Real Wedding: Kindra and Phil

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Kindra and Phil celebrated their wedding on September 21, 2013 at their family farm. The couple chose Splashdrop Photography to capture the special day. Infused Catering provided the meal and Sugar Leaf Bakery created the delicious cake for the reception. Shannon Custom Floral designed all the arrangements, including the stunning bouquet, and decorated the reception tent. The yummy S’mores bar was designed by Social Graces. Kindra bought her beautiful gown from Normans in Downtown Springfield.

Here’s a sample of the gorgeous day!

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Trend: Popsicle Cocktail

Hello everyone!

Summer has arrived and it’s time to enjoy some delicious popsicle!

This week I came across this fun summer trend the Popsicle Cocktail we found on Lauryn Galloway Photography. I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to see this summer idea everywhere. It’s a unique and fun way to enjoy popsicle that everyone will just love.

Things you will need:

  • Champagne (the brand is up to you)
  • Box of fruit popsicles
  • Wine glasses

Simply place a fruit popsicle in each wine glass, then pour champagne over the popsicle. For more information and fun ways to enjoy these drinks, click here.

This drink is not only for adult, you can buy sparkling wines so the kids can enjoy, too. Have fun and enjoy these drinks for your next dinner party!

Images via Lauryn Galloway Photography

DIY: Appliqued Tie Onesie

For Daisy’s shower (posted yesterday), we really wanted to incorporate something that just screamed “BOY!” So, when we can across this Appliqued Tie Onesie post (courtesy of Char from the Crap I’ve Made blog), we just had to use it. Our friend, Michele, took on the challenge and produced these beauties:    

Below are the instructions from the post. To view the entire tutorial (complete with images), head over to the original post.


  • Baby bodysuit or tee
  • Tie pattern (download Char’s Tie Pattern pdf)
  • Fabric scrap for tie – you could get away with as little as 4″ X 8″ or 5″ X 6″ if you’re cutting the tail piece at an angle.
  • Wonder Under, same sized as your fabric
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle (optional)

Instructions: Fuse Wonder Under to wrong side of fabric using the directions on the product. Print tie pattern and cut out…the tail portion measures approximately 5.5″ from top to point and 3″ wide at the widest point and the knot portion measures about 2″ wide at the top and is 1 3/8″ tall in the center. Trace both pieces onto Wonder Under paper backing. Depending on the print, you may want to rotate one piece 45 degrees.

Cut out. Remove paper backing.

Line the “knot” piece of the tie up with the neckline of the shirt and center it. I like to slide it under the neckline a tiny bit. You might want to just touch the top of the knot with your iron to keep it from moving but BE SURE not to iron down the bottom edge of the knot. Slip the “tail” piece of the tie under the knot piece about 1/4″.  Fuse both pieces to the shirt.

Technically, you can stop here. But if you’d like to go the extra mile and sew the tie in place, make sure to check out Char’s full instructions here.

DIY: Tissue Pom Pom

These tissue pom poms are everywhere, and its no wonder why: they are easy, inexpensive and super cute. Although you can make the pom poms full size, we decided that they look their best in a smaller, more petite size. I am using these today for an office baby shower.


1. Start by gathering 7 pieces of tissue paper. You can use one color, similar shades of a color or complimentary colors.

2. Cut in half (long ways). Set one set aside for a second pom pom.

3. Fold, accordian-style

4. Tie and knot a string around the middle. We used cooking twine, but you could also use ribbon, yarn or fishing wire.

5. Cut both ends in a diagonal so that both sides mirror each other.

6. Fan out the layers.

Done! Display your beautiful project!

Wedding: Bobby and Emily Phillips

What a joy it was to be a part of Emily and Bobby’s day.  Emily and I met multiple times before the wedding to dream, plan and then hammer out the details.  They hired me to coordinate the day of, and what a day it was.  Emily made such a beautiful bride in one of the most classy weddings I’ve seen.  Social Graces wishes them many years of happiness!

Enjoy taking a peek at their gorgeous day.


(Images by Dawn Shields)

Church: National Heights Baptist Church
Reception: Doubletree Hotel
Photographer: Dawn Shields Photography
Videographer: Goodwin Films
DJ: Complete Music
Cake: Celebrations by Sonya
Flowers: The Flower Merchant
Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse
Jewelery: Whitehall/Justice Jewelers
Invitations/Programs/Menus: Paperworld
Wedding Coordinator: Social Graces

Last Chance!

Don’t forget to submit your honeymoon photo and story to You will be entered into a drawing for a $10 Gift Card to The Hot Chocolate + your honeymoon story will have a chance to be shared on this blog! To enter more than once, check out your “extra credit” opportunities here.  All submissions should be turned in by April 1.

The winner will be announced the week of April 4.

This contest is sponsored by The Hot Chocolate and Events by Social Graces. Contest winner will be picked through All submissions will have a chance to have their honeymoon story shared on this blog.

Vendor Spotlight: Norman’s Bridal

If you are a Springfield, MO local, you’ll be happy to hear that Norman’s Bridal has recently opened a store in downtown Springfield. It’s a great place to look for your wedding, bridesmaids, flower girl, and mother of the bride dresses. And, high school girls, if you’re reading, they have prom dresses too!

Norman’s is sure to walk you through your entire wedding dress process from selection, to ordering, to measuring and fittings. They have an extensive selection to fit anyone’s style, taste, coloring and body type. Their gowns are handmade and can take up to 4 to 6 months to arrive (so ladies, don’t wait too long to buy your dress!). Norman’s will safely store your dress until your big day. How’s that for security?

Take a peek:

All images found here.