Southern Rustic Classic Wedding Kathryn & Miles wedding

Southern Rustic Classic Wedding Kathryn & Miles wedding

Kathryn & Miles look like bride & groom models am I right?! I mean how can two people be so gorgeous! Luckily, they are just as beautiful inside as they are on the outside. Miles’ mom hired us to step in and help with the final details of wedding planning as a gift to Kathryn. I just thought was so kind! While we didn’t get spend a long time planning together, the short time we did what I learned are these are two of the kindest souls who are like crazy, mad in love with each other. They wanted their wedding to be all about their friends & family having the best time ever and I am pretty certain that is what happened. My assistant Ashlea and I said several times we had never seen that many people stay on a dance floor for that long! Kathryn & Miles we wish you nothing but happiness as you start your new lives together with a new home, new jobs and new titles as husband and wife!

Vendor Friends:

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Create Studio: Our Office & Studio Partners

Create Studio: Our Office & Studio Partners

So a question myself and my studio friends have gotten is why did you start this studio? Do you only refer each other? How does this whole thing work?

I love telling the Create story and how this came to be. Basically about two years ago CeCe with CeCe Designs and I were talking about getting a space together because we were both needing new meeting space and she was needing work space as well. At the time we got to know Jared with OSP, and he was outgrowing his space and was in need as well. We were all working together regularly anyways and felt this would be a great partnership. The space we found had two additional offices and it worked out that AL Weddings & Cakes by Kim joined us as well.

In reality the space really started because we all just needed more space for our own businesses and let’s be real–biz ownership is a lonely world so how fun to have people you like down the hall!

Something we all get asked or hear often is that we only refer each other because we are in the studio. That actually couldn’t be farther from the truth. While we all love working together, because who doesn’t love working with their friends, but guess what?! In our market we are so blessed with amazing, talented wedding professionals and you know what we are all not the fit for every client–as a planner, I fully believe that personality, budget, style & taste are critical when referring our clients to other professionals. It is like playing match maker for each of our clients and not everyone in our studio is the right fit for every client. The reality is that every one of our studio partners might not be the best fit for every bride. We have actually only done two weddings where the entire studio was apart of it in the year and half we have been open. Our vendor referral list is full of other wedding professionals we love and adore & are amazing at their craft. Vendors we refer are mainly because they do great work and working with them is effortless. The reality is other vendors who are not in a collaborative space like we are—are in fact referring the same vendors in a similar fashion that we do–they just don’t share a building space. This is normal in the wedding industry–people find their people, their Christina to their Meredith if you are a Greys Anatomy fan. It is natural in a creative industry to find people that think, work, and share the same ideal client as you do so naturally you refer those vendors business.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about our studio space and how it all works!

How To Keep Guests Cool at Summer Weddings

How To Keep Guests Cool at Summer Weddings

We have all been to one–you know the outdoor wedding in August, in 100+ degree heat, with the sun blaring down on you at 3pm in the afternoon. This is not the thing you want guests to remember from your wedding–how unbearably hot they were! Here are a few suggestions on how to keep your guests cooler in the hotter months:

  1. Be sure you have water for guests at the ceremony. We love having either beautiful drink dispensers with glasses on a table available or mini water bottles with personalized labels that guests can grab at the ceremony. Sure, you will have water at your reception but if guests arrive 30 minutes in advance, and then sit through a 30 min ceremony–they could be out in the heat for a minimum of an hour. Be sure to having something available for them.
  2. Fans at the ready. Having fans available is a huge help to guests. You might choose to have a personalized fan, turn your program into a fan making it dual purpose, or even renting electrical fans to keep the air moving.

Get tips 3 &4 by grabbing our summer weddings e-book here! It is FULL of summer wedding planning tips, ideas, and inspiration! Plus a summer date night bucket list for you & your honey! Grab it now!

How To Use Pinterest To Plan Your Wedding

How To Use Pinterest To Plan Your Wedding

Today we are talking about Pinterest, how to use it and manage your pinterest dreams.

Ahh the land of pinterest dreams–full of workouts we say were are going to do, perfectly planned and styled parties, outfits we dream of and of course wedding details to drool over. Friends, pinterest can be an amazing tool if used correctly. As a wedding planner I am going to share with you my pinterest tips and tricks and how to manage those expectations.

If you have been pinning every wedding pin your whole life, it is time to curate your board. We can’t have a beach, mountain, ballroom, barn, outdoor garden wedding–ya know what I mean–You just love it all so you pin it all. When you start showing this to your creative partners/vendors, they are going to be confused and not sure what it is you really want. So start to go through your wedding board and ask yourself “what do I like about this pin” Is it the dress? Venue? Photo look? Floral? Linen? A special detail? Start to make individual boards for the various wedding components.

Brings me to my next point, consider having more than one wedding board if you have many ideas for each area or section of your wedding. Having one wedding board is great if you can really curate the images. But if you are finding you don’t like scrolling through and seeing dress, with stationery, with linens, with centerpiece ideas and it is all kind of jumbled together, I suggest a board for each area. You can make a simple general wedding board of maybe your favorite element from each area like cake, stationery, dress, floral which will keep this really clean and fresh looking.

 

Don’t want the world to see all your ideas and thoughts? No problem! Make them secret boards. This will also segment them out on your profile which I think helps visually as well.

Lastly, if you have pinned all beach looks for your wedding day, but are getting married in the rustic, cold mountains we probably need to discuss your expectations. On pinterest alot of what you may see is a styled shoot versus a real wedding. How to tell the difference? If the blog you are taken to shows, one table, only bride & groom, no guests and there is no real couple story there it is probably a styled shoot. There is nothing wrong with styled shoots–we personally love them for our creativity showcase. Just keep in mind there is a difference in being able to create one element for a shoot versus 20 tables with 200 guests with a seated meal, 5 toasts, and #allthethings. So if you love a vendors styled shoot be sure to look at their real client work as well.

 

Most of us have a budget of some kind—even if it is high there is still probably a limit at some point you want to only spend x on your wedding. Keep that in mind when you see a full floral hupah all tightly packed with roses and crystal chandeliers hanging in the center. Pinterest is fantastic for inspiration but remember that the grandest of looks comes with a price tag. We are just keepin it real for you today friends! Discuss your floral desires with your florist, designer and/or planner so you know what can be realistically created for your wedding day!

Summer Weddings Decor & Inspiration

Summer Weddings Decor & Inspiration

Well hey there friends! We are continuing with our fun in the sun, summer weddings series here at I do, I do! For summer weddings, I love it when a client wants color and lots of it! Summer is the time for those bright, fun colors that just make your heart smile. Of course, you can go overboard on it so when designing pick 1 or 2 brights you want to stick with and then your complimentary colors can be softer so everything isn’t competing.

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Here are a few ideas worth holding onto for your summer wedding!

Bridesmaid’s dresses:

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Don’t be afraid of some color on your gals! This is a great way to add a pop of color into your wedding. We love these ladies in bright baby blue with their beautiful florals.

Photo: Jett Walker Photography

Florals: CeCe Designs

Decor:

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We love how this summer garden arrangement on the food table brought the outdoors in for this wedding.

Photo: Jett Walker Photography

 

Paper details:

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Paper is one of my favorite places to play up colors, and details. I love the idea of a colored envelope for a summer wedding for that fun pop in your paper suite design!

Photo: Jett Walker Photography

 

Send off:

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Are you getting married around one of our patriotic holidays this summer? We LOVE this American flag send off!

Photographer: Jett walker photography

 

Want more summer wedding inspiration? Well today is your day! Grab out summer wedding e-book right here! Full of inspiration, ideas, checklists and to dos for the gal planning her summer wedding!