Last Minute Weddings This Year

We still have some Friday nights and Saturday afternoons available this year, so we are opening up those dates for our Queen Mary package.  Click the link to view our very affordable, yet very inclusive, package.  If you’re thinking about booking a wedding to take place between now and December 31st, 2014, email us for availability.

The garden is in full bloom right now, so call or email to schedule an appointment to tour today!

What’s Your Favor?

A few weeks ago I was working a very beautiful wedding and while everything was so tastefully done, one thing particularly stuck in my head- the favors! For their wedding favors the bride and groom gave away little personalized jars of salsa paired with a small bag of tortilla  chips. Being from Southeast Texas, I am obsessed with chips and salsa. This was the perfect favor for their wedding because they had chosen fajitas for their dinner option. I was really impressed with these little favors and I am still kicking myself for not taking a picture of them when I had the chance.


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The picture above is not of salsa, it’s of jam, but it’s the most similar thing that I can find to the salsa jars and I wanted to give an idea of what this couple had given out. I’m so shocked that there aren’t more posts about personalized salsa out there! On my hunt salsa favors, I found a few other ones that I loved, so here they are:


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This bottle opener is technically listed as a grooms gift, and it would be on the pricier end if you were buying for all of your wedding guests, but it is something that almost everyone would use!

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This favor is perfect for the cuteness factor. Who doesn’t love s’mores?! This favor is so easy to do and I’m sure it’s a crowd pleaser.

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This is probably my favorite favor because of its functionality. I attended a wedding in 2011, and three years later I’m still using the cups they gave out as favors! Your guests can use them for such a long time and always be reminded of your wedding.
Favors may not seem like a very big part of the wedding, and they certainly don’t have to be, but when they’re done right they can make your night unforgettable.

So what is the best wedding favor you have ever seen?
Which of these favors was your favorite?
Leave a comment below!

Xoxo, Brooke

Blushing Bride

Fall is just a few weeks away and a surprising color is in trend- pink! When thinking of pink in a wedding, doesn’t everyone usually think of spring? I know I do. It’s just not the case this year! Now, not every shade of pink can be used during the cooler seasons. This fall it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of dusty blush. This particular shade of pink is being paired with a champagne color to make for a vintage, elegant feel. And if you ask me, it’s working! Using a blush and champagne color scheme can make a wedding look as though it came right out of The Great Gatsby.

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By adding gold, a hint of glamor is added to a very romantic look. Heather’s Glen is currently offering champagne colored table cloths for the reception hall!

If you’re looking to use pink in your fall wedding, but not necessarily into the vintage, glamour, Daisy Buchannan style, another fall trend is ombre.
Ombres have been extremely popular with hair coloring and clothing, but now they have made their way to wedding cakes! While you can ombre any color, pink is the color of choice this fall. Bride’s love the ability to ombre a wedding cake, because it allows them to incorporate a hot pink without it being too overpowering.

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Personally, I love this cake! It’s such a great way to use hot pink in the fall months. Ombre cakes can be done in any shades of pink. So if you’re wanting to stick with a blush color, it can be ombred, too!blush and champagne5

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No matter what your tastes are, there’s a shade of pink for every bride!

What do you think of the new pink trend this fall? Let me know below!

Xoxo, Brooke

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Summer Navy Weddings

One of my favorite summer wedding trends is navy or nautical anything.  However, unless you’re getting hitched by the bay here in Texas, anything nautical would seem a little out of place, but I do love navy stripes and they can go as far inland as a person desires!  While I personally think navy is a classic hue for weddings year-round, and can be season-appropriate by what you choose to pair it with, I think during the summer it looks best with yellows, corals, and soft blushes.  With the summer solstice days away, here are some summery navy wedding looks I love.

Navy gown, pearl strands, and lush white blooms via here.

Navy lace and bright yellow bouquets make this look super summery, via here.

Coral, blush, and navy via here.

What are your favorite wedding hues for summer?


Birthday Sign In

If you’re still having trouble coming up with a sign-in idea for your wedding, I came across this sweet one today. You can display the following year’s calendar and ask guests to sign on their birthday. This is a great option for the bride that likes to send out birthday cards. I also think it would be interesting to see what times of year get a bit concentrated; for example, November usually has a nice Valentine baby boom!

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How will you have your guests sign in to your wedding?



Cake Toppers

When I was getting married, almost 6 years ago, the standard cake topper at that time was flowers.  While I still love the look, I envy brides today who have a bevy of unique cake topper choices.  Etsy is a great choice for handmade, personalized items, and BHLDN is still one of my favorites for such accessories.  The sweet thing about a cake topper that isn’t fresh flowers is that you can use it on future anniversary cakes.  Here are a few of my favorites lately.

This cake topper from BHLDN would be perfect for a garden-themed wedding!

This is a very sweet option for a rustic burlap and lace styled wedding, via this Etsy shop.

Make it personal with your initials in wire, via this Etsy shop.



Bar Accessories

A few weekends ago, we had a wedding that brought in mustache stickers for their bar.  Guests could use them as markers to keep track of their drinks.  It was a cute, quirky touch.  Will you be adding any accessories to your bar?  I think frozen berries as garnishes for champagne and designed straws are an easy, fun way to make your bar special.  Here’s some inspiration.

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Post-it Sentiments

Lela and I were at my bank the other day, driving through the ATM, when I spotted what looked like a guy breaking into a car in the parking lot.  Since Lela was driving, I asked her to drive us over there to check out the situation.  It was strange because he was crouched down next to the driver’s side of a car, and looked like he was writing something, but I still thought it could be something shady.  By the time we made it over there, he had left, but the car looked like this:

The car was covered on that side with post-it notes!  Here’s a closer photo to give you an idea of what was on the post-its:

Can you read them?  They say things like “trust,” “respect,” and “I love you.”  We were relieved that no crime had taken place, and delighted to see the act of love.  I wonder what the owner of the car thought of the gesture!



Disney World Discovery

I found this serendipitous story on Pinterest recently:

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In case the text is a little to small, it reads: “An engaged couple was looking through photo albums as they put together a slide show of pictures of them growing up to be shown at their wedding.  The young lady pulled out a picture of herself at Disney World and set it aside.  When her fiance looked at it, he was shocked.  For there in the background was his father, pushing him in a stroller!  Not only did they discover they had been at the same place at the same time, but they actually snapped a picture at that exact moment and captured it, only to be discovered years later.”

Sometimes it’s incredible to discover small decisions we make in life to lead us to meeting our spouse.  A split decision to go out with friends when you had planned on staying in, the choice to go to one get together over another, or a random decision to pick up that extra shift at work- these small choices could make a huge impact on who we encounter each day!  I love to hear my parents muse about how many of the same parties they had probably attended before actually finally being introduced to each other.  For this couple to discover not only had they been at Disney World as children so many years ago at the same time, but for it to be captured in a photo, is so exciting.  It kind of makes me want to take more pictures in crowds, to see who I could discover years from now!

Have you and your fiance discovered any coincidences from your past, before you had met, or did a split, seemingly-random decision cause you to meet the one you will marry?



Happy Star Wars Day!

Yesterday was Star Wars Day (May the Fourth), and our wedding certainly delivered in theme!  The bridal party walked down the aisle to The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s theme song), and they did their getaway with lightsabers!  The cakes were especially impressive.

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May the fourth be with you!