Vendor Highlight: Suit and Tie DJ Professionals

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www.suitandtiedjs.com                           970.372.9822

I had the opportunity to work with Suit and Tie DJ Professionals many times through our connection to a local venue.  Man, I’m telling you, this team of DJ’s quickly won my heart as they are not only extremely kind and professional but they have amazing skills and are superb at making sure everyone has a great time on the dance floor!  They are extremely interactive but never in a way that seems overbearing.  For all my Colorado folks, if you’re on the hunt for the perfect DJ for your wedding or event, I strongly recommend checking out Suit and Tie DJ Professionals.

 

 

Enjoy this fun interview with Brandon Harrington, the owner of Suit and Tie DJ Professionals.

What’s your favorite ice cream?

Jamoca Almond Fudge

 

What’s your go-to song?

Go to Song:  “Don’t Stop til’ You Get Enough” – MJ

 

Do you have a favorite quote?

“All the world’s a stage and all men and women are merely players.”

 

How did you get started in your business?

I got started in California when a PE teacher I taught with brought me into his DJ business.  He thought my theatrical background would be a good fit.

 

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How long  has your business been established for?

I’ve been doing this for 10 years but my business officially launched about 2 years ago.

 

What’s the process like when someone books with you?

When someone books with me I ease their mind and assure them everyone will have a great time.  I provide them with easy to fill out information pages so I can customize the event to be exactly what they want.

 

What makes you different from the rest?

I am an interactive DJ/MC who is not afraid to get the party started.  I reward the guests for having fun with my 20 dancing awards.  No other DJ will get on the dance floor and set the tone like me, with my on point dance moves and smooth emceeing.

 

What do you love about your field?

I love surprising guests and breaking the norms of what DJ’s should do.  I love to entertain, bust out my Michael Jackson moves, show my professionalism, give everyone a great time, and make sure everything flows perfectly.

 

What are some popular trends you’ve seen this year that you think will be big next year?

Popular trends are uplighting, sparkler send-offs, drone footage, candy stations, and donuts!

 

If you could give three pieces of advice for couples who are looking to hire a vendor like you, what would those be?

Advice:

1)  Ask your DJ what he can bring to the table to make your event a true celebration.

2)  Book the DJ as soon as you pick the date and venue to ensure you are getting the right DJ for your event.

3)  Use your instincts and go with the right fit for you.

 

Want to learn more?  Visit their site at: www.suitandtiedjs.com

5 Podcasts Every Entrepreneur Should Listen To

This is one is for all my entrepreneur friends out there.

When it comes to running a business, I’ve found there is ALWAYS more to learn and such little time to learn it.

One of the best ways I’ve found to continue to grow my education is by turning to the wonderful world of Podcasts! Podcasts are useful because you can listen to them anywhere. On your commute to work, out walking the dogs, during mindless tasks, or folding laundry.

Below are five of my favorite business podcasts to listen to.  I love them because they are all successful women who seek to empower women to do what they love.  Many of them take the time to interview OTHER business professionals and some of them are experts in their field.

1. The Goal Digger Podcast

http://podcast.jennakutcher.com

Jenna Kutcher is a businesswoman turned wedding photographer turned inspirational entrepreneur and social media goddess.  Her podcast is full of tips and tricks for mastering social media, how-to’s in running your small business, and rich informational episodes containing interviews with other successful entrepreneurs.

 2. Bombshell Business Podcast with Amber Hurdle

https://amberhurdle.com/podcasts/

This Amber Hurdle is a bombshell for sure!  A lot like Jenna Kutcher, she shares a lot of the tips and tricks she’s learned on how to run a business  and her info is chock full of wisdom from personal experience and interviews of other inspiring femprenuers out there.  I love her sassy attitude.

3. Christy Wright’s Business Boutique

https://www.businessboutique.com/podcast/

Christy Wright is a close friend of the popular Financial Peace University and money magic man, Dave Ramsey. With that, comes amazing wisdom on business financials along with lots of inspirational stories from her own experiences.  Christy is a business coach and motivational speaker as well.  Every episode is full of real life and so encouraging.

4. Office Talk with Annette Stepanian

http://www.annettestepanian.com/officetalk/

Annette is a lawyer for creatives and has such wonderful legal, knitty gritty information to share on running your business the ‘official’ way.  Like the others, she host interviews with other professionals in the industry and is so encouraging to her listeners.

5. Amy Porterfield’s Online Marketing Made Easy

http://www.amyporterfield.com/amy-porterfield-podcast/

‘Expert interviews, mini execution plans, and intimate behind-the-scenes secrets from my biggest launches… all tied together by my mission to make EVERYTHING you listen to as actionable and profitable as possible.’

If you’re one to struggle with all the different online marketing tools, this one’s for you.  Amy walks you through the different options out there. Which ones she views as best for which end goal and how to use them.  She also interviews other professionals in the industry.

If you are budding entreprenuer like msyelf who is looking for ways to grow your education as a small business owner and maybe maximize your drive, walking, cooking time.  I highly recommend giving each of these podcasts a listen.  Your life will be richer.

Vendor Highlight: April Foster Bridal Hair and Makeup

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April Foster Hair and Makeup Hair and Makeup

www.aprilfosterbridal.com

@aprilfosterbridal

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April and I had the privilege of working together on a styled shoot a year and a half ago.  I was so impressed with her professionalism and passion that flowed through her hands.  Styled shoots (just like weddings!) begin early, and I was wowed when I learned she had been up since 4:30 am to make sure she arrived in time for the dark o’clock start time.   This chick’s got talent, friends.  

So without further ado, it is my pleasure to introduce you to my first Vendor Highlight:  April Foster of April Foster Bridal.

April Foster Bridal is a luxury onsite beauty team that services the San Francisco Bay Area. April and her team enhance natural beauty by providing clients with soft, romantic, loose and modern looks that bring out their inner glow. From City Hall to larger events her crafted wedding packages provides brides and bridal parties a celebrity-like experience. April and her team are obsessed with all things beauty and are inspired with each opportunity to make someone look and feel like their beautiful inner self.

A Little About You

 

Favorite Ice Cream: So Delicious Coconut Milk “Ice cream” in Cold Brew!

Go-To Song: Something by Mariah Carey or Britney Spears. 😉

About Your Business

How did you get started in your business?

A lot of sweat, tears and lipsticks. Lots of lipsticks.  

How long has your business been established for?

I’ve been in business for 3 years

What’s the process like when someone books with you?

After a Bride reserves her date with 50% date retainer and signed contract, we get down with the fun! Gathering inspiration photos, from everything to hair and makeup to their florals, to their gowns! I want to see it all! We review it during our preview consultation and then co create a look that’s perfect for my Bride’s personality, face shape and hair texture.

Why Should I Pick You?

What makes you different from the rest?

My Brides are my top priority! My crafted hair and makeup packages provides brides and bridal parties a celebrity like experience. With our ‘Classic Day Experience’ which enables me to be behind the scenes of your bridal portraits ensuring every photo that your photographer clicks is absolutely picture perfect.

What are some popular trends you’ve seen this year that you think will be big next year?

Things are moving away from super organic borderline messy into more sleek and polished looks. I’m seeing a lot more simple and understated looks.

If you could give three pieces of advice for couples who are looking to hire a vendor like you, what would those be?

Best advice is once you find someone that you love their portfolio, BOOK them! We often book up to a year in advance. To avoid disappointment, lock your favorite artist in.

Interested in booking this beauty talent?

Phone: 415-802-9500

E-mail: hello@aprilfosterbridal.com

Vendor Highlights

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Curating the perfect day-of wedding team for you and your beau is one of the privileges a wedding planner gets to help with. You want wedding vendors whose style speaks of your style and whose personalities you enjoy. You want vendors you can trust will serve you well and do all they can to ensure your day is perfect. Helping you determine who those team players will be is one of the most important tasks on your wedding planner’s list. Though we all play a different role during the wedding planning process, we work together as a team with one common goal: To give you the most perfect, stress free wedding we can give and to serve you, your family, and your guests well.

A perk of being in this industry is the ability to work with SO many talented wedding professionals. Like myself, many of them started out with a passion, a vision, and a dream and after a lot of courage mixed with gumption and hard work have paved a path of success and growth. I am always encouraged and energized to learn more about their stories and how they came to be the successful creative professionals they are today.

I’ve had a vision of interviewing, promoting, and highlighting some of my absolute favorites in the industry. And I am FINALLY making that happen. I’ll be highlighting ones from Colorado, California, and other regions I’ve worked in. So on Fridays, stay tuned as I introduce folks who I think will make fantastic wedding day team members.

XO,

Marci

3 Tips on How to Plan Your Engagement Party

Are you recently engaged or do you have someone close to you who is? This is an exciting time, and leading up to the wedding there are many parties to celebrate the happy couple. To start this journey, an engagement party is a fun way to share the news with friends and family! Here are a few tips on how to plan this one-time event:

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Getting Started

You may be wondering how to start the event planning. Here are a few basics: Typically, the engagement party is held within a few months of the engagement, and is usually hosted by the bride’s parents (The Knot). If you would rather host (or have your bridesmaids do it), go for it! This might be good practice for your bridesmaids to take initiative in planning events leading up to your wedding. If you don’t have your bridesmaids picked out yet, don’t worry, that’s often the case! You still have plenty of time to solidify your wedding party. At this point, you can recruit help from family members or a couple solid friends that you trust. Gathering support from family or friends for this first celebration can be an immense help.

Photo: Marcella Camille Events

 

Planning Details

Luckily, the planning process for the engagement party will mimic that of the actual wedding. That being said, it is important to create a guest list, make invitations and send them out with enough time for guests to RSVP (about 3 weeks). Another rule of thumb: everyone who is invited to the engagement party should also be invited to the wedding. This will help you avoid any awkward conversations later on. You don’t have to create your guest list this early, but inviting close family and friends to your engagement party is a safe place to begin. So, what next? This event doesn’t have to be a huge spectacle, but creating a menu and drink list is important so your guests are taken care of! Beyond these details, the party can be as grand or as intimate as you would like. If you’d like to match the extravagance of the event to that of your wedding, it can make planning easier.

The Brazilian Room, Colorado Wedding Planner
Photography: Ridgewood Films

Setting the Scene

This event can be as formal or informal as you’d like. It can be at your favorite restaurant, a friend’s backyard, or at your home. It can be a suit and tie event, or a shorts and sandals kick back. You get to choose! In addition, decorations don’t have to be over the top. These can include very simple color themes, or you can add as many decor details as you’d like. Although gifts aren’t a requirement, having a small area set aside for them is appropriate, but not necessary. Most importantly, you should relax and enjoy time with your significant other and guests. Don’t stress too much over specific details or if everything is perfect. Remember, your guests are there to celebrate YOU! Eat yummy food, enjoy good company, and keep this as a time to celebrate a new season of life.

Congratulations on your engagement, have fun planning, and don’t stress too much! Recruit the help of family and friends to plan this event and keep it as simple or extravagant as you’d like. Although some planning is necessary, such as invitations, guest list, and food, this is a time for you to be celebrated.

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References: https://www.theknot.com/content/engagement-parties-411

(Used to determine who hosts the engagement party)

 

Written by: Sara Mundo

5 Things To Do Before Your Engagement Shoot

Excited for your engagement photos? Us too! To help you make the most of this special step during your wedding planning journey, consider doing these 5 steps:

#1.  Hire a photographer!

Credit: Hannah Mellum Photography

And not just any photographer,  but (hopefully) your wedding photographer! Many will offer a discount for engagement photos or even include them in your service agreement from them.  When looking for a photographer, you’ll want to find someone’s whose artistic style matches yours, is in the price point you your looking for AND someone whose personality you enjoy. Why? Well, your photographer is going to be with you practically all day and you want to hire someone you’d enjoy being around on your wedding day. However, if your photographer doesn’t include anything special with their day of services, you can always hire a different photographer to capture your engagement photos.

#2: Find your location:

Credit: Hannah Mellum Photography

Are and your boo more of a mountain or beach couple? Do you love beer or wine? Are you a coffee couple? Are you homebodies? What do you enjoy doing and where do you usually spend your time? It’s a fun trend to take your photos in a place that speaks of your relationship.  The who, what, where?  If you’re stuck, ask your photographer who should be able to help come up with a location that fits you.

#3: Create Your Style:

Are you more BohoChic, Indie, Rustic, Romantic? Are you more business professional, relaxed? A little more country? Determine which one fits you two best and then choose an outfit or two for you both.  And hey, if you need to make a special trip to  Anthropologie for that outfit, go right ahead!

#4:  Determine Your Must Have Shotlist:

If you spend anytime on Pinterest, you’ll find a lush amount of inspiration pics there.  Browse through some and compile a list of the ones that are must haves for you.  Hint: Think photos with your fur baby, of your ring, doing your favorite activity, a ‘dip’ picture.

#5: Get Pampered:

After all these steps are completed, consider getting pampered.  That means a trip to your hair salon to touch up those roots. A trip to the barber so your fiancé looking his finest. A trip to the nail salon so your digits are in pristine shape.  And day of, a trip to a blow dry bar so your locks are simply divine.  You can also hire a make up artist or get make up services at your blow dry bar (if they provide it).  Lastly, you may consider a quick trip to your jeweler so they can clean your ring.

Credit: Hannah Mellum Photography

Follow these fun steps and you are sure to have engagement photos you’ll cherish for a lifetime and look back on with love and joy.

3 Wedding DIY Projects Anyone Can Do

DIY projects are such a popular thing, especially with the help of Pinterest & Youtube.  With a love for the creative flair myself, wedding DIY’s are one of my favorite things!  Visit your local Michael’s or Amazon.com, put on Netflix , grab a glass of wine and enjoy a night of crafting.  You will feel so accomplished and very proud looking over the fruits of your labor.

Below are a list of 3 Wedding DIY Projects Anyone Can Do!

1. Favor Bags:

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography
Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

One of my absolute favorite types of favors to recommend for my clients are some kind of edible treat for your guests to enjoy.  With the recent trend on rusticand vintage themed weddings, I have absolutely fallen in love with these kraft paper bags.  Whether you’re giving your guests some candy from a candy bar, cookies from the dessert bar or a prepacked favor, these gems will absolutely work wonders and provide a beautiful detail for your wedding.

Supplies:

-Kraft paper bags

-Stamp:  You can order a customized one here

-Ink in your preferred color.

Instructions:

Place a kraft paper bag on a flat work surface.  Ink your customized stamp and place the stamp firmly in the location of your choosing on the paper bag.  Press firmly for 10- 15 seconds.  Lift straight up to avoid smudging. Set aside to dry and voila!  You have your own customized favor bag.

2. Rustic Vases:

Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography
Copyright, Nicole diGiorgio-Sweetness and Light Photography

This photo is from a bridal faire I coordinated at the local venue I worked for.  There was little budget for the actual decor so I had to be creative and crafty.  I loved it!  I gathered beer bottles, root beer bottles, mason jars, anything glass that would be easy to spray paint.  Then I visited good old Michael’s and picked out spray paint in the colors of my choosing.  For this design, I wanted to have a nice accent color of gold and copper metallic.

Supplies:  

-Glass bottles or mason jars of your choosing.  The amount depends on what you are using it for.

-Spray paint of your choice (like this one)

-Newspaper or tarp

-Plastic gloves if preferred

Instructions:

Make sure all your glass bottles are clean and free of debris.  Once dry place the bottle or jar on the center of the newspaper (preferably outdoors or a well ventilated area).  Follow the directions on the back of your spray paint can.  Generally (shake the can vigorously, hold the can 8-10 inches away from the bottle).  Start on one side of the jar and rotate around until you have covered the whole bottle/jar.  Make sure not to stay on one side too long or the paint will start to drip.  Once the jar is covered to your preference, let the paint dry and voila!  Enjoy these beautiful vases as centerpieces, aisle decor, or filler for those extra spaces that need that extra pop!

3. Succulent Centerpieces:

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If you are trying to save a little on florals or just simply LOVE succulents as so many of us do, these are a simple and easy way to add a pop of elegance and beauty to your wedding and you can do it all yourself!

I put together these succulent creations to use as tablescape centerpieces  for a few bridal shows and then, because they are succulents and can last forever, used them in a styled photoshoot I put together this past spring.  I absolutely love these and they are so easy!

Supplies:

-Vase or centerpiece bowl of your choosing. Goodwill or Amazon should do the trick. 🙂

-Buy pre-designed succulent creations from your local floral shop, Lowes, or Home Depot.

-Gardening gloves

-Hand shovel

-Spay bottle of water

-Succulent soil mix

Instructions:

Make sure your centerpiece or bowl is clean.  Depending on how deep the bowl is, fill the bottom with succulent soil mix.  Use your handshovel to create pockets for the succulents.  If you bought a pre-planted succulent design, simply re-pot it into your centerpiece bowl and use the soil to fill in any empty spots.  If you did not buy a pre-designed succulent creation, start with a few anchor succulents in the center and then work your way out til you are pleased with the creation. Once you have finished trans-planting the succulents, give them watering straight to the soil.  Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite DIY projects?  Are there are any wedding DIY projects you would like to see?

Comment below! I’d love to connect. 🙂

5 Things You Can Do To Have Fun at a Wedding

 

5 Things You Can Do To Have Fun at a Wedding

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Photo by Custock Photography

Sure, the ceremony is the most important part of your big day, but the reception is what your guests are most looking forward to. Here are some tips to make your reception fun and engaging for your guests!

A Photo Booth

Photo booths have been a staple for all types of events, but especially weddings.

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Photo by Marcella Camille Events

The great thing about photo booths, is that they double as a fun activity for your guests and a souvenir! Photo booths are a great way to get your guests up and moving. They allow your guests to break out of their shell and dress up in silly disguises with one another. Typically, photo booth companies will help to customize your photo strip background to match the theme of your wedding day. Not only will your guests have fun, but just a few seconds after they take their pictures, they can have a memory to take with them to last a lifetime.  If you’re feeling up to it, you can give your try at a DIY photobooth, too!

Games

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Photography by Sweetness & Light Photography

Games are a great way to get your guests up and interacting and they make for great photo opportunities. Lawn games have been gaining popularity for those who have outdoor weddings. Some lawn games include cornhole, horseshoes, ladder toss, jenga, ring toss, and so many more! Some other games that are fun for weddings both indoors and outdoors, include mad libs, the shoe game, puzzles, and board games. Your guests will have great time with lots of laughs. Games get everyone up and moving and enjoying the special day they came to celebrate.

Build Your Own Snack Bars

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Photography by Gloria Shaffer (from my own wedding!  My it was yummy!)

A great way to entertain your guests is to have a build your own snack bar. Guests can be endlessly entertained with a build your own snack bar, maybe even returning for seconds! You can even customize the snacks to be items that represent you and your new partner’s love for one another. Some popular snack bars includes a S’mores bar, popcorn bar, an antipasti platter, or a mashed potatoe bar.  And of course, who doesn’t love a candy bar, especially when it’s color coordinated and filled with all different goodies. Snack bars are a great way to let your guests choose different items they may want to have for their dessert.

Kids table

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Photography by Marcella Camille Events

Are you inviting kids to the wedding? Wedding’s can get boring for kids and they can get restless, especially when they don’t have anything to entertain them. So why not entertain them at a Kids Table! Not only are the kids distracted with coloring or toys, but they can play with other children at the wedding and the parents can be stress free and enjoy their time at the wedding.

Hire a caricaturist

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Everyone loves getting themselves drawn in a silly way. A caricaturist is a great ice breaker and is fun for all ages. Not only will your guests have a good time, but they will leave with a cherish memento of your special day. You could even ask your caricaturist to add a little note at the bottom to thank your guests for sharing the day with you.

Written by Elisse Soo Hoo

10 Things To Do Now That You’re Engaged

Congratulations!  You’re engaged!!

He popped the question and you said yes!  You’ve made all the phone calls, done all the celebrations and you still can’t stop looking at that gorgeous sparkling ring.  Yes, you are engaged!

And yes- that does mean you now have a wedding to plan! 🙂

Kayla Adams Photography

But WHERE to start??

Below are 10 key steps to take when you first get engaged!

  1.  Hire A Wedding Planner or Consultant:

    There are a few different ways a wedding planner can help you.  You may just need to hire someone for a few hours who can connect you with recommended vendors and help to make sure you are on the right way.  This would be hiring for Consultation Services.  Or perhaps you have family and friends who can help you determine all the details but you don’t want to burden any of them with the day-of logistics.  This service is for Month-of/Day-of

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    Coordination. Or perhaps it would be better to hire a professional who can literally do all the ground work for you and collaborate with you all along the way. This service would be considered Full Planning.  At the very least, I recommend hiring a Day-of Coordinator who can handle all set-up and logistical concerns for you.  This will guarantee a relaxing and enjoying day for you and your loved ones to fully engage in all the wonderful day’s activities. Believe me hiring the right wedding planner is well worth it!

  2. Determine your budget.

    According to costofwedding.com, the average cost of a wedding in the United States is $26,645.00.  But the good news is this varies depending on where you live and hiring a wedding coordinator can actually help you to save costs in the long run

  3. Determine Your Preferred Date/Months:

    If you’re planning on an 18+ month engagement, odds are you’ll be able to get the date of your choosing.  If your engagement is 18 months or shorter, you may have to open your preferences to a particular month or months.  When determining your preferred date or dates, I recommend considering a few things:

    1. The Important People:  Who are the important people in your lives you are willing
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      to work your date around?  This could be your fiance’s grandparent’s in another state who would have a hard time traveling during the winter months OR perhaps you have siblings with only certain weeks during the school year they could attend your wedding.

    2. Annual Holidays/ Cultural Events: Are their annual holidays or cultural festivities that could make it hard for guests to attend?  For example, the first two weeks of June are the popular graduation celebrations.  December is plush with annual festive holidays. Do you mind having your wedding on one or near one of those celebrations?
  4. Book Your Venue:

    On average, most couples book their venue 18 months to one year out. (Check out this article from Huffington Post)  Crazy, I know.  I spent nearly two years as the wedding coordinator for a local wedding venue and I found those stats to be true.  With that knowledge I definitely recommend getting on top of the venue search fast!  Check out websites like theknot.com, weddingwire.com or wedding.com to help you find venues that fit your budget and your style.

  5. Choose Your Bridal & Groomal Party:

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    Who are the people in your life who have genuinely been there for you?   Who has supported your relationship together?  Which of your friends can you envision being a #lifer?  Larger wedding parties of 6+ are quite popular nowadays but it is just as fine to have only a best man and maid of honor.  The important decision factors here are choosing those people who genuinely love you and have been and are willing to support you two day of and the rest of your lives.

  6. Create Your Guest List:

    A lot of this determines on your pre-determined budget.  What’s your food & beverage budget goal?  Most likely, you will have people from different seasons of life being invited.  Both sets of parents will have guests they’d like to invite and it is very likely that you may have friends from your life and your fiance may have friends from theirs.  Then you will also have friends you know collectively you’ll want to invite.  Many couples consider this one of the hardest parts.  If possible, get together with whomever is financially contributing to the wedding and determine your guest list there.  Also, don’t forget to write your A-List and B-List. 🙂

  7. Book Your Vendors!  

    Yep- you guessed it.  Just as your preferred venue and date of choice can book up fast, so can your vendors.  So it’s important to book those shortly after engagement, too.  But who do you need and how do you find them?  You can also visit websites like weddingwire.com, the knot.com, or wedding.com if you’ve got the time and ready to take that task on BUT a good wedding planner will have a whole slew of wedding professionals in her network she can recommend to you.  I love being able to connect some of my favorite industry professionals with my couples. Vendor Must Haves are: Caterer (if not included with the venue), Photographer, Florist, Dessert/Baker, DJ/Emcee, Officiant.  Some other vendors that would come in handy:  Calligraphist/Typographer, Wedding Design, Decor/Rentals, Videographer, Food Truck, Photobooth.

  8. Create Your Design:

    Hop on Pinterest!  Your design and theme may change a little

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    from your initial pins but it is SO helpful to create a board labelled Our Wedding, The Best Day Ever, or Wedding Inspiration to help you two start to solidify the color palette and type of decor/feel you both want.  It’s a fun way to build the day that is strictly about you and your love.  Perhaps you have a hobby that you both really enjoy or there’s a certain era you both wish you grew up in, maybe you both love Telenovelas…  Whatever it is that speaks to you both, start pinning those things and you’ll start to see a clear vision of how you want your special day to aesthetically look. Note:  Having a Pinterest board is also super helpful to share with your wedding planner, florist, and any other vendor who is helping with the aesthetic design.

  9. Select Your Gowns:

    Brides, the process of getting your gown may take quite a while.  So gather your gals, a bottle of champagne, book some appointments and start trying on bridal gowns!  It’s also a good idea to determine the bridesmaids attire now, too.  It can take a few months for the gowns to be delivered and then alterations. So you want to allow plenty of time to have those ordered.  If you’re lucky-the dress will be the perfect fit.  Don’t forget to order your veil and belt if wearing those, too!

  10. Make Honeymoon Plans:

    Traditionally, this is the groom’s responsibility to make sure all the travel arrangements have been met.  Whether you are deciding on the plans together or not, it’s a good idea to make sure your travel documents (like your passport, visa, birth certificate) are up-to-date and ready to go.

There are many more details that go with each one of the items mentioned above and no doubt weddings take a lot of work  but they are also a LOT of fun!  So don’t forget to be present, relish the process, and take time to enjoy the season of being engaged!

Rustic Woodland Styled Photo Shoot

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This past spring, I had the privilege of collaborating with a handful of creatives to create a beautiful Woodland styled photoshoot with hints of fiesta red, navy blue, Ivory, cream, and lots of natural metallic goodness.

This shoot was inspired by the natural organic beauty of The Ranch at Little Hills combined with a love for vintage rustic beauty.  Having worked weddings there for the past two seasons, I wanted to bring colors in that had never been done since I’d worked there as well as dress up the venue in some ways that hadn’t been done.  We were able to dress up the pergola deck with some grand draping and a lounge area and a pretty wooded area that is usually closed off to weddings.

Featuring a blushing bride envisioning her wedding day in all its splendor,  it was published on  Storyboard Wedding this past June here.

It was a pleasure to collaborate with so many talented Bay Area wedding professionals to bring the vision to life. I was also able to bring in a few of my dear friends to work on the shoot with us.  Dani Brooks brought in her interior design skills as my design assistant and Jazmine Rubin was our gorgeous model who actually got to re-wear her wedding gown from a few years prior.  This day was so fun!

Enjoy some photos from this gorgeous shoot.

 

 

 

 

Wedding Coordination & Design: Marcella Camille Events  | Photographer:  Christine Glebov Photography | Venue:  Ranch At Little Hills | Floral: Tumbleweed Floral Truck | Stationery & Calligraphy: Grace & Charm Paperie | Cupcakes:  Cat’s Cupcakes | Hair + Makeup: April Foster Artistry| Sweetheart Table Rental:  Pleasanton Rentals | Ceremony Rentals: Joe Squared | Vintage Décor: Gussy Up Décor | Lounge Draping & Chandelier: Chair Divas | Cocktail Hour Décor: 1000 Fine Events | Wedding Dress Boutique:  J’aime Bridal  | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal