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Purple Haze

October 4, 2010

We here at Mojuba are all over purple flowers for weddings this fall. Just like a great pair of Manolos, purple flowers are statement makers. Purple flowers tell your guests that this blushing bride isn’t the typical ivory and peach kind of girl (although we do love that look too).

Here are some of our top picks along with their meanings:

Purple Roses

Purple roses signify royalty and eternal love (they also signify love at first sight!). Their variety in color makes them suitable for any wedding. Purple roses can vary from lavender to plum.

Purple Tulips

The purple tulip is very popular for weddings. Like the rose, it is often associated with royalty.

Purple Irises

The iris flower gets its name from the Greek Goddess Iris, which means rainbow. Rainbows symbolize hope and new beginnings! Purple irises are a nice alternative to the rose,and they give a more contemporary feel to your wedding.

Purple Stock

Purple stock signifies long lasting beauty and a happy life. Purple stock is wonderful because it can look beautiful as a stand-alone, or serve as an accent for other types of flowers.

Purple Hydrangea

The purple hydrangea is beautiful, one of our favs, but it comes with a few drawbacks.  Hydrangeas vary in color depending on their season of bloom, and the amount of Aluminum they absorb through their roots. So remember ladies, it’s nature, and you can’t expect to perfectly match your bridesmaids’ dresses to the flowers. Nuff said.


The Eyes Have It

September 27, 2010

If it’s true what they say about the eyes being the window to the soul, then we better do our best to keep them looking fresh and rejuvenated!  You may have heard it many times before but we’ll say it once again: it is never too soon to start wearing eye cream!  Here are some of our Mojuba gals’ favorites:

Kiehl’s Eye Alert: Made with cucumber and alfalfa extracts to hydrate and energize your skin, and Vitamin E and caffeine to decrease dark circles, this eye cream is a great remedy for puffy, tired looking eyes.

Dermalogica, multivitamin power firm: This eye gel is great for the morning to reduce puffiness, and will also help minimize the appearance of fine lines.  A must-have in your arsenal to rejuvenate your eyes after a long night of addressing wedding invitations!

Lancome Absolue Eye: While a bit on the pricey side, this intense moisturizer will bring even the tiredest of eyes back to life, making it well worth the investment!

Origins’ GinZing: Another great morning eye cream, this will magically depuff and brighten the skin around your weary wedding-planning eyes.  Along with a big cup of Joe, this is the perfect morning fix!

Clearly our goal here is to fight tired and puffy eyes, which is an unfortunate side effect of late night stressing over wedding details!  Planning a wedding and looking beautiful both take a lot of time and energy, but with the right eye remedy you’ll be able to pull all-nighters and still look refreshed in the morning.  You glow, girl!

Hooray To Tossing The Bouquet!

September 20, 2010

It is a wedding tradition, but why do we do it? The tossing of the bride’s gorgeous bouquet is like having a glass of champagne that night- it is not necessary but certainly makes the evening more fun!

In the old days, it was considered lucky to touch the bride, and even luckier if you were able to tear off a piece of her dress or veil.  Imagine someone ripping off a piece of your Monique Lhuillier couture gown – can you say friendship OVER?! The tradition of grabbing fragments of the bride’s clothing for luck dates back to 14th century France.  In order to prevent single women from invading the bride’s personal space, and potentially leaving her half-dressed, the bouquet toss was introduced as a more civilized alternative.  This way, the single ladies could still snag the potential of their own happily ever after while leaving the bride’s beautiful dress intact.

Today, the bouquet signifies an upcoming engagement or unexpected romance for the lucky (or most aggressive) girl who catches it.  Superstition? We think not!  One of our Mojuba girls was at a wedding a few weeks ago, and the girl who caught the bouquet is now happily engaged!

Flower Power

September 15, 2010

While we usually pick flowers based on what we think looks good – and opinions vary from person to person – people often don’t think of the meaning and symbolism behind the flowers they choose.  During the Victorian era, when so many wedding-related traditions began and overt expressions of love were considered to be a major faux pas, the “language of flowers” was used to communicate subtle messages between lovers.  Here are some of our favorite flowers for wedding bouquets, centerpieces and accents, along with their associated meanings:

Lily of the Valley: This delicate flower symbolizes happiness and trustworthiness, and not to mention they smell divine!

Lilacs: Traditionally known as the harbinger of spring, purple lilacs are associated with the first emotions of love and white lilacs symbolize youthful innocence.  Either way, this romantic flower is a great addition to wedding florals!

Orchids: This sinewy yet elegant flower is usually associated with luxury and beauty.  If your taste is more modern, orchids may be the perfect flower for you.

Peonies: Although they are only available for a short window of time at the end of spring, for May or June weddings peonies are at the top of our list!  It is said that this lush and full-bodied flower embodies romance and prosperity and will bring good fortune and a happy marriage.

So, as you’re planning the overall look and feel of your wedding day, don’t forget to also consider the meaning behind the flowers you choose…how romantic!

Places We Love: The Hermitage Hotel

September 8, 2010

We love the culture and sense of tradition of the South, and Nashville certainly does not disappoint!  While this city has so many beautiful venues to hold a wedding, the Hermitage Hotel is a standout- as it has the perfect combination of southern hospitality and old world elegance.  One of our Mojuba gals has visited this beautiful hotel several times and can attest to its understated elegance and charm.  We also had the opportunity to speak with Director of Events Pam Luttermoser, who was gracious enough to share her time and point out some of the highlights and history of the hotel.

Ceremonies are typically held in the Veranda, which seats up to 130 people.  Guests can then enjoy cocktails in the beautifully ornate lobby, followed by dinner and dancing in the Grand Ballroom. The catering menu has many overlaps with the well-known Capitol Grill, including many signature dishes created by executive chef Tyler Brown.  The food is fresh as can be, since much of their produce is grown locally at Glen Leven garden.  Pam’s picks from the menu include Truffle Mac and Cheese and Vidallia Onion Bisque garnished with a Grilled Brie Sandwich and Bacon and Chives.

We love the Hermitage because it perfectly fuses the past and present, making it a must-see if you’re considering a wedding in Nashville.  This historic hotel is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary – congratulations to the Hermitage on a century of exceptional service!  (If these walls could talk!)

Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN.

‘Que It Up!

September 3, 2010

Happy Labor Day, everyone!  Throwing a barbeque is a great way to kick back with friends and family and enjoy the last days of summer.  We will definitely be putting our feet up and relaxing this weekend, so we thought we would share one of our favorite summertime recipes for chicken kabobs from – enjoy!

Honey Chicken Kabobs


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 small onions, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • skewers


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, honey, soy sauce, and pepper. Before adding chicken, reserve a small amount of marinade to brush onto kabobs while cooking. Place the chicken, garlic, onions and peppers in the bowl, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours (the longer the better).
  2. Preheat the grill for high heat.
  3. Drain marinade from the chicken and vegetables, and discard marinade. Thread chicken and vegetables alternately onto the skewers.
  4. Lightly oil the grill grate. Place the skewers on the grill. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until chicken juices run clear. Turn and brush with reserved marinade frequently.

True Blue

September 1, 2010

We all know that Tiffany & Co. makes beautiful and timeless jewelry, but this fall they are also debuting a line of fabulous leather products created by designers Richard Lambertson and John Truex.

We love this reversible Tiffany Blue leather tote – available today in select stores.  The combination of metallic silver straps and brass hardware is so chic.  It is also available in a smaller size and a variety of colors, though we prefer it in the classic Tiffany blue.  Your upcoming wedding is a great justification for treating yourself to this beautiful tote: it’s the perfect size to carry around your wedding binder and bridal goodies, and we’re sure you’ll continue to love it long after the wedding as well!  Audrey herself would be sure to stop and stare at this stunning new bag!