Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DIY Queen of Hearts Bridal Shower Favors

Whether you're a fan of Alice in Wonderland or just love Valentine's Day, we had you in mind for our DIY Queen of Hearts tea bag favors! It's probably the easiest DIY we have ever featured, so if you don't have a green thumb for crafting, this one is perfect! (Even our DIY sugar cubes from last year could be a great little addition to this favor!)

Grab your teacups and craft supplies, and let's make some favors!

Queen of Hearts Tea Bags


Since this DIY is more of an assembly-related project, feel free to do any of these in whichever order you prefer.

Stamp your heart/crown on muslin bags and allow to dry. (If you use the stamp pad above, there is very little ink bleeding and it will dry quickly.) To clean your stamp, take a wet paper towel and "blind" stamp it until ink is removed.

Using the heart punch, punch enough paper hearts for each tea bag needed. For example, 1 tea bag = 2 paper hearts needed. Remove the branded commercial tags on your tea bags.

Cut small strips of double-sided tape and place one on one paper heart. Then place the tea bag string in between and another paper heart for a "heart sandwich." Want to personalize it? Write the date or small phrase on your paper heart!

To finish it up, place a few heart candies and your tea bag into the stamped muslin bag. Enjoy!

Feeling crafty? See all of Tidewater and Tulle's DIY projects and be inspired!

All photos and tutorial were created by Tidewater and Tulle. Some of the above product links were the actual products I used and purchasing through them helps support future DIY projects.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Stylish Hometown Engagement in Franklin

While we normally reserve Mondays for real weddings, when this chic styled engagement came in, we just knew we had to get it in before Valentine's Day! You'll soon see why their style would be perfect for a sweet date night!

Rickeita and Chris met at a New Year Eve's party that neither really wanted to go to, but fate stepped in, and the two were introduced by mutual friends. Since they are getting married in Franklin, Virginia, this stylish bride had a vision in mind when it came to their engagement session with Timeless Memories by Kristen. Because Rickeita's family lives in Franklin, a hometown very close to her heart, she wanted to weave in family influence not just on their wedding day, but also in their session.

With pops of red, vintage suitcases, Chris' dapper bowtie and hat, a peanut silo photobomb, and Rickeita's father's horses, these two make the touch of vintage look good!

[Important Editor's Note: Since photographing on train tracks is illegal for private property reasons, the photographer and couple did obtain official permission to have parts of this engagement session on the tracks and with the parked train. I absolutely love this photographer's initiative to make her clients' session safe and memorable! To learn more about Operation Lifesaver: Rail Safety Education, please visit Oli.org.]

Photography: Timeless Memories by Kristen // Location: Downtown Franklin, VA

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The B-Cubed Lab Report 1.0

During the start of slow, rest season for us wedding professionals, Tidewater and Tulle hosted its first "lab" called The B-Cubed Lab, a workshop all about business blogging basics for wedding pros. To better serve our amazing clients, we have to stay present, modern, and up-to-date on ways to communicate who we are as business owners, but also as everyday people. Our business blogs are such a perfect platform to do this… and a great way to pump up SEO and give a voice to your specialty!

There is no way in all of the glass beakers in the world that I could have done this alone. My team of "mad scientists" seriously blew it out of the water and made me even prouder to be part of the Hampton Roads wedding community. These are the dream makers of wedded (and quirky Chelsea) bliss, friends!

With the new Virginia Beach venue Holly Ridge Manor as our setting, Sunkissed Events and Design, Distinctive Event Rentals, and Leslie Hartig Floral Design transformed their bridal suite into an intimate learning area with beakers, flowers (even my very own lab coat boutonniere! I'm taking science the classy route!), X-back chairs, and lab clipboards-- thankfully all captured by Leigh Skaggs Photography!

But while I personally love all the pretties, I'll always be a foodie and Southern hostess-to-the-max at heart, so no workshop I'm involved in is complete without the eats. We had a gourmet family-style lunch brimming with cheese platters, canapés, and sweets from Yummy Goodness Catering and an out-of-this-world Froyo Experiment Bar custom created by Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt in Suffolk as the pièce de résistance. Between those Periodic Table of Elements-inspired yogurt labels to the dry ice spewing out of those gorgeous colored glass vessels to the ah-ha moments from everyone in attendance, it certainly has me excited for 2.0 later this year!

Wanted to come to B-Cubed but couldn't? Head over to these amazing local pros' websites and see what they're doing with their respective business blogs! Get inspired by their passion! (Some are still building their blogs, so they may not be available just yet, but bookmark them for later!)

Jamie Leigh Events // T.Y. Photography // Makeup by Kim Porter // Caitlin Gerres Photography // A Signature Event // BayVue Estate // Antonia Christianson Events // Dhalia Edwards // Cherry Blossom Weddings // Maya Couture // Lindsay Collette // Palette of Petals

Photography: Leigh Skaggs Photography // Event Coordination: Sunkissed Events and Design // Venue: Holly Ridge Manor // Catering: Yummy Goodness Catering // Frozen Yogurt Bar: Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt // Florals: Leslie Hartig Floral Design // Event Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals