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Homemade Vanilla Extract

So excited to finally share with you my Christmas gifts I gave out this year!! I realize it is just Christmas eve, but I gave these to my coworkers earlier this week.  I like giving a homemade gift each year, as you probably remember last year I made cookie and smore jars.

  This year I found a recipe for vanilla extract online and found it on a great blog called Bethany Actually.  

   Anywho, it is super easy to make these vanilla extract bottles for gifts!! 

Here's what you'll need: 

- Vanilla Beans (you can buy them here)
- a bottle with a cap to put them in (I used 4oz bottles, or you can find them here)
- Vodka (Something of higher quality, like Svedka or Pinnacle)
- Scissors

First I laid out all of the bottles I wanted to make in a line.... 

Then I cut up all of the vanilla beans in half ( or smaller depending on the size of your bottles).  If they are still looking too wide, then cut them lengthwise once as well. 

Place 6-8 cut vanilla beans in each glass jar.


Jaclyn & Zach 11-5-2011

I can't believe that over a year ago, I was over at one of my favorite stores, I Heart, trying to find a bridesmaid's dress for my sister's wedding when I ran into Jaclyn.  She was so helpful helping me to try and find a dress and I mentioned that I plan weddings.  She mentioned she was getting married the next November and her parents just happened to be in the store that day as well!  I gave her my card before leaving the store.

   Just a few months later, I received an email from Jaclyn saying she saw her brother recently get married and realized she needed help her plan & coordinate her wedding day!  This year has completely flown by!  I was excited about her wedding because even though she had more "neutral" colors overall, she had pops of fuchsia everywhere (I love any shade of pink!).  The venue is also one of my favorite, newer venues in Charleston, The Island House on James Island.

    During our first official meeting, Jaclyn told me  her signat…

Holiday Ribbon Topiary Tutorial

Did you know there are only 9 weeks left until Christmas?  You can hate me now, but I am already doing my Christmas shopping and ....yes, I have sneaked a few listens to some Christmas songs.  I LOVE this time of year!  The great thing about these ribbon topiaries is that they can be created in any color for any holiday or event!  I'm creating some pink and green ones for a baby shower I'm helping style later this year. 

    If you want to learn how to make your own, here's my easy step by step tutorial - so easy that you'll be hitting your nearest craft store and calling yourself Martha very soon! 

And the final result?  SOO pretty!!! I can't wait to make a matching one to put both on my mantle for the holidays!  I'm going to make a "Ho, Ho, Ho" banner to put in between them!

Shelly & Jay 10-22-2011

I had so much fun at Shelly & Jay's wedding! I had the pleasure of meeting Shelly the first time at Bellezza Salon & Spa when I did her makeup for her bridal portraits, but I felt like I had already known her because her mom, (also a client of mine), has told me all about her.  

   I really enjoyed every minute of this wedding!  The guests were so much fun; as you can tell from the slideshow below, they never left the dance floor!  Those are the best kind of wedding receptions!
   Check out the photos I took below and then enjoy a fun slideshow below!  

Details:   Charleston Stage Coach Photographer - Karyn Iserman Photography (can't wait to see her photos from last night!)  Catering: Hamby's Catering  Rentals: Snyder Rentals  Florist: Lisa Furguson  Cake: Charleston Cake's Etc. (Janie)  

Alisha & Brette 10-15-11

I had the pleasure of meeting bride, Alisha, earlier this year when she came to see me for a makeup application for some engagement photos she won! After talking to her for just a bit, I felt like I had already known her a long time. 

   Her idea for the wedding was to have a "Twilight"-esque quality, with lots of twinkly, romantic lighting in the courtyard. Also being a huge fan of "Twilight", I knew exactly what she was talking about and we tried to recreate the atmosphere for her reception!

  Brette & Alisha had a very small, intimate ceremony at Tidewater Chapel in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  The cocktail hour and reception were right after, in the courtyard and hall behind the chapel.  I loved this venue!! Perfect for great Charleston weather because you can open the doors to the courtyard and have a indoor/outdoor feel. 

   Their colors were black and gold, with hints of red here and there.  The guests were all about having fun on the dance floor all night! It …