Archive for January, 2013

Worthington Wedding District Preppy Photo Shoot

Monday, January 28th, 2013

I was thrilled to be part of the team of vendors from the Worthington area that came together to create a sweet, preppy late summer shoot this past August.  Pink, navy blue and white with THE cutest puppy ever!

The shoot was featured on the darling Mid-Western wedding blog A Northwoods Wedding and they have even more fun pictures featured – these are just a few of favorites from the shoot.  Click on each one to see it in more detail!

Little Tree Studios also captured this lovely video (music warning for those of you watching at work) which gives you a better peak at more of the fun details of this sweet styled shoot – and more of Indie, that adorable puppy!

Huge thanks to the awesome team of vendors who helped to put this together:
Little Tree Studios (photography and cinematography)
Emilie Duncan Event Planning (event styling and planning)
La Jeune Mariee (bride and bridesmaid’s wardrobe)
Men’s Wearhouse of Polaris (men’s wardrobe)
Igloo Letterpress (stationary printing)
Genre Creative (stationary design)
Flowers on High (floral arrangements)
Jan Kish of La Petite Fleur (cake)
Worthington Jewelers (jewelry)
Event Source (linens, china, and chairs)
Cut Color Style (hair and makeup)
The Candle Lab (favors)
House Wine (drinks)

Hilarious Proposal Picture!

Friday, January 25th, 2013

I saw this online the other day and I just about fell out of my chair laughing – this picture seriously makes me happy!

The story goes that a couple crossed the finish line of a 5K at Disneyland and he got down on one knee and popped the question and then this happened:

2013-01-22-3vuTKN4You can read the full background story over on Yahoo.

Come on!  How can you not smile when you see that picture?  Happy Friday!

Vendor Criticism – You Probably Aren’t Hurting Our Feelings!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

I should say, you probably aren’t hurting our feelings – unless you are TRYING to.

I find myself reminding my clients throughout the planning process that they aren’t hurting my feelings when they tell me they don’t like something or that they disagree with me.  We are a society (and seems to be especially true for all you brides out there) that doesn’t like to hurt feelings.

Truth is there are always going to be things that you don’t like during the planning process – be it the presentation of an entree at your tasting, the way a linen looks or feels, the way a centerpiece turns out at the floral mock up, or even just the ideas that a planner presents to you.  Saying you don’t like something nicely helps us make sure we are helping you find exactly what you want!

I would so much rather a bride or groom tell me they aren’t loving something BEFORE the wedding than to complain AFTER the wedding about something we could have easily changed or tweaked.  I don’t know any vendor who feels differently!  Just make sure when you approach a vendor about a change, that you can give them specific details about what you aren’t liking.  Vendors aren’t mind readers – we have to have your input!

For instance, say the floral designer did a mock up of your centerpiece and you don’t love it – it’s pretty but it just isn’t quite what you pictured.  Don’t just tell them you don’t like it, tell them why.  After all, which of these are more helpful:

I hate it!  VERSUS  This arrangement isn’t quite what I had in mind, can we do more white flowers and less greenery?  

This looks awful!  VERSUS  I’m not crazy about the presentation of the entree – what are some different ways to present it?

This is gross!  VERSUS  I like the raspberry filling but would rather have strawberry in the cake – is that possible?

I look awful!  VERSUS  I am looking for something a little less dramatic – maybe a little softer on the eyes and lips?

See what I am getting at here?  The more detail about what you don’t like, the closer we can get to what you do like.  Again, we aren’t mind readers!

A bit of a warning though – the old saying “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar” really holds true here so BE NICE! Go bridezilla or groomzilla on most vendors and we will shut down and be WAY less likely to go that extra mile to help you out.  If you are nice to your vendors, they will take great care of you and go above and beyond the call of duty to make your wedding everything you hope for!

Wedding professionals might have thick skin and hard-to-hurt feelings but we don’t – and shouldn’t have to – take abuse. Constructive criticism is a great thing, being nasty about it isn’t so remember: speak up, give lots of details and be nice or leave!

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Wine 101 Class at House Wine

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

I am often asked by couples about what wines they should serve at their wedding.  Instead of leading them down the very wrong path, I send them over to Donnie at House Wine in Worthington.  He’s super knowledgeable and friendly and has helped some of my couples come up with some lovely pairings in the past including one awesome champagne tasting for Nancy and Doug’s wedding.

If you want to learn more about wine – whether for dinner pairings or just for general knowledge – you can join Donnie for Wine 101 Class!  Here’s some details:

So you’re a casual wine drinker and want to learn more about wine? This class is perfect for you. Join House Wine owner and Certified Sommelier Donnie Austin for a small, intimate gathering of tasting wines and learning what’s behind the juice. You’ll walk away from the class armed with the basics to enjoy and explore wine even more. 

The class will consist of tasting and learning about sparkling, white, rose, red, and fortified wines. You’ll be armed with what you need to know about how these wines are made, the main varietals, terminology, tasting and more so you can enjoy wine even more. You can walk away from the class actually knowing more than the person at the party who seems to know everything about wine. The class will include open discussion and questions that make the class even more worthwhile. The feel of the class is very casual and interactive, keeping with the tradition of House Wine. 

The cost of the class is $39 per person. Only 12 people will be allowed in the class, and cheese and crackers will be served to enjoy with the wines. You’ll be given a handout with the information covered in the class and for you to take notes. The class will last approximately two hours.

The class is perfect for wine novices, whether it’s you or as a gift to the someone in your life interested in wine.

Class is February 5th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at House Wine in Worthington.  Guys, if you want to REALLY wow your fiancé, take this class, cook her dinner on Valentine’s Day and surprise her with the perfect wine pairings.  I promise, she’ll love it!