Saturday, August 29, 2009
Fast forward to tonight, or last night, I should say. Fast forward to Hurricane Danny and all of its rain. And where the gardens and the flowers and the lawn become, well, flooded. Under water. Completely soaked. Then add 100 people walking all over it. The result - MUD.
Every bride wishes perfection on her wedding day. Although we always have a backup plan for rain, most don't expect rain and mud and slop and filthiness on their big day. This is the kind of thing that would crush most couples, devastate the bride, cause panic among the guests, and completely ruin their wedding day - assuming they didn't just cancel the whole event all together. We're talking about that much mud. Even up until an hour before the wedding the groom and groomsmen were using giant squeegees to push the mud and water out from under the reception tent. They had a wet vac out and were trying to vacuum the grass around the dance floor. The groom's 70 year old father was working a drainage pump to try and push the water across the driveway and away from the wedding site. This is the amount of mud that would have some brides thinking about calling the whole thing off. It was a lot of mud.
But to this bride and groom it didn't matter. They had the right perspective all along. They didn't get bogged down in details, held back by weather or circumstance, and they weren't going to let anything get in the way of their perfect day. Because the day was perfect because of people not things. It was perfect because their family had come in from all over - including some from Italy - to be there for them. It was perfect because of their friends and neighbors who gathered there for the union. It was perfect because she was marrying the man of her dreams and he was marrying the woman of his. And no hurricane or rain storm or Woodstock-like mud pit could get in their way. The bride picked up her dress, threw on some big rubber boots and walked proudly down that aisle. And she was as gorgeous a bride as I've ever seen.
I have worked with many many brides who stress over things like ribbon colors, hair pins, best man toasts, fussy bridesmaids, invitation font, and every other detail that is painfully tiny. Sure, these are important, but if you step back and remember what you're really there for - you are joining your life with that of another person and pledging to love them and be with them for the rest of your life - and you keep that a focus throughout the planning - then everything will be fine. I promise. I know it. And I believe it even more after tonight...
To tonight's bride and groom, Michele and Eddie - you are beautiful people and you had a beautiful wedding!!! Thanks so much for letting me a part of your special day. I would love for all of my couples to have the same carefree approach to their wedding day that you did. You guys made it great because of the wonderful people you are and I know you are heading into a lifetime of happiness together. Love you guys!! And send me pictures!!! :)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
The Martensson's used the always fabulous David Michael Schmidt at Renaissance Floral Design to do their flowers and centerpieces. There was so much bright beautiful color!
Who doesn't love a martini luge ice sculpture?? I told you these guys were fun!
No stuffy fancy-pants cake for these guys. This three layer square cake was covered in silver circles that picked up and reflected the purple uplights located behind it. The lush purple hydrangea blooms on each tier softened it a bit and added an element of purple to the silver accents. Yum!
DJ Greg Frasier rocked it out and these guys were loving every minute of it. This is exactly how every couple should do it - place your faith in your vendors, don't sweat the details, and stay present and in the moment the whole day. Your wedding day goes by too fast so take a lesson from these guys and enjoy it!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
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Friday, August 21, 2009
This is one of my favorite photos of all time. This is the bride and groom from a wedding in July 2008 in Saratoga. The photographer was Shannon DeCelle and she really captured the special closeness this couple shared. They were really this cute and loving the whole day, and it was really wonderful to see the care and love to have for each other. Kudos, Shannon! Wonderful shot!!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I got to be a bridesmaid at this wedding, not a coordinator! :)
Jon, who's been playing drums since we were kids, got to go up and play with the band for 3 songs. He rocked it out! The whole place went crazy for him. What a rock star!
I saved the best picture for last. Not that the wedding was upstaged by this event, but this was pretty big. See, Jon and the guys went golfing the morning of the wedding and they ran into someone pretty famous on the course. Yup, that's George W. Bush in the middle there, and the groom to the left of him. How many people can say they golfed with a United State President on their wedding day???
What a fun weekend! Jon and Katie - Congrats and I love you both!!
Check back in the near future because I plan to post the professional pics when they come in!
Happy planning! ~ Shannon
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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Monday, August 10, 2009
Everyone - Meet Murphy! Anyone who knows me knows I'm a HUGE dog lover! My baby girl is named Reilly, and she is a 3 year old whippet mix and the absolute love of my life. Laura, my fabulous summer intern, is also a dog lover and because the 'WPP Photo of the Week' idea is hers I had to honor her (and Reilly-boo!) with the first installment of my favorite wedding pictures. :) So... back to Murphy... This dog was the "son" of the bride and groom but because they were married in a church he couldn't be a part of their ceremony. Well, we let Murphy have his fun at the reception as the bride and groom walked him out with them for their introductions and first dance. Doesn't Murphy look sharp in that tux?? I love having animals (aka furry family members) in weddings - and I have more weddings this year who are including their pets in the festivities! So much fun!!