New Personal Blog

I am pleased to announce that things have gone personal! I started my very own personal blog to give you all a little sneak peek into my everyday life. Feel free to visit it and leave me a comment! I started my very own 101 in 1,001 list, so be sure to keep me in check! 🙂

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Best & Worst of 2008!

2008 was a fabulous year here at Bliss Weddings! We had so many wonderful clients, fantastic happenings and even a few minor snafus. To top of the list, I brought in the New Year in January by marrying my sweetheart! It was an amazing day, shared with family and friends. In February, we started our busy wedding season with lots of paperwork and preparation. March and April didn’t hold back either. I took over as the owner and lead event manager of Bliss Weddings and made some really great changes, including our fun filled blog. The summer months were filled to the brim with the most unbelievable weddings and clients and the fall kept the momentum moving with events every weekend. To keep warm in the winter months, we surrounded ourselves with even more fantastic family, friends and functions. We even met some brand new members of the Bliss Weddings clan and welcomed fresh new faces to the staff as well as some great new clients for 2009. I even started a few new projects!

I couldn’t have made it through this year without the support of some of the area’s best vendors and venues, our close friends, ridiculously adorable clients, smiling staff and more love and romance than I could ever have imagined!

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We had weddings that went smoothly and weddings that were a little more trying. Fun first dances, tears of joy and tears of sadness, memories of loved ones who had passed, glances of adoration and tons of intimate details rounded out some of my favorite moments of 2008.  We also had tomato sauce on dresses, missing ring bearer pillows, crazy photographers, late limos, shattered cake toppers and I can’t even count the number of broken shoes. With each year, we are given the opportunity to share in a couple’s special day. Sometimes it is easy and sometimes it is a ton of work, but I personally left each event with a smile on my face and feeling completely content. You never know what you are going to get with a wedding, but I know that being surrounded by so much love, it is impossible to forget why I am there. I think the same goes for each passing year. We may have a few uphill battles, but the greatest part of it all is not knowing what will happen next.

I want to take this time to wish you all a very safe, prosperous and happy New Year and may 2009 bring you all you could ever wish for and more! Thank you all for being such a big part of my life. I am really looking forward to seeing what the coming years bring for me and for Bliss Weddings!

XOXO- Amandaamanda046bwmini

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Purple is the new black!

I know that nothing can really replace the elegance and the sophistcation of the color black, but I have had more requests for purple inspired events than any other color for 2009. Below are two brand new baords, inspired by two of our very own readers. I hope you enjoy them!

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Photo Credits: http://www.exquiss.co.uk/images/purplecourt.jpg; http://www.mypersonalartist.com/autumn_fall_wedding_invitations/fall_invitations.jpg; http://photos.weddingbycolor.com/p/000/004/972/m/20498/p/thumbnail/59923.jpg; http://www.flowerpowernetwork.com/newsletter/data/images/115543bouquet_purple_red_2.jpg; http://wedding-trends.blogspot.com/2007/03/wedding-bouquets-mango-and-plum-calla.html; http://ellarissa.blogspot.com/2008/01/purple-eggplant-or-gold.html; http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r157/weezermonkeyrules/Wedding/Labeled062.jpg
PhotoCredits 2: http://i1.iofferphoto.com/img/item/664/898/46/SQa6FY7pHSzdkW6.jpg; http://soleshebang.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/chinese-laundry-dazzling-plum.jpg; http://www.modcloth.com/store/images/060408_06_L.jpg; http://www.beourguest.cceasy.com/pics/EasiestWeddingPics/Dealer/TGN51PWlr.gif; http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.banquetevent.com/wedding/misc/bande/uploaded_images/buckle_bouquet-781928.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.banquetevent.com/wedding/misc/bande/labels/Trends.html&usg=__Z6p21G6epM8kJpIXjsnEVYl-2=RhudQCiAi5CvKNHZDHTbeQ&tbnid=Dz5dkyacAmJ3UM:&tbnh=97&tbnw=133&ei=gVdeSb4vi-o0-L_wvwk&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dplum%2Btulip%2Bbouquet%26start%3D40%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D20%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN; http://www.weddingstylemagazine.com/;

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Photo Contest Entries: VOTE NOW!

Click on the “VOTE NOW!” link at the top of this page to vote for your favorite!

After months of emails, photos, contacts and organization, our Wedding Photo of the Year contest is finally under way! Please take a moment to vote for your favorite by using the poll at the bottom of that page. You can only chose one, so make sure you pick the best! These photos were taken all over the world, by many different photographers, of unique couples and weddings. These are the Top 17. Best of luck to all of the finalists and thank you for all of the amazing submissions. It was very difficult to narrow it down from 125 to these final 17. 🙂

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The deadline for voting is February 10, 2009. I will announce the winners on Valentine’s Day (Feb 14th).

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Holiday Recap

I hope that all of you had a very fun, exciting and safe holiday! The Bliss Weddings office was busier than ever. If you don’t know already, we are undergoing a HUGE redesign! The website should be done in January and I am very excited to show everyone the new details.

The last few weeks have been great and I thought I would share some updates. Enjoy!

First of all, I received a very special gift in the mail and I am in love with it. The fabulous Kelly from A Savvy Event notified me that I had won her giveaway and I was thrilled. The prize was a gorgeous custom made apron from Tullabelles. If you haven’t checked out Tullabelle’s product line, you are missing out! The custom designs, adorable products and fun filled website are worth the visit. Here is a photo of the totally great apron that I received! The package came in this cute green bag with black and white polka dot ribbon. As soon as I saw the wrapping, I knew I was in for a treat. Not long after I was notified of being a winner, Cindy from Tullabelles contacted me to pick out my own fabrics and monogram. I went with a damask pattern with watermelon accents and a simple monogram. The apron is reversible, which makes it double the fun. I used it for the first time when I was baking our holiday cookies and was VERY pleased with the comfort and huge pockets. Tullabelles is now on my favorite products list, for sure. Please visit A Savvy Event and Tullabelles and share my love of all things adorable!

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Last Monday, I had the extreme pleasure of hanging out with some of my favorite old and new friends. In honor of Anne Ruthmann’s visit “home”, we arranged for a breakfast get-together and just some good quality hang-out time. I was also able to tour Jessica Johnston’s and Abby Rose Photo’s studio spaces and got some serious real estate envy! The food was great, the company was awesome and we laughed all morning long. In attendance: Anne Ruthmann and her amazing hubby Alex, Nicole Blair from Nicole Ladonne Photography, Jess and Nate from Jessica Johnston Photography, Ryan from Epic Motion, Abby from Abby Rose Photo, and Delia Turner. Big “Thanks” to Anne’s iPhone and Alex for these pictures. 🙂

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We started a new “Must See List” for 2009! This list is filled with our favorite Michigan vendors, all sorts of blogs and websites and so much more. Please visit the “Must See” section of our blog for more info. If you know of a company or blog that should be a Bliss Must See for 2009, post a comment and let us know! Also, keep an eye out for our Must See badges on some of your favorite sites across the web.

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Lastly, I want to wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year! I can’t believe 2009 is just around the corner. This year really did fly by fast. It will be a great year and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for us and our fab clients. Cooper wishes you a Happy New Year, also!

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Love & Bliss, Amanda

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Holiday Bargains!

I was searching through the printable coupons page at Retailmenot.com and found some great deals on all things wedding related! Here are a few of the best. Happy Shopping! Oh, and Happy Holidays!

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We’ve been featured!

I just wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to For The Modern Bridefor featuring us as their blog & vendor of the month! I was so excited when I got the email this morning. 🙂

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For The Modern Bride is a fabulous company that does custom logos, stationery, card boxes and so much more! Please head over to their website and blog to learn more about their products.

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