This summer I achieved one of my biggest business goals, actually, it was a few goals all wrapped in one. I planned and executed my first same sex wedding. It was also my first destination and beach wedding. Whittley and Danielle were an absolute joy to work with. Whittley was a bubbly bride with all the nerves that come with "bubbly". Danielle was her calming other half. Whittley and Danielle are from Atlanta, GA by wanted a in intimate beach ceremony with their closest friends and family. They would eventually decide on the beautiful Palmetto Dunes Resort in Hilton Head, SC for their nuptials. Here's a peek into their special day.
"Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you. "- Loretta Young
This summer's weather really put up a fight for my brides and grooms. It rained on all of their weddings but I like to believe they were special blessings for them to start their new journeys. The rain had stopped long enough for the Hilton Head 'I dos' but left behind a windy sand storm. With their bridal party and courageous wedding guests, Whittley and Danielle became Mrs. and Mrs. Richardson.
No matter the storm, I know these two ladies, can withstand anything. They have an unbreakable bond, make for a great team and have an awesome support system.
"Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible — it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could." — Barbara de Angelis
Wishing all the best to Mrs. and Mrs. Danielle Richardson!
Ceremony & Reception: Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
Officiant: Weddings with Joy
Wedding Planner: Lady In Waiting Services
Bridal bouquet, boutonnieres and centerpieces: Lush Floral & Event Stylists
Photographer: Kenneth Raymond Photography
DJ: Len Taylor, DJ TMix
Wedding Cake: Publix
Bridal: David's Bridal | Galina Signature
Bridal Makeup: Faced by Case Makeup Artisty
Baby, it's cold outside but I warm up when I think about this year's July wedding. Tiffaney and Sean were a total match for each other. Tiffaney was a dreamy bride to be and Sean was the groom we all wish to have, encouraging his bride to do whatever would make her happy. Their romantic nuptials took place at the beautiful Mendenhall Inn in Mendenhall, PA. The day started out as one of the most beautiful summer days we had this year. And even though the rain came just minutes before the ceremony could begin, it didn't take away from one of the most romantic weddings I have ever worked.
Tiffaney and Sean were one of the most loving couples I have ever worked with. Their love shined throughout the entire day. We started with an early afternoon First Look Shoot at the beautiful Longwood Gardens. There they would get some alone time before the ceremony and get rid of any jitters together.
After the private photoshoot, we headed back to the Mendenhall for touch up make up, bridal party pictures and finish setting up for ceremony and reception. It was a busy day for sure but it was one of the most beautiful weddings I had ever accomplished.
So yea, remember that rain I mentioned? Yep, it happens. Just minutes before the bridal party could get down the aisle, tiny droplets of rain began to hit the ground. No bride is ever happy when this happens but with encouragement for her planner, groom and officiant, the show went on in the reception space. Tears turned into smiles and a Mr. and Mrs. Sean Henry entered the world.
All was well for the rest of the night. It was an evening filled with love, laughter and family; a time these two will never forget.
The wonderful vendors that put together this beautiful wedding day:
Ceremony & Reception:Mendenhall Inn
First Look Location: Longwood Gardens
Wedding Planner: Lady In Waiting Services
Florals: Royal Weddings by Cathy Johnson
Greenery backdrop: AFR Rentals
Monogrammed backdrop: Letters To You, Etsy Shop
Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal, Pnina Tornai
Groom's suit: Eaden Myles
Photographer: Kesha Lambert Photography
Wedding Cake: The Master's Baker
I ended my summer season with my most stressful wedding. Not only was I the planner but I was also a bridesmaid. I treat all of my weddings like they're my own special day but this one was extra special. It was my first best friend's wedding, my cousin Simone. She wanted an elegant affair with lots of dancing and good vibes. Family was the center of this 142 guest event and love and laughter filled the air all night. This beautiful event would not have happened without a great team.
Ceremony: Mt. Pleasant Meeting House
Reception: Executive Banquet & Conference Center
Wedding Planner: Lady In Waiting Services, Solymar
Bridal bouquet and centerpieces: Royal Weddings by Cathy Johnson
Photographer: Dukk Fliks Photography
DJ: DJ Tony B
Wedding Cake: Bing's Bakery
Bridesmaids: Brides and Grooms | Christina Wu
Groom/Groomsmen: Men's Wearhouse
Bridal: Jennifer's Bridal | Adriana by Matthew Christopher
Hair: Bride- Dana Townsend, Bridesmaid- Denise Williams
Makeup: Kymmi Alexus Makeup Artistry
Getting Ready: DoubleTree by Hilton
Becoming Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Morris! Simone and Josh's ceremony took place at the Mt. Pleasant Meeting House in Wilmington, DE. The couple and their bridal party were surrounded by love and cheers as they came down the aisle. Their crowd was different. It wasn't the traditional silent aw on the parade of beauty. The bridal party was shown just as much excitement as if we all were getting married that day.
Eat, Drink and Be Married! These two really took in their moment. Even with a yucky rainy day, you would never know. They kept their smiles all day long.
Who's ready to dance? By the time we reached the Executive Banquet and Conference Center, we all were ready to party. The new Mr. and Mrs. were dancing the minute they got out of the limo. Being the planner, I knew the night was filled with surprises. One being a special dance for the groom. Half the bridal party were her dance sisters so of course we cheered her on. I'm not so sure Josh was ready for Simone's moves. But he had something up his sleeve for her too. For a brief moment, the reception turned into a dance battle between the Mrs., the Groom and his groomsmen.
It was a stellar night for the young couple. A night they will cherish forever.
It's been a while and so much has happened! I have returned to the Delaware from Charleston, SC, I'm moved into a new house, and now my love of 8 years and I are getting married! I must admit it's a little different on this side of the wedding industry. Now, I can shop, taste, and visit for myself. How'd he do it, you ask?
It was Easter weekend. We planned for a little getaway to our favorite city, Washington D.C. We stayed at the chic Hotel Palomar, just a few blocks from DuPont Circle. We arrived later dinner time and we had just enough time to decompress and pick a spot for dinner. We ended up at a Turkish restaurant about 8:30pm; you can't go to D.C. and not try something new. But on this night, we didn't have much time for admiration. We needed to eat and dodge. After an hour had passed, I had to hail an Uber, fast, because the Capitol Wheel was closing at 10pm. Now we have driven passed this giant Ferris wheel several hundred times and that night, I would finally be going to see it; I definitely couldn't miss this. Thankfully, our Uber driver flew to Oxon Hill, MD, just minutes outside the city. Like the big kid, I really am, I power walked to the Ferris wheel and made sure we got in line before it closed. We made it. The lights, the water, the boats, all beautiful and romantic. We get in car 11, I believe it was. As we went around I could see even more of the National Harbor. About our second time around, we stopped at the top. I continued to look out the window when I heard my then boyfriend say "are you ready". Well you know what I said and then I turned to look at him. There he was on his knee, in the car, with a gorgeous rose gold diamond ring. I think I went through about 13 different emotions before breaking down. We finally reached the ground and I still felt like I was afloat. For the remainder of the weekend, I was a fiancée in secret. I didn't tell a soul and we made a promise to not post anything to social media for 72 hours. Just long enough to get home to tell our families.
We decided we are not jumping into wedding planning right away (sort of). We want to enjoy our engagement season as much as possible because we all know, the planning process goes fast! Some of the things we have talked about so far are things I have already shared on this blog:
Right now, we're venue shopping to lock in a date but after that, we'll take our time to save for the big day that we want. I strongly urge having as many talks as needed so you and your new fiancé can stay on the peaceful and fun path of wedding planning. I plan to share my pre-wedding experiences with you all; from budgeting, dress shopping, etiquette and everything in between. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for blog release days.
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Dave and TQ said I Do at The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The venue is a 95 year old colonial style building that provides 2 gorgeous gardens, iron gates and a nice sized ballroom perfect for 90 guests or less. David and Taquoya were awesome to work with. Every time we met it was like meeting up with friends. Taquoya was a dreamy bride and Dave wanted to party but together they wanted romance whether they knew it or not. They wanted a memorable event for their family and friends to enjoy.
This wedding was very special to me for more than the usual reasons all of my weddings are special. But this was my first fully planned event by Lady in Waiting Services and happened to fall on my company’s 5th year anniversary. I treated this wedding like it was my own. Detail was important and if we could add an orchid to it, do it. The custom welcome sign and matching menu escort cards were done by me. Each guest had their own menu with their name at their seat.
At quarter to five, 90 seats began to fill with love and support. Weddings always serve as an opportunity to reunite and come together in love. The excitement began to build and that is when I realized this was it! It was show time! The groom led the way to the start of a beautiful new journey. A special officiant, written vows, a wish lantern ceremony and love were the elements of this tearful and joyous occasion. If time allows it, make sure you get those family photos. This is important if your family members and bridal party live in different states and sometimes time zones.
After the tears, it was time to eat, drink and dance! This couple has the most dancing family I have ever seen at a wedding. The dance floor stayed crowded and the music was great all night; at least that’s what I heard one of the catering staff say. I hope for nothing but the best for my anniversary couple. I will miss you guys and it was a pleasure working with you for over a year.
Thank you to our wonderful vendors who helped make this all come together!
Venue: The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America
Planner/Bridal Assistant/Signage and menus: Lady in Waiting Services
Photographer: Celeste Jones Photography
Bridal Dress: Jennifer's Bridal
Bridal Hair: Bride's sister and Maid of Honor, Mishae Christy
Makeup: Joelle Phillips
Caterer: Jimmy Duffy Catering
Florals: Flower Tales
DJ: DJ Big Ant
Favors: The Cotton Candy Confectionery
Today I'll be sharing some insight on how dress consultants arrive at your dress size. For most brides to be, this will be their first time trying on a bridal gown. It is only fair that you would think that your everyday or department store sizes will be the same for your bridal dress. Sorry ladies, that's just not true. The difference between your wedding gown and your Macy's dress are the layers and build of the garments. Most bridal gowns will have no less than four layers: lining, crinoline, boning and the external fabric. When a dress is created it may start out being for a size 10 but after all of the foundation, altering and stitching, the end result could be fitting for 9 1/2. On top of that, you the bride will add a bra or cups, another slip and body foundation. All of this should be accounted for when trying on dresses.
Now that you know bridal sizes and everyday sizes can be two different numbers, how do you know what to get? At your bridal appointment you'll be asked for your everyday size. This will help your consultant get an idea of what you could be in a gown. You could very well fit a gown that is in your everyday size but this depends on variables such as body shape, dress shape, and foundation.
Here's a secret ladies, each designer uses their own size chart! Why is that a big deal? Well, if you're the type to focus on size and numbers, you'll find that no one gown is made the same. View the size charts below from Allure Bridals, Watters Wtoo and look at the measurements for a size 10 gown. You'll notice there is a 2 inch difference in bust and waist. According to the chart, a size 10 in Allure is equal to size 6 in Wtoo. So you see, your dress size also depends on the designer.
As I have said before, a size is just a number. The goal at your dress appointment is to find the look you want regardless the size you need to order. If you are interested in a personal shopping experience with a veteran consultant, please fill out our contact form and inquire about our Shopping and Styling package. We can take all of the wondering and anxiety out of the experience so you can have fun putting on a show for your entourage.
Happy Wedding Wednesday everyone! I've been on a short hiatus but I really wanted to take this time to share what I've been working on. So, I recently came up with a new wedding package called The Intimate Wedding. It is a package I am running for all wanted Summer '16 weddings! If you're looking to say your 'I dos' this season, you may want to continue reading this blog.
What is The Intimate Wedding?
The Intimate Wedding is a shortened and sweetened wedding day for the couple with a small group of family and friends and does not need a big wedding to celebrate their new union. This package also gives engaged couples a new option to consider for the wedding planning process. Maybe you want more than a City Hall ceremony but not the stress of planning. I have come up with a stress free celebration where all you need to do is make a few decisions on colors, food and cake flavor. Where this does not include the traditional dance party that follows most weddings, all couples will have a beautiful ceremony and catering for up to 28 additional guests. All couples have the option to upgrade all aspects of The Intimate Wedding including number of guests. The purpose of this package is to also keep the spending down; upgrading any set aspect of The Intimate Wedding will of course increase the intended budget.
What does The Intimate Wedding include?
The Intimate Wedding includes: outdoor ceremony location, tables and chairs, linens, centerpieces, 2 bouquets, 2 boutonnieres, catering, wedding cake and a talented, professional, local photographer.
Who would love to have an Intimate Wedding?
The Intimate Wedding is best for couples of all ages who have a small circle of people who matter most when it's time to say their vows. Couples who don't want a large wedding but still want something nice to commemorate the special day would also love The Intimate Wedding. This package could be used for vow renewals and elopements. It is purposely budget friendly to fit couples with no children or a ready made family.
When can you book The Intimate Wedding?
You can book an Intimate Wedding starting Monday, May 9th! Intimate Weddings will be offered on Wedding Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. You may inquire about Saturdays but will have to be on an availability basis during the busy wedding season. There are two time slots to pick from when selecting your date, 11am-2pm or 5pm-8pm. You can opt for an afternoon ceremony for a catered lunch or you may go with an evening ceremony for a catered dinner; it may also work better with your guests' work schedule. It is best to plan for The Intimate Wedding at least 2 weeks in advance to secure location, participating vendors and that your guests can make it to your special day.
While this new package is pretty much set, there is plenty of space for customization. If this is sounds like something you would be interested, email me all of your questions now! At this time, The Intimate Wedding is available for Delaware engaged couples only. Now go find your Carrie Bradshaw wedding suit and meet me at the top of the aisle.
Hey there! Today I'm giving you some insight on you what should consider when coming up with a budget for your big day. I know, the money talk sucks but it's best that you're honest with yourself and prepared when it's time to shop for vendors. No, not everyone will have a magazine wedding. No, not everyone can afford every little detail you see on blogs and Pinterest (because you know, you actually have to purchase every little thing you see in those photos). Your wedding will be beautiful and special no matter how much you spend. But let's jump into some realistic tips to save some headache and surprises.
1. Figure out what is most important to you and your fiancé? Is it the ceremony and grand entrance or is the party and food afterward? Or maybe it's the honeymoon. Deciding this will help you allocate your funds appropriately. Maybe be you can do without major decor at your ceremony space if that means you'll have an open bar for your guests to enjoy.
2. How many people do you know really want to be apart of such an important occasion? Seriously. Once upon a time I had a list of 200 people I wanted at my wedding and that was only my list. And it was destined to grow for genuine people I would meet along the way. Today, I'm at a fraction of that. One of the major ways weddings get expensive is when the guest list keeps growing. Come up with a cut off number then fill up the spaces with your nearest and dearest. You'll be surprised who makes the cut.
3. Location, location, location! Picking the right venue is arguably the biggest budget factor. Choose it wisely. When you're venue shopping consider your date, time of year and if the venue has onsite catering. Weddings are happening any day of the week now so don't totally count on a discount if you want a Tuesday wedding. However, some places offer deals depending if you're wedding date is during the off season, roughly October through March. Having your ceremony and reception at the same venue will save money on transportation and time for photos. Picking a venue with in-house catering will save you the trouble of finding your own caterer. However, you won't save money if they venue is expensive and the meal per person is way out of budget.
4. Decor. My only advice here is to not skimp out on quality. You'll do more harm than good trying to figure out what corners to cut and how to make something happen when you should just consult a planner/coordinator, a florist, or ask your venue for preferred vendors. Take advantage of resources like bridal shows, wedding pro tips, luncheons and different events looking for brides in attendance to help you get the best information for your planning process.
5. Photography! I mean how else were you going to document your wedding, iPhone shots from guests? The necessity alone can get very expensive. Shop around! Look at their work on their websites and Instagram accounts. Does their style fit you? Do you like they're editing? Most importantly, will they fit in your budget. From a coordinator who puts her clients first, don't let any one vendor consume a greater portion of your money. There are talented people everywhere and they all charge differently.
It's official, it is Wedding Season! I had the pleasure of being a guest at a few Charleston Fashion Week festivities last week. Thank you Mrs. Atosha Barboza of Larger Than Life Events for bringing me along! I wanted to share some of the events I attended for this week's blog. The whole week was nothing short of networking, flowing champagne, good eats and of course gorgeous gowns!
My first stop was at The William Aiken House! This venue is so beautiful and vintage! Kate McDonald Bridal was revealing her 2016 Bridal and LulaKate Collections. They all consisted of light and airy fabrics such as silks, satins and tulle. The historic garden venue was transformed by Event Haus under the vision of Luke Wilson. From the guests' infinity chairs to the lounge space to the delicious hors d'oeuvres, spring and anticipation filled the air.
The second event I attended was Ooh! What a Pop-Up Party presented by Charleston Weddings, Ooh! Events and Lovely. The brides-to-be in attendance were greeted with make up artists for some pampering and a super cute cotton candy cart, Pure Fluff. Guests were able to taste great food and drinks provided by CRU Catering. Delicious macarons and cake were provided by ABCD Cakes. My favorite vendor, Page of Penned by Palmer gave every guest a custom notebook with their name in calligraphy. After some time, Ooh! granted us access to their wonderland of rentals. Oh my goodness, you could spend all day in their warehouse just looking at their awesome furniture and accessories.
Saturday, March 19th was the big show! The huge white tent in Marion Square I had been watching days prior begin setting up was now a hub of elite designers, wedding vendors and excited brides. Beautiful wedding gowns from Kelly Faetanini, Cordella Bridal, Fabulous Frocks and Jessica Williams of Alvina Valenta rocked the runway. And I cannot not forget the epic performance by Broe Works! I met so many wonderful people including Charleston Weddings Magazine senior editor Ms. Melissa Bigner and production director of Charleston Fashion Week, Ms. Jacqueline Lawrence. The whole week will be one of my many Charleston experiences to remember.
The first day of Spring is coming this Sunday, yippee! Love is in the air, the weather is gorgeous and wedding season officially begins. Here are a few things this lady in waiting would suggest you do before your wedding day.
1. Purchase high heel protectors. If you're having an outdoor wedding, make sure you and your bridesmaids have these. We have to remember with this great season it brings a lot of rain. Even though the outdoors seem dry, the ground is still wet. Don't want to ruin shoes because you sunk into the soft ground.
2. Stock up on allergy medication. If you have bad allergies around this time of year, keep tissues, eye drops and extra blotting sheets on hand during your wedding day.
3. Take more walks. Personally, I have found long walks to be a stress reliever. If you're experiencing anxiety as your wedding date approaches, take a stroll with your love. Have a conversation about things not related to the wedding.
4. Go over wedding day checklists. Make sure you have purchased everything you need personally for your wedding day. Are you missing a few items for your honey moon? Take care of them while the wedding planning process has slowed down and you have more time to yourself.