Watermelon Gender Reveal Party

This past Saturday my husband and I hosted a gender reveal party for our little baby to be born in November. My husband really wanted to do something fun and exciting for the reveal, since with my daughter we just did a cake. He was really pushing for the firework idea. However, after some investigation… there wasn’t really a safe place to launch the firework from, since I didn’t want to be near all the harsh chemicals they contain.

So instead, I thought to myself… “What’s a little more exciting than cutting into a cake?” I looked around and decided on creating my own confetti poppers. They were super easy to create and we all loved popping them to find out what the sex of our baby is (which is a BOY)! If you would like to read how I created my own DIY Confetti Poppers, check out Joie Magazine where I’ve written a blog post on how fast you can create your own, for any kind of event (including wedding send-off)!

I’ve included some pictures from our mini shindig for you to enjoy. We went with a watermelon theme since it was the first day of summer, I’m carrying a “mini-watermelon,” and it’s my husband’s favorite fruit! We included watermelon-limeade smoothie, a watermelon cake (yes the ones with real watermelon inside), watermelon cupcakes, as well as some cute little watermelon favor bags. It went pretty well for throwing it all together within the last week or so! Thanks to all those who were able to attend. We had a blast!

Please keep in mind, while viewing these pictures that I am neither a baker nor a photographer. 😉

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Come November… | Personal Update


Yup, that’s right… come November, our little munchkin will be a big sister! So, not only have I been busy working on my business, raising an 18th month old, and planning my own gender reveal party, but I’ve also had the joy of handling all the shenanigans that come with pregnancy. It’s been a little crazy around our house, but it’s also been a fun and exciting time.

Since my husband has been working extra long hours at work, we barely have any time to plan a gender reveal party… so I guess that leaves the planning up to me… I guess that’s okay, right? A lot of people are also asking if I’m hoping for a boy this time around, since I already have a girl, and honestly, I know it may sound crazy, but I really don’t have a preference. I would love either for different reasons.

So, as seeing that “Baby L” (both boy and girl’s name start with an “L”) is due mid November, I have decided to not take on any new clients in November or December. I know this may sound crazy, but I believe my number one calling in life is to devote my time to my family and make sure that “Baby L” is healthy and happy before I have any big events to attend to. Thanks all for your understanding, and I’m hoping to add some early Autumn and late Winter clients to my 2014/2015 list.


Joie Magazine

Screen+Shot+2013-11-26+at+11.35.27+AMHi all! I’m back from my mini hiatus and I wanted to tell you what I’ve been working on in the meantime. For the past two months, I have been concentrating my blog writing time on a new project… Joie Magazine! This is an online magazine that was started with one of my best friends from high school, and Boston photographer, Stephanie Rita, as well as a new friend (known through Stephanie) Sarah Elyse, who is a worship leader and wedding singer.

We met together back in the Autumn and brainstormed some ideas for the magazine. We felt that there was a market that was missing in the wedding publication industry. We aspired to create a wedding magazine that was structured on Christian morals and values, while also providing some great DIY projects and wedding advice.

So what exactly have I been doing for the past couple weeks you may ask? I’ve been visiting cupcake shops for a special feature in our first magazine issue, doing some Biblical research on the values of virtue, putting together styled shoots, attending some personal wedding shows for TarynAlyse Wedding & Events, and writing a lot of articles and blog posts for our Joie blog! However, things are starting to calm down a little bit, as our first issue will be released in the next couple of weeks and we will begin to start working on our winter issue.

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Now, that all our hard work is almost complete with our first issue to be released, you can expect your usual biweekly blog posts from yours truly right here, on TarynAlyse Weddings & Events, and you can also check out more of my writings on Joie Blog!

We can’t wait to premier our first issue to our friends, family, and followers… but in the meantime visit our blog at http://joiemag.blogspot.com/ and our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/joiemag.



ColorLove| Late Summer Evening Palette

taryn_colorscheme_midnightThis picture is taken on Spofford Lake in New Hampshire. It’s where I grew up during the summer months. The evenings are so peaceful on the beach, where you can just sit and enjoy the sunset without any interruptions.

The colors seen in this picture would create a perfect combination for an evening, late summer wedding. With bold blues and periwinkle, accented by creamy yellows and coral. The colors evoke the feelings of tranquility as the changing of seasons begins.


Photo courtesy of Stephanie Rita Photography.

The Woodbound Inn Menu Tasting

I had the wonderful opportunity to share my expertise at The Woodbound Inn’s Menu Tasting this past weekend. It was a great event attended by The Woodbound’s 2014 brides & grooms, as well as a handful of vendors. My husband and I had a great time meeting numerous couples, and even a few new vendors that we look forward to working with in the future! Here are a handful of pictures taken on the day. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

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Photography by Stephanie Rita Photography

Bicycle Themed Wedding

Have you seen this bicycle craze going on? It’s in everything from children’s clothing to home décor, and a lot of brides want to bring it to their big day. Bicycles bring such a merry and whimsical feel to the wedding. And the bicycle theme can go further than just a fun and unique photo session. You can also use an old bike as wall décor for the reception site, as well as place the escort cards into the spokes of the wheels for guests to find. Having troubles trying to figure out how to incorporate the theme into the favors? How about customizing some bicycle bells. Whenever your guest goes on a bike ride they will be reminded of your special day. The easiest way to integrate bicycles into your wedding day is with the stationary, be it Save the Date cards, Invitations, Ceremony Programs, Escort Cards, Menus, etc. (you get the point).  I, myself, decided to take on the challenge and create a simple wedding invitation to show you how charming this theme can be. IMG_4070


Stamped images copyright of Stampin’ Up (R). Typography created by My Digital Studio, also available by Stampin’ Up (R).

Transparency Trend

Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 10.13.12 PMDo you want to add a modern feel to your wedding ceremony and reception? How about adding some transparency! Yes, that’s right. It’s called Lucite Furniture, and it’s all the rage this year. Lucite lets you create a floating look to your wedding decor. Although it definitely adds a modern kick to your design, it can be used interchangeably with many different wedding styles. It looks great with pure whites and creams, but also can be used with a pop of specialty lighting. I literally could show you thousands of pictures of Lucite furniture, simply because it comes in almost anything imaginable. I dare you, type in Lucite in your search bar, or yes, even Pinterest and you will be amazed at all you can find.

But Lucite Furniture isn’t the only thing that’s clear this year. How about using a clear tent for your outdoor wedding this summer? Clear tents create an ambience of airiness, even when the dance floor is far too overcrowded. It’s perfect for those crystal clear evenings under the stars and also lets guests view the breath-taking landscapes.Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 10.19.35 PM

Both clear tents and Lucite Furniture are a great way to showcase your wedding style. So whatever that is, think about adding some transparency to your day.


Photo Credits:

Lucite Cake Stand- Sweet and Saucy Shop

Lucite Chivari Chair- KT Merry Photography

Day Clear Tent- Liz Banfield

Evening Clear Tent- Gideon Photography