Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bridal Shows - are they for you?

Today I just wanted to throw out the subject of Bridal Shows. I myself, have not attended one as a vendor. John and I did hit one up years ago in Westchester County as we began the planning process for our own wedding. It was over the top with a catwalk and fashion show - a tad overwhelming. I have also attended some local shows here incognito for research and the fact that all things wedding make me happy!

I must say that a couple of the local shows have been a standout. Over the last few years, I have attended the show at the Hall of Springs and the Glen Sanders Mansion. Most vendors had a tasteful display and were very engaging with the perspective brides and grooms. Unfortunately though there are some that are so in your face and cheesy that they can leave you feeling a tad icky. But, thank goodness one or two rotten apples do not spoil the bunch.

I am still on the fence about participating in a show myself, as a vendor. However, I do think it is a good idea to attend at least one during your own planning. The best way to approach this is to do research ahead of time. Perhaps there are some photographers, floral designers, planners and DJs that you want to get a feel for before you reach out via email or phone. You have to be stealthy, just kidding - sort of. Many couples who responded to my Facebook post about how they feel about bridal shows said they do not like to go, because they are afraid they will become inundated with countless emails. Yes, follow up emails can get old quick (keep in mind you do not have to enter raffles/drawings) - but it is common practice. You can always send it to junk mail or respond with a polite email.

The winter is the most popular time to go to one. Maybe you will love it or run for the hills. Either way, it is a win-win because you will get a clear idea of what you like, and as I say, more importantly what you don't.



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Friday, January 18, 2013

Kristin & Steven - Highlands Country Club Wedding

I know, I know. I keep breaking my promise to blog consistently. I have truly stressed out about this. I have so much to say and share. I have written so many ghost entries recently, but felt they did not have enough of my true voice in the content. This posed a dilemma that I have been working through -  how can I best present the work for my amazing clients AND share my feelings on the wedding industry, trends,and tidbits of my real life? Well, the answer is simply to blog more - change up the content. Sometimes I may feature a real wedding or have mini temper tantrums. For me, when I do something, it is either all or nothing. I want readers to know me. Sometimes I feel a tad superficial, and find myself using the same words over and over again...and again. I need a balance of fluff and grit.

Okay, today I bring you a beautiful real wedding from July. July!!!! Yowza. The wedding took place at one of my favorite venues, The Highlands Country Club. I love the Hudson Valley (my stomping grounds), and I think I have mentioned before that the setting is a great balance of elegance and what I think of as relaxed. It is classic, yet you can roast smores with your guests on their gorgeous grounds. You can wear the Vera Wang and Jimmy Choos, and receive farm to table fresh food. A good balance, it
satisfies traditional and avent-garde aesthetics.

Kristin and Steven, it was a pleasure to work with you, and hope your first 6 months of marriage have been euphoric : ) !!!

Highlands Country Club Bride's Bouquet - Splendid Stems Event Florals

I loved this bouquet. Lush, seasonal, a bit of wild abandon - love! The dahlias and sweet peas were grown locally. Whenever I can get the flowers from a local farm, I do.




Highlands Country Club Bridesmaid's Bouquet - Splendid Stems Event Florals

The attendants carried similar bouquets, that varied slightly from each other. I like this look. Not as modern as mono botanical, but still sets each person apart.

Highlands Country Club Bridesmaid's Bouquet - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Highlands Country Club Bridesmaid's Bouquet - Splendid Stems Event Florals


Highlands Country Club Corsage - Splendid Stems Event Florals

John took some shots of the boutonnieres and corsages. I think it is funny how he made them stand up.

Highlands Country Club Boutonniere - Splendid Stems Event FloralsHighlands Country Club Boutonniere - Splendid Stems Event Florals


Highlands Country Club Card Table Arrangement - Splendid Stems Event Florals

The card table arrangement was perhaps my favorite of the day. I love the movement from the sweet peas and clematis.

Highlands Country Club Card Table Arrangement - Splendid Stems Event Florals


Highlands Country Club Card Ceremony Arrangement - Splendid Stems Event FloralsHighlands Country Club Card Ceremony Arrangement - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Highlands Country Club Card Ceremony Arrangement - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Due to rain, they said their I dos on the front porch. Not a bad back up plan, since it is gorgeous.



Highlands Country Club Card Table Centerpiece - Splendid Stems Event Florals

The centerpieces were created in long and low wood trays. They featured garden roses, hydrangea, veronica, clematis, sweet peas, gomphrena, and ferns.


Highlands Country Club Card Reception Centerpiece - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Highlands Country Club Card Reception Centerpiece - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Highlands Country Club Card Reception Centerpiece - Splendid Stems Event Florals


Highlands Country Club Card Mantle Flower Arrangement - Splendid Stems Event Florals


The chair backs and mantle above the sweetheart table displayed an abundance of clematis.

Highlands Country Club Card Mantle Flower Arrangement - Splendid Stems Event Florals

To see more of this wedding, take a gander at the photographer's blog. The very talented husband and wife team - Robert and Kathleen, captured their day perfectly!!!!

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