Real Wedding: Erin + Chris

This was such a lovely wedding to be part of. Erin and Chris were a lovely couple and so easy to work with! Set and celebrated in Sarasota, Florida the Powel Crosley estate is a stunning historic home. The two-and-a-half-story Mediterranean mansion was built in the southwest corner of Bradenton on a 60-acre parcel of land on Sarasota Bay adjacent to the John Ringling Estate. Erin, Chris and family celebrated their love over a beautiful Florida sunset, warm and fun toasts and delicious food! Take a look at some of my personal favorites! Congrats again you two!

Photography: Andi Mans
Venue: Powel Crosley Estate
Dress: Pronovias, Calvet Couture

Recipe: Immunity Shot

I try to juice once every other week but when I don’t have the time to get the nutrients I want from juicing, I make an even faster version for myself to kick off my day! With the flu and cold scare rising, this easy to make immunity shot is my go-to! If you’re feeling a little under the weather, this is a great immune-supporting nutrient shot that can help you start feeling better!

For one single shot:

1 tsp. ground tumeric
1 tsp. of ground ginger
1/2 cup of orange juice, freshly squeezed
1 tbsp. of  honey

Whisk all ingredients together and drink immediately!

Small spaces made simple and green

So I recently re-decorated my living space, and even though it didn’t take too much time to do so, I knew I wanted to open up the walls in my not so spacious living area. You see, you don’t have to have a mansion to make a statement! My coffee table was a complete steal, I only spent $5 bucks believe it or not at a thrift store. After my purchase I painted it with some chalk paint by Annie Sloan, ( which can literally go on anything ) sliced some wooden planks from Home Depot and bam! Easy, bargain, and beautiful! As much as I love faux plants I equally like the real deal so I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t have tons of real greenery in my own home. If you’re looking to spruce up a small space and don’t have much room to work with, look at the walls. You can hang, nail, place shelves and create an illusion for design at eye level and well, it really opens up the room. Pick an accent corner and have fun with it! Some of my personal favorite go-to stores for decor are: Jo-Anne’s, Marshalls, Wayfair, H&M has awesome affordable pillow cases, Orchard Supply Hardware ( plants galore ), Homegoods, Target and local thrift stores ( pieces to refurbish) Ah, Happy decorating! Take a peek into my living space below!

Styled/Interior Design: Andi Mans

Saying “yes to the dress”!

What can I say, after countless dresses I’ve used for styled shoots, seen on brides and swooned over, it’s finally my turn to say YES TO THE DRESS! I knew I had a “look” and style in mind, if you were to ask me what that was I would probably tell you this, “I want to look like a bohemian Goddess sea urchin”, laughing yet? I am. But a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do, and that was to find the dress of my dreams for my big day. Many have asked where I’m getting married, well my friends, my fiance and I decided to ELOPE! It’s funny, I can sit here all day and design, research, work into the wee hours for my clients but for myself, I just couldn’t do it. I’m unconventional, and though I wanted both of our families around, we decided on going somewhere where we will cherish the memory, and get some amazing shots out of it. We plan to celebrate with family and close friends after we return! Lucas and I decided on Big Sur, California this August 9th!

Note: The dress below is NOT the dress I chose, but it’s a pretty one I played dress up in ;)

To find a dress, ahhh it’s 6 months out which is soon! I took a trip with my mom Maria, mother-in-law Karen and one of my best friends Ashley to my first stop One and Only Bridal boutique located in the heart of downtown Orlando. What a beautiful boutique, and the ladies/stylists were so much help, easy going and SO sweet. I tried on my 2nd dress and I knew it was on the one when I saw it, and so did the team! I can’t wait to share with you come August! It’s so me!

After my lovely experience saying “yes to the dress”, the 4 of us walked over to “The Tea Room” experience! What an adorable spot to sip tea, relax and enjoy all the tasty and savory treats.

Talk about “high tea party”, we giggled as we place the so posh hats on!

Oh hello there my darling! Such a great time, love this place and what it’s all about!

The hostess brought us lavender mini cupcakes, mini sandwiches, handmade scones and more. The selection of teas range from green teas to fruity whites, my personal favorite apricot peach. What a wonderful place to take your girlfriends, host a bridal shower, or even just because! I recommend on checking it out and let them know Andi sent you!

Real Wedding: Lauren + Michael

I probably teared up more than usual at this wedding. Micheal and Lauren’s vows to one another were super sweet, their ring bearer pup “Happy” and a room filled with so much love and celebration. Talk about one awesome venue, Streamsong’s open space provided a magical modern wonderland! For the outdoor lovers in mind, it was a stunning location for a reception under the stars. I had a lovely time getting to know this couple and designing the dream wedding Lauren always envisioned. It was a pleasure to work with the both of you! Some of my favorites pictures below and don’t forget to take a peak at the end of this post for their video, it’s stunning!

Event Design/Floral: Andi Mans
Venue: Streamsong Resort
Videography: Paul Literal Productions
Photography: PSJ Photography
Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Hair and Makeup: LeJeune Artistry
Dress: Calvet Couture
Band: Bay Kings Band


Thank you Paul Literal Productions for this amazing video!

The Branch Launch Party!

What an evening filled with joy! The Branch launch party was last Tuesday was a celebration of hard work and passion to make dreams come true for brides and I couldn’t be more excited to do so with the combo of Andi Mans & 4 Rivers Catering to create a partnership that’s equally as magical called The Branch! We got to see so many familiar faces, and meet excited couples who came out to enjoy delicious food, cocktails, sweets, a bridal fashion show, live music and a chance to learn about us! Here are some highlight photos below and one kick butt video by my good and talented friend RJ with Fox Grove films! Thank you again to all the vendors involved in making such an awesome party come together for our guests!

Event Design/Direction: Andi Mans
Big Thanks To: 4 Rivers, 1010 West, Orlando Flower Market, Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, Meister Productions, Fox Grove Films, Stages Plus, Something New Bridal Boutique, Laura Reynolds Artistry, Victor & Ash, 28 North Photography, Drink B4 and Little Blue Donut Co.!

The Branch Launch Party Recap from Fox Grove Films

Fox 35 – Good Day Orlando – Gift Wrapping Ideas!

Ah it’s the season for gift giving and cheer! I loved joining Amy and Bob on Fox35 GoodDay Orlando to chat about some easy and crafty ways to wrap your presents this year! Let’s just say Bob had a little too much fun with the glitter! Check out the segment and highlights below!

Thank you for having me GoodDay Orlando! Watch the segment below!

Recipe: Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup

One of my favorite things to eat is SOUP! I’m not kidding, call me a grandma but it’s one of my favorite choices at any restaurant, if soup is an option, you best believe I’ll be ordering it. And there’s nothing I love more than a warm hearty soup to stay cozy with when it’s cold outside. Yum! This recipe is super easy to make and a crowd pleasure! Enjoy!

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts ( cooked and shredded )
2 – 14.5 oz cans chicken broth
2 – 15 oz. cans mild green enchilada sauce
2 – 4 oz. cans diced green chiles
⅔ cup water
1½ TB cumin
TB chili powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup corn ( thaw out )
⅔ cup instant rice
1 – 8 oz. bar cream cheese ( cubed )
Monterrey Jack Cheese

Instructions:
Place chicken broth, enchilada sauce, green chiles, water, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder and shredded chicken in crock pot on HIGH. Cook for 4 hours. After cooking for 4 hours add corn, and cubed cream cheese. Stir and cook for half hour. Once half hour has passed, add rice and cook for another 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and top with Monterrey Jack Cheese, chopped cilantro, sour cream and lime! Serves 4-6.

Roasted Pecan Recipe + Christmas Table Spread

Celebrate in style this holiday season around the table with these beautiful paper tableware items! Skip the china, clean up made easy…and stylish! One of my favorite things to make around this seasons are my Roasted Pecans! Delicious to snack on, fun to add to your baking/cooking or as a gift. Check out the recipe below and I hope you get inspired to dress your table up with these amazing and easy to create at home looks! Shop the items at the end of post!

Styled/Photography: Andi Mans
In Collaboration with: Blacktwine

Roasted Pecans

Preheat oven to 325°F. Toss pecans and melted butter in medium bowl to coat. Add sea salt and toss. Spread pecans in single layer on rimmed baking sheet. Bake until fragrant and slightly darkened in color, about 10 minutes.

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