Dogs at Weddings

If you have a dog and are debating whether or not you should include him or her in your wedding — the answer is YES! But, please, do not dress them in cheesy tuxedos and frilly dresses. After a quick Pinterest search I found a few cute pups ready to walk down the aisle. Enjoy!

 

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Keep is simple and sophisticated with a thin ribbon and fresh flower.

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If your pooch is well-behaved opt for a full wreath with flowers that compliment your bouquet. Make sure the flowers are dog friendly!

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Match your dogs bow tie with the wedding party for a chic look.

If you are looking for dog friendly attire check out these Etsy shops – LA Dog Shop, Bow Wow Couture and Me and Matilda.

Happy planning! xoxo

Boho Chic

I am currently crushing on the flower crown trend.  I’ve noticed the headgear in a few magazines, and love the whimsical look it adds to a simple dress…especially a wedding dress. You can find a ton of pictures on Pinterest and can score an inexpensive floral headband on Etsy.  If you’re looking to add a tidbit of vintage glam to your big day, check out the ideas below.

 

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If you are thinking of adding a bohemian headpiece to your bridal ensemble, or just want to rock a flower headband for fun, here are a few shops to check out: Whichgoose, Beau xoxo and Peckled

Happy planning! xoxo

Day 2 and 3: Going Vegetarian – Tacos

I confess. I cheated and had a few chicken tenders last night (day two) while out celebrating a friend’s birthday.  I tried really hard to resist the urge, but my day was stressful, and all I wanted to do was indulge in fried food while sipping a strawberry martini. Sad I know.  But don’t worry, I am back on track. For tonight’s dinner we tried Beyond Meat, a gluten-free and soy-free beef substitute, and made one of our favorite meals — tacos!

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I was pleasantly surprise with how good the beef-free crumbles were.  They didn’t taste fake or processed and the consistency was very comparable to ground beef. I especially like the seasoning.  We opted for the “fiery” option and it had a slight kick but it wasn’t overpowering at all.  It tasted just like the seasoning we would have normally used if we bought one of those handy taco seasoning packages at the store.  Oh, and the best part…The beef-free crumbles just need to be reheated to eat so prep time is minimal.

I don’t have a recipe that I can share…Basically, we just used the Beyond Meat Beef-Free crumbles, opened a can of black olives, chopped some lettuce, green and red onions and had some salsa and sour cream on the side.  Instead of hard shells, we used soft flour tortillas. Super simple but satisfying.

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Day three was definitely better than day two, and I promise no more cheating…well unless martinis are involved!

enjoy! xoxo

NOH8 Campaign – Posing for Equality

I’ve been following the NOH8 campaign for a while and have been anxiously waiting for the organization to take their cause to South Florida. Luckily, a few weeks ago my husband and I had the opportunity to finally show our support and strike a pose.

The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photo participants are featured with a painted “NOH8″ symbol  on their cheek and duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world.

The event was held at the Westin in Fort Lauderdale and to participate the rules were pretty simple — come camera ready, wear white and pose and make a statement. A challenge my husband and I were ready to take.

To prepare for the shoot I headed over to Blow and Go in Parkland and had an amazing team of glam fairies help me get ready for my close up. After my hair was curled and make-up was perfected, we headed over to the hotel, filled out our paperwork and patiently waited our turn — taking #selfies to help pass the time.

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The atmosphere was incredible and the room was full of positive energy and love.  Everyone was there for a reason and it was an amazing feeling. When our number was finally called, we donned the infamous duct tape and were greeted by Adam Bouska, the photographer.  He was extremely friendly, welcoming and easy to work with. In fact, he hugged and thanked every single person he photographed. He positioned us in a few poses and snapped away.  He even gave us a sneak peek of the photos, and from what I saw, they looked awesome! We were told the photos take about 8-10 weeks to receive, and I believe you receive one or two from the bunch. I can’t wait to see them.

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On our way out, we decided to take one last photo, thankfully a few volunteers offered to help. Overall, the experience was amazing, and I highly recommend participating, if equality is your thing… To see if the campaign is coming to a city near you, check out the event page on the NOH8 website. Take a stand and join the fight, because if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

enjoy! xoxo

 

 

Dinner Under the Moon — Pelican Grand Beach Resort

The back story:

Last year when my husband and I met some friends in Key Largo for a weekend getaway, we stopped at a restaurant called Morado Bay in Islamorada for a group dinner. It was during this dinner that I was introduced to an event called the”Full Moon Party,” which is hosted by the restaurant for every full moon. They have dinner, dancing, live music and circus acts, all under the stars and right on the sand. I heard  it is a really great experience– especially if you’re with a group of friends. Unfortunately, I couldn’t convenience my friends to head out to the Keys again for another weekend trip…But, after countless hours searching for a similar experience closer to home, I came across the Pelican Grand Beach Resort.

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For my birthday this year I really wanted to do something different and luckily, the Pelican Grand offered “An Evening Under the Moon,” which is similar to the “Full Moon Party” without the 2 hour drive to the Keys and fire-breathing circus acts. Now…I have a love/hate relationship with this resort. When I was looking for a wedding venue, the Pelican Grand was at the top of my list, and I tried endlessly to make it work despite some major roadblocks — also known as the catering manager. She was evil and because of her I went on my merry way never looking back again…until recently, when we headed back to the resort to have dinner under the moon (sans evil catering manager — I heard she no longer works there).

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Here are a few highlights of the evening. The dining experience included:

  • Culinary selections from a pre-fix menu created by Executive Chef, Todd Lough. (Everything was delicious!)
  • Premier oceanfront verandah seating. (The views were beautiful! )
  • Over sized telescopes positioned for viewing of the moon. (I don’t know how to use a telescope…and didn’t try to figure it out.)
  • Table visits from Bea Kobran, astrologer, spiritual healer and intuitive readings. (Amazing! She told me some really great things.)

I started the evening with a cocktail — Cherry Blossom Fizz, a concoction of Effen Black Cherry, raspberries and Laurent-Perrier.  It was refreshing, bubbly and not overpowering.

 

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Our first course included a bacon wrapped date. The crispy bacon hugged a smoked date stuffed with a creamy morsel of cheese. (I’m not sure what kind of cheese –possible blue cheese, but don’t quote me)

 

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For the small plate course guests have three options to choose from. I opted for the miso chicken salad. It was really good and all of the ingredients tasted fresh and blended well together. I especially liked the dressing, which was light and packed with flavor.

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Intermezzo consisted of coconut sorbet.  It was basically a party in your mouth, and I wanted a huge bowl of the coco-nutty goodness to take home.

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Like the small plates, the main course included three delicious options to choose from. Since I do not eat seafood, the fire grilled churrasco steak was an obvious choice. And, amazing! The chive mashed potatoes (originally with butter poached lobster, but I had them nix the seafood) were creamy and delicious, and the steak was cooked to perfection with baby bok choy, crispy malanga and cilantro demi glaze. So good!

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Last, but certainly not least was dessert. Each guest gets to pick one dessert item from the menu. My pick, the s’mores “La Playa, ” included molten dark chocolate, toasted marshmallows, fresh raspberries and warm graham crackers. And, my husband had the steamed banana bread pudding, which included vanilla creme anglaise, toasted coconut and shaved bitter sweet chocolate. Both were really good, but I think I liked the banana pudding a little better.

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Overall, I really enjoyed my dinner at the Pelican Grand and highly recommend the “Evening Under the Stars” experience, especially if you are looking for a romantic and unique night out. The next event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14 and the menu is posted online.   At $75 per person, I think it is worth the splurge. The food was on point, the staff was friendly and you don’t feel rushed. You can stay and linger or eat and dash…whatever you choose. If you check it out, let me know what you think.

Pelican Grand Beach Resort — Ocean2000
2000 North Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
954-556-7667
Price: $75 per person

Enjoy! xoxo

Guest Welcome Kits

If your planning a party and think you can get away with forgoing favors, think again. A simple gift to thank your guests is always appreciated and if you put a little thought into it, it can make a big impression.  It took me awhile to put together the perfect I put together a welcome box for guests of our wedding and they were a huge hit.  You can read about them here.

If your looking for something out of the box…Check out these creative suggestions.

Watered Down:

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Etsy is a life saver! Especially when planning a wedding.  ClementineWeddings has an array of muslin bags that can be easily tied to a bottle of water for a simple gift.

S’More to Love:

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TheFavorBox is your one stop shop for party favors. The ready to fill boxes and gift bags take the stress out of gift giving. There’s lot to choose from and a theme for everyone. All you have to do is add the goodies.


Simple and Chic:

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A cute personalized bag filled with just the necessities is a perfect way to show your appreciation. It doesn’t have to be filled to the rim, just add a few well thought out items and tie it with a bow.

Happy planning! xoxo

Woof – Dogs at Weddings

If you have a dog and are debating whether or not you should include him or her in your wedding — the answer is YES! But, please, do not dress them in cheesy tuxedos and frilly dresses. After a quick Pinterest search I found a few cute pups ready to walk down the aisle. Enjoy!

 

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Keep is simple and sophisticated with a thin ribbon and fresh flower.

Golden{image source}

If your pooch is well-behaved opt for a full wreath with flowers that compliment your bouquet. Make sure the flowers are dog friendly!

bow times{image source}

Match your dogs bow tie with the wedding party for a chic look.

If you are looking for dog friendly attire check out these Etsy shops – LA Dog Shop, Bow Wow Couture and Me and Matilda.

Happy planning! xoxo

Bash Box: An Outdoor Affair

I love parties but sometimes the thought of putting everything together can get a little stressful.  Borrow the Bash is a new company that takes the stress out of party planning. Here is a sneak peek of one of the party boxes launching soon.

Hosting a dinner party can be stressful! Between planning the menu, gathering the goods and cleaning up the house, you are bound to break a sweat — and maybe a glass or two. Borrow the Bash is here to help. With the curated dinner party you can turn a bland space into a twinkling affair. Complete with everything you need to entertain to a group of 10-12 guests. Check out Borrow the Bash for more details.

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What you get:

  • Dinner Plates
  • Dessert Plates
  • Wooden Utensils
  • Paper Straws
  • Fancy Cups
  • Napkins
  • Bakers Twine
  • (2) Lanterns
  • (2) Glass Flower Vases
  • Tea Lights
  • Favor Bags
  • Printed Cupcake Liners
  • Skewers
  • Chevron Runner (optional)

Navy and Gold

I started watching a new reality show about newlyweds on my favorite channel Bravo. During one of the episodes there was a garden party in Georgia that included fabulous decor. It was a little bit Southern, a little bit preppy, and a whole lot of amazingness.  I am pretty sure the color combo included navy and gold…but I could be making that up. Either way here is a little swanky navy and gold inspiration. My new favorite color combo!

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Happy planning! xoxo

Happy Anniversary Little Blog


The Journey

I can’t believe it.  Today when I signed on to write a new blog post I was greeted with a message celebrating my blogging anniversary.  It’s been three years since I started this blog. Which means I have been writing about wedded bliss, job searches and grad school drama for a really long time. Three years? Crazy.

Well, thanks for reading. I started The Undomestic Bride as a way to jot down my thoughts and inspirations.  It’s been an interesting challenge and hopefully, you still enjoy reading. For the past few months I have been too busy to think about writing but plan on posting at least twice a week with pretty pictures and tips for brides-to-be and newlyweds.

Happy Anniversary little blog!  Because of you I have  met very interesting people, been offered writing opportunities and have a little piece of the web.  It’s been an awesome ride and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.