Fuzzy Favorite’s Friday No.3

It’s that time again…Favorite’s Friday & this time it’s all about feeling warm & fuzzy inside. Images that make you go awwwww ~ Brides & Grooms utterly in love ~ Basically anything that made my heart smile this week on Pinterest.

I want to start off these Fuzzy Favorite’s with the following image ~ Mainly because I honestly have said this to my fiance a gazillion times since we’ve been engaged. Makes me smile whenever I think about our special day ~ 5 Months & 9 Days away.

This next image makes me think of what our First Look will be like. The look on this Groom’s face is absolutely priceless, and can only hope that I elicit the same response from my soon-to-be husband in a few months. Hahaha

And for those that aren’t doing a First Look before the ceremony ~ This is an equally lovely idea prior to your nuptials

For those who are in love ~ Words to Live By

Ok so now for a little humor {since I’ve thrown so much sap your way} Everyone likes to giggle ~ I’m SURE that I personally won’t be able to get my girls to do this, but what an adorable outside the mold idea. I think it’s delightful & funny & silly. A little risque indeed ~ But still fun nonetheless

Here is another must shot if you have a nice big veil ~ More common, but there is a certain air of romance behind this type of shot

I think it’s pretty miraculous that given the facts we all find our soul mate under these conditions

One aspect of our wedding that I can’t stop thinking about is doing the father/daughter dance with my daddy ~ For those that are either anticipating it or have gone through it, the raw emotions behind that moment are unforgettable or will be. All I know is I”m going to be a total wreck when it’s my turn. Hahah. But I can’t wait.

Last but not least ~ Regardless of whether we actually do this in our wedding clothes & someone captures it ~ I hope to have this much fun & laughter for the rest of our lives. Life is Good & it’s short ~ Enjoy every single moment like it was your first!

{all images from pinterest we vow to inspire page boards}

Hope this post brought on huge smiles, laughter and a warm fuzzy feeling inside

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Obsession Anemone

My new IT flower ~ Anemones! And they seem to be increasingly more popular. There is something soft, romantic, yet edgy about these flowers. The pretty petals on the outside & that dark core center give these flowers that little pop in pictures. From a durability standpoint they are a little more delicate & don’t last very long, but the affect these flowers have overall make it worth the pick for weddings or even a centerpiece in your home.

So lets learn a little more about this wonderful wild looking flower shall we! The first point to make is the meaning & symbolism: “The name anemone comes from the Greek word for “windflower.” According to Greek mythology, the anemone sprang from Aphrodite’s tears as she mourned the death of Adonis. Thought to bring luck and protect against evil, legend has it that when the anemone closes its petals, it’s a signal that rain is approaching. Still other mythology connects the anemone to magical fairies, who were believed to sleep under the petals after they closed at sunset. Perhaps it’s because of this magical and prophetic tales that today in the language of flowers, anemones represent anticipation” {source: telaflora}

Here are a few delightful bouquet images

{credits: pinterest}

They come in a variety of colors too, so that it can fit any color scheme {red, white, purple, pinks of different shades, to name a few}…however just know they all have mainly the black or dark center.

They are great not only for personal bouquets, but they make great bouts & can be added in any centerpiece for a pop!

{credits: top left, middle, far right ~ 2nd row left & right}

Love this dramatic table setting & centerpiece

{centerpiece}

And this fall why not choose these sensual small red pieces

{left & right image}

And to end this post with a true wow factor ~ This setting combined with the lighting really makes for a true stunner

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I love these flowers SO much that they will be showcased in our wedding in various ways…I think they have been overlooked as wedding flower choices in the past, but as texture and variety is becoming more appreciated in the wedding world these flowers are making more of a splash.

Hopefully I’ve inspired you to view wedding flowers a little differently…next up Favorite’s Friday!

Inspired by Pinterest Series

For some of you that know me on a personal level I’ve been recently OBSESSED with Pinterest & I pin not only for wedding related topics but pretty much everything under the sun. I’ve decided to do a weekly post series that highlights some of my favorite pins from the previous/current week. I’m often inspired by others & that could then turn into your inspiration! So enjoy the new post series from We VOW To Inspire…

Lovin’ this centerpiece

Just in time for fall ~ Vibrant bouquet pick

Incredible color palette

Inspirational Quote of the Week

Cake of the Week

Awesome Idea to Enrich your Love

So stay tuned to weekly updates on my current obsession & things that have recently inspired me to blog more & share things that warm my heart.

The Bridal Shower

If there was ONE thing I knew about my Bridal Shower was that I wanted to have it at one of my favorite restaurants near my parents’ house. Mitch & Toni’s American Bistro is an amazing restaurant that we visit quite often. Their specials are always fresh & wonderfully paired together. Service is outstanding {ask for Tony he’s amazing}. The owners are made up of Toni {GM} & Mitch {Executive Chef} who walk around the quaint & intimate setting throughout the service to make sure everyone is happy & tended to.

We knew this was our place from the first time we went there. Plus it was an added bonus that they allow for one party at a time. We have the whole restaurant to ourselves. Talk about feeling extra special.

Mitch & Toni’s American Bistro

They have a really lovely menu for events, which reflects their flare for taking simple ingredients & giving them a kick above the norm.

I’ve also decided to hire my wedding cake vendor ~ The Sweet Peace~ To do my Bridal Shower cake. And since the shower will be in October, I want to capture a fall feel for the overall decor. It also helps that the restaurant’s colors work with a fall color palette ~ Here are a few samples of cakes I’ve sent her way to help her finalize the cake.

And to keep in line with working with my current wedding vendors ~ I’m also working with Santos Floral Designs to create the table centerpieces. For some reason I’m thinking pop of red! It’s a little more unexpected I think for a Bridal Shower ~ But then again I don’t really want to do anything that’s usual.

As far as centerpieces are concerned I’m def. in love with my anemones ~ They are my new “I’m Obsessed” wedding item. I just find them so interesting & different. Plus they come in many different colors.

My lovely Matron of Honor, Meredith, has requested that she pick the invitations which is totally great because I know she has great taste & I love little surprises like this.

So there you have it ~ A little glimpse into what my Bridal Shower MAY look like ~ Or at least the feel of it.

Taste The Cakes

I can honestly say I’ve never had a big sweet tooth….I don’t crave cakes or cookies…but I’m delighted at the thought that next week we are going for our Wedding Cake tasting & design appointment!

Through my many client weddings I’ve had the pleasure & sometimes not so much pleasure of tasting all the cakes & getting a really good idea of what flavors go together & don’t. And I’ve also learned that being open to flavors that you normally wouldn’t pick is crucial! But more importantly picking a good bakery is even more important.

I’ve probably tasted about 100 cakes during my wedding planning years ~ And by far one of my favorite cakes has been a lemon poppy cake with coconut cream cheese filling! And I can tell you I’m not a huge fan of lemon poppy by any means, but it was absolutely incredible ~ I had two pieces & haven’t been able to forget about it since 2007 when I did my client wedding. The bakery is in Manhattan ~ Cake Obsessions ~ but I have to give it great kudos for it’s unbelievable quality, even though it’s not ours.

So if you are getting married in Manhattan, I would highly recommend this bakery.

We are fortunate enough that our venue works with a wonderful bakery called The Sweet Peace in Lynbrook ~ Reviews are wonderful & they make stunningly beautiful cakes.

We both feel the same about one particular thing when it comes to cakes ~ Cannoli Cream ALL THE WAY! ~ It’s probably my favorite filling outside of fruit fillings {which my fiance is NOT a fan of} so we are both confident that’s what we are going to go with.

But what we don’t know is what type of cake we want ~ We both love Red Velvet, but Cannoli Cream & Velvet Cake ~ Hmmmmm…Not quite sure about that one. Guess we will have to keep an open mind & see what works well together during out appointment.

Design~ Now THIS is where my ears perk up & my creative juices start flowing. We have a Winter Wonderland feel to our wedding ~ with lots of sparkle & twinkle involved. I want our cake to reflect the same feel. I”m a big fan of Silver Degrees & these edible shavings that look like snow & shimmer in the light. Below are some pictures that I plan on taking with me to show Allison the chef/owner of The Sweet Peace. I’m confident that I’ll be able to incorporate some of my favorite design elements of these cakes into something special for our wedding.

{cakes: Brides & TheKnot}

I’m really excited for this experience ~ I think we are going to have a great time so stay tuned ~ I’ll be posting pictures from the day in another post as I continue to document while this Wedding Planner Plans!

For The Girls

And so the planning process continues….this time it’s ALL about the Girls ~ I knew when I asked my girls to be in my wedding party that I didn’t want an overall uniform look. I wanted the girls to have their own personalities shine through. But a little background….How I asked my girls!

I had done some research online to get my creative juices going on HOW exactly I wanted to ask my girls to be in my wedding party. The three lovely ladies that I had in mind were all in 3 different states {New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania}…And I knew I couldn’t get all the girls together to ask so two of the girls I sent a small gift asking them to NOT open it until we got on the phone together & iPhone FaceTime with another.

My NY girl was easy to ask, she came over & we had a lovely dinner…we got all sentimental & started getting excited because we both were now engaged together & planning weddings & so it’s wonderful to have a partner in crime going through the same things I was.

I picked my girls for 3 very different reasons ~ Each represented an important element of my life ~ Past, Present & Family

After I asked each girl I knew I had to put something together that for all that really know me would make sense ~ A PowerPoint Presentation! Here are a few slides from that presentation showcasing & explaining to the girls why I wanted them to be a part of our special day.

Needless to say they ALL got a good chuckle from my PowerPoint because it’s just what I do! And so here is to my girls ~ Meredith {Matron of Honor}, Kristina {Bridesmaid} & Madalina {Bridesmaid} ~ I love you girls & thank you for accepting ~

Moving on! The Dresses…As you may have noticed in the images the dresses will all be different colors within the same family. The girls can pick the style & the one of the three colors that will be pre-selected depending on which BM Designer has colors that work with the overall color palette.

I’ve decided to head back to Nouveau Bride & work with Corey for my girls’ dresses ~ I had a truly wonderful experience there & everyone was so incredibly kind that I knew there was no other choice. The two designers that I think will have the largest variety of blue/grey shades that I’m looking for are: Alfred Angelo & Bari J.

I asked the girls to go online & pick out their favorite styles from each designer & give me the numbers so we can bring them to the dress appointment. Here are a few of the dresses that were picked by the girls! Which ones we decide on will be revealed after the wedding.

Alfred Angelo Dress Picks

Bari J Dress Picks

I’m really happy with the dresses the girls picked & I can’t wait to go with each one & make their selections.

Thinking.Paper.

I have to admit when thinking about wedding invitations I’ve never been an “Ooohhhh” or “Ahhhh” type of person. Don’t get me wrong, I love that Invitations are really the FIRST impression your guests get about your event…but I guess for me I know that guests get them…Ohhh & Ahhh over them for 2 minutes…put it on their fridge or board as a reminder & then that’s it. And from a budgeting standpoint…it’s not a huge spending priority for us.

ALL that being said….I recently have been made to feel different about invitations as a whole. Maybe it’s because NOW I’m thinking about our first impression…but I’ve found a new level of excitement for PAPER {really at the end of the day in it’s purest form that’s what it is. Hahah}

So the process began….going online: Minted ~ WeddingPaperDivas ~ And even Etsy for some Custom Made Invites…and I found a few Invitations that I have to say “Inspired” me…but none that said OH this is totally our invite. Or was able to speak fully to what I now envisioned.

{Invites: Minted.com}

When I looked at the sample invites I wanted a little bit from ALL of them. I loved the blue back coloring…I loved the elegant feel of another…I really wanted something bold & different…but I couldn’t find one single invitation that incorporated everything I wanted.

Luckily for us…one of my dear friends Stacey is a graphic designer…and she so kindly offered to personally design our invitations & send them off to the printer she used for her invites & other clients of hers. I was beyond thrilled. {She is also the designer that created my Company Logo & Blog Banner}

We went back only 2x’s with revisions….she totally got what I wanted from all the pictures I sent her. She incorporated a little of all the above to create something truly special for us.

I’ve been torn about posting the final outcome….so instead…I’ll give you all just a little peek!

Design by Stacey Lauren

The best part about working with a designer to create your wedding paper needs is the ability to do everything from scratch. Design…paper stock…envelopes. And I was introduced to Envelopments to help with the process. I was like a kid in a candy store. The number of possibilities are endless. I knew that I wanted it to shine & not be matte. Along with everything else I had in mind for our big day…shimmer & sparkle was the scope.

She came up with an amazing Invitation Suite for us:

The invitation paper is a Metallic White appropriately called “First Snow”…while the invitation envelope is a Silver Metallic called “Platinum”

 

 

The RSVP cards & envelopes have a little different twist with the envelopes which will be in “Mercury Blue”. The paper still “First Snow”


I’m really looking forward to seeing everything come together once it’s all said & done. And now that I have a new found respect for Invitations I hope my guests will truly have an “Ooohh” & “Ahhhh” moment for a little longer than 2 mins…I’m aiming for 5!~

Hair & Makeup Trial

This weekend I get to be made up! I’m doing my hair & makeup trial on Sunday. To say I’m really excited is an understatement!

When picking who I would use as my “Beauty Crew”…I knew instantly that Michelle Larner would be my go to girl! I’ve had a relationship with her for quite a few years & I refer all my clients to her for their wedding day makeup. Which is why it was an extremely easy decision when it came to my wedding day vendors. Here are a few shots of some of the incredible work she does.

{Images: Wedding Makeup by Michelle Larner}

Next up was Hair…through the years of planning weddings & working with beauty artists it became apparent that a lot of Makeup Artists work as a team with a Hair Vendor. They usually team up for client weddings & they work seamlessly together. There is an art to timing the Bride’s makeup & hair so that neither looks dull or flat {from all standpoints}. Especially when most Brides also have some of the girls in their Bridal Party do their hair & makeup as well.

I found that the process of picking a hairstylist for the wedding day is easier if the Makeup Artist works with someone exclusively. And Michelle does, which is great because it was one less vendor I had to worry about. Plus because I trust Michelle’s work so much I knew who she picked as her sidekick would have to reflect that same amount of quality & creativity as her work does. I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed.

Tara Jeanetti is my hairstylist for the wedding day & Capelli By Tara company was the way to go. I looked at her work online & felt confident with what she could create.

Now for the look…Because our wedding will be an evening, formal ~ black tie optional wedding, rather dramatic lighting ~ I wanted to create the same look for me. Smokey eyes that pop, BIG lashes & soft lips {don’t want to overwhelm}…

My hair would be rather simple…soft curls & pinned throughout. An almost unmade look actually.

So there you have it…the look I’m going for. I can’t wait to see my vision created by these talented artists. What I’m most excited about is sharing with you all the vision for the overall Wedding from my head…onto Blog…and into reality. And then come February, 2013…I’ll be able to post how it all came together. And if the vision that I pictures was true to what took place. It’s an overall exciting journey that I’m looking forward to bringing to life.

Take our Picture!

Picture…Pictures…Pictures….I loooooove pictures. I’m usually the one at every party that has the camera out…and the one that posts them online that same night or latest the next day. I love taking pictures so much that for my client weddings I usually take tons of pictures during their wedding & post them online for the couple to view the following day. Gives them a little peak before they head off to their honeymoon.

Most professional photographers can take up to 3 months to filter through, edit and present pictures to their clients which is why my clients are so happy to receive my shots the next day. Here are a few shots I’ve taken of my clients through the years.

I’ve always loved being able to capture a moment in time. Life is always about making memories & being able to provide that extra little service for my Brides & Grooms makes me feel like I have a little edge against my competition.

I digress….I’ve worked with some of the best of the best in the industry. I’ve worked with Anthony Vasquez {who’s shot many celebrities, most recently one of the Jonas Brother’s Weddings}, Christian Oth Studio {Alison Mayfield & Michael Falco} & Modern Wedding Photography to name some of my most favorite Photographers & Studios. You can’t got wrong with any of those vendors.

One of my last client weddings I worked with a photographer Jason Kim. I have to say, out of ANY vendors I’ve worked with, I had a complete & utter blast with him. We worked extremely well together & I was blown away by the pictures he took for my clients. I later found out that he actually broke away from the Photo Studio he was working for & decided to venture out on his own.

This was wonderful news…his talent stands on it’s own & I am one of his biggest fans & supporters, because I knew he would be a force to be reckoned with once he went solo. And I knew that when our day came I wanted to scoop him up for our wedding, no second thought given to any other vendors I’ve worked with in the past.

Jase Kim Photography is our Wedding Photographer & we are both really excited to not only partake in the niche “Beloved” engagement shoot he does, but for him to absolutely capture the love Jeff & I feel for each other in a format that is so dear to me.

{photos: jasekim}

We met with him last week & although I had met him before our dynamic was a little different {and more casual} than while we were actually working together. With some sangria & tapas on the table Jason explained to both of us in-depth what a “Beloved” session would entail. We loved the uniqueness of how he would photograph us, capturing a raw true emotion, rather than a staged pose against a Meatpacking District wall in Manhattan.

He got to know us as a couple & not as clients. He asked great questions to evoke interest & our conversations stemmed from online dating to religion. Definitely a non-traditional vendor meeting, which is why we knew he would be able to make us both extremely comfortable during the shoots & even more so on our special day.

We couldn’t be more thrilled with our pick. So much that I wasn’t expecting Jeff to say to me that he’s really excited to do the engagement shoot only minutes after we left the meeting. To evoke such a comfortable & excited nature from a groom when it came to take pictures is a fête all brides try to accomplish. So I was pretty excited to see it in his eyes.

Jason Kim is a not only a talented Photographer but he’s able to really connect with his clients & make them feel incredibly comfortable & excited to show others the love they feel for each other.

We are excited & can’t wait to do our Beloved Engagement shoot with him come warm weather in either May or June!

P.S. Don’t worry….we will give you all a peak once we get the images…

Our Movie Magic

When planning my client weddings & my own there is a running theme of priorities. I tell all my clients when they start thinking about where & how to spend their money….where to put more towards the budget….they need to make a “NEED” list & “WANT” list. This helps all my clients determine if certain aspects of the wedding are more important than others & allowing for more of the funds to be allocated to that particular item.

For me…my “NEED” list was very simple. I “NEED” the following:

  • An incredible Cinematographer to shoot our wedding {Make Movie Magic}
  • A talented & creative photographer that shoots photojournalism style photos {or editorial}
  • And lastly a Floral Designer who can bring what I have in my head come alive

For me those three are really important. Movies & Photos can last a lifetime. And as I’ve mentioned before to me the way our wedding looks  is truly important & I really want my vision to come alive. {Speaking of Floral Decor, I’m actually going for my Floral Design appointment tonight…but I won’t disclose who & what we have planned till later in the week}.

So back to my Cinematographer….I have worked with some amazing videographers….and I had 3 that were on my wish list.

All these three cinematographers shoot in HD {but then again who doesn’t nowadays}…have an unobtrusive camera {it actually looks like a regular high quality hand-held camera}….and their highlight films & reels look like something out of a movie. The editing & the way they put the days events together is compelling & moves me every time I watch ANY of their Wedding Videos. Their work is very non-traditional cheesy wedding video.

I reached out to Moetic Films & their starting price for NY Shoots are $6,950 {Yaowza!} They do amazing work…but yet again my expensive tastes got the better of me. However, I knew I would find another vendor as equally talented…if not better! 😉

Magic Flute Videos has been a Company that I’ve worked with on several of my client weddings. Renzo is amazing to work with & love the way he shoots. Only problem, his Company goes away for Winter Months to Costa Rica…so they wouldn’t be around to actually shoot the wedding. Soooo back to the drawing board…

After doing some research online I came across 15 Minutes of Frame. To say I was blown away by their work is an understatement! Put it this way…I was so moved when I saw their wedding highlights on Vimeo I couldn’t help but start tearing up. And even though the other artists’ work is incredible…that was something they couldn’t do. Move me to tears. And that’s when I knew…They were our Cinematographers.

So far one of my favorite videos that I go back to watch over & over again is THIS HIGHLIGHT…Check it out! And tell me their work isn’t absolutely amazing.

So I reached out to Kaipo Schwab {who I’ve been in correspondence with before for other clients of mine AND to build a professional relationship to have them be one of VOW’s Exclusive Wedding Cinematographers}. We worked together on building a perfect package that gave us all the elements we wanted & working within our budget.

I was thrilled when it all worked out & we are now able to have them shoot our wedding. I honestly didn’t think I would be able to ever get them for our wedding but Kaipo was wonderful to work with & I’m so excited. Please check out their work, you will be blown away!

Next up….Photographers….

Where do we get married?

I started VOW Wedding Consulting back in 2004. And I can’t even tell you how many venues I’ve been to for my client weddings. I’ve been down to Hope, NJ…up by Garrison, NY…across to Philadelphia, PA…far east to Montauk & back up north to Lake George, NY {to name a very few locations}. I’ve been to farms, hotels, lofts, vineyards & private residences.

I think I’ve covered the Tri-State area pretty well over the past 8 years! It’s been an incredible journey & I’ve been so lucky to have worked with amazing clients…vendors…and venues. Which is why I think picking our venue & vendors is easy.

Prior to getting engaged there were a few contenders….but as we spoke about budget…size…possibilities…the list became smaller & smaller….

So we started with the TOP of the Wish List Pick:

Vineyard Wedding at Wolffer Estate Vineyards {Sagaponack, New York}

I’ve always loved the vibe of a Vineyard Wedding…& as someone who enjoys wine tremendously & has a few Wine Club Memberships out on the North Shore of Long Island…we thought what better way than to have our event at a venue we can both relate to. Sadly, with a $15,000 – $25,000 Site Fee ticket price we won’t be able to indulge in one of our favorite hobbies while getting married. We realized that although it would be a perfect venue for us…a Vineyard Wedding just wasn’t in our BUDGET.

Planner Tip: The first thing a couple should do is sit down & discuss their budget & their expected wedding guest count…realistically! Take into account the Season you want to get married. Jan – March are relatively low wedding seasons, so the price per person will be considerably lower. November & December is still not as popular, HOWEVER recently those two months have increased in popularity.

Take into account who’s paying for what…or where some of the funding is coming from. Once you know how much you have to work with, then everything else will be easier to manage. Don’t set unrealistic Venue expectations for yourself & become highly disappointed in the process. There is nothing more frustrating than having a Venue in mind & then realizing it’s not within reach. It’s not a positive way to start planning such a beautiful day in your lives.

So….onto the next Wish List Location…

City Wedding – Guastavino’s {New York, NY}

I absolutely fell in love with this space when I went on a site visit for one of my clients. It’s romantic, mainly used for Fashion Week events, but WOW…the enormity of the venue was breathtaking. They have a private chef that works for the space so although it’s a rental site, they have in-house gourmet catering.

The venue has a flat $5,000 Sound Setup Fee. What this means is that because the space has stone walls, the venue requires special sound technology to keep the place from echoing during the event. The venue has an underground cellar feel {which is why you have to hire their sound techs to work with the room acoustics}. So maybe there isn’t a “Site Fee” per say to rent the space out, but the “Sound Fee” is pretty much the same thing.

Average cost per person for catering started at $199 per person so it was def. way out of our budget & with the $5,000 Sound Fee made it untouchable. I sometimes wish I didn’t have such expensive tastes. Haha. But when you’ve seen the best of the best it’s really hard NOT to want it. Outside of price we also felt that for our guests, with the majority coming from Long Island, this location would be less convenient.

Planner TipWhen picking a venue, be considerate of your guests. I know this is YOUR day, but you are also choosing to spend it with your closest family & friends. How the day impacts their day does matter. Be sensitive to cost of surrounding hotels for those not driving back home, how long it will take your guests to get to you wedding & overall accessibility.

Intimate Club Affair – Old Field Club {East Setauket, New York}

Old Field Club is an active Tennis Club on the North Shore of Long Island, however they have a gorgeous banquet room. This was a front-runner with one of my clients during our site visit tour, but lost out for the SAME reason we decided we couldn’t choose this venue. SPACE! The main dining room was absolutely charming. Beautiful chandeliers, dark wood bar at the end of the room& surrounding windows overlooking the LI Sound. Situated right on the water there is a lovely area to get married outside & as a space that holds only one event at a time it was completely intimate.

The space was really wonderful & at the other end of the wall was a very large fireplace. This place was perfect for a more intimate 75-100 person wedding. They said the space could fit 120, but after looking at the layout, could you fit 120 in there…yes…would they be comfortable…I don’t know. But I absolutely loved this venue, however for our wedding size of 130 it wouldn’t have even been an option. BUT…was still a possibility in the beginning before we realized how many guests we were going to have.

Planner TipVenue Size is extremely important. There is nothing more uncomfortable for your guests than picking a space that crams everyone together. Being unable to push your chair back from your table because you hit the person behind you or worst yet, having part of your chair legs actually ON the dance floor {an experience my fiance had at a wedding he attended} is unacceptable. Even if you have a modest head count, go with a room that fits at least 50-100 people more than you have. This gives your guests a little more breathing room & the ability to move around & not bump into chairs, tables or people more importantly.

Yacht Clubt – Bridgeview Yacht Club {Island Park, New York}

I came across this place for different reasons. One of my Bridesmaids is getting married there….I convinced one of my clients to get married there because of it’s endless possibilities…I live 5 minutes away from this venue & quite frankly because I’ve heard nothing but amazing reviews about this Venue. Food. Service. And the most important factor….It holds ONE event at a time. And for us that factor was extremely important. {Recently they were featured in TLC’s Four Weddings show…and the Bride that won the contest held her wedding at BYC – Click HERE to view the video recap}

 I’ve worked with the Event Manager at the Venue for my client’s wedding & had a great experience. I also felt confident that this place could deliver on so many levels. Price. Food. Space. Overall Style & Service. From all aspects this Venue seemed to call out to me more & more.

Now I knew that one of my girls was getting married at this venue before us, so I felt that I should ask her for her opinion on us getting married there as well. I think it’s important that you respect your friends when picking a venue & at least being sensitive to the exclusivity they may want to hold for their Wedding. She was delighted & flattered that we would pick her venue for our wedding as well. I knew right there, with my friend’s blessing, that if Jeff loved it as much as I did…THIS place was our Wedding Venue.

So Jeff & I went to visit Bridgeview Yacht Club….more importantly I needed his approval & I needed him to see US getting married here, just as much as I did.

Upon our visit we booked it on the spot! Bridgeview Yacht Club is our Wedding Day Venue! Jeff loves the space as much as I do & he could 100% see us getting married there, right on the water & under a beautiful fabric draped ceiling.

A little about BYC & why we picked it. For me decor is really important. I tell my clients all the time not to get wrapped up in the minor details of their wedding if it’s NOT the important thing to them personally, OR if they are doing it for their guests…or worry what their guests will think. 90% of guests DO NOT notice the small detail of your decor. BUT you do! Which is why when I decided on BYC & what I envisioned for our wedding day, it wasn’t & isn’t for our guests. It’s absolutely 100% for ME!

I want to look back on our day and say WOW this is exactly how I envisioned it & I made it happen. Lighting. Flowers. Table Settings. etc…Will some of our guests take notice, sure, but it’s not why I am creating the look.

BYC has a tremendous reception room that can fit up to 400 people. And for our 130 person count the room will be able to give me more flexibility with tables, lighting, set-up and the dance floor. Another reason why I loved the space. It’s a blank canvas as far as I’m concerned.

The room will also be the location of our ceremony. A gold toned fabric separates the room into half where the ceremony area is set up.

There is a bar & bathroom situated at the end of the room so no guests really have to leave the room. That was a huge bonus. We wouldn’t want anyone missing out on the party!

We also loved the endless possibilities the room had as far as look. We are having a Winter Wedding & my hopes are to bring the sparkle & cool feel of the outside indoors. I don’t want to totally give away ALL the details….but here is a picture of what I’m going for….with my own personal touches & feel. It’s not quite exactly the look, but it’s the vibe. What do you think? {AND note these images are actually FROM the room at the BYC}

BYC is also located rather centrally to a lot of our guests so they wouldn’t have to travel far. And with the Allegria Resort Hotel only 5 mins away, we are blocking rooms for our guests at a discounted rate. Not only is it low season for weddings, but it’s low season for a Hotel that is situated right on the beach in a beach community.

Planner TipWhen picking a Wedding Venue look at it from all aspects. Don’t get hung up on one thing over another. At the end of the day YOU will make your day special no matter whether or not it has 100% of all the elements you are looking for. Like people, no venue is perfect. Look at the venue from an overall standpoint. Does it fit within your budget? Will it fit your guests comfortably? Have you read relatively good reviews about it? {AND please don’t get hung up on a few negative reviews, you will find them at every single place}. Do you walk into the room & say I can see myself having my wedding here?

With everything in life, including a marriage, sometimes it requires a little flexibility & compromise. It’s about the overall picture. And at the end of the day it’s about the marriage between two people that love each other very much & NOT whether or not they have a specific fish on the menu, or the carpet isn’t the right color.

I truly believe that some Brides make the Wedding Planning Process a lot harder than it has to be. If you give yourself enough time & keep things in perspective, it’s one of the most thrilled & fun activities of your life. And together you can make it as stress free as you envision it. Just as long as you keep things in perspective throughout the whole process & realize that nothing is perfect….but rather perfect for you!

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this post on how we came to pick our wedding venue. We are both extremely excited. The parents loved the place & we can’t wait to share our wedding day with our family & friends in 10 months! 🙂 

Creative.Invites

Lets step outside of the box for a little bit…do you have a friend who’s creative & has a good HD Videocamera…or do you have a bit of a budget to hire a videographer to create your wedding invitation! Huh….a videographer creating your wedding invitation…Well that’s what this couple did.

Instead of doing the expected wedding invitation why not step outside the box and do a video…Check out this Wedding Invitation that I found on Vimeo…It’s a brilliant concept…

I.Am.Inspired

I am often inspired by color palettes…to the extent that I think I have my heart set on a color palette & scheme for MY wedding one day…I am official inspired and look forward to creating a vintage chic blue/green wedding one day…Check out my two inspirational boards…

Here are a few color palette inspirations as well that I know I want to use:

New Vera Wang

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When I heard the news I couldn’t be more excited. Vera Wang has designed a line for David’s Bridal! The wedding dresses by David’s Bridal are not only whimsical & elegant but extremely affordable. Who said getting a high end designer’s dress had to cost you fortunes. Her new “WHITE” line is absolutely stunning. Every bride should be able to say they wore a Vera Wang at her wedding. Dresses range from $600 – $1300.

Check out their site or visit a nearby location & view the new designs by Vera Wang at David’s Bridal.

Weddings.In.Spain

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am when I received an email from a Company called Romantica…they are an exclusive destination wedding planning Company that plans ceremonies & receptions in….SPAIN!!! {most importantly they’ve been doing this for 17 years so you know they will offer the most amazing locations to hold your wedding}…

So their venues are all located in Spain…places such as Madrid & Barcelona…incredible baroque palaces…a medieval castle…a beautiful & quaint country house…or a warm & inviting Cortijo close to the beach!

The venues are not only perfect for ceremonies & receptions…but your guests can stay there too…thus allowing for a truly intimate destination wedding experience not only for you & your partner…but for family & friend!

So if you want to plan something different for your wedding…why not try a destination wedding at one of these incredible venues…

I was looking at some of their venues & had to create a collage of some of the places that I could dream of getting married in! Check them out. They are absolutely stunning…

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Trash.That.Dress

As part of the new Photographers Featured Series…I am going to try and find different types of wedding concepts…First pick of the Photographer Feature Series is by Corinna Hoffman. I’ve always loved the concept of Trash That Dress & when I saw that she did a gallery just on that I took the opportunity to do an inspirational board.

The trash that dress concept has taken photography by storm…it’s a great way to get down & dirty after your wedding & capture some truly natural, organic & raw pictures. Great concept…& the bride & groom almost ALWAYS look like they are having a blast with it as well.

Corinna Hoffman has clean & creative angles. Crisp images that showcase her eye for color. Thank you Corinne for your submission to be featured on our site…great work!

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Be.Featured.On.VOW

Calling all creative wedding photographers…I’m looking to feature unique, extravagant & stunning wedding photography on my blog…

{Send me your website & one of your favorite weddings you’ve shot for a chance to be featured on our site}

{email: vow-weddings@hotmail.com}

Wedding.Candy.Is.Here

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To sweeten the deal, we’ve partnered with Crate & Barrel to give away an Ultimate Wedding — with a whopping $100,000 budget — to one lucky couple. The day of perfection will be brilliantly organized by our favorite A-list planner, Jo Gartin.

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2010.Bride’s.Choice

Press Release for my Wedding Planning Company!!! I’m truly excited…& honored!

{1.19.2010} – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced VOW Wedding Consulting has been selected to receive the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for Wedding Planning services!

The annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds.

VOW Wedding Consulting is among the top five percent of all vendors in the WeddingWire community, which includes over 100,000 wedding professionals across the US and Canada. Awards were given to winners across 19 different service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers.

“We are excited to recognize and honor the success of the top wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “The annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program has given us the unique opportunity to highlight the best wedding professionals in each region as reviewed by brides and grooms who have utilized their services in the past year.”

We are happy to announce that VOW Wedding Consulting is among the very best Wedding Planning Service within the WeddingWire Network, which includes WeddingWire and Martha Stewart Weddings. We would like to thank our past newlyweds for nominating us for the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at {VOW Wedding Consulting}.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding vendors. WeddingWire enables engaged couples to search, compare and book over 100,000 reviewed wedding vendors nationwide, from wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding vendors, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. In addition, WeddingWire has partnered with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO) to provide its network of local vendors and online wedding-planning tools in the Weddings section of www.MarthaStewartWeddings.com. For additional information, please visit www.WeddingWire.com.

Real.Wedding: Karen & Jon

As the owner of VOW Wedding Consulting, I like to always feature our weddings. Most recent I did a wedding in New York City…What a truly classy & elegant event it was. It was by far one of my favorite weddings that I ran & the clients were absolutely wonderful…

*Also check out the wonderful review Karen {kdecastro} gave us on Wedding Wire: CLICK ME!

Dress {Monique Lhullier}, Shoes {Manolo Blahnik}, Headpiece {Maria Elena}

Bridesmaid Dresses {Love by Enzoani}

Photography {Anthony Vasquez (recently did the Jonas Brother’s Wedding)}

Videography {Magic Flute Films}, Music {Hank Lane}

Ceremony {St. Ignacius Loyola}

Cake {Cheryl Kleinman Cakes}, Flowers {Lenox Hill Florist}

Venue {The Central Park Boathouse}

{all photos by: anthony vasquez}

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