Military Weddings: Saber Arch

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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...

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

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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...

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Three Sister Wedding Celebration

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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

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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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Sleepy Hollow 2013 Weddings

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We would like to keep our couples informed of our changes and events as they happen so I have decided to start a Wedding Venue blog. We would like to welcome a “Beautiful Life Films”, James Vrazel a local Videographer whom has been providing some wonderful Video’s for our wedding couples. If you would like to contact him, his website is www.beautifullifefilms.com.  He has provided us with a demo of a recent wedding held here at Sleepy Hollow of Jessica and Derek on March 23rd. We will be posting that video . We also will be hosting two weddings this weekend April 26th and 27th; Nicole and Nick whom resides here in Asheville on Friday and Dana and Jay from Mt. Holly, NC on Saturday. We wish both couples a beautiful memorable wedding day right here at Sleepy Hollow. Please follow us on our pinterest and facebook at www.facebook.com/WeddingAndEventVenue. with follow up photos. Sincerely, Danrae Babbitt ...

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