The Ultimate Valentines’ Day Wedding

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Ultimate Valentines’ Day Wedding

Just another day for me, making my regular stop at the store to pick up those few items that I forgot to get yesterday (plus whatever else catches my eye on the shelf)….and I find myself asking (as I do every year)…why is it that on Jan 1st the Valentines’ Day stuff comes out? ….I know its only a week away now, but at that point (beginning of the New Year) There is still 6 weeks until February 14th and it is not like you have to shop for weeks to get the right gift! I guess I should be used to it by now though, its’ not like they haven’t done the same thing with every Holiday for like- forever now. It’s just retail! Well, I figure that since the Stores have already started throwing the Hearts and Cupids at us, why not go ahead and think about the Ultimate Valentines’ Day Wedding? – What would that consist of? I’ve personally never been one that is too excited about Holiday Weddings, but in all honesty, it kind of makes sense to have a Valentines’ Day wedding. After all, it is supposed to be the most romantic day of the year right? ….and if your spouse can’t remember that date for your anniversary well….I’ll just stop there! Lol jk Ok so let’s get brainstorming: What comes to mind when I think of a Valentines’ Day Wedding? Typically, the color Red, Roses, Candy Hearts, & Chocolate….but I don’t like to be too typical. I’m going out of the box for this. After all, it is supposed to be the ‘Ultimate Valentines’ Day Wedding’ right? We will start with the colors: Silver& Pearl, with touches of fuscia, lapis, and sangria. Bridal Gown: Something Form fitting…maybe a Fit & Flare. With lots of sparkle…and maybe even some color. Bridesmaids: Silver or Pearl T-length or Long Dresses (It is still Winter after all)       Flowers: Orchids (I LOVE orchids), tulips (?), Ivy, and some sparkle       Cake: I think we are going to go small on the cake. Maybe just a Romantic 2-tier…But surrounded by lots of other goodies (& yes- Chocolate) since it is Valentines’ Day. …A chocolate fountain may be good for some, with marshmallows, fruits, graham crackers, & other treats to dip in; but keep in mind that the facility may or may not permit this. Def. have to have mini cheesecakes & chocolate covered strawberries        Hey- Notify your guests ahead of time: No need to but Chocolates & Roses- They are going to be given  …Yup, a Rose for each guest placed nicely at their seat with their name. (ie: place cards)   Guest Book: In lieu of the traditional book, let’s go with a ‘Date Night’ Idea book OR: Even more fun: A Chalkboard-painted Globe. ….Hopefully this can represent all of the many romantic places you will travel to in your adventures. (Guests could even make suggestions)   Favors: This one is a bit harder. Favors really need to reflect the couple (In my opinion)…But, for the sake of choosing something ‘cool’….how about heart-shaped cookie cutters?! I think I’d personally stay away from Hearts in the décor…they’re kind of a ‘given’ and would be expected….Crystals are always good though...

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Spring 2015 Color Trends

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spring 2015 Color Trends

It’s that time of year…..when everyone else seems to be thinking about their Holiday Menus and Christmas Gifts to buy- I’m instead filled with the wonder of  “What will be popular for the weddings next year??? Well, I’m done waiting! I’ve gone ahead and done my research early to see what the trends appear they will be. My information may not match every other site you look at (Especially since everyone is different right now but with some similarities), but after going through numerous sites and comparing what I know of our 2015 weddings so far- I think I’ll be pretty close 🙂 So here it is- My Prediction for the Most Popular Color Palettes of Spring 2015: #1) Light Blue (Sky, Mist, Capri, Cornflower, Celestial…there are many names for it) w/ accents of Watermelon, Coral, and/or Light Lemon.   #2) Pistachio Green   #3) Sangria w/ Silver & Lavender #4) Navy w/ Cream and Blush #5) Moss (w/ Sandalwood & Succulents) ——————————————————————————- Well, there you have it! Just a few more months and we will see if I’m right or way off base! Happy Holidays! ——————————————————————————- Thank you to the following sites for photos and information gathered in this blog (In no particular order): Anniescott123113.wordpress.com, weddingpaperdivas.com, lisaricephotography.com, keentobeeen.com, theperfectpalette.com, tulleandchantilly.com, pinterest.com, elegantweddinginites.com, theeverylastdetail.com, aweetspirit.blogpot.com, exclusivelyweddings.com, boldandposh.com,...

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The Truth About Wedding Traditions

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This one is for all those Mothers out there that don’t understand why their Daughter/ Son doesn’t want to keep their Special Day ‘Traditional’ and ‘Proper’ just like they did. Here’s a couple of reasons that might (hopefully) help you understand our thoughts on Tradition: -Today, couples want a Day of their own– They want to make decisions based on their own feelings, belief, and desires….We like things to be unique and memorable- Not just a ‘typical wedding’ like everyone else has had. -I’ll be honest here-We aren’t very good at being told what we have to do (When there isn’t just cause for the demand). We prefer to do the research and make our decisions based on facts we find. Please don’t take me the wrong way, as a generation in whole, we aren’t trying to be disloyal or rebellious (Well, maybe a little rebellious)….but the point is we  aren’t trying to hurt anyone by not following the ‘rules’…we simply want to make the best decision we can and when it comes to a Wedding- though opinions are welcomed, just keep in mind it should be ‘OUR’ Day to make all of the decisions!! —————————————————————————————————————– In order to better pacify many of you…I actually did some research to find out exactly where some of these Traditions come from- and wow! Talk about surprising- No wonder many of them are seldom followed today! ——————————————————————————————————————- 1st: Staying Separate vs. First Look Photo Sessions. It appears that staying separate before the ceremony has nothing to do with ‘Bad Luck’. It actually was something done back when there were arranged marriages- The purpose was to prevent the Bride or Groom from changing their mind about following through with the ceremony based on 1st glance! Well, I’m sorry but we don’t see a whole lot of Arranged Marriages these days- so I see no harm in seeing each other dressed before the wedding takes place- Plus: There are actually a few major perks to seeing each other early. Here are a couple: -If Bride/ Groom gets really nervous in front of crowds, it helps calm down their nerves and not be quite as anxious (ie: About to pass out!) When the bride comes down the aisle. -Allows for you to take many of your photos before the ceremony (possible even at multiple sites) and you don’t have to miss out on an hour or more of the partying with your guests! 2nd: The Veil So I get it- It was Grandma’s/ Auntie Sue’s veil and every other woman in the past 20 years has worn it in your family for their wedding. Okay- Well maybe that’s a good reason to follow this tradition and please the Family Matriarch. But- If you are interested in the true 1st origin of the meaning behind the veil- Here it is: -According to those in the history of Rome; the veil was worn in order for the Bride to disguise herself from the evil spirits that were ‘out to get her’ due to their jealousy of her happiness. Well, that sounds real pleasant huh?! Of course…more religions see it as a Sign of Humility and respect before God ….but still- wasn’t Rome’s original meaning for it a bit more creepy/crazy?! 3rd: Breaking the Glass I always thought...

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Something Blue

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Something Blue

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue This custom stems from an old English ritual in which Family members and the bride’s attendants gave old, new, borrowed, and blue items and a sixpence to the bride as tokens of love and good luck on her wedding day. Though many aspects of Wedding “Traditions” have been slowly ‘fading away’ over the recent decade….This is one that still holds a prominent place in most weddings today. Here are some ideas- Old & New to help you out with selecting the perfect symbols to fulfill this tradition for your special day: ——————————————————————————————————————– Something Old: Said to represent the link with family Photo Charm of Deceased Loved Ones Re-purpose Antique Jewelry Mothers/ Grandmothers Veil Piece of Ancestor Dress sewn into yours Handkerchief ‘Antique’ Clutch Classic Car for Transportation Carry a Childhood treasure Family Cake Toppers ——————————————————————————————————————– Something New: To represent the union you will make with your partner & is for good luck Wedding Dress Wedding Band Custom Perfume Lingerie Write a song Own Vows Dress Buy a new house?: Add a copy of the key to your bouquet accessories Lucky Penny minted in year of wedding ——————————————————————————————————————– Something Borrowed: By lending you something, he/she is said to be giving you some of his/her own marital happiness. Jewelry Cake Knife/Server First Dance Song: Use Parents/ Grandparents’ Prayer Book for Ceremony reading Flowers from Family/Friend Garden ——————————————————————————————————————– Something Blue: (My Favorite) Blue is the symbol of faithfulness, purity and loyalty.   Temporary Tattoo Hair Pin Shoes/ Message in/on Shoes  “I do” Blue Hair! (Colored Hair is very popular right now) Blue Garter Blue Crinoline under dress/ underskirt/ petticoat Blue Rose, or Broach in Bouquet Blueberries in décor Blue nailpolish/ eyeshadow/ contacts/ Body Glitter Sapphire, tanzanite, opals, or aqua marine jewelry Unity Ceremony: Blue Sand, Candles, or Rope to ‘Tie the Knot’ ——————————————————————————————————————— …and don’t forget the sixpence in your shoe! It is said to bring the couple  FORTUNE!       ———————————————————————————————————————   Blog Sources: Getwed.com, Realsimple.com, voices.yahoo.com/wedding-traditions, the knot, About.com/weddings, pinterest.com, bellasugar.com, blog.partyliss.com, orderofsplendor.blogspot.com, and Southern Living. –Thank you.    ...

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Military Weddings: Saber Arch

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in What's New | 0 comments

Military Weddings: Saber Arch

Military Weddings are some of my favorites to attend. Though all weddings are special, it is mesmerizing to see the true patriotism shine through, and I always love to see the different ways that couples incorporate their honor for their loved ones in the services. Some ideas that most of you have probably seen are: Wearing Dress Uniform, Having Military Ushers in Dress Uniform, Cutting the Cake with the Sword/Saber, Military-Inspired Décor and/or Invitations, Military-Theme Grooms Cake, etc. One of my favorite attributes is something that is new to me, yet I’ve now witnessed it 3 times this season: The Saber Arch. For those of you who have no clue what I am talking about (& I was one of you until recently- I had to do a lot of asking questions and research to fully understand the significance and proper procedures.) The Saber Arch is a tradition in Military weddings in which a team of officers and enlisted personnel form a high arch with their swords/sabers (or rifles) for the newly married couple to walk through. The tradition does vary slightly with the different branches of the service, though in all-only the Bride & Groom are to pass under the arch of honors, as it is considered a privilege to members of the service. The Sabre Team is typically composed of six to eight members in full Dress uniform (White Gloves are required). Once the ceremony has concluded, upon command of the Head Usher, the arch is formed. Typically there is a salute between the Head Usher and the Bride/Groom (Whichever is in the service) and then they begin to walk under the swords (Blades up of course for safety!-lol). Just before they reach the last set of swords, the 2 team members at the end lower their swords forming a ‘block’ to detain them temporarily. The new spouse is welcomed to the Military and given a little ‘swat’ on the backside with a sword. The Bride & Groom then kiss to ‘open’ the path and continue through. While even just reading the explanation of the procedure is interesting, actually experiencing it gives you a whole new perspective and sense of appreciation as you watch the event unfold. It is truly captivating to see and I recommend that everyone having a Military Wedding consider taking advantage of this truly unique honor. Question: Where do they get the sabers from? Answer: Most of the time, the team members performing the saber arch are officers/ cadets that have the swords as a part of their uniform. However, in the event that you do not have six to eight team members from one of those particular service groups, you can check with the Armory on base. They will usually allow you to check out the swords from their inventory to fulfil your wedding wishes Remember: Always get permission or verification from proper military channels. Please check with your commanding officer, protocol officer or chaplain on the proper protocol that should be followed when planning a military wedding. Not only does each base differ, but also each branch. Lastly, I want to extend a personal Thank you to all of those currently serving and those who have served. No matter which branch, what rank, or how long- we are all in debt...

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2014 wedding Trends: Wedding Cake Alternative

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

2014 wedding Trends: Wedding Cake Alternative

In my time as a Wedding Coordinator, I have seen numerous beautiful Wedding Cakes. Some have been simple and sweet, others enormous and highly detailed. But in the recent months I have been seeing more and more ideas that are completely ‘out of the box.’ Don’t get me wrong- I’m loving this new ‘fad’ of the Non-traditional Wedding Cake and I am jumping on board to show you some ideas that you may not have originally considered. Of course, every couple wants to customize their cake to suit their likes, colors, and theme-and you absolutely can (and should); But here are some image examples that I have found and wanted to share with you to help inspire your creativity to get you started:           (All images were sourced from Google Image Search for Wedding Cake Alternatives)     I’m interested to see how many of you step away from Tradition with this new Wedding Cake Alternative...

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2014 Top Wedding Trends: The Great Gatsby/ Roaring ‘20s Theme

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in 2014 Wedding Themes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

2014 Top Wedding Trends: The Great Gatsby/ Roaring ‘20s Theme

Currently, icons of pop culture (and all of us “normal folk”) are becoming completely obsessed with the ‘20s. And why wouldn’t we be? – It seems like the past decade has been full of violence, heated debates, and an economic recession…Sometimes it’s nice to dream about prosperity and economic growth; a time of fun and happiness- That’s just what the 1920s was all about…The American Dream! I cannot think of a better way to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments than with a theme centered on a hit novel that magnificently epitomizes life in the 1920s: The Great Gatsby: written by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Movie screenplay by: Baz Luhrmann)   Between the years of 1920 to 1929, the Nation’s wealth more than Doubled; sweeping Americans into a “Consumer Society.” People had extra Money to spend which enhanced the quality of life. This particular era of fortune has been named The Roaring Twenties; a term well suited to characterize the decade’s distinct cultural edge in major cities during a period of sustained fiscal wealth. I realize that there are lots of websites out there with great ideas on how to incorporate this theme into your wedding….But I want to take it one step further- Not just some décor here and there, but what if you could create an atmosphere in which everyone truly felt as though they had been taken back in time?!! Some of the basics include: All things that glitter, Gold Dipped Glasses, Rimmed Plates, Feathers & Pearls, and Stationary with a mix of Bold and Romantic Typefaces(Don’t forget those Escort Cards!) Then comes some of the creativity in planning: The Attire… The Bride’s Gown: Should be very feminine. A slim-fitting silhouette, with exquisite detail. Bridesmaids: An obvious choice might include a flapper-style dress (Can be Short & Sassy or Long and elegant) *All complete with adorned accessories; whether it be a jeweled headband, cloche hat or veil, pearl bracelets, or even a mix of it all. Of course, we can’t forget the hair either. Popular styles in the ‘20s included the Short Bob, Fringe Waves (Short or Long), and the Chignon. 1920 era-appropriate dresses are mirrored in recent collections of Reem Acra, Jenny Packham, and Maggie Soterro. Many would assume the girls appearance can complete the “look” for the theme- But let’s not forget about the guys…. After all, the boys need killer threads too! Excellent examples can be found at blacklapel.com where they have broken down 4 distinct styles directly from The Great Gatsby movie itself. Here, you can customize the suits to fit your personal style and select just how “swanky” your guys should be (ie: If you prefer the formal tuxedo/bow tie or a more laid-back approach). But why even stop here? Another major trend in 2014 is Guest Attire. Don’t leave it up to your guests to guess what clothing is appropriate. If you truly want to pull this theme off, then they should take part in the role too! (Plus, who doesn’t like a chance to play dress-up?) If you don’t feel right about requiring a particular dress code because you are afraid to “trouble” your guests; you could always provide a broader dress code (ie: Formal), but also include a suggestion/request that they select clothing to compliment your theme.   The...

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Three Sister Wedding Celebration

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in What's New | 0 comments

Three Sister Wedding Celebration

sleepyhollowweddings@gmail.com The story of 3. What started off as 3 sisters quickly became 3 brides, 3 grooms, 3 weddings, and 3 cakes! Together with their friends and family, the whirlwind began on May 18th as Julie (the eldest sister) and AJ tied the knot and became Mr. & Mrs. Jarrett. Next up was Maile (the middle sister) and Mike. Mr. & Mrs. McDaniel celebrated their union the following weekend on May 25th The awaited finale came this past weekend here at Sleepy Hollow on Saturday, June 1st as Mailani (the youngest) and Tommy (Active Duty Army ) recited their vows in front of their loved ones (that traveled from all areas including Texas and Hawaii) and became Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Garza! ….What a beautiful day it was! Following the final ceremony, all 3 sets of families and friends joined together for a Sangria cocktail hour and an amazing reception that showcased the 3 newlywed couples. The room was filled with lanterns, candles, and the immaculate aroma from endless peonies and roses that were hand-picked out of Grandma Evelyn’s Garden. ………oh, and 3…. Yes 3 spectacular 3-tier cakes! Together they all danced and laughed and ended the night with a sparkler send-off. The 3 couples have now headed to Hilton Head Island to enjoy a group Honeymoon. Though Sadly, most had to part ways after the celebration and go back to their respective homes, one thing is for sure—this will be a memory Of a lifetime for all involved! Congratulations once again to the Timbreza sisters and their new husbands! Thank you to the vendors that helped make the event picture-perfect: Ceremony Florist: An English Garden (bouquets, boutonnière, and corsages) Grandma Evelyn: Aisle and Reception decor Pastor: Bob Moon Photography: Danrae Babbitt Ceremony Music Attendant: Clayton Babbitt Wedding director/ Coordinator: Danielle Beckstead Catering by Rosalie Phillips Server: Bianca Taylor Reception DJ: Kevin Johnston/ Livesound Entertainment. Cakes By: Bar tending/ Beverage Service: Christy & Amy Please like us on www.facebook./WeddingAndEventVenue.com for additional updates and current...

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Photography

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Photography, What's New | 0 comments

Photography

Hi! I’m Danrae Babbitt and part owner along with my husband Clayton of Sleepy Hollow Inn & Event Center. We’ve been very blessed to have been in business for ourselves for over thirty years, eighteen years building our current business Sleepy Hollow, specializing in weddings and events. I graduated from Alfred Ag Tech in 1984 and Alfred University in 1986 at Alfred, NY, with a BS degree and major in Accounting. Throughout the last 25 years, I’ve been able to pursue my love of photography and becoming knowledgeable of various HD equipment, techniques, lighting, poses and also the behind the scenes raw emotions that are always present at weddings. Although we offer all inclusive packages (most popular), we are also flexible with your choice of vendors including your photographer. Creating a good relationship with your vendors is very important so that your day is easy and carefree and all about you and your own personality. As a hands on owner, I usually answer initial emails, set up appointments and meet with most of our couples. I like to get to know you and make sure you are at ease with me, our staff and our venue. I will show you my equipment, a Canon 5D Mark 111, 21.5 mega pixel camera with various HD lenses that I use for not only weddings but engagement, bridal and family photos. A free photo will be taken of the two of you to place in your personal file upon your decision to choose Sleepy Hollow Inn and Event Center as your venue. I also realize that I can not be a specialist in all aspects of your wedding. After booking, all your information is placed in a file and handed over to our wedding coordinator, Danielle Beckstead. She will contact you with a warm welcome and the planning process will begin. She is very detailed and compassionate about you and your vision. Her guidance helps provide a smooth procession of your wedding day so that you are able to spend that time with your family and friends without any worries. She will recommend various vendors that we have used in the past that are known to be specialist in their field. Please check our reviews on www.the knott.com and www.weddingwire.com. Our mission and goal is to help guide you in creating a stress free event of wonderful memories to last a lifetime. Please follow us on facebook.com/WeddingAndEventVenue to view updates and photos of current events happening at Sleepy Hollow. Sincerely, Danrae Babbitt...

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Nicole and Nick April 26th, 2013

Posted by on Apr 27, 2013 in Weddings @ Sleepy Hollow | 0 comments

Nicole and Nick April 26th, 2013

What a great day for a wedding . Nick and Nicole whom live here in Asheville,  wed today April 26th at 4:30 outdoors by the gazebo.  Nick and his groomsmen had a lot of fun and really enjoyed being in front of the camera as you will see in some photos I will post.  Her colors were purple and blended in perfectly with the cherry blossoms that are still a gorgeous pink.. It looked as though snowflakes were falling from the tree.  We hope you have a wonderful honeymoon in St....

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