Fresh Wedding Flowers or Paper?

Can you tell which photo sports real flowers and which are paper?  Will you have fresh wedding flowers or paper?  There are supporting views for both options.  Fresh flowers are more expensive, but they are, well, FRESH FLOWERS.  They have that delicate air, they smell wonderful, there is no perfect substitute.

But…paper flowers have their fans too.  They are beautiful in their own right.  In their artificial perfection, they have no compare.  Just look at the rose above.  It was handmade by a friend of one of my brides.  She made over 200 blooms, it took her forever, but they were just fabulous.  The best part, they can be saved.  My two oldest daughters married one year after the other. Had I know this, I might have commissioned paper flowers.  This way, I would had just paid once for my floral arrangements.  Yes, I would have had to store them, but, not a problem.  And don’t forget…you must also find someone creative to arrange them.

And the arrangement above?  Real or paper?  It’s a fresh arrangement; and it is fabulous.  What about the two photos below?  Believe it or not, they are both made of paper.  I KNOW!  I could hardly believe it myself!

Love, LOVE the arrangement in the foreground of the photo below.  What did the bride do with this exquisite bouquet?

When guests arrived, she had them choose a flower from a bouquet at the ceremony’s entrance.  image

Mid point in the ceremony, she invited the guests up to the front, and asked them to place the flowers in a bucket.   The flowers are then inserted into green styrofoam in order to stand upright.  As the guests placed the flowers in the buckets, they are invited to silently think a kind thought or say a prayer for the couple’s future happiness.  After the wedding, the bride and groom had a beautiful, lasting reminder of their special day.

Would you like to read the whole blog post about “The Flower Ceremony”?  Click on the link to be directed to the post.  You’ll enjoy it!  🙂

“War and Peach”- Book Review: A Murder and a Wedding!

A murder and a wedding…this there any better combination?

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Ok…I’m going to share a little personal information: an attribute and a flaw.  The attribute…I can almost ALWAYS figure out who the murderer is in a “Who Done IT”.  The flaw…I almost always skip ahead in a book.  I can not stay focused long enough to read the book from beginning to end without cheating.

There was an exception this past week.  I had the pleasure of reading Susan Furlong’s latest cozy in the ‘Georgia Peach Mystery’ series, “War and Peach”.

Barnes and Noble gives us a nice overview:

“Nola Mae Harper is too busy restocking the jars of preserves and chutney flying off the shelves of her shop, Peachy Keen, to keep up with all the gossip about the upcoming mayoral election, but she does know the debate is sure to be a real barn burner.

Local farmer Clem Rogers claims he has a bombshell that could take small business owner Margie Price out of the running. But before Clem can reveal his juicy secret at the debate, his actual barn goes up in flames—with him inside of it. The town casts its vote against Margie, but Nola isn’t convinced the hardworking woman is capable of murder. Now to clear Margie’s name Nola will have to work fast under pressure, before Margie gets taken in by the fuzz…

INCLUDES RECIPES!”

“War and Peach” is the third book in the ‘Georgia Peach Mystery’ series, and I have to say, my favorite!  Not only did I NOT skip ahead, I didn’t figure who the murder was.  And it wasn’t because he/she was so random no one  could come to a reasonable conclusion.  Furlong so creatively crafted her story, all the clues were there, but one had to be on his toes.  I LOVED this book.  Furlong kept true to her comforting small town style with interesting stories and southern culture, while keeping the tale germain to all our lives.

A personal favorite novelty of Susan’s books?  I adore the “Southern Girl Secrets” at the beginning of each chapter.  They’re cute, at times funny, but always words of wisdom.  Below is the lovely author, Susan Furlong.

Now on to the book’s wedding…There’s so much you can do with peaches as a focal point; cocktails, dressing on the cake, (see top photo), color scheme, decorations.  Love the ideas in the photo below.

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The wedding in “War and Peach”, and this is a spoiler alert… is what many of us should aspire to.  The bride and groom have chosen to make their marriage the main event with their wedding a delicious appetizer.  Anxious to know more?  Well, you’ll just have to read the book!  I’ve included links to  Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  Just click on either link to be directed to obtain your very own copy!  Hey!  Want to WIN an author signed copy of “War And Peach”?  All you need to do to enter the contest is register as a blog user. I will randomly choose a winner next week.  Good luck!

And really…don’t you just want to take a bite out of one of the glorious peaches below?

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Wouldn’t either photo, above and below, be the perfect venue for a “peach farm” centered wedding?

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Traditional or Funky Wedding Shoes?

 

Update…Just in…according to the London Publication, “The Daily Mail”, 

 

  • “Princess Beatrice was among a host of royal guests who attended a lavish wedding in London on Saturday 
  • The 28-year-old princess was joined by the King of the Netherlands and King Constantine II of Greece 
  • They had all gathered to celebrate the wedding of Filippos Lemos and Marianna Goulandris near Hyde Park”

Why I note this is because the socialite bride wore these outlandish shoes below, Saturday, February , 2017, the topic of my post.  Would you choose them?  I know they’re all the rage, but I think they look more like something a lady of the evening may choose…but then, that’s just one girl’s opinion.  Continue reading for more shoe options…  🙂

 

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Ahhh…your shoes…traditional or funky wedding shoes?  If you’re like my daughters, all four, you may have a passion.  This means not only do you LOVE shoes, but that they are a very important part of your wedding ensemble.   If you’re getting married in the winter, perhaps a Valentine’s Day wedding, red just may be your shoe color – even if it’s not one of your wedding colors!

The shoes above are more probably paired with a pair of skinny jeans, but as I love to say, “There is no right or wrong when it comes to your wedding, as long as YOU like it!”  And as always, you must consider others’ feelings and sensibilities.  But shoes, who’s feelings are you going to hurt…unless a pair of killer heels will make you tower over your groom, and that makes HIM uncomfortable.  The shoes below…to die for.

Feeling a little strappy?  Look no further than the shoes below.  I can just see a delightful professional photo of the bride delicately lifting her wedding skirts and revealing these knock-outs!

Have a crazy vibe but still want a more traditional style?  The next pair is for you.  You have your classic pump, with a little – make that A LOT, of bling!

The next pair are not among my favorites.  With that much silver, you’d have to make sure your wedding jewelry matched. Even if you take a step out there, keep it together.

Of all the shoes on this post, the one below is my favorite.

Ah, the bow…I love bows.  My own wedding dress had the most delightful BIG bow on the back.  It was my favorite thing about my dress.  Had I seen these shoes all those years ago, I would have chosen them.

And red WAS my wedding color! Below is a photo of the back of my dress, (bow is obscured by my veil, but you might be able to catch a glimpse), being escorted down the aisle by my beloved father.

Shoe photos: www.moncheriebridal.com

The Wedding That Almost Wasn’t

The Wedding That Almost Wasn’t …Please enjoy this guest post by the author of the delightful new cozy mystery, “Body on the Bayou”, Ellen Byron.  She shares humorous details of her OWN wedding…

In my book, BODY ON THE BAYOU: A CAJUN COUNTRY MYSTERY, a Bridezilla’s wedding is postponed when the bride-to-be is declared a murder suspect and arrested. That’s about the only thing that didn’t happen on the way to my own wedding.

Jer and I met in spring of 1992. Our first date was postponed by the Los Angeles riots. Our engagement coincided with the 1993 Malibu fires. Our wedding was almost derailed by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Frankly, it’s amazing L.A. has survived our relationship.

But about our wedding…

Although Jer is from St. Louis and I’m from New York, we decided to get married in the city where we met. We were committed to staging it at an historic site, and found a beautiful location in the San Fernando Valley, the Orcutt Ranch Horticulture Center. https://www.wedding-spot.com/venue/5509/Orcutt-Ranch-Horticultural-Center/

Back to the earthquake…

Being in a natural disaster is incredibly traumatic. Being a bride-to-be who discovers that her wedding location has been red-tagged, bumps that trauma up to a nuclear level.

We planned on holding the ceremony in the Orcutt’s Nature Garden, cocktail hour in the Gazebo area, and the reception in the Rose Garden. Lunch would be served buffet-style in the Ranch’s lovely adobe main house – which was the building that had been red-tagged, resulting in the entire operation being shut down. The site manager returned my panicked calls and assured me it would be repaired by our April 9th wedding date. “If nothing else, I promise you’ll be able to hold your wedding outside,” she said. “You won’t have to worry about the weather. It’s never rained in April the whole time I’ve worked here.”

The building was repaired by February. But guess what? It rained in April –only on our wedding day. That morning I ran into the street like a crazy person screaming at the sky, “Stop raining! Stop raining!” (Ironically, my husband asked me out because he heard me tell someone at a dinner party how much I missed the rain, having just moved to L.A. from N.Y.)

Miraculously, my prayers were answered. The rain stopped and the ceremony went on, although a lot of stiletto heels were lost to grass stains and soggy ground. We had a blast driving to and from the wedding in an old school bus we rented to transport our out-of-town guests. We hired a small band made up of retired big band musicians, and they entertained everyone with music from the 1940s. They alternated between up-tempo numbers and ballads because, as the bandleader told us, “We’re old and can’t catch our breath that fast.” Our guests using the magic markers and paper we put at each table to color us congratulatory messages. It was a glorious, memorable day.

And there hasn’t been a natural or man-made disaster

The lovely Ellen Byron, author of “Body of the Bayou”, the latest in the best selling Cajun Country Mystery Series.  If you’re interested in obtaining your own copy of this charming book, click on either link: Barnes and Noble or Amazon.  If you’d like to read about more wedding bloopers, click on the link: Wedding Bloopers