Thursday, March 31, 2011

March Into GREEN {4} Real Wedding Details

For our last March Into GREEN post, we are sharing some beautiful green inspiration and photos by Christen Jones Photography. The wedding of Megan and Sam Moss was full of many green accents and beautifully thought out details. They also incorporated their last name “Moss” into the decor! Their beautiful wedding and reception took place in Oxford, Mississippi and they now reside in Plano, Texas.

To see more photos from the Moss wedding, visit Christen Jones Facebook page and the Christen Jones Photography Blog.

If you would like to submit photos of your wedding and all the little details, send us an e-mail with a 200 word description about the details/decor of your big day, along with 2-5 images. You can send it to!

Have a Party . . . A Henna Party

Recently, we did a Q&A with Beth Hendrickson of New World Henna! Beth is very talented certified natural henna/mehndi artist. She is available for all occasions including bridal, pregnant bellies, parties, fairs, festivals and individual appointments. She also makes her very own paste fresh and all of her work is freehand. So next time you are thinking of throwing a party, but are looking to do something fun and unique, have a Henna Party!

To find out more about how to have a Henna Party and what all is involved, check out our Q&A with Beth! You can also visit her Facebook page to see beautiful images of her work, as well as her website:

{photo by McLellan Style}

What makes a Henna Party different from any other party?

Henna parties are special because it is a chance for you and your friends to do something very unique- it’s not every party that you get the opportunity to get “tatted up” as they say. Of course, henna body art isn’t the same thing as a real tattoo, but it’s a fun way adorn yourself for a couple of weeks at least.

How does the henna application process happen at a Henna Party?

I pass around copies of the design book to let the guests choose a design. I explain that the henna goes onto the skin in paste form and that it takes 30 minutes to dry but must be left on for anywhere from 4-16 hours in order to get a nice dark mahogany stain. I explain that it is okay for the paste to begin falling off on its own before the 4 hours is up and that after the 4 hours is up, they can scrape the rest of the paste off or rinse it with lemon or lime juice to get the remaining paste off. I am sure to tell them that the stain starts off a light color and gets dark by day 3 and then fades from that point over the next 2-3 weeks. Then I start on my first client and continue until everyone who wants a henna design gets one.

What occasions are most popular for Henna parties?

Birthday parties, holiday parties, wedding receptions, sorority parties and bachelorette parties are very popular, but I have also done baby showers (momma’s belly can get hennaed too!), fun parties, sales parties, grand opening parties and just plain ole party parties. I can do henna parties for pretty much any age group, however I prefer not to henna children who are 6 years old or under because their skin is so delicate and may not be able to hand the pure essential oils in the paste, such as tea tree, eucalyptis, etc.

Are there a certain number of guests that’s best for this kind of party? For example, does it work better to have a small or large group?

Really any size group is fine; however with smaller parties we can accommodate larger, more detailed designs. But obviously, if there are upwards of 100 guests or more, I bring more artists with me and we have an assortment of smaller designs to choose from to make sure we can service everyone who wants a henna design. We can usually accommodate any size party.

What are the rates like for a Henna party?

I charge $80 per hour, per artist. I also round down to the nearest 15 minute mark (so the rate is essentially $20 per every quarter of an hour). So for example, if finish with the last client at 1 hr and 55 minutes after I started, I would charge$140. If the party was large, say around 100 guests, and I had brought an additional artist, it would be doubled- $280 total.

How long should the Henna last after the party?

The henna stain starts off a light orange or light brown color and darkens to a deep brown or mahogany color on the 3rd day, then gradually fades over the following 2-3 weeks. It’s usually completely faded by the end of week 3.

What type of clothing would you suggest the guests wear?

It depends on where on your body you want the body art to go. The henna paste will need dry for about 30-45 minutes and will need to be exposed for at least 4 hours, so you will want to dress accordingly depending on where on your body you are getting the design. For hands and arms, wear a short sleeve shirt or a long sleeve shirt with the sleeves rolled up. If you want it on say your upper back, a tank top or a tube top would be great. If on your legs or feet, shorts or rolled up pants and flip-flops or flats are great. I try to steer folks away from getting henna on any bendy parts of the body, like the wrist or neck, because it is too difficult to move around normally without smudging the henna paste and ruining the design while it is trying to dry.

What are some other fun ways to make a Henna party festive?

A great way to make a henna party fun is to have an Indian or Moroccan themed party. You can serve ethnic food, wear ethnic clothing, and play ethnic music. I even worked a Moroccan themed baby shower once that had a belly dancer hired to teach a little belly dance class to the ladies. I got in on the belly-dancing action as well and it was so much fun. Alcoholic beverages at a henna party can be a tiny bit tricky though. You want to make sure that you get your henna done well before you start drinking so that it has time to dry- at least a good 45 minutes just to make sure. I’ve noticed a direct correlation between the number of drinks people have had and the number of henna designs that get smudged and have to be redone. It can be a challenge to say the least.

Tell us a little bit about a Henna party you have done and what made it so fun?

My absolute favorite henna party was at my very first Indian “mehendi party”. “Mehendi” or “mehndi” is the Indian term for henna. Indian weddings have several events spread over 3-4 days and it is typical to have a mehendi party for the family and guests on the day before the actual wedding ceremony. Typically the bride has already been adorned the day previous and gets to enjoy the party as well. During my first mehendi party for my first Indian bride ever, I was working fast and furiously, trying to make sure that I could service everyone. Then all of the sudden, a famous and poignant Bollywood song about a bride getting her mehndi came on over the PA system and everyone broke out into what seemed like a synchronized Bollywood dance- everyone young and old began dancing and singing together in their brightly colored sarees and sherwanis- it was just fantastic. Plus it made me feel a little special since I was the one doing the mehndi for everyone. I think I cried just a tiny little bit because it was so beautiful.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

March into GREEN {3}

Happy St. Patty’s Day everyone! Today as we celebrate this international holiday, we share some green inspiration from the wedding of Emily Lee & Ben Gibson. Their wedding is featured in the current issue of Southern Bride Alabama.

This couple was married on May 22 in Fairhope, Alabama. They wanted a truly classic Southern wedding. Emily had her bridesmaids wear Apple Green Dupioni silk dresses while the Groom and Groomsman wore summer cotton khaki suits and Apple Green club ties.

The Bride also incorporate green in her fabulous shoes she wore for her special day, as well as details and decorations for the ceremony and reception.

To find out more details about this beautiful, refreshing wedding and to see more photos, pick up the current issue of Southern Bride Alabama!

Cake: J.A.M. Cakery
Event Coordinator: Food, Folks and Fantasy
Reception Site: Dorgan’s Inn
Florist: Belle Bouquet
Wedding Gown: Karen Thornton Designs
Bridesmaids Gowns: Bella Bridesmaid
Groom/Groomsman Attire: Francia’s Formal Wear
Decor/Rentals: Blue Rents
Hair/Makeup: Sanctuary Salon
Photographer: John Estes/Estes Fine Art

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March Into GREEN {2}

As we celebrate the month of March, we celebrate Green and brides who choose to make this great color a part of their big day!

Using green as an accent color can be done in so many ways. Here are a few photos from Christen Jones Photogrpahy of Brette and Colin’s wedding which was held in Covington, Tennessee. The bride chose lavender as one of her colors and green as an accent color for her big day. She used it as an accent in her custom guest book, programs, flowers and cake decor.

To see more images of the beautiful wedding of Brette and Colin, visit the Christen Jones Photography Facebook page.

If you would like to submit photos of your wedding and all the little details, send us an e-mail with a 200 word description about the details/decor of your big day, along with 2-5 images. You can send it to!

Tuscan Dinner Party Photoshoot & Video

This week we have done a couple photoshoots, which have been so much fun!! It’s always so exciting to see the talent and creativity of everyone and it makes all of us super excited for the next issue of Southern Bride!

Speaking of photoshoots, we thought we would end the week by sharing a fabulous video of a shoot we did for the current Southern Bride Alabama issue. The video was taken by Main Street Productions and they captured what goes on behind the scenes at a Southern Bride photoshoot. This shoot had a theme of a “Tuscan Dinner Party.”

Southern Bride Magazine BTS: Tuscan Dinner Party from Main Street Productions on Vimeo.

If you would like to see more of this Tuscan inspired Dinner Party, visit your local book store or grocer or click here to purchase your very own copy of Southern Bride Alabama.

We would like to thank everyone who was a part of this shoot for Southern Bride Alabama and everyone who made it all come to life!

Anita Kanellis~AK Brides-Wedding Planning Services

The Foto Altelier

Lillie’s ~ Florist

Olexa’s Cakes

The Invitation Place

Andy Tolar with Design Productions ~ Lighting

Aztec ~ Linens & Charis

Dalia McPhee ~ Bridesmaid Dress

Peter’s Pottery

Pillow Talk

Pillows add so much pizazz to a lounge area for a reception or special event! The pop of color and textures can incorporate the theme or details while adding a feeling of comfort and intimacy to the event. Lounge seating encourages your guests to sit back and stay for a while and make themselves at home.

It’s all about creating an atmosphere that is warm and engaging-no matter how many guests are there or how large the venue is. With the right design and seating- you can transform any space. And pillows are that added touch you need to make it all come together! Feel it, hug it, LOVE it!

By: The Social Butterflies, LLC

To see more work by the Social Butterflies, visit them on Facebook!

Photos by: Creation Studios

Furniture & Pillows Provided By: Cort Event Furniture

Picture Perfect Gallery Ideas

If you are like most people out there, you may struggle with how to place photos on your wall without it looking cluttered and well, just plain tacky. Well fret no more, the fabulous Christen Jones of Christen Jones Photography has created the most brilliant map of various styles and ways to hang your photos and canvases.

{If you would like to get a closer look at the Gallery Ideas, click here}

Many brides have a ton of photos after their wedding, engagement photos and wedding photos, but no idea how to mix them all together. By using this brilliant and helpful gallery, you will now have some guidance on how to beautifully place your photos in your home. The Gallery Ideas shows different ways to group photos, as well as different styles. Some more eclectic, some more timeless, but a style for everyone and every home.

To see more photo inspiration, visit the Christen Jones Photography Blog and also become a fan on Facebook!

And . . . if you use Christen Jones Gallery Ideas in your home, we would love to see! Send us a photo showing your gallery! You can submit your photo(s) to the Southern Bride Facebok Page!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March Into GREEN {1}

Yesterday was the first day of March! This means warmer weather, sunshine and one of earths most brilliant , refreshing colors . . . Green! Green, in all shades is such a great choice when it comes to a wedding. Light, airy hues of green are the most popular choices when it comes to using this color for Spring weddings.

Casual, informal venues and ceremonies are great for more playful, brighter shades of green, while more formal locations call for more of an elegant, somber green. And it doesn’t have to be just one shade of green. A bride and groom can choose a range of colors in the green family. This will tie it all in and coordinate the overall feel by joining decor and floral designs.

Throughout this month we will be posting real weddings, tablescapes, decor, fashion and more . . . . and all in Green!! So get inspired and stayed tuned!! We’re “going green!”

By: Lindsey Conrad Nabors