | Cake: Imaginary Cakes | Cupcakes: Coastal Cupcakes | Reception Venue: The Loft On Front | Catering: City Club At De Rosset | Catering: 128 South Events & Catering | Catering: Culinary Creations | Catering: Pine Valley Market | Catering: The Balcony On Dock | Catering: The Beam Room | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | DJ: Active DJ Entertainment | Transportation: Wilmington Trolley Co. | Transportation: Event Shuttle Service | Transportation: The British Taxi | Beverages: Wilmington Wine | Ceremony & Reception Venue: 128 South Events & Catering | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Brooklyn Arts Center | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Balcony On Dock | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Atrium By Ligon Flynn | Ceremony & Reception Venue: City Club At De Rosset | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bakery 105 | Health & Beauty: Makeup For Your Day | Health & Beauty: ADG Fashion Styling | Health & Beauty: Salon Fringe Wilmington | Health & Beauty: GoGirl Fitness | Ice Sculpture: Ice Sensations | Invitations & Calligraphy: Southern Bee Designs | Linens: La Tavola | Live Music: The Midatlantic Band | Live Music: Violinist Maura Kropke | Live Music: Guitarist Trey Hamlin | Live Music: Benny Hill Music | Live Music: Possum Creek Bluegrass Band | Photo & Video Booth: The Soapbox Photo & Video Booth | Photo Booth: The YouBooth | Photo Booth: The Truth Booth | Rentals: CE Rentals | Rentals: Party Suppliers & Rentals | Rentals: Eventful Furnishings & Design | Specialty Gifts: Pressed Cotton | Specialty Gifts: Reeds Jewelers | Specialty Rentals: Harborside Event Rentals | Specialty Rentals: DP Etc. | Specialty Rentals: Pomp Event Furnishings | Sweets: Nye's Cream Sandwiches | Wedding Event: Courtyards & Cobblestones | Wedding Publications: Southern Bride & Groom | Wedding Publications: SALT Magazine | Wedding Publications: Weddings Unveiled Magazine | Wedding Publications: Southern Weddings Magazine | Wedding Publications: The Knot Magazine NC

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Happy Holiday Party

A whole lot of glitter, a whole lot of gold and a whole lot of happy.  This, my friends, is what I call a can’t miss holiday party.  Think yummy treats mix and mingling with gorgeous blooms from Lance Hayes Flowers, amazing images from Ashleigh Jayne  and fabulous details all styled to perfection by Angela Marie Events.  Inspiration overload?  Yes, please.  Click here for sooo much more

From Angela Marie Events…  I always like a little glam during the holidays, so I used lots of gold paired with pinks and reds! I used beautiful red and gold Lenox china and paired it with gold etched glasses from Anthropologie. I used golden pears and beautiful pomegranates down the table. The menu cards, place cards, and invitation was created by Proper Prints. We decided that the holidays is a happy time-so why not celebrate all that makes us happy?!

Our model is sporting an Adrianna Papell dress from Bella Bridesmaid Baton Rouge, earrings from BHLDN, and Kate Spade glitter pumps. We featured three fun cocktails for our party and served delicious desserts-caramel pecan cheesecake, chocolate naked cake, sugar cookies, and chocolate cake calls.

We also served some great cheeses and fruit with good ole southern cheese straws! And what makes people pretty happy? Wine, of course! Pretty Italian wines to go for guests’ favors!

Photography: Ashleigh Jayne | Flowers: Lance Hayes Flowers | Dress: Bella Bridesmaid | Cake: Ambrosia Bakery | Makeup: Megan Higginbotham | Hair: Alison Smith | Venue: Steele Burden's Orangerie | Cookies And Cakeballs: Silly Gilly Desserts | Earrings: BHLDN | Furniture: Timeless Vintage Rental | Glassware: Anthropologie | Invitation And Signage: Proper Prints | Props: Afloral | Pumps: Kate Spade | Stylist/planner: Angela Marie Events | Tablecloth: Sparkle Pony

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Elegant New Orleans Wedding

Classically elegant weddings make me swoon, especially when said wedding is a perfectly planned hometown affair by Sapphire Events. From the gorgeous Ivory And White Boutique clothed Bride, to the soft and pretty Kim Starr Wise blooms, every lovely detail snapped by Greer G Photography is positively radiant. A gallery as beautiful as this one is timeless beyond compare and can all be seen here.

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From Sapphire EventsMargaret Anne and Kyle planned a destination wedding in Kyle’s Hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Margaret Anne is a classic beauty with classically elegant taste. She aimed for a minimalistic color palette with major “wow” factors for the reception.

The beautiful floor-to-ceiling-to-floor draping created a huge impact that amazed guests upon entering the reception venue, and the light and ethereal decor design contrasted beautifully against the hundred-years-old cypress pine beams and rustic elements of this warehouse space. Margaret Anne was the first to view the space as she arrived in her limo with Kyle, and she squealed when she saw the lights aglow. Sweet, simple, traditional, and decidedly Southern, this celebration exemplified everything Margaret Anne and Kyle had imagined for their big day!

Photography: Greer G Photography | Videography: Studio Vieux Carre | Event Planning: Sapphire Events | Floral Design: Kim Starr Wise | Cake: Pure Cake | Church: Rayne United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: The Gallery At The Chicory | Makeup: Kiss And Makeup | Lighting: Luminous Events | Band: MoJEAUX | Bridal Salon: Ivory And White Boutique | Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals

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