Handbags, jewelry, hair products, red carpets... ohh my!!!! I would like to introduce you to Secret Beauty Spa . A full service spa located in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Voted as one of the BEST in Rhode Island.
Featuring everything from hair and nails to spray tanning , make up, massage and complete bridal services. The team at Secret can help you with all your needs. I can't wait for them to pamper me and my bridal entourage next fall!
Beautiful leather handbags by d'andrea handbags were on display throughout the salon.
Handbag designer, Nicole D'Andrea was on hand showcasing her beautiful handbags.The "Mister" collection is just so very amazing. I have constant dreams of " Mr. Arrogant"
I am kicking myself for not grabbing him while I was there.
John Medeiros made an appearance to see his jewelry displayed around the salon and to take in the festivities..
It was such a fun night filled with beautiful things.
Make sure to contact the team at Secret Beauty and give yourself a little holiday gift of pampering!
And I'm not talking about alcohol shots for the tables.. I'm talking about the tradition of getting photos taken of each table complete with all the guests.
"Table Shots" were really big in decades past. In the late 90's to early 2000's, the tradition seemed to fade out.
All of a sudden " boom" they're back on trend! Out of the past 11 years of capturing weddings, 2014 was the YEAR of the table shots. So much so, that I added a line on my event detail sheet asking if my clients wanted group table shots at their event.
Every couple that has asked for table shots LOVES them! Their wedding goes by so very fast and they truly enjoy seeing their guests in the groups that they meticulously placed them in.
If you are planning a wedding and want table shots here are a few tips to make it happen.
1. Tell your photographer BEFORE your wedding. Some photographers are a wee younger than me and are not even aware that this is a tradition of weddings past. I had a client tell me once that she asked her niece's photographer to take table shots and she took photos of each empty table! Your photographer will not automatically take table shots. You need to let them know that you would like them.
2. The reason I added the question to my event detail sheet you ask ?
Table shots are very time consuming for your photographer. It's nothing we can't handle, it just takes a lot of time. Think about this for one second, how many times do you think all 8 -10 guests are at the table at the same? Someone may be chatting elsewhere, another is at the bar or at the restroom. It is our job to scout continuously for complete tables and keep track of the ones that are complete and that are not. Most cases there are 10-20+ tables. This takes us away from anything else that may be spontaneously happening at your wedding.
3. Think about hiring a second shooter for your wedding. Second shooters are not always as much money as you may think. The second shooter for my wedding is only $600 extra. That's an extra professional shooter for an entire day for $600! The main photographer can focus on you and the second photographer can rally the troops for table shots.
With a little pre-event preperation this tradition is one of my favorites! I'm glad it's made a comeback.
Maybe if you bribe the guests with an alcohol shot to all be at the table at once, it will happen more efficiently... hmmm ... I may be on to something!!!! Table shots for table shots!:)
Every October we make the annual trek to our local Christmas Tree Farm and tag a tree. We enjoy the hunt and decorating the tree with Halloween stuff. We always place our trusty skeleton on the tree and take a yearly photo.
And this year's tree!!! 2014We went to the tree farm this weekend to get our tree. It was a very cold day.. very cold.. We walked around to see where our tree was and we could not find it. We searched and searched. Finally, after about 15 minutes, we pulled up the photo to see if we could get a feel of where we were and what in the world happened to our tree.
If you notice in the photo, there is a tree decorated with yellow ribbon, we saw that tree and figured out the location of our tree. At this point I swore someone took our tree.
It was sad and hilarious at the same time!
The tree farm was nice enough to give us another tree for FREE!
This will definitely be a story retold through the years.. The poor dismembered Christmas tree of 2014.
It's funny because when we first purchased this house, the first thing I wanted to change was the front entrance foyer flooring.
I thought it was a bit... much ....
Here it is, in it's full blue glory during the house inspection.
After replacing the light fixture and painting the door an off white, I actually didn't mind the floor so much.
Quite possibly because I'm just used to it!
In the foyer I have a hutch that was equally not as desirable.
It was painted black with a wood top. To add to the awfulness, the person that painted it chose a glossy black. The piece fit well in the spot though, so that's where I placed it
This is the only photo I could find of this piece. You can also see the front door was still glorious brown as well.
Above the hutch I hung my favorite photo of all time. Will at the beach during sunset.
So now that my door looked all bright and pretty, it was time to update that hutch.
I chose a color from the photo. I wanted a tangerine / coral color to match the sunset and to play off the blue floor. Say hello to opposites on the color wheel!
The smart thing to do would be to pull the photo up on my phone and color match the swatches. Instead I chose by what I thought would look good.
The awesome thing about paint samples is that they cost so little, yet they give you quite a bit.
Here is color number one. ( notice I said color number one )
This was not what I had in mind. It seemed a bit pepto pink to me. I wanted more tangerine.
We added new black handles and now I love my happy hutch!!!
Best thing is, it cost $6.00 in paint ( 2 sample size paint jars= 3 coats ) $10.00 for handles and $5.00 for poly to seal it.
A whole new upgrade for under $25.00 .
Sometimes those little things make a huge impact!
Happy weekend everyone!!!!!
It's that time of year again.. Time to send out the Holiday Cards!
If you recently celebrated a wedding or are planning on one for 2015, have you ever thought of sending out double duty holiday cards?
Although, it means that we'll be sending out our Save the Date's a tad early, I thought it was a marvelous idea!!
photo creds :toddwisonimages
Did you recently have a Fall wedding? How about a combined Thank You/Holiday greeting.
Some of my favorite saying are :
1. "Married and Merry"
2. "Married & Bright"
3." Wishing you a Married and Merry Christmas"
4. " Have Yourself a Marry Little Christmas"
Hmmm... I think I'm going to use one of these for next year!!!
Happy card making and money saving everyone!!!
Tis the season for fun cupcakes and cakes.
My daughter loved the camouflage cake mixes that are out there, so I bought the swanky mix to try it out. Much to my happiness, I soon found out it was super easy to do on your own. No special mix required.
A dear friend of mine is having a wee-one. So we thought we would have a little celebration. She has no idea if it's a boy or a girl, so I decided to make pink, white and blue ( marbled) cupcakes.
First, make a white cake mix following the package instructions.
Then, divide it into three bowls.
Next, choose two colors that you want to blend with the white. I chose pink and blue. You then add a few drops of those colors to two of the bowls. A few drops equal muted colors, lots of drops equal a more intense color.You then add a equal amount of the mixtures to each cupcake spot. Usually it's around a big heaping tablespoon of each color. I add them so that there is white on the top and both colors on the sides.
Take a toothpick and swirl the colors together. Don't go crazy though, you still want three distinct colors.Bake as directed... This is how they should look.
Now you can make your own fancy marbled ( camo) cupcakes!!!
I admit that Halloween is my favorite holiday, but Thanksgiving is right up there!
It's the time of year that you sit and remember Thanksgivings past and family memories. Minus one very disastrous Thanksgiving, it's usually a pretty wonderful day.
I'm hoping you all start thinking now about all there is to be grateful for.
Life isn't always easy, and sometimes you wish you can say to the universe " okay... stop with the constant life obstacle test please!!!". I find that those times are the best times to truly focus on how much you have to be grateful for.
If it wasn't for a disastrous Thanksgiving filled with comical memories, I would not be in the place where I am at now. This place right here is where I was meant to be. This place right here I am so very grateful to be.
As we were watching a family of deer in our backyard, I thought of how thankful I am for our home, our family and all of life's challenges that have brought us to this place.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
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It's wedding Wednesday everyone.
I have always been a fan of Tristan Prettyman. She has an amazing voice and is a wonderful song writer. Cedar and Gold was filled with lovers scorn after Jason Mraz ended their engagement. Every song ripped at your heart at the loss that she felt. One of my favorite lines in the album is " you gave up on us".. taking a slight bash at Mraz's mega hit " I wont give up".
Well my friends, as we all know, the world works in magical ways.
Sometimes the universe has to step in to make the path to your one true love.
I am so happy that she found love. Not just a regular love but a BIG love.
So on this wedding wednesday, grab your tissues and steal way 10 minutes to watch her wedding video.
This makes me want to rearrange all of our wedding plans and go get married in a safari wearing a red dress..