Introducing lifewithstyle.co

Hello! It's been a while since my last post here. The fall and winter were very busy personally and professionally. Right around the new year I began to dream up a new project based on styling and entertaining at home. It is a natural progression from my EventChic brand aptly named Life with Style. Lifewithstyle.co is a lovely space online (designed by The Whistler & The Well) featuring celebrations, inspirations, and honest insights into making a house a home. Check it out and subscribe!

Riley & Matt - Garden City, KS

Riley & Matt - Garden City, KS

How fortunate I am to do what I do - THE FUN, THE DETAILS, THE LOVE! Riley & Matt's Garden City, KS wedding had all that in abundance. During my initial consultation with Riley, I quickly learned she had a heart for vintage flare. Not the shabby/rustic chic that is being coined "vintage" these days, but true WWII era romanticism. She knew from the beginning that she wanted to incorporate her fashion designer grandmother's dress sketches from that time.

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Weddings have become more and more customized, detailed, and time consuming. In my totally biased, not so humble opinion, we have to acknowledge the role social media has played in contributing to the hyper-aware bride. This bride not only wants her day to be perfect because she's been dreaming about it her whole life, but because she can now share her day with the world via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (to only name a few). Gone are the days when a wedding photographer was just hired to make sure Uncle Bob didn't blink in the family shot on the altar after the ceremony. Now, the demands on a photographer include multiple set-ups for portraits of the bride, groom, bride and groom, wedding party, families...Don't forget to get those precious detail shots of the ceremony and reception spaces before guests arrive...Oh, and lots of candid shots that capture moments like the ones seen on Pinterest.

My goal is to create a photography timeline so that the photographer can capture as many of those happy memories and dazzling details as possible. Photographers have come up with a couple of creative solutions that you may want to consider for your big day:

THE FIRST LOOK - The First Look is when the bride and groom share a private moment before the ceremony. The photographer is there usually to capture it in somewhat of a paparazzi style so as not to intrude. More and more photographers are making a case for the First Look. Those that are fans of it say that it helps the couple relax and allows them to take pictures together before the ceremony thus alleviating some of the time crunch that can occur afterward.

THE DAY AFTER - The Day After is not as common as The First Look, but it is gaining in popularity. The Day After is a special session just for the bride and groom who usually re-dress in their wedding attire, but in an undone sort of way. For instance, the bride may wear her hair down versus the updo she sported for the wedding. The groom could choose to leave his tie untied. They could both go barefoot. The photographer should still take posed shots of the couple on the day of the wedding, but may not feel as pressured to fit everything in knowing some can be reserved for the next day.

Whether you choose to incorporate these special sessions into the mix or stick with a more traditional approach, to ensure the best photograph you should relax and enjoy each moment.

2013 AACWP My Favorite Vendor Awards

Tuesday night was spent mingling with my fellow AACWP wedding planners and honoring some of the best vendors in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Each year we nominate those wedding industry vendors who we use time and time again because they are trustworthy, professional, and make our brides and grooms happy! The top nominees are listed and the vendor with the most votes wins. So what do you get when the BEST wedding planners get together for an event? You get an elegant VIP evening at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science which just opened its doors to the public in December and is so in demand that it is already booked through May. You get a visual showcase of the best in linens, floral, and lighting. But mostly, you get a lot of fun (and food)!

THE NOMINEES ARE (winners are underlined):

BAKERY - Dallas Affaires Cake Company; Fancy Cakes by Lauren; Panini Bakery and Cakes

INVITATIONS - Chips and Salsa Designs; Paper and Chocolate; Southern Fried Paper

TRANSPORTATION - Blue Diamond Limos; Premier Transportation; Romantic Remembrances; Wynne Transportation

VIDEOGRAPHER - Candlelight Films; Hakim Sons Films; Soulbox Productions

OFFICIANT - Rabbi David Gruber, Interfaith Wedding Rabbi; Ken Byrd, Love Notes Weddings; Marty Younkin, Love Notes Weddings

LIGHTING - Absolute Lighting; Beyond; Switch Event Lighting and Design

HAIR & MAKEUP - Elan Makeup Studio; Haute Facade; My Fabulous Faces

BRIDAL SALON - Lulu's Boutique; Neiman Marcus; Stardust Celebrations

DISC JOCKEY - Brian Prescott, Simply Music; Glenn Roush, Glenn Roush Entertainment; Randal Stout, Randal Stout Entertainment

BAND - Cuvee; Signed Sealed Delivered; The Project

CEREMONY SITE - Highland Park United Methodist Church; Perkins Chapel; Robert Carr Chapel

RECEPTION SITE - Arlington Hall; Marie Gabrielle; The Adolphus; The Ashton Depot

LINEN RENTALS - BBJ Linen; La Tavola; P.O.S.H

RENTALS - Ducky-Bob's Event Specialists; M & M Special Events; Shag Carpet

CATERER - Culinary Art Catering; Food Glorious Food; Gil's Elegant Catering

PHOTOGRAPHER - F8 Sudio; Jennifer Yarbro Photography; Joseph Mark Photography; Perez Photography

FLORAL DESIGN - Bella Flora of Dallas; Branching Out Floral and Event Design; The Garden Gate; The Wildflower

Cheers to all the nominees! I thank you for sharing the same dedication to your clients as I do. No one knows more than a planner how important your unique talents are to a successful wedding.

 

Amanda & Ryan

I have so many reasons to celebrate and be thankful for today (and in general). Today is my brother's 29th birthday! It is also the day I get to blog about my very first client! Amanda and I used to work together at the job I left to start EventChic. Just as I was making plans for my big move she was making plans for her big day. She had her vision: burlap, lace, candles, mason jars, lanterns, and baby's breath. Now me being the flower lover that I am, I said ever so sensitively I'm sure, "Baby's breath? That's it? Are you sure? What about..." Nope, she is not a flower lover and knew she wanted rustic decor in an urban setting. In other words, she was one of the first brides to usher in that trend. So for that I give her mad props. So what did she need me for? Well, I had just finished my floral design courses and was talking about including that in my service offerings and she asked if I would be willing to execute her baby's breath vision. Thus, I gained my fist client!

Amanda and Ryan got engaged June 2011 and were married on June 16, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. They selected Event1013 as their reception site for its exposed brick, beams, concrete floors, and lots of places to put candles. In other words, the perfect urban spot that could be a little bit country, too. Cheers!