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Exclusive: Sarah Darling’s Wedding Diary — It’s All in the Details

Exclusive: Sarah Darling's Wedding Diary -- Bachelorette Bliss

Sarah Darling tries on a beautiful wedding dress. Is it “the one”? Follow this Great American Country blog series to find out which one she chose for the big day! Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

Sarah Darling and James Muriel tied the knot in a secret spur-of-the-moment ceremony back in April 2013 — but they’re still planning a big Nashville wedding in May 2014 to celebrate with family and friends! Sarah’s sharing her personal wedding diary exclusively with Great American Country. She’ll take us along on the whole journey, from the dress to the flowers to the big day. Check back every other Wednesday for a new post from Sarah!

Designer Wedding:
Welcome back to my blog series! I am getting really excited for the big day. I have come to the most exciting part of planning – designing all the fabulous details for my wedding! From the fabulous farm tables to sweet mason jars with wildflowers, you can’t leave anything out. So I decided to sit down with wedding designer Trina Chaney-Hoo from The Planning Company to get ideas. They are a successful company based out of Florida and do the most beautiful weddings you’ve ever seen. She met with me and my two BFFs and we talked ideas.

Exclusive: Sarah Darling's Wedding Diary -- It's All in the Details

Sarah Darling (center) and friend Jenn Bostic (right) meet with wedding designer Trina Chaney-Hoo (left). Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

A good designer knows his or her client. Trina had done her research before I arrived. I looked at an iPad full of amazing ideas that were totally me. One of my favorites involved mason jars with daises and lemons. Such a cute idea! Having a great designer will help bring your visions to life.

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Favors and Flavors:
Some people have already told me that I’m crazy for doing what I’m about to tell you, but I’ve decided to bake French macarons for my wedding favors. I’m also doing my own macaron wedding cake! I guess the extra stress could be interesting, but how great is it to put a personal touch on your wedding?

In related news, I started a business called “Sweet Darling.” Check it out! It’s a little business born from the true love of French baking. I specialize in macarons and other patisserie items and sell them locally at the Nashville Farmer’s Market. In my dreams I’m based in a little cobbled corner of Montmatre in Paris – but during waking hours I’m based in Nashville, Tennessee. Even so, we like to think that every bite of our delicious treats is like a little taste of Paris!

Exclusive: Sarah Darling's Wedding Diary -- It's All in the Details

French macaroons by Sweet Darling. Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

I’m excited to have my guests try the macarons. I’m finding that traditional wedding cake is being overshadowed by all kinds of dessert bars. Have any treat you want! A bar doesn’t have to serve alcohol – you can have a “candy” bar, too. The key is finding favors that are truly a reflection of who you are. James and I had French macarons on our first date so they hold a special place in my heart.

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We are in the era of DIY! I say spend as much time as possible looking at websites like Pinterest and Etsy. It’s also easy to go to Michaels Stores and buy mason jars, burlap, and ribbon. You can make very sweet decor this way. Watch out for the girl with a glue gun! There are so many things you can do. There is also something called chalkboard paint. Who even knew there was such a thing? The point is, you can create your vision even if you are on a budget. It’s also fun! It’s a time that you and your mom can get together and do arts and crafts. That’s all for now. If you are planning a wedding or you just love the blog, send me a tweet!

Sarah Darling


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