Cake is Always a Good Idea

Let's talk cake. Who doesn't love a good yummy cake? And an adorably designed cake table complete with custom accessories and details that fit the whole vision for the big day is just the icing on top of the cake. I love all things custom and unique and think that the cake and/or dessert table is the perfect place to get creative for your wedding day. As long as it tastes good too of course... 

Before the accessories though, here's a sneak peek of one of our most recent shoots with a cake from The Topiary. I am obsessssssssed with this Southwestern style cake she created for us complete with a funky pattern and fringe. She wasn't sure when I told her I wanted something that would be on top of a terracotta pot but I got to say, I love how it turned out!!! More from this shoot (complete with an alpaca) will be up on the blog soon! 

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I think having custom cake or unique cake cutters plus customized napkins and funky cake stands can make all the difference when it comes to designing and decorating a cake and/or dessert table! With so many options online you can find some that really fit the decor and style of the wedding. Whether you want a style that is very classic and traditional or modern and edgy or vintage and girly, there's something to fit all styles. For my big day we opted for a pair of modern black cake cutters and I had them monogrammed with our # "Mason Matrimony." Here's some of my favorite finds online including mine in the top left corner. And our cake and dessert table will be filled with unique quirky stands and plates from wooden cacti to macrame hanging bowls... give me all the weirdness.

What cutters would you pick for your big day??

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My top 4 tips for cake/dessert for your wedding day...

1. Order what you love. It is your day after all so I say eat all of your favorite things. If that means a dessert bar filled with gummy sharks, Reese's peanut butter cups, churros, donuts and key lime pie then so be it. The prep for the wedding is over and so is the diet, so splurge on baby. 

2. Sheet cakes are your friend if you are on a budget but still want an awesome cake. The sheet cakes typically are less per slice than the decorated cake and these are cut in the back by your caterer. So you can still have that amazingly decorated cake without breaking the bank. 

3. Think outside the cake box. You do not have to have a traditional white wedding cake. Get creative and think of your cake as an extension of the rest of the wedding design/style. 

4. Fresh flowers are the easiest way to decorate and create a beautiful cake!! The more flowers the better but that's just if you ask me. 

Thanks for reading and on that note, let's eat cake. xoxoxoxoxox, n

[Photo Credits] Cake by The Topiary, photography by Bud Johnson Photography // Black Geometric Cutters, Vintage Rose Cake Cutters via The Knot Shop // Wood Cake Cutters via Windrush Online // DIY Metallic Geometric Cake Plate via Birds Party // Customized Napkins via For Your Party // Mint Green Cake Stand via Minted // Together Plates via Modcloth // Vintage Cake Cutters via Chairish

I&B Dresses: Rebecca Ingram & Jenny Yoo // Healthy Bride Feature

So you're getting married... and you want to look your best... and the pressure is on... I've been there. I am there. With that looming wedding date coming up quicker than I know it, I feel the pressure getting heavier and heavier with each week that passes and with each splurge I treat myself to. I think if I'm being honest I've always had an unhealthy relationship with food. I'm not entirely sure where it stems from but I do know living in a household where there was never junk food or snacks or anything yummy and healthy dinners and then going to my grandparents every summer where I lived off of Zebra cakes, Fruity Pebbles, candy dishes always filled and salami sandwiches probably wasn't the best for a kid. I would go from barely eating because I didn't like the nuts and seeds in the pantry to gorging on all the yummiest of foods. 

Fast forward to now and I struggle with food. From being very disciplined eating every 2-3 hours, counting every calorie, munching on carrot sticks between meals to the weekend where my fiance and I just truly enjoy life and use any small excuse as a reason to celebrate with a date night... And then feeling guilty and bad that I have a wedding coming up and a dress to fit into and I want to look and feel my best. And the struggle is not fun to say the least. 

So when I ran across Ginny Leavitt's instagram post featuring our Rebecca Ingram gown talking about helping brides feel confident and beautiful on their wedding day I was instantly intrigued and so I delved in to find out more about what she is all about and of course along the way I'll share some of the gorgeous images photographed by Kelsey Halm featuring our dresses! 

Ginny Leavitt is a health consultant. Very different from a personal trainer. She got her Bachelor in Exercise Physiology and through her career she ended up working at the Weight Management Location in Charleston. This was her first introduction into health coaching. She got involved with brides when some friends in the wedding industry asked her advice for how to stay on track and feel confident in wedding dresses. So in March of this year she decided to segway and switch gears to help brides specifically. 

My biggest question was when we chatted was - what actually is the difference between health coaching and personal training? 

The key difference is that health coaching is "client-centered." A health coach works as a guide to help the client with what they want to do with their health. This is more sustainable because it focuses on what works for the client and is specific to them.

Ginny has created a program called the "Healthy Bride Experience" [ummm hello, *raises hand,* I need some healthy bride experience because all this see-sawing back and forth between healthy as can be to a splurging let-me-get-seconds-that-tastes-so-good human sounds so much better.] She has 2 courses - one that is 8 weeks long and one that is 16 weeks long. The courses include a workbook to fill out every week, these guide you through the coaching program. The "Healthy Bride Experience" is now just about weight loss... it's about wedding stress, healthy eating AND what to do after the wedding has come and gone. 

I love that her program is not just about losing weight but so much more. It's about a healthy lifestyle. She even mentioned one chapter is about socialisms around weddings. I think the biggest thing is just the importance of being able to enjoy this season and chapter of your life. Being able to call yourself a "bride" is exciting and amazing. It is a season of celebration, a season to remember. You are preparing for one of the most special days. Just stop and think about it... How many times do you get to have all your favorite people and family in one room!?!?! Sure I go to family reunions every summer (yassss Myrtle Beach next week!) but all my best friends aren't there. Sure I have girl's trip reunions with my Univ of Puget Sound girls but all my best friends from Savannah aren't there or my crazy lil cousins... Your wedding is the one day that all those favorite humans are there. Just talking about it gets me soooooo excited. So why ruin it with stress?! It is not worth it and I love that Ginny's program focuses on that too because stressing yourself out with weight loss may make your body look great but if you are so stressed out than you will not have that radiant glow that only happiness and a stress-free life can grant you with.  

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While chatting with Ginny I also had to ask her for her BEST advice to feel confident on your wedding day. Her response? Don't wait about how you feel. If there's anything you're nervous about or want to work on, get started with action. I couldn't agree more... I think this tip honestly just kind of applies to life too. Procrastination can be a huge source of stress for people and I've really focused on this not just in a health-mindset but also at work and in life in general. I have seen a huge decrease in my stress levels at work. Whether it's preparing the fall schedule for my team 3 months in advance or having one of the #iandbteam prepare flower orders months in advance or ordering all the little details we need for our wedding now rather than waiting... every time you can check something off and be ahead of the game it just feels so good. 

Another thing I love about Ginny's process is that she focuses on what is sustainable. I know for me especially trying to fast or eat only 1200 calories may work for a day but that is not realistic or sustainable at ALL. So I love that she focuses on providing the legwork to help brides with the tools that can help for a lifetime of health. Not just your typical crash diet or fad that won't ever sustain. To check out more of the Healthy Bride Experience and her two course options click below!! 

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Last but not least, thank you to the vendor team who made this shoot come together!!! 

[Vendor Credits] Photography: Kelsey Halm Photo // Wedding Dress: Rebecca Ingram available at Ivory & Beau // Floral Print Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny Yoo available at Ivory & Beau // Blue bridesmaid Dress: Bella Bridesmaids // Hair: Sarah Veal // Makeup: Alyshia Jackson // Florals: Lindsay Bishop // Models: Devan Walsh, Brooke Jones, Alex Moring // Jewelry: Gold Creations

A-to-Z Savannah Weddings: Belfair

There's something pretty spectacular about driving down a road with mossy trees lining the drive. This sort of vision is not something you would ever expect to find in my rainy hometown of Portland, Oregon so when I first experienced this it was nothing short of magic. And Belfair Plantation is the perfect spot to experience this sort of Southern beauty for a dreamy Southern wedding. 

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BELFAIR PLANTATION

THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BOARD(S): Our coming soon dress below from our newest designer, Nicole Spose, is the epitome of Southern bride to me. Classic, elegant, romantic, traditional, beautiful and just stunning. A very feminine silhouette, beautiful fabric, a full skirt. I can just picture it now... a Southern belle with her hair in a lovely updo, a veil over her face, walking down the Avenue of the Oaks... like a vision straight out of a Nicholas Sparks movie. TO me a wedding at Belfair Plantation should be classic and have details that fit that classic Southern touch, like simple understated stationary, soft pale blue details to match with the ballroom and of course every Southern belle needs pearls. 

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At one of the weddings we did at Belfair there was a cigar rolling station out on the back patio and I thought it was simply perfect for the Southern wedding. Custom matchboxes from For Your Party would make the perfect favor for guests. I think a color palette that coordinates with the ballroom plus added soft metallics in soft golds, silvers look beautiful in the space with added touch of greenery. Bridesmaids of course need to match the classic look of the bride as well. A Belfair Plantation wedding is all about timeless details to be remembered.

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Read on for some more details about this Southern plantation wedding spot...

THE WHERE: Belfair is a short drive (30 min-ish) outside of Savannah located in Bluffton, South Carolina. It is a private golf community and is a premium destination in the Carolinas. The Avenue of the Oaks is that dreamy drive I was talking about above, which are perfect for a wedding ceremony and lots of pictures with you and your babe. 

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT BELFAIR: As if I haven't already described enough... I also really love the soft colors in the ballroom. Pale blues and a huge chandelier create a nice ambience. Outside of the ballroom is a nice outdoor patio area perfect for mingling with cigars and the entire space overlooks the golf course... perfect for watching the sun set over this Southern slice of heaven. 

PERFECT FOR COUPLES THAT... Want a Southern wedding that is a classic, elegant fete. This venue is great for a black-tie affair and if you are wanting a formal affair this is the perfect spot. 

BEST COLORS FOR THE SPACE: White, black, tan/neutrals, pale blues and soft blushes

I&B @ BELFAIR: Kelsey & Joey // Styled Shoot


Looking for a wedding planner, day-of/month-of coordinator, floral designer for your Savannah wedding at the Belfair? We got you. Click below to contact us for more details on our services! And thank you for reading!!

Photo Credits: Wedding Setup via Kelsey & Joey's wedding, photography by Stephen Atohi, featured on Carats & Cake [BOARD ONE] Betty Car via Lowcountry Valet // Dress available at Ivory & Beau // Earrings via Rent the Runway // Champagne Flutes via Beau Coup // Verdure Coruone Invitations via Minted // Pearl Bracelet via 1928 // Kieran Pale Blue Pumps via Lulu's // Cake via Hey There // Table Setting via The Bridal Guide [BOARD TWO] Seating Chart via Kelsey & Joey's wedding, calligraphy by McKenzie Does Calligraphy // Chandelier via Kelsey & Joey's wedding // Clutch via Rent the Runway // Bridesmaid Dress via Styled Shoot by Us, photography by Rach Loves Troy, featured on A Lowcountry Wed // Moscow Mules via Style Me Pretty // Bouquet via Burnett's Boards // Cigar Bar via Rach Loves Troy // Cigar Matches via For Your Party

Vendor Friend: Fête Savannah

This week we had the honor of meeting up with the owner behind, Fête Savannah, and chatting a bit about her services, Savannah and all the awesomeness she has in store for you babes headed to Savannah for those much needed girls' getaways!!! I'm all about a good girls' trip and as I'm in the midst of planning my wedding along with all our other clients I have to say I'm a bit jealous I didn't have someone like Marguerite to plan all the details for my bachelorette trip. Although I can't complain since in 2 months I'll be cruising to the Bahamas with some of my closest babes and I can't even wait. *Scroll to the bottom to see some of my must-haves for a bachelorette weekend!!!*

What is Fête Savannah?

Fête Savannah is a planning company that helps plan all the details for your girls' getaway to the historic city. She "take(s) the stress out of your party so you can focus on making memories with your favorite friends." She plans every last thing from the lodging to meal reservations, a custom itinerary & more plus gifts, booking, spa, etc. 

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Did I mention you had me at party?! Plus... I have to mention she has connections with so many local Savannah businesses. So when you book through her you get a handy guide book with all the businesses that offer special deals to the babes on your trip. So... party? Check. Shop? Double check. 

Here's a little more about Marguerite and this awesome business she is rocking!! 

  1. A little about Marguerite!
    She is from Rome, GA and graduated from Georgia Southern with a degree in Chem and Spanish.... and while she still works as a chemist during the week, she followed her social butterfly heart and is now a party planner by night/weekend. A very social lady, she didn't want to just be behind the scenes as a chemist so had this idea to get into planning bachelorette and women's trips for girls. Always a trip planner for friends and family, the dream of being a party planner for groups coming to Savannah came to life in the form of Fête Savannah.
  2.  What's your favorite thing about planning trips/parties/events? 
    Creating a time for people to have fun and a good time. And let's be real, genuine girl time is so important so being a part of creating those memories is super special to her. And Savannah is an awesome city obviously. 
  3. Favorite bar in Savannah? 
    A classy lady never offends so her answer... "Anywhere I can drink outside." <<I agree, Savannah weather is like a vacation every day so being outside is the best.
  4. Favorite cocktail? 
    A refreshing mojito
  5. Why should a group of fab women choose Savannah for their weekend adventure? 
    Savannah is one of the prettiest cities in Georgia and it's perfect for photo ops. And duhhhh girls love photos. It also has great nightlife and is a walkable city where you don't have to worry about getting in a car, which is great for a weekend adventure. And the restaurants!!!! So many new restaurants, great food, not super expensive, new places all the time. And fun activities like history and the beach. 
  6. How long are the trips you plan? Is there any limit to length? 
    No limit to length... to have the best experience in Savannah she recommends a minimum of 3 full-days to explore. And if you're hungover one of the days then at least you have one more day... 
  7. What was the best bachelorette trip/party you've ever been on and what made it awesome? 
    She went on a trip to Miami, which rocked. Crystal clear water and lots of dancing and nightlife, which was super fun. And yummy food. She even mentioned that Miami feels like a different country, which I personally can't comment on unfortunately since I've never ventured that far but hopefully someday soon. 

If you're interested in more details of Fête Savannah and her services click below!!! Tell her you found her through us!!! :-) 

Alright so bachelorette/girl's weekend booked? Check! Now time to pack!!! Here are some of my top picks for a girls' weekend getaway and some of the things on my list for my cruising vacation in a few months... 

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[Shopping Guide] Eyelet Caro Dress via Rent the Runway // Chic White Earrings via Lulu's // No Excuses Sunscreen via Julep // It's Whipped Matte Lipstick via Julep // Day to Daylight Sun Hat via Modcloth // Miss L Fire Boldness Begets Bliss Peep Toe Sandal via Modcloth // Bride Tribe Arrow Cups via For Your Party // Delores Black & White Striped Tote via Lulu's // Quay Kitti Sunglasses in Noir via Modcloth // Tropical Cold Shoulder Top via Rent the Runway // Cecilio White Espadrille Flatform Sandals via Lulu's

And because while the adorable clothes and shoes are obviously a must... what about the fun stuff?!!?!?! If you know me at all you know that I love to laugh and have fun and be a little outlandish at times... so... here's some of my top picks from Target for fun in the sun, pool time and the ocean!!

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Last but not least... she is in the process of revamping a vintage camper that will be a BAR. #WHAT. #MUSTHAVE. Fête Chalet is going to be the most rad bar Savannah weddings have ever seen and I am having this at my wedding because WHAT. Seriously the coolest thing ever. Cannot wait to see it in it's completion and if you're interested in any of our planning services so we can help you find rad vendors like Fête Chalet... click below! We can't wait to hear from you!!! 

 Image via  Pinterest  from  My Sweet Alice

Image via Pinterest from My Sweet Alice

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Thanks for reading!!!! We hope you enjoyed and now... who's ready for mimosas, fruity drinks and a pool party????? xoxoxo, N

[Photo Credits] Mimosa Bar, Fête Cookies & Brunch via Fête Savannah

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