2 Ingredient Desserts that DONT Have Pumpkin

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Be honest with yourself, you don’t really love cooking, do you? I mean there are some of you who genuinely get a high from baking, mixing, mashing, stirring, roasting, glazing, and we are very thankful you exist to feed us yummy food. But the rest of us? Eh, if it were easy and require minimal effort, time, and money, we’d get in there more, right? Well, excuses are over for us because for this Friday Favorites, I have found some awesome 2 ingredient dessert recipes for the fall! So for all you DIY junkies, this is the perfect post for you to consider if you’re looking to fit your own dessert table for your wedding!

Sparkling Spice Apple Cake

Wait, there are three flavors but only two ingredients? Yep. It is this easy:

1. 12 oz sparkling apple cider

2. Spice cake mix

That’s it. Stupid easy, right? And not an ounce of pumpkin for this fall flavor!

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Ice Cream Bread

Being from Texas, the heat stays on all the way into “fall” so I am looking for new and cool ways to fix my sweet tooth. And while ice cream cake is always an option, there’s something comforting about the idea of ice cream bread, am I right? Ready for those two magic ingredients?

1. 2 cups of softened ice cream, any flavor

2. ½ cups of self rising flour

Any flavor, your way.

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Butterfinger Cookies

Yes, I did just give you three dessert recipes that DONT include pumpkin. You’re welcome.
1. 16.5-oz. package refrigerated sugar cookie dough, at room temp
2. 6 Butterfinger bars, 5 whole and 1 coarsely chopped

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Sources | Apple Spice Cake | Ice Cream Bread | Butterfinger Cookies |

What is an “Unplugged” Wedding and Why you Want One

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The new trend of unplugged weddings was not started to help your guests be present during the most important day of your life (although it is an awesome bonus!), it was to make sure the thousands of dollars you spent on your wedding photographer wasn’t just to get good pictures of Uncle Frank with his red ipad at eye level in front of everyone.

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Having a well-intentioned guest (or Uncle Frank and his ipad) stepping in the middle of the aisle to get that first kiss shot, and by doing so getting right in front of your photographer is not something you want to ruin your beautiful memories (and yes, Uncle Frank was a real person at one of my weddings and I could only photoshop him and that RED ipad out of so many pictures).

There is also the added stress of social media, if a friend takes a phone pic of you in your dress and posts it to Facebook will that end up being the way your fiance sees you for the first time on your wedding day?

        These days it is completely acceptable to ask your guests to join you for an unplugged wedding! This can be done in a number of beautiful and crafty ways (and thanks to Pinterest you can see all of them!) but one of the most simple, non-offensive signs I have seen read “There’s a gal taking pictures…we asked her to come. So please rest your cameras, our ceremony needs only one. – The Newlyweds”

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Boho Glam: Three Essentials

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This Bohemian romance isn’t complete without the lacy dress and elegant headpiece, but more than Jessica’s style, the venue down to the cake create a wonderland in the woods. Staying close to nature and keeping it simple and clean is key to keeping your boho look authentic, and this outdoor shoot reflects some of those perfect elements. And don’t forget your wildflowers to add that subtle, but colorful pop!

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Naked Cakes

Ok, my favorite – the cake. And I am a huge frosting gal, so the idea of a naked cake seems like a huge “no-no” – but there is no lack of sweet on this chocolate dessert layered with this homemade frosting, and blackberries? Ok, I’m sold. No to mention the naturey bits with grapes, pear, and rose buds take this cake from humble to high-class with those dazzling golden apples.

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Elegance

Let’s face it, we may like that free-flow feeling that the boho vibe gives off, but we still want to be elegant and have an heir of prestige on our day, right? This boho goddess knows how to glam it up by using glass and gold to up the look of her nature-loving theme. And as every royal knows, lace is a sure sign that your wedding is nothing less than fancy.

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Is your wedding boho-glam ready with nature, naked cakes, and those hints of elegance?

|| Credits || Photographer | Cassandra Farley || Models |  Jessica Lee | Colton Lee || Makeup & Hair | Kelli Miller || Cake | Sweet Cakes by Karen || Tables & Chairs | St. George Party Rentals || Paper Details |  Jacki Miller Photo + Design || Florist | RAB Floral Design || Plates |  Main Street Antiques || Head Piece |  Danani Handmade Adornments || Dress | My Amazing Wedding Dress ||

Want to see Jessica and Colton’s full album of fancy boho? Go here!

 

All that Glitters

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Color trends are one of the things we are always watching out for, and mint seems to have been winning the popularity contest in recent trend reports.

The last few seasons, mint has played a heavy role in many vintage and rustic weddings, but what about the glamorous elegant ones? Will it work for those?

Here is a great example of how mint plays oh so nicely with gold tones.

Sources : PaperMoxie || Escort Cards Photo by Kate Miller Photography  ||  Shoes photo by Mango Studios  ||  Statement Necklace photo by Tana Photography

A Little Surprise – A True Story About a Groom and a Bouquet

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Traditionally, when it comes to paying for the wedding, usually the bride’s family has to pay for most of the wedding. On the other hand, the grooms family originally would pay for items such as the groom’s tux, the rehearsal dinner and the floral bouquets. At one wedding I worked at a few months ago, the groom did a special twist with his bride’s bouquet. Not only did he pay for it, but he picked out the bouquet himself and kept it a surprise until the wedding day!

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A little bit about the couple. Both Alicia and Nick Norman-Butler met while in London. Nick, a born and bred Brit, meet Alicia who just finished traveling from Italy and moved into the flat Nick was sharing with his friend. Immediately sparks flew for the couple and they started dating. They decided to get married in Austin because Alicia’s parents currently live there and more guests would be able to attend if the wedding was in the States. Since Alicia would be in London through the whole wedding process, it was easier to have her mom there where the wedding was located to make the planning process run smoothly.

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When it came to picking the bouquet, it was actually Nick’s idea to keep it a surprise. To make sure the flowers went with their wedding theme, Alicia picked out three bridal bouquet styles and then allowed Nick to pick out the one he liked best. On the wedding day the bouquets were already set up in the room where the bride and the bridesmaids would stay until there ceremony. Once she entered into the room, Alicia had a wide smile and gazed at the bouquet Nick picked. Before the ceremony started, Alicia made a remark on how the surprise made her wedding day more special.

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On your wedding day, having a small surprise for your significant other can definitely make their day brighter. Whether it is the look of the bouquet, a letter before walking down the aisle, or a gift to your beloved on the morning of wedding, sending a surprise can be a reminder how much you love them and are excited to finally get married.

 

Photos courtesy of Bloom Photography

Martina Liana Spring 2015 Wedding Collection

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The new Martina Liana Spring 2015 Collection is filled with whimsey and elegance.  The feature of fashion trendy skirts, subtle touches of color and sophisticated fabric details makes this collection one of my all time favs.

There are a few of these babies that I would happily endure a crash diet to wear.. that is IF I were to get married to Mr. A all over again.

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Please contact Martina Liana for authorized retailers near you and pricing information.

For every bride there is a perfect dress waiting to be discovered. See my edit of the best bridal gowns out there by visiting my Wedding Dresses section.

Jenny Lee’s Fall 2014 Bridal Gowns at New York International Bridal Week

All the hustle and bustle going on for the upcoming New York International Bridal Week in October, led me to do some research on who will be showcasing their designs to buyers this year, and I came across Lenny Lee’s Fall 2014 Bridal line. Here is a sneak peek of the photo shoot. Check back during Bridal week October 11th through the 13th to see her entire gown line feature!

Mary’s Colors – Vintage Revival

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I am so excited to share this inspiration board with you! Not only because it is a super cute vintage revival theme and if you have been reading our blog long, you know that we are gah gah for all things vintage!

The bigger reason why I’m jiggling in my seat excited, is because  Mary has decided that she loved her internship here so much…. she decided that she wants to keep doing a little bit while attending her first semester of her sophomore year at Tulane University in New Orleans! (Doesn’t that just make you love her even more?)

If you have never been to NOLA, make plans and GO!!  The city has an infectious charm and romanticism that you just can’t find anywhere else. (No wonder Mary is so great at this!)

Here is her first inspiration board as a Sophomore!

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I love everything about this board and could so see Mary in love with all of these elements on her wedding day.  ;-)

Go here to see more of Mary’s Colors and be sure to let Mary know how happy you are she is going to stick around!

 

Sources || Dresses by Gabriel and Carin Photography || Teacups by Beaux Arts Photographie || Headpiece by Kathryn Krueger || Camera by Natalie Spencer || Table Display by Lane Dittoe Photography ||

A Wedding Planner Can Save Your Budget

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I know a lot of us aren’t made of money, so finding a worthy investment can be time consuming and frustrating when you aren’t exactly sure whether that investment is worth the cost. I have talked a bit about wedding budgets and wedding planners, but after talking to Cheryl from Yellow Umbrella Events, I have found out some info that might help you understand why the investment of a wedding planner might be a budget saver in the long run. [Read more...]

Amsale Fall 2014 Bridal Collection Preview

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Today, I needed to find a really quick and gratifying post that shared my love for great fashion design and weddings. Things around here have been super busy, and I so want to stick with my commitment to share and inspire with you at least 3x a week… so forgive the brevity of this post. (I promise it’ll be packed with gorgeous gowns)

Amsale has been one of the chosen bridal gown designers featured in Kleinfeld bridal. And I can see why.  The classic elegant designs lend themselves to haute couture while remaining true to tradition and flexibility. Did that make sense?

Here are just a few from the Fall 2014 Line for you to enjoy.

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There were so many gowns in the Fall line that are stunning. Check them all out here and watch for our upcoming post featuring Amsale’s Spring 2015 Bridal Collection.