Whine About It Wednesdays | Domaine Sonoma

Hello, my lovelies!

Today is a fun day because it is the start of my new series – Whine Wednesdays!! Wooh! Basically, it is a series where I get to drink wine and whine (not necessary, the content will be more of an update than a whine) on Wednesdays. Super easy, right? I’m glad you’re in. Grab a glass, sit back and let’s do this.

What’s In the Glass: Domaine Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Taste What the experts say: intense color; berry fruit aromas; classic Cabernet depth of flavor with a hint of spice and pepper; oak complexity smooth finish

What I say: on the lighter side; a little spicy at the end but a great weekday wine

My Whine Fitness has been on my brain lately. I want to be healthier, stronger and more energetic. In order to do this; I have to shun my first love: carbs. I mean this is really hard for me. I love carbs in all shapes and sizes: pasta, pizza, bread, a whole loaf of bread, or maybe a complete cake. Nothing too crazy (haha!) of course but just enough.

I need help shunning my first love so I turned to my fashion guru/former reality tv star/author/fashion designer/blogger for advice – Lauren Conrad.

From laurenconrad.com
From laurenconrad.com

One of the reasons that I love Lauren is because she understands that MOST health food is depressing and not all that tasty. She pairs up with bloggers and chefs who know how to take the food that we love and create a healthy version. For instance regular fatty pizza -> the best cauliflower pizza you have ever had. She’s basically my SHE-ro (slang for female hero). She gets me. She gets that I need the illusion of carb-y goodness to keep me going. She understands that I refuse to say goodbye to cheese as well as carbs. She is one of my favorite boss ladies. You can follow her on Instagram here.

This challenge is especially hard for me because I LOVE dining out. I usually hit the Deli on Tuesdays, Luciano’s on Wednesday (half-priced wine!!!) and Picante (a local version of Chipotle) on Thursdays [bbq brisket – no regrets]. I am a foodie to a fault. Time to put down the brisket and pick up the butcher knife. Heavy sigh.

The realty is being a boss lady in-training means that you HAVE to take care of your body and your mind. Planning weddings, throwing parties, and drinking all that wine requires energy. Working out really helps to get your mind in right and it helps to mojo flow. I do my best mood boarding after a leg session. It may have to do with the fact that I can no longer feel my legs so I just sit at the computer (ha!).

By Pixel Perfect Photography

Motivation to complete this 7 Days to Skinny Jeans challenge will be the bottle of wine waiting for me in my refrigerator and this weeks episode of Total Divas. Worth it!!

Thanks for joining me for Whine Wednesday!




50 First Dance Songs | by Real Simple

Hello Lovelies!

Today I am coming at you with a reblog. I am a big fan of the Real Simple wedding writers. They do a great job of bringing relevant content to readers (including me). Brigitt Hauck, the writer for Real Simple, recently complied a list from the RS Facebook fans for the best first dance songs.

Well those fans know what is up because this list is wonderful. A few of my top 20 made the cut (they’ll be the ones with the ** beside them). Lucky for you, they even made a Spotify list for you to listen to.

Photo by Laura Rahel Photography
Photo by Laura Rahel Photography

1. “At Last,” Etta James **
2. “Colour My World,” Chicago
3. “Amazed,” Lonestar **
4. “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley **
5. “Unchained Melody,” the Righteous Brothers ** [ #2 on my list] 6. “From This Moment On,” Shania Twain
7. “Could I Have This Dance,” Anne Murray
8. “Bless the Broken Road,” Rascal Flatts
9. “Unforgettable,” Nat King Cole
10. “My Best Friend,” Tim McGraw
11. “Have I Told You Lately?,” Van Morrison **
12. “Wonderful Tonight,” Eric Clapton
13. “By Your Side,” Sade
14. “Endless Love,” Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
15. “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra **
16. “When You Say Nothing At All,” Alison Krauss
17. “Just the Way You Are,” Billy Joel
18. “Always and Forever,” Heatwave
19. “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong **
20. “All of Me,” John Legend
21. “I Only Have Eyes for You,” the Flamingos
22. “I’ll Be,” Edwin McCain *** [ #3 my list] 23.  “Lucky,” Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
24. “Always,” Atlantic Starr
25. “We’ve Only Just Begun,” the Carpenters
26. “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison
27. “In My Life,” the Beatles*
28. “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green
29. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” Aerosmith
30. “God Gave Me You,” Blake Shelton
31. “I Could Not Ask for More,” Edwin McCain
32. “Your Song,” Elton John
33. “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne *****[My #1 Favorite] 34. “It Had to Be You,” Harry Connick Jr. **
35. “You & Me,” Dave Matthews Band
36. “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
37. “She’s Everything,” Brad Paisley
38. “Lady in Red,” Chris De Burgh
39. “You and Me,” Lifehouse
40. “Grow Old With You,” Adam Sandler
41. “I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz **
42. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” Frankie Valli **
43. “Feels Like Home,” Chantal Kreviazuk
44. “Fly Me to the Moon,” Frank Sinatra
45. “Annie’s Song,” John Denver
46. “Come Away With Me,” Norah Jones **
47. “God Only Knows,” the Beach Boys
48. “Free,” Zac Brown Band  **
49. “Stand by Me,” Ben E. King
50. “Yellow,” Coldplay

Take a listen to them here: Play That Funky Music & you can view the original article here.

Enjoy the list and don’t forget to get out the tissue box. Tears are completely acceptable! This is exciting stuff.



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Kayla & Josh | May Wedding Charlotte, NC | Charlotte Wedding Planner

Hello Lovelies!

Today I am sharing Kayla & Josh’s wedding pictures by the incredibly talented Jordan Quinn Photography. I swooned when I saw these photos. Thank you so much for sharing Jordan!

Kayla & Josh are two of the most delightful people who I have had a pleasure of working with. When I met Kayla, I instantly knew that I liked her. The way she smiled when she talked about Josh and the light she had in her eye when she spoke about their love story; those were stand out moments. Josh looks at Kayla like she is his whole world. They really do have a special love.

You can tell that the way they love translates. People gathered around, the tears streamed down cheeks, and many cheers were given. The way their love was celebrated is evidence of how their love translates. I may have even cried a bit (let’s be real, I totally did) during the father daughter dance.

We cut the cake, poured the wine and clapped our hands as people were getting down on the dance floor. Most importantly, love was definitely in the air during on that beautiful May evening. Congratulations Josh & Kayla! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!

Photography: Jordan Quinn Photography

Rentals: Creative Solutions

Dress: Poffie Girls

Band: Wicked Powers

Catering: By Sierra

Cake: Wow Factor Cakes

Planning: Kristin Taylor Events

Here’s to you Kayla & Josh aka the new Mr. & Mrs. Dulken! Cheers!



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A Spring Party | Sangria Recipe

Hello Lovelies!

Things have been crazy busy here at the KTE office but you know what that means… it’s wedding season!! We are so excited for our first big wedding season here in Charlotte, NC. Between the site visits, the florist, the cake tastings (yum!), and travel we are barely sitting down for more than an hour but we always find time to celebrate.

Celebrating the little things are what keeps us going. We love the big stuff like weddings, babies, galas and birthdays but the little stuff is special too. Celebrating a friend’s job promotion or your significant other’s personal best at the gym is just as important as baby announcements or engagements. The little moments are special because people often do overlook them. It is always nice to have your moment be made special.

In my house, celebrating the little moments are something to look forward to the most. They are the most intimate and they are the moments that will create stories for years to come. All of a sudden a little moment can become a favorite memory.

A new favorite moments: when Winter has officially gone, and Spring has begun.

Spring equinox is so fun! People are happy and excited. We all of a sudden remember these things called shorts and tank tops. Playing football in the yard becomes normal again. Having a glass of wine on the porch relaxes you, as the sun warms your skin. The Spring season is awesome which is why I decided to have a Spring Equinox/It’s Warm Outside gathering a few weeks ago.

I love having people in my home. I love when it looks full of life. The menu was simple and fun but I needed a great cocktail to seal the deal. Then I thought of it, sangria.

While traveling through Virginia and visiting my family in Virginia Beach, VA I had the best Sangria! Confession time: My mother actually ordered it. She was nice enough to let me snag a few sips. Thanks mom! It was strong enough but tasted like the best fruit juice I had ever had. It was perfect for Spring time. The Mixologist was nice enough to share the recipe with me and I am excited to share it with you. I tweaked a few things in my recipe but if you want the original make sure you check out The Grilled Cheese Bistro in Norfolk, VA for his creation.

Here is the recipe! Bottoms up!

Warning: This recipe yields about 5 gallons of sangria. That is a lot of Sangria. Make sure you can store it or have enough people to drink it!

Ingredients & Tools:

A Big Bucket – 5 Gallons will do

Wooden Spoon

Aluminum Foil

5 Bottles of Cheap Red Wine (seriously, go to Costco or Sam’s Club and get the big cheap bottles)

Brandy (if so desired but not necessary)

2 1/2  Gallons of Orange Juice

4 Lemons

1 1/2 Cups of Sugar


First we are going to make Simple Syrup from the Sugar.

Simple Syrup

In a medium saucepan combine equal parts sugar and water (remember that there is a difference between dry and liquid measure). Bring solution to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.

The Sangria

In the your big bucket combine the 5 bottles of red wine, the 2 1/2 gallons of orange juice, the juice of 4 lemons, the simple syrup and stir. The sangria will look like a cloudy purple color.

This is when you can add the brandy. I used about 1/4 a cup of EJ brandy but you can use however much you like.

This is also when I added in muddled fresh fruit like naval oranges, lemon slices and blood oranges. You can see the muddle method here.

For the best result, make the Sangria and cover it with foil and let it sit for 24 hours.

Yum!! Now you know my knockout Sangria recipe that I promise a few weeks ago. Let me know how it taste!

The Rest of the Menu:

– Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

– Mini Lasagna (from Damn Delicious)

– BBQ Chicken Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

– Caprese Salad (from The Lady Olive)

– Thai Chili Steak Strips

– Cheese Plate

– Fresh Veggies

– Humus for dipping

– Tzatziki for dipping

– Sugar Cookies & Cupcakes

– Wine of all types

The menu was based of the idea of finger friendly foods that work for all types of taste buds. I hope you enjoyed the recipes and try them out for yourself. Let me know what you think about the Sangria in the comments.

Stay Fabulous,


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The Change – Just A Little Push | Charlotte, NC Wedding Planner

Hello Lovelies!

I am so excited to be back with you on Lily & Lace Blog. It has been awhile. Lily & Lace has been going through some major changes over these past few months. You may notice that the blog has gotten a face-lift and is very different than what you saw before.

Changing L&L was a big deal for me. I had grown to love and nurture my blog and all the wonderful things it gave to me. The blog gave me an outlet to write and explore another side of my creativity. The blog helped me connect with some of the greatest women I will ever meet. The blog also helped me find my way in the ever changing city of Charlotte, NC. Giving the blog a face-lift helped me get to the next level in my business.

Photography by Jade Phan of Sky View Photography

When I first moved to Charlotte I had no idea what I was doing. Yes, the original plan was to come here and get a job as an event assistant and to put Kristin Taylor Events on hold. Well, that did not happen. In order to be in the industry, I would have to be part part time (basically the set up and clean up crew) for another event planner. No florist were hiring so I was at a dead end there. So I launched myself into the luxury retail industry with the help of my friend Kevin.

Working in luxury retail was a mixture of fun, fashion and feeling stuck. When I would walk into work; I would feel a tug on my heart strings. I loved the fashion industry, don’t get me wrong but I liked creating my own vision. I wanted to plan events, parties and fashion shows. I did not want to focus on stuffing and displaying a purse designed by someone else. I could feel that there was something that I should be doing.

Eventually, things got slower at the retail store and I was not working as much. I love to work and to be able to stand on my own two feet. I got bored and tired staring at my computer screen watching movies. There are only so many episodes of Nashville that a girl can watch! This being partially because I had already seen them all…

So what next? I got an email from a Bridal Store in Charlotte. I had gone to look at the bridal shop for the blog. I like to have answers when my readers email me questions. I had heard their name around town and I figured that I should know who they are. The manager called me to offer me a job. In the midst of my boredom, someone had kindly offered me a job a step closer to where I wanted to be!

You have to understand that God has a way of working in my life. I have noticed that he works in patterns. He gently reminds me that I will be okay and things will work out. Then he pushes me past where I am comfortable into the most amazing opportunities.

Working at the Bridal Store inspired me to go beyond where I was. Kristin Taylor Events was a part, part time (basically the doors were almost closed) company that had remained stagnant since I moved to Charlotte. So I re-evaluated. I realized that I am happiest when planning events and weddings. I realized that the special event industry is full of people like me (does happy dance)!

Then I felt it again “push, push”, God reminding me to stand up on my own two feet. I re-branded. I created a brand that I love. Kristin Taylor Events now looks and represents what we do as a company! I re-wrote my bio and realized that I was scared that my clients would think my ideas were too bold. I really wanted to share my voice and be authentically me. I remembered the push, and I did it anyway.

I joined a network of creatives who refused to hold back. We appreciate and cherish each other. We also hold each other accountable. We sparkle and do not apologize for it. My clients do the same. My clients are the people who make me laugh and inspire me! They are women who define their own life while continuing to spread love all around them.

Changing Lily & Lace is a big deal for me. It’s a big deal because I am excited!! I promise to be authentically me. I promise to share stories with you about my couples who are loved and give love. I promise to be transparent like the women that I admire.

Kristin Taylor Events is a huge part of who I am and my vision for the future. This is what I do. Things are different than how they were before on Lily & Lace. A lot has changed. I invite you to go check out the new and improved Kristin Taylor Events site, leave a comment below with any questions or thoughts and share this with anyone who may need a little push 😉 Sometimes you just need a reminder that you are in the right place.

Stay Fabulous +  Cheers,

Kristin Taylor Hines

p.s. A quick shout out to one of my favorite creatives who Sparkles the brightest, Janet Hoang. Thank you for your encouragement and love. I wouldn’t be here without you. Happy Birthday Jan Jan!