Bridechilla™ Tip #37

Tip #37 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ – Bring a little flare to your chill day with TEMPORARY TATTOO favors for your guests!

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We’re always glad to see brides doing new twists on the thank you favor. Some of our favorite ways to say thank you can be found on our Pinterest or in this post on using seasonal produce for favors. However, this idea has yet to show up on our radar until now. Can you say CHILL?

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Photo By Joyeuse Photography

When we hear the phrase, “temporary tattoo” there’s a chance we’ll immediately think of the vending machines outside the grocery store. You know, the ones with the candy necklaces, the fake jewelry, and then there it is… the 50 cent tattoo machine abundant in some of the most horrid artwork you can find. FORTUNATELY, temporary tattoos have come a long way. For a modern temporary tat for your guests, check out Tattly.tattly_jen_mussari_forever_web_applied_03_grande

Tattly is a temporary tattoo store for design-minded kids and kids-at-heart, they have a broad choice of artwork to choose from so that you can have a “tattoo parlor” full of options. So say goodbye to the clip-art tattoos and say hello to some chill artwork that is non-toxic, printed with vegetable-based ink, and fun for all ages. We love this temporary “Forever” tattoo (ironic, right?) for your wedding guests, or even this “Smitten” one, or a simple “YAY!“.

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Photo via Bowties and Bliss

Besides, what can be better than seeing the best man after a few signature cocktails with one of your tattoos on his forehead?? Have fun with this one, Bridechillas!

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Off The Beaten Path Celebrates One Year of LOVE: Tracey and Mark, August 25th, 2012

what_shanni_saw43We’re so thrilled to spend our Sunday wishing our Bridechilla™ , Tracey, and her husband Mark a very happy anniversary. Below we remember some of the special moments of their chill day, and we also sit back and let the bride, herself tells us how she stayed relaxed and so anti-zilla while planning, how married life is, her anniversary plans, and what made her wedding, styled by Mary Ellen Murphy of Off The Beaten Path Weddings, so special and chill.

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Happy anniversary! Any big plans?


We just moved out of the city so wanted to stay local and enjoy our new house after a crazy couple months. We have a special dinner planned and are going to spend some time at the beach and playing tennis, generally making the most out of the end of the summer and the great weather on the east coast. Oh and some good wine of course!

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What was the best part of your wedding day?


Honestly it was the whole day– and really the whole weekend. It’s so hard to pick one favorite thing– having our friends and family in Napa to share the weekend with us was really special.

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Tell us about your planning experience.


We planned the wedding remotely from NY. Being far away had its challenges, but it also let us let go of some of the details because it was too hard to control things from far away. We focused on the few things that were most important and were lucky to have Mary Ellen to work out the details.

Any advice for brides trying to avoid stress while planning?


This is obvious– hire Off the Beaten Path! We were really lucky to happen upon Mary Ellen– I saw some of the work she’d done on the internet and knew her style matched what we were looking for. Once we came out to Napa and met her we knew we had the right person. If you have an experienced planner who knows the area and whose taste you trust it makes it easy to let go of some of the decision making. Having a planner was crucial for the planning for us, but also indispensable for the wedding day. It allowed us to relax and enjoy the day, each other and our guests.

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One year of chill love – congratulations! So far, what has been the most valuable lesson learned in keeping a strong marriage?

I wish I had some great advice to give, but we are still newlyweds ourselves figuring it all out!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TRACEY & MARK!
See their entire wedding on Style Me Pretty.

Credit: Wedding Planning + Styling: Off the Beaten Path Weddings, Photography: What Shanni Saw

one yearTo many many many more chill years of love and happiness. -Bridechilla™ & Off The Beaten Path Weddings

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Bridechilla™ Tip #36

Tip #36 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ – Try out a new favorite photo idea, a
father-daughter first look.

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Photo by Love Ya Jess

We’ve certainly seen some of the best bride and groom first look photos. Although they are quite the tear-jerker and SO full of love, sometimes a Bridechilla will want to wait til she is walking down the aisle to see her future spouse for the first time. But here is one way you can have the endearment of a first look photo in a whole new way – have it with the one walking you down the aisle, your dad.

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“You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You’re her oracle. You’re her hero. And then the day comes when she gets her first permanent wave and goes to her first real party, and from that day on, you’re in a constant state of panic.” – Stanley T. Banks (Father of the Bride)

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Check out some of these father-daughter first look photos below and try not to let out a big, “awwwwwwwww..” because we know we sure are. How sweet is this photo below?

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“They say that from the instant he lays eyes on her, a father adores his daughter. Whoever she grows up to be, she is always to him that little girl in pigtails. She makes him feel like Christmas. In exchange, he makes a secret promise not to see the awkwardness of her teenage years, the mistakes she makes, or the secrets she keeps.” – Anonymous

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Photo by Jenna Henderson Photography

Convinced yet? We don’t know about you, but our heart melted 3 photos ago.

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PHOTO by Forte Photography

Of course, we have to think of our chill mama’s too, this idea can easily work with any parent or close relative.

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Photo via EmmalineBride

Who will you be doing your first look photo with?

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Bridechilla™ Tip #35

Tip #35 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ – Cool off your wedding guests with a unique dessert idea, an ICE CREAM BAR!

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The whole world knows we’re huge dessert fans over here on Bridechilla™. Off The Beaten Path Weddings is too, in case you haven’t seen their luscious dessert inventions yet. And we still have summer heating us up, so we’re guessing that your wedding guests need a chill dessert to cool them after off wiggling all over the dance floor at your reception.

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We love the idea of wedding desserts that aren’t just a white cake with a floral accent. They will always be a classic, but nowadays there are SO. MANY. POSSIBILITIES. All the options can be distracting, but today we’re focusing on one that can satisfy many guests’ taste buds. Join us in using this hot weather as a perfect excuse to binge on your favorite ice cream flavors!

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Having an ice cream bar at your wedding is great for many reasons:

  1. You can have multiple flavors so everyone has a choice they like.
  2. It will help cool people off if your wedding lands on a hot summer day.
  3. You can name the flavors ridiculously cheesy titles like, “Mint To Be” (mint chip) “Chocolate Kiss”, “Wedding Cake”, or even “Rocky Road To My Heart” (maybe we should have left that last one out?) 🙂
  4. Include toppings! Nuts, sprinkles, chocolate chips, syrups… be creative.
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  5. You can even include sugar free options!
  6. Imagine how few people have a dessert bar as chill as this, your wedding will automatically be more unique than most.

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We can go on and on, but even if you’re watching calories, sugar, or just don’t {GASP!} enjoy ice cream, there is another frozen treat we can suggest: Frozen Yogurt! Or Froyo. This option has just as many possibilities, but is known to be more healthy.

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Whether you’re going traditional with a cake or maybe a pie, or taking us up on a dessert bar, we can’t help but love all desserts. What has been your favorite wedding dessert of all time? Why did you love it? Tell us in a comment below!

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Off The Beaten Path Celebrates One Year of LOVE: Michelle and Drew, August 11th, 2012

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We’re so thrilled to spend our Sunday wishing our Bridechilla™ , Michelle, and her husband Drew a very happy anniversary. Below we remember some of the special moments of their chill day, and we also sit back and let the bride, herself tells us how she stayed relaxed and so anti-zilla while planning, how married life is, her anniversary plans, and what made her wedding, styled by Mary Ellen Murphy of Off The Beaten Path Weddings, so special and chill.
All photos taken by onelove photography.

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Happy anniversary! Any big plans?
We are excited to be celebrating our one-year anniversary in Napa this weekend! We have a loooong list of restaurants and wineries to visit, but I think that’s the best kind of “to-do list” to have.  We can’t wait to relax and take in all the beauty of the valley together.

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What was the best part of your wedding day?
Drew and I had to talk this one over because we felt there were so many “best” parts…but if we have to narrow it down to one, we think it was the dinner.  There is something so special about sharing a delicious meal with loved ones, and the setting around us was absolutely breathtaking.  I loved that the food was local, prepared with such care, and passed around family style.  It didn’t feel stuffy at all; just a big group of people we love, gathered together to celebrate.

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Tell us about your planning experience.
Planning the wedding was a lot of work, but I enjoyed it!  I’m definitely a “planner” in all aspects of my life, so it felt natural making all the decisions and coordinating details.  I can’t stress enough how priceless it was to have Off the Beaten Path Weddings guide me through the process, though!  Trust me, even if you’re type A, totally organized, and love to throw parties, you need a wedding planner! It was especially valuable on the morning of my wedding day–instead of being stressed out trying to make everything perfect, I took a long walk, leisurely got ready, and spent time with my wedding party.

Any advice for brides trying to avoid stress while planning?
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One year of chill love – congratulations! So far, what has been the most valuable lesson learned in keeping a strong marriage?
The most valuable lesson we’ve learned so far in keeping a strong marriage is that it’s
important to not only say “I love you”, but to do things that show it, too. A month or two before we got married, I left a little love note hidden for Drew in his office.  He found it and thanked me,  and then a few weeks later I found it hiding for me!  Since then, it’s become a little game to find a new place to hide it, and it’s such a nice reminder when you’re doing something mundane  to find a love note unexpectedly.  Even after being together for 6 years I still feel like a giddy school girl when the note shows up!

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MICHELLE & DREW!

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To many many many more chill years of love and happiness. -Bridechilla™ & Off The Beaten Path Weddings

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Happy Weekend!

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Happy, happy, happy weekend. Is summer treating you well yet? If not, it’s about to. Take this weekend margarita recipe to kick off your weekend…

G U A V A – O R A N G E M A R G A R I T A R E C I P E

  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups tequilla
  • 1 cup grand marnier
  • 3 cups guava puree
  • coarse sugar, such as turbinado, for rims
Combine everything in a large pitcher. Refrigerate until chilled. Yields: 8 1/2 cups.
C H E E R S !
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Adapted from here & here.

Off The Beaten Path Celebrates One Year of LOVE: Kristen & Carl and Meredith & John, August 4th, 2012

Raise your mimosas, everyone. We’re celebrating TWO Off The Beaten Path anniversaries this morning. First we will be wishing our Bridechilla™ , Kristen, and her husband Carl a very happy anniversary and then we also have another chill couple – Meredith and John. Below we remember some of the special moments of this chill day, as told by their event stylist, Mary Ellen Murphy of Off The Beaten Path Weddings. Twice the love, twice the chill.

What was your favorite thing about working with Kristen and Carl?
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How did Kristen embrace the chill & be a total anti-zilla?
She welcomed her sweet little pup to the day, a very chill move as always.

Tell us some memorable details that stood out to you about Kristen and Carl’s wedding day.
Kristen and Carl had an amuse course, one of my favorite OTBPW details to add to a client’s wedding. They also had a photobooth for guests to enjoy.. lots of fun 🙂

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What was your favorite thing about working with Meredith and John?
Their admiration and love for each other made them such a pleasure to work with.

How did Meridith embrace the chill & be a total anti-zilla?
She sabered a bottle of champagne at the reception! Nothing more CHILL than a bride brave enough to do that!

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Tell us some memorable details that stood out to you about Meredith and John’s wedding day.
The local hydrangeas were so vibrant with color. The location was full of beautiful touches of purple and green.

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To many many many more chill years of love and happiness. -Bridechilla™ & Off The Beaten Path Weddings

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