Christmas is coming! Yay, oh boy, jumping for joy! I love this time of year. The smell of pine trees and the sight of red and green glitter makes my whole year. So, as an easily inspired Pensacola wedding planner, my mind is on Christmas Weddings of course. Have you thought about having a Christmas Wedding? I'm totally in love with this woodland cake. The color combo makes it a little more earthy, giving it a subtle Christmas feel. You can find FDL's Weekly Pintastic pin here.
This Jacksonville wedding planner had such a wonderful time working with this amazing couple, Emily & Blake. They are an infectious loving couple who had their reception at the Old St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Becky of Bec Photography did a fabulous job of capturing the day's most important moments. Emily had a slight bee theme which blended nicely with the lavender and gold French Provence touches. Because the church had someone to coordinate the wedding, the day before I assisted the bride and groom with the reception setup. Each tablescape had an assortment of bottles and glasses with different colored roses, baby's breathe along with a few votive candles. On the day of the wedding, after a few finishing touches, guests enjoyed some delicious food by The Magnificat Cafe, the groom's stepfather owns it, and tasty cake while listening to the fun sounds of the Traveling Riverside Band. The wedding was full of fun and surprises: like when the groomsmen came out wearing ZZ top beards, bandannas and glasses and started jamming with their air guitars. At the end of the night Emily and Blake departed through a gantlet of handmade wands. To Emily & Blake, a new and sweet chapter of your life has begun. May your new journey see love, care, passion and trust. Congratulations! May God bless your married life.
Fleur de Lis Event Consulting: Wedding Coordinator, The Magnificat Cafe: Caterer, Traveling Riverside Band: Band, Let Them Eat Cake: Baker, All About Events: Rentals, Bec Photography: Photographer, Salon on the Square: Hair, Oliv'r Twist: Bar, Venue: Old St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
This week is Thanksgiving and I felt like it was time for some necessary reflection. You might be wondering, how is this related to weddings or events and the truth is- it isn't. Well...maybe it is on the other hand, just in a different kind of way. I'm professional wedding and event planner who loves this time of year, but Thanksgiving is not just about delicious food and traditions. It's a time to reflect on what you're thankful for and why, what has influenced and inspired you throughout the year and what has given you the strength to succeed in your goals. So, on my Facebook page, I created my own 4 day Thanksgiving daily challenge and called it "4 days of thankfulness". Each day I will present a new thing I'm thankful for leading up to Thanksgiving. When I started my event consulting business two years ago, it was a little scary and nerve racking but after one very successful year I feel like it would not have been the same journey without my support network or my fabulous clients. I really have been blessed.
Day #1. Today I'm thankful to have such great clients- past and present. Without them my business would be nonexistent. They have inspired me in more ways then one. Because of them, I am continuously trying to be my best. The reviews I have received and their kind words after each and every event reassures me that I am right where I need to be.
Day #2. Today I'm thankful to work with such wonderful vendors! They are all priceless. Over the last few years I have met so many fabulous vendors. Most of them have given me wonderful pearls of wisdom regarding how to be a better business woman. A huge thank you to Amanda Jayne Photography, It's Personal...Staging and Design, D'vine Cuisine, and S & A Weddings and Events (just to name a few) for truly being there.
Day #3. Today I'm thankful to be married to the man of my dreams. He is such a loving and devoted husband! How could I have done all this without him? It would not have been possible that's for sure! He has been my rock through tough times and my biggest fan.
Day #4. Today I'm thankful to have such a great family!! They have been my biggest support network. They read my blog posts, even when I think no one does, and encourage me to keep inspiring my fans and myself. I'm such a lucky girl to have a family like this one.
So, there you go- four wonderful reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. I hope you all have an amazing holiday!
This Pensacola Wedding Planner is a huge fan of fun wedding favors. As fall comes to an end, I was inspired by Thanksgiving and a sweet delicious craving for pumpkin pie. How cute would it be to have mini pumpkin pies for a fall wedding favor or at the dessert table? This FDL's Weekly Pintastic pin was found on Craft Fox & Brides.
Are you in the midst of wedding planning? Here is a little word to the wise when it comes to rock-bottom priced vendors: if it's too good to be true, it is. I believe that in today's economic market we as consumers are always looking for the "best deal" or "cheapest price". I myself am totally guilty of this! I'm not sure if it's Walmart's doing or just the simple fact that there seems to be less money and more bills nowadays. However, you need to be aware that when it comes to the wedding industry, you really do get what you pay for. Weddings are expensive no doubt, but there's nothing worse then paying for a product or service that is less then satisfactory. I could tell you story after story of clients going the cheaper route, only to be later disappointed with the quality. Now remember, I was once a bride so I fully understand the word "budget". But if I look back on all the things I was frugal on, I find myself with a tinge of regret, like my dress for example. So, if a vendor is selling you the moon at an incredible low low price, be skeptical and do some research- hopefully, before your guests get food poisoning. Get a few quotes and see what the range is. Also, make sure to read the reviews but read them with a grain of salt (sometimes people's expectations are just unreasonable). The more you know, the better you are equipped to make a lasting decision you can stand by.
This week I was inspired by my bride, Charlene, who is having a fall vintage wedding. I love this soft elegant bridal bouquet of rustic colored roses. FDL's Weekly Pintastic Pin was found on Florescence by Design PattySalsbury's Pinterest board.
How would I describe this wedding in two words? Breathtakingly Gorgeous! Chris and Hannah had one of those weddings that I'll be thinking about for years to come. A navy and coral nautical themed wedding with tons of details and it was all captured by Britney Kay Photography. If you don't already know, I love details and this wedding had it all! Everywhere you looked there was something to capture the eye.Chris is in the Navy so the theme was spectacularly fitting for this couple! The wedding was held at the Ribault Club, which is a historical landmark and established in 1928 as a playground for the affluent. Today it serves as a beautiful wedding venue with a vintage charm. Outside, in the back, there is a large oak tree which is where Chris and Hannah got married, but to glam it up we hung three chandeliers from it's winding branches. Anne, the MOB, found the cutest boat from Home Goods and added some special touches, making it the perfect beer cooler for the bar. Anne also did all the floral arrangements and wedding cake; she really did an amazing job! When you walked into the reception area you were transformed to a seaboard atmosphere. At each table every place setting had a napkin folded into a sail, a wooden lantern and a navy striped runner. A handmade monkey fist knot was made for each table number. At the end of the night, after a final kiss, the bride and groom exited in a Rolls Royce. Congratulations Hannah and Chris on your nuptials! Like a lighthouse on a dark night, may your love for one another always shine brightly.
Fleur de Lis Event Consulting (Wedding Planner), First Coast Ceremonies (Officiant), RSVP Caterers (Caterer), Britney Kay Photography (Photography), Platinum Entertainment (DJ), Luxe Party Rentals (Rentals), Jax Video (Videographer), Tommy Entenz (Bride & Groom Car), Tracey Ott (Hair), Kendra Chaney (Makeup), Ribault Club (Venue), Bridals & More (Dress)
Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast // Happy 1 year anniversary Carmen & Phillip // Palmetto FL Wedding Planner
Today I want to wish one memorable couple, Carmen & Phillip, a Happy 1 Year Anniversary. It was such a pleasure working with them last November at the Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast. Their purple Palmetto, Florida wedding was a combination of modern and elegant decor. Join us as we celebrate their one year anniversary.
Fleur de Lis Event Consulting (Wedding Planner), Us Tent Rental (Rentals), Thee Photo Ninja (Photographer), Jess Waldrop (Makeup & Hair), Catering by Indulge (Caterer), Cakes by Nomeda (Cake), Alpha Limousine, Janie Beane Florist (Florist), Serafin De Cuba (Cigar Rollar), Fast Breaks Entertainment (DJ) Rehearsal Dinner: Taco Lady (Caterer), MoThomp Photography (Photographer), Ron Delp (Jazz Band), Tortuga Inn (Venue), Stephii Cakes Shop (Cake Pops), Catering by Indulge (Bartender)
Engagement season is upon us and this week I was inspired by beautiful beautiful bridal gowns. So be on the lookout this coming wedding season for lots of old Hollywood glamor, sleeves, and blush-colored gowns. FDL's Weekly Pintastic pin is brought to you by Rosebloom.
Today I want to share a story with you about turning endings into new beginnings. It's a little personal but I feel it's important to share with my fellow military wives and anyone else who has recently found themselves lost in a whirlwind of change. A few months back I relocated from Jacksonville, FL to the Pensacola area and it has been, let's say, interesting. Change is inevitable when you're married to a man in the military. This is sometimes difficult to accept when you have to uproot your life and successful wedding/event planning business to the unknown, especially when your business is built on referrals. The things we do for love! It was bound to happen though, I knew it was only a matter of time, so when the day came I reluctantly packed for Pensacola- dragging my heels all the way. However, this is not the first time my life has been impacted by the military. In fact, a few years ago my mom gave me a hard time after complaining about moving three times in one year, "well, you had to have known what you were getting yourself into when you married a man in the service." If I remember correctly, this comment caused an endless waterfall of tears- because she was right. Mom's are always right. But as right as she was, it can be a hard pill to swallow for an independent woman such as myself. And unfortunately for my husband, he did not marry Suzy Homemaker. Someday I hope to aspire to Suzy's standards but for now it's just not who I am- which, at times, can create some challenging situations. I enjoy working, especially for myself. I have found tremendous satisfaction in building my business and taking pride in my success. I own something that is entirely my own and that completes me. So was I excited to move to Pensacola? I'll be honest, not so much. However, after a hesitant start I contacted a few vendors and started networking. I soon found myself a little excited at the idea of beginning anew. I had the chance to revitalize my business and begin fresh with a lot more experience this time around. Inspiration was all around me and from every new person I met. My commitments are very important to me and even as I continually grow into the area, I'm still traveling to Jacksonville to be there for my current clients and their wedding day. When I make a commitment, nothing stops me! If there's a will, there's a way. So, to the other independent military wives out there- do not fight the inevitable change. Instead, take change as an opportunity to advance yourself, find yourself and rejuvenate yourself.
The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. -Steve Jobs