Some Sweet Ways to Celebrate Sweetest Day!

The Sweetest

Sweetest Day is approaching and how will you celebrate? It’s not a holiday I made up, but a day of celebration. A day to express appreciation for the special people in your life and to reach out to others. Sweetest Day is celebrated this year on October 18.

They Say: The first observance of Sweetest Day occurred in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922. Herbert Birch Kingston a candy company employee wanted to bring happiness into the lives of orphans, shut-ins, and those who had been forgotten. With the help of his friends, he distributed candy and small gifts to the underprivileged. Today the holiday is primarily observed in the Midwestern Region of the United States.

Share the Joy


I hope you will join me in telling the special people in the world how much they mean to you. Here are some ideas to celebrate Sweetest Day :

Sweets for Your Sweets

Give the one you love their favorite candy: a luscious champagne truffle is always a nice surprise.

Ways to share sweetest day with others: Take bags of candy to a local orphanage. (check with them first)

Sweet Thoughts


Fill a clear jar with notes on all the reasons you love your main man or woman and why they are special to you.

Ways to share sweetest day with others:  Take “You are special notes” for everyone in a nursing home. Printed on colored paper and cut with decorative scissors fancies them up a bit.

Sweets for You Only

In a beautiful card or on lovely notepaper, leave a special note for your special person, telling him/her how much they mean to you.Leave the note in a surprise place where they will find it easily: mirror in the bathroom or over the dresser, sock drawer, coffee maker, purse, or briefcase. Be Creative!

Ways to share sweetest day with others: Put a flower on every tray at a nursing home. Special touch: tie a small bow on each.

Sweet Memories


Treat the special person in your life to a delicious cupcake with a “delicious” note attached.

Ways to share sweetest day with others: You can deliver cupcakes or cookies to a local orphanage or nursing home. (Check with them first and take something for those who can’t eat sugar.) Add small notes for each person that say, “You matter.” or “Thanks for being you.” or “Thanks for being special.”

Sweetest Gift of All


Telling someone how special they are can change a life!

Share with me how you will celebrate Sweetest Day this year?

A True Passion Talking Makeup with Ashton Tisdale of Mz Fancy Face

Happy Thursday! Today we are talking makeup with Ashton Tisdale of Mz Fancy Face, LLC. She is a traveling MUA based in Jackson, Mississippi. She has been a makeup artist for four years and says it is her true passion! Today she shares wedding makeup tips and information how to achieve a flawless look on your wedding day or any day.

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Photography by Ladd Photography

C&C: When did you become interested in doing makeup as a profession?

AT: I started doing makeup my senior year of high school at a makeup boutique in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I continued after I graduated and studied the craft of applying makeup. I put it all in God’s hands and let him lead the way. Now, I have my own company,

C&C: What advice would you give brides about choosing a makeup artist for their big day?

AT: It is best to find a makeup artist who specializes in bridal makeup, someone who is consistent and professional. Ask other brides who they used and if they were pleased with the result.

C&C: How do you decide what colors to choose for the bride’s makeup?

AT: Most of my looks I base around the dress color and styles the bride likes.

C&C: Do you have any tips to prepare for the big day?

AT: I have ten suggestions that I give to all my brides.

1) Eat and drink health the month of the wedding to prevent breakouts

2) Stay as calm as possible (even though that’s hard.) Stress causes breakouts.

3) A good moisturizer keeps your skin looking soft.

4) A good face primer under your makeup to help it stay fresh longer.

5) Waterproof mascara is a must!

6) False eyelashes are a big plus! They bring out the eyes with sexy glam appeal.

7) Lipstick color that complements your dress and skin. Gloss is a must!

8) Well-blended makeup.

9) Foundation should match skin tone. Otherwise, it is unattractive in the pictures.

10) Avoid harsh lines that drag makeup down. Stay with flawless bridal looks.

C&C: What is the most interesting bridal look you’ve created?

AT: I love doing the glittery smoky eyes. It really makes the eyes pop and brings so much life to the look!

C&C: How can a bride keep her makeup fresh on the big day?

AT: Primer and lip touch ups will get the job done Another tip is to use a good setting spray after the makeup is applied.

C&C: What is your favorite quote?

AT: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”

Thanks so much to Ashton of Mz Fancy Face, LLC for all her wonderful tips and information. Be sure to follow her on Instagram at MZ_FancyFace and visit her website http://www.mzfancyface.com. To Contact Ashton about more information email her bookmzfancyface@gmail or by phone at 404-395-3813.

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Photography by Sterling Photography

Talking Cake with Stephanie Hart of Brown Sugar Bakery-Chicago

Today we talk to Stephanie Hart who owns Brown Sugar Bakery in Chicago. Just the name of the bakery makes me hungry!

Chicago is one of my favorite places. I love the atmosphere, the Chicago Vibe. On my recent trip, I discovered a new favorite place—Brown Sugar Bakery. Their caramel cake is AMAZING!!!

Needless to say, Brown Sugar Bakery and a luscious slice of caramel cake have been added to my to-do for every Chicago trip. P. S. Don’t tell my personal trainer.

Stephanie Hart, from Detroit Michigan by the way Yazoo City, Mississippi has been in the baking business for ten years.

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C&C: Why did you decide to start Brown Sugar Bakery?
SH: I couldn’t find a bakery in Chicago that served the cakes I like, so I decided to create my own.

C&C: What is your baking style?
SH: Baking is a science that I was fortunate to learn from my grandmother. My baking style is Southern African-American baking traditions that I adapt to different tastes.

C&C: What is your favorite cake?
SH: Pineapple.

C&C: What is Brown Sugar Bakery’s signature cake?
SH: Our caramel cake is very popular. Many people love it just like you do.

C&C: What are some good tips you would give to brides when selecting a baker?
SH:1) Get references from people who have dealt with the baker in the past.

2) Have a budget

3) Be careful of bakeries that make you special samples to taste. You should be able to walk into the bakery any day or time and sample anything they have.

4) Do taste samples. If you like the taste, most of your guests will too.

C&C: What are some different cake fillings a bride might consider?
SH: Fruit flavors are very popular and, of course, chocolate. Lemon, Strawberry, Mango, Pineapple, Raspberry, and Banana are frequent requests.

C&C: How do you get inspirations for wedding cakes?
SH: I look at the bride’s style. I ask for pictures of the bride’s dress, invitations, bridesmaids’ dresses, colors and table decor. I want to know what kind of jewelry she likes. If the bride has a wedding portfolio where she is collecting the things she likes and plans to sue, I look at that to understand the style she has in mind. I want her cake to be a reflection of her. And then I create a cake that is a simplified version of who she is, so the flavor and smell will stand out. My goal is to create a cake that reflects her style.

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C&C: What is the most creative cake you have made?
SH: The most creative cake will be the one I’m designing for artist, Hebru Brantley. I am turning one of his creative pieces into a cake.

C&C: What are some important elements a bride and groom might consider for a cake?
SH: One important element I like to incorporate is color, so I encourage them to add colors they love and colors that reflect the wedding and reception décor.

C&C: I love the name Brown Sugar Bakery. How did you come up with it?
SH: I am a huge Rolling Stones fan, Mick Jagger and I share the same birthday.

C&C: What is your favorite quote?
SH: “Failure is my First Name, Never is my last one.” Lupe Fiasco

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Thanks so much to Stephanie Hart with Brown Sugar Bakery Chicago for all her wonderful tips and awesome Caramel Cake.  Don’t forget to like Brown Sugar Bakery-Chicago on Facebook and visit her website HERE.

ChampagneandCake.com Turns 1 Today!!!

It’s Our 1 Year Blog Anniversary “Our Birthday” and we couldn’t be more EXCITED and THANKFUL!!!

 

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Thank You

I am beyond grateful and thankful beyond words for every comment, follower, reader, share, and forward from each of you.

It is such an amazing feeling to see something that I dreamed of come to life. When I first started my blog, my goal was to create a place where love and people were celebrated and promoted.

Positive Place

As a journalist, I wanted to create a positive place on the web. We are all too often bombarded with the negative things in the world, and not enough places promote optimism, the positive things in our lives.

My goal was to create a space on the web that was dedicated to learning and enjoying ourselves in a positive environment. A place we could go to see the beauty of love and romance, friendship and caring, family and dedication.

Success

When I first created ChampagneandCake.com, I was extremely nervous. My mother and I had taken a blogging class together, but she finally had to push me to step out and release the blog.

And here it is, a year later, and the blog is successful thanks to my readers, the support of so many vendors who gladly shared their expert ideas, and bridal couples who opened up their special day and personal pictures.

Sharing

My knowledge about weddings and all the things that go into planning them has grown this year. We have discussed:

Planning picture layouts

Choosing colors and flowers

Makeup tricks

Destination weddings

Pairing wines and food

New and vintage wedding gowns

Developing a wedding registry

And so much more

Thanks so much for the joining me on this journey!

Year two planning is underway, and I am excited about all the awesome things to come!

Giveaways

To thank you for your support, we are giving away a gift every day for the next five days.

$ 25.00 Gift Card from Itunes

18 x 24 Print from Me

$ 25.00 Amazon Gift Card

Quikfits Fitness Gift Card – One Week of Group Training

When Ink Becomes Chic Set of Thank You Cards

$ 25.00 Target Gift Card from Barefoot Writing Academy

Enter the Contest Here’s how to enter to win one of the gifts.

1. Like the Champagne and Cake Facebook Page

2. Leave a message answering the question: What is your favorite romantic movie?

3. You name will automatically be entered into the drawing.

4. Beginning September 10, 2014 – September 14, 2014, a name will be drawn at random each day and posted on C&C’s Facebook page

5. Check back each day to see if you are the winner. If we haven’t heard from you within 3 days, we will pick another name.

6. If you won, message me on Facebook with your contact information, so I can send you your gift.

7. A list of the movies and the winners will be included in an upcoming blog post on champagneandcake.com’s blog.

ChampagneandCake.com will continue to spread the Love around the world!

Real Wedding Scottie and Jasmine

As you know here and ChampagneandCake.com we love to share real weddings. Today we are featuring the lovely summer wedding of Scottie and Jasmine Hunter. They were married on July 12, 2014. Congrats to the lovely couple and here are the details of their beautiful day!!

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Photography by Fightress Aaron Photography

Favorite Part of the Day

Our favorite part of our big day definitely was the First Look. It was the perfect way to take a minute away from the frenzy and focus on the commitment we were about to make. Seeing each other allowed us to dash those last-minute nerves away before the ceremony.

Wedding Décor

We chose a simple outdoor décor to highlight the natural beauty of the wedding garden. White chairs lined the ceremony space. The focal point for the ceremony was the large cast iron arch, draped in white tulle and adorned with white carnations, lisianthus, blue hydrangeas, and fresh greenery. The perfect touch of romance and beauty.

Reception

Crystals everywhere made our indoor reception more of an upscale affair. Our colors were malibu blue, chocolate-brown, and silver and they worked beautifully together. Soft blue up lighting lined the reception space, the perfect companion for the candlelit buffet dinner. The two-level wedding garden allowed guests to enjoy the sunset view while they danced the night away.

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Photography by Fightress Aaron Photography

Dance the Night Away

Speaking of dancing the night away, the bride decided to spice things up by dancing to Beyoncé’s “Dance for You”. Along with her bridesmaids, she showed the crowd just how much she loved her man. My husband’s favorite part of the reception was the bride and groom’s First Dance to John Legend’s “You and I.” We had choreographed a dance to the song and couldn’t wait to perform it for our family and friends, who loved it! The day was absolutely everything we hoped it would be. It was a typical, hot, July afternoon in Alabama, but that did not scorch our personal vows and intimate ceremony.

What It’s All About

We definitely recommend plenty of planning and a lot of laughter to get through the stressful times, leading up the wedding day. Make sure you don’t allow yourself to forget what the wedding is all about—fully committing yourself to the person you love and entering into a Covenant with God.

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Photography by Fightress Aaron Photography

A special thank you to those who helped make our day beautiful and successful.

Photographer: Fightress Aaron Photography

Florist: Flowers by Amanda

Cake:Pam’s Incredible Edibles

Venue: Jasmine Hill Outdoor Garden and Museum

Dress: David’s Bridal

Also View Their Wedding Highlights HERE

A Special Thanks to the lovely couple for sharing the details of their lovely day!!

A Creative Bridal Experience with a Vintage Flair featuring The Timeless Bride

Happy Monday and today we are talking about a creative bridal experience with a vintage flair with Naomi Maurer the owner of Timeless Bride.The company creates a creative bridal experience with a vintage flair. Today she will share wedding dress tips and share ways to make your bridal experience a creative one.

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Photography by Laura Cantrell

 

C&C: How did your business get started?

My fiancé and I owned a 115-year-old Victorian house and operated a B & B. We wanted to have our reception at the house and exchange vows under a 300-year-old oak in a nearby park. While I was at an estate auction, looking at rugs for our B & B, my ‘intended’ was bored and antsy. Within minutes of sitting down, the auctioneer yelled “sold” and Jim proposed in front of all the auction attendees. My ring is from the 1930s. When we married in 2006, the only offerings for brides were strapless and sparkly, but I was in my forties, and they weren’t what I wanted. I had my heart set on a vintage gown. The only places I could find one were online, antique stores, and estate sales. One cannot try on in the dresses in any of these venues. So an idea was born, which grew into a passion, and evolved into a business.

C&C: Tell us a little bit more about the services you offer.

I opened the store in May of 2007 with about 450 vintage gowns. I now have over 2,600. I have amassed my inventory by exclusively offering wedding consignment services for the women in the wedding party: attire for the bride, mothers of the bride and groom, flower girls, and wedding accessories. Connie Cotton, who owns and operates Alterations & Creations is the Master Seamstress. Together, we design the garments and accessories. Connie handles all the garment work, both custom orders and alterations (for women only), and I do all the custom accessories. One of the services that has made us so successful was coined “Heirloom Transformations”. When a bride brings in (or purchases here) a vintage gown that needs fabric restoration or repair, resizing, and redesigning to fit her vision of the perfect gown, we transform the pieces to meet her vision. It’s one of our favorite and most rewarding things to do.

C&C: What has been the coolest (or oldest) heirloom transformation you’ve done?

We have done several from the 1950s. The most notable was a bride that brought in her grandmother’s dress in a plastic garbage bag. It had been stored in the backyard shed for decades. There was even evidence that rodents had nested in it. Most of the fabric was damaged beyond repair, but after I cleaned it as well as possible, Connie pinned the shreds of cloth on the bride. Using pictures of the grandmother on her wedding day, Connie completely recreated the gown from scratch. That entire family was thrilled!

C&C: What is the most unique “Something Blue” you have transformed or created?

Very often, the something blue is the garter, which we create from pieces of salvaged antique lace. One unique piece that Connie created was adding blue layers to the bride’s slip, and another was monogramming the bride’s initials and wedding date in blue thread on the gown lining.

C&C: What are your Top Three Tips for finding the perfect “Something Old” or an heirloom for a wedding?

(1) Don’t give up on a dress you love because it has discolored with age or has a weird odor. We can usually address this. Stain removal, lightening and brightening old fabric is a specialty of mine.

(2) Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t fit. There are many ways to handle this, and Connie is a master at making things fit. We have a great collection of vintage fabrics and patterns just for this reason.

(3) Let your personality shine through. Your unique style should play a big part in the choices you make for your wedding.

C&C: Do you offer anything for former brides who want to do something creative with their dress or veil?

There are a myriad of things that can be done with a treasure from the past. Cake table coverings, ring bearer pillows, Christmas tree skirts, Christening gowns, and garters are just a few of the things we’ve made from previous wedding dresses.

C&C: Tell me a little bit about your wedding dress and wedding accessory selection.

My gown was a full-length, frothy confection from the 1930s with a portrait neckline, long sheer sleeves, and a beautiful train. Loved it! I choose a fingertip veil with a delicate, scalloped, beaded edge, which provided a tiny bit of sparkle. All the special women in my life gathered around me to hand make the décor, and my aunt crafted the sweet floral wreath I wore in my hair.

C&C: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

As you can probably tell, this truly is a passion for me. I am a retired registered nurse and Connie is a retired educator, so we are natural nurturers. I know this is cliché, but it is not about the sale here. Our tag line is “A creative bridal experience”, and we live that. It really is about the experience. Our reviews speak for themselves. We work hard to earn those.

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Photography by Laura Cantrell

 

Thanks so much to Naomi with Timeless Bride for all her wonderful tips be sure to follow her on Facebook at The Timeless Bride and visit her website The Timeless Bride.

Cakes We LOVE!!!

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Hey!!! Who doesn’t love CAKE!!! I know I do. This past weekend I attended a BEAUTIFUL Wedding in Chicago, Illinois . I really enjoyed the wedding and my mini vacation. It is always good to just take a break and enjoy the moment with your family. That is exactly what my weekend consisted of and I ENJOYED it thoroughly. You guys know when I attend weddings I love to take pictures of the wedding cake!!! Well here is the picture of the cake from the wedding I attended this past weekend. I love the details to the designs in the tiers of the cake to the rhinestones around the tiers of the cake. We at Champagne and Cake LOVE this cake and congrats to newly married couple!!

 

The Romance of the Wedding Registry

Romance of the Wedding Registry

Romance of the Wedding Registry

 

Guests enjoy seeing what you choose. It brings to mind their wedding days and the joy and hope involved in our special traditions. Give them the opportunity to share in your personal day. Some brides shy away from anything but the most fanciful notions of this modern-day hope chest, selecting only the traditional items such as a china or silver pattern. But the majority of 21st Century brides are practical and give the people they will share their special day with a wider variety of choices and prices while listing the things they truly need. Whether you have the basics or need everything to start your new life as a married couple, your wedding registry should be a mixture of your dreams and needs. It’s your chance to share a personal side of you and your groom, an inside look at your future.

Beauty

Include some beautiful and special items on your list for the romantic souls of the guests who always buy those special things we love. A crystal bowl or vase, a silver tray or dish, or a porcelain bowl are all things that you will treasure using for decades to come and the guests will take pride in giving.

Practical

Include things you will need like cookie sheets, colanders, and measuring cups or sheets, towels, and cotton napkins. Glassware includes tea, highball, and margarita glasses. Grooms often list grilling items like a utensil set or grilling cookware for fish and veggies. Many of your guests always take the practical side, knowing how extensive the needs of a well-ordered kitchen or bath are. If you’re fresh out of college, practical (with a little beauty for the fun of it) might be the best way to go. Whether you choose the all-beautiful route, the all practical route, or a mixture of both, here are a few tips to help you plan.

Color

Neutral colors for the larger palette give you a wider screen to work from as you move from place to place and you blend two different ideas of colors. Throw pillows, pictures, and accessories can incorporate the color into a room.

Inventory

Don’t waste a gift duplicating something you or your groom already have. You might be pleasantly surprised what combining households will yield, besides the obvious.

Kitchen

Everyday dishes and glassware are a must as are pots and pans, baking sheets and pans, microwavable dishes and bowls, flatware, salt and pepper shakers, sugar bowl and creamer, butter dish, pie plate, cooking utensils, a grater, potato peeler, spatula and measuring spoons, coffee and tea pots and pitchers, a mixer and cake pans, and don’t forget cookbooks! Add colorful specialty items: dishtowels, place mats and tablecloths, salad bowls, cheese board, cutting boards, paper towel and pot holders, a blender and food chopper, waffle iron, juicer – the sky is the limit! Williams Sonoma and Target have long lists of ideas.

Dining

Go trendy in the kitchen and use a classic look in neutral colors for your special dining needs. Trends change frequently and china and formal flatware is expensive. Traditional looks in dinnerware lend themselves to trendy colors in napkins, flowers, and linens and will last you a lifetime. Love Asian-inspired pink peonies? You might not like them ten years from now when the president of the company will be at your formal dinner party. But, if you do, use them in the table linens, candles, and flowers. Impress your dinner guests with your classic style blesses with a pop of color. Linens Now’s the time to go for the high thread count cotton (400 – 500 count) that gives you the feeling of luxury and will stand up to frequent washing. Be sure and list the sheet size – queen, king and for every set of sheets get 4 – 6 pillowcases to plump up your new romantic environment. Blankets are often a very personal choice, so register what you like: cotton, silk/wool blends, heavy/light weight, size, and colors. Duvets, bedspreads, afghans, and bed skirts make a big difference in the ambience of your bedroom. Always list the colors you want. Indulge your love of luxuriously thick towels for the bath. And don’t forget gorgeous guest towels (wash and disposable). With registered colors (neutral is best here too), guests for your wedding can also choose candles, bath accessories, and beautifully crafted soaps. Nothing keeps romance alive like bubble bath for two.

Your Best Friend – A List Always, always, always record who gave you what gift the minute you open it. The easiest way is to create a list with all the guest names and a column to record what they sent. If you’re computer savvy, make a table or a spreadsheet. Leave plenty of room to record sizes, colors, brands and any other pertinent information so you won’t get one person’s gift confused with another. Do the same for every shower gift and get those thank you notes in the mail quickly. Hopefully, they will be piling up and the sooner you thank your guest, the more appreciative they will be and the less stressed you will be.

One Last Thing

If you love antiques, gardening, or any specialty store, include them in your registry. Go the antique store and work with the owner to choose your items. You can let guests at showers know where you are registered through the invitation or the hostess of the event. You can let your wedding guests know where you are registered with a small card or note slipped into the envelope.

 

5 Summer Makeup Trends You Should Try This Summer

 

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Summer Makeup Trends with Melissa Michelle

 

MUA Melissa Michelle with Melissa Michelle Cosmetics is back and she is sharing with you her Top 5 Summer Makeup Trends and how to take care of your skin during the summer months. Summer is all about a fresh flawless face, especially for brides and their bridesmaids.

Summer Makeup Trends to Try: 

  1. Lightweight skin – Instead of full coverage makeup or a “beat face”, opt for a concealer to spot treat dark circles, blemishes, and imperfections on your skin. You skin will look more natural, and your pores will be able to breathe.
  2. Bright Lippies – Whether it’s gloss or lipstick, summer is the purr-fect time to put on the Ritz with bold, bright hues. Coral, orange, and pinks work for every complexion and give lips the perfect pout!
  3. Glossy Nude Lips – Create summer-sexy nude lips by using a shade that neutralizes your natural lip color. Lose dark lip liner and add a sheer or clear gloss on top to give your lips a 3-dimensional flair.
  4. Eyeliner – Makeup should always look natural and effortless, but Summer means natural in a bold way. Change things up with a pop of color in ocean shades of teal green, ocean blue, and soft plum. Maintain that youthful look by avoiding an eyeliner that is the same color as your outfit – so old school.
  5. Highlighters – Give your skin a healthy sheen by using highlighters on your cheekbones. A little Summer Sass will have heads turning in your direction.

Recreate those Summer Trends Try something new. It’s oh, so easy to get stuck in your same makeup regimen day in and day out. Keep things fresh and fun! Trying a new shade or texture. Stuck in trying to figure out matte or glossy for your lips? Dare to be different. Base it on your mood!

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Photography by Patrick Amara Makeup by Melissa Michelle

 

 

Summer Skin Care Wear sun protection every day. Summer skies are filled with harmful UVA and UVB. Wear sun protection no matter how long you are in the sun. It doesn’t take long in the heat to age your skin. Look for moisturizers with an SPF or 15 or above.

Oily skin? Even if you have oily skin, moisturize every day. Pick an oil-free moisturizer with a lightweight texture.

Get the perfect summer glow Go for the glow!

Bronzers, unlike blush, come in shades that mimic skin tones.

Shimmer or No – Bronzers come in shimmer and matte shades as well as gel and powder formulas.

Matte Bronzers – Define parts of the face such as the forehead, jawline, and cheekbones.

Shimmer Bronzers – Apply to the apples of the cheeks and the center of the nose to add a dewy radiance to the skin.

Summer Lipstick Hues

Flirt a little with my favorites are pink, coral, orange, and nude tones.

Soft pinks are flirty and youthful for all ages in the summer.

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Summer Makeup Trends ….. Try Bright Lipsticks

 

Thanks to Melissa for all her great tips….what summer trend will you try this summer??? Share with us

Don’t forget to follower her on Facebook Melissa Michelle Beauty Trainer  and check out her previous post on The Top Twenty Tips Every Bride Should Know about Makeup 

Real Wedding Kimberly and Rodrick

Today we are featuring the gorgeous fall real wedding of Kimberly Hardin Williams and Rodrick Williams , captured by Oracle Image and Design. Kimberly Hardin Williams and Rodrick Williams celebrated their glorious wedding on October 12, 2013.

Kimberly wore a classic Eve of Milady & Amalia Carrara, satin-silk ball gown. Designed by Award-winning bridal designer Eve Muscio, who creates her gowns from the finest fabrics around the world and is famous for her unmatched designs of embroideries and lace, Kimberly’s was exceptional. Kimberly’s dress encompassed an elaborate, strapless, sweetheart neckline and the bodice was detailed with intricate crystals, rhinestones, and lace. Kimberly purchased her luscious gown from Bridal’s by Lori, the store featured on TLC’s popular SAY YES TO THE DRESS program.

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Photography by : Oracle Imaging and Design

Before the Wedding When We Met:

It was 2007 and I went to the lovely plains of Auburn to visit my brother and enjoy the annual Iron Bowl festivities. The evening of my arrival, we attended a party before we went downtown to roll Toomer’s Corner. Entering, the party I saw this handsome guy standing in the kitchen. Rodrick and I hit it off the moment we met. We began talking, and he completely melted my heart. We were destined to be together, and I thank God for blessing me with such an amazing soul mate.

Planning: Kimberly and Rodrick’s beautiful day was coordinated by Jaqueline Burkett, their wedding planner. “Jacqueline did a great job! It was a perfect day.”

Rehearsal: T.P. Crockmiers served as the venue and catered the rehearsal dinner. They provided an extraordinary spread of scrumptious southern favorites.

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Photography by Oracle Imaging and Design

 

 

Wedding Day Morning of the Big Day:

The morning of my wedding day, my first thought was, “This is the day I have dreamed about all my life, and it has finally arrived.” I was super excited and jumping for joy on the inside. I had a smile on my face the moment I woke up. I was up early and headed straight to the Cruise Terminal to get a quick glimpse of the reception venue. I could not contain my curiosity. It was an amazing oasis overlooking the Mobile Bay. “This is a truly magical site, and I could not have wished for anything more perfect.” After I got my glimpse, I headed back to The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa to begin my hair and make-up preparation, and patiently wait for 6:30 p.m. to marry the man of my dreams.

Preparation: The preparation was the fun part! While getting my hair and make-up done, I was able to spend time with my mom and bridesmaids. I found myself reflecting about how much I loved my soon-to-be husband, Rodrick. This part of the day was surreal; I could not believe the day had finally arrived. All those countless months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds that I spent planning for one special day had finally arrived. I was excited to become Mrs. Rodrick Williams!

First look: The first look took place at The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel. This proved to be my only anxious moment of the day. I remember asking God to keep me from falling down the staircase. I also remember praying that the day would be just as perfect for Rodrick as it was for me. I was elated about seeing my soon-to-be-husband. When our eyes finally met, we both were all smiles. He told me I looked absolutely beautiful, and I, in turn, told him he looked as handsome as ever.

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Photography by : Oracle Imaging and Design

Ceremony: We were married in the magnificent Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Mobile, Alabama. It was an astonishing sanctum in which to profess our love and devotion for one another before God. When they opened the doors, and I heard the organ playing, I wanted to run down the aisle to say, “I DO!” When I finally reached the altar, I could not take my eyes off Rodrick. Our special was beyond perfect; more than I could have ever dreamed.

Food/Catering: Well-known Chef Henry R. Douglas of Bishop State Culinary Arts catered the wedding. Chef Douglas prepared an astonishing buffet of mouth-watering Southern favorites for the cocktail hour and the reception. Chef Douglas decorated with an exquisite array of ice sculptures throughout the reception venue.

Flowers: Belle Bouquet Florist from Saraland, Alabama provided elegant floral décor for the ceremony and reception venues, as well as the bridal party’s bouquets and boutonnieres.

Furnishings: Blue Rents Party Center in Mobile, Alabama provided all reception rentals (elegant chivarri chairs, tables, tableware, linens, barware, dance floor, and round banquette seating).

Wedding Cake: Pollman’s Bakery in Mobile, Alabama did an impeccable job with the bride’s cake, creating an astounding five-tier, black and white buttercream cake with different fillings in each layer.

Grooms Cake: Pollman’s Bakery provided the groom’s cake that had an Auburn theme, expressing the couple’s passion and devotion for Auburn University, (where they met and fell in love and where both are alumni).

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Lighting: Showbiz Lighting in Mobile, Alabama did a marvelous job with lighting for the reception.

Photo Booth: Party Booths the very popular photo booth at the reception. “Thanks for your idea, Mom.”

Videographer: Lifehouse Wedding Films in Mobile, Alabama did an astounding job recording the wedding day and creating short highlight films, which allows us to relive repeatedly the best day of our lives. “They truly outdid themselves, and I am forever grateful!”

Photographer: Oracle Imaging and Design were the photographers and did a mind-blowing job capturing priceless moments throughout our day.

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Photography by Oracle Imaging and Design

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridesmaids wore full-length, satin, black gowns courtesy of Alfred Angleo. Although the dresses were all of the same material, each bridesmaid chose a dress style reflective of her personality.

Flower Girl Dresses: Flower girls wore long white dresses with black satin sashes courtesy of David’s Bridal in Mobile, Alabama.

Groomsmen/Ushers/Ring Bearer’s Tuxedos: Mister Tuxedo of Mobile, Alabama provided the tuxedos for the wedding party. The men sported traditional black tuxedos with paisley printed vests and ties.

Limousine: Fitzpen Place of Spanish Fort, Alabama provided immaculate limousine service on the wedding day: an all-white stretch Chrysler 300 transported the bride and groom and an all-black stretch Hummer transported the wedding party.

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Photography by Oracle Imaging and Design

Congrats to Kimberly and Rodrick and we here at ChampagneandCake.com wish them all the best in the future!! Thanks so much for allowing us to share the lovely details of your wedding and your love story.

 

 

 

 

 

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