by: Lauren

So, true story, I was supposed to post this- my baby shower- over a year ago. But then, I had my baby earlier than expected, and then… yeah, I had a baby to take care of. And as I approach my daughter’s first birthday (on Sunday!), I remembered that I didn’t share this wonderful day. Better late than never, right?!

I entrusted the planning and design to my good friends Emily, of Treasury Rentals, and Laura, of Ashton Events, and Emily is joining us to share some of the details and inspiration behind the design of the day! This is truly a design that can be applied to any event, so I hope it inspires you in some way!

“It was such a pleasure teaming up with Laura, of Ashton Events, to design Lauren’s baby shower. As we started dreaming up the design, we worked closely with Lauren’s mom to nail down the colors and patterns that became the main style details. We opted to draw inspiration from how Lauren was decorating Alara’s nursery along with just her own personal style tastes, and I absolutely love how it all came together. 

If you’ve spent any time on ELD, you’ll quickly learn that Lauren loves details (duh… the name of her business is Every Last DETAIL!). She also tends to be drawn to the same color palette of pinks, mints, teals, etc. with hints of geometric patterns. Lauren found the perfect fabric at Hobby Lobby that had all of these elements that became a highlight of Alara’s nursery, and we incorporated that same fabric into many details of her shower.” 

I’m thrilled to share the incredible efforts of so many friends that came together to celebrate me and Alara (who at the time of the shower still didn’t have a name). And a HUGE thank you to my sweet friend Laura Foote for capturing all of the love celebrated that day, along with maternity photos after the party!

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Laura and I need to give a serious shoutout to Lauren’s mom. She was 100% onboard with any crazy idea we came up with, and even sewed the table runners for the guest tables. Despite celebrating the soon-arrival of a sweet baby girl, we wanted to create a modern and mature feel for the shower style. Blush Paper Co. created the invitations that featured the same geometric pattern that was used throughout the design, and set the stage for the day. Laura created beautiful arrangements with soft pinks and whites in fun black containers, which paired perfectly with the geometric copper chargers, pink and clear pressed glassware, and black flatware from my rental collection over at Treasury Rentals. I love how the pop of black really elevated the design, and it provided a perfect, and unexpected contrast to the pastel color palette. 

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The last big design feature was the incredible cake created by J’aime Cakes. We provided her with the inspiration and color palette and she created pure magic. Not only was the look of the cake perfection, but the flavors were beyond delicious.”

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And I just have to share a few of my maternity photos, because I still can’t believe that this was over a year ago… and um, that I was pregnant!

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And I have to hand it to my mom- she handled my wants of a “non-shower” quite well! She did make some cute accents that were more shower-like, including an adorable hanging umbrella, complete with the pattern used all throughout the design. And now, since it’s been a year, I can’t wait to share Alara’s first birthday party with you in a few weeks! :)

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photography: Laura Foote // Design: Ashton Events and Emily Grace Design // Florals: Ashton Events // Tabletop Rentals: Treasury Rentals // Cake: J’aime Cakes // Stationery: Blush Paper Co. // Rentals: Party Time Rentals // Hair & Makeup: Brittney Boscana // Cake Table Line: Kate Ryan Linens

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by: Lauren

An evening of rustic elegance at Cross Creek Ranch was the perfect backdrop for Brandon and Lauren’s Central Florida wedding day. We love that they chose glamorous details that elevated the rustic style of their day, adding a bit of elegance to the design.

Rad Red Creative captured the beauty of this day in both photo and cinematic form, and we are in love with how everything came together. They selected a color palette that matched their style beautifully, featuring touches of blush mixed with rich navy tones, upping the romance in the most beautiful of ways.

From the floral detailing on the invitations that perfectly matched the floral design by Alta Fleura, to their personal style that had touches of their own unique flair, this couple created a beautiful experience for their guests to join them in celebration of their marriage, and we think you’re going to love it!

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Tell us a little a bit about your wedding.

Our goal was to achieve rustic elegance. We wanted soft colors and romantic, timeless accents to fill the space. Our colors were blush, gold and navy. While we wanted an elegant wedding we also wanted it to be a relaxed intimate evening with family and friends. Our priorities were for sure finding an enchanting venue and amazing food. Cross Creek Ranch is such an breathtaking venue that you literally feel like time has stopped. From the moss covered trees to the rustic barn and open-air chapel each element really made our vision come to life!

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Tell us about your attire choices.

After competing in pageants for most of my life, I didn’t want my gown to look like a pageant gown so I choose a gown with no beading – the only stoning appeared in the belt I selected. The lace was the perfect complement to our rustic wedding.

Brandon wanted to wear something classic and timeless. He knew he didn’t want to wear a tux so he selected a fitted tweed suit. Instead of a traditional boutonniere Brandon complemented his suit was a deer lapel pin that tied to our rustic theme, his groomsmen wore similar pins.

We both changed for the reception. I wore Lulu’s Bariano Ocean of Elegance Ivory Maxi Dress. It was something I could dance and have a good time in but at the same time still looked bridal and elegant. Brandon wanted to be a little more modern and choose a slim fitting suit with loafers. His favorite part of the suit was the waistcoat.

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What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?

The most important thing to Brandon and I was making sure that our guests enjoyed themselves but that we also got to enjoy ourselves. Additionally, we wanted to make sure that our day was captured perfectly and had no issues with splurging to make sure we had the photos and video we wanted to remember our once in a lifetime day!

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What were your favorite parts of the day?

One of my favorite parts of the day was walking down the aisle. I surprised Brandon as one of his friends sang “Make Me Whole” by Amel Larrieux – it was perfect!

After the wedding it was incredible to hang out with friends and family – there wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Brandon danced with his mom and later that evening we had a bonfire, smores, and a ton of outdoor games that made it a fun time for everyone.

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Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.

For our unity ceremony we decided we wanted to incorporate something we could have in our home. Brandon built a cross and we tied the strands during the unity ceremony inspired by Ecclesiastes 4:12. I absolutely love this cross, it turned out perfectly and is a constant reminder of that incredible day!

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

Cross Creek Ranch was amazing! The planning process made everything so easy, we really had little to do or worry about. Choosing an all-inclusive venue was one of the best decisions we made.

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You won’t want to miss the beauty of their day that Rad Red Creative also captured in their wedding trailer. It captures so much of the joy and emotion that was felt throughout the day!

Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

Our advice is pretty simple – take your time! We were engaged for a over a year and it was one of the best things we ever did. It allowed us to make sure everything was exactly how we wanted it with minimal stress. Also, its your day – other people mean well but at the end of the day you are the ones that have to live with it so make sure you’re happy!

How gorgeous is this couple? We love the thought that went into so many details that made their day so beautiful, and even more, the insight that they shared behind those decisions.

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photography + Videography: Rad Red Creative // Venue, Event Planning, Rentals, Linens: Cross Creek Ranch // Floral: Alta Fleura // Wedding Cake: Alessi Bakery // Hair: Schatzi Borgella // Makeup: Angelica Guzman // Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige // Groom’s Attire: Empire Lux // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaid Dresses: Camille La Vie // Bride’s Belt: Sara Gabriel // Headpiece: usa bride // Jewelry: Haute Bride // Ring Pillow: 4 Love Polka Dots



by: Lauren

The old world style of the Castle Inn was the perfect setting for the romantic lavender wedding design that this team created. With soft lavender, an abundance of texture, organic florals with beautiful berry-toned colors, and a touch of vintage elegance, Sarah from Allium Floral Design  created a beautiful style that exuded so much romance. 

The easy going yet elegant feel of this wedding day look was captured beautifully by Lauren Fair Photography. The bright and airy design added a touch of magic to the images, and we love how it carried over to all spaces of this inspiration.  We love how they bridged a variety of styles, incorporating vintage elegance and modern touches, and the soft lavender tones offered a subtle splash of color- perfect for spring! A decadent chocolate cake in front of a lavender backdrop with cascading vines and florals created a lovely focal point within the reception space, and we’re absolutely head over heels for it!

We think you’re absolutely going to enjoy this stunning spring inspiration full of so much beauty and romance!

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We love the soft romance of this wedding day design, especially the lavender color palette! What colors will you be incorporating into your own wedding? We’d love to hear!

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Styling and Florals: Allium Floral Design // Photography: Lauren Fair Photography // Hair: Stephanie Kraynak // Make Up: Katelynn Walsh Monticciolo // Venue: Castle Inn, Delaware Water Gap, PA // Furniture: Fox & Finch Vintage Rentals // Linen: Special Occasions and Queen Street Linens // Dining Chairs and Clouds: Omnivent // Invitation: Aqua Juel Design // Dress: bhldn // Celebrant: Alisa Tongg // Jewelry: Lauren Priori Jewelry // Cake: Donna Pinkowicz



by: ELD Team

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5 Wedding Day Timeline Mistakes You Need To Avoid

Janice Carnevale of Bellwether Events

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by today! My name is Janice Carnevale and I’ve had my event planning company, Bellwether Events, since 2006, and I’ve been working on events in the Washington DC area since 2002. Its safe to say I’ve written hundreds of wedding day timelines, and today I am here on Every Last Detail to share the top 5 mistakes I see on wedding day timelines!

If you want to skip everything below, here are the Cliff’s Notes: pad everything. Everything you do will take longer. Everything your team will do will take longer. No one sticks to the limits you place on them for their toasts.

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Mistake #1: Not planning enough time for getting ready.

For the bride(s), I personally allot an hour for hair, and hour for make-up and an hour to get dressed. If this sounds crazy to you, consider this: would you rather be ahead of schedule or behind? My clients are always happy when I tell them that they are running on time or ahead of the timeline, especially so early in the day. If you fall behind early on, it has a terrible snowball-rolling-downhill effect.

Extra tip: plan a break for lunch, and make sure you have some protein!

Mistake #2: Not planning enough time for travel.

Buses take more time than you might think. They cannot always park right in front of the pick-up location. They have to load up your wedding guests. They have to drive more slowly and take more caution than you or I would in our personal cars. Then they have to unload. I’ve allotted 15 minutes for a drive that was just a few blocks. I would allot 30 minutes for a drive that would usually take 10 minutes. And when a drive would usually take 45 minutes, I allot an hour.

 

Mistake #3: Not planning enough time for group photos after the ceremony.

You seriously need to plan for 3-4 minutes per group. I?ve watched this process many times. Wrangling guests. Setting them up. Taking the photos. Making them leave the space (yes, it’s a thing!) I try to encourage my clients to have less than 5 family groups if they have to do photos after the ceremony. This will allow you to enjoy the majority of your reception. And I implore my clients to do a first look so that we can accomplish couple portraits and wedding party portraits before the fun begins.

Mistake #4: Not planning enough time for food service.

You can estimate that each plated course will take 30 minutes to serve, eat and clear. If you offer a choice-in-advance entree, allot 45 minutes for this course. Family style meals will be similar in timing. If you plan on a buffet, try to have 1 buffet line per 75 guests, and assume that it will take at least 45 minutes to get everyone through the lines.

Mistake #5: Toasts almost ALWAYS go longer than we planned.

If you want your besties to speak for a limited time, know this: people, on average, speak 130 words a minute. If you want to keep your toasters to 4 minutes or less, ask them to write a 400-word speech. They will likely go over a little bit, but it will be somewhat reigned in.

Haven’t started your wedding day timeline yet? That is OK! ELD has this fabulous wedding timeline basics post to get you started!

Are you working on your wedding day timeline already? Do you have any pressing concerns that are weighing you down? Email me and let me know how I can help!

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About The Author


Janice Carnevale, Bellwether Events

www.bellwetherevents.com

Janice has been a wedding and event planner in the DC area since 2002. Bellwether Events include modern, chic weddings; amazing theme parties; and heartfelt milestone celebrations.