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Elegant wedding at Thornewood Castle

I knew this was going to be fun….

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Linda and Rodney Johnson are a wonderful example of a couple who never let their dream wedding evade them, even if it happened a bit later in life. Their passion for detail and their incredible regard for their guests was just a minor demonstration of how their love for their friends and family was returned to them on this day. Despite helping produce the occasion, my wife and I were actually “officially” invited (invitation and all)  to this wedding to attend as guests. We were honored.

 

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7 Golden Tips for Vendor Relations

Team Work Makes the Dream Work – Wedding Vendor Relations Tips

By Katy Roberts, VOWS Owner, Lead Wedding/Event Planner and Designer

My most memorable moments, when looking back over my 10 years working weddings, are those that I felt respected, trusted, and appreciated. There’s something about positive reinforcement that unlocks the flood gates of creativity, patience, energy and generosity.  Clients hire us, yes.  There’s a contract and a check written, but I consider myself your team member vs. your employee and when I’m treated this way nothing from good comes from it.READ MORE

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Top 9 Wedding Music Mistakes

Sure your dress should be to die for and your wedding color palette is critical, but at the end of the party it’s the music that makes your wedding memorable. After all, music is a key factor during almost every moment of the day, from the walk down the aisle to the cocktail hour and your reception finale. More important, it’s a reflection of your personalities. Whether it’s searching for the perfect string ensemble for your ceremony or picking a big brass band for a swinging reception, the music matters. So make it count. From volume control to song choice, here’s what to watch out for.
Tip: Let Guests Cut InREAD MORE

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Your name or mine?

Why not use both? With a discussion that can become as spirited as it can tenuous, Danielle Leitzke and Dan Geiss began their first moment of marriage with a compromise. The ceremony at Mercer Island Congregational Church concluded with Mr. and Mrs. Geitzke recessing down the aisle to resounding cheers. Their reception in the sanctuary of the church was accented with black white and red. We added our touch by putting a glowing red hue to the drapery behind the sweetheart table.

Their spring celebration somehow forced uncharacteristically nice weather on to Mercer Island that day, which provided perfect lighting for the photos below. Enjoy!READ MORE

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Plan for the Impactful

I am often asked about the most important factor in a wedding reception and I usually (and easily) selfishly answer  – Entertainment.

Consider this: using gross averages, a wedding reception usually costs between $10,000 and $25,000. These costs include the dress, caterer, facility,  photographer, videographer and maybe transportation. However all the money spent on creating the ambiance of the day can be ruined with subpar entertainment.READ MORE

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You Get What You Pay For…

I was speaking to a new client for an event a few days ago and we were speaking about my experience and what kind of events I specialize in. At that time she revealed to me her very own horror story about her wedding DJ. Feedback, missed cues, miss-pronunciation, and clumsy announcements all seemed to be more prevalent than dancing. Now, usually at this point in the conversation I have to tread very lightly because I don’t want to insult (on purpose or by accident) another company in the industry. However, this time I couldn’t help myself. Already recognizing the name of the company she mentioned I had to ask….

“Do you mind if I ask you how much they charged?”READ MORE

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