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Purple Passion Inspiration Video

Purple can be very beautiful as a design element in your wedding!

Enjoy Beauty!

 

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September 28, 2009 Posted by | Inspiration Videos | 2 Comments

REAL WEDDING – Lindsay & Ryan

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Lindsay & Ryan

 

Real Wedding couple Lindsay & Ryan are beautiful inside and out.  I met Lindsay and her mother at a bridal show and her mother loss my business card.  They went on a hunt for me for about a month before we reconnected.  What an honor it was to participate in this wedding.

Blair Phillips Photography who I absolutely love, took these wonderful shots of the wedding. 

Floral Design by Rene’John Designs.

Enjoy Beauty!

 

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September 23, 2009 Posted by | Real Weddings | , , , , | 1 Comment

Cocktails Anyone??

This blog posting is dedicated to my bride Karen because of her set answer to any irritating situation, “I need some drinks!”

The “Specialty Drink” at wedding receptions has become a vital part of the festivities.  It’s a fun and tasty way to add a personal signature to your wedding reception.

Scienceofdrink.com is one of a my favorite websites for libations.  This site provides you with hundreds of drink recipes and loads of cocktail pictures to help inspire you in mixing up your own “Specialty Drink” for your party or reception!

Below you will find several individual drink recipes with the prepared drink pictured in a beautiful glass, thanks to Science of Drink.

Drink Responsibly and Enjoy Beauty!

 

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209 East Cocktail

60 ml tequila Sauza Hornitos
30 ml Cointreau
15 ml strawberry Liqueur
30 ml fresh lime juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

You can use tequila Leyenda Del Milagro Reposado (100% de Agave) instead Sauza Hornitos.

 

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Bahama Mama

20 ml gold rum (I use El Dorado 12 y.o.)
15 ml coconut rum (Malibu)
15 ml banana liqueur
10 ml grenadine
30 ml fresh orange juice
30 ml pineapple juice
Shake. Double-rock glass. Garnish with some fruits.

 

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Bellini

50 ml fresh peach juice
150 ml dry sparkling wine (white)
Build in flute. Garnish with piece of peach.

 

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American Beauty

15 ml brandy
15 ml dry vermouth
15 ml fresh orange juice
15 ml grenadine
1 dash creme de menthe white
30 ml port wine
Shake all without port, cocktail glass, top with a port.

 

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German Chocolate Cake

30 ml Malibu
30 ml creme de cacao white
10 ml Frangelico
1 splash half-and-half
Shake and strain over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with four squirts of canned whipped cream (about 3/4 inches high) at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions.

 

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Green Dragon

30 ml vodka
30 ml green creme de menthe
15 ml Cointreau
Shake. Cocktail glass.

September 21, 2009 Posted by | Tastebud Treats | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Fall Colors in Wedding Design – Part 2

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Crazy BOLD Colors!  In Part 2 of  “Fall Colors in Wedding Design”, I want to display my other favorite fall color combination from the Pantone Color Institute.  They are  American Beauty, Iron and Warm Olive.

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American Beauty

Why this color?   Because RED is my absolute favorite color of all time!   American Beauty is a deep jewel tone, true red that balances well with other colors.  It’s perfect for all skin tones.  American Beauty is a rich and passionate color that ignites the senses and makes us feel alive!

Iron

The Pantone Color Institute has pegged the strong yet understated Iron as the “new black”, this fall season.  Iron is making traditional basics much more interesting. Neither gray nor brown, Iron is a grounding color that coordinates well with all colors in the palette.

Warm Olive

Warm Olive, a rich yellow-green adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to fall.  This is my favorite accent color when doing floral design.  When combined, this tangy, intriguing hue makes all other colors more interesting!

Check-out this lovely Inspiration Board displaying how wonderful these colors work with one another.  To see the 2009 Pantone Color Institute Fall Color Report, click on “COLOR”.

 Enjoy Beauty!

 

 

September 19, 2009 Posted by | Color Me Perfect, Inspiration Boards | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

  A LETTER TO MY BRIDES

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Diet woes of brides is nothing new.   Who doesn’t want to look their best on their wedding day?  But when a bride loses her life because of an inappropriate diet, we should all be questioning the quality of diet information that is being communicated over the airways, in books and over the internet.

Thatsfit.com reports today that Samantha Clowe, a 34 year old woman that was preparing  for her wedding went on a crash diet that may have contributed to her recent death.  She loss more than 40lbs in 11 weeks on the controversial Lighter Side Diet .  This diet provides you with a little over 500 calories a day!  She was literally starving herself.  To get an idea on what the calorie intake should be for women, please click on “Calories”.

To all of my brides out there, DIETS don’t work.  I know this because I have struggled with my weight as well.  What we have to do is exercise and eat properly.  Is this hard to do for some of us, oh yes!  But there is no other way around this.  Do not let the authors of these crash diets tell you otherwise.  You have to move more and limit the fat, processed foods and sugars.  Unfortunately, we want it quickly and quickly will not keep it off or assure you good health.

A spokesperson from the company Lighter Life claims no responsibility and stated:  “We were very sad to hear the news about Samantha Clowe, but Ms. Clowe was still clinically obese and her health may have already been compromised even though her BMI  went from 37 to 32 at the time of her death.

Home Office pathologist Dr Alfredo Walker said a post-mortem examination failed to establish a cause of death, adding that it may be related to her low calorie diet and weight loss. 

Samantha Clowe didn’t want to be a “fat bride”, but now she will not be a bride at all because of a desperate attempt to fit into the “perfect bride” perception.   Ladies when embarking upon this journey, please remember what is important.  Your future life with the one you love, not an outside perception, image of what you think you have to look like on your wedding day. 

For more information on this story click on “Thatsfit”.

Love Yourself!

Rene’

September 10, 2009 Posted by | A Letter To My Brides, Botticelli Brides | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fall Colors in Wedding Design – Part 1

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Pantone Color Institute Fall 2009 Color Chart

 

The Fall Colors in Wedding Design for this year are very robust, vivid colors that catch the eye as written about in the Pantone Color Institute Fall Color Report 2009.  This report forecasts what colors are hot this fall in fashion.   And as we all know, the trends in fashion dictate the color trends in floral and interior design as well. 

Each season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week in February to identify the 10 most directional colors. Like a painter’s palette, fall 2009 offers choice and diversity, but the unique integration of colors is what makes it so appealing. 

We will examine the different color combinations in several blog posts.  

The first color combination I would like to showcase is Purple Heart and Honey Yellow.  A warmer, more subdued Honey Yellow carries the 2009 color of the year, PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa, through to fall and winter with its golden tones. Pairing Honey Yellow with its color wheel opposite, Purple Heart, will surely add a surprising flair. 

Check-out this lovely Inspiration Board displaying how wonderful these colors work with one another.  To see the 2009 Pantone Color Institute Fall Color Report, click on “COLOR”.

 Enjoy Beauty!

 

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September 9, 2009 Posted by | Color Me Perfect, Inspiration Boards | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Real Wedding – Stephanie & Amonde

 

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Amonde & Stephanie
“Purple Majesty” is how I would describe this stunning wedding held at The Charlotte Museum of History in Charlotte, NC.  Our “Real Wedding” couple Amonde & Stephanie were two very busy professionals, but through all of the emails and calls, we as a team pulled it all together.  What I found so interesting about this couple was that my groom Amonde was very involved in the planning process more then my bride Stephanie.  To my surprise the day before the wedding I found out that Amonde has a degree in Interior Design which made the end result even more delicious for me and my team.  He and his bride were thrilled!
 
 
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Florals and Event Design by Rene’John Designs

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Real Weddings | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment