It has been over a year since I last blogged. In the past year so much has happened that I wanted to share with you all; I got married, which was really awesome (and beautiful, if I do say so myself), there were several gorgeous weddings that I got to help plan, coordinate and enjoy, and we’ve started working on 2012 weddings already. Life took me away from blogging, but now I’m back.
I’m excited to announce that Chelsie Green, one of my former brides, has agreed to join Beyond Events to help plan, design and direct weddings. While I worked with her on her wedding last September I realized how creative, self-motivated and organized she is. To say that I was impressed is an understatement. It is rare to find this combination of traits in one person, but she pulls it off quite nicely, I must say. I am so excited to have her on board and look forward to creating some amazing weddings with her!
Stay tuned for more info, gorgeous event pics and updates. I’ll be posting some great stuff soon and you won’t want to miss it.
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A couple of weeks ago I assisted with the event coordination of the Atlanta Food Rave. The event itself was remarkable, 5 of Atlanta’s top chef’s competed to prepare food (live) for guests and to benefit the Atlanta Food Bank. But, the scene-stealing portion of the event was..Butt Sketches! What are “Butt Sketches” you ask? They are a pieces of art, charcoal sketches in live time of your entire back side. See the picture above. These artists are based in Austin, TX and take about 2 1/2 minutes per butt. Additionally, the artists incorporated sass, personality and accessories into the sketchs. Truly an entertaining and memorable part of any event, not to mention that you get to take the artwork home! Mine is framed and post on the wall of my living room. I absolutley love it!
On Sunday, August 1st 2010 Vanessa Preiss married Brett Meyer at the King Plow Arts Center in Atlanta. It was a beautiful event, with over 150 guests in attendance, filled with jewish tradition and infused with the personalities of the Bride and Groom. The details of the ceremony and reception truly showed the uniquiness and originality of the couple.
Vanessa and Brett were wed under a gorgeous chuppah that was lined with hundreds of feathers and twinkle lights in front of their friends and family. The ceremony was performed by Rabbi Steven Lebow and filled with humor and entertainment. The couple and wedding party exited the ceremony to the theme from Star Wars and provided a wedding cake topped with Hans solo and Princess Leiya figurines at the reception. As the dancing commenced at the reception the bride and groom participated in the traditional Hora and were hoisted onto chairs and bounced up and down by the guests, it was quite a ride. But, the most poigniant moment was when the groom serenaded the bride in front of the entire crowd, it was beautiful. An affair to remember for sure.
When you’re planning a wedding it is easy to get overwhelmed by the big stuff like staying within your budget, maintaining a count of your RSVPs and selecting service vendors, but the little details that go into your event are what truly make it spectaclar. The most recent edition of Brides’s magazine features a list of 100 things to do for under $100 (each) that will really upgrade your wedding. This extensive list had tons of great ideas and fabulous websites that they recommend.
Of the ones mentioned my favorite was “Just Married” car banners. I love these! In addition to making a statement to everyone you pass on the road, even after your formal departure, they are a beautiful finishing touch for your fabulous event (not to mention a great photo opp). Check out A bride’s ride
for great do it yourself packages that start at an affordable $47. The they offer a variety of “statements”; hitched, just married, I do, we did it! & forever. After you’ve wed it’s time to tell the world, why not do it with an eye-catching, elegantly decorated get away car?
On Sunday, May 16th, Social Lilly held the first of many wedding events that are sure to take Atlanta’s weddings by storm. This was not your run of the mill ‘wedding event’, held at one of Atlanta’s finest private mansions (Lion’s gate) on Powers Ferry Road “The Designer Bride” event was chic, unqiue and captivating. Several of the vendors provided interactive demonstrations; a workout demo by Feline Fitness, a cooking lesson by Noorish Catering and a Spray-Tanning demo by Pure Sol Bronzing. And the fashion show was worth mentioning, several heads were turned when they brought out the models wearing lingerie, by Livi Rae Lingerie. The picture above is compliments of Jill Calafete photography. For more photos check out: www.socaillilly.wordpress.com
The picture above was taken from www.weddingchannel.com, where I first heard of this new trend. Having your bridesmaids wear non-matching dresses is a great idea for 4 compelling reasons: 1.) It is completely unexpected to dare to have your ladies wear different colors. Different styles in the same shade of color had been going on for awhile, but differently styled dresses in different colors; unheard of and sure to turn quite a few heads as your attendants walk down the aisle. 2.) Because they have the final say-so in the dress choice your bridesmaids can choose a dress that is totally flattering on them from how it hugs their curves to selecting a shade that works well with their skin tone. 3.) There will be no stress of anxiety about choosing a dress that is out of some of your girls’ price range, they get to set the price tag. I cannot tell you how many bridesmaids I’ve witnessed trying to maintain a smile and composure when a bride told them how much their dress cost. 4.) They will absolutely wear it again!(And there will be no snickering after you say that!) Because they picked out the dresses they are sure to love everything about them. Of course all of the dresses should flow and reflect your wedding colors and the final decision should still be yours. This is a innovate idea that you bridemaids will love you for and your guests will be surpised by. Not to mention that is takes away one more thing you have to worry about.
For a cake stand that is sure to be noticed, Raise the Cake is the company to contact. Their beautiful, light-weight and durables stands are perfect for one time use and to add the perfect touch to any wedding cake. They offer pre-designed stands that you can order as well as the option to custom design your own cake stand on-line. All of their stands are covered in a matte-satin, then lined with a satin ribbon, you can even choose to add a little bling (buckles, flowers and several options are offered). Take a look at their website to see various options and pictures of the cake stands they made in the past: www.raisethecake.com .
A recent trend in wedding accessories that I am especially fond of is Pashmina Shawls. These stylish little wraps are ideal for wedding day adornment, not only are they chic and colorful they are also a great way to keep your bridesmaids warm while they’re wearing strappy or sleeveless dresses. Pashminas are ideal for those between season months (like March/April and October/November) when the weather is starting to change and there is a 20+ temperature degree range that is possible from week to week. They can also be given as wedding party gifts. Because of their shape and versatility they can always be worn again and are a gift that your bridesmaids will surely appreciate, both on the wedding day and for months or years to come. A great source to order these shawls is: www.dessy.com With a wide variety of colors and shades you are certain to find the hue that best suites your wedding color palette.
Many people know that all wedding photographers do not provide the same quality of work; they range from amateurs like somebody’s uncle or friend that took a photography class 10 years ago who volunteered to shot your wedding for free to high-end professionals that have packages at high at $10,000.00 But, there is a new wedding photography gem in Atlanta. A few months ago I had the privilege of meeting Catherine Tolbert of Adore Amore Photography. With an established photography business in Greenville, SC she decided to branch out and extend her service area to Atlanta. Adore Amore offers wedding photography and life style portait session (engagment sessions, maternity pics, etc.) and all of their pricing is at a very reasonable rate. You no longer have to sacrfice quality in order to stay within you wedding photography budget. And on top of the great deals and quality photos, Catherine happens to be a delightfully easy-going person. On your wedding day you’ll want to be surrounded by professional vendors that you can trust and that will keep you grounded. Catherine is exactly that type of wedding photographer. To check out her work go to www.adoreamorephotography.com
Looking for a Wedding planner, vendors or venues? All of these and more can be found through this new multi-media, comprehensive source for Atlanta’s brides. Social Lilly hosts a website (www.sociallilly.com) that brides can click through to find wedding specialists/ vendors, upcoming wedding related events and even offers an insider card (their featured wedding specialists offer discounts through this nifty little card). In April of 2010 Social Lilly will Launch their first annual print edition, this will be a fusion of a magazine and a coffee table book. Keep an eye out for the new publication at your favorite vendor locations in the next few months. Locations are to include Studio Wed, Beyond Events and many more. Their launch party is tonight, I’ll report back soon and give you all an update on the event!