by: Lauren

Flirty florals and sweet citrusy details are the focus of this sweet summer inspiration. We love that this creative team not only focused on the reception style, but also on the getting ready style for the bride and her closest friends.

The wedding day fashion was a major element of these floral and citrus wedding ideas. The floral print Jaclyn Jordan bridal gown from One Fine Day Bridal Boutique absolutely stole the show, and we love how the soft neutral tones of the Joanna August  bridesmaids dresses complimented the citrus color palette. The reception style featured a floral centerpiece created by House of Mille de Fleur, filled with grapefruit and bright cascading flowers. Stationery from the Olive Paper Co  beautifully featured pops of bright blooms with a modern lettering that added a fun, casual feel to the design.

We love the colorful details of this shoot and the mix of florals and fruit that was so beautifully pulled together by Southern Grace Events. This fresh summer style was captured beautifully by Mandee Matthews, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

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What better way to end a celebration with the fun citrus cake. The sweets table by Sugar Rush Confections  featured two gorgeous cakes along with cupcakes, and we just love how it turned out. We love how colorful and delicious looking that pink cake is with the grapefruit accents. We so wish we were celebrating with a slice of our own!

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer: Mandee Matthews // Venue: Chandler Oaks Barn // Planner: Southern Grace Events // Bridesmaid Rompers: Plum Pretty Sugar  // Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Joanna August // Bride Dress Boutique: One Fine Day Bridal Boutique // Dress Designer: Jaclyn Jordan // Hair/Make-Up: Shear Colors Hair Studio // Florist: House of Mille de Fleur // Stationary: Olive Paper Co // Vintage Sofa: Handmade Rentals // Baker: Sugar Rush Confections 



by: Lauren

Hi friends! Today we’re talking about one of my favorite subjects… food! Specifically- food, your wedding, and your vendors. Even more specifically, feeding your vendors this food that I speak of. :) All joking aside… whether or not you have to feed your wedding vendors might be one of your lingering, unanswered questions, and while the answer is quite simple (yes!), there are some particulars that you may want to think about as you come to your conclusion.

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The short, simple answer is… YES. But perhaps your wedding is a bit more different from normal weddings. Or maybe you’re not sure who exactly to feed. So I’m going to try to provide some insight and answers to any additional questions that might come up when it comes to feeding your vendors.

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Who should we feed?

Do you work for 12 hours without eating? No, right? You have a lunch break, maybe have a snack somewhere along the way. Well, vendors have things way differently when they’re “at work”… aka at your wedding. A vendor who is in attendance throughout your whole wedding should absolutely be fed. Now, a floral designer who is only there setting up during the day, before your wedding, they don’t need a meal because they won’t be there during your reception. But your photographer, DJ/band members, wedding planner… ANYONE who is a vendor and who is there during your wedding reception– they should be fed.

Shouldn’t they be responsible for feeding themselves? 

Well, I suppose the politically-correct answer would be yes. Because you feed yourself at your job, right? However, you really don’t want your vendors going off for 30 minutes to an hour to find food, as they would during a “normal” word day, do you? Now, often times vendors will bring a sandwich or protein bar juuuuuust in case they don’t get an actual meal. But really, providing them with a meal during your reception is the polite thing to do. :)

What should they eat?

This is the age-old question. (Honestly, I think the venue or caterer should insist upon providing the vendor meals free of charge- and meals that are the same quality that your guests are eating. Because really, it’s free marketing for them.) Alas, it’s a rare occurrence that a vendor gets the same thing the guests are eating. The all-too-common vendor meal is a sandwich with chips or a cookie. I mean, I love me a good sandwich, but it’s kind of a kick in the shins when I’ve been staring at the delectable-looking steak and sea bass meal for the last hour. However, some brides are insistent upon their vendors getting the same meals as their guests. And let me tell you- it’s always a very nice and pleasant surprise for them! If you’re having a buffet, making sure that your vendors are included in the count is a great option. If you’re having a plated meal- well, you know what I think about that. But it’s of course ultimately up to you- any food is better than no food at all!!

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When should they eat?

This is a question that can be kind of up in the air, since every wedding’s timeline is a little different. However, it’s always a good idea for your vendors to eat while you and your guests are eating. There’s usually not too much happening in which the photographer would have to capture photos or your DJ would have to emcee anything. Try real hard to make sure they eat during that time, because if they don’t, they might not get a chance to eat the rest of the evening! It also helps to let your caterer/venue know that you want your vendors to receive their meals during guest dinner time.

Where should they eat?

This is another one that’s up in the air, because it’s dependent on the vendor, what kind of wedding you’re having, your space, etc. I know some photographers who actually have it written in their contracts that they need to be seated at a guest table, in an effort to still be present during dinner so they won’t miss anything. I myself put my vendors at their own table in my reception- they loved it! But if your vendors don’t care where they eat, it’s best to have them eating in a location that is close to where your dinner is taking place. Being up 2 floors and down a big long hallway (aka 5 minutes from your reception) is not the best idea. Usually a venue will have an extra room close to your reception where they will put the vendors’ meals- ask them if they have a recommendation.


 Alright, so I think that covers the “long answer” in regards to feeding your vendors. Hopefully this answered any of your lingering questions about this little tidbit- it’s something that often gets forgotten in all of the hustle and bustle of wedding planning. (But I do still maintain that venues and caterers should definitely use vendor meals as an opportunity to market themselves for free to other vendors!)

If you have any other questions about feeding vendors- perhaps you’re having a different type of reception or a special circumstance- feel free to ask in the comments!!

 

This post was originally published June 21, 2012. 


by: Lauren

Stephanie and Andrew’s Central Florida wedding mixed a rich color palette of deep red, white, and lush greenery with a perfect woodland-inspired design that gives us a hint of winter cheer. We love that they chose to work with the season, which also means working with some of the decorations in the church, and it turned into a magical winter celebration!

We love that Stephanie chose to wear a whimsical floral crown with her loose curls and a stunning long-sleeved lace gown. Each piece worked so well together, and complimented the style of the day. The beautiful blooms featured the same rich red color and beautiful texture that carried over into their reception style. The mix of greenery garlands and soft candlelight offered a romantic feel under the sailcloth tent at Bramble Tree Estate. Every detail of the day came together in the most beautiful way with the guidance and direction of Blue Ribbon Wedding & Event Design.

With an outdoor winter wedding, they chased light, and chose to do a “day after” photo session in order to capture portraits together as a newly married couple. From the wedding day to the day after, we love how Rudy & Marta Photography captured every sweet detail from Stephanie and Andrew’s wedding day.

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We love that they opted to do a “day after” session to capture these beautiful portraits together and continue to celebrate these first moments of marriage. When the timeline doesn’t allow much time for pictures, we think this is a great option to make sure you don’t miss out on a single moment.

What do you think? Will you be scheduling a “day after” session?

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Getting Ready Location: Westin Lake Mary // Ceremony Location: Annunciation Catholic Church // Reception Venue: Bramble Tree Estate // Planning: Blue Ribbon Wedding & Event Design // Photography: Rudy & Marta Photography // DJ: Roeshink Entertainment // Cake: Party Flavors Custom Cakes // Sailcloth Tent: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals // Rentals & Decor: Synergy Rents and Lovely Loo //  Catering: Cocktails Catering // Florals: Lisa Simonitis Floral // Beauty: Moriah Brandon’s Salon // Videography: Photo Guy Oh My // ‘The Day After’ session Flower Crown Designer: Flower Girl Designs

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by: Lauren

Inspired by the history, food, and the romance of Italy, Erika of Erika Parker Photography knew that she had to bring that inspiration to life during her recent trip to Florence, Italy. We absolutely love the natural beauty of the space at Villa Michaela and the romance of the gown from Il Barone Rosso.

Our favorite detail from this wedding style is the unique design of the reception florals. Jardin Divers created an understated table with pillar candles and a small arrangement, but it was accented by a mix of tassels and lamp shades hanging from the arbor, filled with greenery and white blooms suspended over the table. We love hanging floral features, but this really took it to a fun and creative level- it was such a beautiful element that provided a unique twist on a classic tablescape!

Chiara Sernesi of Weddings in Tuscany did a wonderful job in bringing together the details for this shoot. The understated design and the air of Italian romance are captured so beautifully. We hope you enjoy… now pardon us as we start planning our next trip to Italy!

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We love how this inspiration focused on a major design feature and balanced it with other beautiful and understated details to really allow the overall style shine. By creating a major feature such as the hanging florals, the classic and romantic details that accented it were a perfect mix.

What do you think? Do you think you’d mix unexpected pieces like their lampshade details as a focal point in your reception design?

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Planning and Design:  Chiara Sernesi, Weddings in Tuscany // Venue: Villa Michaela   // Photography: Erika Parker Photography // Flowers: Jardin Divers // Cake: Chef In Tuscany // Hair and Make Up: Lara Navarrini // Bride’s Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes // Bride Dress: Il Barone Rosso // Groom Attire: LL romagnoli  // Invitation: The Wedding Letters Di Laura Mazzetti // Female Model: Giulia Bilotto  // Male Model: Pietro Finelli