Beach Wedding

So you want to get married on the beach, a destination wedding maybe? The best things about traveling to your destination are first, inclusive resorts offer extra wedding/honeymoon packages. Second, simple works great… you already have remarkable scenery and lastly, no traveling to your vacation destination after the wedding, you’re already there. Simple decor hung from the white garden chairs really pop.

Teal and aqua fabrics adds to the natural beauty.

Archways, trellises, white voile…simple, easy… whatever you like. Cocktail tables with plain linens or bright colors, it won’t take much to make this the most breathtaking view of your life.

Top it off with a heart castle in the sand and rose petals. A memory you’ll never forget and your pictures will be amazing.


Character themed events…

From a Cinderella wedding to a Mad Hatter tea party Birthday, putting your own twist on classic stories for your themed events… balloon sculptures can help you create an entire theme easily, air filled balloons are a great way to make and unbelievably great piece add a few card board characters and you have something like this… or a balloon archway to transform a room…

How about a Sleeping Beauty Birthday?

Custom cakes can be made for any idea you have or any event you want.

Elaborate centerpieces can be designed and displayed to wow your guests…

Finally, the effect to take the cake, quite literally… Disney interactive wedding cakes, directly licensed by Disney.

Check out the Disney Wedding site for more info.

Make your event truly spectacular and ask your event coordinator to help you design the event of your dreams. Anything you can think of can be made to come to life.

What to expect when you are not expecting….when the RSVP’s have failed you!


First, don’t panic… While you should have a seasoned event professional on staff who would have foreseen this issue, you may not have had such a luxury.  So here’s the facts to any late arrivals and unplanned guests. People may or may not include their plus one on the card when they send it back, circumstances change and you always have friends and family who are habitually late. When planning for your big day you have to include these minor set backs and shrug it off as something that happens and you cannot control.  Make sure to never limit your space. The venue you choose should never be at max capacity to your guests. Cut them a break and leave some wiggle room. You should always have this discussion with your caterer when you are planning out your meal selection and they can guide you and let you know the appropriate amount of “extra” servings to allow for. If you are having seating cards and assigned tables, leave a few tables near the door marked as reserved, these can be used for late arrivals and unexpected guests. Though you didn’t know they were coming, you never want guests to feel that they are a burden and at the 11th hour you don’t want to scramble for seats. Always leave a few seating cards blank for these last minute write ins and have places set like you knew they’d show. If you don’t have an event planner, put SOMEONE ELSE in charge. This is your day and a friend or family member will willingly help out and escort unexpected guests to seats they can fill.

Interview with Amy Lewis and her fab company…Makeup by Amy Lewis



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is the owner of the Michigan based  company, Makeup by Amy Lewis, and seriously one of the sweetest and most talented women I know.  In this interview Amy and I discuss how her career started, what makes her unique, and top questions brides should ask their Makeup artists. Go grab yourself a cup of something good and enjoy!



Tell us something about yourself and your business.

I am a professional makeup artist/business owner of Makeup by Amy
Lewis. I live in Monroe, MI but I am able to travel to all parts of Southeast
Michigan and Northwest Ohio. In the past I have worked for MAC Cosmetics, and
now freelance for cosmetic company Benefit. I graduated from the
University of Toledo with my Bachelor’s degree, which has helped me greatly in
running a successful business.

I take pride in providing the greatest on-site beauty experience for the bride who wants
refreshingly modern, yet naturally classic bridal makeup styling. Working with
brides and the bridal party is such a lovely experience. Being part
of the excitement that morning is an extraordinary feeling and its so
satisfying for me to see a woman transformed into a confident, glowing bride. I
specialize in makeup for Weddings, Photography, & Special Events.


How did you decide to become a makeup artist? Who or what inspired you to become involved in

My fierce passion for makeup began at a young age. I distinctly recall discovering my mom’s makeup bag for
the first time. I began digging through it as if it were a treasure chest,
examining each item with great curiosity and wonder. That eventually led me to
the MAC counter where I would linger and watch the artists working on their
clients, taking note of their techniques and color choices. I made it my goal
to become a glamorous MAC Makeup Artist one day. I went on to make this goal
many years later, and realized my potential to share my talent with people
outside of the realm of retail. My favorite part of being a makeup artist is
not just the transformation, but showing my client the finished look. The look
of absolute amazement in her eyes and the smile on her face are things I will
never stop enjoying. I especially appreciate the honor of a bride including me
in her wedding day and trusting me to make her look incredibly stunning on her
wedding day. Every day I feel very lucky and privileged to have a job I simply
love doing!




What makes you unique? What separates you from other makeup artists?

I think what makes me unique as a makeup artist is that I work with each of my brides one-on-one.
I enjoy getting to know my clients and their needs, that way we are both on the
same page and everyone is 100% happy. Having offered professional makeup
services for over five years, I’m able to interpret clients’
specifications and preferences to create gorgeous makeup styles.  My goal
is to give you elegant and polished makeup, putting your best face
forward, so you look and feel beautiful!


Where do you get your inspiration from?

I find inspiration in magazines, beauty blogs, social media, photography,
and the red carpet. It’s also fun to visit Sephora and other cosmetic counters
to explore new products/colors!




What should brides ask when booking you as their makeup artist?

Many brides’ first question is usually “how much?” While it is important to stick to your
budget, your makeup/hair is absolutely crucial on your wedding day. The
difference between everyday makeup and bridal makeup is there are different
products/techniques involved to allow the makeup to withstand heat, sweat,
tears, and a very long day. Most brides invest quite a bit in their
photographer that all goes to waste if your makeup does not photograph well. I
cannot tell you how many people I’ve met that regret not hiring a professional
makeup artist for their wedding. I even hired a trusted professional for my own
wedding day!




Some questions you should ask those you are considering to provide makeup for you on
the biggest day of your life:


1)    What products/brands are in your kit?
2)    Are you licensed/certified?
3)    Do you provide airbrush makeup or hand-applied makeup?
4)    Will you travel to me?
5)    How much experience do you have doing weddings? What style of
bridal makeup do you like best?

6)    If you have any skin concerns (oily, dry, rosacea, acne) you
should ask for their advice and what they recommend to decrease these issues.

7)    Are you able to accommodate large bridal parties?


How can future clients contact you?

I can be reached at 419-704-6981 Monday- Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. You can also email
me anytime at
If you’d like to read reviews and check out my most recent work, please visit
my page My online portfolio can be
viewed at


Thanks Amy!





Various Venues For The Occasions…


Any number of buildings and locations can make a perfect wedding reception venue! Picking which venue will likely be one of the most difficult decisions of your entire planning process. Here are some ideas to help out. Ideally, this process should be started a year prior to the event!

Hotel wedding reception. There are so many different types of hotel that there’s likely to be something for everyone. Having accommodations for you and your guests is a big plus!

Historic wedding reception . This choice offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy the use of a stunning building.


Restaurant wedding reception. Food and drink are among the main ingredients for a successful wedding reception! You’re more likely to find a good match if your wedding party is smaller.

Sports or social club wedding reception. Different types of club premises can be perfect for a wedding reception. Many offer a stunning location.

Tented wedding reception. If you have access to spacious gardens or other outdoor space, a tented wedding could be worth considering.

Set Your Sites…On The Type..


The first thing to take into account when choosing the type  wedding is that there are likely to be two parts of your wedding to organize – the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception. A church wedding is still the favorite choice for many couples and most have a particular church in mind. In this case, the reception must be planned around the ceremony location.


If you’re thinking about a civil wedding, you have the option of choosing a venue that will host both your wedding ceremony and your wedding reception.  This has the benefit of minimizing the amount of traveling involved for you and your wedding guests.


Then there is the destination wedding. This is a really fun and adventurous choice! Just make sure that everyone is able to travel , and can afford to celebrate with you.

Let’s Get Naked ❤❤❤


Photo: Pinterest

Cakes without icing also known as “naked” cakes are one of the prettiest trends in weddings this year.  Naked cakes became popular along with the rustic wedding trend. This year there is no ending in sight! Just think of the magnificent smell of the cake without the fondant! The colors and adornments are endless.






Photo: Elizabeth Ann Designs