Wish lanterns have traditionally been used in Asia for celebrations and festivals but have made their way into American celebrations as well. The lanterns are made of paper and are 99% biodegradable.  When they are lit the hot air fills the lantern and works as a mini hot air balloon and sails into the air for 12 twelve minutes and goes about a mile high.

Safe and easy to use the lanterns, sometimes called sky lanterns, or Chinese lanterns, can be inscribed by guests with wishes for the new couple and released as a beautiful send off as the couple departs their wedding.  Lanterns are surprisingly affordable. For more information check out WishLantern.com.


You know, Mondays might not be so bad if it was a day that everyone ate cake. Instead of the old ‘TGIF’ folks might get to the office at the start of the work day on Monday and high five over a hearty “TGICD!” It wouldn’t matter when or where but you would need to get your daily dose of cake somewhere in there.  Here are a few (okay more than a few – we got carried away) wedding cakes that we swooned and gushed over. How do these amazing bakers do it?

Look closely – those are gilded girl scout cookies – Yes – that just happened.

Warning: An internet search of cakes will leave you craving cake – no matter how full you already are. Do not attempt this search unless you have a nearby bakery to appease the instant cravings you will ultimately have.  You have been warned!

Please excuse our Journey reference in the title but we couldn’t resist!

Ceremony seating in the round is becoming more and more popular and here’s why:

  • There’s not a bad seat in the house.  Everyone can see and hear everything.
  • There are lots of seating alternatives including benches or ottomans.
  • You can be flexible in your circle design.  You can have one aisle that goes through the circle or two aisles that are perpendicular and meet in the middle.  You can even create your circle in a spiral shape!

Below are some images we uncovered from ceremony’s that were ‘in the round.’

We love this woodland setting with the mahogany chivari chairs and circle of  petals in the middle.

An elegant wedding with four aisles and a Chupah or four sided altar in the middle.

An elegant ballroom wedding in the round.

A spiral seating arrangement

An outdoor wedding in the round on a fabulous round deck.

And a great aerial view of a wedding in the round with three aisles.

Two of our favorite colors come together to create a beautiful and impressive wedding.

From Top Left Clockwise {Aisle with Petals, Bouquet, Pink Chivari Chairs and Pink flower embellished Desserts}

From Top Left Clockwise {Bouquet, Fabulous Cake with Dot Detail, Tablescape with hanging poms, Orange and Pink Dessert Table and Orange Lanterns}

From Top Left Clockwise {Kendra Scott Earrings, Lilly Pulitzer Nadia Dress, Pink Belt with Flowers and Orange Feathers, Pink and Orange Shoes and Santi Striped Beaded Clutch}

Today is a different sort of blog post but one no less important than our daily inspiration boards.  Today we address a real and serious threat to weddings all over the world…‘ The Naughty Groomsman.’

Everyone knows who the Naughty Groomsman (TNG) is.  He is the crazy fraternity brother, the best friend since grade school, the cousin from the ‘crazy side of the family’ or the ridiculous co-worker who is always stirring things up.  But to no avail and usually against the brides wishes and the groom’s better judgment, he has just secured a place in the wedding party.

TNG Traits:

  • TNG has a nickname with a story behind it. The Groom might tell his bride, “Well his real name is William but everyone has called him Rooster since he stole that tractor trailer in 4th grade crashed it into the chicken processing plant.” This is often amusing for guests as they review the program during the wedding. “Todd – look at this -did you know Rooster’s real name was William?”
  • TNG is not afraid to be in the spotlight. He does not shy away from a microphone even if he has nothing to say. Also the TNG loves to dance which brings us to our next point…
  • TNG has a signature dance move.  The most popular move is ‘The Worm’ but other infamous moves might include jump splits, high kicks or ‘The Thriller’ dance in its entirety. TNG is a bold and fearless dancer and will never shy away from a dance off or a chance to display his ‘skills’ in the center of a crowd.
  • TNG is fun but fearless and will never shy away from a dare. This also serves as a large part of his appeal.
  • Parents love TNG.  It is baffling to all of the TNG’s contemporaries but the Mother-of-the-Bride and Mother-of-the-Groom especially just adore TNG.  He has won them over with his charm and is an all around ‘parent whore.’
  • Chicks love TNG. The bride will warn the bridesmaids as early as her engagement party that there are a lot of nice boys in the wedding party but to steer clear of TNG. Nonetheless – someone will fall for TNG’s charm.  A woman who can handle this type of man in celebratory circumstances might actually be the perfect match for him in the long run.

TNG Potential Weddings Disasters and Prevention Techniques:

Disaster #1: TNG ‘kidnaps’ the groom and gets him blasted the night before the wedding and might cause both him and the groom to be MIA just hours before the wedding.

The Fix: Threaten the TNG with blackmail or in extreme cases physical harm. This will be difficult as TNG is not easily threatened but a little creativity can go a long way with this one. A good idea would be to pull him aside and sweetly let him know that your groom showed you a picture of him from college/the bachelor party/middle school that no one would want to see and that in fact you only saw it by accident and were sworn to secrecy but that you will produce said picture if Groom is not where he needs to be during the wedding weekend. There is no picture and this is an empty threat so you must be firm.  TNG will try to call your bluff and say that whatever you ‘may’ have will not embarrass them. This is when you simply walk away.  Even though they may act like they aren’t flustered – they are.

Disaster #2: Major intoxication.

The Fix: Consult with your wedding planner and have them notify the bartender to be on the look out for TNG. Tell them to prepare his drinks ‘liquor last.’ Have them poor the mixer in all the way to the top and just splash the liquor on the top and DO NOT STIR the drink.  TNG will take one sip and think they have been poured a super strong drink when in actuality they have just gotten a splash. You can giggle when they brag about having “had 10 Jack and Diet’s and not even feeling tipsy.’

Disaster #3: TNG has control of a microphone.

The Fix: Whether this happens at the rehearsal dinner or the wedding this is can turn into every brides biggest nightmare.  If a toast that will be more like a ‘roast’ is a fear then have a wedding party member handy to remove the mic from TNG’s hand if the comments ‘cross the line’ during toast time.  Even though he may want to tell the story, your grandmother doesn’t need to know that your groom puked all over himself during the first home football game freshman year. Warn your band or DJ that should TNG obtain a microphone they should immediately turn off the mic and distract him with a prop – preferably a tamborine and then send him back into the crowd.

Disaster #4: TNG breaks/loses something.

The Fix: Don’t give TNG any real responsibility. He doesn’t want it and it will just cause stress.  He might even taunt you about “hoping not to forget to pick up the tuxes.” Make sure your hotel rooms don’t have mini bars but do have hotel security. If given the opportunity put TNG in a room with a tamer groomsmen – preferably someone with a background in law enforcement or karate who could physically disable TNG if needed. Don’t let TNG be alone near red wine, large bodies of water, the gift table, an open flame or the cake.

Disaster #5: TNG does not have a good time.

The Fix: The biggest issue with TNG is that he is fun.  He is the party. But he is dangerous in his inability to slow down the extreme party train once it start chuggin’ along. You want TNG to have fun – you just don’t want it to happen at the expense of you or other wedding members enjoyment. Other guests will follow TNG’s lead so you want him to have a blast. This is when we reveal our biggest secret to containing TNG. Invite his parents.  They already know how wild he is but there are some things that a man will just not do when his mother is in the same room – no matter how much they have had to drink. This way TNG will keep himself in check but still be able to enjoy the party.

What are your experiences with TNG?  Do you love him? Hate him? Love to hate him? We would love to hear about your personal experiences!

Disclaimer: These pictures were modified to protect the innocent. In no way whatsover have the people within these pictures committed TNG offenses. All wedding party members are innocent until caught by the photographer looking guilty.

Image Source: Jennifer Beerden Photography (except one) who is in no way associated with the opinions or thoughts expressed in the above post.

What: The Greenbrier

Who: Couples who want an upscale venue that provides all the bells and whistles including everything from a horse and carriage, to a resort spa for wedding hair and make up, in house photographers and videographers and even a French Bakery chef on staff who makes stunning wedding cakes. 

When: There are enough indoor event spaces to accommodate a wedding year round but outdoor weddings would need to take place in the warmer summer and spring months.

Where: In White Sulfur Springs and nestled within the Allegheny mountains of West Virginia.

Why:  Touted as ‘America’s Resort,’ couples have been getting married at the Greenbrier for over 100 years. The resort is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts award winning golf, casino, spa and lodging. There is a skilled culinary team that will cover all of the catering details from menu selection to 14kt gold rimmed plates, rentals and centerpieces. There is lodging for over 700 including suites, cottages and estate homes. For more information contact The Greenbrier.

All of these stunning images were captured by Laura Simson Photography.

As cotton season sweeps the Southeast we wanted to share some of our favorite cotton inspired wedding ideas.

From Top Left Corner Clockwise {Bride in field of cotton, Wreath, Boutonniere and Cotton Bouquet}

From Top Left Corner Clockwise { Glass jars filled with Cotton, Bouquet with a dash of Yellow and Wedding with Cotton Garland}

Glitter is fabulous and gold is glam – combined these two components would create a glamorous luxe soiree!

From Top Left Corner Clockwise { Tablescape with gold chivari chairs and glitter runner, Gold glitter dress and gold glitter garland}

From Top Left Corner Clockwise { Tablescape with gold details and votives, Bridal gown with gold glitter detail, Cake with gold bands and gold embossed invitations}

We have gushed over these brooch bouquets for years but we never had any idea there were so many variations.  We kept having Rachel Zoe “I DIE” moments with each discovery.  Enjoy!

Lovely in Lilac

Not only are lilacs one of the prettiest shades of purple but they smell positively divine!

From Top Left Corner Clockwise { Lilac Bouquet, Lilac Cake and Lilac Invitations}

From Top Left Corner Clockwise { Lilac Dress, Lilac Arrangement, Sailboat Tie and Gem Necklace}

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