Little Touches

Kate Spade Bridesmaids’ Gifts

I always get a lot of questions about what gifts to give the ladies in the wedding party. This week, Kate Spade has had a great sale going on, so I thought I’d highlight a few ideas from their collection:

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Cosmetic Case

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Jewelry Case

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Love Notes Pave Bangle

The Greatest Love Letter of All Time

Last night, a great story from Huffington Post Weddings popped up on my Facebook newsfeed, and I just had to share it. It contains two love notes written by Johnny Cash to his beloved June. {Warning: you may want to grab a hankie!}

According to the article, “A 1994 note he penned for his wife and musical partner June Carter Cash on her 65th birthday was recently named the greatest love letter of all time in a poll conducted by the British life insurance company Beagle Street.”

The letter reads:

o-HOUSE-OF-CASH-2-570 Happy Birthday Princess,
     We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each others [sic] minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.
     But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.

     Happy Birthday Princess.
     – John


The note was featured, along with others, in the 2011 book House Of Cash, written by the couple’s son John Carter Cash.

So with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, if you are looking for some love-note inspiration, look no farther than the Man In Black.

Unique Photo Booth for Jacksonville Weddings

Are you looking for something other than the typical photo booth for your wedding? When Ann Meyer LeFiles, publisher of Premier Bride of Northeast Florida, got married last fall, she wanted to incorporate historical touches into her wedding. And she came up with an amazing idea for the reception – not just a photo booth, but a Moon Booth! How romantic is this?

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What’s even cooler is that her parents made this moon – you read that right, they MADE it! But what makes this idea really awesome is that your parents don’t have to be this creative – you can rent the Moon Booth for your Jacksonville wedding. Want to reserve it for your big day? Email

Photos by Bec Photography.

It’s Our 12th Anniversary!

Tomorrow marks the 12th anniversary for First Coast Weddings and Events, so we thought we’d share some ideas for 12th anniversary gifts!

The traditional gifts are silk and linen. What a great chance to do a little redecorating?

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Beautiful dupioni silk drapes from Pottery Barn

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Monogrammed linen tablecloth, also from Pottery Barn

The modern gift for a 12th anniversary is the pearl. A Southern favorite! What girl wouldn’t love a new pearl necklace or pair of earrings?

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Pearl and diamond earrings from Jared

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Pearl and diamond necklace, also from Jared

What would you like to receive on your anniversary?

Southern Wedding Traditions

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We’re off to Savannah this weekend for the Premier Wedding Expo, so I thought I’d share a few wedding traditions popular in the South:

  • Groom’s Cakes: A lot of our clients from other parts of the country haven’t even heard of groom’s cakes, let alone thought of having one. The groom’s cake is supposed to represent the groom’s talents or hobbies. Or favorite sports team, which is very popular! (The cake pictured above was from Jenna and Andy’s wedding last year.)
  • Pearls: They aren’t just jewelry! Although it’s popular for brides (and all the women at the wedding!) to wear pearls, they have also made their way into the invitations, the centerpieces, and even the cake!
  • Food: Let’s face it y’all. The South is pretty well known for it’s scrumptious cuisine. When you attend a Southern wedding, you’ll be fed, and fed well.
  • Burying the Bourbon: This one isn’t seen quite as often, because many ceremony venues have an issue with you digging up their lawn. But the concept is to bury a full bottle of bourbon upside down at the ceremony site to ward off rain. After the ceremony, dig it up and enjoy it with your guests!
  • Monograms: Yes, Southerners love to monogram anything that will stand still. Just remember, a monogram incorporating both the bride and groom’s initials plus their new last name initial shouldn’t be used until after the I Do’s – it’s bad luck!