featured:: Vera Wang Unveiled:: brittany & jeff's real wedding

Words cannot express how excited I was this afternoon to see last year's full planning clients Brittany & Jeff's wedding featured on the Vera Wang Vera Unveiled Blog! Brittany and Jeff's wedding was one very dear to me -- not only were they some of the most WONDERFUL full planning clients I've had the joy to work with, they're also dear friends of mine from college years! Brittany is one of my sorority sisters (and one of the major reasons why I decided to go Greek:). While she has the looks and figure to make any dress shine, she looked absolutely dream-like in her perfect wedding gown --  Vera Wang's stunning "Velvet Roses."

Working with Brittany for over a year, it was evident from Day One that she didn't care much for the traditional "bride" experience. She wanted a FABULOUS party, chock full of a lot of people having a really good time. But as far as intricate centerpieces and trying on a thousand veils go, she had more important things to think about.

I think that's why the Vera Wang gown she decided upon was so perfect for her -- it was classic and stunning but not overly fussy or "bridal." It was figure-flattering on her tiny frame and had BEAUTIFUL little details (like the rosettes and tulle bow in the back) that left guests Ooohing and Ahhhing from every angle.

YAY for matches made in wedding-gown heaven!

Much thanks to Elizabeth Glessner for all the gorgeous documentation of the day!


featured:: glessner photo blog:: cohesiveness is key article

I am just tickled pink to see a recent article I wrote for Glessner Photography posted on their blog! Elizabeth is one of my very dear friends and an absolute delight to work with! I had the privilege to plan two weddings that were shot by Liz and her husband last year (as evidenced by the photos below -- also see Brittany's & Kristin's galleries here) and hope to work with her again in 2013!

See just a tiny snippet of my writing below -- and please do check out Elizabeth's work while you're stopping by! :)

In planning a wedding, the easiest mistake to make is to focus primarily on the details. Call it the Pinterest Curse, if you will. Hordes of gorgeous images bombard us every time we log onto a wedding blog or website, resulting in countless hours pinning breathtaking details.  Brides bookmark crazy numbers of little things they’d like to incorporate in their wedding plans and somewhere along the way, forget to think about the bigger picture.
Don’t get me wrong – details matter.  They make up the “Oooh!!” moments that leave wedding guests pleasantly surprised or impressed. Small things, curated by a keen eye, can truly personalize a wedding. They can evoke memories of how the couple met and fell in love, or emulate certain personality aspects of the bride and groom that are endearing. 
However, if you’re shooting in the dark and expect to throw together a successful wedding just by replicating a thousand random “good ideas,” you’re misguided. Cohesiveness is key. I hate to use the word “theme” because that tends to bring to mind visions of senior prom and tacky weddings broadcasted on bad reality shows, but some semblance of a theme or aura can be extremely helpful in conceptualizing a wedding. 

A seasoned planner or stylist should be able to assist you in selecting the perfect mood to fit you as a couple. If means allow, deeply consider working with one to string together the perfect conglomeration of details and big picture ideas for your wedding! And – this is crucial – take care to choose the photographer who best aligns with your vision and style for the day. Just like a random mishmash of wedding details can conflict and confuse, selecting the wrong photographer will leave a lot to be desired, and no one wants to look back on wedding photos thinking, ‘Wow. So-and-so REALLY didn’t get us OR our day.’