A & J

Ashley-Anne and Jason's love story is a Nicholas Sparks novel come to life. They met in high school, but didn't give each other much thought since they ran in different social circles. Then became reacquainted during orientation week at Furman University, Greenville, SC with sparks flying immediately. After a somewhat tumultuous first year, they were inseparable until graduation when they learned Jason would be serving our country in Germany and Ashley-Anne would also be serving through the Teach for America program in Florida. Though the distance was paramount, their love for each other was steadfast and strong. Ashley-Anne spent part of her summer vacation with Jason traveling around Europe. And on a gondola in Rome, he asked her to be his forever.

Timing and distance was still an issue when it came to planning and setting a date. Although Ashley-Anne always dreamed of a summer wedding, Jason would not be available until December. With the preppy, modern summer wedding out of reach, she turned to me for help for a romantic, glitzy winter wedding. It was important to her that the wedding was full of personal details that celebrated their story.

It was my challenge to come up with a design that was romantic and glitzy, but in a modern minimalist sort of way. We kept the color palette soft and muted and kept the floral selection simple with roses and hydrangeas. Instead of ignoring the season, we embraced it by using lots of candlelight and reflective elements.

The ceremony was held on December 22, 2012 at Glassy Mountain Chapel in Landrum, SC. The views were breathtaking. We didn't want to over design the chapel because it was so naturally beautiful.

The celebration continued in the Gold Ballroom at the Westin Poinsett Hotel in Downtown Greenville, SC. One of my favorite moments was the father/daughter dance. The uber fun and talented 7Once band customized a version of "Always Be My Baby" to be from the father to his daughter - so super sweet! Plus, Ashley-Anne's father has got serious moves! In fact, later in the night, he was teaching guests how to do "The Worm!"

The night was full of beauty, fun, and mostly love. Cheers to Ashley-Anne and Jason!

To see more (and there is a lot more to see) check back soon for my new addition to the site - I'm working on a Portfolio!

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!

Ryan and Teena Celebrate 10 Years - VIDEO

One wedding planning FAQ is should I hire a videographer? It is my pleasure to share Ryan and Teena's video as a good reason to strongly consider it. Videos are a wonderful way to look back on your special celebration and share those moments with future generations.

Ryan + Teena Vow Renewal from Drew Bernard Productions on Vimeo.

In Memoriam

I went back and forth whether to include this post on my blog. Ultimately, it was my motto, my mission that pushed me forward - Celebrate Life with Style.  I hope you don't mind if I share this personal side with you. My grandfather, Tommy Murdock, passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2012. As I received many words of comfort, I found myself at a loss beyond the tried and true responses so I cried. I believe it is a true celebration of life when at the end you cannot sum it up in a eulogy or obituary, but you can see it on the faces of those who were touched deep inside by that life.

When words spoken dissipate with time, the hand picks up the pen to create permanence.

When words written disconnect from intent, the mind searches for a new outlet.

Tears flow. Tears are the thank you notes from the soul.

Thank you for the words spoken. Thank you for the words written. Thank you for the tears flowing down my cheeks.

Always,

Amy