Kayla and Keith were married on July 30th at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, NJ. I had been to the Mansion a few times, but never to work a wedding. So I was very excited when I booked this wedding. The Mansion is known for it's opulence and upscale ballrooms.
Kayla and Keith live in North Jersey but have a lot of family in the Philadelphia area, so they wanted a venue that was halfway between the two locations. The Mansion offered everything they were looking for. I loved this couple's choice of colors- blush and gold, which was speckled throughout their wedding.
Kayla's dress was breathtaking. I love when a bride wears a dress that makes you say "Wow!" This dress had over 20 hooks to bustle!
Their ceremony was held onsite and about 70 guests attended. Their ceremony was filled with love and a lot of laughter!
I love all of the little details of this wedding. You can tell when a bride and groom take extra steps to ensure their wedding is unique and represents them!
Kayla wore her mother's brooch on her dress in honor of her late mother. Just another beautiful element of this wedding.
Kayla and Keith had a Signature Drink called "As Good As Gold", which perfectly complimented the theme of the evening. The drink contained vodka, lemon juice, honey simple syrup, with a splash of champagne. Yum!
Carl Alan Florist did an amazing job with all of the florals for this wedding.
I am a huge cake snob and always look at the cake at weddings. This cake was hands down one of my favorites!
This was one of my favorite group pictures of all the weddings I have done. We got every single guest to go to the stairway for this shot. Kudos to Ambar Moreno Photography!
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
As the 2016 wedding season is winding down, I want to start highlighting all of the wonderful weddings we were a part of this year! First up is Steph and Matt! Steph called me about six weeks before her May wedding in a panic. She didn't realize that she would need a Day of Coordinator until all of the last minute items started piling on. She had been very organized during all of the planning, but was smart enough to realize she wanted to actually enjoy her wedding! After a long meeting at a local Starbucks, I was ready to start the 2016 wedding season! Steph and Matt were married at Aldan Union Church in front of 160 friends and family members.
May 21 was a very rainy day, but it didn't stop anyone from having a great time. The reception was held at The Old Mill in Rose Valley, PA which fit nicely into the couple's vintage, rustic theme. One of my favorite parts of this wedding was listening to the speeches and learning about how the couple met (high school sweethearts!) and how their relationship grew over the years.
Another favorite of mine was the unity rope the couple used during their ceremony. This was based on a Bible verse about a cord made from three strands woven together being stronger than any one strand alone. Matt attached three pieces of rope to a rustic-looking board, one representing himself, one representing Steph, and the third representing their faith and the role it will play in their marriage. The couple braided the cords together during the ceremony.
I love the little details that Steph incorporated into her wedding, like the Kate Spade theme ribbon for the bridesmaids bouquets. The navy blue fit nicely into the Spring season and made for gorgeous tablescapes during dinner.
The cake was truly a labor of love, made by Matt's cousin Rachel, who happened to be a professional baker. Rachel stayed with Matt's family the week of the wedding so she could bake the cake and assemble its tiers. The sugar flowers were handmade in Seattle, where she lives.
Steph and Matt decided to do a 'First Look' and take all of their bridal party portraits prior to their ceremony. They went to the Old Mill to take pictures around the grounds, then headed back for their ceremony. The rain held out for these pictures, so it was a good thing they got them in ahead of time! Ashlee Mintz Photography did an amazing job of capturing this couples love for each other. (As you can see by the smiles on their faces!)
When you spend the entire day with someone, you learn a lot about them. Especially if that day happens to be their wedding day! I learned that Matt's four brothers served as his groomsmen. Most of these guys were already married, so it was nice to see them give Matt some brotherly advice throughout the day.
Steph and Matt were so sweet and I truly enjoyed working with them! Best wishes to this happy couple, and thank you for starting off our 2016 wedding season in such a fabulous way!
Ceremony Venue: Aldan Union Church, Aldan, PA
Reception Venue: The Old Mill, Rose Valley, PA
Day of Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Photographer: Ashlee Mintz Photography
Florist: Amaranth Florist
Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas
Dress Shop: Bridal Sophisticate
Dress Designer: Essence of Australia
Caterer: Conner Catering
Cake: Rachel Skvaril, The Fondant Flinger
DJ: Kevin Henley
Videography: Seth Umbenhauer Wedding Cinematography
Hair & Makeup: Onde Spalon
Officiant: Mark Tindall
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo from Weddington Way
Guys Attire: Jos A. Bank
Click here see more pictures from Steph + Matt's big day!
Go shopping, pick out a dress, buy a dress. Seems easy enough, right? Wrong! I don't mean to scare you but shopping for a wedding dress can be pretty stressful. Even veteran shoppers make some mistakes when wedding dress shopping. Chances are, you have never done this before! And that's okay! Throughout this blog I will break down wedding dress shopping for you in seven simple steps, so you can be a stress free, happy bride!
Tip 1: Have a budget, stick to your budget, and make sure everyone knows your budget.
If the sales consultant doesn't ask you about your budget, tell him/her. Make sure everyone you bring shopping with you knows your budget. Often times I see well-meaning friends hand the bride-to-be a dress that is several thousand dollars over their budget. Make sure everyone is on the same page.
Tip 2: Bring pictures and have a style in mind, but be open to other styles.
Actually, try on all styles of dresses! Most brides end up buying dresses that they did not think they would like. Back when I was engaged, the style was one-strap dresses. I kept looking at these beautiful style dresses on models in The Knot. I was dead set on buying a one-strap dress. Well, I tried on tons on dresses like this. And guess what? This style just did not look good on me. At all. I am short (5'3) and these dresses overpowered me. There was just too much fabric. I ended up buying a strapless ballgown. If you told me I would end up buying a ballgown prior to shopping, I would not have believed you!
Tip 3: Limit your entourage.
I know, I know. 'Say Yes to the Dress' is my favorite show, too. I love watching the drama of the mean mom who doesn't like the dress the bride fell in love with. Or watching the bride go $5,000 over her budget. But you should not be one of those people! Seriously think about who you are going to bring dress shopping with you. In my professional opinion- bring no more than two people. Yes, just two. Maybe three. No more than three.
The more people you bring, the more opinions you will have to listen to. Even the nicest entourages will not all agree on the same dress. You should not have to please anyone when searching for a dress. You should only worry about pleasing yourself. Especially if you are the one paying for your dress.
Tip 4: Have questions prepared.
Yes, you should do some homework prior to stepping foot in a dress shop. Come with a list of questions prepared for the sales consultant. Knowing the answers upfront will alleviate some stress later down the road. Some sample questions to ask:
Tip 5: Keep in mind extra costs.
Don't just look at the price tag on the dress and think, "Ok, that's in my budget. We're good!"
You need to remember to think about a few extra costs, such as:
Tip 6: You can not return a wedding dress.
Repeat after me: "You can not return a wedding dress. You can not return a wedding dress. You can not return a wedding dress."
I have several friends with two wedding dresses. Why? Because you can't return a wedding dress! If you are on the fence about buying a dress, think it over. Get out of the store, go home, and think about it. The worst thing you can do is to make an impulse purchase and be stuck with a dress you don't love.
Tip 7: Know when to stop looking.
Already purchased a dress? Great! Now stop looking at other dresses. Seriously. Stop looking at dresses! Refer to Tip #6. You can not return a wedding dress!