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A Charming Summertime Barn Wedding

Tell us your story…  We met in late December in Philadelphia through mutual friends.  Maggie was fresh out of a relationship, and Ally was trying to set her up with her best friend…that last part never happened.  After a cross country road trip, followed by more than two years of long distance love, we made things final at the top of Observation Point in Zion National Park.

Where did you two tie the knot?  Our wedding was at Tinicum Park Barn in Erwinna, PA.  We looked at millions of places, from upstate New York to Virginia.  We wanted to be surrounded by beautiful scenery and Tinicum Park was just that.  There was a beautiful fern bed that we instantly fell in love with, and the surrounding land was perfect for pictures.  The venue was reasonably priced and everyone was more than accommodating during the process.   We really lucked out in finding this venue, and snagging the last weekend available for the year!

It was the perfect place for a outdoor barn wedding!

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Spill the details about your wedding!  We tried to shoot for simple and laid back, just like us.  The colors of our wedding seemed like a no brainer to us.  Orange and gray, our favorite colors! The orange bridal party dresses made a wonderful pop of color along side the bright green of the grass and ferns, and gray was the perfect compliment.   The aisle,  lined with single stem orange flowers in bright blue wine bottles hanging from the end of a branch stake, led up to the oriental rug that we stood on next to the barn  To bring the ceremony together, we hung large ferns in the barn windows, Maggie’s favorite plant.

We feasted outside under the trees at the wooden picnic tables covered with off white runners.  Our center pieces were clear wine bottles filled with beach glass we had collected from the spot that I had proposed to Maggie.  We danced inside the barn, under large white lights strung along the rafters. Decorations included framed pictures from our many adventures, and each table had either a  large glass vases filled with branches wrapped in fairy light or a gray coffee can filled with ferns.

Our bridal party wore orange wrap dresses with navy sandals, which they accompanied with a silver mountain necklace given to them by the brides.  The other members of the party wore gray pants, white collared shirts, gray suspenders, an orange bow tie and navy shoes. They accompanied their ensemble with a bamboo wrist watch, also from  the brides.

 

What was your favorite moment? I think we can both agree without a doubt that it was the ceremony.  They were predicting severe thunderstorms and hail during the day, but we decided to risk it and hold the ceremony just outside the barn.  We had each written our vows to each other in a small leather bound journal.  Just as Ally was beginning to read hers, the sun broke over the barn and cleared away the dark clouds.  We stood there, in the bright sun, in front of family and friends and read our vows to one another for the first time. Through all the stresses of planning, and getting ready that morning, it was truly a moment in which everything around us melted away.  We laughed and cried our way through, along with everyone else.  You could feel the love and energy in the air, it was truly a magical moment, and we would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Vendors:

Photographer – Brian & Jessica Patton
Wedding Dress & Bridal Accessories- Alyson Nicole
Bridesmaid’s dresses – Staysi Lee
Caterers – CD’s Place
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A Tropical Wedding On Long Island

Tell us your story… We met at Harrah’s pool party in Atlantic City! I (Ali) was there for a bachelorette party and Jeff was actually there for a bachelor party. I saw him dancing and went right up to him and said “How is it that you’re a red head AND can dance?” He responded by saying “Yeah kid!”, and kept going.

Where did you two tie the knot? We had our wedding at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place, Long Island. The outdoor area, where we ended up having our cocktail hour, had palm trees, fountains, and fire pits which reminded us so much of being on a tropical vacation. At that moment, we were sold!

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Spill the details about your wedding! We kept with the tropical-inspired theme of the outdoor patio and went with cobalt blue, jade green, and white with hints of Bermuda blue for our color palette. The men wore a traditional black tux with bow ties and suspenders. The ladies complemented the groomsmen by wearing either a jade green or cobalt blue dress with Bermuda blue Swarovski jewelry. Beautiful flower bouquets and arrangements consisted of white calla lilies and roses with pops of blue orchids. For our music we had a flutist playing Metallica during the ceremony, a live reggae band at cocktail hour, and a DJ/band combo for our reception.

It truly felt like a Tropical Wedding!

What was your favorite moment? Besides becoming Jeff’s wife, I’d have to say that having everyone you love from all around the world in one room at the same time smiling and enjoying themselves was our favorite part. Nothing will ever top that!

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Vendors:

Photographer – Radiance Photos
Dress – Maggie Sottero from RK Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Jewelry Sets – Alyson Nicole
MUA & Hair Stylist – Danielle Schanel
Venue & Caterers – Chateau Briand
Florist – Susan Goodwin
Officiant – Rev Kenneth Corbin
Videographer – Studio 27
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Nika and Emeka’s Woodland Fairy Tale Wedding

Tell us your story… I met my husband on a dating app called OK Cupid! I was in a season of my life where I felt very ready to be in a long-term relationship. Living in New York City, I found it very difficult to make a deep connection with someone I felt chemistry with (especially with similar faith and values). I decided to go online because several of my friends recommended it as a great way to meet people! I had been a member of the app for only one week when I met my future husband!

Where did you two tie the knot? Our wedding venue was Poetry Springs in Texas. We chose that venue because both of us have family that live in that area and we figured it would be easier for everyone to get together. Also having a wedding in Texas would be a lot less expensive than having it in New York.

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Spill the details about your wedding!  The theme was ‘Woodland Fairy Tale Wedding’. I was very inspired by the deep jewel tone color scheme of the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda runway show. There were plenty of flowers and greenery… So romantic!

What was your favorite moment?  Saying I do to the man of my dreams.

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Read more about Nika and Emeka’s beautiful wedding here:  “I WAS LOVED BEFORE I MET YOU”, “MY FINAL MOMENTS AS A SINGLE LADY”“BEYONCÉ SHOWED UP TO MY WEDDING”, “THE PARTY TO THE MAIN COURSE”“EVERYTHING ELSE I FORGOT ON MY WEDDING DAY”.

Vendors:

Photographer –  Brant Smith Photography
Dress –  Alvina Valenta
Bridal Jumpsuit- Alyson Nicole
Pearl Tiara & Flower Crown- Alyson Nicole
MUA & Hair Stylist – Rocelyn Citzman
Venue – Poetry Springs
Caterers – Cheryl Reyes Catering
DJ – Ugonna Onyekwe
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A Gatsby Wedding- Lucy & Pierce’s 1920’s Inspired Celebration

Tell us your story… Pierce and I met in high school French class in Michigan. We stayed friends for years before starting a serious relationship later when we ended up at neighboring colleges in Missouri. Seven years later, we decided to tie the knot!

Where did you two tie the knot? Our wedding was at the gorgeous Felt Mansion in Saugatuck, MI. We knew we wanted to centralize our wedding in Michigan, where our story began.

We both love historical places, and this venue also fit our 1920s/Great Gatsby Wedding theme.

It was the perfect location to relive the decadence of the era that we wanted to reflect in celebrating our wedding, with our own version of a Gatsby house party!

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Spill the details about your wedding! The wedding really did feel like a mansion house party in the roaring 20s! The mansion itself has been maintained perfectly with period furniture and required little additional decor. I chose glittery gold/black as the main theme colors, with blush and champagne tones complimenting throughout our decor. My girls wore sequined short dresses with a modern flapper feel, while the guys all wore black tuxes with blush vests/bow ties. Calla lilies completed my art deco look in our bouquets, the boutonierres, and the DIY centerpieces that I made for inside the mansion. My custom dress had so many gorgeous pearls on the back piece and sleeves that really completed the decadent feel that I was going for in the whole Gatsby Wedding theme. *I knew Alyson in college many years ago, and always admired her style and eye for design. I followed her growth and brand development on Facebook, and when I knew I was ready to shop for my wedding accesories, I reached out to her. I have always been drawn to unique style pieces, and I had a specific Gatsby bridal look that I was going for. Alyson created the most gorgeous 1920s headpiece and art deco veil for my ceremony and reception wear. I was absolutely thrilled with the results, and got SO many compliments on my accessories on my wedding day! 

What was your favorite moment? I can’t pick a favorite memory! The whole entire day was my favorite. People came from all over the country to witness and celebrate our marriage, and everything ended up going so exactly perfectly that the day was absolutely a dream come true. From walking down the aisle to a perfect white chapel to marry my best friend, to guests taking selfies with a polaroid for our guestbook, to our dog Gatsby wandering out on the dance floor during our first dance, to the sun setting over the back porch of a gorgeous mansion filled with food, family and friends – there are too many great memories to pick just one!

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Vendors:

Photographer – Heather Jowett
Dress –  Occasions Bridal
Bridal Veil & Headpiece- Alyson Nicole
MUA & Hair – Salon Cheveux
Venue – Felt Mansion
Band – Steve Wood Jazz Quartet
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From Elementary School to “I Do”- A Beautiful Outdoor Wedding

From Elementary School to "I Do"- A Beautiful Outdoor Wedding-

Tell us your story… We met in 3rd grade at Gilbertsville Elementary School! We started dating in 2006 when we were seniors in high school and we went to prom together :). Then we both {decided} to go to Penn State for college.  Now, ten years later, we’re married!

Where did you two tie the knot? Our wedding was at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. I loved how beautiful and natural the grounds were, and the ability to have an indoor and outdoor wedding.

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Spill the details about your wedding! The overall theme of the wedding was “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” meets “garden party”. Very summery, whimsical, light, and airy. The bridesmaids wore pale blush flowy floor-length dresses, and the groomsmen wore light gray tuxes. The flowers and decorations were all very natural/organic with lots of greens and pops of white. *I wore the most beautiful veil I’ve ever seen! I’ve been following Alyson’s work for years now, and I knew that I just had to have an original piece for my own wedding day!

What was your favorite moment? My favorite memory was probably having our ceremony outside in the apple orchard. It had been drizzling earlier in the day, but thankfully the rain had blown over come ceremony time! Our friend, Dan, was the officiant. He was able to make the ceremony very personal and warm. It was beautiful to share that with all of our closest friends and family!

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Vendors:

Photographer – The Bartlett Pair
Dress – Leanne Marshall (From Lovely Bride)
Bridal Veil- Alyson Nicole
Shoes- Bella Bell
Hair Stylist – Hair by Meghan
Venue & Caterer – Jeffrey Miller Catering
DJ & Photo Booth- DJ Lennox
Transportation- Rhoads Limousine Service
Accommodations/After Party- Valley Forge Casino Resort
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Let’s Get Weird- An Enjoyable & Wonderful Wedding at Fox Hollow

Tell us your story… We met each other at a pool party that was hosted by a mutual friend. After we were introduced to each other, I (Luke) decided to throw Stephanie into the pool. It was a risky move, but it worked.

Where did you two tie the knot? We had our wonderful wedding at The Fox Hollow. We picked it because it is truly an amazing venue. The grounds are so beautiful and filled with perfect photo-op locations. The Fox Hollow is a great all-inclusive venue. We had the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and accommodations all within 50 feet of each other.

Not to mention the staff at The Fox Hollow was incredibly friendly and extremely helpful.
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Spill the details about your wedding! Stephanie picked the colors which consisted of coral pink and mint green. The bridesmaids wore a mix of both colors where the groomsmen wore black tuxs with mint green ties and coral boutonnieres. The flowers were a mix of hydrangeas and roses with pops of coral, green, and white. Since I am obsessed with Jurassic Park, we decided to give gold painted dinosaur figurines with potted succulents. They were a hit! *Stephanie bought her veil and bracelet from Alyson Nicole. She wanted a veil that was lightweight and thin so that the details of her wedding gown wouldn’t be hidden, and that is what she got. The pearl & rhinestone bracelet added just the right finishing touch.

What was your favorite moment? Honestly, the whole day was amazing. Our ceremony started at noon and even when the reception ended, the party kept going. The Fox Hollow has a great pool area where we had our afterparty. It was a full day filled with celebrations and we will never forget it!

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Vendors:

Photographer – Proline Studios
Dress – Kleinfeld’s
Bridal Veil & Bracelet – Alyson Nicole
Venue & Caterers – The Fox Hollow
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V & Z NYC -A Rainy Summer Wedding in Central Park

Tell us your story… Zac is an actor and he was in a play my friend had tickets for. My friend knew the playwright, so after the show we all went out for food and drinks, which is when Zac sat next to me in our booth and asked how we liked the show. He helped himself to my french fries as we got to know each other. We’ve been together ever since.

Where did you two tie the knot? Central Park. I wanted a place in NYC, since this is the city where we met and fell in love. I also wanted a location that I could always go back and visit, with our kids someday, and when we [grow] old. Central Park will (hopefully) always be there.

Unlike restaurants and event centers in NYC which turnover all the time, Central Park felt right.

It’s an iconic NYC location and a place Zac and I love to go to with our dog, Simon.

Spill the details about your wedding! We wanted a pretty casual, yet elegant NYC wedding. Since [the ceremony] was outside in the park we played with that idea [by] using a food truck as our caterer and paper plates to give it that picnic in the park feel, even though our reception was in a dance studio downtown. I’ve always loved black and white, so those were our colors with a splash of gold. Our flowers were Dahlias since they are big, beautiful, and in season. *I purchased my [gold] veil from Alyson Nicole, [who] I met in college. I remember her talent shining though as a fashion student and I knew she would be the perfect fit to make my wedding look come to life. 

What was your favorite moment? One of my favorite memories was when a student of mine texted me in the morning. It was a complete surprise and reminded me how happy I am in my life, working a job that I love, marrying the man that I love, and surrounded by people that I love. I also loved my daddy/daughter dance, which we started slow and ended with a fun choreographed number to my fav, Taylor Swift. One of our friends surprised us with a limo at the end of the night which was fun surprise that we shared with our close friends and family.

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Vendors:

Photographer – Bryan Sargent Photography
Wedding Planner/Design- Ashley Bostick
Dress – Kitty Chen
Bridal Veil- Alyson Nicole
MUA – Jessica Huish
Hair Stylist – Kirsten from Matthews Salon
Venue – Central Park
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Wedding Budget Breakdown Guide

The Knots Ultimate Wedding Planner- Charts & diagrams

Congratulations you’re engaged! Now what?

Well first things first, you have to have the money talk with your fiancé and BOTH of your families. Ugh, I know. Soooo awkward but believe me, it’s necessary.

Nowadays the financial burden is no longer shoved on the bride’s family. However that doesn’t mean it no longer happens but help from both families is even better. Weddings are expensive. Another strong possibility is that the bride and groom-to-be are handling the bills, either partial or in full. This has become somewhat of the “norm”, my fiancé and myself fall into this category.

 Whatever your financial situation is, find out who is contributing what amount. If you two love birds are putting money in, look at your financials and figure out how much you are able to save and can afford. The absolute worst thing you could do is plan a wedding that puts you in debt at the beginning of your marriage. Yes, it’s fun to dream of all the things you could do for your special day but come back down to reality. You do not want to put financial stress on the beginning of your life together. So, make sure you two sit down together and discuss what you BOTH want the most and what you BOTH could live without. ::Emphasis on ‘both’::

Once that’s all figured out… How much money should be allocated to what part of the wedding? Well, don’t worry. I put together a handy Wedding Budget Guide just for you! This guide is based off of a few sources; Pinterest has a lot of these and my handy-dandy  Knot Wedding Planner has oodles of information on this topic. Each chart varies slightly but looks very similar to my pie chart to the right.

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Now, don’t feel like you HAVE to follow this 100%. It’s a guideline that is meant to help but can definitely be altered to fit your wedding needs. For instance, my fiancé and I are lucky enough to not have a ceremony rental or an officiant charge (thank you MOG ?). Plus, I’ll be saving money (but not time) by making my own wedding dress, AHH (Read about my Kleinfeld experience here)! The money saved will be allocated into the reception budget to accommodate our ever-growing guest list ?.

Here are some other tips to save and or allocate your wedding budget:
  1. Shop around smartly for vendors. There are tons of wedding professionals out there that are high quality AND affordable. Usually these are the vendors that will be new-er to the industry or they are small local businesses. Don’t discredit these vendors, just make sure to do your research! Wedding Wire and The Knot are great places to start looking, not to mention references from previous brides and grooms. I suggest you do this for all of your vendors, big and small.
  2. Discuss all the possibilities with your vendors. Vendors should be able to give you different price point options and explain exactly what that entails. They also should be able to show you ways to save with substitutions; IE. a florist will know different flowers that may look like what you want but are way less expensive.
  3. Be OPEN and flexible to what is available for use. When you won’t budge on the table setting color or shape, then you’ll have to special order/rent them which adds up quickly.

There are a few things that you MUST remember to include: taxes and gratuities. Taxes are usually included in the bill and some vendors (like caterers) will include a set gratuity in their bill. However, if they don’t that means it’s up to you to include it in your final payment. Even though it’s your wedding, these people are busting their butts to make this day everything you want. So make sure to thank them verbally and tip them, well. Here’s a breakdown of who to tip, how much, and when you should.

Also, don’t forget to factor in potential overage charges and miscellaneous expenses. Some vendors will specify these charges in their contracts but if they don’t it’s safer to leave some room for overages. Better to be safe than sorry!

If you’re interested in finding out more information on wedding budgets and planning please follow me on Pinterest, especially my board “Pretty Little Wedding Planning“!

Happy planning! xoxo

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The PROs and CONs of The Knot’s Wedding Planner book

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The weekend I got engaged, I was so full of excitement that I was flying high in the clouds. (To be honest, I’m still floating and it’s fantastic.) We met up with our friends the Saturday after for plans we made weeks prior and I could not wait to ask questions about their wedding. That’s all us girls talked about. Where did you find your vendors? Where did you get your rings? What cost the most? Was there anything you wish you did differently? etc. and so forth. The one piece of advice she gave, which I took immediately, was to get a wedding planner binder or notebook.

If I’m 100% honest, I already had a wedding planned (without the vendors) but I needed something to keep it organized and make sure I didn’t miss anything. That coming Monday, I ordered The Knot’s Ultimate Wedding Planner and received same day delivery (yay Amazon Prime!). Monday night, I was in business.

I glanced through the whole book and immediately noticed helpful pages, important pages, and pages that weren’t needed for our wedding. I took out the pages that I didn’t need and started reading thoroughly section by section every chance I could. (I took it on vacation with me and I even took it on a few business trips.) It was extremely overwhelming at first but all I had to do was tell myself to relax and take a deep breath. Planning a wedding shouldn’t be stressful (even though it is), it should be as easy as possible and I believe this book really helps.

It also helps to read bridal magazines. There are tons of helpful articles that can help you make your final decisions or just give you some good advice. Yes, they can be expensive if you keep buying them, but I do suggest picking a few magazines up whenever you can.

MY FAVORITE THINGS/”THE PROS” TO THE KNOT’S WEDDING PLANNER

1. THE WEDDING TIMELINE.
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There are two options; “normal” 12 month engagement and an expedited 6 month engagement. This handy timeline tells you when to look, when to book, when to send, and basically everything you should do at different times during your engagement.

2. THE AMAZING GLOSSARY PAGES.
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Almost each topic has one and it is a great help when you want to know the difference between two things or just to know the proper lingo when talking to vendors. Each glossary page has pictures correlating to the term which eliminates the need to Google.

3. THE LOVELY CHARTS & DIAGRAMS.
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This wedding planner is loaded with charts and diagrams. There’s one for who to invite, how your wedding budget should be allocated, and more. These pages really help to put everything into perspective. Especially when you’re debating if you should invite your old coworkers that you haven’t seen or talked to in over a year.

4. SUGGESTED QUESTIONS.
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When your looking at a venue or talking to a florist there are certain things you should know. However, when you’re there speaking with them that’s when those questions are forgotten. Of course you can ask more than what’s provided in this wedding planner but for the most part all the important questions are listed.

5. THE LIFESAVING CHECKLISTS.

This wedding planner has a checklist for each section and helps make sure everything gets done. Extremely helpful when there is just so much to do when planning a wedding!

6. QUICK AND EASY CONTACT PAGES.

Besides the contact pages that are inside the sections, the wedding planner starts out with a master contact sheet. Why is this so helpful? Let’s say you don’t have a wedding planner (like me, because I’m basically doing it) and on the big day your phone gets misplaced in the mayhem but you need to contact the bakery and remind them about the fresh flowers you want on top. Well, these pages will make it easy for anyone in your bridal party (put them to work!) to contact any vendor you hired. Plus its always a good idea to have important information in print, no matter how tech savvy you may be.

NOW, FOR THE CONS…

INSPIRATION PAGES

My biggest pet peeve for this book is the pre-made inspiration pages. Maybe its because I have a design background but the layout for these pages are such an eyesore! Not to mention the fact that they limit the amount of inspiration you can put on the page. I don’t know about you but I’ve been “pinning” like a madwoman for this wedding and I have WAY more than 3-4 inspiration photos for every category. These pages also have valuable information on the backside making it hard to simply remove them from the book.

QUICK FIX: 

OPTION 1: Create your own inspiration page(s) with cardstock/regular paper, use a 3 hole-punch, and add it to the binder! I used cardstock for my inspo-pages, printed the photos, cut/pasted them onto the paper, and added some call-outs.

OPTION 2: If your not a crafty person or you don’t like to cut and paste, you can always create the pages digitally. For those of you who like Photoshop, go at it. For those who don’t have access to the Adobe suite, you can use Microsoft Word or Excel.

COLOR CHIP CARD

 

I love that this book gives you color options along with listing on the backside which colors compliment them best. However, the color chips are part of the tab divider for the whole section. Meaning, if you remove any of the colors for your theme/color inspo, you basically ruined the divider. Why would they do that? My guess is to save money. Another con to this is that the colors given are very limited and they don’t include any metallics. Again, they probably did this to save some money in printing but to be honest it would be so much better it if was a separate page or two with more color options.

 

QUICK FIX: 

If you want to use the chip cars but you don’t want to lose the divider, use a binder tab insert that’s also a sheet protector. That way it doesn’t get hidden and you can store the remaining chips inside the sheet protector.

If you’re like me and your colors are not on the chip page, there’s a few options.

OPTION 1: Use Pantone swatches. You can search for the actual pantone colors here, purchase the fabric swatches here. If you want to use paper chips, they can be bought by the book or by the page here. If you have access to a Pantone book, even better!

OPTION 2: Make your own color swatches digitally using Photoshop, Illustrator or even paint! Whatever you use, make sure you have a a decent printer in order to keep the printed swatches as close as possible to the digital ones created.

OPTION 3: Make swatches from photos you find online or in magazines. Pinterest is great for this. There are tons of wedding and color themes floating around. I’ve pinned quite a few on my ‘Pretty Little Wedding Themes‘ board. Feel free to check it out, along with my other helpful boards here! Happy pinning!

OPTION 4: Visit a local craft/fabric store and shop around for ribbon, fabric, paint, or any other materials in the correct colors you want to use. Get creative! Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabrics are filled with products that are perfect for this. OR go to your closest pharmacy and find nail polish in the correct colors. 😉

LIMITED GUEST LIST

When I first sat down to put together a tentative guest list, I thought there was absolutely no way I would have more that 125 people to invite. Well, I was totally wrong. We had close to 200 people and it was shocking. However, the guest list included only allows 150. If you’re having a small wedding it’s perfect, but if not it’s pretty useless. Another thing about the guest list is that it is only for the names. There’s no space to put RSVPs or even addresses.

 

QUICK FIX: 

Create a guest list by using Microsoft Excel or google docs. This way you can keep your guest list organized and add all the information you need, including RSVPs for all the pre/post wedding parties (engagement, bridal, rehearsal dinners), meal choices, gifts received, etc. You can even keep each event on separate tabs to keep better records.

All-in-all…

 

The Knot’s Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer is extremely helpful and I would recommend it to anyone planning a wedding. As I go through planning my own wedding (YAY!) I will reference some of the helpful information and pages from this book to give more feedback.

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Behind the Scenes: Fall Bridal Launch

After weeks of planning and multiple rescheduling, a group of 16 amazing people gathered together for a photoshoot on Saturday, October 3rd. Even though it was dark and gloomy outside, we managed to keep the mood light and cheerful indoors.  Mind you, the first scheduled date was postponed due to the weather. I was not letting a little ol’ hurricane stop it this time.

I honestly don’t know what I was thinking when I first planned this shoot. I’m definitely a creature of habit because I always bite off more than I can chew, but somehow it all came together.

11 models total; 2 brides, 2 grooms, 5 bridesmaids, 1 ring bearer, & 1 flower girl. All of which I designed and made new accessories for every single model.  I didn’t even think twice about doing it, which either means I’m crazy or extremely passionate about my work.

Originally the shoot was supposed to be outside so that we could capture the historic Brooklyn Bridge shot in Dumbo. Like I said earlier, mother nature wasn’t cooperating. So I sucked it up, gathered whatever decor I could from my apartment and my friends, made some wall hangings, and voila! Wedding photoshoot decor.

The bouquets that the girls are holding were also made/arranged by myself. I took a trip to the flower district the week prior and bought a ton of silk flowers. I’m glad I did because I wouldn’t have had the time to arrange fresh flowers the morning of. Between decorating the room, styling the hair, styling the models, and directing the shoot I had barely anytime to think.

However, this day would not have happened without the talented individuals who shot the photos, applied the beautiful makeup (with next to no breaks! sorry for the marathon!), and lets not forget the models. You were all outstanding and I can not thank you enough! I seriously can’t. Another big thank you to Patty who started the day at 9:30 running around and of course helping me immensely.  All of the behind the scenes photos can be viewed in the gallery to the right. I cannot wait to launch the new accessories that were used for this shoot! Stay tuned, because “Vintage Romance” is launching soon!

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CREDITS:

Kiki

Kiki

Makeup Artist

www.makeupwithkiki.com

Tim Doyon

Tim Doyon

Photographer

timothydoyon.com

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