Monday, September 17, 2012

susannah {bridals} wing haven gardens

Happy {rainy} Monday!

Susannah married Corey this weekend in the mountains of Linville, NC at Eseeola Lodge

I can not wait to share the photos from their wedding. It was gorgeous!

But for now, please enjoy some of her bridal shots captured by The Schultzes Photography at Wing Haven Gardens.


with love.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

fme @ the democratic national convention

It was back in March that I was first approached by Michael Pazyniak of Lighthouse Creative Works, a marketing and event company based in Washington, DC. He wanted to gauge my interest in partnering with him on one of the delegate parties for the DNC.

To be honest, the DNC was not even on my radar. I plan weddings- not political events. And while I have planned my fair share of non-profit and corporate events from my years in New York, I was not sure if I was interested in expanding. It wasn't until after a chat with my husband and parents that I was convinced to take the first step and at least put in the bid.

Being that I am 90% realistic and 10% dreamer, I was fully prepared to receive a nicely written "sorry, but..." letter from the host committee in regards to our bid. I certainly was not expecting a call from them on the afternoon of April 5th asking for Michael and I to come in for an interview that following Monday.

On April 27th Michael and I were told that we had been selected to host one of the delegate events and that we had received the Mint Museum (the location that we had bid on and really, really wanted). We were also told that we would be hosting delegates from the states of Delware, Ohio, Illinois, Hawaii and both Michael and my home state of Pennsylvania.

With such amazing news, it killed me not being able to tell my closest friends and family. This secret was kept safe until the press conference announced the planners on May 22nd. Whew! Now we could finally talk about it, and more importantly, finally start planning!

What seemed like seconds later, September 2nd was here and all of our planning had paid off. The food, thanks to Janet at La-Tea-Da's was amazing.  The decor, thanks to Sara at Party Reflections for going to the ends of the Earth for me to find THEE sequin linens, was amazing. And of course, our entertainment was un-beatable with over 80 local entertainers (including cloggers, a marching band and cheerleaders) under the direction of choreographer, Mark Evans.

I am beyond humbled by the amount of press coverage that we received. Here are a few links to the articles that we were mentioned/covered in:

Biz Bash

WCNC (NBC Charlotte)

Charlotte Business Journal

Charlotte Magazine

The Charlotte Observer

Please enjoy some photos from the event, beautifully captured by The Beautiful Mess.

A HUGE thank you to all of these local vendors that made this night a success! I am so honored to be a part of the Charlotte event industry! 

Venue: David at the Mint Museum Uptown
Photography: Daniel and Candice from The Beautiful Mess
Caterer: Janet and Jessica from La-Tea-Da's
Rentals: Sara from Party Reflections
Floral: Karen from Lily Greenthumb's
Photo Booth: Art and Rachel from Shutterbooth
Lighting and Sound: Jim from Total Event Production
Confetti Canon: Bill from Parties by Design
Airbrush Tattoo: Donna from Expressions Unlimited
Videographer: David Whitlow Photography
Printed Signage: Gabe from Sign Innovations

with love.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

erin and jonathan {tie the knot} the mint museum

Happy September! I still can't believe how fast the summer went {and not to mention, that I had my first pumpkin spiced latte of the season today!}

But before we get knee-deep in Fall weddings, I wanted to share some photos from Erin and Jonathan's Mint Museum wedding. You may remember this couple from here. They were married on August 18th at The Great Aunt Stella Center and then continued the celebration at the Mint Museum Uptown.

I love the use of coral and gray. What a soft, but modern color palette!

Please enjoy some photos by Anna Naphtali Photography and Creative Living.

Thank you to all of the vendors that made this event a success!

Ceremony: The Great Aunt Stella Center
Reception: The Mint Museum Uptown
Photography: Anna Naphtali Photography and Creative Living
Caterer: Something Classic
Linens: Connie Duglin Linens
Cake: Cheesecake Etc.
Floral: Flowers from the Cellar
DJ: Split Second Sound 

with love.