When bride-to-be Nicole initially contacted me about possibly coordinating her wedding, I did everything I could to win her over. I wanted to do this wedding because her fiancé Sean was a member of the United States Marine Corps and had served our country oversees. I wanted to do my part, no matter how small, to help this couple have the wedding of their dreams. Also, Nicole and Sean were two of the nicest people I had ever met and I immediately wanted to work with them!
Nicole and Sean were married on November 12 at the Historic Penn Farm in New Castle, Delaware. This wedding involved a lot of DIY projects, and the venue was a complete blank canvas. The good thing about the venue is that it allowed the couple to completely transform the barn into the vision of their rustic, Fall wedding.
Nicole wanted to get married at this venue because she grew up on a farm, and wanted her guests to experience the serenity and beauty of the Historic Penn Farm. The mix of the rustic barn, plus the beautiful November weather made for a gorgeous wedding. Guests danced the night away to country music, played with props in the photo booth, and took selfies with polaroid cameras!
I loved all of the little details that bride Nicole had thought of. From the marine-themed toasting flutes, to the cowboy boots, to the old truck that served as an amazing backdrop for photos. All of these details perfectly showed off the bride and grooms personality!
Guests took home adorable succulents for their wedding favors.
Nicole and Sean took time during their reception to play the "shoe game", which was a fun and interactive game for guests to enjoy. It also allowed guests to get to know the newlyweds a little better!
I think I am turning into a sap, because lately my favorite moments of weddings have been the ceremony. This wedding was no different. I teared up throughout Nicole and Sean's vows to each other. It was clear to everyone that this couple was madly in love with each other.
This naked cake fit in perfectly with the rest of the décor.
Flower girl Liberty was the hit of the wedding!
Nicole and Sean did a "first look" before their ceremony, which is always a beautiful, intimate moment. I love that this couple involved Sean's son Liam, who also served as the ring bearer.
Here are some more of my favorite moments of the day. I had a lot of trouble narrowing it down to just a few pictures!
Nicole + Sean's team of Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony & Reception location: Historic Penn Farm
Wedding Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Caterer: Lapps Catering
Photography & Videography: Mobile Video and Photography
DJ: The Pros
Officiant: Pastor Brett Walker
Violinist: Wilmington String Ensemble
Rentals: Action Events
Bartenders: Swig Events
Cake: Barb Martin
Florist: Brenna Davis
Hair: Desorrae Webb
Photobooth: Oh! Snap That Photo Booths
Sammy and Bernard were married on October 29th (Halloween weekend!) at World Cafe Live at the Queen, which is a music venue in Wilmington, Delaware. When I met this couple, I knew immediately that they wanted a unique and fun wedding. They had a music-themed wedding, sprinkled with a mix of Halloween. This couple worked very hard to make sure their wedding was anything but cookie-cutter!
The venue totally fit the Sammy and Bernard's style and could easily be transformed into an event space.
The couple used their favorite CD albums instead of traditional table numbers. Each table had a picture of an album cover so that guests could find their seats.
One of my favorite moments of the wedding was the ceremony. Sammy had kept all of the flower petals that Bernard has ever given her (swoon!) and the flower girls used these petals when they walked down the aisle. This was such a beautiful event to see.
Bernard has three nephews who are triplets and served as the ring bearers. Once of the triplets was not able to walk down the aisle, so Bernard, with the help of his family, built a remote controlled car to help him. Read more about that here.
Sammy and Bernard made a painting during their wedding ceremony, as a symbol of their love and commitment to each other.
During cocktail hour the couple took bridal party portraits, however these were anything but boring! Sammy and Bernard rented the "Ghostbusters" car to take pictures in front of. They were such a fun couple to work with!
The picture below is one of my favorites!
Sammy's bridesmaids each wore different fall-colored dress, which perfectly fit in with the season.
The groomsmen added some flair to their attire by wearing fun socks!
The Bachelor Boys Band played throughout the reception as guests danced the night away.
Instead of a traditional guestbook, guests signed records! This was perfect for the music-themed event.
Sammy & Bernard's team of wedding professionals:
Ceremony & Reception location: World Café Live at the Queen
Day of Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Photographer: JFS Photography Design
Music: Bachelor Boys Band
Florist: Jill's Flowers and Frills
Cake: Sweet Somethings Desserts
Transportation: Dave's Limousine
Getting married soon? Worried that you have to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks? Guess what? You don't! Throughout this blog I will share some helpful tips and tricks to getting you fabulous wedding day jewels at a great rate, or free!
You've bought the dress, you know how you want your hair and makeup to look. You have a veil and shoes. Now you just need those last final pieces to make your look complete- you need some bling! I know some brides stress out over this part. You're worried about how the final look will come together and you're worried about how much bridal jewelry will cost. I totally get it.
Ask your jeweler if they rent out pieces for free. (Yes-- for free!)
Your finance most likely went to a jeweler and spent a pretty penny on an engagement ring. Then the two of you went and bought wedding bands at said jeweler. Now go ask this jeweler if you can borrow some pieces for your big day. Some jewelers will allow their returning customers to borrow earrings, a necklace, or a bracelet to borrow for their big day. Just remember- these items usually need to be returned the day after your wedding, so make sure someone is available to return these. (Most wedding planners can do this for you!)
RentTheRunway.com and VowToBeChic.com
Rent the Runway and Vow to Be Chic are websites where you can rent designer dresses, handbags, and jewelry. This is a great way to wear designer jewelry at a fraction of the price. I have personally used both sites and have always been happy with their jewelry selection.
Stella & Dot
Full disclosure: I am an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot. But I work with this company because they offer stylish jewelry at a great price. Check out their inventory for your big day-- I love their statement pieces. Shop now here.
Kendra Scott's new Bridal Collection
Another affordable designer is Kendra Scott. She recently came out with a bridal collection that is affordable and chic. Besides Stella & Dot, Kendra Scott is my go-to for jewels!
I love when I see a bride borrow some bling from her mother, grandmother, or even a friend. If you are traditional bride, this can be your "something borrowed"! Family and friends are usually more than happy to lend some jewels.
Pulling the look together
Before your wedding day, set aside some time to put your look together. Do your makeup. Put your hair up in a bun (or down- if you plan on wearing it down for your wedding). Put on your veil or headpiece, and put on all of your jewelry. If you don't have your wedding dress in your possession, put on a white dress or a dress that had a similar top to your wedding dress. Have someone take pictures of you. This will allow you to make any last minute changes before your big day.
The International Wedding Academy has recently released the third International Wedding Trend Report. This report inspires wedding and event professionals, as well as engaged couples planning their wedding, with upcoming wedding trends from around the globe. The report delves into how technology and personalization in popular culture drives the trends, and which movies will influence couples design choices this year. The Pantone colour of the year Greenery is set to be big, as are pale blush and nude tones filtering off the catwalk's ballet vibe. Nature is a big trend for 2017 and we will see lots of organic elements coming through. The Academy was very much inspired by key trending themes of Boho Luxe, Green Botanicals, Mixed Metallics, Art Deco and The Great Outdoors. Throughout this blog we will cover some trend predictions of the 122 page report.
Lips! Nude lip colours seem to be sticking around! Think "Kissing Tiny Flowers" by Smith & Cult . It's a nude shade with tones of brown and deep pink mixed in. For brows, brides are asking for thicker, fuller brows. When it comes to colour palettes, it's all about natural/ neutral shades. Brides love natural tones, wether going for a soft look or a bold look. You can't go wrong with brown, taupe, or bronze shades. And when it comes to hair, brides are wanting that lived in, wispy look. Think texture, low buns, looseness.
Wedding Entertainment Trends:
It seems couples are looking for something a little different to make their big day stand out in 2017 and so we're seeing a surge in bookings for alternative wedding entertainment. Lookalikes are currently one of the most popular trends. Technology is definitely becoming more prominent with wedding entertainment and we're seeing a rise in demand for things like photo-booths with added features such as video messaging. With guests being able to log into apps and share their pictures and videos easily via social media, it makes it feel very inclusive. We are also seeing a surge in bookings for LED entertainment, whereby bands are performing with light up instruments, which makes for an amazing visual performance. Live bands are more popular than they've ever been. Male fronted rock bands have reigned in the most booked spot over the last 10 years, but now we're currently finding that couples are wanting more larger funk and soul bands with brass
sections in order create a real wow factor. Acoustic bands are also proving to be extremely popular-- anything from solo and duos to full 4 and 5 piece line ups performing unplugged.
Wedding Colors & Themes:
When it comes to colors, Pale Dogwood is emerging as a clear winner. This blush pink color is more popular than ever, and neutrals are here to stay. Look to see neutrals paired with mixed tones, like deep hydrangea blue with peach, marsala with rich golds and white with copper.
We will also see neutrals paired with grey pallets, and look for fresh blues, muted tones, garden greens and warm shades of red and orange to make an appearance. Metallics are also here to stay.
When it comes to themes, it's all about nature. Now being called "Opulent Simplicity", we will see couples doing extravagant, but warm and inviting wedding trends, like renting out ranches for a week. Look for oversized floral runners on tables with lots of texture as well. Look for dramatic tropical designs with bold leaf prints and living walls as floral backdrops.
Wedding Tech Trends:
Couples have gone fully mobile with their wedding plans. Millennials are all about instant gratification, so they want their wedding planning right at their fingertips. Mobile wedding planning apps, such as LadyMarry, are perfect for tracking all of the wedding details and staying organized. Couples are using apps to share ideas, create timelines and customize checklists. They are also bringing in their key influencers ( mom, maid of honor) to collaborate on shared responsibilities. Guests are also being communicated to by virutal save-the-dates and wedding websites. The virtual communication is two way- brides and grooms are sending out mobile e-invitations, guests confirm with their device and then the couple can easily access their up-to-date guest list. With the added focus on guest experience, we're finding that couples are being especially attentive when it comes to the tech needs of their guests. Expect tech-friendly amenities, such as charging stations, to become more prevalent during the reception. Couples and wedding professionals are taking advantage of 3D printing-- from cake stands and toppers, to custom onsite favors. We're also seeing continued use of drones on the Big Day for both photography and videography. With the steady increase in video integration among the top platforms, social media is officially where the wedding day story plays out. From Facebook Live and Snapchat, to Instagram Stories, friends and family who couldn't make the event can now follow the day's events as they unfold. Social media is also the hub where guests find themselves connecting, whether by utilizing the wedding day hashtag (a must these days!) or Snapping with the wedding's custom geofilter.
Celebrity Wedding Trends:
When it comes to celebrity wedding trends, Renee Strauss tells us that destination weddings are the weddings of choice for the rich & famous. They can have their privacy and often the location becomes part of their "brand". Brooke Keegan tells us she is seeing celebrities leaning toward small, private elopements followed by a large party with all of their family and friends at a later date. With privacy being so important, completely unplugged weddings will continue to be popular.
Many couples are now asking to schedule extra time with their photographer to capture more dramatic photos. They are asking to incorporate editorial style photos into the blended mix of traditional and journalistic photos. Many couples are now incorporating props into their wedding day photos. Hand drawn signs, often small chalkboards with their wedding Instagram hashtags on them, are becoming very popular. Photo filters are decreasing in popularity, and couples are now looking for very natural photos without a lot of post processing. The use of drones for aerial coverage of portions of the wedding day has become very popular. There is also a rise in brides who request a pre-wedding bridal portrait session. Think boudoir sessions, where they are giving their partner the photos in a small album as a private, intimate, gift on the wedding day. One more trend we are seeing is the request for less structured family formal photos. Many couples want their family formals to be less tradit ional and more relaxed, so that they capture the family in the way that they see themselves.
When it comes to venues, couples are looking for flexibility and places that allow them to inject their own personality. This might be via their styling, or by allowing them to bring in their own
suppliers whose work resonates with them. As wedding days increasingly become more customized and individual, the venues that allow couples to create a big day that says 'this is us' are the ones that will see the most success.
The top five styles of venues are:
Denise Fouracre tells us that she is getting requests for wooden arbours and a big demand for faux foliage walls. Less flowers, more greenery. Industrial metal backdrops with fresh florals, mostly commissioned by florists. Arches and industrial style backdrops are bigger than they have ever been. David Tutera's predictions on florals in 2017: "Floral is going the modern industrial route. We're taking this years trends like metallics, and softening them with clean white, creams and ivory tones paired with natural elements and geometric accents. Rather than your average "wedding-y" feel, we'll be seeing more organic components like succulents and moss take center stage."
We will continue to see white florals used in masses. This look gives a very polished but ethereal setting for a wedding. This can also be enhanced by using a metallic element in order to obtain a more celebratory yet elegant feel. Other trends include succulents and overflowing greens. This may be for a more untraditional bride but who still wants an organic elegant look.
Food styling is popular too. Catered food tables and food stations are being recognized as being a part of the styled setting for most weddings. Industrial backdrops and custom metal floral stands are the big signature pieces that are popular. Hand painted welcome boards and blackboards are still reigning supreme.
Fine dining experiences and pairings will be a big hit this year. Couples are treating their guests to a fine dining experience during the wedding, and that wine pairings are becoming very popular.
Paul Harding from Innovative Hiring in Dubai says that the most popular hire items for weddings in 2017 are rustic wooden tables, and mix and match wire/wooden chairs . The emerging themes are pastels, rose gold, green and lots of foliage. Ghost chairs are still an absolute must have item and when it comes to tables, U shape, half moon, and rectangle are in.
Couples will still be choosing elegant, romantic, and "classic" looks in their wedding linens, though there will be those couples who want more fashion-forward or avant-garde touches. These couples might lean toward cotton velvets or metallic weaves. Popular linens will reflect a trend away from "country chic" and more toward "urban chic." The textiles you'll see will have more complex weaves though not with pronounced, multicolor patterns like obvious florals or geometrics; rather, we'll see brocades with subtle metallic highlights and also see the usual tone-on-tone effect enhanced with more texture-on-texture fabrications that add subtle 3D effects. Also growing in popularity are napkins that feature contrasting-color edges or hems in tones that play off the table linens or an event's overall color scheme.
Ceci Johsnson says of wedding stationary: "We are loving full matching sets of stationery for weddings in 2017. More and more brides and grooms are finding they need to send not only an
RSVP card, but also information inserts along with their main wedding invitation. A gatefold style invite offers a practical solution to this while still looking on trend. Another option is the popular belly-band-style wedding invitation. This is a beautiful and handy way of keeping your matching inserts all together.
Blue and black color-schemes seem to be popular right now in stationary. These dark and rich tones tie in perfectly with this year's trends. Accented by pops of metallic gold or silver foiling, the wedding colour scheme for 2017 is set to be bold, daring and contemporary. One key trend that we have noticed emerging as a strong theme for 2017 weddings is the modern industrial look. Blending strong industrial colours with elegant copper and gold tones. Using text as a focal point on the wedding invitations has been very popular in the past few months and sets the tone for 2017 trends. Custom foiling, especially in gold, has also started to become a big trend with more brides than ever requesting custom foiling of their initials or logos. Another key pattern trend for 2017 weddings is geometric designs focusing on bold block colours and sleek black and gold lines.
Top Trends in Wedding Stationary:
Top Ten Catering Trends:
1. Bringing some informality into wedding food: buffet, bbq, food stations and vans.
2. Keeping it local and using local produce.
3. Seasonality is key--using produce that is in-season.
4. Nostalgia and tradit ional British food and drinks-- think pies and ale or tea infused gin cocktails.
5. Bringing your own personality to the food and drink-- a favorite meal or drink of the couples is served.
6. Snack bars and grazing stations - yes dessert is still popular but people love savoury too, so why not have a food station dedicated to antipasta or bagels?
7. Raw food and superfoods-- people are becoming more and more health conscious, so how about an all raw meal?
8. Getting involved and being interactive-- couples want to make the dining about an experience and getting people to share and serve others on a table is a great way of doing so.
9. Drinks are just as important-- choosing cocktails and offering a local brewers ale alongside a drinks flight for each course showcases the drinks you've chosen as much as the
10. Scandi food. We've all gone wild for the Hygge effect and scandi interior--now we can't wait to sample what they eat .
Wedding Cake Trends:
The top most popular wedding cake choices for 2017 that we are seeing include fairytale inspired cakes, botanical inspired cakes, geode cakes, marble cakes and of course tall wedding cakes. Flavors tend to be the fairly traditional-- Vanilla, Chocolate and Lemon, with flavors such as salted caramel, champagne and strawberry and peaches and cream also being requested. Metallic colors are still huge but the golds and silvers are being replaced with shades of rose gold and copper. Metallics lend an air of glamour and decadence to a cake which some brides adore. Rustic cakes have given way to refined cakes coated in buttercream and even fold leaf. Rustic cakes, like all other cake fads are on the wane.
Dessert tables are giving way to more elegant and opulent cakescapes with some brides even forgoing the plated dessert course in favor of them. Multiple cakes with different textures, shapes and a variety of flavours in complementary colors are increasingly being requested for 2017 weddings.
Bridal Party Trends:
Brook Keegan says a trend this year will be a shift towards smaller wedding parties. Couples are opting for only a few members in their wedding party- sticking with siblings or just a few friends.
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I had been working with Jess and Jordan for over 18 months to plan their perfect "barn chic" wedding. This was a fun wedding to plan, and I lovingly referred to Jess and Jordan as "My Havertown Couple". I was always happy to meet with them since they lived just a few blocks away.
On October 7th the high school sweethearts said their vows at St. Denis Church in Havertown. They had a traditional Catholic ceremony and had 14 members in their bridal party. Once they said their 'I Do's' we made the hour and 15 minute trek into Lancaster where the couple would party the night away with 160 friends and family members.
The reception took place at the Barn at Silverstone in Lancaster. I absolutely love this venue. It's a renovated, upscale barn. It has a rustic feeling but with 21st century amenities. Jess and Jordan wanted something different from the standard ballroom wedding and the Barn at Silverstone was an obvious choice for them.
When it came to picking a theme, this couple wanted a very classic wedding. Jess said she wanted her pictures to still look modern twenty years from now. She opted for a black, white, and gold color scheme.
When it came to proposing, Jordan planned a huge "proposal party" after he got down on one knee at Jess's parents house. Once he popped the question, about sixty friends and family members came over to celebrate!
One of my favorite moments of this wedding came later in the evening. The couple surprised the bride's parents by having all of their guests sing "American Pie", which was played at Jess's parents wedding.
The couple also had a late night popcorn bar, provided by Rettew's Catering. It seemed to go over well with all of their guests!
Jess + Jordan's Team of Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony Location: St Denis Church in Havertown
Reception Location: The Barn at Silverstone
Wedding Planner: Table 1 Events
Catering: Rettew’s Catering
Photography & Videography: The Artist Group
Florist: Theresa’s Floral Design
DJ: Schaffer Sounds - Dave Schaffer
Stationary and Invitations: Minute Man Press
Cake made by: The Master’s Baker
Transportation: King Limo
Wedding Dress Designer: Allure Bridals- Allure Couture Collection
Bridal Shoppe: Lizelle's
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Clarise
Bridesmaid dresses from: Accents Boutique
Groom's Attire Designer: Michael Kors
Groom's Formalwear from: Sagets
Bride's shoe designer: Betsey Johnson
Jewler: Bucci Jewelers
Hair: Salon Bellissima
Makeup: Jessica Brindisi - Jessica B. Beauty
Lighting and Drapery: Shumaker PDT
Alcohol: Frank’s Wine
Jess and Dennis were married on September 30th at Old Saint Mary's church in Philadelphia. The reception took place at the Ballroom at the Ben. This was one of the more upscale weddings I did this year and it did not dissapoint! This couple spared no expense to make their dream wedding come to life.
The bridal party stayed at the Hotel Monaco to prepare for the big day. One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing the excitement on everyone's faces the morning of a wedding. Everyone was very excited for the day to start. The bride and groom both seemed very calm even though they were in for one of the most exciting days of their lives.
This couple met on a blind date! They were set up by Dennis' brother-in-law Steve. Steve met Jessica at a work dinner. He later called Dennis and told him "I met your wife!"
The bridal party took trolleys to the church and the couple said their vows in front of 170 guests. One of my favorite parts of this ceremony was seeing the four ring bearers (yes--- four!) walk down the aisle. They looked super cute in their mini tuxedos.
I also love to see how the groom looks as the bride is walking down the aisle. Dennis looked very excited to see his soon-to-be-bride!
Once the ceremony ended, guests waited outside and did a big bubble exit for the newlyweds!
The bridal party then got in the trolley and made their way through the city, making stops at some of historic Philadelphia landmarks. Uusually I head over to the reception venue during this time, however the couple asked me to stay with them while they were getting photos. I made sure everyone stayed on track, and even held an umbrella for the bride, since there was a little bit of rain during this time. These are some of my favorite pictures!
Once pictures ended, it was time to party! Everyone headed over to the Ballroom at the Ben to dance the night away! The band "Paris" got everyone up and on the dancefloor! One of the fun surprises happened at the reception when Jess surprised Dennis with a Groom's Cake. However this was not an ordinary cake. This cake was made with twinkies, which was a nod to Denni's love of twinkies.
Jess + Dennis' team of Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony Venue: Old Saint Mary's Church
Reception Venue: Ballroom at the Ben
Catering: Finley Catering
Day of Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Photographer: Philip Gabriel Photography
Florist: Gina Conshetti
Invitations: Becca Hadley
Band: Paris (EBE Entertainment)
Lodging: Hotel Monaco
Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works
Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal
Hair: Roxy Brennan
Makeup: C.E. Facial Artistry
Bridesmaid dresses: Bijou Bridal
Tuxedos: Jos A. Banks
If you follow me on social media, you know that I have been recapping all of Table 1 Events' weddings this past year. Up next is one of my favorite couples--Meghan and Jimmy! I have known the groom since I was little. We went to elementary school togther. We kind of lost touch, but I was thrilled when he contacted me asking if I was available to be his Wedding Planner for his September wedding! I always consider it such an honor when someone you know asks you to be a part of one of the biggest days of their life.
Through the planning process I got to know Meghan, and she compliments Jim so nicely. This couple was so sweet and fun to work with. Their wedding was a ton of fun-- here are the highlights! (P.S.-- These pictures are by FAR my favorite. So forgive me in advance for posting so many. I couldn't choose which ones I liked the best! Kudos to Olivia Rae Photography!)
Meghan and Jimmy were married on September 10 at the Philander Chase Knox Estate in Malvern. This was the hottest wedding day of the year-- however no one seemed to mind! Everyone was just happy to be there and celebrating the love of this couple.
One of my favorite things about this wedding was all of the personalized details. From the personalized jenga and baggo games, to the choreographed first dance, this couple thought of it all! As a wedding planner, I love when a couple puts in the effort to make their wedding unique and represents them as a couple.
Meghan and Jimmy did a First Look, as shown below. It was a beautiful, emotional moment for the soon to be newlyweds!
The entire bridal party looked gorgeous. The bridesmaids wore blush colored dresses which complimented the pastel floral arrangements.
During their ceremony, Meghan + Jim released butterflies. This was beautiful way to exit their ceremony as Mr. + Mrs.!
Over 200 guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio and in the estate, then moved back outside under a tent for the reception.
The crowd danced the night away to the sounds of Dels Groove!
Meghan + Jimmy's team of Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Philander Chase Knox Estate
Catering: Robert Ryan Catering
Wedding Planner: Table 1 Events
Photographer: Olivia Rae Photography
Band: Dels Groove
Photobooth: DAZ Entertainment
Officiant: Cindi Babiak
Florist: Sommerfield Designs + Jami Coppock
Cake: Master Baker
Videographer: Noah Petrie
Transportation: Krapf Coaches
Invitations & Stationary: Paper and Posh
Hair: Alaina DiRocco + Alyssa Gallen from Avante Salon
Makeup: Nadia Grier + Breanna Berk
Chalkboard signs: Stacie Lee Designs
Megan and Mark's wedding was one of my favorite weddings this year. They were married on July 15th at the Old Mill in Rose Valley. These college sweethearts selected the Old Mill because of its natural elegance, which I believe was a perfect fit for their personalities and character.
When recalling the details of her wedding day, Megan said her dress was much more elegant than she could have imagined. She purchased the dress for $250 from a used bridal store, then paid about $700 to have it altered. It was unique in that the bottom was very full and heavy with lots of layers of tulle, but otherwise it was simple in color and bodice shape.
One of her favorite memories of the day was the ceremony, as it served as a time to worship the Lord. The reception was filled with many words of love and gratitude to everyone who helped make the day possible, and finally lots of fun and dancing.
One of my favorite things about Megan and Mark's wedding was the beautiful little details. From the mismatched bridesmaids dresses, to their matching paisley robes, every detail had been well thought out.
The picture below is one of my absolute favorite pictures. The couple did not want to see each other before their ceremony, but wanted to get pictures taken 'together'. Their photographer did an amazing job staging this so they couldn't see each other!
Their bridal party was very sweet. I love when everyone cooperates for pictures, especially on hot days like this one!
The ceremony was held outside, on the grounds of the Old Mill. It was a truly beautiful ceremony that perfectly reflected the couple's commitment to God and to each other.
Megan created a DIY Photo Booth which everyone had fun with!
I love how Conner Catering put together their tablescapes. Everything was simple, understated, and elegant.
Their cake was from Master Baker and cake topper was purchased from Z Create Designs. I love the simple, classic look of this delicious cake!
These wedding guests were so much fun-- they didn't want to stop dancing!
Megan and Mark's team of Wedding Professionals:
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Old Mill at Rose Valley, PA
Catering: Conner Catering
Wedding Planner: Table 1 Events
Photography: Demi Mabry Photography
Videography: Giovanna Arguello
Hair & Makeup: Allison McAllister Onsite Hair and Makeup
Florist: Johnson's Gardens
Cake: Master Baker
Invitations: A Paper Wedding
Rings: Steven Singer
DJ: Jamie Grimble
Bridal Gown Designer: Justin Alexander
Bridal Store: Church Street Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie
Grooms and Groomsmen attire: J. Ferrar
2016 was a wonderful year for us over at Table 1 Events! We worked with some beautiful couples and amazingly talented vendors! Click through the pictures below to see our favorite wedding moments from this year...sorry in advance that there are so many pictures, we had a lot of favorites!
Favorite Bridal Party Style
Best DIY Decor
Favorite Groom Moments
Favorite Expressions of Love
Favorite Wedding Guest
Best 'First Look' Moments
Favorite Little Ones
Best Dancefloor Moments
Best wishes to all of my couples as they bring in the new year as Mr. + Mrs.! Cheers to a happy and healthy 2017! -Lauren
Ahhhh, the good ole wedding day timeline. This single document has been know to stress out even the most even-keeled brides and grooms. Once your wedding day gets close, you will need a timeline. All of your vendors will need this as well. Your fiance, immediate family, and bridal party will need to see the finalized document. If you have a wedding planner, the planner will do this for you. However, they will need your input. If you don't have a planner, this is something you will need to create. But don't panic! By following the simple steps highlighted below, you will be able to create a flawless timeline for your big day.
1. The four big items.
Once you are ready to start your timeline, write down the times of the following:
By doing this you can see how much you need to cram in a five to seven hour window.
2. The Rehearsal
The ceremony rehearsal often gets overlooked, but should be added to your timeline. Some of your vendors will need to attend, as well as your entire bridal party and some family. Usually the rehearsal is held the night before the wedding, but sometimes it's held two days prior.
3. The morning of.
I can't stress how important it is to plan out the morning of your wedding. If you fall behind schedule in the morning, everything else will run behind. Think about where you will be waking up that morning. Will you be in your own house? Your parents house? A hotel? If you won't be at your own house, think and prepare several days before about what you need. Think about where and what you will be eating for breakfast (You need to eat!).
4. Hair and Makeup.
This goes hand-in-hand with your morning schedule. Are you going to a salon? Do you have a hair and makeup professional coming to you? Are you doing your own hair and makeup? Try to nail down the times for hair and makeup well before the big day. If you are driving to a salon, make to sure take into account the time it takes to get there, traffic, etc. Create a detailed schedule for hair and makeup by each person. For example, Bridesmaid A is getting hair done while Bridesmaid B is getting makeup done. Then Bridesmaid C gets hair done while Bridesmaid D gets makeup done. And most importantly- make sure you schedule yourself enough time to for yourself get hair and makeup done. Don't go last. Go somewhere in the middle. If you don't like how your hair or makeup looks, you will have enough time to fix it.
Chances are you will be with your bridal party for most of the day, usually several hours before your ceremony starts. Don't forget to plan ahead for lunch. The easiest thing is to get something delivered to you. You (or your mom) should not be stressing over what to cook everyone. Get a sandwich tray delivered. Veggie trays go a long way too.
6. Transportation and floral deliveries.
Your florist will most likely work with you ahead of time to figure out a delivery schedule for your florals. The florist will drop your bouquets off to you, deliver florals to the ceremony location, and centerpieces to the reception venue.
Wedding Planner Tip: Make sure you have your bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets with you by the time your photographer arrives.
And please don't forget about transportation. Confirm arrival times with your transportation company well before your wedding day. Make sure they know the distance between venues and start times of everything.
7. Your vendors.
You will need to figure out what times your vendors are arriving and what time they are leaving. If your photographer is arriving by noon, you should have your hair and makeup finished around 11:00. Make sure you are aware of the time your vendors are leaving as well. Some vendors like photographers and videographers leave an hour before your reception ends.
8. Ceremony logistics.
As a wedding planner, I find the ceremony often gets overlooked. Couples don't realize that you need to spend time planning for your ceremony. Your timeline should include what time groomsmen will arrive to the ceremony location, who will be handing out programs and escorting guests, who will be pinning boutineers on, etc. Plan what time the girls will be arriving and where they will go when they get there. This is especially important if the bride does not want anyone to see her prior to the ceremony.
9. After the ceremony.
Congratulations, you're married! Now what? Are you staying at your church for family pictures? Are you doing a receiving line? Are you heading out somewhere for pictures with your bridal party? Think about this and time it out accordingly.
Wedding Planner Tip: Don't hang around in the back of your church or ceremony area if you're short on time. You will get bombarded with hugs and kisses from well-meaning guests. They will all want to get a picture with you. This can be a big time-suck.
11. Cocktail Hour.
Do you want to attend Cocktail Hour, or did you want to make a grand entrance at your reception? Plan this out in your timeline.
12. The Reception.
This is where couples get a little stressed. During your reception, several items will need to happen. Here is a sample of what to include during your reception timeline:
Wedding Planner Tip: The cake should be cut an hour and half before your reception ends.
13. After the reception.
Your wedding is over. But you should still have a few things scheduled. Who is packing up your gifts? Are you coming back to your venue the next day to pick up your decor? Will your florist or rental company be coming back to pick up items? Are you having an after-party?
14. The next day.
If you are having a ton of guests in from out of town, it might be nice to plan a brunch the next day. Sometimes parents host out of town guests at their house. If you are planning something, make sure your guests know so they can plan accordingly.
A wedding planner can help you create a timeline. But there are also resources available to help you. Timeline Genius is a great website that creates timelines for you. I personally use Excel to help my couples stay on track. Once your timeline is finalized, make sure all of your vendors get a copy.