Did You Know: Project Green Fork Edition

Mahaffey is excited to partner with Fuel Cafe this weekend for a wedding at the Metal Museum!
ImageFuel Cafe, located in Midtown, is one of many restaurants in Memphis that are Project Green Fork certified. Founded in 2008, Project Green Fork was established to reduce environmental impact, with an emphasis on supporting homegrown restaurants. 

Here are the six things that it takes to be Project Green Fork certified: 

1. All disposable products must be compostable, biodegradable, recyclable, or made from recycled content.

2. All items that can be recycled must be recycled (as recognized by Project Green Fork).

3. With the help of Project Green Fork, restaurants will establish a composting system for pre-consumed fruit, vegetable, coffee grounds, eggshell scraps, and other compostable waste. 

4. The use of toxic cleaners is discouraged and, whenever possible, must be replaced with plant-based and/or biodegradable cleaners. 

5. Establishments must complete an energy audit and attempt to reduce water and energy waste. 

6. All kitchens, front of houses, and outside areas should be clean and free of debris. 

Check this out to find any Project Green Fork restaurants in your neighborhood.

And to check out Fuel Cafe’s delicious menu, go see them on Madison Avenue or track down their food truck for Fuel on the go! Follow them on twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up with where they are in Memphis. 

Wedding Trends 2012

In our last blog post we shared 2012 color trends with you, so today we want to share four general wedding trends that come to us from St. Louis Weddings on what you can expect to see brides engaging in this year.

Going Green

Brides will save money and the environment as they incorporate environmentally friendly touches to their wedding. More brides will be choosing locally grown flowers, re-purposing old items for centerpieces ,and purchasing recycled invitations.

Vintage Themes

Many brides will choose vintage and rustic decor this year. Brides will be achieving this feeling by decorating with old antiques, refurbished thrift store items, and old wedding photos from both families on the tables at the reception.

Think Outside the Church

Many couples will choose to be married at an outdoor location, such as a beautiful garden or a gorgeous backyard, as opposed to a church.

Having an outdoor ceremony is just one way to make your wedding memorable.

Do-It-Yourself

Do-it-yourself projects have been very popular among brides for the past few years, and this year is no exception. More and more brides are turning to DIY projects like printing their own invitations, writing their own place cards and creating centerpieces themselves. If you have the time and the creativity, you can add a lot of home made touches to your special day.

St. Louis Weddings recommends taking it one DIY project at a time to avoid overload.

Are you a 2012 bride? Will your guests see any of these trends at your wedding? Let us know which ones!

Be sure to check out the full St. Louis Weddings “Emerging Wedding Trends for 2012” article here.


Mahaffey Partner Spotlight: the Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum

The Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum is not only a beautiful place to get married but a piece of wonderfully-preserved Memphis history.

Built in 1871, the French Victorian mansion has been host to weddings since the 19th century, with several sites for a ceremony on the property. When the weather is agreeable, the front lawn of the Woodruff-Fontaine house is a scenic and beautiful place for a wedding ceremony and can accommodate up to 250 guests.

For a smaller wedding or cocktail hour after the ceremony, there is a lovely side garden fountain. In planning a wedding reception, the Woodruff Fontaine House has gorgeous options.

The Club Room, located inside the main house has a rustic, charming feel with French Victorian details in the architecture that stay true to the time period of the house. The club room is actually made up of several rooms featuring exposed brick and fireplaces. The Club Room can accommodate up to 125 people (as a fun side note, this is the room where I was in a wedding for the first time when my mother got married. I was nine years old so the room felt magical!)

     Accommodating up to 200 people, the quaint and charming Carriage House is yet another place for a spectacular wedding reception. It features beautiful french doors, an outdoor
     garden, a bride’s room and a large caterer’s kitchen.

In addition to the historic charm that a wedding at the Woodruff-Fontaine House provides, they also have an in-house special event and wedding coordinator to help any bride through the wedding planning process. Brides, if you’re interested contact Michelle Williams.

The Best of Southern Weddings Part III

Beth, our wonderful marketing manager (and my awesome boss), had the pleasure of taking part in her sister Laura’s wedding this past Saturday at Heartwood Hall. Laura, who wed fiance Cary, were married in Heartwood Hall’s new ceremony and reception site, aptly titled The Barn.

The exterior of The Barn

Laura and Cary’s Wedding Sign

The interior of The Barn, used as Laura and Cary’s reception venue.

The table settings, by Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals.

The washroom (my personal favorite). It helps give the barn an authentic feel.

A huge thanks to Denise Suthoff, the owner of Heartwood Hall and of course, congratulations to the new couple, Mr. and Mrs.  Cheston!

Xoxo,

Raquel

Get Married at Historic Heartwood Hall!

Main House Heartwood HallI had the wonderful pleasure of visiting Heartwood Hall this past weekend and was given the formal tour by its fabulous owner, Denise. It’s easy to see why she’s been so successful in her past ventures, and her background in interior design definitely shines through.

Every room is so warmly decorated, the grounds are exquisite and so well-kept, and the attention to detail is simply breathtaking. Walking through the rustic gates of the extraordinary Four Seasons Gardens, I immediately imagined an enchanting summer wedding taking place. It was such a treat to hear the stories of how Heartwood Hall came to be. So I thought I’d share this beautiful site’s rich history with you…

Built in 1840, Heartwood Hall was originally part of a 5,000 acre plantation estate. It now sits on 25 beautifully wooded acres. The Heartwood Hall residence as well as the grounds are both on the National Historic Register, listed as “The Miller House.” The grounds are on the register due to the fact that during the Civil War, the Union soldiers camped on the front lawn and occupied Heartwood Hall as a hospital.

Originally built by the Miller family, Heartwood Hall and a similar estate were constructed as wedding gifts for Mr. Miller’s two daughters. Luckily, the Union soldiers chose to preserve Heartwood Hall as their residence during the war because Mr. Miller’s other estate was burned to the ground.

John and Denise Suthoff bought the house eight years ago. Since that time, they have added on an additional 3500 sq ft to the residence for a total of 7,000 sq ft. During the renovation, the Suthoff’s added a gourmet kitchen, courtyard, and pool area. They joined the servant houses scattered among the property to create an 1800 sq ft Guest House updated with modern amenities located at the back of the property.

In addition to the Guest House and Courtyard, John and Denise added a gorgeous garden. They went through great pains to maintain the original character and integrity of the property during the renovation by using reclaimed wood, bricks and glass. The flooring used in the addition of the Main House was salvaged from a New Orleans cotton gin built in the 1800’s. The Barn which is currently undergoing renovation (scheduled to be completed April 1, 2011) is also being constructed from reclaimed wood derived from trees located on the property.

In addition to its Southern historic charm, Heartwood Hall offers an unparalleled setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, as well as corporate events. Explore all the options Heartwood Hall has to offer by choosing the perfect backdrop for your event…the Main House, Four Seasons Garden, Cabin and Lake, Barn, and Guest House.

Experience a venue like none other, with its inspiring views and historic Southern charm! Be on the lookout for a certain summer wedding feature at the beautiful Heartwood Hall! 🙂

Four Seasons Garden Heartwood Hall

Cabin-Lake Heartwood Hall

Four Seasons Garden Heartwood Hall

Cabin Heartwood Hall