One Way to Celebrate Valentine’s in Greenville

Dahlia Valentine's Red RosesThis year, Jon and I celebrated Valentine’s in a pretty typical way, with roses and a dinner out. This beautiful Valentine’s arrangement came from Dahlia, which just happens to be at the end of our street. They always do awesome arrangements (including incredible wedding flowers, too!).

We also went to The Lazy Goat, which is always a good idea. I didn’t bother to take any pics then because it would have looked pretty much like this. I love fried goat cheese almost as much as I love Jon. ;)

Since I know that there were definitely some ladies who received some new engagement bling for Valentine’s, I’ll be hopping back into wedding writing starting this weekend!

One other thing to look out for will be my posts featuring specific wedding vendors in the area. They’ll give you their best wedding advice for their area of expertise in the industry. The first post up will feature Justin at Uptown Entertainment. There’s definitely more to consider when hiring your wedding DJ than most people realize!

I’ll leave you with some more Dahlia photos. If you look closely you can even see the signature dew drop that they put on all of their arrangements.

Calhoun and FrankOh, and of course I have show you a picture of the pups. Calhoun and Frank were taking advantage of the fact that I opened the front door for more natural lighting while photographing my Valentine’s flowers, and they snuck into the foyer to check out what was going on in the neighborhood.

Check back soon for more wedding posts, and have a great weekend!

Happy (one day after) Valentine’s!

Date Night: Supper Club with a Southern Summer Themed Dinner

I am a firm believer that when a bride is planning a wedding that she should work hard to make sure that she doesn’t focus too much energy on the wedding itself. Instead, she should try to remember to focus on the relationship that is the reason for the wedding and the basis for her future marriage.

In the spirit of encouraging my brides to do something fun with their fiance and keep the wedding planning stress down, I’d like to tell you a little bit about the Supper Club that my friends and I started last year. It’s a fun way for us to get together and relax with friends, and they’re really good dinners!

How Our Supper Club Works

Our Supper Club consists of three couples, with other friends joining us for some of the evenings. We rotate houses each month and take off some time for the holidays and summer, when scheduling would be too difficult. The hosting couple takes care of everything (but the others typically show up with wine or other theme-appropriate beverages).

Past Supper Club Themes

Last fall we had an absolute blast with the Supper Club dinners. I started things off with a French-inspired meal, and I learned how to make creme brulee for it! The next couple did a southern themed evening, complete with collard greens and homemade apple pie. The third dinner was a German meal of goulash and spaetzle. Then, everything was wrapped up in November with a Spanish-inspired meal with a grand finale of coffee-infused flan (so good!).

This Year’s Kick-Off

I thought that it was really interesting that it was actually one of the guys who asked if we were going to keep things going this year! Well, of course we are! [Read more…]