alex & nada’s australian vineyard wedding

alex & nada's australian vineyard wedding

I’m excited to feature my first Australian wedding here on Planning It All! I’ve never been to Australia, but I’ve always wanted to go, so these beautiful wedding photos are a joy to share – I’ll just pretend I was a guest! Alex and Nada’s nuptials took place at the Killara Estate, a vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley. The wedding is full of fun, rustic details (check out the charming cake topper), but the real treat is the stunning view. Enjoy!

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pink & gold rustic birthday party

pink & gold children's birthday party

Most people don’t think of historic houses as ideal venues for children’s birthday party, but Beauvoir in Biloxi, Mississippi, proved to be the perfect location for Brooke’s 5th birthday. Beauvoir was the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and now sits as a museum and historic home, available for wedding and event rentals. Brooke’s birthday was actually the first birthday party to be hosted on the grounds. The party is full of fun pink and gold rustic details, and the children enjoyed mason jar cakes, face painting, and pony rides around the estate. Enjoy!

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morgan & justin’s arizona pecan grove wedding

morgan & justin's arizona pecan grove wedding

When you think of Arizona weddings, you might not think of lush, green lawns and beautiful, serene pecan groves (I think most people would think of the Red Rocks of Sedona or the arid Grand Canyon) but such a gorgeous wedding venue does exist near Phoenix – The Venue at the Grove. This proved to be the perfect backdrop for Morgan and Justin’s nuptials last fall. Their wedding was full of fun details – giant Jenga, lawn games, a stunning marquee – plus six different wedding cakes! Enjoy!

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backyard garden bridal shower

Backyard Garden Bridal Shower

Sometimes the simplest of affairs are the best – I love this backyard garden bridal shower and all of the lovely DIY details. The hostess used seed packets as buffet labels (so creative!) and potted plants did double duty as place cards and favors for guests. Plus who can resist those lush peonies that made up the centerpieces? Enjoy!

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the best baby shower ever

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I’m so excited to share this baby shower today because it’s the best baby shower I’ve ever attended – and it was for me! My lovely friend Anna organized this amazing baby shower in honor of my daughter, who is expected to arrive this July. The theme was children’s books – guests were encouraged to bring a children’s book instead of a card in order to start the baby’s library, an idea I adored! Anna had lots of fun details – from the fabulous banner with the baby’s name (Emilia) to baby bottles filled with sweet tea and pink lemonade to drink, complete with pink polka dot straws. In lieu of a guest book, Anna had a box of toy blocks for guests to sign. The best part – the shower was over brunch, which is my favorite meal! The non-expecting guests were able to sip on mimosas, but we all nibbled on delicious brunch food, included amazing cupcakes made by my mother (who is very excited for her newest grandchild!). Enjoy!

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[guest post] 8 awesome theme ideas for your next corporate event

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Parties are always more fun when there’s a theme. It creates more opportunity for engagement and mingling. The last thing you want at a social event is the sound of crickets or guests chattering on their phones instead of with each other. Contrary to what naysayers say, themed events are not just for junior high school dances or a 10-year-old’s birthday bash. Themes are used all the time for college, corporate, and charity marathon events.

 If you’re short on ideas, the following considerations make for a great themed corporate event.

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mad hatter tea party styled shoot

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How would you launch a new Southern tea line? With a tea party, of course! Rachel Strickland Photography took this one step farther and designed a Mad Hatter tea party for a fun and whimsical twist. The details and decor are full of topsy-turvy lines – I love all the teacups and books. And the coffee cup chandelier is such a fun twist! And the cake and cupcakes are to die for! Enjoy!

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brendon & danielle’s fall wedding

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Brendon and Danielle were together more than 10 years before tying the knot, and their wedding ceremony and reception is full of poignant family details that nod to their already long history together as a couple.  For example, each of the mothers carried a photo of their child as a baby on their nosegays. Danielle, the bride, had a locket on her ankle with a photo of her with her late father so he could still “walk her down the aisle.”

There were fun touches as well – kudos to the couple for giving guests a favor that might literally “pay off” – scratch off lottery tickets! I wonder if any of the guests won some spending money!

Enjoy!

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monique & tommy’s colorful outdoor wedding

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I love this DIY wedding in Arizona – perhaps mostly because it doesn’t look like a DIY wedding, even though the bride and her family handled almost all of the details. I also love the bright colors – perfect for an Arizona wedding. The outdoor ceremony and reception are stunning; the twinkle lights over the reception space are just magical. Enjoy!

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has someone solved the shoe problem?

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I first wrote about the “shoe problem” over a year and a half ago. I’ve been aware of the shoe problem for as long as I’ve been an event planner. What is the shoe problem, you might be wondering? It’s the extreme difficulty that event planners have finding comfortable shoes that work for being on your feet at an event for hours, if not days, at a time. I’ve written an entire post explaining this problem.

But has someone solved this problem? Tanya Heath has apparently tried. The Paris based designer has released a pair of shoes with interchangeable heels. That’s right – you can go from flat to a wide heel to a stiletto. But as Connect Your Meetings reports, this comes at a price. The shoes retail for $380 sans heels, with each set of heels running $26. Another benefit of this system? The heels are available in a wide variety of colors, patterns and designs. So you can think of your heels as a way to add “bling” to your outfit – if that’s your thing.

Of course $400+ is a lot to pay for a pair of shoes, and I’m not entirely sure it would solve the shoe problem better than a comfy pair of flats. And at that price point, I’m not likely to experiment any time soon.

What do you think of this solution?