Archive for June, 2011

Thanks to our AMAZING brides and grooms, we have once again been qualified as “WeddingWire Rated” for 2011! Not only are we rated, we’ve achieved Gold Status for having 25 reviews!

This achievement means so much to us because it comes from the support of our couples! I’m not sure if you all know just how much you mean to us, but you are so much more than just “clients” to us! : )

To see all the sweet words our couples have written, you can click on the badge below!

This Wedding Wednesday, we wanted to introduce you to the lovely Heather, better known as The Majestic Planner! We met up for lunch recently and talked about all things wedding and I have to tell you that she’s a brilliant woman full of vision!

There are a lot of people out there who can help you with your wedding. They may be called day of coordinators, planners, consultants… it can get confusing! So I asked Heather to share exactly what she does as The Majestic Planner.

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Many people think of an event planner/coordinator and think of someone who plans banquets or weddings but that is it. They have no idea what is all entailed in the title, so after reading this blog, you will know exactly what I do.

~ Did you know that a traditional wedding takes more than 250 hours to plan?
With our busy lifestyles, constantly going, working, etc. it can be extremely hard to find an additional 250+ hours to plan your wedding. I help take a bulk of the hours off of you so you get exactly what you want without having to sacrifice and locate the extra time.

~ Who will establish your personalized planning timeline?
Whether you have 2 years or 5 months to plan your wedding, each wedding and event needs its own personalized planning timeline. I provide each of my clients with one, meeting their needs for their specific event, this way each aspect is gone over, nothing is missed and you do not have to rush getting things done.

~ What about newspaper announcements, your engagement photo shoot, and Save the Dates?
Do you plan on having your engagement and wedding announcements in the newspaper? What about your engagement photos and Save the Dates? I will schedule your appointments, such as the photo session, as well as can remind you about, make and/or send out your Save the Date announcements.

~ Who will manage your budget?
One of the major impacts on events is the budget. No matter what your event budget, I provide each client with their own personalized budget tracker and keep track of it for them. This allows them to see where the money is going, how much is left, and where they can spend a little extra if desired.

~ Who will help you with choosing your colors, themes and decorations?
Although some brides have picked out their colors and/or theme already, some have no idea where to start. I can provide assistance with color and theme choice as well as creative decor ideas. Whether vintage or contemporary, there is no limit to the creativeness I can assist you with.

~ Are you ready and organized to make your guest list, pick out the invitation style, address the envelopes, and keep track of RSVP’s?
I do this too!! To make your life easier, you can have them RSVP directly to me, or you can forward them to me so you do not have to keep up with every number for every small detail.

~ What about keeping up with contracts for vendors, making sure they do what you wanted, and delivering their final payments?
From accompanying you to vendor appointments, to referring highly recommended vendors for your event, I personally make sure the vendors do exactly what they are supposed to do from being set up in the right spot to making sure the DJ plays all the right songs. No need to worry about the final payments at the last minute either, as you can give them to me to be delivered so you can truly enjoy your day.

~ Who will help you with the menu for your reception?
A very important part of your event is the food. From menu selection to tasting and ordering, I will be there with you every step of the way.

~ What about styling your wedding?
Wedding party dresses, table settings, centerpieces, and decor, nothing describes this other than your wedding style. Each event has its unique style that sets them apart from everything else, and with a strong sense of fashion I am able to benefit you in this area as well.

~ Do you only have your venue for a short time, and you do not know how you will get all the festivities done in that time frame?
Do not worry! I make your day-of timeline so all festivities will be just the way you wanted with more than enough time for everything. If something causes the timeline to get behind, I adjust accordingly so you enjoy your day and still get everything you dreamt of.

~ Who is going to set up your venue on your big day?
From decorating and setting up to making sure the flowers, food and cake are delivered and set up exactly as you imagined. Your friends and family can enjoy your big day with you, and leave the details to me.

~ What about your rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner?
It is imperative to have an experienced professional walk everyone through the ceremony at the rehearsal. This will give the Bride a piece of mind so she knows everyone knows what they are doing, and the party can be more relaxed knowing what to do. Following the rehearsal is the rehearsal dinner. If you need plans to be made for the dinner, I can also make these plans for you and your wedding party and family.

~ Who will make sure YOU are happy and YOUR day is all about YOU?
The end result is that your event is essentially about YOU! From making sure the bride has everything she needs, to helping her calm down, dry tears, kindly kick out occasional people if needed (yes, believe it or not this can happen) and relieve stress, I am here to make your day all about YOU!!

To sum it up….An event/wedding planner/coordinator is a mediator, consultant, sounding board, decorator, stylist…an organizer, artisan and a financial adviser all rolled into one.

Ultimately, I am one person with a large variety of titles and duties which fall under one category….Event Coordinator / Celebration Specialist.

While we were in Jamaica, Emily & Bart’s Jacksonville engagement photos were featured the fun wedding blog “Fab You Bliss Weddings!” How exciting!! Thanks so much to Stephanie for the feature (and for your entertaining writing style!). : )

With less than two weeks to go until Emily & Bart’s big day, we’re anxious to share even more photos of this gorgeous couple! For now, here’s a look back at their engagement photos!

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We just returned from 5 incredible days in Jamaica with Lisa and Omar and their friends and family. Lisa and Omar had their wedding at Moon Dance Cliffs in Negril, a breathtaking boutique hotel set among beautiful seaside cliffs. It was a gorgeous setting for a wedding, and the entire week was a celebration.

We can’t wait to do a full preview of their wedding, but first we have a sneak peek for you!

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As a wedding photographer, I find that it’s the subtle things that are the most powerful. A simple glance, gesture, or expression can change everything about an image, and those are the things that my husband and I look for on a wedding day. Those are the moments that really tell the story.

One of my favorite things to observe on the wedding day is the interaction between fathers and daughters as they walk down the aisle.

Father walking daughter down the aisle

I love the expression as he looks at his little girl, knowing that he’s about to give her away…

Father walking daughter down the aisle

… and the feeling of pride for the woman that she has become.

Father walking daughter down the aisle

It’s so moving when the bride takes a moment to say “Thank you, daddy, for always being there.”

Father walking daughter down the aisle

And my favorite moment of all — that hug at the end of the aisle that says, “No matter what, you will ALWAYS be my little girl.” Doesn’t that just tug at your heartstrings?

Father walking daughter down the aisle

So on your wedding day, take a little extra time as you walk down the aisle. Take in every moment and cherish it, because it passes by so fast.

Last week was so exciting, because all week long the inspiration shoot that we shot last February was featured on the bWed Exclusive blog!

featured on bWed Exclusive

Since there were 3 different sets for the inspiration shoot, each one was featured on a different day. You can view each feature below:

Pink & White “Girly Glam”

Green & Black “Feathers + Lace”

Red & Gray “Hollywood Glam”

And my favorite part of the week was Alexandra’s own spin on the inspiration shoot where she created inspiration boards with additional details such as bridesmaids dresses, wedding stationery, and signature desserts and cocktails!! LOVE!!!

Wedding inspiration boards

See all the inspiration boards created by bWed Exclusive here.

Thanks so much to Alexandra at bWed Exclusive for the feature, and of course to all of the amazing vendors that were involved in the shoot! Can’t wait to do this again!


Coordinated and Style by Made of Honor Weddings
Venue: Hidden Hills Country Club
Floral Design by Angie Gay Davis of S & A Weddings and Events
Napkin Rings from Remarkable Rhinestone (as seen on My Fair Wedding with David Tutera)
Linens by Melissa Hyderali of Royalty Events
Chairs from Cassandra Cherneski of Flaire Weddings and Events
Cake Design by Trisha Millican of Metro Custom Cakes
Makeup by Lindsey Wirht
Hair by Kasey Blake
Our beautiful model – Leah Ashley M.

I’m giddy with excitement about sharing this wedding today! Melissa & Josh’s wedding at the River House in St. Augustine was filled with so much emotion, and looking at their images just makes me feel so warm and lovey! Family is very important to both of them, and we saw such an outpouring of love on their wedding day. Some moments were tender and sweet while others were joyous and playful. I love the expressions throughout the day, from teary eyes to wild laughter. It was one of those weddings that was such a great time you wish it would never end!

To add special meaning to their day, Melissa & Josh incorporated a lot of personal elements. They had an interfaith ceremony to honor each other’s religious beliefs. Melissa wore her mother’s wedding veil and some of her lace (how sweet is that?!). In addition to a guest book they also had a wishing tree. As guests arrived, they shared their words of love, support, and wisdom and hung them on the tree. It was such a cute and personal idea!

Melissa & Josh just returned from their honeymoon in Mexico, so help us welcome them back by leaving some love down in the comments! If you were a guest at the wedding, what was your favorite moment from their wedding day? There were so many, but I think my favorite moment was during the ceremony when Melissa looked up at Josh with the most adoring look! It was priceless!

We also have to mention that we worked with the most amazing team of wedding vendors for Melissa & Josh’s wedding! It was such a pleasure working with all of you on such a special occasion:


Venue: The River House
Wedding Planner: Sarah Crenshaw Grace of The BIG Event
Officiants: Reverend Mike Hailey & Rabbi Barry Altman
Ketubah Artist: Judith Joseph
Hair Stylist: Beauty by Alison LeeAnn
Makeup Artist: Artistry By Erin
DJ: McGee Entertainment
Cake Designer: Dream Theme Custom Cakes
Caterer: Moore Fine Foods

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We are so thrilled to share that the inspiration shoot we shot last month was featured on Wedding Row Charlotte this week! The shoot was styled by our lovely friend and talented wedding planner Nancy Mazzucco of I Do Wedding Consulting. I can still smell the sweet scent of the peonies (DI-VINE). What a fun time we had that day!

Congratulations to Nancy and thank you so much to Wedding Row Charlotte for the feature!

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