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Nicki Ann's Wedding Blog

In her blog, Nikki Ann shares with you her insights, thoughts, and feelings on all things women, wedding, marriage, and event-related.

Inspiration: I Heart You

January 16th, 2014

With Valentine’s Day just under a month away, I’m feeling all lovey-dovey and wanted to post a new inspiration board. I haven’t done one in awhile and I thought this would be the perfect time to have some fun! Are any of you planning a Valentine’s Day wedding?

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Photo Credit (Clockwise from top left): One Wed, Poptastic Bride, Green Wedding Shoes, Vintage Rose Brocante, Austin Wedding Blog, Bridal Musings, One Wed, Wedding Bells, Scrap Shoppe, United with Love, Poptastic Bride, and Intimate Weddings


A fresh perspective…

June 10th, 2012

So every now and then, we like to get a fresh perspective on things here at the Mansion. Our new intern, Jennifer, is the perfect person to do that for us. I asked her to write about her ideal wedding. I love her color choices and the creativity in choosing details. So let’s see what she had to say:

Wow! A wedding at the Mansion. Well let’s start off by saying if I could have my wedding at the Mansion, I would be ecstatic. An ideal wedding would be a late July wedding – just perfect with the warm weather and wonderful summer sunsets. I would plan on having around 150 guests. I would defiantly like to have a maid of honor and 3 other bridesmaids. Though I cannot say who those bridesmaids would be for sure, I know my sister would definitely be one.

My color scheme would be plum, apple green and white. For all of the cocktail tables, I would use a summer color of Iridescent Crush White topped with a Destiny Apple, which would be set up in the Library as well as maybe one or two on the patio. I would use a simple Iridescent Crush White again topped with a Destiny Plum for all of my dessert tables, which would be set up in the Dining Room. As for all my dinner tables in the tent, I would stick with the same colors but different linens. I’d alternate Bengaline Purple Moire with Apple Green Moire.

I would plan to have the DJ in the middle of the tent with dancing right on the pretty stone courtyard. My brother is a DJ so I would hire his company to do music and lighting. I know what they do and I love it! I am not sure what song I would choose as my wedding song as I will wait to choose that with my future groom. But, I know I would love to dance with my father to Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle. Also a little unusual (but hey it’s MY wedding day), I would love to have a dance with my mother to Kissed by a Rose by Seal. My mother has been playing that with me since I was a little girl.

Now that all my linens and tables are set, I need to think about flowers. I would love to have white traditional daisies with green button poms and some purple tulips. I would love to have these in a vase with small purple stones with water as my center pieces. As for my cocktail tables and dessert tables, I would do something very similar but smaller. (Think a combo of the two pics below!)


Everyone wants to enjoy a delicious meal at a wedding. Big Catering is perfect for providing a delicious and tasty meal. I would choose a sit-down option starting with a Caesar salad followed by a Roasted chicken and Green Lentil Soup. For the entree, guests would have a choice of Filet Mignon or the Park Farms Chicken. My cake would have three layers with a flower on the top. Of course, we will also offer a variety of cookies for the cookie table made by my loving friends and family!!

My escort cards, card box and guest book would be located right inside the front door of the Mansion in the foyer. I think would be really amazing if my card box was a wooden box with ribbon around it. As for the layout of my escort cards, I plan to have them on white paper with apple green and plum writing. I would love something homemade and simple designed by my mom for a guest book. I am not super picky about that!

I would love to add some family photos on the mantels in the library, dining room and living room with white candles in an apple green or plum colored jar. I think these small touches would be so nice for any wedding here!

For my favors, I plan to do a white scented candle with our wedding date on the front of the glass printed in a lime green or purple. The candles will be wrapped in a white tulle tied with a ribbon with a small lime green or purple flower in the center.

This is just the start of my ideal wedding. Let’s just hope my groom is not too picky and will love my ideas! I can’t wait to one day see all this laid out for a wedding day of my own.

And there you have it, folks. Jennifer’s ideal wedding. Hope you enjoyed the new perspective!



Friday Finds 5.18.12

May 18th, 2012

While perusing Pinterest, I found this adorable alternative card box. Seeing that so many brides are looking for cute and unique ways to add detail to their weddings, I figured this was a perfect thing to post. This would be super cute to keep in your house afterward as a place to keep your mail and bills as well! This one is from Bridal Musings and they even explain how to do a DIY version :)

Happy Friday!!


Happy Friday!!

May 4th, 2012

I wanted to share a photo from one of last year’s weddings that I love. It’s completely adorable! It makes me happy and excited for this upcoming season. A week from today, we will begin our 2012 wedding season. And I can’t wait.



Inspiration: The Winner’s Circle

May 3rd, 2012

This weekend is the Kentucky Derby. I have always thought that a Derby themed wedding would be super cute, especially for those equestrian couples out there. I have wanted to throw a Kentucky Derby party for the last few years, but the darn thing always creeps up on me. I figured you wouldn’t mind if I released some creative juices for your pleasure, right?

I hope you all enjoy your weekend! Pick a horse and have some fun!



Inspiration: It’s Gonna be a Bright Sunshine-y Day

April 26th, 2012

These colors really just remind me of a bright summer day. So in other words, it’s wishful thinking on a dreary day like today. I just needed a little pick me up and thought this was the best way to do it. Plus, a bride of mine is considering these colors for her wedding, so I figured I’d post today and share some of the happiness. I love these colors together because they compliment each other so perfectly. Every time I do one of these, I wish I were planning my wedding all over again! At least I can live vicariously through our brides. In my head, I pretend they are all mine anyway!



Inspiration: Don’t make me Blush

March 21st, 2012

One of the biggest color trends for weddings is blush. Blush with black, blush with gold, blush with ivory… the combos just go on and on. It just feels so pretty. I think of lace and flowers and fluffy dresses. Exactly the things I think of when I think of weddings. I just figured that you would all enjoy having a little something girly and pretty to look at today. I sure enjoyed looking at all the girly and pretty things to create this so…




Inspiration: And I would walk 500 miles…

March 1st, 2012

I am always hearing from brides and grooms that they have been to so many weddings that are the same. The same old ballroom with the same old ivory linens and the same old centerpieces. After a while, they all just start to run together and it is hard to remember whose was whose. I always make the same suggestion to the brides and grooms who are looking for a little something different, but don’t know where to start. Start with yourselves. What do you have in common? What is one of your favorite things to do together? After all, it isn’t just the bride’s day. It does have a little something to do with the groom too.

This post is for the travelers of the world. There are some couples who just love to travel together. Maybe they met while studying abroad. Maybe they met while on spring break in college. Maybe they met while on vacation and now live across the country from one another – at least until the wedding comes! Either way, travel is a huge part of their life. Why not embrace that and celebrate it as part of the biggest day of their lives? I decided to show you how this theme can be cute and not kitschy. 


Credits (Clockwise): Map Letters, Treat Table, Map Paper Bouquet, Linens, Bridesmaid Dress, Airplanes, Luggage Tags, Wedding Ticket Save the Dates, Directional Sign, GlobeCompass Cake, Card Box



Ten wedding blogs every bride should follow

February 16th, 2012

As a self-proclaimed blog stalker, I spend a lot of time reading and following other blogs. It helps me stay up to date on the trends and also give me inspiration to pass along to my brides. Since I love these blogs so much, I figured I should share this knowledge. So here you go. Ten blogs every bride should follow!

1. Preston Bailey’s Bride Ideas

Each day Preston gives you new and unique ideas for your wedding day. Each tip is extremely helpful and can really get the creative juices flowing.

2. Offbeat Bride

This one kind of speaks for itself. Not the typical girly girl bride? Want a little something different to wow your guests? This is the blog to help you come up with some of those off-beat ideas.

3. Green Wedding Shoes

This one features real weddings, galleries and DIY ideas for brides looking for something new and trendy. Want a blog that doesn’t just focus on one particular area of weddings? This is it.

4. Snippet & Ink

Love this one for classic, elegant wedding ideas. There are a ton of adorable pieces in this and lots of photos to help you create the perfect whimsical day.

5. Once Wed

This is the perfect place to find some inspiration on floral and decor pieces as well as tips and ideas. Love the romantic feel to each and every post!

6. Style Unveiled

Are you a fashionista bride in need of your daily dose? This is the perfect blog for you. Each day, there is a new gown, bridesmaids dress and more. You’ll also find lots more inspiration.

7. 100 Layer Cake

So much inspiration, so little time. I absolutely adore this blog for the ideas and tips in each post. I just can’t get enough!

8. Pittsburgh Makeup

For one day in a lifetime, you should feel as absolutely gorgeous as possible. With that said, who doesn’t want some tips and ideas for makeup on your big day?

9. Jen McKen Photography

Yeah, she’s my best friend. But she just so happens to also be one of the best photographers in the area. I love her work and how “real” it is. You can really feel the happiness oozing from each couple. One of the best things I did before my wedding day was to look at a ton of wedding portraits to see how I wanted to pose that day. I ended up being very happy with how they turned out. So I suggest you do the same!

10. Nicki Ann’s Blog

Woo! You are already 1 for 10! I mean, did you really think I wouldn’t list my own blog on here? Since you are already reading, you know what I do. If you have suggestions on what you would like to read about, I am always open!

Happy stalking reading!



Inspiration: Navy, Fushia & Platinum

February 9th, 2012

OK, so #1 – I adore these colors together and #2 -It just so happens that one of the Mansion brides wanted these colors for her summer wedding. I was pretty excited to sit down and do an inspiration board for her. She is not much of a floral person, so I added a few alternatives for bridal bouquets and centerpieces. She also really loves Gerber Daisies, so you will see a lot of those. While there is no theme per se, she wanted something fun and summery. Hopefully, I captured that with this board.

I thought I would share in case anyone else was loving these colors. Plus, during this gloomy time of year when the weather is so unpredictable, you need a little fun in your life! So with that, here it is!

Credits (clockwise): 1. Shoes, Kate Spade 2. Bouquet, Every Last Detail 3. Cake, Flour Girl Wedding Cakes 4. Centerpieces, Rhonda Patton Wedding & Events 5. Boutonniere, Nicola Robyn Events 6. Bridesmaids attire, Inspired Designs 7. Table Setting, To the Bride and Groom 8. Bouquets, Nicola Robyn Events 9. Garter, The Garter Girl 10. Escort Board, The Knot 11. Ring Bearer pillow, 5eizen