A few more fun shots to come…
I do realize that I have been more than bad about posting. But, I have a treat to make up for it. I have pictures from the wedding of some of my favorite clients, Kara and Ian. This wedding was meticulously planned with Kara and her mom Sherry and myself (obviously). As much as I am a designer, I can only do so much and only take so much credit for the style of a wedding. Most of my clients come to me with very specific designs and views for their wedding. My job is to make it happen. Kara and Ian’s wedding was no exception. They knew exactly what they wanted, they just didn’t quite know where to go to get it. Their taste was fantastic and their love of color was refreshing. It’s not that often that a plum-centered wedding is offered to me for June! What a treat for a designer!
I say all that to let you all know that I in no way take credit for every wonderful detail you see on my blog or website. I have always felt like a wedding is the ultimate team effort and that is never so true than in the design aspect. I have been blessed with great clients who have super taste and fantastic personalities to make the planning even better.
Before we get into the eye candy, I must give shout-outs to all my vendor friends who worked so hard on this wedding to make it come together perfectly. Of course, the backdrop of Fountainview Mansion in Auburn gave the basis of our wedding palette. Then, the wonderously talented Kimberly Nelson of Kimberly Nelson Floral Designs did a bang-up job on the florals. As a side note, plum doesn’t happen often in nature in terms of flowers, so she made the decor really fit our scheme without making it look too forced. That is a true testament to her skill. My friend, Nancy Erickson, with Classic Party Rentals in Atlanta provided all our rentals including the super cool clear-top tent for the reception. It gave such a different look to the reception than a traditional white one would have done. Many thanks to her, Arturo (her tent manager) and the rest of the Classic team for taking care of me and my clients so well. I couldn’t forget to mention Ivy Davis of Icing Illusions for the beautiful and very tasty (personal experience) cakes. And, I would be terrible if I didn’t mention Elizabeth of Paper Affair in East Cobb (Atlanta), Ga. She worked harder than anyone to make sure that we got all our printing done and shipped by the wedding. Invitations (pictures of those later), programs, koozies, napkins, etc. She is the picture of professionality and style. And, of course, one of my personal favorites is photographer Robert Smith of FlipFlopFoto.com. His wonderful eye and talent is easy to see. Quite honestly, there are few people that I would rather work a wedding with than him. His fun personality always keeps the wedding party at ease – which only helps the planner :).
Now, on to the eye candy! I will probably have to do this in several posts. But, here we go!
More to come in a bit!
I had a fabulous time hosting the business community of LaGrange at the Chamber’s Business After Hours. There was a great turn out and I got to meet a lot of really great people. I’m excited to start working with them all!
I have to send out a few thank-you’s first. First off, Wayne Abbott needs a big thank you for letting me show off his beautiful building. It looked great last night! Also, Tulla White of Tulla White Cuisine and Catering did a fantastic job with the food. I couldn’t ask for better friends in this industry! The food was delicious! Another thanks to Debbie Barrington at Cakes by Debbie. She gave me a huge platter of very tasty treats to round out the dinner. Yummy! I can personally attest for her talent with cheese straws – something I’m very picky about. Also, thanks to Pam Edwards (second mention here Pam!) at RSC in Columbus. She let me borrow a few tables to set up the night. So nice of her! And, of course, to the Chamber – Page, Mellody, Diane, Sheila and Valeri, thank you for all you did to help promote this!
Now for the thank yous that aren’t as easy to see their input. First must go to my lovely husband Dallas, without whom I would be nowhere. While he technically doesn’t work for me (at least, he doesn’t get a pay check for anything he does for Invision), Invision wouldn’t exist without him. Also to Heidi, Tulla’s catering manager. She keeps many people on track and I love working with her. Also, my friend Nancy Ericson from Classic Party Rentals came down from Atlanta. I knew she would be able to make some good contacts. But, she was so sweet to first of all bring the speaker for my iPod (no tunes otherwise), she also came early and stayed late and helped us clean up. Definitely a treat since she has plenty of other things to do than to be at my events for too long (i.e. see her husband and daughter). I really just had a good time hanging out with her! Always fun to see her!
Lastly, I must also thank Dale Mallory. She is my mentor as an event planner. She has so sweetly and unexpectedly taken me under her wing. Her help last night was invaluable in so many ways that I can’t even explain. I truely appreciate everything she has done for me.
I promise to post some pictures ASAP. I have to track them down first. I wasn’t able to take pictures because it was my job to work the room last night. But, they will go up very soon.
Now, who would like to help me work through all the left over wine from last night?
As promised, I have photos of my office building in LaGrange. If you aren’t familiar, my office in LaGrange is in the beautiful Abbott, Jordan and Koon Building. This building was once a JC Penneys. I think it is near 100 years old. Wayne Abbott, the owner of the building, restored and remodeled it. It has a great central space that Wayne would like to rent out for events after hours.
It’s a gorgeous spot and is perfect for events up to 125. Being right on Main Street and a block down from LaFayette Square, you couldn’t ask for more. There is even a parking deck behind the building, so you are never in need of extra parking.
So, last week, I had one of my favorite people come out and photograph the building so that I could put together some marketing materials. The super-cool Robert Smith of FlipFlopFoto.com in Opelika came out and worked his magic. Robert has a very artful eye. And he and his wife Pam are extremely involved in the historical preservation of downtown Opelika, Ala. So, he is more than familiar with the character of a building like the AJK. I think he did a great job of letting the building shine. A few of my favorite shots are posted here. By the way, go visit his site – flipflopfoto.com and their blog.
If you would like more information on renting the Abbott, Jordan and Koon Building for an event, please contact me at (706) 407-0379 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s about all I can say. I feel like I’ve been running around in circles! So, beyond being busy with general life, here’s a quick update on what Invision is up to.
First, I am working extra hard on the Business After Hours for the LaGrange, GA Chamber of Commerce. It is being held next week in the Abbott, Jordan and Koon building – 133 Main Street, LaGrange – from 5 PM to 6:30 PM EST. Please come and see this awesome building and some of Invision’s stylings :). Food, music, drinks – all of the above! If you’d like more info, email me at email@example.com.
One of the things that has kept me so busy is the multitude of projects I’m getting together for myself. Ordering linens, napkins, getting photos taken of the building (will post those soon), working up posters, printing pamphlets, etc. It’s near exhausting! But, it will all come together and I’m so excited to see the final result!
Other things on docket – several wedding bookings! Yay! Everytime I get a new client, it’s so exciting. Not just that I have booked more business (that’s always nice). But, it is a new opportunity for me to get to know a new couple and their story and what they dream of for their wedding day. That’s the difference between corporate events and weddings. With weddings, I get to be so personal with my clients. It’s so fun to see how their personalitites will come out in their wedding and getting to design for that as well. Most of my wedding clients I will keep in touch with long after the wedding is over.
Since I’ve been in design mode recently, I’ve been pulling pictures from just about everywhere. I have wedding magazines coming out my ears. Even though I go through them as soon as I get them, I will go through them again and again. Everytime I get a new client, I want to find something fresh and be inspired all over again. Here’s a few things that are inspiring me lately:
This is just the tip of my recent inspiration. Most of what I have pulled lately is stuff that isn’t easily scanned and posted. But, web browsing can be productive too, so here’s what I can share. Let me know what inspires you!
Today, I got some long over due head shots taken. I have purposefully avoided having head shots. Being a planner, I love being part of the background, not the center of attention. Plus, I just don’t loosen up well in front of a camera. Thus, I haven’t put my own mug on my website. Apparently, that is a faux pas. I have been told by many a photographer that I need head shots! So, I caved in.
I spent this morning in the expert hands/lens of Jamie Burnett of Burnett Photography here in Auburn. I had a great time! I have to admit that I was kind of stressed before I left the house because (curse of being a girl) I couldn’t decide what to wear. But, Jamie is such a breeze to work with that she definitely put me at ease! We went all over downtown Auburn to get just the right shot. Except that it was just slightly too chilly for the short sleeves I had on, it was a perfect morning.
So, here’s the shot that I will be putting on my website soon (may take longer than I really want). But, take a stroll over to Jamie’s blog and check out the rest of her work. I know you will enjoy!
I was thinking about the gorgeous weather that the South (Auburn, Ala.) has been blessed with in the past couple of days. The wedding I did this weekend was so lucky. It was held in a church downtown and then the country club in Auburn. For a February wedding, they had 70 degree weather. They were able to have all the doors open to the outside at their reception. People were more willing to stay and talk with the bride and groom. Unreal!
That’s what is so crazy about this area. Just one week ago, we had 30 degree highs. So, you can’t exactly count on temps this time of year. In contrast, you can expect 95-100 degree highs in July. No doubt.
I say all that to bring attention to the fact that I seem to do more outdoor weddings than anything else. Or at least there is some outdoor part of things. People here seem bound and determined to use outdoor space if at all possible.
I just want to say that you need to think through the outdoor situation. Unless you are getting married in the tropics, there is reason to believe that there is more than a slight chance that your January wedding will be cold. And rain is always a possibility. I have seen more than a few weddings turn not so great because someone has planned a lot of the activities for the outdoors and then weather didn’t cooperate. Please don’t think that you can outsmart the weather.
Here’s what I’m trying to get at. Take this past weekend’s wedding. Instead of her planning on using any outdoor space at the club – which would require having heaters and possibly tents – she planned on everything being indoors. And, as a wonderful bonus, she got fabulous weather and everyone got an extra nice time at the reception. Now, say she had planned on using the outside space – weather be darned. Well, she would have had to rent patio heaters (which aren’t great) and what if the weather had been seriously frigid? No one would want to go out there anyway. Then, any drinks or food that she put outside would have been wasted. Sad.
So, here’s the deal. It is really tough to fight the weather. If you decide to take that on, you are going to have to pay for it, literally. If you have to fall back on your “back up plan” that what your wedding will look like – a back up plan. Isn’t it better to just plan you wedding with your guest’s utmost comfort in mind then have a nice surprise if you get great weather?
*I’m not trying to throw cold water on any outdoor wedding wishes. I love outdoor weddings. I’m just trying to get everyone to be realistic about what comes with that plan.
for bridal shows! This is the time that wedding industry vendors gather and display their best offerings to brides at trade shows. January always has the bulk of the shows because of the engagements that happen over the holidays.
I had a good time at the WeddingsofGeorgia.com’s show in Columbus, Ga. on Sunday. I met a lot of great brides and got to see many of my vendor friends. It also got me thinking about the process of bridal shows. I know what it is like for me as a vendor. But, I haven’t thought much about what it is like for the bride. So, I have come up with my do’s and don’ts for anyone who is trying to wade through the mass of information that they get from attending a bridal show.
1. Prepare yourself. Every vendor that you come in contact with will have questions for you about your plans thus far. I’m not saying that you need to have everything figured out before you go. That’s part of the point of going to a bridal show. But, if you don’t have any ideas what so ever, the amount of information that is thrown your way at a show will just overwhelm you even more.
2. Take your time. There will be a lot of vendors there. You don’t need to talk to each and every one of them. But, do yourself a favor and give the vendors the courtesy of your time. It will help you out as you go back through your info after the show.
3. Take someone with you. They might see something that you missed. It’s always good to have a second opinion of what you see that day.
4. Show the vendors some courtesy. Not that you wouldn’t, but just realize that it does cost us a good bit to have things prepared to give out to a lot of people. If you take a group of people with you, not every one in your posse needs something from the vendors. One sample, card, brochure, etc. will be plenty.
1. Sign any contracts or write any checks at a show. This is not the place to actually book your vendors. Make an appointment with the vendors that you like. Or, ask for a copy of their contract that you can look over and review before you meet with them again. A bridal show is high energy and if you are signing contracts in that frame of mind, you might sign up for more than you realize or need.
2. Be afraid to actually talk to the vendors and ask some questions. We love to get engaged with the attendees! That’s what we’ve come for!
3. Leave before the end of the show. Make sure you stay until all the giveaways are done. You never know what you might win. Some vendors donate awesome prizes at these shows. You may be surprised!