Canceling a Wedding from a Hurricane?

With the 2020 hurricane season becoming one of the most active in recorded history, it’s time to breakdown the proper way to cancel if and when a hurricane causes you this unforgettable memory. Let’s talk about what you need to do and in what order.

  1. STAY POSITIVE

A hurricane is just as unpredictable as a wildfire can be in California or tornadoes in Oklahoma…… Remember that your wedding day luck is not a reflection of what your marriage will be like. Just think of all the weddings canceled in 2020 from the coronavirus pandemic. This kind of unpredicted event is truly a test of the vows, “for better or for worse”.

2. LET THE GUESTS KNOW ASAP

Many of your guests will have made lodging plans with Airbnb or through services like Expedia, Hotwire, Priceline, or TripAdvisor. Most of these include an extenuating circumstance clause for hurricanes and such but some do not. The sooner your guests can notify the companies the higher chance they have for a full or partial refund. This also applies to flights and rental cars and such.

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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

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?

A review of JamesAllen.com

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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 JamesAllen.com.

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

Destination weddings in Paris, France

So many couples look for a memorable place to get married somewhere in the world.  France has plenty of popular wedding venues to pick from, the Eiffel Tower being the most popular.  You need to remember that there are so many other locations to think of besides the token tourist hot spots just check out http://www.lesitedumariage.com

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Paris, France weddings – undiscovered venues

The French Riviera has plenty of venues to choose from:

  • Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
  • Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
  • Chateau de la Napoule
  • Chateau de la Chèvre d’Or
  • Domaine du Mont Leuze

Looking for the perfect wedding winter venue in France? Here are a few:

  • Cabane Des Praz – Chamonix
  • L’abbaye de Talloires – Annecy Hotel
  • La Tour d’Argent
  • Le Chateau du Martinet
  • Anne-Laure

Of course, Paris has some beautiful locations that also allow your guests to enjoy the nearby tourist spots. Imagine your guests having a day shopping in Paris before the wedding, feeling a bit shilly in the paved streets and inevitably attracted to all the lovely shops and restaurants looking so warm and comfortable from the outside. Also, Paris offers many venues with breathtaking views that can be enjoyed through beautiful windows in the warmth of a dining room.
Of course, I was born an raised in the Southeast and prefer wedding in locations like Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, and Miami, FL. Their is such a southern charm to these location and a feel of the old south. If you are looking for some nice Atlanta Wedding venue I would checkout the 200 peachtree website.  I also bet that you will get married at a location that is on some kind of peach street. (Atlanta has over 60 streets with the name peach in them).

Here are some little known facts about French marriages.  The legal age of consent is 18 and IF you get divorced you must wait 300 days before you can remarry.  Makes sense to me!! Hope this blog has assisted you in finding that perfect spot in France for your future wedding!!

Wedding Planning Flubs and How to Avoid Them

Every bride-to-be runs into a wedding planning flub or two, but the trick is to make sure you bounce back the minute you encounter one of these pesky bumps in the road. Here are some common wedding planning flubs and how to avoid them.

Wedding planning flubs are a nuisance, and every bride runs into one or another at some point during the wedding planning game. You’ve secured your ceremony and reception locations. You’ve booked all your vendors. You’ve even found your dress. But then the unthinkable happens—you run into a wedding planning flub that threatens to throw a kink in the whole wedding planning process. Not to worry! Check out the following wedding planning flubs and how to avoid them so you can tackle the problem the moment it arises:

You lose/gain a few inches in between dress fitting appointments—Between stress, new diets, and different exorcise routines, it’s not uncommon for brides to gain or lose a few inches during the wedding planning process. If this happens, don’t panic. The seamstress can usually take in your wedding gown to accommodate the inches you lost easier than letting it out to account for gained inches. Either way, if the change is drastic, your seamstress or dress maker can figure out a way to alter your gown accordingly. For tricky customization in the event of excess weight gain or loss, though, be prepared to pay more in the way of alteration fees.

personalized wedding favors
Cute pink & blue personalized wedding favors.

You have to change the menu items at the last minute—Whether you learn that many of your guests have similar food allergies or the caterer cannot get their hands on the materials for your dish of choice before the big day, there are many reasons you might have to change menu items at the last minute. If this is the case, meet with your caterer and plan an alternative that still offers the flavor and presentation you want. The changes might involve something as simple as substituting a spice or type of cheese.

You send invitations out too late—If you order your invites too late or push your luck and send them out too late, consider dropping everyone on your list a line to let them know the invitation is on its way and thank them for their RSVP courtesy on such short notice. Sending out invitations at the last minute is one of the most common wedding planning flubs brides run into, but the situation can usually be easily remedied.

You forget the favors—You need to wait for your RSVP’s before ordering favors and then before you know it, your wedding is right around the corner. That’s ok! There are tons of great options that arrive in a week. Personalized favors that can be found and delivered within 2 weeks! It’s a small world. Take some time to browse, you will be surprised the options you will find.

The key is not to worry and get all Bridezilla. Stay calm. These flubs tend to have a way of working themselves out.

Outdoor Muddy Weddings need work boots, not patent leather oxfords

Sometimes brides decide NOT to cancel their outdoor wedding and just persevere through the rain.  If you do, bad things can happen. BUT you can at least make some wonderful memories in the process and perhaps become playful in the mud. In fact, many older cultures on this planet take rain on your wedding day as a sign of good luck. Rain brings water to dry places, and causes crops to flourish.  You can see why it’s viewed as being a blessing and bringing good luck.

Muddy outdoor wedding? Be prepared with proper red wing boots
Muddy outdoor wedding? Be prepared with proper boots

Redwing boots are the perfect men’s workwear boot. You can find dozens of these boots at www.davesnewyork.com for affordable prices! Of course, do you really want to wear boots to a wedding day if it just sprinkles?  Just tell your bride that rain is symbolic for blessings, cleansing, unity, and a new day. If she wants to have children, remind her that rain is also a sign of fertility and new life. Rain helps things grow and become something new and better.

So if the weatherman predicts heavy participation on your blissful day remember the old French saying, “Mariage pluvieux, marriage heureux“, which  promises a happy marriage as a result of a wet wedding. And if you don’t buy  into the idea that rain is lucky, there is always the old standby: Rain, rain,  go away – come again another day! Of course your guests probably won’t come back if you reschedule the last minute. Even if they try to do some comparison shopping for airline rates, last minute flights are ALWAYS expensive.

Wedding Caterer

Guest written by our friend Gladys Fuentes

I knew better than to get into the wedding industry but when I started my catering operation it just made the most sense. People who do weddings spend a
lot of money on food and if you’re not doing those kinds of events you’re really not going to survive very long in this business. After my first couple of brides, who were totally easy, I decided to expand that side of things and get ever more involved. Big mistake! I made my office bigger and got business phone service
packages and hired two servers part time but you know, somewhere along the way I got branded as “the wedding guy” and that’s where it all went downhill. People are just crazy when it comes to wedding food and on that day in particular and I can’t believe that after so many weddings I still get yelled at. I knew what I was getting into, though, so I guess I can’t really complain about it at the end of the day. IT’s more money, at least!

wedding caterer
Wedding Caterer- let the professionals do it

Medical scrubs can be fashionable like Milan, Italy

Nobody told me working in a hospital would be glamorous and I knew a medical career wouldn’t allow me to wear beautiful 5 inch heels. I guessed I envied my younger sister going to work each day in her designer suits and dresses. I just always believed wardrobes, outfits, even uniforms should reflect personalities. Wearing the same dull blue scrubs clothing as all the other doctors in the hospital did little for my belief that looking good made you feel good, in fact the best part of the day would be clocking off after shifts to change into my glamorous and feminine clothes and pretty shoes.

My weakness was clothes and fashion and the thought of dressing the same as everyone else in dull scrubs almost put me off during training. I thought I would always resent my uniform and despise dressing in the same dull outfit each day.

It wasn’t until I met Jasmine the new girl at work that I realised she seemed to have broke the mould with her scrubs. She caught my attention straight away with her floral scrubs and brightly colored scrub hats. Where on earth had she bought fashionable and feminine scrubs from? Strangely enough even in scrubs it looked like she was wearing a different uniform. She told me about a company that specialised in making scrubs for men and women who like me didn’t want to conform to the dull traditional scrubs that had for so long dominated the medical profession uniform. So there I was all of Tuesday night on http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/categories/Scrubs/Scrubs-for-Women/ searching for a new uniform that would help me stand out of the dreariness of the standard issues blue scrubs I had grown to loathe. Now I am not saying me and Jasmine sub consciously compete against each other for most fashionable doctor each day (even Milan, Italy scrubs couldn’t do that) but I certainly feel prettier and more feminine at work now knowing I can choose the designs and colours I wear into work. I have even noticed the designer scrubs wearing off on a lot of the new young guys too which is definitely not a bad thing!

Are watches the best groomsman gifts?

I remember on the week of my wedding my fiance finally broke down and got something for his groomsman. He ended up getting them an antique pocket watch that we both knew nobody would ever actually use.

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Groomsman gifts like wedding pocket watches?

Their are more useful watches for guys out there.For example compass watches. Sometimes your Iphone 4 doesn’t know which way you are facing when walking.  A compass watch is more accurate about telling you which direction is north or south vs your iPhone.

What about those guys that are military or at least like to play Call of Duty on their Xbox 360’s.  What about a Timex military watch?  Then when they are playing Xbox on live or out in the woods playing paintball, their groomsman gift will actually be useful for them. When was the last time you saw a man in his 20’s with a pocket watch?

Most groomsman typically attended college with the groom.  In that case buy something that brings back memories of the old college days when all of you were single. Buy them college logo watch.  For example, the nevada watch is both a nice stainless steel watch AND has your college logo.  I’m sure that would bring back memories of how many times you ran off to Las Vegas when you should have been studying for those difficult exams.

Anyway you look at it, watches make great gifts for men.  Another option would be to buy some Rolex replicas and make them think they are real.  That only works if you have a well paying job though.

3 Tips for that perfect lipstick on your wedding day

Since you were a teenage girl you’ve been pulling lip glosses out of your purse and swiping them on without even thinking. Your love affair with gloss was natural; it just felt so right.

And then things started to change. You wanted more. Like heroine to an addict you needed more. Lip Gloss just would not do anymore. You even started fantasizing about bringing home that ruby red lipstick you spotted in the cosmetics section of Cover Girl at Wal-Mart. You fell to your cravings and started buying lipstick, BUT your mom never really showed you the way. Now your wedding day is approaching and you want that perfect look that will knock your husband to be on his knees all over again.

If this is something you understand, then here are 3 tips to help shock your new husband into submission:

1st Falsehood: Lipstick will accentuate “flaws”

Some women shy away from lipstick because they assume it will accentuate perceived lip flaws such as wrinkles and dryness. And while lipgloss is the worst culprit when it comes to falling between the cracks of your lips, a bit of preparation is all one needs to ensure that lipstick goes on smoothly and doesn’t head south.

Start by caring for lips nightly with a light exfoliating treatment and application of moisturizer. For exfoliation: you can make a sugar scrub at home by combining a teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of water. Follow up exfoliation with an application of hydrating lip treatment. In the morning, slick on a coat of moisturizer before you begin your makeup routine. Allow it to sink in while you apply your other makeup first and then blot lips before applying lip primer, lip liner and lipstick.

2nd Falsehood: Lipstick is too bold for sunshine

Some women eschew lipstick for fear it is just too much for daytime wear. I suppose if your days are destined to be dull and void of color, this could be true. Otherwise, it’s how makeup is combined that really makes it “too much.”

3rd Falsehood: The color is short lived

Assuming lips are prepped in advance, begin by applying a lip base to enhance lipstick wear and banish color bleeding.

Lip liner is a must. If you don’t have the matching liner, opt for a neutral shade.

Experts always seem to recommend applying lip liner first, but novices know that leads to chalky, overdrawn lip lines. I recommend applying one coat of lipstick after the base, and then blotting lips. Next, apply lip liner and then reapply lipstick.

If the change from sparkly lips to matte is too much for you, add some shine by dotting a touch of eye shadow in gold or silver to the center of your bottom lip to add shimmer.

Do you want plumper lips like Angelina Jolie? Here’s a tip!

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Angelina Jolie wedding dress - full lips

“Using lip liner in a shade slightly darker than your lipstick, overdraw the line (so the line is right outside your lips),” says Revlon consultant , Jody Fisher.

“Apply the lipstick, and then in the center of your lips, blend in a drop of foundation and top it off with a gloss.” Don’t worry about lip lacquer, just stick with the basics.

Anyone else have tips on keeping your lips beautiful for that wedding?

Should you hire a professional for your wedding makeup or do it yourself?

I’ve heard some arguments for and against the use of a professional makeup artist lately that I thought I would come up with a nice pro and con list for each of these:

Professional wedding makeup artist:  Pros

  • Possible to get it free with makeup purchase of a certain amount
  • You only use the makeup once, so need to buy special makeup you may never use again
  • Typically allow some sample trial applications to play with your makeup a little to find that perfect look
  • TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System ($225) is a lightweight system that lets you spray on concealer, blush, bronzer, or highlighter. It gives you a flawless, fresh, and dewy look. You can even use it all over your body.  Really fast to do….Sephora lets you do a trial of this stuff..
  • If you buy a wedding package sometimes it includes the professional makeup as part of it
  • If you never wear makeup this will add that extra surprise to the groom and obviously you shouldn’t attempt your first makeup application at your wedding
  • You can use a makeover as a gift to your bridesmaids as part of your package

Professional wedding makeup artist:  Cons

  • Price can range from $60-$100
  • If you’re not famaliar with the makeup artist they could do your makeup wrong and still have to pay

professional wedding makeup
Professional wedding makeup

Do it yourself wedding makeup: Pros

  • Like Chelsea Clinton, you could keep it real simple and opt to not wear any makeup.  Especially if you have a great skincare regimen and your skin looks great anyway like hers.
  • You already own your favorite colors and know how you like to look. Continue reading

Are white gold diamond wedding rings the new thing for men?

When my husband and I got married almost 12 years ago platinum and titanium bands were becoming pretty popular.  These rings have had their heyday but I’m noticing a comeback in the white gold diamond rings for men again.

white gold diamond rings

Their are cheaper offerings online made with a bare minimum amount of gold, which makes resizing rings more difficult and can actually damage the jewelry when attempted. I know this first hand after buying a white gold ring in Alaska on a cruise, once the ring was resized it looked horrible.

Grooms today prefer white gold to platinum because of its durability and affordability. White gold also retains its value longer than silver. Of course local jewelrs are having more of a challenge with the broad selection of the Internet from Continue reading

Why would you need wedding insurance?

I was just thinking about this the other day after reading an article online.  You can buy insurance on your wedding ring or engagement ring, insurance for that honeymoon cruise in case a hurricane blows through, and insurance on the tuxes for the wedding.  Why not buy wedding insurance on the entire event?  Now remember, this doesn’t cover the bride or groom “backing out” of the wedding. This covers other things that are out of your control so you could actually get your money back.

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wedding insurance for the unexpected

I discovered this website called my-weddinginsurace.co.uk that can cover the following items, I created a list of what a basic wedding policy ($30) from them can cover, they have more expensive ones that can Continue reading

Top 10 things you need to buy after the honeymoon

Before I get to this list, want to share a way you could some items off the list.  Just found out on twitter about a contest at  http://www.supimalastingmoments.com/.  You can enter in their contest for a chance to win some Fieldcrest luxury premium towels.  I’m sure all of us have our favorite towels.  My husband and I splurged about 4 years ago on some high end towels that could only be used by us.  Our children get good quality towels but ours are extrememly soft and big.  Here’s some quick details about these Fieldcrest towels.

  • Made of 100% Premium Supima Cotton for Maximum Absorbency, Loft and Durability
  • Rich Assorted Colors
  • Machine Wash, Tumble Dry
  • Sizes – Bath 58×30; Hand 30×16; Wash 13×13 “

Also seems like the reviews on them have come back pretty positive over at Target – “These towels are so soft and after numerous washings, still look new. Have a wonderful expensive look to them and I need to go back to buy a few more! If you want to know the full contest rules check this out.

happy honeymoon couple on the beach
happy honeymoon couple on the beach

When getting married there are definately a few things you should pay a premium for.  In fact I’ve compiled a list:

Top 10 things you need to buy after the honeymoon:

1.  Soft Luxorious towels for your daily baths or shower

2.  High end, 2000+ thread count egyptcian cotton sheets for your bed and pillowcase.

3.  Memory foam mattress (or topper) for the little sleep you find time for in the first few months.

4.  His and her power toothbrushes

5. DVR from Tivo or your local cable/dish network so you never argue over shows missed or games.

6. A cellphone plan that works best for your needs as a permanent couple with free mobile to mobile minutes and unlimited texting.

7. A calender, to lay out plans for your next vacation and private getaways. (It’s good to let the honeymoon set a tone on what kind of vacations your spouse will expect for the future)

8.  Caller ID, so you can avoid phone calls from the mother-in-law or others when necessary.

9.  Large bottles of cologne and perfume to ensure you always smell desirable to your partner.

10.  Buy some equipment for your hobbies so you can share that passion with each other.  It could be a tennis racket, a mountain bike, running shoes, a guitar, etc.  Couples that play together, stay together.

You have any other suggestions on what a couple should buy?  Let us know.

A wedding planning blog that gives some free tips and trends for 2010

Was browsing around yesterday looking for the coming trends in 2010 and ran across a wedding coordinator website titled “Planning Elegance”.  These guys are one of many San Francisco Wedding Planners but they seem to not just sell their services.  Great tips and advice can be found throughout their website and coordinated Wedding Blog. They had a great article on the top 5 wedding dress trends for 2010.  My favorite one mentioned was wedding dresses that offer a hint of color in red.  What a great way to highlight a favorite color of the brides or bring in that special something to help make your wedding more memorable?

Here’s a wedding dress with a hint of red to it.  What do you think?  Do you think the editorial staff at Brides.com would feature it in their spread?

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Wedding Dress - red color accent

After finding this dress I was inspired to find a nice matching wedding planning board in red & white.  The first theme that pops up with these colors is naturally Christmas, Valentine’s, even 4th of July BUT you can find many other ways to integrate a red hint of color in your wedding without it feeling like a holiday festival.  It took me about 15 minutes to find a red wedding inspiration board that didn’t involve a holiday so I hope the following board inspires you. Continue reading