Sojourner and Milo Auguste, the husband and wife team behind Erganic Design in New York, are two of our favorite local wedding planners. We love their clean, classic design style and their willingness to share wedding planning advice with couples. We asked the couples via email about hot wedding trends (and bad wedding trends) and got their best planning tips. Take a look at their thoughts below.
What are the biggest trends you’re seeing right now?
“Gatsby”-esque, roaring 20s, deco-ish black-tie weddings. We’re seeing couples look to the past for musings on how to create a lavish wedding. Estate mansions are a great backdrop for creating this style of wedding, although in June we are transforming a loft space into a proper black tie affair (Gatsby himself would be proud!)
So many beautiful geometric shapes and tonalities are found within deco design. Play these up with paper goods. The invitations should be elaborate and send a clear message to guests that this is a wedding they won’t want to miss. Formalities and etiquette are a must when creating a true 20s style wedding. Table assignments and seating assignments are in order!
How can couples incorporate this trend if they’re on a tight budget?
Pay close attention to the era and look at the details. All of the elements you’d usually have within a wedding (stationery, flowers, etc.) can be designed to work with this style of wedding. Use of a particular font style shouldn’t break the bank (there are some deco fonts that are even free!).
Choose a table setting/china pattern that has a gold accent, or interesting geometry. If that breaks the budget, then choose one special element within the place setting: decorative flatware, or a unique goblet. That one piece can go a long way. Choose the color palette wisely, that will go well with the accents of the table setting.
What’s one thing couples should save on that they often splurge on?
Favors — when the wedding is good, people rarely notice the favor. So go easy on your budget, and do something simple and edible.
What’s one thing couples should splurge on?
Food and drink!
What’s one thing you wish you could say to every engaged couple?
Expect some of your closest family and/or friends to begin acting strangely toward you. Weddings (for some reason) bring out the strangest behavior in some people; people you would never expect will start to change. Although weddings are a hugely happy occasion — for some — [friends and family] can only see through their own “life lens.” So while they want to be happy for you, they may have unresolved feelings about their own situations. Ultimately if you expect this to happen, you won’t be surprised when it does — and you are less likely to allow it to steal any of your joy!
Wedding cakes are a major attraction at any wedding reception. More than something that you can feast on, wedding cakes have become an essential part of the decoration. The first thing that normally catches the attention of the guests at your reception is the cake. Therefore, careful consideration should be taken when choosing your wedding cake. With a little patience and the quick tips below, picking the best cake should be, well, a piece of cake.
Choosing the Cake Designer
If you have an idea on where the best bakery is in your city, then head to that place immediately. You can also ask for recommendations from your friends or family members. Once you have decided on 3 to 5 possibilities, set up the appointment with each one. Ask to see photos of wedding cakes made for other clients. Request references and contact them to find out how satisfied they were with the bakery and cake designers services.
Wedding Cake Taste Test
Aside from the look of the cake, keep in mind that cakes are made primarily for eating. They should taste good as well as look good. The texture and flavor of the cake is important. When scouting for a bakeshop, ask for cake samples of the flavors that interest you. If they do not allow this, move on to the next possible option.
Cost primarily depends on the cake design and size. You will have to pay for the cake decorator on top of the cost of the cake itself. Know what your budget is ahead of time. Some shops may give you free delivery too. Most bakeries have a standard servings for each cake type. Know how many guests will attend your wedding.
Wedding Cake Storage Tip
Most cakes, especially in the summer,can melt under the heat of the sun. They can also cause flowers and flavored curls to dry up. Confirm with the bakery or caterer about storage. Make sure that it will be well-preserved until the reception. Never place your wedding cake near the dance floor or where there is a heavy flow of traffic. You might just see your cake fall down. That is not a good sight at all! Be sure to check the sturdiness of the table you would place your cake.
These tips should guide you in purchasing you wedding cake and preserving it for that special day. Since many of the Wedding Photos are taken near the cake, you will want it to be adds to the beauty of the event.
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Wine lovers may argue over Bordeaux vs. Burgundy, Napa vs. Sonoma, or even cabernet sauvignon vs. merlot. But when it comes to Champagne, there is no argument. Almost everyone, it seems, loves Champagne.
Genuine Champagne comes only from the strictly defined Champagne region, 90 miles northeast of Paris. Champagne producers wage an unrelenting war against any and all winemakers outside their region who try to usurp the Champagne name. Grapes have been grown and wine produced there for 2,000 years, but what we think of as Champagne can be traced only as far back as the 17th century and the development of the cork, which captured fermentation gases.
Champagne’s popularity is largely based on its reputation as a luxury product. Champagne houses like Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot vie to publicize their association with high society and exclusive sports like polo and yachting. One house, Pol Roger, even produced a special bottle size, the imperial pint, exclusively for Winston Churchill, who drank Champagne for breakfast and responded by naming his favorite horse Pol Roger.
The Champagne producers created and maintain that luxury image even though their wine is not necessarily expensive. Krug Champagne may sell for $250 a bottle but dozens of excellent Champagnes retail for under $35, appreciably less than a moderately priced Bordeaux or Napa Valley cabernet.
Nor is Champagne in any way exclusive. Upward of 300 million bottles of genuine Champagne are produced annually, and the industry is pressing the French government to expand the 71,000-acre Champagne region to meet the swelling demand from newly affluent markets in Eastern Europe and Asia.
While the new markets, Russia in particular, have served to keep Champagne prices higher than they might otherwise be, the growing demand has led to the addition of perhaps hundreds of new brands to wine shops’ Champagne shelves.
Major names dominate: the LVMH group, which includes Moët & Chandon, Mercier, Ruinart and Veuve Clicquot; Lanson International, which includes Besserat de Bellefon and dozens of smaller labels; Vranken Monopole, Laurent-Perrier and Allied Domecq (owner of Mumm and Perrier Jouet), which together account for well over a third of all Champagne production. But many unfamiliar names, small producers that used to sell their wine to the major houses or confined themselves to France, now are going directly to the retail market. Their products usually sell for a few dollars less, and a lot of their Champagne is good.
According to Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, there are 19,000 grape growers in Champagne , of whom about 5,000 sell Champagne under their own name. There are, the encyclopedia claims, more than 12,500 Champagne brands.
Champagne should be served quite cold, preferably between 38 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Cold dulls flavor, so a cheaper bottle can be served colder than a more complex wine. The best Champagnes, including vintage bottles and blanc de blancs — which is made entirely from white chardonnay grapes — should never be served at less than 45 degrees Fahrenheit. A good Champagne should not be chilled for more than two hours before serving; longer chilling can dull flavor and bouquet.
The ideal Champagne glass is the tall, slender flute. Its relatively small surface permits only a few bubbles at a time to escape. It also concentrates the wine’s bouquet. So pour a glass — and cheers!
Article by Frank Prial
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Skinny Cocktails for Any Occasion
Knocking back just a few drinks with friends can easily sabotage your diet. But with these recipes, you can satisfy your cocktail cravings and lose weight, too.
Springtime Elderflower Sparkler: 54 Calories
The snow is melting, and you can finally see some green peeking through the muddy landscape. Celebrate Mother Earth with an elderflower sparkler, a bubbly cocktail that’s bursting with fresh fruit flavor.
1 tablespoon elderflower concentrate or syrup
1/4 cup extra-dry champagne
1/4 cup seltzer
Sprig fresh mint or edible flower for garnish
Directions: Place elderflower concentrate or syrup in the bottom of a champagne glass, add champagne and seltzer. Garnish with mint sprig or edible flowers, and voilà! Serve promptly for best flavor.
Skinny Strawberry Mojito: 80 Calories
Molly Morgan, RD, CDN, CSSD, author of The Skinny Rules, suggests using fresh fruits to sweeten cocktails instead of sugary syrups. As far as cocktail calories go, a mojito isn’t that bad to begin with, but by adding sweetness with fresh strawberries instead of syrup, you lower the calorie count even more. This lighter drink is the perfect refreshment for a warm summer day!
8 ounces club soda 1 ounce white rum
10 mint leaves, 4 sliced strawberries
4 lime slices (1/2 of lime) and ice
Directions: In a sturdy glass, muddle mint leaves, strawberries, and lime slices by gently pressing on and twisting the mint leaves and lime. Muddling doesn’t mean grinding them to a pulp — just twist until you smell mint. The end of a rolling pin will work if you don’t own a muddler. Next, add 1 cup crushed ice, the club soda, and rum. Stir gently and garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wedge before serving.
Cinco de Mayo Mango Margarita: 180 Calories
Although Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day as many Americans seem to believe, (that’s actually Sept. 16), it is a great excuse to get together with friends over margaritas. Morgan recommends mixing things up with a mango margarita to cut out some of the calories — you’ll never know this cocktail recipe is a diet drink. Salud!
3/4 cup frozen mango cubes
1 ounce tequila, 1 ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon triple sec
Directions: Blend all ingredients in a blender until you reach a slushy consistency. Garnish with lime wedge for a splash of color.
Photos by Everyday Health
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The occasion is timeless, to be forever remembered and treasured.
Your appearance represents perfection, the realization of your dream wedding.
Appreciating such an enduring moment means focusing on the memories unfolding before you. This requires the utmost trust in your appearance – from your wedding dress and bridal accessories, to your bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride dress and flower girl gown.
David’s Bridal of TX can help you realize the wedding of your dreams.
Start by finding the wedding gown that speaks to you. David’s Bridal makes it simple with hundreds of bridal dress styles from which to choose, including top designer bridal gowns and plus size bridal dresses.
Then set the rest of the stage with contemporary bridesmaid gowns that will make your bridal party proud. David’s Bridal even has fashionable maternity bridesmaid gowns and sparkling bridesmaid jewelry. Complete the lifetime family portrait with the perfect mother of the bride dress and matron of honor dress. (see locations at bottom of article)
Short printed organza gown with floral sash. Available in soft white print.
When you choose David’s Bridal of TX, your vision becomes reality. Shop all this and so much more:
- Designer Bridal Gowns
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- Maid of Honor Dresses
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- Matching Jewelry, Accessories, Outerwear and More.
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Two-Tone Reception Tabletop
Bold accents pop against white table linens, chairs, and plates. The inspiration for this table setting — a beautiful sheet of wrapping paper — is showcased at the center; we wrapped its edges with cotton ribbon (secured with double-sided tape) to give it a finished look.
Around the napkins, strips of aqua paper emblazoned with red calligraphy form place cards. Millinery birds, reminiscent of the birds on the paper, perch on top (their feet are secured to the paper band with adhesive dots).
In the centerpiece, vibrant red carnations, arranged in a tight dome, float above a porcelain compote tied with a crimson silk dupion bow.
Wedding Theme Color: Palette Red and Aqua Wedding Programs
Set the tone right from the start by greeting guests at the ceremony with aqua and red programs suspended from every seat. Loose pages rest inside the pocket of an oversize blue tag; its damask-style pattern is added with a rubber stamp. The order of events and names of the wedding party are spelled out in two-color type, and red cord loops through the tag’s grommet for hanging. Colorful seat cushions underscore the red accents
Pen thank-yous on playful papers. We found cute cards in the color scheme, like the blossom card and envelope by Snow and Graham (5) and deckle-edge set from Kate’s Paperie (9). Or create pairings: Slip dotty cards from Carrot and Stick Press (1) into aqua envelopes; put oval cards from Paper Source (2) or aqua tags from Paper Presentation (3) into red ones.
Convey the palette outside the envelopes too: Use red calligraphy on blue, and color-coordinated stamps (4); circle stickers — red by Avery, blue by Paper Source — seal them (7). Geometric tags from Paper Presentation (8) make fun seating cards.
Dangle seating cards by Carrot and Stick Press (6) from ribbon, and pin to a board with red tacks. Unless noted, envelopes are from Paper Presentation. Calligraphy by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls and Nancy Howell.
Images and article by MarthaStewart.com
Now that smartphones have high-quality cameras on them and professional-level DSLRs are dropping in price, everyone is a photographer. People who want to learn more and develop their photographic skills are turning to online tutorials, tips, and camera reviews to choose their equipment and hone their craft. The competition is stiff for professional photographers as well.
Anyone with a photography business should have a polished and beautiful website to exhibit their good taste and aesthetic sensibility to potential customers. In the list below, we’ve compiled the best of the best photography sites in a number of different categories. We’ve got everything from Tips and Tutorials to Wedding & Lifestyle photography sites.
These sites represent the epitome of what image based communication and art is all about, and whether you’re looking to learn a specific technique or just want to drool over gorgeous photographs, all these sites are worth exploring.
These sites are not listed in order of quality, but are indexed by category for reference purposes
but are indexed by category for reference purposes. Read more….One Hundred must – see sites for Photographers