Kate Middleton's Wedding Bouquet

 

Brides choose the flowers for their bridal bouquet for a variety of reasons – color, fragrance, favorite flower, etc.  For the Royal Wedding, Kate Middleton carefully chose the flowers for her bouquet based upon the meaning – or “language” – of each flower.  Her bouquet contained a stunning variety of myrtle, ivy, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth.  The lily-of-the-valley represents the return of happiness; sweet William means gallantry; hyacinth is for the constancy of love. Both ivy and myrtle represent both love and marriage, with myrtle as the emblem of marriage.

In choosing flowers for your wedding, think about what you want your bouquet to “say,” and choose your flowers accordingly.  Enjoy!

I love a fabulous Spring – especially when it leads to a magnificent June!  When the April rains have led to plentiful May flowers … and now fabulously lush and green June gardens.  It’s still cool enough to be able to enjoy the beautiful weather during the day, and the incredible evenings outdoors.  What a fabulous time for an outdoor wedding!

I was browsing through some of my favorite blogs, and ran across this amazing inspiration board on Snippet & Ink, inspired by the book “The Secret Garden.”  Could it be more perfect?  I just had to share it with you.

All via Snippet and Ink – Inspiration Board #10:  The Secret Garden

These are the days that I dream about, that inspire me and allow me to create incredibly romantic garden weddings.  One can only imagine that magic and love can be found right around the corner in lush gardens, hidden fences and secret paths.  The pale lilacs of the flowers and the cool celery hues create a perfect color palette for this wedding, and the added touch of crystals, ruffles and lace are fitting touches.  The ambiance is cool, yet warm and intimate.  Certainly one to serve as a fabulous backdrop for love and memories on your special day!

Here’s a great tip:  I love serving ice cold lemonade with a sprig of lavender.  Not only does it look beautiful, but it also takes the drink to an entirely different level of chic and elegance.

Enjoy this long Memorial Day weekend!

Eve

What an amazing experience!  From the very first evening we arrived, we were pampered and experienced the “Luxury Included” that Sandals is known for.  This “Jewel of the South” is truly that … a unique resort set in a 500 acre nature reserve, along a 2 mile long alabaster beach with blue waters as far as the eye can see.  The lush tropical foliage and natural wildlife – such as my amazing experience with the peacock! – are fantastic.  But, you really need to see it to truly appreciate it.

During our stay, we were able to experience and see many of the details that the new Weddings by Martha Stewart at Sandals has to offer.  Martha has designed 7 unique and fabulous wedding experiences for Sandals’ brides and grooms.  Everything from a “Seaside Serenade” theme – featuring muted aquas and corals – to a “Chic and Natural” theme – featuring a simplistic, natural tablesetting incorporating river rock and natural elements.  Our first evening we were “guests” at a wedding dinner with beautiful orchids and white linens.  The china and glassware were beautiful, as were the custom-designed, orchid=graced menus.  Needless to say, the dinner itself was amazing – seafood puff pastry and beef tenderloin to name just a few courses!

The next day we toured the resort and were treated to a viewing of many of the incredible wedding venues.  They all were unique, and all were beautiful.  The ceremony decor was beautiful as well … and each coordinated with the “wedding experience” theme that was chosen.  (We were even lucky enough to see a real wedding with a gorgeous bride!)  At lunchtime, we viewed a complete “Seaside Serenade” tabletop setting – gorgeous!  And, so refreshing!  Perfect for this island setting!

Last night’s dinner was also truly fabulous – a candlelit dinner on the beach – an example of what a typical Rehearsal Dinner would be here at Sandals.  We were treated to a steel drum band and a bonfire on the beach.  (Though marshmallows were promised for our next visit … and for future guest bonfires!)  It was a perfect evening – a half moon, tons of stars, and clear skies.  And, while I shared the evening with the Eve-nts Girls and other bridal consultants, I could only imagine what it would have been like to share it with the one you love … it was so romantic.

A “shout out” goes to our hosts: Natalee, the Wedding Manager – a woman who truly loves to create romance and make couples’ dreams come true; Glendon, the Sales Manager, who is eager to please his guests’ every whim; and Patrick Drake, the General Manager, who is responsible for the amazing staff at the Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Resort.

Whether it’s a destination wedding, an anniversary celebration or a much-needed vacation, you will certainly enjoy this exceptional resort!

So, as we get ready to board the place …

Whatever you do, make it exceptional!

Eve

We made it!  And, was it worth the wait!  The Sandals Whitehouse European Resort is all that we had imagined and all that we had hoped for!  The European-style resort is beautiful – tropical flowers, peacocks, beautiful sandy beaches and amazing blue water as far as the eye can see.  The staff greeted us with champagne cocktails and have treated us like royalty ever since.  Sarah and Steph are eagerly exploring the Resort’s pools and beaches as I write this.  Off to join them for some sun and an “umbrella” drink!

I love cherry blossoms!  They are symbols of good fortune, emblems of love, affection and spring.  What a wonderful way to celebrate spring – especially because they are so delicate and elegant. This week is the peak of the blossoming of the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., so I decided what a perfect time to blog about incorporating something that you love, that is symbolic or special into your wedding or event.

The use of your favorite item or symbol doesn’t have to be over-the-top.  It can be as subtle or as lavish as you like.  Here, I have decided to show you a few ways to incorporate cherry blossoms into a wedding.  It can be through invitations, a cake, the use of the blossoms in bouquets, favors … or something as elegant as using the colors of blush pink, ivory/white and brown in your wedding gown.  I have assisted a bride with a Monique Lhuillier gown to reflect the cherry blossom season … she wore a blush ball gown, with an ivory lace halter vest, and a beautiful chocolate brown sash – gorgeous!

We often encourage and assist our couples in finding a theme or motif that is special to them or reflective of their personalities – something that makes them unique – subtly carrying it through to all aspects of the wedding.  This allows the wedding celebration to be cohesive from beginning to end, and allows the guests to feel connected to the wedding at all times – from the invitations through the favors.

Find that one thing that you are inspired by and allow it to help make your wedding yours.

The last weekend in February we were thrilled to be able to plan and design a fabulous intimate destination wedding (with 8 guests) for a very special couple in the Big Easy.  We often say, “Whether it’s an intimate gathering or lavish affair, EVE Events is dedicated to celebrating it in a distinctive, sophisticated and memorable fashion.”  This was the perfect opportunity for us to really be creative and shine!  And we truly enjoyed it.  We were able to bring all the elements and charm of New Orleans into various aspects of the city.  The wedding was held at a romantic, historic mansion, full of charm, with distinctive, dramatic gates, brick walkways and a gazebo.  The signature gates of the city were reflected in the gatefold invitations that we made, and the local “flavors” of the city were represented in the products used in the welcome amenities.  The colors of sky blue, ivory and light peach were integrated throughout the event; the ivory and light peach, the accent colors, were used to intimate the warmth of candlelight.

Photos provided by Priscialla Wannamaker Photographer, Benachi House and the bride and groom.

We were able to include some fun surprises for the bride and groom … such as a visit by the amazing violinist Amanda Shaw, who strolled up the front walkway performing “Lovers’ Waltz.”  She then broke into one of her signature Cajun tunes, “Dance a Carre.”  Check her out at www.amandashaw.com.

For additional photos and information about the wedding, check out the Benachi House and Gardens’ website.

After a celebratory, exquisite, amazing dinner at Emeril’s Delmonico Restaurant, the bride and groom continued the party in the French Quarter, where the fun continued into the wee hours of the morning.  We wish them the very best and a long and happy life together!

With love,

Eve, Sarah and Stephanie

The Spring/Summer 2010 Minnesota Bride issue is finally out on the stands everywhere, and we are so pleased to announce that one of our favorite brides and grooms is featured in the Real Weddings section.  Meredith and Paul were married in April 2009 at Breck School, followed by a beautiful reception at Windows on Minnesota.  Their wedding photos are featured on our website on our Weddings page … and now are featured in Minnesota Bride!  It’s very exciting!  To see their wedding feature, follow this link:  Meredith and Paul’s Wedding – or go to www.mnbride.com and look in the Real Weddings features.

They have an amazing story to go with a fabulous wedding!  We wish them well … many hugs and kisses and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness and love!

With love,

Eve, Sarah and Steph

Did you get engaged over the holidays? Are you starting to plan for your upcoming wedding?

Start 2010 off right with a celebration of fashion, food, and fun! Mpls.St.Paul Weddings presents our grandest event: The Bridal Party on Sunday, January 10th at The Depot. This one-day event with an “Under the Moonlight” theme will spotlight the very latest in bridal fashion with three must-see runway shows featuring couture designs. You’ll also meet 120 local weddings experts and learn about hot trends, experience live music, and sample great food. Not only will you have access to the best local bridal resources in the Twin Cities, but you also can  register to win amazing prizes including an $8000 diamond ring giveaway from Scheherazade and a $5000 romantic honeymoon give away.

Sarah, Steph and I will be in attendance in Booth 203 – stop by and say hi!  And, some of our favorite vendors will be there as well … Monique Lhuillier will be displaying her fabulous dresses, and Apres Party Rental will be on hand to show you many of their fine linens and rentals available for your special occasion.  I’m sure you will find many of our favorite florists, caterers and other vendors to assist you with ideas.  We would be thrilled to be of assistance to you as well.

Show hours: 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Go online for more details or call 612-313-1791.

We look forward to seeing you!  May 2010 be filled with 2010 kisses!

All our best wishes for a year filled with exceptional memories and events!!

Eve

Anyone who knows me knows that Monique Lhuillier has been a huge inspiration in my life.  She designed my wedding dress, my bridesmaids’ dresses, and practically all of my occasion dresses.  If there is an important moment in my life, it has been marked in some way by Monique.  I am fortunate to work in a world where I am able to introduce Monique Lhuillier to the lives of others – to show them how her love of romance and fine fabrics and accessories transpires many aspects of life.  Monique Lhuillier believes that brides should feel like princesses on their wedding days; that a bride should feel her best on one of her most special, memorable days.  Monique has designed some of the most beautiful wedding dresses, inspiring trends throughout the industry, with her use of beautiful laces, appliqués and silhouettes.  She has added similar touches to her ready-to-wear collections with peacock feathers, pearls and crystals.  And her accessories are to die for – her clutches are fabulous, using the finest leathers and adornments.

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Monique Lhuillier has expanded her brand into other lifestyle elements, inspired by her dresses, that transition from fashion to home.  She has recently added a line of invitations which incorporate elements of the details of her dresses – the lace patterns, the sashes, and colors.  Brides can now use aspects of their dress as their “theme” for the wedding – from invitation to ceremony to reception to wedding cake to amenity packaging.  It is a subtle but elegant way of incorporating something so special and unique into such a special day.

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Monique has also developed a line of fine dinnerware, stemware and accessories that also reflect elements of her dresses or of her personal interests.  Her Pointe D’Esprit china is based upon sheer, light-as-air tulle, and is lavishly embellished with embossed bows and dots.  She has a fabulous new black and white pattern – Couturier – coming out in early January.  EVE Events is an exclusive rental agent for two of these exquisite patterns – the Etoile Platinum, with both the blue and the tan chargers and accent plates, and the new Couturier black and white china.

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Let EVE Events show you how to incorporate one of the top wedding designers into your wedding day.  We can assist you with invitations, rentals and appointments and fittings for your wedding gown and bridesmaids’ dresses.  We have an exceptional relationship with the Monique Lhuillier flagship salon in Edina – let us make your wedding gown shopping experience an amazing one.

Hello All!  Every once in a while Eve, Sarah and I will be posting our own blogs.  Today is my first very own blog!

I am the girly one out of the three of us, so I wanted to share with you some of my inspirations today… ruffles and lace.  Here are some ideas on how you can incorporate these pretty details into your event, whether that be a dinner party, bridal or baby shower, garden party or wedding.  Enjoy!!

Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier, ruffle dress by JCrew, parasol by Henry Kaye, blue lace cake from theKnot, garden scene from Lola B’s, others by Martha Stewart