Wedding Venue Trends for 2019

If you said “yes” in 2018, no doubt you’re looking forward to 2019 to say, “I do.” Have you picked your wedding venue yet? It’s not too late, but you’d better hurry to snap up these wedding venue trends for 2019 before every other bride-to-be does!

2019 wedding venue trends

– Big barbecues

Even though the polar vortex didn’t affect Florida, plenty of brides are planning on big barbecues for their wedding days. It’s a fun and carefree way to eat, drink, and be merry. Plus, who doesn’t love a big, over-the-top barbecue? Weddings don’t always need fancy foods and having barbecue stations for everyone to enjoy is a surefire way to win. Continue reading

Best Wedding Barn Venue in the Southeast 2017

I’ve attended more than my fair share of weddings throughout the southeast over the years. Sadly, only as a guest most often and a few bridesmaid situations but never as the bride.  These events were in locales that varied from beaches, to ornate historic churches, to mountainside retreats, and other various locations.  My favorite recent wedding was down in a little town in Laurel Hill FL over in the Florida PanHandle called  “The Barn at Water Oaks“. Unlucky for me, my phone was at 7% to start for the morning so I didn’t take any photos that day.  The 400 guest barn wedding venue is only 1 hour away from the popular Destin, FL beach destination and 10 minutes away from the relaxing Lake town of Florala, AL. I can imagine this would keep most guests happy to consider this a vacation wedding!!

I have selected this venue as the “Best Wedding Venue of the Southeast for 2017“.  They have earned it and I hope they continue to add on and provide 5 star service to their guests!!

top rated barn wedding venue southeast
The Barn Wedding Venue at Water Oaks in Florida – Copyright Stephanie Rhodes Photography

Let’s talk about what perks this place has: Unlike other wedding barns in the Southeast this location allows up to 400 guests to be in the indoor/reception area with either air conditioning or heat.  I’m sure if you are familiar with “barn” type venues having the ability to climate control is of substantial importance. If it decides to rain on your wedding day, they’ve got you “covered” without Continue reading

5 Tips for glowing skin at your wedding

tips for soft skin wedding dayYou’ve been planning this wedding since you were a little girl…… then for 12 months you painstakingly planned out the details of your color palette, shoes, tried on countless wedding dresses, a handful of makeup trials, and now you are just waiting in anticipation for the date to arrive. A few days before the wedding your skin starts to break out and dry out……. SERIOUSLY??? Here are a few tips to help guide you towards radiant skin on your wedding day.

  1. Showering or Bathing – It is even better if you can do so twice a day, at morning upon waking up make sure to drink a lot of water. It will boost your immune system! and in the evening before going to bed. Soap-free facial or body wash and water offer one easy way to cleanse your skin. Alternatively, choose a specially formulated facial cleanser from your favorite brand range. Follow the instructions it provides. Always use a soft sponge or face washer to avoid harming your delicate facial skin. If your skin is sensitive try only taking a shower every other day or every few days. This lets your natural oils nourish your skin. Showering too much with sensitive skin can cause irritation.
  2. Exfoliate weekly –  In general, a weekly exfoliation will remove dead skin cells and buff the skin back into good condition. Removal of all the dirt, oil build-up and dead cells will leave your skin feeling baby soft. If you have sensitive skin, exfoliate twice a month.
  3. Daily Moisturizer – Especially AFTER you shower or bathe. Your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use generously every time you wash. Products with plant stem cells can not only soften but also turn back time with your skin, especially on your face.
  4. Clean your makeup brushes – How often do you clean your makeup brushes? (Your probably thinking…. I don’t actually). Dirt, grime and oils left in the brushes can cause evil zits and breakouts, causing your base skin to get worse. Lucky for you, they are simple to clean yourself using a bar of soap.
  5. Eat clean – Turns out your personal trainer knew what he was talking about — you really are what you eat, and your skin may be a perfect reflection of your inner health. A healthy diet with ample beauty super foods can enhance skin texture, hydration, firmness and smoothness. I suggest a diet of foods rich in:
    1. Lean protein (salmon, tofu, soy, sardines)
    2. Omega-3 fatty acids (almonds, salmon, sardines, walnuts, flax seed)
    3. Antioxidants for rapid skin repair like vitamins A, C and E (carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, berries)
    4. Minerals like magnesium and zinc, which facilitate hyaluronic acid production to provide unsurpassed skin hydration (soy, kale, carrots, pumpkin seeds, whole grains)

Do you have any other tips on what you suggest that makes your skin healthier as part of your skin routine?

Wedding Catering in San Francisco is not an option!

A good friend of mine, Staci, recently celebrated her 15th wedding anniversary out in San Francisco at the Forest Hill Club House. She was trying to keep her costs low and debated on hiring a wedding planner.  She actually does a number of custom cakes for weddings all the time so she decided to forego the cost of a wedding planner and let her good logistics friend, Angelina, handle some of the details.

Angelina and I talked on the phone a few times and decided there was a few things that we wanted to make sure went right – a good DJ, a solid caterer, and an amazing photographer. Her original wedding had the worst photographer of all time, no music or dancing (which she loves) and the food was made by her mom. Based on the stories that Staci has told me in the past I knew what she was really looking for.

When it comes to food, Staci has always planned her vacations around restaurants and food anywhere she has traveled. She is a bit of a foodie and loves new things so I decided that we needed of the reputable Bay Area wedding caterers, and fit the bill just perfectly.

San Francisco wedding caterer
San Francisco wedding caterer

I will warn you that this company is not inexpensive but the food Continue reading

A review of


I’ve decided to start reviewing some of these diamond retailers from time to time to help guide you when it comes to finding the special ring for your engagement or wedding day.  Today I am starting with

When shopping for an engagement or wedding ring one of the things to remember is that this ring will be with you for a lifetime. Shopping online for a ring can take some of the mystique out of the experience, but you are more likely to find exactly what you want than if you look locally. Nothing quite beats trying on that ring and falling in love with it in person, this is well known by jewelers, and if you are willing to forego the fantasy of walking into an overpriced shop like Tiffany’s then shopping online may be just the thing to do if you want to find that perfect ring.

James Allen has done a pretty good job with their website. They have attempted rather successfully to make the experience as easy as possible. In comparison with DeBeers the website is much easier to navigate. I will admit I got lost, even drooling a bit Continue reading

10 Bridal Wedding Shoe Trends for 2013

In 2013, variety is the new catch of the day.  As you know, many wedding dresses don’t feature the shoe unless the bride wants them to be seen.  In the past many brides have worn simple flats or even white sandals to ensure comfort.  This year, is the year of the bold bride that likes to add a dash of bold style to her somewhat traditional ceremony.  Today I will list the top 10 wedding shoe trends for 2013:

  1. Pink Heels – Many women first started planning out their perfect wedding when they were even a child.  The pink bridal heeled shoes lets a woman declare her of love of the simple girly things in life and yet still be proud to call herself an independent woman.

    Pink bridal wedding shoes - Hot 2013 trend
    Pink bridal wedding shoes – Hot 2013 trend
  2. Custom printed shoes – Thanks to the improvements in technology today, made heeled wedding shoes can have your favorite print, or even something symbolic or sentimental printed on them.

    Custom bridal wedding shoes
    Custom bridal wedding shoes – patterns, images, & even Star Wars
  3. Mint – Hot color of the year.  This is the hot color of 2013 and seem to be found throughout numerous wedding magazines and fashion runways.  A little hint of mint adds crispness and a light dash of color to any color palette.

    Mint Wedding Heels
    Mint Wedding Heels – 2013 Bridal Trends
  4. Custom decorated vintage wedding heels – With places like Etsy now very popluar you can easily find the perfect shoes and get it custom tailored to your exact specification including adding delicate vintage lace or retro styles to it.   Continue reading

Options for your Engagement Ring Purchase

The time has come. You’ve either decided to propose your girlfriend for a life together or thinking about it. What do you do now? First thing to do is to buy a diamond engagement ring, a ring that shows your love for her.

Putting the engagement ring on your fiance
Putting the engagement ring on your fiance – a moment you never forget

Since people are inclined towards engagement rings, we highlight the engagement ring purchase options to help you through.

Diamond Rings – Diamond rings for an engagement are bliss. Women love Continue reading