Monday: Planning a get-away for a mid winter break or getting ready for your honeymoon, I have some great resources for finding the perfect destination.
Tuesday: A little love for catering featuring my favorite Vermont companies, perfect for any occasion.
Wednesday: Real wedding feature in the beautiful Lang Barn.
Thursday: The first behind the scenes look at Storied Events.
Band Showcase Reminder
Just as I was about to publish today’s scheduled blog post, I decided to put it on the back burner. Instead of advice on seating, I thought I would share where I am sitting today.
In an all too familiar place, coffee by my side, I am trying to reschedule morning meetings, again. Still in my pajamas, it is 9:10am. I won’t change into “real clothes” probably for another few hours. Hopefully, sooner, but likely not. Unexpectedly, and without warning my gears need to shift. I had planned on being out the door at 7:30am for school drop off and then an early morning meeting, with several calls following to various clients and a few prospective clients. All of that will have to wait. You see, my daughter woke at 5am, with a stomach bug. This means caring for her, ensuring she feels safe and comforted. She is my priority. Yet, I now feel terrible. Not sick, but torn between professionalism and motherhood.
I am a professional business owner, with high expectations for myself, and my company. My clients have high expectations, expect a certain level of professionalism and that is why I get hired for the job. Here is why I am torn. I never considered myself a stay at home mom. In fact, up until last year, I worked all the time. My daughter spent time at daycare, summer camps and when those were not open, I had a nanny. But I changed all that a year and half ago. I changed her destiny and the quality of our our lives. I wanted to be a mom that was present. I rearranged my life, my goals and my priorities. My daughter would be first and foremost in my life. But here I sit, with my coffee, her by my side, sick and I am frustrated. I am frustrated because I have a job to do and I can’t get it done. I remind myself, I am not an event planner today. Today I am a mom. Of course, everything I need to get done, will get done at some point, just not today.
While sipping my second cup of coffee, it dawned on me. I should not be frustrated. I am proud to be a mom, and caring for your child when they are ill is part of being a parent. I shifted the balance between work and family so I could care for my daughter and spend a part of everyday enjoying life together. It would be great if there were on-call babysitters, ready to jump up and run to your rescue in the middle of the work week with zero notice, but that is not reality. This is life, the wonderful life I created.I read this great article awhile back on the New York Times website and I went back and re-read it today. Not sure if I am a true “momprenuer” but, I love the message of the post. I’ll never pretend there is not a mini me running around in my life. In fact, my daughter is what grounds and inspires me and makes me who I am today – a mom, a business owner, an event planner. So today, my daughter is ill and I cannot make meetings. I won’t make another excuse as to why I cannot meet.
Then I was back to being torn and on my third cup of coffee. If I cannot be there, then what? How does this reflect my professionalism and the commitment I have to clients. I have a growing company, I have a child in elementary school (interpretation:large petri dish). I’ve worked hard over the last eight years to create a company (as well as a little human being). Should I have to sacrifice business to be a mom? No, I just need to work more efficiently, think smarter or know when to ask for help (thinking smarter!). This time around though I will do things differently. Instead of help with family (I won’t sacrifice my personal life again), I will have more help with work. I can’t do it all and do it well. Expect to meet an assistant soon.
Juggling family life and work life is an every day balance, and the balance shifts quite often.
- Back to being a mom today. xxoo Carrie
When it comes to Vermont destination weddings, Mandy and Andrew hit it out of the park! Originally, a large, Florida based wedding was in the works, but it never felt right to the two of them. So just a few months before they wanted to tie the knot, I got a call from Mandy’s mom and the rest was history! Shortly after that call, the Lang Barn in Essex was the new destination and well, you can see for yourself everything that followed! The wedding was a magical, love filled day. The guests stayed at the The Essex Resort, just down the road from the Lang Barn (reception site). In the short time, we also managed to execute a catholic ceremony at the Holy Family Church. I knew Mandy and Andrew were very much in love, but looking back, these photos really say it all. Of course the night ended with a sweet tooth – Ben and Jerry’s. I was so honored to work with Mandy, Andrew and their families. It is even a wonderful blessing to keep in touch and watch their beautiful growing family. Thank you for letting me be part of such an amazing wedding and all of your life events!
Vermont has a wealth of talent when it comes to catering options, and Let’s Pretend Catering is one of our favorite go to event partners. Storied Events has collaborated on events with Daniel Samson and Liane Mendez, owners of Let’s Pretend Catering, since our conception in 2006. Every event we produce together inspires creative menus, stellar customer service pre-event and during the wedding, along with an exciting melting pot of unique ideas specific to each client. Their love for food and bringing a personal touch to each wedding are only a few reasons I love them. Read on to learn what makes them so wonderful.
The freshest ingredients. Daniel and Liane are committed to working with local farms, growers and purveyors to get the finest ingredients available. Each menu item is carefully thought out based on seasonal availability as well as cost to clients, keeping in mind budget and dietary concerns. Their flavor profiles are suitable for an experienced culinary palate to the pickiest eater.
Creativity. The positive energy, creative force and attention to detail are incredibly evident in each course, during the service aspect of the event as well as the overall look and feel of the environment. A front of house manager, typically Daniel or Liane (the owners), are on the event floor with a keen eye for perfecting the smallest detail to ensuring the entire event is executed as planned.
Staff. Here is what Daniel and Liane have to say about the Let’s Pretend Staff. We could not say it any better!
My mouth is watering after all these yummy pictures. I hope your taste buds are tingling too. Let’s Pretend Catering is one of those caterers that no matter your style, family, formal or cocktail, their presence at your event will be remembered and it will never be just “wedding food.”
To learn more about Let’s Pretend Catering, visit their website for menu ideas, additional photos and company information.
Happy Planning! xxoo – Carrie
After the last few weeks of freezing rain, ice, snow and more snow… I can only daydream of being far away under the sun with my feet buried in the sand. With so much going on at the home front, school for A (my daughter) and planning events for the summer and next winter – we are likely here for the duration of winter. But with honeymoon planning on the agenda for many couples this time of year, I wanted to share a few of my favorite sites to seek your getaway.
If your style is adventure. The Climb.
Big Sky Montana, Galapagos, Thailand to Yosemite.Great deals, time sensitive buys and once in a lifetime experiences. You need to sign up to access the site, but many of the deals are quality and not to be missed.
In need of pampering, experiencing a luxury touch all the way - Luxury Link.
The blue waters of the Caribbean, to the rustic villas in Italy there are amazing trips, great prices and year round vacations for relaxing and or winter adventure. Note, some of these deals have time restrictions or are for limited stays. You can ask for extended stay pricing – or get “buy now” deals. If you are in the mood to gamble, you can also bid on auction deals.
Solitude is definitely under estimated. If you like a little peace and quiet, along with the finer things in life, Luxury Retreats is a villa and vacation home site geared for the traveler with a discerning taste.
Enjoy browsing through these incredible, vacation and honeymoon spots. I know I am already dreaming of white sands, and my morning coffee with that view off the Amalfi Coast!
xxoo – Carrie
Monday: A perfect way to start out the week. A real Valentine’s Day Wedding at Stowe Mountain Lodge.
Tuesday: Color Inspiration. Romantic Reds of course!
Wednesday: Travel details and lots of love in this real wedding at the Pond Pavilion at the Equinox.
Thursday: The best resources for Ties. Great groomsmen gifts or something special for your man this week.
Boogie Time! Elan Artists – Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Smash Studios ♦ 307 West 36th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave) 18th Flr ♦ New York, NY 10018 Check out Elan Artist’s website www.elanartists.com for more information.
Be Mine xx oo – Carrie
Today, the men take center stage when dressing the wedding party. From bow ties to neck ties, we’ve got the sources to keep you tied up all day! Keep in mind, ties are great gifts as well. Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and we love the idea of giving Vermont made ties to all your groomsmen as gifts to show your gratitude.
Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont A great assortment of bow ties, neckties, accessories and even totes! I adore the polka dots and the warm plaids, perfect for winter weddings.
Vineyard Vines. Popular on the East Coast and a great choice for tons of variety. Many styles and quite a few whimsical patterns. If you are hosting a themed event – you will find what you seek on their website.
You can’t go wrong with Beau Ties Ltd and Vineyard Vines. From subtle patterns and colors, to bold prints and neon you can satisfy even the pickiest of grooms to be out there!
xxoo – Carrie
I could not think of a better wedding to showcase this week. Yvonne and Kevin’s Manchester Wedding was not only one of my favorite weddings but it was also a favorite over at Style Me Pretty and Southern New England Weddings Magazine. The travel details of this wedding with both inspired and gorgeous. The laser cut wood invitations set the tone, and not even the rain stopped this couple from making the most of their wedding day! These amazing photos are courtesy of the fabulous Carla Ten Eyck. You can check out more photos of Yvonne and Kevin’s wedding on her blog here. As well as check out the very beautiful film Vintage Cinema by Jim Altieri.
Happy valentine’s week! xxoo – Carrie
We really cannot love RED enough. Its a true color of love. Red is great for spring, summer, winter and fall. Red is one of those colors that can be bold enough to stand alone, or pair with colors to evoke deep passion or subtle romance. Nature’s palette offers fruits, berries and of course, gorgeous flowers.
Check out our ♦ Wedding Color: Red ♦ Berry ♦ Maroon Pinterest page for more great shades of red.xxoo – Carrie