I have planned hundreds of events ranging from socials, corporate events, fundraisers, and weddings. Recently I planned my first vow renewal and cannot even begin to explain how wonderful it was to watch a couple recommit their love to one another after 25 years. To be completely honest, I am not a hearts and flowers kind of girl, and I am not one who is overly obsessed with romance. I know I know…but I am a wedding planner…how can this be?! Even though I may not be your typical girly girl, there is a moment in every one of my clients’ weddings that touches me. It gives me a glimpse into their love, commitment to each other and their future. It is so great to watch people embark into this new journey of marriage together.
Although I see people in love get married quite often, I think it is pretty rare to see a couple who has been married for 25 years that are just as in love as they were on their wedding day. The whole vow renewal experience absolutely touched me. At the event several family members and friends had toasts that described the couple’s amazing love for one another. I wanted to share a couple things I heard that I thought were truly special: ”It doesn’t take just love to keep a marriage together, but an unbreakable bond like they have” ”Thank you for showing me such a wonderful representation of what a strong and happy marriage can look like.”…”We are constantly reminded through them that there is such a thing as soul mates.” So congrats to Denise and Bob…Cheers to another 25 blissful years. Thank you for showing me how to make a marriage work.
When I tell people what I do I often get the same response, “Wow what a stressful job.” I always smile and explain to them how I handle stress well and I do what I love so it makes it all worth it. Then, people start to go on and on about how glamorous my job must be. People’s responses are always so funny to me. While I love my job 100% and cannot imagine doing anything else, I wouldn’t exactly call it glamorous. Ask anyone who has seen me running around and sweating while tying bows on 200 chairs while it is 110 degrees out…not to glam. The reality of wedding planning is: not everything will work out perfectly. There are so many moving elements to an event and so much happening at one time, there is bound to be a hiccup. One of the most important parts of my job is to come up with a solution when this happens. I am the one who makes those quick decisions for my bride that creates a great end solution and removes the stress from her.
A perfect example of an unforeseen hiccup occurred last weekend. I was working a 25th Anniversary vow renewal at the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas. We had picked this venue for their 108th floor space showcasing the breathtaking view of the strip. On the day of the event I was walking to the elevator with the centerpieces when I was promptly stopped. I was informed that the tower had blown a fuse and there had been an emergency evacuation. My heart sank and I was in shock. However, I quickly gathered my thoughts and worked with the hotel managers to find solution. The hotel was able to give us a new space to hold our event, but sadly it was only on the 24th floor, losing most of our view.
When things like this happen you have to take a minute and realize there is absolutely nothing anyone can do; it is out of my hands. So, I took a deep breath and rolled with our new Plan B. I quickly coordinated vendors and guests with the new plan. Besides losing the view, another bummer was the fact that all of our really cool rentals had been delivered the night before and were stuck up on the 110th floor with no way for me to get them down. I was able to get a hold of the rental company and have more rentals quickly delivered. We lost a few unique pieces that they did not have duplicates of, but lucky my bride was understanding of the situation. She understood that some things are out of our control and she made the best of the situation. Fast-forward a few hours later to our beautiful event. Everything ended up going completely smoothly. I received multiple comments about how you would have never known this was a “Plan B” and how perfectly everything turned out. I may have had to run around like a crazy person for a few hours, but my bride and groom were able to focus on what was really important. They were able to focus on each other and the excitement recommitting to one another. That is what makes my job worth it for me, allowing myself to take the stress off of the couple and allow them to have their perfect moment.
Who doesn’t love Kate Spade? Her purses and accessories are a girl’s best friend…but did you know she also has a bridal accessories line? Check out this awesome wedding tote bag, perfect for all of your items on your big day as well as for your carry on for when you fly off into the blue skies for your honeymoon. Inscribed with Sidekicks, Peas in a Pod, Perfect Pear, Birds of a Feather, Two of a Kind, Partners in Crime, Best Friend. Not only is this bag super adorable but practical as well!
Looking through Kleinfield’s Fall 2013 wedding dresses one trend in particular really stood out to me…blush undertones. I love fashion…it is a way to express yourself and physically wear art on your body. I am not your traditional dressing girl, I like to push the limits a bit and think outside of the box. So, the non-traditional wedding dress is something that I LOVE. The blush undertones are a great way to spice up your dress. Take a look at these g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s dresses below!
Dresses top left clockwise: Lazaro, Pnina Tornai, Mark Zunino, Romona Keveza
I now pronounce you husband and wife…now time for your very first pictures as a married couple. There are so many amazing aspects of your wedding day; you don’t want to forget any of it. That is why selecting a photographer that you trust and feel comfortable around is a must! Don’t be afraid to have fun, be a bit silly, and maybe even push the limits a little 😉
To say the Alluring team loves taking pictures is an understatement…we probably take at least one picture a day. Pictures are just such a great way to capture memories that you can keep forever. Engagement photos should show your personality. They do not need to be stuffy and perfectly posed; they should be fun and full of love. These are the pictures that are announcing your marriage. They should show both your personalities and excitement for the long and beautiful road ahead of you.
If you asked me to tell you what my dream wedding would be like I would describe my exact wedding day. Elegance and simplicity come to mind when thinking of an ideal wedding, which is exactly what mine was. My husband and I were married in the Fall of 2012 at a beautiful venue in Lake Tahoe. Location was on the top of our list; however, we both had very different ideas of what we wanted. I love the beach, and the most important thing to him was to be near a golf course. One place that we both agreed that we loved was Lake Tahoe. After much research and many site visits we chose a golf course in the mountains of Tahoe. Luckily, it also happened to be five minutes from the beach so we were able to take our pictures there. My inspiration board is a combination of my wedding and also some details I wish I would have added. Our colors were a mix of eggplant and grey…I like how the contrast between dark and light colors really stands out and looks beautiful in pictures. I really wanted the flowers to remain neutral with only a few pops of color. Every girl knows your wedding dress is one of the most important details of your wedding. Personally, I love the look of a very form fitted dress with a subtle amount of details. If I was to do anything differently I would have started with adding a cigar bar. This appeals to the men, and also some women, and creates a great social gathering place. If I were to give a bride some advice it would be to remember that this is one day that you want to perfect…in order for that to happen you have to surround yourself with the people you love and remember to just have fun.
August 1st, 2010 was the most incredible and memorable day of my life. I married my best friend, the love of my life, the man of my dreams. My husband, Nick, is all I could have ever hoped and prayed for and more. I am one blessed girl to be his wife! I will start by saying that our wedding was beautiful, however, I was so ecstatic about being married that I wasn’t overtaken by all the details. Although, there are many aspects I would design differently looking back, I am so thankful that my heart was more invested in the marriage ahead than planning the perfect party.
These pictures are a mix of my wedding day, and the things that I would do differently. I love soft, neutral colors with a vintage and rustic feel. I love the picture of my husband on the left with his vows because writing our own personal vows to each other was so important to us and made saying “I do” so much more special since they came from our hearts. I also loved our wedding favors. We had personalized CD’s made with “our” songs on them, and used them as our place cards for our guests to find their seats. I get butterflies when I think back on this magical day! I hope this inspires you in your planning and that you allow us to be apart of this exciting process!
Working in this industry has really opened my eyes to all the amazing possibilities there are to make your wedding day unique. I always dreamed of a ‘Winter Wonderland’ wedding, but as I grew and as my relationship with my boyfriend grew, that vision has evolved into something more personal and fitting of both our personalities. I was raised in a suburban neighborhood and, like most little girls, loved dolls and barbies and playing house. I was your typical girly girl. My boyfriend, Mark, was raised on the central coast where he rode horses, went on cattle drives, and lived for being outdoors…you could say he was the typical boys boy. While we were raised a little differently we both have a love for camping, hiking and being in the mountains. We love nature and experiencing new and exciting things together.
When thinking about what our wedding day, he was never too crazy about the ‘Winter Wonderland’ theme, and I don’t blame him…it’s a bit girly and fairytale-ish. I want our wedding day to incorporate both of our personalities and be unique and special to us as a couple. As you can see from my inspiration board, I tried to combine the country/rustic details with the classic/elegant details. Along with the normal ‘inspiration board’ pictures I wanted to include the little things that show our personalities. We both have a love of food (especially beer and burgers) so I loved the appetizer tray. And along with our deep love for each other, we also have a love of laughter and are always having a good time. I want our day to not only be memorable, but fun as well. Life should be full of love and laughter and we can’t wait to share that special day with the people that mean the most to us.
Every little girl dreams about their wedding day, what it will be like and who they will marry. I was no exception. Except my dream wedding when I was 7 years old included unicorns, rainbows, a huge poofy dress, and purple flowers everywhere…and I mean everywhere. As much as I would love a wedding just like that now, I’m sure my boyfriend would not feel the same. My boyfriend and I are different in so many ways, I am more laid back go with the flow and he is a man with a plan. Thankfully when it comes to planning our dream wedding, the differences seem to merge quite nicely. Our vision for the perfect wedding is very simple, classic, clean, and romantic. This is why we chose all black and white, the epitome of classic colors. Not that we do not like all of the trendy colors and themes that are all around us, but we wanted to make sure our wedding as timeless as possible. Of course I want our wedding to reflect us as a couple and I do not want anyone to think we are BORING. So little touches such as a midnight snack of root beer floats, cookies and milk, mini cheeseburgers and fries, as well as a little pop of color and a fun pattern thrown in will be a must. We really just want our day to feel elegant and focus on our love, friends, and the joining of our two families.