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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring is Almost Here - Tulips & Tulle Inspiration Board

Hello everyone,

Spring is just around the corner! I know it may not feel like it right now because of these cold snaps we've been having BUT I've started my garden seeds, and it was nice enough to throw open the windows today! The fresh air inspired me to write a blog about my idea of the perfect spring wedding.

I love tulips and I love tulle! So putting those two aesthetics together would be my personal spring-fling dream wedding. Of course, tulips come in so many beautiful colors from yellow to purple. For me, a monochromatic color scheme in peach would be perfect!

The salmon/peach color palette is so hot right now, so it we be lovely to have a monochromatic peach design representing the perfect spring wedding. I would go as far as trying to find a classic car in salmon, and varying shades of tulips and some blush colored roses for floral. I really love the "organic" or messy style of floral arrangements.

Below is an inspiration board I've created using these elements for a romantic, spring wedding. Enjoy!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Vendor Spotlight - Ultimate Events

For 2014, I have the pleasure of working with Ultimate Events again several times again this year. I'm very excited because I'm doing quite a few weddings where we are going to need to bring everything in, from tenting to decor to catering supplies.

I'm glad that Ultimate Events will be my rental vendor because they always make the process go so smoothly.  They show up on time, make sure the order is accurate and have a fabulous system to create reliable floor-plans! All of these things make my job as a planner logistically easier.

Last spring, I had the pleasure of visiting the Ultimate Events showroom. (I also took a peek at the warehouse where they store all of their fabulous rental items!)During the tour,  my contact, Allison Munsell, told me all about their new location in Plymouth.

We talked about how Ultimate Events specializes in a variety of items, from specialty chairs like Chiavari, to catering equipment. It was fabulous to see their showroom set up with some of the major trends for the wedding season. My favorite was the table-scape with burlap, branches and a birdcage centerpiece! I think the push towards natural elements is very rewarding. Going "green" is beautiful and you can see it in the trends this year.

During our meeting we talked all about our different roles. Allison is very important to planners because often she can spot gaps in a client's order. She makes sure to ask the appropriate questions so that all of bases are covered. Believe me when I say this is the type of professionalism you want on your side when planning such an important event!

In my opinion, Ultimate Events has the best selection of linens, overlays, chaircovers and napkins. All of these are so important when it comes to creating event ambiance, so having a large selection to choose from means designing one of kind weddings! 

All of the photos in this post feature wedding rentals by Ultimate Events. As you can see, they have lovely selection, quality service and great pricing. They will be my on my preferred vendor list forever!

Happy Planning!


Thursday, January 9, 2014


This past November, I had the opportunity to further my education as a wedding planner. Amy Rubins, Owner of Fete Perfection offers WEDUCATION via Bellagala to aspiring wedding planners and veteran planners alike!

I think it is always a great idea to take a peek at how other industry experts are running their businesses. This was a great opportunity to look at the way Wonderful Day Weddings LLC operates and in what areas improvement would be welcomed. I learned some great techniques to further my ability to be a successful professional.

WEDUCATION starts by asking a fundamental question. "Why do you want to be a wedding planner?" For me, it is about a high energy career that uses both my creative talents and organizational abilities in a really wonderful way!

Being a part of someone's wedding is much more personal than planning non-profit events, festivals or corporate meetings, all of which I've planned. No two weddings are the same because of the details each couple puts into place. I absolutely love that!

The truth is, wedding planners do a lot of unglamorous things and we're on our feet for at least 12 hours during the wedding day. First one in, last one out! That is another reason why I chose to take WEDUCATION. It's great to hear about challenges that other planners have faced and how they handled the situation. Having those stories as references might help if I'm in a similiar situation someday.

WEDUCATION didn't just focus on the basics of wedding planning. There was a great workshop that helped us understand important catering fundamentals. Like how to properly set a table, do a pocket folded napkin and space the chairs. Although planners don't typically perform catering duties, it is important to understand the logistics of it because as a planner you must wear many different hats.

In addition to interesting business discussions, we met vendors from each wedding category. It was informative to hear about what services they offer, and their company's planning processes. Making networking connections in this industry is an important part of planning, so I'm happy to go to an event or course that offers this opportunity!

All in all, I'm glad I decided to do the WEDCUATION through Bellagala. I've decided to implement some of the businesses practices that I learned about and I'm excited about the connections I've made with other industry professionals.

Happy Planning,

Monday, December 16, 2013

Vendor Spotlight - La De Da Photography

Hello everyone,

I had the wonderful experience of working with La De Da Photography at Camrose Hill Farm for a beautiful August 2013 wedding! I would certainly recommend Melissa Mlejneck as a professional, creative photographer. What makes her so special is that she uses film photography, which is kind-of a lost art these days. I asked her to answer a few questions about her business so that the rest of you can get to know her and La De Da. Enjoy!

1) Why did you decide to start La De Da Photography and what services do you provide?
I started my love for capturing moments especially when I had my 3 boys. I always loved looking at pictures, as a child I always felt like it was this whole new world to live through. I would sit for hours, as a kid, looking through old photographs. I decided to begin services for others, when I had friends and other people tell me how much I made their pictures feel easy and effortless. I love what I do for a living! Capturing the most important stages, the fleeting moments during a wedding day, is amazing! Watching a family grow is one my ultimate favorite things to do as a photographer.

2) What would you say best describes your style of photography? Why is this the medium you chose? 

My style is most definitely described as spontaneous. I am always on the look out for something extraordinary, and those special moments that happen very quickly. My main media of choice is medium format film. I am very connected to film, the way my camera sounds when I click the shutter is sort of addicting! Shooting film also keeps me very connected to my surroundings. Each roll has 16 frames. I can choose what I love, and unlike digital, you can shoot so many frames and then edit them later. Although I do use my digital camera for the night shots, and I love looking at new and old camera's. So I am a bit of mixed media gal.

 3) What are your favorite things about being a photographer? 
Being able to convey what I see, into art for my clients. Or when my clients receive their custom designed wedding book, and tell me how they can re-live their day over and over. It's an amazing career to be able to do this for a living.

4) What are your plans for La De Da Photography? 
My plans are to always be a high quality artist, and never sacrifice quality for anyone. To also, always be inspired by all the great artists in this world.To capture my life around me, as I see it.

 5) What advice do you have for couples on their wedding day? 
I would say the number one piece of advice I can give brides and grooms is to please hire a planner! You would not believe how much smoother the day goes when you have a planner. The planners really do know what it takes to make the day seem effortless for you and your immediate family. They truly do keep track of all those little details, so you, and your family members can also enjoy your day. Your wedding day is a reflection of who you are as a couple, and you want it to be a reflection of fun, and relaxed atmosphere for your guest. The event will have an amazing energy when the Bride and Groom are relaxed and not worrying about when vendors arrive, etc.

(Can I just add an AMEN here?!!)

 6) What locations are you available for? 
I have traveled to International places for weddings, such as Italy, Costa Rica, Venice. Also National states, I love, love, love to travel. I consider my self a "local" photographer for other states. I will travel anywhere for weddings.

7) What equipment do you use and why?
I am primarily a film shooter. I use a Contax645 which is a medium format camera. I also use a 35mm film and digital camera. I have all the necessary lenses to capture those really quick moments. I was mainly taught with fast lenses, and love using them to this day.
8) Are there any photographers that have influenced you and helped you develop your particular style?
 I adore Sally Mann. As an artist she is very raw, and individualized. I love looking at Vivian Maier and, of course, one of the great photojounalists, Henry Cartier Bresson. Keeping connected to art is very important for my inspiration. I love checking out new artists in local museums, or book stores too.
9) How do you capture the important candid moments of a wedding?
I am always on the look out for moments that are about to happen, it's really a keen eye being able to anticipate those fleeting moments. It also comes with just making people feel comfortable, almost like I am not there.

10) What is the development process for La De Da? How soon can clients expect their photos?
  The very first image, they are most likely to see on my blog. I will pick one favorite picture. From that point, they will receive a proofing gallery to view their wedding images. They will be free to pass the gallery on to friends and family. The process of developing, they are likely to see images 4-6 weeks after the event.
I hope this snapshot of La De Da Photography inspires you to check her out. Especially if you're considering the medium of film photography, which is a niche these days!

Happy planning, everyone!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Oooooohhhh! That's Super Cute!

Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk about a few super cute and functional ideas to add creative details to your wedding. My first pick is Menu Set Rubber Stamps from Paper Source. This set features a stamp for chicken, beef, pork, fish, and vegetarian!

Menu Set from Paper Source
What a great way to mark each escort card so catering knows which meal each guest ordered. Many times, I've done the color coding for escort cards but I think this is better because it cuts out a step for catering. Instead of having to remember which color represents each dish, catering can just look at the escort card emblem. Like I said, super cute and functional!

The other thing I'm really grooving on right now is having a large framed engagement photo act as a guest book. Each guest can sign their well wishes on the photo mat board that surrounds the picture of the couple.

Not only do you get to show off your gorgeous engagement photo at the wedding, later on you can replace it with one of your wedding photos and hang it in your ho
me. How wonderful to be reminded of your guests well wishes every day!

I truly hope I've inspired.

Happy planning!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Vendor Spotlight -Minneapolis Club Wedding

Today, I need to gush about one of the most sophisticated venues in the state - The Minneapolis Club! The old world architecture of this building, coupled with its' downtown Minneapolis location makes it the perfect place to host a chic, vintage style wedding.  In June of 2013, I had the pleasure of doing a wedding and reception at this location.

First of all, Holly - the Bride, has impeccable taste. She chose to have a vintage, yet ethereal, event design. The beautiful blush tone of her wedding gown was absolutely gorgeous! It takes a very special bride to pull off this ballet style ballgown with miles of tulle and hints of pink. In addition to her unique wedding dress, Holly incorporated a beautiful, pale mint into the mix by staggering her bridesmaids' gowns. Some were blush and others were mint. The combination was heavenly!

The ceremony was lovely, filled with fantastic music. Her cousins played the violin and piano, providing classical prelude, processional and recessional music. A family friend played a solo on his acoustic guitar to Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" and they incorporated many beautiful Jewish traditions into the ceremony. Both parents escorted the bride to the Chuppah and once married, Shawn did the classic breaking of the glass. Mazel Tov!

The flowers were an amazing accent that highlighted the sophistication and elegance of the Minneapolis Club. She chose pink peonies, roses, ranunculus and gypsum for the bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres. The same flowers were used to adorn the Chuppah and for the table centerpieces. Richfield Flowers and Events did an amazing job with all of the floral decor! In addition to florals, Holly included 36" pale pink balloons to flank the entrance and doorway of the ceremony site.

After the wedding, the bride and groom decided to do a modern take on the Jewish tradition of "seclusion." They hosted themselves and their wedding party in the Minneapolis Club Pub for cocktails and hors d'oevres. The rest of the guests enjoyed cocktails in the library across from the main ballroom where both the ceremony, and later, the reception were held.

Following cocktails, guests made their way upstairs for an amazing plated dinner. The Minneapolis Club has a customizable menu and everyone was raving about the cuisine. Of course, the fantastic centerpieces, table numbers, and menus created the perfect vintage ambiance.

While guests were enjoying their dinner, the ambitious staff of the Minneapolis Club was busy turning the ceremony space into a ballroom for the dance. Afterward, the guests moved back downstairs.
We hired Slip Twister, a local wedding band, to play the reception. They have a huge repertoire of music and even played "The Horah" a traditional Jewish dance.

In addition to the fantastic band, Holly and Shawn brought in a photo-booth and guests loved putting on silly props and taking pictures of themselves. The reception kept going until the lights were turned on! It was so lovely to be a part of such a lively night filled with rich traditions.

I truly hope I've inspired!

Happy planning!


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Emerging Trends: Dance Performance/Lessons at the Reception

Hello, hello, hello! Well, it has been an absolute "rush, rush, rush" kind of a wedding season. Therefore, I have been mega-slacking on my blog and Facebook page. Kids, weddings, kids, weddings, it's all a dizzying tornado. So there ya go.

Tonight I found some time to report on this new trend I've been seeing at the weddings I've coordinated. Many couples are doing a coordinated dance that reflects their favorite form of dance. Believe me, this really gets people out on the dance floor whether it is honoring a cultural tradition or just a bygone era! Who doesn't like to watch an inspiring performance by the happy couple, get a lesson on how to do it,
and then try out some moves with that cute groomsman?

Here are a few ideas to try if you're an adventurous bride.

1) Swing Dancing - I know that this type of dance really lends itself to a fact pace, and it's hard to imagine a couple doing their "first dance" to this type of music. However, there are plenty of sensual, slow songs that you can swing dance to. Especially if you take lessons in a plethora of genres such as Lindy-Hop, West Coast, and Balboa. Make sure to include your guests by providing a 30 minute lesson with some basic swing moves and you'll have your guests dancing all night!

2) Salsa Dancing - Muy Caliente! This one is perfect for the couple that wants to spice things up. You don't have to have Latino heritage to appreciate this fantastic dance style. Of course, if you were going for an ethnic Latino vibe including salsa would be so awesome! It would make a phenomenal "first dance" with sultry, Samba music. Again, include a lesson for all the newbies and watch the party go late in to the night!

3) Belly Dancing - This ancient, sensual dance lends itself more to a performance rather than having your guests (especially the men) belly dancing all evening. If you're a bride that has mastered this art form, it would be a wonderful surprise to treat your groom to a sassy dance routine or have a belly dance troupe perform while guests are enjoying appetizers and cocktails.

4) Line Dancing/Square Dancing - Having a barn wedding is very popular all over the country. Making the evening a "down home" affair by offering up some classic country melodies would be fabulous! Johnny Cash, George Straight, Lady Antebellum...so many great songs to choose from. Incorporating line dancing for upbeat songs would be sure to keep the crowd on the dance floor all night! Or maybe, kick it up a notch and hire a blue grass band with a caller and teach everyone to square dance. I can't think of a more perfect way to encompass the country theme at your reception!

5) Irish Jig - Many people with Irish roots choose to display their Celtic pride by incorporating a wedding with a green color scheme, kilts, and bagpipers. However, having bagpipers usually only entails the ceremony. What about keeping the Irish vibe going by having an Irish Pub band play upbeat jigs and melancholy ballads? Again, having a lesson or performance would be the best way to welcome guests that may not be familiar with this style of music.

These are just a few ideas for highlighting your heritage at the reception. Music really sets the mood, and having a great performance or dance instruction will be sure to wow your guests! Doing something different that honors family roots is a fantastic way to have an unforgettable celebration.

I truly hope that I've inspired.

Happy planning,