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June 27, 2013#

Great Gatsby Inspiration: Berkeley Asbury Park

A few months ago on a chilly November day we had the opportunity to work with some amazing vendors on a styled shoot we coordinated.  The theme of course was The Great Gatsby in anticipation of the movie coming out in May.  We were really exicted when Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book decided to feature some of the images on the Friday the Movie was released!  Here  are some of our favorite images and details from the day!

 

Thank you again to all the amazing vendors and our models (Emily and Billy)!!

Venue: The Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park

Photography: Robert and Kathleen Photographers

Floral: Peter James Floral Couture

Linen’s: Twenty Four Seven Events

Stationery: White Orchid Graphics

Candy Buffet: The Candy Chick

Cake: Chocolate Carousel!

Dress and Jewelry: Exquisite Bride

Hair and Makeup: Allisons Hair Creations

Tuxedo: ChazMaTazz

 

March 21, 2013#

Wedding Day Timeline: Top 5 Tips

Now that it’s officially spring, wedding season is picking up and we are spending lots of time fleshing out the details for all our upcoming weddings!  One of the most crucial pieces in the final stages of planning is the wedding day timeline.  As wedding planners, one of our jobs is to help our clients develop the perfect day-of timeline.  We are often asked how much time to allocate for this or that part of the day and the answer is…it really depends on so many different factors (I know, we wish it were that easy!).  These factors include; the size of your bridal party, travel time, etc.  To explain things further, we thought it would be helpful to put together our top five tips when building your wedding day timeline.  So here we go…

1. Order vs. Time:  When we are constructing a wedding day timeline for a client the order is more important than the exact time.  While it’s helpful to map out time blocks, picking an exact time will only set you up for failure.  For example: 7:25pm-First Dance, 7:28 Father/Daughter Dance is way too specific.  While the song you selected for your first dance may be 3 minutes and 30 seconds this scenario leaves no time for the MC to interact with your guests and set up a meaningful introduction for your father/daughter dance.  And chances are, some things will take longer than anticipated and others a little shorter.  Instead, identify the order that works best for you and your fiancé and trust your vendors to implement it!  Trust is key.

Photo Credit: Robert & Kathleen Photographers

2. Ask For Feedback: Once you have a good idea of the flow you and your partner envision for the day, it’s a great idea to reach out to your vendors for feedback.  Your DJ, for example, will have some great ideas about how to generate that atmosphere you are looking for.  If you want to create a party atmosphere they may suggest a dance set early on to get people moving and on the dance floor.  Or, he/she may suggest having less breaks between speeches and dances so you are able to have longer dance sets.  These are definitely things to think about.

Your hair and makeup team can also help you build an efficient schedule to make sure you bridal party are able to move as quickly as possible through this part of the day.  Helpful Hint: As the bride, put your own bridal hair and makeup in the middle of the hair/make-up schedule.  This way, if you are running behind when your photographer arrives it won’t put you behind schedule for putting your dress on! 

Photo Credit: SCVImagery

3. Photo’s, Photo’s, Photo’s: Planning out your photo schedule with your photographer (and planner if you have one) in advance will allow you to capture all the pictures you and your family want and will leave more time for you to actually enjoy your wedding day!  Again, you can block out the order for of each category (getting ready, first look, bride and groom portraits, bridal party, family portraits) and discuss how long each may take depending on your needs.  Having a list of the people in the posed/group photos is also a great idea.  You can give a copy to your photographer and one to your planner.  It makes organizing the group shots much easier if you have names in case you have to track people down (but they should know where to be from the rehearsal!).

And, how much time will all your pictures take?  The average is between 3-4 hours.  I know that must sound crazy but keep in mind that for a majority of this process your photographer is capturing you experiencing each moment.  So, they are taking pictures of you putting your dress on, your dad seeing you for the first time, having fun with your bridal party…and trust us, those moments are priceless (and usually make for the best photos)!

Photo Credit: Sarah Postma Photography

4. Arrival & Departure Times: Most likely, your vendors have already indicated approximate times for their arrival and departure.  Make sure to factor these times into you timeline.  For example, if your officiant is arriving to the ceremony location 60 minutes prior, you may want to schedule the signing of the marriage license about 15 minutes after they arrive.  This way the two witnesses you select to sign the license are prepared and no time is wasted tracking them down!

Your photography and videography package may have a set number of hours but usually offer add-on hour by hour rates if the wedding/reception go longer.  f your package is for eight hours and would like them to arrive at 1:00pm for getting ready pictures they will be departing at 9:00pm.  This would surely impact the order of events at your reception and you can work with your venue to ensure that the events like the cake cutting are all completed prior to 9:00pm.  Or, you can plan the order of events to include/exclude those things you definitely want photos of and eliminate things you don’t care as much about capturing.

Photo Credit: David and Amy Lau Photography

5. Flow:  The key to a successful event is setting the right flow for your guests (bridal party included).  Simplify your timeline by minimizing the travel time between ceremony, picture locations and the reception venue.  If your ceremony is outside in July, your guests will really appreciate you keeping the ceremony to 20-25 minutes and being able to go right into cocktail hour for a cold drink.  And while you want your night to never end, extending your reception past five hours will leave many guests exhausted (and add to your costs).  Instead of adding an extra hour, consider hosting an after party where guests can attend, if they wish.

When your wedding day comes, identify a point person that you trust so you don’t have to worry about the timeline.  The point person can ensure the flow of the entire day is seamless and everyone (including you and your fiancé) have a great time!  But, it’s important to make sure this person can be there from start to finish, not just at the reception.

Photo Credit: Trent Bailey Photography

There is no set formula for creating the perfect timeline, and we realize that family and tradition can lead to  more complexities.  But, count on your vendors to help guide you in the right direction (they’ve all done this many more times than you).  And, most importantly on the day of your wedding…take a deep breath and let everything fall into place!

<3 Jenn

 

 

January 30, 2013#

Alex & Jay: Spring Lake Wedding

Alex and Jay were married oh a perfect September day in Spring Lake, NJ.  They live in Boston but Alex grew up at the Jersey Shore and they thought it would be the perfect destination for their family and friends.  The morning of the wedding, me met Alex at her parents stunning house in downtown Spring Lake.  The bridal party then took an old fashioned trolley down the street to St. Catherine’s church for the ceremony.  The rest of the day was all about the party which took place at the Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club. They warned us beforehand but Alex and Jay were probably the biggest partiers we have worked with!  We were blown away by how much fun they (and pretty much every wedding guest) were.  They had an AWESOME band named Cafe Wha? who kept everyone dancing the entire night.

Alex incorporated lots of fun details throughout the day which made their wedding really personal.  The pretty blue, grey, ivory and green color palette was the perfect combination for the shore in late summer.  The table numbers represented all of their favorite spots from college and we loved the “high five” cake topper!  And how could we forget the beautiful florals done by In Bloom.  Check out a few of our favorite images captured by the amazing team at Robert & Kathleen Photographers!

Alex and Jay we had some much fun helping on your wedding day!! You guys are so much fun to be around and wish you the all the best!

<3 Jenn

Credits: Church: St. Catherine; Reception: Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club; Photography: Robert & Kathleen Photographers; Dress: Lazaro; Band: Cafe Wha?

December 31, 2012#

New Years Party Ideas: Cheers to 2013!

We can’t believe it is the last day of 2012!  We are so thankful for all the wonderful experiences we had this past year.  Thank you to all our clients, friends and families for their support.  We can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring:)

Here are a few last minute ideas for your NYE party that are simple and inexpensive to incorporate and will add a little sparkle to your new year!

1. Drinks: These fun sequin collars are easy to make and add some fun to your favorite new years cocktails!

Photo Credit: DIY Sequin Glass Collars from Green Wedding Shoes

2. Decor: It’s not to late to pick up a few balloons to add to your decor.  Incorporate a fun glitter table cloth to complete the look!

 Photo Credit: Kiersten Stevens

3. Food: No new years party would be complete without some food ideas.  What about these champaign jello shots and glitter cake pops!

Photo Credit: Rock Your Party

Photo Credit: Kimberly’s Design Scents

4. Dress: JS Collections Scoop Neck Sequin Mesh Blouson Dress available at Nordstrom

Haope everyone has a great time ringing in the New Year, see you in 2013!!

<3 Jenn

December 6, 2012#

Lorrance & Tinh: Modern Shore Wedding

Lorrance reached out to us in the middle of February to help design her “Modern Beach Wedding”  which took place this past July at the Salt Creek Grill in Rumson.  Our first step was to create the perfect color palette; shades of pink, grey and ivory.  We then had lots of fun brainstorming ideas to tie into the theme and the final product was well worth all the planning!  Lorrance and Tinh’s tablescape included; grey pintuck linens, hot pink napkins, beautiful centerpieces filled with orchids and pearls, a starfish at each pace setting and a box of chocolates.  Some of our favorite details included a DIY s’mores bar, a cigar roller, ribbon’s on the ceremony chairs, parasols, palm fans and finally flip-flops for dancing!  And we can’t help but mention the amazing bridal bouquet by Peter James Floral Couture!!

Lorrance’s first dress (she had two) was designed just for her in the Philippines.  The morning of the wedding we met up with Lorrance and her bridesmaids at her and Tinh’s new home, they closed the same month as their wedding!  The bridal party was already having a great time getting their hair and makeup done.  They then headed to Red Bank for the first look and pictures on the Navesink River.  The ceremony was held on the water and  to make it even more memorable Tinh’s grandfather performed the ceremony.  Right after, guests headed inside for the cocktail hour and Lorrance changed into her second dress.  There were lots of great moments throughout the evening but the highlight had to be the same-day-edit by Mpw MediaGroup!  Check out some of our favorite images they captured from the day.

And we couldn’t help but share the inspiration board we created for Lorrance, it was so much fun to see  it all come to life!  Lorrance and Tinh, thank you so much for the opportunity to help design your amazing summer wedding.  We wish and Ava all the best!

<3 Jenn

Credits: Venue: Salt Creek Grill in Rumson; Photo & Video: Mpw MediaGroup; Floral: Peter James Floral Couture; Hair: Bethany Peterson; Makeup: Denise Gevaras; DJ: Elegant Engagements; Cake: The Pastry Chef