Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tricia Huddas & Co. Real Savannah Wedding: Toni and Brent, Part 3

Toni and Brent know how to throw a party and they did just that for their wedding reception at the Hyatt Regency Savannah. The ballroom looked beautiful with gold chivari chairs and flowers by John Davis Florist. As the guests arrived they were serenaded by the soothing voice of Trae Gurley - my favorite - and the gentlemen were offered cigars from a custom Thermador - a gift to Brent from his Batallion. The cakes were done by none other than Savannah Custom Cakes, and photography by the DVB team.

Guessed received bottles of champagne as wedding favors, and had the chance to pose in an uber-fun photobooth while the DJ they brought in from NC rocked the dance floor all night.

The couple was sent off in style for a midnight cruise around town in a classic car.

Cheers to Toni and Brent – and their baby Bradley (just a dog, but don’t tell them that)!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Excuses and Excitement!

Your Daily Wed has surely been a daily disappointment lately! Big time apologies to all of our loyal readers. A busy July, and fully-booked Fall right around the corner, have kept us on our toes recently with little time for blogging. But that means, of course, that we have a lot to share. So stay tuned.

But nothing could keep us from taking just a moment to share a little family picture of us and a very special bride - our very own Jackie! She was a stunning bride, and her wedding was rich with the humor, energy and love that she exudes in all that she does. Jackie is so comfortable in her own skin, that she is just fun to watch, and had all of her vendors saying to each other - all night - "I love her!" Including us - we love you, Jackie! Have an amazing time in St. Maarten with Matt.

Sneak a peak at more images from Jackie's wedding on her Florist's and Photographer's blogs!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Savannah Wedding Style - Invitation by Milkmaid Press

As a native of the Northeast, who has lived on the West coast, and now finds herself at home in the South, I am endlessly fascinated with the associations that people make with different regions of the country. Many of them are obvious and quite fitting - it rains a lot in Seattle. A lot of them revolve around food - the Philadelphia Cheesesteak. And once in a while I find myself getting frustrated by the over-simplification that is involved in conjuring up these associations - the South does have a lot of pride in tradition, but innovation and creativity also abounds here, y'all.

That said, when I find something wedding-related that invokes Savannah, I am always interested to see if I think the association fits. I stumbled upon Milkmaid Press when I was cruising around the web for interesting wedding invitations and found their Savannah invitation.

...and it made me happy how it really does invoke this charming little city, without being obvious! The scroll work and viney design takes me right to the entrances of many a historic garden, or neighborhood porch in Savannah - some of the most magical spots in Savannah.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Tricia Huddas & Co. Real Savannah Wedding: Toni and Brent, Part 2

Toni and Brent were married at Wesley Monumental Church on Calhoun Square in Savannah. It was a beautiful November day, and the bride could not have looked more stunning.

I will let you in on a little secret – this is actually Toni’s second dress! She picked out a dress that she was going to wear to the ceremony and planned to change into a second dress for the reception – but once she found this second dress she decided that it was the one and her first dress was history! So, if you think you couldn't possibly find one dress that would be everything you want, allow yourself to be surprised.

The new Mr. and Mrs. exited the church under a traditional military Sabor Arch. I love little touches like this – it is always fun and the men chosen for the team always appreciate what a true honor it is.

Photography by Donna Von Bruening of DVB Photography!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Southern Signature Cocktail

Hard Sweet Tea

A Tall Glass (or Mason Jar) of Ice
1/2 Water
1/2 Sweet Tea Vodka
Squeeze of Lemon

What drink is more Southern than Sweet Tea?

Photo from Flickr

Friday, July 10, 2009

Jackie's Wedding Planning Journey - DJ Jazzy Jackie

For the last week I have been suffering from a ridiculous sinus infection! It's been a very long time since I have been this sick, so I guess it has just built up over the last year and then, BAM, hit me like a ton of bricks. On top of that, I woke up on Tuesday morning with pink eye! So much for "Zen" bride - less than 3 weeks until the wedding and I am a walking pharmacy! I sure hope I get better otherwise no one will want to hug the bride!!

On to this weeks topic - Music!! I know I'm probably a little late in the game on this but I just started working with my DJ to pick songs. Dewayne, with VIP Entertainment, has the greatest web site where you can make an online playlist for the DJ. There are three sections for you to fill out, including 50-60 songs for your "must play" list, 10 for your "absolutely do not play" list, and any extras you would like to hear on the "play if possible" list.

Matt and I are going to spend the weekend searching VIP's site of over 30,000 songs and try to pick our favorites. I know for sure what will be on my "absolutely do not play" list......YMCA and the electric slide. I don't mind the cha cha slide dance but the other two just don't do it for me. There is always the argument that these songs are "crowd pleasers" and get people out on the dance floor. But I'm hoping, with our guests, it will not come to that.

What do you think about popular line dances as a part of the wedding? Do you have any songs that were show stoppers at your wedding? I can use all the help I can get!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Tricia Huddas & Co. Real Savannah Wedding: Toni and Brent, Part 1

In honor of our Independence Day, I have saved this real Savannah wedding to post for your 4th of July Weekend! Toni and Brent, a beautiful and fun-loving couple, were actually married last November. Brent, is an officer in the Army, and our hats go off to him and all who unselfishly serve our country! That is to you too Chris - Ainsley's husband who is also in the Army.

I was lucky to have Toni as my first official “Tricia Huddas & Co.” wedding! Almost two years ago I made the leap to go out on my own after working for another company for a few years and Toni was ready to be my first official client! She is stunning, and a Reese Witherspoon look-a-like, don't you think?

Toni was on her own for most of the planning, as it was done while Brent served time in Iraq. A difficult time for Toni, excited to be engaged and planning a wedding, yet constantly on pins and needles as her fiancée was overseas serving our country. She was lucky to have a very devoted mother, who was there every step of the way to help her only daughter through the planning!

Flowers by John Davis, Ceremony at Wesley Monumental Church, and the photography is by the ever impressive Donna Von Bruening and Kelli Boyd of DVB Photography!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Jackie's Wedding Planning Journey - Yogi Bride

This past weekend marked 1 month until my wedding day! A month ago I really felt like I didn't have a whole lot going on in the realm of planning my wedding. Almost everything was picked out and ordered, all of my vendors were on track, and I just felt like everything was in order. My, my, what a difference a few weeks make. For any of you who have gotten married you know what I mean. In the last two weeks I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off - verifying details that I didn't know existed, paying vendors, preparing timelines, paperwork , etc. I can hardly fall asleep at night without thinking of 5 things I need to do the next day that are wedding-related! But who wants to hear about all of that? How about a post about my new-found method for relaxation! Bride or not, we could all use 20 minutes sometimes; so read on...

My new salvation is 20 minutes a day of Yoga (for beginners, naturally). Yoga is a great way to relax yet still work out muscles! It's like a 2 for 1 deal. I found a cheap pink yoga mat at Target, and that is all I have purchased! No need to buy a DVD, when there is so much on the Internet and even OnDemand television. My favorite resource thus far is Mind, Body and Spirit Fitness. These 3 simple poses are so easy to do and only take a few minutes to calm me down.

You Tube is also an excellent, free resource from which to learn breathing techniques and new yoga positions. I found over 500,000 yoga videos! So, grab a mat and take 20 minutes to relax!

Tricia Huddas & Co. Real Savannah Wedding: Roya and JB, Part 4

Roya and JB's wedding reception was one for the books! From the moment the band, Squat, started playing, the guests were dancing! I think that the Pink House was a little worried that the guests would never sit down – I finally just told them to start serving the food, and the guests would eat when they were hungry!

Again, Persian elements were pulled into the reception. Roya’s mother, Soraya came to town early that week and spent the week cooking with the Pink House chef to teach him how to cook the Shirin Polo (a Persian Sweet rice) that was served to each guest. She also had special Persian cookies and sweets flown in for the celebration.

I was warned that I was welcome to make a timeline for the night, but the Persians would be on their own timeline – and I am glad they were. Once the reception began, all involved just went with the flow. Even when the band would take a break, the Persian music would begin and dancing would continue un-interrupted.

The young, beautiful Persian women danced for JB as he tried to pay them for the knife to cut the cake - a very fun tradition made even more comical, I believe, by this particular group!

Let’s just hope that JB does not publish the pictures that were taken with his own camera, set up as a photo booth. Because I am pretty sure that most of them are of Christine Hall and myself having fun while the guests were eating! The couple’s personalities and cultures completely merged together during both the ceremony and the reception. Cheers to Roya and JB, and to your beautiful futures!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tricia Huddas & Co Real Savannah Wedding: Roya and JB, Part 3

Two distinct wedding ceremonies, and a number of unique cultural elements, made Roya and JB's wedding a stand-out. The bride’s mother is Persian, and Roya is very proud of her heritage. She had a traditional Christian wedding ceremony at the Bethesda Home for Boys' Whitefield Chapel, which was performed by her brother, who is a pastor in England. Once the traditional Christian ceremony was over, guests boarded Trolleys to head downtown for the Aghd, a Persian Wedding Ceremony.

Tornado sirens ceased to sound only minutes before guests arrived in Reynolds Square for the Aghd! But even stormy skies could not detract from such a beautiful ceremony, with such beautiful meaning. I encourage you to follow the link above to learn more. Her mother was diligent in her efforts to make sure that I fully understood the Aghd and the meaning. She sent links, articles and pictures so that I would be prepared on the wedding day. But even then, the set-up of the tent, chairs and staging area for the ceremony was delegated to a team of Persian women who came from St. Louis and pored over the layout of the sweets, flowers, platters, mirrors, candles, etc. until everything was in exactly the right place. It is my understanding that they do this for each other when their children get married, and it was absolutely beautiful!