Friday, February 28, 2014

Wedding Feature: Love Story of " Mr. Brandon & Shontae Hinnant"

               "Summer Time Fine"

Mr. Brandon & Mrs. Shontae Hinnant 
of Georgia; had a fun wedding theme, lots of love, and heartfelt emotions. The Bride bright and fresh aqua blue and coral colors were infused throughout her wedding! 

 Brandon & Shontae's destination wedding took place in "Wilson Rose Garden" located in North Carolina.  The beautiful blushing bride Shontae and her groom Brandon said, "I DO"  surrounded by close friends and family. 

The Engagement

Shontae & Brandon marriage proposal took place on a cool winter day last year; February 2, 2013.  A day celebrating their daughter's birthday; turned into a beautiful proposal! 

The Marriage Proposal

The couple were attending their youngest daughter's second birthday party. It was a fun and eventful day for the two of them! During the party Shontae & Brandon were kidding around doing "old school" poses; in the mist of all the excitement he asked for her hand in marriage!

Pre - Wedding Celebration 

During the engagement the bride held a pre-wedding celebration with 2 close family members.  Shontae had a very intimate bridal Luncheon with my cousin Nyesha Alston and mother Cathy Lucas. They talked, laughed and cried together, enjoyed some delicious food, and and delightful strawberry cake! 

Wedding Theme & Inspiration 

This beautiful couple had a fun and playful summer theme, called "Summer Time Fine"!  The couple chose cool and crisp wedding colors aqua blue, and coral.  

The inspiration for the couple's wedding day developed from their "Summer Time  Fine" theme. The bright and sunny long summer days. 

Something also magical happened about one hour before the wedding ceremony.  It rained briefly, around noon, and then the sun came shining brighter than ever!

Special Moments from the Bride

Bride (Shontae) says, 
"The morning of our wedding day the most special and magical moment for me  wasn't putting on my dress or looking at myself all dressed up; it was hours before that took place. My God father Dia Daniels, pulled up that morning to see me on my big day; only days after being out of the hospital from a complex high risk surgery of the lungs . I was so happy and sad all at the same time. Because it hurt to see him in pain, but the smile on his face made it worth it."

Special Wedding Highlights 

The highlight of Shontae's day was seeing Brandon, grandmother, and Wedding Officiant all standing waiting for her as she made her grand entrance! 


Coming soon is part II here more about this beautiful couple, and get great advice from the blushing bride Shontae! She will give tips, inspirations, and more to engaged brides!

Have a Sweet Day! 


Monday, February 17, 2014

3 Tips on How to include the dog in your wedding.

More couples are including their furry friend on the wedding day.  Dogs are very popular among weddings, this is a growing trend in the wedding industry.  I have 3 tips on how to include your pooch as you say "I DO"!


Confirm Dogs are allowed at the Venue

As soon as you decide to include your dog in your wedding day; contact the venue.  Confirm this at the beginning of your wedding planning. Ask specific questions (Any breeds that are not allowed, any documents  that are required to show on the "Day of") you never want to be un-prepared.  An idea if your furry friend is not allowed include them in your engagement photography. You can implement their photos in the reception! Always, check with the photographer as well to make sure dogs are allowed in the photo shoot.

Hire a Pet Sitter

Hire a professional Pet Sitter someone your doggy is comfortable with, and knows your dog well.
The dog's sitter can assist with getting your dog ready for the ceremony. Feeding, walking, and dressing the dog in that cute little outfit, fancy collar, mini tux/dress, or bow tie!   Also, you want to relax and enjoy your wedding day, and not worry about your favorite furry friend. Another great element about hiring a sitter is him/her can bring your canine to and from the ceremony; and watch the dog during the reception!

Tell your Guests

You want to let your guests know that your pooch will be present at the wedding.  You can include this in your wedding invitation by adding in a insert, or include this on your wedding website.  This prepares your guests, so they know your four-legged buddy will be there.

Do you have any ideas that you would like to include on how to include a pet on the wedding day? Please leave a comment below! Thanks!

Have a Sweet Day,