Spotlight: Wine and Canvas

Last weekend, Kari and I had a blast creating works of art over cocktails and conversation! Thanks to a Groupon deal, we signed up along with Kari’s mom, sister, and a few friends, and were introduced to Wine and Canvas.

The premise is simple: you sign up online, then show up at the bar or restaurant where the event is scheduled. You get a blank canvas, paints and brushes, and even an apron to keep you somewhat clean. Everyone paints the same picture, and an instructor paints along with you so you can watch what to do. (That part is definitely easier before the cocktails!) Here’s the before:

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It’s a step by step process, and our class lasted 3 hours. At the end of the event, we all took our paintings with us – some to be displayed prominently in our homes, some to be donated to a charity thrift shop near you.

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Not only is this a super idea for a night out, it’s a great idea for a Bachelorette Party! We’ve heard from a lot of you that say you want a fun night out with your friends that doesn’t involve a fake veil and strippers. Wine and Canvas offers private parties which could be held at any number of restaurants that have private event space. Plus, you’ll have a souvenier of your night with the girls!

Check out the Wine and Canvas website or Facebook page for more info:

Wine and Canvas Website
Wine and Canvas Jacksonville – Facebook page

Spotlight: The Engagement Ring Studio


This week, I had the opportunity to meet the lovely ladies at The Engagement Ring Studio. As a small studio, they offer a personal approach to selecting the perfect engagement ring. They work one-on-one with grooms to select the ideal ring for his bride, or custom design one if nothing is “just right.”

Rather than a sea of glass cases, the studio has open displays where the rings can easily be viewed, touched, and admired. In addition, they have a selection of earrings, necklaces, as well as non-diamond options.

I was impressed that they are dedicated to designing a ring that not only the bride will love, but the groom will be comfortable with price-wise. Before they even start looking at diamonds, they look at budget. Much better than the guilt-trip guys often get at the major chain stores!

Already have the ring? The Engagement Ring Studio can also help with custom-designed wedding bands and bridal party gifts.  Also, check out their seminars, “Beer, Wings & Rings” where guys can learn how to buy the perfect engagement ring.

Newly Maid – Recycle Your Old Bridesmaid Dresses!

I got a great tip from one of our former coordinators, Lauren, about a great alternative to leaving all those old bridesmaid dresses hanging in your closet!

Check out! They accept dresses from ALL manufacturers including bridesmaids, mother of the bride, social occasion and prom dresses. The dress must be in good quality condition with no pulls, tears, stains or other blemishes. All zippers and clasps must be in good working order.

How does it work?  You request a mailer from their website, and then package your dress and send it in.  They inspect the dress, and then credit your account.  You go back to their website, and purchase an awesome new Little Black Dress, like the one shown here, for a discounted rate.

What happens to your old dress? Newly Maid will either recycle the fabric and turn it into a new garment, or they will donate the dress to a charity organization.

As you are cleaning out your closet at the end of the year, why not make some extra room and ditch the old dresses?

Guest Post: Bridal Party Jewels

This post was written by one of our fabulous former clients, Ashley McCormick Travers.  Now Ashley works for Stella and Dot, and she was excited to share some of the latest looks with our readers.

Brides are longing for that fun, creative statement to differentiate their wedding… Stella and Dot makes that happen.  As a First Coast Weddings client I was married to the cookie-cutter look and making sure my girls matched everything head to toe.   Fast forward three years and today I am in love with the mis-matched accessory look – changing up the jewelry and shoes amongst the bridal party.

As a Stella and Dot stylist I have TONS of fun styling brides, bridesmaids, flower girls, mothers of the bride and guests! And not only on the wedding day but showers, rehearsals and honeymoons too!  Our new vintage chic, on-trend looks for spring can quickly style the bridal party in affordable couture pieces they will surely work  with jeans, at the office or with a simple LBD.  Although so many brides’ wedding rings are white gold or platinum, everyone is wardrobing with gold baubles.  It’s the hottest look for 2011!

The Charlotte Charm necklace is under $50.  What I love most is the charms are removable, so I’ve seen each bridesmaid pick her favorite charm and each has a different look.  This also looks great layered with pearls and gold chains.

The Sofia Pearl Bib is my all time fave and biggest selling statement necklace hands down!  Stunning on the big day and perfect with jeans and a tank.

Great gift ideas are the initial charms and birthstone briolette charms.  A friend of mine just did the Glint flower necklace (stud set above) and stud earrings for all her bridesmaids.  A pulled together look in sterling silver for under $80 per girl.

The mini-soiree necklace with matching bracelet is ideal for the Flower girl.

Contact Ashley, your personal stylist, and let her work with you to create the look you want for any occasion.  Want to style your life? Become a stylist. Shop at her eboutique:

Spotlight: Loft 9

This post is a shameless plug for two of my favorite people: Kimtasha Armstrong and Casey Powell.

These two lovely ladies are always my first two calls when a bride is looking for a hair stylist and a makeup artist.  They show up on time and make our brides look AMAZING – and they were both just named to Jacksonville Magazine’s Best of 2009.

Even more exciting is that these incredible ladies now share a studio space – Loft 9 in San Marco.  If you haven’t seen The Lofts San Marco, it’s the former South Jacksonville Grammar School built in 1916.  The building is gorgeous, and it’s event list on the National Register of Historic Places.  The large windows let in tons of light, perfect for a salon! (Of course, I’m even more excited because Casey happens to be my personal hair stylist as well as a great wedding industry friend!)

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One of our beautiful brides, Lauren,
made even more stunning by Casey and Kimtasha!

photo by Agnes Lopez