Filming Complete and a giveaway to celebrate Oct!!

Greetings ~

WOW what a whirlwind of a weekend! 2 days 2 weddings and one that included filming for the TLC network.  But alas the filming is complete and now we wait to hear when the show will air.  No worries we will be sure to share with you all when you may catch a glimpse of us on tv.  In the meantime be sure to stick around because we have lots of fun and fabulous weddings to share real soon!

But today I will leave you with a giveaway ~ To celebrate the start of Oct (my FAVORITE time of year) we are asking you to help share the word about us!  So here is how it will work

Share our blog – 1 entry for each time you share (twitter, facebook, linked in- you get the idea)

Like our facebook page – 1 entry

Follow us on twitter – 1 entry

Follow us on pinterest – 1 entry

Make sure you stop back here and tell us what you did so we can keep track of your entries!  We will draw the winner tomorrow morning @ 2:30pm central time!  And we promise you will not be disappointed in the giveaways!!!

Chat tomorrow!!

Wishing you a MAGICAL day ~

Courtney

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Menu Monday ~

Greetings ~

Since coming back from East Africa last month I have had the fabulous opportunity to attend a number of tastings for some up coming weddings.  I have shared the photos on facebook and instagram but wanted to make  sure you my faithful readers were able to see all the yummy goodness.

Choosing a menu is hard and tastings are a great way to see how the food looks, how it will be presented and what it tastes like!  Here is a sampling of some of my recent tastings

 

Tasty Hors d’oeuvres from G Catering

A twist on cheesecake from G Catering

Yummy Roasted veggies and a twist on the black and bleu salad

Salad options side by side created by the Gaylord Opryland Resort

Decisions decisions what would you choose?

Salad options on display

Salad display plates – which would you choose

The final version of the entrees

The final version of the entrees

CAKE

No other words needed – it’s CAKE time

Want to know more about these 2 awesome caterers?  Check out their sites and tell them A Magical Affair sent you!

G Catering

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center Weddings

 

Wishing you a MAGICAL day ~

Courtney

 

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Michelle and Scott ~ 08.03.2013

September 27, 2013 by Leave a Comment

Greetings ~

So while I was busy in East Africa the team back at home base was busy creating some MAGICAL weddings.  We just received images from Michelle and Scott’s sweet affair courtesy of Rob Mould Photography. And of course we knew we just had to share!  Many thanks to the ever fabulous Ralph Griggs for officiating this ceremony. Enjoy

The bride has her something blue

Sweet newspaper shot

Sweet newspaper shot

It's always location location location

It’s always location location location

Sharing a sweet moment on the Delta Landing

Sharing a sweet moment on the Delta Landing

The ring exchange

The ring exchange

Congrats to the new couple

Congrats to the new couple

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This is the WEEK ~

September 23, 2013 by Leave a Comment

Greetings ~

Well it is hard to believe but in just 5 short sleeps it will once again be time to film with the amazing production crews from

Can’t wait to share when we will air!!

 

Stay tuned and we will do our best to share some sneak peeks!!

 

Wishing you a MAGICAL day ~

Courtney

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Confessions of an Engaged Intern

September 13, 2012 by Leave a Comment

Hello, Wedding Planning World!
I’m Holli, the new intern. I’m at the end of my second week with A Magical Affair and so far, I’ve had a blast! First, I’ll give you a little background about how I came to writing this blog today…

A big ah-ha moment for me was during a conversation with my fiance. One evening, I was talking his ear off about wedding plans and details and when he was finally able to get a word in, he said “I’m worried about what you’re going to do after this wedding. What will you plan?! I can already tell, you loooove to make your plans and have something to look forward to. Why don’t you consider doing this…even after our wedding? Just make sure you don’t start making baby plans.” 😆

And he’s right! I’ve always loved making plans and coordinating. I actually enjoy the tasks that most brides hate. Facing challenges and coming up with new solutions on the spot and under pressure really does it for me. I like making things happen and doing what everyone else says can’t be done. I’ve been this way my whole life and sometimes feel silly when I wonder why getting into wedding planning didn’t come to me sooner!

So here I am, interning with these brilliant coordinators for a fabulous company. And…learning so much that I think that my head is  getting bigger. This also includes lessons I’ve learned for my OWN wedding…

I’ve been to many meetings with the girls and their brides, listening in on their planning ideas. And every meeting, this topic is addressed. Head on. Jennifer and Heather, swords in hand, armor on, ready to fight the most common response: We’re not doing a seating chart. I don’t want to deal it, it’s too much trouble, and I don’t see the point.

Well, here is my confession: I was totally one of those brides.  😯 And for the first few dialogues I would silently agree with the bride because I had the exact same thoughts. Seating charts are such a pain, I’m having a buffet-style wedding, what is the point? I fought it and fought it until I actually listened to their reasons and processed why these pro-coordinators were making these suggestions.

Now, I am here to tell you….my dining room table is currently covered in seating-chart plans, and I am going to tell about my change of heart, and hopefully save a few future brides from my almost-mistake.

This is what I pictured for my own wedding: We’ve said “I Do”, our wedding party and family members are all gathered at designated area for pictures, and the rest of my wedding guest are sipping wine,enjoying some hors d’oeuvres, and picking out their seats. Pictures are over, DJ makes the announcement, and my wedding party and family make their grand entrance and take their seats. But then we realized…all the seats that are left available are spread out all over. One seat here, two seats here, one over there. Guess what that means: my family, wedding party, and whoever else is seated last will be forced to be split up. Ok, ok, I need some kind of seating chart for my wedding party and family so that they won’t have to be split up and can all be at the same table. But I still think an entire seating chart is way too much trouble. Instead, I’ll just put reserved signs for the family and wedding party! Brilliant, right?! Negative, ghost rider. That idea was quickly defeated, too.

The best example I can use is my current employers. In addition to interning, I happen to nanny for seven-year-old identical twin girls and they are my world. I love this family so much that my job hardly ever feels like a job. So, needless to say, I was beyond thrilled when they told me that they were going to make it to my wedding, despite the fact that it is over 400 miles away. Anyway, it was their faces that immediately popped in my head when Jennifer and Heather were explaining to me that I was risking some of my guest being split up due to lack of an organized seating arrangements. What if the girls needed to run to the car to fetch a light jacket because of the chill, which means they would miss the opportunity to pick out their seats? What if  my nanny-family traveled all this way to attend their nanny’s wedding and was faced with the dilemma of not finding a table with seats available for their family of four? They wouldn’t be able to enjoy their dinner together?! They would have to decide which parent sat with which kid?! In order to stay together they just decide to stand by the wall and balance their plates in their hands while standing?! The thought made me feel terrible.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what did me in. And that is why my dining room table is covered in seating chart plans.

 

 

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