Portrait of a Dress

My precious mother-in-law, which in my lucky case is NOT a tongue-in-cheek oxymoron, discovered this wonderful artist who creates a watercolor portrait of wedding dresses. She surprised me with one of my own as a first anniversary present. She did the same for her daughter (EB+JC) for her first anniversary. The artist is Kristina Bailey and she is an absolute gem. If you were slow, like I was, to put two and two together let me spell it out for you because Kristina had to spell it out for me: Every anniversary year has a traditional gift associated with it. I knew this, but never gave it much thought. If i had, I would have remembered that the first year anniversary is traditionally celebrated with the gift of paper. Is it clicking yet? While stationary is a great option, I FLIPPED over the portrait. It will be something I treasure forever. Not only does it make an amazing anniversary present, but it can become a beautiful heirloom.

Me and my dress:

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Painting by Kristina Bailey Photography by Daisy Photography Studio

EB and her dress:

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Painting by Kristina Bailey Photography by Sara & Rocky Photography

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!

Kimberly & Thomas

Question:  What do you get when you put together good friends, good music, a canoe filled with beer in a backyard worthy of a Before & After feature in a magazine, and let's not forget, two people who are crazy about each other? Answer: Kimberly & Thomas' wedding. I was truly honored to coordinate their wedding day on May 12, 2012. Kimberly and her mother had started the planning process long before I got involved. They transformed Kimberly's parents' backyard into a perfectly charming wedding venue through landscaping, crafting, and good old fashioned displays of southern hospitality.

Of course after a year of planning, Kimberly wanted everything to run smoothly. I met with them about a month prior to the big day. That's when I was introduced to the "Wedding Room!" This room would have made Anthropologie's stock room envious. Silver serving pieces and tea sets. Antique candelabras. Floral paper pennants and rossettes. Vintage linens and lace. The perfect shade of robin's egg blue napkins wrapped in burlap. And the prettiness goes on and on...from floor to ceiling...*happy sigh*

I was inspired to say the least. There wasn't much I could add, but I did suggest a way to cleverly display their engagement photos. Sara Combs of Dawning Bride is a wonderful collector of interesting things through her life's adventures, and therefore, my go to girl whenever I need unique finds and props.

I arrived at the house the morning of the wedding with my fingers and toes crossed that the heavy clouds would either do their damage early or hold off the rain all together. Yes, there was a plan B and C BUT c'mon! We did get some sprinkles and I reminded them in my best wedding planner voice, "Rain on your wedding day is good luck!" I hope I was convincing. The good news is that the rain stopped just in time for us to set up the space - paper products and all!

As lovely as the setting was, this wedding was made complete by the wonderful cast of characters that served as their bridal party, family, friends, and band mates. That's right, band mates. The DJ took a break while Thomas rocked the bass guitar with some of his best friends. And they were awesome! Kimberly was front and center jumping up and down throwing up her rock hands.

There was so much joy at this wedding. I had a blast! To Kimberly and Thomas - may the rain always bring you luck, may you always be best friends, may Batman always answer your call for help, and may you never forget how to rock! Cheers!

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Kimberly, being the detail-oreinted and thoughtful bride that she was, shared reviews on her blog  of all the professionals who helped with their wedding. Here's mine :)

My Review Scale 1-5

1=Poor, 2=Below Average, 3=Average, 4=Above Average, 5=Outstanding

Day of Coordinator (EventChic, LLC) – 5=Outstanding

I highly recommend getting a day of coordinator, especially if you do not have a wedding planner. My mother and I planned the entire wedding over the past year and I really wanted the day of to not be stressful. We really needed someone to take what you had envisioned and planned and make that a reality the day of and that is exactly what Amy did. She really went above and beyond my expectations. She helped with the rehearsal the night before which made the day of flow smoothly. The day of she jumped in and helped with decorating and ensuring that all the special ideas we had were brought to life. It was really amazing how fast that morning flew by and coming out and seeing everything that had been done really just put a huge smile on my face that stayed the entire night. She kept us all on schedule, I had worked with her on developing a timeline and it was really helpful. The biggest “stressor” for me was that we had the wedding in my parent’s back yard and I did not want for there to be any awkwardness for our guests. Amy did a great job of keeping all the events flowing. She coordinated well with all of the vendors. While we only used her for a day of coordinator she also does wedding planning and I would highly recommend her as a planner. She has some really amazing ideas and can really make what you are thinking become a reality! I am very grateful that she was there and would definitely use her in the future for other special events!