Real Wedding: Anna and Yarrow

I recently had the pleasure of working as the Day-of-Coordinator and Logistics Queen for a fantastic couple who got married in New Haven, Connecticut at Lighthouse Point Park. Anna and Yarrow met while at Harvard and are both about to (or have) receive their doctorates. I can't tell you how much fun this wedding was because a) there was a carousal from the 1800s involved and b) it was a true DIY wedding. Anna and Yarrow worked hard to create their relaxed, beachy, picnic-themed wedding and my team worked to carry out their vision. We were the decor specialists, florists, servers and all-around event hustlers throughout the evening. And I got a chance to meet Tim Brown, from TAB Photographic. I absolutely loved his laid-back style and his photos turned out amazing. East coast brides: I would highly recommend giving Tim a call.

Tim's sense of humor shines though in this shot: he captured the bride and groom with this local who couldn't tear himself away from the wedding scene.

All photos courtesy of Tim Brown of TAB Photographic, except the first one of the lighthouse (taken by me).


DIY: Mujka Chic

Mujka Chic is a website I've had bookmarked for a while and last night I found myself browsing through all the graphics...I forgot how many great freebies are listed! And what's not free is super inexpensive. There are graphics and invitations suites for couples who are looking to print their own wedding goods and even if you're not looking to design anything for your wedding, you can find vector art for monograms, business cards, blogs and web design. Check it out here.


Drink calculators.

One of the questions I seem to hear most from couples is how much alcohol they need to provide for their reception.

I always take into account (based on the couple's knowledge) how many of the guests are heavy vs. light drinkers and whether they mostly like beer, liquor or wine. I also calculate the numbers taking into consideration whether there is an open bar and if only wine will be served during dinner.

If you've researched this topic online or in magazines, you'll often read that it's safe to guess that everyone will have two drinks the first hour and one drink per hour thereafter. Here are some handy calculators to help you crunch the numbers.

Real Simple's Liquor Calculator
Evite's Party Planner
Manitoba's Party Planner
That's a Wrapper's Drink Calculator


Appreciation #10: My mama.

My mom is visiting us right now and as always, I have had such a great time chillaxing and chatting with her over a glass of wine. Through the years, I've grown to appreciate her more and more. I am not a parent yet, and I certainly can't know (only imagine) what it was like to be a young, divorced, single mother raising a daughter. But I will tell you what, I can't imagine any woman who did it better than my mom.

I really wished she lived in Denver and I'm heading the official committee to convince her to move (she lives in Phoenix and loves the heat, so this may be a difficult one....).


Real Wedding: Neal and Supriya

Remember this wedding (the groom arrived by helicopter)? The bride and groom got married in Scottsdale, AZ at the Millennium Resort. I just received more professional shots from Lilet of Light Rain Images . Neal and Supriya were so wonderful to work with and it was certainly a one-of-a-kind wedding.

Neal and Supriya decided to see each other before the ceremony so they would have more time for photos with family during cocktail hour...

The henna is beautiful...

Neal gave her a suprise gift before the ceremony...

The Garage by Ivy did an amazing job on the flowers...
...and they left me a bunch of mums when they were done setting up, so I was able to throw some impromptu cocktail hour centerpieces together...
Both sets of parents are seen her under the mandap...

Congrats, again you two!! xo



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Happy Fourth.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend! See you next week.

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