Beautiful Bride & Groom at Flagler Museum, Palm Beach. Photo credit: Shea Christine Photography
Venue: Flagler Museum
Catering & Cake: Ann Z Gourmet Catering
Florist: Xquisite Events
Paper Products: Stationer on Sunrise
Calligrapher: Carla Hagan
Hair & Make-Up: Modern Bride by Natalia
I started my wedding and event planning journey 10 years ago this month! It has been a wonderful 10 years. I feel very fortunate to have been part of so many amazing weddings. I am very blessed to have been part of this industry for so long. It is also VERY FUNNY to think of my first wedding! 😂 Click on the image to see some of the photographers that I have had the pleasure of working with. Thank you to my past and present clients as well as incredible vendors. #loveislove #loveisamazing #thankyou#tenyears #thejobgoeson #scevents#weddingplanner #weddingplanning#weddingplanners #travelingweddingplanner#anniversary #tenyearslater #stillcounting #blessed#ceremony #wedding
Shea Christine Photography (top left corner)
Brian Adams Photographics (left center)
Elizabeth Bradford Photography (left corner bottom)
Glass Jar Photography (center top)
Philip Casey Photography (center)
Paul Morse Photography (center bottom)
Matt Steeves Photography (right top corner)
Molly Anne Photography (right center)
Mariah Ariela Photography (bottom right)
Saturday in "the office" at Eau Palm Beach
Where do I begin? I absolutely loved working with Lexi & Christian on their Oyster Harbors Club wedding! The moment that I met Lexi & Christian, I knew that everything was going to be to perfection (she carried a planning binder with her, I love that type a bride) and gosh, I was right! Lexi knew everything that she wanted for her classic Cape Cod soiree. Christian wanted everything that Lexi wanted. :) A match made in heaven, right? They were married on a breathtaking September day at Our Lady of Victory with the reception following at The Oyster Harbors Club. It was an honor to have worked along side a talented team of vendors like, Molly Anne Photography, LMV Productions and the amazing band Eye 2 Eye, to just name a few. Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Poyant!
This wedding was also featured on Borrowed & Blue.
Venue: Oyster Harbors Cub
Photography: Molly Anne Photography
Ceremony: Our Lady of Victory
Floral: Vintage Flowers of Osterville
Videographer: LMV Productions
Cocktail Band: Panneubean Steel
Reception Band: Eye 2 Eye
Bridal Attire: L'elite Bridal,
Hair and Make-up: Amanda Kotkowski
Cake: The Casual Gourmet
Transportation: Cape Destinations
Invitations: Ivy's Invitations
Custom Paper Products: Lanas Shop
Rehearsal Dinner: Hyannisport Country Club
Hello! Here is a copy of my own wedding planning checklist that I provide to my clients. A checklist is critical when planning for a wedding. It aids in keeping track of what the next item is to check off and also guides your focus to the appropriate task at the appropriate time . For example, it is never good to spend time on invitations until five to seven months before your wedding.
Here is a little planning tip: it is best to mail out your invitations six to eight weeks before your wedding (eight for destination and six for local). If you mail them out too early, your guests will forget to RSVP forcing you to make many phone calls after your RSVP deadline. This also will delay working on your seating plans, which can take weeks to finalize.
It is of utmost importance to ask as many questions as possible when booking your wedding venue. A couple must be sure that they understand each and every detail before signing the contract and paying a deposit. Below is a handy checklist to reference when searching for the perfect wedding venue.
1) What are the available dates? (It is best to go with a few date options)
2a)Are on-site ceremonies permitted?
2b) If so, what is the rental fee?
3a) Does the rental include chairs?
3b) If not, does the venue handle the rental, set-up and tear down of the chairs?
4) What is the maximum capacity for the ceremony?
5) If outside, what is "Plan B" for the ceremony in the event of inclement weather?
6a) What is the maximum capacity for the reception?
6b) Is that for plated or stations?
7) What is the rental fee for the reception space?
8) What is included in the room rental fee? (tables, chairs, linens, napkins, etc...)
9) Are tented receptions permitted? (only if you are interested in having one)
10) Does the venue have a Food & Beverage minimum requirement?
11a) Does the venue provide Valet Services?
11b) Are guests permitted to self park? If so where would they park and what is the proximity to the venue?
12a) How many hours does the rental cover?
12b) Is there an option to book an additional hour for the reception? If so, what would the fee be?
13) Does this venue have a Preffered Vendor List that is required to be used?
14) May we use our own vendors? If so, would a fee be issued?
15) Is a Wedding Planner required at this venue? (it is becoming more common for some venues require a Wedding Planner)
16) Are there any restrictions at this venue? (hanging items on the walls, drapery, open flames, ceremony petals)
17) At what time may setup begin on the day of?
18) When would the rehearsal occur?
19) Is there the possibility of another wedding occurring at this venue on the same day?
20) What are the noise restrictions? (some venues have a strict policy on end time)
21) Is wedding insurance or an event permit required?
22) Are there dedicated rooms on site for the Bride & Groom to get ready in?
23) What is the deposit requirement due to save the date?
24) When is final payment due? When will the final guarantee be due?
25) What is the cancellation policy at this venue?
It's wedding season, except for South Florida :). Here is a little list of wedding dress code do's and don'ts for when you are attending a wedding as a guest.
1) Take note of the dress code. Some couples will list this on their invitation, "black tie", "formal attire", etc... If the dress code is listed be sure to dress appropriately. If it is not listed, check out their wedding venue for even the feel of their invitation. Is the invitation formal, a little casual or modern? These are ways to best judge how to dress.
2) Ladies, pack some comfy shoes to dance in! Depending on the wedding, throw some flats or flops (are more casual) in your bag for the party! Your feet will thank you.
3) Dress pretty and romantic. A wedding is all about two people falling in love so everything is pretty and romantic. It just makes sense, right? Floral prints, lace and ruffles are always nice compliments to a wedding. Try to save your edgy and sultry dresses for another occasion.
1) The number one "no, no" is wearing white, cream, blush or any variation of white. The Bride (and maybe the groom, if he's in a white tuxedo) is the other person who should we wearing white at a wedding. This is the biggest "no, no" that I repeated time and time again. Ladies, no white, save it for your day.
2) Keep the sexy or revealing dresses for another time. Remember that the couple's family members (grandparents, nieces and/or nephews) are also attending the wedding and they do not need to see more of you. ;)
3) Dress comfortable, you do not want to be pulling your dress up or down or fixing your straps all night. Also, by dressing slightly comfortable you'll be able to have some wedding cake. ;)
There is ONLY one word I can use to describe Bryna and Chris...FUN!!!! I thoroughly enjoyed working with Bryna throughout the entire planning process and then when I finally met Chris, I knew that he and Bryna were the perfect match for each other! So perfect that they actually gave each other the same wedding gift! I am serious. Bryna's style is vintage chic and she wanted everything to emulate her style throughout the ceremony and reception. Bryna and Chris' wedding took place at her parents Cape Cod home in Harwich, Ma. It was a perfect day! Bryna and Chris wanted a fun celebration for their marriage with a BBQ themed buffet, pie station, Giant Jenga, Cornhole and Polaroid photo station. At each place setting Bryna chose cloth napkins passed down from her Grandmother, while the glass votive candles and vases used were her Mother's. The tables were dressed with navy linens, natural wood chairs, drift wood, white floral and gold flatware. Thank you, Bryna and Chris Martin for allowing me to be a part of your day.
Enjoy these beautiful images from Mariah Ariela Photographs.
Venue: Private Residence
Photographer: Mariah Ariela Photographs
Catering: Catering Boss
Rentals: Undercover Tent
Hair & Make-Up: Amanda Olson
Social media has become our way of communicating, especially to the masses. But before you post "YOU'RE ENGAGED" on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so forth there are a couple of rules we suggest to follow.
1) Call your close family first. This is so important. You can really hurt someone's feelings if they finding out on social media before receiving a call from you. Also, if you are calling your sister and she does not answer, wait to post! Do not think an "I called and you didn't answer" will suffice.
2) Do not over post- photos and status updates about your engagement are great but over posting and sharing every little detail that your 300+ friends might not need to know, can be annoying.
3) Leave some details out- like the details about the ring. Share a photo, of course this is in the rule book. However, any other details can be left unsaid.
4) Keep the tradition going- we are so driven by technology with our phones, tablets and laptops, we barely use paper anymore. Keep the tradition by sending proper wedding invitations. There are some traditions that are never meant to be broken and this is one.
5) Sometimes too much is more than enough- We have so many platforms to plan weddings thousands of blogs and Pinterest to name a couple. Do not get me wrong, I LOVE Pinterest. However, you need to understand at times the images you pin could be hard to recreate. Finding the items could be nearly impossible, out of distance or simply out of budget. For example, you may find a bouquet you love, but you are getting married in the Fall and not every flower in the bouquet may be in season. Be open to change and suggestions. The images and ideas that are being provide are perfect guides to your final product.
6) Do you want your big day posted everywhere?- If you are not comfortable with your wedding photos being out in "social media land" until your professional photos are ready or would like to keep the day slightly private. It is completely okay to ask your guests not to post to any social media outlets. Do not feel bad, it's your day.
Ok, brides, grooms and general readers. I vote to bring back the "going away outfit". Why, you ask? Well, it's pretty simple it makes so much sense and it is so timeless and classic. Here are a couple of reasons why:
-You will be potentially leaving for your honeymoon the next day. Are you planning to bring your dress with you? You can change at the end of the night, make your exit (with sparklers, confetti, etc...) and leave your dress with your gifts and other remaining items for your planner or parents to take at the end of the evening. Then you can also leave the Groom's tuxedo for it to be returned, if needed, by the Best Man. Perfect!
-You can wear the dress again on your honeymoon or wear the same dress at your bridal shower.
I did this myself for my own wedding, we changed right before the last few songs had an exit and left. We also had a "last photo of the evening" with our photographer in our outfits. Our guests still got to party for a few more songs.
Plus ladies, you can always use another dress, right? It is a timeless, classic tradition that I hope to see more of. Let's bring it back!