Monday, September 21, 2009

Do you know about Moringa?


HI!
Most of you probably don't know that I am a Wedding Coordinator by night and a Moringa Farmer by day. I have been planning wedding and receptions at the Jones Victorian Estate for over 22 years and Moringa for 2!
This weekend was a real magical turning point for Moringa and the weddings!
I noticed the Father of the Groom sitting on one of our park benches after dinner all by himself. As I approached, it was clear that he was suffering from a very bad cold. He had "Dayquil", "Nyquil" and cold pill remedies in his bag. I asked him if he'd like to try some Moringa Tea?
He remembered hearing about it from his son, the Groom, earlier that day and agreed. I brewed him his first cup. He loved the taste and when I came back by, he asked for another, then another, then another. I lost track of him as I was taking care of the Bride and Groom for a couple of hours.
I went in the back courtyard and looked at all the guests enjoying themselves on the dance floor. Guess who was dancing and playing and completely enjoying himself? THE FATHER OF THE GROOM!!
He saw me and asked to purchase the Moringa. Another guest approached me and asked about Moringa and she bought a bag. One of my valets and servers were sick and they asked for some Moringa. Another guest came up to me and asked about Moringa for a friend because she heard about it from another friend and didn't know we had it here. "What a funny coincidence!"
It was magical! A beautiful blending of taking care of people, from their wedding day to their health of a lifetime. What could be better?!!!
At the end of the evening, the Groom laughed and said he wanted to be one of my suppliers!!
Anytime!!
Please check out our products at www.moringaforlife.com for a better life, naturally!
Love,
Michelle

Honoring Parents and Grandparents!!




Hi!
We had a wonderful weekend! Lindsay and Justin Gillen were married in style!! It was beautiful.
Lindsay brought out endearing elements into her celebration. She honored both sets of grandparents and parents with a dedication photograph display at the entry of the back courtyard. As the guests walked to the wedding ceremony site, they were greeted with wedding pictures of both parents and their parents. It was a wonderful tribute to them all.
She came up with a "winery theme" that was perfect. Each table was labeled with a wine and a picture of the two of them. It was two sided so guests could easily see the name of the tables. We added fresh grapes to the bottom of the vase, filled it with water and then placed it on a full floral base of bright yellow, orange, purple, red and green! (Thank you Flower Allie!!) She topped it off with a colorful floating candle!! Lindsay and her mother, Kristi and I had so much fun going to Shinodas to find just the right vase and supplies.
Those polka dot round boxes on the tables were "time capsules."
It was wonderful!!! Congratulations Lindsay and Justin!
Love,
Michelle

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What's a Croquembouche!!!!


Hi!
Here at the Jones Victorian Estate, we also offer a tantalizing treat in place of the traditional wedding cake. The Croquembouche!!! What is a Croquembouche? Ahhhh, one word... wonderful!
It is a Victorian treat that they actually stole from the French. It's a French Wedding Cake. It's cream puffs stacked pyramid style, drizzled with dark chocolate and dusted with powdered sugar! Each puff is injected with your choice of fillings! My favorite is Chocolate Mousse or Bavarian Cream. But what's even better are the fruit sauces I make to accompany the puffs. It's all about presentation!! (my favorite word) For Courtney and Michael here, her colors were green, ivory and black. She chose kiwi sauce, honeydew sauce and white chocolate sauce. Each dessert plate is laced with the sauces and then the two puffs are placed on top! Yumm!! Consider something different if you dare!! I'll help you. :)
Love,
Michelle

Yellow Cake, Green Cake oh so good Cake





Hi!
As we plan the wedding, don't forget the cake! Gorgeous to look at and delicious to eat!! Here at the Jones Victorian Estate, Maryann of Missy Devine Cakes comes to us!! No waiting for a table. No limitations to discussions and no closing time hours. It's really a dream come true for me and for my Brides. We set up an appointment, eat and eat and eat some more and presto... a cake to enjoy and the planning to remember. We included sugared grapes or sugared flowers and more.
Here are just a few of my favorites!
Bon Appetite!
Michelle

Blue Hydrangeas and food tasting



Hi!
Monday evening we had our famous food tasting with Kelli, Brian and Christina! To top of the wonderful meal, I found blue hydrangeas to fill her blue thrift store finds!! It was gorgeous!
Here at the Estate, the food tasting is an option and a wonderful way to firm up the details. We discussed rehearsal (Thursday is always my favorite - it gives the Bride an extra day off), napkin folds with or without ribbons, chairs (oh, the Chivari!!), overlays (satin organza) hors and the meal for their guests.
Enjoy being spoiled at the Jones Victorian Estate. You are worth it!!!
Love,
Michelle

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Better than a Photobooth!!




Hi!
It's been a busy Saturday with amazing results. Today, I also met with Sara and Scott to discuss another option to the Photobooth. I found Mr. Carl Hill, of Captured Moments Photography, who provides a BETTER service than the photobooth and with a lot more personality!
For Sara and Scoot, Carl and his assistant will provide 3 hours of photography, full service with Lap top computer for cropping or editing, 2 printers for faster printing AND each
guest will have a variety of three pictures and a picture of the Bride and Groom to take home on that 5 X 7. Carl took pictures of the Bride and Groom today to display a sample with them on the sample!!! How cool is that!
The Bride and Groom will receive a CD of ALL the pictures plus a copy of each page of photographs. The guests will sign those photographs for their scrapbook. The advantage of this service is that they are better quality with full color printed on a 5X7 sheet, instantly. If there is a group, each member of the group will also receive a copy (that way you don't have to wait for someone to send it to you or check in out on Facebook), AND guess what?? The price knocks it out of the park, at $500.00 it's a perfect addition to any wedding without breaking the bank!! There are always alternatives, be bold!
Love,
Michelle

Creative! Fun! and Blue, Blue, Blue!



Hi!
Today I met with Kelli and her Maid of Honor, Christina, at Flower Allie for our floral appointment. She had already chose her bridesmaid's dresses of Midnight Blue with accents of Tan. The men are wearing tan suits which is perfect. So, I told Kelli to check out thrift stores and see what kind of blue vases she could find and I would do the same. She arrived at Flower Allie with a gorgeous variety of vases, cups, urns and bottles in her blue!! I had found a blue tea pot that was so cute! It was such fun because we all agreed that each container had its own personality and it would be better to let Alison create each look. The cost was amazingly affordable... from .59 to 2.00! Don't rely on Ebay with their shipping costs or wholesale outlets, find some wonderful accents at your local Thrift Store and Salvation Army. You won't be disappointed.
Love,
Michelle