Friday, March 30, 2012

Featured on Munaluchi Bride!

We've been featured on the Munaluchi Bridal Blog with Rhiva and Joshs' wedding and engagement session!!

Be sure to check out the gorgeous photos with blue skies and big smiles from their engagement session and read all about their awesome "forbidden" love story from start to finish on the blog!

It's awesome to see Munaluchi Bride Magazine featuring a simple wedding like this! Rhiva and Josh had great style, but it was down to the basics. I hear many mumblings about how blogs only showing the over the top weddings, or DIY's that you have to be Martha Stewart to create, but you don't get much more simple than this one and we love it!

Even the date is simple, 10/10/10, you only have to remember two numbers ;) How cool is that!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Outside the Ballroom: Wild Acres Villa

We've found a slice of Europe here in Paisley, Florida. Wild Acres Villa is a secluded old world villa that frequents outdoor weddings on their private lake or gardens with indoor amenities as well. Nestled on 160 acres of luscious land, this is the perfect spot for couples who want to bring European flair to their wedding, or an event that wants a venue with a historic feel. The stained glass, Tuscan Villa Interior, antiques, and dramatic choices of lighting configurations can set the tone for an eclectic event.

Built on a lake, this Villa is the brainchild of a passionate and hard working man who was inspired by the beauty of Europe and the simplicity of an A-frame shop with eclectic antiques.

At Wild Acres weddings are their specialties. Whether you're looking for an indoor Mediterranean or Medieval vibe or an outdoors secret garden or lakeside ambiance, this venue can make it happen. The venue can hold either a small party of 100 or up to 1000 people at a time. With the old world feel and enchanting forestry surrounding the venue it is the perfect place for a romantic wedding.

 Beautifully crafted antiques give this venue a perfect rustic, countryside flavor

The possibilities are endless at this venue, dinner under the stars, cocktail tables indoors, tents outdoors

Fireworks, a horse and carriage, or even a helicopter landing pad are all possibilities at Wild Acres. They are extremely flexible in doing whatever it takes to make your event spectacular. While there are highly rated catering, tents, decor, and floral design available on site choosing your own is not a problem!

The rustic decor makes Wild Acres Villa a playground for photographers creativity

Wild Acres Villa is not only a unique alternative to a ballroom but it's also unique to Florida. It's not everyday you find a location with such history and charm it can only be compared to a the rolling hills of and villas of Europe.

After a night of seclusion spent under the stars of Wild Acres Villa guests will have felt like they spent the evening in the romantic countryside of Tuscany without ever leaving the Sunshine state.

Book your event at Wild Acres Villa!
Venue: Wild Acres Villa
Location: 46626 Jane Lane  Paisley, FL 32767
Get Directions!
Contact: 386.479.9979
Price Range:
Ceremony Site: Yes
Outside Caterers Allowed: yes, also on-site: 
Puff 'n Stuff, Crystal Cooks For You,
Tolla's Italian Restaurant,
Arthur's Catering, Encore Catering
Parking Available: Yes
Overnight Accommodations: No
Kosher Available: No
Valet Parking: Yes
Outdoor Space: Yes, garden and lakeside
Capacity: 1000 people max
Styles: Banquet/ Reception Halls/ Tents

This is a series about discovering other amazing venues that exist for weddings and other events, ranging from castles, to traditional antique ballrooms, to bed and breakfasts, to anything that cannot be classified as a modern ballroom or meeting room. We also want to hear from you about the venues you've discovered, so please submit them in the comments or email them to with Outside the Ballroom in the subject. For more info you can find it at the Introduction and for more venues check out

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Featured on Pizzazzerie!

Caelum's "It's Fun to be One", Dr. Seuss themed birthday party was a DIY masterpiece, and Pizzazzerie blog seemed to think so too! Pizzazzerie is an awesome blog to get DIY inspiration for life events and even find recipes!

Caelum's 1st birthday fit in perfectly as a featured birthday party because it was so creative, bright, and filled with joy, just like the blog! I can only hope my next birthday party is even half as creative as this one was!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Featured: Kelly and Steve's Wedding on JLM wedding!

We were so excited when JLM Couture contacted us for permission to feature the amazing wedding story we told of Kelly adn Steve. They had seen it featured in the Rock n' Roll Bride. They published it and we just hadn't noticed until the other day!

So check out Kelly and Steve's wedding, which took place at the Champion's Gate Omni Resort, featured on JLM's Wedding Blog! The Ed hardy tattoo theme made it easy for us to capture some amazing details. This wedding was truly about them. Check out the full wedding at Kelly and Steve!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thinking Different: Wedding Finishes

You've just had the wedding of your dreams. The ceremony ran smoothly, your vows had your guests crying like babies with love-light in their eyes, and you're ready to dance the night away as a happy couple.  Now what? How do you make your grand exit as newlyweds?

You could go the non-traditional route and exit through blowing bubbles, glide through a tunnel of flying butterflies or doves, or even have paper airplanes float over your heads.

Or you could go traditional and run through your guests as it rains rice! You may have heard the myth that our two-legged flying friends will explode if they ingest the rice. I was just informed that's not the case, however rice can still be dangerously slippery and is difficult to clean up. But wait a second, how did that kooky tradition get started in the first place?

The ancient Romans associated wheat with weddings, symbolizing prosperity. Rice and grains in general represent fertility as well as growth. Throwing these grains at the couple ensured their lives together would be full of all the virtue necessary for a happy life. Could you imagine throwing linguine at a the happy bride and groom?!

Rice was the cheapest option, so it stuck. Now you can order rice in all kinds of shapes in sizes. Our ancestors had some great ideas, but in 2011 we have plenty of ways to make the wedding toss a real flash of expression.

Some ideas to really make it fun for your guests are bubbles, bubbles, bubbles! Not only are they anti-cleanup, but your guests can take them to the reception or home for some additional dance fever fun and keep the little ones occupied! If you really want to maximize the fun with bubbles, get the edible kind!

I like the idea of doing something different and symbolic. If you give each guest a paper airplane at the end of the ceremony they can fly them over the bride and grooms heads as they depart as newlyweds. in a visually beautiful and meanginful way. You could even write well wishes on the wings of the planes!

If you’re feeling really inspired, one unique way to do the wedding toss is the release of live butterflies. I know, it sounds iffy, but it can be done and will make for a picturesque scene. Order your butterflies 4 weeks ahead of time to provide for breeding, and they will be overnighted straight to you in special packaging for their comfort. As long as the temperature is 55 degrees and sunny, the butterflies will fly and swirl around you and your guests like gentle well wishes.

Such a quick part of your wedding like the wedding toss seems like a small detail, but it is a detail that will part of your memory forever. Keeping it simple doesn’t mean you have to keep it boring. Everyone will have fun popping bubbles and streamers, or even seeing how much they can do before the sparkler goes out.

Taking chances like a live butterfly release doesn’t have to be such a chance as long as you pick the most reliable provider. Besides, your wedding deserves the most majestic moment possible.

Helpful links!:

Wedding Favor Bubbles
How To Use Streamers At Your Wedding
The Butterfly Site

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Postcard Inn, St. Pete Florida, Part 2 of 2 Reception for the wedding of Tori and Matt

The day ended up being perfect, which is usually important but even more important when you have an outside reception. Everything from the weather to centerpieces made this an awesome wedding!

Superstar Vendors!
Photography- Chad with with Willie Allen Jr. for Pilster photography
Venue- The Postcard Inn
Bridal Gown- Watters Gown from Julie Allen Bridal
Shoes- Kate Spade
Bridesmaids dresses- Ann Taylor
Cake Artist- Publix
Caterer- Post Card Inn Catering
DJ- Available Sound
Event Coordinator/designer- Tori Joel
Flowers provided by - Hall's Wholesale Florist
Menswear- Jos A Banks
Makeup- Tiffany Williams from Michele Renee Hair and Makeup
Officiant- Glen Gonzalez -family
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