Sunday, December 27, 2009

Happy Holidays

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. The most important factor in the holiday season is spending time with friends and family, as well as helping out those less fortunate. I was fortunate to share my Christmas with my loved ones filled with lots of food and fun. I am very thankful for everything I have been blessed with, and will always give back. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year. May 2010 be everything you want it to be!


photo courtesy of vistaprint

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Glamour vs. Comfort

You want to wear those cute shoes that hurt your feet, but you also want to be comfortable on your wedding day. What’s a girl to do? Below you will find some tips to help make your feet happy on your wedding day…

• The most tried and true tip is to wear your to die for heels during the ceremony and the beginning of the reception, later changing into a flat.

• Consider investing in a top quality shoe, as the top notch construction equals more comfort.

• Consider shoe pads to prevent your shoes for slipping, shifting and rubbing.

• When shopping have your feet measured, and try on shoes at the end of the day as your feet tend to swell and will be at their largest.

• A few weeks before the wedding begin to break your shoes in. Wear them inside the house for an hour or two.

• Consider purchasing shoes from a store specializing in dance shoes. Dance shoes are designed especially for comfort while dancing.

• Be true to yourself. If you are not accustomed to wearing five inch heels, please do not attempt such a task on your wedding day. If you must wear a heel higher than your norm buy those with plenty of time to practice, practice, practice.

Although you want to look your best on your wedding day, you also want to have fun. Remember when your feet hurt it shows on your face, so make the choice to be both glamorous and comfortable.
Photo compliments of

Sunday, December 6, 2009

ABC Indy Part III

We began our final day of conference with the Spice Breakfast with ABC Stars. Each table was paired with an ABC star whom added spice to the breakfast conversation.

My place card and the spice gift
Table setting at the spice breakfast
During the breakfast the recipient of the Miss Dorothy Heart was revealed, and here she is.
The theme for lunch was Enchanted Woodland Wedding. The speaker for the luncheon was Ciara Daykin. The room was filled with lots of beautiful decor, and a massive head table.
Peggy Post was one of the featured speakers and she gave a wonderful presentation on etiquette.

Lisa and Peggy Post
We also had the pleasure of having Sylvia Weinstock the queen of cakes as a featured speaker.

Lisa and Sylvia Weinstock
This concluded the conference for which I did indeed "Fall in Love with Indy". Can't wait until next year. Arizona here I come!

Photo Credits: Enchanted woodland lunch photo with speaker and Peggy Post at podium compliments of Shana Lumpkin Events.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

ABC Indy Part II

Picking up from were we left off you will see some of the photos from the "Diamonds are a girls best friend" opening reception. This was a magical night full of joy and laughter. I enjoyed meeting new friends, as well as catching up with old friends. Lots of bling! The highlight of this night for me was getting the results of my masters panel presentation. I could relive this night over and over again.

We opened the first day with some good announcements from our president and our keynote speaker Frank Andonoplas gave an awesome presentation.

Take a look at the decor from the Fashionista Luncheon:

We were treated to a design presentation from Gene Huddleson with great ideas on taking a design vision and altering it to fit every budget without changing the overall theme. See photos below:

Following the luncheon I attended a seniors session with Rebecca Grinnals. She really knows her stuff, and I learned a great deal. I was inspired to make some changes that you will see in the months to come. We concluded day one of conference with 10 minute topics. Please stay tuned, more to come...

Photo Credits:
Diamonds are a girls best friend and Gene Huddleson presentation photos compliments of Shana Lumpkin Events

Sunday, November 22, 2009

ABC Indy Part I

I attended the Association of Bridal Consultants Annual Conference in Indianapolis Indiana two weeks ago, and wanted to share some of my journey with you. I arrived in Indy on Saturday November 7th expecting cold winter weather, but to my pleasure the weather was absolutely beautiful. Since Saturday was a non-conference day we had time to unwind and see the city.
This was the view from my room at the Hyatt.
Sunday was a very busy day for me filled with excitement. Sunday morning I presented by portfolio before the Masters Panel for consideration to become a Master Bridal Consultant, and less than one hour later I was on my way to Lucas Oil Stadium to watch the Colts take on the Houston Texans. I had a wonderful time. The Locals adopted me as an honorary Colt, but we all know I love my Jaguars too much for that to last more that a few hours. Lucas Oil Stadium was amazing. It was absolutely breathtaking. Take a look and judge for yourself.

After the game with less than one hour to spare I had to get pretty for the Diamonds are a girls best friend opening reception. Want to see more of the Diamonds are a girls best friend event? Stay tuned for part II....

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lisa Burnett of Elegant Weddings by Lisa designated Master Bridal Consultant™

Jacksonville, Florida November 12, 2009- Elegant Weddings by Lisa is pleased to announce that Lisa Burnett has been awarded the designation of Master Bridal Consultant ™. This high honor was awarded at the 2009 Association of Bridal Consultants annual conference in Indianapolis IN.

Lisa is Northeast Florida’s only Master Bridal Consultant and one of only 50 Master Bridal Consultants in the world. Master Bridal Consultant™ is the highest level of achievement for the Association of Bridal Consultants.

“I am extremely humbled as well as overjoyed by receiving such an honor. I have put my heart and soul into wedding planning, and to reach this high level is a dream come true” said Lisa Burnett; Owner/Master Bridal Consultant™. “The best is yet to come”.

The Association of Bridal Consultants has been the professional organization for the wedding industry since 1981 and has over 4,000 members in 26 countries on six continents. The Association of Bridal Consultants is a membership service organization, designed to increase awareness of the wedding business and improve the professionalism of members. Membership is open to all wedding-related vendors. As a member, you can benefit from a local and national networking system, educational programs, and more.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Who makes the "A" list?

This is a topic that I address with virtually all my brides, so I wanted to share this post with you from Linnyette Richardson-Hall because it is so honest and hits the nail right on the head.

Celebration...not obligation

That's what your wedding is about. You and your beloved should be celebrating this milestone moment with those people in your life who mean the most. Simply put - a wedding is about "celebration - not obligation".

As a planner, I hear it all of the time. Guest lists that are crazy out of control because couples feel as if they MUST invite everyone in the known galaxy....the 4th cousin twice removed, the passenger who sits next to you on the commuter train, the lady down the street from your grandma who used to make cookies when you were small, the ladies from your aunt's Flower Circle at church who pinched your cheeks when you were 5 and attending Sunday School, the girl who's wedding you were in (but in actuality, you REALLY don't want her as a part of your party)...oh, this list goes on.

Wanna save money? Get off of the bus - ring the bell and tell the driver "the next stop is mine". In plain terms, rein it in and start to clearly articulate who can make the "cut". I get it - everyone thinks they are important enought to warrant an invite to your shindig. Unless your name is Jay-Z, Diddy, Trump, Gates, Buffet (throw in your favorite millionaire), it costs $$$$ to have a wedding. Let's be real here - you know you have a budget and you know you have to live after the "I Do's" are said. Make life easy on you (and your wallet) - take a closer look at those names on the spreadsheet. Have the "conversation" with your fiance' and be honest - if you don't know the names on the list....reconsider sending that invitation.

You should be able to mingle at your reception and seriously know every single face that's in the place. Period. A wedding is about the joining of hearts, families and friends - it's special. No one should ever make you feel OBLIGATED to include a guest that you don't know. This is your wedding, your party and you have the right to extend that special honor to attend to the people who really matter. This isn't a "free for all" or a "house party". It's the day you become Mr. & Mrs., and from my perspective -that means a lot.

At the end of the day - I want you to be able to look back and remember all of the smiling faces that saw you begin this amazing journey. Those should be faces that you chose to celebrate with you...not because you felt you HAD to invite them. There's a distinct difference between choice and obligation. Make sure you know which one is important on this day.......

Thanks Linnyette for your insight.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Caprina and Carl

Caprina and Carl were married on October 10, 2009 at Sandals Dunn's River Villagio; Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Their lovely seaside wedding was followed by an elegant dinner reception. Caprina was one of the most enchanting brides I have ever worked with. Her attitude and demeanor were so positive and uplifting. She also has the most beautiful smile. I wish Caprina and Carl all the best.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Color of the Day...

The Pantone color of today is Light Lilac. Keeping with that lilac theme here are some drink recipes to add a little pizazz to the party.

Purple Martini

•2 oz vodka
•3/4 oz PURPLE juice drink
•1/2 oz triple sec
1.Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
2.Shake well.
3.Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Recipe compliments of:

Purple Cosmopolitan

•1/2 oz. Curacao, blue
•1 1/2 oz. Vodka, lemon
•1 splash Cranberry Juice
•2 wedges Lime

Mixing Instructions
Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice (squeezing lime wedges into shaker and then dropping in the peels). Strain into glass.

Recipe compliments of:

9cl vodka
1cl crème de mûre (blackberry liqueur)
Pour the vodka and crème de mûre into a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a cocktail glass. The drink will be a clear and delicate lilac color.

Recipe compliments of:

Purple Cocktail recipe

6 oz Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
6 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
6 oz blueberry liqueur
6 oz sloe gin
6 splash lime juice
6 splash sweet and sour mix
6 splash 7-Up® soda

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.
(6 servings)

Recipe compliments of:


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Do your part

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we all need to show our support. There are many ways to support the cause, from charity functions, to marathons. You can also help by buying your everyday household items that display the pink ribbon. One of my favorite charities is Brides Against Breast Cancer. Please visit our previous post on this charity and how you can get involved. Below you will see some helpful links. It doesn't matter what you do as long as you do something.


Sunday, October 4, 2009

DIY Cupcake Stands

With the rising popularity of cupcakes at weddings, I wanted to post a few projects I have seen for the crafty do it yourself brides...

Cupcake tree Compliments of

Cake stand for cupcakes or mini cakes compliments of

Damask cupcake stand compliments of

Happy crafting!


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Alfred Angelo 75th Anniversary Giveaway

Alfred Angelo is celebrating 75 years of marriage. Register to win one of the many fabulous prizes offered:

* Honeymoon packages worth $5000 from Delta Vacations

* Her and his Palladium wedding bands from

* Alfred Angelo Wedding Gowns

* Alfred Angelo Bridesmaid Dresses

* Mindy Weiss Bridal Gift Package

And much much more!

If you had a great experience at Alfred Angelo you can tell your story and be entered to win:

•A Little White Dress for your rehearsal or reception
•4 bridesmaid dresses
•$5000 honeymoon from Delta Vacations
•$1000 wedding bands from

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Meet John Malinka

I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite videographers John Malinka of JM Video Productions. Join us for a question and answer segment...

Q: How long have you been in business?
A: Since 1982

Q: What motivated you to start the business?
A: Working as a tennis pro, I use to tape the tennis lessons to improve play. Later clients began asking me to tape other events for them, thus inspiring me to start the business.

Q: What is unique about JM Video Productions?
A: We are on the cutting edge of developing a good product that is customized to the bride's needs and wants.

Q: What is your specialty?
A: All special events

Q: What is the strangest wedding you ever captured?
A: A wedding where the bride came down the aisle to what sounded like demonic music. Strange interviews were given that the customer did not want edited. The event was filled with strange music and happenings that were very uncomfortable.

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Spaghetti

Q: Do you have any words of wisdom to offer for selecting a videographer?
A: Not all videos are created equal. Make sure you carefully view everyone's work. Be sure the videographer understands what your needs are, and that you feel comfortable with the personality of the videographer that will capture your day. Don't let price be the factor, always select quality.

Thank you John for sharing with us.

JM Video Productions
(904) 642-6111

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Labor Day Greetings...

Just want to wish everyone a happy Labor Day. Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. For more info on Labor day please visit You work hard all year long. Take some time to relax and enjoy your loved ones.
Take care,


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Alterations 101...

Below is some great advice on getting your gown altered from the Davids Bridal blog:

Alterations 101: What You Need to Know
By Kim Smith, Director of Alterations for David’s Bridal

After an exciting search, you’ve finally found your dream dress…. but does it fit just right, the way you always envisioned? Be sure to build time into your wedding countdown for alterations. To simplify the process, David’s Bridal’s expert alterations specialists, who are available at every nationwide location, will make sure your gown fits and flatters your figure. The ideal time to schedule your first fitting is when you purchase your dress. Of course our alterations specialists will do their best to accommodate you if you are not ready to schedule your appointment right away, but we all know that it’s best to plan ahead, ensuring a stress-free wedding day!

Here are a few important things to remember when you’re ready to have your gown altered:

o Be sure to factor the cost of alterations into your overall wedding budget. Keep in mind that alteration fees can vary depending on the amount of changes and complexity of the alterations – services include everything from shortening a dress and adjusting the side seams to adding sleeves and a bustle.

o When you visit for fittings, it is essential to bring the undergarments that you will be wearing with your gown. Properly fitting lingerie will not only ensure a smooth fit, but will prepare you for a comfortable and confident walk down the aisle.

o Remember to bring your shoes and veils to fittings too, to get a preview of your head-to-toe look and to ensure your dress is the perfect length.

o After alterations are completed at David’s Bridal, our alterations experts will ensure your gorgeous gown is pressed and prepared for your special day.

With your picture-perfect look set, get ready for an unforgettable wedding!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Centerpieces: To be or not to be?

Choices are endless when choosing a centerpiece. Below are some guidelines to help you in making the best decision...

1. Don't: choose a centerpiece that obstructs conversation. Opt for centerpieces that are either lower or higher than face to face conversation level.
2. Do: Use your bouquets as decor in your reception. You will not be holding them during the reception, so why not reuse them. There are many places your bouquets can add additional decor.
3. Don't: Use scented candles. The smell of several scented candles could overwhelm your guest.
4. Don't: Fill a large bowl with water then add one very small floating candle. If you are in love with floating candles, please choose one with a size that compliments your container. If you are using a large container opt for more than one candle, then accent the centerpiece with rose petals, blooms, and votive candles etc.
5. Do: Be creative and show your flair.
6. Don't: Go overboard with the marbles. We are not saying you can't use them, but proceed with caution. (Have your sponsor available to make sure you step away from the marbles when you have exceeded your limit.)
7. Do: Consider all the consequences when using live fish in centerpieces (and that's all I have to say about that).

When in doubt ask a professional. Your wedding consultant and/or florist can assist you in choosing the appropriate centerpiece.

Photos compliments of