wedding planning

Lexi & Christian (Featured on Borrowed & Blue)

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 PhotographyLMV 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

Rentals: Rentals Unlimited & True North Tables

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

Rings: Pageo

Rehearsal Dinner: Hyannisport Country Club

 

Wedding Planning Checklist

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.  

Happy Planning!

BRYNA & CHRIS

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


 

Posting on social media

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.

Happy Planning!

 

 

We were published on Well Wed!

I am so excited and honored that SCE was published on Well Wed Magazine's blog for Maine and New Hampshire! Lauren and Mark were a featured Real Wedding this August for their August 2013 wedding. What a nice first anniversary present. :) Thank you, Well Wed for the love!

 

To read the full article on Lauren & Mark click on the image below.

Restroom Amenity Baskets

Restroom amenity baskets are a must-have for your guests. It is so nice to offer items that your guests may need or just a freshen up before hitting the dance floor. Here is a handy little list of items that I have found to be very useful.

  • Lint roller
  • Pain relievers
  • Shout Wipes or Tide to go stick
  • Gum or mints
  • Hand lotion
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wisps
  • Travel manicure set
  • Hair ties (gals)
  • Bobby pins (gals)
  • Safety pins
  • Contact solution
  • Tampons (gals)
  • Band aids
  • Body sprays
  • Hair spray (gals)
  • Hair gel (guys)
  • Tums
  • Travel sewing kit
  • Don't forget the baskets and cute little "his" and "hers" signs. 
 


Whitney + Jim

This wedding was very personal to me, you see Whitney is one of my best friends and has been since the 2nd grade. So when she got engaged and asked me to help plan, I was thrilled and honored to say the least. Not only do I know Whitney but I also have had the pleasure of knowing Jim since the 6th grade (so I do not date us, I'll leave the years out ). Whitney and Jim have a love story for the ages, they met in junior high and it was the typical boy likes girl, girl likes boy, boy teases girl and girl plays coy. After dating in junior high and high school, they found their way back to one another and gave their love another chance. I am so happy that they did. I am thrilled to be sharing these amazing images by Eric McCallister Photography of their incredibly special day at The Red Barn at Outlook Farm. Congratulations to two of my friends, the new Mr. and Mrs. Chabot!

 

P.S. this wedding would have not been complete without Whitney’s precious kitty, Jasmine. Enjoy!