Monday, January 16, 2017

Erin McKee Scores Our 100th Review!

We just received a new review which has pushed us up to 100 total reviews on Wedding Wire!  This one was posted by Amber and Nick who were married on Columbus Day weekend this past year.  Thanks so much you guys for taking the time to share your experience working with Erin McKee!

To read all ONE HUNDRED of our Wedding Wire reviews CLICK HERE

"My mother very quickly dismissed our desire for a day-of coordinator when I first told her we met with Shannon at Wedding Planning Plus. Shannon was great, answered all of our questions, and eagerly told us of all of the options they offer. We decided on the day-of consultation package and we were appointed Erin McKee as our consultant. Even though our package was only for day-of services, during our engagement, we were able to reach out to Erin if we ever needed to and she was more than happy to meet with us on a visit home just to get to know each other. As we got about a month out, Erin began to jump into high gear. Once she received all of the details from us (contact information of vendors, etc...) she took over with making all of the final phone calls and arrangements, setting up the timeline for the day, and making sure every last detail was accounted for. We did pay an extra fee to have Erin at our rehearsal, which was so helpful in keeping everything in order. On the day of, Erin was amazing. I told her that my wedding *would not* start late and it did not; 3pm on the dot, the ceremony music began. This was all thanks to her timeline, planning, and coordination... and we even did first-look photos at our reception site prior to the ceremony which was 15 minutes away and we got to the church early, allowing me time to touch up and even have a snack! Erin handled everything at the reception along with the banquet manager there and probably took care of things that I still don't know she took care of. At the end, she gathered a to-go box of our desserts, our cards, and some flowers and she went to our hotel room to set it up for us to arrive to for our wedding night. In the end, my mother looked at me and said, "I just can't believe how much Erin took care of; she was definitely worth the money!" We agree!!!"


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

We Are Couple's Choice Award Winners!




We are winners of Wedding Wire's Couple's Choice Awards - for the eighth year in a row!

This award is given to the top 5% of wedding vendors based on client reviews posted on Wedding Wire.  Thank you to all of the couples who took the time to post some really lovely things about us!

To read all of our Wedding Wire reviews CLICK HERE.




Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Matt and Scott - July 16, 2016



Matt and Scott had a beautiful union at Hamilton College on July 16, 2016. It was such a pleasure to coordinate this amazing day for such an awesome couple! Matt and Scott both attended Hamilton College so it was really special that they chose Hamilton as the venue for their wedding.
 
The ceremony was held in Memorial Chapel and the reception was at Bristol Center, both of which are right on the beautiful Hamilton College Campus. Bristol Center is a great spot because it has a giant outdoor terrace for events and also guest accommodations available indoors. My team and I started the day by setting up various reception items underneath two large reception tents (provided by Ralston Supply) and then working with the wonderful florist, Laurie from Chester's Flowers, to distribute personal florals. Matt and Scott chose to do a first reveal in the lovely gardens at Hamilton, and then we followed up the first reveal with family photos. We had the pleasure of working with the Washington DC based - John Jack Photography who captured this day perfectly.  
 
We also had the pleasure to work with musician Scott Sanchez who provided the ceremony music in the chapel, as well as friend of the couple Kara Novak who graced us with some beautiful piano playing also in the chapel. Following the ceremony, guests headed to the cocktail party where they were greeted with a delicious hors d'ouevres spread courtesy of Poolville Country Store Catering and more music provided by Scott Sanchez. It certainly didn't hurt that it was an absolutely beautiful July day!

After several toasts by family and friends, guests mixed, mingled and enjoyed a stationed style dinner and then the Gem Fatales band took the stage. This Baltimore-based trio of entertainers was absolutely fantastic and kept guests dancing and smiling all night long! Later into the evening, wedding cake provided by Classy Cakes was cut and enjoyed by all.

Special thanks also goes out to the wonderful folks at Hamilton College, including but not limited to Danelle and Irene, Turning Stone Resort for guest accommodations, Bon Appetit for supplying the bar and Steve from CNY Productions for providing the sound engineering for the evening. 

We also would like to thank Matt and Scott again for choosing us to coordinate your spectacular day! We loved being part of it and wish you nothing but happiness and joy in your marriage!

xoxo,

Erin R



























Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Ashleigh and Matt - September 4, 2016



Ashleigh and Matt celebrated a camp-themed wedding on September 4, 2016 at Camp Echo Lake in Warrensburg.  Both Ashleigh and Matt work as camp directors and it was important to them to connect their friends and family to the experience of a weekend-long 'camp' celebration in the mountains.  And since Matt was a former counselor at Camp Echo Lake this was destined to be the perfect venue for them to celebrate and say I Do.

Ashleigh had found me online and booked me just shy of a year before their wedding.  She handled all of the planning but I came in one month before the big day to put all of the final details together.  I loved all of the small touches that they thought about including in their wedding weekend, from the ADK chair guest book to the fun hashtag to the low key use of all of the camp buildings as their wedding spaces.  The focus of this wedding was on fun and as you can see these guys really nailed it!

As for the day of the wedding I arrived on property to meet up with the girls who were using the camp's Health Center as a getting ready space.  All of the bridesmaids wore different dresses and Ashleigh's wedding dress was just so ridiculously stunning.  She definitely brought glam to the camp that weekend - and I remember saying that to her as soon as I saw her in that gown!  After pinning the guys with their boutonnieres and making sure they were set for the day Ashleigh and Matt were off for their first look among the trees.  Then we got in some pre-ceremony bridal party photos along the camp and in the athletic gym, then it was time for the couple to be tucked away as guests arrived for the ceremony.  Their chuppah was set up on the edge of Echo Lake which was so beautiful with the calm water and the mountain top backdrop.  Some of the guests kicked their shoes off and dipped their toes in the sand as Ashleigh and Matt said their vows and made their union official.  

Cocktail hour was held in the camp's Dining Hall, then guests moved over to an open air pavilion space for dinner and dancing.  Some of these guests had been on property for the length of the holiday weekend and they were so primed and prepped for partying!  And as you can see from the photos these guys definitely knew how to get down!

This wedding was so much fun for me to work, and Ashleigh and Matt were such a great couple to work with.  Camp weddings have become popular in the last few years but I have never seen a camp wedding done as perfectly as this one - which is all to be expected when two Camp Directors get married!  Mess hall meals, Color Wars, lawn games, bonfires, and all of it in a beautiful Adirondack setting.  Sounds like a party to me!

This whole thing could not have come off this well if it weren't for the help of all of Ashleigh and Matt's vendors.  Emily and Camp Echo Lake were so easy and amazing to work with, and New World Catering provided the yummy food and great service staff.  Music was played by the band Soul Sensations, all of the pretty flowers were done by Nicole and Suzanne at Blooms Floral Design, event rentals were supplied by Columbia Tent Rentals and the vintage lounge furniture was rented through Kailyn at Rustic Robin.  Dawn Ewing was the wedding officiant, Amy and her team from Blush 518 did all the girls' hair and makeup, and Premiere Plus was the shuttle company to get guests to and from the wedding.  But last and certainly not least is the credit that needs to be given to Kaja Tirrul, owner of Jack Loves Mary Photography, who was the photo artist who created all of these incredible images!  Kaja you are my new favorite Canadian and are welcome back to document any of my future weddings - your work is so amazing!

I could go on and on about this wedding but I will stop blabbering and let the photos speak for themselves.  Ashleigh and Matt - you guys are two incredibly beautiful people and I am so thankful you chose me to be your wedding coordinator.  I hope you always keep your youthful glow and never stop dancing!  

xoxo,

Shannon