Custom Wedding Portrait

As many of you know, I am always scouting for new and different products that relate to weddings.  Because a wedding is such an important day, a cornerstone of your life, here is something that I think is really special.  There is an artist here in town that makes custom portraits, and while I knew that she made custom “house” portraits, I never put 2 and 2 together, to realize that it could also make a tremendous wedding gift.  Let me explain.

Here is a photo of the Cabanne house in Forest Park with the inclusion of her daughter and now son-in-law in the painting.   This was where her daughter and son-in-law celebrated their vows, and what a wonderful, yet affordable, piece of art.  Note that depicted in the artwork on the front porch is the couple themselves in their wedding attire!

This custom portrait that will be hung in their home will always bring back memories of their special day. Compared to cost of the wedding, this is a small investment for a cherished keepsake.  If you have chosen a venue that has meaning to you, this would be a gift that would always be welcomed – so brides put this on your gift list.  You can see more of her work at    You can reach Richelle at

Wedding Video Gone Viral

A video posted online Monday (April 7, 2014) shows a priest who stunned wedding guests at the end of a ceremony with an amazing rendition of “Hallelujah” — and it’s gone viral since it was uploaded.

The footage of Father Ray Kelly delivering a pitch-perfect version of Leonard Cohen’s legendary song has received more than 250,000 views in just two days.

This is definitely worth a listen.  Enjoy!

Destination Weddings

There has been an increase in what is known as destination weddings – those weddings held where neither the bride nor the groom lives or necessarily has family. It has been estimated that one in ten weddings are destination weddings – a massive increase over the last decade.

Beach Wedding

Today’s couples marry later in life as compared to 15 or 20 years ago and they are often more well-traveled, plus they may want something more exotic. Top destinations for U.S. couples include:

  • Mexico – It’s close and couples love the warm, sunny weather, culture, coastlines and wide choice of accommodations.
  • Hawaii – No passport required and great almost any time of year.
  • The Caribbean – Fine boutique hotels and price competitive all-inclusives attract many couples.

No matter which destination you choose, using a reputable Destination Wedding Specialist who knows all of the ins and outs of the particular resorts you have chosen will be invaluable.  Plus most will be able to get you a better deal and more extras than you can all by yourself – plus it’s a lot less stress.

Check the “travel” category of our vendor listings for companies that you may wish to consider.  We do recommend two companies:  The Honeymoon Gal ( and All About Honeymoons (    As you may recall, Veronica of The Honeymoon Gal provided the $500 Grand Prize toward a honeymoon package at our last workshop/show.

Sealed in a Box

Couples have adopted this really neat wedding day moment.  They have a simple wooden box at the ceremony site that they will seal right before they say their vows.  But before this box is sealed they add personal letters to one another, a bottle of wine, or any other sentimental items that they wish to include.  Some include well wishes from family and friends.  It can contain whatever you want.

Box Photo BSL

Some couples plan to open this on their 10th anniversary, and other couples agree to open it when either of them feel the marriage is facing difficulty and it is their plan that the contents of this box allows them to go back to a time that they were deeply in love.   What do you think about this?

Trash the Dress Wedding Photography

Trash the Dress is a current post nuptial trend that can be a lot of fun.  After you are married and now that you have made a commitment to each other do you really need that dress?  So, why not trash the dress and get some fun picture while you do it?  Generally speaking most dresses only get wet or dirty, but it’s really up to you.

Image 3 Trash the Dress

Waterfront locations are many brides’ first choice, but you could also include city streets, fields, or abandoned buildings.   Many times this session is scheduled several weeks after the wedding but there is no set time.

Just how far will you go?  Send us your photos.  (   Check back with us in a few weeks when we post all the images.

Add a Custom Wedding Sign for Fun

I find it a lot of fun, the newest trend to personalize your wedding with custom wedding signs.  Some couples after the wedding will take these signs and make wall décor with them for their new home.  What a great keepsake.

Some say:

  •  “Here Comes the Bride”
  • “Jane and Bob – Wedding Date”
  • “Happily Ever After Starts Here”
  • “Just Married – Mr. & Mrs….”
  • “Welcome to our Wedding – Jane and Bob.”

Some are a little different, such as:

  •  “He Asked and She Said ‘Yes”
  •  “She Said YES!”

For the treat table you might see:

  •  “Take a Little, Take a Lot, Enjoy These Treats, We Tied the Knot.”

Another version that you will see are the signs on the back of the couple’s chair:

  •  “Mr. xx & Mrs. xx”

One that I particularly like is:

  • “As two families are becoming one, we ask that you choose a seat, not a side.”  (I find this a must have sign to use if the number of guests is lite on one side.)

And if you are a romantic, you will like the signs that say:

  • “Once in a while in the middle of an ordinary life, Love gives us a Fairytale”
  •  “Saying, ‘I Do’ today means I will Love You Forever”

And here’s one more really good one:

  •  “Last Chance to Run!”

Here in our area, I recently found a local company that designs fabulous wedding signs on old barn wood. Crazy Creations in Wentzville paints on old barn wood.  They can custom create anything your heart desires.  Check them out in our vendor list.

Have fun and add some humor to your festivities.  It’s a special day.

Wood Signs

Wedding Sign One

Wedding Sign Two