Groom Inspiration for the Inspired and Stylish Groom

Today we are talking with the creator of Groom Inspiration about Groom style and trends. The wedding isn’t not just for the bride. It is the groom’s day too!

C&C: What inspired you to start Groom Inspiration?

GI: Groom Inspiration was created to provide grooms with a reference point when planning for their wedding. We wanted to assist grooms finding and wearing their unique look for their special day.

There are hundreds of pages that focus on brides and showcase bridal attire, but very few highlight information for grooms. This probably comes from the notion that grooms are not interested in putting much effort into their wedding day outfit and could get away with wearing ‘work suits’ on their big day.

Against this backdrop, and with a passion for seeing better-dressed grooms, this page came to be. I never considered myself a fashion expert; however, I have always had an interest in men’s fashion, and I was confident we could inspire and assist grooms in choosing appropriate attire for their special day.

C&C: What are some trends when it comes to groom style?

GI: White and off-white suits for the groom

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Photography by Peter Bello

Blue three-piece suits

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Photography by Adebayo Deru


Matching colored socks for the groom and groomsmen

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Photography by AkintayoTimi


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Photography by T. Philips

Superhero shirts

C&C: What are some great ways for the groom to coordinate with their bride on their wedding day?

GI: A new trend is the groom’s lapel flower being one of the flowers from the bride’s bouquet. This adds a personal touch and is a great way to coordinate the outfits and wedding colors.

We generally advise grooms to have an item or two for their groomsmen that coordinate with the bridesmaids’ dresses without going overboard. This could be matching lapel flowers, ties, cravats, socks, or wristbands to the bridesmaids’ bouquets or dresses.

C&C: Anything else you would like to share with future grooms and groomsmen?

GI: Every groom has a unique style, and this should be visible in his choice of clothes for the wedding.

It is also worth mentioning that grooms actually have more color choices than brides, as brides generally wear white, off-white, or cream dresses. Grooms can choose from various shades of black, grey, blue, white, or tan among many others. Grooms should use this to their advantage.

Whether you decide to go for a classic black suit and tie or a blue three-piece suit, make sure you look dapper.

Do not wait until the last minute to choose the groomsmen’s’ outfit. There is usually a lot more to arrange than one thinks, including proper fitting.

C&C: What is in store for Groom Inspiration in the future?

GI: Groom Inspiration was created about a year ago, and we currently have about 22,000 followers on Instagram, a testament that a groom-focused wedding page was needed and works.

We are currently focusing on growing our Instagram following by ensuring that our posts remain relevant and interesting. We are also working on our website to be launched shortly and will also continue to collaborate with more wedding and menswear pages to ensure that we continue to inspire a wide variety of grooms.

C&C: What is your favorite quote?

GI: I actually have two favorites: ‘Don’t forget why you started.’ and ‘Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.’

These two quotes have continued to inspire us in building Groom Inspiration and developing our brand. Our desire to continue to focus on inspiring grooms, which is specifically why we started, continues to motivate us. We make sure that each of our posts line up with this aspiration.

Thanks so much to Groom Inspiration for taking the time to talk with us be sure to follow on them on instagram at @GroomInspiration and check out their website

Spice up your Life Introducing The Bubbly Bliss and Blues



The Bubbly Bliss and Blues is here! The Bubbly Bliss and Blues is Champagne and Cakes relationship column. You can submit your questions about love, relationships, and dating  for The Bubbly Bliss and Blues. Here’s how it works.

Write a clear question that asks something specific in 100 words or less. Keep it clean. No profanity or obscene language will be accepted.

Submit your question through email be sure to put on the subject Questions for Bubbly Bliss and Blues

Your name and email address will not be included with the posted question. Give me a username to post with the question.

I will select one question to be answered each month for The Bubbly Bliss and Blues. Our contributor Matchmaker Ana will be answering your questions.

Thanks and don’t forget to submit your questions.

5 Tips to Keep the Love Alive


5 Tips to Keep the Love Alive

Matchmaker Ana is back and this time she is talking about 5 tips to keep the love alive in your marriage.

C&C: Okay, we find the perfect match, get married, and then what?

MA: A good marriage also requires work and a dedication to succeed. Here are some things I recommend to married couples to keep the love alive.

Top 5 Tips to Keep the Love Alive

Never stop dating. Making time for your relationship will never let you down. Great relationships don’t just happen, they are cultivated by two people with the common goal – for the marriage to last. Old is the goal. If you want to grow old with your forever, keep doing the things you did in the beginning (but with a twist!).

Schedule regular date nights and keep them. Just because life gets busier doesn’t mean our partners should feel neglected. And neither should you. Make time on a regular basis to reconnect…preferably weekly. The kids will be fine and your business will not go up in flames because you spent time with your mate for a couple of hours.

Spice things up. After awhile, even the best meals get old. Don’t go on those same old dates/vacations/places. Occasionally experience something new as a couple. Take a painting class, learn salsa, or go skydiving—all ways you and your partner can keep the dating game spicy!

Introduce new ideas into the bedroom. No one wants a boring bedroom. Remember what I said about variety earlier? Constantly introducing new romantic ideas in the bedroom will keep your partner looking forward to more, more, more. Don’t let missionary position ruin your life….

Show and Accept appreciation and affection. It shocked me when I realized how many couples are not on the same page about how to show appreciation and affection with each other. How many times has your partner washed the dishes or laundry and you criticized how he/she didn’t put away the dishes or clothes right? Often? Well guess what? You created a gap in your relationship and told him/her never do those things again. Not out of kindness anyway. I get it. We’re busy and stressed. But that is no excuse if you want a good marriage. A simple thank you and a hug can close that gap in a heartbeat.

Learn how your mate shows appreciation and allow them to give it to you. Don’t shun that little something extra they do for you, like remembering your favorite ice cream or giving you time to watch your favorite television show. Accept those gestures that in their own way send your love and appreciation.

Keep a safe space for open communication. This one is the most important. We hear this repeatedly, yet couples do nothing to change the fact that WE DONT TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANT THINGS. There is a plethora of reasons why, but I’m only concerned with one today. Most couples don’t have a safe space in their relationship to share their truths without judgment or persecution. Okay, maybe not persecution, but we often keep things from partners because we want to avoid confrontation, wrath, and anger. It is crucial to communicate openly. And that includes listening and speaking.

C&C: Any other information you would like to share?
MA: Don’t settle! You deserve better than that.

Thanks to Matchmaker Ana for all her great tips. Stay tuned to learn how you can submit questions for her to answer on our New Love/Relationship Column. Details coming tomorrow. Stay tuned and don’t for get to visit Matchmaker Ana’s website and connect with her.

Give Yourself a Chance

GiveYourselfaChanceMatchmaker Ana (aka Ana Lorian), owner of The Analorian Agency brings her expertise to us this week of love with advice on dating and keeping the spark alive in your marriage.

C&C: What is your favorite quote?
MA: The person who loves the least controls the relationship…

C&C: That carries a powerful message. Can you give us some tips on avoiding missteps in this complex dating world?
MA: The advice I give singles include these tips:

Top 5 Dating Tips

  • Avoid punishing your future self for past bad decisions. We all make them. How else would we have become the person we are? Those bad decisions and their consequences help us grow and see things with new eyes. Give your future self a chance.
  • Never Settle. Every qualm you have is valid. You can have the forever you want, provided it’s realistic. Sadly, most people never look at what their ideal partner would encompass. It is important to your future to determine what your requirements are and that includes needs and wants. But the three are totally different things. Which brings me to my next one.
  • Take time to do the hard work. Learn who you are and whom you should be dating. Everyone has a type (and I’m not talking about physically). What I mean is that you’ve had life experiences, which shaped your view relationships and life. Not everyone will understand your views. However, there are a unique few who will. And in those unique few is your “forever”. Do you want to stop having dates that end in frustration? Make it easy on yourself and learn how to weed out the wrong people? You can only do that if you take time and do the hard work.

(1) quit beating yourself up over past relationships

(2) determine what you want in a partner

(3) learn who you are (see number 4 on appearance)

(4) give yourself permission to weed out those that don’t meet your criteria

(5) look for the person who understands your unique views

  •  Appear available. If you look unavailable and unappealing to other singles, you will never find the right one.Constantly connected to your phone and wearing so much makeup that you no longer resemble yourself is highly unattractive. Gives off vibes that you aren’t looking for anyone. When was the last time you walked up to a stranger who was on their phone and tried to strike up a conversation? See where I’m going with this? Put the phone down, slow down, and learn how to put your best foot forward.
  • Stay hopeful/positive. Your energy is what attracts people to you. Energy is directly affected by your mindset. Is yours positive? No one likes a Negative Nelly or Ned, especially when on a date. If you want to attract positive, good people, you must think positive thoughts and project a pleasant attitude. Like attracts like.

C&C: How should an entrepreneur date and keep balance?
MA: Make love as much a priority as business. That’s a must if they are going to schedule a date. Learn to socialize and have fun, and that doesn’t include business networking! Be open to dating.

C&C: Okay, we find the perfect match, get married, and then what?

Stay Tuned Wednesday for MatchMaker Ana’s tip to keeping the love alive in a marriage. Be sure to visit Matchmaker Ana’s Website and connect with her Twitter  Instagram Tumblr Facebook. And stay tuned for the release of our Relationship and Love Column.

Matchmaker Ana


Business with Basiden, “The Power in Pursuing your Dreams”

Many of our guests over the past year are entrepreneurs with new businesses in clothes design, make-up artists, bakers, florists, stationery, and photographers. I had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Baisden, well-known radio personality, actor, author, and mentor for young men,during Minority Business Week presented by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and asked him to share some of his inspirations and his motivation to continue to pursue his dreams.


C&C: How do people overcome fear to achieve their dreams?

MB: Your aspirations have to be bigger than your fears. It’s only when your aspirations and dreams grow bigger than your fears that you will make a difference.

C&C: What inspired you to pursue your dreams?
MB: My desire to make an impact on society. My dream was, and still is, to have a positive impact. I’m not worried about achieving fame.

C&C: What is your favorite quote?
MB: I have many. I post quotes all the time on my social media pages. One of my favorites is: “Great things have no fear of time.” (author unknown)

C&C: What are some of your favorite topics to discuss and study?
MB: Inspiration, Motivation, Overcoming adversity.

C&C: What, if any, advice would you give to young entrepreneurs on dating?
MB: Date another entrepreneur or someone who has a family member who is very busy, because they understand the enormous pressure on an entrepreneur to achieve their dream.

Date someone with at least one of these qualities:
Great at being alone
Incredibly busy and passionate about what they’re doing, so they understand your drive.

C&C: Any final tips for young entrepreneurs?
MB: Entrepreneurship brings enormous joy and pride, but it can be hard on relationships and hard on our egos. Here are a few tips that I found helpful.
Get ready to fail. It takes time to build a business.
Check your friendships and relationships to see if the people around you are supportive of your goals and aspirations.
There are no neutral people in relationships and friendships with an entrepreneur.
You are either Dream Builder or Dream Killer.

A fellow young business professional , Ellis Foster talked about what he learned from his experience meeting Michael Baisden : Never be afraid to fail when you are pursuing your dreams. When you are pursing your dreams, you will encounter two types of people Dream Builders and Dreams Killers. Identify those people and continue to move forward.

Talking Wedding Planning with Lauren Hines of Get Wed for Less

Lauren Hines, the owner of Get Wed for Less, LLC and creator of WeddinatorⓇ App , visits Champagne & Cake today.


Owner of Get Wed for Less, LLC Lauren Hines


C&C: What is your favorite quote?

LH: I love something business philosopher Jim Rohn said. “Every life form seems to strive to its maximum except human beings. How tall will a tree grow? As tall as it possibly can. Human beings, on the other hand, have been given the dignity of choice. You can choose to be all or you can choose to be less. Why not stretch up to the full measure of the challenge and see what all you can do?”

C&C: What inspired you to create Get Wed for Less?
LH: When I was planning my wedding a few years ago, I was frustrated on numerous occasions with the process. I realized after going through dozens of websites, books, magazines, and more, there was no single resource that had all the information and numbers I needed to plan my wedding. Years later I thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool to create a website that had pricing, offerings, and company info on vendors that savvy brides could easily access?” From there, it became the company’s mission to save brides and grooms time, money, and stress in wedding planning.


C&C: How long did you plan and prepare for the launch of Get Wed for Less?
LH: About a year and a half.

C&C: What markets does Get Wed for Less cover?
LH: We cover sixteen markets: Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York (Long Island, NYC-Manhattan, NYC-Other Boroughs, Westchester), Northern Virginia, San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Chicago and Washington, DC. If we are not fully built-out in a particular market, we can still help professionals in those markets access brides. For instance, we have a wedding planner client in Philly for whom we provide marketing services.

C&C: How do you select vendors for Get Wed for Less?
LH: Sometimes, vendors contact us to be featured on the site. Most of the time, our team of market researchers and editors dive into metro areas, locally sourcing the highest-ranked wedding professionals across a gamut of categories. From there, the pros are individually contacted for detailed offering information, to get a vibe for their passion and professionalism, and to analyze how their numbers compare to what is being spent in their area. That’s how we determine “fabulous, fun, and affordable” vendors…not a simple process!

C&C: What can couples find when they search on Get Wed for Less?
LH: Couples find over 1,000 of the most beloved wedding pros and information containing their offerings and oftentimes pricing for their products/services. Couples will pleasantly find they are saving tons of time in vendor selection since has the information that they typically cannot readily access from a phone conversation or website with many vendors.

C&C: How do couples sign up for Get Wed for Less?
LH: Simply visit Get Wed for Less and start searching today!

C&C: What do you feel are the most important elements of wedding planning?
LH: The right spouse – seriously! You also should have the right plan – talk with someone experienced in wedding coordination. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard, “Just talking it through made it easier for me.” Make sure at the end of the day that the plan and the budget instituted are yours and your mates. The right team in your corner is critical; you will need helpful people along the way and flexible, responsive, qualified wedding professionals who will act as your advocate. As a bride, you have to remind yourself daily to be flexible to a point, be of sound mind (don’t go “bridezilla” on everyone), and enjoy the journey, both during planning and after you’ve “jumped the broom.”

Weddinator App

20140609-Weddinator-Glimmering-TJH-AC&C: What inspired you to create the WeddinatorⓇ App?

LH: In our desire to make planning easier and more fun for brides, we created WeddinatorⓇ. There was no mobile application on the market that functioned as a social platform to allow brides and grooms to create and share wedding plans with their bridal party and wedding team in such a fun, interactive way. We wanted to make planning easier by going a step further and connecting wedding vendors and planning couples directly to each other via our mobile app. WeddinatorⓇ works as a sweet duo.

The app is available for download on Android’s PlayStore and Apple’s App Store. WeddinatorⓇ can also be used easily online at

C&C: How long did you plan and prepare for the launch of WeddinatorⓇ App?
LH: About a year.

C&C: How can a couple connect with vendors on the WeddinatorⓇ App?
LH: Couples can easily download the free WeddinatorⓇ app from PlayStore for Android or the App Store for Apple. Once they open the app, they will see the “Book A Pro” page that opens with “Need a Wedding Pro?” They simply, enter their info, including budget, wedding location, and the type of vendors they need. Once “Find Pros” is clicked, we immediately go to work to connect them to their matched pros.

C&C: Give us some examples of what a couple will find when they search on the WeddinatorⓇ App?
LH: Couples will find “My Notebook” (the social, sharable online wedding planning profile), “Book A Pro” (wedding vendor concierge function), and, coming very soon, a wedding planning timeline and checklist (will help make sure you never skip a beat in the process).

Thanks so much to Lauren for talking time out to speak with Champagne and Cake. Make sure to go like Get Wed for Less and WeddinatorⓇ app on Facebook to connect with Lauren.

Catarah and Carlos Real Wedding

Today we are featuring the beautiful summer real wedding of Catarah and Carlos, captured by Brian Wagnor Photography of Atlanta. Catarah and Carlos celebrated their beautiful wedding on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Here are the details from their lovley day.When I asked Catarah to tell us about their wedding, she had a colorful, fun story to share.

Our wedding was on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Miami Beach, FL. The venue was the Miami Beach Resort and Spa’s Starlight Ballroom. The festivities started on Thursday before the wedding on Saturday. Carlos and I hosted a Cognac and Wings party in one of the resort suites for our wedding party.

Later that evening, thirty of my closest girlfriends threw me the most amazing bachelorette party on South Beach. The crazy fun included a drag show, Wet Willy’s, Prime 112 Steakhouse, and a club.

Friday was an emotion-filled day and night. Before rehearsal, we hosted a private brunch for our wedding party and guests, siblings, and other wedding participants. At brunch, we presented our parents with their gifts and told them and other family and friends how much we loved them.

Friday evening was EPIC!!! We rented Miami’s largest party bus and took 55 of our closest friends on a moving party throughout South Beach. We stopped at an amazing restaurant in Brickell, Florida called Delores: But you can call me Lolita. It was Cuban food at its best. The night was full of delicious food and drinks with great company. We gave friends an opportunity to share their love for us, and it was so touching and special. Then, we got back on the bus and partied the night away.

July 26, had to be one of the best days of our lives. People who are very important to us were all in one room at one time, and it was glorious! The day started with prayer. I thanked God for sending me the perfect man and allowing our day to be so special.

Even though we had a 5:30 p.m. wedding, with eight bridesmaids we had to start getting ready early. Hair and makeup arrived a 7 a.m. As my bridesmaids arrived, I had a reflective moment with each of them, than presented them with custom spa robes, “No Ugly Crying” hankies, necklaces for the wedding, and custom beach towels. Carlos gifted his groomsmen with gold Invicta watches to wear for the ceremony.

Once breakfast from Panera Bread arrived, family and friends begin to stop by to give me good wishes and make sure I was okay. I absolutely was! We indulged in fruit, bagels, and coffee.

As the afternoon arrived, the sky turned dark and rain began to fall…not just any rain, violent rain. At that moment, I knew the original plan of an outdoor wedding in Miami in July was not going to happen. It was over 80 degrees at noon. I had them move the ceremony inside to avoid the rain and the Miami Heat!

After pre-wedding photos, laughs, jokes, and tears, it was time to marry my friend and love. While waiting for our turn to walk forward, my dad and I had a moment, and he shared priceless advice. We also shared an endless stream of happy tears. As I walked into the ceremony space, I saw the decorations for the first time, and I was so happy. I reflected on the photos dangling from my bouquet, which was another way I kept memories of my loved ones who had passed close to me for the special occasion. I carried photographs of both of my dad’s parents, my mom’s mother, and two of my favorite uncles.

Everything ceased when Carlos and I locked eyes. I didn’t stop looking at him until we met down the aisle. We recited both traditional and personal vows. Instead of the sand ceremony originally planned, we painted a photo together, which will hang in our home. We used two of our wedding colors in the paints to represent the two families uniting.

Once we laughed, cried, and sealed our vows with a kiss in front of 185 family and friends, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and great music while we took photos in a room overlooking the Intercoastal Waterway and Downtown Miami.

When, the doors to the ballroom were opened, guests were greeted with giant elephant palm centerpieces enhanced with orchids and peonies. Their place cards were mini-umbrellas stuck in sand. Entering the ballroom, guests were asked to sign a huge coral letter C and have the option of using our custom phone charging station.

Each table seating had individual menus and thank you notes. There was purple uplighting with beautiful, twinkling lights that resembled stars throughout the room. Floor to ceiling windows gave us expansive views of downtown, huge mansions, and the Intercoastal Waterway. Surrounding the dance floor were eight claw foot, white benches with coral and gold pillows for guests to rest on during dance breaks. My favorite was the grand sweet heart table with large chairs.

The rest of the evening included the cake cutting (no mushing was allowed), dancing, a serenade to me from the groomsman and my husband, sweetheart song from my sorority Delta Sigma Theta, and the traditional bouquet and garter tosses. The garter toss was special, because we had a small basketball autographed by Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat. That got the guys out of their seats, along with words of encouragement from our parents, best man, and matron of honor.


Photography by Brian Wagnor Photography


Photography by Brian Wagnor Photography


Photography by Brian Wagnor Photography



Photography by Brian Wagnor Photography

Wedding Vendors

Dress by Winnie Couture, Beverly Hills, CA

Photography by Brian Wagnor Photography, Atlanta, GA

Cinematography by Darryl Campbell, Miami, FL

Flowers by Petal Productions, Miami, FL

Wedding Planner/Designer – Jessica Campbell Events, Miami FL

Colorful Cake Design by Southern Girl Desserts, Los Angeles, CA

White Buttercream Cake by Divine Delicacies, Miami FL

Wedding Furniture (Chiavari chairs, lighting, lounge furniture, sweetheart table) by Evoga Event Productions, Miami, FL

Congrats to lovely couple and thanks so much for sharing your story with Champagne and Cake.

Frozen Mimosa : Get Your Holiday Cheer On!

Looking for a unique champagne cocktail for the holiday season? Try this unique spin on the Mimosa – the Frozen Mimosa.

Here is what you need:

  • Orange Sherbet 4 scoops
  • Orange Juice 1 cup
  • Chilled Champagne 2 cups
  • Champagne Glasses 4
  • Blender

Put orange sherbet, orange juice, and champagne in blender.

Blend until Smooth

Served in a Chilled Champagne Glass

A simple and easy Champagne Cocktail that all your guests will enjoy!

You Can Substitute Champagne for Ginger Ale or Non Alcoholic Sparkling Wine.




Things to Learn from Solange’s Wedding

Congratulations to the newly married couple – Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson – who were married on November 16, 2014 in New Orleans!

The internet is buzzing with the release of the weddings photos. I can honestly say that I am in love with her wedding style. Her wedding was the perfect blend of her personal style woven into the beauty of a memorable wedding and reception with friends and family.

Things to Learn from Solange’s Wedding

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Dare to Be Different!

It is your wedding day, and you can be as unique or traditional as you want to be. If you want to wear pink, wear pink! If you want each of the members of your wedding to dress differently, go for it! If you want to arrive in a canoe, go for it!

Stay True to You and Your Style!

Your personal style should be an intricate part of your wedding planning process and is reflected on her wedding day. Solange chose to wear a caped ivory Humberto Leon for Kenzo gown sans big ruffles and rhinestones that have been all the rage for several years. Her accessories were gold arm cuffs. Simple, elegant, and, oh so Solange.

Get Creative!

Solange’s color-coordinated wedding party showcased ivory, taking simplicity to new heights. From the bride and groom’s bike ride through the French Quarter on white, vintage bicycles to the chapel for the wedding all the way to the touching mother and son-choreographed dance to “No Flex Zone” at the reception, the event was filled with magic.

Think Outside of the Box!

Beginning with the rehearsal, ivory was the color to be seen in. Knowles arrived in a stunning, asymmetrical draped outfit designed by Stephane Rolland and paired with Stuart Weitzman “Nudist” sandals. Ferguson wore a cream suit with khaki shirt and shoes.For the wedding, each woman in the wedding party wore a design of her choice, all ivory, cream, and white, of course. Some were in pants, others in dresses.

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Have Fun!
Weddings can be stressful as the happy couple found out when Ferguson got a flat tire on his bike as they rode to the chapel, but they laughed it off. One photo catches the happy couple laughing when they arrive at the chapel, pushing their bikes.

Solange was fine during the ceremony and the seated dinner, but when they hit the streets for a line dance, her face became covered in hives. Big sister, Beyonce, came to her rescue with a Benadryl, some cortisone cream, and a cooling shower, and in less than two hours, she was back at the reception, looking fine and ready to dance with her son.

The fun-filled reception included sparklers as the guests partied into the wee hours and danced in the streets.

We would love to hear what you did to make your event special. From clothes, hair, make-up, flowers, special events, and music, what did you do that made your wedding festivities unique to you?

Let’s Talk about Flowers with Alicia Corley of iPlan Things….What is your style?

“iPlan Things is my brand, my company, my baby,” says Alicia Corley. She started iPlan Things a few years ago when she decided to follow her passion to work in the event planning industry. Let’s take a trip Jackson, Mississippi to learn more about design and flowers.

C&C: Tell us what iPlan Things is all about?

AC: Having always had a desire to be in the event planning industry, I began to develop the brand and work toward that goal. As of now, I offer planning, strategizing, and coordinating assistance for events, in addition to designing and managing events. I am also working towards offering project management assistance.

C&C: How did you get into floral design?

AC: While building my own brand, I was blessed with an opportunity to work with a veteran in the event and floral design industry. I work as the Assistant Social & Marketing Manager to David Spurk of Petal Pushers.

I’ve been fortunate to learn about floral design and grow my knowledge about the industry in general. It has also been a big help in expanding my network in the industry.

It’s been an amazing learning experience and opportunity. I love flowers and couldn’t ask for a better way to hone my design skills.

C&C: What is your personal design style?

AC: My personal design style is a cross of chic- elegant and simple-minimalism.

C&C: What are good tips you give brides when selecting a florist?

AC: The first and most important factor when selecting any vendor is to pay close attention to chemistry between yourself and that vendor. Planning a wedding is a stressful event, so choosing a vendor you feel comfortable with is important.

Establish clarity about what you want and do not want…more importantly, the “don’t want” part. When designing for a wedding or any event, a florist may select to alter elements of the design in order to meet the client’s requests on budget and theme.

It is important for the bride to know which flowers in the colors they want are available during the time of year when the wedding will be held. Otherwise, they could arrive at the wedding and reception venues to find beautiful, yellow gladiola arrangements, a flower they hate.

Do your research, know exactly what you want…or do not want, and be sure the florist and you are on the same page.

C&C: What are some wedding flower trends in the Jackson area?
AC: Floral designers in this area each have their own distinct style and represent them well. Succulents and earthy, green plants are an emerging trend in the floral industry. And, like most design industries, these trends change with the seasons.

C&C: What are some different types of popular wedding flowers?

AC: Peonies are a popular flower. Brides have been in love with peonies for the last few spring and summer seasons. And, an oldie but goody choice is roses. There are so many varieties to choose from, and they are all beautiful.

C&C: What is the most unique flower arrangement you have made?

AC: I made a mixed floral arrangement using King Proteas, eucalyptus, and green foliage for a corporate account. It had a tropical design that looked great.

C&C: How can a bridal couple save money when selecting flowers?

AC: Select flowers that are easily accessible for the time of the year. Select floral products that are readily available, which brings down the price.

Talk to your floral designers to learn design tips that may not require the use of flowers. Be creative in designing your wedding, open to new ideas.

C&C: What popular wedding flowers are in season in the fall and winter?

AC: Alstroemeria, calla lily, dahlias, ranunculus



C&C: What popular wedding flowers are in season in the spring and summer?

AC: Poms, sunflowers, peonies, and tropical flowers like bird of paradise.



C&C: What popular flowers are in season all year long?

AC: Carnations, roses (grown in countries outside the United States)


C&C: How can a couple get creative with their wedding flowers and a bride with her bouquet?

AC: To achieve the overall style you want for your wedding with the flowers available is a great way to remain open to creativity. Incorporating elements that are reflective of the bride and the couple are a wonderful way to be creative in design selection.

C&C: What are some different elements that can really make centerpiece and a bouquet pop?

AC: A fragrant bouquet is a lovely way. Of course, don’t use fragrance if the bride or members of the wedding party have problems with allergies. Garden roses are some of the most beautiful smelling roses. They literally smell pretty.

Stunning centerpieces can be created with eye-catching artistry that everyone loves. My boss at Petal Pushers is an expert at this. Centerpieces that compliment the wedding theme and merge into the overall design of the event seamlessly, refine the ambiance without one element over-saturating the others.

C&C: How far in advance does a couple need to order flowers for their centerpieces and bouquets?

AC: Typically, I advise brides to select and meet with their floral designer as soon as the venue is booked. Venue plays a huge role in floral design. Waiting until the last minute for the floral designer to give you a design and estimate and then order your flowers will put you further behind than you realize. Generally, flowers for centerpieces and bouquets shouldn’t be ordered more than six weeks from the event.

C&C: What are the top five tips to help brides get the perfect bouquet and centerpiece arrangements they want?

AC: Being flexible and open-minded makes things go much more smoothly.

1. Be open minded. A good florist has the knowledge and experience to assist you to achieve your desired look.

2. Set a budget. It is one of the most important elements to help you work with vendors. They must have a clear idea of what you intend to spend before the two of your start to dream your perfect wedding.

3. Know what you want and what you do not want, but remain flexible.

4. Be conscious of selecting fragrant flowers that trigger allergic reactions, especially if you have a large bridal party. You want everyone to enjoy your special day with you.

5. Get creative with elements that reflect you and your betrothed’s personalities individually and as a couple. It makes the event so personal.

C&C: Any last minute tips you would like to share?

AC: Your wedding day marks the foundation of your new family. Make decisions based on what makes the two of you happy.

C&C: What is your favorite quote?

AC: I have two that I’m living by right now.

“Let’s do what we love and lots of it.” Marc Jacobs

“A leader is a dealer in hope.” Napoleon


Floral Designs by David Spurk Petal Pushers


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