The newest issue of Southern Weddings hits stands today, and at over 300 pages, it’s their biggest issue yet! Here’s an exclusive sneak peek at their Honey & Pecan story – doesn’t it feel just perfect for this time of year?
I love this cake – it’s the perfect cross between rustic and elegant! See even more from this story (like a moonshine bar and honey tasting station) in the 5th issue of Southern Weddings. You can find copies at Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and other grocery stores and pharmacies throughout the Southeast, as well as in their online shop.
Our friends at Minted are known for their exclusive stationery designs, ease of use, and all the fun options they offer, like stylish envelope liners, wraparound labels, and a variety of papers. Now, they’ve added one more choice: Luxe Museum Board paper.
I recently received a Minted baby announcement in the mail that was printed on this new, triple-thick paper, and I have to say, it has such a great feel to it – completely unbendable with a luxurious texture. It would be a stunning upgrade to any wedding invitation in the Minted collection.
Now for the really fun part: Minted is giving away a $250 gift certificate to two Snippet & Ink readers! Just click here, and fill out the entry form – simple as that. You have until 11:59 PM PT on Monday, November 19th to enter. Good luck!
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We knew from the beginning that we wanted to have a destination wedding and we liked the beaches in Florida, so we decided on the Santa Rosa Beach area. We initially had another venue reserved, but as luck would have it, that venue fell through and we ended up choosing Eden Gardens. When we visited again weeks later, I knew we had picked the right place. Eden Gardens is absolutely beautiful. Pictures do not do it justice and I really feel that we were supposed to be married there all along.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Eden is beautiful on its own, so I did not want anything too flashy or extravagant that would take away from the park. In end, we had a laid back and simple wedding. It was perfect.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Right before the ceremony, I was waiting with my dad for my turn to walk down the aisle. When the doors opened, I remember looking all around at all of our family and friends and feeling so lucky that we had these amazing people in our lives. It was very emotionally overwhelming. The day was filled with so much love and happiness. We couldn’t have asked for anything for more.
What advice do you have for other brides? Originally, I didn’t want to see Mario until the ceremony. But we decided to do a first look session before the ceremony because of the timing of the ceremony, and I don’t regret doing that one bit. We were able to be alone with one another before all the craziness of the day started. It puts everything in perspective…you’re there to start your lives together.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Our wedding date was originally April 28, 2012 but it was changed when we changed venues. Mario and I met at my prom on April 30, 2004. We were married exactly 8 years later. It just worked out that way and it wasn’t planned. I didn’t even realized it until I was going through my things and found the old prom invitation. I think it was neat how everything worked out and that date is now our anniversary.
So many links for you today! But first, what are you up to this weekend? We’re supposed to get lots of rain, but hopefully that won’t dampen our Saturday plans to go out with friends. I’m also thinking of doing some recipe auditions for my Thanksgiving side dish contribution this year. In the running: sweet corn pudding, maple mustard brussel sprouts, and gratineed creamed onions. Do you like to try new recipes every year? Or do you have some tried-and-true yummies that you stick with?