Vintage Aviation Themed Nursery // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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This past April we welcomed our 1st child into the world, Rockwell. My husband, Joshua, is an avid flyer and aviator. As soon as we found out we were having a boy, we decided that we were going to have a vintage airplane theme in his room. However, it didn’t really stop there. As an event planner, when I set my mind to a concept, I have a tendency to go all out. And Hilary Clark Photography captured it all- from our maternity pictures, to the nursery, to our baby’s first pictures. Baby Rockwell was recently featured on A Military Story .

For our maternity pictures we opted to go to NAS Pensacola where they have a fabulous aviation museum. Here we took various pictures, using the old airplanes as backdrops.

We had a blast putting together Rocky’s nursery. We mixed a lot of old with new and even repurposed a buffet table into a changing table that has been in our home and relationship since the beginning. The changing table is a very sentimental piece. When Josh and I first started dating we walked into Goodwill looking for a project we could complete together. It took us three weeks but we refinished the piece. When we decided to use it in the nursery as a changing table, we had it repainted and had a platform made since we’re both pretty tall people. At the moment I’m loving the color gray, and finding a gray crib that I liked took weeks, but I’m so enamored with the one we found. The rocking chair was also another great find. Josh found this vintage plane material online and we ordered it to make curtains -what a headache that was. But in the end, worth it.

Once Rockwell was born we took newborn pictures carrying the theme over as you can see. We had a blanket made from some of the leftover material which is what the baby is laying on. A friend got us the cute airplane sleeper- a perfect outfit for an aviator enthusiast.

 

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A Twisted Peach Cocktail // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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A Twisted Peach Cocktail
Summer is in full force here in the South where while the scenery is beautiful, the thought of being outside to see it is dreadful – because if it’s not the heat, then it’s the humidity. So what better way to cool down today than with a cold relaxing cocktail? Just try this refreshing Southern peach ginger bourbon concoction called A Twisted Peach. Enjoy the sweet taste of peach with a hint of lime as you watch the summer evening go by on your front porch. It will tantalize your taste buds and help you appreciate the South again. This recipe was featured on Occasions, so be sure to check out the link. Occasions is the everygirl’s guide to celebrating in style.

Makes 4 Servings, prep time 10, total time 10

Ingredients:
33oz of Ginger Ale
2 Peaches
1 Lime
1/3 cup of Sweetened Lime Juice Concentrate
½ cup of Bourbon

Instructions:
Cut out a ¼ slice from the a peach and lime for garnish
Cut up peaches and blend them in a blender
Cut the lime into slices
Add Ginger Ale, Peach Juice, Lime Juice Concentrate and Bourbon in pitcher. Stir. Add peach chucks and lime slices.

Recipe & Styling by Valerie Pritt, Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, Photography by Meg Burke Photography

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$500 Pensacola Bridal Shower Package // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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Will you be hosting a Pensacola bridal shower this year? Racking your brain trying to figure out where to have this beautiful event? Looking for a place to gather and have fun? You’re in luck- we have the perfect party for you. Check out this bridal shower package for $500. This is a wonderful package for someone looking for a great value and a lot of fun. The venue is in the charming downtown Pensacola area, just a hop, skip and a jump to Palafox Street. So, relax, open gifts, play a game and enjoy the drinks. This package covers a 2 hour bridal shower for up to 15 people. So what is included for $500?

Venue
Coordinator
Photo Booth
Flowers
Mimosa Bar
Cupcakes
Bridal Games
Set up/breakdown

If you would like further information, please use the provided contact form.

Are you looking for some party inspiration? In the latest issue of DIY Weddings Magazine our Pink Lemonade Tablescape is featured. The pink and yellow color scheme was all about exuberance and being bold. Or maybe you’re looking for a cold relaxing cocktail?  Check out our Twisted Peach cocktail which was featured on Occasions. There’s tons of inspiration to be found here on the FDL blog.

Glitter Wedding // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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A glitter wedding, oh my! This week I was inspired by Jessica Simpson’s sparkly wedding. So, in celebration, this week’s FDL Weekly Pintastic is brought to you by glitter- lots and lots of glitter! I’m a true lover of all things that sparkle and it is a someday dream to have a wedding with nothing but sparkle. Just take a look at the bridesmaid dresses- beautiful! And I just love the chair covers! Individual pictures can be found on my Pinterest page.

The 4 D’s To A Successful Rehearsal // Pensacola Wedding Planner

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Hello and welcome Bridal Party and Parents!

My name is Valerie, owner of Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, and I have been hired by the bride and groom to assist and coordinate their big day. A wedding has many moving parts and it’s important that we are all on the same page. There are four simple rules for a successful rehearsal, which in turn will lead to a fantastic and enjoyable wedding. As much as I have prepared for this wedding, things will come up- they always do- and it’s important that we all work together to give the bride and groom the best wedding ever. This might mean being flexible, having an unexpected duty, or something simple as staying positive. Please keep these 4 D’s  in mind as we embark on this wonderful adventure.

The 4 D’s

Drinking. Please do not drink before the rehearsal. I want you guys to have a blast- this is a time for celebration- but I have found that the rehearsal takes longer and is unnecessarily more complex when people are intoxicated. On the wedding day it is best to limit yourself to only a few drinks before the ceremony and bridal entry. After the bridal entry, please indulge safely.

Drama. Please leave all drama at home. This is the couple’s special day and it is important to remember that. I try to be sensitive to all family situations but there is no place for drama during these two days. Bridesmaids and groomsmen try to refrain from gossiping or creating drama that will stress the bride and groom out unnecessarily. Sometimes things get overlooked, changed, or not communicated and it is best to discuss it with me without trying to upset the bride and groom. Having a happy and positive wedding party equals a fun wedding – guaranteed.

Direction. Please listen and follow direction from the Officiant and myself during the rehearsal. Our goal is to get you to the rehearsal dinner as fast as possible; however, for this to happen we need to pay attention and be respectful of everyone’s time. Before we begin the ceremony, I like to go over the schedule of events and what time everyone needs to be ready, locations and any special duties. Any changes should be addressed at this time so please pay attention.

Duty. It is my duty to assist the bride and groom in achieving an organized and timely wedding. Sometimes situations arise that are uncontrollable; my job is to minimize the effect of these things. With this being said, there might be instances where your help will be needed and it would be best to be helpful instead of negative. If the bride and groom have given you a certain duty, please do your best to assist them in their wishes.

Over the years I have learned that it is best to address these things first so that way we can all enjoy this every special day. Please read the rehearsal plan next.

Interview by A Touch of Modern // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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Last week I was interviewed by A Touch of Modern. Here is a little snippet from the interview. Make sure to see the full interview on A Touch of Modern.

What are some benefits to having full on event coordination vs. day of services?

Regardless of what option you hired a wedding planner for, feel good in knowing that you have protected your wedding day investment. Having someone there to help you push things along in a timely manner is so important and truly priceless. However, there is a huge difference between full planning and “Day Of” services. With “Day of” you have already picked most of your vendors and just need help with setup, a timeline and somebody to manage the day. “Day of” is a terrible misnomer; therefore, I do not offer a “Day of” services but instead I have a “Month of” package. There is just no way one can be expected to jump in and take over without knowing all the details a few days before hand. When looking for someone to coordinate your day, be sure to ask how involved they get. When hiring a planner for Full Service, you are looking for someone to help you from beginning to end. They will be there to guide you through the wedding process, creating a budget, give design ideas, vendor help and much, much more.

Are you working on any special projects outside of weddings?

Weddings are my life! I kid- but not really. However, the special project I’m working on right now is being a new mom. This past April my husband and I welcomed our 1st child into the world, Rockwell Thomas. It has been a huge learning process trying to balance a business and being a full-time mom. I’ve had to learn to do things a little differently and adjust my practices quite a bit. But I love this new chapter in our life and I’m blessed to have such a wonderful husband to take the lead when I’m preparing for an event.

What can brides and grooms do to be helpful to you during the planning process? 

There are two things. Go over expectations with the planner and have a budget ready. Knowing and understanding your expectations are key to having a great working relationship with your planner. When expectations are discussed beforehand it makes everyone more comfortable.

I cannot express just how important having a budget is! Consider it the foundation for your entire wedding. My job is to try to find vendors that work with your budget for what you desire. The budget must be realistic as well. I’ll be honest, weddings are not cheap, and having champagne taste on a beer budget often leaves both parties frustrated- trust that your planner will be there to guide you to their best ability with vendors they know and trust. Even if you’re on a tight budget there are plenty of options if you’re willing to go nontraditional and think outside the box.

$7,500 Pensacola Destination Wedding Package // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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Pensacola Destination Bride? Check out this $7,500 Pensacola Destination Wedding Package. Fleur de Lis Event Consulting is excited to announce an all inclusive package for Pensacola destination brides. If you want a no fuss, no muss kind of wedding look no further. The reality of planning a destination wedding from afar can be a daunting and tasking affair. When you are unfamiliar with an area it can get pretty frustrating. This is a wonderful package for a bride and groom traveling from afar and envision being married at a vintage venue in the charming downtown Pensacola area. For those destination brides looking for an intimate wedding with only close friends and family this is a perfect option. This package covers a 6 hour wedding for 50 people. So what is included for $7,500?

Officiant
Wedding Coordinator
DJ
Photo Booth
Venue for ceremony and reception
Catering for 50 people
7 hours of photography
50 cupcakes
1 bridal bouquet
1 boutonniere
7 flower centerpieces
Hair/Makeup for Bride
Table Linens
Chairs and Tables

If you would like further information, please use the provided contact form.

Are you a destination bride looking for advice? See my article “The Best Resource For A Destination Bride” which was published in an Australian blog, Polka Dot Bride. It’s such an honor to be a contributing writer for such a great blog. Polka Dot Bride is an Australian wedding blog dedicated to “inspiring weddings”. Polka Dot Bride hopes to touch on anything and everything wedding related that may be useful to today’s bride – style, unique finds, fabulous suppliers, with a little bit of fun thrown in! But most importantly, inspire you to create a wedding that is all about ‘you and your partner’.

Wedding Donuts // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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Wedding donuts Yummm. Our brunch wedding post from last week has inspired this week FDL Weekly Pintastic. A sweet snack perfect for a late night dessert or brunch wedding. Pair them with some coffee and your guests will be over the moon. I love how they can match any color palette. And what a great why to display them- a donut bar. Be on the look out for this trend at your next wedding. Individual pictures can be found on my Pinterest page.

Jaclyn & Jeff // LeCiel Ballroom Wedding // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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Check out this beautiful LeCiel Ballroom Wedding. Jaclyn and Jeff are both two optimistic spontaneous people who are totally and completely in love! Their Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort wedding was simply stunning. See all the beautiful images by Irina Behr Photography. Not only was it a beautiful venue but it was also a great location for a destination wedding. Although Jeff and Jaclyn are from this area, most of their guests had to fly in to be a part of this glamorous shindig. And what a treat! The alter was so picturesque with a dramatic chandelier and just beyond it was an amazing backdrop of the emerald gulf coast. Much of Jaclyn’s vintage shabby chic décor was handmade by the bride herself. She used a color scheme of blush colors, pearl pink, ivory, nude, mint, and peach that was incorporated in the bridal bouquets and centerpieces. The bride made all the burlap boutonnieres. As Jaclyn walked down the aisle, her dazzling dress caught everyone’s eye. It was designed by an Etsy merchant, Dresslee. The wedding was a plated feast and afterwards everyone enjoyed the pretty and delicious cupcakes. Then everyone danced the night away. Jaclyn and Jeff, to find true love and to share one dream is a blessing. May you have many happy years together!

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Vendors: Fleur de Lis Event Consulting (Wedding Planner), Cupcakery by the Sea (Cake), Irina Behr Photography (Photographer), Gulf Coast Entertainment (DJ), Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort (Venue), Dresslee (Dress)

Pink Lemonade Tablescape // Pensacola FL Wedding Planner

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In the latest issue of DIY Weddings Magazine our Pink Lemonade Tablescape is featured.  This is such a dream come true! FDL  in PRINT! Meg Burke Photography and I are the newest partners to join the DIY Weddings Magazine. If you are a DIYer, you must check out this magazine. Here is a little sneak peek of the article:

Summer is here! The days of sunny skies, gentle breezes, glasses of cool lemonade, and eating watermelon while visiting with family or friends are finally here! Life is good! Are you thinking of having a summertime wedding? Looking for something brilliantly summer? What better way to celebrate a new chapter in your life than with a bright and vibrant color palette. This tablescape was inspired by a summertime essential: Pink Lemonade. This pink and yellow color scheme was all about exuberance and being bold. Not only was the tablescape saturated with an astounding pop of color, but the contrasting shades complement each other nicely. Just like delicious pink lemonade-sweet and tart.

To see more and other great articles, purchase your copy today.

Making it happen: Fleur de Lis Event Consuling (Tablescape Designer), Meg Burke Photography (Photographer), S & A Wedding & Events (Florist), North Hill Chair Covers & Linens (Rentals)

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