Real Anniversary: Julia + Clint

Julia asked for some suspenders for her husband’s blue shirt.  She described her anniversary photos as linen pants, wedding dress, and cowboy boots.  I suggested yellow gingham, and everyone loved how they turned out.  Still swooning over these dreamy photographs the bride so thoughtfully shared.  Congratulations, Julian + Clint, and all the best for many more years of happiness. -xo

Real Anniversary J + C // Photo by Swanky 5 Girls // Suspenders by French Knot Studios

Real Anniversary J + C // Photo by Swanky 5 Girls // Suspenders by French Knot Studios

Real Anniversary J + C // Photo by Swanky 5 Girls // Suspenders by French Knot Studios

Real Anniversary J + C // Photo by Swanky 5 Girls // Suspenders by French Knot Studios

The Not Wedding New York May 2013 Part 1

If you’ve been following my Instagram feed, you know I have been traveling, studioing, and photo shooting alot!  Part of that included a Not Wedding in NY.  Organized by the same great company that did the Atlanta one, the New York one has a great urban, glam vibe.  My bowties were in attendance again, but this time they were embellished!  First photographer on the line up is Jean Spencer.

Meet our fun couple: Natasha and Jonathan.

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bowtie by French Knot Studios

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bowtie by French Knot Studios // Signs by Liddabits Design Shop

And the wedding party…

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bowties by French Knot Studios

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bowties by French Knot Studios // Banner by Liddabits Design Shop

Each bowtie was made of silk and embellished with something different.  The groom’s, black metal mesh.

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bowtie by French Knot Studios

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bowtie by French Knot Studios

The best man’s gold and emerald woven ribbon.

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bowtie by French Knot Studios

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bowtie by French Knot Studios

And the groomsmen, the silk was striped with metallic linen and studded with rhinestones.  This may be my favorite!

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bowtie by French Knot Studios

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bowtie by French Knot Studios

And now on to the other pretty…

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bouquet by Tinsel & Twine

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bouquet by Tinsel & Twine

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bar Decor by Field & Feather Event Studio

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bar Decor by Field & Feather Event Studio

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Table Decor by Field & Feather Event Studio

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Table Decor by Field & Feather Event Studio

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Table Decor by Tinsel & Twine

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Table Decor by Tinsel & Twine

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Table Decor by Tinsel & Twine

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Table Decor by Ruffles and Tweed

Loved these test tube flower holders.  The giant peonies didn’t hurt either!

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Table Decor by Ruffles and Tweed

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Table Decor by Ruffles and Tweed

And a few more fun shots of the happy couple:

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bowties by French Knot Studios

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bowties by French Knot Studios

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bowtie by French Knot Studios

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography // Bowtie by French Knot Studios

BONUS PIC:  Dear college friend Katie, and her charming husband, Scott, came to see the fun!  The best part about shows in far away cities?  Catching up with old friends. xo

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography

The Not Wedding NY 2013 // Photo by Jean Spencer Photography

Photography: Jean Spencer Photography // Venue: Bathhouse Studios // Bowties: French Knot Studios // Dresses: The White Gown // Bridal Accessories: Hushed Commotion // Paper Flags, Banners and Fun: Liddabits Design Shop // Bridesmaid Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Lindsay Rae Design // Bride Bouquet & Decor: Tinsel & Twine // Table & Bar Decor: Field & Feather Event Studio // Table Decor: Ruffles & Tweed

For more talented vendors from The Not Wedding NY, check out the vendor guide.

 

Stay tuned for Part 2…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Mini Bow Ties

Here you go, a picture how to for the cutest bow ties in the world!  (I may be a bit biased, but they are adorable)

DIY Mini Bow Tie Pins.  Perfect for accessories, party favors and presents.

DIY Mini Bow Tie Pins. Perfect for accessories, party favors and presents.

The Not Wedding Atlanta – January 2013 Part 3

Now for the third and final photographer of The Not Wedding (she was also my favorite, but that could be because we were booth neighbors and we love mint and I love her aesthetic and she had donuts).  Presenting…. Kaitie Bryant… <crowd goes wild> and the top 5…errr, 6 reasons I think she rocks…

Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Photo by Kaitie Bryant

1> Her jump drives are made out of wood and oh so cute.

Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Photo by Kaitie Bryant

2> Her table’s general loveliness, note the giant pyramid of donuts.

Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Photo by Kaitie Bryant

3> Flying wedding shoes!!!  Such a fun idea for the must-have shoe photo.

The Not Wedding // Photos by Kaitie Bryant

Bow Tie by French Knot Studios // Photos by Kaitie Bryant

4> Oh-so-sweet pictures of our bride and groom.

Bow Tie by French Knot Studios // Photos by Kaitie Bryant

Bow Tie by French Knot Studios // Photos by Kaitie Bryant

4.5> More sweet couple photos

Ring Bearer Bow Tie, Vest, and Boutonniere by French Knot Studios // Photos by Kaitie Bryant

Ring Bearer Bow Tie, Vest, and Boutonniere by French Knot Studios // Photos by Kaitie Bryant

5> Even cuter ring bearer images.  Can’t stand the cuteness!!  Wheee!!!!

Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Photo by Kaitie Bryant

6> She brought a magic camera to take a picture on the day and develop it immediately so she could show it at her table!  So smart.  I think the magic camera is a modern Polaroid, but I can’t be certain.

Men's Accessories by French Knot Studios // Photos by Kaitie Bryant

Men’s Accessories by French Knot Studios // Photos by Kaitie Bryant

Though Kaitie is responsible for all the images in this post, she’s not the only notable vendor who rocks.

Here are some more:

Ties by French Knot Studios // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Ties by French Knot Studios // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

The gal with the guitar in this picture rocks!!  This is Emily Hearn, and she’s a signer (and I think song writer).  The handsome gent to her right (your left) is her husband and brother of the groom.  Together they sang “Without You” by David Guetta ft. Usher.  But they did it as a ballad and it was so lovely, tears welled up.  Her website lists upcoming shows.  Go see her/them, you won’t be disappointed!

The Modern Gent // Photos by Kaitie Bryant

The Modern Gent // Photos by Kaitie Bryant

Kate from The Modern Gent rocks.  Also a booth neighbor and responsible for the fabulous suits/tuxedos on the groom and his men.  She is so knowledgeable about menswear, and has an impeccable sense of style.  I admired her black Louboutins the whole evening and marveled how her feet weren’t killing her in the sky high stilettos.

Anne Kathleen Cakes // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Anne Kathleen Cakes // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Beautiful and delicious!  Anne Kathleen and her cakes rock!  I totally lucked out with the fun side of the Tunnel of Love (where all the vendors tout their wares).  I’m sure the other side had fun too, but I wasn’t there, because I was having a blast with my new found friends.  Anyhoo, I’m in love with the gold star burst on the center cake, and the best part, it’s edible.

Blue Eyed Yonder // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Blue Eyed Yonder // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

I already went on and on yesterday about the talented Krista Janos of Blue Eyed Yonder, but look what this lady can do with thousands of plastic spoons, and I imagine a dozen cans of spray paint.  These fabulous starbursts where suspended over the guests at the entrance to the event.  What a statement!  It <say it with me> ROCKS!!

Now that I’ve got the gushing out of my system (there were just so many lovely and talented people there), I’ll leave you with some final images I just had to share because they make me smile.  Grab a cocktail (on the rocks) and enjoy!

Blue Eyed Yonder // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Blue Eyed Yonder // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Blue Eyed Yonder // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Blue Eyed Yonder // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Farewell Banner // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Farewell Banner // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Ceremony Backdrop // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Ceremony Backdrop // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Yay! Flag // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Yay! Flag // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Last Name Banner // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Last Name Banner // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Neon Centerpiece // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Neon Centerpiece // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Chair Decor // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Chair Decor // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Bow Tie and Boutonniere by French Knot Studios // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Bow Tie and Boutonniere by French Knot Studios // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Pinwheels!!! // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Pinwheels!!! // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Yellow Tulips Centerpiece // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Yellow Tulips Centerpiece // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

 

Pinwheels!! // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Pinwheels!! // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Necktie by French Knot Studios // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Necktie by French Knot Studios // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Men's Accessories by French Knot Studios // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Men’s Accessories by French Knot Studios // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Beautiful Bride and Bouquet // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Beautiful Bride and Bouquet // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

One more little gush for Sarah Elizabeth Makeup Artistry for make these ladies, so pretty!  Fellow vendor from the table-hood, and she’s in love with my mini bowties.  That tutorial will happen here tomorrow.  Stay tuned!  Or better yet, subscribe and don’t miss a thing. (Isn’t that an Aerosmith song?)

Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

LOVE // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

LOVE // Photo by Kaitie Bryant

For more information on all of the talented The Not Wedding vendors, click here.

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The Not Wedding Atlanta – January 2013 Part 2

More candy from The Not Wedding.  Our next photographer is O’Studios.  The O’Wife of O’Studios was kind enough to walk me to my car at the end of the evening, despite the fact I was wearing a gold tablecloth as a cape/toga to keep warm.  I always forget Atlanta is waaaaaaay colder than Savannah in February.  She is very sweet and quite the comic!

Bow tie by French Knot Studios // Photo by O'Studios

Bow tie by French Knot Studios // Photo by O’Studios

Such a beautiful couple! Bow Tie by French Knot Studios // Photo by O'Studios

Such a beautiful couple! Bow Tie by French Knot Studios // Photo by O’Studios

Groom and his men // Accessories by French Knot Studios // Photo by O'Studios

Groom and his men // Accessories by French Knot Studios // Photo by O’Studios

Fabulous suits by The Modern Gent

Necktie by French Knot Studios // Photo by O'Studios

Necktie by French Knot Studios // Photo by O’Studios

Adjusting suspenders by French Knot Studios // Photo by O'Studios

Adjusting suspenders by French Knot Studios // Photo by O’Studios

Hey, it’s me!  Behind the scenes look at prepping the groom.

Embroidered Heart Suspenders by French Knot Studios // Photo by O'Studios

Embroidered Heart Suspenders by French Knot Studios // Photo by O’Studios

Cutest Ringbear!  Vest, boutonniere, and bow tie by French Knot Studios // Photo by O'Studios

Cutest Ringbear! Vest, boutonniere, and bow tie by French Knot Studios // Photo by O’Studios

Ring Bearer Pillow by French Knot Studios // Photo by O'Studios

Ring Bearer Pillow by French Knot Studios // Photo by O’Studios

Wedding Party // Men's Accessories by French Knot Studios // Photo by O'Studios

Wedding Party // Men’s Accessories by French Knot Studios // Photo by O’Studios

The Not Wedding Invitation Suite // Photo by O'Studios

The Not Wedding Invitation Suite // Photo by O’Studios

Guests get to see invitation suites coordinated to the event.

The Not Wedding Programs // Photo by O'Studios

The Not Wedding Programs // Photo by O’Studios

Then the stationary designers create menus and programs to hand out to the “wedding guests”.

Lovely Bride under Head Table Canopy // The Not Wedding // Photo by O'Studios

Lovely Bride under Head Table Canopy // The Not Wedding // Photo by O’Studios

Bright Bouquet // The Not Wedding // Photo by O'Studios

Bright Bouquet // The Not Wedding // Photo by O’Studios

Orchid Centerpiece // // Photo by O'Studios

Orchid Centerpiece // // Photo by O’Studios

Bright Floral Centerpiece // // Photo by O'Studios

Bright Floral Centerpiece // // Photo by O’Studios

LOVE // Photo by O'Studios

LOVE // Photo by O’Studios

The Mason Murer Gallery had the coolest bathroom sink.  It was this giant marble centerpiece positioned between the restrooms, so everyone shares (the sink, not the loo).  I love the vignette on top.  Those little yellow flowers were my favorite detail of the whole event, it’s always the little things.  They are such happy little flowers.  The name escapes me, but it’s some kind of tree.

Blue Eyed Yonder // Photo by O'Studios

Blue Eyed Yonder // Photo by O’Studios

Krista Janos of Blue Eyed Yonder is a genius!!!  Oh, to live in her world.  She had the best booth at Wedding Day Hooray, super fun images on Instagram, and this super luxe, super cool lounge at The Not Wedding.  And she’s as sweet as can be.  Here are more images of her (and her handy husband’s) fabulosity because I am obsessed!  (in a “wow, you’re so talented” kind of way, not a creepy stalker way!)  And a little teaser for tomorrow, she made amazingness out of 2000 plastic spoons, and there may have been some gold paint involved…

Blue Eyed Yonder // Photo by O'Studios

Blue Eyed Yonder // Photo by O’Studios

Blue Eyed Yonder // Photo by O'Studios

Blue Eyed Yonder // Photo by O’Studios

Blue Eyed Yonder // Photo by O'Studios

Blue Eyed Yonder // Photo by O’Studios

Grand Exit Banner // Photo by O'Studios

Grand Exit Banner // Photo by O’Studios

What a great idea for a send off.  A la high school football team banner.

And off I go, until tomorrow for the final Not Wedding recap.  So much fun!

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The Not Wedding Atlanta – January 2013 Part 1

Sorry for the absence  I was at the Not Wedding in Atlanta, then I got a crazy cold, then Tommy and Libby got married, then I had a birthday.  So much to do…  But now I’m back with lots of eye candy!

The Groom // Photo by Whitney Huynh

Cute, isn’t he?

First off, what is the Not Wedding?  Is it like the horrible joke of the 80s (or was it 90s?), where annoying classmates would say, “you’re awesome!” and just when your heart swelled with acceptance,  they would shout, “NOOOOOOT!!!”?  It is most certainly NOT like that!  It is FABULOUS!!!

Here’s the premise: it’s a wedding show, but instead of going from booth to booth a la trade show monotony,  the vendors work together to throw a “wedding”.  The couple is an actual couple who has already been wed (this one, Lauren and Zac for several years), their friends round out the wedding party, and the “guests” are the bridal show attendants.  They get to see what we do best live and in person.  Drinks from the bar (with real alcohol), passed hors d’oeuvres (made of actual food), wedding dress, live music, fresh flowers, CAKE.  It’s so much fun!  And the fiances even appeared to have a good time.  Don’t deny it, I’ve seen their faces at the trade show version, it is not their ideal Sunday activity.  Thank goodness show season starts well after the Superbowl.  Finally, to round out the lovely event, there are three photographers on hand to capture all the fun, beautiful details, and loving glances.  It’s  really cool to see the same event through the lens of different points of view.  Goes to show how important it is to have a photographer’s vision of an event match your own.  Though we were lucky, all are very talented!

Today, I’ll share the first photographer’s images to set the scene.  The powers-that-be select a color palette and create a mood board to give us a guide, so the entire event flows and looks cohesive.  Then the first featured photographer held an “engagement shoot” to give the other vendors a visual idea of the style and look.  Whitney Huynh captured these vivid images:

Engagement Shoot // Photos by Whitney Huynh

Engagement Shoot // Photos by Whitney Huynh

Engagement Shoot // Photos by Whitney Huynh

Aren’t they a sweet couple?  So cute together.  My job for this fun “wedding” was to create the accessories for the men, and the cutest ring bearer ever!  (you have to wait till tomorrow to see him, I have to leave you wanting more).  I was instantly inspired by the bright colors, warm chunky knits, and I always love stripes.  As the coordinator expressed, “we want Kate [Spade], not Lilly [Pulitzer]“.  No problem, that would be my preference too!

Necktie and Bow ties by French Knot Studios Engagement Shoot // Photo by Whitney Huynh

Necktie and Bow ties by French Knot Studios Engagement Shoot // Photo by Whitney Huynh

So dapper!  Necktie, batwing self-tie bow ties, and the boutonniere on the right all by French Knot Studios.   Suits by The Modern Gent in Atlanta, Georgia.  Kate is the ultimate menswear guru, and offers everything from rentals to bespoke suits.  And she was a wonderful booth neighbor!

The Not Wedding Atlanta Backdrop // Photo by Whitney Huynh

The Not Wedding Atlanta Backdrop // Photo by Whitney Huynh

The Not Wedding Atlanta // Photo by Whitney Huynh

The Not Wedding Atlanta // Photo by Whitney Huynh

Who doesn’t love beautiful bouquet pictures.  And fabulous centerpieces…

The Not Wedding Atlanta // Photo by Whitney Huynh

The Not Wedding Atlanta // Photo by Whitney Huynh

The Not Wedding Atlanta // Photo by Whitney Huynh

The Not Wedding Atlanta // Photo by Whitney Huynh

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Ode to my Mustang: It’s just a car, or is it?

NOTE: Images could not accompany this post at this time because I did not have a digital camera when I got the car, and must dig up actual developed images at Mom’s to scan and share.  You’ll have to use your imagination for imagery.

So my first car, my 1998 Ford Mustang Coupe, left home today to be with its new owner.  I’m oddly overemotional about the whole thing.  It’s pretty old, the odometer stopped tracking mileage a few years ago, the check engine light is on, it overheats if the drive-thru line is too long.  The guy who’s buying it asked for it before it was even for sale (saw Q pull up at the gas station), he likes to fix and work on cars, it’s his dream car, it’s going to a better place, in 5 years it will be a classic, and he will love it and take care of it far better than I could.  Besides, I got a better car, with no payments, and no mechanical problems <knocks wood>  Thanks again, Mom!!!  So,why am I sad?  And why the hell am I crying?  But then I realized, I’ve had that car longer than any address and about as long or longer than my most cherished friends.  As it drove away, a rush of lovely memories bubbled to the surface and out by eyeballs (I used to be so tough).

I remembered talking to friends sophomore year of college about the possibilities my first car could be.  My mom gave me very specific criteria (or so I thought).  Certain budget, certain mileage, no convertibles, nothing red, automatic transmission (“It’s just easier”, Mom said).  Other than that,  I could have anything.  That proved to be a lot of possibilities  and I’ve never been one to covet cars.  Sure the Dodge Neon commercials of the 1990s with the candy colored coupes saying “hi” totally appealed to my 16-year-old mentality, but I never saw a car and thought, I have to have that.  It was actually Amy who took a sip from her Diet Coke, thought of her blue Neon and said, “if I could have any car it would be a white Mustang.”  Hmmm, what do those look like, I wondered.  I dashed to the internet and looked it up. “Ohhhhh, that IS cute!”  Which as every gal knows is of utmost importance when choosing a vehicle to get from point A to point B safely.

I found one at a local CarMax and Mom and Dad came to visit and right the check.  Here was the deal… they pay for the car and the insurance, I pay for the gas, upkeep, tickets (ahem, me? speed? never!), etc.  Sweet deal!!!!  My parents are the best!!!  Yay, only child!!  Little did my Dad know that car would be with me for 13 years.  I think he figured I’d be out of college with my engineering degree, sign my first big job and be buying him and myself a new car in five years.  Beautiful notion, but then I took a theatre class, and the rest is history!  After a few cautionary, “are you sure? This isn’t a practical choice”, comments from my parents at the dealership, they signed the dotted line and the car was mine.  I immediately drove the car to my friends’ apartment to show them.  The guy friends grabbed my keys and tore it around the block (yes, tore, I don’t think I’ve ever heard the engine rev like that).  Though she is much too classy and sweet to admit it, I think Amy was a teeny bit jealous, but she was my faithful car companion on rides to winter guard competitions, complete with flag poles and lots of glitter.

That car took Eryn and I to Spring break trips in Florida (thanks for the tickets, SC!!! Booo!!!).  It took me to Bojangles with friends every Sunday.  I lobbed off the right side mirror leaving Belvin Manor in a very hungover post-millennium-New-Year-celebration state while backing out of a curvy wooded driveway; in March, Alan bought and installed my replacement mirror for my birthday.

That Mustang took me to my internship in upstate New York, then south to Club Med Sandpiper where I met Jess and Lance.  Being the only Animation team member with a car made me quite popular, and Lance kindly kept it very clean and the tank full of gas in exchange for usage on his days off.  Again, another sweet deal!  It was also a handy escape for Jessie Lynn and I to West Palm to spend hard earned money.

Finally, the Mustang (who I’ve never named), brought me to Savannah.  She sat in the squares and collected Live Oak leaves in her wipers, speeding tickets were replaced by parking tickets (much cheaper), Spanish moss clings to her antenna,  and she doesn’t get driven as fast as she used to (not because she can’t, but because I’ve grown up, just a teeny bit).

Just over a week before my 33rd birthday, and one month before my 1-year anniversary I’ve enjoyed reminiscing about fond memories wrapped up in a bright, sport white package.  My life is quite different than the 20-year-old college student who picked out the car: I’m married, I own a house, I’ve started a business, I even got a Masters degree when in my 20s a Bachelors seemed a long shot, I drive a four-door sedan, my phone has a touch screen and does way more than my flip phone of 2000 (which was very cool at the time).  Many things are the same, Alan, Eryn, and Jess I saw less then a year ago (at our wedding) and we keep in touch pretty often, Lance and Amy I keep up with on Facebook (where we actually comment on each other’s pictures, not that crap way where you just read updates). I still love all things creative and the occasional adventure, but I am settled.  I am planting roots, I have a partner, I’m growing up.

I will never forget the roar of that engine coming to life at the turn of the key.  It’s like a hello from a familiar voice.  And although I have never coveted a car, and probably never will, I think that one and all of her memories will stay in my heart for many, many years.

I’ll miss you, Sweet Mustang!  Love, Audrey

Real Wedding: Jenn and Brett

Jenn contacted me with an interesting and super sweet request, “can you make a bow tie out of my grandfather’s tie?”  Of course I can, and what a sentimental idea.  So Jenn sent me the necktie.

Turn a family necktie into a bow tie for your wedding.

Turn a family necktie into a bow tie for your wedding.

Jenn also incorporated one of my favorite things into her wedding, COLOR!!  Loving the back of Brett’s super snazzy groom’s vest, and adorable boys bow tie.  I had just a little bit of tie fabric left over, so I made a few flowers out of it for her bouquet.  Clearly, Jenn’s grandfather was a special person.  And side note, sewing with little tears welling up is tricky, but the whole idea was just sooooo sweet, and I’m a huge softy!

Groom's vest and bow tie, boys bow tie, and fabric flowers.

Groom’s vest and bow tie, boys bow tie, and fabric flowers.

Their photographer, Cryolfe Photography, was kind enough to share some images of their colorful day.  Lots of smiles and fun had by all!

Necktie Flowers added to bouquet// Photos by Cryolfe Photography// Fabric Flowers by French Knot Studios

Necktie Flowers added to bouquet// Photos by Cryolfe Photography// Fabric Flowers by French Knot Studios

I dos// Photos by Cryolfe Photography// Vest and bow tie by French Knot Studios

I dos// Photos by Cryolfe Photography// Vest and bow tie by French Knot Studios

And my favorite picture, those blue eyes, what a cutie!!

Child-sized bow tie by French Knot Studios// Photo by Cryrolfe Photography

Child-sized bow tie by French Knot Studios// Photo by Cryrolfe Photography

For more images of their wedding, please visit the photographer’s gallery.

Wok Seared Green Beans

Wok Seared Green Beans with Toasted Sesame Seeds Recipe

Wok Seared Green Beans with Toasted Sesame Seeds Recipe

Once upon a time there was a lovely girl and her fabulous friends.  They enjoyed frequenting a nearby restaurant, Umami.  Though most of the food was just tasty, the Wok Seared Green Beans were D-LISH and made the trip completely worth it.  Sadly, Umami was replaced by a Five Guys (also tasty, but no green beans), and my quest to recreate them began.

NOTE: Almost of all of my recipes that don’t involve the exact science of baking will have approximate ingredients.  So have fun with it.  I do!  Don’t be afraid you “can’t cook”.  As my wise and charming Mom would say, “if you can read, you can cook”.  So often I just season things to taste, and I jot down approximately how much I use.  Adjust to your taste!  This freestyle way of cooking does NOT translate to baking.  Baking truly is like a home chemistry set, and amounts, times, and temperatures are very important!  But that still doesn’t make it difficult, if you can read…

Allergy Aware: This recipe is vegan, and can be gluten free if you simply use GF soy and teriyaki sauce, and check your vinegar.

WOK SEARED GREEN BEANS

Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh green beans, cleaned and trimmed

2 T. -ish sesame oil

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or use a garlic press

Sauce Ingredients – 2 T. -ish of the following

soy sauce

teriyaki sauce

rice vinegar (or anything handy, balsamic might be too flavorful)

brown sugar

toasted sesame seeds to toss – to toast, simply heat in a dry pan on medium high and stir occasionally.

 

Directions:

Blanch your green beans by taking a large pot full of lightly salted water and heating to a rolling boil.  Add green beans and cook for 3 minutes.  Strain contents with a colander and plunge in an ice bath to stop cooking.  Beans should still be bright green, not overcooked and mushy!

Heat sesame oil in a wok or large skillet over medium high heat.  When the oil starts to shimmer, saute the garlic until golden.  Add green beans.  Don’t move them!  Let them sear for a bit.

Whisk together the sauce ingredients.

Check your green beans and stir them lightly.  When you’ve reached a nice sear on them, there should still be many moments of bright green, reduce heat to medium and toss with your sauce.  Let the sauce bubble a little, the sugar will caramelize, reduce and thicken slightly, you can add a scant tsp. of cornstarch to thicken it more if you like, but I don’t bother with it.

Transfer beans and ALL the yummy sauce to a serving bowl, toss in seeds and serve.

As usual, the sauce is the best part!

As usual, the sauce is the best part!

This is really tasty with a grilled cheese sandwich (obviously not vegan or gluten free, sorry).

Grilled Cheese and Wok Seared Green Beans

Grilled Cheese and Wok Seared Green Beans

 

What do you enjoy them with?  Nothing, is a perfectly acceptable answer.  Don’t tell, but when Sweet Q is a work for the evening, I’ll make my whole dinner of just these green beans.  Sooooo tasty!

Wedding Day Hooray 2013

This year instead of attending one wedding show, I’m attending four!  The first one in the line up was Wedding Day Hooray brought to you by the Indie Craft Experience in Atlanta, Georgia.  My favorite photographer and lovely friend, Izzy Hudgins joined me for the fun in our super cute booth.

Wedding Day Hooray// Florals by French Knot Studios// Photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Wedding Day Hooray// Florals by French Knot Studios// Photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Wedding Day Hooray// Custom Ties and Flowers by French Knot Studios// Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Wedding Day Hooray// Custom Ties and Flowers by French Knot Studios// Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Wedding Day Hooray also sponsors a table decor competition.  Most of the entrants do a version of a reception or sweetheart table.  We decided to do a candy buffet with engagement pictures.  A tasty idea to have at your wedding or anniversary party.  You can fill the tower with engagement pictures, or images from the couple’s lifetime.  Make sure to have scoops and bags handy for sanitary candy selection and to take treats home.

Candy Buffet and Engagement Picture display// Styling by French Knot Studios// Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Candy Buffet and Engagement Picture display// Styling by French Knot Studios// Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Mini Yarn Ball Garland// Styling by by French Knot Studios// Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Mini Yarn Ball Garland// Styling by by French Knot Studios// Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Marshmallow Pops with Washi Tape Flags// Styling by French Knot Studios// Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Marshmallow Pops with Washi Tape Flags// Styling by French Knot Studios// Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Candy Buffet// Styling by French Knot Studios// Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Candy Buffet// Styling by French Knot Studios// Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

The show was a great way to meet brides looking for creative events, and the wonderful artisan vendors in Atlanta.  Lots of friendships were made and I’m excited to play with some of them again at The Not Wedding on Monday.

Can’t wait til Wedding Day Hooray 2014.  Izzy and I are already brainstorming!  Thanks goodness for a 4+ hour drive home, and a great friend to talk to!

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