We've Moved!!

This blog started out as a labor of love and a creative outlet for me. It started out more personal than business and as my business grew, the blog certainly went down a different path. Where I once dished about celebrities turned into a place to dish about great wedding finds. Three years later, I can say that revel & bloom has turned into an amazing business for me and I believe that the company deserves it's very own blog. With that new blog, comes two distinct voices. revel & bloom has grown! I decided to merge with another planner and we will both be contributing to the new blog. It's very exciting for both of us. Won't you join us on our new venture? Make sure to update your bookmarks and readers.

Please visit us here: http://revelandbloom.com/main/blog/

Thank you for a wonderful 3+ years on blogger!


Honeymoon style.

I think these luggage tags from Wedzu seller, C'est Superbe are so adorable. My husband and I bought new luggage for our honeymoon and I wish I would have had one of these to claim our suitcases.


Fourth of July merriment.

Planning a party on the fourth? Here are inspiration photos that are sure to give you some great ideas.


Yes to the dress! Princess Kate's gown.

I loved the Alexander McQueen dress that Kate Middleton (now Princess) chose for the Royal Wedding. It was elegant, modest, sophisticated and modern. She looked absolutely beautiful. As soon as I saw her, I couldn't help but draw comparisons to another Princess...

Princess Grace

Princess Kate has made her mark as a stylish woman and I'm sure we'll see many more hits from her, but of course, this will be one for the history books.


Contracts: Read the fine print.

You've found the photographer of your dreams and you're ready to book him or her.

But wait! Before you sign ANY contracts, make sure you read them very carefully. If you don't understand something, ask as many questions as possible until you do. If you have a wedding planner, that person can help you negotiate or clear up any contract items.

For example, a client who recently hired me for event management showed me their photography contract (*I changed company's and photographer's identifying information).

ABC Photography* may substitute another photographer to take the photographs in the event of Bob's* illness or of scheduling conflicts. In the event of such substitution, ABC Photography* warrants that the photographer taking the photographs shall be a competent professional.

This photographer is letting the clients know that if a 'scheduling conflict' comes up, that another photographer can be assigned to the couple. This does not sit well with me for many reasons. One being, that if Bob finds another client that is willing to pay more for that date, he can choose another photographer for my client's wedding. Perhaps this isn't what Bob has planned, but the contract item is so vague, that Bob can in fact choose which wedding to shoot at will. He can even send substitute photographers to more than one wedding. Bob explains that he will send a competent professional, but isn't that a subjective term? Sure, a photographer may be on time and able to shoot photos, but didn't you hire Bob for his creativity and artistry? What if the substitute Bob sends does not have the creative eye you are looking for?

How would you feel if the photographer you hired wasn't at your wedding?


Engagement Photos: Valerie and Justin

The fantastic team at Joshua and Co. Photography took these amazing photos of Valerie and Justin who are getting married at the Manor House in July. Denver has beautiful architecture and Joshua and Co. were able to highlight some downtown spots while showcasing the love between Valerie and Justin, who met while both teaching at the same school. I have absolutely loved working with them and I can't wait for the wedding.


You're engaged!!

Congratulations on your exciting news!

Wedding planning should be a fun-filled, exciting adventure. However, more often than not, the planning process can overwhelm and even cause stress to the couple. Here are some tips to stay sane, have fun and enjoy the process.

When and how does all the planning begin? You're probably going to call everyone you know and tell them the good news. Then your mind will probably start wandering to your dream gown. How could it not? But--first thing's first. After you've enjoyed the first few days (or weeks) of being engaged, it's time to start the planning and determine your budget. That's right--the dreaded 'B' word. You and your fiance should decide what you are going to spend on your wedding. After you determine your budget, then you can think of the overall style and formality you want.

After your budget is determined, it's time to think about hiring a planner. A qualified wedding planner can save you money in the long run, offer amazing advice, help you find the perfect vendors and be a great tool for navigating this crazy industry.

Then, all of the above considered, you can decide on a date and location. Your date and location could affect one another. You may have a dream location in mind and someone else could have booked that venue on your wedding date. If your heart is set on a specific date, be flexible with the locale of your reception and vice-versa. Of course, the sooner you book your dream venue, the better.

With those major decisions aside, you and your planner can start researching your vendors and decide on all the details that will make your wedding vision unique. Make the planning process fun, take it one step at a time and dream of the day you will walk down the aisle toward the person of your dreams.

Did I miss anything?

I love to post inspired ideas and photos from other blogs and the web. I try my best to give credit where it's due, but if I miss something, please let me know. And, if you want something taken down, I can do that. No problemo.