Meet Heat!

We recently did a Q&A with Heat, a wonderful salon in Lansing!

Tell us about yourself!

Heat is special because it was born from two very different perspectives. Co-Owner and Founder Dan Buccilli brings his passion for hair and creativity to Heat as head stylist, while Co-Owner Molly Chan’s passion for Heat was born more from providing people with an amazing experience that impacts their day in a positive way.  Chan is not a stylist, just a blow out addict, as she calls herself. Chan treated herself to the affordable luxury of getting her hair blown out twice a week while going through the journey of her husband’s cancer battle. The time she spent taking care of herself and loving herself was a blessing and a reprieve from the ugliness of cancer.  Chan had such a positive experience during such a difficult time, and Heat was born to give this same positive experience and feeling to our clients, including our brides. As East Lansing’s newest specialty boutique salon, we are very popular among the community for the unique services we offer. Specializing in all things blowouts, hair styling and finishing, just no color. We also offer airbrush make-up application, manicures, pedicures, and even private parties. We use Bumble and bumble. products and have a team of four stylists including Buccilli. Heat has had so much success since the opening in August 2014 that they have now created a menu of bridal services.

-What sets you apart from other salons?

We set our self apart from at her salons because we are a specialty boutique style salon that specializes in all things blowouts, hair styling and finishing. We have two stylists certified in editorial bridal styling. We offer most salon services but most popular with brides are Flawless airbrush make up applications, nails and of course bridal up styling aka the Audrey.

-What services do you offer for brides?

We offer two bridal packages to choose from as well as the bridal consultation/trial.
Services:
Bridal Practice
Bridal Style
Bridal Packages:
My Fair Lady (Rehearsal Dinner Blowout + Bridal Style) $100
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Bridal Practice + Rehearsal Dinner Blowout +Bridal Style) $160

-Do you offer any specials for brides or the entire bridal party?

We are very accommodating to bridal parties. For parties of four or more people we will privately book the salon out to create the most relaxing environment. And please enjoy a mimosa on us!

-What are the average costs?

Our prices are very competitive in the area.
Bridal rehearsal- $65
Bridal style- $80
Bridal party up do- $65
Blowout- $27
Airbrush makeup application- $50
Lash application- $15
Nails- $25-35

-How far in advance do you recommend brides to book an appointment?

We recommend scheduling a trial/consultation at least two weeks in advance. Parties of 3 or more should book out 4-6 weeks in advance.

-How can brides get in touch with you to book?

You can contact us via email at reservations@heatblowdry.com
Phone- 517-575-6275

http://heatblowdry.com

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Valentines Day Proposals

Valentines day is right around the corner, this means that it is proposal season.  Here are some classically romantic ways to ask for her hand in marriage.

Take her to her favorite fancy restaurant and before dessert comes out have the chef write on the plate “Will You Marry Me”. It is a very classic way to propose, but still very sweet and romantic.

Take advantage of all this snow and surprise her by having “Will You Marry Me” written in the snow.

You could write it with rose petals, but make sure it isn’t windy out!

 

Do a scavenger hunt; give her clues to lead her to different places. On each clue have something that you love about her. Once she figures out the final clue and makes it to the last location be waiting for her on one knee.

 

Get you friends and family involved and make a fun video of you proposing. Show your girlfriend the video when you are all cuddled up on the couch after a delicious dinner.

 

Take her down to Detroit to go ice-skating at Campus Martius, while out on the rink skate to the middle with her hand in yours and pop the question!

Take her on a winter picnic. Get all bundled up grab lots of blankets and hot chocolate. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, and when she is least expecting it ask her to marry you.

Movie themed proposals are fun and unique. Pick a movie that is significant to you as a couple.  With the movie UP recreate the adventure book scene by creating a book of your own then ask her if she wants to start you’re next adventure together.

If she is a fan of winter sports take her skiing and surprise her by proposing while you are riding on the chair lift.

 

Flash mobs are always a great idea for more adventurous couples. Surprise your ladylove in a public space with an outbreak of dancers. Make sure to put on your dancing shoes and move to the beat.

 

The best advice we could give a man looking to propose, is make sure it’s unique to you as a couple. With February 14th being a day dedicated to love, what could possibly be a better time to ask the love of your life to be your wife?

Meet Morning Glory Coffee and Pastries

Hi! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Jenn Tilton, and I’m the Executive Pastry Chef at Moring Glory Coffee and Pastries. I’m a certified Pastry Chef through the Baker College Baking/Pastry program. I truly love what I do, and I have a great team behind me that carry the same passion as I do!

-What makes your cakes special from other cake?
I believe me and my team truly put in a lot of caring effort, and only strive to make your vision come to life! We are always researching what’s trendy, keeping the classics, and go way out of the box! I believe all bakery’s have “their” own great talent, but I feel we have a great calibration of styles and personalities that make Morning Glory stand out! 
-How large of wedding cakes are you able to make?
There is no limit. We will make your vision come to life! From a two tier cake all the way to a six tier cake, we will find a way to accommodate you and your guests.

-Do you use fondant or buttercream frosting?
We specialize in both. We are known for our house made buttercream, that’s made daily, but we also have decorators that excel in fondant.

- How far in advance would you recommend people order their cake?
For your celebration cakes we ask for 48 hours, but for wedding cakes most of our clients order their cakes minimally one month prior to their BIG day! We ask for one month in advance to get all the fine details in order. Tasting’s are heldTuesday through Friday’s and we ask for a 48 hour notice, before noon.
-How can people contact you?
You can reach us via phone: 313-647-0298

Morning Glory Coffee and Pastries
85 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Facebook- Morning Glory Coffee and Pastries

Kim & Steve the Professional Photography by: First Comes Love Photography!

Kim and Steve were married at White Oaks Farm on October 4th. It was my first wedding working with the adorable Alison Banks!! I hope you enjoy!

 

Dreaming of a Winter White Wedding?

On a snowy day one can dream of a winter wedding. There is something romantic and elegant about a wedding in the winter. Here is some inspiration to help you create a beautiful wedding in the snowy weather!

 

Pottery Barn Inspiration

Ideas for us come from looking at magazines, browsing websites, and even Pinterest. It’s fun to take a picture and create a décor ideas from it.

Couples do like to share their vision boards with us and sometimes it is up to us to figure out how to make that look come true. Often times it’s also up to us to create the look with a much smaller budget than what the picture shows.

I love the details in this picture from Pottery Barn’s wedding blog and the colors are vibrant, which today looking out my window is exactly what I need to cheer up with gray day.

 

 

To create this look I would start with the linen, having a eye catching color like this draws guests to the tables; it’s warm and inviting. Chair Covers and Linens has a table linen called Spanish Gold Bengaline Moire which I think is perfect for this.

 

 

Special Events Rental has this charger in Colbat Blue. Chargers are a great way to add color to a table because it stays on the table and then your dinner plate will be set here and taken away after dinner so the color remains on the table.

For china, I love the look of mismatched china on a table for weddings. There are a few companies here in Michigan where you can rent matched sets or mismatched sets.

For the lanterns on the table, many florists will have these for you to rent. These lanterns I found are a Turkish style of lantern. You could also use the holes in the pattern to stick some of the flowers into, and obviously if you did that you would need to use LED candles inside the lantern (no one likes the smell of burnt flowers).

Succulents are so pretty when mixed in with colorful flowers. They hold up very well, and add a new texture into your décor. I have seen these used quite a lot the past few years in our weddings.

For the other flowers, anything bold and colorful will work: ranunculus,  anemone, or even roses!  There are so many bright colored flowers that you could fit this to any budget.

The pretty glassware can even be rented. I would suggest trying to rent all of your dinnerware from one company so it will reduce your delivery cost and make it easier on you and everyone involved. But don’t worry there are great companies around that you can rent it all from. These cups are also from Special Event Rentals!

I hope this helps you see that you can pick out a picture of a table design and create your own version of it. Based on your budget you may be able to include all of it or maybe just use the colors as a start for a design that does fit into your budget. And as always we are here to help your designs become an actual reality!

Melanie King, TwoFoot Creative – Ann Arbor

 

 

 

 

 

I DO Decals!

We were very excited to hear about I DO Decals- Event static clings, and removable decals, for windows, walls, floors and vehicles, are a great way to celebrate a family member or friends personal accomplishment, Birthday, Graduation, Wedding, Welcome home, New business (removable decals for vehicles), or New Baby.  I DO Decals can help you create one of a kind just married signs, wedding banners, wedding reception signs, wedding yard signs, Heart Shaped Magnets, Birthday signs, and much more. 

 

Pick a photo, shape, and colors and create the perfect keepsake, removable decal.  Apply removable decals to all types of surfaces, Over 25 Shapes available. Interior or Exterior. The possibilities are endless. If an I DO Decal sounds like the perfect thing for your wedding check out http://www.idodecals.com. You can also call 734.422.9223 or email Genia at genia@idodecals.com.

 

Sandals Barbados is open!

Sandals Barbados is open! The New York Times posted this article yesterday, can’t wait to visit the property! Make sure you contact us to help you find out if this is the property for you – there is no charge for us to help with your honeymoon booking!

The new couples-only Sandals Barbados, which opened late last month, is poised to be one of the most upscale in the group of 15 all-inclusive resorts.

Its 280 rooms range from beachfront suites serviced by butlers to new-to-the-brand swim-up suites spaced along a river pool. Furnishings include mahogany four-poster beds and deep soaking tubs both inside bathrooms and outdoors on terraces.

Amenities include 11 restaurants, among them a steakhouse, Japanese grill, French brasserie and Sandals’ first Indian restaurant.

One of three pools will be ringed with cabanas featuring chandeliers, sofas and power outlets for charging mobile devices. And the six-room spa will pair cocktails and services during happy hour, and introduce couples’ massage services in its treatment cottages or in guestrooms.

Sandals Barbados replaces the all-inclusive competitor Couples Barbados. The company plans to begin building a family all-inclusive on the island later this year.

Rooms at adults-only Sandals Barbados start at $370, per person.

Naked Cakes!

If you are not a fan of frosting then we have to perfect cake for you!  Naked cakes are the newest trend in the wedding world.

The simplicity of these cakes is what makes them beautiful. The cakes are simply layered cakes without frosting on the outside. The fun part about these cakes is how you decorate them.

Flowers are the most used items, but fruit can also be very pretty or you could use both! You can use different cake flavors to switch up the coloring of the layers. If you really want to switch things up you could make the tiers a square rather then the typical round shape. These cakes are lovely to look and even better to eat, I hope this is a trend that sticks around.

 

 

 

Cigar and Whiskey Tastings!

What better way to surprise your groom then with a cigar bar and whisky tasting? While all the women are out on the dance floor, give the men an activity of their own.

Set out a selection of cigars, matches, and cigar cutters and let them do all the work. You can even set up a lounge area to make sure the smoke doesn’t bother the other guests.

Another great activity for the men is a whisky-tasting bar. Set out glasses and different types of whisky for them to try, you could even set out small appetizers to pair with the different types of whisky.  If your groom is not a fan of whisky you can do a scotch bar, or if you have guests that are ready to party a tequila bar is always an option!