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A Festive 4th of July Outdoor Engagement Party

A Festive 4th of July Outdoor Engagement Party

Red, white and you! There are major patriotic vibes happening at this outdoor engagement party. This couple wanted their celebration to be reflective of the special family memories close to their hearts, specifically those of their favorite summer holiday. The occasion called for two decorated photo walls and was brought to life with bright flowers, a deliciously fresh menu, and an American classic: a snow cone machine! All of these personal details made the engagement party on the 4th of July a night the bride and groom will never forget.

Celebrate Galentine's Day with a Good Old-Fashioned Slumber Party

If you celebrate Valentine’s Day at all than you’d probably agree that the holiday is about more than just the love of your partner, it’s also the perfect opportunity to celebrate your best friends, sisters, pets, parents, and anyone you care about. It’s a fun opportunity to spoil those people you love with something a little extra sweet. This is exactly what we had in mind when we put together a Galentine’s Sleepover - except until like when we were ten - this version is filled with bubbly!

As always, AC Photography captured every detail so beautifully.

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Details are important with any party but the best thing about hosting a girls night in is that your friends are going to love anything you have planned. After all, that’s why your best friends to begin with - right?! We kept it simple with a selection of Rom-Coms (although truth be told - we ended up watching true crime documentaries instead!), popcorn, and a Nail Polish station.

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Chantel at Glass City Cupcakes whipped up the most adorable assortment of sugar cookies that were perfect for our sleepover theme this Valentine’s Day. Some resemble glasses of bubbly while others featured a fun play on the Netflix logo by using Chick Flicks in it’s place.


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As you can see, our miniature Goldendoodle Brody gets to enjoy all of the perks of any party we’re hosting at our house.

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to break the rules with a little dessert before dinner but it’s always a nice gesture to offer your guests something a little more substantial. Charcuterie boards were pre-set on the tables and paired with Red Wine Mules.

We styled our eat-in kitchen area with an assortment of balloons and a tablescape featuring florals from Hafner Florist.

Most of the items pictured below were picked up from our local Homegoods store. If pink plates and champagne coupes aren’t something you’d use often in your home - be sure to hit up the After Valentine’s Day Sales this year so you’ll have them stocked up ahead of next season. With the low prices you’re sure to get, you won’t have to feel bad if you end up only pulling them out to use once or twice a year.


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Cyndi wasn’t lying when she said Girls Just Want To Have Fun. Whether it’s Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or any other holiday or not - having a girls night in was fun when we were younger and it can be just as fun now. Drinking champagne in your jammies and vegging out while you relax with your girlfriends is just got for the soul. I hope you enjoyed all of the details from this good old-fashioned slumber party.

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Industrial Chic Styled Shoot Featured on Glittery Bride

Industrial Chic Styled Shoot Featured on Glittery Bride

This industrial chic inspired wedding shoot took place in ‘The Armory’ – one of the City’s newest wedding venues on the top floor and rooftop of The Fleetwood Building, part of “Hensville” in downtown, Toledo’s Warehouse District. This venue is complete with brick walls, industrial chandeliers and a panoramic view overlooking the nationally recognized Fifth Third Field home of the Toledo Mudhens.

The natural light pouring into the The Armory made a romantic glow upon the greenery and floral’s spread throughout the room. Our Bride’s lace A-Line Essence of Australia gown brought together the soft elegance with the industrial ambiance. The guest tables were complete with varying floral centerpieces, gold chargers, subtle succulents and garden roses. The head table was dressed with a lace table runner complimented by green garland and succulents. Near a corner window, overlooking Toledo’s iconic Anthony Wayne Bridge, beautiful natural light blanketed an antique dresser covered in a delicious display of cupcakes and a 3 tier serenity blue cake.

On the rooftop deck, overlooking the stadium, was a perfectly placed floral arch surrounded by gold chiavari chairs and a stunning view of the skyline against the Maumee River. It is a perfect place for a ceremony! - Glittery Bride