Day 22: Love Birds in the Snow

Tis the Season…of Engagements! I cannot count how many engagements I have seen in the last couple of weeks. There are lots of festive ways to make the proposal special and memorable for everyone-just keep it a surprise! Here are some of my favorite touches: from using an ornament to deocrate a tree, asking with Christmas lights, walking through the snow, or surrounded by the warm glow of candles. And don’t forget the mistletoe for a kiss afterwards!

Photo sources: Christmas lights, tree ornament, snowy proposal, candlelight, Mistletoe kiss link on my family photo post

I want to hear about all those winter engagements out there!

samantha rae creative


Arsena & Mike Inspiration Board

My best friend’s older sister (basically my older sister) got engaged recently, and I am so excited for her and her fiancée! And of course, I started scourging Pinterest for some inspiration for her. I know she wanted blush and grey to be the main colors, and she had one thing to tell me: no mason jars. Plus these two like everything sweet and simple. So here is what I have put together so far!


Nothing extravagant- clean lines, simple script or print. No crazy pictures. But that doesn’t mean boring!



Arsena is a petite girl, so no ball gowns for her! I really like the idea of mermaid-style dresses, or grecian flowey ones for her, with a classic Spanish-style veil with lace detailing.


For the Men

Simple colors, maybe in a grey or navy so it isn’t too harsh against the ladies’ dresses. Maybe a blush colored tie to compliment the colors? Ans I can absolutely see Mike and the guys ditching the jackets and just having vests or suspenders.



Arsena mentioned that she really likes the idea of long dresses for the ladies, and I agree. There are plenty of options, and blush colors will look good on most skin tones (from the darker hispanic skin tones on Arsena’s side, to the pale Minnesota cousins on the other).



Big blooms, like peonies and tea roses, in the blush and white colors would look fantastic. Again, keeping it simple, but fun.




I love the classic tiered cakes with smooth finishes, and just a few embellishments, like gold foiling and flowers/leaves. Its simple and elegant.

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Odds and Ends

All the other little details that go into a wedding. Gold accents for the tables, lots of romantic lighting, and flowers everywhere.Coral-Pink-Wedding-Table-Decor-IdeasTable-Number-Ideas-5-324x217Diy-chalkboard-table-numberwarmpalettefloralcenterpiececalgary_wedding_photographers_0842DIY-Table-Number-Ideas-324x21655c2bd134ea23$!x900m&s


I would love to hear what y’all think of the things I put together!

samantha rae creative

Adults-Only Reception- Should You Have One?

Over the weekend, I got to go to the wedding reception of an old friend, and it was adults only. Can you believe it, no kids allowed! Most of the people attending with married with kids, too. And honestly, I had a lot of fun. Here are some things that you can keep in mind if you are thinking about having a kiddo-free wedding/reception.


No Planning for Kid Entertainment, or Child Care

Lots of people provide entertainment for the little ones that join the wedding, like coloring books and games that are set up for them. Other couples have a separate area close to the reception site with people there to babysit the children while the adults party at the reception. If you go the adults-only route, you do not have to worry about any of this, and it might save you some extra money, but…

It Might Annoy the Parents

Now parents have to find someone to watch their kids while they come to celebrate your wedding, adding to their expenses. It might even prevent them from coming if they can’t find a sitter. Others might be grateful for the night or two off, but it is something to consider.

Less Concern with Music Choices

You won’t have to worry about any pre-teens requesting Justin Beiber from the dj, or having to choose cleaned up versions of your favorite songs. You just want to belt out the original lyrics, but you can’t sing cuss-words when there are 5-year-olds running around.

No comment on how Grandma would react to listening to J.T. singing “Sexy Back”.

You Can Party More with Friends

Those who do come to the reception sans offspring don’t have the responsibility of looking after the kids that night, so they can have a lot more fun (if they so choose). If they’re staying at a hotel and not driving, then they can drink and dance until they drop. No worries about bed times, or hangovers the next morning.

You Might Miss the Rugrats

You might miss dancing with little kids at the reception-its fun getting them to twist and shake with you, or stand on your feet/hold the  during a slow song. Plus they make for great pictures. These might be memories that you want down the road, especially if its your nieces/nephews/cousins.

It’s honestly your choice if you want to have kids at your wedding or not. Just keep these few things in mind when making your decision.samantha rae creative

Mardi Gras Style Wedding

Continuing with the Mardi Gras style events, I am showing some inspiration to translate the elaborate carnivale/masquerade feel to an elegant wedding.

While the invitations will still be festive, I like these toned down ones. A simple fleur de lis, a symbol of the city of New Orleans, or a single masquerade mask, make a statement and set the feel from the beginning. The same styling should also be used on the menus at the venue.



The same thing goes for the decorations- simple, yet festive. Rich purples all around with accents of gold, with a mask or two accenting the flowers (I personally like purple orchids for the bouquets and centerpieces) and lighting.




Classic style beignets make for great finger food during cocktail hour, and you can even make a hurricane one of the couple’s signature drinks at the bar. Gumbo or jumbalaya have a great down-home feel for dinner. Cajun flavored chicken can also be a nice alternative.




Louisiana is about the hot sauce, so having mini bottles of it can be a great favor, as well as masks that the guests can take pictures in at a photobooth.



For other little touches, take pictures in a picturesque historic part of the town, have a jazz-filled parade to the reception from the ceremony, and dance around with parasols to the sound of saxophones and trumpets.




Every wedding should be a big party to celebrate the happy couple’s new life together, and while it may not be as wild and crazy as Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street, it can still have some of the same feel.

             samantha rae creative

All About Marsala Wine in 2015

Pantone recently announced that the color of the year for 2015 is Marsala. It is rich red wine color that is perfect for fall and winter weddings, especially at a vineyard (Marsala is a wine color!), but with the right color combination could also work for spring and summer. Here are my favorite ways to use Marsala in any wedding colors.

Bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen attire:






Flowers and table settings:


marsala flowers







Cakes and desserts:




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Mix Marsala with deep greens and golds for winter holiday wedding, blushes and nudes for spring and summer, or a deep grey for the fall. This deep red can work for any season.


Dream Wedding Trends

Weddings are the main reason that I wanted to get into event planning. Planning those magical moments for people would be a dream come true for me. Because of this, I love follow wedding trends that are popular at the moment. These are some of my current favorites.

Rustic/Barn/Country Weddings

I grew up in a small country town, so this just fits with me. Boots, barns, and burlap are the marks of this kind of wedding, and trust me, country parties are big.







Nautical Weddings

Everyone loves spending time on the beach- that’s partially why these weddings are so great. They have a twist on the typical toes in the sand wedding, though. It adds the class that is often associated with summering in Nantucket, and sailing yachts around the world.




Vintage/Gatsby Weddings

Something about the past has a romantic, sophisticated, glamorous air to it. They are also classics, and classics never go out of style. Vintage beading and pearls, retro hair-dos, champagne fountains, and classic get away cars are all a must. Plus, a little party never killed, nobody.







Blush/Pink colors

Blush pink is soft and romantic, and it works for many different themes. I’ve personally seen at least three weddings in the last year that has had this in the color scheme.






Lace is another classic. It can be used in multiple ways in weddings: from the dress, to the table settings, flowers, or other little touches, such as the design on the cake.




Mason Jars

This is the ultimate trend for all of the DIY-ers. Mason jars go great with the rustic country theme, and they can be used for multiple things, like center pieces, mugs for drinks, jars for desserts, etc.


The wedding of Allie Dale & Dan Walters



I’ve loved sparklers since I was a little girl. They are like light up glitter, so they make the perfect exit for a nighttime get-away for the couple. Plus, long-exposure photographs with sparklers make for some magical memories.




Mini Food

Who doesn’t love mini food? Any kind of food can be made into mini form, and that makes for a much more convenient appetizer hour, and cupcakes are much easier than cutting and serving cake. They make for nice pictures (and leftovers), too.







All pictures were found on Pinterest