Make it a good one!
Moms, seeing you on wedding days is always my favorite.
…and to my own mom, the mother-in-law that I was lucky enough to snag three years ago, and my sister – mom of three kiddos under six, you ladies are somethin’ else. Hope this weekend is full of good things, including bubbly and bloody marys, of course.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Did you see Aida & Dustin’s wedding video trailer last Friday? Peek at that, then swing back, because Woodland Fields Photography delivered a big bundle of their wedding photos last week to go along with it!
Aida & Dustin decided on March 2 at Mission San Luis, a historic site in the heart of Tallahassee. It was a crispy cold day but sunny-as-can-be, perfect for making all those diamonds really sparkle. The ceremony backdrop that At Last Florals made may just be my favorite ever.
There are two big elements to a wedding day, at least for me. Details are the first (but not necessarily most important). The pretty little bits that make a wedding yours. Design. Decor. Little “extras” sprinkled in.
And the second? The moments. I live for steal-aways and touched-tears and nerves that give way to excitement with the first step down the aisle. The bits that fill hearts and make me so grateful that I found this work. This wedding had so many of them.
Thank you for sharing these pretty little reminders of March 2, Catherine. And Aida, thank you for being your awesome, sparkly self.
See the full gallery here, and leave a little “hello” to let me know what you think!
You know how I always say how much I love it when brides become friends? Guys, I adore Aida. This girl came to me last winter with visions of all things glam – a serious affection for sparkles and diamonds and rich, royal colors. I don’t think I’ve ever said “bling” in my life, but I was up for the challenge if it meant working with this bubbly bride-to-be with a smile I knew would look ridiculously amazing in her wedding photos.
So we got to work – both up to our elbows in diamonds and gems and all things fancy to plan a big, sparkly March wedding.
Their families were so complimentary and grateful. Something I know fellow wedding planners would agree makes wedding days about a million times better and makes busting your butt totally worth it. Unique Video Creations sent over a trailer of their wedding video earlier this week, which of course made me cry. These two are somethin’ else.
Also, I think I’ll always be jealous of Aida’s smile.
Watch today, and check back early next week for a whole bundle of photos from Woodland Fields Photography. Big thank you to all the vendors who helped make this big day happen. You all are pret-ty amazing.
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Mission San Luis
Event Coordinator: Shannon Reeves Events
Photographer: Woodland Fields Photography
Videographer: Unique Video Creations
Officiant: Mehrdad Beladi, Uncle of the Bride
Flowers: At Last Florals
Caterer and Bartender: Andrew’s Catering
DJ: Randy Rust, Pro DJs
Cake: Katie’s Cakes
Hair: Jenny Dease, Dream State Salon
Makeup: Randi Buchanan
Paper Pieces: Karmanos Printing, Tallahassee
Place settings: Party Party Party
Linens: Connie Duglin Linens
Last day of April, guys! While March was filled with all the fun craziness of actual wedding days, April was more behind-the-scenes planning for summertime weddings, with some Friday evening happy hours, mini-trips and date nights tossed in. Finally feel like I’ve taken handle of 2013 after some honest-to-goodness struggling. But, lessons were learned indeed. And pretty weddings happened in the meantime.
April, as it was…
A mother-daughter trip to Venice, where I grew up. The same smells, the same pictures on the walls, including this little gem of me and my little sis. Dinners cooked by my grandma, picking up right where conversations left off like no time had passed, catching up with my mom, who will always be my best buddy (right along with this cute guy) and laughing until my cheeks hurt.
And quite the grand finale last Saturday at Pops in the Park. Friends met our our house, we loaded up a couple Radio Flyers (with coolers instead of children) and walked to the Central Park Lake just down the street for a night of Tallahassee Symphony music, food trucks, picnic blankets and picture-perfect weather.
Enjoy your days, and I’ll see you back here soon! I have a video sneak peek from Aida & Dustin’s March wedding that I can’t wait to show you.
My heart always jumps a little when I get exciting emails like that. It’s always so much fun to relive clients’ big days. Especially through videos, where you get plenty of behind-the-scenes peeks.
If you happen to need a little dose of romance, get comfy and watch! Jamison during the ceremony just.kills.me. I LOVE it, with capital letters. (;
Happy weekend! xoxo, Shannon
One year ago yesterday, Rachel and Shawn tied the knot in Monticello, a tiny little town in North Florida, where there are antebellum manors and giant trees that echo with the sounds of birds chirping. It’s the type of place where you see gardeners trimming the already perfect-looking hedges and where neighbors wave to you from their front porches. It was the place where I really really decided that I was meant to work in the South.
Although I’d planned weddings for years before opening my own business, Rachel and Shawn’s was the first one I’d planned as a business owner, all on my own. These two made it easy, what a sweet day. Honored to be a part of it! Happiest anniversary you two!
Doesn’t this just give you goosebumps?
Leah’s family took a trip to Europe last summer. Brian asked permission from Leah’s parents to fly there on his own and surprise her with a ring. In Paris. Leah wouldn’t even know he had left his house in California.
Brian dropped them off at the airport the day they left. Then home to finish packing himself, then back to the airport to board a later flight on the same day. Fast-forward to a few days later. Eiffel Tower day. Per the plan, Leah’s family made their way up. Brian was already waiting at the top.
Oh my goodness, right?
What a romantic start! I feel like the ultimate lovestruck Polyanna when I tell this story, but I just can’t help it. These two are precious! I can’t wait for this wedding, in the tiny little church where her grandparents were married, in an itty bitty town in North Florida, one year from today.
Happy One Year ‘Till to you, Leah and Brian!
My mom and dad got married on this day 29 years ago. In a pretty little church with just a few people, with a big, fun party in a rec hall afterward. They didn’t have Pinterest to guide them. Or a need to impress their Facebook friends with bundles of photos boasting over-the-top details.
I often envy that. I re-read this post today and hope that you brides-to-be don’t put too much pressure on yourselves. I love pretty things so much, don’t get me wrong. But give me just a nice couple, a little chapel, sweet vows and a band that makes your grandpa get up and dance and I’ll take that 10 times out of 10. Because 29 years later, that’s what you’ll remember. I pinch myself everyday that I get to be surrounded by work that I love, and I’m so grateful to have these two as a constant reminder of what a good marriage looks like.
Happy, happy anniversary!
These are pretty fun aren’t they? So many of you saw these over on Wedding Chicks last week and have asked about who makes them, so I thought these pretty little things deserved their own post.
I found these little plastic Govino “go anywhere” flutes at a local wine shop one day and sent them down to Rachel Carl – a really fun, friendly new mama who I discovered through my sweet friend and fellow planner Sarah Tucker. Rachel, who happens to have handwriting to make any gal jealous, personalized each flute for me (with dishwasher-safe pen!) and the rest is history! I’ve ordered some for every SRE bride and her bridesmaids since and have delivered them with a bottle of bubbly to their dressing room just before they all arrive on their respective big days. Because discovering pretty surprises is the best. Especially if it’s your wedding day.
If you’re an SRE bride, you’re probably going to be gifted with these little flutes and some bubbly on your big day (act surprised!). If you aren’t, I think these would make perfect bridesmaids gifts, or even as placecards for a shower or bridesmaids luncheon. Love Rachel and love these pretty little things! So glad you do, too!