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Shaken, Stirred, The Choice is Yours!

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In the world of cocktails there is an endless variety of news liqueurs, mixers, and ideas that create new potions of deliciousness. It’s not just standard faire gin and tonics or margaritas on the rocks with salt anymore.  Nowadays there are vodkas infused with flavors like bacon, grass, fruit loops, and so many more. The sky’s the limit for what recipes people are coming up with to tantalize the taste buds. In the wedding world, signature cocktails are quickly gaining popularity and a super easy and fun way for couples to add their own personal stamp on cocktail hour. Cheyenne and I love, love, love anything food and beverage related and getting creative with cocktail options. Here are some of our favorite signature cocktails we’ve seen so far…but keep the creative juices flowing! We are constantly looking for new ideas and inspirations! Read More

Expect the Unexpected

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Your big day is finally here! After months of build up and planning it’s finally time to tie the knot. But oh no! That fabulous manicure you got yesterday just chipped…and it’s of course your left ring finger that will be featured in numerous pictures after the nuptials. Thankfully your BFF maid of honor thought ahead and packed an emergency kit just for a mishap like this. What else did she pack away? Keep this list handy so you can be prepared for anything that could go wrong from before walking down the aisle to boogying into the night.

  • Hair pins
  • Hairspray
  • Lotion
  • Mini first aid kit (Pain reliever of choice), Epi Pen if needed, other medications you may need, band aids, antibiotic ointment)
  • Double Sided Tape/Garment Tape
  • Tic tacs/mouthwash/gum/breath mint of choice
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Nail care kit (Clear nail polish, nail polish matching your mani/pedi, nail file, nail polish remover, nail clippers)
  • Extra set of contacts and contact cleaner
  • Extra pantyhose
  • Tweezers
  • Tampons
  • Comb and/or brush
  • Q-tips
  • Extra make-up
  • Make-up remover
  • Needle and thread
  • Chapstick
  • Stain pen
  • Snacks (Granola bars, pretzels, chocolate, etc…)
  • Water
  • Lint Roller
  • Tissues
  • Super glue

This list is not all inclusive; some things may need to be added or taken away depending on the set up of your wedding day, but be prepared so a mini catastrophe doesn’t take away from the focus of your big day. Some couples also make up a small basket of some of these things and stick it in the bathrooms in case their guests need to freshen up a bit or has a mishap of their own. With a little forethought and planning nothing will slow you down as you marry the partner of your dreams! Read More

Shadowland Takes Vegas

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Shadowland staff had an amazing opportunity last month to travel to Las Vegas for the Wedding Merchants Business Academy (WMBA). Executive Director Nicole Beltz and Event Coordinator Cheyenne Galbraith spent the week there attending classes and furiously taking notes to better improve our couples’ experience at Shadowland. After sitting down with them and reviewing the highlights of the conference here are some things we learned to advance our brand and be better equipped to give our couples the day of their dreams!

What was the purpose of this conference and who was invited? Read More

Let Them Eat Cake…Or Not!

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Brides and Grooms today want to be trendy and unique and make their weddings stand out from the pack. What better way to do this than to mix things up and nix the traditional wedding cake?! Not that there’s anything wrong with cake, we love it, but there are so many great desserts out there and if cake isn’t your fancy, don’t hesitate to go in a whole new direction. It’s your day, have the dessert that makes you the happiest. Some things we’ve seen at Shadowland this season:

Cupcakes

Cake Bites/Cake Pops

 

Candy Bar

Pie and Ice Cream Read More

Engagement Ring Crash Course

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So you found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. You have a good idea on how you want to pop the question, but now you need the bling. For the stereotypical guy, chances are you don’t have a lot of experience in a high-end jewelry store. Never fear, this article will give you a crash course in how to buy the ring of her dreams and get you started in the direction you need to go.

First and foremost, before you even step into the jewelers, talk to her best friend or sister. It’s not a myth; girls sit around with their girlfriends and talk about what kind of ring they want. Don’t ask why, we just do. The closest girl in your girlfriend’s life will most likely know what shape, band color, and general look of the ring you should be looking for. They can also be utilized to sneak around and get the ring size. Try to take an old ring to the jeweler with you (make sure it’s one that fits her ring finger!), or if she will notice a piece of jewelry missing, trace the outline of the ring on a piece of paper. For sizing, a good rule of thumb is to err on the side of a bigger size; it’s easier to size down than to size up. Also, even before walking into the store, have an idea of what sort of budget you are working with and leave some wiggle room. She may have champagne taste and you may have a beer budget, so you may both have to meet somewhere in the middle to make sure she is happy and you don’t break the bank. Read More

What’s On Tap?

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Craft beer and microbreweries are trending throughout the country, and Michigan is right at the center of this trend. Michigan alone has more than 200 breweries in the state, making it the 4th largest producer of beer in the United States. With so many different brews out there, what should you drink at your wedding? Here are some brews that tend to be great crowd pleasers and may introduce your guests to something other than that common yellow fizzy beer

Round Barn Kolsch (Baroda-Year Round):

Kolsch is a German style golden-blonde ale that combines subtle malt flavorings with a clean finish that makes it quite the thirst quencher. Kolsch is the go to beer if you want to step out from the standard domestic beer category and take a step on the craft side. Read More

Peach & Sage

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Last week we held a beautiful wedding in our Ballroom and I absolutely fell in love with the color scheme: peach and sage. After a bit of research, I was delighted to see that these colors are actually trending for 2014, Fall 2014 specifically. With rich orange tones paired with a hearty countryside green, what’s not to love?

As the seasons begin to cool, darker hues of hunter and cranberry will be more the rage, but don’t discount their lighter cousins for an elegant and feminine touch. Include touches of chocolate, hints of coral, and accents of copper or brass for additional individuality! Read More

Aqua

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Aqua, one of the season’s hottest colors, is a reflection on all things aquatic. It is no wonder that the power of water has captured the attention of many couples seeking wedding color inspiration. The color is both soothing and intense with ranges from bright turquoise to rich indigo.

There are so many fun ways you can incorporate this theme into your wedding, and it would work perfectly for your something blue! Pair with pale pink, ivory, or gold, or think outside the box and try an unexpected pairing with poppy red or lemon. Aqua is so versatile, your choices are virtually limitless! Read More

Rose Gold

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Rose gold is in, and I am in love. Boutique jewelry designers have confirmed that rose gold has been resurrected and is one of the most popular requests for engagement rings and wedding bands. Blake Lively set the trend when she tied the knot with Ryan Reynolds. The media went wild over her reportedly $2 million sparkler. The custom made engagement ring is a 12 carat oval cut diamond set in rose gold.

With the soft blush color of the metal, it is no wonder this color is quickly gaining speed in popularity. It’s appealing on many different skintones. It has a lovely the vintage appeal. Plus there’s the fact that it’s a little more exclusive. However, if you decide to go with the metal of the moment, consider selecting a more traditional setting for your engagement ring or wedding band to ensure your bling stays timeless. Read More