Celebrate Fall

Apple picking, pumpkin carving, bonfires, colorful falling leaves…these are the great times that come along with the cool, crisp fall season. Whether you like dressing up for Halloween, eating turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving or watching football, fall is the perfect time to spend time with friends and family. So if you love this time of year, I have created a guide to have the perfect get together to celebrate fall.


These décor ideas incorporate the beautiful colors of fall. All are easy enough for anyone to do, but with the look and feel of a professionals work. There are tutorials and workshops all around teaching individuals how to create their own barn board signs and paintings that your guests will be sure to recognize and love.
















Get Creative

Tune in to your creative side with this great alternative to carving pumpkins. All the fun, but without the mess and they turn out looking fantastic.








Sweet Treats

You can’t have a party without dessert. Create your own s’more bar or caramel popcorn station and at the end of the night send your guests home with one of these cute miniature pies.










Drinks for everyone

S’mores hot chocolate, white chocolate pumpkin spice latte, apple cider sangria, these fall inspired drinks will have your guests asking for another. If there are children at the party, you can easily recreate nonalcoholic versions.















Warm up by the fire

What better way to end the night, than cuddling up with a cozy sweater and warm blanket around a campfire. Roast marshmallows, eat a s’more, maybe have another one of those yummy drinks and enjoy the weather.











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Sweating for the Wedding

Maybe you are newly engaged and ready to look for the perfect dress, or you already have the dress and just want to look great in it on your big day. Either way, a majority of brides always want to be fit and look their best for their wedding, but not everybody is motivated enough to work out all the time and sometimes it just isn’t that fun. That is why we have created a list of great (and fun) tips and tricks to help get in shape for your wedding. Maybe even get your bridesmaids or future husband to join along.

Take dance lessons.

Grab your guy and jump into the world of ballroom dancing. Tango, waltz, cha-cha take your pick. And if you are brave enough, show your new moves off to your wedding guests. After all, why put in all that hard work if you’re not going to show off a bit.










Join a gym.

This is for someone that is a little more motivated to get up and head to the gym. But you don’t necessarily have to do it alone. Pick an accountability partner to keep you on track. If treadmills and lifting weights aren’t your thing, most gyms offer classes such as, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, cardio kickboxing, or cycle.



Get outdoors.

Hike, bike, run, walk whatever, getting outside does the body and mind good. Even just being outdoors for 30-60 minutes will help reduce stress and keep you healthy.









Free internet workouts.

The internet now a days is full of free printable workouts to try right in the comfort of your own home. The trainers of Tone It Up have a ton of free workouts to tone every part of your body on their website. If you enjoy them and want more you can sign up for a membership. They even have a program called Sweating for the Wedding for brides and bridesmaids specifically. Here is a link to just a couple of their workouts.









Sign up for a 5k.

What better way to stay motivated than signing up for a race. There are some cities that hold 5ks for brides, bridesmaids and the rest of the wedding party such as the Wedding Fun Run and I Do Dash. Other fun ones that aren’t wedding related include the Color Run, Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, and the Glo Run, with races in nearly every state.









Unique Bachelorette Party.

Opt out of the usually ways of celebrating a women’s departure from singlehood and go with a more unconventional idea of a bachelorette party. With some of the latest fitness trends of SoulCycle and Ballet Barre, why not try out a health-themed party. Another popular trend is aerial yoga. Gracefully suspending yourself 10 feet in the air… sure why not.




While these ideas aren’t proven to lose a ton of weight, they will keep you active and having fun. But in all honestly, don’t “sweat” it too much because no matter what you will be beautiful and glowing on your wedding day.


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Parfrey’s Glen Styled Shoot

At the end of May, we hiked up to Parfrey’s Glen to set up this gorgeous shoot. With the nature inspired invitation suite, the breathtaking florals, the dainty macaroons, and the perfect backdrop, we couldn’t have dreamt up a more perfect day. Despite the heavy thunderstorms that were rolling in, Booth Photographics seamlessly captured all of the beautiful elements coming together.

Event Design and Coordination by Cherry Blossom Events; Photography by Booth Photographics; Invitation and Paper Goods by Saffron Avenue; Florals by Daffodil Parker; Hair and Makeup by The Purple Chair Salon; Baked goods from MsCo. Patisserie; Candlesticks and Vintage Mirror from A La Crate Vintage Rentals; Models from The Rock Agency; Table Runner from Silk and Willow; Rentals from Event Essentials

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Vendor Spotlight: 13thirteen

13thirteen is the newest venue to grace downtown Madison. We were absolutely thrilled when they asked us to style a shoot featuring their new, industrial space. To celebrate their upcoming opening, we had the pleasure of interviewing managing member, Rod Ripley.

Why did you decide to open 13thirteen?

Downtown Madison really needed another option in venue’s that were unique but affordable at the same time. There was also a lack of any event spaces in the area with a real urban or industrial theme, such as what 13thirteen offers.

What is the capacity for your venue?

155 seated

What makes your venue unique?

The venue is so unique because it is such a versatile space. All of the amazing original features are really brought out in the design; 16 foot raw wood ceilings, 3 giant metal and glass overhead doors, originally restored skylights, exposed ductwork and pipes, reclaimed wood and metal accents, huge re-purposed sliding accent doors, polished concrete floors, and amazing accent walls. Much of the decor and brick were re-purposed from the building. It is truly a place that can be dressed up to the most elegant affair or dressed down to a casual party. Not many spaces have the ability to easily morph to fit any possible party or wedding theme like 13thirteen does.

What amenities come with the venue?

We have round tables and white wedding chairs. There’s also a large handcrafted wood and metal private bar, beautifully decorated private restrooms with huge trough style concrete sinks. There’s also on-site parking that can be reserved for their special day and in house catering.

How would you describe your ideal couple?

Our ideal couple would be one who can look at the space with an open mind, see the beauty of what’s already there, and envision how their theme could fit the space.

If you’re looking for a unique venue for an upcoming wedding reception or any other event, check 13thirteen out here!

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Vendor Credits:

Photography: Maison Meredith
Floral: Alluring Blooms
Event Design and Coordination: Cherry Blossom Events
Venue: 13thirteen Madison


Trend: Geode Details (2 of 2)

Earlier this week, we highlighted some ways we’re seeing geodes and raw stones used in wedding celebrations.  And today we’re talking about a few more!  And as always, we’d love to hear what you think!  Do you love the geode trend?  Would you bring elements of it into your own wedding or celebration?

These geode inspired invitations use earthy but bright colors in a really eye-catching way.  Touches of gold embossing add the same kind of shimmer and glitter of the real thing.

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Table numbers are a quick and easy way to fold this trend into the mix at your wedding.  With just a metallic craft pen (and some penmanship skills!), you’ve got yourself a pretty, super cool table number.  Do the same for escort cards and place settings!

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Trend: Geode Details (1 of 2)

The trend that’s cropping up all over weddings is earthy and dramatic.  Geode details are being incorporated into everything from cakes to invitations, so this week we’re looking at some highlights—the most chic ways to incorporate this trend into your own celebration!

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Geode-inspired cakes make a really cool, eye-catching piece Consider using actual stones and crystals as cake toppers and cake table decor.  And we love the sugar crystal-topped cupcakes, too!

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This geode chandelier would add drama and dimension hung over the head table or even over a guest book table.  If you love the natural, raw look of this trend, you could also incorporate the unfinished stones into your bridal jewelry.  As evidenced by these geode bottle stoppers, the trend can be applied to just about any little detail of your celebration!

Later this week, we’ll be highlighting even more ways to fold this earthy trend into your celebration, so we’ll see you then!


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