Invitation Wording: A Seated Dinner with a Choice of Entree

I came across this beautiful wedding on the green wedding shoes blog today and noticed something important I wanted to share with you about these amazing invitations {Love all of the beautiful letterpress and creative design!} from Twin Ravens Press. You will note that the response card indicates this will be a seated dinner with a choice of an entree. You will also see that the couple is asking the guests to initial their selection. PLEASE DO THIS IF YOU ARE HAVING A SEATED, PLATED MEAL WITH A CHOICE OF ENTREE! Too often we hear from brides who have not done this and are faced with the daunting task of then calling all of their guests to determine who is having the chicken and who is having the beef... At the wedding, it is appropriate to have an escort card that will let your guests know which table they are to be seated at as well as a place card assigning the guests to a particular seat at the table. Letting the venue staff know what your guests have chosen to eat can be done in a few ways including diagramming out each table with the entree selections of each guest {for the "back of the house"} or noting the guest's choice on their place card with a particular color ribbon, ink color, etc. for each menu selection. Happy Planning!

Kaitlyn & Sam {The Free Wedding}

Kaitlyn and Sam won The Free Wedding earlier this year and were married on May 31st. I am going to start with some of my favorite details of their day. The breathtaking florals by Amy Osaba is at the top of that list...

Ashley of Dolci Odille created the amazing invitation suite as well as all of the confetti and fabric flowers you see throughout the wedding. She even made the guest book- hand sewn details and all!

Chocolate Pink Cafe provided the whimsical cake and cupcakes {in yummy flavors like peanut butter and jelly!}.

Everyone got ready at studio ninehundred.....

...before heading over to Sun in My Belly for the ceremony and reception. The amazing styling and decor by Joy Thigpen Environments.

DJ Mike Zarin kept the party going all night and guests enjoyed the Smilebooth!

And for the exit of all exits, there was a banner that Kaitlyn and Sam busted through to a sea of sparklers and fabric flowers. Love it.

See more images from Kaitlyn & Sam's wedding all over the place! From Our Labor of Love- here, here, here and the slideshow. On OnceWed- I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII and the finale. You must see the Super8 film on Bus33's site. And check out Kaitlyn and Sam's wedding in the Fall Issue of Weddings Unveiled hitting newsstands soon!

And one final shout out to all of the amazing vendors that worked on the Free Wedding. It was an honor and pleasure to work with each and every one of you!

Photography: Our Labor of Love Catering +Venue: Sun in My Belly Invitations + Paper Goods: Dolci Odille Cake/Cupcakes: Chocolate Pink Cafe Cinematography: Bus33 Films Event Design: Joy Thigpen Environments Floral Design: Amy Osaba Event Planner: Ashley Baber Weddings Wedding Dress: Joy Thigpen Bridesmaid Dress: Sohomade Groom's Suit: Sid Mashburn Ceremony Music: Tyler Thigpen Reception Music: DJ Mike Zarin Alcohol: The FlashDance Going Away Banner: Heidi by Our Labor of Love Hair and Makeup: Dragonfly Salon Bride's Blue Flower Hairpieces: Oh My Deer

Loving these cute details...

What a better way to start your Monday than with some pretty?I saw this super cute wedding on Brooklyn Bride this morning and fell in love with these hand made details that were inspired by this Martha Stewart post. Photos courtesy of Jesse Leake.

Celeste & Kyle: Part I

I was truly flattered when Celeste Couvillon, the Publisher of the Atlantan Brides Magazine, asked me to help plan and coordinate her wedding in Carillon Beach, Florida. She and her fiance Kyle were married on July 11th. The day before the ceremony Celeste and Kyle headed to Alys Beach for a photo session. These two could be models....

The next day, Celeste and her girls got ready at a wonderful beach home before heading to Saint Rita Catholic Church for the wedding ceremony.

And Kyle looked so dapper! Love his traditional tuxedo and bow tie!

How beautiful are these flower girls!?

After a few fun pictures, the bride and groom joined the reception at Carillon. What a fun night!

Celeste, privy to so many great wedding ideas, had a plethora of great details- especially paper details- coordinating menus at each place setting, menus on all of the stations describing the light beach fare, a menu of specialty drinks at each othe bars {there were 4 specialty drinks including "The Perfect Pear" martini}, a "wishing tree" sign-in on note cards in cute shapes with the couple's logo, etc...... We are going to do another post just on the details in a few weeks. Until then we leave you with this sweet moment between the bride and the groom and one of my all time favorite exit shots!

A special thank you to Chris and Katie Torres of 6 of Four Photography for these amazing images. It was a pleasure working with you both! See the complete sideshow here.