Sunday, March 13, 2011

Who is this Amy Jenkins?

Trying to find the perfect photographer to capture your day is one of the most important things when planning your wedding!  Sometimes, you may want to look at your budget and cut costs in order to get a photographer that you won’t regret.  As you are already aware... its the only thing you really get to keep from your special day.  Make sure you find a photographer that understands what you are looking for and the type of pictures that YOU like... one of my favorite photographers, in Hampton, for a good price is Amy Jenkins Photography.  She will travel anywhere in the Hampton Roads area and she always brings her best!  
Amy is the mother of two handsome little boys and has a passion for photography.  Amy does not look at photographing weddings as her job, but as an opportunity to share in the brides special day.  She started small, working out of her home and has now worked her way up to having her own studio.  She does a fabulous job at engagement photos as well as the day of wedding photos.  She really does a phenomenal job at standing back so that she is not noticed and documenting the day as it unfolds.  She truly tells the story of the couple and leaves her clients happy when they get their cd with the images.   Many of Amy's brides are so happy that they continue to use Amy as they add to their families.  Check out the pictures below and book her now!    

See... I told you she was great! Book her today... Amy Jenkins Photography

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Let Them Eat Cake!

     I don't know about you, but ONE of our MOST favorite things about planning or attending a wedding is the CAKE! With so many flavors of cake and fillings to choose from, followed by the pressure of designing and creating an appealing masterpiece to please your guests...for some, finding the perfect cake can be a bit overwhelming. Good news! We have a recommendation that will make your decision making a little bit easier. Two words, CAKE DELIGHTS.

     Cake Delights is a Virginia Beach gem owned and operated by Jessica Steadman. Not only did they earn Wedding Wire's "Bride's Choice Award," but they were also named a "2011 Pick" by! Cake Delights offers a wide array of tasty flavors that range from the classic and ever popular Vanilla and Almond pound, to more sophisticated flavors like Cosmopolitan (yes, just like the drink!) and Key Lime! Our personal favorites are Fresh Strawberry and Lemon-Vanilla. :) Between the layers of moist cake, you may choose from a couple different flavors of buttercream (oh so yummy!), fruit fillings, peanut butter or caramel! Are you hungry for cake yet??

    Not only is Jessica a skilled baker, but when it comes to cake design, she is out-of-the-box imaginative! She can work with buttercream, fondant, gum paste, and pretty much anything your little heart desires when it comes down to the overall structure of your cake. If you have a vision, Cake Delights can pretty much take your idea and bring it to edible life! From quirky to classy and everything in between, we think she could take "The Cake Boss" on in a head to head cake battle! Are you ready for the "icing on the cake?" Cake Delights offers some of the best prices around the Hampton Roads baking market. Don't believe us? Check them out for yourself:

     Bon Appetit! :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Boring Bridesmaid Gifts... Not Anymore!

Martha Stewart says some of the best bridesmaid gifts are the following: a recipe box ,silk-flower hair bands,barrettes, and decoupage boxes.  So let me guess... you don’t think Martha Stewart’s idea of a great bridesmaid gift really “fits” the girls you have chosen to be in your wedding?  I don’t know about the girls I choose to be in mine but those sure don't fit me.  Figuring out how to express your love and appreciation to your bridesmaids and not break the bank, that has already been broken, is always an interesting task.  You don’t want to insult them with a cheesy gift when you are well aware of how much the dress is that they will be wearing on your special day because you picked it out and requested they purchase it.  Is there anything wrong with that?  Not at all, but finding the perfect gift to say "thank you" is very important. 

So here are some of our ideas that might at least help inspire you!

For the reader who lends out her books:  How about a personalized Stamp?  Maybe something that says, this book belongs to _________.

For the wine enthusiast: How about a wine tasting at her home... check out this website for more details (click here) or a personalized wine woozie for the white wine drinker.

For the “Go green girl”: How about a personalized re-usable shopping bag?

For the entertainer:  Corn Hole Boards are all the rage or maybe an indoor game from target for her to entertain with when she has you and your new husband over after the wedding.

For the sensitive friend: A Christmas Ornament that would represent your friendship.  Maybe you met at a college, so your school's logo would be fantastic. Perhaps you like to go putt-putt golfing together so a putter would be a good idea.  Personalize it so that every year when she is putting up her Christmas treememories of your friendship come back to her.

For the night before the wedding:  If you are having all of your girls stay at a hotel to really get the most of your time with them before you become a wife, what about P.J.s?  You could get them all pajamas with their initials on them.  Cute for them and cute for your pictures!

Be on the lookout for a blog about groomsmen gifts as well!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Be the First... to have YOUR wedding in Smithfield!

Like any bride, I remember when I was getting married. More than anything, I wanted to
choose a location where none of my friends or family had gotten married.
I wanted something different that people would remember. I bet that’s what you or
maybe a bride that you know has been thinking as well. If your three words to describe
your wedding are anything like elegant, romantic, and warm... how about Smithfield,

When you drive into the downtown historic district of Smithfield, it’s like driving onto the
set of a romantic movie. The streets are stone and lined with local restaurants and
shops. There’s even an ice cream parlor! It’s a perfectly homey location for any bride who not
only wants a beautiful wedding but also a beautiful backdrop. I can just see the pictures
of the bride and groom holding hands while walking down the streets of the town!
I can also imagine a romantic or charming ceremony at the historic St. Lukeʼs Church,

or maybe an outdoor location 

with an unforgettable reception to follow at The Smithfield Center.

Perhaps your wedding or reception could take place under a tent in the courtyard at the Old Courthouse of 1750.

Smithfield offers quant bed and breakfasts, a brand new Hampton Inn & Suites, or the local waterfront,
Smithfield Station, which could also serve as an incredible place for your rehearsal dinner.

So as you can see, your wedding could be all wrapped up in the historic, ravishing town
of SMITHFIELD, creating an experience your guests will be talking about and remembering their entire