Thursday, April 10, 2014

Inspiration Board: Romantic Dinner In!

 A table for two please! 

If you’re looking for a night in(ish) with you're sweetie, we have some awesome ideas! Start your day off right with a romantic breakfast or grab a blanket and go on a picnic. This gorgeous weather is just the inspiration we needed for some fresh date ideas. So enjoy these inspiration boards to get your creativity flowing. Whatever you decide to do, have fun and enjoy the company you’re with!
Make breakfast together or just go an a walk to scout out the newly blooming flowers!
Go on a hike together at one of our local parks and then stop for happy hour at a restaurant with a patio :) 

Get a new cookbook and test out a new recipe for two. Or rent a movie that you haven't seen and open a bottle of wine!

Love is in the air so get out there and plan a fun date this weekend!
-Rochelle ;)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Engaged: Megan and Tyler

Meet Megan and Tyler! 

This couple is seriously too much fun. I love working with them on their wedding plans for their big day this June! Mint and shades of purple are going to don their tent reception and touches of vintage details will tie it all together! Can't wait!

Photos by Jen Campbell

How did the two of you meet and how long have you been together?
My step mom is a counselor at the school Tyler works at and told him about me. He then looked me up on Facebook and asked for my number. Pretty soon we went out on our first date. I knew within the first month that there was a good possibility I would marry him. Everything was easy and just clicked.

When did you know it was the real thing?
I knew this was the real deal about 2 months into the relationship when we told each other that we loved each other. I went home with him to Colorado to meet his family shortly after that. I knew for sure after that trip.

Was the proposal a surprise? How did it happen?
I knew the proposal was coming because we had been ring shopping but I didn’t know when or how he was going to do it. I thought I would figure it out because I’m a planner and always try to figure things out. Ha! Well, I’m a huge basketball junkie and Tyler knows that. I am a teacher and so is he, so one day he was out of school and I was in school for a teacher work day. He told me he was going hunting that day and even sent me pictures from his phone which looked like he was in a tree stand. I believed him. I had just gotten back from a meeting and was in my office when my co-worker and I got called by our head coach to join him for a discussion about upcoming basketball tryouts. So I got up and was walking through the gym and there was Tyler with a basketball in his hand standing at half court. He threw the basketball to me which had written on it, “One on one for life?” I was too nervous to even read it because I knew then what was happening so I just threw the ball down and walked out to him. He got down on one knee, said a very sweet speech, and asked me to marry him. Several of my co-workers came out and applauded. I was so surprised!

Tell us about one of your favorite dates!
My favorite date was probably the date where he first kissed me. I went to his house one night and he cooked me dinner (tacos, his specialty haha). Then he asked if I wanted to do a devotional together so we read the Bible together and discussed some things. After that, he took me on a drive and showed me around his neighborhood and surrounding area. When we got back, we sat on his back deck and talked for a long time. Then he asked me to dance. It’s funny looking back now because he isn’t the hopeless romantic type. We danced at night under the stars and then we kissed. It was AWESOME.

How do you envision your wedding day?
We envision our wedding day to be a very special and memorable event. We can’t imagine celebrating our marriage with anyone other than with family and friends. 

Megan, what are you most looking forward to on your big day?
I’m looking forward to seeing Tyler’s face when I walk down the aisle. I’m also looking forward to just enjoying the celebration of marriage and how God intended marriage to be. I can’t wait to commit myself fully to Tyler.

Tyler, what are you most looking forward to on the big day?
I’m looking forward to seeing Megan walking down the aisle toward me, being escorted by her father. I’m also looking forward to the formality of committing ourselves to God and to each other. Additionally, I’m excited about the few days prior to the wedding in which I’ll get to spend quality time with friends and family, all culminating with the celebration of the ceremony and reception.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Vendor Spotlight: Style by the Slice

We LOVE Style by the Slice for so many reasons! Tanya, owner and creator of this "Couture Cakery" is an absolute gem. Not only does she welcome you into her shop with a vibrant and hospitable presence, but she usually feeds you cake! And not just any cake, life-changing cake! She was gracious enough to host us for some tasting and some questions about her business. AND she is doing a giveaway with us for a $50 gift certificate to her bakery! See how to enter at the end of the post! 

How long have you been in business? 
Making cakes for 38 years and owning my own business for 22.

What is your favorite part of an average day?
People picking up their cakes! Especially when kids come into the shop and see their cake. Their joy brings me joy. 

What are your most popular cake flavors right now?
Chocolate truffle peanut butter, banana foster and vanilla with fresh strawberry filling. 

What kind of cake design gets you fired up?
Something strange or funky! I love something with a gothic feel or doing a black cake! It's different and I like doing different. 

What are the biggest cake trends you are noticing right now?
The whole "shabby chic" trend. Lots of ruffles and lace details. 

Enjoy these fun behind the scenes photos from our trip to the bakery located at 325 South Patton Avenue Springfield, MO 65806

Here's what we tasted! (from the bottom left going clockwise) - Lemon, vanilla with berry filling, red velvet with cream cheese frosting, white cake with fresh strawberry filling, white chocolate vanilla bean, chocolate truffle peanut butter, turtle, and in the center, banana foster. YUM!

 Employees, Jane and Rochelle, digging in! 

 If you are lost for ideas, Tanya has so many books and photos to look through to get the creative juices flowing. She is great about making suggestions and guiding you to design a perfect cake for what fits your theme and budget. 

Thanks for letting us stop by Tanya!  

Here are a few of our favorite cakes from Style by the Slice recently!

You might recognize this one from the styled shoot we did that was featured on Wedding Chicks

And this was Kristi and Jason's cake from their wedding that we planned this fall!

Another amazing thing about Style by the Slice, is Tanya can literally create anything out of cake! Not only are her wedding cakes beautiful, but she does other custom cakes as well. Check these out! 

Ok so to enter the giveaway to win a $50 gift certificate to Style by the Slice Bakery all you have to do is "Like" Style by the Slice and Abby Mitchell Events Facebook pages and then let us know you did on our pages or on here! Winner announced in 1 week! 

Phone: (417) 396-1634

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Real Wedding: Kristi and Jason's Portraits

I hope you have enjoyed the gorgeous photos from Kristi and Jason's ceremony and reception this week! They are such an amazing couple that it is hard to express their joy and celebration in a few photos and text. I love the way that Travis Duncan captured all of their special moments and I especially love their portraits taken right after the ceremony in Dogwood Canyon Nature Park! 

Photography – Travis Duncan Photography
 Band – 65 South
 Cake – Style by the Slice
 Caterer – Big Cedar Lodge
 Rentals – Eventful Rental
 Cocktail Musician – Clay Self
 Florist – He Loves Me Flowers
 Invitations – Memento Designs
 Lighting – Creative Outdoor Lighting
 Ceremony Venue – Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
Reception Venue – Big Cedar Lodge Grand Ballroom