Entries Tagged as 'Wedding Wednesday'

Wedding Update – Choosing a Venue

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hi guys!  So Colleen and I both decided that it would be agreeable for us to bring back Wedding Wednesday on a more regular basis so that I could check in every now and again to discuss wedding related issues and thoughts.  While I must admit that wedding planning has taken a back seat to calligraphy jobs in the last week or so, I am happy to report that we have a few important details taken care of including choosing our venue.  Pretty much as soon as we got engaged, I knew that choosing a venue was going to be something we had to do almost immediately because all of the good dates for next spring were going fast.  I feel certain that Chris thought I was being a nutso by scheduling a bunch of venue visits so quickly, but I think when he started hearing the venue people talk about Spring 2016 dates already being booked, he realized that maybe I wasn’t such a crazy person Bridezilla and that maybe just maybe I was right.  Since Colleen had gotten married a few years ago, I was pretty aware of what venues were around and also got some input from some friends who are in the wedding industry.  We were really pleasantly surprised with all of our options.  The first thing we did was look at our possible budget and crunch numbers.  Each venue has so many different policies that it was easy to see how overlooking little details will end up costing you much more than you had originally thought.  For example, were tables and chairs included in the rental cost?  How many? Were plates and glassware included?  Did we have to use a specific caterer?  If we did, did we have to pay the venue a service fee for service provided by the caterer (usually 15-20%)?  Is there a cleaning fee?  Do you need day of insurance?  I won’t go into all of this junk, but let me just say that it was a little overwhelming and with all of these little details that you have to be aware of before making a decision, it is easy to see how people may miss something and end up blowing their budget.  Once we came to terms with how much having a wedding was going to cost…GULP, we picked our favorites.  There were some pretty great places and we had two in particular that we loved the most.  However, the two places that we were deciding between and had very different feels and would have been very different weddings.  This made things a little confusing.  We also obviously had to take into account which would be better for our guests.  We really could have been very happy with either.  In the end, we picked the one that we felt was more “us” and would work best for the way we wanted our wedding to feel.  Well, fancy version of us.  Real version of us is scrubs and yoga pants and going to bed by 10:00pm on Friday nights (probably after eating Mexican food and watching Breaking Bad on Netflix).  So we have a wedding set for May of next year (yay!) and quite a few things to do before then.

Wedding Venue

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Spoiler alert… None of these places are our wedding venue.  Just pretty pictures I stole from the internets.



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Featured in Elizabeth Anne Designs

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy Friday!  When I get a one day holiday in the middle of the week, it always completely throws off my orientation and I swear to you that I woke up thinking it was a Monday today.  Luckily, I was wrong! Earlier this week (or maybe last week…who knows at this point) some of my calligraphy had a little face time on Elizabeth Anne Designs blog.  I was asked by Elisabeth Rose to do some envelopes and belly bands to coordinate with the stationary she was designing for an inspiration shoot done at Separk Mansion.  Holy bananas, did the shoot ever turn out gorgeous.  I was very honored to be asked and even if my calligraphy  only played a very small role in the overall angel beauty, I am certainly proud to be included with such a killer team of vendors including stunning images by Taken by Sarah photography and out of this world flowers by Flowers by Lingky.  Go check out the beautiful inspiration shoot!

Other vendors include:

Hair/Makeup: Lindsey Regan Thorne

Bakery: Wow Factor Cakes

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Party Reflections


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Mich and Carla’s Mountain Wedding

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

When Corey and I first arrived to the location of Mich and Carla’s wedding in Hot Springs, NC, my jaw dropped.  I knew that Carla was an artist and that there would be some decorations, but literally every single inch of the ceremony and reception space was covered with beautiful and personal details.  A dessert bar with cupcake recommendations based on Mich or Carla’s taste, an elaborate drink bar covered in mason jars, flavored moon shine, and stripy straws, a s’mores bar, stringed lights and fabric hanging from the trees, and a painted cabinet full of succulents to give out as favors.  But the wedding wasn’t just visually beautiful.  So much love radiated through the entire day, from the emotional ceremony that had everyone in tears (including me, which made taking pictures a little dicey) to the band continuing to play acoustically with everyone huddled together under the tent after a monsoon poured over the entire space.  Everyone was so thrilled to be able to celebrate Mich and Carla and the love that they have for each other.  I could not be happier to have been included in their day.  Congratulations ladies!

These images are a mixture of digital and film.  All film taken on my Mamiya 645 with Fuji 400h.






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