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!

Summer Wedding Menu Inspiration & Tips

Summer Wedding Menu Inspiration & Tips

Summer Wedding Menu Inspiration

Hi friends!

Today on the blog I wanted to chat all things summer wedding menu inspiration and tips. One of my favorite caterers, Kathy G & Co, is sharing all their summer menu tips, ideas, and drool worthy pictures. As a wedding planner, a great caterer is critical to our vendor team. They are the experts on all things food, beverage, and share great ideas for maximizing the culinary experience for your guests. Together your planner, & caterer will work together to be sure this is all created for your guest experience! After this, I am seriously hungry for some yummy food. Thank you Natalie for sharing your amazing ideas!

I do, I do: In your opinion, what is the number one mistake people make when planning their summer wedding menu?

Kathy G & Co: Most of our southern summertime weddings happen to be outside or at least partially outside and I think that when this is the case, people should consider the types of food that will maintain their integrity in intense heat when choosing a menu.

I do, I do: In these hotter months, what are some of your favorite items to serve guests to stay cool?

Kathy G & Co: Anything chilled, fresh & refreshing!  Start with a fun drink (whether a cocktail or ‘mocktail’) that has fresh fruits & juices.  I love a citrus fruit popsicle in a glass of Prosecco or fresh lemonades (with vodka)!  Watermelon, Strawberry, Mango, and Lemon-Lime lemonades in fun glasses with fresh fruit garnishes are always refreshing in the summertime.  For a more ‘handsome’ cocktail, Honey Bourbon with Fresh Squeezed Lemonade and floating lemon is a southern classic.  Keep it simple and clean and guests will stay cool and refreshed!

I do, I do: Gosh that sounds AMAZING right now!

Kathy G & Co: In addition to a fun drink, I love greeting guests with delicious passed bites such as Watermelon with Balsamic Drizzle with a sprig of Mint, Ceviche, anything with Tomato in the summer (Caprese, Tomato Confit Bruschetta, Mini BLT’s), or something like our amazing Ahi Tuna Tartar Wonton Tacos topped with Wasabi Crème & Edamame…always a crowd pleaser!

I do, I do: What are some of your favorite food presentation ideas for summer weddings?

Kathy G & Co: Most of our Kathy G brides want a bountiful food presentation with southern classics such as Fried Green Tomatoes, Mac Bars (mac served in Cast Iron Skillets), Sliders surrounded by Homemade Sweet Potato Chips in a beautiful hand crafted branch basket, Shrimp & Grits, Local Conecuh Sausage ‘Pigs in a Blanket’ topped with Whole Grain Mustard, and our ever popular “Braised Southern” Station that features a Oatmeal Stout Brown Ale braised Pot Roast served over Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with Horsetail Carrots (served in a Cosmo Glass!) – The biggest crowd pleaser ever!   I also LOVE our Tuscan Table.  It is very bountiful and one of my favorite stations to style!  There are so many elements to it and we use slabs of marble and pieces of pottery to build up and enhance the display and we also garnish the station with fresh produce such as artichokes & asparagus bundles as well as whole French baguettes and boules.  The presentation is just stunning!

I do, I do: I always love a Kathy G presentation! It is always a showstopper!

Kathy G & Co: We also aim to please our brides that want a ‘cleaner’ presentation for the look and feel of their reception.  Our Mini Plate Entrée station is a great example of a station perfect for this look.  It is an action station where chefs build the mini plates at the station and are served on white geometric plates that are displayed on tiered glass shelving.  At Kathy G & Co, we definitely love to create modern displays of food in individual vessels, spoons and glasses.  Our edible spoons (Sweet and savory) and our in-house made wonton cones & taco shells are also great vessels to achieve a clean look.  And still garnishing with fresh produce and micro greens make the presentation ‘clean’ and fresh.

I do, I do: How can someone utilize the color of summer foods in their overall look?   The great thing about summer fresh foods, veggies and fruits in particular, is that they are vibrant in color and texture.  Tomatoes, watermelon, squash, zucchini, okra, and so on – they are a presentation of their own!  I wouldn’t worry about trying to choosing a menu that coordinates with particular colors of food.  Instead choose a menu based on your tastes and your caterer will work with you on making sure your menu is well balanced.  I think the overall look is achieved from how the food is presented – the types of serving platters, display pieces, and the presentation style that coordinate with the ‘look’ of the reception

Thank you SO much to Natalie with Kathy G. & Co. for sharing all her amazing knowledge with us!!