Stylish Wedding Ideas for the Environmentally Thoughtful Bride

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Wedding & Personal Stationery

Here is a partial view of the stationery display in the studio. I found the black shutters at an antique market. Glued black fabric to the back, and added the glass knobs to make them a bit more frou-frou.
Makes for a nice way to display the stationery I design.
I began working on stationery so I could give my brides a much more personal wedding suite than what we could find at the typical stationery stores in Birmingham. Designing stationery has turned out to be something I love to do-almost as much as designing and planning weddings.
And since I have a shop now, I have expanded to offer party invitations, birth announcements and personal stationery.

Halloween Fun!

Halloween! One of my favorites! I love to work with Halloween decorations. Here is one of the window displays in the studio. I pulled the twigs out of my compost pile and painted them plack. Placed them in the flower bucket, and hung the cutie-pie favor boxes and cards on the branches. Added the sparkly silver voltives, and the orange glitter stands, and well you can see the rest for yourself.

Open House

We had so much fun yesterday at our Open House!
We are located in Bluff Park, Alabama. Saturday was the day for the annual Bluff Park Art Show, so we decided this would be the perfect day to hold our Grand Opening. I share the space with an Interior Designer, so we have lots and lots of fabulous home decor and accessory items.
I hope you enjoy the photos!


Friday, October 3, 2008

Consider a Vineyard for your Wedding & Reception

This past weekend Harry and I took a short trip thru the Alabama Wine Trail. I wanted to get a few new ideas for wedding and reception locations to offer my brides. There are several reasons why vineyards are a good choice for weddings and receptions:
1. Very cost effective. These venues offer a lot of bang for your buck.
2. Beautiful, scenic, rural settings. If you like natural surroundings and prefer an outdoor wedding-these venues are perfect for you.
3. This one is obvious-but, alcohol is permitted. If you hold your wedding at a church location, but want to offer cocktails at your reception-a winery is perfect.
4. They offer a charming, relaxed atmosphere for your special day.

There are 7 vineyards in Alabama that are part of the Wine Trail. We visited 3.
The first stop for us was at Ozan Vineyard & Cellars, located in Calera, Alabama. This vineyard is lovely. With very nice accomodations for a wedding and reception. They have a wine tasting room, and offer a boxed lunch and free wine tastings on Saturdays. This is a great way to preview a site. Everyone was nice and friendly, and they can accomodate about 100 guests comfortably.
Our second stop was at a much smaller vineyard named Vizzini Farms Winery, located in Calera, Alabama. They also offer free wine tastings-plus tours of the winery. I found the staff there to be pleasant, helpful and knowledgable about events. This venue is a bit smaller than the others, and I would suggest using this winery for parties or very small weddings or receptions.
Our last stop for the day was at Morgan Creek Vineyards, located in Harpersville, Alabama. This winery is the most beautifully landscaped. A bit of a fairytale feeling as you approach. They have thought thru the details-and it shows. We tasted wine, toured the winery, and had a great time. This venue is perfect for a wedding and reception. Everyone there is nice, knowledgable and service oriented.