Thank you Kristin and Eelco for the sweet words! I loved working with you both for your wedding!!
If you are considering a wedding planner and can afford it, have no doubts that this is absolutely the best investment that you can make in your day (with the exception of maybe photographer). Erin is the best! we would hear it wherever we went in the Triangle area, because she has excellent relationships with the vendors and is a skilled designer and planner. She is incredibly competent and helpful, I often found myself wondering what it was that brides were so stressed out about with “wedding planning”. She helped us design the perfect event as a reflection of us, everyone told us after the wedding that it was the so “us”… From looking at her blog though you can see that she is extremely versatile and just exceptionally good at connecting with her clients. She seems to be dealing with a rapidly growing business, but I always felt like she was very invested in our wedding. Day-of she was simply indispensable!
I cannot wait to see your pictures and I am happy your new home will be here in North Carolina!!
Molly and Jonathan were married on a gorgeous April day in an equally gorgeous Carolina Inn Wedding! When I first met Molly I knew this was one cool lady! Jonathan was deployed and she had moved here recentley. When I saw the picture of her gown I just gasped! It was so gorgeous and the veil was just as breathtaking! What a fun day!
How great is this grandfather shot?
To say this was a fun group is an understatement!
Love the shoes!
Molly’s parents never had an official first dance, so she surprised them with one at her wedding. What great role models!!
Wedding Coordination: Erin with Erin McLean Events
Photography: Almond Leaf Photography
Ceremony and Reception: The Carolina Inn
Flowers: Tre Bella
Officiant: Barbara Lodge
DJ: Mitch with Joe Bunn DJ Company
Cake: Sugar Buzz
Linens: CE Rental
Congratulations again to such a fun couple!!
It can be a very difficult balancing act incorporating the “wants” of family members while planning a wedding. For example, it can be hard for a contemporary couple to integrate more “traditional” – and by traditional, I mean conservative – values and beliefs. The main issue I have dealt with relating to this is whether or not to have alcohol at the wedding reception. I’ve also had parents who didn’t believe that dancing should take place. Sure, you may be thinking, “This is our wedding and we’ll do what we want to do.” But if the conservative parents are contributing financially, their opinion should be considered. It is important that an engaged couple show respect to their families at this early stage to set a good foundation for your ongoing relationship. After all, you’ll be sharing celebrations for the rest of your life with these people so now’s the time to start compromising.
My suggestion for this particular example is actually pretty simple. Work with the “traditional” family to plan a daytime wedding ceremony and reception. Something simple but elegant – a church or perhaps an outdoor ceremony followed by desserts and coffee or a light brunch reception would be lovely. Then, you can have your closest friends (your Maid of Honor and Best Man would be nice choices), send an invitation to your “contemporary” friends for an after party that evening. After all, if your friends plan it for you, how could you possibly say no? That would be rude! Only invite those who would enjoy partying the night away. It could be as uncomplicated as meeting at your favorite hangout/club/bar at a set time and everyone goes dutch – you could even buy the first round. Or, your friends may want to rent a private space complete with DJ, drinks and dancing. The important thing here is that everyone gets what they want and you don’t have to be the bad guys. Party on!
A Devil Wears prada sequel? Read here… This is so exciting! One of my favorite movies!
Happy Wedding Gown Wednesday! Love or Leave this Jim Hjelm?
How much do I want to wear this outfit on a boat party? Now, off to find a yacht
I love these Tory Burch heels paired with this Lily Pulitzer dress, Eugenia Kim Hat, and rose quartz earrings!
Happy DIY Friday! One way to make your out of town guests feel extra special is to make sure there is a welcome bag greeting them when they check in! We love getting these at weddings! They can have a personalized note from the bride and groom, maps of the city, a list of favorite restaurants and shops, food/drinks and even some Tylenol! It’s nice to add a cute touch, since the bags are usually bought in bulk. We made simple flowers out of tissue paper that can be added to any bag to make it pop!
All you need is:
-flower stencil (optional if you want to free hand)
Start by stacking up the tissue paper.
Staple the center of the stack to keep it together when you cut.
Trace the flower or free hand it.
Cut the flower.
Fluff the tissue paper so it looks more realistic.
Staple it to the bag.
And you are ready to stuff!
Happy DIY Friday and Memorial Day!
I saw the Amsale “Dahlia” gown recenlty on Style Me Pretty and was blown away by it and the gorgeous photography by davina + daniel!
I agree these are some of the most comfortable coziness ever. However, I don’t think I am digging these!
What do you think?
How sassy are these Brian Atwood shoes? Paired with an equally sassy red dress and this Lauren Merkin Clutch.