Charlotte Wedding Planner :: Rodan+Fields

Hey there wedding lovers! Today’s blog post is a special edition! We are featuring one of our very own beautiful brides, Bria Mulholand! Bria’s wedding was a dance filled night with a vintage vibe, and holy moly did she look breathtaking! What was her secret? I certainly wanted to know. The dress, the hair, the makeup, all were perfect, but what really made her feel confident, and every other woman jealous, was her flawless skin. Planning a wedding can be a stressful time, and as a woman who struggles with acne too, I can tell you that a pimple is the LAST thing I need on my wedding day. Here is a little advice from Bria about the skin care line that changed the way she looked at herself!

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Shortly after my engagement when the shock and newness started to fade I started the journey from bride to be, to BRIDE! After picking out the dress, cake and venue I was able to envision what my wedding day would look like. Then it hit me; I have got to get my skin looking it’s best! The day is goes by in a blink of an eye, but the pictures and video last forever. I did not want to regret not taking the time to get my face picture perfect. About 6 months before my wedding a good friend of mine introduced me to a new skincare line for adults . I was struggling with acne on my face and back (not cute in a strapless gown) and had not found a product that could keep it under control. I thought, it is now or never. They have numerous regimens, but due to the current symptoms that I was experiencing, I went with their Unblemish!

A little company background – Rodan+Fields was started in 2002 by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields. These women are both practicing dermatologist – successful, I might add, as they are the creators of Proactiv Solution (I’m sure you’ve heard of this very popular skin care line). The Rodan+Fields line is sold through a network marketing business model – meaning you can also sign up to be a seller of their products if you believe in them as much as I do.  The company is based out of California, and has been given an exclusive membership into the Direct Selling Association (DSA), which grants membership to only the most industry compliant companies.

The company has 4 product sets available. They include:

  • Anti-Age – a regimen for wrinkles, pores and loss of firmness

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  • Reverse – a regimen for brown spots, dullness and sun damage

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  • Soothe – a regimen for sensitive, irritated skin and facial redness

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  • Unblemish – a regimen for acne and post-acne marks

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Not only did Unblemish clear up my acne it prevented future breakouts and calmed the redness in my face. I have never felt more confident without makeup. Come wedding day my skin was glowing and was the perfect palette for bridal makeup!  I’ll be honest, the products are pricey, but I have numerous friends that spend a lot more on a much wider array of products with sub par results.  After seeing how well the products worked I was hooked; I signed on as a consultant and have been helping others get the best skin of their lives ever since!

Not sure which regimen you may need? The Solutions Tool is a questionnaire that helps determine what product system is right for you.  All of our products come with a 60 day, empty bottle, 100%, money back guarantee! You have nothing to lose!  Make sure to e-mail your self the results and be entered into a drawing for 1 full size regimen. ($193 value) OFFER ENDS 2/14/13

If you are interested in the products or the business side of Rodan + Fields, please visit my web site or give me a ring personally @ (828) 234-8144

Act now and receive a FREE Microdermabrasion Paste with your first Preferred Customer order!

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Bria Mulholland
http://briamulholland.myrandf.com

Charlotte Wedding Planner :: Marisa & Jeff May 5th, 2012

Marisa was a bride after our own heart – she LOVED details!!! Not only was she one of the most organized brides we have ever had; she had great taste! Working with her, Jeff & sweet Hayden was a blast and we were so lucky to be part of their special day!

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Vendors:
Charlotte Wedding Planner :: Hall & Webb Event Design
Venue :: VanLandingham Estate
Rentals :: Party Reflections
Officiant :: Dianna Collins
Florist :: Crawford & Co Florist
Wedding Cake :: Cheesecake Etc
Photobooth :: Oh Snap Photobooth

Invitations :: Sealed Design Studio
Photography :: Couture Photography
DJ :: DJ Chuck
Ceremony Music :: Tom Billotto
Hair & Makeup :: Who’s the Fairest
Ice Cream Truck :: Sticks & Cones Ice Cream
Transportation :: Royal Limo

Charlotte Wedding Planner :: Two for Tuesday

Happy Thanksgiving! Well I may be a couple days late, but I was busy stuffing my face with pie. Hope you had a day filled with family, friends, and food! My parents came down to visit me for the first time here in Charlotte so I had to bring out the southern hostess in me. I was throwing around the “ya’lls” and the pecan pie like it was my job. Some of you may still have leftovers, especially if you got one of those gigantic turkeys that weighs more than a large toddler. So here is a recipe that I whipped up today for a Turkey Salad Sandwich. It can’t get much easier.

This recipe is less measuring and more just searching your fridge. Here is what I pulled out of my fridge to throw in the bowl.

Shredded turkey
Mayo
Lettuce
Pecans (or walnuts)
Celery
Lemon juice to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

You can also top it with some left over cranberry sauce or dijon mustard!

xoxo,
Laura

Charlotte Wedding Planner :: Two for Tuesday

Happy Turkey Week! I hope everyone is all ready for Thursday! My family is flying down here to Charlotte to visit me for the fist time. So I have been cleaning and baking like a mad woman. The groceries are bought, the laundry done, the floors cleaned. So to treat my self I made these bad boys: Brown Sugar Oatmeal Coconut Chewies. I know I rave on here about recipes that I have tried, but if you were to combine the deliciousness and the scrumptiousness of every recipe I have done on here…you may get a slight idea of how AMAZING these cookie are. They are seriously like crack cookies. So if you’re on a diet…click away from this page.

Ingredients
1 cup butter, slightly softened
1 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Directions
1.) Preheat oven to 350°. Cream together butter and sugars, until they are well-combined.
2.) Add one egg and mix until it’s fully incorporated. Then add the second egg, and the vanilla, and mix until everything is evenly incorporated.
3.) Add baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the wet mixture. Mix until well-distributed.
4.) Add about 1/2 your flour, and mix until the flour is JUST incorporated. Scrape down the sides of your bowl, and then add the second half of your flour, mixing until just incorporated. You don’t want to overmix here, or you’ll end up with tough cookies.
5.) Add oats and coconut, mixing until they’re (say it with me) JUST incorporated.
6.) Roll dough into balls, or use a cookie scoop to evenly portion out the dough (I have no idea what size the cookie scoop is that I use, in terms of ounces or tablespoons or anything – but it’s about 1.25″ across, and makes a cookie that’s about 2.5″ across). If you are rolling the dough by hand, you’ll want a ball that is a little over an inch in diameter, and this should give you about 6 dozen cookies.
7.) Place the dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silpat liner, leaving about 2″ between each cookie. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are veeeery lightly brown, but the center is still light in color and puffy. This will result in a very moist, very chewy cookie.
8.) Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then move them to a cooling rack. Once they’re fully cooled, they can be stored in a ziploc bag or airtight container for up to a week.

xoxo,
Laura

p.s. It says these cookies last a week. NOT. My fiance and I ate two bag fulls in a couple days. They are THAT good.

Charlotte Wedding Planner :: Andrea & Bashir’s Wedding

I think it’s about time for some wedding gawking! Introducing the new Mr. & Mrs. Hosseini! This gorgeous pair was united in wedded bliss at the Prestonwood Country Club on September 29th. The room seemed to glow with a romantic ambiance of neutral and warm colors. Take a peek at few of these beautiful images.

Venue :: Prestonwood Country Club
Photography :: Swank Photo Studio
Florist :: Fresh Affairs
Hair & Makeup :: Belloviso
Bridal Gown :: J Majors
DJ :: Bunn DJ Company
Videographer :: Heart Stone Films

Wedding Planner :: Hall & Webb Event Design

Charlotte Wedding Planner :: Healthy Two For Tuesday

I am thoroughly enjoying this brisk and sunny fall day. I have a crock pot full of homemade spagetti sauce simmering away, a sleepy puppy on my lap, and a candle burning that smells like Christmas. I’ve been feeling really good lately due to my pre-wedding work out routine and the fact that I have been trying to eat a little better! I made this delicious Crock Pot Beer Chicken last night and it was killer! Not only does it taste amazing but it’s only 143 calories per serving (one breast). It’s from a Weight Watcher’s recipe blog and I was blown away by how moist and scrumptious this chicken was without all the calories. The site says it’s only 3 points, if you speak WW points. I prepared it with rice and corn and my fiance and I ate it all up. I’m not really beer drinker but I love the way food tastes when cooked with beer. So here is a way to enjoy a brew without the guilt!

Ingredients

2lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts (I used 8 breasts, 4oz ea)
1 bottle or can of your favorite beer (I used Guinness)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

Place all ingredients in the crock pot, and cook on high for 4-5 hrs, or low for 6-8 hours. Feel free to change out the spices and herbs and use whatever you’d like.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 6 hours

xoxo,
Laura

Charlotte Wedding Planner :: White Wedding Wonder

There is just something about the color white. There is a magical quality about walking into a space that is dripping in white, where you are enveloped in this crisp and clean color, or lack there of. Entering a room that is void of any other color brings to mind a wintery day covered in virgin snow or a romantic dream where candle light makes the room feel warm and welcoming. The room can be transformed by brining out different feelings, moods, or ambiance by using just this one color. White can feel romantic, modern, classic, fresh, the list goes on! That is the magic of this color…how versatile it is! Here are some inspiration pictures to get your mind enveloped in this dreamy wedding wonderland!

Photographs via :: Pinterest

xoxo
Laura

p.s. Check out our Pinterest for more gorgeous pictures!

Charlotte Wedding Planner :: Two For Tuesday

My wonderful sister-in-law just moved back to North Carolina from Prague on Saturday! After picking her up from the airport I knew we would have to have a comfort food filled weekend. Saturday we made my fiance’s famous chili in the crockpot to last us the whole weekend and last night we made these amazing Stuffed Shells. Holy moly…these things were SO DARN GOOD! These are a classic Italian comfort food. Chop it all up, stuff those shells, dump on some sauce, sprinkle on some cheese and TA DA! I cut the recipe in half, as usual, and had enough for lunch today. I just ate 4 more shells and am now in a state of bliss. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry ziti pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

 

Directions
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
2. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
4. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.

xoxo,
Laura

Charlotte Wedding Planner :: Bow Tie Bonkers

I grew up in New Jersey. People just do not wear bow ties up there. A bow tie? Why in the world would someone wear a bow around their neck? Well, now that I live in beautiful North Carolina I can tell you that all sorts of stylish gentlemen are sporting this neck wear! Dress it up in a tuxedo or dress it down with a checked shirt and converse sneakers! Either way, the bow tie is seeing a revival with today’s stylish men. To me, it is the epitome of southern proper attire. Put a handsome groom in a bow tie and you have a magical combination. Check out these neck adornments and swoon over how dapper your groom can look too!

xoxo,
Laura

Charlotte Wedding Planner :: Kimber & Joshua’s Wedding

Check out our new Mr. & Mrs! Kimber and Josh are such a sweet couple! The two tied the knot on September 22nd with a high energy and gorgeous reception at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Kimber’s shoes were her something blue, the couple loves their dog Tini, and boy, do they know how to dance! Check out these amazing shots by Irresistible Portraits!

Venue :: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Florist :: Carey Roberts Design Co.
Photographer :: Irresistible Portraits
DJ :: Split Second Sound
Wedding Cake :: Cheesecake Etc.
Wedding Dress :: Priscilla of Boston
Lighting :: Total Event Production
Transportation :: Rose
Caterer :: Best Impressions