Today we're sharing some highlights of our last wedding of 2015! Nicole and Brian rang in the New Year as husband and wife with a wintry and enchanting wedding reception! The reception was at Indigo Hall in Spartanburg, a venue that is lovely to work with, both in physical beauty and their friendliness! For the flowers, we used a color palette of whites, purples, and grey-greens. Mixed metals added lots of sparkle, as did LOTS of candlelight! We wanted the designs to be glamorous but organic and airy. Add in trees and lights, and you've got one sophisticated fairy tale!
Berbank Events provided some really neat rental items, including a tree trunk table and swanky lounge furniture! Cakes by Darla Bernath are always both stunning and delicious, and this one was no exception!
One of the coolest things we did for this wedding was to install a twinkling forest right in the middle of the reception! We cut down about 60(!) trees from the woods and surrounded the poles of the banquet hall. We wrapped that with beaucoups of lights to create some sparkly magic!
He asked, you said yes. You can’t stop looking at your left hand. You’re giddy with excitement because “OMG, I’M ENGAGED!” But when the sparkle settles and you find yourself in a flurry of ideas and to-do lists, you can quickly become overwhelmed with all the details. Take a step back and get focused with these five tips to set yourself up for wedding planning success!
1. Give yourself a reality check.
In today’s online world, beautiful inspiration is everywhere and instantly available, from wedding blogs to bridal magazines to social media. A seven-tiered cake with hand painted details, a giant flower wall backdrop and lush peony arrangements, glittery specialty linens, a midnight food truck with personalized bites. Well, I don’t want to rain on your parade, but you will soon find that your Pinterest wedding may not line up with your actual wedding budget. Be prepared to pay for extravagance. And if you can’t, adjust your expectations. Set your priorities and spend money on what’s most important to you. What do you want you and your guests to remember the most? Maybe it’s the food, an awesome band, top-notch photography, or *ahem* amazing flowers! I don’t want to you to stop dreaming and pinning those jaw dropping images, because you can always use those for inspiration and draw certain elements and themes from them, but don’t be discouraged if you find you need to scale back a bit.
2. Start honing in on your style.
This is another problem area in a Pinterest-planning world. In the beginning stages, it’s ok to pin anything and everything that catches your eye, but at some point you’re going to have to zero-in on a particular style. Once you determine your overall theme, don’t be afraid to be editorial in your ideas. Just because you love something, doesn’t mean you have to use it. You can be “carefully eclectic,” but let go of the things that really don’t fit with your theme. For example you really heart those rustic mason jar and twine details, but they don’t really jive with your crystal candelabras and orchid centerpieces, which also give you heart eyes. It’s ok to save those ideas for another event. Think of it this way: you have your favorite floral boho sundress. It’s adorable, it’s comfortable, perfect with a pair of boots, you love it. But you wouldn’t wear it to a black-tie gala. Likewise, you wouldn’t wear an evening gown to a barbecue. Too many different elements will look jumbled and out of place. Try to stick with one well- curated theme.
3. Find the right venue.
After setting your date, booking a good venue is the next thing you want to jump on right away. Don’t wait too long to book a venue, but also be careful in choosing the right one. If you have your heart set on a particular feel or style for your wedding, find a venue that suits that style. If you want a rustic, laid-back wedding, a ballroom is not where you want to go. If you both love the outdoors and want to reflect that in your wedding, find an outdoor location. You also want to consider the price vs. value of any given location. Consider what is included in the rental price. Many times a cheaper venue may end up costing twice as much or more by the time you have to rent a tent, tables, chairs, linens, or do other things to decorate it. Meanwhile, you could have booked a space that, while having more of an up-front rental cost, was already beautiful and had all of that included to begin with!
4. Resist the urge to buy everything under the sun.
I know it’s tempting to start collecting all these cute little containers or accents that you see, but just slow down there! Before you go out and spend money on items like this, talk to your floral designer/stylist. For one, she may have tons of vases or decor items already suited to your theme. Two, you may end up going in a slightly different direction and needing to edit out a few elements, a la #2 above. If you just can’t help yourself, just make sure you keep all the receipts in case you need to return items.
5. Hire professionals.
Some things are great to DIY. If you’re crafty, you may love making your own favors or programs. But leave the major undertakings like food, decor, and flowers to professionals who know how to do it and do it well. This will save you a lot of time, stress, and, yes, even money. The last thing you want to be doing the night before your wedding is stripping leaves off of and cutting hundreds of flower stems, or baking 300 cupcakes. Likely, this is your first time planning an event on this scale, and hiring someone whose business is weddings will help your day be smooth and enjoyable.
Wedding planning should be fun! If at any point it isn't, then it's time for someone to step in to help!
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Photo by Love Ya Jess
I am beyond excited to share with you one of our favorite projects of last year. If you've never attended a Big Fake Wedding event, you are missing out! Here's the deal: it's an alternative bridal show in which the "guests" get to see wedding vendors in action. So instead of roaming from booth to booth at a traditional expo, you actually get to see the real-life product! Witness a ceremony (a real married couple renewing their vows!), smell the flowers, eat the food, taste the cake, dance to the music. We had a blast participating as a vendor at The Big Fake Wedding Greenville, so we were delighted to do it all over again at The Biggest Fake Wedding at Amy Osaba Events in Atlanta! This time, the invitation-only event featured past vendors from across the country and was attended by media and industry influencers. The couple, Edward and Gina (who got engaged at another Big Fake Wedding!), is one of the sweetest, happiest couples I have ever met. And guess what! Their vow renewal was followed by another couple in a surprise real wedding! What an incredible and fun evening of creating and connecting!
Left: Jankun Creative Studio designed these amazing geometric invitations, and Estudio Rojo beautifully calligraphed them! Right: The adorable couple, Edward and Gina, Dress from Borrowing Magnolia and Menswear from Modern Gent
Photos by Kaitie Bryant Photography
Photo by Kaitie Bryant Photography
The inspiration for the event was "Stained Glass." We truly enjoyed exploring and interpreting the theme in creating the ceremony backdrop and four tablescapes. For the ceremony backdrop, we built a color-blocked flower wall filled with hydrangeas (all of which we spray painted!). We loaded up the floor with candles to add shine and romance.
Left photo by Love Ya Jess; Right photo by Kaitie Bryant Photography; Ghost chairs from Clear Chair Atlanta
The real surprise wedding! Photo by Love Ya Jess
We had a really fun time with the tablescapes, using each one to interpret the theme a little differently. For the first one, we echoed the color blocking of the ceremony backdrop, making a "runner" of lush hydrangeas.
Photos by Love Ya Jess
The next tablescape just may be my favorite! Using shades of lilac and green from the inspiration board, we constructed a lush and long elevated arrangement with more blooms and candles below, all atop a black and white geometric runner. The result was quite dramatic!
Left photo by Kaitie Bryant Photography Right photo by Love Ya Jess; Cake by Pêche Petite Boutique Bakery
For the next arrangement, we went a little simpler and cleaner, with the stained glass theme represented by colored glass vessels paired with all white flowers. Here's a fun tidbit - the tablescape was anchored by two colored glass orbs from my grandmother's collection!
Left photo by Kaitie Bryant Photography Right photo by Love Ya Jess; Custom monogram glassware by Eikoh Design Studio
For the final tabelscape, we made a canvas runner and hand painted it to resemble stained glass. Atop we placed arrangements of all white flowers and greenery with iron accents. There is an old-world vibe with wrought iron that I thought paired very well with the stained glass concept!
After the ceremony and a delicious dinner by Sun in My Belly, Edward and Gina danced to a custom first dance song written just for them by MelodyWed! It was the coolest thing!
Photo by Kaitie Bryant Photography
Being a part of The Biggest Fake Wedding was a truly wonderful experience. We loved having the creative freedom to really explore our art and push the boundaries of design. It was also great to make some new amazing "friendors," and I feel like we made many valuable connections with others in the wedding industry. Oh, what a night!
Photos by Kaitie Bryant Photography
See more pics from The Biggest Fake Wedding.
Also check out the RuffledBlog and The Big Fake Wedding blog posts!
All the Vendors:
Banners + Flags: Liddabits Design Shop | Bow Tie Favors:xoelle | Bridesmaid Dresses: Adore Bridal Boutique | Calligraphy + Design: Estudio RoJo | Catering: Sun in my Belly| Custom First Dance Song: MelodyWed | Custom Favors (Record Art): Q Made It | Day-Of Coordination: Cape Cod Celebrations | Desserts (Marshmallows): Malvi | DJ + Emcee: DJ Josh Whitlock | Event Rentals: Clear Chair Atlanta | Floral + Event Design (Bouquets, Boutonnieres, Flower Crown + Tables 2, 5, 8, 11): Rosemary & Finch | Floral + Event Design (Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 3, 6, 9, 12): Kara Nash Designs| Floral + Event Design (Head Table + Tables 1, 4, 7, 10):Holland Daze | Glassware: eikoh design studio | Hair: 139 Hair by Heidi | Invitations + Atlanta Infographic: Jankun Creative Studio/a labor of love | Makeup: Concepts by Anastasia | Menswear: The Modern Gent | Programs + Party Goods (Custom Cups and Napkins): Cherish Creations | Pearl Jewelry: The Cultured Pearl of Charleston | Photography: Love Ya Jess | Photography: Kaitie Bryant Photography | Wooden Signage + Custom Stained Glass “Guestbook”: Ever Laser | Venue: Amy Osaba Events | Videography: Up & Up Weddings| Vintage Rentals and Styling (Head Table + Tables 1, 4, 7, 10):Miss Milly's Event Rentals & Design | Wedding Cake: Pêche Petite Boutique Bakery | Wedding Dress: Borrowing Magnolia | Wedding Vow Art: The Standard Canvas | National Sparkling Wine Sponsor: Ferrari Trento
2015 was a wonderful year! We had the opportunity to work with some incredible new (to us) venues, we made lots of new "friendors," and grew in our skill, confidence, and creativity! Here is a look back:
For my daughter's third birthday, we created a Winnie the Pooh themed party. With a pink and yellow color scheme, it was girly and whimsical!
Scarlett enjoyed making some handmade Valentines for her friends and family.
We traveled to Savannah, GA to create these pastel florals for Sarah and James's wedding at 45 Bistro. Oh, how I loved Savannah!
Sun, sand, and margaritas in the Mayan Riviera! We vacationed with our dear friends in Akumal. I wouldn't say it all that relaxing with three little munchkins, but it was beautiful and fun!
My sweet little guy turned one, and we celebrated with a County Fair Birthday Party.
For Abigail and Trent's Wedding at Cleveland Park, we created lots of woodsy and whimsical details, including a moss escort card display and a maypole for the ceremony!
Pretty pinks and peaches for a classic and romantic wedding for Lucy Anne and Carroll.
Delainey asked for a "pink party" for her second birthday, and that's what she got!
Also, Scarlett had her first EVER day of school!
We participated in our first Big Fake Wedding, and had an absolute blast! It was fun to let our creative juices flow freely, and we were so proud of our ombre ceremony backdrop!
Photo credits from left: Emily Platt Photography, Casto Photography & Cinema, Southern Jewel Photography
We loved creating some Victorian-inspired romance for Claire and Chris's wedding at the stately Piedmont Ballroom of The Georgian Terrace!
The Cliffs at Glassy offered the most breathtaking views for Dani and Daniel's formal mountaintop wedding.
We were back at it again, this time with some stained glass inspiration at The BIGGEST Fake Wedding at Amy Osaba Event Studios. This was definitely a high point of the year as we got to push our creative boundaries and connect with an incredible team of vendors!
Photos by Kaitie Bryant
We ended the year with a bang at Nicole and Brian's New Year's Eve wedding at Indigo Hall!
What a year it has been! Here's to 2016, may it be another year filled with inspiration, learning, and memories!