by: Lauren

It was more than just fate, it was a hurricane. When Super storm Sandy knocked the power out of Matt’s downtown Manhattan apartment, he moved onto an air mattress uptown on the floor of one of Emily’s closest friends’ apartments. She is a kindergarten teacher and a New Yorker; he’s from Boston. Somehow the Eli Manning Giants jersey she wore that night failed to deter Matt because they hit it off immediately, and the rest is history.

Despite starting their New York wedding day with looming storm clouds, Emily and Matt married on a beautiful summer day at the Apawamis Club in Rye, NY. We adore Emily’s gown, with its delicate details and unique silhouette. Matt’s sharp black tux was the perfect compliment to Emily’s dress and the elegant wedding ay style.

With a palette of whites and blues, we love that the design of their day opted for summer friendly colors, while maintaining an elegant rustic style. We love the look of the farm tables throughout the reception space adorned with pops of white and blue arrangements, designed by Frank Soriano from House of Flowers , which brought the perfect spot of color to the neutral space.

Jessica Haley captured all of the beauty and joy of the day, and are so thrilled to share this celebration with you!

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These two laughed and danced the night away, and we love how evident their love and joy was throughout their beautiful day of celebration.

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer: Jessica Haley // Ceremony Venue: Church of the Resurrection // Venue: The Apawamis Club
 // Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier //
 
Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade // Bridesmaids Dresses: Paper Crown // Bridesmaids Shoes: J.Crew // Menswear: Saks Fifth Avenue // Floral Design: Frank Soriano from House of Flowers // Band: Luxe by Hank Lane Music
 // Farm Tables and Linens: Please B Seated //
 Invitations & Stationery: The Rye Stationer
 // 

Videographer: Matt Fuinik by DMO Films 

// Hair: Salon 52 Hair & Makeup Studio
 // Bridal Makeup: Elizabeth Bellom from Chanel at Saks Fifth Avenue in Greenwich



by: Lauren

If you didn’t know already, I’m ALL about providing insight into the “wedding world” and educating brides- in addition to sharing pretty wedding inspiration of course. And even though some of the information I share might not always be what you want to hear, it’s still SO important to know… because no matter what, the more you know about weddings, the BETTER your wedding will be, and in turn, the happier you will be!

So with that said, today we’re talking about a few things your wedding vendors won’t tell you

 3 Things Wedding Vendors Wont Tell You via TheELD.com

Now, I’m not saying they won’t ever tell you these things, but they won’t tell you right off the bat. The thing is, knowing these few tidbits will make your experience of working with wedding vendors way better! I for one had no clue about any of these things when I was planning my wedding, but I certainly wish I had known!

1. Weekends don’t exist.

Okay, well weekends exist for you, but unfortunately, not for wedding vendors. Weddings happen Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as you all know. If you are requesting a meeting during the weekend, chances are good that you probably won’t be able to get one. And if you’re emailing/calling during the weekend, just know that you might not get an immediate response.

Ask yourself this: Do you want your vendors answering emails and phone calls and taking meetings on your wedding day? I know I wouldn’t!

[Read more on this: 5 Things To Know About Wedding Vendors]

 

2. Since weekends don’t exist, days off (for vendors) happen during the week.

Vendors don’t have 2 free days during the weekend, because they’re most likely working those days. Because of this, “days off” usually occur during the week… even then, often times it’s only one day off. So when a wedding vendor doesn’t reply to your email in the normal speedy fashion on a Monday or Tuesday, it’s probably because it’s a “day off” for them- you know, trying to do laundry, buy food, clean- things that are necessary for a person to live. ;) Nowadays, most wedding pros will have an auto-responder turned on in their email, telling you this, but just in case, it’s helpful to be aware of this tidbit!

Ask yourself this: On your day off (or any other day really), do you like your boss calling and/or emailing when you don’t respond in less than 2 hours?

[Read more on this: Things To Keep In Mind When Communicating With Vendors]

 

3. A vendor’s product/service is their livelihood.

Sometimes vendors act like what they do is fabulous and fun (which it is of course), but they also make it seem like less work than it actually is. For some reason, a wedding vendor’s profession is immediately classified into a different “category” than say, an accountant or a realtor. Just because they’re providing you with a service or product related to your wedding, doesn’t mean that they’re any different than that accountant or realtor. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again- vendors charge what they charge, and they charge it for a reason. If you have to, ask, but don’t barter or try to talk them down. It’s truly how they’re putting food on the table, not just fun and games!

Ask yourself this: Do you want people who don’t do your job telling you what they think you should be paid?

[Read more on this: Working With Your Wedding Vendors]

 

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So now that you know these wondrous tidbits of knowledge, what can you do with them? Ask.

Ask your wedding vendors what their weeks are like, what days they take off when they have weddings all weekend, or if they prefer meetings on certain days of the week. Most vendors will usually ask you similar questions, because it helps them work with you smoothly and effectively. By asking them as well, you will be able to further establish an awesome relationship with your vendors. And when you have both have an awesome relationship, that will lead to an equally awesome wedding, and less stress for you! :)

3 Things Wedding Vendors Wont Tell You via TheELD.com

Editor’s note: These are my own opinions based on my experiences as a wedding professional and a bride. Vendors, please feel free to add in your own “tidbits” in the comments below!

 

A version of this post was originally published in December 2010.


by: Lauren

A mix of organic textures and a monochromatic luxe style created an absolutely beautiful design dripping with elegant florals. Created as inspiration as a part of Intrigue Designs’ two day workshop, this wedding style offered a luxury look utilizing shades of whites and ivories accented with a subtle touch of blush and grey tones.

We love the beautiful organic textures that were incorporated throughout this look. From the rough edges and watercolor of the stationery designed by Lady G Paperie, to the airiness of the bridal gown, we are immediately transported into an elegant and whimsical feel. The reception style that Claire Duran Weddings & Events created mirrored this with light wood accents mixed with pops of gold. The tall centerpieces by Intrigue Designs created a high-end feel to the overall look, and the dense arrangements dripping with glass orbs along with the floral wall completed the elegant style.

We love the gorgeous light and movement that Photos by Sarah Beth captured in these luxe wedding ideas, and we love how the details of this design created such a lovely mix of styles.

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We hope you didn’t miss the stunning cake designed by The Cake Courtesan. We love that it not only incorporated the white, gold, and blush color palette, but that it gave us both the organic and elegant feel in the design details.

So what are your thoughts? Would you go for a monochromatic look for your wedding day?

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photography: Photos by Sarah Beth // Florals/Workshop: Intrigue Designs // Planning / Styling: Claire Duran Weddings & Events // Hair and Makeup: Updo’s for I Dos // Ring/Earrings: Melissa Tyson Designs // Gown: Elizabeth Mackenzie Bridal // Rentals: White Glove Rentals // Stationery: Lady G Paperie // Cake: The Cake Courtesan



by: Lauren

Creating a colorful, overgrown garden aesthetic in an industrial space is quite the challenge, but Celebrate Dallas pulled it off flawlessly. Taylor and Collin’s Dallas wedding day was complete with lush florals, vintage details, and personalized touches that made every moment of the day a dream.

The beautiful design started at the moment that this couple’s guests received their invitations. The invitation suite, created by the bride’s company, Gypset Creative, perfectly conveyed the mix of floral and industrial styles. We also love the creative programs and coloring books that featured illustrations of the bride and groom. Definitely a fun personalized detail from the day. The incorporation of color in subtle ways made a big impact in the overall look. From the perfectly mismatched bridesmaids dresses and colorful blooms, to the table of beautiful cakes created by Eat My Cake, we love how color made such a fun statement throughout the day.

So many beautiful details and special moments made up the incredible celebration that was Taylor and Collin’s wedding day. We love how A Sea of Love brought every moment to life for us to relive with this beautiful couple. We hope you enjoy!

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Didn’t you just love the incredible details and moments that they shared throughout their day? Of course, it wasn’t just a beautiful wedding, it was an incredible celebration of love.

If we had to absolutely pick just one moment to be our favorite, we would have to choose the ceremony toast. Yes, toast (scroll back up if you missed it!). Instead of a unity candle, the couple chose to have champagne passed to each guest and to do a toast with all of their loved ones present and witnessing their vows. We love how unique this moment was, creating a more personalized celebration for everyone.

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Florals + Planning: Celebrate Dallas // Photography: A Sea of Love // Venue + Catering: Lofty Spaces // Hair: Styling by Macey // Makeup: Erika Curry // Paper Goods: Gypset Creative // Cakes: Eat My Cake // Entertainment: Decades Band