Monday, March 30, 2009

Weddings and Pets - Do They Go together?

Jennifer Hudson has set a date for her nuptials with David Otunga. However, the couple is keeping their wedding date to themselves. Jennifer says she wants a classy, traditional wedding. But one thing she wants to do that is not so traditional is have her dogs in the wedding. I have gone to lots of weddings in my life time, but never have I seen dogs in a wedding, but apparently it has been done. Check out a few Atlantans who have had their furry friends in their weddings. Photo of Jennifer and David courtesy of Associated Press

Source: AJC Pets,

Peace and Blessings,


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Beautiful Garden Wedding

I recently received the photos from the wedding I coordinated last month. This wedding was really fun to plan. I worked mostly with the mother of the bride who was an absolute delight. The vendors were all really cool, professional people who did their jobs well. The photographers, David and his wife Tammy, of David Molnar Photography did an exceptional job on the photos. They totally captured the essence and feel of the wedding. Take a glimpse at Lauren and Blake's wedding at the beautiful Dunaway Gardens in Newnan, GA.
In the picture above, take a look at the three people standing far off near the tent. I'm the one on the left. The other two guys were ushers.
The food was done by Kimble's Event by Design.
The cupcakes were made by Polka Dot Pastries and the groom's cake was made by Sweet Sensations
From looking at the pictures, it hard to believe that it rained all day the day before through the morning of the wedding day and then snowed the Sunday following the wedding.

There are so many more wonderful photos. If you want to see more, send me a comment and I will post more pictures.

Peace and Blessings,

Friday, March 20, 2009

Custom Illustrated Keepsakes

While surfing the net, I came across this website called Etsy. At Etsy, you can commission a keepsake of the most beautiful dress you'll probably ever wear - your wedding dress. But it's not limited to just your wedding dress. Have a favorite dress that you absolutely love? can also have an illustration done of yourself in that dress as well.
Below is an illustration of Alicia Keys in a dress she wore to the Grammys:

The illustrations will fit a standard 8"x 10" picture frame, but if you desire another size, just let them now. For more information, click on the Esty link above.

Peace and Blessings,


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Oprah Interviews the First Lady

I am a huge fan of Ms. Oprah Winfrey. However, I have to admit that I am not a subscriber of her magazine. But because I am absolutely inspired by Ms. O and our First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama, I had to pick up a copy of the April edition. Check it out. Finally someone worthy enough to share the cover....

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Blogging Bootcamp Atlanta

I was going to wait until a later date to blog about this, but I'm so excited, I can't hold it any longer! Liene Stevens of Blue Orchid Designs and The Smart Planner is bringing her Blogging Bootcamp to Atlanta.

When: May 6, 2009
Where: The Bridal Bar Atlanta

Topics covered will include:
*How to discover and leverage your blogging voice
*How to maximize your blogging ROI*How to develop killer content - consistently
*Hot to set short term and long term goals for your blog
*How to effectively analyze your stats and blog traffic
*How to increase your readership and keep them coming back for more
*Specific strategies and techniques to use your blog to improve your main website's SEO or "findability" on Google
*How to promote your brand through your blog's design and content
*Maintaining professional boundaries while still being personable
*And more!

This event would not be possible without the generous support of By Your Side Events, Christine Gallagher Photography and The Bridal Bar. To find out more information and to sign up for the bootcamp, go to

I'm looking forward to becoming a better blogger. LOOK OUT WORLD!!! Stay tuned for updates.

Peace and Blessings,

Saturday, March 14, 2009

God's Knot

Have you ever heard of God's Knot? Well...I have to admit I had not until my former clients chose to have a God's Knot ceremony in their wedding last month rather than lighting of the Unity Candle. Being the inquisitive person that I am, I googled "God's Knot" to find out more about it. The ceremony consists of the bride and groom braiding the three strands. In doing so, the couple demonstrates they have chosen to allow God to be the center of their marriage and they (God, the bride and the groom) are woven together as one.
The Gold Strand - represents God at the center of the marriage
The Purple Strand - represents the Groom
The White Strand - represents the Bride
Pictured above are my former clients tying God's Knot during rehearsal
Source: God's Knot
Peace and Blessings,

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Running of the Brides

Get ready, set, go! For all you brides-to-be out there, get your running shoes out. Filene's Basement in Atlanta will be having their world-famous sale on designer and brand name wedding gowns, better known as "Running of the Brides". The sale will take place Friday, March 20, 2009 from 8 am until 9 pm. Filene's Basement is located at 3535 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30236.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Budget-friendly Bouquets

To all my BSBs (Budget-Savvy Brides). Here's a tip on saving hundreds of dollars on flowers for your wedding. Besides choosing flowers that are in season and do not have to be imported, consider buying your flowers from Sams Club, and making the bouquets yourself. While shopping at Sams, I came across these fresh flowers:
$5.88 per bundle (10 stems)

$14.72 per bundle

$19.72 per bundle (25 stems)

Arrange these flowers any way you like, wrap the stems with satin ribbon, add any other embellishments to your liking, and there you have it - a nice inexpensive bouquet. If making bouquets is not your forte, email me at or call me at (404) 368-0273, and I will make all the bouquets and centerpieces for your wedding for a price that fits your budget. Peace and Blessings, Tracy

Sunday, March 1, 2009

First Came Rain, Then Sun, Then Snow...

When planning an outdoor wedding in February in Georgia, you just never know what the weather is going to be like. For instance. I had rehearsal this past Friday and it rain all day, so we went to plan "B", which was to have the wedding under the tent where the reception was to be held. Take a look. I watched the news Friday night and first thing Saturday morning. 100% chance of rain according to the weather report. Oh well...I thought. We have a good solid plan together, so I wasn't worried, but still hopeful that maybe God would lighten up a little. I arrived at the venue 3 1/2 hours early, rain still pouring, and not even a hint of sun in site. The wedding must go on, so I pressed on, hoping and praying the sun would come out, because I knew my bride had always dreamed of having a garden wedding. As I ran around making sure all the vendors arrived and were set up, I barely realized the dark clouds started to clear and the rain had stopped until an employee of the venue said they were going to set up outside instead of the tent. PRAISE THE LORD!!! I said to myself. Back to plan "A", but not really...we didn't have time to set up a prop that was a major part of the wedding, so we went to plan "C". A plan the pastor and I came up with about 45 minutes before the wedding. We didn't have time to practice so the wedding party had to visualize what they were to do. The wedding started 10 minutes late and that was only because the bride's parents wanted to give a few more guests time to arrive. It was like the gates of Heaven opened up and poured us out a blessing. The wedding was absolutely beautiful, and my bride got her dream garden wedding. Then I wake up today and WOW! It's snowing! That's Georgia in February - you never know what the weather may be like. Stay tuned for professional pictures of the wedding. Peace and Blessings, Tracy

It's My Birthday!

Today I am again thankful that God allowed me to live to see another birthday, and to share it with my two boys and husband (not pictured of course) made me appreciate it even more. Peace and Blessings, Tracy


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