Monday, August 30, 2010

15 North!

Last week Melissa Lamkin invited some friends and I to try out a delicious new restaurant in Charlotte called 15 North! We had the wonderful opportunity to try various dishes that were all special and unique in their own tasteful way! Chef Brett McKee and Steve Palmer bring their culinary talents to Montford Drive where 15 North is now open! I strongly suggest you check it out and all of their wonderful dishes! Some of our favorites that we tried were the mussels, deviled eggs, burger, pork chops, and the steak and eggs! I can’t wait to go back and try some other fabulous dishes!


Thursday, August 26, 2010

A New Favorite!!!

Photography by Aberdeen Studios

While doing my nightly blog stalking :) I came across a website that just became one of my new favorites! Maihar Design has fantastic things! Their silk ring bearer pillows are beautiful and perfect for a little pillow after the big day! How about those flower petals? They are just adorable!!! I love them for a bride, bridesmaids, flower girls, or even for a night out on the town! Be sure to check out their website, and hopefully you will love it as much as I do!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I Do Details is on The Knot!

It is official! I Do Details is on The Knot!!! I am so excited about this opportunity and thanks so much for everyone's support!  Be sure to check us out!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Supply Soiree

Michelle and I hosted the First Annual Supply Soiree on Saturday night and it was a huge hit! We hit the rooftop of the Metropolitan for desserts and drinks while supporting a great cause. Every guest was asked to bring school supplies to support two local schools in the Charlotte area! We were overwhelmed with the generosity of our friends. As we were dividing up supplies yesterday we were speechless with everything that people had donated! We are both so lucky to have such wonderful friends and family, and want to thank them for coming out and supporting us! Here are some pics from the evening! Enjoy!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I Do Details Was Featured!

Erin McDermott of Erin McDermott Jewelry featured I Do Details today on her blog! Check it out and thanks so much for featuring us!!! xoxo,
P.S. Don't forget to check out her awesome jewelry designs!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Meet Jessica and John!

John and Jessica met in Charleston, SC at King Street Grill on a Saturday afternoon in March of 2008. Jessica and a friend of hers were probably there for less than five minutes when in walks John. She immediately thought he was handsome, despite his bright yellow Maryland t-shirt, which is still to-date her least favorite shirt he owns. The only seat available was the seat right in front of her, next to their mutual friend Jeremy. Jeremy introduced them and they talked for what seemed to be the entire time they were there. In that time they realized they had been living less than a block away from each other for the last two years. When Jessica and her friend were about to leave he asked if he could have her number and the rest is history.
John and Jessica hadn't seen each other in a few weeks because she had finals. So as soon as she was done she headed south to Charleston for some post finals vacay. As soon as she got there John suggested they take George (their dog) to the park since he had been in the car so long. They arrived and Jessica immediately became nostalgic as this was the park George and her had been going to since he was a puppy; almost 5 years and John had been with them for the last two. It started out like all the other hundreds of park trips they had been on...George jumping with excitement like a kangaroo, Jessica taking in the view of downtown across the water, John by her side teasing George with the ball. She was home! She had no clue what was about to happen next. About 10 minutes had gone by of fetch and talk when John intercepted George upon his return. Jessica took this opportunity to soak in more of the view but could see them in the corner of her eye. John was down on the ground playing with him and said "I've missed you buddy. I've missed both of you. It's been like 21 days." Jessica laughed and as she turned around she jokingly asked, "you've been counting?" He was down on one knee!
Jessica and John’s wedding is going to be amazing! They are getting married at John's grandparents old farm/plantation in Virginia!Their style for the big day is farm, vintage, simple, anthropologie-esque, laid-back, and romantic.
Jessica and John are most forward to looking at each other as they walk down the aisle, knowing that there about to start a new chapter in their lifetime together, and having an excuse to gather everyone they love together under one tent, laughing and dancing.
I am so excited to be a part of your big day!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Our new puppy Riggins!
I would like to introduce the newest member of our household…Riggins! I fell in love with Riggins and we brought him home on Sunday! As I continue to stare at this precious little pup, it got me thinking of various ways to incorporate your dog into your big day! I know that incorporating your dog is a growing trend, so here are some clever ways that I found on The Knot!

Love giving the pup a bow tie to match the groomesmen ties!
Photo Credit: Eclectic Images Photography
Create a beautiful collar out of flowers!
Phot Credit: Julie Mikos
If you have a dog that can sit still, have them be a greeter to greet your guests like this little one!
Photo Credit: Mel Barlow

You can also have them be a ring bearer!
Photo Credit: Nashan Photo
If you want to get fancy, give them a strand of pearls to wear!
Photo Credit: Rose Lion Photo

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bella Bridesmaid

Me with the Elon Bridesmaids
Today I met with Cecily from Bella Bridesmaid, and she is just the best! Bella Bridesmaid is a wonderful, cute, boutique that specializes in bridesmaid dresses. They carry many designers, however Alix and Kelly and Lula Kate are exclusive designers to Bella Bridesmaid and their stuff is adorable! The wonderful thing about Bella Bridesmaid is that it continues to expand from city to city. You can order your dresses in your home city and if your bridesmaids aren’t local they can go get fitted at a Bella Bridesmaid in their home city and you can go from there! While they specialize in bridesmaid dresses they also carry ring bearer pillows from Heart Paper Soul, Letter pressed cards from Tallu-lah, broaches from the Haute Bride Collection, products from Miss Oops, and many of their designers carry men’s ties and bow ties!

As a Bella Bridesmaid bride, I can say that I had an amazing experience. I had nine bridesmaids so I was a little nervous about pleasing everyone! I went in with a vision and Cecily was able to show my bridesmaids and I various options to choose from, which made the process a lot easier! I think what sets Bella Bridesmaid apart is their customer service. It is by appointment only and they truly take the time to get to know you and your bridesmaids and what you are looking for. They always greet you with a smile and will do anything to help you and make the ordering process run smoothly. Once your order your dresses, they take care of the rest and you have nothing to worry about! I highly recommend Bella Bridesmaid when choosing dresses for your bridesmaids!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Thanks Erica!

I had the privilege of going to lunch with Erica from Green Shoes Wedding and Events today. She was such a blast to talk to, and I really appreciate her taking the time to meet with me and give me some advice about the industry! Thanks Erica and I look forward to helping each other out!


Wow Factor Cakes

Wowee Pops! They are delicious!

Last night I had the opportunity to go to an amazing event at Wow Factor Cakes. We were able to chat with Amy and other wonderful people in the industry while tasting her DELICIOUS cakes! There were various flavors to sample and they were all so good! I was able to taste red velvet, turtle, and one of her new flavors pink lemonade. Amy is extremely talented and all of her cakes are beautiful. Check out her blog to see some of her work as well as the adorable grooms cakes that she has been doing, they are fantastic! It was such a fun night, thanks Amy!

Photo credit: Elizabeth Scott Photography

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Cunningham Photo Artists

I had the privilege of meeting Drea and Casey of Cunningham Photo Artists when I was working on a project. I had heard such wonderful things about them and couldn’t wait to meet them and see some of their fantastic work. From the moment I walked into their gallery and saw the beautiful pictures, I knew that I had to find out more! I sat down with Drea and she could not have been nicer telling me more about them as well as offering advice to a new planner in the industry. Read more to find out about this amazing photography duo!

Always having an interest in photographs and art, when Casey's career assessment test put "photographer" in his top three for best choices he happily convinced his parents that he should study photography in school. Drea started dating him at the same time and being an actress she was his first model and having a degree in theatre, she helped him with many of his first shoots as an assistant and sometimes glorified bag carrier. After their son was born, her interest in acting started to fall away and Casey needed more and more help with his photography business. Drea had been listening to his advice on photography for years so putting a camera in her hand with his knowledge and her directing background was a natural fit. Casey has been shooting solo or as a second shooter since 2000 but they have officially been together as a husband and wife duo since April 2006.
They think of their style as natural, timeless and authentic on the bohemian side of things. They prefer natural light and relaxing atmospheres but also adore the opportunity for more stylized work that allows the fine art to come out and play. It is most important to both of them that their clients are comfortable with us and themselves during the sessions. They never ask someone to do something or wear something that will make them look dated or not like themselves down the road. They are deeply rooted in the present but are always thinking about the future and the historical importance of what we create. Couples that hire them share the same sophisticated yet down to earth vibe that they do; they love good food, music and friendship and want their celebrations to be a warm and joyous gathering. Their clients also always say that photography is the most important thing to them or the second most important thing to them in planning a wedding or anything for that matter.
They offer many services such as hand holding, tear drying, belly laughing, and plain old friendship. They also create exquisite photographs that people love and hold onto like treasures. They are a full service boutique gallery business featuring all custom designs. They guide clients through the entire process of a wedding or portrait session by consulting them on their vision or the vision they hold for them, finding them their style crew, photographing them expertly, planning their final products and wall treatments just as an interior designer would and of course delivering those products for them to enjoy forever. Drea and Casey want to encourage people to live with their art and let it be a positive reminder each day of their blessings.
One last thought from Drea and Casey:
We would not be in this business if we did not have a deep love and compassion towards people. Our favorite part is not popping the shutter, but opening the client's heart to all of their own beauty.
They have been featured in print, on the web, and on tv!
Featured in print: Elegant Bride, Southern Weddings Magazine, Redbook, Martha Stewart Weddings, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, Get Married Magazine, Carolina Bride, Philadelphia Weddings, Philly Mag
Featured on the web: Style Me Pretty, Southern Weddings Blog, Aisle Dash, The Wed Bug, Martha Stewart The Bridal Guide, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, Get
Featured on TV: Get Married TV
Please make sure to check out their AMAZING work on their website as well as their blog! I appreciate their kindness and look forward to working with them!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


My dad got the cutest save the date in the mail, and of course I just had to know where it was from to share this adorable idea! It came from Kristen with One Lonely Apricot on Etsy. I got in contact with Kristen and asked her a few questions. Read below to find out more about how she got started and how to order these maps for your save the dates or even for maps in your hotel welcome bags!

Kristen started doodling as a child and when she decided to major in art in college, she kept a sketchbook of doodles as a way to relieve stress from her "real" art projects. She would draw everything with stick arms, cartoon faces, and clever captions--office supplies, fruits and vegetables, building--all personified. She started an Etsy shop to sell her photography a few years ago, and one day while browsing the Alchemy section of Etsy--where Etsy shoppers put in open requests for custom work and Etsy artists make bids on doing the work--she saw a request for an illustrated wedding map of California. She bid on it and won, and for the next month wondered what she’d gotten herself into (cartography, even in doodle-form, is hard work!). She finished the map and the couple loved it, so she then listed it in her shop as an example of what she could do, and the rest is history.
To begin each map, the couple sends her a list of the locations they'd like to include, the wording of their choice, and any other stylistic preferences they may have. Kristen then uses the internet to do research on their city, and her boyfriend assists her by plotting the locations into a Google map (her least favorite part, so she finally decided to start delegating!). She then draws each of the images by hand on paper, scans them in, scales them down, colors them in Photoshop, then arranges them using the Google map as a guide. From there, the couple tells her what edits they'd like to see and they do more drafts until they give their final approval, at which point the design goes to her printer. Kristen loves receiving the box of freshly printed postcards and seeing the design on paper for the first time! It's a magical moment.
Please make sure to check out these adorable maps on her Etsy site!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Bachelorette Season Finale!

I have always had a heart for reality television, and have never missed a season of the Bachelor and Bachelorette. My friends are I love watching the first and last episodes of each season together so we can discuss who we like and don’t like and then cry together on the final show! We always have a blast and it is an excuse to get together, chat and drink some wine! My friends and I especially liked this season of the Bachelorette with Ali and fell in love with both Roberto and Chris! I hosted the final viewing party at my house, and decided to spruce things up a little and stick with the theme of the Bachelorette- roses and love! Here are just a couple of photos (thank you Erin McDermott :)) from the night which was full of laughs, tears, and good food!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Erin McDermott Jewelry

Joyful Teardrop Featured in City View Magazine

I am so excited to feature a good friend of mine Erin McDermott! She is extremely talented and makes beautiful jewelry, and has a heart of gold! She has been such an inspiration to me starting I Do Details, and I could never thank her enough!
Erin has always had a passion for being creative and she was able to explore that even more when she spent a semester in college in NYC taking jewelry classes! She learned a lot and loved every second of it! She soon after began making jewelry! She sold it to friends and at the Saturday morning markets in Charlottesville, and Erin McDermott Jewelry took off from there! Her jewelry is AMAZING (as I have many pieces myself) and is all handmade using sterling silver and semi-precious stones. It is a perfect thing to give as a gift or keep for you! The joyful teardrop is one of my favorites that I wear all of the time, and I always get compliments!
She also specializes in bridal jewelry whether it is for the bride or bridal party, it is the perfect gift! Erin does custom orders all of the time, and takes the time to meet you, envision your style and create the perfect piece for your big day! Make sure your check out her website and blog. If you are interested in hosting a jewelry show contact Erin and she would be happy to chat details with you! Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Pat's Cookies!

I love sweets, and for the past couple of years I looked forward to the holidays when my aunt would send these amazing and beautiful cookies! I have since come to find out that these cookies come from a wonderful woman named Pat! Pat started Patricia O’ Brien & Co in 2006 after the urging of several friends. She was finally persuaded to do it after one great friend opened her home to let her “test” customer reaction to her Christmas cookies. She baked approximately 1000 cookies of 6 or 7 different designs and her friend placed them on fabulous china platters on her beautiful dining room table. They mailed invitations to everyone they knew to come to the “Cookie Open House Sale.” In an hour and a half all the cookies were sold, her friend looked at her and said “Now do you believe me that starting a business to sell these cookies is a good idea?”

She has been baking cut out cookies since her children were small. She used to scour holiday baking magazines and was always interested in trying new techniques for decorating. She has collected cookie cutters from around the country and now has thousands of cutters in the kitchen and they only bake one recipe that’s been in her family longer than she has! They create many custom, special order cookies and they make their own cookie cutters so they can make cookies in virtually any shape and size. They love customizing cookies, especially for weddings – they do monograms, bride/groom names and wedding date or any other detail the bride would like.
I can say that we used these cookies for table decorations at my bridesmaid luncheon and they were a HUGE hit! My cousin used them at her 21st birthday celebration for table decorations and they looked AMAZING! Each individual cookie comes wrapped in a cellophane bag and tied with a beautiful satin ribbon in your choice and they always look perfect! Be sure to check out their website and order some of these delicious cookies perfect for any occasion!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to my amazing husband Tom! Two years ago today we were married and were surrounded by all of our wonderful friends and family! I feel so lucky to be married to my best friend, who continuously shows me the meaning of true love! I look forward to the journey and all of the memories that lie ahead of us! Love you!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Picky Sticky!


So I had lunch with one of my favorite new mom’s and her adorable daughter Quinn last week and she told me about the cutest little thing that I had to share! They are stickers from Picky Sticky that you stick onto a onesie on your little one’s big milestones! They come in various colors and styles and they are adorable!!! Quinn is modeling her 1 month sticker from Picky Sticky, isn’t she just the cutest?? What a great idea for a baby shower gift or a gift for a new mom! Make sure to check them out!