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Atlanta Wedding Planner / Southern Modern & Minimalist Style Shoot / Featured on Style Me Pretty

We are so delighted to share this Southern, minimalist shoot that was captured at Fox Hall Resort with an awe-inspiring vendor team who brought our bright and bold design to life. We felt so inspired by the stately historic stables on the venue's property. We wanted to show couples who have been pining to do a rustic wedding that they can put a modern twist on that and really wow their guests while also creating a more sophisticated affect. We incorporated pops of fuchsia pink and bright red, greenery climbing the shiplap walls, and a handwoven striped linen for a dramatic but playful look. Rachel and Patrick, our sweet couple, also influenced our design with their strong features, compelling chemistry, and true adoration for one another.

We wanted to thank of amazing vendor team again for trusting us with this design and partnering up for this gorgeous day! 

Check out the Style Me Pretty feature Here. 

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Vendor Spotlight: Diana Lupu Photography

By: Rachel Hegner

As planners, we love and appreciate our fellow vendors more than you know. This week we’ll be hone in on one of our most-adored photographers. Through this process we got to know her better and now so will you!

Diana Lupu, of Diana Lupu Photography, is a joy to collaborate with. Whether you are in front of her lens of working with her behind the scenes, Diana has this effortless warmth about her that is truly contagious. From her Florida roots, Diana has quickly established a market for herself here in the Atlanta area. Her style breathes a simplicity and elegance that every Southern bride craves. We asked Diana the questions below, some wedding related and some not. We learned even more things to love about Diana Lupu and some helpful advice for brides and ourselves along with it: 

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Y'all, isn't their family just the cutest ?? 


1. In regards to what sparked your passion for photography, what is a treasured memory you have?

 My father was extremely passionate about photography and I grew up with every milestone, big or small, documented. I remember him taking me to random parks and posing my mother and I and as a result, I now have way too many photos by trees with my crooked teeth and bad haircuts. But my mother is so beautiful and radiant and young, and even though I don't particularly remember every single occasion, I can see we were happy. I treasure those memories and I love that I can capture photos for my couples that can be passed down from generation to generation. Decades from now, I would love for people to look at those photos and see my couples radiant, in love, and best of all, happy. 

 

2. Film or digital?

 Digital for now, but I'm always looking to push myself to learn a new medium and film is something I've been playing with lately. :) 

 

3. What is your favorite moment to shoot on a wedding day?

 This is a hard one. I love the anticipation that surrounds the getting ready portion of the day, plus I personally love to photograph details. However, the first look and vows probably tie for most favorite, as those moments tend to be most emotional and special. 

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4. What is one thing a bride can do that makes it easier for you to capture all her wedding day photo dreams? 

The best thing is for her to communicate with me throughout the process and stay as organized as she can. I love to work with her on a "shot list" of family members and details that are important to ensure she doesn't have to think about anything on her day. The best feeling for me is to see her relaxed and enjoying her day and to know that she trusts me 100%. 

 

5. What brought you from Florida to Georgia?

 My husband has been wanting seasons for about 7 years now but I couldn't imagine living away from the ocean, as I grew up in South Florida. However, after we had children, we began to weigh different options. Things we hadn't considered before like schools and housing and just the overall lifestyle weighed heavily in favor of Georgia. It's the sweetest state and has been such a great experience for us so far. And go figure, mine and my children's favorite thing about it so far has been experiencing the seasons. Just don't tell my husband he was right. ;) 

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Diana, we absolutely adore working with you! Thank you for opening your heart to us and sharing. We urge everyone to take some time and go check out Diana's work

 

 

 

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ATLANTA WEDDING PLANNER // WEDDING GIFT ETIQUETTE & TIPS

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BY: CHRISTINE HAWKINS

Have you ever wondered what the proper etiquette is regarding purchasing a gift for a wedding you are attending? Here is our short list of gift giving tips to help make sure you are the perfect wedding guest: 

1)  Buy off the registry – the couple spent countless hours picking out their favorite items as well as the necessities for their new home. Purchasing off the registry ensures your gift will be used.

2) Ship the gift – this is especially important if the wedding is taking place outside the couple’s home town. Online registries like Zola offers couples the option to accept and ship gifts when they are ready for them which proves to be really convenient for destination weddings! 

3) Only add a monogram if it is requested – While a monogram is a lovely touch, they are not always the couple’s style. The couple may also want to handle monogramming items on their own so the fonts will all match. Only adding a monogram when requested will ensure the couple will use and/or display your gift.

4)  If you MUST buy a gift that is not on the registry, include a gift receipt.

5)  Buy items as they are listed on the registry – don’t get creative with colors or buy a different version of the product.  

6)  Follow the three month rule – Wedding gifts should be sent to the couple any time starting three months before the wedding to three months after the wedding.

7)  If you do not have access to one of the stores where the couple is registered, an electronic gift card to one of their stores or cash is always acceptable.

 

Photography: Diana Lupu Photography I  Styling: Detailed I Do's 

 

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ATLANTA WEDDING PLANNER // Setting 2018 Goals

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By: Danielle Cartwright 

It's January and we just headed into the New Year and here is a huge confession...planners don't really get off season's. Nope they just don't exist and we are totally fine with that! This life that we live is a blessing and we embrace the craziness. We may not get a true off-season but during our down time in the beginning of the year our team get's together and talks goals. Our business brains kick into high gear and we collaborate on everything we want to achieve. 

When setting goals for my time I ask myself:

  • Did we meet all the goals I put into place last January? 
  • If not are we at least halfway there? Or are there any items we can transfer over to this years goals that we can easily accomplish early on?
  • What are my two major goals?
  • What were my two major goals last year? And the year before that? 
  • Did we accomplish these major goals in the past? 

But I hear so often from fellow friendors and creatives that this time of year is a true struggle for them. Why is that? Why do so many people get so fired up about changing their lives only to let those dreams die so fast. Studies have shown that by the second week in February over 80% of business owners give up on their goals. 

Here are some of the reasons you may not be meeting your goals:

  • ·      YOU THINK FAILING IS NOT PART OF THE PROCESS, MANY PEOPLE GIVE UP THEIR GOALS QUICKLY BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID TO FAIL. THE THOUGHT OF LETTING THEMSELVES DOWN AFTER PUTTING IN EFFORT IS JUST TOO MUCH TO STOMACH. SO MANY PEOPLE THINK ITS WORTH IT TO LET GO OF THEIR DREAMS. 

But the truth is failure is incredible! You should encounter failure along your road to meet a major goal. If not, then your goal is lame and not big enough for you. Goals should be hard to meet. They should force you to live outside of your comfort zone. Therefore you will have failures, but there is something to learn each time you are knocked down. 

·      YOU THINK YOU CAN DO IT ALL BY YOURSELF IF YOU ARE A GO-GETTER, A BOSS GIRL, AN ENTREPRENEUR, OR AN INDEPENDENT WOMEN THIS IS MOST LIKELY YOUR DOWNFALL. IN FACT IF YOUR ANYTHING LIKE ME YOU LOATHE ASKING OTHERS FOR HELP. WHEN YOU ASK FOR SOMEONE ELSES ASSISTANCE THAT MEANS YOU ARE WEAK? RIGHT? WRONG! THAT MEANS YOU ARE SMART!  MOST OF US ARE NOT TAUGHT THIS BUT WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO REACH BIG GOALS YOU NEED ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GET.  AND THE MORE PEOPLE YOU TELL THE MORE SUPPORT YOU WILL RECEIVE. WITH THAT, YOU WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

I realized last year that I was at a point in my business where I was turning away a lot of weddings because I couldn’t handle anymore on my own, I hated to admit that to myself but I needed to call in reinforcement. This feeling always seems to come before you feel 100% ready to do so, but don’t be afraid to take the leap. 

·      YOU DON’T TAKE PLANNING SERIOUSLY YOU THINK YOU CAN DO IT ALL ON A WHIM. IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT YOU DO A LOT OF ACTIVITIES IN A WEEK. HOW CAN YOU MEET YOUR GOALS THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF YOUR ROUTINE & COMFORT ZONE IF YOU ARE NOT PLANNING? IF YOU CAN DO THAT YOU ARE #1 A SUPERHUMAN OR #2 YOUR GOALS ARE WEAK. PEOPLE WHO ATTACK THEIR GOALS AND TRULY CRUSH THEM HAVE A DEFINITIVE METHOD TO THEIR MADNESS. 

So here are a few fool-proof steps if you find yourself working towards some major goals this year:

1)    BRAINSTORM – HAVE A LONG CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE YOU CAN EASILY OPEN UP TO. OR FIND A QUIET SPOT AND START JOURNALING. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU WANT TO CHANGE IN YOUR BUSINESS AND THE AMAZING OPPORTUNITIES YOU WANT TO CREATE FOR YOURSELF. 

2)    IDENTIFY YOUR BIG GOALS – ACTIVELY WRITE OUT OR TYPE UP YOUR GOALS IN A PLACE YOU CAN REFER TO IN THE FUTURE. REMEMBER THAT THE GOALS SHOULD BE REALISTIC, SPECIFIC & MEASUREABLE. Example: I want to do 4 style shoots next year (1 per season) .

3)    CREATE A TIMELINE & MINI GOALS – DECIDE HOW LONG YOU WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THESE GOALS. ONCE YOU FIGURE THAT OUT BREAK DOWN YOUR GOALS INTO MINI GOALS YOU CAN MEET. DEPENDING ON YOUR TIMELINE, YOU COULD HAVE A MINI-GOAL EACH MONTH, WEEK, DAY ETC (A mini goal for a style shoot would be reaching out to photographer or securing venue). 

4)    DISPLAY YOUR GOALS – FIND WAYS TO REMIND YOURSELF OF YOUR GOAL DAILY. YOU CAN PUT IT UP ON YOUR CORKBOARD, MAKE THEM YOUR BACKGROUND ON YOUR DESKTOP OR YOU WALLPAPER ON YOUR PHONE. 

5)    DEVELOP A TRACKING METHOD – IN ORDER TO KNOW YOUR GROWTH YOU HAVE TO HAVE A TRACKING METHOD, YOU CAN DO THIS WITH PEN & PAPER, TYPE IT UP, MAKE VIDEOS ETC. 

6)    GET ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS – YOU CANNOT TACKLE A MAJOR PROJECT ALONE AND BE SUCCESSFUL. CHOOSE TO ASK AT LEAST 3 PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE TO HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE. DON’T CHOOSE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE SUPER NICE, OR LET YOU SLIDE ALL THE TIME. CHOOSE PEOPLE YOU DO NOT WANT TO LET DOWN. 

7)   WORK TOWARDS YOUR MINI GOALS

8)    CELEBRATE LITTLE VICTORIES – THIS STEP IS IMPORTANT. AS HUMANS WE LIKE REWARDS FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR. SO WHEN YOU MEET A MINI-GOAL DON’T FORGET TO CELEBRATE. SHUT YOUR COMPUTER DOWN EARLY ON FRIDAY, GO GET ICE CREAM, MEET UP WITH A FRIEND ETC. 

9)    REVIEW & RE-ASSESS – YOU SHOULD CONSTANTLY BE REVIEWING AND ASSESSING WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR GOAL SETTING PROCESS. AT ANY TIME IT IS OK TO TWEAK THE SYSTEM. TO DECIDE YOU MIGHT HAVE CHOSEN AN UNREALISTIC TIMEFRAME. OR THAT YOU NEED MORE / LESS MINI-GOALS.  I tend to re – evaluate my long term goals every 6 months and I am constantly updating my mini-goals. 

Stay tuned for part II. of our goal setting post in a few weeks!

 

Photography: Hannah Forsberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ATLANTA WEDDING PLANNER // 2017 Floral Highlights

I think we can all agree that 2017 really flew by in the blink of an eye. Our team is so thankful and grateful for everything our third year in business brought including some amazing celebrations, new partnerships with vendors we love & some amazing projects with features coming soon! 

Anyone that knows us knows that we fully focus on design with each of our couples. This starts with creating personalized inspiration & mood boards that speak to our clients the moment they book with us. We use this as a jump off point, from there we work meticulously to cultivate floral creations with our preferred artists that are out of the box and unique to their celebration. We are true floral lovers and have seen so many romantic and ethereal arrangements this year, so here is a roundup of some of our favorites! 

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Not gonna lie, this is one of our favorite pictures of the year! These two are just so so sweet and Casto Photography & Cinema did such an amazing job capturing these two! 

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This bouquet from Tulip was so jaw dropping, It took everyone's breath away the moment the floral team presented it to Hanna! 

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Oksana's gorgeous florals by Victory Blooms was such a pretty pairing of pastels and coral charm peonies! We also used blood oranges, peaches & an eclectic mixture of vases to pull off the moody southern vibes this couple was looking for. 

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Amanda Jewel Floral + Design killed the floral game for Kelsey & Jesse's wedding at Ventanas and these images by 4 Corners Photography represent their day so perfectly, we love re- living this one every chance we get! 

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We loved this boho jewelry creation Amanda provided for Kelsey to rock as she walked down the aisle! We think this is going to be a BIG trend in 2018! 

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Katherine & Grant's southern affair was such a fun summer brunch. We partnered with two of our favorite vendors for their casual garden party, Diana Lupu Photography  & Victory Blooms

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It felt as if these hints of pale blue were peeking through to say hello! 

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We worked with our bride Emily & Stylish Stems at creating more of a traditional southern look for her wedding at the Atlanta Athletic Club in October, and this peachy palette was a stunner! Carrie Joy Photography served as our photographer and captured all of our gorgeous details! 

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This sign created by Elisa Anne Calligraphy proved to be the perfect welcome for guests at cocktail hour. Such a fun design! 

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We loved working with all of our amazing clients & vendors in 2017 and truly look forward to the weddings we have in the works for 2018! We have so many stunning details coming your way so stay tuned for more Detailed I Do's ! 

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ATLANTA WEDDING PLANNER // Bright & Serene GA Freight Depot Wedding

By: Danielle Cartwright 

I can't hide that fact that I think back to this day often. Oksana, Matt & their families are as sweet as pie & we found the love between them to be contagious on the day of their wedding. Oksana's father gave such a touching toast that I actually ugly cried, and the entire family invited us on the dance floor when they realized we were having a mini dance party in the corner with our team. We're actually kind of known for that y'all , each of us would like to think we have sick moves, we have guests come over and dance with us all the time! HA! 

Victory Blooms killed the floral game (like always) and we absolutely loved working with the staff at the Georgia Freight Depot! 

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Kayla Johnson captured this amazing moment, and the second I saw this photo I felt all the emotions. What a special moment between a father and his daughter. 

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These bridesmaids dresses blew us away! They were so gorgeous on these girls!! 

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Confession...this photo is now hanging in my studio in our gallery wall because its just that adorable! 

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Elisa Anne Calligraphy worked her magic with watercolor table numbers and this vibrant watercolor dessert table signage. 

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This bread that was baked by Oksana's family for the Korovai (bread blessing) was such a beautiful and personal touch for their day. 

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A huge thank you to our amazing vendor team, and a big congratulations to these two newlyweds. It was such an honor! 

Photography: Kayla Johnson Photography  I  Planning & Design: Detailed I Do's  I  Florals: Victory Blooms  I  Videography: Eric Bradberry  I  Ceremony Venue: Shrine of the Immaculate Conception  I  Reception Venue: Georgia Freight Depot  I  Calligraphy: Elisa Anne Calligraphy  I Band: Smokin Aces  I  Cake & Desserts: Miss Mamie's  I  Hair & Makeup: Mari Matthews & Becca Whittinghill   

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Meet Christine

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Photo by: Hannah Forsberg

Introducing this lovely lady is hard, I literally feel like I could go on forever and I'm sure that those who have had the pleasure of meeting her would agree. 

Christine graduated from Georgia College & State University with a BA in Mass Communication, and then accepted a job with Hilton Hotels that officially kicked off her love affair with weddings. She spent five years as a Catering Manager working on hundreds of weddings within the hotel industry. But she found herself craving the ability to work with clients on a more intimate level. In an effort to pursue her dream and passion she began assisting our team with weddings three years ago.  We welcomed her with open arms this spring as an Associate Planner and full-time team member and could not be more thrilled! 

She thrives on execution of a finely crafted plan and she's a sucker for all things floral design. With each couple she works with, it is her goal to truly understand both personalities so that their wedding day is a beautiful reflection of their relationship. 

She is a wife to her college sweetheart, a dog mom, sister. aunt & loyal friend. She was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia which is why her soul craves all things southern hospitality. When not working weddings, you can find her trying new recipes & restaurants, or hosting intimate gatherings with friends and loved ones (because she can never fully turn off the planning). 

Some of her favorite things include:

  • Slow mornings snuggled on the couch with my husband & our one year old yorkie poo Sadie Hawkins with a cup of good coffee
  • Watching the Food Network or sifting through cook books
  • Chats with girlfriends, because there is nothing like a good girlfriend to give you perspective and keep you centered
  • Spending time with my family and sisters
  • A good masculine candle, I have a shelf in her linen closet dedicated to them. Once one burns out it is quickly replaced! 
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Photo by: Diana Lupu Photography

Favorite Cocktail? 

If you know me you know that one of my favorite things to do is craft new cocktails. Right now I am really loving a Bees Knees. I make it with my Uncle Val's Botanical Gin, fresh squeezed lemon juice & agave. My secret to the perfect cocktail is to squeeze your own fruit juice, it makes all the difference! 

Favorite Wedding Flower? 

It may be cliche, but I adore roses. A lot of people are turned off by roses because the first thing that comes to mind are what you see in the grocery store, but there are so many unique varieties of roses. Garden roses are at the top of my list, but did you know there are roses called “Wedding Day,” “Love Song,” and “Pure Bliss.” My florist incorporated the “Christine” rose in to my wedding bouquet as a special surprise.

Favorite Part of A Wedding Day? 

I love the final moments before the ceremony begins. The bridal party always has little jitters that amplify all of their emotions surrounding the day. Even if a bride or groom have a first look, there is the anticipation of seeing each other at the end of the aisle and knowing that all of the work that has been put in to the day has finally all come together.

Favorite Wedding Song? 

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis is a classic. Whether it is his version or a cover, it is always sang with so much emotion that is sure to bring a tear to my eyes. Bonus points for any groom spotted whispering the words in to his bride’s ear.

Christine is looking forward to sharing her knowledge, inspiring others with her beautiful designs & logistical skills, getting to know our friendors, and of course making new connections! 

 

 

 

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Brand Vision

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Getting together for the Tuesdays Together Rising Tide meet up every month really fills my creative cup and inspires me to look forward and stay inspired. When Carrie Joy asked me to speak at this months meeting I knew this was the perfect opportunity to share a bit about my journey and be open by sharing what has helped me thrive in such a competitive industry. 

The first question I asked myself when going full time as an atlanta wedding planner was... 

" What is my Vision? "

This helped me to later identify my ideal client, philosophy & mission statement (which I will be sharing in my next post). Your brand vision should feel aspirational in nature and should be comprised of three things: 

BRAND VALUES - What your customers see and feel when working with you, these are normally     1 or 2 word traits. (Examples: Reliable, creative, innovative, cheerful)

BRAND FUTURE - Where you see your company going in 5-10 years

BRAND PURPOSE - An explanation of what you are passionate about, what you are good at & what sets you apart. 

I know this was a short post but I'm hoping this inspires you to shift gears for a few minutes today and think on this for a few minutes. Remember, that your vision can and should shift as your business evolves and grows. You will evolve just like your business so feel free to update your values with those changes. As you meet large goals you've set for yourself in your future add new items to focus your energy on. Finally, as you gain knowledge and find new passions in your industry tweak your purpose. 

Cheers to business planning!

Photography: Hannah Forsberg  Styling:  Detailed I Do's  Stationery: Tiger Lily Invitations Calligraphy: Lairsey Paper Co.

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Wedding Expenses You May Not Be Prepared For

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This short post doesn't include beautiful inspiration or hundreds of stunning wedding photos, but it includes valuable information that each couple should take into consideration early on. As an atlanta wedding planner I always collaborate with my brides on their budget, and during this process my clients are often grateful to have someone on their side that points out wedding expenses they may not be prepared for. Here is my list of those top items:

  • Postage 
  • Beauty Treatments / Hair & Makeup Trials
  • Wedding Accessories - Undergarments, jewelry, shoes etc. 
  • Outfits for Pre & Post Wedding Events
  • Alterations
  • Audio at the Ceremony
  • Lighting 
  • Overtime Costs - Venues may charge a fee for an event that needs access to their facility before or after the timing outlined in their agreement 
  • The Marriage License - Research the cost locally when putting together your budget 
  • Wedding Stationery (not just invitations) - Table numbers, seating chart, addressed envelopes, signage for ceremony or reception etc. 
  • Tips & Gratuities / Vendor Meals
  • Accommodations the night before & possibly night of the wedding
  • Breakfast & Lunch for wedding party the day of the wedding
  • Delivery & Setup Fees
  • Travel Fees - Some of your vendors may charge travel fees, be sure to check your agreements for these 

 

What are some wedding expenses that caught you by surprise? 

 

Photography by Kayla Johnson Photography

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ATLANTA WEDDING PLANNER / FALL FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY WEDDING

It has been a while since our last blog post but now that spring has sprung we are back at it again to share some beautiful celebrations. 

Carolyn + Jason's wedding day at Fernbank Museum of Natural History was both elegant and romantic. Their pretty palette included pops of lake pink & blue and overflowing greenery and candlelight. Their sweet ceremony on the terrace took place under a canopy of cafe lights that created a feeling of intimacy for all of their family & friends. 

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The couples stationery reflected their museum gala inspiration and included a personalized crest wax seal. 

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They started their day off at the Ritz Carlton Atlanta relaxing and getting ready to exchange their vows. 

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Jenna with Gold & Bloom designed beautiful, neutral florals that included Carolyn's favorite...greenery! 

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The guest tables featured driftwood chairs, pale blue glassware & dark gray linens provided by Bold American Events design team. 

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These flower girls & ring bearers were so adorable, they stole everyone's heart during the ceremony and provided some seriously funny entertainment the entire night. 

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Thank you so much to our amazing vendor team that made all of this beauty happen! 

Photography: Bri McDaniel Photography / Planning + Design: Detailed I Do's / Catering & Decor: Bold American Events / Floral: Gold & Bloom / Venue: Fernbank Museum of Natural History / DJ: Nice Entertainment /  Calligraphy: Lairsey Paper Co. / Hair & Makeup Design: Corianne Elizabeth / Vintage Car: Atlanta Vintage Rides 

 

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ATLANTA WEDDING PLANNER / Rest & Recharge During The Winter

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Christmas is right around the corner and most of us look forward to quality time with the ones we love. But one of the things that we often don't think about is making time for ourselves while resting & recharging before heading into the New Year. Whether you are engaged and planning your wedding or a creative who's wedding season picks up in the spring setting aside time to do things that fire you up is crucial for kicking off 2017! 

Now of course spending time with family is something we all love to do, but making time to reflect on the last year and doing things that lighten your mood are equally as important. We talked about this at the last Rising Tide Society meet up and it inspired me to share a list of ideas for recharging during the winter:

  • Baking, and this time of year making christmas cookies + desserts! 
  • Spending time with your pets (cuddling, playing, taking a walk etc.) 
  • Reading a book by the fire
  • Styling your home with winter decor and florals (I just love this one) 
  • Take a class (cooking, art, crafts etc.) 
  • Get together with friends to reflect on 2016
  • Shop at your favorite stores and take advantage of the after christmas sales
  • Use a citrus scented essential oil for a pick me up 
  • Take a hot bubble bath
  • Meditate
  • Take a winter walk and enjoy the scenery
  • Light a christmas scented candle
  • Lounge in comfy socks while watching christmas movies
  • Make a special dinner with your honey 
  • Brainstorm about your goals for next year
  • Make yourself a christmasy cup of tea
  • Volunteer and make a difference in someone else's life 
  • Write someone who inspires you a letter with encouraging words
  • Go see a show
  • Try your hand at a Pinterest worthy craft
  • Declutter your home for a fresh start
  • Get a massage at your local spa
  • Go for a run or try a PureBarre class
  • Gather inspiration for your wedding, home etc.

What fires you up? 

Ask yourself this question during the holidays. Think about what helps you rest and de-stress. What gives you a sense of positivity? Remember that taking care of yourself is the first step to success and self love fuels us all! 

 

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ATLANTA WEDDING PLANNER / Preparing for Rising Tide Tuesdays Together Meetup

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One of my favorite things to do as a creative entrepreneur each month is attend the Rising Tide Society's Tuesday's Together Meetup. I always walk away feeling so motivated and empowered which is a welcomed change in an industry that can sometimes feel lonely & competitive.

A little about the Rising Tide Society...

The Rising Tide Society is a community for creatives that come together to transform the  industry while gaining knowledge and learning from one another. Each member strives to live the concept "Community over Competition", that Rising Tide founder Natalie Franke worked so hard at creating. This community serves individuals from all creative backgrounds including photographers, designers, bakers, boutique owners & artists. The society is also dedicated to providing affordable education for entrepreneurs and small business owners by hosting challenges, webinars & monthly learning material. 

A little about Tuesdays Together...

Tuesday's Together is a monthly meeting that falls on the second Tuesday of every month in  various cities around the country (check out their locations to find a meet up near you). Each meeting includes networking time before the program gets started. This helps you get to know or catch up with fellow creatives from your area. The presentation is always centered around the monthly topic. Examples of previous topics include: client experience, pricing, accounting + bookkeeping & public relations. I always feel as though I walk away with realization and friendship. 

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How to Prepare for Tuesdays Together Meet Up

  • If you aren't already a member of the Rising Tide Society Facebook group & your local Tuesdays Together Facebook group be sure to join before attending your first event! 
  • Make sure you also join the Rising Tide Database to receive monthly topic information and to keep up with challenges and webinars! 
  • Once you become a member of your local groups page be sure to introduce yourself and tell everyone a little about what you do. This is the first step at meeting new friends and connections. 
  • Once the monthly event is posted in the group be sure to RSVP so you are included in the list of attendees if you plan on going. 
  • Be sure to use the list of attendees for networking before you go. Take an extra step to look up each individual attending to see who you really want to get to know. Get a feel for their websites, social media accounts. Follow them and reach out! See if they are available to possibly meet before or after the meeting. 
  • Get to know the Admins of the group who will be able to answer any of your questions, and serve as an awesome contact. Carrie Joy Osborne with Carrie Joy Photography is the Admin of the Tuesdays Together meetings that I attend in Marietta, GA and she is just the sweetest thing!
  • Print the topic material either from your email or from the group page to read and fill out beforehand. This will help you engage more on the day of, and will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed with information. 
  •  Bring your planner or have your phones calendar up to date to possibly plan collaborations or future meetings during the event. 
  • Make sure you have plenty of business cards on hand! 
  • Enjoy and don't be nervous, these meetings are very informal and the admins do a great job of making everyone feel comfortable. This is all about taking that extra step each month to better yourself and your business and that should be your focus! 

Photography: Carrie Joy Photography

 

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ATLANTA WEDDING PLANNER / What to Expect in a Wedding Tasting

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Wedding tastings are a very enjoyable part of wedding planning that is often overlooked. I mean what could be better then sitting down to taste bite after bite of your favorite foods while discussing a plan for your personalized menu? But tastings are a new thing for most of our couples. They've never done this before and want every aspect of their celebration to represent their combined likes. We work with them to not only set up their tastings but we prepare them and stand by them during this important task. We have your back as well with this important guide! 

GETTING STARTED 

Before you or your planner set up any tastings be sure to reach out to a few caterers from your venues approved caterers list. During this step we provide a lot of insight to our clients on our experiences with these caterers and who might be best for their style and budget based on their needs. Be sure to check their availability, collect sample menus & basic pricing information. 

Once you've narrowed down your selections after receiving this information then its time to actually set up a few tastings with your front runners. Be sure to ask about and understand your options and how each caterers tastings work. Some caterers charge for tastings upfront and then credit you if you book with them, or some may not offer full tastings before booking. Your favorite caterer may also have bigger tasting events they invite you to along with other couples in the area, this gives you the opportunity to taste a huge variety of items to help you gather ideas. 

HOW TO PREPARE

Don't Eat Beforehand. Yes, you are trying smaller versions of everything but this normally adds up to be a lot of food by the time you are done, total food coma! So eat light before arriving. 

Know your Budget. Chances are you are going to love almost everything you try. So know how flexible your budget is before arriving and keep that in mind while you are tasting items. 

Decide on Service Type. Talk to your planner about suggestions for what type of meal service to provide for your guests. Do you prefer buffet or station service? Do you have a higher guest count that may do better with a plated meal to help the timing of the event? If your creative and want something unique you may want to consider family style service. These are things to consider and talk to the caterers about before your appointment. 

Make Food Allergies Known. Let the caterer know of any food allergies before your tasting so they can prepare and serve items that are safe during the meeting. Communicating you and your guests dietary limitations will help plan a menu that will work well for everyone. 

Learn what's in season. This will allow you to have a better attitude during the tasting vs. having to find this out and feel disappointment. 

Decide who's attending. Obviously you and your fiancé need to be in attendance, and your planner who is guiding you during the process. But don't feel like you need to bring anyone else. Too many opinions can take the fun out of this step and may cause confusion. 

DURING THE TASTING

Take Notes. Snapping photos or jotting down notes of what you did and did not like will help you later. If your attending two or three tastings in a day things may start to run together. 

Be Honest. This appointment is for the caterer to get to know your likes and dislikes, so don't feel bad about speaking up in a polite way. And also feel free to ask about substitutions or changes that can be made to certain dishes to make it more appealing. 

Trust & Be Open. Of course you want to taste items that speak to you but also be open to thinking outside of the box and trying some items you may not have thought about. Caterers may include some items you didn't list for the tasting and thats ok! Trust their experience and you may love their suggestions. 

WHAT TO NOTICE 

Presentation. Does the style of the caterers presentation match the style of your event? If serveware is on the modern side it may not fit with a vintage or traditionally styled event. This is something to bring up during the tasting. Check out the way the food is presented as well. Does it look appealing? This is the first thing your guests will notice. 

Freshness. Does the food look and taste fresh? 

Table Settings. Check the linens to see if they are steamed and clean, most venues offer linens but if you are wanting to upgrade these may come from the caterer. Is the flatware polished? Do the glasses have water marks? What type of plates do they use and do you like them? Chances are these are the same ones they use for events. Keep all of this in mind! 

Be sure to also check out our blog post on Creating a Delicious Menu and if you are in need of planning help here are our service options! We would love to serve as your support system and stress relief! 

Photography: Hannah Forsberg  / Styling & Design: Detailed I Do's / Catering: Proof of the Pudding

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ATLANTA WEDDING PLANNER // Quick Wedding Registry Hacks

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I am feeling so giddy that we are getting so close to engagement season, well I mean I guess technically we are in it now. YAY! One of the first things couples feel obligated to cross off their to-do list is to register for wedding gifts. This is one of those really fun things that you can knock out together that shouldn't cause stress. I remember doing this myself a few years back with my hubby taking funny photos with those scary looking scanner guns. I wish I had someone back then to share some registry hacks with us to get us through the process efficiently and quickly. Because here's the truth, the first store is fun. The second store still holds some potential and there are still smiles all around. BUT, by the time you hit the third and fourth store you both have headaches and you will hit your ultimate breaking point. When you hit this point 5 or 6 hours later you will give up for your own sanity. 

So I am sharing a quick list of hacks to use as you go shop either in person or online to avoid these feelings and make it easier and more tolerable for you both. These hacks will also help to create a more streamline shopping process for your guests which in all honesty helps you increase your chances of receiving those gifts that make your heart skip a beat that you really want! 

  • If wedding registries make you uncomfortable and you already live together and don't feel like you need much to start your life together consider asking your guests to donate to your favorite charity instead, and don't forget to include a link to the charity of your choice on your wedding website! 
  • Having a hard time figuring out how many high end items and budget friendly items to add? Use these awesome charts from Squirrelly Minds and save them on your phone or print for shopping in person! 
  • Do your guests and yourselves a huge favor and choose stores that you know offer lots of deals and coupons. Wedding Attendees LOVE this! We all know that if people feel like they are getting a deal for something then they are more likely to purchase more! 
  • Don't feel pressured by family, friends or even store employees to register for items you don't want. Those will be the items you stick in the top of the closet and never use. So be realistic and true to yourself.
  • Add personalized notes on your registry explaining why you need certain items and how they fit into your life style. Taking that extra step may sway your guests into spending a little extra to get you something that you see as important.
  • Collect those perks! Quite a few stores like Target offer couples "special gifts" as well as coupons & gift cards to stock up. Take advantage of that! If you register at Crate & Barrel they are currently giving couples two stemless wine glasses in a linen bag, Swanky!! 
  • If you register at Bed, Bath & Beyond check out their freebook. Then if guests buy certain brands you'll receive a gift. Also, consider attending a rock your registry event and receive a free goodie bag.
  • Merge registries from multiple stores on MyRegistry.com
  • Keep in mind that you can add virtually anything to an Amazon Registry, and most of the time its a lot cheaper then in stores! You could also visit stores and use the Amazon Registry App to scan items and find them at the cheapest price! 
  • Some stores offer a group gifting feature with your online listing. Turn it on, and use it! This allows guests to join in on big gifts easily. 
  • Use Honeyfund if you would like guests to contribute to honeymoon airfare, lodging or excursions. 
  • Make sure to let parents & bridal party members know where you are registered and share the links with them so they can pass these along to your guests. Also include links on your wedding website. 
  • Take advantage of completion offers! Most stores offer discounts between 10 - 20% off of any items left on your registry that you want to purchase! 
  • Most registry sites (excluding Target & Bed Bath and Beyond) will compile a thank you card list so check for this feature and use it to make things easier after the wedding. 

Photo: Hannah Forsberg

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ATLANTA WEDDING PLANNER / THE KNOTS BEST OF WEDDINGS AWARD

I am so excited to announce that we have won The Knots Best of Weddings Award! This is a huge accomplishment and we are so appreciative. I want to send hugs and huge thank you's to all of our amazing couples who left us reviews and who contributed to this honor. I am so thankful for the Detailed I Do's community that includes so many amazing people with big hearts who continue to support us even after their dream weddings! I know that there are a selective number of talented vendors who also won this award and I am so proud to be celebrating with them. Having our brand represented among these gifted individuals is so surreal. 

I will be sure to include this in my thanksgiving blessings this year! 

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ATLANTA WEDDING PLANNER / LAUREN + SEAN'S NORTH GA DESTINATION WEDDING

I have wanted to share Lauren + Sean's wedding on the blog for a while just because it was so beautiful and I am thrilled to feature it today for our #TBT post! These photos by Diana Lupu Photography make my wedding planner heart so happy and full! 

I got to know Lauren really really well during the planning process and felt like we really connected since we both have such a strong eye for design and details. As a planner it is always such a breath of relief when your clients can let go of the control a bit and let you work your magic. We worked really closely with Megan from Victory Blooms on wedding florals and color palette and this gorgeous day came together like a dream! 

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Ok seriously y'all....check out that bridesman shirt with the matching silk pocket. UGH adorable! 

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When Lauren told me about her bridesmaids dresses for the first time I wanted to die from sheer happiness! That may sound a little dramatic but my gosh look at this palette. Just pure perfection! 

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These silver trays turned seating charts created by Lairsey Paper Co. were the perfect addition to the couples vintage garden theme. 

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This ceremony floral paired with the inspiring mountain backdrop was everything and more on this April afternoon. 

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These sweet cupcakes were an ode to Shawn since he is a Assistant Golf Professional, and has such a love of the sport. Don't these just look delicious? 

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Also, take a couple minutes and watch their wedding trailer created by Casto Photography & Cinema! You won't regret it! 

I have so much love for this couple and think back to their gorgeous day often! We had an awesome team of friendors help us pull off this beauty and gosh was a fun one! 

Photography: Diana Lupu Photography / Planning & Design: Detailed I Do's / Floral Design: Victory Blooms / Videography: Casto Photography & Cinema / Venue: Waterfall Country Club / Invitation Suite & Placecards: Tiger Lily Invitations / Calligraphy: Lairsey Paper Co. / Linens: Nuage Designs / DJ: Lethal Rhythms Entertainment / Cake & Desserts: Gigi's Cupcakes at the Forum / Hair & Makeup Design: Hope Ferguson 

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ATLANTA WEDDING PLANNER / RECONNECTING IN THE FALL

I am sitting on my adirondack outside with a cup of tea as we speak feeling uber inspired by this fall weather today! Gosh it just couldn't get any better then this. 

I had an epiphany recently while chatting with one of my clients. She was asking me if I could take a few minutes and write a few of my favorite caterers with our menu thoughts for their wedding to get quotes put together for them. My response? Umm...I WOULD LOVE TO DO THAT! That is the exact reason Atlanta brides hire me! So as I typed away to these caterers I realized how much I love this bride for being open with me and making time for her relationship during the wedding planning. 

I encourage each of my couples to pass along those daunting tasks to me all the time, but I also hope that each day as I am working away they are working on building a solid foundation for their soon to be marriage. I hope they are enjoying this weather with its crisp air and soothing scents. I hope they are going on a hike, or cuddling up on the couch at home together connecting. I hope they are falling in love all over again! 

So I thought I would share a quick list of some of my favorite ideas to reconnect in the Fall:

  • Go on a bookstore date
  • Go on a fall foliage date or hike
  • Have a thermos picnic in the park
  • Rake and play in the leaves with your pets
  • Make apple cider floats
  • Make your New Years Resolution a couple months early
  • Volunteer together
  • Have a Christmas movie marathon
  • Book a couples massage at a swanky city hotel 
  • Discover a new town 
  • Go zip lining through the Autumn leaves
  • Attend a wine tasting
  • Have a bonfire and make s'mores
  • November is National Peanut Butter Month, make a sweet treat! 
  • Go on a trip to the farmers market and then have a farm to table cooking night
  • Plan + prepare for your first hosted Thanksgiving 
  • Boycott Black Friday, cuddle up and share leftovers instead! 

I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving holiday! Remember to reconnect with family, friends & your fiancé! Feel free to share some of your fall date ideas in the comments! 

Photography: Cooper & Co Photography 

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ATLANTA WEDDING PLANNER / SPRING WEDDING AT MAGNOLIA HALL

I hate to admit that I am catching up on blog posts during this off season since I have so many pretty pictures from this year to share! I am so excited about these images from Once Like a Spark of a beautiful day that belonged to Yunhwa + James. What a celebration this was at Magnolia Hall in Piedmont Park! 

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Jenna with Gold & Bloom provided perfect pops of vibrant floral that fit the casual feel of this couples special day to a tee! This bouquet, the perfect weather & Yunhwa's smile made me grin from ear to ear the entire event. She was such a stunning bride and this duo's family and friends were the sweetest crowd! 

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Their first look was such a sweet memory that the whole family got to witness and partake in. James was taken back with Yunhwa's beauty and this really showed during this private moment they shared. 

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These adorable flower girls paired with quite a few furry guests provided laughs all around.  You could tell these pups really enjoyed themselves! 

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The reception space featured a variety of centerpieces and overflowed with candlelight. The cake table featured greenery garlands and scattered blooms to dress up their dessert! 

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Wanna know a secret? Yunhwa & James are two of the best dancers i've ever seen together! I was getting tired just witnessing their moves! And all of their guests showed up to party too. Gosh this was the best crowd! 

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Thank you so much Yunhwa & James for allowing me to help plan & design your gorgeous day! It was perfect from start to finish and it was an absolute pleasure working with you both! A big thank you to our awesome vendor team who helped us pull off all this magic and more! 

Photography & Videography: Once Like a Spark / Planning & Design: Detailed I Do's / Floral: Gold & Bloom / Venue: Magnolia Hall / Catering: Endive Catering / Cake: Publix / Hair & Makeup Design: Van Michaels /  DJ: Express Entertainment GA / Transportation: Olympus

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ATLANTA WEDDING PLANNER / HALLOWEEN INSPIRATION FEATURED ON GREEN WEDDING SHOES

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Anyone that knows me knows that fall is my favorite season and i've always been equally obsessed with dark and moody wedding inspiration. So when i'm asked to partner up with a creative team to pull off both my heart is happy! 

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I am so excited to share this hauntingly beautiful feature from Green Wedding Shoes today! Thank you so much Rustic White & Lifeview Motion Pictures for sharing your amazing work with us! Check it out here and check out our awesome vendor team below! 

 

Photography: Rustic White Photography // Videography: Lifeview Motion Pictures // Floral: Amanda Jewel Floral Design // Planning: Detailed I Do's // Venue: Kellum Valley Farm // Dress: Elizabeth Dye, The Sentimentalist Atlanta // Hair & Makeup Design: Jennifer C. Nieman // Model: Hailey Garman for Salt Model // Hair Piece: Jennifer Behr // Ring: Susie Saltzman // Stationery Design: Lairsey Paper Co. Ribbon: May Arts Ribbon

 

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